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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 28, 1904:


 Hold First Session in Industrial Auditorium Last Night. Good Attendance Present.

 The first session of the Teachers' Association was held last night in the auditorium of the Industrial Institute with a large number of teachers and many town people present. The program prepared was carried out with the exception that Gov. Blanchard was not present. Below we reprint the entire session in full.


TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 1904, 8 P. M.


  In behalf of the State - Governor Newton C. Blanchard.
  In behalf of the Citizens of Lafayette -Mayor Charles D. Caffery.
  In behalf of the South Western Louisiana Industrial Institute - President E. L. Stephens.
Response in behalf of the La. S. P. S.
  T. A. Jno. R. Conniff, Asst. Supt. Public School New Orleans.

 President's Annual Address - T. H. Harris, Principal Baton Rouge High School, Baton Rouge.

 Reception tendered by the citizens of Lafayette to the visiting delegates.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28. 1904, 9 a. m.

 Business Session - Reports of Officers and Committees, Amendments, etc.

 Address by Hon. Jas. B. Aswell, State Supt. of Education, on the Present Status of the Rural School.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 1904, 1:30 p. m.

 Department Meeting of Ungraded School Teachers, Miss Julia Harelson, Baton Rouge, Chairman.


 Kindergarten - Miss E. A. Waldo, New Orleans, Chairman.

 Primary - Miss Pearl Larche, Lafayette, Chairman.

 Grammar - C. C. Whisenhunt, Shreveport, Chairman.

 High - W. J. Avery, Lafayette, Chairman.

 Music - Miss M. Conway, New Orleans, Chairman.

 Drawing - Miss D. Zena Thompson, Lake Charles, Chairman.

 Board of School Directors will organize in a department.

 WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 1904, 8 p. m.

Address, The Relation of Parent and Teacher.

 From the standpoint of the parent, by Dr. C. Menville, Houma.

 From the standpoint of the teacher - Albert J. Dupuy, Principal Guion Academy, Thibodaux.

 Address, The Work of Mothers' Clubs - Miss E. A. Aitkens, Principal T. Howard No. 2, New Orleans.

 Address, The Work of the Women's Clubs.

 THURSDAY, DEC, 29, 1904, 9 a. m.

 Address, Local Taxation for School - Supt. L. J. Alleman, Lafayette.

 Discussion led by Geo. Wallace, Cheneyville.

 Address, Consolidation of Rural Schools - President R. C. Caldwell, State Normal School, Natchitoches.

 Discussion led by Supt. John Marks, Napoleonville.

 Address, The Rural School House, where and how to build - Wm. Woodward, President La., Art Teachers' Association.

 THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 1904.

 2 P. M. - A visit to the Industrial Institute.

 4 P. M. - An athletic event or an excursion to an oil well.

 THURSDAY, DEC. 28, 8 p. m.

 Address, Our Rural Population - Dr. E. B. Creighton, President Tulane University, New Orleans.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.

"Sunset Express" Very Fine.

 "The Sunset Express," the newly equipped through train on the Southern Pacific, arrived in San Antonio for the first time this morning from New Orleans and is undoubtedly the finest equipped train that ever came in the city.

 Many of the coaches are entirely new and the old ones have been completely overhauled.

 One of the features of the new train is a special observation car for the accommodation of the travelers. The care is extra long and is luxuriously finished. About one-fourth of the car is an observation room. It is almost a house of glass and furnished with the finest of movable chairs.

 At the other end of the car along one side are a number of tables at which drinks are served, while at the other side by the very large windows are tables and chairs where travelers can write or otherwise occupy themselves.

 This is only one of the many cars that are to be added to this train in order to enhance the comfort of the traveler.

 From the San Antonio Gazette, 12/17/1904 and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 12/28/1904.


 The citizens of the town of Lafayette have as great an interest in having good roads throughout the parish. Their country trade depends upon the ease and facility with which people can get it and out of town, and unless the roads are good the trade must suffer; for unless a man just must come to Lafayette he won't do it when the roads are bad, particularly when other towns are sufficiently alive to their own interests to provide good roads leading to them. Only a few days ago a gentleman living near town was complaining about a big mud hole between his home and town, and he is not the only man who travels the road either.

People who want to do business, who expect to grow, have got to be active and energetic. if they won't there are others who will, and will leave them "waiting for something to turn up." The good roads question is a great big one for this town and the people should give it strict attention.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.


Town Public Schools Observe the Holidays with Appropriate Exercises and Gift Giving.

 All of the town public schools observed the holidays by appropriate exercises just before closing for the week's vacation. Every room had a beautiful Christmas tree loaded with gifts for the children and several rooms had a short program previous to the distribution of presents. All of the rooms were tastefully decorated and looked beautiful with the lovely Christmas trees all lighted up, for every window and door was tightly closed to darken the room and bring out the full effect. And the children, every one, seemed bright and happy with the spirit of the occasion.

 Miss Christian's room had their Christmas tree on Thursday night and with it the following excellent program.

 And a fine Santa Claus to give away the nice things hanging in the tree.

 All of the other rooms had their exercises and Christmas trees on Friday morning.

 The program in Miss Holmes' room was short, but good and as follows:

Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.


Jailor Broussard Gives a Christmas Dinner.

 Jailor Saul Broussard did not forget the prisoners in the parish jail on Christmas day. There are seven, four white men and three negroes, and Mr. Broussard served them up a dinner which will be a pleasant recollection to them for years to come. There was turkey and partridge and snipe and oysters and cake and everything the market could afford, with plenty of wine and cigars. And the prisoners enjoyed it - it was Christmas with a great big C. It was most kind and thoughtful of Mr. Broussard to carry so much good cheer and happiness to the prisoners.   Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.

NEGRO SHOT - A negro named Joe Dolze was shot for ambush with No. 8 shot at 6 a. m. Friday, while walking on the public highway near Scott. He charged two young white men, Gaston Breaux and Leonard Gulley, with having shot him. Sheriff Lacoste arrested them both Friday, but they were released on a $1000 bail each the same evening. The negro had some trouble with Mr. Begnaud the previous day and it is said went after a shotgun to kill Mr. Begnaud, but was prevented from returning. It is believed the negro will recover.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.

Broussard - Dauterive.
One of the prettiest weddings of the season was that of Miss Mable Dauterive to Mr. Frank E. Broussard, which took place at St. John's Catholic church Tuesday evening. After the impressive marriage ceremony of the church, Father Forge, who officiated, added words of counsel and kindly advice as the the obligations they just assumed.

The bride looked beautiful in a most becoming and beautiful dress. Miss May Bailey was bridesmaid and Mr. Bernard Dauterive, best man.

After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's father, Mr. J. G. Dauterive.

Mr. Broussard is a prominent and very popular young man of Lafayette and he has the warmest congratulations of his many friends upon his good fortune in winning such a charming bride.

The Advertiser joins with their host in wishing them many years of happiness and prosperity.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.

Fitzgerald - Voorhies. - Monday, Dec. 19 1904, at 8:30 p. m., Mr. David Fitzgerald, of Houston, Tex., and Miss Philomene Voorhies, of Lafayette, La., were married, Rev. Father Haulkner officiating. The ceremony took place at St. Patrick's church, Houston. The bride was taken to the altar by her brother, Mr. Alfred Voorhies, and was attended by her niece, Miss Irma Voorhies. After the ceremony a reception was given at the home of Mr. Alfred Voorhies, only the immediate family being present. The couple received numerous and costly presents.

