Laying of the Cornerstone.
The Gazette is pleased to note that there is unanimity of sentiment our people in regard to the movement to fittingly commemorate the laying of the corner-stone of the Industrial School. The event should be made memorable in the history of not only Lafayette, but of Southwest Louisiana. It is expected to take place in the middle part of the month of June. Already our citizens are actively engaged in formulating a plan for the occasion. It will be an excellent opportunity for this community to give evidence of its appreciation of the inestimable worth of the institution.
On the day that the ceremony will take place Lafayette, which will be the chief beneficiary of the school should be attired in holiday clothes.
The Gazette hopes that all the people of the town will work together in this manner. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1900.
Contract Awarded for Southwestern Industrial Institute.
The Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Industrial Institute met in Lafayette Tuesday with the following members present: Senators Robert Martin and A. Estopinal, Major J. G. Lee, Judge Lewis, Capt. J. C. Buchanan, Dr. A. Lee, Prof. Brown Ayres and Prof E. L. Stephens, the president of the school. The Board proceeded to open bids for the construction of building as per plans and specifications. After consideration of all propositions, five in number, the Board awarded the contract to A. E. Mouton, of Lafayette, for the sum of $38,845.45. The contract for a heating plant was awarded to Schaefer, Gaiennie & Co., Limited, of New Orleans, for $1,825.
Additional buildings will be put up in the way of dormitories for young ladies, work shops, etc. Contractor Mouton informed the Board of his ability to begin construction within a few days if necessary, and it is probable that the work will be pushed to rapid completion in order to open the school by Dec. 1.
The Board is highly pleased with the success which so far has crowned its every effort to launch an enterprise so important to the educational welfare of Southwest Louisiana.
Gov. Foster and Superintendent J. V. Calhoun were absent to-day and Senator Martin presided in place of the Governor. Due notice will soon be given of the ceremonies of laying the cornerstone of the institute building and then Contractor Mouton will energetically push the work to completion. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1900.
Meeting of the Fire Department.
Dr. F. E. Girard, chief of the fire department, has called a meeting of the three companies to be held at Falk's hall at 8:00 o'clock p. m. next Monday. The main purpose of the is to take measures to repair of rebuild the bell tower which was damaged by lightning some time ago. Another matter which will come up for consideration is the part to be taken by the firemen in the ceremony of the laying of the corner stone of the Industrial School. It is hoped that there will be a large attendance. The business of providing another tower is of the greatest importance and should be attended to immediately. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1900.
ON BEHALF OF THE CLERKS.
The Gazette regrets to note the fact that one of two merchants of this town refused to sign the agreement to close the stores at 7 o'clock during the dull months of summer. A list of those who consented to close was published in last Saturday's issue of this paper.
The refusal of one or two recalcitrant merchants will perhaps nullify the agreement. Should this happen a great hardship will be inflicted upon the clerks who are, for obvious reasons, very much interested in the early closing of the stores.
The success of this movement means a great deal to the clerks. It means a much-needed rest to them during the season of the year when the oppressive heart makes labor irksome. Shorter hours during the hot months is no doubt conducive to both the mental and physical health of those employed as salesmen and saleswomen in the mercantile establishments and it is unfortunate for this if for no other reason that all our merchants could not see their way clear to affix their signatures to the agreement. It should be noted, however, that the merchants of the town, with one or two notable exceptions, cheerfully joined this movement whose object was to give a healthful recreation to a deserving and hard-worked portion of the community. We note that in New Iberia and other towns the merchants have, in response to an earnest request from the clerks, decided to close their places of business at 6:30, half an hour than was desired by the Lafayette clerks.
The Gazette hopes that those who have refused to sign the agreement will change their minds and join the others who have already taken the proper view of this matter. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/5/1900.
The new post-office building near the store of Felix Demanade is nearing completion and as soon as finished the post-office will be moved there.
Sidney Church, the night operator at the depot, has been transferred to Raceland.
Among the young men who went to New Orleans on the excursion last Sunday, were W. A. Broussard, W. B. Lindsay, Jack Praeger, Rousseau Martin, Louis Chopin, Joe Lacoste, George Conniff and Charlie Herpeche.
Mr. Paul Bailey and John Greig left Tuesday to take charge of their new drugstore in Carencro.
I. A. Broussard and A. M. Martin went to New Orleans last Sunday to attend the inauguration of Mayor Paul Capdevielle and also the meeting of the State central committees.
The lawn party given by the ladies of the Presbyterian church last Tuesday evening was a success socially and financially.
Mr. Leopold Lacoste is now up and about after being quite ill for several weeks.
