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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 13th, 1904: 


 The End Came Saturday Night at 10:05 at His Winter Home Near Miami, Fla. - A Brief Sketch of His Career.

 [Times-Democrat.] - Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 9. - Lieut. Gen. John Brown Gordon died at this winter home near Miami, Fla., at 10:05 to-night. His fatal illness, which overtook him last Wednesday, was congestion of the stomach and liver, following an acute attack of indigestion, to which he was subject.

 Gen. Gordon had been unconscious nearly all day. The beginning of the end occurred this afternoon, serious complications setting in, and by night his physician had abandoned all hope, as his kidneys refused to secrete and the symptoms of uraemic poisoning were very decided. His death was quiet. He fell peacefully into sleep and all was over. Gen. Gordon became ill Wednesday afternoon with acute indigestion. He had suffered from the same trouble in Mississippi many months ago. At 11 o'clock Thursday morning a consultation of doctors was held, and it was found that he was critically ill. His son, Major Hugh Gordon, who resides at Biscayne, was with him. A telegram was sent to his daughter, Mrs. Burton Smith, of Atlanta, caller her to his bedside. She was with him when he died. Gen. Gordon grew steadily worse until t0-day, when he was unconscious most of the time.

 Gen. Gordon was born in Upson county, Ga., July 9, 1832, of Scotch ancestry, which had prominent part in the Revolutionary War. Young Gordon graduated from the Georgia State University in 1852, and a few months later was admitted to the practice of law. Early in 1861 he enlisted in the volunteer Confederate service and was elected captain of his company. He rose rapidly by promotion to be lieutenant colonel of the Sixth Alabama Infantry in December, 1861. He participated in the struggle on the Virginia Penisnsula, had part in the battle at Malvern Hill, and was commissioned brigadier General in November, 1892. At the battle of Sharpsburg he held a portion of the line on the left wing of the army and was wounded five times, and during the war was wounded eight times in all. He was in command of troops at Chancellorsville and in the Pennsylvania campaign, taking part in the battle of Gettysburg as commander of a division. In the battles of the wilderness be bore so conspicuous a part with his command as to become known through his brilliant achievement as "The Man of the Twelfth of May." At this time, May, 1864, he was promoted to be Major General, and took part in the important battle which marked the closing scenes of the civil war. His bearing was characterized by a boldness and a dash which made him the idol of his soldiers. In official report of Gen. D. H. Hill, Gen. Gordon was characterized as "The Chevalier Bayard of the Confederacy.

 When hostilities were ended he called his men about him and advised them to bear the trial of defeat, to go home in peace, obey the laws and rebuild the wasted country.

 He has taken a prominent part in the council of his party since 1866. He was a candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1868 and in 1873, and in 1879 was elected to the United States Senate. Resigning that position in 1880, he participated actively in building the Georgia Pacific Railroad. In 1886 and 1888 he was elected Governor of Georgia, and in 1890 entered again the United States Senate for the full term.

 Since his retirement from political activity he has devoted most of his time to lecturing, presenting to the North, as well as the South, his famous lecture upon "The Last Days of the Confederacy."

 Since the organization of the United Confederate Veterans he has held the position of its commander in chief, and his frequent re-elections to that position have testified to the warmth of affection in which he has been held in the South. From the New Orleans Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.

 A Tribute to Gen. Gordon.

 As an orator equally as a writer, Gen. Gordon was preeminent in his time. His speeches did more to unite the separate sections of this country than perhaps those of any other man, for he spoke as he wrote, as a patriot who held love of country above partisan or personal advantage. What The Times-Democrat said of this great man during the recent convention of the United Confederate Veterans in this city is but an inadequate epitome of his life and worth:

 "A student diligent and successful. A son obedient, a husband devoted, a father tender and affectionate. A soldier as valiant as Prince Rupert, as pure as Bayard, as chivalrous and as loyal as Sir Philip Sidney. A statesman far-seeing, conservative, wise, - true to his friends and without malice toward his foes - a man cast from the old heroic mold - too great to employ the dwarfing methods of smallish minds and one upon whose public or private life rests not a spot - not even a speck! It makes Americans proud of their country when they can feel that men such as he are their countrymen. And it makes the people of the South glad of heart to know that this country has produced such a man as Gen. John B. Gordon."
From the New Orleans Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 1/13/1904.

The Advertiser's Platform.

Our political platform is composed of just two planks - good school and good roads, and this makes it broad enough for any candidate to stand upon it in perfect safety.

 Good schools and good roads are the twin handmaids of prosperity and contentment for the whole people, and these we can and should have by adopting a broad public policy.

 Let all good citizens stand together on this platform.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.  

 The Advertiser's Position.

 At this time, when there are so many rumors in circulation designed to make political capital for this or that individual or faction, we trust there are none who will doubt the sincerity of the Advertiser in the position of independence and fair play it is occupying in the present political campaign among Democrats.

 It will not be violating any secret or agreement to say that the field was open for us to form an alliance, in a legitimate way, with either one of the two Democratic factions now contending for supremacy in State and Parish politics, but, for conscience' sake, we preferred to pursue an independent course and control our own opinions and convictions. This privilege we value above all other considerations, and this position of independence we shall aim to maintain throughout our journalistic career, in duty bound to ourselves and the public we profess to serve.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.



 Governor, NEWTON C. BLANCHARD, of Caddo.

 Lt. Governor, J. Y. SANDERS, of St. Mary.

Secretary of State, JNO. T. MICHEL, of Orleans.

 State Auditor, W. S. FRAZEE, of St. Landry.

 State Treasurer, W. A. STEIDLY, of Calcasieu.

Attorney General, ROBERT R. REID, of Tangipahoa.

 Supt. of Public Education, J. B. ASWELL, of Lincoln.

 U. S. Senator, MURPHY J. FOSTER, of St. Mary, JOHN A. MCILHENNY, of Iberia.

 Representatives, P. L. DECLOUET, J. GILBERT ST. JULIEN.

Sheriff, I. A. BROUSSARD.

 Clerk of Court, ED. G. VOORHIES.

 Coroner, DR. G. A. MARTIN.

First ward ... Jack R. Davis
Second ward ... Alex M Broussard
Third ward ... Wm. Couret
Third ward ... J. Edmond Mouton
Fourth ward ... Albert Theall
Fifth ward ... Martian Billeaud Jr.
Sixth ward ... Hector Connelly
Seventh ward ... Pierre Landry
Eighth ward ... L. S. Breaux
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.


 In Regard to the Rules Governing the Voting.
 There will be three boxes, one for parish and ward officers, one for State officers, and one for United States Senators.

 Vote for parish and ward officers first.

 Each voter may prepare his ballot for parish and ward officers before going to the polls, if he so desires.

 For State officers and United States Senators, he must secure his ticket from the election commissioners. To assist in preparing his State ticket, he may call upon the election commissioners or may have the assistance of a friend.   
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904. 


Well Fitted For the Office.

 Different people have different gifts as we all know. Some are best fitted for one thing, others for another, and each along his natural inclination is capable of achieving greater success than along any other line. This fact is thoroughly understood and appreciated in the business world, and as far as may be special talent is always employed in the various departments; for upon rightly securing this special talent depends the success or failure of an enterprise. This is true in every case where labor is employed, each individual prefers to employ those who have a decided fitness for the work to be done. Now as this is correct and proper in private affairs, why isn't it equally as correct in public affairs? We all recognize the fact that certain things better than others, and that for certain public offices some men are more adapted than others, and in choosing our officers we should bear this in mind and make our selection from a strictly business standpoint. Now as a case in point, Mr. I. A. Broussard has served the people of Lafayette as sheriff for sixteen years. During that time not only has he shown his particular fitness for the office, but his record has demonstrated that he is a born officer of the law, and joined to this natural aptitude is honesty and a fearless discharge of his duty on all occasions. A convincing testimony to his worth and efficiency is the wholesale fear with which he is regarded by the criminal classes, and a most valuable attribute this is in an officer, inasmuch as it means safety and security for the citizens of the parish and their families.

