From the Lafayette Gazette of May 2nd, 1903:
Nicholls, Rosenfield and Other Buildings Destroyed by Fire - Willie Otto Burned to Death.
The most destructive fire in the history of Lafayette occurred last Sunday morning. The alarm was sounded at about one o'clock, and for two hours the conflagration lasted, destroying a large portion of one of the best business blocks of the town.
The fire originated in the Nicholls building, occupied by Dan Myers and H. Long as a saloon, the upper floor being used as a lodging house.
Otto lodged in one of the rooms and the consensus of opinion is that the fire originated from that room. The charred remains of a human being were found in the debris of the Nicholls building, and that the supposition is that the unfortunate man was a victim of the flames. Mr. Bodenheimer, another occupant of the building, says Otto retired in an intoxicated state. Bodenheimer himself had a somewhat narrow escape.
From the Nicholls building the fire was communicated to the cottage occupied by Mrs. Otto and Mrs. Nicholls.
A strenuous fight was made by the firemen to save the Rosenfield building but to no avail. In a few minutes the fire was beyond control and the small building also belonged to M. Rosenfield was destroyed.
The losses are approximately as follows: Mrs. Nicholls, building and furniture, $10,000; Meyer & Long, stock and fixtures, $2,000; Rosenfield building, loss sustained by Mr. A. E. Mouton, contractor, $6,000; M. Rosenfield, stock, $14,000.
The insurance is about as follows: Nicholls building, insured in the J. R. Domengeaux, agency for $4,000; Meyer & Long, insured with Parkerson & Mouton for $1,000; A. E. Mouton, insured with Parkerson & Mouton for $3,000; M. Rosenfield, insured with the Lacombe agency of Opelousas for $5,000.
The Pelican Grist Mill owned by Geo. A. DeBlanc was damaged to a slight extent.
The firemen worked heroically to control the fire and their effort proved successful in the attempt to save the DeBlanc warehouse.
From some cause at present unknown to us, the pressure at the water works was insufficient. It is certain that some defect exists either in the construction of the system or through somebody's negligence. The test made Wednesday afternoon proves beyond a doubt that we cannot rely as formerly in the supply of water from the plant in case of fire.
The municipal authorities and the officers of the fire department have taken the matter in hand in a proper manner, and we rest assured no delay will be allowed in arriving at a solution of the serious problem that confronts the property-holders of the town.
The test made at the power-house Wednesday showed defective hose, and, of course, that will be remedied very soon.
Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1903.
The Waterworks and Electric Light Funds.
In this issue of The Gazette is published a report of Messrs. Geo. A. DeBlanc and A. E. Mouton of the special committee appointed to make a report to the City Council showing the receipts and disbursements of the special taz and waterworks and electric light funds.
The report covers the collection of the tax since its levy and the operation of the plant since its establishment, up to the present time.
A gratifying disclosure of the report is the one showing the increase in the assessment of the town. In 1896 the assessment was $453,835.00 and for the year 1902 it was $1,027,622.00 Such an increase is certainly an indication of Lafayette's prosperity.
In recent communications to The Gazette Mr. Crow Girard has charged the City Council of withholding from the public an account of their administration of the public funds, especially of the special tax funds levied for water and lights. In this we feel compelled to say that the writer as fallen into error. It is a fact that statements and reports containing reasonably full and complete showing of collections and revenue from, water and lights, as well as from taxes, have been published each month in the proceedings of the Council. In our opinion the publication of these proceedings comply with the provision of the law calling on them to give public accounts of their administration. Nevertheless, the Council, through their committee, have given in the supplementary report referred to an exact disposition of the funds realized from the special tax and the other revenues derived by the operation of the plant in detail for the information of the public.
The report shows the amount of money collected during the seven years from the special five-mill tax, something which could have been easily ascertained by a simple examination of the tax rolls of the town. In view of this fact the statement made by Mr. Girard of the apparent mystery to find the total amount of the tax collected is without ground or reason.
From the report we gather that the total tax collections from the special tax amount to $25,994.89; that the amount paid for bonds and interest is $23,690.00, and the cash on hand is $2,174.97, and this accounts with an unimportant difference for the proper disbursement of the tax funds.
It has been charged that sufficient money has already been collected to retire the whole issue of the bonds. It is palpable that such is not the case. On the contrary the sum of $7,513,69 has been expended from the general fund to improve and repair the plant and furnish to the public an adequate supply of water and lights as the growth of the town rendered it necessary.
