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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 30th, 1904.


 President Roosevelt a week ago ordered all civil war veterans, who have passed the age of sixty-two, placed upon the pension rolls, under the disability act passed by a previous Congress, thus adding more than $11,000,000 to the pension roll already amounting to $150,000,000. He had previously attempted to have Congress pass a special act covering the above, but they refused, and it was then that he determined to stretch the previous disability act and legislate himself. President Roosevelt is strenuous and likes to have his way. The order fell upon Congress like a thunderbolt. They held an indignation meeting and talked loudly about the President usurping the functions of Congress, then simmered down. Somebody had whispered it around that it wouldn't do to make too much fuss, it might injure the chance for Republican success in November. A number of leading papers, however, have had considerable objections to President Roosevelt's order, and have said so, accusing him of usurping imperial powers; but the President has the disability act and a good lawyer to interpret it his way and he isn't losing any sleep. The order will stand.

It is now "up to" the American people, If they admire that kind of thing our next president will be Theodore Roosevelt; but if they are jealous of their liberties, and still have the old fashioned notion that a president is only an executive officer, whose duty is to execute the laws, and not to legislate, or twist the laws to suit his ambitions, then T. R., the man in the saddle, won't be "in it" - he'll walk.  
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

Anse la Butte.
Moresi Well No. 1 Has Become an Oil Producer.

 Any number of reports have been circulated in regard to the new oil developments at Anse la Butte, but getting certain information seems out of the question, as the oil men are not giving out information. From the best we can learn, Moresi Well No. 1 has finally become an oil producer, but to what extent we could not find out. Work is being steadily prosecuted at Anse la Butte and the Messrs. Heywood some to have great faith in the field. 
  Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

For Governor - NEWTON BLANCHARD, of Caddo.
For Lt. Governor - JARED Y. SANDERS, of St. Mary.
For Secretary of State, JOHN T. MICHEL, of Orleans.
For Auditor, MARTIN HEHRMAN, of Orleans.
For Treasurer, J. M. Smith, of Union.
For Attorney General, WALTER GUION, of Assumption.
For Superintendent of Education, J. R. ASWELL, of Lincoln.
For United States Senators, MURPHY J. FOSTER.
For State Senators, JNO. A. MCILHENNY, JOS. A. PROVOST.
For Representatives, P. L. DECLOUET, J. GILBERT ST. JULIEN.
For Clerk of Court, E. G. VOORHIES.
For Coroner, Dr. J. F. MOUTON.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

 Organization Effected, and Lafayette Is Assured a Modern Hotel and Theatre.

 The Lafayette Improvement Company was organized Saturday with the following officers; Chas. D. Caffery, president; F. E. Girard, vice-president; C. M. Parkerson, secretary and treasurer; P. B. Roy, N. P. Moss, J. A. Roy, T. M. Biossat, A. E. Mouton and S. R. Parkerson, board of directors.

The company is capitalized at $100,000, and will build a handsome modern hotel, three stories in height and containing forty guest rooms, and an up-to-date theatre at the corner of Jefferson and Vermilion streets. Plans by Favrot & Livaudais, architects of New Orleans, were considered but no definite action taken. Some additions and changes were suggested which the architects will make and resubmit plans. The bulk of the stock has been taken and it is the purpose of the company to begin work as soon as possible in order to be ready for the fall business. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

Sentenced by Judge Debaillon.
Sentence was passed by Judge Thursday on the following prisoners, who pleaded guilty: James Reilly, white, entering the Scott post office, three years in the State penitentiary. Isaac Thomas, burglary, five years; Ducre Cormier, cutting with intent to kill, one year. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.


 Thursday evening Mr. C. I. Young, of the Young-Comeaux Pharmacy, a prominent druggist of this place, and Miss Rita Trahan, the charming daughter of Dr. J. D. Trahan, were united in marriage a the home of the bride. Rev. Father Crozier officiating. The reception room was prettily decorated for the occasion with flowers and palms. Miss Leah Gladu played the wedding march. Dr. A. R. Trahan acted as best man and Miss Laurence Campbell as maid of honor. The bride was lovely in a gown of white silk crepe de chine trimmed embroidered chiffon, and a long veil, which fell about her gracefully. In her hand she carried a bouquet of white carnations and ferns. Miss Campbell was attired in white organdy and lace and carried a bouquet of pin roses. At the conclusion of the ceremony congratulations and good wishes were showered upon the newly wedded pair, after which all repaired to the dining room where refreshments were served. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

Has Succeeded. - Mr. Horace Blakesley, proprietor of the Lafayette Marble Works, stated to an Advertiser reporter a few days ago that since locating here, he has been very successful, having taken a great many orders for cemetery work. "But," added Mr. Blakesley, "it is singular that neatly all my patronage comes from Protestants:" However, Mr. Blakesley seemed much encouraged and believes that he will in the near future receive a goodly number of orders from the Catholics as well as Protestants.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

First Excursion of Season. - The Southern Pacific will run the first excursion of the season Sunday, April 3, from Washington 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 $2.00. Train leaves here at 6:48 a. m. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.


A Valuable and Helpful Meeting Held at Primary School Saturday.
 At ten o'clock last Saturday morning forty-six teachers of this parish met at the Primary School for the purpose of continuing the discussion of the institute programme arranged for February 20. Supt. Alleman called the institute to order and the teachers proceeded with the discussion, "What have I done to improve my school?" This subject was of much interest and importance for the reason that it showed the enthusiasm with which many of the teachers are doing their work, the school spirit these teachers are arousing in their communities, and the encouragement they are receiving and may continue to hope for as long as they perform their work energetically and conscientiously. The statements of a number of teachers showed entire lack of comfort at school and school pride among parents a few years since, and great advancement in both since that time.

 Another important subject discussed was the daily programme, which led to a classification of subjects according to their relative importance. Some very valuable thoughts were advanced and good reasons given in defense of the arrangement of the subject with reference to the time given and place of the subjects on the programme.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.    

Examination of Teachers.
 On Thursday and Friday, the 21st and 22nd days of April, there will be held at the Industrial Institute a regular examination of applicants for certificates to teach the public schools of this parish. Questions will be given out promptly at 9 o'clock in the morning.

 Subjects for the Third Grade Certificate. - Spelling, reading arithmetic, English grammar, geography, History of the United States, Constitution of Louisiana, physiology, with special reference to the effects of stimulants and narcotics upon the human system, and the theory and art of teaching.

 Subjects for the Second Grade Certificate. - All in the foregoing branches and in addition grammatical analysis, physical geography, and elementary algebra.

 Subjects for the First Grade Certificate. - All branches named in the second and third grade and also higher algebra, natural philosophy and geometry.

 The third grade certificate is valid for one year from the date of the examination; second grade, three years; and first grade, five years.
E. L. STEPHENS, L. J. ALLEMAN, N. P. MOSS, Examining Committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.  

