From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 24th, 1905:
LET THE RECORD SPEAK FOR ITSELF.
Before the Election.
[Platform upon which the members of the present City Council of Lafayette were nominated in mass meeting Jan. 19, 1905.]
"Resolved, That we demand a strict business and progressive administration, without favor or partiality ; and that the affairs of this town be administered with strict economy, and with justice to all.
"Resolved, That we demand a more thorough system of drainage and maintenance of public streets. We demand a more thorough and efficient service of water and light, distributed to the use and benefit of all tax-payers alike, without favor or partiality.
[Announcement of the candidates over their own signatures.]
To the People and Voters of City of Lafayette.
We, the undersigned, selected as candidates by Mass Meeting at court house, Jan. 19, 1905, for various municipal offices subject to primaries called for March 4, 1905, respectfully solicit the support of the people. If elected, we pledge our earnest and best efforts towards carrying out an economical and progressive administration, without favor or partiality. Respectfully.
After the Election.
[Extract from published proceedings of the City Council May 10, 1905.]
"Moved and duly seconded that Edwin Chargois be, and he is hereby appointed Chief of Police, with the understanding that he is disconnected with the collectorship of said corporation of Lafayette, La., at a salary of seventy-five dollars per month. Carried.
Moved and duly seconded that D. J. Veazey be, and he is hereby appointed as assistant chief at a salary of seventy-five dollars per month. Carried.
Moved and duly seconded that, Jean Breaux be, and he is hereby appointed as deputy marshal at a salary of sixty-five dollars per month. Carried.
Moved and duly seconded that Andre Hebert be, and he is hereby appointed deputy marshal at a salary of sixty-five dollars per month. Carried."
[Extract from published proceedings of the City Council May 16, 1905.]
"The following bids received and read before the Council.
Lafayette, La., May 8, 1905.
To the Honorable Mayor and members of the City Council, Lafayette, La.
Gentlemen - I herewith submit my bid for the city printing as follows:
I hereby agree to publish all proceedings of the City Council and all official notices by the Council, for the sum of seventy-four dollars per year, and designate the Lafayette Advertiser as the medium of publication.
W. A. LEROSEN.
Lafayette, La., May 10, 1905.
Honorable Mayor and City Council, Lafayette, La.
Dear Sirs - I hereby tender proposition to do all official printing for the city in The Lafayette Gazette for the sum of two hundred dollars per annum ($200) or at legal rate of fifty cents per square.
R. C. GREIG,
Moved and seconded that compensation for public printing be fixed at (150) one hundred and fifty dollars per annum. Carried.
Moved and seconded that The Lafayette Gazette be appointed as the public printer and official organ for the city of Lafayette, La., at one hundred and fifty dollars per annum. Carried."
Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1905.
Money to Loan. - There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lafayette Building Association to-day, Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p. m. Money will be offered to loan. Members wishing to borrow should attend.
B. J. PELLERIN, Secretary. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Accident at S. P. Yard. - A small wreck occurred in the Southern Pacific yards Saturday. Four freight cars jumped the track and turned over. The baggage car of the incoming passenger train was struck, but no damage was done. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Improvement at Gordon. - The Improvement Co. is having a drain pipe placed along the front of the Gordon Hotel in order to drain the gutter and keep it dry. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Have Regard for Law. "The mayor was authorized to advertise for ten days for an official organ to do the city printing," is an item contained in a special from Alexandria to the Time-Democrat of May 20, and shows that whether the new city council of that place was elected on an "impartiality" platform or not, they have a due regard for the law, which promises well for their administration. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
The Commencement Exercises of the Southwestern Industrial Institute have been announced as follows:
Sunday, May 28, 5 p. m., Commencement Sermon, Rev. E. Lawrence Hunt, Washington D. C. Monday, May 29, 10 a. m., Class Day Exercises; 2 p. m., Annual Reunion of Alumni with Alumni Address by L. D. Nickerson, of Lafayette; 3 p. m., Annual Inspection of all departments of the Institute; 4 p. m., Meeting of the Board of Trustees; 8 p. m., Exercises of Graduation; Music by Institute Glee Club under direction of Prof. Florent Sontag; Valedictory Address for the graduating classes, Miss Clara Harper, of Lafayette; Awarding of Medals and Prizes, Hon. J. B. Aswell, State Supt. of Education; Address to the Graduates, Hon. Jared Y. Sanders, Lieutenant Governor; Delivering of Diplomas, His Excellency Governor Newton C. Blanchard. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
The Woman's Club.
On account of little Miss Beverly Randolph being sick, Mrs. Stephens was not able to entertain the Woman's Club May 20, so Mrs. Davis entertained in her place. This being the last meeting before the club adjourned for the summer, the chairman of the governing board presented the year books for next year's study of Shakespeare to the Club for correction. As there were no mistakes they will be printed very soon. The Club was also divided into two companies with Mrs. Baxter Clegg captain of one, and Mrs. LeRosen captain of the other, with this object in view; at the end of four months the company securing the most points will be banqueted by the defeated company. Then two new captains will be appointed for the next four months. Following is the list of members selected by the two present captains.
Mrs. Baxter Clegg, Captain; Mmes. T. N. Blake, A. B. Denbo, O. B. Hopkins, Leo Judice, J. A. Martin, B. J. Pellerin, E. L. Stephens, Misses Lea Gladu, M. Leftwich, M. C. Ruiz.
Mrs. W. A. LeRosen, captain; Mmes. T. M. Biossat, F. E. Davis, John Givens, Tom Hopkins, J. I. Hulse, J. L. Kennedy, Misses E. Dupre, H. D. McLaurin, Edith Trahan, Rose DeBlanc.
