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From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 1st, 1905:


 The most vexing problem we have before us now is the problem of bad roads -- how to make them good? As usual following rainy weather, complaints begin to be made of the sorry condition of the public roads, which is good evidence that the main trouble is lack of drainage.

 Lafayette soil has just enough sand in it to make it pack firmly and will after a rain if the water rolls off promptly, and whenever we succeed in securing perfect drainage then the period of bad roads will have passed. But this most desirable condition will never be attained until property owners all over the parish heartily co-operate with the Police Jury. They must freely offer a right of drainage through their fields, refrain from turning water into the public roads, and stop damning up natural drains which carry the water across their land. Then the Police Jury can do the rest.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.

La Grippe Epidemic. - Lafayette is undergoing the anything but pleasant experience of an epidemic of la grippe. There is scarcely a household in town that has not a case or one just recovering. In some families every member is reported down with it. This is the worst instance of such widespread sickness here within the writer's knowledge.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.

Filled the Holes. - The street committee secured some cinders last week and had the worst holes on Jefferson street filled up. The street was getting worse all the time, and the public was much gratified at seeing the work done, and they will considerably more gratified when the street is put in first class shape.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.

 The Campaign Progressing. - Under the designation of "Young Men's Ticket" we publish in another column the personnel of a second ticket which has been formed to enter the contest for the control of the municipal government of Lafayette for the next two years. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.

The Young Men's Ticket. - The Young Men's Ticket contains some good material for a successful business administration of the affairs of the town, and will no doubt command a strong support in the community at the primary election to be held on the fourth of March. Under our republican form of government it is the in inherent right of every citizen to serve his country as a public officer, provided his services prove acceptable to the people, so that it is a narrow and un-American spirit which would cause one man to feel angered of unkind toward another man who may happen to aspire to the same office with himself. The Advertiser hopes that there will be no such unreasonable feeling displayed in the present municipal campaign. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.

The Stage. - During the past week three attractions were given at the Opera House; "Sandy Bottom, on Friday night, "A Chicago Tramp" Saturday night, and "In Louisiana" Sunday night. All were excellent and deserved good audiences, but owing to the prevailing grippe and bad weather very few people turned out.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.


C. S. Cade, son of Hon. Overton Cade, died at the home of his parents near Youngsville Wednesday, Jan. 24. Interment took place in the family burying ground on Bellevue place, Jan. 26.
Numa Reaux, son of N. Reaux,died at his home near Broussard Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Mrs. Geo H. Huff, nee Louisa Creighton,
died in Crowley, La., Thursday night, Jan. 26, 1903, aged 56 years. Mrs. Huff was a most estimable woman, a consistent member of the Episcopal church and a devoted wife and mother. She was born and raised in Lafayette, but has been a resident of Crowley for the past ten years. She was the mother of six children, three sons and three daughters. Her remains were brought to Lafayette Friday and interred in the Protestant cemetery.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.

Broke His Arm.

Little Bennie Clark had the misfortune Thursday to fall from his horse and break his arm in two places. Bennie is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances. Laf. Advertiser 2/1/1905.


Felix H. Mouton.

 Dr. G. A. Martin, Felix O. Broussard, Felix H. Landry, Archie A. Morgan, Pierrec gerac, L,. F. Rigues, J. F. Tanner.

A. Edwin Chargois.

L. D. Nickerson.

D. V. Gardebled.

H. H. Hohorst.

Abraham Hirsch.

Judge Julian Mouton, Wm. Campbell, Alfred Hebert, Henry Church, W. P. Bracken. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.     


When such reputable and influential news papers as the Atlanta Constitution, The Charleston News and Courier, The Jacksonville, Fla., Times Union, The Columbia State, The Norfolk, Virginia Pilot, The Norfalk Landmark, and others of equal standing devote unusual space in extolling the merits of "Monsieur Beaucaire" the comedy romance adapted from Booth Tarkington's delightfully entertaining novel, in which the renowned legitimate star player. Mr. Creston Clarke is appearing, it might readily be inferred that this attraction has been making a triumphant march through the south, and while consensus of opinion seems to indicate the utter lavishness of the production, from the standard of scenic and costume splendor, no little praise has been bestowed upon the artistic work of Mr. Clarke, and his admirable support.

 For many seasons Mr. Clarke, by virtue of his blood relationship to the late famous actors, John Sleeper Clarke, and Edwin Booth, has been identified with Shakespearean play, and the theater going public have a very kindly remembrance of his masterful rendition Hamlet, and other serious roles, however, in the instance of "Beaucaire", he gives unmistakable evidence of having absorbed the spirit of his father's comedy talents, rather than the tragic embodiment of his uncle. Edwin Booth's historical efforts, and those who have witnessed Mr. Clarke's charming portrayal of Tarkington's creation, are inclined to believe that he has finally struck the proper vein in order to gratify his most ardent ambition.

 Educated in Paris, Mr. Clarke's knowledge of the French language stands him in good stead for the present undertaking, and those who have had occasion to witness Richard Mansfield's interpretation of the character now being assumed by Mr. Clarke, appear to have no hesitancy in proclaiming the latter superior in some respects and quite the equal of all others in fact that it is seldom that so many honors have been showered upon an actor as have been given to this most estimable favorite, and it is therefore not in the least surprising to note the uncommon interest being manifested toward the engagement of "Monsieur Beaucaire", which is announced for Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Jefferson.

 Those who have read the fascinating story of "Monsieur Beaucaire" with it's scenes and incidents laid in Bath, the famous English watering resort, during the reign of King George, will have some idea regarding the environment essential in order to lend the proper atmosphere, and it is needless to say that these details have been looked after on a scale of genuine magnificence, thus affording a combination of play and stage settings which cannot fail to appeal to the average amusement friend.

