WE ARE TEN YEARS OLD.
On account of an error made in the weekly change of its numbers the fact that The Gazette completed the tenth year of its existence on Feb. 28, ultimo, was unnoticed by us.
The Gazette has no reason to regret the first decade in its career. It is pleased to be able to say that it has achieved a fair measure of success. It had a modest beginning, it is still an unpretentious country sheet, but it hopes that its work in this community has not been altogether fruitless. If it is permitted to judge from the increased length of its subscription list, the growth of its advertising patronage and job printing business, its efforts in the field of local journalism have been fully appreciated.
Since The Gazette issued its first edition, many changes have taken place in this community. Many evidences are there to show that the town has grown in commercial importance and there is ample proof that the forces which work for the intellectual betterment of the people have not been inactive. It is not for this paper to claim any credit for what has been done, but it would be less than human if, on its anniversary, it did not feel some degree of pride that it has labored along with other agencies for the upbuilding of the moral and material interests of the community.
The Gazette considers it a piece of inestimable good fortune that it was destined to be born, to live and to work in this, the garden spot par excellence, of Louisiana, among a people loyal, brave and progressive. No newspaper could desire a more splendid field, where its work would be sure of a better fruitage.
While The Gazette is having something to say about itself, it desires to thank its friends for their support in the past and to express the hope that its course in the future will be such as to merit their approbation.
Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
LET'S WORK TOGETHER.
Now that the municipal campaign is practically over, let the supporters of both the victorious and defeated tickers get together and work for the community. As a whole, the contest which ended last week was conducted without any display of personal feeling, each side being perfectly willing to submit its claims to the judgment of the voters. When an election is held under these circumstances defeat it robbed of its sting and victory gratifies no mean ambition. Men disagreed as to the respective merits of the two tickets, to be sure, but the ballot was the proper arbiter of this question and the judgment should be accepted with equal cheerfulness by those who won and by those who lost.
The Gazette believes that the active interest manifested in the recent primary is a good sign. It is wholesome to have men participate in the political affairs of their town. If vigilance is the price of freedom, a vigorous participation in politics is the price of good government. It shows that the people take the right kind of interest in the administration of the official business. It means an efficient public service. It is healthful that men should have opinions and that they should express these opinions at the ballot box. In the multiplicity of counsel there is wisdom, or free government is a failure. The Gazette believes in elections and that it is well to have opposition.
Evidences are not lacking to show that Lafayette is moving at a good, lively gait. All that the town needs to keep up its onward march is unity of effort on the part of the community. Those who will permit political disappointment to cool the ardor of their civic pride will do serious injury to their town, and will do themselves an injustice.
If, as a result of the primary, there remains an acrimonious feeling between the contending factions - if they may be called factions - let it be replaced by a spirit of tolerance which should find expression in harmonious action whenever the interests of the town are to be advanced.
All should join hands for the prosperity of the town. Croaking will do no good. Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
Meeting of the Fire Department.
A well attended meeting of the Fire Department of Lafayette was held at Falk's hall Monday night. It was the regular annual meeting of the fire boys, and added interest was taken in the election of their officers for the ensuing year.
President A. E. Mouton called the meeting to order. Mr. Mouton was re-elected president, and Mr. P. L. DeClouet was elected vice-president. Mr. B. J. Pellerin, chosen for secretary, was the only officer elected by acclamation, a spirit of good natured rivalry being shown in the election for the other offices.
The newly elected chief and assistant-chief are respectively A. J. LeBlanc and Wm. Graser.
A committee was appointed to devise a means of providing Lafayette with a modern system of fire alarm.
Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
New Grand Jury Organized.
A session of court called to dispose of the criminal docket began last Monday, Judge C. Debaillon presiding with Sheriff I. A. Broussard and Clerk Ed. G. Voorhies at their posts. Judge Debaillon appointed J. Arthur Roy foreman, and the following jurors were drawn as members of the Grand Jury: Israel Prejean, Alfred A. Delhomme, P. L. DeClouet, Octave Bertrand, L. G. Stelly, Jos. B. Dugas, Silas Hoffpauir, Louis Lacoste, J. Raoul Jeanmard, E. Pellerin and P. A. Dupleix. The judge charged the Jury in his usual able manner. Wednesday afternoon the Jury completed their labors, reporting 21 true bills and 9 not true bills. Their report is published in this issue of The Gazette.
Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
Report of Grand Jury.
LAFAYETTE, LA., MARCH 11, 1903.
To the Hon. C. Debaillon, Judge 18th Judicial District Court, Lafayette Parish, La.
The grand jury impaneled for the present term of this Honorable Court, having completed their investigations beg leave through their foreman to respectfully submit the following report:
We have examined the parish jail and found the prisoners therein confined, properly and humanely treated. The deputy sheriff in charge of the jail deserves our compliments for the general cleanliness and sanitary condition of the jail and prisoners, as well as for courtesies extended us whilst in the performance of our duty.
