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From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 25th, 1905:


 Mass Meeting at Court House Thursday Night. Over Two Hundred Present and Much Enthusiasm Displayed.

The Ticket: Mayor, C. O. Mouton; Councilmen, Gus Schmulen, C. D. Boudreaux, O. B. Hopkins, P. Krauss, Simeon Begnaud, F. E. Girard, A. R. Trahan.

The Municipal Campaign is now on. Thursday night in response to a numerously signed call for a mass meeting to select candidates for mayor and councilmen, between 200 and 250 people assembled at the court house. Dr. J. D. Trahan called the meeting to order and after a few words explanatory, in the course of which he stated that it was the purpose "to select men who would be servants of the people and not their bosses," he called for nominations for chairman. Maj. P. L. DeClouet was unanimously chosen, and made a brief talk which was enthusiastically cheered. Joe Colomb was proposed for secretary by E. G. Voorhies and his popularity was demonstrated with great applause and unanimous election.

E. G. Voorhies then stated the object of the meeting to be to select candidates for a municipal offices to be submitted to primaries to be ordered later, and moved that nominations be made, the nomination of mayor to be first. Seconded by R. H. Broussard. The motion carried with applause.

Jno. L. Kennedy then in a somewhat extended speech which evoked frequent and enthusiastic applause, nominated C. O. Mouton for mayor. He said in part, that this meeting marked a new era, as it was the first instance in which the voters had been called into consultation and given voice in the nomination of officers. It had been the custom in the past for a few men to formulate and put out a ticket as the choice of the people. This meeting exemplified the sentiment that the people must govern. The mass meeting had been called by 84 voters or signers, citizens of the town, and every citizen was entitled to speak. An effort had been made to discredit the meeting by dodgers distributed about town. Believed the circular was by people who desired to be candidates and people who desired to be candidates and people will not elect them. C. O. Mouton was selected two years ago, and sentiment was crystallized. The circular took advantage of this knowledge of public sentiment to make it appear that the meeting was "cut and dried." He closed by nominating C. O. Mouton for mayor in a few brief but excellently chosen words. The nomination was received with enthusiastic applause. It was seconded by E. G. Voorhies. The chairman then called for further nominations. None being made the vote was taken and C. O. Mouton was unanimously nominated for mayor.

E. G. Voorhies then moved that the ticket for city councilmen be submitted as a whole.

Seconded by Louis Lacoste and carried.

Mr. Voorhies then said in part, that it was necessary to select men of ability, integrity and impartiality, and that the names he would present were suggested by capable and disinterested parties, that the men he would nominate were worthy of the hearty support of all the people of Lafayette and would give a business administration without favor or partiality that he himself was not wedded to any particular men, but would support those chosen by the meeting. Let those who objected, do so in open meeting and not like politicians in star chamber sessions. He then named C. D. Boudreaux, O. B. Hopkins, F. E. Girard, Simeon Begnaud, A. R. Trahan, Gus Schmulen and P. Krauss.

The nominations were seconded by L. Lacoste. The Chairman DeClouet called for further nominations being made the vote was then put and the City Council nominated, but not with the enthusiasm displayed in regard to the mayor; far from it.

Mr. Voohries offered the following set of resolutions, which were adopted, and the meeting adjourned.


Resolved, That we favor a white Democratic primary election for the nomination of Democratic candidates for Mayor and Members of the Town Council.

Resolved, That we demand a strict business and progressive administration, without favor of partiality; and that the affairs of this town be administered with strict economy, with justice to all.

Resolved, That we demand a more thorough system of drainage and maintenance of public streets. We demand a more thorough and efficient service of water and light, distributed to the use and benefit of all tax-payers alike, without favor or partiality.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

The Election.

The election for mayor and councilmen in Lafayette will not take place until next April; but the municipal campaign was formally opened last Thursday night at the court house at a mass meeting of citizens called for the purpose of placing a ticket in the field. A full report of the meeting is published in our columns to-day.

In view of the past factional differences in our local politics, is to be regretted that those having the common welfare honestly at heart should not have made an earnest effort in a patriotic spirit to obliterate factional lines with its obstructive tendency by uniting on a single ticket composed of good men without reference to past political differences, thereby ensuring to the municipality a progressive business administration free from the blighting influences of partisan politics. Such a consummation should always be possible with right thinking men, and they alone ought to be the ones entrusted with the control of public affairs.

 As it is we understand there will be two tickets in the field, if not three, with the attendant scrimmages for spoils and supremacy, which unfortunately too often overshadows all other considerations in a heated political campaign, and it only remains for those who are concerned more with the promotion of the public welfare than they are interested in the success of individual members of the community, to exert their influence towards securing the ablest and best fitted men for those offices, whether they be of one faction or another.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

An Intellectual Treat. - The lecture delivered by Dr. Mattison Chase, of Chicago, in the auditorium of the Industrial Institute last Saturday night, deserves to be classed among the best. It was a scholarly address abounding in wholesome and practical philosophy, and of a highly entertaining character. The good impression made by Dr. Chase on his bearers assures him of a hearty welcome and a much larger audience than his first one here, if he should ever return to Lafayette, as we hope he will do at some future time.
Lafayette Advertiser  1/25/1905.



Finnigan's Ball at the Jefferson Wednesday night proved to be a most entertaining "Ball." A large and fashionable audience was present, the house being almost full. Before the performance the Jefferson orchestra rendered a number of fine selections and played the score for the performance. The orchestra is an excellent musical organization and will compare favorably with city orchestra.

