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From the Lafayette Gazette of January 10th, 1903:


 The enrollment of more than twenty new students is the very fine showing made by the Industrial Institute at the reopening of school after the holiday vacation. The good work which is being done at the Institute is becoming known and the result is that the attendance is continually increasing. The Gazette does not think that any educational institution in this State has gained a larger measure of public favor in the first year of its existence than has the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. The president and faculty of this school may well consider the recent increase in the attendance as a popular recognition of their efficiency. All the students who went home for the holidays came back and, it gives us pleasure to say, they brought others along with them.

 Hardly a week passes without the arrival in Lafayette of one or two families who are induced to come here by the splendid educational advantages offered by this town. When the children are not ready to enter the Institute they are enabled to fit themselves for matriculation by attending the local schools. This week Mr. Jules Clement, a well-known resident of Jennings, came here to enroll two of his boys at the Industrial, but as they were too young for that institution they entered the High School where they will take a preparatory course.

 The High School reopened last Monday with several new pupils, most of whom are from the parish. The people are finding out the worth of this school and the consequence is that all the available space in the building is being rapidly taken up. Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

The New Opera House.
 Mr. L. F. Salles informs us that he will put up a two-story, 50x96 galvanized iron building on the lot adjoining Mouton & Salles' store. The lower floor will be used for two store rooms and the upper story will consist of well-equipped opera-house. Mr. Salles is having a plan made and will build as soon as practicable. It is his intention to build something really neat and at the same time large enough for the town.   Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

The Street Fair.
 Dr. F. E. Girard, manager of the Sontag Military Band, has about completed the arrangements to have a street fair in Lafayette on Jan. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. Dr. Girard has interested himself in this matter in behalf of the Sontag Band which is to receive 75 per cent of the proceeds. An agreement has been entered into with the Fifk & Snyder Consolidated Street Fair and Carnival Association to furnish the attractions.

 Dr. Girard has raised the amount necessary by subscription and the fair is now an assured fact. The attractions will be all first-class and of an unobjectionable character.

 No organization in Lafayette is more entitled to the support of the community than the Sontag Band, and The Gazette hopes that Dr. Girard will succeed in this undertaking. With the money derived from the fair it is intended to provide the band with the best instruments that can be bought. The Sontag Band has already earned for itself a most enviable reputation. It is conceded to be the finest amateur musical organization in the State and surely it deserves to have the very best equipments that can secured. 
 Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.


St. Martinville & The Cumberland.
 St. Martinville should be commended for having resisted the unreasonable demands of the Cumberland Telephone Company. As soon as the company had gained a foothold in the town and felt secure in its monopoly of the telephone business it proceeded to dictate terms to the community, but the people were not inclined to be imposed upon and threatened to withdraw their patronage from the exchange if they were not accorded fair treatment. We don't know how it has resulted, but we have no doubt that the people will win out if they stand together. Corporations should be taught that while they are entitled to their rights they will not be permitted to violate the rights of the people with immunity. Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

The Oil Field.
 Assessor Martin, whose faith in the oil possibilities of this section has never wavered, informs The Gazette that the prospects of the Anse la Butte field are brighter now than they have ever been. The building of new derricks and the unusual activity in that locality show that the oil people are going to make an earnest effort to develop the field. The Heywoods are greatly encouraged to continue the work which they have been prosecuting with characteristic energy. The Southern Pacific is getting ready to do down for the oily fluid as is evidenced by the erection of a first-class derrick. Mr. Kennedy, the company's geologist, visits the field nearly every day, and while he has given out no opinion for publication he is evidently pleased with the outlook.    

 The Acadia Oil and Fuel Company has contracted with the Moresi Brothers to drill a well on the Domengeaux farm near Anse la Butte. This company has the means necessary to make thorough investigations on its holdings. We are informed that the Southern Pacific has contracted with Moresi Bors. to bore two wells.    Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

A Garbage Cart.
 This town needs the services of some man whose duty will be to haul the garbage out of the town. As it is, people have no means of getting rid of the refuse from their kitchens, and the result is that there is an accumulation of offensive matter in the yards and in the streets. A man who owns a horse and a cart could be engaged to do this work. When not occupied in the removal of garbage, he could be employed in repairing the streets. The gutters should not be used as a dumping place for the offal of the town. A councilman, who has done excellent work as a member of the street committee, expressed himself as being very much in favor of employing a man to haul the garbage and to keep the streets in a cleanly condition. One day in each week could be occupied in doing the hauling. A dumping ground would have to be selected for that purpose. To facilitate the work of the garbage cart it would be well to have the people gather the refuse from their yards and place it in the street where it can be easily taken. The Gazette hopes that the Council will give its attention to this matter.    Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903. 

School Board Meets.

