Christmas Time is at Hand.
For a person who enjoys looking at pretty things, there is much pleasure in gazing into the handsomely decorated show windows of many of our stores. The displays are a lovely reminder that Christmas time is at hand, and with all the beautiful and useful articles attractively shown in the show windows, no one need have difficulty in finding suitable presents for sweet reminders of friendship and affection.
For a country town the displays made by our merchants are creditable indeed. They remind one of the show windows in the city, and while not so extensive, yet in quality and design, they compare favorably with the best Canal street displays.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
The Other Side Too. - At their meeting Monday night the City Council adopted an ordinance ordering the laying of a Shillinger sidewalk on the east side of Lincoln avenue like the one recently contracted for on the west side so that both sides of Lincoln avenue from the depot up will have concrete walks. The Council ordered the walk laid at the instance of a number of the property owners on the east side. This is certainly a good move and will increase the value of property on Lincoln avenue considerably, as well as add greatly to the looks of the town. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
Drought Broken. - Friday the long drought, which has been prevailing in this section nearly three months, was broken by a steady downpour of rain, which, while not heavy, was a great relief. Water had become a scarce article, many cisterns were empty and through the country it was becoming a problem to furnish cattle and stock with water. The rain has relieved this condition, and, though there was not a very large amount it, it will suffice for the present time.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
A Progressive League Wanted. - Several years ago a Southern town made a successful effort to interest some of the capitalists to the extent of inducing them to visit the town and investigate its advantages. After looking over the situation carefully they proposed to the citizens to erect a large cotton mill, provided the citizens would (unreadable word) be liberally to the stock. This they hesitated to do and finally refused, whereupon the outspoken capitalists dismissed the entire project with the remark, "If you haven't faith enough to invest in your home town, how do you expect us outsiders to have faith?" This little story simply emphasizes the fact that the first step in growth must be made by a community itself. There is no use waiting for others to come along and build up the town, the citizens must do that of themselves. And it is useless to expect them as a body to act ; some few who have the will and the capacity must take the lead and where such has been the case, as a general rule, the rest of the community have fallen in line and done their part. What is needed is for some one to take the initiative. Unfortunately there are too many men of ability in every community, who could do something for the up-building of their town, who will not do so, because they are afraid it will interfere with their private business or take up too much of their time. And there others who won't help for fear it may cost them something. The experience of those who have given part of their time some of their money and a large share of their efforts has proven in the case of other towns, that instead of losing they have gained fourfold, and would some of our leading men take up the matter of building up Lafayette it would be their experience also. The work should be undertaken in a business way, the first step being the formation of a progressive league. This league should meet at least monthly and its members at each meeting suggest, discuss and investigate means of adding something to the town, let it be ever so little, for little things count. There should be no slack, the members must-constantly be on the alert for anything that offers the least promise. With such a league certainly there would be a big difference in a few years.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
Died. - Thursday morning the Death Angel entered the house of Mr. and Mrs. A. James Alpha and bore away their sweet little baby boy, Lee Anthony, aged 8 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held in the Catholic church at 4 p. m., the same day, and then his dear little remains were gently laid to rest in the lap of mother earth. He who giveth comfort and healeth the wounded heart console and comfort the bereaved parents.
Laf. Adv. 12/9/1903.
Changed Hands. - Monday J. A. Delhomme, who has for years conducted a mercantile establishment across the railroad near the depot, sold to A. L. Chopin, who will continue the business under his own name.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
The regular meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Lafayette, to elect a Board of Directors for the ensuing year, will be held at the banking house Tuesday, January 12, 1904, between the hours of 10 a. m. and 4 p. m.
S. R. PARKERSON, Cashier.
Lafayette, La., Dec. 7, 1903.
Candidates for State Offices.
The following ticket will be submitted to the voters at the State primary to be held on Jan. 19, 1904:
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
Liberal and Public Spirited.
An effort is being made by a number of progressive citizens of the seventh ward to secure the Pilette Hall, which is a commodious building, for a central school. All the stockholders of the building, who have been seen, have generously donated their part, and it is believed that the others will be equally as liberal and public spirited. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
GEO. F. GOEBLE,
National Organizer, Lectures on Social Democracy.
Owing to the inclemency of the weather, rather a small audience greeted Geo. F. Goeble, national organizer for the Socialistic-Democratic party. However, those who failed to attend missed a treat, as Mr. Goeble is a fine speaker and presented his party's principles very entertainingly. He should have had a large audience as Socialism is fast becoming a question of national importance owing to its rapid growth, and will have to be reckoned with.
All of its phases should be thoroughly seen and understood by everyone in order that each one may take intelligent action when the time comes.
While here Mr. Goeble was entertained by Messrs. F. C. Triay, H. J. Church and Levy O. Emes who were on the reception committee. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
To Benefit Hayden.
Wm. Hayden, the blind musician, who has been attending the National Conservatory of music in New York, will give an organ recital in St. Paul's Episcopal church, New Orleans, on Monday Dec. 14. Mr. Hayden is well known to the people of Lafayette, many of them have had the pleasure of listening to his delightful piano and violin playing. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
Street Fair and Carnival.
A street Fair and Carnival will be given Dec. 15-20 inclusive for the benefit of the Lafayette Fire Department, an advertisement of which appears in another column. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
Thursday morning at ten o'clock Miss Monique Lacoste, the charming daughter of Leopold Lacoste, and Mr. Rene Comeaux, who travels for the Estorge Wholesale Drug Co., of New Iberia, were married at St. John's Catholic church, Father Crozier, officiating. After the ceremony the bridal party returned to the home of the bride where a reception was held. Mr. and Mrs. left on the noon train for a short bridal trip. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
Lafayette Parish at the St. Louis Fair.
