Southwestern Louisiana Institute.
The event that has called for the most interest on the part of the students of the Institute during this month has been the organization of a third literary society. The movement was led in part by a majority of the Fourth Year class, and seems to be very popular. The faculty has welcomed the appearance of the new society in the hope that a healthful rivalry in matters literary will result in greater and more substantial benefit to the students.
The preliminary contest for the Julian Mouton medal, which is to take place before a committee of the faculty will be held in the near future. The successful competitors in this contest will then be permitted to compete for the medal at the annual debate which takes place during commencement week in May.
The improvement of the institute grounds has been systematically begun and a number of orange trees have been planted east of the (unreadable word) and other trees and plums have been set out in the part of the grounds set aside for President Stephens.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/3/1903.
Misses Mayfield, Dupre and Randolph have returned to their work at the Industrial Institute after having spend the holidays at home.
Laf. Gaz. 1/4/1902.
AT THE INSTITUTE.
The work at the Institute is now progressing with leaps and bounds. Since the holidays the students have returned to their work with renewed strength and consequent vim and vigor, and strain every faculty to do good and effective work.
The already increasing enrollment has been augmented since the 1st day by the addition of twelve or fifteen students, who have come (most of them) from outside of the parish of Lafayette. This bespeaks the growing popularity of the Industrial Institute in all parts of the State and means a great deal to our town and surrounding country. The boys who apply for admission from other towns and parishes are generally better prepared to enter the Institute than from home from near-by towns. Unfortunately for us we have been somewhat lax in educational matters heretofore, but we are now in the vanguard and holding the banner on high. We are glad to welcome all the newcomers to a place in the crusade against ignorance. We are blessed beyond measure by the presence of the Industrial Institute at our doors, and expect ere long to make Lafayette an educational center.
Dr. C. Alphonso Smith, of the Louisiana State University, will lecture at the Institute about the first week of February. It is needless to say that that students in particular and the people of Lafayette generally look forward to a treat. Dr. Smith delivered his inimitable lecture at the Louisiana Public School Teachers' Association in Franklin on the 27th ultimo, and it was there, it is believed, that Dr. Stephens prevailed upon him to come to Lafayette. Everybody should turn out to hear Dr. Smith.
The art room has been changed to a more convenient and commodious one on the second floor.
On account of the increased number of members in the book keeping class they are now domiciled in the room formerly occupied by the art class. These changes have been made within the week.
At the opening exercises this week the students were entertained by the first year advanced class, from which members were selected by their class teacher, Miss Mayfield, to conduct their hearers on a trip to New York City. This was done by means of a large map or chart showing the principal sections and most interesting parts of the city, accompanied by a lecture. On account of the absence one day of one of the lecturers, Miss Mayfield talked entertainingly on the subject, as did also Dr. Stephens, who told some personal experiences in New York while attending the university that were highly amusing. The first year class entertains next week.
The school has gotten in some splendid reference books lately - Appleton's "Universal Cyclopedia and Atlas," twelve volumes, and the "American Cyclopedia of Biography," six volumes. A goodly number of fine works have been ordered for the library, and, with those that are already installed there, is is becoming a favorite place for the students during spare moments.
Miss Dupre, the librarian, has just made a selection of about one hundred excellent volumes for the library - which, it is expected, will soon be on the book shelves for the use of the students. These include the great poets, the historians, the novelists and essayists, and the best books of reference. And it has just been announced that Dr. F. E. Girard is going to offer the Institute the use of a large part of his private library - as a loan collection. During the greater part of the day the library is in charge of Miss Sara Frith, of Avoyelles parish, who is in attendance at the Institute to take a special course in phonography and who has kindly consented to assist in the work of caring for the library and reading room.
The students in the subtle and illusive art of phonography are now writing sentences and slowly putting into practice the principles they have been and are still learning.
The great event since the holidays with the boys at school is the football game to be played on Saturday, 11th inst., on the campus. This game has been duly advertised and all look forward to a great time on that day. The boys, of course, expect to "do" Opelousas again, and want everybody in the town of Lafayette and the surrounding country to come help "root" for them. This will be about the last game of the season.