 The performance, it can hardly be called a play, for there is practically no plot, just a lot of funny business swung on to tenuously gauzy connection, was decidedly amusing, a number of the acts evoking great laughter and applause. The company as a whole was very capable; in fact there was not a single "stick" on the stage; but Ed. F. Gallagher as Casey, J. J. Barret as Finnigan and Fred Wilson as the Widdie Garrity very easily occupied "center" in their roles. Miss Mayme Taylor as Mrs. Casey did well and made a big hit with her beautiful singing. The show was good all through and was well worth the price of admission.

 Iris. - A large audience braved the bad weather Monday night to witness "Iris" at the Jefferson. It proved somewhat dissappointing to some, but on the whole was pretty fair.

Manager Girard has secured the following attractions for the Jefferson, all of them high class companies.

Jan. 27 - Sandy Bottom.
Jan. 28 - A Chicago Tramp.
Feb. 3 - The Unwritten Law.
Feb. 4 - Creston Clarke in Monday Baeucaire.
Feb. 12 - Lewis Morrison in Faust.

SANDY BOTTOM. - "Sandy Bottom" is a play which appeals to the majority of people on account of its quietness, its heart interest - in fact, in combination of both pathos and comedy in a way which has so often been described as the "Laughter which chases away tears." A play, to enjoy lasting popularity, must possess these qualifications or else fail to long interest of fickle public. Like "The Old Homestead," "Human Hearts," "Alabama" and "Arizona," a play must be intense enough to hold the interest of the auditors, at the same time have sufficient pathos to touch the strings of the human heart.
"Sandy Bottom" is a simple, plain, truthful story - a story of the sun-kissed hills of Arkansas in the southeastern part of the State - a locality, where the latch string is always out and every man and woman honest until proven otherwise. The drama will be presented here under the management of Hampton and Hopkins who successful money-making trips. It is promised that it will be given in a superb manner by a company of unusual excellence. "Sandy Bottom" will be the attraction at the Jefferson, Friday, January 27. Balcony, 50 cents. Parquette, 75 cents.

A CHICAGO TRAMP. - Lovers of high class amusement will be afforded a rare treat in the form of an up-to-date sensational comedy drama. "A Chicago Tramp," which makes its appearance here on Saturday night, January 28, at the Jefferson. The show is replete with witty lines and sayings and abundant with side splitting situations. The cast is comprised of recognized performers fully capable of portraying their respective roles. The vaudeville olio of of a pure, clean nature, and one that is always sure to gain the hearty approval of all who witness it. All in all the show is one that will amuse, minus anything that might tend to offend the most fastidious. The Megaphone quartet will be one of the special features in the show while the appearance of Olga Schmoll Debaugh, a violin virtuoso of international repute, will be a grand treat to all lovers of good music. Don't miss seeing "A Chicago Tramp" when it comes to this city. Balcony, 50 cents; Parquette, 75 cents.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

At Industrial Institute Three Students Graduate --- Brief Exercises Next Monday Morning --- Public Invited.

 The examinations are being held at the Industrial Institute this week. The first term will close Friday and the second term begins next Monday at 9 o'clock the morning exercises will be devoted to the graduation of three students who have finished their course in the middle of the year, Miss Sallie Prosser, Miss Nannie Buchanan, and Mr. Ashton Beraud. The exercises will consist of the announcement of graduation by Dr. Stephens, an acknowledgement by the Alumni Society and a brief address by Judge Julian Mouton. After this the regular work of the new term will begin.
The public is cordially invited to attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Will Remove Barbershop to Gordon Hotel To-day.
 My barbershop will be moved into new quarters in the Gordon Hotel to-day, Wednesday Jan. 25. I will have hot and cold water baths and all the latest equipments, and will be assisted by Messrs. A. L. Bourgeois and P. Mariatty. We invite you to call and promise the best of service.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Some Interesting Reading.
 The School Board proceedings, which are published elsewhere in this issue, are specially interesting. They contain Supt. Alleman's report of the work of last year and give in detail the number in attendance, cost per child, number of schools, etc., etc., furnishing complete information on all points to the public.

 The report calls special attention to the need for more school houses, and expresses the inability of the Board, even with the additional revenues from the school tax, Jury and Council, to meet the fast growing demand.

 Every citizen should read the proceedings carefully.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

 Some Encouraging Reading.

The (New Orleans) Picayune Friday contained another special from Baton Rouge in regard to the Lafayette road, which makes some encouraging reading. It is as follows:

 It is believed by local railroad men that within the next year the Southern Pacific will build their line from Lafayette to the river, and that the property which has been purchased by the two roads will be used as the approaches to transfer until such a times as the traffic will justify the building of a bridge across the river at this point, which is conceded by engineers to be the best location for such a structure in the entire lower river.

 If the Southern Pacific builds their line from Lafayette to the river, as now seems almost certain, as their agents are purchasing a right of way between the two points, the Illinois Central, through its Yazoo and Mississippi Line from Memphis, will be able to transfer all its westbound freight and passengers at Baton Rouge, instead of bringing them through New Orleans. This will result in a very considerable saving in both time and expense, as it is almost a straight line across from Baton Rouge to Lafayette.

 The Southern Pacific will be able to make the same transfer on eastbound freight and passengers, resulting in time and expense.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Lafayette Building and Loan Association.

