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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 14th, 1904:



NEW ENGINE AND DYNAMO FOR POWER-HOUSE.

 Now Being Installed at the Electric Light and Power House. Will Increase Capacity 3000 Incandescents.








The new 250 horsepower engine and 275 kilowatt dynamo recently ordered by the Council are being placed in position and will be ready for use in about 20 days. Both the engine and dynamo are enormous and will cost when installed in the neighborhood of $9,000. The light plant has now a capacity of 1400 incandescent lights or, counting incandescents to one arc light, 100 are lights. With the new addition the capacity will be increased by 3000 incandescents, which will afford all the lights needed and have some to spare.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.





BIG STREET FAIR!

 To Continue Rest of this Week Closing Next Sunday Night.

 Shows all of High Order, Many Possessing Special Merit, 3 Free Attractions, Among Them the Wonderful High Dive Twice Daily.



 The street fair is still with us. Owing to the bad weather last week which prevented the exhibitions, the management have decided to continue all this week and up to and including next Sunday night, in order to give everybody an opportunity to see the high class attractions offered this year. And they are well worth seeing. There isn't a poor show on the grounds, and most of them are far above the average. It shows before your eyes, so that you can actually see, a Great Train robbery. The robbers, the cars, everything is shown in motion.  The whole robbery is spread before you and you see it as if you were an actual spectator when it was happening. It is thrilling amazing, and worth going miles to see.

 Another fine attraction is Wild Rose, a wild woman about three feet high, who, though nearly 45 years of age, is seemingly but a girl. She is a peculiar product of nature exhibited in the human, which will interest the mere sightseer and create reflection in the more thoughtful.

 In another part of the grounds is the Mystic Maze, which is apparently taken from the land of magicians to puzzle the curious and startle the sedate.

 While nearby is a negro minstrel troupe of twenty-one persons, who present a clean and entertaining program of much excellence, far above what is usual in Street Fairs.

There are also many other attractions, among them, Jumbo, the big snake, The Palmist where you can have your fortune told, the Giant Turtle, the Six-Legged calf, Creation, which is similar to one of the most popular shows on the World's Fair Pike, the Wild Animal Shows, which arrived Saturday, in which lions, tigers and other fierce denizens of the forest are made to through the wonderful performances, and last but not least the Stadium, combining both circus and theatre performance presenting the farce Happy Hooligan by the Frees Brothers, which is proving a big hit.

 Besides all of the above those wishing to amuse themselves between shows will find shooting galleries, knife racks, the big Ferris wheel, and the ocean wave swing that gives you "that funny sensation."

 In the way of free attractions, the management have been very liberal. Prof. Johnson, one of the celebrated high divers of the world, twice daily, at 4 p. m. and 8 p. m., jumps backward from the top of a 90 foot ladder into a shallow tank of water. This is a highly thrilling act and makes the spectator tremble with apprehension at the man's unheard of daring. A fine acrobatic performance and the wonderful little Chinaman executing remarkable balancing feats on a bounding wire are two more free attractions. The Carnival will be held at the fairgrounds near the depot Sunday night. December 18th. Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.   





Entertainment at Auditorium. - Next Friday evening the students at the girls' and boys' dormitories will present an attractive program in the Institute Auditorium to raise funds to purchase pictures for the dormitories. Admission; adults, 50 cents; children and students, 25 cents.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.



LET IT BE FORWARD.

 Lafayette from a progressive point of view has made very satisfactory progress. The Lafayette of ten years ago, or even five, is a very different Lafayette from what it is to-day, but we must not rest content with our excellent achievements so far. The good work should go on. We can't stand still; it is either go forward of backward. By all means let it be forward. And to accomplish this we must secure more railroad facilities and as many industries as possible. It will take persistent and united effort and Lafayette is ready for it. Will the Progressive League lead?  Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904



A Prosperous Half Year.

 At their meeting yesterday, the directors of the First National Bank declared a semi-annual dividend of seven per cent, showing a decidedly prosperous half year. This institution has recently completed and is now occupying a very handsome stone building, fitted up with elegant fixtures and all modern conveniences for the transaction of a banking business, which is typical of the strength and soundness of this ably managed institution.
 Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904. 






WEDDING BELLS.
Mouton-Middlemas.

One of the prettiest home weddings of the season took place last Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. Ambroise Mouton when her daughter, Miss Aimee R. was married to Mr. William Steele Middlemas. The house had been beautifully decorated with yellow and white chrysanthemums and hearts of the same color, and the above in which they married presented a beautiful scene in the form of a heart from which were suspended two hearts pierced by Cupid's arrow. At the appointed hour by the soft strains of Mendelson's wedding march, beautifully played by Mr. W. A. Stevens, the bride entered leaning on the arm of her brother, Mr. J. R. Mouton. Preceding her was her sister, Miss Estelle, and following the groom and best man, Mr. John O'Donohoe.

 fter reaching the above an Ava Maria was beautifully sung by Mrs. Alfred Mouton and Mrs. N. Abramson, after which the marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Gombour.

 The bride wore a most becoming gown of clinging white silk trimmed in Venice lace and carried a bouquet of bride's roses and ferns while the groom looked handsome in conventional black.

 After the ceremony the bride and groom led the way to the dining room where artistic fingers had made the beautiful bride's table, the color scheme being carried out even to the dainty refreshments. They were the recipient's of many useful and elegant presents. Mr. and Mrs. Middlemas left on the early morning train for the west to be gone several days.


 Those present were:  Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Pellerin, Dr. and Mrs. N. Abramson, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Pellerin, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Labbe, Mr. and Mrs. Sid Mouton, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mouton, Mrs. T. N. Blake, Mrs. C. M. Parkerson, Misses Riis, Leftwich, Ruby Scranton, Gertrude and Rosalie Coronna, Hattie Shannon and Miss Madge Scott, from Crowley. Messrs. John O'Donohoe, W. A. Stevens, G. B. Harris, Nickols, Wallace, Geo. Conniff, C. C. mallard, C. O. Mouton, Chas. Debaillon, H. L. Monnier, A. J. Sprole, and B. N. Coronna, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Mouton, of Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Zike, of New Iberia, Mrs. F. Laurents and son, Edmond, from Lake Arthur.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.


  



Death of Mrs. P. B. Roy.

 Died at her home near Royville Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1904, at 5:30 p. m., Mrs. P. Randolph Roy, nee Marie Josephene Heloise Olivier, aged 27 years.

 Mrs. Roy was a most estimable lady possessing in a high degree many admirable qualities which won for her the ward regard and admiring esteem of those whose privilege it was to know her. Her early death is sad indeed and leaves desolate the home made happy by her charming personality and loving devotion. Her many friends will learn with deepest regret of her untimely passing away, and their hearts will go out in tenderest sympathy to the bereaved husband and little motherless baby home. The remains, accompanied by a large number of relatives and friends, were taken Thursday morning to St. Martinville where funeral services were held in the Catholic church. Interment took place in the family burial grounds. Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.






PARISH COTTON CROP
Practically All Gathered. - One Fourth Still Unsold.

 Reports from various parts of the parish state that the cotton crop has been practically all gathered and about three-fourths of it marketed. The crop this year is about seventy-five per cent of the yield last year, on an average. In certain parts of the parish, notably the Foreman Flats the crop has been good, in fact that section leads in production to the acre, while in other parts, especially in L'Anse Berlucheaux Cove for a mile on each side of the bayou, the harvest has been scanty, owing to the persistent rains. And the location of these overabundant rains is a peculiarity of the past season, for strangely enough the frequent rainfalls followed the woods, instead of falling generally.

 About one fourth of the crop is still unsold and a good many farmers, it is said, are holding back determined not to sell until better prices prevail.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.





Rev. Harper Reassigned Here.

 The Methodist Conference at Lake Charles closed Sunday night. Rev. J. D. Harper was assigned to this station and Rev. W. W. Drake as presiding elder for the Crowley district. Rev. Keener was sent to Jackson, La., as pastor in charge of the church there. Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.


  
Presented with a Cane.

