THE APPROACHING TOWN ELECTION.
Lafayette shows unmistakable signs of improvement. It is going ahead and now is the time to push on the wheel of municipal progress. Without an up-to-date, competent Council the growth of the town will receive a serious setback. We need a live, wide-awake Council and if those who are interested in the future don't see to it, who will? One of the foremost reasons why the administration of municipal affairs sometimes fall into incompetent hands, is the disposition of certain men to keep away from what is commonly known as "politics." The worst enemy to good government is the the fellow who thinks he is too good to take a hand in the selection of public servants. He is the individual who stays at home on election day because he is afraid to soil his lily-white hands and does not vote at primaries for fear of being contaminated by the presence of some hideous politician. But if things don't go to suit him he wants to kick the bottom off of creation. He is infinitely worse than the politician whom he denounces.
It is the duty of every good citizen to do his best toward the election of a mayor and Council in whose hands the public business will be safe. More than ever it is essential to have the right kind of town government. The electric light and waterworks plant must be looked after, the police, the streets, unless men who are willing and competent are elected, the whole community will suffer.
Soon the time will come to elect a mayor and Council and every citizen who has at heart the welfare of the town the selection of a good ticket.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Fatal Shooting. - Cora Lubin while handling a 22-caliber rifle last Sunday shot and killed George Carey. Dr. Trahan the coroner, held an inquest the same afternoon and the jury rendered a verdict that the killing was accidental. Judge Debaillon, however, deemed it best to have a more thorough investigation of the matter and ordered that the woman be incarcerated awaiting the action of the grand jury. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Stole Clothes. - Bernard, the young man who has been for some time showing signs of a deranged mind, entered the store of L. Levy last Sunday and stole a suit of clothes. He was charged with the theft and placed in jail. Judge Debaillon appointed Drs. A. Gladu and A. R. Trahan to look into his mental condition, but the examination failed to disclose any evidence of his insanity. The question, "what shall be done with Bernard?" seems to be as difficult a solution as the Philippine problem.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Arrested. - Last Monday Deputy Sheriff Mouton arrested a man named Paul Simon charged with having committed abduction in Vermilion parish. Simon is a married man. Laf. Gazette 3/11/1899.
Retiring. - As may be seen by referring to a notice published in another column Messrs. Alex de la Houssaye and A. T. Caillouet have dissolved partnership. Mr. de la Houssaye has retired and Mr. Caillouet is the sole proprietor of the business. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Sales License. - At its last meeting the City Council passed an ordinance imposing a license upon all salesmen who do a retail business by a house to house canvas. There is some doubt as to the constitutionality of this ordinance. Should it be permitted to stand it will protect our local dealers against against a very unfair competition. The town merchants pay a license to sell their goods and if possible strangers who do the same kind of business should be made to do likewise. The ordinance is just and we hope it is legal.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Accidental Shooting. - Cora Lubin while handling a .22 caliber rifle last Sunday shot and killed George Carey. Dr. Trahan the coroner, held an inquest the same afternoon and the jury rendered a verdict that the killing was accidental. Judge Debaillon, however, deemed it best to have a more thorough investigation of the matter and ordered that the woman be incarcerated awaiting the action of the grand jury. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Moss Pharmacy Has Leeches. - Oh yes, they'll stick to you; that's their business you know--the leeches sold at Moss Pharmacy. There is quality in leeches as in other things and you won't be disappointed as to quality at the Moss Pharmacy. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Firemen Hold a Smoker. - Fire Co. No. 1 gave a smoker at Falk's Hall last Tuesday. It was largely attended and greatly enjoyed by all the boys who were there. These gatherings of the firemen should take place oftener. They are not only enjoyable, but they promote a feeling of friendliness without which no organization can be prosperous and useful.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Water Main Leak. - The leak in the main near Mouton Bros.' store has been found after a long and tedious search. It seems this leak was partially the cause for the large volume of water which made that portion of the street impassable. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Oak Ave. Park Ready. - Mr. Lucien Roy informs us that he is putting Oak Avenue Park in thorough condition and will be fully prepared to give the amusement loving public some excellent sport this season.
Laf. Gazette 3/11/1899.
License for Peddlers? - At its last meeting the City Council passed an ordinance imposing a license upon all salesman who do a retail business by a house to house canvas. There is some doubt to the constitutionality of this ordinance. Should it be permitted to stand it will protect our local dealers against a very unfair competition. The town merchants pay a license to sell their goods and if possible strangers who do the same kind of business should be made to do likewise. The ordinance is just and we hope it is legal.
Laf. Gazette 3/11/1899.
Dissolved Partnership. - As may be seen in referring to a notice published in another column Messrs. Alex Delahoussaye and A. T. Caillouet have dissolved partnership. Mr. Delahoussaye has retired and Mr. Caillouet is the sole proprietor. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
To the Public.
It has come to our knowledge that a certain Arnaud Bacquet appeared before the Police Jury and made the statement that through favoritism we had been given the job to repair the bridge near Mrs. E. E. Mouton's place, and that we had charged and obtained $25 for the work when $6 would have been full compensation for it. He also made the statement that only nine planks were used in repairing the bridge. These statements are absolutely false.
Had Mr. Bacquet been disposed to ascertain the truth of this matter he would have found out that the work which was done was not such a trifle, but that it was fully worth the amount paid by the parish authorities. Had he taken the trouble to look under the bridge he would have seen that the whole foundation on one side was changed. The work was done during the bad weather last November and we employed George Perriot and Eloi Comeau who worked four days hauling the lumber and working on the bridge.
The statements of Mr. Bacquet are not true and are so much at variance with the facts that we are forced to believe that he is impelled to make these charges by a chronic desire to find fault with every thing that is done in this country. He is one of many who come to this country and who instead of appreciating the hospitality of our people and the blessings of our free government spend their time in reviling their fellow citizens and denouncing their adopted country.
ALCEE LANDRY, FIRMIN GUIDRY.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
POLICE JURY PROCEEDINGS.
Lafayette, La., March 2, 1899.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ben Avant, C. C. Brown, Alfred Hebert, Jno. Primeaux, M. Billeaud, Jr., and Alonzo Lacy. Absent: R. C. Landry and Jno. Whittington, Jr.
The committee appointed to advertise for bids to paint the court house, submitted a report showing bids as follows:
C. E. Carey, proposition No. 1 ... $420.
C. E. Carey, proposition No. 2 ... $195.
J. P. Campbell, proposition No 1 ... $400.
J. P. Campbell, proposition No 2 ... $200.
U. Poinboeuf, proposition No. 1 ... $400
U. Poinboeuf, proposition No. 2 ... $200
By motion the contract for painting the court house was awarded to C. E. Carey, on proposition number two, and the committee further authorized to enter into a formal contract with Mr. Carey for the proper performance of the work. The committee was also authorized to purchase all necessary material for the execution of a first class job.
