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From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 11th, 1905:


 Opens Sunday Night Jan. 15, with "Hoity-Toity." Weber and Fields' Great New York Success.

 "Hoity-Toity," one of Weber and Fields' most wonderful creations, which begins an engagement at the Jefferson Theatre Sunday, Jan. 15, has been aptly termed "The Mighty Monarch of Merry Musical Plays." This is not surprising when one considers Weber and Fields' manner of doing things. They never do things in a half way manner, they are after results, and lovers of musical comedy and bright burlesque, will admit when they see "Hoity-Toity" that these men who stand alone in their class, achieved remarkable results with this, the most successful, of all their many costly and beautiful productions. The book is by Edgar Smith; the music by John Stromberg, and as all the distinctly original and unique stage business taught by Julian Mitchell, has been retained, it is hardly necessary to say that those who revel in this class of amusement, have in store the treat of the season.

 Convulsion one takes place at Yale University, where all the characters meet and a boat crew appears to take Lady Grafter on a trial spin. The scene changes to a river view, where a shell is seen with the rowers and Lady Grafter as the coxswain; stereopticon slides depicting perfectly moonlit waters and the panorama of the river bank beyond. A beautiful boating song is sung, and the effect is said to be one of the prettiest imaginable.

 Convulsion two takes place at Monte Carlo, where arrives Philip Sauerbraten who has waxed wealthy in the delicatessen business and Herman Kaffekaken and Frederick Schnitzel, who are anxious to separate Philip from his money, and in this they would be successful were it not for Lady Grafter, a beautiful gambler, who elects to take it all herself - a feat accomplished by the aid of her trailer Reuben Hunter, who has a side show of his own in the form of an Irish Cannibal King, Kazoo, whom he exhibits in a cage at so much per visit. There also appears General Steele, an American billionaire, and his six radiantly beautiful daughters, and Harvard Yale who is touring the country with a college minstrel company. The original Weber and Fields' production will be seen here.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905. 

 Gazette Changes Hands - Messrs. R. C. Greig and Phillip Mouton have purchased the Lafayette Gazette, Mr. Greig to have editorial charge. We extend to both of them our best wishes for a full measure of success. Mr. Jerome Mouton, who has had charge, has been a most pleasant and agreeable confrere during his short newspaper experience. He will now devote himself to his profession, the law, and our best wishes attend him.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

 Awarded Gold Medal. - Mr. Alex Mouton has received from the Commissioners of Awards of the World's Fair a beautiful tanner announcing the award to him of a gold medal for pure cane syrup. The banner is on exhibition in the window of P. Krauss' jewelry establishment. Laf. Adv. 1/11/1905.

 New Blacksmith Shop. - We, the undersigned, will open a blacksmith shop opposite Tanner's store, on or about Jan. 16. We will do all kinds of carriage work and heavy forging and solicit the patronage of the public.
Laf. Adv. 1/11/1905.

Steam Exhaust Received. - The water supply at the power house is all right again. Mr. Melchert states that since he went over the pump connections, repaired the valves and made a general repair the water is as good as ever.

 The new steam exhaust has been received and is being put in position. It will do away with the noise of the plant to a great extent and at the same time by converting the steam into hot water and conveying it to the boiler will save from 5 to 10 per cent in fuel, which will amount to a considerable sum in a year. The power house is a very interesting place nowadays with its fine modern machinery, and will we'll repay a visit.
 Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

 The Lafayette Home Institute. - Patrons of this school will be glad to know that Prof. Greig will continue in charge and that no interruption in the session need be anticipated. Mrs. W. G. Webb, a graduate of the Natchitoches State Normal, and for many years a successful teacher in public schools of this town and parish, will conduct the regular work with a qualified assistant. The Institute has an established reputation and certificates given pupils entitle them to entrance into the Industrial Institute without examination.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

Death of Dr. Neblett.

 Dr. Henry M. Neblett, who has for several years past been a resident of Lafayette, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. F. Carter, Wednesday morning in the 67th year of his age.

 Dr. Neblett was born in Petersburg, Va., in 1838. He studied at the University of Virginia and completed his course in medicine at Jefferson College, Philadelphia graduating in 1861. The same year he enlisted in the Confederate service as assistant surgeon of the Ninth Virginia Cavalry. He served throughout the war, was twice wounded and was taken prisoner once, being confined at Johnston Island five weeks. After the war he returned to Virginia where he practiced his profession until 1868, when he moved to St. Martin parish and took charge of his father's plantation. He resided in St. Martin until within a few years ago, when on account of enfeebled health he came here to reside with his daughter, Mrs. F. F. Carter.

 Dr. Neblett was well known to the people of Lafayette and had won the esteem of all those who knew him intimately. He was man of strong character and fine intellect and always took an active part in the material well being of his adopted State and parish. His remains were laid to rest in the Protestant cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

 Unfortunate Accident.

 Louis Broussard, son of Mr. Numa Broussard, had the misfortune to have the first and second finger and thumb of his right hand cut off Saturday morning. He was running a planer in Camille Broussard's cabinet shop when the glove, which he wore to protect his hand, caught in the planer and before he could extricate his hand it had been drawn in and two fingers and his thumb cut off. His many friends sympathize with him in his unfortunate mishap. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

K. of P. Annual Banquet.

 Thursday night Lafayette Lodge No. 37, K. of P. gave their annual banquet at the Gordon Hotel. It was a most delightful affair. The supper was elegant, and notwithstanding the gloomy weather outside the atmosphere inside the spacious dining hall was permeated with brightness and good cheer.

 Lafayette Lodge K. of P. knows how to entertain royally and Thursday night was most agreeable illustration. Mr. Levi Emmes presided at one end of the table and Mr. C. Lusted Sr., at the other. After full justice had been done to the many good things served for the pleasure of themselves and guests, toasts were called for and some more good things were added to the enjoyment of the evening. A number of gentlemen were present as guests and they will remember for a long time the delightful evening spent at the annual banquet of Lafayette Lodge No. 37, K. of P. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

First National Elects Officers.

 The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank was held yesterday, pursuant to notice, and the following Board of Directors was elected to serve during the ensuing year: C. C. Brown, M. Billeaud, Jr., C. D. Caffery, F. Demanade, N. P. Moss, J. G. Parkerson, P. B. Roy and John Whittington.

 The directors immediately qualified, and organized by re-electing the old staff of officers, as follows: N. P. Moss, president; J. G. Parkerson, vice-president; S. R. Parkerson, cashier; F. V. Mouton, assistant cashier; C. D. Caffery, attorney; O. C. Mouton, notary.

 The First National Bank is now occupying its handsome and commodious new quarters and, with its greatly increased resources and facilities, is beginning business in the new year under altogether auspicious conditions. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

Taxes Collected.
 The following statement of poll and other taxes paid up to Jan. 1, 1905, was kindly furnished by Mr. Robert Broussard, of the sheriff's office:

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

Violated Fish and Game Laws.

 Thursday evening Sheriff Lacoste arrested Victorin and Bernard Bourque two young white men from Vermilion parish for violating the fish and game laws passed by the last Legislature. They had brought a wagon load of fish to town and were offering them for sale.

 At certain seasons of the year it is against the law to have certain kinds of fish in one's possession or to offer them for sale.

 Judge Pugh fined them $25.50 each, which they promptly paid and still had $7.50 each left from the proceeds of the sale of the fish. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.


 For the Week Ending Jan. 11, 1905.

 Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., to Edwin Smith, 2 lots in Vordenbaumen Extension, $300.

 Zulma Cormier, wife of Lazard Duhon, to Adam Cormier, 21 acres wood and prairie land and improvements, $700.

 Eck Laughlin to Jno. W. Davis, 10 acres land 2d ward, $220.

 Noah Hannon to W. J. Holmes, 25 acres of land and improvements, $287.50.

 Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., to Wm. Montgomery, lot in Vordenbaumen Ext., $186.50.

 Victor Breaux to Edmond Breaux, lot in Mills Addition, with improvements, $385.

 Francois Rogeur to Kossuth Blanchet, 58 arpents of land with improvements, $1,700.

 Felix Richard to Felix Richard, 29 arpents land with improvements, $881.

 C. D. Caffery to Mrs. Louis Domengeaux, 33 arpents land, $2,500.

 Geo. J. Melchoir to Alcee Brasseaux, lot in Carencro, with improvements, $400.

 Mrs. B. Falk and I. B. Bendel to August Domingue, lot in Mudd Addition, $115.

 Chas. O. Mouton to J. Berchmance Mouton, 25 arpents land with improvements, $1,800.

 Clovis Breaux to Chas. A. Miller, 30 arpents wood and prairie land, $550.

 Edmond J. Dupuis to Chas. A. Miller, 138.58 acres land, $2,900.

 J. Clemile Bernard, Jr., to Leon Bernard, lot in Scott, $100.

 Alex Guilbeau and wife to Jos. Martin, 2 fractional lots in McComb Addition, with improvements, $200.

 J. G. Navaree and wife to Adely Navaree and Jno. L. Cain, 8 acres land $140.

 Lezema Cormier, wife of Rodolph Pellet, to Oneal Sonnier, 3 acres of woodland, $200.

 Cholasti Cormier to Francois Gaspar, 14 acres land, $300.

 Jack R. Davis to Jas. Walsh, lot in Duson, $50.

 Adam Cormier to Cholasti Cormier, 14 acres land, $300.

 Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., to Albert G. Coosa, lot in Vordenbaumen Extension, $176.

 Aurelien Domingue to Mrs. Alcide Alleman, 80 acres of land with improvements, $1,831.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.



