From the Lafayette Gazette of June 1st, 1904:
HOTEL AND OPERA HOUSE
Contracts Let Saturday and Work to Begin Next Monday.
Saturday contracts were let for the new hotel and also for the opera house. The brick work on both buildings was let to T. J. Gelvin, the carpenter work on the hotel to G. B. Knapp, and on the opera house to J. A. Vandyke. Work will begin next Monday, if not before. The hotel will cost about $50,000 and the opera house $25,000.
The hotel will be erected on the corner of Vermilion and Jefferson and the opera house next to it on Jefferson street, and are to be completed by November 1.
Both buildings will be very handsome in appearance and will add materially to the town. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Finished Tearing Down.
The work of demolishing the First National Bank Building was completed last week, and the workmen are preparing for beginning the new building which will which will be handsome. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Work began on the First National Bank's new building Saturday under the supervision of Mr. Livaudais, of Favrot & Livaudais, architects, New Orleans. J. A. Vandyke has secured the contract for the carpenter work and T. J. Gelvin for the brick work. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Anse La Butte.
A pipe line from Anse la Butte to Lafayette is one of the possibilities in the near future. The route has already been surveyed and Mr. A. M. Martin is now securing the right of way. The line will be built the S. W. Heywood Co.
Moresi Well No. 4, which came in about ten days ago is still gushing at the rate of 150 barrels a day. The Moresis have another derrick and will begin boring in a few days. This will be Well No. 5, and is located about 75 yards southwest from No. 4. Meyer's well is expected to come this week. This well has so far given big promise, and if it turns out to be the biggest thing on the hill, it will cause but little surprise.
There is a car load of lumber lying on the ground at Anse la Butte and within the next two weeks ten or twelve new derricks will be erected.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Justices of the Peace Examined.
Saturday all of the recently elected justices of the peace underwent the required examination before the Board of School Examiners composed of Dr. E. L. Stephens, Supt. L. J. Alleman and Dr. N. P. Moss. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Commissions for the various parish officers were received last week. Monday and yesterday practically all recently elected qualified. Louis Lacoste and E. G. Voorhies will qualify to-day as sheriff and clerk respectively.
Members of the Police Jury have not yet qualified and it is not know just what day they will.
The committee appointed by the Police Jury and School Board were about ready to report last evening and will probably hand in their reports to-day.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Street Cleaned Up.
Jefferson street from Vermilion to Congress is beginning to show its improved good looks. Last week all the debris obstructing the street was removed and the street leveled by filling the holes. It isn't at nice as it will be, when the proper grading will have been done and the concrete walks finished. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
A Liberal Management.
These hot summer days ice is most refreshing and the people of Lafayette can congratulate themselves upon having an ice plant which never fails to supply all demands upon it and at a most liberal price; in fact, cheaper than in any other town in the State. While ice is delivered at homes is sold retail elsewhere at 60 cents a hundred, here it sell at 50 cents. In 100 pound lots delivered, elsewhere 50 cents, here at forty, and in ton lots, 25 cents per hundred. And the ice made here is not only well frozen, but is pure. Every particle of water used in making ice is first distilled before being frozen, insuring the removal of all foreign matter.
The ice-plant is owned by home people who take a sincere interest in the welfare of the town, and in serving the public with ice at a price below that prevailing elsewhere deserve the appreciation of the public. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
New Rubber Tiring Machine.
Send your wheel to the factory to have a rubber tire put on it. We have just bought a rubber tiring machine, latest pattern, and can do your work promptly and satisfactorily. Bring us your work. Adams & Dauriac, Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Dance Friday Night.
Friday evening the young men of Lafayette gave a complimentary dance to their young lady friends at the Crescent News Hotel. It was a delightful success and will be remembered by the participants for a long while to come.
At ten o'clock all present formed in couples on the second floor and marched down the wide staircase into the large dining room of the hotel to the music of the Alexandria String Band. The grand march was led by Mr. John Odonhoe and Miss Ruby Scranton and was a pleasing sight as the fifty or more couples wove in and out in the beautiful figures of the march.
The room was prettily decorated with flags and over in the bay window a stage draped with the national colors sat the band. As the march passed the stage ball programs were handed each lady and gentleman. Dancing began immediately after the close of the march and continued until 3 a. m. with an intermission for refreshments which were served on the rear galleries.
The visitors present were: Two Misses Decuir, of New Iberia; Emmie Horn, Keachie; Merilou Joplin, Crowley; Rena Simon, St. Martinville; Marcelle Blot, Carencro; Masting, Richmond; Messrs. W. M. Smith, New Iberia; Jas. Martin, Albert Durand, St. Martinville; W. F. Stephenson, L. Prejean, Scott; Clarence Burden, Harry Lawrence, Paul Eckels, Edgar Roy, Crowley; S. Schmalinski, Alexandria.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Handsome Show Windows.
Those who like to look at pretty things can find lots of enjoyment admiring the handsome displays in the show windows of the various stores. The articles are not only attractive of themselves, but are arranged with much taste, showing considerable decorative talent. Lafayette show windows are hard to beat. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Confirmation services will be held in the Episcopal church here, at 8 o'clock to-night. Bishop Sessums will be assisted in the religious offices by Rev. C. C. Kramer. A cordial invitation is extended to the public present. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Ball Game Sunday.
The ball game Sunday was all right. There was a fair crowd to see it but it deserved a larger turn out. At half past three Lafayette lined up against Jeanerette for a nine inning game and from then until the last "out" the game held the attention of the spectators. Lafayette made some fine play - so did Jeanerette - and better still weren't fumbling with errors to any worrisome extent, for they rounded out the game with only one charged up to them. Jeanerette started out lively by shutting Lafayette, out tight the first three innings, and pleasantly walking off with three runs. They could smile, then; but when the Lafayette boys settled down to business in the fourth inning, the smile began to fade, and when the nine innings closed with 10 to 3 in favor or Lafayette, they were too busy guessing how it happened to sport a smile or even a ghost of one.
It happened that way because Sunday was an "on" day for Lafayette and every man on the team was handling the ball just right. Labbe pitched at the right pitch, Suarez caught 'em off the bat like a professional, McNaspy at short did the stop act with the proper swing and all the rest "kept along in the procession." That's how it happened.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/1/1904.