The following named gentlemen have formed themselves into a committee to receive and forward specimens of agriculture or produce, and manufactured articles intended for the St. Louis exposition: M. Billeaud, Jr., chairman; Alcide Judice, Dr. N. P. Moss, C. C. Brown and W. A. LeRosen, secretary. All communications or enquiries addressed to the secretary at Lafayette will receive prompt attention.
This step has been taken with a desire and for the purpose of having Lafayette parish suitable, represented at the St. Louis fair, in accordance with the suggestion and recommendation of Dr. Stubbs and Dr. Mayer, published in the local papers of Lafayette last week.
The committee extends an invitation to all interested persons to join them in this undertaking, which should be made to redound to the advantage of our parish which by virtually of territory should naturally participate in the great event which the Louisiana Purchase Exposition is intended to commemorate. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
Notwithstanding the cold and threatening weather, twenty-five teachers were present at ten o'clock Saturday morning at the Primary School to take part in a parish institute called by Supt. Alleman. The object of the meeting was to discuss the organization of a school, how to improve the school premises, what each had to improve his school, and the teaching of civil government.
The subjects were thoroughly discussed, the teachers generally taking part, and many good working ideas were advanced. The session was a thoroughly interesting one and illustrated the earnestness and conscientious with which the teachers of this parish are doing their work. These sessions are open to the public, and it would be interesting as well as valuable if all parents would attend the institutes. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 23, 1903. - A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, and there were present : Chas. D. Caffery, mayor, and councilmen Felix Demenade, A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, and Geo. A. DeBlanc. Absent were H. L. Fontenot, J. O. Mouton and D. V. Gardebled.
The secretary absent, Geo. A. DeBlanc was chosen as secretary protem.
The contract for the cement walks to be entered into with Mr. Andrew E. Massicot, lowest bidder, was submitted by the street committee, was read, and approved, with the following additions and changes.
1. "Cost of drain pipe to be borne by abutting owner."
2. Amount of bond to be given by contractor fixed at twenty-five hundred dollars.
3. Time for commencement of work to be within fifteen days from Nov. 23, 1903; and the work to be completed within six months hereafter.
4. Maximum width (or depth) of curbing fixed at 2 1/2 feet.
And it was ordered that said contract with the additions and changes be approved and spread upon the (unreadable word) and said committee is authorized to close and sign the same with Mr. Massicot, and further, to accept the bond provided for in said contract.
Mr. Massicot being present, expressed his acceptance of above conditions.
Specifications for cement pavement to be constructed on side walks of Lafayette, La., as per ordinance passed at regular meeting.
6 feet wide and curbing in gutters, shall be paved with best cement pavement. Concrete to be composed of best vulcanite Potland cement or Lihich, Dykerhoff, German, Alsen or Hemoor. Nut shells or broken bricks, no larger than two inch diameter, and sharp sand, and mixed as follows dry:
One part cement, three parts sand, and six parts shells or broken hard bricks, with enough water to bring same to a working consistency. Concrete to be laid 3 1/2 inches thick, well tamped and graded to a proper fall. Finish the whole one inch or finishing cement of any of the above named, mixed half sand and half cement. Applied true and smooth and floated and worked to a polished surface. Curbing to be of same thickness, and top, and outside, and concrete of same finish and of same material as other pavement It is also understood that the bottom edge of curbing is to be no less that 4 inches below the bottom of present gutter. All cement work to be guaranteed by the contractor, who shall replace same if found defective within one year from final payment. The contractor is to complete the work within the specified, must not obstruct the drainage while doing the work, and must remove all debris and accumulated rubbish, and is to turn the cement pavement over, free of stains and broom-clean, to the street committee.
"Ne varietur" annexed to contract between Andrew E. Massicot, and City Council of Lafayette, La., November 27, 1903.
Chas. D. Caffery
State of Louisiana,
Parish of Lafayette.
This contract this day entered into between Andrew E. Massicot of the one part and the City Council of the town of Lafayette of the other part, the said City Council being herein represented by the street committee of said Council, of which Felix Demenade is chairman, witnesseth:
That the said Andrew E. Massicot binds and obligates himself to build a cement walk and curbing and to furnish all necessary material therefore, said walk to be six feet in width and the curbing of such width as may be required by the elevation, said walk to be built between the Crescent News Hotel and the court-house square, and again, between Felix Demenade's store and the Catholic church, in the town of Lafayette, La., according to the ordinance of the City Council adopted October 6, 1903, which said ordinance is made part hereof to all intents and purposes, as if the same herein set out at length.
It is moreover agreed to between said contracting parties that said walk, shall be built strictly according to the specifications also hereto annexed and made part hereof, for which walk the said Massicot shall also do the necessary grading. It is agreed that said walk shall have an incline of one-quarter inch to the root from the inner line to the curb.
It is also further agreed that there shall be at least one fourth inch drain pipe for each lot of property abutting on said side walk, cost of drain pipe to be borne by abutting property. It is also understood and agreed to, that the said Massicot shall furnish a good and solvent bond in the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars, conditioned for the faithful performance of all obligations assumed by him in this contract.
And in consideration of the foregoing, the said City Council hereby obligate itself to pay unto said Andrew E. Massicot, the sum of seventeen cents (17 cents) per square foot, surface measure; surface measure to include the surface proper of said walk, that is ton say, six feet in width, and also to include the curbing, a maximum measurement of which is hereby fixed at two feet one half inch in width; in the event the curbing on said walk shall prove to be less than two and a half feet in width, then credit shall be given for the difference.
The said City Council moreover hereby binds and obligates itself to examine said sidewalk upon the completion of each block, and upon acceptance of the same that payment shall be made therefore in accordance with the amount herein above agreed upon, that is to say, seventeen cents per square foot.
