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 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 3rd, 1900:


 Success - The Result of Good Management and Satisfactory Service.  

 Nothing is more needed in a town than a good telephone service, that is why The Gazette is pleased to note the success of the Cumberland exchange. Six months ago this exchange began business with thirty-four phones; to-day it has one hundred and thirty six. This is the best kind of proof that it has given satisfaction to its patrons. If it had not given satisfactory service it certainly wouldn't have received such fine support at the hands of the community. The success of the exchange is, in a great measure due to the management of Mr. Wm. Broussard, the local representative of the Cumberland.
Three very efficient young ladies, Misses Lucie Judice, Nita Martin and Leila Miller, are in charge of the operating department. All the patrons of the exchange will bear testimony to the efficiency of this department. The Cumberland employs twelve men at this point. These men are kept busy repairing and putting up lines. It will be seen from this that a considerable sum of money is spent here every month by the company.
The long distance features of the Cumberland system is of great importance to the patrons of the line. You can talk from this office to points in seven different States, and it is not necessary to test the full capacity of your lungs to do that. A voice just above a whisper will reach the fartherest point on the line.
No modern town can be without a progressive telephone exchange such as the Cumberland has shown itself to be. The pronounced success of this exchange does not only prove its merits, but also shows that Lafayette is moving along with the march of modern affairs.

 Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.


Ben Lafargue Hires a Team at Veazey's Stable and Pawns in at Scott. 

Ben Lafargue, a stranger, came to Lafayette and hired a buggy and horse at Veazey's stable, stating that he wanted to drive out in the country to attend to some business pertaining to the sale of sewing machines. Instead of being a sewing machine agent Lafargue turned out to be a crook. He went to Scott, pawned the team to Mr. Felix Begnaud for $5, stating that he would redeem it in the morning. He failed to show up and Mr. Begnaud, thinking there was something wrong, telephoned Sheriff Broussard the suspicious circumstances of Lafargue's visit. Mr. Veazey, who had begun to feel uneasy about his team, reported the facts to Sheriff Broussard who told him that his property was in Mr. Begnaud's possession. The sheriff started out after Lafargue, located him at Crowley and returned with him on the afternoon train. Lafargue is now in jail.     
 Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

Democratic State Ticket.

 For Governor, W. W. HEARD, of Union.

 For Lieut. Governor, ALBERT ESTOPINAL, of St. Bernard.

 For Secretary of State, JOHN T. MICHEL, of New Orleans.

 For Attorney General, WALTER GUION, of Assumption.

 For State Treasurer, LEDOUX SMITH, of Rapides.

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

 For Supt. of Education, J. V. CALHOUN, of New Orleans.


 For Judge 18th District, WM. CAMPBELL;

 For Sheriff, I. A. Broussard;

 For Clerk of Court, E. G. VOORHIES;

 For Represntatives, OVERTON CADE, HOMER DURIO;

 For Coroner, DR. J. F. MOUTON.
Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

A Public Library.

 "A public library can be started in Lafayette with comparatively little expense by adopting the following plan," says a gentleman who has given some thought to the subject:

 "Begin with a membership of 30. Charge a fee of $2.50 for the privilege of being admitted to membership. That gives $75 for the purchase of books. Buy only well-bound books, and the library will have some 60 or 65 volumes of choice literature at the start. Make the monthly dues 25 cents, which will amount to $7.50 monthly. Rent a room and hire some one say at a salary of $2 per month to be at the library room from 9 to 10 a. m. on every Saturday to give out the books and credit those returning them. Charge each one 5 cents a day who keeps a book out over 2 weeks, but give each one the privilege of having the book credited for another two weeks if desired.

 "The room should not cost over $2 rent. That would leave $3.50 from the dues to purchase books. In the course of a few years, from (unreadable words) fines, donations (unreadable words) have several hundred choice volumes.

 "Those joining would have for an inconsiderable expense, access to a large number of books on all topics."
Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

Deserves Credit.
A friend at Carencro writes us as follows:

 "Last Thursday young George Crouchet while returning from school lost his father's watch, a valuable time piece. Father Grimaud, of St. Peter's Church, by request of Mr. Henry Crouchet, announced from the pulpit the fact of the loss; in consequence of which, the watch was returned to Mr. Crouchet this morning by a young negro, named Babineau, who found it on the public road near the school house. This is an item you might find of some interest. The negro certainly deserves credit for his honesty."

 Honesty is not confined to any race. Even among the much abused Ethiopians there are some who are homest, as was shown by the act of the young negro at Carencro. Our correspondent is right. This negro deserves credit. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

An Acceptable Contribution.

 The following communication addressed to the committee or subscriptions, explains itself:

LAFAYETTE, LA., Jan. 30, 1900.

DEAR SIR: - I take pleasure in handing you within check upon the First National Bank, for fifty dollars, in behalf of Messrs. Lehman, Stern & Co., Limited; same to be applied towards the funds being raised for the benefit of the benefit of the Lafayette Industrial School.
                  Yours, very truly, B. N. CORONNA, Manager.

 Lehman, Stern & Co., have important business interests in Lafayette represented by a cotton Compress and a cotton gin, and this prompts them to join hands with our citizens in matters calculated to advance the welfare of Lafayette. This is a commendable spirit, and it is the kind of a spirit which directly promotes the friendly relationship that ought always to exist between manufacturing and industrial institutions in a community by outside capital and the people of that community - a relationship that is certain to redound to the advantage of all persons concerned. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.        


At Falk's Opera-house Sunday Night.

The Krause-Taylor Company supporting the popular favorite, Jack C. Taylor, will present Bartley Campbell's beautiful comedy drama, "the Virginian," at Falk's opera house, Sunday night, Feb. 4. This company is under the management of Otto H. Krause, who is probably one of the best known theatrical men who visit our city, and always brings us good attraction. The specialties introduced by the members of the company are all new and up-to-date. One of the principal features are the illustrated songs introduced by Mr. Hugh Morrison. Prices for this engagement will be 25, 50 and 75 cents. Seats are on sale at Gardebled's drug store. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

A Meridian Line.

Surveyor G. D. Harris, of the State geological survey, will be in our parish soon to establish a true meridian line for the guidance of surveyors. He will also make such geological surveys as will enable him to report fully on the natural formation, soil, substrata, etc. The survey is being made throughout the State, and no doubt the information thus obtained will prove of much interest and value, as no complete survey of this nature has ever before been attempted by either State or National government. The meridian line to be established will be of great aid to local surveyors in ascertaining the true variations of the compass, and Secretary Greig, of the Police Jury, has secured three large blocks of granite for fixing the meridian. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

At Falk's. Mr. Chas. Tolson's company played to a good house at Falk's last Wednesday night. The theatrical attractions have been exceptionally good this season, and it is only fair to say that this company has given more general satisfaction than other which has visited us. We hope that Mr. Tolson will come again. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.

Police Jury Notes.

 The Police Jury met last Thursday with all members present.

 Mr. Primeaux reported that the Olidon Broussard bridge was in a dangerous condition, owing to high water. A ferry had been established until the bridge could be repaired or rebuilt. Messrs. J. E. Primeaux, Prosper Broussard, Aurelian Primeaux and J. E. Kee were appointed to report upon the best plan to adopt relative to said bridge, and also confer with the authorities of Vermilion.

 Mr. Campbell here appeared and submitted a proposition from Mr. Eloi Broussard to establish at his own expense a ferry at the Darmas Broussard crossing, collecting toll therefore, or in the alternative to maintain a public ferry built by the parish free of charge. No action was taken on the proposition.

 The report of the jury of freeholders appointed to trace a road in the Landry settlement was accepted, thus ending a controversy of long standing occasioned by Mr. Homer Landry and wife.