The president being absent the secretary called the meeting to order and Hon. Ben. Avant was elected president pro-tem.
The minutes were read and approved.
By motion of Mr. Billeaud the proposition to construct a bridge across Vermilion river at the Whittington place was indefinitely postponed.
Honore Sonnier drainage commissioner for the first ward having removed from the parish, his position was declared vacant, and Alonzo Lacy appointed instead.
Judge Mouton here appeared and presented a numerously signed petition for the retention of the Darmas Broussard bridge and the public roads leading thereto. The petition was laid over until next meeting.
The following jury of freeholders was appointed to retrace and properly designate that portion of the public road leading to the Darmas Broussard bridge, between the properties of Jean Senegal and Mrs. Francois Clotios and assess all damages to proprietors: Adien Theall, H. M. Durke, Maxime Bourg, Theodule Broussard, Jr., Jules Desormand, Bastien Benoit.
The sum of $22.50 each was granted unto Mrs. Azelia Duhon and Henry Chase.
By motion of Mr. Hebert, seconded by Mr. Primeaux, the following was adopted:
Resolved that, the road overseers of the respective wards are hereby authorized to estimate every month the probable expenditure for repair of the public roads under their supervision, and on approval of same by the Jury, they shall draw such sums, from the special road tax fund of the respective wards. Due returns shall be made showing the amount expended, and the purpose of such expenditures, together with written receipts from all persons employed.
By motion, the following Jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out a public road at Tillman Spell's to the public road at Howard Hoffpauir's, and assess all damages to proprietors: Wm. R. Foote, Verrnonas Spell, Middleton Morgan, Augustus Perry, Elijah Hoffpauir, Tillman Spell.
Hon. J. O. Broussard, Alfred Hebert and D. A. Cochrane were appointed to select a suitable site for a detention camp, acquire same by proper act, and if necessary, secure right of way to said proposed camp.
Capt. J. C. Buchanan, and Messrs. D. A. Cochrane and Wm. Clegg representing Camp Frank Gardner U. C. V. here appeared and requested the Jury to grant sufficient space in the court building to construct a neat repository for the relics and archives of the organization. By motion the request was unanimously granted.
Mr. A. Baque appeared and called attention to the excessive charges made for the repair of the bridge near Mrs. Edw. Mouton's. The president thanked Mr. Baque and promised investigation.
By motion, the attention of Sheriff Broussard was called to the unsatisfactory manner in which the parish jail is kept and request made for a compliance with the terms of the agreement, to maintain proper supervision of the jail day and night.
Be it enacted, by the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana. That the boundary line between the parishes of Acadia and Lafayette shall be and is defined and located as follows: Beginning at the corner common section two, three, ten and eleven, township nine south range three east, Louisiana meridian, at the intersection of the dividing lines of Acadia and St. Landry parishes, thence running in a westerly direction, about one mile, following section lines between sections three and ten, to corners common to sections three, four, nine and ten, thence in a southerly direction about one mile following section lines between sections nine and ten, to corners common to sections nine and ten, fifteen and sixteen thence in a westerly direction about one mile following section lines between sections nine and sixteen, to section corners common, to sections eight, nine, sixteen and seventeen thence in a southerly direction, about two miles following section lines between sections, sixteen, seventeen, twenty and twenty-one to corners common to sections, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-eight and twenty-nine, thence in a westerly direction about two miles following section lines between sections nineteen, twenty, twenty-nine and thirty, to corners common, to sections nineteen and thirty on township nine south range three east and sections twenty-four and twenty-five, township nine south range two east, thence in a southerly direction following the township line, to Bayou Que Tortue, thence following the center of said bayou to the intersections of the dividing lines between Lafayette and Vermilion parishes, with the said Bayou Que Tortue.
The following amounts were ordered paid out of the special road tax fund, to the respective road-overseers:
1st ward, L. Arceneaux ... $100
2d ward, Jean Meaux ... $100
3d ward, L. Allemand ... $159
4th ward, Vallerian Primeaux ... $300
5th ward, Albert Labbe ... $100
7th ward, J. H. Comeau ... $100
8th ward, Antoine Broussard ... $100
To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of Parish Funds since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
The following accounts was laid over:
Eloi Broussard, keeping bridge $8.30.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
BEN AVANT, President pro tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/11/1899.
Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Roy of Royville, spent a few days in Lafayette this week.
A regular session of the District Court will begin next Tuesday. The criminal docket is quite large.
Last Monday Deputy Sheriff Mouton arrested a man named Paul Simon charged with having committed abduction in Vermilion parish. Simon is a married man.
Mr. J. J. Breaux, the post-master at Carencro, is our authorized agent at Carencro. He will collect all money due The Gazette at Carencro and will give receipts for same.
Fred Mouton of Grand Coteau, was in Lafayette on business this week.
Assessor Martin is still waiting on the secretary of State for the books and blanks to open the registration office for the town election.
Dr. A. R. Trahan went to New Orleans this week to attend the funeral of his relative, Mr. Lucien Lambert.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 11, 1899:
Election and Drill.
Last Monday night at Falk's Opera House the Fire Department held a general meeting to elect a chief and assistant. The three fire companies were largely represented. The meeting was called to order at 8:30 p. m., by chief Jno. T. Allingham, assistant F. Voorhies acting as secretary.
Inasmuch as the fire companies have not the same number of members and so to give to each one equal representation in the selection of a chief and assistant, Hon. Wm. Campbell moved to nominate five delegates from each company and empowered them to elect the required officers.
After a hot and friendly discussion indulged in by a large number of members the motion was seconded and adopted, and each company nominated its delegates.
The committee of fifteen after ten minutes of deliberation announced that they were ready to report and Hon. Judge C. Debaillon acting as chairman presented to the meeting the names of the officers elected by the delegates at the same time informing the successful ones of their election.
The present incumbents Chief Jno. T. Allingham and assistant-chief F. Voorhies were re-elected. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
A general meeting of the Fire Department will be held next Monday, March 13th, at 8 p. m., at Falk's Opera House to elect a chief and assistant. All firemen are requested to be present. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
At a regular meeting of the City Council held last Tuesday, Messrs. Carter, of Holt & Carter; Alex Delahoussaye, of Caillouet & Delahoussaye; Felix Salles, of Mouton & Salles; Wm. Levy, of Plonsky Bros; B. Falk, Leo Doucet, Gus Schmulen and J. J. Mouton appeared before the Council requesting our City Fathers that an ordinance be enacted prohibiting the various drummers who from time to time visit Lafayette, to sell mercantile goods from house without a license.
