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From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 6th, 1903:


SALUTORY: The Advertiser with this issue, appears under a new management, W. A. LeRosen having purchased it from H. A. Van der Cruyssen, the former publisher and proprietor, on May 30, 1903, and then having sold a one half interest to James Alpha.

 The Advertiser will continue in the future, as it has in the past, to work steadily for the highest good of the people of the town and of the State; and it hopes, that by an outspoken and fair-minded policy, to increase its usefulness along that line until its influence shall be greater and larger than ever before.

 With this purpose in view, its columns will always be used to forward any move that will contribute to the upbuilding of the town or parish, or promote the welfare of the people.

 Lafayette is growing, and this paper proposes to assist that growth by all the means within its power.

 Educationally our town and parish are recognized as being among the foremost of the State, if not of the South, and The Advertiser will give its best services in aid this cause, believing that the preservation of our democratic institution lies in the proper education of our boys and girls, and that our material property and happiness as a people depend upon the fostering care which we give to our public schools.

 Politically this paper will be Democratic, but not partisan, being firmly of the opinion that in the principles of democracy are found the truest safe-guards of the liberties of the people.

 The columns of The Advertiser will always be open to a fair and full discussion of all legitimate public question, but articles and communications of a general nature and not calculated to sub-serve the public interest in a wide measure, will be excluded from its columns. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

...words from Mr. Van der Cruyssen...

 To the Public.

 Owing to ill health I have found it necessary to retire from the newspaper business, and accordingly I sold to Mr. W. A. LeRosen on May 30, 1903, all my interest and ownership in the Lafayette Advertiser.

 In retiring from the business I desire to express my warmest thanks for the kind support I have received from the people of Lafayette during the many years I have had charge of the paper. And I also wish to bespeak for my successor, Mr. LeRosen, a continuance of the support accorded me.
           H. A. Van der Cruyssen.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

Firemen's Annual Parade and Smoker.

 June 18th.

 At the meeting of Committee appointed by the Fire Department to fix date and make other arrangements for the Annual Firemen's day and parade; the committee met May 29th, and decided on June 18th, as a suitable day.

 The Parade will form at the Court House square at 5:30 p. m. taking the following route.

 From the Square will take Lafayette St. to Vermilion, Vermilion to Jefferson (Moss' corner) Jefferson to Crescent Hotel St., Crescent Hotel to Vermilion (Post office corner) Vermilion to Washington St., (J. O. Mouton's corner) Washington to Falk's Hall, at which point the parade will disband and allow the "Fire Boys" to attend the "Smoker" which has been arranged for the occasions. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

Leaves no Room for Quibbling - Brands as False Certain Rumors Being Circulated in the Parish.

 Whereas an impression has been created on the minds of some people that it is the intention of the School Board to close a number of primary schools in the parish and establish in their stead a large central school at Scott after the special school tax will have been carried, and whereas this belief on the part of such persons is causing them to look upon the proposed school tax with disfavor; therefore be it resolved, that the school board emphatically denies the allegation there exists on its part of the intention to close, except for cause, any of the primary schools already established in the parish, but declares on the contrary that it will be the aim of the school board to open additional primary schools wherever and whenever needed insofar as the school funds will permit. And the board, rightly recognizing the primary school to be the bed-rock foundation upon which rests the entire superstructure of the our glorious public school system, takes this occasion to pronounce itself unalterably opposed to any policy which might tend to weaken this system at its most vital point.

 Be it further resolved, that the board earnestly recommends the adoption of the proposed school of 3 mills as being necessary to provide better school houses and longer terms and to meet the demand for additional school facilities for the rapidly increasing number of school children in the parish because it is known that the school funds obtained from existing sources of (last sentence unreadable).
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

Breakfast Invite from Edith Dupre.

 The members of the 1903 class which has just graduated from the Industrial Institute accepted an invitation from Miss E. G. Dupre teacher of English, to breakfast with her at her home in Opelousas Monday, after which the day was most delightfully spend pic-nicking in the woods. They all returned on the accommodations freight at 6:30 p. m. The following were in the party: Misses Annie Bell, Ula Coronna, Edith Trahan, Rena Boudreaux, Maxim Beraud, Messrs. Harold Demanade, Willie Mills, Jaque Domengeaux, and Potier Voorhies. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

 Women's Literary Club.

