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 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 12th, 1901:


 Population by Wards - Good Showing Made - Increase of Population Since the Year 1830.

 The Gazette has received the bulletin containing the census of Louisiana by parishes and wards. The figures show that Lafayette has not remained behind her sisters. On the contrary, she has outstripped many of them and been surpassed by few. When it is considered that in area Lafayette parish is one of the smallest in the State its increase in population and its industrial growth should be a source of pride to its people.

 In order that the reader may have an idea of Lafayette's steady growth during the last seven decades and as a matter of historical interest we append the following table showing the aggregate population as far as back as 1830, in which the first census of the parish was taken. (We believe the parish was created in 1823.)
 It is noticeable that there was a falling off only between the census year of 1840 and that of 1850. This is explained by the fact that Vermilion was carved out of Lafayette parish during that decade. When Lafayette parish was formed in 1823, it comprised all the territory now making up the large and populous parish of Vermilion.

 The bulletin that we have received gives only the aggregate population, white and black together, and we have no way of finding out at the present moment the proportion of negroes after 1880, but it is safe to say that the whites are easily in the majority. Every census from 1830 to 1880, excepting that of 1860, shows the white people largely in the majority, which, there is every reason to believe has been greatly increased during the last twenty years. That the prevailing nativity is white it is clearly evident. Lafayette has always been a white parish and local industrial  conditions insure a continuation of Caucasian ascendancy.

 No doubt some of The Gazette's readers will be glad to know how much the various wards in the parish have advanced. In order that all may better understand the following table attention is called to the foot notes which are reproduced exactly as they appeared in the government bulletin:
 By reference to the census returns of 1870 and 1880, we have ascertained the population of the parish since 1830 and of the town since 1870. The figures printed below show the town's increase since 1870:
 It must not be overlooked that several hundred people live just outside the limits of the municipality, and are really, if not technically, citizens of the town. And should any one happen to ask you the town's population you might just as well give it in round numbers by saying four thousand.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

To Promote the Cane Industry.
 A corporation has been organized with the purpose of building a tramway through the parish intersecting the Southern Pacific near the refinery and running North and South from this point. Active steps have been taken to obtain the necessary right-of-way from the farmers whose lands the proposed road will pass. Such a means of easy transportation of the cane crop will undoubtedly develop that great industry in Lafayette parish. During the out-going season the cane raised here was not adequate for consumption of our local refineries. A great deal of it was shipped to other parishes. The road will run to Carencro North and in the direction of the Verot place South. We do not know the exact directions but were informed that the above would be about the sections visited. Our soil is unsurpassed for the cultivation of sugar cane, and this undertaking will, we hope, prove beneficial both to the farmers and the company instrumental in its organization. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Young Henry Voorhies Better. - We are glad to report that young Henry Voorhies, who was wounded in the eye Christmas, has good chances of having his sight preserved. The young man is still in New Orleans, at the home of his uncle, Dr. Robert Voorhies.   
Laf. Gazette 1/12/1901.

Saloon Reopened. - Mr. Philibert Crouchet has reopened his saloon near the depot. Under the old license law, the revenues of the town from the saloon business were $2,600. The three saloons now doing business in town pay $3,000. It is probable that another one will soon be opened thus giving the town a revenue of $4,000 a year from that business alone.  Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Home Fire Company Meets at the Banquet Board.

 Last Wednesday evening that worthy association, the Home Fire Company, held its third annual reunion at a supper given at the Domengeaux restaurant. The festive board had been prepared in a manner which always characterizes this restaurant, and both the invited friends and members of the company seemed to appreciate the good things which were spread before them.

 Appropriate toasts were drunk to the prosperity and long life of the company and the fire department of Lafayette.

 Among those present were Ben. Falk, J. E. Olivier, Louis Mouton, J. Alf. Mouton, Joseph Ducote, Dr. J. A. Martin, John Bowen, O. P. Guilbeau, Jerome Mouton, Judge Julian Mouton, P. Torian, Archie Morgan, Jim Marsh, Dr. G. A. Martin, Leo Doucet, Joe. E. Mouton, J. Armand Martin, Pierre Brun, John Vandergriff, Sidney Mouton, J. J. Mouton, Sidney Martin, J. H. Martin, J. R. Domengeaux, C. O. Mouton, T. P. Labbe, Camille Broussard, Adolphe Mouton, J. A. Deffez, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, Ned Voorhies, F. V. Mouton, W. A. Broussard, Gus Schmulen and Homer Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Streets to be Shelled.
The Gazette is informed that the City Council intends to use a portion of the present surplus in the municipal treasury to shell the streets, or rather as many of them as the funds will permit. The work already done with oyster shells has proven most satisfactory, and the Council feels safe in making a further investment in that direction. In Morgan City, where all the streets have  been shelled, the results have given the utmost satisfaction. We do not know of a better way to utilize the public funds. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Captured in New Iberia.
 Joseph Breaux, alias Derbes, a notorious negro character from this place, has been arrested in New Iberia on a charge of breaking open a freight car and stealing therefrom. Officer Edwin Campbell arrested Manuel Jones here during the week as an accomplice. A lot of shoes were recovered, in the possession of Jones. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

A Regular Peach. - The Southwestern Oil Company, of Houston, Texas, will please accept the thanks of the staff for a most beautiful and artistic calendar, adorned with the picture of a divinely beautiful girl. Her eyes would be described by the poets as "soulful, and heavenly blue," her neck irresistibly fair, her cheeks - well, she's what George Ade would call a regular peach. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Not S. P.'s Intention. - Some days ago the Crowley Signal remonstrated with the Southern Pacific Company for the apparent desire of the latter to induce Acadia rice growers to settle in Texas. Such was not the intention of the Southern Pacific, however. Press Agent Henry Mayo explains that the purpose of the company was merely to get the Acadia rice planters to "look at the Texas rice lands" and then go back home.
 Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

FNB. - 
The stockholders of the First National Bank met last Tuesday, pursuant to notice, and elected the following Board of Directors for the ensuing year: F. Demanade, J. G. Parkerson, C. C. Brown, Chas. O. Mouton, P. B. Roy, C. D. Caffery, John Whittington, M. Billeaud, Jr., Arthur Roy and N. P. Moss. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Notice to License Payers. - Parish licenses are now due and will become delinquent Feb. 1, 1901. License payers will please take notice that a penalty of 25 per cent and 2 per cent per month interest from date of delinquency till paid, with all costs of collection, is imposed by law.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Jan. 7, 1901.

 Regular meeting of the City Council was held this day. Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, J. E. Martin.  Absent: Dr. F. E. Girard, H. Hohorst.

 Moved and duly seconded that minutes of previous meeting be adopted as read. Carried.

 The treasurer made the following report, which was accepted and ordered spread on the minutes.
 Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by C. O. Mouton, that bill of L. Arceneaux for digging ditch ($40.00) be left to the committee, to be paid on their approval. Adopted.

