From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 27th, 1907:
THE DEATH OF JUDGE DEBAILLON.
Judge Conrad Debaillon, late judge of the Eighteenth Judicial District, died at his home in this city at 2 a. m., Monday of acute Bright's disease, in the 61st year of his age.
Judge Debaillon was born near Opelousas, St. Landry parish and was educated at Grand Coteau Academy. He served gallantly in the Confederate army and at the close of the war took up the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1870 and after practicing a while in St. Landry located in Lafayette where he formed a partnership with Judge Eraste Mouton. His partner being elected judge, he formed a partnership with his father-in-law, C. H. Mouton. In 1884 Judge Debaillon was elected district judge, serving until 1889. In 1896 he was re-elected judge and held office until 1904 when he declined to stand for re-election. He then formed a partnership with Judge Julian Mouton and Jerome Mouton and Debaillon. In 1872 he married Miss Louise Mouton, who with seven sons, Charles, Thomas, Dan, Louis, Paul and Frank survive him.
Judge Debaillon stood high as a lawyer and as a judge. He possessed the respect and esteem of the entire community and possessed many warm friends in the neighboring parishes and over the State. He was man of strong conviction, and as judge was peerless, fair and incorruptible. In his death Lafayette has lost a valuable citizen and his family a kind and loving husband and father. We join with the entire community in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
Funeral services were held Monday at 4 p. m. at the Catholic church. Home Fire Company of which he was a member attended in uniform, also the members of the local camp of Confederate Veterans, Sontag's Military Band, and a large number of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Teurlings who paid a high tribute to the worth of the deceased. Interment took place in the Catholic Cemetery.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
ELMHURST PARK ! ! !
WILL SELL CHOICE LOTS.
Fine Building Sites to be Offered at Auction.
A. Harris, the lightning real estate auctioneer of New York, will conduct a sale of the Elmhurst Park lots in this city Thursday, March 7, at 9:30 a. m. My. Harris will be remembered by our citizens as he promoted and conducted the sale of the Mudd adhere several years ago. The property they will offer, was formerly the Girard place and is the choicest residence building sites in Lafayette, being only one block from the Catholic church and two blocks from the court house. Our citizens have never had the opportunity of buying such valuable property at their own price, as we are assured by Mr. Harris that it will positively be sold without reserve. The easy terms will enable the rent payer to be a property owner. We consider this to be the opportunity of the life time as real estate will, when the new railroad is in operation, make such advance as to assure you a good profit. $50.00 in Gold will be given away, and free carriages will convey you from the Gordon Hotel to the addition. Read the large ad elsewhere in this paper. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF MUNICIPAL TICKET AND PLATFORM.
TO THE VOTERS OF THIS TOWN OF LAFAYETTE, LA.
The undersigned hereby announce themselves as candidates for election in the Democratic primary soon to be called by the Executive Committee, to fill the various offices of the town for the ensuing term. In taking this step, we announce the following as our platform:
We believe that public servants should administer their functions according to the law and will of the people as expressed at the ballot box.
We believe that protection against fire is the greatest need in our midst; that lights are secondary, and that this fact should be recognized in expending public money.
We believe, also, that another urgent public need is the improvement in the quality of the water afforded by our plant. We are convinced that an artesian well ought to have been put in so that good and pure water could be freely had for drinking and other household uses. The preservation of the good health of the town is another reason why this should be done.
We strongly believe in the economical and businesslike expenditure of public funds, and in public improvements generally, for which the revenues of our town are now amply sufficient without increasing the assessment or rate of taxation, if properly administered.
We pledge ourselves, if elected, to put these view in force and to use our best efforts to keep Lafayette in line with the progressive towns around us.
For Mayor: FELIX H. MOUTON.
For Councilmen: A. B. DENBO, ALBERT COUMES, DR. G. A. MARTIN, A. L. PREAGER, A. E. MOUTON, J. ED. MARTIN, CHAS. D. CAFFERY.
For Collector: FELIX H. LANDRY.
For Treasurer: WILLIAM CLEGG.
For Secretary: BERNARD DAUTERIVE.
For Jailor: ABRAHAM HIRSCH.
For Chief of Police: HEBERT TRAHAN.
For Assistants: EDWIN CAMPBELL, LOUIS BUTCHER, ALCIDE MELANCON.
