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From the Lafayette Gazette of April 4th, 1903:

Lafayette's Evolving School System.

 Sunday, April 5, at 3 p. m., Prof. Alcee Fortier of Tulane University, one of the most distinguished French scholars in America, will address the people of Broussard and vicinity on the subject of a good system of public schools and the best means of support.

 Sunday, April 12, 1903, at 2 p. m., President B. C. Caldwell, of the State Normal School, who has labored for thew cause of education for the past thirteen years, will deliver a rousing school address at the Burke school-house in the second ward.

 When two such men as Prof. Fortier and President Caldwell are willing to give up their time and pay their expenses to come to us in the interest of public schools who can doubt that Lafayette parish will soon have one of the best organized systems of schools in the State?

 During his visit here last Monday State Superintendent Calhoun paid the School Board of Lafayette parish a deserved compliment when said that it is one of the most progressive Boards in the State and that in his rounds of the State he holds up this parish as a model for the others to follow. It is the opinion of the State Superintendent that a few more years of progress such as has been made here within the past few years will result in placing Lafayette parish high up in the rank of progressive school communities, not only in Louisiana, but in the whole South.

 A visit to either of the town schools will convince you of the fact that State Superintendent Calhoun was right when he told them that they needed a new school-house.

 The children at the Primary school are all happy except those in Miss Larche's room. They consider themselves discriminated against because all other class-rooms are supplied with patent desks and they have the kind that is neither attractive nor comfortable.

 Mr. Judice has given the use of a building for the accommodation of the school children and the assistant teacher who has recently arrived. The attendance at Scott as in many other places throughout the parish has doubled since last session.

 State Superintendent J. V. Calhoun visited the primary and High schools on last Monday and delivered a short talk to the children at each school. He impressed upon the children the advantages of an education, but he said that an education could not be obtained by simply going to school. The child must work, and the best teachers were necessary. He said that better teachers than taught in the Lafayette schools could not be found anywhere in the State.

 Mr. Calhoun pointed out to the children of Lafayette parish the great opportunities they had for acquiring an education because after finishing at the High School they could pursue their studies still further at the Industrial Institute which would get better and better each year. He paid a tribute to the papas and mamas who have secured the splendid institution for Lafayette parish by voting a special tax. The Lafayette public school buildings, he thought, should be discarded and replaced by a modern brick structure. That was the only thing missing. The children are intelligent; they have good teachers and some good furniture. Why should they not have a school-house in harmony with the other good things? They could have a modern school-house if they only asked for it. In fact it had been voted once and would be voted again as soon as the election was called. Education is one of the few things upon which all intelligent men are united, and that it why the cause is so strong.

 Mr. Calhoun concluded by wishing the children the kind of school they deserved and he hoped to find it already constructed at his next visit to Lafayette.

 Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903.

School Board.
 A regular meeting of the School Board was held Thursday with the following members present: Jasper Spell, H. Theall, Dr. N. P. Moss, A. C. Guilbeau, A. D. Verot. Absent: A. Olivier, Dr. R. O. Young, A. Delhomme, S. J. Montgomery.

 In the absence of the president Mr. H. Theall was unanimously elected temporary president and the regular order of business taken up.

 Sheriff Broussard's donation to the Burke school has been transferred from the teachers' fund to the building fund of the school.

 Mr. Alcide Judice appeared before the Board and argued for an appropriation of $150 for the drainage of the school land in the second ward. The Board appropriated $150.

 A resolution calling upon all teachers of the parish to attend the approaching summer schools was unanimously adopted.

 The superintendent was authorized to have the schools of the parish prepare a suitable exhibit of the work for the St. Louis exhibition.

 Until such a time as the Whittington school house is rebuilt the Board will transport at its expense the children of that district to the Scott Central school. The cost for transportation will be $30 per month.

 Mr. Guilbeau was authorized to remove the Carencro school fence from the street.

 The Board by unanimous consent adopted a resolution expressing its appreciation of the deep interest Governor W. W. Heard has always taken in the public schools of the State, but especially to express pleasure at the approaching visit of the governor to Lafayette parish in the interest of public education and better schools.

 Jasper Spell, H. Theall and A. D. Verot were requested to recommend names of desirable citizens to serve as local directors for the schools of their wards where no trustees had been named and the secretary as authorized to draft a circular letter to the local directors defining their powers and duties.

 After reading of the treasurer's report and approving bills the Board adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903. 


 Old Negro Attempts to Enter the Home of Mrs. W. B. Lindsay. - Tuesday night an old negro named Jean Baptiste, a resident of Lafayette, entered the home of Mrs. W. B. Lindsay. Young Farrar Lindsay ejected him from the house, but the negro, who is evidently insane or feigning insanity, persisted in his attempt until Dr. Gladu and his sons arrived and gave him a clubbing. He was jailed, and it is probable the District Attorney will have him interdicted. Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903.

Another Postmaster Appointed. - The press of last Saturday morning announced the appointment by the president of Mr. J. R. Domengeaux as postmaster of Lafayette. It is probable that the new postmaster will take up his duties in a few weeks. It is understood that Mr. Domengeaux was recommended for the position by the Clark Williams wing of the Republican party in Louisiana. The new appointee has been a resident of Lafayette parish for a number of years, and of Lafayette, where he is now in the insurance business, for about three years. He is well known as a Republican throughout this section of the State. Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903.

