From the Lafayette Gazette of May 31st, 1902:
The Gazette knew that the sheriff of this parish was adept in many great things. As a detective, political wire-puller, successful candidate for office, rice planter, cow-boy, farmer, stump speaker, island owner, practical joker, epicurean, etc., etc., we knew that he had a most enviable record, but we did not know that he was a votary of the theatre. The following telegram received by Sheriff Broussard last Monday from a well-known member of the New Orleans press was the first intimation we had that he possessed any historic talent.
"...New Orleans, May 25. To Ike Broussard, sheriff, Lafayette. Can you come to the city tomorrow to take leading part in comedy at Tulane theatre. Be sure to come..."
On account of a rush of business, incidental to the collection of the road tax, the sheriff could not respond to the invitation and Coquelin still holds undisputed away on the Thespian stage. Lafayette Gazette 5/31/1902.
THE TOWN SCHOOLS.
The High and Primary School Hold Closing Exercises.
The public schools of the town closed a very successful session this week. Both the High and Primary schools have done excellent work and it is to be hoped that the school authorities will be able to retain the services of these good teachers for the next term. The town has been fortunate in having such competent and industrious teachers in its public schools. Though greatly handicapped by inadequate room and a lack of the things so necessary in school-work, the teachers in the Lafayette schools have accomplished very much during the last session. The Gazette has taken the trouble to find out how the local schools are getting along and it is pleased to state that all reports are very flattering to the teachers. It is needless to speak of the great help that good schools are to a community, as that is a fact which all our readers are well aware of. Lafayette is, at this time, particularly interested in public schools which will prepare the children of the town for entrance into the Industrial Institute, the benefits of which can be secured only by giving the proper care and attention to the preparatory course which precedes matriculation at the Institute.
With commendable energy Prof. LeRosen and Misses Christian and Duvall of the High School, and Misses Trichel, Basche and Younger of the Primary school, closed the session with very creditable exercises. The High School held its exercises at the Opera-house last night.
The exercises at the Primary School took place at the school-house yesterday afternoon.
Lafayette Gazette 5/31/1902.
NEW PLANK WALK
To Industrial Institute to Be Built Before Meeting of the Summer Normal.
Mr. Felix Demanade started a movement this week to build a plank-walk from Julian Mouton's residence to the Industrial Institute. It is Mr. Demanade's intention to have the work completed before the opening of the normal and Chautauqua in June. Mr. Demanade presented a subscription list to a number of citizens who, as will be seen by the following donations, gave very liberally toward thus much needed improvement. More money is required and it is hoped that the other progressive citizens who have not yet given their share will do so without delay. The subscriptions already made follow:
S. R. Parkerson...$10.oo
Orther C. Mouton...$10.00
J. E. Tanner...$2.50
Chas D. Caffery...$10.00
Jno. I. Bell...$2.00
L. W. Mayer...$2.50
F. R. Tolson...$10.00
Industrial School Concert...$25.00
Dr. James A. Lee...$5.o0
V. L. Roy...$2.50
E. L. Stephens...$2.50
C. S. Babin...$2.50
J. C. Nickerson...$2.50
N. P. Moss...$25.00
C. O. Mouton...$5.00
Mrs. M. E. Girard...$10.00
A. T. Caillouet...$5.00
Felix O. Broussard...$1.00
J. J. Davidson...$2.50
J. J. Parkerson...$2.00
Mrs. E. Constantin...$1.00
Lafayette Gazette 5/31/1902.
WHAT WE DIDN'T SAY.
"...The Lafayette Gazette has quite a lengthy article entitled, "The Public Schools For the Poor." The public schools are no more for the poor than they are for the rich. The doctrine is a pernicious one. The public schools should be the best in the land, well supported and maintained, and patronized by all. The system is not predicated upon the needs of poverty. It represents one of the great functions of the State. Enlightened communities enjoying high and extraordinary public school privileges, must resent the suggestion that the public schools are for the poor alone. This idea is antagonistic to the whole theory of the public school system and it must not be entertained..." Baton Rouge Advocate.