The sewing classes are beginning to give evidence of the work being done during the last few months. Forty finished garments were turned out this week.
The sample work of the girls has been put in books and is ready for inspection.
Lessons in cookery are given on Monday morning and Thursday afternoon each week. Visitors are always welcome.
The sewing girls are again busy draughting patterns; a new garment is to be begun.
Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.
For Sale. - Lot near Industrial School. Apply at The Gazette Office.
Laf. Gaz. 1/11/1902.
SLI Introducing Prof. E. L. Stephens.
Prof. Edwin Lewis Stephens, the recently elected president of the Industrial School to be located in Lafayette, was born in the parish of Natchitoches in 1872. He attended school in Natchitoches and at Keachie, La., until, at the age of 17 he entered the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. Graduating there with the degree of bachelor of arts in 1892, he was elected to the chair of Latin in the Louisiana State Normal School. In 1896 he received appointment to the Helen Gould scholarship in the School of Pedagogy of New York University, from which he was graduated in 1899 with the doctor's degree in pedagogy. He has done much institute work in the Summer Normal Schools of the state during the past six years or eight years, and has had part in the educational organizations that have been uplifting the condition of the schools and the teacher's profession. At the time of his recent election he was the teacher of physics and chemistry in the New Orleans Boys' High School. We learn that Prof. Stephens, said it was his present expectation top begin the construction of the main building within a very short time, hoping to have it sufficiently near completion to open School at the beginning of the next school year. This is to be the academic building, consisting of class rooms and an assembly hall. A second building providing for machinery, wood work and iron work, and representing the more specifically industrial characteristic of the institution. is expected to follow.
Prof. Stephens will leave within this week to make a tour among the cities of the north and east, visiting and studying the industrial and technological institutions of the country. Upon returning he will take up residence at Lafayette, and begin the work of the institute immediately.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1900.
LAFAYETTE MOVING ONWARD.
The Lafayette papers are jubilant over the success of Lafayette in securing the location of the State Industrial School for Southwest Louisiana. For a great many years back it has been customary in many sections of the State to look upon Lafayette as an old-fashioned non-progressive community which was a hundred years behind the times. The unparalleled pluck which she displayed in giving a $90,000 bonus to secure the location of an educational institution will utterly dispel all such notions and will certainly put to shame many much larger towns which have heretofore affected to look down upon what they were pleased to style her primitive ways. We know of no such progressive spirit displayed by any other town in the South of twice the size of Lafayette, and we are quite sure that the money spent in securing this enterprise will be found to be the most profitable investment Lafayette has ever made. Her public spirit in this matter reflects credit not only upon the progressive population of Lafayette but upon the State as well, inasmuch as it shows the interest which the people in the entire State feel in the cause of progressive education. By reason of her location, the magnificent country by which she is surrounded and the facilities which she possesses for transportation, Lafayette is destined in the near future to take her place in the front rank of progressive Southern towns, and this generous act of hers will go a long ways towards facilitating the eyes of the country upon her. It is by long odds the handsomest and best paying advertisement which any town in Louisiana has ever invested in, and the good people of that fine old town are to be congratulated upon the splendid object lesson they have given to other more pretentious towns in this and other States.
The foregoing article is from the pen of our friend, Mr. Will Chevis, the able editor of the Baton Rouge Advocate. The neat and, we believe well deserved compliment paid our town, is very much appreciated.
As our contemporary truthfully remarks, years ago Lafayette was an old-fashioned town where the mossback pursued the even tenor of his way, unhindered by the elements of progress. Moss grew luxuriantly on the corner-post, the bobolink nursed its young in the gardens, the cheerful notes of the festive lark rang out melodiously in the ambient air and softened by the harsh tones of the batriachian band playing its twilight serenade down in the time-honored village pond. Then the mossback reveled in rustic simplicity, monarch of all he surveyed; happy within himself and at peace with his narrow world, his mind was restful and his heart was overjoyed.
