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From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 6th, 1913:


 Raging Fire Fanned by Wind for Two Hours Threatened Town With Destruction.

CAUSING A LOSS OF BETWEEN $65,00 and $75,000.

 Lafayette Motor Car, Co., Lacoste Hardware and Office of Dr. Jeanmard Burned.
 Sunday afternoon the most disastrous fire in the history of Lafayette occurred, entailing a loss of over $65,000 and possibly $75,000, and for two hours threatened a large part of the city with destruction. The fire started in the building of the Lafayette Motor Car Co., while everybody was out except Willie Benoit, the negro porter. He is unable to say what caused the fire, but fought it vigorously, saving three automobiles, when he was overcome by smoke. He rushed out and fell down unconscious. He was unhurt and soon recovered.

 The flames soon enwrapped the building and explosion followed explosion as the fire attacked the automobiles stored at the garage. At each explosion the fire burned fiercer and dense black smoke rolled over the city while a strong wind blowing from twenty to twenty-five miles an hour threw the flames on the Lacoste Hardware building next door and swept burning cinders across town, which ignited the roofs of a dozen or more houses.

 The firemen had all the available hose in use and were valiantly and intelligently fighting the fire, but it was soon realized that nothing could save the fine two story brick store of the Lacoste Hardware Co. A power and successful fight was made to save the other threatened buildings and by splendid work the Ike Broussard building on Madison, (now Buchanan) within ten feet of the fiercely burning wooden warehouse of the Lacoste Hardware Co., was saved, the wind blowing in the opposite direction making it possible, as also to save Bacquet's two story blacksmith shop just in the rear of the garage. By heroic work the residence of Mrs. Gus Lacoste, adjoining and about sixty feet from the fire, was saved, notwithstanding the hurling wind was driving the flames directly toward it.

 The Graser two story frame in the same block and in line with the blow of the wind, caught on the roof. Prof. H. C. Bond, of the Institute promptly climbed the gallery posts and with his coat beat out the flames and tore up the shingles with his hands. His prompt and daring act saved the building.

 The roof of the Advertiser building, a two story frame, was seen to be burning. Principal Anders of the Primary school and a student of the Industrial, Mr. Tanner, climbed on the roof and extinguished the flames. A line of small hose was run up to them and they kept the roof wet and put out several places where it had caught, for which they have our sincere thanks, as also the other who helped. The Ben Hur building, belonging to Mrs. Gus Lacoste, caught, but the firemen rushed a stream of water to it and soon had it out.

 While things were most threatening, aid was asked of New Iberia and Rayne. New Iberia came with Companies 2 and 6, but the fire was under control when they reached here and they were thanked with heartfelt praise that their services were not needed. The Rayne company was loaded ready to come when notified their services were not needed.

 As to the cause of the fire, Mr. Geo. Gauthier, in charge of the repair work, states that he had just been to the building. Everything was clean, no gasoline or oil about and a dirt floor in the back, where the fire started. He could not tell what caused the fire. Manager T. M. Biossat, Jr., says the fire undoubtedly started outside in the rear, where some one must have thrown a lighted match or cigar among the boxes and packing. Dr. J. A. Martin saw the fire outside. Before it could be reached and put out the wind had driven the flames up and into the building.

 There was considerable delay in getting the hose coupled to the hydrant, and after it was, the hose burst, causing further delay, and this loss of time is without doubt the cause of the fire getting beyond control.

 But after the firemen got their hose in action they did some brilliant work for which the they entitled to the highest praise.

 Thirteen autos were lost as follows: Louisiana Traction and Power Co.; Mr. Chauvin, Franklin; Roy Wilkinson, Gueydan; Dr. Villien, Maurice; Sidney Gonsoulin and and Lawrence Levert, St. Martinville; P. B. Roy, Youngsville; Paul Breaux, Broussard; Judge O. C. Mouton, Denbo & Nicholson Co.; White Steamer, stock car; Geo. Gauthier; Cumberland Telephone Co.

 The office of Dr. H. A. Jeanmard, dentist, adjoining the Lacoste Hardware Co., was burned and he lost practically everything. Dr. Jeanmard states that he has ordered a new and better outfit and will soon be ready to open another office.

 Some buggies and a small lot of stock was saved by the Lacoste Hardware Co.