 The increased rates put into effect by the insurance companies several months ago are working a considerable hardship on the people of the State. In Lafayette the increase has been so great in some instances as to be practically prohibitive, certain risks being rated as high as 8.2 per cent. Just why this extraordinary increase should have been made, particularly here, is something of a mystery in the face of the fact that Lafayette has never had a disastrous fire, its record of fires is amazingly small, and it has one of the best fire departments in the State. The field here has been exceedingly profitable to the insurance companies, and why all at once they should enforce such heavy rates is past comprehension; for the rates previous were high enough in all conscience.

 The citizens should take up the matter with the insurance companies and endeavor to secure a modification.

 If we had an effective Progressive League, it could and would act in the case and would in all probability secure concessions. Meantime, however, until some one takes the lead in the matter we will just keep on paying this unjust and extravagant rate. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.


 The plank sidewalks over town are in bad condition and are urgently in need of repairs. The proper officials or committee of the Council ought to see to it at once that the repairs are made before someone falls and breaks his leg.

 The cover over the ditch through Garfield alley has a big hole in it which is very dangerous, and the hole has been there over a week.

 There are, of course, things which the Council must need to postpone or delay and some which lack funds prevents it from doing entirely; but in the case of rotten and defective plank walks and broken bridges, the duty of the Council is imperative, for failure to act promptly menaces the health and safety of the public. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

 Civil Term of Court.

 Judge Pugh opened a regular term of court Jan. 3, and made the following appointments: Jury commissioners, L. L. Judice, J. E. Pellerin, Albert Guidry, Galbert Comeaux, and Gustave Lacoste; court interpreter, J. G. St. Julien. The week was devoted to civil matters.

 For failing to answer a subpoena in one of the civil cases, Valsin Dugas was fined $17.20. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.


Police Jury Notes.

 The Police Jury met in regular session Thursday with all members present except Alex Verot. After approval of the minutes the following business was taken up:

 A report was received from Capt. J. C. Buchanan and Dr. F. J. Mayer, who went as parish delegates to the Boll Weevil Convention.

 Jury commissioners who served at the last general election were allowed five dollars a day, after the Jury had consulted the parish attorney as to the proper amount of compensation under the law.

 The committee appointed to trace a road from Carencro to Bayou Vermilion reported that all property holders were willing except two. The report was referred to Juror Connolly.

 The committee appointed to settle with the parish tax collector and parish treasurer, were given further time upon their request.

 Mr. Theall reported that the Cade bridge had been completed. Report was accepted.

 Mr. Boudreaux reported that the bridge on Coulee Platt is not completed and that the contractor asked for further time, which was granted and payment authorized for part of work already finished.

 Mr. Spell reported the condition of drainage of the public road in the second ward near the land of the Guidry heirs, and recommended that the drainage be made on the south side of the road as better results would be obtained.

 The Jury requested Assessor Melancon to furnish them a list of the license payers' for this year.

 The question of drainage of the public roads in the vicinity of Chas. Darby's land was referred to the parish attorney.

 The following delegates were appointed upon request of Gov. Blanchard, to attend the Cotton Growers' Convention in New Orleans to be held Jan. 24-26; E. G. Voorhies, Chas. O. Mouton, S. R. Parkerson, J. E. Mouton and A. E. Mouton.

 The president of the Jury was authorized to grant a certificate to the effect that Ex-Sheriff I. A. Broussard has settled in full for all taxes and licences collected during his tenure of office from 1866 to 1904.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.


Woman's Club Meeting.

 The Woman's Club met Dec. 31, with Mrs. John Givens as hostess. Mrs. Blake, being absent, Mrs. F. E. Davis called the meeting to order. After the business was transacted the following program was rendered.

 There being no further business the club adjourned; after which Mrs. Givens served delicious refreshments. The club will meet Jan. 14, with Miss Lea Gladu as hostess. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.


City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1905. - A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, Geo. A. DeBlanc, Hy. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield. Absent: John O. Mouton.

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

 The following petition was presented to the City Council;
   To the Honorable Mayor and the members of the City Council of Lafayette, La.

 The petition of the following property holders of Lafayette with respect represents:
  That they are the owners of the north side of Main street from the intersection of Gordon street, with said Main street.

 That for the improvement of said street, they wish to have constructed a cement walk on the north side of said Main street between the intersections mentioned. That as places for residence are built along said street a walk of four or four and half feet in width without the cement curbing would answer all the purposes of such a walk, and they therefore petition your Honorable body to enact an ordinance in conformity with this petition.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Considering the foregoing petition it was moved and seconded that said petition be referred to the street committee, with instructions to get the views of a competent workman without a curbing. Carried.

 Chairman of Water and Light Committee reported that new work at plant was progressing favorably and would be ready for use shortly, and that supply of water from the well after repairing (unreadable word) is such as not to require the boring of a new well.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1905.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1905.
   To the Hon. members of the City Council, Lafayette, La.
 DEAR SIRS. - Kindly grant me permission to raise the roof of the building adjoining my store st least four (unreadable words) more substantial and serviceable. If permission is granted I shall use galvanized iron which will reduce the danger of fire.
                 Yours respectfully,
                       MRS. W. TANNER.

 Moved and seconded that this Council grants the permission to Mrs. W. Tanner under conditions as above stated. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:
Cumberland Teg. and  Tel. Co. ... $4.10
Cumberland Teg. and Tel. Co. ... $3.30
(Unreadable) shops ... $5.00 

 Wagner Electric Mfg. Co. ... $3.00
 Jenkins Bros. ... Jenkins Bros. ... $12.92
 Fairbanks Co. ... $30.12
 A. E. Mouton ... $39.65
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. ... $2.75
 Lacoste Hardware Co. ... $121.17
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. ... $7.25
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. $14.79
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. $3.50
 Fairbanks Co. ... $622.
 Standard Electric Co. ... $161.63
 Lafayette Comp. & Storage Co. ... $25.20
 Dr. J. F. Mouton ... $5.00
 Abe Hirsch ... $13.20
 Dr. F. R. Tolson ... $6.00
 A. E. Mouton ... $25.90


 Month of December 1904. - General fund.

 Collection school tax ... $1,937.86
 Collection regular tax ... $7,267.44
 Collection licenses ... $10.00
 Collection interest ... $4.94
 Collection rent ... $1.00
 Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor ... $119.50
   Total $9,340.74.


 Overdrawn Dec. 1 ... $1,336.56
 Warrant paid ... $1,715.73
 Cash on Dec. 31 ... $6,288.45
   Total ... $9,340.74.


 Cash on hand Dec. 1 ... $3,981.71
 Collections special tax ... $4,844.35
 Collections lights ... $145.05
 Collections water ... $365.50
   Total ... $9,316.61


 Warrants paid ... $3,914.01
 Cash on hand Dec. 31 ... $5,402.60
   Total ... $9,316.61
         Respectfully submitted,
                F. V. MOUTON, Treasurer.

 The secretary reported the following warrants drawn during the month of December and up to date, and the same were approved and ordered spread on the minutes.


Nos. -
724 C. F. Melchert car of oil S. P. 51540 ... $56.30
725 C. F. Melchert labor week
726 C. F. Melchert, salary Dec. 1904 ... $125.00
727 J. E. Ard., salary Dec. 1904 ... $75.00


1742 Louis Lacoste, salary quarter ending Oct. 31-04 ... $50.00
1743 F. V. Mouton, salary quarter ending Oct. 31-04 ... $50.00
1754 Wm. Green, burying dead man ... $12.00
1759 Alfred Hebert, street work ... $27.00
1760 Billy Azar, street work ... $8.75
1761 Billy Azar, street work ... $13.75
1762 Alfred Hebert street work ... $38.75
1763 Alfred Hebert, street work ... $15.00
1764 Alfred Hebert, street work ... $7.50
1765 Billy Azar street work ... $7.12
1766 Wm. Green burying dead man ... $12.00
1767 Alfred Hebert street work ... $40.00
1768 Billy Azar street work ... $8.75
1769 Chas. D. Caffery, salary as Mayor ... $500.00
1770 Hy. Hebert, salary Dec. 1904 ... $60.00

 There being no further business Council adjourned.
J. P. COLOMB, Asst. Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/11/1905.

 Clerk Voorhies has received from Gov. Blanchard the commission as constable of the second ward of Andrew Cummings vice  Eck Laughlin.

 Work on the Doucet brick building  corner Lincoln avenue and Garfield alley is progressing fast.

 There is considerable activity in real estate, but no big deals are recorded for the past week.

 Monday Sheriff Lacoste gathered in a bad negro, who was raising several kinds of disturbances on the west bound Southern Pacific train, and gave him free lodgings in jail. The negro had a big gun on him and he will have to answer for carrying concealed weapons.

 C. W. Nichols resigned his position with the Southern Pacific a few days ago, and has been succeeded by Robt. Stenhouse. Mr. Nichols was tendered a supper by his friends at Delhomme's restaurant. He leaves to-day for his old home in Algiers.

 Deputy Peck arrested a hack peddler Tuesday, who failed to produce a license for 1905 when called upon. He was fined $15.00, which he promptly paid.

 A large drain pipe is being laid from the Gordon Hotel south along Jefferson street to the big ditch. It is to carry off all waste water from the hotel and is being put down by the hotel owners. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905. 


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 11th, 1902:

 The Petition. 

 The Advertiser is glad to state  that the gentlemen passing the petition to call an election for the purpose of voting to extend the present water works tax in order to build a central school building, a public market, and extend water mains and electric lights to all parts of town, are having the greatest encouragement. The petition lacks only 20 names, and there is no question but that as soon as the tax payers can be seen, the number will be readily secured. It is indeed complimentary to the citizens of Lafayette that they so willingly and cheerfully show their generosity and public spirit, and the Advertiser believes that there is a great future for our town. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902. 