But the locomotive came along. That great pioneer of progress made its influence felt. The town doffed the hoary garments of inactivity and lethargy and lost no time in donning the more attractive habiliments of progress. Mossbackism lingered a while, then silently withdrew from the strife for more congenial environments and men with public spirit and modern ideas came to the front. The town moved on at good and steady gait, kept up in the race with surprising speed and soon outstripped its more pretentious neighbors.
Lafayette's prosperity has not been of an ephemeral character. Its growth has been substantial and its steady advancement has been based upon solid foundations. There has been no inflated boom, but the town has grown because of its splendid location and superior advantages, and it is not to be wondered at that when the citizens abandoned a policy of inaction and employed more intelligent methods the town took its place among the progressive communities of the State.
The town appreciates the fact that it has prospered during the last six years as it never did before. It points with pardonable pride to a number of achievements of the past few years and feels that it has not been a laggard in the race of life. In the establishment of the Southwest Louisiana Industrial College the people of the town see ample cause for gratification. An institution of this kind, so auspiciously begun, can not fail to do a great deal of good. Its benefits are not to be measured by dollars and cents. Its salutary influence will permeate every artery of the social, moral and commercial life of the community. It will be like the dawn of a new era, the rising of another sun whose beneficent rays will fill all, young and old, with hope and ambition.
Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1900.
IN DISTRICT COURT ...
On invitation of President E. L. Stephens and of Supt. Alleman, we have visited the Industrial school and the public schools in the town of Lafayette and it is a source of very great pleasure to this Grand Jury to be able to say that this institution and these schools are all that can be desired and that the parish of Lafayette has a right to be proud of them.
We have examined all cases brought before us, finding 18 true bills and twelve no true bills; and before being discharged we can not refrain from extending to the honorable judge our thanks for the great assistance rendered us in the discharge of our duties by the very able charge he delivered to us, and, also to the district attorney for his valuable assistance and courtesies.
J. A. ROY,
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.
THE INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE.
The Football Game - The Attakapas Literary Club's Entertainment.
The morning exercises during the past week were conducted by the first class, opening on Monday with an instrumental solo, after which, on account of the absence of one of the members of the class who was to conduct the entertainment on that morning, Mr. Roy gave a talk on football, so as to familiarize all with the chief points of the game. The talk elicited much merriment, particularly when the speaker brought out plainly to his hearers by means of a blackboard the "plays" that defeated the team from St. Landry high school. It is needless to say that the drubbing administered to the opposing team was a hard one, the score being 21 to 0, and we fear that Opelousas will not soon try it again. Much enthusiasm was caused by the result of the game. There was a large crowd from Lafayette and surrounding country in attendance, and the gate receipts were sufficiently large to cover all expeenses incident to bringing the team from Opelousas here -- and caring for them while here, which is no small item. The Opelousas boys seemed to take defeat philosophically, and returned home without any casualties, save a slightly sprained leg on the part of Mr. Sandoz, but which we hear is not any longer than it really ought to be.
The morning exercises for the rest of the week were taken up with the reading of a sketch of Elbert Hubbard, of the Roycrofters. This most interesting article is to be found in the Cosmopolitan for the present month, and is a splendid contribution by a hightly interesting character to the literature of the day.
The books loaned the school by Dr. F. E. Girard have been catalogued and placed on the shelves of the Library, and, together with a small collection that was already there, and the magazines that are received weekly or monthly, present a neat and substantial appearance. The library is becoming a favorite place for the students while at leisure, and is an indispensible adjunct to the school on account of the reference works contained therein.
Dr. Stepens has taken several photographs of the football team, as well as several of the faculty of the Institute.
The Attakapas Literary Society entertained the visiting team last Saturday night with a select programme. Among the different numbers were debates, instrumental and vocal solos, recitations, and drama. The song by Miss Alford was particularly good, and was encored, while Miss Gulley ilicited generous applause from the audience.
The students have evolved several new yells during the week. There are two or three yells for the football teams; the literary society has a yell and there is a yell for the special student.
Among the new games at the Institute are basket ball and tennis, for which the grounds have been laid out and marked off. These will contribute to the exercise and happiness of the girls. Neighboring teams will be challenged to play in the not very distant future.
