Gen . John B. Gordon.
"The Last Days of the Confederacy."
The gentleman whose honored name is printed over these lines arrived in Lafayette at noon yesterday. He was met at the depot by a delegation of Confederate Veterans and escorted to the Cottage Hotel.
At night Gen. Gordon delivered is great lecture, "The Last Days of the Confederacy," at Falk's hall, to a large number of delighted everyone who was present. It were a waste of words to praise this masterpiece of American eloquence. Suffice is to say that never before had the people of this community had an opportunity to be treated to so great an intellectual feast.
The members of the Ladies' Club to be complimented for the good taste they displayed in arranging the decorations and also in attending to other matters to give a fitting reception to the gallant Confederate chieftain.
The people who heard the lecture can not find words to adequately express the pleasure which it afforded them. To many of our people an opportunity to look upon the greatest living Southerner was in itself a priceless privilege. In going to hear Gen. Gordon the people of Lafayette not only honored themselves but testified to their own appreciation of what is noblest in man.
The lateness of the hour precluded an extended notice of Gen. Gordon's lecture.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
Death of Mrs. A. J. Moss.
The subject of this obituary, beloved wife of Judge A. J. Moss, passed peacefully and gently away from earth last Wednesday evening at the New Orleans Sanitarium, whither loving hands had recently borne her in the vain hope that special medical skill and scientific care would prolong the life so precious to family and friends. But the wisdom and mercy of God ordained otherwise and the sainted spirit of this noble Christian woman, dis-enthralled and glorified, winged its flight to realms of celestial light, there to enjoy throughout eternity, that rest promised by the blessed Master to all the faithful.
Truly could this godly woman, wrapping the drapery of her couch about her, life down to pleasant dreams, breathing from her very soul St. Paul's immortal poem: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished by course, I have kept the faith."
Mrs. Moss, nee Octavie Cornay, was born in the town of Franklin, Jan. 28, 1835, and in 1856 was married to Judge A. J. Moss, of Lafayette. She was the mother of fifteen children, six of whom survive, namely: Dr. N. P. Moss, president of the First National Bank; Lieut. James A. Moss, U. S. A., now serving in the Philippines; Mrs. Geo. DeBlanc, wife of Councilman DeBlanc; Mrs. S. R. Parkerson, wife of Cashier Parkerson of the First National Bank, and C. P. Moss, a successful merchant of New Iberia. Deceased has been identified with this community since 1865 and those who knew her home and social life can testify to the fidelity which characterized her in the discharge of every duty in all the various relations sustained to society - a faithful wife, a devoted mother and a true friend. Surely the children who have all been reared in the estate of useful manhood and womanhood, may rise up and call her memory blessed. Surely the people of Lafayette must ever cherish the life and character of one so prominently identified with the material and social advancement of the community as well as all religious and benevolent causes, which have demanded her aid and influence.
During the fierce and sanguinary struggle that marked the war between the States, Mrs. Moss, while her gallant husband fought in the ranks at Vicksburg and in other battles of the Lost Cause, performed her duties as the head of a little family, with a devotion and heroism worthy of Southern chivalry and womanhood.
A Roman Catholic by faith, Mrs. Moss was a devout and consistent member of St. John's Catholic church, upon whose ordinances she attended with a zeal and fervency, indicative of true piety and Christian character. Well could she exclaim with the poet:
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
S.L.I. Building Plans Adopted.
Main Structure to be Completed Before the 1st of November.
[From the New Orleans Picayune.]
The building committee of the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Industrial Institute, to be located at Lafayette, held a meeting last night at Tulane University.
Dr. James S. Lee, of New Iberia, presided, with Prof. Brown Ayres, Hon. Robt. Martin, of St. Martinville; Capt. J. C. Buchanan, of Lafayette, present, together with Prof. E. L. Stephens, president of the college, and Charles A. Favrot, of Favrot & Livaudais, and were studied and discussed. After some slight amendments the plans were approved and the president instructed to advertise for bids for construction. It is expected to have the building completed before the 1st of November.
The plans contemplated a two-story structure, with basement and attic. The main building is to be used chiefly for the academic departments, together with some part of the industrial curriculum, such as sewing and cooking, and the commercial department. The size of this building will be 160 x 65 feet; and will occupy about 450,000 cubit feet of space.