It is agreed that work shall commence within fifteen days from November 23, 1903, and shall be completed within six months thereafter.
It is agreed that the lines and levels for said walk shall be furnished by the City Council.
Thus done, written, read and signed at Lafayette, La., on this November 27, 1903, in the presence of George B. Knapp and Henry Barringer, competent witnesses, who have hereto signed their names with said contracting parties, and me, notary public, after due reading of the whole.
All interlineations made as per order of Council and approved of before signing.
There being no other business the Council then adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/9/1903.
Pay your poll tax, else you can not vote in next year's election.
Mr. W. W. Duson accompanied by his daughter and niece, Misses Mayme and Lola passed through Thursday on the way to New Orleans.
Dr. and Mrs. Terry's little baby girl, Corita was quite sick Saturday, but is better now.
Miss Maxim Beraud, who has been attending Whitworth Female College, returned Wednesday to spend the holidays at home.
Jack Fournet, of St. Martinville, has accepted a position as teacher of the Isle de Cannes school.
Dr. Zack Francez of Carencro, attended the U. D. C. Euchre Thursday at Falk's.
Mrs. Thos. Porter, who has been living in Victoria, Texas, has returned to Lafayette and is spending a while with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Mouton.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Levy, of New Orleans, arrived in Lafayette Monday afternoon.
Leonce Gladu went to Rayne during the week on business.
Miss Mary McNaspy, who has been quite ill, is much better.
T. P. Labbe, who has been for some time employed by the Waters Pierce Oil Co., at Alexandria, has returned to Lafayette and will work for same company at this place.
Mrs. R. L. McBride, who has been in San Antonio, Texas, for several months returned to Lafayette Thursday.
The Billeaud refinery after a successful run, will close down this week.
The Lafayette refinery will close down to-day. The run this year has been shorter than usual, but will average up fairly well.
Sheriff Broussard expects to leave to-day for Baton Rouge with seven prisoners sentenced to the penitentiary at the last term of court. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1903.
From the Lafayette Gazette of December 7th, 1899:
The Meeting at the Courthouse.
The Floodgates of Vilification and Abuse Were Opened.
The Gazette is really sorry that more of the good people of Lafayette were not at court house Wednesday to listen to the diatribes delivered by the speakers of what is known as the anti-administration faction. The floodgates of vilification and abuse were opened and it is safe to say that the fair-minded men present were disgusted with it all. Sheriff Broussard was made the object of their attacks, and that worthy officer was charged with all the sins of omission and commission. It was clearly evident that the speakers were inspired by personal animosity. The nature of their attacks and the manner in which they were made showed plainly that there was too much malice and envy at the bottom to carry conviction to any fair mind. The official record of any man is amenable to legitimate criticism, but we submit to the good people of this parish that to attempt to blacken the character of any man, is, to say the least, contemptible and deserves the severest condemnation.
The record if Isaac A. Broussard as sheriff of this parish does not fear criticism; on the contrary, it courts the fullest investigation. Upon his record as an officer, Mr. Broussard is willing to stand and upon that record he will be triumphantly nominated next Saturday.
We repeat what we have said in a previous issue that Sheriff Broussard is one of the best executive officers in the State and no amount of vilification which is attempted to be heaped upon him by his enemies will serve to detract one iota from his enviable reputation.
The voters of this parish will not be fooled by the silly twaddle of the speakers as last Wednesday's meeting. If they were deceived by it they would be unfit to exercise the right of suffrage. Abuse is the weapon of the rude and ignorant; invective is used by the bigot and fanatic. The far-minded, right-loving citizen seeks the truth; common sense and justice form the basis of his convictions. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
A leading Republican of this town has been very busy lately holding confabs with the leaders of the Martin-Cochrane faction.
The same Republican has taken unusual interest in the registration of his friends; that they will be able to vote in Saturday's primary.
Before casting their votes Democrats should not fail to remember this fact. Let them show by their ballots that this is a Democratic affair and make sure that Republican interference does not affect the results. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
Mr. Omer Broussard Denies Having Made Certain Charges Against Sheriff Broussard.
It was currently reported throughout the parish that Mr. J. Omer Broussard had stated that Mr. Isaac A. Broussard had failed to turn over the parish treasurer $800 collected for parish license or that if he turned it over to the treasurer this latter officer had not accounted to the school board for it.
At the meeting of the Police Jury last Thursday Mr. Isaac Broussard met Mr. Omer Broussard and asked him if it was true that he made the statement or charge accredited to him, the sheriff stating that if the charge was made he was prepared to prove by receipts from the parish treasurer that it was false, as he had paid into the treasury every cent that was due the parish or school board.
Mr. Omer Broussard replied by denying that he had ever made the above statement or charge. Mr. Omer Broussard stated further that he had occasion several times to be appointed on committees to examine the sheriff's books and had always found them correct. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
See that Ike's Name is There.
Don't fail to see that Ike Broussard's name is along with the others which form the Democratic ticket.
If necessary the opposition will sacrifice all their friends to beat Sheriff Broussard. We mean they will do anything to try to beat him for they well know that they can not beat him. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
A Fact to Consider.
The merchants and other law-abiding citizens of the town and parish should vote for the regular ticket from head to foot. The cause of law and order demands that they should vote this ticket straight.
With Debaillon, Campbell, Ike Broussard and E. G. Voorhies in office thieves and other criminals will give our parish a wide berth.
