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From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 22nd, 1905:


 Elect New Officers---Resolutions Passed Requesting Co-operation of Citizens.

 Monday night at a meeting of the Fire Dept. the following officers were elected:

 President, P. L. DeClouet; Vice-President, C. O. Mouton; Secretary, F. E. Voorhies; Chief, A. E. Mouton; Assistant Chief, C. W. Breeding.

 The following resolutions was also passed:

            Lafayette, La., March 20, 1905.
  At the annual meeting of the Fire Department of the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, held at the Court House of said city, the undersigned Committee was appointed to draft the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the said Fire Dept. of Lafayette, La.

 Resolved, by the Fire Department of the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, that for the purpose of aiding, equipment and maintaining the said fire Department, that a call be made on every male citizen within the corporate limits of the city of Lafayette, La., owning real estate, and also every non-resident and corporation also owning real estate within said corporate limits, and who are not members of said fire department, to subscribe an annual fee of not less than five dollars, and that said amount when paid to be turned over to the Treasurer of the department, and to be used in aiding, equipping and maintaining said Fire Department for the purpose of fighting fires.

 Be it further resolved, that said resolution be printed in the city papers, The Lafayette Advertiser and The Gazette for a space of sixty days.

  Be it also further resolved that a copy of said resolution be mailed to each male citizen of the city of Lafayette who are not members of the Fire Department, and also to all non-residential and corporations owning real estate within the city of Lafayette, La. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905. 


Crank Marries Charity. Mr. Harry G. Crank and Miss Charity M. Elliot, a charming lady from Ellsberry, Mo., who was visiting Mr. Sparks at Scott, were married at that place Monday morning at 11 o'clock by Rev. F. E. Rogers. Mr. Crank is also from Ellsberry, but moved South some time ago and settled near Welsh, where they will make their home. 
Laf. Advertiser 3/22/1905.

Mr. Don Caffery, of Jennings, and Miss Lizzie Parkerson, of Lafayette, were quietly married Wednesday at 7:30 a. m. at Christ;s church New Orleans. They passes through here on their way to Jennings on the 5 p. m. train the same day. Laf. Advertiser 3/22/1905.

 It has been suggested that all the young men in Lafayette parish, who have attained their majority within the past year, be invited to take a distinctive part in the exercises for convocation day of the public schools. The suggestion is a good one, and it is to be hoped that it will be carried out.

An impressive address on the duties of citizenship to young men about to exercise the right of suffrage for the first time, and who for the most part have had no opportunity earlier in life to receive a proper and lucid explanation of the duties and responsibilities of American citizenship, will undoubtedly be productive of great good.

A clearer conception among the masses of civic duties and kindred matters relating to government by the people, is one of the greatest needs of our country, as it is upon a proper understanding of this subject that a republic depends for its continued existence.

An enlightened electorate offers the assurance of securing the equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual, which is recognized to the only legitimate objects of governments; and, as has been aptly said by a noted statesman, "modern times have discovered the only device by which these rights can be secured, to wit: government by the people, acting not in person, but by representatives chosen by themselves; that is to say, by every man of ripe years and sound mind, who contributes either by his purse or person to the support of his country."

Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

Heavy Rain. - Saturday evening just after six o'clock Lafayette was visited by a tremendous downpour of rain. In less than one hour the streets were flooded. The heavy part ceased about 7 o'clock, but the rain continued more or less during the night and practically all of Sunday.
  Laf. Adv. 3/22/1905.

Deadly Weather. - Killed by Lightning near Scott, while returning from Lafayette, during the severe rain and thunderstorm which swept over the parish.  Laf. Advertiser 3/22/1905.

For the Week Ending March 22, 1905.
 Dame Annie Petro to Alcide Nomie, lot adjoining Mouton addition and improvements, $1,566.31.

Farmers' Building and Loan Association to Alcide Babinneaux and Elina Silvege, lot in McComb addition, $400.

Alexandre Hoffpauir to Adam Foreman, 20 acres of land, $600.

Mrs. Rosa Roy, wife of J. Omer Broussard, to Francois Rageur, 80.74 acres land, $2000.

Southern Development Co. to Jos. Gallien, lot in McComb addition, $90.

Jos. Gallien to Mary Macy, 1/2 two fractional lots, $45.

Kaliste Saout to Rose Joseph, widow Jim Jackson, lot in Trahan extension, $160.

Louis Turpin to Carnes Bass & Beckenstein, 2 acres, $450.

Alexander Mouton and Dame Mathilde Mouton, widow Frank Gardner, to Bruno N. Coronna, lot on Johnston street, $1,200.