 A regular meeting of the Board of School Directors was held on Wednesday, January 7, with the following members present: A. Olivier, president; Alex Delhomme, Jasper Spell, Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. R. O. Young, A. C. Guilbeau, Pierre R. Landry and S. J. Montgomery. Absent: H. Theall.

 The Board has decided to discontinue the Boudreaux and Duson schools and establish a school jointly with Acadia parish at the town of Duson. The citizens of Duson have subscribed a handsome lot and $150 in cash. The School Board of Acadia will contribute $150 and the School Board of Lafayette parish $150.

 The president and secretary were instructed to repair the old Broussardville school-house.

 The secretary was instructed to notify Surveyor Francez that he would be expected to survey the school land in the fourth ward on or before Jan. 15, otherwise the contract would be annulled.

 Every person now leasing school land in the fourth ward has been granted the privilege of leasing additional tracks of 34 3/4/ acres at two-and-a-half dollars for one year with the privilege of renewing the lease for two years.

 Petitioners from Milton on Bayou Vermilion, were requested to secure a proposition from Vermilion parish relative to the establishment of a school house.

 A petition from the colored people of Lafayette to the General Education Board was ordered submitted without comment.

 A resolution was offered by Dr. Moss, making a proposition to the General Education Board relative to the establishment of a model central school in Lafayette parish. The community making the proposition to the Board will secure the school. The Board also recommended to the General Education Board the duplication of &865.50 raised by seven communities in the parish.

 After the approval of several bills the Board adjourned.
 Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

To Reside in Lafayette. - Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas, have moved to Lafayette and will make their home here. Mr. Parkerson will be engaged in the insurance office of Parkerson & Mouton. Mr. and Mrs. Parkerson are not strangers in Lafayette having many friends here who extend to them a hearty welcome and who hope that they will have no reason to regret their change of residence. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

The Road to Baton Rouge.

 "There is greater activity in railroad construction in the New Orleans territory at this time than in the city's history," said Hon. J. D. Fisher of Baton Rouge will get two and probably three new lines within the next few months. While there has been no talk of the Frisco system coming into Baton Rouge, yet the city has assumed a commercial importance that is naturally attracting new lines, and we would not be surprised if the Frisco came in by way of Natchez. It is an assured fact that the Red River Valley will come into Baton Rouge and I don't think it will be very long till its line will be in operation. Then there is the Louisiana Southern projected from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, which we expect to come in a short time. The company has transferred its holdings to the Southern Pacific, I understand, and the line will now be completed. The distance to Lafayette is about fifty miles, and about half the grading has been done. This will be a splendid road for us, and it will open a good territory, passing as it does, through the oil, timber and rice belts. The Southern Pacific has recently completed a second survey for a bridge across the river at Baton Rouge. Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.


 Made by City Council to Better Equip the Fire Department.

 As may be seen in the proceedings of the City Council, published in this paper, that body has appropriated $360 to better equip the fire department of the town. The improvements are to be made along the lines suggested by Mr. F. V. Mouton, who was spokesman for the joint committee appointed by the three fire companies, said:

 "Your Honor and Gentlemen of the City Council - I have the honor to appear before you this evening as the representative of the fire department of Lafayette to request an appropriation for the purchase of more new equipments for the fire department. On account of the growth of our city it has become a necessity to increase the means of fighting fire. With this end in view the three fire companies appointed three committees composed of the following citizens: Dr. G. A. Martin, Jerome Mouton, Gus Schmulen, George DeClouet, A. E. Mouton, George DeBlanc, Abram Hirsch, Paul Castel, Arthur J. LeBlanc and myself. At a meeting of these committees plans were discussed and an agreement reached by which the present Hook and Ladder Company will become a hose company and a new hook and ladder company formed from contingents of firemen from Home Fire Company No. 1, bringing the ladders in a more central and thickly settled part of the town. In order to effect these changes and bring about this necessary and important increase in the fire department and after reducing the cost to the strictest lines of economy consistent with the good of the service, we will need and respectfully request of you an appropriation of $360. This amount is to be placed in the hands of one or a committee of your Council for its proper disbursement.

 "The history of our fire department should receive the highest commendation from every citizen of Lafayette. On two notable occasions, the Ross Lumber Yard fire and the Veazey Stable fire, the prompt and splendid service of the fire boys averted serious calamities. We want to keep up the record.

 "We want to prepare and equip ourselves to meet any emergency. We can not do so without your help. We hope, therefore, that you will make the appropriation we request and thereby secure for Lafayette the fire protection which it should have." Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.