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald are now at home to their friends at 1515 Everett street.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.

Beautiful Souvenir Spoons. -
During the week an Advertiser man dropped in to Biossat's jewelry store and was shown a beautiful line of sterling silver souvenir spoons. They certainly are attractive, and nothing we can think of would be more suitable for a remembrance, or for visitors to  Lafayette to carry away with them as a memento of their stay here, an no doubt many of the teachers now with us will call and get one of these useful and elegant souvenir spoons.   Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.

Real Estate Transfers For the Week Ending Dec. 20.

 Clara Spell etals, to Leo Doucet, lot in Mouton addition, $600.

 Mathilde Douglas, widow, to Jos. Billy, lot in McComb addition, $150.

 Joseph Boudreaux to Robt. Breiter, lot in Mouton addition, $274.

 Mrs. Mary Plonsky Falk to Jos. Dugas, two lots in McComb addition, $300.

 John Louis Andre to R. W. Beadle and Seward Philips, 5 arpents land, $125.

 Alexandre F. Arceneaux to Emile G. Arceneaux and Bienvenu Arceneaux, 20 arpents wood land, $200.

 Emile G. Arceneaux and Bienvenu Arceneaux to Alexandre Domingues, 20 arpents wood land, $300.

 Emile G. Arceneaux and Bienvenu Arceneaux to Alex F. Arceneaux, 25 arpents wood land, $200.

 J. Onezipe Trahan to Philias Domingue, lot in Mouton addition, $900.

 Frederick McWarner to Selina Alexander, lot and improvements in Mills addition, $500.

 Jack R. Davis to Adolph Dejean, 2 lots in Duson, $250.

 Jack R. Davis to Alexandre Thibodeaux, 2 lots in Duson, $100.

 Jean Baptiste Sonnier to Jules Jeanmard, 17 arpents land, $350.

 Lone Broussard Troville Broussard, Louisa Broussard to Domingue Guidry, each 1-5 of 15.76 arpents land, each 1-5, $157.60.

 Jack R. Davis to Aurelies J. Bouillon, 2 lots in Duson, $110.

 Adolphe F. Girouard to Felix Girouard, 3 arpents land, $150.

 Marie Azelina Boudreaux, widow, M. Girouard, to Pierre Girouard, 6 arpents land, $297.79.

Rosa Girouard, wife of Gustave Delahoussaye, Jr., to Pierre Girouard, right to 6 arpents land, $42.53.

 Mrs. Martial Girouard to Mrs. Elie Breaux, 6 arpents land, 297.79.

 Mrs. Martial Girouard to Mrs. Gustave Delahoussaye, 6 arpents land, $297.97.

 Mrs. Marie Benoit to Jos. D. Benoit, lot in Mouton addition partition sale, $382.44.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/27/1904.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/28/1904.

 Miss Susie LeRosen, of Shreveport, will arrive to-day and be the guest of her brother during the Teacher's Association.

Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Slaight, of Sunset, spent Christmas with relatives here. They returned home yesterday.

 Give us your order for groceries, Prudhomme & McFaddin.

 Paul Eckels, of Crowley, was in town Sunday to see friends.

You can always get fresh groceries from us. - Morgan & Debaillon.

 Headquarters for souvenir goods. - T. M. Biossat.

 Willie Clifford, who is working in Crowley, spent Christmas day in Lafayette.

All winter goods at greatly reduced prices, at Levy Bros.

Thomas Debaillon has resigned his position with The Gazette and accepted one with the bank.

 Mr. and Mrs. Leo Judice left Thursday for Richmond, Va., to spend the holidays with Mrs. Judice's parents.

We have just what you need for a good New Year's dinner.- Prudhomme & Mcfaddin.

J. W. Darby, who is taking a medical course at Tulane, came up Friday to spend the holidays at home.

 Try our fancy cakes - yes, you will like them. - Wischan & Domengeaux.

 A. B. Denbo left Wednesday for Louisville, Ky., where he will join Mrs. Denbo.

Rev. J. I. Kendrick arrived in Lafayette some days ago and will remain and endeavor to build up a Baptist church here. His family will come later.

Frank Mouton, who is attending the College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, came up Friday for the holidays.

 Mrs. C. K. Darling and children of Houston arrived yesterday, on a visit to Mrs. Darling's parents.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1904.


From the Lafayette Gazette of December 28th, 1901:


 The Institute Team Defeats the St. Landry High School Boys.

 The football team of the Industrial Institute went to Opelousas last Saturday and played a game with the boys of the St. Landry High School. The score was 6 to 5 in favor of the Institute team. The game is said to have been well played and very interesting. Despite the fact that the Opelousas team had the advantage of longer practice and of having played several contested games the Institute boys were more than a match for them. It is needless to say that the victorious team were delighted with the triumph of their maiden effort. This first taste of victory will be an incentive for the future and we expect that they will soon be looking around for more fields to conquer. The team, as was show by its splendid victory at Opelousas, has some excellent material, and, when thoroughly developed, we have no doubt it will win an enviable fame.

 We have been informed that another game will be played with the boys of the St. Landry High School. The game will take place here sometime in January.
Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.

Home for the Holidays.

 Low excursion rates have been made by the Southern Pacific - Sunset Route - from all points on its main line and branches Del Rio and east of that station to all points in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, also to Colorado points and to important centers of the Republic of Mexico. These low rate tickets will be on sale December 21, 22 and 23, with a time limit of 30 days from date of sale. Apply to any agent of the Southern Pacific or connecting line for further information, or address: S. F. B. Morse, P. T. M., or M. L. Robbins, G. P. & T. A., Houston, Texas. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.

The New Year.

 Educational work is the basis of Ruston's prosperity, and this fact should not be overlooked. Whenever the people of Ruston permit other interests to overshadow the schools, then will Ruston's downward course begin. - Ruston Leader. 

We call the attention of our readers to the propriety of applying the foregoing paragraph to Lafayette.

 On the first of the year it is customary with individuals to turn a new leaf in the book of life, to assume new obligations - in simpler words, to strive to do some worthy, useful thing before another mile post is reached.

 The same motive and aspirations which impel the individual to move toward some nobler aim, should likewise actuate a community to work for better things.

 The Gazette will not bore the people of the town with a new year preachment on what they ought to do, but it will recommend to them what it thinks should be their most solemn obligation to be fulfilled during 1902. We have reference to a first-class public school. If at the end of the year to be ushered in next Wednesday they can point to the accomplishment of this project they will not have lived the year in vain.   Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.



 In the First and Second Wards Bring Good Prices - The Fourth Ward Section not Leased.
 Pursuant to advertisement Parish Treasurer Martin offered to lease the school lands last Saturday. The offer was made subject to the appraisement fixed by the Board at a special meeting held on Dec. 16. The tracts in the first and second wards were appraised at 75 cents per acre for the low land and $1.50 for the high parts. In the fourth ward it was decided not to take less than $2.50 per acre.
 The two sections situated in the first and second wards brought an average of $1.25, which is more than the appraised value. This a great deal more than the price secured heretofore. In these wards the Board did exceedingly well, and deserves credit for its good work.
 The fourth ward land failed to bring the amount appraised by the Board. One dollar was the highest price offered by the bidders, and as that is $1.50 under the appraised valuation the land was not leased. We understand, however, that the bidders have consulted an attorney and may take the matter into the court. It is claimed by them that the Board has no authority to appraise the property, but must accept the highest price offered.
 In appraising the land the Board acted upon the advice of District Attorney Campbell, and was impelled by a desire to increase the school revenues. In the past these lands were leased at absurdly low figures, and the Board is to be commended in its efforts to increase the revenues from this source.
 Should the bidders for the fourth ward section appeal to the court for a settlement of their contention the question of whether or not the Board is authorized to appraise the school lands will be decided. Should the courts decide that the Board is without authority to protect the interests of public education in this matter it is to be hoped that the proper legislation will be enacted as early as possible. For obvious reasons the Board should be empowered to appraise the school lands before offering them for lease. Without such authority the Board is powerless to protect itself and is at the mercy of bidders who may combine and lease the lands for a nominal consideration.
 It is in the interest of the public that the matter be decided one way or the other. Should the courts decide adversely to the interests of public education, the Legislature should be called upon to enact remedial measures necessary to protect the school children. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.

