A most cowardly and brutal murder was committed last Tuesday night near the line dividing this parish from Vermilion. The murdered man was Honore Jean Louis, who, we are informed, was considered a quiet negro. The man accused of having committed the foul deed is Arista Broussard, a son of Alexandre T. Broussard.
At the coroner's inquest, held Wednesday by Dr. A. R. Trahan, in the house of the murdered negro, the testimony was substantially as follows:
At about 8 0'clock p. m. Jean Louis was in his house with his wife and children. Hearing some one calling outdoors Jean Louis opened the window. He saw two men standing near his house. One of the men asked to be shown the road to Abbeville and requested him to bring them some matches. The negro walked out of his house with a box of matches when one of the men fired the murderous shots. Two load of birdshot took effect in his abdomen, causing his death the next morning at 4 o'clock, despite the efforts of the attending physician, Dr. R. O. Young.
Several negroes testified before the jury of inquest that Jean Louis reiterated the statement before dying that he had recognized Arista Broussard as the man who had shot him. He stated also that Broussard had sold him a cow for which he had not yet paid. The verdict of the jury charges Broussard with the killing. It is to be hoped that the guilt will be fastened upon the party or parties who have committed this fiendish assassination. There does not seem to be a single palliating circumstance connected with this barbarous affair and for the sake of justice and the good name of our parish sthe black-hearted assassin or assassins should be made to suffer the extreme penalty of the law.
Lafayette Gazette 3/3/1899.
The New Boiler.
Every body of Lafayette will be pleased to know that the celebrated Zell boilers, which have caused so much trouble at the power-house are being taken down and will be replaced by the new boiler purchased from Mr. Maas of New Orleans. The new boiler has been shipped and will reach here in about a week. The foundation has already been made and no time will be lost as there is a desire on the part of every one connected with it to get rid of Zell's monumental fakes. One of them has already been torn down and the other will share the same fate as soon as practicable.
Engineer Melchert informs The Gazette that he has brought the necessary material to run about 300 more incandescents. This will not be done, however, before the new boiler is ready for use. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
A Cash Sale. - Our real estate agent, Mr. Ambroise Mouton, has succeeded in bringing our parish a very successful planter in the person of Mr. J. P. Gulley, of Natchitoches, who has purchased Mrs. M. A. Thomas' plantation near Scott, consisting of 500 acres of good land. The price paid was $7,000 cash. The Thomas plantation is one of the most valuable tracts of land in this parish and is particularly well adapted to the cultivation of cane for which it will be used. Mr. Gully has been engaged in the cultivation of cotton in Natchitoches parish. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
Oak Avenue Park. - Lucien Roy has leased half of the Oak Avenue Park and in the future he and A. M. Martin will have charge of the management of that pleasure resort. Mr. Roy has had considerable experience in horseracing and he assures The Gazette that he will have some of the best runners on the track. Already arrangements have been made for some very interesting races which will take place on the 26th of this month. With Mr. Roy as one of the managers of the park the amusement-loving public can expect to have a good time this summer. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
THE LAFAYETTE GAZETTE:
This week The Gazette is six years old. It enters upon its seventh year with every reason to hope for a successful future. Although at times its patronage was not such as to intoxicate the mind of the publisher with dreams of future wealth and greatness, the revenues of the paper have always sufficed to make both ends meet and at times there was more than necessary to meet both ends and "it lapped over" just a little.
We can not think of the paper's incipient struggles for existence without also giving a thought to the memory of the friend to whose energy, integrity and good judgement The Gazette owes a great deal. It was he who outlined the character of the paper and traced out for it the correct road. He edited it long enough, we hope, to shape its destiny, for it could not have been done by a better man. Brighter stars have illumined the resplendent firmament of journalism but none ever shed a purer light! When he died The Gazette lost a good friend and the State a splendid citizen.
The Gazette hopes that its efforts to give the people of this parish a good country weekly are appreciated. It is perhaps with a tinge of pride that it promises not only to maintain its present standard, but to further enlarge its field of usefulness if it is favored with adequate support.
Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
Honoring Lafayette. - Show your patriotism by dropping a nickle or a dime in the box at the post-office. This money will be used in the building of a monument to the great Frenchman, Lafayette, for whom our city was named. No one is so poor that he or she can not give five cents toward the completion of this sacred work. The monument which will be unveiled in Paris at the opening of the exposition in 1900 will be a debt of gratitude paid by the American people to their great benefactor - Lafayette - one of the noblest characters that the world has ever produced. Contribute your mite, ladies and gentlemen! You will never have an opportunity to give your money for a better cause. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
Fire Company. - Lafayette Fire Company No. 1 held a meeting last Monday and elected the following officers: Wm. Campbell, president; Judge C. Debaillon, vice-president; Pierre Gerac, Secretary; D. V. Gardebled, treasurer; Paul Castel, foreman; John Graser, 1st assistant; Abram Hirsch, 2d assistant; Louis Hebert, house-keeper. The only office which has any salary attached is that of house-keeper and there were several aspirants for it. As Louie was the strongest candidate the opposition centered its forces against him, but all to no avail as he was on easy winner on the first ballot. Louie is the best house-keeper the company has ever had and we felicitate him upon his victory. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
A Delightful Affair. - Last Tuesday evening Home Fire Company gave a banquet in celebration of the first anniversary of its formation. Before repairing to the festive board, a meeting of the company was held at the Deffez Hall, and officers for the new year were elected. Dr. G. A. Martin the president, was re-elected and so were the other respective officers. A number of members were reinstated and the company bids fair to become quite a strong one. Routine work having been passed over, the members and a number of invited guests proceeded to Louis Domengeaux's restaurant where a delightful repast awaited them, and well did everybody do his duty to it. Though everything was informal, many of those present gave vent to their festive mirth in worded toasts. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
With its usual spirit the New Orleans Picayune will print a large number of pamphlets written by Mr. H. H. Hargrove on cotton mills. The pamphlet will contain from forty to fifty pages and it is intended for distribution in the cotton sections of Louisiana and Mississippi. The Picayune has generously offered to furnish The Gazette with a hundred copies of the pamphlet which will be sent where they are likely to bear fruit.
The work of the Picayune and Mr. Hargrove should be appreciated by the people of this section. Cotton mills seem to be the only means which will make the cultivation of cotton a profitable industry. What they did for North Carolina they will do for Louisiana. They offer the only practical solution of the cotton problem. Mr. Hargrove shows by facts and figures that the people of North Carolina have vastly improved their condition by building cotton mills. In localities where capital was limited to modest beginnings have grown to concern of very large proportions. If the farmer is able to sell his cotton to the manufacturer he gets better prices of it. There is no question about that. And the great good to the towns which is the inevitable result of the operation of cotton mills is a phase of the question which wide-awake business men and owners of real-estate everywhere will not fail to see.
We note that already the people in some North Louisiana towns have already taken steps toward the organization of local companies for the purpose of building and operating cotton mills. The Gazette calls the attention of the business men of Lafayette to this fact. They should get together and see what can be done. Should they need any information on the subject we are confident Mr. Hargrove will furnish them with it.
There isn't a better site for a cotton mill than Lafayette. Nowhere is to be found a locality that offers superior advantages for an enterprise of this kind. If our most energetic citizens will put their thinking caps on and their shoulders to the wheel success is assured in advance. Mr. Hargrove and The Picayune have obtained all the data necessary for an intelligent discussion of this question. Now, let those who are interested do the rest.
The Gazette would suggest to the Business Men's Association the advisability of looking into this matter.
Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
Of the Police Jury - The Roads and Other Matters Discussed.
The Police Jury convened in regular session last Thursday, March 2, with the following members present: Ben Avant, C. C. Brown, M. Billeaud, Jr., Jno. E. Primeaux,Alonzo Lacy and Alfred Hebert. Absent: R. C. Landry and Jno. Whittington, Jr.
The president being absent the secretary called the meeting to order and Ben Avant was elected president pro tem.