 All in all, the appearance of Creston Clarke, in such an acceptable offering, will more than likely find a substantial reward in this city. -- By the press agent. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.         

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/1/1905.
Dr. A. J. Burkett, of Milton, was in Lafayette Monday and paid The Advertiser a visit.

Carter makes picture frames to order.

Dr. J. L. Duhart, after two week's illness is out again.

We can supply you with any kind of fancy groceries. Prudhomme & McFaddin.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905.

Edwin Clapp shoes, none better, either for comfort or service, - Levy Bros.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

Wilson Broussard of Carencro, was in town Monday and paid The Advertiser a visit.

See Parkerson & Mouton for any kind of insurance. Eight years' experience.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Isaacs, of Philadelphia were guests last week of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Praeger.

Don't worry over a hot stove cooking cakes and pastry, when you can get both from Wishcan & Domegeaux. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

Miss Cessa Fuller, of New Iberia, is the guest of Miss Aimee Martin.

White Pine Expectorant will stop your cough, it is pleasant to take; sold at the Moss Pharmacy.

We are selling all winter goods at greatly reduced prices. Call and see our bargains. - Schmulen. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

Harold Demanade is home for a week or ten days. He came up from the city Monday afternoon.

Oscar Alpha, of the Franklin Watchman, visited his daughter who is attending school here, Sunday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Campbell Monday, a girl.

Joseph Charbuno and wife, of Canada, but who have been living in Texarkana a short while, have moved to Lafayette. They are located in the Mills Addition where Mr. Charbuno purchased a home through the J. C.
Nickerson real estate agency.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905.

Mr. and Mrs. Cornay Moss, of New Iberia, came up Friday top attend the funeral of Mrs. Geo. Huff.

Mrs. Dr. Ducroq, of Lafourche Crossing is visiting her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan.

Just received at the Planter's Mills a carload of Kansas Red Rust Proof Seed Oats, a carload of Alfalfa Hay and a carload of Timothy Hay, also Wheat Bran and other Feed Stuff. Call Ramsay & Upton, phone 192.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

J. A. Deffez went to New Orleans Friday on business.

O. B. Hopkins went to Franklin yesterday on business.

Monday our good neighbor, J. C. Nickerson, the real estate agent, got together all his paraphernalia and appliances with which he sells the earth, and moved into the corner office of the Gordon Hotel, where environ-ed with all the modern comforts, accessories, etc., he will offer prettier bargains than ever in houses and lands. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905.

A. T. Comeaux, of Youngsville, was in Lafayette Sunday.

Mrs. Cleobule Doucet is dangerously ill with pneumonia at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Primeaux.

Mrs. R. B. Raney after a pleasant visit to her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan, returned to Crowley Saturday.

Remy Landry has moved his barbershop into the handsome shaving parlor of the Gordon Hotel, where he offers every convenience and also the service of skilled barbers to his patrons. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 1st, 1902:

Laf.'s Fire Alarm System.

Until further order the Fire Department of Lafayette and the public will be guided by the following fire alarm system:

Court House and vicinity - 1 tap of bell or 1 long continued blast from power house.
Mills Addition and vicinity - 2 taps of bell or 2 distinct blasts from power house with 10 seconds interval.

Mouton Addition and vicinity- 3 taps of bell or 3 distinct blasts from power house with 10 seconds interval.

McComb Addition and vicinity - 4 taps of bell or 4 blasts from power house with 10 seconds interval.

 That any fire occurring in the neighborhood of these points be telephoned directly to Cumberland exchange, Mouton Bros., and power house.

 That a placard of the new system be placed in every truck house, the telephone exchange and power house.

 Dr. G. A. Martin, Chief of Lafayette Fire Department.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1902.


The enrollment at the High School on last Monday reached 132, the largest in the history of the school. This speaks well for the efficiency of the school, and the high estimation in which it is held, and is a deserved compliment to Principal LeRosen and his assistants, Misses Devall and Christian.

Among the number enrolled last Monday are three young men from Terrebone parish.

Two weeks ago Friday afternoon exercises were instituted for the instruction of the children and brightening of school work. Each grade has a Friday set apart and invites the other grades to be present. The exercises are varied and consist of singing, recitations, etc., and the reading of the two school papers, the High School Weekly, and the Fifth Grade Bulletin. The papers are written, and, of course, there is but one copy ; but they are proving highly interesting to the children. They are edited by two editors for each paper, elected by the pupils; and the two issues so far show considerable talent, and are a credit to the grades represented.

Last Friday it was the 4th grade's turn to entertain, and they gave a very nice and entertaining program.

All parents and friends are cordially invited to come to these Friday afternoon exercises. They begin at 2 p. m. and close at 2:30 p. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1902.


Lafayette, La., Jan. 27, 1905.
To The Lafayette Advertiser.

 As a citizen interested in the good government of the town, and a life-long Democrat free from factional and partisan influences, it strikes me that the methods employed BEFORE and at the mass meeting held on the 19th, and the charges made by inferences to be drawn from the resolutions adopted, and those specifically made by the orators of the occasion, have a tendency to hamper the Mayor and Council to be elected at the ensuing election in their efforts to obtain the support of the people in the measures that will necessarily arise in a progressive administration, to the injury of the town, and array the Democrats in factional ranks to the discredit of the party.

 Had the leaders of the movement not been imbued with prejudice growing out of factional feelings, their better judgment would have prevailed, and better results to the town, if not to themselves, assured.

 Why is it, that with the exception of the Secretary of the present City Council, the call for the mass meeting was not signed by any of the members of the present Council or its officers, but signed by any members of the present Council or its officers, but signed by all those selected as candidates at the meeting?