Leo Decou to Boniface Bodoin, 2 arpents land, $100.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

Dr. Voorhies Moving to Lafayette. - Dr. R. D. Voorhies, who has been a practicing physician in New Orleans for a number of years has decided to locate in Lafayette and has opened an office adjoining Wischan & Domengeaux. Dr. Voorhies's family have not arrived yet, but will move here shortly. He is a brother of clerk of court E. G. Voorhies and Mr. F. E. Voorhies. The Advertiser extends him a cordial welcome to Lafayette. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

Work Begun. - Monday ground was broken for the erection of N. Abramson's two story brick store next to the Episcopal church. The building is to be 43 1/2 by 60 feet.
Laf. Adv. 3/22/1905.


At Courthouse Thursday to Make Arrangements for Convocation Day.
Athletic Contests at Industrial Institute, April 24.

 In response to a call by Dr. Stephens a number of citizens met at the courthouse Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock to make preliminary arrangements for convocation and field day, which are to be held at the Industrial Institute on the same day, April 29.

 Those present were Dr. Stephens, Supt. Alleman, Col. G. A. Breaux, Dr. F. E. Girard, Dr. N. P. Moss, J. G. St. Julien, Major Paul DeClouet, Mayor Caffery, C. O. Mouton, E. G. Voorhies, J. A. Roy, F. V. Mouton, R. C. Greig, and W. J. Avery.

 The meeting was called to order and presided over by Dr. Stephens, who explained fully the object of the meeting. He said that he had sent out many more invitations and that a number of those not present were ready and willing to help out the plan in any way possible. By unanimous consent of those present it was decided to ask the school board to turn over the balance from the State Teachers' Association for the purpose of making the convocation exercises and the athletic contests free for every body who wishes to come. A subscription was also started for the same purpose, each of those present giving a dollar each. In this contest all the high schools of this section of the State will participate, and it is expected that it will be the biggest thing of the kind ever seen in this section of the country.

 The convocation exercises, which will consist of spelling matches and other contests by the pupils of the schools of the parish, and two addresses, will be held on the campus of the Institute. A platform will be constructed on the outside of the main building of the Industrial and from this two addresses, one in French and the other in English, will be given.

 All the young men who have reached their majority since the 30th of last April are invited to attend the exercises and to take part in the procession from the courthouse.

 Dr. Stephens was authorized to appoint all the committees to complete the arrangements for the exercises. Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1905.

Pontoon Bridge For Sale. - On Saturday, April 1, 1905, there will be offered for sale to the highest bidder one bridge at the Olidin Broussard crossing on Vermilion bayou. This bridge is comparatively new having been in use for only a little more than one year. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

For State Encampment Col. Powell and Gen. Stafford Are Shown Suitable Grounds by Party of Citizens.

 Col. J. W. Powell, a retired officer of the regular army, who has been detained for duty with the Louisiana militia, Mrs. Powell and Adjutant General D. T. Stafford, of the State militia arrived in Lafayette Thursday morning. They were accompanied by General Passenger Agent F. E. Batters, who had placed his private car at their disposal. Gen. Stafford and Col. Powell are visiting various towns with a view to selecting the most desirable one for the State encampment, which will be held, probably in August, for ten days.

 They were met by a number of citizens who drove them out to the Industrial Institute where a few moments were spent in looking over the building, after which the party consisting of Gen. Stafford, Col. and Mrs. Powell, Messrs. Batturs, Crow Girard, Felix Girard, P. L. DeClouet, J. C. Nickerson, S. R. Parkerson, T. M. Biossat, C. D. Caffery, W. A. LeRosen, R. C. Greig, D. P. Stubbs and Dr. Stephens went to view the available sites for the encampment. The Industrial campus and the Alex Mouton tract just across the road were inspected and then, the party drove to the rear of the Industrial grounds out the Girard spring, where an ideal camp site was found, with sufficient open land near to serve as a drill ground. After inspecting the sites the party returned to the Industrial where Col. Powell and Gen. Stafford reviewed the cadets, who made a most excellent showing for the short time they have been organized.

 Gen. and Mrs. Powell and Gen. Stafford and Mr. Batturs left about 1 o'clock p. m. for Crowley. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

Ritchie's Unique Entertainers To-morrow Evening. Last of Lyceum Course.

 The fifth and last attraction of the Institute Lyceum Course this season will be given in the Auditorium to-morrow evening, commencing at 8:15 o'clock sharp.

 Ritchie's Unique Entertainers, a company of four people, men and women, will do their best to please and amuse the subscribers to the course, as well as those who may attend besides.

 Mr. Ritchie is the magician of the Company. His chief performance will be the wonderful levitation fest, viz: suspending Madame Ritchie in mid air, supposedly defying the law of  gravitation. Then there is Madame Ritchie herself, whose sweet contralto voice is said to be wonderfully captivating. Mr. Chas. Harrison is the whistler of the company; not any of your cheap whistlers of the "Johnie get your hair cut type," but a musical whistler of great talent, who essays such pieces as Mendelsohn's Spring Song. Miss Pearl Davis, reciter and accompanist on the piano, is the fourth member of the company and an entertainer of decided merit and versatility. Let everybody attend. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

For Mayor,

For City Councilmen,

For Town Constable.

 For Town Tax Collector.

