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From the Lafayette Gazette of March 13th, 1897:


 Makes a Desperate Attempt to Overpower Sheriff Broussard - The Prisoners Were Taken to New Orleans for Safe-Keeping.

 Wednesday at about 2 o'clock in the morning Ernest and Alexis Blanc made an attempt to escape, but fortunately it proved unsuccessful. Sheriff Broussard's experience in handling desperate characters and his nerve and coolheadedness despoiled the young murderers of perhaps their liberty. It was a bold and reckless undertaking on the part of the Blanc brothers, and had the sheriff not taken the necessary precautions the result might have been of a deplorable nature. Even if the prisoners had failed to accomplish their escape the life of the sheriff or that one of his aids might have been lost. From the beginning the sheriff has apprehended that the Blancs would, if given the slightest chance, make an effort to escape. Their pretended resignation to the decree of the law and their evident desire to impress their keepers with their willing submission to the inevitable consequence of their crime, had created a suspicion in the sheriff's mind that they were all the time planning an escape. Their suspicious demeanor caused the sheriff to take more than ordinary precautions, and while he always treated them kindly he never gave them the ghost of a show to escape.

 As the jail is being repaired and considerable work must be done on the cells by the contractor it became necessary to remove the Blanc brothers to another jail for safe-keeping. Sheriff Broussard made arrangements to take the prisoners to New Orleans on the 1:41 train Wednesday morning. At about 1 o'clock he went to the jail in company with Mr. Aurelien Olivier and Marshals McFaddin and Himel to prepare the prisoners for the trip. The Blancs occupy the first cell to the left of the corridor. The prisoners have access to the corridor only when the cell door is unlocked and opened by some one who invariably performs this work from the outside of the steel cage. This rule is always adhered to as a measure of safety. When the sheriff arrived at the jail he placed two new suits on a chair in the corridor opposite the cell of the Blancs. He then got out of the cage locked its main door and unlocked the door leading to the young murderers' cell, telling them to step in the corridor and dress with the new suits that he had purchased for them. It required only a few minutes for the prisoners to don their new garments. The clothes fitted Ernest, but they were too small for Alexis, who remarked that he supposed they would do for a man who was going to be hanged. When they were through dressing they were requested to return to their cell, which they did. Then their cell door was locked, the main door of the cage was opened and Sheriff Broussard entered the corridor for the purpose of manacling the prisoners. Deputy Mouton who was outside of the cage, threw open the cell door, leaving no separation between the cell and the corridor. As soon as this was done, Alexis, who was the first to walk from the cell into the corridor where Sheriff Broussard was, advanced on that officer as quick as lightning, clinched him with both arms. Fortunately Sheriff Broussard, being a very active and strong man, succeeded to overpower is assailant. He whirled around and held Alexis by the arms and at the same time watched the movements of Ernest who had not yet shown any desire to join in the tussle. At this stage Ernest stepped up and discovering that the Sheriff did not have his pistol, beckoned his brother to give it up as it would be futile to try to escape without the use of a weapon. During the scuffle the sheriff told the gentlemen on the outside of the cage to keep the door shut and let him handle the prisoners. He very correctly thought that to open the door would give the murderers the door would give the murderers just what they wanted - a chance to escape - and he held his own unaided, however serious the experiment might have been. Fortunately the sheriff had put his pistol away before entering the cage. Had he not done so it is safe to say that the pistol would have done deadly work had it fallen into the hands of one of the prisoners. Sheriff Broussard shackled the prisoners, using the irons on two arms and fastening their other arms by means of a rope. They were taken from the jail to the Southern Pacific depot tied in this manner. The younger brother, Alexis, who made the assault on the sheriff, seemed more like a wild beast than a human being. While in the sitting room at the depot he appeared to rave with anger, and was the picture of a raging madman. He spoke to his brother in a low tone of voice and from his actions it was evident that he was contemplating another attempt to escape, but he was too closely watched.

 When the excitement was over in the jail and the cell of the murderers was searched a large bar of iron was found in it. This is what Ernest was looking for in the scuffle, but it is believed that he failed to find it as it was too dark, the candle light having suddenly gone out. However, the sheriff is of the opinion that Ernest held the bar, but he did not use it because it was too dark for him to distinguish the sheriff from his brother and might have struck his brother instead of the sheriff.  Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.                    

