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From the Lafayette Gazette of April 10th, 1897:

Death By Morphine.

   Dallas McDaniel of this Town Swallows Thirty Grains of the Poison.

 Mr. Dallas McDaniel died Thursday morning at 12:40 from the effects of an overdose of morphine taken at about 10 o'clock p. m.

 It appears that Mr. McDaniel was at Crouchet's saloon with a number of friends when he swallowed the deadly poison which caused his death. As he was in the habit of taking morphine, which was generally known among his acquaintances, nothing was thought of the matter until he walked out of the saloon and showed much weakness. He was assisted by his friends to his room at the Nicholl's house where he received medical attention at the hands of Drs. Tolson, Martin and Girard, but despite the efforts of the physicians the unfortunate man expired two hours and forty minutes after the fatal stuff entered his stomach.

 After swallowing  the morphine Mr. McDaniel said to a companion:

 "I think I have taken too much, but don't send for a doctor and don't let any one use a stomach pump on me."

 The physicians were not called until 11 o'clock and it was then too late to save his life.

 Judging from the size of the vial which contained the morphine and the quantity that was left in it, he swallowed about thirty grains.

 Mr. McDaniel's remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery Thursday evening. A large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral.
Lafayette Gazette 4/9/1897.

The Blancs Remembered. - Last Tuesday a large number of people visited the Catholic cemetery and placed flowers on the graves of departed ones. The resting place of Ernest and Alexis Blanc was remembered by some sympathetic feminine hearts and several pretty flowers on the grave of the young murderers were noticed by many visitors.
Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.

Times-Democrat on Blanc Bros.
 The Blanc case has shown that justice can be prompt too, and that it is not necessary that it should wait a year or more to punish a murderer. It is not as brutally prompt as Judge Lynch; for it allows the prisoner to prove his innocence if he can; but is far more awe-inspiring than the mob which hears no evidence, and which nearly always indulges in brutality.

 The trial and legal execution of the Blancs, has met every argument advanced in support of lynch law. It has proved that there is no need for Judge Lynch in any part of Louisiana or the South. We hope and believe it will have a salutary effect in bringing about greater respect for the law as administered by an angry mob. From the Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897. 


 The Cry Against Kings and Bosses Will Deceive no One.

 Now that it is all over with the Blanc brothers let us talk politics. The public mind has been so occupied with the hanging of the young murderers that for the past two weeks the question of municipal government has been in what the ex-president would designate "innocuous desuetude." But since the unfortunate young foreigners have been swung into the undiscovered country, and the interest in the case has died out, the folk of the town are once more discussing the municipal situation, but if the direction of a few straws recently caught floating in the political air is to be taken into account, there is no "situation" at all. It's a cocksure thing for the democrats.

 When the intelligent people put their thinking caps on it is safe to say they will not act unwisely. And in this case they had just to think a little bit, look back a short while and only one conclusion could be reached. It is not necessary to go into details to show the competency of certain gentlemen to govern the town. They were tried before and found wanting and as the proof of the pudding is in the tasting of it, the people of Lafayette are not likely to order the same dish to be prepared by the same cooks and served by the same waiters. A change of diet was a necessity two years ago and the health of the municipal body politic demands a continuance of good, wholesome treatment.

 The cry against ring rule, coming, as it did, from the very fountain of ring-ism and bossism deceived no one. It was one of those thinly disguised bluffs generally attempted by defeated politicians who would welcome a return to power. Those esteemed gentlemen talking against cliques was like Bob Ingersoll eulogizing the Pope, Charles A. Dana praising Cleveland or the St. Martin Messenger complimenting Gov. Foster. For years those gentlemen were engaged chiefly in the manufacture of cliques and bosses and at this late day their territory enmity to ring-ism and bossism is suspiciously sudden and clearly insincere.

 The town election has resolved itself into one thing. It is: "Will we have a good, strong intelligent Council? or will we not?"

 On the 3d of May the voters of the town will answer this question and judging from appearances they will answer it in no unmistakable terms.
Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.


 To Be Shipped to the Drought Sufferers by the Farmers Near Broussard.