 The following bills were approved:
 Moved by F. Demanade, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that peddlers in the corporate limits of fruits, vegetables, Irish potatoes, onions, cabbage and any other vegetable or merchandise, shall pay a yearly license graded as follows:

 Two-horse vehicle ... $20.00
 One-horse vehicle ... $10.00
 Football ... $5.00

 Provided, that this ordinance shall not apply to farmers or others selling their own produce, and that the collector furnish all such peddlers with a plate or tag with a number thereon to correspond with the license. Adopted.

 There being no further business, the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Proceedings - Ordinance of Licenses For the Year 1901.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 3, 1901. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:  M. Billeaud, Jr., J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, Alonzo Lacey, J. A. Labbe, J. O. Blanchet, Jno. Whittington, Alex M. Broussard and Saul Broussard.

 The minutes of the previous meetings were read and approved.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton, the secretary was authorized to frame and model all resolutions adopted by the Jury subject to the limitation of embodying the intent and purpose of the body.

 By motion of Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Mouton was authorized to dispose of the infant child of Emily Hebert, insane, and attend to the re-commitment of the mother to the Insane Asylum.

 Judge O. C. Mouton appeared and in behalf of Lehman Stern & Co. asked for remittance of parish taxes paid by said company for 1900 under resolution of the Jury adopted April 1898 exempting the cotton compress from taxation for a period of ten years. By motion of Mr. Mouton the Jury refused to grant the remittance prayed for.

 Mr. A. C. Guilbeaux representing the citizens of the town of Carencro appeared and prayed that the Jury make sufficient appropriation to pay for the services of a town marshal. The town of Carencro could not maintain its municipal government unless assisted by the parish. By motion action on the matter was postponed.

 The following indigents were allowed each $12.50 pension: Adelbert Gathe, Mrs. Theogene Guidry, Octavie Bourque, Jean Bte. Bourque, Lucien Judice, Paul Morvant, Theodule Benoit, Mrs. Ed. Trahan, Coco Bonhomme and wife, and Emerenthe Bonin.

 Messrs. Buchanan and Mouton were appointed to confer with City Council of Lafayette relative to leasing of the pest-house land.

 Messrs. N. P. Moss and P. R. Landry, representing the School Board, requested that the Jury turn into the school treasury any and all appropriations now due. By motion of Mr. Mouton the sum of $3,400 was ordered paid the School Board, being amount in full of all appropriations granted up to date.

 Messrs. J. O. Broussard and D. A. Cochrane representing the Board of Health appeared and asked that the Jury engage the services of the president of the Board of Health and parish physician at a stated salary, say $600 per annum; the said parish physician to attend to all cases of contagious or infectious diseases occurring in the parish and performing all other duties incumbent upon such officer by law. Action on the proposition was postponed the Jury reserving the right to accept.

 Mr. Billeaud proposed Dr. Geo. R. DeLaureal as member of the Board of Health for the 5th ward and same was adopted.

 By motion of Mr. Blanchet Constable L. Hirsch was allowed $10 per month to date from Jan. 1, 1901.

 Treasurer Martin was instructed to pay out of the general fund into the special road fund of each ward the sum of $200.

 Mr. Buchanan called attention to complaints made against the Lafayette Refinery's draining acids into Bayou Vermilion and the Jury resolved to consider the matter at next meeting.

 By motion duly made, the following ordinance, levying a license tax for the year 1901, was adopted:

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

 Section 1. Be it enacted by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana, that there is hereby levied an annual license tax for the year A. D. 1901, and for each subsequent year, upon each person, association or persons, or business firms and corporations, pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, subject to licenses under Article 229 of the Constitution.

 Section 2. Be it enacted, etc., that on the second day of January, A. D. 1901, and each subsequent year, the sheriff and tax collector shall begin to collect and shall collect as fast as possible from each of the persons or business firm, associations or persons, and corporations, pursuing within this parish any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, a license tax hereinafter graduated. All licenses shall be due and collectible during the first month of each year, and all unpaid licenses shall become delinquent on the first day of February of each year, and all firms that commence business after that date shall become delinquent unless the license is paid within ten (10) days.

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 Provided, that no person or persons shall be deemed wholesale dealers unless he or they sell by the original or unbroken packages or barrel only ;  and provided further, that not person or persons shall be deemed wholesale dealers unless he or they sell to dealers for resale. If they sell in less quantities than original and unbroken packages, or barrels, they shall be considered retail dealers, and pay license as such. That for every business of selling at retail whether as principal, agent or commission, or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross annual amount of sales, as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

 Class 5. When the gross sales are $15,000 or more and less than $20,000, the license shall be $15.

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

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

 Provided, that if any distilled vinous, malt or other kind of mixed liquors be sold in connection with the business of retail merchant grocer, oyster house, confectionery, for in less quantities than five gallons, the license for such additional business shall be as hereinafter provided for, provided further, that no license shall issue to sell liquors in less quantities than five gallons, for less than $200.

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

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

 Provided further, that farmers or planters having stores situated on their farms or plantations, and selling or advancing farm supplies to their employes exclusively, shall not be classed as merchants, nor shall they be required to take out a license under this act.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 Class 3. When the number of said persons is thirty or more and less than fifty the license shall be $70.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 Class. 1 When the said gross receipts are $10,000 or more and less than $15,000, the license shall be $400.

 Class 2. When the said gross receipts are $7,500 or more and less than $10,000, the license shall be $300.

 Class 3. When the said gross receipts are $5,000 or less, the license shall be $2,000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 Class 1. When the annual gross commissions exceed $5,000 and are no more than $10,000 the license shall be $50.

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

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

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

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

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

 Provided that any person, commencing business after the first of July, shall pay one half of the above rates.

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

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

 It is hereby expressly provided that each person, association or persons, business firms or corporations, required to take out a license under this ordinance shall be required to post the same in a conspicuous place in his or their place of business under a penalty of not less than $10 nor more than $100 recoverable by the collector before any court of competent jurisdiction and it shall be the duty of the tax collector, to visit in person or by deputies the several places of business herein mentioned and ascertain that the provisions of this section are strictly carried out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Section 31. Be it enacted that the licenses issued in pursuance of this ordinance shall be for the calendar year beginning Jan. 1, 1901 and ending Dec. 31, 1901.

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

 The treasurer submitted his monthly reports as follows:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La.:
 Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:
 Respectfully submitted,
                                J. E. MARTIN,                                                        Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1901.

 To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La.:

 Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of special road funds since my last report:
 Respectfully submitted,
                     J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Jan, 2, 1901.

 The following account was laid over:

 A. E. Mouton, lumber ... $7.53.

 The following accounts were approved:
 There being no further business, the Police Jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, Jr. President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 1/12/1901.

 Sheriff Broussard returned home Thursday from Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

 To Rent - A two-story cottage with seven rooms, one cistern, a well-woodshed and garden. Rent $8 per month. Apply to J. NICKERSON, Sterling Grove.

 Contractor Ross will soon complete Mr. J. A. Roy's handsome residence.

 For Sale-A brand new "Queen Heart" stove, with six joints of pipe. Price, $5.00; cost $8.00. Been used one month. Apply at The Gazette office.

 Officer Campbell arrested Paul Toll during the week on a charge of stealing a lot of umbrellas from the store of Levy Bros.