Entertain Our Guests. - We would suggest that each or our citizens appoint himself a committee of one to assist in entertaining our guests who will be with us to-day, to-morrow and next day. If you have a conveyance, invite some of the gentlemen to take a drive with you and show them our beautiful drives and farming country. Don't wait for an introduction, introduce yourself and try to make as many of our guests as possible enjoy their visit. And let us all attend the meetings and show that we take an interest in having these gentlemen with us.    Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904. 

Charged With Serious Offense. - 
Auguste Soulier, an employee of the Southern Pacific, was arrested and placed in jail Thursday; charged with having stabbed his wife. Mrs. Soulier has recently entered suit for divorce and it is supposed that the attack grew out of family trouble. Mrs. Soulier is seriously wounded but not necessarily dangerously. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

Plea of Insanity Entered. - 
McBride Mouton, against whom the Grand Jury found a true bill for attempted arson, was arraigned in court Friday afternoon. He was represented by Judge J. E. Mouton, of St. Martinville, and Judge O. C. Mouton, who entered a plea of not guilty with a special plea of insanity at the time of the offense was committed. Trial was postponed. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.   

To Represent Lafayette. - 
The following gentlemen have been named as delegates by Mayor Caffery to represent the town of Lafayette at the Good Roads Convention to be held in New Orleans April 6:  J. Arthur Roy, N. P. Moss, O. C. Mouton, C. S. Babin, Crow Girard, T. M. Biossat, B. N. Coronna, Wm. Campbell, P. L. DeClouet, Simeon Begnaud. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904. 

A Good Meeting. - 
Wednesday night Pelican Fire Co. held an interesting and enthusiastic meeting. There was a good attendance and the members discussed various means of increasing efficiency of the company and keeping up interest. Many good suggestions were made, and the meeting adjourned with all members feeling a renewed zeal for Pelican Fire Co. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904. 

New Cigar Stand. - 
Mr. Lawrence Johnson has opened a cigar store in the office next to his barber shop, and will keep a nice line of cigars. He solicits the patronage of the public. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

Woman's Literary Club.

 An interesting meeting of the Club was held Saturday the twenty-sixth inst. with Mrs. Biossat as hostess. The life of Thomas Nelson Page was the chief subject of discussion. Mrs. B. J. Pellerin gave a paper on his life and a review of some of his short stories and poems. Mrs. Davis told in a charming manner the story of "Gentleman of the Old Black Stock."

 Mrs. Comstock followed with a synopsis of "Red Rock." His books are filled with pathetic incidents, though there are smiles rippling through them also. After the program which was concluded by several songs and duets by noted artist as heard from a phonograph the members discussed their annual reception which is to take place during Easter week.

 The Club feels that it holds a treat in store for the public, as Mr. McLaughlin, of New Orleans, better known as "Jack Lafiance," has consented to lecture for them in the near future. The date has not yet been decided upon, but will be given later.

 The proceeds of this lecture will be used for the Industrial scholarship which the Club intends to give, and in this effort we ask the co-operation of the public. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.    

Grand Jury Reports Wednesday. - Eighteen True Bills Found.
 Recommendations Made As to Public Roads. - Industrial School and Public Schools Receive Praise.

 District Court was convened Monday with Judge C. Debaillon presiding, and all officers of the court present.

 A new grand jury was organized, the names drawn by the sheriff being: J. Arthur Roy, F. Demanade, Harrison Theall, J. Aymar Labbe, P. A. Chiasson, P. L. DeClouet, J. Gilbert St. Julien, Clarence Avant, Albert Guidry, Luc Doucet, Jean A. Begnaud and Conrad Brant. J. Arthur Roy was appointed foreman by Judge Debaillon.

 Monday and Tuesday of last week the jury was engaged in examining  cases, and on Wednesday made their report. Eighteen "true bills" were found and twelve "no true bills." The f0llowing indictments were found: James Reilly, burglary; Chas. Thompson, attempt to murder; Isaac Thomas, burglary and larceny; McBride Mouton, attempt at arson; Jos. LaVergne, stabbing intent to kill; Ducre Cormier, cutting with intent to kill; and the following for misdemeanors: Norbert Baker, Easton Sprole, Saul Jones, two indictments; Hebert Baker, Valsin Boudreaux, P. H. Mouton, E. Z. Tete, Alcide Fils, P. Martin, Oger Roger, Edgar Woodley, P. Bromchet.

 As a number of the above pleaded guilty and were sentenced Thursday, it was decided unnecessary to hold a jury term of court and the petit jury was discharged. A civil term was begun Monday.

 The grand jury's report follows:

 To the Honorable C. Debaillon, Judge of the 18th Judicial District Court of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

 Having completed the investigations and performed the other duties incumbent upon it, the Grand Jury impaneled for the present term of this honorable court begs leave through its undersigned foreman to submit the following report.

 We have examined the parish jail and found the prisoners therein confined properly and humanely treated. The deputy sheriff in charge of the jail deserves our compliments for the general cleanliness and sanitary condition of the jail and prisoners, as well as our thanks for the courtesies extended us whilst in the performance of our duties.

 We have also examined the offices of the sheriff, clerk of the court and assessor and have found them in their usual good condition; intelligently and systematically kept.

 Concerning the public roads, we are gratified at being able to state that there has been a marked improvement in their condition in the last few years; but we are of the opinion that there is yet a large margin for obtaining still better results. To reach that end, we believe the roads should be worked by contract instead of the system now in use; the funds to be raised buy the per capita tax, and the tax on vehicles, but each ward to have at its disposal its pro rata of funds and the police jury either collectively, or each member for his ward, to sell out to the lowest bidder under well defined specifications, the working of the roads; the contractor furnishing satisfactory bond. An additional reason for favoring this contract system is that to our knowledge certain road overseers in the parish at times when the roads require their attention have been known to be attending to their crops to the detriment of the roads. We are convinced that by this system the desired results would be obtained with the available funds, without burdening the people with additional taxation; and besides, we have the bright prospect of the United States Government and State aid in the building and maintenance of public roads, but to be worthy of this aid we must begin by aiding ourselves.

 In connection with the question of public roads, we desire to add that we have so much at heart the advancement and interests of the Industrial school, that splendid educational institution which we were favored to have located in this parish, that we should leave nothing undone that can contribute to its success, and we would, therefore, suggest that the police jury use their best efforts in keeping in good condition all roads leading to it and in its close proximity.

 We have called before the Grand Jury Mr. L. J. Alleman, parish superintendent of public education, who repeated verbally the same report made in writing to the Grand Jury before this one, which report has been published, and we hereby heartily reiterate the endorsement by our predecessors of said report and we invite the special attention of the police jury, school board, and city council of Lafayette, asking these public bodies for a favorable consideration of the recommendations contained in the report.

 On invitation of President E. L. Stephens and of Supt. Alleman, we have visited the Industrial school and the public schools in the town of Lafayette and it is a source of very great pleasure to this Grand Jury to be able to say that this institution and these schools are all that can be desired and that the parish of Lafayette has a right to be proud of them.