The sheriff's office was also visited and found in its usual condition, intelligently and systematically kept.
The clerk's office was also found as well kept and carried on as ever; we are pleased to say the same of the assessor's office.
At the risk of exposing ourselves like other Grand Juries before us to adverse criticism we deem it our duty to again broach the subject of public roads. Like several of our predecessors we are of the opinion that the public roads of the parish are not built and kept in accordance with the amount of money available for that purpose. We believe that the trouble comes from the fact that the system now prevailing is defective; it has in spite of different other systems suggested from different quarters, been persisted in with unsatisfactory results, and the cause of complaint remains the same. We find from the treasurer's books that the following amounts have been collected and appropriated to each ward for road purposes, to-wit--:
From January 1902 to Jan. 1903---
1st ward--$816.45 Bal. On Hd.-- $204.17.
2nd ward--980.45 Bal. on Hd.--127.09.
3rd ward--$1,003.45 Bal. on Hd.--387.43.
4th ward--$884.65 Bal. on Hd.--$29.78.
5th ward--$723.15 Bal. on Hd.--$93.30.
6th ward--$1,097.65 Bal. on Hd.--$104.20.
7th ward--$686.95 Bal. on Hd.--$198.11.
8th ward--$734.95 Bal. on Hd.--$356.12.
All the wards of the parish except the 5th and the 7th wards being represented in this Grand Jury. It is to its knowledge that the work put in on the roads is not in proportion to the amount of money expended. Whilst it is our opinion that there has been no irregularity of abuse in the expenditures of these funds, we believe that in some cases the unsatisfactory results might be due to the incompetency of road-overseers or the neglect of members of the Police Jury, to see that the roads in their respective wards are properly worked ; we repeat that if the desired result is not obtainable under the prevailing system we fail to see why that system should not be changed. Being convinced that our Police Jury is intelligent enough to find the remedy to the evil, we deem it their duty to do so.
We have called Mr. Alleman, superintendent of public schools, before us and he reports the condition of the public schools as satisfactory; he states that the attendance of children to the public schools is increasing in such a degree, that what means are now at the disposal of the School Board will soon be insufficient, and he thinks that the means of raising money for that purpose should be attended to. Concerning this we are of the opinion that the question of a special tax for that purpose should be submitted to a popular vote. We were pleased to see that Mr. Alleman agrees with us as to the importance of good public highways, not only for the general prosperity of the parish, but for the special benefit of public education. He stated that it is to his knowledge that some children are unable to attend the schools on account of the bad conditions of the roads.
We have examined all cases brought before us, finding twenty-two true bills and nine no true bills, and before being discharged we wish to extend our thanks to our district attorney for his valuable assistance.
(Signed) J. A. Roy, Foreman.
Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
The following is a list of the true bills reported by the Grand Jury:
Picayune, alias Mary Mitchell, larceny; Percy Fields and Louis Windt, burglary and larceny; Joseph Montgomery, cutting with intent to murder; Joseph Montgomery, carrying concealed weapon; Olidon Broussard, carrying concealed weapon; Alfred Francois, assault and battery; Andre Gilbert, larceny; Sidney Floyd and Donat Breaux, using loud and obscene language near a dwelling; Olidon Broussard, assault with a dangerous weapon; F. C. Triay, lying in wait and striking with intent to murder; William Brown, embezzlement; Albert Colbert, carrying concealed weapon; Jean Moise and Tom Dick, burglary and larceny; Charles Thibaut, maiming; Willie Lodge, passing counterfeit money; Charles Smith, trespass; Charles Smith, assault and battery; Fan Griffin, Jr., assault and battery; Frank Green, violating labor contract; Ed Alexander, refusing to work on public road; Albert Colbert, assault with a dangerous weapon.
Not true bills were reported in the following: Gabriel Begnaud, trespass; Alex Williams, larceny; A. X. Lamulle, assault and battery; Gilbert Pontalis, manslaughter; Clarence Lavergne, disturbing a peaceable assembly; Pierre Comeaux, shooting with intent to murder; Gilbert Scipion, and others, disturbing a peaceable assembly.
The McCoy case originally fixed for Tuesday the 17th has been re-fixed for the 19th. On Monday Judge Debaillon will try the motion for a change of venue made by his attorneys, Crow Girard and John L. Kennedy.
The case of S. S. Simms, charged with manslaughter, has been fixed for the 25th, and those against Marquis Mouton charged with attempt to criminally assault, for Monday the 23d.
Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
A Deplorable Accident.
Last Sunday afternoon, a large crowd of ladies and gentlemen assembled at Broussardville to witness the dedication exercises of the handsome new public school building of that progressive little town. It had been announced that Prof. Alcee Fortier of Tulane University would address the people, and this attraction, together with the great interest taken in the cause of public education drew a very large attendance.