The above business men asked of the City Council to be protected in their legitimate business and the Council abiding by their logical reasons enacted the ordinance.
It may be said here that The Advertiser during the past year had called the attention of the municipal authorities upon this great hardship on our local merchants it is but fair and equitable that our merchants who are the sinew of our town should receive full protection in their legitimate business. We congratulate the Council upon this new departure. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
RIFLE AND DEATH.
Last Sunday morning about 11 o'clock two colored men named Adam Leben and George Carey, both working at the Cotton compress were coming out of the house occupied by the former one, when at a short distance from the house George Carey looked back and seeing Leben's wife on the threshold of the door exclaimed to her in raising his arm: "Well, bye, bye." The woman answered in the same way and in moving her arm a .22 caliber carbine that she was handling discharged its contents. She was entirely unconcerned about it Carey said to his friend, "I believe I am shot." Stop that foolishness," replied Leben. "But, sure I believe I am answered Carey and before any assistance could be rendered he sank to the ground and died a few minutes later.
Coroner A. R. Trahan was at once informed also deputy sheriff Thomas Mouton who put the woman under arrest and consigned her to jail. After the coroner's inquest, the woman was released as it was found that the shooting was accidental, but since by order of Judge Debaillon, the woman was arrested again to await the action of the grand jury which meets the 14th., of this month as this body is the only one who has the right to release the woman.
All three participants are from Opelousas, La. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
WATCH YOUR ASHES.
A barrel in close proximity of Dr. F. E. Girard's residence in which ashes were dumped came very near destroying his residence last Monday. At one o'clock p. m., the alarm of fire was sounded, the firemen responded promptly and they put out the fire. With the heavy gale of wind which was blowing at the time and the far distance they had to travel, it is due only to the (unreadable word) of the firemen that (unreadable words) was spared. No damages worth speaking of owing to the sterling qualities of the men who composed the fire department. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
COURT OF APPEALS.
The third circuit court of appeals was in session in Lafayette last Tuesday, Judges Blackman and Mouton presiding. Three cases were submitted to the court from Lafayette parish amongst whom was the electric light case, but on account of a death in Judge Blackman's family the court adjourned to meet next Monday at New Iberia where decisions in the issues will be rendered. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
NOT IN LAFAYETTE.
The St. Martinsville's Brass Band under the leadership of Mr. C. Greig, is composed of 18 members.
The band will inaugurate its open-air concerts for the benefit of the public on Sunday, March 12th, at 6 p. m., on the "kiosk" erected in the Church square.
What is the matter with the Lafayette Brass Band? Why can't we have open-air concerts? Will the leader inform us? We have as much talent here as in other towns, and we are as much public spirited. What is the matter then with the band?
Answer PRESTO not ANDANTE.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
Nothing Like a Good Coat of Paint.
The Police Jury has awarded the contract of painting the Court House to Mr. C. E. Carey, his bid being the lowest. No doubt, Mr. Carey will give perfect satisfaction as he is well-up in his trade.
We remind our readers that Mr. Carey is also putting up wall paper and stands without rival in this branch. Lately we had the pleasure of admiring some of his work at the saloons of Pellerin Bros. and Louis Domengeaux. In finish this work is beautiful and the parties are well pleased. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
Two new dwellings are going up on Vermilion street. They are built by Mr. Sarazin Broussard for Mr. P. B. Roy. In other parts of the town we notice also new erection of buildings. This shows that Lafayette is on the road to prosperity. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
City Council Proceedings.
Feb. 10th. 1899.
Council met this day following members present:
Mayor Caffery, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, A. E. Mouton, J. A. Landry, John Hahn. Absent: Bru, Martin and Davidson.
Minutes of special meeting Dec. 27th and Jan. 2nd. were read and approved as read.
Regular meeting minutes of Jan. 4th. were read and corrected to read in regards to the passage by a two-third vote over the mayor's veto, as follows:
"The Mayor stated that in his opinion it required a two-thirds vote of the entire Council to pass the amendments over the veto, but as there seemed to be some doubt about Mr. Bru being a member of the Council, he would interpose no objection.
The Finance Committee Reported as follows:
Lafayette, Feb. 7th. 1899.
To the Hon. Mayor and members of the city council of the town of Lafayette.
Your undersigned finance committee beg to make this report ending Feb. 7th. 1899:
The collector has collected and paid into the Treasury in taxes and licenses $8,265.63, his commission at 4010 amounting to $330.62 for which amount the council should order a warrant to be issued the collector, in payment of his commission, and in full payment to date. We recommend that the collector be given his quietus for all collections to date.
A. E. MOUTON, THOS. B. HOPKINS, Finance Committee.
It was moved and seconded that the Finance committee report be adopted and spread on the minutes and the secretary was instructed to issue voucher to collection for his commissions.
TREASURER REPORT GEN. FUND.
Amt. on hand Jan. 2, as per report $1,077.05
Receipts during month of Jan ... $1,623.31
Total ... $2,700.37.
It was moved and seconded that $1,500 be set aside from Gen. Fund to W. W. & E. L. fund in accordance with the law.
Resolved further that $2,130 be appropriated and set aside for the purpose of meeting the interest on the outstanding bonds of the town, which amount is not to be drawn upon for any other purpose.
It was moved and seconded that $1,430 be appropriated from Gen. Fund to Special Fund for the purpose of paying for the new boiler.
A petition asking for opening a ditch starting from pond back of Trahan's place leading to the coulee by the Jewish cemetery was presented signed by some 47 property tax payers, was read and referred to street com. with the request that they examine unto said ditch and if needed to have same attended to at once.
A communication from Supt. Owens with reference to furnishing the R. R. Co., with water and lights was read and the secretary was instructed to write him and ask him to let city council know what he considered a fair price for the water supply.
The following accounts from Gen. Fund were approved:
The following accounts from Special Fund were approved:
There being no further business the council then adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/11/1899.
The Dixie Baseball Club meets every Saturday night at 8 p. m. sharp at Deffez's hall.
Mr. Henry Gerac, of New Orleans, is in Lafayette.
Mrs. Saul, of Carencro, was in Lafayette last Sunday.
Mrs. B. Falk left last Wednesday to spend a few days in Lake Charles.
Mrs. Gus. Schmulen left last Wednesday to spend a few days in Lake Charles.
Contractor B. F. Anderson, is busy building dwelling houses for Mr. Veazey.
Races will be held at Oak Avenue Park on the 26th. of this month. Watch the posters.
Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Roy, of Youngsville spent a few days on Lafayette at the Cottage Hotel.
Rev. Father Forge, after spending a week in the Crescent City returned to Lafayette last Tuesday.
Repairing of shoes made to order done neatly and promptly at J. Canatella.