 Looking at Mr. Broussard's candidacy from the view point of securing a man of special fitness to fill a position of the highest importance, involving the proper protection of ourselves, our families and property, the conclusion seems self-evident that his election would be a matter of good business policy.

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.      

 Choosing Officers Not Friends. 

 If friendship was the unalterable rule governing the choice of public servants, the cause of good government would be made to suffer often times.

 The selection of public officers calls for the exercises of a high patriotic duty, and the right of suffrage should be lightly regarded. The progress of a country is measured largely by the class of citizens at the helm of the ship of state, and every man has an interest and a responsibility in determining into whose keeping the reins of government shall be given.

 We hope there will come a strong realization of this fact to the voters in Lafayette parish, to the end that each one will allow the claim of the public welfare to determine him in a choice of public officers, rather than be influenced by personal considerations or unreasonable prejudices. Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.



 We respectfully submit our respective candidacies subject to the white Democratic primaries to be held January 19th, 1904, upon the following declaration of principles. We pledge ourselves unqualifiedly to the platform of principles adopted at the Beausejour Democratic Mass Meeting.

 We favor the election of all officers by the people. If entrusted with the administration of affairs in the Parish, we pledge ourselves in accordance with the principles declared by General Leon Jastremski, candidate for Governor, that all appointive officers, Assessors and Members of School Boards shall be selected by primary election.

 We favor the enactment of laws returning to the hands of the people the power of election in accordance with true democratic doctrine.

 We favor the repeal of the poll tax as a suffrage qualification, particularly as applied to primaries and nominating conventions.

 We favor and will advocate increased appropriations for the construction and maintenance of the primary grades of Public Schools.

 We believe that the time has cone when the people of Louisiana should turn their backs up on the old conditions under which the immense appointive power of the Governor combined with the convention method of nominating candidates placed the absolute control of the destinies of this commonwealth in the hands of a single individual.


Upon these principles we respectfully solicit your suffrages. 

LOUIS LACOSTE, Candidate for Sheriff. 

 ED. G. VOORHIES, Candidate for Clerk of Court. 

 P. L. DECLOUET, J. GILBERT ST. JULIEN, Candidates for Representatives.

  J. F. MOUTON, M. D., Candidate for Coroner.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904. 


 The election next Tuesday will decide the kind and character of government we are to have in this parish the next four year, and it is to be sincerely hoped that the voters will lay aside partisan feeling and prejudice, should any exist, and make their choice STRICTLY UPON THE FITNESS OF EACH MAN FOR OFFICE.

 There should be no other consideration. It is not only the highest duty of citizenship to select those best adapted to fill the different offices, but it is greatly to each one's personal advantage to have the government of the parish in the best hands possible. Our personal safety and that of our families and our property depends upon the efficiency of the sheriff, and in selecting a man to fill that office, the greatest care should be exercised. Too much depends upon the right selection for us to permit any other consideration than special fitness to influence us.

 And we should be guided in our choice for clerk of court in the same manner. The proper recording of mortgages, the clerical business of the court and of individuals having business with the office, involving thousands of dollars annually - all these depend for their proper disposition and for accuracy upon the clerk of court who, in addition, must have all arranged so that any document, any record, any suit or other matter coming under his jurisdiction can be produced readily and promptly. The clerk's duties are complex and difficult, and familiarity with the work should be a big recommendation of our suffrages, particularly when united with fitness and competency.

 Nor in any less degree should we make special fitness the test in selecting Police Jurors, for upon the Police Jury depends in a high degree the welfare and material advantage of the parish. Into their hands we place a most important trust, and for that reason great caution should be used in choosing the members of that body. As far as possible should be chosen capable, broadminded, progressive men thoroughly identified with education and good roads, who will conscientiously devote their time and talents to the very best interests of the parish.

 Let each voter then be governed by this consideration of fitness in making his selection, and the result can but be satisfactory and redound to the advantage of all.    Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.


An Unfortunate Accident. - Mr. C. C. Higginbotham happened to a serious and unfortunate accident Tuesday. While out driving he was thrown from his break-cart and sustained a fracture of his left arm near the shoulder, and a dislocation of the same shoulder. Laf. Advertiser 1/13/1904.

 Progressing Well. - The work of moving back the houses along Pierce and Jefferson streets is progressing well. Yesterday the moving of Prudhomme & McFaddin's store was completed. Contractor Thompson states that it will take about three weeks more to finish.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.

Old House Torn Down. - This old building on the south side of the court house square, at one time occupied by The Advertiser, has been torn down, and in its place will be erected a dwelling house for rent.
Laf. Advertiser 1/13/1904.

Building. - Dr. T. B. Hopkins is building a nice cottage near his residence on the new Compress street just opened, which has already been rented.
Laf. Advertiser 1/13/1904.

"The Little Homestead."

 The success of "The Little Homestead" comes to Falk's Opera House Wednesday Jan. 20, is due largely to the fact that no attempt is made to exaggerate on what might have been an actual life story. The characters are taken from life and the pretty tale is but the simple recital of chapters in a life's history. A play with the home as the central object is bound to touch the popular pulse and herein lies the charm of "The Little Homestead," which is from the pen of W. B. Patton, author of "The Minister's Son."
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.

Young White Man Arrested. -  Officers Hebert and Hirsch arrested a young white man Monday who was attempting to dispose of a lady's cape and skirt, both of good quality. He was brought before Mayor Caffery, and when questioned failed to give a satisfactory account of his connection with the garments. He was therefore turned over to the sheriff. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.

Coming to Falk's.
 The success of "The Little Homestead" which comes to Falk's Opera House Wednesday, Jan. 20, is due largely to the fact that no attempt is made to exaggerate on what might have been an actual life story. The characters are taken from life and the pretty tale is but the simple recital chapters in a life's history. A play with the home as the central object is bound to touch the popular pulse and herein lies the charm of "The Little Homestead" which is from the pen of W. B. Patton, author of "The Minister's Son."
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.

Special Meeting. - A special meeting of Gen. Frank Gardner Camp, No. 580, U. C. V., has been called for to-morrow, Thursday, at the Court House, to express regret at the death of Jno. B. Gordon, and render homage to his memory. A full attendance is earnestly requested. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.

Mr. Girard Withdraws.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 11, 1904.

To the Editor Lafayette Advertiser:-

 Yielding to the solicitation of friends in this and adjoining parishes composing the 13th. Senatorial District, and considering that the application to become a candidate must be filed before 4 o'clock on January 9th, 1904, I consented to allow my name to go of the Chairman of the Senatorial Committee as a candidate for senator for the 13th. District composed of the Parishes of Lafayette, Iberia and St. Martin.

 I have since by personal investigation verified the unfortunate truth that the constituency cannot be reached by the press or any other class of literature, but, only by an active personal campaign, which a this late day is utterly impossible, even to the extent of acquainting them with the fact that of my candidacy and the principles upon which it would stand.

 I find therefore no alternative, having been induced to act hastily, but to respectfully with draw from the contest.

 Thanking you Mr. Editor, and many other friends for your generous support and recommendation.
                      I beg to remain,
                             Yours very truly,
                                     CROW GIRARD.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.


Ann Was Born Forty Years After "Grandma."
 [To the Advertiser.]

 "This is a time for sober thought, tolerant language, and fraternal counsels." My friend "A Country-man" failed to see what had been hinted at in regard to the Pin-Hook bridge. Feeling that this community heedlessly read his useless appeal, his futile warning, his baseless argument that showed irreprehensible fear of the Broussard faction's fate, I took it upon myself to remark in behalf of this community that the families were certainly more concerned to see their safety when going to and coming from town that the fear of getting into hysterics at the event of our present sheriff losing his election as my friend, "A Country-man" would have us to believe. The wave of insanity has not yet struck this place for any of us to convey the idea that the condition of the bridge is connected with the sheriff.