The Sontag Military Band of this place had volunteered their services to the management for the occasion, and several of our citizens accompanied them to Broussardville.
The people had congregated in the hall of the second floor of the building early in the afternoon. The band boys had placed themselves in the shade just beneath the small gallery and stairway leading to the upper floor, in the rear of the building, and just as they began playing, a rush was made to the gallery, which was to weak to bear its burden and collapsed and dropped to the ground. Quite a crowd had assembled around the musicians, and the gallery and the number of persons on it fell in as mass on these. For a while great excitement prevailed and it was thought many had been mortally injured. Two of the musicians, Eloi Broussard and Anatole Pyatt were seriously wounded, Broussard receiving injuries in the chest and Pyatt principally about the head, an eye having been almost pulled out. The other injured persons were residents of the neighborhood of Broussardville. A son of Geo. Malagarie received painful wounds. Others who sustained injuries are Mrs. Bernard, a son of Norbert Reaux, Miss Duhon, and two children by the name of Comeau and Landry. In all fifteen persons were hurt. None of the injuries have resulted fatally. Drs. Girard, K. Comeau, DeLaureal and Stromer were on the grounds at the time if the occurrence and rendered prompts medical attention.
The people of Broussardville did all in their power to relieve the suffering, and non regret the accident more than they do. The wounded were brought into their homes and every comfort extended them.
No blame can attach itself to anyone for the accident. The gallery and and stairway were newly built, and only the extraordinary rush could cause its giving away. Superintendent Alleman had called the attention of the carpenter to the nature of the construction and advised him to be certain to make it strong, but was assured that as it was built the gallery was perfectly safe.
But The Gazette does not wish to blame even the carpenter. For ordinary purposes the construction would have answered, and it was only the great weight placed on it that caused its collapse. The deplorable accident is regretted by everyone. It was a sad ending to an auspicious day. From the reports that could be obtained those unfortunate enough to be the victims are doing well, and The Gazette, with the people of the parish, fervently hope for their speedy and complete recovery. Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
Being Demolished. - The old blacksmith shop which has been standing on the South end of the lot acquired by Mr. F. E. Moss for a building site for the new opera-house, is in the course of being demolished and moved away preparatory to beginning work in the opera house.
Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
Egg Service. - New Orleans, La., February 23, 1903. - Effective this date, a tri-weekly egg service will be established between Lake Charles and Cheneyville and Lafayette and New Orleans. This service will be run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, in the following manner: TRAIN No. 84, leaving Lafayette on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, of each week, will have a car into which will be loaded eggs for New Orleans from points between Lafayette and Morgan City. From Morgan City it will be run into New Orleans in first available trains. C. B. ELLIS, Division Passenger and Freight Agent, New Iberia, La. Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., March 5, 1903. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Blanchet, Jno. Whittington, Alex. M. Broussard and Alonzo Lacy. Absent: Saul Broussard.
By motion of Mr. Mouton the minutes of the previous meeting were amended and the report on renting pest house land was corrected to show that the parish reserved the right to sell the said property in the contract with Dr. Rouif.
Judge Julian Mouton presented the application of Master Rousseau Langlinais for appointment as beneficiary Cadet to Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, Testimonials from President Stephens of the Industrial School. Professors W. A. Lerosen and R. H. Broussard, all highly complimentary to sterling worth and exemplary character of the applicant. Attorney Mouton read the law and held the Jury had no right to appoint more than one Cadet. Whereupon Mr. Buchanan withdrew his motion to appoint. By motion of Mr. Landry, action on the application was deferred until next meeting to secure legal advice, Messrs. Mouton and Buchanan voting nay.
Mr. Lacy reported the road at Mrs. P. Gerac's and Alex Martin, Jr., surveyed and lines established, but the road still obstructed by fencing. By motion, the road overseer of the first ward was instructed to notify the proprietors to remove said obstructions and on failure to comply the said road overseer shall proceed to remove the obstructions at the expense of the proprietors.
By motion of Mr. Lacy, the road overseer of the first ward was instructed to remove obstructions in the public road at Dominique Bonnet's and grade the road at that point.
Mr. Lacy reported that Geo. K. Bradford had removed all obstructions in the public road near his place.
Mr. Blanchet reported renting a new ferry boat for the D. O. Broussard crossing at $1 per day, half to be paid by Vermilion parish. He had sold old ferry to Mr. H. M. Durke for $25.50, but Mr. Durke offered to return the boat if the Jury decided to repair it. By motion, Messrs. Blanchet and P. R. Landry were appointed and authorized to examine the said ferry boat and decide as to the advisability of accepting Mr. Durke's offer.
By motion of Mr. Buchanan, Messrs. Mouton and Greig were appointed and authorized to confer with iron fence concerns and if advisable to construct an iron fence around the parish jail.
