From the Lafayette Gazette of April 21st, 1900:
DEMOCRACY WINS IN A WALK.
Election Day Quiet - Lafayette Parish Gives the Usual Democratic Majority.
Election day has come around, the people have voted and it is just as we all expected. The Democrats have carried the parish by a large majority, Mr. Heard receiving 356 votes more than Mr. Caffery. Considering the smallness of the vote polled the Democratic party has no reason to complain of the size of the majority. Had a full vote been polled the majority would have been proportionately larger.
The election passed off very quietly. Not a single disturbance has been reported in the parish.
The present system of voting does away with the wrangling which prevailed at the polls under the old election law. At the court-house not a voice was heard above the ordinary conversational tone. Every man walked up to the booth, prepared and cast his ballot without interference from any source. This feature of the law, which preserves the secrecy of the ballot, could not very well be improved upon. It effectually disposes of the services of the professional "heeler" who cannot profitably ply his avocation under the prevailing system.
Comparatively few ballots were spoiled. With few exceptions the tickets were voted straight.
As is well known the parish ticket had no opposition, but a fight was made for the judicial offices. The friends of Col. Breaux and Mr. Chargois, the Republican candidate for judge and district attorney, claimed the parish of Acadia and seemed to be encouraged with some hope of success. But the results show that their claims of carrying Acadia were not well founded. That parish, under the able leadership of the Hon. P. S. Pugh, has rolled up a handsome Democratic majority. Acadia also had a primary last December and on Tuesday it joined Lafayette in ratifying the action of the primary.
In proportion to the number of votes cast by the second ward may be said to be the banner Democratic ward of Tuesday's election. One hundred and fifty-one votes were polled at that box and the Democrats got a majority of 102. None but straight tickets went as the second warders made a short and clean job of it by hitting the rooster. The second is Sheriff Broussard's home ward and that gentleman is particularly proud of the splendid account it has given of itself both at the primary and on Tuesday.
Forty-seven votes were cast in the parish for the amendment authorizing the city of New Orleans to issue bonds to carry into effect certain municipal improvements. For reasons best known to themselves two suffragans voted against the amendment.
The vote in the parish is as follows:
Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
During the storm last Monday afternoon lightning played havoc generally. It paid a number of unwelcome visits in and around town. Fortunately no one was hurt, though many were badly scared. Many houses, trees and fences were struck during the storm; in some cases people were uncomfortably near to the spots where it fell. The most serious case reported is that of the alarm bell tower. Three of the posts which support the bell were split to such an extent the whole tower is liable to crumble at any moment. It has been wisely decided to prevent traffic in that street while the tower remains in its present condition. As it now is it is a source of impending danger to any one who may happen to pass under it. Pedestrians will do well to take care.
As soon as possible steps will be taken by the fire companies to rebuild the tower. The present tower has been put up at considerable cost to the firemen and it will be quite a hardship on the boys to build another one. We do not know the condition of their treasury, but is is not at all unlikely that the people of the town who are not members of the fire department will be called upon to contribute their share toward building a new tower.
Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
Bids to Build S. L. I. Main Building.
Bids will be received for the erection of a two-story brick building at the town of Lafayette, La., for the South Western Louisiana Industrial Institute. Each bid shall be accompanied with a certified check for $500; said check shall be returned to all unsuccessful bidders until contract is signed and bond furnished. A Surety Company bond for two-thirds the among of the contract shall be furnished by the successful bidder in a company acceptable to the committee. All estimates must be marked "Proposals for Building," and addressed to Mr. Crow Girard, Treasurer, Lafayette, La., at or before noon Tuesday, May 1, 1900. The committee reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Plans can be seen at the office of Crow Girard, Esq., Lafayette, La., or by applying to Favrot & Livaudais, Architects, 15 and 10 Denegre Building, New Orleans, La. Plans and specifications must be returned with estimates.
These bids were to be opened on the 10th inst, but the building committee having become convinced that the time allowed for the filing of bids was too short, have extended the time as above, and the time for the completion of the building has been extended to Dec. 1, 1900. Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
Good Work Being Done by the Home Charity Association.
The Home Charity Association, which was organized some time ago by a number of charitably-inclined people, is getting along very well. There is not a more worthy organization in our town and The Gazette is gratified to note the success which has crowned its initial efforts in the sacred world of charity.