 The Women's Literary Club held an interesting meeting with Mrs. O. B. Hopkins on last Saturday. In the absence of the president, Mrs. T. N. Blake, the vice-president, Mill Lea Gladu presided. After the transaction of business matters, the following program was rendered: Reading from Grace King, Mrs. V. L. Roy, News of the day, Mrs. Denbo. The club adjourned for the summer. Next year's study will be American authors.

 After adjournment Mrs. Hopkins served dainty refreshments.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

F. N. B.

 At their last regular meeting the directors of the First National Bank declared a semi-annual dividend of ten dollars a share, payable July first. The statements issued by this bank at regular intervals shows its business to be in a flourishing condition. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

Commissioners and Clerks Elected.

 We, the board of supervisors, having this day met, have appointed election commissioners and clerks of elections to serve in their respective wards and precincts in and for the parish of Lafayette, La., for the special election to be held on the 18th day of June, 1903, upon the question of levying a special tax of 3 mills for 6 years, to-wit:


 1st WARD.

Felix Bernard, Jos. Dugas, Jean A. Begnaud, Clerk Chas. Boudreaux.

 2nd WARD.

 Jasper Spell, Wm. Wagner, H. Hutchins. Clerk Nathan F. Broussard.

 3rd Ward.

F. H. Thompson, Sr., Sidney Mouton, J. E. Martin. Clerk R. H. Broussard.

MOUTON SWITCH. J. Ed. Mouton, Wm. Couret, Gabe Martin. Clerk Claude Martin.

 4rh WARD.

 Gil. Bonnemaiann, A. L. Dyer, O. H. Theriot. Clerk Ed. Parent.

5th WARD.

 Alex Billeaud, C. K. Olivier, Augustin Richard. Clerk J. G. St. Julien, Jr.

6th WARD.

John Guidry, Arestide Frances, T. J. Breaux. Clerk Geo. Melchoir.


Hervillian Simoneaux, Marion Roger, Edmond Voorhies. Clerk Seymour Broussard.

 7th WARD.

 Ovey Comeaux, J. M. Broussard, Jr., Seymour Broussard. Clerk Pierre Landry.

 8th WARD.

 John Whittington, Pierre Breaux, Sam Montgomery. Clerk Leo Judice.

 Assessor's office, Lafayette, La. May 30, 1903.

 Arthur Comeaux, Alf. A. Delhomme, members.

A. M. Martin, President of Board.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/6/1903.

The Lafayette Baseball Association has secured a fine park near Surrey Park just back of Mr. J. J. Davidson's residence, and to-morrow, Sunday, at 3:30 p. m., there will be played there one of the best games of the season.

 Tuesday Sheriff Broussard arrested a negro by the name of Isaiah Lee, charged with the shooting of another negro some time ago in the Southern Pacific yard.

 One of the growing industries of Lafayette is the Lafayette Mattress Factory. The business has increased to such an extent that a new building has become a necessity, and one will be erected in the near future across from the railroad.

 A Washington dispatch to the Times-Democrat states that the salary of the postmaster at Lafayette has been raised from $1,600 to $1,700, to take effect July 1.

 The Lafayette Juniors played the Crowley Juniors last Sunday on their grounds. The News reports the game as very interesting. The score was four to three in favor of Crowley.

 Building continues steadily in Lafayette. There are now some twenty houses under construction, and a large number of prospectives.

 Mayor C. D. Caffery as let the contract for remodeling and adding another story to his residence.

 Ice Cream soda only five cents a glass at Yandle's.

 A grand ball was given by the Brotherhood of R. R. Trainmen June 25, at Falk's Opera House.

 The handsome residence of Mr. Ralph Voorhies, next door to Dr. J. F. Trahan is rapidly nearing completion.

 There will be a Grand Race Meeting at Carencro on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of June 6th, 1903:

 An Unfortunate Mistake.

 Aladin, a half-witted negro residing in this town, was shot and dangerously wounded by Sheriff Ike Broussard Tuesday night at about 10 o'clock. The sheriff was looking for two boys who had escaped from home in Jennings and while in the railroad yard met a few negroes who acted in a suspicious manner. Aladin was pointe out by these as a partner. The officer told Aladin to halt, but instead of obeying, the negro evidently misunderstanding him, ran away, at the same time giving warning not to advance on him.