The large number of strangers who are seen on our streets daily, is quite noticeable.
Miss Maxim Beraud is at home again after a Whitworth Female College, Brookhaven, Miss.
Miss Annie Bell, after spending a week in Lafayette with her parents, left yesterday for the Normal School at Natchitoches, where she will complete her studies in September.
For low rates to the World's Fair via the Texas and Pacific Railway, ask any ticket Agent, or write E. P. Turner, General Passenger Agent, Dallas, Texas.
Blood orange is a refreshing drink, served at the soda fountain at Moss Pharmacy.
J. C. Nickerson and family spent Monday in Scott.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 1st, 1901:
Active Preparation for the Celebration on June 15 - Occasion of Interest to the Whole State - Excursions all over the lines.
The Industrial Institute more than justifies its name this week in the unusual activity on the grounds by way of getting ready for the big event in prospect for the 15th of June. An extra force of men is employed in the building, upon the work of setting up and placing in order two hundred school desks, seven hundred and fifty opera chair, and other furniture throughout the building. The walls of the dormitory are rising rapidly and will present a fair appearance of progress at the time or the celebration. The plans and specifications for the machine shop are nearing completion, and it is likely that the foundations will been begun within two weeks. The grounds in front of the main building are being leveled and drained, a ten-foot walk from the building to the northeast corner of the school property is being laid with cinders, and a circular drive-way thirty feet wide is being made directly in front, which gives promise of becoming in time, after proper treatment with trees and lawn, and perhaps a fountain in the center, (the gift of some munificent citizen who shall have made a fortune in oil) an attractive feature of the grounds. Then the forces of the city electric light plant may be seen working their way towards the building with their new three-wire system of light, which is to connect with the system of handsome ceiling fixtures lately purchased for the auditorium and classrooms. And the step next in order, which should not be delayed a day longer than is necessary, is the bringing of the public water main to the grounds, to be connected with the school's large supply and drainage system in all buildings.
Meanwhile work in the office of going unabated. For, besides all the claims of these improvements in progress, the arrangements for the celebration program are being completed, the course of study is being worked out in detail, and the main work of the coming session is being prepared for.
Arrangements are being made with the Southern Pacific Company for excursion trains from all directions on the 15th, and with other lines for excursion rates in connection with the Southern Pacific. There seems every reason for this town to expect a concourse of several thousand people here on the occasion of this celebration. Let us all get ready to receive them.
We are authorized to say that visitors at the Industrial Institute are now at all times quite welcome, but that they will have a better opportunity to go through the building on Sunday afternoon than at any other time, for the present. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
THE CONFEDERATE REUNION.
The reunion of the Confederate Veterans at Memphis was a great success. Gen. Gordon, the idol of the South, was re-elected commander.
The report of the committee on history is an able vindication of the "Lost Cause." It should be read and re-read by the boys and girls of the South whose minds have been poisoned by alleged school histories which contain the most flagrant misrepresentations. Those who are entrusted with the selection of books for the children of the South may learn a great deal which will help them in their work by reading the report of the historical committee. The charge that a mercenary motive impelled the South to resort to the arbitrament of the sword meets with an absolute refutation at the hands of the committee. Other libelous reports which have found their way into Southern educational institutions have been thoroughly ventilated. Those of the younger generation who have been falsely taught that their fathers fought to perpetuate African slavery will no doubt find much to edify and interest them in the report of the veterans' committee. It is a splendid defense, of the Confederacy, and its author, Col. J. W. Nicholson, of Baton Rouge, deserves to be complimented. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
A Negress Kills Herself.
Last Saturday Dr. J. F. Mouton and Deputy Sheriff Thomas Mouton were called to the Berlucheau's Cove, where a negress, Clorisa Perrault, was reported to have committed suicide. It was ascertained that the woman had shot herself in the abdomen with a pistol, the wound causing instant death. As there was no doubt that the wound had been self-inflicted the jury concluded that it was a plain case of suicide. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
Suing for Fifteen Hundred Dollars.
Last Tuesday the attention of the District Court, Judge C. Debaillon, presiding, was engaged in the trial of the suit of the town of Lafayette vs. the American Surety Company. Mayor Caffery represented the town and Judge Clegg looked after the interest of the defendants.
It will be remembered that the town obtained a judgment against the Consolidated Engineering Company for damages in the sum of $1,500. The town is now suing on the bond of the Consolidated Company to recover the amount allowed by the court. Judge Debaillon has taken the case under advisement. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
New Ice Factory.
The People's Cotton Oil Company's announces in this issue of The Gazette that it will be ready to sell ice next week. The new ice factory has a daily capacity of twenty tons. One factory was inadequate to supply the local demand for ice and The Gazette is pleased to note that the Cotton Oil Company is about to enter the field. With two ice factories Lafayette can very well afford to keep cool.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1901.
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.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1901.
New Repair Shop.
W. H. Adams, the well-known wheelwright and blacksmith, has opened a repair shop and if you have a pistol, shotgun or sewing machine out of order he will do the repairing at reasonable terms. He is also thoroughly equipped to make knives, forks and spoons look as new as they were when first made. All kinds of table ware silver plated and completely renovated. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
Purchase of the Long Plantation.
Messrs. M. Billeaud, Sr., M. Billeaud, Jr., and Edward Estorge have bought the Long Plantation from the heirs of Dennis Long. This is one of the largest and finest tracts in this section. It consists of 2,100 arpents. Among the improvements is a very fine dwelling of the ante-bellum style of architecture. It is the intention of the new owners to connect the place with the Billeaud refinery by means of a tram-road for the transportation of cane, for the cultivation of which the land is adapted. The price paid is $35,000. The purchasers are men of enterprise and it is safe to say that every acre of the tract will be made to yield rich harvests. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
A New Orleans Man Pays Taxes on Three Tracts of Land.
