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From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 2nd, 1904:

An Acrobatic Rat.

An acrobatic rat is the latest in Lafayette. Over on St. John street, so we have been informed, there is an ambitious rodent who believes in getting up in the world. Just plain sidewalk isn't elevated enough for his perambulations, and so he does a stunt on the electric wire almost nightly. During the day, it seems that he has to stay at home and attend to household matters, but as the shades of evening begin to fall, he feels the need of a little exercise and fresh air, both of which he proceeds to get by climbing an electric light pole and promenading on the wire from Vermilion to Main street. Our informant neglected to state as to whether his ratship carried a balancing pole, sat on the point of his tail or did the usual slack wire acts; but we may infer that the stunt is amusing. Those who do not care to infer, may test the accuracy of our informant by watching for the performance some evening.

 Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Vermilion Street To Be Widened.

Another valuable improvement which is contemplated and practically assured is the widening of Vermilion street fourteen feet on the south side from St. John street to Lee Avenue. The initiative of the move is due to Mr. Gus Lacoste who assisted by Judge O. C. Mouton and Mr. Will Levy have seen the different property owners and secured their consent to donate the ground. They are now soliciting contributions from property owners on the north side and have met with a ready response. They will lay a petition before the Council next meeting requesting that the street be ordered widened, which without doubt the Council will do. Mr. Lacoste and the gentleman assisting him and all those donating or contributing deserve the thanks of the people of Lafayette for this public spirited move. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.


Wednesday Proves a Success. Two Hundred and Nine Lots Sold.

Last Wednesday the day of the big auction sale of lots in the Mudd addition dawned fair and bright. A large crowd was present to take advantage of the sale, some to buy on speculation and others to secure building lots, and when the lots were offered there was a prompt response from bidders. Land in Lafayette is valuable and a chance to purchase at auction prices was taken eagerly. From the first of a brisk competition for the lots developed and within the short space of one hour and fifty-five minutes 209 lots 25x125 were sold, ranging in price from $35 to $110 and averaging about $56 each.

The auction sale was managed by J. C. Nickerson, real estate agent, and conducted by A. Harris & Co., New York, auctioneers. Sontag's Military Band furnished music for the occasion. Free carriages were run from the center of town to the grounds to transport all those desiring to attend the sale. All present were given a chance for a free lot, which was won by Capt. J. C. Buchanan.

The following is the list of purchasers and number of lots bought by each:

Douglas Singleton, four lots; J. E. Trahan, two; A. Butcher, two; J. Breaux, six; Albert Theall, four; Mrs. Swift, two; Wm. Campbell, ten; Mrs. Nicholls, six; S. R. Parkerson, four; W. H. Adams, three; J. McNaspy, three; Nelson Higginbotham, two; Dr. G. A. Martin, six; Chas. S. Landry, seven; F. G. Mouton, eleven; I. Bendel, twenty-two; O. B. Hopkins, twenty-two; J. Arthur Roy, eleven; Wm. G. Fritz, two; S. Kahn, eight; Mrs. B. Falk and I Bendel, six; J. C. Buchanan, two; Albert Doucet, two; Geo. H. DeClouet, five; W. S. Torian, fourteen; Trahan & Bendel, two; Mrs. Delhomme, eight; P. Kraus, four; A. Bacque, four; Jos. Dauriac, two; J. Constantin, two; F. H. Mouton, two; T. J. Sullivan, two; Rev. Father Roguet, ten.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Home Fire Co. - Officers Elected.
 Wednesday night Home Fire Co., No. 1 held their annual election for officers. An enjoyable smoker followed the completion of the balloting. The following officers were elected:  President, Wm. Campbell; Vice-President, F. O. Broussard; Secretary, F. H. Mouton; Treasurer, D. V. Gardebled; Foreman, Paul Castel; First Assistant Foremen, Jno. Graser; Second Assistant Foreman, Abraham Hirsch; Housekeeper, Eugene Ducharm; Nozzleman, Wm. Graser; Assistant Nozzleman, Theodore LeBlanc; Plugman, Willie Adams; Keyman, Felix Meaux. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.   

Dangerous and Reckless. - About the most reckless proceeding which has taken place in Lafayette in many a day took place Saturday night, when two men for some reason unknown to the average citizen, raced down Jefferson street in buggies. That it is very dangerous, especially in such a narrow street, is self evident, and it is a great pity that some of the officers were not on hand to arrest them. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Doors Open Sunday. - Postmaster Domengeaux requests that hereafter the doors of the post office will be left open on Sundays and that those having lock boxes can get their mail at any time of the day. The regulations require the closing of the doors during the absence of the postmaster and employees, but Mr. Domengeaux desiring to furnish every facility to the public has secured from the Washington authorities permission from the Washington authorities permission to leave the doors open, which will be greatly appreciated. Laf. Adv. 3/2/1904.

Take Up Loose Stock.
We would like to call the attention of the police officers to the violation of the city ordinance in regard to stock remaining at large. In different parts of the town stock is often seen wandering at will over the streets and sidewalks, which should not be the case. In some instances hogs are allowed at liberty and they annoy the neighbors. We would suggest that the officers make a round up of loose stock and make the owners pay for it, and keep it up. This way we are sure will make the owners more careful. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.     

Saturday afternoon the Juniors and Seniors of the Lafayette High School played interesting match-games before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The Golds and Reds were victors for the first time this season. The teams will play their next games Saturday, March 12, 1904. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

The Woman's Club.
 The Woman's Club met Saturday with Mrs. O. B. Hopkins. The subject of the meeting was Thomas B. Aldrich. Mrs. Davis gave a most interesting talk upon his life and writings, quoting a number of choice selections by way of illustration. Mrs. John Givens read a selected poem in place of Mrs. Hulse who was unable to attend. Miss Dupre also added to the program by reading a charming short story.

 The club held a special meeting on February 20 and planted a number of trees on the new school grounds. They are also collecting books, magazines and all kinds of good literature, which they are distributing among the country schools. Besides, they have appropriated a small sum to each room of the town schools, with which the teacher is instructed to purchase something specially needed by the room.

 The Woman's Club not only believes in self instruction, but in being a force for good in the  community, and in order to accomplish the most good, have decided to aid the schools in a practical way. It affords The Advertiser much pleasure to welcome them as earnest workers in the cause of education and we believe that just at present it is the greatest work they could engage in. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Death of Dewey Heywood. - Mr. Dewey Heywood, one of the four brothers constituting the firm of Heywood Bros., died at Domengeaux's hotel in this city at 1:10 p. m. Monday in the 33rd year of his age. Mr. Heywood was taken sick with typhoid fever about four weeks ago and was seemingly doing well, the disease appearing to be of a mild type. His brother, Mr. Alba Heywood, was with him from the beginning of his illness and saw that he was provided with the best medical attention, and that he had the services of two trained nurses. Mrs. Dewey Heywood was in constant attendance at the bedside of her husband. No fatal termination was anticipated, but as is sometimes the case in this treacherous malady, complications developed two or three days ago and he speedily took a turn for the worse, which soon placed him beyond medical skill. His mother arrived Monday just in time to be with him at the last. Mr. O. W. Heywood who is sick at Jennings could not be present, Mr. Scott Heywood arrived Monday night.