 In this memorable campaign, brains burdened with fear, hearts hardened with tenacity of office, sentiment with favoritism show conclusively to us that an irretrievable doom is to be precipitated in the camp of the Broussard faction.

 Factional prejudice or antogonism as the law of gravitation; therefore, no amazement is created. But,
       "The bravest are the tenderest,
      The loving are the daring."

 Indeed, I love principles more than I do friendship.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.


School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 7, 1904.

 A regular quarterly meeting of the Parish Board of School Directors held on the above date the following members were present:  A. Olivier, president; Alex Delhomme, Sr., Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. Roy O. Young, H. Theall, S. J. Montgomery.  Absent: Jasper Spell, A. C. Guilbeau, A. D. Verot.

 The minutes of the previous regular meeting were approved as read and on motion duly seconded the minutes of the called meeting was dispensed with.

 Mr. Alleman reported the sale of the Whittington school house lumber for $87.60, and the lease of the school lot at $3 per acre. Mr. Montgomery was authorized to settle the claim of Jno. H. Landry et als. against the Board for assorting the school house lumber by offering them $10.

 On behalf of the building committee, Dr. Moss reported that work had not been commenced on the Bertrand school house because the community had not fulfilled the requirements of the resolutions providing for the erection of a school house for that community; and Dr. Young reported that work on the Romero school house was progressing satisfactorily and that the house would soon be ready for occupancy.

 On motion of Dr. Moss, seconded by Mr. Theall, the secretary was authorized to order desks necessary for the Royville, Romero, Carencro and Guitroz schools.

 Dr. Young moved that the work of repairing the Guitroz school house, as requested by Messrs. Therence Guitroz and Etienne Mouton, representing the school community, be turned over to the building committee. Being seconded by Mr. Montgomery the motion carried.

 Blocks for the repair of the Royville school house were voted, and Dr. Young and Mr. Theall authorized to have the work done.

 A committee composed of Mr. Alein Comeaux as chairman urged the removal of the Sellers school to a point about one mile and a half north of the present site; that there is an impassable marais across the road leading from the patrons to the school house; that the school house offers no protection to the children and that they would make the necessary repairs.

 Action on the above petition was postponed in order to give due notice of the proposed change to all parties concerned.

 The following accounts were approved:

 Alb. Guidry ... $2.12
 Numa Begnaud ... $12.15
 Billeaud Lumber Co ... $422.16
 Ralph Voorhies ... $1.00
 Roger Connelly ... $1.00
 Paul St. Marie ... $1.00
 L. J. Alleman ... $2.30
 Laf. Tin and Sheet Iron Works ... $8.75
 Laf. Tin and Sheet Iron Works ... $25.05
 Lacoste Hardware Store ... $15.80
 Francis Hebert ... $1.00
 Lafayette Advertiser ... $23.69
 Adam Domingue ... $1.00
 R. L. Coles ... $1.00
 Guerre & Broussard ... $1.50
 H. E. Toll ... $48.87
 Aug. X. Lamulle ... $42.00
 B. Mouton ... $30.00
 A. M. Martin ... $170.92
 J. Numa Martin ... $1.00
 Cincinnati Seating Co ... $47.21

 The parish treasurer submitted his quarterly report as follows:

 To the President and Members of School Board, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the parish school funds since my last report:

 Respectfully submitted,
     J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 7, 1904.

 There being no further business the Board adjourned.
A. OLIVIER, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904. 

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1904.

 A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, with Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent: D. V. Gardebled.

 The minutes of regular and special meetings were adopted as read. Petition from property owners on Main street between Lafayette and St. John streets praying for a cement walk between the points named and signed by Mrs. B. Falk, I. Bendel, S. Begnaud, Alida Primeaux, L. F. Guerre and Homer Bailey was presented to the Council.

 Petition was accepted. Width of walk to be 6 feet and according to specifications furnished by street committee. Other petition from property owners praying for a cement walk on Lafayette street between Vermilion and Main streets, west side, was presented to the Council and same was accepted unanimously.

 AN ORDINANCE, to levy, assess and collect special taxes from owners of abutting property, to meet the cost of the cement walks and curbing heretofore ordered by this Council between the Crescent News Hotel and the Court House square, and between F. Demanade's store and the Catholic church, under the provisions of Act 147 of the Legislature of 1902.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that for the purpose of paying for the cement walks and curbing thereto, heretofore ordered by this Council, and contracted for, between the Crescent News Hotel and the Court House square, and between F. Demanade's store and the Catholic church, in said town, there is hereby levied, assessed and shall be collected from the owners of the real estate abutting said side walks, a special tax or local assessment, based upon their respective frontage, (at the rate of one 36-100 dollars per running feet) as follows:

 From the owners of the real estate and lots abutting said walk between the Crescent News Hotel and Court House square, there shall be collected the following amounts, to-wit:

 1. From Thornwell Fay, as owner of the square of ground upon which is located the Crescent News Hotel, for one hundred and sixty-three 7-12 feet on north east side (Grant avenue) and three hundred and twelve 6-12 feet on north west side (Lincoln avenue) on said square, the sum of six hundred and forty seven 49-100 dollars $647.49. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 2. From James G. Parkerson (estate of Mrs. E. H. Parkerson) as owner of square known as Mansion Block on Lincoln avenue for four hundred 6-12 feet on north west side of said square, the sum of five hundred and forty four 68-100 dollars. $544.68. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 3. From the Protestant Episcopal church (church of the Ascension) for fifty feet on said walk, the sum of sixty-eight dollars. $68.00. Cost of pipe, $1.00.

 4. From Andre M. Martin, for seventy-seven 6-12 feet, on said walk being lot No. 203, on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and five 40-100 dollars. $105.40. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 5. From Danton J. Veazey for seventy-five 3-12 feet on said walk being lot No. 204 on Pierce street, one hundred and two 40-100 dollars. $102.40. From same for pillars, $4.00. From same drain pipe, $1.00.

 6. From Mrs. Demas Delahoussaye for seventy-two feet on said walk on Pierce street, lot No. 205, the sum of ninety-seven 92-100 dollars. $97.92. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 From Leo Doucet for sixty-seven 8-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of ninety-two 14-100 dollars. $92.14. Pillars paid for. Drain pipe, $1.oo.

 8. Fro George Doucet for twenty-eight feet on said walk on Pierce street, part lot 206 the sum of thirty-eight 08-100 dollars. $38.08. Pillars paid for.

 9. From Mouton Brothers, for ninety-eight feet on said walk on Pierce street, lot No. 207 the sum of one hundred and thirty-three 28-100 dollars $133.28. From same for pillar, $2.64. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 10. From Mrs. M. F. Rigues for seventy-six feet on Pierce street on said walk, the sum of one hundred and three 36-100 dollars. $103.36. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 11. From Mrs. S. Kahn for thirty-five feet on Pierce street on said walk, the sum of forty-seven 60-100 dollars. $47.60. From same for pillars $4.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 12. From F. F. Carter for eighty-five 5-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and fifteen 91-100 dollars. $115.91. From same for 10 pillars. $10.00. Drain pipe, $1.oo.

 13. From Mrs. L. Nollive for forty feet on Jefferson street in said walk the sum of fifty-four 40-100 dollars. $54.40. From same for 3 pillars. $4.06. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 14. From Arnaud Bacquie for fifty-six feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of seventy-six 16-100 dollars. $76.16. From same for 4 pillars. $4.00.

 15. From Mrs. Ellen Mouton for forty-eight feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of sixty-five 28-100 dollars. $65.28. Drain pipe $100.