The Primary School. - The enrollment at the Primary School has now reached 130, and every seat is occupied. The attendance is excellent, and the children all manifest great interest in their work. The principal, Misses Bagnal and Younger are earnest, zealous teachers and the fine attendance and enrollment are evidences of a high appreciation of their work. All that is needed to place our schools in rank with the first school in the State is a first class modern public school building, and there is but little doubt we will have that within another year. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

A Mysterious Character. -There is considerable excitement being caused by a mysterious character known as the "buggerman", who has been seen in different parts of the town after dark, and is said to enter yards and walk slowly around the houses. This "buggerman", it is asserted by those who claim to have seen him is a man disguised as a woman. He is tall, dressed in black, and wears a black sun bonnet. No harm has been reported of him, beyond having followed and frightened a number of ladies and children, and caused a great many others to be very much alarmed over the chance of his molesting them or prowling about their houses at night. The police should look for the "buggerman" at once and thoroughly investigate the matter.Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.  

Fire Dept. Responds Promptly. - A negro cabin at the rear of the Sprole Hotel, the property of Mr. Alfred Hebert, caught fire last Tuesday, but then prompt work of our splendid fire department, soon had the fire under control, and saved a considerable portion of the house. The cabin was occupied by a negro family. The mother was away at the time, and had left two children in the cabin, but the children were rescued and received no injury.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

The High School.

 The High School this year has a larger enrollment from the country than ever before. The total enrollment is 105. Of this number 42 are from the country, some from Pilette, some from near Scott, and others from various parts of the parish. This shows clearly that the High School is not and has not been only a town school; but that its benefits are being received in large degree by the people of the this parish, and proves the wisdom and forethought of the school board in establishing and maintaining a central school of high class for the benefit of the whole parish.   Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

Married. - Mr. John L. Kennedy and Miss Florence Ramsay were married at the home of the bride's parents on Wednesday, Jan. 8th, at high noon. Rev. Smith officiating. They left on the 1 p. m. train for New Orleans. Miss Ramsay is one of our most charming young ladies, and Mr. Kennedy is a talented and rising young lawyer of Lafayette. The Advertiser extends to both best wishes for a ling and happy life. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.     



 A peculiar feature of the oil situation, as looked upon here, is the scarcity of news which comes out of the West Louisiana field. Something dribbles out every once in a while, but it is believed there is some object for concealing the true situation there. Reports come of wells capped and other wells which are being drilled, and then all of sudden there is a lull and wells are never heard of again. They got so deep, and that is all there is to it. Beaumont men took up great quantities of land around Jennings, and their operations are shrouded in mystery, for there has not been a single authentic statement of what they are doing for weeks. There were half a dozen rigs at work around Vinton and Lake Charles also had its quota of derricks, and yet there is silence, absolute and unqualified, from both these places. Once in a while some traveler from there comes to town and tells of the number of derricks he has seen, and what he has heard, but that is about all the news which comes out of the field now. There is no question of the presence of oil in West Louisiana. How large the quantity and whether there will be any gushers in that section as there are at Beaumont are questions which time alone can settle. But the oil is there. It has gushed for as long as an hour in the well at Jennings, and some of the oldest and most experienced operators in the Beaumont field, who were present when the gushing was going on, declared the oil was there if the hateful position of the sand could be gotten rid of, and they were of the opinion it could. They were so strongly of this opinion that they took lease on all the land they could lease, and telegraphed their friends to come over and get it on the good thing.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

Fine Dinner. - Last Sunday Rev. Father Forge invited the members of the choir to partake of one of the fine dinners he knows so well how to give. it is unnecessary to say that each guest enjoyed greatly both the dinner and the society of Father Forge, and will not soon forget the delightful afternoon spent with him.   Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

Raffle. - The silk quilt presented to Home Fire Co., by Miss Aimee Mouton will be raffled at the Advertiser office on Wednesdays Jan. 15. Tickets are 50 cents, but after 12 o'clock Wednesday the price will be 75 cents. Get your Tickets at once and help the "fire boys."   Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

A Small Blaze.

 There was quite a stir in town last Tuesday morning caused by a very small but exceedingly stubborn fire which partially destroyed one of the cabins belonging to Mr. Alfred Hebert. In a short while after the alarm had been given the firemen and a large crowd of other people were on hand to battle with the flames. Just at that time it happened that there was but little pressure from the power-house and it required a large volume of water to extinguish the flames. A thrilling incident which lent the unusual interest to the fire was the announcement that two children were inside the house. This naturally urged the firemen on to heroic efforts and several of the boys rushed to the rescue of the supposed victims, but fortunately before the rescuers had exposed themselves to the flames some one yelled out that it was all a mistake and the children were not in the house. This second renouncement was quite a relief to the crowd who expected to see the roasted forms of the pickaninnies carried out of the seething furnace. Aside from the discomfort occasioned to the corpulent members of the fire brigade, and the destruction of some old furniture, the fire did not cause much damage. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

The Robbins Suit. - Last Thursday afternoon, before the District court, was begun the trial of the suit instituted by the heirs of Mayor Robbins for the ownership of some 600 acres of land now in the possession of the estate of Ben Falk, Webber and others. The Robbins tract was sold at sheriff's sale years ago and the plaintiffs in the present litigation are claiming the property on the ground that the sale by the State was an illegal transaction. Judge E. T. Lewis, of Opelousas, is trying the case, Judge Debaillon having rec used himself. The heirs of Mayor Robbins are represented by Judge O. C. Mouton, Mr. Crow Girard, the other attorney for the plaintiffs, being absent on account of illness. The defendants are represented by Mr. Wm. Campbell, Col. Gus. A. Breaux and Mr. Thos. H. Lewis. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

Young Jeanmard Back at Seminary.

 Mr. Jules Jeanmard, who has been a theological student at a Catholic seminary in New Orleans, has returned to resume his studies after a visit to relatives in this parish. Mr. Jeanmard will be ordained a priest before the end of the year. He entered a seminary at an early age and will be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, priest in the diocese. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

The Poll Tax.

 The fact that a failure to pay the poll tax takes from the citizen the right of suffrage, does not seem to have increased the collections from that source. During the year 1901, 1929 persons paid the poll tax for last year, ending Dec. 31, 1901, 2014 polls were collected. It was believed that in order to be qualified to exercise the franchise at the next congressional election the voters would pay the tax in largely increased numbers, but the results tell a different  story. Perhaps due to the existence of only one party in this section or to indifference to national politics, many people in this parish have made it clear that they do not care to vote. While we do not like the poll tax qualification, because it places an added impediment in the voter's way, we are candidly of the opinion that the man who knowingly disfranchises himself by refusing to pay one dollar to support the public schools, is at best a very poor citizen and will serve his country better by not voting.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902. 

Drew Their Guns.

 Last Wednesday Samuel Foreman, accompanied by two other persons, entered a restaurant near the depot and without any provocation drew a pistol on Mr. John Greig, who was there for the purpose of getting a meal. Officer Hebert heard of the affair, arrested Foreman and locked him up. The next day he was charged with two offenses - carrying  a concealed weapon and making an assault with a dangerous weapon. Friday morning Foreman was brought before Judge Debaillon and bills of information were filed against him by District Attorney Campbell. When arraigned he pleaded guilty to both charges. He will be sentenced on Jan. 27.

 Last Thursday night a white man named Joe Trahan imbibed too freely of the juice that is red and displayed his pistol. He was arrested by Deputy Alb. Trahan and put in jail. The next morning District Attorney Campbell filed a bill of information against him and he was arraigned before Judge Debaillon. He pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced Jan. 27. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.   


City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Jan. 6th, 1902. - Regular meeting of the city council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, H. Hohorst and F. E. Girard.

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

 On motion duly made and seconded the following reports were adopted.

 Moved and seconded that work outlined for running a water pipe line to the Methodist church corner and again from J. C. Nickerson's residence to the corporate limits on Sterling Avenue be laid at once, and that wire be run extending lights so as to furnish residences in upper end of McComb addition. Carried.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton and seconded by Hohorst that six new arc-lights be purchased to replace those that burned out. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that street committee be authorities to purchase shells for street improvements and to repair streets generally. Adopted.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by A. E. Mouton, that $4,000.00 borrowed by councilmen on their individual note be paid. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:

 There being no further business council adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 11th, 1902.

     Faculty and Students Resume Work After the Holiday With Renewed Energy.

 The work at the Institute is now progressing with leaps and bounds. Since the holidays the students have returned to their work with renewed strength and consequent vim and vigor, and strain every faculty to do good and effective work.

 The already increasing enrollment has been augmented since the 1st by the addition of twelve or fifteen students, who have come (most of them) from outside of the parish of Lafayette. This bespeaks the growing popularity of the Industrial Institute in all parts of the State and means a great deal to our town and surrounding country. The boys who apply for admission from other towns and parishes are generally better prepared to enter the Institute than those from home or from near-by towns. Unfortunately for us we have been somewhat lax in educational matters heretofore, but we are now in the vanguard and holding the banner on high. We are glad to welcome all the newcomers to a place in the crusade against ignorance. We are blessed beyond measure by the presence of the Industrial Institute at our doors, and expect ere long to make Lafayette and educational center.

 Dr. C. Alphonso Smith, of the Louisiana State University, will lecture at the Institute about the first week of February. Is is needless to say that the students in particular and the people of Lafayette generally look forward to a treat. Dr. Smith delivered his inimitable lecture at the Louisiana Public School Teachers' Association in Franklin on the 27th ultimo, and it was there, it is believed upon him to come to Lafayette. Everybody should turn out to hear Dr. Smith.

 The art room has been changed to a more convenient and commodious one on the second floor.

 On account of the increased number of members in the book-keeping class they are now domiciled in the room formerly occupied by the art class. These changes have been within the week.