 Negro Found Dead at Broussardville. Thursday morning a negro, aged about 26 years, was found dead near the railroad track near the station at Broussardville. Coroner Mouton held an autopsy and discovered that the man met his death from a wound inflicted in the back by a pistol or rifle bullet. There is no clue to the murder, as it appears to be. At about 3 a. m., when trains Nos. 7 and 8 met at Broussardville the railroad agent heard three shots fired. It is supposed that the killing was done at that time. Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903.

Sale of J. R. Jeanmard Place. - J. Raoul Jeanmard Trahan, Leo Doucet and Orther C. Mouton. The place contains 471 arpents, and was sold for $15,750. About two years ago, the same property was purchased for $10,000. Mr. Trahan bought a half interest, and the other purchasers, each a fourth. It is a well improved plantation and of easy access to the town of Lafayette. Real Estate Agent J. C. Nickerson made the deal.
Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903.

Police Jury Notes.
 The Police Jury met last Thursday with all members present.

 Attorney Mouton submitted the adverse opinion of the Attorney General on the appointment of an additional beneficiary cadet to the Baton Rouge University.

 The committee appointed to settle with the treasurer reported and same was approved.

 Messrs. Blanchet and Landry reported inability to examine the D. O. Broussard ferry boat, same being sunk.

 Dr. Mayer appeared and called attention to meeting of the Stock Breeder's Association at Alexandria, and by motion, he was authorized to invite said body to meet in Lafayette in 1904 in annual session. By motion of Mr. Mouton, Dr. Mayer, R. C. Landry, Alcide Judice, George Malagarie, C. C. Brown and M. Billeaud, Jr., were appointed delegates to said Stock Breeder's Association.

 By motion of Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Mouton was appointed to accept on the part of the parish a satisfactory settlement of the Walker-Domingue road controversy, Attorney Jerome Mouton having presented acceptable terms.

 By motion, President Billeaud appointed Messrs. Buchanan, Whittington and Saul Broussard, delegates to the St. Louis Good Roads Convention. April 27 to May 2. President Billeaud was added to the committee.

 An exchange of a certain ditch along the public road was authorized between the parish and Messrs. L. E. Lacour and Paul Martin.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton, damming streams and natural drains was prohibited under penalty of a fine of $500 or imprisonment in the parish jail for not less than six months nor more than one year.

 The treasurer was instructed to file a complete statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1901, to July 1, 1902.

 Treasurer Girard, of the Industrial Institute, submitted statement of receipts and expenditures of special school tax.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton, Messrs. Billeaud and C. H. Mouton were appointed to wait on the sheriff and secure lists of delinquent license tax-payers for years 1902 and 1903.

 Mr. Blanchet as instructed to remove all obstructions to road at Alexie Gilbert's and Alcide Savoie's.

 The treasurer submitted reports showing cash balance, general fund, $7,345.56; special road fund, $1,043.60.

 After approval of accounts the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 4/4/1903.
 Five acres of land in corporation, with two-story residence, barns and other improvements. Also 2 lots adjoining with improvements. Terms to suit purchaser. Apply at Gazette office.

 Mrs. J. D. Cotter returned to Lafayette Thursday, after spending some time in Franklin.

 The many friends of S. J. LeBlanc were pleased to see him back in Lafayette this week. Mr. LeBlanc in now a special agent of the New York Life Insurance Company.

 Adolphe Mouton, drayman, will do all kinds of heavy and light hauling. Will soon be ready to furnish the trade with sand and stove wood. Phone 107.

 For Sale. - A small Diebold safe in good condition. Apply at The Gazette office.

 There will be services at the Presbyterian church on the first, third and fourth Sundays of every month at 11 o'clock a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Prayer meeting will be held every Thursday night at 7:30.

 F. O. Darby, of Leesville, returned to that place last Tuesday, after spending several days in Lafayette parish with relatives and friends.

 The Gazette office is well equipped to do all kinds of printing. Before sending your orders away see our samples and get our prices. Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 4th, 1903:


The President of the United States has appointed Mr. J. R. Domengeaux as postmaster at this place, and in regard to this appointment the Advertiser uses this occasion to offer congratulations to the head of the Nation in exercising such good and sound judgment and the appointee for the honor conferred upon him. Mr. Domengeaux's appointment gives general satisfaction, he is a young man ripe with experience, his standing in the community is of the highest, and his sterling business qualities fits him most admirably for the intelligent discharge of his duties as postmaster. The Advertiser cannot refrain from giving its readers a short biography of Lafayette's new postmaster.

 Young Domengeaux as born at Breaux Bridge, St. Martin parish, this State, September 21st, 1871. His education was primary received at Prof. Duclos' institute in his native town, but owing to family financial reverses he was forced to "paddle his own canoe" in the affairs of this world at the age of 14. After leaving school of that age, he began the study of Pharmacy under the tutorship of Dr. Thos. Stark, (no of Thibodaux). Mr. Domengeaux received his certificate of practice in his chosen profession at the age of twenty-one, after having passed a highly satisfactory examination before the Board of Pharmacy, at  New Orleans ;  his examination papers showed a 93 3/4 percentage.

 Owing to ill-health Mr. Domengeaux retired from the drug business in 1900 and established the J. R. Domegeaux Insurance Agency whose daily increasing business is too well known for further comment. Politically speaking "Cherokee" has been actively connected in every political campaign inaugurated in this parish since 1892, he is a fighter of whom even his political enemies admit as fair and square. He has as a delegate represented Lafayette in every Republican Convention since his advent in politics. He has numbers of friends who will watch his future with much pleasure. The Advertiser is positive that its young friend will make an excellent government official, and that his services in that capacity to the patrons of this post-office will be all that will be desired. Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903.     

