From the Lafayette Gazette of May 26th, 1900:
Trying to Collect the Damages From the Consolidated Engineering Company.
The City Council held a special meeting last Monday and adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor Campbell to give an indemnity bond of $2,000 which, it seems, is necessary to secure the execution of the judgment rendered by the courts against the Consolidated Engineering Company and in favor of the town of Lafayette.
The readers of The Gazette no doubt remember that a judgment was rendered by the district and affirmed by the circuit court allowing the town of Lafayette $1,500 as damages for defective boilers put in by the Consolidated Engineering Company in the construction of the electric lights and waterworks plant. Owing to the financial condition of the company the town could not then recover the damages by an execution of the judgment. Matters were held in abeyance until a few days ago when a decision of Judge Dupre of Crowley offered the town of Lafayette an opportunity to collect the $1,500 damages which had been granted by Judge Debaillon. Judge Dupre's decision ordered the Consolidated Engineering Company the sum of $6,000. Of this amount the firm of Muir & Famberg, of New Orleans, claimed half, $3,000. This claim it appears, was acknowledged to be good.
The town of Lafayette then took immediate steps to satisfy its judgment of $1,500 against the Consolidated Engineering Company out of the remaining $3,000 due the company by the town of Crowley. It then developed that Muir & Famberg had filed another claim, not for $3,000, but $6,000, the whole amount. It is to combat this second claim of the firm of Muir & Famberg that the City Council of Lafayette has found it necessary to authorize Mayor Campbell to give an indemnity bond of $2,000.
The Gazette is informed that this town has the law on its side and is pretty certain of securing the damages which the courts have decided it is entitled to. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
Of the Industrial School - Gov. Heard, ex-Gov. Foster and Prof. Prescott Will Be Here.
Prof. E. L. Stephens, who is now at Baton Rouge in the interest of the Industrial School, has written to Hon. Charles D. Caffery of this town. Prof. Stephens states that he has met with much encouragement in his work at the capital. A number of legislators have manifested much interest in the success of the institution and have proffered their help so secure adequate support from the State government. The professor has not been idle since his arrival at Baton Rouge. He has been engaged in enlisting the sympathy and support of citizens from the different sections of the State.
Prof. Stephens writes that Gov. Heard has authorized him to state that he will be in Lafayette on the 21st of June to take part in the ceremony of the laying of the corner-stone of the Industrial School. We are also pleased to announce that ex-Gov. Foster will be here if possible.
Prof. Prescott, of the State University, has accepted an invitation to deliver an address, which will no doubt be a prominent feature of the day's celebration. Mr. Prescott was, for a number of years, the president of the Ruston Industrial School and his address will not fail to prove instructive and interesting.
Prof. Stephens urges immediate and practical work in the preparation of the program for the 21st.
In our next issue we hope to able to publish the program. The people of the parish should work together in one grand harmonious effort to make the 21st of June a day that will leave its impression upon the mind of every man, woman and child who will be present. On that day Lafayette should put on its Sunday clothes. Let the flags and bunting wave over the town. Let the national colors bear mute testimony to the people's rejoicing, for there is surely good cause for it. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
Work on the School.
Things on the Industrial School grounds are beginning to assume definite shape. Large piles of lumber, bricks and sand indicate an early commencement of the work. Wagons and drays are busy hauling the building material and before long a large body of men will be at work. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
Excursion from New Orleans.
Last Sunday an excursion train from New Orleans to this place. There was quite a large number of people on board. Among the excursionists were the members of the Standard Baseball Club who played a game of ball with the Pilette boys. The score was 10 to 5 in favor of the New Orleans nine.
Lafayette Gazette 5/25/1900.
Will Use Meters.
The City Council has decided to use light and water meters. Ten of the former and twenty of the latter have already been bought. By the use of meters the Council expects to equalize matters. Without the use of meters it is impossible to fix a tariff of rates upon an intelligent basis. As it now is there is a great waste of light and water, particularly of the latter. It is well known that there are some people who use the hydrants without any regard for the burden which they unnecessarily impose upon the town. As fuel is the main item of expense, by compelling the people to pay in proportion to the quantity of water and light consumed, the cost of running the plant will no doubt be considerably reduced. The water meters $9.50 and the prices for light meters range from $18 to $30. These prices are exclusive of freight. Of course, it will be some time before the town will have enough meters to supply all the patrons of the plant. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
Hereafter that portion of the city which has been vulgarly designated as "Freetown" will be known by the more euphonious and classical name of "St. Paul." This change has been decided upon by the many distinguished residents of that district whose aesthetic taste could no longer tolerate so inelegant an appellation as "Freetown." The district is fast becoming too important to be contemptuously or derisively spoken of. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
Blow Your Own Horn.