A law suit, involving the ownership of three tracts of lands in this parish, is among the probabilities of the future. It appears that Jos. W. Frellsen, of New Orleans, has just settled with the tax-collector's office for parish taxes due since 1884, on three tracts of land described in the assessment book of 1884 as follows:
Unknown, formerly Widow Julia P. Hammer; 121 acres, W. 1/2 of S. E. 1/4 and S. W. 1/4 of N. E. 1/4, Sec. 20, S. R. 4 E.
Unknown, formerly Julia P. Anderson, widow W. C. Hammer; 80 acres, N. 1/4 of S. W. 1/4, Sec. 5, T. 9, S. R., 4 E.
Unknown, formerly Jos. Sonnier; 5.55 acres; E. 1/2 S. W. 1/4, Sec. 29, T. 9, S. R. 4 E.
It appears that these tracts were sold at tax sales in 1884 and bought by the State. Afterwards the State offered the property for sale under provisions of Act 80 of 1888. It was again bought by the State. Jos. W. Frellsen has settled with the State and parish for taxes for 1884 and 1900 and all the years intervening.
It is not improbable that there will be other claimants besides Mr. Frellsen, and should that be the case it will no doubt result in legal complications.
Since the oil excitement has set in there has been an animated scramble for land in this section of the State.
The public archives have been ransacked and faulty titles which had remained undisturbed for a quarter of a century have disclosed startling irregularities. People who had all these years believed themselves secured in their possessions have been annoyed by unexpected disclosure. People who had all these years believed themselves secured in their possessions have been annoyed by unexpected disclosures. Records have been exhumed from their musty graves to vex owners of realty who had never questioned the validity of their titles. The oil lake which is supposed to lie somewhere in the subterranean regions has done all the mischief. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
First Communion at the Catholic Church.
The sacrament of communion was administered to two hundred and fifty-four children at St. John's Catholic church last Thursday morning. The army of little ones, who had been instructed in the fundamental doctrines of the church by Father Bollard, presented an imposing picture in their white uniforms. Father Destalkalper, who aided the local pastors in conducting the retreat, preached an eloquent sermon before communion. The following priests were present and assisted Father Forge and Bollard in performing the ceremonies which were unusually appropriate and brilliant: Father Chabrier of Royville; Grimaud of Carencro; Rochard of Maurice; Maisonnueve of Breaux Bridge; Doutre of Rayne; Peters of Jennings. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
FOR GOOD ROADS.
The National Good Roads Journal says: "There is no more common interest than the common road. Moral and social interests demand good roads. Human and philanthropic interests urge them. Commercial and transportation interests necessitate them."
The agitation of the question of good roads should not cease until the country is traversed by first-class thoroughfares. There should not be a single foot of inferior road in the parish of Lafayette. Here the soil is of such a character that the work of road-building is rendered very easily. Drainage, which is so difficult of accompaniment in other sections, is comparatively inexpensive in this parish.
The recent good roads convention held in New Orleans has had the effect of calling public attention to the great importance of better highways. Progressive men everywhere recognize the incalculable benefits to be derived from good roads. What is needed is agitation of the question. Without popular interest the movement will fail of its purpose. So soon as the people realize the loss of time and money occasioned by poorly kept roads they will get together and insist upon an improved system. The farmer, who is the chief sufferer, should take the lead in a movement toward good roads. The merchant, whose success depends upon the ability of the farmer to travel to town, is also greatly interested in this matter.
General Harrison Otis, of California, has truthfully said:
"Next to the love of God, family and friends, the greatest boon that can come to a people is civilization had good government, in which good roads mean progress and development and civilization in benighted regions, and a diminished wear, and a saving of time and money."
Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
Mr. Cade Returns from Baton Rouge.
Hon. Overton Cade arrived in Lafayette last Saturday from Baton Rouge where he attended a meeting of the Railroad Commission. Mr. Cade stated that there was quite a fight made before the commission by a number of refineries for a restoration of the cane tariff that formerly existed on the Southern Pacific, Mr. Cade says that the old rates had a tendency to shut out competition and the Commission refused to comply with the petition of the refineries. The present rates, says Mr. Cade, are calculated to encourage competition among the refineries thereby giving the small cane-grower an opportunity to dispose of his crop at better prices.
The commission has decided to summon before it at the next meeting the passenger officials of the different lines in Louisiana to show cause why a difference should not be made in the rates of fare for passengers on first and second class equipment. Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
The following real estate transfers were recorded in the clerk's office during the past week:
Narcisse Hebert to P. A. Dupleix, lot in Mouton addition, Lafayette, $25.
Joseph Cobb, Jr., to P. A. Dupleix, lot in Mouton addition, Lafayette, $205.
P. A. Dupleix to Narcisse Hebert, two lots in Mouton addition, Lafayette, $205.
Sallie Torian, widow S. Givens to Mrs. Baxter Clegg, lot in Mudd addition, Lafayette, donation.
Ben Falk to James Hannen, undivided half of brick yard, $1,550.
Heirs of Dennis Long to Martial Billeaud, Sr., Martial Billeaud, Jr., Edward Estorge, 2,100 arpents in 7th ward $35,000.
Edward I. Estorge to Martial Billeaud, Jr., four lots with improvements in Broussard, $4,147.
Angelica Sam to Martial Billeaud, Sr., 79 arpents in fifth ward, $1,000.
J. E. Trahan to Lafayette Sugar Refining Company, a strip of land in third ward, $450.
Pierre D. Trahan to Gustave Trahan, 80 arpents in eighth ward, $800.
Lafayette Gazette 6/1/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 1st, 1901:
LAFAYETTE OIL & MINERAL CO. ORGANIZED - READY FOR BUSINESS.
1. - The Capital stock of the Company is $100,000 divided into 100,000 shares of the par value of $1.00 each.
2. - The holdings of the Company already consist of nearly 8,000 acres judiciously distributed the Parishes of LAFAYETTE, CALCASIEU and ST. MARTIN, and it is the intention of the Company to make further additions to its holdings.
3. - The lands owned or controlled by the Company have been selected by an experienced oil expert with a special view to their desirability for development purposes, and its holding include large tracts in the immediate vicinity of "ANSE LA BUTTE" in St. Martin Parish, where Capt. Lucas first struck oil about one year ago; one large tract adjoining the "VERRET" gas well at Welsh, in the parish of Calcasieu, and another large tract in close proximity to the gas wells of Mamou Prairie.