 We have examined all cases before us, finding eighteen true bills and twelve no true bills; and before being discharged we can not refrain from extending to the honorable judge our thanks for the great assistance rendered us in the discharge of our duties by the very able charge he delivered to us, and also to the district attorney for his valuable assistance and courtesies.
        Respectfully submitted,
                            J. A. ROY,
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.        


Parish Democratic Executive Committee. Campaign Committee Appointed.
Lafayette, La., March 28, 1904.

 At a special meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee of this parish, called for the purpose of taking the necessary measures for the Democratic Campaign of this Parish, Hon. P. L. DeClouet called the meeting to order, and on roll call the following members answered to their names: Jean Begnaud, Edmond Mouton, P. L. DeClouet, Lucius Duhon, Albert Guidry, Moise Brasseau, J. O. Broussard. On motion of Albert Guidry, duly seconded and carried, it was resolved that a Democratic Mass Meeting be held at the Court House on Monday, April 4, at 2 o'clock p. m.

 The following Campaign Committee was appointed.

 The meeting then adjourned.
P. L. DECLOUET, Chairman.
J. O. BROUSSARD, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.


News Notes (Advertiser) 3/30/1904.

 Mr. and Mrs. M. Levy and baby, of Beaumont, came Thursday and spent several days with relatives.

Have you seen the latest, the World's Fair hat at Mouton Sisters?

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.

Ernest Mouiset, of the Lacoste Hardware Store, returned Friday from Abbeville where he spent several days on business.

The old story and a half house on the lot formerly occupied by the Lacoste blacksmith shop has been torn down and a nice cottage is being erected in its place.

W. S. Torian returned Monday from the city, where he has been for the last ten days.

Mrs. Wm. Clegg left Sunday for North Carolina, where she will spend summer.

Mrs. A. B. Denbo left for her home in Indiana Friday, called there on account of the serious illness of her father.

District Court was convened Monday with Judge C. Debaillon presiding, and all officers of the court present.

Dr. and Mrs. Ducroq, of Rousseau, attended the Young-Trahan wedding Thursday.

Mrs. Compton and baby, Louise, who have been visiting Dr. F. R. Tolson's family left yesterday for her home in Texas. They were accompanied by Dr. Tolson and Miss Louise Tolson.

Our new store will not be ready for some time yet, and meanwhile, we are selling at sacrifice prices to reduce our stock to save moving such a large quantity. Come and get the benefit of this sale. - Lafayette Clothing House.

Dr. and Mrs. R. B. Raney, of Crowley, attended the marriage of her sister, Miss Rita Trahan, to Mr. C. I. Young, Thursday. Friday Dr. Raney left for several weeks stay in New Orleans. Mrs. Raney will visit her parents until his return.

The Mouton Sisters will move into their new two-story brick store Thursday.

Mrs. A. Perez, of Rayne, came Sunday and left Monday. While here she was the guest of Mrs. Nollive and daughter, Miss Louise.

Dr. J. D. Trahan is on the sick list, but we are pleased to state that he is improving.

 Joe Bienvenu, a popular young salesman at Schmulen's store, is confined at home by sickness. His friends wish him a speedy recovery.

Tobacco dust is one of the most effective agents against cabbage flies and worms that are so injurious and destructive to cucumbers, cauliflower plants, watermelons and other plants of that kind. If you have never tried it you can get any quantity you want at the Moss Pharmacy.

After spending a week in Franklin, Misses Lucy Prudhomme and Callie Alpha returned home Saturday night. They were accompanied by Mrs. Jeff McBride and her daughter, Miss Sophie, who will spend several days in Lafayette.

The following list of vegetable are recommended by experienced gardeners for planting the latter part of March and during the month of April: Bush beans, pole beans, lima beans, corn, cucumbers, squash, melon, okra, beets, carrots, radish, lettuce, mustard, endive, roquette, cress, parsley, chervil, celery, tomatoes, egg plant, peppers, kohlrabi, caulis flower, pumpkins. The Moss Pharmacy has an excellent assortment of these seeds in bulk packages.

Egg Rolling. - The Ladies of the Episcopal Guild will give their annual egg rolling on the new public school grounds, (opposite the home of Mr. Comstock) Easter Monday at four o'clock. There will be a prize given to the child finding the greatest number of eggs. Ice cream, lemonade, and cakes will be served. This will be followed at eight o'clock by a band concert.   Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1904.

  From the Lafayette Gazette of March 30th, 1901:


 In another part of this paper a municipal ticket is offered for the consideration of the Democrats who will vote at the primaries of April 6th.

 The Gazette believes that should this ticket be elected, and there does not appear to be any opposition to its selections, the affairs of the town will be in good hands. With the exception of two gentlemen, who declined to run for re-election, the ticket is composed of the members of the present Council, which has, during the past two years, administered the business of the town with ability and economy.

 The Gazette does not think that all in all a better ticket could be selected. Its election will guarantee a continuance of an intelligent, progressive and business-like administration of our municipality. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.

To the Lafayette Gazette:

 Apropos of the Democratic primaries to be held April 6, for the purpose of nominating a ticket for the coming municipal election, I desire to give expression to some thoughts that will no doubt find a hearty response in the minds of the rank and file of the property holders and business men of the Lafayette.

 Our community has exceptionally favored in the enjoyment of a distinctly business-like administration of its municipal affairs during the past two years. The incumbent Mayor and Councilmen have always displayed an earnest interest in the welfare of the public, and during their tenure in office have carried out public improvements of more than ordinary importance and at great personal sacrifice in not a few instances. The finances of the town have been handled with signal ability and commendable judgment. In a word, the tax-payers have been a "clean" administration of the public affairs, for which they should feel under obligation to the gentlemen who have been at the helm of municipal government for the past two years.

 Now, as a serious-minded progressive people, we are directly concerned in continuing the present satisfactory conditions affecting our local government. Lafayette is rapidly gaining in commercial and educational importance and the community must keep pace with the growth of the town in other respects, if we desire to reap the full benefit of the fast advancing position of the town. We should be careful to not make any mistake along this line, for good municipal government plays a highly important part in the march of progress. The new era of progress and prosperity that is in evidence on every hand in Lafayette must not be obstructed in any way but, like other "good things," must be "pushed along," and one of the very best ways of putting the shoulder to the wheel is by electing men of known business ability and integrity of character to fill the public office.

 In view of the thorough "business" ad ministration the present City Council has given to the people of Lafayette, the proper thing to now would seem to be give our friends a "second term" in recognition of the value of their past services and, also, to insure a continuance of sound business methods in the management of public affairs.

 On the part of the tax-payers of the community it is especially desirable at this time that important measures already undertaken by the present administration, and other projected improvements, may be allowed to go on without interruption; and the easiest way to insure the achievement of these good works is to make no change in the personnel of the Council which already has these matters well in hand; and it is not probable that the gentlemen composing the present Council would r refuse to serve another "sentence" if the "verdict" should come from their fellow citizens.