 Judge Debaillon is in Crowley holding court.

 Clerk of Court Voorhies and his deputy, Frank K. Hopkins, are kept busy recording the many real estate transfers now being passed. There seems to be quite a boom in real estate dealings in the last few weeks.

 Mr. Alfred Hebert has bought the old Torian place near the refinery, recently belonging to Mr. A. B. Denbo, for $8,250.

 Mr. Martial Billeaud, Jr., and Dr. Geo. R. DeLaureal have bought the Laneuville plantation for $7,200 cash.

 The Lafayette Clothing House has leased the Bacquet building near the Century Club building and will open a shoe store there in the near future.

 Mr. T. M. Biossat and Dr. F. E. Girard were in New Orleans during the week.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 12th, 1901:


 We have been informed that a bill will be introduced in the next Legislature and probably adopted' which will be directed against "ungained" bachelors over the age of thirty years. 

 It is said that the celibacy of man is always of his own volition while that of a woman, in the greatest number of cases is altogether involuntary. 

 The bill proposes to levy an annual tax of $50 on bachelors of a certain age to counterbalance the expenses of a household of the inconveniences of a short tempered mother-in-law. 

 Whether this will prove gratifying news to marriageable girls, we do not know but the fact remains that the bill will be pushed through with the result that either the revenues of the State will be considerably increased or more marriages will take place.

 We feel sure that the author of this proposed law is destined to become the most popular man in the whole State of Louisiana.

 From the Plaquemine Protector and in the Lafayette Advertiser  1/12/1901. 

 WELL DONE. - The Advertiser is proud of the fact that the voters of this parish heeded its advice and settled to nearly a maximum the poll tax of 1900. The  sheriff's books show 1708 poll tax receipts leaving 525 registered voters having failed to paying the tax, in this latter number will be found hundreds of voters over 60 years of age and exempted. Lafayette has done very well and the Advertiser congratulates the voters in their patriotic stand towards saving their rights of suffrage.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1901.


 This valiant organization entertained its members and guests to its third anniversary supper on Tuesday night of this week, about 50 covers were served. The choice viands, the sparkling St. Julien, the good fellowship existing, the wit and humor of the toasts made a tout-ensemble most pleasant and agreeable. "Home" has a membership of nearly 73 members, is still increasing, and bids fair to become the largest company of the department. The Advertiser wishes it continued growth, and to its members much prosperity.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1901. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/12/1901.

 There will be services at the Presbyterian Church on next Sabbath at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sabbath School at 9:45, Prof. R. C. Greig, supt. Y. P. S. C. E. Wednesday evening at 7:30.

 There will be a Grand Masquerade Ball at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras.

 Mr. P. Crouchet has taken out a license and is conducting his saloon and liquor business at the same old stand.

 Work is under progress on Lacoste's immense warehouse, making that Hardware establishment when completed, one of the largest of the State.

 Rev. E. Forge has visited St. Martinville this week.

 Miss Estelle Mouton has recovered from a slight attack of Lagrippe and is again attending to business at Levy Bros.

 Miss Ruby Scranton has resumed her studies at the Dominican Academy, New Orleans.

 Miss Medora Lindsay is spending the Carnival season in New Orleans.

 The Advertiser is happy to note Walter Mouton's full recovery from a siege of typhoid fever.    Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1901.



 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 12th, 1895.


When the east-bound passenger train reached Mouton switch yesterday evening it ran against a young negro boy who was going over the crossing on horseback. Some parties, who saw that the train was dangerously near, told the boy not to cross, but he insisted upon doing so and was struck by the locomotive. He sustained painful injuries and his horse was instantly killed. Conductor Kelley who was in charge of the train, secured the services of Dr. Haas, a passenger, who examined the boy and said that his injuries were not of a serious nature. Witnesses to the accident say that the boy's escape was most miraculous. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

Dealing With Tramps.
Marshal Vigneaux is making it pretty hot for the tramps. He wants these worthies to distinctly understand that they must make their stay in this town as short as possible. The cold weather has brought to this section the real hungry, lazy, dirty tramps, who will rather starve than work and the marshal is right to order them away from the corporation limits of the town.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

Indian Musicians at Falk's.
The troop of Indian musicians under the management of Courtney M. Young, played at Falk's Opera House last Saturday night and discoursed the sweetest music heard in this town for some time. The audience was small, but everybody in the house seemed to be delighted with the entertainment. The manager, Mr. Young, is a most affible gentleman and those who had the pleasure of acquaintance with him were impressed with the uniform courtesy with which he treats everyone. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

The Georgia Minstrels.
 The engagement of the Georgia Minstrels at the Peavery Grand last evening proved a popular one in spite of the humidity of the atmosphere. The house was not uncomfortable and was filled with an unappreciative audience.

 The Georgia Minstrels comprise of the oldest organizations of this character on the road. It is composed entirely of colored singers and comedians, many of them well known to the theater going public. The performance the company gives is a first class one. The singing was excellent, the choruses being particularly appreciated and calling forth encores. The songs were familiar ones, but were of the character the public seldom tires of. The performers responded t0 encores of songs and dances with evident reluctance, for on the stage, with the physical efforts of the comedians, it was hot -- extremely hot -- judging by the  perspiring comedians. -- Sioux City Journal. This company will be at Falk's Opera House, Sunday, Jan 13.
 Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

The Ferris Failure.
The failure of the Ferris Sugar Manufacturing Company has caused considerable annoyance if not decided loss to a large number of our cane growers, many of whom had contracted to sell cane to this company. We are informed that nearly all the parties who have shipped their cane to the Ferris Company have already been paid with the exception of perhaps $400 or $500. Fortunately the manager of the Caffery refinery at Franklin has consented to buy the balance of the crop in this parish, and last Wednesday contracted to take the remaining crop of Alf. Hebert, C. A. and Jno. O. Mouton, P.Caillouet, J. A. Chargois, J. P. Revillon,  L. Ames and several others who went to Franklin for the purpose of making contracts. Not less than 12,000 tons are yet to be shipped from this section. We understand that some of our planters have perfected arrangements to sell their cane to the Calcasieu refinery. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

Decidedly "Knappy."
The Gazette was informed by a gentleman of this town who went to Barbreck last Monday that considerable excitement prevailed among the laborers who had failed to get their pay. These people have worked hard for their wages and unless they are paid, their families will doubtless suffer great hardships. Some things connected with this Ferris business look decidedly "Knappy." 
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1896.

Adding Insult to Injury. 
The following letter has been received by a number of cane growers in this section who had contracted to ship their cane to Barbreck before the failure of the Ferris Company. It will be seen from this letter that the receiver proposes to pay the planters $1 per ton for their cane. We don't know what is the object of the receiver in offering to buy cane at $1 per ton, for it can not be with the hope of buying some at this price? Surely not. Experience shows that it costs the planters about 85 cents per ton to cut, haul and load his cane, and adding 50 cents for freight, the expense per ton, without counting cultivation, amounts to $1.35. Therefore, it is clearly evident that the planter who sells his cane at $1 per ton delivered at Barbreck, does so through a sense of philanthropy felt for Mr. Ferris in his misfortune, or else he is a fit subject for the lunatic asylum.

