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From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 26th, 1905:


Of Public Schools of Parish to Be on April 29th.

Five Thousand People Expected to Attend

Eight High Schools to Take Part in Athletic            
Contests and Six in Oratorical Contests.

Program for Day's Exercises.

 The annual convocation of all the schools of Lafayette town and parish, and the interscholastic athletic and oratorical contests between the high schools of southwest Louisiana, will be held on the campus and in the auditorium of the Industrial Institute on the 29th inst. Fully five thousand people are expected to attend. More than two thousand school children will be present; and  with their parents, guardians, friends and acquaintances, the scenes on and about the Institute grounds will be lively and inspiring.

 Beginning with the assembling of the public school children, the students of the Industrial Institute, and the young men of the parish twenty-one years of age, at the Court House at 8:30 o'clock a. m., a column one mile long, two abreast, will march out to the Institute at 9:00 o'clock; and at 9:30, on the green in front of the main building, America will be sung. At 9:35 there will be a spelling match by the primary grades; at 10:05 by the Intermediate grades; and at 10:35 by the advanced grades of all the schools. At 11:05 the Star Spangled Banner will be sung. At 11:10 the children, accompanied by the teachers, will march to the woods nearby, where a basket picnic will furnish food for the inner child. The grown people will march up to the Auditorium and listen to addresses delivered in French and English, by Prof. Alcee Fortier, of Tulane University, and Hon. Justin Daspit, of St. Martin. These will conclude the exercises for the forenoon.

 In the afternoon, commencing at 2:00 o'clock, the athletic contests will be held on the campus in the rear of the main building. The High Schools of Leesville, St. Martinville, Franklin, Abbeville, New Iberia, Marksville and Houma will send representatives, and one of the biggest and finest athletic contests ever held in Louisiana will take place. Fully a dozen people from each school directly interested, as well as a large number of friends besides, will be present to take part in the exercises.

 The order events will be as follows: 1. 100 yards dash; 2. discus throw; 3. 880 yards run; 4. pole vault; 5. 220 yards dash; 6. 120 yards hurdles; 7. hammer throw; 8. 440 yards run; 9. 220 yards hurdles; 10. high jump; 11. 1 mile run; 12. broad jump; 13. shot put; 14. relay race.

 That school whose team gets the greatest number of points will win the silver trophy cup awarded by Mr. T. M. Biossat, to be awarded to the school whose team wins it three years in succession. And it has been decided to award the F. E. Girard Athletic medal at this time also, although they are for the Industrial Institute only; one is for the champion runner in the 100 yards dash--a silver medal; and the other is a gold medal for the best all round athlete in the Institute team.

 Commencing at 8:30 o'clock p. m., the oratorical contest will be given in the auditorium. Five or six schools will send representatives: Abbeville, New Iberia, Marksville, Lake Charles, Leesville, and of course, Lafayette will make an effort to capture the $12.00 set of books offered by the Faculty of the Institute for the most successful oration scoring the most points on thought, composition and delivery. These orations, now in the hands of Rev. C. C. Kramer, of New Iberia. L. H. Moss, of Lake Charles, and John H. Overton, of Alexandria. the judges on the matter, will be judged on delivery by a special committee appointed that night.

The program for the night will be as follows:
Spring Song, adapted from Strauss's Blue Danube Waltz, Institute Girls' Glee Club; Orations, probably interspersed with musical selections; Stereopticon exhibition, with fine new stereopticon and electric light; and short address by Judge Julian Mouton, presenting the prizes in athletics and oratory.

 Special notice: The Committee on Arrangement decided that in order to avoid confusion, crowding, and possible accidents, horses and carriages will not be admitted into the grounds of the Institute on Convocation day, but will be hitched to the Institute fence on the outside in Johnston avenue, west of the grounds. A sufficient number of watchers will be stationed along the line of carriages and vehicles to protect them against any possibility of mischief or stealing.

 The school children will have their picnics in the edge of the woods at the end of Johnston avenue, each school providing its own picnic under the direction of its teacher or teachers.

 The young men 21 years or older will take their position in line two by two just behind the battalion of cadets, under the direction of Mr. A. Judice, and subject to the orders of the Grand Marshal, Mr. William Campbell. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.


State Building and Loan Association to Meet Here Next April.
 Through the efforts of Messrs. A. J. LeBlanc and B. J. Pellerin, delegates from the local association, the annual convention of the State Building and Loan Association will hold it next meeting in Lafayette next April. At its meeting in Houma on the 14th and 15th inst., Mr. Chas. O. Mouton was elected first vice-president of the Association. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.


 The value of the gasoline motor as a substitute for the expensive trolley is rapidly being recognized. Various tests, and severe ones that one have been applied, have demonstrated its efficiency and thorough reliability and already two large trunk lines, the Rock Island and the Chicago and Alton, have placed them in service, the former to furnish a first class service on its branch lines, and the second to meet the serious competition of the trolley systems which are crippling its local business, particularly in Illinois. In London, England, it has been decided to use them for street railway service owing to their cheapness and economy of operation. In another column we publish an article from the Scientific American giving some details, which is well worth careful perusal.