 Sheriff Broussard naturally believed that the man was trying to resist arrest and several times commanded him to stop. He even shot his pistol into the ground in the hope of frightening him, but at this Aladin made a motion as if to draw a weapon from his inside coat pocket. The sheriff had no idea of the identity of Aladin and in self-defense, as he thought, he shot and wounded him. It is supposed that Aladin was under the impression that one of the railroad employees was running him away from the railroad premises. It was feared he would be injured in the yards, and the employees were in the  habit making him leave the yard enclosures.

 Mr. Broussard regrets sincerely the occurrence and saw that the unfortunate victim of the mistake received proper medical attention. Dr. Mouton bandaged the wound and the wounded man was sent to New Orleans for treatment at Mr. Broussard's expense. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.

School Board.

 Lafayette, La., June 4, 1903.

 At a special meeting of the School Board held on the above date there were present: Jasper Spell, Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. Roy O. Young, H. Theall, A. D. Verot and S. J. Montgomery. Absent: A. C. Guilbeau.

 President Olivier stated that as certain false rumors are being circulated in different parts of the parish to the effect that the School Board intended to centralize and close the country schools this special meeting of the Board was called to assure the people of the parish that the School Board that the School Board has never considered such an action either with or without the proposed special tax.

 Dr. Moss offered the following resolution, which on motion of Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Theall, was unanimously adopted:

 "Whereas an impression has been created on the minds of some people that it is the intention of the School Board to close a number of primary schools in the parish and establish in their stead a large central school at Scott, after the special school tax will have been carried; and wheras this belief on the part of such persons is causing them to look upon the proposed school tax with disfavor; therefore,

 Be it Resolved, That the School Board emphatically denies the allegation that there exists on its part an intention to close except for cause, any of the primary schools already established in the parish, that it shall be the aim of the Board to open additional primary schools whenever and wherever needed insofar as the school funds will permit. And the Board rightly recognizing the primary school to be the bed-rock foundation upon which rests the entire superstructure of our glorious public school system, takes this occasion to pronounce itself unalterably opposed to any policy which might tend to weaken this system at its most vital point.

 Be it further Resolved, That the Board earnestly recommends the adoption of the proposed school tax of 3 mills as being absolutely necessary to provide better school houses and longer school terms, and to meet the demand for additional school facilities for the rapidly increasing number of school children in the parish, because it is known that the school funds obtained from the existing sources of revenue are wholly inadequate for purposes just named.

 Mr. Simeon Begnaud and Mr. Alcide Judice made a proposition to build at their expense, in the first ward, a school house a according to plans furnished by the School Board. The two gentlemen stated that they would charge no interest for the use of the money invested and that they were willing to wait without limit for reimbursement. The School Board unanimously accepted the generous offer of the public-spirited citizens and thanked them for this expression of their interest in the education of the children of the parish.

 Dr. Roy O. Young here offered a proposition from his father, Dr. N. D. Young. Dr. Young proposed to give to the parish School Board a lot of equal size with the present Royville school lot in exchange for the present Royville school lot. The lot which Dr. Young offered if situated on the southeast corner of his Royville property. On motion of Dr. Moss the president was authorized to accept Dr. Young's proposition in order that the Board might put into operation a resolution adopted at a previous meeting. On motion of Mr. Spell the motion carried.

 The secretary was instructed to notify the people of Milton to get a written proposition from Vermilion parish relative to the location of a school in Milton.

 President Olivier reported on the prosperous condition of the Broussard school, stating that the citizens had subscribe $23 dollars in addition to the $162 already reported. This additional money was raised to purchase a globe and other supplies for the school. He stated also that the teachers were preparing an entertainment and that he extended an invitation to the Board to be present.

 There being no further business the Board adjourned.

 Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.

Century Club Directors.

 The stockholders of the Century Club elected a new board of directors Tuesday. The voting was done in J. C. Nickerson's real estate office and Pierre Brun and Robert A. Tierney had been appointed clerks of election. The following members were elected: Chas. DeBaillon, Felix H. Mouton, S. R. Parkerson, Wm. Campbell, A. B. Denbo, Jerome Mouton, Simeon Begnaud, T. M. Biossat, C. O. Mouton, J. C. Nickerson, Leo Doucet, S. Kahn, J. E. Martin, C. D. Caffery. There was a tie between Dr. F. E. Girard and C. M. Parkerson. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.