 The Loss.

 The plant of the Motor Car Company, loss estimated at $12,000 to $15,000. No insurance.

 Thirteen automobiles, $12,000 to $15,000.

 Buildings and stock of the Lacoste Hardware Company totally destroyed, loss from $35,000 to $40,000. Insurance $10,000.

 Office and fixtures of Dr. Henry A. Jeanmard, dentist, destroyed, loss $2,000 to $3,000.

 Stock of goods of the Owl Drug Store, of the Koury Story, office fixtures and library of Judge O. C. Mouton, household furniture of Mrs. Gus Lacoste and Harry Slabotsky and fixtures of Broussard and Crouchet, barber shop, damaged by water and removal.

 The roof the Schmulen frame building, occupied by A. W. Shilling, caught fire, but was also easily extinguished. Also the following residences caught fire: A. M. Martin, Clemile Trahan, Albert Delahoussaye, office of Dr. H. C. Salles, Henry Martin, J. P. Colomb, John Brun, F. H. Thompson, Geo. Gauthier, and several negro cabins.

 At 4 a. m. another alarm of fire was caused by the breaking out of fire in the Ben Hur building, which had been on fire in the afternoon. The firemen reached the scene promptly and fought the fire so well they saved the building. The iron roof aided materially by confining the flames.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1913.    


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 6th, 1899.


 The New England Newspaper League is composed of eleven newspapers of prestige and influence, having a combined circulation of over 600,000 copies reaching every quarter of the globe. A party of able correspondents traveling in a car specially equipped for the purpose is making a tour of the South with a view of learning of its agricultural, commercial and manufacturing advantages, which are to be given the widest publicity possible to attract the attention of prospectors and of idle capital, of which it is estimated there is over two billion dollars in the New England States alone. This undertaking can be carried out only at a great outlay of money and as the South is to be the principal beneficiary it is right that this section should bear the main expense of the expedition. And this brings us to the point that directly concerns Lafayette in the matter.

 Appreciating the importance of the movement and the advantages it offered to localities standing in need of capital and manufacturing industries, the Business Men's Association intercepted the of newspaper men EN ROUTE to Crowley and Lake Charles and succeeded in effecting an arrangement with the New England Newspaper League by which the town and the parish of Lafayette will have special and favorable representation in the "write up" of the South by the league and is certainly not unreasonable to expect some returns from the money we have naturally been called on to put up for this privilege.

 With respect to advertising, communities occupy the same relation toward the outside world as does the merchant. The merchant advertises his ware that the public may know of them, and he creates a demand for the goods that would otherwise remain on his hands because knowledge of them was being withheld from the consumer. Towns, cities and sections of country enjoying great natural resources are built up and development in proportion to the extent of publicity given to those natural advantages. A gold mine is of no more value than a tract of ordinary land so long as the presence of the precious metal remains undiscovered. Lafayette parish possesses a soil and a climate without a superior, due to its peculiar situation. A climate that is agreeable and healthful and a soil of extraordinary fertility, making it possible to cultivate with profit all the staple products of the country, are natural resources of incalculable value that afford the best permanent security possible to the investment of capital in Lafayette parish. And facts and figures are not wanting to show that the town of Lafayette, with its good transportation facilities, hemmed in by one of the most productive sections of country in the world, is an inviting field for a cotton mill, a furniture factory, a wagon and carriage manufactory, and other manufacturing industries of minor importance.

 It was this phase of the question that prompted the Business Men's Association to interest the community in availing herself of the rare opportunity the New England Newspaper League offered, of presenting the claims of the town and parish of Lafayette to the prospective investor. The Business Men's Association has engaged to make a proper presentation of the natural advantages of Lafayette parish and the town of Lafayette through the medium already indicated, and the strong statistics and interesting data that are to be submitted in support of all claims advanced it is confidently expected will not appeal in vain to capital and to trained labor, for we need trained labor as well as capital, to develop industries about whose conduct and management we are ignorant. Certainly in time the home people would become skilled as operatives in various industries, and would draw an extensive support from the new sources of employment.


