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From the Lafayette Gazette of March 10th, 1900:


..Adopts Pres. Stephens Recommendations at the Brand New School.

 The Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial School met here last Tuesday evening at the Century Club. The following members were present: Gov. Foster, Prof. J. V. Calhoun, Senator Robert Martin, Senator Albert Estopinal, Prof. Brown Ayres, Mayor J. G. Lee, Capt. J. C. Buchanan. The members absent were: Hon. Thos. H. Lewis, Dr. James A. Lee, Mr. Amos L. Ponder.

 The principal object of the meeting was to hear Prof. Stephens' report. The professor reported that he had made a tour of inspection of a number of colleges in the North and East and gave a full account of the work in these institutions. Among the schools that he visited he mentioned the Alabama Polytechnic, the Tuskegee Industrial School, the Greensboro Normal, the North Carolina Industrial College, the Drexel Institute in Philadelphoia, Girard College, the Philadelphia Textile School, the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a number of other educational institutions in the New York, Chicago and St. Louis. He also visited the Ruston Industrial School, the Shreveport High School and other schools in this State. Prof. Stephens made a number of recommendations, based upon this report, as to the course of study and proper buildings.

 Prof. Stephens outlined a general plan of work of the school at this place. He recommended a thorough academic course of instruction of a grade next below that of a first class college, together with departments of manual training in wood and iron for boys, domestic science and economy for girls, including such work as sewing, cooking, household economy and commercial course. No child under 14 years of age will be eligible to enter the school.

 After adopting President Stephens' recommendations, sketches of the main building suitable for the purposes of the school were accepted.

 The Board considered the appointment of an architect. The firm of Favrot & Livaudais, of New Orleans, was engaged and instructed to prepare the plans and specifications as early as possible. The details of the plans of building are entrusted to a committee composed of Messrs. Martin, Buchanan, James A. Lee and Prof. Ayres. The cost of the main building is estimated at $36,000. This amount is to be made up from the cash subscription of this parish and an appropriation which the Legislature is expected to make. The other necessary buildings will be provided for when the parish and town tax will have been bonded. This will be done when certain legal requirements will have been met.

 Hon. Charles D. Caffery appeared before the Board and made a statement relative to the issuance of bonds and the intentions of the local authorities in this matter. Mr. Caffery had looked into the legal phase of the question and gave the Board the benefit of this investigations. Mr. Caffery expressed the opinion that it will be advisable to secure the authorization of the people at the approaching general election and of the Legislature at its next session before issuing the bonds. As the tax is already voted there is no doubt that the people will be willing to authorize the issuance of bonds to capitalize the money to be derived from the tax. The work of securing Legislative sanction for the plan should be equally easy of accomplishment.

 After the completion of the plans and specifications by the architect we understand that bids for the main building will be advertised for. It is hoped that suitable arrangements will be made in time to begin the work of building some time in April.

 If there is nothing to hinder the work Prof Stephens expects to be ready to open the school in October. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900.

To the Voters of Lafayette Parish.

Mr. Heard, Senator McEnery, Congressman Broussard Speak to a Large Crowd at the Court-house.

The Republican Party Arraigned and Its Hypocrisy Exposed.

Thursday evening several hundreds of the Democrats of the parish gathered at the court-house to listen to Democratic speeches.
 Mr. Wm. Campbell called the meeting to order. He paid a compliment to the local Democracy and predicted a triumphant victory in April. Mr. Campbell called that faithful old Democratic wheelhorse, Hon. R. C. Landry to preside over the meeting.Mr. Heard, the nominee for governor, was the first speaker. His remarks were in line with his published utterances. He spoke of the present condition of the State, its financial and other departments. He replied to certain remarks attributed to Senator Caffery relative to the increase in the assessment of the State. He ridiculed the idea of a forced assessment, saying that the increase in the value of property was due to the prosperity enjoyed by the people under the wise and economical administration of the Democratic party. He did not believe in the sincerity of the Republican party when it declared for an honest election. Warmoth pleading for an honest ballot sounded to the speaker like the devil reproving sin. He said no one had alleged fraud in the elections held under the present constitution. The suffrage law was the work of the best men in the State and no one could truthfully say it was fraudulent. No one could wherein is was dishonest. Senator Caffery had been invited to join other Democrats of State in framing the law, but, unlike Senator McEnery, he had remained away and denounced it and was now denouncing it. Mr. Heard thought that when Senator Caffery had made up his mind not to carry out the wishes of the party that elected him to the senate he should have resigned, instead of joining the enemies and transducers of that party. He said the fundamental principle of the Democratic party, as enunciated by Thomas Jefferson, was acquiescence in the will of majority and yet there were men in this State claiming to be Democrats, who were advising voters to disregard the will of the majority regularly and honestly expressed. It was the duty of Democrats everywhere to abide by the verdict of their party. Mr. Heard spoke from notes. He made no attempt at oratory, but dispassionately discussed the issues of the campaign in a conversational tone. When the gubernatorial nominee was about to bring his speech to a close a rather unexpected scene took place. It was both dramatic and amusing. Mr. J. A. Laneuville, a veteran of two wars and a hero of innumerable political conflicts, rushed up to the speaker and vigorously shook his hand, at the same time predicting that he would be the next governor of Louisiana. This brought down the house and was the signal for uproarious applause.

Mr. Heard's speech was well received and had a splendid effect.