 In Splendid Condition - All Officers Re-Elected to Serve Ensuing Year.

 The stockholders of the Building and Loan Association held their annual election last Wednesday and elected the following board of directors: C. O. Mouton, Dr. N. P. Moss, Chas. D. Caffery, A. J. LeBlanc, Dr. J. A. Martin, R. C. Greig, L. G. Gladu. The Board then elected the following officers. C. O. Mouton, president; R. C. Greig, vice-president; S. R. Parkerson, treasurer; B. J. Pellerin, secretary. Since its organization about five years ago the Building and Loan Association has been doing a fine work for the town. Though it means a considerable number of people have been able to secure homes of their own and in many cases handsome ones, at a monthly expenditure of scarcely more than ordinary rent. And it has also proven to be a good investment, as the fifth annual statement shows; the total assets are $41,098.39, with net profits of $13,733.35. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/25/1905.

Mr. Jules Jeanmard, of Carencro, was a visitor to Lafayette Sunday.

Wischan & Domengeaux make delicious cakes, try them and see how nice they are. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

We have received an invitation to be present at the wedding of Miss Alma Gulley to Mr. Jas. S. Taylor, which will take place at Lometa, Texas, Jan. 25. They will be at home in Lampasas, Texas, after Feb. 1.

Carter makes picture frames to order.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

A. Biosset has moved from Broussard to near Lafayette on the Pin Hook road.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Ellwood and Standard in 26 and 34 inch heights make the best kind of a hog and cattle fence. We have a carload on hand. Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., Ltd.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

We can supply you with any kind of fancy groceries. Prudhomme & McFaddin.
Lafayette Advertise 1/25/1905.

H. A. Gianelloni received the sad news last week of the death of his uncle, Pascal Gianelloni, which occurred at Havre, France, Dec. 17, 1904.

Edwin Clapp shoes, none better, either for comfort or service. - Levy Bros.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Ed Bertand has accepted a position with Pellerin & DeClouet.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

See Parkerson & Mouton for any kind of insurance. Eight years' experience.

The damp irregular weather is responsible for a great deal of sickness at present.

A big carload of poultry netting and hog and cattle fencing just received. Call and get our price before buying elsewhere. - Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., Ltd.

Messrs. C. F. Latiolais and Geo. Melchoir, of Carencro, were in Lafayette Sunday.

Mrs. Ophie Guidry, after spending two weeks in Beaumont Tex., with her sister, Mrs. D. Bonnemaision, returned home Thursday.

 Our stock of groceries is complete in every particular. Prudhomme & McFaddin.

T. H. Thompson, representing Southern Branch Mergenthaler Linotype Co., New Orleans, was in Lafayette Monday.

Poultry Netting No. 16 and 19 wire, in 2 ft and 3 ft and 4 ft. heights. - just received a carload. Let us quote you prices. - Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., Ltd.

Mrs. R. B. Rainey is visiting at the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan.

On Monday Mr. and Mrs. Cliff I. Young became the happy parents of a fine baby boy.

 Eugene Hernandez, of the eight ward of this parish, left Wednesday afternoon for Shreveport, to attend Draughan's Practical Business College.

Mrs. T. N. Blake has returned from a visit to New Orleans.

The many friends of Robt. Richard, who is now living in Gueydan, will be glad to learn that he will remove to Lafayette the early part of February with his family.

Mrs. A. T. Comeaux and two little children, of Youngsville, spent several days in town, returning Monday.

Misses Bessie Cornay and Anna Pender, of Patterson, visited Viola Young last week and attended Finnigan's Ball.

 Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Domengeaux are entertaining a new citizen at their home since Sunday.

Mrs. J. H. Jones, of Greenville, Texas, is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. B. Hopkins.

Mrs. Jules Dubernard, of Scott, visited her daughter, Mrs. Jacques Doucet, yesterday.

Miss Sadie McFaddin has returned from Fordyce, Ark., where she has been several months visiting relatives.

Mrs. E. C. Primeaux, of Rayne, spent several days with Miss Louise Noville and her mother last week.

Ursin Hoffpauir, of Ridge, was a welcome caller at this office Thursday.

Miss Mathilde Richard has resigned her position with the Brown-News Co. and has accepted a position with the Moss Pharmacy as stenographer. She entered upon her new duties Friday. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Mrs. Aurelin Primeaux, of Youngsville, was in town Friday.

 Mrs. Earnest Estilette, of Carencro, after spending some time at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Pefferkorn, returned to her home Saturday.

Messrs. J. A. Woods, of Jennings, and W. T. Alexander, of Edgerly, were in Lafayette Sunday.

Ferdinand Mouton left Sunday for Jennings, where he went on business.

Nathan Broussard, Crowley, was in Lafayette Sunday.

 Villery Guidry, formerly a resident of Carencro, was in Lafayette Friday. 

Mr. Guidry is just back from a trip North where he visited the copper country of Michigan. He expects to remain here several weeks after which he contemplates going to California.

We make a specialty of fresh groceries, give us an order and see how good they are. - Morgan & Debaillon. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

D. Hebert, a prominent citizen of Lake Arthur, was the guest of Alfred Hebert Wednesday,

Saws tiled and razors, knives and scissors sharpened by an expert specially employed for that purpose. - J. C. Broussard, the cabinet and cistern maker.

