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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 23rd, 1906:

A Morning in Lafayette.
[Editorial to Laf. Adv. 5/19/1906.]

 I believe the time has now come when it may be justly said of our little town that what goes on in it is of considerable importance. Its persons and events on an average day are in every way worthy of note and comment. A newspaper reporter could scarcely fine better material anywhere than my own experience during two hours this morning would have furnished him.

 In the first place, who should stroll up the main street at 10:30 but President Caldwell, of the State Normal School? "I have just come from Sunset", he said, as we walked back to the Gordon Hotel, "where I spoke last night at the opening of their new $10,000 schoolhouse" - a splendid accomplishment, by the way, for a village of only 400 inhabitants - " and I have just run down here between trains to congratulate you all upon the grand forward step your own town took last Tuesday. Lafayette is making history for the State."

 While we were talking Prof. Morton A. Aldrich, of the chair of economics and sociology in Tulane University, stepped up and shook hands with us. He has just returned from making an address at the closing exercises of the St. Landry High School at Opelousas, and had stopped here to visit the Industrial Institute. Tulane, he said, was flourishing and having recently recognized itself as a State institution, was asking the Legislature for the modest appropriation of $40,000 a year - to start with! Mr. Caldwell winked the alter ego as we suggested the amendment of striking out $40,000 and substituting 40 cents - but Prof. Aldrich refused.

 Very soon Mr. Walter J. Burke, of New Iberia, member of the State Board of Education for this district, came up - and, first thing, congratulated the people of Lafayette, and especially all schoolmen and friends of education and progress, upon the successful outcome of the bond issue election last Tuesday. "Lafayette will rapidly become an important center," he added, "and its growth will be hastened as a result of such progressive movements."

 In a few moments more Mr. Robert Martin, of St. Martinville, appeared on the scene - and he too thought first of congratulations on Lafayette's good work and bright prospects for educational and commercial progress. He was the Legislative founder of the Industrial Institute and is a member of its Board of Trustees, Southwest Louisiana, and Lafayette in parish in particular, is indebted to him for securing the first substantial nucleus for the State-wide reputation it has since attained for education and progress.

 The next man to join the group was Mr. Alcide Judice, of Scott, and all the visitors at once felicitated him upon the recent election - so closely and so justly is his name identified with the educational movement of this parish and section.

 And the next man to come in was Mr. Martial Billeaud, Jr., of Broussard, President of our Police Jury, who was also congratulated on the many progressive movements of the parish, including in particular the illustrative experiment in road building now being carried out with the assistance of the U. S. Government engineers - which all present regarded as being a move of the greatest value and importance, second only to schools.

 Many other prominent men besides were strolling in and out gathering in interested groups about the hotel lobby, all bearing out the statement with which I started this letter - that Lafayette is now a place where things happen and where important men of affairs may be seen on any day.

 But the most conspicuous and memorable event of the day was a sad one - the funeral of Ned Voorhies, than whom a nobler type of young manhood never entered into or passed out of our community's life. Yet even this grievous loss carried its message of good import - for there was everywhere shown the sense of a great bereavement, and one could learn something of Lafayette's ideals by noting what respect and value were set upon this young man's blameless and useful life. The funeral oration that was pronounced by Rev. Father Mattern, S. J., of Grand Coteau, as part of the solemn service at the Catholic Church, was most eloquent, simple and true. It held up the departed life as a shining example to all the young men of the parish - a substantial proof that it is not necessary for a young man to "sow wild oats", but that temptation can be successfully resisted and the springs of life and character kept pure. Even death and grief are not in vain if they carry home so great a truth.
                     (Signed) E. L. S.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1906.

Inspects Object Road in a Body, Thursday, a Number of Citizens Accompany Them.

 Thursday the Police Jury in response to an invitation from Messrs. Harrison and Williams, the government experts in charge, inspected the object lesson road work now in progress in front of the Industrial Institute. The members present were M. Billeaud, Jr. president, L. G. Breaux, J. E. Mouton, Valery Boudreaux, J. Connolly and A. A. Delhomme, also the following citizens, N. P. Moss, L. J. Alleman, Dr. E. L. Stephens, R. C. Greig, F. G. Mouton, W. A. LeRosen.

 The model road extends from Johnston street to the Protestant cemetery. The first six hundred feet of which is to be a permanent road of shells, about twenty feet in width, the rest of the distance is built of dirt.

 The party inspected the entire length, saw the steam roller in operation, and took careful note of the drainage and general build of the road under the direction and general build of the road under direction of Mr. Harrison who gave the party and understanding talk upon the subject of road building and explained the work being done and what had been done. He stated that in his opinion the object lesson would prove of great value to the parish, mentioning at the same time that Messrs. Joe Billeaud and Valery Boudreaux had been with him familiarizing themselves with good road building and that he believed the knowledge they had gained would be of great service in the building of good roads in Lafayette parish. After the inspection the entire party visited the Institute. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1906.         



From the Lafayette Gazette of May 23rd, 1903.

Preliminary Examination Before Judge Debaillon.
 Last Thursday Judge Debaillon held a preliminary examination in the case of Joseph Fuselier and nine other negroes, charged with the killing of Louis Parkerson near Carencro bridge on the 2d.

 All the prisoners were discharged except Fuselier who was held pending investigation by the Grand Jury. The trouble arose at a negro ball given by Fuselier, bad whiskey being at the bottom of it all. Attorney Jerome Mouton represented the accused.
Laf. Gazette 5/23/1903.

 Closing Exercises of the Lafayette High and Primary Schools.
 Last Thursday evening the Lafayette High School and the Primary School joined in closing exercises at Judge Parkerson's grove. The friends and patrons of both schools rallied in force to cheer and encourage the little folks and aid in extinguishing doubt incurred in the purchase of patent desks for the schools. A goodly sum was realized and a most enjoyable evening was spent. The following program was rendered by the pupils, Dr. Stephens delivering an eloquent and appropriate address:


Music...Sontag Military Band.
The Sun God...Fifth and Sixth Grades.
Songs...By Beginners.
Address...Dr. E. L. Stephens.
Music...Sontag Military Band.
Fatty Hoop Dance...Third and Fourth Grades.
Waiter Song...Fourth and Fifth Grades.
Music...Sontag Military Band.

 Refreshments were sold to help swell the gate receipts, the amount realized being applied to payment of debt for school furniture.

 Professor LeRosen and Miss Holmes, the principals, and their worthy assistants may well feel proud of the credit reflected by the splendid exhibition. Both schools have experienced a successful session and teachers and patrons are to be congratulated over the progress made and unexampled record attained in attendance and regularity.