The LAFAYETTE OIL and MINERAL COMPANY of Lafayette, La., has been organized on conservative basis and its large and very favorably situated holdings fully justify the expectation of profitable returns to its stockholders.
This company now offers a limited amount of stock - 25,000 shares - at the par value of $1.00, strictly for development purposes, and positively will not offer any more stock than is absolutely needed for immediate requirements. It is the purpose of the Company to begin boring for oil as soon as arrangements now under way, shall have been completed.
The capitalization of the Company being low in comparison with its resources, the dividends earned will be proportionately large.
Call or send for prospectus. Address all correspondence to the secretary, A. B. DENBO, Lafayette, La., J. C. LYONS, Esq., of the firm of I. L. Lyons & Co., New Orleans.
This Company is paying no commission to "promoters", or other persons, to sell stock, but prefers to do business strictly on the merits of the proposition it submits to the public, and will not accept substitutions for less than 10 shares.
The officers of the Company are as follows:
LEO JUDICE, PRESIDENT;
J. A., ROY, VICE-PRESIDENT;
A. B. DENBO, SECRETARY;
S. R. PARKERSON, TREASURER.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1901.
The Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company expects its machinery very soon and will push the work rapidly. Stock of this Company is selling fast and if you wish to buy shares you would do well to waste no time and see S. R. Parkerson, at the National Bank. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1901.
Ready to Start.
All the machinery for the LeDazois Oil Company as arrived at Anse La Butte and several engineers are on the grounds and will start drilling in the coming week. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1901.
B. Falk is in Business to Stay.
His business is to provide you with dry goods, clothing, shoes, bats, furniture and everything commodious we may wish.
At B. Falk's they are pitching some glorious good bargains your way ; don't dodge them. Come and see, let your own good judgment be the umpire, and the more you know about his place of business the better you'll fare.
Besides furniture of different grades and prices, B. Falk carries a full line of coffins. Brigham Young is said to have ordered his coffins large enough to turn over in. It may be thought of his comfort, Falk thinks of comfort too, and he carries coffins of all sizes and prices.
Falk says though he speaks of coffins he is not particularly anxious to sell you one, he would like to please you with a nice iron bed or cool rattan chair that you may enjoy many a night and day in this gloriously beautiful world. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1901.
Dr. Moss' Residence.
Work on Dr. Moss' residence on Johnston street has begun. The building will be of brick, two story, and the cost is roughly estimated at $10,000. Laf. Advertiser 6/1/1901.
Five O'clock Tea Club.
The members of the Tea Club enjoyed a delightful outing at Chargois' Springs last Tuesday afternoon. Baskets had been carried and dainty repast was partaken of and needless to say was greatly enjoyed. Towards evening the ladies were surprised by several members of the sterner sex who found their way to the picnic grounds and though unbidden were most welcome guests. Laf. Advertiser 6/1/1901.
New Furniture Store.
Mr. B. J. Pellerin has opened a furniture store in the Hohorst building, opposite Mouton & Salles, and is daily receiving large loads of choice furniture. B. J. Pellerin has gotten a first class stand and with his characteristic energy has gotten everything ship shape in very little time. Mr. Pellerin is entitled to a full share of patronage that will no doubt be granted him. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 1st, 1895:
DR. MAYER RESIGNS.
He Leaves the Office of Assistant Quarantine.
[From the N. O. Times-Democrat.]
Dr. Fred Mayer, the assistant quarantine physician, handed his resignation to Dr. Wilkinson yesterday. He will return to his home in Lafayette and take up his practice again. The doctor has an interesting career.
Dr. Fred J. Mayer, of Lafayette, native of the Attakapas, is thirty-six years of age and a bachelor, of German-Irish extraction, his father, Prof. Mayer, of St. Landry, being the youngest son of the late famous Prof. Carl Mayer, of Munchen, Bavaria, professor of music in the University Royal, musician for fifty years and the life-long friend and intimate of old King Ludwig. His mother is the youngest daughter of the late Mark O'Rorke, a scion of the ancient Leitrin-Meath family of that name. Dr. Mayer removed with his family to Munchen, Bavaria, in 1860. In 1863 they moved to London, where they remained two years, and then move to Belfast, Ireland, where they remained five years, going to Opelousas in 1871, where the family still lives. The doctor received his education from private tutors in the Methodist College of Belfast and in the public schools of Opelousas, under the famous old pedagogue, Calvin Frazee. He commenced life at fourteen, teaching school, and pursued that avocation, for seven years in various parts of St. Landry and Acadia, including the public schools of Opelousas and Washington, in the interval studying medicine, in which he graduated in 1882 at the University of Louisiana. In 1889 he attended a short course at St. Thomas Hospital, under Sir William McCormac; later he attended the Hospital Necker, in Paris.
The doctor is a Democrat of the White League stripe; he took part when a boy in the first Nicholls campaign in 1878, in St. Landry. In 1882 he removed to Lafayette parish, where for ten years he practiced his profession, building up a large and lucrative practice, which he completely broke up by the very active part he took in the Gay and Price congressional campaigns and in the Nicholls and anti-lottery fight. He place Gov. Nicholls in nomination in the famous convention of 1888. He was a member of the State Central Committee for Lafayette at that same time. He secured the nomination of Gov. Foster in the convention of 1892, of which body he was a member. He was appointed assistant quarantine physician of Louisiana in 1892, when the Legislature paid him the unusual compliment of raising the salary $1,000 by a unanimous vote in the Senate and only eight dissenting votes in the House.
In 1893 he was president of the Attakapas Medical Association; in 1889 he their orator, and delivered a lengthy address on (sanitary entombment; in 1893 he was chosen chairman, by Prof. Miles of the section on quarantine of the State Medical Society, and read an elaborate report thereon. In 1894 he was chosen chairman of the section on quarantine by Prof. Matas, and chairman of the section on public hygiene. In 1895 he was re-elected chairman of the section on quarantine.