Here is this remarkable document:

BARBRECK, LA. Jan. 10 1895.

Dear Sir -- The United States Circuit Court has instructed me to operate the works without loss, for the remainder of the season. Calculations show that it will be unsafe for the receiver to pay more than one dollar ($1.) per ton for cane delivered at this depot. I propose to take part or all of your cane at this price as long as same is uninjured and of required sucrose content and purity, said requirment to be determined by me, and satisfactorily cut, or until I am otherwise instructed by the court, and furnish you cars as applied for as far as practicable. Please advise me by return mail estimate quantity of cane which will be able to deliver on the above terms and in what period of time. Yours truly, A. S. RANLETT, Receiver. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

One Hundred and Fifty. - One hundred and fifty children, boys and girls, are now enrolled in Prof. Greig's school. There are three teachers in this school and they should not be expected to give the proper attention to a greater number of pupils. All the room afforded by the school house is taken up and the authorities are compelled to refuse admission to applicants. Prof. Greig is negotiating for the purchase of improved desks which are badly needed in the school.   
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

Mr. Kalckstein Discharged. - Judge McFadden tried a number of cases during the past week. The most important trial and the one which attracted the largest crowd of spectators was the preliminary examination of Mr. Ad von Kalckstein. Owing the prominence of the parties involved the case may well be termed the cause celebre of of the week. It will be remembered that an affidavit was made against Mr. Kalckstein by Mr. Franklin Steiner for the larceny of a calf. The case was fixed for the 7th of January and the witnesses were notified to appear before the justice's court on that day. A number of witnesses were examined and after listening to the evidence offered by both sides Judge McFadden exonerated Mr. Kalckstein of all culpability in the matter and discharged him. Judge O. C. Mouton appeared as counsel for the defendant. Immediately after the decision was rendered by the court Mr. Kalckstein swore out an affidavit against Mr. Franklin Steiner for criminal libel, and The Gazette is informed that a suit for damages will be instituted. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

Two Popular Gentlemen.
 Messrs. Horace and Herman McClure, of Gibson City, Illinois, were passengers on the West-bound train Thursday being on their way to Lake Arthur where they went to attend to some business. Both these gentlemen are very popular in Lafayette and during their twenty minutes that the train stopped at the depot they shook hands with a large number of their friends. Mr. Horace McClure and other members of the same family were at one time identified with several business enterprises in this town and it is not to be regretted that they did not remain longer in our midst. It is such men as the McClures that we need in Lafayette and when we are fortunate enough to have them locate among us, we should extend to them every inducement rather than pursue a selfish and narrow minded policy whose baneful effects are exceedingly injurious to the growth of a town.  Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

 From the Sugar Cane State to the Golden Gate.

 A ride of Three Thousand Five Hundred Miles (3,500) made in five days in a Pullman Tourist Sleeper through the great States of Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, to Portland, Oregon, with only one change of cars. 

 This is what the Traveler, Sight-seer or Home-seeker can do. Sights of mountain grandeur, superior in vastness to any in the known world, open upon the vision, changing with kaleidoscopic rapidity from the last beautiful bit of scenery to to new ones even more so. The Southern Pacific Railroad is the artery over which the finest trains run over the best track of steel rails in the South, reaching from Gulf to Ocean. Her equipment is modern, her road-bed magnificently ballasted, and her motive power is unequaled south of the Ohio river. All these qualifications are facts. Her employes always courteous. A trip from "The Land of Sugar Cane, Rice Fields and Cotton" to the Pacific Coast is an education in itself never to be regretted. Write for any information to the nearest representative of this great system of railroads and steamship lines, and receive in return your question answered, reliable and to the point. Any of our readers contemplating a trip will do well to inquire of the nearest Southern Pacific System's Agents before buying elsewhere. S. F. B. Morse, G. P. & T. A., New Orleans, La.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.     

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 1/12/1895.

 Mr. Geo. DeBlanc has had a very neat little office built near his wood and coal yards by the railroad depot.

 Simeon Begnaud, the well-known and popular liquor dealer from Scott, was in Lafayette Thursday.

 Alexis Voorhies, Baldwin's reliable representative, stopped in Lafayette this week.

 Mrs. I. A. Broussard returned home Monday after an extended visit to relatives at Karnes, Texas.

 The enterprising citizen, Mr. J. E. Trahan, will soon have a dwelling house erected near Mr. Joseph Ducote's residence. We understand that Mr. L. P. Serrett will occupy the new building.

 Jake Pefferkorn, J. W. Johnson, E. Triay and Walter Scruggs, who were employed at the Barbreck yards, have returned to Lafayette owing to the lack of business at that point since the failure of the Ferris refinery.

 Mayor Campbell has been confined to his room with sickness for several days, but we learn that is better and will soon be up and about.

 Mr. E. Priollaud boarded the west-bound train Wednesday for Lake Arthur and will be gone until Monday. Mr. Priollaud will move his family to Lafayette as soon as practicable.

 Walter, Horace and Dr. J. F. Mouton left Monday for Lake Arthur on an extensive duck hunt. It goes without saying that with these crack-shots very few birds will survive the onslaught.

 Wm. Clegg, Esq., the well-known druggist and popular banker, left Sunday for Indianapolis and is expected to return home today or tomorrow.

 Two commodious dwelling houses are being erected by Mr. P. B. Roy on his lot next to Moss Bros. & Co's. store. The work is being done under the supervision of Contractor Philips, of New Iberia.

 We are informed that Mr. Arthur Voorhies, the popular drummer, intends to move with his family to Lafayette and will occupy one of the buildings now in course of construction on P. B. Roy's lots. We hope that we will soon be able to claim Mr. Voorhies as a citizen of this town.

 Sheriff Broussard left Thursday afternoon for Jackson having in charge the unfortunate insane, Julien Duhon, who will be place in the asylum.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

  From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 12th, 1895:


It gives us pleasure this week to introduce to the business public of Lafayette, Mr. Geo. A. De Blanc, and we refer our readers to his card in another part of the paper. Mr. De Blanc was a resident of our parish several years ago, having come here from New Orleans. He afterward moved with his mother and other members of the family, to the City of Mexico, where he lived for a number of years as a sub-agent of the Waters-Pierce Oil Co. About fifteen months ago he returned to Lafayette to accept a position with the lumber firm of Moss & Mouton and in his business capacity during this time has become well and favorably known. Latterly, Mr. De Blanc decided to embark in business on his own account and has every reason to expect his enterprise will be rewarded with success. Messrs. Moss & Mouton have transferred their coal business to him and to this has been added the other lines mentioned in his card. We commend Mr. De Blanc to the favorable consideration of the public of Lafayette, feeling certain he will be careful of the interests of all persons having business relations with him. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

New Market. - We learn from a reliable source that Messrs. Paul Demanade & Co. purpose establishing at an early date a general meat, fish and vegetable market in close proximity to their store near the railroad station. A building specially arranged for conducting this line of traffic will be erected and every convenience provided that will make the market a complete and desirable one of the community. Success to this new and good move. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