Mr. Dewey Heywood was man of strong character, firm in his friendships and of a generous open hearted nature. He had the happy faculty of winning friends and here in Lafayette he had made some strong ones. He was very popular in Beaumont where for two years past he has had the management of the Heywood Oil Company's business. His death will be learned with regret all over Southwest Louisiana and East Texas where he was well known.

The remains accompanied by his bereaved relatives were taken Tuesday to Battle Creek, Mich., for interment. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

First Apportionment Received. - Treasurer Martin received Monday the first apportionment for the year for the school's from Supt. Calhoun. It was a check for $6,007.12, the largest ever received. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Croup. - Begins with the symptoms of a common cold; there is chillness, sneezing, sore throat, hot skin, quick pulse, hoarseness and impeded respiration. Give frequent small doses of Ballard's Horehound Syrup. (the child will cry for it) and at the first sign of a croupy cough, apply frequently Ballard's Snow Ligament to the throat. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Suppressing Vagrancy.
  [N. O. States.]
 Yesterday the Mississippi Legislature passed a vagrancy law which is modeled after that of the Georgia statute which has operated so satisfactorily in forcing idle, loafing and shiftless whites and blacks either to earn a living for themselves or go to work on the streets and public roads. Before the passage of the vagrant law nearly every city and town in Georgia was cursed with an ever-increasing throng of negro loafers who refused to accept any kind of employment and eked out an existence by means of petty thievery and otherwise preying upon the community. The strict enforcement of the law has resulted in the complete abolishment of this evil, and the cities and towns have been rid of loafers of both races. Young negroes of the lazy and shiftless class soon realized that they would either have to find some kind of work to do or be placed in the chain gang, of leave the State, hence a great many of them hastened to return to the farms which they had abandoned for the allurements of the cities.

 It is to be hoped that when the Louisiana Legislature meets next May it will also pass a law similar to that enacted by Georgia and Mississippi, because there are large numbers of negroes who idle about the towns refusing to labor in any way when there is a great demand for farm hands. Such a law would compel these worthless loafers either to work for their own support or to work for the State or parish. It would rid New Orleans  of thousands of vagrant negroes who have drifted here by forcing them to return to the plantations and farms from whence they came, or to take themselves elsewhere beyond the boundaries of the State, which would greatly benefit it, while the services of those who declined either to leave the city or to observe the law could be employed in carrying to completion such public works as drainage and sewerage. The Georgia vagrant law, according to the authorities of that State charged with its enforcement, has proved to be a most effective remedy for vagrancy and the sooner Louisiana has a similar law on its statute books the better. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Lacoste Hardware Store.

 Among the most prominent and substantial business houses of Lafayette is the Lacoste Hardware store, a cut of which appears elsewhere. The business which was established by Mr. L. Lacoste a number of years ago in a modest way has grown steadily until at present it is one of the largest concerns in Southwest Louisiana, and occupies an immense building with a forty foot front depth of 300 feet, extending from Madison (now Buchanan) to Jefferson street

 This remarkable growth can be ascribed to their strictly honest basis of doing business and the uniformly courteous treatment shown to all.

 The business now is in charge of Messrs. Louis Lacoste, Jos. Lacoste, Jos. Colombe, and Ernest Mouisset, sons and sons-in-law, of the original founder of the business. They are all young men, probably the youngest in charge of such a large business in the State, and are progressive and liberal. Under their management the business has grown considerably and with the growth of the business they have made additions and put in conveniences for the prompt and ready and handling of goods, so that in the matter of facilities it is thoroughly equipped. In order to accommodate their extensive trade and extend their business, they have established branch stores at Broussardville and Carencro, both of which are in a prosperous condition.

 The Lacoste Hardware store is an institution of which the people of Lafayette can well be proud, because of its size, its high standard of business methods, and the enterprising spirit manifested by the young men composing the firm.
 Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

City Council.
 Lafayette, La., February 26, 1904.

 A special meeting of the City Council w

Lafayette, La., February 26, 1904.

 A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor, presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, Felix Demanade, D. V. Gardebled.  Absent: John O. Mouton, H. Fontenot.

 The Mayor stated that the object of the meeting was to make a final settlement with Mr. L. H. Thompson, for moving buildings on Pierce and Jefferson streets, and thereupon Mr. Thompson presented to the Council the following document.

 We the undersigned, proprietors respectively of the buildings, fences, etc., moved by L. H. Thompson contractor having in charge the mowing of the buildings back from Pierce and Jefferson streets, certify hereby that the said work of removal has been done by the said Thompson in a satisfactory manner to ourselves; the said buildings and fences, etc., having been placed in position similar to that in which they stood at first.

as per agreement attached
         ED. G. VOORHIES.

 Moved by F. Demanade, and seconded by D. V. Gardebled that in view of the above statement by interested parties, that the balance due Mr. L. H. Thompson, of Three Hundred Dollars be paid and that the Secretary issue warrant for same, less the ($50.00) Fifty Dollars retained as per contract with Mr. J. E. Trahan presented with the above communication. Motion adopted unanimously.

 There being no further business, meeting adjourned.
                      CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
       LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 1, 1904.

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

 Petition from property owners on Lee avenue praying for cement walk on south side received and accepted, and the following ordinance adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance adopted October 3, 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 interests 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 routes, to wit:

 1. Starting from Vermilionville street at its intersection with Lee avenue, and going thence on the east side of said Lee avenue to Sixth street, then on the southeast side of Sixth street to Grant avenue, and thence on the southwest side of Grant avenue to the Crescent News Hotel.

 2. Starting from Main street in said town at its intersection with Lafayette street, and going north on the west side of Lafayette street to Vermilion street.

 Be it further ordained that public notice is given for ten days of this ordinance and moreover calling for bids to do said work, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful performance of said contract and the completion of the work.

 Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walk shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the basis of the respective frontage of said real estate which amounts shall be due and collectible 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 sums so assessed.

 This Council shall have a special privilege on said property, 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 said walk shall be six feet in width, wherever possible,

 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 one or more blocks.

 Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walk, 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.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

 Moved, seconded and carried that it is hereby prohibited for all owners of wagons and carts and other vehicles to back the same against the cement walks of the town or to unload their freight in such a way as to injure or damage the said sidewalks  and that a fine of not less than $2.50 nor more than $10.00 is hereby imposed for each and every violation of this ordinance.

 There being no further business Council adjourned.

    CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor ;  LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.  

School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 18, 1904.

 At a special meeting of the school board on the above date the following members were present: Alex Delhomme, Sr., Jasper Spell, Dr. N. P. Moss, A. C. Guilbeau, and S. J. Montgomery.  Absent: A. Olivier, Dr. Roy O. Young, H. Theall and A. D. Verot.

 Dr. Moss was made temporary chairman, and the board received a delegation of citizens from Carencro who told of the rapid increase of the attendance at that school and the necessity for more class room and more teachers. Messrs. S. J. Breaux, and G. H. Guilbeau, the local trustees of the school, were assured by the board that all that is possible would be done for the school and the matter was referred to the building committee with power to act, if in their discretion, the board was in a position to do so.

