TWO NEW CATHOLIC CHURCHES HERE.
Father Teurlings Has Decided on Plans for Two New Churches to Replace Present One.
ONE FOR WHITES AND ONE FOR NEGROES.
Church for Whites to be Built on Present Site, Other Site Not Decided.
Rev. W. J. Teurlings, pastor of St. John's church, has finally decided upon the plans for the construction of two new Catholic churches in Lafayette, and has called a meeting or ushers for next Friday night to discuss ways and means for immediate action. It has been evident for some time that the present edifice was not only antiquated, but entirely inadequate for the large and ever increasing congregation. Father Teurlings says that owing to this overcrowded condition the negro members have expressed a strong desire to have a church of their own, and as the size of the parish fully justifies this separation, their wishes will be granted and a separate house of worship granted and a site not yet selected. At the laying of the cornerstone of St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, recently Father Teurlings has a conference on the subject with Archbishop Blenk, and the matter was carefully and diligently discussed. The conclusion was reached that the wishes of the colored people in the premises were entirely legitimate and proper and that two separate churches would serve best the interest of church and religion generally.
The church for the whites will be built on the present site of St. John's church and will be a brick structure of much larger proportions. The style of architecture will be Byzantine basilica, and when completed the new church will not only be an ornament to the town but a proud monument to the love and devotion of the Catholics for their mother church. Father Teurlings has labored hard to bring about the conditions necessary for the successful completion of the important and responsible task in contemplation and declares himself sanguine over prospects for an early realization of his hopes and aspirations. The faithful of his flock have expressed an entire approval of the plans and have declared their willingness to be taxed each one according to his means in order to secure the completion of the new and imposing edifice within as short a time as possible. Father Teurlings estimates that $50,000 will be necessary to build the new church and possibly more by the time it is properly finished and furnished. The amount named will be subscribed promptly, but it is probable that a debt will be incurred on order to properly finish the building in all its beauty and symmetry. The entire matter will be thoroughly discussed at the meeting of the vestry next Friday evening at 8 o'clock at the presbytery, and definite steps taken to carry out the plans so carefully and diligently conceived and formulated by Rev. Teurlings, whose earnest devotion and executive ability have inspired his faithful flock to the greatest enthusiasm in the prosecution of the enterprise that means so much for the cause of religion and the prosperity of the local church.
Father Teurlings contemplates soon to organize a society of the Holy name among the men of his congregation. Archbishop Blenk is anxious that each parish in his diocese organize this society for the promotion of purity and preventing the infamous habit of blaspheming among men. The society is strictly devotional and no dues or fees of any kind are imposed. The principal obligation assumed is to avoid blasphemy, perjury and immodest language, and Father Teurlings hopes to organize with a large membership soon.
Last Thursday evening Father Teurlings preached an elegant sermon and was followed Friday morning by Father Chombon, Friday evening by Father Rochard, Saturday morning by Father Sarazin and Saturday night by Father Lawton. Father Lawton also preached Sunday morning. The forty hours adoration in connection with the services on ascension day was very impressive, and was enjoyed for the first time in the local church. The host was exposed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Knights of Columbus attending on Friday. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1909.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 25th, 1904:
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE
Holds Commencement Exercises, Beginning Friday Evening and Closing Tuesday Morning, Twenty-five Graduates, Great Interest Shown - Immense Audiences Fill the Auditorium to Its Full Capacity. Excellent Programs Rendered Excellently Well.
The third annual commencement of the Industrial School has closed. The high character of the exercise, the creditable rendition of difficult programs and the proficiency displayed by the students, shown by the exhibits of work, evidences a distinct progress and efficiency which gives great promise for the future.
The high estimation in which the school is held, how near to the hearts of the people it is, the immense audiences which attended every night, overfilling the Auditorium, tells in unmistakable terms. And they were pleased with what they saw and heard. Words of praise were freely bestowed, and a great future predicted for the Institution.
One of the largest audiences that has every assembled in the Industrial Institute Auditorium was present Friday night at the annual concert of the Music Department. The weather was delightful, neither too warm nor too cool, and with a beautiful moonlight night, offered a most favorable opportunity for the people to show their interest by filling the Auditorium to its fullest capacity, which they did, many being forced to stand.
The concert was advertised to begin at 8:30, and promptly at that hour the first number was begun. Promptness is a virtue that should be instilled in the young, and in no place is promptness more desirable or more commendable than in all exercises pertaining to or related to a school. The public also deserves praise on this occasion, for the Auditorium was filled on time, a comparatively small number entering after the beginning of the exercises.
The Sontag Band furnished many delightful selections during the evening, entertaining a very appreciative public between the numbers of the program. Lafayette people like music and they have a special fondness for the kind rendered by the Sontag Band, both because the Band is so generous in giving their services to all good causes and because their music is of such an excellent variety. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1904.
Ice Cream Sociable. - The Ice-cream sociable given by the Ladies Auxiliary to B. R. T. Saturday night was very successful. A large crown was present and a very pleasant evening was spent.
Laf. Advertiser 5/25/1904.
Ball Game Sunday. - The Pilette team played Jeanerette at the Ball Park Sunday. It was a fine game from start to finish. Eleven innings were played, resulting 10 to 8 in favor of Jeanerette.
Laf. Advertiser 5/25/1904.
Robbed of Large Amount.
Father Forge discovered Sunday that he had been robbed of bonds and cash to the amount of $8,000. Just what time or the manner in which the robbery occurred is not known. Efforts are being made to recover the bonds and everybody is warned not to purchase same. The numbers are as follows:
Louisiana State Coupon Bonds, 4 per cent, Nos. 7256 and 2486, $1,000 each.
New Orleans City Coupon Bonds, 4 per cents, Nos. 888 and 157, $500 each.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1904.
Small Blaze. - An alarm of fire was sounded a little after noon Monday. The kitchen roof of the Nevue home, next to E. T. McBride' blacksmith shop caught, but was soon extinguished with a few buckets of water.
Laf. Advertiser 5/25/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 25th, 1901:
Mr. Campbell Talks to the Council On the Question of a Public Market.
District Attorney Campbell appeared before the Council at its meeting Tuesday and spoke of the necessity of a public market. Mr. Campbell stated he had had the occasion to look into the matter while attending court at Crowley. He said that the Crowley market-house, which is a large, modern building, is being paid for out its revenues.
Mr. Campbell argued that Lafayette would be able to build a market-house without the immediate expenditure of any money except what would be required to buy a suitable lot. He was confident that the revenues would be ample to pay of the building within the course of a few years. What was being done at Crowley could be done here just as well. From the information that he had obtained on the subject he was justified in saying that contractors could be found who would be willing to wait for the payment.
