WORK OF SAFE BLOWERS.
Saturday night burglars entered the jewelry store of P. Krauss and made an attempt upon the safe. They were evidently expert at their business, at the neat, workmanlike hole, bored just at the proper point to get at the lock showed. In this hole a dynamite cartridge was inserted and exploded wrecking the outer door. The lock to the inner door was drilled, but the robbers must have become frightened at this stage of their work, for Mr. Krauss found the inner door hard and tight: When he forced it open, he found everything all right, not an article missing. Nor had anything been taken from the store. The burglars entered from the rear by prizing open the door. Every effort is being made by the officers to get trace of the criminals, but without success as yet.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
A Little Tabasco.
THE TRADE INDEX for February contains the following flattering reference to "Green-Heart-Label" extract of Tabasco sauce manufactured by a New Iberia company of which a native and former resident of Lafayette, Mr. C. P. Moss, is president and general manager. There are a number of Lafayette people who are interested as stockholders in this company, and the "Green-Heart-Label" is well and favorably known in this locality:
The success of the New Iberia Extract of Tabasco Pepper Company in popularizing its "Green-Heart-Label" extract of Tabasco pepper seems to have given the McIlhenny people a bad case of "nerves:" though why a demonstration of the superior quality of a competitive article should have such an effect upon supposedly level-headed business men we are at a loss to understand. The fact remains, however, and THE TRADE INDEX is a resultant sufferer, since, Mr. McIlhenny has been at some pains to inform our business manager that he would never again to business with THE TRADE INDEX, or any other journal that had had the temerity to publish his competitor in the manufacture of Tabasco Pepper Extract. Now, in cases of this kind - and we have to deal with them occasionally - it has always been our policy to let well enough alone, more particularly in instances like the present, when "well enough" represents an article in every respect the equal of that placed upon the market by the complainant. It is no fault of ours that the New Iberia Extract of Tabasco Pepper Company should have tendered to the trade an article equal to merit to McIlhenny's Tabasco Sauce, nor do we care to be called to account by Mr. McIlhenny because of his business troubles. The advertising columns of THE TRADE INDEX are wide open to all reputable manufacturers of food supplies, and we are glad to do business with them at card rates, but when it comes to casting out the advertisement of one concern in order to secure that of another, even though the substitute may offer substantial pecuniary inducements (something, we are pleased to say Mr. McIlhenny has not done), it should not be necessary to assure our readers that THE TRADE INDEX is not in that line of business, has never been, and never will be.
We will try to get along the best we can without the advertisement of McIlhenny's Tabasco Sauce, consoling ourselves with the knowledge that the Green-Heart-Label Extract of Tabasco Pepper is, an absolute matter of fact, "just as good." This is the point that concerns our readers, and with that point covered, our interest in the matter ceases.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
THE BATON ROUGE ROAD.
There is an old saying that opportunity knocks once at every man's gate, but in these twentieth century days it is out of fashion to wait for the knock. He who would succeed must find or create his own opportunities. And that is exactly what we of Lafayette should do, find or create opportunities for the growth and development of the town. We have a progressive league; let is president call the members together, and then all together earnestly and determinedly set to work to do something.
A fair start was towards the building of the Baton Rouge-Lafayette road - why not take up the matter again and carry it as far as possible. Obstacles look very big sometimes, but when attacked in the proper spirit, they often dwindle to insignificant proportions, and though the roadway may look like a big proposition for us, let remember that confidence and hard work, joined with patience, have accomplished wonders. By all means let us have a long try, a strong try and a try altogether for the road. And then keep on trying till we get them. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC.
In the conviction that the highest mission of the press is to serve humanity by encouraging the good and opposing the evil in this life, the present owners of The Advertiser have steadfastly refused to lend the aid of the advertising columns of this paper for extending the harmful influence of the liquor traffic and the quack medicine trade, both of which are agencies are actively at work undermining the health and the happiness of the human family.
Every intelligent person knows that alcohol is a brain poison and that, as such it is, it is a most fruitful source of crime, misery, insanity and pauperism. In proof of this charge we need only to consult the records in every civilized country or penal institutions, insane asylums, almshouses and poorhouses, which show that the downfall of from eighty to ninety per cent of the inmates is traceable to strong drink.
The liquor traffic by striking as the intelligence and morals of the people becomes a powerful foe of progress and civilization, and the saloon, as the recognized institution for pandering to the weak side of humanity and alluring and educating men, women and children to use alcohol in the form of intoxicants, becomes the most deadly enemy of the home and the family. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Mrs. Leo Judice entertained the Woman's Club Saturday, Feb. 11, at the home of Mrs. J. C. Nickerson. This was a well attended meeting, and being election of officers much enthusiasm was displayed. The president called the meeting to order. After the roll was called and all business transacted the election was held, resulting as follows: Mrs. Davis, president; Mrs. Pellerin; second vice-president; Mrs. Biossat, recording secretary; Mrs. LeRosen, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Martin, treasurer. There being no further business, the adjourned; after which Mrs. Judice invited the ladies into the dining room where was was assisted by Mrs. J. C. Nickerson and Miss Octavie Cayret in serving a most elaborate luncheon. The Club will meet March 25 with Mrs. Baxter Clegg as hostess. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Southern Orchard Planting Co. Have Purchased 140 Acres and Will Go Into the Business of Pecan Raising.
Last week the Southern Orchard Planting Co. acquired the Browser place east of Lafayette, containing 140 acres for the purpose of establishing a pecan nursery.
Work has already begun and ten acres have been sown with seed, and 2,000 young trees of the finest varieties have been planted to furnish budding stock.
Vice-president F. Bingham states that is the intention of the company to increase the orchard to half a million productive trees a year. A number of Lafayette citizens are interested in the company, having taken stock. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
HOME MISSION NOTES.
By Local Superintendent.
On Monday last the Home Mission society, held its regular monthly meeting at the Methodist parsonage. The president Mrs. E. R. Kennedy gave an enthusiastic talk on the work of the society, dwelling especially on the Deaconess department, describing a visit she paid to a deaconess home while in New York, all of which proved very interesting to those present as evidenced by numbers of questions being asked her concerning the work. Mrs. P. B. Torian, Miss Sallie Torian and Mrs. Dobbin were welcomed as new members into the society.
The secretary, Mrs. Crown Girard, reported $287.25 as having been collected during the past year. Miss Fadra Holmes was unanimously elected agent for "Our Homes," the organ of the Home Mission Society.
The Woman's Board of Home Missions will hold its annual meeting at Montgomery, Ala., April 14 to 2o, at Court street church. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Years have tended only to ripen, not wither the sweetness and genuine interest which surround the events marked out with such a true and masterly precision aimed at by James A. Herne in his favorite play, "Shore Acres."
The company which presented the play at the Dallas Opera House last night, and will be seen her again at matinee to-day and to-night, is under the management of the author's wife, Mrs. James A. Herne, and the east includes some of those who played with Mr. Herne in its original production. They, too, have ripened with the years and give their parts a homelike delineation so finished that the listener loses sight of the dual character and finds himself in the midst of the rural New England life.
The New England people, so sturdy of mold, have finished the impetus for most of the plays which deal with American home life, and while the type is confined to the East, still the pecularities, the combined coldness and sentiment, gives the best picture of what is typically American. "Shore Acres" can not outlive its beauty and interest, and by its homeliness and simplicity will appeal to and please humanity after plays more sparkling and brilliant will have paled.
James J. Galloway, as Nathaniel Berry, "who had played second fiddle" to his younger brother since boyhood was entirely sympathetic with the character. The scenes change from rural peacefulness to restiveness and storm and again to absolute peace in the last act, when Uncle Nat locks up, creaks up to bed and leaves the kitchen lighted only by the embers in the stove. The end is the crowning note of the entire production and fulfills of itself the motive of the writer in giving a true picture of homely farm life.
The play is beautifully staged and will cast, the four children doing their parts so naturally and well as to be enthusiastically encored. - Dallas News, March 11, 1905. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
From Manager Girard at the Jefferson:
Lafayette, La., March 14, 1905. - To the Patrons of the Jefferson Theatre;
I desire to call your personal attention to the first production in this city at the Jefferson Theatre on Monday evening, March 22, of James A. Herne's famous comedy-drama, "Shore Acres." This is the fourteenth year for this great play, which I guarantee will have a superb production here. The company carries a carload of scenery and mechanical effects and there are twenty players, including those wonderful Shore Acres children. Remember I assure everyone the best play, company and production ever seen in Lafayette and I am confident you will heartily enjoy those unusually fine entertainment. I have arranged fine entertainment. I have arranged with the management to play "Shore Acres" here at special prices, the whole lower floor to be one dollar and the balcony fifty-cents.