 At the opening exercises this week the students were entertained by the first year advanced class, from which members were selected by their class teacher, Miss Mayfield, to conduct their hearers on a trip to New York City. This was done by means of a large map or chart showing the principal sections and most interesting parts of the city, accompanied by a lecture. On account of the absence one day of one of the lecturers, Miss Mayfield talked entertainingly on the subject, as did also Dr. Stephens, who told some personal experiences in New York while attending the university that were highly amusing. The first year class entertains next week.

 The school has gotten in some splendid reference books lately - Appleton's reference books lately - Appleton's "Universal Cyclopedia and Atlas," twelve volumes, and the "American Cyclopedia of Biography," six volumes. A goodly number of fine works have been ordered for the library, and, with those that are already installed there, it is becoming a favorite place for the students during spare moments.

 Miss Dupre, the librarian, has just made a selection of about one hundred excellent volumes of the library - which, it is expected, will soon be on the book shelves for the use of the students. These include the great poets, the historians, the novelists and essayists, and the best books of reference. And it has just been announced that Dr. F. E. Girard is going to offer the Institute the use of a large part of his private library - as a loan collection. During the greater part of the day the library is in charge of Miss Sara Frith, of Avoyelles parish, who is in attendance at the Institute to take a special course in phonography and who has kindly consented to assist in the work of caring for the library and reading room.

 The students in the subtle and illusive art of phonography are now writing sentences and slowly putting into practice the principles they have been and are still learning.

 The great event since the holidays with the boys at school is the football game to be played on Saturday, 11th inst., on the campus. This game has been duly advertised and all look forward to a great time on that day. The boys, of course, expect to "do" Opelousas again, and want everybody in the town of Lafayette and the surrounding country to come help "root" for them. This will be about the last game of the season.

 The sewing classes are beginning to give evidence of the work done during the last few months. Forty finished garments were turned out this week.

 The sample work of the girls has been put in books and is ready for inspection.

 Lessons in cookery are given on Monday morning and Thursday afternoon of every week. Visitors are always welcome.

 The sewing girls are again busy draughting patterns; a new garment is to be begun. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.

On the Institute Campus - Institute vs. St. Landry High School.

 The first football game played in Lafayette will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon on the campus of the Industrial Institute.

 The boys of the St. Landry High School will be here to retrieve, if possible, the laurels which were so slickly snatched from them by the Industrial Institute team just before the holidays. Both teams are composed of vigorous youths all striving hard to win the honors for their schools. The Opelousas eleven will be accompanied by a lusty army of rooters and it is hoped that the local team will have their friends and admirers there to yell long and loud for them. The management of the home team has made preparations to entertain the visitors and to pay the expenses of the trip and in order to raise the necessary funds it has been decided to charge the small admission of 25 cents.

 There are splendid players in both teams and the game will be worth seeing.

 Let is give royal welcome to the visitors and loyal support to the boys of the Institute. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.

The Lafayette High School.

 The Lafayette High School reopened after the holidays with a good attendance. Teachers and pupils enjoyed the short vacation and resumed their work with increased energy. All are doing their best and the session promises to be a most successful one, judged from the amount and quality of work done. With a thorough appreciation of the important character of their duties, Prof. LeRosen and his assistants, Misses Duvall and Christian, are making every effort toward the improvement of the school, for in teaching, as in every other branch of human endeavor, there is always "room for improvement." The Gazette is pleased to note the progress steadily made at the High School, which is destined to become such a great factor in the educational development of this community. As an evidence that the school is appreciated beyond the limits of the town it will be well to note the fact that of the 105 pupils in attendance, 42 are from the different wards, a fact which should not be overlooked by those whose misguided zeal would cause them to consider this school as purely a town school. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.

The Lease of Southern Pacific's Louisiana Lines Expires, And the Company Will Now Operate Them Secretary.
 [New Orleans Picayune.]

 A complete surprise was sprung to the local railroad world yesterday by the issuance of the following circulars:

 Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company - Office of the President, New Orleans, La., Jan. 1, 1902. - Notice!  The lease of this company's properties to the Southern Pacific Company having been terminated at midnight, Dec. 31, 1901, the following officers are hereby designated to conduct the business of this company, with headquarters at New Orleans, La.; W. H. Masters, traffic manager; T. Fay, general superintendent; J. B. Richardson, secretary and treasurer; Chas. E. Wermuth, auditor; A. C. Hutchinson, president.

 Louisiana Western Railroad Company - Office of the President, New York, Jan. 1, 1902. - Notice!  The lease of this company's properties to the Southern Pacific Company having been terminated at midnight, Dec. 31, 1901, the following officers are hereby designated to conduct the business of this company, with headquarters at New Orleans, La.; W. H. Masters, traffic manager; T. Fay, general superintendent; J. B. Richardson, treasurer; Chas. E. Wermuth, auditor; E. H. Harriman, president.

 Thornwell Fay, who becomes general superintendent under the new regime, made the following statement in relation to the change:

 "The owners of the properties, that is, the stockholders of the railroad companies concerned, have deemed it proper and to the best interests of all concerned, that the Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company and the Louisiana Western Railroad Company should operate their own railroads under their own charters. The resulting change does not involve any change in the facilities or conveniences or service heretofore afforded the public."

 A. C. Hutchinson, president of the Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad, was asked to explain the significance of the change.

 "It is entirely a matter of form," he said. "The properties will be operated practically just as they have been. The Southern Pacific's lease expire to-night, and the properties will be operated under their own charters. That is all."

 "Will Mr. Fay gave entire charge of the transportation affairs of the two properties?" was asked; "or will the Louisiana lines continue under the jurisdiction of Manager Van Vleck?"

 "Mr. Van Vleck's jurisdiction will take in Texas. Mr. Fay will report direct to Mr. Kruttschnitt." "How about the traffic departments?"

 "Mr. Masters is named as traffic manager. He will be in control, as far as freight matters are concerned. Mr. Decker will continue to look after passenger matters."

 "Will the passenger affairs of the Louisiana lines continue under the jurisdiction of Mr. Morse?"

 "As I have told you, the change is largely a technical one. The control of the properties remains where it was."

 There are several details of jurisdiction which are still to be given out. They will be awaited with interest. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.

Extension of Water and Light Service - The Streets to Be Repaired.

 At its last meeting the City Council decided to extend the water pipes from the corner at J. C. Nickerson's residence to the limits of the corporation along Sterling avenue; and from John O. Mouton's home to the Methodist church. At the same time the Council ordered the erection of wires so as to provide electric light service to people living in upper Lincoln avenue. The Council has also taken steps to repair the streets, some of which will be shelled. The Council has been enabled to make these improvements out of the general revenues of the town.

 We seen in the proceedings published in this paper that the Council has paid a note for $4,000, which was borrowed on the individual signatures of the Councilmen to meet the expenses incurred during the year. The present Councilmen have not only administered the affairs of the municipality in an intelligent and economical manner, but they have shown a high degree of public spirit by giving their personal property as security in order to obtain the necessary funds to meet the current indebtedness of the town. It is safe to say that some of the captious critics who fine fault with the manner of managing the town's business would not do quite as much. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.

Accident at Train Yard.
 Last Sunday in the local yards of the Southern Pacific Company a switch engine ran into the rear part of a locomotive, causing considerable damage and seriously injuring Engineer Bill Ottey and spraining the ankle of the fireman, John Lisboney. Mr. Ottey, who was found to have sustained internal injuries, was taken to his home in Algiers. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 1/11/1902.

 Sheriff Broussard has returned from Baton Rouge where he had gone to make a settlement with the State.

 Fred Mouton, of Grand Coteau, was in Lafayette this week.

 The store of Sonny Landry was broken into last Wednesday night and a lot of merchandise stolen. Among the articles stolen were two pistols.

 The Gazette learns from Prof. LeRosen that about twenty more names are needed for the petition to be presented to the Council asking that body to call the election relative to a special tax. 

 For Sale. - Lot near Industrial School. Apply at The Gazette Office.

 Owing to the great demand for water the town has decided to secure an air compressor to be used at the power-house. The town now furnishes water to the railroad company and the Compress. 

 Last Tuesday evening a carload of cotton in the Southern Pacific yards was considerably damaged by fire. The fire is believed to have originated from sparks from a locomotive. Laf. Gaz. 1/11/1902.

 Misses Clotilde Rigues and Marie Martin were thrown from a buggy by a runaway horse last Tuesday evening, but fortunately sustained no injury.

 It is reported that the cane growers near Carencro have sustained serious losses caused by the cold weather. The extent of the damage done to the crops can not yet be ascertained, but it is considerable.

 Tuesday night Arthur Martin's right hand was seriously injured by the accidental discharge of eh large fire-cracker. Three fingers were completely severed from the hand and it is feared the thumb will have to be amputated. The wound is necessarily very painful.

 Meyer Bros., of New Orleans, have opened a saloon in the Nichols building near the railroad station. Pellerin Bros. occupy the Jno. O. Mouton building. There are now five saloons in town.

 The parish has sold six liquor licenses at $1,000, more than double the revenues from that source. There are three saloons in the sixth ward, one at Broussard, Scott and Youngsville.

 Among the lady teachers from this parish who attended the convention at Franklin are Misses Edith Mayer, Edna Sprole, Mary Webb and Charlotte Duvall. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 11th, 1890.


Lafayette, La., Jan., 4, 1890.

 Pursuant to adjournment the Law and Order Association of Lafayette parish met his day, Mr. W. B. Torian in the chair.

 Reading of minutes of the last meeting dispensed with,
  Mr. Torian stated here that he was not a native to the parish, and had only been in this Congressional District forty-two years and nine years in the parish, and probably the Association had better select some one more closely identified with the people as chairman.

 Mr. Bailey objected, saying he was a native, and the prejudice existing here against a man's taking part in public affairs because he was born elsewhere was silly, unreasonable and could only be entertained by narrow minded men.

 A motion was made and carried continuing Mr. Torian as chairman.

