The members of Camp Gardner, United Confederate Veterans, will give a picnic at Beausejour Park on Saturday, May 20. An invitation is extended to the veterans, their families, and those who are interested in the perpetuation of the hallowed memories of the "Lost Cause." Addresses in French and English will be delivered.
The Gazette trusts that the people of Lafayette will show a proper interest in the veteran's picnic. All who admire patriotism and hold dear the splendid manhood of the Old South should turn out with their wives and spend the day at Beausejour.
The committee of arrangement invited the following gentlemen to speak: Judge A. C. Allen, Col. G. A. Breaux, Hon. Laurent Dupre, Judge C. Debaillon, Judge Julian Mouton. The members of the committee are exerting themselves to make the re-union a memorable one, and with the assistance of the people of the town and parish they will no doubt succeed.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL.
The Gazette has had so much to say upon the Industrial School question, that it again dislikes to speak of it. Aside from the appointment of a committee to prepare and circulate a petition to be presented to the Police Jury asking that an election be held to levy a special tax, nothing has been done. It is certainly time for the gentlemen who are to look after this matter to make an effort. As will be seen in another column of this paper the ladies of New Iberia are working hard and doing there utmost to swell the fund which is being raised in our sister town. Lafayette has done little toward capturing the prize. Never has a better opportunity presented itself to the people of Lafayette by which they can secure an institution which would be a powerful factor in the commercial and intellectual development of the town and parish. Industrial Schools are not established every day and few parishes are offered such a fine opportunity as this. Our people should remember that the Industrial School is an institution which will be supported by the State and that if built here it will be here to stay. It will not be a temporary advantage to the people of this section but it will be of great benefit at the start and will never cease to grow in usefulness. Let us imagine that Crowley were presented with such an offer. How would its citizens bestir themselves? What a gigantic effort that town would make to get the school? And yet we have a larger town, a richer and better parish. Still, what have we done? A little wind jamming. We go wild over the election of a constable. We hold mass meetings, caucuses, conferences, confabs and convocations, and for what? To decide who will police our town for a term of two years. And here is a proposition which is a thousand times more important than the election of a thousand constables and it has so far enlisted little or no interest. Within the last five years Lafayette has passed several mile-posts on the way to Progress, but it can not afford to stop here. The race has just begun. The cry should be, "Onward, Onward!"
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
The Grand Jury.
Judge Debaillon, desiring to rid the jail of some of its inmates who were charged with un-bailable offenses, called the Grand Jury together last Tuesday. The jury remained in session until Wednesday when it made its report. True bills were returned in the following cases: J. A. Delhomme, there indictments for violating the Sunday law; Kalisse Williams, Jno. George, John Joseph, Adam Hadad, Nicholas Kori, assault and batteryl Grant Amos, rape. No true bills were reported in the cases of Adolphe Poulette, Henry Brunette, Celestine Adams and Celestin Nelson, charged with burglary and larceny. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
A Volunteer Back Home. Frank Ledet, a young man who left Lafayette at the beginning of the Spanish war and enlisted with Hood's Regiment and served Cuba, has returned to his home in this town. He is on a furlough which was granted him on account of sickness. His relatives and friends here were pleased to see him and he was extended a hearty greeting. Laf. Gazette 5/13/1899.
J. A. Martin, Dentist. - Brother to our townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having located permanently in Lafayette, desires to buy a home situated in a locality suitable to the practice of his profession. Any one having such property to sell is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found. Dr. Martin guarantees all dental work and at prices to suit the times.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
Post Office Moving. The post office will be removed within the next two or three weeks to a house which is to be built by Mr. C. D. Caffery on his lot near the First National Bank. The room is now used as the post-office is not at all suitable to that purpose. It is too small and affords inadequate ventilation.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
Fist Fight. - A portion of the Syrian population indulged in a fist-fight last Monday. There was a great deal of scratching and pinching, but no one was seriously hurt. As a result of the fight five of the men have been indicted for assault and battery. '
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
Brakeman Loses Finger. - Felix Aucoin, a brakeman on the Southern Pacific, had his right hand caught between two cars while at work near New Iberia last week. One of his fingers was so badly injured that it had to be amputated.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
To Be Wed. - The marriage of Mr. Emmanuel D. Pellerin, Jr., and Miss Lodoiska Mouton, is announced to take place on Wednesday evening at 6 0'clock, at the Catholic church in this town. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
Graduating Exercises. - The graduating exercises of the High School will take place on Friday night, May 19, at 8 o'clock, at the High School building. All the parish teachers are requested to have the pupil selected to take part in the exercises present. The public is cordially invited to be present. W. A. LeRosen, Principal.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
Last Tuesday Messrs. Crow Girard, J. O. Broussard, W. B. Torian, S. J. Montgomery, J. Edmond Mouton and C. O. Mouton, members of the committee appointed by the farmers' meeting to confer with are representative of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Company, met Mr. von Tresquo for the purpose of adjusting the differences between the refinery on one side and the farmers on the other.
At the meeting of the farmers held on the 29th of April it was agreed that the following clauses in the contract were objectionable:
1. Clause giving the right to the refinery to reject cane under certain conditions.
2. Juice to test 12 degrees sucrose.
3. Regulation for delivery of cane.
4. The right reserved by the company to nullify contract under certain contingencies and new basis proposed by the company.
The Gazette is pleased to announce that the conference held by the representative of the refinery and the committee has resulted in an amicable adjustment of all differences. A member of the committee has informed this paper that he and his colleagues were met in a spirit of conciliation and that an agreement, which will be satisfactory to the cane-growers, was reached without any unnecessary parley.
The committee will make its report to a meeting which will be held at the court-house to-day instead of the 20th as was originally announced.
The happy termination of this matter, which otherwise might have entailed considerable trouble of a serious nature, shows what can be accomplished by united action on one side supported by a willingness on the other side to do the right thing.
The Gazette congratulates the gentlemen of the committee and the representative of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Company upon the spirit of fairness and evidence of good sense displayed by them. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
During the week we visited the new residence of Mr. J. E. Trahan which was built by Mr. L. S. Broussard. It is one of the finest residences of our town. This building does honor to the contractor and the work in all of its details is well done and the finish is unsurpassed. We congratulate Mr. Broussard upon his success. We have noticed specially two fireplaces of a style entirely new, and if every landlord could see this new style there is no doubt that they would do away with the old fire-places which must have been invented by a coal dealer. The new fire-places requires but little coal while their heating capacity is indeed remarkable in its power. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
A colored woman named Phrosine Melancon died suddenly last Wednesday, near the Catholic Church. She had brought her four children to the church and feeling unwell had gone out, when, suddenly she sank to the ground with strength enough left to crawl towards the graveyard. A few minutes after, her children thinking that their mother had gone to sell vegetables came out of the church and took a seat in their wagon which was outside of the church waiting for their mother, but after a long wait, one of the children remarked that she might have gone to the cemetery and on their way there found her kneeling prostrated upon the ground, her face covered by blood. The coroner being notified a verdict of death caused by aneurysm was rendered. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 11, 1899.
