From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 3rd, 1899:
LADIES INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING.
Lafayette, La., 29th, 1899.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Wm. Campbell who in a few well chosen words and by reading the act of the constitution in regard to the Industrial Schools explained to the ladies the objects of this school and the advantages derived therefrom. At the conclusion of his remarks he appointed Mrs. T. M. Biossat, President and Miss Lea Gladu secretary pro tem of the Ladies Industrial School Association. These ladies then nominated Mrs. J. O., Mouton, Mrs. I. A. Broussard, Mrs. A. M. Delaney, Mrs. S. R. Parkerson and Miss Hopkins as a committee to determine the ways and means of a permanent organization, and by then Mrs. Biossat and Miss Gladu were nominated respectively to the offices of president and secretary with Mrs. J. F. Mouton as treasurer and the following ladies as vice-presidents: Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Sr., Mrs. Jules Mouton, Mrs. Jules Revillon, Mrs. J. O. Mouton, Mrs. I. A. Broussard, Mrs. Crow Girard, Mrs. R. C. Greig, Mrs. S. R. Parkerson and Mrs. T. B. Hopkins. Upon motion it was decided to appoint also two vice-presidents from each ward in the parish and the ladies who will be asked to serve as such are as follows: Mrs. Martial Billeaud, Mrs. Aurelien Olivia, 5th wd; Mrs. C. C. Brown, Mrs. A. C. Guilbeau, 6th wd; Mrs. A. Guidry, Mrs. A. O. Clark, 2d wd; Mrs. Alf. Delhomme, Mrs Honore Begnaud, 1st wd; Mrs. A. Judice and Mrs. Cleobule Doucet, 8th wd; Mrs. J. O. Broussard and Mrs. Mathews, 7th wd; Mrs. G. W. Scranton, Mrs, Overton Cade and Mrs. Edw. Pellerin, 4th wd.
Miss Gladu then read a letter from Judge Debaillon, who explained his absence and offered his help to the ladies whenever he could be of assistance, expressing himself strongly in favor of the special tax.
Mesdames Constantin, Jules Mouton, Crow Girard, I. A. Broussard and Miss Clye Mudd were then nominated as a committee to confer with the Business Men's Association so as to adopt a plan of action in concert with them. Upon motion of Mrs. Campbell, Miss Gladu was requested to translate in French the minutes of each meeting. During the evening the ladies were entertained by such speakers as C. O. Mouton, president of the B. M. A., Judge Julian Mouton, Ed. G. Voorhies and Mr. Caffery. Fifty ladies then signed themselves as members of the Industrial School Association and a motion for adjournment being made and seconded it was carried.
LEA GLADU, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Lafayette, May 31st, 1899.
Mesdames Constantin' Jules Mouton, Crow Girard, I. A. Broussard and Miss Clye Mudd met this afternoon at Falk's Opera House as a committee appointed to confer with like committee from the Business Men's Association. This latter committee reported having already visited the different wards of the parish and having met with the most encouraging results.
The joint committee announces a mass meeting of all the citizens of the parish for Saturday, June 10th, and the Ladies Industrial School Association will prepare for that day a grand entertainment.
A special meeting of the ladies will take place Friday, June 2nd, to form then program for that entertainment.
No further business the committee adjourned.
LEA GLADU, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
OPINIONS vs. REALITIES.
Our young friend, Mr. Leo Judice has forsaken opinions (for any one may have them) and gone by dealing in facts, he informing us, he has "gone to the woods to saw" if not to see-saw we presume it to be wood; if so he will have another commodity to add to his stock in trade, and if his saw is as sharp as his pen there will be money in it.
We feel somewhat relieved for he says he is not a champion for the manufacturers, and does not intend to exterminate the farmers, yet some parts of his letters makes you think of Dante's Inferno. Imagine the scene, Mr. Editor. Let off in some lonely wooded dell (and there are none I think near Scott) with visor raised, surrounded by fate antagonist Royalty, polished accoutrements, tilting and sawing, all without ANY spectators. It make cold chills run over me to think of it, for as I am but a poor old hay seed. and if fate should drag me into that lonely dell, he might mistake me for a bump on a log and saw me square off.
It would take a very Sancho Pancha to face such a combination as there will be in that lonely wooded dell. Why did he not take along with him a fair blonde young friend or two to share with him the joys of his stay down into the dark, deep secluded wooded dell, for Fate will have a hard old time dragging MUCH ADO.
Mr. Editor, in conclusion we wish form the safe return of our young friend Leo, from the dark recesses of that lonely dell for he should not waste his sweetness there, for we are told he is a most useful young man on a picnic or theatre party.
Thanks, Mr. Editor.
Your humble servant.
(Signed) MUCH ADO.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Business Men's Association Meeting.
The B. M. A. Met this night with president C. O. Mouton in the chair.
The secretary being absent, Mr. C. D. Caffery acted as secretary.
On motion of T. M. Biossat, the chair appointed a committee of eight to confer with like committee from Ladies Industrial School relative to ways and means to advance the plan to locate said Industrial School in Lafayette parish ; the following members were appointed : T. M. Biossat, Wm. Campbell, Julien Mouton, C. D. Caffery, B. N. Coronna, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, I. A. Broussard and E. G. Voorhies.
On motion the president of the B. M. A., was made a member of the committee ex-officio.
On motion the president was authorized to call a general meeting for reorganization on Wednesday June 7th.
C. D. CAFFERY, Acting Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
As our readers will see by the proceeding of the B. M. A. and L. I. S. A., Lafayette has gone to work in earnest about securing the Industrial School.
A vast amount of work has been done in a few days which shows conclusively the animation of our public spirited population especially our ladies.
A mass meeting of all the citizens of the parish has been called for Saturday, June 10th.m, at which final ways and means will be discussed to bring the Industrial School to Lafayette.
A grand entertainment will be provided for that day by the ladies and therefore a good time is to be anticipated. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Crowning of the Virgin.
The last day of the month of May was fittingly celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church.
At 9 p. m., a large congregation assembled to assist at the crowning of the Virgin, a great many children taking part in the ceremonies of the Crowning.
At 8 p. m., another large congregation assembled to receive the benediction of the Holy Sacrament.
Very fine music was rendered at this service.
An exquisite solo was sung feelingly by Miss Marthe Mouton.
The Church was lighted by several hundred electric lights which added to the solemnity of the occasion.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Our New Laundry.
We have visited the steam laundry of Mr. Aug. Lisbony and we found it in good shape and running in full blast. The work which Mr. Lisbony turns off is a first class one in every respect. We hope our people will patronize Mr. Lisbony and we feel certain that everybody who does so will be satisfied.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Nevue has Cigars.
Mr. Locke Neveu representing the Morris' Cigar Wholesale house of Cincinnati, Ohio will occupy a part of the building recently occupied by the post office, where a supply of fresh cigars for the trade will always be kept on hand; and the other part of the building will be transformed into a first-class parlor at which Mr. Higginbotham will preside.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Mr. Lehman, the proprietor of the Pop factory, will surely have to "pop" up now, as he has an opponent in his household that will make him "pop" without gas.
Young Lehman will be ready for business next Sunday week as the christening takes place then.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Salles and Salles Back Home.
Messrs. B. A. Salles and Felix Salles returned last Thursday from an extended visit throughout the states of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Indian Territory greatly praising the advantages of the country they visited. They had occasion to visit the mining district near Joplin, M., and the scene they witnesses was one not to be forgotten soon. People were flocking there by thousands, coming in wagons and camping in tents in search of pewter and lead. The craze is as strong as in the old days of California. During their travels they had a close call, being wrecked by the locomotive of their train jumping off the track.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Dr. J. A. Martin-Dentist.