Other necessary structures will be provided for upon the funding of the tax voted by the parish of Lafayette. This tax of 2 mills for ten years will be bonded upon proper authorization by the Legislature.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
Stewart Bailed. - Howell Stewart, the young man who shot and killed the negro Igy at Duson a week ago, was given a preliminary hearing last Wednesday. Col. Gus. A. Breaux represented the State in the absence of Mr. Gordy, and Judge C. H. Mouton looked after the interests of the defense. The evidence was substantially the same that was heard before the coroner's jury and published in The Gazette last Saturday. Judge Debaillon decided to give the benefit of bail to the accused and fixed the amount at $1,000. The bond was immediately signed and Mr. Stewart was released.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
Shot by Accident.
Sim Boudreaux, a well-known young man living in the first ward, surrendered to the authorities here last Thursday. He said that he had accidentally shot and seriously wounded a young negro. His statement is substantially as follows: He was out in his field frightening away black-birds which were eating some corn that he had recently planted. In order to scare the birds he had a number of blank cartridges which he fired occasionally. He absented himself and left the weapon, a shotgun, in the hands of a young negro, who loaded one of the shells with several pieces of gravel. A while later Mr. Boudreaux returned and took charge of the gun. Shortly after a negro came along and Mr. Boudreaux remarked that he would fire one of the blank cartridges to scare of the negro for fun. He thoughtlessly levelled the weapon and to his great surprise the negro fell to the ground fatally wounded. Mr. Boudreaux rendered all the help possible to the wounded man and came to town and told the authorities what had happened.
The next morning the negro died and Coroner Trahan held an inquest. The facts brought out at quest. The facts brought out at the trial clearly showed that the killing was purely accidental and Mr. Boudreaux was discharged.
No one regrets the occurrence more than does Mr. Boudreaux, who has tendered all the assistance in his power to the family of the deceased.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
Manly Speeches. - The Broussard meeting seals the fate of our friends, the bolters. The manly speech of young Gilbert St. Julien and the action of that true and tried Democrat, Mr. J. O. Broussard, who presided over the meeting, have served to sound the death-knell of the combine. Messrs. St. Julien and Broussard made their fight before the primaries and were defeated. As consistent Democrats and men who do not want to violate a pledge they give their unqualified support to the ticket nominated by the primaries. The Gazette had refused to believe the report that Democrats like Gilbert St. Julien and Omer Broussard would join the enemies of the Democracy in a movement to disrupt and destroy the party. If a Democrat has any grievances he should make his fight within the lines, but not do like Don Caffery and others who have gone boots and body to the enemy they do not like certain methods employed by some of their party leaders of their party.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
Filed By Democratic Nominee to Prevent the Printing of Local Republicans on the Ballot.
Under the law certain formalities must be observed in the making of nomination papers. The local Democratic nominees claim that the Republican Fusionists of this parish have not complied with the law, and contend that they should not be represented on the ticket. The matter is to be decided by the secretary of State, treasurer and auditor. The following is the notice of contest. It contains the allegations of irregularity upon which the contest is based
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
No Meeting Yet? - The Republican meeting has, or the second time, failed to materialize in Lafayette. The leaders of the g. o. p. here said the weather was too bad. They do not blame Foster for it, but they are not willing to say that he has not some occult influence on the elements. Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/31/1900.
There are gentleman in this parish who are fond of talking about honesty and purity in politics but whose conduct does not show that they are very anxious to practice what they preach. A man who refuses to abide by the decision of a primary in which he participated is not the proper person to lecture his fellow-men on political virtue.
Hereafter all persons desiring reserved seats will have to call and purchase same. No seats will be kept that are ordered in advance unless paid for. B. Falk, Manager Opera House.
Supt. Guilbeau requests The Gazette to state that there will be a meeting of the School Board on Thursday, April 5. All the members are urged to be present.
Died. - At his father's home in Lafayette, at 1 0'clock p. m. Saturday, William Whitmeyer, aged 3 years and 2 months, son of James Whitmeyer and Heloise LeBlanc.
Wanted. Five hundred barrels of corn. Jack Nickerson.
The teachers of the parish are earnestly requested to attend the regular meeting of the Teachers' Institute on March 31, at 10:30 a. m., at the Primary School, Lafayette, La. W. A. LeRosen.
