From the Lafayette Gazette of May 27th, 1899.
The Veterans' Picnic.
As announced in the columns of this paper the veterans of Camp Gardner held a reunion at Beausejour Park last Saturday. Only seventeen members of the camp were present and a very small number of people outside of the organization attended. It is safe to say that the town of Lafayette was represented by less than a dozen persons. This is rather strange as the veterans had invited everybody. Thanks to Messrs. F. V. Mouton, Adolphe Mouton, Walter Mouton and Chas. Jeanmard the meeting was enlivened by some music. Though the crowd was small those present seemed to enjoy themselves. No little disappointment was expressed over the apparent lack of interest shown by many of the veterans and by the people in general.
The smallness of the crowd, however, did not interfere with the speakers. Judge Gilbert L. Dupre of Opelousas, who had adjourned his court to come here to speak to the veterans, was not at all the disheartened. He said he could talk just as well to a few persons as he could go to a large crowd - and so he can. His address was very eloquent. His patriotic utterances were clothed in the most beautiful language. His tribute to the courage of the Confederate soldier elicited much applause, particularly from those who knew it was not exaggerated. When Judge Dupre received the invitation to speak he was busy holding court, but with the permission of the lawyers of his bar, he adjourned in order to be able to accept the invitation of the veterans.
Mr. J. A. Laneuville, a member of the camp, delivered a patriotic address in French. Mr. Laneuville is a veteran of the Mexican and Civil wars.
The following are the name of the veterans who were at the picnic: D. A. Cochrane, J. C. Buchanan, A. J. Moss, Gustave Mouton, J. B. Benoit, Aurelian Primeaux, J. A. Laneauville, Marcel Melancon, Gus Lisbony, R. C. Landry, Amboise Mouton, Jules Broussard, G. Menard, Cleophas Broussard, Aristide Landry, Christ Steiner, Mr. Creswell.
Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1889.
"Oldest Inhabitant" Talks.
The "Oldest Inhabitant," who aired some of his views through the columns of The Gazette some time ago, had to a representative of the paper of the paper one day this week:
"Yes," said out venerable and ancient friend, "the veterans' picnic was a tame affair. Only a small number of veterans and a few sympathizing friends were there. The people didn't turn out. Well, I am not surprised. It is only we, the last survivors of an effete civilization, who cling to a sentiment. The "lost cause" is as dear to us as it ever was. But the cold materialism of the present day seems to have been destroyed in the bosoms the younger generation the last vestige of that sentiment for which the men of 61-65 fought, bled and died on the field of battle. To one who ate parched corn with the legions of Lee and knows how devoted those men were to the Confederacy, this lack of interest on the part of their descendants is painful in the extreme. You ask to what ascribe this stoic indifference. I hesitate to say, that it's all due to an almost morbid desire to make money. Too busy running after the almighty to attend a reunion of the few remaining heroes who made the world wonder at their needs of valor and gallantry. There is nothing sensational at a veterans picnic and it offers no remunerative field to the speculator and there are not enough left of the old fellows to count at an election. Hence the failure to draw a crowd. Merely to honor the old fellows and to help perpetuate the glorious memories which should be the proudest heritage of the people of Dixie, seems too dull and profitless job to be popular at the present time. We are a progressive up-to-date people, and we haven't any time to fritter away on that empty bubble called sentiment. Lafayette proved its loyalty to the South by sending to the tented field more than its quota of volunteers. It was the home of two beloved and valiant chieftains of the Confederacy whose dust sleeps in yonder city of the dead by the graves of others not so distinguished, but just as brave and loyal. It is passing strange that this old town which gave such a good account of itself should at this late day prove recreant to its duty. It is sad. It was a pathetic scene to behold a handful of these old men - some of whom are tottering toward the eternal home - brought together by the memories of the past, seemingly unnoticed by those who owe them so much. Even the fair sex - the daughters and granddaughters of the women who stood by the Southern flag with such zeal and devotion - did not care enough for the old soldiers or for a principle whose justice has never been questioned, to go to the reunion and by their co-operation make the veterans feel that defeat had not dimmed the glory of their deeds and though conquered, the bonnie blue flag represented a principle which though crushed by brutal force, was still adhered to with undiminished ardor."
The old gentleman stopped a while, filled his corn-cob pipe and resumed the thread of his conversation where he had left it. With just a bit of sarcasm he added:
"But, perhaps I am an old fogy. As the smart chaps would say, 'I am talking through my hat.' These materialistic people laugh at sentiment. They make fun of everything which elevates man above the brute. They are the 'swells,' part their hair in the middle and wear eye-glasses and tooth-pick shoes. To them Miles' latest design for a military uniform is infinitely more important than the victories of Jackson and Gordon. I don't mean to say that all who did not attend the reunion belong to the class of freaks which I have just described. Oh no! Not so bad, but you may write it down in your paper that the behavior of our people in being so conspicuously absent from last Saturday's meeting, portends no good. It will be a sad day for the South when her people will cease to teach their children to admire the Confederate soldier, to honor the 'lost cause' and to claim the glory of the Southern army as their most precious inheritance."
Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
The Ladies' Meeting.
A committee of ladies called at the office of The Gazette last Wednesday to request the announcement that there will be a meeting in Falk's Opera House at 4 o'clock, Monday next, to formulate a plan of operation for the purpose of enlisting the support of everybody in the movement to secure the Industrial School.
The Gazette is pleased to see that the ladies of the town have decided to take a hand in the most laudable work. They can do a great deal and those who have taken the initiative are entitled to much credit. Without the influence of the ladies the movement would be greatly hindered. With their influence and active co-operation success is almost assured. Their participation in the work will no doubt bring into the movement an earnestness without which we can not hope to succeed. The ladies can do as much as the men toward getting the school and they should attend the meeting at Falk's Opera-house. A large attendance is desired by the promoters of the meeting. The larger the meeting the better it will be for the cause.
Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
Another Attempt at Burglary.
Last Thursday night when Mrs. A. B. Denbo returned home after attending the Presbyterian church festival she heard some noise on the rear porch and ascertained that it was caused by some one who was evidently bent on mischief. As Mr. Denbo was absent Mrs. Denbo tried to make use of a pistol but as the weapon would not fire on account of a defective trigger, the lady called out to the neighbors for protection. These answered promptly, but too late to catch the culprit. The Denbo residence was burglarized some weeks ago. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
WE WILL WIN.
[To the Lafayette Gazette from N. P. Moss.]
As the boys say, "its now up to Lafayette" - the Industrial School question. Lafayetteans may have been somewhat slow to take a hand in the battle royal for the Industrial School, but this is only a peculiarity of our people and merely indicates the certainty of their action in carrying out undertaking.
It is gratifying to note the healthy sentiment manifesting itself on every hand in behalf of the Industrial School, and this is not surprising when the great importance of the subject is considered. Indeed, the public interest in the movement has reached a point calling for means to give it form, and the time could not be more opportune for setting the machinery in motion to secure this end.
The plan of action outlined below, with suitable modifications, would seem to embody the means for rapidly crystallizing public sentiment in favor of securing the Industrial School at any cost for Lafayette, and I respectfully submit the plan for the consideration of the thoughtful and progressive citizens of the community.
1. A monster mass meeting of the people of the entire parish, to be held un the auspices of the School Board, at which would be made a thorough exposition of the Industrial School question, by speakers selected for the occasion.
2. The mass meeting to organize itself into an Industrial School Association and appoint a "central committee: composed of twenty representative citizens, for actively promoting the object of the association. Ten members of the central committee to come from the third ward (in which is situated the parish seat) and ten members to be drawn from the other wards of the parish. The central committee, to have a full complement of officers for facilitating its work.
3. A "ward committee," to be appointed by the central committee, for each ward in the parish for the purpose of promptly and efficiently executing all details of the campaign formulated by the central committee, for each ward in the parish for the purpose of promptly and efficiently executing all details of the campaign formulated by the central committee in the interest of the Industrial School. Each "ward" committee to be under the immediate direction of the a chairman, and the member of the central committee from any ward might be considered an ex-officio chairman of the "ward" committee of the ward he represents.
4. Last, but not least, the "central" and the "ward" committees should include a fair proportion of ladies as active members of the committees, this to ensure the greater success of the of the grand undertaking, as the value of the services of noble women is well known in all movements for the elevation of mankind.
The initial mass meeting closely followed by a series of public meetings in the various wards of the parish, by the direction of the central committee and under the auspices of the ward committee, supplemented by man to man or "missionary" work, together with the powerful assistance of the local press, can not fail to thoroughly arouse the public mind to a full appreciation of the supreme importance of the movement, and there is nothing in this country that can withstand the force of public opinion.
With co-operation and determination on the part of the people we are bound to win in this prize competition, but we must go to work before it is too late to enter the race.
(Singed) N. P. Moss.
Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
Effected by the Farmers - Mr. Edmond Mouton Elected President.
The farmers met at the court house last Sunday with C. O. Mouton in the chair and I. N. Satterfield at the desk. The meeting was held mainly for the purpose of receiving the report of the committee appointed to adjust the differences with the refinery.
The committee, which was composed of Crow Girard, J. E. Mouton, J. O. Broussard, S. J. Montgomery and W. B. Torian, made its report which was adopted. The committee was instructed to enter into a written agreement with the Lafayette Sugar Refining Company upon the terms embodied in the report, the farmers agreeing, as an organization, to sell their cane to the refinery and to use their influence in its behalf.
Upon motion of Judge McFadden it was decided to go into permanent organization.
Upon motion of J. O. Broussard a committee of three on organization was appointed. The chair appointed the following: J. A. Chargois, T. A. McFadden and W. B. Torian. After some deliberation the committee made its report which was adopted.
The following officers were selected: J. E. Mouton, president; J. O. Broussard, vice-president; W. B. Torian, recording and corresponding secretary; T. A. McFadden, assistant secretary; C. O. Mouton, treasurer.
It was moved, seconded and carried that C. O. Mouton be elected a member of the association though not a farmer. His usefulness to the association from its inception made him an eminently acceptable member.