The Home Charity Association will enable every one to give his or her share toward helping the needy. There are many persons in all communities who are anxious to render their assistance to their less fortunate brothers and sisters but who often fail to carry out their good intentions because the opportunity is lacking. In other words, there is no one to look after the work, to see that contributions are judiciously disposed of and that relief is extended only to the deserving. But the Home Association has done away with the difficulty which no doubt impeded the work of practical charity. The association offers to do the work of distributing the generous contributions of the people. A committee or board makes all necessary investigations and before giving anything, ascertains if the applicant is deserving of help.
The association will thus enable the community to do charity in an organized and systematic manner.
We call the attention of the people of the town to the advertisement of the association printed elsewhere in this paper. It contains information which will prove valuable to those who desire to avail themselves of the very practical arrangements of the association.
Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
Paul Bailey and John Greig have bought the Tapissier drugstore at Carencro and will take charge of it on May 1. As both are competent and reliable young gentlemen the people of Carencro and vicinity are assured an efficient service at the hands of the new firm. The Gazette wishes Messrs. Bailey and Greig success in their new venture. We are informed that Mr. Tapissier has decided to retire from business and will soon leave for France where he will remain some time visiting his old home and other points of interest.
Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
Death of Mrs. J. Omer Broussard.
Mrs. J. Omer Broussard died at Pilette last Tuesday at the age of 50 years. Mrs. Broussard had been quite ill for some days and her death was not unexpected.
Mrs. Broussard was a native of St. Martin parish. Her maiden name was Clemence Labbe. For a long number of years she was a resident of Pilette where her husband, Hon. J. Omer Broussard, has been engaged in business. She was a lady of eminent worth, fulfilling the duties of wife and mother unswerving devotion. She possessed those Christian virtues which give to the mother a character almost divine. Mrs. Broussard was held in the highest esteem by all her neighbors who had learned to look upon her as one worthy of their profound respect and unbounded confidence. In all works of charity the deceased was among the first to give help where it was needed. She did so without ostentation and for no other purpose but that of alleviating suffering where she found it. A Catholic from birth she was a fervent member of that church. Her funeral Wednesday was conducted by a minister of that creed.
The death of this estimable lady has thrown four persons into inconsolable grief; they are a husband and three children to whom the blow is a cruel one indeed. Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
EXTRACT FROM CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
Lafayette, La., March 3, 1900. -- The City Council met in regular session with Mayor Campbell presiding. Members present: J. E. Martin, F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, H. Hohorst, Geo. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard.
The minutes of the meeting were approved as read.
Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that the following ordinance be adopted : Yeas--F. Demanade, H. Hohorst, J. E. Martin, F. E. Girard, J. O. Mouton, Geo. DeBlanc. Nays--none.
AN ORDINANCE, calling an election of and by, the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., qualified as electors under the Constitution and laws of the State, to vote on the proposition to issue bonds for the sum of fourteen thousand dollars, in order to utilize to the best advantage, and in the manner contemplated by said tax-payers, the special tax of two mills for ten years, voted by them on August 26, 1899, for the use and benefit of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. Said election to be held on the 17th day of April, 1900, the day of the general election for State and parish officers, and to be presided over and returns made, etc, etc., by the same commissioners.
Whereas at an election held in the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899, under the provisions of Act. No. 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1898, and Article 232 of the Constitution, the property tax-payers of said town did assess and levy upon themselves, a tax of two mills for ten years, in order to secure the location of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute in the parish of Lafayette, and whereas it was contemplated that said tax should be used in the construction of buildings for said Insitute, therefore
Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., That in order to raise the necessary fund, and to utilize the special tax of two mills for ten years, voted by the property tax payers of the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899, in the manner contemplated by said property tax-payers, there be and is hereby called an election on the 17th day of April, 1900, at which there shall be and is hereby submitted to the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., the proposition to issue negotiable bonds for the amount of fourteen thousand dollars, payable and redeemable in ten years from Jan. 1, 1901, or sooner, at the option of the City Council of this town. Said bonds to be made payable to bearer and shall bear five per cent annum interest from date of issuance, which interest shall be payable to bearer and shall bear five per cent per annum interest from date of issuance, which interest shall be payable annually on the first day of March. Said bonds shall not be sold for less than par, and the proceeds thereof shall be paid to the Board of Trustees of the said Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute to be by them expended in constructing buildings necessary for the purposes of said Institute.