 These facts should be very suggestive to us, for the town of Lafayette is unusually fortunately situated to make the most of them. It is situated practically in the center of a small, well-settled parish, possessing one of the finest and richest soils in the south capable of producing a large variety of products, is surrounded by a number of splendid little towns; and it is so located that automobile railroads would center the social, educational and commercial interests in it. And the practicatabilty of building these automobile railroads is an attractive feature, for, because of their comparatively low cost, it would be no difficult matter for the citizens of Lafayette to build them themselves, and once built their profit-earning will be satisfactory in every way to investors. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

....Here's is the additional article....

Result of Experiments With Gasoline Motor Cars.[Special to The Times Democrat-New Orleans.]

 St. Louis, April 21,.--As the result of a series of successful experiments with gasoline motors as applied to railway coaches, General Passenger Agent Charlton of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, sent out notice Thursday of a new interurban train service, operated as motor cars between a number of important points leading out of Springfield, Ill.

 One of the new routes will extend from Springfield to Alton and from Alton to Carrollton and Jacksonville.

 The distance from Springfield to Alton is seventy-five miles. The distance from Alton to Jacksonville is sixty miles.

 Another route will cover all points from Springfield to Dwight, a distance of 111 miles.

 At the St. Louis offices of the Chicago and Alton it was said Friday that the new service would be installed as rapidly as possible, probably within thirty days.

 The new cars accommodate eighty-four passengers and will be run on street car time, probably within 30 minutes spaces, when the traffic demands it. From the N. O. Times Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.


Resolutions Passed Requesting Co-operation of Citizens.

     Lafayette, La., March 20, 1905.
  At the annual meeting of the Fire Department of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana, held at the Court House of said city, the undersigned Committee was appointed to draft the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the said Fire Department of Lafayette, La.

 Resolved, by the Fire Department of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana, for the purpose of aiding, equipping and maintaining said Fire Department, that a call be made on every male citizen within the corporate limits of the city of Lafayette, La., owning real estate, and also every non-resident and corporative limits, and who are not members of said fire department, to subscribe an annual fee on not less than five dollars, and that said amount when paid to be turned over to the Treasurer of the department, and to be used in aiding, equipping and maintaining the said Fire Department for the purpose of fighting fires.

 Be it further resolved, that said resolution be printed in the city papers, The Lafayette Advertiser and The Gazette for a space of sixty days.

 Be it also further resolved, that a copy of said resolution be mailed to each male citizen of the City of Lafayette who are not members of the Fire Department, also to all non-residents and corporations owning real estate within the City of Lafayette, Louisiana.
     Respectfully submitted,
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

 Heavy Rain. - Probably the heaviest rain that has fallen here in twenty-five years, poured down yesterday from 4 p. m. until late in the night. Everything was flooded and in parts of the town vehicles went axle deep in the water. Those whose business called them out during that period found going impossible without wading. Yesterday morning some of the streets were still  covered with water. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

City Council.
Lafayette, La., April 5, 1905. -  A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding; members present: A. E. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, Geo. A. DeBlanc, M. Rosenfield, Jno. O. Mouton.  Absent: H. Fontenot.

 The following was offered:


 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that hereafter no license shall be issued to any one to engage in the retail liquor business in said town, unless and until, application be made in writing accompanied by the written consent of not less than two thirds of the residents  property owners within a radius of 200 feet from the place or room in which business is to be conducted.

 Be it further ordained that said application shall be made yearly by those continuously engaged in said business as well as by those starting anew.

 Be it further ordained that any license issued in contravention of this ordinance shall be null and void and subjects to be revoked by the Council. Carried unanimously.
J. P. COLOMB, Asst. Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

Day in the Woods. - A jolly crowd of young people spent Good Friday in Chargois' woods. Those in the party were: Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Lisbony, Mrs. W. R. Williams; Misses Clara Holman, Maud Hudgens, Clemence Bodin, Hattie Gravier, Ethel Blakesly, Grace Boudreaux, Allie Williams, May McClennan; Messrs. Farrar Lindsay, Oscar Sprole, Estene Sprole, Eben Morgan, Dr. H. P. Beeler, Paul Lunsford, Peter Brun, Cleveland Miller, Henry Kelm, E. J. Higginbotham, Charlie Martin, Nicholas Hebert. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

To Close at 7 P. M. - A move is under foot to have all the stores close at 7 p. m. beginning May 1, and doubtless the merchants generally will agree to it. Laf. Advertiser 4/26/1905.

School Entertainment. - The town public schools will give an entertainment on the new school lot, corner Main and Jefferson streets, Friday, April 28, to raise money to pay off some debts owing.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

 Egg Rolling To-Morrow. - Owing to the rain Monday evening the Egg Rolling to have been given by the ladies of the Episcopal church has been postponed until to-morrow afternoon, when it will take place on the lawn at Judge Parkerson's. No admission fee will be charged for each game, for which there will be prizes. Cake, ice-cream and popcorn balls will be sold. The public is cordially invited to attend. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

....One of Lafayette's Favorite Resorts....