The appointment of an arbitration committee was postponed until the next meeting.
The following gentlemen were appointed to draft by-laws: C. O. Mouton, Crow Girard, J. A. Chargois and W. B. Torian. They are to report at the next meeting.
After some speechmaking the association adjourned to meet Saturday, May 27, 1899, at 3 o'clock p. m. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
The Bloomer Girls.
The "Bloomer Girls," an organization of feminine ball-players, will be in Lafayette on Sunday June 4. Arrangements have been made for a game with them. They will play against a local team -- composed, however, of members of the opposite sex. The "Bloomer Girls" are said to be very good players. Posters announcing the time and place and price of admission will be distributed Monday evening. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
At the Lafayette High School - Diplomas Conferred Upon Three Students.
A very large assembly witnessed the commencement exercises last Friday, May, 19, of the Lafayette High School. During the session which has just ended the High School has done very well, and the exercises were a fitting close of the season. During the intermissions the Lafayette Orchestra treated the audience to some of the excellent music for which it is noted.
Hon. Chas. D. Caffery delivered an appropriate address. At the conclusion of his remarks which were well received, there were recitations by pupils of several country schools. They all did well. They were : Miss Bacquet, Bertrand school; Miss Elina Bernard, Stelly school, Leonce Prejean, Domingue school; Miss Laura Magnon, Carencro school; Sidney Arceneaux, Verrot School' Edmond Bonin, Pilette school.
When the representatives of the above named schools had all spoken, Ed. F. Voorhies, the salutatorian of the graduating class, read a well-worded paper which contained some very good things. The young man had evidently given the subject his earnest attention. He had a good voice, talks distinctly, is neither bashful nor affected and acquitted himself very creditably.
Louis F. Guerre, a bright young gentleman, followed the salutatorian in a well written essay. Young Guerre has a pleasing address and is gifted with a splendid voice. His paper showed the result of painstaking efforts. He spoke like a man who had something to say, and said it well.
Miss Anna Hopkins delivered the valedictory. Her grace gestures and well-modulated voice greatly enhanced the effect of the address. Her composition, like those of the young men who preceded her, speaks well for the school and is splendid evidence that Prof. LeRosen and his assistants, Mrs. DeLaney and Miss Lizzie Mudd, have done their work in an intelligent and conscientious manner.
An address by Judge DeBaillon followed. The judge spoke to the graduates and his remarks were brief and to the point.
The exercises were brought to a close by the presentation of the diplomas by Prof. LeRosen made a few remarks suitable to the occasion. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
B. M. A. Meeting.
The members of the Business Men's Association are urged to meet at Falk's Opera House Monday night to devise means to get the Industrial School. Let everybody attend. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
Through the efforts of the clever musician, Prof. Florent Sontag, his talented sister, Miss Florence Sontag, and Prof. Walter J. Mouton and his splendid orchestra, the music-loving people of Lafayette enjoyed a most excellent treat last Tuesday. Prof. Sontag is an accomplished musician. He plays with the ease which at once proclaims the artist. There is expression in every one of his notes and melody to the most uncultured ear. Seldom has it been good fortune of our people to listen to so skillful an artist. The performance on the viola of Miss Sontag, who is also peculiarly gifted, was a pleasing feature of the concert. Mr. Walter Mouton at his best and did well - so well that he was compelled to repeat his performance by the applause of the people who would not stop until assured of an encore.
The financial side of the concert was satisfactory to the orchestra, although the attendance was not as large as it should have been.
The degree of excellence attained by the orchestra should prove an incentive to the members to continue their organization. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 23, 1899.
Pursuant to call the City Council met with Mayor Campbell presiding.
The following members were present: Geo. DeBlanc, J. E. Martin, H. Hohorst, C. O. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. E. Girard. Absent: F. Demanade.
F. E. Girard was appointed secretary pro tem.
Applications for the city marshal and deputies were read and it was decided to vote by secret ballots which resulted in the election of Alphonse Peck, for marshal, and Edwin Campbell and Jean Breaux for deputies.
The election of a secretary was next taken up by secret ballots resulting in the election of Louis Lacoste.
Jos. Ducote was elected tax-collector and F. V. Mouton treasurer.
Moved by C. O. Mouton seconded by Geo. DeBlanc that the applications for engineer and electrician of the electric light plant be laid over to next meeting. Motion carried.
The salary of the city marshal was fixed at $50 per month.
Salary of the tax-collector was fixed at 4 per cent on all licenses and taxes collected.
Salary of secretary and treasurer was fixed at $75 a year each.
The bond of a tax collector and treasurer was fixed at five thousand dollars each.
There being no further business the Council adjourned to meet the first Monday in June.
F. E. GIRARD,
Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
Census Supervisor Appointed.
The Gazette failed to mention the appointment of Mr. Wm. Clegg as one of the census supervisors for this State. Of the six supervisors three must be Democrats, and Mr. Clegg was selected as one of these. A better appointment could not have been made. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
Just Passing Through.