Section 2. Be it further ordained, That the payment of said bonds in principal and interest shall be met by said tax of two mills on the dollar for ten years voted by the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899; the excess of said tax, if any, to be paid to the said Board of Trustees, as contemplated by the vote of said tax-payers. Said bonds to be issued in such amounts as the said Board of Trustees may desire, and shall be signed by the mayor of the said town of Lafayette and the treasurer thereof.
Section 3. Be it further ordained, etc, that tickets shall be prepared for use by tax-payers desiring to vote at said election, according to law, and in such form as to enable the voter to indicate intelligently and beyond doubt whether he votes for or against the proposition to issue said bonds.
Section 4. Be if further ordained, That the interest on said bonds shall be paid annually, and shall be called in, paid and redeemed in principal each year as the excess of the tax after the payment of interest may justify.
Section 5. Be it further ordained, That it shall be unlawful to use the revenue derived from said tax for any other purpose than the payment of said bonds in principal and interest as aforesaid; provided the excess be paid to the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.
There being no further business the Council adjourned to meet in regular session first Monday in April.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
To the People of the parish of Lafayette. - In refutation of certain charges made against me I submit the following affidavits:
State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette. - I do solemnly swear that Alcide Foreman, a resident and registered voter of the second ward of the parish of Lafayette, La., did in my presence, make affidavit before Ed. G. Voorhies, clerk of court, to withdraw his name from the nomination papers of the Fusion Republican candidates of this parish. And that the affidavit was duly executed in presence affiant.
I. A. BROUSSARD.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of April, A. D., 1900.
F. F. HOPKINS, Deputy Clerk of Court. Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
Commissioners of Election.
State of Louisiana, parish of Lafayette, March 16, 1900. - By virtue of the authority vested in us by law, we, the undersigned board of supervisors in and for the parish of Lafayette, La., do hereby appoint the following-named persons to serve as commissioners of election and clerks at the General State Election to be held on Tuesday, April 17, 1900, as follows:
First ward - Democratic commissioners, Alfred Delhomme, Jean A. Begnaud; Republican commissioner; John Price; clerk, Charles A. Boudreaux.
Second ward, poll 1, Mrs. Ford Hoffpauir's - Democratic commissioners, Alfred D. Breaux, William Foote; Republican commissioner, Hugh Hutchinson; clerk, Veranda Spell.
Third ward, poll 1, at court-house, Democratic commissioners, T. A. McFaddin, Sterling Mudd; Republican commissioner, Felix Salles; clerk, F. V. Mouton.
Third ward, poll 2, Mouton's Switch - Democratic commissioners, P. L. DeClouet, J. Ed. Mouton; Republican commissioner, Gabriel Martin; clerk, J. C. Martin.
Fourth ward, poll 1, Theall's warehouse - Democratic commissioners, Felicien Trahan, Giles Bonnemaison; Republican commissioner, Ignace Hulin; clerk, Edvar Pellerin.
Fifth ward, poll 1, Farmer's Alliance hall - Democratic commissioners, Aurelien Olivier, Alexandre Billeaud; Republican commissioners, Aurelien Olivier, Alexandre Billeaud; Republican commissioner, Napoleon Breaux; clerk, R. U. Baernd.
Sixth ward, poll 2, Guilbeau's hall - Democratic commissioners, Alphonse Guilbeau, Anatole Trahan; Republican commissioner, Odo n Guidry; clerk, Henri Crouchet.
Sixth ward, poll 2, Hervillien Simoneau's - Democratic commissioner, H. E. Toll, Joseph Potier; Republican commissioner, J. M. Jones; clerk, Rene Durio.
Seventh ward, poll 1, Isle Pilette - Democratic commissioners, R. C. Landry, J. Sam Broussard; Republican commissioner, T. S. Singleton; clerk, R. H. Broussard.
Eighth ward, poll 1, J. Whittington's school-house - Democratic commissioner, Jos. Dauriac, Ant. Broussard; Republican commissioner, Leonard Guidry; clerk, Leopold Guidry.
Lafayette, March 16, 1900.
J. R. DOMENGEAUX,
Member Elected by Police Jury;
A. M. MARTIN, Assessor and Registrar.
P. A. DELHOMME, President.
Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 4/21/1900.