He took an active part in the general medical debate on the new State medical examining law. He introduced and secured the passage of a great number of resolutions in the State Medical Society on sanitary and quarantine matters. As a member of the American Public Health Association he took a positive stand in debate in the City of Mexico against Federal interference in State quarantines. As assistant quarantine physician he was active in the discharge of his official duties, while making every effort to minimize the unavoidable hardships of quarantine. At various times he held both the upper station and the Port Eada station at the same time.
At the recent session of the State Medical Society he read a report on quarantine, which was fully discussed and highly complimented by Dr. Formento, a member of the State Board of Health. In this report he urged modification of quarantine restrictions, and suggest the use of Formic Aldehyde in quarantine practice. His withdrawal from the sanitary State is to be regretted.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1895.
Business Men's Association.
The Business Men's Association starts off with renewed energy and hope and the prospects are bright for a useful career. As a matter of course there are people who pretend to be interested in the welfare of the town who cannot see any good in such an association. They are not particularly against the movement but they give it no encouragement and say that they expect nothing good from it. These people are doubtless sincere in this matter and to them we would say that while possibly no good may come from this organization we can guarantee them that no harm will be done by it. The fact that such an association of the representative business men of a town can do no harm should be sufficient to keep those opposed to the movement from publicly condemning it. If it is only a waste of time and energy it will cost you nothing if you take no part in it. Some people have no energy to squander while others can lose a little without going into bankruptcy.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1895.
Latest Meeting of B. M. A.
Pursuant to the call of a number of business and professional men at Falk's opera house Monday night and re-organized the Business Men's Association. Nearly every business and profession of the city had its representative there. Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, president of the old association resigned his office, but was unanimously re-elected, notwithstanding his protests that he would rather be a member at large. Mr. John I. Bell was elected secretary, and Mr. Jack Nickerson, Jr., treasurer. The following executive board was appointed: Dr. Hopkins, Dr. Girard, Messrs. R. C. Greig, John O. Mouton, B. Falk, H. Van der Cruyssen and C. A. Stewart. The president made a few remarks about the proposed sugar refinery; and while he thought it would be impossible to offer any financial assistance to the projectors of this enterprise at present, yet it might be well to appoint a committee to offer any assistance in their power and to show the good-will of the business men of Lafayette towards securing a refinery. A motion to this effect was made and carried and the following committee was appointed: Judge C. Debaillon, Dr. F. E. Girard, Messrs. A. M. Martin, J. J. Davidson and Geo. M. Goolsby.
The meeting was a good one and much enthusiasm was shown. All present were of the opinion that Lafayette would make decided improvements within the near future and that the Association would be no little factor in bring about some of these improvements.
The next meeting will be held at Falk's opera house Monday night and every business man in town is invited to be present. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1895.
Bad Boys of Lafayette.
There is a certain set of boys and youths in this town whose conduct is dangerously near to hoodlumism. They congregate on some favorite street corner almost every evening and by their low bred remarks and "guying" of passerby render themselves extremely obnoxious. When in a crowd they feel emboldened and do not hesitate to throw brick-bats and inflict other physical punishment on those they tantalize in the event the latter protest against their jeering and ill treatment. Their conduct is both annoying and malicious, making these bad boys a public nuisance and fit subjects for police surveillance. The parents of these boys and young men should exercise more authority over them and thereby possibly prevent a wrecking of their lives and much humiliation to their families. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1895.
The past two weeks there has been several samples of farm products left at THE ADVERTISER office. The sample of wheat left by Mr. J. Nickerson was mentioned in last week's paper and the sample of barley raised on Mr. Leon Plonsky's plantation was given notice in issue of May 11th. Saturday Mr. Andrew Cayard illustrated what can be done in the way of raising potatoes by leaving fifteen of these tubers at this office which weighed eleven pounds. One of these potatoes tipped the scales at sixteen ounces. When cooked they were dry and mealy, and unlike many large potatoes, they were solid throughout.
The first of the week we received a sample of buckwheat raised by Mr. B. H. Wilkins on Mr. Arthur Greig's place. The stalks are large and thrifty and the grain is well filled and solid. Buckwheat is among the new products of this section. It not only commands a good price as a cereal but can be profitably grown for bees as it blossoms early and has an abundance of nectar. It is also said to be good forage for cattle and horses.
About the greatest novelty in this line is the stalks of coffee plant received on Tuesday. Mr. Louis Pazzis is the one experimenting with this new product and thus far he has been very successful. Last year was his first attempt and he raised quite a little amount of coffee which was used by the family and was of good grade. This year he has gone a little further into the industry and now has a half acre of coffee growing on his plantation near the depot. It is growing nicely and Mr. Pazzis says he has a fine prospect for a good crop.
Wheat, barley, buckwheat and coffee are all staples which have never been thought possible to profitably cultivate in Louisiana. In fact the profits made in the raising of cane, cotton and rice and been such that the planters of Louisiana in years past have paid but little attention to anything else. It is very probable that the old crops will always remain the moneyed crops of this section and the only question for our planters to ponder will be whether or not will it pay to raise enough of these other crops for their own use. In other words does it pay to cut cane, cotton and rice in all your ground and eat Chicago meat and lard, New York butter, Minnesota flour, Missouri meal and many other things raised in other states which could be produced at home.
The Louisiana farmer can come nearer raising on his farm everything needed on his table that can his brother agriculturist of any other state in the union, and yet we believe the Louisiana planter depends more on buying from the store than the planter of other states. Of course a large crop of cane, cotton or rice brings in a large amount of money, but suppose this crop is a little less and some of the land is devoted to raising corn for stock and hogs, pasture for milch cows, etc., will not the difference between the amount received for the moneyed crop and the store bill be in favor of the planter? A Louisiana planter cannot see how a Kansas, Nebraska or Iowa man makes a living farming. The whole secret is this: He raises his own meat, lard, butter, eggs, poultry, stock feed, etc. He sells enough butter, eggs, poultry, etc., to almost buy the groceries needed for his table and then when he sells his moneyed crop it does not all go to settle the store bill. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1905.
This is the time of year when people should be cautious about the sanitary conditions of their premises and believing the following ordinances should be strictly enforced we publish them :
ORDINANCE No. 9.
An ordinance relative to cleaning and disinfecting of yards, sinks, privies and drains.
