From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 12th, 1903:
Five Games Last Week. Closing Sunday With One of the Best of the Season.
Last week was strictly a base ball week, something doing nearly all the time. Wednesday and Thursday the local team tried issues with the Berlucheau boys. The first day, owing to the loss of some of their best men, Lafayette proved an easy mark; but when the game was called Thursday, they had put in three strong players, and almost had a walk over, the score being 5 to 1 in favor of the hometown boys. Friday, Saturday and Sunday a series was played with Jeanerette. The games the first two days were very poor, but Sunday there was a most delightful change. The game started off snappy and full of vim. It was business from the start, and the fans in the grand stand settled down for a real good old case of enjoyment. And they had it. Jeanerette started the fun with a run in the first inning. After that there was a supreme tug by our boys to keep it at that and go them one better; but Jeanerette wasn't doing the sleep act, and notwithstanding some neat hits and pretty hustling, Lafayette couldn't make a tally. The nine innings went through like clock work, everybody intense, and the playing almost faultless. The home team didn't win out, but they showed that they can play ball. Altogether this was about the best and most interesting game that has been played on the local diamond. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
The Martin Well - The removal of the four inch pipe at the Martin well was begun Saturday, with the purpose of thoroughly cleaning and bailing the well, but had to be discontinued until yesterday awaiting the arrival of a wire rope. The indications are strong that when the strainer is put in, the well will prove to be a paying one. A considerable amount of pure oil has been taken from the well, and it is confidently believed that the Martin tract will, if properly developed, rank high as an oil field.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
Services at the Catholic Church.
Sunday after a high mass a special service was held in honor of the new Pope at St. John's Catholic church, which was decorated in the colors of the Pontiff.
On Tuesday a mass was said at 8 a. m. for the repose of the late Leo XIII. A large crowd was present, besides the City Council, Mayor and other officials. The church was draped in white, yellow and black, and a funeral march was rendered by the Sontag Military Band, who lent their services to assist in the ceremonies. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
The election of Cardinal Sarto to the Papacy seems to have been a compromise, as, although he is eminently qualified for the position, and is said to be the most acceptable to the Italian government, yet his name had only been casually mentioned as successor to Leo XIII. Nothwithstanding his ability and piety, his humble origin, he having come from a poor family, has kept his name from becoming specially prominent, and particularly because it is reported that the aristocratic party desired a pope from their own ranks. However, as it required a two-thirds vote for a selection, it is evident that while there may be disappointment to part of the Sacred College, yet the willing and earnest support of all is assured to the new Pontiff. Pius X, as the new head of the church will be known, appears to be acceptable to all of the Powers, and owing to the warm regard in which he is held by the reigning family of Italy, will probably be able to restore friendly relations between the Quirinal and Vatican.
Predictions for a successful reign are made for the new incumbent, and judging from his past life gives promise of being fulfilled. It appears to be the general belief that under Pius X the temporal claims of the Pontiffs will not be pressed, but that spiritual affairs of the church will be advanced greatly. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
COMING ATTRACTIONS At OPERA HOUSE.
Which Will Appear at Falk's Opera House This Season. Manager Meyer of Falk's Opera House has already secured a number of excellent attractions for the coming season, and is negotiating with a number of others, which he thinks will succeed in contracting with. Lafayette will be well supplied with amusement, as the following list of Companies engaged will show:
Miss Herminie Dunn, August 13th.
Alphonse and Gaston, musical comedy, September 25th.
Virden Theatre Company, October 18th.
Harry Ward's Minstrels, Nov. 8th.
Uncle Joe, November 10th.
Thelma, November 23rd.
Her Only Sin, Nov. 28.
Billy Kersand, Dec. 6.
Geo. W. Scott, Dec. 13-16.
McDonald Stock Co., Dec. 20.
LeRoy Stock Co., Jan. 11-13.
Peck's Bad Boy, Jan. 15.
Little Homestead, Jan 19.
Faust Co., Jan. 27.
Faust's Minstrels, Jan. 28.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
Entertainment from Miss Herminie F. Dunn.
A talented and accomplished singer, will sing at Falk's Opera House to-morrow, Thursday night. Those who attend may expect an operatic treat. Miss Dunn, who is a New Orleans girl and is recognized as a vocalist of great merit, will be assisted by a number of New Orleans artists, and the accompaniments will be played upon a fine $600 piano, which will be brought along for the occasion. Lovers of sweet singing will not fail to be present to-morrow night.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
Work Progressing. - Work is progressing steadily, on the warehouse and offices of The Merchant's Grocer Company, and all arrangements are being pushed by Mr. Demanade, the president and his business associates to be in readiness in ample time for the coming fall and winter trade. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
A Move to Secure a Good School Building.
To the Advertiser:
The editorial in the last issue of The Advertiser, affirming that THE SCHOOL REFLECTS THE COMMUNITY, no doubt voices the sentiments of every thoughtful minded man and woman of Lafayette; and many of them quite agree with The Advertiser in that it is high time for the people of Lafayette to make a move in the direction of providing a school building for our children in keeping with the progress of the times commensurate with the needs and the ability of the community.
If we should apply to ourselves the well founded assertion that "its schools are a fair index of the social, moral and intellectual status of a community," we are bound to admit there is much room for improvement in our dear old town, because, as The Advertiser has correctly said, the school house forms part of the school just as does teaching, and, certainly, not a single sane or patriotic man, woman or child in Lafayette would be willing to point to our present school buildings as redirecting the "thrift and enterprise and civic pride" of the community.