 The board received two delegations from the Sellers school one for, and the other against, the removal of the Sellers school from the present site to one about a mile north. On motion of Mr. Spell seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, the matter was referred to Dr. Young, Mr. Theall and Mr. Alleman with a request that they investigate the situation more closely and make recommendations at the next meeting.

 The community at the Isle de Cannes school made a request for a schoolhouse to replace the present inadequate one; and asked that the school be furnished with modern furniture in order to enable the pupils and teacher to do more and better work. The following resolution relative to the Isle de Cannes petition was adopted:

 Whereas the citizens of the Bertrand school have petitioned this board for an additional room to their schoolhouse, to be built on conditions proposed by the people of the community and,  Whereas the board accepted these conditions and agreed to construct the addition to the schoolhouse several months ago, and as the community has not fulfilled the condition.

 Be it resolved, that the citizens of the Bertrand school be given fifteen days in which to fulfill the conditions of the board. If after the expiration of fifteen days' notice the conditions have not been complied with, then the Isle des Cannes community will be given the refusal of the proposition made by the board to the Bertrand community.

 The secretary was instructed to notify Mr. R. B. Martin that inasmuch as he is at present ineligible to appointment to a position in the public schools of this parish, the board can not act favorably on his petition to be reinstated as a teacher until he qualifies in the regular manner.

 Messrs. Delhomme and Alleman were authorized to have the necessary repairs made on the Matthieu school.

 The following resolution was unanimously adopted:

 Whereas we have learned of the public spirited and patriotic offer of the Woman's Club to plant trees on the public school lot of the town of Lafayette; to beautify the school-rooms of the town with suitable school decorations or to furnish them with necessary apparatus according to the discretion of the teacher; and to furnish suitable reading matter to be distributed among the rural schools of the parish.

 Be it resolved that this board heartily the co-operation of the Woman's Club in providing suitable surroundings for the future men and women of this parish, believing that the present public spirited act of the Club can be made a worthy precedent in the organization, and an act worthy of emulation by the best men and women in the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further resolved that a certified copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the Woman's Club.

 The following resolution relative to the act of the Department of Agriculture in sending a lecturer to the Parish Teachers' Institute was adopted:

 Be it resolved that the School Board of Lafayette appreciates the efforts of Maj. James G. Lee, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, to help the local authorities to properly introduce the subject of elementary agriculture in the public schools of this parish by furnishing a competent lecturer on the occasion of the last Teachers' Institute. The board is convinced that an intelligent introduction of the subject of elementary agriculture in the public schools can not but result in great good to the State and recommends to the Department of Agriculture that steps be taken to have the subject taught at all of the summer schools and the lecturers be sent to different parts of the State from time to time.

 On motion the Isle des Cannes school was accorded modern desks, and the Ridge school was allowed a sufficient number of desks to seat the pupils who are now without seats.

 On motion of Mr. Spell seconded by Dr. Moss the petition of the citizens asking that the Bonin school be re-opened was granted.

 On motion duly seconded Mr. Alleman was duly authorized to represent the parish school board at the annual meeting of the Department of Superintendence of the National Educational Association to be held at Atlanta, Ga., on February 23, 24 and 25.

 The board selected April 30, 1904 to be set aside and known as Public School Day on which the entire school population of the parish shall assemble at the Industrial Institute where appropriate exercises, to be announced later, shall be given by the pupils of each school in the parish. Much good can result from a convocation of this sort and the board calls upon the teachers of the parish to enter into the spirit of the movement and to arouse all the enthusiasm possible not only among their patrons. Each teacher will be expected to be present with a strong delegation of pupils and patrons.

 The action of President Olivier in purchasing a map of Louisiana for each school in the parish was approved, and the secretary was requested to confer with civil engineer Babin and find out his price for a blue print of the parish map for each school in the parish.

 There being no further business the board adjourned.
                                  N. P. MOSS,
                             President pro tem.
              L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.  


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

 Madame Rumor says there will be wedding bells rung quite often during April.
 Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Utz and Dunn's low quarters and sandals at Levy Bros.

Mrs. Jesse Kelly is visiting her mother, Mrs. McNaspy.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins, Jr. Sunday night, a girl.

James Parker, after spending several weeks with his sister, Mrs. Tom Hopkins, returned home Friday.

Mrs. Compton and little daughter, Louise, are the guests of Dr. F. R. Tolson's family.

Try our preserves and evaporated fruits - Prudhomme & McFaddin.

Miss Bessie O'Quinn, of Avoyelles, was the guest of Mrs. J. J. Davidson this week.

Miss Estelle Mouton has just returned from St. Louis, where she purchased and elegant stock of millinery for Mouton Sisters. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Telephone us if you need groceries and we will deliver promptly. - Broussard Bros.

Mr. and Mrs. Ludovic Guilbeau spent the day Sunday with friends and relatives in Carencro.

Take your prescriptions to Young & Comeaux and you will get pure medicines and just what your doctor prescribes.

Young & Comeaux carry a full line of tablets, note paper and school supplies.

Something new - massage pumps for the complexion - Young & Comeaux.

Horace Blakesley drove to Abbeville Monday in the interest of the Lafayette Marble Works.

The Advertiser acknowledges with thanks an invitation to be present at the Fourth Annual Banquet of the Home Fire Co., at Falk's Hall, Thursday evening March 3.

Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Dr. L. C. Woodsmith and W. H. Brown, of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, who have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson, left for home yesterday. Laf. Adv. 3/2/1904.

Choice early amber sorghum seed, by the quart or bushel at the Moss Pharmacy.

Mrs. C. H. Mouton left last Friday for St. Martinville to spend several days with her daughter, Mrs. Anthony Goulas.

Miss Carrie Gay, of Washington, was the sweet guest of the Misses Huff for a week. She returned home Sunday.

Extra choice golden dent corn, by the quart or bushel at the Moss Pharmacy.

Mrs. R. B. Raney, of Crowley, is visiting her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan.
Leonce Gladu made a business trip to Lake Charles yesterday.

Miss Julia Huff left for New Iberia Monday to spend some time with her sister, Mrs. C. P. Moss.

Mr. and Mrs. Biossat and daughter Inez leave to day for Alexandria to attend the wedding of Miss Inez Rushing.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.   

  From the Lafayette Gazette of March 2nd, 1901:

NO. 1, VOL. IX.

The Gazette is eight years old to-day. It enters upon its ninth year a fairly prosperous journal. Its advertising patronage has increased considerably during the last two years. It has a good local circulation and a well supported job printing department. The best evidence that the paper is appreciated is that it does not carry a single "dead head" on its subscription list and that every inch of its advertising space is paid for.

We trust that every subscriber feels that the paper is worth one dollar a year and that no one receives it through any philanthropic motive. No self-respecting newspaper solicits the patronage of the man who subscribes or advertises merely "to help the thing along." The Gazette most assuredly does not care for that kind of patronage. It wants every one to feel that he gets his money's worth.

