CAUGHT IN THE ACT.
Saturday night Deputy Marshal Veazey arrested McBride Mouton, a young white man, and placed him in jail under the charge of attempted arson. The officer stated that ever since the Pelican Grist Mill fire, they have been shadowing Mouton, believe that he set it on fire. Saturday night Officer Veazey was watching him as usual, when he saw him get some waste cotton, and place it under the Southern Pacific freight depot, then strike a match and attempt to ignite it, but the match went out. He struck a second and tried again, but failed. Then Officer Veazey arrested him, when Mouton said, "What are you going to do about it? My word is as good as yours."
Mouton is of good family, but has lived a dissipated life, which his friends believe has rendered him irresponsible at times.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
A Complete Synopsis of Gen. Behan's Address Given. Fair Crowd in Attendance.
Thursday evening the date for the Republican mass meeting proved to be a most disagreeable night. Before night clouds came up and when dark came on it was black darkness pierced by the fitful lightning, threatening a heavy downpour of rain any moment yet, notwithstanding, the weather, a fair crowd all white men, estimated at between 200 and 250, assembled to hear the issues of the day discussed from a Republican standpoint. About 7:30 the Sontag Military Band, which furnished delightful music for the occasion began playing. At 8 o'clock Mr. A. J. Chargois called the meeting to order and requested Col. G. A. Breaux to act as chairman, who appointed Mr. Mike Crouchet as secretary.
Col. Breaux opened the meeting with a few words explaining its object and then in a graceful manner introduced Gen. W. J. Behan, postmaster at New Orleans, and Republican candidate for governor.
Gen. Behan began by reporting progress of the party as demonstrated to him on his tour over twelve or fifteen parishes. He stated that the main principles of Republicanism were growing and that many DEMOCRATS ming independent and ready to cast their lot with the Republican party. He then outlined the policies of the party stating that the main difference between Democracy and Republicanism was a question of free trade or protection. Here he showed the advantage of protection to the rice, and and lumber industries of Louisiana, recalling the disastrous result of Clevendism and Democracy by contrasting the crises of 1893, due to free trade doctrines, and the following depression in 1894, when marching armies of unemployed advanced on Washington clamoring for work or bread. So great was the financial disturbances that President Cleveland himself compelled to send United States troops to quell riots in Chicago which were some of the consequences following the doctrines of free trade.
Gen. Behan next enumerated the benefits to the whole country in connection with another great policy of the Republican party - that the internal improvements, embracing levies, harbor improvement and public buildings, the money for which was furnished by protection, and which gave employment to thousands of locality or party affiliations.
He called special attention to the enterprise of the present administration and the diplomatic sagacity of President Roosevelt in securing the property and control of the Panama canal which, while is would be of great benefit to our nation, would yield its richest returns upon Louisiana and its metropolis, New Orleans and provide an opening for its young men to realize their future success.
Leaving general topics the speaker then touched particularly upon State matters pointing out that while assessments have been going higher and higher no reduction in the tax rate ensued explained by the fact that as the revenues increased so did the number of officials, new boards and commissions with their numerous accessories of employees and expenditures. He alluded to the excessive appointing power of the governor which reaches the enormous number of about 1000 showing the necessity of withdrawing such power from the hands of one man as it led to the enslavement of the independence of the individual.
He pronounced himself in favor of the largest extension of the public school system. The schools at present were not sufficient for the population and the terms were too short. He believed in more schools and better schools.
Here he thanked the young men, of whom there were a considerable number in the audience, for their presence and urged upon them to assert their independence and align themselves with the Republican party, saying that the Democratic party would make an effort to hold those who participated in the primary to vote for the nominees. Under fair conditions their claim would be good, but as there was much fraud in the primary those claims will have no force or standing, because fraud vitiates all contracts; and for further authority quoted Wm. J. Bryan who lays down the doctrine that if any man were obliged to follow his party, whether he agreed with it or not, party slavery would be the worst form of slavery.
He then addressed himself to the old confederates and their friends calling attention to the outrageous treatment accorded those loyal democrats, Gen. Jastremski and Judge Barksdale in the recent primary. These two prominent citizens undertook to bring about some reforms for better government, and how by the machine which now controls the Democratic party and the State? The treatment accorded the carpetbaggers and scalawags of the reconstruction era; yet these two men were gallant Confederate Veterans, both having shed their blood on the battle fields of Virginia.
He closed with an appeal to all good people to come forward on April 19 and vote the Republican ticket.
After a selection by the band, Col. Breaux introduced Judge Hunter of Alexandria who spoke briefly along lines pertaining to the Republican party. He was followed by Hon. L. P. Bryant, who dealt with Republicanism strictly from this view point of its relation to this State.
The addresses of all the speakers were received with marked attention and often evoked applause.
The speakers left Friday for Crowley where they were advertised to address a meeting. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
THE REPUBLICAN MEETING.
The Republican meeting held here Thursday evening considered as a Republican meeting might fairly be denominated a success, and yet it would take an optimist of the Mark Tapley order to draw any prognostication from it that the Republican candidates will develop any strength in this parish. There were possibly two-hundred people present but the majority were Democrats who went to hear "both sides of the question," but lacked a whole lot of being convinced that the Republican party had anything to offer to recompense a desertion of Democratic principles. And it wasn't the fault of the speakers, for they did their best to make the Republican party attractive. Gen. Behan in particular tried to show what a munificent government the Republicans had given us, in the way of levee construction, a few harbor improvements and an occasional public building, but he neglected signally to say a word about the inequalities of protection which he seems to look upon as the "only thing," how it builds up one section at the expense of another, and worst of all is the father of the robber trusts which , like monsters, are devouring the substance of the people and crushing them down into industrial slavery. He forgot all about the trusts, and he forgot to mention that Attorney Gen. Knox, had failed to prosecute them under the Sherman anti-trust law and that when he was finally pushed by the governor of Minnesota into a prosecution in the Northern Pacific Merger case, that he hastened to assure the trusts that the government wasn't going to "run amuck." Indeed, Gen. Behan couldn't afford to touch the trusts to whom the Republicans are committed; and he never mentioned a word about the notorious Post-office frauds, nor the $100,000,000 expense saddled on the taxpayers in the Philippines, and the attempt now pending in Congress to fasten an additional $11,000,000 to the already $150,000,000 pension fund as a vote getter for the people to pay. No, Gen. Behan didn't allude to these things, nor a few others that could be mentioned, because, you see, they might have spoiled the pretty picture he was trying to draw.
However, there is one that Gen. Behan does deserve credit for, and that is his desire to eliminate the negro from the Republican party; but it is such a Don Quixote notion that it can hardly be taken seriously. As long as the negro has a vote he will be Republican and a menace to the South, and it is useless for a Southern man to blind himself to that stubborn fact. Promise nor persuasive argument can alter the reality, and until the fifteenth amendment is repealed the chivalry of the South will have to cling together and fight the party that invites the negro vote, regardless of all other considerations.
What may be in the future no one knows, but to-day the Republican party is the friend and champion of the negro. Men high in the party to offer him political and social equality. A Republican president who will be the nominee of his party at the November election, had dined a negro in the negro in the White House, has forced a negro collector upon the people of Charleston, has deprived the people of Charleston, has deprived the people of Indianola, Miss., of mail privileges for a year, because they would not submit to a negro postmistress, has appointed negroes in various parts of the South against the protests of the South against the protests of the white people, and his course in the past is a guide to the future. With such a man dominating the party, who will do these things outraging the sensibilities of Southern people to catch the negro vote in the North, imagine to what lengths he and his party would go to carry their banner to victory, did the negro hold the balance in a Southern State.
No, indeed; the people of the South and especially of Louisiana, who still have a horrible memory of Republicanism in the past, can not afford to lay down their guard and embrace the Republican party - and they will not.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
For Governor: Newton C. Blanchard, of Caddo.
For Lieut. Governor: Jared Y. Sanders, of St. Mary.
For Sec'y of State: John T. Michel, of Orleans.
For Treasurer: J. M. Smith, of Union.
For Attorney General: Walter Guion, of Assumption.
For Supt. of Education: J. B. Aswell, of Lincoln.
For U. S. Senator, Murphy J. Foster.
For State Senators: Jno. A. McIlhenny, Jos. A. Provost.
For Representatives: P. L. DeClouet, J. Gilbert St. Julien.
For Sheriff: Louis Lacoste.
For Clerk of Courts: E. G. Voorhies.
For Coroner: Dr. J. F. Mouton.