Seats will be on sale at Moss' Pharmacy, Saturday, March 18.
F. E. GIRARD.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
The Cane Crop.
[La. Planter and Sugar Mfr.]
Advices received from the country this week apparently indicate that the seed cane and stubbles, and, in fact that general situation of the crop, and all that could be desired, except in some instances where damage of some limited extent has been inflicted on the seed cane by local conditions. As there seems to have been an abundance of seed put down it is not probable that the intended acreage for this year will be curtailed in the slightest degree and all preparations are now going forward for a large crop.
The work on the plantations has been pushed very actively and considerable progress has been made, the weather having been propitious for all this during the past ten days.
From the La. Planter and Sugar Mfr. and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Pipe Line Office Opened.
The pipe line from Jennings to the Atchafalaya is being rapidly laid and it is expected to be completed in thirty days as far as Lafayette, should the weather permit, and to the Atchafalaya by June 1st. Messrs. Carnes, Benckenstein, who are building the pipe line, have opened an office in the brick building adjoining the First National Bank, which will have charge over the Louisiana business.
J. W. Jolly is general manager and in the office are: J. Strangham, E. Polk and W. C. Blair, stenographer. A. M. Martin is also connected with the pipe line company. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Four Wagons. - The People's Cotton Oil Co., in order to give the people of Lafayette more prompt and efficient service this summer, have decided to put on four ice wagons instead of three as last summer. This will be pleasing news to those who happened to be on the end of the routes and got their ice at noon or later. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Negro Arrested. - Thursday Sheriff Lacoste and Deputy Saul Broussard arrested a negro named Alfred Nelson who is wanted in St. Mary parish on a charge of having killed a negro at Glencoe. He acknowledged to the officers that he is the man wanted, but claims self defense.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Lafayette, La., March 12, 1905.
Editor Lafayette Advertiser,
Dear Sir: - Kindly publish the enclosed clipping and statement which I make to you for the benefit of Mr. Whitmeyer, his friends and relatives. This is an exact copy of which I mail to the Editor of the Crowley Signal.
Suspects in Whitmeyer Assault Case at Liberty.
Isaac Friedman and Joseph Clayton who were arrested some two weeks ago charged with the assault of Conductor Whitmeyer at Rayne, were released this morning by Sheriff Murrel. Clayton claims that he and Friedman were in Crowley on the night of the assault and have proof of it. He stated that he has proof that Whitmeyer was drunk at the time of the assault that is said to have occurred and that the conductor fell from the train. The authorities here say a whiskey bottle was found near Whitmeyer was found prostrate.
Friedman and Clayton are photographers and live in Chicago. They spend the winters in the South and have been doing so for a number of years.
The watch said to have been stolen from the conductor was later found in the caboose of the train. - Crowley Signal, March 11, 1905.
Lafayette, La., March 12, 1905.
Editor Crowley Signal,
Dear Sir: - Under heading of your paper of March 11, 1905,
I would like to mention that the article in your paper is absolutely false as to Conductor Whitmeyer being drunk, and if any of the authorities can produce any such evidence, I would like for them to do so or the parties that were arrested.
If Conductor Whitmeyer, as so stated, was drunk, how could he have walked over the top of his train of 49 cars in order to let me know the work to be done at Rayne?
He left me on arrival at Rayne, as I suppose, to go to rear end of train to protect same, as Brakeman Van Ness came over and gave us each our hand lamp; rear brakeman remained with me to set out cars at said station. Now I would request you, Mr. Editor or reporter, whoever took this "clip" and printed in your "Crowley Signal," how would Conductor Whitmeyer reach his caboose, fall out of same when he did not get any further than about 15 car lengths of his train?
Furthermore, Conductor Whitmeyer was not found by anyone, nor does anyone know where the assault was made anymore than blood was seen the next day on some grass and rocks near the road bed.
I believe it is very poor judgment in the party that took this evidence from the suspected parties, without getting more proof, to turn around and release them.
I was acquainted with Sheriff Murrell when he came to Lafayette and saw him on the night train last Wednesday morning and spoke about the case again; mainly about how the watch was found. I will here explain, Mr. Editor how the watch was found.
I think nine days after the accident occurred the watch was found in caboose and in same "locker," on which Conductor Whitmeyer was laid. In this special place are kept nothing but iron, such as, brasses, knuckles, bars, jack-screws, in fact, iron of all description. Mr. J. S. Hackett has had access to this locker every day that he was out on the road, and why is it that on this particular day at 9:40 a. m., at Roanoke, La., in the presence of Brakeman H. Reynolds and myself, Brakeman Hackett pulled the watch out without a scratch.
Now, Mr. Editor or Reporter, whoever took the trouble to print this, you should, if you are up to date, get a little more evidence. I would also inform you that I will have a copy of this printed in The Gazette and Advertiser of Lafayette, La., just as I send it to you. Any information you wish to know, you can obtain from the undersigned.
I am, Respectfully yours,
C. H. HARNISCH,
Brakeman for Conductor Whitmeyer, Lafayette, La.
P. S. My belief is that the watch was put in cab while all hands were out working. We will learn later. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., March 6, 1905. A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, Felix Demanade, Geo. A. DeBlanc, Henry Fontenot, D. V. Gardebled, John O. Mouton, M. Rosenfield.
Moved and seconded that minutes of last regular meeting be approved as read. Carried.
Mr. Geo. A. DeBlanc, chairman finance committee submitted the following letter to the Council.
Chicago, Ills., Feb. 23, 1905.
Mr. Geo. A. DeBlanc, chairman finance committee, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Dear Sir: - We are in receipt of your esteemed favor of the 18th inst., advising us that you have funds with which to pay bonds Nos. 15, 16 and 34 and the interest due March 1, 1905. These three bonds amount to $1,500, and the interests on the issue amounts to $1,350, making a total of $2,850. Kindly send us New York or Chicago exchange for this amount, and we will cancel these three bonds and the coupons and send them to you.
As soon as you have made this payment we will take up with the owner of the bonds the matter of extending the balance of the bonds due March 1, 1905, to March 1, 1906, and we have no doubt but what we can arrange this for you all right.
Yours very truly,
F. R. FULTON, & CO.
The chairman of the finance committee reported that a check had been sent to cover the amount as stated in above letter.
Lafayette, La., March 2, 1905.
To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council: - As requested by your Honor, asking that our company, Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1, make a test of the rubber hoses, purchased by the City Council for the fire department of the City; will say that on March 2, 1905, a test of said rubber hoses were made by our foreman and under a pressure of one hundred pounds, three section of said hoses were bursted and that the balance of other sections of said rubber hoses would have been bursted under a like pressure, and we therefore consider said rubber hoses worthless and no use in case of fire.
President Fire Co., No. 1.
And considering the above report the Mayor was instructed by the City Council to notify Lacoste Hardware Co., of the purport of the same and that said hose purchased of them under guarantee should be replaced by a good quality of hose without delay and Mr. E. Mouisset of said Company, being present took cognizance of said instructions and waived other notice.
Resolved that this council hereby declares that the charge made by R. C. Greig, editor of The Gazette, that this council has used the revenue derived from the special tax for Water and Light for purposes other than the one provided by Law to be absolutely false and misleading. Carried unanimously.
The following bills were approved:
Treasurer's report month of February, 1905.
F. V. MOUTON, Treasurer.
FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT.
Treasurer's report January 31, 1905.
The collector has collected and turned into the treasury in taxes, licenses, lights, water, etc., $29,387.51; his commission at 3 per cent, amounts to $881.63, for which the council should issue warrants in payment to date.
GEO. A. DEBLANC, A. E. MOUTON, D. V. GARDEBLED.
Lafayette, La., January 31, 1905.
To the Lafayette City Council of the town of Lafayette, La.
Gentlemen: - Your finance committee respectfully report that they have this day examined the books of the collector and treasurer, checked off and cancelled the warrants of the latter officer finding all correct. The collections and disbursements since our last preceding report Oct. 31, 1904, have been as follows:
The mayor reported an additional item expense for teachers meeting in December leaving balance $223.25 instead of $248.25 as previously reported in meeting of February 8, 1905.