The Gins Start With Renewed Energy and are Running in Full Blast.

 During the last week there was quite a lull in the local cotton market, cause by a break in the machinery at Gerac's and a dry well at the Compress, necessitating an interruption in the work at both gins. Both places were crowded with wagon loads of cotton some of which had been hauled from very remote points to take advantage of the splendid service of the town gins and the good prices for cotton. At Gerac's gine the trouble was not so serious and everything was in readiness to resume operation Thursday. At the Compress the gin was started Friday morning and it is now in full blast as if nothing had happened. Water was secured by running a pipe-line to the powerhouse of the town's waterworks.

 The ginning season promises to last longer this year than ever before. The rush of cotton continues without diminishing. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.

McKinley Monument Fund.

 Contributions to the McKinley Monument Fund are being received at the Lafayette post-office. Those who recognize the worth of the lamented president, whose love for his people and country knew no sectional bounds, have an opportunity to give substantial proof of their admiration and esteem. Though we may not have agreed with him in political matters, there is none in the South who will not do honor to the memory of the man who did so much to wipe out sectionalism. In contemplating the broad charity of the late executive we can well afford to ignore political differences. It is desired that the monument which is to perpetuate his memory be built by popular contributions made in the different sections of the country, as the tribute of a re-united people to a president who labored above all things for a united country. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.    

Christmas Not As Gay This Year. - The Christmas holidays are generally accompanied by an unusual rush of business in the mayor's court, the cases ranging from plain drunks to fractured skulls, broken noses and black-eyes. We are pleased to say, however, that Lafayette is an exception to this rule. Of course, there was a considerable amount of booze imbibed last Christmas, but it is a notable fact that the streets of the town were free from evidences of drunkenness and debauchery. Some of the boys were quite gay, but, with few exceptions, they did not display any of the characteristics of the hoodlum. Lafayette has fewer hoodlums than any other town of its size in the State. The tough does not thrive here.   Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/28/1901.

 A midnight mass was said at the Catholic church Christmas morning. The choir had especially prepared itself for the occasion and treated the congregation to some very fine singing. The church was crowded with people, every available space in the large edifice being occupied.   

 Prof. LeRosen, of the Lafayette High School, left Thursday to attend the teachers' convention at Franklin.

 The Industrial Institute is represented at the teachers' convention now being held at Franklin by Dr. Stephens, Miss Edith Dupre, Messrs. Mayer and Roy.

 Thomas and Daniel Debaillon, Raoul Gerac and William Campbell, who are attending the Jefferson College at Convent, are at home for the holidays.

 For Sale-Lot near Industrial School. Apply at the Gazette office.

 Owing to the large volume of business being done by the Southern Pacific Company the passenger trains are nearly always behind schedule time.

 Nearly all the boys and girls attending the Industrial Institute have gone to their homes in different parts of the State to spend the holiday vacation.

 The engagement of Miss Jeanne Irma Andry, of New Orleans, La., to Mr. J. A. Del'homme, of Lafayette, is announced. The marriage will be celebrated in the latter part of January.

 Misses Edna Sprole and Mary Webb were among the public school teachers who left Thursday to attend the teachers' convention held at Franklin.

 Dr. N. P. Moss and family have moved into their new home near the Industrial Institute.

 St. John's Branch No. 792, Catholic Kinghts of America, held a meeting last Sunday and elected the following officers: Rev. E. Forge, spiritual director; F. E. Moss, president; R. H. Broussard, recording secretary and treasurer; A. V. Labbe, financial secretary; L. E. Lacour, sergeant-at-arms; Ulysee Pointboeuf, sentinel. Trustees: three years, Felix Meaux; two years, J. Alfred Mouton; one year, J. D. Mouton.     Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 28th, 1901:

Lafayette Won.

 The industrial school foot-ball team played the Opelousas High School team on the latter grounds in Opelousas, last Saturday. The game was well contested on both sides, resulting in a score of 6 to 5 in favor of the Lafayette boys. It is the intention of the Industrial School boys to invite the defeated side to contest, this time in Lafayette, in the near future. Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1901. 


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/28/1901.

 Pay your poll tax before January first.
 The Lafayette refinery will continue to grind cane six weeks longer.

 Dr. N. P. Moss moved into his handsome, new brick home out near the Industrial School.

 Prof. W. A. LeRosen left Thursday for Franklin, to attend the meeting of the State Teacher's Association, of which he is a member.

Mr. J. R. Domengeaux has begun erection of a pretty Queen Anne Cottage in the Mudd addition. It will be another neat home added to the number of lovely homes already in that portion of town.

 The celebration of midnight mass Christmas eve was attended by a large concourse of people numbering probably 1,200. The services were grand and solemn. Father Forge was assisted by Fathers de Stockalper of Grand Coteau and Baulard. The illumination of the church by electricity was brilliant and the altar shining with various colored lights presented a beautiful spectacle. The music was the finest ever heard in the church. It was rendered by the St. John's church choir under the direction of Professor Sontag. The occasion will be a memorable one.

 Dr. C. E. Terry of Jennings and Miss Marie Mouton, daughter of Mr. A. E. Mouton, were married Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Catholic church at Jennings by Father Peters. They will reside in Jennings.

Married at St. John's Catholic church, Tuesday, Dec. 24, by Rev. Stockalper, Miss Mercedes Broussard to Mr. Ralph Voorhies. The Advertiser wishes to the happy couple happiness and a successful life.

The steamer named Vermilion has made her appearance on the Vermilion river to ply between Pin-Hook bridge and the mouth of the Vermilion river to transport freight and passengers at different points on the river and do towing of boats barges etc., has her gross to (unreadable words) tons will accommodate fifty passengers.

 Her engine is twelve horsepower, propeller, 26 inches, speed about 8 to 10 miles per hour. Cabin enclosed to protect the passengers from inclement weather, her length fifty feet over all beam twelve feet. The fuel used is gasoline. Captain, Emile Duhon; engineer, Severin Broussard. The boat is well suited for the trade the Vermilion river and no doubt will give satisfaction in business as well as for a pleasure boat. She is well built of the best material and workmanship.

- At their last regular meeting, Sunday, December 23, St. John's Branch, No. 792 C. K. of A. elected the following officers ; Rev. E. Forge, spiritual director ; F. E. Moss, president; Albert A. Meaux, vice-president; R. H. Broussard, recording secretary and treasurer; A. V. Labbe, financial secretary; L. E. Lacour, sargeant-at-arms; Ulysse Pointboeuf, sentinel, Felix Meaux, trustee 3 years; J. Alf. Mouton, trustee 2 years, and J. D. Mouton, trustee 1 year.