Calf Theft. - Last Monday was the date fixed for the preliminary trial of Mr. Ad. Von Kalkstein, against whom Franklin Steiner had lodged the charge of the larceny of a calf. After hearing the evidence Justice McFadden ruled that the charge was not supported by proof. After being exonerated the defendant swore out an affidavit against Mr. Steiner for criminal libel. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

People's State Bank. - Elsewhere in this issue of The Advertiser is published a statement of the condition of the People's State Bank, of Lafayette, for the quarter ending Dec. 31st. 1894. It will be observed from this report that this institution continues to maintain its position as one of the most flourishing banks in the state. In a comparatively short time it has accumulated a surplus of $4,500.00. This must be a highly satisfactory record to the stockholders especially when it is taken into consideration that a dividend of 8 per cent has been paid on stock annually, ever since the organization of the bank. The directors declared a semi-annual dividend of 4 per cent, at a regular meeting of the board last Tuesday, payable the 20th. instant. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

Dr. Girard. - The bad state of his health has constrained Dr. Felix Girard to abandon for a time the exactions of professional duties in New Orleans and seek rest and a change of air at the parental home in Lafayette. The Advertiser hopes for a rapid restoration of the young doctor's health. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

Progressive Euchre. - A most enjoyable progressive euchre party was given by Miss Lizzie Parkerson, Thursday night, in honor of her visiting cousins, Miss Agnes Carey, of Atlanta, Ga., and Miss Annie Parkerson, of Franklin, La. The first lady's prize was won by Miss Jennie Torian, and Mr. Pinkney Torian carried off the first gentlemen's prize.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

Worth More to Lose It. - A prominent shipper of sugar cane who lately received a formal offer of one dollar per ton for cane delivered at the Barbreck sugar mill calculated that he would make exactly 40 cents a ton by not shipping, but losing his cane, instead, because it would cost him precisely $1.40 a ton to deliver it at Barbreck. This appears to be a case of making money by losing money.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.


The Ferris Debacle. - The Ferris Sugar Manufacturing Co. refinery at Franklin, La., and mill at Barbreck, were placed in the hands of receivers, by order of court, on the 4th. instant, the affairs of the company being in a condition that made this step necessary in the interest of its creditors. The two plants will continue in operations, it being the purpose of the receivers to protect all creditors to the greatest extent possible against loss. A failure to get bounty on the cane crop of 1894, it is likely, may cause their refineries to go to the wall, on account of obligations and contracts incurred at a time when there was no reason to doubt the payment of the bounty by the government.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

Richards & Pringle's Minstrels.

 Last evening at the Grand opera house Richards & Pringle's minstrels appeared to a good sized audience. Only one thing can be said of this aggregation of funmakers. They put up a show that is completely "pat" as the slang expression goes. Everything in the show fits in its place to precision, and the whole program is connected in such a manner that from the time to curtain rises, it is a never ceasing, continual round of fun. The musical specialties are of the highest order and this minstrel show which is given by colored talent is much more refined than many others that have appeared here of a white talent exclusively. Not an objectionable feature was noticed in the show last night. The Crescent City quartet has never been excelled in this city. Jalvia did some juggling feats that were seemingly impossible, and the whole show closed with a cake walk that brought down the house. Billy Kersands has a fortune in his mouth. Richards & Pringle have not been here for twelve years, but they paved the way this time for a S. R. O. appliance at their next appearance. - Ottumwa Daily Courier, Aug. 31st, 1894.

 This company appears at Falk's Opera House Sunday, Jan. 13.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.


Raid on Vermilion St;
(A Hot-Bed of Vice and Debauchery.)

The police made a raid on the whiskey dive opposite the masonic building, Wednesday night, for disturbance of the peace, and two of the parties at the trial before acting Mayor A. M. Martin Thursday morning were given five hours to leave town. The place in question is notorious as a resort for the lowest class Arabs, negroes and whites that infest this community and has come to be justly regarded as a public nuisance. Marshall Vigneaux is determined to rid the town of this den and its cohorts of debased revelers and will request the city council to refuse to issue the owner of the place a license for 1895. At the mitigation of the marshal, and to support him in his purpose, several residents in the neighborhood of the dive testified at the trial of Thursday that they and their families were frequently disturbed by the orgies and carousing enacted there and asked they be abated in the interest of decency and public peace. Such hotbeds of vice and debauchery should not be allowed to exist and flourish in a respectable community, and the sooner they are throttled by the officers of the law, the better it will be for the public peace and morality. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.  


School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 5th, 1895.

 The board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day in regular session with the following members present:

 J. O. Broussard, President; Jasper Spell, J. E. Trahan, D. Bernard and J. S. Whittington. Absent: P. A. Chiasson, Dr. W. W. Lesley and A. C. Guilbeau.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The finance Committee reported that they had examined the books of the Treasurer and found the same correct with a balance on hand of $179.78.

 The Treasurer submitted the following report which was accepted:

 To the President and members of the Board of School Directors for the Parish of Lafayette:

 Gentlemen. - The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of School funds for the past quarter:
 Respectfully submitted,
                WM. CLEGG, Treasurer.
Jan. 5th, 1895.
     The resignation of Messrs. Darmas Landry and Aurelien Boulet, trustees of the Comeaux school, was received and accepted.

 By authority, the President appointed Messrs. Philip Langlinais and Philip Cabrol trustees of the Comeaux school and Mr. Dolze Broussard trustee of the Verot school.

 On motion duly made Mr. D. Bernard was authorized to purchase a cistern for the Broussardville school.

 The following accounts were approved:
 There being no further business the Board adjourned.
J. O. BROUSSARD, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/12/1895.

 Mr. C. K. Darling spent several days a week at the Nickerson home. He left for Abbeville, yesterday.

 Mr. P. C. McCann and family have moved from town to Mr. L. Plonsky's plantation, on the other side of Bayou Vermilion. Mr. McCann came here some time ago from Dakota.

 Firemen J. E. Pefferkorn made a flying trip to Houston lately.

 Arthur Bonnet was on the sick list one part of this week, but is alright again.

 The case of the Vigneaux-Raulett assault and battery has been sent up to the district court by Justice McFadden.

 Mayor Wm. Campbell was confined to his bed by illness, several days this week.

 Mr. W. C. Abbott, agent for the smokeless Gas Machine manufactured by F. W. Gustine, New Orleans, will make Lafayette his headquarters in the future. He is at present engaged in canvassing the town for orders.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 12th, 1889:


 Preparations for the establishment of the most desirable industry in this place are progressing most favorably. The machinery is here, and is sufficient for conducting the business on quite a large scale. It is the property of Messrs. Clark Bros., experienced canners from Kansas, who have been farming with us for the past year, and who have every confidence that such an establishment here would pay well. It is necessary, to start operations, to raise a cash capital of $2,000. This is divided into 80 shares, at $25.00 a share. So that each and every one who desires to aid the enterprise can at least afford to take one share. There is no doubt but that all the shares will be rapidly taken. The benefits to be derived from the establishment of this industry here are cumulative, and extend far beyond the mere profits derived from the working of the factory. It will bring increased population, require extended production of fruits and vegetables to supply the growing demand, put more money in circulation in our town, and attract wide-spread attention to our developing resources. It is eminently a step in the right direction, and will redound to the credit and benefit of the entire community; and as enterprise and success ever command emulation, we may expect soon to find other ventures following in the wake of this one, which will not fail to add greatly to our prosperity. This is an enterprise which appeals directly to the good sense and generous aid of our people, and we are confident all the requirements in the case will be met promptly and heartily.