 Wednesday morning at the close of Judge Debaillon's last session of court, District Attorney Campbell requested permission to address the court, which being granted, he read a resolution expressing in fitting words the thanks of the bar for the courteous and fair treatment always accorded them by the Judge and an appreciation of his eminent services as a jurist. When he had concluded Attorney Jno. L. Kennedy, on behalf of the bar and court attaches, presented Judge Debaillon with a handsome walking cane in a graceful and appropriate speech, to which the Judge responded in a most appreciative way.

 The Crowley bar also passed resolution as follows upon the retirement of Judge Debaillon from the bench:

 Whereas, the Hon. Conrad Debaillon is about to sever his official relations as judge of the court with the Acadia bar, be it
  Resolved that we do hereby express our regrets at the said impending separation of his worth as a judge and lawyer and the legan acuremen and learning which he has brought to bear in the impartial satisfactory discharge of this important functions as judge. Be it further
  Resolution, that we further extend to him our best wishes for his future success in whatever paths his steps may follow. Be it further
  Resolved, that these resolutions, as a mark of respect, be spread upon the minutes of the meeting of the court.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.




City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., December 5, 1904. - A regular meeting of the City Council was held on this day with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, Felix Demanade, D. V. Gardebled, M. Rosenfield, John O. Mouton, Henry Fontenot, Geo. A. DeBlanc.

 Moved and seconded that minutes of last regular meeting be approved as read. Carried.

 A committee of citizens composed of Messrs. E. L. Stephens, Edw. G. Voorhies, C. C. Mouton, and Dr. Raoul Trahan, appeared before the Council and asked for an appropriation to assist in defraying the necessary expenses of the State Teachers' Association to meet here the latter part of this month, whereupon the following was adopted:

 Resolved that the sum of three hundred dollars be appropriated to assist in defraying said expenses. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that the finance committee's report be accepted and same be spread on the minutes. Carried.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton and seconded by D. V. Gardebled that the following be adopted.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that no saloon or barrooms hall be established or retail liquor business in any form be conducted in that portion of the Mouton addition in this town lying west of Gordon street, nor in the Alexander Mouton addition, nor in or on the track of land on any part thereof, acquired by J. E. Trahan from Mrs. Mathilde Gardner and lying in the Southeast corner of the existing corporate limits of the this town.

 That said business of retail liquor dealer is hereby prohibited within said limits, and that any person violating or attempting to violate this ordinance shall be fined in the sum of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, and in default of payment of the fine to be imprisoned not less than ten nor more than thirty days for each offense, And no license shall be issued to any person to do said business in said limits, and that any person who having obtained the license to conduct said business elsewhere, shall enter said limits for the purpose of doing business therein, shall thereby forfeit said license.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton and duly seconded by Geo. A. DeBlanc that the following be adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that every retail dealer in pistols or pistol cartridges, and rifles or rifle cartridges, blank pistols and blank pistol cartridges, in this town shall pay an annual license tax on said business, graded as follows:

 First Class; when the gross sales are five thousand dollars or more the license shall be two hundred dollars.

 Second Class; when the gross sales are under five thousand dollars and dollars, the license shall be one hundred and fifty dollars.

 Third Class; when the gross sales are less than two thousand five hundred dollars, the license shall be one hundred dollars.

 That said license shall be collected by the tax collector of the town in the same manner and at the same time as are collected other license taxes.

 Be it further ordained that whoever shall sell or retail pistols or pistol cartridges, rifles or rifle cartridges, blank pistols or blank pistol cartridges without first obtaining the license herein provided, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than sixty days, or both at the discretion of the court.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall go into effect January 1, 1905, and that all laws in conflict herewith are hereby repealed. Adopted unanimously.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.

      

    


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/14/1904.

 Don't forget your poll tax, only 17 days left to pay it in.

 Mr. J. O. Broussard and Mrs. Rosa Theriot were united in marriage Monday at 3 p. m. in St. John's Catholic Church.

 S. L. I. I. souvenir spoons at Biossat's.

 E. J. Thomas, manager of the Cumberland Telephone Exchange at St. Martinville, was a pleasant visitor to Lafayette Friday.

 Pay your poll tax, only 17 days left.

 The Woman's Club Fair Saturday night was a big success financially, $175 clear being realized. The decorations were fine, the supper extra good and everybody enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

 Bank Notice. - The regular meeting of the shareholders of the First National Bank of Lafayette, to elect nine directors for the ensuing year, will be held at the banking house Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1905, between the hours of 10 a. m. and 12 m.

 New Institute Trustee. - Dr. J. W. Cockerham, of the Fourth Congressional District has been appointed by Gov. Blanchard as a trustee of the Industrial Institute in place of Hon. Phanor Breazeale, who refused to qualify.

 Miss Agnes Martin was the lucky winner of the Mexican work table cover, value $40, raffled a few days ago. She is receiving the congratulations of her friends upon her good fortune.
 Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1904.




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 From the Lafayette Gazette of December 14th, 1901:

THE SUNDAY LAW.








 At the last meeting of the City Council an ordinance was adopted providing for the enforcement of the Sunday law. We understand this ordinance to mean that hereafter it will be the duty of the town police to arrest all violators of the Sunday law who be tried before the mayor and dealt with according to the provisions of the municipal regulation. But it must not understood that a sentence by the by the mayor absolves the violator from the penalties imposed by the district court. On the contrary, the of the transgressor is made harder. His troubles are multiplied, and he had better have a care.

 There is an erroneous impression in the minds of some people that the Sunday law was made for the saloons, but such is not the case. It was not intended to affect any particular class of people. The man who seeks a cigar or a pound of sugar is as much a violator of the Sunday law as one who sells a drink of very bad whisky.

 Lafayette is the only town in this section where an effort has been made to enforce the Sunday law. It is a notorious fact that in most of the towns in this portion of the State the officers do not even pretend to enforce this law. During the summer season Sunday excursions to certain points were nothing less than a scheme to allow liquor dealers an opportunity to dispose of their surplus stock. The authorities here are powerless to prevent this traffic, which is very unjust to the local dealers. But there is a way to compel all classes of the business community to obey the law and we are pleased to see that the Council has taken the proper steps in the matter.

 Not only because it is fair to those who have already been  punished for the violation of the Sunday law, but in the interest of an impartial and wholesome administration of justice we hope the police will see that the Council's ordinance is enforced in letter and spirit.

 Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.




S. L. I. Class of '04 Distinguishes Itself.


 The morning exercises this week have been conducted by the class of 1904, and as might be expected of such a worthy body, their efforts to entertain the school have been most successful and gratifying.


 The regular class program was opened on Tuesday morning with a song, in which the voice of each member of the class harmonized to form a beautiful strain. The song, "The Marseilles," is the first of a series of national hymns which the class has planned to chant to the school in the course of the morning exercises. When the applause which followed the singing of "The Marseilles" had died away, Lewis Bordelon ascended the platform to read a paper entitled "The Marvel of the Twentieth Century."  He read in a manner very creditable to himself and to his class. His paper is published in these columns so that "all who run may read" that there is a great awakening of college and class spirit at the Industrial Institute.


 Tuesday, as the pupils filed into the auditorium, their eyes caught sight of 1904's glorious bronze and blue banner "fluttering and dancing in the breeze." The idea of having a banner is original with the second year class and it is their earnest hope that their example may soon  be followed. There is a rumor of class pins, class yells, and class poems, and a consequent rise of illustrious poets to meet the needs of the class. To the creators of this newborn college spirit we say "Godspeed in your mission" for there is no doubt that it is that spirit of broad rivalry which serves to elevate one school above another.


 Wednesday Newton Normand refreshed the audience by a reading of "Lucy Gray," one of Wordsworth's most charming little poems, after which Miss Pauline Gankerdorf pleased the musical ear by a pretty solo which she had prepared especially for this occasion.


 Thursday the entertainment continued to be of a high order. Rousseau Mouton's paper on "Current Topics" was very interesting as well as instructive. The musical number, as rendered by Daniel Feitel, was thoroughly enjoyable.


 The last day of the week should prove a glorious climax, as it no doubt will. Miss Blot is to treat the school to a mandolin sole and Jack Domengeaux is to give his hearers the very philosophical advice which Polonius gives to his son, Laertes, in Hamlet.


