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From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 20th, 1893:


 Re-organized and Thirty-three New Members Taken In.

 Pursuant to a call issued, a large number of our citizens met in the court house, on last Tuesday evening, for the purpose of organizing a fire company, Mr. Crow Girard called the meeting to order, and in a few words stated the object of the meeting, and called upon Mayor Campbell to act as temporary chairman. Mr. O. C. Ordway was called upon to act as temporary secretary.

 After a general discussion it was decided that the best course to pursue would be to re-organize the old fire company, and thus save the time and expense that would be necessary in the organization of a new company. In accordance with the decision of the meeting, members of the old company were present got together and elected Mr. Wm. Campbell as temporary president and Mr. Chas. D. Caffery as temporary secretary, and passed a resolution to open the roll for new members. They then made their report to the general meeting, and a recess was taken to allow all those who desired to sign their names to the full members and thirty-three responded to the call.

 After all who cared to had signed, the meeting was called to order and proceeded to the election of permanent officers, which resulted in the following officers being chosen for the ensuing term.

   President: Wm. Campbell.
   Vice-President: Albert Delahoussaye.
   Secretary: Samuel Plonsky.
   Treasurer: Crow Girard.
   Foreman: I. N. Satterfield.
   1st. Asst. Foreman: Wm. Graser.
   2nd. Asst. Foreman: L. P. Bagarry.
   Keeper: John Graser.

 A motion was then made and carried that the president appoint a committee on by-laws to consist of five members. He appointed as such committee the following gentlemen: Messrs. Crow Girard, C. O. Mouton, John Vigneaux, N. P. Moss and I. N. Satterfield.

 It was moved and carried that the company hold a meeting next Sunday at 4 p. m. to hear the report of the committee on by-laws.

 On motion the new officers were instructed to take charge of the apparatus belonging to the company, and to see such parts of the material as had been borrowed was returned to the engine house. No further business coming before the meeting it adjourned to meet next Sunday at 4. p. m.

 It was with a great deal of pleasure that The Advertiser publishes the fact that a fire company has at last been organized, and we most devoutly hope that now our people have made a movie in the matter, they will keep on until we have not only a well disciplined and effective fire company, but a system of water works as well. Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.


 Considerable interest is being displayed in the great game of base to be played by the Lawyers & Business Men, and betting is about even. Both sides claim to have the best nine, and each seem to feel confident that they will win the championship pennant.

 We are told that several of the business men were out practicing Thursday evening, and that the pitcher developed wonderful speed, and pitched a new grapevine curve that would puzzle the lawyers to find. On the other hand the Lawyers claim that in Mr. Caffery they have a pitcher who has perfect control of the ball, and is a master of the drop curve. So it will be seen that honors are about even, and that it will be a hard matter to pick a winner.

 Below we give a list of players of the two nines and the positions they will occupy:


Chas. D. Caffery, pitcher.
E. G. Voorhies, catcher.
Crow Girard, 1st. base.
H. M. Elliot, 2d. base.
O. H. Simpson, short stop.
Judge Mouton, left field.
Judge Debaillon, right field.
Isaac Broussard, center field.


S. Plonsky, capt. & pitcher.
T. M. Biossat & Ch. Thomas, catchers.
Alfred Mouton, 1st base.
J. P. Revillon, 2nd. base.
A. C. Ordway,3rd. base.
C. O. Mouton, short stop.
H. Hohorst, left field.
B. Falk, center field.
Frank Moss, right field.
Substitutes E. Romero, J. Vigneaux, L. Plonsky, L. Levy, F. Bellocu, A. Coro, J. Plonsky, L. Nollive, E. Pellerin, P. Gerac, umpire W. E. Bowen referee A. M. Martin.

 It was decided between the two clubs yesterday that the players would not be allowed to take camp chairs and umbrellas into the field with them.

 The question of running excursions from New Orleans on the east and Houston on the west is being agitated but whether it will be carried out or not we, of course, cannot say. The uniform of the lawyers' nine will  be yellow blouse shirt cut décolleté, with a law book embroidered on the breast, knee pants of apple green with a red stripe down the outside seam, red stockings and canvass shoes, and they will present a very handsome appearance in their bright uniforms.

 The Business Men's nine will not have quite as pleasing a costume; they will appear in jersey shirts and zouave pants, with stockings and canvass shoes, the colors will be blue and yellow.--The colors in their uniforms will not run as is usual but one side will be blue and the other--the right side including the shirts, pants and one stocking will be yellow and the left blue.

 The game will be very interesting and will draw a large crowd, and many ladies will undoubtedly attend, as special arrangements have been made for their comfort.

 Admission to the grounds will be 25 cents; free transportation to and from the grounds.

 The game will be played on June the 4th.
  Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

 Teacher's Institute.
   Lafayette, La., April 22d, 1893.