The following program was rendered after all business was disposed of:
Modern Tendencies in Art...Mrs. Judice.
Louisiana Musicians of to-day...Miss Gladu.
The Louisiana Orators--J. P. Benjamin and S. S. Prentis...Mrs. W. A. LeRosen
The Artists of Louisiana...Mrs. Hulse.
The Club adjourned to meet Oct 7, with Mrs. T. M. Biossat as hostess.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Lecture at Institute. - Don't forget the lecture at the Institute Friday evening, May 26, at 8 p. m. on the Japanese-Russian war by Mr. J. I. Hulse, who will also give his experience in the Spanish war. The lecture will be supplemented by stereo-opticon views. 50 cents; students and children, 25 cents. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Base Ball Saturday. - The Institute team will play Pilette next Saturday, May 27, on the Institute campus and a good game full of interest is promised. Laf. Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Favor of Institute. - The town team went up against the Institute team Saturday and found out the cadets could play ball. The score was 8 to 6 with the town team holding the 6. Laf. Advertiser 5/24/1905.
The "Pest Hole" Moved.
The Old Town Hall, which has been so eloquently and impressively described as a pest hole by The Gazette, has been moved to another part of the new public school grounds. The move was made by Sontag's Lafayette Concert band to clear the view and ground in front of the music stand.
The Old Town Hall is not a building of pretensions or prepossessing appearance, it is true, but The Advertiser prefers to apply a less harsh epithet to it than that of "pest hole." We would rather speak of the Old Town Hall in more considerate terms, remembering as we do its close association with the past history of the town, always gladly and uncomplainingly serving as place of meeting and of shelter for many of our most respected and faithful public servants, who labored often and planned well within its walls for the public weal.
There will come a time, we know, when the Old Town Hall will have to be laid aside, and in its place our eyes shall rest upon an enduring structure of graceful and imposing lines; but we shall never think any less of the Old Town Hall for all that - the Old Town Hall that our fathers thought good enough for a meeting place for them so long as the public revenues were all needed for the more pressing public necessities of streets, sidewalks, schools, etc.
Yes; we feel most kindly toward the Old Town Hall - and though its days of usefulness may be fast reaching an end, for the sake of the service it has rendered we will watch its passing with a grateful sense of its past usefulness.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Notice: To the Stock Holders of the Century Club: The annual election of the stockholders for the purpose of electing 15 Directors will take place on Tuesday, June 6, from 6 to 9 p. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Frederick Lorraine Stock Co. at Jefferson Theater.
Rehearsals of "The Celebrated Case" and "The Marble Heart" are being held three times daily, and no pains on labor are spared by the Company, to make both these masterly plays, notable productions in the history of Lafayette. It is the intention of Manager Lorraine to make the very best impression at the start; to that end is using every means within his power, and he leaves to the good judgment of the people the result of his incessant and arduous labors.
The Company complete includes that capable and well known actor, Mr. Frederick Lorraine, in the capacity of Manager and leading man. May Harvey Barbour, Leah Winston, Mazie B. Lawrence, Viola M. Grey, Jeanette Douglas, and little Olga Delhomme, Chas. L. Pensrose, Jos. Echezabel, Jr., Howard Kemper and Harry Masingelli. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Economical and Impartial.
To the Advertiser.
The new City Council is making a striking record as the exponent of the doctrine of economy and impartiality.
They could not appoint only two out of three persons promised employment of the police force without showing partiality, so by simply creating a new position on the force they made satisfactory provision for everybody concerned.
As a matter of economy, the cost of the police service was increased under the new arrangement only $1,080.00 a year instead of $2,000.00, as could easily have been done, and thus a saving of $920 a year was effected to the taxpayers.
Another distinct saving was made in regard to the public printing. The Gazette bid $200 to do the official printing and was allowed but $150 a year, which represents a clear gain of half a hundred dollars to the tax-payers. It is true that the Council might have saved $76 more on the public printing by accepting the bid of The Advertiser; but this could not have been accomplished without showing partiality to The Advertiser, and the new Council is determined to be very impartial in all things. And this being a strictly business matter between the Council and The Gazette, it would be in extreme bad taste for The Gazette to interpose any objection to this free gift of $76 of the people's money to the organ of the administration. Business is business, you know.
The next move will probably be the purchase of the Bank of Lafayette building for a city hall, as there is (unreadable words) as good opportunity to make further application of the principles of economy and impartiality to which the new Council stands pledged.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
To the Editor.
Dear Sir: -- The two most important questions that are agitating the minds of the people of the parish of Lafayette at the present time are education and good roads. The two must go hand in hand together, the first can't prosper without the latter. I think that our patriotic public spirited men are taking a very worthy and judicious course in the way they are trying to build up our school system throughout the parish and they are succeeding as well as could be expected under the existing circumstances and with the means at their command.
But it seems to me that they have not take the deep interest that they should have taken in building up one of the most important pillars that their school system must stand or fail, i. e., good roads, without which the parish or the people that live in it can't prosper, nor no school system can prosper.
There is no subject of such vast importance to the welfare and prosperity of this country as that of good roads. And yet there is no subject of such vital importance to this parish that our ruling public men have paid so little attention to in the past.
I will here state in the way of introduction and is support of what I intend to say later on in reference to building roads in this country, that I have always taken a deep interest in the different systems and methods of building and working the public roads in every country where I have lived or traveled. I have traveled nearly all over, through and around the American continent, Mexico, Brazil, Patagonia, Faulk Island, Chile, Peru, California, Guatemala, twice over the projected Nicaragua Canal route and once over the Panama Canal route, when under French control. I have lived over forty years in Canada, eight years in California, fifteen or twenty years in the western States and Louisiana.