Broke Into Lindsay House. - A negro by the name of Jean Baptiste broke into Mrs. Lindsays' house Tuesday night, entering by way of a window which he broke open with an axe. Mr. Farrar Lindsay, who was awakened by the noise, drove the negro out, but instead of leaving he stopped in the yard and made another attempt to enter. Dr. Gladu and his son came over, and after giving the negro a beating turned him over to officer Peck, who placed him in jail.   Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903. 

Tracks Flooded. - Owing to a break in the levee above New Orleans the Texas and Pacific track was flooded last Friday preventing that road from running trains over its own road bed, beginning last Saturday the T. and P., has been running over the Southern Pacific tracks to this point and thence on the Cheneyville where the T. and P. trains switch to their own tracks.
 Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903. 

Gen. Gordon in New Iberia. - A large crowd of Lafayette people took advantage of the excursion to New Iberia last Monday night to attend Gen. Gordon's lecture. This is said to be Gen. Gordon's last tour lecture. Those who have the pleasure of listening to one of his lectures will learn with great regret of his retirement from the lecture field. Probably no lecturer has exceeded Gen. Gordon in popularity and for many years wherever he spoke large audiences greeted him, and paid him the compliment of rapid attention. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903.  

Death of J. Numa Judice. - 
Died at his residence in Lafayette, La., Friday March 27, at 3:30 p. m., Mr. J. Numa Judice. The funeral was held in St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday, Interment took place in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Judice was an old and highly esteemed citizen of this place. He had a wide circle of friends who will learn of his death with deep regret. He leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903. 

Tramps After Dark. - 
The attention of the authorities is called to the fact that tramps are in the habit of visiting houses after dark, sometimes as late as 9 o'clock. This should not be permitted, and in order to stop it, some vigorous measures should be adopted to abate the tramp nuisance.
 Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903.

Supt. of Education in Laf. - State Superintendent of Education J. V. Calhoun spent two days in Lafayette the past week. While here he visited the Industrial School and the town schools. He spoke very highly of Lafayette's educational advantages, and paid quite a compliment to our public schools. He expresses the hope that it would be but a short time before Lafayette had a school building in accord with the advance of the schools.
 Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903. 

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/4/1903.

 With the cessations of the long continued rainfall, there has been an active resumption of field work on the part of our farmers, and they will not be long catching up with the last time. 

What is the next good thing Lafayette is to have? Did anybody say a modern school building?

 A novelty in town is a gasoline electric motor bicycle. It is the property of Mr. Levet. 

Last Saturday night, not withstanding the weather a fairly large crowd attended Prof. Ficklen's lecture at the Ind. Institute. Prof. Ficklen delivered the lecture in response to an invitation extended by the Women's Literary Club, which during this year has taken up the study of Louisiana history.

 An interesting meeting of the Young Ladies S. S. Club was held at the residence of Mrs. Geo. Babcock on Tuesday afternoon.

 Monday Placide Washington plead guilty to shooting with intent to murder, and as sentenced by Judge Debaillon to five years in the penitentiary.

 Kyle Fox, a white man, plead guilty to larceny and was given two months in jail.

 Mr. Armand Deffez has received a very handsome laundry wagon.

 Mr. Joe Golberg, the leading jeweler of Alexandria, complimented the Century Club with an excellent thermometer. Now during the summer months the perspiring members won't need to ask. How hot is it? They can see for themselves.

 The Advertiser announces with pleasure that the degree of M. D. has been conferred upon its friends Zack Francez and Louis Prejean on April 3rd, at Nashville, Tenn. They will go to Gretna and remain there until the meeting of the State Board and then will return home.

 The examination of the applicants for certificates to teachers of the Public schools of Louisiana will be held at the Industrial Institute on Thursday and Friday, April 16th and 17th, beginning at 9 a. m. L. J. ALLEMAN, Parish Superintendent of Schools.

 Two rooms at the High School are now equipped with new single desks, adding greatly to the appearance and comfort of those rooms.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903. 


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 4th, 1896:

 Compiled statement of the total votes cast at the special election held at the court house in the town of Lafayette, to determine the question of levying a special tax of five mills on all property subject to taxation within said town for a term of ten years, beginning Jan. 1st, A. D. 1896, to procure, construct and operate a waterworks and electric light system in said town, under article two hundred and nine of the constitution of the State of Louisiana, and Act No. 126 of 1882 of the General Assembly of said State to be voted on by the property taxpayers of said municipality entitled to vote under the election laws of said State, on Monday March 23rd, A. D., 1896, as per proclamation of His Honor, A. J. Moss, mayor of said town and due notice thereof by the Supervisors of election in and for Lafayette parish by publication according to law, and after 20 days official publication of the petition and ordinance ordering the election in the manner provided by law judicial advertisements.

 Total number of property taxpayers of the town of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the election laws of the State, as per certificate of the assessor of Lafayette parish and registrar of voters, dated March 21st, 1896: One hundred and ninety-two. 192.

 Total assessed valuation of property taxpayers of the town of Lafayette, as now constituted, entitled to vote under the election laws of the State as per certificate of assessor and registrar of voters in and for Lafayette parish, dated March 21st, 1896, one hundred and seventy-six thousand, eight hundred and sixty-six 50/100 dollars. $176,866.50.

 Total number of votes cast against said special tax.