To protect yourselves, your homes and your families you should vote for these men and their running mates. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
The following resolution unanimously adopted by the Police Jury, Dec. 7, inst., effectually disposes of the charge made by Mr. J. O. Broussard affecting the honesty and integrity of the undersigned:
"Resolved, That the minutes of the Police Jury under date of Nov. 19, 1898, be and are hereby declared correct, and that no resolution granting half the liquor licenses of 1899 to the parish schools was ever adopted by this body. The secretary, R. C. Greig, is hereby exonerated from any and all charges affecting his honesty and integrity in the premises."
In order to show how utterly groundless and unprovoked was Mr. Broussard's charge that the undersigned suppressed or "stole" the alleged resolution, the minutes of the Jury under date of April 6, 1899, read as follows: "Supt. Latiolais and Hon. J. O. Broussard, representing the School Board, appeared and asked that half the licenses collected from liquor dealers be set aside for school purposes as per agreement with committee of saloon men. The Jury decided that the understanding was, that should the liquor licenses collected for 1899, exceed the licenses collected for 1898, the excess should be paid into the parish treasury." The members of the Jury explained very forcible and distinctly to the committee that no resolution was adopted as claimed by them, and Mr. Broussard has therefore proffered a charge which he knew to be utterly false.
The public and friends are left to draw their own conclusions as to Mr. Broussard's veracity and reliability.
R. C. GREIG.
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
Think of It.
We desire to urge upon the voters the necessity of selecting officers who can be relied on to enforce the laws. Those who indulge in violent speeches are not the proper persons to clothe with authority. The campaign of the Debaillon-Isaac Broussard ticket has been conducted peaceably and without making any appeals to the passions and prejudices of men. As en evidence of the reckless character of the campaign of the opposition, the attention of well-thinking and fair-minded people is directed to the meeting which was held in the court-house Wednesday night. This is not a question of gratifying your likes or dislikes, but it is one of much greater importance. The question which you are to decide by your vote is one in which is involved your own welfare, and that of your home and your family. Think of it before preparing your ballot. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
The registration office was closed Wednesday. The books showed that 2,243 voters were registered. If the weather is favorable a very large vote will be polled. The larger the vote the greater will be the majority of the regular Democratic ticket. The friends and supporters of the ticket should stand together, shoulder to shoulder, until the close of the poles. The candidates of the regular ticket, from judge to coroner, are entitled to your vote and you should give it to them straight and unscratched.
The registration, by wards, is as follows:
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
TO OUR FRIENDS IN ACADIA.
For an efficient and fearless administration of justice vote for Hon. C. Debaillon for Judge and Hon. Wm. Campbell for district attorney.
Lafayette will give to these gentlemen an almost unanimous vote, and The Gazette has not the least doubt that Acadia will do likewise. Messrs. Debaillon and Campbell have both served the people in various official capacities and it is but doing them simple justice to say that they did their duty well.
The district cannot afford to go into any experimenting business, and were it to elect a new untried men for the judicial offices it would at best but a very uncertain experiment, whereas the election of Judge Debaillon and Mr. Campbell will place the administration of justice in safe hands. We therefore recommend to our friends in Acadia the choice of the Lafayette Democracy as eminently fit persons to operate the machinery of justice during the next four years.
Lafayette parish enjoys a most enviable reputation as the home of law and order and it is in a spirit prompted by neighborly interest to the welfare of our estimable and progressive young sister that we urge upon her the advisability of selecting Messrs. Debaillon and Campbell as the proper persons to fulfill the duties of judge and district attorney.
Vote for the Lafayette men, and we promise you will not regret it.
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
The First National Bank.
At the meeting of directors of the First National Bank of Lafayette held the 5th instant, a semi-annual dividend of five per cent, was declared payable after Jan. 1, 1900, and five hundred dollars was added to the surplus fund of the bank. This is only in keeping with the past record of this institution, whose steady growth and prosperity is emphasized with each passing year.
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
Presbyterian Church Services.
The installation services will take place at the Presbyterian church at 11 o'clock Sunday morning, when the Rev. W. J. Lechrest, the pastor-elect, will be installed by the commission appointed by the Louisiana Presbytery. Rev. George Fraser, of Crowley, will conduct the services and preach the sermon. Rev. D. F. Wilkinson, of Crowley, will deliver the charge to the pastor and Elder J. B. Foley, of the same town, will deliver the charge to the people. At 7:30 p. m. Rev. Wilkinson will preach. To all these services the public are cordially invited. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
"My Uncle From Japan."
A three-night engagement by the Core-Keene Company was begun at McDonald's last night when that always pleasing comedy, "My Uncle from Japan," was most cleverly presented. This combination is a new one to local play-goers, but by the splendid work of each member of the cast last night it bids fair to become one of the most popular companies traveling. The audience was thoroughly delighted throughout the play and those enjoying the production made it known by continually applauding. Included in the cast were Miss Fay Carlisle and Mr. Jack Core, two well-known stage people, who are clever as they are deserving. Mr. Charles P. White was also connected with the Charles King company, which recently appeared here, is in the cast of the Core-Keene combination. The entire company is evenly balanced and well deserves the liberal patronage that will be accorded it here. Montgomery (Ala.) Journal.
Will appear at Falk's Sunday night.
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
Hot Drink on a Cold Day. - If a cold drink makes one feel cool and comfortable on a hot day, why shouldn't a hot drink make one feel warm and comfortable on a cold day? Why not, indeed? Delicious hot drinks are served at the Moss Pharmacy, at all hours of the day, such as soda water, chocolate, coffee and beet tea, all of which combine drink, food and fuel.
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Dec. 5th, 1899.
The City Council met in regular session with Mayor Pro-tem. F. E. Girard presiding members present: J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, C. O. Mouton, Geo. DeBlanc. Absent: Mayor Campbell, Councilmen H. Hohorst and J. E. Martin.