The committee appointed to advertise for bids to paint the court house reported having received propositions from three different persons as follows:
By motion the contract to paint the court house was awarded to C. E. Carey for $195, the parish to furnish all paints, etc., to do the work. Messrs. Alfred Hebert and R. C. Greig were continued on the committee and authorized to contract with Mr. Carey, purchase paints, oils, etc., and take all necessary steps to carry out the object of the body. The committee will proceed at once to secure bids for paints and no time will be lost in doing a work too long delayed.
On Motion of Mr. Billeaud the subject of constructing a bridge at John Whittington's was indefinitely postponed, the jury considering that the parish was in no shape financially to entertain propositions for the expenditure of the amount of money necessary to accomplish said object. The Jury also virtually agreed to retain the bridge and public road at Darmas Broussard's and doubtless this also had much to do with the proposed Whittington bridge. Judge Mouton appeared and presented a petition numerously signed praying for the retention of the Darmas Broussard bridge, but owing to the difficulty relative to keeping the bridge the Jury postponed action until next meeting, when it is hoped that Mr. Broussard will make satisfactory arrangement for keeping the bridge.
Honore Sonnier, member of the drainage committee of the first ward, was replaced by Alonzo Lacey, Mr. Sonnier having removed from the parish.
The sum of $12.50 was granted each unto Mr. Azelia Duhon and Henry Chase of the second ward.
The clerk was authorized to insert in the official minutes the designation of the boundary line between the parishes of Lafayette and Acadia as set forth and fixed in the recent act of the Legislature on the subject. This action was taken to afford information to a number of people living near the dividing line of the parishes and who seem to have some trouble in settling the question as to which parish they belong.
By motion of Mr. Hebert, seconded by Mr. Primeaux, the Jury adopted a resolution authorizing the road overseers of the respective wards to draw such sums of money from the special road tax fund of their respective wards as shall be deemed necessary to prosecute the repair of the public roads. Said amounts to be paid out only on approval of the Jury and of which return shall be made, showing the amount spent, the purpose of the expenditure and receipts of laborers employed. Hon. C. C. Brown offered a proposition to let the public roads by regular contract, arguing in support of his position, that much more satisfactory results and more system and uniformity would be secured than by expending the funds in the indiscriminate manner proposed. The Jury however failed to appreciate Mr. Brown's arguments and adopted Mr. Hebert's plan. Several of the wards have already purchased road machines and it is understood will employ men by the day to grade the roads.
The following Jury of freeholders was appointed to trace a public road near Howard Hoffpauir's: Wm. R. Foote, V. Spell, Augustus Perry, Middleton Morgan, Elijah Hoffpauir, Tillman Spell.
Hon. J. O. Broussard appeared and called the attention of the Jury to the fact that owing to the prevalence of small pox in Texas and neighboring States, it was highly important to secure at once a detention camp for the purpose of isolating any case of that dread disease that might appear in the community. Messrs. J. O. Broussard, Alfred Hebert and D. A. Cochrane, were appointed and authorized to take the proper steps to secure a site for the proposed camp.
Capt. J. C. Buchanan, D. A. Cochrane and Wm. Clegg representing Camp Frank Gardner, U. C. V., appeared before the Jury and requested that space be granted in the court building to construct a suitable repository for the relics and archives of the society. The Jury accorded the request unanimously and it is understood the Veterans will at once proceed to carry out their design by constructing a neat room in the northwest corner of the court room as a receptacle for their historic souvenirs.
The following amounts were ordered paid to the respective road overseers:
L. Arceneaux, 1st ward, $100; Jean Meaux, 2d ward, $100; L. Allemand, 3rd ward, $150; V. Primeaux, 4th ward, $300; Albert Labbe, 5th ward, $100; J. H. Comeaux, 7th ward, $100; Antoine Broussard, 8th ward, $100.
The other accounts on the special road fund and on the general fund were approved all of which will appear officially in our next issue.
Mr. A. Baque appeared and made complaint relative to the excessive amount for the repair of the bridge near Mrs. Edw. Mouton's place. The president thanked Mr. Baque and promised that the matter would be investigated. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/4/1899.