 We trust that a perusal of this account of the morning exercises at the Industrial Institute will serve to attract an appreciative public to the school. It would repay all lovers of good music and literature to make special inquiries as to the time when 1904 is to entertain in the future, as that illustrious class will always present numbers of unusual interest.
 Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901:





Business Increasing. - Though quite late in the season both the Compress and Gerac gins are rushed with cotton. The increase in the business of these gins has been very large during the past two years. The weather has been most propitious for the gathering of the cotton crop and the splendid condition of the roads has enabled people to come here with their cotton from remote points. The Gazette does not know two business concerns that have done more substantial good to this town than the Compress and Gerac gins. They have been the means of this town the importance of which no business man  will fail to appreciate. This town is now recognized throughout this section as the best cotton market, the most conclusive  proof of which is seen every day in the large number of people who come from the adjoining parishes to take advantage of the exceptional facilities afforded by the Lafayette gins and the local buyers. Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.    



For the Pen.

 Sheriff Broussard, accompanied by Abram Hirsch, left Wednesday to take a batch of prisoners to the penitentiary. The names of the men, the crime of which they were convicted and their sentences are as follows: Edgar Breaux, larceny, 6 months; Abraham Seems, larceny, 15 months; Monroe Joseph, larceny, 6 months; Numa Domingue, larceny, 8 months; Camille Frank, larceny, 9 months; Charles Thompson, larceny, 6 months; Treville Lucien and Alphonse Narcisse, shooting with intent to commit murder, 15 years; Ambroise Fils, shooting with intent to commit murder, 10 years; Alcee Fils, shooting with intent to commit murder, 20 years; Philibert Anderson, striking with intent to kill, 18 months. All are negroes with the exception of Domingues. Emmas Andrus, a negress, was taken to the Insane Asylum. Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.


 Plonsky Ill. - Ike Plonsky is very ill with typhoid fever and fears are entertained for his recovery. He is being attended by Miss M. Glidewell, a trained nurse who arrived Sunday from New Orleans. Miss Glidewell is a graduate of the Touro Infirmary. We hope the young man will soon be well. Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1904.



Tanner to Hot Springs.

 J. F. Tanner left this week to spend some time at Hot Springs. Mr. Tanner is suffering from a slight attack of paralysis and it hoped that a visit to the famous health-giving resort will result in his complete recovery. Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.








 Shooter Captured. - Last Saturday night a negro named Jno. Harvey, who was prowling about the railroad yards, fired his pistol at Maurice Guidry without any sort of provocation. Harvey was caught shortly after the shooting, with a forty four in possession. Fortunately the negro was a poor marksman and young Guidry was not hurt.    Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.




APPORTIONMENT OF SCHOOL FUNDS.

 The money allotted by the State for school purposes is apportioned to the various parishes. The assessors' returns, giving the number of educable children in each parish, are used as the basis upon which the apportionment is made. Hence it is important that the assessors' returns should be as accurate as possible. An incompetent or untruthful assessor has it in his power to do incalculable injury to the children of his parish or to those of other parishes.

 The gross inequalities resulting from incorrect returns have been commented upon by the press throughout the State. The Florida Parishes, published at Amite City, states that the recent apportionment offers fresh evidence of the palpable unreliability of the assessors' figures. The parish of Tangipahoa, says the Parishes, is one of the chief sufferers from the accuracies  of the assessors.

 The Gazette does not believe that there was any official dishonesty in making up the returns of the parishes, but to put it mildly, there has been inexcusable blundering on the part of some assessors.

 The apportionment of State school funds should be made upon an equitable and uniform basis. The unequal distribution of the money should not be tolerated, whether it results from official in competency or from the abnormal eagerness of certain parishes to gobble up more than they are entitled too.

 Appreciating the injustice done to some of the parishes the Daily States suggests that a change be made in the methods employed. Judging from the experience of the past years it is clearly evident that the returns of the assessors are not to be relied upon and we agree with The States that a change seems necessary. A more reliable source of information is needed. Speaking of the unreliable character of the the present figures and of the proposed change The States well says:

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 Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.







City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 2, 1901. - A regular meeting at the City Council was held this day, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, F. E. Girard, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, H. Hohorst, J. O. Mouton.

 The waterworks  and electric light committee reported that they had made arrangements with Southern Pacific Railroad Co., to furnish them with 1,000 gallons of water per diem for $100 per month, payable at the end of each month and the action of committee was approved by the Council. Committee also reported that they had fixed the water rates for the Industrial School at $15 per month which action was approved by the Council.

 The following license laws was adopted:

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 The following resolution was adopted:
 Resolved, That in accordance with the decree of the court that Alphonse Peck be reinstated to the office of Chief of Police for the full term of this Council, waiving its rights to an appeal to the Supreme Court and the said Peck renouncing all claims to the collectorship and further that the sum of $150 be paid to said Peck in full satisfaction of back salary. Carried.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by A. E. Mouton that H. Hebert he retained as deputy constable for the term of two months ending 31, 1902. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:





 On motion duly made and seconded the following ordinance was adopted:

 An ordinance requiring all places of business to be closed on Sundays and making the violation of the same a misdemeanor.

 Section 1.  Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that from and after the 31st day of December, 1901 all shops, stores, saloons and other places of public business which are or may be licensed under the laws of this State and the ordinances of this corporation are hereby required to be closed at 12 o'clock on Saturday nights and to remain closed continuously for 24 hours during which period of time it shall not be lawful for the proprietors thereof to give, trade, barter exchange, or sell, any of the stock or any article or merchandise kept in such an establishment.

 Section 2.  Be it further ordained that whosoever shall violate the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and therefor shall pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $100 or be imprisoned for not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days or both at the discretion of the mayor provided that this ordinance shall not apply to news-dealers, soda fountains, the sale of ice, newspaper offices, printing offices, book stores, drug stores, apothecary shops, undertaker shops, public and private markets, bakeries, dairies, livery stables, railroads, hotels, boarding houses, restaurants, telegraph offices and theatres, or any place of amusement, providing no intoxicating liquors are sold in the premises, provided, that stores may be opened for the purpose of selling anything necessary in sickness and for burial purposes. Provided that nothing in this act shall be construed so as to allow hotels or boarding houses to sell or dispose of alcoholic liquors, except wine for table use, on Sundays.

 Provided further, that no alcoholic, vinous, or malt liquors shall be given, traded or bartered, or sold, or delivered, in any public place on said day except when actually administered or prescribed by a practicing physician or prescribed by a practicing physician in the discharge of this professional duties in case of sickness, in such cases the physicians administering the intoxicating liquors may charge therefor.

 Section 4.  Be it further enacted, etc., that all laws or parts of laws contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions hereof, be and the same are hereby repealed.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.

 CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.
       






POLICE JURY PROCEEDINGS.
Ordinance of Licenses for the Year 1902.

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 5, 1901. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. A. Labbe, J. O. Blanchet, Alonzo Lacy, Alex M. Broussard and John Whittington. Absent: M. Billeaud, Jr., and Saul Broussard.

 The president being absent the secretary called the meeting to order and Mr. Labbe was elected president pro tem.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton the following resolution was adopted:  Resolved that it shall be unlawful for any railroad train to obstruct any public crossing within the parish for a longer period of time than ten minutes and any violation of ordinance shall be deemed a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $25 recoverable before any court of competent jurisdiction.

 On motion of Mr. Mouton, Mr. Lacy was appointed to confer with the section boss of the Louisiana Western road as to the dangerous condition of the public crossings at Mrs. Z. Broussard's and Gerac ginnery.

 A communication from Dr. H. D. Guidry, president of the Board of Health, asking that the Jury fix a reasonable compensation for his services as health officer of the parish was read and by motion of Mr. Lacy the sum of $100 per annum was allowed Dr. Guidry as salary in consideration of increased duties and responsibilities.

 By motion of Mr. Lacy the sum of $3.75 was transferred from the 8th ward special road fund to 1st ward fund.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton the Jury resolved to employ a parish attorney and Hon. C. H. Mouton was unanimously elected to the office at a salary of $200 per annum.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton the following ordinance fixing the license tax of the parish for the calendar year 1902 was adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE to levy, collect and enforce the payment of an annual license tax upon all persons, associations of persons or business firms and corporations pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those expressly excerpted from such license tax by Article 229 of the constitution, and prescribing the mode and method in which certain persons, subject to license, shall make report of their business.