We are authorized to state that the Easter cantata which was to have been rendered at the Methodist church last Sunday has been postponed until t0-morrow (Sunday) night. All are invited to be present.
While walking along Lincoln avenue last Monday evening, a well-known young society lady was caught in a hard shower of rain. The prettiest display of hosiery is always seen at Moss & Co's.
The Lafayette Building Association made its first loan last Wednesday. Eight hundred dollars were loaned at the rate of 20 per cent to F. C. Triay. A second series will be opened on May 1.
Moss & Co. will place a lightning rod on your dwelling, or sell you the rod and fixtures so that any one can place them. Do it now. To-morrow may be too late.
Mr. Onezine Mouton, of this town, and Miss Mathilde Wartelle, of Washington, La., were married at the latter place Monday, April 15. After the marriage ceremony the young couple were driven back to Lafayette where they were welcomed by a large number of friends. Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 21st, 1894:
THE PUBLIC ROADS.
THE POLICE JURY WILL ACT WITH REFERENCE TO THEM.
The informed conveyed in the published proceedings in another column, of the meeting of the police jury held last Saturday, that the first step has at last been taken toward definite action in the matter of improving the general condition of the public roads in the parish, will be received with a high degree of satisfaction by the people. The resolutions bearing directly on the question and offered by Mr. Hoffpauir, the president of the police jury us "that sum of$400.00 be and is hereby appropriated to each police jury ward for the purpose of working and repairing the public roads of the parish. And it is further provided that the police jurors for the respective wards, together with two citizens appointed by the Police Jury, shall constitute committees in the several wards for superintending the work and applying the said appropriations as deemed most advantageous in working and repairing said road."
Under the rules the resolution just quoted must lay over until the next regular meeting of the police jury that its merits may be discussed and established or disproved. That the roads of the parish stand now, as for several months past, in dire need of attention is too patent a fact to call for argument, but that method it is now proposed to employ for improving them is advisable, from an economic standpoint, is debatable indeed. A modification of the plan submitted by Mr. Hoffpauir is one THE ADVERTISER persistently advocated all along, and an application of that plan in the beginning would have proven of immense benefit to the traveling public for these many months. As much as we recommend such a measure we attached no further value to it than it might render as a palliative, nor did we wish to be understood as advocating the expenditure of one cent in this way, more than was absolutely needed to make it possible and safe to travel over the roads. It would be the easiest matter to spend a large sum of money in the manner now suggested, with results that would prove very unsatisfactory in the end, and this brings back to the old starting point. A uniform system of working the roads must be employed to insure permanent good results, and to proceed on any other plan would be a falling back into the mistakes of the past, and could be characterized only as the purest imbecility. Let us build a solid foundation, first, then we may expect a solid superstructure, likewise. Past experience should be enough to deter us from ever building castles on sand banks. The true key to the situation as regards good public roads in Lafayette parish is drainage - intelligent and thorough drainage, and how this is to be accomplished best is the most important question at issue. If the police jury cannot devise a better way, it should adopt the one we took occasion to suggest in our last issue. Employ a competent surveyor to determine the natural lay of the land in the parish. Divide the parish into drainage districts subject to the operation of one general system of drainage and work all roads in conformity with this system. It will transpire, under such conditions, that work done in one locality will not conflict with work in process in another section, but on the contrary, a direct relationship will exist between working operations in the different districts, all tending toward the same end. Every dollar expended under such a system would be attended with good effect and there would be no more digging of one hole to close another as in the past. Until a general system such as we have suggested is adopted in our parish, money and time will necessarily be employed to no real purpose, and it is just such doings that have brought matters to their present pass.
To summarize, then, the public roads are in great need of repairs in certain places, now. To relieve the most urgent need let the parish authorities make use of a palliative measure on the line proposed by Mr. Hoffpauir, bearing in mind that is the only as an expedient and as such the smallest appropriation that will accomplish the object should be allowed. At the same time that the bogholes and precipices are being closed, it should be made somebody's business to put through the drainage system by beginning at the beginning of the undertaking and not by placing the cart before the horse. When this is done the rest will be easy, and that much ought to be done without any further blundering. A round sum of money in the public treasury remaining idle when it could be utilized to such an advantage, is not calculated to entirely satisfy a suffering people. Good roads and no surplus would be infinitely more conducive to the public good than a healthy cash balance on hand and roads so bad as to make it a risk to limb and life to travel over them. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
Another Improvement in Lafayette.