The School Board met this day with the following members present: Dr. Hopkins, Messrs. Alex Delhomme, Jasper Spell, A. Olivier, V. E. Dupuis, J. O. Broussard, J. S. Whittington, Baxter Clegg.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
The regular order of business was suspended.
On motion of Mr. A. Olivier, seconded by Mr. Spell, the present session, 1898-99, was ordered closed May 19, 1899.
On motion of Mr. Broussard, seconded by Mr. Spell the appointment of Miss Nella Alpha to the position of assistant in the Broussardville school, was confirmed.
The Board adjourned.
C. F. LATIOLAIS, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 4, 1899. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, M. Billeaud, Jr., Jno. Whittington, Jr., Jno. E. Primeaux, Alonzo Lacy, Alfred Hebert and Ben Avant.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Brown reported having consulted Capt. J. C. Buchanan as to surveying the parish to establish drainage levels. The purchase of instruments by the parish and the employment of a surveyor when needed was recommended. The matter was postponed.
Messrs. Ben Avant and J. E. Primeaux were authorized to sell certain oxen, the property of the parish, to best advantage.
By motion duly made the following was adopted.
Resolved, That the evaporating system in the parish jail, known as the Peck-Hammand System, has failed to operate as represented, and contracted, and The Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Missouri, and Messrs. T. B. and W. S. Hull of Jackson, Miss., contracting agents for said company are hereby notified that until the said evaporating vault is put into successful operation, as per contract and agreement, or some other satisfactory system, shall be substituted, final payment on said contract, is and shall be withheld. The parish treasurer is hereby ordered to withhold further payment to the said Pauly Jail Building Company until further notice from this body and the secretary shall notify the above interested parties to said contract, of the action this day taken.
By motion the time for payment of the special road tax was extended until June 1st, prox.
By motion the committee on court-house painting were discharged and the work accepted.
Messrs. Billeaud and Whittington were appointed to check up the tax collectors books on the special road tax fund.
On motion of Mr. Billeaud the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out a public road thirty feet wide according to law, from and between the Valsin Broussard succession, and J. G. St. Julien and others, known as the "Old Lane" and connecting with the main public road from Broussard to St. Martinville; J. G. St. Julien, A. D. Girouard, J. O. Girouard and Anatole Monte. The said jury shall assess all damages to proprietors affected by tracing of said road and accept all donations tendered.
The bridge near Vincents' on the Abbeville road, and one, on the road leading from Carencro to Rayne, were ordered repaired.
Mr. Hebert was authorized to sell the old cistern on court-house square.
By motion Messrs. Alf. Delhomme, Jos. Dugas, Ben. Avant, Wm. Foote, O. B. Jenkins, Thos. F. Webb, Jr., O. Cade, J. B. Benoit, J. G. St. Julien, J. O. Girouard, V. E. Dupuis, J. G. Stelly, J. O. Broussard, Alex Verrot, A. D. Landry and L. G. Breaux, were appointed to stir up interest to make preparations for the Farmer's Institute to be held at Lafayette some time in July. Mr. Avant delivered a stirring address upon the importance and advantage of the Institute and earnestly urged the attendance of all interested in farming operations.
Messrs. Chas. D. Caffery and J. O. Broussard, representing the School Board, here appealed for liberal financial assistance for the public schools, especially urging the appropriation of $900, amount of excess liquor licenses. By motion the said amount was appropriated for said purpose to be paid whenever there shall be sufficient funds on hand.
By motion the Jury resolved to discuss at the next meeting the advisability of donating school Section 16, T. 9, R. 3, E., to the proposed Industrial School.
By motion $100 was appropriated for the purchase of a pair of blood hounds.
The following report of Jury of freeholders was read, duly adopted, the road declared a public highway and the sum of $10, set aside to compensate damages allowed:
State of Louisiana, parish of Lafayette - Wm. R. Foote, Middleton Morgan, Veranus Spell, Erastus Perry, Elijah Hoffpauir, Tillman Spell 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. William R. Foote, Veranus Spell, Middleton Morgan, Augustus Perry, Tillman Spell, Elijah Hoffpauir. Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 8th day of March 1899. BEN AVANT, notary public.
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 Indian Bayou, north and east to school house on road leading from Lafayette to Rayne through the lands of the following proprietors, to-wit: Howard Hoffpauir and Oatis Hoffpauir half mile thence north through lands of Jasper Spell on both sides, forty feet wide one half mile, thence east through lands of Jasper Spell and Augustus Perry, one half mile thence north through lands of Augustus Perry and Middleton Morgan, one half mile thence north through lands Veranus Spell and Tillman Spell, one fourth mile thence through the lands of Jones & Winston 3/4 mile on the west side of said road opposite the house of Tillman Spell. We expropriate the whole forty feet for a distance of two acres 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 aforesaid proprietors in writing, at least three days previous, time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors, which notices were duly served on said proprietors, did meet on the 8th day of March, 1899 at Jasper Spell the place designated in said notices, and did then and there, in presence of the following named of said proprietors to-wit: Oatis Hoffpauir, Tillman Spell, Veranus Spell, Augustus Perry, Jasper Spell, proceed to trace and lay out said public road as followsL Beginning at Indian Bayou and running through the lands of Jasper Spell and others for the distance of 2 and 3/4 mile taking a strip of twenty feet wide of the land of each one along the common boundary line, which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown us by said proprietors, and by them designated to us, by setting stakes and plowing furrows, so as to be easily visible and recognizable, and thence through the lands of Jasper Spell and others 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 cause to be made a plat 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 land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows, to-wit: To Jasper Spell, $5; Winston Jones, $5; and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed, as in our opinion the benefit of said road fully compensates the value of their land taken.
Done at the Parish of Lafayette, this 8 day of March 1899. Wm. R. Foote, Veranus Spell, Augustus Perry, Middleton Morgan, Tillman Spell, Elijah Hoffpauir.
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 reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road.
Signed and dated this 8th day of March, 1899. Howard Hoffpauir, Oatis Hoffpauir, Jasper Spell. Witnesses: Tillman Spell, Middleton Morgan.