 The Famers' Alliance met at Broussard last Saturday and inaugurated a movement which will result in the shipment of a car-load of corn to the drought sufferers in Northern Louisiana. Messrs. Adolphe Girouard, Jules Langlinais and Aurelien Olivier were appointed on a committee to solicit donations from the farmers of the neighborhood and ship them to the drought-smitten section. The Gazette had been informed that about a car-load of corn has been obtained and in a few days it will be shipped to Capt. J. L. Bonds, at Ruston, for distribution.

 Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.

About the Roads.
     [To the Lafayette Gazette.]
  A few lines about the unpardonable condition of the roads in the third ward will no doubt meet with the approval of the traveling public. Last Friday people coming from several parishes could be easily singled out. Persons with their faces and clothing besmeared with mud could be seen on every road. Broken vehicles in the various bog-holes near town showed how bad the roads are.

 Will there ever be a time when road overseers will perform their full duty? One has only to leave Lafayette and travel over the Carencro road one or two miles to be convinced that not even an attempt was made to repair the worst and most dangerous bog-holes, the like of which can hardly be found in the lowest swamps of the State.

 It is conceded that money is scarce, very scarce, this time of the year and that Lafayette abounds in fine goods to be sold at low prices. It is also equally well known that Lafayette has a number of first class, up-to-date stores. But should any one living in the first, fourth or sixth ward to come to town to make his purchases he is confronted with the impassable condition of the roads. he knows that unless the good people owning property along the road allows him to pass in their fields he can not come to town, and in this way the merchants of Lafayette lose a considerable amount of trade to which they are entitled.

 Let our police jurors do something to repair the roads, and particularly the third ward police juror, who is no doubt not fully aware of the condition of things.

                A HEAVY TAX-PAYER.
 Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.

Play Ball. - A number of gentlemen interested in the organization of a base ball club will meet at Oak Avenue Park Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock. A practice game will be played after which a club will be organized. An invitation is extended to all to be present. Admission free. 
Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.

Police Jury Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., April 1, 1897.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, Alonzo Lacy, M. Billeaud, Jr., Jno. Whittington, Jr. ans Jno. E, Primeaux. Absent:  C. C. Brown.

 The reading of the minutes was dispensed with.

 District Attorney Gordy being present, proceeded to explain to the Jury and the road over-seers present, a number of questions, relative to the administration of public roads. The Jury thanked the attorney for his valuable advice.

 Mr. Primeaux reported the measures taken to repair Olidon Broussard bridge, stating that the Police Jury of Vermilion, in the repair or reconstruction of said bridge, Lafayette parish to pay half costs.

 The committee appointed to effect an adjustment with the Pauly Jail Co. relative to the construction of the three new cells on the parish jail reported, that through Mr. F. B. Hull, agent, an amicable agreement had been reached whereby the parish would pay half the cost of the proposed alterations providing for key bar work, the additional cost to the parish amounting to $187.50. The committee also reported that under the contract, the company would be bound to make much more extensive repairs on the old cells than was originally stipulated. By motion the action of the committee was unanimously approved.

 Mr. Darmas Broussard here appeared and asked that a committee be appointed to accept the bridge built by him across Vermilion river as per resolution of the Police Jury in 1896.

 The following committee was appointed R. C. Landry, Jno. Whittington, Jr., J. E. Kee, A. D. Landry, Alex. T. Broussard and Alex. Sellers, Sr.

 The petition of Jno. M. Bonin, praying, for a remission of parish taxes for 1896, was read and same refused.

 The sum of $2.65 each was allowed. Theophile Sonnier, Cleophas Chaisson and Mrs. Ursin Bourg as an additional allowance for land expropriated by the jury of freeholders as per report Jan. 7, 1897.

 Mr. Avant reported a settlement of the dispute relative to the public road adjoining the property of Therville Trahan. The act of donation was ordered recorded and the report approved.

 Clerk Voorhies was authorized to transcribe the index book of successions at 40 cents per page.

 Mr. Primeaux discharged, J. B. Benoit, F. O. Broussard, Raphael Guidry and Andre Simon, road overseers of the 4th ward for non-performance of duties and appointed Clement Romero and Eugene Landry as overseers for said ward.