FOR POLICE JURORS.
Ward 1 ... J. R. Davis.
Ward 2 ... Cornelius Spell.
Ward 3 ... J. Edward Mouton.
Ward 3 ... Vallery Boudreaux.
Ward 4 ... Albert Theall.
Ward 5 ... M. Billeaud Jr.
Ward 6 ... Hector Connelly.
Ward 7 ... P. R. Landry.
Ward 8 ... L. G. Breaux.
FOR JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.
Ward 1 ... Gustave Mouton.
Ward 2 ... Hugh Wagner.
Ward 3 ... H. L. Monnier.
Ward 3 ... E. G. Arceneaux.
Ward 4 ... Laodin Broussard.
Ward 4 ... Hilaire David.
Ward 5 ... Norbert Reaux.
Ward 6 ... Edward Voorhies.
Ward 6 ... Alexis Guidry.
Ward 7 ... J. Meo Broussard.
Ward 8 ... Felix Begneaud.
Ward 1 ... Heophile Begneaud.
Ward 2 ... Eck Laughlin.
Ward 3 ... John Constantin.
Ward 3 ... Edward Begneaud.
Ward 4 ... Galbert Boudoin.
Ward 5 ... Mozard Girouard.
Ward 6 ... Arnaud L. Guilbeau.
Ward 6 ... Alce Dugas.
Ward 7 ... Romain Comeaux.
Ward 8 ... Samuel Jenkins.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1894.
U. D. C. Egg Rolling.
The Mouton-Garden Chapter, No. 700, on Easter Sunday, April 3, will give an egg rolling on the lawn at A. M. Martin's residence at 4 p. m. The Chapter will, on this occasion, unfurl the
Confederate flag with the following program:
Music - Sontag Military Band.
Unfurling of Confederate Flag.
Welcome Address - Judge Debaillon.
Music - Sontag Military Band
Address - Dr. F. J. Mayer.
Two prizes will be given, one to the finder of the golden egg and the other to the one finding the largest quantity of eggs. Refreshments will be served at reasonable prices. An admission fee of 10 cents will be charged.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
A HEAVY HAIL. - Last Thursday, during the spell of rain and bad weather which visited this section, it is reported that a heavy fall of hail occurred at Isle de Cannes; which killed about two hundred wild geese which were passing over the parish at the time.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
Five Hundred Pupils Enrolled. Pupils Show Great Interest. Libraries Started in all the Rooms.
More than five hundred pupils have been enrolled in the town schools, and yet they come. The attendance at present is the best of the year. The pupils are regular, punctual, and are manifesting an unusual interest and loyalty. Their interest is varied. The boys regale themselves with base ball and other games; the girls with basket ball; and indoors, both are concerned with their lessons, the war and internal improvements - improvements in the school. They not only listen to suggestions, but often make and execute their own plans. They have subscribed for six copies of the Youth's Companion and one copy of the daily Times-Democrat. Pictures have been bought, framed and put up by the pupils of the several rooms in all the schools.
Early in the autumn a library was begun in Miss Dicksons's room, and there is now a small one in each of the rooms at the High School and in Miss Holmes' room at the primary. Some of these books have been donated by the pupils, some loaned, and others bought; all are being read.
Much of this loyalty and keen interest on the part of the pupils is due to home influence and the hearty co-operation of the parents with the teachers.
To the parents: Know thyself, thy child and his teachers.
To the teacher: Know thyself, thy pupils and his parents.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
To New Orleans. - Willie Lindsay, ticket agent at depot here, is in New Orleans. During his absence he will be relieved by Onezine Mouton.
Laf. Advertiser 3/23/1904.
Broke Into Railcar. - Officer Veazey arrested two strangers, white men, in the yard of the Southern Pacific yesterday who had broken into a car and stole some whiskey. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
Map of Lafayette Parish. - Mr. C. S. Babin has complimented The Advertiser with one of his fine blue print maps of the parish of Lafayette, which we take pleasure in acknowledging with many thanks. The map which is a valuable one, is 50x60 inches. Mr. Babin has on hand a limited number of these maps which he will sell at $5.00 each. They are well worth the money. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
First Excursion of Season. - The Southern Pacific will run the first excursion of the season Sunday, April 3, from Washington (La.) to New Orleans, on account of the opening of the base ball season. There will be special matinees at the theatres and numerous attractions at West End, City Park and Athletic Park. Fare round trip from Lafayette $2.oo. Train leaves here at 6: 48 a. m. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
Coming Through. - The Carencro Hunting Club will make a tour through the parish during the coming week, and it would be advisable to keep out of their way. Laf. Adv. 3/23/1904.
Will Order Patent Desks. - H. H. Hays, principal of the A. M. Broussard school was in town Saturday and stated to an Advertiser reporter that the patrons of his school had raised sufficient money to purchase patent desks for the school and that they would order at once.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
First in Twenty Years.
Mr. F. H. Clark stated to an Advertiser man that while he was sitting with Mr. Boniface Boudin on the gallery of his house near Youngsville, that two wild geese alighted in a pond nearby. Mr. Boudin took his gun and succeeded in approaching near enough to kill them. The geese were very large and fat, the largest weighing eight or nine pounds. Mr. Boudin states that these are the first geese he has killed in Lafayette parish in twenty years.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
A Modern Opera House and Three Story Brick Hotel to be Erected. Local Capital Backing It.
A modern opera house and hotel are practically assured for Lafayette. A company which will be known as the Improvement Co., Ltd. is being organized with local capital back of it, with a capital stock of $100,000, of which $50,000 has already been subscribed. Affairs are being rapidly put in shape for an early beginning of the work.
The Opera house will be quite a handsome building and will be built exclusively for an opera house. The hotel contemplated is to be brick, three stories in height and contain forty bed rooms.
The erection of these two buildings is to satisfy a need created by the rapid growth of the town.
The hotel facilities which in the past have fairly met the requirements, are now inadequate and in the near future will be greatly so. The new hotel is to meet the demands that are fast developing, not least among which is to provide accommodations for conventions which will naturally select this town for their meeting place owing to its advantageous location.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
State Agricultural Society to Meet in Lafayette.
The following program has been arranged for the annual joint convention of the Louisiana State Agricultural Society and the Louisiana Stock Breeders' Association to be held at Lafayette from March 31 to April 1, inclusive.
Wednesday, March 30, 10 a. m. - Call to order by President. Invocation. Address of welcome on behalf of the town of Lafayette, His Honor, Mayor C. D. Caffery. Address of welcome (in French) on behalf of the Parish of Lafayette, Hon. J. G. St. Julien, of Lafayette. Response. Annual address, Hon. John Dymond, President State Agricultural Society. Appointment of committees.
Afternoon Session, 2 O'clock - "New Orleans Her Present and Future Trade," Fred Muller, Esq., Secretary New Orleans Board of Trade. "Handling Cattle in South Louisiana," W. Quereau, Esq., Vermilion Parish. "Public Roads," Hon. Jas. O. Chachere, St. Landry Parish.
Night Session, 7 O'clock - "Agriculture, in the Common Schools," Dr. E. L. Stephens, President Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, Lafayette. "The Advantages of Thoroughbred Poultry to the Southern Farmer," H. W. Blanks, Esq., Caldwell Parish.
Thursday, March 31, 10 a. m. - Call to order. Annual address, W. L. Foster, President Louisiana Stockbreeders' Association, "New Orleans as Market for Meat Animals," H. B. Daboval, Esq., General Manager Crescent City Stock Yards, New Orleans. "Rice and its By-products as Stock Food," Frank Randolph Esq., Acadia Parish.
Afternoon Session, 2 O'clock - "The Boll Weevil," Prof. H. A. Morgan, State Experiment Stations and member of Boll Weevil Commission. "Results of Scientific, Feeding of Plantation Mules," Walter Godchaux, Esq., Assumption Parish. "Do Conditions (Present and Prospective) Warrant a Change, or Modification, in Our General System of Agriculture?" Hon. Chas. Schuler, Desoto Parish.
Night Session, 7 O'clock - "Ladies Agricultural Aid Societies," Miss Edith L. Mayer, St. Landry Parish. "Dairy Farming and Stock-Breeding in Lafayette," O. B. Jenkins, Esq., Lafayette Parish.
Friday, April 1, 10 a. m. - Call to order. "Farming for Profit," Dr. W. T. Patterson, Acadia Parish. "The Standard Bred Trotting Horse as a Farmer's Horse," Geo. W. Sentell, Esq., Avoyelles Parish. "Remarks on Cane Culture and General Farming in Lafayette," Hon. M. Billeaud, Jr., President Police Jury, Lafayette Parish.
