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From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 16th, 1904:


 Some time since the Council granted a franchise to Mr. Jno. A. McIlhenny to contract an electric railway connecting a number of neighboring towns; but it seems from the best information obtainable, that the project has fallen through. This is unfortunate, as beyond a doubt such a road would have been of inestimable benefit to Lafayette. An electric railway from Abbeville by way of Royville to Lafayette and then to Breaux Bridge, Arnaudville and Opelousas would be of the greatest advantage to all the places mentioned and especially to this place. It would bring us more residents, increasing the population, and a largely augmented business. And it would pay the investors. The country along which the road would pass is thickly settled and would furnish an immense passenger travel, and the item of freights would be a big one. The investment would pay, and it would be a good move on the part of our business men to take hold of the matter and push the road's construction. The road bed is level, scarcely any grading would be necessary, and the right of way could be secured free. It would not require such a large sum to build it, and we believe that with the assistance of the towns mentioned and people along the proposed line, it could be done. Once in operation there would be no question of its paying, perhaps not large dividends at first, but it would pay.  This is one of Lafayette's opportunities. Is she wideawake enough to see it?   Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904. 

Fire Department Elects Officers.

 Monday night the Fire Department held their annual meeting for the election of officers, and the following officers were chosen, to serve the ensuing year:
 President, P. L. DeClouet; Vice-President, E. G. Voorhies; Secretary, Felix Voorhies; Chief, A. E. Mouton; Assistant Chief, Dr. G. A. Martin.
The subject of the annual parade were discussed and it was finally decided to substitute a pic-nic for it this year. Dr. F. E. Girard, Wm. Campbell and Louis Lacoste were appointed a committee to make arrangements for the pic-nic.

 Before adjournment a number of members made interesting talks, having much to say for the welfare of the Department; among them Chief-elect A. E. Mouton, who offered a practical suggestion that one member be designated from each company to assist him in formulating plans for the more thorough systematizing of the Department, which was done. The election was quiet and passed off very pleasantly. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.

The many improvements being made in Lafayette, its steady growth and the united, progressive spirit by its citizens in public affairs is a source of great gratification to all for it is an indication that the town has wakened up and ready to take advantage of its fortunate location to develop all its opportunities, and in this favored section there and many waiting to be discovered and utilized. These rich and fertile lands, capable of wonderful cultivation hardy comprehended yet, that will yield our parish great and constant wealth, spread out before us, waiting for a discoverer of their possibilities. Investments of various kinds, safe and profitable surround us, ready for the seeing eye. And these are the opportunities which awakened Lafayette should seek for and profit by. And these are the things that will make of Lafayette some day a city indeed. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.

Woman's Literary Club.

The Woman's Literary Club met Saturday with Mrs. B. J. Pellerin. A full attendance was present as this was election meeting. Quite a great deal of interest was displayed by friends of the various candidates, and until the count was in, the interest ran high to know who capture the honors. There was no literary program, as is the custom at election meeting. Mrs. John Givens and Mrs. Ula Corrona favored the Club with beautiful vocal solos. While the votes were being counted little Eva Mouton entertained the members with two fine instrumental selections and little Martha Pellerin delighted them by singing a very pretty and catchy song in a charming manner, winning for herself much applause. The counting committee reported the following elected: Mrs. T. N. Blake, president; Mrs. A. B. Denbo, vice-president; Mrs. Leo Judice, recording secretary; Mrs. T. M. Biossat, corresponding secretary; Mrs. J. A. Martin, treasurer; Miss Gladu, librarian. The Club will meet with Mrs. A. B. Denbo next time. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.

T00k a Bird's-Eye View.
An Advertiser man had the pleasure of a bird's-eye view of Lafayette from the roof of Pellerin & DeClouet's mammoth store Thursday. It was a pleasant experience, and enables one to thoroughly appreciate the fact that Lafayette is growing. The view down Pierce street was very attractive, the new concrete walks with the clean looking wide street showing fine and bearing eloquent testimony that "we do move." As the eyes swept over various parts of the town new buildings appeared in every direction, and the bright green of the newly budding trees lent a graceful charm to the houses which seemed to nestle among them. Some of the streets shaded with almost enfolding branches invitingly enticed one to a delightful promenade.
Lafayette viewed from above is a pretty town and its crooked streets add to its attractiveness.        Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.

Capital Stock Will Be Increased.
 The shareholders of the First National Bank held a meeting yesterday, to consider the question of raising the capital stock of the bank to $100,000.00. Nearly ninety per cent of the stock was represented at the meeting and it was unanimously decided to issue new stock to the extent of $50,000.00 on a basis of $150.00 a share, $100 of which is to be applied to Capital and $50 to surplus, giving to the bank a combined capital and surplus of $150,000.00.

 This step was taken by the shareholders for the two-fold purpose of meeting the strong demand existing for the stock of The First National Bank on the part of business men and investors, and to provide additional working capital for the growing requirements of the bank.

 Plans and specifications are now in the course of preparation for the new building soon to be erected for the use of the First National Bank. The building is to be substantially constructed of brick, stone and iron, and will present a very attractive appearance. It is to be provided with all the conveniences necessary to the safe and expeditious handling of business, and will be in proper keeping with the position of importance and influence the institution has attained in financial circles. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.

Camellia Lodge Organized.
  W. H. Kimmer, Past Master; J. B. Patterson, Master; O. R. Munger, Vice-Master; F. A. Ruckman, Secretary; A. B. Chopin, Collector; W. F. Malitz, Treasurer; J. W. Hartman, trustee for three years; Ed. Kinzback, trustee for two years; L. A. Blanc, trustee for one year; J. B. Patterson, Chairman; O. R. Munger, A. L. Vigneaux, Local Protective Board; W. F. Malitz, Legislative Representative; Dr. J. F. Mouton, Medical Examiner; A. B. Chopin, Warder; W. G. Kelm, Conductor; J. W. Hartman, Chaplain; W. I. Flukinger, Outer Guard; A. Lester, Inner Guard.

 Time of meeting adopted was first four Saturdays of each month., K. of P. Hall at 7:30 p. m. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.

An Exciting Runaway.
 Considerable excitement was caused yesterday afternoon about 3 o'clock by two horses hitched to a farm wagon running away. They started out on the far end of Lincoln avenue near F. O. Cornay's residence and made down the street at great speed. The crossed the railroad a lively rate, and struck Mr. Crouchet's buggy, breaking the hind wheels. In front of Preager & Fuller's, they struck the laundry wagon, damaging it considerably, which stopped them, and fortunately, as there were a number of buggies in front of the post office at the time. The runaways suffered no injury and the farm wagon only spilled its bed. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904. 

City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., March 7, 1904.

 A regular meeting of the City Council was called to order by Mayor pro tem J. O. Mouton. Members present:  G. A. DeBlanc, M. Rosenfield, H. L. Fontenot, A. E. Mouton.  Absent:  F. Demanade, D. V. Gardebled.