The secretary reported the following warrants drawn during the month of February and up-to-date and the same were approved and ordered spread on the minutes. Carried.
SPECIAL FUND. PT. 1
SPECIAL FUND PT. 2
There being no further business Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
J. P. COLOMB, Assistant Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/15/1905.
Pelican Fire Co., elected the following officers Wednesday: President, Geo. H. DeClouet; Vice-president, Louis Chopin; Secretary and Treasurer, Robt. McFaddin; Foreman, Aymar Guidry; 1st Assistant, A. B. Chopin; 2nd Assistant, Raoul Pellerin; Nozzlemen, Vic Chopin and C. A. Benoit.
Saturday Dr. Felix Girard sold his town place to Geo. T. Hedges, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The deal was made through the J. C. Nickerson real estate agency.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Levy were gladdened Sunday morning by the arrival of a fine boy.
Mr. Vic Levy and family have returned from Hot Springs after a lengthy visit to Mrs. Levy's parents.
Mrs. E. L Stephens and little daughter returned Sunday from New Orleans where she has been visiting relatives.
Dr. E. L. Stephens has returned from Milwaukee, Wis., where he went to attend a department meeting of the National Education Association.
J. C. Nickerson has been confined to his room several days by illness. He is reported better.
Mrs. E. R. Kennedy and Mrs. Crow Girard left Saturday for Sour Lake to be gone several weeks.
Hot baths in a warm room and every surrounding to make it pleasant, at The Gordon Shaving Parlors.
J. A. Deffez, of the Lafayette Mattress Factory, made a business trip to New Orleans during the week. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 15th, 1902:
Books for the Library - Literary Society Will Entertain on March 22.
Slowly but surely the library of the Industrial Institute is growing in size. This is very gratifying and speaks well for this community, the public spiritedness of whose citizens is evidenced not only in the Institute itself, but by the way they manifest their interest in its welfare by either lending their interest in its welfare by either lending or giving books to the library. Col. Gus. A. Breaux presented the following books last week. Advance and Retreat, by Gen. J. B. Hood, 1 volume; Gen. Beauregard, by Alfred Roman, 2 volumes; The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, by Jefferson Davis, 2 volumes; Philip II, by Wm. H. Prescott, 2 volumes; Dictionaire Geneologique des Familes Canadiennes, by l'Abbe Cyprien Fauquay. These books, with those presented by Mrs. John Clegg and the great number loaned by Dr. F. E. Girard, make quite a fine appearance in the library of the Institute.
Enthusiasm runs high in the Literary Society this week owing to the fact that there will be an open session of that body on the night of the 22d instant. Everybody is expected to turn out and all are sure to do so. These young people need and expect encouragement. So let no one interested in the school and its progress fail to be on hand. A good programme is being prepared and there will be no charge for admission.
The last number of the lecture course this season will be given on Tuesday, the 1st of April. This will be Gavin Spence and Flora McDonald, the accomplished Scottish entertainers. These people come well recommended, and in their "Auld Scotch Sangs," this bonnie lassie and braw Scot will reach the hearts of many. Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
Elects a Chief and Other Officers For the Ensuing Year.
About two hundred firemen, members of the three fire organizations of the town, met in Falk's hall Monday to elect officers to serve during the ensuing year. It was no doubt the largest meeting of firemen ever held in Lafayette. The good natured rivalry arising from election of a chief had stirred the boys as never before and as a consequence the enrollment of each of the three companies had been largely increased. Number One marshaled its forces in an effort to land District Attorney Campbell in the office of chief and Home Company stood loyally by Mr. F. V. Mouton. Single handed Home Company would have been unable to elect its man, but it made what reformed politicians call an "unholy combination" with Hook & Ladder Company. Number One fought with unswerving fealty to its favorite, but at the outset it was clearly evident that it could not hope to win against the combined strength of the two other companies. A count of the ballots showed that 105 votes had been cast for Mr. Mouton and 85 for Campbell. In announcing the result, Mr. Campbell, who was temporary chairman, referred to the friendly nature of the rivalry which animated the firemen in the contest and expressed much satisfaction at the active interest shown in the result of the election. In a brief well-worded speech Mr. Mouton thanked the department for the honor conferred upon him. The meeting furnished ample evidence that the fire department of Lafayette is a vigorous, public-spirited organization, composed of men determined to do their duty in any emergency.
The officers elected are: President, A. E. Mouton; vice-president, Louis Lacoste; secretary, B. J. Pellerin; chief, F. V. Mouton; assistant chief, Arthur LeBlanc. Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
Hook and Ladder Company. - Hook and Ladder Company held a meeting on the 10th of March and elected the following officers: P. L. DeClouet, president: M. Rosenfield, vice-president; Geo. DeBlanc, secretary; James Radcliff, foreman; E. Pellerin, 1st assistant; J. C. Nickerson, 2d assistant; Aymar Guidry and George Pefferkorn, nozzlemen; George DeClouet, keyman. A number of new members were enrolled. Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
The Court House Square. - It is to be hoped that the Police Jury will not disfigure the court-house square by building an unsightly fence around the jail. It appears to us that a neat iron fence from four to five feet high will be all that is necessary to keep the public from interfering with the prisoners. Let the jailer be instructed to arrest all persons who will enter the jailyard. Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
Syrians on Warpath. - Yesterday morning there was an outbreak of hostilities among the Syrian population of Lafayette. The fight grew out of legal controversy. As the Syrians have not yet contracted the American habit of fighting with weapons, none was seriously injured. A number of black-eyes and bruised noses were the results. Several arrests were made.
Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
Grand Auction at Crowley. - Crowley has a population of 6,000 people. It has eight of the largest rice mills in the country, and another one contracted for. Eight large irrigating canals have their headquarters here. We have waterworks, electric lights: a $35,000 opera-house; $25,000 city hall and market house. Will soon have an electric line; a $75,000 hotel, and a $75,000 hotel, and a $75,000 court house. Everybody who attends this sale will participate in the drawing of a Crowley lot valued at $250, or $250 in gold. W. W. DUSON & BRO. Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
To the Public. - Having decided to retire from the mercantile business I will close my store on or about Monday, March 17, 1902. As I will dispose of my stock at cost price I have some very advantageous bargains to offer.
Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902.
The City Council met in regular session, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, H. H, Hohorts, F. Demanade.
A petition signed by more than one-third of the property tax-payers of this town, asking that a special election be ordered to take the sense of the property tax-payers of this town upon a proposition to levy taxes for public improvements therein named, was present to the Council and read, and thereupon the following ordinance was unanimously adopted.
Ordering a special election in accordance with Act 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1898, and Article 232 of the Constitution, at which there shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the general election laws of said State, the question of levying special taxes aggregating five mills on the dollar per annum on the assessed valuation of property therein for a period of twenty-five years beginning with the first day of January 1902, and the issuance of bonds thereon for the following purposes to-wit:
1. To procure grounds and buildings for a first class, modern High School.
2. The extension of the water mains of said town, and for the extension of the electric light system therein.
3 To procure ground and building for a first-class public market house.
4. To call in redeem outstanding bonds for the sum of thirty thousand dollars bearing six per cent annual interest issued under Act 90 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State of 1896, to obtain a present water and light syste, of this town, said outstanding bonds to be replaced by five per cent bonds with greater length of time for redemption; said tax being set forth in detail in the body of this ordinance, and said election being ordered in conformity with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said town, same being hereto annexed and made part hereof; and providing further for the mode of holding said election, making returns thereof, etc.
SECTION I. Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., in regular session convened that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said town of Lafayette, La., on Thursday, April 3, 1902, at which election there shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, the question of levying the following special taxes to wit:
1. To procure grounds and buildings, for a first class, modern High School for white children in said town, a special tax of one mill and a half on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, on which tax bonds shall be issued for the sum of $24,000.
2. For the extension of the water mains and electric light system of said town, a special tax of one mill on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $14,000.
3. To procure the ground and building for a first-class public market house a special tax of one-half of one mill on the dollar upon the valuation of property aforesaid shall be levied and collected, and upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $12,000.
4. To retire and replace the outstanding bonds issued under Act 90 of 1896 for the present water and light system and special tax of two mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation of property in said town and upon which bond shall be issued for the sum of $30,000.
All of which taxes shall be levied and collected and said bonds issued for the time and in the manner as herein above set forth, and title to said improvements shall lie in said municipality, and subject to the control of said City Council, and said bonds shall not be sold for less than par.