For Town Clerk.

 For Treasurer Town Council.

 For Town Jailer.

 For Members Democratic Executive Committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

School Entertainment. - The public schools will give an entertainment at Parkerson's Grove Monday evening, April 24, for the purpose of paying out the debt for painting the High School and other expenses during the year. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.  

Woman's Home Mission. - The Woman's Home Mission Society has twenty-five trained workers and one hundred and eighty-six volunteers engaged in work. Their institutional features are represented by seven settlement homes, two deaconess, and Door of Hope and one home for girls between the ages of ten and eighteen. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1905.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 22nd, 1902:

 Lafayette Policemen Doing Some Good Work.

 Not less than one hundred dogs have been killed by the police of Lafayette during the past week. The canine population of this town is very large and there yet remains a rich harvest for the police. Under the municipal ordinance the dog which is found without a collar becomes the legitimate victim of the police. The colored people seem to have an inherent fondness for dogs, but few among them are willing to pay the tax and as a consequence many of their pets meet an untimely death. It seems somewhat cruel to kill all the dogs whose owners refuse to pay the tax, but it operates as a wholesome check on the rapid natural increase of the dog population. If it were not for this ordinance Lafayette would soon have as many dogs as Constantinople. Every colored citizen has an average of three dogs and as a general thing these dogs are in the streets half of the time or hunting for something to eat in somebody else's yard.
Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

 Tuesday morning the people of the town were surprised to learn that Batson, the alleged murderer of the Earl family, was in jail here. During the night Sheriff Perkins has arrived with the prisoner who was safely lodged in one of the steel cells of the parish jail. The Calcasieu sheriff had stopped here to prevent any possible attempts at violence, it being his intention to reach Lake Charles as quietly and secretly as practicable. The sheriff stated that while he had no reason to fear a lynching he would take no chances.
Batson was taken to Lake Charles on the early train Wednesday morning by Sheriff Perkins and Sheriff Broussard. The developments in the case since Baston's arrival at Lake Charles are very unfavorable to the accused. A number of persons identified him as the man who was in Lake Charles with the mules. Batson still persists in protesting his innocence. His case will be tried during the latter part of April.  Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

 The fame of the Sontag Military band is spreading. Not only at home is is recognized as a musical organization of great merit, but lovers of good music throughout the State are finding out that it is a splendid band. Some days ago President Caldwell of the State Normal wrote to the manager with a view of securing the band to furnish the music for the commencement exercises at Natchitoches in May. Last Wednesday Prof. Sontag and seventeen members of the band filled an engagement at Opelousas. Citizens of that town took advantage of the occasion to inaugurate a movement to hold a music contest, offering a prize of $250 to the best band in this section of the State. Should Prof. Sontag consider that his band has had enough practice the boys will no doubt decide to enter the contest. Prof. Carlos Greig at St. Martinville has a very fine band and he would doubtless be glad to compete for the prize. There are several other good bands in South Louisiana and the contest could be made very interesting. Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

The Passing Away of Old Landmarks.
 The Gazette desires to congratulate the alderman in whose fertile brain was evolved the idea to do away with the hundreds of bridges which were an impediment to traffic and an eyesore to the public. Now that the old things are being removed everybody is wondering why they were every built. Of different sizes and dimensions, of various degrees of architectural beauty, some of a prehistoric age and others of an ante-bellum vintage, and all long ago fallen into a state of innocuous disuse, these bridges which are being demolished by the iconoclastic hammer of our progressive Council make up the rarest collection of municipal bric-a-brac that we have ever seem. Some of our citizens are disposed to treat this matter in a light vein, but we consider that it is a notable stride in the direction of progress. It marks the advent of a new era. The passing away of the old bridge is a forerunner of paved walks.
Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

Brick Company Buys Site. - The Lafayette Brick and Tile Manufacturing Company has bought the 14-acre tract of land belonging to the estate of John Hesse, situated just beyond the town limits. The company will build its plant on this tract which admirably situated for that purpose. The price paid for the land is $1,781.25. Mr. F. G.. Mouton, the manager of the company, informs us that the machinery will be bought at once and that work will begin as soon as practicable. Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

Stole Trousers. - A youthful hobo was caught by Marshal Peck in the act of stealing a pair of trousers last Wednesday afternoon. After an exciting foot race the thief was captured in the possession of the stolen property. He was arraigned before Judge Debaillon Friday and pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced later.  Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

Four New Stands Added to the Compress Ginnery.
 An improvement of the greatest importance to the material prosperity of Lafayette is now going on at the ginnery of the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company. The business of the season which has just closed reached such proportions as to necessitate increased facilities. The manager, Mr. B. N. Coronna, has made all necessary arrangements for the establishment of four new gin stands which will more than double the present capacity of the plant. Other improvements adequate to the increased demands of the trade will also be made and when the next season opens and everything will be readiness to give the cotton-growers a service second to none in promptness and efficiency. The Compress ginned nearly 5,000 bales of cotton during the season and it wants to be in a position to handle more than twice that number of bales the coming season. Five thousand bales ginned, and 25,000 bales compressed is a splendid record for one season, but the management does not want to stop here. It desires to meet the increase in the business with enlarged facilities, until Lafayette is known far and wide as the best wagon market in Louisiana, a consummation most devoutly to be wished by all the people of the town. Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

 FLAG. - The boys and girls of the Lafayette High School have bought a very handsome flag. It will soon wave over the school building. 

