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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 14th, 1912:

MISSISSIPPI FLOODING.

Southern Pacific Relief.

New Orleans, May 11. - In order to co-operate with the Federal engineers to the relief work among the people of the Atchafalaya Basin, the Southern Pacific lines have placed all the available boats of the company of the Teche trade in rescue service, and hundreds of the inhabitants of the flooded districts in the Atchafalaya swamps are being transported to Morgan City and Berwick, where sustenance is furnished by the government. The live stock, poultry, etc., belonging to the flood sufferers, are being transported by the flood sufferers, are being transported by the Southern Pacific to Belle Isle.

 In addition to the boat service, relief trains have been operated on the Baton Rouge Branch, bringing the refugees, their household effects, live stock, etc., to Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville. Quite a number of cars of provisions have been handled gratis to the various points where people were left homeless by the high water, are being cared for.

 Notwithstanding the fact that the facilities of the Southern Pacific are being heavily taxed, on account of practically all lines having direct Western connection out of New Orleans being temporarily out of business, due to the high waters, this relief work is being given special attention. 

Lafayette Advertiser 5/14/1912.  






 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 14th, 1898:


BLOODY TRAGEDY.

 A bloody tragedy which (unreadable words) for one of the participants in being deprived of his eye-sight, for the other being thrown in jail; also plunging in sorrow and despair a wife and three children, occurred last Sunday night in the North-West section of our town.

 About midnight four shots fired in rapid succession rang loudly into the air. Marshal Veasey and one of his deputies heard the reports and in less than ten minutes they were on the scene of the shooting which had been done near a notorious house kept by a woman named Sallie Davis.

 There on the ground not far from the house laid a prostrate form which was recognized to be Frank Printz, the machinist who supervised the erection of the water works and electric light plant. Two loads No. 5., from a gun in the hands of a young man named Ignatius Weigle, did the ugly work.

 Drs. Tolson and Martin were summoned at once and after having dressed the wound pronounced it very serious. The physicians directed that the wounded man be sent to New Orleans, and Sheriff Broussard left on the early morning train with him. The wound caused total blindness in both eyes.

 His wife and three children live in New Orleans.

 Of the wounded man, we will not say anything; what he soweth he has reapeth.

 Of the young man who handled the murdering weapon the Court will decide his fate.

 But is no one responsible for such tragedy? Lafayette Advertiser 5/14/1898.



Destroyed by Fire.

 Last Friday night the brick kiln belonging to Messrs. Falk and Guchereau was completely destroyed by fire. The losses are valued from $400 to $500. Immediately steps were taken to build a new one and the managers inform the public that no delay will be caused in their business and that they are prepared now as in the past to sell bricks at $8.00 per thousand. Lafayette Advertiser 5/14/1898.

MAY 28th. and 29th.

 Concerts to be given to Raise Funds for Fire Alarm System.

 The concert to be given on Saturday May the 28th and the matinee on Sunday the 29th by Miss Richard and pupils assisted by local talent promises to be the hit of the season. Not only will a grand success be scored artistically but we do hope that the financial side will not be overlooked, as the proceeds of both Concert and matinee are to form a nucleus to provide Lafayette with fire alarms; consequently it behooves every citizen to be present and help to start this fund. Excuses of continuous money demands must not even be heard as every one realizes that in case of fire time is salvation and we never expect the fire department to respond quickly on the very spot unless there is an efficient system of fire alarms.

 This is a cause that affects every body ans we therefor sincerely hope that Falk's Opera House on Saturday night and at the matinee on Sunday will be filled to overflowing. Lafayette Advertiser 5/14/1898.


 Arrested in Lafayette.

 Last Saturday night Sheriff Broussard accompanied by deputy sheriff Anderson, of New Iberia, arrested in our town a negro named Lewis Linden. This latter one was wanted in New Iberia for rape committed upon two young girls aged respectively 12 and 14 years, both orphans, living with their uncle in New Iberia, to enable them to attend school. Signs of pregnancy appearing, suspicion was awakened and the truth followed in a very short (unreadable words) that Linden (unreadable words)  with the two (rest of article unreadable). Lafayette Advertiser 5/14/1898.



Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/14/1898.

 The bicycle race between A. Sprole and R. Broussard was won by the former, a fall having happened to the latter one.

 On last Sunday morning a negro named Lewis Linden, a brute, was lynched near New Iberia. Two little white girls aged 14 and 12 years had been the object of his lust.

