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From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 9th, 1904:


 And The Advertiser is Doing a Little Improving Itself. A Fine New Job Press and an R. & V. Two Horsepower Gasoline Engine Added. All Presses Run by Power.
 Lafayette has entered upon a wave of improvement with its widening of streets, concrete sidewalks and brick buildings, and The Advertiser, in order to "keep up with the procession," has been making a few improvements of its own. We have just installed an additional job press, one of the very best on the market, and an R. V. two horsepower gasoline engine which is connected with all the presses in the office, affording us splendid facilities for turning off work of all kinds promptly and satisfactorily. It is our intention to keep on improving and adding both to our paper and job office from time to time, for we wish to give the people of Lafayette as good a paper as possible and to equip ourselves with everything necessary in a first class printing office. We have been enabled to do much so far, because of the liberal support we have received since taking charge of The Advertiser. For this we are sincerely grateful, and would solicit a continued support, which we will at all times try to merit.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.


List of Those Contributing for the Widening of Vermilion Street.

In mentioning the names of those who assisted in the move to widen Vermilion street, we failed to mention Mr. L. F. Salles, who took quite an active part both in securing consent of property owners to donate the required fourteen feet, and in soliciting subscriptions to help defray the expense. Mr. Salles merits the thanks and appreciation of the people of Lafayette for his progressive spirit in this most desirable move. At the time of publication last week the list of those contributing had not been completed. It is as follows:
 F. Demanade, $35; Gus. Lacoste, $112; Joe Pizzo, $89.60; P. B. Roy, $100; Dr. N. P. Moss, $60; Jos. Montalbano, $28.80; E. Meleton, $115.35; Jno. Mouton, $50; Jos. A. Chargois, $44.80; Albert Delahoussaye, $25; Maurice Mouton, $10; First National Bank, $50; C. D. Caffery, $10; Begnaud & Comeaux, $10; Lafayette Drug Co., $5; Young & Comeaux Pharmacy, $5; Parkerson & Mouton, $10; Alphonse Peck, $2.50; W. D. Skinner, $5; F. E. Davis, $5, Morgan & Debaillon, $5; J. C. Nickerson, $10; Chas. S. Babin, $5; Dr. Geo. C. Babcock, $100. Total $985.05.

 Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Held Its Annual Banquet Thursday Night.

Thursday night Home Fire Co. gave their annual banquet at Falk's Hall. About eighty five men and a number of guests were present and enjoyed the good things so handsomely provided by Mr. Felix Voorhies, of the arrangement committee. After thoroughly discussing the good cheer before them, toasts were in order and a number of timely witty remarks were made by the speakers which added much to the pleasure of the occasion. The annual banquets of Home Fire Co., and always pleasant affairs, and this last will be set down by every participant as no exception to the rule.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Police Jury Notes.
The Police Jury met last Thursday with all members present.
 Dr. Stephens appeared before the Jury and complained of depredations by loose stock owing to the non-enforcement of the law. The Jury instructed Constable Hirsch to impound the stock under the Jury ordinances relative thereto.

 Dr. F. J. Mayer made a report of his attendance at the meeting of the State Agricultural Society and Stockbreeders' Association at Alexandria in May 1903. He stated that through his efforts the two bodies would meet at Lafayette March 30 and 31 and April 1, and requested the Jury to take suitable action towards entertaining them, and also suggested that an invitation be extended to all the Police Juries of the State to participate. The Jury discussed the matter decided to invite the United States Secretary of Agriculture Wilson, Dr. Stubbs, Gov. Heard and others. A barbecue was provided for by an appropriation of $150, and Drs. Mayer and Stephens, President Billeaud. Messrs. F. G. Mouton, J. C. Buchanan, L. Hirsch and R. C. Greig were appointed a committee of arrangements. The Jury resolved to act as a committee of reception.

 Mr. Mouton reported that he had communicated with the St. Landry authorities in regard to the Carencro bridge, and it was possible the site might have to be changed. Bids for the construction of the bridge were opened and the contract awarded to D. Arceneaux, he having the lowest bid, which was $947.00

 Mr. Mouton was authorized to repair the Breaux Bridge bridge sharing the expenses with St. Martin Parish.

 The committee appointed to settle with the sheriff for 1901 and 1902 taxes reported that the statements submitted by the sheriff were substantially correct, except the erroneous entry on the case book of $1,277.90 of 1901 taxes ordered for the (unreadable word) and double that amount to the parish. As this amount was in excess of what was due the parish, the collector was entitled to reimbursement as per statement submitted. On motion of Mr. Mouton the report was adopted and a quietus ordered granted the sheriff as per report, with a deduction of five per cent commission on the amount in error. The committee was continued and instructed to settle for special road taxes.

 Messrs. Mouton, Buchanan and Greig were appointed to settle with the treasurer and grant quietus.

 The Jury resolved to attend in a body the Good Roads Convention to be held in New Orleans April 16.

 President Billeaud, F. G. Mouton and P. R. Landry were appointed to represent Lafayette parish in the advertisement for bids to construct the new steel bridge at the D. O. Broussard forty. Lafayette Advertiser 3/8/1904.

New Brick Store Nearly Completed.

The handsome new brick store of the Mouton Sisters' is rapidly nearing completion, and will be ready for occupancy in a short time. These young ladies opened a millinery establishment last year and from the first have made a fine success. Their increasing business made it imperative that they secure larger quarters, and they have built a store which is a credit to the town.

Their success has been the result of good business management, and an earnest effort to please the trade. This they have done by carrying a large and elegant line of millinery and employing the most skillful milliners. This year Miss Hattie Sannon, of St. Louis, will have charge of the hat trimming department. She was employed in one of the largest millinery stores in that city; but at the request of Miss Estelle Mouton, consented to come to Lafayette. In Miss Shannon's charge the trimming department will be all that is desirable.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Death of Mrs. Henry McBride. - Mrs, Henry McBride, born Martha Mouton, daughter of Mrs. Edward Mouton, died last night at 8 o'clock in the town of St. Martinville. Her remains will be brought to Lafayette and interred in the Catholic cemetery in this town. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Council Meets To-Night.
Owing to the absence of Mayor Caffery, who was in Abbeville on business, the City Council held no session Monday night, postponing same till ton-night. At this meeting property owners on Jefferson street will petition the Council to widen the street from Vermilion to Lee avenue, to correspond with the width to same street extending to Lincoln avenue.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

The Cemetery Cleaned. - Fathers Forge and Crozier last week had the Catholic cemetery thoroughly cleaned of weeds and grass, and put in excellent order. This would be a good time for those contemplating placing monuments to the memory of dear ones to have the work done. We have in Lafayette Marble Works, recently located here, prepared to do all kinds of work as cheap as can be done anywhere, and fully guaranteed to be of the best. In New Iberia, Franklin and neighboring towns the cemeteries are filled with handsome work of this kind, and there are doubtless many here, now that it is possible to secure the best of marble work at home, will have monuments placed over the graves of their dead. 

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Fire at Mouton Switch. F. F. Carter will have an agent call upon the people of Lafayette and surrounding towns, and surrounding towns, and everyone purchasing a coupon from him will be entitled to one dozen cabinet pictures and a 16x20 crayon portrait, upon payment of $3.00, at the studio. $6.00 value for $3.00. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Southern Pacific Puts on Through Sleepers Between Dallas and Beaumont.

 Railroad Officials Agree to Requests of Residents Along the Line of the Texas & New Orleans and go Them One Better - Both Trains Connect With Sunset Limited to and From New Orleans - Dining Car Service.

 An announcement of much importance to citizens of East Texas and New Orleans, has just been made by officials of the Southern Pacific and the official statement is made that on Sunday, March, a brand new train service will go into effect between Dallas and Beaumont, which not only will prove of great convenience and comfort to travelers between those two points but will afford facilities not existing heretofore, for residents of East Texas to travel two and from New Orleans and to points in the southeastern, eastern and Atlantic States beyond. The matter has been under consideration by the traffic and operating officials of the Southern Pacific for some time, but it was not expedient to put on the improved equipment until the new road-bed of the T. &. N. O. should have been gotten into better and firmer condition to withstand the heavy travel. This condition has about been reached, and now arrangements have been made to put on a Pullman standard sleeping car to operate exclusively for the benefit of travel between Dallas and Beaumont and it is proposed to arrange the schedule so that the train carrying this sleeper may make connection at Beaumont with the famous Sunset Limited of the Southern Pacific's main line, both East to New Orleans and west to California.

 The new train will leave Dallas at 6 o'clock p. m., and arrive at Beaumont at 8:40 a. m., in time to make connection with the eastbound Sunset Limited which leaves Beaumont for New Orleans. The Sunset Limited carries an elegantly equipped dining car, so another attractive and comfortable feature is added.

 The north bound schedule of the new train is arranged so as to leave Beaumont at 9:30 p. m., after having taken passengers from the west bound Sunset Limited which arrives at Beaumont at 9:30 p. m., after having taken passengers from the westbound Sunset Limited which arrives at Beaumont at 9:20 p. m., from New Orleans. Arriving at Dallas at 12:10 noon, passengers reach the city in time for dinner and for the transaction of business.