But despite all these schemes for amusement and recreation which are necessary to develop the college spirit among the students, and which are enjoyed to their fullest, the serious work of the school holds particular attention just now. All classes are reviewing for the examinations which are to take place next week, and for which the schedule has been posted on the bulletin board. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.
An Appreciated Correction.
In the splendid edition of the New OrleansDaily States recently issued, an inadvertent ommission was made of our Industrial Institute. That it was an over-sight we are persuaded by the following editorial mention in that paper of Tuesday last:
"Nor can we explain how it happened that the Southwest Industrial Institute at Lafayette came to be omitted from among the educational institutions of the State. That institution is the result of Louisiana's latest and ripest efforts at educational development; it is located in the midst of the richest and most progressive section of the State; its work is not excelled by any similar institution in the South, and its opportunities for doing good are practically boundless. We consider that no institution in the whole country has a more magnificent mission to perform, and certainly none are going about with more earnest and intelligent zeal than characterizes the work of President Stephens and his able faculty. In a work of such magnitude as that required in getting out the late special edition mistakes and ommisions are inevitable, but it is greatly to be regretted that such important adjunct to the State's progress the institution referred to should have been the victim."
Lafayette Gazette 1/24/1903.
S. L. I.
The event that has called for the most interest on the part of the students at the Institute during this month has been the organization of a third literary society. The movement was led in part by a majority of the Fourth Year class, and seems to be very popular. The faculty has welcomed the appearance of the new society in the hop that a healthy rivalry in matters literary will result in greater and more substantial benefit to the students.
The preliminary contest for the Julian Mouton medal, which is to take place before a committee of the faculty will be held in the near future. The successful competitors in this contest will then be permitted to compete for the medal at the annual debate which takes place during commencement week in May. Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1903.
An Intellectual Treat. - The lecture delivered by Dr. Mattison Chase, of Chicago, in the auditorium of the Industrial Institute last Saturday night, deserves to be classed among the best. It was a scholarly address abounding in wholesome and practical philosophy, and of a highly entertaining character. The good impression made by Dr. Chase on his bearers assures him of a hearty welcome and a much larger audience than his first one here, if he should ever return to Lafayette, as we hope he will do at some future time.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.
BEGINNING OF SECOND TERM.
At Industrial Institute Three Students Graduate --- Brief Exercises Next Monday Morning --- Public Invited.
The examinations are being held at the Industrial Institute this week. The first term will close Friday and the second term begins next Monday at 9 o'clock the morning exercises will be devoted to the graduation of three students who have finished their course in the middle of the year, Miss Sallie Prosser, Miss Nannie Buchanan, and Mr. Ashton Beraud. The exercises will consist of the announcement of graduation by Dr. Stephens, an acknowledgement by the Alumni Society and a brief address by Judge Julian Mouton. After this the regular work of the new term will begin.
The public is cordially invited to attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.
Examination Week -- Dr. C. Alphonso Smith to Lecture Feb. 7. -- Equipment for Gymnasium.
This week at the Industrial Institute has been taken up with the semi-annual examination in all departments, and many an expectant youth nervously awaits his "marks", to know whether he "passed" or "failed". The result of the examination is combined with the result of the class standing of each student, and the average of these determines whether the student has passed or failed in any subject; but the daily classwork throughout the year is given twice as much weight in making the average as is given to the examination-marks. The teachers are hard at work grading the examination papers, and will be ready for the organization of the new term on Monday, the 27th, according to schedule.
Everybody is looking forward with great interest and pleasure to the coming of Dr. C. Alphonso Smith, professor of literature in the State University at Baton Rouge, who will lecture in the Auditorium of the Institute on Friday night, Feb. 7. Dr. Smith's subject will be upon some of his European travels, and it is certain that he will givee his hearers the greatest pleasure and instruction. He is doing the Industrial the honor of speaking upon invitation, and there will accordingly be no charge for admission.
Another great treat is probably in store for the Institute, in a visit from Bishop Sessums on Feb. 3. It is expected that he will be in Lafayette on Feb. 2, upon a visit to his church recently built here, and it is hoped that he will call on the Institute on the following morning and make an address at the morning exercises.