Private School. - I will open a private school at the High School building on Monday, May 7, 1900. W. A. LEROSEN.
Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 5th, 1894:
Please Pardon Our "Lack of " French.
We ask the indulgence of our French readers this week, for having appropriated such a great portion of the French half of the paper to the publication of a fac-simile of the business directory of our town sister, Carencro, printed on card board in the job office of THE ADVERTISER. We believe the arrangement and execution of the directory to be sufficiently creditable to make it pardonable for us to give it publicity in this way.
We having the strongest faith in advertising, it is only natural that we should utilize such an excellent opportunity as this affords us to exhibit a specimen of our job work, and, the knowledge that in doing this we are conferring a direct benefit on the business men of Carencro, likewise, whose cards appear on the directory gives us great additional pleasure.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
POLICE JURY PROCEEDINGS.
Lafayette, La. April 30, 1894.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ford Hoffpauir, J. G. St. Julien, R. C. Landry, A. A. Delhomme, C. C. Brown, and H. M. Durke, absent: Alf. Hebert, and A. D. Landry.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The sum of $25.00 was granted unto Mrs. Jos. Hebert, indigent.
The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a road from the corner of A. M. Broussard's to connect with the Lafayette and Duson road near Scott station, made the following report which was adopted;
State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette, J. W. Broussard, Horace Broussard, Israel Prejean, Vileor Duhon, Hines Hoffpauir, Burton Smith, do solemnly swear that I will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette to the greatest ease and advantage of the inhabitants and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be without favor or affection, malice or hatred, and to the best of my skill and abilities, so help me God, and furthermore that I will truly assess all damages to proprietors caused by said road to the best of my judgment and ability.
Valeor Duhon,(x) his mark Israel Prejean, (x) his mark Burton Smith, Horace Broussard, J. W. Broussard, Hines Hoffpauir.
Subscribed and sworn before me this 31 day of March 1894.
G. Mouton J. P.
We the undersigned jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish to trace and lay out a public road leading from township line starting S. W. corner A. M. Broussard's. and S. E. corner A. Judice through the lands of the following to wit; Numa Chiasson, Eugena Trahan, Mrs. Thoephile Breaux, A. Breaux, Duclise Davide, A, M. Broussard, Alcide Judice, Clete Sonnier, to connect with public road running from Duson to Lafayette having been notified of our appointment and of the time and place of meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment, and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath and having given notice to each and every one of the aforementioned proprietors in writing at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors which in writing at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietor which notices were duly served on said proprietors did meet on the 31st. day of March 1894 at Scott in Lafayette Parish and the place designated in said notice and did then and there in the presence of following named proprietors to wit: Alex. Broussard, Eugena Trahan, N. Chiasson, Mrs. Theo Breaux, Ralph Duhon, Horace Broussard, Ducline David, Alexis Breaux, Alcide Judice, Clete Sonnier, and running through the lands of ______ for the distance of two miles taking a strip of fifteen wide off the land of each one along their common boundary line which boundary was mutually agreed upon and show us by said proprietors, and by thence designated to me, by setting stakes and plowing furrows, so as to be easily visible and recognizable, and thence through the lands of Ralph Duhon and Alexis Breaux who give thirty feet the full length of their land running east and west a distance of fourteen (unreadable word) the termination of said road which road is forty feet wide through its entire length, and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course and we have caused to be made plat of said road showing the location and course of said road and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner for said road which plat is annexed to this our report of said road for reference.
And we further report that we said jury of Freeholders did on our oaths aforesaid names the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land to be taken and expropriated for said road as follows to-wit : and to other proprietors to other proprietors no damages were made or their lands taken.
Done at the Parish of Lafayette, 31st of March 1894.
Israel Prejean, . W. Broussard, Burton Smith, Horace Broussard, Hines, Hoffpauir, Hines Hoffpauir, Vileor Duhon.
By motion the said road was declared a public highway, and ordered opened and worked by the Road overseers of the respective wards. All documents were ordered filled and recorded.
The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from J. O. Broussard's land, to the land of P. A. Duplex and others known as the Abbeville road, made the following report which was accepted and adopted; State of Louisiana Parish of Lafayette.
We, Darmas Broussard, Sarrazin Trahan, Sigismond Bernard, Eugene Baudoin, L. S. Broussard, Adrien Theall, A. D. Verrot having been appointed a jury of freeholders to trace a public road from the intersection starting from J. O. Broussard's land, to the land or road if, P. A. Dupleix, and Alcide Savoy being the Abbeville road and to assess whatever damages may be done to the parties through whose lands said road may pass do solemnly swear that we will, trace and lay off said road to the best advantage of all parties in the neighborhood and to assess whatever damages may be done to the land owners at its actual value to the best of our knowledge and ability so help us God.