Livery Changes Hands.

 Messrs. Piat & Theall have bought the livery stable of Ed. Martin in this town and will continue to do business in the same place. Omnibus meets all trains, day and night. Good rigs on short order; baggage transfer; telephone No. 8. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.

Base Ball Game at Crowley.

 The Lafayette Juniors played a good game of ball last Sunday at Crowley. Although they were defeated the boys put up a very good article of the national sport. The following is an account of the game given by the Crowley News:

 "Yesterday's base ball game was one of the most exciting contests ever witness in this city. For five innings after the second, the score stood 1 to 1, and the least break on either team would have won or lost the game.

 "The principal feature of the game was Guidry's pitching, he striking out twelve men and pitching himself out of holes that at times seemed disastrous. Duke, behind the bat,  was there with the goods as usual. Only one man tried to steal second on him yesterday, and he was a stranger. He won't try it again.

 Lafayette led off in the first inning with a hit, and the runner eventually scored. Crowley scored in the second, making an even tally. After this it was neck and neck until the last half  of the eighth, when a badly fielded ball, followed by a series of errors, enabled Crowley to score three runs. Lafayette seemed to be slightly rattled in this inning and recovered when it was too late.

 A rally in the ninth brought their score up two more, and it looked for a few minutes as though the score would be tied. The locals, however, succeeded in holding them down to this."

 From the Crowley News and in the Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.

Base Ball To-morrow.

 There will be a game of base ball to-morrow afternoon at the new base ball park. The Lafayette Juniors will cross bats with the Iberia boys. The admission is 25 cents, ladies free. A bus will take anyone to the park free of cost.
Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.

An Entertainment.

 Mrs. G. C. Comstock entertained at a musicale Wednesday afternoon in honor of her accomplished sister, Miss Horn, of Keachie, La. The program was one of rare excellence and consisted of piano solos by Miss Horn and Miss Glasdu, a duet by Mrs. Delaney and Miss A. Hopkins, songs by Mrs. F. V. Mouton, Mrs. Crow Girard, Mrs. Blake and a recitation by Miss Hopkins. The parlor and dining room were decorated very artistically with exquisite flowers, the dining table especially eliciting admiration with its magnificent center piece of the most beautiful or our southern blossoms, the magnolia grandi-flora. Dainty ices and cakes were served, and the guests complimented Mrs. Comstock upon her ever charming and gracious manner of entertaining. Besides the ladies taking part in the program there were present: Mmes. Caffery, Mills, O. B. Hopkins, James Parkerson, M. Meriweather, B. Clegg, N. P. Moss, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, J. J. Davidson, Hulse, A. Bonnet, W. A. LeRosen, A. B. Denbo, Misses Parkerson, Hopkins, J. Torian and V. Young.
Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/6/1903.

C. R. Morril, resident engineer of the M. L., T. Railroad, Steamship Co., with headquarters in Algiers, spent a few hours here last Monday.

 The graduating class of the Industrial School went to Opelousas Monday to be the guests of Miss E. Dupre.

 Heavy indications of oil were found at the depth of 125 feet in a water well bored by Edgar Kilchrist, Carencro.

 A dancing party was given in Theo. J. Breaux's hall in Carencro Wednesday, and a nice time was enjoyed by all.

 Cadet Rousseau J. Mouton, of the State University, representing his class on Sub-Freshman night. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 6th, 1896:


 It always pains us to hear our town "run down" by one of its citizens, an occurrence of too great frequency, unfortunately. It matters not in the citizen happens to belong to that large number who contribute more than any other class to the backwardness of a town, by placing all manner of obstacles in the way of its advancement, it hurts the town. This reflection is suggested by the remarks accredited to a resident of Lafayette, recently, who had anything but good to say of his native town, to a stranger who engaged him in conversation. The visitor, however, had powers of observation of his own and formed an opinion of Lafayette and its future, directly opposite to the view entertained by the resident. This was a fortunate circumstance for the town, but, too often, a stranger is much influenced by the expressions of his informant, in such cases.