 Why is it, that all the candidates were selected from the signers of the call only?

 Why was the charge made that the candidate selected at the meeting for Mayor two years ago bu counted out, even were it true?

 Why was it stated that 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, but that the 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, even if it were true?

 And as if to destroy the force of the preceding declaration, why was it stated that the name presented at the meeting as candidates for councilmen HAD BEEN SUGGESTED by "capable and disinterested parties"?

 Has the outgoing Council's administration been so unbusinesslike, unprogressive, extravagant and partial as to justify a demand FOR THE REVERSE in the resolutions adopted? Even if it were true the outgoing Council has been guilty, bu inference, of all this, would not the adoption of the resolutions as a platform for the candidates have been of better avail, rather than in its form as an arraignment, perhaps undeserved, of the outgoing Council? Nothing could have been added to this move to more effectually divide the people into factional ranks. It is a pity that some one did not attempt to stem the tide of factional spirit pervading the minds of the leaders of the movement.

 In truth, the method of selecting candidates of the party can only be done under sanction of the party organization. The leaders of the movement recognize this as the candidates selected by them are to be submitted to the primary.

 The action of the meeting can be justified only on the theory that a faction of the party has the right to call upon those favoring their side to meet in mass meeting to select candidates for the primary with the view of binding all their friends and those who unwittingly participate, and thus solidify its ranks; but this is undemocratic, in that it deprives each individual of the hope of advancement without its first consulting the leaders of the faction, and is an attempt to forestall the free and unbiased selection of public servants according to the merits of the candidates by those who allow themselves to be be guided by factional strife and prejudice.

 To have a bunch of candidates selected by a set of men, however "capable   and disinterested", or by a mass meeting after only twenty-four hours notice to select a ticket in opposition to the "bunch" is just an objectionable and undemocratic as any method yet devised.

 The ticket selected at the mass meeting is composed of good and honest men; it is a pity that they were not better protected from their friends. With the united support of the people and the good will of all so necessary to the success of any administration; it would however be ludicrous, if not foolish, to state that they are the sum total of good and honest men in this community.

 The old council is composed of good and honest men, who have strove to do, and did do (unreadable words) the material progress of the (unreadable word) the statement of politician to the contrary notwithstanding.

 The rumors have it that another ticket will be placed before the people at the primary. This is the natural (unreadable word) from the actions of the leaders and orators, for whom (unreadable word) must own. I havew a good feeling and some admiration.

 Under the circumstances the thing for us voters to do is to select from the "bunch" and from those who present themselves in opposition, or from one or the other side only, without regard to the political aspirations of the leaders, or because we were inveigled to attend the meeting, but with an eye singel to secure the best men to guide our political destiny and educational and material progress.

 Thanking you for the space allowed, I remain,
                 Yours truly,
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1905.        



Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/1/1902.

George Guidry arrived from Chicago Friday, and will remain a few days with his parents.

Tanner will make a specialty of feed hereafter; when in need phone him up for prices.

Miss Evelyn Darby spent a few days in New Iberia, the guest of Miss Jennie Hacker. She returned Monday accompanied by Miss Hacker.

To-night at Falk's Opera House "Other People's Money" by Hennesy LeRoy and Co. and Monday next, "The Village Bride" by the Herald Square Co. Don't miss these two performances. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1902.

Judge Debaillon is the proud possessor of a handsomely engraved cane, a Mexican novelty which was presented to his Honor by Mr. Ed Martin, who purchased the unique walking stick during his recent visit to Mexico. - Crowley News.

Pellerin Bros.are having their saloon overhauled, and renovated, and when the work is completed, they will have one of the nicest and best places in town. They are devoting special attention to their restaurant, and are arranging to make it one of the most attractive features. Jack Praeger is in charge and that is a sufficient guarantee that the service will be strictly first class. Special provision will be made to serve lady customers. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1902.

Judge Walter J. Burke of New Iberia, stated to an Advertiser man, that work will commence at Anse LaButte next March. Mr. Burke is one of the principal stockholders in the company. He also expressed himself as confident of securing oil in paying quantities without doubt. The Pioneer company will also resume work as soon as they can receive the necessary piping. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1902.

During the past week, real estate agent Nickerson rented Dr. F. E. Girard's place to H. L. Coulter of St. Joseph, Mo., for one year.

Fresh seeds in bulk or packages at the Moss Pharmacy.

Dr. F. R. Collard of Wheelock, Tex., visited Dr. F. R. Tolson during the week. Dr. Collard is a veteran of the civil war, and was the first teacher of Dr. Tolson and his brother J. E. Tolson.

Tanner has decided to remain in business, and from now on he will keep a complete stock of Dry Goods, Groceries, and Feed.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1902.

  From the Lafayette Gazette of February 1st, 1902:

...Fatal Train Accident...
Should Be Investigated.

 As usual with railway accidents it is impossible to know the facts connected with the Raceland collision which caused the death of Robert Bailey of this town and seriously injured another employe of the company. We have failed to see an authentic account of the accident published in any of the New Orleans papers, and so far the only we know concerning the unfortunate occurrence is that it resulted in the death of young Bailey. From the fact that there was a collision it is clearly evidenced that there was negligence, carelessness or disobedience of orders on the part of the company or some of its employes. Somebody was at fault. When two trains, going in opposite direction, collide, there is something wrong somewhere. There may or may not be criminal negligence, but we submit as a plain proposition of common justice that whenever an accident causes the death of a human being there should be a judicial investigation, ascertaining the cause, if possible, and putting the blame where it belongs. Is human life such a trifle that it is not worth the attention of the constituted authorities? Are railroad companies amenable to the laws which are supposed to govern this country?
If we understand the jurisprudence of this country, the act of any individual or corporation which causes the loss of human life should be investigated by the State. If a citizen accidentally kills a fellow-being he is held accountable to the courts and the searchlight of judicial scrutiny must establish his innocence beyond doubt before he is liberated. Does this principle of justice apply to the acts of corporations? Or, have we one kind of laws to deal with the citizens, and another kind, or none at all, for corporations?

Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902. 


 All that was mortal of Robert A. Bailey was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery last Wednesday afternoon. The funeral ceremony in the church was attended by the relatives and friends of the deceased who mingled their grief and knelt in prayer around the bier of the one who was no more. When the sad ritual of death had been sung by the priest and choir the mourners followed the remains to the silent home of the dead. Everybody in Lafayette knew Bob Bailey. He was born and reared here, and when his body was lowered to the grave all felt the bitter pangs of sincere sorrow. A kind heart, a genial nature, a loyal attachment to his friends, and an unswerving devotion to his brothers and sisters, had endeared him to all who knew him well.
Death is always deplorable, but the death of this young man caused by injuries sustained while engaged in his daily labor, seems peculiarly sad. He was making his regular run as a fireman from this town to New Orleans, when the accident which cost his life took place. He was taken to Hotel Dieu in New Orleans for medical assistance. It was found necessary to amputate his leg which had been badly mutilated, but he was unable to stand the operation and death ended his suffering. He had been in the employ of the railroad company about four years. He began as an extra help and succeeded in securing permanent employment. He was conscientious in his work and soon won the esteem of his employers and fellow-workers. Through his industry and economy he was able to lay aside some of his earnings and seemed on a fair way to enjoy a larger measure of prosperity.
Having succeeded in overcoming what a less courageous heart might have considered an adverse fate, his death at that period in life when the world seems brightest, is but another reminder that the ways of God are incrutable. Years ago Bob Bailey helped in the publication of this paper. It was then the writer and the other persons connected with this office learned to know him - and there, as everywhere else, the generous, kind-hearted boy gave evidence of those qualities which endeared him to his friends and won the love of those who at this hour mourn the loss of an affectionate brother.
The surviving brothers and sister of the deceased are: George A. Bailey, of Welsh; Paul H. Bailey, of Lafayette; Sister Ursula of the convent of the Holy Cross, New Orleans. To
    La fayette Gazette 2/1/1902. 

Open a School-Close a Jail. 

 It is a blot on the intelligence of civilized communities that its criminals should be housed in palatial jails of preserved brick, well ventilate, well-lighted, supplied with waterworks and other conveniences, while the future citizens, the school children, are crowded into miserable huts that do not admit of even the ordinary comforts of life. And who is to blame?
Why is it that the parish of Lafayette has a well-ventilated, well lighted brick jail - a jail which has cost $12,000.00 - and that the thirty-one or more schools of the parish are meagre shanties, the best of which cost $200? Here we behold the sad spectacle of a community expending on its jail $12,000, and on thirty school houses about $6,000. The yearly appropriation of this parish and of many others of its type about twice as much for criminal expenses as the yearly appropriation for public schools. Yet in the face of these facts, should the question be put in a direct way to the men of the helm, "which do you consider more important to the future welfare of the parish, the blood-stained criminal of the educable youths of the parish; the man who is lost, perhaps irretrievably, or the developing child, the possibilities of whom are practically unlimited?" The answer is, the child; and yet how sadly neglected is the child of the school age in the poltical economy of our statesmen!
Is it the fault of the governor or of the Legislature; is it the fault of the School Board, or of the Police Jury?
The blame lies with neither of these, but altogether with the people themselves. For there never was a community that was served by a corps of officials of a higher order, mental or moral, than the average citizen, and an officer may be taken as type of citizen. Hence, if we have no better schools it is because the people have never demanded better schools, and it is not the fault of any officer, nor of any set of officers.
We have no complaint to lodge against sanitary jails, brick or marble, but in the name of common education let us have good school houses, and means with which to keep them open at least ten months of the year. It is time for the voters to demand schools and school facilities first, then criminal expenses and jails will take care of themselves to a large extent.
Victor Hugo says, "Open a school and you will close a jail."

Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.  

 A New Firm. -  As stated in a notice signed by B. J. Pellerin and G. H. DeClouet, these gentlemen have formed a partnership and will continue the furniture business established by Pellerin. An increase of business has induced Mr. Pellerin to seek the assistance of a partner and he has been fortunate in securing the valuable co-operation of Mr. DeClouet who is now the junior member of the firm which will be known under the name of Pellerin & DeClouet. Every arrangement will be made to meet the demands of the trade, and the people of this town and parish are assured that their wants in the furniture line will be thoroughly line will be looked after by a thoroughly progressive and up-to-date firm. The Gazette bespeaks for the new firm the large measure of success which it will no doubt deserve.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902. 

"Other People's Money." Something over two years ago Hennessy Leroyle produced the farcical comedy, "Other People's Money," which will be seen at Falk's Opera-house to-night. On its first presentation the play and star both met with the most pronounced favor and since that time Mr. Leroyle has been portraying the central figure in this comedy, and his portrayal of the man of many peculiarities and characteristics has become mellowed and rounded out as it were with age.
The author has furnished the players with a series of highly amusing scenes and situations and it is in the proper exemplification of the several characters and the working out of the story told, that strong coloring is given to this merry play. Good parts make good actors, but on the other hand, how easy it is for a bad actor to spoil a good part. it is therefore necessary, to seek an element of excellence in both part and player as well. That Mr. Leroyle is an excellent artist is evidenced by the fact that the public has placed its approval upon his work and that too in the most hearty manner. For the present season he has succeeded in drawing about him the best supporting company ever seen in the play and those who delight in that manner of play that has a motive, which reeks with laughter, and fairly bubbles with fun should not fail to see the attraction above named.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902. 