The growth of this town, thought Mr. Campbell, was such that a public-market was daily becoming an absolute necessity. The present city has outlived its usefulness and the town administration needed a more pretentious structure from which to shape the municipal destinies of this progressive community.
The suggestions of Mr. Campbell were very favorably received and it was understood among the councilmen that the initiative would be taken at the next meeting. It was suggested that a committee be appointed to go to Crowley to get a few pointers. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
READY TO DRILL.
Derricks are Built and the Machinery is on the Ground.
The oil situation is now assuming practical shape. In the language of the poker table, it is now up to you, Mr. Driller. Nothing short of an actual flow of oil will set people wild. Ordinary indications such as greasy deposits on the well-water, oil globules in spring water and hair-breadth escapes from gas explosions don't even get in the newspapers. Like the Missourians, people must be shown and nothing less than real digging into the ground will be admissible hereafter.
It is a settled fact beyond any sort of a doubt that Southwestern Louisiana has oil and plenty of it. Paschal Beverly Randolph said so thirty-five years ago. Every geologist who has been here believes it and all the people are cocksure of it as they are of anything. Judge Falk found the real stuff ten years ago. Capt. Lucas pumped barrels of it from three wells at Anse la Butte. And it can be seen by any one who will drive to Mr. Pourcio's place where Nature herself has undertaken to convince all the doubting Thomases.
All that remains to be done now is to bore, and we are pleased to learn that they are getting ready to begin operations at Anse la Butte and on the Moresi tract. Machinery for the latter was hauled from Lafayette yesterday. At Anse la Butte the derrick is up and the piping is on the ground. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
CAPT. LUCAS' OPINION.
Texas and Louisiana Oil Fields - Lafayette's Chances.
Capt. A. F. Lucas was interviewed in New Orleans last Wednesday by a Times-Democrat reporter. Capt. Lucas was on his way to Georgia where he will spend some weeks with his family in the hope of regaining his health which has been somewhat impaired by the exacting demands made upon him after the oil discovery at Beaumont.
In the course of his interview Capt. Lucas said:
"So far as the country's vast supply of oil is concerned, I believe that Texas is going to furnish the quantity and Louisiana the quality."
"The analysis of the Beaumont oil shows it to have illuminative properties to the extent of 33 per cent," said Capt. Lucas, "while Louisiana will produce oil showing as high as 65 per cent illuminant. I got oil in this State - I am not stating in what locality - that yielded 69 per cent illuminant, and as fine a product as has come from the earth in any country. The oil in Louisiana is not confined to any one parish. It is in the rocks beneath several different parishes of the State. It is of fine quality, every barrel of it.
"The field is Louisiana has got to be thoroughly prospected before notable discoveries are made in the production of oil.
The indications that oil abounds in several of the parishes are numerous, but no large flowing wells have as yet come in. If I had been given more encouragement by the people of New Orleans this State might be the great region for oil instead of Texas. It requires much prospecting, a deal of hard work and considerable financing to develop and oil field. When prospectors have fulfilled their mission in the State, Louisiana will furnish some grand surprises in the oil line.
"T think that Lafayette parish has a good chance to distinguish herself in the oil world. Cote Gelee, a beautiful strip of land from Lafayette to Jefferson Island, through Vermilion parish, gives good promise of yielding a supply of the product. I believe also the prospectors will strike oil in St. Mary parish and around Houma, the indications there strongly pointing to wells, coming in the earth as been drilled to a considerable depth. It wouldn't surprise me to hear of oil coming in near Shreveport and in the country around Many, the prospects at the latter place being extraordinarily good.
"The property owned by the J. M. Guffy Petroleum Company comprises a strip extending through parts of Vernon, Lafayette, Calcasieu and St. Martin parishes. We are preparing to drill in St. Martin, having ordered the machinery, which will be put in place near L' Anse la Butte as soon as it arrives. It is also our intention to begin boring in the other parishes mentioned in a short time." Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
Desired by the Jews of Lafayette and Adjacent Towns - Will Meet on June 2.
As will be seen by reading the following address issued to the Jews of Lafayette and adjoining parishes an effort is being made to bring together the people of that faith for the purpose of effecting an organization to uphold and promote the principles of the Jewish religion in this section. The address reads:
"...We the undersigned committee, and the Jewish residents of Lafayette, feel the necessity of a regular organized congregation to promote Judaism in our midst; to organize a system of instruction for the benefit of the rising generation; and to promote a feeling of brotherhood among ourselves and those members of our faith who live in the towns near by.
It should not be said that the faith of our forefathers has no votaries; and that our children are brought up without any instruction in the beauties of the Jewish faith; a faith which has stood the test of many severe trials; a faith which comes in conflict with no good doctrine; a faith which surely deserves some consideration at the hands of every Jew who feels any interest in his religion, in his friends and his children.
It is with the best of motives that we call on all our co-religionists; each to assist by every means in his power to aid in this work, which we feel is a good one.
Do not feel that nothing can be done; that this move will come to naught. For it will come to a perfect success, if each one feels a personal interest, and makes an effort to show the interest. It may take a little trouble, but the end is surely deserving of more than the effort required.
We, therefore, call on you to attend a meeting to be held in Lafayette, on Sunday, June 2, 1901, at Falk's hall, with a view to organize a permanent congregation of Jewish families.
We have here a temple and cemetery, and we think that with the aid of all who will help, that we can form a good congregation.
However, we do mean to be domineering, and if it should be the decision of the meeting to locate the house of worship at more central town, then we of Lafayette will extend to the congregation the same aid which we now ask of our neighbors.
B. FALK, G. SCHMULEN, M. RESOENFIELD,
If you are not able to attend personally, please send your proxies to
M. ROSENFIELD, Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
The New Council.
The new Council met last Tuesday and organized for the ensuing term. The following officers were elected: Louis Lacoste, secretary; F. V. Mouton, treasurer; Charles Debaillon, collector; Alphonse Peck, marshal; Edwin Campbell, assistant marshal. The police force was reduced from three to two officers.
Heretofore a commission of 4 per cent was allowed the collector. A resolution was adopted reducing it to 3 per cent. The collection of water and light fees was included in the duties of the collector.
The salary of the mayor was increased from $150 to $300 a year. The raise in the mayor's compensation was eminently proper. As it is he is but poorly paid for his services. Besides the ordinary duties of the office, Mayor Caffery is often called upon to give legal advice to the town, a work which he always does free of charge. His predecessor, former Mayor Campbell, did likewise.
C. F. Melchert, engineer of the W. W. and E. L. plant was also given an increase of salary. In this case the raise was equally deserved.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
AN EVENT OF GREAT IMPORTANCE.
It has been announced by President Stephens of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute the ceremonies of the opening of the main building will take place on Saturday, the 15th day of next June. President Stephens has already made public the principal features of a program which promises to be most entertaining and instructive.