The work of shelling Vermilion street and Lincoln avenue is progressing very satisfactorily. The twenty carloads of shell which were bought at Morgan City will be sufficient to put the street from Lacoste's to Deffez's corner in good condition.
Mrs. W. B. Bailey informs her patrons that she has just received a complete line of spring and summer millinery and fancy goods. Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 31st, 1894:
THE 5-MILE PLAN FOR PUBLIC ROADS.
The suggestion of sub-dividing the parish roads in lengths, or sections of five miles and contracting by the year, with as many different persons for the maintenance of these five-mile tracts, in a satisfactory condition, is one of number of propositions that have been submitted for the consideration of the Lafayette police jury and the people, within the last few weeks. This plan embodies some good features, and we find met with favor with the police jury of this parish as far back as July 1891, the personnel of that body at that time, with the exception of C. P. Alpha, deceased, and O. Theriot, being same as now.
We extract from the printed proceedings of the police jury, July 1891, the following section of "An Ordinance to impose a Road Tax" offered by Mr. Ford Hoffpauir:
4th. - That the public roads of the parish be laid out in districts and let by contract to the lowest bidder.
The minutes of the police jury of Aug. 20, 1892, show the same plan being advocated again by Mr. Hoffpauir, this time as independent measure (that is not associated with a special road tax as in the first instance) and, being carried, the police jury advertised for bids under the ordinance.
However, as much as it was desired to give the system a trial this was prevented from the fact that no proposals were submitted; nobody apparently caring to interest themselves as contractors under the arrangement proposed. It was after this that the police jury, as a last resort concluded to execute a contract with Mr. I. N. Satterfield, the nature of which is already known to the readers of The Advertiser.
Whilst we recognize that the "five mile" plan presents a number of advantages over the present or "sunshine" plan, we fear it may not accomplish all that is expected of it on the part of some persons, but, of course, there is nothing like giving it a fair and impartial trial. If the plan proves a success, so much the better; if it results in failure, we will know it. As for our part, we believe in doing a thing right, in the first place. Half-way measures are always putative in results. The matter of maintaining good parish roads is of sufficient importance to the welfare of a people to justify any means that will accomplish the ends. The public must pay a large enough contract price for the keeping of the roads to make it an object to a responsible and capable individual or firm to undertake the contract. The time of a good man is bound to be valuable, or he would not be a good man. Pay such a person according to the worth of his time and services, and secure good roads. It would be interesting to know just how much money is being virtually thrown away under the present "sunshine" plan. It is barely possible we are spending nearly enough to guarantee good roads if the same amount was expended in some other way. At any rate it might not cost a great deal more to have satisfactory roads, and it may be that it is because we do not spend this difference that what we do pay out is wasted.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/31/1894.
A Sugar Mill.
There has been for several days a quiet but very business-like move, having for its object the erection of a 400 ton sugar mill at some central point, in the neighborhood of the town of Lafayette. To our minds it is a reasonable certainty that the materialization of the project is the question of but a few weeks. The feature about the present undertaking that offers the greatest assurance of its accomplished is its modest proportions, and scope of purpose. The persons who intend to embark in the enterprise are of the most conservative kind, and in establishing such a mill are actuated chiefly by a desire to encourage the farming element of the parish, and thereby promote the general welfare of the community. It is expected that the investment will net satisfactory returns, as well, but this, in the minds of the proprietors is of secondary importance.
The ADVERTISER gladly welcomes the new enterprise, and expects with good reason, that a sugar refinery will soon follow in its wake. Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.
The Lafayette "contingent" of General Coxey's commonwealth army will start on the march to Washington at 10 o'clock to-morrow morning, rain or shine. All members have been notified to report promptly to Coxey's lieutenant at his temporary headquarters, Pellerin and Lombard's brickyard east of town. We learn from an authentic source that the brigade will be composed almost entirely of outside men who have gradually collected at this point and who, so far, have succeeded in prevailing on but a very few home people to join their ranks. The town boys ought to get together and give the lieutenant and his brigade a rousing "send off." Lafayette Advertiser 3/31/1894.
New Water Filterer.