If the City Council and those who are in immediate charge of our school affairs will only set the machinery in motion to raise money by taxation for a good school building completely furnished, they will be doing a great and lasting service to the community, and will receive the hearty support of our leading citizens.
(Signed) A NATIVE.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
Salles Heading North.
L. F. Salles, of the "Red Store" leaves to-morrow, Thursday, for the North on his fall purchasing trip. Mr. Salles informs us that in view of the fine prospects for good winter business, he will buy an unusually large and fine stock, and expects to make things lively on his corner. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
SLI Graduate Taken On at Laf. Bank.
Fred Voorhies has accepted a situation with the Bank of Lafayette, succeeding his brother, who resigned on the first. Fred is a sterling man, a graduate of the commercial department of the Industrial School, and is well qualified to fill the position with credit. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
Friday Evening Concert.
The Sontag Military Band in preparing a splendid programme for next Friday evening, that will be even better than the last one. The Band has still a debt of $75.00, which they expect to pay with the small admission fee charged, and it it will be a nice tribute to them for their many generous gifts of their services on public occasions, if the people will turn out at these concerts and help them lift this debt. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
THE NEGRO PROBLEM.
The negro problem, as it is called, is just now occupying a large space in the newspapers and attracting widespread attention among the people. Various opinions are expressed as to how the two races may be able to live peaceably side by side; and all the time, notwithstanding schools, freedom, laws and well disposed citizens, clashes between the races are continually and frequently occurring.
There is evidently a reason why this antagonism is constantly showing. It exists of course, and is natural; but it should be possible for less friction to develop. So far very few of the papers discussing the question have placed the blame where it belongs, in our opinion, and that it is upon the negroes themselves. When they conclude to let politics alone, and devote themselves earnestly to industrial pursuits and the elevation of their morals and manners, then it won't take long to weed out the worst element, and get upon a plane where the two races may live in harmony. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
The Party of the Negro.
From the New Orleans States.
It appears that there are a great many Republicans in the North, who do not approve of the President's negro policy or their party standing for before the world as the party of the negro. They realize that the coddling of the colored man and brother by the Republican party has made him self-assertive, insolent and as the Philadelphia Ledger remarked some time ago, "filled him with an undue sense of his own importance." All of this has led up to the race riots and lynchings in the North, as well as in the South. A prominent Indiana politician in discussing the growing feeling against the negroes among the white people of the North as the result of criminal assaults upon white women, said in Washington yesterday.
"You would be surprised to know that there is a likelihood of the negro vote in Indiana and Illinois which has been assured to the Republican party by the course of President Roosevelt, being offset by the loss of white Republican votes. That is, however, a fact arising out of the existing race prejudice in those States. No one can have failed to observe the state of public sentiment against the negroes in Indiana and Illinois. It is more pronounced in Indiana, but it is bad enough in Illinois. It is growing worse every day, and no one knows where it will stop. Now we are beginning to observe a sentiment among the whites on the political phase of the situation to that of the Southerners. The Republican party is being looked upon as the party of the negro, and is being deserted by the white Republicans who share the race prejudice. That feeling is especially noticeable in the small towns and crops out in the municipal elections. It is a question how far the feeling will extend, but it is growing fast and will have its weight felt in future elections.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
THE POLICE JURY.
Action Taken In Regard to Dams in Second Ward - The Auguste Domingue Road Controversy Settled.
The Police Jury met last Thursday, Aug. 6, with all members present, except Mr. P. R. Landry of the 7th ward.
The committee appointed to settle with the parish treasurer reported examination of said office and quietus granted. Receipts, general fund, from March 28, 1903, $8.037.51; disbursements, $8,021.71; balance, $15.80. School tax receipts, $114.40; disbursements, $3.21; balance, $110.93. Special road tax receipts, $2,366.60; disbursements, $1,684.17; balance, $682.43.
The secretary was authorized to collect from Vermilion parish $80.00 due for expenses of keeping prisoners.
Mr. Mouton reported no final settlement with sheriff for taxes and licenses of 1901 and 1902. Sheriff Broussard being called, promised to be ready for settlement in October. Mr. Mouton resigned from the committee and Mr. Saul Broussard was appointed in his stead.
The dam committee of the second ward reported that from information received, the dam water injured the public roads, and said dam works were ordered destroyed subject to the advice and instructions of the attorney.
A petition for a public road between the sixth and third wards, running from Opelousas road eastward toward Bayou Vermilion, was read and Mr. Mouton appointed to accept the donations tendered by said petitioners.
Messrs. Whittington and Alex Broussard were authorized to repair or renew the bridge between Julien Hebert's and Simeon Cormier's.
Mr. Mouton submitted an indenture effecting settlement of the Auguste Domingue road controversy, the parish abandoning the old road running through the property of said Domingue, which was approved.
By motion of Mr. Buchanan Attorney Mouton was requested to report at next meeting what authority has right to warrant on funds in hands of parish treasurer.
The regulations of the State Railroad Commission relative to gradings at crossings were ordered published. Said rules in effect being that the grade shall not be greater than 5 to 1 and width not less fifteen feet.
The report of the treasurer showed cash balance, general fund, $4.27; special road fund, $682.43.
After approval of accounts the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1903.
A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: M. Rosenfield, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, D. V. Gardebled. Absent: H. L. Fontenot.
Minutes of previous meeting approved as read.
The Finance Committee's report was accepted as follows:
The Collector has collected and paid into the Treasury in taxes, licenses, (unreadable word), water, material, etc., $3,062.76, Bls commissions at 3 per cent is $91.88, for which amount the council should issue warrant to date.
GEO. A. DEBLANC, A. E. MOUTON.