Signed: Darmas Broussard, Sarrazin Trahan, Sigismond Bernard, Eugene Baudoin, L. S. Broussard, Adrien Theall, A. D. Verrot.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of ______ 1894.
E. G. Voorhies, Notary Public Report.
We the undersigned Jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish to trace a and lay out a public road leading from Intersection road at J. O. Broussard's and F. V. Comeaux, through the lands of the following proprietors to-wit : Francois V. Comeaux, Mme Desire Broussard, Gerac Brothers, Baptiste Celestin, Dr. F. R. Tolson, Heirs of Dennis Long, School Land, Dr. F. R. Tolson, Edmond Trahan, Francois Gody, Christ Steiner, J. Bte. Simon, Adam Vincent, Eloi Vincent, Olivier Simon, Jean Simon, Paul Duhon, Emedes Broussard, Demer (Celestin) Bourq, Jos. Hebert Jr., Hypolite A. Savoi, Francois Hebert, Alfred Pelette, Alexis Mouton, P. A. Dupliex, Mrs. Eugene Duhon, Land Suc. John Green, Eurazie M. Brousssard, Amedie, Celestin, Mrs. L. A. Mathews, Eloi Benoit, William Herpin, Desire Benoit, Mrs. Marcelin Verrot.
Darmas Broussard, Philias Comeaux, Dolze Broussard, Gustave Landry, J. O. Savoi, Theovide Vincent, Mrs. Demas Vincent, Mrs. Theodule Simon, Edmond Decou, Jos. Breaux, Jr., Alexis Baudoin, Eloi Baudoin, Onezime Baudoin, P. B. Roy, Urain Mouton, Alexis Gilbert, Alcide Savoi, to the road at the end of P. A. Dupleix and A. Savoi land, joining the Abbeville road having been notified of our appointment, and of the time and place of meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment, and have the foregoing oath and having given verbal notices to each, and every one of the aforesaid proprietors at least three days previous to the time and place of meeting, and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors which notices were duly made on said proprietors did meet on the 17th, day of April 1894 at Vincent's Bridge, the place designated in said notices, and did then and there in the presence of the following named of said proprietors, to wit : Proceed to trace and lay out, said public road as follows. Beginning at the intersection road, starting at J. O. Broussard and F. V. Comeaux and running thence through the lands of the proprietors herein above named, for a distance of or less than ten miles, taking a strip, of twenty feet wide off of the land of each one along, their common boundary line and thence through the lands of Francois V. Comeaux, Baptiste Celestin, Heirs of John Green, Mrs. L. A. Matheros, Desire Benoit, School Land, Philias Comeaux, Francois Gody, J. A. Savoi, Eloi Vincent, Edmond Decou, Mrs. Desire Broussard, F. R. Tolson, Eurasie M. Broussard, Eloi Benoit, Heirs Dennis Long, Darmas Broussard, Edmond Drahan, (Trahan?) Gustave Landry, J. Bte Simon, Mrs. Demas Vincent, Mrs. Theodule Simon, Jean Simon, Gerac Brothers, Chas. V. Comeaux, Amedie Celestin, Wm. Herpin, Mrs. Marcelin Verrot, F. R. Tolson, Dolze Broussard, Christ Steiner, Theovide Vincent, Olivier Simon, Baniface Baudoin, Paul Duhon, Leo Decou, Jos. Hebert Jr., Eloi Bandoin, Hypolite A. Savoi, P. B. Roy, Alexis Mouton, Alcide Savoi Livode Broussard, Celestin, Bourq, Alexis Baudoin Lowis Sellers, Jr., P. B. Roy, Alfred Pilette, Alexis Gilbert, Mrs. Eugene Duhon, Emedia Broussard, Jos. Breaux Jr., Adlar Baudoin, Onezime Baudoin, Francois Hebert, Ursin Mouton, P. A. Dupliex, the termination of said road which road is forty feet wide throughout its entire length and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course and we have caused to be made a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs and the distance and quantity of land, expropriated from each owner for said road which plat is annexed to this, our report of said road for reference and we further report that we said Jury of freeholders did on our oaths aforesaid, assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their lands so taken, and expropriated for said road as follows to wit :
Gustave Landry ... $7.00 ($186.00 in today's money)
Eloi Benoit ... $5.00
Louis Sellers Jr. ... $7.00
Adlar Baudoin ... $5.00
Francois Hebert ... $2.50
Jean Bte Simon ... $10.00
Gerac Brothers ... $5.00
F. R. Tolson ... $7.00
Edmond Trahan ... $5.00
Heirs of Dennis Long ... $30.00 ($796.00 in today's money)
John Green ... $5.00
And to the other proprietors, no damages were assessed as in our opinion the benefit of said road fully compensates the value of the land taken. Done at the Parish of Lafayette, this 27th, day of April 1894.