The Coroner's Jury Could Not Say How Alphonse Breaux Was Killed.
 Alphonse Breaux, the colored man who was found near the railroad track in a senseless condition, died last Saturday. Dr. Trahan held an inquest over the body and made a thorough investigation of the case. After opening the dead man's head and examining the wounds closely he took the testimony of a number of witnesses. To more thoroughly investigate the case the coroner's jury adjourned to Monday morning when the inquest was concluded at the court-house. After hearing all the evidence obtainable the jury decided that Breaux met his death in a manner unknown to them. It was not possible for them to say whether he was killed by a train or by human hands. Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.


An Incendiary's Work.
 A fiend set fire to some cotton on Mr. R. C. Landry's plantation last Saturday night, but fortunately the flames were discovered and extinguished before the destruction of much property. There were fifteen bales, but only three were destroyed. The balance of the cotton was slightly damaged. There seems to be no doubt that it was the work of an incendiary. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897. 

Nominated at The Court House - Candidates for Mayor and Councilmen Selected.

 A sort of political what-is-it was held at the court-house Thursday night. It was surely not a Democratic assembly. It was not a Republican convention, for it is certain its leading spirits would object to such an appellation. Aside from a few hirsute appendages there was nothing populistic about it. It might have been the congregated wisdom of an unknown and unnamed party. It it was, its history is short and its career checkered. It is like John Randolph's mule, with no pride of ancestry and no hope of posterity. It was of a spontaneous origin and The Gazette predicts that its end will come with equal spontaneity. If the signs of the times count for aught the progeny of this strange convention will go glimmering on the 3rd of May. It will go to its grave unsung, un-honored and un-wept. In no spirit of vengeance, but in the performance of what it deems its duty The Gazette will do all in its power to hasten its demise, though it will exert every effort to give it Christian burial.

 The meeting met in answer to call which stated that "All white voters and tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, who feel an interest in its good government are urgently requested to meet at the court-house Thursday, March 11, at 7 o'clock p. m., for the purpose of selecting a municipal ticket composed of a mayor and seven councilmen to be submitted to the white voters of the town at the next election of May, 1897, without regard to ring, clique or gang-rule." The call was signed by the following persons:

 M. Rosenfield, Wm. Campbell, Phil. Crouchet, H. Van der Cruyssen, Jean Breaux, H. D. Delahoussaye, E. Romero, Pierre Gerac, Sr., Henri Gerac & Bro., J. O. Mouton, E. P. McBride, Horace Broussard, Paul Castel, W. J. Mouton, E. McDaniel, Robt. Richard, L. Chico, A. Gladu, A. R. Lisbony, L. F. Salles, Benj. Donlan, C. H. Lusted.

 Pursuant to the foregoing call, the meeting was called to order by Mr. Wm. Campbell. Before proceeding further Mr. Campbell said that he wished to make a few remarks. He said two years ago he attended a mass meeting in the court-house. At that meeting he proposed that primaries be held to nominate a municipal ticket at which primaries all white voters, regardless of party affiliations, would have been entitled to vote. But the majority defeated the resolution, and the meeting nominated a ticket. Mr. Campbell said that he was appointed on the executive committee composed of five members, four of whom would be sure to oppose him in anything that he might propose. A few days ago a member of that committee wanted him to sign a call for a meeting, but the call having been written and filled out, the date and place of meeting having been agreed upon, all without his knowledge, he peremptorily declined to affix his signature to it. Mr. Campbell added that he would not have signed it anyhow. Had consulted with his friends and had decided to meet this night when they would nominate a ticket which would surely be elected. Mr. Campbell was liberally applauded.

 Mr. Campbell called upon Jno. O. Mouton to preside and H. Van der Cruyssen nominated Henry Gerac for secretary. Both gentlemen were elected and took seats at the desk used by the clerks of court.

 On motion of Mr. Campbell the chairman appointed the following committee on resolutions:  Wm. Campbell, Dr. F. E. Girard, Felix Salles, H. Van der Cruyssen, E. T. McBride. This committee retired and immediately returned with a set of resolutions which were read by Mr. Campbell. The resolutions proclaimed that the municipal government should be non-political. The disinterestedness and the desire of this meeting to give the town good government and to wipe out ring rule is enough to make a plantation mule hysterical and weep the balance of his days.

 The resolutions were adopted.

 Upon Mr. Campbell's motion a committee of five was appointed to select a ticket. The president appointed the following:  Dr. Gladu, Leopold Lacoste, Charles Lusted, P. Crouchet, A. R. Lisbony.