 16. From P. Bienvenu Roy for one hundred and fifty feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of two hundred and four dollars. $204.00.
From same for 12 pillars $900. Drain pipes, $2.00.

 18. From First National Bank forty-one 6-12 feet on south side Vermilion street on said walk, the sum of fifty-five 76-100 dollars. $55.76. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 19. From Nathaniel P. Moss for thirty-four feet on south of Vermilion street the sum of forty-six 24-100 dollars. $46.24. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 17. From Nathaniel P. Moss for one hundred and twenty-five feet on Jefferson street on said walk the sum of one hundred and seventy dollars. $170.00. From same for 9 pillars. $9.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 18. Fro First National Bank forty-one 6-12 feet on south side of Vermilion street on said walk, the sum of fifty-five 76-100 dollars. $55.76. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 19. From Nathaniel P. Moss for thirty-four feet on south of Vermilion street the sum of forty-six 24-100 dollars. $46.24. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 20. From Mrs. John Graser for thirty-five 1/2 feet on the south side of Vermilion street the sum of forty-eight 28-100 dollars. $48.28. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 20. From Mrs. John Carter for thirty-five 1/2 feet on the south side of Vermilion street the sum of forty-eight 28-100 dollars. $48.28. Drain pipe, $10..

 21. From Orther C. Mouton for thirty-five feet on south side Vermilion street the sum of forty-seven 94-100 dollars. $47.94. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 22. From Gustave Lacoste for one hundred and forty-seven 1/4 feet on south side Vermilion street, (lot No. 63) the sum of two hundred 26-100 dollars. $200.26. From same for eight pillars, $8.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 23. From Levy Brothers for one hundred and forty-four 1/2 feet on south side Vermilion street (lot No. 48) the sum of one hundred and ninety-six 52-100 dollars. $196.52. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 24. From Maurice Mouton for thirty-five feet on south side of Vermilion street (part of lot (No. 47) the sum of forty-seven 60-100 dollars. $47.60. Drain pipe, $1.00. Pillar, $4.00.

 25. From Felix L. Salles for one hundred and six feet on south side Vermilion street and one hundred and two 1/2 feet on east side Lafayette street (lot No. 47) the sum of two hundred and eighty-three 56-100 dollars. $283.56. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 26. From A. J. LeBlanc forty-eight 1/2 feet on east side Lafayette street (part lot No. 46) the sum of sixty-five 86-100 dollars. $65.86. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 27. From LeBlanc & LeBlanc for forty-six feet on east side of Lafayette street (part lot No. 46) the sum of sixty-two 56-100 dollars. $62.56. Drain pipe, $1,00.

 28. From estate of F. Lombard (John Vigeaux, dative tutor of the Minors George and Horta Lombard) for hundred and six 1/2 feet on east side of Lafayette street (lot No. 45) the sum of one hundred and forty-four 84-100 dollars. $144.84. Drain pipe.

 And from owners of lots and real estate from F. Demanade's store to the Catholic church there shall be collected the following amount to-wit:

 1. From Felix Demanade for forty-three feet on north side Vermilion street (part lot No. 230) the sum of fifty-eight 48-100 dollars. $58.48. Drain pipe, $1.00.

2. From Mrs. James Higginbotham for fifty-one 7-12 feet same street (part lot No. 230) the sum of seventy 13-100 dollars. $70.13. From same for pillars. $5.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 3. From Jos. A. Chargois for fifty-six feet on same street (lot No. 250) the sum of seventy-six 16-100 dollars. $76.16. From same for 3 pillars $3.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

4. From R. J. Tanner & R. H. Tanner for fifty-three feet on same street, the sum of seventy-two 08-100 dollars. $72.08. Pillars, $4.00.

 5. From Jos. Pizzo for one hundred and twelve 1/4 feet on same street (lot No. 238) the sum of one hundred and fifty-two 66-100 dollars. $152.66 from same for 12 pillars $12.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 6. From Pierre B. Roy for two hundred and seven feet on same street (lots No. ____ and part of lot No. ____) the sum of two hundred and eighty-one 52-100 dollars. $281.52. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 7. First Nathaniel P. Moss, for seventy-five feet on same street (part lot No. 104) the sum of one hundred and two dollars. $102.00. Pillars. $9.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 8. Mrs. George C. Babcock for one hundred and forty feet on same street, (lot No. 127) the sum of one hundred and ninety 40-100 dollars. $190.40. Pipe $1.00.

 9. Gustave Lacoste for one hundred and forty feet on same street (lot No. 120) the sum of one hundred and ninety 40-100 dollars. $190.40. Pillars. $7.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 10. From Albert Delahoussaye for ninety-eight 1/2/ feet on same street (part lot No. 119) the sum of one hundred and thirty-three 96-100 dollars. $133.96 from same for 10 pillars $10.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 11. From Joseph Montalbano for thirty-five 9-12 feet on same street (part lot No. 119) the sum of forty-eight dollars $48.00 from same for four pillars $4.00 drain pipe $1.00.

 12. From Henry H. Hohorst for one hundred and forty-seven 1/2 feet (lot No. 112 in same street) the sum of two hundred 60-100 dollars. $.200.60 from same for seven pillars. $7.00 drain pipe, $1.00.

 13. From Jos. Meleton for one hundred and forty-six feet on same street (lot. No. 111) the sum of one hundred and ninety-eight 56-100 dollars. $198.56. From same for pillars, $7.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 14. From John O. Mouton for one hundred and forty-nine feet on same street (lot No. 104) the sum of two hundred and two 64-100 dollars. $202.64. Pillars, $4.00.

 15. From Dr. J. Franklin Mouton for forty-six 1/2 feet on same street (part of lot No. 103) the sum of fifty-eight 38-100 dollars $58.38. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 16. Frank E. Moss for two hundred and forty-nine feet on same street (lot No. 96) the sum of three hundred and thirty-eight 64-100 dollars. $338.64 drain pipe, $1.00.

 17. From P. Gerac Estate for one hundred and four feet on St. John (lot No. unreadable) the sum of one hundred and forty-one 44-100 dollars. 9 pillars, $9.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 18. From Mrs. W. B. Bailey for ninety-seven 1/4 feet on St. John St (lot No. 15) the sum of one hundred and thirty-two 26-100 dollars. $132.26. Pillars, $4.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 19. From Edward Martin for two hundred and twenty-five feet on St. John, (lot Nos. 13 and 14) the sum of three hundred and six dollars. $306.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 Be it further ordained that the said sum shall be and collectable within ten days of the completion of said walk, and acceptance of the same by the City Council in the manner provided by the ordinance requiring said walks to be built, and if not paid within ten days then that suit shall be brought against said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment and moreover that as provided by said Act of the Legislature, this Council shall have a special privilege on said property, to secure the payment of said sum thus assessed, with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said 10 days paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and said privilege shall effect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment in the mortgage book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the cost of registering said assessment shall be borne by the delinquent.

 Mr. A. J. LeBlanc, chief of the fire department, reported that $300.00 had been made with the Street Fair. The report was accepted by the Council, and Mr. LeBlanc authorized to get prices on 600 feet of rubber hose.

 Dr. N. P. Moss appeared and asked that permission be granted him to move the Moss & Co. building to the other side of the street.

 Moved and seconded, that the Mayor appoint a committee of three to consider whether the moving of the building in question would increase the danger of fire or be contrary to the fire ordinance. Committee appointed, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton and H. L. Fontenot.

 The following report was accepted as follows:

The following bills were approved:

 The following report was adopted on call of roll as follows: M. Rosenfield, F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, G. A. DeBlanc.

 Mayor Caffery and A. E. Mouton jointly that they had entered into a contract with Mr. L. H. Thompson, of Acadia, to move back all buildings, fences and etc., for the widening of Pierce and Jefferson streets and to place the same in the same condition as they were found for a total cost of $750.00. The Pellerin & DeClouet building not included and thereupon, motion made and seconded, contract was approved by Council, and the contract ordered spread upon the minutes.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/13/1904.