Laf. Gaz. 3/22/1902.

Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902.

 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 special taxes for public improvements therein named, was presented to the Council and read, and thereupon the following ordinance was unanimously adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE, 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, 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 the town and for the extension of the electric light system therein.

 3. To procure grounds and building for a first-class public market house.

 4. To call in and 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 system 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 the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said town, same being heretofore annexed and made part hereof; and providing further for the mode of holding said election, making returns thereof, etc.
Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1902.

New Store - Mr. J. A. Bellemin has opened a store in Mrs. Otto's building in Lincoln Avenue, McComb addition. Mr. Jos. Ducote, who was in the employ of the compress during the cotton season is manager of the new store. 
Laf. Gazette 3/22/1902.  

From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 22nd, 1902:


 In company with a friend who wished to place his two little girls in school, we visited the Primary school on Monday. The principal, Miss Trichel, informed us that she would gladly receive the children, but unfortunately not a single seat was left. There was absolutely no place to accommodate them. There are about 150 pupils enrolled at the Primary school and it is greatly overcrowded. The work being done by the teachers is excellent considering the disadvantages they work under. The same conditions exist at the High School where there are about the same number enrolled. This state of affairs emphasizes most decidedly the absolute need of larger and better accommodations for the children. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1902.

Accused Murderer Back in Lafayette.

 Batson, the man accused of the murder of the Earl family near Welsh, was brought to Lafayette Tuesday night by sheriff Perkins of Lake Charles and lodged in jail. He had been confined in the New Orleans jail up to the time of his transfer here. The officials here received him well and have treated him very kindly. When an Advertiser man called at the jail to see him, he was being served a nice substantial dinner.

 The prisoner still asserts his innocence and claims he does not know Downs, the man who identified him as the person who attempted to sell Ward Earl's mules. Batson did not seem to be worried and evidently confident that he will be acquitted. A large crowd congregated at the jail to see the prisoner. He did not appear to be worried over the attention, and merely smiled at the crowd.

 Batson was taken to Lake Charles Wednesday night.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 22nd, 1893:

Emile Gerard's Narrow Escape From Death.
 Emile Gerard, formerly living in New Iberia, while switching in the S. P. yard Monday morning, accidentally fell from the engine and a caboose passed over him, cutting off two fingers and wounding him seriously about the head and back. The yard crew were engaged in shifting cabooses about 4:30 a. m. and Gerard was standing on the foot board of the switch engine when a pin jumped out and Gerard, who had his hand of the switch engine when a pin jumped out and Gerard, who had his hand on a caboose which was coupled to the engine, fell between them and the caboose passed over the unfortunate man, severing two fingers and bruising his head and back quite severely. Kind hands immediately rendered all assistance possible, and after Drs. Martin and Tolson had examined him, he was conveyed to his boarding house where he is now resting. The doctors report his wounds very serious but not fatal. How he escaped alive is one those mysterious occurrences which frequently occur, but no one can give an explanation beyond the fact that the was lying on a cinder pile and they allowed his body to sink then the car passed over him.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1893.

 Severe Wind and Rain.
 A very heavy rain and wind storm visited the entire state on Monday evening. The wind was very high and did considerable damage to fences and trees throughout this section. The fall of rain was the heaviest known for a long time. Accompanying the storm was a brilliant electrical display, and although several bolts struck near by, no serious damage resulted.

 During Mrs. Isaac Broussard's absence from her home during the storm an electric bolt entered the house and tore the paper and splintered the boards. Several neighbors saw the flash strike the house and immediately rushed to render any assistance needed, but no smoke nor flames followed the shock. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1893.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/22/1893.

 Owing to the inclement weather Sunday night, the attendance at the ball at Falk's, given for the benefit of the high school, was not very large. However those who did brave the elements were rewarded with a good programme and excellent music, which was furnished by the Lafayette String Band. Everybody passed an enjoyable evening.

 The Town Council must keep in mind "them thar 'lectric lights."

 Mrs. Albert Levi, after spending a few days with Mrs. John Hahn, left last Monday for her home in New Orleans.

 Don't forget that iron fence around court house square, and a coat of paint on the building would not be amiss.

 Mr. Emile Romero has bought out the saloon of Mr. Maurice Francez at the depot and will carry on the business of his own.

 Judge A. J. Moss and daughter, Miss Ada, left for New Orleans last Monday, where Miss Ada expects to remain two or three weeks.

 Mr. Geo. M. Derouen has had a large and attractive business sign painted on the front of his store opposite the post office. Mr. Derouen is one of our live young business men.