Improvements at Sour Lake Mineral Springs, Famous Texas Watering Place.

 F. P. Furlong, manager of the New Sour Lake Springs Hotel Sanitarium and Bath Houses was in the city Saturday in the interest of his resort. He is placing in all of the larger cities along the Southern Pacific Route, a large frame of beautiful photographs of his Hotel, Bath House, Grounds and College, Etc. As he says, nothing is more convincing than a photograph which shows it to be a delightful place, being located in a beautiful park of large stately oak and pine trees. These photos will be left in each city for about 15 days. In years past Sour Lake has had quite a number of patrons from Lafayette, who will be pleased to note the change for the better in this favorite summer resort. Sour Lake now has both the Southern Pacific and Beaumont & Sour Lake Railroads. Until recently it was necessary to travel nine miles by stage to reach these wonderful Springs, and yet every summer found hundreds of visitors at this place, which has been known for years as the only cure of the dreadful disease of eczema and all skin troubles. The waters are fine for the stomach and kidneys, while rheumatism readily yields to the mud baths given them. The waters are recommended by all of the prominent physicians of Texas who have been sending patients there for years.

 The sanitarium is in charge of Dr. H. L. Grant, who, with a corps of trained nurses and attendants, will cater to the wants of all.

 Knowing full well the medical properties of these famous Springs we predict a season of prosperity for this resort. Descriptive circulars will be sent on application to Hotel. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1905.

Died. - At the home of her son-in-law, Mr. Numa Broussard, in Lafayette, La., Monday, April 24, at 10:30 p. m., Mrs. Theodule Hebert, Sr., aged 74 years and 11 months. The funeral which was largely attended, took place at St. John's church yesterday evening at 5 o'clock. Laf. Advertiser 4/26/1905.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of April 26th, 1902:

Accident at Power-plant Averted.

 Owing to an unavoidable accident at the electric power house Tuesday night the patrons of the plant were compelled to have recourse to lamps and candles. It was found that the new boiler was leaking and that it was necessary to have steam connection with the old boiler which had been inspected by the representative of an insurance company and pronounced safe, but strange to say it began to leak a few hours after being in use. Fortunately the defect was discovered in time to prevent a very serious accident.

Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.


Lecture by Prof. Fortier of Tulane - Preparing for the Commencement

 Prof. Alcee Fortier, of Tulane University, addressed the people of Lafayette at the Industrial Institute last Saturday night. He spoke of "Paris in 1900" and gave a vivid description of the great capitol of the French nation. He showed how it has always been the centre of French interests since the earliest times, so that Paris and France have almost become synonymous in political history, as embodying the aspirations of the French people and as being perhaps the most unique city in the world; its area, its architectural beauty, its fine art, its culture and withal its solidity as its manhood. Prof. Fortier was well received by his auditors and their one wish when the lecture was ended was that he had continued longer. Prof. Fortier addressed the people of Scott on the following morning. His speech was in French and upon the subject of education. It was a splendid and inspiring address.

 The students of the Institute now experiencing that nervous interest that always preceded the closing or commencement exercises and in this case the first in the history of the Industrial Institute. Everything is done with snap and vim and in a vigorous way - the songs, the marches, the recitations, all. But work necessarily accumulates at the end of the season and it is feared that for this reason the field-day sports will have to be abandoned for a time, possibly till next session.

 We understand that addresses will be made at the commencement by Rev. Dr. Beverly Warner of New Orleans and Mr. W. H. Carver of Natchitoches.

 The tennis club has received a challenge from the Youngsville Tennis Club. They have not yet developed their playing and cannot accept.
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

 Juvenile Burglars Out on Bail. - John O'Brien and Pete O'Bey, who despite their distinctly Irish names, have extremely black skins, were released on bail this week. O'Brien and O'Bey are among the boy burglars who entered Mr. Demanade's store about two weeks ago. Two of the juvenile gang are still in jail. It is said that O'Bey has been in the employ of a citizen of this town and on several occasions carried large sums of money for his employer to and from the bank and no time did he show a desire to steal.
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

Accident at Base-ball Game. - During the game of base-ball played at Austin a few days ago by the L. S. U. boys and the team of the Texas University. Luke Olivier of this parish, visiting nine, sustained bodily injuries which were rather painful, but fortunately not of a dangerous nature. While running to a base one of the heaviest men in the Texas team threw himself with great force against young Olivier who came out of the encounter with a broken rib and a painful bruise to the hip.  With the use of a cot it was possible to move Mr. Olivier to the train and he made the trip back home in company with the other boys. He arrived here Sunday and was taken to the home of his uncle, Judge C. H. Mouton. We are pleased to say that his condition has improved satisfactorily since his arrival here and that he is doing very well at this moment.
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.