 The committee retired and a few minutes later filed in one by one. Mr. Crouchet held the paper and handed it to the president, and with the other members of the committee he took a seat in the jury box. Mr. Jno. O. Mouton, the chairman, arose and with the solemnity befitting the occasion, read the verdict. It was as follows:

 FOR MAYOR, Crow Girard.

 FOR COUNCILMEN, Wm. Campbell, J. P. Revillon, M. Rosenfield, Chas. H. Lusted, John O. Mouton, J. G., Parkerson, Louis Lacoste.

 The president moved that the report of the committee be adopted and the gentlemen be nominated. It went through like greased lightning. The president evidently forgot that he was presiding over the meeting and that he was one of the nominees. Had he thought of this he might not have made that motion.

 Some one in the audience made a motion to adjourn. The president thanked for those present for their attendance and put the motion to adjourn before the meeting. It was carried and the crowd dispersed.

 It is safe to say that a majority of the participants in the meeting are Republicans. Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.   


The High School Library.
 Mr. A. T. Caillouet has made through The Gazette a handsome and valuable present to the High School Library. With a few more donations of this kind the library will have a splendid start. Mr. Caillouet is the second person to show that he has taken an interest in the library, and he has manifested it in a substantial manner. His donation consists of "Napoleon and His Marshals" by J. T. Headley, in two volumes; "Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians" by Charles Rollin, in four volumes.

 The Gazette sincerely hopes that in its next issue it will have the pleasure to note some new donations of books to the library. Who will be the next?

 Books may be sent to the High School or to the office of The Gazette. Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.      

Lehman - Plonsky.
 A quiet home wedding was celebrated at the residence of Mr. Leon Plonsky last Sunday. Miss Lena, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Plonsky, was united in marriage to Mr. Ed Lehman. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Max Heller of New Orleans. A sumptuous repast was given by the bride's parents in honor of the occasion. The guests consisted of relatives and intimate friends of the families.

 Mr. and Mrs. Lehman enter upon married life and under auspicious circumstances and with the best wishes of a large circle of friends. Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.  

 Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Davidson entertained delightfully Tuesday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Crow Girard. The pretty home was beautifully decorated, handsome lamps shedding a mellow light throughout the elegant hall and parlors in which were gathered maidens and their gallants, young grooms and their bonnie brides, beside a goodly number of older folk who were yet appreciative of the pleasures of youth.

 Dainty refreshments were served and during the entire evening from the gallery was wafted by Night's zephyrs soft strains of sweet music. The participants were the following: Misses Haydee Trahan, Jennie Torian, Loula Kelly, Louise Givens, Maimie Singleton, Eliza and Susie Hopkins, Clye and Lizzie Mudd, Bessie Cornay; Mmes. Satterfield, Kelly, C. M. Parkerson, Morgan, Hopkins, Delaney, Biossat, Darling, Beraud; Messrs. Leo Judice, P. B. Torian, B. Clegg, J. Nickerson, S. Mudd, J. Givens, C. Darling, F. and O. Hopkins, F. Girard, A. A. Morgan, H. Irion, J. Thompson, Satterfield, Archie Morgan, T. M. Biossat, W. Kelly, Cliff Kennedy of Opelousas, and Theodore Satterfield. Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.        


Holds An Important Meeting - Finance Committee's Report.
 Lafayette, La., March 1, 1897. - The City Council met this evening with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Messrs. O. C. Mouton, Joe Ducote, Leo Doucet, T. M. Biossat, B. Falk and J. O. Leblanc. Absent:  Dr. J. D. Trahan.

 Minutes of regular meeting of Feb. 1, and special meeting of Feb. 18 were read and approved as read.

 The following is the finance committee's report. Ordered, recorded and filed:

 LAFAYETTE, LA., March 1, 1897. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the Council of the town of Lafayette, La. Your undersigned finance committee beg leave to make this their report:
 Your attention is called to the discrepancy between the total found belonging to the waterworks and electric light fund by this report and that found by the report of the treasurer, the latter being less by $24.23 1/2; this is due to an error of the collector in adding from his tax stubs and in turning over same to the treasurer. It can be remembered by simply passing a resolution ordering the secretary to issue a warrant for the amount out of the general fund to the credit of the special fund. All the collections were paid, but not properly classified as to amount.
                   Respectfully, LEO DOUCET, ORTHER C. MOUTON, Finance Committee.
     LAFAYETTE, LA., March 1, 1897. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette, La.  Gentlemen: I have collected since last meeting the following amounts to-wit:
             S. W. MCFADDIN, Marshal.
  Ordered recorded.
  LAFAYETTE, LA. March 1, 1897. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of City Council, Lafayette, La.
 Respectfully submitted,
        D. V. GARDEBLED, Treasurer.
  Ordered recorded and filed.
  Approved accounts:
 Council adjourned.
               CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
               BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/13/1897.