With the exception of a heavy frost in the earlier part of the week we have enjoyed comparatively good weather.
Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Carter, returned to Lafayette last Thursday after having spent a week in Breaux Bridge with relatives.
Mr. Alex Delahoussaye sold his interest in the mercantile business to his partner Mr. A. T. Caillouet who is now the sole owner.
Aristide Broussard who killed Homer Jean Louis, during the latter part of last week was arrested by sheriff Hebert of Vermilion parish, and brought to the jail in Lafayette.
The Lafayette Drug Co., under the able managements of Mr. Thos. B. Hopkins, Jr., is headquarters for everything that is needed in this special line. The stock is tastefully arranged and reflects great credit upon the manager. Physicians prescriptions are accurately compounded and all other business receives the undivided attention of the manager. Everything that is kept in a first class drug store is to be found at The Lafayette Drug., Ltd., in Lacoste's building.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of March 11th, 1893:
LAFAYETTE GAZETTE SETS SAIL.
In launching a new vessel upon the sea of journalism, custom has decreed that the captain shall declare the course he intends to sail.
Although the Lafayette Gazette would prefer to be judged rather by deeds than promises, still we bow in acquiescence to the mandate of custom.
Firstly, then, we shall nail to the masthead of our craft, the pennant of Democracy, not in a selfish partisan spirit, but float it in that broad spirit of conservatism in which it has been held aloft by the past and present grand commanders.
Our craft shall always be found at the port of Right, and always when the maelstrom of Wrong ; we shall land regularly at Civic Pride, Unity of Action, and will refuse to stop at Strife, Turmoil and old Fogism. All hails from Prosperity, Immigration, Education, Observance of Law, Upbuilding of Home, in short at all points where the interests of the people can be subserved, shall cheerfully and promptly answered. With these fixed purposes, we unfold the sails, and said out on our voyage. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
Is situated on the Southern Pacific railroad, 144 miles west of New Orleans in Lafayette parish. The country thereabouts is unsurpassed in fertility and healthfulness, and is well settled by an intelligent, thrifty and prosperous class of people, but there is room for more.
The town has excellent schools, church facilities and several fraternal organizations. All branches of business are well represented, and room for room, especially manufacture. The people of the town are desirous of securing the location of manufactories here, and will extend a cordial welcome to parties who will locate here for that purpose. To the man with pluck, brains and money, as well as to the home seeker, the town and parish offers some splendid inducements.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
NO QUESTION. - There is no questioning the fact that Lafayette parish offers superior inducements to the home seekers, as well as the capitalist. To the first, salubrity of climate, as soil whose fertility is not surpassed anywhere, hospitable people, good schools, cheap lands, good markets. To the second; material and resources capable of the largest development, and ample transportation facilities. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
Railroad to the South.
We understand that Mr. Leslie is largely interested in the present construction of a railroad from some point in Arkansas to Alexandria. The work, it seems, is progressing very favorably.
The gentlemen, as our readers are well aware, has submitted a proposition to the people of the town of Lafayette and parish, asking for a special tax for the building of a railroad between Lafayette and Abbeville.
Should his proposition be acted favorably upon, by the people, the extension of the line from Lafayette to Alexandria will follow, we believe, giving us thereby another outlet to the markets abroad.
This proposition has been thoroughly discussed, and the further the discussion goes, the more the measure seems to be gaining friends.
While acknowledging the right of every man to think for himself and view the matter from whatever standpoint his convictions may dictate, we reserve and claim the same right for ourselves ; hence, our belief is, that the acceptation of Mr. Leslie's proposition can but redound to the benefit of the people of the town in particular, and the people of the parish in general.
The more capital we can bring to us to help develop our many undeveloped resources, the more prosperous we grow.
And while on the subject of railroads, we must keep in view the strong probability of the building of another railroad, which shall operate between Lafayette and some point on the Mississippi river. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
The New Business Mens' Association
Can Do Much Good.
The Business Men's Association recently organized in Lafayette is worthy of all commendation and support.
Similar organizations elsewhere, notably in Texas, have demonstrated not only their usefulness, but their power to do much towards securing the means to develop the resources of their respective sections.
By making known their resources, and inviting capital to visit field, was the first step toward (unreadable words). And when once a stranger was induced to cast his lot with them, his acquaintances were apprised of his contentment and prospects, and the chances were many that some of them were only too glad of the opportunity to better their financial conditions.
As far as Lafayette is concerned it would not be much of a task to induce many of those solid business men of the North and West, to come and see us, by simply stating the facts, and nothing but the plain facts in regard to our country--its soft and beautiful climate, the fertility of its soil, the opportunities for then establishment of manufactories and the certain profit following its operation, the kindness and hospitality of its people, school and church facilities, and there can not be any doubt that many would be glad to leave their cold, bleak and cyclonic country and come and make their permanent home in this favored land of perpetual spring and sunshine.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
RAILROAD MASS MEETING.
A large and enthusiastic number of people interested in the railroad question now agitating the public mind assembled in the court house hall last Wednesday night. The audience was composed mostly of town people, there being represented merchants, railroad men, in fact a large sprinkling of every shade of occupation were present. The meeting was decidedly enthusiastic throughout and showed, plainly, that the town people were pretty much of one mind of favor of the railroad.
The meeting was called to order by Mr. C. O. Mouton, President of the Business Men's Association, who called Judge Allen to the chair as presiding officer.
Julian Mouton, Esq., was the first speaker. He spoke in French, and in that felicitous style, for which he is so well known, making a strong and able and convincing argument in favor of the railroad.
Judge Allen next addressed the meeting. Our readers know what a fine, convincing speaker the judge is, and it is safe to say that he was never in a happier mood. While conservative in his views, he gave some cogent reasons why the railroad would prove a source of great benefit to this community. He advised moderation and conservatism in our relations with those not yet agreeing with us on this measure, and stated that you can't drive any one is supporting your views, but you can convince him by discussion and argument.
Judge O. C. Mouton handled some figures in a masterly manner, and by comparison, past and present, made a telling argument. His remarks were listened to attentively.
Mr. Crow Girard followed. His remarks were replete with happy bits and facts, and helped immeasurably to boom up the measure.
The last speaker was Mr. E. G. Voorhies, who in eloquent and chaste French terms made a strong appeal to the audience to support the measure, demonstrating the great good that would follow the coming of this railroad.
The meeting then adjourned.
There is no questioning the fact that a very large majority of the people of the town are aroused to the importance of this road, and will give it a strong support. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
Our public school system is an American institution, and is nearly co-equal with the creation of our republic.
It was demanded to compete our governmental structure, and is the fitting stone in the edifice, and without it a government "of the people, for then people and by the people" could not exist.