Brother to our townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having made Lafayette his permanent home, desires to buy a property here; anyone having a property to sell suitably situated for the practice of his profession is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found. All work fully guaranteed and at prices to suit the times. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
The members of the Hobson social club met at Deffez's Hall Wednesday night for the purpose of reorganizing.
The meeting was largely attended, many new members being enrolled.
Mr. E. T. McBride was called to the chair and Miss I. A. McDaniel acted as secretary.
By mutual agreement the name of the club was changed to Pastime Pleasure Club and it is useless to add that the members will make it an ideal P. P. C.
Many were the receptions and social gatherings held last season, and we predict a merrier one this year.
THE ADVERTISER is requested to announce that a special meeting will be held at Deffez's Hall on Sunday, June 4th, at 8 p. m., and all friends of the Club are cordially invited to be present.
A committee has been appointed to explain the object of the Club, and all applications will be given careful attention. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 1st, 1899.
The council assembled in a special meeting this day. Present: Wm. Campbell, Mayor and Aldermen H. Hohorst, John O. Mouton, J. E. Mouton, Dr. F. E. Girard and C. O. Mouton. Absent F. Demanade.
The alderman were assigned by the mayor to the following committee.
Finance Committee, C. O. Mouton, Geo. A. DeBlanc and H. Hohorst.
Street Committee: John O. Mouton, J. E. Martin and F. Demanade.
Police Board: Dr. F. E. Girard, H. Hohorst and Geo. A. DeBlanc.
Water Works & Electric Light: John O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton and J. E. Martin.
Dr. F. E. Girard was appointed mayor pro-tem.
There being no further business the council adjourned.
L. LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/2/1899.
We are beginning to need rain badly, the gardens suffering the most, the vegetables being parched up.
The Post Office has been removed to the corner opposite First National Bank in a building recently constructed.
The Post Office was closed on last Tuesday, being Decoration Day. Nothing like working for Uncle Sam to have and enjoy a extra supply of holidays.
Henry Robertson, a colored man, brought the first peach of the season to our office yesterday morning. It was well matured.
We return thanks to two squashers sent us by captain Ross. Not withstanding the drought affecting all the gardens, they weighed eight pounds.
Monsignor Rouxel will administer the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, June 25th, 1899.
Don't forget the Base Ball to-morrow Sunday, June 4th. The "Bloomer Girls" are billed to play the game, near the round house of the S. P. Railroad.
Don't forget the Grand Concert by the Lafayette Orchestra next Tuesday night at Falk's Opera House. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 3rd, 1899:
THE LADIES ORGANIZE.
They Have United to Work For The Industrial School.
Last Monday afternoon a number of ladies of this town met at Falk's opera-house to organize for the purpose of taking steps toward securing the Industrial School for this parish. There was a large attendance, a fact which shows that the women are in sympathy with the move. With their co-operation Lafayette's chances will be greatly enhanced. They can do very much and as they have evinced a willingness to work with the men, few will doubt that the results will be victory for Lafayette.
The meeting was called to order by Hon. Wm. Campbell, who at the request of the ladies, read and explained the law creating the Industrial School. At the conclusion of his remarks Mr. Campbell called upon Mrs. T. M. Biossat to preside over the meeting and Miss Lea Gladu to act as secretary. Upon taking the chair Mrs. Biossat spoke briefly on the object of the meeting and the importance of united action in the Industrial School matter.
Upon motion the president was authorized to appoint a committee on organization. The following ladies were appointed: Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton, Mrs. I. A. Broussard, Mrs. S. R. Parkerson, Mrs. R. M. Delaney, Miss Eliza Hopkins.
The committee held a meeting and reported the following ladies for permanent officers: President, Mrs. T. M. Biossat; secretary,er Miss Lea Gladu; treasurer, Mrs. J. F. Mouton; vice-presidents: Mmes. Wm. Campbell, Jules Mouton, Jules Revillon, Jno. O. Mouton, I. A. Broussard, Crow Girard, Robt. Greig, S. R. Parkerson, T. M. Hopkins, Martial Billeaud, Aurelien Olivier, C. C. Brown, A. C. Guilbeau, Antoine Guidry, A. O. Clark , Alf. Delhomme, Honore Begnaud, A. Judice, Cleobule Doucet, J. O. Broussard, Wm. Matthews, G. W. Scranton, Overton Cade, Edward Pellerin.
A letter from Judge Debaillon, expressing his sympathy for the cause was read by Miss Gladu.
Upon motion of Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Sr., it was decided to have the proceedings of the meeting published in French and English.
Mr. C. O. Mouton, president of the Business Men's Association, tendered his services and those of his colleagues to the ladies.
Mmes. Jules Mouton, Ernest Constantin, Crow Girard, I. A. Broussard and Miss Clye Mudd were appointed a committee to confer with a committee to confer with a committee from the Business Men's Association, with a view of agreeing upon some effective plan of campaign.
The following gentlemen were requested to join the ladies to visit the different wards for the purpose of enlisting interest in the cause: Wm. Campbell, E. G. Voorhies, Julien Mouton, C. D. Caffery, T. M. Biossat, C. O. Mouton and I. A. Broussard.
The interest shown by the ladies is certainly a good sign and one which all the well-wishers of the movement will appreciate. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1899.
More on the Ladies & SLI.
Those who believe that the ladies of Lafayette don't know all about holding mass meetings had better disabuse their minds of any such belief. They know all about it. They make motions, appoint committees, hold caucuses just as well as the men do - perhaps a little better - because they don't have things cut and dried like our local parliamentarians have had on sundry and divers occasions in the past. And there is another thing about the ladies' way of running a convention. They will have their say, and unlike the men, they don't meekly submit to say Tomreed business. There were some men there, but they kept themselves within safe distance. One lone son of Adam, however, ventured beyond the railing which marked the dead line of separation. He shuffled off his innate bashfulness and boldly called out "Mrs. President!" He was heard, and after helping very effectually to straighten up things, he returned whence he had come. With the exception of this feature and the opening of the meeting by one of the "lords of creation" it was pre-eminently a woman's affair. Just as much so as if it had been held over in Kansas where women vote and run for aldermen. Several gentlemen being invited to speak made short speeches. All talked well. Their admiration of the "other" sex was most sublime and their manner of expressing it was eloquent. It was hard to say which they would do more for - the fair sex of the Industrial School. One speaker said that "what woman wishes, God wills" and that as all the women were for the school it was a certainty. So mote it be. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1899.
For the first time the ladies of Lafayette will be permitted to vote. Under the new constitution women are entitled to vote on questions of taxation. That they will be found on the side of progress there is no doubt.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1899.
THE PARISH SOLONS
Hold their Monthly Meeting - Industrial School Question Taken Up.
The Police Jury met last Thursday with all members present except Hon. C. C. Brown of Carencro.
The minutes were read and approved.
The application of the Cumberland Long Distance Telephone Company for right of way along the public highways of the parish was read and on motion the privilege prayed for was granted on condition of the payment of an annual tax of one dollar per mile for all lines erected within the parish.
Much interest was manifested by the body as to the Industrial School and by motion the following committees for the respective wards were appointed to consider the proposition of securing the location of the Industrial School in Lafayette and to canvass the various wards in behalf of said movement.
First Ward - Albt. Delhomme, Jos. Sonnier, Martial Hebert.
Second Ward - Dr. A. O. Clark, Wm. R. Foote, Jasper Spell.
Third Ward - J. K. Grier, O. B. Jenkins, Fred Webb, Jr.
Fourth Ward - O. Cade, Odillon Blanchet, Philogene Landry.
Fifth Ward - A. A. Labbe, A. Olivier, Gilbert St. Julien.