 Total amount of assessed valuation of property assessed to property taxpayers entitle to vote under the general election laws of the State as per said certificate of Assessor and Registrar, who voted for said special tax, one hundred and fifty thousand, and two hundred and ten 50/100 dollars.  $150,210.50

Against:  $00.00

 This is to certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct compilation of the votes and valuation of property assessed to each vote, as cast at said special election.
               W. B. BAILEY,
                   Clerk of Court of the 17th. Judicial District pf La., for the Parish of Lafayette and ex-officer of the Town of Lafayette, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896.     


To The People of Lafayette.
Lafayette, March 30th, 1896.

 I have been informed that some designing persons (whom I do not know) for the purpose of harming me politically, are circulating rumors to the effect that I am not a Democrat. This, I brand as a false fabrication and a lie. I am proud to state that my Democratic record, in this parish, can be compared with any one and that it will not be found wanting. I was the first man in this parish to advocate the elimination of the negro vote from politics, as I declined, fully eight years ago, to run for the office of Sheriff, which I then held, solely because I did  not chose to court the support of the colored voters, and openly declared, at that time, as long as the negro was a factor in politics, my name would never be submitted for any office within the gift of the people.

 Four years ago, after the bitter contest between the McEnery and Foster factions as over, and that both sides met in the city of Baton Rouge, La., and that all past differences were laid aside and the Democratic party was again united as one family, I was there chosen as one of the Democratic delegates from Louisiana who nominated in convention held at Chicago, Ill., Grover Cleveland the present standard bearer of the Democratic party of the United States as president. In Houma, La., when Andrew Price was chosen in convention to represent the third Congressional District in Congress of the United States, I had the pleasure of being a delegate at that convention and helped to carry on the fight during that campaign as a true democrat and was at said convention appointed and am still a member of the Executive committee of this, to third Congressional District of Louisiana.

 In May 1895, when the Democratic voters of the town of Lafayette assembled in mass meeting to form a municipal ticket, I was appointed upon the committee that selected said ticket and also chosen as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee of the town of Lafayette.

 Regardless of rumors, fabrications and lies, etc. which can be circulated against me by political enemies, I stand now, as in the past, a proud, true and upright Democrat.
                           WM. CAMPBELL.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896.

Political Pointers In and Around Royville.
 And the "Gang" said, Fred Gates you'll not take the stump - no sir if we can help it we'll not allow it - as you can expose too many of those little tricks that are locked up in our old safe. You may tell the people all about our bolting, you may expose our principles, you may prove that we are sneaking plotters; you may convince them that our little "Juba" is not exactly full weight, that Izick sometimes combines too many principles together, that a delegate to Shreveport should abide to the decision of the majority, etc. etc., and that's why Fred Gates, Juba's chum in the Legislature, did not spit the gaseous mucous that has accumulated, since the Lafayette delegates headed by O. C. Mouton, Esq., bolted a regular democratic convention. Ta-ra-boom. See?
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896.     

At Beausejour.
 To have seen Andre Martin Thursday at Beausejour "cote a cote" with Gov. Foster, one would have thought that Andre and not Murphy was the nominee. Of course, such is life, we'll excuse Andre, the poor boy has aged before his time, but then all goes, even democracy now-a-days. - And J. Omer how pompous he has grown since the brigade pushed him to the front, how statesman-like he carries that noble eye, and mark by words, that man will yet make a mark in Pilette. Mr. Arthur Comeaux has consented to become a candidate for Justice of the Peace of the 4th. ward on the People's ticket. Mr. Comeaux is an excellent young gentleman, and will make a winning fight. Comeaux runs on the same ticket as Domengeaux, and that settles it. Notwithstanding the fact that the B. and M. leaders including Andre Martin, are paying for Domengeaux's defeat, that young 4th. ward leader will yet show them a trick or two in politics. Domengeaux says that Campbell & Co. will carry Royville solid and he knows whereof he speaks. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896.  

Wore Out 6 Horses.
 It has been told me that Harry Durke has worn out 6 horses since the campaign has opened. Take my word for it Harry, you are losing your time and all prospects of a "job", as the handwriting on the wall tells plainly that Campbell, the choice of the "People" will be Lafayette's next Sheriff. Hon. F. Trahan Jr. is a candidate for Justice of the Peace. Mr. Trahan is a nice young man, but then I think he lacks the necessary qualification, as he will find it much harder to digest law than to count eggs, coop chickens and salt hides. Well, as I said awhile ago, all goes, even geese. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896. 

Primeaux's Push.
 John E. Primeaux is making a winning fight as Police Juror. Poor "Tave" is not in it. I find it very strange that Mr. Theriot has consented to become the "Regular" candidate, and as 4 years ago he was given "kick" by the same "gang" that to-day is supporting him. Without reason or cause Mr. Theriot was "discharged", and that gentleman was substituted by the Hon. H. M. Durke, the "cleverest" politician on this side of the great Atlantic Ocean, and as I said before, all goes, even the Saints.
                Friends I am still, Goo-Goo,
                                          from Goo-ville.

 Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896.    