 By way of conclusion it is not amiss to state that the present undertaking of the Business Men's Association calls for the expenditure of a round sum of money and contributions have not come in as largely as the importance of this movement to the entire community justifies. The finance committee of the Association report a deficit from the amount needed and the Advertiser urges all persons who cannot help feeling an interest in the movement on account of their residency in our midst, to send in their contributions, knowing that the money will be judiciously used in the furtherance of the object already explained. Contributions should be made to Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, president of the Business Men's Association, or to Mr. S. R. Parkerson, treasurer.
P. S. The town of Crowley raised over $500 in THIRTY MINUTES, for the same object. Crowley "has been there" before, and knows what's in it. Lafayette can afford to follow the example of one who knows. Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.

  Railroad Meeting. - The committee appointed by the Business Men's Association, to offer inducement to the Northern Louisiana and Gulf Railroad now in course of construction from Junction City to Vermilion Bay, met at the court house and elected Hon. O. Cade chairman and R. C. Greig secretary.
Messrs. B. Flanders and Hon. O. Cade were appointed to correspond with the management of the road and take such measures as might secure the construction of the line through Lafayette parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.



Of The City Council.

 At the last session of the retiring City Council, the much talked of plank walk for the high school was ordered to be built, the city furnishing the planks and the fund obtained by the concert given by the pupils of the high school paying for the work.

 The high school will also be provided with electric lights and so will the different stations of the fire department.

 These three acts demand a vote of thanks which the ADVERTISER moves, seconds and passes to the retiring City Council, and in so doing expresses but feebly the everlasting remembrance of those benefited by the last acts of the now "defunct" city council. Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.


 As foretold last week the election on last Monday passed off quietly and we now are living under a new municipal government.

 There was no interest in the election as shown by the returns as only one-fifth of the voters exercised their privilege of voting.

 The ticket was elected by the following vote:  Wm. Campbell, Mayor, 88 votes; Councilmen: C. O. Mouton, 89; Dr. F. E. Girard, 88; Felix Demanade, 93; H. H. Hohorst, 92; E. Martin, 91; Geo. A. DeBlanc, 87.

 Mr. Felix Demanade ran ahead of the ticket.

 There were 26 tickets scratched.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.

By Way of Opelousas.

 The Hatchet is Buried But the Handle is Protruding.

 Sheriff Broussard, of Lafayette, was in town several days this week. The contending factions in that parish have settled differences and buried the hatchet and Ike will be sheriff another term. It is rumored that the compromise was effected on these lines: Primaries - Debaillon for judge, Campbell for district attorney, Broussard for sheriff, Voorhies for clerk. Good for Lafayette.
From the Opelousas Clarion and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.  


 Pursuant to call, there assembled at the Court House, Saturday April 29th, a number of farmers interested in the cultivation of sugar cane, for the purpose of considering the contract submitted the planters by the Lafayette Sugar Refinery Company.

 Mr. W. B. Torian called the meeting to order and on motion duly made Messrs. C. O. Mouton, and R. C. Greig were elected president and secretary respectively.

 Chairman Mouton explained the object of the meeting and thanked the assembly for the honor conferred. Mr. Mouton urged in a spirit of conciliation the utmost prudence and wisdom in the deliberations, cautioning against any measures that might injuriously affect the interests of either planter or refinery.

 Messrs. W. B. Torian and Crow Girard then addressed the meeting and touched upon some objectionable features of the contract. By motion Messrs. Girard and Torian were appointed a committee to examine the said proposed contract report the objectionable clause and suggest whatever modification they deemed necessary to secure the sugar planter from any unjust or unfair discrimination. In due time the committee reported the following objectionable clauses.

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 Other features of minor importance were also discussed, when upon motion Mr. Jos. A. Chargois a committee of seven consisting of Messrs. Crow Girard, J. O. Broussard, W. B. Torian, Simeon Begnaud, J. P. Gulley, S. J. Montgomery, J. E. Mouton and C. O. Mouton was appointed and authorized to confer with the refinery management with a view of amicably adjusted all existing differences.

 The meeting then adjourned to meet Saturday May 20th, at 3 o'clock p. m. to receive the report of the committee and take any further steps deemed advisable to protect the planters' interest.
C. O. MOUTON, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.