Mr. Jerome Mouton appeared and presented the matter of the Walker Domingue road controversy. An agreement had been effected between the parties, establishing said road and same was offered for acceptance by the Jury. No action.
Mr. Wm. Gordon, representing the Planter's Compress Co., asked for a record of taxes of 1902 and an equalization of assessment on presses in the parish. The Jury refused to refund, but assured petitioner that in future his rights would be protected.
Mr. S. Bernard was reappointed bridge-keeper at Pin Hook at $40 per annum.
Mr. Alcide Judice appeared and urged appropriation in aid of flood-stricken district in the 2d ward. By motion of Mr. Mouton, the committee appointed to report on the dams across Bayou Queue Tortue was instructed to file report with the Grand Jury at is sitting next week.
By motion the sum of $50 was appropriated to each of the wards for drainage purposes.
President Billeaud appointed Messrs. Mouton, Landry and Greig a committee to settle with the parish treasurer and grant him a quietus.
Mr. Alex Broussard was granted lumber for repair of bridges in 2d ward.
The following indigents were allowed $12.59 each: Carmelite Gathe, Jean Bte. Bourque and wife and Fefede.
By motion of Mr. Mouton, the following ordinance was duly adopted:
"An ordinance to authorize the president of the Police Jury to hire out any convict sentenced to pay a fine and in default of payment of said fine, to imprisonment in the parish jail, or to imprisonment in the parish jail and to pay a fine."
Be it ordained by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, in regular session assembled, acting under the powers conferred by act No. 29 of 1894 as amended by act No. 46 of the General Assembly of Louisiana of 1902.
Section I. That when a person shall be convicted and sentenced to pay a fine and costs, and in default of payment of same to a term of imprisonment in the parish jail, the president of this body is authorized to hire and lease said convict for a specified time and conditions, as may be agreed to, by said convict, to any one, who will pay cash to the president of this body, the full amount of said fine and costs, for which the president shall give a receipt to said hirer or lessor.
Section 2. Be it further ordained, That on delivery of the receipt of the president, mentioned in section one of this ordinance, to the sheriff, by said hirer or lessor, the said sheriff shall liberate and deliver said convict to said hirer or lessor, and report the fact to this body.
Section 3. Be it further ordained, That when a person shall be convicted and sentenced to pay a fine and costs in addition to a term of imprisonment in the parish jail, the president of this body is authorized to take such convict out of jail upon giving his receipt, and give said convict in charge and under the control of an overseer of public roads to be worked on the public roads of this parish, during the entire term of imprisonment to which said convict has been sentenced, provided said convict shall have paid previously the full amount of the fine and all costs imposed by the sentence and judgment of the court.
Section 4. Be it further ordained, That the president of this body shall turn over all money he may collect or receive under the provisions of the first section of this ordinance, to the treasurer of this parish, and take the receipt of the parish treasurer and make due report thereof to this body.
Section 5. Be it further ordained, That all ordinances or part of ordinance in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance be and the same are hereby repealed.
The treasurer submitted his monthly statements as follows:
To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La., following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the parish funds since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN, Tresurer.
Lafayette, La., March, 5, 1903.
To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the special road fund since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., March 5, 1903.
The following accounts were laid over:
Moss & Co., files, lamps, etc ... $3.75
Stewart, Lewis & Taylor, lumber ... $94.21
Leon Plonsky, eight blankets ... $8.00
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR. President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/14/1903.
Mr. Benjamin F. Flanders was married on the 10th instant to Miss Maud L. Young. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride's father, Dr. N. D. Young, at Youngsville. Mr. Flanders is the son of the late Governor B. F. Flanders. Rev. Smith performed the ceremony.
CATHOLIC KNIGHTS OF AMERICA, BRANCH NO. 792 meets 1st and 3d Sunday after High Mass, at Home Fire Co. hall. Robt. H. Broussard, Secretary.
UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS meets 1st Saturday of each month, at court-house, 10 a. m.
Regular services will be held at the Episcopal church to-morrow evening at half past seven o'clock. Lafayette Gazette 3/14/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 14, 1903:
The waters in various parts of the country are very high. The Mississippi is at a full flood, and in many places dangerously swollen. Below Cairo a large part of the country is under water, the river at some points being 20 miles wide. The damage has already been great, but heavy rains threaten to cause much more. Wednesday there were two breaks in the levees on the left bank of the Lafourche, covering a large section devoted to garden truck. The money loss occasioned will reach high into the thousands. Armed men are patrolling the levees in the flood district to prevent any levees cutting and watch for weak places. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
The New Opera House.
The work of clearing the ground for the new brick opera house, was begun this week. The blacksmith shop occupied by Mr. Bernard Miller has been purchased by him from Mr. F. E. Moss, and is being removed to a lot adjoining his residence on the South. It is expected to break ground for the Opera house within the next 30 days, and the work of construction will be pushed rapidly to completion. The projectors of the enterprise have decided to install their own electric light plant to illuminate the theater building so as to be able to get the best results for the spectacular electric light effects that now form such an important feature in the staging of high-class plays. Provision will also be made for heating the building by steam.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
The Reason of Our Success.