 This incident, recited as a premise only to our further remarks, created in us a curiosity to look backward and review the history or Lafayette for the past two or three years to ascertain if the town had not made a better record than what many of its own people were willing to allow. In this connection we took into account only such new acquisitions as were entitled to distinctive consideration. We find that during that time Lafayette has a rightful claim to a number of quite substantial improvements, there being included among these a sugar refinery of 300 tons capacity, an ice factory capable of turning our 7 1/2 tons a day, a rice mill, a grist mill, a telephone exchange and a modern system of water works and electric lights soon to be erected. All things considered we have reason to feel well satisfied with the progress we are making and with the bright prospects in store for us we should be more than pleased with our lot. A large cotton seed oil mill and another railroad (T. & P. from Palmett0) are strong possibilities, will add fresh laurels on no mean order,  and so we must conclude that Lafayette has no cause for complaint for the progress it has made for the past two or three years. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.

From the Lafayette Gazette of June 6th, 1896:

"The Lafayette Investment Co."

 The Advertiser has good reason to believe that another and most valuable adjunct to the advancement of Lafayette is going to materialize in the not distant future. The proposition is to organize a local investment company for the purpose of establishing and operating in the interest of the investment company, business and other enterprises partaking of a public character. The plan is to charter the association and issue shares of a fixed value payable in moderate monthly installments, so as to place the shares within easy reach of all persons desirous of placing money at interest in this manner. The affairs of the association would be controlled by the stockholders through a board of directors, and the intention is that the directors should not make investments of the funds of the association, excepting with the consent and by authority of a majority of the members of the association. Whilst it would be the expressed purpose of the company to devote its funds solely to the development of home resources, investors from other localities would not be excluded from purchasing and owning the association's stock. With food management the stock would be made to earn a rate of interest that would cause it to be sought after as a desirable investment and, for we of Lafayette, it would carry a double interest as local investorss would derive, in addition to the regular dividends, a benefit of even greater value; that resulting from internal improvements, each new enterprise or industry inauguratede giving increases valuation to all property in the town.

 An investment company of the kind here suggested, evolving from a small beginning, might eventuate into a large and powerful institution almost unlimited in its capability for promoting the advancement of Lafayette town and parish, and it is the sincere hope of the Advertiser that the business men and other residents will feel sufficient interest in the subject to make a Lafayette Investment Co. a realization of the near future. It means cooperating, and cooperation means everything in a community.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.

 To Photograph First Communion.

 We have been informed that Mr. J. C. Handley, the well known phorographer of New Iberia, who at one time made regular visits to Lafayette, will make arrangements to be in our town on first communion day, to do photographic work. Laf. Advertiser 6/6/1896.

 City Council.

 At its last meeting the City Council held an election for town marshal secretary and treasurer. The following were elected Sidney Veazey, chief of police; Baxter Clegg, sevretary and D. V. Gardebled treasurer. For the nomination of chief of police 5 members voted in favor of Mr. Sidney Veazey and two voted blank.

Laf. Advertiser 6/6/1896.

 New Operator at Telephone Co.

 The patrons of the Telephone will regret to learn that Miss Hortense Guidry, who ever since the incipeiency of this new enterprise, has so courteously and efficiently filled the position as central operator, has resigned her duties in the office and returned to her home. Miss Guidry has been succeeded by Miss Cora Desbrest. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.

 B. M. A. Meeting.

 Monday last the Business Men's Association held a meeting during which they decided to appoint a committee of three to correspond with Mr. L. S. Thorne, Vice-President and Gen. Manager of the T. P. Railroad, to ask that a branch be established from Palmetto to Lafayette. Those of the committee were Messrs. Chas. D. Caffery. B. A. Salles and Dr. T. B. Hopkins. We will give in our next issie the result of the inquiry. Laf. Advertiser 6/6/1896.

An Elegant Reception.