Our forefathers recognized the fact that in a country where every man carried his sovereignty under his hatband, and where every one was free--and equal--to enjoy the benefits of a government upheld by himself, it became a necessity that he should be given the means to act the intelligently for the good of the whole.
The wisdom and sagacity displayed especially in this matter by the founders of the republic, will always be gratefully recognized by every patriotic citizen. And this system of public instruction was handed down to us a s a precious boon, and we should cherish and safeguard it as a precious heritage.
It was instituted for the benefit of those whose means debarred them from attending college, and, upon, whom, largely, depend the safety and perpetuation of a republican form of government. Let us then afford them--by supporting with unstinted means--every facility to acquire a plain, practical, business education.
The people of Lafayette are making strenuous efforts towards the enhancement of its public schools, and, no doubt every man feels that he has a duty to perform in the premises, and will do it. Were no other reasons, selfishness, pure and simple, would dictate the wisdom of having good public schools, because we know that to attract and bring to our assistance that class--that we need to help put their shoulders to the wheels of the car of progress and aid us in developing the dormant resources of this highly favored country--could never be induced to come unless assured of the amplest school facilities.
Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
WHERE ARE OUR SCHOOLS.
We should congratulate ourselves for living in this progressive age, and we should not forget that we owe to our country and to our fellow men our support to elevate the noble cause of public education. This grand cause the world over is in the lead, and we should all give it our heartiest support not only in words of encouragement, but in our own food free willed contributions from our purses. "Education is the chief defense of nations," said the grand old orator, Edmund Burke. Education to the keynote to success in life, and what speaks louder for a country than its good public schools?
Do we build the school houses for ornaments only ? Now that we have a fine building in our city, erected at a cost of from $1,500 to $2,000, why not all put our shoulders to the wheels and secure funds sufficient to employ first-class talent as teachers to educate our children. Let us employ a competent principal at a good liberal salary and give him assistants as he may need to establish a first-class high school, such as our city deserves.
Come ! let us wake up and make Lafayette the banner parish of Louisiana. We can do it if we work together. Lafayette Gazette 3/11/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 11, 1893:
NEW BLOOD AT THE HELM OF THE ADVERTISER.
Having leased the ADVERTISER from the Lafayette Publishing Co., the present editor assumes absolute control of the paper with this issue.
Our term of lease is for three years, therefore the corporation and parish will have to submit to our presence here for that length of time.
It is our intention to greatly improve the Advertiser in the near future by making it a semi-weekly, and adding new features.
Our policy in the future will be to work for the best interests of the town and parish ; awarding praise is deserved, and condemning where condemnation is needed.
The ADVERTISER will have an opinion on all matters concerning the public good and will not hesitate to express that opinion.
We have our own idea as to how a paper should be run; and we propose to run the Advertiser in conformity with that idea.
We have no "ax to grind," no private business or scheme to advance; we are not connected with or pledged to any political faction; therefore we propose to run the paper in a manner that will prove of the most benefit to the town and parish. We ask no favor from anyone. Our advertising columns are worth money to us, if you think they are worth anything to you we will swap you space for cash. If you don't think you will get value received for money invested, don't advertise.
No personalities will ever be allowed to appear in our columns.
If you want the Advertiser to read subscribe for - $2.00. We believe it is worth that much. If you don't think so, don't subscribe.
Assuring one and all that we will try to advance the interests of Lafayette by publishing a live paper, we have only this to add, that we propose to "Stand to the rack fodder of no fodder," and run the Advertiser as our judgment dictates. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
Many of our citizens are in the habit of sending to New Orleans for goods which they could buy from our home merchants just as cheaply, and of as good quality as they get in the city. The practice is wrong and should not be indulged in, as it is not treating our merchants fairly. Many imagine that they save money by buying goods from the city, but if they will take the trouble to investigate and compare princes, we feel assured that they will be convinced of the fact that the mercantile houses of Lafayette sell goods at retail just as cheap as New Orleans houses, and many things can be purchased here for less money than the same can be had for there. Lafayette can boast of several first class general stores, that carry a fine selection of fresh goods, and they are certainly entitled to the patronage of our people. Our merchants pay heavy taxes and licenses which go toward supporting the municipal government and the person who, through a mistaken idea, sends away for goods that they could purchase here just as cheaply deserve the condemnation of all.
We have taken the trouble to call on some of our leading merchants and examine their prices with those of New Orleans merchant, and we have no hesitation in saying that in the majority of cases they can buy to as good an advantage in Lafayette as in New Orleans. They why send money out of town? Would it not be better to keep it at home in general circulation?
Another thing, the majority of us, at some time of other need a little credit, and depend on our home merchants for it, therefore it is their right to demand our entire trade. We know that it is natural to the average person to imagine that whatever comes from a large city is just a little better that that which is produced in a small town, but notwithstanding the fact, we should consider what we owe to the community. The larger the trade our home merchants have the better assortment will they be able to carry, and they will in consequence carry fresher goods.
We trust that all those who have been in the habit of sending away for their supplies will duly consider this matter, and if they will take the trouble to compare the prices of our merchants with those of New Orleans houses, we are confident that they will in the future buy their goods in Lafayette.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
POLICE JURY VS. THE ADVERTISER.
The article under the caption of a "Pest Hole of Corruption" which appeared in the Advertiser the issue of February 25th. seems to have offended the sensibilities of the Police Jury, and in their opinion was "unjust, discourteous and in bad taste." With all respect for the body both individually and collectively we must disagree with them.
There is no injustice in speaking the truth, and we believe it to be the duty of a paper to call attention to any and all matters that may endanger the health of the city, whether such nuisances are the result of ignorance or negligence, and believing such to be our duty, we shall never hesitate to perform it.
It was not discourteous because no disrespect was intended. The Police Jury being a public body it is perfectly right and proper to call their attention to nuisances for which they as a body are responsible to the people. It was not in bad taste, but on the other hand it was more than justified by the condition of affairs, as is proven by the fact that no denial was made as to the truthfulness of the article in question, and by the action taken by the jury to rectify it. They suggest that it would have been better to have informed them privately of the matter. It probably would have been better - for them, but we hardly have the time nor inclination to visit the members of that body personally and call their attention to a nuisance, which had existed under their very eyes for months. They say they are not a legislative body. If they are not, will some one kindly inform us what they are.