 Of all the delightful afternoon entertainments that have been so prevalent during the holidays, none has been more enjoyable than the Progressive Euchre at which Mrs. J. Arthur Roy entertained so charmingly on last Wednesday afternoon. Promptly at three-thirty o'clock the guests began to assemble and by four o'clock nearly a half hundred persons filled the parlors and balls. Eight exciting games were played and seven of these being won by Mrs. Denbo and Mrs. Clegg a tie for the first prize resulted and in the final cut, Mrs. Denbo came out victorious and was awarded a beautiful chocolate pot of artistic design and workmanship. The second prize was cut for by Mrs. Coronna, Mrs. Blake, Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Mills and the Misses Campbell, Robertson and Parkerson.

 Mrs. Blake succeeded in the letter tie, and became the much envied possessor of a dainty cake plate. The hostess now led the way into the dining room where a most tempting array of delicacies was spread. Snowy linen and blended most harmoniously with the delicate green of the ivy and other vines that formed a most tasteful decoration. Silken ribbons of a delicate green hue were suspended from the chandelier and ended in artistic bows at the four corners of the festal board. Not less pleased than the eye was the palate, for the delicious salads and other substantials, followed by cooling ambrosia served with cakes of various kinds, were most highly enjoyed and generously partaken of. Those who enjoyed the afternoon's entertainment were: Mesdames L. J. Alleman, T. M. Biossat, T. N. Blake, E. F. Baker, C. D. Caffery, B. Clegg, G. DeClouet, G. DeBlanc, C. K. Darling, A. Doucet, A. B. Denbo, Tom Hopkins, V. Levy, W. A. LeRosen, A. Martin, J. A. Martin, V. Mouton, F. J. Mouton, J. C. Nickerson, B. J. Pellerin, N. P. Moss, E. P. Mills, V. L. Roy, R. B. Raney, E. L. Stephens, D. Schwartz, F. Winn, and B. N. Coronna; Misses Louise Revillon, S. Mouton, Zerelda, Lizzie and May Bailey, Lea Gladu, Lizzie Parkerson, P. Campbell, Gertrude Mayfield, Edith Dupre, E. Montgomery, Robertson, Louisa Tolson and Elizabeth Mudd.  Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

 Mr. and Mrs. Coronna Entertain.

 A very enjoyable euchre party was given on the second inst. by Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Coronna to the young friends of their charming daughter, Miss Ula. Skillful fingers had rendered very beautiful the interior of the Coronna home and a profusion of potted plants, cut flowers and holly wreaths gave an air of outdoor beauty that was very effective. At nine o'clock the first game was played and for two hours the fascinating game was indulged in. The first prize for ladies, a handsomely framed sketch of nature, was awarded to Miss Wilson of New Iberia. Dr. A. R. Trahan won the the gentleman's prize, a very fine purse. The booby, a bottle of catsup, was given to Chas. Debaillon, with the explanation that he needed to "catch-up." After partaking of very dainty refreshments served with sprays of flowers that were pinned on as souvenirs of the occasion, each guest departed feeling that this had been an evening of rare pleasure and undivided enjoyment. The guests present were: Misses Lizzie and May Bailey, Louisa Torian, Viola Young, Aimee Martin, Rose DeBlanc, M. Robertson, Elizabeth Mudd and Wilson; Messrs. A. and E. Morgan, Gus. Kennedy, Wm. Middlemas, Geo. Harris, A. Woodson, B. Schmulinsky, C. and G. Debaillon, J. and F. Mouton, L. D. Nickerson, Drs. A. R. Trahan and H. P. Beeler, Mr. and Mrs. Goldsberry. Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

At the Nickerson's.

 On Thursday afternoon, Mrs. John Nickerson and her charming daughter, Mrs. C. K. Darling, entertained at a very elegant reception from four to six. The picturesque Nickerson home in Sterling Grove was transformed into a veritable garden of flowers and plants.

 Graceful garlands of holly and cedar festooned the walls and lost themselves amid bowers of palms and banks of rich crimson and waxen white camellias. Stately ferns with their gently waving fronds and luxurious roses were profusely used throughout the drawing rooms and dining hall and all lent a touch of nature that is ever artistic and beautiful. Mrs. Nickerson, handsomely attired in black satin with jet trimmings, and Mrs. Darling, in a harmonious combination of black and blue, were assisted in receiving by Mrs. J. C. Nickerson, who was dressed in an exquisite silken robe of delicate lavender.

 The trio stood beneath an arch of palms and received each guest as they were ushered in by Mmes. Blake and Davidson, who afterward led the way into the dining hall where delicious viands were served throughout the afternoon. Mmes. Denbo, Clegg and Biossat and Miss Clye Mudd presided over this realm and dispensed very daintily the tempting menu of chicken salad, sandwiches and gelatine, followed by a second course of fruit trifle and a refreshing beverage.