Eugene V. Debs, the famous champion of the laboring man's cause, passed through Lafayette Wednesday morning. When the train reached this place Mr. Debs was sleeping and his admirers did not get a chance to speak to him. Mr. Debs was not riding in a Pullman as most people would think. He is such an implacable foe of the Pullman corporation that he will not patronize it under any circumstance. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
J. A. Martin, Dentist.
Brother to our townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having located permanently in Lafayette, desires to buy a home situated in a locality suitable to the practice of his profession. Any one having such property to is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found.
Dr. Martin guarantees all dental work and at prices to suit the times.
Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
Wreck on the Branch.
The freight train which runs between this place and Alexandria was wrecked near Cheneyville last Thursday. It appears that a short distance beyond Cheneyville four cars were pinned in front of the locomotive to be taken to a point two miles south. These cars which were ahead of the locomotive obstructed the view and prevented from seeing some crossties which had placed on the track, evidently with malicious intent. The collision resulted in the locomotive and four cars being thrown from the track. Conductor Lusted, who was in charge of the train, and Brakeman Felix Landry were slightly injured. No one else was hurt.
Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 27th, 1893:
Town and Country.
The Gazette received a pleasant call Monday from Dr. Pickett, of Rayne. Protracted meetings have been held during the week in the Methodist Church.
Prof. Philip Martin made The Gazette an agreeable call Saturday.
Mr. Sidney Mouton returned home last Tuesday from a visit out west.
Lawyer L. Dupre, and Mr. Geo. Elms, of Opelousas, were in Lafayette Tuesday.
Sheriff LeBlanc, of Vermilion parish was in town Tuesday.
Judge W. E. Bowen went over to New Orleans and returned Wednesday.
Miss Fabiola Wiltz, of St. Maerinville, is in Lafayette the guest of her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mouton.
The Gazette was pleased to receive a call last week from its friend, J. A. Mestayer, of Carencro.
Mr. Ozeme LeBlanc, accompanied by Mr. Thomas Mouton, went to Loreauville last Saturday and spent a day with relatives.
Sheriff Broussard and lady, after a stay of some days in New Orleans, returned home Saturday.
The new council will organize, we are informed as soon as Mr. A. M. Martin receives his commission.
If the present agitation continues it will eventually land a street sprinkler, a consummation devoutly wished.
The dust is again becoming oppressive, and tends to raise the query, what about the street sprinkler. ?
Miss Mamie Lisbony is visiting friends and relatives in New Orleans.
Mr. Higginbotham has received some neat furniture, of the latest designs, for his barber shop, and has opened up for business.
Mr. F. Lombard is having some improvements made to his premises in the way of painting, which will enhance the beauty of his already pretty place.
There are many opportunities for profitable investment in Lafayette parish that the observant capitalist cannot fail to see and appreciate if he will but look.
Profs. Ben F. Toler and Chas. A. Boudreaux dropped in to see The Gazette Saturday. They were in attendance at the Teachers' Institute meeting held that day.
The Gazette lays down the claim that the town of Lafayette can show a larger number of pear trees, area considered, than any town in the State.
Mrs. Leon Weinberg and Master Hyman Plonsky, from Alexandria, are in Lafayette visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Plonsky, and relatives.
Mr. Charles Baudier, the popular agent of the Singer Sewing Machine Company went over to St. Martinville last Saturday and returned Monday.
Ladies and children haircutting at domicile L. P. Bagarry.
The interest over the coming game of base ball is still up in G. It is time for the captains of the opposing nines to get together and complete the details.
What's the matter with organizing an excursion, by boat, down Bayou Vermilion into Atchafalaya Bay, the proceeds accruing to go to the fire company?
Father Forge has had the fence around the church white-washed, thus showing a spirit of enterprise that should be generally emulated.
Don't let it escape your mind that tonight, at Falk's Opera House, will take place an entertainment well worth your patronage.
The picnic season, with all its concomitant pleasures, and judging by the frequency of parties taking advantage of its propitiousness, is full upon us.
A force of workmen are presently engaged in the erection of a new depot building for the use of the Southern Pacific railroad company. It is being put up near the Crescent hotel building.
When you want any fire insurance written see Ordway & Richard.
The Gazette call the attention of us amusement-loving readers to the programme of "Ye Old Folks Concert" appearing in another part of this paper, and begs to assure them they have a rare treat in store.
Mr. John Vigneaux was taken ill Tuesday morning, and two physicians were called in. His many friends were happy to note that his illness was of short duration, and he is now seemingly, in his accustomed good health.
It is to be hoped that a large crowd will attend the entertainment, at Falk's Opera House to-night. Besides getting your money's worth in amusement you will be contributing your mite to help swell the school fund.
Dr. H. A. Martin and Mr. E. Hebert, a prominent merchant, both of Millerville, Acadia parish, spent a couple of days in Lafayette, last week, and The Gazette's subscription list has been increased in consequence of their visit.
Anything from a strawberry to a chestnut can be grown in Lafayette parish, thus showing the wonderful fertility of her soil. And to say that lands can be bought in the parish for the insignificant price of $25 to $35 an acre sounds incredible, but it is a fact all the same.