To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., May 4, 1899.
For the justice of the peace and constables criminal fund, April 6, to amount from I. A. LeBlanc, J. P., $2.25.
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/13/1899.
The members of the council recently elected have received their commissions and will meet to-day at 4 o'clock.
Alfred Hebert who was in the employ of Mouton Bros., left this week for Eunice where he will be engaged in the store of Martin Bros.
Mr. Desire Hebert, of Lake Arthur, spent the week in Lafayette. He came here to have an operation performed upon his eyes by Dr. F. E. Girard.
C. C. Carey, the painter, has just completed the job of papering and painting Mr. Emmanuel Pellerin's new house. Its a very neat piece of work.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 13th, 1899:
What is Lafayette parish going to do about the Industrial school? Talk may be very good in its way, but unless talk be ably seconded by action, it is of no avail. Is Lafayette going to remain idle in such an emergency and allow a more energetic neighbor to snatch from it so valuable a prize? Let us be up and doing men and women of Lafayette parish, who have a just appreciation of the far reaching benefits that is implied by the location of a State Industrial school located in our midst. Practically, no price would be too high, that we might be called on to pay for so great an acquisition !
What are the conditions upon which we may secure the industrial school? First, that we shall donate not less than 25 acres of land for the building site and farm experimental purposes. Secondly, that we shall contribute a sum of money greater than any other locality competing for the school, in the third congressional district.
Question: CAN WE COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS? The answer remains with the people of Lafayette. That we are unable to meet the conditions imposed is a certainty. The means is TAXATION, of course. A special tax so light that it will be almost imperceptible, and that will be returned to the property holder tenfold by the object to be attained. TAXATION, that always unpopular topic, and yet the most ready as well as the most effective means for securing valuable public improvements. A topic that is unpopular chiefly because so little understood by the masses and the great panacea for which is to be found in popular education.
The Advertiser stands on the high ground that the common people (and by the COMMON people we mean people as a whole) are always ready to listen to reason and are always willing to apply the knowledge thus appropriated. The Advertiser has an abiding confidence in the judgment of the common people when once brought into exercise. Let this industrial school question be explained to the people in a practical and intelligent manner, and there is no doubt of it that the proposition of taxation will meet with popular approval and will receive the earnest support of the property-holders, generally.
The presence of a modern industrial school in Lafayette parish, maintained at the expense of the state, means for our boys and our girls and our young men and women, a thorough training in the arts, trades and sciences to enable them to battle successfully in life, in this most progressive of all ages; it means an education along the most approved lines and so intensely practiced as to make the man and the woman essentially independent and self-reliant; and this training and the education to be received FREE OF COST. People of Lafayette, contemplate for a single moment the significance of this for yourselves and your descendents and, in all candor, say if you can afford to throw away the grand opportunity that now offers itself to you !
New Iberia is the only serious competitor in the field for the State Industrial School, and that place, with its full quota of special taxes already to bear, must depend on private contributions and public entertainments to raise funds for this purpose. And although the public spirited citizens of Iberia are responding nobly to the call of duty in the present instance, it is easily within the range of probability that under the existing conditions Lafayette parish can outstrip New Iberia in the race. BUT WE MUST BE UP AND DOING.
Lafayette parish offers an ideal location for an industrial school in the third congressional district. The mildness of the climate and the great adaptability of the soil for diversified farming leave nothing to be desired from that standpoint, and the transportation facilities make the locality readily accessible to the other portions of the district, as well as to the state at large. And if to these is added the necessary cash bonus, the promised State Industrial School is within our grasp, beyond a doubt.
What are we, as a people, going to do about it? The proposition is a simple one, and the duty of the hour IMPERATIVE. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
The graduating exercises of the High School will take place on Friday night, May 19th, at 8 o'clock at the High School building. All of the parish teachers are requested to have the pupils selected to take part in the exercises on that occasion. The public is cordially invited to be present.
W. A. LEROSEN, Principal.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
Among the pensions to Confederate Veterans granted by the State Board at its last session in Baton Rouge on March 14th, 1899 we find the following for this parish:
Class No. 2 - Jean W. Domingue, Lafayette, Co. A., 26th, La.
Class No. 3 - George W. Campbell, Youngsville, Co. A., 26th, La.; Tiburse Dugas, Scott, Joseph Simon, Youngsville, Co. G., 18 La.; Ferdinand Trahan, Mauriceville, 18th, La.
With the (4) pensions granted previously the parish has now (9) pensioners. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
The United Confederate Veterans will give a basket pic-nic at Beausejour Park on the bayou, East of the refinery on Saturday, May 20th, 1899. All veterans, their families and the public is cordially invited.
Judge Allen, of St. Mary; Hon. Laurent Dupre, of Opelousas; Col. Gus. A. Breaux; Judge C. Debaillon and Mr. Julien Mouton will address the assemblage in French and in English. Good music will be provided.
By order of the Camp,
AMB. MOUTON, Adjt.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
Falk's Brick Yard.
We had the pleasure to accompany Mr. B. Falk to his steam brick yard, where he gives employment to about fifteen laborers. His plant which is running steadily turns out daily on an average from twenty-three to twenty-five thousands bricks which are so well known for their uniformity, soundness and building adaptability that orders are always ahead of the supply. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
By an inexplicable overlook, the name of John O. Mouton was omitted in the result of the municipal election published in our last issue. We have only to say that we regret the occurrence and that if the name of our friend did not appear in THE ADVERTISER it will surely be found on the city "pay roll." Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
At the session held by the Grand Jury last Wednesday, Mr. J. A. Delhomme was indicted for three violations of the Sunday law and was placed under a $250 bond for each violation.
A true bill was found against the Syrians who assaulted a countryman of their's and were released from jail where they had been since last Saturday on a bond of $25 each.
The charge against Louis Henri Brunet, Adolphe Poulet, and Celestine Adams was dismissed by the Grand Jury. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/13/1899.
Mr. Aurelien Primeaux boring a well on his plantation located in this parish struck water at a depth of 22 feet under the surface, and upon trying it found it be briny salt and feet lower he struck solid rock salt.
District Attorney M. T. Gordy was in Lafayette during the week.
Mr. Sam Levy, of Orange, Tex., is visiting his brother in Lafayette.
Mr. A. Deffez has taken charge of the soda fountain at the Pharmacy of Geo. Doucet.
Mr. I. Kaufman, of Meridian, Miss., has opened up a tailor shop near the S. P. depot.
Mr. Jno. Bowen is in New Orleans as a delegate in attendance upon the R. R. trainmen convention.