The many friends of Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins will be glad to learn that he has so far recovered and that he has resumed his practice.

The Racket Store wishes a happy New Year to all its customers, and guarantees that during 1902 it will be given them the lowest prices for the best goods.

The new Episcopal church of this place is now completed and will be used for the first time Jan. 1st., at 11 o'clock a. m.

 Services will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Kramer, of New Iberia. The edifice has an imposing exterior and is very prettily finished on the inside, and is a credit to the congregation and the community.

The coming of Richards & Pringle's Famous Georgia Minstrels to Lafayette, Sunday, Dec. 29, marks one of the most interesting amusement events booked here this season.

 This firm and ambitious amusement managers seem to be radical expansionists, for each succeeding season their organization increases in size and expands in every conceivable way, and the coming engagement will show it to be the largest and best equipped minstrel organization in America. Forty sterling performers appear in a program of unusual merit and of the fun provoking kind that makes colored minstrelsy always popular. No two acts are alike, and the entire performance is brisk, running fire of fun, song, music, dancing and novelty, such to furnish hours of solid enjoyment, and their roster includes the names of the brainiest and most creative performers in minstrelsy. They will appear in new acts this season, of a bright, refreshing kind.

 The world famous Billy Kersands; James Moore, the grotesque comedian, is seen in the latest darky essence song and dance; the musical artists. Bailey & Spiller; Teledo, the juggler; Clarence Powell, the up-to-date black jester; Tio Kitchie, the Japanese equilibrist; Cooper and his wooden figures; Moore & Thomas, the side-walk jesters; Craig, the boneless wonder; and many others closing with the uproariously funny after-piece, "The Darktown Policy Players."NOTICE.
 All those indebted to the estate of the late B. Falk are most urgently requested to settle same in 30 days from date.
MRS. B. FALK.       Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1901.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of December 28th, 1895:


 "There is a "rump" faction in the Democracy of Lafayette parish, and the manner in which our excellent contemporary, The Lafayette Gazette, is pouring hot shot into the bolters' camp is a caution. Bro. Mouton is a Democrat to the core and will always frown down on any attempt made to endanger or destroy the party." - From the St. Bernard Voice.

 Bro. Roy, what The Gazette has said about the bolters is nothing compared to the way they were sat down upon by the Democrats of the parish and by the State Convention at Shreveport. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895. 

An Excellent Christmas Dinner. - Paul Demanade's friends were treated to a most excellent dinner on Christmas day. As The Gazette had the good fortune to be represented we know whereof we speak. Some may have fared as well, but none fared better than Mr. Demanade's guests on this occasion. If other bachelors would entertain their friends half as well as Paul, single life would be indeed "a thing of beauty and a joy forever."
Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

Christmas Eve Entertainment.

 On Christmas eve Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Davidson entertained a number of their friends with a Salmagundi party given in honor of their guest, Miss Roberta Kennedy, of New Orleans. The handsome Davidson home presented a most charming sight and the elegance of the costumes of the young ladies lent additional zest to the occasion. Among those present were: Mesdames Wm. Kelly, Darling, Hopkins, Morgan, Misses Stella and Haydee Trahan, Nellie and Zerelda Bailey, Mary McFaddin, Eliza, Ida and Susie Hopkins, Lea Gladu, Roberta Kennedy, Mamie and Maria Bagnal, Jennie Torian, Lulu Kelly, Drs. Hopkins, Trahan, Girard, Delaney, Raney. Messrs. Darling , Alex and Archie Morgan, Baxter Clegg, Crow Girard, Orrin Hopkins, P. B. Torian, Jack Nickerson, Leo Judice, T. S. Foley, James Davidson, John L. Kennedy and John Givens.  Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

Spencer Business College. - The Gazette has received a very neat catalogue setting forth the advantages of Spencer's Business College, which will be opened at Shreveport on the 1st of January. Prof. L. C. Spencer is principal of the college and W. A. LeRosen secretary. Prof. Spencer, the principal, is a young man of splendid ability, and much experience, and Prof. LeRosen, the secretary of the college, is so well and favorably known by the people of this parish that words of praise from us would be superfluous. Young ladies and young men who wish to acquire a thorough business education will do well to write to the secretary for a catalogue.  Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

Ex-Marshal Veazey.

 In another column of this paper appears the proceedings of the special meeting of the City Council held for the purpose of taking action in the matter of the charges against ex-Marshal Veazey, who has been removed by a unanimous vote of the Council. In justice to Mr. Veazey, we must say that the town has lost the services of a dutiful and brave officer, in many respects equal to the best it has ever had. As a collector his administration will bear the closest investigation; he has accounted for every cent collected by him. Aside from the unfortunate occurrence which caused his removal we believe his record as an officer has been satisfactory and will compare favorably with that of any one who has preceded him.
 Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

The Ice Factory. - The lumber to build the ice factory is on the grounds and Contractor Fred Mouton will soon begin the work of construction. Mr. McGill, the manager of the factory, will lend every energy toward the early completion of the plant, whose erection is assured in time to furnish the people of this section with all the ice they might need during the next warm season. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

Excellent Program. - The concert given last Monday by Miss Maud Boas and the pupils of her school, assisted by Mrs. Boas and Prof. O'Reilly of New Iberia, Miss Celina Grossman of New Orleans, and Miss Zerelda Bailey and Mr. Van der Cruyssen of this city, was, to say the least, a success. Miss Boas deserves much credit for the excellent manner in which the entire program was carried out. The attendance was such as to show to the painstaking teacher that the patrons of the school, as well as its friends, appreciate her efforts toward the establishment of an up-to-date, progressive school in Lafayette.
Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

To the Editor of The Gazette.

 Wonder if all the white voters who failed to put up an appearance at the "poles" last Saturday are followers of "paddioism," as asserted in The Gazette some two weeks ago.

 Treat us to a little more of this huge joke, young Mr. Editor. - "Golden-Rod" in Advertiser.

 The Gazette has made no such assertion. The Gazette has said some hard things and it is ready to repeat them, because they are true, but it has never asserted that those who did not vote on the 14th were followers of Paddioism. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

Judicial Convention.

 Pursuant to the call of the judicial committee the district convention was called to order at the court-house in Lafayette by Dr. R. J. Young, of Vermilion.

 Temporary organization was affected by calling Dr. J. F. Abshire to preside and Claude Latiolais to act as secretary.

 The following gentlemen were appointed a committee on credentials: Dr. R. J. Young, Mr. J. O. Broussard, Henry Durke and Dr. Lyons.

 The committee retired in order to examine the credentials of the delegates and the convention took a recess whilst awaiting their report.

 The committee having announced that they were ready to report, the chairman called the convention to order and the following report was made:

 LAFAYETTE, LA., Dec. 21, 1895.

 We, your committee on credentials, beg leave to report the following duly elected delegates to the regular Democratic Judicial Convention of the 17th Judicial District, composed of the parishes of Lafayette and Vermilion.

 Lafayette. - Dr. M. L. Lyons, Aurelien Olivierm Henry Durke, A. M. Martin, Simeon Begnaud, J. O. Broussard, John Whittington, Jr., Claude Latiolais.

 Vermilion. - A. Toups, W. W. Keughling, T. D. Lege, A. Picard, J. F. Abshire, Gus Hebert, Adam Boudreau, R. J. Young.

 [Signed]    M. L. LYONS, Chairman
R. J. YOUNG, Secretary.