The committee has done everything that could be expected of them in giving the public a complete and detailed account of the funds upon which they had been delegated to report. There need now exist no doubt that a proper application has been made of the public funds. The Gazette does not deny the right of any citizen to make inquiry into the method of the disbursement of taxes, but in this instance, no occasion has arisen, in our opinion, for questioning their legitimate expenditure; certainly, in view of the present report, no such occasion now presents itself.
Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1903.
Evangelist Geo. L. Hale and his gospel singer, Prof. J. Olivier Brison, came in on the Friday afternoon train from New Orleans and they will begin revival meetings at Falk's hall Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. There will also be services at 8 p. m., Sunday, and each evening during the week.
These meetings are for the religious interest of the town in general as well as the Baptist church in particular.
All Christian people are invited to participate and the public in general is invited to attend.
E. H. ROBINSON,
Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1893.
Court-house Improvements. - The court-house gallery has been cemented and substantial concrete steps have replaced the old wooden structure. Mr. Massicot, the contractor, has done a neat and durable piece of work as all may see on inspection. Laf. Gazette 5/2/1903.
The Public Roads.
To the Editor of The Lafayette Gazette:
I know from practical experience of over fifty years in the Western States, California especially, and Canada, that the best, the cheapest and most effectual system of working roads in a new country like this is for the Police Jury to appoint a road supervisor in every ward. Divide every road in the different wards into beats from one to two miles long according to circumstances and appoint a local road overseer for every road beat in the different wards. The pass a law compelling every able-bodied man over the age of twenty-one and under sixty years who is living, working or staying in the parish, whose name is not on the assessment rolls, to do three days' road work or pay $3 to the road overseer or to the treasurer of the road fund. All of those who are assessed and not exempt by law from doing road work, old or young, absentees or not, shall be compelled to do five, ten, fifteen or twenty days' work according to their assessment, or else pay seventy-five cents per day for every day of work. If not paid after proper notification, it shall be charged against the property and collected as regular taxes on the property. I am told the Police Jury has no authority to pass such a law. I think that must be a mistake. If they have the authority to pass such a law. I think that must be a mistake. If they have the authority to pass a law compelling every man over eighteen and under sixty to do twelve days' work or pay $12, they surely have the authority to make them do 5 or 6 days less.
There is one thing certain. That is we will never have good roads throughout the parish until we adopt some system to work every road in the parish every year. I can't believe there is a man in the parish would object to let his men or teams turned out, when he has his crops laid by to help build a good turn pike road leading to the city.
The tax of absentees who neglect to do their work and some who would rather pay the money than do the work would more than pay all the expenses of the parish in carrying out the above system.
I don't wish to have it understood that I am trying to cast any reflections on the Police Jury or any of its members. I believe they have dealt honestly and justly with our road funds and are trying to do the best they can under the circumstances to give us good roads.
Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1903.
Died. - Mr. Wayne Tanner, for a number of years a resident of Lafayette, died at his home in this town yesterday morning at 1:30 o'clock, at the age of seventy-three years. He leaves a widow and several children and grandchildren to mourn his loss. His funeral took place Friday afternoon at the Episcopal church and his remains were buring in the Protestant cemetery.
Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1897.
The largest and most notable social function of the past week was the card party given on Wednesday afternoon by Mrs. A. B. Denbo, complimentary to her attractive sister, Miss K. Marshall, during her visit to Lafayette, has been the recipient of much attention.
The pretty home on Madison street had been transformed by skillful hands into a bower of loveliness by the aid of blossoming vines and myriads of choice roses the former trailing over stairway, clinging to curtains and portieres, here and there caught and tangled in graceful profusion by a cluster of its own starry blooms - the latter banked on mantels and reposing in vases on the tables, which had been artistically arranged in shape of a Greek cross. At these were seated the exquisitely gowned guests, who had been ushered in by Mrs. B. Clegg and Miss Parkerson in their usual gracious manner, and being accorded a hearty welcome by the charming hostesses.
A spirited game of euchre was played at seven tables, which resulted in the winning of the following prizes - the first a beautiful jewel case cut for by Mrs. Coronna and Miss Marshall, won by the latter ; the second, an elegant vase of the famous Rookwood pottery, after a tie between Mmes. D. Schwartz and N. P. Moss, became the coveted possession of the latter - the consolation, Sousa's recent work, "The Fifth String," was drawn for by all present and won by Mrs. Alleman, while the booby, French harp, was given Mrs. B. J. Pellern, with the suggestion that she might be able to play better upon that than she had done at cards.
During the games a delicious concoction of Marchino and various other condiments was passed to the players by a bevy of fair little girls, Misses Inez Biossat, Irene Girard, Elizabeth Denbo and Alice Moss. A dainty dessert course followed by an invigorating cup of cafe noir was served at the tete a tete tables and amidst the fragrance of the flowers the fair sex lingered long, loathed to leave the pleasant company and cheerful surroundings 'til bade by the shortening shadows that the "shades of night were falling fast."