 Mr. John Vigneaux is erecting a private telephone line between his main livery stable downtown and the branch at the depot. This will prove a great convenience in a business way to Mr. Vigneaux.

 Hon. Julian Mouton, President of the School Board, has issued a call to the teachers of the public school to meet at the court house April 1st, and confer with the board in regard to the organization of a local teachers institute. An organization of this kind has already existed in the parish, but owing to the difficulty in securing attendance and lack of interest manifested by the teachers, the institute was discontinued. It is now the purpose of the school authorities to organize and maintain the association, and surely no wiser course could be adopted for the progress and mutual benefit of the teachers.

 Quarantine Director Meyer was visiting friends here on Sunday and Monday.

 The "On Hand" company left town Saturday, as the theatre going public here failed to be "on hand."

 Dr. J. D. Trahan returned from New Orleans on Sunday after a trip of several days and is again shaking hands with us.

 LOST - A certificate of deposit for $60 on People's Bank of Lafayette. If found please return to Bank as payment has been stopped.

 Hon. W. Campbell, who was a delegate to the Immigration Convention, was detained at home by the illness of his child, Willie.

 Mr. Louis Roget is having a new fence placed in front of his two properties by Mr. Bourg and Mr. Poinboeuf, respectively.

 C. O. Mouton, Judge Debaillon and A. C. Ordway, who were appointed to the Immigration Convention left for New Orleans on Monday.

 A party of about fifty "Mystic Shriners," the highest Masonic lodge in the United States, passed West enroute for San Francisco, Monday morning, in their special train.

 Mr. C. K. Darling was in our town last Saturday greeting old friends and new. He expresses himself as being well satisfied with his new business location in Abbeville, to which he removed lately. He has our best wishes for success.

 We have been informed that Widow William Brandt will shortly open house in the Parrish home, now owned by Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, recently vacated by Mr. Lisbony. Mrs. Brandt is a deserving lady and we bespeak for her a liberal share of patronage.

 The Black Diamonds are having their costumes made in New York for the coming performance, which takes place after Lent. Manager Falk has his "Standing Room Only" sign ready for the occasion. A unique and interesting performance will be offered to the amusement loving people, followed by a ball.

 The extended circle of friends of Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins' family will learn with great pleasure of their expected arrival next Saturday to resume their home among us. The return to Lafayette of these most estimable people is gratifying indeed, and the ADVERTISER joins the rest of the community in welcome them home.

 The question of having Lafayette lighted by electricity seems to meet with the general approbation of our business men and citizens, and there can be no doubt that the city will adopt this system, providing, of course, that the expense is not too great. The present system of lighting gives very poor satisfaction. Although the lamps are attended to regularly each day, yet on many occasions they furnish a very poor light. By all means let us have electric lights, if they can be secured at reasonable cost.

 The people of Lafayette are fast coming to understand that their true and best interest compel them to advocate and support the proposed taxation for the general improvement of their country, and the measure will be carried by a good majority.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1893.

  From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 22nd, 1890:

 Reports regarding the possible extension of the Louisiana Central to Lafayette, 52 miles distant, are again in circulation. Among the latest one to the effect of the Illinois Central Railroad will build a branch from main line of its road to Baton Rouge, and the company will purchase the Louisiana Central, extending the line to Lafayette, and using it and the road to Baton Rouge as feeders to the main line of the Illinois Central, which passes some fifty odd miles east of Baton Rouge. The extension of Louisiana Central as above outlined would prove a magnificent feeder to the I. C. and be of inestimable benefit to Baton Rouge and Port Allen. We therefore sincerely trust that there is something in the report, and believe that our people, realizing how much they have at stake in this matter, would lend a ready hand in aid of such a project.

 From the W. Baton Rouge Sugar Planter and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1890.


 It was our fortune and pleasure to attend the performance of "The Tramp's Adventure; or, True to the Last," at Falk's Opera House, last Wednesday night. This representation was given by young amateurs of Lafayette for the benefit of a worthy lady in distress. Following is the list of Characters:

 John Vamp ... I. Bendel
 Dr. Walters/Mr. Lovelace ... Mr. A. Levy
 Reuben Meadows ... Mr. S. Plonsky
 Redmond Conigsby/Mr. Pounce ... Mr. L. Blum
 R. Butts ... Mr. S. Levy
 Julia Lorimer/Lady Howard ... Miss H. Levy
 Caroline ... Miss L. Bendel
 Mary Woodland ... Miss R. Bendel

 The play was rendered with spirit and smoothness, there being no hitch or embarrassment anywhere during the performance. The young actors and actresses appeared to great advantage, each and all together showing the pleasing result of close study, a commendable and appreciation of their peers. Although laboring under the disadvantage of having to play a piece cut down to suit the number engaged, the performance was very interesting and highly creditable. The young folks can rest assured that their generous efforts were duly appreciated and heartily enjoyed by a large and select audience. Between the 1st and 2nd acts Miss Emma Falk and Master Herman Plonsky brought down the house with their comic duet in costume entitled "Very Wrong Indeed." They were loudly encored. As a fitting finale to a most enjoyable evening Miss Emma Falk completely captivated the audience with her rendition of "Pretty Lips," dressed in a natty dude suit which added much to her winsome style of acting. Where all did so well it might seem invidious to give special praise, but in justice we must say that little Miss Emma Falk and Mr. L. Bendel (in the character of rejuvenator  of ancient "hoof covers") bore off the laurels. Mr. Bendel has good histrionic talent, which under proper training, would make him noticed on any stage; and as to Miss Emma, why - she's a little daisy!