Afternoon Session, 2 O'clock - "The Pure Bred Animal; His Sphere of Usefulness to the Southern Farmer," S. Q. Hollingsworth, Esq., Red River Parish. "The Canning Factory," Hon. William Polk, Rapides Parish. Reports of committees. Election of Officers. Selection of next place of meeting. Unfinished business. New business.
Night Session, 7 O'clock - Experience meeting. General discussion of questions from question box. Adjournment. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
Woman's Literary Society.
The Woman's Literary Club met on Saturday afternoon with Mrs. Denbo. Sidney Lanier's life and works were the subjects for discussion, Miss Leftwich gave a paper on his life, which was thoroughly interesting. Johns Hopkins University by Mrs. Denbo and a poem entitled "My Springs" by Mrs. O. B. Hopkins, composed the program.
The souvenir cards, which were the work of the hostess, were crayon pictures of Lanier's with quotations from his poems.
The club members feel much encouraged to continue their work in the public schools since their first attempt met with the approval of the teachers and the school board, whose notes of appreciation were read before the Club. The members propose to extend their school work next year and will give a free scholarship to the Industrial Institute, and hope to interest others in this cause, that it may become permanent. The next meeting will be held at Mrs. Biossat's. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
A Lafayette Citizen Complimented.
The bar of New Iberia at a meeting held at the close of the session of the Court of Appeals on March 17, passed the following resolutions, offered by Hon. Walter J. Burke, highly complimentary to Judge Julian Mouton of this place.
Whereas the adjournment of this session of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals of Louisiana in this parish brings to a close the relations of the bar of Iberia parish with the Hon. Julian J. Mouton.
And whereas these relations existing over a period of eight years have revealed to the members of this bar his righteousness of character in its application to his decisions, as well indeed has the bar learned to esteem him as sterling man and citizen:
Be it therefore moved, that as an expression of the sentiments of the bar of Iberia, appreciative of their relations with the Hon. Julian J. Mouton in the capacities recited, these presents be spread on the minutes of the Court.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/23/1904.
W. P. Bracken, chairman of the Grievance Committee of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, left for San Francisco yesterday to meet Mr. Kruttschnitt, president of the road, on matters connected with his committee work.
W. F. Shockley, Special Examiner U. S. Pension Office, Washington, D. C., will remain in this section about 6 months with Lafayette as headquarters.
"When Wilderness was King" is a thrilling story by Randolph Parish, will be issued April 1. Moss Pharmacy has placed their order for the book for their circulating library.
The following new books have been added to the circulating library: "The Captain's Daughter" by Gwendolin Overton, "The Lightning Conductor" by C. H. and A. M. Williamson, "John Percyfield" by C. Hanford Henderson. You can read either one of them for ten cents. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of March 23rd, 1901:
JOLLY OLD UNCLE JOSH.
His Great Generosity Towards His Newly Married Niece, A Realistic Romance of Lafayette, in Which a Number of Prominent Business Men Take a Very Conspicuous Part.
[Copyrighted by W. S. Guthrie.]
"Miss Summers - Evangeline - I - I er - dare I - " But the speaker to a header over bashfulness, only to hear a sweet
"Can I aspire to - er - to - that - is"
Again a lapse into silence, followed by an encouraging
"Oh, if I might hope to er - to -
Another failure of language. It was seemingly a hopeless case, and might have been, only for a demure
"Charley, I have said 'yes' twice, and if you mean it, I mean it, too, and - "
And to this day that young man will insist that he popped the question.
All this happened over in St. Martin and it wasn't long before there was a wedding. Not much longer before there was a letter from Evangeline's Uncle Josh, (Hon. Joshua Turner, an old pioneer planter of Lafayette parish) rich, generous and level headed, who wrote effusively of his delight at her exhibition of what he called "grit," and he proposed that if the young people would locate at Lafayette he would start them up in life, as a wedding gift, having fully explained that this is the best spot in the world for young married people to get a good start. Of course they accepted, and were soon bidding their friends adieu.
A few weeks subsequent to the above conversation a travel-stained party arrived in Lafayette. Our friend, Uncle Josh was in charge and he led the party straightway to the Crescent hotel. "We'll go to the Crescent" said he, " 'cause that's the popular place and strictly first-class. I have known Uncle John Hahn the manager, for years and he is mine host after mine heart; being endowed with that delightful intuition that makes a guest feel at home, comfortable, contented, and in mighty good luck. The house is convenient, the apartments are well furnished and the cuisine - well, that Crescent hotel is noted for its excellent table, so I have engaged rooms here until your own house is in readiness." With these remarks Uncle Josh graciously presented to Charles the deed of a cozy cottage.
"Now, I don't propose that any grass shall grow under our feet" quoth Uncle Josh, after they had partaken of a delightful meal, and the first item to attend to is the material for some improvements that are absolutely necessary. You may both come with me over to see my friend, A. E. Mouton, the lumber man. He is the principal dealer in that line around this section. He handles absolutely every thing in the way of building material, from the brick for the foundation to the shingles for a roof, and the beauty of it is A. E. Mouton don't want all the money a feller's got either." Accordingly, the trio called at the lumber yard, and upon investigation Uncle Josh learned that Mr. Mouton was selling lumber so cheap and building houses so reasonably, that he concluded to contract for a much larger and more palatial residence. Evangeline and Charley were delighted, of course, and gladly agreed to live and love in the cottage until the larger home had been built by A. E. Mouton.
"Having provided a cage for the bird," said Uncle Josh, "now the next thing we'll look after will be the furnishings for it." Hereupon Evangeline energetically declared that she had heard so much about B. Falk's big furniture store that she had decided to go there. The result was that they were ushered into such a bewildering display that the girl was at first at a loss how to select. But she soon yielded to the seductiveness of a magnificent parlor suite, a bed room set in oak, golden finish, that would do credit to old Mr. Klondyke himself. To this she added an easy rocker and comfortable couch for Uncle Josh, and didn't forget a most convenient and ornamental writing desk for "Hubby" Charles, having come to the conclusion that B. Falk's prices were below the very whisper of competition.
"Halt!" commanded Uncle Josh, as the party came in front of D. V. Gardebled's drug store on the corner. "Walk right in."
"Why, Uncle, we're not sick, and - "
"Guess I know that," laughed the old man, but I suspect it won't be long before this young man begins to take an interest in matters of paregoric and - "
"U-n-c-l-e!' We'll go in anyway and get acquainted, besides Evangeline may find some toilet articles she wants." Sure enough, before leaving he was loaded down with combs, brushes, face powders and several bottles of fine perfumes. "Don't forget," added Uncle Josh, "to come here with your prescriptions, as Mr. Gardebled, is a competent pharmacist of 20 years experience who uses none but pure and reliable drugs."
At this point, somewhat to the confusion of Charley, the old man indulged in a half serious criticism of his personal appearance. "You are decidedly off style for a townsman," said he, "and we'd better go see Plonsky Bros. about some new duds. That's an up to date place, where they understand the changing styles and are noted for good fits, and I bet you'll look more like a newly married man when you get togged out in a Plonsky suit." Accordingly, having found goods and prices irresistible, Charles purchased a neat suit and then invested in a complete outfit of men's furnishings from a late style hat down to socks, and he readily agreed that Uncle Josh took him to the right place when he took him to Plonsky Bros.
"Well, great smoke, Charley, where in the name of creation did you get that rope? That's about the worst snipe that ever came in contact with my olfactory nerve," laughingly remarked Uncle Josh. "Step in here to Begnaud & Comeaux's and get an Evangeline; then you'll have a gentleman's smoke. Begnaud & Comeaux take great pride to keep all the leading brands, both imported and domestic, and consequently their corner grows more popular every day." Charley was so well pleased with the cigar Uncle Josh treated him to that he bought another box and advised his wife to remember the brand when she got his next birth-day present, not forgetting to also take note of Begnaud & Comeaux's fine display of other cigars, choice wines and liquors.
"I declare, uncle, exclaimed Charley, "there goes a handsome buggy. I must have one like that for the girl." "Get it right over here on the next street," said the old man. "You see, L. Lacoste conducts a carriage repository over here for that variety and excellence of stock can't be beat. Hew carries surreys, carriages, buggies, phaeton and wagons of all the leading makes and styles, and is is satisfied with a moderate profit, too." Evangeline was soon the possessor of a handsome phaeton, but before they left Charley also got much interested in a fine driving buggy. Uncle Josh saw what was up, so he quickly said, "I'll honor you draft for that too, my boy, 'cause I know anything you get of L. Lacoste is O. K."