 Section 1. Be it enacted by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana that there is hereby levied an annual license tax for the year, upon each person, association of persons, or business firms and corporations, pursuing  any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, subject to licenses under Article 229 of the Constitution.

 Section 2.  Be it enacted, etc., that on the second day of January, A. D. 1892, and each subsequent year, the sheriff and tax collector shall begin to collect and shall collect as fast as possible from each of the persons or business firm, associations or persons, and corporations, pursuing within this parish any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, a license tax hereinafter graduated. All licenses (except as otherwise hereinafter provided) shall be due and collectable during the first month of each year, and all unpaid licenses shall become delinquent on the first day of February of each year, and all firms that commence business after that date shall become delinquent unless the license is paid within ten (10) days.

 Section. 3.  Be it further enacted, etc., that the annual license for all kinds of business hereinafter named except as afterward provided, shall be graduated in classes.

 MANUFACTURE.

 That for carrying on each business of manufacturing subject to license under article 229 of the constitution, the license shall be based on the gross annual receipt of said business, as follows:

 Class 1.  When the said receipts are $25,000 or more and less than $30,000 the license shall be said $19.50.

 Class 2.  When the said receipts are less than $25,000 the license shall be $15.

 BANKING.

 That for the business of carrying on bank, banking company association, corporation or agency they shall be based on the declared or nominal capital and surplus, as follow:

 Class. 1.  When the said declared or nominal capital and surplus is $100,000 or more and less than $200,000 the license shall be $150.

 Class 2.  When the said declared or nominal capital and surplus is $50,000 or more and less than $100,000 the license shall be $75.

 Class 3.  When the said declared or nominal capital and surplus is $50,000 or less, the license shall be $50.

 The declared or nominal capital or surplus, as provided by this section, shall be ascertained and based upon the annual statement made in pursuance of existing laws.

 MERCANTILE BUSINESS.

 Section 4.  Be it further ordained, that for every wholesale mercantile business, whether as principal, agent or commission, by auction, representing foreign merchants or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross annual amounts of sale as follows:

 Class 1.  When the gross sales are $250,000 and not more than $500,000 the license shall be $100.

 Class 2.  When the gross sales are $250,000 or less, the license shall be $50.

 Provided, that no person or persons shall be deemed wholesale dealers unless he or they sell by the original or unbroken packages or barrel only; and provided further, that no person or persons shall be deemed wholesale dealers unless he or they sell to dealers for resale. If they sell in less quantities than original and unbroken packages, or barrels, they shall be considered retail dealers, and pay license as such. That for every business or selling at retail whether as principal, agent or commission, or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross annual amount of sales, as follows:

 Class 1.  When the gross sales are $40,000 or more and under $50,000, the license shall be $40.

 Class 2.  When the gross sales are $30,000 or more and less than $40,000, the license shall be $30.

 Class 3.  When the gross sales are $25,000 or more and less than $30,000, the license shall be $25.

 Class 4.  When the gross sales are $20,000 or more and less than $25,000, the license shall be $15.

 Class 6.  When the gross sales are less than $15,000 and more than $10,000 the license shall be $10.

 Class 7.  When the gross sales are $5,000 or less, the license shall be $5.

 Provided, that if any distilled vinous, malt or other kind of mixed liquors be sold in connection with the business of retail merchant grocer, oyster house, confectionary, or merchant grocer, oyster house, confectionary, or in less quantities than five gallons, the license for such additional business shall be as hereinafter provided for, provided further, that no license shall issue to sell liquors in less quantities than five gallons, for less than $1,000.

 Provided, that retail drugstores, owned or controlled and managed by a regularly licensed graduate of pharmacy, and selling vinous, spirituous or alcoholic liquors in less than one quart, as drug or medicine only, shall pay the license mentioned in this section and shall not be required to procure the license required for saloons, etc., under this act, as retail liquor dealers.

 Provided further, that if drugstores, soda fountains, or other aeriated water dealers offer for sale in connection, with such waters any vinous, spirituous or alcoholic liquors, such drug store, soda fountains or dealers, shall be required to take out license as retail liquor dealers, as saloons, barrooms, etc., as provided in section 10 of this act.

 Provide further, that farmers or planters having stores situated on their farms or plantations, and selling or advancing supplies to their employes exclusively, shall not be classed as merchants, not shall they be required to take out a license under this act.

 Section 5.  Be it further enacted, that for carrying on each business of gas-light, electric light, waterworks, shoot-the-chutes, miniature railroad, saw mills employing ten or more hands, telephoning (including local and district telegraph) express company, cotton compress or ginnery, cotton pickery, slaughter house, distillery and rectifying alcoholic, or malt liquors, brewing ale, beer, porter or other malt liquor, manufacturing tobacco, cigar or cigarettes, refining sugar or molasses or either of them, manufacturing cotton seed oil, oil cake or cotton seed meal, that license shall be based on the gross annual receipts of each person, association of persons, business firm or corporation engaged in said business as follows:

 Provided that this section shall not apply to planters and farmers grinding and refining their own sugar or molasses or ginning their own cotton or that of their tenants or manufacturing their own cotton seed into meal, cake or oil, or work by machinery for plantation or farm purposes, provided that no license shall be imposed or collected on cotton gins ginning for lint, not over four hundred bales of cotton per annum and provided further that this act shall not apply to those planters who granulate syrup for other planters during the rolling season.

 Provided that any agency for any or other establishment, selling by wholesale, ale, beer or other alcoholic or malt liquors in unbroken packages as usually contained in kegs, barrels, etc., shall pay a license based as follows:

 When said gross sales are $5,000 or more the license shall be $500. When the said gross annual receipts are less than $5,000 the license shall be $300.

 Class 1.  When said gross receipts are $20,000 and over, the license shall be $50.

 Class 2.  When said gross receipts are $15,000 and not over $20,000, the license shall be $37.50.

 Class 3.  When said gross receipts are less than $15,000 and over $10,000, the license shall be $20.

 Class 4.  When the said gross receipts are less than $10,000, the license shall be $10.

 AMUSEMENTS.

 Section 6.  Be it further enacted, etc., that for every business of keeping a theatre, opera-house, ampitheatre, academy of music, museum, menagerie, circus or other traveling show, the license shall be based upon the number of the attaches, whether proprietors, performers, or other employees, as follows:

 Class 1.  When the number of said persons is one hundred or more the license shall be $100.

 Class 2.  When the number of said persons is seventy-five or more and less than one hundred the license shall be $90.

 Class 3.  When the number of said persons is fifty or more and less than seventy-five the license shall be $80.

 Class 4.  When the number of said persons is thirty or more and less than fifty the license shall be $70.

 Class 5.  When the number of said persons us twenty or more and less than thirty the license shall be $60.

 Class 6.  When the number of said persons is ten or more and less than twenty the license shall be $50.

 Class 7.  When the number of said persons is five or more and less than ten, the license shall be $40.

 Class 8.  When the number of said persons is four the license shall be $30.

 Class 9.  When the number of said persons is three the license shall be $20.

 Class 10.  When the number of said persons is two the license shall be $10.

 Class 11.  When the number of said persons is one the license shall be $5.

 Provided that the license for every hall or place where public entertainments are given not provided for in this section shall be based upon the seating capacity as follows:

 When the number of seats or spaces number 500 or more the license shall be $25.

 When the number of seats or spaces number less than 500 the license shall be $20.

 Provided further that no license shall be required for balls given by private persons or for charitable purpose.

 RAILROAD AGENTS, ETC.

 Section 7.  Be it further enacted that each person carrying on the business or calling of selling or dealing in railroad or steamship tickets whether said tickets are sold on the streets, in the office of the company he represents, or that of any other company, shall pay an annual license graded upon the number of companies he represents to wit:  One company, $25; two companies, $40; three companies, $50.

 PEDDLERS AND HAWKERS.

 Section 8.  Be it further enacted, etc., that each and every peddler or hawker shall pay an annual license grades as follows:

 When traveling on foot, $5; when traveling on horseback, $10; when traveling in one-horse vehicle, $15; when traveling in two-horse vehicle, $25; when traveling on any kind of water craft, $50.

 Provided that, no person shall be allowed to sell goods as clerk or clerks, of any peddler or hawker, but that he or they must pay a license in his or their own name, but that this proviso shall not apply to watercraft.