 Last Thursday evening Mr. James Alpha and Miss Cecile Doucet were married at the Catholic church by Father Bollard. A large number of people gathered in front of the church where they waited the arrival of the wedding party. At the appointed time the young couple, accompanied by their relatives and friends, arrived in carriages and after waiting a short while at the door of the church proceeded to the chancel. The bride, who was exceedingly lovely and beautiful in a splendid wedding dress, was escorted to the chancel by her father, Mr. Cleobule Doucet. Walking just before them were on the brides maid, Miss Philomene Doucet, and Mr. Edward Thomas, the groomsman. The groom, accompanied by Mr. Pierre Gerac, came out of the sacristy and met the bride in front of the altar. Father Bollard spoke of the altar of the sacred character of the ritual he was about to perform, referring to the divine origin of the holy sacrament which, he said, was instituted by the founder of the Christian religion, and concluded by pronouncing the happy couple man and wife bestowing upon them the blessings of the Catholic church.

 After the ceremony the wedding party repaired to the home of Mr. Alpha where the groom and bride received the sincere congratulation of their many friends.
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

The Century Club Entertainment Last Tuesday Night.

 The billiard tournament given by the Century Club last Tuesday evening was witnessed by the members of the organization and many invited guests. A number of ladies were interested spectators. The club rooms have been greatly improved in comfort and appearance lately and Monday night the arrangements were particularly neat and tasty. The club has many new members and is unusually prosperous.

 The score of the tournament printed below shows the skill displayed by each player. The first column of figures shows the number of points played for each person and the second column gives the number of points made. Felix Mouton proved to be the most skillful player and was awarded the prize, a fine umbrella. The following is the score:

Improvements at the Oil Mill. - The People's Cotton Seed Oil Mill Company is making a number of improvements to its plant preparatory to an increase of business next season. A seventy-five horse power boiler and an attrition mill will be added to the machinery. The company has commenced making ice and expects a big trade in that commodity. The ice factory was a great success last year and will no doubt do a much larger business this summer. Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

An Evening of Enjoyment.
 The co-operation of the Sontag Military Band with the ladies of the Episcopal Guild for the May festival announced to take place Friday, May 2, at Parkerson Oak Grove, assures an evening of complete enjoyment to this community. The platform and benches of the brass band will be in readiness for the occasion,  and it has been arranged to begin the entertainment proper at 7:30 o'clock p. m., with a May pole dance. This will be followed by a series of tableaux and recitations by little children. Ice Cream and other light refreshments will be served. The grounds will open to visitors at 5 o'clock. The fine music for which the Sontag Military Band as noted will contribute much to the success of the entertainment, as this is certain to prove a great attraction of itself, and no one will regret the small admission fee to the grounds, of ten cents for children and 25 cents for adults. The proceeds of the entertainment will be devoted toward the extinguishment of the debt of the Episcopal church of this place. 
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

Denbo Enters Hardware Business. - Mr. A. B. Denbo, who has been connected with the Lafayette Refinery since its foundation, is now a member of the firm of Denbo & Nicholson, having entered into a partnership with Mr. W. V. Nicholson, the hardware dealer. During the time that Mr. Denbo was connected with the refinery his relations with the public were always of the most pleasant character, his splendid business qualifications winning for him the confidence of all who dealt with him. We bespeak for him a full measure of success in his new business venture.
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

Serious Charges. - A man named Marquis Mouton was arrested by Sheriff Broussard at about 3 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home in Carencro and placed in jail here. The man will have to answer to three very serious charges made against him. He is charged with one criminal assault and two attempts to commit that crime. The circumstances under which the offenses are alleged to have been committed are of such a horrible and fiendish character that they are unfit for publication. The accused has asked through his attorney, Mr. Jno. L. Kennedy, for a preliminary hearing which has been fixed for May 15. Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

New Location. - The Cumberland Company is fixing up its new quarters in the Lacoste building.
Laf. Gazette 4/26/1902.

Greig the Only One. - Mr. Arthur Greig is the only local veteran who attended the reunion at Dallas. The Gazette has no doubt that Mr. Greig thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet the old soldiers with whom he shared the trials and hardships of the civil war. 
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.


....among other business....

 The water and light committee reported that Gustave Moss had been duly notified by registered letter as to the action of the Council on the new boiler at last regular meeting and that he had nothing to complete same. The committee then had taken work in hand and work was nearly completed. Also pipes on Washington St. had been laid and were waiting on hydrants to complete same.

 Moved by F. Demanade, seconded by A. E. Mouton, that $360 be appropriated to run the public schools of this town for one month longer than the public schools funds will allow and that same be paid into the treasury of the Board. Carried.

 Moved and duly seconded, that the license for peddlers of fruits, etc., in the town in  one-horse vehicle be reduced from $20 to $10 and otherwise the law to remain the same. Carried.

 Moved and duly seconded, that the action of the fire department in electing Mr. F. V. Mouton as chief and Mr. A. J. LeBlanc as assistant chief be approved and said election is hereby ratified. Carried.

 Be it ordained, by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that in accordance with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax payers of said town and the vote thereon at the election held in said town on April 3, 1902, as shown by the return of the commissioners and Board of Supervisors of Election of Lafayette parish, that a special tax of one mill on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in the town of Lafayette, La., shall be levied and collected annually, for a period of twenty-five years, beginning with the year 1902 and ending with the year 1926, for the purpose  of extending the water and light system of said town.