"And, say by jingo!" I'm about to forget something else. Buying so much in one day kinder befuddles a feller," continued Uncle Josh, "I just happen to think that I need a few plows and cultivators for my plantation. And as I don't know of any place where they keep so big or good a stock as L. Lacoste here, I reckon I might as well tend to that matter right now. L. Lacoste is recognized as headquarters for everything in the line of farm implements and I never think of going any where else best made in the world." So saying, Uncle Josh proceeded to purchase a right smart sized bill of plows, cultivators and other plantation machinery.
"Well, Seat my!" exclaimed Uncle Josh, with a David Harum accent, as they reached the street. "I must run over to the First National Bank and get another check book. Come along with me and get acquainted with S. R. Parkerson, the cashier, and staff, for of course you will do business with them and it is always more pleasant to be personally acquainted with the people you do business with. This bank is as solid as the base of the universe, is managed on safe conservativeness, and has a strong working capital of $65,ooo. You will find them every ready to extend any accommodations compatible with business principles."
"Guess I'll open an account with the First National Bank right away," replied Charles, and he did.
"A pretty good start," said the old man," and we'll go to Mouton Bros.' general merchandise and stove store where Evangeline's housewifely instincts will have full play in marvels of kitchen apparatus. There is not an establishment in the country that carries a more comprehensive stock of cooking machinery," remarked Uncle Josh. "Every possible piece of kitchen furniture from a tin dipper to a cooking range is here in all styles and variety." If Evangeline fails to accomplish wonders in the culinary art, it will not be for want of superior cooking utensils, for she purchased an "Our Leader" range with all other equipments needed in a well regulated kitchen, all of which Uncle Josh paid for with delight 'cause he knew Mouton Bros. had treated him all right, just as they treat everybody,
"Yum, yum," laughingly escaped Evangeline's rosebud lips, as she glanced into S. E. Yandle's attractive confectionery store. "Uncle Josh, you know I've got a sweet tooth, and those home made candies look so nice I just can;t resist the temptation to go in." Charley here objected, 'cause he knew if Evangeline got into Yandle's confectionery store once, there's where she'd likely want to stay. He relented, however, when Uncle Josh said, "soda water my boy, and ice cream, finest in the world," so in they went, and after regaling themselves in delicious ice cream and soda the girl loaded up on chocolates, bon bons and fresh taffy, enough to make every tooth in the country ache. Evangeline was a splendid judge of sweetmeats, and she indulged in a profuse compliment to what she found at Yandle's.
At the ice cream table the old man waxed philosophical. "Never neglect your larder said he. "That important adjunct to housekeeping controls your masculine temper. To that end you must patronize a grocer on whom you can depend for honest goods. Through a long term of years I have found Jules. J. Mouton, over the street there, perfectly reliable. You will always find Jules to be a careful dealer, always fully stocked with every possible thing in the line of staple and fancy groceries, fresh and first-class, no shelf-worn goods there, while the prices are down to brass tacks. To keep peace in this family get all your groceries of Jules J. Mouton.
"Let's see - I promised you a gold watch, didn't I?" queried Uncle Josh of Evangeline, "and T. M. Biossat is the man to give us the worth of our money." Entering the popular jewelry store the old man gallantly acquitted himself of the promise and then directed Evangeline's attention to the superior stock of silverware carried by the house. "There is no other such house in town," said the old man, "and I will guarantee the quality to be the very best. Pick out your family clock while here, he added Biossat carries a magnificent line. Don't forget another fact," he continued, "if ever you unfortunately need optical goods, this is the place to come and say, my boy, remember that Mr. Ruger here is also an expert doctor an sick watches."
"Oh, say, Uncle," exclaimed Evangeline, "where can I go for dry goods? This dress is hardly suitable, I must admit."
"Well, my girl, if you want to select from one of the most popular establishments in the city, I will direct you to Moss & Co. who carry a stock of dry goods that for variety and real value is seldom seen outside the largest metropolitan cities. They have all the latest weaves in fashionable dress goods and you are sure to be guided right in your selections. You will find Moss & Co. pleasant to deal with and their employees polite and expert, while the prices cannot be duplicated." It did not take Evangeline long to tell a bargain when she saw one and she saw a great many at Moss & Co's. She got a handsome dress, with all necessary trimmings, some shirt waists, an d several other articles of "fantastic disarray" so dear to the heart of every woman.
"But say, uncle, aren't you about to forget another one of the greatest essentials of our house furnishing?" asked Evangeline, "You haven't said a word about mattings and carpets yet."
"Jes so, jes so," replied Uncle Josh, "it does beat all how you wimmin folks can think of things, but I tell you it won't take me long to think of the store for mattings and carpets. Fact is, we're in it right now. Anything from linoleum for the kitchen to the most elegant Brussels for the parlor, you can get 'em here, and Moss & Co. don't charge fancy prices in that department either." While Evangeline was selecting carpets, mattings, rugs, curtain, etc. Charley visited Moss & Co's. hardware department where he found a complete line of general hardware and he, too, bought a large bill.
"And in the matter of insurance," the old gentleman continued. "That is also of importance. You will want a risk on your new house, and goods; then you can't do a more sensible thing than take out a $10,000 life policy in the Equitable. My friend, Felix Mouton, not only represents the Equitable Life, but he also has a large list of fire companies, all of which belong to the old reliable category, being well known for their prompt and satisfactory adjustment of losses. It's better to be safe than sorry and you'll surely be safe in the Felix Mouton agency. "Cause he is an expert and trustworthy underwriter." Charley agreed to attend to the insurance matter at his earliest convenience.
While Uncle Josh was pondering where to go next, Evangeline suddenly asked "Uncle, where can I find the leading millinery establishment?"
"Just around on St. John street near the Catholic church," remarked Uncle Josh, "and we will visit Mrs. W. B. Bailey who, by the way, has on hand one of the completest stocks of spring millinery to be found in the city. You can get what you want there, the latest styles and lowest prices being her motto. Mrs. Bailey's good taste and experience guarantee that when you have purchased of Mrs. Bailey's you have the thing according to the fashion and a satisfaction that your work has been done by a competent artist."
In a few minutes there never was a happier girl than Evangeline, for she got a "perfect dream" of an Easter hat and the bill didn't scare Uncle Josh either.
Woman like, Evangeline was discussing with the milliner the matter of how she would arrange her new house interrupted by Uncle Josh. "And those house fixin's remind me," said he, "that you haven't got your dishes yet. Now, to my notion the best place in town to buy them will be Felix Demanade's grocery store. There isn't positively, a thing in the line of crockery, glass or porcelain needed for use or ornament in any part of the house that can not be found at Felix Demanade's in indefinite variety and at wonderfully low prices." He also has a splendid stock of lamps of every description and groceries in abundance." Evangeline's big order suggested her thorough appreciation.
"And another place I wish to take you, children, is to the Pelican grits and meal factory, remarked the old man. "Your introduction to town would not be half complete without. Mr. friend, Geo. A. DeBlanc has just put up a new factory building and equipped it with new machinery, and I tell you he makes mighty fine grits and meal. He is also headquarters for feed, coal and wood and as you must have fuel, I'll order some when we visit the Pelican factory. I've been dealing with Geo. DeBlanc for a long time, and I tell you he is a good man to tie to, and I always did believe in patronizing home industry.
Returning from the Pelican mill, Uncle Josh stopped at the Lafayette Bottling Works. "I'm particularly fond of carbonated drinks" said he, "and I want to treat you to some of C. W. Simms' famous ice cream soda. My advice is that you keep a case or two in your cellar at all times this summer, because it is not only a pleasant beverage, but is also mighty refreshing on hot days. You needn't be afraid to drink lots of it, either, 'cause Mr. Simms observes the strictest rules of absolute purity - he don't use no citric acid, marble dust or soap bark, while the flavoring extracts he uses are the best money can buy." After sampling some of C. W. Simms' famous carbonated drinks, Evangeline insisted on contracting for a whole summer's supply.
"Law sakes!" suddenly exclaimed Uncle Josh, "all this trading 'round town has caused me to forget another one or two of the greatest essentials to future existence. Newly married folk can't live on love and scenery any more than anybody else - but your table would look slim without bread; it's the 'staff of life,' you know. Evangeline must make the acquaintance of Castel Bros.' And by jingo! I see their delivery cart right now." Uncle Josh stopped the bread cart and bought $5 worth of tickets which he presented to Evangeline.