This congenial assemblage was composed of: Mmes. D. Schwartz, N. P. Moss, L. Alleman, B. Coronna, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, A. Doucet, J. A. Roy, B. Clegg, G. Comstock, E. F. Baker, L. Stephens, J. Hulse, G. Babcock, G. B. Goldsberry, T. B. Hopkins; Misses Z. Christian, A. Dixon, F. Holmes, Z. and L. Bailey, L. Parkerson, G. Mayfield, L. Robins, M. Robertson, P. Larche, S. Torian, U. Coronna. Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1903.
Lafayette, La., April 2, 1903.
At a regular meeting of the School Board the following members were present: H. Theall, Dr. N. P. Moss, A. D. Verot, A. C. Guilbeau, Jasper Spell. Absent: A. Olivier, Dr. Roy O. Young, S. J. Montgomery and Alex. Delhomme.
In the absence of the president, Mr. H. Theall was unanimously elected president pro tem.
The secretary reported the sale of the wood on the school land in the third ward, at 25 cents per cord on the stump.
Mr. Burke was given an audience and argued in favor of transferring Mr. Isaac Broussard's donation to the building fund of new school in the second ward. On motion of Dr. Moss seconded by Mr. Spell the transfer was made.
Mr. Judice argued for an appropriation of $150 from the School Board to apply to the appropriation of the Police Jury, for the purpose of draining the school section in the second ward. On motion duly seconded an appropriation of $150 was voted, and Mr. Judice, Mr. Spell and Mr. Alleman were appointed a committee of three to advertise for bids and to award the contract.
The following relative to the attendance of teachers upon summer schools was adopted:
Whereas, The Board of School Directors raised the salaries of all teachers last year and at the same time announced that thereafter no pay would be allowed for attending summer schools,
Be it Resolved, by the Board of School Directors in regular meeting assembled that this action should not be construed as a release to the teacher of his or her obligation to attend institutes or summer schools during vacation. Experience has demonstrated to us the fact that the teacher who does not attend their teachers' gatherings goes backward instead of forward. Other things, being equal, the Board of Directors will give preference in the selection of those who attend summer school.
At the request of the States Department of Education, the superintendent was authorized to have prepared by the different school of the parish a school exhibit for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
On motion of Mr. Spell seconded by Dr. Moss the Board appropriated $30 for the transportation of the children ot the Whittington school to Scott until the school house which was recently blown down is rebuilt.
Mr. Guilbeau was authorized to have the fence in front of the Carencro school house removed.
On motion duly seconded Mr. Delhomme and Mr. Alleman were authorized to sell the vacant Boudreaux school.
On motion duly seconded Mr. Delhomme and Mr. Alleman were authorized to sell the vacant Boudreaux school.
On motion of Mr. Spell seconded by Mr. Verot the secretary was instructed to forward a copy of the following resolution to the Governor of the State:
Whereas, His Excellency, W. W. Heard, Governor of the State of Louisiana, has always shown a deep interest in that most important part of the State's duty, the education of all its children; and,
Whereas, His Excellency, has always manifested his interest in the form of substantial acts for the cause of education, and has lately signified his intention of visiting Lafayette parish in the interest of better schools, and longer terms; therefore,
Be it Resolved, by the Board of School Directors of Lafayette parish in regular meeting assembled that our gratitude be expressed to the Governor for his past good works for the cause of education, and that we express in particular our deep appreciation of his approaching visit to Lafayette parish, assuring him that his visit will redound to the greatest good to the cause which we know to be nearest his heart.
The secretary was instructed to notify Ambroise Mallet that his not for rent of school land for the year 1902 was past due.
The treasurer's report was read as follows:
To the President and Members of the School Board, Parish of Lafayette. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of School Funds since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN, Parish Treasurer, Lafayette, La., April 2, 1903.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the board adjourned.
H. THEALL, President pro tem.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1903.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/2/1903.
Mr. Wayne Tanner, for a number of years a resident of Lafayette, died at his home in this town yesterday morning at 1:30 o'clock, at the age of seventy-three years. He leaves a widow and several children and grandchildren to mourn his loss. His funeral took place Friday afternoon at the Episcopal church and his remains were buried in the Protestant cemetery.
Corn Wanted. - Planters, if you have a few loads or a few hundred barrels of corn left that you wish to dispose of call on or write to Magnolia Mills, Lafayette, La.