For Democratic Executive Committee: ALFRED HEBERT, JOHN O. MOUTON, DR. JOHN TOLSON, CHAS. DEBAILLON, ADRIEN THEALL.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
LECTURES FRIDAY NIGHT.
Dr. E. B. Craighead Presents Excellent View of Function of Universities.
Illustrated Lecture on Birds by Dr. Jewell Interesting and Valuable.
The lectures at the court house Friday night were fairly well attended. Dr. Stephens called the meeting to order and introduced Dr. Jewell of the Institute, who delivered a lecture, supplied by the Audubon Society, on Birds. Prof. Ashby Woodson operated the stereopticon showing various birds of this State, as the lecture proceeded. The lecture was very interesting and was devoted chiefly to showing the great value of birds in destroying insects, this giving invaluable assistance to the farmer. The figures given showing the money value to the agricultural interests by the birds was startling. Also, the cruelty practiced on the hereon to secure its aigrette for women's hats was shown on the screen so plainly that certainly no woman who saw it can ever wear another aigrette. The lecture was exceedingly valuable and such facts and and pictures presented widely to the public ought to result in stopping the slaughter of birds.
At the close of the stereopticon lecture, Dr. Stephens in a few complimentary words introduced Dr. E. B. Craighead, President of Tulane University.
Dr. Craighead began by calling attention to the greatness of the United States in population and wealth. He then spoke of the need and value of education for the people to preserve our liberties and promote its growth which he predicted in a hundred years 300,000,000 people and fabulous wealth. He dwelt upon the relation of the university to the development socially and economically of the nation, and the duty of the State to cultivate the brightest minds of its sons to meet the great demands of our wonderful growth and development. He predicted that the time would come when in every congressional district institutions of learning like the Industrial Institute would be established. He closed by showing the intimate relation between the common schools and the university and necessity for great institutions of learning, the universities, to complete the scheme of education.
His address was closely listened to, and presented to his audience an excellent view of the function of the university. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
PARISH TEACHERS INSTITUTE
An Interesting Two-Days Session Held Friday and Saturday with Large Attendance.
A well attended parish teachers' institute was held Friday and Saturday. The program was interesting and the discussions were both helpful and profitable. The subjects discussed where all of a professionable nature and dealt with the various problems of school teaching. Very few of the town people were present, except during the lectures of Dr. Jewell and Pres. Craighead of Tulane University. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
SATURDAY MORNING SESSION.
Talk on Drawing by Miss Colby and an Able and Interesting Talk by Dr. Craighead.
During the Saturday morning session of the Teachers' Institute to Miss Colby of New Orleans representing the Prang system of drawing gave a very entertaining talk with illustrations and explanations. At the conclusion of her talk Chairman E. W. Jones introduced Pres. Craighead, of Tulane University who spoke entertainingly for about three-quarters of an hour. Among other things he said the growth of education depends upon the educational ideals of a people. No great system of education can be built up where the ideals are low or commercial. "Tell me," said he, "what you believe and I will tell you what you are." What shall we do to determine our destiny is the paramount question. The Chines were not lacking in brain power, but they had committed the sin of sins, they had waged war upon progress, and followed the teaching of Confucius to "keep to the trodden paths." Education is the development of the entire man, body soul and spirit. To live is not to eat, but to develop to the utmost our God-given powers and to be as helpful as possible. In speaking of the acquirement and possession of wealth, he cited Milton, the great poet, as a man rich in higher things, in true living, and declared that a man may be rich and yet poor because of the lack of high ideals. Then taking up the question as to who needs education, he mentioned instances of parents saying that their sons did not need college training because it would not help them in money-making, and stated that in every vocation a man should develop his Godgiven powers. He had never asked anyone to go to college as a short cut to fortune, but he asked them because they were men and should develop their spirit to the highest things. That this disposition to measure education by its power to assist in making money should prevail so largely is the fault of our commercial ideals, and he wanted to see our ideals raised. He spoke of the calling of teacher, declaring there is no higher calling. If the teacher took the commercial side, he was a poor teacher. The true teacher does not consider the commercial side. We ought to put a high estimate upon the people who teach our children, and they should be the best people in the community. That we don't pay our teachers more is because of our low, commercial ideals.
Then taking up the State's duty to its youth, he asserted that the State owes the highest culture possible to its children. We need many such schools as the Industrial School in Lafayette, and high schools in every parish. Equal opportunities should be given all the children of the State, with tuition free.