 The temporary organization was made permanent and nominations were declared in order.

 Mr. W. W. Keughling put in nomination the Hon. Julian Mouton, of Lafayette, for district judge, and the motion was seconded by Dr. R. J. Young.

 On motion the nomination of Mr. Mouton was made by acclamation.

 Dr. R. J. Young, in well chosen language, put in nomination the Hon. Minos T. Gordy for district attorney, and the nomination was seconded in well deserved words of praise and confidence by Mr. A. M. Martin.

 Mr. Gordy's nomination was also made by acclamation.

 Mr. Julian Mouton, being escorted to the floor by a committee of three, thanked the convention for the honor conferred upon him, and stated that although he felt gratified to be the standard-bearer of the Judicial Democracy yet it was not without a keen sense of the great responsibility that was thrust upon his shoulders that he accepted. The discrimination of right and wrong and the upright adjustment of personal differences that every judge is called upon to settle are duties of the greatest consideration. However, he aspired to the nomination, and having received it, the confidence reposed in him by the Democracy of Vermilion and Lafayette would not be betrayed.

 Mr. Minos T. Gordy standing on the same floor, where his untiring energy has enabled him to make his name a terror to all criminals in Lafayette parish, accepted the nomination as district attorney with the same motives that had prompted him in the past. No guarantee could he offer but that of his past record as district attorney. Guided by a sense of justice and equity he endeavored in the past to discharge his duties as best he could, and should he be re-elected he only wished that his six years' experience would better enable him to perform his task.

 On motion the following judicial committee was appointed for the next four years:

 From, Lafayette - Aurelien Olivier, Henry Durke, A. M. Martin.

 From Vermilion - Dr. D. J. Young, Adam Boudreaux, Dr. J. F. Abshire.

 On motion the convention adjourned.

 C. F. LATIOLAIS, Secretary.
 Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

Special Meeting.

 LAFAYETTE, La., Dec. 18, 1895.

 The City Council met this a. m. in special session with the following members present:

 Mayor A. J. Moss, Messrs. J. O. LeBlanc, Jos. Ducote, T. M. Biossat, O. C. Mouton, Dr. J. D. Trahan and B. Falk.  Absent: None.

 The mayor stated that Council convened for the purpose of receiving the report of the Police Board in the matter of complaint of Wm. Graser against Constable D. J. Veazey and to take action thereon.

 Moved by O. C. Mouton, seconded by Leo Doucet, that the Council go into executive session.

 After hearing the evidence pro and con the following resolutions were adopted:

 Resolved by the City Council that whereas charges of gross misconduct have been preferred against D. J. Veazey constable and ex-officio collector of the town of Lafayette, before the Police Board appointed by the City Council under its by-laws and regulations to examine into cases of this nature.

 And whereas said Board has taken evidence on said charges pro and con, which was submitted to this Council in session assembled and whereas after reading of said evidence by the secretary to said Council in executive session, D. J. Veazey was called in and all the evidence against him, read to him.

 And whereas, after hearing same read he submitted his case to said Council and subsequently approved and argued his case and submitted same for action.

 And whereas, it is the unanimous opinion of the Council in session assembled, that said D. J. Veazey constable aforesaid, is guilty of gross misconduct committed Wednesday Dec. 11, 1895.

 Therefore be it resolved that said D. J. Veazey be removed for cause.

 The votes stood as follows:

 Yeas: Dr. J. D. Trahan, B. Falk, O. C. Mouton, T. M. Biossat, Jos. Ducote, Leo Doucet and J. O. LeBlanc. Nays: None.

 Mr. Bourg was then nominated for constable by T. M. Biossat, seconded by B. Falk. Yeas unanimous.

 Moved by O. C. Mouton, seconded by Jos. Ducote, that Mr. Veazey be informed in writing by the secretary, that he is hereby discharged from office.

 Moved by Dr. Trahan, seconded by Jos. Ducote, that Finance Committee be instructed to make an immediate settlement with Mr. D. J. Veazey. Carried.

 Moved by Dr. Trahan, seconded by Jos. Ducote, that financial committee be instructed to accept the bond furnished by the constable.

 The Council then adjourned to next regular meeting.
         BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1895.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/28/1895.

 Dr. Felix Girard and Baxter Clegg spent a few days in New Orleans recently.

 The members of the School Board are requested to meet on the 4th of January.

 Moses Levy, who has been attending school in New Orleans, is at home for the holidays.

 Felix Mouton, who is employed by the Southern Pacific Co. at Alexandria, is spending the holidays at his old home.

 Miss Mercedes Broussard came up from the Sacred Heart Academy Convent, Grand Coteau, Tuesday, to spend the holidays at home.

 We learn that Hon. Ambroise Mouton, from Lake Arthur, Vermilion parish, intends to move to this town with his family in the near future.

 Judge Debaillon returned Monday night after a visit of several days in New Orleans on legal business. The judge extended his trip to Biloxi, where he was the guest of relatives.

 Mr. A. L. Bourg, the city collector, requests The Gazette to state that he will be at the town hall every day from 10 to 12 in the morning and from 2 to 4 in the afternoon for the purpose of collecting taxes.

 Hope Lodge #145, F. & A. M., held a meeting last night and installed the following officers L Charles D. Caffery, worshipful master; Wm. Campbell, senior warden; D. A. Cochrane, junior warden; Dr. F. S. Mudd, treasurer; Dr. F. E. Girard, secretary; Jos. A. Chargois; senior deacon; John Vigneaux, junior deacon; John Brun, tyler. Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1995. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser published on December 28th, 1889:


Lafayette, La., Dec. 21, 1889.

Pursuant to the call for a mass meeting of citizens as published in the Lafayette Advertiser of the 14th inst., a number of citizens met at City Hall in the town of Lafayette, and the meeting was called to order by W. B. Bailey, who called W. B. Torian to the chair. On taking the chair, Mr. Torian spoke as follows:

"This call has been made for the purpose of calling together serious men on a grave matter and I hope your deliberations will be in accord with that call. The question may be asked why this meeting was postponed to so late a date when all is now apparently quiet, when at one time there seemed a pressing necessity for it. I can only say, at the beginning of these troubles, we believed our laws were sufficient to protect us, but when we lost confidence in them we lost it in one another, and our hope was that a reaction would soon come, and this meeting proclaims it.

"We are not here to estrange, prosecute or abuse those who may have differed with us in the past, but to formulate some plan whereby demoralization, terror and crime may be prevented in the future. If I know the object of this meeting, it is to assist in the restoration of law and order in our parish and unite a now divided people upon questions of a public policy.

"We are bound to admit that many of our best citizens had gone into the organization known as regulators, and we never doubted the honesty of the majority of them, but we doubted their judgement.

 We are not here to-day to accuse them in a mass as law-breakers, but do depreciate the crimes that have been committed in the name of and under the protection of their organization.

 I am told the purpose of their organization was to break up or prevent miscegenation, adultery, lying and theft.

 In that we all agree, and that they were for white supremacy. So are we. I know no white man that does not favor it, and no black that would not like to reverse it, but I see no cause for alarm in our parish if we regulate ourselves. We are in the majority, own most of the lands, have all the offices, the best horses, money and arms.

"The regulators in their published cards denounce crime. So do we.

 Now we can ask the question, who or what organization is it that defies the laws, denudes women on the highways, pens men up in pastures like oxen and commits murders that send a thrill of horror throughout the land? A theory may be a good one, but it is judged only by its results.