 Be it further ordained, that said special tax of one mill shall be extended annually, for the period hereinabove provided, on the assessment roll of said town at the same time that and in the same manner as the general tax is or may be collected.

 Be it further ordained, that the City Council shall hereafter provide for the issuance of bonds in the sum of fourteen thousand dollars as provided for in said petition and authorized by the vote of said property tax payers thereon.
Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 26th, 1902:

A Race Track for Lafayette.

A splendid race track is being built on the grounds of D. A. Cochrane, and will be completed by the 25th, of May, when a number of fine races will take place. Mr. Alfred Hebert is the manager of the track and intends to have it first class in every particular. The grand stand will accommodate several hundred people and will be well situated to afford a good view of the track. In the center of the grounds, a large garden with many  walks, fountains, etc, will be laid off, so as to make it a pleasant park to visit on Sunday afternoons and other times.

 On the 25th of May, besides other races, there will be a contest between the eight wards of the parish for the best 3 year old colt. This feature alone will doubtless attract a large number of people from all parts of the parish. This track will be of great benefit to the town of Lafayette in many ways and the people should give it their warm support. Later on we will publish the full list of races for the 25th. The name of this new enterprise will be the Surrey Race Track and Amusement Park of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.

Base-Ball Championship.
The Most Interesting Game of the Season.
Heavy Bets Are Being Made.

 A champion base ball game will be played on the new "Surrey Track and Amusement Park," Sunday, May 18th between teams composed of members of the Sontag Military Band and members of the Century Club. Full particulars of the game will be given in our next issue. Mule races will also take place on the same day. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.

Barbeque Given. - A barbeque was given in the eighth ward on last Saturday for the purpose of bringing together to arouse public sentiment for better education. Judge Julian Mouton, who has always taken an active interest in education, made a stirring address to the large crowd in attendance. Among those present from Lafayette were Dr. N. P. Moss and Supt. L. J. Alleman. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.

Bride and Groom Back Home. - Mr. O. B. Hopkins and bride arrived in Lafayette Sunday. They are domiciled at the home of the groom's parents, Dr. and Mrs. T. B. Hopkins, for a few days until they can furnish their handsome little cottage home, which has just been completed.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.

Woman's Literary Society.
 A most interesting meeting of the Women's Literary Club was held at the home of Mrs. A. B. Denbo, Saturday afternoon, April 19th.

 The roll call was responded to by quotations from Robert Burns. After the business of the Club was transacted, the program which consisted of the following was rendered.

 Sketch of Sir Walter Scott...Miss Gladu.
 Contest, Scott's Heroine's...Miss Christian.
 The Humor of Thackery and Dickens contrasted...Miss Dupre.
Current Events...Miss A. Hopkins.

 After the program the meeting adjourned to meet with Mr. T. N. Blake, May 3rd.

 The hostess then ushered the Club members and guests, Misses Andrus and Dupre of Opelousas, into the dining room where she was assisted gracefully by Miss Clye Mudd in serving the choicest of refreshments. After which the ladies bade their charming hostess good bye. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.

Ball to be Given.  - The twelfth  annual ball of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen will be given at Falk's Opera House on Thursday, May 22nd. Every year these balls have been a great success and this year the management will make it the largest attraction of the season. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 26th, 1893:


We deem it not only wise but expedient to say a few words at this time in regard to the so-called high school. There seems to be quite a wide spread misunderstanding in regard to it. Many people seem to imagine that the new school building is to be used as a high school pure and simple. The building will be used for a graded public school only, at least, for the present. There is no need for a high school in Lafayette at present, and were one established there would be no scholars to attend it. It will be at least several years before any of our scholars are sufficiently advanced in their studies to make a high school or academic department necessary.

 Some claim that the people are being deceived in the matter. That those in charge of the building are leading people to believe that a high school is to be established. This is untrue. The gentlemen in charge of the matter do not claim that anything but a first-class graded school will be established.

 There has been about $750 contributed during the last two months toward finishing the building which we believe is about enough to complete it. Work is progressing as rapidly as possible and in all likelihood, every thing will be ready this fall to open the school. It will be necessary, however, to provide means to pay the principal of the school. It will cost probably $1,000 a year to provide a competent man to take charge of it. The future success and prosperity of the school will depend largely upon the manner in which it is started. Teaching to-day is as much a science as the practice of medicine or law. We will need an up-to-date, scientific teacher to take charge of the school, and his salary for the present will have to be provided for privately, therefore let the work continue; let entertainments be given frequently, and a large share of the money needed can be raised before fall. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1893.