The Mayor's report for collections for July was accepted as follows:
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
Selected News Notes (The Advertiser) 8/12/1903.
Congressman Robert Broussard and Judge Caillouet of New Iberia were here Friday.
Mrs. Charles Parker gave a delightful euchre party Saturday evening in honor of Mr. Godfrey Parkerson.
Mr. Ed. Bertrand and family have moved into the new cottage recently built by Dr. Hopkins near the Power House.
H. A. Van der Cruyssen, after an absence of nearly four weeks, spent at Boerne, Texas, for the benefit of health, has returned home, looking improved.
Mr. Gilbert Delhomme has bought of Mr. J. Nickerson a beautiful building site, corner of Lincoln and West avenues, for $1000, on which he intends to build at once.
Rene Comeaux, the popular drug drummer, was here hustling for trade Saturday.
A party consisting of Mrs. Antoine Guidry, her daughters, Misses Corrine and Effie, and Mrs. Ernest Constantin, has gone to High Island for a summer outing.
L. F. Salles, of the "Red Store" leaves to-morrow, Thursday, for the North on his fall purchasing trip. Mr. Salles informs us that in view of the fine prospects for good winter business, he will buy an unusually large and fine stock, and expects to make things lively on his corner.
Miss Ida Robichaux, operator at the Cumberland exchange, went to Jennings last Friday, to be gone several days.
We regret to state that Manager Whitney of the Cumberland Telephone is confined to his room by illness. F. I. Lee has been sent here to take charge of the office until Mr. Whitney is able to resume his duties. Mr. Lee is accompanied by his wife and child, and sister, Miss Ruth Lee.
Attorney Jerome Mouton, accompanied by his sister, Miss Marie Mouton, visited New Iberia this week. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 12th, 1899:
VERY SERIOUS ACCIDENT.
Henry Malloy, the negro who has been driving Mr. Falk's wagons, met with a very serious accident last Tuesday evening. While hauling a load of goods for the store a can dropped on one of the mules causing them to run away. The negro was thrown from the wagon, and when he touched the ground one of his legs got entangled in the lines and he was dragged several yards, the wheels passing over his body. He sustained injuries of a serious and painful nature and some portions of his body were very badly bruised. He was taken to his home where he received medical aid. He has so far survived. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
Mrs. Husville J. Fournet, nee Nellie Bailey, died at 6:45 Thursday evening at the home of her mother, Mrs. Wm. B. Bailey, in this town.
Mrs. Fournet had been ill for some time, but there was a marked improvement in her condition and it was sincerely hoped that her life would be spared. Contrary to every indication, however, the worst came Thursday evening and she died, surrounded by her mother and sisters by whom she was greatly beloved.
Mrs. Fournet was the daughter of the late Wm. B. Bailey. She was born in this town 23 years ago and always lived here up to a few months ago when she was married to Mr. Fournet of St. Martinville. After her marriage she moved to that town with her husband. Some days ago she came to Lafayette believing that a stay at her old home would benefit her health.
It is not indulging in fulsome praise to say that no one has ever been held higher in the esteem of her friends than this estimable young lady. Her simple, unaffected manner and the girlish cheerfulness of her nature made her the most companionable of persons. Kind and benevolent she always greeted you with a smile, a sympathetic heart and a generous hand. Her love was pure and her friendship was unselfish. Seldom has this community been more grieved than it was by the death of Mrs. Fournet. Having been born and reared here it is but natural that one possessing so many endearing qualities of heart and mind should have won the friendship of everyone. Young and old loved here with equal fervor and sincerity and all mourn for the death of her who seemed to have been endowed with those noble traits of womanhood which make the home the true habituation of human happiness. She was educated by the nuns of Mt. Carmel Convent and while attending that institution she formed those ties of friendship with her schoolmates which held them together as with bonds of steel. It is but paving a deserved tribute to her memory to say that she was a favorite at school and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of those who came under the benign influence of her affectionate and kindly nature, for a better friend, a kindlier soul never lived. The future held out to her the promise of a long and happy life and she looked forward with anticipation of a happy career, but when the hour of parting came she breathed her last with the peaceful resignation of one truly fervent. Her death is a cruel blow to a young husband, a devoted mother and sisters who have the sympathy of the community in their present sorrow. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
Taking Steamship to New York.
B. Falk and Sig Kahn left this week for New Orleans where they embarked on a steamship for New York. Messrs. Falk and Kahn informed us before leaving that they intended to buy a larger stock this year than ever. They are both shrewd business men and they have every reason to expect a good trade this fall. Hence their intention to invest extensively in the purchase of an unusually large stock. They have gone fully prepared to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Eastern markets and their patrons in Lafayette may well expect to have splendid stocks of goods to select from. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
The Cumberland Telephone Company's exchange has begun to do business with Miss Lucie Judice as day operator and Eddie Mouton as night boy. Miss Green, of New Iberia, an experienced operator, spent the week here to teach the new operators. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
A New Gin.
The Lafayette Compress' new gin was given a trial with this year's cotton last Wednesday. The cotton was of strict middling quality and the bale weighed 450. The cotton was sold to the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company at 6 cents a pound. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
J. A. Martin, Dentist.
Brother to our townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having located permanently in Lafayette, desires to buy a home situated in a locality suitable to the practice of his profession. Any one having such property to sell is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found.
Dr. Martin guarantees all dental work and at prices to suit the times. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
The First Bale.
Gerac Bros. ginned a bale of this year's cotton last Wednesday afternoon. The cotton was grown by Alcee Dugas. The bale weighed 355 lbs. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
THE SCHOOL TAX.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, the tax-payers of this town will have an opportunity to say whether or not they wish to see the Industrial School located in Lafayette.
