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From the Lafayette Gazette of March 12th, 1898:


 Democratic papers of the gold-bug variety are doing their utmost to show that it was improper for the constitutional convention to invite Mr. Bryan to deliver an address before that body on the science of government. This action of the convention is declared to be an utterly ridiculous proposition by the gold press, one of them going so far as to say that it is now in order for the convention to send similar invitations to Populist Peffer, Mrs. Lease and other celebrities. But the same editors who are so indignant because the ex-nominee of the Democratic party will deliver an address to the convention on the science of government or writing  long editorials to prove what a magnanimous thing it for the negro college president, T. Booker Washington, to address the members of the convention on the question of suffrage. In the eyes of our belligerous  contemporaries it is the height of folly to have Billy Bryan speak to the convention while it is the quintessence of propriety for the Honorable T. Booker Washington to enlighten the delegates upon the question of negro suffrage.

 We are frank enough to state that we believe the convention fully able to handle the great question before it without outside aid, but we fail to see how Democratic journals in Louisiana can be so fanatically prejudiced against the accredited leader of the national Democracy and so perversely bigoted in their hatred of a man because he entertains views different from theirs. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.


Mr. Joachim Revillon died Thursday morning at 7:30 at the residence of his son, Mr. Pierre Revillon, near this town. His death was a fitting close to a long and honorable career, characterized throughout by an unfaltering devotion to his family. He died as he had loved to live - surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He passed away to the other shore after a stay of ninety-four years upon this earth. He died has always lived; beloved by his family, esteemed by his friends and respected by all.

 Mr. Revillon was born on 28th day of November, 1804, in the little town of Pierreclos, France. At an early age - at 15 we believe - he left the paternal roof and enlisted on the French man of war, La Diane, and devoted eighteen months to the service of his native country. Returning home he again left the family circle and sought his fortune elsewhere. He formed a partnership with a cousin and sailed for the African coast on a business venture. His spirit of adventure and tireless energy had full sway in the then sparsely settled regions of that vast continent. He remained there for five years and acquired a world of experience which he put to good use during his life. Africa was not entirely to his liking, so he boarded a ship and sailed for the land of his birth. He did not remain long in France. Although his native country offered him splendid opportunities and his relations there were of the pleasantest, one of his playmates having been the famous author and statesman, La Martine, he was one of those ardent souls souls who would not follow the beaten paths of an old country, but rather longed for the scenes of a new world. Being a fervent believer in the republican form of government, it was but natural for him to select America as his future home. He again left France, and in 1829 came to Lafayette, locating on Bayou Vermilion, near the Whittington place, where he found employment as a school teacher. Shortly after he gave up teaching and moved to this town, securing a position as clerk in the store of Mr. Chaix. By his frugal habits he soon saved enough money to buy a share of the store, and Mr. Droz buying the other share, they formed a partnership. Subsequently the firm's name was Revillon & Taylor, Revillon & Campbell and Revillon & Castel. Mr. Revillon became sole proprietor of the business, which continued to grow in popularity and enjoy the confidence of the people in this and the adjoining parishes. During this long business career extending over half a century, it is said of him that he never sued a person for debt, and when the large amount of credit business which he did is taken into consideration this a a most remarkable fact. He was succeeded by one of his sons, Mr. Jules Revillon. The store is now owned by Joachim P. Revillon, a grandson of the deceased. Up to a few years ago Mr. Revillon kept the books of the store.

 Mr. Revillon was a man of excellent memory, and having had the advantages of extensive traveling and of a liberal education, he was at all times an interesting conversationalist. During his boyhood days he saw Napoleon I, and it was worth a good deal to hear him tell of his early impressions of the great Corsican. He loved to speak of La Martine, in whose company he had spent some some of the happiest moments of his life.

 Mr. Revillon's first vote in the United States was cast for the Democratic party and his last vote was recorded for W. J. Bryan, the Democracy's choice for president at the last election. He allied himself with that party in its best days and he remained true to it to the last. Although his interest in the public affairs of his adopted country never lagged, he never would run for office, giving as his reason that there were many competent natives to fill all positions of trust in the government.

 Mr. Revillon was a man of sober, regular habits and to his mode of living may be due his long life and the retention of his faculties to such an advanced age. Being of a very social disposition his society was always sought after by young and old. Kind hearted and charitable, brave and honest, he was liked and respected by all who knew him. Few of those whom he met upon his arrival here, nearly 70 years ago, survived him. Nearly all his old friends preceded him to the grave, but he never failed to extend an affectionate greeting to the children of his former companions. Since some time back he spoke of death with the resignation of the true philosopher. He said that he had his day, his work was done, and he was ready to answer to the call of his Maker.