 The new equipment and schedule is expected to work big changes in routing travel between Dallas and New Orleans, for the traveler has the advantage of sleeping and dining cars practically all the way through.  

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904. 

PUBLIC ROADS.  --  MR. EDITOR. -  I don't suppose there will be any material change in our system of working the public roads until after our new police jury are elected and fairly installed in office. Then I believe everybody who is interested in having good roads expects to see some new system of taxation and for working the roads adopted. I think it is the duty of every man who has had any practical experience in building public roads to give his views on the subject. I have given my views on a system of taxation. See Gazette Feb. 27. I think it is one of the fairest most just and easiest system that can be found in any country. Its on a sliding scale, the rate can be raised or lowered at the end of any year if the circumstances require it, without affecting the main system in the least. I think the rate of taxation that I have proposed should be adopted for the first two years which would give us funds, if judiciously expended, to grade up every public road in the parish. Then the road tax can be very materially reduced as we will only have to keep the road in repair. The land owners, especially the absentees, can well afford to pay the extra two years' tax as the roads have cost them nothing up to the present time, and they will be more than doubly repaid for every dollar expended. If the road building is strung along over four or five years, the roads will be worn out about as fast as they are built, and we will have bad roads in some places all the time. In my next letter I shall propose that the police jury appoint a regular board of works, whose duty it will be to sse that all the laws, rules and regulations passed by the police jury, in reference to building roads, be strictly carried out, which will relieve the police jury of about nine tenths of its labors in looking after the roads and other matters in that line. The board of works will be responsible for all contracts let and for keeping the roads in repair. I am highly in favor of the contract system for working our public roads, if judiciously managed and well carried out under a board of works. The management will not cost the parish as much as our present system of overseeing their roads.

Lafayette Advertiser 3//9/1904.

State Agricultural Society and Stock Breeders' Association Will Convene March 30 to April 1, Inclusive.
 [Sugar Planter's Journal.]

 From March 30 to April 1 inclusive, the State Agricultural Society and the Stockbreeders' Association are to hold an annual joint convention at Lafayette La., and an excellent program is promised, dealing with the various problems confronting the farmers of the State.

 These two organizations are agents for the correction of abuses that exist in the parishes of Louisiana, pointing out the avoidance of errors in the practical operation of the farm, as well as giving new ideas for the improvement of conditions generally.

 Different scientists of the State will take part in the discussions of the joint convention, and the subjects discussed will not only be of local interest to the residents of Attakapas, who, in large numbers, will avail themselves of attending the session to be convened in their midst, but will also be of general interest to the farmers all over the State. The tending of live stock for breeding and dairy purposes will doubtless be intelligently handled, and the advantages possessed by Louisiana in the raising and fattening of beef cattle for the marker so succinctly put that the encouragement to the cattle raising industry will be manifested by increased attention paid to it in the future.

 Among other subjects that are in line for discussion may be mentioned: Charbon, which is likely to be discussed by Dr. Dalrymple, State Veterinarian; the boll weevil, concerning which none better than Dr. Morgan, the State Entomologist is prepared to talk; and an exposition of the wonderful resources of Louisiana most likely to be presented by Commissioner Lee.

 An interesting program is promised by those in charge of the arrangements, and the profit to be derived by those in attendance. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Death of Dr. Mallard.
 Dr. R. Q. Mallard, a distinguished Presbyterian divine, the father of Supt. C. C. Mallard of the Southern Pacific, died at his home in New Orleans Friday, Feb. 24, of paralysis. We copy the following from the States:

 Dr. Mallard, who was looked upon as the dean of the several Presbyterian churches in this City, was born seventy-four years ago on his father's plantation near Waitherville, Liberty county, Va., and reared there under the healthful, wholesale influences of country life. His education was had the University of Georgia at Athens, after graduating from which institution he completed a course at the Columbia Theological Seminary.

 The first important pulpit he occupied was that of the Centenary Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where he is still well remembered by the older churchmen, and where he is dearly beloved by all of those persons who came into contact with his gracious character.

 Dr. Mallard came to New Orleans just after the close of the Civil War in answer to a call from the Prytania Street Presbyterian Church, and remained pastor of that church until his health failed him in 1877, when he resigned his place to Rev. Jas. H. Nall now pastor of the Canal Street Church. In 1895 Dr. Mallard received the call from the Napoleon Avenue Presbyterian Church and continued as its pastor until his last illness forced him to take his bed.

 During the war Dr. Mallard was taken prisoner by the Union forces on December 14, 1865. When Savannah fell he was removed to that place and confined in a cotton warehouse in Bay street until paroled some week later. Dr. Mallard was not only a most eloquent preacher, but a man possessed of a high degree of literary talent as his several books attest. His memory was a remarkably retentive one; he wrote his long eloquent sermons, read them over once, and afterwards delivered them almost word for word. His demise is regarded by both the lay men and the clergy, as irreparable loss to the community as well as to the church. From the New Orleans Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Birthday Party.
 A number of tiny folks received the following invitation in a tiny envelope. Miss Louisa Tolson would be pleased to have you come and bring your mama to meet little Frances Louise Compton and her mama, Tuesday afternoon, March 8, at four o'clock. And the tiny folks came and brought their mamas at the right hour and had such a jolly time. They played all kinds of ways dear to wee bits of folks and acquainted as only little folks can. And what a fine time they had cutting the big birthday cake! Little Nina Pellerin cut the silver thimble; Paul Henry DeClouet, the souvenir spoon; and Tom Parkerson triumphantly carried off the dime; and everybody had a big piece of cake, and had their pictures taken too.

 Those present were: John Ramsay, Mildred Hopkins, Dorothy Davis, Lucille Nickerson, Paul Henry DeClouet, John Henry Carter, Tenn Ruger, Nina Pellerin, Ray Alleman and George Bonnet. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

 Republican Mass Meeting.
 Thursday, Mar. 17, a Republican mass meeting will be held at the court house at 7:30 p. m., at which Gen. W. J. Behan, candidate for governor, Clarence S. Hebert, W. E. Howell, L. P. Bryant and a number other prominent Republicans will address the meeting. A cordial invitation is extended to all citizens, ladies included, to be present and hear the issues of the campaign discussed from a Republican standpoint. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/9/1904.

Thursday night Lafayette felt a whiff of the cold, blizzardy weather prevailing throughout the North and West. Thin ice was formed and a sharp touch of frost nipped the early vegetables.

W. V Nicholson, who is now located at San Angelo, Tex., arrived in Lafayette Sunday and will remain some
Don't forget that Levy Bros. are agents for the celebrated
Fred Kaufman and Royal tailors.

C. O. Mouton, president of the Bank of Lafayette, made a short business trip to New Orleans during the week.

Take your prescriptions to Young & Comeaux and you will get pure medicines and just what your doctor prescribes.

Choice early amber sorghum seed, by the quart or bushel at the Moss Pharmacy.

Mr. S. B. Kahn and little daughters, Josie and Hilda visited relatives in Lake Charles Thursday and Friday, returning Saturday.

Mr. Ben Durand and daughter Miss Philomene, of Arnaudville were visiting in Lafayette Monday.

Mmes. J. E. Primeaux and A. J. Alpha and Misses Philomene were called to Scott last Thursday on account of the serious illness of their brother Jacque's little child, who, we are pleased to say, is improving.

Joe Pizzo is building an up-to-date, modern brick bakery for the use of Gaston Veazey, who is now located across the railroad.

A. J. Leblanc is having a nice cottage built on Madison street.

Lionel Bienvenu, a popular drummer for a New Orleans house, was here yesterday calling on the trade.

The small frame building on the corner of Vermilion and Jefferson streets was moved last week to a lot beyond Lee Ave.

Tin cans, pieces of hoops, paper, rags and such like don't add much to the beauty of a town's streets. While we are making improvements, we might add clean streets to the list. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

When all the concrete sidewalks are laid the streets of Lafayette will look quite attractive, if they are kept clean, and an effort should be made to keep them so.

The Etta Bottling Works will shortly add to the list of soft drinks manufactured by them, Pepper-Phosphate, Afri-kola, and a delicious drink known as Lager Brew, which is a non-alcoholic beverage, but tastes like beer. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

Mr. Ed Higginbotham has received all his machinery and supplies for an up-to-date bottling establishment and will shortly begin the manufacture and sale of soft drinks of all kinds.

 Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1904.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 9th, 1901:


 Inspector General Brown Recommends that the Young Soldier be Appointed Commissary of Subsistence.

 Of all officially unwelcome visitors at an army post the Inspector ranks first. He is the official fault finder who comes around periodically and gives almost everybody a general hauling-over-the-coals. As a rule he is, personally, a charming individual who enjoys telling and enjoys hearing a good story, and up to the time of his departure there is nothing in his manner to indicate otherwise than that he has found conditions at the post above criticism. However, it is the exception to the rule when that impression is not promptly dissipated by the early receipt of a communication at the post calling attention in positive terms to certain irregularities noticed by the Inspector upon his recent visit, and calling on the officer in command for an explanation, etc.

 It will be pleasing to his friends to learn from the appended report how Lieut. Moss "ran the gauntlet" at a recent inspection of his post:

 November 17, 1900.

The Adjutant General, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C., (Through military channels.)