Mistaken, Brother. 
  [From the Crowley Signal.] 

 It is understood here that Lafayette and New Iberia have been compelled to shut down their electric plants on account of the scarcity of oil which is used as fuel in both places. The plant at the latter place has been closed for about two weeks. Thus it will be seen that Crowley has been pretty fortunate in this respect when her woes are compared with those of her neighbors. - Crowley Signal. 

 We dislike very much to mar the pleasure which it gives Crowley to compare her woes with Lafayette's alleged troubles, but we will state in the interest of truth that the electric light plant of this town is in full blast and has been running without interruption since the day it was started. We are sorry for Scott, but he will have to look elsewhere for his consolation.  
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902. 


 A Worthy Young Man. Felix Meaux, a worthy young man from Pilette, has moved to Lafayette to engage in the grocery business with Dupre Bernard. They will run a delivery wagon in connection with their store and will deliver goods in all part of the town.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.


The McKinley Monument. -     Those who wish to subscribe to the McKinley monument fund are informed that subscriptions will be received at the post-office during the next ten days. The amount subscribed here is rather small and it is hoped that before the list is sent off, Lafayette's contribution to this worthy cause will be greatly increased. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.

Gambler's Luck Holds Out. - John Tillman, the gambler, has been arrested in New Iberia on suspicion of being implicated in robberies committed in this town some time ago. Marshal Peck visited New Iberia last Saturday and was shown a lot of goods found in Tillman's possession, but the officer failed to identify any of the articles. Tillman is said to have sold about $100 worth of goods in this town. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.

Moved Here From Missouri.
 H. L. Coulter, of St. Joseph, Mo.; has leased Dr. F. E. Girard's home, "Brookside," adjoining the town. "Brookside" is one of the finest homes in this section. The lease was effected through the real estate agency of J. C. Nickerson, Mr. Coulter and family will move to Lafayette in the near future, and if pleased they will remain here permanently. The Gazette hopes that they will be satisfied with their new home and will induce many friends to come to this parish to share in the blessings of a delightful climate and most fertile soil. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.

Felix Broussard's store, half a block from the Henry Church property, is the place to buy fresh eggs. Laf. Gazette 2/1/1902.

Largely Attended-More Rooms Needed.

 The High School has at present reached the high-water mark in respect to attendance. Since the opening of school on Jan. 2, there has been an increase of 20, making the enrollment 132. This is somewhat over the seating capacity of the school, but the teachers are managing somehow to accommodate them. At the Primary school also, the enrollment is so great, being nearly 150, that it is quite a difficult problem to seat the pupils. This large attendance is strong evidence that the work of the teachers is being appreciated, that there is a healthy educational sentiment, and last but not least, that our needs have grown way beyond the capacity of our present buildings, and that a new school house is an absolute necessity, if the children are to receive the full educational privileges they are entitled to. 

 It is to the hard work and ability of Prof. LeRosen and his assistants, Misses Devall and Christian of the High School and also to Misses Trichel, Bagnal and Younger of the Primary school, that we are indebted for the splendid showing our schools make.

 We learn that recently Friday afternoon exercises have been instituted at the High School, which are adding considerable interest and profit to the work. One feature is a school paper edited by the pupils and read at the exercises. The paper is proving a success, and demonstrates that there is effective teaching and considerable talent in the school. The exercises are open to all parents and friends of the school. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.

Will Lafayette Get the Summer Normal?

 An effort will be made to induce to the South Louisiana Summer Normal and Chautauqua Association to select Lafayette as its next place of meeting. Several towns will try to secure the distinction and if Lafayette expects to be in the race it will have to hustle. A subscription of $250 is asked of the town or parish where the normal is held. This amount is added to the contribution of the association and the apportionment from the Peabody fund and is used in defraying the expenses of the normal. It ought to be useless to urge upon the people the importance of doing all in their power to induce the association to select Lafayette as the place to hold the summer normal. Aside from the educational feature and viewed from a purely selfish standpoint the proposition should receive the most favorable consideration of the people of the town. If held here, the normal will bring Lafayette not less than 200 teachers who will remain in town at least one month. To the cause of education it means a great deal more. The teachers who were at Franklin last year know how much good it is calculated to do. It will not only bring our teachers in contact with their confreres of other sections, but it will give them an opportunity to attend a first-class normal school conducted by the most eminent educators in the State. It will give an impetus to educational work in this parish that will not fail to bear good fruit. It means a normal school right at our doors during one month. If these were the only benefits to the derived from the holding of the normal here the people would be more than fully repaid for anything they might do or give. But the advantage of entertaining 200 men and women engaged in the profession of teaching is not to be overlooked, and the possibility of having a Chautauqua, including a number of lecturers of national reputation, should appeal strongly to this community in considering this matter. The question of selecting the place the place of meeting will be decided within the next ten days and if anything is done it must be done now. The Police Jury, School Board, City Council and the citizens of the town and parish should combine forces to secure the normal. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of February 1st, 1896: 