A Dangerous Practice.
 We wish to call the attention of our street commissioners to the banquette in front of the property of Mr. Allingham, on Lincoln avenue, north of the railroad track. Two ditches have been dug across the banquette, leading from the garden to the road, for the purpose of draining the garden probably. The ditches are eighteen inches or two feet deep and uncovered, and are very dangerous. A person walking there on a dark night, being unaware of the ditches might easily break a leg or arm from a fall caused by stepping in one of them. The city should attend to this at once, and either compel the owner of the property to put a cover over the ditches or fill them up. It seems to us that some one must be very negligent of their duty, when a  man can dig ditches of this sort on one of our public streets with perfect immunity, and in so doing make it absolutely dangerous for a pedestrian to pass after dark. Certainly if our public officers were alive to the responsibility of their office and did their duty a property owner would not dare to dig such ditches; but it really seems at present every one feels that they have a license to do so as they please, without fear of being called to account for their actions.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1893. 

Lafayette, La., April 5th, 1893.
In accordance with Amendment Five (V.) of the Charter of the Town of Lafayette, La., I do hereby give public notice that their will be an election held in the Town of Lafayette, La., at the Court House, on,
  Monday, the First day of May, 1893, for the purpose of electing one Mayor and seven Councilmen to serve for two years ending May, 1893.

 The polls will be open and the election held in accordance with existing State laws.

 The following persons have been appointed commissioners to hold said election, to-wit:  Alfred Chargois, H. A. Eastin and F. C. Triay.

           W.B. BAILEY,
                Clerk of Court.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1893.


We, the undersigned, submit our names candidates for the offices of Mayor and Councilmen for the town of Lafayette, to the white, democratic voters of said corporation, at the next election to be held May 1st, 1893, and if elected, we shall endeavor to give the people an economical, business-like, democratic administration:

For Mayor, Julian Mouton.

Lafayette. April, 20th, 1893.


School Board.

....among other business....
 Resolved, That the committee for the selection of teachers be and are hereby authorized to also appoint teachers and assistant when in their judgment it becomes necessary, and that they fix the salary of assistant not exceeding $30.00 per month.

 A petition from the colored citizens of the 1st ward, asking that the colored school of said ward be opened and that Mr. W. M. Williams, Jr., be appointed teacher, was received, and, on motion was referred to the proper committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1893.

Business Men's Association. - There will be a meeting of the above association Friday at 8 o'clock p. m. in Falk's opera house. A full attendance is greatly desired as business of importance will come before the meeting.
C. O. Mouton, Pres.
A. C. Ordway, Secy.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1893.


 Next Monday is election day.

 It is becoming very dusty again.

 Is Lafayette always to remain without fire protection?

 Don't forget the meeting of the Business Men's Assoc. To-night.

 Last Saturday a number of our young people enjoyed the pleasures of a social dance in Falk's opera house.

 Mr. Antoine Guidry, killed a hog recently that weighed when dressed 629 pounds, besides giving 39 gallons of lard.

 Last Sunday a party of our young people spent the day very pleasantly in the woods. Pic-nics are becoming quite popular lately.

 Excursion tickets to the Columbia Exposition at Chicago were placed on sale at this station yesterday. The fare for the round trip is $86.50.

 Father Forge gave a picnic to the members of the choir of the Catholic Church last Sunday. The party went to Mr. Chargois' woods and all report having had a most enjoyable time.

 Mr. Walter J. Mouton purchased last Saturday the residence of Mrs. J. E. Trahan, for $2,500. Mrs. Trahan will build a residence on the lot adjoining her son's drug store corner of Congress and Buchanan streets.

 Mr. W. F. Owen, superintendent of the Morgan division of the Southern Pacific was in Lafayette last Monday on a tour of inspection. He says that work on the new depot will shortly begin. It is time that something was done forward providing a decent waiting room for the patrons of the road.

 There is such a thing as carrying a woman's right too far. It is not treating the young men of Lafayette right for a bevy of handsome young ladies to go off all their lonesome and hold  a pic-nic. What we would like to know, is to be the future of our young men if such things are to be countenanced. ?
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1893.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 26th, 1890:

Levee Break Submerges Morgan Railroad.
 Morganza levee has broken, and already the flood has submerged a long stretch of the Texas and Pacific railroad and a number of the finest plantations in the valley. A special to the Times-Democrat, of the 23rd inst. says: "There are now no less than nine crevices in twenty miles on the Pointe Coupee front, and the magnitude of the disaster at Morganza is minimized by the fact that the whole system seems to be doomed. It is utterly impossible to fully comprehend the magnitude of the misfortune that must result." All the country between the Teche and Mississippi will be more or less devastated. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1890.

Changes on the Mail Route. - A change has been made in the railway postal service on the Morgan tap which gives Mr. Paul L. Burke, who for several years has efficiently served as sole postal clerk on this line, well earned relief. Heretofore Mr. Burke has daily made the round trip between Lafayette and Alexandria. Recently Mr. M. S. Alexander, of Myersville, Avoyelles parish, has been assigned to this route and is now on duty. This gives each one a lay off here every other day.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1890.

 Archbishop in Lafayette. - His Grace, Archbishop Janssens, accompanied by Rev. St. Paul Eppa, of Loreauville, and Rev. Langlois, of St. Martinville, arrived on the afternoon train from Franklin (where he administered the right of way of confirmation Sunday) last Monday. After spending a couple of hours with Rev. Forge at the presbytery they departed in a carriage for Breaux Bridge, where his Grace administered confirmation on Tuesday, 22nd; at Arnaudville on the 24th; Port Barre on the 26th (to-day.) His grace next administers the rite at Washington on the 27th at Grand Coteau on the 29th; at Carencro May 1st; at Opelousas May 3rd. His Grace will remain in the missions dependent on Lake Charles in Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes until May 27th. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1890.