At an informal meeting last Wednesday Messrs. Chas. O. Mouton, Crow Girard, J. E. Trahan, S. R. Parkerson, T. M. Biossat and N. P. Moss associated themselves as co-partners in the investment of a windmill and sprinkler for street sprinkling purposes, and effected arrangements with Mr. Alfred Hebert for a supply of water to be obtained from his large well on the canning factory lot.
A large number of persons have already agreed to pay a regular price per month for having the dust laid on the streets on which they reside, and it will not be long before every one can secure the use of the sprinkler will gladly avail themselves of its benefits. It is to the merchants especially this should prove a great boon for, aside from its great discomfort, the dust is so destructive to every class of merchandise that the amount of loss each year from this cause alone amounts to considerable percentage of the profits.
The gentlemen who have interested themselves in this beneficent enterprise deserve the thanks of the community. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
New Building for Advertiser.
In our last issue we informed the public that the new ADVERTISER building soon to be erected for the use of this newspaper, would be located on Mr. P. B. Roy's land east of of Moss Bros. & Co'.s, that being the understanding when the announcement was made. Since then, the site has been changed to the lot of ground adjoining Biossat's jewelry establishment; and no time will be lost in the construction of the building. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
There are indications that point to certain changes, in the not far distant future, in railroad circles, that will redound in no little degree to the advantage of New Iberia. As may have been noticed from our last issue, from the Crowley Signal, surveys are being made from Abbeville west, which point to an extension of the Iberia & Vermilion Branch. It is rumored that there will be a severance of interests between the Morgan's La. & Texas R. R. Co. and the Southern Pacific, at the expiration of an agreement now existing between the two companies and which will soon be at an end ; hence it is probable that the former are seeking a new outlet west to Lake Charles and thence north by connection with the Kansas City, Gulf & Watkins R. R. at that place.
A well informed gentleman, resident of Lafayette, recently said to us that there exists much uneasiness among resident employees of the Railroad Company at that place, who have built their homes there, caused by talk of removal of the shops and round house from that place to New Iberia. Here is said that the Morgan people are negotiating for the purchase of a thirty acre tract of land in the vicinity of the depot. Connecting all of this together, it does seem as though there is a chance that even the croaker who still croaks about the special tax voted by this place in favor of the I. & V. R. R. will soon have to admit that it was "a good thing" after all. And when, eventually, the Morgan R. R. Co. reaches out from New Iberia to Port Barre, by way of St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge and Arnaudville, then all will unite in saying that a special tax was a superlatively good thing.
From the New Iberia Enterprise.
The above, insofar as it relates to a severance of interests between the Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad Co. and the Southern Pacific, and the contemplated removal of the railroad and round house from Lafayette to New Iberia, is only railroad "talk," as our esteemed contemporary very aptly denominates it. The agreement entered into by the two companies named was made in the year 1880, we believe, to continue for a period of either 20 or 25 years. There is no good reason to expect such changes to take place as are hoped for by the New Iberians, and we, of Lafayette, are glad to know such is the case. The former are privileged to reach out for other things, but they must be satisfied to allow our railroad shops and roundhouse to remain with us, as they ever will in all probability.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
Whilst out pleasure driving last Sunday afternoon an accident befell Messrs. Joseph Ducote, John Graser, Henry Judice and Albert Theall. One of the back wheels of their vehicle parted from the axles as the party was passing the Methodist church, precipitating the young men to the ground in an unceremonious manner, but, fortunately, without causing them much bodily harm. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
The commission to assess railroad, telegraph and telephone property in this part of the State will assemble here to-day. Mr. H. N. Coulon, of Lafourche, arrived here yesterday evening and will represent his parish on the commission. Also Mr. Alcide Provost of New Iberia is here for the same purpose. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
Work of the Court During the Past Week.
Istrap Badeau, assault and battery.
Lessin Meaux, larceny.
Robert Aime, assault and batter.
Edward Davis, assault with a dangerous weapon.
Edward Davis, assault and battery.
Louis Stafford, cutting with intent to kill.
A. M. Martin, violating Sunday law.
John O. Mouton, violating Sunday law.
Wm. Rab & Co., violating Sunday law.