Moved by Geo. DeBlanc seconded by J. O. Mouton that Council appoints two Physicians to Complete the City Board of Health.
Moved and duly seconded that Drs. J. D. Trahan and J. F. Mouton be appointed, on City Board of Health, motion carried.
The following bills were approved:
There being no further business the Council adjourned to meet the first Monday in January.
F. E. GIRARD, Mayor Pro-tem.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/9/1899.
Vote for the straight ticket and in that way register a strenuous protest against hybrid movements.
Died near Youngsville, Sunday, Dec. 3, Sully Benoit. Mr. Benoit was an industrious young man of good habits and his death is greatly deplored by a large number of relatives and friends.
Notice. - Money due the corporation of Lafayette for use of water and light must be paid between the 1st and 5th of each month.
JOSEPH DUCOTE, Collector.
The marriage of Mr. Walter Turner, of Houston, Texas and Miss Mamie Weigle, the accomplished daughter of J. E. Weigle of this town, is announced to take place at the residence of Mr. Thomas Rogers on Dec. 20. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 7th, 1899:
Today throughout the parish primary elections will be held to nominate a Judge and District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District ; Sheriff, Clerk, Coroner, Representatives, Members of State Central and Senatorial Committees, Police Jurors, Justices of the Peace and Constables.
There is no doubt that the people have chosen their candidates for the various offices and that whatever the result, it will well be done and accepted as such by all interested.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1899.
A GRAND SUCCESS.
The theatrical given last Thursday night at Falk's Opera House under the auspices of Home Fire Co., shows what can be done by amateurs in Lafayette.
To a faultless detail the stage represented a sail boat with all the necessary requisites and was brilliantly illuminated by electric lights.
As to the play itself it was rendered with a consummate skill that did honor to all participants.
Miss Marthe Mouton, as Laure acted admirably well, and her singing as usual, was delightful and perfect.
F. V. Mouton, as captain Marcouf, was a typical navy officer, slave to duty and at the same time good hearted.
P. Krauss as the lieutenant, rendered his part to the satisfaction of the audience, leading the closing song in such a spirited way as to merit a well-deserved applause.
The part of Bonaventure assigned to Felix Voorhies certainly suited him well, and his rendition of it was worthy of all praise.
Pierre Gerac as Henri Montfort played his arduous part in a well meritorious way and showed himself resigned to his lot.
Ned Voorhies, as the Parisian, did not only look the typical child of Paris, but acted as well. Ned, merits more than a passing mention. His acting was clever and natural. He well filled up the laughable side of the play.
A. Robichaux filled the part of Yvon.
Messrs. Riu, Lacour, Morgan, Francez, Labbe, Felix and Sidney Mouton who completed the cast all acted well and helped to the success of the evening.
The final song and chorus was a catchy one and had to be repeated.
There was a large crowd present which greatly enjoyed themselves.
The piano was awarded to Mr. B. J. Pellerin and the gold watch to Miss Josette Salles who had sold the largest number of tickets.
The occasion scored a financial as well as a social success.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1899.
Will Soon Have a Railroad.
A special from Breaux Bridge to the Picayune of December 2, says.
"An election took place here to-day to take the sense of the tax-payers of this town for imposing a special tax of 6 mills on the dollar per year, for three years, on all tax-payable within the limits of the corporation, for the purpose of offering same to the Teche and Sugar Company Railroad, for obligations to them. The election was carried in favor of the tax by a large majority. In a very short time now the railroad will be running into Breaux Bridge, and before another grinding season passes the people will be able to boast of a larger sugar refinery. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
Mr. Leon Couvillon, and Miss Josephine Guilbeau, a charming young lady of Carencro, were married in that town at the Catholic Church, on the 6th instant, in the presence of a large number of friends Prof. Chas. Heichelheim played the wedding march.
The young lady made a pretty bride in her elegant dress of cashmere trimmed with cream silk, and the groom was congratulated on his good fortune in securing for his life companion a lady endowed with so many noble qualities of mind and heart.
The young couple will make their home on Mr. J. C. Couvillon's plantation, of which Leon will have charge in the future.
The Gazette unites with their many friends in wishing the young couple a long life of happiness and prosperity. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
"Les Jeunes Captifa."
"Les Jeunes Captifa" was performed by the Carencro amateurs at Falk's Opera House last Saturday night to a fair audience. The following is the cast:
Before the raising of the curtain Miss Lea Gladu, a young lade of fine musical skill, executed a beautiful composition on the piano, entitled "La Marche Canadienne."
The play was exceedingly well rendered. The characters were well placed and splendidly sustained during the whole of the performance. Claude Latiolais, as chef des brigands, was excellent, and his lieutenant, George Melchoir, was perfectly at home and elicited merited applause. L. G. Stelly played his part admirably well and contributed largely to the enjoyment of the audience. The little Misses Odile Crouchet and Sarah Brown, were very interesting and are highly deserving of praise for the intelligent manner in which they played their parts.
Between the first and second acts Mr. H. Van der Cruyssen favored the audience with an appreciated song which was well received.
Miss Antonio Melchoir, a charming young lady of Carencro, delivered a fine recitation. She spoke in a clear, distinct voice and acquitted herself very creditably.
Miss Emma Falk, of this town, generously volunteered her services and sang two pretty songs. It is useless to say that she was applauded to the echo.