 From behind every screen of palms sweet strains of music from stringed instruments floated the seductive notes mingling with the gay talk and laughter of the assembled guests who lingered on and on as though the voice of a siren lured them to remain, until the gathering shades of twilight fell, reminding all that the hour of parting had come.

 The guests present were: Mmes. Wm. Clegg, G. A. Breaux, E. R. Kennedy, V. T. Walters, T. B. Hopkins, Sr., T. B. Hopkins, Jr., O. B. Hopkins, R. M. DeLaney, W. A. LeRosen, J. J. Davidson, C. Girard, V. L. Roy, J. A. Roy, C. D. Caffery, E. P. Mills, Chas. Parkerson, C. G. Comstock, T. M. Biossat, T. N. Blake, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, Alf. Mouton, Alex. Mouton, A. B. Denbo, P. D. Beraud, F. Demanade, B. Clegg, J. C. Nickerson, A. Judice, T. McMillan, A. A. Morgan; Misses Zerelda Bailey, Anna Hopkins, Mary Littell, Lizzie Parkerson, Gertrude Mayfield, Edith Dupre, Clye and Elizabeth Mudd.
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

A Boy's Composition on the Holidays.

 The following was written by Albert Boudreaux, who is attending the Lafayette High School. Albert is 11 years of age and is in the sixth grade. He is one of the brightest pupils in the school:

 The holidays have come and gone and only the memory of them is left. Owing to my father's busy work we were unable to take a trip so spent the holidays in Lafayette. All was quiet, but we youngsters hoped to have a good time with our fireworks, of which we had a liberal supply. But the police soon put an end to our fun. Christmas morning I was up bright and early, greeted everyone in the house and then went out to the barn to see my favorites, Rex and Croesus, giving them a Christmas gift in the shape of corn and oats, and afterwards I had a romp with my dog, Bryan. Then to breakfast we came prepared for church. When services were over, we took a walk through town, visited several stores, bought presents for all the family and then home we went in time to do justice to our good Christmas dinner. In the afternoon one of my friends called and we amused ourselves with various games, shooting firecrackers and blank pistols? My blank got out of order and in trying to adjust it it was discharged in my hand burning it considerably and giving me a good reminder of Christmas frolics.

 New Year was ushered in with loud greetings, but I was in dreamland and knew nothing of it until told so. The day passed very pleasantly and very soon the holidays were a thing of the past.

Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.     


Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 3, 1903. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. A. Labbe, Alonzo Lacy, Saul Broussard, Jno. Whittington and Alex. M. Broussard. Absent: J. O. Blanchet.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Mr. Mouton reported bid of A. E. Mouton for repair of court-house roof and advised acceptance of proposition for corrugated iron roof over old shingle roof. By motion of Mr. Buchanan the report was accepted, the recommendation approved and Mr. Mouton authorized to let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.

 Attorney Jerome Mouton appeared in behalf of Mr. Wm. Walker, offering to effect a satisfactory arrangement relative to the public road in question. Mr. Mouton moved to defer the matter until both parties to the controversy came before the Jury with some definite proposition acceptable to all concerned. Carried.

 Messrs. Mouton and Greig were authorized to make needed repairs to the jail.

 Mr. Greig appointed to settle with City Council of Lafayette reported the Jury's indebtedness $141.45 as per bills rendered with credit of $22.50 for half rent of pest-house land for three years. Approved.

 Mr. F. G. Mouton was appointed to effect lease of the pest-house property in conjunction with the city.

 Judge C. Debaillon and Mr. L. G. Breaux here appeared and presented the cause of the Soldiers' Home in New Orleans. By motion of Mr. Mouton the assessor was authorized to take the assessment of the special per capita and road tax by deputies appointed with the appointed with the approval of the respective ward members for the sum of $300.

 Mr. Charles E. Dupuis of the 6th ward appeared and represented that he had no access to any public road from his property and prayed for relief. The Jury decided the matter a question for the courts and so recommended.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly reports as follows:

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

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 3d, 1903.
    To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the special road fund since my last report:
 Respectfully submitted,
                         J. E. MARTIN,

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 3d, 1903.
     The following accounts were approved:

 R. Guidry, building bridge ... $35.00
 Alcee Dugas, building bridge ... $16.00
 Cyprien Monte, keg nails ... $3.00
 V. H. Sibille, lumber ... $222.01
 Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., lumber ... $96.55
 A. E. Mouton, lumber ... $53.58
 Stewart Lewis & Taylor, lumber ... $22.92
 T. Spell, hauling lumber, etc ... $13.00
 Dr. J. F. Mouton, coroner's fees ... $108.00
 P. Baque, coroner's juror ... $2.10
 H. Mouton, coroner's juror ... $2.10
 J. E. Mouton, coroner's juror ... $2.10
 Ernest Bernard, coroner's juror $2.10
 Wm. Couret, coroner's juror ... $2.10
 Leon Plonsky, blankets ... $16.75
 Joseph Buckley and wife, indigents ... $25.00
 Coco Bonhome and wife, indigents ... $25.00
 L. Judice, indigent ... $12.50
 Paul Morvant, indigent ... $12.50
 Azelia Bonin, indigent ... $12.50
 E. Bonin, indigent ... $12.50
 Mrs. S. Mathieu, indigent ... $12.50
 Geo. Gaspar, indigent ... $12.50
 Marcelite Primeaux, indigent ... $12.50
 Julie Breaux, indigent ... $12.5o
 H. Mouton, printing ... $43.15
 A. A. Bonnet, P. J. room ... $3.00
 J. C. Buchanan ... com. work ... $7.50
 F. G. Mouton, com. work ... $20.00
 J. A. Labbe, com. work ... $7.50
 R. C. Greig, com. work, etc ... $19.50
 R. C. Greig, stationary for year ... $10.00
 R. Guidry, road work ... $17.00
 Antoine Broussard, road work ... $92.10
 T. Spell, road work ... $42.75
 A. Dugas, road work ... $45.75
 Jackey Mouton, tax refunded 3rd ward ... $0.75
 Edgar Sonnier, tax refunded 6th ward ... $1.00.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.


City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 5, 1903. - The City Council met this day in regular session, Mayor C. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: F. E. Girard, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, H. Hohorst, J. O. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton.

 Minutes of the previous meeting approved as read.

 Mayor Caffery reported having settled with Assessor A. M. Martin by paying him seventy dollars, for making 1901 assessment roll for which warrant had been issued.

 Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that an appropriation of $360 be made for purpose of enlarging and improving the fire department, F. V. Mouton, in a statement made in open session of the Council. Carried.

  A committee of two, composed of Messrs. A. E. Mouton and G. A. DeBlanc, were appointed and authorized to disburse above appropriation.

 Moved and seconded that fruit and vegetable peddlers in the town be rated at a minimum license of ten dollars. Adopted.

 Petition of Dr. T. B. Hopkins and others was read and referred to W. & L. committee for investigation and to report at next meeting.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that Mr. N. Abramson be refunded two-thirds of amount paid by him for 1901 taxes. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that bill of Chas.  
DeBaillon for $10 for correcting roll-book be paid. Carried.
  Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by Geo. DeBlanc, that the privilege of holding a street fair and carnival in this town from January 26 to February 1 inclusive, be granted to Dr. F. E. Girard, manager of the Sontag Military Band, without license, provided that the streets of the town be not obstructed in any way or any other ordinance of the town be violated. All extra police force to be appointed by the Mayor and paid by said Dr. F. E. Girard, manager of the Sontag Military Band. Carried.

 Moved by Dr. F. E. Girard, seconded by A. E. Mouton, that the City Council buy for public use as may be determined hereafter for the sum of twenty-one ($2,100,) hundred dollars the two lots bounded north by Main St., east by Monroe street, west by Jefferson street, each of said lots measuring 96 ft. front by a depth of 140 ft. Yeas - A. F. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, Geo. DeBlanc, H. Hohorst, F. E. Girard. Nays - None. Motion unanimously carried.

 Moved and seconded that Council appropriates $6,800 for payment of ten bonds and interest.

 There being no further business Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 1/10/1903.

 The Gazette invites its friends to call at its new office in Pierce street. Some new material has recently been added to the plant and those who need any printing will do well to call on us.

 Dr. C. G. Salles, Specialist of Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. Will treat patients at residence until office if completed.

 The engagement of Miss Mina Feitel, of Estherwood, La., and Mr. James J. Holt, of Yazoo City, Mississippi, is announced. Miss Feitel is a daughter of Mr. Henry Feitel, formerly of this town, but is now a resident of Estherwood.

 Sheriff Broussard went to Baton Rouge this week to settle with the State for collections made during the last quarter. December was a very busy month in the sheriff's office, the collections amounting to $38,879.

 Notice. - The Gazette moves to-day into new quarters. Hereafter the office will be in the Deffez building, in Pierce street, where we will be pleased to meet our friends.

 Next week the office of the Parkerson and Mouton Insurance Agency will be ,moved into the building now occupied by The Lafayette Gazette.

 Miss Annie Smith, of Houma, is night operator at the telephone exchange. Miss Smith arrived Sunday and entered upon her duties Monday night.

 Over 22,000 persons have paid the poll tax in Lafayette parish during the past year. About one fourth of these are negroes. Twelve hundred collections were made in December.