 After some very exhilarating music by a local band under the leadership of Prof. Walter Mouton, the chairman introduced Senator McEnery as the next speaker. The senator said he was always happy to be able to speak to Louisiana Democrats. He was particularly happy to address the Louisiana Democracy at this time, when it was united without sectional or factional differences. There were no Nicholls men, no McEnery men, no Foster men, but they were all plain Democrats. The convention had spoken, a good ticket was nominated and it was not the duty of all Democrats to work together to perpetuate beneficent Democratic government. The constitutional convention had established the supremacy of the white race upon a peaceful and enduring basis. He said the enemies of the party in the State had inaugurated their campaign at Royville, then they had gone to New Orleans where they had dragged into the mire the honored name of Andrew Jackson. The cry of "one man power" was an old one. It was heard in the early days in reference to Washington and the other great presidents who succeeded him. It was the same thing with the cry about rings. Monroe was said to be a ringster and Jackson was accused of being controlled by a "kitchen cabinet." No one had been oppressed in this State by the so-called one-man power. It was an admitted fact that Gov. Foster's management of the party had resulted in the present excellent condition of the Democratic organization. Instead of denouncing the governor for that Democrats ought to be glad. Many men were abusing Gov. Foster because they were not appointed to office by him. The senator said that the statement that Pharr was elected in 1896 was a slander. Foster was overwhelmingly elected by the white people of the State and he was satisfied with that. He did not care how the negroes had voted. The sentence was rather facetious in his references to "that little fellow Sholars." He paid a handsome tribute to Mr. Heard and brought his speech to an end amid loud and continued applause.

 Congressman Broussard was the third and last speaker. Mr. Broussard is very popular in this parish and he was greeted with much cheering. He made a good speech. He spoke principially of the action of the sugar planters and the unfriendliness of the Republican party to the sugar industry.

 Congressman Broussard said that Senator McEnery had dealt in his vigorous way with the first plank of the platform adopted at Alexandria so fully that he should not touch upon it except to say that it contained a slander upon an honest man and an honest party. It was a declaration that for the last 23 years every legislature and every convention was corrupt and the delegates to the constitutional convention of 1879 and 1898 were weak and unscrupulous men controlled by one man. The tiny statesmanship that formulated this jelly-fish platform , and the tiny statesman who slandered Democracy would be forgotten while the party and its leader would appear in the history of Louisiana in brilliant recognition of the records of both.

The sugar planters' Republican party had endorsed McKinley's administration for its accomplishment in peace and war and then had hied itself three days afterward to New Orleans where it adopted resolutions appealling to Democratic members of the House and Senate to protect it from the self-same administration and to save from the reciprocity treaties of Great Britain and Argentina. He said that the policy of expansion would destroy the sugar industry in the United State and that the reciprocity treaties would so reduce the price of sugar as to make cultivation in this country unprofitable. To say the least, he concluded, the sugar planters' portion of the Caffery fusion were insincere and unworthy of being entrusted with the reins of State government. That if successful they were pledged to McKinley their platform to assist in the destruction of the sugar industry of the State. He contrasted the cost of production of sugar in the Philippines and Cuba and read the president's message showing it was the policy of the McKinley administration to take in Cuba which had produced as late as 1893 over one million pounds of sugar or more than one-half the consumption of the United States. The Viscayan Island of the Philippines Archipelago produced the same year 324,000 tons of sugar or more than was produced last year in the United States.

 Her laborers receive one dollar and fifty cents a month. How long, he asked can this country produce sugar in competition with these islands? The policy of the administration endorsed by the Alexandria convention favors expansion, the results of which be ruinous to the sugar industry. Reciprocity treaties with Great Britain and Argentina enacted by Mr. Kasson contemplates a reduction of twelve and a half per cent on sugar tariff as to the former and twenty per cent as to the latter. The treaty with Great Britain includes Jamaica, Barbados, British Guiana, Bermudas, Turk's Island and the Caicos whose productions is about 90,000 tons while Argentina produces a surplus of 60,000 tons. Should not these people rather have condemned the McKinley administration for bringing into this country the 300,000 tons of Hawaiian sugar and in a manly way condemned that administration for enacting reciprocity treaties with Great Britain and the Argentina Republic and declared its condemnation of the policy of the expansion, rather that approve and endorse that administration in the open and covertly appeal to Democrats in Congress to save them from the policy of the Republican party?

At the conclusion of Mr. Broussard's able address the meeting adjourned.

Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900.


 Max O'Rell, the famous French humorist lectured at Ruston Wednesday. An effort was made by a number of Lafayette ladies to have Mr. Blount deliver his celebrated lecture in this town, but unfortunately it was impossible to sell enough tickets to raise the requisite guaranty. The Gazette is informed that Gen. Gordon will pass through town during the latter part of the month. Why not get the gallant Confederate chieftain to deliver his great lecture here. It is said that this is the last lecturing tour of Gen. Gordon, and we may never again have an opportunity to hear him. The Gazette thinks that if the local camp of Confederate veterans will take it up it will not be very difficult to raise the amount necessary. The Gazette will start the subscription with $5.
Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900.   

Ticket Nominated.

 A small number of Republicans and disgruntled Democrats met in (unreadable)'s hall last Tuesday and we are told nominated the following ticket:
 Judge, Col. Gus A. Breaux district attorney, J. A. Chargois; representatives, Dr. J. P. Frances, Robert H. Broussard; sheriff, Paul Martin; clerk, Dr. G. W. Scranton; coroner, Dr. A. Gladu. Col. C. C. Brown, was endorsed for State Senator. I
t is needless to say this ticket will be badly defeated. We would not be surprised to see it withdrawn from the field before the election. Already one of the candidates, Mr. Robert H. Broussard, who was nominated for representative, has declined the honor. Mr. Broussard has authorized us to state that he will not under any circumstances accept this nomination. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900. 

 Died. - Mr. Arthur Hebert died last Tuesday and was buried the next day in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Hebert was born in this town 33 years ago. His life was spent here among those whom he was very popular. He was a kind-hearted, honest man and never did an injury to any one. His funeral which was very largely attended showed how well he was liked in the community of which he was a worthy member. Among those who mourn for him is an aged mother will keenly feel the loss of a dutiful son. Mr. Hebert never married. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900. 