J. D. Mouton, was in New Orleans on business this week. Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 2nd, 1903:
Largest Ever Known in Lafayette.
Willie Otto Burned to Death.
One of the most destructive conflagrations that have ever visited Lafayette occurred last Saturday night about one o'clock in the morning, and for nearly three hours raged with resistless fury, seemingly bent upon lapping up with greedy tongue the entire block. Fortunately the wind was slight and this alone saved widespread destruction.
The fire originated in the Nicholl's building across the railroad on Lincoln Avenue, occupied by Messrs. Meyers and Long as a saloon and hotel, and when discovered was under such headway as to preclude any possibility of saving the building. A number of guests at the hotel had narrow escapes, many of them being forced to fly in their night clothes, and losing all their belongings.
The town was alarmed immediately upon the discovery of the fire by prolonged whistling of the switch engines, followed at once by the wild cat whistle of the waterworks, and the discharge of fire arms. In a very short time an immense crowd has assembled, and among them the gallant firemen with their hose and fire fighting apparatus. An attempt was made to confine the fire to the Nicholls buildings, but it was soon realized that the adjoining home of Mrs. Nicholls was also doomed. All the streams of water were then concentrated on Rosenfield's store in order to save it if possible. But such was the intense heat that the firemen were unable to stop the flames and soon the Rosenfield store, a large two-story building just nearing completion was wrapped in the midst of flames. The intense heat had set a telegraph pole near the depot on fire. This fire was extinguished to keep the road from being obstructed with fallen wires. By this time DeBlanc's meal and grist mill, a two-story structure across the alley from Mrs. Nicholl's home, was becoming dangerously hot, and the selfless bravery, notwithstanding the fierce heat, the firemen rushed the hose in position and began playing water upon the smoking and charring sides of the building. Seeing the terrible exposure several men tore up a bridge and carried it to these intrepid men almost roasting in the intense heat, and placed it before them as shield to the awful heat pouring upon them. To the Spartan like endurance of these men at the nozzle is due the safety of DeBlanc's mill, and the arrest of the grasping, hungry flames in that direction. It was a noble fight and well fought.
Realizing the magnitude of the fire the necessity for every stream that could be thrown on it, a wagon was hurriedly sent to the Industrial School to procure the hose kept there for the protection of the school. It was quickly brought and served to good purpose.
While the brave fight was being made to save DeBlanc's mill, an equally courageous struggle was going on in Lincoln Ave. to save the Delhomme buildings adjoining Rosenfield's. The terrific heat seemed irresistible and
notwithstanding every effort two more building became the prey of the flames before their progress was stopped. At three o'clock the fire was under control and further danger removed. The fight began at 1 a. m. and for two hours with courage, perseverance, and bravery the gallant firemen contested every step of the way with the searching flames and won a splendid victory, and this notwithstanding the fact that the water pressure was woefully inadequate and a sufficient quantity of hose was not available.
It was learned shortly after an investigation was made as to whether all the guests of the hotel had escaped, that one could not be found. It was Willie Otto, a young man about 30 years old engaged in the butcher's trade. Later it was ascertained beyond a doubt that he had been cremated. Sunday morning about ten o'clock his charred remains were found in the burned debris.
The cause of the fire according to a consensus of opinion, seems that it ignited in the room of Otto probably from a match or cigarette. Mr. Bodenheimer who occupied rooms near him states that Otto retired under the influence of liquor, and that the fire started in that part of the building. All the other guests escaped without injury.
Several of the firemen had narrow escapes from falling walls, but two were injured. Willie Graser and Joseph Mouton, by falling from a ladder.
The losses are approximately as follows:
Mrs. Nicholls, building and furniture, $10,000; M. Rosenfield, building, $7,000, stock $10,000; J. A. Delhomme, buildings, $1,000; Dan Meyers, stock and fixture in Nicholls' building, $3,000; Long's restaurant, $500; DeBlanc;s mill, damaged, $300.
The insurance is about as follows: Nicholls', buildings, $5,000; Rosenfield, stock, $5,000; Meyers, $1,000.
Mr. A. E. Mouton, who had the contract on the Rosenfield building lost heavily as he had a light insurance. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.
A Card of Thanks.
The undersigned respectfully tender their heartfelt thanks to the brave Fire Boys, who notwithstanding heat and the danger of falling timber wrapped in flames in the little 20 ft. alley separating the building so nobly and valiantly saved our mill and warehouses, and to our lady and gentlemen friends and relatives who so kindly lent their untiring efforts to save and to soothe in the early hours of that morning of April 29, and whose kindness will ever remain fresh in our memory.