 Let the tax-payers of Lafayette seriously weigh the question in their minds and give their hearty endorsement of the present clean administration by nominating the old Council for re-election, at the primaries to be held April 6.
   Lafayette, La., March 27, 1901.
Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.

Of Mother Augusta
Particulars of a Most Unfortunate Occurrence.
 An accident followed by results peculiarly sad occurred near Lake Charles last Tuesday on passenger train No. 8 which is due at this point at 2:31 in the morning. It was one of those inexplicable fatalities which human efforts can not prevent. No one regretted it more than Conductor W. J. Hoover who acted the part of the humane and big-hearted man that he is. Railroad men are often called upon to witness heartrending scenes, but never before had the crew of train No. 8 been confronted with an accident so inexpressibly pathetic.

 Among the passengers were two nuns, Mother Augusta and Sister Francis who were from the Sacred Heart Academy, of Halletsville, Texas, and on their way to New Orleans. It was subsequently ascertained that Sister Francis was being taken by Mother Augusta to New Orleans to be treated for insanity.

 When a point about three miles from Lake Charles was reached Sister Francis arose from her seat and dashed toward the platform of the coach, being closely followed by Mother Augusta. Conductor Hoover noticing this, rushed from an adjoining car to the rescue of the nuns, who had by this time, fallen off the rapidly-moving train. Conductor Hoover stopped the train, and soon went to the assistance of the unhappy nuns who were carried into the train by kind hands. Mother Augusta suffering from a fracture of the skull while Sister Francis was not injured. Dr. Arceneaux of Welsh was sent for and everything was done to relieve Mother Augusta and to appease the demented nun who had greatly excited and wanted to jump off the train again. Mother Augusta never regained consciousness and just when the train entered the corporate limits of Lafayette the soul of this saintly nun who had consecrated her life to God and had just given evidence of sublime devotion to duty, left this earth to take its place among the angels in heaven. Mother Augusta died a heroine's death. In the fulfillment of a sacred trust she ended a life dedicated to noble deeds. In an effort to save a beloved sister from what seemed immediately death this sweet-faced soldier of the cross lost her own life.

 When the train reached Lafayette Coroner J. F. Mouton was informed of what had happened. The doctor, Messrs. Pink Torian, Desire Doucet and others at the So. Pacific station rendered every assistance and preparations were soon made to take the body of Mother Augusta to the Mount Carmel Convent. Mother Convent. Mother Patrick also kindly took charge of Sister Francis who was taken to New Orleans the next day.

 Mother Patrick communicated with the convent at Hallettsville to which place the body of Mother Augusta was conveyed for burial.

 Mother Augusta and Sister Francis were of the order of the Incarnate Word. Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901. 


To be Followed by Joaquin Miller and Harr Wagner, the Famous Lecturers.

 Thanks to a number of public-spirited citizens Lafayette was visited last Tuesday by a most deserving company of entertainers. The Boston Concert Company, the first one of a series of entertainment composing the Thomas Lyceum, was full up to expectation. Walthier, the violinist; Newton, the elocutionist and impersonator; Miss Roddy, the sweet singer and Miss Payson, the pianist, displayed talent of an unusually high order, each maintaining the good reputation that preceded them.

 The unquestioned merit of the first entertainment is a guarantee that the two others of the series will be worthy of the patronage of the public. The next to appear here is Harry Wagner, who, in his "slightly humorous lecture," will not fail to give his audience an intellectual treat of uncommon merit. The third and last, will be a lecture by Joaquin Miller, the famed poet of the Sierras. Cincinnatus Heine Miller, known as the pseudonym of Joaquin Miller, is one of the most interesting characters among the literary men of America. His career has been adventurous in the extreme and his success most phenomenal.  As a member of the famous Walker band of filibusters in Nicaragua he had a very narrow escape. His adventures in the mining camps of the west and his dealings with the Indians, among whom he has lived many years, have given him a rare opportunity to store his great mind with an inexhaustible fund of information. As lawyer, journalist and finally as a writer of poetry and prose he gave evidences of the wonderful intellect. But is for the realms of poesy that the genius of Miller seems most suitable. We reproduce below a few gems from his pen: Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.

Felix Demanade Retires. - 
Mr. Felix Demanade has retired from the firm of A. Prudhomme & Co., he being succeeded by Robt. H. McFaddin. Messrs. McFaddin & Prudhomme will continue to do business in the same place and solicit a full share of the public patronage. Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.

Found Dead. - Coroner J. F. Mouton was called to Scott Tuesday morning to look into the death of a colored woman who was found dead in her house. Dr. Mouton held an inquest and it was ascertained that the woman's death was the result of natural causes. 

Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.

Undertaker and Embalmer.
In another column appears the advertisement of Mr. John Vigneaux having thoroughly fitted up his undertaker's parlor and having secured a complete line of funeral materials is now in a better position than ever before to take charge of burials. Having complied with the requirements of the law he has been given a license as embalmer by the State Board of Health. Mr. Vigneaux informs The Gazette that as he recognizes the needs of the community for a well-conducted undertaking establishment he will give to this business his earnest attention. He will, at all times, keep an assorted stock of coffins, caskets, and other articles used by the undertaker. He offers his services to the public, feeling satisfied to every one. Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.

  From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 30th, 1901.

Advertiser Announced Candidates.

 The Advertiser is authorized to announce the candidacy of the following municipal ticket before the Democratic Primary to be held on Saturday, April 6th, 1901.

MAYOR: Chas. D. Caffery. 

COUNCILMEN: Felix Demanade, A. E. Mouton, George A. DeBlanc, Felix E. Girard, B. Falk, H. H. Hohorst, John O. Mouton.

 DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE  COMMITTEE: Ed. G. Voorhies, Julian Mouton, A. R. Trahan, Henry Church, I. A. Broussard. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901. 

 At three o'clock last Tuesday morning Mother St. Patrick was aroused to be told that a nun had died on the train and that another nun, insane and injured was at the depot. With their characteristic kindness and charity Mother St. Patrick and the sisters (of Mt. Carmel) opened their doors to the dead and living. The dead nun was Mother Augustine who had in her charge Sister Frances whom she was taking to the Louisiana Retreat. They were from Hallettsville, Tex., and of the order of the Incarnate Word. As the train reached Lake Charles, Mother Ausustine left her charge to get a drink of water and the demented sister made a rush for the door. A terrible struggle ensued on the platform and in a short minute both nuns were precipitated to the ground. Conductor Hover in charge of the train reached the scene just as they fell. Kindly and gently they were carried aboard, Mother Augustine unconscious and Sister Francis only slightly bruised. At Welsh, Dr. Arceneaux was called to attend them, but before reaching here the unfortunate lady died. Coroner Mouton who held an inquest over the body stated that Mother Augustine's death had been caused by a fracture of the parietal bone and possible internal injuries resulting from the fall. The good sisters of Mount Carmel did all in their power to the demented nun and tenderly prepared for burial the body of the dead Superior. Telegrams were sent to Victoria and then to Hallettsville, Tex., and receiving instructions to send the body to the last name place, the remains were placed in a casket and sent by the noon train. A dispatch was also received from the Louisiana Retreat asking if Sister Francis could be removed and an affirmative answer being sent, a physician and a trained nurse, came from New Orleans and departed with her Wednesday.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.