 The following agreement was signed by those present.

 The undersigned agree to form an association to be known as the Law and Order Association of Lafayette Parish, the purposes on which are to use every lawful effort to obtain truthful testimony and honest verdicts at the courts and support the law officers in the performance of duty, thereby suppressing and preventing crime and giving security to property and for no political purpose whatsoever.

 A. J. Moss, Thos. B. Hopkins, D. A. Cochrane, Thos. F. Webb, Sigismond Bernard, J. F. Parkerson,
Jno. C. Buchanan, Crow Girard, John Clegg, J. D. Trahan, W. B. Bailey, R. B. Martin, F. S. Mudd, J. H. Martin, Arthur Greig, C. H. Bradley, E. Bernard, Chas. D. Caffery, N. P. Moss, Louis Queillbe, A. M. Martin, Ed. Pellerin, W. B. Torian, A. Primeaux, T. A. McFadden, Robert Thomas per A. M. Martin.
Jos. A. Chargois, Robert Harry.

 The following was presented and ordered spread on the minutes:

 We the undersigned acknowledge ourselves members of the Law and Order Association of Lafayette, Louisiana.

 W. W. Wall, J. J. Davidson, J. W. Clifford, L. A. Delhomme, H. Church, S. R. Parkerson, F. C. Triay, T. J. Boudreaux, L. W. Merchant, A. F. Church, Sidney B. Lanire, P. B. Jouan.

 On motion of Mr. Bailey the following committee was appointed to prepare an address to the people explaining the purposes and objects of this association - same to be printed in French and English. John Clegg, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, Dr. F. S. Mudd, D. A. Cochrane, J. A. Chargois, C. H. Bradley and John S. Whittington.

 On motion, the chairman was added to the committee.

 On motion, the following committee on finance was appointed: John Clegg, A. J. Moss, Crow Girard, Ed. Pellerin, J. C. Buchanan.

 The following was adopted:

 Resolved, That this association meet two weeks from date at 11 o'clock a. m., and thereafter on the first Saturday of every month at 11 a. m.

 The committee of twenty-five to meet on call of the chairman.

 And the association then adjourned.
W. B. TORIAN, Chairman.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, C. H. BRADLEY, Secretaries.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.



A Visit to Father Forge's.

 Last Saturday morning, drawn by the beauty and freshness of the foliage and flowers surrounding the presbytery, we stepped over there to enjoy it, and were graciously received by Rev. Forge and Rev. Langlois, of of St. Martinville, who is also an ardent admirer of nature in all its forms. We went around through the gardens and were astonished at the forwardness of all the flowers and climbing vines. The scene was more like a day in May than in January. Even the Antigonon Leptopus, a rare and tender climber, which gracefully drapes the front porch, was "beautiful, entire and clean." Going into the extensive vegetable gardens, we discovered the same state of nature - everything in April. The Rev. Father showed us his patch of choice strawberries, from which he had gathered several ripe ones a few days previous. The same day he sent us a few ripe ones that were rich to on in this season. As we have said before, Lafayette has no more an attractive than the St. John presbytery gardens, and visitors here should always pay them a visit. Another feature about the place is, that it has the most venerable live oak tree we have ever seen. It's wide stretching branches cover at least a hundred and fifty feet, and its parental arms seem reaching out in perpetual benediction. A sight of this old tree is an cheering as the "shadow of a rock in the desert." Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.

Died. - At his residence in the town of Lafayette, Sunday, January 5th, 1890, HAZARD EASTIN, aged 58 years and 8 months.

 In the death of Hazard Eastin an old and familiar landmark has passed away. Deceased was a native of this parish, and leaves a widow and a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his loss.

 He was a prominent and popular citizen, and the last of the commissioned officers of Company A. 28th, La. Regiment, C. S. A., of which he was First Lieutenant, and an efficient officer and a good soldier. He was Sheriff of this parish from 1872 to 1880, at which time, he retired in favor of his chief deputy, Edgar Mouton. He was a Police Juror from 1880 to 1888, and was a Master Mason of long and good standing.

 In all the relations of life he was ever frank, faithful and honorable, and steadfast and true to his friends. Peace to his ashes. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.           

City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Jan. 6th, 1890.

 The City Council met this day, in regular meeting and there were present W. B. Bailey, Mayor; J. G. Parkerson, A. J. Moss, F. Lombard, John O. Mouton, O. J. Sprole.

 Absent: Pierre Gerac and Ed. Pellerin.

 The minutes of Nov. 4th, Dec. 2nd and 9th were read and approved.

 The following report of the Finance Committee was read, approved, and ordered spread on the minutes.

 To the Hon. the Mayor and Council of the Town of Lafayette, La:

 The undersigned Finance Committee, after examining the books and reports of the Collector and Treasurer, up to December 31st, 1889, beg leave to make the following report to-wit:

 The report of the Collector shows the tax roll of 1889 to amount to fifteen hundred and ninety-five and 65-100 dollars, of which he has collected eleven hundred and seventy-three and 48-100 dollars, leaving uncollected of licenses for 1889 one hundred and twenty-two and 28-100 dollars, and has collected of licenses for 1889 one hundred and fifty-two dollars, making a total collected, one thousand, three hundred and twenty-five and 43-100 dollars, which amount the collector has paid into the hands of the Treasurer, the Collector being entitled to six per cent commission, or seventy-nine and 52-100 dollars and a warrant should issue to him for the same.

 The Treasurer's book shows amount on hand, last report, four hundred and ninety-eight and 84-100 dollars. Delinquent taxes collected through I. Falk, one hundred and fifty dollars. Received from Louise Queilhe, Collector, thirteen hundred and twenty-five and 48-100 dollars. Total receipts, nineteen hundred and seventy-three and 67-1oo dollars, and the paid warrants Nos. 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, and 325, which we have duly cancelled, amounting to two hundred and ninety-five and 18-100 dollars, paying into the hands of the Treasurer (unreadable word) thousand, six hundred and seventy(unreadable) and 49-100 dollars.
                      Respectfully submitted,
                                     J. G. PARKERSON,
                                     A. J. MOSS,

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.

 The committee on the opening of Garfield (unreadable words) made of partial report and (unreadable.)

 (Unreadable word) license law for 1890 was (unreadable). (Unreadable words) the law will be published.

 The following account was approved J. G. Gardemal, jailer ... $6.80.

 And the Council thereupon adjourned.
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.   

 School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., January 4th, 1890.

 The School Board of Lafayette Parish met this day in regular session with the following members present: O. C. Mouton, President; Dr. J. P. Francez, Jasper Spell, J. S. Whittington, S. LeBlanc, T. Bernard, T. Begnaud and M. Billeaud. Absent: D. Hulin.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The committee appointed to obtain a statement from C. D. Caffery, Esq., of school lands made the following report:

 To the Hon., the School Board in and for Lafayette parish.

 Your committee appointed to examine into and report upon the present status of the public school lands, known as 16th sections, beg leave to report, that they find from the books of the Treasurer, that according to a statement prepared by C. D. Caffery, Esq., the School Board of this parish has the following 16th sections in-
  T. 9 S. R. 3 E., containing 624.4 acres
  T. 10 S. R. 3 E., containing 645.37 acres
  T. 10 S. R. 4 E., containing 6.08 acres
  T. 10 S. R. 5 E., containing 224.34 acres
  T. 11 S. R. 5 E.
     Total number acres, 2,056.22

 The 16th section in T. 8 S. R. 4 E, and in Y 9 S. R. 4 E., are not given above because the first was sold to A. Mouton in March 1880, by act recorded in Book  L, parts 284, and the latter to Chas. Z. Martin, March 9th, 1854, by act recorded in Book G., p. 80, Recorder's office.

 We further report that section 16 T. 10 S. R. 3 E, was leased through C. D. Caffery at public auction, in June 1885 to Ford & Alex Hoffpauir, for a term of four years payable on Jan. 1st of each year, and for which they furnished their promissory note in favor of the School Board, for two hundred dollars, in solido, with eight per cent interest from the respective maturities, which said note is in possession of C. D. Caffery, and upon which according to the books of the treasurers J. N. Judice, J. E. Martin and of Wm. Clegg, which we have examined, the following payments were made:

 1886, Mch 13, from C. D. Caffery for note of F. & A. Huffpauir per C. D. Caffery for rent of school lands, $120.00.

 We were informed by C. D. Caffery, Esq., that at same offering in Jan. 1885, (see published minutes of School Board of March 14th, 1885), Sec. 16 T. 11 S. R. 5 E. was leased to Nelson Higginbotham & als. at twenty-five cents an acre, (see minutes Sept. 14, 1886), for a term of four years, and for which they furnished their notes for the sum of $556.12, one-fourth Payable Jan. 1st each year, with eight per cent interest after the respective maturities, and upon which time, according to the books of the treasurers Judice, Martin and Clegg, the following payments were made:

  1886, Mch 13, Nelson Higginbotham. Rent due $27.85
  1887, Jan. 31, from C. D. Caffery for rent of school lands ... $206.00
  1887, May 25, from C. D. Caffery for rent of school lands ... $33.00
  1888, Jan. 2, from C. D. Caffery, for rent of school lands ... $39.00
  1888, Nov. 15, P. Lasalle per C. D. Caffery for rent of school lands, 3d installment ... $35.75
  1888, Dec. 7, Darmas Landry per C. D. Caffery, for rent of school lands, $68.40
  1888, Dec. 10, Ed Provost per C. D. Caffery for rent of school lands ... $88.40
  1889, Jan. 5, Langlinais & Higginbotham per Caffery, rent for school lands, $32.50
                Total ... $707.65

 We will state in connection with above that Mr. Caffery informed us that he retained his five per cent commission out of the moneys collected by him.