 In the death of this venerable gentleman the parish of Lafayette loses one of its landmarks and one of its most worthy citizens. A man of unquestionable integrity, unfaltering love for his adopted country, and unbending rectitude, the deceased possessed all the qualities which make the useful and patriotic citizen.

 Mr. Revillon leaves a son and several grandchildren to mourn his death, his wife, a Miss Dejean of St. Landry, having died eight or nine years ago.
Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

Ice. -  The ice factory and bottling works will soon be in operation. The respective owners have procured delivery wagons and will soon be prepared to go the rounds. Laf. Gazette 3/12/1898.

 Lights. -  The electric light bugs have already made their appearance in Lafayette. They are large, healthy looking fellows and are strong enough to do a great deal of mischief, but as the electric light bug is said to be a sign of the town's advancement we extend him a cordial welcome. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

Visited Power-house.

Upon the invitation of Mr. Pasquier, vice-president of the Consolidated Engineering Company, members of the old and present City Councils visited the power-house of the electric light and waterworks plant Saturday evening. Everything was found to be working well. After inspecting the different engines and dynamos Mr. Pasquier invited the visitors over the Crescent Hotel where several bottles of champagne were opened. Some of the toasters waxed very eloquent and pictured the future of Lafayette in beautiful flowers of rhetoric. Several oratorical bouquets were thrown at Mr. Pasquier, Mr. Zell, the City Council and the people of Lafayette. The party then proceeded to Mr. Jno. O. Mouton's saloon where the proprietor of this well known resort did the honors with his accustomed liberality. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.


The Postal and Its Right of Way.

 The City Council and the Postal Telegraph Company have failed to reach an agreement by which the company will be authorized to build its line through the streets of the town. Upon a motion to grant a right of way to the company the following vote was recorded.

 Yeas - Martin, Hahn, Davidson.
 Nays - Hopkins, Mouton.

 The ordinance failed to become effective on account of Mayor Caffery's veto.

 The reason why Messrs. Caffery, Mouton and Hopkins opposed the ordinance was that in the proposition the company would obligate itself only to make "necessary" changes when requested. These gentlemen were of the opinion that in order to protect the town it were better to bind the company to make such changes as the council might "deem necessary." The representative of the Postal would not agree to this condition, hence the defeat of the ordinance.

 The Gazette hopes that the council and the company will come to an understanding under terms perfectly fair to each, and there is no reason why there should be any further disagreement in this matter. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

The Election Contest. - Judge Debaillon announced in court last Monday that Judge Read of Calcasieu would be in Lafayette next Monday to try the election contest. The result of this trial will be awaited with much interest by the people of this town of the last municipal election. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

Sheriff Transports. - Sheriff Broussard left last Monday with two negroes who were convicted to the penitentiary at the last term of court. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

Lafayette Advancing. - The town of Lafayette has advanced more in the last five years than any other town in South Louisiana and she has just started on her onward march. She needs a few more manufacturers and these she proposes to have within the next few years. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

 The Rev. W. C. Black's Lecture.
 The Rev. W. C. Black, editor of The Christian Advocate of New Orleans, delivered a lecture here last Monday, under the auspices of the Woman's Parsonage and Home Mission Society, for the benefit of the local Methodist Episcopal Church South. A large audience greeted Mr. Black as he rose to deliver his lecture. His theme was one which required a fine intellect and a logical mind to do it justice. He spoke for about an hour and a half, taking as his subject the ever propounded question, "Is Man Immortal?" The speaker dealt with his theme in a masterly manner and with clear and forceful language. He speaks with unusual earnestness and holds the rapt attention of his listeners. In so short a space we could not do justice to his logical inferences, but it can safely be said that he mastered his subject with ability, eloquence and, above all, with an earnest zeal. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.    

Ladies' Five O'Clock Tea Club.
 The last meeting of the Ladies' Five O'clock Tea Club was held with Mrs. Franklin J. Mouton as a gracious hostess. After the usual business programme the audience enjoyed a recitation by Miss Susie Hopkins, instrumental duet by Mrs. Delaney and Miss Gladu, vocal duet by the Misses Mudd. In the "Geographical Conundrum" contest Mrs. T. M. Biossat was most successful, to her was awarded a lovely set of desert plates; the booby, a dainty box of note paper, fell to the lot of Mrs. Eugene Trahan. The serving of tempting refreshments was the finale of a most pleasant afternoon. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.  

U.C.V. Meeting.
 The members of General Frank Gardner Camp of United Confederate Veterans held a meeting last Saturday and, upon motion of Judge Moss, adopted a resolution offering their services to the United States in case of a conflict with Spain or any other nation. With most commendable patriotism the old soldiers of the South are giving evidences of their devotion to the flag. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.  