 Sir:  Upon making an official inspection of matters pertaining to the Subsistence Department at this post, I am so favorably impressed with his business-like methods, energy, and intelligent performance of the duties devolving upon him, that I have the honor to recommend the Post Commissary, 1st Lieut. James A. Moss, 24th Infantry, for appointment as Commissary of Subsistence with the rank of captain in the regular establishment.

 This recommendation is made without hint or solicitation on the part of Lieut. Moss or any of his friends - in fact I do not even know that he is an applicant for such an appointment.

 This recommendation therefore may be taken as purely official and made with view to securing efficient service in the Subsistence Department. Very respectfully,
                              W. C. BROWN.
Major 42nd Inf'y., U. S. V. Act'g Insp. Genl.

                        November 17, 1900.

 Respectfully forwarded. I concur with Maj. Brown in his estimate of Lieut. Moss, who has discharged the duties of Regimental Commissary and Post Quartermaster to my entire satisfaction. He has signal ability as an officer and high personal character.

                     HENRY B. FREEMAN,
         Colonel 24th Infty., commanding.
               Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.


Of the Industrial Institute Accepted by the Board - Other Important Matters Attended to.

 Several important matters were taken up and fully discussed at the called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Industrial Institute last Saturday. The members of the Board present were Vice-president Robert Martin, of St. Martinville, Capt. J. C. Buchanan, of Lafayette, Mr. James A. Lee, of New Iberia, Hon. T. H. Lewis, of Opelousas, Lieut.-Gov. Estopinal and Prof. Brown Ayres, of New Orleans.

 After making a thorough inspection of the building and receiving a report from the architects of its completion according to contract, its final acceptance was ratified by a resolution.

 The question as to the sale of bonds authorized by Acts 71 and 91 of the last Legislature, was then brought up and arrangements were completed for the sale of the bonds at par to the local banks. The proceeds of these bonds, which will amount to somewhat over forty thousand dollars, will be immediately applied, in part to the cost of the main building and in part to the construction of other buildings necessary for the school, upon which work is soon to begin.

 Upon recommendation of President Stepehens, and upon examination of preliminary plans already outlined, the architects, Messrs. Favrot & Livaudais, were authorized and instructed to begin at once upon the plans and specifications for a two-story brick dormitory for girls, to be erected on the Northwest edge of the Industrial School property, appropriately grouped with the main building; and the building committee was authorized to proceed immediately with the advertising for bids and the work of construction. In addition to this, there is also to be built a machine shop - and such other buildings as may be necessary, as soon as is practicable. It is now assured that the school will begin its first regular session next September.

 We are informed that the formal opening of the main building will take place in about two months from now and will be made the occasion of an educational and popular gathering from the State at large.

Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

Two Dynamos to be Bought by The Council.

 As may be seen by reading the proceedings of the City Council published in this paper, two dynamos will be added to the town's electric light plant, which will increase its capacity to thirteen or fourteen-hundred 16 candle incandescents. This will enable the town to give a far brighter light and to accommodate to a much greater number of patrons.

 President Stephens, of the Industrial Institute, is negotiating with the Council for 200 or more lights, which demand alone would necessitate the purchase of the dynamos. The intelligent efforts of the Council to make the plant self-sustaining and to give the public a good service will no doubt be appreciated by the community. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

A New Store. - Mr. W. V. Nicholson has bought of Mrs. F. Gardiner a lot on Lincoln avenue, measuring 37 feet front by a depth of 125 feet, for $750. Mr. Nicholson has bought the lot for the purpose of putting up a two-story store building in which he will open a hardware store. The store will be built at once.
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.


 Of the police Jury - Much Business Transacted - Matters of Interest to Tax-payers - Third Ward Roads.

 The Police Jury met last Thursday, March 7, with all members present: M. Billeaud, president; A. Lacey, Alex Broussard, F. G. Mouton, J. C. Buchanan, O. Blanchet, S. Broussard, J. A. Labbe, Jno. Whittington.

 Clerk E. G. Voorhies appeared and urged the Jury to appoint a committee of the purpose of supplying the office with additional space for files and for providing for the keeping of certain indexes and other books.

 By motion the president appointed Messrs. Mouton, Buchanan and Wm. Clegg to investigate and report on the application of the clerk.

 Mr. Mouton on behalf of the committee appointed to report on the claim of Donacien Duhon for damages resulting from the breaking of a horse's leg submitted a verbal report to the effect that Mr. Duhon value his animal at $200, but refused to make any proposition looking to a compromise.

 The committee reported failure to reach any understanding relative to the matter and referred the claim to the Jury. Whereupon the Jury declined to take any action in the premises.

 Mr. Lacy reported having satisfactorily arranged the complaint of Paul Martin as to flood water on his place.

 By motion of Mr. Labbe, the secretary was authorized to notify agent of the Dennis Long plantation and Desire Benoit, to remove their fencing five feet back from the main Abbeville public road in order to give the full width of 40 feet.

 Mr. B. N. Coronna appeared and asked reconsideration of the resolution adopted in January last, in reference to the refunding of parish taxes paid by the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company.

 A Motion to reconsider by Mr. Buchanan was lost by the following vote:

 Ayes - Buchanan, Whittington, Alex Broussard.

 Nays - Mouton, Lacy, S. Broussard, Blanchet and Labbe.

 Mr. Eloi Vincent complained of two bridges between the 2d and 8th wards and the matter was referred to Alex M. Broussard and Tillman Spell of that ward.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, Lucien Arceneaux and Alcee Dugas were appointed roadoverseeers of the 3rd ward. Carmelite Gathe, Azelia LeBlanc and Homer Washington, indigents were each allowed $12.50.


 Mr. Blanchet moved to reconsider the vote taken in the morning relative to refunding taxes to Lafayette Compress Company and the following tie occurred. Ayes: - Blanchet, Buchanan, Whittington and Alex Broussard.

 Nays: - S. Broussard, Lacy, Labbe and Mouton. President Billeaud cast the deciding vote in favor of reconsideration and the motion prevailed. The president explained that his vote was based entirely on the moral obligation of the Jury to fulfill the promise of exemption made by the previous administration and accepted in good faith by the Compress Company.

  By motion of Mr. Buchanan, the taxes of the cotton compress were ordered remitted by the following vote:

 Ayes - Buchanan, Whittington, Blanchet, and Alex Broussard.

 Nays - Mouton, Lacy, Labbe, S. Broussard.

 The chair again decided the tie in favor of the motion which prevailed.

 Mr. Mouton explained his vote upon the ground that the Jury had no right to remit the taxes in question.

 Mr. Mouton was authorized to paint the iron work in the jail.

 Messrs. Buchanan and Greig were appointed to investigate the treasurer's books and accounts, cancel all vouchers and grant a quietus to that officer.

 The Jury upon invitation of Capt. Buchanan visited the Industrial School building in a body and were kindly received by President Stephens who conducted the party over the grounds and through the various departments of the building. Much favorable comment was indulged in as the admirable plan of the structure was unfolded and the numerous modern conveniences were brought to notice. The Jury expressed extreme satisfaction for a most pleasant and profitable visit.

 The treasurer's report showed cash in general fund $2568.35, and special road tax $2,557.43.

After approval of accounts the Jury adjourned.
  Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

The New Agent.

 Mr. C. D. Boudreaux has been appointed agent of the Southern Pacific Company at this place. The Patterson Optic has this to say of the new agent:

 "Mr. C. D. Boudreaux, who for the last ten years successfully held the position as agent of Patterson for the Southern Pacific road, leaves this week for Lafayette where he has been promoted. Having been a long resident and a good citizen, respected by all, we are loathe to part with him. We wish him and family the success that is due them in their new home."
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

The Circus. - Circus performers of the most superior capabilities and the most skillful equestrians, make these shows deserving of the good name that Cooper & Co. have established. The interior of the immense tents have been arranged by the introduction of new improvements which tend to the comfort of the patrons. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

The Cooper & Co. Railroad Shows. - This famous circus which has been increasing in quality and attractions each year will this season surpass anything of its kind ever seen here. It is customary with this popular show to inject a vast amount of new matter, novel and timely ideas into their exhibition so as to render it comparatively new and the management claims to have exceeded by far any previous efforts. They will exhibit here Thursday, March 14.   Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

Cooper & Co. - Circus performers of the most superior capabilities and the most skillful equestrians, make these shows deserving of the good name that Cooper & Co. have established. The interior of the immense tents have been arranged by the introduction of the new improvements which tend to the comfort of the patrons.   Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

 Three Fine Entertainments.
 Through the efforts of a number of citizens the people of Lafayette will be afforded an opportunity to enjoy three first class entertainments. On Friday, March 22, the Boston Concert Company, one of the greatest musical troupes on the stage, will play here. About two weeks later, Joaquin Miller, the famous poet of the Sierras, will deliver a lecture on the Klondike and will read some of his masterful literary productions. After an interval of two more weeks, Harr Wagner, one of the most popular American lecturers, will deliver a lecture. The admission to each entertainment will be 50 cents. These will unquestionably be the finest attractions of the whole season.