Sixth Ward - O. P. Guilbeau, V. E. Dupuis, Numa Breaux.
Seventh Ward - Alphonse Broussard, Alex Vorrot, P. R. Landry.
Eighth Ward - C. Doucet, Hervillien Blanchard, S. J. Montgomery.
By motion of the road overseers were instructed to notify all delinquents of the special road tax and vehicle license, that unless the said tax or license is paid with costs within thirty days that said delinquents shall work their time on the public roads on pain of civil and criminal prosecution.
The sheriff and tax collector was authorized to receipt for any special road tax proffered.
The treasurer's report showed a cash balance on hand of $3,079, less $2,000, set aside for jail contract. The unsatisfactory operation of the evaporating system in the parish jail led the Jury at its last session to pass a resolution withholding final payment to the Pauly jail Building Company until the defect is remedied or some other system substituted. It was confidently expected that Mr. Hull, the contracting agent, would have been present to explain what course his company would pursue to carry out the terms of the contract, in reference to the vault, but he failed to appear and so the matter remains in abeyance. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1899.
There was a beautiful ceremony at the Catholic church last Wednesday evening. The "Crowning of the Holy Virgin" was celebrated in the usual impressive manner. Over one hundred children, dressed in spotless white, carried flowers to the statue of the Virgin Mary. Upon no other occasion is there such a magnificent display of flowers. Every child, from the little tot to the one of maturer years, attests its love for the mother of Christ by presenting to her a deftly made bouquet of choicest flowers, thus testifying its faith and devotion in Nature's most eloquent language.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1899.
Jos. Ducote, the assistant assessor, informs The Gazette that there are 2,561 men between the ages of 18 and 45 in Lafayette parish who are subject to military duty in the event of an unpleasantness with any other nation.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1899.
There are many people in this section who believe that there should be no quarantine because of the prevalence of yellow fever in New Orleans. The lagrippe which prevailed throughout the State last fall was much worse than the fever of 1897 and 1898 and no one thought of guarding himself against it.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 3rd, 1893:
City Water Works.
Mr. Editor: As the people of our town are thoroughly aroused to the great necessity of municipal reform, and improvement, I think it is the duty of every well wisher of the town to set all old prejudices aside, and put his shoulders to the wheel, and the help the work of progress along. At present, the most absorbing question seems to be, some system of water works, or fire protection, that is within reach of our town. I have a system to propose that I think for cheapness and, efficiency is the best that can be adopted, I shall not attempt to go into minute details of the plans until I see whether the general system is adopted or not.
In the first place the council would have to select a suitable lot in the most central part of the town, buy a first-class engine of sufficient capacity to run the pumps, and an electric light machinery, if necessary, and set it up on said lot so as to assist in diffing a well, for a supply of water, putting a temporary cover over it, until a suitable building can be erected. I would propose to dig a well not less than 10 feet in diameter inside, and of sufficient depth to always have not less than five or six feet of water in the dry season, I am told that such a well will give an inexhaustible supply of water, then it would require a wooden tank to be built that would hold about twenty-five thousand gallons, or five hundred barrels. It should be set up ten feet from the ground, so as to allow sprinkling carts to go back under it, to fill for sprinkling purposes and to give plenty of fall, for filling the small tanks placed throughout the town for the purpose of supplying the fire engine, in case of fire. Those small tanks can be built of brick or wood, but as there is no frost in this country to interfere with the tanks or pipes, I think that the common wooden cistern will answer every purpose, and be much cheaper as they can be built, and set up on top of ground upon a low timber, or brick foundation. They should hold from four to five thousand gallons each. They can be built and set up for forty or fifty dollars each. They can be placed from ten to fifteen hundred apart (owing to circumstances) so that eight hundred feet of hose attached to the fire engine can reach any building between those small tanks. Those small tanks should be kept constantly filled by water flowing through pipes from the main tank, which can be done by simply turning a tap.
Having the power engine, the well dug, the main tank built, the council, and business men of the town should get together and decide, whether they will have a first-class hand engine or a steam engine. Under the financial circumstances of our town there are strong arguments in favor of either, this question decided, we should proceed at one and erect a suitable building. It should be built of brick, fire-proof, two stories high, with bell tower.
It strikes me, I hear someone asking how much is all this going to cost, and how will the council raise the money. The cost will be about ten or twelve thousand dollars, and the council can raise the money the same as the council of other cities and towns throughout the United States have done, by issuing debentures drawing six per cent interest payable in twenty years, which ought to sell at par.
I hold that the people coming after us for the next twenty years should help pay the expense of these improvements as they will share the benefit of them with us.
The system of sprinkling streets after we have a supply of water is a very easy, and simple one, as those only who are interested, or directly benefited will be taxed for it.
Now Mr. Editor, as you requested, I have given you the rough out lines of a cheap and efficient system of water works for the town of Lafayette.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
THE SCHOOL BENEFIT.
The Entertainment Given in Falk's Hall Last Saturday Evening the Most Successful of the Season.
Never in the history of Lafayette has a larger or more enthusiastic concourse of people gathered in Falk's hall than were assembled last Saturday night to witness the entertainment given by the Dramatic-Educational society of Lafayette, assisted by the Breaux Bridge Literary and Gymnastic association. Extra seats had been taken to the hall from the court house and every arrangement possible had been made to assure the comfort of those who attended, and it was well that extra seats had been provided, for, even as it was many were compelled to stand up during the entire performance.
People were in attendance from all the neighboring towns, Breaux Bridge sending the largest delegation, however. The programme was a diversified one, containing both French and English selections.
The first number on the programme was an instrumental duet, by Misses Martin and Gerac, and was very finely executed and well received by the audience, and was followed by Miss Ida Hopkins in a very pleasing selection. Miss Anna Hopkins then recited a very pleasing German dialect selection, which greatly pleased the audience. Next came a song by Miss Emma Falk, which was rendered in her inimitable manner and met with great applause from the audience. Miss Beadle next favored those present with an instrumental selection. Then came the French drama entitled Une Mere, by the Breaux Bridge amateurs, which was the event of the evening. Une Mere has a very interesting plot and the characters were well interpreted and carried out by those who represented them. The following was the
Mr. Dusseuil...Paul N. Abadie.
Dr. Minor...Luc Thibodeaux.
Dr. Nerbourg...H. Van der Cruyssen.
Georgina (daughter of Dusseuil)...Miss Marcellite Broussard.
Emilie...Miss Adele Champagne.
It would be a hard matter to make any special mention of the performance of the different characters, as each and every one was so well rehearsed. The play gave universal satisfaction and was highly appreciated.
At the close of the drama the Black Diamonds appeared in a farce, which was well received.
After the programme had been completed the extra benches were taken out and dancing and promenading were indulged in by those in attendance. Refreshments were served by the ladies up-stairs, while on the lower floor a table was spread, and those who desired were furnished with Gumbo, etc.
Taken all in all, the evening was a mist successful one, and will swell the school fund about $150. Great credit and praise are due to those who were in charge of the affair, for their untiring efforts for the success of the entertainment.
The evening will long remain a pleasant remembrance to all who were present, and we hope that similar entertainments will from time to time, be given. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1899
Ye Old Folks' Singing Skewl
Ye Old Folk's Singing Skewl will be on ye 5th day of ye Month of June. Come all ye people, at early candle light, for at 8 o'clock and 30 min. Deacon Jeremiah Johnston will bite his "tuning fork" and "Singin' Skewl will commence. Dick Jumperscott, Manuel Snobgrass, Ike Bluefield and Toby Lazarus, will show ye the benches.
Opening Chorus - By all ye men and women.
Deacon Johnston introduces his "Singing Skewl."
Chorus, by all ye men and women.
One Part Song, by Phoete Jemima Snodgrass.