 In spite of serious disadvantages the schools have reached a standard of efficiency commendable indeed. Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

Merchant's Grocer Company, Ltd.
 Capital Stock $50,000 - Substantial Business Men Organize Company for Wholesale Trade.

 Last Saturday evening a number of the most enterprising and substantial business men of the community met at the First National Bank and proceeded to organize a company to be as the Merchants' Grocer Company, Limited.

 The purpose of the organization is the  conducting and transacting a wholesale grocery business, the town of Lafayette being chosen as a base and distributing point. It is the design of the company to compete for the business of South and Southwest Louisiana; and considering the exceptional facilities possessed by Lafayette in the way of transportation and geographical situation, the energy and integrity of the men who are directing the management, it needs no prophet to foretell the success which will most assuredly crown the efforts of the promoters.

 The capital stock has been fixed at $50,000, and the entire amount has been subscribed, so that the company will lose no time in securing suitable quarters and entering the field immediately as one of the most potent factors in the development of Southwest Louisiana, and of Lafayette in particular. All enterprises of this character should be encouraged and we trust that ere long business men and capitalists of the community will enter into other avenues of trade and possess what rightfully belongs to pluck and energy. Thousands of dollars of home capital are lying idle in bank or coffers, while other towns and cities are reaching out in every direction and seizing business from under the very noses of local business men.

 How long this will continue depends upon the spirit and enterprise of the community. The launching of the Grocer Company will no doubt stimulate others and give an impetus to business in general that will redound to the lasting benefit of all concerned, as well as promote the general prosperity.

 The following officers were duly elected:  Felix Demanade, president; J. R. Jeanmard, vice-president; Geo. A. DeBlanc, secretary and treasurer. Board of Directors: Felix Demanade, J. R. Jeanmard, Dr. N. P. Moss, S. R. Parkerson and T. M. Biossat.

 The Gazette tenders to these gentlemen and others associated with them its sincere congratulations and good wishes for an abundant measure of success in their enterprise. Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

At The Industrial Institute - Address By Dr. Alderman To-night.

 The commencement exercises of the Industrial Institute began last evening with a joint session of the Attakapas and the Avatar Literary Societies and contest for the Julian Mouton medal. The young people acquitted themselves in a creditable manner and afforded much pleasure and satisfaction to a large and intelligent gathering of friends and the public generally. In the next issue a full account of the interesting affair will appear.

 To-day the annual exhibit and inspection of the Institute's work in all the departments will take place, from 10 o'clock a. m., to 2 p. m. This will prove most highly interesting and profitable to the friends and patrons of the school as demonstrating in the strongest manner work actually accomplished and the real progress made in the various departments. The public is cordially invited to this inspection, and may be assured of may pleasant surprises especially in the Manual and Domestic Science departments. The young ladies and gentlemen have done some neat and skillful work under the direction of their teachers and would feel proud to witness a just appreciation by the public.

 This evening at 8 o'clock Dr. E. A. Alderman, of Tulane, will deliver an address on education, and Dr. Stephens has formally invited the Police Jury, School Board and City Council to attend in their official capacities. The address will doubtless be the ablest and most interesting ever delivered in Lafayette, as Dr. Alderman's reputation as an educator is now national and his earnestness and eloquence incomparable. The lecture is free to all and the Institute auditorium should be filled by the good people of Lafayette, in honor of so distinguished a scholar and the recognition of the Institute as one of the foremost educational factors in the State.

 The commencement sermon by Rev. Max Heller, the learned and eloquent Jewish Rabbi, of Temple Sinai of New Orleans, will be preached to-morrow (Sunday) evening at 5 o'clock. All should attend. Monday night class exercises will be held and Tuesday at 10 o'clock a. m., Prof. B. C. Caldwell will deliver an address to the graduating class and Gov. Heard will award the diplomas to the following deserving young people: Misses Annie T. Bell, Rhena Boudreaux, Maxim Beraud, Alma Gulley and Edith Trahan ;  Masters Harold Demanade, Wm. P. Mills, Henry Smedes, Pothier Voorhies and Jacques Domengeaux. Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

Mr. F. Emile Mouton.
Mr. F. Emile Mouton, aged 53 years, died at his home last Wednesday near Mouton Switch. Deceased was a man of exemplary character, possessing those gentle and noble qualities of heart and mind which endeared him to his family and to an extended circle of friends and acquaintances. 
Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

Lafayette Ice Factory. - In another column of The Gazette appears the advertisement of the Lafayette Ice Factory. Mr. Alexius, the lessee of the factory, is an experienced ice manufacturer, having been in that business a number of years. He promises to give the people a good quality of ice and prompt service. Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

Sold to Martin Oil. - The Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company has sold its entire drill outfit to the Martin Oil Company, represented by Assessor Martin. So soon as the drill and necessary machinery can be placed in position boring will begin at the site selected a mile from town on Assessor Martin's property. An experienced driller has charge of the operations and the exploitation promises to be as thorough as successful.
Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

Delegate to Reunion and Fair Sponsors Chosen.

 Last Saturday a rousing meeting of Camp Gardner, U. C. V., was held at the courthouse, Captain L. G. Breaux and Adjutant P. L. DeClouet presiding. Four delegates, Messrs. Lucien St. Julien, A. Greig, P. L. DeClouet and Captain J. C. Buchanan were elected to represent the camp at the Reunion in New Orleans, Messrs. C. H. Mouton, L. G. Breaux, Col. G. A. Breaux and Numa Breaux being chosen as alternates.

 Misses Marie Breaux, Aime Mouton. Ruby Scranton  and Elmire Cochrane were chosen sponsors for the Camp, and it was resolved that the entire body should attend the Reunion and raise once more that dreadful "rebel yell" of Stonewall's "foot cavalry."

 Quite a large representation accordingly left Sunday and Monday, swelling the large number gathering from every quarter and hastening to the greatest and most enthusiastic Reunion the South has ever witnessed.

 The fair sponsors of the Camp accompanied the old Vets, and from accounts in the daily papers all are having the fullest measure of pleasure and enjoyment. The entertainment provided for old heroes by the good people of New Orleans can not be surpassed. With characteristic hospitality the city received the Veterans with open arms, providing for their every want. Private citizens vied with each other in throwing open their doors and extending heartiest greetings.

