From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 17th, 1902:
The Report of the Industrial Institute.
The Advertiser has received the first report of the Southwestern Industrial Institute issued by Pres. E. L. Stephens. The report contains among other articles, a description of the buildings and equipments of the school, an account of the bond issue, the treasurer's report, appropriations by the General Assembly for the school, and an outline of the first year's work. The report states that the enrollment for the year was 95 boys and 50 girls, making a total of 145; that 8 teachers have instructed these students in English, French, Latin, History, Mathematics, Science, Singing, Drawing, Gymnastics, Manual Training in the workshops, Stenography, Book-keeping, Sewing, Cooking and Domestic Science. The expenses for salaries of teachers amounted to $6,274.20. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1902.
School and Water Tax.
The Advertiser regrets to state that more than likely the tax recently voted for the purpose of building a high school, extending, water works, etc. will have to be annulled owing to the fact that the present holders of water works bonds refuse to accept the bonds just authorized, as they object to the conditions under which they were voted. It is very unfortunate that this has occurred, but when a town or community is earnestly in favor of public improvements it isn't very difficult to remedy such a mishap, and we trust that the people will not hesitate to try it again. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/17/1902.
The Century Club reached the century mark this week. The membership is now 100, and still they come.
First communion services will be held at the Catholic church on Thursday, May 22.
In the races at Lake Charles last Saturday Dr. F. E. Girard's horses gave a good account of themselves, coming out victorious in several races.
The local brotherhood of railroad trainmen will give their annual ball at Falk's Opera House, May 22. Remember the date.
All the members of the Sontag Military Band and the Century Club nines are requested to meet at the Masonic Lodge at 2 o'clock sharp Sunday afternoon, from which place they will march to the base ball grounds preceded by the band. The Century boys will be dressed in red and the band boys in white.
Ice cream and cake will be served by the young people of the Methodist church on the lawn at the Masonic Hall Tuesday night. Come out and have a good time.
After the Base-Ball game at the Surrey Park, Sunday, (to-morrow between the Century Club and nine and the Sontag Military Band nine,) there will be a promenade concert given at Parkerson's grove. During the concert refreshments will be sold.
The closing exercises of the Lafayette High School will take place on Friday night, May 30, at Falk's Opera House.
Te regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the People's Cotton Oil Co. will be held Tuesday, June 3rd, at 3 p. m. at office.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1902.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 17th, 1902:
AT THE CONVENT.
|Pictured above Mt. Carmel School for Girls; it is now property of First Baptist Church of Lafayette.|
Fair and Theatrical Entertainment Largely Attended.
The entertainment given last Thursday evening by the pupils of Mt. Carmel Convent under the direction of the sisters, assisted by the ladies of the town, was very liberally patronized as it deserved to be. The entertainment was thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience. The pupils played their respective parts splendidly, showing the good training they received at the hands of the Mt. Carmel nuns. The various refreshment tables, in charge of the ladies of the town, did a big business, as was shown by the receipts which reached quite a large amount. The Sontag Military Band, which is always ready to help a worthy cause, contributed very much to the success of the fair. The following is the program of the theatrical entertainment:
Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
Biennial Report of Industrial Institute to La. Governor.
We have been presented with a copy of President Stephens' biennial report of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. The report which is addressed to the governor of the State, makes a splendid showing. Beginning with an enrollment of 100 students it has increased the number to 145-50 girls and 95 boys. The first year's work having been very satisfactory, there is reason to believe that the attendance will be greatly increased at the beginning of the second session. Appended to the report of the president is the statement of the treasurer, Mr. Crow Girard, showing the receipts and disbursements of the Institute. Under the head of "The Industrial Institute in the Life of the Community," President Stephens well says:
"No report concerning the Institute's first work would be adequate that did not not take into special account its interest and influence in the community and section in which it is located. The people of the town and parish of Lafayette and of Southwestern Louisiana have shown themselves solidly united upon the question of education and in their determination to decrease the percentage of illiteracy and set up high standards of learning, of art, of industry of conduct. They are rapidly becoming aware that the hitherto unsuspected resources of their soil are the richest known in the world, and they are keenly perceptive that the younger generations must be intellectually active and bravely industrious, in order to hold, develop, and deserve this rich heritage. Possessed with this idea they look to the schools. The people of Lafayette, town and parish, have the distinction of having given the greatest local support to the establishment of a State institution of learning that has ever been given in this section of the country; their self-imposed tax for ten years of two mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation of their property, besides very large and generous private donations, including the site of twenty-five acres given by a private individual. And the example of these acts has led to the other very important movements in the same direction, both here and in the neighboring parishes. The existence of the Industrial Institute at this point sets up a standard towards which the public schools must look, in order to prepare their pupils for the work here. This in turn demands and requires greater efficiency in the lower schools. Accordingly special taxes are being voted all about us for the establishment of larger and more and adequate high schools and grammar schools. The town of Lafayette has again led off within a month past by voting another two-mill tax for ten years for the purpose of building a large, modern high school. Thus the clearest promise is given that not far in the future we shall have in our own section of the country that educational ladder from the kindergarten to the university which characterizes the systems of the most advanced and enlightened states and nations."
Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
Likely to Fall Through.
The Gazette is informed that the proposition to issue bonds, for which a tax was levied at the election last month, is very likely to fall through. Certain un-looked for legal complications, which have arisen, appear to be of such a character that it will be impossible to carry out the plan for a new school house and increased water and light facilities. If there is no way out of this difficulty, The Gazette hopes that some new movement will soon be inaugurated for a new school house, even if it should be found expedient to do without other municipal improvements. This town must have better accommodations for the school children. The present buildings are clearly inadequate.
Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
Moving the Mail.
Sealed Proposals for carrying the United States mails between the post office at this place and the railroad depot will be received by the postmaster until May 25. Persons wishing to bid should inform themselves of the amount and character of the service. Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
Will Play Ball.
The greatest baseball game of the season will be played Sunday, afternoon, May 18, at the new park. The Century Club team will play against the Sontag Band. The boys have been practicing a great deal and there is promise of a very interesting game. The game will be called at 3 o'clock. An admission of 25 cents will be charged. There will be a number of other attractions. Both nines have developed phenomenal strength and the contest will be one between giants. Lafayette Gazette 5/18/1902.
A Big Deal.
J. C. Nickerson, the energetic real estate agent, has sold J. P. Gulley's plantation to M. J. Daniels of Crowley. The Gulley plantation comprises some 500 acres of good land about one mile from Scott. It is well improved and in cultivation. The price paid is $16,000. Mr. Daniels will take possession of the place on December 15 when he and his family will become residents of Lafayette. He is now living at Crowley, but was attracted here by the excellent quality of the soil and the excellent quality of the soil and the other advantages that this parish offers to investors. Mr. Gulley came here three years ago from Rapides, paying $7,000 for the place which he has just sold for $16,000. Being a fine planter he soon improved the place, greatly adding to its value. The Gazette is pleased to welcome Mr. Daniels, but it wishes also to express the hope that Mr. Gulley will find another home in this parish.
Lafayette Gazette 5/18/1902.
Lafayette Gazette 5/18/1902.
The Governor Suggests Lafayette.
In his remarks relative to the changes in the judiciary, Gov. Heard suggests that Lafayette be selected as one of the places where the circuit court should sit. The governor recognizes the very suitable position of this town and its accessibility to the different parishes in South Louisiana. When the time comes to make the selections, should the governor's plan be submitted to the people, the advantages of this town should be properly presented to the Legislature or to the committee which will look into this matter. We note that Lake Charles wants to be selected and that an effort will be made to have the claims of that town recognized. Lake Charles is a splendid town, but it is entirely too far out of the way. We believe Lafayette offers their best location in South Louisiana. Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
Will Build a Town.
Judge J. G. Parkerson of this town has sold 127 acres of land at Duson to Gus. E. Fontenot, P. S. Pugh, H. Story, H. Barousse, E. O. Bruner, G. K. Bradford, C. C. Duson, J. M. Crabtree, Jack Monboules and M. Kahn.
The price paid for the tract is $6,250. Judge Parkerson bought it 20 years ago for $300. It is the intention of the purchasers to build a town at Duson. Duson is situated in this parish, a short distance on this side of the Acadia line. Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
A Circulating Library.
A few days ago a representative of The Gazette had his attention called to the fine circulating library at the Moss Pharmacy. This library is different from most libraries, in that it contains only the late books of fiction As the new books are published they are added to the library. In this way the members have a fine opportunity to keep up with all the late books. The cost to the members is less than 5 cents a book. The following is a partial list of the books in the library.