 Mayor Chas. Caffery being absent, and, having important business to be attended to, it was moved, seconded and, carried that meeting be postponed to Wednesday March 9.

 J. O. MOUTON, Mayor pro tem.
 LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.

     Lafayette, La., March 9, 1904.
 Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met in regular session, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present:  M. Rosenfield, F. Demanade, H. L. Fontenot, D. V. Gardebled, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, John O. Mouton.

 Minutes of previous meetings were approved as read.

 The following petitions were presented to the Council:

 To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of the town of Lafayette.

 The petitions of the undersigned citizens and property owners of said town respectfully represents:  That the widening of Vermilion street between St. John street and Lee avenue is a public necessity; that they hereby subscribe the amount of money, payable on demand, after the proposed widening is completed or as the work progresses, to cover the expenses incurred in removing the buildings, other obstructions and in general the expenses incurred in that behalf; provided, however, that said street be widened from St. John street to Lee avenue.

 Wherefore, they pray that said public necessity be recognized, that said street be ordered opened and all other action, which the nature of the case demands, be adopted, etc.
 To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of the town of Lafayette.

 The petition of the undersigned property owners abutting the south side of Vermilion street, respectfully represents:  That the widening of Vermilion street from St. John street to Lee avenue, owing to the public necessities; that realizing said necessity they hereby grant and dedicate to the public use, a strip of fourteen feet deep the whole frontage of their lots, or parcel of lots, owned by them respectively, and abutting on the south side of said street for the purpose of widening same from St. John street to Lee avenue; provided, however, that the expense of removing their buildings up to the line adopted be made by the Council and said street be widened from and between said points.

 Wherefore, premises considered, petitioners pray your Honorable Body adopt such resolutions as the nature of the case demands, cause the opening of said streets from said points, and accept above dedication, and for general relief, etc.

 L. F. Salles, Gus Lacoste, Jos. A. Chargois, Mrs. B. Falk, per I. B. Bendel, Frank E. Moss, Mrs. J. O. Mouton, M. Mouton, N. P. Moss, First National Bank, per S. R. Parkerson, Cashier, Mrs. Adele Cornay, William Levy, Emma F. Levy.
      {State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette.}
    I, the undersigned, do hereby grant and dedicate to public use a strip of fourteen feet deep on the front part of my lot situated on Vermilion street, for the purpose of widening said street from St. John street to Lee avenue; provided, however, that the expense of removing any building back and that the expense of building cement walk on the front of my lot be all made at the expense of the City Council.

 Done and signed on the ninth day of March, A. D. 1904.

 Frontage of properties on the north side of Vermilion street between St. John and Lee avenue and determined by resolution of City Council levying special tax for side walk adopted and published.

 F. Demanade, 43 feet; Mrs. James Higginbotham, 51 feet; Jos. A. Chargois, 56 feet, R. J. & R. H. Tanner, 53 feet; Joe Pizzo, 112 feet; P. B. Roy, 207 feet; N. P. Moss, 75 feet; Mrs. G. C. Babcock, 140 feet; Gus Lacoste, 140 feet; Albert Delahoussaye, 98 feet; Jos. Montalbano, 39 feet; H. H. Hohorst, 147 feet; E. Meleton, 146 feet; J. O. Mouton, 149 feet; Dr. J. F. Mouton, 46 feet; Frank E. Moss, 249 feet.

 Total number of feet from St. John street to Lee avenue, 1,728 feet.

 Probable cost of removing buildings on south side of Vermilion street from Lee avenue to St. John street, as shown by proposal of L. H. Thompson hereto annexed, less expenses to remove properties of O. C. Mouton, Wm. and Moses Levy, and of the Gerac Estate, which they bind themselves to remove at their own expense, will be:  Thirteen hundred and sixty nine dollars, or an average of seventy nine cents and two mills a running foot on the properties fronting on the north side of Vermilion street, to pay the expense of removing buildings on the south side.
            Lafayette, La., Feb. 27, 1904.
 I hereby obligate myself to move back fourteen feet or less the following buildings on Vermilion street between St. John street and Lee avenue:
 Having considered the foregoing petitions, the following was unanimously adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that this Council considers it to be a matter of public importance that Vermilion street between St. John street and Lee avenue, be widened in the manner proposed in said petitions, that the donation of lands and money tendered by the above named petitioners for that purpose be and the same is hereby accepted, and, moreover, will meet such additional and reasonable expense necessary in the premises not covered by the above donations.
        Lafayette, La., Feb. 29, 1904.
  To the City Council of Lafayette, La.
  We, the undersigned owners of property abutting on the west side of Jefferson street in said town, hereby petition your Honorable Body to widen said street, starting at its intersection with Vermilion street and going thence to Lee avenue of the big ditch, and to aid and assist in this much needed improvement, we hereby donate and deliver strips of our aforesaid abutting lots, fourteen feet in width, and having for length the frontage of same said lots on said street; provided said street be widened fourteen feet on a straight line on said west side, between points above named.

 The Lacoste Hardware Store, Dr. J. A. Martin, I. A. Broussard, C. Debaillon, Miss E. Constantin, Jean Bas (for consideration of $50.00), First National Bank per N. P. Moss, President N. P. Moss, Gus Lacoste, (for consideration of $58.80.

 All buildings and fences to be removed or put back in same condition as they now stand at cost of City except First National Bank building.

 Having considered the foregoing petition, the following was adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that this Council considers it to be a matter of public importance and utility that Jefferson street between Vermilion and Lee avenue be widened in the manner proposed in said petition, that the donation of land and money tendered by the above named petitioners for that purpose, be and the same are hereby accepted; and 
   Be it further ordained that in order to effect the widening of said streets that this Council will expropriate such portions of lots of other abutting owners as may be necessary for that purpose and moreover will meet such additional and reasonable expense necessary in the premises not covered by the above donations. Adopted unanimously.

 To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of the town of Lafayette. The petition of the undersigned property owners abutting street respectfully represents:

 That the widening of Vermilion street between St. John street and Lee avenue is a public necessity, that realizing said necessity they hereby grant and dedicate to the public use a strip of fourteen feet the whole frontage of their lots of parcel of lots, owned by them respectively and abutting on the south side of Vermilion street for the purpose aforesaid, and bind themselves individually to remove their buildings on the strip dedicated, respectively, at their own expense; provided, however, that said street be widened from St. John street to Lee avenue.

 Wherefore they pray that your Honorable Body, adopt resolutions adapted to the case, recognize said public necessity, cause the opening or widening of said street from said points and accept this dedication, and for removal relief, etc.:

 Orther C. Mouton, William and Moses Levy, per Wm. Levy, Mme. P. Gerac, Henri Gerac, per P. Gerac, Agent, P. Gerac, F. Gerac, Estelle G. Lacoste, Gus Lacoste.

 Moved and seconded and carried that above petition and dedication be accepted.