The Gazette will not insult the intelligence of the citizens of this town by pretending to advise them in this matter. We are confident that all have seriously considered the proposition and that the result of the election will disclose a perfect unanimity of opinion. Let us hope that there will not be a dissenting vote. There should not be and we do not believe that there will be any. Let the vote be a declaration to the world that Lafayette stands united when her own advancement is concerned and that the voice of discord and retrogression finds no responsive chord within her limits.
Lafayette has made long steps forward in the past few years and it can not afford to go backward. The tax is sure of being carried - the vote should be unanimously in the affirmative. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
Of the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Industrial School.
A special from Baton Rouge announces the appointment of the following gentlemen on the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Industrial School: Brown Ayres of Orleans; J. C. Buchanan, of Lafayette; Albert Estopinal, of St. Bernard; Amos L. Ponder, of Sabine; J. G. Lee, of Lincoln; Thos. H. Lewis, of St. Landry; Robert Martin, of St. Martin; James A. Lee, of Iberia.
The Gazette believes that the members of the Board are able and conscientious gentleman and that their appointment will meet with approval of the people generally. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
THE ELECTION OF SENATORS.
The Democrats of Louisiana should elect the next United States Senators who will represent this State at Washington. When we say Democrats we do not mean the five or six gentlemen who have in the past assumed the responsibility of selecting the candidates for Senatorial honors, but we mean the rank and file of the Democratic party. In the State of Mississippi Gov. McLaurin and Congressman Allen were both aspirants to the Senate and in order to ascertain the choice of the Democracy of that State, both men went upon the hustings and made their fight before the people. That's the way we want to see it done in Louisiana.
Every Democrat in this State, no matter how humble he may be, should be given an opportunity to express his choice in the selection of senators. We believe the people have sense enough to elect their senators and we also believe that they are less liable to err in this matter than the Legislature. The Gazette in common with other Democrats would like to see senatorial aspirants make known their wishes to the people and announce their views and opinions if they should happen to have any on prevailing public questions.
The Legislature to be elected next April will be called upon to name two United States Senators. In casting their votes the members of that Legislature should carry out, as much as possible, the wishes of their constituents. By leaving the selection of senators entirely to the Legislature without an expression of any kind from the voters, legislators are given too prolific a field for combines and dickers. United States senators should be the choice of the masses. If it were possible it would be better to elect them by popular election, but unfortunately we are not permitted to do that. We should, however, endeavor to ascertain the will of the majority as nearly as possible. The great trouble with the American Senate at the present time is that it fails to represent the masses. On the contrary, many of its members are the accredited representatives of corporate interests. Instead of representing the people they represent their oppressors and it is not at all strange that the laws which emanate from that august body are often calculated to increase the burdens of the toiling millions and tighten about their necks the chains of the moneyed tyrants.
For years it has been the custom in Louisiana to ignore the wishes of the voters in the election of United States senators. The candidates for senatorial honors have never condescended to tell the people what they thought on momentous issues of government. On the contrary, they have generally preserved an ominous silence on all public questions.
If there are any gentlemen in Louisiana who are nursing a desire to wear the senatorial toga let them for once in a great while take the humble voter into their confidence. They would at least set a good example which might be followed by others. It would perhaps be a little embarrassing at first to some gentlemen who seem to believe that political success lies exclusively in the skillful manipulation of the wires, but it would be far more in consonance with the inspired Democracy of Thomas Jefferson. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
A large number of property-holders of this town, who are being made to buy unreasonably high rates of insurance, have signed a petition praying the Southeastern Tariff Association to be relieved of the present excessive charges which have been arbitrarily fixed by that association. We understand that at its last meeting the City Council joined the citizens in the eminently just demands embodied in the petition.
Lafayette meets all the requirements of a second-class insurance town. It has an excellent system of fire protection, in the hands of three well disciplined companies, officered by efficient and diligent men. It is safe to say that its system is equal to that of any town in the State and immeasurably better than those of many town which enjoy more advantageous rates.
The town is simply asking of the Southeastern Tariff Association a fair and square deal which it has so far failed to get. The petition states with reason that this town had been discriminated against in a most palpable manner. The rates fixed since the establishment of the waterworks and the organization of the fire companies are, in several cases, higher than those which prevailed when the town had no means to protect itself against fire. This, it strikes us, is not only a rank injustice, but is an evidence that the association is manifestly in error or has made up its mind that in the business of insurance equity is not the best policy. Should the association have come to any such conclusion, which, however, we hope is not the case, it has certainly adopted a very dangerous policy. We learn from the papers that in Donaldsonville, Crowley and Opelousas the insurance people have pursued the same narrow-minded policy which has resulted in no earnest a protest from our citizens. That way of doing business on the part of the tariff association may prove a temporary benefit to the companies, but it can hardly be productive of any permanent good.
Business men here as elsewhere realize the necessity of insuring their property. They are free from the prejudice against insurance companies which has shown itself in the very stringent legislative enactments in other State, but a denial to them of fair treatment by the tariff association may cause them to seek a remedy where people in other States have found it. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
FROM LEOPOLD LACOSTE:
To My Patrons.
Aug. 1899. - After the most pleasant relations, extending over a quarter of a century, with the patrons of the "Lacoste Blacksmith Shop," I have decided to close that business, on the first day of September, 1899, in order to devote my time to the management of my store, whose rapidly increasing trade demands my undivided attention.