Home Fire Co. always on the alert for something new and original, secured the services of the Breaux Bridge band and serenaded Thursday night. Dr. G. A. Martin, Mrs. John O. Mouton and Bro. Benny Falk. The Chief was taken by surprise but charming Mrs. Martin came to the rescue with delightful refreshments, and after the toasts and good wishes the company marched for the home of its god-mother, Mrs. John O. Mouton, whose hospitality displayed some of the best that Kentucky and old France can procure. The company next assaulted the Assistant-Chief, Mr. B. Falk whose ready wit and to business had been placed into action, as the magnificent lunch offered was amply justifiable in showing the Bro. Falk is never caught napping. Messrs. Chas. O. Mouton, Judge Debaillon, Dr. G. A. Martin and B. Falk very appropriately toasted the good health of the serenaded. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.


 Tuesday afternoon, The Five O' clock Tea Club is entertained in its regular session at the charming and hospitable home of Mrs. F. E. Davis. The History lesson for the day embraced the reigns of Henry the fourth and fifth, and under the able instruction of Miss Lea Gladu a very interesting study was made of the events of 1400 to 1422. After the conclusion of the regular programme the club was entertained by impromptu musical selections by different members. The president appointed the Governing Board for the ensuing year as follows. Mrs. Ralph B. Raney, Chairman; Mrs. Chas. D. Caffery, Mrs. B. J. Pellerin and Miss Florence Ramsey. The ladies of the club were happy to welcome the return of two of their valued members, Mrs. A. B. Denbo and Mrs. Baxter Clegg, both having been absent from Lafayette for some times. Mrs. Davis was assisted in receiving by her mother Mrs. Davis, of Michigan, who is spending winter in the south. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.


Capt. Lucas, the famous oil discoverer, passed through Lafayette Wednesday from Beaumont, on his way to New Orleans. The captain wore on his chest a solid gold medal,
presented to him by one hundred of his Texas friends. It is said the medal cost $1,000. The captain smiled good naturedly when the reporter mentioned oil in Anse la Butte.

Time will tell," said the great oil man "all about Louisiana and oil."
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.

And time did tell all about Louisiana and oil. That article from the Advertiser didn't reveal to much of this man for people not familiar. So, to fill the gaps, here is a very interesting article from one of our exchange papers on the other side of the Sabine, the Galveston Daily News.
Biography of Captain A. Lucas

(Galveston Daily News, February 28, 1901)

Mr. Anthony F. Lucas is a native of Austria and is a graduate of the Polytechnic College of Gratz. He has spent many years in making geological investigations and has explored for minerals in many parts of the United States and in other countries. Just before coming to Beaumont, he had been engaged for several years in developing salt deposits in (on islands in the southern marshes of) Louisiana. The first of those mines was developed on Jefferson Island, the property of Joe Jefferson, the famous actor. He expended between $15,000 and some $18,000 on this property of Mr. Jefferson, and the development enhanced its value to about a half-million dollars. Next he turned his attention to Belle Isle, where he developed salt and sulphur mines, and following that he developed the salt mines on Weeks' Island. The salt deposits on these three islands are practically the same---a fine rock salt, so transparent that print can be read through it. How thick the deposit is, Mr. Lucas does not know. He drilled one hole 2,160 feet deep, passing through 1,900 feet of rock salt, without reaching the bottom of it. Belle Isle is located 30 miles from Morgan City and has fine facilities for water transportation. The mines on that island are being worked by a Chicago corporation; those on Weekes' Island by a local company; the Jefferson mines are not being worked.

 Mr. Lucas tells an amusing story in connection with his salt exploration. He says when he began work on Jefferson Island, people in that vicinity warned him of failure, telling him that others had bored and found nothing. But he had confidence in the geological indications and persisted in drilling. To carry on this work, it was necessary for him to ship several box cars loads of salt, and this fact being known, the story was circulated industriously that he was "planting" salt in the ground, intending to sell out to "suckers" - "salting" a salt mine, as it were. But this salt was used in an entirely different way. The boring was done with a diamond drill, the diamonds being set in the end of the pipe. As the pipe revolved, the drill cut a circle in the salt, leaving a core of salt within the pipe. At the lower end of the pipe and inside, there were a number of clamps forced outward by springs. When the pipe was raised these clamps would grip the core and break off, so that it might be taken out of the well with the pipe. In drilling it was necessary to pump cold water into the well quickly to keep the rapidly revolving pipe from melting. Had pure water been used, a certain amount of the salt core would be dissolved so that the clamping device could not clutch it. Being so saturated, that is, brine water saturated to the utmost limit with salt, it would not dissolve a particle of the salt core and the clamps worked all right. And that is how the salt was used which was supposed to be intended for "salting" a mine.
 About two years ago, Mr. Lucas came to Beaumont direct from the Louisiana salt mines and began prospecting for oil. The story of his efforts, the difficulties and discouragements he encountered, is highly interesting and would fill a book. "I was told," said he in speaking of his experiences, "that I could not succeed; that parties had been boring for oil in that vicinity at intervals for 12 years past and had not succeeded." I was told that I would be throwing my money away. But I was spending my own money, so I claimed that privilege---was satisfied from the geological indications that I would strike oil, and I persisted. It was true that I did not expect a gusher. While I was at work, a party of geologists came down from Washington and went over the field. They asked me what I had, and I explained the geological phenomena to them. "Well," they said, with a shrug of the shoulders, "you may strike oil." Of course, that made me feel a bit uneasy. They were capable and scientific men. Nevertheless, I persisted, and the result is known.

 One night shortly before the discovery of oil in the gusher, Mr. Lucas was accosted by a man on the street who said, "Aren't you the fellow who is boring out there." "I am," Mr. Lucas replied.

"What do you expect to get."

 "Oil," the driller replied. "Well, I own some land out there near your well, and if you strike oil, it will make me rich, won't it."

"Yes, if I strike oil, it will make you rich," said Mr. Lucas and then, thinking he would test the man's generosity and gratitude, he approached him for a loan of $2.

"What. Loan you $2. Well, I guess not," was the reply, and the prospective millionaire quickly vanished.

Another instance of this kind occurred after the discovery of oil. An Italian immigrant, who owned a five-acre tract near the gusher, had sold it for $5,000, being $4,700 more than he had paid for it. Tony had Mr. Lucas sized up to be a fellow countryman, because of the five languages that Lucas speaks fluently, Italian being only one of them. So Tony came to tell Mr. Lucas of his good fortunes.