  The Cumberland telephone was notified to repair that part of the public road leading from Lafayette to Royville, obstructed and damaged by said company's line. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1900.

 Mr. S. Bernard was reappointed keeper of Pin Hook bridge.

 The tax collector was urged to collect all licenses now due and enforce payment of same as provided by law with all costs and penalties. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1900.

 A petition signed by sixteen liquor dealers praying for a reduction of license from $200 to $100, was read, but refused. Petitoners based their prayer upon the stagnation of business during 1899 and the failure of crops, etc.
Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1900.

 After approval of a large number of accounts the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900. 

The Catholic Cemetery.

 The Catholic Cemetery has been cleaned and is now in better condition than it has been for many years. An association has been formed by the members of the Catholic congregation for the purpose of keeping the cemetery in its present condition and to improve it if possible. The small monthly fee of 5 cents will be paid by each. This may seem like a mere trifle, but it is not so small when it is considered that there is such a large Catholic congregation at this place. It is to be hoped that all who have relatives buried in the Catholic cemetery will contribute their mite toward the success of this most worthy undertaking. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900. 

The "Iberian" on SLI.

"Now that Lafayette has secured the Industrial School, she had better get the Southern Pacific to build a new depot. They will not be apt to favor a town with the same amount of recognition that the Industrial School Board did." From the New Iberian.

 The editor of the Iberian knows no more what the Southern Pacific is apt to do than the man in the moon. We will state, however, that the people of Lafayette are not complaining of the present depot. Everybody knows that the accommodations at the Lafayette depot are about as good as those of any other town on the road from New Orleans to Houston. They are a great deal better than those at New Iberia.

 We submit that it is obviously in bad taste for the Iberian to tell Lafayette what it should have. Without wishing to be uncharitable we will remind the esteemed Iberian that it would pursue a wiser policy by suggesting improvements nearer home. Perhaps if the Iberian were not so deeply concerned about the affairs of its neighbors it would use its persuasive powers toward awakening among its own people that public spirit which they have at times so lamentably failed to display. We are sure that if the Iberian will exert its energies toward securing for New Iberia a system of waterworks and other improvements it will accomplish more than by assuming to discharge the duties of architect for the Southern Pacific company. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1900.


 The Gazette has been favored with a pamphlet containing the decisions and orders in cases brought before the Railroad Commission of Louisiana from Jan. 1, 1899, to Dec. 31, 1899. The commission is composed of three members:  C. L. de Fuentes, of New Orleans; R. N. Sims, of Donaldsonville; W. L. Foster, of Shreveport. W. M. Barrow, of Baton Rouge, is the secretary.

 During the year fifty-nine cases were presented to the commission for trial. A goodly portion of these were disposed of, some were taken under advisement and others were held in abeyance.

 Any judgement rendered at this time as to the usefulness of the commission would be premature. It is true that the commission has rendered a considerable number of decisions ordering the railroad companies to build depots, spurs, etc., but in the matter of rates not so much has yet been accomplished. We appreciate the fact that the establishment of a standard tariff of rates is a task in the performance of which good judgement must be exercised, and because the commission has so far failed to make any radical change in this direction is no evidence of a dereliction of duty. Responsive to appeals from the people nine depots were ordered to be built. In several cases discriminations in freight rates were adjusted. Action upon a number of complaints relative to rates was postponed until the commission will be able to adopt a standard tariff of rates to apply over all the lines in the State.

 It is too early to either praise or censure the Railroad Commission. It has not doubt done some good and we believe that it has been guided by a sense of justice. The first year of its existence has been employed in building a foundation for the great work which it will be called upon to do. How well it will do its duty the future alone will tell. The people have rights and the corporations too have rights. Both sides should receive at the hands of the commission what they are entitled to.

 Of course the State commission is greatly hindered by the laws regulating interstate commerce, but it can do a great deal without trespassing its powers. The interstate commission of the United States has not given the people the relief which was promised and some State commissions have not proved much of a protection against the greed and rapacity of corporations. In Louisiana there is no disposition on the part of the people to drive away capital by oppressive measures, but there seems to be a very pronounced determination to demand just treatment at the hands of railroad, telegraph and telephone companies -- a fact which the commission will do well to remember. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.


 At the meeting of the State Agricultural Society, held at Arcadia last week, Dr. Fred Mayer, chairman of the committee on resolutions, reported a set of resolutions which were unanimously adopted. Speaking of these resolutions the Times-Democrat, in a timely editorial in its issue of Jan. 30, says:

 "These resolutions show by the great number of questions covered by them how closely connected are the agricultural and other interests; that the farmers are not a class apart to themselves, as many suppose, with interests different from those of the rest of the country, but that problems of manufacture, the public health, transportation, etc., affect them deeply, as well as the merchants, manufacturers and others.

 The Society calls upon the Legislature to "create a Commissioner of Public Health, with an annual appropriation sufficiently large to inaugurate a series of sanitary institutes throughout the State for the purpose of instructing the masses in the true nature of contagious and infectious diseases and the prevention of those ills which daily lay their blight on home and farm, and the removal of those senseless, unscientific interstate and parish quarantines, which, while impending commerce, afford a doubtful and insecuure protection."

 It can be seen at once how this matter affects the farmers of the State, since the quarantines that have prevailed for the past three summers proved very injurious to our agriculture by preventing the shipment of farm products to market. The suggestion contained in the resolutions is a timely and excellent one, as, indeed, is as any proposition that will have a tendency to end the senseless and useless quarantines that afford no protection, yet discourage business of all kinds.

 The Gazette fully endorses the views of the Times-Democrat. They are in line with the stand this paper has always taken on this subject. The resolution quoted above was incorporated in platform as the suggestion of Judge Pugh, of Red River, who, in a short but forcible address, spoke of the necessity of such a department in the state government. He said that while the State made a yearly appropriation to to "discuss hog, hominy and potatoes" it has so far neglected to provide for instruction in matters pertaining to the health of home and farm Judge Pugh seemed disposed to clothe the proposed commission with powers belonging properly within the province of the Board of Health. Perhaps it would be wise to confine the powers to purely educational functions, as otherwise the creation of such a department would be antagonized by the health authorities. If confined it would doubtless meet their cooperation, as it could not be of great assistance to them in preparing the public mind for the reception of those measures deemed necessary to stamp out or restrict contagion or inception.

 The distinct advance in public hygiene is due in a great measure to the labors and influence exerted by the Louisiana State Sanitary Association, now in the third year of its existence.

 There never was a time in the history of Louisiana when such a department was more needed -- three epidemics of yellow fever in three years and a wide spread epidemic of small pox, discreet, it is true, but that may assume a confluent type at any moment.

 Surely the Legislature will do well to take up the suggestion of agricultural society and, if possible, act on it. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900. 



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 3rd, 1900: 


 Last Sunday after high mass, several ladies and gentlemen repaired to the presbytery to organize an association whose object will be to take care of and improve the Catholic Cemetery.

 Messrs. L. F. Salles, F. V. Mouton, Chas. O. Mouton, F. G. Mouton, Albert Landry, Ludovic Billeaud, Sidney Martin and Aladin Broussard.Chas. O. Mouton, President H. A. VanderCruyssen, Vice-President, F. V. Mouton, secretary, Rev. E. Forge, Treasurer. The committee on resolutions is as follows :

 The committee will meet next Sunday at 3 o'clock p. m., and all the members are earnestly required to attend. Those who wish to join the association will please give their name to the secretary. Lafayette Advertiser... 2/3/1900.

REQUIEM. - High Mass of Requiem will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic church in Lafayette on Thursday, February 15th, at 9 o'clock a. m., for the repose of the soul of Rev. Father Healy.
All catholics of the parish are earnestly invited to attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1900.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/3/1900.