Before closing the old blacksmith shop, however, I desire to thank most sincerely those who have favored me with their patronage. With pardonable pride I will refer to the splendid record of the "Lacoste Blacksmith Shop," established as it was, when our now flourishing city was a mere hamlet. In those days, the plow and the harrow were practically the only farming implements used, but now it is different. The progressive farmer must take advantage of the latest improved labor-saving inventions, and with a view of adapting myself to the changed conditions, I have fitted up and equipped a thoroughly up-to-date store where the farmer can get everything necessary to work the soil.
I have in addition to this department all kind of Blacksmith Supplies, Hardware, Buggies, Wagons, Pipes and Pipe Fittings, Ready Mixed Paints, etc.
Again thanking those who have so generously patronized me in the past, I hope to have a continuance of their valued patronage in the future.
Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/12/1899.
Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Roy arrived in New Orleans a few days ago from Europe where they had expected to remain several months, but on account of the illness of Mr. Roy their stay abroad was no longer advisable.
August Monnier, formerly of this town, but for the last seventeen years a resident of New Orleans, is spending some time here with relatives and friends.
Masters Pierre and Paul Mouton and their little sister, Miss Marthe, visited relatives in New Iberia last Monday.
F. V. Mouton, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, spent the week in Breaux Bridge, enjoying a well-earned rest.
C. G. Davidson and J. E. Tolson went down to Hunter's Canal last Thursday.
B. N. Coronna visited New Orleans this week.
Emilien Arceneaux was appointed Justice of the Peace for this ward, vice Judge Coffey, resigned.
Dr. Geo. Scranton left this week to represent this parish at the special session of the Legislature now being held. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 12th, 1899:
Here and There.
The Cumberland Telephone Co., is now in full operation.
On account of increasing, Levy Bros. will engage another new clerk very soon.
We are glad to see our old friend C. H. Lusted, formerly of Lafayette, on our streets again.
Mr. Alcee Dugas, brought us some pop corn which is certainly a freak of nature, in the form of a fan.
Dr. G. W. Scranton left for Baton Rouge to attend the special session of the Legislature which convened on last Tuesday.
Miss Estelle Mouton is daily receiving orders for enlarging photographs. When in Lafayette, call on her and you will be satisfied with her work.
Miss Aimee Mouton, the popular saleslady at T. M. Biossat's Jewelry Store, left last Wednesday to spend a week's vacation at Jefferson Island with relatives.
Rev. Father Forge and Pierre Gerac returned last Sunday morning from their trip to Mexico, in company of Bishop Durieu, of Natchitoches and Rev. Father Langlois, of St. Martinville. Father Forge brought back many souvenirs of the Montezuma's land, besides being entirely satisfied about his trip which lasted one month and two days.
Mr. B. Falk is visiting the Northern and Eastern markets buying all the goods he is in need of for his customers. He has so far bought a quantity at prices that will be a revelation to those who will visit his place of business during the coming Fall. Especially has he found a tremendous bargain in Stoves and Heaters, which will save quite a considerable amount of fuel.
Messrs. B. Falk and S. Kahn left last Wednesday for New York, via New Orleans, where they boarded one of the steamers of the Cromwell line. Mr. Falk having lately been sick, decided to make the trip by sea, justly thinking that the bracing salt breeze would be beneficial to him.
Mr. Vic Levy returned from New York last Thursday.
Miss Mable Alford, of Houston, Texas, is visiting the family of Mrs. Alfred Mouton.
Messrs. N. B. Coronna and T. M. Biossat, made a trip to Shreveport, La., during the week.
Mr. Clemile Trahan brought to our office a stalk of corn having nine ears. It is one more testimonial of the fertility of our soil.
A negro who attempted to board a freight train on last Tuesday, near the Water Works missed his footing and fell under the wheels of the moving train and had one of his legs crushed. Drs. F. R. Tolson and G. A. Martin attended the wounded man.
Prof. Greig has purchased an entirely new outfit, of material, and furniture for the Kindergarten department of his school and invites, all interested in the inauguration of the system, to call and inspect the accommodations provided especially for the little folks. The Kindergarten opens with the Home Institute Monday Sept. 4.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1899.
The city council will meet in special session the 14th, instant to receive the findings of the street committee which has been requested to inspect the thoroughfares and to see where reparations are needed the most, and also to receive the report of the committee entrusted with the price schedule of the electric lights and waterworks.
It is known that those whose residences are lighted by electricity are paying less (considering the number of lights and the length of their nightly use) that a patron who has only one light in operation a shorter time.
It is known also that the water from one hydrant or plug is used by many, while one individual is paying the total cost.
We understand that the city council will in the future be very strict about these matters and that anyone who will use water not paid him will have to bear the consequences.
To prevent harsh measures being taken (unreadable words) the same time increase the revenue of the plant, we would like to see, and we believe it is a good policy for the city (unreadable word) to have the water analyzed.
Last week we published the analysis of the water used by the Cotton Compress, less the proportions of each ingredient and there is no doubt that the city water possesses these very same ingredients which are known to the medical fraternity as essential to the human system. Consequently it would be a boom to the city to have this analysis done at once as we have no doubt that the revenue of the plant will be increased a hundred fold. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 12th, 1893:
LET'S MEET THE ISSUE.
A term of the District Court convenes next Monday, and during its sitting the contested municipal elections.
It is safe to assume that both sides are confident that their cause is the righteous one.
The allegation is made by contestants that there were some illegal votes cast, which if thrown out, would give them a true majority and the offices to which they were lawfully and fairly elected. Those now holding these offices, we presume deny that there was any fraud.