 It is further provided that all parochial executive officers are hereby empowered and directed to cause all peddlers or hawkers to exhibit their parish license, and that the said peddlers or hawkers failing to produce or exhibit the same, the said officers are directed and empowered by this act to seize the said stock of merchandise and turn the same over to any court of competent jurisdiction with due information as to the violation of this act. Provided further that the said executive officers shall be entitled to receive as fees, the sum of $5 in each and every case from any peddler or hawker, clerk or clerks employed by said peddler, or hawker, when peddling without a license in violation of this act. The said amount of $5 to be recovered before any court or competent jurisdiction out of the goods to be seized.


HOTELS, ETC.

 Section 9.  Be it further enacted, etc., that for every business of keeping a hotel where lodging and eating are combined the license shall be based upon the number of furnished lodging rooms for guests, as follows:

 Class 1.  When the said rooms are forty-five or more and less than seventy-five the license shall be $50.

 Class 2.  When the said rooms are thirty or more and less than forty-five the license shall be $40.

 Class 3. When the said rooms are fifteen or more and less than thirty the license shall be $30.

 Class 4.   When the number of said rooms is twelve or more and less than fifteen the license shall be $20.

 Class 5.  When the number of said rooms is nine or more and less than twelve the license shall be $10.

 Class 6.  When the number of said rooms is six or more and less than nine the license shall be $5.

 Provided that no license shall be required when the number of said rooms is less than six and that for every business of lodging alone the license shall be estimated on the same basis as for hotels, but graduated at one-half rates; provided that boarding houses shall pay sixty per cent of the rates of hotels.

 BARROOMS ETC.

 Section 10.  Be it enacted, that for every business of barroom, cabaret, coffee-house, café, beer saloon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grog-shop, beer house, beer garden or other place, where the thing to be drunk or eaten on the premises is sold directly or indirectly the license shall be based on the gross annual receipts of said business as follows:

 Class 1.  When the gross annual receipts are $7,500 or more the license shall be $3,000.

 Class 2.  When the gross annual receipts are $5,000 or more and less than $7,500 the license shall be $2,000.

 Class 3.  When the gross annual receipts are less than $5,000 the license shall be $1,000.

 Be it further ordained, that no person shall engage in the business of retail liquor dealer as provided in this section without having first paid the license hereinbefore fixed and any person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine of not less than $100 for each and every offense and in default of payment, imprisonment in the parish jail for a period not exceeding ninety days.

 Provided, that no license shall be charged for selling refreshments for charitable or religious purposes, and provided further that no establishment, selling or giving away or otherwise disposing of any spirits, wines, or alcoholic or malt liquors in less quantities than one pint, shall pay less than $200. Provided further, that when any kind of business provided for in this section shall be combined with any other business provided for in section 8, the same classification shall be made as provided in this section, but the price for the license shall be equal to the price of the license required f0r each business separately.

 Section 11.  Be it enacted, etc., that for every business of keeping billiard tables, pigeon hole, Jenny Lind, pool or bagatelle tables, and ten pin alleys, from which revenue is derived a license of $5 for each such table or alley shall be required, and paid in addition to any other license due by the establishment, in which said tables or alleys may be situated. Provided that all persons, association of persons or business firms, and corporations engaged in the sale of soda water, meads, confection, cakes, etc., exclusively, shall be rated as follows:

 Class 1.  When the gross annual sales are $3,000 and more than $2,000, the license shall be $10.

 Class 2.  When the gross sales are less than $2,000 the license shall be $5.

 Provided, that this provision shall not apply to places where alcoholic, vinos or malt liquors are sold, and provided that, druggists selling soda water, mead, etc., shall be required to take out a license under this act.

 Section 12.  Be it enacted, etc., that for every individual or company carrying on the profession or business agency for steamboat, draying, trucking, keeping cabs, carriages, hacks or horses for hire, undertakers, owners or lessees of toll bridges and ferries, master builders, stevedores, bill posting or tacking, contractors and mechanics who employ assistants, the license shall be graded as follows:

 Class 1.  When the gross annual receipts are $1,000 or more the license shall be $20.

 Class 2.  When the gross receipts are $750 or more and less than $1,000 the license shall be $15.

 Class 3.  When the gross annual receipts are less than $750 the license shall be $5.

 PROFESSIONAL.

 Section 13.  Be it enacted, that every individual or individuals carrying on the business or profession of physician, attorney-at-law, editor, dentist, occultist, photographer, jeweler and all business not herein provided for shall be graded the same as set forth in section 11 of this act, but graded at one-half rates, and provided that  no license shall be issued hereunder for less than $5.

 Section 14.  Be it further enacted, that all traveling vendors of stoves, lightning rods and clocks, shall pay a license annually of $100, whether traveling as peddlers or not. For every trading stamp company issuing stamps to merchants, and all other dealers of every kind whatsoever, where the gross annual receipts are less than $5,000 the license shall be $125 and when the gross receipts are above $5,000 the license shall be $250.

 Section 15.  Be it further enacted, that for carrying on the business pursuits known as cotton factorage, grain and produce commission houses, or any other factorage or commission business, brokerage in stocks, bonds, real estate, produce, sugar, cotton, or other brokerage business, whether buying or selling for actual, spot or future delivery where the intention of the parties is to make an honest, bona-ide delivery, the license shall be based on the gross annual commissions and brokerage on sales and purchases as follows:

 Class 1.  When the annual gross commissions exceed $5,000 and are not more than $10,000 the license shall be $50.

 Class 2.  When the annual gross commissions are $5,000 or less the license shall be $25.

 Section 16.  Be it enacted that for every lumber yard, whose gross sales are $2,000 or less the license shall be $10, and when the gross sales exceed $2,000 the license shall be $20.

 Section 17.  Be it enacted, that for every sewing machine agent or agency, fruit stand, soda stand, horse and mule trader, cigar and tobacco stand, the license shall be $5.

 Section 18.  Be it enacted that when any two or more kinds of business are combined as herein expressly provided for there shall be a separate license required for each kind of business. Where any company or association shall lease, operate, manage or control the business franchise, property of other corporations, associations or firms, they shall pay a separate license for each business.

 Section 19.  Be it enacted, etc., that annual receipts, capital sales, and premium in this act, referred to as basis of license are those for the year for which the license is granted; the standard for their estimation shall be prima facie of the preceding year of the business that has been conducted previously by the same party or parties to whom they claim to be successors. If the firm or company be new, gross sales for the first two months shall be considered as the basis, and six times that amount shall be estimated as the annual receipts of such business. Provided that any person commencing business after the first day of July shall pay one-half of the above rates.

 Section 20.  Be it enacted, etc., that the business of the previous year, as also the actual condition and results of the business of the current, for the new firms, associations or corporations for the purpose of calculating licenses shall be ascertained by the tax collector in the sworn statement of the person, or persons of interest, his or their duly authorized agent, or officer made before the tax collector be not satisfied with the said sworn statement he shall traverse the same by a rule, taken in proper court. On trial of said rule the books and written entries, and memoranda of said persons or persons, firms, companies, corporations or parties, shall be brought into court, and subjected to the inspection and examination of the court, the officer who took the rule, and such experts as he may employ or the court may appoint, provided that this inspection shall not be construed as entailing the defendant to introduce in evidence said books and documents any more then he would have been without such inspection; provided also that the license shall issue in accordance with said sworn statement, notwithstanding with said sworn statement, notwithstanding the prospect or pendency of the rule, and the final ratification shall be made as ordered by the court.

 Section 21.  Be it further enacted, that if any business shall be conducted without a license in case herein provided, the tax collector shall through the attorney appointed by the State for such purpose, on motion in the proper courts as provided in the Constitution and which shall be without deposit or advance costs, take a rule on the party or parties, doing such business to show cause on the fifth day, exclusive of holidays, after the service thereof, why said party or parties should not pay the amount of license claimed and penalties or be ordered to cease from further pursuit of said business, until after having obtained a license; and in case, said rule is made absolute the order therein shall be considered a judgment in favor of the parish for the amount decreed to be due, by defendant for license, and penalty and costs, heretofore and hereinafter provided for, and shall be executed in the same manner as other judgments. Provided that in addition to the commission allowed the attorney, a penalty of 25 per cent on the amount sued on is hereby fixed and provided, which penalty shall be turned into the general fund of the parish.