Contractors L. S. Broussard and Ames are building up a spacious residence for Mr. Felix Landry in the western portion of our town.
Last Thursday, Ascension's day, high mass was celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church, attended by a large number of worshipers.
Step by step Father Forge is renovating and improving the several ornaments, of his church. New confessionals, catafalque have been built and a chair will soon be.
We are requested to announce that a Farmer's Institute conducted by W. C. Stubbs, Ph. D., will be held in Lafayette during the month of July. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 13th, 1893:
Neatly Nabbed By Sheriff Broussard.
Thursday noon Sheriff Broussard received a telegram from Deputy Sheriff Johnson, of Jeanerette, requesting him to keep a lookout on the incoming evening train for a negro named Archie Noyes, who had passage for Dubuisson station, and apprehend him. As the train was coming in Sheriff Broussard stationed Henry Church near the Alexandria train with the request to watch if a negro would try to board the train, the Sheriff himself remaining on the opposite side of the main track. The train soon appeared in sight, and when near the round house, at fair speed, Henry Church noticed a negro jump from the train and start running towards the bayou, and at once cried out the fact to the Sheriff. The Sheriff and Policeman Danton Veazey immediately started in pursuit, and the steeple chase commenced. The sheriff calling several times upon the running negro to stop, not heeding the command, the Sheriff pulled out his pistol and opened fire, but this seemed to give him additional speed. And the chase continued for a while longer, Sheriff Broussard and Danton Veazey on foot. and Henry Church on horseback. The Sheriff being quite a sprinter, was rapidly cutting down the distance between himself and the runaway, and noticing field hands at work hollered to them to head off the fugitive, who just then vaulted the fence, and as he was going over caught by the leg by one of the field hands, thrown down, and the others approached with upheld hoes and surrounded him until the Sheriff came up and took him in charge. After he was arrested it was found that one of the balls had and torn off the end of his shoe near the big toe, the other struck the heel of his shoe and the third sped wild - three shots in all being fired. The negro was incarcerated in jail. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Off to the Pen.
Sheriff Broussard, leaves to-day for Baton Rouge with a batch of prisoners convicted at the last term of court, including in the number, Erwin Meaux. As these are both white and colored prisoners in the lot, Ike is likely to experience some inconvenience, inasmuch as the law forbids him to take a colored prisoner in the white compartment, and he is enjoined from the one devoted to the colored people. However there is no doubt that Ike will safely land his prisoners. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Messrs. O. H. Simpson, a popular young gentleman of this town, who read law in the office of Judge Debaillon, and Marks, Newhauser, the affable conductor on the Southern Pacific railroad, who also read law in Judge Debaillon's office, were successful before the Tulane Law School examinations, and will receive their diplomas Tuesday. We congratulate the gentleman on their success and hope their future career will be pleasant and profitable. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Francis Bacher, an old Frenchman, 50 years old, gardener at Mr. Jean Brun's place, was arrested and incarcerated Monday charged with an attempt to violate the person of a little 8-year-old colored child. The old man emphatically denies the serious charge. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Cutting at Carenro.
In returning from a ball last Sunday night when near Bayou Carencro, a dispute arose between Leonard Latiolais and Jacques receiving several cuts from a knife inflicted by Leonard. Leonard was arrested and granted bail by a justice of the peace. Later on the physicians pronounced the wounds very serious and Leonard re-arrested and is now in jail, pending the outcome of the wounds of Jacques. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Free on Bond.
Joseph Choate who has been languishing in jail for some months succeeded in finding bondsmen - Messrs. Antonie Boudreaux and Emile Broussard - who qualified in $500, and Choate is now enjoying his liberty for the time being. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Improvements at Catholic Church.
Two additional doors has been put in front of the Catholic church, thereby not only enhancing the looks, but making entrance and exit much more convenient, especially when there is a large number in attendance at the different exercises, which is very frequently the case. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Ice Wagon Needed.
One of the urgent needs of the town is an ice-wagon that will cover the town three times a day retailing ice to families. Every family cannot afford to buy in 25 or 50 pound lots, but there are a few who would not take from five to ten pounds a day, which, in the aggregate, would pay the retailer. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
The 27th of May.
The amateurs of Breaux Bridge will give a dramatic entertainment at Falk's Hall, on the 27th instant, the proceeds from which are intended for the High School fund.
With the well known dramatic experience possessed by this organization, we ought to have a fine performance.
We have not been informed of the title of the play that has been selected for the occasion but it will be a French play.
With a view or rendering all assistance needed, a number of gentlemen met in Falk's Hall Wednesday evening, and appointed the following committees:
It has been some time since our people have had a French play, and we have no doubt they will embrace this opportunity by attending in large numbers. There will be three string bands, and there will be no lack of music. A fine ball will follow the play, and this will afford an additional opportunity for pleasure. We shall have something more to say on this subject next week. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
"Ye old Folks Concert."
Some ladies and gentlemen met Thursday evening for the purpose of perfecting arrangements to present to the public, on the 1st day of June, an entertainment, unique in its features, and which will be typical of "ye olden times." While, we understand, the program is not yet fully completed, the arrangements so far made promise an entertainment that will be well worth attending, and The Gazette bespeaks for them a crowded house. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
A Hook, Ladder & Bucket Co.
Some twenty gentlemen will meet Sunday to organize a Hook, Ladder and Bucket fire company. There is a truck, axes, ladders, etc., now here which will be put into service, and the only expense necessary to be fully equipped will be the purchase of some buckets, and this will not entail much trouble. The Gazette compliments the gentlemen on their worthy move, and know they will organize a company that the town will be proud of. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Can't Cover it All.
Our local man is a pretty good hustler, but he can't cover every part of the town at one and the same time, consequently he will have to depend on the well-wishers of the paper for many items of news. If you know of anything worth printing, let him hear of it. If you hear a piece of news, put him on track of it. When you go away from home, or have friends visiting you, or you are going to a party or reception, or when your church or society contemplate any proceedings, when your son or daughter is married, when your neighbor gets a new baby, in short, any item of interest, he will be glad to know it. He intends to make his department as interesting as possible, and to accomplish it, he must in a great measure, depend upon, and ask your assistance. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Light Street Lamps Earlier.
The Gazette thinks it would meet public approbation if the street lamps were lit early in the afternoon, so that by dark all would be casting their lights. This suggestion has been called forth by the observation that at dusk seems to be the time selected by the ladies for an evening walk, and, as the exercise and enjoyment thereof is likely to be prolonged even after the mantle of darkness is thrown over Mother Earth, the light to guide safely their foot steps becomes a matter of necessity to say nothing of the convenience it affords. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/13/1893.