Elsewhere in this issue appears the advertisement of Henry Thompson, who purchased the grocery business of Jno. O. Mouton on Lincoln Ave. Wednesday. Mr. Thompson is a native of Lafayette and is an active, energetic young man . It is his intention to conduct a first-class, up-to-date grocery.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Miss Ella Halois, of Crowley, and Mr. Flance Keller, of Eunice, were the guests of the Misses Magnon Saturday and Sunday.

 Messrs. C. C. Brown and C. D. Gray have opened a stock yard near the round house, and will handle horses and cattle.

N. A. Walton and W. A. Leoyd, two Southern Pacific brakemen, were arrested Friday by Sheriff Lacoste at Bayou Sale for breaking into and robbing a car of a lot cloaks, shoes, etc. Both prisoners confessed.Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Elsewhere in this issue appears the advertisement of Henry Thompson, who purchased the grocery business of Jno. O. Mouton on Lincoln Ave. Wednesday. Mr. Thompson is a native of Lafayette and is an active and energetic young man. It is his intention to conduct a first-class, up-to-date grocery. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

 Grants Right of Way for Pipe-Lines to Run from Jennings and Anse la Butte.

 At a special meeting Thursday, the Police Jury granted to Bass and Benkenstein, of Crowley the right of way through the parish for a pipe line, which will begin at Jennings. They also granted same right to Moresi Bros. and A. M. Martin, line to run from Anse la Butte. The Jury also increased the number of delegates to the the Cotton Growers' Convention, which is now in session in New Orleans, from five to twenty-five. The Jury will meet again to-morrow. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 25th, 1902:


Examination Week -- Dr. C. Alphonso Smith to Lecture Feb. 7. -- Equipment for Gymnasium.

 This week at the Industrial Institute has been taken up with the semi-annual examination in all departments, and many an expectant youth nervously awaits his "marks", to know whether he "passed" or "failed". The result of the examination is combined with the result of the class standing of each student, and the average of these determines whether the student has passed or failed in any subject; but the daily classwork throughout the year is given twice as much weight in making the average as is given to the examination-marks. The teachers are hard at work grading the examination papers, and will be ready for the organization of the new term on Monday, the 27th, according to schedule.

 Everybody is looking forward with great interest and pleasure to the coming of Dr. C. Alphonso Smith, professor of literature in the State University at Baton Rouge, who will lecture in the Auditorium of the Institute on Friday night, Feb. 7. Dr. Smith's subject will be upon some of his European travels, and it is certain that he will givee his hearers the greatest pleasure and instruction. He is doing the Industrial the honor of speaking upon invitation, and there will accordingly be no charge for admission.

 Another great treat is probably in store for the Institute, in a visit from Bishop Sessums on Feb. 3. It is expected that he will be in Lafayette on Feb. 2, upon a visit to his church recently built here, and it is hoped that he will call on the Institute on the following morning and make an address at the morning exercises.

 And besides these scholarly attractions to look forward to, there are yet others to follow very soon. Prof. Alcee Fortier of Tulane University has consented to deliver an address upon Louisiana History at the Institute, and it is expected that during his visit he will be prevailed upon to make an address on education and deliver it in French. Then President Caldwell of the State Normal School is to be here during the Teachers' Institute, and President Alderman of Tulane will be drawn out our way just as soon as the matter can be arranged upon his schedule. No course at the Industrial Institute could offer better opportunities for real education that such a course of lectures as this from these really great and scholarly teachers, -- who give us the benefit of their splendid talents and accomplishments without money and without price.

 One of the most important departments of the Institute is just now completing its preparations to begin work -- and that is the Gymnasium. A full equipment of the best and most modern Swedish apparatus has come in this week, and is being installed. Among the important pieces are a set of stallbars, a set of adjustable flying rings, a climbing rope, a large double Swedish horizontal bar, intercostal chest-weight apparatus, parallel bars, jump stands, inclined plank, wands, and dunb-bells; together with all needed accessories, such as floor-mats, racks, benches, etc., and also a complete set of anthropometrical apparatus, such as rod, tape, caliper, etc., for measuring the growth and increase of muscular and lung development. Besides this, the game of baket-ball has been obtained complete for field play; and the young ladies at the dormitory have been provided with a set of tennis. Miss Randolph's classes in gymnastics, whose work heretofore has been confined to the marching exercises and the simpler movements of the Swedish drill, are very enthusiastic over the arrival of the apparatus, and are somewhat in this as are the young men of a newly organized military company when first allowed to drill with guns. There is no doubt that this gymnasium will be a godsend to the young Ladies of the Institute, making them very much sounder in body -- and accordingly sounder in mind also.

 It is hoped that means will be found to supply the young men also with a set of outdoor apparatus; but their opportunities for athletic exercises are so much greater than those of the girls, that the justice of giving the first consideration to the young ladies is altogether evident -- aside from the mere matter of gallantry, which is always considered in Louisiana.

 Miss Mayfield has taken a room at the dormitory and has become a member of the Institute  Club.

 Miss Dupre made a short visit to her house in Opelousas, and Miss Randolph to her home in New Orleans, during the past week.