The Gadfly, Voynick; Sir Richard Calmady, Malet; Philip Winwood, Stephens; Dorothy South, Eggleston; Rockhaven, Charles Clark Dunn; The Potter and the Clay, Peterson; The Giant's Gate, Max Pemberton; The Cavalier, Geo. Cable; A House Party; Cluny McPherson, Barr; Eben Holden, Bacheller; Mim, Kipling; Circumstances, Mitchell; Alice of Old Vincennes, Maurice Thompson; Count Hannibal, Weyman; Marietta, a Maid of Venice, Crawford; The Dark of the Moon, Crockett; The Eternal City, Hall Caine; Leopard's Spots, Dixon; King of Honey Island, Thompson; Dri and I. Bacheller; Cardigan, Chambers; A Roman Mystery, Sewell; The Crisis, Churchill; Idylls of the Sea, F. T. Bullen; Reign of Law, James Lane Allen; The Gray Horse Troop Garland; Red Pottage, Chatmondelor; Right of Way, Gilbert Parker. Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 17th, 1893:
ROAD AND IMMIGRATION CONVENTION.
For the Attakapas Region to Convene in Lafayette, Wednesday, June 14th.
In another column will be found a call for a road and immigration convention to meet in this city on June 14th, to be composed of delegates from the parishes which constitute the Attakapas region. The state immigration convention, of recent date, adopted many resolutions, and listened to many flowery speeches, besides providing for the appointment of a state executive committee, whose duty it should be to encourage the organization of local or parish immigration societies; but as yet nothing has been accomplished, and it has been deemed wise by our Business Men's Association to call this convention with the object of doing some practical work. The convention will be conducted on purely business lines, leaving politics severely alone. A series of questions will be formulated and sent to each delegate as soon as they are appointed, that they may give the different subjects some thought and attention and come to the convention prepared to work. In this manner it is earnestly hoped that much good may result.
It was thought best to combine the two questions - better roads and immigration - which are two of the most important matters confronting our state to-day. With our present poor roads, it costs our planters as much, if not more, to haul the products of their farms to the railroads as it does for the freight to the market towns and cities. The present system of working roads must be done away with and a new and better method adopted. What this new system shall be is yet to be determined. The plan now in vogue of calling men out to do a certain number of days work on the roads is a farce. It is safe to say that instead of doing ten days work, as provided by law, that not one out of a hundred does one full day's work. About the only practical plan would be to have a direct road tax and then contract for the road work. The planters would be reimbursed a hundred fold for every cent paid out in this manner; their property would increase in value as the roads improved; with good roads they could haul much more at a load and thus save much valuable time. We do need not need more railroads as bad as we need better wagon roads. Therefore, it is wise to thoroughly discuss the question, that some feasible plan may be adopted, and action taken by the next legislature.
In advertising our country we must bear in mind two things:
First. That our country is practically unknown to the majority of the people of the north, and
Second, That as a rule the people of those sections believe that a great amount of prejudice and ill-will still exists in the South against Northerners.
This idea has been kept alive by selfish politicians and must be overcome before we can expect any large exodus to our State. There are hundreds and thousands of desirable families who would be only too glad to leave the cold north and come to us if they only knew of our great resources and kindly feelings. To illustrate: Monday morning as we were going to the city we sat in the seat with a gentleman who we noticed was intently gazing out of the window. Just after we left New Iberia he turned to us and said: "God and nature have certainly done all this is possible to do for a country, here. I never had an idea that there was such a country on top of earth."
We learned that he was from Dakota and on his returns from a trip to Mexico. He asked us what land was worth, and when we informed him that it could be had from $2o to $25 per acre, he would hardly believe it. "Why," he said, "I had to pay $25 for a prairie land in Dakota four years ago, and if we net $8.00 an acre from it we think we do well." He had intended to go right home, but said he was going to stop over New Orleans and come back and have a look at the country. He further said: "But if a northern man moved in here, the people don't treat him very well do they." We simply told him to make a visit back and converse with the people, and he would learn that he would be accorded the most hospitable treatment, and that it would be from the heart, too. We have told this simply to show the general idea held in the North of the Southern people, and to show that we must overcome if we wish to induce people to move here.
We believe one of the best plans that could be adopted would be to have published a series of letters in the country papers of the north and west, describing our people, their feelings and our lands. Such letters written in an interesting manner would be published by many papers for nothing, and would do more good than all the pamphlets that could be printed.
When the convention meets all these matters can be discussed and some practical plan adopted. Let each delegate devote some thought and study to the question before coming to the convention, so that when it does meet it will not be a repetition of the State Convention, but rather a working convention of men with practical ideas.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1893.