 Pursuant to notice a number of young men gathered at the courthouse last Saturday evening and organized the General Alfred Mouton Camp, United Sons of Confederate Veterans. One hundred and eleven names were enrolled and the following officers elected:  C. O. Mouton, Commander; Geo. DeClouet, 1st Lieutenant; Robt. Cochrane, 2nd Lieutenant; R. W. Elliot, Adjutant; Albert Trahan, Roster Master; R. C. Greig, Chaplain; Louis Lacoste, Treasurer; F. V. Mouton, Color Sergeant; Dr. N. P. Moss, Historian.

 The following committee on By-Laws and Constitution was appointed: Dr. E. L. Stephens, Supt. L. J. Alleman and Prof. V. L. Roy. Committee on membership; Messrs. Simeon Begnaud, F. V. Mouton and Charles Debaillon. Dr. F. J. Mayer and all the officers were elected delegates to the Reunion in New Orleans.

 On motion of Dr. Mayer the following was unanimously adopted:  That it is the sense of this Camp that the delegates be instructed to cast their votes for the Hon. Wm. McFaysseux for Commander-in-Chief of the United Sons of Veterans. In advocacy of this resolution Dr. Mayer and Mr. Elliot paid eloquent tribute to the worth and talent of Major McFaysseux.

 By motion of Dr. Mayer a motion was carried to invite the ladies to the next meeting, June 19, for the purpose of organizing a Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

 Miss Ruby Scranton was appointed Sponsor and Miss Mabel Dautrieve Maid of Honor to represent the Camp at the Reunion.

 The Camp then adjourned to meet at the courthouse June 19, at 8 o'clock p. m. Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.


 The proposition to levy a special tax of three mills for a period of six years in aid of the public schools of the parish is now before the people and demands their most serious consideration. Upon a petition duly signed by nearly one thousand voters and tax-payers the Police Jury has ordered a special election for June 18, to submit the question and test the sense of the property tax-payers on the proposition. No juggling of facts or quibbling over means and measures can obscure for a moment the all important issue pending. The vote must be "For" or "Against" and no amount of artful dodging will avail to justify either apathy or active opposition. The dictates of common honesty and manhood demand that the question be decided upon its merits.

 The Gazette, from the first, has ardently and consistently advocated any and all measures inaugurated for the improvement and advancement of the public school system of the parish and State. Public education it is conceded, is the cornerstone of the grandest and most beautiful political structure and designed by man and must ever be the most vital factor in the development of this mental, moral and material welfare. Never before in the history of Louisiana has the force and conviction of this truth so strongly appealed to the public mind. From the Arkansas line to the Gulf a mighty tidal wave of enthusiasm, gives unmistakable evidence of the great educational awakening, and all over the nation the overshadowing importance of efficient public schools has resulted in the establishment of a system of education without parallel in point of excellence or in completeness of equipment. No sacrifice of effort, nor the expenditure of millions is considered too great in the interest of the twenty million children of this glorious democracy.

 The good people of Lafayette have also done nobly in this cause by voting a special two-mill tax for ten year in aid of the Industrial Institute, the finest and by far the largest institution of its kind in the State, outside of New Orleans - an institution that will ever be a monument to the patriotism and intellectual appreciation of the people. The Police Jury has gradually increased its appropriation from fifteen hundred dollars per annum and, under the present administration, the schools have reached a standard of efficiency and effective working capacity which reflects credit upon the progress of the parish. But it must be remembered that there are approximately seven thousand educable children in the parish, hardly one-third of whom have yet been enrolled in the schools, which, as a rule, are so poorly housed and so inadequately furnished as to seriously interfere with any proper and thorough conducting of ordinary class work, not to speak of the personal comfort of pupils. It is not the purpose of this article to particularize the woeful condition of some schools as regards the common necessities and conveniences of life for no intelligent citizen can challenge the statement. If the people can afford a $15,000 parish jail with all modern equipments for the comfort and safety of their criminals, how more should they spend ten times that sum for the education of their own children and the prevention of crime? While palace cars and every modern appliance of human ingenuity sub-serve the ease and comfort of the of the public, shall the children be deprived of a mere pittance to secure for them the most precious legacy possible for parents to bestow? The term mere pittance is used advisedly for the average assessment of the parish falls far below $500 and this as a basis would bring the annual individual tax to $1.50, a bagatelle compared with the vast importance of the subject and responsibility involved in the issue. It is not the time now to indulge in penny wise and pound foolish arguments, but let every citizen ponder this matter and come, as he must, to a full realization of its import to the present as well as future welfare and prosperity of the entire State and parish.

 Let every man therefore who possesses a spark of manhood and patriotism declare himself unequivocally in advocacy of the proposed tax and use all honorable means to insure its adoption by an overwhelming majority.

 The Gazette feels that the people of Lafayette must adopt the tax or undergo the humiliation or retroceding from the proud position they have taken in educational advancement and progress. The eyes of the State are upon the parish and she cannot, she must not recede. Her banner bears that strange device. Excelsior!
Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 4, 1903.


 The City Council of the town of Lafayette, La., shall have power to provide for the prevention and extinguishment of fires and to organize, establish and maintain a fire department and to regulate the same; to establish fire limits to regulate, restrain or prohibit the erection wooden buildings within such limits as may be prescribed by ordinance, and to provide for removal of same at the expense of the owner thereof when erected contrary to the ordinances of the municipality; to appoint a fire marshal,  who may be the mayor or town marshal, with power to remove and keep away from the vicinity of any fire all idle and suspicious persons lurking near the same, and to compel any person present to aid in the extinguishment of said fire, or the preservation of property exposed to the danger of the same, and in preventing goods from being purloined thereat and with such powers and duties as may be prescribed by ordinance, pitch, turpentine, rosin, hemp, hay, cotton and all other combustible and inflammable materials and the storing of lumber in yards or lots within the fire limits as may be prescribed by ordinance, and the use of lights and candles in stables, shops and other places to remove or prevent the construction of any fire place, chimney, stove, oven, boiler, kettle or any apparatus used in any house, building manufactory or business which may be dangerous in causing or producing fires to direct the construction of deposits for ashes and generally said City Council shall have the power to do and cause to be done whatsoever may be needed and required to prevent and extinguish fires in said town.

 A vote being taken on above the result was as follows: Yeas: A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc. Nays: None.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 14, 1903.

 A special meeting of the City Council was held this day with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding.

 The following members were present: M. Rosenfield, H. L. Fontenot, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, D. V. Gardebled, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent A. E. Mouton.

 The foregoing citizens of the town of Lafayette, elected at the regular election held on the fourth day of May, 1903, to serve said town as mayor and councilmen for the term of two years, beginning this day, and it appearing and sworn accordingly, it was thereupon, moved, seconded and adopted that said Council do proceed to organize by the election of officers for said term.