 Mrs. W. B. Bailey returned from New Orleans last Tuesday. She visited her daughters Mrs. J. A. Roy and Miss May Bailey.

 There will be races and dancing at Carencro's race track on Sunday February 25th, 1900. Further particulars in next week's issue.

 We are in receipt of a well gotten-up pamphlet issued by the Southern Pacific settling in relief the attractions of New Orleans during the Carnival season. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1900.

 Rev. F. A. B. Laforest and Rev. L. Leduc passed through Lafayette Monday afternoon en route to Carencro. They returned to their homes in Abbeville on Thursday, delighted to have seen their many friends both in Carencro and Lafayette.

Last Sunday, Messrs. W. B. Lindsay, P. Robichaux and L. G. Gladu visited the picturessque town of Abbeville and were guests of Mr. Leonce Gladu. They were entertained in the evening at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Coffey, where a most pleasant time was spent. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1900.

 The Consitution of Louisiana says that a voter must be able to read and write before he can register, but in going to register your purchases at Levy Bros, all you have to do is open your eyes to see their Bargains. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1900.

 Mr. Edward Jenkins killed a hog a few days ago, four years old, seven feet long, three feet-ten inches in height, two feet-two inches broad and weighing 730 lbs. It made forty gallons of lard. This speaks well for the hog fraternity in Lafayette and for the care the same received at the hands of some raisers. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1900.

  Mrs. Alex Delhomme of Breaux Bridge removed to Lafayette and rented the second story of the building occupied by Messrs. Begnaud and Comeaux near the Court House. Mrs. Delhomme will keep furnished rooms and board and the traveling public and others will find there besides all conveniences, a good board.
 Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1900.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser from February 3rd, 1904.


 Temporarily Discontinued - May Have a Modern Wagon in a few days.The delivery service of the Wells-Fargo Express having been discontinued for the last day or two, an Advertiser reporter called on our local agent, Mr. C. D. Boudreaux, to learn the reason. He stated that the present delivery man had been forced to quit as his horse had given out, and declined to continue at the rate now paid him. Mr. Boudreaux also added that he had once put himself in communication with headquarters and was endeavoring to have a modern express wagon placed in service here. He expects a favorable answer in a few days. If Mr. Boudreaux succeeds in securing this much-desired and much needed modern express wagon, he will have the thanks of the people of Lafayette.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.  


The Convocation of the Schools Friday a Success. A Number of the Parish Schools Take Part. Friday one of the largest audiences which has ever been assembled in the Industrial School Auditorium was present at the convention of the schools of the parish. Teachers and children from Broussard, Pilette, Carencro, Scott, the town schools and the Industrial School assisted in the exercises. Addresses were made by Representatives elect P. L. DeClouet and J. Galbert St. Julien, Supt. L. J. Alleman and Prof. G. J. Young.

 Dr. E. L. Stephens opened the exercises with a neat little speech in which he explained the object of the convocation was to bring our schools closer together and more in touch with the Industrial School. He then introduced the children from the Broussard School, who rendered a pleasing song which evoked hearty applause.

 Maj. DeClouet was the first speaker. He paid a nice tribute to the schools of the parish, spoke upon the need and necessity of education, not only for all the State, and pledged his best efforts in the cause before the Legislature. He addressed part of his remarks to the children present telling them it would be criminal in them not to avail themselves of the fine schools and the thoroughly organized school system of Lafayette parish, to make themselves good and useful citizens. Then he spoke of duty, quoting the words of that peerless soldier Lee, "Duty is the sublimest word in the English language" and urged the teachers to cleave to the line of duty that when the the time of rest should come upon them they would merit well done though good and faithful servant.
The Pilette school was represented by twenty or more bright faced children, who sang "Along the Shore" most entertainingly, receiving a generous share of applause.

 Supt. Alleman followed speaking at some length upon a live and much discussed question, that of consolidation of rural schools. He called attention the tendency of the times to consolidation along lines of human endeavor, instancing the combinations of industrial enterprises, railroads, and labor unions, stating that combination was the key note of the nineteenth century. The schools, following the spirit of the age, and moving along progressive lines, and also discovered that consolidation was advantageous and effective, and that in various parts of this country as found by actual demonstrations had increased in high efficiency. With a blackboard illustration, he showed the plan of consolidation in a Kansas township, where nine ineffective schools had been consolidated into one large central school where graded courses replaced the ungraded attempts at teaching. This simple yet desirable result had been attained by the establishment of nine wagon routes, costing less in proportion and yielding a hundred fold in betterment. Bringing the question close to home, he displayed a large map of Lafayette parish upon which he had drawn a circle with a radius of six miles with Lafayette at the center. In a convincing manner he demonstrated that over one half the children of this parish are within reach of the town schools and Industrial school, making it possible for them to attend and return each day by the employment of a conveyance, which could possibly be secured at a cost of $1.00 to $2.50 to each pupil monthly. Communities in different States followed this plan and were well satisfied. Supt. Alleman's speech was a sensible, practical presentation of the subject and was suggestive of careful thought.

 The Carencro school was represented by eight pupils, Daisy Broussard, Fleetie Blakely, Edward Alleman, Claud Broussard, Joseph Breaux, Tarleton Lessley, Walter Broussard and Gabriel Gilbert, whom Prof. Young called to the stage and introduced as promoted to the Industrial school, in a nice complimentary speech. He also made an interesting talk in which he spoke highly of the Industrial school and its potentiality for good in the community. His remarks frequently evoked applause.

A number of Industrial school girls then entertained the audience with a song. They were dressed to represent the girls noon recess and their song illustrated one of the ways they amuse themselves at that hour.

 The audience enjoyed the illustration so thoroughly that nothing less than an encore would satisfy them. Hon. J. Gilbert St. Julien was next introduced by Dr. Stephens in a few well chosen words. Mr. St. Julien spoke in French. He expressed himself very much a friend of education, and also promised his aid for the schools. His remarks were well received and a number of his utterances brought vigorous applause. Dr. Stephens after expressing his appreciation of the large audience, of the attendance of the various schools and the enthusiasm of all, announced that the teachers were requested to meet in the class room opposite his office, after the inspection of the school, and form a pedagogic society for the purpose of advancing the schools of the parish. He invited the audience to visit the dormitory and the school departments, all of which were in operation specially for the occasion.

The little tots of the kindergarten then occupied the stage and sang a cute little song in a cute little way, which closed the program.
 At the request of Dr. Stephens all present assembled on the south side of the dormitory and let the Institute Camera Club take shot at them. The dormitory was then inspected. Everything was a model of neatness and the girls rooms were charming, many being most artistically decorated and looking as cosy as could be. The girls and Mrs. Baker deserve any number of bouquets for their charming house keeping.

 All of the industrial departments were in operation and presented a busy appearance. In the sewing room a number of the girls were clipping and stitching and shaping and making things mysterious to the masculine mind. An air of cheerfulness filled the room and made one wish to linger and see their nimble fingers fashion some bewitching article of feminine wear.
In the telegraphy room the click of keys and the intense interest of the students made it interesting to the observer.

 The workshop was one of the most popular. It was filled to overflowing with eager sightseers, and it was a busy place. The students demonstrated their familiarity with the machinery and the use of the tools by doing their tasks readily and with facility. Other departments were in operation and all proved of much interest and profit to the visitors. The gymnasium was opened for the ladies as it was the girl's day, and no doubt was of great interest to those who saw it.