Send Your Laundry To Lake Charles.
 Freddie Pefferkorn and Omer Patureau are soliciting laundry for the Lake Charles Steam Laundry. High grade work guaranteed. Long life to collars and cuffs. No glass buzz-saw edges; no dog-collar stiffness. What they say they do. Basket leaves Lafayette Tuesday evening and returns Saturday morning. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.


Police Jury Proceedings.
LAFAYETTE, LA., March 3, 1898. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, J. E. Primeaux, Alonzo Lacy and M. Billeaud, Jr.  Absent: R. C. Landry and Jno. Whittington, Jr.

 The president being absent the secretary called the meeting to order and by motion Hon. C. C. Brown was elected president pro tem.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The attention of the Jury being called to the indictment of Hon. Ben Avant for embezzlement of a certain amount of drainage fund in the second ward and also to the complaint made relative to the use of parish oxen for private purposes, by motion of Mr. Avant it was resolved to appoint two committees to examine into the respective charges affecting the integrity of a member. The chair appointed Messrs. M. Billeaud, Jr. and Alfred Hebert to report on that charge respecting the disbursements of the drainage fund and Messrs. Louis Whittington, Alex M. Broussard and C. Avant to report concerning the misuse of the parish oxen. Mr. Avant is making the motion, for a complete investigation of the charges preferred, expressed the assurance of his entire exoneration of any culpability in the premises, and took occasion to explain the personal relationship existing between himself and his accuser, Thompson Hoffpauir, ascribing personal enmity as the sole motive actuating the affidavit. Mr. Avant exhibited a private account book showing receipts and disbursements of drainage fund for 1897 and indignantly repelled the attempt to besmirch his character.

 The committee appointed to investigate the charge of embezzlement against Mr. Avant in due time reported as follows: We the undersigned committee, appointed to look over the books of Mr. Ben Avant for parish money used as drainage fund and other purposes, beg to report that we have found as per account book handed us for 1897, Mr. Avant has collected $270 and has paid out to different persons $191.95, leaving a balance due to the parish of $78.05.

 Lafayette, La., March 3, 1898.
      On motion the report was approved and ordered recorded.

 Constable Hirsch was authorized to buy chair for the assessors office.

 On motion of Mr. Billeaud the following resolution was adopted:

 Resolved that the road donated by V. Broussard and others as a public road, as per act made and passed before Gen. Malagarie, notary public, on the 7th day of January 1898, and being duly recorded as act 23012, is hereby accepted and declared to be a public road. Said road running between the concessions of Bazile Landry and Jean Bte., Broussard and which is actually known as the "Old Lane."

 By motion of Mr. Billeaud, Messrs. Arthur Boulet and A. Primeaux were appointed to accept the donations of certain roads in the 4th and 5th wards.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:

 To the President and Members of the Police Jury Lafayette parish, La. Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:
 Respectfully submitted,
             J. E. TRAHAN, Treasurer.
  Lafayette, La., March 3, 1898.

 The following account was rejected:

 J. E. Key, two days work on bridge $8.

 The following accounts were approved:
 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. C. BROWN, President pro-tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/12/1898.

 The ice factory and bottling works will soon be in operation. The respective owners have procured delivery wagons and will soon be prepared to go the rounds.

 The electric light bugs have already made their appearance in Lafayette. They are large, healthy looking fellows and are strong enough to do a great deal of mischief, but as the electric light bug is said to be a sign of the town's advancement we extend him a cordial welcome.

 Joe E. Mouton will receive subscriptions for the following papers: Times - Democrat, Picayune, Courtier-Journal, Home and Farm, New York World and Houston Post.

 Dr. A. L. Dyer, of Royville, was in Lafayette Tuesday.

 Deputy Sheriff Thomas Mouton has recovered and is again at his post of duty.

 The town of Lafayette has advanced more in the last five years than any other town in South Louisiana and she has just started on her onward march. She needs a few more manufactures and these she proposes to have within the next few years.

 Hon. R. C. Landry, Lafayette's delegate to the constitutional convention, was in town last Saturday and visited The Gazette office. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 12th, 1898:

 Lafayette on the Way.

 There are good many improvements going about our wide-awake city and if our business men keep a sharp lookout they can secure their shares of prosperity. We are glad to inform our readers, that on last Wednesday, a special train from New Orleans, having on board Messrs. Owen, Gumble, Wessinger, Godchaux and several civil and mechanical engineers stopped at our refinery. The object of their visit was to investigate and formulate plans for the construction of a large refinery, which will have a full capacity and will be furnished with all the latest improvements. The old mill and refinery attachments have been sold to a planter of Lafourche.

 Coupled with this we are informed...... (rest of article unavailable.)
Lafayette Advertiser 3/12/1898.