 Moved and duly seconded, that Mr. E. Campbell be elected chief of police for this town for the ensuing term and that his salary be fixed at $70 a month. Carried.

 Moved and seconded , that the Council elect two deputy marshals at a salary of $60 per month each. Carried.

 Moved and seconded, that F. V. Mouton be elected for ensuing term as treasurer and that his salary be fixed at $200 per annum. Carried.

 Moved and seconded, that Louis Lacoste be elected as secretary for ensuing term and his salary be fixed at $200 per annum. Carried.

 Moved and seconded, that Chas. Debaillon be elected as collector for ensuing term and his commission be fixed at 3 per cent, same as heretofore. Carried.

 Moved and seconded, that Abe Hirsch be elected jailor for ensuing term and that his salary be fixed at $10 per month for cleaning jail. Carried.

 Moved and seconded, that the publishing of City Council minutes be awarded the Lafayette Gazette and Advertiser at $100 per annum each, payable quarterly. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that Assistant Engineer Jno. Ard's salary be fixed at $75 per month. Carried.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc, seconded by H. L. Fontenot, that the mayor's salary be fixed at $500 per annum. Carried.

 The mayor appointed the following committees to serve for ensuing term:
 Finance Committee: D. V. Gardebled, A. E. Mouton.
 Street Committee: Felix Demanade, M. Rosenfield, D. V. Gardebled.
 Waterworks and Electric Light Committee: A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot.
 Police Board: Mayor, A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, Mayor pro tem John O. Mouton.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 5/23/1903.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 23rd, 1903:


 The closing exercises of the second session of the Industrial Institute opened last Friday evening with the jouit session of the two literary societies and the annual contest for the Julian Mouton medal. Miss Almy Gulley of the Avatar society presided. Miss Aimee Thibodeaux read admirably one of Harrie's stories in Uncle Remus. Miss Adeyne Foermer recited in a highly creditable manner a selection from Othello, the glee club followed with a pretty chorus, after which came the debate. Mayor Caffery, Mr. F. V. Mouton and Rev. A. C. Smith were appointed as Judges ;  the question was Resolved that women should be granted the right of suffrage. For it  Miss Rhena Boudreaux and Miss Annie T. Bell, negative' Mr. Fred Voorhies and Mr. Earl Hatfield. The question was ably discussed, each of the young students meriting the applause given by the audience. The judges decision was in favor of the negative ;  but the medal was awarded to Miss Bell, her debate being judged the best.

 The exhibition of the year's work in all departments was held on Saturday last from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock. A large number of people visited the Institute on that occasion, and it is only to be regretted that every father and mother in the parish of Lafayette did not inspect the Institute on that day. Our space will not permit more than simply to mention the departments so interestingly represented by their exhibits ;  the domestic science classes represented by the work in sewing including a large assortment of dresses, under garments, etc. All made by the students ;  the manual training department with its varied exhibit in drawing and work a wood and iron ;  the art department and its display of beautiful free hand and color work ;  the commercial department and penmanship work with a full exhibit of the work done in those lines ;  the laboratories, chemical and physical, where a number of interesting experiments were conducted for the benefit of the visitors ;  the stenography, english, mathematics, and other subjects, also represented by papers showing at a glance the work done during the seasons.

 On Saturday night President Edwin Alderman of Tulane University delivered and address on education as a part of the closing exercises of the school. The large Auditorium was filled to its utmost by people from far and near as Sontag's Military Band rendered several beautiful selections as part of the program. Misses Gladu and Montgomery played a beautiful duet on the piano, "Midsummer Night's Dream." Mr. Alderman's address is one of the best ever delivered from the Institute platform, and it met with a warm response from the hearts of all present.

 On Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rabbi Max Hiller, of Temple Sinai, New Orleans, delivered a sermon to the graduates. The address of the gifted divine was a master effort in its clearness, force, and appropriateness, and showed that in Dr. Heller the Jewish Church has man remarkable for the strength of his intellect and for the torch of logic.

 Monday evening at eight o'clock the class exercises were held. After a selection by the Sontag Military Band, the class proceeded to impeach one of the Institute district court. After a brilliant argument for the State by Miss Gulley, and an equally admirable and eloquent defense of the prisoner by Miss Ula Coronna, the jury rendered a verdict of guilty, whereupon Judge Harold Demanade sentenced the accused to performed exile. P. J. Voorhies was the sheriff, and William Parkerson Mills the clerk. The other numbers on the interessing and original program were a piano solo by Miss Maxim Beraud;  the class prophecy by Miss Rhena Boudreaux; music, Sontag's Band; auction sale by Potier J. Voorhies; vocal duet by Misses Gulley and Boudreaux; presentation of class gifts by Miss Aimee Bell; Class Song, and surrender of the 03's.

 The graduation exercises proper took place last Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Sontag's Military Band assisted on the program. The valedictory was delivered by Miss Annie Tell Bell to whom this honor fell as a reward for her excellent scholarship. Miss Bell was followed by the '03 Glee Club who sang a beautiful selection. President B. C. Caldwell then delivered the address to the graduates. Mr. Caldwell's speech is one of the most practical ever listened to by the people of Lafayette, and one pregnant with sober, serious thought. In our opinion the address by President Caldwell is one that might well be read before every graduating class of the entire country for this and many years to come.

 Mr. Caldwell is one that might well be read before every graduating class of the entire country for this and many years to come.

 Mr. Caldwell was followed by Lieut. Gov. Albert Estopinal who presented the Julian Mouton medal to Miss Annie Bell. Governor W. W. Heard then delivered the diplomas and certificates, preceding the award by words of congratulations to the members of the class and of commendation to the people of Lafayette parish, for their deep interest in matters educational. Governor Heard presented diplomas as followers: Academic Course, Annie T. Bell, Maxim A. Beraud, Rhena Boudreaux, Harold Demanade, Alma G. Gulley, H. D. Smedes, W. P. Mills, P. J. Voorhies ;  Manual Training Course, Jacques Domengeaux ;  Domestic Science course, Miss Edith Trahan ;  Stenography Course, Miss Ula Coronna ;  Commercial Course, M. T. Ball, Valsin Benoit, J. M. Chiasson, E. F. Hatfield, P. T. Singleton, D. C. Smith and Frederick Voorhies ;  and a special honorable mention in commercial studies of Wilton Tilly. The exercises were concluded with a brief prayer led by Rev. A. C. Smith. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1903.

Lafayette High and Primary Schools.

 Last Thursday evening the closing exercises of the Lafayette High and Primary schools were held in Parkerson Grove. An immense concourse of people gathered to witness the exercises.