He then spoke of Sophie Newcount College, which he declared to be the best women's college in the South. That in addition to its endowment of $700,000, in the near future $2,500,000 would be given it, and that it would soon be the best women's college in the world. He then spoke of the efforts of Tulane to secure an appropriation of $15,000, the amount received in tuition, so that Tulane and Sophie Newcomb College could be free to the youth of Louisiana. He disclaimed that in seeking an appropriation for Tulane that he wanted to deprive a single institution of learning of one cent, that they all needed all they asked for and more. The purpose was to give to the young men and women of the State the great advantages of Tulane and Sophie Newcomb College without cost. He spoke of the high entrance requirements of Tulane, which he urged was an advantage to the schools of the State by building up a system of high schools. And he closed by showing how the university thus assisted in raising the standard of culture among the citizens of the State.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
BASE BALL NEWS.
Lafayette Is Member of the Gulf Coast Base Ball League. Meeting of Stockholders Next Friday.
Mr. J. C. Clausen requests us to announce that there will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Base Ball Association at the Gordon Hotel next Friday at 4 p. m. To elect officers and choose a delegate to go to Alexandria to arrange schedules for the coming ball season.
Something over $800 in stock in the Base Ball Association has been taken, which insures Lafayette a better place in the Gulf Coast Base Ball League. The other towns are Opelousas, Alexandria, Monroe, Lake Charles and Orange, Tex. The season will promptly open April 21.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
THAT TAXATION AGAIN.
We quote from The Lafayette Democrat of Feb. 23:
"In its last issue The Advertiser gave a list of taxpayers, showing an increase in taxation for several years past, in order to cast blame on the present administration. The people of Lafayette are entitled to know the truth."
Certainly the people of Lafayette are entitled to know the truth, and that is exactly why we have been at such pains to show that there is no truth in any claim the present administration may make or have made that have reduced taxation in office. That we are correct in our contention is shown by the following admission in the same article quoted from above.
"Any intelligent man can see at a glance the principal cause for the increase of taxation noted - that is an increase of assessment." In another article in the same issue of The Democrat appears:
"As to the increase in taxation there has been no real contention."
These admissions concede all we have ever contended for; namely, that the present Council has not reduced taxation while in office.
But that the increase in taxation is entirely due to the increase in assessments is not true. When the present Council went into office the rate was seven and half mills - they raised to to ten and then reduced it to eight, so that at the lowest rate they have levied, it is still a half mill higher than when they took charge of affairs.
Which fact shows without need for argument or room for dispute that as matter of fact the present Council has increased taxation, and on an increased assessment at that. And our statement that the present Council has been the most expensive one Lafayette ever had needs no proof, it is obviously true. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
A NICE COMPLIMENT TO THE PREVIOUS COUNCIL.
From a news item in The Lafayette Democrat of Feb. 23, referring to a recent fire at Dr. Voorhies' house:
"For a while fire threatened other houses and only the gallant fight made by the firemen and the excellent water pressure from the power house prevented the total destruction of the cottage and a more extensive fire."
Notice "the excellent water pressure from the power house" which assisted in preventing "the total destruction of the cottage and a more extensive fire." That is quite a nice compliment to the previous Council for having the foresight and business ability to find the money on something like $8,000 less revenue per year than the present Council, to buy and pay for over $8,000 worth of machinery to equip the power plant for better light service and just such emergencies.
And think of it! They spent all that money just before their term expired; in fact, the present Council had to install a switch board to complete the electric light part. That was certainly poor political sagacity on the part of the previous Council. Just imagine what a nice showing they could have made had they instead of consulting the welfare of the people first, just put some of that $8,000 on the streets! If instead of putting the plant in condition to furnish the lights needed and furnish "excellent water pressure" and permit indefinite extension of the water mains, suppose they had graded the streets even to the utmost bounds of the corporation, wouldn't the fine streets be such a satisfaction when your house was burning and now water to put it out!
And, too, if the previous Council, instead of taking care of the interest of the people first, and their political fortunes afterwards, had not bought and paid for that $8,000 worth of machinery for the plant just at the end of their term, the town would not have been "busted," as it is charged, when the present Council went into office. No indeed. The previous Council could have left a nice bank account. But they believed in serving the people, and they never suspected that any administration that would claim to be a "business administration" that should follow them, would even think of mentioning the fact that a paltry debt of $554.61. running expenses for their last month in office, was left by them, and then to make the amount larger would add the $1,080 due on a school lot purchased for the people, which came due the first year of the present Council, and all this in the face of the fact that the prospective revenues of the town for the year 1905 for municipal expenses, were over $27,000.