 The collector's report was accepted as follows:
                   Lafayette, La., March 1, 1904.
 Respectfully submitted,
                CHAS. DEBAILLON, Collector.
  G. A. DeBlanc, chairman Finance Committee reported having paid bonds No. 13, 14, 30, 31, and 33. Also interest on all other bonds amounting to $4,530.00.  The following was adopted:

 Whereas, the city of Lafayette, La., heretofore executed and delivered its water works and electric light bonds in the aggregate sum of $36,000, dated September, 1, 1896, bearing interest at the rate of 6 per cent annum, payable annually March 1; and whereas the principal of bonds of said issue numbered 34 to 40 inclusive, each of the denomination of $500.00 aggregating the sum of $3,500, due March 1, 1903, and Nos. 41 to 50 inclusive of $500.00 each, aggregating the sum of $5,000, due March 1, 1904, have not been paid, and there are not sufficient funds in the treasury of said city which can be appropriated to the payment of the said bonds.
   Now therefore, Be it resolved that the Mayor and Treasurer of said city of Lafayette, La., be and they are hereby authorized and directed by and with the consent of the holders of said bonds now past due as aforesaid to execute and deliver to the holders of said bonds new and additional interest coupons to be attached thereto, whereby the payment of the principal of said bonds shall be extended and become due as follows, which extension of said principal of said bonds is hereby agreed to on the part of said city and the holders of said bonds:

 Bonds Nos. 34 to 40 inclusive, originally due March 1, 1903, and which were extended to March 1, 1904, are further extended to and shall become due March 1, 1905.

 Bonds Nos. 41 to 50 inclusive, originally due March 1, 1904, shall be extended to and become due on March 1, 1905.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that hereafter the Council will permit frame buildings to be moved from one part of the Fire District to another part therein when the object is to build in brick on the spot vacated; provided that it is the intention of the owners to build in brick within 90 days after the removal, and in case of failure to do so, that the building so moved shall either be moved back to its original site or outside the Fire District; and provided, further, that all persons desiring to avail themselves of this privilege shall first apply to the Mayor and obtain permission therefrom in writing and be signed by him. Motion carried.

 The following bills were approved:
Moved and duly seconded that contract made by the Mayor with J. E. Trahan for land necessary to widen Pierce street and Mrs. W. H. Adams on Jefferson street to be approved, prices therein amounting to $350.00 Carried.

 Moved and seconded that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to submit to arbitration the matter of the difference between this Council and Mrs. G. C. Babcock relative to the strip of her lot of fourteen feet or more or less in width necessary to widen Jefferson street, one of said arbitrators to be appointed by the Mayor, and one by said property owner, and in the event that they are unable to agree as to the price to be paid for said strip, then that a third arbitrator should be appointed by them, said arbitrators to have the power of amicable compounders carried.

 Moved, seconded and carried that the triangle ground heretofore forming part of Lincoln avenue touching property of Mr. L. Doucet on northwest side of big ditch be sold to Mr. L. Doucet for the sum of $75.00 and the Mayor is authorized to sign act of sale. Carried.

 The following ordinance was also adopted.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that the purpose of paying for the cement walk and curbing thereto on the north-west sides of Lincoln avenue and Pierce street and the west side of Jefferson street, in the said town of Lafayette, La., heretofore ordered by said City Council by ordinance duly adopted under act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of 1902, and contracted  for there is hereby levied and assessed and shall be collected from the owners of lots abutting on said streets, the following amounts to-wit:

 From J. Eugene Trahan for his frontage on Pierce street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of one and thirty 34-100 dollars. Paid $130.34.

 From Charles Jeanmard for his frontage on Pierce street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of forty two 46-100 dollars. $42.46.

 From Jules J. Mouton for his frontage on said street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of seventy-nine 01-100 dollars. Paid $79.01.

 From E. G. Voorhies for his frontage on Pierce street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of one hundred and thirteen 34-100. Paid $113.34.

 From Mrs. B. Falk for her frontage on Pierce street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of seventy-six 70-100 dollars. Paid $76.70.

 From Jerome Mouton for his frontage on Pierce street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of thirty-six 63-100 dollars. Paid $36.63.

 From Mrs. A. Deffez for her frontage on Pierce street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of ninety-three 95-100 dollars. $93.95.

 From Leo Doucet for his frontage on Lincoln avenue, the sum of one hundred and twenty-one 44-100 dollars. Paid $121.44.

 From Dr. G. A. Martin for frontage on same street, the sum of fifty-two 96-100. Paid $52.96.

 From Mrs. J. A. Veazey for her frontage on same street, the sum of thirty-nine 27-100 dollars. $39.27.

 From Gaston Veazey for frontage on same street, and for drain pipe and pillars, the sum of eighty 85-100 dollars. $80.85.

 From Clemile Trahan for sixty-two 1/2 feet for frontage on same street and drain and pillars, the sum of eighty-seven 99-100 dollars. $87.99.

 From Denbo-Nicholson Company for frontage on same street and repairs to posts, the sum of forty-six 71-100 dollars. Paid $46.71.

 From Mrs. M. Gardner for frontage on same street, and drain pipe, the sum of forty-five 51-100 dollars. Paid $45.51.

 From Robert Grier for fifty feet of frontage on same street, drain pipe the sum of sixty-three 65-100. $63.65.

 From L. F. Rigues for frontage on same street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of seventy-six 99-100. Paid $76.99.

 From Louise Domengeaux for eighty-three feet frontage on same street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of one hundred and six 41-100. $106.41.

 From Philip Crouchet for frontage of fifty feet on same street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of sixty-five 90-100. $65.90.

 From John O. Mouton for one hundred and ninety-three feet for frontage on same street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of two hundred fifty-two 94-100 dollars. $252.94.

 From Mrs. F. Schmulen for her frontage on Pierce street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of one hundred thirty-three 82-100. $133.82.

 From the heirs of Mrs. Jean Brun for their frontage on same street, the same of one hundred and twenty-one 02-100 dollars, $121.02. Drain pipe and pillars three 90-100 dollars. $3.90.

 From Louis Rohee for thirty-nine feet frontage on same street the sum of forty-nine 92-100 dollars. $49.92.

 From Century Club for frontage on Jefferson street and drain pipe and pillars sixty-five and 34-100 dollars. $65.34.

 From Pellerin & DeClouet for forty-eight feet frontage on same street and drain pipe and pillars, the sum of sixty-five and 34-100 dollars. $65.34.

 From Mrs. Ida Mouton for fifty-four feet frontage on same street and drain pipe and pillars the sum of seventy-two 02-100 dollars. $72.02.

 From Mrs. George Babcock for one hundred and forty feet front on same street the sum of one hundred and eighty 10-100 dollars. $180.10.

 Be it further ordained that the said sums shall be due and collectable within ten days of the completion of said walk, and acceptance of the same by the City Council in the manner provided by the ordinance requiring said walks to be built, and if not paid within ten days then that suit shall be brought against said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment and moreover that as provided by said Act of the Legislature, this Council shall have a special privilege on said property, to secure the payment of said sums thus assessed, with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said 10 days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and said privilege shall effect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment in the mortgage book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the cost of registering  said assessment shall be borne by the delinquent.

