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From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 9th, 1913:

 As announced in to-day's issue the Lafayette Motor Car Co. will begin at once to rebuild, this time so thoroughly fire proof that it will be impossible to burn their building. They will use nothing but iron and brick and cement.

 The loss inflicted by the fire was total with no insurance, but with promptness, the stockholders, all progressive and capable business men, unhesitatingly decided to reinvest and make use of the valuable good will earned by the company under the successful management of Mr. T. M. Biossat, Jr., who will continue in charge. In fact, Mr. Biossat has never ceased business, for immediately he made made arrangements to take care of repair work at the Peoples Cotton Oil Co., and has already sold two automobiles and is pushing the sale of several others.

 The spirit of pluck and perseverance displayed by Manager Biossat, and the members of the company is a sure sign of success. And it deserves admiration, for it sets a splendid example of confidence in Lafayette which should be emulated by all of us. If the confidence of a town's own citizens, plus courage and energy, that makes towns grow, and citizens who have this quality are a valuable asset to the community, and especially so when it is under such hard conditions as a total loss by fire. 
Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1913.

 As will be seen by their advertisement in this issue, the Lacoste Hardware Company is making plans for an immediate resumption of business.

 The fire which destroyed their buildings and stock Sunday, was a severe blow, but notwithstanding their heavy loss they have met the crisis courageously, and with an abiding faith in the future of Lafayette and and an unfaltering resolution under misfortune, they have decided to begin again, starting with the determination to rebuild their business better and larger than before.

 In this purpose their splendid name in the business world and their reputation throughout this entire section for integrity and fair dealing will be a mighty power for aid. Further, the fact that they are all young men, full of energy, wideawake and progressive, with capacity and perverseness, make it certain that success will crown their efforts. And they will deserve success. 
Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1913.  

 From the Lafayette Gazette of May 9th, 1903.


In Regular Session - A Special Election Ordered for June 18, to Levy a Three-mill School Tax for Six Years.

 The Police Jury met in regular session last Thursday with all the members present except Mr. S. Broussard, of Carencro.

 Mr. P. R. Landry was appointed to fill the vacancy on committee appointed to settle with tax collector.

 President Billeaud and Attorney Mouton submitted report and papers relative to delinquent licenses and same were referred to the proper committee.

 Supt. Alleman presented a petition signed by nearly one thousand citizen tax payers praying for a special school tax of three mills on the dollar for six years. By motion of Mr. Mouton, a resolution was adopted in compliance with the petition and Thursday, June 18, fixed as the date for said election.

 Messrs. N. P. Moss, A. Judice, S. J. Montgomery and J. O. Broussard appeared and asked that the Jury pledge a specific amount for the future annual school appropriations out of parish funds. It was argued that rumors had been circulated to the effect that upon the adoption of the special school tax by the people, the Jury would reduce or withdraw the annual appropriations heretofore made and thus increase the tax burden and without corresponding benefit to the schools. This was used as a weapon by the opponents to the measure and it was desired to disarm them of even this puerile argument if such it might be termed. The Jury, however, after full discussion of the proposition, refused to adopt a resolution as suggested, upon the grounds that the following resolution adopted last October clearly and unequivocally expresses the attitude of the body on the question of school appropriations.

 Resolved, That the Police Jury appreciates the necessity for increased appropriations for the support of the public schools and hereby expresses its deep interest and concern in the educational welfare and advancement of the people of the parish.

 Second. The Jury pledges itself to do in the future as it has done in the past, everything possible of the betterment of the schools and will make the largest appropriations consistent with the proper administration of parochial affairs.

 Third. The Jury would suggest that the various wards and municipalities of the parish avail themselves of the privilege granted by law, of local taxation for school purposes.

 Each individual member gave unqualified endorsement to the movement for better schools and expressed, without reservation, his determination to maintain the policy of the administration and grant in the future, appropriations, if possible, larger than ever. No artful evasion will avail for the issue is fairly joined.

 Applications for damages by reasons of horses killed upon public highways were made by Messrs. A. J. LeBlanc and H. J. Andrus. The claims were referred to the attorney.

 Messrs. Alex. M. Broussard and T. Spell submitted a report on the in second ward. It was found that no material damage was sustained by the roads and the Jury ordered the report laid on the table. Lafayette Gazette 5/9/1903.

At the Industrial Institute Last Witnessed by Many Witnesses.

 Last Saturday evening the student corps of the Industrial Institute inaugurated the observance of Field Day with various appropriate athletic exercises and feats of skill and strength. The weather was all that could be desired, the bright sun and exhilarating atmosphere lending cheer and invigoration to the contestants and tempting quite a number of spectators to the college campus.

 The exercises began at three o'clock and lasted until seven, the time being most pleasantly and profitably passed by all in the witnessing marvelous feats of skill and dexterity by the young ladies and gentlemen in the several contests. Professor Roy acted as starter in the rates by shooting his little pistol, and Professor Lillibridge as master of ceremonies by megaphoning the results to the pleasure and satisfaction of the spectators. Professor Smith and Woodson also assisted and did much to help the boys "cut shines."