 The day was a big success, and will be productive of much good. The audience present was full of enthusiasm and carried it away with them. Dr. Stephens at a later date expects to have another convocation, and it is thought that the event will be even more pleasant than this, though that will be rather difficult.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS. - One fare for the round trip from all points via the Texas & Pacific Railway. Dates of sale February 10 to 15, inclusive final limit February 20, 1904. On payment of a fee of 50 cents an extension to March 5, 1904, will be granted. For further information call any T. & P. Agent, of write, E. P. Turner, General Passenger Agent, Dallas, Texas. Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

Southern Pacific Mardi Gras Rates. - The annual celebration of the Mardi Gras Carnival at New Orleans will take place February 15 and 16, and for this spectacular event the Southern Pacific railroad has announced a reduced rate of of one fare for the round trip from all points on its line. Tickets will be placed on sale February 10 to 15, inclusive, good for return until February 20. Those desiring to remain in the delightful old city of New Orleans may do so by depositing tickets with the joint agent at New Orleans and may remain until time to reach home by March 5. Any agent of the Southern Pacific can give information concerning the trip. Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

Cement Coming. -The work of removing the old plank walk on the North side of Pierce street was begun yesterday, preparatory to laying the concrete walk.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

Changed Hands. - On the first, Guerre & Broussard sold their drug store to Messrs. R. H. Comeaux and C. I. Young, who will continue the business at the same stand. Both of these young gentleman are enterprising and reliable, and have a host of friends who wish them unbounded success.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

City Council Meets.

The City Council held a regular meeting Monday night. Their most important acts were; the purchase of 300 feet of hose from the Lacoste Hardware Co., and 300 feet from Denbo & Nickerson; the appropriation of $2,000 for the public schools, and the passing of an ordinance, upon petition of the property owners, for laying a cement walk on the south side of Lee Ave. Reports were filed by the Finance Committee, Treasurer, Collector, and Mayor, and a number of bills were approved.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

First Term Closed. - The first term of the public school has just closed. During the past week, the pupils at the High School have been busily engaged taking their term examination. Yesterday the teachers began making promotions and will finish to-day. The results of the examinations have been very satisfactory and show that good work is being done. The attendance is excellent, and the enrollment has reached, for all the schools, 466. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

Another Two-Story Brick Building.
Another handsome addition to Jefferson street will be the two-story brick store which is to be erected by Mouton Sisters. The building will occupy the site of their present store, and is to be 27 x 50 feet, with plate glass front. J. A. Vandyke is the contractor, and material for the for the work is being placed on the ground. Laf. Advertiser 2/3/1904.

New Books Added.
The following new books have just been added to the Moss Pharmacy Circulating Library.

 Cherry, by Booth Tarkington.
The Little Chevalier, by M. E. M. Davis.
His Daughter First, By Arthur Sherburne Hardy.
The Valley of Decision, by Edith Wharton.
The Heart of Hyacinth, by Onata Watarma. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

Officers Re-elected.
At their meeting last week the Board of Directors of the First National Bank re-elected all the officers of the bank, which is a handsome recognition of the services of these gentlemen. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

 Have Put Out A Ticket.
The Socialists of Acadia parish held a convention last week and put out a full parish ticket with Mr. L. H. Thompson for sheriff. Mr. Thompson is well known here, having charge of the removal of the buildings on Pierce and Jefferson streets. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

Lafayette Teachers' Association.

 On Friday afternoon, after the Convocation exercises at the Industrial Institute, in response to a call by Dr. E. L. Stephens, the following teachers met in a class room of the Institute and orgainized under the temporary name of Lafayette Teachers' Association. Misses Lilly Guedry, McLaurin, Lefwich, Edith Dupre, Susie Rochelle, Zena C. Christian, Aliera Dickson, Edna Close, Fadra R. Holmes, Maggie Bagnall, Pearl Larche, Emma Horton; Messrs. L. J. Alleman, V. L. Roy, Ashby Woodson, L. W. Mayer, G. J. Young, Philip Martin, and W. J. Avery.

 After Supt. L. J. Alleman was elected temporary chairman, Mr. Roy stated briefly that the objects of the meeting are for the mutual improvement of all the teachers of Lafayette parish, both public and private, along pedagogical lines, and to prepare for the next meeting of the State Teachers Association, to be held in Lafayette. The chairman appointed Messrs. Mayer and Avery secretaries to write up the proceedings of the meeting for publication in the local papers.

 On motion the chairman was authorized to draft a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws for the organization.

 It was suggested that the chairman and Dr. Stephens arrange a programme for the next meeting. Duly moved and carried.

 On motion it was decided to hold the next meeting in the Industrial Institute library, at two o'clock. p. m., on February 13, 1904.

 There being no further business, the Association adjourned until the appointed time.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Chairman.
W. J. Avery, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

The Simia Seance.
 A great many people will be asking why, if Sir Henry Turpia in "The Simla Seance" can read the minds of his auditors and reply to their queries - whis is that he cannot read the minds of great financiers, foresee the fluctuations of the stock market etc., and profit by his deductions. If he could do all that he naturally would have no end of money, but his power or foresight is limited to an uncertain number of people nightly whose mental impressions are given to him most willing and who are anxious for satisfactory result. He has no power over, and cannot make any mental connection with the minds of people with whom he does not come in contact by their entire will, or of people who oppose and attempt to confuse him in his telepathic impressions. The question he answers and the results he gets are the natural outcome of entire sympathy with, and of faith in him. All else is negative to him. Besides he chooses and delights in his own way of life, is very successful in it and is beyond all possible chance of financial tangle. It's away out of the question with him. This marvelous man begins his manifistations in this city at Falk's Opera House Sunday, Feb. 7. Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 4. From Andre M. Martin, for seventy-seven 6-12 feet, on said walk being lot No. 203, on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and five dollars. $105.40. Cost of drain pipe $1.00. From Andre M. Martin for pillars for gallery, $4.00.

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

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

 7. From Leo Doucet for sixty-seven 8-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of ninety-two 14-100 dollars. $92.14. Pillars paid for. Drain pipe, $1.00.

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

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

 10. From Mrs. M. F. Rigues for seventy-six feet on Pierce street on said walk, the sum of one hundred and three 36-100 dollars. $103.36. Drain pipe, $1.0o.

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

 12. From F. F. Carter for eighty-five 5-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and fifteen 91-100 dollars. $115.91. From same for 10 pillars, $10.00. Drain pipe, 1.00.

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

 14. From Arnaud Bacquie for fifty-six feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of seventy-six 16-100 dollars. $76.16. From same for 4 pillars $4.06.

 15. From Mrs. Ellen Mouton for forty-eight feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of sixty-five 28-100 dollars. $65.28. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 16. From P. Bienvenue Roy for one hundred and fifty feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of two hundred and four dollars. $204.00. From same for 12 pillars. $12.00. Drain pipes, $2.00.

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

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

 19. From Nathaniel P. Moss for thirty-four feet on south of Vermilion street the sum of forty-six 24-100 dollars. $46.24. Drain pipe $1.oo.

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

 21. From Orther C. Mouton for thirty-five 1/4 feet on south side Vermilion street the sum of forty-seven 94-100 dollars. $47.94. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 22. From Gustave Lacoste for one hundred and forty-seven 1/2 feet on south side of Vermilion street. (lot No.63) the sum of two hundred 26-100 dollars. $200.26. From same for 8 pillars, $8.00. Drain pipe, $1.oo.

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

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

 25. From L. Felix Salles for one hundred and six feet on south side of Vermilion street and one hundred and two 1/2 feet on east side Lafayette street (lot No. 47) the sum of two hundred and eighty-three 55-100 dollars. $283.56. Drain pipe, $1.00.

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

 27. From LeBlanc & LeBlanc for forty-six feet on east side Lafayette street (part lot No. 46) the sum of sixty-two 56-100 dollars. $62.56. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 28. From estate of F. Lombard (John Vigneaux, dative tutor of the Minors George and Horta Lombard) for one hundred and six and 1/2 feet on east side of Lafayette street (lot No. 45) the sum of one hundred and forty-four 84-100 dollars. $144.84. Drain pipe, $1.00.