The substantial progress Lafayette has made in recent years is the subject of much favorable comment at home and abroad. There was a time when our people remained content to drift along with the natural current, and in those days our progress was on a par of that of the snail. Several years ago however, we discovered that we could help our condition very materially by all pulling together in matters affecting the public welfare and for the purpose of establishing industrial enterprises, and we have been "pulling together" ever since ; and the results are so apparent on every hand that it is not necessary to enumerate them. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1901.
A serious accident happened at Broussardville last Sunday, in which fifteen persons were injured. A large crowd had gathered at the new public school building for the purpose of celebrating the opening of this new building for school purposes. Prof. Alcee Fortier of New Orleans was to be one of the speakers of the occasion. Just before the exercises were to begin, and while the Sontag Band was playing underneath the gallery, a large number of people crowded at the stairs and gallery, which proving too weak, broke and fell upon those beneath. Two of the Band members, Messrs. Anatole Piat and Eloi Broussard were seriously injured, the former being hurt about the head, and the latter in the chest. Mrs. Lucas Bernard was badly wounded, and Mr. Norbert Breaux's son had his arm broken, also a son of Mr. Geo. Malagarie was hurt about the chest, and a boy named Landry and a little girl of the name of Comeaux.
The gallery had only recently been built and had no posts to support it, and was not able to bear up the immense weight that was put upon it. The accident is greatly to be regretted. It was indeed fortunate that nothing more serious resulted. Owing to the accident the exercises were not carried out as intended.
Whilst the disaster is bound to be a subject of deep regret, yet no blame is attached to anyone in particular by those who were present and are familiar with the circumstances attending the accident. The yielding of the platform and staircase was not due to faulty construction, but they were never intended to withstand such a great strain as was put on them at the time, and which it was impossible to foresee. On the other hand it very gratifying to note the absence of any fatalities, and to be able to report continued improvement in the condition of all the injured persons, all of whom are expected to make a complete recovery. No attempt was made after the accident to hold the dedication exercises, but it was decided to postpone them to a more favorable time, when it is hoped nothing will occur to interfere with the carrying out of the original intention of the school officers and the citizens of Broussard to make the event a pleasant and memorable one in the lives of the people. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
The Martin Gas Creek.
Assessor A. M. Martin reported to the Advertiser that he and other parties have contracted to have a well bored on the place called the "Martin Gas Creek" about one mile from the town of Lafayette. The following are the contractors: Joseph Espola, broker and real estate agent of Mobile, Alabama ; P. D. Dowlen, state auditor and county tax collector of Mobile and Marcus R. Williams, president of the Cosmopolitan Bank of Baltimore, Md.The lease contracted for consists of 80 acres furnished by the following parties:A. M. Martin, 20 arpents;
Jos. A. Chargois, 10 arpents;
Mrs. Edgard martin, 10 arpents;
C. G. Bienvenue, 10 arpents;
C. D. Caffery, 10 arpents;
Richard Bros, 20 arpents.
The boring is to commence in 90 days from date and forfeit of $1,000 was agreed to in case of failure.
Mr. Martin also received a sum necessary to build the derrick and everything will be ready to start next Monday.
The Advertiser always admired Mr. Martin in his efforts in the oil question and wish him full success which he so justly deserves.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
Lafayette will have a Base Ball Nine This Season.
There is a movement on foot to organize a good nine of ball players, Lafayette has some fine material and it is possible to make up a splendid nine here. It is the intention of the promoters to call on the merchants for some financial assistance which, no doubt, they will readily give. There is no sport that exceeds in popularity and it is some which always arouses enthusiasm with the proper effort which will probably be made, our citizens out to enjoy some excellent playing this season. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
Court Term Opened. - Judge Debaillon opened a term of criminal court last Monday. The grand jury is composed of the following: J. A. Roy, Foreman; Israel Prejean, Alf. A. Delhomme, P. L. DeClouet, Octave Bertrand, L. J. Stelly, Jos. B. Dugas, Silas Hoffpauir, Louis Lacoste, J. R. Jeanmard, Emanuel Pellerin, D. A. Dupleix.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
Women's Suffrage Convention.
The railroads composing the Southeastern Passenger Association have agreed to give a one fare, plus $1.25 for the round trip, from all points South of the Potomac to all attending the Thirty-fifth convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Convention, which will be held in New Orleans from March 19th, to 25th, inclusive.
The tickets will be on sale March 16th, and will be good until April 30th. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/14/1903.
The past week has been a rather wet one, and has delayed the farmers considerably in their work.
Attorney Girard and Kennedy, who were appointed by the court to defend the negro, McCoy, filed a motion for a change of venue.