The opening of the Southwestern Louisiana Institute will be an event of great importance to the people of this section of the State. It will mark the beginning of an institution whose influence will be felt by the present generation and many others yet unborn. It is no exaggeration to say that in all the history of Southwest Louisiana, from the time that the white man set foot upon this favored soil to the present day, nothing of greater importance to the commonwealth has transpired than the birth of this institution of learning which is on the eve of opening its doors to the youth of the country. And it is (unreadable word) that the people of this parish be present on the 15th of June to participate in the exercises, because it is in a great measure due to their generosity and far-sightedness that the institute is about to enter upon its life of usefulness under auspices the most flattering.
The establishment of an industrial school in this section at this time is of special significance. The material development of this part of the country is making unprecedented headway, and there is a growing demand for young men equipped in the industrial arts and sciences. Here will be an institution that will train the hand as well as the brain, thus fitting the boy or girl to cope successfully with the new conditions. While the colleges have been industriously engaged in turning out enough lawyers and doctors and crowding these learned professions to their full capacity the industrial fields still offer splendid opportunities to the ambitious youth of ability and character.
One fact should not escape the minds of the people of this section. It is that this institution manual training will be taught such, for instance, as wood-work to the boys and needle-work and cooking to the girls. The necessity of manual training is now being recognized in the education of the young. As the struggle for existence becomes harder, the need of technological instruction in the schools increase.
The Southwestern Louisiana Institute will be what the president, backed by the people, will make it. The president is a man of ability and experience; in him are combined ardor and vigor, matured by thorough training. Back of him is a community which has already given evidence of its earnestness and zeal. We, therefore, bespeak for the Institute a brilliant and useful career. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
Lafayette to Memphis. - Southern Pacific - Sunset Route - will sell tickets from Lafayette to Memphis, Tenn., and return May 25, 26, 27, 1901, with return limit June 5, 1901, at a rate of $11.55 on account of the United Confederate Veteran Reunion. On extension of limit until June 19, may be obtained by depositing ticket with joint agent at Memphis on or before June 3, and a fee of 50 cents paid at the time of deposit. For additional particulars apply to the local agent or to C. P. Ellis, D. P. A.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
The following real estate transactions were recorded in the clerk's office during the past week:
Romain Francez to Mrs. Pierre Gerac, one half of 50 arpents in first ward, $200.
Dr. J. L. Duhart to Abraham Young, half lot Boudreaux addition, $65. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
May 6th, 1901.
...among other business...
Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that the matter of furnishing the Industrial Institute with water be referred to waterworks and electric light committee, they to ask for bids for work complete and for pipes alone. Carried.
Moved and duly seconded, that the mayor be authorized to sign bonds to be issued under Act number 71 of 1900 for benefit of Industrial Institute. Motion carried.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
News Notes (Gazette) 5/25/1901.
Messrs. Alcide and Saul Broussard are doing very good work on the Anse la Butte road. It is a very important road and is used by a large number of people every day.
The principal store-keepers in town have agreed to close at 7 o'clock during the warm season.
For Sale - One second hand buggy with harness is good order. Price, $30. Apply to Domengeaux, Lafayette, La.
It is a safe bet that Lafayette has more delivery carts than any other town in the State. And they are beauties, too.
Work on the dormitory at the Industrial Institute is going on rapidly.
For Sale at a Bargain. - Five-room house with hall, two blocks from Southern Pacific depot. Two good cisterns, barn, chicken house, out-houses, etc. For further information apply to O. B. Hopkins, Lafayette, La.
The People's Cotton Oil Mill Company has bought two handsome ice carts through L. Lacoste.
The Christian Endeavor Society of the Presbyterian church will give an ice cream festival Thursday, May 30, beginning at 6 p. m., at Judge Parkerson's grove. All are invited.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 25th, 1901.
OPENING OF MAIN BUILDING.
Industry and Activity on the Grounds in Preparation for the Occasion on June 15th.
Everything is being made ready out at the Industrial Institute for the big celebration set for the 15th of June, when Governor Heard will receive the main building for the State. The work on the new dormitory building is going ahead rapidly, and will probably be ready in advance of the time set for opening school next September. The electric fixtures, the desks, and the opera chairs have arrived and are being put up and in order. The Venetian blinds have been shipped from New York and are expected daily, they will be put up quickly. The work of improving the grounds with a circular drive in front of the building, a cinder walk ten feet wide running diagonally from the corner of the main building to the northeast corner of the grounds and a ten inch tile drain leading to the town ditch, will soon be completed.
Arrangements will soon be perfected with the Southern Pacific Company for excursion trains from Napoleonville and Thibodeaux, from Lake Charles, and from Alexandria on the morning of the 15th to return that night after the exercises. The Texas & Pacific and other lines express their willingness to make rates of one and one-third fair for the round trip in connection with the Southern Pacific for that occasion.
As this celebration is to be an event of importance to the whole State, it is expected that a very large attendance both from the adjoining and neighboring parishes and from the State at large will be present.
The educational prospect for Southwest Louisiana is much brighter now than ever before. The splendid system of public schools in our neighboring parishes of Calcasieu, Iberia, and Vermilion, the excellent new High School being built in Crowley, the large High School being made larger in Opelousas, and the quickened impulse that is being given to the work of all the lower schools by reason of the establishment by the State of so large and resourceful an institution as the Industrial Institute - all these offer the greatest encouragement to those who labor and wait for better things in our educational system. If this country has oil under it, and if that industry is intelligently directed, it will bring all the blessings of material wealth and - what is better - all the blessings of moral wealth as well. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1901.
City Council versus Surety Company.
In the district court, last Tuesday, Judge Conrad Debaillon heard the evidence and arguments in the case of the City Council of Lafayette versus The American Surety Co., of New York, to recover $1,500 costs and interest on a bond given by a New Orleans firm for the faithful performance of the water works and electric light plants' contract. The court took the matter under advisement to deliver judgment June 24th. Mayor C. D. Caffery represented the town and Judge John Clegg the defendant company. The Council has already obtained judgment against the engineering company as principal and although affirmed by the circuit court sometime ago, the judgment has not been satisfied.
Defective and inferior boilers had been placed in the plant and this discovery led to the difficulty. The contractors alleged that the boilers had all been approved by the supervising engineer. The fact was however established that the boilers were defective and although the plant had been accepted, the Council obtained judgment. The suit has been stubbornly contested all through and much evidence has been introduced by both parties.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1901.
The New Ice Factory.
The new Ice Factory belonging to the People's Cotton Oil Co., under the management of Mr. T. M. Biossat, will begin selling ice next week. The new plant, cost $17,000 is up to date in all respects and has a capacity of 20 tons per day. It has its own electric plant and all the machinery is of the newest and latest models. Three ice depots have been established in town. Two wagons will be continually on the streets and ice will be weighed at the moment it is delivered to the houses. The price is the lowest possible, 40cts, per hundred pounds. This factory will furnish ice all the year round and guarantees satisfaction in its delivery.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1901.