"Whoso bloweth not his own horn the same shall not be blowed."
Taking the foregoing as his text, a writer, signing himself "Greg," contributes a very interesting article to the last number of Harlequin, a bright paper published at New Orleans. "Greg" complains of an inclination among the people of New Orleans to depreciate whatever is done in that city.
This reminds us of an after dinner speech delivered in this town by an eminent educator of the city of New Orleans. The learned gentleman was speaking of the Industrial School which is to be established in Lafayette. He advised the people of this town to praise the institution particularly when addressing themselves to strangers. He warned them of the injury to the school which would result from disparaging remarks. He told them to talk for the school and never to miss an opportunity to tell of its advantages. He expressed the opinion that the success of the institution would, in a great measure, depend upon the moral support of the community. The speaker said that the trouble with New Orleans was that many of its citizens seemed to experience much pleasure in speaking disparagingly of the city. Nothing there seemed to meet with their approbation excepting the French Opera and Mardi Gras. Although conceding that this city had nothing much to be admired the average Orleanian would indignantly repel any insinuation that the Crescent was equaled by any other city when it came "to having a French Opera and celebrating Mardi Gras.
No community will make any great strides on the road to progress if it fails "to blow its own horn." If the residents of a town show by their own words that they have no faith in their town strangers. Carping critics and inveterate kickers do more to retard the growth of a city than financial panics or yellow fever epidemics. The fellow who is eternally detracting from the merits of home people and disparaging local enterprises and local institutions is not only a public nuisance but it is a positive drawback to the community. Much injury can be done to a town by unfavorable comment. Certainly no good can come out of it." What would the intelligent citizen think of The Gazette if, instead of speaking well of the town and inviting new comers, it filled its columns with articles belittling local enterprises and local institutions and warning strangers to keep away from the town. Yet if this paper adopted so suicidal a policy it would do just what the kickers, croakers and mossbacks are doing every day of their lives.
Though it is not considered an evidence of good breeding for an individual to blow his own horn it is eminently proper for a community to do so. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 21, 1900.
Pursuant to a call by the mayor a special meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Campbell presiding. Members present: Messrs. F. E. Girard, H. H. Hohorst, C. O. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, Gen. DeBlanc, J. E. Martin, F. Demanade.
Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by Geo. DeBlanc, that the following resolutions be adopted. Carried.
Resolved, That the mayor be and is hereby authorized to furnish the indemnity bonds, necessary to be given in the matter of the seizure of the interest of the Consolidate Engineering Company, Limited, in the suit entitled Consolidated Engineering Company vs. Town of Crowley, No. 1051 of the Civil Docket of the District Court of Acadia Parish, La.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
Mr. Sontag Complimented.
Mr. Florent Sontag, well-known in Lafayette, is now filling an engagement at the Athletic Park, New Orleans. Speaking of this popular young gentleman Harlequin says:
"I notice Mr. Machette has the distinguished young cornetist Sontag in his orchestra, who is also the cornet soloist of bandmaster Paoletti's band, rendering the early part of the program at the park. Mr. Sontag is the son of the famous Sontag who was a leader in the musical world here before the war, directed the orchestra of the French Opera and lead at different times many great bands. Mr. Paoletti himself was once his pupil. It seems to me that young Sontag has more than usual promise, as a cornet soloist. He phrases with exquisite feeling, refined, subtle and delicate in its shading, beautiful in tone. I am very much impressed by his manifest possibilities and believe that he will be heard from some day among the celebrities. He has been for the last two seasons the leading cornetist of the Grau Opera Company, and returned from Denver where he closed, at the time Mr. Paoletti and members of the French Opera returned to the city from its Western tour. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
Home Charity Association.
A local organization whose aim is to extend practical aid to all that are found to be deserving, after a personal investigation.
Contributions of and donations of clothing and of books, magazines, and other useful publications, are solicited from members of the association and the public.
Contribution boxes to receive donations of money are located in the following places in town: Post-office, Crescent Hotel, Rigues House, First National Bank, Cottage Hotel, Bank of Lafayette and Gardebled's drug store.