To-morrow, strawberry ice-cream at Georgiades.
Prof. R. C. Greig has been sojourning in New Orleans for a few days.
A wagon load of sweet potatoes of this season's growth was being retailed on the streets Tuesday.
Improvements in different parts of the town, continue, and Lafayette is marching right along abreast of the parade.
Georgiades desire to announce to the ladies of Lafayette this his ice-cream parlor is nicely arranged especially for ladies, and the most perfect decorum is at all times maintained.
Several proposed entertainments are on the tapis, which, if carried through, will enrich the exchequer of the High School fund very materially.
Miss Martha Mouton after spending some days in the Crescent city returned home Sunday, much to the gratification of her many friends.
Morgan Lodge No. 417 Brother of Rail Road Trainmen will give their annual excursion, from Washington, La., to Abbeville, on the 2nd day of July.
Emile Gerard, the young man who was so severely hurt by the cars some weeks since is in Lafayette nearly well from the wounds received.
We are pleased to note that Mr. A. C. Ordway, the talented editor of our local contemporary has returned from New Orleans, greatly benefited in health.
We want a fire company, and we want a street sprinkler. The people know they need these things, then why in the name of William Riley don't they get together and devise means to get them.
That was a very graceful act on the part of M. Jean Vigneaux in furnishing free transportation to the Black Diamonds troupe on their trip to Abbeville last Sunday. His kindness is much appreciated.
The public road between this place and Abbeville is reported to be in first-class condition, and it was noticeable that the crops, along the route, are growing beautiful and promises a bountiful harvest. Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 13th, 1893:
Hook & Ladder Co. to Organize.
The young men of our city have determined to organize a hook and ladder company, and some of them have been busy the past few days cleaning up the old truck and putting it in shape for use. They are going right ahead and organizing a company and out themselves in readiness to fight the fire fiend should he again make our town a visit. We are glad that a move at last has been made to organize a fire company, and hope that in the near future some action will be taken by our city authorities looking toward a supply of water and the purchasing a fire engine. The time is ripe to push the matter and the movement should not be allowed to "flash in the pan," as has so often been the case in Lafayette movements that have been started. Let is all determine that we will have a system that will give us ample protection, and then go to work and keep at it until the thing is an accomplished fact. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
The Breaux Bridge Road.
The Valley of the Teche calls special attention in its last issue, to the bad condition of the public road between Breaux Bridge and Lafayette. It is to be regretted that this, our only avenue of communication with that town does not receive the attention it deserves from the police juries of the two parishes interested. If the proper road facilities were furnished, Breaux Bridge could be made a valuable feeder to our town, the more since telephonic communication has been established between the two place. Even with the present drawbacks Lafayette does considerable traffic with Breaux Bridge, but for want of more inviting roads most of the trade of the later place is diverted to New Iberia. We believe that great benefit, in a business way, can be derived by us by protecting trade relations with our sister town, and we trust that our Business Men's Association will see the advisability of directing the attention of the police jury, in a special way, to the advantages to be gained by the maintenance, in good condition, of the public road connecting the parish seat with the town of Breaux Bridge. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Now Conducting Legal Matters.
Mr. Mark Neuhauser, the popular passenger conductor of the Morgan division, is now a full fledged attorney-at-law, having passed his examination at the Tulane law school, New Orleans, last week. We extend our congratulations to the new legal light and wish him success in the future commensurate with his efforts he had made in acquiring his legal knowledge. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
It would seem that the vice of using tobacco was universal enough, and the effects of that habit already sufficiently extensive, without further encouragement being given to the practice by the offer of alluring prizes such as gold watches and cash premiums to its votaries. The newspapers of this country are teeming with glaring advertisements of dealers in tobacco and vendors of cigars and cigarettes endeavoring to attract the attention of the youth of the country to the use and abuse of the weed in every form. Such a condition of things is truly deplorable, but this is the age of extremes and tobacco must hold its own in the mad race to destruction that is being run by the inhabitants of the world. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Is the Mecca of the Farmer, Possessing More Advantages Than Any Other Section in the United States.
A Soil Rich Beyond Description and the Most Genial Climate Upon the Globe, Combine in Making it a Veritable Paradise for the Farmer.
The portion of Louisiana lying between the pine hills of the north and the Gulf of Mexico on the South, the Atchafalaya River on the East and the Sabine on the west, is known and classed as Southwestern Louisiana.
The region possesses the most marvelous combination of beautiful prairies, valuable woodlands, navigable rivers and charming lakes, with one of the healthiest and most genial climates upon the globe, and a soil superlative in every element of production.
In the southeastern part of this section is the Parish of Lafayette, acknowledged by all, to be without equal in her glorious possession of land and climate.
The soil is light, loamy, mixed with sand, with a general depth of about twelve inches. The subsoil is clay which is very rich plant food. The fertile properties of the subsoil are only developed by exposure to the sun, and mixing with the surface soil. Fields in Lafayette parish which have been in cultivation for years principally in corn and cotton are as fertile as ever, and by plowing in a crop of cow peas occasionally, its richness would be made perpetual. The ground is easily worked; two small creole ponies pulling a plow easily, and one horse can cultivate it. A good field hand can cultivate forty acres of corn and 15 or 20 acres of cane.
The climate is soft and mellow, ranging from 40 to 70 degrees in winter, and from 80 to 96 in summer, rarely reaching the latter point.
The rapid evaporation from the Gulf cools the atmosphere to about 80 degrees. At this temperature it is driven over the land by the atmospheric currents becoming slightly elevated by the higher temperature of the earth. It is thus always cool and delightful in the shade, even in the warmest weather. Northern men can work on the farm all summer as safely as in Iowa.
Is about 60 inches, quite evenly distributed throughout the year. It is as pure as crystal, requiring no filtering. In summer if falls in showers of short duration, seldom interfering with continuous field labor. Far, work is not interrupted by the winter, except occasionally by excessive moisture, and then only for a short time.
Let the same care be exercised in Lafayette parish to keep the system in order as in the North, and the average health of the family will be much better than there. There is very little malaria in this parish, and that is easily managed by ordinary care.