Judge Debaillon held court in Abbeville this week. The Judge is kept very busy trying cases in his district, but by hard and systematic work he manages to prevent the accumulation of business.
C. C. Higginbotham is holding down a chair at the Lena barbershop near the depot.
Kipling sings about "The White Man's Burden." Moss & Co. sell groceries to lessen the white man's burden.
J. G. Palmer, business manager of the Houston Post, passed through Lafayette last Wednesday on his way from the East.
J. H. Demarais and Fernand Mouton, representing the Southern Nursery Company, were in Lafayette this week.
Jno. Cavell, the Gazette's office boy, has gone to New Orleans. John is a bright lad and as he is endowed with a large share of American "cheek" he ought to succeed. The Gazette wishes him good luck.
Thomas Hopkins, Jr., arrive here this week from Galveston, Texas, for the purpose of taking charge of the Tolson drugstore.
A. B. Anderson, the contractor, has begun work on two cottages which he will build in McComb's addition for D. J. Veazey.
Who Wants a Home? - A neat house with 5 apartments; out-houses; orchard, flower garden; everything in good condition. For cash or on reasonable terms. Apply to Mrs. H. Garnier, Lafayette, La. Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 4th, 1899:
News of the Town.
The clerk of the weather has at last taken pity on us and for the last few days we are enjoying comparatively clear weather. For the first time in many months dust is raised on the streets. After having passed through such ordeal weather of two weeks ago, one can but welcome the southern sun even if it is too warm for the season.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1899.
HOME FIRE CO. - President, Dr. G. A. Martin; Vice President, T. M. Biossat; Rec. Secretary, O. B. Hopkins; Fin. Secretary, A. V. Labbe; Treasurer, S. R. Parkerson; Foreman, F. G. Mouton; 1st A. F., Gus Schmulen; 2nd. A. E. Alfred Martin; Finance Committee: Chas. O. Mouton , Jos. Ducote, and H., A. Van der Cruyssen. Toasts were made by various members and the time was spent pleasantly. The repast under the supervision of Mr. Louis Domengeaux was up-to-date. Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1899.
CASH FOR LAND.
Notwithstanding the cry of hard times and that money is scarce, it is due to the business efforts and push of our real estate agent Mr. Ambroise Mouton to effect the sale of a plantation near Scott, to Mr. J. P. Gully, of Natchitoches, La.
This latter has bought Mrs. M. A. Thomas' plantation of 500 acres for seven thousand dollars cash.
Mr. Ambroise Mouton and Mr. Gully are wearing smiles of satisfaction, being satisfied with their bargain.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1899.
HONOR ROLL for February. - Ezora Pefferkorn, Annie Bell, Viola Young, Willie Montgomery, Martha Broussard, Wallace Beadle, Charles Hernandez, Eugene Hernandez, Ned Voorhies, Louis Guerre, Anna Hopkins.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/4/1899.
Mrs. Lucien Roy and Andre Martin are now the owners of the Oak Avenue Park track and therefore it can be expected that a great many attractions and specially races will be held at the park during the coming season. The first races are booked for the 25th of this month. All of those who have racers better prepare themselves. The Advertiser wishes success during the season.
Ladies, look up Moss & Co.'s advertisements in this issue on the subject of Spring dress goods.
The latest books can be found at the news counter of the Moss Pharmacy. All the best magazines and periodicals also. Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1899.
Mr. Tapissier, of Carencro, was in Lafayette last Wednesday.
Mrs. H. Guidroz, of Carencro, was in Lafayette last Tuesday.
Judge C. Debaillon is in Abbeville this week holding Court.
Mr. A. L. Dyer, of Youngsville, paid us a pleasant visit last Monday.
Mrs. Leonce Dupuis, of Carencro, was in Lafayette last Tuesday.
Mr. Harry Fellows, of England, visited Mr. Chas. Lusted and family last week.
Mrs. Henry Gerac, of New Orleans, is visiting her mother-in-law Mrs. P. Gerac.