 Base ball game between Lafayette and Jeanerette was won by Lafayette. Score 16 to 9. Lafayette Advertiser 5/14/1898. 

   







     













From the Lafayette Gazette of May 14th, 1898:



SHOT IN THE FACE.


 Frank Printz Seriously Wounded In a Difficulty with Ignatious Weiggle.

 Last Sunday near the hour of midnight in the tenderloin district of Lafayette a shooting affray took place which almost resulted in the death of one of its participants. The wounded man is Frank Printz, the tall and portly machinist who supervised the construction of the waterworks and electric light plant for the Consolidated Engineering Company. Two loads of No. 5 shot fired rom a gun in the hands of a young man, named Ignatious Weiggle, inflicted the wound.

 A short while after 12 o'clock Marshal Veazey and one of his deputies, Henry Hebert, heard the report of two shots fired in quick succession. They hurriedly rode to where they believed the shots had been fired, and in less than two minutes they were by the side of Frank Printz, who was lying on the ground in front of Sallie Davis' house of ill-fame. The giant form of the wounded man lay up on the earth. His face was covered with blood and an ugly wound was bleeding profusely. In his right hand he held a pistol. When the officers arrived on the scene there was no one around. The officers washed his wound with cool water and after having relieved him, they summoned medical help. Drs. Martin and Tolson were with the wounded man shortly after and they dressed his wound. It was ascertained that one of the loads had taken lodgement in the man's face, causing total blindness in both eyes. Though in a pitiable condition Printz stood it with an unusual display of nerve. He did not have much to say. Upon the advice of the physicians he was taken to New Orleans for treatment. Sheriff Broussard left with him on the 2 o'clock train for that city.

 It appears that the trouble between the two men began in the notorious house kept by the woman Sallie Davis, and it is presumed that the cause of it was the way one of the inmates disposed of her affections. After the exchange of some words, a difficulty followed in which blows were struck. It is said that Weiggle threatened to strike Printz with a chair and struck his antagonist with his fist. After this encounter it seems that both men went to town, but unfortunately returned to the house armed for a fight. Weiggle tried to borrow a pistol, but failing in this, procured a shotgun and returned to the house, where, meeting Printz, he fired both shots at him with the above results.

 Printz and Weiggle have made contradictory statements. Weiggle claims that Printz fired one shot at him when the trouble began and another shot when he (Weiggle) returned with the shotgun. Weiggle claims that he was on the porch of the house and he fired while Printz was advancing toward him. Printz, on the other hand, claims that Weiggle was lying in wait and was hiding when he did the shooting.

 Printz disclaims any knowledge of having fired his pistol, but when examined two chambers were found to contain empty cartridges which appeared to have been recently fired. A well-sharpened butcher knife and several cartridges were found on his person. Both men are said to have drank heavily before the shooting.

 From all appearances both men were expecting trouble of a serious character and did not seem anxious to avoid it.

 Printz has been in the employ of the Consolidated Engineering Company as a head mechanic. He has an invalid wife and three children in New Orleans. He is at the hospital in that city. He is reported as being totally blind.

 Weiggle is a young man, about 21 years old. He is the son of Jacob Weiggle a well-known railroad man.

Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.






Negro Hung. - The negro, Lewis Lindow, who was arrested last Saturday by Sheriff Broussard and Deputy Sheriff Henderson and taken to New Iberia where he was wanted for the commission of a dastardly crime, has been hung by a mob of citizens. Lewis' crime is of a most horrible character, the details of which can not be told in print. Suffice to say that he was given his just deserts and that his summary execution ought to have a wholesome effect upon other lustful brutes who may be inclined to follow his example. 
Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.








Blown from the Inside.

 A special from Jennings, dated May 11, says:  "The Agnes T. Parks, a fifty-four foot tug employed in carrying mail and passengers between Mermentau and Shell Beach, Lake Arthur and Lowry, was badly damaged and sunk at the Lake Arthur wharf at 7:45 o'clock last night, just after the landing had been made. The explosion was caused from gunpowder, of which six twenty-five pound cans were carried on the boat. The boat sank in eight minutes after the accident, but the water is only six feet deep at the wharf and she can be raised and repaired. Capt. Jack Marion was badly hurt by the explosion, and there are doubts of his recovery. It is supposed that the explosion was caused the powder having been placed too close to the boiler and the heat must have ignited it. The boat was worth $1,000, and it will cost half that sum to repair her. There were six or eight passengers on the boar, but none of them were injured." Misses Louise and Lucille Revillon were among the passengers, but fortunately escaped without sustaining the slightest injury. Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.