 Mrs. Crow Girard, after a pleasant visit with relatives in New Orleans, returned Saturday.

 Dr. Geo. W. Scranton and son, Gus., are spending some time in the Crescent City.

 Dr. Stephens, president of the Industrial School, has accepted an invitation to make an address at the Broussardville School meeting on Jan. 15.  

Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.


SLI Introducing Prof. E. L. Stephens.

 Prof. Edwin Lewis Stephens, the recently elected president of the Industrial School to be located in Lafayette, was born in the parish of Natchitoches in 1872. He attended school in Natchitoches and at Keachie, La., until, at the age of 17 he entered the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. Graduating there with the degree of bachelor of arts in 1892, he was elected to the chair of Latin in the Louisiana State Normal School. In 1896 he received appointment to the Helen Gould scholarship in the School of Pedagogy of New York University, from which he was graduated in 1899 with the doctor's degree in pedagogy. He has done much institute work in the Summer Normal Schools of the state during the past six years or eight years, and has had part in the educational organizations that have been uplifting the condition of the schools and the teacher's profession. At the time of his recent election he was the teacher of physics and chemistry in the New Orleans Boys' High School. We learn that Prof. Stephens, said it was his present expectation top begin the construction of the main building within a very short time, hoping to have it sufficiently near completion to open School at the beginning of the next school year. This is to be the academic building, consisting of class rooms and an assembly hall. A second building providing for machinery, wood work and iron work, and representing the more specifically industrial characteristic of the institution. is expected to follow.

Prof. Stephens will leave within this week to make a tour among the cities of the north and east, visiting and studying the industrial and technological institutions of the country. Upon returning he will take up residence at Lafayette, and begin the work of the institute immediately.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1900.

"Pawn Ticket 210." - This beautiful and thrilling play was rendered in a most pleasing and artistic way by the Sheldon Stock Company last night to a large and appreciative audience. We were present on this occasion and can speak knowingly of the performance and performers. We have not space our command to do full justice to either the play or players. The play is good and the players elegant. Everyone rendered his or her role in a most artistic and pleasing way. Miss Hazel Harrison, as Bessie Fairfax, a child of nature simply captured the house and held it from beginning to end. She is petite, cute,  vivacious and charming. Miss Monica Fahey, as Ethel Wayne, the pursued, filled the role to perfection and carried the audience with her. Harry Sheldon, as Jim Bixby, a man who had seen better days, displayed to the fullest extent the great histrionic ability wherewith he is gifted. He is an excellent actor and can do full justice to any role he assumes.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1900.

On last Monday night, robbers gained access to the office of Mr. A. E. Mouton, broke open his safe and secured about $60 in cash, besides several notes and checks. The day before a quartet of tramps were seen lounging around the lumber yard probably studying the ways and means to effect an entrance into the office. These gentlemen of the highways roomed in a box car located on switch as the morning after the robbery, several papers secured by them were found on the way to their lodging probably lost by them in the excitement. During the day a telegram came from Jeanerette to Marshall Peck, conveying the information that two suspicious were apprehended there; the energetic Marshall accompanied by Mr. A. E. Mouton who then returned to Lafayette the same night with the two men who were given a free berth in the Parish Jail. It remains to be seen if these are the guilty ones. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1900.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/13/1900.

 On last Wednesday night we were visited by a heavy pouring of rain and on last Thursday morning making an inspection of our streets we noticed that all of them are perfectly drained.

Mr. Frank G. Mouton has purchased Mr. Eugene Trahan's plantation where he will locate.

  The Police Jury at their last session adopted the same Tax Ordinance as the one in force in 1899, with the exception that taxes become delinquent on the first day of February instead of March as heretofore.

  On Monday Jan. 8th, Mrs. L. M. Boudreaux, assisted by Mrs. S. M. Boas, entertained her pupils from 3 to 5 p. m. in honor of the day, and its being the eighty-fifth birthday of her grandmother, Mrs. D. T. Ross. Music recitations and games were enjoyed by all. Light refreshments were served, and many good wishes extended to this historical old lady.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1900.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 13th, 1894:

The Lafayette High School.

 It is with profound satisfaction the ADVERTISER makes the announcement that definitely, the graded public school (not high school, yet) for which the people of this parish has opined for so long, will be opened in the High School building on the 22nd day of the present month. The necessary funds for defraying the expenses of operating the school have a secured, and are already set aside for the purpose to provide against any possible interruption on this score, during the scholastic term about to be begun.

 Prof. Wesley A. LeRosen, a native of Shreveport, La., has been engaged on high recommendation, to take charge of the school, and, as he announces in another column of this issue will commence examining applicants for admission next Thursday, the 18th instant. For the guidance of teachers and the public a full text of the different grades, as established, is also published.

 Prof. LeRosen is a graduate of Peabody Normal School, Nashville, Tenn. and Ex-President of the Simsboro Institution, Lincoln parish, and latterly was President of Arcadia Male and Female College, this State.

 All of the school furniture has been received and placed in position, the instructor is engaged and the pupils are forthcoming; so it is a certainty that the machinery of the graded school will soon be in full action, and The Advertiser, reflecting the sentiments of the entire populace, expresses the hope that before many months the graded school of to-day will have developed enough material from the ranks of its pupils to become elevated to the standard of a High School, absolutely, with all of its attributes. So mote it be.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

For the Parish High School.


 First Reader, McGuffy's Revised, the first term, and Swinton's, second term; slate ruled on one side; Chart.
   (In this grade writing on slates should be taught. Instructions given in making and writing short sentences, and lessons in numbers to 20, using the numeral frame.)


 Second Reader, McGuffy's Revised, the first term, and Swinton's the second term; Language Lessons, Long's Part I; numbers, oral; writing on slates; spelling, Swinton's word Primer.


 Third Reader, McGuffy's Revised and use Swinton's for supplementary reading; Language Lessons, Long's part II; Arithmetic, Nicholson's Primary; Geography, Mitchell's Primary; Spelling, Swinton's Word Primer completed; Copy book No. 1.


 Fourth Reader, McGuffy's revised Language Lessons, Long's part III; Spelling, Reed's Word Lessons; Geography, Mitchell's Introduction; Arithmetic, Nicholson's Intermediate; History, Hansell's Primary of the U. S.; Copy book No. 2.


 Fifth Reader, McGuffy's Revised; Graded Lessons in English, Reed & Kellogg; Geography, Mitchell's Intermediate; History of Louisiana; Arithmetic, Nicholson's complete; Spelling, Reed's Word Lessons completed; Copy book No. 3; Webster's Dictionary; weekly Composition.


 Sixth Reader, McGuffy's revised; Graded Lessons in English, Reed & Kellogg completed; History of U. S., Hansell's; Arithmetic, Nicholson's complete; Science Lessons, Paul Bert; Spelling, Webster's Dictionary; Copy book No. 4; weekly Composition.


 English Classics; History of U. S., Hansell's; Grammar, Reed & Kellogg's Higher Lessons in English; Physical Geography, Manry; Arithmetic, Nicholson's Advanced; Physiology, Tracy; Civil Government; Elementary Algebra, Nicholson; Copy book No. 5; weekly, composition.


 Hart's Rhetoric, Higher Lessons in English, Arithmetic completed, Wentworth's Geometry, Algebra, Gildersleeve's Latin Primer, Anderson's English History; Gage's Physics, weekly Compositions.

 The above course of study had been adopted as a graded course for the Parish High School located at Lafayette, with a view to systematizing the school work of the parish, and all the teachers of the parish are earnestly requested to adopt and follow as nearly as possible the course of study here arranged.