And it will strike the average man that the present Council is under considerable obligation to their predecessors for being so accommodating as to complete at the very close of their term one of the best equipped water and light plants in the State, for the present Council to make such a fine showing with, and permit them to "point with pride" to our fine "business administration" of the water and light plant.
Yes; The Democrat paid the previous Council a nice compliment without intending to do so. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
THE CITY HALL PURCHASE.
The Lafayette Democrat of Feb. 23 devotes a column of space to the city hall purchase, but signally fails to explain to the taxpayers of Lafayette why the present Council bought the old Bank of Lafayette building without legal authority to do so, and directly in violation of the mandate of the people expressed at the ballot box, a fact thoroughly shown by The Advertiser in its issue of Feb. 20.
Some things may admit of argument, there may be a difference of opinion on others, but there is neither room for argument nor difference of opinion as to whether a City Council shall obey the will of the people when expressed at the ballot box. The present Council has disregarded the expressed will of the people, and we believe that the people will make it plain that their wishes must be respected by voting the present Council down and out on Mar. 4.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
The Water and Light Plant.
The claim of the present Council that they have made material improvement in our water and light plant, or that it was through their good work that the plant was made self-sustaining, is wholly without foundation in fact.
The truth of the statement is to be found in the record. When the present administration took charge of the town they found, as one of its utilities, one of the best equipped plants, not only in State but in the South.
The installation for lights was in excellent condition, and included, besides the engines and dynamos which had been in use for some time and which were in good condition, a new engine and two new dynamos of seventy five kilowatts each, which more than trebled the lighting capacity of the plant. In this connection it is well to say that the former Council in the summer of 1904, ascertained that the capacity of the plant for light was exhausted, and as orders were coming in every day for lights, they contracted for the new machinery above referred to, and it was barely in position, in fact the switch board was not yet connected with the wires when their term of office expired. The wisdom of this step on the part of the former Council is shown by the fact that a large increase in the number of light consumers followed with a corresponding increase in the revenue, as the following figures will show.
So far the present Council is concerned they have done nothing to alter or change the conditions at the plant as they found them, (except to put the oil tank in the ground,) and it is clear and indisputable that they have reaped the benefit of the above mentioned improvements put in and paid for by their predecessors, the cost of which exceeded the sum of eight thousand dollars.
We repeat that the claim of the present Council that they put the plant on a self supporting basis is not correct. The plant was self-supporting when they took it, and it is so to-day, notwithstanding the increase in the cost of operating, owing to work done and paid of by their predecessors.
Now the minutes of the present Council of September 1905 show that an increase of about twelve per cent was made at the costs of lights to patrons; the meter rate was raised from 8 to 12 cents per K. W.; the flat rate for half night service was raised from 60 to 65 cents, and the flat rate for all night was raised from 90 cents to $1.00.
Now this increase in the rates was deliberately made in the face of the fact, that although the expense of operating the plant had jumped from $615 in June 1905 to an average for each month in the 1906 of $882, the plant was yet, owing to the increased patronage, running ahead. The average monthly net revenue of the plant for 1906 was near $500. This can be proven. An unnecessary burden has therefore been put upon the patrons. Rates should be decreased, not increased; the people pay taxes for the plant and are entitled to lights at something like cost. If that is a business like administration of the affairs of the town, then there is no such thing as extravagance.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
Weighed and Wanting.
The present Council stand for reelection upon their official record of the past two years, and that is long enough for a body of this character to fairly demonstrate their capacity, or want of capacity, for handling the business of the public.
The administration of the present Council, judged by all ordinary standards, can not be said to be a success. On the contrary, their administration has proven to be a great disappointment to the people of Lafayette. Their most important official acts establish a lack of administrative ability on their part that is notable, and a wanton disregard for law and popular will. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS.
Primary Election Called for Monday March 4, 1907, Municipal Election to be Held May 6, 1907.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 6, 1907.