The flora of Lafayette is not surpassed in beauty, variety and luxuriance by any other section in the State. At all times during the spring, summer and autumn a thousand varieties fill the air with their perfumes and carpet mother earth with their myriad beautiful faces.
The Gazette received a very pleasant call Tuesday from Messrs. Mark Newhauser and O. H. Simpson, who have recently graduated from the Tulane Law School, with distinguished credit. As the preceptor, Judge Debaillon must feel proud of his two former students.
The excursion to be run by the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen of Lafayette, from Washington to Abbeville on July 2, will offer attractions for an enjoyable outing that will be taken advantage of by a large crowd, and there will be plenty of room for all.
The Gazette calls attention to the change in the advertisement of Messrs. Moss & Mouton. To their other lines they have added the agency of wagons and cisterns, and for these goods they will always be ready to fill all orders entrusted to them.
By reference to our Carencro letter it will be seen that work, on the new railroad to connect that place with a point on Bayou Teche, will soon begin. This is a piece of news that The Gazette is pleased to chronicle.
Some sweet music was discoursed Tuesday night in front of The Gazette office by Messrs. Walter Mouton, Joe Ducote, Henry Judice and Sam Plonsky. The Gazette takes pleasure in complimenting them on their proficiency. They play very well.
During the past week the gun club has received a lot of fine bred dogs and some half dozen deer, the latter for the purpose of furnishing means of training and giving the dogs practice. As the dogs are muzzled the deer can receive no injury. The place is also being stocked with a variety of birds.
Ordway & Richard represent over $25,000,000 in the fire insurance line. See them.
Dr. E. J. Chachere, a prominent dentist, in New Orleans, and his family, will move to Lafayette about the 15th of next month to locate permanently. Dr. Chachere belongs to one of the best known creole families in South West Louisiana, and we extend the hand of welcome to them.
Go to Bagarry for a good shave and hir cut.
There was some talk a couple of weeks since that some of our enterprising merchants contemplated the digging of wells in front of their premises, and using a force pump to supply them with that much needed article - water. As yet their intentions have failed to materialize, but The Gazette hopes that hey will yet see their way clear to carry out their purpose. It is dollars to doughnuts that it would prove contagious. Who will be the first one to break the ice ?
At the last municipal election there was a vote returned between Messrs. Alfred A. Bonnet, James Hannen and A. M. Martin. To decide this tie an election was called for last Monday. Mr. Hannen, by published card refused to be considered a candidate, and Mr. Alfred A. Bonnet, also, by a published card, declined to take part stating that he considered he had been fairly elected at the previous election, so the field was left entirely to Mr. Martin, insofar as announced candidates were concerned, and Mr. Martin received 138 votes, the same number as at the first election, and James Hannen 1, L. Doucet 1, Pierre Dugas 1 for mayor, and 1, scattering, making a total of 142 votes cast. The day passed quietly, although, we understand that considerable electioneering had been done to bring out a big vote.
The New Council.
The time is near at hand when the members of the new Council will convene to take charge of the government of the town of Lafayette. In the simple discharge of their public duties will much that will tend to the advancement of the material interests of the town. That they have at the heart the welfare of their town we have no reason, as yet, to doubt. Lafayette has a bright future before her - she is now on the upward grade, and future acts of the Council can be made a potent factor in her prosperity, if rightly directed.
The Gazette cherishes the hope that the members will "hew to the line" of a business administration, economically administered, "without fear or favor, or prejudice against any one." Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1893.
The Gazette is reliably informed that it is the intention of the parties in interest to institute a contest for the seats of some of the members elected at the last election. It is alleged that a sufficient number of votes cast at that election, for these sitting members, will be proved illegal, and, which thrown out, would tend to reverse the figures on the face of the returns, thereby giving a majority, and the seats, to those contesting.
The Gazette has no knowledge of the proof that will be adduced; the claim, however, we understand, is made that strong evidence will be produced to sustain the allegations that it is purposed to advance. If so the people would, no doubt, be glad to have all the facts brought out, and see the matter probed to the bottom.
The outcome will be watched with interest. Lafayette Gazette 5/27/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 27th, 1893:
The Question of Water Works Being Earnestly Discussed by the People Generally.
Several Different Plans Suggested Which are Worthy of Consideration.
The question of Lafayette putting in a system of water works is beginning to be discussed on all sides, and the universal opinion seems to be that the time has arrived to take some decisive action in the matter. That we stand badly in need of some protection against fire is an undisputable fact. That a system of water works would greatly reduce the present insurance rate will be readily admitted by all. The only question to be decided is, what system shall be adopted. Several different plans have been suggested, and all of them possess some good features. In deciding upon a system the question of cost will prove an important factor. Of course if Lafayette could afford it the best plan would e to put in a first-class hydraulic system, with a stand-pipe at some central point in town and a pumping station at the bayou, and although such a system would cost in the neighborhood of $30,000, it is advocated by quite a number of our prominent citizens, who argue that if we are to put in water-works, it should be a system that would furnish thorough and ample protection; and to a certain extent we believe they are right.