Mr. Gabriel Beadle brought to The Advertiser office on Thursday a large cabbage, weighing 13 pounds, which is on exhibition in the office window. This cabbage is another evidence of the great productivity of our soil, and is another demonstration of its adaptability for garden truck.
Breaux Bridge is preparing to build a brick factory, which will have a capacity of 30,000 bricks daily.
There will be regular services at the Episcopal Church, to-morrow evening at 7:30.
Mr. Bernstoff Schroder, who left Copenhagen in August 1901 on a tour of the world, arrived in Lafayette Thursday. He is traveling handcuffed and wears a badge with Reporter for Police Gazette written on it. The tour is being made on a wager.
The Grand Jury made its report Wednesday, returning twenty-one true bills, and nine not true. The Jury advocated local taxation for the schools, which the report says is overcrowded. A change in the system of roads was also urged. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 14th, 1891:
THE ROAD TAX.
From the opinions of our correspondents, and from what we can learn of the sentiment of the parish at large, it seems to be generally conceded that a direct road tax is the popular and most feasible plan for solving the vexed problem of "better roads." Our Police Jury has appointed a committee to draft an ordinance for levying a road tax. In order to equalize the burden of taxation as much as possible and to reach the colored population (which is equally benefited), we believe the ordinance should be so framed that persons who have no property assessed should be required to pay a poll-tax of $1.00 for road purposes, also, a person who has property assessed, the pro rata road tax upon the valuation of which does not reach $1.00, should be required to pay a poll tax of $1.00 for road purposes. Larger assessments, of course, to be exempt from the poll tax feature. One road overseer for the parish, at a commensurate salary, should be elected by the Police Jury, and required to give bond for the faithful performance of his duties. The Police Jury should hire one or more civil engineers to survey all the public roads of the parish, fix the grades and point out the natural drainage, and furnish a map of same for the guidance of the road overseer. One survey would be sufficient for a number of years. The rich in lands and stock could not complain that they would bear to much of the burden; they would be benefited in proportion. Good roads would enhance the value of their lands and make them more sought after by purchasers or tenants. Those whose lands are suffered to be idle would have an incentive to make them available. We have a case in point. In a city in New England a wealthy but miserly old gentleman owned a couple of lots on the corner of a square, in the center of a rapidly growing city, occupied by an old tumbledown building. This property he refused to sell and insisted upon assessing at a low rate, willing for the thrift and energy of his neighbors to enhance the value of his property. The assessor heard him refuse $75,000 for the lots, and when he came to assess the property raised the assessment from $2,500 to $125,000, one-third of its value. Immediately the old gentleman tore down the dilapidated old building and erected a couple of elegant and most desirable brick structures, saying that as he was now compelled to pay a reasonable tax he might as well make his property available. Again, in a year or two the parish roads could be brought into as good condition as the streets of our town, and once in this state could be kept up at light expense, consequently the road tax would be much lighter. We would then have a road system upon which we could depend, or the road overseer would "hear something drop." We would be pleased to hear from some of our public spirited citizens. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1891.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/14/1891.
Mr. Fred Mouton is building for himself a neat and commodious residence on his property in Mouton's addition. This quarter of our town is rapidly filling up with handsome family residences.
Gerac Bros. & Pellerin are still hauling cotton from the country, and their gin is still running. It will probably be the end of the month before they will have the season's work closed up.
After a hard struggle vegetation has at last donned its Spring. It is not quite so "green" now as it was last year when it allowed the freeze to "clip its feathers."
Last Saturday lots 9 and 10, in block 6, in McComb's Addition to the town of Lafayette (residence of the late Albert V. Jeffers), was sold at public sale by Lucile Jones, Administratrix, and purchased by Capt. Pat Drury for $500.00 cash.
We are reliably informed that the contract for building Mrs. O. J. Sprole's two-story residence has been let to one of our prominent home contractors, Mr. Fred Mouton, instead of Mr. Albert Hanson, of Franklin, as stated in the Vindicator; and that Mr. Mouton, as usual, will superintend the construction.
We note that several little cottages are being erected by the thrifty and economical members of our colored population, both in "Freetown" and out beyond railroad. This is a much more judicious and commendable way of investing hard earned money than putting it in "craps" which produces neither cotton, corn, nor anything to "keep the pot boiling."
Judge A. J. Moss has built, in the rear of his large lumber warehouse, another large commodious building, which is to be used as a charcoal warehouse. It is covered with "Fay's Manilla-Leather Roofing," which makes a remarkably smooth and handsome roof, perfectly weather proof and very durable. The Manilla-Leather after being tacked on to the sheeting is covered with one coat of patent lead paint, which makes it resist the warping action of the sun's rays. It is said to be cheaper than first-class shingles, and equally as good. Judge Moss is acting agent for the roofing here. Several buildings in town have been covered with it.