Gardening in Southwest Louisiana.
We copy the following from the Lake Charles American, which will be found worthy of the careful attention of the farmers of our parish. We believe that the time is near at hand when a large share of the land of this parish will be devoted to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables for the northern markets.
"Life here is so easy; nature is so lavish of all her favors to man; so little effort is necessary to secure a bountiful subsistence that it almost seems as if a premium had been put on sluggishnes. We are lazy in body and mind. We do not have to stir or think and we are much inclined not to.
"The gardener of New England is never certain of even four consecutive months free from frost. He has a hard ungrateful soil that must be drained, manured and freed from stones almost every time it is plowed. In southern New York, New Jersey and Delaware and Maryland, he has somewhat better climate but his coarse gravelly soil requires and annual outlay for fertilizers sufficient to buy a clear deed to the fine land around Lake Charles.
"In California he is drowned and baked by turns, and his soil of broken flints has to be loosened almost inch by inch before it will cover his seed, he must irrigate, and he is 2,000 miles from market. In all of these places he must pay from $100 to $400 per acre for land, and yet he makes money. Here in Southwest Louisiana we have whole years without frost enough to arrest the blossoming of roses in the gardens; and abundant and well distributed rainfall; a rich soil of the greatest possible case of cultivation; land is cheap and purchasable, as a rule, on the buyer's own terms.
"Let our northern friends take in the situation, if they can, five hundred per acre net without skilled labor or expensive machinery! I need not say that even five acres farmed thus would make more net money than is made on the majority of half section farms in Kansas and Nebraska." From the Lake Charles American and in the Lafayette Advertiser of May 17th, 1893.
A Game to be Played by the Lawyers and Business Men.
A challenge was sent to the lawyers of Lafayette by a nine composed of business men of our city, yesterday, to play them a game of base ball, the gate receipts to be given to the school fund. The game will be played in Broussard's race track and will be the sporting event of the season. We give the challenge reply:
Tuesday, May 16, 1893.
As soon as we heard that the challenge has been sent, we interviewed a number of our attorney's and they all say that they can "wipe the ground" with the Business Men's Nine, and that they will goose-egg them every inning. The other side seem to be confident that the lawyers will stand now show, in fact they say they "won't be in it." We could not learn the names and positions of the different nines but will give them Saturday. We understand however, that among the players in the Business Men's Nine will be the well known ball-tossers Messrs. John Vigneaux, L. Levy, Leon Plonsky, B. Falk, C. O. Mouton, and Bros. Thomas of the Gazette. The attorneys mentioned among their star players, Messrs. Ralph Elliot, Crow Girard, Chas. Caffery, E. G. Voorhies and Sheriff Broussard. The game will undoubtedly be a "hot one," as both nines seem to be out for blood. A special score sheet has been ordered from New York, so that ample room could be had to tally all the runs. The game will be sure to draw a large crowd. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1893.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 12, 1893.
A special meeting of the City Council, for the purpose of closing the business of the Council whose term is about to expire, was held this day with the following members present: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; J. E. Martin, Gustave Lacoste, Felix Demanade, Numa Schayot, L. F. Riques, James Hannen.
The Finance Committee made the following report which was approved:
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/17/1893.
The weather has been delightful since the rain. We have had almost too much rain lately, yet crops are all doing nicely.
We were favored with a pleasant little shower last Saturday night.
Lafayette has a fire company.
We are pained to learn that Judge Bowen has been confined to his home by sickness.
There are rumors afloat that marriage bells will be heard quite frequently during June.
Sheriff Broussard, went to Baton Rouge last Saturday to take two prisoners to the penitentiary.
Mr. Crow Girard, the popular cashier of the People's State Bank made a flying visit to Crowley last Sunday.
Judge Debaillon returned from his trip to the coast last Saturday and reports having had a wonderful time.
Mr. Jos. Plonsky intends having his building thoroughly overhauled, renovated and repaired, and will substitute the present roof with the an iron one.
Dr. N. W. Swords, dentist, left last Saturday to be gone about one month. During his absence he will visit Chicago and take a practitioner's course at the Chicago Dental School.
The 3:35 train from the east was over an hour late yesterday, owing to a freight wreck on the road.
The invitations are out for a dance to be given in Falk's opera house next Saturday evening by the young men of Lafayette. A very enjoyable time is anticipated.