If the expense could be met without becoming too severe a burden on our people, we believe it would be the wisest plan, and prove the cheapest in the end, to put in such a system. If this plan were to be adopted an electric plant could be run in connection with it at a very small additional cost; lights and power could be furnished to business houses and light manufacturing establishments, and the railroad would probably take a number of lights for use in the yard as well as the hotel. Out town could be lighted by electricity instead of oil, and we believe many private citizens would take incandescent lights for their houses. In this way the city would receive quite a revenue which would help materially in paying the expense of running the plant. Besides, in the course of time our people would grow into the habit of using the water furnished by the city, and would gradually put pipes in their houses, which would be another source of revenue for the city.
Whether a plan can be developed that will enable the city to put in such a system remains to be seen, but the matter should be thoroughly canvassed and well considered before a less effective system is adopted.
Another plan that has been suggested, that would cost a great deal less, it to sink a number of wells in different parts of the city and put up wooden tanks at an elevation of 40 feet, using a windmill at each tank to pump the water into the tanks. If this plan were to be adopted it would be necessary to have a number, if not all, the tanks connected, for a fire might break out on a night when there would not be sufficient wind to keep the pump going, and the water in one tank would soon be exhausted. The advantage of this system would be its cheapness, as it would only cost about $200 for each tank, windmill and pump. The cost of digging the wells and the necessary piping would be additional.
Another plan, which we consider the best cheap one so far mentioned, was suggested by our fellow-townsman, Mr. John Nickerson, who has seen it in successful operation. The plan consists of having a large well with a steam pump at or near the center of town, with brick cisterns located in different parts of the city, sunk below the surface of the ground. These cisterns or reservoirs would be kept filled with water by the steam pump, which would only be run when needed; in case of fire steam could be got up and the pump started long before the water in a tank would be used. The plan would necessitate the purchase of a fire engine and two or three thousand feet of hose, and would in all probability prove the most effective cheap plan that could be adopted.
It would be a good and wise move to have committees appointed by the City Council and Business Men's Association to thoroughly investigate the different plans suggested, and report the same to a general meeting of our citizens. The matter should be taken up at the first meeting of both bodies, as delay is dangerous. Because we have escaped any large fire in the past it is no reason that we will always be exempt from such a visitation.
As soon as we have a system of water works and, no matter what that system may be, we could have the streets sprinkled, which would save our merchants a great deal of money in the course of the year by preventing their goods from damaged by the dust, as is now the case. We have faith to believe that our citizens have taken hold of this matter with a firm determination to push it through to successful completion, and that ere long work will be commenced.
It is altogether too dangerous to go on as we are doing with no protection whatever, for should a fire occur on a windy night we would be completely at the mercy of the flames, and the loss would be enormous. Let us move at (unreadable word). Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.
Jefferson St. Property Sold.
Dr. H. D. Guidry purchased from Mr. Crow Girard recently, the property at the foot of Jefferson street owned and occupied up to a few months ago, by Judge I. Falk. We have heard that it is the intention of the doctor to make substantial improvements on the lot of an early date. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.
Mr. James A. Miss, member of the U. S. Corps of Cadets has our thanks for an invitation to attend the tri-weekly receptions at Camp Sheridan given by the Cadet Corps of 94 and 96. The receptions will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings during June, July and August. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.
High School Fund.
We learn from Mr. C. O. Mouton, treasurer of the high school fund that there is now about money enough to complete the building. It will now be necessary to raise the sufficient money to paint the building and purchase the necessary seats, etc. There is no time to lose if the building is to be ready to hold school in the fall. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.
Bazar and Ball.
The following is the programme that will be rendered at the entertainment to be given by the Dramatic Educational Association at Falk's Opera-house on Saturday, May 27th for the benefit of the school fund.
Ticket Taker...Black Diamonds.
Tableau Vivant...Children of the Public School.
Instrumental Duet...Misses Martin and Gerac.
The Gypsy Rondo...Miss Ida Hopkins.
Song...Miss Emma Falk.
My Little Sunday Beau...Miss Anna Hopkins.
Believe Me if all Those Endearing Young Charms...Miss Louise Bendel.
Une Mere. A French Drama in 2 acts given by the Literary and Gymnastic Society, of Breaux Bridge.
The following bands will be in attendance: Breaux Bridge String Band, The Five Landrys String Band, Lake Simonet String Band and Lafayette Brass Band.
Gumbo and refreshment will be served at moderate prices.
Admission, 25 cents. Children 15 cents.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.
A Literary Sensation.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" has certainly "broke loose"! The copyright on this most famous of American novels, by Mrs. Stowe, has recently expired which frees its publication from the monopoly of the high priced publishers, and though in anticipation of this fact they have within a few months greatly reduced its price. Now that it really "unchained" the consequences are something surprising. John B. Alden, Publisher, of New York, issues several editions, selling them only direct (not through agents or book sellers); print is good type, paper covers, for 5 cents, sent post paid, or the same bound in cloth for 10 cents with postage 7 cents extra; also an excellent large-type edition on fine paper, handsomely bound in cloth for the price of 25 cents, postage 10 cents. (unreadable word) a copy of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" will soon be found in every home where it is not already. Mr. Alden sends a 82-page pamphlet, describing many of his publications free, or a catalogue of 125 pages of choice books, a veritable "literary gold mine" for book lovers, for 2 cents. Address John B. Alden, Publisher, 57 Rose St., New York.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/27/1893.