Signed Sarrazin Trahan, L. S. Broussard, Adrien Theall, Eugene Baudoin, A. D. Verrot, Dermas Broussard.
Endorsement of Consent :
I, one of the proprietors named in the written report do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report and accompanying plat and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me by said jury of freeholders as by the written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained by of the expropriation of my land, for the use of said road.
Signed and dated this 27 day of April 1894.
Dolze Broussard, Philias Comeaux, Desire Benoit, Eloi Benoit, Mrs. L. A. Mathews, Jean Bte. Celestin & Co., Amedie Celestin & Co., Mrs. Desire Broussard, Francois Godie, Christian Steiner, Darmas Broussard, Chas. V. Comeaux, Francois V. Comeaux, Marie Urasie Broussard, William Herpin, Urain Mouton, Alfred Pilette, Alexis Mouton, Alexis Gilbert, J. O. Savoy, P. R. Roy, Mrs. Eugene Du Jean Bte. Simon, Theo. Vincent, Adam Vincent, Mrs. Demas Vincent, Eloi Vincent, Paul Duhon, Jean Simon, Baniface Baudoin, Desire Bourq, Olivier Simon, Edmond Decou, Theodule Simon, Emedia Broussard, Leo Decou, Alexis Baudoin, Joseph Broussard, Leo Decou, Alexis Baudoin, Joseph Breaux, Onezine Baudoin, Jr., P. A. Dupliex, Alcide Savoi.
Witness : A. D. Verrot, Darmas Broussard, L. S. Broussard.
By motion the above road was declared a public highway and the road, ordered and opened, and marked by the road over seer. The sum of $88.50 was appropriated and set aside for the purpose of paying all damages assessed by the Jury in tracing said road.
The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from J. O. Broussard's to Lafayette by way of Creighton's bridge made the following report which was accepted and adopted :
State of Louisiana Parish of Lafayette.
We, J. Omer Broussard, Aurelian Olivier, Rosemond Landry, Albert Landry, Levigne Sonnier and Thomas Singleton having been appointed a jury of freeholders to trace out a public road from J. O. Broussard's store residence to the corporation of Lafayette by way of Creighton bridge or Anse Pilette, and to assess whatever damages may be done, to the parties through whose lands said road may pass do solemnly swear that we will trace and lay off said road to the best advantage of all parties in the neighborhood and to assess whatever damage may be done, to the land owners at its actual, value, to the best of our knowledge and ability so help us God.
Signed : T. S. Singleton, Albert Landry, A. Olivier, Rosemond Landry, J. O. Broussard, Seyigne Sonnier. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4 day of August 1893.
We the undersigned Jury of freeholders, appointed and sworn to trace and lay off a public road, from the J. O. Broussard line to the Eastern line, of the corporation of Lafayette by way of Creighton's place or Anse Pilette, in said parish, and to assess whatever damages may be done to the parties through whose lands said road may pass, have traced and laid off said road, as following : Starting from that portion of Moutons Addition, continuation of Jefferson street, and going to the store, or residence of J. O. Broussard on the North side of his said land, to the public road which will be more fully described be reference to the drawing heretofore annexed.
Taking forty feet on the northern line of Chas. A. Mouton's property being the continuation of Jefferson street -- thence across the railroad to J. D. Mouton's property from the points A. to B. C. which he hereby donates, and dedicates to the parish of Lafayette for public use as a public road. The said road being the established right of way, from Gov. Mouton, to his heirs as per act 10,250.
Signed Chas. A. Mouton : E. G. Voorhies, J. D. Mouton. Then taking forty feet, on the property, of Jacques D. Mouton. Starting from the railroad at a point marked C. to D. along its whole length to the marked D. being the old levee bridge of Gov. Mouton, which he hereby donates, and dedicates to the parish of Lafayette for public use as a public road, said point marked, being about one and half arpents, from the Creighton bridge, on the north side, said public road, to conform to the right of way from Gov. Mouton to his heirs.