School Board.
 Lafayette La., March 1, 1900. - The School Board met this day with the following members present: Messrs. Alexandre Delhomme, Jasper Spell, V. E. Dupuis, A. Olivier, J. O. Broussard, L. Billeaud and Dr. Hopkins.  Absent: H. M. Durke.

 The order of business was suspended, the resignation of Supt. Latiolais was accepted.

 On motion of Mr. Olivier, seconded by Mr. Broussard, Judge O. P. Guilbeau was elected as secretary and superintendent.

 On motion of Mr. Broussard, seconded by Mr. Dupuis, Mr. Latiolais was accepted.

 On motion of Mr. Olivier, seconded by Mr. Broussard, Judge O. P. Guilbeau was elected as secretary and superintendent.

 On motion of Mr. Broussard, seconded by Mr. Dupuis, Mr. Latiolais was appointed to the Carencro school under a first grade certificate and Prof. Toll transferred to the Cormier 6th ward school.

 The board adjourned to the next regular meeting.
O. P. GUILBEAU, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900.


City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., March 3, 1900. - The City Council met in regular session with Mayor Campbell presiding. Members present: J. E. Martin, F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, H. Hohorst, Geo. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard.

 The minutes of last meeting were approved as read.

 Moved by John O. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that finance committee be authorized to take up as many city bonds as funds will permit. Mouton carried.

 The following bills were laid over:

 Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that the following ordinance be adopted: Yeas - F. Demanade, H. Hohorst, J. E. Martin, F. E. Girard, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, Geo. DeBlanc. Nays - none.

 AN ORDINANCE, calling an election of and by, the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., qualified as electors under the Constitution and laws of the State, to vote on the proposition to issue bonds for the sum of fourteen thousand dollars, in order to utilize to the best advantage, and in the manner contemplated by said tax-payers, the special tax of two mills for ten years, voted by them on August 26, 1899, for the use and benefit of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, of April, 1900, the day of the general election for State and parish officers, and to be presided over and returns made, etc., by the same commissioners.

 Whereas, at an election held in the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899, under the provisions of Act No. 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1898, and Article 232 of the Constitution, the property tax-payers of said town, did assess and levy upon themselves, a tax of two mills for ten years, in order to secure the location of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute in the parish of Lafayette, and whereas it was contemplated that said tax should be used in the construction of buildings for said Institute, therefore
   Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., That in order to raise the necessary fund, and to utilize the special tax of two mills for ten years, voted by the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899, in the manner contemplated by said property tax-payers, there be and is hereby called an election on the 17th day of April, 1900, at which there shall be and is hereby submitted to the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., the proposition to issue negotiable bonds for the amount of fourteen thousand dollars, payable and redeemable in ten years from Jan. 1, 1901, or sooner, at the option of the City Council of this town. Said bonds to be made payable to bearer and shall bear five per cent per annum interest from date of issuance, which interest shall be payable annually on the first day of March. Said bonds shall not be sold for less than par, and the proceeds thereof shall be paid to the Board of Trustees of the said Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute to be by them expended in constructing buildings necessary for the purpose of said Institute.

 Section 2. Be it further ordained, That the payment of said bonds in principal and interest shall be met by said tax of two mills on the dollar for ten years voted by the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899; the excess of said tax, if any, to be paid to the said Board of Trustees, as contemplated by the vote of said tax-payers. Said bonds to be issued in such amounts as the said Board of Trustees may desire, and shall be signed by the mayor of the said town of Lafayette and the treasurer thereof.

 Section 3. Be it further ordained, etc, that tickets shall be prepared for use by tax-payers desiring to vote at said election, according to law, and in such form as to enable the voter to indicate intelligently and beyond doubt whether he votes for or against the proposition to issue said bonds.

 Section 4. Be it further ordained, That the interest on said bonds shall be paid annually, and shall be called in, paid and redeemed in principal each year as the excess of the tax after the payment of interest may justify.

 Section 5.  Be it further ordained, That it shall be unlawful to use the revenue derived from said tax for any other purpose than the payment of said bonds in principal and interest as aforesaid; provided the excess to be paid to the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.

 Moved and duly seconded that Osma Boudreaux be granted a free license for peddling milk. Carried.

 Moved by Geo. DeBlanc, seconded by H. Hohorst, that street committee be empowered to borrow the money to repair main street. Motion carried.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned to meet in regular session the first Monday in April.
Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/10/1900.
 Marshal Peck met a negro named Robert Jones prowling about the premises of Mr. Jagou at one o'clock yesterday morning. Investigation proved that he had stolen some clothes from Mr. Jagou's yard. Jones was jailed.

 Hon. W. S. Frazee, Democratic nominee for auditor, was in Lafayette Thursday.

 Pierre Gerac visited New Iberia Sunday.

 A party of young people met at the home of the Misses Gerac last Sunday and enjoyed themselves very much.

 Hook and Ladder Fire Co. No. 1 held a meeting at its hall last Wednesday evening and elected the following officers: President, A. E. Mouton; Vice-President, M. Rosenfield; secretary and treasurer, Geo. A. DeBlanc; Foreman, E. Pellerin; 1st Assistant, J. Delhomme; 2nd Assistant, H. Church; House-Keeper, E. Ledet.

 Judge Debaillon and Mr. Wm. Campbell visited Acadia parish this week.

 Miss Marthe Mouton has returned home after a pleasant stay in New Orleans.

Twelve new members joined Fire Co. No. 1 at its meeting Monday night.

 Miss Gertrude Callahan, the young lady who successfully edits and manages the Enterprise at Washington, La., was in Lafayette Thursday. Miss Callahan paid The Gazette an appreciated visit.