A very ingenious, useful and effectual water filterer was on exhibition several days this week at Vigneaux's livery stable. The device as connected to a pipe leading from a tank kept supplied with well water by a windmill and as this water was of dingy appearance it furnished ready means to show by comparison the working of the filterer in question. The water that was forced through the piece of Tripoli stone encased in a metal box, was as clear as crystal and presented a striking contrast with the water from the same source, not filtered. The device answers admirably well for the purpose it is intended and if some such contrivance was in daily use in every home people would enjoy much better health generally. Lafayette Advertiser 3/31/1894.
Father Forge's Easter Gathering.
On Sunday last Rev. E. Forge had his usual Easter gathering of friends and parishioners, and as we were there in person we are able "to speak by the card." It was a purely informal social gathering and the host had caused to be prepared for the occasion a most elegant dinner, which was duly trimmed by wines of divers brand of the finest quality. The entertainment, we are sure, was much enjoyed by all present, and numbers of timely and appropriate toasts were drunk, including the future prosperity of the Catholic community, and the long life of their esteemed pastor. Responding to these various sentiments Rev. Forge touched upon his life of fourteen years among the people of Lafayette and referred to the rapid and substantial improvement which his congregation had undergone in that time. He made touching reference to his assistant P. Mertens. We regret not being able to give these toasts at length. At the conclusion Mr. Hovelle sang a very pretty song. Those present were: Rev. DeStockalper S. J., Mr. Divine S. J., Rev. E. Forge, Rev. Mertens, Vicar, Wm. Campbell, Edmond Pellerin, Ad. Hovelle, Herbert Eastin, H. Gerac, A. P. Caillouet, W. B. Bailey, Judge Debaillon, Henri A. Van der Cruyssen, Dr. F. J. Mouton, J. Gerac, Dr. A. Gladu, J. O. Mouton, P. Gerac, Sr., Alex. Delhomme, Judge Meaux, Julian Mouton. Lafayette Advertiser 3/31/1894.
Pursuant to a writ or order of election issued by His Excellency, Murphy J. Foster, dated at the city of Baton Rouge, the 13th day of March, 1894, and directed to me, undersigned authority, the qualified voters of the parish of Lafayette, La., are hereby notified that an election will be held throughout the parish, on Saturday, the 21st day of April, 1894, from seven o'clock in the forenoon, until six o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of electing one representative from the parish of Lafayette, La., to fill the vacancy in the General Assembly of Louisiana, caused by the resignation of Hon. Overton Cade, representative of the parish of Lafayette.
The following polls will be opened in each election precinct from the hours of 7 o'clock a. m. to 6 o'clock p. m. on the day mentioned for the purpose of receiving the votes of the qualified electors of the parish of Lafayette, to-wit:
The above named commissioners will make due return to me, the undersigned, according to law.
Returning officer of the parish of Lafayette,La., March 19, 1894.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/31/1894.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., March 26, 1894.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ford Hoffpauir, R. B. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, A. A. Delhomme and Alfred Hebert. Absent: J. G. St. Julien and C. C. Brown.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The committee appointed to examine and report upon the statement submitted by Sheriff Broussard for taxes of 1892, made the following report which was accepted.
TO THE HON. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE POLICE JURY.
Lafayette, March 20, 1894.
GENTLEMEN:- We, the undersigned committee, appointed by your honorable body, beg leave to report that after a thorough investigation of the books and vouchers of Isaac A. Broussard, sheriff, we find that he has faithfully collected for parish taxes for the year 1892, as shown by herein above statement, and therefore suggest that a quietus be given to said Isaac A. Broussard, for parish taxes of said year, A. D. 1892.
Respectfully submitted, ED. VOORHIES, ALFRED HEBERT, Committee.
By motion duly made, it as resolved to grant Sheriff Broussard a quietus for parish taxes of 1892, in accordance with the report of the committee.
The petition of Thos. W. Floyd and others, praying for a public road to be established between Duson and Rayne, was rejected with recommendation that petitioners present the matter in form.
By motion of Mr. R. C. Landry, it was resolved that a jury of six freeholders be and, are hereby appointed to trace and lay out a public road; forty feet wide, according to law, between the following designated points: - From the Lafayette and Duson public road to Scott Station, at the depot, and connect the said points by public thoroughfare. The following named jury of freeholders was then appointed to trace and lay out said road: Jules Duhon, Narcisse Dugat, Odillon Broussard, Jules Meaux, Eraste Broussard, Alex Boudreaux.