Signed J. D. Mouton, witness - E. G. Voorhies, C. A. Mouton. Then taking twenty feet on the south line of Andrew Cayard along its about one arpent length, from the points E. to F., from the bridge to the built which he hereby donates and dedicates to the parish of Lafayette for public use as a public road. Signed : Andrew Cayard. Witness, Andrew Cayard, Jr., and E. G. Voorhies :
to be continued next week.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
Serious and Difficult Operation. - On Tuesday last, 1st., Dr. G. A. Martin of this place and Dr. Rene Martin of Breaux Bridge preformed at the last named place, a very delicate operation upon Mr. Moi E. Dupuis of Rayne, which there is reason to believe was most successfully done. The operation consisted of removing a large tumor from the neck, a very difficult and dangerous piece of work. A number of surgeons had refused to attempt the operation, and Mr. Dupuis even sought relief in New Orleans without success. Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
Cane Growers Meet at Falk's.
A meeting of the cane planters and all interested in cane growing, will be held at Falk's Hall this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Let all who can, attend this meeting, as the object is to devise means to secure a sugar mill to facilitate the moving of the coming cane crop which promises to be a heavy one. Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
Back to Canada.
Miss Mary Toms, who for several months past has been enjoying the hospitalities of the Nickerson home in this place, left for her home in Canada, yesterday, Miss Toms, departure will be regretted by many friends and acquaintances with whom she had grown to be a great favorite. Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
Attakapas Medical Association Meeting.
Let's Keep Records!
Dr. F. J. Mayer, formerly of this parish, introduced a resolution at the Attakapas Medical Association meeting at New Iberia Tuesday, recommending the enactment of laws establishing bureaus in the several parishes of this state to which all births, marriages, and death, must be reported and registered.
It is hoped that our law makers, soon to assemble in Baton Rouge, will carry out the suggestion embodied in Dr. Mayer's resolution, as an official record as this would furnish would place the parishes and the state is possession of vital and mortuary statistics of great value and capable of important service in determining matters of health and law.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
Wed at St. John's. - The marriage of Miss Lagneaux and Mr. Albert Trahan at St. John's Catholic church here on the 26th inst., was witnessed by a large assembly of well wishers. The ADVERTISER extends its best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Trahan for much happiness in the new state which they have entered. Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/5/1894.
Dr. Fred Mayer, of the upper quarantine, and well known here, was on our streets Thursday.
Drs. J. D. and A. R. Trahan went to New Iberia last Tuesday to attend the meeting of the Attakapas Medical Association.
District Attorney Gordy was present at the meeting of the Police Jury last Monday, for the purpose of expounding law to that body.
It is stated as an early probability that Mr. P. B. Roy will erect another commodious building for rent on his land east of Moss Bros. & Co.s corner.
We are pleased to state that Messrs. J. F. Villere and T. J. Tanner, two enterprising young men of this community have formed a partnership as painters, home decorators and paper hangers. We have no doubt they will meet the abundant success which they deserve. Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 5th, 1894:
LET US HAVE AN OUTLET.
The most practical of all the railroad schemes yet proposed, and the one that would prove more beneficial to this section than any other, is the building of a road that will connect Lafayette with one of the systems running on the other side of the Mississippi river. The distance is about fifty or sixty miles, two hours' ride to Baton Rouge, besides affording to the people an outlet for their products. As it is now, they are shut out from the Western markets. Truck farming, the only salvation of our farmers, would be a very remunerative industry, while under the present condition the market facilities are exceedingly unsatisfactory and the Southern Pacific gets (and can be mathematically proven) really all the net profits from produce raised in this section; but with a competing line the Chicago and other Western markets would be placed within our reach the actual extortionate freight charges would be an impossibility. Such a road would be of incalculable good to this section of the country. The saving on money paid out yearly for freight would alone be of such magnitude as to make itself felt in a short time.
The old road which was commenced many years ago and which is partly built, will, from all appearances, remain in that condition. We understand a charter had been granted the owners of this projected road, but should this prove an obstacle in the way of the building of a new one, we believe it is in the power of the Legislature to remove it.
We will have more to say on this later and on the steps taken in furtherance of this very desirable outlet for our products. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
A Good Advertisement.
The loveliest spots in Lafayette are Father Forge's flower garden and Mr. Hahn's at the Crescent News. Passengers on board the trains never fail to admire the various beautiful flowers in the Crescent News garden. A gentleman truthfully remarked the other day that they were a good advertisement for this town, as such a pleasing sight could not fail to favorably impress a stranger with this section. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
A Pretty Home.