Moreover the net revenue derived from the operation of the said public marker shall be used to pay said $12,000 of bonds, which shall be distinguished from the other bonds described in this petition; and in case of necessity that the City Council shall have the power to expropriate ground for said improvements, upon the payment of just and reasonable compensation to the owner.
And we further petition that said propositions be submitted to the qualified voters at said election, in such manner that the voter may vote separately on each "for" or "against," as he may desire.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902. - I the undersigned Andre M. Martin, Assessor of the parish of Lafayette, La., after a careful examination of the assessment rolls of the town of Lafayette, La., of the year 1901, do hereby certify that the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette whose names are signed to the foregoing petition constitute more than one third of the property tax-payers of said town.
Witness my official signature this Feb. 3, 1902.
A. M. MARTIN,
SECTION II. Be it further ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of Louisiana at the court-house in the town of Lafayette, La., the polling place established in said town, and the ballots to be used at said election shall be prepared according to the laws of the State on that project.
SECTION III. Be it further ordained, That the Board of Supervisors of election for the parish of Lafayette are hereby authorized to appoint commissioners to serve at said polling place; to give due notice of said appointments and the time and place of holding said election as required by law in such cases.
SECTION IV. Be it further ordained, That the assessor of the parish of Lafayette shall furnish to the commissioners of election appointed to hold said election a complete list of the tax-payers of said town with the amount of their assessments respectively, duly certified, and shall also furnish a list of the property tax-payers who have registered as required by law.
SECTION V. Be it further ordained, That in the event that a majority of the tax-payers of said town voting at said election shall vote in favor of said taxes and for the issuance of said bonds, or of any part thereof then that said tax shall be assessed levied and collected and said bonds issued for the term of twenty-five (25) years beginning with the year 1902, and that said taxes thus voted and the public faith and credit of said town of Lafayette, La., shall be pledged to the payment of said bonds thus issued; and same to be issued in the said denominations to be herein after determined by this Council and to bear five per cent per annum interest from the issuance thereof and shall be payable in twenty-five years with the right in this Council to call in the same as said taxes collected. That said bonds shall not be sold for less than par.
SECTION VI. Be it further ordained, That the net revenue derived from the said public market and from the operation of the water and light plant of said town shall be used and is hereby pledged to the payment of the bonds in principal and interest issued for said works respectively; and in the event of the people voting in favor of said taxes and bonds, that in case of necessity of the City Council of said town of Lafayette, La., shall have power to expropriate ground for said improvements upon the payment of just and reasonable compensation to the owner.
SECTION VII. Be it further ordained, That such propositions as set forth in said petition in this ordinance shall be submitted to the qualified voters at said election in such manner (and the ballots shall be so prepared) that the voter may vote separately on each proposition "for" or "against" as he may desire.
SECTION VIII. Be it further ordained, That the commissioners of election shall receive the ballots of all property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box shall endorse thereon in the presence of the elector, unless the ballots shall have already been so endorsed the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property, and the commissioners shall make returns of the number of votes and the amounts of the assessed value of the property voted "for" and "against" the levy of said special taxes separately and in the manner contemplated by said petition and this ordinance.
Section IX. Be if further ordained by the said City Council of the town of Lafayette, La., that this ordinance and the said petition of property tax-payers as set forth therein be published in the "Lafayette Gazette" and the "Lafayette Advertiser," official newspapers of said town of Lafayette La., for thirty days prior to said election, in the same manner as provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after this passage.
SECTION X. Be it further ordained, That in addition to the announcement of said election to be made by the Board of Supervisors of Education of said parish and the publication of this ordinance, the mayor of said town of Lafayette, La., is hereby authorized to issue his proclamation calling said special election and stating the rate and the purpose of special taxation and the purpose for which it is intended according to the terms of this ordinance.
A vote on the foregoing was as follows:
Yeas - J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, H. H. Hohorst, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard. Nays - None.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and correct extract from the minutes of the City Council of Lafayette, La., of the meeting of Feb. 3, 1902.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 17, 1902.
Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
In Lafayette Parish - A Number of Improvements - Donation by Mr. Judice.
The readers of The Gazette have no doubt noticed that the people of this parish are showing a commendable interest in the public schools. In certain sections of the parish the people have been particularly active in an effort to improve the schools. Some time ago The Gazette referred to the poor accommodations offered by the school houses which are, in most cases, too small and lacking in those things necessary to the comfort of the pupils and to intelligent teaching. The teacher and pupil should not be subjected to the discomforts arising from badly constructed desks, a poorly ventilated room and the difficulties resulting from the absence of blackboards, charts and other much needed appurtenances. We are pleased to state, however, that some public-spirited citizens have realized the necessity of providing the children with improved facilities and already the condition of several school-houses has been greatly ameliorated. It will be remembered that Carencro was among the first to move in the right direction, contributing liberally to the employment of trained teachers. Then the school taught by Mr. Jordon was enlarged with money raised by private subscriptions and an appropriation from the Police Jury. This was followed by a similar improvement in Mr. R. B. Martin's school in the first ward. Some weeks ago Mr. Wagner, who is teaching in the second ward, told us that the patrons of his school had decided to subscribe the amount required to build a larger house and to buy modern desks. At the last meeting of the Police Jury Messrs. Edmond Mouton and Edmond Martin asked an appropriation of that body to be used with an equal sum subscribed by citizens to equip Mr. Claude Martin's school in the third ward with modern fixtures and to build a fence around the house. For this purpose the Jury appropriated $50. Dr. J. P. Francez, who is among the staunch friends of public education in the sixth ward, was in town this week and brought the good news that the people in the vicinity of the Roger School had completed the new building erected on a lot donated for that purpose.
These are unmistakable evidences that popular interest in education in this parish is growing very rapidly. As is well known Lafayette is on the eve of levying a special tax to build a first-class school house, and it is to be hoped those communities which have not yet been heard from in this crusade against illiteracy will soon come to the front and show their colors.
The following letter, which tells of the generous contribution of Mr. Alcide Judice, of Scott, to the good cause, will be read with pleasure by the people of the parish:
SCOTT, LA., March 10, 1902.
To The Lafayette Gazette:
Common sense as well as scripture teaches us that a good deed brings its own reward, but for the good it may do others the writer feels that the generous act which it is his pleasure to chronicle is worthy of public notice, and may quicken into life the latent good impulses of others. I feel that all mankind are benefited by the knowing of good deeds.
Mr. Alcide Judice, having witnessed the persistent efforts of the patrons of the Mathieu School in the 1st ward to have their school reopened after having been closed for about two years and after success had crowned their efforts, seeing the awakened and manifest interest in the school by the community, the large enrollment of pupils, now sixty one, and knowing of the limited resources of the Board to run the schools for a long term has generously offered to extend the term of the Mathieu school one month longer than the public funds permit. To the writer's knowledge it is the first instance in this parish, that a single individual has engaged to perform a similar office, but of those who may let none be loath to follow where honor leads.
Lafayette Gazette 3/15/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 15th, 1893:
Thorough discussion by the citizens of this parish resulted in the conviction that the interests of all would be best served by having a larger bonus offered for a sugar refinery alone, and for the present dropping the idea of a cotton factory. As a result of such discussion and belief, Mr. Leslie was written to by a committee, asking him to so change his offer. Below we publish his reply, in which he agrees to the change, and the offer now stands $25,000.00 for the erection of a central sugar refinery. This we believe to be a wise change, as such a large sum offered will, without doubt, produce the desired effect, and if the tax is voted it is perfectly safe to say that the offer would be accepted and work commence at once on the construction of a refinery. The following is his letter :
The matter as now arranged, must, we think, meet with the approval of the thinking and progressive men of the parish, and we hope that every man who favors the tax being voted, will do all in his power to make converts. Each and every one of us exerts a greater or less degree of influence in the community, and if we but use that influence judiciously, we believe the people of the parish will vote in favor of the tax.
The benefits that will accrue from the building of the road and the refinery are so many that it almost seems impossible that anyone can fail to see them, and in seeing them, become converted in favor of voting the tax, as asked by Mr. Leslie. Let all those who favor the building of the road, take off their coats and get down to hard work, and we believe that when the time comes to take the vote a large majority of the parish will be found voting in favor of it.