It is with feelings of sincere regret that we chronicle the death of the remaining twin infant of Mr. and Mrs. L. Lacoste. The death took place Sunday morning at 5:10 o'clock, the the funeral was held the same afternoon.
Mr. P. B. Roy informs us that he will in the near future, tear down and remove the old McBride home. He will also erect a new cottage adjoining the one now occupied by Mr. Geo. M. Dorouen, which will be a duplicate of it.
The lumber and material for the new depot has arrived and work will be commenced this week, and the building pushed rapidly to completion. This is an improvement that has long been needed and will be thoroughly appreciated by our people.
A party of Opelousas wheelmen rode to Lafayette last Sunday, and were entertained at the Crescent News Hotel by Mr. S. R. Parkerson. The party consisted of the following gentlemen: Messrs. J. T. Skipper, J. L. Cain, Ant. Dietlien and Frank Dietlien. Unfortunately the party was overtaken by rain, which interfered very materially with the pleasure of the trip. They returned by train in the afternoon. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 17th, 1890:
We have again to record one of those sad accidents where death comes sudden on the heels of mirth. Sunday as Mr. Alcide Prejean, about 18 years of age, (son of Mr. Sosthene Prejean, residing near Carencro,) was returning horseback from mass at St. Pierre, in company with a few companions, they came across a calf, and thought they would have some fun chasing it. Unfortunately the calf tangled himself under Mr. Prejean's horse's feet, throwing the horse over the top of him and breaking his neck. His father's family have our sympathy in this unexpected and terrible affliction. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
Excursion for Mt. Carmel Girls.
The bright anticipations of the girls of Mount Carmel Convent, of Lafayette, were fully realized in the excursion to Washington Tuesday. Early in the morning they were astir and busy with preparation. Just before 8'clock the gay and happy throng moved down to the depot and boarded the train, at least 120 strong. That handsome, gentlemanly and accomodating young conductor, Mr. William Kelly, was so "taken aback" by this sudden flood of youth the and beauty that in his excitement and embarrassment he bit off a corner of his beautiful blonde mustache with his ticket punch. 'Dice' Judice ran up a telegraph pole and remained there until the train was out of sight. Rev. Fathers Antonioz, of Rayne, Jacquet, of New Iberia, and Forge and Henley of our town, accompanied the party. The excursionists reached their destination at about 11 o'clock, and were met by the Sisters and pupils of Mount Carmel Convent, of Washington. They were escorted to the Church, and from there to the Convent, where the Fair was in progress. Here they were most hospitably entertained and spend the day delightfully, arriving back home at 7:30 o'clock p. m., wearied of pleasure for the time being. The Convent Fair we learn proved to be very successful. Our girls here are certainly indebted to their sisters at Washington for the enjoyment of a happy holiday.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
Cow Struck. - Wednesday afternoon an incoming excursion train from Texas, on the L. W. railroad, struck a cow near Vordenbaumen's lumber yard, and crippled it so badly it had to be killed. It is a wonder that more stock roaming in the vicinity of the railroad is not killed, so accustomed and indifferent have they become to moving trains; but now and then one will get caught, in spite of great precaution on the part of the engineers.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
Lost Horse. - Judge J. G. Parkerson had the misfortune last Tuesday to lose a very fine buggy horse, which died from eating the leaves of the laurel mundi, which has a fatal effect upon cattle and horses. We understand that Judge Parkerson has lost several horses in this same way, and notice that he has now destroyed this baleful tree. We would advise every one who owns this dangerous evergreen to wholly eradicate it. It is neither so ornamental nor beautiful as to justify its culture at the probable cost of valuable stock.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
Passing Through. - Last Saturday several of the "Live Poultry Transportation Co.'s" cars passed through Lafayette en route from Missouri to New Orleans, loaded with turkeys, chickens, ducks, etc. The car is really an immense grated and well ventilated coop, divided into compartments containing about 50 fowl each, with passage ways between for feeding and watering. The car we noticed particularly contained 4,800 fowl, and presented a novel and attractive sight. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
District Court. - The District Court has been in session during the week, and on Monday last the following cases were tried and verdict rendered, as follows: State vs. Jean Bte. Brown, the accused pay a fine of five dollars and all costs, or be imprisoned five days. State vs. Joseph Moultrie, for carrying concealed weapons, he was fined ten dollars and costs, and in default to be imprisoned ten days in the parish prison. State vs. Andy Jones, breaking into a dwelling, the party was sentenced to labor in the penitentiary for nine months. The case of Long vs. Kee, which was commenced last week was still in progress Thursday. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
Somewhat of a Fish Liar.