Evidently the editor of the Advocate has not read the article to which he refers. This paper has never, at any time, said that the public schools are for the poor and not for the rich. We merely expressed surprise that so many poor men were opposed to the levying of taxes for the maintenance of public schools, in view of the fact they could look alone to these schools for the education of their children. The rich man cab send his son to Tulane, to Cornell to Harvard and Yale. The poor man can not. Hence, the latter is more interested in the public schools. Long before public schools were established in small towns and throughout the rural districts, the children of the rich enjoyed all the educational advantages that wealth could secure, but the sons or daughters of the poorer classes were not provided with the facilities to acquire even the rudiments of an education, and that "mass of talents which lies buried in poverty" and which is the mainstay of republican institutions remained undeveloped and inactive. We expressed the opinion that the poor man is less able to so without the public school than his rich neighbor, which is one of the reasons why the education of the people, rich and poor, is a proper function of the government.
We regret that the able editor of the Advocate should believe us capable of preaching the "pernicious doctrine" that the "public schools are for the poor alone." Still, we are profoundly grateful for the information that rich children may attend the public schools. We were blissfully unconscious that any one entertained any doubt on this question, but as it is always best to have things clearly understood Col. Jones has done well to tell us about it. Lafayette Gazette 5/31/1902.
New Long Distance Line.
Mr. H. D. Poole, superintendent of construction for the Cumberland Telephone Company, reached Lafayette this week having completed the new long distance line from New Orleans to this place. The building of this line greatly improves the telephone system connecting Lafayette with New Orleans and intermediate points. After July 1st the new arrangements will make it possible to have three simultaneous conversations with New Orleans.
Mr. Poole, who travels in a very commodious house on wheels, informed The Gazette that though he had traversed several States while supervising the construction of telephone lines he would not hesitate to say that the country between Franklin and Lafayette is the finest thing he has seen. Mr. Poole believes that considering the soil, climate and healthfulness of this section it is unequaled for agricultural pursuits.
Lafayette Gazette 5/31/1902.
Domengeaux Adding On.
Another story has been added to the Domengeaux building and number of other improvements are being made. Many new rooms are being fitted up and arrangements will be made in the restaurant to accommodate a larger number of people. The place is very conveniently located and that advantage, coupled with the splendid service given, insures not only a continuation of its present trade but an increase of patronage.
Lafayette Gazette 5/31/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 31st, 1902:
Of The Industrial Institute.
Since we went to press for our last issue the first annual commencement exercises of the Southwestern Louisiana Institute have taken place and the first session of the school has closed. The interest which our people showed in these exercises show that they are thoroughly awake in matters of education and that they feel a just pride in the institution which the town, parish, and state have contributed so liberally to found and maintain. A spirit new to Lafayette, the spirit of commencement day seemed to take possession of all (unreadable word) to urge every one towards the Institute as the session drew to a close.
The first exercises of the series were held on Friday evening, the 23rd, and consisted in a concert given by the music classes and pupils of the school under the direction of Prof. F. Sontag. The large auditorium was filled to its utmost capacity many present hailing from neighboring towns and parishes. The hall was admirably lighted by arc and incandescent lamps, while twenty-five of the latter cast a brightness on the stage and its artistic decorations that added greatly to the beauty of the scene. Prof. Sontag was assisted in this entertainment by the Sontag Military Band (unreadable words) seemed in its happiest humor. Other numbers on the program which were loudly applauded were piano solos by Miss Maxim Beraud and Miss Genevieve Mouton; vocal solos by Miss Alma Gulley and Miss Mable Alford; two double quartetts by the Quartette Club; and a Mandolin solo by Miss Louis Nollive. At the close of the program President Stephens made public announcement of the remaining exercises and cordially invited all those present to attend.