During the eight years of its uneventful career The Gazette has tried to contribute its share toward the advancement of the community. Whether it has succeeded or not in making its influence felt, it is not for us to say. We will state, however, with a pardonable degree of pride, that we have done the best we could.

It is a quite difficult task to run a country newspaper to the satisfaction of a reasonably large number of people. In passing judgement upon the worth of a small weekly few persons consider the difficulties with which the publisher has to contend. The necessarily limited field must be taken into the account as well as the scanty revenues.

It is the earnest desire of The Gazette to grow with the town - to when it is here of usefulness in proportion to the advancement of the community. It will always be the aim of the publisher to give to the people of Lafayette a paper which will, at all times, be deserving of their support.

Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

S. L. I. Directors Meet.

 The meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Industrial Institute which was to be held last Saturday did not take place because of the non-attendance of members, only three were present. The members present were Prof. Brown Ayres, Capt. Buchanan and Mr. Martin.

An effort will be made to hold a meeting to-day when, it is hoped, there will be a full attendance as business of great importance to the institute will come up for consideration. The dormitory and machine shop are to be built before the opening of the Institute. The Gazette is informed that the local banks will offer to take up the bonds to be issued in order to realize the money of the town and parish tax. If a satisfactory agreement can me effected with the Lafayette banks no time will be lost and the work of putting up the buildings will be done without further delay.

Mr. A. E. mouton has been practically relieved of all responsibility pertaining to his duties as contractor by the architects, Favrot & Livaudis, who have accepted the main building of the Institute.

Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

Anse la Butte Again Attracting Attention. -

Rumors of Renewed Activity Among Oil Prospectors.

 It is rumored that oil prospectors have been negotiating for land in the Anse la Butte section. It is reported that tracts of land have been leased and that farmers in that neighborhood have been asked to give options on their farms. We have not been able to ascertain whether of not these rumors are well founded. It is safe to say, however, that before long some one will be willing to invest his money to find out if there is any oil a Anse la Butte.

 The investigations which were conducted last year by Mr. Lucas, the discoverer of the Beaumont geyser, established the fact beyond doubt that there is oil in the neighborhood. Owing to the cessation of the work it was not ascertained if there is oil in large quantities. After reaching a depth of about 500 feet the boring was discontinued.

 The Gazette hopes that a company will be organized here or elsewhere for the purpose of conducting thorough and intelligent investigations at Anse la Butte. The discovery of oil at that point would result in incalculable benefit to Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

 Departing the Espee. - After having served about 12 years in the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, as blacksmith at this place, Ed McBride has resigned that position. Laf. Gazette 3/2/1901.

A Negro Killed. - A negro, named Raymond, was shot at a ball near Duson on Mardi Gras. He died a few days later. Dr. Mouton, the coroner, held an inquest but no evidence was adduced throwing any light on the homicide and Raymond's slayer is still unknown.  Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

Seriously Injured. - Last night just before going to press we learned that Mr. Henry Gankendorf, fireman on the Alexandria branch and a most estimable citizen of Lafayette, had been brought home seriously injured and in an unconscious condition. It appears that a cylinder head became detached from the engine and struck Mr. Gankendorf's head with great force, inflicting injuries of a very serious nature. Owing to the lateness of the hour we were unable to get any of the particulars.
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

Lumber Yard Changes Hands. - Mr. A. J. Ross has sold his lumber yard to Stewart, Lewis & Taylor. Mr. J. R. Bonnet will have the management of the business. Stewart, Lewis & Taylor own lumber yards at Rayne, Crowley and Opelousas.  
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

Distinguished Visitors.
 Several distinguished persons passed through Lafayette this week and honored the Southern Pacific station with their presence just a few minutes. Mme. Bernhardt, known to fame as the "divine Sarah," and the great Coquelin, who were on their way to New Orleans from the Pacific coast, paid Lafayette a visit, but as their stay was necessarily short they failed to "drop in on" the local press. President Hays who is said to receive an annual compensation of $55,000 to shape the destinies of the of the Southern Pacific system, Mr. Julius Kruttscnnitt, Mr. Van Vleck and other big guns of the railway circles spent one night at the station occupying some of the company's finely equipped cars. The Gould party passed through a few days ago on its way to Texas.
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

Fire Company No. 1. - On last Monday night a meeting of Fire Co. No. 1 was held for the purpose of electing officers, but owing to the small membership present, it was deferred until the next regular meeting, Monday March 4, when the consideration of a new chief will also be taken up. This organization is a splendid one and quite prosperous, having $82.58 in the treasury and being free from all indebtedness. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

 The following real estate transfers were recorded in the clerk's office during the past week:

 E. C. Deniston to Wm. G. Burke, 75 acres in second ward.

 Victor M. Blot And Gaston Blot to C. C. Brown, 61 arpents in sixth ward, $1,800.

 Drs. N. D. and R. O. Young to Mrs. Valsin Wilson, 100 arpents in fourth ward.

 Mrs. Valsin Wilson to Toussaint and Paul Joseph, 85 arpents in fourth ward, $1,473.

 Minor heirs of Francioni to Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins, right and interest on lot in Lafayette, $100.

 Benjamin Griffin to P. L. Revillon, lot in Lafayette, $100.

 Eloi Broussard to Fernest Meaux, half interest in 40 arpents woodland in second ward, $663.

 Alcide Judice to Gustave Duhon, 75 acres in second ward, $1,136.

 Placide Breaux and Theophile Breaux to C. C. Brown, 6 arpents in sixth ward, $150.

 Alex Delhomme to Antoine Bacquet, lot in Scott, $120.

 A. J. Ross to Edward A. Hanson, 3 lots and improvements, $2,500.
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 2nd, 1901.

A Phantom Party.

 An enjoyable social incident was the phantom party of last Monday night. Some one made the suggestion, and it soon found many ready adherents, that one of those mystic and very amusing gatherings be organized to while away an evening. So, it was pursuant to appointment that a lot of frolicsome young people met at the home of Mrs. J. J. Revillon Monday evening and took upon themselves the characteristic phantom disguise imparted by a white sheet and a domino. When all was in readiness and at a given signal the gruesome and ghostlike crowd wended its way to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Plonsky, and there they found a welcome none the less hospitable because the host and hostess had been taken by surprise. Here the incognito party indulged in music, dancing and singing until the hour of eleven o'clock, at which time the phantoms were invited to lay aside their disguise and meet around a festive board that the amiable hostess had laden with delectable refreshments for the enjoyment of the mysterious spirits that had elected to favor her with their presence.

Among those present on this occasion were: Misses Marie, Louise, and Julia Revillon, Lorena Marsh, Emma Falk, Rose Duhon, Lucy Prudhomme, Lena Flora and Rose Plonsky. Medames Hebert Billeaud, Jos. Ducote, M. Rosenfield and J. J. Revillon. Messrs. Alex. Delahoussaye, L. F. Salles, Jos. Ducote, H. J. Mouton, Ed. Lehman, Robert Bailey, Lucius Prudhomme, Albert Theall, H. Billeaud, M. Rosenfield, Onezine Mouton and Prof. Mouton and Prof. W. A. LeRosen.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.