Begnaud & Dubrey, violating Sunday law.
Alphonse Peck, violating Sunday law.
Aristide Caruthers, abduction.
Istrap Badeau, carrying concealed weapon.
TRIED AND CONVICTED.
John Senegal, stabbing intent to kill.
Baptiste Martin, Alcee Andrus, assault with intent to rob. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
Judge Allen on yesterday evening sentenced prisoners as follows:
Baptiste Martin, larceny, two years State penitentiary.
Henry Griffin, shooting with intent to murder, five years in State penitentiary.
John Senegal, stabbing with intent to kill, three years in State penitentiary.
Alcee Andrus, assault with intent to rob, two years State penitentiary.
Alcee Andrus, assault with intent to rob, two years State penitentiary.
Edward Davis, assault with dangerous weapon, and assault with dangerous weapon, and assault and battery, $25 or thirty days in parish prison in each case.
Louis Stafford, cutting with intent to kill, State penitentiary for two years.
Robert Aime, assault and battery, $50 or six months parish prison.
Albert Davis, larceny, two years State penitentiary.
Mack Sellers, burglary and larceny, five years for burglary and two for larceny in State penitentiary. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
Death of Edmund Pellerin.
On Friday the 13th Edmund Pellerin, a worthy and much esteemed citizen of this community, departed this life. The summons came without warning; in fact, we fail to recall an instance so clearly exemplifying the truth that, "in the midst of life we are in death." Apparently in excellent health, with many more years before him, the ties that bound him to earth, were, in the twinkling of an eye severed; without movement or struggle he passed away like one falling asleep; out in the open air, with nature he loved so well, all around him, and so far as we know, without pain or suffering, he passed from life to immortality.
Edmund Pellerin was born in the year 1843 in the parish of St. Martin, but came here in his boyhood days, and entered the store of his brother-in-law, the late Hazard Eastin, as clerk. In the breaking out of the civil war he was among the first from this parish to volunteer in the Confederate cause. He was then eighteen years of age; at St. Martinville he was mustered in as a member of Company C. Eighth La. regiment under Captain Alcibiade DeBlanc, and shortly after with his regiment participated in the opening scenes of the war in Virginia. Thereafter the regiment became part of Stonewall Jackson's corp, and through the four years of battle in Virginia young Pellerin never failed to answer to the call of duty, even the last call of the roll at Appomattox.
After the surrender he returned home and excepting a few years spent in Galveston, always lived here. He was successful in business, and as a citizen was much esteemed by all who knew him, and in all his social and civil relations he was kind, forebearing and patient.
In saying of him that an upright and honorable man, one who tried to do unto others as he would have them do unto him, has gone to his long home, we are sure we but give expression to the unanimous belief of those who knew him best, the people of this community.
His body was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery on Saturday evening and was followed by a host of sorrowing relatives and friends, among whom were quite a number of Confederate veterans who acted as a guard of honor.
Among those who followed the remains of Edmund Pellerin on Saturday lat, were Messrs. A. Greig and D. A. Cochrane who enlisted in Company "C" with him, and who together served the entire war in Virginia. Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
The "Hovelle" Prize.
The following competitors for the prize offered by me recently, having each formed an equal number of English words from my name, and this number being greater than all others received, it will be necessary for them to determine by lot which shall secure the prize : Medora Lindsay; Antonia Raggio; Inez McBride.
Alice U. Abbott and Eupemic Guchereau are tied. The above named little Misses will please call at my photograph gallery any time between now and 4 o'clock next Wednesday evening, and each one select a sealed envelope containing a number and the highest number for the English prize will be given that prize. The tie in French will be determined in a like manner.
(Signed) AD. HOVELLE.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/21/1894.
It is the duty of all Democrats to go to the polls to-day, and vote.
Supt. Owens, of the Southern Pacific, has been ill for the past two weeks but is improving.
The Brotherhood or Railroad Trainmen anticipate giving an excursion in the near future. Wait of them.
Mr. Henry Bendel, of Morgan City, visited relatives in our town, on the 17th inst.
At Falk's Opera House, Wednesday the 25th., just the WONDERFUL MIND READER.
Ex-conductor W. H. Parrot resumed work after a week's recreation in the Crescent City.
The social party given Tuesday, celebrating the anniversary of Miss Mamie Lisbony's birthday was an occasion of great pleasure to all who participated.