 The petitions of F. Trahan, and Mrs. Catherine Willy praying for pensions as indigents were rejected. The sum of $12.50 was allowed Celeste Boudreaux, indigent.

 The jury of freeholders appointed to trace and lay out a public road from the public road leading from Duson to Abbeville, to the town of Mauriceville, submitted the following report which was adopted and the road so traced declared a public highway:

 State of Louisiana, parish of Lafayette - we, Charles McDonald, Eraste Hebert, Onezime Trahan, Raymond Trahan, Alexis Leblanc, Eloi Broussard, do solemnly swear that I will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, the the greatest ease and advantage of the inhabitants, and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be - without favor of affection, malice or hatred, and to the best of my skill and abilities. So help me God. And furthermore, that I will truly assess all damages to proprietors caused by said road, to the best of my judgment and ability. Charles McDonald, Eraste Hebert, Raymond Trahan, Onezime Trahan, Alexis Leblanc, Eloi Broussard. Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 15th day of February, 1897. Ed G. Voorhies, notary public.


 We, the undersigned jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish, to trace and lay out a public road leading from the public road north to Duson south to Abbeville, La., through the lands of the following proprietors, to-wit: Eloi Broussard, Valin Broussard, Alexis Leblanc, Loran Comeaux, Jean Comeaux, Valentine Simon, Alfred D. Breaux, J. E, Martin, Chas. McDonald, Lazard Duhon, F. Maikes, Euclid Bourg, J. B. Pierre, Eraste Hebert, Philsi Simon, Adam Duhon and Mrs. Placide Duhon, to Mauriceville in Vermilion parish, La., having been notified of our appointment and of the time and place of meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment; and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath, and having given notice to each and every one of the aforesaid proprietors in writing at least three days previous, of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors, which notices were duly served on said proprietors in writing, at least three days previous, of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors, which notices were duly served on said proprietors, did meet on the 5th day of March, 1896, at Charles McDonald's, the place designated in said notices, and did then and there, in the presence of the following named of said proprietors, to-wit: Alfred D. Breaux and Charles McDonald, proceed to trace and lay out said public road road as follows: Beginning at public road from Duson to Abbeville and running thence through the lands of Jean Comeaux and others for the distance of 4 1/2 miles taking a strip of twenty feet wide off of the land of each one along their common boundary line, which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown us by said proprietors, and by them designated to us, by setting stakes and plowing furrows, so as to be easily visible and recognizable, and thence through the lands of Eloi Broussard 14 arpents on south side 20 feet wide which he donates, Valsin Broussard 14 arpents on north side 20 feet wide which he donates, Alexis Leblanc 7 arpents on west side 20 feet wide which he donates also 11 arpents on south side 20 feet which he donates, Loran Comeaux 14 arpents on south and west sides 20 feet wide which he donates, Valentine Simon 21 arpents on north and west sides 20 feet wide which he donates. Alfred D. Breaux 14 arpents on north side 20 feet wide which he donates, J. E. Martin 23 arpents on south side 20 feet wide which he donates, Charles McDonald 13 arpents on north side 20 feet wide which he donates, Lazard Duhon 5 arpents on south side 20 feet wide which he donates, Miss Appoline Bourg 2 1/4 arpents on west side 20 feet wide which she donates, F. Maikes 7 arpents on south side 20 feet wide which he donates, Euclid Bourg 12 1/2 arpents on north and east sides which he donates 20 feet wide, Eraste Hebert 3 1/3 arpents on west side 20 feet wide which he donates, Mrs. Philosi Simon 3 1/3 arpents on west side she donates, Adam Simon 3 1/2 arpents on west side 20 feet wide which he donates, J. B. Pierre 10 arpents on east side 20 feet wide which he donates, Mrs. Placide Duson 5 arpents on west side 20 feet wide which she donates. The termination of said road is forty feet wide throughout its entire length, and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course; and we have caused to made a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road, and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs, and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner for said road, which plat is annexed to this, our report for reference.

 Done at the parish of Lafayette, this 5th day of March, 1896. Raymond Trahan, Alexis Leblanc, Eloi Broussard, Onezime Trahan, Charles McDonald.