 Merchants, Bankers, etc., are warned not to cash the following drafts which were stolen on train from Carencro to Lafayette, on Feb. 17th, 1901.
$33.00 check C. C. Brown, favor Clovis, draft on First National Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.
$50.00 check C. C. Brown favor Albert Guidry, on First National Bank.
$38.00 check C. C. Brown, favor Jno. Johnson, on First National Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.
$34.05 check C. C. Brown, favor A. Berthelot, on First National Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.
$75.00 check C. C. Brown, favor Dupuis, on First National Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.
$718.08 check Charleville, favor Adam Guidry on H. Lichtenstein & Son in favor of A. Guidry.
$246.70 check Duffy, favor Adam Guidry on Andy I McShane, in favor of A. Guidry.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

GOOD NEWS. -  Mr. B. Falk tells the Advertiser that he is closed a contract for a complete overhauling of his Opera House. A new curtain will be painted, the present stage will be enlarged so that the largest traveling companies may be able to appear to Lafayette theatre goers. An advertising drop curtain will also be one of the improvements, the diagram of which will appear in the next issue of this paper. Mr. Falk has already booked several companies for next season, and as he leaves for Chicago in a few months for additional booking, Lafayette may expect good troupes next fall.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

ANOTHER BLACK EYE. - Mr. Demarest was confirmed by the Senate as postmaster of Opelousas, vice Judge Gilbert Dupre. This action of the administration is a serious blow to the white wing of the Republican party in Louisiana, and the Advertiser is justified in believing that the Republican party is dead for ever in this State. No white man can conscientiously follow the leadership of Wimberly and his coons.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

BAD ROADS. - The roads leading to this town are in a horrible condition, and unless proper attention is immediately given, it will yet be months before they are passable. The Royville, Scott and Carencro roads are disgracefully bad. Will they ever be worked is now the question? Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

February 1901.
Laura Magnon, Louise Constantin, John Whitmeyer, Arthur Poinboeuf, William Higgenbotham, Alex Guidry, Sam Plonsky, Helen Bell, Etta Domengeaux, Matilde Richard, Annie Bell, Alma Gulley, Jeff Caffery.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.


The undersigned has embarked in the Real Estate business, for South Western Louisiana. Parties having property for sale will do well to call on or write to me. Taxes paid and rents collected for non-residents, a specialty.
P. O. Box 82. Lafayette, La.
Dr. Roy W. Scranton, the popular Royville citizen and physician, was in Lafayette for a few hours Tuesday.

Mr. A. L. Dyer, of Royville passed through town Tuesday on his way to the city.
Mr. Dupre Bernard as accepted a position with the Southern Nursery Co.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

New Blacksmith Shop. - Mr. Jos. Dauriac announces to the public that he will open a new blacksmith shop, opposite Tanner's store and solicits the patronage of every one. He guarantees to give first class work. Wheelwright, Buggy repairs a specialty. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1901. 

Cotton at 14 1/2 Cts.
 Last year, Olivier Levy, a colored man living at Mauriceville, brought to the Lafayette Advertiser Office eight pounds of long silk cotton seed. From these eight pounds he gathered 676 pounds, that is 2 bales of 338 pounds each. The cotton was shipped to F. Gumbel & Co., of New Orleans and on the 18th of Feb. 1901 was classed as "Strict Good Middling" and sold 14 1/2 cts. The 676 pounds about the weight of a large bale brought then, $98.00. It is many years since cotton has been sold a price and the high rate it has commanded proves its superiority in point of quality. We have at this office a sample of this cotton, and we do not believe any one can show a better grade. The cotton ginned at Mr. Treville Broussard's ginnery at Mauriceville, and here is what Mr. Broussard writes on the subject.

 Mauriceville, Feb. 4th, 1901.


 In answer to yours of the 1st of Feb., I can say that during my nineteen years experience as ginnery, I never received as good cotton as that brought by Olivier Levy. The silk is very long and very fine and the staple easily yields the seed. It gives a much better silk than the ordinary cotton, I encourage all my friends to plant this cotton and feel sure that they shall find the results most gratifying.       


 Mr. Broussard is and favorably known and his opinion is conclusive.

 This long silk cotton is extremely prolific. Some so called Long Silk Cotton bears very little, but this one is an exception as is provided by the results obtained by Olivier Levy. Mr. Emile Cormier of Carencro sends the following:  This is to certify that last year I bought of Mr. Van der Cruyssen a small quantity of seed, to be more explicit, one letter envelope full of seeds and with that small quantity sold 150 1bs., in seed, of which 50 lbs., silk. The cotton is of an extraordinary quality.

 Mr. Gumbel's agent at New Orleans writes us as follows:  We sold Olivier Levy's 2 bales at 14 1/2 cts. You can judge of the excellent quality of this cotton by its price as we can not obtain more than 9 1/4 for ordinary cotton.

 We invite all planters to examine the sample of this cotton which we have at the Advertiser Office, and to any one showing a better quality we shall give gratis 2 pounds of this seed. Any one wishing to purchase seed can find same at the Advertiser Office. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

CANE PLANTERS. - The Lafayette Sugar Refinery Co. Ltd., are now ready to contract for cane. In addition to market prices, they are paying a bonus of 25cts. per ton for cane delivered by wagons. Advances are made on cane. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1901.

 The history of the stage has not recorded the production of a play equal in religious motive to that of Chas. W. Chase's dramatization of "Quo Vadis" with the single exception of the Passion play, which in the judgement of many Christians is too sacred for a stage impersonation. No such sacrilege is attempted in "Quo Vadis" although the scene and varied incidents take place shortly after the death of the Divine Master, and one the principle characters in the play is that of the Apostle Peter, simple, aged and venerable, telling of his association with Christ discoursing upon his patience, suffering and humility and creating an atmosphere of sublimity, never before realized upon any stage, and entirely without the slightest suggestion of profanation. In fact it may be said that both audience and actors during the representation of this wonderful play, seem to be permeated with a deep religious fervor, so strong, so vital that these stage pictures of the struggles of the early Christians must live as an instrument of good. If more such plays were presented it would be better for the stage in particular and for the world at large. "Quo Vadis" is one of the most moral, dramatic and interesting plays ever produced upon any stage. At Falk's Opera House March 11th. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

 Lafayette News Notes (Advertiser) 3/2/1901.

 Mr. Henry Patin wishes to inform the public that he is now employed as agent for literature entitled the life of Queen Victoria and the story of her reign.

 The annual meeting of the Fire Department of Lafayette will take place at Falk's Opera House, Monday, March 12, 1901, at 8 p, m. for election of officers.
Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1901.

 Next Sunday morning the Southern Methodist Churches will observe "Good Literature Day," a day to be devoted to the encouragement of good literature.

 If you want to clean up your premises, buy a barrel of best rock lime from E. H. Vordenbaumen, and give your place a thorough white washing.

 Mrs. Crow Girard returned Friday from a visit to her sister Mrs. Oliphant of New Orleans.

 Chas. Jeanmard has just received a large stock of Ladies dress materials, Hats, ribbons, laces etc. Our dress making department is complete in all respects.

Now is the right time to plant Onion Sets, buy them at the Moss Pharmacy.