 The Teacher's Institute met this day in regular session with the following members present: A. M. Martin, J. Fletcher, Philip Martin, W. G. Webb, Ed. St. Julien, R. C. Greig, Mrs. E. W. Glenn, Miss F. S. Greig, Miss Maggie Johnson, Alex. Meaux, Miss Kate Rand, Hugh Wagner, Chas. A. Boudreaux and Paul Breaux.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The committee appointed to draft suitable rules and regulations reported the following which was duly adopted:

 The subject of teaching French in the public schools, was ably discussed by Prof. Philip Martin, who read an interesting essay upon the question. Perhaps remarks were offered by others upon the same subject.

 The question "How to interest lazy pupils" was then presented by Prof. W. O. Webb, and Hugh Wagner, who gave many practice hints as to the best method of arousing the mental activities of pupils.

 The question "Is co-education desirable or proper" was postponed until next meeting.

 The following subjects were allotted for the next meeting:

 Explanation of the Least Common Multiple and the Greatest Common Division, Prof. J. Fletcher.

 Best method of teaching vulgar fractions, by Prof. W. G. Webb.

  The Institute then adjourned to meet May 20th.
R. C. Greig, Manager.
Mrs. E. W. Glenn Secy.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

A Pleasant Outing. The scholars of the convent, accompanied by the sisters, enjoyed a days outing in the woods on Thursday. They started out about 8:00 o'clock in the morning a happy crowd, and went to Chargois; woods. They returned a little after sundown after enjoying a most pleasant day. Quite of a number of the former pupils of the convent went with them. Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

Bazar and Ball.

 The following is the programme that will be rendered at the entertainment to be given by the Dramatic Educational Association at Falk's opera house on Saturday, May 27th, for the benefit of the school fund:

Ticket Taker...Black Diamonds.
Tableau Vivant...Children of the Public School.
Instrumental Duet...Misses Martin and Gerac.
The Gypsy Rondo...Miss Ida Hopkins.
Song...Miss Emma Falk.
My Little Sunday Beau...Miss Anna Hopkins.
Believe Me if all Those Endearing Young Charms...Miss Louise Bendel.
   Une Mere. A French Drama in 2 acts given by the literary and Gymnastic Society; of Breaux Bridge.


 The following bands will be in attendance, Breaux Bridge, String Band, The Five Landry's String Band, Lake Simonet String Band and Lafayette Brass Band.

 Gumbo and refreshments will be served at moderate prices.

 Admission, 25 cents. Children, 15 cents.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

Road and Immigration Convention.

  Realizing the great benefit that would be derived by the people of our State from the incoming of a desirable class of immigrants and improved public roads the Business Men's Association decided to call a Road and Immigration Convention, composed of delegates from the Attakapas district, to meet in Lafayette on Wednesday, June 14th.

 The Association earnestly request and invite the Presidents of the different Police Juries, the Mayors of the different towns and cities, or the people in mass meeting to appoint delegates to attend said convention, and sincerely hope that the call will meet with a hearty response from the people of the district,

   C. O. MOUTON, Pres.
 A. C. ORDWAY, Secy.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

4th of July? - Why cannot Lafayette have a Fourth of July celebration ? We believe that we could get up a good one here. By getting up a good celebration we could get a large number of people to attend from the neighboring towns. Let us make the trial and see what can be done. Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

 Excursion to Abbeville. - Make your arrangements to go to Abbeville on the grand excursion given by the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, on July 2nd. Special preparations will be made for the ladies, and as no intoxicants will be sold on the train all can feel assured that they will have a pleasant time. Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

Breaux Bridge Taken In. - A couple of Indian doctors went to Breaux Bridge this week, and on their departure, the town was about $30 poorer. It was the same old story of the people expecting to get something for nothing, and in the end that they had been taken in. Laf. Advertiser 5/20/1893.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/20/1893.

The weather has been quite cool for the past day or two.

 Election next Monday.

 Blackberries are coming into market.

 Don't fail to attend the great ball game.

 Une Mere, Saturday night May 27th, at Falk's opera house. Be sure and attend.

 Each week the people use the telephone more and more, and find it a great convenience.

 Mr. Eugene Trahan is erecting a new house next to his drug store which will be occupied by his mother when completed.

 We took a short drive out into the country Thursday, and from what we saw, we are satisfied that no finer country can be found on top of the earth.

 Mr. W. B. Bailey has completed the improvements to his house, which consist of a dining room and kitchen and a fine gallery along the side of the house.

 The ladies in charge of "Ye old folks singing school" report that the rehearsals are progressing smoothly, and that they will give a fine and pleasing entertainment.

 Mr. C. W. Thornton, our energetic night operator was suddenly called from here to New Iberia where we presume he will locate permanently, as day operator. "We wish him success."

 Several gentlemen from the North have been here looking over the parish, this week, with a view to buying land and locating here. They all seem more than pleased with our country, and will very probably decide to buy.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.



 From the Lafayette Gazette of May 20th, 1893:


 The following call has been issued:

 Realizing the great benefit that would be derived by the people of our State from the incoming of a desirable class of immigrants and improved public roads the Business Men's Association decided to call a Road and Immigration Convention, composed of delegates from the Attakapas district, to meet in Lafayette on Wednesday, June 14th.

 The Association earnestly request and invite the Presidents of the different Police Juries, the Mayors of the different towns and cities, or the people in mass meeting to appoint delegates to attend said convention, with a hearty response from the people of the district.
                      C. O. MOUTON, President.
   A. C. ORDWAY, Secretary.