 In Jan. 1889, the sixteenth section in T. 10 S. R. 3 E., T. 9 and T. 11 were again advertised to be leased at public auction. Sec. 16 in T. 10 was again leased to F. & A. Hoffpauir, under the same terms and conditions as in the year 1885, and for which they furnished their note in solido, for two hundred dollars, which note is in the hands of C. D. Caffery, Esq.

 In 1889 no bids were offered for either of the other two 16th sections.

 We are informed at that time section 16 T. 9 was occupied by squatters, but that they removed therefrom upon the appearance of the advertisement made in 1889. The same may be said of section 16 T. 11.

 We will further report that upon examination of the books of the treasurer, we find that the interest on school lands due this board, under section 2960 of the Revised Statutes of 1870, has been paid regularly since 1884. The books of the treasurer before 1884 not being in the possession of the present treasurer, we could not ascertain whether the interest has been paid or not before that time.

 For further particulars the statement of attorney Caffery hereto annexed is referred to.
            Respectfully submitted,
                        ORTHER C. MOUTON, J. S. WHITTINGTON.
  Statement of Chas. Caffery, Esq:
Chas. D. Caffery, Attorney at Law, in acct. with Board of School Directors Lafayette Parish.

By resolution of Board of Sept. 4th, 1886, the following notes due for rent of school lands, were placed in my hands for collection on commission.

  1 note of Pierre Lasalle, dated Jan '85, payable in 4 equal payments annually for ... $130.00
  1 note of Darmas Landry of same date and tenor for ... $139.00
  1 note of Edward Provost of same date and tenor ... $139.00
  1 note of Nelson Higginbotham and H. Langlinais of same date and tenor of $132.10, subject to credit of $27.35 ... $104.25
  1 note of Ford and Alex Hoffpauir for $200 of same date and tenor subject to a credit of $50.
                                  Total $671.25.

Jan. 31 1887, amount from Darmas Landry, P; Lasalle and Ed. Provost, $208.50, int, $8.50 total, $217.00, (com $11), Paid parish treasurer ... $206.00
  May 25, amt from N. Higginbotham & B. Langlinais $35.00 (com. $2) paid parish Treasurer ... $3.66
 Jan. 2, 1888 amt from B. Langlinais & Higginbotham $34.75 (com $1.73) paid parish Treasurer ... $33.00
 May 15, amt from Darma Landry $72 (com $8.70) paid parish Treasurer ... $69.40
 Dec. 8, amt from Ed Provost $72.00 (com $3.60) paid Treasurer ... $68.40
 Dec. 28 amt from P. Lasalle $3.34.50 (com $1.75) paid parish Treasurer ... $32.75
 Jan. 2, 1885, amt from Ford Hoffpauir $126.67 (com $6.67) paid parish Treasurer ... $120.00
 Jan. 5, amt from B. Langlinais $34.75 (com and charges $2.25) paid parish Treasurer ... $32.50

 Total paid parish treasurer ... $629.84
    Commission                            ... $34.42

 Total collected ...                       ... $664.27    
Bal. due by Ford & Alex Hoffpauir on note still in my possession ... $24.00
                                      Total      ... $688.27

 Of the above amt of $664.27 there was a capital collected $647.72 and interest $16.55

 Total $664.27
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Attorney.

 On motion duly seconded the above reports were adopted and the committee discharged.

 On motion duly seconded, the notes returned by Mr. Caffery were ordered to be filed with the papers of the School Board.

 On motion duly seconded, the notes returned by Mr. Caffery were ordered to be filed with the papers of the School Board.

 On motion duly seconded, the president was authorized to appoint a committee to take into consideration the claims of sundry parties for poll tax paid by them in error, and that said committee be authorized to draw on the treasurer for the amt of said poll tax out of the general fund.

 Agreeable to the above, the president appointed C. H. Bradley with himself on said committee.

 The committee appointed to examine the books of the treasurer reported as follows:

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.
  To the Hon., the School Board in and for Lafayette parish:

 We the undersigned standing committee on Finance, beg leave to report, that we have carefully passed over all the vouchers in the possession of the treasurer up to date, and find the same correspond with his books. The said vouchers were turned over by the treasurer, Wm. Clegg, to H. E. Toll, secretary. We have actually counted the cash on hand, and find that the amount of four thousand, four hundred and fourteen 78-100 dollars, which is in the treasury correspond with the books thereof which are correct.
        Respectfully submitted,
                      ORTHER C. MOUTON, H. E. TOLL.

 On motion, duly seconded the foregoing reported was accepted.

 The treasurer submitted the following report, which was accepted.

 To the Hon. President and members of the Board of Public School Directors for the Parish of Lafayette.

 The following is a statement of the receipts and disbursement of the school funds for the past quarter.


    October 1st -
To balance on hand ... $4,387.41
..apportionment from State Supt. ... $281.93
..poll taxes ... $1,451.00
..fines and forfeits of bonds ... $232.50
..ret'd by Guilbeau ... $4.50

 Total .... $6,508.34


 By amount teachers' pay ... $1,549.00
 ..repairs, etc., school houses ... $118.01 col. com. on polls & fines ... $125.50
 ..Secretary's salary ... $100.00
 ..Superintendent ... $125.00
 ..Treas. com. 2 1/2 on $2,042.50 ... $51.05
 ..incidentals ... $34.00

 Total ...   $2,093.56
    Respectfully submitted,
                      WM. CLEGG, Treasurer of School Funds.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.
    On motion of Dr. France, duly seconded, the Treasurer was instructed to set aside the sum of $581.93 for a contingent fund, and that the balance of the money on hand not apportioned be apportioned to the several wards, according to law.

 On motion duly seconded, the Secretary was instructed to lease the school lands known as 16th sections not already leased, after due advertisement; and that section 16, near Royville, known as T. 11 S. R. 5 E., containing 556.12 acres, be held at a minimum of 75 cents per acre.

 The Superintendent submitted his annual report of the schools of the parish, which was accepted and ordered to be spread on the minutes.

 On motion, duly seconded, the Secretary was instructed to procure daily registers in book form, for the use of the schools.

 On motion of Dr. Francez, seconded by S. LeBlanc, it was unanimously resolved that the Mr. Webb's school, at Hoffpauir's, be removed to Indian Cove, in the same Ward, where Mr. Phil Martin formerly taught.

 On motion of T. Begnaud, duly seconded, it was resolved that the most ancient school in the 2nd Ward at Peter Anderson's be closed, on account of the small amount to the credit of that Ward.

 Mr. I. A. Broussard, Sheriff, submitted the following report of poll taxes collected by him for the year 1888, which was duly accepted, and the Secretary instructed to give Mr. Broussard a receipt in full and a quietus for all poll taxes of 1888.
                  Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.
  Statement of amount of poll tax collected for the year 1888.
  Amt of poll tax due for 1888 ... $3,123.00.

 Sep. 1888, amt paid par. Treas. ... $23.00
 Oct. 1888 ... $106.00
 Nov.           ... $334.00
 Dec.            ...$985.00
 Jan. 1889 ...$76.00
 Feb.            ...$85.00
 Mch.           ...$35.00
 Ap,My,Jn ...$129.00
 Jly,Aug,Sep $8.00
 Oct.             ...$18.00
 Dec, Jan 1890 $125.00

 Collected by Sheriff, total ... $1,974.00
 Amt. uncol. by Shff ...          ...$1,164.00

 Total  ...                                      ...$3,138.00

 Balance of poll tax not collected in mostly not collectible, and others are double, or erroneous, of collected by
Clerk of Court.
        (Signed.) I. A. BROUSSARD, Sheriff.

 Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of January, A. D., 1890.
      A. M. MARTIN, Clerk of Court.

 The following communication from the citizens of Broussardville, and patrons of the 5th Ward school, were received and read:

 BROUSSARDVILLE, Nov. 25th, 1889.

 To the Secretary of the School Board - We, undersigned citizens and taxpayers of the parish of Lafayette, having, or having had our children enrolled in the 5th Ward public school, beg leave to say that we are not satisfied with communication of same.

 Martial Fabre, L. St. Julien, Calvin Moss, J. G. St. Julien, A. L. Broussard, H. Girouard, D. Bernard, A. A. Labbe, A. Olivier, Lucas Bernard, Henry Bernard, Sidney Greig, Alcee Bernard, A. D. Girouard, A. Monte.

 I hereby certify that the above is a correct transcription of the original on file in our Association.
                       N. REAUX, Secretary Brossardville Farmers' Alliance.

 BROUSSARDVILLE, Dec. (unreadable) 1889.
   To the Hon. President and members of the School Board of Lafayette:

 We, the undersigned, patrons of the 5th Ward school, hereby certify that we are satisfied with Mr. R. B. Martin as teacher, and have no complaint to make of him.

 N. REAUX, Dupre, St. Julien, Martial Fabre, Ed. St. Julien, M. Melancon, D. Bernard, J. B. Malagarie, Sosthene Landry, Alex. Richard, Lucas Bernard, H. Bernard, Alcee Bernard, V. Broussard, Jos. Landry, S. Boudreaux.

 On motion of M. Billeaud, seconded by S. LeBlanc, it was resolved that the above communications be published; and as no reasons are given for the dissatisfaction of the administration of the 5th Ward school, that Mr. Martin be retained as teacher of same.

 The following communications were received from the patrons of the Carencro school:

 To the President and members of the Hon. Body of Public School Directors, Parish of Lafayette, La.

 We, the undersigned, residents and taxpayers of Carencro, respectfully petition you to appoint T. Breaux as our school teacher.
          (Signed) Geo. E. Brown, A. Prejean, G. Blot, 2nd one hundred and ten others. Board of Public School Directors, in and for the Parish of Lafayette.