 A Pumper. - The Gazette is informed that the Heywoods are getting the necessary apparatus for their second well at Anse la Butte which, from all indications, will develop into a good pumper. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.  

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 10th, 1903:

 A New Opera House.

 Lafayette is to have a new opera house. It is a sure thing this time. Mr. Felix Salles, one of our enterprising merchants will erect a two story opera house in the near future on the lot adjoining the Mouton and Salles building. It will be 50 by 96 feet with iron front and will be furnished with opera chairs. It will have a seating capacity of 450 on the main floor, and 250 in the gallery. The opera house is to be first class and will be an ornament to the town. Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.


 Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, a big street fair and carnival will be held in Lafayette, and there will be plenty of fun and amusements. 

The World's Free Fair Co., will furnish the attractions, and that is a good guarantee that there will be lots of things worth seeing. Street fairs have been held in a number of other Louisiana towns and have always been both profitable and pleasant. Lafayette's fair will be equally as good, and besides furnishing recreation and amusement as well as benefit to our townspeople, will draw numbers of people from outside, and so advertise our progressive little city.  
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

In Memory of Ambroise Mouton:

To the President and Members of Home Fire Co.

 On the morning of December 17th, 1902, Ambroise Mouton, member of the Fire Company, called to the discharge of his duties as an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, left his family and friends, full of hope and in the pride of a vigorous young manhood, and in a few short hours he was brought back, but his spirit had passed to the great beyond, showing again, what we are so loathe to learn, that, "In the midst of life we are in death." It is always sad to part thus from those who are near to us but for one to be taken by a stroke, so sudden and untimely, is enough to make us pause and wonder at the decree of the almighty and all merciful ruler of the universe.

 Therefore Home Fire Company of Lafayette, La., feeling a sense of deep regret over this untimely loss of our fellow member, adopts the following:

 Resolved that by the death of Ambroise Mouton we deplore the loss of a useful member of the Fire Department of this town; that we recognize also that a young man of exemplary conduct, a devoted son and brother, a young citizen indeed, of promise, has been taken from us.

 Resolved further, that we extend to the family of the deceased our sincere sympathy in this time of their distress, and that a copy of this memorial be furnished them.

 Resolved further, that the Lafayette Advertiser and the Lafayette Gazette be requested to publish these proceedings.
     Respectfully submitted, J. Alfred Mouton,
 Committee :  Gus Schmulen, Chas. D. Caffery.
 Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Druggists' Excursion - The Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company will sell tickets from Lafayette to San Francisco and return Oct. 7 to 11, 1903, with return limit Nov. 15, 1903, at a rate of $67.50 on account of National Wholesale Druggists Association.

 During Sept. and Oct. on way settlers rates to California points $30.

 Round trip rates to all Summer tourist points at reduced rates. For further particulars, apply to local agent, or to:
  C. B. ELLIS, D. P. A

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Site for High School. - At its last meeting the City Council ordered the purchase of the two lots just across from Castel's bakery for $2,100. These lots and the ones selected for the site of a new high school building which our increasing school attendance will make necessary very soon, and the city council has acted most wisely in providing more grounds to meet the demands which the development of the schools have already created. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

New Location for Vigneaux. - Mr. John Vigneaux, the undertaker, has just moved into his handsome new office, opposite the Courthouse. He is now better prepared than ever to give service in his line. All business placed in his hands will be promptly attended to. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/10/1903.

 Stolen. - A bay horse with a white spot on his forehead. He has one of his ears split, is branded, which brand can be seen at the Advertiser office, and is 8 or 9 years old. He, together with a saddle, was stolen at Scott, 3 or 4 weeks ago. Bennet Duhon, Scott, La.

 Quite a number of Breaux Bridge people have moved to Lafayette and located in the Mudd addition.

 Mr. Gus. Lacoste is on the sick list. The Advertiser wishes him a speedy recovery.

 A "Wise Woman," which was given at Falk's Opera House last Sunday night, was greeted with one of the largest crowds of the season.

 Miss Anna Smith of Houma is now night operator at the Cumberland telephone office.

 The Miniature Photo Co. has a large exhibit of fine work done in miniature. These small pictures are excellent and the price is very low, 2 dozens for 25 cent. They are nice for souvenirs, and to pass around your host of friends. Gallery in front of the Advertiser office.

 On account of the street fair in Lafayette special trains will be run from Franklin, Lake Charles, and Alexandria and will return after the night performances. Excursion rates from all points.

 An interesting race will be run on the Carencro track on Jan. 11, between Daisy B., belonging to Pierre H. Mouton, and Louisiana Henry belonging to William Angel, distance 8 arpents, for a purse of $200.

 Work will soon begin on the Rosenfield building which is to be considerably enlarged and added to. Mr. A. E. Mouton has secured the contract.