Mrs. Josse Loillier, of Houston, Texas, is visiting her mother Mrs. Alfred Voorhies.
Messrs. Chas. Young and Rodolph Roy, of Youngsville were in Lafayette during the week.
The Ice Factory started yesterday for the seasaon under the management of Mr. John Givens.
Mr. Alex. Delhomme, of Scott, told us that he killed a hog weighing, 570 pounds. This is good.
The Teche and Vermilion Telephone Co., has made many improvements on their lines and replaced a new cable box.
Mrs. I. T. Reams, left last Wednesday for Alexandria, La., as a delegate to the annual convention of the Home Mission and Parsonage society.
The new lights at the Opera House were fine last Sunday. Slowly but surely Manager Falk will have his opera house in first class condition.
Mr. T. B. Hopkins, son of Dr. T. B. Hopkins has taken charge of the Lafayette Drug Co's. store. Mr. Hopkins, is an ex-citizen of Lafayette, very accommodating and will as in the past make a great many friends.
On the last day of February about 8 o'clock p. m., a negro named Homer Jean Louis, was brutally and cowardly assassinated, at his home near the line dividing this parish from Vermilion. Upon pretext of procuring some matches, some one called him outside, and a short while after he was shot in the abdomen and he died at 4 o'clock a. m., on Wednesday. Before dying the negro stated that he recognized the man who shot him as being H. Broussard. The latter is the son of Alexander Broussard a well known man of this parish. Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1899. (Rest is unreadable, but we'll be keeping an eye out for more on this tragic story.)
Just received at Deffez Bros., a lot of durable up-to-date furniture at the very lowest prices.
Do not forget that Mrs. Le Danois buys Wool and Hides and pays the highest-market price.
Fresh eggs for sale at Peck and Broussard.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 4th, 1882:
On last Saturday evening, 25th inst.,an attempt was made to throw the West bound Texas passenger train over the Morgan road, from the track, which was frustrated only by the vigilance and energy of the engineer. The place selected for this horrible design was in the parish of Iberia, between St. Martin and Cade stations. It appears that a cross tie had been placed across the track resting on the rails and spiked or staked to keep it in position. We learn that more than two hundred passengers were on the train, and the escape appears in the light of a miracle. The obstruction was put on the track where the road bed is from 15 to 20 feet in height, near the Lasalle coulee, and here, trains are accustomed to slack up, and this, taken in connection with the fact that the moon was shining, accounts for the escape. And it was, in spite of the utmost exertions of the engineer to stop the train, the pilot struck and passed a few feet over the tie, throwing the whole weight of the engine upon it ; a jack screw had to be used to remove the obstacle, cause a delay of more than an hour.
The enormity of this crime cannot be overrated ; words altogether fail to describe its heinousness, and it surprises and grieves us to know that such savage, in human creatures, as the authors of this murderous attempt are, live and breathe in this country. The Morgan company will, no doubt, offer a reward looking to the discovery and conviction of the offenders, - this however, ought to engage the attention of all good citizens, for who is safe when such criminal spirits roam at large ? Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1882.
Vermilionville Post Office.
Money Orders and Registry business from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Positively no Money Orders or Registry business on Sundays, or before or after regular hours.
Mails going East close at 8 to 8:15 a. m. for local train, and 9 to 9:15 for Texas of through train.
Going North at 3 to 3:25 p. m. Going West at 6:30 p. m.
Mails arrive from East at 4 and 7:30 p. m. North at 8:30 a. m. West at 9:30 a. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1882.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 4th, 1910:
LETTERS BY TELEGRAPH.
Western Union to Inaugurate New Service Known as Night Letters at Nominal Rates.
An announcement is made by the Western Union Telegraph Company that it will shortly be prepared to handle long night messages at the rates customarily charged for ten-word day messages.
It appears that the Western Union has a large unemployed mileage of wire at night which is not earning anything. These wires must be maintained in any event to take care of the regular day business, and it is apparently the idea of the new interests in the telegraph company to let the public have the benefit of them. The announcement states that "a special Night Letter service will be established as soon as practicable. The charge for the service will be the standard day rate for ten words or less, and one-fifth of such standard day rate will be charge for each additional ten words of less."