"We have in our parish people of various nationalities, with as many different religions and ideas of right and wrong, and the only hope for peace and prosperity is to have is to have one common law to govern us all and demand that your officers enforce them, and that your jurors and witnesses perform their duty according to oaths under the law, for you can never punish crime with a bribed jury, a perjured witness or incompetent officials unless you come yourselves to the rescue, and I hope to see you pass such resolutions to-day as will meet with the approval of all good citizens, whereby confidence may be restored and Lafayette regain the old-time reputation of being the best and most law-abiding parish in the State, for her name is now a by-word and reproach to us all."

At the conclusion of Mr. Torian's remarks, Chas. D. Caffery and Carter H. Bradley were chosen secretaries.

On motion, the following committee on resolutions was appointed: Judge John Clegg, W. B. Bailey, John C. Buchanan, D. A. Cochrane, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Edmond Pellerin, Dr. F. S. Mudd, Dr. T. B. Hopkins and John S. Whittington.

A recess was then taken in order to allow the committee time to draft resolutions expressive of the objects of the meeting. Returning, they presented the following as expressive of the sense of the citizens under the call:

Your committee submit the following statement and the resolutions below:

We view with apprehension of evil the want of confidence and the danger of permanent division that now exists among the white citizens of this parish, brought about by the acts or the results of an organization or combination of individuals, commonly called "Regulators." We cannot see how peace and order can be upheld, and material and moral progress continue as long as this menace to every interest is joined in or tolerated by any considerable proportion of our citizens. In disjointed times, or in new countries where laws exist but the executive power is weak, combinations of individuals have sometimes been temporarily tolerated for the purpose of preserving human life and property, and then only with reluctance and debating for the shortest possible period. Now in this State and parish, under laws of our own making, administered by white officers of our own choosing, the history of the past year shows, to our shame, the existence here of an organization of combination of individuals, the consequences of whose acts have been a series of crimes that have cost the parish large sums of money and have heaped upon it a load of shame. The bare remembrance of these crimes, without their recital, thrills with horror. We repudiate the pretense that our white supremacy is in need of such support or can be upheld by crimes that disgrace humanity. Whenever a race issue, socially or politically, is presented, we can meet it firmly and as becomes brave men, without degrading and debasing the white men. An organization which participates in the destruction of the right of a community to choose its own officers; an organization which assumes to decide the matters of private right between individuals and to execute its judgments; an organization which arrogates to itself the right to put into execution a criminal code of its own making, and brutally beats citizens in execution of pretended sentence thereunder; an organization which perpetrates fiendish murders, or seeks by every means to protect and defend those charged with murder, can have no rightful excuse for being in this community and is to be borne with no longer than is required by a vigorous administration of the criminal laws of the State to put it to an end to it. We recognize that some of our friends with the purest motives, have entered these organizations. We are persuaded they sympathize not with crime and lawlessness, and we now invoke their influence and active aid in loyally supporting the laws of our State in suppressing crime, therefore it is

Resolved, That we demand each one of the officers of public justice in this parish a fearless and vigorous performance of their duties, and an enforcement of the laws of our land.

Resolved, That we expect hereafter speedy indictment and trial of the conspirators against public order and justice.

Resolved, That we will aid in every becoming way the public officers in a faithful performance of their duty/

Resolved, That we will watch narrowly the conduct of jurors and witnesses, and will use all lawful means to procure truthful testimony and honest, righteous verdicts.

Resolved, that a committee of twenty-five is hereby created, to be appointed by the chairman to further consider the objects for which this meeting is called, and to carry into effect the resolutions adopted.

 These resolutions were adopted unanimously by a rising vote. Among those present was Rev. Father Forge,

 who addressing himself to the resolutions, said he was present in a three-fold capacity - as citizen, priest and representative of Archbishop Janssen. He said he approved these resolutions; that this meeting was properly held; that one of the first duties of a good Catholic is the duty of citizenship; that he regretted exceedingly there were not more Catholics present; that he knew many were absent to-day who would be present but for fear; that those present had God on their side, and of necessity are in the right.

Judge Wakeman W.  Edwards was also present and said that he was not a resident of the parish, but as an officer he was glad to be present and to express his great gratification and delight at this meeting.

 He thought it the beginning of a reaction that will bring only good to the people. When he was appointed judge and came to this parish he found here a reign of terror. "I am glad to see that men have come to express themselves as you have to-day in your resolutions. It is proper that you should make your association permanent. The intimidation of witnesses is one of the most serious difficulties we have to contend with. There has been a systematic intimidation of which officers are powerless to prevent. To arrest and wipe out this terrible evil should be one of the chief aims of your association. Another thing is that juries should be looked after. Tampering with jurors should be stopped. It appears, besides, that no jury can be drawn here without some of this organization upon it, who as experience shows, acquit their fellow members with or without evidence. Let the corruption of this evil be another of the chief aims of your body. It has been suggested, and I approve of it, the District Attorney should have assistance."

Continuing the speaker said: "In this movement you have a grand duty to perform. I see in this town the Church and Court House, representing the noblest achievements of civilized man, standing face to face, signifying as it were the mutuality and dependence one upon the other. We have it exemplified to-day in another form. I am prepared to do my full duty. Let your work go on. Organization and consolidated power can only meet by the like. In a fight like this of law and order against lawlessness and crime numbers amount to little for 'one should chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight.' "

Judge Clegg, ex-district attorney Chargois, C. H. Bradley, and others followed in the same strain, speaking of law and order.

On motion the meeting resolved itself into a permanent law and order association to carry into effect the resolutions adopted, and on motion of A. M. Martin, each member was constituted a committee to solicit new members.

The chairman then appointed the following committee of twenty-five provided for in the resolutions:

Dr. F. S. Mudd, Ed Pellerin, J. C. Buchanan, W. B. Torin, Arthur Greig, W. B. Bailey, W. W. Wall, Wm. Campbell, A. J. Moss, A. A. Morgan, S. W. McFadden, Jos. A. Chargois, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, C. H. Bradley, D. A. Cochrane, John S. Whittington, Chas. D. Caffery, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Thos. F. Webb, Segismond Bernard, J. G. Parkerson, A. M. Martin, John Clegg, E. Delmouny, Crow Girard.

On motion it was ordered that the existing officers constitute the officers of the permanent association this day created.

On motion it was further resolved, that these proceedings be published in the Lafayette Advertiser and Abbeville Meridional.

And the association then adjourned until January 4th at 3 p. m., to further consider its purposes.

W. B. TORIAN, Chairman.
Chas. D. Caffery, C. H. Bailey, secretaries.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1889.


 The undersigned invite their white fellow citizens who are opposed to lawlessness, violence, and regulator rule, and who are earnestly in favor of the restoration and preservation of quiet and order in this parish, to meet them in a mass meeting at the Court House at Lafayette, La., on Saturday, the 21st day of December, 1889. Our reasons for a consultation are, that property is threatened, want of confidence and suspicion is existing among neighbors, and that by perjury and combination efforts of the officers of public justice are brought to nothing; and we can see now that a coming together of serious men is absolutely necessary to the protection of our dearest interests.