Last Monday morning The Gazette scribe paid a visit to the future home of Mr. Walter J. Mouton, situated in the south-western portion of this town. When the improvement on the house and in the yards are completed, Walter will have one of the prettiest homes in Lafayette. The remodeling of the building and addition of the turrets and bay-windows are the work of competent carpenters, Sarrazin Broussard and his son, John. The front door is strikingly elegant and neat and speaks highly of the skill and taste of the artistic workman, Mr. Numa Broussard. To say that the papering and painting are equally well done it is only necessary to mention the fact that the veteran painter, H. A. Eastin, is attending to that part of the work. The Gazette congratulates its young friend on his lovely home and expresses hope that he will find in it much happiness and prosperity. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
More Rice Mills.
One of the busiest places in town is the rice mill; it runs continually, milling daily a large quantity of rice of a superior quality. Mr. LeDanois, the proprietor and manager, is a gentleman of fine business ability and the prosperous condition of the mill is due to his able management. Although this is the first enterprise of the kind started in Lafayette, there is no difficulty in securing a sufficient quantity of rice to keep the mill in operation all the time. The Gazette believe that two or more rice mills in Lafayette would not be too many. People having money to invest can not find a better opportunity. The western portion of this parish is a splendid rice country and is not far from the town, which would be a great inducement to farmers to sell their rice here, instead of shipping it to foreign markets, which is very often accompanied by great losses and delays. If we can not get a refinery, let us try and build a rice mill. There is enough capital here to do it. The only thing lacking is enterprise. A little push and energy, less bickering and more pulling-together, are the first steps and then the enterprise will develop itself. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
Too Much Enterprise.
[To the Editor of the Lafayette Gazette]
We have had competition in dry goods, groceries, meats, bread and other necessaries of life, and the people of Lafayette have been benefited thereby, but I fear that this spirit of competition, or rather the grasping proclivities of some enterprising (!) people are doing more harm than good. Even the poor newsboy, who is satisfied with the pitiful profit of accounts of ad copy is told he must reduce his price or offer premiums, or else he will be swallowed up and deposited in the voracious maw of the monopolist.
Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
Lopez Shoots a Man.
The following account of the shooting of Romero near Cade is taken from the Daily Iberian. Lopez, who did the shooting, is known in Lafayette, having worked here as a barber. Those who know him say that he was a well behaved young man, and they were sorry to learn of his misfortune.
The shooting of Mr. Joseph Romero by Leopold Lopez Saturday is, of course well known. Not being able to hear anything definite or reliable this morning we, through the kindness of Mr. Sam Pointes, were admitted to the cell where Mr. Lopez is confined. Mr. Lopez, when approached by us, seemed very willing to talk; from him we heard the following:
"I don't know how it happened exactly, I being somewhat under the influence of liquor. We were not enemies."
He went on to say that he met Mr. Romero and others, he being in a cart having with him a keg of beer, he called the crowd around to join him in a drink, which they all did; after a bit he said, "Let's have another," Mr. Romero refused. He (Lopez) then said, "Any man that don't want to drink with me can go to hell. Romero seemed not to like this much and told Lopez "Don't you that again." Lopez repeated it. Then, Lopez states, Romero and his brother advanced on him. He could not remember clearly how the rest happened, but showed his hand, which he states was cut by one of the brothers.
Mr. Lopez feels very badly over the accident. He was told that though Mr. Romero was dangerously wounded it would not prove fatal, he remarked that he hoped that was the case; he had really nothing against the man, and if he was guilty of an offense he was willing to suffer for it. Romero died Tuesday. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
Lafayette at the Penitentiary.
Deputies Thomas Mouton and Albert Delhomme returned Sunday from Baton Rouge, where they had gone to place in the penitentiary the prisoners convicted at the last term of court. Mr. Delhomme informed The Gazette that he had occasion to see the white convicts from this parish; he found them all working. Erwin Meaux and Willie Foreman were sewing in the tailoring department. Campbell, who was sent a few years ago for counterfeiting, was also engaged making men's clothes; he is said to be an expert tailor. Dominique Claverie spends his time ironing. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
A Run Away.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Messrs. Edward Pellerin, F. Otto and Emile Pefferkorn were returning from a fishing party when the horse hitched to their buggy took fright and started at a terrific speed. The three gentlemen were precipitated to the ground, but fortunately without receiving any serious injuries. The horse continued his mad race, passed in front of the court house going in the direction of the convent. When Judge Debaillon's office was reached the buggy collided against a stump and was broken into several pieces. The horse was found a few minutes later in the outskirts of the town and, strange to say, he did not receive a scratch. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
The M. D.'s Meet.