If it was the fault of the jailer, sheriff or health officer, and each is blamed by the jury for it, they why did the jury make arrangements with the sheriff to remove the nuisances mentioned, and agree to pay him $50 per annum in the future to prevent the re-occurrence of this abuse ? We are sorry that our article gave offense to any one, but having the knowledge that we were right in the premises, we can only say that we shall at all times pursue the same course when we find as good a cause for it as existed for the article in question.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
We have had the occasion lately to travel over a number of different roads in the parish, and in so doing we discovered a practice, which seems to be quite common, that should be stopped at once. We refer to the practice of draining the farms and plantations into the public roads. The parish is paying out $50 per mile to have the parish roads put in shape, but if this practice is to be allowed to continue, it will be, to a large extent, money wasted. We have seen several ditches that have recently been dug that lead into the public road, which, as soon as heavy rains set in cannot help planters for their own good should be willing to cease this practice, but if they are not then we believe the Police Jury should take some action toward putting a stop to it, for it is just as important to take care of the roads after they are made as it is to make them. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
TEMPLE OF LEARNING.
Mt. Carmel Convent, Under the Direction of Mother Patrick, is a Prosperous Institution.
Last Tuesday morning, the editor, in company with Miss Nellie Bailey, who kindly consented to be our guide, visited the Mt. Carmel Convent, the fine Catholic educational institution at which so many of Lafayette's charming ladies have been educated.
On may occasions, since coming to Lafayette, we have heard different young ladies speak in terms of love and praise of the institution, and we often wondered what peculiar charm was possessed by the school that so won the affection and veneration of all its pupils; but after viewing the beautiful grounds, the large hallways and beautiful chapel, and witnessing the school in session with the sisters as teachers, who perform their duty through a sense of love, we begin to realize what a strong influence such training must exert over all the future life of the pupils.
Upon entering the convent, we were shown into the reception room on the left, which is a large commodious room, with high ceilings, pleasantly and comfortably furnished, having about it an air so homelike and quiet that we felt as if we would enjoy a few hours in it, just to sit still and drink in the peace and quietness that seemed to pervade the whole place.
In a few moments Mother Patrick, who is charge of the school, came in and after an introduction to this most estimable lady, we started for an inspection of the different recitation rooms. The first room into which we were shown was the Fourth Grade, and we were most favorably impressed with the fine discipline which was shown by the young lady students, who all arose to their feet in a body upon our entrance into the room. From there we visited the different grades, including the boys school. The pupils in each room sang for us and their singing showed that they had been well trained.
The recitation rooms are all large, well ventilated and airy, with nice desks and furniture which have recently been substituted for the old ones.
The are about 165 scholars in attendance at the present time, some 25 of whom are boarders in the institution. Many of the students are from out of town, several being from New Orleans.
The different courses include all the sciences and arts in both French and English, besides needlework and deportment, and judging from the young ladies who have graduated at Mt. Carmel Convent, the work of the school is most thorough and proficient, and the young lady who graduates from the institution is well fitted to grace any society in the land.
Taken all in all, the Convent is an institution that Lafayette should be very proud of, for it is very few towns in the country that can boast of such a fine educational institution. We are free to admit that we were most agreeably surprised in our visit, for we had not expected to find such a fine school building, although we were convinced that its teaching was thorough; for having met so many young lady graduates who are possessed of rich knowledge and many accomplishments, we could not think otherwise.
We wish to thank the lady Superior for her kindness in showing us through the school and building, and we hope that Mt. Carmel Convent will continue in the good work under the able direction of Mother Patrick, for many years to come. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
Back in Lafayette.
We are pleased to state that Dr. Armand Marie, who during his different visits to Lafayette, has made so many warm friends, expects to return on the 18th inst. He will have his office as formerly, at the residence of Mrs. Sprole, where he will be pleased to meet all old friends and new ones as well. The doctor has an enviable reputation as a dentist, and no doubt many will take advantage of the opportunity afforded to have their teeth attended to. He expects to remain in Lafayette for two weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
Passes Medical Examination.
Dr. Gaston Gladu, son of our worthy coroner and parish physician, Dr. A. Gladu, returned to Lafayette last week after having undergone a successful examination before the faculty of the Medical Department of Tulane University, granted him in advance of the close of the Medical Department of Tulane University, granting him in advance of the close of the regular term on account of failing health. Dr. Gaston intends practicing his professions at Lake Charles, La. The ADVERTISER extends its congratulations to the young M. D. and hopes that after a little rest his health will be fully recuperated.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., March 6, 1893.
The Police Jury met in regular session this day, with the following members present: W. B. Torian, J. G. St. Julien, H. M. Durke, Ford Hoffpauir, R. C. Landry, N. D. Landry and A. A. Delhomme. Absent: C. C. Brown.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and on motion duly made, the errors and omissions of the clerk in recording Section VI, Page 217 of the License Ordinance for 1893, was rectified and amended in order that the said License Ordinance shall be graded and conformed to the state law, to-wit:
Be it further ordained, etc., That every business or bar room, cabaret, coffee house, beer saloon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grog shop, beer garden, or other place where anything to be drunk or eaten on the premises is sold directly, the license shall be based on the gross receipts of said business, as follows:
First Class - When said gross receipts are seven thousand five hundred dollars, or more, the license shall be three hundred dollars.
Second Class - When said gross receipts are five thousand dollars, or more and less than seven thousand five hundred dollars, the license shall be two hundred dollars.
Third Class - When said gross receipts are less than five hundred dollars, the license shall be one hundred dollars.
Provided no license shall be charged for selling refreshments for charitable or religious purposes; and that when any business provided for in this section shall be combined with any business in section 6, the same classification shall be made as prescribed in this section; but the price of the license shall be equal to the license required for each separately.
The ordinance and minutes as corrected and amended were then read and approved.
The committee appointed by the Business Men's Association, consisting of Messrs. O. C. Mouton, T. M. Biossat and R. C. Greig, here appearing, presented the urgent necessity of an appropriation by the Police Jury to complete the Lafayette High School building. Judge Mouton made a forcible plea in behalf of securing better educational facilities than at present afforded, whereupon the following was adopted:
Resolved, That the sum of $250 be and is hereby appropriated out of the contingent fund for the benefit of the Lafayette High School and made payable to the order of Hon. Julian Mouton, provided that the city council of Lafayette appropriate for the same purpose an amount at least equal to that donated by the parish.
Dr. G. M. Martin, representing the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Line, requested permission to establish the company's line along the public road in an extension from Breaux Bridge to Lafayette, and after due consideration the following was adopted:
Resolved, That the request of the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Line be and is hereby granted, provided that that no obstruction the the public highways shall result from the establishment of the said telephone line.
On motion the following resolution offered by Mr. St. Julien was adopted:
Resolved, That the Southern Pacific Railroad Company be and is hereby notified to remove the gates obstructing the public highway at the intersection of the public road and the said railway, between the properties of Paul Breaux and Labbe's, and to establish instead cattleguards.