In 1853 I built, ready for laying the track, seven miles of the S. V. R. R., the first ever built west of the Rock Mountains. The same year I was appointed chief supervisor of public roads for the district of Sacramento, which included all the roads leading into and out of the city, north, east and south for ten miles. It was a very important and difficult position to fill, on account of their being so many deep galleys to cross that it had to be bridged from bank to bank, and large marshes that had to be drained or dirt hauled in wagons to raise the road bed two feet above high water mark.
For eighteen years I had the principal control of the town drainage, sewerage and the grading and graveling of the streets and sidewalks of the town of Simcoe. Canada.
I mention the above circumstances to show that any man of ordinary intelligence who has had the practical experience in building railways, turnpike, gravel and other roads that I have had, ought to know how to build good roads in this parish, and ought to be able to tell others how to do it, for this is certainly the best and easiest country to build good roads in that I have I have ever seen.
The soil in this parish is so fine and heavy and settles so close and hard together after a heavy rain that no water can penetrate it, unless the water is left to stand in the road so long that the road becomes soaked, soft and boggy.
Then our old (unreadable words), narrow tired wagons (unreadable word) very soon cut any road bed full of mire holes.
It is drainage that we want, no road bed that was ever built out of dirt will stand unless it is kept well drained. It matters not who builds it, expert or not. If you will examine the mud holes and bad placed in the parish roads, you will find that nineteen twentieths of them are caused for the want of proper drainage.
What we do first, is have all our public roads laid out at least forty feet wide, so as (unreadable words) should be all cut down so that the sun and wind can get it and dry the roads up, the tall weeds and grass cut down that grows in the ditches and thoroughly cleaned out once every year so that the water can run off as fast as it falls. Let this be done every year and we will never suffer from having bad roads.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
An ordinance, to levy, assess and collect special taxes from owners of abutting property to meet the cost of cement walk and curbing heretofore ordered by this Council, extending from Vermilion street to the Brown News Hotel (heretofore called the Crescent News Hotel), in said town, under the provisions of Act 147 of the Legislature of 1902.
Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, Louisiana, that for the purpose of paying for the cement walk and curbing thereto, heretofore ordered by this Council, and contracted for, between Vermilion street and the Brown News Hotel, and being on the southeast side of Lee Avenue and Sixth street and the southwest side of Grant Avenue in said town, there is hereby levied, assessed and shall be collected from the owners of real estate abutting said walk, a special tax or local assessment, based upon their respective frontages, at the rate of one dollar and thirty-six cents per running foot as follows:
From Alcide A. Mouton as owner of lot on Lee avenue fronting on said walk one hundred and twenty-three (123) feet, the sum of one hundred and thirty-five dollars and ninety-one cents, $135.91.
From Orther C. Mouton as owner of lot on Lee avenue fronting on said walk one hundred and seventeen (117) feet, the sum of one hundred and thirty-one dollars and sixty-eight cents, $131.68.
From F. V. Mouton as owner of lot on Lee avenue fronting on said walk one hundred and seventeen (117) feet, the sum of one hundred and thirty dollars and forty-eight cents, $130.48.
From Mrs. Louis Revillon, wife of Ed. Ferran, as owner of lot fronting on Lee avenue, one hundred and twenty-one (121) feet the sum of one hundred and thirty-four dollars and ninety cents $134.90.
From Chas. D. Caffery as owner of lot fronting on Sixth street of the McComb addition, abutting one hundred and thirty-five feet on said walk, the sum of one hundred and seventy-four dollars and fifty-two cents. $174.52.
From Leo Doucet as owner of lot fronting on Sixth street of said addition and abutting one hundred and ten (110) feet on said walk, the sum of one hundred and forty-one dollars and seventy-five cents. $141.75.
From Joseph Hubach as owner of lot fronting thirty five and one half (35 1/2) feet on Sixth street of said addition and abutting on said walk, the sum of forty-seven dollars and fifty cents $47.50.
From Joseph Judlin as owner of lot fronting on said Sixth street and abutting seventy-five (75) feet on said walk, the sum of ninety-eight dollars and two cents $98.02.
From Arthur Couret as owner of lot fronting on said Sixth street and abutting fifty (50) feet on said walk, the sum of sixty-five dollars and ninety-five cents $65.95.
From Corinne Eastin, widow Vallet, and Heloise Vallet as owners of lot fronting on said Sixth street and abutting one hundred and forty-two (142) feet on said walk, the sum of one hundred and seventy-four dollars and five cents $174.05.
From Louisiana Western Railroad Company as owner of lot fronting on the southwest side of Grant avenue and abutting three hundred and twenty (320) feet on said walk, the sum of four hundred dollars $400.00.
From Thornwell Fay as owner of lot fronting on southwest side of Grant avenue, and abutting one hundred and fifty six dollars and ninety-six cents $195.20.
Be it further ordained that said sums shall be due and collectable within ten (10) days after completion of said walk, and acceptance of the same by the City Council in the manner provided by the ordinance requiring said walk to be built, and if not paid within ten (10) days, then that suit shall be brought against said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment, and moreover that as provided by the Act of the Legislature, this Council shall have a special privilege on said property to secure the payment of said sum thus assessed, with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten (10) days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all claims except taxes, and said privilege shall affect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment on the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.
Be it further ordained that the cost of registering said assessment shall be borne by the delinquent.
Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect at once.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
J. P. COLOMB, Asst. Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
News Notes (Advertiser) 5/24/1905.