Miss Lucie Mouton, one of the charming young ladies of St. Martinville, daughter of Judge C. H. Mouton, was in town during the week visiting relatives and friends.
Miss Louise Revillon have just received from New Orleans her Spring and Summer stock of ladies' shoes. She invites the inspection of the public.
Last Monday those engaged in the Lafayette Dramatic and Educational Association, for the benefit of a high school at Lafayette, held an interesting meeting at the City Hall. A permanent organization was affected by the election of Mr. Julian Mouton as President, and Mr. C. O. Mouton secretary. The next meeting will be held Monday next, when the different committees will be appointed, and the projected work of the association will be pushed forward. The energy and determination with which this association has pushed this enterprise argues success, which we hope will be their's.
We are overjoyed to hear once more from our genial and humorous old friend "Stick-in-the-Mud," and to learn that he is safe and sound. Several weeks ago we heard the report that he had been caught napping and captured by the road overseer of that ward, who took him to the worst bog hole in the road between here and Scott and drove him down head first, leaving the soles of his shoes to form a bridge which proved a perfect godsend to the traveling public. At first we were a little incredulous as to the story possessed such a transemblence to the truth that we also "got stuck on it." However, we felt no alarm for him. We knew that as soon as the water began to settle down and the roads to dry up, his natural antipathy to water and his proclivities for "being dry" would force him to the surface. Old pard, shake!
Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1891.
We note that the street committee have commenced work on the streets and ditches. Let the good work go on.
We have had considerable weather during the week, including a white frost Monday morning and rain now and then for a change. We are thinking of laying in a summer supply of coal.
The New Iberia Enterprise says: The many friends of Hon. John M. Avery will learn with profound regret that he is lying critically ill in New Orleans at the residence of his brother in law, Col. Wm. Preston Johnson. He has been in bad health for some time past, and the said intelligence was received a few days ago that his physicians had abandoned all hope of his recovery. Young and with a fine physique, we hope he may safely pass the critical period and be restored to health. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1891.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 14th, 1874:
CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.
Pursuant to a call by the Mayor, the City Council met at the Court House on the 3d day of March 1874.
Present: A. Monnier, Mayor, and Councilmen Girouard, Landry, Latiolais and McBride. Absent: Brandt and Revillon.
The Mayor called the Council to order,
On motion it was resolved, that the committee on streets be and is hereby authorized to call upon the Street contractor, and notify him that unless the streets are delivered in good order as per contract, to the satisfaction of and within such time as the Committee may see fit, the Council will consider the balance due him on the contract forfeited.
On motion the Council adjourned till next regular meeting.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1874.
To Entertain at Vermilionville. - We have the pleasure of announcing to our readers that the celebrated Doctor Mehay, the great legerdemain, will shortly give an entertainment in Vermilionville, for the benefit of the Mount Carmel Convent. The entertainment will take place in the new Convent building ; the exact time of the Doctor's arrival will be hereafter made known to the public. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1874.
New Stock. - The numerous customers of Mr. J. H. Wise will be happy to learn that he has lately returned from New Orleans with a magnificent stock of goods, which he offers at prices which the times demand. He invites all persons to visit his store and satisfy themselves by a thorough examination of his stock. His polite and gentlemanly young clerk, Mr. Herbert Eastin, will be always ready to receive and accomodate visitors. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1874.
Property for Sale.
A small farm situated near Vermilionville, about one mile from the Morgan Louisiana & Texas R. R. line, on the west side of the Bayou Vermilion, with a front of (4)arpents on said Bayou containing seventy five 52/100 superficial arpents, with wood in sufficient quantity thereon for the use of the place, and a good dwelling house and other improvements. Near the dwelling house, there is a beautiful spring of fine, pure and cool water. The soil is of the first quality.
2. Three tracts of land, situated near Vermilionville, in the immediate vicinity of the Morgan Louisiana & Texas R. R. line, fronting on the bayou Vermilion, containing respectively sixty-six 29/100, sixty-six 91/100 and sixty one 81/100 superficial arpents. The soil is of the first quality. Either of these tracts offers great advantage for country residence and for fishing.
3. Also three other tracts of land, situated in the immediate rear of the preceding tracts containing each seventy-two 14/100 superficial arpents, and within a few arpents of the Morgan Louisiana & Texas R. R. line.
4. A tract of land situated in the parish of Lafayette about 5 miles north of Vermilionville on the public road to Opelousas, containing One Hundred and fifty-three 40/100 superficial arpents more or less, with a good dwelling house, kitchen, store room, corn crib, stables, 2 good small buildings for laborers.
A very fine tract of land about five miles from Vermilionville Court House, situated on the East bank of Bayou Vermilion, having a front of seven arpents on said bayou by forty arpents in depth.