 We learn that quite a sum was realized upon the entertainment, which attests the native generosity of our people when called upon to aid a worthy cause. We trust that these young people will not let their talents slumber, but try on for higher excellence, and occasionally give us an opportunity to witness the result of their labors.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1890.

 Select News Notes (Advertiser) 3/22/1890.
 Plenty of water now in the bayous, coulees and ponds, and stock find water accessible wherever they may be.

 We are glad to not that the fig trees were not injured by the severe weather. They are putting forth rapidly.

 Schayot Bros. have moved into their handsome new store, on Lincoln avenue, adjoining the Racke House on the east.

 Miss Louise Revillon returned home Tuesday, after a visit of several weeks at Lake Arthur, Shell Beach and Jennings, La.

 Mr. Paul Demanade is erecting a large store house, fronting Vermilion street, one block East of his present location. He will occupy the building himself, as a family grocery.

 Sheriff Broussard left for Baton Rouge last Tuesday, having in charge Joe Morgan and Theophile Mouton convicted and sentenced to the State penitentiary at the recent term of the District Court.

 Go and see an interesting game of ball to-morrow, on Cleobule Doucet's green. Those who cannot afford to hire a turnout and take their sweethearts in style, can go and criticize the game and look at some other fellow's sweetheart. 

We learn that a good many of the young umbrella China trees in town have been killed by the late freeze. This is quite a misfortune, as many of our new dwelling house grounds were ornamented with these trees of rapid growth and luxuriant foliage which in a few years would have finished a grateful shade.

 Judge Edwards has issued an order to the Jury Commission to draw a special jury of fifteen jurors, for the trial of all criminal cases where the penalty is not necessarily imprisonment at hard labor or death, to serve the May term of the District Court.

 Our town has been rather quiet during the past week. Our farmers are all busy in their fields and only visit town to purchase necessary supplies. However, we have had quite an influx of drummers, who always bring with them an atmosphere of cheerfulness and good fellowship.

 "The Bull of the Woods," the "Iron Horse," the "Band Wagon," or in other words - the pay car, is expected to-night, when the railroad boys will be as happy as a lot of clams in blue mud at high tide.

 What has become of the Crescent base ball club. It is time the boys were beginning to bristle up and show themselves if they expect to tackle the "Berwicks" this Spring. These bay boys are nobody's "meat" on the diamond.

 The Camelia Base Ball Club, of this town, will play the Broussard's at Cleobule Doucet's green, about four miles from town, for $25.00 a side, on Sunday March 23rd. The following it the team of the Camelias:

 Crane ... Pitcher
 Cayard ... Catcher
 Graser ... 1st Base
 Otto ... 2nd Base
 Pellerin ... 3rd Base
 Castel ... Short Stop
 McBride ... Left Field
 Mouton ... Centre Field
 Senneck ... Right Field
 Jim Hebert ... Substitute

 Game at 2 p. m. sharp.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1890.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 22nd, 1879:


 As far as we have been able to ascertain the election on the 18th inst. as generally quiet and peaceable. In fact, at most polling places, it was too quiet, by reason of the scarcity of voters. It is a matter of serious regret that the voters of this parish should have taken so little interest in that which concerns them most, - in that which will affect their existence so materially for probably a half a century to come. With a young voting population of over two thousand, this parish polled a vote of a little over one thousand in the late election. Such total disregard and neglect of their true interests is culpable in the extreme. However, those who did vote evidently understood the duty which they had to perform. Out of the vote cast, the Democratic nominees for Senatorial and Representatives delegates received majorities approximating 700.

 These remarks are peculiarly applicable to the other parishes in the district - with the distinction, the Republicans did the voting. Indeed, we have not heard that there were any Democratic votes cast. The Republican nominee for Senatorial delegate, with his bond-holding proclivities, comes off with a majority exceeding twelve hundred votes in Iberia and St. Martin - an increase of seven or eight hundred over their majority of last year. This is the result, notwithstanding the fact that this interests, to a certain extent, are alien to Louisiana, and that he has known to be in favor of burdening the State with every dollar of her fraudulent debt. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1879.

South Western Louisiana.
[Washington (La.) News.]

 This beautiful and very productive portion of our State, extends in a straight line North and South from Alexandria on the Red River to New Iberia, a very considerable and enterprising town, situated at the head of navigation on the Teche River.