 The Sontag Military Band lent their services, and with their delightful music added greatly to the pleasure of the occasion. The exercises were opened by Prof. LeRosen, who in a short speech spoke of the progress of the schools, the great increase in attendance, and other urgent necessity for more room, stating that it would be only a short time before the children and their friends would ask for a new building, at the close of his speech the first number of the program was rendered, consisting of a brilliant piece called the Sun God by pupils from the 5th and 6th grades, which was a success, "Songs" by the little tots of the Primary School succeeded and evoked much applause.

 Prof. LeRosen then introduced Dr. E. L. Stephens who delivered an instructive address, particularly to the children. He related one of the stories of King Arthur showing perseverance and knighthood, and drew from it an impressive lesson for the young, and old too.

 The Fair Hoop dance by members of the third and fourth grades was applauded again and again. The various evolutions performed by the children and with great precision showed most careful and diligent training. The costuming and general preparation was admirable and reflects credit upon the teachers.

 The exercises were closed by a charming "Waiter" song by members of the fifth and sixth grades who covered themselves with credit by the way in which they acted the spirit of the piece and invited the audience to patronize the ice cream tables and other refreshment stands, and which it was hoped to raise money to help pay a debt of nearly $600 on school desks bought last year for the town schools.

 And the people, as they always do for the schools, responded most liberally, $147.15 being the gross receipts for the night.

 Lafayette has certainly been fortunate in securing a splendid set of teachers in her public schools, and the Advertiser takes great pleasure in giving them a sincere word of commendation for their earnest, conscientious and satisfactory work. To Prof. LeRosen and his assistants at the High School and Miss Holmes and her assistants at the Primary school is due great credit for the efficiency and progress of the schools and children, and the high estimation in which our public schools are held. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1903.

Resolutions of Respect.

 To the Memory of Miss Elizabeth G. Mudd by the Woman's Literary Club of Lafayette.

 "Whereas it has pleased God, in his infinite wisdom to take from earth Miss Elizabeth G. Mudd, one of the best loved and most earnest and helpful workers in the Woman's Literary Club, of Lafayette:

 Be it Resolved, that we hold her name in loving remembrance; that we cherish the noble and helpful and unselfish qualities which characterized her life, and that we extend to her sorrowing family and friends the heartfelt sympathy of our organization for her untimely loss.
(Signed) The Women's Literary Club.
                   Mrs. Edwin L. Stephens, Miss Edith Dupre, Mrs. B. J. Pellerin.
May 23, 1903.                   Committee
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1903.

 Excursion to Franklin. - Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Rail Road and Steamship Company will sell tickets from Lafayette to Franklin, La. and return June 7th, 1903 with return limit June 7th, 1903 at a rate of $1.00 on account of grand opening of St. Mary Park association located on last Bank of Bayou Teche. Trotting and Running Races, Bicycle Race, shooting tournament between Iberia and Franklin Gun Clubs. Excursion train passes Lafayette 10:50 a. m., returning leaves Franklin 7 p. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1903.

News Notes (Advertiser) 5/23/1901:

 New Residence. - Mr. Ralph Voorhies is erecting a handsome residence near Mr. Wm. Cambell's, when completed it will be one of the finest in town.

 Monday the police began shouting all unlicensed dogs. Quite a number were killed during that week.

 Most of the boarding pupils of Industrial Institute left for home Tuesday, the remainder left on Wednesday.

 The Advertiser acknowledges the receipt of an invitation to be present at the commencement exercises of the La. State University and A. & M. college which take place on Wednesday morning, June 3, at Garig Hall, Baton Rouge.

 The Women's Literary Club held an interesting meeting with Miss Lea Gladu on Saturday.

 The Lafayette Juniors went to Opelousas last Saturday where they crossed bats with the local team. The Lafayette boys soon demonstrated that they were the stronger team, but nevertheless, the game was interesting, the score was 26 to 9 in favor of the Lafayette team.

 Dr. and Mrs. N. P. Moss entertained President E. A. Alderman of Tulane, while he was in Lafayette.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1903.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 23rd, 1896:

Lafayette in a Predicament.

 In its great desire to procure for the town a system of water works and electric lights in the shortest time possible by providing for a payment of the plant by notes instead of waiting until the legislature would meet and, by a special act, empower the town to issue bonds in payment of the indebtedness to be contracted, it now transpires to the great chagrin of all that not only has no time been gained by this move of the council but, on the contrary, its action in the beginning has only served to retard the advancement of matters. For this, however, we do not believe that the council should be censured for there was no reason for doubting that the notes issued in strict accordance with law, more binding on the town and more valid than which even bonds could not be, would find prompt and satisfactory investment. However this means was at variance with the customary method of raising funds to carry on a public improvement for a town, that of issuing bonds, and for this reason did not meet with the ready favor anticipated, in the money market, and to-day we are under the necessity of starting all over, as it were, by complying with the usual formalities where the question of an issuance of bonds is involved. Accordingly, the town council has taken the initiatory  step to-day by publishing the legal notice required for 30 days, preparatory to calling on the legislature to authorize a bond issue for the purpose named. This will place the town's paper in the only form that investors care to handle script, and will have the effect of rendering much more attractive the contract that the town will have to let out to the lowest cash bidder.

 In this regard we find ourselves similarly situated as Crowley, which town committed the same error into which Lafayette has fallen, and Crowley, like Lafayette, is now engaged in remedying her mistake.

 All's well that ends well, and we will not mind the delay to which we have been subjected after the town will be in the possession of the now more coveted than ever water-works and electric light plant. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1896.

Visited Father Forge. - Father Knapp a prominent missionary from England visited Father Forge of this city on Thursday. Father Knapp is an eloquent speaker, and his sermons are listened to with great interest and pleasure. He has departed for Rayne.
Laf. Advertiser 5/23/1896.

Another Arrest in Martin Begnaud Murder.

 Sheriff Broussard has made another arrest in the terrible murder case of Martin Begnaud, who was recently butchered at Scott, by unknown parties. The party arrested by Sheriff Broussard and his deputy Thomas Mouton, at an early hour on Wednesday morning, is Hemp Benton, a white man who resides near Scott. When the sheriff reached Benton's house he (Benton) was discovered just in the act of mounting his horse. He was arrested and hand-cuffed, and brought into Lafayette. The sheriff has considered it a wise precaution to remove the prisoner to some other place of safety, and accordingly boarded the afternoon train with him to bear the suspected criminal to his destination which is not known. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1896.