On Saturday at 10 a. m., the doors of the Institute were thrown open to visitors for a public inspection of the works of the students in all departments. Several hundred people responded to the cordial invitations which have been tendered and availed themselves of the good opportunity to become better acquainted with the work done by their boys and girls during the session. The main building, dormitory, and work shop were all open to visitors. In the main building the class rooms, offices, gymnasium, laboratories, domestic science rooms and library were inspected. The exhibit of the departments of English, stenography and geography were made in the Library. The display of the drawing classes were in their rooms and called forth much admiration from visitors. The sewing classes made a highly creditable showing in their well equipped and furnished room. A large number of articles of apparel, mostly unknown by name to the writer, but ranging from pretty lace handkerchiefs to elegant dresses, and running the whole gamut of strange garments which ladies wear, were on exhibit to awe the men and charm the ladies. In the chemistry laboratory there was a display of apparatus used by students during the session, while the science teacher with several students conducted various experiments of popular interest and explained their purport. The exhibit in the work-shop was one of the most complete and reflects credit upon the instructor and students of the manual training department. On the work bench of each student were displayed the different exercises made by him during the session. His drawings were tacked to the wall directly above the bench, and the larger articles made by the students occupied the central part of the commodious room. Among the latter were several desks and book-cases, washstands, hotel dressers, book-shelves, music cases, pedestals, reclining chair, stepladder, etc.
The exercises on Saturday evening consisted in an open session of the Attakapas Literary Society and a literary address by Hon. M. H. Carver of Natchitoches. Again the capacious auditorium was filled to its utmost, all anxious to witness the literary efforts of the students. The program comprised the following numbers, besides vocal and instrumental music; a paper reviewing the first session of the Institute, by Miss Annie Bell, tableaux of five noted women as follows: Xanthippe, Miss Gertrude de Layne of Jennings; Cleopatra, Miss Mabel Alford of Scott; Ophelia, Miss Annie Bell of Lafayette; Elizabeth, Miss Eleanor Compton of Rapides; and Victoria, Miss Gertrude Coronna of Lafayette.
A tableau in which Miss Nora Darby represented the Southwestern Industrial Institute as a source of enlightenment, was received with much applause. The chief feature, however, of the entire program was the annual debate which was to decide the awarding of the Julian Mouton medal. This Medal was offered in Perpetua by Judge Mouton to the best debater of the of the society, the contest to be held annually during the commencement exercises. The subject of the debate this year was "Resolved that the Government should own and operate the Railroads." The debaters who were on the affirmative Miss Alma Gulley and Bessie Lessley, on the negative Miss Irma Voorhies and Mr. Jefferson Caffery. The judges were Dr. Beverly Warner, Prof. Brown Ayres of Tulane University and Hon. Thomas H. Lewis of Opelousas. Dr. Warner, in rendering the decision of the judges, complimented highly all the speakers upon the ability and skill which they had shown in their treatment of the question, and stated that the committee had decided in favor of the negative and had awarded the medal to Mr. Caffery with special mention of Miss Lessley.
The program on Saturday evening was closed by an interesting description of the drama, "If I Were King," as played by Southern in New Orleans last winter.
On Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock with Rev. Beverly Warner, Director of Trinity Church, New Orleans, delivered the commencement sermon, a song service being rendered by the choir of the Ascension of this town. Dr. Warner's address was practical, forceful, interesting and edifying to the large audience which had gathered to listen the learned divine. The people of Lafayette will long remember with the pleasure the elegant address delivered by Dr. Warner and the charming personality of the man and minister.
The last exercises were held last Monday morning and consisted of the program rendered by the Third year class and addresses by Dr. Dixon and Dr. Warner. The class exercises were mostly original and hence lively and entertaining. "The Spelling Class" which was a burlesque on one of the teacher's recitations, was well worked out and well done, and provoked much merriment among the audience.
A dialogue in French by Miss Irma Voorhies and Miss Eula Coronna was received. This was the most elaborate number on the program, and reflected credit on the department of English in the Institute. The young ladies and young gentlemen acquitted themselves of their respective parts in a very creditable manner. The characters represented were as follows:
The Duke of Venice...Willie Mills.
Antonio, a Merchant of Venice...P. Voorhies.
Bassanio, his friend...H. Demanade.