At the conclusion of the entertainment the young folks cleared the hall of the chairs and enjoyed themselves by dancing until a late hour. The music was furnished by the Lafayette String Band, under the direction of Prof. Walter J. Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
A sad accident, the result of a practical joke, happened five miles from Duson, last Saturday night, which, only through the purest chance did not result in death. The particulars, as far as we have been able to learn, appear to be these: At the home of Mr. Israel Prejean, while this gentleman was away, were several young ladies spending the night with Miss Arsene Duhon, sister of Mrs. Prejean. The young ladies thought it would be a good joke to disguise themselves in men's attire and frighten Ralph Duhon, the only man in the house. No sooner thought of than it was done, and after getting into disguise, they silently stole out from the rear and stepped on the gallery and knocked at the door. Mrs. Prejean answered the call, slightly opened the door and inquired win was there. Without answering the young ladies rushed in only to be met by Ralph Duhon, who thinking they were robbers taking advantage of the absence of Mr. Prejean to commit robbery, opened fire upon them with a pistol, the first shot taking effect in the neck of Miss Arsene Duhon, his sister. he tried to shoot again but the pistol, fortunately, would not revolve, else some of the others might have been shot. After the first shot, the girls began to scream and made themselves known, and, of course, they all deplored the ending of what they anticipated would be real fun. Dr. O. A. Clark was summoned, and after examination, pronounced the young lady's wound serious, but not dangerous. At last reports the young lady was improving nicely. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
A New Iberia special of Dec. 7, says: "Mr. Albert Estorge, a prominent druggist of this place, was married to-day to Miss Irene Burgess, the popular and accomplished daughter of Dr. L. A. Burgess. The ceremony was performed at St. Peter's Catholic Church at 11:30 a, m., Rev. Father James Trainor officiating. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather the church was crowded with friends of the couple. The bride was handsomely dressed in white brocade, trimmed with lilies of the valley and diamond ornaments. The bridesmaids - Misses Corinne Burgess, Lucy Estorge, and Maude Young - were dressed in white silk. The groomsmen were Messrs. Edward Estorge, Silvio Broussard and Mortimer Olivier. The newly married couple left for Memphis on a bridal tour. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
A Recognized Danger. - The Gazette is informed that an ordinance was adopted some months since, forbidding the use of stove pipes, without brick protection, in all buildings of the town. There are several people who are unaware, of this ordinance, for they have pipes running through and extending some feet over their buildings. The authorities recognized the elements of danger in unprotected pipes, and passed this law as a measure of safety to the general public, and, we think it is a wise law that should be enforced without "fear or favor."
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
Price of Lands.
The Gazette has received from a gentleman connected with Dunn's mercantile agency, a request for the name of the gentleman from Wichita, Kansas, who wrote a letter of inquiry to The Gazette in regard to price of lands in this parish. We also had two other requests from gentlemen outside of the parish. We simply mention this to show the people that their local paper is doing good work for them, and reached people that they would little expect. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
Plantation for Sale.
The readers' attention is directed to the advertisement of Mr. J. A. LeBesque who offers to sell his fine plantation situated about five miles from this town. More fertile lands cannot be found anywhere, and as they are especially adapted to the cultivation of cane, any one desiring to go into that culture will do well to see Mr. Lebesque, who is willing to sell in lots of 100 arpents, or more. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
Body Laid Out at Ticket Counter.
Last Friday a young negro, aged about twenty years, named Edward Griffin, boarded the passenger train at Bayou Sale, bound for Washington, his home. Griffin had the appearance of a very sick man, it is said, when he embarked, and complained of suffering from a high fever. Just before the train arrived in Lafayette, he died. In order to comply with the law, the body was taken from the train, and laid on the ground in front of the ticket office and remained there from that hour until the next day, when the railroad company had the corpse put in a box and shipped on the freight train to Washington. The Coroner held an inquest over the body. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
Lafayette, La., Dec. 2, 1893.
The Teachers' Institute met to-day with the following members present: R. C. Greig, Alex Meaux, Philip Martin, J. F. Fletcher, J. C. Martin, and Misses F. S. Greig, and M. Jamieson.
Messrs. J. G. Martin and J. F. Flechet being present and ready to proceed with the subjects assigned to them, it was moved and carried, that the discussion be postponed until next meeting on account of the absence of most of the teachers.
R. C. Greig read a very interesting paper on the evil effects of tobacco. The subject was discussed among the teachers.
The committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions expressive of the sense of the teachers concerning the advancement of public education in the parish, beg leave to report as follows:
Be it Resolved, That, we, the teachers of the Parish of Lafayette, in Institute assembled, do hereby respectfully express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to he Hon. Board of School Directors of the parish, for the substantial advancement made in the last two years, in the system of public education of the parish. Indeed this improvement is chiefly due to the initiative and earnest efforts of Hon. Julian Mouton, the zealous President of that body, who has so ably and spiritedly performed his official duties and has, besides, in every circumstance, and in each school district of the parish, so eloquently pleaded for the cause of education and the great advantages to be derived from it by the young generation of the parish.
Be it Resolved, That we heartily congratulate Hon. H. E. Toll, the genial superintendent of the public schools of the parish, for the very commendable ability and activity he has displayed in the performance of his important and arduous duties, and for the impartiality and exquisite politeness with which he has always treated us.
Be it Resolved, That we acknowledge and thankfully appreciate the liberal pecuniary aid accorded by the Hon. Police Jury of the parish to build new school houses and to support them, notwithstanding the heavy expenses incurred for the last few years by the by the administration of justice in the parish. That they will continue and even increase, if possible, the appropriations for the schools, we most respectfully and urgently pray.
Moved and carried that the institute be adjourned until next meeting, when all the teachers are expected to be present.
R. C. GREIG, President.
J. C. MARTIN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/9/1893.
The Gazette's good old friend, Mr. Jos. Plonsky, has reopened his store, and will be pleased to meet his many customers.
The regular afternoon west bound passenger train was an hour and a half late Thursday.