To be taken at these rates "Night Letters" must be written in plain English language, that is to say code words or communications written in foreign languages, will not be accepted. The messages will be taken at any hour up to midnight and transmitted at the company's convenience during the night for delivery the following morning. For the present the new service is confined to Western Union offices in the United States. The tariffs charged for Night Letters are so low it is expected that the new service will be largely availed of by business concerns and others to quicken their correspondence by using the telegraph instead of the mails. A Night Letter sent by telegraph will reach its destination at the opening of business hours the following morning, thus saving as much as three or four days when long distances are involved. Lafayette Advertiser 3/4/1910.
GORDON vs. ROOSEVELT.
The "Oldest Inhabitant" with whom The Gazette exchanged a few words a couple of weeks ago, was in a talkative mood last Wednesday and among other things he said:
"In his interesting lecture, entitled "The Last Days of the Confederacy," Gen. Gordon refers to himself only once or twice throughout the whole narrative and he apologizes to the audience for so doing, and the consequence is that the hearer admires the unfeigned modesty of the great Georgian almost as much as he does the sterling patriotism for which the old hero is noted. When it is considered that the general was one of the principal figures of that conflict of giants references to his own victories would be pardonable, but the marked absence of self throughout his beautiful lecture shows the genuine character of the man. Such a man needs not toot his own horn; his reputation rests upon a foundation as broad as the universe and as solid as the pillars of heaven. Gordon was a here of '61 - '64.
"Not so with Theodore Roosevelt, one of the latter-day heroes. He was the second officer in command of a regiment which, be it said to his credit, fought with commendable bravery at Santiago. Do not understand me as a detractor of these men. I would not pluck away from their well-earned laurels the tiniest leaf. They fought well and they are entitled to the respect and gratitude of their countrymen. But what I want to do is to illustrate the modesty of Gordon and the painful lack of that rare attribute in the New York Rough Rider. Roosevelt fought one battle which I admit would have been quite a respectable skirmish in our 'unpleasantness' with the Yanks, but although that battle has taken place only a few months ago Teddy has told the American people about the part that he played in it so often that those who saw the real stuff are beginning to be tired of it. And unlike Gen. Gordon, Roosevelt seems to think 'he was the whole thing' for in nearly all his anecdotes he is the star performer. In his recent article published in Scribner's he speaks so much of himself that one is irresistibly drawn to the conclusion that the New Yorker is the trumpet of his own fame. Here is what he says in the March Scribner's. Just listen:
"At every halt," he writes, "we took advantage of the cover, sinking down behind any mound, bush or tree trunk, in the neighborhood. The trees, of course, furnished no protection from the Mauser bullets. Once I was standing behind a large palm with my head out to one side, very fortunately; for a bullet passed through the palm, filling my left eye and ear with the dust and splinters."
"This is only one of the many narrow escapes of which he tells us. Now, to an old reb who followed Stonewall or Gordon or Wheeler, all this hog-wash which have filled the newspapers and the magazines since the late Spanish-American altercation is sickening to say the least. If such little things which happened in the Civil War were written I dare say that all the newspapermen and the historians would be writing them until Gabriel blows the bugle for the last roll-call. But I am digressing. I simply wanted to make the comparison, however odious it may appear, between Gordon, the true hero of '61 who leaves the praise of himself to others, and Roosevelt, the self-praised warrior of '98 who evidently believes with P. T. Barnum that the American people like to be humbugged." Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.
Romance of a College Student.
A very bright and exceedingly humorous serial treating of student life in a college town will begin in the April Ladies' Home Journal. It is by Mrs. Charles Terry Collins, a novice in fiction, who has written with cramming freshness, cleverly picturing student life, the students; games and sports, their social diversions, etc. Into the deliciously droll story Mrs. Collins has subtly woven a most interesting, happy romance, from which the story takes its name. - "A College Courtship."
Lafayette Gazette 3/4/1899.