Portia...Miss Annie Bell.
Nerissa...Miss Rhena Boudreaux.
Attendants, Misses Beraud, Ruger, Richard, Trahan and Mr. Compton.
The class song was an original composition sung to the tune of John Brown's body. Other entertaining parts of the program were a tableau of Lafayette in 1776 and Lafayette in 1902, represented by Caffery in 18th century dress, and Potier Voorhies as a Lafayette football player in 1902 - a tableau illustrating the superiority of the class, and various musical selections by members of the class.
At the close of the class exercises Dr. Brandt, V. B. Dixon, president of Newcomb College, delivered a masterly address on education in its relation to present social and economical conditions. The speaker was heard with rapt attention by his audience alike on account of the thoughts he presented and of the easy and graceful manner of his address.
Prof. Brown Ayres then presented the Julian Mouton medal to Jefferson Caffery, and in doing so, complimented the young gentleman highly upon the merit of his debate, and the diligence and study he had shown in his preparation for the contest.
The exercises were closed by a brief but happy address delivered to the Class of 1903 by Dr. Warner; in the course of which the speaker congratulated the students upon the good already done in their studies of English, and urged them to develop a taste for books and reading to continue their study of the great master of English drama. Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1902.
Cottage Hotel Bus.
The Cottage Hotel bus is an addition to the transfer facilities of the town. The bus will be used chiefly for the convenience of the many patrons of the hotel. Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1902.
Covering Church Roof.
The work of covering the roof of the Catholic church with galvanized iron was completed Wednesday. Messrs. Emes and Alexander were the contractors. Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/31/1902.
The regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the People's Cotton Oil Co. will be held Tuesday, June 3rd, at 3 p. m., at office.
Mr. Baxter Clegg, the hustling representative of Messrs. Jacobs & Garrets, whiskey dealers, Memphis, Tenn. complimented The Advertiser with a bottle of their celebrated Memphis Extra Dry.
Thanks, Baxter. Here's to you.
By an unavoidable oversight Messrs. G. Schmulen, and B. J. Pellerin were omitted from the list of the Merchants Association.
Remember the races at Surrey Park June 7 and 8. You don't want to miss them.
The Southern Pacific will run an excursion train to New Iberia on June 1st, on account of races there. Train will pass Lafayette at 11:24 a. m. and fare for the round trip is 75 cents.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 31st, 1879:
Work progresses steadily. About one hundred and thirty penitentiary convicts are at work between the Lacassine and Mermentau rivers, and more will be added. Pile driving is going ahead in the northern edge of Lake Charles, and at English Bayou about five miles east of Lake Charles. Another vessel has left New York, making three on the way to Calcasieu with steel rails, fastenings, etc., while a fourth is now discharging a similar cargo on lighters at Calcasieu Pass, Col. Adams, the general manager, has the quiet, self-possessed manner of a man who knows that he has undertaken a work he is fully able to perform, and under his efficient management everything goes on steadily and smoothly. From the Lake Charles Echo and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1879.
Locals On Tour With Edison's Phonograph.
We are pleased to learn through letter that our young friend W. G. Rogan, now absent from home on an exhibition tour with the Edison Phonograph in company with Charles C. Delhomme, of Breaux Bridge, has, thus far, met with a warm reception from the people of the towns through which he has yet passed, He says they have rarely failed to secure an intelligent and appreciative audience, and in addition to the fair compensation received for their services, have been assured by many pleasant evidences, of the satisfaction their performances with the Phonograph have given.
In St. James Parish they were honored in a most special manner, by an admission to the Sacred Heart Convent and Jefferson College, and a full attendance of the Faculties and students of both institutions. They were furnished with fine halls free of charge and handsomely paid for their services. We hope our young friends with the Phonograph may continue to meet with success, and in due time return to their homes laden with the spoils.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1879.
The New Constitution.