 From the terminus of this imaginary line to the Sabine River is that section of the country to which we refer. - High rolling prairies, interspersed with long lines of woodland, through the centre of which small streams flow, constitute the largest acreage of this vast district. Along the western borders pine forests exist, in which many active and enterprising men have erected mills for the purpose of supplying the Gulf States with lumber.

 These prairie lands are easily cultivated, and although, naturally, not as rich as the low lands, can in a few years by the use of peas or other types of manures, be made to yield quite as much to the acre.

 It is something wondrously strange that intelligent farmers should pass through and by out State to seek homes in Texas where none of the advantages are offered such as are found here.

 Our climate is more congenial, our seasons more regular, our laws better administered, schools and churches more numerous, and facilities for reaching a market infinitely superior. There are favored spots and towns in Texas, that have the benefits of railroads, but as a rule no country in the world offers more natural advantages than Louisiana, and South Western Louisiana in particular, for carrying its produce to market. We have the Red River on the northern boundary, the Atchafalaya, the Teche and Courtableu and tributaries, the Vermilion, Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers, - all of which are navigable for some sort of craft at all seasons of the year.

 Believing that a new era of prosperity is about to dawn upon us, brought about by the change in the government and a determination on the part of our people to frame a new organic law compatible with our circumstances, we would call attention to all purchases of landed property and all those who are seeking homes - to pay us a visit. We can show the prettiest, healthiest and, for farming, richest section on the globe.

 Our people will receive you kindly and as hospitably as their limited means will allow them. Now is the time whilst all real estate is dirt cheap. Good lands can be bought at $1.00 to $5.00. The very best improved places, from $5 to $10.00.

 On our prairies, where the Gulf breeze blows regularly throughout the heated months, and where yellow fever, cholera and typhoid fever are unknown - where a consumptive is a curiosity - on these prairies can a white man, be he from the North of from the South, work from January to January. Here he can turn loose his flocks and they can graze on thousands of acres of virgin soil - pastures that will remain as common for year, perhaps generations to come. This beautiful section could support millions of human beings, instead of the sparse populations that now inhabit it. In eighteen months we will have the Morgan and Opelousas Railroad penetrating the very heart of the Attakapas. He prepared therefore, to run up and take a look. Perhaps it might be better to come ahead of the iron horse, for he may make a change in the present prices. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1879.

 City Council of Vermilionville.
 Regular Session, March, Mayor and Councilmen, Alpha, Hebert, Vigneaux, Ed. McBride. Absent: W. B. Lindsay.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

 The Treasurer presented his monthly report, which, on motion, was unanimously adopted.

 E. E. Mouton, Esq., in a very feeling address to the Council, presented his resignation as attorney of said body, and
   On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Hebert, it was unanimously
   Resolved, That the resignation of Mr. Mouton as Attorney of said body be and is hereby accepted, and that the thanks of this body be tendered him for his past services as well as their regrets at this severance of his official intercourse with said body.

 On motion of Ed. McBride seconded by Mr. Landry the account of Chas. O. Olivier, jailor, amounting to $9.90 was approved for $8.80.

 On motion of Mr. Vigneaux seconded by R. L. McBride, the account of Gerac Bros. for $6.87 for lumber was approved.

 There being no further business, the Council adjourned.
J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1879.

Police Jury Proceedings.
March 8th, 1879.

 Members present: Martial Billaud, A. Primeaux, S. Hernandez, and L. J. Prejean.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 The resignation of John Clegg as district attorney pro tem for the parish was read and accepted.

 On motion Mr. Chas. D. Caffery was elected district attorney pro tem, at a salary of two hundred and fifty dollars per annum.

 On motion, resolved, that a committee of five be appointed to investigate the Treasurer's books and the Collector's annual statement and report at the next meeting.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. Louis Breaux, Alex. Delhomme, Valsin Mouton, J. G. St. Julien and Overton Cade.

 On motion it was resolved, that the same committee be authorized to make an estimate of the probable expenses of the Parish for the current year, and said committee is requested to meet at the Court House on Monday, the 17th instant.

 On motion, the president appointed the following named persons to constitute the finance committee, Messrs. C. D. Caffery, Louis Breaux and Martial Billaud.

 Upon information received by this body from Mr. Alex. Delhomme, that a number of sheep, twelve or fifteen, were found roaming on his plantation, and that he could not ascertain the owner thereof.

 Therefore be it resolved, that the said sheep be advertised 10 days in the Lafayette Advertiser, and sold for cash, by the member of the Police Jury of the 1st Ward.

 On motion, resolved, that the vouchers of the jailor's fees for prisoners' board when approved by the Parish attorney, be received in payment of parish taxes.

 On motion, the following voting places and commissioners of election for the election on the 15th of March, 1879. were appointed viz:

 1st Ward, 1st precinct, at Jos. D. Breaux, Ernest Potier, A. J. Guilbeau, Chas. A. Guidry, commissioners; Ad. Broussard, clerk.