 It is hoped that the committee appointed by the farmers will be successful with all parties interested. It is high time that a certain class of people be informed that this world was not made one sided. Everywhere the farming class in the last few years has borne all the burdens of life. The farmers have taken the status of the old slaves. They have been made to toil incessantly to satisfy the insatiable greed of the capitalists. In all of their dealings with the moneyed class they have been compelled to do their bidding - paying high rate of interest for money borrowed in the Spring and forced to take low prices for their crops in the Fall. And yet if the farming class were to relent or stop their producing capacity, where, oh! where would the manufacturers and the moneyed class be?

 It is a good thing to believe in and practice the old axiom "take and give" but as a whole the farmers have for a long time been the unfortunate ones, who both took and gave, "took" all the burdens inflicted upon them by the favorized classes and "gave" to the latter ones their daily labor, receiving in return a small pittance, so small that from year to year the farming class has been shackled hand and foot to those whose very existence is depending upon the daily work of the sons of the soil.

 It is high time, therefore, that the farmers be entitled to their justify dues, they only ask to be protected in their's and are willing and always have been to act with fairness to the other side in fact they, in the past, have proved it and have been overbearing.

 But there is a limit to everything and the limit has been reached.

 The farmers have decided to cease to be slaves and assert their freedom.

 No one can question their right to do so. Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.

Coca-Cola, the old reliable nerve tonic, has lost none of its popularity as the most refreshing of soft drinks. It is served fresh every day at the Moss Pharmacy soda fountain.  Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899. 

                                  New Municipality.
 As foretold last week the election on last Monday passed off quietly and we now are living under a new municipal government.

  There was no interest in the election as shown by the returns as only one-fifth of the voters
  exercised their privilege of voting.
  The ticket was elected by the following vote : Wm. Campbell, Mayor, 88 votes; Councilmen : C. O. Mouton, 89; Dr. F. E. Girard, 88; Felix Demanade, 93; H. H. Hohorst, 92; E. Martin, 91; Geo. A. Deblanc, 87.
  Mr. Felix Demanade ran ahead of the ticket. There were 26 tickets scratched.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.

Tackey Party. - 
On Monday, May 1st., Misses Alice and Eppie Moss entertained their young friends at home with an "Ice Cream and Tackey Party." It was something new and very amusing to see all the bright and happy little ones dressed up in the old "style costume." Miss Alice Moss, in her frank and charming manner, moved gracefully amongst her guests, making one and all feel at home. "Little Eppie" with her bright and laughing eyes, won also many glances of admiration from the little gentlemen. Lovely refreshments were served in the yard. Dancing and singing were indulged in. Much praise also is due to Mrs. S. R. Parkerson, for exquisite music.
  Miss Girard, won the prize, a fine cake, for the "Tackiest" but her sweet face looked "cute" indeed even in her "original costume."
  Thanks indeed are due, Dr. and Mrs. Moss for the pleasant and jolly evening enjoyed by the little folks.
                   C. NEBLETT-CARTER.

A packed house greeted "Little Washington" a colored lecturer eleven years old at Falk's Opera House on last Wednesday night. We have been told by several that the youthful lecturer is well up in Bible history and far in advance of some other lecturers on the same subject. At the special request of a good many white citizens who were present at the lecture, Mr. Falk, will in the near future give to the citizens of Lafayette another opportunity to hear the young prodigy.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/6/1899.

 Miss Lorena Marshreturned to Lafayette last Thursday from New Orleans where she has been spending a month perfecting herself in dressmaking under the world-renowned dress-makers Mrs. Uter and D. H. Holmes. She is now ready to cut and make the fastidious toilettes of the season. Give her a call at her home.

 The Saratoga Flakes and Graham Wafers sold by Moss & Co. are simply delicious.

Straw hats for men and boys were never before sold at such low prices as are being offered by Moss & Co.

 Shoemaker Canatella is ready to do your repairing and also to shoe you anew at living prices.

 Yum! Yum! Fresh cream is served with soda water at Moss Pharmacy's soda fountain.

 Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan and daughter left for New Orleans a few days ago.

 Mr. T. M. Biossat went to Houma last Monday in the interest of the Oil Mill.

 Mr. J. Plonsky, postmaster at Washington, La., was in Lafayette last Thursday on business.

 The Lafayette Orchestra will give a grand concert on Tuesday, May 23rd. The full programme will be published next week.