 A. M. Martin, Wm. Campbell, Thos. B. Hopkins, Chas. D. Caffery, Crow Girard, Jos. A. Chargois, D. A. Cochrane, L. G. Breaux, E. Delmonly, John Clegg, A. J. Moss, F. S. Mudd, Ed. Pellerin, Thos. F. Webb, W. W. Wall, Albert F. Church, James Mitchell, J. H. Callen, T. A. McFadden, S. W. McFadden, W. B. Torian, J. D. Trahan, W. B. Bailey, Arthur Greig, Jno. C. Buchanan, F. R. Tolson, C. H. Bradley, B. Falk. Lafayette, La., Dec. 13th, 1889.

 In accordance with the above call, a mass meeting, composed of from three to four hundred of white and substantial representative citizens of the parish of Lafayette, was called to order by Mayor W. B. Bailey.

 The names of Messrs. W. B. Torian and Dr. F. C. Latiolais having been proposed as Chairman, Dr. F. C. Latiolais was unanimously chosen to the position.

 Upon motion, duly seconded, the following named persons were unanimously chosen as vice-presidents: J. E. Mouton, A. A. Labbe, Preston Huffpauir, D. A. Cochrane, Dr. J. D. Trahan and W. B. Bailey.

 Messrs. P. Huffpauir, D. A. Cochrane, Dr. J. D. Trahan and W. B. Bailey having failed to serve, the following named persons were named in their stead, to-wit: C. C. Brown, F. Langlinais and Jean Comeaux.

 Messrs. R. C. Greig and Paul DeClouet were chosen as secretaries. R. C. Greig having failed to answer, J. J. Mouton, Esq., was chosen in his stead.

 The Chairman, after having explained the object of the meeting, then read the following communication, to-wit:

     LAFAYETTE, Dec. 20th, 1889.
  To the President of the Mass Meeting convoked for the 21st inst.:
  MR. PRESIDENT: Approving fully the ends enunciated in the call for a mass meeting of the whites of the parish of Lafayette, I regret deeply being prevented by sickness from attending in person and joining hands with all those who have at heart to uphold firm and high the good name and prosperity of the parish of Lafayette.

 In the expression of my sentiments, allow me, Mr. President, here to say, that notwithstanding the silly and vile aspersions which have been heaped upon me, and upon those acting with me, (and which we have noticed only with silent contempt,) we will in the future, as in the past, continue to hold high and unfurled the spotless banner of white supremacy, by which our fair country can alone secure and enjoy the blessing of good, decent, honest government, uncontaminated by negro rule, either direct or indirect.

 With the most sincere hope that a spirit of conciliation and harmony, and that the dictates of wisdom and patriotism will preside over and guide your deliberations, I remain, with highest regard.
                              Your devoted servant,
                                      ALEX DECLOUET.

 On motion, duly seconded, the above letter was ordered spread upon the minutes.

 The following persons were then appointed as a committee on resolutions; E. G. Voorhies, Aurelien Olivier, Cleobule Doucet, Overton Cade and Dr. H. D. Guidry, who after a recess submitted the following report, which was unanimously adopted:

 We, the undersigned, members of the committee on resolutions beg leave to make the following report:

 Resolved, That in answer to a call published in the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER, of December 14th and 21st, 1889, we, the white people of the parish of Lafayette, are unalterably opposed to lawlessness, violence and regulator rule, and that we are in favor of maintaining and preserving quiet and good order in this parish.

 Resolved, That we deprecate all attempts at thwarting the ends of justice, and that perjury, subornation of perjury, and the compounding of felonies, should be put down, as they strike at the very fabric of our government.

 Resolved, That we rejoice that property has enhanced in value, and that good and substantial immigrants are locating with us, and that good faith and full confidence exist among neighbors, and that the white people of this parish are law abiding citizens, and in proof of this we boldly assert that ninety per cent of the crimes committed in this parish are perpetrated by negroes.

 Resolved, That we, the white people of all as white men, and secondly as Democrats, upholding in our midst the supremacy of the white man, and recognizing the blessings of a good government, and being fully aware that under the great principles of equity and justice underlying our fundamental laws, no government can exist where lawlessness prevails, do bind and pledge ourselves to maintain the purity and supremacy of the law in our midst, so that everyone shall be secured in his person and property.

 Resolved, That the long and spotless career of General Alexander De Clouet, and his well known devotion and services to his country, form part of the history of the State, and are sufficient guarantee against the uncharitable aspersions aimed at him by political enemies; and that we do recognize and proclaim that he is a citizen without reproach, a patriot of the first water and gentleman that would be an ornament to any community, and one of Louisiana's gifted sons.

 Resolved, That a copy of the proceedings and resolutions adopted at their meeting be published in the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER and New Orleans papers.

 Respectfully submitted, E. G. Voorhies, Overton Cade, C. Doucet, H. D. Guidry, M. D., and A. Olivier.

 On motion, duly seconded, the meeting then adjourned.
F. C. LATIOLAIS, President.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1889.            

Minutes Don't Conform.

 Referring to the meeting at Falk's Hall last Saturday, we desire to say the minutes as published in another column do not conform to the actual occurrences at the beginning, the only part witnessed by us; and we therefor make the following statement: By request we called the meeting to order, and called upon Mr. W. B. Torian to take the chair. Mr. E. G. Voorhies made the point that a temporary chairman was unnecessary, and nominated Dr. F. C. Latiolais, a well-known "Regulator," or "Lafayette White," whatever he may call himself. Dr. Latiolais immediately arose, and in the French language proceeded to denounce the signers of the call; and at the conclusion of his harangue was declared president and took the chair. Then Vice-Presidents were named, and among them was W. B. Torian; and when his name was announced he arose and asked if the meeting was to be held under the call as published in this paper, and the proceedings had according to the tonor thereof? Mr. Torian was ruled out of order by Mr. Latiolais. Mr. Torian then, with all other signers of the call and sympathizers present, left and held a meeting at the City Hall, the proceedings of which are to be found in another column. Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1889.      


 On the 24th inst., in the dead hours of the night, just at the time we might suppose all the frolic and gaiety attending a Christmas eve was at an end and all nature enwraps in peaceful slumber preparatory for the joyous morrow, one of the boldest and most daring robberies possible was being perpetuated in the very heart of the most populous portion of our little city.

A grand and magnificent collection of Holiday goods that during four weeks had feasted and delighted the eyes and minds of hundreds of people, was stealthily spirited away. So adroit and noiseless were the robbers in their operation, neither of the three persons who regularly sleep on the premises were disturbed. Evidently, the thieves were no novices at the business, and that they should have chosen the holiday stock of the Moss Pharmacy for their nefarious ends reflects flatteringly upon their good taste and sound judgment.

A rigid investigation at once instituted, establish beyond all doubt, the perpetrators of the deed to be Santa Claus and army of accomplices, now all under arrest.

The proprietor gladly avails himself of the happy occasion here offered to thank the good people of Lafayette and sister towns for the very friendly and substantial manner in which they have supported a well directed effort on his part, to provide for them a line of Holiday goods of high order at most reasonable prices.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1889.

Christmas was observed in true, good old-fashioned style in Lafayette;

 fireworks etc., and a general interchange of hospitalities. There was nothing of violence or extravagant demonstration to mar the harmony of the occasion. As a slight mar to our otherwise happy Christmas, we regret to note that two of Mr. Emile Pefferkorn's children, Jake and Freddy, were injured in the explosion of some fireworks, scorching their faces and injuring very badly Freddy's eyes. We learn that he will not lose his sight, for which we are thankful.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1889.