 In order to secure these entertainments a number of citizens were compelled to guarantee the amount required. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

Three Negroes Hanged. - Three negroes were hung at Opelousas yesterday. All three were convicted of murder. One was hung for killing Mr. Goldberg for the purpose of robbery. Another for killing his wife and the third for murdering his child. The hanging attracted a very large crowd to the town. The scaffold was built as to place the trap within view of the crowd. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

Firemen Will Meet Monday. - The members of the three fire companies of Lafayette will meet at Falk's hall on Tuesday instead of Monday night. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers of the department. A full attendance is required.  Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

 The following real estate transfers were recorded in the clerk's office during the past week:

 Jules Jeanmard to Jules Dutel, one lot in Carencro, $350.

 Alcide Delhomme to Marguerite M. York, 50 acres near Carencro, $1,400.

 Clemence Breaux to Jules Cormier, 5 arpents woodland in sixth ward, $45.

 Clemence Breaux to Esdras Breaux, 5 acres in sixth ward, $50.

 Jules Cormier to Adam Cormier, 5 acres woodland in sixth ward, $45.

 Hermance Landry to Dr. Geo. R. DeLaureal, one lot with improvements in Broussard, $1,500.

 Emilie Trahan to Ellen Landry, 26 arpents in fourth ward, $200.

 Emilie Trahan to Valerien Comeau, 7 arpents in fourth ward, $140.

 Southern Development Co. to John Nickerson, one lot in Lafayette.

 Southern Development Co. to Mrs. John Nickerson, one lot in Lafayette.

 Andrus Amuny to Mike Abud, lot in Lafayette, $400.

 Julien Comeau to Frank Gilbert, 35 arpents in sixth ward, $500.

 Lodoiska Breaux to Louis G. Bernard, 12 arpents in sixth ward, $400.

 Martial Trahan and others to Genevieve Azema Bourque, 5 arpents in fourth ward, $110.

 Joseph Reaux to Dr. R. O. Young, 21 arpents in fourth ward, $487.

 Dr. R. O. Young to Alex Guillaume, half interest in 100 arpents in fourth ward, $1,210.

 Dr. A. O. Clark to Martin Sarver 25 acres in 2d ward, $250.

 Martin Sarver to J. N. Hoffpauir, 25 acres in 2d ward, $300.

 Elizabeth H. Mills to Chas. D. Caffery, lot in Lafayette, $75.

 Lodoiska Breaux to Esdras Breaux, one lot in Carencro, $50.

 Esdras Breaux to Numa Breaux , 25 arpents in sixth ward, $250.

 Lodoiska Breaux to C. Addison, 8 arpents in sixth ward, $150.

 Southern Development Co. to Ann Queenland, 4 lots in Lafayette, $313.50.
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.


City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., March 4, 1901. - The City Council met this day in regular session with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery Presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, F. Demanade.

 Moved and seconded, that minutes of previous meetings be approved as read.

 Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by F. Demanade, that the Council pay six (6) bonds at $500 each, and interest on bonds $2,070. Motion carried.

 Moved and duly seconded, that the report of treasurer be accepted and spread on minutes. Carried.

  Mr. Wm. Reed representing Safety Electric Co., of New Orleans, made a proposition to the Council to increase the capacity of the electric light plant, by putting two dynamos in the plant, fixture, etc., for the sum of $1,046.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc, seconded by F. Demanade, that the capacity of the electric light plant be increased 480 lights more, by the addition of two 12 1/2 Kilowatt dynamos; and 3,000 feet of No. 4 and 3,000 feet of No. 8 wire, as per the following statement. Motion adopted.

 Two (2) 12 1/2 K. W. dynamos ... $660.00
 3,000 feet of No. 4 wire/3,000 feet of No. 8 wire ... $134.00
 Two (2) double lights endless belts ... $90.00
 Two (2) switches ... $12.00
 Pins and insulators ... $20.00
 Expenses and fit ... $130.00
                        Total ... $1,046

 Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that proposition of the Safety Electric Co., of New Orleans, presented by Wm. Reed, to increase capacity of plant in the manner proposed, be referred to the Water Works & Electric Light committee with instruction to accept same if in their judgment, the interest of the town would be promoted thereby. Adopted.

 Moved and duly seconded, that the W. W. & E. L. committee investigate the probable cost of furnishing the Industrial School with water and light and report at a special meeting to be called if necessary. Adopted.

 The following bills were approved:

  Moved and duly seconded, that the hospital committee can adjust the rent of the hospital grounds with parish officials. Carried.

 Moved and duly seconded, that permission be granted Mr. J. C. Nickerson to use Mr. Ambroise Mouton's license as real estate agent and that said license be transferred accordingly. Adopted.

 On motion by F. Demanade, seconded by C. O. Mouton, that an allowance of sixty ($60) dollars be granted the citizens of eastern part of town for the purpose of constructing a plank walk from B. Falk's property near F. Demanade's store, along Vermilion street to the corporate limits going east, provided said walk be a good and substantial walk four feet wide. Adopted.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/9/1901.

 Johnston street is now opened as far as the Industrial Institute. When completed it will be one of the most handsomest avenues in the town. 

 W. F. Price who was putting the steam fixtures in the Industrial Institute building completed the work this week.

 Judge Julian Mouton, of Lafayette, and Judge Lewis, of Opelousas, went to St. Martinville this week to hold a session of the Circuit court.

 Mr. H. C. Wallis is the guest of Mr. Hugh C. and Miss Ruby Wallis.

 Mr. C. A. Clarke, agent for Cooper & Co. shows, which exhibit here March 14, was in town Monday. He says that they are doing an immense business and are introducing newly created circus features never before attempted. Street parade at 10 o'clock.
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 9th, 1901:


 Last Saturday, the State Committee of the South West Louisiana Industrial School, composed of Prof. Brown Ayres, Lieut. Gov. Alb. Estopinal, Judge T. H. Lewis of Opelousas, J. M. Lee of Iberia, Robt. Martin of St. Martin of St. Martinsville and J. C. Buchanan of Lafayette, met at the office of Prof. E. L. Stephens, President of the Industrial School. The committee accepted the Main Building constructed by Contractor A. E. Mouton, complimented him on the superiority of the work and congratulated him on his conscientious fulfillment of contract.

 The committee authorized the construction of another brick building, 150 x 55 feet to serve as a dormitory.

 Bids will also be received for the building of the work-loops.

 The ceremony of the inauguration of the Industrial School will be celebrated in about two months. The program for this occasion will be shortly announced.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901. 

Let There Be Light.

 At the City Council

 Mr. Wm. Reed representing Safety Electric Co., of New Orleans, made a proposition to the Council to increase the capacity the electric light plant, by putting two dynamos in the plant, fixtures and etc., for the sum of $1,046.00.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by F. Demanade, that the capacity of the electric light plant be increased, 480 lights more, by the addition of two 12 1/2 kilowatt dynamos and 3000 feet of No. 8 wire, as per the following statement, motion adopted.

Two (2) 12 1/2 K. U. Dynamos...$660.
8000 ft. No. 4 wire...$134.
8000 ft. No. 8 wire...
Two (2) dble., lights endless belts...$90.00
Two (2) switches...$12.
Pins and Insulators...$20.
Expenses and frt...$130.

Total $1,046.00

Moved by C. O. Mouton seconded by F. E. Girard, that proposition of the Safety Electric Co., of New Orleans. Represented by Wm. Reed, to increase capacity of plant in the manner proposed, be referred to the W. W. & E. L. Committee, with instructions to accept same if in their judgement, the interest of the town would be promoted thereby, adopted.

Moved and duly seconded that the W. W. & E. L. Committee investigate the probable cost of furnishing the Industrial Institute with water and light and report at a special meeting to be called if necessary, adopted.

 ...In other Council business...

 Moved and duly seconded that permission be granted Mr. J. C. Nickerson to use Mr. Ambroise Mouton's license as Real Estate Agent and that said license be transferred accordingly, adopted.

Moved by F. Demanade seconded by C. O. Mouton, that an allowance of sixty ($60.00) dollars, be granted the citizens of eastern part of town, for the purpose of constructing a plank walk from B. Falk's property, near F. Demanade's Store, along Vermilion street, to the corporate limits going east provided said walk be a good and substantial walk four feet wide adopted.

There being no further business the Council Adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

Japonicas Blooming. - In spite of the cold spell the beautiful Japonicas still bloom profusely, any one visiting the Southern Pacific depot at train time, could note that a new industry, that of flower culture, prospers in our town. As each train pulls in, passengers are besieged by little pickaninies offering Camelias of all kinds and colors. One northern traveler who appreciated the beauty of these flowers, asked the black vendor if he had the exquisite blossoms to sell all year round, and received this answer : "I's a flower boy Mister, only when de Camelias dey bloom, all the other times, I's a boot shine. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

Cement Walk at St. John's. - Rev. E. Forge, pastor of St. John's Catholic Church is having a handsome cement walk laid from the church entrance to the gates. The Rev. Father has also contracted with L. Lacoste for an iron fence on a brick foundation to enclose the church property. Mr. Chavally is entrusted with all these improvements. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.  