 Miss Cora Martin returned from Franklin last Thursday accompanied by her aunt Mrs. Jeff McBride and her daughter Miss Sophie.

 Prospectors from North Louisiana and Texas are quite numerous and Lafayette of late and our real estate agent Amb. Mouton is on fire all the time showing them the sights.

 Cards have been sent out announcing the marriage of Mr. Emmanuel D. Pellerin, Jr., and Miss Lodoiska Mouton at St. John's Catholic church, Wednesday, May 17th, at 6 o'clock p. m.

 As announced last week Dr. A. J. Martin, of Breaux Bridge, La., will open a dentistry parlor about May 15th., in the building in which the office of Dr. F. R. Tolson is located. Dr. Martin and his family moved to Lafayette on last Thursday.

 Miss Florence Sontag,of Lafayette, will take pupils in Piano and Violin. Those desiring a complete instruction in these branches will do well to call her at the Sunset Hotel.

Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1899.

From the Lafayette Gazette of May 6th, 1899:

 The New England Newspaper League
In Lafayette. 

 Messrs. J. W. Reardon and B. M. Blackburn, representatives of the New England Newspaper League, spent last Sunday in Lafayette and as per agreement with a local committee they gathered information necessary to write a fourth-page article which will be published in eleven of the foremost newspapers agrees to issue a special Southern edition containing twenty-four pages of interesting matter concerning the South. Aside from the regular write-up a column article will be written about this parish and published in the eleven papers. For this advertisement the town has been paid $250 which sum was subscribed by our public-spirited citizens. This amount was readily given by the more generous among our people. It is hoped that the publication of this matter will be the means of bringing our excellent advantages of soil and climate to the notice of those who have a surplus of cash and wish to invest in the South. Lafayette's opportunities are unsurpassed and it is devoutly to be wished that the New England League will tell it to our esteemed Yankee friends who are earnestly solicited to come along with their money. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

 For the New Road.

 The committee appointed by the Business Men's Association to offer inducements to the Northern, Louisiana and Gulf Railroad, met at the court-house last Saturday and elected Hon. O. Cade, president, and Prof. R. C. Greig secretary.

 After some discussion it was decided to appoint Messrs. O. Cade and B. F. Flanders to correspond with the management of the road and to take such measures as might secure the construction of this line through Lafayette parish. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

Changes at Western Union.

 Miss Mary Littell, who has so successfully managed the office of the Western Union Telegraph Company at this place for the past three years, has resigned. The large increase in the business of the company in this town shows how satisfactorily Miss Littell has served the patrons of the line. It is not fulsome praise to say that the Western Union's business could not have been in more competent hands, a fact which all who have had business relations with the Lafayette office will attest. Raphael Thompson has succeeded Miss Littell as manager at the office. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

Cumberland Telephone Exchange.

The poles of the Cumberland telephone exchange in Lafayette are on the ground and the switch board and other office appurtenances are on the way from Nashville. We infer from this the new exchange will soon be ready for business. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.   

The Election.

 The town election was held last Monday. As there was only one ticket in the field a light vote was polled. Twenty-six tickets were spoiled. The following is the vote:

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 Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

A Little Girl Rescued.

 Mabel West, a bright little girl, about 6 years old, was restored to her relatives last Tuesday by Sheriff Broussard. The child was discovered to be at the home of some negroes on a plantation near Carencro. It seems that she had wondered away from her mother who was addicted to the use of morphine and that she was picked up by negroes at Lake Charles and finally drifted to this parish. Her aunt, Mrs. Cochran, a most estimable lady of Alexandria, had made several attempts to find her. She was rewarded for her trouble last Tuesday. Mrs. Cochran left the next day with the child for Alexandria. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.   


 Adolphe Poulette, his negro concubine, Celestine, and Henry Brunette, were arrested last Monday on a charge of complicity in the burglaries recently committed in this town. The basis of the accusation seems to rest upon the attestation seems to rest upon the attempt of one of the parties to dispose of some jewelry. There does not seem to be any evidence of a conclusive nature against the prisoners. The authorities, however, are still working on the case. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

A Slick Thief.

 Mr. J. B. Benoit, a citizen of the 4th ward, came to town last Saturday and bought a suit of clothes. He put the bundle containing the suit in his carriage near the court house square and went about his business. When he started to leave during the afternoon he was surprised to see that his suit was gone. It had been stolen by some slick thief. Lafayette seems to be the headquarters of as slick a gang of thieves as can be found anywhere. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.  