 Inasmuch as the Immigration Convention held in New Orleans has been productive of little practical good. The Gazette thinks the B. M. A. in calling this convention and inviting delegates from the adjoining parishes to form part, is a wise move.

 There can be no questioning the fact that the crying need of Southwestern Louisiana is capital and a good class of immigrants, by good class of immigrants, by good class we mean those sturdy farmers of Northwest who by their intelligence and energy have converted a vast sea of prairie into a field of productiveness that has enriched so much that section.

 In Southwestern Louisiana are the most fertile lands on the face of the globe. These lands are susceptible of the highest development and their products should make this the richest section of Louisiana.

 There is room here, for many kinds of manufactories; there is room here for many farmers. We want both. To secure them we must let them know what we can offer. And when we reach them, they will come. It is to devise means to reach them that this convention is called.

 But this will not be all. We need good roads. How best to secure them will be discussed. And many other things bearing on these two germane questions will be given attention.

 Therefore the hope is entertained that our sister parishes will answer the invitation that will be sent them, and send representatives to help further the interests of all. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.


 Through the system of "personal" road service, as obtains in this section much inconvenience is caused, and much trade is diverted from its natural channels.

 There can be no questioning the fact that should the public road between this town and Breaux Bridge be, at all times, in good traveling condition, it would redound greatly to the benefit of the two communities, as well as to the farmers along the thoroughfare.

 It is admitted that in winter the public road between the two points is practically impassable, thereby creating much inconvenience, and, no doubt, diverting trade from its rightful channel.

 The road from "Pont des Moutons," in the parish of St. Martin, especially that section of about a mile, is particularly bad, owing to swampy nature of the land, but beyond this point - save in some few places, where terraces have been built with poor judgment - the road is, through all seasons, generally in good traveling condition, and it would not cost much money to put the other part in a lasting condition, that is, in a state whereby traveling, during even the worst stage of the rainy season would render them passable.

 The road from the town of Lafayette to "Pont des Moutons" could, also be put in a fine condition, and at a comparatively small outlay of labor and money.

 Now The Gazette believes that this public road should receive immediate attention, inasmuch as this is the proper time to work it, and would suggest that the Police Juries of each parish appoint a conference committee, whose duty it shall be to devise means to work this road by the two parishes joining forces. Let the Police Jury of the parish of St. Martin will respond in a liberal spirit. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.


 By observing the working of the law in Mississippi we have become converts to the placing of certain restrictions on the right of suffrage. The one particular restrictive feature that appealed strongly to our sense of fair play is the educational one. Massachusetts has long ago put the educational restrictions into her State constitution. Mississippi followed in the same line some years since, and it has worked like a charm, and now California proposes to follow this good example. It is a good question of a short time when all the other States will adopt similar constitutional suffrage restrictions, and nowhere is such a law more needed than in Louisiana.

 It may be remembered that an ignorant suffrage - that of the dagoes in the McEnery-Foster primary election - came near having very ugly results, and that there was no doubt trouble was due only to the cool heads on both sides.

 We might find, right here at home an illustration of results effected by an ignorant suffrage - hence, God speed the day when such restrictive measures will be adopted in every State of the Union, and then we may hope that the next generation of American voters will be able to read and write the language of the country in which they exercise and enjoy the right of citizenship. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.


  A majority of the membership of the incoming council elected, on the face of the returns, at the recent municipal election, presented themselves before the white voters of the corporation of Lafayette with the following signed and published declaration of principles :

 Our faith and steadfasteness to Democratic principles can not be questioned, and if elected we will administer the public affairs of this town in a business-like manner, without fear or favor, or prejudice against any one, and place the good name of the town of Lafayette among the first in the State for good government honestly administered.

 Italic our. The Gazette, for one, has never doubted their loyalty to Democratic principles. The Gazette believes that no one has a valid reason to question their sincerity in the premises, and The Gazette further believes that their "faith and steadfastness to Democratic principles" are of the kind proclaimed, upheld and defended by the fathers of the party.

 This Democracy - as applied to the party founded by Jefferson, whose principles were so firmly upheld by Jackson, and so strikingly exemplified at home by McEnery and Foster - the party that freed this fair southland and squelched the rapacious Hun that had invaded her territory, and struck off the shackles that held her manacled so long in the throes of misery, and placed her, where she stands to-day, in the front rank of progress and prosperity - this Democracy, in short, means the upholding of men and measures as declared by its adherents, in other words, party principles are enunciated and partisans are selected to carry them into effect.

 The Gazette has heard that these gentlemen intend to support, and by that act elect to the position of chief of police a gentleman holding, or who recently held an important office through appointment by ex-President Harrison, - it being an open secret, at that time, that such positions were given only to the faithful.

 Now, then, the foregoing deductions admitted, and suppose this appointment is made, in all candor would it not be (1) subversive of the tenets, as well as the usages of the party, as practiced, and (2) would it not be violative of the profession of faith embodied in these words of theirs: "our faith and steadfastness to Democratic principles cannot be questions"?