 Since printing the original list, six or eight more are expected to arrive on Sunday's trains. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

High Liquor Licenses.
We think that our esteemed brother of the Baton Rouge Truth is unnecessarily alarmed. He fears that the enforcement of a high liquor license will cause blind tigers to thrive in the capital city and that the high-balls and Manhattan cocktails which have made Baton Rouge famous will be supplanted by the vilest of concoctions. We have been having a high liquor license in Lafayette for some time and we are in a position to reassure the good people of Baton Rouge on this score. Here we have an iron clad high license law but the sightless beast has never shown his hideous form in these parts nor have our citizens been driven to the necessity of quenching their thirst with Dr. Peppers, Hostetter bitters and "brandy cherries," and we are sure there is no reason to fear anything of the sort in Baton Rouge. And has the Truth thought of what would happen if Baton Rouge placed any obstructions to the free and unhampered flow of the spirits? The capitol would be removed to more congenial surroundings or the weekly migration of the law-makers during the session of the Legislature would be a daily occurrence. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

Colored Fire Dept. - The fire department held a meeting in Falk's hall last Thursday night. A proposition from W. D. Skinner and other colored men to organize a fire company to be under the supervision of the chief was considered and acted upon favorably. A resolution was adopted forming four instead of seven districts. Dr. Moss was appointed to look into the question of a fire alarm system.  Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

Ball on January 30. - There will be a ball at Falk's hall on Thursday, Jan. 30, for the benefit of the Lafayette Brass Band. The Gazette hopes that the people of the town will avail themselves of the opportunity to give substantial proof of their appreciation of this splendid musical organization. The fine music which this band is already able to play shows what it can expected to do in the future if is given the proper encouragement. We do not know of an organization more deserving of the people's support than the Lafayette Brass Band. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

Hart, The Laugh King.

 Stanley Hart, the laugh king, will give some of his popular entertainments at Falk's hall. He will appear on the 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th of January. The Adairville (Kentucky) Banner has this to say of Dr. Hart:

 Dr. Stanley Warde Hart, a graduate in hypnotism from the New York Institute of Science, closed a series of four entertainments at the opera-house in this city last Saturday night. Considering the unfavorable weather the performances were well patronized, and were highly amusing and instructive. Dr. Hart is a cultured gentleman, thoroughly reliable in every particular, and made many friends during his stay in our town. One of the most remarkable feats we have ever witnessed was performed by Dr. Hart. A committee of home men addressed a note to a business man in town, placed it in a blank envelope and put the envelope in a lock box in the post-office amongst other mail. The key to the box was then secreted under a roll of carpet at Rayburn and Smith's store, and a route was determined by committee, to be followed by Dr. Hart. When all was in readiness Dr. Hart took Marshal S. T. Benson, one of the committee, by the hand, and blindfolded he started from McGee Bros. & Co's., went direct to the key, traversed the route to the post-office, unlocked the box, selected the envelope and delivered it to Geo. D. Cregor, to whom it was addressed on the inside.  Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.   

Shooting. - Felix Hidalgo, an old white man, was shot by a negro named Eraste Baumont, in the second ward, on the 17th of this month. The shooting was done with a shotgun loaded with birdshot. The negro claims that the shooting was accidental.  Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

Veterinary Surgeon in Lafayette.
A. Rouif, a veterinary surgeon of thirty years' experience, has located in Lafayette to practice his profession. Dr. Rouif served as surgeon in the French army and was State Veterinary Surgeon of Missouri during eight years. He is a graduate of Allfort College, France. As will be seen in an advertisement in this paper Dr. Rouif's office is at Landry's stable, (formerly Veazey's). He will answer calls promptly at all hours of the day and night. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

Laf. High School Student Dies.
The many friends and relatives of young Theo Landry were pained to hear of his death which occurred at his home. The young man was attending the Lafayette High School. He went home to spend the holiday vacation with his parents, but did not return to join his schoolmates. He died on the 15th of January. He was a good boy of good habits, and was liked by everyone. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

Shot by Negro. - Felix Hidalgo, an old white man, was shot by a negro named Eraste Baumont, in the second ward, on the 17th of this month. The shooting was done with a shotgun loaded with birdshot. The negro claims that the shooting accidental. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.


At the Cathedral in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 20, 1902, by Father Bollard, Mr. Gaston Francez and Mrs. Philomene Cayret, both of Lafayette parish. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.


There was no change made in the personnel of the board of directors of the First National Bank at the election which took place the 14th instant, and last Tuesday the Board organized for the ensuing year by re-electing the old set of officers, viz: N. P. Moss, president;  J. G. Parkerson, cashier; C. D. Caffery, attorney; O. C. Mouton, notary. The substantial increase in the business of the First National Bank during the past year is a source of so much gratification to the shareholders, and officers and directors of the institution. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902. 


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 25th, 1902:

 East-West Rail Route.   
    (First words of article n/a)

.....Northern Railroad is going to build a branch to New Orleans in the near future, which will parallel the Southern Pacific. The route is to be south of the Southern Pacific from Houston to Lake Charles, and then from Lake Charles it will cut across Lousiana and strike the Texas and Pacific at Mellville, saving an expenditure of over a million dollars in building a bridge across the Atchafalaya river.

According to the people who are on the inside the route has already been selected, and the surveys are practically finished. The distance between Houston and (rest is unreadable)

Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1902.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 25th, 1896:


Governor: MURPHY J. FOSTER, of St. Mary.

Lt. Gov.: ROBT. S. SNYDER, of Tensas.

Sec. of State: JOHN T. MICHEL, of Orleans.

 State Treas.: A. V. FOURNET, of St.Martin.

 State Auditor: W. W. HEARD, of Union.