 It is hereby expressly provided that each person, association or persons, business firms or corporations, required to take out a license under this ordinance shall be required to post the same in a conspicuous place in his or their place of business under a penalty of not less than $10 more than $100 recoverable by the collector before any court of competent jurisdiction and it shall be the duty of the tax collector, to visit in person or by deputies the several places of business herein mentioned and ascertain that the provisions of this section are strictly carried out.

 Section 22.  Be it further enacted that the only legal evidence that a license has been paid shall be the appropriate from of license adopted by the Jury and no receipts issued by the tax-collector in place of the license itself shall be valid and this clause shall be construed to prevent the tax collector from issuing a receipt in lieu of the appropriate form to any person, association of persons or business corporation; provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed as to exclude oral evidence of lost or destroyed licenses.

 Section 23.  Be it further enacted that he tax-collector shall prepare and keep a book in which he shall record or file the statements made under oath of all persons, associations of persons, business firms or corporations, who may apply for license to pursue any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business under this act.

 Section 24.  Be it further enacted that the tax-collector is hereby empowered and required to administer oath to any person, president or proper officer or agent of any associations or persons, business firms or corporations applying for license under this act, and any tax-collector or ex-officio tax-collector who shall sign any jurat or certify to the correctness of any oath without administering the oath in person to the applicant shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction be dealt with in accordance with existing laws, relative to dismissal from office of such officer or officers, and in addition to which they shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000. That when the oath is taken before the collector no charge shall be made for the same. Any false swearing as to the gross receipts of any person or persons or corporations through their president or proper officer or agent applying for license shall constitute the crime of perjury, to be punished as directed by existing criminal laws of the State.

 Section 25.  Be it enacted that the tax-collector is hereby required to keep a license register in which he shall enter the name of every person, association of persons, business firms or corporations with the trade, profession, vocation, calling or business pursued, the class and graduation of the same, the amount of the license thereon, and the date of the collection or payment thereof. The collector shall before the end of the year submit to the jury a full and complete transcript of said register.

 Section 26.  Be it enacted that the tax-collector or ex-officio tax-collector violating any of the provisions of this act or who shall willfully rate any persons, association of persons, business firms and corporation at a less graduation than the law contemplates or who shall issue to any said persons, association of persons,business firms or corporation a license for a less sum than the that corresponding to their graduation shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor in office, and shall on conviction, before a competent authority be summarily dismissed therefrom.

 Section 27.  Be it enacted that on the 1st day of February of each year the tax-collector, or ex-officio, tax-collector shall deliver to the attorney appointed by the State for the purpose a complete list of all delinquent license-payers together with their location and kind of business, and the attorney shall immediately proceed to collect same in accordance with this act, and if not collected within thirty days from the date of delivery of the lists of the collector of taxes, or ex-officio tax-collector or taxes it shall be the duty of said attorney to render a written report giving the reasons for non-collection to the collector whose duty it shall be to report same to the Jury.

 Section 28.  Be it enacted, that in addition to the penalties provided in this ordinance, all unpaid license shall bear interest at the rate of two per cent per month from the first day of February and the payment thereon shall be secured by first mortgage in favor of the parish on the property, movable or immovable, of the delinquent owing the license and the tax-collector shall collect said interest as provided by existing law and provisions of this ordinance.

 Section 29.  Be it enacted that a person, firm or company, having  more than one place of business shall pay a separate license for each place of business.

 Section 30.  Be it enacted that all laws or parts of laws in conflict with this act are hereby repealed.

 Section 31.  Be it enacted that the licenses issued in pursuance of this ordinance shall be for the calendar year beginning Jan. 1, 1902, and ending Dec. 31, 1902.

 Section 32.  Be it enacted that this ordinance take effect from and after its adoption by the Jury.

 The treasurer submitted the following reports:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury, parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:




 Respectfully submitted,
      J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Dec. 5, 1901.

 To the President and Members of Police Jury parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of special road funds since my last report.




 Respectfully submitted,
                 J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 5, 1901.

 The following account was laid over:

 L. Lacoste, coal, nails, etc. ... $27.80.


 The following accounts were approved:





 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. R. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.



Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/14/1901.

 O. P. Pearce, charged with the killing of a man in Vermilion parish, has been brought here for safe-keeping. The killing took place near Hunter's canal about a month ago.

 Judge M. T. Gordy passed through Lafayette Wednesday. He had just returned from Crowley where he and Judge Julian Mouton held a session of the circuit court.

 There will be a special meeting of the Board of School Directors on Monday Dec. 16, 1901, at 10 o'clock. The president has had occasion to issue several calls lately but the members have always been prompt in responding.

 Frank Reuben, a negro charged with stealing, was brought from Carencro last Tuesday by Constable Cormier and jailed.

 Miss Edith Dupre and Miss Marguerite Mouton returned from New Orleans Monday morning.

 Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Biossat returned Sunday from New Orleans
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1901.






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 From the Lafayette Gazette of December 14th, 1895:



TAKING CHARGE OF DEM. PARTY IN LAFAYETTE.


 Twenty men claiming to represent the Democracy of the various wards met at the court-house last Thursday and proceeded to take charge of the Democratic party of this parish.


 They made no bones about it, but coolly arrogated to themselves the power which rests in the voters alone. Who endowed these gentlemen with the authority to speak of the Democracy of Lafayette? Is it the handful of men who met in the different wards and appointed themselves as delegates to this most singular of all conventions? Have the people of this parish ever been treated to such huge political comedy and performed by men who pretend to be serious?

 The gentlemen who met at the court-house represent nothing except themselves and a few honest but deluded followers, and they have no more right to speak for the Democratic party than they have to speak for the Salvation Army or the Mormon Church. On the 23rd of November they announced in their official organ that they would hold primaries on the 11th of this month, but finding that the Democrats of the parish would refuse to take part in such a ridiculous sideshow not a single box was opened. To attempt to hold primaries and not to get any votes would be too clear an evidence of weakness, and the commissioners named failed to show up at the appointed time and place, and the primaries did not materialize. But something had to be done to keep up appearances, and word was sent out to the faithful in the different wards that a convention would be held at the courthouse Thursday to appoint delegates to the State, senatorial and judicial conventions. A few men - met at the different precincts and appointed themselves delegates to this great convention, which had the audacity to appoint delegates to represent the Democracy of the parish at the State, judicial and senatorial conventions. In the matter of the district and senatorial nominees they tell us that the delegates are to vote for the candidates receiving the highest number of votes at the white primary election called by their rump committee for the 21st of March. Right here let us express the opinion that the March primary will turn out to be as dismal a failure as the primary of last Wednesday. After having most signally failed to hold the primary which they announced for the 11th they are making a desperate effort to prolong their bluff by prating about the March primary. What guarantee have the Democrats of the parish that the March primary will ever see the light of day? Like its twin brother of the 11th, it died a-borning.

 Before closing this article we desire to ask how the delegates from this (Lafayette) precinct were elected? It was by "mass meeting" we have have failed to ascertain where it was held and how large it was. We are inclined to believe that the alleged "mass meetings" in the other wards bore a marked resemblance to the one which did not take place in this precinct.

 Have the people of this parish ever been treated to such a political farce? Have they ever witnessed such an unblushing attempt at bossism?  Shades of Jim Coon! Shades of Tompkins! Shades of Plebian ! and all ye anti-bosses!

Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.



For the Legislature.
To the editor of The Lafayette Gazette:
     Royville, La., Nov. 15, 1895.

  SIR - You are hereby authorized to announce me as a candidate for the House of Representatives at the election of 1896. My name subject to the Democratic white primaries.
       Very respectfully,
               G. W. SCRANTON.

     Lafayette, La., Nov. 26, 1895.
  I am a candidate for the House of Representatives, subject to the White Democratic primaries called for Saturday, Dec. 14, 1895.
     J. O. BROUSSARD.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.


For District Judge.
     Lafayette, La., Nov. 22, 1895.
  I am a candidate for judge of the 17th judicial district before the Democratic primaries called for Saturday, Dec. 14, 1895, and subject to the judicial convention to meet at Lafayette, Dec. 21, 1895.
     JULIAN MOUTON.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.