 On motion, the City Council adjourned until Monday, March 14, at 7 p. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/16/1904.

 Friday Mr. G. W. Stailey suffered quite a painful accident. While attending to his stock, as he as passing one of his mules the mule kicked, striking him on the little finger breaking it near the knuckle.

 The term of criminal court which w as to begin this week was postponed until next Monday owing to the illness of Judge Debaillon. The grand jury and witnesses before it were discharged until Monday, Feb. 21, and the petit jury drawn for this week was discharged indefinitely.

 The public are cordially invited to attend the series of Lenten services that are being held in the Episcopal church here this week. The sermon of the day is delivered at half-past seven o'clock each evening.

 The ladies of the Episcopal church will give an Easter roll on Easter Monday, place to be decided later.

 Rev. F. E. Rogers, who has been serving a church in Tensas parish has accepted a call to the Presbyterian church of this place. We extend Mr. Rogers a cordial welcome and trust his stay and work here will be both pleasant and profitable.

 Ike Bendel returned from the Crescent City Sunday.

 Richard Chargois, of the Young-Comeaux Pharmacy, went to Royville on a visit yesterday.

 Dr. A. R. Trahan, who was in New Orleans for a short while returned to Lafayette Sunday.

 S. R. Parkerson, cashier of the First National Bank, spent several days in the City in business during the week.

 We will move into our new brick store shortly and until then we shall continue to cut prices. Lafayette Clothing House.

 Those interested in the organization of a base ball team for Lafayette are requested to meet at the truck house of Home Fire Co. at 7:30 p. m. Friday.

 The oil mill closed down for the season on Monday at 3 p. m, after a most successful run. During the next few months necessary repairs will be made and some new machinery added. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 16th, 1901:


More Houses Being Built in Lafayette Than Ever Before.

 It is not Lafayette's way to boast. It prefers to move along quietly without creating a very great hub-bub, but no one must construe the town's disinclination to brag as an evidence of un-progressiveness. Though there hasn't been much said about it, Lafayette is just no experiencing a building boom. We believe it is safe to say that over $75,000 will be expended in building by citizens of this town within the next three months. This is the lowest estimate, for we believe the amount will easily exceed that figure. And it is most significant that the buildings that are to be erected will be large, handsome structures.

 As has already been announced in these columns the Board of Trustees of the Industrial Institute will lose no time in erecting a two-story brick dormitory for girls. The plan is being made by Favrot & Livaudais, the New Orleans architects, and bids will be advertised for as early as possible.

 Within a short distance of the institute Dr. Moss will build a spacious modern dwelling, which, we are informed, will be one of the handsomest in this section. This house will face Johnston street.

 To the left of Dr. Moss' residence a building suitable for a hotel or boarding-house, will be put up by Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Sr. These structures and the elegant home of Mr. J. A. Roy, which was constructed some time ago, will add greatly to the appearance of that locality which promises to become one of the residence portions of the town.

 Within a few days work will be begun on the new ice factory to be built by the People's Cotton Oil Company. This factory will be operated by the latest improved machinery, and will have all the modern appliances. This will make two ice plants in town.

 Mr. P. L. DeClouet has contacted for a two story residence in Simcoe avenue. Simcoe avenue runs from the railroad crossing along Dr. Mudd's addition.

 Mr. Ed. G. Voorhies is having a commodius two-story dwelling built in Julia street.

 W. V. Nicholson has given out a contract for a store building to be built on the lot fronting Lincoln avenue, recently purchased of Mrs. Gardner.

 The new Episcopal church will be completed within the next four months. It is to be a brick structure with slate-roof. It will have a seating capacity of about 200 persons. Though not large, the plan is exceedingly neat and tasteful. It will be built at the corner of Lincoln and _____ streets, on the lot donated by Mrs. J. G. Parkerson.

 Mr. Vic Levy is having a two-story house erected in Lafayette street, opposite Dr. J. F. Mouton's residence.

 The Gazette is informed that Messrs. W. S. Torian and John Givens intend to build a brick store, next to the Givens ice factory, to be used for a wholesale grocery establishment.

 Mr. C. F. Melchert has just bought several lots of Dr. Mudd. It is Mr. Melchert's intention to build a home.

 In the foregoing we have noted only the larger class of buildings. Many smaller structures are in the course of construction and many more will no doubt be built during the summer months.

 We feel justified in stating that Lafayette has never before enjoyed as large a building boom.

 Why not build an opera-house and add a $15,000 edifice to the boom? Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.

Dr. G. A. Martin Elected.
 The general fire department of Lafayette, composed of Fire Company No. 1, Home Fire Company and Hook and Ladder Company, held its regular annual meeting at Falk's hall last Monday night and elected the following officers to serve during the ensuing year: President, C. Debaillon; Vice-president, A. E. Mouton; Chief, Dr. G. A. Martin; Asst. Chief, Ben Falk; Secretary, F. V. Mouton.

 The following members were appointed on a committee to form fire districts and an alarm system for the guidance of firemen:  Felix Mouton and Edward G. Voorhies.

 Upon motion of Mr. Wm. Campbell it was decided to have a celebration of the department's anniversary on the second Monday of every year. The first celebration will take place on the 13th of next May when it is proposed to have a parade and ball. The following gentlemen were appointed on a committee to make necessary arrangements for the celebration:  Wm. Campbell, F. E. Girard, C. D. Caffery, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, E. Pellerin.

 Votes of thanks were tendered to D. V. Gardebled and B. Falk. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.  


Of Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1 Meet And Have a Good Time.
 The boys of Fire Company No. 1 met at Domengeaux's restaurant Wednesday night and spent a few hours together, partaking of a splendid supper and celebrating the occasion in a manner characteristic of that stalwart organization. The members of No. 1 all have a most robust appetite and it is needless to say that they did full justice to the menu. There as plenty of wine and spirit of good fellowship reigned throughout. Oratory enlivened the genial crowd and the continued usefulness of the company was the subject of several eloquent toasts. The heroism of the firemen was a popular theme and the gallant fire-laddy was literally covered with rhetorical bouquets. His heroism was sung in prose and poetry and his unselfish devotion to duty inspired the speakers to the dizzy heights of post prandial eloquence. For once the intrepid fire-fighters of No. 1 got their dues as the recognized champions of the Lafayette fire department. President E. L. Stephens, of the Industrial Institute, who was among the guests, was called upon to make a talk, and he responded in most felicitous language. President Stephens' extemporaneous speech proved one of the most enjoyable features of the evening. District Attorney Campbell, Mayor Caffery, Assistant Chief Ben Falk, Dr. F. E. Girard and others spoke words of praise for the company and expressed the hope that the department will continue to be the brave protector of life and property that is has been in the past. The members present are:  Wm. Campbell, Dr. F. E. Girard, Wm. Levy, Isaac Plonsky, Hyman Plonsky, A. J. LeBlanc, S. B. Hahn, F. T. Mouton, S. Begnaud, Galbert Comeaux, Alphonse Peck, Ben Falk, F. O. Broussard, B. F. Anderson, W. H. Adams, Willie Adams, F. E. Moss, Felix Mouton, A. James Alpha, Wm. Graser, John Graser, L. F. Salles, George Scherer, Louis Hebert, Paul Castel, Abe Hirsch, Louis Lacoste, Homer Mouton, Joseph Lazaro. The following guests were present:  Mayor C. D. Caffery, Prof. E. L. Stephens, I. A. Broussard, John Greig, Horace Broussard, Simonet Breaux, Dupleix Breaux, Edward Judice, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, Joseph Ducote, Gus Schmulen, Clebert Melancon, Joseph Mouton, Leon Plonsky, L. L. Chevally, Moses Plonsky. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.         