 An examination will be held at the High School building on Thursday, Jan. 18th, at 10 a. m., for the purpose of grading all children who can advance as far as the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. All the children in the parish who are sufficiently advanced, and who desire to attend the coming session, are urged to be present. No charge is made for the admission, the High School is free to all.
                 W. A. LEROSEN,
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

Moss Burglarized.

 Sometime after 12 o'clock last Friday night one of the show windows of the hardware department of Moss Bros. & Co.'s store was burglarized, three revolvers and a combination knife and fork having been the only articles stolen, as far as could be learned. On being apprised of the fact early Saturday morning Marshall Vigneaux immediately set in motion the usual machinery for capturing evil-doers with the result that Tuesday morning two burly negroes, not of this community, were delivered to him as being directly implicated in the theft. They were arrested in Lake Charles and as soon as was practicable after arriving here were given into custody of Sheriff Broussard by Marshall Vigneaux, on an affidavit made before Judge Martin, by Mr. F. E. Moss of the firm of Moss Bros. & Co. The stolen property has been recovered and will be held by the sheriff in evidence at the trial of these pillagers at the next criminal term of the district court. One of the negroes arrested made a full confession of the deed in which he implicates the comrade with him. The second negro, however, strongly disowns any connection with the affair.

 The ready apprehension of the miscreants should serve as another warning to evil-doers in this community, that they cannot easily escape the vigilance and clutches of our local police officers. Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894. 

Tramp Troubles.

 By the never ceasing stream of luckless men from the west, one might be led to think that entire region was out of employment. We do not know whether this migration will "go on for ever" but for the past four or five months there has been a steady movement from the setting to the rising sun, and the freights, no doubt, have had standing room only. They can be seem here daily and a visit of observation among them is not devoid of interest. Last Tuesday there was quite a large number here which included varieties from the genuine unfortunates out of work and hoping to improve matters by a change of base, to the unadulterated, thorough-going tramp whose memory would fail to recall a half hour's honest work that he ever did. Pity but what there was not some way of distinguishing one from the other, with that certainty that would enable us to treat them accordingly. But the genuine tourist with all his shortcomings is a great philosopher, and no doubt it takes a rough spell of weather to depress him. Likely he knows where he started from, may be he knows where he is going; it is not certain. Short rations and a hard bed have but little effect on his feelings. Some, of course, are bound to have certain little luxuries, such as a brick-bat for a pillow and to wash their faces once a week. We saw one not long ago who probably figured in this class; his hat was gone, his face was smeared with a combination of coal smoke and brick dust, and as he stood on the end of a cross-tie with an all round last-rose-of-summer look about him, you could hear him slowly singing.

     Bye bye, my honey
     I've lost all my money,
     Bye bye, my honey I'm gone.

 No doubt, however, there are among these wanderers some who were not born so. Victims of circumstances at first, they have by degrees been robbed of energy, and the spirit of industry, and in the end utterly demoralized. Probably some have come to think that "the world is not their friend, nor the world's law;" but whether they do or not, it is a source of satisfaction to know that there has been little or no lawlessness here, chargeable to them.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

Our Public Roads.
 According to reports the public roads in this parish, with the exception of a stretch from the town to Pin Hook, are in a well nigh passable condition, and if one half the complaints we hear from the people reaches the ears of those charged with the maintenance of the highways the auricular appendages of those persons must tingle to a most painful degree.

 The people have a right to expect good public roads as their just dues, and that these should be permitted to assume their present disgraceful condition reflects in no complimentary way on the gentlemen who have accepted the onerous responsibility of maintaining the roads. As matters stand at present traffic is seriously obstructed and traveling generally, is accomplished only under the greatest difficulty and at considerable risk to limb, if not to life. We have been informed that some of our physicians had felt compelled to refuse calls lately, to go a long distance, on account of the dangerous conditions of the public roads, and the question is asked "How much longer is this going to last?" The situation is truly deplorable and calls for serious consideration. It cannot be possible that it is irremediable !  If not already known, a remedy should be devised and a vigorous application of it made at once. Necessity demands immediate action and THE ADVERTISER hopes to see present means, or better ones, employed without unnecessary delay, to bring about satisfactory correction of this great evil. The task may be an onerous and most ungrateful one, but it must be done. Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

Police Record.

 The following is the report of Police record, of December 1899:

 4th. Rich McElligat, $5 fine or ten days.

 4th. Paul Vicerme fine $5, or ten days.

 6th. T. V. Driette, fine $5, or ten days.

 9th. Jos. Romero, fine $5, or ten days.

11th. Jas. G. Davis, vagrant, ordered to leave.

 11th. O. Riley, nuisance, ordered to leave.

 13th. George W. White, suspicious character, kept for informlty. Jos. Guidry & Arnesia Gabriel, disturbing the peace $2.50 fine or five days jail.

 14th. Tom McCoy drunk and disturbing the peace, ordered to leave.

 16th. Sam Dugas, using obscene language 5 days jail.

 16th. George Selma, drunk nuisance, fine $2.50 or 5 days.

 26th. Albert Stewart, disturbing peace, fine $2.50 or five days.

 26th. Valsin Dickerson & Robt. Aime, fighting discharge as to Dickerson and ten days to Aime.

 27th. Salomon Jackson, fighting and disturbing the peace, fine $250 or 5 days.

 27th. Winfield Johnes, fighting, disturbing peace, $2.50 or 5 days.

 30th. Thos. Handall, using vulgar language, fine $5 or ten days.
                              John Vigneaux,
                                      City Marshal.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/13/1894.

 A heavy rainfall that appeared to be very general, poured down several days in succession this week. 

Mr. Armand Levy, of the firm of Levy and Bendel, Lake Charles, was in our town recently.

 We hear quite a number of Lafayette pleasure goers who intend taking in the carnival celebration at New Orleans, next month.

 The street bridge at the corner of the Rigues Hotel should receive the attention of the town authorities before the happening of any accidents.

 Mr. E. J. Higginbotham has sold to Mr. Felix Demanade the residence property in the Mouton addition which he acquired from his brother Mr. C. C. Higginbotham. Price $1,000.

 Mr. John I. Magee, night telegraph operator here, left for his home at Jackson, Miss., on the 10th inst., for as short vacation. The Advertiser wishes Mr. Magee a most pleasant visit.

 Sold House.Mr. E. J. Higginbotham has sold to Mr. Felix Demanade the residence property in the Mouton addition which he acquired from his brother Mr. C. C. Higginbotham. Price $1,000.

 Break-In. - Last Saturday night the office of Moss & Mouton was forcibly entered for purposes of robbery. The firm never keeps money in their office over night, so other property in the building was left undisturbed by the miscreant.   

Italian Rat. - Last Sunday Joe Pizzo, the fruit vendor near the post office made a find. In a bunch of bananas from a newly opened box he discovered an animal that seems to be extremely rare. It is anywhere between a squirrel and a rat - probably leaning toward the latter. Its captor has given it a home in an ordinary bird cage and considers himself on the high road to fortune. It has been a source of no little curiosity and interest. Local natural historians have eyed it very critically; one says it is a ground possum, others that it is a banana rat; whatever it may be Joe wouldn't part with it for much-a-money.

Cashier Crow Girard attended the meeting of Louisiana bankers at New Orleans on the 11th inst., called for the purpose of effecting a permanent organization of the Louisiana State Bankers' Association.

 A grand Calico and Masquerade Ball will take place at Falk's Opera House on Tuesday, Feb 6th. All ladies are invited free. No invitations will be issued. Excellent music will be engaged, and a good time is expected.

 Sunday night last the choir of the St. John's Catholic church were a guest of Father Forge at dinner by special invitation, and it is needless to say the occasion was a very pleasant one to all who were present. The menu was first class and no artificial stimulant was necessary for the appetite.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 13th, 1894:

To Paint the Church.