Most any of the crops produced in any portion of the United States do well here. Irish potatoes, cabbages, onions, lettuce, beets, turnips, etc., can be produced abundantly, and of the best quality. All the above, except the Irish potatoes make excellent winter crops. The sweet potato can be grown at the rate of 100 to 200 barrels per acre. It is a good cane country and a large quantity is raised here. Fruit of all kinds, including oranges and figs grow to perfection here.
is, however, the best paying crop raised here. Its cultivation does not require highly labor and it is handled mainly by the use of improved implements. It is less subject to disease and the depredation of of insects than any other of our agricultural plants. The cost of maintaining and cultivating one hundred acres of sugar cane may be estimated as follows: Supposing the plant lasts only two years (and it often lasts three), then to maintain one hundred acres in cane, fifty acres must be planted each year, or one hundred each alternate year. If we allow five tons of cane to plant an acres, at $4.00 per ton the cost of seed-cane will be $20 per acre once in two years. For convenience, we may say seed costs $10.00 per acre each year; planting $5.00 per acre, or $2.50 each year. We have then a permanent charge against the field of $12.50 per acre, ass to this the cost of cultivation, $8.00 per acre, and the cost of harvesting and delivery to mill or station (one mile) $8.00 per acre more. This will give us a total cost of $28.50 per acre, or $2,850 for one hundred acres. The average yield should not fall below twenty-two tone per acre. It may far exceed that; but at twenty-two tone to the acre the gross income at $4.00 per ton would be $88.00, and the net income $59.50 per acre, making a total net income of $5,920. These estimates are not colored, but their correctness is proven each year. Of course the profit is more when the farmer does part or the whole of his own work. No allowance has been made in the above for teams of land.
IF YOU ARE TIRED
of farming in the cold. disagreeable climate of the North, where the time of outdoor labor is restricted to five or six months each year, come to Lafayette parish, the Garden of the South, where lands are cheap, the people kind and hospitable, and where you can work out of doors the year round. Come and view our glorious country and breathe the pure air of our health-giving climate, and you will discover that our statements are more than borne out by the facts.
HOW TO COME.
If in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois or the East came by of the Illinois Central to New Orleans and there take the Southern Pacific to Lafayette, a distance of 144 miles. For further information regarding price of lands or any information you may desire address the editor of this paper, who will gladly furnish any information desired. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Lafayette Dramatic-Educational Association.
On last Wednesday evening a number of our citizens met in Falk's opera house and organized the Lafayette Dramatic Educational Association and elected the following officers:
President, Wm. Campbell ; Secretary, Homer Mouton, Treasurer ; C. O. Mouton, Stage Manager, H. Van der Cruyssen. After a general discussion it was decided to give their first entertainment on Saturday night, May 27th, and the following committees were appointed:
General Managers. - Zepherin Doucet, J. S. Mouton, Dr. T. B. Hopkins and Alex. Delhomme, Sr.
Arrangement Committee. - E. G. Voorhies, Chairman ; R. C. Greig, Wm. Campbell, Wm. Bowen, H. Mouton, B. Falk.
Reception Committee. - H. Van der Cruyssen, Chairman ; G. Alfred Mouton, Joseph Ducote, Chas. Baudier.
Ushers. - B. Falk, A. M. Martin, R. C. Greig.
The first entertainment will consist of a French drama entitled Une Mere, presented by the Breaux Bridge Literary and Gymnastic Association, who have kindly consented to give their valuable services for the occasion.
In addition to the drama there will be vocal and instrumental solos and duets and tableaux by home talent, the entertainment to close with a grand social dance. The occasion will be rich in good music, the Breaux Bridge and Lafayette string bands both to take part, and all can feel assured that in the line of music the entertainment will be everything that could be desired.
This will be the first French drama presented in Lafayette in a long time, and it will undoubtedly call out a very large house, and the receipts will be correspondingly large. Already our people are looking forward with a great deal of pleasure to the event, and we predict it will be one of the most successful entertainments ever given in Lafayette.
We understand that it is the intention of the movers and promoters of the association to make it a permanent organization and give entertainments from time to time, in the future. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
A Pleasant Time.
On last Wednesday the scholars of the Mouton Switch School, together with their parents and friends, enjoyed a very pleasant day in the Bernard spring woods. Prof. Boudreaux, who is in charge of the school, had arranged for a picnic that day and invited all the patrons of the school, together with their friends, to participate in the festivities, and the invitation was generally accepted about 150 people attending.
Prof. Boudreaux had invited the Hon. Julien Mouton, president of the parish school board, to address the people, which he did, making an eloquent and effective plea to the parents of that community to give their children all advantages that lay within their power to acquire an education. His remarks were well received by those present, and they cannot but exert a beneficial effect on the people of that section.
An interesting programme had been arranged, consisting of songs, recitations etc., and the different numbers were rendered in a manner that reflected great credit on their teacher. This school is a very prosperous one, owing to the great interest displayed by the teacher, whose heart is in his work, and he strives at all times to create an interest among the parents in educational matters.
The day proved a most enjoyable one to all present, and will help the cause of education by creating an interest in the school among the people.
There are 32 scholars enrolled in the school; with a daily average attendance of 25, which is a fine showing for this season of the year. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
An Improved Road Scraper.
There is now on exhibition at Mr. Gustave Lacoste's an improved road scraper, patented by Mr. Paul Blanchard, of Arnaudville, this state, which is a great improvement over any other scraper on the market. The ordinary size of the scraper is four or five feet wide and weighs about 130 pounds. The scraping part is of iron about a foot wide. It is drawn like a cutaway harrow, and two horses easily draw it. It is very easily handled and operated, and will undoubtedly become a very popular machine. If you are in need of anything of the kind go and examine it at Mr. Lacoste's.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
On What Must Our Future Growth Depend?
If Lafayette is to grow and become a city of any size or importance, to what must we look to foster and encourage such growth?
Lafayette of the present is as large as the surrounding agricultural country will support. The area that is supplied by Lafayette is very small. Scott, Carencro, Royville, Broussardville and Cade are all points of supply for the farmers of this parish. It is therefore safe to say that we cannot look to the agricultural interests to continue in any large degree to the future growth of our city.
The next factor to be considered is that of manufacturing or industrial enterprises. What inducements can Lafayette offer to manufactories to locate here? Can we offer cheap fuel and good and cheap shipping facilities. We are compelled to answer no to both questions. In neither of these respects can Lafayette offer advantages equal to those possessed by some of our neighboring towns, who have the advantage of water transportation, which gives them much lower freight rates than we can possibly secure. It is true we could give them free building sites, but that alone wound not be sufficient to induce factories to locate here. It will therefore be seen that there is not much prospect of Lafayette with her present railroad facilities, becoming much a manufacturing town. We will probably get a central sugar refinery but aside from we do not see the likelihood of any other industrial enterprise being established here.
To what then must we look for the future growth and prosperity of our town? There is one channel through which our town could be pushed ahead and become known all over the South, and that channel is Education. Lafayette owing to its location should be made an educational center for Southwestern Louisiana, and it could be made such by a properly directed effort.