"Yes, and while we are on this important topic of gastronomics," continued Uncle Josh, "we must not forget meat. It goes hand in hand with bread. Now the next thing is to locate a good market where you can get fresh wholesome meats, poultry, etc., at all times, and according to my notion A. J. Leblanc & co. is the only firm to supply you. This is the boss meat market in the city and is popular with everybody who is particular to have the best. The reason for this is all because they are very careful in the selection of stock, get the best of everything and keep it fresh on cold storage. To keep your 'hubby' in good humor, Evangeline, trade at A. J. LeBlanc & Co's. market everytime." Good advice.
"Now," cried the old gentleman, "now for a picture of this crowd. In good old country fashion we'll go to the photograph gallery, and my friend, F. F. Carter, has a good one right over Moss & Co's. His pictures are wonderful in fidelity and finish. I want one full-size photo for my study and some small ones for my friends, and you must also get some views of moss covered trees to send to our northern kin-folks. Carter has the soul of a true artist; all his work is a labor of love, in which he will not stop short of perfection. As he is famous for successful enlarging, I want to give you a life-size representation of 'yours truly' " (The pictures of Josh, Evangeline and Charley may all be seen at Carter's studio any time the reader desires to call.)
En-route to their home the party called at The Gazette office. "You'll want the news every week" remarked Uncle Josh, "and as this is the favorite local paper here I'll subscribe."
When the trio reached their home "that tired feeling" seemed to settle down upon them all - all at once - and Uncle Josh admitted that he for one was about "tuckered out," whereupon Charley took advantage of the conditions, and made bold to remark: "I kinder hate to speak of anything else," quoth he, but say, Uncle, can't you recommend something -- ahem! -- a little rye, for instance, for medical purposes, you know?"
"Why, certainly, my boy," quickly replied Uncle Josh, a bright smile chasing itself over his benevolent visage, " little Private Stock or Calvert Rye, put up by C. Doyle & Co., of New Orleans, will be about the proper caper, and the proper firm to apply to for such extras in this town is Bielkiewiez & Ingouf, of the Turf Exchange. I'll personally guarantee anything that comes from the Turf. Suppose you go down and bring up a little 'good cheer' right away, and don't forget the kind I tell you, Private Stock and Calvert Rye, 'cause I never take any other medicine."
Upon summing up the wonderful events of the day Evangeline began to volubly express her thanks. "You have bought us everything," she exclaimed.
"Only one thing," replied Uncle Josh, reflectively, but I can remedy that. B. Falk, the furniture man, always has a nice line of them and you can get one whenever you want it; I'll pay for the best."
"W-h-y," exclaimed Evangeline with great surprise, "Uncle, what can it be?"
"Well, it's a baby carriage, and --- "
But Evangeline had fainted.
(When she revived Uncle Josh presented her with tickets to the Boston Concert Co. at the opera-house, March 26.)
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
Wanted for Forgery. - Rene Bertrand, a young man hailing from Breaux Bridge, was arrested here last Wednesday by Deputy Sheriff Mouton charged with forgery in the parish of St. Martin. Sheriff Bardon came up Thursday and returned to St. Martin with the prisoner. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
Died. - Mr. F. Otto, an old resident of this town, died at his home last Sunday morning at the age of 66 years. Mr. Otto was a native of Bavaria. He was in the local meat business during a long number years. He leaves a wife and four children. His funeral which took place at the Catholic church was largely attended. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
The directory just issued by the Cumberland Telephone Exchange is the largest that has been sent out in Lafayette. From a modest beginning of 28 names the exchange has grown to nearly 200 subscribers. This rapid increase speaks well for Manager Broussard because it is an evidence of good service.
Manager Broussard informs The Gazette that the company will soon have a number of men at work putting up new and larger poles, which are necessitated by the augmentation of business. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
A Splendid Opportunity.
Mr. F. Sontag, the noted corenetist is in Lafayette and expects to remain here until next September.
A gentleman suggests that this would be the opportune time to reorganize the orchestra and brass band and secure the services of Mr. Sontag as leader of both organizations. To do this money is needed and the only way to raise the money is to do like Crowley and St. Martinville -- put it up.
Lafayette should have an orchestra and a brass band. It can hardly get along without them. Mr. Sontag is an unusually skillful and brilliant musician and his presence here affords Lafayette an exceptional opportunity to have first-class musical organizations:
The Gazette will start the list of $5.00.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
With Necessary Financial Backing to Dig for Oil Around Anse la Butte.
Mr. Paul Ledenois , who may justly be called the pioneer in the oil investigations in this section, was in New Iberia last Saturday for the purpose of organizing the Anse Labutte Oil and Mineral Company. Mr. Ledenois was joined by Judge W. F. Blackman of Rapides, Mr. Robert Martin and Dr. Jos. Martin of St. Martinville, and Messrs. Walter and Porteus Burke of New Iberia, the other organizers of the company. As was announced in the last issue of The Gazette this company will make researches for oil in the Anse la Butte section. Should oil be found it will require a very large sum to develop the industry, and for that reason the company has fixed its capital stock at $2,000,000. The company holds options on about 5,000 acres and is anxious to contract for more land.
We are informed that its terms are reasonable.
The new company has all the financial backing necessary to make a thorough search for oil. It will begin operation within a month.
It is safe to say that before many months have passed there will be several companies operating between this point and Beaumont.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
...as the Gazette sees it...
THE ELECTION OF SENATORS.
The question of electing United States Senators by popular vote is again being agitated by the press. There does not appear to be much opposition to the change, yet the proposition to amend the constitution has made little headway. Of course, the present members of the Senate do not want the change, because it is far easier to manipulate a Legislature than to hoodwink the whole people of a State.
It has been charged that railroad companies have controlled senatorial elections in a number of States. These corporations have interests that are affected by national legislation and it is not at all surprising that they take a hand in the selection of senators. It is principally to get rid of the venal influence that it is proposed to elect senators by popular vote.
The Gazette does not know if the charge against the corporation is founded upon facts, but the decline of the American Senate since the Civil War is irrefutable evidence that the States have not selected their best men to represent them in the upper house of national representatives. We do not think that corporate influences have been often felt in the selection of Southern Senators, but there can be no denial of the fact that political dickers have resulted in making senators of men who do not measure up to the required standard. There can not be any valid objections to the proposition to transfer the power from the Legislature to the people, who should be, after all, the source of all authority. The selection of senators by a direct vote will lessen the power of the governor, who can, by using the patronage of his office, elect his friend even though the latter should be objectionable to the people of the State. With the present mode of election the senatorial aspirant in Louisiana has one thing to do to be successful. He must secure the support of the governor, who, in reality, makes the appointment. The views of the candidate and his qualifications are matters which the voters are not permitted to inquire. If the candidate happens to be a genius like Murphy Foster, on the eve of his election he takes the Assembled Wisdom of the State into his confidence and reveals to it the wherefores and the why fores of the political thusness. In most paternal tones he impresses upon its mind the great truth that in a political family, as in a domestic household, is is not good manners for children to be inquisitive, because they are things which they should not know.
But, in all seriousness, United States Senators should be elected by the people. In a Republic the people are the masers and they should be consulted in all matters in which their welfare is concerned.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
To be Nominated by Democratic Primaries April 6th.
Lafayette, La., March 20, 1901.
Pursuant to notice issued, the members of the Democratic Executive Committee of the town of Lafayette, La., met at the court-house of Lafayette, La.
The meeting was called to order by Dr. A. R. Trahan, chairman, and Ed G. Voorhies was appointed as secretary. On roll call the following members were present: Dr. A. R. Trahan, Julian Mouton, Ed G. Voorhies. Absent: I. A. Broussard, Henry Church.
The following resolutions were then adopted:
1st. That a primary election be held in the town of Lafayette, at the court-house, on Saturday, the 6th day of April, 1901, for the purpose of nominating a candidate of the Democratic party for mayor of said town, and also candidates of said party for councilmen of said town; that the polls for said election be opened at 8 o'clock a. m. and be closed at 7 o'clock p. m.
2d. That Felix Mouton, R. C. Greig and Sterling Mudd are hereby appointed election officers, who shall conduct said primary election and shall preside at the polling booth for said primary election which is hereby fixed at said court-house. If the election officers or any of them be not present at said polling booth at the hour herein fixed for the opening of the poll, then such officers shall be selected in the manner provided by the general law of this State.