Drs. J. D. and A. R. Trahan, of this place, and Lessley and Francez, of Carencro, attended the meeting of the Attakapas Medical Association held Wednesday at New Iberia. Dr. Sabatier of New Iberia, was elected president to succeed Dr. Trahan whose term has expired. Dr. Lessley was elected vice-president: The Gazette learns that the meeting was a very harmonious and successful affair. It was one of the most instructive and interesting meeting ever held since the organization of the association. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
Dr. G. A. Martin went to Breaux Bridge this week to assist his brother, Dr. F. R. Martin, to perform an exceedingly difficult surgical operation. The Gazette is pleased to announce that they were successful. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
Messrs. Harnisch & Pefferkorn have opened the ice depot opposite Mr. Pellerin's store where they will handle ice manufactured by the Opelousas Ice and Bottling Works. If you desire, ice will be delivered at your domicile two or three times a day. Orders left with the above named gentleman at their depot will be promptly attended to. Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/5/1894.
Mr. Charles Lusted has just completed a rig of his patent grass-cutter, which will be tested Monday. Mr. Lusted has received several offers to buy his patent or to sell it on commission. We hope he will obtain a good price.
There were three picnic parties from this town last Sunday.
Mr. C. O. Mouton, has forwarded his bond to Washington; $7,000 is the amount required.
Mr. A. E. Mouton is having a dwelling house built near the lumber yard of Moss & Mouton.
Gonzague, son of Dr. Gladu, returned home Tuesday from the Baton Rouge University.
Lafayette can boast of more windmills than any town of its size in the State.
Henry Gerac attended to some business in the Crescent City during the last week.
Persons interested in sugar mills are requested to read Jno. S. McDonald's advertisement in another column.
Miss Grenier, a charming young lady from Carencro, was the guest of Miss Lea Gladu during the past week.
Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
Wants Economical Wife.
A bachelor living in the town of Lafayette requests The Gazette to state that he is seriously contemplating matrimony. He says he would like to correspond with the right girl, one is passably pretty and not too proud to work. He says he is not rich, but is sufficiently well provided with this world's goods to support an economical wife and a reasonable number of children. Address "Z, care of The Gazette." Lafayette Gazette 5/5/1894.
ONLY MEN AND MONKEYS.
Of all Animals These Alone Fail to Swim Naturally.
Man is almost the only animal that has no instinctive knowledge of swimming, which is regarded as remarkable considering the vast period of time throughout which this accomplishment has been nearly essential to him. There is every evidence that man has almost always lived in proximity to water. Among the fluvial drift are found the ancient stone implements, and where relics of human handiwork are discovered along with the remains of extinct animals it is almost always in riverside caverns. Men have, therefore, always been swimmers, just as all savages are at the present day. And yet, withstanding this long experience, mankind has not acquired an instinctive, a hereditary knowledge of swimming. Dr. Louis Robinson considers that the inability of man to swim instinctively is a proof of his descent from apes. Dr. Robinson thus explains the ability of animals to swim as soon as they are thrown into the water: A dog or a horse is able to swim, not because he has an intuitive knowledge of the art of swimming, but because it so happens that his usual terrestrial method of locomotion, will keep him afloat. It is natural for an animal, when under a strong state of excitement, to employ its usual methods of locomotion. For instance, if we pick up a rabbit, and it is frightened, it will immediately begin to work its legs as in the act of running. Or if we hold a bird in our hands it will flap its wings as in the act of flying. Now, an animal, when it finds itself in the water for the first time, is no doubt in an excited state of mind, and it immediately begins to employ its ordinary methods of locomotion. It so happens that these are of the kind to keep it afloat, and the animal thus has at once the accomplishment of swimming. Animals like the cat and donkey, which have a decided antipathy to water, nevertheless swim as soon as they find themselves in that element.
A man, too, when he finds himself in the water without a knowledge of swimming immediately begins to put forth his natural method of locomotion. But it so happens that the method is not of the kind to keep him afloat. He reverts to the arboreal habits of his ancestors, the apes. He proceeds to climb. This he does both with his arms and legs. He gets his arms out of the water and his head is immersed. He grasps at floating twig with the instinct of his arboreal ancestor when he was running upward, frightened by the apparition of a snake on the ground. Of course any man knows that he ought to keep his hands down when in the water, but ninety-nine men out of a hundred who have not learned to swim will, when the find themselves in the water, do precisely the opposite of this. In spite of their knowledge that such an action is fatal, they revert, as Dr. Robinson would have us believe, to the instinct of their arboreal ancestors. There was, indeed, a time when men's ancestors were quadrupeds and ran away from the an enemy on the ground on all fours, but that was long ago, as long as the close of the secondary epoch. Since then has intervened the vast period of his arboreal existence, which anatomy and geology show in the opinion of men of science to have been much longer than its existence as a biped. But the question at once occurs, are apes and monkeys unable to swim? Upon this point Dr. Robinson does not appear to have very exhaustive information. Baboons can swim, but baboons have a quadruped mode of progression, even when climbing a tree. A man's gait in mounting a ladder is said to be much like that of a true arboreal animal than the gait of a baboon. Alfred Russell Wallace says that South African monkeys seldom or never cross stream, rivers being the boundary lines between allied species. Dr. Robinson claims that there is a strong presumption that the more bulky ones, like the gorilla and the orangutan , are as helpless in the water as a man. It is an interesting question and one which could, we should suppose, be very easily decided by experiment.