 Vets to Meet. - Judge Debaillon, adjutant of Gen. Frank Gardner Camp, U. C. V.'s has called a special meeting of that organization for Wednesday, March 17, at 10 o'clock. The members are urgently requested to attend this meeting as their presence is needed to transact some important business.

 Sheriff Broussard and Deputy Thomas Mouton left Wednesday for Baton Rouge to take the following persons to the penitentiary: Marius Mouton, 28 years; Louis Mamou, 14 years; George Babineaux, 14 years; Isaac Jackson, 5 years; Francois Clairville, 1 year; H. Feringer, 13 months; Alex Mitchell, 10 years; Henry Broussard, 18 months. All or colored, except Feringer.

 Judge Parkerson called at The Gazette office yesterday morning and handed us a card to publish. The card is inserted in another column. It states positively that the judge is not a candidate and will not serve if elected.

 Romain Francez was here Thursday. He was on his way home from Royville where he was called to do some surveying.

 Dr. J. P. Francez and Mr. E. M. Heath were in Lafayette Thursday. Mr. Heath, who is a recent graduate of the Jesuits' College at New Orleans, is the preceptor of Dr. Francez's son.

 The people of Lafayette are just and level-headed and love law, order and justice. This was demonstrated in the recent trial of the Blanc brothers, who will have to expiate their heinous crime on the gallows. - St. Bernard Voice.

 Manager W. D. West of the Western Union was in Lafayette this week, and found the company's business here to be in first-class shape.

 Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton has returned from New Orleans where she had gone to purchase a stock of spring and summer millinery goods. The styles are unusually pretty this year.

 A demand for a larger stock of goods has compelled B. Falk to build another store adjoined his main building. The new house will be filled principally with groceries, hardware and crockery. Mr. Falk receives his crockery directly from an English factory.  Lafayette Gazette 3/13/1897.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 13th, 1897:

The Peoples Municipal Ticket.
For Mayor:
Crow Girard.

For Councilmen:
Wm. Campbell,

M. Rosenfield,
Chas. H. Lusted,
J. P. Revillon,
John O. Mouton,
Louis Lacoste,
L. F. Salles.

Proceedings Of Mass Meeting held Thursday.

Lafayette, La. March 11, 1897.

Upon a call of prominent white voters and tax payers of the corporation of Lafayette a mass-meeting was held this evening at the Court House for the purpose of selecting a ticket for Mayor and 7 councilmen for the election of May next.

The meeting was called to order by Hon. Wm. Campbell and Mr. John O. Mouton unanimously elected President of the meeting and Mr. Henri Gerac, secretary.

Moved by Wm. Campbell and duly seconded that a committee on resolutions be appointed by the chair to draft resolutions for this meeting: Wm. Campbell, Dr. F. E. Girard, L. F. Salles, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, and E. P. McBride.

On motion of Wm. Campbell, and seconded by P. Crouchet that the committee on resolutions retire and draft such resolutions and report at once for approval or disapproval.

The committee on resolutions returned the following.

"Whereas we recognize that in public affairs efficiency and integrity in officers should be sought and that especially in municipal affairs. Politics should be eschewed for the reason that the business affairs of a town should be managed for the material interest of the town, and not for the benefit of politicians or for certain preferred individuals; and "whereas, we the white voters and white tax payers of the town, believing that material interest of the town should be of paramount importance to our political predilections or preferences."

Therefore, be it resolved that we believe, that a ticket for Mayor and councilmen for the town of Lafayette should be selected without regard to creed or politics; we therefore recommend to the this town the following ticket to-wit:

For Mayor: 
Crow Girard.

For Councilmen: 
Wm. Campbell, J. P. Revillon, M. Rosenfield, Chas. H. Lusted, John O. Mouton, J. G. Parkerson, Louis Lacoste;

Feeling assured that their election will redound to the general good and material progress of this our growing city.