 Misses Mayfield and Dupre superintended the basketball game that proved (pardon boys) by far the most attractive and interesting feature of the day. The skill and adeptness displayed by young ladies excited the applause and admiration of all, the boys shouting themselves hoarse over the scores made by the fair rivals. The game was finally awarded to the "Yellows" of the "Greens" by a score 27 to 24.

 We refer our readers to the full account in another part of this paper written by Misses Marcel Blot and Alma Gulley, and trust that next Field Day every lover of sport and of "wonderful wonders" as the boys dubbed them, will be there to see and enjoy for himself.

 The Gazette cannot refrain in conclusion from expressing its extreme gratification over the introduction of such healthful and invigorating exercises among the student, strengthening and developing those characteristics of mind and body so essential to a proper and efficient discharge of the more serious functions of life and affording opportunity for delightful and profitable social intercourse. Field Day was a happy hit and we extend our congratulations to the faculty and students. Lafayette Gazette 5//9/1903.

Paper to be Printed. - The Gazette has just received a large stock of stationary, such as envelopes, bill, letter and noteheads, cards, shipping tags, etc., to be printed for the trade. Let us figure on anything that you have to be printed. Prices, quality and workmanship will satisfy you.
Lafayette Gazette 5/9/1903.

Revival Continues. - The revival services continue at Falk's hall. The congregations are growing larger at each service. On Sunday night the subject will be "Is there any harm in dancing?" Services Sunday, at 11 a. m. All are invited. Laf. Gazette 5/9/1903.

Town Election.

 The following vote was cast for mayor and City Council:

Mayor-Chas. D. Caffery 64
Council-Felix Demanade 64
A. E. Mouton 64
M. Rosenfield 64
D. V. Gardebled 64
Jno. O. Mouton 64
Geo. A. DeBlanc 64
H. L. Fontenot 65
Laf. Gazette 5/9/1903.

As to the Water Supply.

 In another column we publish an interesting communication addressed to the City Council, on the question of an adequate water supply for the town. It contains information and recommendations of an authoritative, and is designed to point out the necessity for alterations and additions in connection with the water supply, to remedy the defects in the system which the last conflagration made it possible to discover. And we are informed that it is the intention of the Council to take immediate steps to place the power-house in a proper condition to meet the new demands made on the plant by the material extensions of the water mains to the Industrial Institute and the Mudd and Girard additions to the town. Lafayette Gazette 5/9/1903.

The Sidewalk Ordinance. - The ordinance proposed by Mr. F. Demanade at the last meeting of the Council, providing for the construction of uniform sidewalks at the expense of the abutting property, is timely and is a move in the right direction. Good streets and good sidewalks are must necessary conveniences, they are essential to the business interests of the town and are an enhancement to the value of property. Lafayette covers an extended area and it would be utterly impracticable for the Council to undertake the general construction of sidewalks out of the regular revenues of the town. It is the rule of all cities and towns enjoying a good system of sidewalks enjoying a good system of sidewalks to require property owners to bear at least two-thirds of the cost of construction, and to compel the owners of property to build substantial and durable sidewalks.

 In adopting a similar ordinance for Lafayette the Council will inaugurate a movement that will contribute materially to the substantial advancement of the town, as has been fully demonstrated by the experience of all towns and cities that have made the construction of sidewalks compulsory. Such a measure always meets with some opposition at first, but after a fair trial it is found to work well and for the direct advantage of everybody concerned. Lafayette Gazette 5/9/1903.

Conventions Captured. - The Gazette is happy to note that through the pluck and a enterprise of Dr. F. J. Mayer, of Scott, Lafayette has captured two important conventions for the coming year, the State Medical Association which held its annual session in New Orleans last week, and the State Agricultural Society and Stock Breeders' Association which met recently in Alexandria. The City Council and Police Jury extended the invitations but Dr. Mayer's graceful manipulation and magic eloquence perfected the good work, and corralled the conventions. Who next? Lafayette Gazette 5/9/1903.

City Council Proceedings.

Lafayette, La., May 4, 1903. - A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day with Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. The following members were present: A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent: F. E. Girard, H. H. Hohorst.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read.

 Moved and seconded, that finance committee's report be accepted as follows. Carried.

 Finance committee's report from Jan. 1, 1903, to April 30, 1903:

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 The report of the waterworks and electric light committee, as heretofore published, was adopted and ordered spread on minutes.

 Moved and duly seconded, that the light accounts of the following named persons for the past month be cancelled: M. Rosenfield, Mrs. Nicholls, Dan Meyer, Joe Feracie. Motion carried.

 The following bills were approved:

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 Mr. F. Demanade offered an ordinance providing for the construction and paving of side walks and repairing same at the expense of the owner of the abutting lot, same to be done in brick, cement or plank, as the Council may decide, provided that the Council shall bear 1/3 (one-third) of the cost of same. On motion, the consideration of this ordinance was deferred until next regular meeting.