 Mr. and Mrs. Armand Levy, of Lake Charles, are visiting relatives in Lafayette.

 A game of base ball will be played to-morrow afternoon on the grounds near the Southern Pacific round house by the Bloomer Girls and the Pilette club. Admission, 35 cents. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bendel, of Lake Charles, are spending some time with relatives in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1900.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 10th 1894:

 No little consternation was created in that quarter of our city known as Freetown caused by a number of pistol shots fired in rapid succession followed by screams and cries of women. And the reason of it all was Henry Burke was on the war path. It appears that Burke is quite a desperate character or at least passes for such and for some provocation fancied or real, it does not clearly appear which, he whipped out a pistol and fired a number of shots at one Joe Albarado. The shooting took place in a small room where there were a number of women and children, none of whom, strange to say were hurt.

 A. Albarado was struck twice, once in the thigh and in the foot, but it is seriously hurt. Burke was promptly arrested and lodged in jail. He is not likely to do any more shooting soon.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894: 


 On Tuesday morning last Mrs. O. J. Sprole was the victim of quite a serious infraction of the law.

 It appears that shortly after opening her store a negro went in to buy some gin  and having been waited on tendered in payment of his purchase an amount of money in excess of the price, and while in the act of procuring the change Mrs. Sprole laid upon the counter a small hand-bag containing quite a sum of money and turning her back for a moment the would be purchaser laid hold of it. Turning again to the counter Mrs. Sprole caught him in the act of robbing her; of course, the latter did not then stay upon the order of his going, and he went full handed, he had some forty dollars or more. Mrs. Sprole tried to draw the attention of passers to the fleeing thief but unfortunately owing in a measure to the early hour there was no one in sight. Mrs. Sprole, however, made proper complaint without delay and officers were soon after him, and in one hour after the commission of the act Deputy Sheriff Veazey arrested near the Vermilion Bayou about a mile from town, one Alphone Domond. Circumstances pointed at him as the man wanted though he strongly denied it; on being taken to Mrs. Sprole, however, she exclaimed without hesitation, "you are the man who stole my money! You! You! I know you!"

 Domond persisted in his denial but was wholly unable to explain certain circumstances pointing to his guilt. He will be held to wait the action of the grand jury. Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894.

Man Assaults Wife While Celebrating Birth of Friends' Baby.

 Thursday evening  a man by the name of Sommers accompanied his wife to the home of Mr. Wilkinson on the west limit of the town, for the purpose of helping to celebrate the arrival of a new baby in the house of the Wilkins family. Before leaving the house of their friends Sommers and his wife engaged in a quarrel, and the husband, who was under the influence of liquor, struck the wife twice with a (unreadable word), inflicting a serious wound on the arm (unreadable word) of the latter. Dr. G. A. Martin was summoned to attend the unfortunate woman and believes she will survive the effects of her injuries. Sommers was arrested by constable Romero shortly after the happening and placed in jail. Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894. 

 Benefit For St. John's Church.  

 The rehearsals of the plays and musical numbers to be given shortly for the benefit of St. John's Catholic Church, have been regularly attended by the participants, and it is proposed to give the entertainment soon after Lent. It was originally intended to take place at an earlier date  but in view of the desperate condition of our public roads, those in charge have wisely decided to defer the raising of the curtain until the period stated, hoping the conditions will be more suspicious. The exact date has not yet been fixed but is likely to be some time in April. Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894.

Attempted Jail Break.
 Mr. Hebert Billaud, the jailer, a few days ago noticed that in two places, the bars of the cell had been slightly bent and thinking that this had been done by some of the prisoners, he thoroughly searched the jail and found two pieces of iron which had been broken off from an old iron bed. Mr. Billaud put these instruments out of the prisoners' reach and thought no more of the attempted escape until Thursday, when he noticed that the bars had been bruised and bent in another place. Mr. Billaud again searched the jail and this time found a much stronger instrument, it being a very heavy iron bar used to fasten one of the doors. One of the prisoners, who is charged with a minor offense and who is one of the "trustees" had secured it during the day and concealed it on top of the cell. It is very fortunate that the jail is in charge of the delinquent officer, as had it not been for the watchful eye of Mr. Billaud the prisoners would, doubtless, have succeeded in their systematic attempt to escape. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.  

Our Public Roads.
[To the Editor of the Advertiser.]

 Dear sir:-For some time past I have noticed a series of articles treating upon the unsatisfactory system of working our public roads and in your issue of Feb. 24, I see there is an invitation given by the president of the Police Jury to any one having any good practical ideas bearing upon the subject to publish them. I think this is more the right direction and being an old road overseer and builder, I am going to give my views on the subject.

 In the first place we want our legislature to pass an act giving us a a thorough system of drainage, without which no country can possibly make good roads; want of this system is the cause  of nine-tenths of our bad roads. We want the to prevent parties from draining their farms into the roads, or up to the road, and there leaving it to stand in ponds to undermine and soften the road bed, and to give the road master power to drain the roads (if so decided for the Police Jury, or a competent engineer, to be necessary), through any (unreadable word) farm to an outlet. Our present system of road tax is one of the least efficient, and the most unjust that can be found in the United States. For example: I am a poor man living on a small rented farm, I have two sons, one eighteen old and the other, twenty, being under forty-five years of age I am liable for thirty six days road work. I have a small team, own no wagons or carts, consequentially very seldom ever use the roads, or have any personal investment in them. But the rich landlord and neighbor across the road each a plantation, worth ten to fifteen thousand dollars, using the roads daily with their carts and teams, and never pay a cent of tax, or do an hours work on the roads. Is this just and right? Is it any wonder that these boys and men will not work the roads if they can help it? There the question arises, where is the remedy? My plan is this: To adopt a similar one to those that have worked so well in many other States, giving them good turn-pikes, and in many places in (unreadable word) roads. First, suppose every man over twenty one years old, and under fifty, who is not on the assessment roll, two days work. If he is on the assessment roll for one hundred dollars, and not over three hundred dollars, three days work; over three hundred and under five hundred dollars, four days work; over five hundred and under one thousand dollars, five days work; and one days work for every additional five hundred dollars.