 Mr. P. B. Torian, the genial assistant ticket agent of the S. P. R. R., has informed the Advertiser that over 800 tickets were sold to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. On average of $14.30 per head including fare and expenses, makes the large sum of $11,440 taken out of Lafayette in two or three days. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901. Mr. A. L. Dyer, of Royville passed through town Tuesday on his way to the city. Mr. Dupre Bernard as accepted a position with the Southern Nursery Co.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1901.

From the Lafayette Gazette of March 2nd, 1895:

An Opposition Town.

Speaking of the inclination of some people to oppose every public enterprise, a certain well-known gentleman expressed himself the other day in the following language:

 "Lafayette may well be called the great opposition town of Louisiana. Some of its citizens seem to delight in opposing anything and everything. It matters not what it is, they bob up as opposers. They are opposers by nature. They feed on opposition. They are happy only when they are opposing something. They are in favor of nothing that may benefit the town. Should one of these peculiar beings ever reach the celestial abode of the blessed, which is a debatable question, it will not be long before he has established an opposition place of his own."

Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.


Lafayette Puts on Holiday Attire and Celebrates.

Did you see the parade?

 It was there all right enough, in fact two of them, and when it comes to celebrating Mardi Gras Lafayette isn't out taking any lessons. New Orleans may think she has a cinch on this sort of thing, but she hasn't. Lafayette bites off a slice of Mardi Gras herself and knows it is good.

The day was fair and just such a day as Rex might have ordered had he (unreadable word) to stop, but his bold knights knew how to enjoy it and perhaps did enjoy it more than if his Royal Highness had lent the weight of his august presence to the occasion.

 Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895.


Chicken Fights. - About 150 people assembled at Guidry's Arena last Sunday to witness some fights between the celebrated roosters of Lafayette. The first fight for a purse of $60 was fought by E. McDaniel's favorite, "Morgan," and Arthur Hebert's "Gray Bill." The fight was won by the latter. The second contest for $40 was between Sonny Landry's "Corbet," and "Dixey" belonging to Henry Hebert. After a hard fight of 1:15 it was decided a draw. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.

 Base Ball. - Will Graser, captain of the Perseverance Club, requests The Gazette to state that the members of that club and all lovers of the national game are urged to be present at a meeting which will be held at 4 o'clock Sunday at the truck house. Matters of importance will come up for consideration and a large attendance is desired.
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.

 Burglars at Work. - During the night of Wednesday burglars effected an entrance into Bob Richard's store on Lincoln Avenue and stole $10 in cash and about $20 worth of goods. This is the second time Mr. Richard has been troubled by burglars and it is to be hoped that the authorities will succeed in apprehending the culprits.
 Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.

 Brutal Negro. - A little negro named Valmont, in company with his father, Baptiste Breaux, appeared before Justice McFaddin Wednesday morning and swore out an affidavit against another negro, Edgar Dugas. The boy Valmont had been most cruelly dealt with by Dugas. His chin and mouth were in a painful condition, and his jaw bone was broken. He says that Dugas inflicted these injuries by kicking him without provocation. The boy was badly bruised up and bore evidence of Dugas' vicious attack upon him.
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.

 Shot in the Face. - Adlar Boudain, a white man, has been charged by an affidavit before Justice Mcfadden, with having shot a negro named Alexis Gilbert. A few birdshots took lodgment in the negro's face. It seems that Baudain was hunting in the negro's field and the difficulty grew out of this fact. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.

Patronize Home People. - If you want to build your town patronize home people. Do not send to neighboring towns for workmen when those at home are just as competent. If you have anything to sell do you go to a neighboring towns for buyers? Certainly not. Then why patronize people who do not patronize you? Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.

Lafayette, La., Feb. 23 1895.

 Pursuant to call the board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day with the following members present:  J. O. Broussard, President; Dr. W. W. Lesley, A. C. Guilbeau, J. S. Whittington, and J. E. Trahan.  Absent: P. A. Chaisson, Jasper Spell and D. Bernard.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 On motion of Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, seconded by Dr. W. W. Wessley, it was resolved that 5 per cent of all moneys received by the treasurer for the schools, be set aside for a contingent fund to be expended by this board in session, and the balance to  be placed to the credit of the teacher's fund, and that all motions and resolutions in conflict with the above and hereby repealed.

 On motion of Dr. Lessley, seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, the president was instructed to employ a lawyer to bring suit to collect the notes due for rent of school lands.

 The following offer made by the editors of the Advertiser and Gazette was received and on motion duly made was accepted:

To the Hon. President and Members of the School Board Lafayette, La.

 GENTLEMEN - Our last year's contracts having expired on Oct. 7, 1894, we are willing to enter a new one dating from Oct. 7, 1894 to Oct. 7, 1895, for a consideration of ($50.) fifty dollars made payable quarterly.

 The proceedings will appear, as in the past, in both papers.

Homer Mouton, for Lafayette Gazette.
H. A. Van der Cruyssen, editor Lafayette Advertiser.

 On motion duly made a vote of thanks was tendered the editors of the Lafayette Advertiser  and Lafayette Gazette for publishing the proceedings of the School Board last year free of charge, and for the very liberal offer this year. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895..

From the Lafayette Advertiser March 2nd, 1895.

Last Tuesday's Parades.

Mardi Gras of 1895 in Lafayette will be remembered as an occasion of special interest, by the people, because of the unusual character of the public demonstrations indulged in by some of our citizens on that day.

The populace appeared to greatly enjoy the spectacle provided for their entertainment, of two sets of floats parading the streets of the town, simultaneously - the one set of burlesquing present city administration with special reference to the stock-law of its fathering, and "taking off" in ludicrous style the ephemeral efforts of the citizens to capture a full grown sugar refinery that must surely be somewhere within reach among the clouds, and the futile attempts of our young men to maintain a local brass band for more than three months "hitting back" in several respects and by amusing methods, at the reflections and insinuations of the oppositionists. Inscriptions and caricature were employed with commendable ingenuity and telling effect, and no doubt sounded the signal for active preparations in the opposing political camps, both eager for the fray that shall decide who will be the "ins" and who the "outs" for two years following next May, at which time will be held the regular election of municipal officers.

An incident of the day's doings that excited both admirational pleasure was the participation in the parade of about a score of ladies wearing attractive costumes and borne a tastefully decorated carriage arranged for the occasion. It was the queen and her court joining in the festive celebration and displaying a banner bearing the significant inscription "The ladies of the society of Good Will will help to success." Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895.

The 26th Regiment.