Christening of the Hose Apparatus.

 At 6:30 p. m., on Sunday April 10th, the christening of the Hose Apparatus will take place at St. John Catholic Church. The Hose Apparatus will be attired in a costume befitting the occasion and flanked of its sponsors will present itself before the powers that be to have its original sin of olden times lethargy, extirpated and to be christened by the name it sponsors might suggest.

 St. John will be lighted by a multitude of electric lights and the picture will be grand. Lafayette Advertiser 3/12/1898.

Build the Town.
 Men with modern ideas and methods are the ones that will build up a town and draw trade to it. Take the hustlers and advertisers out of any town and it wouldn' the twelve months scarcely until it would be inhabited by bats and owls. If you have been a draw back to your town, try to get out of the old rut during this year.

 You will surely make more money and will be worth something to the town and community. - Ex. Lafayette Advertiser 3/12/1898.


Grand Ball.
 Please bear in mind that on Saturday after Raster Sunday, Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1 will give a grand ball at Falk's Opera House. Don't mix the celebration of the 10th with the one of the 16th but in both instances give your support and encouragement. One must be successful as the other. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/12/1898.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/12/1898.
 Sheriff Broussard returned from New Orleans after an absence of two weeks.

 Don't forget the christening on Sunday April 10th at 6:30 p. m. at Catholic church.

 The Brass Band will meet to-morrow morning Sunday at 11 i'clock for general rehearsal at Falk's Opera House.

 R. Tolson, brother of Dr. F. R. Tolson, was in Lafayette this week visiting relatives.

 Carencro will have Horse and Bicycle races, on Sunday April 17th - Don't forget the date.

 The Misses Pefferkorn entertained a few friends at their home Thursday night with the Kansas city, Mo., phonograph machine which was managed by Mrs. Hession.

 All ladies who are willing to contribute flowers, either natural or artificial, for the decoration of tables and hall on Saturday April 10th, are respectfully requested to send their offerings to the Advertiser's office on Saturday April 9th.

 All persons who are to perform in the concerts of the gala day are requested to be present at the rehearsal which will be held at Falk's Opera House next Tuesday night April 5th at 7:30.

 As a result of good work and prompt service Patureau continues to do a rushing business at his stand near the depot.

 Dr. Fred Mayer was in Lafayette this week.

 Paul Bailey, who has been in New Orleans to get medical attention, has returned to Lafayette, and has resumed work. 

 The first one who will come and tell us where Stewart Street is located in Lafayette will be entitled to one year's subscription to the ADVERTISER free, and will receive as premium $10. C. M. 

 Dr. Franklin J. Mouton will leave to-morrow for New Orleans to represent the local lodge of Knights of Honor at the meeting of the grand lodge which will be held in that city next week.

 We are thankful to the Police Jury for the substantial bridge (2 miles near town) between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge. Now, gentlemen, have the holes filled up and we will vote for you to remain in office, in-extemis.

 D. V. Gardebled, our enterprising druggist, is improving his store, by the fixture of a beautiful large show window.

 On account of its second anniversary, the Century Club will give a banquet next Tuesday, March 22nd, at the Crescent Hotel. A good epicurean time is anticipated.

 We learn that a good many persons are contemplating the fixture of electric fans. This is certainly a good idea and money invested thus will (rest is unreadable.) 

Sheriff Broussard left last Monday with two negroes who were convicted to the penitentiary at the last term of court. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/12/1898.


A Short History by a School Boy.

 The following was written by one of the youngest boys attending the High School. It was gotten up without the help of any one in about 15 minutes. It is a verbatim copy of the original which shows that the little fellow is pretty well posted in history, politics and that he is something of a newspaper reader. He makes Vice-President. Hobart a citizen of Maine, but as that State has produced so many presidential and vice-presidential aspirants that mistake is excusable.


 The United States consists of forty-five states and five territories. It was first but thirteen colonies along the Atlantic Ocean. These colonies extended as far south as Florida and as far west as the Mississippi river with the exception of a few staters belonged to France, and was bought by the United States in eighteen three for the sum of fifteen million dollars. This was during Jefferson's administration. The southwestern part belonged to Mexico, but was ceded to the United States in eighteen forty-eight. This land was afterwards formed into states and admitted into the Union. The United States has has twenty-five presidents, of whom the first was George Washington, the man that never told a lie. The twenty-fifth is still in office and is William McKinley, and the vice-president is Hobart from Maine. The United States has not yet fought with any nation of the world without being victorious. It may perhaps have war with Spain for the blow up of the man-of-warm, Maine, which is a great loss to the United States. I think there were two-hundred and sixty-five lines lost. This battleship sunk near the shores of Havana. Lafayette Gazette 3/12/1898.

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