SECTION 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of the town of Lafayette. That it shall be the duty of the Constable, or his deputy to visit and inspect all yards, sinks, privies, drains, etc., which he shall have reason to believe are in a foul or unhealthy condition, and if upon inspection, he finds such places to be in unclean or unhealthy condition, he shall notify the owner, or lessee, or occupant of the premises to cleanse and disinfect the same within forty-eight hours, which notice shall be written and shall specify what part of the premises require cleaning and disinfecting, and in default of complying with such notice so given by the Constable, or his deputy, on conviction thereof after due hearing, such owner, lessee, or occupant, shall be fined in a sum not to exceed twenty-five dollars, or imprisoned for a period not to exceed twenty days, or both at the discretion of the Mayor.
Sec. 2. Be it further ordained, etc., That upon complaint of any resident of this town made to him, of the foul, or unclean, or unhealthy condition of any yard, drain, sink or privy, it shall be the duty of the Mayor to cause inspection to be made as above provided, by the Constable, or his deputy and enforce the provisions of the above section.
Sec. 3. Be it further ordained, etc., That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.
ORDINANCE No. 13.
An ordinance relative to public health and enforcing sanitary measures.
SECTION. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of the town of Lafayette, That all persons are hereby prohibited from allowing, keeping, throwing, dropping or depositing any odors, excrement, offal, filth, manure or putrid water, or any bones, shells, hides, hay, straw, kitchen stuff, paper, cloth, or hay substance of any kind which may be offensive to the smell or injurious to health, in any yard, lot, room or building, or a sidewalk, street, or any public place or in any gutter, or drain within the town, under a penalty of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars for each and every offense, or imprisonment not to exceed ten day, and the Constable shall, in the Judgment, be ordered to abate the nuisance at the expense of the person who committed it.
Section 2. Be it further ordained, etc., That no person shall impede or obstruct the passage or flow of any gutter, ditch, pipe, or drain in the town of Lafayette, or in any manner cause the same to be impeded or obstructed, nor shall any ditch be cut across any side walk without bringing it, under a penalty not to exceed twenty dollars, or imprisonment not to exceed ten days, or both at the direction of the Mayor. Such ditches already made shall be bridged immediately, under the same penalty for neglect or refusal to bridge the same.
Section 3. Be it further ordained, etc., That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1895.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 27, 1895.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, C. C. Brown, A. A. Delhomme, Alfred Hebert and H. M. Durke. Absent: J. G. St. Julien and J. W. Broussard.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Durke reported difficulty in building a bridge keeper's house at the Olidon Broussard bridge and it was resolved that Mr. Durke is hereby authorized to contract for the construction of said building at a cost not to exceed $60.
Mr. J. A. Laneville here appeared and asked for lumber to construct a bridge on the road leading from Laneville's place to Royville, and by motion the quantity of lumber necessary was granted.
By motion Constable G. Bienvenue was authorized to construct on his place a suitable enclosure for the impounding of stock in the 3s ward. Said enclosure to be 100 feet square.
Mr. Hebert appointed to contract for the laying of a brick pavement around the court house square reported that the said contract had been faithfully executed by Mr. B. Falk and all terms fulfilled. Mr. Hebert asked that the account therefore be approved and be discharged from further duty in the premises. By motion of Mr. Durke the report was approved, the account ordered paid and the committee discharged.
Mr. Delhomme was granted a car of lumber for the 1st and 8th wards.
The Treasurer submitted his monthly report as follow: -
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1895.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/1/1895.
The weather of the past week has been very favorable to growing crops.
The city council will meet Monday.
Supt. F. W. Owen (Southern Pacific) was in town this week.
Rev. E. Forge left Wednesday for a visit at Rayne.
Two supposed mad dogs were killed near Mr. John Bowen's residence Thursday morning.
General Frank Gardner camp U. C. V., meets to-day at one o'clock sharp at the court house.
Thursday was memorial day but it was unobserved here except that the post office was closed.
Master car builder John Hildebrand, of Algiers, was in town the early part of this week on business.
Rev. Mother Patrick, superior general of the Mt. Carmel Convent made an inspection visit to the convent at this place this week.
On account of sickness the entertainment which the W. C. T. U. was to give at Falk's opera-house last evening has been postponed until next Friday evening.
Mr. Hebert Billeaud has purchased the lot of Mrs. Theodule Hebert adjoining Dr. N. P. Moss' residence and will perhaps build a residence on the same in near future.
We make pretty good use of the samples of farm products left at this office and hope that the farmers will bring us samples of their crops which are not supposed to grow well in this section.
The remains of the late John A. Morris passed through Lafayette Wednesday morning in the private car "Hutchinson." His wife and two sons accompanied them. Also Baron Natilie and Albert Baldwin.
We received another fine sample of Louisiana wheat yesterday. It is undoubtedly A-No. 1 and was raised by Mr. Bazil Sonnier, about three miles west of town. Louisiana will doubtless be producing its own supply of wheat in the near future.
Paymaster P. J. Hender, of the S. P. R. R. gladdened the hearts and swelled the purses of the company's employes on Tuesday and Wednesday by a distribution of their last month's wages. The treasury car left on the latter day bound for Houston and other places west. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1895.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 1st, 1889:
On Thursday evening, May 30th, the citizens of Lafayette met at the Court House for the purpose of taking into consideration the proposed Railroad from Lafayette to Abbeville.
Judge A. J. Moss called the meeting to order, and W. B. Bailey was requested to preside and D. A. Cochrane elected secretary.
The object of the meeting having been explained, O. C. Mouton, Esq., moved that a committee of three on resolutions be appointed by the chairman.
Whereupon Messrs. O. C. Mouton, A. J. Moss and Alfred Hebert were appointed on said committee.
The committee retired and in due time returned and submitted the following resolutions, which were adopted:
Your committee, appointed to draw resolutions expressive of the sense of this meeting, beg to leave report as follows:
Be it Resolved, By the citizens of the Parish of Lafayette, in mass meeting assembled, that they view the proposed building of a railroad from the town of Lafayette to Abbeville with favor, and if built would greatly develop the natural resources of a rich and fertile section.