 Secondly, divide the parish into road tracts, or divisions, say from one an half to two miles long, according the number of persons or days work to be done in the division. For the Police Jury to appoint, from year to year, a road master or overseer in each division, taking care to appoint the best men, who have an interest in having good roads. Then make it the duty of the parish clerk, or some competent person to make out a list from the assessment roll, the number of days each man in the division has to work assign it to each road master so appointed. The road master should have power to (unreadable word) by giving them two days notice-all men in this division to turn out and work on the same days, or pay the amount of roadwork to him in money.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., March 5, 1894. - At a regular meeting held this day the following members were present: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; Andre Martin, Albert Delahoussaye, A. T. Caillouet, John O. Mouton and Alb. Cayard. Absent: Felix Demanade and I. N. Satterfield.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and also the report of the finance committee which was approved.
       Lafayette, La., March 5th, 1894.
 To the Hon. Mayor and Council of Lafayette:

 The undersigned committee having examined the Treasurer's book for quarter ending January 31, 1894, do make the following report to wit:

 Quarterly report of A. Neveu, Treasurer of the Corporation of Lafayette, for quarter ending January 31, 1894 to wit:

 Which is to be accounted for by him. The collector is also entitled to 6 per cent on $1,184.27 for taxes and licenses collected by him, being $108.84, and therefore ask that a warrant be issued in his favor for said amount.
 A. T. Caillouet, A. F. Cayard, A. Delahoussaye.

 Be it resolved that the license of B. Falk for keeping an Opera House be and the same is fixed at $20 for the year 1894.

 On motion duly seconded, it was resolved that the sum of $15, be appropriated to Mrs. R. Herpeche and that the Treasurer draw a warrant for said amount in her favor.

 On motion duly seconded it was resolved that a license of $10, for the year 1894 be collected on each and every person carrying on the occupation of baker, and be it further resolved that a license of $5 be collected on each and every person peddling bread on the street.

 On motion duly seconded, it was resolved that the Police Jury be notified and their attention called to the closing of the stink hole in the court house square wherein the offals from the jail are dumped, said stink being a stench.

 Be it further resolved, that the City Marshall be appointed a committee of one for the purpose of having a portable box made in which to place the offals of the corporation jail.

 On motion duly seconded, it was resolved that in consideration of having no fire protection and the danger that is occasioned by the discharge of fire works within the incorporated limits of the town, that from and after this date it is prohibited to discharge fire works of any kind or torpedoes, etc., and any one using or discharging fire works in town will be punished according to law.

 On motion duly seconded, Judge C. Debaillon and Wm. Campbell were appointed as trustees of the High School of the town of Lafayette as per resolution of the School Board.

 On motion the following accounts were paid to wit;

 John Vigneaux, Marshall, 2 months, Jan. and Feb. at $50 a month ... $100.00

 John Vigneaux, same com. on fines and hauling bricks ... $19.54

 John Vigneaux, for oil bought, etc., of C. B. Petit ... $3.63

 John Vigneaux, his com. on collection, etc. ... $108.84

 H. Billaud, feeding prisoners (3 accounts) ... $89.66

 Emile Romero, dy constable 2 months Jan. and Feb. ... $100.00

 Edwin Campbell, dy constable 2 months Jan. and Feb. ... $100.00

 Richard McElligot, ditching street ... $14.00

 O'Neal Baron, repairing bridges ... $1.00

 J. S. Rand, fixing road leading to Carencro ... $5.00

 Mrs. S. Guidry, attending street lamps ... $30.00

 N. Shayot, lamp chimney and burners ... $1.2o

 A. Nevue, 3 months salary ending Jan. 31, 1894 ... $37.50

 Romero and Campbell, disposing of dogs ... $6.00

 Leonidas Creighton, repairing bridges ... $3.00

 Felix Demanade, burners chimneys, lamps wicks ... $4.80

 J. I. Marsh, dog collars and check straps ... $3.00

 R. H. Rand, attending street lamps ... $25.00

 Lafayette Publishing Co., salary 3 months as printer, quarter ending Jan. 1st 1894 ... $37.50

 R. L. McBride, repairing bridge ... $8.20

 Mrs. R. Herpeche, appropriation made ... $15.00

 The Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. NEVEU, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/10/1894. 

 Mr. J. P. Nolan of the Southern Pacific Railroad was in town last Saturday.

 Mr. Samuel Bendel, of Patterson, visited relatives in Lafayette last Monday.

 Mrs. Ambroise Mouton returned to her home at Lake Arthur, last Tuesday.

 Mrs. Matilda Creighton is on a visit to her sister, Mrs. E. Decosta, at Crowley.

 Several street and foot bridges in the town should be repaired without further delay.

 Mrs. Clarice Williams left Sunday for Cypremort, on a visit to Mrs. Beauregard.

 Mrs. C. K. Darling of Abbeville, has been on a visit to her parents, since several days.

 Miss Ida Moss returned home from Alexandria, Wednesday, from a visit to Miss Villa Rushing.

 Miss Philomena Voorhies left Sunday for St. Martinville, La., where she will spend a few days.

 Misses Nellie Bailey and Caroline Martin spent the week in Broussardville visiting relatives and friends.

 Mr. J. T. Dowdell, of San Antonio, Tex., was the guest of Mr. Chas. D. Caffery, on the 4th and 5th instants.