Geo. A. DeBlanc, Mrs. Geo. DeBlanc, Miss Lelia DeBlanc and Little Emily.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.
Investigation of Lack of Water Pressure at Fire.
Wednesday afternoon a committee of firemen made a test of the waterworks in order to determine the cause of the lack of pressure during the big fire Saturday night. With 120 feet of water in the standpipe the pressure from it alone was 56 1/2 pounds to the square inch. After using two feet, pressure fell to 54 1/2. With the main closed and pressure given direct from the pump, only 35 lbs pressure could be given. With all the mains closed, the pump gave a pressure of 95 pounds.
It is evident from the examination that the employees at the waterworks were not in fault, but that the difficulty lies somewhere in the plant. Just what the difficulty is, has not been positively determined. A number of causes have a bearing, but without doubt, one of the chief causes is that the pump is too small for the work required on it. When first put in, it was sufficient, but since the great extension of the mains and heavy demands on the water supply, (unreadable) pump is inadequate. Whatever other causes may be, certainly the town will have to purchase a much larger pump, and the sooner it is done the better. The condition of the hose is very bad, an entirely new supply being needed.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.
Courtesy to the Public.
The discourteous and unaccommodating railroad employe is rapidly disappearing from view, and every day it is being instilled into him by his superiors that civility and courtesy must be practiced by the men who come in contact with the traveling public, says the Houston Post.
The following circulars, sent out to the employes of the various Harriman lines in Texas and Louisiana by C. H. Markham, president of the Houston, East and West Texas and vice-president of the Houston and Texas Central railroad, and W. G. Van Vleck, manager of the Southern Pacific company, are self explanatory:
Houston, Texas, April 16 - In transacting business with the public, you should remember that you are representing the company, and that many people, who may not transact business with any other representative of the company will form their opinion of the way its affairs are managed on their intercourse with you.
Civil and courteous treatment and proper recognition of the rights of the public are most valuable capital in trade for a railroad company, and you are earnestly requested to keep those considerations constantly before you in your intercourse with the patrons of this company.
The company wishes to maintain a reputation second to no line in the United States for fair dealing and courteous treatment, and your co-operation in whatever direction your duties may lie is earnestly requested.
C. H. Markham,
In the stations of these lines and at other prominent places there will be posted the following notice, showing that there is a disposition upon the part of the company to enforce the rules and inviting the public to assist them to such determination:
To the Public:
Although employees are instructed as to their relations with the public, and civility and courtesy are enjoined, it may occasionally happen that these instructions are forgotten or ignored.
The management will be glad to have attention called to uncivil or discourteous treatment suffered by patrons in transacting business with the company, the information will be of material assistance in placing responsibility and in improving the service, and will at all times be most gratefully received.
C. H. Markham.
In connection with the issuance of these circulars Mr. Markham states that heads of departments have been requested to take advantage of every favorable opportunity to invite criticism from patrons of matters pertaining to relation of company's employes to its patrons, to the end that civility and manifestation of a disposition on the part of each employee to go out of his way to impart information to inquiring patrons shall be the rule and not the exception.
"The attention of our employees," said Markham, "has been called to the fact that passenger conductors, ticket agents and baggage men present more points of contact with the public than all the other employees combined; that the general condition of the public mind toward railroads is largely determined by result of contact with the employees named, and that the company will expect that its employees shall sustain the same relation to the company's patrons as the salesman in a store is expected to sustain toward his employer's customers, and that a pleasant manner in dealing with the public will be regarded as one of the most valuable assets." Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.
Negro Held Up.
Last Sunday night an old negro was held up in the railroad yard near the roundhouse by a young negro highwayman who becoming angry because he only got $1.75, shot the old negro. Several of the yard gave chase, but the robber escaped. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.
Good Crowd at Falk's.
Mr. Geo. W. Scott played to a large crowd at Falk's Opera House last Sunday presenting the well known and popular drama, Roanoke. The performance was good throughout and held the close attention of the audience from start to finish. The company was an excellent one and as a whole acted their parts satisfactorily. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/2/1903.
The dry weather which has continued now for some time is detrimental to the crops, as yet there has been no real injury, and the retarding effect has been greater on cotton than on cattle. Bit unless a good rain falls soon there will be considerable harm done.
The public schools of the town will close May 22, after a very successful session of nine months.
Building continues steadily in different parts of the town. There are no vacant houses, and the demand for rent houses has not abated any.
Last Saturday afternoon an interesting game of ball was played by the High School nine and the Institute Juniors on the Institute grounds the score was 13 to 12 in favor of the latter.
The Lafayette Jr. Base Ball team will play ball Sunday at Breaux Bridge against the Breaux Bridge Jrs. They promise a good and exciting game.