Maj. B. B. Gordon, civil engineer of Greenville, Miss., and Lieut. Governor R. H. Snyder spent between trains here Monday on their way to New Orleans. They had been to Opelousas talking railroad.
Found- A Creole mare on Southern pacific property near Landry's switch, branded. Owner can come and claim same by identifying and paying cost.
B. F. HOLLEMAN.
T. H. Bass, of Beaumont, of the Carnes, Bass & Benckenstein firm, was in Lafayette Monday.
Mr. C. N. Thibodeaux brought to this office Saturday a sack of large, fine beans raised by him. They show plainly that the soil here is well adapted to the raising of beans.
J. E. Howe, of The Howe Printing Press, Ruston, was a welcome visitor to this office Friday.
T. M. Biossat and C. M. Parkerson returned Friday morning from New Orleans where they went to attend the International Cotton Crushers Association. They report being highly entertained by the citizens of the Crescent City. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 24th, 1902:
Order and Route - Raffle of Rubber-Tired Buggy.
At a meeting of the parade and raffle committee named at the special meeting of the fire department, May 6, 1902, the following arrangements were unanimously adopted:
The date of the annual parade was fixed for Wednesday, June 18, prox, at 5 p. m.
Parade to form at court-house square with the companies in the following position>
Home Fire Company in Main street with their truck in front of court-house square.
Fire Company No. 1 in Lafayette street with their head at Plonsky Bros.' store.
Hook and Ladder Company in Lafayette street with their head at Begnaud & Comeaux's saloon.
The parade will move at 5 o'clock p. m. sharp, headed by the president of the department in the rubber-tired buggy, followed by the chief and assistant chief on horseback, then by the Sontag Military Band, then by Home Fire Company, Fire Company No. 1 and Hook and Ladder Company.
The route on the parade will be:
Main street to St. John, St. John to Vermilion, Vermilion to Lincoln avenue, Lincoln avenue to Sterling avenue, Sterling avenue to Simcoe avenue, Simcoe avenue to New street, New Street to Second street, Second street across railroad to Grant avenue, Grant avenue to Lee avenue, Lee avenue to Vermilion street, Vermilion street to Johnston street, Johnston street to Industrial School, where an address will be delivered by a speaker to be selected later, after which address the parade will disband.
The department is ordered to be in full uniform with their trucks decorated.
Chief F. V. Mouton was appointed a committee of one to get the necessary music and assist Secretary B. J. Pellerin in arranging the raffle of the rubber-tired buggy.
Invitations were ordered sent to the following fire departments: Morgan City, Franklin, Jeanerette, New Iberia, St. Martinville, Alexandria, Opelousas, Washington, Lake Charles, Jennings, Crowley, Rayne, Breaux Bridge and Arnaudville.
The raffle of the rubber tired buggy will take place at nine o'clock that night on the band stand in Parkerson's grove.
The different companies are requested to each select three young ladies for the purpose of selling tickets up to the time of the raffle. All unsold tickets and money for tickets sold to be turned over to Secretary B. J. Pellerin not later than June 15.
On the night of the parade the Sontag Military Band will give an open-air concert in Parkerson's grove from 7:30 to 10:30 p. m. Refreshments will be served on the grounds.
F.V. MOUTON, WM. CAMPBELL, C. O. MOUTON, P. L. DECLOUET, A. J. LEBLANC, PAUL CASTEL, G. A. MARTIN, Committee.
Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
To Build a Club House. - The members of the Century Club are seriously thinking of building a club-house. It is intended to put up a modern brick building, the upper story to be used by the club and the lower floor to be rented. The plan has met the endorsement of the club and already a pretty large amount of stock has been subscribed. The club is in a very prosperous condition, its membership numbering over 125.
Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
Of the Southwestern Industrial Institute - The End of a Most Successful Session.
The exercises at the Southwestern Industrial, which began last night in the auditorium and which will be concluded Monday, mark the close of a very successful session. In point of attendance the Institute has done as well as was hoped for by its most sanguine well-wishers, and judged from the safer criterion of results the first year of its existence has been a pronounced success. To set in harmonious action the different departments of an institution such as the Southwestern Industrial requires more than a day, or a month, or a year ; it is the work of many years to lift it to the apex of its usefulness. Hence, when it is considered that the Southwestern is only one year old, its accomplishments are deserving of more than usual praise.
The past week was taken up in the final examinations, and each student was rated according to his or her merits. The general average has been very satisfactory, showing that the faculty and students have done good work. The exhibits in the various departments evidenced the studious application of the students and the splendid training they received from the teachers. At 10 o'clock this morning the public is invited to examine the work in the several departments. The program for last night's entertainment was of a musical character. Prof. Florent Sontag, the gifted teacher of music at the Institute, is to be congratulated on the on the success of the entertainment, and the young ladies and gentlemen are all deserving of their share of praise for the creditable manner in which they acquitted themselves. Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
Closing Exercises at L. H. S. - The closing exercises of the Lafayette High School will take place at Falk's opera-house next Friday night, May 30, at 8 o'clock. Admission free, everybody invited.
Laf. Gazette 5/24/1902.
Closing Exercises at Primary School. - At 4 o'clock, on Friday, may 30, closing exercises will take place at the Lafayette Primary School. At the close of the program refreshments will be sold, the money realized to be used for the purchase of charts and other material of which the school is very much in need. Despite the lack of necessary equipments this school has done splendid work during the session. Specimens of the pupils' work will be on exhibition and patrons and friends of the school will have an opportunity to see the progress made by the different classes. No admission fee will be charged and it is hoped that many people will be present. Parents of the children attending the school are especially urged to attend.
Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
The Trainmen's Ball.
The people who attended the ball at Falk's hall Thursday night are indebted to Morgan's Lodge, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, for a most enjoyable time. The committee in charge of the arrangements had attended to their duties so well that nothing was lacking to make the ball a source of uninterrupted enjoyment to all the guests. The committee, assisted by several young ladies, had decorated the hall in a very tasteful manner with palmettos, magnolias and evergreens. The colors of the brotherhood, emblematic of the different signals which are so familiar to the railroad men, were delicately blended. Good music furnished by Lafayette musicians afforded the lovers of the dance a splendid opportunity to enjoy themselves. Financially, the ball was more than satisfactory and socially it is concededly the most successful affair given in Lafayette since a long time.
Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
B. M. A. Meeting. - The members of the Business Men's Association of Lafayette are urged to meet at Falk's hall, Monday, at 8 o'clock p.m. Object of special interest.
CHAS. O. MOUTON, President.
Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
Rainy Time at Parkerson's Grove. - On account of the threatening weather many people were prevented from attending the concert at Parkerson's grove last Sunday evening. But as the band did not wish to disappoint those who were there, the concert took place as advertised and was greatly enjoyed. To-morrow night the band will be on hand and if the weather is fair there will no doubt be a large crowd present.
Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
"Edit Laws After Passage."
A bill has been introduced into the House of Representatives to appoint an expert on English whose duty will be to "edit" all laws after their second passage. To the uninitiated it would seem that bills should be properly written before offered for the consideration of the law-makers. The legislator who is unable to write his bill should get the assistance of some competent person. It strikes us as an anomalous proposition that the assembled wisdom at Baton Rouge should be provided with a grammarian. In the long run it might be cheaper and at the same time prove more satisfactory for the State to secure the services of an English teacher and maintain a night school at the capital. The Gazette suggests this plan to the legislators who would improve the literary style of the State laws. The appointment of an expert authorized to make corrections might result in the introduction of a dangerous element into the law-making power of the State. If the law-makers will confer with the printers on the autocratic tendencies and general cussedness of proof-readers armed with a blue pencil and clothed with the authority to use it indiscriminately, it is more than likely that they will change their minds.
Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 24th, 1902:
Sunday at Surrey Park.
Although the weather was threatening, nevertheless a big crowd of friends and admirers assembled at Surrey Park last Sunday to witness the championship game of ball between picked nines from the Century Club and the Sontag Military Band. The colors of the Club and Band were much in evidence. A number of buggies and carriages with the horses were lavishly decorated with ribbons and the colors of the two nines, and gave quite an animated appearance on the scene. The game was called at 3 o'clock, and from start to finish kept the interest of all at a high pitch. The first inning was against the Club team, and when the Band boys began to roll up tallies in the second and third innings, things began to look black for the Club team. They saw the situation and tried to retrieve lost ground by changing batteries, but the Band boys had the game on them, and notwithstanding the Club nine made a tremendous effort they couldn't offset their losses in the first part of the game. At the close the score was 16-10 in favor of the Band boys. Following the game were several mule races, that afforded lots of amusement to everybody. Later in the evening the Band gave a concert at their stand in Parkerson's Grove. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1902.
Base-ball To-morrow. - To-morrow, Sunday, May 25th, a game of ball will be played between the Lafayette Camellias and the Breaux Bridge team, at Surrey Park at 3:30 p. m. Admission 25 cents.
Laf. Advertiser 5/24/1902.
Races. - Remember the grand races at Surrey Park on June 7 and 8. They will be the biggest that was ever seen in Lafayette. You want to be there.
Laf. Advertiser 5/24/1902.
Card of Thanks.
The Sisters of Mt. Carmel desire to thank the committee of ladies who so kindly got up the festival given May 15th for the benefit of their school which was quite a success. Also the Sontag Military Band for enhancing the fete with their exquisite music, the Ice Factory, the Town Press, their many friends and the public in general.
The beautiful handmade handkerchief raffled by Mrs. H. C. Salles for the benefit of the Convent was won by Miss Zerelda Bailey. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1902.
Building Boom. - Lafayette's building boom continues unabated. Numbers of new houses are under construction and the lumber yards report business as brisk and with and upward tendency.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 24th, 1893:
The New Passenger Station.
Yesterday morning a force of carpenters began work on the new depot building which the Southern Pacific Co. are to build. The building is located between the Crescent hotel and the track, on the south side of the wagon road, and will be 20 x 99 and will be occupied by the baggage room, express office, waiting room for whites, ticket office, waiting room for blacks, and lunch counter, in the order named commencing at the west end of the building. The building is to be of wood, and will have a bay window from the ticket office so that tickets may be secured without entering the building. The depot when completed will present a very neat appearance. Judging from the plans seen in the office of Station Agent Davidson and we are informed that it will be finished and ready for occupancy inside of a month.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1893.
ROAD AND IMMIGRATION CONVENTION -B. M. A. Calls for Convention to Be Held June 14th.
The call issued by the Business Men's Association for a Road and Immigration Convention to be held in this city on June 14th, is meeting with a hearty response from the parishes that constitute the Attakapas district, and the convention will be largely attended. It is expected that Governor Foster and other prominent men of our State will attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1893.
Street Sprinkling. - A few of our enterprising business men have determined that they will have the streets adjacent to their places of business sprinkled, and have been trying to induce others to join them in the move. They say, however, that if necessary they will "go it alone" and stand the expense themselves. We wish we had more business men like them.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1893.
News Notes (Advertiser) 5/24/1893.