 The ball which was to have taken place on the 19th of this month, St. Joseph's day has been postponed until Tuesday May, 1st.

 We call the attention of our readers to Mr. W. J. Pepper's advertisement in another column. He offers for sale a new make of churn which is acknowledged by all who have seen it to be superior by far to any thing of the kind now on the market.

 Mr. S. F. Simpson, our deputy postmaster, left for Southbend, Ind., on the 8th. instant to be present at an assembly of inheritors to very valuable real estate situated in a central portion of the City of New York. We have been informed that Mr. Simpson is a direct lineal descendant of the original owner of the property who leased this tract of land (then naked, now extensively improved) for a term of 90 years, the lease expiring this year. It is hoped that our fellow townsman will succeed in recovering his rightful portion of the estate and in the undertaking the Advertiser wishes him God-speed. 

Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894.

From the Lafayette Gazette of March 10, 1894:

The Gazette enters upon its second year today, having been established just one year ago. Our first year, the most critical period in the career of a country newspaper, is past, and we may, with reason, look forward with the anticipation of a prosperous future.

 We believe the time has come to extend our most sincere thanks to the people of the town and parish of Lafayette for the manifestation of their good will and substantial evidence of their appreciation of the course of the paper. And it affords so much pleasure to say that it has been self-supporting since it initial number, the business increasing from week to week, slowly 'tis true but steadily. Our advertising columns are fairly well filled, our circulation is growing, reaching every part of the parish, and our job press has been kept quite busy. We have endeavored to direct the course of the paper toward upbuilding of every section of the parish, with no special favoritism to any particular part, and it has always been our aim, perhaps fruitless, to promote every projected enterprise that promised prosperity to the people.

 Again thanking our friends for their support during the past year, we hope that we may always deserve a continuance of their liberal patronage in the future. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.

Ike Broussard spent several days in New Orleans and returned to Lafayette Monday.

 The ball which was advertised to take place on the 19th, St. Joseph's night, has been postponed to Tuesday, May 1.

 Gonzague and Leonce, sons of Dr. A. Gladu, left Saturday for Baton Rouge to resume their studies at the University.

 The Gazette is requested to state that a base ball club will be organized to-morrow at the "diamond." All those who wish to join are invited to be present. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.


Stabbed in the Arm.
 Last Saturday evening Constable Hirsch arrested and lodged in jail the negro John Senegal, who, in an altercation with Mr. Eraste Patin, stabbed him on the arm. It appears that Senegal insulted Mr. Gustave Judice an aged and highly respected gentleman, when his son-in-law interfered and ordered the negro to leave the place. An altercation followed with the above results. Drs. J. D. and A. R. Trahan were called and attended to the wounded man. 

Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.

Shot in the Leg.
 A shooting affray occurred in Freetown Tuesday night, between some negroes, one of them, John Lewis, receiving two bullets in the leg. Henry Green, a young negro, was arrested and charged with the shooting. Green claims that he was the party shot at, at not the one doing the shooting, but evidence in the hands of the police is said to be very strong against him. Lafayette Gazette 3/1o/1894.

A Serious Charge.
 Aristide Caruthers, a married man, having a wife and two children at Plaquemine Brusle, is in the Lafayette jail, charged with the seduction of a young girl, daughter of Mr. Joseph Ancelet a farmer living near Broussardville. It appears that Caruthers, who is a nephew of Mrs. Ancelet, was very intimate with the family and had been employed on the farm up to several weeks ago when Mr. Ancelet, having been warned of Caruthers' evil intention, discharged and ordered him to leave the place. Instead of going to join his family in Plaquemine Brusle. Caruthers remained in the neighborhood, and it is alleged, on the 24th of February enticed the young girl away from her home and induced her to accompany him to Rayne. A few days later, Mr. Ancelet, learning of their whereabouts, went to Rayne and persuaded his daughter to return home with him. It was only with the help of an officer that he succeeded in gaining admittance into the house where his daughter was, as Caruthers threatened to shoot him if he attempted to take her away from him.

 Sheriff Broussard left Tuesday for Rayne and returned Wednesday with Caruthers who was placed in jail awaiting the action of the district court. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.


Geo. Summers, a German, Gets Drunk and Tries to Kill his Wife.

 People living in the vicinity of the Greig farm just out of the corporate limits of the town were attracted last Thursday evening to the home of Geo. Summers by loud screams of distress imploring "for help." The nearest neighbors, colored people, started immediately for Summer's house, but before reaching it they were horrified by a most fearful sight:  Mrs. Summers lay on the ground nearly covered with blood and standing by her was her husband, Geo. Summers, who had, while under the influence of liquor, made a desperate attempt to take her life. Summers defied the neighbors to render any assistance to the poor women in whose wounds were yet oozings of blood, but happily it was not long before Mr. J. C. Couvillon and two other gentlemen arrived on the scene and succeeded in appeasing the would-be murderer's anger. One of the gentlemen had the presence of mind to think of tying a handkerchief tightly around the woman's arm where the most dangerous wound was, thereby stopping the flow of blood and probably saving her life. In the mean time Dr. Martin and Police Officer Romero arrived. Romero placed Summers under arrest and took him to jail. The doctor dressed the wounds. There was an ugly gash on the left arm and a scalp wound. The cut on the arm was of a serious nature, two arteries having been severed.

 A few minutes before his arrest Summers broke down and wept and asked what had become of his young child, who had been taken to one of the neighbors. He spoke in broken English, which was not intelligible and nothing could be learnt from him.

 Marshall Vigneaux lost no time and instituted a thorough investigation of the affair and obtained some very damaging evidence against Summers. It was after a good deal of searching with which the bloody work was done. It is an old French scythe, on which were detected spots of blood and several hairs.

 The unfortunate woman is the mother of four children, the eldest being 6 years old and the youngest a baby of five months. They were taken to the homes of kind neighbors.