3d. To vote in said election the voter shall have the qualification for voters which are prescribed by the laws and constitution of this State, and no voter for the electors of the Republican party at the last presidential election shall be allowed to vote in said primary election.
4th. Before assuming their duties as such, said election officers shall be sworn in the manner provided by the election laws of this State to faithfully, honestly and impartially conduct said election; shall open and close said poll at the time above fixed and shall conduct the complete canvass of the votes and make return thereof without unnecessary delay in sealed packages addressed to the chairman of this committee, together with the boxes, which boxes shall be sealed and deposited in the office of the clerk of court in accordance with section 3 of Act 133 of 1901.
5th. That five Democrats, residents of the town of Lafayette, shall be elected at said primary to constitute the Democratic Executive Committee of said town.
A. R. TRAHAN, M. D.,
Chairman Democratic Executive Committee,
ED. G. VOORHIES, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
Christian Endeavor Convention.
Miss Mary Sprole of and Mr. Robert McFaddin have returned from Estherwood where they attended the district convention of Christian Endeavor. Delegates represented the following places: Jennings, Gueydan, Lake Arthur, Crowley and Lafayette. The Lafayette delegates will heartily testify to the kindness and hospitality of the people of Estherwood. The young ladies of the growing town of Estherwood are especially to be congratulated upon the interest that they manifested in the success of the convention.
The convention was a decided success in every particular.
The Lafayette delegates join the other members of the convention in extending their most sincere thanks to the good people of Estherwood for their hospitable treatment. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
Bought Plantation. - Mr. Felix Demanade, has bought the Renick plantation, situated in Vermilion parish, for $9,300. This plantation was bought at sheriff's sale in New Orleans some days ago for $8,300 by Mr. Wise of Abbeville and Sheriff Broussard. It is said to be one of the most desirable tracts of land in this section. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/23/1901.
Dr. A. C. Durio, of St. Martinville, was in town this week. The doctor has shown his good sense by investing in Lafayette dirt.
W. J. Shows has been doing some very neat work placing monuments and slabs in the Catholic and Protestant cemeteries.
Joseph Malapart, the young man who was interdicted some months ago and to Jackson, has regained his health and has returned to his relatives in this parish.
Mr. L. L. Chevally, has been awaited the contract to do the brick work for the new ice factory.
Dr. F. R. Tolson, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Louisa, and little son Tom, spent last week in New Orleans and Covington. While in Covington the doctor was the guest of his brother, Dr. George R. Tolson, a prominent physician of that place.
The Gazette acknowledges receipt of an invitation to be present at the marriage of Mr. Victor Levy and Miss Essie Cohn, which will take place in Temple House of Israel, Hot Springs, Ark., on Tuesday, April 2, 1901. There will be a reception at the home of the bride, 305 Prospect avenue.
J. C. Nickerson, the real estate agent, made the following sales this week: Crow Girard to A. C. Durio, one lot, $150; Alf. Hebert to Dr. Mudd, half acre, $125; Dr. Mudd to Miss Virgie Younger, 4 lots, $225.
J. A. Mousseau, representing Boogher, Ford & Goodbar Hat Company of St. Louis, has secured an order to supply Home Fire Company with firemen hats for all the members. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 23rd, 1901:
Louisiana at the Pan-American Exposition of Buffalo.
The director general of the Pan American Exposition has written Gov. Heard, asking if he is favorable to the idea of selecting a date to be known and celebrated as "Louisiana Day" at the Buffalo Exposition this summer.
Gov. Heard will place the matter before the State Pan-Amercan committee, and with that commitment, and with that committee he will confer as to the date and the most significant manner in which to celebrate "Louisiana Day."
The Governor is of the opinion that a day in August should be selected, as during that month there is a likelihood of a greater number of visitors from this State being in attendance at the Pan-American than in any other month of the season.
It has been suggested by Gov. Heard that the exercises on "Louisiana Day" should embrace three speeches - one by an American, one by a Creole and one by an Acadian, residents of the State. This would be appropriate in order to distinguish between the three historical colonizations in the Commonwealth.
Among the list of products which will be shown from this State are as follows:
All varieties of rice, from the sheaf to the last product, including the by-products. This exhibit will not conflict with the "rice kitchen," which together with the lumber products of the State, is to be given special prominence at Buffalo.
Every variety of sugar, molasses, cane, cotton and cotton seed, with their by-products.
All the cereals Louisiana raises, including corn, wheat, oats and forage crops.
Three kinds of tobacco. In the first division - perique - all forms to be displayed from carratte to the fine-cut chewing and smoking, including perique cigars. This exhibit will be made by Mr. Beauvais of New Orleans, and promises to be one of the most novel at the big show. Louisiana is the only State in the Union, or, rather, the only place in the world where the genuine perique is grown and cured. This product is mainly cultivated in St. James parish, the particular part of the parish being the Vacherie of Grand Point. The 100,000 (unreadable word) of the black tobacco grown and cured in that section of land and practically supplies the perique customers of the world.
The second division of the Louisiana tobacco exhibit will embrace a dozen of more varieties, including cigars made there.
The third division will be the yellow tobacco for chewing or smoking, after the order of the leaf grown in Virginia and North Carolina. The tobacco exhibit will be very complete. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
High School - March - 1901.
Perry Singleton, Moore Biossat, Matilde Richard, Annie Bell, Jeff Caffery, Maxim Beraud, Alma Gully, Ula Coronna, Gertrude Coronna, John Bachert, Rushing Biossat, Wm. Higginbotham, Oswald Darby, Aurelian Broussard, Helen Bell, Etta Domengeaux, Laurentine Guchereau, Laura Magnon, Whilhelmian Schmulen, Linda Guidry, Milton Bell, Leon Schmulen Louise Constantin, Rousseau Langlinais.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
Lafayette, La., March, 10th, 1901.
The Teacher's Institute, W. A. LeRosen conductor, held a regular meeting on this day, with the following teachers present.
Misses P. Doucet, S. M. McLaurin, Maggie Bagnal, Maria, Bagnal, Virgie Younger, Mary Webb, Edna Sprole, Mrs. Ida H. Delaney, and Messrs. R. H. Broussard, N. Arceneaux, C. K. Olivier, Ovey Comeaux, E. Patent, O. S. Doulanger, Philip Martin, H. E. Toll, and J. C. Martin.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.
The practice classes being called, Miss Mary Webb gave a lesson in geography and Mr. C. K. Olivier one in arithmetic.
The critique which followed was very interesting, all the teachers taking part.
The lessons in White's School Management with R. H. Broussard leader, and in History of Education, W. A. LeRosen leader, were interesting and profitable.
Mr. Philip Martin read a good paper on management of pupils.
The following program was adopted for next meeting.
Roll Call. Practice classes: 4th grade arithmetic, R. H. Broussard; 3rd grade geography, H. E. Toll, critique.
History Education p. 135-166 school management p. 105-130. General discussion.
There being no further business, the institute adjourned,
IDA H. DELANEY,
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
Boston Concert Company.
People are again reminded of the visit of the Boston Concert Company here on the 26th., inst. The members composing this company enjoy splendid reputations, and there is every reason to believe that they are all "just what they are cracked up to be." Amateur musicians and lovers of music in general should not miss this entertainment. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
We acknowledge the invitation to the marriage of Miss Essie Cohn and Mr. Victor Levy and tender our best wishes to the young couple. They will be married on April the second at the Temple House of Israel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and will be at home in Lafayette after the fifteenth of April.
Dr. Fred J. Meyer of Scott spent Sunday as the guest of his friend Dr. H. C. Salles.
Mrs. B. J. Pellerin and interesting little children are spending a while in New Iberia.
Judge C. Debaillon is holding court at Crowley.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
On the 17th., at 5 a. m. Mr. F. Otto. Mr. Otto was born in Bavaria in 1833 and resided in Lafayette upwards of twenty years. He counted among his many friends and his death the Republican party loses a staunch supporter.
On the 19th., at 5 p. m. Mrs. Pierre Meaux, at the home of her grand daughter Mrs. G. Broussard, in Cote Gelee. Mrs. Meaux had reached the advanced age of eighty-five, and was beloved by a large number of grand children and great grand children.
Dr. F. E. Girard visited the Crescent city lately.
Prof. Florent Sontag was the guest of his mother and sisters, a few days this week.
Timothy Hay for sale at Tanner's.