(Unknown Caller 1) Hello, Advertiser!  Have you ever noticed the R. R. crossing at Moss & Mouton's lumber yard? It is the worst one in town and the attention of the authorities should be directed to its improvement. A gentleman crossing there a few nights since narrowly averted a serious accident by having his jaw broken. The law makers should not be jaw breakers.

 (Mr. Van der Cruyssen) Hello. Mr. Van der Cruyssen! I am a citizen of Scott. I would like to know where I can make the most profitable investment in house hold furniture."

(Advertiser) - I think Mr. B. Falk of this city can supply to you your satisfaction with any such article you may call for.

 He buys direct from first hands in car load lots, and hence can compete with N. O. prices. He carries a full line of bed room sets, in poplar, oak and walnut; also a fine line of rattan rockers, etc.

 (Mr. T. M. Biossat) - Hello, Biossat !  Well Van what is it ? If you are not too busy I want you to call over and I promise I won't say anything about the Town Weeds. Well, I am very busy assorting a big lot of Spectacles and Eyeglasses that has just been received, and as soon as I am through I will call. Say Van, don't forget my new advertisement in this weeks issue and I want you to display it well so it will be attractive, and everybody will gain information by reading it.

(Advertiser) - Is that all T. M.?

(T. M. Biossat) Yes, Good-bye.

 (Mrs. L......) - Hello, Advertiser !

 (Advertiser) - Hello, Mrs. L...... What is your pleasure?

(Mrs. L......) - I wished to say that after reading about the fresh country butter in the "hello" column last week, I telephoned to Moss Bros. & Co. for a pound of it and found it be of excellent quality. It was very nice, as if it came from the ice box ?  I was glad to have my attention called to the subject and will be a regular customer hereafter.

 (Mr. B......) - Hello, friend Advertiser !

 (Advertiser) - Hello, Mr. B......

 (Mr. B......) - I wanted to tell you about the new flavor you can now get at the Moss Pharmacy soda fountain. It's "coffee" and it is invigorating and refreshing. It is prepared from the coffee bean in the regular way.

(Unknown Caller 2) - Hello, Advertiser !

(Advertiser) - Hello !

(Unknown Caller 2) - Had you heard about that $50 bill that Rand has found?

(Advertiser) - Tell us about it.

(Unknown Caller 2) - It was last Wednesday or Thursday. Whilst John was repairing the plank walk in front of Alex. Delahoussaye's store that he spied a crisp $50 bill underneath an old plank he was prizing up.

 (Advertiser) - Well, what did John do with the bill?

 (Unknown Caller 2) - He did just what any one else would have done. He slipped it in his pocket and is keeping quiet about it. That's the rumor, anyway.

(Unknown Caller 3) - Say, Advertiser !

 ((Advertiser) - Say, what ?

 (Unknown Caller 3) - Don't you believe it would help matters to turn the cown out in the streets for a time let them chaw off some of the grass and tall weeds ?

 (Unknown Caller 4) - Oh, Advertiser !

 (Advertiser) - Well, what's your ailment ?

 (Unknown Caller 4) - As a home merchant I wish to compliment you on the very (unreadable word) exposition you gave last Saturday, of the license question insofar as it relates to that large and growing class of tradesmen traveling with trunks of merchandise for the use of consumers. There can be no question about the town having the right to collect a regular license from the people and, injustice to the (unreadable word) merchants, they should be able to pay the license.

 Of course, that feature of the question that concerns the citizens of Lafayette as patrons of mercantile establishments located hundreds of miles away in preference to supporting home merchants, must be considered separately from the license question. If the people would rather contribute to the enrichment of cities like New Orleans, New York, Chicago, etc., than to build up their own town that is a matter that must be left to them.

 Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1896.

News Notes (Advertiser) 5/23/1896.

 Mr. Caffery has been appointed mayor, to succeed Judge A. J. Moss, resigned. We believe that Mr. Caffery will make a good mayor, and that his appointment will meet with satisfaction for every one.

 In our issue of the 9th, we stated through error, in the proceedings of the rail road commission, that the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Co. had been assessed at fifty dollars per mile. It should have read fifteen dollars per mile.

 "Past Time" is the name of a beautiful waltz for piano by A. J. Montamat. For sale at the Advertiser office.

 Rev. Father Forge visited St. Martinville last Sunday to assist in the First communion services at that church.

 Grazer Bros. have been awarded the contract for repairing all depot gutters on the S. P. line from Houston to New Orleans and Alexandria.

 The Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent expect to give a grand entertainment for the benefit of the Convent, about the middle of June. We will be able to give full particulars with date of entertainment, in our next issue.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1896.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 23rd, 1891:


 The new council goes into office under peculiarly favoring conditions - splendid streets, excellent drainage, comfortable town hall, etc., no debts and no money in exchequer. There are no gaps behind to close up, and all their work lies ahead, with an open field and clear sky. As we said before, we are well pleased with the personnel and tout ensemble of the new council, and shall expect much good work from it. Among the many much needed improvements which our rapid development and growing importance makes it inevitable must be inaugurated by them, we think the one of the most urgency and prime importance is an artesian well. The experience of other towns in the alluvial section of the State has demonstrated that this is neither costly nor difficult of attainment. Plaquemine, at a depth of something over woo feet, as obtained a fine stream of pure water flowing over 450,000 gallons every twenty-four hours. With a good artesian well, or wells, we must have a force pump and an elevated tank. From this tank main pipes could lead down our principal streets, with plugs for fire purposes at proper intervals. These mains could be tapped by property owners along the route for household purposes, private hose for street sprinkling, etc. In fact, the convenience and advantages of a free and abundant supply of pure water can never be overestimated. It has been the first desideration of every city since man began gregarious habit. Besides cheapening insurance, it would necessitate a plumbing establishment, thus introducing a new industry into our midst. But the groundwork for all this is a good well, and we trust that the council will break ground for this purpose at as early a date as possible. We will ever be found ready to lend our energies and "moral suasion" (that's a good expression) to all their enterprises for the public good. By all means let us have that well!
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

Indians Pass Through on S. P.

 A dispatch from San Antonio, 19th inst., says: "Lieutenant Durge, of the Twenty-fourth Infantry, commanding a detachment of thirty Apache Indians recently enlisted by him at the San Carlos Indian reservation from the war department, passed through here (San Antonio) on the Southern Pacific at 8:55 a. m., en route for Mount Vernon Barracks, Alabama, where the Indians have been ordered for duty with Company I, Twelfth Infantry. This is the first detachment of Indian soldiers who have been ordered east of the Mississippi river for duty."