Capt. R. C. Smedes, our popular and jovial Dist. Attorney, is turning out to be "somewhat of a fish liar himself." A few days ago he was telling our reporter a fact which happened at Abbeville under his immediate supervision. A young friend of his a trout line in the bayou there. Last week upon going to "run" it they found on one of the hooks a large blue cat which has swallowed a somewhat smaller mud cat, which has previously swallowed the hook. The mud cat had worked his "stickers" out on each side through the blue cat's jaws. In the mud cat were found two small flounders and a large eel. In the eel was found a goggle-eyed perch which has swallowed a "sardine" which had swallowed a large wood-tick which was still alive and biting. The Abbeville Meridional corroborates the Captain's facts.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
The Abbeville boys redeemed their promise by duly putting in an appearance last Sunday forenoon, and were most courteously and hospitably received and entertained by the Camelias. The game was played in the afternoon: Following are the names and positions of the players and the score by innings.
The game was closely contested up to the ninth inning, and was quite exciting and interesting. Everything went along smoothly and quietly, and nothing occurred to mar the pleasure and interest of the spectators, of whom a large number were ladies. In the 9th inning the Abbeville pitcher was pretty well exhausted and "fell off," when our boys "jumped onto him with both feet." Had he kept up his pace the Camelias would have been in the condition of the little boy who the calf ran over - "had nothing to say!" The Abbeville boys are a very agreeable and gentlemanly lot of young men, and made a most favorable impression on our community. We would be pleased to have them visit us again. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
It Was Scranton Himself! - Monday we received a call from a very affable and accomplished young gentleman who at first, from his general appearance and voice, we took to be a son of our old friend Dr. Geo. W. Scranton. By George! after conversing with him for awhile we discovered that it was Dr. Scranton himself! He had been shorn of his "Hyperion curls" and his head sandpapered, and his luxuriant beard is but a memory. He will have to have his name painted on his shirt front until he becomes "naturalized" again. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1890.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 17th, 1873:
Death of Gen. Frank Gardner.
[From the Mobile (Ala.) Register.]
A late number of the Lafayette "Advertiser" brings to us the painful intelligence of the death, near that place, of Major General Franklin Gardner, C. S. A., on the 29th of April last.
Gen. Gardner is well remembered in Mobile as one of the last commanders of the post previous to its falling into the hands of the overwhelming Federal forces under the late Gen. Canby; but he is more especially remembered by the Southern people as the gallant defender of Port Hudson, in 1863, and still later, having fallen into the hands of the enemy, as one of the Confederate officers whom the Union Generals were base enough to expose to the fire of the Confederate batteries at Charleston, in hopes of averting their effect - a calculation in which they were mistaken, as Gen. Frank Gardner and his fellow martyrs found means to send word to Beauregard not to spare the very particular spot where they were confined.
Gen. Frank Gardner has married, while in Washington City, a lovely daughter of ex-Gov. Alexander Mouton, of Louisiana, then a Senator in Congress, and the father of the heroic Gen. Alfred Mouton, who fell in the great Confederate victory of Pleasant Hill, by the treachery of a body of Union soldiers who fired on him, after they had surrendered.
We copy the following from the "Advertiser":
Gen. Gardner was born on the 4th of January, 1823, in the city of New York. He entered the Military Academy at West Point in 1839. Was brevet Second Lieutenant in the 7th infantry, 1st July, 1843.
Served in the State of Florida against the Indians.
Was brevet First Lieutenant "for gallant conduct in several conflicts at Monterrey, Mexico," September 23, 1846; commanded detachment at Cerro Gordo and was distinguished in repulsing attack on his post, April 17, 1847; was brevet Captain "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of Cerro Gordo, April 18, 1847"; First Lieutenant, September 1847; served under General Albert Sidney Johnson against the Mormons in 1857, 58 and 60.
Gen. Gardner resigned his commission in the United States Army in April, 1861, and enlisted in the army of the Confederate States. He fought four years in the cause of constitutional liberty, and was in command of the memorable defence of Port Hudson. May the green sod rest lightly on him.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
The prisoners incarcerated in our parish jail made an attempt to escape on Friday evening, the 9th inst., but owing to the vigilance of the Sheriff and his deputies they were completely foiled in their attempt, and are now secured in a manner that it is utterly impossible for them to make another attempt to escape.