By motion of Mr. Delhomme, the following name jury of freeholders, viz: P. A. Delhomme, Jules Guidry, J. W. Broussard, Simon Boudreaux, L. C. Delhomme and Simeon Begnaud, be and is hereby appointed to trace and lay out a public road; forty feet wide according to law, between the following designated points: - From the Duson and Lafayette public road, to a point joining the lands of Dr. P. M. Girard, L. C. Delhomme, Col. A. D. Breaux, Jas. C. Breaux and Widow D. Cayret. Said proposed road to run east of Widow Cayret's land and connect with the road lying north of the Southern Pacific railroad track.
By motion of Mr. Delhomme, the president, Ford Hoffpauir, was authorized to receive and accept in the name of the parish of Lafayette, the donation of a certain strip of land from Mr. Alcide Judice, for use as a public road, said strip of land lying north of the Southern Pacific railroad, having a width of thirty feet, and extending in length from the section-house of said road, to the land of Mr. A. D. Boudreaux.
The sum of $25.00 was granted unto Wm. Dupuis, indigent.
By motion it was resolved that the road overseers of the several wards be and are hereby instructed to cut all levees that obstruct the natural drains and dam water in the public roads of the parish.
The report of the drainage committee was laid over.
The Treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:
To the president and members of the Police Jury, parish of Lafayette, La.
GENTLEMEN. - The following is a statement of receipts and disbursement of parish funds since last report.
WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.
March 26, 1894.
By motion the respective members were authorized to purchase one car load of timber for the 1st and 8th wards, also one car load for the 2nd ward.
It was resolved that the fence around the court-house square be abolished, and the same sold after advertisement. Mr. Hebert was authorized to ascertain the cost of laying out cement walks instead of plank walks.
The secretary was authorized to adjust accounts between the parish and the official journal.
The jury of freeholders appointed to trace and lay out a public road from Lafayette running south to the limits of Vermilion parish at the bridge over Coulee Isle de Cannes. And also to trace and lay out a connecting road, starting from Clemile Simon's and Desire Monte's lands and extending to the long bridge on Bayou Tortue, made the following report which was accepted and approved.
We the undersigned jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish to trace and lay out a public road, leading from Lafayette to Queue Tortue Bayou through the lands of the following proprietors to wit: Having been notified of our appointment, and of the time and place of meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment, and having severally subscribed to the foregoing oath, and having given notice to each and everyone of the aforesaid proprietors in writing, at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting, and of the intended laying out of said road, through the lands of said proprietors, which notices were duly served on said proprietors, did meet on March 26, 1894, at Lafayette, Louisiana, the place designated in said notices, and did them and there in the presence of the following named proprietors to wit:
Z. Doucet and Joseph Albarado, proceed to trace and lay out a said public road as follows: - Beginning at the bridge at Lafayette, and running thence through the lands of the following named parties for a distance of 16 miles, taking a strip twenty feet wide off the land of each one, along their common boundary line which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown us by said proprietors and by them designated to us by setting stakes and plowing furrows, so as to be easily visible and recognizable, and thence through the lands of Z. Doucet, J. Albarado, J. D. Ducharme, J. S. Whittington, Arthur Pellerin, A. F. Doucet, Gustave Judice, J. B. Perez, E. E. Mouton, H. Jamieson, Ben Boudreau, Dr. Mouton, F. Guidry, Joe. Syce, Ed. Bilran, A. Landry, J. B. Perez, E. E. Mouton, Odillon LeBlanc, Louis Boulanger, F. Bourk, A. Arnaud, L. Nollive, E. E. Mouton, C. A. Breaux, C. Hernandez, L. Rohie, C. Trahan, B. Pierra, Oct. Bertrand, A. Guilbeau, C. Doucet. Heirs