Will Appear Here Tuesday, March 26th.

 The Boston Concert Company will appear at Falk's hall on Tuesday, March 26. The members of this company are artists of world-wide reputation. Bernhard Walther, the violinist; Cyrus B. Newton, the humorist; Adelaide Roddy, the lyric soprano and Gertrude Payson, the pianists; form a brilliant array of entertainers. The following are few of the many handsome compliments paid to the company by the press:

 Walther's appearance here was in the nature of an ovation. - Daily Telegram, Chicago.

 Of Walther's playing we can only say that it was great. - The Monthly Queen, England.

 Walther's violin work was remarkable for its expression. He plays with strong feeling and intelligence - Portland Telegram.

 Walther is a finished artist. His manner is magnetic and his playing a revelation. - San Francisco Chronicle.

 Walther is by far the best violinist that has ever been here. - Winnipeg Canadian.

 Cyrus Brownlee Newton is a master of the monologue. As Aunt Slatswicker he kept the audience in a continuous roar of laughter. -Oregonian, Portland, Or.

 Cyrus Brownlee Newton captured his audience immediately. He is an artist of extraordinary ability, and has few equals and no superiors. - San Francisco Examiner.

 Newton is peerless. He can make his audience laugh or cry. He seems to enjoy making his audience laugh. As a man he is as noble as he is funny. J. W. Anderson, Superintendent of Schools, California.

 Miss Adelaide Roddy has a sweet voice, which she knows how to use to the best advantage; her voice shows much cultivation, being of velvety smoothness. Her annunciation is good. - Santa Cruz Sentinel.

 Miss Roddy is blessed with the physical attractions and timbre of voice that will place her amongst our first singers. - San Francisco Chronicle.

 Miss A. Roddy's rendition of the mad song from "Lucia" as a revelation to her many friends, the cadenza at the end being executed with a purity and flexibility seldom found. - Vallejo News.

 Miss Gertrude Payson, the pianist, possessed rare ability and execution, but was having to use a bad instrument. Her renditions and execution proved her to be a master of the instrument of her choice. - Colorado, Texas, Citizen.

 As far as I remember, Miss Gertrude Payson is the only pianist who has performed before a public audience in San Angelo and received so enthusiastic an encore. Her treatment of her instrument was rapid, fluent and delicate. She played Liszt-Wagner's Evening Star, bringing the melody our clearly and without any of that dilettante style which is so akin to affection. Both her solo work and accompaniment instantly captivated the audience, and elicited the most extravagant and deafening applause, not only from the public, but from enlightened connoisseurs. - San Angelo Standard. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901. 


 The announcement that Prof. Gentry's Famous Dog and Pony Show is soon to  exhibit in this city has led to numerous inquiries about the details such as the location of the grounds and prices of admission. The character of the show is so well known that the people will regard the information as news, and consequently we have made inquiries with the following result:  The show, which it is needless to mention, is the best one of its kind in the world, will exhibit under their own waterproof tent, two performances, Friday, March 22.

 The prices of admission are children, 25 cents; adults 35 cents; and when the magnitude and artistic worth of the show is taken into consideration it will easily be seen that the prices of admission are decidedly reasonable. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901. 

Street Parade,
 Prof. Gentry's Famous Dog and Pony Show will give their street parade about 10 o'clock Friday morning, March 22. Starting from the show grounds, the procession will parade the principal streets. It will be a unique and pretty display, in which all the dogs, ponies and monkeys will be seen, to say nothing about the tiny elephants, the military band, and all the other numerous features of this excellent show. All the little folks should be on hand to see the street parade, which will be the prettiest ever seen in this city. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.

Options on Land Filed in the Clerk's Office.

 A number of options were recorded in the clerk's office this week, granting to P. Ledanois and Associates the right to explore certain farms in the neighborhood of Anse la Butte with a view of discovering oil. The following persons have signed agreements with Mr. Ledanois; Adelbert Broussard, Sosthene Breaux, Edmond Hollier, Alfred Webb, Jean Webb, Eloi Comeaux, Cleophas Richard, F. Guidry. In case of the discovery of oil Mr. Lendanois' company obligates itself to buy the land, the owner retaining an interest of 10 per cent. Mr. Ledanois has a number of options on farms in St. Martin parish. Among those is included the land explored by Mr. Lucas last year, where, it will be remembered, oil was found at a depth of 500 feet, and that the investigations were discontinued. Mr. Lenadois' company will begin to work at that place as soon as practicable. Another company has made similar agreements with a number of land owners in the vicinity of Anse la Butte for the purpose of making researches for oil. Both companies appear to be in earnest, and if there is a subterranean lake of oil somewhere between here and Breaux Bridge no one should be surprised to see a few geysers shooting up millions of gallons of the precious stuff. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.       

At St. John's. - 
Rev. E. Forge has let out the contract for an iron fence to be erected in front of the Catholic church, Mr. L. Lacoste being the successful bidder on the fence and Mr. L. L. Chevally on the brick foundation and cement walks.   Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.

Will Deal in Oysters and Fish.

 Sheriff Broussard has gone into the fish business. He is one of the organizers of the Weeks Island and Gulf Fish company. Just incorporated with a capital of $50,000. The domicile of the company is New Iberia. The board of directors is composed of the following gentlemen: Nick Muller, C. W. Wall, Wm. B. Davis, David Todd, Isaac A. Broussard. The company will engage extensively in the hauling of oysters and fish. The manager of the company will be Robert Davidson, who has had much experience in that business. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.   

New Telephone Directory. - 
Manager Broussard of the Cumberland Exchange is getting out a new directory. The number of subscribers on the new list will reach 200. Those who wish to make any alterations are requested to communicate with Mr. Broussard before the directory is printed. The large increase in the business of this telephone is an unfailing sign of the growth  of the town.   
Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/16/1901.

 The Gazette is pleased to note that Lieut. James A. Moss, who is in the Philippines with the American army, has been promoted by the war department to a captaincy. 

Mr. A. A. Mouton is making considerable improvements to his residence.

 The Cumberland telephone line has passed Lake Charles. The price of land in Lafayette seems to be rapidly increasing. Mr. Alex Mouton has just sold one arpent of land fronting Johnston street to Mrs. F. Gardner for $1,000. This makes the 3rd time that an arpent of land in this vicinity of the Industrial Institute has been sold at that price.