Increased Seating at St. John's.
The seating capacity of St. John's Catholic Church has been increased by extending the choir gallery so that a number of pews can be placed there in. Father Forge has also purchased a new baptismal font, and with the cement walks and ornamental fence, before the Church property, his parishioners can count a number of improvements. A beautiful statue of St. Anthony of Padua has lately been placed in the Church and a pious devotion, that obtains among Catholics, is that of giving alms in honor of that saint, for favors received. The same thus accruing are styled "St. Anthony's bread," and distributed among the poor. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1901.
Failed Excursion. - The excursion that was to come to Anse la Butte last Sunday failed but our people who drove there report a good time and lots of strangers on the grounds. Anse la Butte has become the fashionable promenade and its pleasant distance from town, the beauty of the scenery all along the road can not fail to make it attractive to the pleasure seeker, even if there lurks not in his imagination, ideas of oil stock investments or real estate transactions. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1901.
New Residence. - The beautiful residence of Mr. P. L. DeClouet, near Sterling Grove, is rapidly nearing completion, and will be one of the handsomest homes of which the town may boast.
Laf. Advertiser 5/25/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 25th, 1895:
The following is the text of the Stock Law now in force throughout the Parish, together will all amendments thereto;
January 3, 1890.
1st. Be it ordained by the Police Jury, That on and after the first day of March, 1891, it shall be unlawful for stock of any kind to roam at large within the limits of this Parish.
2nd. Be it further ordained, That a pound is established in each ward for the safe keeping of stock impounded under this act, at the Constables' offices of the respective wards,
3rd. It is further ordained, That the stock impounded under this act shall be kept for a period of ten days and after advertising the same for the owner to come forward, prove his property and pay costs, the said stock shall be sold to the highest bidder. Twenty-five per cent of the proceeds shall be paid to the constable and the balance deposited with the Parish Treasurer, to be refunded to the proper owner, by warrant duly issued by this body. It shall be the duty of the constable to notify by posters and advertising that the stock is impounded for ten days.
4th. Be it further ordained that the President is authorized to have the copies of this ordinance printed and posted throughout the parish.
5th. It is provided and understood, That nothing in this act shall exempt the owners of stock from liabilities for damage upon the crops of any farmer.
JULY 7, 1890.
Be it resolved that the law relative to stock roaming at large be and is hereby amended so as not to be applicable to the First, Second and Sixth wards, until March 1st, 1892.
JUNE 1, 1891.
Be it resolved that the Stock Law be and is hereby amended in order that the Constable or officer having stock in his possession shall be allowed to charge $1.00 per head and 10 cents per head per day for every day said stock shall be in his possession, and the owners of said stock shall pay said amounts in order to redeem their animals said amounts in order to redeem their animals within the ten days notice established by law. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Business Men's Association. - Owing to the inclemency of the weather the meeting called for Wednesday night was postponed until Thursday night. The rain on Thursday night kept many away but yet a number met and held an informal meeting. It was decided to hold another meeting Monday night. Every business man, professional men and all other interested in the welfare of the town are requested to be at this meeting. No matter what your business is or whether you have any, if you are interested in the town you should attend this meeting. Do not sit down and say that no good will come from such an association - of course it will do nothing if everybody does as you do. Come out. Give your influence and help it along.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
A Sad Accident.
Last Sunday while Mrs. I. Vest and Mrs. John Rand were driving near the depot the horse became frightened at an umbrella and ran away. Both ladies were thrown from the buggy and Mrs. Vest received injuries which rendered her unconscious. She was carried to the home of Mrs. W. C. Abbott and has been lying there ever since, mostly in an unconscious state. Drs. J. D. Trahan, A. R. Trahan and Thos. Rand were called and rendered all medical aid possible. It was found that the collar bone was broken and the skull fractured. Mrs. Vest is now suffering with concussion of the brain and is in a very precarious condition. Mrs. Rand was more fortunate and escaped with slight injuries.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
On Thursday a sample of wheat which was raised on Mr. J. Nickerson's plantation was left at this office. Anyone who knows anything about wheat would hardly believe that such wheat was raised in a state which has been settled as long as Louisiana has and yet imports all its breadstuff. This wheat has heavy heads well filled and sufficient straw to support it. In fact the sample left with us looks more like a sample of fancy Illinois wheat than it does a sample of a staple heretofore thought impossible to raise in Louisiana. This is only another illustration of what this state would be with the proper development and from the experiments being made it looks as though anything could be grown in Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Mr. McDaniel's fowls were victorious in the cock-fight at New Iberia last Friday, winning the main by a score of four to one.
First Fight. - Lafayette black, breasted rd; Morgan City, silver gray.
Second Fight. - Lafayette, dark red, black breasted; Morgan City, deep red, dark breast. Won by Lafayette.
Third Fight. - Lafayette, blue red; Morgan City, dark red. Won by Lafayette.
Fourth Fight. - Lafayette, silver gray; Morgan City, red. Morgan City won.
Fifth Fight. - Both red, black breasted. Lafayette won.
After the main there were two hack fights, each side winning one.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Mr. C. A. Clark, an experienced insurance writer of New Orleans, has opened an office in Lafayette and will give his entire time to fire insurance. He can give you the lowest rates in good companies, such as Phoenix of Brooklyn, Scottish Union and National Queen of America, and several other good companies. He is prepared to quote the lowest rates on gin houses, factories, dwelling etc. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Complimentary Remarks. - Many were the compliments passed upon the appearance of Lafayette as seen from the depot by the many strangers who passed the city this week en route for Houston. For beauty and importance there is not another town between Houston and New Orleans on the Southern Pacific railroad that will stranger the favorable impression which Lafayette stamps upon him. Many hundred people will pleasantly remember the beautiful depot, hotel, park and above all Mr. and Mrs. Hahn's flower garden, where the train stopped twenty minutes for dinner at the famous Crescent hotel. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
A Sugar Refinery.
A movement is on foot to erect a sugar refinery at Lafayette. The preliminary steps have been taken and we have it from a reliable source that everything is satisfactory and the prospects are good for and early erection of the building. The site selection is on Mr. Chas. A. Mouton's land, near the brickyard. Mr. Mouton has placed a price on this land which we understand is satisfactory to those engaged in the enterprise. Col. G. A. Breaux is pushing this matter and we hope he will succeed in his untiring efforts. The benefit of a sugar refinery is too well known to our citizens to need any discussion through these columns. Every business man and farmer understands the great need of a refinery and much interest has been manifested as to the outcome of the present effort of Col. Breaux. While many think it is a settled thing that the refinery will be built at once and have good grounds for this opinion, the deal for the land has not been consummated and we can only say that the prospects are bright and there in every reason to believe that we will soon have a refinery.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Knights of Golden Hope. - A new organization in Lafayette is the Knights of Golden Hope. Its membership consists of bachelors and they wear small pieces of yellow and green ribbon. Our horse editor translates the meaning of this emblem thus: Yellow means gold, green means hope, or in plain English each member hopes to capture a rich widow. This will certainly encourage one class of emigration. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Cartoons & Pictorials at Moss.