 Attorney Gen.: M. J. CUNNINGHAM, of Natchitoches.

 Supt. of Public Education: PROF. J. V. CALHOUN, of Orleans.



Dist. Attorney: MINOS T. GORDY.

Representative: J. O. BROUSSARD.

Clerk of Court: E. G. VOORHIES.


Sheriff: I. A. BROUSSARD.

Coroner: DR. A. R. TRAHAN.
Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1896.


Among other business....

 The following communication from the ladies of Lafayette was received and read:

 To the Honorable President and Members of School Board:

 GENTLEMEN: -- The ladies of the committee who undertook to raise money with which to supplement the salary of a male principal for the High School in Lafayette, take pleasure in reporting to your honorable body that they have collected and placed in the bank the sum of $220 for this purpose, and they would most respectfully request that, if  it is possible for you to do so, you retain Miss Francis Greig as assistant in the school, and that you take immediate steps to accomplish the above object.
       Respectfully, etc.,
          MRS. FELIX DEMANADE, '' " M. P. YOUNG, " " DR. TOLSON, " " DR. BERAUD, " " DR. HOPKINS.

 De. Lessley moved that the superintendent be instructed to employ a gentleman teacher as principal for the High School, and when it is necessary, to employ an assistant for said school.

 Mr. Trahan offered as an amendment to Dr. Lessley's motion, that a gentleman teacher be employed as principal or the High School and that Miss Miss F. S. Greig be retained as assistant of said school at a salary of $45 a month, which was carried by the following vote: Yeas -- J. O. Broussard, J. E. Trahan, D. Bernard and J. S. Whittington; nays -- Dr. Lessley and A. C. Guilbeau.

 On motion of Mr. Trahan, seconded by Mr. Bernard, Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins and Mr. E. G. Voorhies, with the superintendent, was appointed as a committee to select a suitable gentleman teacher as principal of the High School.

 On motion of Mr. Whittington, seconded by Mr. Bernard, the offer from the ladies of Lafayette was accepted and that a vote of thanks be tendered the ladies of Lafayette for their generosity and for the interest they have taken in the cause of education.

 The Board then adjourned.
     J. O. BROUSSARD, President.
     H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
   Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1896.

Madame Amae.

The celebrated spiritual, trance and business medium is in the city and has rooms at Mrs. Alfred Chargois' City Hotel, where she can be consulted on all affairs of life. Madame Amae has had 35 years' experience as a medium and has been very successful in healing family differences, giving valuable advice in business and locating and recovering lost or stolen property as well as hidden treasure. She reads life from cradle to the grave with absolute correctness and can give full name and description of future husband or wife with exact date of marriage. All in trouble are especially invited to call. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1896.  

NEGRO POLITICIANS. - T. Paddio and Joe Porter, two negro politicians formerly of this parish, but more recently inhabitants of the Crescent City, were reported to be in Lafayette lately. Between now and next April the climate of this parish will not be healthy for negro politicians. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1896.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 25th, 1879:

The Morgan and Texas Railroad.
[N. O. Picayune. 21st inst.]

Senate bill amending the act of March, 1877, relative to Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company, was reported upon favorably yesterday by the Senate Committee on Railroads, and on motion of Mr. Breaux, take up and passed the body by a unanimous vote without a single amendment thereto.

The first section refers to the corporate powers of the company.
The second section relates to the land necessary for the construction of the road, right of way and the mode of procedure in the courts of the State in connection there with , between the parties owning the land and the railroad company expropriating said land, in order that its just value may be ascertained.

Pending appeal in the Supreme Court of the State, as well as pending all appeals from parish courts to district courts, the said company may take and hold or retain possession of any lands to which the said proceedings shall relate ; provided it shall deposit such a sum of money, or give such security as the court, or any judge thereof shall direct, as security on such appeal.

Section 3 amends the section 28 of the act of 1877, so as to read as follows:

1. That the railroad which is now being extended beyond Morgan City by M
organ's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company shall be completed to Vermilionville within eighteen months from the passage of this amended act ; and to some point on the Sabine River or Texas boundary line by said company, or other company connecting with them, within eighteen months thereafter.

2. When the said road shall be completed in Vermilionville, La., a distance of about sixty-three miles from Morgan City, all the privileges and franchises granted by the said act, No. 37, approved March 8, 1877, shall be fully vested in said company ; provided. however, that if the road be not completed to the Sabine River or the Texas boundary line within the time above stipulated by the said Morgan Company, or other company uniting with them, then the railroad franchises herein granted shall extend from New Orleans only to that point of the road which shall be completed within the stipulated time by said company, or other company acting with or under them.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879.

More Steamboat Service. - The steamboat D. Stein made her first trip up the Bayou Vermilion from New Orleans via the Atchafalaya this week. We understand that the D. Stein will hereafter make regular trips between New Orleans and Pin Hook, carrying freight at reduced rates. We wish the new boat success.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879.

City Council of Vermilionville.
  Regular Session, Dec. 2d, 1878.

 The City Council met this day, the Hon. J. O. Mouton, Mayor presiding and all the Councilmen present.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read, corrected and adopted.