"Captain Tony, you maka me reech!" said the local Italian. "You strike de oil; you maka me very reech. I pay tree hun'da dollar; I get fifty hun'da dollar. You maka me beeg reech!"

"I told him I was very glad to hear of his good fortune," said Mr. Lucas while repeating the story, "but I thought I would have a little fun with him."

"Tony," I (Lucas) said, "If I've made you rich, don't you think you ought to do something for me."

"Yes, I'm gonna make you all right," he answered as he rushed away.

"The next day, Tony sent me two heads of cabbage to my house," Lucas added. "Did I keep them----why, of course I did!"

The Lucas well is not the first well that Mr. Lucas put down in that district, nor is it the original discovery of oil. He put down a well about two years ago, but just as he struck oil, the pipe broke and he had to abandon the well and begin anew. He says the geological formation differed from anything encountered elsewhere, and that some very experienced men now drilling in the field are having trouble with the pipes, several of them being stuck. He says he has had to learn by experience as he went along how to handle the problems presented.

Mr. Lucas believes that the oil discovery at Beaumont marks the beginning of a new era for Texas, an era of great industrial development which cheap fuel will render possible. While he does not believe that oil will be found everywhere in Texas where it is proposed to bore for it, he does believe that a great deal of mineral wealth of various kinds will be exposed, and this prospecting will be vastly beneficial to the state.

Mr. Lucas has written a technical report on the oil deposits of Texas, and it will soon be published by the American Institute of Engineering, of which he is a member. When Mr. Lucas went to Beaumont, he was called "Capt." Lucas. Since he struck oil, he has been advanced to the rank of "Colonel," and by some to the rank of "General." Mr. Lucas was not entirely adverse to being dubbed a Captain, but he has drawn the line at that, and won't stand for Colonel or General. Those titles are somewhat out of line with the branch of service in which he served. You see, he was a former lieutenant in the Austrian Navy. Galveston Daily News February 28, 1901.

A Musicale. - Mrs. T. N. Blake received at a musicale Wednesday morning in honor of her cousin Miss Frith. Members of the Boston Concert Co., had been invited and delighted their hearers with several artistic selections. Among Mrs. Blake's guests were Misses Frith and Parkerson, Mesdames, Clegg, Davis, Frank Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Denbo, Messrs. Stevens and Caffery. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.

Brass Band. - A number of young men met at Falk's Hall, last Sunday, to organize a Brass Band to be directed by Mr. Florent Sontag. We welcome this news with much pleasure, for a town the size of ours should certainly have a brass band. No doubt this institution will receive the support of our enterprising citizens.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.

Cheap Rates to California. 
Southern Pacific's "Sunset Route" has created an innovation in the matter of rates to California points. Commencing Tuesday, February 12th., and every Tuesday thereafter, to and including April 30th. 1901, the "Sunset Route" will put into effect second class tickets from New Orleans, Alexandria and intermediate points on the main line, to and including Beaumont, $27.50.From other points on the T. & N. O. R. R., and from stations on the G. H. & N. Railroad, the rate will be $25.00 added to the local fare from such stations to Houston.

From all points on the main line of the G. N. & S. A. Railroad, the rate will be $25.00.

These colonist rates are so low as to enable persons contemplating a visit to California, to make it under circumstance unparalleled in the matter of cheap transportation.

Excursion sleeping cars leave New Orleans six days of the week, through without change to California, the berth rate therein being less than one-third of the standard charge.

For additional particulars, see your agent, or address.

S. F. B. Morse, A. P. T. N., Southern Pacific, "Sunset Route", P. T. M., :- G. H. &. S. A. Railroad, T. & N. O. R. R., G. H. & N. Railroad.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/30/1901.

 Owing to increase in business Messrs. Peck and Broussard, are compelled to enlarge their store and adding a second story to their already large building.

 Notice. - W. V. Nicholson will receive, in a few days, a car of buggies, and a car of agricultural implements. Those desiring  a nice buggy, surrey, or an implement, should wait the arrival. Keep your eye on his "ad" for the near future.

Miss Josette Salles, one of our efficient typos was on the sick list this week.

 Mr. Baxter Clegg is expected to-day, from Alleghany City, Penn., where he resided the last two years. Baxter has hound out that "there is no place like home" and comes back to stay.

 Mrs. E. P. Mills returned Thursday from a three days stay in New Orleans.

 Mrs. M. B. Eves will open a millinery store and dressmaking establishment near L. Lacoste's store, on the 1st of April.

 Divine services at Methodist Church every Sunday at 11 a. m, and 7:30 p. m. C. C. Weir, pastor.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser March 30th, 1899:

 With the prospect of an early completion of the Louisiana Central Railroad from Baton Rouge to this point, our Abbeville neighbors may begin to build hopes of getting railroad connection in the near future. A parish so fertile as Vermilion, and offering such superior inducements for development, cannot and will not be disregarded by the searching eye of capital. We assert confidently that there is no finer or lovelier stretch of country in Louisiana, or even in the United States, than that which lies between Lafayette and Abbeville. Besides, we have always had the conviction that Vermilion bay will some day be a great seaport and the terminal point of a great railway. When the road above mentioned is completed, Lafayette will be terminus of divisions of three railroads connecting North, East and West, with the railroad systems of North America, and would undoubtedly be the point from which a road to Vermilion bay would extend. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1899.   

Raised Track. - The Southern Pacific Railroad has raised its track about three inches at the stopping point of passenger trains, in front of the Crescent News Hotel, and put down an additional bed of cinders, so that passengers can now traverse the entire length of the train dry shod in the wettest weather. We believe Lafayette has the best out of doors passenger landing between New Orleans and San Francisco. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1889. 

Canning Factory. - The canning company's building is now weather boarded and covered in, and is receiving its outside coat of paint. It is a handsome building and naturally attracts attention and comment. It will be furnished and thoroughly equipped for operations as soon as the vegetables are ripe for use. The principal output of the factory will be tomatoes, though a sufficient variety of other products will be canned to meet the demands of the market. The example set by this well conducted enterprise has had a good effect in stimulating the dormant energies of our community. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1899.

Plant Figs. - We advised our readers a few weeks ago to plant fig trees exclusively, as they will be an unfailing source of revenue and a valuable adjunct to the prosperity and growth of the canning business here. Canned figs are growing in favor in the market, and as figs cannot be grown further North than South Arkansas, the supply must come from the extreme Southern States. We have got the "dead wood" on the canning business in this product. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1889.

Wet Weather. - The weather the first part of the week was magnificent, and the farmers got in their work in splendid form. From all portions of the parish we hear good reports of the progress of farm work. Our farmers are satisfied with the season and are hopeful of a good crop. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1889.