The Gazette is informed that one of the lamps on Lincoln avenue, northeast side of the railroad depot, has not been lit for the past two months, and the wonder is, is this lamp "outlawed?" Whose duty is it so see this matter, anyway?
We want that refinery, and in the course of time we are bound to get it. The nearness of the day is only limited to the time that the people decide. It is in their power to have if for the next year's crop. Now, let's all get together.
It was rumored Thursday afternoon that the mail driver on the route between Rayne and Ridge had skipped for parts unknown taking with him the mail bags. Sheriff Broussard left immediately for Ridge to ascertain if there was anything in the rumor.
Mr. John Vandergrief request us to state that he has employed Mr. Charles Meyers, an experienced barber, and is prepared to accommodate all customers with dispatch. Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 9th, 1893:
Enterprising and Energetic.
Among the many opportunities offered by Lafayette to enterprising and energetic people, what occurs to us just now is the opening for a fire insurance agency. There is every reason to believe that a splendid paying business in this line could be developed here in a short time. Why do not some of our young men take advantage of this opportunity. Besides local business Lafayette is a splendid centre to radiate from. There are no insurance agencies in South-West Louisiana that we know of, at least if there are they do not make it known through the ADVERTISER and hence the general public is not aware of it. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1893.
Merchants Stocked Up.
All our merchants appear to have their stock in good trim for the holiday trade and THE ADVERTISER hopes they will reap a satisfactory harvest. By consulting the Advertiser columns of this paper, our readers will know where to trade to the best advantage.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1893.
Body Dumped at Depot.
On the evening of Friday the 1st inst. a negro passenger on the regular west bound Southern Pacific train, holding a ticket for Washington, St. Landry parish, died between Broussardville and Lafayette. On the arrival of the train here at four o'clock, the body was unceremoniously dumped on the ground near the depot, where we are informed it remained until the passenger train came along Saturday evening when the company again took it in charge and carried it to Washington. We believe the railroad company is entirely at fault in this matter. The man was accompanied by two friends or relatives, and there was no question but that he died a natural death. The railroad company base their action on the necessity for an investigation as to the cause of death by local officers when none was required and the town authorities very correctly refused to assume any responsibility in the premises. We do not believe a viewing of the body ever was required under the law. The case of this passenger may be likened to the death from natural cause, in the presence of accompanying friends of a guest at a hotel, and in such a case we do not believe the intervention of a coroner is required. But conceding it to be necessary we think that different treatment to the body of a deceased passenger from whatever cause he may have died should be required of common carriers by law, than was given in this case. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1893.
Much Talent in Carencro.
The rendition of the french play "Les deax Captife", by the amateur stage actors of Carencro last Saturday night did high credit to the participants and was well received by an attentive and appreciative audience. Mr. C. T. Latiolais as the chief of the brigands, and Mr. Melchoir, his lieutenant, impersonated these characters in a manner most complimentary to themselves, and the ubiquitous Mr. L. G. Stelly in the double role of a brigand and Le comte de Lansfield acquitted himself admirably well. Also, we cannot compliment too highly the Misses Sarah Brown and Odille Crochet "les deaux captifs," for such an excellent rendition of their parts. Individually and collectively the members of the company displayed more than ordinary histrionic talent and drew forth many rounds of merited applause.
Additional pleasure and entertainment was furnished on this occasion by the execution of a brilliant march heard in public for the first time, rendered by Messrs. Wm. Campbell and Edouard G. Voorhies, flutists; Walter Mouton and Joseph Ducote, cornetists; Henry Judice, bass; Chas. T. Bienvenue, trombonist; Emmanuel Pellerin, drummer and H. A. Van der Cruyseen, pianist; and by the accomplished Miss Lea Gladu, who favored the audience with some delightful selections on the piano. A recitation by Miss Antonia Melchoir was delivered with much clearness and effect, and comic songs rendered by the favorite Miss Emma Falk provoked repeated applause.
Aside from the fact that the audience did not do justice in size to the merits of the entertainment, the affair was a complete success, and the pleasant impressions left on all those who were fortunate enough to be present, fosters the hope on our part that our Carencro friends will deign to favor us with another theatrical performance at a not far distant day. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1893.
Moving to Lafayette.
Mr. Geo. A. DeBlanc and wife arrived from the city of Mexico on the 6th instant and will make Lafayette their home in the future. They will meet with a warm welcome in this community where they have a host of relatives and friends. Mr. DeBlanc, we learn, intends connecting himself with the business firm of Moss & Mouton, the well known lumber dealers of this place. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/9/1893.
House-keeper John Graser, calls a meeting of the Lafayette Fire Company for Monday evening 11th inst.
The telephone office was moved to Mr. John O. Mouton's store at the depot, yesterday. The public will please make a note of this fact.
Mr. J. A. Lebesque offers 1,000 arpents of land for sale which is specially adapted for cane culture. He will sell in lots of 100 arpents or more.
Local pride and public spiritedness are two forces that are building up other places. Lafayette should not lack these requisites to its advancement.
One of the cisterns in the Court House yard has been thoroughly repaired, and the other doubtless needs and will receive the same attention shortly.
Lagrippe is steadily marching across the American continent, once more. It would seem that this greatly dreaded imported malady has come to stay.
We are under obligation to Messrs. Jacques D. Mouton and Aug. Lagneaux, each for a bunch of turnips of splendid size and quality, brought during the week.
Demanade, the grocer corner Lee Avenue and Vermilion st. has recently received a splendid assortment of first class candies. When you want candy give him a call.
The stock of merchandise belonging to the insolvent concern of Plonsky & Son vs. their creditors, was offered for sale last Saturday and bought by Mr. Albert Labe for the sum of six hundred and twenty-eight dollars.