 The committee appointed at the last meeting for the purpose of fixing the rate of taxation, &c., presented the following report, to-wit :

 "To the Honorable mayor and Members of the Town Council of Vermilionville, La. --

 The undersigned committee, appointed by your Honorable body to recommend the levying of a tax on the movable and immovable property situated within the limits of said Town and of a License Tax upon persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within said limits for the year 1879, respectfully submit the follwoing:

 1. They recommend that the Corporation tax for the year 1878 and collectable in the year 1879, be and remain as it is now fixed by the Charter of the Corporation, to-wit:  2 1/2 mills on the dollar.

 2. They further recommend that the follwoing License Tax be levied for the year 1879 upon all persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within the limits of the Corporation, viz:

Merchant $15.00
Grocer 15.00
Drugstore 20.00
Livery Stable 15.00
Cake Stand 5.00
Coffee House 40.00
Billard Table 10.00
Circus or menagerie for each day they perform 100.00
Show or exhibition for each day they perform 5.00
Theatre, Concert, or other performance per day 5.00
Side show to Circus and menageries 25.00
Peddler for each and every 5 days 2.00
Attorney at law 10.00
Physician 10.00
Ice Cream stand 5.00
Notary public 10.00
Coffee, Fruit or Soda water stand 5.00
Inn, Hotel or Boarding House 10.00


 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was unanimously
    Resolved, that the report of the committee be taken up in this section.
    On motion, Resolved, that there shall be levied and collected for the year 1879, the following license, to wit:

1st from each and every merchant $15.00
2d Grocer 15.00
3rd Drugstore 25.00
4th Livery Stable 15.00
5th Cake stand 5.00
6th Coffee House 40.00
7th Billiard Table 12.50
8th Circus or Menagerie each day they perform 100.00
9th Show or Exhibition each and every day they perform 5.00
10th Theatre, Concert or other performance per day 5.00
11th Side show to Menagerie or Circus per day 25.00
12th Peddler for each and every 5 days 2.50
13th Attorney at Law 12.50
14th Physician 12.50
15th Ice Cream stand 5.00
16th Notary Public 10.00
17th Coffee, Fruit or Soda water stand 5.00
18th Inn Hotel, or Boarding House 10.00

On the motions to adopt the report of the committee on the Drugstore license of 20.00 ; the Livery stable license of $15.00 ; and the Coffee House license of 10.00 ; the motions were adopted by the following vote : 
 Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry, and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Ed. McBride seconded by Mr. Lindsay, the license of $10 on Billard tables as reported by the committee, was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:
Ayes: Ed McBride, Lindsay, Alpha, Vigneaux and Landry.
Noes: R. L. McBride and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on attorneys as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:
Ayes: Ed. McBride, Lindsay, Alpha and Landry.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on Physicians as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50 by the follwoing votes:
Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Vigneaux and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was

 Resolved, that the report of the committee be and is hereby adopted as amended as a whole ;  and that all former laws on the same subject matter be and is hereby repealed. Upon which motion the following vote was taken:
Ayes: Landry, Alpha, Lindsay and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Vigneaux seconded by Mr. Hebert, it was
 Resolved, that the tariff on meats passed by the Council
at its session of June 14th, 1878 be amended so as to read as follows ; for retailing a beef or cow 0 cents, per quarter 12 1/2 cents, a calf 2 years old or under 25 cents, per quarter 6 1/4 cents. Motion lost by the following vote:
Ayes: Lindsay and Vigneaux.
Noes: Alpha, R. L. McBride, Landry and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr, Alpha seconded by Ed. McBride, it was
 Resolved, That the Corporation Attorney be and is hereby requested to wait upon the Hon. H. D. Guidry, the Representative from this Parish in the next General Assembly of the State, and solicit his action upon the question of having the Corporation Charter amended in this particular, viz: That the Corporation Constitution be hereafter voted for and elected to his office by the people of the Corporation at the yearly elections held for Mayor and members of the Council of this town, instead of being appointed to said office by the members elect of said Council. Adopted by the following vote:
Ayes: Alpha, Landry, Ed. McBride, Lindsay and Hebert.
Noes: R. L. McBride and Vigneaux.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
             J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
    H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 25th, 1873.
 City Council of Vermilionville.

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

 Absent : B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and

 On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five dollars, for each and every offense.

 The following account was presented and approved :

 W. O. Smith $6.30.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H.M. Bailey, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1873.

Special Meeting.
October 24th, 1872.

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

 The minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved.

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

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

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

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

 The following accounts were approved and warrants ordered to issue for the same: G. Landry, $125, A. Monnier, $146, F. Martin, $100, $315, F. Gardner, $140, S. W. Jones, $10, A. Billeaud, $30, S. J. Montgomery, $25.45, A. Judice, $5, I. Chapman, $2 and $10, Edgar Mouton, $2.40, W. Brandt, $75, J. J. Caffery, $5, L. Broussard, $7, D. O. Broussard, $4.50, H. M. Bailey, $30, Jules Guidry, $7, and $20, L. Hirah, $5.50.

 On motion, the Police Jury then adjourned.
  A. J. MOSS, Clerk; J. J. CAFFERY, Clerk.
   Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 25th, 1910:


 A comet with a tail about three feet long has been appearing for several nights rather low down in the western sky to the right of the evening star. Numbers of people have gazed upon the stranger and wondered, and that is all all anyone can do, wonder. The comet is not bright and it is somewhat hard to find at first. The time to look for it is a little after six. It does not tarry in sight long, being evidently of the bashful variety, from which augur that it is simply on exhibition and not on business, which is a rather consoling way to look at it, considering the tendency of some prophets to predict all kinds of disastrous things when the comet - the bold kind, you know - butts in to this old whiligig world of ours. Just to look at present comet, it is so pale and its tail is so inoffensive looking one need not have any shivers or worry; it seems to have got about as well acquainted with the beef trust and the other trusts as it wants to and is shying off to more untrusted areas of the ether. No, we need not fear the comet, for the few winks it is taking at us is rapidly turning it into a go-it. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1910. 