 The streets are being worked and put in good shape, for which the street committee have the thanks of the citizens.

 The Lafayette High School opened on Monday with a considerably increased attendance, and now about every available seat is occupied.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 10th, 1874:



 [From the N. O. Times.]
 Concerning the anticipated action of the Northern capitalists, who have undertaken the construction of the Louisiana Central Railroad to extend from Vermilionville to Shreveport, and thus creating an unbroken line of railroad communication between New Orleans and Texas, it will be a cause for public gratification to learn that recently received dispatches from Mr. G. B. Ward, of Detroit, Michigan - the leading spirit in the enterprise - work on the road will be commenced forthwith.

 On the 6th inst. Governor Kellogg received the following:

    DETROIT, MICH., Jan 5, 1874.

 Gov. Kellogg :
     Will immediately commence and complete road according to terms of charter.
     G. B. WARD.

  Gov. Kellogg telegraphed back that the bill had become a law, and received the following reply :

 Gov. Kellogg :
    Am much gratified by your action. The people of your city and State will heartily approve. Will comply with terms of charter.
      G. B. WARD. 

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.   

Surrendered. - Adrien Breaux, the young man who killed John P. Duffy on Christmas eve, surrendered himself to the authorities on the 7th inst., and was placed under bond of $10,000 to appear before Judge Mouton, on Thursday next for preliminary examination. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.

SCHOOL. - Mr. J. R. Freeman, the accomplished and gentlemanly school teacher of this place has opened a private school at his residence on the corner of Madison and Vermilion streets. Mr. Freeman is well known, and we have no doubt that he will be patronized and encouraged by the whole community. Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.

 Some Turnip. - Mr. Preston Hoffpauir, sent us last week a turnip grown on his place west of this town, weighing 3 1/4 pounds and measuring 10 inches in width. Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.

 Snow. - We had quite a little snow storm here on Tuesday last, but the ground being so damp it melted almost as soon as it fell, to the great regret of the young boys of the town, who expected lots of fun of fun snow-balling. Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.

 Hebert's Hall.

 The inauguration ball given on Thursday evening by Mr. T. Hebert, Jr., at his new and splendid Hall has proved a success in every sense of the word. Every thing went off charmingly, - every thing was fair and sweet and beautiful, the hall, the music, the refreshments, and, last but not least, the young ladies and the old ones too. Mr. Hebert is decidedly the man for our town ;  and that his laudable and beneficial undertakings he crowned with success and be rewarded with a rich and golden harvest, is the wish which comes up from the core of our editorial heart.

 To the young Hyperions, we present the compliments of the young ladies and gentlemen and of the community at large, for the able and efficient manner in which they have discharged their part of the task. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.

The Young Hyperions.

 A beautiful and well merited compliment is paid to the Hyperion Brass Band of Vermilionville, on Wednesday evening at Hebert's Hall, by the Masonic Fraternity of Hope Lodge, in the presence of a large and appreciative audience.

 M. E. Girard, Esq., by request, presented the following preamble and resolution, together with a slight token of friendship and esteem, in an able and appreciate address to the young Hyperions, which were accepted and responded to by their honored and worthy President, F. F. Mouton, Esq., in his usual happy style.

 We are sorry that we are unable to give the speeches of these gentlemen ;  but we can safely say, that all present will long remember the pleasant evening of Wednesday last at Hebert's Hall.

HALL OF HOPE LODGE, NO. 145, F.A. M., Secretary's Office.

 At a meeting of Hope Lodge No. 145, F. A. M., at their Lodge room at Vermilionville, La., on the 22nd day of Dec., 1873, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted.

 On the part of Hope Lodge, No. 145, F. A. M., we the undersigned very respectfully take occasion to offer our most grateful thanks to the Hyperion Brass Band of Vermilionville, for the able manner in which they have so cheerfully made themselves agreeable to as on several occasions.

 They may rest assured that such complaisance on their part has not remained unduly appreciated.

Be it Resolved, that a copy of the above be transmitted to the Hyperion Brass Band.
  (Signed.) J. M. BROWN, J. D. TRAHAN, L. M. ROGEE.

 I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy from the original on file in my office.

 Witness thy hand and the seal of office this day of Dec. A. D., 1873.
  JOS. A. CHARGOIS, Secretary.

 After the reading of the foregoing preamble and resolution, on motion of Mr. J. D. Palmer, Leader of the Band, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :

 Resolved, That the members of the Hyperion Band tender their heartfelt thanks for the high compliment paid them and the flattering honor conferred upon them to-night by the Masonic Lodge of this place.

 Resolved, That the members of said Band gladly avail themselves of this opportunity to present to said Lodge the offer of their gratuitous services whenever needed.