It is getting very dusty again.
Lafayette should have a public market.
Blackberries are becoming quite plentiful.
The parish teachers' institute met this city last week Saturday.
Vacation time will soon be here and the children are correspondingly happy.
The Southern Pacific pay wagon visited Lafayette last Friday, and the boys in consequence were rejoicing.
No place in the universe offers more advantages to the truck farmer than Lafayette parish.
The dance given by the Young Men in Falk's hall last Saturday night, while not largely attended proved a very enjoyable affair.
Sheriff Isaac Broussard and his estimable lady returned from the Crescent City last Saturday, after enjoying a weeks recreation in that city.
The Board of Directors of the Business Mens' Association held a meeting last Friday night in the directors' room of the Peoples' State Bank.
Our fire company is now regularly organized and in working order, having adopted a Constitution and By-Laws at their meeting last Sunday.
We are sorry to state that Mr. John Vigneaux was taken suddenly quite sick yesterday morning. Drs. Mudd and Mouton are attending him and we hope that under their skilled treatment, he will soon recover. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 24th, 1879:
The late session of the District Court adjourned sine die on Tuesday last. On the day before the District Judge sentenced those convicted to the Penitentiary and Parish Prison, a list of which we give below. Those sentenced to the Penitentiary were delivered by the Sheriff on last Wednesday to a representative of Col. James, at Olidon's Ferry, in this parish :
Victor Breaux, 12 months hard labor in the State penitentiary.
Mignon Breaux, 11 months hard labor in the State penitentiary.
Lessin Foreman, 12 months hard labor in the State penitentiary.
Alexandre Francois, 6 months hard labor in the State Penitentiary.
John Field, 5 years hard labor in the State Penitentiary.
Lucy, 3 months in the Parish Prison.
Levi Columbus, 30 days in the Parish Prison.
Numa Pradier, 30 days in the Parish Prison.
Frank Broussard, 30 days in the Parish Prison.
Treville Bernard, $150 fine and cost of prosecution, or in default, 3 months in the Parish Prison. In this case the fine and cost having been paid, the prisoner was discharged. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1879.
State vs. Victor Breaux. - The District Attorney having filed information against Adam Hilman, a witness in the case of the State vs. Victor Breaux, charging him with perjury, the accused was tried and convicted on the 17th. inst. On the 19th, counsel for prisoner moved for a new trial on the ground that the materiality of the matter falsely sworn to was not proven on the trial and the verdict of the jury therefore, contrary to law and the evidence. The Judge sustained the motion and ordered the prisoner to be released on bond, in the sum of $300, to appear for trial at the next term of the District Court. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1879.
The following pieces of property situated in the Parish of Lafayette.
1. A farm of 240 arpents of choice prairie land, located 6 miles west of the town of Vermilionville, within one of the N. O. and Texas Railroad, with residence, kitchen, barn, stables, &c, ; about 50 arpents under fence with sufficient fencing on the place to enclose as much more land. The entire tract is thoroughly ditched and drained, and was considered before the war, the most productive place on the prairie. A tract of woodland goes with the place.
2. Another tract lying immediately south of the above containing 300 arpents of prairie land with cabin and crib. This tract is well adapted to stock raising and is offered at a bargain.
3. A tract of prairie land lying west of No. 1, of 100 arpents of high, rolling and very productive land.
I will sell the above property separately or all together, at a bargain.
4. A sugar plantation on the east bank of the bayou Vermilion, 4 miles south of Vermilionville, and one mile from Morgan's Texas railroad, containing 242 arpents of the finest land, and 40 arpents of woodland. The improvements are all new and substantial. The sugar house was completed a few months ago and the machinery is now and in perfect running order. There are about 100 arpents planted in sugar cane. Farming implements, stock &c., will be sold with the place.
5. Forty arpents of woodland on the east side of bayou Vermilion.
6. A desirable and improved farm 2 1/2 miles from Vermilionville, near the N. O. and Texas Railroad, containing 147 arpents, with 5 buildings, garden and orchard - nearly the whole of the land substantial enclosed. Stock and forage sold with the place, if desired.
7. One tract of prairie land, about 200 arpents, one mile west of Vermilionville, near the Olivier Broussard tract.
8. One tract of prairie land of 100 arpents, two miles west of Vermilionville, between the plantations of Leon Billaud and Donat Breaux.
9. One hundred arpents of woodland, on the west bank of bayou Vermilion, 3 miles south of Vermilionville.
Several valuable improved and unimproved Town lots.
Apply to W. B. BAILEY, Vermilionville, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1879.
The steamer Mattie was unable to reach her landing at Pinhook this week, owing to the low stage of the water in bayou Vermilion.
The Steamer Mattie on her last trip up landed at Olidon's Ferry, on bayou Vermilion, one hundred and eighty-six convicts from the State Penitentiary. They are destined for Railroad work some where about the Mermentau river, as we are informed. The number was increased after their arrival, by a delegation from this parish. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1879.
Proceeding of the Parish School Board.
Pursuant to call of the President, the Parish School Board met on this 20th day of April, 1879.
Present : Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins, president ; Ones Broussard, Alexandre Delhomme, J. Omer Broussard and H. M. Bailey. Absent : Dr. F. S. Mudd, Dr. M. L. Lyons, Sidney Greig, J. J. Revillon and Thompson Rhodes.
The minutes of the last meeting were read, corrected and adopted.
The President stated that the subject of the meeting was for the purpose of reconsidering the resolution passed at the last meeting, suspending the school in the 1st ward, at the end of the present month, April.