D. H. Davis, will take place at Vigneaux's branch stable on Monday Dec. 11, 1893, commencing at 11 o'clock a. m. These are first class young mules and average 15 to 16 hands in height.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1893.
New Kind of Lamp That May Require Little Attention.
Most of the electric lights now in common use belong to one of two types, the incandescent or arc lamp. In the former, a slender carbon filament, which offers more resistance to the current than the metallic conductor, becomes heated thereby until it glows. To prevent combustion the small globes enclosing these filaments are made are-tight, and a vacuum is created therein. The arc light, which is much more intense, and is therefore employed chiefly out of doors, is produced by making a powerful current (with eight or ten times the voltage required for incandescent lights) leap across a short gap between two carbon pencils. These are nearly half an inch in diameter, and are kept about one-fourth of an inch apart by regulating apparatus. Owing to the great heat produced by the flame or arc which spans the interval, the carbons slowly consume, the positive pole about twice as fast as the negative; so that renewal is necessary once every night; perhaps oftener. Usually the pencils are adapted to the demands of the service, since some lamps are required to burn later than others, Hence one hears of "eight-hour" and "ten-hour" carbons. The shade used with these lights is a globe, open at top and bottom, like that for gas fixtures.
What is called an "incandescent-arc" light was placed on the market last fall. This, however, is merely an arc lamp such as has just been described, but operated by a weak current primarily designed for incandescent lamps, with some slight improvements, perhaps, on the other style of arc light.
Something radically different from any of these, but also called (perhaps more appropriately_ an "incandescent-arc," was described in a paper before the electrical congress in Chicago last month. It is the invention of Louis E. Howard, of New York city. The special advantage claimed for this device is that the carbon will last one hundred hours, thus reducing the consumption of pencils at least nine-tenths, and, what is a still greater economy, not requiring a lamp trimmer to visit it more than once a week or ten days. In fact, in certain test cases the positive carbon in this lasted about twenty times as ling as with the ordinary commercial lamp, and the negative almost a hundred.
Mr. Howard puts his carbons in a small enclosed envelope of especially hard glass. When the arc is formed and the pencils begin to burn, carbonic acid gas is developed, and that vapor serves a double purpose: It checks combustion and it diffuses the light by becoming incandescent from heat. The entire contents of the chamber glow so vividly that the arc itself at the center is barely perceptible by contrast. To prevent explosion from the expansion of the gases a small safety valve is provided allowing egress only. Around the movable pencil - for automatic adjustment of the burning carbon is required in this as in other arc lights - there is a chance for a little fresh air to leak in; but it is assimilated too quickly to do harm. It will be noticed that this lamp is a trifle more costly in its mechanism; and a purer carbon is needed for its successful operation, still another slight addition to the expense is involved. But the electrical papers look upon this invention with such favor that it is to be hoped that it may soon have a thorough trial on a commercial scale.
Mr. Louis B. Marks, who presented this subject at Chicago, is a young but promising electrician, who has given much attention to the improvement of electric-lamp carbons.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 12/9/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1913.
POLLY OF THE CIRCUS.
[From the New Orleans Times-Democrat.]
Elsie St. Leon is at the Crescent Theatre this week in "Polly of the Circus". Everyone who has noticed the billboards has noticed that; but the statement is made because it precluded the necessity for an exhaustive review of the present offering at the Klaw & Erlanger house. Almost every local theatregoer probably has seen or read of Elsie - and Ida too - St. Leon in Polly of the Circus." To them it is only necessary to say that her portrayal of the role which she and her sister Ida, before her, have made famous is as faithful to the idea of its creator. Margaret Mayo as when it first was attempted in New York by the Taliaferro sisters.
Miss St. Leon has surrounded herself with a fairly capable company. Of them are Mart E. Heisy, as big Jim, boss canvasman of the circus and protector of Polly, and George F. Harris as the Rev. John Douglas, into whose house Polly is taken when she is injured in the circus ring, and into whose heart she enters before she recovers from her injury. Mart Heisey seems a typical circus man. His impersonation of the gruff, untutored man of the tents, whose true being is displayed in the protecting love he displays toward little Polly, who he has reared since her infancy, when her parents met accidental deaths in their work, is masterly because it is natural. Especially appealing is Mr. Heisey's interpretation of the character when he realizes that the good influence of the Rev. Douglas has embittered Polly against the vocation of her ancestors.
George Harris capably handles the character of the Rev. Douglas, the leading and strongest assignment of the company. His hardest and most effective work is done in the scene where he realizes that despite the narrow prejudices of his hypocritical deacons and congregationists, his Christian duty is morally to protect the little circus rider by having her understand the artificiality of the life from which she has been temporarily drawn by her fall from "Bingo," her pet horse.
Careful attention has been given to scenic effects. The circus ring scene the second of the third act, and the one of the circus lot after the performance, the final of the presentation, drew great applause Sunday night through their realism. In the circus scene where Polly performs equestrian feats upon "Bingo" are seen Miss St. Leon's sister, Vera, and brother, George. Miss Vera, like the other members of her accomplished family, is a finished equestrienne. George is a tumbler and bareback rider.
The other members of the company assist Miss Leon in making "Polly of the Circus" one of the most enjoyable of this season's presentations at the Crescent.
At the Jefferson Theater, Monday, December 15. Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1913.
ABOUT POSTAL CARDS.
The first American postal card was issued in May 1873. During the first two months of their use there $34,000,000 used. During the following year 90,000,000 were used, and in 1878 the number had risen to 200,000,000. In 1892 we used 386,000,000 postal cards, and 400,000,000 will be about the number put out this year. These cards cost the government thirty-five cents per 1,000, or at the rate of thirty for one cent. Unknown exchange paper in the Lafayette Advertiser 12/9/1893.