 Upon being questioned as to the cause of her husband's murderous assault, Mrs. Summers refused to say, asked, Mr. Vigneaux not to put him in jail.

 Summers was employed on the farm leased by his brother-in-law, Jno. Welkins from Mr. Arthur Greig.
Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.


Asking Relief.

 A number of gentlemen of the 7th ward are circulating a petition which will be presented to the Police Jury asking that body to appropriate a relief fund for Mr. Guillaume Dupuis an old blind man who is needy circumstances. The petition is already signed by a large number of prominent citizens of the 7th ward and will, doubtless receive due consideration at the hand of our Police Jurors, when presented to them. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.

170 Boxes in One Day.

 Over 170 boxes of eggs were shipped from this point last Saturday, Lafayette contributing 70 boxes and the balance being from points on the on the Alexandria branch. Agent Davidson informs The Gazette that Lafayette ships daily as many eggs as any station on the Southern Pacific road.
Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.


A Bold Thief.

 Early Tuesday morning a negro, Alphonse entered Mrs. Sprole's store and bought a flask of gin. A few minutes later he was seen hurrying out of the store. This created suspicion in Mrs. Sprole's mind that Damon had done something wrong, and upon investigation it was soon discovered that some $40 was missing from a satchel which had just been placed behind the counter. Mrs. Sprole immediately notified the authorities of the theft, and in less than an hour after, the active deputy sheriff, D. J. Veazey, had located Damon near the brick yard and placed him under arrest.  As the stolen money was not found in Damon's possession , the officers arrested Jean Baptiste Hebert and Etien Belair, and two women, Marie William and Emetidia Comeau, intimate friends and relatives of Damon, who are charged as accessories after the fact. Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.     


Benefit For St. John's Church.
 The rehearsals of the plays and musical numbers to be given shortly for the benefit of St. John's Catholic Church, have been regularly attended by the participants, and it is proposed to give the entertainment soon after Lent. It was originally intended to take place at an earlier date but in view of the desperate condition of our public roads, those in charge have wisely decided to defer the raising of the curtain until the period stated, hoping the conditions will be more suspicious. The exact date has not yet been fixed but is likely to be some time in April. Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1894.

 Judge Allen adjourned court Wednesday, after disposing of a large number of cases, in a short time. We are indebted to the accommodating deputy clerk, Mr. Creighton Wallis, for the following list of cases:

 Iberia Lumber Co. vs. Aug. Degrez - Discontinued ... Joseph Plonsky vs. Their Creditors - Tableau homologated ... Parish of Lafayette ex rel. W. B. Torian, president Police Jury, et. als. vs. Numa Schayot - Judgment for defendant ... E. H. Vordenbaumen vs. Hugh Jamieson - Survey ordered to be made according to the judgment of the district court as amended by the judgement of the Circuit Court ... Stauffer Enselmen & Co. vs. Rageur & Blanchet - Judgment for plaintiff ... Crow Girard vs. M. T. Martin - Judgment for plaintiff ... Antoine L. Domingue vs. Marie Felicia Robin, divorce - Judgment for plaintiff ... Edward L. Estorge vs. Louis Duhon, widow Eraste Morvant - Judgment for plaintiff ... G. W. Scranton vs. Alexander Guidry - Judgment for plaintiff ... Gustine Senegal vs. Valsin Boudreaux, divorce suit - Judgment for plaintilff ... John R. Hoffpauir vs. Dora Avant divorce suit - Judgment for plaintiff ... Felix Demanade vs. F. C. Triay - Judgement for plaintiff ... Succession of Hervillien Trahan - Tableau homologated ... Succession of Milance Broussard - Tableau homologated ... Succession of Neuville Bozele - administrator dissolved and bond cancelled ... J. J. Thomas vs. Frank Ritchter - Rule made absolute allowing keeper $1 per day for 73 days ... Athenais Vavasseur vs. Jos. Pelletier and Adam Albarado, F. M. Hart warrantors - Judgement for plaintiff ... Paul D. Prejean, natural tutor and others vs. Elodie Neveu, widow - Judgment for defendant administratrix discharged. Succession of Marie A. Richard - Last will and testament admitted to probate and ordered recorded and executed ... Henry B. Guchereaux vs. Anastasie Bernard - Judgment for plaintiff ... Succession of Emile Creighton - amended account homologated and opposition of People's State Bank to claim of Union Oil Company refused ... Joseph Levy vs. Rosella Thibodeaux et. els. - Exception of no cause or right of action refused to the merit ... Teche and S. W. Hedge Co., "Ltd.," vs. Wm. R. Foote - Judgment of dismissal and demanded of plaintiff rejected. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/10/1894.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 10th, 1914:

 Just Released from Jail He Is Charged With Burglarizing Dr. F. E. Girard's Home.

 Friday a young white man known here as Jesse Smith, who for the past two months, has been employed around the Majestic Theater, was arrested on the serious charge of having broken into and robbed the residence of Dr. F. E. Girard. Smith had just been released from jail on a charge of having burglarized the People's Pharmacy, for lack of evidence and at the urgent insistence of parties who believed a mistake had been made.

 Dr. Girard, who had confidence in Smith, when he went to the city Wednesday, left Smith working on his automobile. That night Dr. Girard's residence was robbed. A gun belonging to Dr. Girard was sold for seven dollars to A. M. Buillard, who reported the matter. Meantime Smith went to New Iberia and was caught there Friday and brought back.

 Saturday night about 9 o'clock Smith swallowed strychnine. The other prisoners called Jailer Broussard who was making his accustomed nightly round to see if everything was all right. Mr. Broussard at once summoned Dr. F. R. Tolson, who worked quickly and saved the young man's life, though yesterday he as still in a critical condition.