of John Mouton, J. S. Whittington, Jr., Clairore Francie, Auguste Verreaux, Chas. Guidry, Albert Duhon, Ant. Broussard, Gus. Trahan, Mrs. Estival Simon, Onezime Drolet E. Broussard, Desire Duhon, D. Duhon, Darmas Broussard, Ant. Trahan, Edw. Herbert, A. D. Landry, D. Broussard, Treville Broussard, Egena LeBlanc, beginning at Desire Monte, and Clemille Simon, and running thence through the lands of the above named parties for a distance of 13 miles, taking a strip of twenty feet wide off of the land of each and along their common boundary line, which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown us by said proprietors and by them designated to us, by setting stakes and plowing furrows so as to be easily visible and recognizable and thence through the lands of Desire Monte, Clemille Simon, Pierre Trahan, Jr., Pierre Trahan, Sr., Mrs. J. Hernandez, John R. Simon, Dolze Duhon., Drozin Duhon, Louis Trahan, Jr., Pierre Trahan, Jr., John R. Simon, Dolze Duhon, Gus. Duhon, Drozin Duhon, Louis Whittington, Homer Simon, William Whittington, Valentine Duhon, Burt. Smith, Everette Ackers, Ozema Broussard, Gerard Foreman, John Nugent, J. Weber, Paul Rourke, George Weber, B. Falk, Darah Duhon, Asa Foreman, Eloi Duhon, A. O. Clark, Mrs. Sidney Simpson, Chas. Burke, M. L. Lyons, M. Perry, E. Hauffpauir, Soloman Morgan, Asa Foreman, Alcide Foreman, George Foreman, Tillman Spell, W. E. Winston, Starcus Hauffpauir, the termination of said road, which road is forty feet wide throughout its entire length, and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course, and we have caused to be made a plat of said road, showing the location and course of said road, and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs, and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner for said road, which plat is annexed to this our report which plat is annexed to this our report of said road for reference, and we further report that we the said jury of freeholders did on our oaths, aforesaid assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation of their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to wit:-
To other proprietors no damages were assessed, as in our opinion the benefit of said road fully compensates the value of the land taken.
Done at the parish of Lafayette, this 26th day of March, 1894.
Signed: - C. Doucet, Jasper Spell, Phineas Hoffpauir, Onezime D. Trahan, Wm. R. Foote, Starcus Hoffpauir, M. Perry, J. S. Whittington.
ALEX HOFFPAUIR, H. C. WALLIS, M. T. MARTIN, Notary Public.
ENDORSEMENT OF CONSENT.
I, one of the proprietors named in the written report, do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report and accompanying plat, and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me, by said jury of freeholders as by the written report set forth, in full compensation of all damages by me sustained by reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road. A. T. McBride, John Navarre, J. Bte. Hernandez, Cleobule Hernandez, Drozin Duhon, Darmas Broussard, Desire Duhon, Ed. L. Herbert, Ant. Trahan, Jr., John L. Herbert, Martin Broussard, Eganeh LeBlanc, J. T. Broussard, Onezime Drolet, E. Hauffpauir, Aug. Verrot, B. Falk, J. Albarado, Alcee Landry, A. P. Doucet, E. D. Pellerin, Gustave Judice, Leopold Pierret, Oct. Bertrand, A. D. Landry, C. Guidry, J. B. Perez, Mrs. F. Bourges, per J. E. Martin, L. Nollive, L. Boulanger, Frank Guidry, Pierre Trahan, A. Duhon, Arthur Broussard, Clemille Simon, F. Broussard, Aug. Arnaud, Clemille Trahan, Everet Akers, Ozeme Broussard, Valentine Duhon, Gerard Foreman, John Nugent, John Weber, Paul Bourke, Eloi Duhon, Sidney Simpson, S. Morgan, Mrs. M. W. Perrez, Burton Smith, Alex. Hoffpauir, Jos. Syce, J. S. Whittington, A. O. Clark, Charles Burke, M. L. Lyons, Asa Foreman, Placid Foreman, Arthur Guilbeau, Mrs. E. E. Mouton per Son, Roger Duhon, H. Jamieson, Odillon LeBlanc, Starcus Hoffpauir, C. Doucet, M. Perry, Ozeme Trahan, Louis Rohie.
Signed and date this 26th day of March, 1894.
Witnesses: - Starcus Hoffpauir, Phineas Hoffpauir, Jasper Spell, J. S. Whittington, Wm. Foote.
By motion duly made the foregoing report was adopted, the road declared a public highway, and all documents pertaining thereto were ordered filed and recorded.