 The Gazette has propounded these questions as a Democratic journal, from a party standpoint, and to its fellows of the same professed political faith without wishing to detract from any one his just deserts. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.

Sad Loss.

 The hand of affliction was, again, laid heavily on Mr. and Mrs. Lacoste. Within a week they had the misfortune to lose their baby twins. The Gazette is tendering to the sadly bereaved family its heartfelt sympathy can only add that if God plucked the bright blossoms from your home it is for the purpose of placing them near his throne, and you have the consolation of knowing that angel eyes now look upon you.
Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1894.

 At Mrs. Bailey's School.

 An interesting feature of Mrs. Bailey's school - being next door neighbor we have ample opportunity to observe - is the apparent gaiety of the children on the playground, during recess - they are merry, but not boisterous, and seem to be so friendly in their playing. And we want to add a well deserved tribute, which is, that this is a splendid institution, and has earned the confidence of all from the fact of being so well managed. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.

 The Fire Company.

 Pursuant to call issued a large number of our citizens met in the court house on last Tuesday evening, for the purpose of organizing a fire company. Mr. Crow Girard, called the meeting to order, and in a few words stated the object of the meeting, and called upon Mayor Campbell to act as temporary chairman. Mr. A. C. Ordway was called upon to act as temporary secretary.

 After a general discussion it was decided that the best course to pursue would be to reorganize the old fire company and thus save the time and expense that would be necessary in the organization of a new company.

 In accordance with the decision of the meeting members of the old company who were present got together and elected Mr. W. Campbell as temporary president and Mr. C. D. Caffery as temporary secretary, and passed a resolution to open the roll for new members. They then made their report to the general meeting, and a recess was taken to allow all those who desired to sign their names to the roll of members, and thirty-three responded to the call.

 After all who cared to had signed, the meeting was called to order and proceeded to the election of permanent officers, which resulted in the following: President, Wm. Campbell, secretary; Samuel Plonsky; treasurer, Crow Girard; foreman, I. N. Satterfield; 1st assistant foreman, Wm. Graser; 2nd assistant foreman, L.P. Bagarry.

 A motion was then made and carried that the president appoint a committee on bylaws to consist of five members. He appointed as such committee the following gentlemen: Messrs. Crow Girard, C. O. Mouton, John Vigneaux, N. P. Moss and I. N. Satterfield.

 It was moved and carried that the company hold a meeting next Sunday at 5 p. m. to hear the report of the committee on bylaws.

 On motion the new officers were instructed to take charge of the apparatus belonging to the company, and to see that such parts of the material as had been borrowed was returned to the engine house.

 No further business coming before the meeting it adjourned to meet next Sunday at 4 p. m. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.

The Base Ball Game.

 The Business Men of Lafayette have sent a challenge to the members of the legal fraternity to engage in the strife of base ball, and the latter have accepted.

 The two teams are composed of the following warriors, with their respective ranks.

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 It is thought that a large number of people from all over the country will hasten to Lafayette to view this titanic struggle. And efforts will be made to induce the various transportation lines to issue a special low rate for the occasion, and if the crowd is too large to be handled by these lines, a requisition will be made for the ice-man's wagon.

 Every individual member of the two nines will publicly pledge themselves to keep within the bounds of christian warfare, and a large force of policemen will be appointed, and if there are not enough men in Lafayette parish an appeal will be sent to the neighboring parishes for reinforcements, and if any doubts should arise in regard to the insufficiency of the force the Governor will be appealed to call out the State militia as a precautionary measure - the life of the umpire must be preserved.

 A feature that should call out vociferous applause will be in the costumes - each player will be clad in a different colored attire.

 Ample seating capacity will be provided, but if by some unforeseen circumstance there should not be enough to accommodate all, no objection will be made to the men standing up or reclining against a post - if they can find one. No objection to ladies wearing Gainsborough or seaside hats, provided they don't open their parasols. Game will be called at an early hour so that at least one inning can be played, as the management feel that the people are entitled to a show for their money.

 When the umpire declares a man out the audience must not pelt him with brickbats, but the player may kick at him, but if so much as a single hair of his head is touched the offender will be condemned to eat, in full view of the people, a depot hotel sandwich.

 A keg of cool beer will be kept on tap at second base, and every base runner entitled to a swallow when he reaches safely that base. It is thought that from the stringency of this rule not much beer will be consumed.

 When a run in earned the base runner will be entitled to an ovation - after the game, if he is not forgotten in the rush to get home.

 The physicians will erect a temporary hospital near the grounds, and have within all the things necessary for any casualty that may happen, and a corps of the Red Cross society have kindly volunteered their services have kindly volunteered their services and will be placed in charge.

 Advices received from New Orleans state that the victorious "Reds" have their vision directed on the coming fray and will challenge the victors.

 If the door-keeper is not "Bunch"ed out of the gate receipts they will  be turned over to Treasurer C. O. Mouton, of the H. S. F.

 For a genuine mirth provoker, the coming game is at the apex, and its novelty is "out of sight."