Lafayette Storage & Compress Co.

 The Lafayette Storage and Compress Company is making extensive preparations to extend every facility to the cotton farmer next season. Besides the large three 70 saw gins the company has contracted with Mr. B. A. Anderson for a thoroughly modern office which will be built near the compress. An additional platform will also be built. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

The Ladies' Club.

 On Thursday evening Mrs. LeRosen entertained the members of the Five O'clock Tea Club in her pretty new home.

 After several minutes of pleasant greetings and conversations, the business meeting opened with the roll call, answered with quotations from Shakespeare's play of Julius Caesar.

 Mrs. Blake read with much feeling Antony's funeral oration over the body of Caesar. Mrs. Davis gave a character sketch of Julius Caesar, and another selection from the play by Miss Parkerson closed the program.

 In the dainty dining room delicious refreshments were served. On their return to the parlor, each guest was given a slip paper, headed with the written words "The Five Senses." Many were the puzzling questions asked, but the fair hostess soon answered all queries by testing the five senses of each lady guest with something to taste, feel, hear, see and smell. In the tie among several ladies for the prize, Mrs. Raney was the fortunate one, and to her a lovely belt buckle was given. Mrs. Davis will be the next hostess. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 1, 1899. 

 The City Council met this evening in regular session with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Messrs. Mouton, Hahn, Martin, Landry, Hopkins, Davidson.  Absent: Bru.

 Minutes of April 7, were read and approved.


 Lafayette, La., May 1, 1899. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of the Town of Lafayette. - Your undersigned finance committee beg to make this our report, ending May, 1, 1899:

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 The collector has collected, and paid in the treasury, in taxes and licences $1,243.27; his commission at 4 per cent amounting to $49.74, and $3.50 which he has overpaid, making $53.23; for which amount the Council should order a warrant issued the collector, in payment to date.

 As appears in the body of this report, will be seen that the revenues from the water and light plant for the month of April, is not included in this report.
               A. E. MOUTON, J. J. DAVIDSON, THOS. B. HOPKINS.


 Lafayette, La., May 1, 1899. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette, La. - Gentlemen: I have collected since last report the following amounts, to-wit:

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 Respectfully submitted,
        BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.

 It was moved and seconded that the action of the mayor in having warrant issued for a 3-year policy favor Hartford Insurance Co. for $100 be approved. Also issuance of warrant for $514.50 for balance payment on boiler, be approved.

 It was moved and seconded that H. Hebert receive $40.00 pay for the month of April for services as deputy marshal.

 Moved and carried that warrant be issued in favor of Com. A. J. Moss for $10, said amount to help defray funeral expenses of Oneil Baron, deceased.

 Moved and seconded that $15 be appropriated to Hook, Hose & Ladder Co. to pay for a nozzle.

 Moved, seconded and carried that $15 be appropriated as attorney's fees and shared alike by O. C. Mouton, Crown Girard and Wm. Campbell for their services in the Consolidated Engineering case vs. Corporation.

 Moved and seconded that 2 lights be put in each of the Fire Co. houses and to be kept burning at night at the expense of the corporation.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton, that Dr. Hopkins be instructed to have High School building wired and 1 arc light be placed in same at no cost to the High School.

 Moved by Dr. Martin and seconded, that street committee be instructed to have plank walk built from Congress St. up Julia Avenue to the High School building.

 Moved by John Hahn and duly seconded that as the new boiler is now erected and complete and giving satisfaction, that original rates charged for lights be restored in accordance with agreement with those who stood the raise.

 Following accounts were approved:

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 Waterworks and electric light accounts approved.

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 Resignation of Assistant Engineer Riu and Fireman Webre be accepted and action of W. W. & E. L. Committee in appointing Wm. Huff assistant engineer and Noah Thibodaux as fireman, be approved.

 Resignation of Dr. N. P. Moss from Board of Health accepted, to take effect immediately.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/6/1899.

 The Gazette joins many citizens of Lafayette in the hope that the incoming Council will return Officer Henry Hebert in the position which he now holds. He has always done his duty conscientiously and we believe he is entitled to re-election.