To one who enjoys observing the actions of co-members of the human family it is an interesting sight to witness the amused expression that lights up the faces of the various persons who, when passing by each day, pause for one moment to gaze at the pictorial frame suspended on the corner post at Moss Bros. & Co.'s store. There are many people who have not the time or the facilities to study the graphic illustrations daily employed by newspaper artists to "take off" interesting events and situations - caricatures that often speak volumes without a single written line - and it is for the benefit and entertainment of such persons that Moss Bros. & Co. have undertaken to the wooden frame here mentioned supplied with fresh and catchy cartoons and pictorials, and to the extent they contribute in this way to cause men to smile and feel amused, they lighten the burdens of their fellow beings and are public benefactors.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Business Men's Association.
There are many citizens in Lafayette who see the need of improvements. How to get these improvements is a nut which is hard to crack. A good, live Business Men's Association can do more in cracking these nuts than any other one thing. Of course a kicker can see no good in these associations. The fact than many towns have been redeemed from old fogy towns and made live, enterprising cities chiefly through the influence of similar organizations makes no impression on them. They will sit in the shade and grumble because business is dull and wonder why some capitalist does not come to town and build a few factories or a new railroad. When some one does accidentally come to the town looking for a location these enterprising (?) citizens draw out their face until it resembles the "before taking" pictures so popular in patent medicine advertising, and gloomily tell the stranger that he will starve to death if he locates here; business is so dull you know and the town is going to the dogs. Awake ! Stop grumbling ! Put your shoulder to the wheel and work in unison with your fellow citizens and you will accomplish much.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Advertiser Can "Fill Paper" Just Fine.
"Just to help you fill your paper" is the expression often used by some newspaper contributors. Kind friends we want news or anything that will help make in interesting paper. Sometimes we walk a half a dozen squares for a three line personal item. You can readily see how we would appreciate it if this item would have been handed to us, If you know of anything that is of interest to the public you are welcome space in our columns. But then we want news or interesting matter. There is no trouble to "fill the paper" but the trouble is to make it interesting. If you can help us make it interesting we will appreciate the favor, but do not want your time "just to help us fill the paper" for we have a stock of exchanges and a pair of scissors and when it comes to just simply filling the paper, we can fill it in about three minutes.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Veterans Complain About Houston.
Many complaints are received from the veterans who attended the reunion at Houston on account of the town being unable to handle the crowd. One veteran from here was asked $1.50 for the privilege of sleeping in a rocking chair. To attend the reunion a man had to have a mint of money or experience more hardships than he did in active service. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Musings of a Mossback.
That was a brilliant move by the new mayor - the appointment of Biossat and Ducote on the street committee. Both of these aldermen ride bicycles and this gives Lafayette a street committee "on wheels." The third member of this committee prefers to ride in the much abused gig, when not footing it. Speaking on this subject reminds us that at least half a dozen aspirants for the wages expended for maintaining the plank walks of the town, retire to some secluded spot movie and administer t0 themselves a vigorous kicking for having voted for the new set of pap dispensers under the hallucination that they would "turn ALL the rascals out" and give the jobs to supporters of the administration, only. They are learning the sad lesson that the impression given out BEFORE election in no wise effects the course or a public officer's AFTER election. They are two entirely separate and distinct things if the officer chooses to so consider them. In all matters of this kind the DIS-appointments always greatly outnumber the APPOINTMENTS, and this furnishes likewise, the explanation for the feeling of discontentment prevailing in other quarters because the mantle of attending the public lamps did not fall on several other pairs of shoulders than those of the present incumbent. But it appears the plucky little band of aldermanic reformers intend to plod bravely on regardless of the wailings of soreheads and mossbacks. True to the reputation that preceded their rise to office holding, they have gone to work with a will to re-annex the Mills, McComb and Mouton additions to the old corporation of Lafayette, an undertaking of no slight importance and that when accomplished shall stand as a living monument to the worth of the little Spartan band. In this move the aldermen are actuated purely by patriotism, of course. We mention this fact because some have intimated that they were doing this thing for the sinister motive of increasing the revenues of the town so as to have the handling of more money for personal advancement. We confess we are not in the secret, nor do we propose to raise any kick unless an attempt be made to raise our assessment by Judge McFadden, who is now engaged in compiling the assessment roll. That we favor improvements of all kinds is a fact we want distinctly understood, but we want it as clearly known that we don't propose to pay one cent for any such, our of our private means. Trot in your improvements gentlemen, so long as they cost us nothing, and we will gladly welcome them. It is certain we want them.
We have noticed that the town marshal has given notice that he will enforce the stock-law and dog ordinance. Why can't these poor beasts be let alone to live out their existence unmolested? Anyway, why should dogs be required to wear tags, costing 50 cents each, anymore than the men of the town whose lives are of equal harmlessness. No justification can be offered for this wanton discrimination against dogs just because they belong to the canine family and can't vote. If the day should ever come when dogs, cows and other animals will be allowed to exercise the right of suffrage politicians and law-makers will have more regard for them and grant them may privileges now withheld. The right to vote gives standing to one in this world, where the absence of that right renders the unfortunate being liable to be sent to the "pound" or be shot down because his collar is not decorated with a corporation tag.
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Messrs. Editors you will pardon us for digressing from our pet theme to speak of another subject that is just now agitating the public mind. From information at hand it seems we are once more threatened with a sugar refinery. Why not leave well enough alone? Have we not been growing cane and hauling it in wagons to the railroad for shipment, lo ! for these many years; paying freight on the cane to some distant refinery and afterward buy some of the sugar made from our own cane from a local merchant, after the latter has paid return freight and added his profit on the refined article? Why change from the old method to the new one if we have been able to pay for the whistle until now? Only allow one or more sugar refineries and kindred enterprises to be established in our midst and the people will soon grow so rich and indolent they will no longer care to work and will undermine their healths by the life of luxuriousness that will gradually overtake them. Do you believe this is a condition of things to be courted for encouraged? Let us beware of all such and make the establishment of manufacturing industries here an impossibility by refusing to lend them assistance in the way of obtaining suitable building sites and the like. It is only in this way we can guarantee to ourselves and our children that grand state of peace of mind and general apathy that has made us the famous people that history records us to be. The only safe course to pursue if we wish to perpetuate our present condition it to shut out all capital and every species of enterprise that raps at our door. We have succeeded well very thus far in evading these and we should have trust enough in ourselves to persist longer in the same direction. ... MOSSBACK.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Bicycles vs. Sidewalks. - If no ordinance that effect already exists that might be enforced, the City Council could not do better than to adopt one making it unlawful for bicycle to be ridden on the sidewalks of the town. Despite the danger to pedestrians attending the practice of some of the local wheelmen persist in using the sidewalks.