 On Thursday afternoon, pursuant to a call, a large number of citizens of the town and parish assembled at Falk's Hall. Dr. T. B. Hopkins called the meeting to order. W. B. Bailey was requested to preside, and in a few words explained the object of the meeting. Dr. N. P. Moss was elected Secretary. Mr. Chas. Clark was then introduced and read a very interesting address explanatory of the canning business. On motion a committee of three was appointed to draft a charter and by-laws for the stock company. Dr. Hopkins, Chas. Clark and Wm. Clegg were appointed upon said committee. On motion of Mr. Vordenbaumen, a committee of six, to work by twos, was appointed to solicit subscriptions to shares sufficient to complete the required number of shares. Messrs. E. H. Vodenbaumen, Ad. von Klackstein, Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. P. B. Beraud, Albert Delahoussaye and R. C. Landry were appointed upon this committee. On motion, the meeting adjourned to Monday next, the 14th. inst., to meet at the Town Hall at 3 o'clock p. m., at which time the committees are expected to report.

 The spirit of the meeting was highly enthusiastic, and at its close it was found that 65 shares had been taken. This assures the success of the enterprise, as 40 shares would have been sufficient to effect an organization. 

Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

New Business.
Mr. Alfred Hebert is putting up a new building on Lincoln avenue, in McComb's addition, just east of his new store. It is to be occupied by Mr. Louis Livet a practical machinist from New Orleans, who will soon open up a general machine and repairing shop.
 Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

New Cottage. - Mr. Pelham is building another cottage, in McComb's addition, just north of Henry Church's residence.
Laf. Adv. 1/12/1889.

Tramps. - Tramp travel was quite heavy during the week, notwithstanding the bad weather. Our livery stables derive very little benefit from this class of tourists.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Stock Ordinance. - 
Since the ordinance requiring stock and cattle to be kept enclosed at night, we notice that the banquets and ditches are in much better condition than ever before seen at this season the year.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889

Holiday Business. - 
Our merchants did decidedly well in disposing of their stocks of holiday goods, and but small remnants were left on their hands. This shows good taste and judgement on the part of our business men and a proper appreciation on the part of their customers. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Weather. - Last Tuesday it rained here nearly all day, with the wind from the South. Several times during the day we heard thunder. If there is anything in the adage that the first thunder of the year betokens the breaking up of winter, this winter is "busted."  At dusk the wind shifted to the North, and it blew a fierce "norther" all night. Wednesday morning there was ice, and throughout the day it was cold, though the sky was clear and the sun shone brightly. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Streets. - Notwithstanding the recent heavy rains, our streets are in first rate condition; all owing to the excellent system of drainage we have. Our country road overseers might take example by this. Good drainage would greatly improve our country roads. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Knights of Honor. - Tuesday night, the Knights of Honor held their annual installation of officers at Falk's Hall. After the ceremony, they sat down to an elegant supper, and enjoyed themselves immensely. Of course it was a family affair, and no outsiders were admitted; but we learn from one of the members present that the question asked the Governor of North Carolina by the Governor of South Carolina was  the subject of frequent discussion, and was finally settled in a manner highly satisfactory to all the brothers. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

For the Street Lamp Fund. - The ball given by the Knights of Labor last Saturday night, for the benefit of the street lamp fund, was decidedly the most enjoyable and recherche' entertainment ever given by that genial and hospitable order in this town. The attendance was fairly good, and the proceeds will materially aid the street lamp enterprise. Quite a number of ladies and gentlemen from the neighboring towns were present. The management return their thanks to the public for its generous patronage, and tender their special acknowledgements to Mrs. Eugene Trahan, Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton and Mrs. W. B. Lindsay, for their untiring energy and valuable aid and to them is due in a great measure the success of the evening. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Petty Thefts. - We have to record several instances of petty thieving in the neighborhood of the depot lately. On last Tuesday night some one burglarized the barber shop of Mr. C. C. Higginbotham, and took from there all his razors, some towels, soap and other small articles. It is very convenient for tramps who stop off at the railroad to raid buildings in that vicinity, and a strict watch should be kept until the tramp season slacks up. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/12/1889.

Thursday was a glorious winter's day. There was a heavy frost and ice in the morning.

Game which was plentiful in the market a short time back is now scarce. Our 
local sports go out occasionally and irritate the birds.

Since the holidays eggs have dropped to their usual price, and no longer put on airs, and hold their heads high in the market.

Something unusual! This season, up this date, we have not seen or heard a robin. What has become of the little red-breasted songster? We hope they have not deserted us for good.

The establishment of the canning factory here has opened a new avenue to wealth for the juvenile blackberry picker. The little fellows will have a regular "picknic" this summer.

Sheriff I. A. Broussard left Thursday night for Baton Rouge to make his quarterly settlement with the State Auditor.

Our lumber yards are still doing a rushing business. We notice that frequently they have to hire extra help to handle their lumber. This shows that there is no cessation of the improvements going on in our town.

We expect this spring to see numerous plots of ground about our town luxuriant with vegetables raised for the canning factory. A great author has said, "He who causes two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before is so much a public benefactor." See what a public benefactor the canning factory will be to our community.

Our friends on the North side of Main street should hurry up with their plank walk. This is just the time of year we need it most.

 Mr. J. E. Dunlap, Yard Dispatcher for the Southern Pacific Railroad here, has resigned to take the position of yard dispatcher at Algiers. Mr. A. F. Church, an old-time and much liked conductor, succeeds Mr. Dunlap. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 12th, 1878:
Vermilionville, La.


 FIRST APPEARANCE IN LOUISIANA FOR MANY YEARS!    - 200 Horses! 56 Wagons! 156 Men! - 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th, 1878.

HYATT FROST, Manager. M C CRANE, Asst. Mgr., O J FERGUSON, Treasurer, A S BURT, Gen'l Agent, C S KIDDER, Advance Agent, C H SCOTT, Jr. Director of Publication.


 MLLE. CLARINDA LOWANDA, the Brilliant Brazilian Female Bare Back Equestrienne. A wonderful, graceful and daring performer.

SIGNOR SEBASTIAN, The Great Italian Bare Back Champion, who executes numerous perilous feats upon one and four horses.

 WOODA COOK, Famous in the old world and new as the Greatest Sommersault Artist that ever mounted the back of a flying steed.

 WILLIAM DU CROW, The world-renowned hurdle rider, lately from Buenos Ayres, has medals to prove him an equestrian of superior ability.

 MR. and MRS. WATSON, appear every day in their Graceful and Charming character acts, on a pair of Arabian Steeds.

MASTER CHARLEY WATSON, a youthful hurdle rider, is master of the profession and wins tremendous applause from every audience.