Company C. Reunion. - The formal reunion of the surviving members of Company C. 8th Louisiana Regiment, C. S. A., will be held to-day at Falk's Hall. Afterwards they will be given the liberty of the town, and will be the honored guests of the entire community. The reunion will wind up a grand banquet in the thoroughly equipped dining hall of the Crescent and News Hotel, where everything possible will be ready for them. If any old comrade should get shot in the neck, or otherwise disabled, he will be tenderly cared for. Now, citizens, be on your mettle. Upon an occasion of this kind Lafayette expects every man to do his duty. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1889.

Says Prospects Are Good.
 Our friend Leather Breeches is not energetic, but he is a thoroughly reliable correspondent, and that is why we are glad to hear from him. He never gets enthusiastic over facts, as some correspondents (for other papers) sometimes do. But he is an ardent admirer of the fertility and natural advantages of his neighborhood, and declares that in comparison with it some other sections of the parish are so poor that a that a carencro flying over it  couldn't cultivate a shadow on the ground. When he as in to see a few days since, in the course of conversation he remarked that he had read Tugmutton's base insinuated that Oberon and himself would be guilty of borrowing a watermelon from Mr. Oscar Lyon's patch without asking for it. He says he as a fine patch of his own. Early this Spring he saw an advertisement of an early and prolific breed of watermelons. He wrote immediately for some seed, and prepared his ground with great care. When the seed came he planted a hill, and started another one about thirty-feet distant. Happening to glance back he saw the ground burst open and the vines came rushing towards him with great rapidity. He broke and ran for the fence. Before he had quite reached it the vine caught him and came near strangling him; but he managed to draw himself to the top of the fence and fell over. The fall broke him loose, and before the vine could push the fence down and catch him he escaped. Thrusting his hand into his pocket to get his knife to cut himself free, he found that one of the vines had run into his pocket, and there was a watermelon on it somewhat larger his fist. He says that the prospects for an early and abundant melon crop this year are splendid. We are glad to hear it, as we expect to pay him a visit some time next week. Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1889. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/30/1889.

 The rain last Friday and Saturday was timely and of great benefit to our farmers, though it rained a little too much for some portions of the parish.

 Last Saturday Sheriff Broussardarrested and lodged in jail one James Myer, white, charged with the larceny of a gold watch.

 Mr. John Vigneaux has finished his improvements upon his livery stable near the depot, and is having it neatly painted. The many improvements made upon Lincoln avenue causes it to be one of our most attractive thoroughfares.

 The regular meeting of the Board of School Directors will be held in Lafayette on Saturday, April 6th.

 The City Council will meet in regular session on Monday evening, April 1st, at 4 o'clock.

If any of our sportsmen want to take another crack at the plump partridge, they had better to so to-morrow. After that day partridges become the wards of the State until next fall. Our lovers of social suppers will now have to fall back in the pig, the festive red snapper, or maybe drop into the soup (gumbo.)
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1889.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 30th, 1878:

On Gov. Mouton's Plantation.,

 The disease to which we lately referred, existing among some colored people on the plantation of Gov. Mouton and the one adjoining, has been ascertained to be small-pox. In about twelve cases there has occurred two deaths. Another case has also declared itself about four miles north of this place. We would therefore, again warn the public of the loathsome and contagious character of the disease and of the great importance of general vaccination and adopting strict and effectual measures to prevent its spread, To avert the possibility of serious consequences, we hope there will be no neglect or delay in the matter.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1878.

Railroaded by Hum-Bug?

 The following extract the Franklin Enterprise of St. Mary Parish shows how the State and the people are hum-bugged, but it is an old trick, not at all original with Charles Morgan. Some years ago, the old Chattanooga company threw up a few shovels full of dirt on the branch road from this place to Shreveport, and up to this day, that is all we have of the branch, for which the company received seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars from the State.

A few pieces of wood, and a spades full of dirt was put on the rail road bed near Berwick City a few weeks ago. Instantly the news spread like wild-fire that the railroad would soon be completed through this route to Texas. A damper however put on the whole matter by a statement of Mr. Charles Whitney in the Picayune a few days ago, in which he said the rumor of the completion of the railroad to Texas "had no foundation in fact."

The whole matter is explained when we learn the loose pieces of wood, and those several spades full of dirt had to be put there to prevent the loss of the privilege granted by the State. They stand for work on the railroad you understand.

From the Franklin Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1878.

La. Legislature.  - For the information of our readers, we publish in this issue three acts of the Legislature lately approved and promulgated, having some local interest. Act. No. 46, amends the jury law and allows to jurors $1.50 per day and five cents per mile. No. 84 empowers Police Juries to prohibit or regulate the sale, barter or exchange of intoxicating liquors or merchandise, on Sunday. No. 92, authorizes and directs Police Juries to levy taxes for expenses in criminal proceedings, including all property situated within the limits of municipal corporations. Lafayette Advertiser 3/29/1878.

Loose Gunfire Kills Child.

At a ball given at the residence of Alfred Hebert in the lower part of the parish, on Tuesday last, (St. Joseph's Day), a difficulty arose between one Placide Mouton, Jr., and another party (unknown to us), in which pistols were drawn and shots fired. During the melee a little child of Mr. Alfred Hebert, only four years old was shot in the head and instantly killed. The party committing the deed have not yet been arrested.

What a sad thing it is that a party of ladies and gentlemen cannot meet together for the purpose of enjoying themselves socially in a few hours recreation without having knives, pistols and other deadly weapons drawn in their midst by a set of murderers and desperadoes. Here we have a young and innocent child brutally murdered by one of those hell hounds and sent to the cold and silent tomb by the reckless handling of a deadly weapon by one who cares not for the present nor fears the future.

There is an act prohibiting persons from carrying concealed weapons. Why is not enforced? One cannot travel fifty yards from the parish seat without meeting with those who are armed to the teeth with knives and pistols, ready, without provocation, to assault those who are peaceable and quiet, for as a general thing, we are a quiet community.

If a few examples were made of these desperadoes we would have less criminals, and consequently less taxes. For it is well known that every criminal who is arrested and appears before our courts all fall on the shoulders of the taxpayers, for it is they who have to foot the bill. Let us have an example. From the Abbeville Meridional, 23rd inst. 

Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1878.

State of La. ex. rel. W. F. Schwing et als. vs. T. Fontelieiu et al.

 The trial of this rule on the defendants, to show cause why the original suit against Fontelieu, should not be transferred to this District, was fixed for last Saturday and was taken up at chambers before Judge E. Mouton. The evidence was closed late at night and the court adjourned to Monday morning, at which time a motion for continuance was made by counsel for plaintiffs, in order to notify Allison and make him a party to the rule. After argument, the court granted the motion.

 The original suite instituted by W. F. Schwing, District Attorney pro tem, of the parish of Iberia, and a number of attorneys at law and other citizens of the Third Judicial District, against T. Fontelieu, Judge of said district, to test his eligibility to said office. Plaintiffs recused Fontelieu on the ground of personal interest and T. J. Allison, Parish Judge, for reason of relationship to defendant within the fourth degree.