 For Clerk of Court.
     Lafayette, La., Nov. 22, 1895.
  I am a candidate for clerk of court for the parish of Lafayette, subject to the Democratic primaries called for Saturday, Dec. 14, 1895.
     EDWARD G. VOORHIES,
Lafayette, La., Nov. 22, 1895.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.

 For Sheriff.
     Lafayette, La., Nov. 22, 1895.
  This is to announce my candidacy for sheriff of this parish subject to the white Democratic primaries called for Saturday, Dec. 14, 1895, by the Democratic Parish Executive Committee which met at the court-house at Lafayette on the 21st of November, 1895.
     I. A. BROUSSARD.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.

 For Justice of the Peace.
     Lafayette, La., Nov. 22, 1895.
  I am a candidate for justice of the peace of the 3rd ward, subject to the white Democratic primaries called for the 14th of December, 1895.
     T. A. MCFADDIN.

     Thursday, Nov. 28, 1895.
  I am a candidate for Justice of the Peace of the 3d ward, subject to the Democratic primaries called for the 14th of December, 1895.
     J. CLAUDE MARTIN.

     Lafayette, La., Nov. 22, 1895.
  I am a candidate for constable of the 3rd ward, subject to the white Democratic primaries called for the 14th of December.
     L. HIRSCH.

     Lafayette, La., Dec. 4, 1895.
  I am a candidate for constable of the 3d ward, subject to the Democratic primaries called for the 14th of December.
     THOMAS MOUTON.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.

For District Attorney.
     Abbeville, La., Nov. 25, 1895.
  I am a candidate for District Attorney of the 17th Judicial District before the Democratic primaries called in Lafayette parish for Saturday Dec. 14, 1895, and subject to the judicial convention to meet at Lafayette on the 21st of December next.
     MINOS T. GORDY.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.

 For Coroner.
     Lafayette, La., Dec. 3, 1895.
  I am a candidate for coroner, subject to the Democratic primaries called for Saturday, Dec. 14, 1895.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.



Carencro Fair.

 The Carencro fair was indeed a great success. Too much credit cannot be given to the beloved priest, Rev. Father Laforest, and to the ladies and gentlemen for the admirable manner in which the this fair was conducted. The decorations and the tasty arrangement of the table were beautiful and showed no little labor on the part of our carencro neighbors. The good priest possesses the esteem of this entire congregation as was shown by the generous assistance accorded him on every hand. He is indeed deserving of success as no priest has worked more zealously for any cause. He went to work some months ago to build a handsome and spacious edifice for his congregation and it energy and zeal count for anything, before long Carencro will be able to boast of having one of the finest churches in this part of the State.

 The Gazette is happy to state that the people of Lafayette "did themselves proud" on this occasion. The local theatrical company and the Pelican and String bands kindly volunteered their valuable concourse and contributed in a great measure to the success of the fair during the day and the entertainment at night. Among the audience also there was a liberal sprinkling of Lafayette folks. Lafayette is getting to to be decidedly proper for her to help her prime young daughter, Carencro, but the way she did so entitles here to a whole bushel of praise. Well done, old girl.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.


 Enthusiastic Democratic Meeting At Broussard.

 Broussard, Dec. 8, - An enthusiastic meeting of the Democracy was held this evening at Farmers' Alliance Hall here to ratify the action the executive committee in calling primaries on the 14th inst. Judge Gregg called the meeting to order. Lucien St. Julien was unanimously elected president and Raoul Malagarie secretary, with the following vice-presidents: Ad. Girouard, D. Bernard, J. Langlinais, Alex. Billeaud, A. Olivier and D. G. Bernard.

 The following gentlemen delivered strong addresses on the issues of the campaign: Hon. Julian Mouton, J. O. Broussard, M. Laberge, Sheriff Broussard, Edward Voorhies and Andrew Martin. The two last gentlemen are candidates for the clerk of court, and to quiet all reports to the contrary both candidates stated that emphatically that in the event of defeat they will actively and earnestly support the nominees of the primaries of the 14th instant. The Democracy is aroused. Broussard was formerly the banner precinct, and hopes to regain the honor. Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.


 About Kickers.

 The kickers may not be numerous in this town but they are lively, vigorous, persistent kickers and worthy of first seats in the Grand Order of National Kickerians. Although they don't do much good to the community Lafayette is proud of its kickers. They are accomplished kickers - adept in the art of kicking. They are absolutely impartial; kicking at everything regardless of consequences. For their benefit the following "poem" from the Somerville (N. Y.) Journal is given space in our columns:

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 Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.




Married. - Mr. Louis Lacoste, one of our most popular boys, and Miss Lydia McDaniel, were married Sunday evening at the Catholic church at Carencro by the Rev. Father Laforest. The ceremony was witnessed by a small number of intimate friends and relatives. The popularity of the young couple and the fact that no announcement had been made of the marriage was the cause of much surprise. Mr. and Mrs. Lacoste were the recipients of many handsome presents. Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.


 Died. - Mrs. O. J. Sprole died in this town last Saturday at the age of 49 years, after a painful illness of several weeks. Mrs. Sprole was the mother of five children, who will mourn the loss of a devoted and indulgent mother. She was the possessor of many virtues characteristic of the true Christian woman. She counted on her list of friends all who knew her, as her kind heart and generous nature had won for her the esteem of all with whom she came in contact. Her remains were put to rest in the Protestant cemetery last Sunday.  Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.
    


Ike Complimented. - Ike Broussard will no doubt be re-elected sheriff of Lafayette. Broussard is one of the best known sheriffs in the State and one of the bravest, and he has run many of the most desperate criminals to earth. He is also a political leader of considerable influence.
- From N. O. States and in Laf. Gazette 12/14/1895.





Holidays! Holidays! Holiday!
They are Coming!

 And Paul Demanade is fully and amply prepared to satisfy the taste of the most fastidious in the line of something elegant, such as Imported and Domestic Wines, Brandies, Gins and Liquors of all kinds - the finest of pure and old Rye and Bourbon Whiskies and malt beverages, comprising the best beer, ale and porter. Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895. 









Police Jury Proceedings.

Lafayette, La., Dec. 7, 1895. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, J. G. St. Julien, H. M. Durke, Alfred Hebert, C. C. Brown and Alf. A. Delhomme. Absent: J. W. Broussard.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The sum of $50 was appropriated in aid of public school at Alphonse Domingue's, in the 6th ward.

 The sum of $100 was appropriated in aid of the public school at Jos. Broussard's in the 1st ward.

 By motion, a car-load of lumber was granted for the 1st and 8th wards.

 By motion duly made, the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out a public road forty feet wide, according to law, from Theall's school to Alcide Savoi's, and to assess damages to proprietors affected: Lucien Broussard, Sebastian Benoit, Adolph Picard, John Primeaux, Andre Hebert and Eugene Baudoin.

 The sum of $11.50 was granted unto Julie Breaux, indigent.

 Mr. Durke was authorized to let the keeping of Olidon Broussard bridge for the next calendar year and required $100 bond for faithful performance of duty.

 The following accounts were laid over:

 W. B. Bailey, clerk's fees ... $21.50
 H. Billeaud, 2 cords wood ... $4.00

 The following accounts were approved:




 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.



Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/14/1895.

 The white Democrats of Lafayette are reminded once more that to-day primaries will be held throughout the parish.

 The Gazette has said at the beginning that the bolters did not want primaries. Last Wednesday's fizzle proves the correctness of that statement beyond all doubt.

 As the recognized organ of the "comite executif de la faction anti-adminstratif," the Advertiser is respectfully requested to give an account of the primaries announced for the 11th.

 Dec. 23 is the day on which the pupils of Miss Boas' school will give their concert.

 For Sale. - Three good lots for business stands. On Lincoln avenue, opposite Parkerson park. Apply to Mrs. M. Gardner.

 Jos. G. Fournet, Esq., a member of the Calcasieu bar and a friend of the editor of this paper, was a most welcome visitor to The Gazette office last Tuesday. While in town Mr. Fournet made the acquaintance of several old friends of his father, Judge G. A. Fournet, who so ably presides over the 12th Judicial District Court.