Tableaux Vivante at Falk's to-night.
Chickens from 10 to 40 cents each at Geo. M. Derouen's.
The fence in front of the Catholic church has received a fresh coat of paint this week, which greatly improves its appearance.
The French drama Une Mere and fine musical programme to be followed by a grand ball at Falk's opera-house, on next Saturday nights.
Judge Moss is having the premises surrounding his house cleaned up and renovated and the fence has received a fresh coat of whitewash, which lends an additional charm to his pleasant home.
Several reports have come to our knowledge of roofs of houses being on fire in this place during the past two weeks. Fortunately the flames were prevented from spreading in every instance.
The rehearsals for "Ye old Folk's Singin' Skewl," under the able direction of Mr. H. Van der Cruyssen are progressing finely, and our people can be sure of enjoying a rich treat when the performance is given.
Each week when you have finished reading the ADVERTISER send it away to some friend that it may do missionary work for Southwest Louisiana, and Lafayette particularly. It won't cost much, and the benefits will be large.
Mr. C. C. Higginbotham received his barber chairs and furniture last Wednesday, and now has his new shop arranged and in working order. The furniture is of antique oak and presents a very neat and handsome appearance.
The Presbyterians have just received a fine new organ for their church. It is from the Chicago Cottage Organ Company, and is a very sweet, fine toned instrument. It will add materially to the beauty of the church services.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 6th, 1882:
CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.
The Mayor and Councilmen elected on the 1st day of May, 1882, were duly qualified, and met on the 16th inst., at Firemen's Hall.
Present: M. P. Young, Mayor, and Councilmen W. B. Bailey, Benj. Falk, P. Gerac, F. Lombard, J. O. Mouton, Ed. Pellerin and J. J. Revillon.
Upon calling the Council to order the Mayor addressed them as follows:
Upon calling the Council to order the Mayor addressed them as follows:
Gentlemen of the City Council - The third year of our administration of the City Government has just ended ; before getting down to work again let me congratulate you on the general result of your labors in the past year, and especially upon the substantial improvement of the finances of the city, as seen in the continuing reduction of debt, upon the economic conduct of the affairs, and the demonstration of the ability of the City Council to live strictly within the annual income ; and it is now with great pleasure, that I can inform you that the city does now owe one cent.
The gentlemen of the Street Committee deserve great credit for the manner in which they have performed their work ; the good condition of the ditches, canals, streets and bridges show their labor.
Allow me to thank you for giving your services free of charge for the entire time that our city was in debt ; and now that we are free from debt, and money in the treasury, I think we should receive pay, - such an amount as the Council may see proper allow, and the city able to pay.
I will here recommend that the Council take such steps as are necessary to enlarge or extend our corporate lines ; we have little or no territory ; about one half of our city is in the parish, which really should be under our government.
M. P. YOUNG, Mayor.
On motion it was ordered that the above address be published with the minutes.
The Council then proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year.
Mr. Mouton presented the name of Mr. J. Vigneaux for Constable and Collector and added that he should not only be elected, but should receive the thanks of the Council for the faithful performance of his duties the past year.
On motion, Mr. Vigneaux was declared unanimously elected Constable and Collector.
On motion of Mr. Revillon, H. M. Bailey was elected Secretary and Treasurer.
On motive of Mr. Revillon, the "Lafayette Advertiser" was declared the official journal of this body.
On motion, it was ordered that the officers elected this day, receive the same salary as last year.
On motion the bonds of the Collector and Treasurer were fixed at the same rate as last year, and that the Mayor appoint a committee of three to accept said bonds.
The Mayor then appointed the following committees:
Committee on Bonds - Messrs. Gerac, Mouton and Pellerin.
Committee on Streets - Messrs. Bailey, Revillon and Mouton.
Committee on Finance - Messrs. Pellerin, Falk and Gerac.
Resolved, That the tax on bazaars, &c., be and is hereby appropriated to the use of the Constable to employ assistance in maintaining order at said bazaars, &c.
Resolved, That all persons having coach gates shall have bridges over the gutter in front of said gates, and it is hereby made the duty of the Constable to give ten days notice to all persons in contravention of this ordinance, to comply the same under a penalty of a fine of not more than five dollars.
On motion, it was resolved, That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to employ legal advise whenever he may deem it necessary, and that the sum of twenty-five dollars be appropriated for that purpose.
The following accounts were presented, approved and ordered to be paid :
Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Meeting of May 6th, 1882.
Pursuant to adjournment the Police Jury met this day. Members present : J. G. St. Julien, O. Theriot, H. Eastin, E. Potier and J. S. Whittington.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
On motion, resolved, that Messrs. C. D. Caffery, J. S. Whittington and C. Debaillon are appointed a committee to make an estimate of the probable expenses of the current year.