Laf. Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Gen. Gordon Passes Through. - Miss Winnie Davis, General Gordon and a party of Confederate veterans passed through her en route for Houston. A number of persons were present at the station to do honor to the "Daughter of the Confederacy." Among the Virginia delegation was a gentleman who had been Gen. Lee's scout. Mr. O'Neil Baron, a veteran of this place, present Miss Davis with a beautiful bouquet.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Not So Secret.
It has long been an open secret that railway communication between the Southern Pacific at Lafayette and the Illinois Central at Hammond on the east would have established some time ago had not influences in New Orleans opposed it. This is to be regretted very much and shows how penny wise and pound foolish certain business people in this city have been. Not only in many other matter they have also and driven much of the country trade with them.
From the Baton Rouge Capital Item and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
News Notes (Advertiser) 5/25/1895.
The rains this week were very beneficial for the planters.
The plank walks of the town are receiving much needed repairs.
The brick and cement walk around the court house is now completed and after the brickbats are removed it will have a nice appearance.
Lafayette will soon be connected with New Orleans by telephone. This line will have connection with all lines using the Bell phone, but all others will be barred.
Mr. J. Breaux, who moved from Lafayette to Lake Charles two years ago, came back to Lafayette Wednesday and will probably open a saloon here. His family arrived yesterday.
Mr. W. Eves, who held the position of assistant section foreman at this place, has secured a clerkship in the road manager's office. The former place is now filled by Mr. John Whittneyer.
Grand races will be held Sunday, June 2, on Cochrane's track between Lady Fly, owned by Mr. R. L. Cochrane, and Loney, owned by Mr. Israel Prejean. The second race will be run by Locock, owned by Mr. J. A. Landry, and Maggy, owned by Mr. Severin Duhon. Admission free.
An old negro who was Jefferson Davis' servant passed through Lafayette Thursday on his way back from Houston. He had to return because he could not get a bed in Houston. The gentleman in charge of him offered $5.00 for a bed but could not get a bed in Houston. The gentleman in charge of him offered $5.00 for a bed but could not get it.
The lightning yesterday morning at about 10 o'clock struck a tree in Mr. Crow Girard's pasture and split it in two. The tree was just across the fence from Mr. Walter Mouton's residence.
Mr. I. Satterfield, who works for the Southern Pacific at Houston, Texas, has been called home to Lafayette on account of the sickness of one of this children.
The bar rooms of Mr. P. Crouchet has a neat appearance, the interior being repainted and repapered.
Mr. Alfred Hebert is having is well dug deeper and has placed an eight horse power engine and pumping outfit at the well that he may have plenty of water for street sprinkling purposes.
Mr. Ed. Barry and wife Miss Mary Barry, of Grand Coteau, were the guests of Mrs. M. F. Rigues last week.
Thursday was the feast of Ascension and a large number of people attended the religious services at the Catholic church.
We omitted to announce in our last issue that Mr. Sosthene Martin has secured a position as clerk in Moss Bros. & Co.'s store.
Messrs. Delahoussaye and E. Roy have opened their butcher shop last Saturday and are ready to cater to a (unreadable word) public.
There will be a social dance at Mrs. E. Sprole's next Tuesday night, given by a number of young ladies.
Messrs. E. McDaniel, Wm. Campbell, Dallas McDaniel, D. A. Cochrane and Henri Hebert went to New Iberia Friday last to attend the cock fight.
We are pleased to state that Mr. Fred Mouton has recovered from his illness and is up again. He paid our sanctum a pleasant visit the first of the week.
The many friends of Engineer Chas. Thompson will learn with pleasure that he has resumed work, after having been sick at his home in Houston for several days. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 25th, 1895:
WILL PROTECT THE NEGRO.
"we declare that we have no feeling of unkindness toward the colored man; on the contrary, we will sustain and protect him in the full enjoyment of all his civil and political rights."
The reader will naturally expect to be told that the above resolution was adopted by a Republican convention and is intended as a bid for the negro vote, but what will he think when he is told that it was adopted at a meeting of Democrats held in New Orleans last Saturday night? Since when have Louisiana Democrats gone into the business of "sustaining and protecting the negro in the full enjoyment of his civil and political rights? Do the negroes need protection? The Gazette believes that they are getting along well and are enjoying all the civil and political rights to which they are entitled. These gentlemen did not make it known how they propose to protect the negro in his political rights. We always thought that the Republican party had a monopoly of the business of protecting the colored brother, and was fully able to do so unaided, but it appears from the above resolution that a number of Louisiana Democrats will extend all the help necessary and will do so unsolicited. A faction of the Democratic party taking up the cudgel for the negro is indeed a new departure in Louisiana politics. If this opposition to the present State administration can not find any other issue, they had better make a fight squarely for the offices. The long-winded resolutions about the welfare of the Democratic party is the veriest nonsense and their ballot reform pretenses will deceive no one. The people of Louisiana have had enough of such politics are not in a mood to be bamboozled with imaginary ills which exist only in the fertile brains of dissatisfied politicians.
A number of letters from prominent Democrats in the country were read endorsing the move. We have no doubt that they did so not knowing that the colored brother would be extended protection in his political rights, chief among which is that of suffrage. Now that this part of the program is known it is expected that withdrawals will follow. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
THE NEGRO VOTE IN ST. LANDRY.
The Gazette is pleased to see that the white people of St. Landry parish are getting tired of the negro as a voter. If the following editorial from the Opelousas Call expresses the sentiments of a majority of the white people of that parish, and we believe that it does, the negro will hereafter take a back seat in things political or the empire parish. The white man who wants to keep the negro in politics is untrue to his blood, is a traitor to his race and enemy to the negro, and the white candidate who wants the negro to vote because he cannot be elected by white votes is, as a rule, unfit to hold office, and should not be trusted with any position of honor. The call says:
"That conservative but "true blue" white supremacy journal, The Lafayette Gazette, makes the following comment:
'...Our contemporary, the Opelousas Call, in making it rather unpleasant for impudent negroes in Opelousas. Editor Breaux, as long as your politicians will hobnob with the negro for his vote, the latter will be impudent. The negro has no business in politics...'