Pursuant to call the Democratic Executive Committee met at the Court House at Lafayette, La., this day. Present: Wm. Campbell, Chairman, A. E. Mouton, F. E. Voorhies, Raoul Pellerin and Alfred Hebert. Moved by F. E. Voorhies that the following resolutions be adopted, same being seconded by Mr. Raoul Pellerin, and the motion being put to the committee, was unanimously carried:
Resolved by the Democratic Executive Committee of the town of Lafayette that a primary election be, and is hereby called for Monday the 4th day of March A. D. 1907, to nominate candidates of the Democratic party for the Municipal offices of said town to be voted for at the next Municipal Election to be held May 6th, 1907, to wit: One Mayor, Seven Councilmen, Treasurer, Tax Collector, Secretary, Jailer, Chief of Police, Three Assistants, Five Members of Town Democratic Executive Committee. Said Primary shall be held on said date at the Court House in the town of Lafayette, and the polls shall be opened at six o'clock a. m. and closed at seven o'clock p. m. of the same day.
Each candidate shall within ten days from and after the issuance of this call, and not later than 6 p. m. of the 15th day of February 1907, file in writing to the chairman of this committee the notification of his intention to become a candidate at said primary accompanied by a declaration that he is a duly qualified elector under the Constitution and laws of the State, and that he is a member of the party calling said primary election; and at the time of filing of said notification the candidate shall pay to said Chairman the sum of $2.00 (Two Dollars) which is hereby assessed against each candidate entering said primary, with the exception of candidates for members of the Executive Committee who are not assessed; and in the eventual possibility of there being one candidate entering said primary for one particular office of one set of candidates for the offices above mentioned within the time above specified, the Committee will then immediately convene and shall declare such unopposed candidate or candidates the regular nominee or nominees of the Democratic party for said particular office or set of offices.
Resolved further that the secretary of this Committee be and is hereby designated and authorized to have printed the tickets necessary for said primary and that the names of all the candidates be printed on one ballot in alphabetical order under the designation of the office for which they are candidates, in accordance with the provisions of section 23 act 49 of 1906; and that the expense of printing ballots, cards of instruction, tally sheets, the necessary stationery and other election supplies be needed by the candidates participating in said primary with the exception (unreadable word) made, as to candidates for the Executive Committee, and that the other expenses thereof be borne according to law.
Resolved further that each candidate for Mayor and members of the Town Council shall submit to the chairman of the Committee on or before the 16th day of February, 1907, before 6 o'clock p. m. of said day, the name of a qualified elector of said town to act as a Commissioner of election, and the members of this committee shall meet at the Court House at 12 o'clock noon on Monday the 18th day of February 1907, and shall proceed to select from the various names submitted to them, by the candidates, three Commissioners, two clerks and watchers for said primary according to provisions of section 23 of act 49 of 1906; and in the event that same names be submitted by different candidates these candidates shall be required to substitute different names which shall then with the other names be submitted, be drawn in accordance with said section of said act.
Resolved, that the Commissioners selected for this primary be commissioned as such by the Chairman of this Committee.
Resolved, that no other but white Democrats and qualified electors under the Constitution and election laws of this State, and residing within the corporate limits of this town as now existing and registered at least ten days prior to the date fixed for this primary shall be allowed to vote in said primary, and that no voter residing in the proposed extensions to said town shall be allowed to vote in said primary.
The voter on receiving his ballot shall forthwith, and without leaving the enclosed space, retire to the place provided for the preparation of his ballot, and shall designate his choice, by stamping or making a cross, in ink or with lead pencil, in the voting space to the right and opposite to the name or names of the candidates he desires to support for the particular office for which they have offered; and if a voter is unable to prepare his ballot he may call on one of the Commissioners or Clerks of election to assist them.
Resolved, that the Chairman of this Committee shall immediately upon receiving the returns of said primary open the same and cause same to be tabulated and compiled, and at 12 o'clock noon on the third day after the primary, this Committee shall reconvene at the Court House, in accordance with section 25 of Act 49 of 1906, shall declare the candidate or candidates who shall have received a majority of the votes cast at said primary the regular nominee or nominees of the Democratic party for said town; and in the event that one or more of the candidates fail to receive a majority of the votes cast at said primary, a second primary shall be held for said candidates on the 18th day of March 1907 in the same manner, same place, and with the same officers as the first, and the expenses thereof to be borne in the same manner provided for the first primary, and the returns and canvassing of the votes to be made in the same manner.
No one can be a candidate at the second primary except the two persons who shall have received the highest number of votes cast at the first primary for the office for which they were candidates; and in the event that one of the candidates receiving the highest number of votes should decline to continue in his candidacy, the other who shall have received the highest number shall be declared the nominee of the party.