 These Indians passed through Lafayette Wednesday morning; also several carloads of Chinamen in bond, en route for Cuba. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

Dust! Dust! Dust! - A simoon has been caressing us for now these many weeks, and should such fanning continue, which is not improbable, for another like period, what will become of the denizens of this spot of beauty - this gem of fair Louisiana - Lafayette, without artesian wells and sprinkling machines for our streets? We are in hope that our new "city fathers" will appreciate the dusty situation, which prevails every year, and vote means wherewith to extinguish at least the dust, if nothing more.
            (Signed) NECESSITY.   Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

 Improvement to Residence. - Mr. Pierre Gerac is indulging in an improvement in the way of a spacious and ornamental front gallery to his residence, which adds much to its comfort and attractiveness. Laf. Advertiser 5/23/1891.

 New Residence. - Mr. Auguste Degrez is erecting a handsome and commodious residence on his property in McComb addition, on Lincoln avenue, just east of Louis Livet's gunsmith shop, which is already engaged. This part of town is building up rapidly, and tenement houses there are in great demand. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

A Happy Meeting.

 Last Sunday many of our young folk from town met an equally gay assemblage from the neighborhood of Mr. Domartin Pellerin, at the spring on his place, on the banks of the classic Coulee Mine, and had a most enjoyable picnic and fishing frolic. There were over a hundred persons present; and it needless to say that all the pleasures incident to such a happy meeting were indulged in. About 4 o'clock the party adjourned to the popular hall of Mr. Baptiste Perez, where the balance of the day was most agreeably spent in dancing, and other amusements. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

 May Festival at Convent. - After long and active preparation everything is ready for the May Festival at the Convent next Monday and Tuesday nights. The children have determined that this entertainment shall be a success and they will succeed. Don't fail to be on hand with "your sisters and your cousins and your aunts." Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

 Knights of Honor Excursion. - The Knights of Honor have in contemplation a grand excursion from Morgan City to Galveston at an early day. The dates have not been fixed yet, but bear in mind that it is going to occur, and save up your dimes for this opportunity for a trip of pleasure and sightseeing you will never regret. Ho, for Galveston! the "Gulf Queen" of the Empire of Texas. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

Races To-day. - Another grand gala day at Cleophas Broussard's race course to-day (Saturday, 23rd). Running race between John Abshire's and Honore Begnaud's mares; purse, $400. Trotting race between Veazey's and Alpha's geldings, one heat of three mile for a purse of $100. Also, other races will be run. Admission, 25 cents; ladies free. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

Stopped Train to Kill Snake.

 "Grandpa" Gregory hates the Devil, or anything that looks like him or reminds one of him. Last week, between here and Cheneyville, he stopped his train to kill an immense "congo" snake, whose bit is deadly poison. Recognizing in Mr. Jagou a kindred spirit, the snake "broke for" him for protection; but Coffey headed him off, and the "old man" got him. The snake measured six feet in length and fifteen inches in circumference. This is the largest reptile of this species ever seen in this country. Further North the negroes call it tie "stump tail, rusty moccasin." Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

Ladies' Facilities at Depot. - The Vindicator is correct when it says that much reform is needed in the way of better accommodations for ladies at the depot waiting room, but is wrong when it says the Crescent Hotel parlors are used for that purpose. The Crescent Hotel is entirely distinct from railroad business. Its parlors and sitting rooms are reserved for the use of the guests of the house, and negroes are never permitted in there under any circumstances. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

 Moved Into New Store. - Mr. J. E. Trahan has moved into his new drug store, on Lincoln avenue. It is handsomely and tastefully finished, and he is better prepared than ever to welcome and please his many customers. Mr. H. A. Eastin is entitled to the credit for the artistic decorative work in the painting line. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 12th, 1891.

 A special meeting of the City Council for the purpose of closing the business of this Council, whose time is about to expire, there were present W. B. Bailey, Mayor; J. G. Parkerson, F. Lombard, John O. Mouton, A. J. Moss and Ed. Pellerin. Absent, P. Gerac.

 Minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved.

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

 To the Hon. Mayor and members of the Town Council of Lafayette, La.;

 The undersigned Finance Committee having investigated the report of the Collector and the Treasurer's books, do make the following report, to wit:


 Mr. Pellerin submitted the following report, which was read and approved:

 To the Hon. Mayor and Council:
   I beg leave to report that I have acquired from Edgar McBride, through his agent A. M. Martin, a part of the lot between the property of said A. M. Martin and Lambert, necessary to connect Lafayette and Douglas streets, at a cost of fifty dollars, which amount was paid to said Martin, agent, at the signing of the act, and I have also drawn a warrant of three 50/100 dollars for the act of sale and recording.    
                              ED. PELLERIN.


Mayor Bailey addressing the Council at this point said:  That as the term of this Council was ended he desired to acknowledge the uniform courteous treatment extended him by the members. He took the opportunity also, he said, of pointing out the efficient and thorough manner in which the Street Committee had performed its duty, and the valuable services rendered by the Finance Committee. He commended the work of the Secretary and Treasurer, and the various Constables; and said his intercourse with these officials had at all times been pleasant and agreeable.

 The following resolution was offered by Judge Moss, and was unanimously adopted:
        Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and tendered to W. B. Bailey for the fair and impartial manner in which he has presided over our deliberations, and for the able and efficient performance of duty as Mayor.
     The council thereupon adjourned.
            W.B. BAILEY, Mayor.
      CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

News Notes (Advertiser) 5/23/1891.

 This week has seen fickle and tantalizing weather. Every morning it would cloud up, and you would almost swear it would rain before night. But "nixie." No rain yet. Meantime "we live, and move, and have our being, "in dust."

 Our "society reporter" is under many obligations to Mrs. Philip Mouton for an elegant and massive bouquet of rare and beautiful flowers and exotics gathered from her extensive and attractive parterre. The neatness and taste displayed in its arrangement could not have been excelled by a professional florist.

Miss Martha Mouton, one of our charming society belles, has returned from lengthy visit to relatives and friends in New Orleans and St. James parish.

 A grand ball will be given at Baptiste Peres' hall, near town, on Saturday, May 30th, 1891. The public is invited to attend.

 Mr. W. N. Stroudm of Waxahachie, Texas, Louisiana Representative for Wm. Deering & Co.'s Harvesters and Binders, was here this week and favored us with a visit.

 Carpenter work upon the large new residence of Mrs. O. J. Sprole, near her store in Mouton's addition, is about finished. It is decidedly the most imposing structure in that part of town.

 Mrs. E. McDaniel has purchased from the S. P. Railroad Company three lots of ground in McComb's addition, just this side of Johnny Water's residence, and will build a residence thereon this summer or fall. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 23rd, 1874:

Colored Man Shot and Killed.