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

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

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

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

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

 5. From Jos. Pizzo for one hundred and twelve feet 1/4 feet on same street, the sum of one hundred and fifty-two 66-100 dollars. $152.66 from same for 12 pillars $12.00 drain pipe $1.00.

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

 7. From Nathaniel P. Moss, for seventy-five feet on same street (part lot No. 4) the sum of one hundred and two dollars. $102.00 pillars. $9.00 drain pipe $1.00.

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

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

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

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

 12. From Henry H. Hohorst for one hundred and forty-seven 1/2 feet lot 112 in same street, the sum of two hundred 60-100 dollars. $200.60 cents. From save for seven pillars, $7.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 13. From Jos. Meleton for one hundred and forty-six feet on same street (lot No. 111) the sum of one hundred and ninety-eight 56-100 dollars. $198.56. From same for 7 pillars, $7.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

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

 15. From Dr. Dr. J. Franklin Mouton for forty-six 1/2 feet on same street (part of lot No. 1o3) the sum of fifty-eight 38-100 dollars $58.38. Drain pipe, $1.00.

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

 17. From P. Gerac Estate for one  hundred and four feet on St. John (lot No. 16) the sum of one hundred and forty-one 44-100 dollars. $141.44. For nine pillars, $9.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 18. Mrs. W. B. Bailey for ninety-seven 1/2 feet on St John St (lot No. 15) the sum of one hundred and thirty-two 26-100 dollars. $132.26. Pillars, $4.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

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

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

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

 Property owners on North side Main street having presented a petition for a cement walk, the same was duly considered, and the following ordinance was then adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of this ordinance adopted October 5, 1903, entitled. "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act. No. 147 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk, six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this council, be built along the following route, to-wit. Starting at the North side of Main street to St. John street.

 Be it further ordained that public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance, moreover, calling for bids to do said work, which bids may include both the cement and plank walks, or for either, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful compliance of said work.

 Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walks shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the faces of the respective frontage of the property on said sidewalk, which amounts shall be due and collectable within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days, the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate, to collect said delinquent assessment, and for the payment of said sum assessed, This Council shall have a special privilege on said properties, with six per cent, per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may, and they are hereby authorized, in their discretion, to accept said work or any part thereof, by sections of any one or more blocks.

 Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walks, or of said plank walks, then, that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same, to be constructed, as provided by said act No. 147 of 1902.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

COMPRESS CO. OFFICIALS IN LAF. - A number of prominent officials of the Lowry Compress Co., were in Lafayette during the week, visiting the Gerac Gin. They were Messrs. J. B. Macauley, patent agent at Washington; O. R. Mitchell, an attorney of Boston, district engineer, Mephis; and J. B. Leonard, inspector. Laf. Advertiser 2/4/1904. 

Only Two Cents a Week. - The Advertiser costs only two cents a week, just what it takes to mail a letter. You get an eight page paper filled with local happenings, home news and discussions of home questions with editorial expressions on leading topics reproduced from leading newspapers. Send us $1.00 and receive The Advertiser 52 times. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904

 New Registration. -  On Jan. 1 the old registration became void, and all those who desire to vote this year must register again. The registration books will be open sixty days beginning Jan. 1. If you have not registered since the first of the year, don't neglect to do so, but do so at once. Nobody is exempt, everybody must register. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/3/1904.

Good wood and good coal, that's the kind you want and the kind Adolph Mouton keeps.  Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904

Cisterns manufactured, and repaired. J. C. Broussard. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

I am agent for the well known "Crescent" bicycle and am prepared to take orders for same: Will have sample in a few days. Phone 186. A. J. Bonnet, the bicycle doctor.

 Mackeral! Mackeral! Mackeral! Prudhomme & McFaddin.

 Ring up Adolph Mouton, phone 28-2, and he will supply you with wood or coal.

 Picture frames made to order, also picture frames ready made in stock, F. F. Carter.

 C. E. Motter has taken the place of time-keeper for the Southern Pacific. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

 Mr. and Mrs. Strode, of McCallunville, Ohio, spent several days in Lafayette last week prospecting with a view to locating in this section. They left several days ago to look at other parts of Louisiana, and expect to return here before leaving home, when they may decide to settle in Lafayette. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

 Morgan & Debaillon sell the best of groceries and deliver promptly. Laf. Advertiser 2/4/1904.

Winter isn't over, but Schmulen will sell you winter clothing at an attractive cut price. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904.

 Be sure to get a $5,000 accident ticket from Parkerson & Mouton before leaving for Mardi Gras. Only 25 cents a day. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

N. D. Finch, traveling passenger agent of the Illinois Central Railroad, paid The Advertiser Office an agreeable call Saturday. 2/4/1904.

 Price shirt waists at Levy Bros. and you can't help from buying. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904.

 Mrs. C. K. Darling and children, who have been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson, left for her home in Houston Saturday. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904.

 Dr. G. A. Martin took his little daughter, Michael, to Grand Coteau Sunday to place her with the sisters to make her first Communion. She will probably remain till the end of the school session. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904.

 Mr. T. H. McMillan, who is an experienced hardware man, has accepted a position with the Lacoste Hardware store. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

 Miss Lillie A. Gudery, of New Orleans, having been compelled to resign from the Faculty of the Industrial Institute on account of ill health, her work in drawing and other academic subjects is to be taken by Miss Jessie S. Bowers, of Wisconsin,  a graduate of the Whitewater State Normal School, of that State. Miss Bowers is an experienced and trained teacher and comes with the highest recommendations. She is expected to reach Lafayette Wednesday or Thursday of the of the present week.
Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

 If you want a tailor made suit call at Levy Bros., agents for Fred Kauffman and the Royal tailors, two thoroughly reliable and up-to-date houses. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.   

 ,From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 3rd, 1894:

Give Them Fair Play.

The point is conceded without argument that "this is a free country", and it is not our purpose to deny to whomever the right to enjoy any of its benefits to which he is properly entitled. It is a point of simple equity we wish to discuss. Our local merchants are repaired to pay into the treasury of the own a special license for the privilege granted to return of conducting a mercantile business within this corporation. It is one of the means enjoyed of raising the revenue for the support of the municipality to which no objection can be declared. General merchandise being the kind of business mostly affected in this connection, we will select it as the one in which may be properly applied the principle here involved. The particular privilege in such a case for whose exercise the payment is exacted, is known to be that of supplying to all applicants, but especially to citizens and residents of Lafayette, the scores of necessities usually comprised in a stock of general merchandise. Between twenty and thirty persons are paying license for enjoying this privilege in our town. This being true, it is a direct injustice to these home merchants that others should be permitted to reap identical benefits without paying a single a solitary cent for the privilege. Within the meaning of the law, as expounded by common sense, it is not necessary that a dealer should establish himself as a permanent fixture in a locality to be (unreadable word) to the law in this respect. In order to come under operation of our license regulations. We have heard from several Lafayette merchants express their sense of being wronged by the allowing of regular and systematic selling to families and consumers in this community, traveling salesmen of certain New Orleans retail houses; firms who no doubt are paying a license to the city of New Orleans for conducting a retail mercantile business in Lafayette, a separate and distinct municipality from the other place. If local business firms were not required to take out a special license for such a privilege, then would all grounds for just complaint be removed. It is incumbent on us to state that at all times we have heard this subject discussed by our business men it was done in the fairest spirit, everyone conceding to any competitor, home or foreign, the privilege of competition provided all stood on the same footing as regards to the right of entering the field. Undoubtedly, the home merchants deplore the fact that not a few residents in Lafayette persist in ordering from New Orleans and other places many household necessities that they could procure from home dealers at a low price, and at a saving of express or freight charges. Certainly, consumers are justified in sending off for those commodities not obtainable at home, but just why they should prefer to contribute to the wealth of already large and opulent cities, in place of building their own community, it is impossible to satisfactorily explain. Some day perhaps, they will properly understand the undoubted disadvantage of pursuing such a course and contribute to their own prosperity by spending their money at home instead of patronizing distant markets without profiting themselves in the least thereby. Be that as it may, it is matter of purest equity that any mercantile concern not located in Lafayette but coming in direct and regular competition with local business firms paying a special license for supplying the wants of consumers in a certain line, should likewise be required to pay this license. It behooves the proper authorities to see to it that all outside persons subjecting themselves to the operation of our license regulations, be made to comply with their requirements. All that the home merchants ask is "fair play," and the demand is a just one. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1894. 