Quo-Vadis - "Benedicts' Quo Vadis" at Falk's Opera House March 11th.
Several new buildings will be added to the number of modern residences in our town. That of Mr. E. G. Voorhies, the popular clerk of court, will be as attractive as any reflects credit upon its architect, Mr. L. P. Ames.   Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

 That the Cooper & Co., have well earned their deserved success is attested by what the press ad the critics have to say of their shows, which will exhibit here Thursday March 14th, the advanced press notices have words of praise for them, their performance is presented to us in as new and attractive form as modern thought and invention will permit. They have a multitude of masterly innovations never before presented which are thoroughly in accordance with the spirit of the times. The advent of Cooper & Co., shows has in a great measure uplifted the amusement business and it can be truthfully said that they are modern showmen with modern ideas.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.


Laf. Fire Company Election. - Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1, held its yearly election last Monday and the following officers were chosen:  Wm. Campbell President; Judge Debaillon Vice-President; Felix Mouton Secretary; D. V. Gardebled Treasurer; Paul Castel Foreman, John Graser Assistant Foreman; Louis Hebert House Keeper; Wm. Graser and B. F. Anderson Nozzlemen. The annual banquet will be given Tuesday March 14th, at Domengeaux restaurant. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

Home Fire Company. - 
Home Fire Company met last Thursday and elected the following officers: J. Alfred Mouton, President; Jos. Ducote, Vice-President; O. B. Hopkins, Rec. Secretary; A. V. Labbe, Fin. Secretary; S. R. Parkerson, Treasurer; F. V. Mouton, Foreman; Gus. S. Schmulenm 1st Asst. Foreman; Alfred Martin, 2nd Asst. Foreman; J. J. Mouton, Frank Hopkins and H. A. Van der Cruyssen, Finance Committee; Jim Marsh, House-Keeper. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.  


Merchants, Bankers, etc., are warned not to cash the following drafts which were stolen on train from Carencro to Lafayette, on Feb. 17th, 1901.

- $33.00 check C. C. Brown, favor Clovis, draft on First Nat. Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.

- $50.00 check C. C. Brown favor Albert Guidry, on First Nat. Bank.

- $38.00 check C. C. Brown, favor Jno. Johnson, on First Nat. Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.

- $34.05 check C. C. Brown, favor A. Berthelot, on First Nat. Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.

- $54.00 check C. C. Brown, favor Miss O. Broussard, on First Nat. Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.

- $75.00 check C. C. Brown favor Dupuis, on First Nat. Bank, endorsed in favor of A. Guidry.

- $718.08 check Charleville favor Adam Guidry on H. Lichtenstein & Son in favor of A. Guidry.

- $246.70 check Duffy favor Adam Guidry on And. I. McShane, in favor or A. Guidry. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

 Real Estate Agency. - The undersigned has embarked in the Real Estate business, for South Western Louisiana. Parties having property for sale will do well to call on or write to me. Taxes paid and rents collected for non-residents a specialty.
J. C. NICKERSON, P. O. Box 82, Lafayette, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

 Visiting from Simcoe. - Messrs. Spencer Ford of the firm "Porter Iron Roofing Co.," and A. E. Ford representing "The Highland Buggy Co., both of Cincinnati spent a few days with their old chum and school-mate, J. C. Nickerson. All were formerly of Simcoe, Canada. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.  

New Construction. - 
Several new buildings will be added to the number of modern residences in our town. That of Mr. E. G. Voorhies, the popular clerk of court, will be attractive as any and reflects credit upon its architect, Mr. L. P. Ames. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

New Furniture Store. - We learn with pleasure that Mr. B. J. Pellerin will remain in Lafayette and contemplates opening in the near future a large furniture establishment. In this new venture Mr. Pellerin receives the best wishes of his numerous friends.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/9/1901.

 Hon. Wm. Campbell, attracted by the Bernhardt Coquelin engagement went to New Orleans, Tuesday.

 Hon. M. T. Gordy of Abbeville came to attend a session of the Circuit Court, last Monday.

 Mrs. Cartwright, sister of Atty. Elliot, who was so seriously burnt several weeks ago, at her home, is reported out of danger.

 After a long siege of the grip Mr. J. O. Mouton is again attending to business.

 The A. J. Ross Lumber Yard, was bought last Wednesday, by the Albert Hanson Lumber Co., of Franklin.

 Charles Debaillon made a three days trip to New Orleans.

 C. D. Boudreaux, the new Ticker Agent at the S. P. Depot has arrived, and assumed full charge of the office.

 Strangers are continually commenting favorably upon the Electric Lights of this town. Mr. Melchert our efficient electrician is an AL.

 Judge C. Debaillon is holding Civil Court in Crowley.
 Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1901.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 9th, 1895:


 The Gazette is two years old to-day. On the 11th of March 1893 it made its appearance for the first time, and it gives us no little pleasure to say that since its birth the paper has appeared regularly every Saturday, always endeavoring to give to its readers the best it had in the shop.

 The Gazette is not given to self-praise and does not claim to have accomplished wonders, but it has exerted its humble efforts toward the upbuilding of this section. The first two years of its existence have been marked by a business depression whose severity is unprecedented in the history of this government. Having survived this critical period, the paper may reasonably expect to enjoy a full share of prosperity in the future.

It is needless to make any promises for the future. The readers of the paper know us sufficiently well, and promises would simply be a waste of ink. The subscription price will remain at $1 per year because we don't believe the paper is worth any more.

We thank our friends for their liberal support in the past and hope to merit their patronage in the future. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

Eclipse of the Moon. - There will be a total eclipse of the moon on Sunday night, March 10. The eclipse will begin a few moments before 8 o'clock and will be total from a few minutes before 10 o'clock and will be total from a few minutes before 11:30 o'clock.

Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

Coming for Deady.

Sheriff Broussard has received a telegram from Sheriff Mahles of Eureka Springs, Ark., stating he would soon be in Lafayette for the man A. J. Deady, who surrendered to authorities here last week, an account of which appeared in the last issue of this paper. Deady expressed his willingness to go to Arkansas without the requisition papers, which fact was wired to Sheriff Mahles.

It seems that Deady has a wife and two children in Houma, where he is well-known. Mr. Bonvillain, of the latter place, was in Lafayette this week and visited the unfortunate man in the jail. Mr. Bonvillain says that Deady while in his employ was always attentive to his duties and was a good workman, always behaved well and enjoyed the esteem of all who knew him. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895. 

An Eloquent Divine. Father D'Hommee, the eloquent divine, from Washington, La., has preached two sermons at the Catholic church since the beginning of Lent. The reverend father is an orator of great ability and the fact that he will preach at this place during the Lenten season is a source of much gratification to the members of the Catholic church. Seldom have the people of this town had the opportunity to listen to a more eloquent and earnest preacher. His sermons can not fail of accomplishing much good in the cause of the Savior. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

Slot Machine Fiend. - Lafayette has within its corporate limits an individual who is nursing a diabolical grudge against slot machines. He is waging a relentless war against these modern contrivances, which seems to be as numerous as the sands of the sea. Some days ago one of these inoffensive machines was the victim of a crusade and early Thursday morning he made a raid at McDaniel's and carried away two of these splendid nickle gatherers and at the same time relieved Mr. McDaniel of over nine dollars besides about eight dollars in the machines. The next morning the machines were found a short distance from the saloon, but they had been robbed of their contents. Like Jack the Ripper, this fiend accomplished his purpose, left his victims lifeless on the ground and continued on his mad career unseen by citizens of police. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

Big Engines. - Two Louisiana Western engines just from the Schenectady Locomotive Works steamed through Lafayette Thursday. These locomotives each weigh 100 tons and the wheels measure 5 feet by nine inches, and the cylinder to 19 by 24 inches.
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895. 

 A Strange Freak. - Gus Lacoste is always doing some funny things. He is given to telling incredible fish and bird stories. This time it is a yellow partridge that he has killed, and though it may seem strange he was brought the bird to town to back his story. It is a yellow partridge sure enough and Gus has sent to New Orleans to have it stuffed.
 Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895. 

 An Accomplice. - Last Monday Deputies Billaud and Veazey arrested a negro named Andre Gary and lodged him in jail. Gary is charged with being an accomplice in the waylaying of Jordon Benton some time ago. He was arrested upon information furnished by officers at the time it was committed. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

 A Clever Capture. - Sheriff Broussard has sympathy for the man who makes it his business to beat boarding houses. In fact there is no greater pleasure for him than to run to earth these unscrupulous fellows. When he hears that a man has jumped his board bill through pure rascality Ike leaves no stone unturned to catch the culprit and he always succeeds - for history fails to record a single case wherein he failed to capture a boarding-house beat. The last arrest for this offense was made by the sheriff last Wednesday afternoon immediately after the arrival of the west-bound train. He had been informed that a man left the Provost hotel at Jeanerette during the night without settling for his board before taking his departure. The sheriff looked around and finally eyed a passenger comfortably seated in the car, who answered the description which had been given him. He walked up to the suspect and told him what his mission was. The passenger stoutly denied the accusation and said his name was Williams and not Bagwell and added that he had never been in Jeanerette, but the sheriff insisted that he was the right man and was about so send for a certain gentleman to identify him and he admitted his guilt and paid the amount, $15, which he had failed to pay Mr. Provost at Jeanerette. Mr. Broussard then released the prisoner and telephoned Mr. Provost to draw on him for the sum collected.
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

 Got Two Months. - J. W. Edwards, the man who was arrested here on the 12th of February and taken to New Orleans where he was wanted for having stolen an overcoat and a watch, plead guilty to the charge of petty larceny and was sentenced to two months' confinement in the parish prison. It will be remembered that Edwards had an eighteen-months-old child in his possession when placed under arrest. The child is now in one of the asylums in New Orleans.  Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.