On motion of Mr. Ones Broussard, duly seconded, It was resolved, that the resolution passed on the 5th of April, 1879, in regard to suspending the public schools in the 1st and 5th wards, be, and is hereby repealed in so far as regards the 1st ward, and it is further ordered that Mr. Alex Delhomme be authorized to contract with the Teacher for one month longer in said first ward.
There being no further business, the Board adjourned to meet on Saturday July 5th, 1879.
T. B. HOPKINS, President.
H. M. Bailey, Secretary, pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1879.
News Notes (Advertiser) 5/24/1879.
Warm and dusty.
The health of the parish is excellent.
The crops need rain - and so do our streets.
Blackberries in abundance for sale on our streets.
Judge Ed. E. Mouton and District Attorney J. A. Chargois will leave here to-morrow evening to attend a special term of the District Court at Abbeville, which commences there on Monday next.
The drawing of the lottery of the beautiful needle-work tableau, "Christ falling under the weight of the Cross," took place last Sunday evening at Mount Carmel Convent, and ticket No. 68 won the prize. We learn that the winning ticket was purchased by a person in Thibodeaux, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 24th, 1873:
On Tuesday last our Parish was visited by a terrific storm causing immense damage. Up to this time (Friday) we have not been able to gather anything approaching an estimate of the losses sustained by our planters in the way of crops, buildings, fences, stock, etc. We learn that on many place in Carencro and Cote Gelee the cotton and corn crops were ruined by the wind and the heavy fall of hail. On Mr. A. V. Martin's place, about six miles north of Vermilionville, the storm was excessively severe and causing irreparable loss, destroying his cotton gin, cotton house, corn crib, one cabin, a hen house, and a buggy ; four milk cows and one ox were killed by the falling buildings. A large portion of the fencing was blown down, and his crop badly injured.
On Mr. Jos. L. Mouton's place in Carencro, there cabins were demolished and all of his fencing was blown down.
Many other places in Carencro suffered great losses but we have not been able to ascertain the exact places or the extent of the damages done.
The storm seems to have been more severe in that section of the parish than in any other.
On Mr. A. Herpin's place in Cote Gelee two cabins were blown down. The crops in that section were also badly damaged by the wind and hail.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1873.
Letter to the Editor:
Parish of Lafayette, La.
Mr. Editor: - Dear Sir - The controlling influence which Public Opinion begins to exert upon those who represent the people in an official capacity must be apparent as well as gratifying to all good citizens. The insolent bearing and arrogant demeanor of a certain class of officials who have betrayed every interest of the public has given way to the pressure of a revived courage of the people, and they no longer find an unresisting mass to override in their course of tyranny and plunder. We are not without evidence on our very midst, of apostasy on the part of the fawning sycophants that have fluttered around the satellites of the usurping government. It only remains for the people to act with a little spirit to drive the creatures of radicalism to their lair like the wild beasts to which some of them so closely assimilate.
The country citizens do not profess to understand more than the general principles of a good government, in fact, the intricacies with which politicians have involved every public department, would require the solution of problems for which we have little tact and less relish. But it might be well enough for those who profess to represent us in official life to bear in mind that we occasionally look beyond our particular pursuits, and bestow a thought on matters of public interest, and though our own ideas of political subjects may be somewhat crude, and our opinions maintained in language that the spirit of Chesterfield might not sanction, they have yet the rare merit of being honest and sincere.
The experiences of the last few years have taught us two very important facts. The one, that the freedmen cannot be depended on the cultivate our farms; the other, that de facto politicians cannot be depended on to administer our government. The one has become oblivious or indifferent to the fact, that his employer is interested in the proper application of his labor and the other, that the people are interested in the proper execution of the duties of his office, further than suits his own interest. With the (unreadable word) freedman it behooves us to exercise patience ; but with those who have advanced their private interests outside of the legitimate emoluments of their office, forbearance has ceased to be a virtue. The strong of the Executive may temporarily uphold and force acquiescence to the present usurpation of our State government ; but we still have faith in the power behind the throne, and we believe that if the Southern people would act less from impulse and more from reason, and display more fortitude under their severe ordeals, that power is greater than the throne itself would soon make itself felt in their behalf.
Sympathy forms a very small element, generally, in the character of those who give shape to public opinion and those who expect, by cringing to the representatives of radicalism to excite compassion for their misfortune, betray as much want of animal sagacity to acquire their ends, as intellectual ability to sustain themselves creditably in the public positions they seek. Interest it is that has moved those governed or reigned in this country for many years. The indignation visited upon the authors of the Credit Mobilier scandal and the Back-pay Congress is only a verification of the adage, that the most sensitive nerves of the public, are those of the pocket. Encroachments upon the political and even civil rights were borne without complaint by the Northern people - for as the Southern people were mainly affected - they were willing to submit temporarily, for the sake of reconciling us to the results of war, but when the license given their representatives to plunder us began to operate against themselves, a storm of indignation was aroused that has caused a display of charity among Congressmen quite refreshing and of material benefit to schools and other public institutions. If the Back-steal from the South could be appropriated to our schools what an educated people would we become!
We do not propose to encroach further upon your columns or afflict your readers with our peculiar ideas of public matters. We are of that independent class that think for ourselves, and allow the same liberty to others, and profess to gain our livelihood by the sweat of our brow ; but if in one individual case, the latter assertion should prove more figurative than accurate, we cannot be accused of any desire at least, to disown our membership in that honorable fraternity.