 It is confidently expected that a crowd numbering any way from 50 to 50,000 will be present to enjoy the fun.

 To paraphrase Mr. Golighty, you've got a treat to come; and if you miss it you will miss five treats in one.
Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., May 13, 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. Rigues, and James Hannen.

 The finance committee made the following report, which was approved:

 To the Hon. Mayor and Council of Lafayette:

 The undersigned finance committee, having examined the report of the treasurer and collector's books, do make the following report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
            Finance Committee.
     Lafayette, La., May 13, 1893.
     On motion, resolved that the sum of $10 be and is hereby ordered to be paid to Rev. Forge for potter's field.
                     WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
     A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 5/20/1893.

 Mr. Walter Mouton, visited Galveston, Tex., this week.

 The young men of Lafayette will give a hop to-night, at Falk's Opera House.

 Mrs. Armand Levy, of Lake Charles, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Falk.

 Judge C. Debaillon went over to New Orleans Monday.

 Dr. A. R. Trahan attended the State Medical Association in New Orleans, last week.

 Mr. J. C. Nickerson, and sister, Miss Lella, went to Abbeville this week, and participated in an excursion the Gulf.

 There are a couple of mud holes in the public road leading from this town to Carencro that should be attended to at once.

 A band of gypsies, in three large vehicles, passed through Lafayette last Sunday going east.

 From the reports that reach this office this week we are pleased to note the fact that crops are growing finely throughout the parish.

 Medammes Isaac Broussard and Joseph Broussard went to New Orleans last Tuesday, where they were joined by Sheriff Broussard.

 The crops of corn, cotton, and cane being cultivated by Italians in a field adjacent to the town presents advanced growth, perfect cultivation and promises an abundant yield.

 A special train pulled in Lafayette Sunday, having on board Superintendent Mulvey, the road master, and all section foremen of the Louisiana Western railroad, who were on their annual tour of inspection of the tracks of the company.

 Of the indigenous fruits of Lafayette parish are the scuppernong and purple grapes, mulberries, dewberries, blackberries, and a few others; but it seems the people have failed to turn these to profitable account.

 Dr. G. Salles left for Houston, Tex., Monday, with a view, we understand, of locating to practice his profession. Should the doctor decide to stay over there, it will be to our loss and to that town's gain, and we hope he will meet with much prosperity.

 The children of the convent went pic-nicking last Thursday, chaperoned by the Sisters. Some fifteen wagons were crowded with young humanity, and it took one wagon to carry the eatables. We understand they had a splendid time.

 A change has been made in the force of night telegraph operators at this point. Mr. Thornton goes to New Iberia and is replaced by Mr. Bellar from the latter place. We are sorry to lose our friend Thornton.

 Mr. B. Falk, who always has an eye opened for the comfort of the patrons of his Opera House, has ordered some new chairs, and with other improvements that he has in mind, will made this place one of the most comfortable and attractive in the country. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.

An Enjoyable Cruise.

 A party of jovial spirits composed of Messrs. P. B. Roy, Aurellien Primeaux, Dupre Huhia, C. Debaillon, and Nelson Higginbotham, (known far and wide as the "rising sun of the West,") with Valsin Benoit as chief cook, and Bibi Landry as butler, boarded the sloop "La Corse" manned by Peigneur LeBlanc as chief sailing master. Of course, the efficient butler had seen to it that the larder was well filled, including some spirits in case, only, that any of the party should happen to run against a stingaree.  

 The start was made from Bayou Tigre, thence sailing throughout the Vermlion Bay to Southwest Pass, skirting the coast to Cheniere la Croix on the Gulf, where the party was royally entertained by Messrs Severin and Demas Landry.

 From there the voyage was all along the coast, and the stopping place at night was wherever they happened to be.

 During the cruise a visit was made and an inspection had of the Montague cut-off, from Hell-hole in Vermilion Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

 The Gazette started out to tell all the haps and mishaps of the trip. How Nelson was metamorphosed into the sun of the east. How the stingarees were vicious requiring the frequent imbibing of spirits, until the stingarees retired in disgust. How no member of the party could work in a fish story, because every one was watching the other, but we are not going to tell tales out of (unreadable word). Suffice it to say that it was one of those trips seldom had, but thoroughly enjoyed by kindred souls who appreciate a good thing when they are in it. Judge Debaillon one of the party returned, bronzed by the sun, evidently in rugged health, and certainly in fine spirits. Lafayette Gazette 5/20/1893.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 20th, 1899:

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Laf. 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 instrument by 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, The evaporating system in the parish jail, known as the Peck-Hammond System, has failed to operate as represented, and contracted, and The Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Co. 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 to the Pauly Jail Building Co. 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 printing were discharged and the work accepted.

 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, Ambroise Broussard, Clemard Girouard and Anatole Monte. The said Jury shall assess all damages to proprietors affected by the tracing of said road and accept all donations tendered.

  The bridge near Vincent's, 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. 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, J. O. Girouard, were appointed to stir up interest to make preparations for the Farmer's 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 appeared and appealed for liberal financial assistance for the pupils schools, especially urging the appropriation of $900, amount of excess of 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 at the next meeting the advisability of donating at the next meeting the advisability of donating school Section 16, T. 9. 3. R.