MASTER SEBASTIAN, A Youthful and Indomitable Poney Rider.

MLLE. TOURNOUR, Queen of the Air, does a variety of astonishing feats on the flying trapeze and is the acknowledged champion of any country.

MLLE. LOTTA, the Iron Jawed Woman, lifts with her teeth a barrel of water by the chimes, and gives a variety of other pleasing performances.

 JOHN FOSTER, America's Favorite Clown, and the choice of the South, is still with Van Amburgh, and never fails to please and delight his audience.

MONS. F. CHARVAT, Egyptian Juggler and light and heavy balancing and crystal pyramids.

 MR. WM. ORGAN, Equestrian Director and Ring Master, and performance or educated, mules, ponies and horses.

PRINNIE, The Equestrian Dog, amuses the little folks and astonishes everybody.

 VAN AMBURGH'S GREAT GOLDEN MEMAGERIE, Contains one or more of almost every animal in captivity.

of the animal Dens, Cages and Chariots, which take place every day at or near 10 o'clock a. m, is a sight worth going many miles to see. Every page, wagon, chariot etc., is gaily painted and decorated. BIBLICAL PAINTINGS, from the famous production of the eminent artist, Gustav Dore, are prominent upon every cage. The procession will be headed by


Performed by Prof. Johnson. The Show is Under Canvass and Not on the Street.


                    TWO HORNED RHINOS

Positively the first and only one ever on exhibition on this side of the Atlantic, was cared for by Sir Jos. Rogers.

                    HIPPOPOTAMUS HOG!

A strange animal. Nothing like it has ever been in captivity.


                 SOUTH AMERICAN TAPIR. 

 Also Known as the River Horse of the Amazon !
ALSO .... Berchs Zebra, White Yak of Tartary, Asiatic Nylghau, African Hartebeeste, Abysinnial Bres Bok, Pronged Antelope, Colorado Deer, Marabou Stork, Gigantic Crane  (or Adjutant), Giant Kangaroo, Peruvian Llama, Cashmere Sheep, African Addax, (only one in America), Abysinnian Ibex, Snow White Peacocks, Black Swans from the river Nile, Double Humped Bactrian Camel, Arabian Dromedaries, Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian and African Lions, Caffer Lionesses, Singed and African Leopards, Striped and Spotted Hyenas, Ocelot or Tiger Cat, Prairie and Timber Wolves, Mexican Tiger Cat.

                  AUSTRALIAN WOMBAT!

                           ONLY ONE IN EXISTENCE ! ! !

ALSO!!! See the Rock Mountain Badger, South American Ant Eater, Mexican Ichanumon, African Fox, (very rare ;  only one ever on exhibition,) American Swift from the Western Plains, Ogato, or Java Hare, Monkeys, Apes and Baboons of every description and variety, White and Gray Squirrels, Guinea Pigs, Gray, Green Yellow and Red Parrots, Golden Silver and English Pheasants, Yellow Crested Cockatoos, Leadbeater Cockatoos, King and Queen Parrots, Australian Casatill, Florida Paraquetts, African and Topeka Parrots, and other birds in numerous variety.

 Doors Open at 1 and 7 precisely.

 Performance to begin half an hour later.

 N. B. - Those wishing to avoid the usual crowd around the ticket-wagon, can procure them on the day of the show at a trifling advance in price of agents at the Dora Hotel.

Grand Coteau, January 14th ;  Breaux Bridge, Jan. 16th ;  St. Martinville, January 17th.

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1878.


School Board.
Vermilionville, La., Dec. 1st, 1877.

 The Board of Directors met this day in called session. Present: Dr. T. B. Hopkins, Ones Broussard, Jos. Boudreaux, R. C. Landry, Dr. N. D. Young, Chas. Paddio, Narcisse Mouton and Will. Clegg. Absent: Dr. M. L. Lyons.

 Proceedings of the last meeting were read and approved.

 On motion of Dr. Young, the President was directed to draw a warrant in favor of Moses B. Williams for thirty dollars, for teaching colored school near Royville, in the month of September 1877. It was also ordered that Moses B. Williams be allowed to continue teaching the colored school where now located, until a school house is provided in the Simon Settlement.

 Messrs. Landry and Boudreaux reported in regard to investigation of title, etc., of "Vermilionville Academy," and were continued as committee, to report further at next meeting.

 Directors from wards where school lands are now located, were authorized to notify parties occupying those lands, that they must either make satisfactory arrangements to rent the lands or vacate them, and if neither is done, that measures will be taken legally against them as trespassers.

Mr. Boudreaux was authorized to make a settlement with parties claiming to be interested in the school-house in "Simon Settlement" by receiving from them the difference between their claim and the value of the school-house.

Ordered by the Board that all schools in the 2d, 3d, and 4th wards be discontinued, after December, until further instructions.

Mr. Landry was authorized to have furniture made and glazing done for Broussardville school house and building put in order at the smallest expense.

The Board then adjourned to regular meeting, 1st Saturday of January 1878.
THOS. B. HOPKINS, President.
Will Clegg, Secretary.    Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1878.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Parish of Lafayette, Dec. 3d, 1877. - The Police Jury met at the Court House in regular session this day. Members present: Onez Broussard, Adolphe Comeaux and Aurelien Primeaux. Absent: Alfred Peck.

 On motion, ordered, that the Clerk of the Police Jury be and is hereby directed to enter and record in a book kept for that purpose, all the claims, specify in whose favor said claims are due, for what purpose they are due, amount of claim and date approved by the Police Jury.

 Resolved further, that public notice be given in the "Lafayette Advertiser," to all persons holding warrants or approved or allowed accounts against the Parish of Lafayette to present the same to the Clerk of the Police Jury to be audited before the first day of January next ;  and that the Clerk be and he is hereby directed to audit such claims in a separate book kept for that purpose, stating the amount of each of such approved account or warrant, the date and in whose favor and for what purpose.

 Mr. Oneziphore Broussard offered the following preamble and resolution which was adopted;
     Whereas, under existing laws, it is impossible to issue certificates of indebtedness or warrants, and the money in the Treasury is inadequate to meet the many claims against the Parish.

 It is hereby ordered, that the president of this body appoint a committee of three, to report at the next meeting of the Police Jury by ordinance or otherwise, what proceedings and rules are necessary to attain an equitable distribution of the funds or money that may come into the Parish Treasury, among the creditors of the Parish.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. John Clegg, M. E. Girard and Ed. Eugene Mouton.

 On motion, resolved, that a committee of three be appointed by the president to examine and report upon the books of the Parish Treasurer, to receive his report and to examine and cancel the warrants now in his possession, and report at the next meeting.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. Chas D. Caffery, C. A. Mouton and John Clegg.

 On motion, resolved, that the Treasurer of this Parish, be directed to make a written statement at every regular meeting of this Police Jury of all money received and paid out by him.

 On motion, it was ordered that the report of the committee formerly appointed to destroy and cancel warrants be received and filed.

 The petition of Pierre Dufau having been read, on motion the said petition was rejected.

 On motion of Mr. Primeaux, Therence Toups was appointed road overseer of the 4th ward.