Chas. Jeanmard has just received a large stock of Ladies dress materials. Hats, ribbons, laces etc. The dress making department is complete in all respects.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
Arrested. - Last Tuesday, Deputy Sheriff Thomas Mouton arrested Ren Bertrand, suspected of being implicated in the robbery of Valery Thibodaux at Breaux Bridge, last Saturday night. Mr. Thibodaux' house was entered by masked men who struck him into unconsciousness and then robbed his safe of $800. Bertrand left Breaux Bridge in the company of a negro and was arrested upon his arrival here and incarcerated. He made no statement, but expressed the wish to be taken to Breaux Bridge at once.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
Reported by J. C. Nickerson, Real Estate Agent.
Mrs. C. Trahan to J. E. Trahan one lot on Lafayette $200.
Hugh Wagner to Herman Wagner 30 acres in 2nd. ward $315.
C. F. Latiolais to C. D. Caffery interest in lot in Lafayette $30.
Mrs. A. Veazey to Gaston Veasey one lot in Lafayette $400.
Mrs. M. T. Mudd to Mrs. Geo. Melchart 2 lots in Mudd add $100.
Alf. Hebert to Dr. F. S. Mudd one half acre in Mudd addition $125.
Mrs. P. Monlezum to Leroy Porter 40 acres in 2nd. ward $832.
Pascal Monlezum to Leroy Porter 2 large tracts $20,168.
N. D. and R. O. Young to Jos. Levy 35 arpents in 4th ward $1,015.
Crow Girard to Arthur Roy 9 lots in Girard addition. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/23/1901.
The Model Steam Laundry has received all its machinery and implements and is prepared to do first class work. Mrs. Joseph Mouton is proprietress and solicits your patronage.
Only one quality - the best. The Racket Store.
Our friend H. Gerac, of New Orleans, is visiting relatives in Lafayette.
Peck & Broussard should get your trade. It is in your interest to deal with them, they are the cheapest merchants in town.
After an enjoyable stay of two weeks in New Orleans, Miss. L. Parkerson is back home.
Good pine slats of sale at E. H. Vordenbaumen's.
Mrs. S. R. Parkerson and Miss Leila Cornay visited Patterson friends and relatives the fore part of the week.
Insurance in Fire, Life of Accident by J. R. Domengeaux.
Mrs. Ritchatzer who visited here returned to her Galveston home last week, taking with her little
Claudia Mouton who will stay some time with Texas relatives.
Miss Lizzie Bailey has been called to Crowley to assume the duties of court stenographer, during this week.
Old winter seems loathe to leave us and though we would gladly bid him and our overcoats a heartfelt farewell, he has again put in an appearance and a little fire just for company, you know, was quite acceptable two or three days last week.
Our latest writing paper is unique and up-to-date.
Mr. Sidney Veasey left for Kentucky to buy a lot of fine horses. Prof. Stephens is in Baton Rouge just now. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 23rd, 1895:
A SUGGESTION TO THE POLICE JURY.
We assume that the Police Jury of Lafayette parish is possessed of a desire and a disposition to further the interests of the county seat as much as any other portion of the parish. The county seat, as such, is entitled to a full share of consideration at the hands of the parish authorities, for the interests of the two are so closely identified that the one cannot receive a single public benefit but what will react to the advantage of the other. This fact can be demonstrated in a very simple way. The parish collects a tax of 3 mills from the county seat. For the purpose of illustrating we will say that the assessed valuation of the town on which the tax collected is $100,00. 3 mills on $100,000, amounts to $300. The parish fosters a public measure outside of the town that is productive of much good to the commence of the town. The merchants do a more prosperous business as a result and the general trade is made to grow, requiring increased stocks of merchandise (on which increased taxes are paid) and the enlargement of old buildings as well as the construction of new ones (again adding to the tax-giving revenue of the town) to accomodate this increased volume of trade occasioned by the opening up of a new road or similar public improvement. Say that the original as assessment roll of $100,000 has been enhanced to $125,000 as a consequence of the change. The parish would now collect 25 per cent more taxes from the town than heretofore - $375 in place of $300 as explain before - a gain of $75. This makes it plain that the revenue of the parish from the taxable property of the town is increased in a direct ratio with increase in volume and extent of the assessed valuation of the property affected? In this respect it may be regarded in the light of a safe investment if not an actual speculation for the parish, for its constituted representatives to inaugurate and effect improvements of the kind described, as often as the opportunity should present itself. If this be granted then our Police Jury should take to serious task to cooperate with the parish authorities of St. Martin to construct and maintain a thoroughly practicable highway between Breaux Bridge and Lafayette. Aside from the advantage this would prove to farmers and other residents of the parish, the incalculable benefits that would result to the town should be a sufficient incentive to determine the undertaking. The proposition is too plain to require further argument to carry conviction and the public has just reason to expert early and favorable action on this question by our Police Jury. That body will convene Monday, the 25th, instant, and we earnestly commend the project to the favorable consideration of its members. We suggest the appointment or a committee composed of a member of the Police Jury and one citizen of the town (Mr. Chas. O. Mouton or some other gentleman as well suited) of the choice of the Police Jury, clothed with authority to ascertain from the contractor who is to build that portion of the said road in St. Martin parish, the cost of grading and placing in a thoroughly satisfactory condition the section of the road lying in Lafayette parish, and report this and other information relating to the subject and that might be of any interest to the Police Jury. The latter would then be in a position to act intelligently in the premises and so determine on the best course to pursue.
We submit the question to the gentlemen composing the Police Jury as one being worthy of their earnest consideration and shall expect a discussion of it at next Monday's meeting. Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1895.
Mr. Albert Niel was the victim of a serious accident last Sunday morning. A horse he was riding ran away with and finally threw him violently against the ground near the Methodist cemetery. The force of the fall rendered him senseless for some time, and when discovered later by a passer-by, was in a helpless condition, physically, and in great pain. He was brought to the home of Rev. T. Randle's where he soon rallied under remedial agents administered by Dr. Hopkins, and, at this writing is entirely recovered.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1895.
Badly Hurt Playing on Tramway. - Sunday evening a little negro boy named Bob Green, while playing on the tramway car belonging to Col. Gus. A. Breaux, fell under the wheels, and had one of his legs broken above the knee and badly lacerated. Dr. Tolson was called and attended the unfortunate, and said it is a very serious case. The accident happened precisely as previous ones on the same tramway. The children start the cars down a decline and attempt to jump aboard while the cars are in motion. It is a dangerous amusement but children do not realize it and we will continue to hear of similar casualties as long as the cars belonging to this tramway are not put out of harm's way by the owners of them.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1895:
DIED. - Mr. Lucien Cayret died last Wednesday, at her home near Carencro. A husband and young infant are left as survivors.
Mrs. Homer Bernard died at her home near Carencro, Thursday night.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1895.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) What's the News?
Full moon on the 26th. instant.
Police Jury Meets Monday.
What about the baseball club?
Mr. Julian Mouton has got the measles.
Mr. T. M. Biossat took a trip westward on the road, this week, in the interest of the manufacturing department of his jewelry.
Dr. Tom Rand has been in town for a number of days past, under treatment of Dr. F. E. Girard. He is the (unreadable word) of Dr. Tolson.
Easter will soon be here and everybody will want some Easter egg Dyes. At Moss Bros. & Co., you will find several good kinds of dyes for coloring eggs. This firm has just received a fresh supply of dyes and other Easter requisites.
Mr. Felix Landry and Miss Clara Vallier were united in marriage the 19th instant, at Algiers. They will make Lafayette their place of residence and are at present occupying the Roy cottage adjoining the home of Mr. F. E. Moss.
For a number of days past lumber is being delivered on the ground for a dwelling house to be constructed for Mr. A. V. Labbe, by contractor Fred Mouton. The new building will be located half a block south of Mr. C. D. Caffery's residence.
A sad accident which could have been serious, happened last Sunday to Mr. Jean Guiot, a farmer living near Youngsville. While out hunting with a friend, his gun loaded with birdshot, went off producing a painful but not serious wound in his face.
Mr. E. W. Philips came up from New Iberia yesterday to deliver possession of the two cottages in our town constructed and just completed under his supervision for Mr. P. B. Roy. The cottages in question present a very neat outward appearance and are an ornament to the town.
AMOLE-INE is a harmless vegetable Washing Powder that makes the clothes clean and sweet. Sold in Lafayette by Mouton Bros., Mouton & Salles, F. Demanade and Moss Bros. & Co. Price 5 cents a package.