 In the last issue of The Advertiser " ' Democratic Voter' informs us that the "People's Ticket" simply signifies candidates chosen by white Democratic voters in meeting assembled, but not by a few politicians, office-holders or ring.' " This definition is as ludicrous as it is absurd. Everybody knows that the parish executive committee ordered white Democratic primaries on the 14th of December when two-thirds of the white voters of this parish expressed their choice at the polls and nominated the ticket printed at the head of this paper, and everyone is aware of the fact that the so-called "People's Ticket" is the choice of that acrobatic institution known as "the committee" the leading members of which are not office-holders, but inveterate office-seekers whose insatiate desire to serve their country their country is painfully evident. When "Democratic Voter" intimates that the regular Democratic ticket has been chosen by a "few politicians, office-holders or ring' " he is simply declaring through his old hat. Such a statement sounds so much like a joke and is so absolutely at variance with the facts that it needs no refutation. Had our anonymous friend said the "People's Ticket" was patched together by a handful of would-be politicians, used-to-be bossed and office-seekers, he would have hit the nail squarely on the head.
If the Democratic ticket was chosen by politicians and office-holders" as intimated The Advertiser's correspondent, their must be a very large number of office-holders in this parish (1200 out of the 1700 voters nominated that ticket) and with so many officers to be filled, our esteemed friends, the Googoos, must be terribly unpopular that they have not yet succeeded in being elected to any of them. It is surely not because they don't try, for like the patriots of old they were never known to anwer to their country's call.
We are told that the gentlemen forming the "People's Ticket" have always been true and tried Democrats from their infancy." If they were baptized with the holy water of Democracy, it is high time for their political godfathers to be doing something. If they have been Democrats for so long a time greater is the crime is the crime they are committing against Democracy by running on a ticket which is neither "fish nor foul."
They were probably Democrats "before the young editor of The Gazette saw the light of the sun." There is nothing strange about that. But having been Democrats so many years, they should be acquainted with the duties of a Democrat and the principle of Democracy and not allow their names to appear on a so-called "People's Ticket" especially at a time when all the enemies of Democracy and white supremacy have combined for the sole purpose of defeating a Democratic governor and electing in his stead a Republican.
If they were young and unacquainted with the political history of this State since the war and had not "been true and tried Democrats since their infancy," their undemocratic course by utterly disregarding Democratic authority, might be excused on account of their age, but having been Democrats "before the young editor of The Gazette saw the light of the sun" and having actually grown grey in the service of the grand old party, their action to-day in leading an independent movement is inexcusable and incrompehensible.
We repeat we have the utmost respect for those gentlemen and appreciate the fact they are men of honor, but when we think of their many good qualities both of mind and heart, their suicidal politics and great inconsistency appear to us exceedingly deplorable.

Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.


Murphy J. Foster, of St. Mary.

Robt. B. Snyder, of Tensas.

John T. Michel, of Orleans.

A. V. Fournet, of St. Martin.

W. W. Heard, of Union.

M. J. Cunningham, of Natchitoches.

Prof. J. V. Calhoun, of Orleans.

Julian Mouton.

Minos T. Gordy.

J. O. Broussard.

E. G. Voorhies.

I. A. Broussard.

Dr. A. R. Trahan.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.


 We have been shown a circular which is being distributed among the voters to show the position taken by Mr. Julian Mouton on the suffrage question when a member of the House of Representatives. The circular shows, as stated in the Elam letter, that Mr. Mouton voted with 73 other members of the House to submit the question to the people and that 9 members voted against submission. This shows exactly what Mr. Mouton has said:

That he believed it was a question to be decided by the people alone;

That they should be consulted about a law that concerned them so much;

That they had a right to express their opinion in the matter;

That they had a right to be heard and say if they did not want qualification of the suffrage.
Mr. Mouton did not vote for the amendment, but, despite all that has been said, he voted to submit the question to the people.  

 We do not think that anything could have been done by the friends of Mr. Mouton to strengthen that gentleman with the people, for in a republic it has never been considered a crime to submit any question to the people for solution. We believe that Jefferson, the father of American Democracy, had unlimited confidence in the virtue and intelligence of the voters and Jackson always trusted the masses, but according to the "latter day saints" in Lafayette parish the sage of Monticello and Old Hickory were wrong, for owing to the political bible of our Googoo friends, our representative, Mr. Mouton, commited a serious crime because he voted to submit the question of suffrage to the people.
It may not be out of order to state, however, that Mr. Mouton succeeded in killing the Benoit election bill by which it was intended to impose an educational qualification on the voter. If that bill had passed the General Assembly a man who cannot read or write would not have been able to vote in April. It seems to us that our representative should not be blamed for having killed a bill which would have disfranchised about 40 per cent, of our people.

Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.

The Orchestra's Ball. 

 A ball will be given at Falk's hall to-night by the Lafayette Orchestra. The proceeds will go to that splendid musical organization to purchase some instruments. The members of the orchestra have never failed to respond when called upon by the people to assist at entertainments or celebrations of a public nature, and it is to be hoped that the people of the town will take advantage of this opportunity to show their appreciation. We dare say that no organization has ever shown more readiness to help the town than has the Lafayette Orchestra. Only a few days ago it generously volunteered its services to entertain the Agricultural Society, and it is no exaggeration to say that it contributed largely to the success of the session. Upon different occasions The Gazette was pleased to note the public-spirited displayed by the members of that association. Let the people of the town turn out en masse to-night and attend the ball, which promises to be a very enjoyable affair. The orchestra is composed of the following gentlemen: Walter Mouton, leader; Henry Van der Cruyssen, Charles Jeanmard, Charles Jannaro, Dr. Felix Girard, Henri Gerac, Prof. Von Hofe, Edward Voorhies, Wm. Campbell and George Melchoir.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896. 

Married. - Mr. Alcide Delhomme and Miss Azelie Mouton were married Tuesday evening at the Catholic church at Carencro by the Rev. Father Laforest. A number of friends and relatives of the young couple witnessed the ceremony that united the happy pair into the bonds of wedlock. At night Mr. Numa Breaux gave a ball in honor of the bride and groom, who received the congratulations of their many friends. The ball was very largely attended and it is sage to say that a most pleasant time was had by all.
The Gazette wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Delhomme a full share of happiness.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896. 