   To Editor of Advertiser:

 The voters of Lafayette should now be satisfied that Julien Mouton and the balance of the Regular ticket have been from the very incipiency of the campaign supporting in an evasive manner, the outrageous "Suffrage Amendment" as proposed by the last Legislature, Mr. Mouton like Mr. Gordy in their "fiery" speeches of Thursday night, March 26th, omitted all references to the amendment, they who pretend to take and have the welfare of their people at heart, did not have the courage of advising their constituents to use their every power in defeating the Amendment. And why did Messrs. Mouton and Gordy evade that question, for the reason that Gov. Foster was present, that Gov. Foster had endorsed the "Amendment" at Shreveport in his opening speech, that Gov. Foster would have been placed in an embarrassing position, that Gov. Foster would have been branded as a pro amendment man in North La., and an anti-suffragist in S. W. La., these voters are the reasons, and let me tell you Mouton is for the Amendment. Both gentlemen may deny the charge as much as they please, they may use all their eloquence in trying to force belief in the hearts of the non-educated and ignorant, but judgment day is at hand, April 21st, is approaching, and that day the people will prove hereafter no man will sail through their ranks unless he be sincere in his convictions. Proofs are at hand, as 2,000 white people Thursday at Beausejour failed to hear all reference to the "Suffrage Amendment." What care a people for White Supremacy ;  Democracy ;  Republicanism ;  Populism ;  Fosterism, if their most sacred rights, their rights of suffrage be snatched away from them ?  Do you think Mr. Mouton that the people have mesmerized your white supremacy cry, when something more precious is at stake? Do you think Mr. Mouton that your revolutionary and war-like appeals will force the people to forget that you were a member of those "74" who framed that Suffrage Amendment? Do you think Mr. Mouton that the people will believe you when you tell them that it was through your instrumentality that the "Benoit Bill" was killed, that it was through your influence in the House that that "Australian system" was crushed? Then if you were such a man of influence and power as a member of the last Legislature, why did you not kill the "Gates Bill", the present amendment that is to-day before the people of Louisiana. Why did you not defeat that bill also, why I say? Mr. Mouton, in your speech at Mauriceville a few weeks ago you gave yourself full credit for having murdered the Benoit Bill, you said it was through you only that, that bill failed final passage, then sir, let me tell you that you should have exerted the same "energy" on the "Gates amendment bill". you have failed to do so and the big split in Democratic ranks t0-day, may be to some extent attached to your luke-warm "power in the last Legislature. - Mr. Editor please reproduce the resolutions introduced by Dr. Mayer Thursday, and you will see for your own satisfaction that the "Suffragette Amendment" did not receive the condemnation that the majority of the white people of S. West La., is giving it.

                           Yours truly,
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896.               

City Council Proceedings.

  Special Meeting.

 Members present T. M. Biossat, O. C. Mouton, B. Falk, Leo Doucet, J. O. LeBlanc, and Jos. Ducote.

 The mayor stated this meeting as held for the purpose of receiving and promulgating the returns of the special election held March 23rd 1896 to levy a special tax for water works and electric lights.

 The mayor then presented to the council the oath of the commissioners of election the list of those who voted at said election and the certified list of property tax payers entitled to vote at said election under the election laws of the State with assessed valuation of and property by the tax assessor and registrar of voters of Lafayette Parish. The returns of said election by the supervisors of election for Lafayette Parish and the return of said election by the Clerk of the district Court of said Parish, exofficio returning office of said town.

 Moved by O. C. Mouton and duly seconded that the above documents pertaining to said election be preserved in the archives of the Council and the same be copied in full in the ordinance book. Unanimously Carried.

 Moved by O. C. Mouton, seconded by Ducote, that returns of said election be published for 10 days in the Lafayette Gazette and Lafayette Advertiser - 2 newspapers published in the town of Lafayette.

 Yeas: T. M. Biossat, O. C. Mouton, B. Falk, Joe Ducote, Leo Doucet and J. O. LeBlanc.
 Nays: None.

 The Mayor was then instructed to make his proclamation declaring the result of said election in the Lafayette Gazette and Lafayette Advertiser two news papers published in this town.

 The original to be preserved in the archives of the Council and copied in ordinance book.

 Compiled statement of the total votes cast at the special election held at the court house in the town of Lafayette, to determine the question of levying a special tax of five mills on all property subject to taxation within said town for a term of ten years, beginning Jan. first, A. D. 1896, to procure, construct and operate a waterworks and electric light system in said town, under article two hundred and nine of the constitution of the State of Louisiana, and act number one hundred and twenty-six of eighteen hundred and eighty-two of the General Assembly of said State, to be voted on by the property taxpayers of said municipality entitled to vote under the election laws of said State, on Monday March twenty-third, A. D., eighteen hundred and ninety-six, as per proclamation of His Honor, A. J. Moss, mayor of said town and due notice thereof by the Supervisors of election in and for Lafayette parish by publication according to law, and after 29 days official publication of the petition and ordinance ordering the election in the manner provided by law for judicial advertisements.

 Total number of property taxpayers of the town of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the election laws of the State, as per certificate of the assessor of Lafayette parish and registrar of voters, dated March, 21st, 1896. One hundred and ninety.  192.

 Total assessed valuation of property taxpayers of the town of Lafayette, as now constituted, entitled to vote under the election laws of the State as per certificate laws of the State as per certificate of assessor and registrar of voters in and for Lafayette to parish, dated March 21st, 1896, one hundred and seventy-six thousand, eight hundred and sixty six 50/100 dollars.  $176,866.50.

 Total number of votes cast for said special tax, one hundred and thirty.  130.

 Total number of votes cast against said special tax.   0.

 Total amount of assessed valuation of property assessed to property taxpayers entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State as per said certificate of Assessor and Registrar, who voted for said special tax, one hundred and fifty thousand, and two hundred and ten 50/100 dollars.  $150,210.50.

 Against:     $00.00

 This is to certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct compilation of the votes and valuation of property assessed to each vote, as cast sat said special election.

 Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of March, 1896.
H. C. WALLIS, Deputy Clerk of Court.
A. L. DYER, H. BLANCHARD, D. A. COCHRANE, Supervisors of Election for Lafayette parish.

 The secretary was instructed to notify the contractors of result of said election.
A. J. MOSS, Mayor.
B. CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1896.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 4th, 1891:


 The boys that infest the Crescent Hotel are never at a loss to "drive dull car away," and a jollier set of fellows you seldom find anywhere. Where the "Australian store" was here they made a raid on it and captured a specimen of nearly every musical instrument they had in stock. Being all fine musicians, they immediately organized the "Select Crescent Band, Limited," and every time they happen to fall together here give one of their versatile, inimitable and extravagant concerts, which are highly appreciated and thoroughly endured by a very select audience. To be heartily enjoyed their music must be heard at a distance, a very great distance. Following is the personnel and distribution of the band: Prof. S. P. Liberman, "Xylophone Executioner and Leader." Prof. J. E. Archer, "Zither Twanger," Prof. E. E. Shackford, "Violincello Virtuoso; Prof. Ernest Mouisset, "French Harp Harmonist," Prof. Marks Neuhauser, "Accordeon Agitator;" Prof. John Hahn, "Chewanker Chawer." All are perfect in their part; and we do not believe Prof. Thomas, who is to lead the concerts at the World's Fair, can preside and direct with more grace and dignity than does Prof. Liberman.

 Truly hath Mr. Shakespeare remarked:

   "Music hath charms to soothe the savage;
 To split a rock, and bust a cabbage."

 In addition to the band they have one of the most "dulcet strung" quartets in the South, probably. It is composed of the following scraphs: Marks Neuhauser, tenor; H. T. Janin, (unreadable word), and vocal instructor; S. P. Liberman, soprano and baritone; John Hahn, alto; Ernest Mouisset, human flute accompaniment. To describe their harmony is simply impossible. It is just too - too - well, we don't suppose you ever did hear such singing. It can only be heart at the Crescent. The Italians say: "See Naples, and die."

 We say, "Hear the Crescent Quartet - and -     ."  But what we have said above is no jest; it is stern reality.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891.             First  Southern Pacific Train Crosses New Inclines.
The first Southern Pacific train crossed at the new inclines, 21 miles above New Orleans last Sunday. The mail from the East reaches here now only about an hour late. It is expected to start running again trains Nos. 19 and 20 (the night trains here) to-day, and also through freight trains. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891.

 Easter Sunday. - Easter Sunday was a clear and beautiful day, albeit a strong Southeasterly wind prevailed. St. John's Church was beautifully decorated with the rarest flowers, and was visited by throngs of happy people from early morning until late in the evening. Hundreds were in town from the country for miles around, who never come except for Easter Sunday.
 Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891.

New Residences. - Mr. Fred Mouton is now preparing to build for Mrs. F. Gardner a handsome cottage on lots fronting Judge J. G. Parkerson's residence. Mr. Mouton informs that he has his hands full of work, with Mrs. Sprole's large residence, Mrs. Gardner's cottage, and additions to be built to Mr. A. T. Caillouet's handsome residence. All of Lafayette's carpenters now have has much work as they can possibly manage.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891. 

Between Laf. & Breaux Bridge. - Breaux Bridge, informs us that the roads between here and there are dreadful; at several points he felt really alarmed to "tackle" the bog holes. He says this condition of the roads is regretted as much, if not more, by the Breaux Bridge people as by our citizens. From information gained there, he is assured that much if the trade of that country, which is now diverted to other points on account of our bad roads, would readily come to Lafayette if the road was in even tolerable condition. This is a matter that appeals directly to the interests of our town, and our business men especially. We trust some action will be taken to remedy this state of things. Our Police Jury should be specially urged to investigate and see if something cannot be done to bring to our town and parish a valuable trade, and our citizens should heartily co-operate in the matter.
 Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891. 

Demanade Pushes Plank Walk. - 
Mr. Felix Demanade as the leader, and those public spirited and enterprising citizens who subscribed liberally, are entitled to much credit for meeting the Council more than half way and pushing the new plank walk from the depot to the post office to an early completion. With the exercise of equal enterprise and diligence the citizens of other sections of our town would soon be enjoying the facilities and comforts of a plank walk.   Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891.

Well Stocked Yards. - Our lumber yards are all well stocked, and still they are running in carload after carload of lumber. How they manage to get rid of it may easily be seen just by taking a turn about town and the surrounding country; everywhere is heard the music of the saw and hammer. From the depot, which has but a limited range, no less than eight houses can be counted in process of construction. Lafayette is not on a boom - just yet; this her natural solid growth, which has been going on at this rate for three or four years past.   Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891.

 An Athletic Club. - The young men of Lafayette have perfected an organization styled "Lafayette Athletic Club," with the following efficient corps of officers: Wm. Cayard, President; E. T. McBride, Treasurer; C. J. Irvin, Secretary; F. Pointboeuf, Sergeant-at-Arms. The gymnasium is in McBride's blacksmith shop. This is a commendable enterprise, and we congratulate the young gentlemen upon their success.  Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891. 

Hungrier in Lafayette. - 
Monday night a weary traveler sauntered into John O. Mouton's grocery store and inquired of Captain "Too Too" Rigues if he kept anything to eat? The Captain set out his larder, and the wayfarer "lit in." The Captain looked on in amazement, and when the consumptive stranger had finished asked for his bill, it was found that he had eaten two pounds of sausage, a loaf of bread and two dozen hard-boiled eggs. Captain Rigues asked him if he wasn't a new brakeman on the "tap," and if he didn't run with Bob Cochrane and Tommy Rodgers? The stranger said no; but that there might be something in association. When he struck up the "tap" at Cheneyville he commenced to get hungry, and got hungrier until reached Lafayette.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891.    