 By motion $100, 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 Lafayette.--Wm. R. Foote, Middleton Morgan, Veranus Spell, Erastus Perry, 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 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 of Veranus Spell and Tillman Spell, one fourth mile thence through lands of Jones & Winston 1/2 mile on the west said rode opposite the house of Tillman Spellman, we appropriate the whole forty feet for a distance of two acres having been notified of our appointment and of the time and place of the meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment; and having generally taken and subscribed, (unreadable words) oath and having given each and every one of the (unreadable word) proprietors in writing, at least three days previous, time and place of meeting 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 follows:  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 off of the land of each one along their common boundary line which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown 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 trace and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course; and we have cause to be made a plat of said road showing 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 our report of said road for reference.

 And we further report that we, said Jury of Freeholders, did on oaths aforesaid, assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation 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 compensation 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.


 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.

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 Respectfully submitted,
         J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
  Lafayette, La., May 4, 1899.
  For the justice of peace and constables criminal fund, April 6, to amount from L. A. Leblanc, J. P. $2.25.
       J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1899.

 School Board Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., May 11, 1899 - The School Board met this with the following members present: Dr. Hopkins, Messrs. Alex. Delhomme, Jasper Spell, Vl. Olivier, V. E. Dupuis, J. O. Broussard, J. S. Whittington, Baxter Clegg.  Absent: H. M. Durke.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 The regular order of business were suspended.

 On motion of Mr. A. Olivier, seconded by Mr. Spell, the present session, 1898-99, was ordered closed May 19, 1899.

 On motion 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,

    The Board adjourned,
             C. F. LATIOLAIS,
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1899.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 20th, 1882:


 We learn from various and reliable sources that Breaux Bridge was the scene of a terrible tragedy last Monday, and one in which unauthorized and unjustified violence held full sway. It appears that early on Monday morning a crowd of men - the number we did not learn - went to St. Martinville and, by some means, took from the jail Joseph Jenkins, a white man, who was confined on the charges of having shot and killed his brother-in-law (unreadable words) one week before (unreadable words) remonstrance from one or two persons, it does not appear that anything was done to frustrate the purpose of the mob, and the task of securing Jenkins was an easy one; there was also, at large and under bond, a negro man charged with the killing of a boy, he was likewise secured, and with the two the crowd returned to Breaux Bridge and there, in open day light, swung them into eternity.

 Mob law at any time and under any circumstances is deplorable ;  if the circumstances of this instance are as we learn them, it is one of the worst cases of the kind in our State's history. It is said that justification of the act is sought in the charge of a flagrant and continuous neglect of duty on the part of the officers - especially of the Judge of that district. But even this could not justify, nor excuse such an act at this time. The remedy ought to be elsewhere, and when official incompetency or neglect of duty brings about direful consequences, it is time for heroic remedies. If the district judge, sheriff, or any other officer be at fault, there ought to be some way or reaching them, if not, the district ought to be wiped out. We hope the Governor and legislature will give the matter some attention, since it is said by the friends of those implicated, that Jenkins and his fellow sufferer were victims, not so much of their own acts, as of a sacrifice to appease the wrath of an offended people.

 After writing the above, we received the N. O. Times-Democrat, of the 17th inst., which contained the following dispatches:

           ST. MARTINVILLE, May, 15.
  To his Excellency S. D. Enery :
    This morning about 11 o'clock, during my absence, a crowd of 200 persons made a raid on the parish jail where one Joseph E. Jenkins was confined, charged with murder, Jenkins was led to Breaux Bridge and there hung.
                            U. A. GUILBEAU.
             St. Martinsville, May 16, 1882.
 To His Excellency S. D. McEnery :

 Jenkins was hung about 4 p. m. yesterday, and the same mob on the way with Jenkins seized one Azar, a colored man under bond to appear in court, and hung him also on the same tree. Great excitement prevailed here and the people of the parish are outraged.
                    U. A. GUILBEAU,
    On receipt of the second dispatch Gov. McEnery immediately telegraphed Sheriff Guilbeau, stating he had offered a reward of $2,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons engaged in hanging Jenkins and Azar.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1882.


 The act of incorporation of the La. Central Railway Co., organized to construct a railroad from this place to some point on the Mississippi river, between Bayou Goula and Bayou Sarah, was published a few days ago in the N. O. Times-Democrat. The incorporators are Messrs. J. G. Parkerson, E. B. Parkinson, Wilson, Rayne, Palfrey and W. S. Parkerson is President ;  we sincerely hope that this is no delusion. It is a matter of immense importantance to this parish, and its consummation would be us of untold value. Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1882.

[From the St. Landry Democrat.]

 We crossed the Louisiana Western railroad, in the latter part of September, 1880, at that time there was nothing there but a water tank, and the workmen engaged in building a wind mill to raise water in it, were occupying tents. The place was a level open plain, without building or enclosure of any kind for a mile or two around. We were there again again last Saturday, and found a village of forty of fifty buildings. Rayne is the shipping point of a large and populous section of the country, and the population is rapidly increasing ;  in a few years it will without doubt be a considerable town. From the St. Landry Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1882.