Another thing, with our climate no more delightful spot could be found for winter homes by the people of the north, and if our educational facilities were placed on a high plane many families could be induced to move to Lafayette and build winter homes here. But we must state frankly that we see no other prospect for Lafayette to become any more than it is at present, except by making it an educational center and building up first-class schools and colleges here.
Of course if we should get a north and south railroad, thus giving us lower freight rates through competition, it would change the entire outlook and Lafayette would then stand some chance of becoming a manufacturing point of some importance. But until we get such a road it will be of very little use to try to induce industrial enterprises to locate here, because with existing freight rates they could not afford to do so. Let us therefore devote our entire energies toward the establishment and building of educational institutions in our town.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Public School Matters.
It is very gratifying to the friends of education to see the great interest that is being manifested in Lafayette regarding our new public school. All our people seem determined to contribute their mite toward helping along the good work. Two entertainments have already been given this year for the benefit of the school fund, both of which were accorded a hearty support by our people, and netted nice sums for the school fund. The interest shown is not only gratifying but encouraging as well, to those gentlemen and public spirited citizens who have worked so long and earnestly, meeting and overcoming many obstacles in their endeavor to arouse our people to a realizing sense of the need of better educational facilities than our town afforded. Messrs. Julien Mouton, E. G. Voorhies, C. O. Mouton and John Hahn have worked faithfully for the cause, and to their noble efforts will be due a large share of the praise for the ultimate success of the movement.
Several entertainments are promised for the near future, the first one, to be given on Saturday May 27th, under the auspices of the recently organized Dramatic-Educational Association, will consist of a French drama entitled Une Mere besides songs, tableaux, etc., and will undoubtedly prove a great success.
The ladies of our city, under the able direction of Mesdames T. M. Biossat, N. P. Moss and Wm. Kelly, are hard at work preparing the programme for an entertainment which will be given in the early part of June. It will consist of an "old folks concert," songs, character dances, etc., and will prove both novel and interesting to the people.
Thus the good work goes on, and each entertainment brings our cherished dream of a graded school nearer realization. It now seems almost certain that it will be possible to open school in the new building this fall. We must not let the interest diminish, however, for there is yet a great deal of money needed to fit up the building with the necessary seats, charts, maps, blackboards, etc., but with the earnest determination manifested by our entire people, there will be no trouble in securing the required amount necessary to supply the school with modern conveniences.
Our people have been slow to move in the matter, but now that they have taken hold of it in earnest, the success of the school is assured. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Arrested Near Depot.
Last Thursday there was quite an excitement around the depot for a little while, upon the arrival of the afternoon train from New Orleans. Sheriff Broussard had received a dispatch from Jeanerette to arrest a negro on the train, by the name of Noyas Archez, who had a ticket for Duson. The sheriff in company with Marshal Veazey met the train and boarded it in search of the negro. The negro became alarmed and jumped from the train before it stopped and attempted to escape. He could not have known Isaac very well or he would have known how futile would be his attempt. Sheriff Broussard and Marshal Veazey immediately started in pursuit, but he proved very fleet of foot, and the Sheriff after calling him to stop, was compelled to fire at him. The negro was 300 yards in advance when he fired, but notwithstanding the distance his aim was true and he struck the negro in the heel, which brought him to a sudden stop, when the Sheriff arrested him and placed him in jail. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 8, 1893. - The Council met to-day with the following members present to-wit: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; I. E. Martin, Gustave Lacoste, Felix Demanade, Numa Schayot, L. F. Rigues, James Hannen. Absent: Alfred Hebert.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
The street committee reported that according to resolution, they had purchased 50 lamps and that same had been distributed within the limits of the corporation, and that they had contracted with Widow Guidry for lighting same at $30 per month.
Resolved, That the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Co. be and is hereby authorized to put their posts within the limits of the town, provided the same be put up without obstructing public highways.
Resolved, That a committee of three, to-wit: F. Demanade, Gus Lacoste and L. F. Rigues be and are hereby appointed to confer with the Business Men's Association of Lafayette at its next regular meeting regarding the question of organizing a company for protection against fire.
Resolved, That the following accounts be paid:
On motion the council adjourned to Friday, May 12th, for the purpose of a general settlement with the Finance Committee for the past two years.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/13/1893.
Many of our citizens are availing themselves of the convenience acquired by the recent connection by telephone of Lafayette with her sister towns.
Dr. Sword, our new dentist will leave about Sunday, to be absent about one month. He will close out his business at his former place and when he returns he will come to remain permanently.
Lafayette will enjoy the presence of two distinguished visitors during the first week in June, in the persons of Archbishop Janssens of the Catholic church, and Bishop Sessums of the Episcopal church, both of New Orleans.
News has reached his relatives of the bad accident that has befallen Don Greig, son of our estimable friends Judge Sidney Greig, last Saturday, at Gibson, La., where the young man is attending college. He fell from a tree at a height of about 20 feet and as a result there was dislocation of the right wrist.
Mr. Emile Gerard, who recently met with a severe accident while switching in the railroad yard at this place, is out again. He luckily escaped with only the loss of two fingers, although it was feared for some time that it would be necessary to amputate in order to save his life, but his youth and strong constitution pulled him through with the only loss above mentioned.
The Board of Directors of the Business Men's Association held a meeting in the directors room of the Peoples State Bank last night.
It has been decided to hold "ye old folks singing school" on Thursday, June 1st. There is a rich treat in store for our people as the programme as arranged by the ladies embraces many pleasing novelties. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 13th, 1882:
Last Monday night, near Breaux Bridge, one Joseph Jenkins shot and killed his brother-in-law Raphael Castille. It is said that Jenkins was lying in wait to shoot one Mathieu, whom he had forbidden to enter his premises, and the unfortunate and irreparable mistake of shooting somebody else. Jenkins was arrested and incarcerated in the parish jail at St. Martins. The deceased was a peaceable and worthy citizen and the community very naturally condemn the act.
Our informant states that although the killing took place early on Monday night, no attempt was made to arrest the slayer until Wednesday. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1882.