DIED - At the residence of her son Pierre Revillon, in the parish of Lafayette, on Sunday, December 22nd, 1889, Mme. J. Revillon nee Ismene Dejean, aged 69 years. n the loss of this estimable woman our parish loses one its landmarks. She was widely known, greatly beloved, and her loss is deeply regretted. We extend to the bereaved family out truest sympathy.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1889.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/28/1889. 

 We received a pleasant call last Thursday from Mr. C. D. Stewart, of Opelousas, contractor and builder, who is now building the bridge at Oldidon's Ferry across Bayou Vermilion. He reports that he is progressing satisfactorily, and that everything is favorable for the accomplishment of a good job.

 We were glad to note the presence of Mr. Alfred M. Gardner in our town during the week. He is now associated with Prof. Stubbs, of the Governmental Experimental Station, Audubon Park, New Orleans, but like a dutiful son and clever citizen came home to spend Christmas with his mother and his many friends in Lafayette. We acknowledge receipt of an invitation to attend the wedding of Mr. Armand Levy to Miss Lena Bendel, which will take place on Sunday evening, January 12th, 1890.

 We extend to these young people our heartiest congratulations, and wish them a long, prosperous and happy future. Mr. Levy has had the rare, good taste to have his invitations printed at his home office. If they do not look quite as neat as if printed in New York, they express as much, and Armand has shown that he appreciates home enterprise, and his sentiment is duly appreciated.

 We were much amused Christmas eve by the expressions of one of our jovial friends who was circumnavigating the street between the court house and the depot; he was pretty full - a long ways past fording. In front of Mrs. Young's residence, a jaybird, or something, kicked some leaves down on him. Looking at (unreadable word) contemplatively for a few moments, and remarked: "Leaves has their times to fall, and so have I. But here's the difference between the leaves and me, I falls harder and more frequently."

"The "Christmas Tree," at Falk's Hall, Christmas eve, was one of the happiest events in our recollection.
The large holly tree, the Anglo-Saxon emblematic tree for this purpose, illuminated and loaded with presents, was truly an attractive sight, only excelled by the indescribable joyous lustre in the eyes of the several hundred children present. The carols sung by the twenty of thirty little girls trained by Miss Alix Judice were very prettily rendered, and reflect credit upon the abilities of this young lady. Mrs. O. C. Mouton, representing Santa Claus (who was unavoidably absent), made a very happy address, which added much to the eclut of the occasion. The presents were then cut from the tree and distributed, amid many jovial and pleasant incidents. The whole affair was a joyous commingling of all classes in a general expression of happiness and "peace on earth and good will towards men." The ladies who originated and so successfully conducted this enterprise should have a warm place in the hearts of the parents of the little children of Lafayette; not a single little one "went away hungry."

There will be races at Aurelien Primeaux's race track, near Royville, on Saturday, the 5th day of January, 1890, as follows: Celestin Dillan's mare of Vermilion, against Jolivet's horse, of St. Martin's; distance, 6 arpents, for a purse of $200. Second race, Felecien Primeux's mare of Vermilion, and Dr. Dupleix's mare of Royville; distance, 5 arpents for $100.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1889.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 28th, 1878:

Police Jury Procedings.
Parish of Lafayette.
Dec. 23d, 1878.

 The members elect of the Police Jury, to-wit: Sebastien Hernandez of the first ward, Marcel G. Broussard of the second ward, Marcel G. Broussard of the second ward, Joseph L. Prejean of the third ward, Aurelien Primeaux of the fourth ward and Martial Billaud of the fifth ward, met at the Court House and proceeded to organize by unanimously electing Mr. M. G. Brousard as president.

 On motion of Mr. Broussard, that this Police Jury respectfully petition the General Assembly of the State, to pass an act authorizing this Parish to issue bonds in order to take up its outstanding debt, was laid on the table for further consideration at its next meeting.

 There being no further business on motion, the Police Jury adjourned to the first Saturday of January 1879.
                    M. G. BROUSSARD, President.
 J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/28/1878.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 28th, 1909:


 Through the efforts of Secretary F. V. Mouton, of the Progressive League, the new government dredge boat is now at work in Vermilion Bayou and is proceeding up to the railroad bridge and it is believed, and pretty certain, too, that a four foot depth in low water will result from the cleaning and dredging.

 The advantage of this fine stream has not been appreciated by the people of this city or those living on its banks, but now the Intercoastal Canal is being constructed on this end, connecting the Vermilion with the Mississippi, the importance of the stream for transportation becomes great. With a four-foot channel at low water, we are assured of transportation to New Orleans all the year, and therefore competition with the railroads, lower freight rates and cheaper goods besides a big savings on products shipped to New Orleans markets.

 With an active management at the head of a boat line on the Vermilion it should and would prove an avenue of trade to Lafayette, for the boats could bring cane to the Lafayette refineries, cotton to our gins and other products to ship or be consumed here.

 The Vermilion bayou country is exceedingly fertile and productive and we have for years neglected to use this fine water highway. But that is not unusual, people often overlook the advantages and even riches at their feet, to reach after glittering objects afar off, that prove disappointing when attained. It is well to reach out, but first let us see what we have at hand, and that is one of the problems of the coming year. Prosperity is returning and we can boost it along if we start in to find and develop every resource in our parish. And don't let us fail to appreciate all the things the Vermilion Bayou means to Lafayette now and in the future. Lafayette Advertiser 7/28/1909.


 Oil vs. Coal.

 The coal famine, which has recently forced several railroads to exchange their locomotive grates from coal burners to wood burners, suggests that the imperious necessity for utilizing coal oil and of supplying from our Texas and Louisiana gushers the deficit of fuel which is now seriously interfering with the roads. In this connection it is of interest to know that the steamer Clam of the Shell line of oil carriers, has reached the Delaware river, after the first voyage across the Atlantic made with oil instead of coal. The Shell steamers are mainly employed in distributing oil from Burmah fields to other points in the Orient, and one of the steamers is on the way from Port Arthur to London with a cargo of Texas oil. The company is now developing an oil field in Texas near enough to the sea to be independent of a pipe line. The company has eighteen steamers fitted to burn oil and four more, with a capacity of 11,000 tons, are building. The Clam has been burning oil for two years. The company has forty-one storage stations on the coast, in all parts of the world, with an aggregate capacity of 285,000 tons, besides storage for 72,000 tons at the distributing  point in Burmah, and 350 interior stations in Japan, India and Australia.

 The New York Journal of Commerce says that it has now been demonstrated by the Shell Line that oil is cheaper than coal in coal-producing districts.  Where coal has to be transported great distances, there is no doubt about the lower first cost of oil. The data obtained on the other side make it very difficult to directly compare the two, but the Standard Oil Co.'s experiments with tug No. 4 show that four barrels of oil, worth $3, equal one ton of coal worth $3.25. There are very substantial indirect advantages on the side of oil. When the Clam used oil she burned 26 to 28 tons a day; of oil she only burns 18 tons. The oil can be carried between double bottoms and in all sorts of places where coal could not be carried. The actual amount of space occupied by oils is little more than one-third the space occupied by coal for a given heating capacity. It has been calculated that between New York and London oil would save 300 tons of cargo space, representing $1,500 in earning capacity.

 The greatest saving in the use of oil would be in the wages of the firemen, and as the work of these men is arduous and disagreeable, the number of men who are willing to do it is small and they are frequently an undesirable element. It is estimated that where 160 stokers are needed on an ocean liner, 20 men would suffice to care for the oil fires. 

 From the New Orleans Item and in the Lafayette Gazette 12/28/1901.    

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