 Entertainment Not Successful.

 From a financial point of view the entertainment and ball given by the Hook and Ladder Company last Sunday has not been a success. Only a small sum more than the expenses was realized. The entertainments given for the benefit of the other fire companies had been so successful that it was hoped the Hook and Ladder boys would not have been less fortunate than their confreres. Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/14/1898.

 

Ladies' Club.

 Thursday, May 12, being the first monthly meeting of the Ladies' Club, a business meeting was held at the residence of Miss Adele Young.

 After reports from different committees, and other similar business was dispensed with, the questions for discussion were taken up and a lively interest manifested.

 Gladstone, England's "Grand Old Man," was one of the subjects chosen, and the life of this great diplomat proved a very interesting subject. The other subject was the United States navy. This also was great beneficial and the ladies of the Club feel now as if they know as much of the navy as the sterner sex do. Evangeline had been chosen for study and much of Longfellow's beauty and purity of thought was brought out by careful study of this book. Miss Clye Mudd read an able paper on the life of our great American poet.

 Cooling refreshments were very much enjoyed after so much mental work, and after partaking of the delightful beverages which had been prepared by the hostess, each lady left, feeling that she was much improved and instructed by the Club's literary afternoon. Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.




DIXIES WIN FIRST GAME.
Pilette Boys Try Hard, But are Out-Classed.

 The base ball contest on last Sunday afternoon was not a satisfactory exhibition of the national game. The Lafayette team in particular showed a woeful lack of practice making errors galore, while the major part of the batting was done by two men. The fielding of both sides was generally of a yellowish tinge; the long running catch of Meaux in right field being about the only feat in the field worthy of mention. The Dixies, however, showed evidences of a latent strength which practice will sharply develop; hence they should not be discouraged by their poor showing on Sunday last. The team is very fast on the base lines and only lack of practice caused the mistakes at bat and in the field. For absolutely no preliminary work, no equipment, and no knowledge of each others playing, the general impression was that Lafayette did fairly well. Labbe of Pilette was very wild, striking a number of the Dixies repeatedly, nearly incapicitating Pitcher Matthews by a sever blow on his pitching arm. For Lafayette Nickerson at second did the best work in the field while Mudd carried off the batting-honors for his side. For Pilette Capt. Broussard's 1st base playing was a feature and T. Comeaux's batting was very good. Mr. L. P. Walker umpired the game, and barring one or two excusable mistakes, gave entire satisfaction, being particularly accurate on balls and strikes. Following is the score by inning.






Batteries for Lafayette - Mathews and Gonzales. Pilette - Labbe and Comeaux. Hits: Lafayette 13,  Pilette 9; struck out by Mathews 15, by Labbe 5. Home runs: Matthews 2, Mouton 1, Comeaux 1; three base hits, Mudd 2.
Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.




School Picnic. - Prof. Charles Boudreaux gave a picnic to his pupils at Valery Boudreaux's springs last Thursday. A large number of people were in attendance. The children, as well as the grown folks, had a pleasant time. Messrs. E. G. Voorhies and Julian Mouton, who were present, delivered short but appropriated addresses on educational subjects. Prof. Boudreaux has a well attended school near Scott, and is doing some good work for which he deserves much credit.
Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.





The Contest.

The election contest has not been tried as it was anticipated by some of our citizens. It had been fixed for trial before Judge Voorhies of New Iberia for last Monday, but owing to unavoidable and unforeseen causes it did not come off as expected. Judge Voorhies' court was about to adjourn and there was not enough time of the term left to try the case; hence its further postponement. The lawyers representing both sides of the question went to New Iberia, and returned the next day. Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.





City Council Proceedings.
  May 2, 1898.

 The Council met this evening in regular session. Failing to have a quorum the mayor adjourned to Thursday morning at 10 o'clock.
           C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor,
  F. STERLING MUDD, Secretary.


  May 5, 1898.
 Pursuant to adjournment the Council met this day with the following members present: Mayor Caffery; Councilmen Hopkins, Hahn, Martin, Landry, Davidson and Mouton. Absent: Bru.

 The secretary being absent J. J. Davidson was elected secretary pro tem.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and left open for errors to be corrected by the secretary.

