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From the Lafayette Gazette of May 22nd, 1897:


NEWSPAPER CRITICISMS
Result in a Fist Fight and a Duel.
 

 Quite a sensation was created last Monday when two residents of this town met in physical combat. In the last issue of the Advertiser an article was published which reflected upon the gentlemen in charge of the recent municipal election. Mr. D. J. Veazey, one of the commissioners of the election, met Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen, editor of the Advertiser, and after exchanging a few words engaged in a fight with him. Mr. Veazey being a stronger man than his adversary, overpowered him and evidently had the best of the encounter when Messrs. Alfred Hebert and Albert Steen interceded and separated the combatants.

 A short while the occurrence Mr. Veazey received a challenge to a duel from Mr. Van der Cruyssen. The challenge was accepted and friends of the principals lost no time to arrange the particulars for a meeting on the field of honor.

 The duel came off the same afternoon.

 One shot was fired by each at a distance of 25 paces.

 Nobody was hurt.
 Laf. Gazette 5/22/1897.





THE REPAIRS
Are Completed and the Jail is Now in Good Condition.

 The parish jail is now in excellent condition. The repairs recently made to it by Mr. J. Harmon, the capable representative of the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company, are completed and have been accepted by Mr. Wm. Clegg, the supervising architect, and also by the Police Jury.

 The jail as it is now is all that could be desired. It is a neat and strong structure, and with proper care it should give entire satisfaction. A system of desiccating and evaporating the offal of the prison has been put in and it is thought will prove to be a very successful mode of disposing of the refuse. Heretofore this has been a constant source of worry to the authorities.

 The jailer's apartments are airy and roomy, and that officer can have no complaint on that score. An elegant bathing-room with neat washing-basin will add to his comfort. Two bathing-tubs will afford splendid opportunities to the prisoners to keep clean. Under the old system this luxury was denied the inmates of the parochial bastille; now they will have to indulge in it whether or not they are inherently opposed to the use of water for washing purposes. It may prove a cruel hardship on the old-timers, but the jailer is determined to enforce this rule as a sanitary measure.

 The three old cells have been entirely renovated and are almost as good as when they were new. The three new cells are thoroughly up-to-date; in each one four cots can be placed without crowding the occupants. The cells are sufficiently large and very airy. The "eccentric" lock is a decided improvement and is much safer than the locks used on the old cells.

 The jail is painted throughout, and, as we said before, it is in first-class condition.

 There are many other improvements which we will not mention.

 The Police Jury has acted wisely in using the people's money to make these much-needed repairs and it also showed good judgment in securing the services of Mr. Wm. Clegg to supervise the work. Mr. Clegg has devoted considerable time to see that the work was properly and intelligently performed. Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.



Meeting of the Ladies' Club.
The entertainment of the Ladies' Five o'clock Tea Club Thursday by Mrs. Walter Mouton was distinguished by the usual tact and grace which this lady possesses in an eminent degree as hostess and made her entertainment one of the most charming in the Club's history.

 Miss Maud Boas, in a clear cultured voice, sang "Blue Eyes" to the delight of her hearers. A vocal solo by Miss Clye Mudd ended the appointed programme. At this juncture the hostess ushered here guests to the dining-room, where, "while opening blooms diffused their sweets around" sweets of a more substantial nature were daintily served and much enjoyed. In the geographical contest which followed the whole club was victorious, but in the tie for the prize Mrs. N. P. Moss bore off the pretty trophy.
Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.



To-day's Picnic. - To-day the survivors of the late war who live in this town and parish will give a basket picnic at Beausejour Park. It is to be hoped that all who can attend this reunion of the old soldiers will not fail to do so. A very interesting program will be presented. The pupils of Prof. Greig's school and those of Miss Boas will sing appropriate songs and will assist the committee on entertainment.
Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.


Regina Music Box. - We were treated to some exquisite music the other day by a lady friend who has procured a Regina Music Box, an instrument whose simplicity of construction is equaled only by the melodious sounds it produces. It is unlike any other music boxes and far superior to any that we have ever seen. By merely changing the metallic sheets, a different air is played and with such perfect melody that the hearer is almost held spell-bound with surprise and admiration. A. Wolff, of cor. 14th street & Union Square W., New York City, is the agent for the Regina Music Boxes. 
Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.