 Mrs. Mary Eves requests The Gazette to state that about the 1st of April she will open a millinery store in Mr. I. A. Broussard's building, near L. Lacoste's. She will employ an experienced milliner and will always keep a complete and up-to-date line of goods. Mrs. Eves solicits the patronage of the public.

 C. M. and S. R. Parkerson spent several days this week in New Orleans.

 Mrs. R. C. Greig is on a visit to relatives in New Orleans.

 Elija Wise, of Abbeville, Mr. Kahn., of New Orleans, and Sheriff Broussard bought back the Renick place at auction in New Orleans last week. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 16th, 1901:


 The question has been discussed considerably since the opening of the spring campaign, as to the necessity of having paid the poll tax to enable one to vote in the April election. To positively settle the matter, Hon. John H. Poe asked the opinion of Attorney General Guion and received the following reply:

My Dear Sir - I have your letter of 23rd inst., and in reply will say that it is not necessary, in order for an elector to be permitted to vote a municipal election during the present year, that he should have paid his poll tax for the past two years.

It was decided by the Supreme Court in the case of state exrel Ball vs. Cain, 52 A, p. 2110, that the payment of the poll tax required by the constitution, could not be exacted as a pre-requisite to the exercise of the right to vote until the year 1902.

In other words, no voter is denied the right to vote by reason of failure to pay his poll taxes until the year 1902.
Yours very truly,

From the Lake Charles Press and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901.


The first of a series of three entertainments to be given in Lafayette through the Thomas Lyceum Bureau will be rendered by the Boston Concert Company on Tuesday evening, the 26th., inst. at Falk's Hall.

These entertainments are represented to be a somewhat higher standard of literary and artistic merit than the average, and are being engaged on first trial at a very reasonable rate, with the exception that if they prove successful with our audiences, the Bureau which controls them may continue to book their entertainments here for succeeding seasons. Dr. C. N. Thomas of San Francisco, the manager of this Bureau has shown commendable zeal in the work of forming these first engagements along this route, having pursued the policy of personally securing the sale of more than half enough season-tickets to cover the amount of his charge for the three entertainments. In the present instance he has offered the three entertainments for $175,00 (is it really 175.00?) and has already obtained local subscription for sixty-eight season-tickets at $1.50 each, or $102,00. The remaining $73,00 has been personally guaranteed by a committee of some eight or ten citizens who interested themselves to this extent in giving a trial to the Thomas entertainments on their merits. And if the sale of tickets is so successful as to result in a surplus of cash on hand, this will be held as a public fund to be used in securing other high class entertainments of like character.

The remaining two of the present series, which are to follow this one at intervals of about two weeks, are to be Herr Wagner, the humorous, lecturer, and Joaqin Miller, the aged and distinguished poet of the Great West - whom it will be really an event to see, reminding us of the other great American poets of the century, his contemporaries now gone - Longfellow and Lowell and Whittier and Holmes and the rest.

The local committee of citizens who have agreed to guarantee the cost of tickets not yet subscribed for are as follows. Jerome Mouton, C. D. Caffery, E. G. Voorhies, A. Judice, Crow Girard, J. C. Nickerson, Wm. Clegg, N. P. Moss, E. L. Stephens and S. R. Parkerson.
We shall hope this course of entertainments may prove successful and that may be the means of attracting here each season the highest quality. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901.

FIRE, FIRE, FIREMEN.  Forty firemen belonging to Lafayette Co. No. 1, enjoyed their annual banquet last Wednesday at the popular Domengeuax restaurant. The menu was perfect, the wines excellent, and humour and good cheer reigned supreme. "The only fault with our banquets," says one fireman, "is that they are too far apart." Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901.


Prof. Gentry's exhibition, which is so well known in this city, will give the customary street parade on the date of exhibition advertised. The street parade of all shows is an index to their resources. Prof. Gentry's processional displays this season are said to be revelations in that line. The turnout is the most diminutive display ever seen in this city, and, in fact, the longest and brightest procession ever given by a tented exhibition. Parade at 10 o'clock Friday morning March 22nd.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901.

Fire Dept.
The Fire Departme
nt held its annual election of officers on Tuesday night of this week. The fight was centered in the Chief and after a hot contest Dr. G. A. Martin of Home was elected. The following officers were elected; Asst. Chief B. Falk; President, C. Debaillon-reelected; Vice. Pres., A. E. Mouton-reelected; Sec. F. V. Mouton-reelected.

 The 2nd Monday in May of each year was set as a day of celebration to include a parade and ball. The following committee on arrangements was elected. Wm. Campbell, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, Dr. F. E. Girard, C. D. Caffery, E. Pellerin and H. Church.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901.

Advertiser Has Seeds. - 
Our business it to advertise. Our paper's name is "The Advertiser." What we most want to advertise is our beautiful Southland. What better way than to let the world know how productive our lands are? No matter how rich the soil is, or how well worked your fields are, no cotton will be as satisfactory as The Long Staple. Get your seed at the Advertiser Office, plant it, work it, and let the world know how Louisiana produces cotton.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901.

The Tea Club.

The Tea Club was delightfully entertained last Tuesday by Miss Florence Ramsey assisted by her guest Miss Gerac Bullard of Illinois. The meeting was a particularly important one, as the term of officers expired and the day of the election had arrived. The following were chosen to serve one year: Mrs. F. E. Davis, President; Miss Gladu, Treasurer; Mrs. A. B. Denbo, Recording Secretary and Mrs. J. E. Trahan, Librarian. The club enters its fourth year and it has been a source of great pleasure to its members., Though it is principally social and literary, the ladies have strived to do some good in the community by always responding to appeals for charity. The last two years were devoted to the study of Literature, and just now the club is engaged in a complete study of the English History. Bi-monthly meetings are held at the members homes and among the sixteen active members and a good many honorees are numbered some of our brightest women and cleverest entertainers.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901.

 Reported by J. C. Nickerson, Real Estate Agent, for the week ending March 14th, 1901.

 Mrs. M. T. Mudd to J. R. Domengeaux 3 lots on Mudd Addition $150.

 Mrs. Gardner to W. V. Nicholson 1 1/2 lots on Lincoln Ave. in Lafayette $7.50.

 John B. Coffey to Lafayette Building Assn. 2 lots and improvements in Lafayette $800.

 Lafayette Building Assn. to John R. Coffey 2 lots and improvements in Lafayette $800.

 J. G. Parkerson to Demas (unreadable( 2 lots in McComb Addition in the town of Lafayette $370.

 Theolu Perot to Mouton Bros. 9 arpents 2nd ward $100.

 Mrs. E. Mouton to Joe E. Mouton 1 lot in Lafayette $150.

 Alex Mouton to Mrs. Gardner one arpent on Johnston $1,000.

 Mrs. M. T. Mudd to Mrs. Melchert 6 lots in Mudd Addition $300.