 Mrs. Edmond Mouton died Friday night at 10 o'clock at the residence of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Edward Mouton, near this town. The venerable lady had been ill several weeks and a few days ago disease had made such inroads in the once robust system that it was only a question of time when death would end her sufferings. Her last moments were passed surrounded by devoted children and grandchildren who did all in their power to prolong if possible the life of their beloved parent, but despite all their affectionate care and the skill of the physicians the life of this true Christian-woman was brought to an end by the inscrutable hand of death, after a useful career of nine years over the allotted span of three scores and ten.

Mrs. Mouton was born in the parish of Avoyelles seventy-nine years ago. Her maiden name was Eualie Voorhies family of Avoyelles, the descendants of whom have held and now hold high positions in this State. She was a sister of Cornelius Voorhies, who was Judge of this district and later occupied a seat on the supreme bench. Another brother was the lamented Horace Voorhies of this parish. The deceased was the mother of a large and distinguished family. Among her children were the late Judge Edward Mouton and and the late Sheriff Edgard Mouton, of St. Martin, the latter being the only surviving son.

A vast concourse of mourners, among whom was a large number of relatives, attended the funeral of this estimable lady, whose mortal remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Saturday evening. 

Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.


 The news that a portion of the bounty would be paid on last year's cane crop was a joyful surprise to the people of this parish. While cane is not extensively raised in this parish, the paying of the bounty will be of considerable help to our cane-growers. It will enable some of them to pay the debts incurred during the last year and will be an encouragement to continue with the cultivation of cane which had received a severe blow from the last Congress. To some of our planters it may be only a few hundred dollars, but however small the sum may be, it will be paid at a time when it will be most needed. It is believed that this righteous action of Congress has saved a great industry from nothing short of total ruin. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895. 

Luther Benson Will Lecture To-morrow - Admission Free.

 Luther Benson, renown temperance lecturer, has announced that he will deliver a lecture at the court-house in this town to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. The State Press speak highly of Mr. Benson as a lecturer and gentleman. The following is said of him by distinguished men:I have known Luther Benson many years. He is a gentleman highly esteemed, and an admirable orator.  Thos. A. Hendricks.

 On the subject of temperance he is one of the foremost orators living. - Daniel Voorhies. Mr. Benson is a born orator, with great powers of speech, a vivid fancy, touching pathos, and a quaint, rich humor. - Hon. H. D. Mooney. Mr. Benson is the most eloquent champion of the cause of temperance has ever had in the west, and he is unquestionably one of the most eloquent men this country has produced. - Hon. Wm. S. Holmes.

He is an orator of great power. - Hon. S. S. Cox.

 The orator's words were interwoven with flashes of brilliant wit, bright, genial humor, stinging sarcasm and genuine eloquence, and for nearly two hours the great audience, representing the best elements of the cultured society of the University City, listened to Benson as he told a story that only he can tell. Robert J. Burdette. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

Police Jury Notes.
Lafayette La., March 4, 1895.
 The Police Jury pursuant to adjournment met this day in special session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, J. G. St. Julien, H. M. Durke, A. A. Delhomme, Alfred Hebert and J. W. Broussard. Absent: C. C. Brown.

 The reading of the minutes was dispensed with.

 By motion of Mr. St. Julien, duly made the parish licenses for the year 1895 were fixed the same as the state licenses and the ordinance adopted relative thereto.

 Vote-Yeas: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, J. G. St. Julien, J. W. Broussard, A. A. Delhomme and Alfred Hebert.  Nays: None.

(The licenses will appear in this paper in the next issue.)-Ed.

 By motion the Police Jury adjourned until the last Monday in April (29) at the usual hour.
R. .C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/9/1895.
 As far as we know the Castellance-Gould wedding has created very little excitement in Lafayette society.

 After receiving The Gazette two years without paying for it a subscriber sends us word through the postmaster to "discontinue same" - and yet Bob Ingersoll says there is no hell.

 Sheriff Broussard made a flying trip to New Orleans this week.

 Mrs. B. Falk was a visitor in Lake Charles Friday and Saturday.

 B. Falk and L. Levy made a short visit to relatives in Lake Charles last Saturday.

 Constable Montagne, of Vermilion parish, was here Monday and arrested a negro wanted in that parish for larceny.

 Felix Mouton, who is employed by the Texas and Pacific Company at Alexandria, was in town Saturday.

 General Manager Kruttschnitt, General Superintendent Van Vleck and other Southern Pacific officials passed through Lafayette Tuesday on their way to Houston.

 Dr. Eugene J. Chachere, well known in Lafayette where he lived a few months, died in Opelousas last Sunday. He was 30 years of age.

 F. V. Mouton, agent of the Texas and Pacific Company, at Placquemines, was summoned to Lafayette last Saturday on account of the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Edmond Mouton.

 John Bernard Vandergriff, he of French manners and tonsorial attainments, request us to state that the hard times do not affect his abilities as a barber and coiffure of the highest order, and that he is always ready to serve the public.

 Mr. Edmond Mouton was in town this week and in conversation with a Gazette reporter stated that the payment of the bounty would prove a godsend to the cane-growers in his neighborhood. Over 4,500 tons of cane were shipped from Mouton's Switch last year.

 Mr. Eloi Mouton, an old and highly respected citizen of this parish, died last Saturday at 80 years of age. Mr. Mouton had always lived in this parish and leaves a number of descendants. Mrs. Felix Begnaud, of this town is a granddaughter of the deceased. Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1895.  


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 9th, 1895.


 We have been requested to explain with relation to the complaint recently made by our local contemporary that the present rates charged for telephoning are excessive, that the example submitted in support of the complaint is not a fair one. A charge of "25 cents" is made not to send "six words" only by telephone from Lafayette to St. Martinsville, but for the use of the telephone for not more than five minutes. This is a much more reasonable rate than is charged for sending a telegram between the two points, viz; 60 cents for 10 words or less, one way, and, if an answer is required, 60 cents additional for the second telegram. In the case of telephoning a message may be easily sent and a reply received within the five minutes, and, besides the message need not be limited to ten words, and the fee charged covers the cost of both the message and answer. On the other hand if now answer be required the telephone is again much the more advantageous medium of communication, for not only is the charge between two points named 15 cents less than a telegram of 10 words, but also the patron is entitled to the service of the telephone for a space of five minutes, enabling the speaker to send quite a lengthy message if occasion should demand it. When all the facts as well as the nature of the telephone service are taken into consideration, then, the tariff of rates established by the telephone are not as high as they might appear to be as a superficial glance. This explanation is made by request and is done in justice to the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Line.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1895.

Temperance Lecture. - Mr. Luther Benson will lecture on Temperance, at the Court House, Sunday, March 10th., at 3 o'clock p. m. The admission is free.  What distinguished men say : I have known Luther Benson many years. He is a gentleman highly esteemed, and an admirable orator. - Thos. A. Hendricks. One the subject of temperance he is one of the foremost orators living. - Daniel Voorhies : Mr. Benson is born orator, with great powers of speech, a vivid fancy, touching pathos, and a quaint, rich humor. - Hon. H. D. Mooney. Mr. Benson is the most eloquent champion the cause has ever had in the west and unquestionably one of the most eloquent men this country has produced. - Hon. Wm. S. Hollman. He is an orator of great power. - Hon. R. B. Vance. He eloquence is rare, unique and persuasive. - Hon. S. S. Cox.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1895.

An Anti-Emigration Document.
 A Dakota farmer who came to Louisiana  a few months ago, and later became a resident of our parish, has placed in our hands the subjoined article from The Dakota Farmer, a newspaper published in Aberdeen, South Dakota. We were requested to reprint the article and enter a general denial of the statement made, in the name of the new-comer who handed us the clipping, and who claims that to his personal knowledge the account given of the country does not correspond to facts and does it a palpable injustice. The Advertiser is of the opinion that the author of the contribution to the Aberdeen Daily News came down South for the express purpose of searching out only the disadvantages the country might possess, that these might be amplified sufficiently to counteract as far as possible the wholesale movement of emigration southward that is threatening to seriously depopulate certain sections of the North and West. If this is the real intention of the writing we publish below, the account given of "Louisiana and the Sunny South" does credit to the author :

How a South Dakota Farmer Found it.

 Mr. Wm. Rehfield of Brown county, a prominent and successful farmer, contributes to the Aberdeen Daily News his experience on a recent trip to Louisiana and the Sunny South. The article will be of unusual interest to the Dakota stockmen who long for a place to feed their cattle where there are no long winters to contend with.