 A soldier's life, generally speaking, is not a pleasant one, and none can bear more vivid testimony of that fact than the members of the Louisiana 26th. There were few hard-ships they did not suffer during the many months of marching, fighting and camp life they performed in answer to the call of duty. It is but natural, then, that when comrades of the battle-field who have "fought and bled and died together", meet once more they should weep with joy, renew old ties and proceed to drown the sorrows of the past. Among the survivors of the "26th." who claim Lafayette as their home are some genial souls, who have always feel an inexpressible delight at meeting a real live "colonel', and when these same convivial spirits started out on a "colonel" hunt Wednesday of last week, they were as jovial as they were determined. On that day it happened there was a circus in town and the old "vets" fairly snorted at the sight of tents and the sound of martial music. Surely, they reasoned, a "colonel" must be lurking near by. "What's this!"  "Can we believe our eyes?"  "Col. G. W. Hall's New United Shows" they read in half abated tone, on the circus bills.  "Why it must be -- of course it is -- our own beloved Col. Hall of the 26th. regiment. Bravo! Bravo!" echoed in the air.  "Attention",  "Forward", "March", the order was given, and a moments later old comrades had met and embraced each other. Col. G. W. Hall, of circus fame, took in the situation and turned his aptness for a practical joke to a good account. What mattered the difference of an initial or two in a name, just so it bore the title of colonel?  And besides it would have been cruel to disappoint the old soldiers. They had started out to have a good time and Col. G. W. was too whole souled and accommodating to do aught to dampen their bright anticipations. According he mustered up all he ever knew of war reminiscences  and proved himself quite equal to emergency. So perfect was his impersonation of Col. Winchester Hall of the 26th Louisiana, that the old "vets" who exchanged war greetings with Col. Geo. W. Hall of the New United Shows, on the 20th ultimo, are still unshaken in their conviction that the latter is the real and the only Colonel of the 26th., and based on this belief the following statement found its was to the columns of our local contemporary :

Belonged To the 26th. - Col. Geo. W. Hall, proprietor of the show which played here Wednesday is a Confederate soldier, having served, to-gether with a number of our fellow citizens, in the 26th regiment. The colonel met some of the old "vets" and a jolly good time just the same. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895.  

Father and Son Meet. - The father, Prof. J. A. Schlesinger, for many years a resident of Breaux Bridge, had never met his only son now 24 years of age. Through domestic disagreement the husband and wife had become separated and all trace of his offspring was lost by the father until by an extraordinary coincident tidings were received not long ago, of the former's whereabouts. The discovery once made, no time was lost to bring about a meeting. Since neither the father or child had ever seen each other it was necessary to agree on some mark of identification, so it was arranged by correspondence that each would wear a white handkerchief around the neck and the railroad station at Lafayette, La., was selected as the meeting point. Thus came to pass, on the arrival of the eastbound passenger train at 1 p. m. last Monday, one of those romantic happenings that usually falls to the lot of the novel writer to record. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895. 

Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 25th, 1895.
 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, A. A. Delhomme, J. G. St. Julien and Alfred Hebert.Absent: C. C. Brown and J. W. Broussard.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Durke reported having contradicted with Albert Denise for the keeping of Odilon Broussard's bridge at $45.00 per annum to date from Jan. 1st, 1896, approved.

 By motion, Sigismond Bernard was appointed keeper of the Pinhook bridge at a salary of $5 per month, said contract to date from March 1st, under 1895 to Jan. 1st 1896, and is made under the same terms and conditions as the Marquis contract.

 The sum of $20 was ordered paid to E. Marquis, for keeping the Pinhook bridge from Jan. 1st. to March 1st. 1895.

 By motion duly made R. C. Landry was unanimously elected permanent president of the Police Jury vice Ford Hoffpauir resigned.

 By motion of J. G. St. Julien, J. E. Langlinais was appointed to act in conjunction with a like committee from St. Martin parish, in the repairing or rebuilding the St. Julien's bridge over Bayou Tortue. The secretary was directed to communicate with the authorities of St. Martinville, and notify them of the foregoing resolution. ......Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895.

School Board.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 23rd. '95.

 Among other business...

 On motion of Dr. Lessly, seconded by Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, the President was instructed to employ a lawyer to bring suit to collect the notes due for rent of school lands.

 The following offer was submitted by the editors of the Lafayette Advertiser and the Lafayette Gazette which was on motion duly made excepted.

 "To the Hon. President and members of the School Board of Lafayette parish La.


 "Our last year contract having expired on Oct. 7th, 1894, we are willing to enter into a new one dating from Oct. 7th, 1894 for a consideration of fifty dollars payable quarterly. The proceedings will appear as in the past, in both papers.

  Homer Mouton, for Lafayette Gazette; H. A. Van der Cruyssen, Editor Lafayette Advertiser.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/2/1895.

First quarter of the moon 4th. instant.

 Miss Emma Mouton spent a few days in the Crescent City, during the Carnival.

 The Police Jury will hold a special meeting next Monday to adopt a license ordinance. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1895.

 Mrs. F. E. Moss spent a part of this week among relatives in St. Martinsville.
Moss Bros. & Co. is the right place for very fresh soda crackers and delicious table butter.

 Mr. F. E. Darby, came up from New Iberia last Wednesday, to attend to business matters in Lafayette.

 Hon. Ambroise Mouton and son, Ambroise, Jr., have been in our town for several days past visiting relatives.

 Messrs. Lundlum and Burnham, of New Iberia, are at present engaged in painting the two cottages lately erected in our town by Mr. P. B. Roy.

 Dr. J. P. Francez, of Carencro, was in our town the 25th inst., in company with his father-in-law, Mr. Ernest Bernard.

 Postmaster C. O. Mouton was among the numbers of pleasure seekers who were in the Crescent City during the brilliant Carnival celebrations this week.
During lent H. H. Hohorst will have constantly in stock the best evaporated Apricots, Pears, Apples and Peaches. Mince meat, layer and seedless raisins. Imported Roquefort, Swiss, Limburg, Neufchatel and Brick cheese. Fresh country and Goshen Butter.

 Mr. Charley Chargois, brother of our fellow townsman Jos. A. Chargois, was so seriously ill at his home in Houston, Texas, last week, that his mother was summoned to him from here. Late reports are the effect that Mr. Chargois continues to improve, slowly.

 Our young friend Amilcar Martin of Breaux Bridge, a brother of Dr. G. A. Martin, arrived yesterday from Atlanta, Ga., where he followed a course in the Dental College. Some of his work seen by us assures him success in his chosen profession.

 Leopold Lacoste, dealer in Buggie's Wagons and agricultural implements is prepared to give very close prices to intending purchasers. Go and see him when you get ready to buy.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 2nd, 1878.

OFFICIAL JOURNAL of the Parish of LAFAYETTE and of the Town of VERMILIONVILLE.Published Every Week By WM. B. BAILEY.

Saturday --- March 2, 1878.

It is gratifying to announce that the health of our town and parish is most excellent, in fact, it is what the doctors might call "distressingly healthy." Laf. Adv. 3/2/1878.

 The annual election of officers for our Fire Company will take place next Thursday the 7th inst. Laf. Adv. 3/2/1878.

 Admission tickets to the Firemen's ball at Hebert's Hall next Monday night, can be obtained at the principal stores and public places in town. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878.

 Vegetation is well advanced for the season - peach and plum trees commenced blooming some time ago - and if there should be no more cold weather, the fruit crop will be early and abundant.
Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878.

We have in our town one Catholic church, two Methodist (one white and one colored), one colored, one Baptist, and one in course of erection for the Presbyterians. The Episcopalians also, will perhaps at no distant day, provide themselves with a place of worship.