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/4/1891.

 We were blessed with another gentle rain Wednesday, which was of benefit to farmers and town folks.

 Regular meeting of the School Board at the Court House to-day.

 City Council meets in regular session Monday.

 Last Wednesday was the first of April; perhaps some of you remember it.

 Mr. F. E. Girard, a student of Tulane Medical Department of New Orleans, returned home last week.

 Brickmasons are at work on the new roundhouse and have completed several pits. Carpenter work which was delayed while waiting on them will not be pushed ahead.

 The Street Committee are making fine progress clearing out the ditches and repairing the streets. They are doing good work and will soon have the job completed. Lafayette will "show up" streets with any town in Louisiana.

 Henry Wallace, Jno. Conway and Charley McCoy, three worthy and hard-working colored men, have each built a neat cottage in McComb's addition, east of the Railroad.

 Mr. Adam Patin, of Breaux Bridge, has built a dwelling in McComb's addition in front of Mr. Clifford's residence, and has moved here with his family. We extend them a welcome to our community.

 Mr. J. E. Trahan is making some necessary additions to the store house on Lincoln avenue, recently purchased by him from Mrs. Gardner, preparatory to moving his drugstore there.

 The plank walk from the depot to the Post office, via Lee avenue, is now finished, and is a great convenience to the citizens of that part of our town. They are now wondering how they ever got along before without it.

 We acknowledge the receipt of an invitation to attend the ceremony of the wedding of Miss Edna Trahan to Mr. D. J. Veazey, which happy event is to take place at St. John;s Catholic Church, Lafayette, Thursday evening, April 14th, at half past five o'clock.

 A fine shower of rain Monday night was of inestimable benefit to our farmers and a great comfort to the citizens of our town, relieving them of the all pervading dust kicked up by the turbulent March winds.

 Our justly renowned Crescent Hotel is getting to be quite popular with young married couples. Last week, Mr. P. A. Heesig, of Beaumont, Texas, and wife, (nee Hathorn, of Carrolton), who were married at New Orleans on the 24th inst., on their way home were so well pleased with the "Crescent" and its surroundings that they spent several days of their honey-moon here. We saw them enjoying promenades about our lovely town.

 Sunday evening our young people taking advantage of the close of Lent, gave a surprise party at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan, complimentary to their charming daughters Misses Stella and Haydee. The young ladies with their mother's assistance proved most gracious hostesses, and one and all present enjoyed a delightful evening.

 Freight for Lafayette, which has been delayed by the crevasse, is now pouring in on us in such a heap that it is extremely difficult for our depot force here to handle it. One can form a slight conception of the amount of freight that is received at this point until the trains have been cut off for a few days and it begins to pile up.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1891.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 4th, 1874:

 This court was adjourned sine die on last Tuesday, after a session of month. A large amount of business was transacted--acted sixty cases being disposed of among which were several of considerable importance--leaving the docket in a slim condition.

 During the session, we noticed the presence from abroad, of Jos. A. Breaux, Esq., of Iberia and D. Tarleton, Esq., of Grand Coteau.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1874.

 Races.- A race will come off over the race-course, near this place, on Saturday next, 11th inst., between the Texas pony Barlow, belonging to M. F. Martin and the Boudreaux mare, belonging to Mr. C. Trahan. This will be the opening of the Spring races, and, there is no doubt, that on that day, the sporting gentlemen of the whole Attakapas and Opelousas parishes will be present with their best racers to contest the field. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1874.

Grand Bazaar. - A Grand Bazaar will begin on Easter Sunday, (to-morrow), immediately after high mass in the old building of the Mont Carmel Convent and will continue every day until Wednesday the 8th inst. The doors will remain open during the day and until 11 o'clock at night.

 On Wednesday evening, the 8th, a grand musical and dramatical entertainment will be given in the new Convent building by the pupils of the Institution. Admittance to the Bazaar will be free for all, and the admittance to the Convent only 75 cents. The public generally are solicited to attend both the Bazaar and the Concert. Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1874.

 Mr. Wm. Campbell, of this city, (New Orleans)  now traveling in Texas for the house of Schmidtz & Zeigler, and to whom we are already indebted for similar courtesies telegraphs us the particulars of one of the most fiendish outrages it has ever been our duty to chronicle.

 On Monday night, the 30th ult., ten negroes entered the store of Mr. E. A. Leake, four miles from Bryan, and, after shooting him twice, inflicting wounds which have since been pronounced mortal, proceeded to outrage his wife. When seven of the fiends had accomplished this, the party fled.

 As soon as the facts became known, several of the neighbors started in pursuit. Four of the negroes were captured Tuesday, two of whom were put in jail and the other two hung at once. Three more were caught and hung yesterday. There are three still at large, but their arrest is considered a most certain. We need hardly speculated as to the consequences of that arrest. There are some crimes which the average mortal does not find himself able to regard with deliberation, and the wild sense of justice which in times gone by made Texas famous and so terrible has not yet utterly died out. From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1874.   

From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 4th, 1906:


   Baton Rouge, La., March 31. -
 C. G. Vaughn, Chief Engineer in charge of the construction of the Southern Pacific's Lafayette-Baton Rouge branch, was in the city yesterday afternoon and held a conference with contractors in regard to bids that are to be received for the construction of the road between this city and Lafayette.