 During his convulsions Smith caught at his breast a number of times saying , "mother." An examination was made and a clipping found in his pocket advertising for a lost boy and signed Mrs. S. Wiener, 739 Gate avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y. The description of the lost boy tallied with Smith. There was a sentence "Write his heart-broken mother." Sheriff Lacoste telegraphed Mrs. Wiener, who wired back a description which fit Smith, and said photo would follow. It is not known how Smith got the poison, but it is presumed he had it concealed about him when jailed. Lafayette Advertiser 3/10/1914.  



Three Classes of Cars - Travelers Must Furnish Their Own Bedding in Sleepers - Gorging at Railroad Restaurants.

 Russian cars, says Frank G. Carpenter in the New York Press, are like no other cars in Europe. They are half European and half American. They are in three classes and the seats are no higher than they are in the United States. The distance from St. Petersburg to Moscow is 400 miles, and the road is as straight as a string. There are five trains every day and it takes ten hours to go from one point to the other on an express train. The first class express rates are three and half cents a mile, while the second class, which is almost as good, are only two and a quarter cents, and the third class are less than two cents a mile. I have traveled quite a good deal in second class cars and I find them very comfortable. Most of the well to do Russians patronize the second class cars and, as one is expected to carry his own bedding, by the use of a little feeing you can save money and make yourself comfortable. I found it very inconvenient, even in the first class sleeper, during the first part of my present tour. I had neither soap nor towels with me and I had to rely upon the guards for these, as well as for my pillows and bedding. In none of the sleepers do they expect to furnish you more than a place to lie down upon. You are expected to carry your own sheets, and in a first class hotel, which I found at Saratoff, I had to make a very pronounced kick before I could get any bedding. There was a mattress on the iron springs, but there were neither sheets nor pillow cases and the nights were cold. After a time I got a rather comfortable outfit for the night, but the next day I found that this was all charged up in my bill, and I have to pay for bedding at half a dozen hotels since then. The passenger boats on the Volga - which, by the way, are very comfortable in other respects - do not furnish bedding, towels or soap, and you always pay extra for these when you order them. If you don't understand the Russian tongue sometimes you pay when you don't order them.

 The Russians are always gorging. The average man is a glutton, and I have seen slender, aesthetic looking Russian girls during the past week who could get away with more solids and liquids than any beefy Englishman I have ever met. The people seem to eat at every station, and the beauty of it is you can find something good to eat every time the train stops. I wish I could show you a plate of Russian soup. One plate is big enough for a meal, but the Russians take it only as an appetizer. The favorite soup is called stachee, and it is made of cabbage and other vegetables, with a piece of meat about four inches square and two inches thick in the middle of it. In addition to this they bring you a bowl of thick cream, which is sometimes sour and sometimes fresh, to pour into in order to give it a body, and this molasses-like mixture you eat, and you like it. But I have never found myself able to get beyond the first course, for after you have taken the liquid part of the soup you are expected to carve up and eat the meat, and the meat forms quite a meal in itself. At every station peddlers come around with fruits, cakes and drinkables, and a common sight is the old fellow with the samovar in which he makes tea and serves to all who will buy. It makes no difference how hot it is this man always wears his overcoat, and a long visored cap usually shrouds his eyes. e is generally bearded and he has a fat, jolly face like that of Santa Claus. His tea is good and he serves it with a bit of lemon and a lump of the hardest sugar you have ever put between your teeth. If you drink the tea like he does you will put a lump of sugar between your teeth and suck the tea through this, and the chances are that when you get as old as he is your teeth will be in the decayed condition of his. Nine-tenths of the Russian peasants have bad teeth, and there is more chance for good enterprising dentists here than anywhere else in the world. I don't doubt but that there are five hundred million cavities ready at this writing in this empire for five hundred million gold or amalgam plugs, and the Russian with sound teeth is the exception.

 It is wonderful how much travel is done by the poor class in Russia. The third class cars are always full. They are more like cattle cars than anything else. There are no cushions on the seats, and the people are crowded in all sorts of ways. They are not supposed to have any rights that the railroad officials are bound to respect. I saw one man knocked down and shoved back into the station because he did not have his ticket in his hand. He told the guard that the party of peasants  with whom he was traveling had the ticket and they had already gotten on the cars, but this did him no good, and though he cried and howled he was held back while the car bore his friends and his family away. The peasant cannot travel in Russia without a passport. I have not had to show my passport at the railway depots except when I came into Russia, but the peasant dare not go from one part of Russia to the other without permission of the local government under which he lives, and he is asked to show his passport at the ticket office. At Tamboff I saw a whole crowd of peasants who were about to emigrate to another province. Each had his passport in his hand and they stood in single file waiting for their turns to buy tickets. It was at this same station that I saw my first prison car. These Russian roads have cars especially devoted to the carrying of prisoners, and the prisoners which are taken from here to Siberia go by rail to Nijni Novgorod, whence they are put on prison boats and are carried down the Volga and up the River Kama to Perm, and thence start on their march to the wilds of Siberia. These cars had iron bars and windows, and they are guarded by soldiers who are ready to shoot any who try to escape.

 It doesn't pay to carry much baggage in Russia, I have a trunk with me that weighs about 200 pounds, and it costs me $5 every time I move. Only forty pounds of baggage is allowed with a ticket here, and the excess is always charged for. There is no charge, however, for packages carried inside the cars, and the result is that every passenger has a half dozen bundles and the cars are filled with packages and baskets and trunks with handles on them. The poorer classes carry all their baggage into the cars with them, and as most of them are too poor to own a trunk they wrap up their goods in clothes and carry them in bundles on their backs. If they have to wait over night at the station they throw these bundles down for a pillow and sleep on the stones.

From the New York Press and re-printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.

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