Recitation, by Serepita Smathers.
One Part Song, by Minnie Billikens.
Chorus, by all ye men and women.
One Part Song, by Betsy Grin Gruffenhorf.
Two Part Song, by Elneathan Tarbox Putman.
One Part Song, by Deacon Jeremiah Johnston.
Chorus, by all ye men and women.
Mascot, by Pippo and Bettina.
Chorus, by ye men and women.
Recitation, Jake Dobbins.
One Part Song, by Huldy Ann Gringlethorpe.
Recitation, by Lucy Anderson.
One Part Song, by Huldah Putman.
Four Part Song, by Sallie Johnson, Melissa Brodnax, Betsy Grin Gruffenhorf, and Pippo.
Recitation, by Sockery.
Two Part Song, by Billy Turnipseed and Huldy Ann Gringlethorpe.
Chorus, by all ye men and women.
Mary Jones, Margery Scoonover, Pat Jumbles and others will raise their voices in song. Dorothy Thrump and Ann Stebbins (spinsters) will see that no sparking is carried on.
Ushers will be in attendance to see every one seated, and that the aisles are free and opened.
Admission 25 cts. Reserved Seats 50 cts. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
Lafayette-Breaux Bridge Highway.
On last Saturday and Sunday there were nearly 200 people from Breaux Bridge in our city, and many whom we conversed were strongly in favor of having the road between Lafayette and that place in good condition. There is no doubt that if the road was a good one at all seasons of the year, our trade from that section would be largely increased. We hop that our police jury with their usual good judgment and enterprise, will use the need of putting this in good condition, and take some action concerning it at their next meeting. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
New City Marshal.
Our new city marshal, Mr. John Vigneaux, has been inducted into office, and has appointed Messrs. Emile Romero and William Graser as deputies. One deputy will be on from 12 noon till 12 at night, when he will be relieved by the other, who will remain on duty till 12 noon. This gives is police patrol all the time, and as the deputies are mounted they are able to visit every part of the city several times during their watch. Mr. Vigneaux will be on duty during the day, and it is safe to say that the police surveillance of our town will be thorough and effective. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
Twice a Week.
When we changed THE ADVERTISER from a weekly to a semi-weekly, the question of building a road from Lafayette to Abbeville was being agitated and the publisher thought he could do more to help the movement along by publishing twice a week; but the agitation has been abandoned, owing to the failure on the part of Mr. Leslie to put in an appearance, as he promised to do, the need of publishing oftener than once a week has ceased to exist, and in consequence we will return to a weekly form publication. Our next issue will be on next Saturday. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
Lafayette Building Association.
Elsewhere in this issue will be found a notice calling for a vote of the stockholders of the Lafayette Building Association on the question of liquidating the association. The directors, after considering the matter thoroughly, have decided on this course, owing to the fact that the association is no longer prospering and the probability is that it will become more unprofitable as it grows older. The plan that the directors will submit to the stockholders is to turn over the business of the association to the New South Building and Loan Association, of New Orleans, which would give to Lafayette a first-class and perfectly reliable national association that is flourishing and has money to supply all demands for loans. The New South is a conservatively managed association and its board of directors contains some of the most prominent men of New Orleans. Its plan and charter are the most business like and equitable of any that were examined into by the directors of our local board, and our directors feel that they can conscientiously recommend it to all. The charter of the New South can be seen at the Peoples' State Bank. We sincerely hope that the shareholders of our local association will see the wisdom of voting to liquidate and (last two sentences unreadable). Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
Theft at Crescent Hotel.
The thief who robbed several rooms at the Crescent hotel last Saturday night also paid his compliments to Dr. Mouton. He took with him as a souvenir of his visit to the doctor a case of fine surgical instruments. Laf. Advertiser 6/3/1893.
If we could have a city telegraph office, it would be a great convenience to our people. It is very disagreeable being compelled to go to the depot these hot, dusty days to send a message. We believe that were our citizens to petition the telegraph company, they would give us a city office. Let us do so.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
There will be races at Broussard's race track on June 10th, 17th and 24th. One June 10th the horses owned by Messrs. Aurelian Primeaux and Homer Cheasson will run a distance of five arpents for a purse of $200. On June 17th, Messrs. Narcisse Dugas and Adolphe Prejean will run their horses a distance of ten arpents for a purse of $100. On the 24th the same horses that will run on the 10th will run a race of fourteen arpents for a purse of $100. All the horses that are to run are good ones, and the races will probably be close and well contested. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/3/1893.
We need rain badly.
The work on the new depot building is being pushed rapidly, and it will be ready for occupancy in the near future.
We have been crowded with job work for the past week. Our people appreciate good work and know where to come when they want it.
The excursion to Abbeville given by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen will be run on Sunday, July 2nd. Make your arrangements to attend.
We would like to suggest to the city council (on the q. t.) that a coat of whitewash would not injure in the least the appearance of either the city hall or the fire hall.
Several days during the past week have been the most disagreeable of the season, the strong winds filling the air with clouds of dust. How long, oh Lord, how long must we suffer from these dust clouds, before our people awake to the necessity of sprinkling our streets?
The week just closed has been a lively one in Lafayette; weddings, picnics, elections, contest, etc. have kept people busy. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 3rd, 1893:
A PALPABLE INJUSTICE.
The recently commissioned members of the town council of Lafayette met last Monday, and among the various matters considered by the organized body was the public printing of the corporation.
The following is the substance, the discussion that took place, while passing upon the subject.
Moved by I. N. Satterfield, and seconded by A. Cayard, that the printing of the corporation be given to the Advertiser, at the same price that the work is now being done for, that is $150 a year.
At this stage of the proceedings H. J. Mouton, one of the proprietors of The Gazette desired to put a bid for said printing. His Honor, the Mayor, read this request to the meeting.
Whereupon Fred Mouton moved as a substitute to Satterfield's motion that the public printing be put to a bid, adding that it was customary to accept such bids scaled. This was seconded by J. O. Mouton.
Before voting upon the substitute Satterfield made some remarks to the effect that he did not think the work could be done at a lower price than $150 a year, and for that reason favored giving the printing to the Advertiser ; although, he added, he thought it was the duty of the council to have the work of the corporation done as cheap as possible.
The substitute to the motion of Satterfield was then put to a vote, and resulted as follows : yeas, Fred Mouton and J. O. Mouton, 2 votes; nays, Satterfield, A. M. Martin, A. Caillouet and A. Cayard, 4 votes, and the substitute was lost.
The motion of Satterfield was then put to a vote, with the following result ; yeas, Satterfield, Martin, Caillouet, Cayard and J. O. Mouton, 5 votes; nays, Fred Mouton, 1 vote, and the motion prevailed.
From the foregoing it will be readily seen that the request of The Gazette that this printing be put to a bid, was rejected, and it was given to the Advertiser, although no proposition to do the work was presented, or read, during the meeting, from the management of that paper.
I. N. Satterfield in his remarks stated that he did not think the work could be done for less than the amount given to the Advertiser, but by what process of reasoning he arrived at this conclusion we do not know, yet in spite of what Mr. Satterfield may think The Gazette was prepared to make the offer to do this work for $75 a year, and had it been put up at a public cry would have bid down to $10 or less, and besides, would have given bond for its faithful performance.
Although The Gazette is not published in a spirit of philanthropy, but was established solely as a business venture to afford the means for a livelihood to its two owners, still it considered the title of official journal to be of sufficient value to put in a low bid, and would have done so had it not been shut out by the rankest kind or partiality and a total disregard of fair play. The Gazette is frank enough to admit that while it did car for a monetary consideration, it cared more for the title of official journal.