Be it further Resolved, That the citizens of said Parish pledge themselves to assist the enterprise in the obtaining of the right of way to the whole extent of their ability.
Be it further Resolved, That a committee of conference of seven be appointed by the Chairman of this Assembly, through whom these resolutions be transmitted to the meeting to be held next Saturday at Abbeville.
ORTHER C. MOUTON,
A. J. MOSS,
In pursuance to above resolution, the following committee was appointed to go to Abbeville: Judge C. Debaillon, O. C. Mouton, Alfred Hebert, Capt. J. C. Buchanan, Wm. Campbell, A. M. Martin, and A. J. Veazey.
The committee to report their proceedings on Wednesday evening next, at 5 o'clock.
On motion of O. C. Mouton, Esq., a vote of thanks was tendered to the resident and Secretary.
Meeting adjourned until Wednesday evening next at 5 o'clock.
W. B. BAILEY, President.
D. A. Cochrane, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1889.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 6th, 1869.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Messrs. C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, A. A. Delhomme, Ford Huffpauir and O. Theriot.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The committee on parish map made the following report: "We, the undersigned committee on map, make this our report. We have examined the map offered by Mr. Francez, and have found the same to be yet incomplete. Mr. Francez agrees to be yet incomplete. Mr. Francez, and have found the same to be yet incomplete. Mr. Francez agrees to complete it to the satisfaction of your committee for the sum of $250.00.
Signed C. P. ALPHA, J. G. ST. JULIEN, O. THERIOT, Committee.
The following was adopted in reference to the above report:
Resolved, That the committee be authorized to accept the map when completed, and that a warrant issue in favor of Mr. Francez for the sum of $250.00.
A report from the second ward road committee was read, the committee instructed to complete the same and assess damages.
The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a road from the Eastern to the Western boundary of the First Ward made the following report which was accepted:
STATE OF LOUISANA,
PARISH OF LAFAYETTE.
We, the undersigned jury of freeholders, appointed and sworn to trace and lay off a public road, starting from the East line of the Ward, have traced said road as per annexed plat, and assessed damages where property holders refused to donate. The following parties have donated the road along their respective lines: T. B. Hopkins, Etienne Mouton, Eloi Mouton, Alzina Breaux, Gerac Brothers and Girard. Ernest Bernard, Eloi Herpin, Gerac Brothers and Girard, Placide Prejean, Louis Bonin, Jr., L. Levy, Jean Hebert, Dominique Bonot, Bazile Sonnier, Israel Arceneaux, Francez Alvarado, Jacque Chiasson, Fanelis Gilbert, Louis Ansly, A. Peck, Emanuel Dominique, Alcide Begnaud, R. Peck, Jos. C. Broussard, Euclide Legre, Onezine Gauthereaux, Neville LeBlanc, Auma Dugat, Theophile Hebert.
The following parties refused to donate, and we have assessed damages as follows: J. A. Lebesque, $20; Mrs. V. Guidry, $40; A. Dugas, $18; C. Cormier, $6, J. P. C. Dominique, $4; L. Guillotte, $5; N. LeBlanc, $4; Dugas' heirs, $5.
Having finished our work on said road we respectfully submit this our report to your Honorable Body.
Signed: P. A. DELHOMME, JULES GUIDRY, JEAN HEBERT, SYLVAIN RICHARD, BAZILE SONNIER, JOS. C. BROUSSARD, Committee.
Mr. Delhomme introduced the following resolution, which was adopted, in reference to the above report:
Be it resolved, That the above road running East and West through the First Ward, as laid out by the jury of freeholders, is hereby declared a public road, and the President is authorized to issue warrants for the amounts awarded the several property holders, and to accept by legal act all titles to the land so acquired.
The following donations for public road by parties along the Broussardville-Royville road were accepted, 20 feet from each person: Messrs. Dupre Breaux, Philip Langlinais, A. Mouchet, Martial Billeaud, A. Comeaux, P. B. Landry.
No definite action was taken in regard to the petition praying for, the retention of the old road between the town of Broussardville and Royville.
A petition from the second ward, praying for the appointment of a jury of freeholders to trace a road from Cleobule Doucet's t0 the Guidry bridge, was read and the following jury appointed: Theophile Breaux, Burton S. Smith, William Whittington, Antoine Guidry, Valentine Duhon, Faustin Vincent.
The petition from the 2d Ward, requesting the appointment of a jury of freeholders to have a public road leading from Duson station to Indian Bayou bridge, was read, and the following jury appointed: Hugh Wagner, Chas. D. Harrington, Jos. Bordes, T. M. Floyd, Louis Bonin, J. G. Bertrand.
A communication from Barry Avant in regard to roads in the 2d Ward was read, but no action taken thereon.
The committee appointed to establish a bridge at Olidon Broussard's consisting of Messrs. Ford Huffpauir, Adrien Theall, Overton Cade, J. T. Broussard, were empowered to confer with a like committee from Vermilion and to advertise for and receive bids for said bridge. They were requested to report at next regular meeting.
The Treasurer submitted his monthly statement, as follows:
The resolution by Mr. Alpha, relating to abolishing of field fences in the parish was again laid over by request of the framer.
Mr. Theriot moved that the tax collector be authorized to receive one half license from Numa LeBlanc, he having closed his store. Carried.
The following by Mr. Delhomme was adopted:
Resolved, That a warrant issue of the purchase price of a Burton road plow and grader No. 3, the same to be used in the First and Second Wards of the parish.
It was resolved that the report of the budget committee be published for 30 days, as required by law.
Mr. Brown moved that the pro rata of taxation for the year 1889 be as follows: Criminal fund, 3 mills; Bridges and Roads, 4 mills; Officers' fund, 2 mills; Contingent, 1 mill. Carried.
A motion by Mr. St. Julien, to increase the compensation of the returning officer by $25, was lost by a vote of four to two.
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1889.
Work Coming Along.
Mr. Alcide V. Mouton, the efficient road overseer of this ward, has been doing good work lately and will soon have the public roads in first-class condition. On the road to Scott a good levee and bridge have been built across the pond near Col. Boudreaux's plantation, and other work done on the road. On the Carencro road also, very important work has been done, particularly on the levee near the Lebesque and Emile Mouton plantations. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1889.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/1/1889.