Wm. Campbell, Dr. F. E. Girard, L. F. Salles, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, E. P. McBride. Committee.

Above resolutions were read and adopted.

Moved by Wm. Campbell and seconded by Aug. Lisbony, that the chair appoint a committee of 5 for the selection of a ticket. The motion was carried. The following were appointed by the chair:

Dr. A. Gladu, Leopold Lacoste, Chas. Lusted, Sr., P. Crouchet and A. Lisbony.

The above committee after retiring returned with the following ticket which was unanimously accepted by the mass-meeting. For Mayor, Crow Girard; for councilmen, Wm. Campbell, J. P. Revillon, M. Rosenfield, Chas. H. Lusted, John O. Mouton, J. G. Parkerson and Louis Lacoste.

Mr. Wm. Campbell then explained the new election law and requested every one to register a new and at once according to the new election law. There being no other buiness the meeting adjourned.

John O. Mouton, President
Henri Gerac, Secretary
Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1897.

If straws point which way the wind blows, the mass meeting at the Court House last Thursday night would indicate that a pretty stiff head wind had set in against the party at present controlling municipal affairs. The meeting was crowded and enthusiastic and told in no uncertain terms that a change in administration would be a most acceptable boon to the representative people of the community and that "ring rule" and "gang" political manipulations are proving most obnoxious, especially when autocracy is linked with incompetence and costly blunders are piled up as a mark of monumental stupidity. The ticket selected was enthusiastically received and at the election a political land-slide will be witnessed that will completely obliterate all traces of "ringism" and install a governing council which will be able to remove the blocks which hold Lafayette back from assuming her proper place in the line of live and prosperous towns of the State. Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1897.


Sunday evening at 6 o'clock a very charming home wedding took place at the home of Mr. Leon Plonsky, in which Miss Lena, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Plonsky and Mr. Ed. Lehman were the high contracting parties. Dr. M. Heller of New Orleans officiating.

The parlors of the Plonsky's home were beautifully decorated and a large white wedding bell artistically made, hung over the couple that were to be made husband and wife.

Only the family members and a few friends witnessed the event. After the ceremony a banquet was served at the Opera House to the guests, many of whom were from abroad. Many toasts were given to the bride, "and all went merry as a marriage bell" until the wee small hours.

Miss Laura Plonsky sister of the bride acted as maid of honor. Mr. L. Blum of Thobodeaux was the groom's attendant.
The young couple will make their future home in Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1897.

In our last issue we neglected to mention the marriage of Miss Rose Duhon of this parish and Mr. Edward Hebert, of Breaux Bridge. The ceremony took place at the Catholic Church Monday morning, March 1st, at 10:30 o'clock. We extend to the happy couple our best wishes.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1897

A Card of Thanks. - The Carnival Association wish to return special thanks to Mrs. E. Constantin, Oscar Couret and Gustave Lacoste, for having so kindly placed their buildings at the disposal of the construction department. Sincerely, from the members of the Carnival Association. Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1897.

Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La. March 4th, 1897.

The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:

R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, J. Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacy, Jno. E. Primeaux, Martial Billeaux Jr. and Alfred Hebert.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

By motion the committee appointed to settle with Sheriff Broussard was also instructed and authorized to examine the Treasurer's office and also the Sheriff and report to this body a statement of parish finances from July 1st, 1896 to date.

Mr. Primeaux reported Olidon Broussard bridge in a dangerous condition, and that competent mechanics had declared the structure unfit for repair. Mr. Primeaux was continued on the committee to confer with the authorities of Vermilion parish as to what action should be taken in the premises.

The secretary was instructed to notify District Attorney Gordy that the jury accepted with thanks the kind offer to explain to the Roadoverseers of the parish their duties respecting the maintenance and government of the public highways. The next regular meeting April 1st was fixed as the date for Attorney Gordy's address, and all Roadoverseers and their subs were requested to be present on that occasion.

By motion of Mr. Avant, the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out a public road forty feet wide according to law, from Spell's Cave to Pascal Molaison, that is from Vermilion parish to unite with the public road running to Scott: David Spell, Emile Lapene, Austin Daily, Moise Barker, Emile Tero.. and Orin Spell.

The said road to-be-delivered free of cost to the parish.

Mr. Alfred Hebert was authorized to sell to the highest bidder all the old iron pipes etc., rejected in the repairs on the parish jail. Said material to be advertised for 30 days.