 The following amendment to the charter of the town of Lafayette was offered and adopted by the City Council this day, to-wit:


 The City Council of the town of Lafayette, La., shall have power to provide for the prevention and extinguishment of fires and to organize, establish and maintain a fire department and to regulate the same; to establish fire limits to regulate, restrain or prohibit the erection of wooden buildings within such limits as may be prescribed by ordinance, and to provide for removal of same at the expense of the owner thereof when erected contrary to the ordinances of the municipality; to appoint a fire marshal, who may be the may or town marshal, with power to remove and keep away from the vicinity of any fire all idle and suspicious person present to aid in the extinguishment of said fire, or the preservation of property exposed to the danger of the same, and in preventing goods from being purloined there at and with such powers and duties as may be prescribed by ordinance. Also to regulate the storage of powder, pitch, turpentine, rosin, hemp, hay, cotton and all other combustible and inflammable materials and the storing of lumber in yards or lots within the limits as may be prescribed by ordinance, and the use of lights and candles in stables, shops and other places to remove or prevent the construction of any fire place, chimney, stove, oven, boiler, kettle or any apparatus used in any house, building manufactory or business which may be dangerous in causing or producing ashes, and generally said City Council shall have power to do and cause to be done whatsoever may be needed and required to prevent and extinguish fires in said town.

 A vote being taken on above the result was as follows: Yeas: A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc.  Nays: None.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
              CHAS. D. CAFFERY,
Lafayette Gazette 5/9/1903.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 9th, 1874:


 The election for Mayor and seven councilmen for the town of Vermilionville, took place last Monday. Only 91 votes were polled ;  the following is the result :

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 Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1874.

 Found Guilty.

 In the case of the State vs. Celestin, colored, indicted for horse stealing, the accused having waived the jury, was tried by his Honor Judge Mouton, Saturday 2nd. instant. After argument of counsel for the State and for the defence, Celestin was found guilty and sentenced to five years imprisonment at hard labor in the State penitentiary. Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1874.

Terrible Accident.

 A Lady Burnt to Death. - One  of the most shocking accidents that has ever been our lot to record, happened at Carencro, in this parish, on Friday the 1st of May. The victim was a young lady, wife of our estimable parishioner, Pierre Bernard ;  whilst Mrs. B. was wishing some clothing near the fire-place, the back part of her dress took fire and in a few moments here entire body was enveloped in flames, she immediately rushed from the house into the yard, and before any one could go to her assistance she was burnt to death. Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1874.


 Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met this 2nd day of May 1874.

 Present: A. Monnier, Mayor, and Councilmen Landry, Latiolais, Revillon and Girouard.  Absent: McBride, Brandt and Olivier.

 The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

 On motion it was resolved, That the petition of Jos. H. Wise, for the reduction of his assessment for the year 1873, be and the same is hereby rejected.

 The Treasurer presented his report which was examined and found to be correct, was approved and ordered to be published.

 Report of the Treasurer of the Corporation of Vermilionville, from May 1st, 1873 to May 1st, 1874.

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 Respectfully submitted by, 
                      H. M. BAILEY,

 The following accounts were approved: Lafayette Advertiser, $8; J. S. Rand, $2.00.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1874. 



 We clip the following from the Brashear News of the 2d inst. :

 The back water has nearly covered the whole town, and with the exception of a few high places scattered here and there, nothing is left but the public road on the river front, where the ridge is several feet higher than the water of 1828 and 1867. The suffering in town is great. The rear was inhabited by colored families who earned their living by gardening. The majority owned the lands they cultivated and their community was peaceable. The death of the water now covering their ground averages two and half feet, and about sixty families are in distress.

 BRASHEAR is filling rapidly with water. All the rear including Freetown has an average of three feet of water, and the front averages five feet of water. On south side Railroad Avenue nearly all the merchants have abandoned their stores and dwelling houses, and on the north side have build bridges and raised store floors; the bridges all rest on railroad embankment. The railroad depots are filled with goods stored from overflow. The only space left in depots occupied by merchants is that occupied by the public market.

 The water from the swamps is rapidly flowing into town, and altogether we have barely three acres of dry ground left, and that owing to protection of old fort embankment on Fourth street.

 FREETOWN. - The residents of this portion of Brashear are old colored people most of whom earn a living picking and curling moss. Their occupation is now entirely gone and they are therefore thrown upon this community for support. Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1874.




 The United States post office department has determined to try the experiment of horseless mail wagons in New York shortly, for the purpose of gathering up and distributing the mails. The result of their operation will be watched with interest throughout the country, and if the postal service finds they are cheap and efficient, their use in other channels will soon follow.

 In Paris and London the horseless wagons are used very successfully, and they are no novelty there. It is  probable that they will be brought into general use in the great English metropolis next Spring, as fifteen large factories in England have set to work at manufacturing them.

 The horseless vehicles running to and fro about the streets and country roads will be no greater novelty in this advanced age of invention and scientific research than was the electric street car when it was first brought into successful operation.

 Truly the possibilities of man's inventive genius in utilizing and developing the hidden resources of nature seems to be unbounded. If the next century should record as rapid strides in the apparently limitless field of man's invention and scientific research as has the present, then, without intending to appear in the least degree sacreligious, the thought occurs to us that the performers of those Biblical miracles in the days of Moses and the prophets will have a close competitor in mankind's genius of the 20th century. Lafayette Advertiser 1/9/1897.



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