The opening of the High School.
  The opening of the high school marks an era in the educational progress of Lafayette parish. It is decidedly a step in the right direction. For a number or years, the necessity for a central high school in each parish has been recognized by prominent educators. Owing to the prominent place that education has taken in the development and progress of each State, it is absolutely necessary for all the States and parishes to use all endeavors to build up a first class system of schools, and it is gratifying to all the friends of progress to see that our own parish is coming to the front. With unrivaled lands, a delightful climate and excellent public schools we offer every inducement to those seeking homes. Without good schools we can not hope to induce those seeking home to stop with us, buy our lands and help build up the parish to be one of the foremost in the State.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1894.  

 Graded Course. - With the adoption of the graded course for the High School begins a systematic grading of the schools of the parish. This will necessarily take time; but it will begin at once to have a good effect by relieving the schools of work in the higher grades, thus leaving more time for thorough instruction in the lower ones.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1894. 

First Class Building. - Lafayette parish can now boast of a first class High School building, fully equipped with patent desks and other necessary school furniture. The building is admirably designed for the purpose, is well ventilated, and in every way comfortable. It will easily seat 200 pupils. The school has now 29 pupils in regular attendance, who represent the most advanced scholars from all the schools.
 Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1894.  

Engaged to Be Married. - The announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Evelyn R. Kennedy, the estimable daughter of Col. H. A. Kennedy, deceased, to Dr. L. R. Olliphant a prominent physician of New Orleans and also president of the State Board of health. The nuptial ceremonies will take place some time during the latter part of February. A host of friends and admirers will hear, with pleasure, of this happy event and heartily congratulate the young lady, who is a native of Lafayette. Miss Kennedy at present resides with her mother, Mrs. H. A. Kennedy in New Orleans, and there the auspicious event will be celebrated.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1894.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/3/1894.

 Mrs. W. Wall, of Cheneyville, a short visit to our town, yesterday.

 Fancy and ornamental engraving done at T. M. Biossat's on short notice.

 We had the pleasure of a visit on Saturday last from Prof. B. F. Toler of Duson.

 The night school conducted by Prof. LeRosen, will begin Monday, the 5th inst. at 7 p.m. Laf. Adv/ 2/3/1894.

 The two-weeks old infant of Mr. W. E. Johnson of this parish, died of la grippe last Sunday. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Mr. Octave Delhomme of Breaux Bridge has opened a grocery adjoining Mr. N. Schayot's store. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Mrs. Louis Domengeaux, of Houston, Tex., arrived here on the 28th instant, to visit relatives and friends.

 Mr. C. C. Higginbotham has an assistant in the person, of Mr. Frank Stewart, said to be well up in his business. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Mr. A. M. Martin sold out his saloon near the court house to Mr. Alphonse Peck, on the 26th. of last month. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Don't forget that there will be a Grand Calico and Masquerade Ball at Falk's Opera House, Tuesday the 6th inst. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 A little daughter joined the family circle of Judge O. C. Mouton on the 30th . ult., and the judge is feeling quite happy in consequence.

 Valentines! Valentines!! Valentines!!! Comic, sentimental and all kinds, at Moss Brothers & Co. Feb. 14th, is the date. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Mr. Biossat, the well know jeweler, has secured the services of Mr. Bourgeois, who is reputed to be a very skillful workman, especially as an engraver.
Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Mr. H. J. Evans, state agent of the New South Building and Loan Association, was in town during the beginning of the week looking after the interests of that association.

 Dr. E. J. Chachere and family have lately returned to their former home in Algiers, La., the doctor having determined to resume the practice of his profession at that place. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Mr. J. D. Carter of Natchez, Miss. and Miss Della Alpha of our town, were united in marriage last Tuesday. A number of the bride's relatives from Franklin, La., were present for the happy occasion. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Last Wednesday Judge W. E. Bowen and family moved into the Roy cottage just vacated by Mr. J. G. Broussard, who, with his wife, is now enjoying the hospitalities of Mrs. Young's boarding house. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 H. E. Jones of Opelousas, cleaner of cisterns, will be here next week. By a new process, Mr. Jones cleans cisterns thoroughly, quickly and cheaply. He exhibits many testimonials in approval of work heretofore done by him. Orders may be left with Mr. J. C. Sanders of at the office of the Advertiser.
Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Beginning to-day, and until the 6th inst., the Southern Pacific Co. will charge one fare for the round trip from all stations along the road, as an inducement to the people to visit the Crescent city for the carnival festivities. Tickets will be good to return until the 10th. instant. A special train for the accommodation of excursionists will be run from Lafayette down. The train will leave this station at 10 o'clock a. m. each day. Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1894.

 Don't fail to see the charming Maude Atkinson in "Hazel Kirk" to-night, at Falk's Opera House. Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1894.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of February 3rd, 1894:

Police Jury Proceedings.
LAFAYETTE, LA., Jan. 29, 1894.

The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ford Hoffpauir, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, Alf. Delhomme and Alfred Hebert.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 By motion, a free peddlers license for 1894 was granted unto Osma Boudreaux.

 By motion Mr. E. Marquis was retained as keeper of Pin Hook Bridge under the terms of the previous contract which was renewed.

 Mr. J. Nickerson, appeared before the body and complained, that injustice had been done him in the matter of his assessment for 1893, alleging that several mortgage notes, previously disposed by him, had been placed upon his list of property without his knowledge or consent and without any notice to him whatsoever. Mr. Nickerson asked for reimbursement of taxes paid, on the amount erroneously assessed. The matter was referred to District Attorney Gordy, who asked for further time to examine into the legality of the claim.

 Mr. Julian Mouton president of the School Board here appeared and suggested that the Police Jury appoint two trustees for the High School, subject subject to the approval and appointment of the School Board. By motion Messrs. Alex Delhomme Sr. and Aurelian Olivier, were proposed to serve as such trustees.

 Mr. Durke reported that he had contracted with that he had contracted with Albert Denise for the keeping of Olidon Broussard bridge for 1894 at $70 per annum, one half to be defrayed by Vermilion parish.

 By motion the several juries of freeholders appointed to trace roads, were granted further time to report.

 The report of the jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from Lafayette to J. O. Broussard's store by way of Creighton's bridge, was laid over until next meeting.

 A delegation of confederate veterans consisting of Messrs. C. Debaillon, W. B. Bailey, Arthur Greig, D. A. Cochrane and Lucien St. Julien, here appeared and asked that the jury appropriate $200 in aid of the Confederate Soldier's Home in New Orleans. By motion the sum of $200 was granted and the secretary authorized to remit the amount to the proper authorities.

 By motion of Mr. Brown the Police Jury resolved to take immediate steps, to establish, drainage districts throughout the parish and Messrs. O. C. Mouton, C. C. Brown and R. C. Greig, were appointed to draft suitable enactments for adoption in the premises.