The play of Damon and Pythias was quite a treat to the citizens and also to a goodly number of the members of Lafayette Lodge who had never seen the sublime lesson of friendship from which the order was founded, on the stage.
The following citizens of this parish are Confederate Veterans who belonged to the 8th Louisiana Regiment of volunteers; Arthur Greig, A. A. Labbe, Lucien St. Julien, Jules St. Julien, Leonard Dupuis, Numa Boudreaux, and D. A. Cochrane.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of April 21st, 1894:
From a perusal of this paper will be seen the promulgation of the canvassing committee showing that Julian Mouton has received the six hundred and thirty-nine votes cast at the primary election held last Saturday, April 14. Considering that the farmers of this parish are very busy with their crops which are unfortunately late for the season, and that only seven day's notice of the holding of the primaries was given through the local papers and that there was no opposing candidate to Mr. Mouton, we must say in justice to the Democrats of the parish that quite a large vote was polled. At the primary election of March 19, 1892, the highest number of votes polled was fifteen hundred and thirty-four for all the candidates, for any given office. At this election candidates were out for every parish office, sheriff, clerk, representative, coroner, justice of the peace, and constables and it had been preceded by the fiercest political contest known to the history of Louisiana. The contest had begun in the Legislature of 1890 and had been carried of 1890 and had been carried and fought before the people for two long years. At hundreds of mass meetings and processions the strongest men and best orators of both sides of the famous controversy appeared on the hustings to arouse the enthusiasm and passions of the people. It may be fairly presumed that all the white votes of this parish were cast at those primaries.
At the primaries held on the 14th instant, although not preceded by any demonstration whatever, and being remarkably quiet and peaceful, six hundred and thirty-nine votes were cast, lacking only one hundred and twenty-eight or being half of the votes polled at the primaries of 1892.
In connection with this it may not be amiss to refer to the election for State Senator held a few days since in the parish of Vermilion. Although the voting white population of that parish is equal or perhaps 100 less than ours, after a contest, the Democratic and populist candidates received together over 100 votes less than our candidate for representative, who was running without opposition.
This it will be seen that the vote polled here was a handsome one, evidencing the popularity of primaries and at the same time being quite a compliment to the candidate in this parish. The Democratic Parish Executive Committee acted wisely in ordering primaries and should receive the approbation of all Democrats for their action. The gentlemen composing that body are evidently in touch with the people and know exactly what they want. The alacrity and unanimity with which the resolutions ordering primaries, introduced by Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, was adopted, demonstrate the fact that they desired to carry out the will of the people. Not a whisper was heard against the resolutions, every one acceding to the propriety and safe measure. At three elections, 1890, 1892 and this one, the standard bearers of the Democracy of the parish have been selected by primaries and every time that method of selecting candidates has given universal satisfaction. The rule for primaries is now firmly established and the Democracy of the parish is safe. Upon two occasions The Gazette has expressed its preference for primaries as the best method of preserving the integrity of the party and of keeping the negro contingent out of politics and we are glad to see its views approved by the action of the committee and endorsed by the vote of the people.
Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1894.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., April 14, 1894.
Pursuant to adjournment the Police Jury met this day with the following members present: Ford Hoffpauir, C. C. Brown, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, Alf. Hebert, and A. A. Delhomme. Absent: J. G. St. Julien.
The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road to the depot at Scott station, across the property of Mrs. D. Cayret, submitted the following report which was duly accepted and adopted.
Report. We, the undersigned jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish to trace out a public road leading from the Lafayette and Duson public road to Scott station at the depot and connect said points by thoroughfare, having been notified of our appointment and of the time and place of meeting by the person first named, in said order of appointment and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath, and having given notice to each and every one of the foresaid proprietors in writing at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors which notices were duly served on said proprietors, did meet on the second day of April, 1894 at the depot at Scott station in Lafayette parish, the place designated in said notice and did then and there in the presence of the following named of said proprietors to wit, proceed to lay out said public road as follows; beginning at the railroad station house or depot at Scott station in the parish of Lafayette and running thence through the lands of Mrs. D. Cayret south for the distance of four acres taking a strip of forty feet wide, by setting stakes so as to be easily visible and recognizable. We then proceeded to trace out a strip twenty feet in width on the south border of Mrs. D. Cayret's land adjoined to the lands of Louis G. Breaux and L. C. Delhomme which with twenty feet in width by same in length therefore decided by said Louis G. Breaux and L. C. Delhomme competes the forty feet in width required by statue, this strip is twenty feet in width by one mile and half in length, which road is forty, feet wide throughout its entire length and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly throughout its entire course and we have caused to be made a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner of said road, which plat is annexed to this our report of said road for reference.