The issue, then, is joined. And the question naturally arises which contention is correct. To determine a reply, it is necessary that the case be decided upon its merits.
To this fair way of ascertaining the truthfulness or falsity of the charge we apprehend no one will interpose any objection.
It is very true that there may be grounds upon which may rest a technicality of the law, whereby the case may be thrown out of court, or there may be room upon, which to file an exception for settlement of which the Supreme Court would be appealed to.
But these are merely adventitious circumstances that the law throws in the way, and if put to use which The Gazette admits as a legal right, can very often settle the matter. But it would not determine who was right or wrong, according to the allegations advanced in the petition of contestants.
Therefore, it is to be hoped that this question will be decided solely upon its merits, because by taking advantage of a technicality, which the law may allow, and which may either throw the case out, or retard, indefinitely, its settlement, the belief will, generally, gain currency that it is an indication of a weal case, and fear to meet the issue raised. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1893.
Breaux Bridge Railway. - "As we are besieged with inquiries from all sides, regarding what progress is being made in the matter of the contemplated Lafayette and Breaux Bridge Railroad, we deem it proper to state in a general way" we don't know. "There are influences in force that make it necessary," apparently that The Gazette shall be made "to move slowly in the premises," but "the hope is that all will end well."
Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1893.
To the Seashore.
Judge Debaillon received an urgent request to join a party at Abbeville for the purpose of sojourning some days at the seashore. Some people have luck literally thrown at them, and the judge is a strong favorite. We are going to borrow the judge's rabbit's foot one of these days. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1893.
A Model Farm.
It was the good fortune of The Gazette to spend a couple of days on the farm of Drs. H. P. Guilbeau & Sons, adjoining the town of Breaux Bridge, some days since.
Notwithstanding a large medical practice, these gentlemen find time to devote well-directed enterprise and intelligence to find the affairs of what may truly be called one of the best appointed model farms in Southwestern Louisiana.
Besides the cultivation of cotton, corn, some sugar cane, and other farm products, they are devoting their efforts towards raising fine blooded stock, and have been quite successful.
Only a few years ago one could scarcely see other than scrub stock in that neighborhood, but to-day, perhaps, not one farmer in a hundred but can show either a fine blooded horse of some other thoroughbred animal, and, we do not think we err in stating that the doctors were the pioneers in that line.
At the present time they have in their stables the celebrated pedigreed horse, Boston, coming from an illustrious family ; Bardnard C, a splendid dark bay, with a trotting record of 2:32, made without any special training ; and a number of others. Among the horned cattle the most admired is a young Holstein bull, who can trace his ancestry very far back. There are also some fine Berkshire pigs, and Southdown sheep. And to carry out their intention of having only the purest strains on the place they have a pair of setter dogs, bought at a high price in New York, and some game chickens from Cincinnati, a cockeral and chick costing $18. We have gone into these details to show that these gentlemen are willing to pay a fair price for their breeding animals knowing full well that they will be amply repaid, as instanced in a sale made some time since when they sold a three-year-colt to a party in North Carolina for $500, which did not cost a hundred to the owners when sold. But the "pride of the family: is the three year old cold, Le Teche. A thousand dollars was offered and refused for this handsome looking animal. He is of magnificent proportions and gives every indication of a future full of grand possibilities.
We took particular pleasure in going through the orchard. There we found many fig trees, of the Celeste and Smyrna variety, the latter a rare and deliciously sweet fruit ; pear trees, Japan and other varieties of plums, Japan persimmons, peaches, and some magnificent orange trees well laden with ripening fruit. In short the variety of fruit on this place are so many that we cannot mention them all within the limits of this necessarily short article.
From the orchard to the field is but a few steps. The first thing that strikes the view is a field of oats and adjoining is a sorghum tract. In the rear is the cotton, corn etc., field, and all the crops look very promising.
But to us the most interesting thing on the place, and which showed long-headed wisdom on the part of the owners, is the 500 thirteen-year-old pecan trees. This, in a few years, will give a splendid revenue.
There are many other things on this fine farm, but what we have written will give an idea, though an imperfect one, to the reader, as to the state of things on this splendid farm. It is worth seeing, and no fault will be found with the hospital of the owners. On this point we speak knowingly. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1893.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 7, 1893. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ford Hoffpauir, W. B. Torian, C. C. Brown, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke and Alf. A. Delhomme. Absent: J. G. St. Julien.
The minutes of the previous meetings were read and accepted:
Lafayette, La., Aug. 6, 1893.
To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette:
Gentleman - I respectfully tender you my resignation as your constable and keeper of the court-house, having been appointed to a position in the mint of New Orleans. To each and every member of your honorable body I desire to return my sincere thanks for your appreciated kindness and will hear with pride of you every act for the good of our parish. Faithfully yours, C. H. BRADLEY.
The Police Jury then proceeded to an election for constable and court-house keeper to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. Bradley with the following result:
Robert Bailey, three votes; L. Hirsch, four votes.
Mr. Hirsch was declared duly elected and at once inducted into office.
By motion duly made by Messrs. W. B. Torian, R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, and R. C. Greig were appointed a committee to investigate the titles to all the public roads in the parish and compile all such information for the benefit of the Police Jury at its next regular meeting.
Sheriff Broussard reported that Sosthene C. Broussard, interdict, had died, Aug. 6th, while in custody of the parish and inasmuch as the family of deceased refused to take charge of the body, the officer advised that the coroner be notified to inter the remains. Three men, sons of the deceased, here appeared and represented their utter inability to bury the body of their father although the Police Jury offered to pay every expense of interment, save digging the grave.
By motion the coroner was notified to take charge of the body of said Sosthene C. Broussard and bury it in potter's field.