"You voice the sentiments of the white people of this parish, Bro. Mouton. Unfortunately the colored voters hold the balance of power in this parish, as is clearly shown by the election of negro Napoleon McBride to the legislature, and a visit to the justices' courts will further substantiate the fact. But the day is near at hand when the white man will rule this parish independent of the corrupt and purchasable negro element. The white people are tired of seeing a corrupt element herded together and driven to the ballot box to perform the functions intended for free and intelligent American citizens. The rights won in seas of blood by our forefathers is not to be trailed in the more and trampled upon by a class of people who are tweedled into line by the jungle of a silver dollar on the sight of a whiskey barrel. You have gotten rid of them, Bro. Mouton and believe us, the writing on the wall is that St. Landry is about to free herself from the yoke of her former slaves. The shibboleth of the next campaign is white supremacy.
"While we are on the subject we wish to say a word concerning our position, In our salutatory we announced out intention of not taking part in the fight between the two factions of the Democratic party in this parish. We still adhere to that principle, provided the fight is made within the Democrat party. The fundamental principles of the Democratic party. The fundamental principles of the Democratic party are white rule and white primaries. Democracy and negro domination are as incompatible as are the blazing furnace of hell and the elysian throne of heaven. Believing this, we shall advocate white supremacy, not as a political organ, but as an organ run by a white man and a Democrat."
From the Opelousas Call, quoting the Lafayette Gazette and re-printed in the Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
TO THE FARMER, HOME-SEEKER, AND TRAVELER.
Contemplating a trip West or East, the Southern Pacific Co.'s advantages are worthy of consideration. We can save you time and you can save money by asking any of her representatives for the information you desire relative to Ticket rates, Routes, Time, etc. We especially call your attention to the train service, which comprises the latest modern improvements in equipment. Her road-bed is the best in the South, and her facilities for Speed, Safety and Comfort assure you of a pleasant journey and a safe arrival at your destination. Her trains run through all the largest cities in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. At New Orleans her trains connect with all Railroad and Steamship Lines for the North and Northeast. Through Pullman Sleepers of the latest design and Pullman Tourist Sleepers between New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her courteous employes will aid the traveler and solicit your patronage. Apply to the nearest Southern Pacific Agent or write to S. F. B. Morse.
G. P. & T. A., New Orleans, La.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
Protection to Game and Poultry.
The undersigned will pay $50 bounty to the persons making the highest number of points by killing predatory animals and birds of prey in the parish of Lafayette, La., before the first day of January, 1896, as follows:
$25 to the one making greatest number of points.
$15 to the one making the next greater number of points.
$10 to the one making next greatest number of points.
Value of different heads are to be counted by points as follows:
Heads of birds of prey and scalps of animals to be delivered to Wm. Clegg who will give receipt for points, no bounty to be paid for less than five hundred points.
(Signed) F. F. MYLES.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
Business Men's Association. - The Business Men's Association met at Falk's Opera House Thursday night but owing to the small attendance caused by the inclement weather no business was transacted. The next meeting will be held at the same place Monday at 8 o'clock p. m.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
Unfortunate Accident. - A deplorable accident occurred in this town last Sunday. Mrs. Vest and Mrs. Jno. Rand were riding in a gig when the horse took fright and both ladies were thrown to the ground. Mrs. Vest was precipitated against a tree and sustained a very dangerous and painful fracture of the skull. Drs. J. D. and A. R. Trahan attended to the unfortunate lady, who, it is hoped, will recover. Laf. Gazette 5/25/1895.
The members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen's Association are making every preparation for the excursion on the 30th of June. The gentlemen in charge of this excursion are bent upon making a success of the undertaking and we have no doubt they will succeed. We will publish the schedule of the train in due time. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
Lively at Depot. - Things about the depot assumed a lively appearance last Tuesday. Several trains loaded with veterans passing through for Houston stopped over long enough to enable the passengers to have dinner at the Crescent Hotel which was taxed to its full capacity. Thanks to the splendid management of the host, Mr. Hahn, nearly all the veterans who presented themselves were accommodated. Among those whom ate dinner at the Crescent were Gen. Gordon of Georgia, and Miss Winnie Davis, the daughter of President Davis. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
Waterworks Indispensable. - It is only a question of time when the people of Lafayette will have to do the same. A system of waterworks in an indispensable adjunct to a town that sets up any pretensions to being a town. Our people like those of Opelousas, are entirely too slow, and, in the language of the street, unless they "put a move on themselves" their more progressive neighbors will leave them so far behind that they will be lost sight of in the race of progress. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
A Garbage Cart. - A corporation or garbage cart is a thing that every one-horse town in the State would not be without, and yet, Lafayette, with her 3,000 population has never had one. As a consequence our streets are the dumping grounds for cans, oyster shells, broken bottles, glasses, and everything which people have no use for in their yards. We understand at the present time the municipal authorities have not any spare cash, but we believe that they should engage the services of a corporation cart at their earliest convenience. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
The Refinery. - There has been much talk about a refinery this week, but we have been unable to obtain positive information on the subject. A gentlemen, who is generally well informed on such matters, told us that the news received from parties interested in the enterprise were decidedly encouraging, but he added that similar movements had so often failed that he was not inclined to get gay over the prospects of a refinery any more.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
News Notes (Gazette) 5/25/1895.
At last the people of this section of the country have been blessed with a pretty good rain. As far as we have been able to find out the rain has fallen all over the parish.
Mr. J. O. Broussard was in town Thursday morning wearing a broad smile of contentment caused no doubt by the timely rain of Wednesday.
Sheriff Broussard left Tuesday for Houston to be present at the reunion of the old soldiers.
Mr. Pellerin, representative of Hyman, Hiller & Co., the well-known New Orleans commission merchants, was in Lafayette this week.
Alfred Bertrand, the well-known base-ball player, requests The Gazette to state that a club will be organized at the diamond at 3 o'clock to-morrow. All lovers of this sport are invited to be present.
Louis Simsin, a negro, was arrested by Sheriff Broussard last Sunday and placed in jail. It appears that Simsin stole a lot of clothes on the 9th instant.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1895.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 25th, 1889:
Governor Nicholls in Town.
Governor Nicholls arrive here last Saturday evening and remained until Wednesday morning. The object of his visit in part was to attend a meeting of Company C. 8th La. Regiment of which he was as one time Lieut. Colonel. The people were pleased to have the Governor here as a visitor, and we are sure we express the feelings of all whom we hope that his visit was a pleasant one. He was called upon by numbers of citizens from the town and parish - many of whom to meet for the first time. While here the Governor took occasion to pay a visit to Gen. Sewell, whose enterprise in the culture of Raimie has attracted considerable attention. These gentlemen, we believe, are old acquaintances, and no doubt the meeting was a pleasant one. On other respects we prefer to say nothing of the Governor's visit, but hope that all is well. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1889.