 The most charming and enjoyable affair of the season, may truly be said to have been the elegant reception tendered by Mrs. G. A. Breaux to a few select friends, at her beautiful country residence on last Friday evening; in honor of her most accomplished daughter Mrs. Simon of Charleston, who is on a several weeks visit to her parents. Mrs. Breaux is a most fascinating hostess, and gifted to a rare degree with the art of entertaining. Mrs. Simon, though obstensibly a guest, assisted her mother in receiving, and eminently acquitted herself a no less charming adept. The parlor being cleared for dancing, the guests were received, and the refreshments served, or the cool spacious galleries, where the orchestra was also stationed. The card tables were spread in the sumptuous hall. The lovely grounds afforded the most delightful promenades, and the inviting little bowers, where cupid disported himself, dispersed so temptingly through the pleasant walks, were in popular favor with the guests. Those present were Misses Susie and Ida Hopkins, Stella Trahan, Clye and Lizzy Mudd, Louise Givens, Zeralda and Nellie Bailey, Mary Mcfadden, Lula Kelly, Bessie and Leila Cornay, Madames, C. K. Darking, J. J. Davidson, Alfred Mouton and Wm. Kelly. Messrs. John Givens, Sterling Mudd, Orin Hopkins, Tom Bagnal, J. C. Nickerson, Crow Girard, Baxter Clegg, Alfred Mouton, J. J. Davidson. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.

 Mystic Picnic Club.

 The picnic given by the Mystic Picnic Club last Sunday, was a most enjoyable affair. As "Old Sol" made his appearance and began his daily course in the cloudless heavens, merry voices were heard from all directions and judging from the laughter that filled the morning air not a heavy heart mingled in the happy crowd.

 At 9 a. m. five wagons loaded with the happy participants, started for the well known Chargois Springs, where the day was spent. Upon arrival gallant young beraux sought the fair belles and excursions were planned to the Beautiful Vermilion where many hours were spent in pleasant conversation, singing and music.

 At noon the baskets were opened and all the delicacies of the season spread before the hungry crowd. It is needless to say that justice was done to the splendid baskets prepared by good mammas. In the afternoon sherbert, and other refreshments were served. At 6 p. m. all started for home, tired but happy, with best wishes to the M. P. C. and hoping to enjoy another of their happy picnics soon. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.


The Advertiser's Telephone


 (T. M. Biossat) Hello Exchange! They are still going not too fast not too slow, but holding their own and winning friends.

 (Advertiser) I don't understand you T. M.

 (T. M. Biossat) Why I mean those solid Silver Tinsel belts, not those made of Military braid, there is the same difference between the Tinsel belt and Military brand belt in using a trunk strap either on a trunk or on herself?

 Did you ever see the strap thereafter ?

 Then let her try our Solid Silver Tinsel belts, and see her delight at finding a belt that looks itself just as tight as she desires, and opens in a second.

(Advertiser) T. M. Biossat, The Jeweler has all styles of belts at all prices.

(Caller from Breaux Bridge) Please let know if there will be any celebration in your town on the 4th of July?

 (Advertiser) Yes sir ! there will be a grand ball at Falk's opera house, you and your friends are invited to attend.

 The celebration Lafayette String Band, will furnish the music for the occasion.

(Advertiser) Hello friend, Van is that you old fellow?

(Caller Van) Yes!

 (Advertiser) Is it true that Falk carrries the largest and cheapest stock of goods in your town ?"

(Caller Van) That's what every one says, you know he pays all charges on goods bought of him by persons living out town.

(Advertiser) Hello! did you see that fine bicycle at H. H. Hohorst's store?

(Caller) That is only a sample of the bicycles that Mr. H. D. Engelman will have for sale. Remember that those bicycles are sold by installment of 10 dollars a month. 15 cash and the balance by month.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/6/1896.

 Hon. J. R. Domengeaux was in Lafayrette Monday.

 Representative G. W. Scranton was in town Monday.

 Messrs. Gatipon & Vergez just opened a new bakery in the old F. G. Mouton stand, and are soliciting the patronage of the public.

 The pupils of Mt. Carmel Convent will give their entertainment on June 17th. A most interesting feature of the exercises will be the award of a gold watch to the most popular you lady.

 Mr. Jos. Billeaud brought to our office the first cotton blossom. This blossom was raised on Mrs. Leon Billeaud'sa plantation.

 The new residence of Dr. F. R. Tolson under the supervision of Mr. Fred Mouton will be erected at an early date.

 Archbishop Jannsens was in town Wednesday enroute to Mauriceville, where he went to administer, the sacrament of confirmation.