Any person with a modicum sense of fair play must admit, we are confident, after reading what really took place as published above that, apparently, it was the fixed purpose to give this printing to the Advertiser regardless of any circumstance that might arise.
However, the injustice is done, and we not present these facts to the public, inasmuch as the published official proceedings contains no reference to The Gazette's request for a bid. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
The Advertiser, in its last issue, says "it is to be regretted that the defeated candidates" - in the late municipal election - "deemed it necessary" to contest, "especially at this time, when Lafayette is making every effort possible for advancement, as it will not redound to the credit of our city abroad," and adds, "but such, we supposed, is 'Jeffersonian Democracy.' "
The last phrase is, evidently, a hit at The Gazette, because it made the statement, some time since, that it was not in keeping with the principles of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Democracy for Democrats to appoint Republicans to office.
These were the views expressed by The Gazette, at the time, and it still holds to that opinion, and is supported by the political history of this country. The tendency towards a party and party administration of the government, was one of the early features in the political history of our republic. At the beginning of his administration Mr. Jefferson transferred the offices of the government to members of the Democratic party. This policy had, in some measure, been adopted by his predecessor, but the principle was then made universal.
When Andrew Jackson became President, in that particular, he went further than his illustrious predecessor, having even been credited with the famous phrase : "To the victor belongs the spoils." Although we do not here state as an historical fact, that the phrase was originally enunciated by him, but it was certainly adopted and put in full force and effect in his administration of the government.
Therefore, if Jefferson the founder of the Democratic party, and Andrew Jackson, its great apostle, have laid it down as a party principle that the Democratic party should give the offices to Democrats, we can not surmise how the Advertiser can insinuate that Democrats should give the offices to Republicans. In the view expressed by us on this subject, we are borne out by the political history of this country, and we propose to adhere to them, notwithstanding the evident contrary opinion of the talented editor of the Advertiser.
These views we expressed, and nothing else, but the Advertiser travels out of the way, and says, in substance, that because the candidates have filed a contest, this it "supposed" is "Jeffersonian Democracy."
With the filing of that contest we have no more to do than that paper, but that it will tend to the discredit of the town abroad we do not so think, especially as the Advertiser notes in the same article, that the new council decided to go ahead with their business as if no "trial was to take place."
We never before that citizens who resorted to the courts, for a redress of their grievances, as guaranteed them by the laws of their country, were an impediment to the progress of a community, as we always thought that they were classed as law-abiding citizens, who are generally considered the pillars of our government ; but this, we presume, is an other presumption on Jeffersonian Democracy, to which, however, we lay no claim.
The gentlemen who filed the contest believe that they have been wronged in their rights. We believe that they would have been recreant to their constituents and themselves, had they not applied to the courts for the protection of their rights. They are individually responsible for the result of the trial and as American citizens have the perfect privilege of submitting their rights to a jury of their countrymen.
It is The Gazette's deliberate opinion that those who have rights should dare maintain them; and we are convinced that the credit of our city will not suffer abroad, because some of her citizens have peacefully resorted to the courts for an adjustment of their rights. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
Wednesday was the most disagreeable day that we have yet experience in the town of Lafayette. A strong wind blew all day, and a great many people were forced to keep their doors closed on account of the clouds of dust, that hung about everywhere.
It seems to The Gazette that the disagreeable experience of Wednesday should be an incentive to our people to hasten to take measures to alleviate this disagreeableness.
Not only has this dust a proved a source of aggravation to our comfort but it works a loss by the damage it causes to the goods of our merchants as well as to our home and personal apparel.
But this dust does more. It is detrimental to health, as attested by Dr. Moore, of New York City, who charges dusty streets with a grave responsibility in causing and aggravating disorders of the eye and ear. Recently when clouds of dust were whirled all about New York, and grip was prevalent, bronchial and lung troubles occupied the largest share of public attention. But the eye and the ear were suffering too; and undoubtedly other specialists could tell of many patients in whom these organs were in a state of inflammation, owing to the gritty particles which made their way directly into the eye, or set up some trouble in the ear by disordering the mucus membrane in the head.
This should cause serious reflection on the part of our people. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
At Falk's Opera House.
Falk's Opera House was filled to the doors with people that came from town, country and neighboring towns to witness the entertainment given by home people assisted by the Breaux Bridge amateurs, who had kindly volunteered their services for the occasion. The whole was carried through without a flaw. The management will turn over to the High School Fund a sum exceeding $150. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
Salles Not Leaving.
Some weeks since The Gazette noted the departure of Dr. G. C. Salles, a recent graduate from the Tulane Medical School, for Houston, Texas and that it was his purpose to locate there. The impression was formed by some that we had reference to Dr. H. C. Salles, the dentist. Not only has Dr. H. C. Salles, the popular dentist, no intention of leaving Lafayette, but has put in some patented appliances, to serve his many clients to better advantage. The doctor has his home here, a lucrative practice, and here he proposes to stay, ready to serve to the best of his ability those who may need his services. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
A large number of friends attended the synagogue and filled the building to overflowing last Sunday evening, to witness the marriage ceremony uniting for life Mr. Dave Massiker, a prominent merchant of Orange, Texas, and Miss Hannah Levy, the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Levy. Rabbi Schriber, of Alexandria, officiated.
The bride was dressed in a lovely costume of white crystal and cord silk trimmed in real lace trimmings and lilies of the valley.
Miss Lena Levy, the maid of honor, wore a handsome dress, en train, of pink bengaline trimmed in lace and ribbons.
The bridesmaids were Miss Rose Bendel in tanned silk and lace; Miss Cora Loeb, in d'a fadile crepon, ostrich tips and ribbons, and Miss Susie Wolff, in bengaline nile green lace and ribbons. The bride, maid of honor, and bridesmaids presented a magnificent coup d'oeil in the march at the reception in Falk's hall.
The preparations for this felicitous even were on the most elaborate scale, and the synagogue and the residence were "bowers of beauty, decked with regal Southern blossoms."
A royal wedding feast, after the ceremony, was partaken of at the residence of the bride's parents. A host of sincere friends were in attendance.
After the feast a reception was held in Falk's Opera House, and a joyous assembly of friends were there and showered congratulations upon the young couple. A pleasing feature worth the most favorable mention was the two songs rendered by Miss Emma Falk, a winsome young lady, who possesses much histrionic ability. To the sweet strains of the Lafayette String band, under the leadership of Prof. Walter J. Mouton, dancing was indulged in to quite a late hour.
The list of wedding presents included: Silver fruit stand, L. Lorch and lady, Louisville, Ky.; silver cream carterm V. Lorch and lady, Louisville; silver card receiver, M. Lorch and lady, Louisville; one dozen silver tea spoons, Jake Massiker and Miss Jennie Lorch, Louisville; one dozen silver cream spoons, M. Goldstein and lady, Louisville; one silver card receiver, Albert Mayer and lady, Berwick; half dozen silver berry spoons, L. Wienberg and lady, Alexandria, La.; half dozen silver tea spoons, Henry Bendel, Morgan City, La.; half dozen silver knives, Alb. Coquenhiem, Morgan City; two silver napkin rings, Ralph Loeb, Morgan City; one table scarf, Miss Cora Loeb, Morgan City; half dozen silver tea spoons, Jack Plonsky and lady, Washington, La.; half dozen silver tea spoons, M. Klaus, Washington; one silver fish spoon, C. Wolff and lady, Washington; one pair silver casters, S. B. Kahn, Lake Charles; one silver butter dish, Miss Rosa Reims, Lake Charles; two silver napkin rings, G. Schmulen and lady, Lake Charles; one fine dining set and two Rattan rockers, A. Levy and lady, Lake Charles; one fine Rattan rocker, I. Bendel, Lake Charles; one silver milk stand, Sam Bendel, Orange, Texas; one fine sugar dish and a dozen silver tea spoons, D. Levy and lady, Grand Coteau; one clock, N. Levy and lady, Grand Coteau,; one pair biscuit dolls, L. Mann, Grand Coteau; one silver tooth pick stand, Miss Clara Vallier, Lafayette; half dozen silver table spoons, B. Falk, Lafayette; one beautiful sofa cushion, Mother St. Patrick, Lafayette; one fine felt lambrequin, Miss Elia Vigneaux, Lafayette; one slipper case, Miss Louis Bendel, Lafayette; one parlor suite, Sam Levy, Lafayette; half dozen silver forks and handkerchief case, Mrs. Rose Oueilhe; one silver cake knife, Victor Levy, Lafayette; one piano cover, onme scale bouquet, one seed wreath, one table scarf, one chenille bird, Miss Lena Levy; one bed room suite, piano and household outfit, Mr. and Mrs. L. Levy.