Art Gallery. - Mr. Fred Mouton is daily expecting lumber to complete the new Art Gallery over the Moss Pharmacy. The sky and side light is already finished and when the partitions are completed there will be no studio in Southwest Louisiana to compare with it, and with Mr. Petty at either camera or crayon, we will most positively have a treasure as well as a portrait. As soon as the work is finished the gallery opens. Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1889.
Abbeville Roads. - The Abbeville roads are well worked and there is nothing that helps to build up a country faster than good roads and people with broad views. Narrow gauged railroads and narrow minded people have gone out of date, and "you must think as I think and do as I do," should have no place among high minded people in these days of progress.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1889.
Ladies and Firearms. The young ladies should learn to handle a gun and other fire-arms. We lately saw Miss Lena Bendel, of Lafayette, kill a black bird off hand at a distance of fifty yards with a shot gun. We once got within range of the blue eyes of a girl in North Carolina more than any fifty yards and if we should live a thousand years will never get over the effects.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1889.
News Notes (Advertiser) 5/25/1889.
The weather continues dry and the general cry is rain, rain. The corn crop is suffering and if the drought continues much longer it will be materially injured in certain portions of the parish. The cotton crop is in fine condition.
The thermometer of the signal service at the depot has during the past week shown an average maximum temperature of 88 degrees in the shade, and a minimum of 60 degrees. Average daily range of 28 degrees.
At the meeting of the Lafayette Building Association on the 20th inst., money was bid as follows, to-wit: $200.00 at 28 per cent, and $1,000 at 28 per cent.
Mrs. Wall has on exhibition at her Ice Cream Saloon a beautiful Pyramid cake, which she suppose raffling to swell the "steeple fund" of the Catholic Church. Chances 10 cents.
Johnny Logan, of the L. W. Railway, has been making the quickest trips on record to Orange and back. Leaving Lafayette in the morning and getting back at night. Through some cause or other he missed making the round trip on Wednesday and failed to be on hand to Welcome Logan, Jr.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1889.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 25th, 1878:
Heavy Rain in Lafayette Parish.
Quite a storm was experienced here last Sunday night. A deluge of rain fell amid thunder, lightning, hail and wind. All low places were inundated, coulees swollen above their banks, and Vermilion bayou rose ten feet. No accidents have been reported from lightning, but we learn that the wind overturned or seriously damaged over thirty buildings and prostrated much fencing from Carencro westward a few miles. One man had a thigh broken and was otherwise bruised, and several children were also hurt, but not seriously. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1878.
New Brick Machine.
Messrs. J. E. & P. Olivier have lately provided themselves with H. Martin's latest improved stock brick machine. The machine is said to be more simple in its mechanism than any other, capable of doing more good work and can be run at less expense. The capacity of the steam power is 3,000 bricks per hour, and the horse-power 2,000. The test made by the Messrs. Olivier by horse-power exceeded 2,000 per hour. We are pleased to note this evidence in progress, and sincerely hope that complete success will crown the efforts of these enterprising and industrious young gentlemen. L
afayette Advertiser 5/25/1878.
Pin Hook Bridge. - We are informed that the bridge at Pin Hook is in very bad and unsafe condition. The attention of the authorities is called to the necessity of its immediate reparation. Laf. Advertiser 5/25/1878.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met this 30th day of April, 1878.
The roll was called and the following members were present: J. O. Mouton, Mayor; and Councilmen Alpha, McBride, A. Chargois, W. B. Lindsay, Mouton and Landry. Absent: J. A. Chargois.
The minutes of the preceding meetings were read and adopted.
On motion of Mr. Alpha, duly seconded by Lindsay, it was unanimously
Resolved, That the Mayor be and is authorized to appoint three commissioners of election, for the election to be held on Monday the 6th day of May 1878, and that he be further authorized to give them such instructions as he may deem necessary as to the duties to be performed by them as such.
The Mayor appointed Messrs. Ursin Hebert, J. H. Chargois and W. H. Williams as commissioners of election, in compliance with the foregoing resolution.
The following accounts were presented and approved:
Advertiser, publishing delinquent list ... $16.60.
M. E. Girard, cash to quarantine guard ... $5.00.
On motion, the council then adjourned to Saturday (next) the 4th day of May, 1878.
JOHN O. MOUTON, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1878.
IN THE ELECTRICAL WORLD.
Telephone service is remarkably cheap in Stanford, N. Y. It costs each subscriber only eight dollars a year.
Thomas Edison is a smart man, but it is said that he finds it difficult to keep in order the electric bell at his front door.
Two electricians at Gratz, Austria, claim to have invented an arrangement by which a newspaper can be printed by telegraph in any number of places at the same time.
In July, 1892, the trolley cars began to run in Brooklyn. Since that time to the close of 1894, ninety-two persons lost their lives in that city through the trolley's deadly work.
Electric heat has been applied with success to the thawing out of frozen water pipes in England. A wire is run into the until it meets the obstruction and then the current is turned on.
The Pittsburgh coal men say they are not afraid of the long-distance transmission of electricity generated by water power, as they can send a ton of coal by water a thousand miles for twenty-five cents.
Pure titanium has been obtained by M. Moissau by means of the electric furnace. It is extremely hard metal capable of scratching diamond, but is soluble in lead, copper and iron. It is the most refractory metal with which Mr. Moissau has yet dealt, being less fusible than pure chromium, tungsten, uranium, molybdenum, or zirconium.
The worst climate for persons affected with a nervous dread of lightning is the east coast of San Domingo, where the sky at the beginning of the rainy season of often illuminated for weeks by nearly continuous electric wrinkles and flashes. In western California, on the other hand, the equilibrium of the atmospheric electricity is so rarely disturbed that many old residents of San Francisco have never heard a good thunder peal of the traditional, window shaking kind.
Charles F. Kline, a life prisoner under the habitual criminal law in the Ohio penitentiary, and an expert electrician, who has already patented some important inventions, is at work upon an acoustic battery, of which he expects the most important results. He claims that by the use of loud sounds as an excitant a current might possibly be generated which would be of the required force and quantity to operate motors. Lafayette Advertiser 5/25/1895.
Pictured above: St. John's Cathedral, the third St. John's Church built on the property donated by Jean Mouton in 1821. The present Dutch Romanesque landmark was completed in 1916, is on the National Registry of Historical Properties. During it's construction many parishioners transported building materials in their wagons from the railroad depot to the church site to help reduce costs. ... St. Paul's Church as seen in 1973. The original St. Paul's was built in 1911 at the corner of Simcoe and St. John streets. It was constructed from the lumber and other materials from the second St. John's church when it was taken down to start construction on the new Cathedral. The first St. Paul's church was demolished in 1973 to construct the new church that currently stands at St. John & Simcoe.