 Gentlemen: We, the undersigned, residents, taxpayers and patrons of the Carencro public school, respectfully petition your Honorable Body to appoint as teacher of the Carencro public school, formerly taught by Mrs. F. Ella Bradley, Miss Laurence Coussan, in whose ability as a teacher we have the most unbounded confidence. We know Miss Coussan to be possessed of the highest moral and religious character, and is richly deserving of this appointment, which we ask at the hands of your Honorable Body.

 (Signed) Romain Francez, J. G. Abbadie, Dr. R. J. Francez, and thirty-six others.

 To the President and members of the Board of Public School Directors of Lafayette, La.:

 Gentlemen, I respectfully represent to your Honorable Body that Miss Laurence Coussan was a considerable time teacher of French in my school at Carencro and was at the same time a student of mine in English, and I take pleasure in saying that I consider her eminently qualified in every respect to take charge of and teach a public school.
       Very respectfully, MRS. F. ELLA BRADLEY.

 In relation to the foregoing communications, Dr. Francez stated to the Board that he had Mr. P. Bidault appointed to the Carencro school, because he was more competent than the other two applicants.

 Whereupon, on motion of Mr. Spell, seconded by Mr. Billeaud, it was resolved that Mr. Philip Bidault be retained as teacher of the Carencro school; Messrs. Spell, Billeaud, Francez and LeBlanc voting for the resolution.

 On motion, duly seconded, the President was instructed to receive the donation of a school house from Mr. Fausten Vincent; said school house being  built on school land in the 2d Ward.

 The following accounts were approved:

 M. Billeaud, sund. for 5th Ward school ... $9.00
 D. A. Cochrane, pass. acts donation ... $2.50
 J. Fletchet, stove, 2d Wd. school ... $7.45
 C. Boudreaux, sund. 3d Wd. school ... $1.20
 A. M. Martin, poll tax receipts ... $9.30
 Wm. Clegg, sund. for school ... $16.80
 J. Spell, stove for Martin's school ... $5.00
 W. B. Bailey, printing ... $12.50
 Jasper Spell, Director, per diem ... $2.00
 H. E. Toll, salary as Supt. ... $125.00
 H. E. Toll, salary as Secretary ... $50.00

 There being no further business, the Board Adjourned.
O. C. MOUTON, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.

Police Jury Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Jan. 6th, 1890. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Messrs. C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, A. A. Delhomme, Ford Hoffpauir, R. C. Landry and O. Theriot.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 On motion duly made the following committee was appointed to investigate the accounts of the Parish Treasurer: R. C. Greig, R. C. Landry and C. C. Brown; and the body then took a recess to allow the committee time to report.

 Upon re-assembling the following report was submitted by the committee:
     Lafayette, La., Jan. 6th, 1890.
 To the Police Jury: - We, the undersigned committee appointed by your honorable body to investigate the books, accounts, cash, etc., of Wm. Clegg, parish treasurer, would respectfully submit that we have performed the duty assigned and have found the same correct in every particular, corresponding with his report submitted this day, showing a cash balance of $8,694.52.
      (Signed.)  R. C. GREIG, R. C. LANDRY, C. C. BROWN.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:

 To the Hon. President and members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette;
   The following is a statement of the receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report:


  Dec. 2, 1889, to bal. on hand ... $1,457.59
  Dec. 7, ...   on Nov. collections ... $775.18
  Dec. 16, ... rec'd of tax collector ... $2,000.00
  Dec. 21, ... rec'd of tax collector ... $1,000.00
  Jan. 6, 1890 ... rec'd of tax collector, balance collection Dec. ... $5,118.97.
       Total ... $10, 351.74.


  Dec. 2 to Jan. 6 By paid on applied orders ... $5026.03
  Dec. 7 by tax colltr (unreadable) on $1,545.18
  Jan. 1890, by transfer to school fund poll tax collected by A. M. Martin
  October term of Court ... $50.00
  Due term court ....         ... $93.00
  Jan. 6, Tax coll  5% on $8118.97 ... $405.94
                                     Total  ...$5,657.22

 To balance on hand $4,694.52.
       Respectfully submitted,
                                 WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.

 The committee appointed to trace a public road from Anse St. Claire to meet with the Lafayette and Breaux Bridge road and to establish a more direct route between the towns of Carencro and Breaux Bridge, submitted the following complete report:

{STATE OF LOUISIANA, Parish of Lafayette.}

 We, the undersigned jury of freeholders, appointed and sworn to trace and lay off a public road starting from Alex. DeClouet's south end of east line to bridge on bayou Vermilion to connect Carencro and Breaux Bridge and to assess whatever damages may be done in parties through whose lands said road may pass have traced and laid off said road as follows:

 Starting from Alexandre DeClouet's south end of east line going north to the swamps, fifty-five (unreadable words), starting from said line to Bayou St. Clair in his north thirty-seven arpents and twenry-six (unreadable word) and thirty feet wide, making fifteen and half superficial arpents, he obliging himself to remove fencing and open said road, which we hereby appropriate and assessed at two hundred and fifty dollars.

 Starting from Bayou St. Clair we follow land of Sylvaia Richard and Vikor Richard their south line going west, for a distance of three arpents, more or less, which they hereby donate and dedicate to the parish for a public road thirty feet wide.

 Then we follow the land of Ayman Callbean on his south line to bayou Vermilion for a length of about ten arpents, more or less, then follow bayou Vermilion on the east side going north on same land of six arpents, which he hereby donates and dedicates to the parish for public use as a public road thirty feet wide.

 Then following said Bayou on land of Mrs. Bertrand Grand for a length of three arpents, which she hereby donates and dedicates to the parish for public use as a public road thirty feet wide.

 Then following same Bayou on land of Mrs. Orther Mouton for a length of three arpents, which she hereby donates and dedicates to the parish for public use as a public road thirty feet wide.

 Then taking thirty feet following same bayou land of Mrs. P. R. Breaux for a length of one arpent, which she donates and dedicates to the parish for public use as a public road.

 Then taking thirty feet following same bayou on land of Numa Breaux & Co. for a length of one arpent, which they hereby donate and dedicate to the parish for public use a public road.

 Then taking thirty feet on same bayou for a length of one arpent on land of Mrs. Orther Mouton, which she hereby donates and dedicates to the parish for public use as a public road.

 Then taking thirty feet on land of M. E. Girard's heirs on same bayou for a length of one arpent, which they hereby donate and dedicate to the parish for public use as a public road.

 Having finished our week on said road, we respectfully submit this our report to this Honorable body.


 On motion duly made the above report was accepted, and the road declared a public highway.

 Sheriff Broussard submitted the following statement of taxes collected for the parish of Lafayette for the year 1888:

 Total amount due the parish for the year 1888, as shown on tax roll ... $13,211.73 Sept. 1888, paid parish Treasurer                         ... $279.20
 Oct. ...                                ... $914.75
 Nov. ...                               ... $2,655.50
 Dec. ...                                ... $8,379.22
 Jan. 1889, taxes of 1888 ... $526.39
 Feb. ...                                    ... $371.82
 Mch. ...                                   ... $193.73
 Apl. and June                      ... $63.65
 July, Aug. & Sept.               ... $19.90
 Oct. & Dec. ...                        ... $2.44
 Jan. 1890, tax 1888 ...       ... $33.43
     Total ...                                ... $12,840.06

 Leaving a bal. uncollected of $371.86
     Which is mostly sold to the State, errors, doubles and uncollectible.
                                    I. A. BROUSSARD, Sheriff and Tax Collector.

 Sworn to and subscribed before me this 6th day of January, A. D., 1890.
     A. M. MARTIN, Clerk of Court.

 On motion of Mr. St. Julien, the above statement was accepted as satisfactory, and a quietus granted the sheriff for the year 1888.

 On motion of Mr. Delhomme the following resolutions were adopted:

 1. Be it resolved that the views of Hon. C. P. Alpha, on the necessity for a new road law as expressed in the New Orleans Picayune and Lafayette Advertiser, meet with the hearty approval of this body.

 2. Mr. Alpha is hereby elected to represent this parish in the convention of equalizers to be held in Baton Rouge Jan. 29th inst. and the sum of $50.00 is hereby appropriated to defray his expenses, etc.

 3. The representative of this parish is hereby instructed to use every effort in the convention to secure united action on the part of the various Police Juries of the State for the enactment of such legislation as will remedy the defects of the present system applicable to public roads.

 By motion of Mr. Delhomme the following resolutions were also adopted:

 1. Be it resolved that Hon. C. P. Alpha is hereby authorized to approve juror and witness certificates and upon his approval the treasurer authorized to pay same.

 2. The president is requested to insert a notice in the official journal, requesting those holding the aforesaid certificates not to sell or dispose of them as there is plenty of cash on hand to meet their claims.

 On motion duly made by Mr. Theriot it was resolved that the account of D. Arceneaux, for building the bridge over Coulee Platte, be paid on order of the President when the bridge is completed.

 The following motion by Mr. St. Julien was lost: Resolved that all hogs committing depredations within a man's enclosures be shot down without question.

 By motion of Mr. Landry, Mr. Eloi Bonin was appointed road overseer for the 7th ward.

 By motion of Mr. Brown all free licenses granted for the year 1889 were renewed for the present year.