 Mr. Rehfield says :

 Landing at Lake Charles, La., I soon made the acquaintance of several wideawake real estate men. One of them asked me to get into his buggy and he would show me around. We had a very pleasant ride. When he got through with me, the next man was ready to show me the other new and good things. One gentleman especially was very kind and generous in giving free passes. He also accompanied a party of fourteen northerners, myself included, through splendid looking gardens and a good many peach, plum and apple orchards, a number of which were in full bloom; through pear orchards of five to forty acres in size, all young trees two to six years old, in which some of the trees showed a growth of twelve feet in the last year. He took us through a five-acre patch of sugar cane, which stood as thick as it could grow and from ten to twelve feet high. We tasted of the cane which tasted very juicy and sweet. It would yield twenty tons per acre, and last year he got $3.50 a ton for it. His rice would go fifteen to twenty barrels per acre and he had sold some for $4 per barrel. This gentleman had considerable land for sale that was just as good as that upon which the cane was growing, situated from two to five miles from town, for $5 to $10 per acre, and some inside of the city limits, in five acre lots, for $100 per acre. Ten years ago, he told me, bought this land for twelve and half cents per acre, and if I would plant it into pear orchards ten years from now it would be worth $1,000 per acre. A very profitable investment. He came near selling me a five acre lot, for $500, but, as it was about supper time, we did not close the deal that evening. After supper I thought about the pleasant time I had enjoyed; what a grand country it was and how good the people were. The next morning I went to another real estate man, who was a money loaner. I asked him if he was also acquainted with a certain five acre lot. He replied, I am. - How much will you give me for it? - I will give you $15 per acre for it. - Why? I inquired. - Because I have all the land I want. - he replied. - How much money will you loan me on it? - Oh, about $25. - That was worse than I expected. I tried three other real estate dealers but with about the same result.

 That day I cut loose from the free passage business and drove out into the country on my own to look. I found good roads the first three miles, then a wire fence straight across the road. After a while I found a gate, and there being no other road, I opened it and drove through, closing it behind me. It was a lever prairie country with a belt of timber about five miles distant on each side. After driving about two miles, I saw about sixty head of cattle, and then I discovered that I was in a large pasture. The cattle were small, poor looking things, weighing about seven hundred pounds each, with horns two or three feet long. They were feeding on a thick mat of good looking grass two to four feet high, and I wondered why they were so poor.

 Then I noticed some buildings about six miles away and as the sun was nearing the horizon, I headed my team in that direction. I found quite a settlement of Acadians, or native French people there. I asked if I could stay over night with them, and soon learned that they could not understand me. After a while an old man stepped forward and said that I was welcome and could stay over night. I was interested in their manner of living and asked them a great many questions. I found that some of the young men and women were born and raised in Louisiana yet could not understand English language. Some of them, however, could speak English quite well. When I asked them if they did not send their children to school, they said no, they had no school house. They were unable to read or write.

 They used homemade wagons without iron, not even a nail in them. They hitch two to six yoke of poor little cattle on to one wagon to go to town. They also have some hogs. They looked like a cross between a jackrabbit and a kangaroo. They have a few poor ponies for riding purposes. Their ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys looked very well because they feed principally on insects.

 I asked why they did not get some northern cattle down there and improve their stock. They replied: "Northern cattle can not live here." "Why?"  Because they starve to death in less than six months unless fed on northern grain and northern hay."

 I could hardly believe that, but the condition of their stock prove it. Then I knew why our western cattle kings bought three or four year old steers in some parts of the South shipping them to Montana and South Dakota to get them ready for the Omaha and Chicago markets.

 How many cows do you milk? - No any. - Why? - Because they only give milk enough to keep the calf alive.

 It was hard to believe, but I knew that all the merchants in that part of the country were selling Armour's or Swift's oxen butter, and the only real butter I saw or tasted in the South was on the table of an immigration agent. It was made from a cow fed on northern hay and grain.

 Although the prairies were covered with a thick mat of good looking grass which can easily be made into hay, all the livery and feed stables use rice straw in the place of hay. The owners of the largest feed stable in Lake Charles (Ryan and Dearborn) use nothing but northern grown hay and grain. Timothy hay is worth $18 a ton; oats 50 cents, corn 68 cents, per bushel. Something that they call milk sells for 10 cents per quart.

 I asked the native what he fed his hogs. Nothing, was the reply. They feed in the woods and then we let them dig after worms in our sweet potato patches. Why do you not feed them on corn? - We cannot raise corn here. - I thought I saw some in your shed. - Well I did raise a few bushels on the spot where I had my cattle yard last summer, but I need that to feed my riding pony. - But how do you fatten your hogs? - We do not fatten them.

 - Why do you not raise what, barley or oats here? - Because the soil is too poor; they will not grow.

 - Why have you not put fruit trees around your own homes? - Because fruit trees do not do well. Why do not some of you plant five or twenty acres or orchard then? - Men who live here long enough do not do that. - I do not understand that; please explain that to me. - Well, you see, the northern man comes down here with his pocket full of money; he buys a small farm, pays ten times more than its worth, builds a little house and plants most of the land to fruit trees. He does not ask us for advice because he thinks he knows more than we. He buys all the fertilizer he can afford and that makes his trees grow fast, but when bearing time comes the trees get the seasons mixed, because we have no winter here. They will bear a little fruit for a year or two and then bloom partly in the fall and partly in the spring and after another year or two the trees will die. The apple, plum, peach and pear trees, and the strawberry, need a winter to get ready for a bearing season.

 I did, however, see some orange trees full of fruit, but they were in a protected place. They cannot stand much frost. Eleven years ago it froze ice there four inches thick, and killed all the orange trees.

 - What do you live on here? - We live on sweet potatoes, rice, pork, beef, game and sugar cane.

 - What can you raise here without using fertilizers? - Nothing but grass and weeds.

 - How do you fertilize for rice? - By pumping water out of the rivers and creeks.

 I would like to tell you some more that these old settlers told me, but I am afraid my story is getting long.

 I would like to add that rice and sugar cane are their main crops, but since the bounty was taken off sugar the farmer only gets $1.50 and $2.00 per ton at the railway stations for his cane. One ton makes a good load over their roads.

 Imagine a farmer living ten miles from town having five acres of sugar cane. He has to prepare the ground for planting, plant, hoe and cultivate the cane, trim off the leaves, load a ton of it into his wagon and haul it to town, unload the same into a car and get the large sum of $1.50 for it.

 The rice farmer has to prepare his soil, get a pumping outfit, divide his land into small patches by irrigating ditches, keep water on the rice all summer, fight mosquitoes day and night, harvest in mud and water, stack the rice between rain showers, thrash it, haul it to town, and then have the buyer tell him that his rice contains so much red or wild rice that he cannot use it.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1895.


Lafayette, March 4, 1895.

 At a regular meeting to-day the following members were present, to wit: Wm. Campbell, mayor; A. M. Martin, Felix Demanade and Albert Delahoussaye. Absent: A. T. Caillouet, A. Cayard and Henry Church.

Among other things... The minutes of the last meeting were read and on motion were duly approved.

On motion duly seconded it was resolved that a license of $5.00 be collected from each and every peddler selling chickens and eggs within the corporation limits of the town. Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1895.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/9/1895.

 Dr. J. P. Francez, of Carencro, spent last Thursday in our town.

Mr. J. W. Beer, Supt. of the Lafayette branch of the American Life Insurance Co., spent several days in New Orleans, lately, on business connected with the district over which he has supervision.

Mr. Homer J. Mouton, editor of the Lafayette Gazette, made a flying trip to St. Martinville, last Saturday, visiting friends and relatives.

The Evening Call is the name of a small but awfully lusty little newspaper founded at Opelousas, La., on the first day of this month. It is published every day except Sunday and the subscription price is 50 cents a month. Raymond Breaux is the editor and publisher. The Evening Call starts out with a very encouraging amount of support from the business men of Opelousas, and this is as it should be. It is tastefully gotten up, typographically, is vigorously edited and must be a great revelation to Opelousas. Success to the new journalistic venture.

Twelve milch cows and calves for sale, also two Hay Presses in good order, by J. A. LEBESQUE, Lafayette, La.

Miss Antonia Melchoir is now in charge of the public school formerly presided over by Mr. Claude Latiolais.

Col. Gus. A. Breaux and Judge Simon, of St. Martinville, were in attendance on the Civil Court in session here this week.

 Messrs. Dial and Jovner have opened up a dyeing establishment next to the Rigues' hotel sample room. They give notice they are prepared to do cleaning, dyeing and repairing of clothing, on short notice and satisfactorily. 

How do you expect anybody to know what is your business, profession or avocation in this age of newspaper reading, unless you advertiser?

Another nickel-in-the-slot machine was robbed in our town the night of the 5th. instant. This time it was at the McDaniel saloon and about $20.00 was the amount purloined.

Died, at the residence of her daughter-in-law, Widow Edgard Mouton, in this parish, on the 1st. instant, Widow EDMOND MOUTON, at the age of 78 years. The deceased was the mother of Judge James E. Mouton, of St. Martinsville, of Judge Edward Mouton and Sheriff Edgard Mouton of this parish, deceased also. The funeral services took place at St. John's Catholic Church and were largely attended by relatives and friends, of whom the departed one had a great number.

Died, in this parish near Royville, ANTOINE REAUX, Jr., aged 38 years. The mortal remains were interred in the catholic cemetery at Royville. A wife and six children were left as survivors.

On Saturday, March 2, 1895, at 1:45 a. m., at Algier's, La., MARY ENGERT, wife of the late Joseph Vallier, aged 56 years, 3 months and 7 days, a native of Germany, and a resident of Lafayette, La. - N. O. Picayune - Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1895.