Formed Law Partnership. - The Gazette is informed that Mr. John Kennedy of New Orleans has formed a partnership with the local attorney, Mr. Crow Girard, and will practice law in this parish. Mr. Kennedy is the son of the late Col. Kennedy who was well and favorably known by the people of this parish where he resided a long number of years. The Gazette bespeaks for Mr. Kennedy a successful career in his chosen profession. Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.


Opened in Lafayette. - Lewis & Ratcliff, the well-known insurance agents of Opelousas, have opened an office in Lafayette. Mr. James Lewis, the senior member of the firm, will make his headquarters in Lafayette and will have charge of the business here. Mr. Lewis is the son of the well-known attorney, Hon. Thos. H. Lewis, and is a young man possessing the required energy and push to succeed, and The Gazette is pleased to announce that he has decided to stay in Lafayette and will give the business his individual attention. Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897. 



NUPTIALS.
Doucet-Montgomery.

 At 6 o'clock Tuesday evening Miss Ella Montgomery and Mr. George Doucet were quietly wedded. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Sam J. Montgomery, the father of the bride. Only members of the families and intimate friends were present.

 The bride and groom are among the most estimable young people of this community, of which they are worthy members. The bride, who is the daughter of one of our best citizens, is a very popular young lady, and the groom is equally well liked and is held in great esteem by the people of his native town.

 The Gazette wishes them a fair share of happiness. Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.


Excursion from New Orleans. - On Sunday, June 6. the day the excursion from New Orleans to Lafayette will take place, the sisters of Mount Carmel Convent propose to help entertain the visitors. They will give a matinee on the convent grounds and will serve refreshments and lunched during the day.   Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.




Police Jury Proceedings.
LAFAYETTE, La., May 13, 1897.

 The Police Jury met this day pursuant to adjournment with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacey and Alfred Hebert.

 Mr. Clegg, supervising architect of jail repairs, submitted the following report:

 LAFAYETTE, La., May 13, 1897. -- Hon. R. C. Landry, President Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La.
Dear Sir -- Having been appointed by your honorable body to superintend the new work and repairs on the jail under contract by the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company, I beg to state, the same has been completed satisfactorily, and is now ready for your inspection and acceptance.
                          Respectfully,
                               WM. CLEGG.

The Jury proceeded in a body to inspect the parish jail, and the repairs made therein by contract with the Pauly Jail Company. After a thorough inspection of the work done, the Jury unanimously agreed to accept the jail as tendered subject to the provisions and stipulations of the original contract.

 The account of Mr. Wm. Clegg. architect, for $134.50, was approved.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/22/1897.




News Notes (Gazette) 5/22/1897.

 The sisters of the Mount Carmel Convent gave their annual picnic last Monday.

 Morgan Lodge 371 of Railroad Trainmen will give an excursion from Lafayette to Houma during the latter part of June. The fare and schedule will be made public later.

 On June 6 there will be a grand excursion from New Orleans, and the park managers have arranged a lively program for that day: Base ball, trotting races, bicycle races, pony race, mule race, foot race. Watch for posters and program in our next issue.

The Dixies (baseball) of this town and a Washington club will play a game of ball to-morrow evening at the Oak Avenue Park. Laf. Gazette 5/22/1897.




From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 22nd, 1869:

New Steeple for St. John's.
 The new steeple of our Church is nearly completed, the (unreadable word) has already been raised, in a dew days the whole work, painting included, shall have been done. On Wednesday evening as the sun was setting we ascended the steps leading to the rail platform, whence we took a view of the fields, gardens, woods and farms surrounding to the extent of many miles, the coup d' oeil is grand and pleasing and we invite the our readers and the public, to go and enjoy the scene ;  it is worth one's while to do so. Too much praise cannot be awarded to Rev. Mr. Roussel for his zeal and Mr. Moity and his workmen for their untiring and skillful labors in the completion of this work which will be a great ornament to our Town. 
Lafayette Advertiser 5/22/1869.


Pike President of N. O. & Opelousas and Great Western Railroad.
 Our readers will hail with pleasure the election of Wm. S. Pike, to the President of the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Rail Road and the liberal spirit with which the capitalists of New Orleans are subscribing to free the line from Morgan's (unreadable word) and monopoly (unreadable word) selection could have been made and we feel buoyed with the hope that the fast waning destinies of the Road, will soon be revived under his able guidance and supervision ;  such tidings are cheering and always acceptable.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/22/1869.




CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE:
Session of May 10th, 1869.

 On this day, under the new Act of (unreadable) corporation of the town of Vermilionville, the following named persons to-wit:  Alphonse Nevue, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles, Wm. Mouton, Augusta Monnier, Wm. O. Smith, B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride, newly elected mayor and members of said City Council met. The returns of the election having been produced and the above named persons having received the largest number of votes, they were duly sworn in the by the Hon. A. J. Moss, Parish Judge, and took their seats.

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

 On motion, Wm. B. Bailey was unanimously elected Clerk and Treasurer.

 On motion, Fernest Martin was unanimously elected Constable and Collector.

 Wm. Mouton, was on motion, unanimously elected City Attorney.

 Wm. B. Bailey was elected Printer, F. Martin was authorized to make an assessment of all property within the limits of the Corporation.

 On motion the Council adjourned until Saturday 15th. Inst.
A. NEVUE, Mayor.
WM. B. BAILEY, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/22/1869.


CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.

 Pursuant to adjournment, the City Council met on this the 15th day of May, A. D. 1869.

 A. Nevue, Mayor, presiding. All the members present.

 On motion, it was resolved, that a committee of three, be and is hereby appointed to ascertain the probable cost of removing obstructions from that portion of Lafayette street near Mrs. E. Mouton's property. The Mayor appointed Messrs. Smith, B. A. Salles and G. C. Salles on said committee.

 On motion, resolved, that a committee of two be and is hereby authorized to ascertain the cost of building a bridge across Lafayette street near the lower corner of Mrs. E. Mouton's property. Messrs. G. C. Salles and R. L. McBride, were appointed on said committee.

 Resolved, that a committee of two, be and is hereby appointed to revise and digest all laws of the Corporation passed by previous Councils. Wm. Mouton and W. B. Bailey were appointed on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved that a petition signed by the Mayor and members of the City Council of Vermilionville, be addressed to the President and members of the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, requesting that honorable body to have a fence built around the Court House.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Mayor be and is hereby requested to have the vagrant law rigidly enforced within the limits of the Corporation.

 The bonds of the Treasurer and Collector fixed at eight hundred dollars each ;  Messrs. W. O. Smith and G. C. Salles were appointed to receive said bonds.

 On motion, resolved that the Clerk be and is hereby authorized to purchase a blank book for the use of the Council.

 Resolved that the Council have regular meeting on the first Saturday of each and every month.

 The following accounts were allowed:

 M. E. Girard, Attorney...$200.00
H. Livran...$3.30.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
A. NEVUE, Mayor.
WM. B. BAILEY, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/22/1869.



lagniappe:
The Advertiser Responds to St. Landry.
 The Journal considers our reliable information simply ridiculous, and at the same time, doubts that any one has read the instructions besides the officer in command and his brother officers. So that the Editors of the Journal know no more than we do about the object of the presence of the troops, even if we did know nothing; but only supposed and they not knowing to the contrary, we would simply qualify their assertion as an (unreadable word). We would advise them not to be so hasty in their epithets, or in the quasi defence of those loyal ones who "are perfectly quiet, very seldom out of camp and interfere with nothing civil or religious." As far as Dr. Brook's is concerned, the perusal of our last issue will show what desire we have to be just towards all ;  the article contained nothing addressed to the citizens of St. Landry and we must say that we were taken by surprise by our confrere's article. If we were not correctly informed which we are willing to admit for argument sake, as to the object of the troops in St. Landry, we opine that bon ton and editorial courtesy would have indicated a course very different from that pursued by you ;  how much better would it have sounded, how much more euphony in the words, "worthy confrere you are wrong, allow us to correct you," but then how could you correct us, or call our "reliable" information ridiculous, when you yourself proclaim your own ignorance and that of every one else, except, the officers in command, as to the instructions connected with the needing of the troops ;  when you did not even know that we did not know ;  in which latter case, we candidly say to you, you had better said nothing. Those remarks which you can rest assured will be the last from as to you, we speak in a spirit of good feeling towards you, in a spirit of charity, hoping that they may be useful to you in your future editorial career. 

Lafayette Advertiser 5/22/1869.            


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