The petition which will be circulated for signatures in the parish has been drawn up by able attorneys, and it guarantees to the people absolute protection; it provides that no tax shall be levied or collected until the builders of the road have carried out their part of the agreement. The following is a copy of the petition which will be circulated, and we hope that when it is circulated that YOU will add your name to the list., and place yourself on the side of progress and advancement.
To the Honorable, the President and Members of the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana:
The undersigned property tax-payers of said parish, with respect represent, That they desire that a special tax of three mills on the dollar per annum for a period of ten years, beginning in the year 1894, be levied and collected upon the taxable property of the parish of Lafayette, in aid of and for the use and benefit of the Lafayette, Abbeville and Gulf Railroad, a company to be organized and chartered under the laws of the state of Louisiana. The money to be realized from said tax to be paid over to said railroad company after said railroad shall have been completed and put it working operation from the town of Lafayette, La., southward through the parish of Lafayette, to the southern line thereof, and the tax to be thus paid in the event that said railroad be so completed to the town of Abbeville, on the 1st day of ______, 189_, and provided that said Lafayette, Abbeville and Gulf Railroad company shall give in aid for the development of the resources of the Parish of Lafayette, a bonus of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to any party or parties erecting and maintaining a sugar refinery in the Parish of Lafayette, said bonus to be promptly paid upon the erection of said plant the plans for same to be accepted by joint committee appointed by the Police Jury, and City Council of Lafayette, provided the corporation votes the tax; and on the failure of default of said railroad company to pay said bonus upon the erection of said plant, then the said tax if voted for according to the tenor hereof to be null and void and not to be levied or collectible from or against the property tax-payers of said parish. They further aver that they desire that the Proclamation to be issued ordering and calling a special election to take the sense of the property tax-payers on said tax and the ordinance annually levying said tax, if voted for, should contain the condition upon which it is to be levied and collected as above alleged.
Wherefore they pray that a special election be ordered in the Parish of Lafayette, under the provisions of Act. No. 35 of the Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana of 1886, to take the sense of the property tax-payers of said parish, as to whether said special tax shall be so levied and collected for the purpose above set forth; and that for the purpose of such election, printed or written ballots be used having the voter's name; and each person voting for said tax shall have written or printed on his ballot the words: "For Ordinance to levy special tax in aid of the Lafayette, Abbeville and Gulf Railroad upon conditions specified in petition of tax-payers to Police Jury; and each person voting against said tax shall have printed on his ballot the words: "Against Ordinance to levy special tax in aid of the Lafayette, Abbeville and Gulf Railroad." They further pray that in case there be a majority vote in favor of said tax, that such tax be levied and collected for the purpose herein stated upon payment of said bonus in the manner above alleged; and they pray for general relief.
Lafayette, February, 25th, 1893.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1893.
A Poor Excuse.
We have heard several people advance for a reason for not favoring the proposed railroad tax, that an acre of land will not grow any more bushels of corn or rice, or cotton, when worth $100 per acre than the same land would if worth only $15 or $20 per acre ; and that if lands that are now worth only $15 or $20 per acre should increase in value 50 per cent or 100 per cent that their taxes would increase in proportion. This of course, from a certain standpoint, is true.
But let us view the matter in a different light.
In the first place it is the duty of every man to provide for his family as well as possible, and all men, unless inordinately selfish, look ahead and strive to make provision of their family in case they should die.
Suppose, for example, that a man has a farm of 120 acres valued at $20 per acre ; this would make his place worth 2,400, which would be all the property he could leave his wife and family if he should die ; now if by voting a tax of 3 mills, which would amount to probably less than $30 in ten years, his land should increase in value 100 per cent, and be worth $4,800 instead of $2,400, would you not consider that the $30 paid out in taxes had been well invested? How long under present circumstances would it take the average farmer in the parish to save $2,400 in cash from the profits of his farm that he could leave his wife and family in the case of his death?
We believe that every man in the parish who has the future welfare of those who are dependent on him at heart, will not only vote for the road himself, but will use his influence to induce others to vote as he does.
Let the railroad and sugar refinery be secured and other industries are bound to follow, and the country will advance steadily on the road to prosperity and wealth, until ere many years have passed, Lafayette will not only be looked upon as one of the most beautiful spots in the United States, but will become noted for the wealth and prosperity of her people.
Vote in favor of the tax and your children will have good cause to bless your memory after you have crossed the dark river. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1893.
OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
The action of the Police Jury and the Town Council in appropriating two hundred and fifty dollars each, for the completion of the high school building, makes it a certainty that we will have a first-class graded school in Lafayette, which will probably be ready to open for the fall term, for while $500 will not be sufficient to complete the building, buy the seats and apparatus needed, yet we feel confident that the amount needed will be forthcoming.
The new school will be large enough to accommodate all the school children of Lafayette for a number of years to come, and we therefore believe it would be a wise move to sell the building in which our school is now held and use the money in fitting up the new building with modern apparatus and thus place it in the front rank of the schools of the state. It is the intention to turn the building over to the school board as soon as it completed, therefore it would be perfectly proper for that board to dispose the old building and use the money on the new one.
It will be useless to retain it, for if in the future the new building should prove inadequate to the growing demands of our town and parish, it is not probable that the people would be satisfied with the old building, but would either build an addition to the high school building or else construct a new one, therefore retain it, when the money that would be secured from the sale of the place could be used to such excellent advantage. We want to make the school the equal of any in the state, and to do so, money will be required to purchase charts, books, apparatus etc., and we believe that the sale of the old school will be the best way of gaining the desired end. The new building is to become the property of the parish school board, and certainly they will be justified in taking this action, which we hope they will do. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1893.
Railroad Committee- Bus. Men's Assoc. The Railroad Committee of the Business Men's Association held a meeting last Saturday morning in the office of Chas. D. Caffery, all the members being present. The committee considered different plans for the parish railroad committee to adopt and follow in making an effort to have the tax voted; and in fact, did more real work toward furthering the interest of the tax than has been accomplished at any meeting heretofore. They will have an interesting report to make at the general meeting which will be held to-night at Falk's opera house. Let there be full attendance. Don't forget the hour - 7:30 p. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1893.
- DIED. -PELLERIN - On Saturday, March 11, 1893, at 8:30 o'clock a. m. at her residence in Lafayette La., Louisia V. Denois, wife of Edmund Pellerin, aged 50 years, 5 months and 6 days.
The grim monster Death could have found no victim in this community whose taking away would have been more deeply mourned that the subject of this article. To know Mrs. Pellerin was to love her. Her inherent goodness of heart and Christian charity made her revered and almost worshiped by our entire people. The class who will miss her most are the poor and afflicted, to whom she had been a ministering angel, relieving their wants, nursing them when sick, and giving motherly advice when advice was needed. While her many friends - and their name was legion - deeply mourn her death, the full realization of what they have lost will most strongly be felt when they have sickness in the family or need advice, for it was on such occasions that she was ever ready to lend her kind assistance. No one will ever know the full amount of good that this grand and noble woman did in our community, for she never let her right hand know what her left hand was doing.
We cannot hope that anyone can fill her place - such characters appear only once in a century - and her death is mourned by all alike. She had become so necessary to our people that each and everyone seemed to feel that they in some way were related to her, and so they were - by the great Christian love and spirit which filled her heart and actuated her entire life, she became a sister to us all. There are many in our city who owe to their present health and happiness, and it is those who will mourn her death as long as they live. It would be idle for us to state that her family has the sympathy of all in their bereavement - in fact the entire community was her family and need sympathy to help them bear their loss almost as much as her immediate relatives. God in His infinite wisdom decided to recall the soul which had filled the body for fifty years, and which had been such a power for good among, and we His subjects must bow our heads to His will ; yet, while we know that her soul has returned to its Creator - almost as pure as when it was placed in her body - and that she is now far happier than anyone can be on this earth, still we cannot help mourning, not because of her death, but for own great loss. Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1893.
City Council Proceedings.
LAFAYETTE, LA., March 6, 1893.
The Council met this day in regular session. Members present: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; I. E. Martin, Gus. Lacoste, Felix Demanade, Numa Schayot, L. F. Rigues, Alfred Hebert and James Hannen.
On motion said meeting was postponed to Thursday, March 9th, inst.
The Council met to-day, March 9th, pursuant to adjournment.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
The Finance Committee report was accepted and ordered to be placed on the minutes.
LAFAYETTE, LA., March 9th, 1893.