Donations of clothing will be received at the homes of Mrs. Edward Mouton and Mrs. F. Demanade.
Donations of books, magazines, etc., should be dropped into the box or receptacle that has been placed in the post-office for that purpose. The founders of the association invite all charitably disposed persons to become regular members of the organization, the only requirement for membership being the payment of the monthly dues of 25 cents. Applications for membership must be addressed to "The Secretary of Home Charity Association of Lafayette, La."
All communications addressed to either the "Society" of the "President" of the Association, will receive prompt and courteous attention.
Rev.W. J. Duchrest, President; Mrs. H. Jagon, Vice-President; Miss Marie Josse, Secretary; Mrs. J. O. Mouton, Treasurer.
Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 26th, 1894:
IT WAS A GOOD QUESTION.
The work of maintaining the plank walks and street and foot-bridges of the town should be let out by contract to the lowest bidder offering to give satisfactory guarantee for the faithful performance of the duties imposed by such contract. This suggestion was offered by Mr. Henry Church, at the last meeting of the council, as being an improvement over the method now in vogue, and, in this view, other members of the body coincided. The gentlemen composing the municipal government, aside from their personal interests as property holders that should actuate them to be economical in the management of the affairs of the public, must feel the weight and seriousness of the obligations they have incurred in accepting the offices with which they have been honored by their fellow citizens. Realizing the sacredness of this trust, members of the council should not be content with simply holding stated meetings and transacting business of routine nature, but, after accepting the responsibilities attached to their official positions, should exert themselves unceasingly in the direction of formulating and introducing improvements and reforms that the good of the public would seem to demand.
We need only to call the attention of the city fathers to the fact for them to acknowledge that the present method of caring for that branch of the public service herein mentioned, calls for an unreasonable expenditure of money without compensatory benefits. It is not our purpose to censure the action of members of the council. They are all well known to us and we do not doubt that in the discharge of their official duties they bear only good intention toward the public. The positions they fill are onerous ones and are ungrateful, at best. However, without wishing to be exacting, we respectfully ask for a careful consideration of the views here expressed as affecting the public welfare. Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
MR. MOUTON'S BILL
Which Promises to Excite Much Attention.
Baton Rouge, May 18, 1894. - If Mr. Mouton of Lafayette pushes the bill which he has introduced with reference to parochial schools, and he says he will urge it with all the energy of which he is capable, that measure will attract not a small measure of public attention. If the bill passes it will forestall any effort that might be made in the future to have part of the public funds appropriated to the maintenance of the schools of a religious character in Louisiana.
The bill was introduced yesterday and is brief but emphatic to its provisions. It prohibits school boards of the State from combining the public schools with any private or any other institution of learning under the control or management of any church or religious organization, and to prohibit them from employing, as professors or teachers in the public schools, any preacher, priest or other minister of religion while in the actual service of any church or religious order as a teacher or minister of religion. The title of the bill is quoted above, and its provisions are fully set forth in the title. The bill will come up to-day on second reading for reference to committee.
Mr. Mouton is Catholic, but to those who are familiar with the religious questions of the day it will be evident that the act has special reference to the faith of which the Lafayette representative is a communicant. In other states and cities and notably in Pittsburg, there have been controversies discussed at length in the public prints growing out of the appropriation of funds for the maintenance of religious schools and the employment of teachers wearing the habit of some religious order. The famous Fairbault plan of Archbishop Ireland grew out of an arrangement between the lay authorities whereby a relation was established between the public and parochial schools.
Mr. Mouton's act is intended not only to abrogate alleged similar arrangements in certain parishes in this State, notably in Lafayette and St. Martin, but to prevent any such arrangements in the future.
Mr. Mouton's people have been Catholic for a century but he says they have always been liberal minded and that he believes the enactment of his bill into a law would have tendency to maintain peace between church and state. Mr. is or was the president of the school board of Lafayette, and in three years established a large number of excellent schools in his parish. He want these schools in his parish. He wants these schools religious interference. The Bill is a rather bond one and is not unlikely to provoke considerable discussion upon the floor of the House when it comes back from the committee and is ready for enrollment and passage to third reading.
Mouton's bill was referred to-day to the committee on education in the House. From the States and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
Lafayette Public School.
The closing exercises of this school will take place June 14th. prox, at Falk's Hall. It will be the endeavor of the management to make the occasion most highly attractive and entertaining as well as instructive. The very popular play "Columbia" in two act, intensely patriotic and brim full of fun, as well as History, will form an important feature. Recitations, Dialogues, Songs, etc. by the pupils, will afford pleasure and instruction to both old and young. Watch for the program in next Saturday's issue.