 I, one of the proprietors named in the written report, do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report, and accompanying plat; and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me, by said jury of freeholders, as by the written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained, by reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road. Signed and dated this 5th day of March, 1896. Donated: Jean Hebert, Eugene Leblanc, Emile J. Hebert, Eraste Hebert, H. G,  Bourg, Charles McDonald, Lazare Duhon, Alf. D. Breaux, Lauzin Comeaux, Alexis Leblanc, Eloi J. Broussard, Jean Comeaux, Valentine Simon, V. Broussard, Mrs. F. Bourges. Witnesses: Dosite Duson, Desirez Hebert.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly reports as follows:
 To the President and Members of the Police Jury, parish of Lafayette, La., Gentlemen - The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:
 Respectfully submitted,
                J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
  Lafayette, La., April 1, 1897.

 The committee appointed to investigate the offices of tax collector and treasurer, submitted a detailed report showing total receipts of collector's office $18,1954.54 and treasurer's receipts $2,0563.74 with disbursements $16,564,84. Balance on hand $3,998.90.

 The following accounts were approved:
 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GRIEG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 4/10/1897.
 Judge Debaillon left Sunday for Abbeville to hold a regular term of court.

 Mr. J. G. Thompson who had been in jewelry business in Lafayette for the past year will leave Monday for his home near Columbia, South Carolina. During his stay in this town Mr. Thompson has made a large number of friends who regret to see him leave.

 Rev. Father Knapp, the eloquent evangelist who had been delivering sermons at the Catholic church, will preach his last sermon here Sunday.

 Registration Clerk Sterling Mudd registered voters at Carencro Tuesday and Wednesday.

 The Hook and Ladder Fire Company of Franklin will give an excursion to Opelousas on Sunday, April 26. The round trip fare from Lafayette is 50 cents. Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 10th, 1869:

 One of the most deliberate and audacious burglaries and larcenies was committed in our town on last Thursday evening. The store of Mr. Jean Gerac was forcibly entered by the boring of a three inch (unreadable word) and the opening of one of the windows. The loss of Mr. Gerac was one hundred dollars in United States currency and specie, and goods as far as ascertained to the amount of at least one hundred and more. The burglar and rogue must have been most bold and expert, without noting perhaps, past experience. The family and other parties connected with the establishment slept under the same roof as the store, but a thin wooden partition separating the sleeping rooms from the store, a lot of ready made clothing shelved but a few feet from the bed of the owner, was taken and all went of unheard and unknown until morning when the proprietor awaking found the doors and windows wide open and after due examination ascertained the above approximate amount of his losses.  The key of the strong box, wherein a considerable amount of money was deposited, had been removed and was found on the counter, where the well marked tracks of naked feet were to be seen.

 It is high time that such impudent and wreckless violations of the law should cease ;  they are lately, of very frequent occurrence, and we do say on the part of the whole community, that they shall and must cease.

 In connection with the above we would remark; that such violations of law should now and then, and even frequently occur. is not all astonishing! What police have we ? Where are our patrols, which once gave us peace, quiet and security of property ?  We would respectfully call upon the Police Jury and Town Council to take the matter into consideration.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.


 In the United States Circuit Court, Judge Darrell presiding, Chas. Morgan, Esq,, has filed a petition, through his council, Hon. Miles Taylor, of which the following is a brief synopsis:

 The petitioner represents that he is the legal holder and owner of 840 bonds issued by the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad Company, and also 3,62 interest coupons, of $40 each, attached to said bonds ;  also 4,296 coupons, of interest detached, of $40 each. That by act before S. Magner, notary public, on 1st of April, 1859, these bonds constituted a first mortgage lieu or privilege on the road and effects, and was recorded in this parish and city on the 8th of April, 1859. That said New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad has failed and neglected to pay said 7,924 coupons of interest as they respectively fell due, and are still unpaid. That the said company is indebted to petitioner in the sum of $316.840.

 That the sixteenth annual report of the President and Directors of said company to stock holders of date 25th June, 1868, represented that there are 14,454 past due interest coupons of $40 each on first mortgage bonds amounting to $606,600, which are now outstanding and unpaid.