 Mr. Julien Mouton was elected by the Legislature Judge of Circuit Court, 3rd District.

 We were mistaken last week when we spoke about the new building of Phil Crouchet. We should have said Arthur Couret.

 The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Mount Carmel Convent is postponed until Oct. 14th, 1896.

 Mr. Adolphe Doucet had the misfortune to lose his corn crib by fire Wednesday night. Nothing was saved, 75 to 80 barrels of corn, and a few barrels of potatoes were burned. Fire is supposed to have been set.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 6th, 1874:


We see that several of our citizens are building and repairing notwithstanding the general cry of "hard times." Col. J. R. Creighton has erected and nearly completed a beautiful two story dwelling in Buchanan street. This building was planned, the cypress cut and saved, the lumber dressed and prepared and the frame work put up by the Colonel himself, with the assistance of two or three employees for the heavy work. This building will be an ornament to that portion of town when finished. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

New Stock. Mr. Ed. Cain, the popular merchant near the Catholic Church, has just added to his large stock, a new and selecte assortment of dry goods of all kinds. The goods were received direct from New York and will be sold at prices to suit the times. Call and see for yourselves.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.
New Store.

 Mr. George Josse, a merchant of this place, and a good workman in several of the arts and trades, is now about completing a neat store and dwelling on Washington street. Mr. Josse will remove his stock of goods from his present stand on Main street to his new building in a few weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

 Remodeling Corner of Main & St. John.

 Mr. F. Martin is now having the large building on the corner of Main and St. John streets, lately occupied by Mr. C. P. Connally, put in thorough repair. The balcony and the other improvements he is making about the premises will add greatly to the appearance of that portion of our town. The building will be occupied by that well known merchant, Mr. J. H. Wise, as soon as completed. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 6th, 1906:


 Negro Dave Howard Tells How and Why He Committed the Murder.

 Prompt and Intelligent Work on Part of Officers Secures the Criminal and Discovers Evidence that Absolutely Fastens Guilt Upon Prisoner.

 Dave Howard, the negro charged with the murder of the Syrian, J. L. Breaux, has confessed. He made the confession Sunday night to District Attorney Campbell and Sheriff Lacoste, and his story of the terrible crime tallies exactly with the theory previously formed by the officers, as to how and why the deed was committed. He states that he first entered a house, where he stole a coat.

 He then left and as he passed through the yard picked up an axe to defend himself should need be, as he decided to enter another house to "get a piece of money" to buy something to eat and to get away. Seeing the window open he took off his shoes and went in. While he was ransacking the armor, the man waked up. Fearing he might be shot, he struck the man with the axe as he was raising up. The noise woke the woman and he put his hand over her face gave her a violent shove and then ran out the way he came.

 Every particular stated above was known to the officers within two days after the crime was committed, and Sheriff Lacoste, Chief Chargois and their deputies deserve high praise for the intelligent, systematic and successful manner in which they handled the seemingly baffling mystery that met them Sunday morning a week ago.

 Promptly upon arrival on the scene of the crime the officers began a diligent search for a clue to the perpetrator. The blood stains on the floor were examined, showing that they were made with bare feet. They were followed, showing the window where ingress and egress were effected. The open wardrobe told where the thief had searched. The cut in the bar, the position of the body and the bed post, revealed the manner in which the fatal blow was struck and that the unfortunate victim had raised himself to a sitting posture when the axe hurled him into eternity. The neighboring towns were at once warned by Sheriff Lacoste to be on the lookout, and at about half past seven a. m. P. H. Mouton and Judge Felix Begnaud arrested a strange negro hanging around the depot at Scott as it with intention to board the freight due at 8. On searching him they found blood stains on his clothes and being questioned he gave contradictory answers, finally admitting he was from Opelousas, later confessing to criminal assault Saturday on a fourteen year old negro girl. Sheriff Lacoste was notified and immediately sent Deputy Saul Broussard for the prisoner.

 Meantime the investigation was continued and it was that the house of Mr. Ludovic Guidry near the Breaux home had been entered and a coat stolen. The axe was recognized by Mr. Guidry as his property as was also the coat worn by the negro when brought from Scott. Examination of the negro disclosed blood upon his shirt, pants, inside of his shoes and between his toes. Putting all these together with a few other details, Sheriff Lacoste formed an unbreakable chain of circumstantial evidence that made conviction absolutely certain. The negro's confession has not made the evidence stronger, but has removed the last vestige of doubt as to the perpetrator of the murder. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1906.        