 Sunday last, a colored man named Coon, was shot and killed on the plantation of Mr. Rosemond Landry, at Cote Gelee, in this parish, by another colored man called Noel. The slayer immediately surrendered himself. On Wednesday this case was investigated by Judge Moss, and it appears from the evidence that Noel had acted in self defence, he was discharged. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1874.

Rape Case Discharged. - The case of the State vs. Levy Columbus, alias Clemille Boudreaux (col'd.), accused of rape on the person of Mary Guidry, (c.), came up for preliminary examination before Judge Moss on Thursday the 21st instant. The investigation lasted until Friday and was most careful and thorough, and resulted in the discharge of the accused.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.

The Flood.

 From all accounts from the Teche we learn a steady increase of water on the east side of one-half inch daily since our last report.

 The rise at Brashear has been 9 3/4 inches.

 A telegram to Mr. Macready from A. H. Swanson, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Engineer of Morgan's La. & Texas Railroad gives the following information:

 "The average rise of water on the track for past 7 days has been about six inches. By adding six to report of last week, result will be the depth of water over rail.

 This will therefore, make the water above rain in --

 Chacahou's swamp, 3 feet, 3 inches.
 Tigerville, 3 feet, 54 inches.
 68 1/2 mile post, 3 feet and 1/2 inch.
 Boeuf swamp, 2 feet.
 Tiger Island, beyond corporation of Brashear, 3 feet 3 1/2 inches.
 Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.


 A magnificent plantation in the Parish of Lafayette, in the Southwestern part of the State of Louisiana, (in that section known as the Attakapas District), and being three miles Northwest of the flourishing town of Vermilionville, and one mile North of the line of the New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad, containing Two Hundred and Twenty-five superficial arpents of well improved land, together with a large, commodious dwelling with three double chimneys and galleries above and below ;  a kitchen with all necessary conveniences ;  comfortable buildings for laborers ;  a carriage house, a hen house, stables, &c. Over 125 arpents of the land is now enclosed by a cypress pieux fence and Bois d'Arc hedge.

 The Dwelling, Kitchen, &c., are surrounded with good fencing and the yard is beautifully shaded by oaks. Pecans and other trees ;  there are also a number of fig, peach, plum and pear trees and a vegetable and flower garden, and a lot of Beehives on the place.

 The land is generally level, it is well drained and never subject to overflow, and has natural facilities for draining. The land is rich and fertile, and well adapted to raising Cotton, Sugar cane, Rice, Potatoes, Tobacco, Vegetables of every description and fruit trees of all kinds suitable to this climate.

 There is also a fine tract of Woodland containing (45) superficial acres, situated three miles from the Plantation on the west side of the Bayou Vermilion, (being on the same side of said Bayou as the Plantation.) This tract of land is on a high hill and is thickly covered with the different kinds of Oak, with Ash and a variety of other useful trees. It is a most desirable location for raising hogs, goats, and sheep. The Railroad line surveyed in 1872 by the N. O., Mobile & Texas R.R. Co. crosses this tract of land.

 The whole of the above property can be purchased on the following terms to-wit:  $5,500 Cash, Or, $6,000, $3,000 Cash and $3,000 payable in three equal annual installments.

 For further information,
 Address A. D. MARTIN,
   Or to the Lafayette Advertiser,
   Vermilionville, March 1874.


 Pursuant to adjournment, the City Council met this 2d day of May 1874.

 Present: A. Monnier, Mayor; Councilmen: Landry, Latiolais, Revillon and Girouard. Absent: McBride, Brandt and Olivier.

 The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

 On motion it was resolved, That the petition of Jos. H. Wise, for the reduction of his assessment for the year 1873, be and the same is hereby rejected.

 The Treasurer presented his report which was examined and found to be correct, was approved and ordered to be published.


The following accounts were approved; Lafayette Advertiser, $8; J. S. Rand, $2.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
     H. M. BAILEY, Secretary; A. MONNIER, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1874.


 The newly elected Mayor and Councilmen of the Corporation of Vermilionville, met at the Court House, on Monday the 11th day of May 1874, and having been duly sworn, took their seats.

 Present: Hon. A. Monnier, Mayor and Councilmen L. P. Revillon, H. Landry, R. L. McBride, J. A. Chargois, J. O. Mouton and F. Bourges. Absent: B. A. Salles.

 The Council was called to order, and
 On motion it was resolved, That the salaries of the officers of the City Council, be and they are hereby reduced as follows, to-wit: City Attorney, $50; Printer, $50; Secretary, $50 and Treasurer, $50.

 On motion it was resolved, That the members of this Council, render their services free of compensation.

 On motion it was resolved, That the office of Constable and Collector, be and is hereby offered to the lowest bidder.

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

On motion,
 E. E. Mouton, Esq., was elected City Attorney.
 W. B. Bailey, Printer.
 H. M. Bailey, Secretary and Treasurer.

 The office of Constable and Collector, having been put to the lowest bidder, and Alexander Billaud, having bid One Dollar, was duly declared Constable and Collector.

 On motion it was resolved, That the bonds of the Treasurer and Collector be and is hereby fixed at Two Thousand Dollars each.

 The Mayor appointed a committee of three, composed of Messrs. Revillon, Chargois and McBride, to receive and approve said bonds.

 On motion it was resolved, That the Treasurer and Collector, be and are hereby required to furnish said bonds, within ten days from this date.
  On motion the Council adjourned.
  H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
  A. MONNIER, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1874.

Rail Road Imposition Coupled With Ill-Breeding.
Scott, La.  May 19th, 1896.

 Mr. Editor. -- On last Saturday, the 16th. inst., Mrs. Reis, a lady hailing from New Orleans destined for Sun Set La., upon arrival of the West bound passenger train in Lafayette, asked the conductor (or one of the attaches on board) three times, whether or not she occupied the coaches going to Sun Set? To this fair question, the man of brass buttons, each time, answered in the affirmative.

 Upon departure of the train from Lafayette, Mrs. Reis thought something was wrong, and asked this same man, the same previous question, and he answered the lady gruffly that she was in the wrong coach, and that he would let her down in Scott. Mrs. Reis was put off the train, and had to lay over in this place until the next day at 12:40.

 Now will these railroad people ever be taught to respect the rights and comforts of a traveling public? Mrs. Reis is now stopping in Arnaudville, St. Landry, La., and whoever wishes may ascertain the correctness of this statement. Instances like the above are of frequent occurrence here in Scott.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1896.


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