Dr. and Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins and Miss Eliza Hopkins returned Monday from Covington after an absence of a week.
Father Forge complimented the Sontag Military Band and the choir last Sunday with a picnic at Chargois' woods. The affair was a delightful one and the fortunate participants will hold it ever in pleasant remembrance.
The Pelican Fire Co., will give a grand ball on Thursday, May 28, at Falk's Hall. Everything will be done to enhance the pleasure of those attending, and it is hoped that a large crowd will be present. Our Fire Companies are in every way deserving of the greatest encouragement, and merit the full and hearty support of our citizens. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 2nd, 1896:
A Cotton Seed Oil Mill.
A special meeting of the Business Men's Association was held Thursday night to take some action with reference to a proposition lately made to the citizens of Lafayette to erect a cotton seed oil mill at this point. No more advantageous location could be selected for an enterprise of this character, and this coupled with the fact that such an industry would prove of great direct benefit to the public, caused the gentlemen present to feel that the opportunity that now offered itself to secure a cotton seed oil mill should be cultivated and the new enterprise secured if possible. It was accordingly decided by the association to give the matter into the hands of a pick committee who would devote to the subject the immediate and serious attention its importance deserves. The following persons compose the committee in question : Messrs. Crow Girard, T. M. Biossat, S. R. Parkerson and Doctors T. B. Hopkins and N. P, Moss. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1896.
Arrest Made in Martin Begnaud Murder.
Sheriff Broussard arrested a man name Ellias Ballin, who at one time lived with Mr. Begnaud, and who is regarded as a desperate character. The arrest was made in Carencro, and the prisoner is now lodged in jail at Lafayette. Ballin is a Spaniard, and passed some time as a quack doctor, but his principal occupation appears to be that of a painter.
Mr. Begnaud's funeral was held at St. John's church, and the ceremonies were conducted by Father Forge. The church was packed to its utmost capacity by a sympathizing community. Father Forge took opportunity to address the people on the subject of the crime and administer the consolation of religion, as well as to impress wise counsel as to the duty of the good citizens. The Reverend Father said :
"This large assemblage has congregated here, actuated by two sentiments; affection and regret for the victim of the most atrocious crime in the annals of this parish; second, a sentiment of protestation against so heinous a deed. Here lies before us the inanimate body of him you loved so well, stricken down in the prime of manhood by the foul blows of midnight assassins."
At these words the entire audience were melted to tears.
"Religion," said the reverend father, "is the basis of society and all good government. Take away this basis and human affairs descend into a state of revolution and anarchy. The evil deeds of men often go unpunished in this world and we cannot believe that such crimes such as this shall fail to receive terrible retribution at the hands of a just God. This inherent belief in future retribution of crimes and the uncertainty of human justice in one of the strongest grounds of the Christian religion. If this is not true there is no God. It is a foul blot on the fair reputation of the parish and every law abiding citizen could not help but feel a deep sense of shame that any citizen should be implicated. Should the villains be captured justice should be meted out by constituted authority and not by unlawful proceedings. If otherwise the people should rely upon the certain vengeance sure to be administered in the next world."
The earnest and eloquent words of Father Forge, combined with the impressiveness of the attending circumstances, made the funeral obsequies an occasion of sublime solemnity. The good father himself was so overcome at times by emotion as to fail of utterance. The sound advice given will doubtless have a beneficial effect in allaying to some extent the intense excitement aroused by the crime and prevent any acts of violence should the officers uncover the crime and apprehend the fiends. From the New Orleans Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1896.
The prisoners broke jail here on Monday night, and nine made escape, eight of whom were brought here from St. Mary and lodged, after burning the jail in that parish a short time ago. Three of the escaped criminals have been recaptured: John O. Conner, white, burglary; Charter Good, negro, murder; the latter was captured by sheriff Lyons of Rayne. The remainder are still at large. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1896.
THE ADVERTISER'S TELEPHONE.
Hello, Advertiser !
Hello there !
Don't you think its time the city fathers should punch up Raymond, Stearns & Co., who have contracted to erect the electric lights and water works plant for Lafayette ? If the people voted the tax it is because they wanted the lights and water and they should not be made to wait forever for them.
Hello, Advertiser !
All right. Shout away !
If any young men (or young ladies, either) would like to enjoy the exhilarating pleasure of riding a bicycle they can get an idea worth having, from our "wheel" advertisement on the first page of The Advertiser. Moss Bros. & Co. want it known they sell good wheels on easy monthly payments.
Mr. Advertiser !
That's our name.