Messrs. C. O. Mouton, and P. L. DeClouet a committee appointed to confer with a like committee from St. Martins parish relative to the establishment and maintenance of the public road between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge, made report that they had performed the duty assigned and recommended that the shortest route, by way of the Webb plantation he selected. The report was read the committees thanked, an action in the premises postponed.
Mr. Durke reported that he has completed the repairs of the Odillon Broussard bridge at an expense of about $50 to this parish.
By motion it was resolved, that all petitions for public roads pensions for indigents etc., must hereafter he made through the respective members of the various wards and the signatures of at least fifteen persons must be attached to said petitions before any consideration will be accorded by the Police Jury.
By motion Sheriff Broussard was requested to ascertain the best terms to be obtained for boarding petit juries at the criminal session of District Court.
Mr. Hoffpauir resigned as road overseer of the second ward, and Jos. W. Broussard was appointed in his stead.
Messrs. Delhomme, A. D. Landry and Torian were authorized to purchase sufficient lumber for the building and repairing of bridges in their respective wards.
Mr. Brown was authorized to purchase a sufficient quantity of lumber for the repair of bridges within the corporate limits of the town of Carencro.
A petition for the repeal of the stock law was read, and, on motion, laid over until next meeting for consideration.
The Police Jury upon the the affidavit of M. T. Martin and H. D. Guidry, and after due investigation in the premises adopted the following resolution relative to Odette Leger interdict: Resolved that Odette Leger, having been duly interdicted by decree of the 17th Judicial District Court be and is hereby declared indigent, she having no relatives able to contribute toward her support.
The following resolution was adopted:
Resolved that, Felix Bernard road overseer of the first ward be and is hereby authorized to proceed forthwith to remove all obstructions to and open the public road leading north from Scott station to the southern limits of the sixth ward.
By motion Messrs. C. C. Brown, R. C. Landry, and Judge C. Debaillon were appointed a committee on budget to estimate the probable parochial expenses, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1893, and ending July 1, 1894.
It was resolved that, the sheriff and tax collector be and is hereby instructed to proceed forthwith to the collection of all delinquent licenses due the parish.
Constable S. J. Breaux, of the sixth ward, submitted a statement of stock sold with proceeds of $29.50, and Constable E. Comeau, of the seventh ward, reported one cow sold and net proceeds of $5.50.
The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:
To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette.
Gentlemen - The following is a statement of the receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report.
WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 7, 1893.
The budget committee made the following report which was adopted and ordered published thirty days:
Lafayette, La., Aug. 7, 1893.
The budget committee made the following report which was adopted and ordered published thirty days:
Lafayette, La., Aug. 7, 1893.
To the President and members of the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette:
Your undersigned committee beg leave to report the following as the probable expenses of the current fiscal year from July 1, 1893.
(Signed) R. C. LANDRY, C. C. BROWN, C. DEBAILLON, Committee.
The following accounts were laid over:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
FORD HUFFPAUIR, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/12/1893.
H. E. Eastin is doing a neat job of painting on the High School building.
Misses Maud Young and Leonore Theriot, of Royville, were the guests of Miss Effie Young, Wednesday.
Possibly some of our town subscribers may have failed to receive their paper last Saturday, owing to the fact that our regular carrier was sick. Although the new boy, we feel confident did his best, he possibly may have made a couple of errors.
Gerac Bros. will sell their cane raised in a field near Mouton's switch and delivered at that point, to the Ferris refinery, for $4.25 a ton.
Miss Virginia Biossat, mother of Mr. T. M. Biossat, is spending some days with her son's family.
Mr. Homer Bailey will re-open her school on the 4th of September next.
Col. C. H. Bradley took the position of chief conductor of the mint last Monday. Another plum given to Lafayette.
Sheriff Ike Broussard reports having had a splendid time at the seashore, where he spent some days with a party of jovial spirits.
Misses Mimie and Leila Cornay and Viola Young returned home from a pleasant visit to relatives in Patterson, La.
John Vandergrief, Jr., is only ten years old, but he handles a razor with the assurance and tact that would do credit to one of maturer years. Johnny is a "chip of the old block."
Sam Levy and Isaac Bendel returned home Tuesday from a visit to the North. Mr. Levy informed The Gazette that he had purchased a large stock of fall and winter goods for his stores here and in Orange. Lafayette Gazette 8/12/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 12th, 1913:
ALONE IN THE JUNGLE
In Two Reels, Will Be Shown at the Jefferson Theater, Wednesday, August 13, 1913.
Hair-bredth Escapes by Flood and Fire in the Primeval Forests of South Africa.
The wild, weird, wonderful jungle land of South Africa has furnished environment for another powerful picture play of the famous Selig Polyscope Co. series. This is a thrilling story of love and revenge in the danger vested wilds of Africa. The Browns, an English family, have settled on an isolated plantation, the group consisting of the Hon. John Brown, and wife, two boys on the verge of manhood (Harold and Billy), and their beautiful sister, Helen. Jack Arden is the vigorous elder son of another English planter, living some miles distant, who frequently comes to visit them and incidently to hunt. Jack and Helen naturally fall in love. He is a successful engineer, with a bright future; the match would seem desirable, but testy Daddy Brown considers Helen too young to think of matrimony, and emphatically discourages them. The engineer, with appreciation of parental objections, tacitly agrees to wait. This is so satisfactory to the parents that he continues to be a welcome visitor at their plantation.