 G. R. DeLaureal to M. Billeaud, Jr. 2 lots in Broussard $750.

 Ed. G. Voorhies to Lafayette Building Assn. lots and improvements $1,200.

 Lafayette Building Assn. to Ed. G. Voorhies lots and improvements $1,200. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1901. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/16/1895.
 Post Master C. O. Mouton went to Baton Rouge the early part of the week.

 Mr. Edward G. Voorhies, went to New Iberia, Saturday evening; attending to some legal matters.

 Miss Lizzie Parkerson returned from New Orleans, last Wednesday.

 Operator Ed. Von Eye has lately been transferred from this place to New Iberia.

 Train Nos. 50 & 51 which were run between Algiers and Lafayette have been pulled off.

 Marshal John Vigneaux was called to New Orleans on business in the beginning of the week.

 Mr. E. L. Morley has just opened a barber shop in town, at the old Higginbotham stand, and is ready to serve the public in the tonsorial line.

 The kitchen flue at Mr. F. Otto blazed for a few minutes last Saturday morning and caused a degree of excitement and uneasiness whilst the blaze lasted.

 We acknowledge the receipt of an invitation to be present at the commencement exericises of the Hahuemann Medical college of Chicago, March 21st, from which institution will graduate Mr. Robert D. Voorhies, son of Felix Voorhies, of New Iberia.

 Mr. E. Priollaud became suddenly and seriously ill last Saturday, his condition being such as to cause Mr. Alfred Hebert to hasten to Lake Arthur in quest of Mrs. Priollaud, with whom he returned Monday. At this writing we learn of a notable improvement in the patient's condition, which we feel much satisfaction in announcing. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 16th, 1895:


 Thursday night the young men of Lafayette assembled at the City Hall and organized the Lafayette Brass Band,with a membership of twenty-four. The members are as follows Henri Gerac, leader; Pierre Gerac, E. T. McBride, T. M. Eves, Henry Judice, C. T. Bienvenu, Lucien Prudhomme, Rene Horaist, Raoul Pellerin, Simon Boudreaux Jr., Henry Fontenot, Ignatius Martin, Albert Couinus, Ed. Prudhomme, Louis Bazin, Willis Eves, Sidney Romero, Albert Robichaux, Louis Lacoste, Gilbert Bonin, Auguste Vigneaux, Joseph Ducote and J. W. Johnson.    Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895.

Luther Benson's Lectures.
Pursuant to announcement Mr. Luther Benson arrived in our town last Sunday, and at 3 o'clock p. m. delivered one of his characteristic addresses on the topic of temperance. Mr. Benson is a forcible speaker and handles his subject with great clearness and much pathos. Himself a victim of the liquor habit for many years, has placed at his disposal a fathomless fund of personal experience of extreme bitterness, from which to draw material for the entertainment of his audiences. There can be no question as to great good being accomplished by the work of reformers of Mr. Benson's kind, and we believe his visit to our community will not be without its full measure of profit. Large and representative audiences were present at both lectures delivered here and at the close of the meeting Monday night Mr. R. B. Martin advanced to the speaker's stand and publicly signed the pledge if temperance, in accordance with his wish previously expressed to Mr. Benson. Mr. Martin's act was loudly applauded and appeared to be a source of much gratification to his friends. His example was followed by a number of more youthful members of the community. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895.

 The Local Merchant and the Local Newspapers.

 It is his misfortune that the average local merchant should maintain a penurious attitude toward his local newspaper. Because the former is in the habit of greatly undervaluing the worth of services of the latter to him, from a business stand-point, his patronage of the local paper falls much short of what it should be. This lack of support affects the money earning capacity of the paper, but the loss to the non-advertising merchant is even greater for pursuing such a penny wise policy. The rates usually charged by a newspaper for advertising space is based on the extent and character of its circulation and advertisers should be willing always to allow a newspaper legitimate remuneration for its service. Publishers, as a generality, are fairminded and never seek to take undue advantage of a patron, and the local merchant especially, whose prosperity in business always increases with the progress and improvement of the town in which he is located, would find it to be good policy to deal generously in his relations with the press, the chief factor in developing the growth and stimulating the commerce of every community. Every dollar invested by the local merchant in his local newspaper can be depended on to bring good returns, directly or otherwise.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895.

 Painful Accident.
 An accident that might have had more serious results, occurred in front of Mr. Gardebled's drug store, at 11 o'clock last Sunday morning. Messrs. Hart and Ricau, two New Orleans drummers,were occupying a vehicle in charge of an experienced driver. The horses were traveling at a rather rapid gait and the driver undertook to make a turn at the corner just named after the team had proceeded to far too make it a safe feat. As a consequence Mr. Hart was violently precipitated from the vehicle, and thrown underneath the wheels, these rolling over his legs. He received a severe nervous shock in addition to bodily injuries but recovered from these after a few hours. Dr. J. L. Duhart administered to the more pressing requirements of Mr. Hart. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895.

"Leg Up" at Opera House. - Front row seats at the Opera House were at a premium last Sunday night. The performance was of a highly leg-itimate order, we were told by one who was present, and that's why so many of our bald-headed friends felt no reticence whatever about attending. They knew before hand what to expect and so did not run any risk of meeting with disappointment. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895. 

Natural Gas. -  We learn that in the (unreadable words) is contemplated to institute a thorough exploration of a plot of ground near Breaux Bridge, from which natural gas is known to emanate. Small pools of water abound there, also, that appear to be in a continual state of ebullition. We had occasion to make a personal visit to the spot, two years ago, and verified the representations made. We remember having punched a small hole in the ground and applying a lighted match to the orifice thus made, when the escaping gas immediately began to blaze and could be extinguished only with considerable difficulty. We look for important tangible results from this investigation that will be made soon. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 16th, 1895:


 Last Tuesday in the forenoon a Gazette reporter in company with a railroad conductor, visited "Hotel de Bum" the famous hobo resort of Lafayette, or rather what is left of it. The spot where once stood the rough shed that sheltered so many homeless wanderers is now marked by the remnant of an old brick press, a few pieces of iron and other things which nomadic people could not use for fuel. There is probably not a single genuine hobo, the real article who is an honor to the "profesh," who has not shared the hospitality of this celebrated hostelry. And no wonder that it is famed as home and abroad. It is known from lakes to the gulf and from ocean to ocean. Some time ago one of these migratory Coxey-ites stated to one of the railroad boys that he had heard of the "brick-yard" while in Chicago and another Knight of Perpetual Rest said that he had heard of it beyond the confines of Uncle Sam away down in Old Mexico. It is undoubtedly one of the best known institutions in this parish and nothing has brought Lafayette more prominently before the nation than this modest home of the hobo cohorts. Though it has no register it is estimated that in recent years the number of transient guests alone has been forty per day. Its registry would easily surpass those of the Royal and Grunewald combined. Among its ruins may be seen four or five hundred cans used as cooking utensils, tons of burned coal and enough cane-trash to furnish fuel for a sugar-mill a whole month. Other articles familiar to the life of the regulation hobo may be found scattered about the depleted lot. Dead dogs have been left to rot there by cruel-hearted persons and the once glorious spot has lost its former picturesqueness and the only thing that is left to tell the tale of its lost prestige is the old brick-press which rises majestically above the glimmering landscape of Hoboville. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895.          