The Lafayette Advertiser considers that the submission of the new constitution to the people for ratification or rejection would be inexpedient and unnecessary. This is also our opinion; but, it there is to be a new election this fall, as some propose, we have no objection to the question of ratification being submitted at the same time. If the new election idea is not carried out, however, we strenuously insist that the submission of the constitution would be not only unnecessary, but a very inexpedient and dangerous step. The full Democratic vote would not be brought out, and the bondholders, office-seekers, monopolists and others whose private interests might be injuriously affected by the new instrument, could easily make a combination with the leaders of the Radical party, and secure its rejection. Then, where will relief come from? Where will be found a remedy for the evils which now affect us? We entreat our delegates to weigh well this matter, and to so act as to preclude the possibility of a rejection of their work, which, having full confidence in their ability and integrity, we are willing to accept any with eyes shut and mouth wide open. Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1879.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/31/1879.
Those Parish taxpayers who yet remain delinquent would do well to note the fact that the delay given by the Parish Attorney before suing has expired. Further costs can be avoided by settling up immediately.
Messrs. M. P. Young & Co. received a fresh supply of drugs and medicines by the last trip of the steamer Mattie. Also a lot of new, extra fine flour, direct from St. Louis mills, which they are selling at moderate prices.
ICE. - Our energetic fellow townsman B. A. Salles is making preparation to supply the citizens of Vermilionville and vicinity with ice during the summer. He will open his ice depot on Lafayette street, opposite his residence, next week.
If you have only a small amount of money and want to get the worth of it in goods, step in at Pellerin's on Main street. He has a large stock of goods of every description, (as will be seen by referring to our advertising columns), and is selling them at rock bottom prices. Give him a call and see for yourself. Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 31st, 1873:
GENERAL FRANK GARDNER.
"...General Frank Gardner, a son of the late Col. C. K. Gardner, of Capitol Hill, died on the 29th ult., near Vermilionville, Louisiana. Deceased was formerly an officer of the Southern rebellion resigned and linked his fortunes with the Confederacy, under the government of which he held many responsible positions, and was in command of Port Hudson, Mississippi, at the time of its surrender to the Union Force..." Washington Chronicle.
Gen. Frank Gardner was one of the trusted and gallant officers of the Confederacy. After the fall of New Orleans, and the subsequent repulse of Faragut's fleet at Vicksburg, and its withdrawal from that city, it was determined by the Confederate government to hold the mouth of Red River open for the supplies from the trans-Mississippi at all hazards. Vicksburg above that point was fortified and garrisoned, and Port Hudson, the most available and strongest point below, was put in a perfect state of defence. The command of this place was entrusted to Gen. Gardner, and how well he held it in the face of the overwhelming odds repeatedly brought against him both by land and water, are matters of history. With an army of less than seven thousand men he successfully defended the place for more than six months against one of the best appointed Federal armies, commanded by skillful general ever put in the field; besides preventing the repeated attempts of the Federal ships of war to run the gauntlet of his batteries for the purpose of blockading Red river and cutting off the supplies for Vicksburg. Only once did he fail in this and then the fault was not with him or his men. Farragut in the spring of 1863 made a bold dash one dark night with the Hartford, Congress, Monongahela, Albatross and Richmond, to pass his batteries. The engagement that ensued was one of the most memorable of the war. The vessels were discovered approaching in the darkness, but the Confederate were on the alert, having previous information of their intention. Immediately several old houses on the opposite side of the river blazed up, having fired by an outpost to throw light on the river. Then began a scene of most terrific and indescribable cannonading. The roar of artillery from the guns on the bluffs, replied to from the ships below, was continuous and deafening for hours. The result was that, although Farragut passed with his own ship, the Hartford, and carried the Albatross with him lashed to his side, the renowned frigate Mississippi was burned and sunk, while the Richmond and Monongahela were driven back disabled and badly used up. We shall not now speak of the consequences of this unfortunate event, which, no doubt, contributed mainly to the subsequent starvation of the two garrisons. That has been, or will be discussed in history. We can only say that General Gardner and his brave little army did all that men could do to prevent it. Shortly after this General N. P. Banks set siege to Port Hudson with an army of at least thirty thousand picked troops. He made repeated assaults to carry the works, but was always repulsed, and with fearful losses, so that on the morning of the 4th of July, when the news reached him of the surrender of Vicksburg, he had not more than seven thousand of his army left. Gardner still held out stubbornly, although reduced to extremities, and refused to surrender until assured that Vicksburg had really fallen, and there was no longer any hope for him, or any necessity for holding the post. He then yielded on the most honorable and liberal terms. After remaining for a while on parole, he was exchanged, and participated in other fields of usefulness and danger up to the close of the war. He was every inch a soldier, gallant and true, and the idol of his men ; and the announcement of his death will be received with universal regret throughout the South. -
From the Richmond Enquirer and in the Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1873.