To the Hon. Mayor and Council of Lafayette:
The undersigned Finance Committee having examined the books and reports of the Treasurer and Collector, up to Feb. 28th, 1893, beg leave to make the following report, to-wit:
J. E. MARTIN, F. DEMANADE, ALFRED HEBERT, Finance Committee.
Mr. O. C. Mouton, T. M. Biossat and R. C. Greig being appointed a committee by the Business Men's Association, of Lafayette, appeared before this body asking an appropriation for the completion of the High School of this town and parish and whereas it was resolved that the sum of $250.00 is hereby donated for the compilation of said High School and that a warrant for said amount be made in favor of Julian Mouton, President of said High School building committee.
It being taken into consideration the steps made by the Police Jury to institute suit against those doing business in the annexation to the Town of Lafayette to collect parish taxes.
Therefore be it Resolved, By the City Council that this body retain counsel in case of the institution of said suit against parties in the annexation of the town; that Judge C. Debaillon and Wm. Campbell be and are hereby employed by the Council as attorneys to defend said suit if instituted by the Police Jury; and that they be paid the sum of $400 if said suit be gained, and if not $150, and that said amount hereby stands appropriated for said purpose.
Resolved, That the Street committee be authorized and empowered to purchase (37) lamps and have same distributed in the limits of the corporation and that they may have also the right to employ a man for the keeping and lighting the same, etc.
The following petition was then presented by Judge Parkerson, General Agent, etc., etc.:
To the Hon. Mayor and Council of the Town of Lafayette, Louisiana:
The undersigned, with respect represents, that the Southern Pacific Company contemplates building a commodious passenger depot, with separate waiting rooms, baggage room, etc., in front of its railroad hotel building next to its track on the east sise of Grand Avenue, and finding that there is sufficient room on its right of way for said building but will be necessary to encroach on Grant Avenue some fifteen feet from the existing railroad railing fence.
Permission therefore is hereby respectfully requested from your honorable body for the occupying of so much of the east side of Grand Avenue with said building as may be required, not to exceed fifteen from said rail fence. Respectfully submitted with the hope of a favorable action.
J. G. PARKERSON,
Lafayette, La., March 6th, 1893.
Resolved, That whereas from the petition of J. G. Parkerson, General Agent of The Southern Pacific Company propose erecting a commodious passenger depot with separate waiting rooms, baggage rooms, etc., in front of the railroad hotel building, next to its track on the east side of Grant Avenue, extending south from the present plank walk or entrance to said hotel and as there is not sufficient room on its right of way for the erection of said building but it will be necessary to encroach on Grant Avenue some fifteen feet, considering that the erection of such depot will add greatly to the good of our town and to the comfort and convenience of the traveling public:
Be it therefore resolved, That permission is hereby granted to the Southern Pacific Company for occupying so much on the east side of Grand Avenue with said building as may be necessary; provided, however, the same not to exceed fifteen feet from the present railing railroad fence and to be taken commencing from the south side of the plank walk or entrance to said railroad hotel and extending southward the length of said proposed building.
The following accounts were approved:
Julian Mouton, appropriation made benefit High School ... $250.00
Victor Breaux, work on streets ... $150.00
C. H. Bradley, 1 month's services as Marshal and money advanced to negroes cleaning streets ... $51.25
Moss & Mouton, lumber ... $82.28
D. J. Veazey, 1 month's service as Deputy Marshal ... $50.00
Mrs. E. Guidry cleaning lamps ... $18.00
Joachim Roch, repairing walk ... $14.00
Crow Girard, Notary services for act of donation C. Trahan ... $3.00
Graser Bros., repairing lamps ... $2.50
James Hannen, services as Councilman, 3 months ... $9.00
Numa Schayot, 52 lbs nails at 4 cts ... $2.08
Auguste Degrez furnishing lumber ... $1.55
Wm. Lewis, hauling lumber ... $4.80
L. Lacoste, painting 12 wagon signs ... $1.00
R. L. McBride, repairing bridged and plank walk ... $14.00
F. Demanade, services as Councilman 2 months at $6.80 lbs of nails $3.20 and money advanced him $16 ... $25.20
The Council then adjourned to next regular meeting.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/15/1893.
Mr. W. B. Clark, of Duson, was in our city Monday.
Smith & Wesson and Colt's pistols at Biossat's, the jeweler.
A first class entertainment at Falk's opera house, Friday night-"On Hand."
Mrs. F. R. Miles, of Houston, Tex., is here visiting her brother, Mr. R. W. Elliot.
The street lamps have burned very dimly during the past week. What's the matter?
The semi-weekly Advertiser for $2.00 per year. Subscibe now and get the news twice a week.
The Crescent Hotel, under the skillful management of Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn, now presents a beautiful appearance.
The Advertiser job office has been kept busy during the past week, and has turned out some very neat work. When you want first-class work, don't fail to call on the Advertiser.
Mr. R. C. Greig is again the duly constituted principal of the public school of Lafayette. Miss Francis Greig, who was recently awarded that position, resigned and Mr. Greig was elected to fill the vacancy.
"On Hand, or True to the Last" is a fine comedy and will be presented by a first-class company of artists at Falk;s opera house next Friday night. It is a bright, clean little comedy without an offensive feature about it. Don't fail to attend.
Dr. J. D. Trahan left for New Orleans last Monday for a week's vacation and recreation. The doctor has been kept busy with his professional duties for the past few months and richly deserves the rest he is taking. We trust that his visit will prove to be a very enjoyable one and that he will return fully rested and refreshed.
Mr. John Nickerson, who met with a severe misfortune a short time ago, is improving quite rapidly, and although lying on a bed of sickness, Mr. Nickerson takes pleasure in discussing our future greatness, when we shall have secured the railroad and sugar refinery. His interest in the matter under the circumstances furnishes an example that many of our luke-warm citizens could profit by.
Mr. C. K. Darling, who has been stopping with out fellow townsman, Mr. John Nickerson, for some time past, has decided to locate in that thriving little city of Abbeville, and is there fitting up a store room preparatory to opening up a fine jewelry store. We were in hopes that Lafayette would be able to keep Mr. Darling here, and although he had been here but a short time he made many friends who will regret that he has decided to locate in Abbeville instead of Lafayette.
The Lafayette Gazette, published by Messrs. Thomas & Mouton, made its initial appearance last Saturday. The Gazette is a seven column folio with a patent outside, and is a neat paper typographically. We wish the publishers the very best of success, and trust that the sea of journalism will prove calm and tranquil for their bark, and that there will always be plenty of wind to fill the sails of their craft and drive her along at a spanking gait, and the sailors put. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1893.
Mr. F. O. Cornay, the popular young telegrapher of the Southern Pacific road, has been spending several days in the city visiting his family and friends. The young ladies always give him a cordial welcome whenever he visits Lafayette.
We are sorry to state that the charming and popular Miss Leila Nickerson was taken suddenly ill last Monday evening, and is confined to her bed. We trust that she may soon recover her usual good health.
We had the pleasure of meeting at the Crescent Hotel this week Mr. W. R. Stewart, of New York City. Mr. Stewart said: "From what I have seen of Lafayette, you must have mighty nice people here, because everything looks clean and nice ; and I should think this would be the place for a central refinery, and when I get through with my trip, I am coming back on a visit, because I am delighted with your beautiful country."
We understand that a new iron fence is soon to be erected around the court house square. It certainly needs it.
That pile of dirt and filth has not yet been removed from the court house yard. It seems to us that some one must be responsible for its remaining where it is. It is three weeks since the Advertiser called attention to it, and yet nothing has been done toward removing it. It is a shame that such things are permitted to exist in our city. Either the parish or corporation officials are very negligent or their duty, for it is the duty of either one or the other to see that the matter is attended to at once. For the sake of the public health, let the matter receive immediate attention.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 15th, 1890:
Last Friday (7th inst.) at 3 o'clock P. M. the jury in the case of the State vs. Willie and Alcibiade Foreman, charged with manslaughter, after being locked up three days and nights returned a verdict of not guilty.
On Tuesday the 11th, inst. Judge Edwards passed sentence on the following parties to-wit:
Joe Morgan, horse stealing, four years in first case, and five years in second case. Nine years in State penetentiary.
Theophile Mouton, horse stealing, four years in State penetentiary.
Joseph Ancelet, assault, to pay a fine of $150.00 and costs, and in default to 12 months in Parish jail.
Edward Lilly, assault, fined $50.00 and costs, and in default to six months Parish jail.
Ellis White, assault and battery, fined $50.00, in default imprisonment six months in Parish jail.