The particulars of the attempted escapade are as follows: The sheriff every morning allowed the prisoners to leave their cells and go to the upper portion of the prison, so as to give them all the liberty in his power and at the same time, to keep them free from the foul air of the cell, but they are taking advantage of his leniency, imagined they could effect an escape, and procuring from an outsider a file and a monkey wrench went to work and is a short time, had out from their feet the chains which bound them, and from the doors of the cell the hinges and bolts that held them; all this done, they quietly returned to their cell and anxiously awaited the coming night, but alas, 'ere the sun set, the sheriff and his deputies paid them a visit, and their tricks were discovered.
The individual who, it is said, furnished them with the instruments for their escape, has been arrested and is now in the cell with his friends, where they will remain until their cases are finally disposed of by the property authority. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
After the adjournment of the Parish Court on last Monday, there was a personal altercation between the rival claimants to the office of District Attorney, growing out of a collateral issue raised in Court concerning the office. They were separated by friends after a short, close and warm conflict.
We learn that Bader and his "Modoc Prowlers" will not be called upon to settle the affair. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
Last Monday Deputy Sheriff Edgar Mouton, arrested Victor Sylvan and George, of the Parish of St. Landry, and lodged them in our parish jail where they remained until Tuesday when the were handed over to officer Smith of St. Landry, who took them home to answer to the charge of larceny. On Wednesday Deputy Mouton arrested Julien Foreman, charged by Terrance Nunez with intent to kill him. The case will be investigated to-day.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
Wouldn't Cook Him Eggs. - Peter Brickley, a snuff colored individual was arrested and brought before Justice Bailey on Wednesday last for assault and battery on the person of Eugenia Grant. Pete plead guilty to the charge and said that he went for Miss Grant with a barrel hoop 'cause she wouldn't cook some eggs for his supper. He furnished bond to keep the peace. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
Crow vs. Chargois & als.
After the opening of the Parish Court, last Monday, W. C. Crow, Esq., made objection and expressed his willingness and readiness to sustain his objection by the evidence and by the law &c. Mr. Crow's pretension to the office of District Attorney are founded, we think, on a commission of Mr. Kellogg; Mr. Chargois', we know, and are based upon a commission of Governor McEnery and upon an election by the people of our District.
The question presented to the Court being one of gravity and great public interest, one in which the State is concerned, Judge Moss, with becoming prudence and wisdom, called for a little light from the other luminaries of the Bar, when:
M. E. Girard, Esq., thought that the form under which the question was presented was objectionable, that such a grave and important issue could scarcely be raised in a collateral form, &c., &c.
C. H. Mouton, Esq., thought the question was properly before the court and must be met; that the issue was forced upon the Court and, in the interest of the State and of parties in custody, should be decided. Mr. C. H. Mouton, gladly availed himself of the opportunity to say and proclaim that he never was and never would be a supporter of the Kellogg faction - denounced Mr. Kellogg as a usurper and a tyrant pronounced Governor McEnery the only legal Governor of Louisiana.
Ed. Eugene Mouton, Esq., begged to be excused for the reasons first that being one of the lesser lights of the Bar, he had very little light to emit - second, that Collector of Gov. McEnery having as yet no Licenses to issue and the Collector or Mister Kellogg only, having any at all, he would, for the sake and protection of the Court, refrain from all participation in the discussion before the Court. After which the objection of Mr. Chargois was taken under advisement by the Court.
Wednesday morning, it was again called up by Mr. Chargois. Judge Moss informed the contestants that the Court was ready to entertain the motion and objection, and called upon the parties to make their showing; when Mr. Crow withdrew the motion which was the cause of all the legal difficulty, and made known to the Court his determination not to act as District Attorney for the term.
The Judge then remarked that although the issue which was before the Court and which the Court was ready to meet and pass upon, had been withdrawn without objection, still, as the difficulty was one of daily occurrence and subject to be momentarily repeated, and to trammel the criminal business of the Court and jeopardize the interests of the State and the rights of parties in custody for prosecution, the Court would deem it its duty ex-officio to notice these matters and to call upon the District Attorney pro tem, to assume the management of the criminal business for the present term and in support of its ruling, the Court further remarked that there was a suit in intrusion and usurpation pending between Mr. Chargois and Mr. Crow, judicial notice of which must be taken by this Court), and that the acts of either one of the claimants in the office of District Attorney would be of doubtful legality and that the business of the State before the Court was being neglected and that Sec. 1180 R. S., authorizes and requires the District Attorney pro tem to act, in case of absence, disability, refusal to act, or recusation of the District Attorney for that District.