The story opens with a letter from Arden stating that he is about to forego the monotony of the railway construction camp for a week-end of jungle shooting with the Brown boys. Fast following this he comes and is received cordially by the men, while Helen's shy delight is observable. The afternoon his arrival Arden sees Concho, a villainous half-breed overseer, horsewhipping one of the blacks. He rushes to the rescue, knocking the abuser down and , snatching the snake-like whip, lashes the overseer. He informs the Browns of his action and they heartily approve. In like measure he incurs Concho's deep-set hatred. This dark-eyed desperado, for some time, has been casting covetous eyes on Helen, although his ambitious inclinations are not suspected, and least of all by Helen herself.
One of the most thrilling incidents of the story is the spectacular lion hunt led by the redoubtable Jack Arden. After a wearisome tramp through the jungle tangle the party is returning homeward leisurely by the river route. Slowly polling their raft around a bend, they suddenly come upon a huge lioness drinking at the water's edge. The startled animal sees the approaching party and bounds away into the jungle, the the ever-ready Jack, with a well-directed shot, brings down the leaping beast. A few quick pushes with the poles an the lioness is brought on the hunting float. (This shooting is actually accomplished in full view of the camera, and is thrilling reality in every detail, as the actors are shown face to face with the bloodthirsty beasts in their native haunts.) The party returns to the plantation with the trophy of the chase and that night Jack again seeks Papa Brown's permission to marry his daughter, and is again emphatically advised to continue waiting.
The next day the disconcerted, but undiscouraged suitor leaves, and Helen, unobserved to the others, rides out a little way into the jungle with him order to tell him "good-bye." Concho, who has bee nursing his grudge in sullen silence, detects their departure, and, hoping that it will offer an opportunity for revenge, follows them. Helen accompanies Arden to the river, where his raft and henchmen are waiting, and then starts to ride home in easy fashion. Observing wild flowers by the trail, she dismounts and starts to pluck them. While thus engaged her attention is attracted by a cunning lion cub not much larger than a cat, which scampers by and disappears in the under growth. She ties her horse to a tree and follows the cub. She is in turn followed and accosted by the sneaking Concho. At a moment when she seems to be at the mercy of this half-breed brute (Concho) a leopard leaps out from the undergrowth and engages the attention of her persecutor. While the man, now fully occupied, fights desperately with the spotted snarling beast, Helen horrified, manages to escape. She makes her way back to the spot where she left her horse, but, upon reaching the edge of the clearing, discovers a huge black-maned lion devouring the mangled remains of her saddle animal. Terror-stricken, she runs aimlessly on through the tangle and is soon followed by another male lion and its mate.
Concho in the interim has, through a madman's luck, managed to escape from the leopard. He struggles back to the plantation and accounts for his mauling by maliciously declaring that he has received it from Jack Arden, who had abducted Helen and made off with her, despite his (Concho's) efforts to save her. Brown and his adherents, thoroughly angered and alarmed, start immediately in pursuit of the alleged kidnapper, and Mrs. Brown is left at home in a state of pitiful terror and indecision. The posse overtake Jack, only to discover they have been tricked by the vengeful and malicious half-breed. However, the mystery of Helen's disappearance is still unsolved, and not Jack, almost beside himself with galling grief, leads the party in continued search.
In the meantime Helen has been chased to the banks of a river by the hungry lions and in her fright she plunges from the rocks into the stream below. With swift, determined strokes she swims the waters to the opposite bank and once more rushes into the underbrush. Other hungry hunting lions follow her frenziedly through the water toward the opposite shore. The searching party is at this time again afloat and coming down the river on the raft. Jack Arden sees the lion scramble from the water into the thicket-crested bank. Simultaneously he hears a blood-curdling scream and realizes that it comes from Helen, who is seen in the distance, battling desperately with the powerful beast. His rifle springs to his shoulder and two shots, by the unerring aim of love, are guided straight to their mark, and Helen is saved just as her life is about to be crushed out. When Jack reaches her side the huge lion is found dead, lying upon her writhing body. When the body of the brute is dragged away it is ascertained that Helen has happily sustained only slight injuries.
Here romance and rugged reality unite in one of the most spirited and exciting picture plays ever devised ranging from the dim light of the dangerous jungle, where death lurks in magnified form to the home, where the love that lingers to bless the declining years of those who have survived all the dangers of jungleland.
"Alone in the Jungle," in two reels or parts, will be shown here on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Jefferson Theater. Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1913.
An Attractive Feature.
The tourist car service of the Southern Pacific railroad has proven one of the most attractive features in trans-continental travel, and there are constant evidences that its popularity is ever on the increase, says the Houston Post.
As a a simple instance of this fact, L. H. Nutling, general eastern passenger agent of the Southern Pacific at New York, recently received a letter, which he forwarded to General Passenger Agent T. J. Anderson, from Mr. E. J. Marcelius, who, with his wife and son, recently traveled from New York to California via one of the Southern Pacific Tourist Cars, which run through without change from the Atlantic to Pacific ocean. The letter was dated Riverside, California, July 20th, and said:
"It does not seem right for me not to express to you, as a representative of the Southern Pacific, my appreciation for the many kind attentions received during our journey from New York here, and especially to commend the gentlemanly and courteous attention to all from your tourist agent, Mr. John M. Knight, who is certainly the "right man in the right place," to such an extent that it was with regret that we left our "car house" upon arrival of this train at Colton.
"This letter may not be of great interest to you, but to me it is expressing thanks for the many things that are not always included in a railroad ticket.
(Signed) "E. J. MERCELIUS."
To those who know Mr. Knight, is is needless to say that this high recommendation from the Southern Pacific traveler was in no way overdrawn.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/12/1903.