Adolphe Andrus, assault, $50.00 and costs, and in default six months in Parish jail.
The Court has been occupied during the week with civil business. The case of Long vs. Kee was continued, and fixed for the first day of the May term of the Court.
The court will adjourn to-day sine die.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1890.
A correspondent of the Southern Horticultural Journal gives it as his opinion that pecan trees do entirely best if transplanted late in spring, just before the first rush of sap takes place. A tree set out will at once proceed to repair the damage inflicted by the removal, and hence is not near so apt to dry out, and possibly die, as would the case if set in fall. Most nursemen, he says, dig and "heel in" during fall. This, he considers wrong - the tree will never do so well as it would do if set out at once after digging up.
Professor W. C. Stubbs, of the Louisiana experiment station, says many people make mistakes in fertilizing their pecan trees. The younger unbearing trees require a very different fertilizer from those bearing. For the former the following proportions are adapted, viz:
One thousand pounds cotton-seed meal, 600 pounds high grade acid phosphate, 600 pounds kaimit.
Instead of high grade phosphate and kainit, bonemeal and cotton-hull ashes may be used. In using these mixtures it should be spread around the tree (broadcasted) upon an area circle whose radius is the height of the tree, and lightly ploughed and harrowed in. Apply about five to fifty pounds to each tree, according to size.
From the Mobile Register and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 3/15/1890.
The best Whiskey now in the market, is Paducah Club, for sale at John O. Mouton's.
The Abbeville Meridional, of the 8th. instant, says:
"It is with pleasure we announce that Abbeville will soon have a daily boat running here to Lafayette, which, in the absence of a railroad, is the next best thing we could have. Mr. Martin Bagley will soon have his boat ready for the trade, and in about thirty days, she will let in her ropes. Capt. Jos. E. Lyons, we are informed will be in command. Mr. Bagley deserves great credit fot this step, and we hope it will be amply supported by the mercantile community."
We (the Advertiser) hope so too, and will hail with pleasure the advent of the steamer, which will open closer relations between Abbeville and Lafayette. We may expect it then, about the first week in April.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1890.
An Alexandria special to the Picayune, March 10th, says:
"Maj. C. B. Woodbridge, Chief Engineer of the Houston, Central Arkansas and Northern railway, which will have trains running in twenty days from Columbia, La. to McGhee, Ark., a distance of 117 miles, connecting there for St. Louis, arrived here this morning and will remain for several days. He says he is very much pleased with the propositions made by Alexandria and Rapides parish, and that if he can obtain the right of way from Columbia that he can safely promise through trains to this place inside of ten months." The extension of this road to Alexandria will give Lafayette, by way of the Morgan tap, almost direct North connection with St. Louis. The road would run through probably the finest pine region in the South.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1890.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., March 3rd, 1890.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Messrs. C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, A. A. Delhomme, Ford Huffpauir, R. C. Landry and O. Theriot.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The committee in bridge at Olidon Broussard's ferry made the following report:
Broussard's Cove, Feb. 12, 1890.
To the Hon. Police Juries of Vermilion and Lafayette Parishes:
Gentlemen - The Olidon Broussard ferry bridge committee met this day at the bridge built by C. D. Stewart, over the Vermilion Bayou, for the purpose of reconsidering our last report. After examining several witnesses the committee finds that the stage of low water to be three feet instead of five as was previously reported to us, therefore, at that stage we find the bridge to be according to contract and your committee has received the same, and recommend that C. D. Stewart be paid the amount due him by our respective parishes. Respectfully,
O. CADE, Chairman, J. G. ST. JULIEN, O. THERIOT, D. BROUSSARD, J. T. BROUSSARD, Secretary.
On motion of Mr. St. Julien the following was adopted:
Resolved, That C. D. Stewart be paid the amount due him by this parish, for the building of a bridge at Olidon Broussard's ferry over bayou Vermilion, provided he gives bond agreeable to contract.
Messrs. Landry and Delhomme were appointed to see that the bond furnished should be properly drawn and filed.
The committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions in regard to the Baton Rouge convention of Assessors made the following report:
We, the undersigned committee appointed at the last meeting of this Police Jury, beg leave to report that we earnestly request and urge upon Hon. O. Cade our representative in the legislature to oppose and vote against any measure presented before the next Legislature creating a State Board of Assessment Equalizers, and we would further urge that he exert his influence against any measure tending to take the reviewing of assessments out of the hands of the respective Police Juries.
We would further urge that the member of the legislature advocate a law limiting the number of witnesses for the State of the defense in all cases except capital offenses to six.
J. G. ST. JULIEN, C. C. BROWN.
The report was approved.
The Tresausurer submitted his monthly statement as follows:
To the President and members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette:
Gentlemen: - The following is a statement of the receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report.,
Lafayette, La., March 3d, 1890.
On motion of Mr. Brown, the following was adopted:
Be it resolved, that the tax assessor is hereby ordered to assess the property in the Mills, Mouton and McComb additions and all that territory outside the limits of the old corporation, as parish property, and to place the same on the parish rolls instead of on the corporation of Lafayette, as heretofore done.
Mr. Delhomme submitted the following which was adopted:
Resolved, that from the present outlook, we condemn the action of our district attorney in recklessly notifying large numbers of witnesses to attend this term of court, entailing thereby a heavy expense to the parish; and if such reckless and careless doing is not stopped we are left to the only alternative, i. e. to increase the assessment in order to have sufficient funds to meet liabilities. Unless such promulgate expenditures are discontinued we will call upon to resign.
A communication from Geo. O. Elms, U. S. Surveyor, relative to certain lines in dispute by Messrs. C. Trahan and Aime Landry was read and as the lines have been established to the satisfaction of the above gentlemen, Mr. Huffpauir was appointed a committee of one to secure the donations tendered by them to the parish. To report at next meeting.
On motion of Mr. Brown the sum of $25.00 was appropriated for the relief of an aged and indigent negro man, Jean Louis.
The following accounts were laid over:
Leon Plonsky, furnaces, clothes ... $12.90
J. S. Broussard, constable fees ... $11.70
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1890.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/15/1890.
The boys say that whenever there is a parrot on the train it evinces great fondness for the water on the Morgan tap.
There is much fresh lumber to be seen, and many evidences of improvement going on in Mouton's addition, better known as "Freetown."
Next Monday is "St. Patrick's Day in the morning" if it don't rain. Polish up your shillelah and be prepared to tread on the tail of some fellow's coat.
Mrs. C. O. Olivier has rented James Hannen's hotel, near the round house, and is prepared to entertain boarders and lodgers.
Crayfish are now ripe, which accounts for "Oberon" not having time to write any of his quaint communications just at present. "Plough Horse" says Oberon, calls it "rice culture."
The weather the first part of the week was true March weather - warm, windy and cloudy. Early Thursday morning we were visited by a copious shower, which was much needed.
The time of the court this week being devoted to the trial of civil cases we had but few visitors from the country, and our town was not as lively as it had been for several weeks past. Our farmer friends are putting in their time to the best advantage.
The trees whose verdure was killed by the frost are rapidly casting off their deal leaves and are putting forth new buds. We have noticed several peach trees in bloom again. We also not that beyond the destruction of all the young fruit, the orange trees are not materially injured.
Some unconscionable individual, lacking in love of the Lord and fear the the devil, has stolen "Bluff," the spotted watch dog of the Crescent and News Hotel, better known as Lieutenant Drury. All the railroad boys who run in here know "Bluff," and if they should meet up with him would confer a favor by bringing him back home.
Our young friend Mr. Felix Salles, for some time past connected with the Moss Pharmacy here, has accepted a position with Mr. Jacob Plonsky, Washington, La., and left last Sunday to enter upon his duties there. Felix is a clever, competent and energetic young man, and we recommend him him to the good people of Washington..
Just as we were anticipating a streak of good weather a howling norther struck us Thursday evening, accompanied by rain, lasting through Friday.
The signal service men who persist in inflicting such continuous bad weather should be kicked out. It can be easily done under Speaker Reed's "new rules." Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1890.
FOR THE VERMILION. - We learn that the Steamer FLORA, commanded by Capt. John Pharr, will make regular trips from Brashear city to Trahan's warehouse, near Sebastopol, during the season. Laf. Adv. 3/15/1873.