And besides these scholarly attractions to look forward to, there are yet others to follow very soon. Prof. Alcee Fortier of Tulane University has consented to deliver an address upon Louisiana History at the Institute, and it is expected that during his visit he will be prevailed upon to make an address on education and deliver it in French. Then President Caldwell of the State Normal School is to be here during the Teachers' Institute, and President Alderman of Tulane will be drawn out our way just as soon as the matter can be arranged upon his schedule. No course at the Industrial Institute could offer better opportunities for real education that such a course of lectures as this from these really great and scholarly teachers, -- who give us the benefit of their splendid talents and accomplishments without money and without price.
One of the most important departments of the Institute is just now completing its preparations to begin work -- and that is the Gymnasium. A full equipment of the best and most modern Swedish apparatus has come in this week, and is being installed. Among the important pieces are a set of stallbars, a set of adjustable flying rings, a climbing rope, a large double Swedish horizontal bar, intercostal chest-weight apparatus, parallel bars, jump stands, inclined plank, wands, and dunb-bells; together with all needed accessories, such as floor-mats, racks, benches, etc., and also a complete set of anthropometrical apparatus, such as rod, tape, caliper, etc., for measuring the growth and increase of muscular and lung development. Besides this, the game of baket-ball has been obtained complete for field play; and the young ladies at the dormitory have been provided with a set of tennis. Miss Randolph's classes in gymnastics, whose work heretofore has been confined to the marching exercises and the simpler movements of the Swedish drill, are very enthusiastic over the arrival of the apparatus, and are somewhat in this as are the young men of a newly organized military company when first allowed to drill with guns. There is no doubt that this gymnasium will be a godsend to the young Ladies of the Institute, making them very much sounder in body -- and accordingly sounder in mind also.
It is hoped that means will be found to supply the young men also with a set of outdoor apparatus; but their opportunities for athletic exercises are so much greater than those of the girls, that the justice of giving the first consideration to the young ladies is altogether evident -- aside from the mere matter of gallantry, which is always considered in Louisiana.
Miss Mayfield has taken a room at the dormitory and has become a member of the Institute Club.
Miss Dupre made a short visit to her house in Opelousas, and Miss Randolph to her home in New Orleans, during the past week.
Since printing the original list, six or eight more are expected to arrive on Sunday's trains. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.
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.
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 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.
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.
Board of Directors will Meet. - The Gazette is informed that the Board of Directors of the Industrial Institute will meet in Lafayette to-day to consider the matter of the acceptance of the main building. Contractor Mouton has completed his work some days ago and is now awaiting the action of the Board. Lafayette Gazette 2/23/1901.
FIELD DAY AT INSTITUTE.
Large Crowd Present and Great Interest Exhibited in the Various Contests in Which Lake Charles, Leesville, Franklin and Institute Strie for Honors.
Friendly Rivalry and the Best Humor Prevailed. The Institute Wins the T. B. Biossat Inter-Scholastic Championship Cup. Visitors Tendered a Reception After the Oratorial Contest.
The Athletic meet at the Industrial Institute Saturday afternoon was an immense success and was enjoyed by a large crowd of spectators. Delegations from Lake Charles, Leesville, Franklin, Marksville and Crowley were present, accompanied by the principals of the those schools. The contests were all interesting and exciting and marked by a spirit of friends rivalry. Everything passed off pleasantly, and beyond a little good-natured chaffing between students of the different schools, there was nothing but the best of feeling. School yells were plentiful and were given with a lusty vim by each school as its champion captured one of the honores, and also between time just to encourage them. The greatest enthusiasm prevailed, especailly among the rooters on the grand stand, who worked with might and main and lungs to spur their representatives to do wonders - and some of them did; for there were a number of splendid contests that elicited unbounded applause from the entire crowd.
At 2:30 p. m. the contests were begun with Principal E. F. Gayle of the Lake Charles High School as referee: Smedes Cade and Prof. L. Favrot, judges at the finish; Prof. J. A. Williams, starter; A. Woodson, measurer; J. W. S. Lillibridge, clerk of the course.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/20/1904.