 Be Fair, Brudder. Our esteemed neighbor, The Advertiser, is not at all satisfied with the location of the Western Union telegraph office. Our confrere should be more liberal minded and take a broader view of such matters. The telegraph office was removed from the depot with a view to expedite the telegraphic business of this town and not for the purpose of benefiting any locality. Mr. Clegg was asked to give the free us of an office and he kindly consented to do so. Major West, of the Western Union, visited the town and after consulting with a number of business men, concluded to accept Mr. Clegg's generous offer. The Advertiser seems to labor under the impression that the corporate limits of this place extend only a few yards from its office and that the people living outside those sacred precincts are not supposed to come in for any recognition and are simply "not in it."
In all matters that concern the community at large the interests of no special locality or circle should prevail.
Why, dear brudder, you have the post-office, the telephone office, and other good things right by you and judging from your article your eagle eye is set on the telegraph office. Unless you become just a little more magnanimous people around the Court-house will actually have to get a permit from you folks in order to be able to breathe.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896. 

In From Grand Coteau. - Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Barry, of Grand Coteau, were the guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mouton.
Laf. Gazette 2/1/1896.

A Social Club.
 The Gazette is pleased to learn that a number of young gentlemen have organized a "Young men's Social Club." The following are the officers and members: Labarthe Judice, president; Sosthene Martin, vice-president; Pierre Gerac, secretary; Fernand Mouton, treasurer; Charley Debaillon, collectors; Alfred martin, Willie Lindsay, Felix Gerac, Gilbert Bonin, Gonzaque Gladu, Aristide Francez, John Greig, Leonce Gladu, Frank Broussard, Dupre Bernard, Charles Broussard. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.


The following officers-elect of Lafayette Lodge No. 31, K. of H., were duly installed Tuesday night; C. D. Caffery, dictator; Dr. J. F. Mouton, vice-dictator; A. Hebert, assistant dictator; Dr. J. D. Trahan, past dictator; Geo. A. Leblanc, reporter; A. E. Mouton, financial reporter; B. Falk, treasurer; J. E. Weigle, guide; T. F. Webb, chaplain; Alex Delahoussaye, sentinel; B. Miller, guard; Dr. J. D. Trahan, representative; B. Falk, alternate representative; F. Demanade, J. Weigle and F. C. Traiy, trustees. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.

A Call. 

All persons desirous of actively co-operating with the undersigned in the work of securing and perpetuating a system of public roads of a high standard in the town and parish of Lafayette, are requested to meet us at the City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 2 o'clock p. m., to organize at "Good Roads League." Please report at the City Hall at 2 o'clock sharp.

 Thos. B. Hopkins, P. L. DeClouet, John Hahn, F. E. Girard, J. R. Domengeux, T. D. Wier, T. M. Biossat, L. J. Stelly, F. E. Darby, F. R. Tolson, D. A. Dimitry, N. P. Moss, C. D. Caffery, Paul Demanade, F. Demanade, John O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, L. F. Rigues, G. A. Martin, J. D. Trahan, W. W. Lessley, Chas. O. Mouton.

 The foregoing call has been handed to us with the request that it be published. It explains itself and nothing need be said in its favor. Everybody who desires better roads is invited to be present at the meeting which will be held at the City Hall at 2 o'clock p. m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The business men of this town are especially interested in the success of this move, for they, more than any other class, suffer from the present condition of the roads. We dare say that hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of dollars are daily diverted from our trade on account of the almost impassable roads leading to this town. The Gazette is informed that the purpose of this proposed league is not to antagonize in any manner the town and parish authorities, but rather to assist them. The Gazette believes that if the people interested in better roads will attend the meeting and join the league, a good deal can be done in the way of ameliorating our public highways, but they must get together and pull together and then substantial results will be bound to come. In our opinion nothing is more important than good roads, and we can not conceive of anything more necessary to the prosperity of our town or country. Our soil is of such a nature that comparatively little labor is needed to keep the roads in good order. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.

The Republicans.

 The Gazette published the following to keep its leaders posted about Republican politics in this parish:

LAFAYETTE, LA.., Jan. 25, 1896.

On this day and pursuant to previous understanding, the Republicans of the Parish of Lafayette met for the purpose of organization. Meeting was held in the town of Lafayette and was called to order by Mr. John Vigneaux, who stated the objects of the meeting.

 On motion of Mr. Judice, seconded, Mr. J. M. Jones, of Carencro, was made chair man, and on motion of Mr. John Vigneaux Dr. H. D. Guidry was made secretary.

 On motion the following gentlemen were elected vice-presidents: Octave Bertrand, J. A. Delhomme, Jacques Doucet.

 On motion made and duly seconded the following committee on resolutions was appointed by the chair, viz: Andrew Cayard, John Vigneaux and B. F. Flanders, Jr.

 Pending the report of the commitee on resolutions the meeting proceeded to the election of delegates to the State convention, to be held in the city of New Orleans Jan. 27, 1896. The following named gentlemen were B. F. Flanders, Jr., F. Otto, Andrew Cayard, J. M. Jones, E. McDaniel, J. A. Delhomme, Albert Comus, John Nugent, R. H. Rand, Phil Crouchet, August Micaud, Raoul Gentil.

 The committee on resolutions having returned, made known their readiness to report, which was accordingly received as follows:

 Resolved, That we, the Republicans of the parish of Lafayette in mass meeting assembled, for the purpose of electing delegates to the State convention (Republican), to be held in the city of New Orleans, and headed by the Hon. Gen. Behan, and for the purpose of organizing a parish Republican Executive committee and a Congressional District committee to serve the parish for the next ensuing term.

 Resolved, furthermore, That we pledge our fealty to the Republican party and denouncing the suffrage amendment.