"Wireless Plan."

Marconi on his arrival at New York the other day from Canada, where he was engaged on wireless telegraphic business, declared that his experiments were entirely satisfactory. He had received a message from the other side of the Atlantic on the wireless plan. That determined the principle and with his system perfected, as it would be, it will be possible, he declared, to use wireless telegraphy in the not distant future for commercial purposes. Mr. Marconi sails for England this week to pursue his experiments. What is at present needed is to increase the power at the transmitters on the Cornwall coast. "With more power at the other end," he says, "the wireless messages" will come over with sufficient power to satisfy us."

From the N. O. Daily States and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.


In the olden times it was considered unpatriotic for a citizen to remain a bachelor all his days. By the Spartan laws those citizens who remained bachelors after middle life were excluded from all offices, civil and military. At certain feasts they were exposed to public derision and led around the market places. Although, generally speaking, age was unusually respected in Sparta, yet this feeling was not manifested towards old bachelors.

"Why should I make way for you," said a Spartan youth to a gray haired old bachelor, "who will never have a son to (unreadable word) me the same honor when I am old?"

Roman law pursued the same policy to old bachelors. They had to pay extra and special taxes. Under Augustus a law was enacted by which bachelors were made incapable of acquiring legacies and devises of real estate by will, except from their near relatives. In canon law old bachelors are enjoined to marry, or to profess charity, or in earnest to become monks.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1873.


They were in a railroad car, journeying to Chicago. On the opposite seat was a man of commanding figure, massive brow, and thoughtful expression.

"What a fine countenance, James! I wish I knew his occupation."

"Maybe he's a lawyer, Amelia."

"No, he's not a lawyer. There's too much benevolence in that face for a lawyer."

"He may be a banker."

"Not a bit of it! A man with such a heavenly expression couldn't content himself with money getting. His aim in life is higher than that."

"Do you think he's an editor?"

An editor with such a face! An editor saying hard things about everybody, ridiculing long dresses and abusing his mother-in-law. An editor, cutting and slashing his enemies, skinning public men indiscriminately, and mercilessly slaughtering his best friend for the sake of a three line paragraph! No, James, he's a philanthropist. He's a Christian minister, or a learned professor, spending his life for the good of mankind. His face plainly indicates that he is all that is noble, pure and true."

"I guess you are right, Amelia. I'll take your word and his face for it."

At the next station an inquisitive farmer took a seat beside the man with noble brow, and asked him about his vocation. Amelia held her breath and listened to the reply. It was this:

"I keep a saloon and meat-shop! My wife sells beer, and I do my own butcherin'!"

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 25th, 1910:


 One of the mistakes that practically all the small towns, and very many also of pretentious size make is that they overlook the opportunities right at hand while searching the distance for something in the way of railroads, cotton factories, etc., all on a big scale to plump down into their midst and start growth with a great big G. That is a very serious and useless mistake. Big industries come to small towns sometimes, to bigger towns at other times, some are located for position or because of special conditions, but the number of small towns that gather in the prizes are few and far between. And because they don't get the factories of the dimensions they wish for and which they believe their deserts entitle them to the very many little towns that "go to the cupboard and find it bare" do without any kid of a "bone" an wiggle along losing a little here to the mail order houses and a little there to the big city neighbors, and a little trade because of bad roads and a little trade because business is so bad it does not pay to keep the stock up to date and so things rock along. Meantime building stops, people move away for lack of work, rents go down and empty houses become numerous while the demand for real estate becomes very  quiet with a downward tendency.

 These things happen, and all the while lying right at the door of the town is the opportunity to keep business moving, values up and the people employed, by manufacturing for themselves many of the things they use themselves.

 Here in our town we see its citizens using brooms made in Kansas and elsewhere, eating tomatoes and peas and other vegetables canned in Maryland or some other far away place, buying axe handles, hoe handles, wagon spokes, and fifty other things that we can make in the town of Lafayette. We can make all these things for our own consumption and consume them.

 It does not need the manufacture of any of these things should be made on a tremendous scale, just start by making what we can consume ourselves in the town and parish and make such a good article that our neighbors will want it. Such industries will pay from the very start if managed with judgment. And they will grow, and with their growth the town will grow, and the dividends of the stockholders will grow, and the merchants will find that business will grow too, and profits accordingly.

 But sitting around waiting for somebody to come and put money into your town in the way of factories and other investments when you yourself haven't faith enough to risk your money is hardly the wise thing to do. And we don't need somebody to come if we start the ball rolling  and demonstrate that Lafayette is a good town to spend money in, it will soon be found out by the people who are looking for a good place to invest their money and we will get all the necessary capital, and they won't ask us to vote a bonus either.

 If we want to build up our town we must manufacture and keep our money at home while providing employment for our people. Sending off what money we sell our farm products for, to the manufacturing of the north, east and west will keep us poor to the end of the chapter. Let us get busy and manufacture as much as we can. Then business will be good and stay good.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1910. 


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