President R. C. Landry was authorized to build an addition to the Isle Pillette public school house agreeable to a petition of the patrons of said school.

By motion of Mr.Brown the sum of $(?)0.00 as appropriated for the relief of the North Louisiana drought sufferers and ordered transmitted to the State Relief Committee.

Mr. Avant, submitted a report of his attendance on the State Agricultural Convention at Baton Rouge and gave an interesting account of the proceedings of that body. Mr. Avant said that what he heard and saw only emphasized the fact that our farmers general fail to appreciate all the methods and essential devices, and scientific forces applicable to successful agricultural operations. Institutes for farmers were just as necessary as institutes for teachers and if farmers expect to keep abreast of this progressive age, they must abandon loose and unscientific methods and adopt a sound business and scientific basis in accord with their true and best interests. If agreeable, and arrangements could be made, the state society would conduct and institute at Lafayette some time during the summer.

The following indigents were each allowed $12.50 pension. Rodolph Prejean Francoise Barriere, Mrs. Sarazin Mathieu Emerenthe Bonin, Judith.

The committee appointed to trace a lay out a route from P. R. Landry's land to the public road leading to Lafayette made the following report which was adopted the road declared a public highway and the sum of $40 appropriated and set aside to meet the damages assessed to propietors.

State of La., Parish of Lafayette.

We, A. L. Broussard, Rosemond Langlinais, Luc Langlinais, Pierre R. Landry, Eloi Bonin, & Jules U. Broussard, do solemnly swear that I will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette to the greatest case and advantage of the inhabitants, and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be without favor or affection, malice or hatred, and to the best of my skill and abilities, So help me God. And furthermore, that I will truly assess all damages to proprietors, caused by said road to the best of my judgement and ability.

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 19th day of January 1897.

Alex D. Verot, justice of the peace Alphonse L. Broussard, Rosemond Langlinais, Luc Langlinais, Pierre R. Landry, Eloi Bonin, Jules U. Broussard.


We, the undersigned Jury of Freeholders of the Parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said Parish, to trace and lay out a public road leading from south east corner of P. R. Landry's land and south west Onezime Langlinais through the lands of the following proprietors to-wit:

P. R. Landry, Onezime Langlinais, Eloi Bonin, Lucien Bonin, Ulysses Bonin, Miss Eraste Bonin through Jules U. Broussard, then between Charles S. Landry, Semar Broussard and Horace Comeaux, Chas. S. Landry to public road leading to Lafayette to having been notified of our appointment and of the time and place of the meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment, and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath and having given notice to each and every one of the aforesaid proprietors in writing, at least three days previous, of the time and place of the meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors did meet on the 15th. day of January 1897, at A. L. Broussard's, the place designated in said notices, and did then and there, in presence of the following named said proprietors, to wit:

Ulysses Bonin, Chas. S. Landry, J. E. Bonin, Semar Broussard, proceed to trace and lay out said public road as follows: Beginning at P. R. Landry and Onezime Langlinais and running thence through the lands of Eloi Bonin, Lucien Bonin etc. for the distance of about 1 3/4 mile taking a strip of fifteen feet wide off of their land of each one along their common boundary line, which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown us by said proprietors, and by them designated to us, by setting stakes and plowing furrows so as to be easily visible through the lands of P. R. Landry, Onezine Langlinais, Eloi Bonin, Lucien Bonin, Jules U. Broussard, Chas. S. Landry, Semar Broussard, Chas. S. Landry, Horace Comeaux, the termination of said road, which road is 80 feet wide throughout its entire length was was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course , and we have cause to be made a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road, and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs, and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner for said road, which plat is annexed to this our report of said road for reference.

And we further report that we, said Jury of Freeeholders, did on our oaths aforesaid, assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to wit:

To Jules U. Broussard, $40 and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed, as in our opinion the benefit of said road fully compensates the value of their land taken.

Done at the Parish of Lafayette, this 15th. day of Jan., 1897.

A. L. Broussard, Rosemond Langlinais, Luc Langlinais, P. R. Landry, Eloi Bonin, Jules U. Broussard, Attest. J. H. Bernard, J. E. Bonin.


I, one of the proprietors named in the written report, do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report, and accompanying plat, and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me, by said Jury of Freeholders, as by the written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained by reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road.

Signed and dated this 15th. day of January, 1897.