 The said act of mortgage aforesaid imparted confession of judgment. That petitioner is informed and believes that said coupons of interest, in law, bear interest from and after they respectively matured and became payable, and that he now expressly reserves his right to claim interest on same respectively in another suit, and prays for executory process, etc.,m and for general relief.

 Upon the above petition Judge Durrell issued the following order.

 It is ordered that executory process issue in this case as prayed for in the within petition, and that the said New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad Company be notified for three days to pay to petitioner the sum of $316,840, and the cost of this proceeding, and that in default of said payment, the said mortgaged property described in the petition may be seized and sold according to law, of the whole of the debt, the payment of which is secured by the said mortgage described and set forth in said petition ;  the price of said sake payable as follows, viz.  The sum of $606,600, and the costs of this proceeding in cash, and the remainder payable on the first day of April, 1869, with interest thereon at the rate of 8 per cent, per annum, payable semi-annually, on the first day of April and the first day of October of each year.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.

 Gen. Thomas L. Price arrived in this city yesterday noon from New Orleans, and, heading east his vote for Pacific Railroad Directors, he left last evening for Jefferson City. He goes next Monday to attend an election of officers of the Union Pacific Railroad, Eastern Division, to be held at Topeka, and intends returning in a few weeks to New Orleans with a view of looking after the important railroad enterprises in which he is interested - the connection of New Orleans and Texas by rail, which will form a link in the great chain of railroad terminating on the Pacific Ocean.

 Messrs. Price and Chouteau are also fully developing the Avery Rock Salt Island banks in Louisiana. They think it will be a success and prove to be one of the most fruitful investments known to the West or South. They have employed all the modern machinery and the engineers known in the United States, in the opening of this great salt deposit, which has no equal in the world. Its quality is pure. No impurities have been found after the most careful tests by the chemists of New Orleans and St. Louis. The enterprise engaged in by Messrs Price & Chouteau this winter though not fully consummated by the Legislature of Louisiana, are not delayed by any fault of theirs. Though the invention of law has placed the Opelousas, New Orleans and Great Western Railroad in bankruptcy, they do not despair of still obtaining possession of that invaluable franchise, and railroad connection between New Orleans and Texas. Mr. Choteau is expected to return in few weeks to St. Louis. From the St. Louis Republican and in the Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.

THE ROADS. - We feel it our duty again to call upon the Police Jury of our Parish to take into consideration the condition of our Public Roads which are in a most deplorable condition. We do honestly think that the members of that body should and deliberate and do or say something, agree to do or not to do any thing, so that the public may know, what to depend upon and preclude all future expectations or disappointments on the part of their constituents. Among the different improvements to be suggested, besides the repairing of our Public Roads, we should mention the building of a fence around the Court House square, without which it is impossible to keep the streets adjoining it in good repair.  Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.   

Dr. Plough - Dentist. -  Long and advantageously known to the inhabitants of the Parish of Lafayette, has the honor to announce his arrival in this town and if fully prepared to execute all operations on the tooth, with skill and care, at the shortest notice and at moderate prices so as to meet the exigencies of the time. Those who need his services will please apply as soon as possible. His operating is in Lafayette St., next door to Dr. Gladu. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.  

McBride & Wilkinson. - Messrs. McBride and Wilkinson are holding forth at the original McBride stand, near the Masonic Lodge. They inform their former patrons and the public generally, that they are now ready to perform all work appertaining to their different trades, such as Blacksmithing, Gunsmithing, Wheelwrighting, Carriagemaking, Horsehoeing &c., &c., with neatness and dispatch, and at no low rates as any other establishment in the country. Give them a call. 

Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.

City Council of Vermilionville.
 Session of March 6th, 1869.
 Members present : R. Dugat, President, B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles.  Absent :  Ed. Pellerin.

 Bonds of the street Contractor and lessee of the Market House received and accepted.

 On motion,  Resolved, that the street contractor  be and is hereby authorized to make a bridge at the end of church street, near Godard's upper line, and draw on the Treasurer of corporation for costs of lumber.