The Gazette in acknowledging the kind remembrance of delicious cakes, tenders its best wishes to the young couple, and hopes that life's richest blessings will be the reward of their union. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
Petition of Contest.
The following is the petition of contest, slightly abbreviated, with order of the district judge attached, in the election case:
To the Honorable Judge of the 17th Judicial Court holding session in and for the Parish of Lafayette, La.
The petition of Alfred Bonnet, James Hannen, Alfred Hebert, F. C. Triay and Henry Church, all of the Parish of Lafayette and the town of Lafayette in said State, with respect shows that on the first day of May 1893, an election was held in said town for Mayor and seven councilmen, as provided by the charter of said town and amendments thereto, to serve for a term of two years.
And petitioners further show that they together with Felix Demanade and Frederick Mouton, as candidates for councilmen and Julian Mouton as candidate for Mayor, constituted a ticket and class of voters, and as such were voted for at said election; that they received at said election, from qualified electors of said town, the following vote namely.
Julian Mouton, for Mayor...136 votes.
Felix Demanade, Councilman...140 votes.
Frederick Mouton, Councilman..,.140 votes.
Alfred Bonnet, Councilman...138 votes.
James Hannen, Councilman...138 votes.
F. C. Triay, Councilman...138 votes.
Henry Church, Councilman...136 votes.
And petitioners further represent the following persons constituted another class of candidates or ticket and were voted for at said election, to-wit:
William Campbell for mayor and the following seven named persons for councilmen; I. N. Satterfield, A. Caillouet, J. O. Mouton, A. Cayard, A. M. Martin, A. Clause, and Wm. Guchereau, and that according to the return made by the commissioners who held said election they received the following votes, to-wit:
Wm. Campbell, for Mayor...143 votes.
I. N. Satterfield, Councilman...145 votes.
A. Caillouet, Councilman...141 votes.
J. O. Mouton, Councilman...141 votes.
A. Cayard, Councilman...139 votes.
A. M. Martin, Councilman...138 votes.
A. Clause, Councilman...137 votes.
Wm. Guchereau, Councilman, 137 votes.
And petitioners further represent that said election was held under the charter of said town and amendment thereto and under the general laws of the State applying to elections, that it is specially provided by law that in all said elections by the people for offices under political charters granted by the General Assembly, the qualifications of voters shall be the same as those prescribed at the time being, by the constitution of the State for electors of representatives of the General Assembly.
And petitioners further show that the returns made by the commissioners of said election are incorrect, erroneous and illegal in this, that various persons voted thereat ; and that the following named, incompetent and disqualified persons voted at said election: Gaston Landry, F. J. Smith, Frank Clark, Ordressi Hebert, Gabriel Beadle, Henry Clark, J. A. Lebesque, E. J. or A. J. Ross, C. L. Scherbs, J. Danas or Danos, and C. W. Thornton, that according to the list of voters kept and returned by the commissioners of election said persons voted, under the following numbers, to-wit: Gaston Landry under number 69; F. J. Smith, 147; Frank Clark, 160; Ordressi Hebert, 190; Gabriel Beadle, 198; Henry Clark, 201; J. A. Lebesque, 233; E. J. or A. J. Ross, 259; C. L. Scherks, 260; J. A. Danas or Danos, 261; and C. W. Thornton under no. ______.
Petitioners represent that the said persons were disqualified and incompetent to vote by reason of the fact that at the time of the election they were not residents within corporate limits of said town of Lafayette, nor were they registered as required by law, and that all of said persons were non-residents of said town, and not qualified to vote at said election; that each of said persons, though their right to vote was challenged and denied at the polls, was permitted to vote and did vote at said election; that they - each and every one voted for the class of candidates and every one voted for the class of candidates and ticket of Wm. Campbell, and Satterfield, Caillouet, J. O. Mouton, A. Cayard, A. M. Martin, Clause and Guchereau; that on account of the illegal voting of said persons plaintiffs desiring to contest, and do now contest the election of councilmen of the town of Lafayette, for the term ending May, 1895, of the following named persons who have been erroneously returned elected, viz: I. N. Satterfield, A. T. Cailouet, J. O. Mouton and A. Cayard; and they further contest and deny the claim of A. M. Martin to tie a vote with Alfred Bonnet and James Hannen, plaintiffs herein; that said vote and poll being purged by the rejection of the said illegal votes, there remains a clear majority of the legal votes cast at said election in favor of each of your petitioners and they were fairly and legally elected councilmen for said town for the term ending May, 1895, and judgment should be rendered accordingly.
They aver that there was fraud and error in said election, in that, said incompetent and disqualified voters falsely represented to the commissioners of said election that they were residents of the town of Lafayette and legally qualified voters at said election and said commissioners were led into error by said false representations, and were thereby induced to permit said persons to vote in spite of the challenge, and denial of their right, made at the time.
Petitioners further show that said offices are worth to them the sum of seventy-two dollars.
They further show that defendants have caused to be held an election on the 22d day of May, 1895, to decide the tie which erroneously appears on the face of the returns between James Hannen, Alfred Bonnet and A. M. Martin and that said A. M. Martin having received nine or more of the said illegal and incompetent votes, there was in truth and fact that no tie between said persons, but said Bonnet and said Hannen were fairly and legally elected councilmen at the election held on the first of May 1894, and the election held on the 22d of May, 1893, was and is for said reason null, void, and of no effect. Petitioners further show that no regular term of your Honorable Court is to be held in the parish of Lafayette within five weeks of the time of the filing of the petition, and it becomes necessary that a special term of court be called and held in the manner provided by law, in the parish of Lafayette, and plaintiffs desire a jury trial of this case and it will be necessary that your honor should order the jury may be drawn to try this case, as provided by law to serve as jurors for said special term.
Wherefore premises considered petitioners further pray that Isaih N. Satterfield, Augustus Caillouet, John O. Mouton, Albert Cayard and Andrew M. Martin be duly cited to answer the petition; that after due proof of the premises the votes of said Gaston Landry, F. J. Smith, Frank Clark, Odressi Hebert, Gabrielle Beadle, Henry Clark, J. A. Lebesque, E. J. or A. J. Ross, C. L. Scherbs, J. A. Danas or Danos and C. W. Thornton, be rejected and deducted from the number of votes shown by the returns, to have been received by Satterfield, Caillouet, Mouton, Cayard and Martin, and that they be adjudged and decreed not to have been elected councilmen, and that your petitioners be adjudged and decreed duly elected as councilmen of said town to serve for the term ending May, 1895, or until their successors are qualified; that a jury be granted them and they be inducted into said office with the right to exercise all the rights and authority thereto appertaining.
They pray for peneral relief in the premises.
By their attorney, THOS. H. LEWIS, CHAS. D. CAFFERY. STATE OF LOUISIANA, Parish of Lafayette.