A committee consisting of Messrs. Julian Mouton and Wm. Campbell, representing the Business Men's Association, appeared and urged the appointment of delegates to the State Immigration Convention to be held in New Orleans March 21st. Whereupon the Police Jury appointed the following delegation to represent Lafayette in the said convention: 1st ward, Dr. M. L. Lyons, Jas. W. Broussard; 3rd ward, Ernest Bernard, J. E. Mouton; 4th ward, Overton Cade, H. Theall; 5th ward, Calvin Moss, A. Olivier; 6th ward, C. C. Brown, Numa Breaux; 7th ward, J. O. Broussard, Ad. Von Kalckstein; 8th ward, L. G. Breaux, Dr. P. M. Girard.
The President was authorized to draw the sum of $250 to the order of Julian Mouton, President of the School Board, in aid of the public schools whenever it might be deemed necessary.
A petition from the citizens of the 2d Ward, praying that a free peddler's license be granted unto Joseph Ledoux, by reason of physical disability, was read and a motion offered and amended to grant the relief prayed for was lost.
On motion the following was adopted:
Resolved, That the failure of District Attorney M. T. Gordy to appear and give legal advice, as promised at the last session has considerably hindered the business of the Police Jury, and the Secretary is requested to communicate with the District Attorney and urge his attendance at the next regular meeting of this body in April.
The following was adopted:
Whereas, The attention of the Police Jury has been called to an article in the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER, of the 25th ult., entitled "A Pest Hole of Corruption."
Be it Resolved, That in the sense of the Police Jury the said article was unjust, discourteous and in bad taste. Unjust because this is not a legislative body, and has no power to compel the jailer to discharge his duty, though he should neglect it it. Discourteous because there is a Board of Health, and the Health officer might have been notified, he having power to act in the premises. In bad taste because the attention of the officials might first have been called to the neglect or ignorance of their duty before being threatened with the dire consequences of the law.
Further Resolved, That while respecting just criticism, it is the sense of this body that all critics should first inform themselves upon matters they propose to criticise. Within the past ten months, at the request of the jailer, the fixtures of the jail, pipes, pump and sewerage system in toto were put in thorough order and repair at an expense of $150 to the parish and so accepted by the sheriff; several sums at later dates for the same purpose have also been expended. By all means in its power the Police Jury will conserve the public health and to that and would call the attention of the health officials to investigate the nuisance complained of and correct any and all evils praying that relief be granted unto Chas. Olivier Breaux and wife and was read and action thereon postponed for lack of information.
By motion the sum of $25.00 was appropriated for the relief of Widow Sarazin Mathieu.
By motion that President was authorized to contract with Sheriff Broussard for maintaining the sewage system of the parish jail for the remainder of the term at $50 per annum.
The following communications were read and laid over for consideration at the next meeting.
Mrs. Paul B. Leeds, of Iberia, "Exhibit of Home Spun Cottonade at World's Fair," Mrs. Bergondy LaPice, of Landerdale, "Creole Cuisine at the World's Fair."
By motion a sufficient sum was appropriated to construct a bridge between the properties of Roche Mouton and Pierre Prejean, and the President authorized to attend to the matter.
M. A. D. Landry was appointed a committee of one to secure a certain tract of land from August Lagneaux, for the purpose of perfecting the public highway, the consideration not to exceed $30.
The Treasurer submitted his monthly reports as follows:
To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette.
Gentlemen - The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report:
WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.
The following accounts were approved:
H. Eastin, work on sheriff's office ... $6.00
Graser Bros., repair on jail, etc., ... $18.00.
The Police Jury then adjourned.
W. B. TORIAN, President.
R. G. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
Made by Our Railroad Reporter for the Readers of the Advertiser.
Conductor Boyd and engineer Shields, who have been doing duty on passenger trains, have returned to freight work owing to the change of schedule.
Four oil tanks car were wrecked near Orange Thursday, which delayed all trains about five hours. The passenger trains came up to the wreck and a large gang of men transferred the mails, baggage and express. No one was injured.
One fact which has been brought to our notice in the past few weeks is that a large number of railroad men are becoming members of that wonderful society which has spread over the entire country within the past year, and whose only insignia is a small white button with capitalistic letters "R. R. T. A." There are no regular meetings; no dues, no assessments ; nothing but a little "white button," which tells the whole story. As a general rule comparisons are odious; we cannot but compliment the railroad men when we think of especially train men, at the present time when we remember the scenes which were enacted some years ago for days after the pay car had passed. A conductor said the other day : "Yes boys, you may laugh, but I have not touched a glass of liquor for two weeks, and furthermore, I am through with it. This little button is a stayer in this case," as he place one of them on his coat.
During the recent small-pox scare the boys who regaling for the benefit of an unsophisticated Yankee, a few choice reminiscences from their observations during the epidemics which prevailed in the South during '70. One of them said : "I'll tell you a laughable incident which occurred in Mobile. Through the stupidity of the Chief of Police and my own foolishness, I was sentenced to quarantine for thirty days. Being near friends however, I did not suffer serious inconvenience for provisions or clean clothing. I will not worry you with details, but suffice to remark that several of my lady friends were to attend a ball given at a summer resort about two miles from the pest house and your humble servant determined to attend. A couple of days before the ball a young man was sent down from town for ten days and I fed and clothed the stranger, and also posted him thoroughly concerning the roads in the neighborhood. The afternoon of the ball by friend disappeared, and after a thorough search, the two officers started toward town looking for him, I having volunteered to assist, they allowed me to go in the other direction, as that part was thinly in habited. Towards 7 o'clock I started for the ball, not being able to find the prisoner in the direction I was sent, thinking he may have gone up the shore, but did not meet a person until reaching the ball room. Sending word by one of my friends to my best girl that a young man wished to speak to her, she quietly slipped away from the dancers and for the next hour we listened to what the wild waves said. Suddenly I was greatly astonished to see my friends the quarantine officers appear.
'Very pretty way to help us look for our man. You must be very tired.'
'Why, I looked all over for him and lost my way, until I finally turned up here. Did you not succeed in capturing him?'
'Sorry to say you are the only one we have captured, and furthermore we do not propose to let you fool us again. Mister, you played a nice joke on us but we will be a little more careful with you in the future.'
It is unnecessary to say that I very reluctantly accompanied them to the quarantine again, and that the officers are not yet aware how the prisoner escaped nor where he went. Hello! there is No. 101, and the yardmaster grabbed his lantern, the the telegraph man turned once more to the monotonous click, the car checker followed the yardmaster and I drifted away in the bright moonlight." Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/11/1893.
Gathered and Arranged for the Benefit of Our Readers.
Dr. P. M. Girard, of Scott, was seen on our streets greeting friends yesterday.
E. Priolland, accompanied by his niece, has been visiting Lake Arthur and New Orleans the past week.
Mr. D. A. Dimitry, the accomplished station agent at Carencro, was in town this week attending the district court.