 Plaintiffs in the rule were represented by D. Caffery, R. S. Perry and J. A. Breaux Esqs., and the defendant Fontelieu by A. L. Tucker and E. Simon Esqs. During the proceedings, some unusual and interesting developments were made, to which we may refer after the decision of the case. The contentions of counsel were frequently brilliant in their effects, exhibiting ability and eloquence, accompanied with true professional courtesy and refined and courtly style.

 Judge Mouton being on the eve of going to Cameron, to hold a regular term of court, was necessitated to continue the above rule to the third Monday  (15th) of April next. Some new and important questions being raised in the case, a general desire has been excited to hear a full discussion of them. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1878.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/30/1895.

 We have had no rain since the 9th inst., and the drought begins to interfere with vegetation and garden and farm work. Occasional showers now would be very welcome and valuable.

We are authorized to announce that there will be a special meeting of the Police Jury on next Monday, the first day of April, for the transaction of important business.

 All persons liable to a special Internal Revenue tax from the 1st of May next, should read the notice of the Deputy Collector, in another column.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1878,


Peeps at the Planets.

Neptune, the most remote of the planets in the solar system, is about 2,700,000,000 miles from the sun.

It is supposed that Mercury has mountains higher than our Himalayas, and volcanoes in state of activity.

Out of the myriad lights in the heavens, the earth is only visible to the moon, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

The Earth is 746 times smaller than Saturn, and its mean distance from us is over 91,000,000 miles.

Uranus can never see us at all, as it is 1,753,000,000 miles from the sun.

The temperature on Mercury is supposed to be seven times hotter than our torrid zone ; therefore, if it is inhabited it must be by people very differently constituted than ourselves.

It is believed that Venus has an atmosphere much like ours, and mountain peaks five of six times higher than Teneriffe, their sides bright with flowers and birds of brilliant plumage.

The Moon never leaves our globe; therefore it is called our satellite. Though to us it appears larger than the stars, it is really smaller than any of them, but much nearer to us.

Astronomers have calculated that the mountains and extinct volcanoes in the Moon are higher than any on earth.

If there were any one on the Moon to see it the earth would appear to them a magnificent ball. The planets and sun would move behind it in brilliant succession.

Our globe appears to Mars as the morning and evening star.
(Source unknown, in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1878.)

When Mark Twain Stole Ten Cents.
[From The Argonaut.]

Mark Twain declares that when a man makes a an appeal for charity it is a great mistake to get everybody ready to give money and then not pass the hat.

 "Some years ago in Hartford," he said, the other day, "we all went to church on a hot, sweltering night to hear the annual report of Mr. Hawley, a city missionary, who went around finding the people who needed help and didn't want to ask for it. He told of the life in the cellars where poverty resided, he gave instances of the heroism and devotion of the poor. The poor are always good to each other. When a man with millions gives, we make a great deal of noise. It's noise in the wrong place. For it's  the widow's mite that count. Well, Hawley worked me up to a great state. I couldn't wait for him to get through. I had $400 in my pocket. I wanted to give that and borrow more to give. You could see greenbacks in every eye. But he didn't pass the plate, and it grew hotter and we grew sleepier. My enthusiasm went down, down - $100 at a time, till finally when the plate came around, I stole ten cents out of it. So you see an neglect like this many lead to crime."
Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.


 One of the characteristics of the American citizen is his insatiable desire to get something for nothing. This desire to get something with out working for it has caused the people to ignore the simple rules of self-respect and as often as the occasion presents itself the country is afforded the very unedifying spectacle of men standing bowing at the feet of wealth and begging for a few crumbs that may be permitted to fall from the rich man's table.
 Mr. Andrew Carnegie's generous offer to donate several millions to ward the founding of public libraries has been followed by a humiliating scramble for a division of the money. Delegations, composed of prominent men, are sent by towns and villages throughout the country to ask Mr. Carnegie to hand out to them some of the surplus cash. We are with the New Orleans States that a community which begs for a library is not any better than the peripatetic wanderer who implores the kindly housewife to give give him a "hand-out." The States truthfully says:

 In so far as we can see, the line of distinction which separates public from private mendicancy is shadowy as to be invisible to the naked eye. A community is simply nothing more nor less than a collection of individuals, and in morals, what is wrong for the individual to do so does not become right when done by a community. It is just as indecent a spectacle for a thousand prominent men - mayor of municipalities, presidents of banks, captains of commerce and leaders of society - to take a Pullman car and set out to Pittsburg on a begging expedition, as it is for a Weary, Willie, or  a Dusty Rhodes to wrap the drapery of his rags about him and take to the highway begging for a dime from house to house. The principles of truth and justice are eternal, and in no wise depend upon what three men or a thousand men may think or do. It is wrong to beg, not because in the beginning the fundamental law of the subject was fulminated in the edict, "in the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread.

 Of course, if Carnegie sees fit to build a library in any town his donation can not but be most acceptable to the community. But he should be permitted to exercise his generosity according to the dictates of his own judgment.

 The States calls a timely halt to growth of the spirit of public mendicancy. It says:

 All these pilgrimages to Pittsburg and this spectacle of men of prominence and character from all over the country groveling at the feet of Mr. Carnegie is a sight as disgusting as it is discreditable to the men engaged in it. If Mr. Carnegie should desire, as a mark of favor, to found a library in a particular city there would perhaps be no objection to accepting - although even then we are confident that a $10,000 library founded by the co-operative effort in a community would be worth many times more to that community than a $100,000 library coming as a gracious gift from Mr. Carnegie. The thing has made this country great and strong has been the spirit of sturdy self - reliance which has always characterized our people - that spirit which would scorn to "flatter Neptune for his trident, or Jove for his power to thunder;" that spirit which made Washington and his compeers spurn the blandishment of courts and the bauble of royalty and take up arms in the sacred cause of liberty.

 How strangely we have altered in the short course of a hundred years! From being the most independent people on earth are now rapidly becoming a nation of mendicants. From spurning the favors of a genuine royalty a hundred years ago, our leading men are now meekly cooling their heels in the ante-chambers of a shoddy aristocracy, waiting for their opportunity to be ushered into the gracious presence where, hat in hand, they will beg the favor of the crumbs that fall from the millionaire's table. In the name of God, what is this country coming to if this craven spirit of toadying to money be not checked and rebuked? Where is the manhood of a nation that is ready at any moment to fall prostrate at the feet of Mammon and to worship the man with the money bags, without even stopping to question how the money has been acquired? From having been known far and wide a hundred years ago as a nation of patriots, we rapidly getting the reputation of being a nation of beggars, and the best men in the country are to-day leading the procession of beggars for Mr. Carnegie's town, while the old millionaire is doubtless croaking:

      "Hark, hark! the dogs do bark,
      Beggars are coming to town;
      Some in rags, some in tags,
      And some silken gowns."

Lafayette Gazette 3/30/1901.


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