 2nd precinct, at A. D. Boudreaux - Alfred Delhomme, Paul A. Martin, Simon Boudreaux,  commissioners; G. Guilbeau, clerk.

 2nd Ward, 3d precinct, at Ford Hoffpauir - Antoine Guidry, Preston Hoffpauir, Theophile Breaux, commissioners; Valery Boudreaux, clerk.

 4th precinct, at A. J. Moss' - A. J. Moss, G. Doucet, Clemille Trahan, commissioners; Cleobule Doucet, clerk.

 3d Ward, 5th precinct, at Jean Bernard's - E. A. Guilbeau, V. E. Dupuis, commissioners; E. A. Martin, clerk.

 6th precinct, at the Court House - Chas. F. Alpha, H. M. Bailey, W. H. Williams, commissioners; C. D. Caffery, clerk.

 4th ward, 8th precinct, at the school house at E. I. Broussard's - Jn. Bte. Benoit, Alex Verrot, Drozin I. Broussard, commissioners; E. H. Levy, clerk.

 9th precinct, at Royville - Octave Theriot, Overton Cade, Harrison Theall, commissioners; Theodule Theriot, clerk.

 5th Ward, 7th precinct, at Valsin Broussard's - J. G. St. Julien, Aurelieu Olivier, commissioners; Marcel Melancon, clerk.

 On motion the Police Jury adjourned to meet on Saturday April 5th, 1879.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1879.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 22nd, 1873:


 As this dreadful disease is now spreading throughout the State, we would advise parents to have their children vaccinated as soon as possible.

 Dr. Trahan requests as to inform the public that he has just received fresh vaccine matter and is prepared to vaccinate all who will call on him. Do not delay, because there is no telling when this most obnoxious disease might be in our midst. Lafayette Gazette 3/22/1873.

New Grocery Store. - Mr. Chas. A. Mouton, has opened a new grocery store in our town at the junction of Buchanan street and Julia Avenue. He has in his establishment a complete stock of groceries of all kinds. He invites the public generally to give him a call. Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1873.

 Grocery Store to Let. - Attention is to the advertisement is another column headed "TO LET." This establishment is situated on one of the principle streets of our town and in the business portion. The contents will be sold to the lessee if he wises to purchase. All letters addressed to this office for information will be promptly attended to. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1873.

 Returned Home. - Our beloved young friend and neighbor, Ed. E. Mouton, Esq., has returned home, after an absence of several weeks, on a tour to Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and other places, which he visited for the purpose of recuperating and resting from the arduous labors which threatened to wreck his constitution. Today, we are happy to state, that he has greatly improved his health, and is again ready to attend to the calls of his numerous clients. May his health and business continue to improve, is the sincere wish of his many friends.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1873.


How to Rob a Stage-Coach.
 A Lively Story of Modern Briganduge in Mexico which Dissipates a Popular Idea.

 [William Drysdale in New York Tribune.]

 The process of robbing a stage coach is very simple. It is the American ideas that a really brave traveler will have one or two revolvers in his boots and a knife down his back, and that when the brigand appears he should spring out at them, bringing one or two of them down before he touches the ground, and shouting, "Aha, base robber, begone!" I have known Americans who started out for a journey with these ideas. Bit the base robbers will not begone. What the American, or any other traveler, really does do is to hand over his revolvers and knives, then swear by everything that's holy and good that he hasn't anything about him of any value, and then go down into his pockets and bring out purses and watches and other little weaknesses, and hand them over, too. When thirty of forty men suddenly appear alongside the stage coach, each man with a loaded rifle pointed at the passengers, a passenger is very likely to be forget which pocket he has his revolver in.  The searching process is done with great skill. I cannot tell it beet than in the words of a man who had the experience:

 "The first thing we knew," said he, "there were fully forty or fifty brigands around the diligence, and the horses were stopped. Before I had time to turn around I had a revolver, pointed at each side of my head, and was told to hand over my money. I had $300 in notes along, but had hidden that in one of the cushions, and had only two or three dollars in silver in my pockets. They helped themselves to my watch and everything else in my pockets that I cared anything for ;  but my having so little money seemed to excite their suspicions and one of them took me to one side of the road, away from the coach, making me bring along a small satchel I was carrying with me. He told me to take off my clothes, and I did. The satchel contained an old suit of light clothes belonging to a friend of mine, much too small for me ;  but he said he thought my clothes would about fit him, and he made me put on the old ones. He did not take time to search the pockets, as he was taking clothes and all ;  but when I told him that I should need two or three more meals and a lodging before I got to the end of my journey, he gave me back the two or three dollars in silver. But he left me a bad looking specimen in the little old suit of clothes, though I was better off than most of the other passengers, for they were sitting around in the underclothes, and one woman whose clothes had been stolen, was wrapped up in a horse blanket. Then we went on."  From the New York Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/22/1879.              

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