R. C. GREIG, Principal.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
Judge Voohries' Comedy.
The comedy by Judge Felix Voorhies entitled "Le Jardinier Grand Seigner" was quite successfully presented here during the recent fair for the benefit of the Catholic church, not withstanding adverse circumstances. By this we refer to the very unnecessary and disagreeable noise in the hall where large numbers of people were prevented from hearing, and to the very poor acoustic properties of the hall. It is a matter of sincere regret that such have been the case, because the play is generally considered by competent judges a work of great merit and the presentation of it was quite creditably done by the amateurs. it is to be hoped that at some future time it may be produced under most suspicious circumstance.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
Drs. G. A. Martin took possession of his house on Lincoln Avenue during the week. The Doctor's house is a departure from the prevailing style of architecture in this vicinity, and we trust the idea will be followed by others. It costs no more, and evidently has several points of advantage. Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
New Bridge Needed.
Great need is being felt for a new street bridge to replace the old one running east and west at Moss Bros. & Co.'s corner. A stranger in the town who was badly tripped by one of the several pieces of plank nailed over this bridge to strengthen weak points, was heard to remark that the town must be hard up to compel one of its principal ridges to wear as many patches as does this one. Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
Passing Through Lafayette.
There passed through here last Monday on train No. 20, forty-two dark skinned, fierce looking Africans, natives of the kingdom of Dahomey, on their way to the fair in California where they will be placed on exhibition. There were twenty-eight men, fourteen women, and two Amazons or women warriors. They had in their car wooden idols, musical instruments and implements of warfare. One of the party was a prince by the name of Caahjua Aguavi, son of the ex-king Behauzin. The men as well as women were profusely bedecked with ornaments of iron, brass, copivory and glass bends. These Africans will remain in California until the close of the Fair when they will be sent back to their country, according to the agreement made with their king. It was through the courtesy of Mr. Pene, an agreeable old gentleman who had them in charge, that we were able to obtain the above information. Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
News Notes (Advertiser) 5/26/1894.
Last Friday evening time seemed to turn backward in its flight, and frost hovered around for three or four days. Though unseasonably cool it was, we have yet heard of no injury to crops or gardens, as suffered in less fortunate place.
In consequence of the North wind during the first part of the week, and the hot sun in combination, the ground dried very rapidly and for a while dust was plentiful. We hear the sprinkler will shortly begin to roll and it is to be hoped residents of the town will avail themselves of it generally.
Those who love to fish are getting fine sport in Bayou St. Clair and other streams running into the Vermilion. Perch and trout are being caught in large numbers and "court-bouillon" is a dish we hear much of these days, and the way some smack their lips when speaking of it, is tempting in the extreme.
The pay train came up on Tuesday evening and many were made happier thereby.
The commencement exercises of the Lafayette High School will take place on June 8th and 9th.
Next Wednesday will be "first communion" day at St. John's Catholic church. This occasion always brings in a great many visitors from the country.
Last Sunday night an ole Frenchman was gagged and robbed by two tramps, in a box car on Pellerin's Brick Yard track.
The newly organized string band was out serenading Tuesday evening and rendered some excellent music that was greatly enjoyed.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 26th, 1894:
RATHER DIE THAN GIVE UP.
Sheriff Broussard and Deputy Mestayer Compelled to Kill a Negro.
The killing of the negro, Henry Jones, in Iberia parish last Sunday, has rid society of dangerous character, well-known in Lafayette. It will be remembered that he made a brutal assault upon Mr. B. Falk, without any provocation, and when Sheriff Broussard arrested him for that offence he made a motion to draw a weapon, but fortunately the sheriff covered him with his pistol.
The crime which has cost him his life was one of the blackest and most revolting ever committed in this part of the state and had he been caught by the citizens of Lake Charles it is almost certain that he would have been lynched. His victim, a little girl of 12 years, of very respectable parents, was taking an evening walk with her little brother, when the black brute carried her away into the woods and there accomplished his purpose. Knowing the country well he succeeded to escape and avoided arrest up to last Sunday.