Farming operations have been retarded by the wet weather that prevailed during last fall and winter. With a few exceptions, ploughing has but lately commenced, but our farmers seem determined to make up for lost time. With a favorable year, our generous soil will yet bountifully reward the agriculturist for his labor and industry.

Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878.

The anniversary celebration of Lafayette Fire Company No. 1, next Monday the 4th inst., will be very attractive and arrangements for the occasion, have been perfected. We expect to see people pouring into our town from all directions, to witness the procession, the ceremony of christening of the Truck, and to participate in the Grand Calico Ball at Hebert's Hall. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878.

Notwithstanding complaints of dull times, improvements in our town continue. Mr. John O. Mouton lately built a warehouse on Vermilion street, opposite his store, and repaired two other buildings on the same lot. Mr. Keyes has the contract for building a church for the Presbyterian congregation, and is now engaged in its construction. Mr. Theodule Hebert, Jr., has contracted for the building of a family residence on Madision street. Among the projected improvements, we learn that Dr. J. D. Trahan intends erecting a neat and commodious dwelling house on Washington street. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878. 

 Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1878.

Parish of Lafayette, Jan. 7th., 1878.

  Among Other Business....
 The committee appointed to trace and open a road from Olidon's ferry to Royville made their report, and on motion, said report was adopted.

 On motion resolved, that a committee of five be and is hereby appointed and that full power be and is hereby given to said committee to confer with the members of or a committee appointed by the Police Jury of the Parish of St. Landry for the purpose of making all repairs and other work which in their estimation they may deem necessary to put in traveling order the bridge over bayou Carencro.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. Theodule Hebert, jr., M. G. Broussard, Jean Vigneaux, Ernest Potier and Alfred Peck.

 Resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the president of the Police Jury of the parish of St. Landry for action thereon by that honorable body.

 On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to make an estimate of the probable expenses of the Parish for the current year, said committee to be guided by report of the committee appointed to draft rules to attain an equitable distributions of the funds of this parish. On said committee were appointed Messrs. Ed. E. Mouton, M. F. Rigues and M. E. Girard.

 On motion resolved, that the president of this Police Jury be and is hereby authorized to draw on the treasurer of this parish, the sum of sixty dollars or as much thereof as necessary, for the purchase of three record books for the Recorder's office.

 On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to lay out and trace a road leading from the new bridge built on Mine's coulee to the old bridge on Isle des Canes lying near Wm. Guidry's plantation.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. John S. Whittington, Jules Guidry, Jules Duhon, Antoine Guidry and Cleobule Doucet.

 On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to trace a road from the bridge lying near Montgomery's plantation leading to the Mermentau river.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. Jules Guidry, Ed. Louviere, Dr. Cunningham and Theophile Breaux.

 On motion resolved, a committee be appointed to consider the possibility and to advise the proper means of opening and tracing a public road leading from Vermilionville to Isle Pilette, said road to join the public road southwest of the town near Messrs. H. Eastin and McBride's plantations.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. Lessin Guidry, Drozin I. Broussard, Valery Breaux, H. Eastin, Alcide Judice, Arelein Primeaux and Adolphe Comeaux.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
       ONES. BROUSSARD, President.
 J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1878.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 2nd, 1966:

New Rifle Proves Deadly.

SAIGON, South Viet Nam. (AP) - A North Vietnamese regular captured by the 1st Cavalry, Airmobile, Division shuddered and said, "Don't like that black rifle."

 He was speaking of the M-16 rifle, a deadly new weapon that looks something out of science fiction with its black plastic stock and forearm, submachine gun-like grip and dull finish. It is just one of the light weapons with which the more than 200,000 Americans here fight the reds.

 The M-16 is a .223. caliber, which perhaps fittingly, makes it what shooters in the United States call a "varmint rifle."

Standard Weapon.

 It has a 2o round magazine. Soldiers generally tape two end to end to they can reload with the flick of a wrist. The weapon can fire 700 rounds per minute.

 Despite complaints, the cavalry generally like the M-16. It is light and on full automatic it can be deadly against enemy snipers in palm trees.

 Once there was talk that the little bullet "tumbled" as soon as it hit flesh. This is true at long range but at short range the slug pierces like any other bullet.

 Another weapon, though less preferred, is the bulkier, heavier M-14, which looks more like the standard rifle. It also fires a 20-round clip but shoots 7.62 mm ammunition, almost as big as the 30-caliber bullets used in the M-1 rifle of World War II and Korea.

 Most heavy infantry in Viet Nam is armed with the M-14. Paratroop units, the cavalry division and the 1st Infantry Division are equipped with the M-16. Marines and the 25th Army Division mainly carry the M-14.

 The standard machine gun is the M60, a new weapon that can be adapted for the infantry or mounted in a helicopter. It also shoots 7.62 mm ammunition.

 A new weapon is the M79 grenade launcher which looks like a big bore, sawed-off, single-barrel shotgun. The troops love it and it has been effective against well dug-in Viet Cong forces. Its rifled barrel fires accurately over more than 200 yards.
 The M60 is now the standard issue  ...

Senator Caffery's Last Week.

 This is Senator Caffery's last week in Congress. All in all, the senator has made a very creditable representative. He has shown more independence of character than is usually found in public men now-a-days. He opposed the administration's land grabbing policy from start to finish. He was among the first to point out to the people the dangers of imperialism, and we believe it can be truly said of him that he was never lured from the path of duty by pelf or promise of reward. His course on the tariff question may not have gained for him any popularity at home but who will say that it was not in accordance with Democratic principles. His last word in the Senate was uttered against the ship-subsidy fraud. It is true that he made a most grievous mistake in 1896 when he opposed the Democratic nominee for president and in 1898 when he supported Don Caffery, Jr., for governor of Louisiana. He was never surely wrong, but his deviation in '96 and '98 a greater sin against his party than that his colleague, Senator McEnery, who voted for the Dingley bill?
 Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

A Model Factory Village.

 John G. Richardson, the great manufacturer of lines, seems to have successfully solved the problem of giving employment to a community of 4,000 persons, while at the same time greatly benefiting them by surrounding them with every incentive to temperance and moral restraint. Mr. Richardson is the owner of 8,000 acres of land at Bessbrook Ireland, on which are quarries of blue granite and farms that are successfully worked, and in the midst of which is the village of Bessbrook, with the great mill, offices, and warehouses of the Bessbrook Spinning Company. The village is laid out with streets that are lined with little cottages for workmen, with larger houses for the mill officials, and there also is a beautiful villa occupied by the owner of the vast estate. Every cottage has dooryard decorated with beautiful flowers, and the property includes a public square to add to its attractiveness. There are shops of different kinds for the sale of articles required to meet the wants of the village, but the sale of beer and ardent spirits is forbidden, and there is not a police officer, a police judge, or a police station in the village, nor a pawn shop.

The different denominations, of which there are five (including the Catholics), all live together in harmony, and four churches stand in close proximity upon a hill that looks out upon a beautiful landscape with its green fields and undulating surface as far as the distant Newry mountains. The streets of the village are kept scrupulously clean, and the whole aspect of the place is one of extreme neatness.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1878.

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