What's the matter with the Lafayette Ice Factory ? People are actually famishing for ice with a brand new ice factory within stone throw of their homes.
The factory has met with a series of obstacles in the way of breaking down of machinery and this has caused the delay about which you complain. It is unfortunate but can't be helped. The factory will turn out its first ice to-day.
Well, Van. What is it?
What in the world are you going to do with that big lot of White Sewing Machines I saw in front of your Jewelry store yesterday?
Why I intend to sell them, you should know when our people see a good thing they soon catch on, and then besides the White Machine is no new thing with our people, and wherever will you find one they will all tell you it is the leading Sewing Machine of the U. S. and you well know all good things sold, always attracts attention, so you can understand why I have received so many White Machines.
Say! Biossat! When can we expect the contractors to start work on the Water Works and Electric lights plant.
From letters received I am sure everything will soon start up, and I know our people will be happy, and more especially if they will call on me and see my new line of Belts, Ladies Blouse button sets, Jewelry, etc.
All OK. I will call, good bye!
So long Van.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1896.
Road from Breaux Bridge.
There is some talk of raising a subscription among the merchants to have a portion of the Breaux Bridge road put in good order.
We do not believe that our merchants could make a better investment of their money, as this is an important thoroughfare penetrating one of the most fertile districts of our parish, and it would be greatly to their interests to have this road kept in good condition for the winter season. Now is the time to begin work on it, and it can be placed in good condition at a comparatively small cost, as we understand that parties have offered to take the contract for $80.00.
Let the Good Roads League take this matter up and push it through. Now is the time. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1896.
To-morrow night you can enjoy yourself immensely at the Minstrel show.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hopkins of Opelousas will make Lafayette their future home.
Mr. Hilbert Falk of New Orleans, was in Lafayette during the week and gave us a call.
Prayer will be said at 5 o'clock every afternoon at the Catholic church during the month of May.
One of the biggest hogs ever raised in the parish was killed Wednesday at the Messrs. Gerac residence. The weight was 900 pounds.
Rev. Father Forge tendered a sumptuous dining to the members of the church choir last Sunday, which was greatly enjoyed by all.
Mr. S. J. Serrett, left for Algiers to relieve Mr. Wheelihan, train dispatcher, for about one month. Mr. Odin will replace Mr. Serrett.
The leap year ball given at Falk's hall last Sunday night by the young ladies was a very pleasant affair and much enjoyed by all who attended.
Supt. Owen, J. K. Colburn, C. C. Mallard and J. P. Nolan passed here Wednesday en route to Alexandria, returning to Algiers Thursday.
Miss Boas will treat her pupils to a delightful outing to-day at Beau-Sejour Springs, where they will enjoy the first pic-nic of the season. Many thanks for an invitation received to attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1896.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 2nd, 1874:
Pursuant to a call, a meeting of the citizens of the Parish of Lafayette, for the relief of the sufferers of the overflowed districts of the State, was held at the Court House in Vermilionville, on Sunday 26th of April, 1874.
The meeting was called to order, and, on motion of Hon. A. J. Moss, the following officers were unanimously elected: M. E. Girard, Esq., President; Hon. Eraste Mouton and Mr. Alexandre Delhomme, Vice-Presidents; Mr. Wm. Campbell, Treasurer; L. P. Revillon and W. B. Bailey, Secretaries.
After an eloquent and feeling exposition of the object of the meeting by the President, the following resolutions were offered and unanimously adopted:
Resolved, that a committee of five be appointed by the president, full powers to carry out the object of the meeting.
The president then appointed the following named gentlemen on said committee: A. J. Moss, Wm. Campbell, H. Eastin, Albert Judice and J. J. Revillon.
On motion the president was added to the Committee.
The petition from the Hyperion Brass Band, asking the use of the Court House for the purpose of giving a ball for the benefit of the sufferers of the overflowed districts was read and unanimously approved by the meeting.
The following preamble and resolutions were then adopted:
Whereas the sum of five cents collected from each person in this parish would form the aggregate amount of $600, and the nominal sum of 5 cents being within the reach of the poorest; in order therefore to allow all to contribute to the relief of the sufferers from the overflow, over and above other measures of relief adopted by this meeting.
It is Resolved, that the committee be and they are hereby requested to issue as many lists of subscription throughout this parish for the aforesaid purpose of obtaining the sum of 5 cents from each individual therein.
Resolved, that each list so issued to any person shall be headed. Only 5 cents from each and every man, woman and child in Lafayette for the relief of the victims of the over flow in Louisiana.
Resolved, that each list so issued shall be countersigned by the chairman of the committee mentioning the name of the person to whom issued.