 Resolved that the street contractor be authorized to make the bridge across Main street in front of the Court House from sidewalk to sidewalk, and draw on the Treasurer for additional expenses.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Constable be and is hereby ordered to strictly enforce the following resolutions :

 Resolved, that any one firing a gun or pistols within the limits of the Corporation shall be fined five dollars or be imprisoned twenty-four hours; one half of said fine to be given to the informant.

 Resolved, that any one tying a horse on the side walk or to the Market House shall be fined five dollars.

 Resolved, that all persons keeping public houses shall have racks for the purpose of hitching horses, and bridges over the gutters in front of the same; also persons having coach gates shall have bridges over the gutter in front of said gates.

 Be it further resolved, that any person failing to comply with the above resolution, shall be fined in the sum of Twenty-five dollars.

 Resolved, that all stores within the limits of the Corporation shall be closed at 2 O'clock P. M., on Sundays, and that any person neglecting to comply with this resolution, shall be fined in the sum of Twenty dollars.

 Resolved, that any person keeping a stable within the limits of the Corporation shall keep the same clean and free from ill stench, and shall, at least once a week haul away, and deposit out of the corporation, the manure etc., which may accumulate around such establishment ;  under the penalty of a fine of ten dollars for each offense.

 Resolved, that any person throwing, or causing to be thrown, filth or trash of any kind, on the sidewalks, in the gutters of streets, shall be subject to a fine of five dollars for each offense, and if the same is not removed immediately after notice from the Constable to the owner, or keeper of the premises from whence the filth or trash comes, said owner of keeper of the said premises, shall be compelled to pay the cost of removal of said trash or filth, and one dollar and fifty cents additional to the constable for his services.

 Resolved, that any one who shall encumber the streets with wagons, carts or vehicles of any kind, shall be fined in the sum of ten dollars for each offense.

 Resolved, that a fine be and is hereby imposed on all persons keeping disorderly houses within the limits of the corporation ;  said fine to be fixed at Twenty five dollars, and to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.

 Resolved, that any person who shall be found within the limits of the corporation, intoxicated and disturbing the peace and quiet of the citizens of the said town, shall be arrested by the constable and lodged in the parish prison, there to remain not less than 12 nor more than 24 hours and fined five dollars.

 Resolved, that the constable be and is hereby authorized to sell all hogs running at large within the limits of the corporation, on the spot, to the last and highest bidder.

 Resolved, that all persons are hereby prohibited from obstructing the sidewalks in any manner under the penalty of a fine of not less than five dollars.

 Accounts allowed:
 S. Chargois -$1.50.
 H. Eastin - $2.50.
 On motion the Council adjourned, Wm. Bailey, Secretary,
 R. Dugat, President.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.

Regular Meeting of March 1st, 1869.

 Members Present: P. S. Arceneaux, President, and Messrs. Cormier, Broussard and Guidry.

 Absent: Messrs. R. LeBlanc and R. C. Landry.

 On motion, A. Monnier was appointed secretary pro tem, during the absence of secretary pro tem, during the absence of A. J. Moss, secretary.

 On motion Hazard Eastin was appointed Constable in lieu of Edmond Pellerin, absent.

 The minutes of the meeting were read and approved.

 Resolved, that the collections of the Parish Taxes for 1868 be sold by the Constable to the lowest bidder, in front of the Court House.

 Having sold the same the Constable reported that he adjudicated it to Fernest Martin at the rate of 4 1/4 per cent.

 Resolved, that Fernest Martin is appointed collector of the Parish Licenses for the year 1869 at the rate of 7 per cent.

 Resolved, that the collector of taxes for the years 1865, 1866 and 1967, is hereby authorized to proceed immediately to collect said taxes by seizure and sale if necessary.

 Resolved, that the collector of the Parish taxes for 1868 and Licenses for 1869, furnish his bond with good securities in the sum of Four Thousand , Five Hundred Dollars.

 By virtue of the Law, all inhabitants regardless of color, from 18-45 years of age, owe a certain amount of road duty in each ward respectively in this parish.

 Therefore be it resolved, that the commissioners of their respective wards proceed regularly to notify as soon as practicable those inhabitants to report to him on a specified time to perform those duties so absolutely necessary and due them by its citizens.

 In addition, be it resolved, that any neglect or disobedience shown to the order issued by said commissioners, then said order shall  be enforced by fine and punishment.