 Sheriff Broussard submitted a statement of taxes collected for the year 1892, and asked for a quietus for taxes of that year. By motion, Messrs. E. G. Voorhies, J. C. Buchanan, and Alfred Hebert were appointed to investigate the said statement and report thereon at the next meeting.

 The resignation of Felix Bernard as road overseer of the first ward was accepted and Basile Sonnier Jr. was appointed in his stead.

 The petition of Thos. W. Floyd and others, praying that a public road be established in the 1st ward was laid over for further information.

 The petition of Joseph Bonhomme and wife, colored, asking for relief and indigents were laid over.

 The petition of Mayor D. A. Dimitry of Carencro, asking for an appropriation of $100 to assist that corporation, in public improvements, was laid over.
Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1894.


In last week's Gazette our Royville correspondent, "Cherokee," suggests what appears to us a solution of the road question. It is that the parish should contract with reliable citizens and to the lowest bidder by sections of five miles of road with bond to be furnished and forfeited unless the work is pronounced satisfactory by experts, the payments to be made by the parish quarterly, semi-yearly or yearly as the case may be. We have interviewed several gentlemen from different parts of the parish, and without an exception, they expressed themselves as being favorably impressed with the wisdom and practicability of "Cherokee's" plan.

 Our police jurors, always disposed to do all in their power for the welfare of their constituents, have, upon different occasions, given this matter a good deal of their time and attention, and it is but just to say that it is not through any fault of theirs that our public highways are in such an impracticable condition.

 The necessity of good roads is apparent to every one. They are indispensible to the farmer, and the merchant can not prosper without them. No business man would allow for a moment a mud hole or rut before his place of business -- he could not afford to; how much less can a farmer afford poor,  roads ?  As matter of business he can not as well as can a merchant. It is  a fact well established that roads over which farmers carry their produce to market return the largest interest upon the cost of construction. A good road saves from 1/2 to 1/3 to the farmer, and oftentimes more, because in some places the roads in this parish can not be used at all. The only time they are good is in the summer when the farmers are engaged with their farm work. In the winter, when they are needed the most, they are an ocean of mud.

 Our pride as well as our personal interests demand that we make an effort to remedy this evil. If "Cherokee's" plan is not a good one, let some one else suggest another plan that may be more feasible. If we must have recourse to the present road law, which has been ineffective in the past, let it be enforced to the letter. Something should be done; we trust that our Police Jury will again give this vexatious question their thoughtful consideration. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1894.

 A few friends and members of the family assembled at the home of Mrs. Charles P. Alpha to witness the marriage ceremony that united Miss Cordelia Alpha and Mr. J. D. Cotter in the bonds of wedlock. Judge W. E. Bowen officiated. The bride is the accomplished and popular daughter of the late Chas. P. Alpha and the groom, an employe of the Southern Pacific Railroad, is an estimable young man of many noble traits of character.

 The Gazette extends congratulations and returns thanks for a piece of delicious cake. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1894. 

A Splendid Dinner.
About 150 people, relatives and friends of Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, assembled at that gentleman's home at Carencro last Wednesday to partake of a dinner which had been prepared for them. With characteristic amiability, Mr. Guilbeau made all the guests feel at home, being ably seconded by Mrs. Guilbeau. The dinner was a bounteous and delicious one and was enjoyed by all. Toasts were offered by Alphonse Guilbeau, Adolphe Guilbeau, D. A. Dimitry, Julian Mouton, A. C. and Octave Guilbeau, Ike Broussard and others. Among the ladies present were: Mrs. I. A. Broussard and her sister Miss Daughtry. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1894.

Death of Pierre Bernard.

 Pierre Bernard died at his home near Carencro Tuesday. He was about 60 years of age. He was born in this parish where he spent all his life, excepting the three years of the war. In his death the parish loses a good citizen who was ever ready to do his duty in times of war and peace. At the breaking out of the war between the States he enlisted in Company I, 8th Louisiana Regiment, under Capt. Polk Bailey, and served with unswerving devotion during the whole of the conflict. At the close of the war he returned to Carencro, his native home and resumed his former occupation, that of planter. A few years later when the white people united for the overthrow of the negro government, then in power, Mr. Bernard once more answered to his country's call and took a prominent part in the movement that resulted in the establishment of the first Democratic government after the war. Ever since that memovable  fight for the supremacy of the Democratic party, he has never failed to do all in his power toward the perpetuation of the principles of that party of which he was a humble and faithful member. We may well mourn the loss of an honest man, a dutiful citizen and brave soldier.

 The large number of people who attended his funeral at Carencro Wednesday attest the high esteem in which he was held by his neighbors, those who knew him best. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1894.

 The following taken from Tuesday's Picayune will prove of interest to a number of Lafayette people among whom are many relatives and friends of the groom, who is a son of the late Colonel H. A. Kennedy, formerly a resident of this town:

 "Mr. John L. Kennedy and Miss Florence Patrick, niece of Mrs. Delia Finnegan, were united in marriage last night at the residence of the bride's aunt, 158 Julia street. The spacious parlors, which were crowded with the friends of the contracting parties. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. H. La Prade, the bride being handsomely costumed in a dress of pink silk, trimmed with point lace and sprays of orange blossoms. The ornaments worn by the young lady were diamonds and natural flowers.

 The presents were many, some them being quite costly."
Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1894.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 2/3/1894,

 Mr. and Mrs. Louis Domengeaux of Houston, are on a visit to Dr. Gladu's family. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.

The Maud Atkinson Company, passed through on Sunday en route for Iberia to fill her engagement at that place. We are pleased to state it was both a pleasant and profitable time for the company. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.

 Gus. Lacoste has just received a very convenient buggy whip. While being a splendid whip it can be easily transformed into a strong and handsome walking cane. Prices $1, $1.35 and $1.50. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.

 Prof. LeRosen requests The Gazette to announce that he will open the night school at the High School building next Monday. School will begin at 7 o'clock. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894. 

At the Opera-house. -  Maude Atkinson and her excellent company played the Clemenceau case at Falk's Opera House Thursday night. Maude Atkinson is very popular in Lafayette and never fails to draw a good house. Last night she appeared in the laughable comedy entitled "Soloman Isaacs." Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.

Back in Our Midst. - Our young friend, John Comeau, formerly connected with Mrs. John O. Mouton's store, but for several months past employed in Jeanerette, has resigned his position there and after the Mardi-Gras festivities his friends may again find him at Mrs. Mouton's millinery establishment. The Gazette welcomes you back in our midst, John.
Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.

An Indignant Woman, a Diplomatic Clerk, and a Damaged Umbrella.

 Last Week an up-town woman bought an umbrella. It was a beautiful umbrella; it was slender, shapely, strong; it was light, durable and stylish; it had silk, stick and ball handle, all of a deep lapis-lazuli blue - and was, in fact, just what the soul of the woman had long desired in the way of an umbrella. It was a bargain, too - a special lot got by the dealer under one of those extra ordinary combination of circumstances which permits him to sell a high-class article for a low-class price - we all know about it. And the heart of the woman was glad as she paid out four dollars and ninety-eight cents and ordered and purchase sent home.

 When it arrives she slips off the cover to gloat over her treasure. She turns it over and over, admiring and rejoicing when suddenly a blemish meets her eye. On the handle, midway between the slide which opens it and the polished sphere of blue that is so satisfying, are two scratches deep enough to penetrate the blue enamel and lay bare two dull gray spots of stick. They are not large, to be sure, but they are there, and the spirit of the woman arises in revolt. She has been imposed upon, but she will have redress.

 Early the next day she takes her umbrella and hurries to the shop where she bought it and straight to the department presided over by that suave and deceiving salesman.

 He is there, still suave and evidently unsuspicious.