The District Court for this parish was duly opened last Tuesday - Hon. Eraste Mouton presiding.
But little business was transacted during the week, beyond empaneling the grand jury, of which Mr. C. T. Patin was selected as foreman, and the fixing of cases for trial. The grand jury will complete its labors to-day, after going through numerous investigations and presenting a number of true bills. The petit jury was discharged until next Monday. The acting District Attorney continued a greater part of the criminal cases.
In charging the grand jury, the judge informed them, that the District Attorney, Mr. Crow, had resigned the office and refused to represent the State, and that the Parish Attorney, M. F. Rigues, Esq., would assist them in their deliberations.
J. A. Chargois, Esq., informed the Court that he claimed to be District Attorney, and desired to make a showing to that effect and be recognized as such. Upon offering to produce evidence of his election, etc., the Judge ruled that no evidence would be admitted or considered, except a commission from Gov. Kellogg, and consequently refused to hear or recognize Mr. Chargois as District Attorney.
We are not versed in law, and much less in its intricacies and profundity, but we understand by this, that an election by the people in accordance with the Constitution and laws, amount to nothing itself, if Mr. Kellogg and our Courts choose to disregard and ignore it.
If such is law - it is not justice.
But Mr. Kellogg himself says that it is not law or justice ; and to Act No. 41 of his legislature, approved March 5, 1873, and to which the attention of the Court was specially and earnestly solicited by Mr. Chargois, it is provided enacted:
In, That if any person shall assume or pretend to be an officer of the State, executive, judicial or legislative, without authority of an election declared by the returning board constituted by law, or without authority of a commission from the Governor of the State, &c., &c. Such person shall be deemed a usurper &c., &c. That if any public officer shall in any manner recognize the authority of usurper, such officer shall be deemed to have forfeited his office, &c., &c.
Mr. Chargois was elected by the people......
Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1873.
A Mean Street.
[Baton Rouge Advocate.]
Invidious comparisons are always obnoxious and when these comparisons are unnecessary, unfair and un-neighborly they are liable to injure all parties concerned.
Louisiana has two splendid and most prosperous and promising industrial colleges, one in North Louisiana and the other in South Louisiana. There is no possible clash or competition between them, both being dedicated to exalted purposes and both performing the highest and most satisfactory work. The State had done equal justice to both them and all good citizens should commend and support both of them. It is therefore with infinite regret that we observe some of the local press of Ruston criticizing and making ungenerous comparisons that and Ruston and that at Lafayette.
We feel sure that no considerable number of the citizens of Ruston share the spirit of the Progressive Age in its war between these schools. The Ruston College is older and, of course, is doing a larger and better organized work than the college of Lafayette.
No enterprise was ever started with more enthusiasm, or maintained with better public spirit than was the Southwestern Industrial College.
It is destined to great things. It is backed and supported by the same loyal spirit as is the Ruston College.
But it seems to us a great blunder to instigate feelings of unfriendliness or competition between their two sections and these two schools.
No one could ask for better results or more satisfactory conditions than those that maintain at the splendid Ruston College and the Southwestern has made a grand start and will soon be in swift and friendly competition with her older sister. They should join hands now and work and act in harmony and accord for the educational and industrial advancement of the State at large and their respective sections in particular. The Advocate is proud of and satisfied with both of them.
Lafayette Gazette 5/31/1902.