The sum of $375.40 was appropriated and set aside for the purpose of paying the several amounts of damages assessed by the jury of freeholders in tracing the aforesaid road.
The following accounts were laid over:
The Police Jury then adjourned until Saturday, April 14, at the usual hour.
FORD HOFFPAUIR, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/31/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/31/1894.
Mr. Henry Church has been appointed to succeed Mr. I. N. Satterfield as member of the town council. We understand that Mr. Satterfield claims that he has resigned.
A small cabin in Mouton's addition was completely destroyed by fire last Monday, between 7 and 8 o'clock p. m.
After a residence of several months in this community Mr. O. A. Duvernet and family have gone back to New Orleans to live.
Judge W. E. Bowen, requests us to announce that the closing feature of the Railroad Trainmen's Ball to-night, will be a ! !! !! !!! !!!! exhibition.
Mr. J. Vigneaux requests us to announce that he is now prepared to embalm the bodies of the dead, in addition to other duties as undertaker heretofore performed by him.
Repairs of a temporary nature on the street bridge and plank walks of the town, have been in progress for several days past, awaiting a general and more thorough overhauling in the near future. Lafayette Advertiser 3/31/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of March 31st, 1894:
[To the N. O. Times-Democrat.]
"...At the special railroad meeting held in Breaux Bridge to-day by the leading citizens and business men, resolutions were adopted that a request be sent to the Texas and Pacific railroad urging the building of the proposed road from Palmetto, a station on the Texas and Pacific railroad, via Port Barre, Leonville, Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge and Lafayette, to Abbeville, in Vermilion parish, and thence to Deep Water in Vermilion Bay. Every one here is enthusiastic over the prospect, and although disappointed so many times, every assistance will be given by the people all along the line to facilitate the building of the proposed railway. ..."
The above is a telegram from Breaux Bridge to the Times-Democrat of last Tuesday. We are happy to see that the progressive citizens of that town are ready to do all in their power to encourage the building of this road. There are so many advantages to be derived from such a road that the people living along the proposed route should unite and take the necessary steps to acquaint the officials of the Texas and Pacific with their intention to extend all the aid possible. The people of this town have spoken through the Business Men's Association at its recent meeting, and we trust that this association will continue to keep the matter before the proper authorities until they are given a hearing. This road would be of incalculable good to this section, especially to Lafayette, and if we care for our prosperity, we should go to work and not stop until we are convinced that it is beyond our reach.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.
The 12th and 13th of May.
From all accounts the 13th of May will be a gala day in Lafayette, having been selected for the presentation of the play "Le Jardenier Grand Seigneur," and for a fair on the church green. On that day a large number of people is expected on an excursion train from Thibodaux. The committee in charge are making preparations to furnish them with refreshments and meals at the fair grounds in front of the church. A platform will be built for the purpose of affording the lovers of the dance an opportunity to enjoy themselves, and a matinee will be given at Falk's Hall for the benefit of the excursionists. What will prove a very attractive and interesting feature of the day is a contest for superiority of all the brass and string bands which will accept the invitation to be present. To the band winning the first prize a gold medal will be presented, while a silver medal will be offered to each of the others as souvenirs commemorative of the occasion.
A very interesting play in English will be rendered Saturday night at Falk's Hall.
The proceeds realized from the entertainments and the fair will be used to paint the Catholic church.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.
An Hospitable Friend.
Last Monday Alcee Andrus, a negro, met another negro named Percy Wilson and invited him to spend the night at his house. This Wilson readily accepted and started out with Andrus for the latter's house. Andrus noticed that his companion was well supplied with cash and made up his mind to get some of it if possible. A few hours after he was in bed, Wilson says his "host" advanced near the bed, passed his hand under the pillow evidently with the intention to see where his guest had put his money. Wilson called out "Alcee," who disguised his voice and pretended to be a full-fledged burglar. Both negroes engaged in a scuffle, which terminated only when Wilson succeeded in getting out of bed and his "friend's" house as soon as possible, Andrus was arrested and charged in accordance with the above facts. Wilson was placed in jail and is held as witness, having attempted to escape. Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.