 A gentleman from Acadia told us the other day that after reading the "statement of facts" of the Lafayette Bolters he has come to the conclusion that their excuse to bolt was the lamest thing he had ever read - and so it is. 
Lafayette Gazette 12/14/1895.









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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 14th, 1895:

Lafayette Parish In Debt.

 Assuming the indebtedness to be Five Thousand dollars, and close inspection will convince that it will not be less on the 1st of January 1879, under the present system there is not the slightest hope of liquidation.  The liabilities of this year even will far exceed the receipts, and the outstanding indebtedness is thus continually increased.

 Taxation at the rate of thirteen mills makes nominally the revenue of about six thousand dollars. From this amount must be deducted the cost of collection and the amounts due by delinquent taxpayers. It will be readily perceived that with this small revenue, the salaries of officers, the repairs of roads and bridges, and the enormous expenses of the Court in criminal cases, can scarcely be met and that no margin is left to pay outstanding claims.

 The following recommendations are respectfully suggested for the consideration of the incoming Police Jury.

 1. To make contracts with the Sheriff of the Parish and Clerk of the District Court, for determined sums, for all services they may be called upon to perform in all criminal cases.

 The advantages of this are obvious and it would be better for these officers to be sure of a fixed sum and thus relieved of all necessity of making out bills and having them mislaid and finally not paid. The Police Juries by law were authorized to make these contracts. Some of them last year took advantage of the Statute, and are highly pleased with the favorable results.

 Costs of Court in criminal cases are by far, the heaviest expenses the Parishes are called upon to bear.

 2.  A system of book-keeping, just such as a sound commercial firm requires, ought to be inaugurated. And the officers charged with keeping the books, ought to be forced to a strict performance of duty. Any member of the Police Jury really desirous of inaugurating these reforms can very easily have ordinances for these purposes prepared and they should be introduced and discussed at the first meeting.

 3. The Legislature must be memorialized to pass an act allowing the bonding or funding of the outstanding indebtedness. Upon proper representation the Legislature would readily pass the required measure of relief. Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1878. 




The Railroad to Texas.
 

 With unusual pleasure we learn from an entirely reliable source that the contracts for the completing of the railroad to Houston, Texas, have been signed and that the several parties to the same are now prepared to build the road without unnecessary loss of time.

 The extension from Morgan City to Vermilionville is to be built the Morgan Railroad and Steamship Company, and this will be done in a very short time. The rest of the road will be built and equipped by the Texas and New Orleans Company, and by other companies who have the necessary means and franchises.

  The distance from Morgan City to Vermilionville is sixty-three miles, and from Vermilionville to the Sabine river, one hundred miles. From the Sabine to Houston the road is already built and is in good order.

 The contracts require the whole road to be built within eighteen months, but it is believed the work will be done in less time. Rails have already been purchased for the extension in Vermilionville and the same have also been bought for the road west of that place. Engineers are now east of the Sabine river, surveying the road for the extension to Vermilionville. Engines and rolling stock for building the road have also been purchased. In a very short time hundreds of hands will be employed on the work. 


 From the N. O. Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1878.







City Council of Vermilionville.

         Regular Session, Dec. 2d, 1878.
  The City Council met this day, the Hon. J. O. Mouton, Mayor presiding and all the Councilmen present.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read, corrected and adopted.

 The committee appointed at the last meeting for the purpose of fixing the rate of taxation, &c., presented the following report to-wit:

 "To the Honorable Mayor and Member of the Town Council of Vermillionville, La. - 
  The undersigned committee, appointed by your Honorable body to recommend the levying of a tax on the movable and immovable property situated within the limits of said Town and of a License Tax upon persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations with said limits for the year 1879, respectfully submit the following:

 1. They recommend that the Corporation tax for the year 1878 and collectable in the year 1879, be and remain as it is now fixed by the Charter of the Corporation, to-wit: 2 1/2 mills on the dollar.

 2. They further recommend that the following License Tax be levied for the year 1879 upon all persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within the limits of this Corporation, viz:

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 Respectfully,
     CHARLES P. ALPHA, HENRY LANDRY, ED. EUG. MOUTON."

 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was unanimously
  Resolved, that the report of the committee be taken up by section.

 On motion, Resolved, that there shall be levied and collected for the year 1879, the following licenses, to-wit:

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 On the motion to adopt the report of the committee on the Drugstore license of $20.00; the Livery-stable license of $15.00 and the Coffee House license of $40.00; the motions were adopted by the following vote:  Ayes - Lindsay, Alpha, Landry and Ed McBride. Noes - R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Ed McBride seconded by Mr. Lindsay, license of $10 on Billiard Tables as reported by the committee, was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:  Ayes - Ed McBride, Lindsay, Alpha, Vigneaux and Landry.  Noes - R. L. McBride and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on attorneys as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50 by the following vote: Ayes - Ed McBride, Lindsay, Alpha and Landry.  Noes - R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on Physicians, as reported by the committee, was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:  Ayes - Lindsay, Alpha, Landry and Ed McBride.  Noes - R. L. McBride, Vigneaux and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was
  Resolved, that the report of the committee be and is hereby adopted as amended as a whole; and that all former laws on the same subject matter be and is hereby repealed. Upon which motion the following vote was taken:  Ayes - Landry, Alpha, Lindsay and Edward McBride.  Noes - R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Vigneaux seconded by Mr. Hebert, it was
  Resolved, that the tariff on meats passed by the Council at its session of June 14th, 1875, he amended so as to read as follows:  for retailing a beef or cow, 50 cents; per quarter 12 1/2 cents; a calf 2 years old and under 24 cents, per quarter 6 1/4 cents. Motion lost by the following vote:  Ayes - Lindsay and Vigneaux.  Noes - Alpha, R. L. McBride, Landry and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Ed McBride, it was
  Resolved, That the Corporation Attorney be and is hereby requested to wait upon the Hon. H. D. Guidry, the Representative from this Parish in the next General Assembly of the State, and solicit his action upon the question of having the Corporation Charter amended in this particular, viz:  That the Corporation Constable be hereafter voted for and elected to his office by the people of the Corporation at the yearly elections held for Mayor and Members of the Council of this town, instead of being appointed to said office by the members elect of said Council. Adopted by the following vote:  Ayes - Alpha, Landry, Ed McBride, Lindsay and Hebert.  Noes - R. L. McBride and Vigneaux.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1878.




From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 14th, 1909:

 In these days when cheap doggeral and vulgar clowning interspersed with horseplay and low buffoonery pass muster as "musical comedy" and "light opera," it is indeed a rare privilege of the playgoers to welcome a real meritorious operatic extravaganza, such as the celebrated New York and Chicago success, "Babes in Toyland," the most pretentious musical offering on tour this season, which comes to the Jefferson Theater on Thursday, Dec. 16. The music is by the gifted composer Victor Herbert, the book by the talented libretist, Glen MacDonough. The production, with the original scenic, costume stage setting and entire equipment just as presented for a year and a half in New York and one year in Chicago to crowded houses, will be given here under the personal stage direction of Julian Mitchell, who produced the "Wizard of Oz" and "It Happened in Nordland" and other well-known successes. In this, his most triumphant creation and his most artistic achievement in stage management, Mitchell has surpassed all endeavors in inventive and fanciful handling of ensemble and tableaux; also in the marshaling of hosts of feminine beauty and directing amusing scenes for the actors of tact and artistic accomplishment who comprise the superb cast of twenty principals, with a fascinating chorus of thirty artists.

 Moreover, it is Herbert's exquisite music that makes it a revel of irresistible attractiveness. Music with captivating swing and rhythm, with deeply touched burletta inferred and some of it with so keen a spirit of lightness and mirth that it seems to fill one's very soul with exquisite harmony. The company is headed by Harry Ladell in the role of Alan, and such other well-known artists as Helen McLeod, Gus. Pixley, Marie Radcliffe, John F. Ward, Marie Malatesta, Leon Mayo, Ida Ward, Ollie Dignes, Norma Cameron, Violet Clifford, Amy Thropp, Virgie Burrows, Ethel Vernon, Lavinia Edwards and a chorus of beautiful show girls and bewitching choristers who are supreme in vocalism. Lafayette Advertiser 12/14/1909.  

      

    

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