 Several gentlemen met at Falk's Hall last Monday to organize a Dramatic Club that will give entertainments for the purpose of raising funds to paint the Catholic church. Two plays, one in English and one in French, will be rendered sometime after lent. A meeting of the club will be held to-morrow when the parts will be distributed and the members will soon begin to rehearse.
 Lafayette Gazette 1/13/1894.

"A Dago Rat." - Pizzo, the Italian fruit vendor near the post office, is in possession of a very peculiar animal which he found in bananas box that he had just received. It was hidden between the bananas and looks very much like a rat. Its head and nose are very pointed and it sports a tail twelve inches long. Several gentlemen who saw it failed to throw any light on the subject, but when shown to one of the railroad men, he unhesitatingly pronounced it a "dago rat." Laf. Gazette 1/13/1900.

 Mardi Gras Ball. - A calico masquerade ball will be given at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras, Feb. 6. The Loreauville band will furnish the music. No invitations will be sent out. Admission for gentlemen, 50 cents.
 Laf. Gazette 1/13/1894.

Stole $10 from his Friend. - Last Thursday, Marshal Vigneaux arrested a negro named Albert Davis on a charge of stealing $10 from another negro. It appears that the two negroes, apparently on friendly terms, went to bed in the same room Wednesday, and during the night Davis relieved his roommate of $10. When arrested Davis admitted that he had committed the theft and he his now behind the bars awaiting the next session of the district court.  Lafayette Gazette 1/13/1894.

 The High School.
 As per announcement in another column of this paper the High School will be opened on Monday, Jan. 22, under the direction of Prof. W. A. LeRosen, whose services have been engaged. Prof. LeRosen comes to us highly recommended by prominent citizens and leading educators of this State. He is a graduate of the Peabody Normal School of Nashville, Tenn., and is a teacher of experience, having served as president of the Arcadia Male and Female College and of the Simsboro Institute of Bienville parish and having taught school a number of years in the State of Georgia. The examination of pupils desiring to enter the High School will take place at the High School building on Jan. 18 at 10 o'clock. Lafayette Gazette 1/13/1890.

 Lighting the Town. Mayor Campbell informs The Gazette that he has received a letter from the The Sun Vapor Light Company of Memphis, stating that a representative of that firm would soon be in Lafayette for the purpose of contracting to furnish the necessary light for the city.
Laf. Gazette 1/13/1894.

 Dealing with Tramps. Our friend "Ike" has a novel way of heading off tramps, viz: by sending his bear to the door. They barely get in the gate before "Ike" makes the "cub" show up. Needless to say, they don't want anything. Laf. Gazette 1/13/1894. 

School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 6, 1894.

 The Board of Directors of the parish of Lafayette met this day in regular session with the following members present: Julian Mouton president, P. A. Chiasson, Jasper Spell, D. Bernard and A. C. Guilbeau. Absent: H. Theall, Dr. W. W. Lessly, J. O. Broussard and J. S. Whittington.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The superintendent submitted his annual report of the schools which was received and ordered filed.

 The following report was submitted and accepted by the Board.

 LAFAYETTE, LA., JAN. 6, 1894.

 To the Honorable President and Members of School Directors, Parish of Lafayette.

 Gentlemen--As instructed by your honorable body, I offered the School lands of the parish for rent, for a term of four years at public action on Dec. 16, 1893, with following results: For section, T. 9, S. R., 3 E., containing 624 acres situated in the1st ward, there were no bids offered.

 In section 16, T. 10, S. R., E., containing 645 acres situated in the 2d ward. Lot No. 11, containing 40 acres situated in the S. W. quarter of said section was bid in by Malchi Perry, and lot No. 15 containing 40 acres situated in the S. E. quarter of said section was bid by in by Chas. Burke. There were no bids offered for of said section.

 In section 16, T. 11, S, R, 5 E containing 556 acres situated in the 4th ward, lots Nos. 1 and 2 containing 40 acres each, was bid by Darmas Landry, lot No. 3, containing 40 acres was bid by Phillip Cabrol, lot Nos. 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 containing 40 acres each, were bid in by P. B. Roy, lot No. 11 containing 40 acres, was bid in by Bienvenue Langlinais and lot No. 7 containing 40 acres, was bid in by Nelson Higginbotham.

 There were no bids for lots No. 5 containing 36 acres in said section.
        Respectfully submitted,
          H. E. Toll, Secretery School Board.

 On motion of Mr. Chiasson duly seconded it was resolved, that the directors of the several wards are hereby authorized to rent the school lands (not rented) at private contract at the following rate: All lands that are suitable for cultivation of cotton or corn, at not less than fifty cent per acre and the balance at such price as they may think proper.

 On motion duly made it was resolved that the director of 2nd ward is hereby authorized to select an assistant for the Ridge school, subject to the approval of the appointing committee.

 On motion of Mr. Guilbeau the amount of $300 was ordered to be placed to the credit of the contingent fund.

 On motion of Mr. Spell it was resolved that from the sum of $1,500 appropriated by the Police Jury for the public schools, that $600 therefrom be and is hereby set aside and allotted towards defraying the expenses to run the high schools and as understood by the conference committee, the Council of the town of Lafayette suggest the names of two trustees for the High School (if they choose so to do) subject in the approval and appointment of the Board, and who are to continue in the exercise of their function during the time that said Council make a reasonable appropriation to assist in defraying the expense of said High School.

(Accounts here)

 JULIAN MOUTON, President.
        H. E. Toll, Secretary
Lafayette Gazette 1/13/1894.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 1/13/1894

 Sheriff Broussard went to Houston this week.

 "Capt. Jagous" owing to slack business on the Tap has resumed his "old post."

 Mr. L. F. Salles who was summoned to Opelousas by the U. S. Court we notice is back.

 Mrs. Tom Kelly has returned after spending the holidays with relatives and friends in Alexandria.

 Mr. E. H. Taliaferro, representing the cotton firm of Hill & Co. of Opelousas, was a visitor to our city on Friday Jan. 5.

 Mrs. Felix Salles who has been home on a visit has returned, accompanied by her sister Miss Lou Wartell.

 L. Lacoste, Don Louis Herpin, J. P. Revillon, Alsin Breaux and John Begnaud left Wednesday for a three weeks' rest at the seashore.

 Mr. D. V. Gardebled, after a few days visit, returned to his home and business at Bay St. Louis on Tuesday morning.

 Dr. Raoul Trahan, who has been "sawing bones" in the "charity hospital" for a month past, we are pleased to note is back at his post.

 The Gazette learns with pleasure that its former editor C. A. Thomas, has been appointed assistant cashier of the St. Martinville Bank.

 The building of a plank walk from Mrs. Rigues' corner to the post-office would meet with the approval of a number of residents on Lincoln avenue.

 Mr. Frank Hopkins, for a long time connected with the Southern Pacific at this place, has gone to Opelousas to make his home. He as accepted a half interest in the lumber business of Mr. Crawford of that place. Much success to you, Frank.

 Capt. George O. Elms, of Opelousas, was doing some surveying in our parish on Saturday, settling the long disputed Vordenbaumen vs. Jamieson line.

 Mr. Bromwell, formerly of Yazoo City, Miss., has been a guest at Sunset Lodge this week enjoying shooting over some of Mr. Myles' thoroughbred dogs. From all accounts he has been quite successful.

 We hear of an organization among the boys of a minstrel company. We understand it is their intention to give an entertainment for the benefit of the fire company.  Lafayette Gazette 1/13/1894.


Protection Forced Preparing to Delay the Passage of the Wilson Bill. 

[From the New York Times.] 