Before me sworn the undersigned authorities came and appeared Frank C. Triay and Henry Church, who being duly sworn depose and say, the allegations of the foregoing petition are correct and true to the best of their knowledge and belief.
FRANK C. TRIAY, HENRY CHURCH.
The prayer of the above and foregoing petition being considered, it is hereby ordered that a trial by jury asked for in the above entitled and numbered cause by plaintiffs be granted.
It is further ordered, that the jury commissioners of the parish of Lafayette meet according to law, and draw a special jury according to law of fifty voters of said parish for the second Monday, the 14th of August A. D. 1893, for which a jury may be drawn to try the case. It is impossible to call a special term as prayed, in accordance with Section 1425 of the Revised Statutes because said term would conflict and interfere with regular terms of this court already fixed in the parishes of St. Mary and Vermilion.
Granted in chambers this 21st day of May, A. D., 1893.
Signed, A. C. ALLEN, Judge 17th Judicial District Court, Filed May 29th, A. D. 1893.
H. C. WALLIS, Dy. Clerk.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., May 29, 1893.
From the Official Journal.
The Mayor and members elected at the last election for City Council having received their commission and being duly qualified met in special meeting for the purpose of organizing. Members present: Wm. Campbell, Mayor, J. O. Mouton, I. N. Satterfield, A. T. Caillouet, F. Mouton, A. Cayard, A. M. Martin. Absent: F. Demanade.
The message of the Mayor was read and on motion was ordered to be printed and form a part of the minutes.
To the Members of the City Council,
GENTLEMEN:- Before entering upon our duties, I have thought it proper to deliver this message is order to transmit to you a few ideas and suggestions.
It is a well known, established principle that every undertaking to be well carried out, either in public or private affairs should first have a solid foundation. Well, upon assuming our new duties as members of this council our motto should be justice to all, vigilance to the interest and welfare of our City and exactness in performing our duties without fear, hope or reward.
The most essential committees of this body are the finance and street and improvement committees. It is also very essential that a sanitary committee be formed.
Now in regard to our police forth, my opinion is that it should consist of a day and night police; that there be a Marshall and two deputies, one to be on duty during the day and one at night and both under the supervision and appointment of the Marshal. That the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars per month be paid to said police force, that is fifty dollars to the Marshal and fifty dollars to each deputy. I will also suggest that a Police Board be formed composed of two members of this body and the Mayor for the purpose of passing upon all and every dereliction or complaint brought before this board.
I will also the attention of this body to the work performed by our predecessors. The finance of this City is in a very healthy condition; the corporation is without debt and there is over thirteen hundred dollars in the treasury. The drainage of the town is perfect; the streets, bridges and sidewalks in good condition; fifty new lamps illuminate the streets and lately a donation of Two hundred and fifty dollars has been made for the benefit of the High School. I hope and trust that at the expiration of our term of office, our showing will not be less creditable.
Hoping that our united efforts will all tend to effect the advancement, progress and welfare of our City, and that our intercourse will prove to be harmonious. I remain respectfully,
The following was unanimously adopted.
WHEREAS, The Charter of the Town of Lafayette, with amendments thereto, provides no salary or per diem for the services of the members of the Town Council, and
WHEREAS, we deem it proper that the old rule "No Salary" should be adopted in order to carry out the views of our constituents, and in order to apply all the revenues of the town to its improvement and progress, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Council believes that under the law they should draw no salary and they do hereby agree to draw none for their services.
The appointment for officers being in order it was moved and seconded that a Marshal be elected we shall appoint two deputies and the salary of the Marshal and each deputy be and is hereby fixed at $50 each per month.
On motion duly seconded John Vigneaux was duly elected Marshal.
Moved and seconded, that A. Nevue be declared secretary and treasurer with a salary of $150 a year.
On motion duly seconded, Resolved that the Lafayette Advertiser be declared the official paper of this body with a salary of $150 a year.
The Mayor then appointed the following committee, to-wit:
Finance Committee - Fred Mouton, Albert Cayard.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/3/1893.
It becomes more and more apparent every day that a street sprinkler is a matter of absolute necessity.
Major Sosthene Mouton has some fine pear trees in his orchards, and they are heavily laden with fruit.
The advent of the railroad in Carencro will increase the value of the lands to fully $10 more an acre than at present held.
There were some races, Sunday on Cleophas Broussard's race track, and the Breaux Bridge crowd who backer their home horse got knocked out as effectively as The Gazette was by a majority of the town council.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
The Police Jury meets next Monday in regular session.
Our friend Mr. T. M. Biossat had a touch of rheumatism Tuesday, but is now, we are glad to report, himself again.
The Beausejour Park is fairly well patronized, although the season has just commenced.
We must keep on agitating the question of a central refinery. Its coming, but we must help pull it in.
Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 3rd, 1882:
SUIT FOR DAMAGES.
In the case of Edmund C. Quirk vs. the Morgan Rail Road Company for damages and compensation for the killing a fine mare by one of the trains, the Hon. G. W Hudspeth, on Wednesday last, gave judgment for plaintiff, which we trust will be followed by similar judgments in all other such suits now pending before the court, or which may hereafter be brought against the company. It matters not under what circumstances an animal is killed by passing trains, there should be a law compelling them to pay a fair valuation in every case. Their engineers would not be so reckless, and the officials would learn to respect the rights of the people. A great many animals have been killed by the criminal neglect of engineers to check the speed of their trains when approaching stock on the track, and it has really appeared, by the frequency of these accidents (?), that they did not care whether they destroyed them or not. Since the institution of these suits there has been a noticeable difference in the precaution of engineers, which goes to prove that they have been careless and reckless, heretofore, and that they recognize the liability of the company under the law for damages. But our legislature should pass an act clearly defining the liabilities of railroad corporation in such cases, and fix the penalties so as to lessen the expenses and delays by suits in our courts of justice. In most of the states where stock is killed by passing trains the only thing required by the railroad companies is for the owner of the stock to price his property before the agent at the nearest railroad station. Then the value of the animal is settled by arbitration, the owner of the animal selecting one man, the railroad agent selecting another, and these two a third as an umpire, who assess the actual value of the animal killed and then sign the articles of arbitration. The agent then pays the owner the amount so assessed without any further proceedings in the matter. By this just and equitable course there is never any trouble between the railroad authorities and the people. Why cannot the Morgan Company proceed upon the same principles of simple justice and make friends of the people of Louisiana, instead of making them enemies by their persistent course of oppression?
The railroad authorities are in strong force at Baton Rouge attempting to defeat the bills introduced in the legislature to regulate a tariff of charges upon travel and freights, alleging that such a law would put a stop to railroad building and drive capital out of the state. This is all bosh, because just such laws exist in nearly all of the states, and all of the lines of railroads are making money under said laws, and new railroads are still being built notwithstanding these regulations controlling them. You might just as well say, that you will drive immigration from the state, because people will not be permitted to do as they please when they settle here. Railroads must be amendable to the law as well as the people, otherwise, they are bound to be lawless and oppressive. We hope that our legislators will do their duty to their constituents in this matter.
From the Opelousas Courier and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 6/3/1882.
Railroad Freight Rates.
It is a fact worthy of note that those opposed to any legislation at this time regulating the freight and passenger charges of railroads in this State, have the advantage of water competition, and we are met by these with the plea that the State needs railroads and legislation should be shaped to encourage rather than repulse capitalists having this object in view. These would be - friends of railroads surely know not whereof they speak. Now, it seems to be very generally conceded that the State has the right, through its legislature, to enact such laws, and this being admitted the query arises, does the necessity exist? As far as this section is concerned it can be shown that the necessity unquestionably exists. It can be shown the Morgan company has continuously been guilty of discrimination as to individuals - and discrimination as to localities, - and one in each case that is unjust and extortionate. We recognize the fact that discrimination may, in certain cases, be reasonable and fair both as to individuals and localities. That a difference should be made between the prices to be paid by one who receives five and another who receives one hundred barrels of flour is patent.