 Mr. Vaughn states that the Company is still receiving bids for the proposed work, and expects to get in several new bids within the next few days. They now anticipate opening the bids on April 1 in New Orleans, and if any one of them is satisfactory the contract will be let and construction work begun in earnest. Bids are also being received, Mr. Vaughn states, for the Arnaudville branch of the Southern Pacific, which is to run from Arnaudville north. The Lafayette-Baton Rouge road and this branch are to be constructed at the same time, and both of the works will be carried on with Mr. Vaughn as chief engineer.

 During the delay in receiving the bids for the Lafayette-Baton Rouge branch work is being carried on by the Railroad Company itself on a small scale. Resident engineers are out on the line and much surveying work is being done.

 The Southern Pacific has made one effort to secure desirable bids for the work between this city and Lafayette, but the character of the work, which is very difficult, owing to the low country, and bridges that must be built, coupled with the fact that a majority have all that they can attend to, has made it difficult for the Company to get satisfactory bids. Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1906. 


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 4th, 1911:


 Judge Charges New Grand Jury -Test Case of New Law - Informations Filed.

 The criminal term of court convened yesterday, Judge Campbell presiding: The following Grand Jury was selected: Harrison Theall, foreman; Gaston Francez, Leo Doucet, Jos. Lacoste, Felix H. Mouton, J. E. Boudreaux, Felix Langlinais, Andre Billeaud, Aurelien Olivier, Oron Spell, W. J. Harson, Isaac B. Bendel.

 Judge Campbell then charged them calling their attention to the various things the law required them to consider and among them the carrying of concealed weapons, the concubinage law against nations and trusts, obstructing public and private drainage, drunkenness on trains, at picnics, and other public gatherings, drinking on trains, the Gay-Shatuck law, the Sunday law, selling liquor to minors, etc. He spoke particularly of the duty of public bodies to give support to the schools and made a strong presentation of the urgent need of a new court house.

 The jury then retired to take up its investigations.

 The case of Train Auditor M. L. Bonnival of the Southern Pacific was taken up and counsel for Mr. Bonnival withdrew the former plea of not guilty and made a motion to quash the indictment. This is the case where Mr. Bonnival refused to accept transportation out of District Attorney Robira's mileage book for Mr. Robira's so, under law passed by the last legislature. Mr. Robira filed information for a test case and the railroad will take up to the Supreme court to determine the constitutionality of the law.

 District Attorney Robira yesterday filed eight informations for wife desertion, three carrying concealed weapons and one for larceny. Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1911.    


 The convention recently held in New Orleans has given an opportunity to the advocates of woman's suffrage to discuss the merits  of that proposition with the zeal and earnestness characteristic of the gentler sex. And it must in justice be conceded that the subject has been handled with an unusual degree of ability. But after all has been said, have the dear women given one sound reason why they should be clothed with the franchise?

 In the course of an address the Rev. Anna Howard Shaw gave, in the following lines, the sum and substance of all the arguments in favor of women's suffrage:

 "And you Southern men!  You - Southern men!  My, my!  How sweetly you do talk when you get to the women!  I heard one of your statesmen speak some time ago, and when he had finished I wouldn't have been an angel for anything in the world. Angels were too little things compared with us American women.  That man put us on a pedestal that was just too lovely for anything.  If we are angels, who are better to rule this country - angels or saloon keepers?"

 The Rev. Mrs. Shaw has given - perhaps unconsciously - the principal reason why sensible men do not believe in the wisdom of making voters and politicians of the women. The Gazette is not ready to accept as true the broad assertion that all women are angels, but it has always believed and it still believes that as a general rule they came nearer to angelic perfection than anything else on this mundane sphere. And that is the very reason why they should be kept out of politics.

 The woman suffragists tell us they will purify politics if they are permitted to vote. Perhaps so, but in the meantime what will become of the home. Theorists may hope to raise the standard of politics by the enfranchisement of the women, but practical people, not dreamers, see in the scheme little, if any, political reform and a great deal of demoralization to society. One hundred women will not purify one town election, but one good woman will keep her home pure - she will guard from pollution the fountain of all human virtues. If there are any angels among the women - and there are many - they are not wanted at the ballot box. They will find more congenial occupation in domestic pursuits and they will fulfill their mission on earth to which an All-wise Creator has assigned them.

 It it is true, as the woman suffragists tell us that man made a dismal failure of his job of governing the world, what proof have we that woman, despite her versatile accomplishments, will do any better? Though she is a divine success in household matters, she is by her vary nature unsuited for the hurly-burly of politics, and is she invades the field of work over which man has held undisputed sway, pray tell us, Mrs. Rev. Shaw, who in the dickens will attend to the babies?  If man has been, as you say, a gigantic failure as a governor, he will be a humiliating fizzle as a monarch of the nursery. Though he can mix a mint julep with Chesterfieldian grace he's but an awkward compounder of paregoric.

 But, seriously, In God's economy of creation the mother fills the holiest and most important and most important mission. She may not vote. The avenues to political preferment may not be open to her, but could she, even though vested with the franchise, exercise greater influence in shaping the destinies of the world? In the familiar words of Wm. Ross Wallace:

     They say that man is mighty,
     He governs land and sea,
     He wields a mighty scepter
     O'er lesser powers than he;
     But a mightier power and stronger
     Man from his throne has hurled,
     For the hand that rocks the cradle
     Is the hand that rules the world.

      Lafayette Gazette 4/4/1903.

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