That was a glorious shower we had last Sunday morning, and most opportune. It layed the dust of the streets, freshened all vegetation, and cooled the atmosphere. It was not copious enough to be much benefit to the farmers.
We learn that there was no rain last Sunday at Carencro, nor at Royville, nor at Broussardville, nor at Scott. It seems to have been local at Lafayette. We regret that our neighbors were not equally blessed; but you know the old proverb about the rain falling upon the just and unjust alike has to be broken sometimes to prove the rule. Our reporter got wet plumb through, and it made him sick.
The weather Wednesday night and Thursday was "grand, gloomy and peculiar" as was said of Napoleon. In the twilight of Wednesday evening a dark lowering cloud "came sailing out of the west," and all hoped the long wished for rain was here. But it drifted over and away with a mocking wind. During the night the wind shifted, and from the North came heavy clouds with cold winds, doing all the harm possible to the crops, without the mercy of a single drop of rain. Well, such is life! Say, when is it going to rain?
The Ladies' Aid Society meets at Mrs. Wall's residence on Monday next.
The pyramid cake raffled by Mrs. Wall for the benefit of the steeple fund was won by No. 22, held by Warren Kensie.
Mr. Theodule Hebert's building, on Main street is about finished and is a neat and substantial structure. It is a big improvement on the building it has replaced.
There has been a great deal of white-washing done about town during the week, which brightens up the appearance of a street wonderfully, and adds to the healthfulness of the locality.
Charlie England, the cook at Jno. O. Mouton's restaurant, has fenced in his lots adjoining the Canning Company's factory, preparatory to building.
Bayou Vermilion at the present writing is lower than it has been known to be for years. Our devil says the fish are suffering for water, and he has frequently met an alligator, of late, going around with a tin cup, begging for a drink. Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1889.
Want to Go to Africa.
[New Orleans States, May 25.]
The negro Republicans of Cairo, Ill., are sending out circulars urging negro delegates to the Chicago convention to vote no candidate who will not thus pledge himself.
"To aid in the separation of the two races and cause to be purchased territory in South Central Africa, extending five hundred miles north and south, and one thousand miles interior, eastward, for homes for the ex-slaves and their offspring, where we shall have a free and independent government of our own under the protection of our own under the protection of the United States for ten years; and to cause an appropriation of money to carry the movement into effect, and send all the colored people who want to go, those unemployed, and homeless, and two-thirds of all the colored convicts, to the new African territory, which will be the Republic of Ethiopia. The colored voters will support that ticket."
This plan will receive the hearty approval of Bishop Turner, of the African Methodist church of Georgia, who has long advocated the emigration of the negroes in the United States to Africa and has labored to perfect an organization with that end in view. He is convinced that the only way the race problem can be solved is by a complete separation of the two races, and there are a great many white people who agree with him and are anxious to see his organization successfully accomplish its purpose.
So anxious is the negro bishop to bring about the segregation of his race in a country where they will be free to work out their destiny that he seems to be losing his poise at a time when the prospects of his cherished schemes seem to be a brighter than formerly. In a recent speech he said that he would not tolerate in his presence the hymn. "Wash Me, and I Shall Be Whiter Than Snow." The writer of the hymn, of course, referred only to spiritual washing, or purification of the soul, but this was lost on the bishop by reason of the fact that the presence of the white man has become quite obnoxious to him and of whom he said in the same speech:
"God never made a white man. In the beginning all men were black, but in their wanderings on the earth many of them became bleached, and in their unnatural pallor many of these bleached men, all of whom were made black at the beginning, now look with contempt and indifference, often with prejudice and hate, upon their brothers, the negroes, who have retained the color that God gave them."
It is to be hoped that Harvard University will extend an invitation to Bishop Turner to deliver a lecture before its faculty and students and give his authority for the statement that in the beginning all men were black and had kinky hair, flat noses and thick lips and the white man is merely the result of a bleaching process which made is skin white, his hair straight and gave grace and symmetry to the curves of his nose and mouth. If the bishop can be induced to produce his authority for the evolution of the white man from the black it would certainly be a most valuable contribution to history, and the wonder is that all the colleges in the North have not flooded him with urgent requests to address them on this highly interesting subject. In the meantime his scheme for the migration of the negroes in the United States to the land of promise grows apace. It has the earnest support of the Charleston News and Courier and that paper says:
"There are about ten million negroes in the United States now, and it would be practicable, with anything like organized movement, to transport all of these people with their natural increase to Africa in the course of ten years without serious injury to the industries of this country, and with proper regard to the welfare of the colored people which ought to be considered in any movement seriously undertaken for their ancestral land."
The News and Courier, however, over-estimates the number of negroes in this country, as the census of 1900 shows that they number not more than eight and half million, but there is reason to believe that ten years is too short a time in which to remove that number of them without demoralizing the labor market. The Jacksonville Times-Union believes that the scheme of getting rid of the negroes is entirely feasible, but contends that Hayti is a better refuge for American negroes than Africa. It says:
"Hayti can be annexed at pleasure, and there is room over there for all our negro population. Africa has been pre-empted by Europe and objections might arise to the sudden shifting of a great population - if Hayti were ours now such objection could be raised by parties we are bound to consider. The population in Hayti is fast crawling backward to cannibalism - it has already sunk into the hoodoo state - but surely they are not more savage than their ancestors, who never had their chances. Why not take the shorter voyage to Hayti and so give the 'African-American' yet another chance to make something of himself in one of the ideal climates and hands of the earth."
These plans for the deportation of the negroes may be entirely practicable, which a great many people seriously doubt, but Bishop Turner and the colored Republicans of Cairo, Illinois, are mistaken if they think they will get any assistance from the Republican party in carrying out the scheme. That party is too much in need of negro votes to encourage any movement to get them out of the country. Without the support of the negro vote it would be beaten in all the pivotal States and being aware of this fact Mr. Roosevelt has been playing to the negro gallery ever since he stepped into the shoes of the murdered McKinley.
From the New Orleans States and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/1/1904.