 J. O. Lisbony has bought Bob Richard's laundry near the depot and solicits the patronage of the people of the town. He guarantees good work and prompt service.

 Dr. Hopkins, president of the School Board, requests The Gazette to state that there will be a meeting of that body on Thursday, May 11, at 10 o'clock. A full attendance is desired as some important business is to be transacted.

 Mr. Millard, of New Iberia, was in Lafayette this week. He was here to make the arrangements for the Cumberland exchange which will be established in this town.
Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1899.


From the Lafayette Gazette of May 6th, 1893:


 One of the closest and most hotly contested elections in the annals of the town of Lafayette occurred last Monday. The following tickets were voted for, and we add the number of votes cast of each name, also reproduce the wording of the title of each ticket:

Democratic Municipal Ticket.

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 The face of the returns show the election of Wm. Campbell, for Mayor; and J. N. Satterfield, A. T. Caillouet, J. O. Moutoun, F. Demanade, Fred Mayor, and A. Cayard for councilmen, and a tie between A. M. Martin and Alf. Bonnet, being five from what is commonly known as the Vigneaux ticket, including the mayor; and two form the ticket commonly known as the Bradley ticket, and one tie. We heard that a contest has been filed on the grounds of illegal voting. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1893. 


 It having reached our ears that a project was on foot looking toward the building of a branch railroad from Lafayette to Breaux Bridge, by the Southern Pacific company, providing certain inducements were granted by the people along the proposed route, The Gazette started out on an investigating tour. A call was made on Judge Parkerson, and inquiry made as to the truth of the rumor, and the judge answered that he knew nothing of the matter, and as he is the representative of the company, we were satisfied that we had run down an idle rumor. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1893.

Bad Fire.

 Last Saturday fire destroyed the residence of Mr. John Bowen. Hardly anything was saved. The fire originated in the kitchen and when discovered had gained headway that it could not be put out with means at hand. So, all the large crowd present could do was to look on and see the devouring flames sweeping everything away. Will the people of the town heed the lesson taught by this fire, and get together and organize a fire department? Now is the time to act. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1893.

Buggy Accident.

 Thursday evening young Alfred Voorhies with the two little girls of Mr. Labe, were out buggy riding and met with an accident; they met a runaway team which frightened their horse, and he made a dash. In making a sharp turn low, and the girls either or jumped out, fortunately without receiving a scratch. The horse was finally subdued, and no damage done. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1893.

Sentences Imposed.

 Judge Allen passed sentences on the following parties convicted a the recent session of court:

 Jules Baptiste, Marcel Baptiste, Anatole Breaux, Edgar Doucet, Jack Foreman and Jos. Dolze, carrying concealed weapons, $20 fine and costs or 30 days in jail.

 Frank Robertson, assault and battery, plead guilty, $20 fine or two months in jail.

 Jules Sauve, violation of labor contract, $10 fine and costs or 15 days in jail.

 Eraste Domond, larceny, 2 years in the penitentiary.

 Constant Trea, discharging pistol on public highway, $10 fine and costs or 15 days in parish jail.

 Thomas Doyle, violation of labor contract, 30 days in jail from March 30.

 Leopold Guidry, assault and battery, $60 fine or six months in jail.

 Louis Judice, carrying concealed weapons, $15 fine and costs or 15 days in jail.

 Frank Riddle, conspiracy to murder, bond fixed at $50.

 Mistrial entered in the case of Kerlogan for rape and bond fixed at $3,500.

 Irwin Meaux, murder, qualified verdict, life sentence in the State penitentiary.

 Willie Foreman, manslaughter, sentenced to penitentiary for 19 years and to pay a fine of $20.

 In passing sentences upon the two latter Judge Allen spoke in feeling terms, portraying vividly the enormity of their crimes, of the sympathy entertained for their immediate familiar, and plainly showed that he was performing an obligatory, but painful duty.

 Meaux has been married just about one month, and Willie Foreman has a young wife and baby. Both are young men under the ages of thirty.
Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1893. 


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/6/1893.

 It must have been the tail end of the devastating cyclone sweeping the Southwestern part of the country that struck Lafayette Monday night. The wind blew furiously, the flashing and blinding lightning followed by roaring peals of thunder and a heavy downpour of rain, kept up with the pitiless monotony during the greater part of the night.