We were favored with a pleasant call from the Hon. Overton Cade and Dr. N. D. Young, of Royville, last Thursday.
We are sorry to state that Mrs. F. S. Mudd has been suffering with illness during the past week, but is now improving.
Miss Effie Young left for Opelousas last Monday for a two week's visit. She will be greatly missed during her absence by her host of friends.
Miss Amelia Cornay has returned from an extended visit to New Orleans and Patterson. She was accompanied on her return by Mrs. Dr. Wm. Roussel, of Patterson .
Mr. L. M. Ferris, president of the Ferris Sugar Manufacturing Co., arrived in Lafayette, and remained for a couple of days. During his stay he visited different parts of this parish, and reports himself as being greatly pleased with our country.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
"On Hand." - The greatest comedy of the age at Falk's Opera House, Friday and Saturday, March 17th. and 18th.
Mr. B. Falk informs us that he has ordered a fine lot of opera chairs for the Opera House, and that the theatre will be renovated, painted and a new scenery put in, and in fact put in first-class condition to meet the demands of our growing city. Let the good work go on.
The City Council at its meeting yesterday granted permission to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company to use fifteen of Grant Avenue on which to erect a new depot, and work will probably be commenced at an early date. The building will be on the south side of the plank walk running from the Crescent Hotel to the track. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 11th, 1882:
Last Taste of Winter?
If the old saw be true March will go out like a lion this year. From the 1st. inst. the weather was warm with plenty of rain, and continued so until last Wednesday night, when in a tremendous effort to flood the earth the wind shifted to the north to give us, perhaps, a parting taste of winter. Wild geese from the Gulf took their flight northward some time since, which means no more ice, and we can safely speak of the months just past as "last winter."
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1882.
New Market on Lafayette St. - Mr. Perraudat has opened a market on Lafayette street, opposite Salles' hotel, where he will keep fresh meats, vegetables and fruits. See advertisement.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1882.
The Southern Pacific and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad.
N. O. Times-Democrat, 4th. inst.
The negotiations which have recently been pending in New York between Mr. Huntington, of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and Mr. Charles A. Whitney, of Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad, for terminal facilities at New Orleans, have been completed in New York.
The arrangement provides for a close connection with the Morgan road at Vermilionville for the business of the Southern Pacific to New Orleans and New York. It is understood that this arrangement includes the reshipping of Southern Pacific freight at New Orleans, for New York upon the Morgan Line of New York steamships. The Southern Pacific Railway Company, it is also understood, will inaugurate a line of steamships between New Orleans and Liverpool direct. Mr. Whitney left New Orleans, and Mr. Huntington will leave for this city next week. Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1882.
Tied To the Whipping Post.
In some of the country parishes the proposition to establish whipping posts as a means of punishment for minor crimes and offenses is being discussed, justices of the peace to be given authority to pass upon such infractions of the law. The (unreadable word) used in advocacy of the scheme are that the long vacations between sessions of the parish courts prevent speedy trial, and run up the costs and expenses of keeping petty offenders in jail to an onerous sum. In fact minor crimes are frequently committed by worthless characters in order to secure a maintenance in idleness at the public cost, and thus it is the taxpayers, and not the offenders, who are punished.
We doubt if public sentiment would permit the adoption of the whipping; but a law of some sort ought to be adopted, which will compel the class complained of to earn the cost of their custody and keep. City as well as country has to foot the bills enormous in the aggregate which we might be relieved of by employing offenders on the public works, or in some other useful way. Out Legislators unfortunately, however, seem to avoid practical questions. - From the N. O. City Item - reprinted in Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1882.
What We Have Seen In Louisiana.
1. Eight different crops on the same piece of ground during the same year, to-wit: Irish potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, running beans, radishes, cabbage plants, mustard and turnips.
2. Rice cast on the unplowed ground with the assistance of water only, from six to seven feet high, never worked, yielding from eighteen to twenty barrels of rough rice to the acre.
3. Corn planted on well plowed and prepared ground growing without any work whatever, and reach the light of twelve feet, and yielding abundantly very fine corn, well fitted.
4. A peach tree coming out of the ground in the spring, growing twelve feet in height in one season.
5. Cotton growing from nine to ten feet high in one season.
6. Fresh potatoes measuring in growth five feet across the row, and yielding as high as forty barrels cut of one barrel of plant.
7. A beet weighing eighteen pounds.
8. Sweet potatoes weighing nine pounds apiece.
9. Orange trees bearing as many as 500 oranges on one tree.
10. A grape vine growing, in one season, nearly 75 feet in length.
11. Banana trees nearly twenty feet high. From Capitol and Labor and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/11/1882.
WOMEN AS MATCHERS.
Men Are Not in It When It Comes to Dry Goods Buying.
The young man's countenance wore the professional stereotyped look of courteous persistence as he again remarked through his delicately-trained mustache: "It is perfect."
"It is no more like it than anything at all," replied the lady, as much to herself as to the young man, and as she said it there was an air of superiority in her face and manner which be tokened a self-poise which was not to be disturbed.
"Anyone with half an eye could see that," put in another lady with a toss of the head, as she paused for a moment in passing.
The young man glared at the interloper, taking care, however, that nobody could see it but his confederates. But he quickly ironed out visage and sweetly suggested that it was the "light." It is always the "light" with the class to which this young man belonged.
"Just like a man," the interloper remarked, as she moved away. "It is as much like it as cheese is like chalk."
The first lady looked very weary. It was evident that she had toiled long and unsuccessfully. She tried to convince herself that the young man was right. But no, she shook her head more in sorrow than in anger as she murmured dejectedly. "Not a bit like it."
The young man appealed to his confederates.
The young woman with pompadour hair declared with a (unreadable word) sniffed out spitefully. "Any fool could see it was perfect match."
Another young woman left off admiring her rings long enough to say, "Of course it is."
A young man with a hyacinth locks smiled as he whispered something about "hens" to a gigantic creature with fluffy hair.
The lady was not convinced by this cloud of opposing witnesses. She kept her eyes strictly bent on business. Suddenly she made a dive.
"There" she exclaimed, "That's it. Strange you didn't show me this instead of the other."
Ma'am." replied the young man nothing abashed, "I was trying to show you that all the time."
"Sure." interjected young Hyacinth, exchanging supercilious glances with the giggling creature with fluffy hair.
"Of course," chorused Pompadour and the young person enamored of her jewelry.
The young lady paid no attention to these utterances.
"Give me ten yards."
This was all she said. When she had secured her purchase she merely remarked to herself "Teach your grandmother to milk geese." Woman is a born matchmaker whether of hearts or haberdashery.
From the Boston Transcript and in the Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1895.