 We are glad to be able to say that the fair was a financial success. The weather was propitious, and there was plenty of dust, but that did not seem to keep anybody away. The attendance during the whole time was as good, perhaps better, than on any previous occasion. The dramatic entertainment on Saturday was generally conceded to have been especially attractive, and the "old man" and the boys repeatedly drew down the house in uproarious applause. The Tableaux on Monday evening, however, constituted the summum bonum of the entire enterprise ;  there was artistic charm and striking beauty showing excellent taste and superior judgment on the part of the managers.

 Our local brass band, of boys, furnished music at times for the crowd in attendance, and, we believe, it was the general opinion that the boys played very well.

 On Sunday evening the brass band of New Iberia, under the leadership of Prof. J. E. Martin, very graciously, and gratuitously came to town, and the fair grounds on that evening were entertained by strains of real good music. They returned Monday morning to the depot, homeward bound, and as the last strains of their marching music died away, we are sure that all who heard were unanimous in the hope that they would come again.

 The String Band of Breaux Bridge under the leadership of Mr. Domgeau, also paid us a visit on Monday evening and furnished music for the Tableaux.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1882.


 The work of the District Court after our report last week was continued as follows:

  Friday 12. - Augustin Duhon, larceny, guilty.
  Saturday 13. - Cesaire Landry, petit larceny, pleaded guilty.
  Narcisee, c. carrying concealed weapons, pleaded guilty and fined $5 and costs or 10 days jail.
  Monday 15. - Thomas Riddo, assault and battery, pleaded guilty and fined $5 and costs or 10 days in jail.
  Adolphe Andrus, assault and battery guilty.
  Francois Daniel, carrying concealed weapons, not guilty.
  Tuesday, 16. - Martin Guilbeau, assault, pleaded guilty.
 Homer Martin, carrying concealed weapons, not guilty.
  Thursday 18. - Sam, c. larceny, guilty.

 A number of the convicted have not yet been sentenced.

 The trial of criminal cases was concluded on Thursday and the remainder of the term will be devoted to civil business. Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1882.

 Police Jury Proceedings.

             Meeting of May 6th, 1882.
 Pursuant to adjournment the Police Jury met this day. Members present: J. G. St. Julien, O. Theriot, H. Eastin, E. Potier and J. S. Whittington.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 On motion, resolved, that Messrs. C. D. Caffery, J. S. Whittington and C. Debaillon are appointed a committee to make an estimate of the probable expenses of the current year.

 On motion, resolved, that the licenses for the year 1882, be and are hereby fixed at the same schedule as that of the State.

 The following officers were elected for the ensuing year, viz:

 C. D. Caffery, Attorney, salary fixed at one hundred and fifty dollars.
 H. M. Bailey, Treasurer, salary fixed at $200.
 J. N. Judice, Clerk, salary fixed at $100.
 W. B. Bailey, Printer, salary fixed at $250.

 On motion, resolved, that the salaries of the road overseers, for the current year, be and are hereby fixed at $150 per annum.

 On motion, resolved, that J. Ed. Mouton be and is hereby appointed road overseer for the Third Road District, and Arnauld Baque overseer for the Second Road District.

 On motion, the account of Alex Breaux as road overseer for the year 1878 was laid on the table.

  On motion, resolved, that the sum of twenty-five dollars be and is hereby ordered to be paid to Thomas F. Webb, Sr., for the sustenance of one John Turner, an indigent and blind colored man.

 On motion, resolved, that hereafter the regular meetings of this Police Jury shall be held every two months, on the first Saturday of the month.

 On motion, resolved, that Mr. O. Theriot be and is authorized to exchange by compromise, with Sigismond Bernard, a certain portion of the public road running through said Bernard's land, and report at next meeting.

 On motion, resolved, that the following named persons are appointed a jury of freeholders to access and trace a public road from Royville to Broussardville, viz: Messrs. Sidney Greig, O. Theriot, O. Cade, Martial Fabre, Valsin Broussard and Demas Comeaux, and they report at the next meeting.

 On motion, resolved, that the following persons are hereby appointed as a jury of free holders to change, if possible, that portion of the road leading from Vermilionville to the southwestern limits of the parish, running between H. Eastin's and Z. Doucet's and others, to some suitable place, and to assess damages, to-wit:

 Messrs. W. B. Bailey, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Jules J. Revillon, A. Baque, Alex. Guidry and J. S. Whittington.

 On motion the following was adopted:

 Whereas, complaint has been made to the Police Jury to the effect that the public road in this parish leading from Vermilionville to the northern limits of the parish, at a point near the plantation of Mr. Emile Arceneaux, runs through a pond of considerable depth, and that the estimated costs of bridging said pond are exorbitant, and the Police Jury would not be justified in undertaking same with the present revenue ;
   Therefore, it is ordered by the Police Jury, that a jury of six freeholders be appointed by the president to examine the locality in question and report as to the most advisable and feasible means of putting said road in repair or of securing a new and substantial road. And it is further ordered that should said jury of freeholders deem it necessary and advisable to open a roadbed, in order to avoid said pond, they are required to lay out and open same over the most direct route to connect the old road around said pond. The said jury is further authorized and required to make any arrangements they may deem proper to purchase said road from land owners over whose land the same may be laid out, and to assess all damages that may accrue to contiguous proprietors, such purchase price and damages to be paid by the parish.