 "You remember selling me this umbrella yesterday?" she begins.

 "Yes, madam."

 I find that it is damaged, and I wish to return it."

 "Damaged, madam?"

 "Yes, here on the handle," and the two spots are shown.

 "Oh, I see." A pause. "It is  not very serious, madam."

 "Sufficiently, however, to make me wish to exchange it for a perfect one."

"Certainly, madam." He takes the umbrella and begins to hand down several from behind him.

 "I wish a blue one," said the woman; "these are black."

 "There are no more blue ones in that lot, madam. You remember there were only two, and the other is gone. I sold it yesterday."

 The woman had not remembered.

 "Then," firmly, "I shall have to have my money refunded."

 "Certainly, madam."

 "And you will see the next purchaser of the umbrella knows that it is damaged?" This with an air of high principle.

 "Undoubtedly, madam. I hope you understand that I did not perceive the defect when I sold it to you."

 "I think it may have been escaped your notice," with amiable condescension.

 "And, now, my money please, as I am in a hurry."

 "Do you wish cash or credit?"

 "Cash; I have no other purchases to make."

 "Very well, madam." He fills out an order and beckons a floor walker. That dignified official approaches. The situation is explained to him and the order submitted for his signature.

 "The umbrella is from this special lot, you know, Mr. Smith," adds the salesman, "which we can never duplicate,"

 "Certainly, certainly," indorses the floor walker. "We are most willing to take it back."

 The order is sent to the desk to be cashed.

 The woman waits. After a moment she says: "I need an umbrella badly, I will look over your stock again. Show me that one.

 "This is a very fine one," the salesman says, "the silk is the same as that in the one you brought; the finish of the handle is somewhat better."

 "It is not so pretty. How much is it?"

 "Eight sixty-five."

 "Oh, that is too high. There's a pretty one."

 "Yes, madam." Takes it down. "Nine twenty-five."

 "Worse yet. You ought to make a concession to my disappointment."

 "It is impossible, madam, in these goods. They are marked very close."

 The stock is looked over and over. The cheap ones are not blue and blue ones are not cheap. The clerk is most courteously attentive. At length the woman picks up the umbrella she had brought back.

 "If I should take this again, it seems right that I should have a reduction for the defect."

 Ordinarily, madam, we would be glad to give it, but the umbrella damaged is worth considerable more than its price."

 "But it was sold to me as perfect at that price."

 "Still, madam, it is so little short of perfect that its remarkable value is not affected. I can sell that umbrella to-day for $4.98 with the defect carefully pointed out."

 The money arrives from the desk. It is counted out to the woman. She opens her purse and is about to put it in. Then she lays it down.

 "I believe, after all," she say, without embarrassment, "I will take this umbrella again." And picking it up, she walks calmly away.

 From the Detroit Free Press and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/12/1893.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1914.


 The Lafayette broom factory, C. N. Thibodeaux & Sons proprietors, is now in constant operation, and is turning out a fine quality of goods, fully equal in our opinion to the brooms made elsewhere. This is a small industry started, giving employment to Lafayette people, and having possibilities of growing to be an important institution of the town. It ought to be encouraged for that reason and also because it makes good goods which are sold just as cheap as the outside-made goods. Every housekeeper in town should insist on having brooms made in Lafayette, because she will help home people and get value received. Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1914.


 When the late Marshall Field declared that action was the life of successful merchandising he was simply uttering the keynote of the efficiency of the motor for the merchant. He said this considerably before the dawn of the horseless age too; but, with the large vision of commercial genius, he realized that profit in any business depends upon swift movement whether it is in the turning of stocks or the delivery of goods. When things do not move they generally do not pay. Herein lies the whole explanation of the utility of the automobile as an aid to modern business.

 It has not been so very long since the creak of the six toe motor truck loaded with coal on your main street of the rattle of the motor delivery wagon as it brought a bundle to your front door aroused your curiosity and your comment. Today you accept it as a matter of course, which simply goes to show that the commercial motor vehicle has made its place in business and every day life. Yet few people appreciate the extent of its introduction or its manifold uses. In practically every industry the gasoline or electrically propelled vehicle is competing with the horse and the results in many instances are significant and astonishing.

 In considering the commercial use of the automobile many people make the mistake of taking notice only of the vehicle specially built for business. Though there are approximately ten thousand of these in use or nearing completion, more than twelve times that number of regular automobiles - that is, so called "pleasure cars - and are used every day by business and professional men as a help in their various vocations. Hence the commercial vehicle may roughly be divided into two classes: those that are built expressly for business, such as trucks and delivery wagons, and passenger vehicles that are used for commercial purposes. Likewise there are two kinds of power used in propelling them - gasoline and electricity.

 Question Raised by Commercial Cars.

 At the outset this question arises:If the pleasure car has been in practical use for approximately ten years why has the commercial car been so long delayed? One reason is that the shrewd builder realized from the start that the owner would demand less of a pleasure car than of a business car; and, therefore, the margin of profit would be larger. So he hastened to get a serviceable and standardized pleasure car on the market. Besides, the wide introduction of a successful pleasure car would be a good means of popularizing the motor driven vehicle. In this the manufacturers have not been mistaken. The merchant who had a touring car was among the first to buy a truck or a delivery wagon for his business, for he knew from long experience that the automobile was a reliable and fast annihilator of time and distance.

 The standardization of the passenger car was a distinct help to the development of the commercial car.

 This is shown in the fact that there has been more progress in the perfection of the commercial vehicle during the past two years than there was in the perfection of the pleasure car during the five years preceding. The first builders who placed commercial bodies on a pleasure car truck - or chassis as it is technically known - found that what was good for passenger hauling was not always good for heavy transportation.Such problems has high grades, icy streets and backing up against freight sheds and platforms with heavy loads had to be considered. As a result, a whole new phase of the automobile business has been developed and many believe that in its successful exploitation lies the future backbone of the industry.

 What, then, are the great advantages of the motor vehicle in business? Summed up generally they are as follows: First, such a vehicle is a good advertisement; in fact, it may be called a conspicuous and movable billboard. Second, it provides for an increased efficiency in time and service and, when kept constantly at work, is profitable. Third, in many cases it is more economical in operation and up-keep than a horse-drawn vehicle.

 Experience has demonstrated, however, that there must be this important qualification in the consideration of the commercial motor vehicle by the average merchant and manufacturer; no two usages are exactly alike in results. This means that though John Jones could be a big truck successfully in the downtown district in Philadelphia for the dry goods business, his colleague, William Brown, might not be able to do so in New York, where traffic conditions and regulations and the delivery zones are entirely different. Yet each might have the same number of customers and haul the same kind of packages in the same quantities each day. Hence he case is an individual one and must be worked out and met according to local needs and conditions.

 The second big fact that stands out at this point is that before any man buys a commercial vehicle he must first know everything about his horse-hauling. This leads to what seems to be an interesting revelation, which is best put, perhaps, by the head of one of the largest motor-truck concerns in this country. "I have been amazed," he said to me, "at the ignorance of the average big merchant or manufacturer about some phases of his business. Though he can tell you all about his stocks of merchandise or the cost of operation and output of his mill, he knows little about the kind of hauling he does, the extent of his tonnage, the routes over which his stuff goes, his facilities for loading and unloading and the cost of the maintenance of his stables. We believe that before a man buys a commercial vehicle he ought to know just what it can do in comparison with his horses A discussion of this has aided many men in knowing much more about their business than they knew before."

 From the Saturday Evening Post of 11/19/1910 and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 2/3/1911.

Apparently the use motorized vehicles in commercial applications was a success - as seen in the above photo from Google Maps in Lafayette depicting a commercial truck on University Avenue crossing Johnston St.  







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