 A Magnificent Plantation situated in the Parish of Lafayette, in the Southwestern part of the State of Louisiana (in that section known as the Attakapas District), and being three miles Northwest on the flourishing town of Vermilionville, and one mile north of the line of the New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad, containing Two Hundred and Twenty-five superficial arpents of well improved land, together with a large commodius dwelling with three double chimneys and galleries above and below;  a kitchen with all necessary conveniences; comfortable buildings for laborers; a carriage house, a hen house, stables, &c. Over 125 arpents of the land is now enclosed by a cypress pieux fence and Bois d' Arc hedge.

 The Dwelling Kitchen, &c., are surrounded with good fencing and the yard is beautifully shaded by Oaks, Pecan and other trees; there are also a number of Fig, Peach, Plum and Pear trees and a vegetable and flower garden, and lot of Beehives on the place.

 The land is generally level it is well adapted to raising Cotton, Sugar cane, Rice, Potatoes, Tobacco, Vegetables of every description and fruit trees of all kinds suitable to this climate.

 There is also a fine tract of WOODLAND containing Forty-five (45) superficial acres, situated three miles from the Plantation on the west side of the Bayou Vermilion, (being on the same side of said Bayou as the Plantation.) This tract of land is on a high hill and is thickly covered with the different kinds of Oak and Ash and a variety of other usefull trees. It is a most desirabke location for raising hogs, goats, and sheep. The Railroad line surveyed in 1872 by the N. O. Mobile & Texas Railroad Co. crosses this tract of land.

 The whole of the above property can be purchased on the following terms, to-wit: $5,500 Cash, OR, $6,000, $3,000 CASH and $3,000 payable in three equal annual installments.

 For further information

 Address A. D. MARTIN,

Or to the Lafayette Advertiser.

Vermilionville, March 1874.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

 New Store.
 Mr. George Josse, a merchant of this place, and a good workman in several of the arts and trades, is now about completing a neat store and dwelling on Washington street. Mr. Josse will remove his stock of goods from his present stand on Main street to his new building in a few weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

 Remodeling Corner of Main & St. John.

 Mr. F. Martin is now having the large building on the corner of Main and St. John streets, lately occupied by Mr. C. P. Connally, put in thorough repair. The balcony and the other improvements he is making about the premises will add greatly to the appearance of that portion of our town. The building will be occupied by that well known merchant, Mr. J. H. Wise, as soon as completed. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 6th, 1913:


 The City Board of Health has begun the active enforcement of the State sanitary code, as their duty requires of them, and as in all cases where something new is enforced, especially when it puts people to expense or inconvenience, the Board has been harshly criticised and some very unkind things said about them.

 There is absolutely nothing more precious than health, and instead saying hard things about the Board we ought to praise them for they are doing and requiring nothing that the most positive, persistent and prolonged investigation has not proved absolutely true.

 We consider the requirements of the Board very important and they should not be burdensome. Of course it means some expense, but the stake, the health of the people, is worth many times more than the trouble and expense.

 If everybody  was convinced that the Board was doing only the necessary things to protect the public health, of course, there would be no objection, but on the contrary, cheerful compliance. It is the doubt and belief in the needlessness that causes the complaint and criticism. But we should all consider that the sanitary rules are the result of KNOWLEDGE, not guesswork, and even if contrary to our beliefs, still, in the same way we take our doctor's medicine when we are sick, we should carry out the Board's rules to protect the public health.

 All of our lives we have paid doctors to make us well, but it is much more sensible to do as the Chinese, pay doctors to keep us well. This is the function of the State Board of Health with their various assistants and local boards, and naturally the plan being new, it will strike some of our tender angles. When it does let us consider that protection of the public health protects us and our families, then rub the hit angle and tell the board to keep up the good work. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1913.

 Pictured above the Lafayette Sanitarium on St. John Street. In the year ____ it was one of the most sanitary places to be found in Lafayette. The City Board of Health had the hopes that the enforcement of the Sanitary Code might keep many people from having to enter the sanitarium.

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