A Nuisance.
 Property-holders in Lafayette should be compelled to build their gates in a way that they would made to swing on the inside and not on the sidewalks. This has been a nuisance of long standing and is getting more common every day. The Town Council should pass an ordinance to do away with it. On some streets the pedestrian must shut a number of gates before he is allowed to go his own way. The sidewalks do not belong to private individuals and they have no right to place obstructions on them. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895. 


Coming to the Front.

The Gazette's staunch friend, "Loule" is slowly but surely coming to the front. His last victory in the first fisticuffs  arena was won last Monday after a hard struggle for supremacy. Louie's adversary was Camara, the fruit vendor, but after the fight he looked more like a man engaged in taming wildcats than one who pursues the peaceful occupation of selling "o-ranges and bananeys." Fortunately friends interfered, separated the fighters and put a stop to the hostilities. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895. 

A Company of Fakes.
 Duncan Clark's aggregation of blooming blondes and blushing brunettes showed here last Sunday to a small and appreciative audience composed mostly of bald-heads and run-a-way husbands. The show was fully up to expectations but the expectations were not very high. Briefly, it was about the worst crowd of fakes that ever visited Lafayette and did not have a single redeeming feature. An additional price of 25 cents was charged for the "concert' which was a repetition of the first entertainment. "They simply put their hands in our pockets and helped themselves and we tamefully submitted to it." Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895. 

Writing Up the Country.
 H. S. Kneedler, a most agreeable gentleman, was in Lafayette Monday engaged in writing up this country for the Southern Pacific Company. Mr. Kneedler informed a Gazette reporter that the work which the company has undertaken is of great magnitude and promises to accomplish much in the way of advertising the many advantages of the country along the Southern Pacific road. Mr. Kneedler's desciptions of this section will be interspersed with historical facts. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895. 

Twenty-nine Years a Teacher.
 Mrs. Homer Bailey closed her school last Friday after teaching during twenty-nine years. This estimable lady has spent nearly three decades in the school-room teaching the "young idea how to shoot," and at no time during this long period has she failed to merit the esteem of both pupil and parent. Among our townsmen who have already attained success in the business world and in the learned professions are some of Mrs. Bailey's early pupils, who have received the benefit of her splendid training . The retirement of Mrs. Bailey from the school-room, we are sorry to say is due to an enfeebled state of her health, which The Gazette hopes will only be temporary. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895.  

A Brass Band.
 The Gazette is pleased to announce that the young men of Lafayette have organized a brass band. Mr. Henry Gerac, who is a very competent teacher, has volunteered his services  and the band will soon begin practicing. The following are the members:  T. M. Eves, J. W. Eves, E. T. McBride, Henry Judice, C. T. Bienvenu, Lucius Prudhomme, Rene Horaist, Raoul Pellerin, Simon Boudreaux, Henry Fontenot, Ignatius Martin, Albert Coumes, Willie Eves, Sidney Romero, Albert Robichaud, Gilbert Bonin, August Vigneaux, Joseph Ducote, J. W. Johnson and Louis Lacoste. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895.  

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/16/1895.

 Judge Debaillon visited Abbeville this week.

 C. O. Mouton made a short business trip to Baton Rouge this week.

 Mrs. Hahn boarded the east-bound train Thursday for New Orleans.

 Dr. J. F. Mouton took the night train Monday for Galveston to attend to some business in that city.

 Dave Mossiker, of Orange, left last Sunday for New York to purchase a large stock of spring and summer goods for L. Levy & Sons' store at this place.

 E. L. Morley requests us to announce that he will open to-day a barber shop in the building formerly occupied by C. C. Higginbotham.

 Go to Henry Hohort's for Holland herring, Compressed cooked corn-beef, Pig's tongues, Saucisson D'Arle, eight varieties of imported cheese, Havana jelly, Guava Paste, and a full line of fresh crackers and cakes.

 Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton has gone to New Orleans to purchase everything Fashion has decreed that the up-to-date milliner must have in stock. Mrs. Mouton's splendid store will soon display evidences of her good taste.

 Fred Mouton, the contractor, is now building two dwelling houses, one for Mr. Drew in Mouton's addition and another for Mr. Priollaud in McComb's addition. Lafayette Gazette 3/16/1895.  


From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 16th, 1909:


Company to be Capitalized at $200,000 of Which $60,000 Has Already.

 Refinery and Present Syrup Mill to be combined.

 A Meeting of Stockholders to be Called Called Next Week to Organize Permanently.

 Through the courtesy of Mr. P. B. Roy The Advertiser is informed that a meeting of stockholders held last Friday evening in Youngsville it was resolved to form a company capitalized at $200,000 for the purpose of establishing a sugar refinery at that place. The new company will incorporate the present company engaged in the manufacture of syrup and combine the business. The company has already bought from Cades and Smedes the necessary machinery to make sugar this season in conjunction with the syrup mill, but next year propose to establish and operate a large refinery. Stock to the amount of about $60,000 has already been placed and several capitalists are yet to be heard from. The following gentlemen are interested in the enterprise and practically assure its success:

 P. B. Roy, R. O. Young, P. A. Dupleix, A. L. Dyer, Overton Cade, H. Theall, B. F. Flanders, Martial Trahan and Ferdinand Trahan. It was decided at the meeting to call the stock holders together the first of next week and organize permanently by adopting a charter and electing officers. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1909.


How to Make Brown Almond Bar and other Delicacies. 

To make brown almond bar, place two pounds of sugar, one-third teaspoonful cream of tartar and two-thirds cupful of water in a granite saucepan; when it begins boiling add one pound of almonds, stirred in slowly; boil until the nuts are as brown as desired, which will be when they will slide off the lifted spoon easily; pour the candy until and inch thick into a greased pan, and when cool cut into strips with a hammer and strong knife. Blanched almond bar is made in the same way as brown almond only that the almonds are blanched. Peanut bar may be made similarly, using two pounds of peanuts instead of one. Brazil-nut bar may be made with two pounds of sugar, one-third teaspoonful cream of tartar; two-thirds cupful of water; cook to hard crack; pour out one-half candy in greased pan, then scatter over this one pound. Brazil nuts, after having trimmed the brown skins off; add to the top of the rest of the candy; when cool cut into bars. It should be one inch when done. English walnuts may also be used with good effect. Delicious sliced cocoanut bar is made by cooking two pounds of sugar, one-third teaspoonful of cream of tartar, two-thirds cupful of water to hard crack then adding slowly one sliced cocoanut; stir carefully, then pour into greased pan and cut any shape wished. The cocoanut should be pared, cut into halves, and sliced very thin with a sharp knife.

From the Ladies Home Journal and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1895.

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