  The democratic authors of the tariff bill have shown their considerate regard for the business interests of the country by postponing the date when it will go into operation from March 1 to June 1. It was pointed out to the ways and means committee by a delegation of New York merchants that the bill go into effect on March 1 the spring trade would be ruined, or at least seriously impaired. The delay in the passage of the silver repeal act ruined the fall trade of the country, and the committee saw at once the imprudence and needless hardship of applying the provisions of the Wilson bill at a season which would involve danger to the trade of the spring months. In consenting to a postponement from March 1 to June 1, the committee possibly made a sacrifice of the interests of the democratic party. It has been argued, and with good reason, that the Wilson bill should go into effect at the earliest possible date in order that the country may have had a satisfactory and comforting experience of its provisions for some months before the next congressional elections. From a party point of view this is undoubtedly good politics, but politics do not dominate the committee. Chairman Wilson and his associates feel that they have received their mandate in two congressional elections, in which an overwhelming majority of the people pronounced for reform of the tariff. They have gone about their work without raising any question as to the persistency of the popular sentiment which made itself so powerfully felt in the elections of 1890 and 1892. Some timid democrats, misunderstanding or not understanding at all the meaning of the democratic reverses in certain states last month, would temper and trim the tariff bill to proportions of colorless and inoffensive futility in order to avert disasters which their trembling could apprehend may come the party in the next congressional elections. The ways and means committee has, however, been devoid of fear. It has no doubt that the people of the country desire the enactment of a tariff bill which shall reduce, and reduce radically, the burdens of the customs impost. They have prepared such a bill, and are willing to risk their own political fortunes and the fate of their party upon its acceptability to the people.

 The republicans in congress, and the partisan protected manufacturers out of congress, have evidently determined upon a policy of action. They send up the same loud cries that have been heard from them in the last three presidential elections and in all recent congressional years. They have resorted to the time-worn practices of their kind. They close their mills, or threaten to; they reduce wages, discharge democratic employees, and fill the columns of protectionist newspapers with their confident predictions of universal ruin should the Wilson bill be enacted. Such protectionist clap-trap failed to affect the voters of the United States in 1890 and 1892. We imagine that his burnt powder would not be gathered up for present use were it not for the hope cherished by those who use it that on account of the losses and sufferings due to the panic its detonations will now be even more alarming and effective than when it was first let off. It is natural in pursuing these tactics that the republicans should desire, if possible, to "put the democrats in a hole" by fighting off the enactment of the Wilson bill until late summer or early autumn, hoping that if its application does not long precede the congressional elections of next November the people will rise against it and its authors as they did in 1890, one month after the passage of the McKinley act.

 It will be within the power of the leadership and union and courage to defeat the obstructive purposes of their republican enemies. It is their duty to use all possible diligence to secure the speedy enactment of the bill. The adoption of some form of closure in the senate will probably be necessary to put a stop to republican delays. But the democrats should shrink from no means necessary to achieve their purpose. Speaker Reid was an autocrat and tyrant in his management of the house no doubt, but in some conditions autocracy and tyranny are useful and admirable qualities. A little more arrogance that democratic leaders have usually been accustomed to exhibit a little more firmness and determination, and, above all, of unity, than have always been theirs in times of party conflict are eminently desirable in the coming struggle.

 To prolong the commercial uncertainty is to prolong conditions in which the merchants and manufacturers and agencies of transportation are not making money. Outside of the busy partisan protectionists the desire for a prompt settlement of the tariff is universal. The people want the democrats in congress to get this bill through and soon. 

 From the New York Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 13th, 1914:

Finance Commissioner Pastoriza Tells of Their Great Success in Equalizing City Assessments.

 Sunday afternoon a large audience gathered at the Forum meeting in the Jefferson theater, nearly every seat downstairs being occupied, to listen to a talk on commission government, the Somers' system and the Houston plan of taxation, by Hon. J. J. Pasoriza, Tax and Finance Commissioner of Houston.

 Dr. E. L. Stephens presided and introduced the speaker in a brief complimentary talk, expressing appreciation of having the opportunity, especially at this time when commission government is to be voted upon the people of the city, of hearing the question discussed by one so thoroughly capable.

 Mr. Pastoriza began by paying a compliment to the ladies, a large number being present, by declaring himself in favor of woman's suffrage. He had been asked to speak upon commission government, the Somers' system and the Houston plan of taxation. He could talk upon each, but briefly. As to government, the form did not matter so much as the men chosen to administer it. The commission form in Houston had been a failure at first, but now was a success. This was due to better men being elected and the adoption of the initiative, referendum and recall, which had been left out at first. He advised Lafayette if they adopted commission government as to form was no new thing, the only difference between it and the regular form is in the number of aldermen. It was better to have a few aldermen for experience had shown in Houston that where the wards were represented aldermen would make dickers for their wards and money was spent regardless of the general needs of the city. Also there were a large number of aldermen, there was less chance of getting good men and of course the possibility of graft.

 He then took up the matter of taxation. He had succeeded in having his plan adopted by the first commissioners, not because they loved him or wanted the best interest of the people, but because they thought its adoption would kill him politically. It turned out the other way, he was elected by the biggest majority of all the ticket, and they were overwhelmingly defeated. When we had persuaded them to let him investigate, he went to Denver and spent his vacation studying the Somer's System. When the mayor of Houston insisted on his inaugurating the plan, he had thirty-six maps made of Houston showing the bare lots and streets. He employed the most capable real estate man in Houston and together they made a careful appraisement of  the cash value of every piece of land in the city. They then marked the value per foot on each lot. Then Mr. Pastoriza says he appointed a committee from the Chamber of Commerce, the Real Estate Exchange, big land owners and merchants and had them pass on each valuation and that value was adopted as final. He then wired to Cleveland for men to come and apply the Somers' System by working out the assessments. Under the system the value of a lot is found by multiplying the front foot value by a certain per cent in proportion to depth. This was done on separate slips. The next step was to assess the buildings. This was done by marking on prepared slips, giving specifications as to the size, material, etc., and then values were figured out in the office. This method gave an equitable assessment by equalizing real estate values. Lands were taxed at full cash value, buildings at 25 per cent and other property such as cash in bank, mortgages, buggies, furniture and personal property were not taxed. These were exempted because of impossibility of getting equitable assessment, because it made men lie as to values and was therefore immoral, and because they wanted to attract capital and foster immigration. Houses were taxed at 25 per cent to encourage building and besides it was not just to penalize a man for improving his property. The result had been fine. The assessment thus equalized and bearing in just proportion on the rich and poor alike, had raised the assessment of Houston $33,000,000 and so permitted them to reduce the tax rate from 1.70 to 1.50. Building had been greatly stimulated and more homes had been built than ever before in the same period. The system had proven of inestimable value in Houston, and had the great virtue of making the values in land, values created by the community, pay the community expenses. They also taxed franchises of public utility corporations which was just because it was again making community created values pay. He declared that the time would come when all taxes would be laid upon land alone, its community created value being made to pay the community expenses, declaring that a better day would dawn for the poor man when that time came.

 Mr. Pastoriza's talk was both instructive and entertaining and he was frequently applauded.

 The following entertaining musical program was rendered: Piano selection, Miss Paola Mouton; song, Mrs. J. W. Knightlinger; duet, Misses Aurore Labbe and Gertrude McConnel; song, Mrs. Anna Grant Miller. Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1914.


 The Chamber of Commerce is advised that Mrs. D. C. Powell of Lake Charles and Mrs. D. S. Avaught of New Orleans, organizers of the State Organization, Daughters of the Confederacy, will reach Lafayette Saturday, January 17th, for the purpose of organizing an active chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy. They will hold an open meeting in Music Hall over Moss Pharmacy at 3 p. m. of that day and every one is urged to attend.

 It will be remembered that Lafayette has been designated as the place of the next reunion of the veterans which will be some time during the month of October and in order to entertain them properly it is necessary that the Daughters be well organize, in fact, it is stated that unless there is an active Chapter of Daughters here, the State organization of Daughters will not hold their annual convention in Lafayette.

 The reputation of Lafayette is at stake in this matter and it is hoped that our ladies will come forward with their usual promptness in such matters and see that a good strong organization is effected at the meeting January 17th. Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1914.


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