 Miss Lea Gladu visited her brother Dr. G. Gladu, at Mermentau, this week.

 Mr. J. C. Nickerson and sister, Miss Leila, spent Sunday in Abbeville.

 Mr. Simeon Begnaud, from Scott, call to pay his respects to The Gazette.

 The wife and child of Mr. Thornton, the affable telegraph operator at the Southern Pacific depot, arrived in Lafayette Monday.

 Judge C. Debaillon is spending some days at the seashore, with a party of gentlemen from Royville.

 The crops between Lafayette and Cade along the line of the Southern Pacific Railroad are in splendid condition and are growing finely.

 Mr. Edward Hebert, has accepted the agency of the popular Anheuser Busch beer and he is now serving it ice-cold at his saloon, at 5 cents a glass. He extends a general invitation.

 Another train of Mongolians, in bond, destined for Cuba passed through Sunday. At the rate they are going into Cuba it won't be long before the island will be overrun with Chinamen.

 The altar in the Catholic church of Lafayette is one of the handsomest in the State. It's striking simplicity - a pure white, with a running streak of gold together with a few dazzling religious statuaries, form the sole ornamentation, constituting a magnificent ensemble, beautiful to behold and reverent to contemplate.





From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 6th, 1882.

Fair to Benefit St. John's Church.

A committee of ladies connected with the Catholic Church are preparing for a fair to take place on the 13th, 14th and 15th insts., the proceeds to be applied to the completion of the new church. The success of previous similar entertainments under the same management warrants the belief that another harvest - so to speak - for the church, and an enjoyable  occasion for the public is approaching. The liberal spirit usually manifested by the people of this and neighboring communities in matters of this kind obviates the necessity of any comment on our part urging patronage. The refreshments will be various and will consist of a restaurant, lemonade and ice cream tables, &c.

 Another feature of the entertainment will be the appearance of the boys of St. John school in "The Old Man's Legacy," a drama of no inconsiderable merit, the acting of several of the boys in the play, as we saw them in rehearsal of several days ago was good, and enables us to say latent histrionic power was manifested; altogether, the play is done in style much above ordinary school boy acting. As amateurs they are worth seeing and we have no doubt the "old man" will draw much. Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1882.

Murderer Transported.

 Sheriff Duson arrived here Thursday night from Texas with Rhet Clark, who is charged as an accomplice of Boz Barton in the murder of W. W. White at Chicot, St. Landry, on March 20th 1882. The circumstances of this homicide were made (unreadable words) some time ago. Clark was arrested at Fort Graham, Young Co., Texas, on a requisition from Gov. McEnery. Graham is among the extreme western settlements of Texas.
Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1882.

Lightning Rods.

 Mr. E. G. Pritchard, representing Robinson's N. O. Lightning rod company, will be in town in a few days prepared to do all kinds of work in his line. He is the sole agent for Robinson's N. O. Lightning Rod Co. in this section of the State, and, therefore, can do better and cheaper work than any one else in the same line of business. Lafayette Gazette 5/6/1882.

The Election.

 The election last Monday for Mayor and Councilmen, as elections usually do here, passed off quietly. Two tickets were in the field and a full vote was polled. The result is as follows:

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Lafayette Advertiser 5/6/1882. 


Why Printers are Cynical.

 The other day I stood within the composing room of a great daily newspaper. There was nothing to delight the eye - no pictures, statues, or sumptuous furniture. Serious looking men were standing before cases so fixedly that nothing less than the falling of the roof would have distracted their attention. Scarcely a sound was audible but the faint click of type falling into place. I never before realized so forcibly the cause why newspaper printers are, as it is said, naturally cynical. To-day they set the type that tells the world of rejoicings and festivities, to-morrow the same is made to proclaim disaster and mourning ; the same type which carries to 10,000 homes the inaugural message of the ruler of 50,000,000 of people has not time to lose its sharpness by use before it is employed to report the funeral oration in the capitol in memory of the same man. The momentary contraction of the forefinger of a despicable wretch levels exalted hopes and robs the whole civilized world in sable. If there be a spot on earth where the instability of human affairs epitomized hourly, it is in the composing room of a daily newspaper. - Detroit Free Press.










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