 Resolved, That the best thanks and wishes of the Band are hereby tendered to Mr. T. Hebert, Jr., for his kindness and courtesy in placing the Hebert Hall at the disposal of the Band on this occasion.

 Resolved, That the foregoing proceedings and resolutions be published in the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER and the Cotton Boll.
    ED. EUG. MOUTON, President.
J. D. PALMER, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 10th, 1911:

Moss Pharmacy in Technical Violation.

La. State Health Car Coming to Lafayette in February.

 Dr. Hamilton P. Jones, state food commissioner, who addressed the Farmers' club Saturday on modern dairying methods, especially the sanitary side, in a conversation with an Advertiser reporter spoke of the milk inspection here several weeks ago, and stated that since he had arrived in Lafayette and got full particulars of the taking of the sample of milk from the Moss Pharmacy (Mr. Davis having voluntarily given the inspector a sample with the request to analyze it), that if those particulars had been in his possession at the time the samples were analyzed, no affidavit would probably have been made. While the Moss Pharmacy was guilty of technical violation of the law, and was justly fined for having unadulterated milk in their possession, it is always his practice and desire to prosecute the man who does the adulterating. However, he thought the crusade did much good.

 He also stated that the Health car would be in Lafayette early in February and advised that the town should thoroughly clean up in preparation for the visit, so as to avoid any humiliating exposure, as the officials, would certainly publish the conditions found here. Dr. Jones then complimented Lafayette by saying that it was a nice town. Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1911.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 10th, 1911:

Gives Lafayette 6,392 - Over Eleven Cities in State Pass the 500 Mark.

[Staff Special to the N. O. Times-Democrat.]

 Washington, Jan. 7. - Louisiana's municipalities having a population in excess of 5,000 contributed one-third of the state's total increase in population during the past ten years. Their combined growth was 92,320, or 26.7 per cent, over their population in 1900.

 Some of the smaller places showed splendid gains. Morgan City leads the municipalities with an increase in population of 134 percent; Alexandria increase 98 per cent; Lafayette 92 per cent; Monroe 88 per cent; Shreveport 75 per cent; Lake Charles 71 per cent; and Houma 56 per per cent; while New Orleans which contributed most to the municipalities' increase, grew only 31.1 per cent.

 The number of municipalities with an excess of 5,000 grew from seven in 1900 to eleven in 1910. Not a loss in population was shown in any of these places.

 The population statistics of the thirteenth census announced recently include the following cities in Louisiana:

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Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1911.



Struggles of Professional Men.

 The experience of medical practitioners is not unlike lawyers. Men of the highest ability have read and observed for years in poverty and obscurity before they have gained a respectable practice. In 1788 a medical student at Edinburgh University lived in the third story of a house on Bristol street, in a room which cost him six shillings and sixpence a week. In after life, when swaying the surgical scepter of England as Sir Astley Cooper, his professional income in a single year amounted to 23,ooo pounds ;  and yet during the first twelve months after he had settled down in London, his private practice yielded but five guineas. It is much the same in all professions and callings. It costs many a hard struggle to earn one's bare expenses, at first ;  but when the tide is turned the dollars come rolling in like an avalanche, "not in single spies, but in battalions." Nothing, said Talleyrand, is so successful as success.

 Nearly all of the world's great scholars, artists, authors and philosophers, as well as the men who have become famous by invention of new processes, or the improvement of old sciences, have force their way to distinction against many trials and discouragements. Dr. Adam Clark, the well known Wesleyan commentator, was the son of a poor Irish schoolmaster. When at the age of twenty he sought in England employment as a preacher, his slender pecuniary outfit was soon reduced to three halfpence ;  yet, with this sum in his pocket, he was able to say to Wesley ;  "I wish to do and be what God pleases," and was sent at once to his work. The labor he did for many years was of the humblest and most laborious kind ;  yet he adhered resolutely to the advice given him by Wesley, "to cultivate his mind so far as his circumstances would allow, and never forget anything he had ever learned." Having acquired some knowledge of Oriental tongues, he began to wish earnestly for a polyglot Bible ;  but three pounds per quarter and his food which was the whole of his income as a preacher, could ill supply any sum for the purchase of books. Unexpectedly be received a bank note for ten pounds from a friend, and exclaiming "Here is the polyglot," wrote to London for a copy, which he obtained for exactly ten pounds, from which time his progress in his favorite studies were extremely rapid. He denied the possibility of having too many irons in the fire, and, writing to a friend, playfully said :  "I think it strange that you are of the opinion that we can not carry on constaneously two or three languages at a time. If I could not do so, I think I should be tempted to run out into the streets and dash the place where the brains should be against the first post I met." - "Getting on in the World.

"Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1873.  

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