Dinner With Father Forge. - A number of friends of Father Forge were treated last Sunday to one of those bounteous dinners characteristic of the reverend gentlemen. Among those present were: Rev. DeStockalper, Rev. Devine, Rev. Mertence, Messrs. Wm. Campbell, A. P. Caillouet, C. Debaillon, W. B. Bailey, H. Van der Cruyssen, Henry Gerac, Dr. F. J. Mouton, Jean Gerac, Dr. A. Gladu, A. Hovelle, Pierre Gerac, Sr., Julian Mouton, Alex Delhomme, Alex Meaux, J. O. Mouton, Herbert Eastin, Edmond Pellerin. Several toasts were drunk to the health of Father Forge. Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.
Plant Less Cotton. - The farmers must be pretty tired of being told that they should not plant too much cotton, but the newspapers must have something to print and every time an editor is at loss to find a subject he repeats this stereotyped advice to the farmer who knows better than anybody else what he ought to do. Nevertheless, The Gazette will advise the farmers of Lafayette to plant less cotton and raise more supplies for home use. Overproduction is thought by many to be the cause of the present prices, and as there is no encouragement for an increase in next year's prices it is the part of wisdom to reduce the crop instead of increasing it.
Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/31/1894.
The cold wave which struck this section last Friday will in all probability prove disastrous to the vegetable and fruit crops. Ice was reported on Sunday and Monday mornings.
Mrs. I. A. Broussard returned home Monday after a visit of several weeks to her parents in Karnes City, Texas.
Henry Church has been appointed by the governor councilman for this town, vice I. N. Satterfield, resigned. The Gazette believes that Mr. Church will be a valuable member of the town council.
A special from Arnaudville to the Picayune of March 29, says: "Representatives of the T. and P. Railroad left Palmetto, a station on that road, for this and other places on the proposed route of the branch road which is to be built to Deep Water, in Vermilion bay."
The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen ball will take place to-night at Falk's hall. As usual the railroad boys have prepared an interesting and novel feature which will be introduced to-night for the enjoyment of their guests. What it is, we are not permitted to make public, but suffice to say that it will be something absolutely new and worth seeing.
Chas. Debaillon left Tuesday for New Orleans where he is attending the Jesuit's college.
In Royville. - A thin sheet of ice made itself visible both Monday and Tuesday mornings. It is hoped that the injury done to the sprouting corn will be slight. Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.
FLESH EATING HARES.
The Unbelieving German Lost His Bet With the Spaniard.
Here is a dish never seen on a Spanish table, because in Spain there is a superstition that hares, in the night, go into churchyards and dig up the graves and eat the dead bodies. A writer in the Munchener Zeiting, who recently spent some shooting in Castille, where game is very plentiful, relates how he was convinced of the fact that hares do not eat flesh. He had been told so by the country people, but had treated their ascertain as a ridiculous fiction. The next time he found himself in a party of sportsmen he repeated what he had heard as a joke; but, to his surprise, everyone listened quite gravely, and assured him that it was perfectly true; they themselves had frequently had frequently seen hares eating flesh. As he still expressed doubts on the subject, however, one of the company offered to bet him fifty litres of wine that he (the German) should see a hare eating meat. The bet was accepted.
The next morning very early, the Spaniard, the German and two greyhounds went out to a great heath to look for flesh-eating hares. As they were sitting waiting for the hares to appear, the Spaniard, to the German's amazement, took a live crab out of his pocket. "What do you want that for?" said the German. "To catch the hare with," replied the Spaniard. It struck the German that perhaps the Spaniard had brought him out merely to make a fool of him. But then he reflected that that was not the Spanish way with strangers; so he held his tongue and went on waiting. By and by a fine hare appeared. In a moment the two dogs were after him (they were well muzzled, so they could not do him any harm), and, in a few moments more the hare had disappeared again in his hole, and the dogs were barking at its mouth. The men got up and hurried after them. "Now," said the Spaniard, "this is where my crab and put it down at the mouth of the hole, and it, glad to hide in the dark shade, crept in with all the expedition it could manage. The Spaniard instantly spread a large coarse sack over the entrance, and in a few moments out rushed the hare, terrified by its unexpected visitor, right into the sack. Home thy went with their prisoner, which they placed in a cage. When the hare had recovered from his fright, he ate, before the German's astonished eyes, several pieces of mutton which were thrown in.
From the London News and in the Lafayette Gazette 3/31/1894.