The Races. - The Lafayette Race Course Association met as per adjournment, at the law office of Crow Girard, Esq., last Saturday. The committee appointed to select suitable grounds, etc., asked for further time to report, and were granted until Saturday, the 26th (to-day), until which time the adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1890.

 At the residence of her son-in-law, Julian Mouton, Esq., in the town of Lafayette, on Saturday, April 19th, at 9 o'clock a. m., Mrs. Amelina Berard, widow of the late Telisphore Castille, aged 57 years.

 Mrs. Castille was the mother of Messrs. Joseph and Paul Castille; Ada, wife of Jos. A. Chargois, Esq., Clemence, wife of Mr. J. Numa Domengeaux, of Breaux Bridge; and Ross, wife of Julian Mouton; esq. Mrs. Castille was one of those estimable women whom society never fully appreciated until they are gone. Her life duties were faithfully and cheerfully performed, and her devotion and unselfishness in rearing a large family is most exemplary. She was buried in St. John cemetery, at Lafayette, Sunday forenoon, and her remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends from this and her native parish of St. Martin. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1890.

Plank Walk. - We are pleased to learn that our young people have taken the advice of the ADVERTISER'S suggestion and will give a theatrical performance at an early day, the receipts of which will be devoted to extending the main plank walk from the Moss building to the Post office.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1890.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 26th, 1879:


 Work is progressing steadily. The two barges reported as arrived last Saturday from Orange, were delayed by water in the ditch through the inner bar of Calcasieu Pass, but Capt. Thos. Reynolds, who has the contract for all transportation of railroad material here via the Gulf arrived with one of them last Monday night, and the other arrived next day. They brought over two hundred tons of a general outfit of provision and material for work on the road, and Capt. Reynolds has returned with them to Orange for more. A force of about fifty men, with teams, scrapers, etc., is grading at Pine Island, fifteen miles east of Lake Charles and the Sabine. Judging from the heavy supplies of meat, flour, potatoes, molasses, and other provisions brought this week by Capt. Reynolds, it is evident that the workmen on the road are to be well fed. From the Lake Charles Echo and in the Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1879.  

Vermilionville, April 5th, 1879.

 The regular meeting of the Parish School Board was held this day at Revillon's store.

 Present: Dr. T. B. Hopkins, president, Oueziphore Broussard, Sidney Greig, J. J. Revillon, Thompson Rhodes, vice Narcisse Mouton resigned. Absent: Dr. Lyons, Dr. Mudd and Omer Broussard.

 The minutes of the preceding meeting were read and approved.

 A communication was received from Mr. Edgar A. Farrar, attorney at law, and endorsed by Hon. R. M. Lusher, tendering his professional services to this Board in a suit now pending between the School Board of Tensas Parish and the State Auditor, the object of which is to enforce the levy and collection of the free school tax.

 On motion, it was resolved, that the action of the President and Secretary of the Board in securing the services of Mr. Farrar be approved.

 It was moved and seconded, that the Treasurer be requested to set aside, as contingent funds for the different wards, out of apportionments for December, 1878 and March 1879 the sum of three hundred dollars, from State Superintendent, and make apportionments of six hundred and thirty-three dollars--balance of above apportionments--pro rata to different school wards in this parish.

 On motion, resolved, that the school in the 5th ward be closed immediately, and that of the 1st ward be suspended at the end of this month's teaching.

 Resolved, that the Parish Attorney be requested to examine contracts and notes for rent of public school lands in hands of the present Treasurer of this Board, and to report if anything can be realized therefrom, for the benefit of the school funds of this parish, at the session, of this Board in October next.

 On motion, it was resolved, that H. M. Bailey be and is hereby appointed Secretary pro tem of this Board during the absence of the present Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1879.

News Notes (Advertiser) 4/26/1879.

 The weather during a few days past was quite cool. On the morning of the 19th inst., there was light, or as some would call black frost. At the present writing, the signs indicate, what is needed, a good rain.  

Black Frost definition: "A dry freeze without the protective formation of Hoar Frost that results in the internal freezing and death of vegetation."

Hoar Frost definition: " Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface. Also called White Frost."

In order to facilitate and bring in contact purchasers and sellers of real estate we invite all those who have property for sale to call this office (Advertiser) and leave a description of it with us. No charges will be made until a sale is effected.

 Fresh Groceries at W. G. Rogan's stand this week. Call and try them.

 If you want a first class sewing machine, one of the neatest and best made, call at Ed. Pellerin's on Main St.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1879.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 26th, 1912:

Made by the Southern Pacific With the Trainmen After Several Days Negotiation.

 New Orleans, April 24. - Monday negotiations that have been pending for the past several days between the officials of the Texas and Louisiana lines of the Southern Pacific and representatives of the conductors and brakemen, will have been completed, and a new agreement signed.