 The secretary of the waterworks was instructed to purchase: 1 injector No. 8, 1 filter, 1 vise, 1 24-inch wrench, 2 check valves.

 The action of the mayor in issuing warrant to pay freight on coal was approved.

 Moved by Mr. Hahn and carried that employees of the plant be paid on the first of each month. Warrants be issued for same on approval of warrants for salaries of the Waterworks and Electric Light Company.

 Dr. Hopkins made an application for an appropriation of $250 for the High School. Following by Mr. Hahn that the application of Dr. Hopkins be accepted:

 Owing to the want of funds the Council is unable to make the appropriation.

 Moved and seconded that all charges for lights and water shall be due and payable on the last day of each month and the secretary of the plant at some central point in the town to be selected by him and the secretary is required and instructed to cut out without delay the water and light of all who fail to make prompt payment on the date as fixed. Adopted.

 The following accounts were approved:







 Collector McFaddin submitted the following report







Treasurer Clegg made the following report:




Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.





Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., May 5, 1898. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:  C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, M. Billeaud, Jr., J. E. Primeaux, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacy and Alfred Hebert. Absent:  R. C. Landry.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and corrected as follows:  Resolution of Mr. Billeaud appointing road committee for the 5th ward, was amended so as to read:

 "To solicit upon and accept roads, where petitioned for and deemed necessary by the committee."

 Name of Adam F. Hoffpauir subscribed for Jasper Spell in approved account. The minutes were then approved.

 Mr. Avant presented a report, giving the result of the committee's investigation relative to the boundary line between Lafayette and Acadia parishes. The committee reports finding no data as to boundary line, save those which appear upon State maps, and recommends the establishment of a certain fixed boundary following section lines. The report was read and accepted and copy of same ordered transmitted to the State Legislature for action.

 The committee appointed to advertise for bids to insert additional file cases in the clerk's office reported the proposition of the St. Louis Metal Art Company for $645 payable next December. By motion the proposition was rejected and the committee discharged.

 The account of A. Baldwin & Co., for certain weights and measures furnished Inspector F. Estilette, was rejected.

 Messrs. Whittington and Avant reported the completion of the Whittington bridge, and, by motion, President C. C. Brown, was authorized to accept the sale of a certain strip of land, on which said bridge stands.

 Mr. Lacy was authorized to buy lumber for the repair of certain bridges.

 A petition  from the citizens of the second ward complaining of the action of Paschal Moulezon of Acadia, in damming the waters of Bayou Queue Tortue, was read and Messrs H. Wagner, Sol. Morgan and Silas Hoffpauir were appointed to investigate and report on said complaint.

 The Jury resolved to pay the amount due the School Board, out of any funds available at as early date as possible.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:

 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:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. C. BROWN, president pro tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.



 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/14/1898.

 Miss Claire Labbe, of Duchamp, is visiting the family of Mr. Jules Mouton.

 Dr. J. D. Trahan returned last Sunday from New Orleans, where he attended a meeting of the State Board of Medical Examiners.

 Last Saturday at about noon a fire broke out in John Rand's house, destroying all the roof before it could be put out. The firemen did excellent work, and, in saving the house from total destruction, did what at first seemed impossible.

 Through the efforts of Pierre Gerac quite a handsome amount was subscribed by citizens of the town and donated to John Rand, whose house was partially destroyed by fire last Saturday.

 Henry Bendel, formerly of this town, but now a resident of New York, has been in Lafayette on a visit to relatives.

 Jeter Stokes and Harry Durke wiped the earth with the sporting fraternity from Abbeville at Lake Simonet last Saturday. They carried the honors in four races.





lagniappe:
Roosey's Riders.



Roosey's Riders, or Teddy's Terrors, or Roosey's Rough Riders, as Mr. Roosevelt's regiment of cowboys has been humorously designated, will form a very picturesque aggregation. Sturdy cowboys from the plains of New Mexico will ride side by side with swell members of New York's Four Hundred. Hamilton Fish, Jr., a noted polo player and a great society leader, has enlisted and will go to Cuba with the cowboys. Young men from the aristocratic clubs of Gotham and students from the leading Eastern colleges will mingle on an equal footing with the hardy sons of the Western plains. The social favorite who has spent the best part of his life with the exclusive set of New York and the rugged cowboy, whose companions have been a mustang and a six shooter, will follow the same leader and will live or die together.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 5/14/1898.



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