J. H. Bernard, J. E. Bonin, Lucas Bernard, P. R. Landry, Eloi Bonin, Jule U. Broussard, Mmes. J. E. Bonin, J. Horace Comeaux, Charles S. Landry, Ulysses Bonin, Onezime Langlinais, Lucien Bonin, J. Semar Broussard. Witnesses: J. H. Bernard, J. E. Bonin, Lucas Bernard.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish Lafayette, La.: Gentlemen - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:


 To balance on hand last report ... $1,261,65

 Feb. 4, amount received tax collector, taxes ... $495.95
 Feb. 4, amount received tax collector, taxes ... $611.36
 Feb. 9, amount received tax collector, taxes in Jan. ... $5,738.72
 Feb. 9, amount received tax collector, licenses collected in Jan. ... $57.50
 Feb. 9, amount received, A. Chiasson, stock sold ... $13.25
                                                                                    Total receipts ... $8,178.43


 Feb., by 5 per cent commission, tax collector, taxes collected in 1894-95 ... $55.36

 By 5 per cent commission, tax collector, taxes collected in Jan. ... $286.93
 By 5 per cent commission, tax collector, licenses collected in Jan. ... $2.87
 By appealed orders ... $1,917.45
 By appealed orders by district judge ... $35.00
 By juror's certificates ... $1,122.60
 By witness certificates ... $66.10

 Total disbursements ... $3,486.31
 By balance on hand ... $4,692.12
                               Respectfully submitted,
                                                 J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., March 4th, 1897.

 The following accounts were approved:

 Horace Broussard, wood, ... $12.00
 Wm. Clegg, sundries ... $19.40
 I. A. Broussard, feeding prisoners ... $118.50
 Alfred Hebert, blankets, etc. ... $57.60
 A. R. Trahan, parish physician ... $24.00
 Gab. Hebert, removing refuse ... $23.25
 A. A. Bonnet, repairs on C. H., etc ... $16.55
 Moss & Mouton, lumber ... $68.68
 E. Comeaux, constable fees ... $9.00
 A. D. Verrot, justice fees ... $10.00
 Thos. Mouton, guarding jail ... $112.50
 Honore Sonnier, drainage 1st ward ... $39.50
 Alief Comeaux, drainage 5th ward ... $20.00
 Dole Broussard, drainage 7th, ward ... $10.35
 Alcin Comeaux, com. of election ... $3.00
 Jno. Whittington, jr., nails, etc., ... $7.60
 Estorge & Billeaud, lumber, spades etc. ... $121.00
 Mrs. Alfred Chargois, feeding juries ... $38.00
 J. P. Revillon, jury commissioner Gustave Lacoste, jury ... $5.00
 A. Greig, jury commissioner ... $5.00
 A. Judice, jury commissioner ... $5.00
 E. G. Voorhies, jury commissioner ... $5.00
 J. A. Robichaux, jury commissioner ... $2.50
 B. Miller, jury com. witness ... $2.50
 Wm. R. Foote, repairs on bridge ... $15.00
 Ben Avant, notary fees ... $5.00

 There being no further business, the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1897. 


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/13/1897.

Dr. F. R. Martin of Crowley was in town Wednesday.

Henry Gerac, has choice cotton seed for planting for sale.

Miss Augustine Desbrest, is now enrolled as one of the Advertiser office force.

Mr. Chas. Harnish, recently employed in New Orleans, has returned to Lafayette.

Next Wednesday is St. Patrick's day. Irishmen and sympathizers can get Shamrocks from Moss Bros. & Co., to wear on that occasion.

A banquet will be served at the Crescent Hotel to the members of the Century Club to-night.

J. P. Revillon is spending a few days at the sea shore.

Sheriff Broussard and deputies left Tuesday night for Baton Rouge by way of New Orleans, with the prisoners that were convicted at the last session of the District Court.

The Blanc Bros. were transferred to the New Orleans s prison to await the day set for their execution, as the Parish jail is undergoing repairs.

Nine new members were enrolled in the Century Club this week.

Have you used "Platts Pinacle" flour? Well look out for an advertisement that will appear in our columns next week.

Mrs. Maurice Mouton, and family have moved into the building formerly occupied by L. Nolive, while their residence is undergoing repairs.

Sunday afternoon Thompson and Moussot had an experience that will make them "look a little out" in the future. The gentlemen were in Moussot's room in the Rigues' House, and while examining a pistol the weapon was accidentally discharged, the hall passing within a foot of Moussot and burying itself in the opposite wall.