 Gus Radetske, the assistant general manager of the Texas lines, came over from Houston to conduct the negotiations along with W. M. Hobbs, general superintendent of the Louisiana lines. The negotiations were conducted in Mr. Hobbs' office, in the Metropolitan Bank building, and there were present representatives from the conductors and brakemen, both in Louisiana and Texas.

 The negotiations were in no sense of the work strike discussions, but partook more of the nature of a little family meeting, in which conditions affecting both sides were discussed in the friendliest spirit.

 The agreement now in effect was brought up to date, and will be ready for signing Monday. There was never any threat of a strike among the men, nor was strike ever mentioned, and the negotiations were in the main an annual meeting altogether amicable.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1913.

 The following circular has been sent out by Prof. W. R. Dodson, Director of the State Experiment Station of the University:

 "At no time in the history of the State have such heroic efforts been made in behalf of the rural population as is being done by those in charge of the Louisiana Demonstration Train, which is now completing a two-months tour of the State for the promotion of the industries that will most benefit the people of the agricultural sections at this time. The men in charge of the demonstration train form but a limited corps of lecturers and exhibitors and when it is remembered that they have been at work for the past two months, their devotion must be reckoned with in a spirit of appreciation by the people of the State. Never in the history of the State. Never in the history of the State, did Louisiana's agricultural circles so need the benefits of the Demonstration Train. Many sections of the State have been swept by overflow, the effects of the boll weevil in the cotton districts is still in some sections pronounced, the political conditions in Congress are at least menacing the sugar industry of the sugar belt, and extended rainfall throughout the State and other untoward conditions make the prospects for agriculture more or less uninviting. The demonstration train in its promotion of stock raising, canning and other methods of diversification of crops and occupations, is proving the salvation of the rural sections affected and aiding those sections which will have to produce the difference caused by the reduction in acreage cultivated. The last week of the itinerary is in the rice country of the State and one that has not been affected by the water in the Mississippi and tributaries. The corps of the demonstration train is working manfully in behalf of the agricultural interests of the State and the people should give their efforts recognition by giving the train large attendance wherever exhibited."

 The train will reach Carencro and Lafayette Thursday, May 9. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1912.

Annoying Dogs.
 Everybody under the law is supposed to have the privilege of walking, riding or driving on the public streets without being molested, but they don't all enjoy that privilege at all times in the town of Lafayette owing to the fact that the authorities permit some people to keep dogs, and most of them of the small kind, which run out at passers by and bark and snap at the and otherwise worry them, frightening children and annoying even grown men. These little dogs run and snap at the legs of bicycle riders and bite at the legs of horses and otherwise make a nuisance and pest of themselves. That more people are not bitten while within their constitutional right to walk the streets unmolested is possibly owing to the fact that these little dogs are greater barkers than biters, nevertheless no one likes to be annoyed by the fool things, and it is distinctly the duty of the City Council to make people keep their dogs in their yards and subject them to a heavy fine when the dog is found on the streets, unless he is so thoroughly muzzled that even a child can recognize that the dog can't bite. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1912.

 The axe murders in Lafayette and this section are being advertised all over the United States and we presume even in foreign countries, and doing this section a great deal of harm. The writeups, the latest we have seen was in the Denver Post, gives a lurid and very extravagant account, declaring in big headlines that "Africa's wicked serpent worship has been revived in Louisiana" and goes on to put the negroes of the rice belt in the same class with the negroes of Hayti. The axe murders here are sufficiently horrible and distressing without this kind of sensational and untruthful exploiting of this section. The negroes of the rice and cane belt are on a par with their race elsewhere and these mysterious murders are not to be laid against them as a race at all. They are evidently the work of some crazy members of their race, perhaps actuated by some religious mania, but the sect, if such there be, can be but a few members and they are certain sooner or later to be exterminated. Meantime these sensational newspapers might exercise a little more charity even if it does cost them a few nickels of extra sales.    Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1912.      



"Kill and burn," was the order given by Gen. Jacob H. Smith, who is in the Philippines carrying on the war for humanity. To kill all recalcitrant Filipinos over ten years of age and to burn their homes seem a rather harsh measure for this "Christian" nation to adopt in its efforts to "benevolently assimilate" the natives. It is announced that Smith will be tried by a court-martial for having issued his barbarous order, Smith may be punished, but it will not stop the butchery in the Philippines. This country has made up its mind to hold on to the islands and the atrocities have just begun. There are ten or twelve million people in the Philippines and they must be subjugated. It isn't the soldiers who are to be blamed. They are sent there to kill and kill they must. They are over there on no pleasure trip. They are there to wage a cruel war against a people whose only sin is that they prefer death to submission to a foreign yoke. The soldier who shoots down a poor defenseless Filipino may be the unwilling instrument of the government responsible for the murder. When a fresh slaughter of insurgents is cabled across the ocean the American people need not express any surprise. Gen. Sherman said that "war is hell" and hell it is whether carried out in the United States or the Philippines.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 4/26/1902.

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