One or more house-thieves were on a plundering exhibition last Saturday night. The homes of Mr. Alfred Voorhies and Mr. Josh Louaillier were visited, but in both instances the thief was thought to be an inmate of the house and made easy escape on being aware of his presence in the house being known.
See Moss Bros. & Co.s new bicycle advertisement on the first page of this issue. In this connection
Mr. W. C. Anderson, representing the Pope Manufacturing Co., desires it to be known that he will be in Lafayette to-day and to-morrow with samples of the 1895 Columbia line of bicycles which he will take pleasure in exhibiting to our local wheelmen. Mr. Anderson's headquarters whilst in town will be at Moss Bros. & Co.
Mr. E. W. Jacques, of Warsaw, Ind., one of a company of two bicyclists making a tour of the border of the United States, on wheels, was an enforced guest at the Rigues hotel last Wednesday. A mishap to the wheel he was riding compelled him to lay here several hours, whilst his partner Tom W. Winder went on to be joined by Mr. Jacques at Lake Charles, by rail the same day.
This community was shocked to learn of the tragic death of young Joseph Vallier, at Algiers, Thursday evening. His body was crushed by a locomotive that had been jacked up for repairs and toppled over. The deceased was a member of a family that has been sorely afflicted, indeed, of late. Within the brief period of nine months the father, the mother and, lastly, a son have passed away to that borne from whence no traveler ever returns. It is a most sad picture to contemplate and one that calls forth volumes of human sympathy.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/23/1895.
From the Lafayette Gazette of March 23rd, 1895:
THE NEW ANTI-LOTTERY LAW.
The passage of the anti-lottery law at the close of the last session of Congress was an agreeable surprise to the friends of that measure, and was only accomplished by skillful and shrewd parliamentary tactics. The new law is a fit complement to that enacted by the Fifty-first Congress. The defects in the older law were two-fold. While the lottery companies were not allowed to use the mails of the transmission of published reports of lottery drawings, or for money sent to the companies for tickets, the mail system was still largely used for securing customers; and the express companies which do business in the United States did a large trade in carrying circulars and other matter for the lottery companies. The new law prohibits any express system in the United States from carrying lottery matter between the States or from a foreign country to this country. This in itself would damage the business of the lottery companies severely; but the provision which shuts out the lottery companies absolutely from using the United States mail either for the delivery or receipt of postal matter is the severest blow. Those who have studied the lottery question most closely are confident that the enactment of this provision will cripple the lottery companies in an effectual manner; and that the lottery business will be made so expensive to conduct that operations in this country will be greatly wiped out. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1895.
Married. - Another Lafayette boy has obeyed the biblical injunction and has taken unto himself a wife. This time it is Felix Landry, a worthy young man of this town. He was married to Miss Clara Vallier last Tuesday by the Rev. Father Toman at the Catholic church of Algiers. The young couple arrived in Lafayette the same day and took charge of their commodious new home. Mr. Landry was born and reared in Lafayette where he has a host of friends who congratulate him upon his good fortune in having won for his wife so charming a young lady as Miss Vallier. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1895.
First Ball After Lent. - The first ball after the Lenten season will take place at Falk's Opera House on Saturday April 20. It will be given for the benefit of the brass band recently organized in this town and promises to be a brilliant affair, if we may judge by the way the boys are preparing things for it. The invitations will be issued in a few days.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1895.
St. Patrick's. - St. Patrick's Day was not altogether unobserved in Lafayette. Many of our young men had procured shamrocks and green cravats and wore them during the day. Laf. Gazette 3/23/1895.
Miss Barry in Town. - Miss Marie Barry, and little nephew, Ashton, of Grand Coteau, spent a few days in Lafayette this week. They were the guests of Mrs. F. Rigues. Laf. Gazette 3/23/1895.
School Benches. - The benches recently purchased by Prof. Greig for the public schools afford the greatest comfort to the pupils and are a wonderful improvement on the primitive benches used in most of the schools of the parish. These improved desks are doubtless of incalculable benefit to scholars, and it is hoped that before long they will be in use in every schoolroom in the parish. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1895.
For Cattle Stealing. - Sheriff Broussard and Deputy T. Mouton brought Joseph Domingue to town and placed him in jail on a charge of stealing cattle. Laf. Gazette 3/23/1895.
A Sad Accident. - News reached here Thursday evening that Joseph Vallier had been killed by accident in the machine shop of the Southern Pacific at Algiers. It appears that young Vallier and other employees were repairing an engine, which capsized falling upon the unfortunate young man killing him instantly and causing serious injury to two men named Peterson and Huberner. The sudden death of young Vallier was learned with deep sorrow by many people in this town who held him in high esteem. He was the son of the late Joe Vallier, so well and favorably known in Lafayette.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1895.
Not Doing Better. - The little negro who was run over by a car on the Breaux tramway road on the 17th, instant is reportedly seriously ill. He will probably die. Laf. Gazette 3/23/1895.
AN ELEGANT STOCK.
The Gazette announced last week that Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton had gone to New Orleans to purchase her spring and summer goods. As a result of Mrs. Mouton's visit to the city her millinery store is thoroughly stocked with everything kept by the progressive milliner. As usual Mrs. Mouton has displayed much taste and spared neither time nor money in buying her stock which she offers to the ladies of Lafayette at prices to suit the times. Those in need of seasonable head-gear will find there a beautiful collection of hats and pretty flowers in endless varieties. Mrs. Mouton has paid particular attention this year to laces and ribbons. Her line of ladies' shoes is perhaps the most complete that she has kept in years. Elegant slippers, low-quarters, and last but not least, an excellent shoe called "The old lady's comfort." A brilliant display of dress-goods is also offered to the ladies of Lafayette, and some pretty and durable stockings. The children have not been forgotten by Mrs. Mouton and she has a fine assortment of shoes for them, in addition to some very neat straw hats for the boys. Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1895.
An express locomotive recently built at the Rochester shops of the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh railroad, from the designs of Mr. C. E. Turner, superintendent of motive power, is fitted with an electric headlight, current for which is furnished by a small motor at the back of the lantern.
The great 2500 horse-power engine by the E. P. Allis company, of Milwaukee, Wis., for the power plant in the machinery building of the Colombian exposition is now at work in the power house of the Kansas City Cable Railway company at Eighth street and Woodland avenue, Kansas City, Mo.
The shipments of standard steel rails for 1894 are said by the Iron Age to have amounted to 792,600 tons, of which 66,000 tons were the product of the Colorado mill which is not in the combination of rail mills. This total does not include light rails, street rails or girder rails, and shipments of the latter were relatively heavy.
The Atchison bridge over the Missouri river at the town of that name is being greatly endangered by the encroachment of the river. A canal is now being dug to divert the stream through the island above the town. This canal will be over one mile long and seventy feet wide. Its construction involves the removal of 167,000 cubic yards of material.
The Trans-Siberian railway, as announced by the Russian government will be opened in 1901, instead of 1904, as indicated by Gen. Annenkoff in his report. The government expects to join the Russian railway system with Irkoutek in 1898, and in the same year to complete the Lake Baikal section. The line along the Amour will also be finished sooner than expected, as the work is advancing rapidly.
The average pay of locomotive engineers on the New York Central railroad in the year 1894 was $1,220; firemen and wipers, $646; conductors, $961; station agents and trainmen, $633; teamsters and trackmen, $609; telegraph operators, $600; mechanics and helpers in the shops, $528; switchmen and flagmen, $500; trackmen, $419. The company employs 4,879 trackmen, 8,516 mechanics and helpers in the shops and 2,533 switchmen.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1895.
Col. C. Harrison Parker Says They Are Doing Well.
[From the New Orleans Times-Democrat.]
C. Harrison Parker, president of the Board of Control of the State Penitentiary, stated last night that the work on the plantations, on the levees and in the factory at Baton Rouge was progressing satisfactorily. On the Angola plantation of 8,000 acres 3,000 of which are cleared, 3o0 men were working with good results. Thirty-five carpenters and masons were busy building the necessary quarters. On the Hope plantation the men have finished planting cane and will have this year 95 acres of plant and stubble and will nearly double the acreage next year. Quarters were also building on the plantation. The clothing factory at Baton Rouge was in operation, and the shoe factory would start up in a few weeks. The two levee camps were doing well and making a profit each month. The best men were kept there, explained Col. Parker. In addition to these enterprises the Board of Control was considering plans for increasing manufacturing industries that would give employment to persons who cannot be utilized on either the levees or the farms. Col. Parker said that with good crops and good prices this year, the board expected to do well.
Lafayette Gazette 3/23/1901.