And we further report that we the said jury of freeholders did on our oaths aforesaid assessed the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to wit: To Mrs D. Cayret ($250.00) two hundred and fifty dollars. Done at the parish of Lafayette this 2nd day of April 1894.
Odilon Broussard, Jules Meaux, Jules Duhon, N. M. Dugas, Eraste Broussard, Alexander Boudreaux.
Endorsement of Consent. - I, one of the proprietors named in the written report do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report, and accompanying part and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me by said jury of freeholders as by the written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained by reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road.
Signed and dated this second day of April, 1894.
(Signed) MRS. D. CAYRET.
Witnesses: Louis Leo Judice, Odillon Broussard.
By motion duly made, the said road was declared a public highway and all documents pertaining thereto were ordered filed and recorded. The sum of $250.00 was appropriated and set aside to defray the amount of damages assessed by the jury of freeholders in tracing said road.
It was resolved that Mr. M. T. Martin be and is hereby employed to search all archives and records, for titles to public roads of the parish, and his compensation is hereby fixed at $25.00
By motion of Mr. A. D. Landry it was resolved that the Southern Pacific railroad company be and is hereby notified to make a crossing at Scott station, between Mr. A. Judice's depot and the railroad depot in order to connect the public road on the north side of said railroad with the public road on the south side.
The report of the Jury of freeholders appointed to trace a road near Scott was referred back to the jury for completion.
Mr. Hebert in the chair, Mr. Hoffpauir submitted the following resolution which was laid over under the rules til the next meeting.
Resolved, that the sum of $400.00 be and is hereby appropriated to each Police Jury ward, for the purpose of working and repairing the public roads of the parish. And it is further provided that the Police Jurors for the respective wards, together with two citizens appointed by the Police Jury, shall constitute committees in the several wards for superintending the work and applying the said appropriations as deemed most advantageous, in working and repairing said roads.
Constable Geo. Malagarie submitted a statement of stock sold showing a net receipt of $27.60, which amount as been paid into the parish treasury.
The sum of $18.40 was ordered returned to Mrs. Francois Clotio for stock sold.
The following accounts were approved:
Wm. Clegg, books for Clerk's office, $40.75.
Aug. L. Chappuis, barrows, etc, $10.00.
The Police Jury then adjourned.
FORD HOFFPAUIR, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
How a Porter Rose in Life.
A young man once wrote to me from the country, writes Collis P. Huntington in April's "Success," that he would like to have me get him a clerkship in a store. I wrote him to come down - that I would get a place for him. He replied that he did not like to come down until the place had been secured. I told him not to wait for that, so he came. The morning after his arrival in New York, I took him to a large jobbing house and told the principal man there that I had brought from the country a boy who wanted a place. "What position do you want for him?" I was asked. I replied that I would like him made assistant to the chief porter. The principal said that he could give him that kind of position; but the young man called me aside and told me that he could do better for himself than to take such a place, as he had been a clerk in a country store a year. "Never mind that," said I. "Your being in country store won't help you. Take the place I have gotten for you, and do the work better than it has ever been done before." He was not pleased, but took my advice and started at wages of about five dollars a week, and I have no doubt he did the very best he could, for he was advanced several times in the course of the year. When he had been there something less than a year, he came to me and told me he had received a proposition for three years, at a thousand dollars for the first year, twelve hundred for the second, and fifteen hundred dollars for the third. I told him that he was very good, but not to commit himself for any such length of time, as I believed there was something better and higher for him to do, and that he would soon be able to do it; but meanwhile to keep right along as he was, doing the work they gave him to do.
Before two years had elapsed he found a better position for himself elsewhere, and he achieved it by learning the lesson of beginning at the bottom and working up. He took up the new work in the same spirit with which he began the old - with the determination to master the work and do it better than anybody else had done it. He has been steadily going forward year by year, until to-day he is worth about two million dollars.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 4/21/1900.