 The following accounts were laid over:

 Leon Plonsky, oil, etc  ... $4.30
 John Hoffpauir, constable fees ... $15.20
 W. J. Harson, Justice fees ... $3.37
 A. J. LeBlanc, serving subpeanas ... $17.00
 A. Gladu, Coroner's fees ... $15.00
 C. P. Alpha, ...                      ... $12.00
 C. P. Alpha, ...                      ... $2.50
 A. V. Mouton, hauling lumber ... $8.50
 P. Olivier, repairs on jail ... $2.60
 S, Hoffpauir, lumber, etc. ... $36.90
 Billaud, Estorge & Co.,        ... $8.95
 J. G. Gardemal, jailer's fees ... $55.00
 E. H. Vordenbaumen, lumber ... $279.22
 A. Webre & J. Patton ... $42.65
 A. Judice, 100 lbs. nails ... $5.00
 J. J. Revillon, blankets, nails, etc. ... $19.19
 Alcide Broussard, building school house ... $183.33
 L. E. Little, surveying ... $10.00
 A. M. Martin, citation to jury commis. ... $2.50
 I. Falk, acting coroner ... $10.00
 T. Hebert, Jr., Antoine Guidry, A. Olivier, A. M. Martin, Gustave Lacoste, jury commissioners, $7.50 each. E. L. Estorge, E. Pellerin, Eraste Bonin, J. S. Whittington, Jr., A. M. Martin, jury commissioners, each $10.00
 R. S. Thomas, Alcide Broussard, Chas. A. Boudreaux, com. of election, each $5.00
 Gaston Blot, Jacob Mitchell, Arvillien Simoneaux, Simon Latour, Adolph Prejean, coroner's jury, each $2.05;
 L. Hirsch, constable fees ... $4.70
 H. E. Toll, Justice fees ... $2.81
 I. Falk, Justice fees ... $9.68
 A. Koenig, Justice fees ... $8.62

 A. V. Mouton, S. Huffpauir, E.  Bernard, D. Arceneaux, O. H. Breaux, road overseers each $50.00; F.  Lombard, jury certificate ... $23.30
 Albert Delahoussaye, jury cert. ... $1.60
 M. Johnson, jury cert. ... $8.10
 A. A. Morgan, jury cert. ... $2.20
 Bienvenue Langlinais, jury cert. ... $3.60
 L. Durham, jury cert. ... $8.10
 Thos. F. Webb, jury cert. ... $0.60
 Arthur Dugas, jury cert. ... $8.50
 L. Levy, jury cert. ... $2.10
 Darmas Broussard, jury cert. ... $3.50
 H. Hutchinson, jury cert. ... $1.70
 Alex. Delhomme, jury cert. ... $9.70
 E. L. Estorge, jury cert. ... $8.80
 E. Breaux, jury cert. ... $9.00
 Numa Broussard, jury cert. ... $8.50
 Frank C. (unreadable), jury cert. ... $3.10
 E. Phillips, jury cert. ... $8.50
 Alex Delahoussaye jury cert. ... $8.10
 Chas. D. Caffery, jury cert. ... $82.10
 A. M. Martin, witness certificate ... $1.00
 Olivier Chiasson, wit. cert. ... $3.10
 P. A. Martin, wit. cert. ... $2.70
 Jos. L. Stutes, wit. cert. ... $1.50
 Sheolin Dupuis, wit. cert. ... $1.80
 Wm. Clegg, notary as treasurer ... $100.00

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/11/1890.

 Plenty of rain during the week; cisterns, ponds, and everything full - ah! not exactly, we don't mean us. 

Our streets are now in excellent condition, and driving is a real pleasure.

 We are glad to note evidences of prosperity and improvement springing up in every direction in our town.

 Several of our friends have told us that during the week they gathered from trees on their places ripe Japan plums.

 The "Storm Beaten" troupe gave two performances here during the week, and met with great favor. It is a deserving company, and we wish it success.

 No person can now come to this town and not impressed with its natural beauties and exhibitions of taste on every hand. We are a thriving community.

 A grand ball will be given at Mr. J. B. Perez's Hall, on Thursday Jan. 30th, 1890. The public is invited to attend.

 We trust that soon a plank sidewalk will be laid to the Convent, for the benefit of the school girls. It would be a good and just act for the town council to do.

 The phenomenal mild weather continues, and our country, naturally so beautiful, presents an extraordinarily attractive appearance.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 11th, 1873:

 City Council of Vermilionville.

 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present: W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and 
     On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provision of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.

 The following account was presented and approved:
 W. O. Smith, ... $6.30

 On motion, the council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1873.

Special Meeting.
October 24th, 1872.

 Members present: J. J. Caffery, President; and Messrs. Ones, Broussard, Landry, Hebert and Leblanc.  Absent: Messrs. Caruthers and M. G. Broussard.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The president announced that the object of convening the Jury, was for the settlement of old business.

 On motion, one hundred dollars was appropriated for material to repair the Royville road, and R. Leblanc was authorized to contract to have the work done.

 After discussion and upon taking the vote on the payment of the account of L. E. Salles, for two hundred and fifty dollars, for furnishing clothing, food and lodging for Celestin and Arthemise, from Nov. 1870 to Nov. 1872, on motion of Mr. Broussard the yeas and nays were ordered to be spread upon the minutes; Messrs. Leblanc, Hebert and Caffery voted yea, and Messrs. Broussard and Landry voted nay.

 On motion, one hundred and twenty-five dollars was allowed to L. E. Salles for the care and maintenance of Celestin and Artemise, for one year to begin the first January next.

 The following accounts were approved and warrants ordered to issue for the same: G. Landry, $125, A. Monnier, $146, F. Martin, $100, $315, F. Gardner, $140, S. W. Jones, $10, A. Billeaud, $30, S. J. Montgomery, $25.45, A. Judice, $5, I. Chapman, $2 and $1.10, Edgar Mouton, $2.40, W. Brandt, $75, J. J. Caffery, $5, L. Broussard, $7, D. G. Broussard, $4.50, H. M. Bailey, $3o, Jules Guidry, $7, $2o, L. Hirsch, $5.50.

 On motion, the Police Jury then adjourned.
A. J. MOSS, Clerk.
J. J. CAFFERY, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1873.  

A Famous French Novelist Gives His Views Regarding Her.

 The apotheosis of woman, which is the so original feature of "society" in America, is first and above all the apotheosis of the young girl. These words, so simple, are still two words to be explained, for it is probable that on all the points - reserving , let it be understood, that of honor - they express exactly the opposite in the United States to what they do in France. What first strikes the traveler who has heard so much of the young American girls is the absolute impossibility of distinguishing them from the young women. The fact, so much commented upon, that they come and go alone as they please would not suffice to establish the confusion. The identity goes further. They have the same jewels, the same toilets, the same liberty of speech and laughter, the same books to read, the same manner, the same beauty already fully developed, and thanks to the invention of the "chaperon," there is not a theatre or restaurant party to which they cannot go, alone naturally, and at the invitation of any gentleman of their acquaintance.

 The quality of the official surveillance may be measured from another fact, that the  young lady for whom the bachelor gives the party chooses herself the chaperon. The younger that chaperon is the more she is appreciated. The young widow and the "grass widow" - the woman separated, divorced or simply isolated temporarily from her husband - fills the ideal conditions of the part. You might just as well say that the young girls whom you see at Delmonico's in the company of three young men and the said chaperon, or who go and take tea at the rooms of another young man, or as free as though they had no one to look after them than themselves. It is that habit of acting for themselves without control which is manifested in the singular assurance of their countenances.

 One of the most amiable men of New York, who is a poet, has had the idea of forming a collection of miniatures, where he places, with their permission, all the professional beauties of the town. I remember that in examining them with the magnifying glass through the pane behind which those hundreds of pretty and fine faces smile forth, I sought to guess those who had known marriage and could not succeed. What, in truth, will it bring them more when it comes? Duties, a husband to bear with, children to care for, a house to look after. T0-day the young girl has none of the burden of those chains. She knows it, and she enjoys the the time she has to the utmost. She will not have one liberty the more when she is married, and she will have less time to amuse herself. But in most cases she marries late. If it is not quite and end to her, as it is for the young man in Paris when he decides to break off his bachelor life, it is at least a commencement of abdication. The majority do not conceal it.

 "We must amuse ourselves before marriage," said one of them gayly to me. "Does one know what will come after?"

 The divorce cases, of which the newspapers publish the details from time to time, prove that the young person had as much sense as beauty. For my part, after having closely investigated the human conditions here and in Europe, I think that for a young man of twenty-five years the best chances for happiness are to be an Englishman of good family, concluding his studies at Oxford, and for a young girl to be born American, with a father who has made his money in mines, railways or land speculation, and to arrive with good sponsors in the society of New York or Washington. 

 Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 11th, 1910:

School Work For 1910 Started With Enthusiasm - Number of New Students Entered.

 Examinations Begin January 19, and End January 21.

 New Year's Gift of Books by Major DeClouet - Folder Being Sent Out.

 The work of the Industrial Institute for 1910 has started with great enthusiasm, a number of new students having already entered since the holidays and many more being expected for the opening of the second term on January 24.

 Hon. Paul L. DeClouet, a member of the House of Representatives, and a warm friend and supporter of the Industrial Institute, paid the institution an appreciated New Year's call during the week bringing  handsome gift to the Library, consisting of the new and excellent biographical and historical sketch of Louisiana by Prof. Alcee Fortier. In the biographical part is to be found a splendid steel engraving of Major DeClouet himself and also one of his father, a distinguished Louisianian of his time, together with interesting biographical sketches. These volumes will prove of incalculable value to all students. The gift is greatly appreciated.

 The first Faculty meeting of the year was held last Friday and arranged for the schedule of examinations which will begin January 19 and end January 21. Students for the new term are expected to arrive on the 22nd.

 A fourteen page illustrated folder, descriptive of the work of the Industrial Institute in all departments, is being sent out this week. It contains a statement of the course of study and many appropriate illustrations of the school at work, all of which were taken with a camera at the Institute.

 It has been ten just ten years since the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Industrial Institute was held, at which time it was decided to locate the school here. The first spade-full of earth was taken from the ground for the laying of the foundation on Saturday, May 28, 1900. It is being planned, therefore, to make Commencement Day this session fall upon the 28th of May so that the decennial anniversary of that event may be celebrated. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1910. 

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