6. W 1/2 of S. E. 1/4 of Sect. T. 12, S. R. 2 E. containing eighty 54/100 acres.
7. N. E. 1/4 of Sect. 25, T. 12, S. R. 2 E. in Southwest Land District of Louisiana, containing 160 acres, bounded by land of Joseph Nunez and Joseph Lamar ; about 1/2 can be cultivated and the balance good pasturage ; about 3 miles Southwest of Abbeville, La.
For further description and price address:
MOUTON & DEBAILLON,
Attorneys at Law,
Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1874.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 14th, 1913:
NEW PARISH INDUSTRY
Attakapas Poultry Farm at Broussard Raising Fine Fowls Well Stocked and Increasing.
While in Broussard Wednesday a reporter of The Advertiser had the pleasure of being shown over the Attakapas Poultry Farm by Mr. LeBlanc. The farm was established about four months by Mr. L. P. LeBlanc and Mr. H. Billeaud and put in charge of Mr. Mathieu Ophe. A tract of 12 acres just back of the parochial school is used. It is high and drains into a large pond and makes a fine place for raising poultry.
The farm is already stocked well with fine Indian Runner Ducks, Barred Rocks and Single Comb Rhode Island Reds. Mr. LeBlanc showed the writer the several houses and runways where he had his best chickens and they are certainly fine fowls. The greatest care, he says is being taken to develop the best hens and cocks possible.
They have a fine lot of Indian Runner ducks, and some not old enough to lay.
The most interesting part was a visit to the incubator room, where there were 1,200 eggs in process of incubation. Stepping through a door we were in the brooding room, which is kept at the right temperature by steam pipes fed from an automatic heater which regulates the heat.
In the various runways were 460 baby chicks from a day or so old to several weeks old. They were lively as crickets, all healthy and had learned to scratch for a living, which they are taught to do to force them to exercise for health. The most of the chicks were from a batch of 350 eggs, all of which were hatched except three and were saved.
The farm to date represents an investment of $2,500, and it is the intention of Messrs. Hebert & LeBlanc to expand the business, by raising eggs and broilers for market in addition to their specialty of fine stock.
The start has been most promising and the prospects for a big and profitable poultry farm appear very bright. Certainly in this new industry for the parish they deserve, and we hope will have, a big success. Lafayette Advertiser 3/14/1913.
USEFUL AND SUGGESTIVE.
- Oyster Sauce. --- One-half pint oysters, one pint boiling water; boil three minutes, skim well; stir in one-half cup of butter, beaten to a cream, with a tablespoonful of flour; let come to a boil; serve with boiled turkey. - N. Y. World.
- Rock Candy. --- Fasten threads across the top of a dish, and when the candy has boiled a few moments, and nearly cooled, pour over the threads arranged to form a mesh an inch square; pour slowly that the candy may have time to crystallize. - Housekeeper.
- Cranberry Potpie. --- Prepare the first sauce in a porcelain-lined kettle. Cover with squares of biscuit dough, or make the dough into a roll, not very large, and lay it along side of the kettle, leaving a center to be filled by the boiling berries. Eat with sauce or with cream and sugar. - Good Housekeeping.
- Chickens in Batter. --- Joint young and tender chickens, wipe with a damp cloth and sprinkle with fine salt. Make a batter with three eggs, half a cup of sweet cream, a spoonful of butter and wheat flour to thicken. Dip each piece in the butter. Have two spoonfuls of butter in a hot spider, and when melted spread the bottom with chicken. Cover closely for a few minutes, as the steam helps to make the chicken tender. Then uncover and let it brown before turning, lifting it with a knife occasionally. - N. Y. World.
- Cracker Toast. --- Toast twelve hard crackers and break each one into three or four pieces. Put them into a colander and pour over them quickly a quart of boiling water. It is better to put only half of the crackers into the colander at once in order that the water may reach every piece. Put a few pieces into a hot dish and season with salt, pepper and melted butter; them more cracker and more seasoning, and so on, till all is used up. It takes quite an amount of butter to season them. One-quarter of a pound will be none too much for the number of crackers given. Serve them at once, as they cool very quickly, and are not good unless eaten hot. - Boston Budget.
- Hickory Nut Cake (cost 25 1/4 cents.) --- One-half pound each of sugar, butter and flour, whites of four eggs, one teacupful sweet milk, one teaspoonful extract of lemon, two heaping teaspoonfuls of baking powder mixed thoroughly in the flour. Beat sugar and butter to a cream, add eggs, then milk and flour and baking powder, and lastly, the flavoring. Filling: One-fourth pound of sugar, white of one egg, three-eighths of a teacupful of hickory nut meats chopped rather fine. Beat the egg stiff, then add the sugar and nuts. Frosting: One-fourth pound sugar, whites of two eggs, one-third teacupful of hickory nuts. Beat the eggs stiff, add the sugar, frost the cake, then lay on the half kernels. Lafayette Advertiser 3/3/1894.