 Resolved, further, That the delegates to the State convention are hereby instructed to vote as a unit, and that the chairman of the delegation be authorized to cast the twelve votes of the parish at said convention. It is furthermore resolved that in the case of the absence of the chairman of the delegation that the delegates present appoint one of their members to cast said vote.

 Resolved, further, That we proceed to organize into ward clubs as protectionists, and that each and every one of us pledge our earnest support to the promotion of the cause of protection of all American industries.

 Said resolutions as reported and read, and on motion made and seconded, were unanimously adopted as a whole.

 On motion made, seconded and adopted the following, the following named gentlemen were appointed members to represent the parish of Lafayette on the Republican Congressional committee of the 3rd district: Dr. H. D. Guidry, Emile Romero, John Nugent and R. S. Rand.

 On motion the names of Messrs. John Vigneaux and B. F. Flanders, Jr., wre suggested, and the delgates to the State convention urged to have these gentlemen appointed on the State Central committee.

 On motion made, seconded and adopted, the following named gentlemen were appointed and are hereafter to be known as the regular organization of the Republican party of the parish of Lafayette, and are to be known as the Republican Parish Executive committee of said parish.

  1st Ward - Edwin Smith, Jules Dubernard.

 2nd Ward - Hugh Hutchinson, Girard Foreman.

 3rd Ward - E. McDaniel, F. Otto.

 4th Ward - Blank.

 5th Ward - Blank.

 6th Ward - August Micaud, Paul Martin.

 7th Ward - Andrew Cayard, S. Sonier.
 8th Ward - Octave Bertand, August Arnold.

 At Large - Edgar Delas, Odillion Broussard, Paul Castel, Leonard Guidry, D. McDaniel.

 On motion the meeting stood adjourned sinc die.
    J. M. JONES, Chairman.
      H. D. GUIDRY, Secretary.

 The meeting was held at the home of Mr. F. Otto in this town.
    Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 2/1/1896.

The tower designed by Prof. Zell for the proposed waterworks is on exhibition at the post-office. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

 Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Barry, of Grand Coteau, were the guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mouton. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

 The latest and daintiest valentines for 1896 are now on sale at Moss Bros. & Co's. Sentimental and comic valentines to please every taste. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

  For the benefit of those who wish to witness the fight between Fitzsimmons and Maher near El Paso the Southern Pacific will sell tickets to that point at one fare rate. For further information apply to Agent Davidson at the depot. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

 The Southern Pacific announces one-half fare rate for the round trip to New Orleans and return for the Mardi Gras celebration which will take place on the 18th of February. Tickets will be sold February 15, 16, 17 and 18, good for return until February 28, inclusive. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

 The Gazette is thankful to Louisiana's distinguished senior senator, Hon. Don Caffery, for valuable documents. No public man has more admirers and friends in Lafayette than Senator Caffery and it is with extreme pleasure that they note the enviable reputation he is making for himself in Congress. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

 We failed to mention in our last issue that Hortense Guidry was in charge of the telephone office in the Advertiser building. Strict attention will always be given to messages, and those who want to use the phone themselves will find the charge reasonable. The exchange, we are informed, will be established in a few weeks. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 1st, 1879:

 FIRE. -A fire occurred on Mr. Perry Moses' plantation near Pinhook last Saturday night which destroyed his blacksmith shop. By the prompt action of Mr. Moses and his employees, the sugar house, which was near the burning building, was saved. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1879.

Tax Collector.
D. A. Cochrane has been re-appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, Tax Collector for this parish.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1879

Jan. 18th, 1879.

 In consequence of the death of M. G. Broussard, president of the Police Jury, the members were called in special meeting. Members present: Martial Billaud, J. L. Prejean, A. Primeau and S. Hernandez.

 On motion, Mr. Martial Billaud was appointed president pro tem.

 On motion of Mr. Billaud the following resolution in memory of the late president of this body, M. G. Broussard, was adopted :

 Whereas, Almighty God has thought proper to take from our midst our late president, M. G. Broussard.

 Therefore be it Resolved by the members of this body, that we deplore in the death of Mr. M. G. Broussard, the loss of a good citizen and a zealous member.

 Resolved, that we sympathize with the widow and children in their sorrow.

 There being no further business, on motion the Police Jury adjourned to the second Saturday (8th) of February, 1879.
                      MARTIAL BILLAUD,
                         President pro tem.
  J. N. JUDICE, Clerk. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1896.        


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 1st, 1873.



 Charles Davis, the notorious robber, houseburner and murderer, who made his escape from the parish prison on several months ago, was recaptured in New Orleans on Monday last, after a most exciting chase, by Sheriff Easton and deputy sheriff Edgar Mouton and was brought to Vermilionville last Wednesday evening and lodged in the parish prison, where we hope he will remain until he is dealt with according to law. As most of our readers are aware, this man Davis was the captain of the band of outlaws who infested the Attakapas country a few years ago, and is a most desperate and daring character.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1873.

City Council of Vermilionville.

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

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and 
  On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of 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 offence.

 The following account was presented and approved :

 W. O. Smith,       $6.80.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
  H. BAILEY,               W. O. SMITH,
    Secretary.                            Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1873. 

Notwithstanding the hard times, the bad weather, the political muddle, the Epizooty, and all the other afflictions which we now suffer, Joe Wise, merchant on Lafayette street near Salles' Hotel, keeps his usual placid countenance, and seems not to care much "which way the wind blows ;" and we are not surprised at it in the least, because he has his large store fully stocked with merchandise of all kinds and of the best fabrics ;  he knows how to keep a first class store, as any one can seem who will give him a call. His gentlemanly and accommodating young clerk, Mr. F. Snyder, will always be found at his post to wait on customers.

 Mr. Wise is sole agent for the celebrated Charter Oak Cooking Stove for this parish. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1873.   

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