It may be well and proper here to remark that the whole of this little legal difficulty between Chargois and Crow, originated from Mr. Crow's offer and attempt to have fixed for trial a certain suit, pending the forfeiture of an appearance bond, the sureties to which were represented and defended by Mr. C. H. Mouton and in which the latter had filed an exception. Wednesday morning, then after Mr. Crow had withdrawn his motion and repudiated all desire or intention of acting as District Attorney, at this term of the Court, and thus left the Court without any issue upon which his wonted vim and zeal insisted upon and urged the right of his clients to have their exception tried and for that purpose, to have the State represented by somebody. When Judge Moss very properly reminded the gentleman that a trial of his exception would amount to re-opening the issues between Chargois and Crow, (which were already closed and withdrawn from the consideration of the Court for the time being), that the gentleman was without right in law ex parte or collaterally to renew the issues after the parties thereto had closed and withdrawn them, and both parties, (the one tactily, Mr. Chargois by making no opposition, and the other, Mr. Crow in so many words), had expressed their refusal or inability to act.
Whereupon the Court, for the reasons therein given, made the ruling above mentioned. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Special Session, May 31, 1873.
Present: W. O. Smith, Mayor; and Messrs. McBride, Monnier, Salles, Gagneaux, Landry and Judice. Absent: J. J. Revillon.
The Mayor called the meeting to order, and the Treasurer presented his annual report, which was examined and found to be correct and just, it was ordered that the same be published and the Treasurer's bond cancelled.
Report of Treasurer of the Corporation of Vermilionville for the year ending May 3d, A. D., 1873.
On motion it was resolved, that the resolution passed May 9th, 1859, in regard to leasing the market house, to the highest bidder etc., be and the same is hereby repealed from and after the 27th day of April 1873.
On motion, it was resolved, that it is hereby made the duty of the Constable to collect every morning from any and all persons selling in the market house, the amount as per tariff fixed by law.
On motion, it was resolved, that the Constable be and he is hereby authorized to have two tables made for the use of the market house.
The following accounts were approved: A. Billeaud, $8200 and $23,00 ; I. Chapman $8.50.
On motion the Council adjourned sine die.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
On Monday the 12th of May, 1873, the newly elected Mayor and Councilmen of the City Council of Vermilionville having produced their certificates of election, were duly qualified and took their seats.
Present: Aug. Monnier, Mayor; and Councilmen L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latiolais, H. Landry, Jos. O. Girouard and Wm. Brandt. Absent: C. O. Olivier and R. L. McBride.
The Mayor called the Council to order, and they proceeded to the election of their officers for the ensuing year, which resulted as follows:
On motion, it was resolved, that a committee of three be appointed to ascertain what would be the probable costs of flooring the market house, and to make their report at the next meeting.
The Mayor appointed Messrs. Wm. Brandt, H. Landry and J. O. Girouard to said committee.
On motion it was resolved, That the Treasurer's and Collector's bonds be set the same is hereby fixed at Fifteen Hundred Dollars each.
On motion, it was resolved, That a committee be appointed to receive the bonds of the Treasurer and Collector. The Mayor appointed Messrs. L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latiolais and E. E. Mouton, on said committee.
On motion it was resolved, That H. Landry and T. Bernard, be and they are hereby appointed on the committee of streets and bridges, vice A. Monnier and J. J. Revillon.
The following account was approved:
A. Billeaud, collector ... $17.77.
On motion the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1873.
A stranger, whose name and business we do not know, called at the home of one of the citizens of this town and asked that the head of the family affix his signature to a documents certifying that "our beloved Evangeline is buried in the town of Lafayette." The gentleman, who is of a rather prosaic turn of mind, said that he did not know where reposed the ashes of the fabled daughter of Acadia and if her resting place was in Lafayette he was not aware of it. This is an entirely new version of the story of Evangeline and we can not imagine where it originated. Those who read Longfellow's beautiful poem are under the impression that the mortal remains of the unfortunate girl rest somewhere near the City of Brotherly Love, although St. Martinville has been somewhat persistent in claiming this distinction.
Lafayette Gazette 5/17/1902.
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Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1902.