New Stock. - Our old friend and neighbor, R. Dugat, has lately received a large stock of goods, consisting of calicoes of the finest print, ladies and gentleman's boots, shoes and brogans, cutlery, crockery ware, hardware, &c., &c. His customers and the public generally are invited to call and examine his stock. Laf, Adv. 3/15/1873.
Back Home. - We had the pleasure of welcoming back home, yesterday, our talented young friend Dr. J. D. Trahan, the people's representative to the People's Legislature of the once proud and noble State of Louisiana. But we are happy to say, not withstanding the edict of the omnipotent Grant and his apostles Durrell Judas Longstreet and a few smaller lights, the doctor is in splendid health and as cheerful as ever.
Laf. Adv. 3/15/1873.
OUR STREETS. - Our town council has contracted with Mr. Albert Judice and Mr. Alex Billeaud for the repairing and keeping the sidewalks, streets and bridges of the Corporation of Vermilionville in good order during the ensuing year. Mr. Judice has commenced work with a number of hands, and is now doing good work. He is active and energetic, and we have no doubt, that he will fulfill his contract to the letter.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Meeting of March 3d, 1873. - Present: Wm. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. R. L. McBride, H. Landry, Aug. Monnier, B. A. Salles, J. J. Revillon and N. Judice. Absent: R. Gagneaux.
The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and
On motion, It was resolved, That the proposal of Albert Judice, to put and keep the streets in repair for twelve months from date signing contract be and is hereby accepted ; provided the said Judice furnish bond with security as required by the Committee on Streets and Bridges, which said committee is authorized to receive in the name of the Mayor of the Corporation, and provided further, the said Judice sign a contract for said work, with all the specifications required by said Committee.
On motion, It was resolved, That the resolution passed by the City Council at their meeting of Feb. 26th, 1873, accepting the proposal of J. S. Rand, for repairing the streets, &c., be and the same is hereby repealed.
On motion, It was resolved, That the resolution passed May 13th, 1872, in regard to other shows, be and the same is hereby amended, so as to read, and all other shows Ten Dollars, for one of more performances, at the discretion of the Mayor.
On motion, the Council adjourned to the next regular meeting.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1873.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 15th, 1966:
EASTERN AIR & S. P. PULLMAN CARS DEPART LAFAYETTE, FOR GOOD.
In 1948 with much fanfare and civic pride, Eastern Air Lines was welcomed to Lafayette to inaugurate flights between our city, New Orleans and Houston. The United States Post Office Department even issued a special first day cover stamp for the occasion.
Now, 18 years later and after interminable hearings before the Civil Aeronautics Board, EAL has received permission to pull out of Lafayette.
"Economic factors" were cited for the airline's desire to discontinue service out of the city. Not only Lafayette, a growing metropolis, but all of our Acadiana country of more than a half a million people, vitally need fill air service for passengers and freight.
The transportation void created by the departure of EAL will be filled, at least partially in the beginning, by Trans-Texas Airways. TTA at present has six flights out of Lafayette, while EAL has eight. TTA has committed itself to take over with a total of twelve flights (as compared to the present 14 combined), when the other airline leaves. TTA furthermore says it will work up to 14 flights if it is deemed necessary later on.
Actually, Lafayette could use 16 flights a day. This is so because of the oil industry, the cornerstone of our community's economy. Adequate air service is particularly vital to the industry which very often finds it necessary to send an executive to Houston or New Orleans or an intermediate point on virtually a minute's notice. A smaller commercial service was recently instituted here although its planes' capacity of four passengers cannot compare with the larger airlines' accomodations. And although many of the oil firms have their own planes, just as many do rely upon local service. We know for a fact that at least one oil firm has moved some of its personnel from Lafayette because of inadequate air service. It is understandable if industry looks with a critical eye upon an area with poor transportation service.
The demands for all transportation for perishable foods, equipment, mail, as well as passengers is on the increase. It would be gravely detrimental to our community if air service should suffer because of the change due to take place next month, when we will be left with only one major airline.
There are flights at present from Houston to New Orleans, with stops in Lafayette, but the times are badly scheduled. For instance, an oilman in Houston having business in Lafayette has to leave at 5 a. m., lose several hours here waiting for offices to open, then wait until too late in the evening to return. It's a question of too little, too late (and sometimes too early).
We look forward to the institution of full service by TTA, and trust that they will satisfactorily fill the gap caused by EAL's withdrawal.
Consolidating transportation facilities in the name of economy is not confined to airlines only. Only last month the Sunset Limited discontinued its Pullman service from New Orleans. This means that anyone boarding the Sunset at Lafayette for a West Coast trip would have to ride a full day and a full night by coach before he could obtain sleeping accomodations on the Sunset in El Paso, Tex. (or change over on the Santa Fe in Houston).
Southern Pacific officials said it was not economically feasible to maintain sleeping car facilities between New Orleans and El Paso. So the berths were taken down, the roomettes and club cars closed, a vending machine type of food service was installed.
The Chamber of Commerce has taken note of these two recent "downgradings" of Lafayette's status as one of the leading cities of the state. Protests have been lodged with Southern Pacific officials, and TTA has been asked to detail its plans for Lafayette.
The chamber's action is well-advised. As big as our own area is now, in just a few years to come, its burgeoning population will exceed all predictions. Industry is most favorably inclined to enter our sector. The need for transportation service will become acute. We must prepare for the future now, and give encouragement to those who most want to see Lafayette grow and to grow with it.
This is no time to short-change the progressive and booming country of Acadiana. Lafayette (Daily) Advertiser 3/15/1966.
PERSONAL AND IMPERSONAL.
- John T. Kelly, a successful songwriter, in laying down rules for the production of popular sentimental songs, says: "One must be careful not to aim too high" - a piece of advice that seems to be strangely superfluous.
- Rev. Simon Roundtree, a colored Baptist preacher, of Lincoln, Neb., although ninety-nine years old, thinks matrimony is far from a failure. He was recently married for the eighth time. The latest Mrs. Roundtree is forty-four years his junior.
- Mrs. Diaz, wife of the president of Mexico, has founded many institutions of the benefit of her country women, among them a day nursery, a society to teach women 'remunerative employment and an institution through which girls out of work can obtain employment.
- A Massachusetts thief has been systematically stealing canary birds. The theory is that he carried a ladder, opens second-story windows, as these are usually left unfastened, quietly unhooks the cage and carries off the songster. The police have not yet apprehended him.
- Hon. Josiah Quincy, late assistant of state, is referred to by a Boston newspaper man as the best listener he ever knew, and says that he is not always giving interviews nor speechifying on all occasions, as some me do, but he "saws wood, and his woodpile is a big one."
- By the will of Jacob Davis, president of the First National Bank of Elizabeth, N. J., among the bequests are $1,000 to the home for aged women, $1,000 to a hospital at Elizabeth, $1,000 to the orphan asylum, $1,000 to the Presbyterian board of foreign missions, and $1,000 to the Presbyterian board of home missions.
- William A. Wheeler, once vice-president of the United States, was once asked by a young man, a relative of his, to help him produce a clerkship in one of the departments at Washington. His reply was about as follows: "If you apply for such a position and will let me know when you do so, I will do all that I can - to prevent your getting it."
- Ex-Gov. Curtin is one of the remaining remarkable figures of war times. He may be seen any evening in the Stratford hotel dining room in Philadelphia looking hearty and vigorous, straight as an Indian and alert as a soldier, and his mind is the storehouse of more entertaining reminisces than any man now living in this country.
- The countess of Aberdeen wears at state functions a coronet the distinguishing features of which are five emeralds, said to be the largest in the world. These precious stones were presented to her excellency by the people of Ireland as an expression of love and gratitude to her for her interest in their welfare during the period of Lord Aberdeen's lord-lieutenancy.
- An English girl has been awarded one thousand dollars damages in a breach of promise case. The peculiar feature of it is that the man was already married when he proposed to her and yet was so earnest in the matter that he tried hard to have her join the Presbyterian church to which he belonged and to renounce her own faith, the Roman Catholic.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/3/1894.
From "Recollections of a Busy Life." -
"Fame is a vapor ; popularity an accident ; riches take wings; the only certainty is oblivion. And yet I cherish the hope that the journey I projected and established will live and flourish long after I shall have mouldered into forgotten dust, being guided by a larger wisdom, a more user ring sagacity to discern the right, though not a more faltering readiness to embrace and defend it at whatever cost; and that the stone which covers my ashes may bear to future from the still indelible inscription : "Founder of the 'New York Tribune.' "
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1873.