 It is further ordered by the Police Jury, that in case of disagreement between said jury of freeholders and any land owner whose land said road may run, as to the valuation of any land necessary, or damages, they shall report to the attorney of the Police Jury fixing a just and equitable valuation on said land and damages ;  upon receiving said report the Parish Attorney is hereby instructed and required to proceed immediately before the proper tribunal to expropriate such land as may be necessary to secure a substantial highway for public travel at the locality herein set forth.

 On motion the Police Jury adjourned to the first Saturday of July, 1882.
J. G. ST. JULIEN, President.
J. N. JUDICE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1882.


 The Mayor and Councilmen elected on the 1st day of May, 1882, were duly qualified, and met on the 18th inst., at Firemen's Hall.

 Present: M. P. Young, Mayor; and Councilmen W. B. Bailey, Benj. Falk, P. Gerac, F. Lombard, J. O. Mouton, Ed. Pellerin and J. J. Revillon.

 Upon calling the Council to order the Mayor addressed them as follows:

 Gentlemen of the City Council - The third year of our administration of the City Government has just ended ;  before getting down to work again let me congratulate you on the general result of your labors in the past year, and especially on the substantial improvement of the finances of the city, as seen in the continuing reduction of debt, upon the economic conduct of city affairs, and the demonstration of the ability of the City Council to live strictly within the annual income ;  and, it is now with pleasure, that I can inform you that the city does not owe one cent.

 The gentlemen of the Street Committee deserve great credit for the manner in which they have performed their work ;  the good condition of the ditches, canals, streets and bridges show their labor.

 Allow me to thank you for giving your services free of charge for the entire time that our city was in debt ;  and now that we are free from debt, and money in the treasury, I think we should receive pay, - such an amount as the Council may see proper to allow, and the city able to pay.

 I will here recommend that the Council take such steps as are necessary to enlarge or extend our corporate lines ;  we have little or no territory ;  about one half of our city is in the parish which really should be under our government.
             M. P. YOUNG, Mayor.

 On motion it was ordered that the above address be published with the minutes.

 The Council then proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year.

 Mr. Mouton presented the name of Mr. J. Vigneaux for Constable and Collector and added that he should not only be elected, but should receive the thanks of the Council for the faithful performance of his duties the past year.

 On motion, Mr. Vigneaux was declared unanimously elected Constable and Collector.

 On motion of Mr. Revillon, the "Lafayette Advertiser" was declared the official journal of this body.

 On motion, it was ordered that the officers elected this day, receive the same salary as last year.

 On motion, the bonds of the Collector and Treasurer were fixed at the same rate as last year, and that the Mayor appoint a committee of three to accept said bonds.

 The Mayor then appointed the following committees:

 Committee on Bonds - Messrs. Gerac, Mouton and Pellerin.

 Committee on Streets - Messrs. Bailey, Revillon and Mouton.

 Committee on Finance - Messrs. Pellerin, Falk and Gerac.

 Resolved, That the tax on bazaars, &c., be and is hereby appropriated to the use of the Constable to employ assistance in maintaining order at said bazaars, &c.

 Resolved, That all persons having coach gates shall have bridges over the gutter in front said gates, and it is hereby made the duty of the Constable to give ten days notice to all persons in contravention of this ordinance to comply the same under penalty of a fine not more than five dollars.

On motion, it was resolved, That the mayor be and is hereby authorized to employ legal advice whenever he may deem it necessary, and that the sum of twenty-five dollars be appropriated for that purpose.

 The following accounts were presented, approved:

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 The following accounts were laid on the table subject to call:

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 On motion the Council adjourned.
M. P. YOUNG, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1882.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/20/1882.

 Trains are now running as before the flood. The local and Texas express have been coming independently and on time since last Wednesday. Freight trains were also started this week and the wild shriek of the locomotive is heard again at all hours of the day and night.

 Mr. M. T. Martin has been appointed Postmaster at this place vice A. Monnier, deceased. We learn that the office will be removed from its present location to-day to the store of Mr. J. E. Martin on Main street.

 We received a few days since a sack of splendid Irish potatoes, grown on the plantation of our friend Mr. Hugh Jamieson, in this parish. They were unquestionably splendid specimens, and we learn that he has a quantity of the same kind for sale.

 We have been requested by Rev. Mr. Forge to tender from him and the managers of the Fair, thanks respectively to the Brass Band of New Iberia and the String Band of Breaux Bridge extended by them.  





General Disarmament.

  The general disarmament first proposed by the Czar of Russia and afterwards taken up by England's good queen is one of the strongest proofs of the final and complete triumph of civilization. The lesson of the great King of "peace on earth; good will to man," is most beautiful in theory, and certainly deserves an effort on the part of civilized nations to be put into practice. Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1899.

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