 Resolved, that Duclisa Comeau, Rosemond Leblanc and Desire Roy by and they are hereby appointed by the President as directors of Public Schools in the 7th Ward.

 Resolved, That the collector of Parish Taxes make a report in due form for next meeting.

 The following accounts were allowed :

 L. E. Salles, $97.50 - S. Chargois, $20.50 - Ed. Pellerin, $120.00.
      On motion the Police Jury adjourned.
P. S. ARCENEAUX, President.
A. MONNIER, Clerk pro. tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 10th, 1908:


 Tuesday, April 7, Mr. Alcide Judice, a prominent citizen of the parish, died at his residence in Scott at 3:15 a. m., aged 57 years, after a brief illness.

 Mr. Judice was a good citizen, and took a great deal of interest in public affairs. He served at one time on the Police Jury, and at the time of his death was a member of the School Board. He was greatly interested in the cause of education and gave liberally both of his time and means the schools of the parish. As a member of the School Board he was active and zealous in forwarding the cause of the children in all ways tending to make the schools better and more efficient. He was a most charitable man, unobtrusively doing kindness and giving assistance to those whose need came to his notice. He possessed many noble traits of character which won the deep and sincere esteem of those who learned to know him intimately. His death deprives the children of a warm friend, the parish of a good citizen and his family of a kind and loving father and husband. He is survived by his father, who is 83 years of age, his wife and two children, Mr. Leo Judice and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson.

 The funeral took place from the residence to the Catholic church in Scott Wednesday at 10 a. m. and was one of the most largely attended ever held in the parish. The services at the church were performed by Rev. Father Durand, the first pastor of Scott church, assisted by Father Devirat, assistant at Crowley and Louis Maersh, organist at Rayne. During the services Father Detchmendy sang "A Dream of Heaven" and "The Door of Hope", and the choir sang "Jesus, Lover of My Soul".  Father Durand paid a splendid tribute to the worth of the deceased. At the conclusion of the impressive services of the dead, the remains were taken to the cemetery and there laid to rest. Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1908.        


 Charlie Everetts, 14 Years of Age and a Native of Tampa, Fla.,

 Has Visited Every State and Territory Without Paying a Cent to Railroads.

 Charlie Everetts is a bright, blue-eyed boy. He speaks English well, and having traveled extensively, is quite an entertaining little fellow. He is a native of Tampa, Fla., but has not visited that place since the day he boarded a freight train with the determination to see as much of the world as he could. Charlie is only 14 years old of age and has been traveling four years. During that time he has visited every State and Territory in the Union, with the exception of Washington. And strange to say he never found it necessary to buy a railroad ticket. Being asked how much money he had contributed to the wealth of railroad corporations, he replied with a smile:  "Not a cent. They have enough glue without getting mine."

 Charlie Everetts is by choice a jockey and when in luck he makes lots of money, but he is inclined to be a sport and spends his earnings with unstinted liberality. He rode horses in Portland, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Des Moines, New Orleans, and in all the large cities in the United States. When he gets tired of riding horses he rides freight trains.

 About a year ago he secured a menial position on a steamship and visited England, returning to Boston, and then went around to Galveston and finally landed in Vera Cruz.

 About six months ago Everetts was in Lafayette where he enjoyed the hospitality of his friend, Mr. Paul Demanade, of whom he thinks a great deal. After leaving here he went West visiting a number of States and spending a couple of months in California. The famous prize fight was a great attraction to him and nothing could have kept him away from Carson City. He was a Corbett man and the defeat of the Californian was sorely disappointing to him. While out West he had occasion to see Bryan and heard him speak.  He has never lost an opportunity to see a celebrated character, having seen three presidents - Harrison, Cleveland and McKinley.

 Being questioned about his relatives, he said that his father and mother were both dead, but he had some relatives living in Florida, but he did not know when he would ever see them again.

 He is an inveterate cigarette smoker; but expressed his intention of quitting the use of tobacco as it was proving injurious to his system.

 It is doubtful if there is to be found anywhere in the country a boy of 14 years with such a record. Although having never attended school, he reads English and is well informed on general topics.

Lafayette Gazette 4/10/1897.

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