On motion, resolved, that the licenses for the year 1882, be and are hereby fixed at the same schedule as that part of the State.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year, viz :
C. D. Caffery, Attorney, salary fixed at one hundred and fifty dollars.
H. M. Bailey, Treasurer, salary fixed at $200.
J. N. Judice, Clerk, salary fixed at $100.
W. B. Bailey, Printer, salary fixed at $250.
On motion, resolved, that the salaries of the road overseers, for the current year, be and are hereby fixed at $150 per annum.
On motion, resolved, that J. Ed. Mouton be and is hereby appointed road overseer for the Third Road District, and Arnauld Bacque overseer for the Second Road District.
On motion, the account of Alex Broussard as road overseer for the year 1878 was laid on the table.
On motion, resolved, that the sum of twenty-five dollars be and is hereby ordered to be paid to Thomas F. Webb, Sr., for the sustenance of one John Turner, and indigent and blind colored man.
On motion, resolved, that hereafter the regular meetings of this Police Jury shall be held every two months, on the first Saturday of the month.
On motion, resolved, that Mr. O. Theriot be and is authorized to exchange by compromise, with Sigismond Bernard, a certain portion of the public road running through said Bernard's land, and report at next meeting.
On motion, resolved, that the following named persons are appointed a jury of freeholders to assess and trace a public road from Royville to Broussardville, viz : Messrs. Sidney Greig, O. Theriot, O. Cade, Martial Fabre, Valsin Broussard and Demas Comeaux, and that they report at the next meeting.
On motion, resolved, that the following persons are hereby appointed as a jury of freeholders, to change, if possible, that portion of the road leading from Vermilionville (unreadable words) western limits of the parish ; (unreadable words) H. Eastin's and Z. Doucet's and (unreadable words) suitable place, and to assess damages to Messrs. W. B. Bailey, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Jules J. Revillon, A. Bacque, Alex Guidry and J. S. Whittington.
On motion, the following was adopted :
Whereas, complaint has been made to the Police Jury to the effect that the public road in this parish leading from Vermilionville to the northern limits of the parish, at a point near the plantation of Mr. Emile Arceneaux, runs through a pond of considerable depth, and that the estimated costs of bridging said pond are exorbitant, and the Police Jury would not be justified in undertaking same with the present revenue,
Therefore, it is ordered by the Police Jury, that a jury of six free holders be appointed by the president to examine the locality in question and report as to the most advisable means of putting said road in repair or securing a new and substantial road. And it is further ordered that should said jury of freeholders deem it necessary and advisable to open a new road, in order to avoid said pond, they are required to lay out and open same over the most direct route to connect the old road around said pond. The said jury is further authorized and required to make any arrangements they may deem proper to purchase said road from land owners over whose land the same may accrue to contiguous proprietors, such purchase price and damages to be paid by the parish.
It is further ordered by the Police Jury, that in case of disagreement between said jury of freeholders and any land owner whose land said road may run, and the valuation of any land necessary, or damages, they shall report to the attorney of the Police Jury fixing a just and equitable valuation on said land and damages ; upon receiving said report, the Parish Attorney is hereby instructed and required to proceed immediately before the proper tribunal to expropriate such land as may be necessary to secure a substantial highway for public travel at the locality herein set forth.
On motion the Police Jury adjourned to the first Saturday of July, 1882.
J. G. ST. JULIEN, President.
J. N. JUDICE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.
Dr. Tolson in Town.
Dr. Fred R. Tolson, at one time of this place, now of Abbeville, was in town during the week and gave us a pleasure visit. Dr. T. was among the number who recently received diplomas from the Medical Department of the University of Louisiana, and is relieving the afflicted among those of his native home. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.
Accounts from every corner of the parish go to show that planters are satisfied with the crop prospect. The rain on last Saturday and Sunday was of immense benefit and in consequence every one is happy. The cool nights of late no doubt retarded the growth of cotton, without doing much injury.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.
Off to Prison.
Sheriff Mouton left here on Wednesday for Baton Rouge with Cessaire Landry, Sam and Theophile, convicted of larceny and sentenced to the State penitentiary at the late term of our District Court. Augustin Duhon and Platt, convicted and sentenced at the same time, have taken an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.
A Gun Club.
A number of citizens of the town have formed a "Gun Club: having for its main object the protection of game. Such an organization is not doubt necessary to assist in the enforcement of the penal law of the State upon this subject ; we understand it to be the intention of the club to practice at "glass ball" shooting at regular intervals. The following are the officers of the club : Will Clegg, president ; C. P. Alpha, vice-president ; W. B. Lindsay, secretary and H. F. Landry, treasurer. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.
For the benefit of the uninitiated we furnish the subjoined figures, showing freight charges paid the Morgan Railroad Company by some of our business people in certain instances, and these are not by any means isolated. Read and tell us if railroads are an "unalloyed blessing!" It is notorious that the cost of transportation of freight was but little, if any, greater when a few years since it had to be hauled by wagon from the Teche :
But those examples need not be further multiplied. Such charges are the rule. Receipted bills for many more are at hand. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.