In our last issue we neglected to mention the marriage of Miss Rose Duhon of this parish and Mr. Edward Hebert, of Breaux Bridge. The ceremony took place at the Catholic Church Monday morning, March 1st, at 10:30 o'clock. We extend to the happy couple our best wishes.

For the convenience of their friends and customers in the western part of the parish,

Moss & Mouton have established a Lumber Yard at Scott with Mr. J. T. Mulkern in charge. Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1897.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 13th, 1869:

Cattle Loose In Cemetery.

We with regret advert to a fact undeniable, which occurred under our eyes a few days ago. As we were passing by the Catholic Cemetery, we noticed within its limits, a herd of cattle numbering ten or fifteen. The desecration of the holy repose of the dead, is to be deprecated. We have no doubt that the fact above mentioned, but such accidents, of too frequent occurrence, should be provided against; in justice to the memory of the dead and feelings of the living. Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1869.

City Council of Vermilionville.
Session of March 6th, 1869.

 Members present:  R. Dugat, President, B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles. Absent: Ed. Pellerin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Accounts allowed :
 S. Chargois, $1.50
 H. Eastin, $2.50

 On motion the Council adjourned.
WM. B. BAILEY, Secretary.
R. DUGAT, President.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/13/1869.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 13th, 1966:


 CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) - The Gemini 8 astronauts Saturday received a green light green light for a Tuesday launching of after they resolved a spacecraft hatch-closing problem.

 The spacemen, Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott, reported they were ready for the action-packed three-day journey during which they are to make four separate hook-ups with another satellite and Scott is to step into the emptiness of space for a record walk of nearly 2 1/2 hours.

 Study Factors.

 A mission review board of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Air Force and industry officials gave the go-ahead for Tuesday's spectacular double-header launching after studying all factors of the flight; the Titan 2 and Atlas Agena rockets, the Gemini 8 spacecraft, control centers here and in Houston, Tex., the global tracking network and recovery forces.

 Even the weather, often a fickle threat to space flights, promised to co-operate.

 But there were some anxious moments Saturday morning when Armstrong and Scott were summoned to Gemini  Launch Pad 19 after technicians had trouble closing a spacecraft hatch.

 Space Stroll.

 It is the hatch Scott will open to exit the spacecraft for if the hatch is not working  properly, the astronauts were unable to re-pressurize their cabin and there would be a threat of the pilots burning up during re-entry to earth.

 Scott worked with the hatch-closing mechanism for some time and said afterwards he was satisfied there will be no trouble shutting the door in space.

 The problem centered around too thick sealant around the edges of the hatch.

 If Scott had experienced too much trouble, there was a possibility the silicone rubber sealant would have been replaced. This might have delayed the launching a day or two. The sealant is similar to the rubber binding around automobile windows. Lafayette (Daily) Advertiser 3/13/1966.


Was the Unexpected That Happened This Time.
 A man who had been a "toucher" died at South side hospital a few days ago.  His acquaintances were shocked and pained to hear of his death, although more than one remarked that he would like to have what was due him from the deceased borrower.

The man had been well liked, and his failure to pay what he owed was charitably ascribed to his carelessness matters rather than any intent of defraud.

When he earned money it seemed to get away from him immediately, so that he was compelled to borrow right and left, usually in small sums, but with alarming frequency. His borrowing had extended over a period of years and none of those whom he owed had kept any account of the sums. They did not believe it within the range of possibilities that he would ever get together enough money to enable him to settle up.

Therefore, when he died in the hospital it was considered that the books were balanced.

Imagine their surprise to learn that the impecunious friend had kept the most minute account of all his borrowings, had managed to keep up the payments on his life insurance policy and while on his death bed had given to his sister the most explicit directions for the paying of all his old debts from his life insurance money, the balance to go to her.

She carried out the directions. One man who needed money received the welcome lump sum of $100. The others received more than they believed was due them. Then all the harsh things that ever were said of him were retracted.

It appears that very often, especially after his health became broken, he had borrowed in order to keep his life insurance paid up.

From the Chicago Record and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 4/18/1896.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 14th, 1913:



 T. M. Biossat, the enterprising jeweler, has the honor of being the first to put into circulation here the new nickel just issued by the government. The nickel has an Indian head on one side and a buffalo on the other. Mr. Biossat was giving them in change yesterday, having secured  lot just because he likes to get new things first for his store. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1913. 

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