Resolved, that all the names of persons contributing to this charitable act shall be written on the lists of subscription - one name answering for one family or house, if desired by the giver.
Resolved, that upon the collection of any moneys under these resolutions, the collectors shall turn over the same to the relief committee of the parish.
Resolved, that those who may be asked to collect as aforesaid, are earnestly requested by this meeting not to accept upon the lists above mentioned, more than 5 cents from any body, and to note the names of all givers.
On motion the meeting adjourned till Sunday, May 3d, at 11 a. m.
M. E. GIRARD, President.
L. P. REVILLON, W. B. BAILEY, Secretaries.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1874.
A grand ball will be given in the Court House in this place on Saturday the 9th day of May, by the Hyperion Band for the benefit of the sufferers of the overflowed districts. It is expected to be a grand affair in every respect, and it is hoped that our citizens will turn out en masse and assist in the good work.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1874.
An election for Mayor and seven Councilmen for the town of Vermilionville, will be held at the Court House on Monday the 4th of May next.
The following ticket has been handed to us for publication:
For Mayor: A. MONNIER.
For Councilmen: R. L. McBride, L. P. Revillon, H. Landry, F. C. Latiolais, W. B. Lindsay, C. O. Olivier, Wm. Brandt.
For Constable: Treville Bernard.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1874.
The trial of Martin for rape, was commenced on last Monday and Tuesday evening, the jury returned a verdict of "guilty, without capital punishment." The jury was then discharged for the present term.
State vs. Celestin - Bond fixed at one hundred dollars.
State vs. Sosthene - Revived and replaced on the docket, etc.
State vs. Felix - Information filed, etc.
State vs. Celestin - Information filed.
Celestin was arraigned in both cases, pleased not guilty, waived a jury and wished to be tried by the judge. The court appointed M. E. Girard and E. E. Mouton, Esq., to defend him and fizxed the cases for to-day.
The District Attorney entered nolle prosequi in the cases of the State vs. Robert Jackson, George Meyer, Jean D. Louviere, Jacques A. Chotin, Isaac and Thomas Chapman, Douglas Hayes and Zenon Hebert.
Yesterday the court passed sentence on Martin, convicted of rape, of hard labor in the State penitentiary for life.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1874.
Merchant Leaves Lafayette.
Mr. C. P. Connally, the former popular merchant of this place, left us Monday last with his family for New Orleans, where he will enter the house of A. T. Bennett & Co. Mr. Connally is a genial and whole-souled gentlemen and highly esteemed and respected by all. We can ill afford to lose such a citizen and regret the necessity that forced him to leave us. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1874.
At the examination of the graduating class of the Law Department of the University of Louisiana, which took place in New Orleans on the 27th of April, we were happy to see among the list of graduates the name of our young friend John Clegg, brother of our worthy townsman, Mr. Will Clegg. Mr. Clegg delivered the valedictory address, a compliment which will be well merited. We know not where he intends to "hang out his shingle," but no matter what place he may select, society and the community will make a most valuable acquisition. We hope and predict for his success wherever he may locate. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1874.
CHILDREN OF THE NEWLY RICH.
In this age of altruism there is hardly a class of citizens, who, whether needing it or not, fail to receive the solicitous attention of those who spend their lives looking after the welfare of other children. Just now the children are coming in for their full share of the benefits of enlightened charity. It is well that the little ones, whose parents are poor or who are without their natural protectors, should be helped by charitable persons. There are enough children of this description to keep the altruistic forces busy for some time to come. But certain eminent educators do not seem to think so. One of the problems which they consider themselves called upon to solve is, "what will become of the children of the newly rich?" At the conference of the International Kindergarten Unions held at Pittsburg plans were discussed by which it will be possible to properly care for the luckless kids whose daddies became suddenly rich. The results of the deliberations at Pittsburg have not yet known if any plan has been evolved which will afford any relief to the unfortunate youngsters. The Hon. William T. Harris, United States Commissioner of Education, who is a leader in this movement to do something for a heretofore unprotected class, explains his position in the following words:
"The fathers and mothers of such children rise from comparatively low positions in society to high and influential positions. But in the change of social position the child of the family suffers. The child is apt to become willful and capricious; slothful and uncertain in his habits of study, and altogether an unmanageable pupil in school. Later on he comes to ruin in his early manhood."
It is sincerely to be hoped that a solution will be found for this new problem which has come to vex our great educators. It was hard enough to find a way to take care of the children of the poor and the orphans, and surely our philanthropists had their hands full without attending to the needs of the boy whose daddy should had enough sense to remain poor if it was not possible for him to always been rich.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 5/2/1903.