 On motion, resolved, that a committee be appointed by the president for the purpose of repairing the bridge on the coulee near Mrs. Valmond Breaux's plantation.

 The president appointed on said committee Messrs. M. G. Broussard and W. C. Crow.

 On motion, resolved, that the lumber left over from the bridge lately built over Mine's coulee be taken by Mr Ed E. Mouton, at his request, for the purpose of repairing  the bridges over the coulee near Mrs. Whittington's plantation.

 On motion, resolved, that the Constable of this Police Jury, be and her is hereby ordered to serve immediately upon the different road overseers, written notice to repair their respective roads by the 31st of December, 1877, and any road overseer neglecting or failing to comply with this resolution shall be dealt with according to law.

 It is further ordered, that the Clerk of the Police Jury issue certified copies of this resolution to the Constable, said copies to be served with the notice.

 On motion, the Police Jury adjourned to Saturday, January 5th, 1878.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1878.


 Not many years ago, if a man or boy was supple, loose in the joints and quick to act, and could turn a somersault or leap a five rail fence, the superstitious people regarded him as being in league with Satan ;  but with the passing of each year ignorance gave way to reason, and when it was made known that a circus was coming, and would exhibit in this or that town, the people -- old men of four score years, old women decrepit and weak, young men and women and boys and girls -- would become nearly demented at the prospect of "seein' them ar' men and gals in their ring flip-flop, an' squat down jist in time ter git out of ther way of their hoops, and such flipsy-sipsy things!" The traveling show of that period was made up principally of a few stage performers of both sexes, and there was no riding worth speaking of, nor were there any startling feats performed. The clown would manage, by stale jokes and a sprinkling of vulgar wit, to keep the small audience in a sort of good humor ;  nothing seen upon the big bills outside was seen in the ring inside, and thus it followed that so much deception disgusted people and it got to be so that a traveling show could not make expenses, and every season witnessed some unfortunate show put under the "hammer."

 But the people were to be undeceived. Van Amburgh & Co.'s Great Golden Menagerie, Frost's Roman Circus and Royal Coliseum started out to make a tour of the States, and to show the people that one traveling show at least gave them the worth of their money ;  bulletin boards a hundred feet long and more, and ten or fifteen feet high, with huge, many-colored and pictured posters, set forth the stern fact that what was seen there in paints and inks would be seen in the two tents on the day of the exhibition. These assurances were so plain, so honest in their intent, that when the show came every seat was occupied, and the ground about the ring covered with pleased and amused people. The two tents were necessarily made larger every season ;  more seats were added ;  more men and horses were employed to convey this monster show across the continent. Proprietors of other shows were amazed ;  they could not understand why Manager Frost with the Van Amburgh Company drew such crowds ;  they had placed falsehoods upon their posters -- but the "Secret of Success" -- where was it ?  The Van Amburgh Company found it in the truthful sentences contained on their bulletin boards, and the people found that what was advertised was exhibited or performed. In this manner, by being honest with the people Van Amburgh & Co.'s Menagerie and Circus came to be the only recognized show in America. The people of different States and towns made it an annual holiday when the Van Amburgh show came, and to-day this show is the largest and best in the world. Proof of this assertion is found in the two tents.

 We headed this article "The Circus," and now will confine our words to the ring. While they do not claim to have engaged all the "best performers in the world," they do claim that the enormous salaries paid to some of them will entitle them to having the best. The acrobats, gymnasts, athletes, tumblers, jugglers, bare-back riders, trapeze performers, mimics, and others who delight and amuse the vast audiences, are not puny looking beings with sunken chests, but they are fresh, robust, and full of strength, and able to perform every act advertised. The inimitable clown is here arrayed in all his glory and nothing obscene or vulgar passes his lips. He has an inexhaustible fund of incident and anecdote, all original, and he will give them to you by the pail full. The ring horses are not some worn-out creatures, made so from over-tired (unreadable word) but they are fresh from their stables, lively, and know just what is required of them. We cannot here tell you all, nor half, you can see in the arena. What they advertise upon their bulletin boards will certainly be seen in the show. What they ask of you is to study well what each poster says, and you will be all the wiser when you see all you have read about. They have gentlemanly attaches connected with every department, to name to visitors the animals or other things in the tents. To make final, Van Amburgh & Co. are the exhibitors, -- the world are the judges.

 Will exhibit at Vermilionville, on Tuesday, January 15th, 1878.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/ 1878.

Waiting for a Railway Collision.

 "Ours is a profession that tries men's soul," said a train dispatcher. "Notwithstanding that in late years the different railways have adopted rules which thoroughly systemize the business, even with all the safeguards a little bit of carelessness of dereliction of duty is liable to cause trouble, and not only loss of property, but in many instances is attended with the loss of life.

 "I remember some years ago when I had charge of trains on a Southern road, where telegraph offices were few and far between, of giving an order to the operator at a certain station to hold the north-bound passenger train for orders, so that I might help the south-bound passenger train to make its meeting point, the latter being somewhat late. The operator repeated the holding order, for which I gave him 'O. K.' I then gave the south-bound train an order to use some of the north-bound train's track time to make the meeting point. Instead of holding the north-bound train for orders, the operator let it go by him. The road was crooked, and as both trains were between telegraph stations, I started to walk the floor and wait until I should hear of their coming together. The suspense was terrible, almost unfitting me for my duties. As good luck would have it, the north-bound train, which had undisputed right of the road, was delayed before reaching the meeting point. When the first train reached a telegraph station I felt relieved, but the strain had been so terrible on my nerves that I was not good for much for several days, and the experience will ever remain in my mind.  

From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.   

He Captured a Company of Regulars.

 The only private citizen who captured a detachment of United States troops and held the entire command as prisoners of war in time of peace, was recently in Kansas City.

 The hero of the strange adventure is John C. Blake, a prominent mining prospector of Colorado. Mr. Blake fitted out a body of three hundred Colorado mountaineers ten years ago to prospect the Ute reservation. He was wealthy at the time and spent $100,000 before the object of the expedition was accomplished.  When he left for the Indian country a printed proclamation was issued, a copy being sent to the addresses of all the members of Congress in the country and to the Indians themselves, stating that the party proposed to make a thorough exploration of the reservation in spite of every obstacle that might be thrown in its way. White men had been warned to keep off the Ute country under penalty of death, and serious trouble was anticipated. The Indians knew the desperate character of the invaders and kept out of sight, appealing to the Government for aid. A detachment of two hundred regular troops entered the mountains to make short work of te adventurers. As they were filing through a canyon they were suddenly brought to a stop. Blake appeared on a rock above.

 "I command you to surrender."

 "By what authority?" exclaimed the leading officer.

 "By the authority of these men," and looking around the officer saw the rocks alive with mountaineers fully armed and prepared for battle.

 Resistance would have been folly, and the officer gave up his sword with the understanding that his men should be treated as prisoners of war.

 After three days of captivity the troops were released on parole. Mr. Blake has the paroles at his home in Colorado to-day. The prospecting party was never punished and the Utes were soon after sent to a new reservation.

 From the New York Herald and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1889.

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