It can be shown that the Morgan Co. has repeatedly made a difference between receivers of equal amounts of freight.
Now as to localities, - it is clear that a reasonable difference may be made between competitive and non-competitive points. In fact, in some instances, companies are compelled to charge less than profitable rates in order to compete with steamboats or other lines. But, is this difference reasonable, - the freight charge on a barrel of flour from New Orleans to Vermilionville, 145 miles, is 80 cents, on same from New Orleans to Washington, 30 miles further, is 40 cts, and it can not be denied, with any show of reason, that the latter is a profitable charge, - hence, if 40 is a paying rate to Washington, what is 80 cents to Vermilionville ? Echo answers - unjust and extortionate discrimination.
We have no senseless or extreme warfare to make (unreadable words) railroads, but it would appear (unreadable words) most of them (unreadable words) the public and in (unreadable words) State control.
Wholesome and well considered legislation will not have the effect of driving capitalists to other fields. State control over common carriers can not be denied, and intelligent managers will admit that some law with that end in view is necessary. Let the legislature enact reasonable statutes and create a tribunal or commission to apply such statutes to special cases. It can be done by direct legislation. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1882.
Ex-Gov. Leland Stanford, of California, president of the Central Pacific Railway Co., passed through here with the regular train, in a special car, last Wednesday morning. The Central Pacific includes the Southern Pacific and has under its control about 3,000 miles of road. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1882.
Buchanan in Town.
We had the pleasure of meeting in town a few days since J. B. Buchanan, Esq., who lived here some time when the La. W. Railroad was in process of building, and was the civil engineer in charge on this end of the work. The Captain says he is temporarily connected with the La. Central ; we hope it may be permanent, for such would, no doubt keep him with us, and mean besides, the building of the road in question. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1882.
Left Town Without Paying.
Dr. Holbrook, Dentist, who was here lately, and himself advertised in this paper calling public attention to his profession, &c., and after a stay of several weeks left without settling the cost of such advertising. Now it may be the Doctor did not intend to beat us out of this little amount, but "at the present moment" it has that appearance right much, and the prospect is, that he will be handed around at the same expense to himself, perhaps. We have been told that he is now in Lake Charles. Look out for him. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1882.
City Council of Vermilionville.
The Mayor and Councilmen elected on the 1st day of May, 1892, 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 :
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 city affairs, and the demonstration of the ability of the City Council to live strictly within the annual income ; and, it is now with pleasure, that I can inform you that the city does not owe one cent.
The gentlemen of the Street Committee deserve a 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 to allow, and the city able to pay.
I will here recommend that the Council take such steps as 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 motion of Mr. Revillon, H. M. Bailey was elected Secretary and Treasurer.
On motion 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 his 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 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 advice whenever he may deem it necessary, and that the sum of twenty-five dollars be appropriated fort that purpose.
The following accounts were presented, approved and ordered to be paid:
On motion the Council adjourned.
M. P. YOUNG, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1882.
We are pleased to see our young friend Crow Girard again on his native heath. He has been absent for nearly a year attending a second course at school in Tennessee, and we understand that he is home this time to stay. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1882.
Police Jury Proceedings.
May 6, 1882.
Pursuant to adjournment the Police Jury met this day. Members present: J. G. Julien, O. Theriot, H. Eastin, E. Potier and J. S. Whittington.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
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 a the same schedule as that 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 Baque' overseer for the Second Road District.
On motion, the account of Alex Breaux 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, an indigent and blind colored man.
On motion, resolved, That heretofore 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 free holders to change, if possible, that portion of the road leading from Vermilionville to the south western limits of the parish, running between H. Eastin and Z. Doucet's and others, to some suitable place, and to assess damages, to-wit:
Messrs. W. B. Bailey, J. D. Trahan, J. 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 is undertaking same with the present revenue.
Therefore, it is ordered by the Police Jury, that a jury of free sex holders be appointed by the president to examine the locality in question and report as to the most advisable and feasible means of putting said road in repair or of securing a new and substantial road. And it is further ordered that should said jury of free holders 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 necessary proper to purchase said road from land owners over whose land the same may be laid out, and to assess all damages that 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 free holders and any land owner over whose land said road may run, as to 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 6/3/1882.
FARM AND GARDEN.
Not a Very Profitable Crop North of the Tennessee Latitude.
Mr. Abner H. Miller writes the Prairie Farmer, asking if peanuts can be raised in eastern Iowa, for mode of cultivation, kind of soil and variety to plant.
In reply, we say, as we have repeatedly stated, that the peanut - goober or pindar, as it is called in the south - botanically known as Arachis hypogaea, is not a profitable crop north of the latitude of Tennessee, but is sometimes grown as garden curiosity, and in warm seasons will ripen the nuts. As to variety, fresh nuts of the Tennessee variety such as are sold everywhere, are, all things considered, the best. The cultivation is simple. The blossoms when fertilized turn down, pierce the ground where the pods form and ripen. The soil should be rich, sandy and plowed not more than three inches deep. The following is the mode of cultivation and harvesting.
When all danger of frost is over, the soil is bedded up and prepared, as for tobacco, leaving only a slight furrow mark between the rows. In the center of each of these beds, in a straight line, plant two seeds, at distances of eighteen inches; also have reserve plants, to fill the places of those that may be destroyed by cut-worms, etc.
The cultivation is simply to keep down the weeds, preserving the shape of those beds until near the time of blossoming. A narrow cultivator is then run through the rows, followed by a horse team to earth up the plants. The earth is afterwards leveled to present a flat hill in which the nuts are to form. If weeds or grass thereafter appear they must be pulled by hand.
The crop is not harvested until the vines are touched by frost, for the longer the vines grow the greater the number of sound pods, except in the farther south, where the vines ripen fully. Hands follow the rows and loosen the nuts with pronged hoes or flat-tined forks. They are followed by others, who pull the vines, shake the earth from them and leave them turned to the sun to dry. In dry weather they will be sufficiently cured for shocking. The shocking is done somewhat after the manner employed for beans; or they may be finally cured as beans sometimes are on scaffolds under sheds.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 3rd, 1913:
Delightful Place Near Lafayette to Escape Heat of Summer and Enjoy Refreshing Bathing.
Through the courtesy of Mr. Alfred Hebert an Advertiser reporter had the pleasure of visiting Chargois Springs last week. These fine springs are located about two miles from the city on the banks of Bayou Vermilion in a natural park of large oaks. The water of the Springs is clear, cool and pure. To add to the attractiveness of the Springs a large bathing pool has been constructed, with cement bottom and sides. Into this the Springs pour through piping about 40,000 gallons of water daily. This amount runs out at the end of pool, keeping the water clean and wholesome for bathing. Bath houses are provided and it makes a delightful place to bathe or learn to swim for the pool is ample for that purpose.
Those who do not care to take advantage of the bathing will find at the Springs a cool and inviting place to spend a hot afternoon. And it needs only a visit to the Springs to make one feel that Lafayette is fortunate in having such a delightful place nearby where the heat of summer may be forgotten in the coolness of the protecting shade of the great oaks or while bathing in the cool depths of this clean pool with living springwater.
Mr. Hebert states that on Saturdays and Sundays their wagon, known as the Mary Jane, will leave Moss Pharmacy corner at 2 p. m. and make several trips to the springs during the evening for the accomodation of those who have no conveyance of their own and would like to enjoy an outing at the Springs. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1913.