The death of Widow Joseph Vallier, was erroneously reported in the columns of the Advertiser to have taken place at New Orleans on the 25th., of February whereas the estimable lady did not depart this life until the 2nd. instant, at Algiers, as appears from the above death notice. Mrs. Vallier's death had been expected momentarily for a number of days preceding its occurrence, a fact that gave rise to the first account published of her demise and whose correctness we had no reason to question at the time of receiving the information.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1895.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 9th, 1878:

 The weather has been quite dry for some time, but otherwise pleasant and favorable for farm work and startling regulation.


 The anniversary celebration of Lafayette Fire Company No. 1, on the 4th, instant, was successful beyond the most sanguine expectation. This company was organized one year ago, and is incorporated under the general law of the State and numbers thirty-five active members. Since its organization, the company has already succeeded in raising sufficient funds to purchase a No. 2 Babcock Hook and Ladder Truck and Engine Combined, and to erect a Truck-house of suitable dimensions for their meetings also. The energy and perseverance of the members, encouraged by the kindness and liberality of our citizens, has placed the organization on a solid and permanent basis and assured its prosperity. It is to be hoped that it is usefulness and efficiency will seldom be tested by misfortunes of fire. Our citizens feel more secure now in their property and are justly proud of this band of noble and disinterested firemen.

Last Monday during the morning, a number of ladies were engaged in decorating the Truck, which was done in a very neat and tasteful manner. At 2 o'clock p. m., the procession formed at the Truck-house and proceeded to the Catholic church, keeping step to the lively music of our Hyperion Brass Band. The company presented a fine appearance, being in full uniform, consisting of blue flannel shirts trimmed with white and white cuffs, red leather belts, black pants and glazed leather caps, with the number of the company on the caps and belts in white figures on red ground. After entering the church, Truck and all, the interesting ceremony of christening was performed by Rev. H. Gonellaz officiating, assisted by the Rev. B. Branche, in the presence of a large and attentive audience. The Rev. Father dignified the occasion by the delivery of an appropriate discourse, in which a happy reference was made to the union of all creeds, professions and occupations for a common purpose and recognizing the Supreme Architect of the Universe as the Author of all things and acknowledging dependence on, and necessity of, Divine assistance and blessings in all human undertakings. [The substance of the whole discourse will be found on our French page.]

 Mr. Jean Gerac was God-father and Miss Clara Girard the God-mother, and our handsome truck emerged from the church with the name "CLARA."

 The procession was reformed and with music and flying colors, marched through the principal streets and was finally disbanded at the Truck house. One of the pleasing incidents of the day, was an impromptu speech of Edward E. Mouton Esq. Standing on Madison street, a quiet spectator of the procession, and our gallant firemen knowing that he was like themselves, "always ready", the foreman called a halt. A speech was wanted and although it was a complete surprise, Mr. Mouton was equal to the occasion and acquitted himself in his usual happy and eloquent style.

During the procession, stores were closed and business was suspended. There was a general turn out of the community and all portions of our parishes were represented. The ceremonies of the day were concluded by a ball at Hebert's Hall, which was well attended and the pleasure and enjoyment of the gay and festive party was complete.

The day was clear and beautiful and the whole celebration passed off without a single unpleasant incident. The spectators attracted here seemed gratified and our firemen had the pleasure and satisfaction of successfully inaugurating their anniversary celebration, which has marked en epoch in the history of our town. May they give in the future, many repetitions of similar celebrations.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1878.

Fatal Affray. - A fatal affray took place last Monday night, between two colored men, on the plantation of Mr. J. E. Torence. Pierre was killed by being struck on the head with an axe and Jonba surrendered himself to the authorities the next morning, claiming to have committed the deed in self-defence. A preliminary investigation of the affair is fixed for to-day. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1878.

Regular Session, Feb. 5th, 1878.
 Present: J. O. Mouton, Mayor and Councilmen Lindsay, Landry, McBride, A. Chargois, and J. L. Mouton.  Absent: Alpha and J. A. Chargois.

 The minutes of the last meetings were read and approved:

 Advertiser, for blank licenses, &c. ... $10.50

 On motion the council adjourned.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1878.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 9th, 1966:


 The telephone continues to be a source of "amusement" for a disturbing number of disturbed people and there continues to be little the telephone people can do about it in a technical way.

 There are, however, a few rules that unlucky recipients of crank calls can employ, says Western Electric.

 Every kind of call, whether lewd, larcenous, weird or just plain annoying, can be coped with, even if not prevented.

 * If a threat is made at any time, call the police.

 * Know to whom you are talking. Anyone who asks for information should be identified to your satisfaction. One device is to ask the unknown caller for his number so you can check it in the book or with information.

 * Don't answer the question, "What number is this?" Instead, ask the caller what number he is dialing and whom he wants to speak to. Many people have acquired steady nuisances by giving their number to random callers.

 * Instruct children and babysitters not to give out information indiscriminately. Have them get the caller's name and say you will call back.

 * If a caller remains silent after you have said "hello" twice, hang up. Otherwise, you may encourage a "breather." As long as you stay on the line you are playing his game.

 * Should a caller make an obscene remark, hang up. People who make such calls are only seeking your attention reaction, whatever it may be. Don't give them what they want. If such call persist, notify the telephone company, which will do it all it can to co-operate with the authorities in apprehending the offender.

 * Above all, always use your telephone on YOUR terms, not the caller's.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/18/1966.

The Flogging of Criminals.
     {From the New Orleans Daily States.]

 Jutice Baldwin of Connecticut, who is recognized as one of the ablest jurists of the country, and has been frequently spoken of as a fit selection for the bench of the United States Supreme court when the next New England vacancy occurs, contributes an article to the Green Bag, in which he returns to the discussion of the topic of corporal punishment for brutal criminal offences.

 He does not favor a public whipping post or to make the infliction a spectacle for the multitude to gaze upon, but he favors the use of a birch rod and would have it applied in private and with the necessary vigor. "Instead," he says, "of spending $500 to keep some kidnapper or wife-beater in jail for a year, suppose that he were kept there but half that time, and given a dozen lashes at the end of each two months. A leather strap that costs a dollar would save $250, and I venture to say that he would seldom be found to come up for a second offence. In Connecticut, where whipping was in use 200 years in criminal sentences, no white man was ever whipped twice."

From the N. O. Daily States and in the Lafayette Gazette 3/9/1901.

His Manner and Appearance Aroused Curiosity and Comment in the Hotel.

 The stranger, a Mr. Burr, produced a quiet sensation by arousing everyone's curiosity. He came to the hotel attended by an Arab servant, who spoke only three words of English. The newcomer had ample means, evidently, and loved his ease. He had no acquaintances in the hotel and made none. He drove about considerably and lolled in the reading room or in the vestibule in an easy chair carried by his servant. He said very little, ate in his room, smoked occasionally in public, the servant always attending and attentive to his wants.

He seldom used his legs, and never used his arms at all, carrying them both in a sling.

This was the point over which the fancy of the observers exercised itself. They couldn't understand it. Nobody, of course, liked to speak about it to the man himself, and the servant might as well have been dumb as he spoke only Arabic. There was never (unreadable words) completely mystified set.

The man was burned brown, perhaps by oriental suns, he was well and carefully dressed, was never in any hurry, never surprised, never irritated, but always comfortably self-posed, at peace with all the world and as placid as still waters that run deep.

Everybody was certain there was something beyond all this - some romance or notable intrigue or some mystery more subtle than either perhaps a crime of a rare eastern order, in which love and sharp blades and poison took part. It was beyond all question that he had not come out of the affair as he had entered, as both arms in a sling bore witness.

Some held to the notion that he had been hanged and revivified arriving at this conclusion by observing his habit of always resting his head on the back of his chair, some suggested Spanish witchcraft, others Indian hypnotism, but the vast majority could not agree on anything in particular, and consequently drifted in their opinions from time to time.

Col. O-------, well known everywhere, entered the hotel one day, nodded to the stranger, sat down beside him, and conversed quietly for an hour in French. Nearly everybody, of course, knows french, but it so happened that nobody nearby could catch a word of the conversation, because the two talked scarcely above a whisper.

The stranger paid his account and left the next day, and in the evening, when Col. O------- called again and asked the clerk for Mr. Burr, he seemed not in the least bit surprised at his friend's disappearance.

"Pardon me, colonel, but he's a singular man," somebody remarked.

"Rather," replied the colonel.

"A great traveler, I presume?"

"No, he comes over from England once a year."

"Known him a long while?"

"All my life."

"He's had quite an adventurous career?"

"I shouldn't think so."

"Well, he certainly produced a sensation here."

"Why, pray?"

"Oh, I mean he interested all of us."

"That's the case everywhere."

"Indeed! But he hardly ever spoke."

"That's his way."

"We all concluded that there must have been a curious accident - "

"He never had a mishap in his life."

"But the arms, colonel?"

"Oh, I forgot. I am so used to seeing him I forgot how the thing impresses others."

"What thing?"

"I mean the way he carries his arms."

"That's the very point, colonel."

"Oh, I see! Why, my friend simply carries his arms in a sling because he's too lazy to carry them in any other way."

From the N. Y. Herald - Published in the Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1895.


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