To comply with your request for information of farming is a hard task. We have so little control of the labor and derive so little profit, that we have almost lost all interest on the subject. We are satisfied if, by a most rugged economy, we can meet our daily necessities. The great lack of our agricultural community is a home market to dispose of our surplus produce. Diversity of crop has been quite a common theme with certain would-be political economists, but the intelligent farmer, we contend, is the best judge of his own interests and when a diversity of crop will pay he is very apt to adopt it. For the present we have no market for anything but our leading staples. Garden vegetables are entirely unsalable. The raising of good stock will, perhaps, hereafter prove a profitable pursuit, and this will require more attention to grain grasses and root crops. However, for the present all we can do is avail ourselves of every resource to increase our revenue at hand, live frugally, watch our public servants, watch their company, keep a close eye on ourselves and remain
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1873.
New Iberia Hoodlums.
A special from New Iberia to the N. O. Picayune of last Thursday says:
"As a result of lawlessness on the part of the tough, gambling element of the city last night, when the police were for a while terrorized and powerless to act, a special meeting of the city council was held this morning and a thorough investigation made of the disturbances last night. The action of Chief of Police Carter and the entire force were discussed in the severest manner, resulting in the summary dismissal of Night Officer Jack Stafford, who is now confined in jail charged with shooting with intent to murder Officer Jones Finney. The action of Mayor Fisher in ordering the release of Albert Stafford, arrested by order of City Judge Brown, during the day, was condemned by a vote of the council. Several speeches were made my prominent citizens appealing to the council to see that the lawless element of the city be subdued. Among the speakers were Hon. W. J. Burke, R. S. McMahon, J. P. Suberbielle and E. F. Millard. The meeting was very largely attended. The action of the council and the citizens will without doubt have a far-reaching effect upon the morals of the city.
"Warrants were sworn out this morning for some eight or ten of the offenders, and several are now in jail." From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 5/24/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 24th, 1912:
COMING OF COLUMBUS
World's Greatest Moving Picture - In Three Reels - Soon to Be Shown at the Jefferson Theatre.
The Coming of Columbus, in three reels, at present the sensation of the entire film world, will be shown here at an early date by the Jefferson Theatre, who are making every effort to secure this great masterpiece.
The Coming of Columbus was produced by the Selig Polyscope Co., and entailed an outlay of $50,000.00 in money, and three years in time. It is acknowledged to be the most expensive, the most elaborate, and most wonderful graphic moving picture film ever made.
The vital events in the life and discoveries of Christopher Columbus, who gave a new world to civilization, are reproduced with historic exactness the great events of history is an achievement to be numbered among the most marvelous of up-to-date science. In these remarkable pictures Columbus and his followers live, and breathe, and move. He pleads the cause at the court of Isabella. In the accoutrements of an admiral of Spain he stands upon the quarterdeck of the Santa Maria and leads his fleet of three caravels across the unknown sea. He quells a mutiny in mid-ocean. He lands on the new world. He returns to the court of Spain amid enthusiastic pomp and glory of that day. He replies to a drunken courtier at the banquet at Barcelona, in which we see the famous egg incident. We see him again in the new world amid the people he had discovered and finally we see him, dejected, broken in spirit, being taken back to Spain in irons to answer to false charges which have been preferred against him. The Columbus of these wonderful pictures is alive. It is as if a camera had gone back, by some occult power, to the long forgotten ages and there had visualized scenes forever departed.
The making of these pictures occupied three years of time, the most of which was spent in gathering data concerning the life of Columbus, in order to secure historical exactness in every detail. William N. Selig, president of the Selig Polyscope Co., spent a fortune to make this production a never-to-be-equalled masterpiece. He sent a committee of scholars to Spain. Here they spent months gathering data. They secured the original log-book of Columbus and the personal memoirs of Diego, Columus' son. By signing a bond for $10,000.00 Mr. Selig was of (garbled words: "and4, yrhGuran C?$") able to bring these back to the country. From these authentic sources of information, and aided by the Spanish government, Mr. Selig was able to build this picture in exact counterpart of the real events.
In the ships of Columbus depicted in the pictures are the original caravels presented to this country by the Spanish government. Mr. Selig signed a $1,000,000.00 bond for the safe return of each of these vessels. They were then repainted, recaulked, outfitted with new sails and made seaworthy, before being used. The cost of producing these pictures was over $50,000.00 and over three hundred and fifty people are seen in the cast never before have any of the great picture industries expended such a sum on a single picture, to be weighed and judged by critical spectators as to its educational worth, and spectacular magnificence.
Perhaps the greatest endorsement which has ever been given any artistic achievement along these lines, and certainly the highest honor that can be paid a moving picture manufacturer, has been accorded to this masterpiece and to Mr. W. N. Selig, its maker.
His Holiness, Pope Pius X, was presented with a set of the "Columbus" films by Mr. Selig and after inspecting them carefully, the Pope was so pleased with Mr. Selig's gift and what he had accomplished, that he sent by Father Tonello, his personal blessings and praise, and in recognition of the great epoch which this picture is predicted to mark in motion picture production, the Holy Father sent to Mr. Selig a silver medal of beautiful design, bearing his likeness. Feeling that even this was inadequate to express his full appreciation and desiring to award this "wizard of picture production" even further, he had a beautiful, much treasured ceramic, or art plaques, removed from its place in the Vatican and sent to Mr. Selig.
Cardinal Gibbons and many other high church officials have viewed the pictures and they are unanimous in their praise of same. At private exhibitions the films have been shown to many of the country's greatest educators, critics, artists and his (unreadable word) and so far no one has denied that the Selig Polyscope Co. in securing the original Columbus caravels, which were used in the production and in preparing the historical data from which the scenario was written. The Chicago Historical Society also were of great assistance in this respect. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1912.