From the New York Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 5/5/1894.
From the Lafayette Advertiser May 5th, 1911:
COLORED CATHOLIC CHURCH GROUND
For New Church and Consecrated Sunday in Presence of Large Assemblage.
IMPOSING PARADE FROM ST. JOHN'S CHURCH TO GROUNDS.
As announced in The Advertiser the grand parade and ceremony attendant upon the occasion of blessing and consecrating the grounds recently acquired by Father Teurlings, for the erection of a colored Catholic Church took place Sunday afternoon at 4 p. m., April 30.
The parade formed in line immediately after Vespers at St. John Catholic church, and preceded by the Holy Cross marched up St. John's street, seven blocks to the chosen site.
After the cross cam the good sisters of the Holy Family with the boys and girls of their school in line carrying banners and singing appropriate hymns. Then came St. Joseph's society with banner, then followed St. Anthony's society, the Children of Mary, with a banner of exquisite design, following came the ladies of "La Bon Mort." Then the Brass Band, and next the carriage containing the clergy. Rev. Fathers Teurlings, Girroud, and Sarazin and then hundreds of non attached in line making quite a lengthy and imposing parade.
To the strains of inspiring music, this orderly assemblage started from the church for the grounds, the only incident to mar the progress of the parade being intermittent showers which caused a few people to leave the line. The streets were lined with eager spectators, for never before in the history of Lafayette, was there such an outpouring of its colored inhabitants as on this grand and auspicious occasion.
The grounds covering half a square in extent, containing a few hundred more colored people, and on the parade arriving all was order and decorum. The long column made a circle over the grounds and came at rest immediately in front of the speaker's stand, which had been erected in the center of the grounds, and tastefully decorated in the national colors surmounted by flags of all sizes.
Just at this juncture a heavy shower of rain came up, and through the courtesy of the trustees of the colored public school building an immense edifice adjacent to the church grounds the building was thrown open to the multitudes whose ardor even to the rain could not dampen and the exercises were continued in the school building. The band discoursed sweet music, the children of the good Sisters' school sang anthems after which Father Girroud mounted the rostrum and addressed the congregation. He said in part, as follows:
That this was an epoch making day in the history of the colored population of this town and parish, that it was a pleasure for him to be among us, pleased to see that they had come voluntarily to a realization of the necessity of segregation owing to the immense size of this Catholic parish. He commended them for this decision in seeing the need for this move and predicated success for the enterprise. He told them that they were in no sense withdrawing from the mother church, but, so to speak, 'that the hive was too small and the new swarm had wisely chosen to make a new hive of their own, first having respectfully asked permission from the higher authorities of the church." He promised them aid and advice, and a hearty co-operation and urged the necessity of unity of purpose in order to bring complete harmony and accord, saying that with these fundamentals and that nothing could fail, IN HIS NAME.
The rain having ceased the assemblage adjourned to the grounds and proceeded to take part in the blessing of the grounds. It is to be regretted that the beloved pastor. Rev. Father Teurlings owing to indisposition, and the necessity of avoiding getting wet, had to retire. But Rev. Fathers Girroud and Sarazin, assisted by the altar boys performed the ceremony, while the vast assemblage stood in respectful and solemn attention, this being the first ceremony of the kind ever witnessed by our people produced a deep, and no doubt a lasting impression.
Rev. Father Girroud then spoke in English, words of advice, urging the need of making the building large enough to house such an immense Catholic population, Rev. Father Sarazin then spoke in French adding words of commendation and good and logical advice which was well received, for he has since his Vicarate here endeared himself to our people in no unmistakable manner.
Rev. Girroud then pronounced the benediction, calling God's blessings upon the enterprise, and on those present, and their families.
The crowd then dispersed to various refreshment stand which was conducted for the benefit of the building fund and the returns were satisfactory.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/5/1911.