Last Saturday night Sheriff Mouton and deputy Wm. Campbell came to (unreadable words) an escaped convict, who had (unreadable words) place of Mr. Orther C. Mouton in this parish and repaired to the jail about midnight to be relieved of their captive ; much to their surprise they found plenty of room for him, inasmuch as three individuals who were counted among the inmates at sun set, were then "walking to and fro in the earth" and their exit evidently had not been by the door. These individuals were the three negroes from St. Landry, recently lodged in jail by deputy sheriff Hayes of that parish ; they had been placed in the upper room, as the lower and stronger department was tolerably well filled, and though their place of confinement had been repeatedly condemned as unfit of the safe keeping of prisoners, it was thought that as the charge against these men was only the minor offence of larceny, they would make no strenuous effort to release themselves. But they did ; they took the brick away and slipped one of the iron bars across the window out of its place, and now "the place that once knew them, knows them no more," or something to that effect. Ineffectual efforts were made to capture them.
It seems superfluous to add that our Police Jury intend at a very early day to put the jail in a first class condition. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1882.
By order of the District Judge Court was not opened until Wednesday morning, at which time motion of the District Attorney a number of cases within the scope of the Special Jury act were fixed for subsequent days. On Thursday morning several informations charging minor offenses were filed, and parties arraigned. The District Attorney moved, and it was ordered by the Court, that a noile prosequi be entered in the cases of the State vs. Simeon Bergeron et als., for assault and battery, and J. Ed. Mouton for neglect of duty as road overseer. The case of State vs. Plade, for larceny, was tried and a verdict of guilty returned. Alexander Linton, Jos. Narcisse, Zephirin Figaro and Rowey Bower plead guilty of carrying concealed weapons ; Core Vincent, Thomas Riddo and Baptiste Andrus plead guilty to the charge of assault and battery. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1882.
From a reliable informant we learn that up to Wednesday evening last, there had been eighteen cases of small pox on Olidon Thibodeaux's plantation, one and half miles east of Breaux Bridge, in St. Martin parish. There had been three deaths, all white. Free precautionay measures taken by the citizens of Breaux Bridge, it is thought the scourge will be confined to the infected locality. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1882.
First Through Train on Morgan Line.
The first through train over the Morgan road since the flood came up last Monday, since which time the local train has been running regularly. The repair of the damage done by the flood to the road bed, sufficient to permit the running of trains was accomplished much sooner than was anticipated, and the reports current as to the extent of such damage were in no way exaggerated. Freight trains will begin to run on Monday. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1882.
The Day of Wind and Dust.
Last Sunday may very appropriately be referred to in the future has the day of wind and dust. The "oldest inhabitant" surely cannot bring to mind anything like it. The wind blew strong and steady and, for two hours or more, threatened to do some damage ; it appeared to scoop the dust from the streets, and after reaching the proper elevation, carry it forward with a rush. A damper, however, was put upon this uncomfortable state of affairs in the afternoon by the much needed rain, - which was everywhere considered a genuine blessing, for the suppression of dust as well as the good to crops and gardens. In this connection it may not be amiss to say that crops in this parish were never more promising, and are considered everywhere well advanced. The cool mornings and nights of the past few weeks retarded, and in some cases were injurious to the growth of cotton, but these are inseparable from the season. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1882.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/13/1882.
The weather for the fair, commencing to-day, is propitious and we have no doubt the attendance will be satisfactory.
The fishing party and pic-nic season is now fairly opened. Get your lines ready and dig your wo-worms.
We were pleased to receive a few days since an invitation to attend the "Seventh Annual Debate" of the Hamilton and Platonic literary societies of Culleoka Institute at Culleoka, Tenn., which will take place on the 18th inst. We notice among the names of the speakers that of Crow Girard, son of M. E. Girard, Esq., to whom no doubt we are indebted for the bid.
Mr. Leo Doucet, son of our merchant Mr. Z. Doucet, was at home during the first part of the week on a short visit and we are constrained to say his looks did not bear his complaint of having been lately sick. Leo has been for a considerable time engaged in merchandising near Jeanerette, but business lately was much interrupted by the flood. The store stood in water six and a half feet deep.
The Assessor's office will be open at the Court House until next Wednesday evening for the purpose of assessing property in the 3d ward.
Dr. E. M. Millard, of St. Landry, died at his home near Grand Coteau last Monday. The deceased was a physician of high standing in his profession and was gifted with an intellect above mediocrity.
Thomas Duffy, the slayer of Jack Farrell, has been taken to Abbeville and lodged in the new jail of that place for safe keeping. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1882.
OPPOSED TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WHEN SANCTIONED BY LAW.
The most uncalled for and atrocious murder committed in this city on Sunday, in which a woman, for no plausible pretext whatever, was wantonly and brutally slaughtered, will give several hundreds more of those citizens who are opposed to the judicial punishment of murders of murderers an opportunity to express themselves.
In the efforts to get a jury to try a murder case, a week or so ago, more than one-half the panel summoned for jury duty was found conscientiously opposed to dealing out due punishment to bloody criminals. It would be interesting to know how many citizens who refuse to execute judicial punishment upon murderers believe in lynch law. - New Orleans Picayune.
In the foregoing editorial the Picayune briefly explains the cause why the courts frequently fail to punish criminals. There are men who are conscientiously opposed to the inflictions of death as a punishment for crime. They are few and far between. They are tender-hearted fellows who are bubbling over with sympathy for all -- good and bad. The spilling of a chicken's blood throws them into hysterics and if they are to consign a red-handed murderer to the gallows they would be haunted by unpleasant dreams the balance of their natural lives. These fellows are honest. But there is a much greater number of men who swear that they are opposed to capital punishment merely because they want to shirk jury duty. These men are enemies of society. Perhaps unwittingly, but they no doubt encourage crime. They have been responsible for many crimes of murder, rape and arson. They reason with themselves that the victim was nothing to them and they will not sacrifice their business interests and their home comfort to punish the criminal. What is it to these fellows if every murderer goes Scott free. provided they are not made to perform the disagreeable duty of serving on a jury? They are generally the loudest in their denunciations of the courts and the first to advocate lynch law. They swear that they have scruples against hanging or shirk their duty by some other dodge, but they will not hesitate to join a mob to execute some un-convicted fellow with or without proof of his guilt.
New Orleans is particularly unfortunate in the possession of a large number of citizens who pretend to be opposed to capital punishment. This fact was clearly shown at the trial of the Italians. who had assassinated Chief Hennessy. The State attorney encountered a great deal of trouble in the selection of a jury. Hundreds of citizens, many of whom are prominent residents of the city, seemed to have suddenly realized the fact that their conscience would not allow them to hang the slayers of Hennessy. After several days of hard work a jury was secured. All are familiar with the verdict and its results. It is pretty safe to say that many of those who, two days before had taken an oath that they were opposed to the death penalty, participated in the work of the mob and helped to do by unlawful means that which they refused to do through legal methods.
Lafayette Gazette 5/13/1899.