The facts were telegraphed to all parts of the State. Our plucky sheriff, Ike Broussard, knew the ravisher and suspected that he would visit his old home here. With his usual vim and perseverance, the sheriff watched his man day and night and heard that he had been in Lafayette; and had left for parts unknown; but the vigilant officer did not stop searching for his man, and soon located him in Iberia parish, and in company with Deputy H. Billaud, he left for that parish, Saturday evening taking with him his trusty Winchester as he knew full well that Jones would resist any attempt to bring him to Lake Charles where certain death awaited him.
When the sheriff and his deputy reached New Iberia, they were joined by Deputy Sheriff Mestayer. The following account of the capture of the criminal and subsequent killing is taken from the New Iberia correspondent of the to the Times-Democrat of Monday.
"Yesterday Sheriff Broussard obtained information that Jones was in his vicinity, and together with Deputy Mestayer located him south of here, near David's switch on the Iberia and Vermilion Railroad, a thinly settled village in the edge of Pettie Anse woods. The officers went there last night and found the cabin where Jones had been hiding vacant, and after waiting there several hours a negro named Johnson came, evidently to see if the coast was clear, and upon seeing the officers attempted to run, but was captured, and told the officers that Jones was at a ball nearby. They hastened to the cabin where the ball was in progress and saw Jones sitting at a table playing cards with some women. Near him, and in reach, was a double-barrel shot-gun that he had taken with him. Deputy Mestayer, whom Jones did not know, entered the room and covering Jones with his pistol asked him to surrender. The negro coolly denied that he was Jones, but when Sheriff Broussard, whom he knew real well, entered, the negro grew desperate and attempted to get his gun, when Mestayer closed in on him and fearful struggle took place, both being powerful men. Finally Mestayer got the negro outside of the cabin and the struggle was renewed. The negro had the revolver by the barrel, attempting to wrest it away from Mestayer pulled the trigger. The ball hit the negro's head, parted the hair in the middle, but did not enter the skull. Broussard then seeing Mestayer's life in danger shot the negro in the left breast with a Winchester rifle. Still the negro refused to surrender, and said he would either die himself or kill them. He then attempted to back into the cabin to his gun, when both officers fired, and then Jones fell with three balls in his breast and died in a few minutes. His body was brought to town and a post mortem examination held by Coroner Burgess. The coroner's jury, after hearing the evidence, exonerated the officers. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1894.
[From the Franklin Vindicator.]
No better man, no truer friend and no braver officer lives than Isaac A. Broussard. Though he regretted having to shoot the man, nevertheless, it was part of his duty and he performed it. When Broussard goes after a criminal, he must be taken or there will a funeral following the attempt to execute the law. From the Franklin Vindicator and in the Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1894.
The Gazette learnt yesterday morning that it was decided that a sugar refinery would be built on Mr. Lombard's place in time to "take off" the coming crop. The gentlemen who had gone to New Orleans have returned with a contractor, who, it is said, will begin to work at home.
Later -- Just before going to press we were informed that prospects for the refinery are not so bright. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1894.
The Falk & Guchereau Brick-Yard.
Monday evening a representative of this paper was driven to the brick yard of Messrs. Falk & Guchereau and was surprised to see the large number of people busy making bricks. Many people may not be aware of the fact that this industry is and has been one of the most successful enterprises in Lafayette as well as one of the most profitable. Its success can be attributed to the strict business way in which it is managed and to the superior quality of bricks manufactured. Mr. Guchereau, who supervises the work, is a first-class brick-maker of several years' experience, both in this country and in France and it is safe to say that no brick is allowed to out from his manufacture without the stamp of perfection. It is really surprising to see with what rapidity dry dirt is ground, passed through a mould and pressed into a well-formed brick, ready to be put in the kiln to be hardened or burnt. 8,000 to 10,000 bricks are moulded every day, and this with the help of only twelve hands. The weight of the bricks averages six and half pounds.
Mr. Falk informed The Gazette that he makes shipments almost daily, to the adjoining parishes and that his trade is constantly increasing. In the next kiln which will be burnt in a few days, there are 170,000 bricks, a number of which are already sold.
One of Mr. Falk's trusted employers is Mr. Stanislaus Hardevont a very reliable gentleman, who attends to the engine. Lafayette Gazette 5/26/1894.
Ousted From Train.
As passenger train No. 17 pulled in last Tuesday two disciples of Gen. Jacob Coxey were discovered on the brake-beam of a coach and were unceremoniously ousted. The two subjects of the great "hobo" king were indignant over this gross infringement on their constitutional rights, but they were not discouraged and continued their journey. Laf. Gazette 5/26/1894.