Resolved that the election ballots to be used in said primary shall be signed by the Chairman of this Committee officially as required by law, and that said ballots, together with the stationery and other election supplies be delivered by him to the Commissioners of election with a list of all persons who have paid their poll taxes for the two years preceding the year in which this primary is held, and also a duly certified list by the Registrar of voters, of the registered voters of this town list of the registered voters of this town lost which the Sheriff and Registrar of voters of this parish are requested to deliver to the chairman of this committee three days before the date of this primary, as directed by law.
Resolved, that the officers whose duty it is to designate and appoint polling places throughout the parish, shall provide the polling booths necessary for this primary, with the voting shelves and compartments in which the voters may conveniently and with absolute secrecy mark their ballots, and that the Sheriff deliver to said Commissioners a ballot box for said primary as required by law.
Should none of the commissioners appear within one hour after the time fixed for opening the polls, Democrats present may meet and elect the commissioners appear he shall appoint another, and both together shall select a third and two Clerks; before entering on their duties the Commissioners regularly appointed, or those appointed as above provided, shall swear each other and the clerks to faithfully, honestly and impartially conduct the election. It shall be the duty of the commissioners and the clerks to keep duplicate lists of the persons voting at said primary, which lists shall be numbered consecutively from one to the end, and such lists so kept and numbered shall be signed and sworn to as correct by them, immediately upon closing of the polls, and before opening the ballot box.
Immediately after the closing of the polls and the signing and swearing to the poll lists, the Commissioners shall proceed to publicly canvass the votes; they shall make tally sheets in duplicates, and shall tabulate the votes and sign the same and swear to their correctness, and publicly announce the result to the bystanders; they shall deposit one of said tally sheets and one of said poll lists in the ballot box, and the other tally sheet and poll list shall be placed by them in a sealed package and addressed to the Chairman of this committee, and delivered to him in person by said Commissioners.
The ballot box containing the ballots, poll list and tally sheet shall be carefully sealed after the count shall have been completed, and the returns signed and sworn to, and shall be delivered by the Commissioners to the Clerk of the District Court.
Resolved further that said primary election be conducted under provisions of Act No. 49 of 1906, and that these resolutions be published in the Lafayette Advertiser, official journal of the parish for three weeks preceding the day of said primary, and in the local papers of this parish.
On motion being made and seconded the committee adjourned to 12 a. m. on Feb. 18, 1907.
WM. CAMPBELL, Chairman.
J. G. DAUTERIVE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
A Washington Party.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Judice celebrated Washington's birthday at their home in Scott by delightfully entertaining a few of their friends.
Each guest was presented with a little red hatchet score card for Progressive Pit, in which Miss Pearl Larche won the pretty little vase, and Miss Rena Hopkins the cup and saucer. In cutting for the "original hatchet," which had Washington's home carved upon it, Mr. Harold Demanade cut the highest number. Mrs. Judice served a dainty two course luncheon to the following young people:
Misses Challie Tolson, Rena Hopkins, Maxim Beraud, Aileen McNally and Pearl Larche, Messrs. Fred and Pothier Voorhies, Lorne Nickerson, Harold Demanade and Dr. Beeler, of Lafayette, and Misses. Delhomme, Cayret, Annie Bell, and Mr. E. W. Jones, of Scott.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
The Black Crow.
"The Black Crow," said to be as scintillating as ever, is to be the attraction at the Jefferson Theatre, Thursday, Feb. 28. The present production is under the management of Miller and Plohn, new firm in this line of presentation, although Mr. Miller, the senior member has been associated with spectacular plays before, and will be remembered for his magnificent "Kanjanka" which he gave to the stage some years ago. The version of "The Black Crook" which is to be given this season, is one originally used and while so far as the play itself is concerned, the original lines have been closely followed, in the spectacular features, wide deviation has been made from the established rules and much that is modern has been introduced. The story of "The Black Crook" is so old that it will bear telling anew. Rudolph and Amina are a pair of youthful lovers, but Amina is also loved by the wicked Count Wolfenstein who is in league with Hertzog the "Crook" who has a compact with the "Evil One." Hertzog, the old necromancer, has bargained with his Satanic Majesty, whereby he is to be granted an added year of life for each victim. But Amina and Rudolph are under the protection of the good fairy, Stalacta, who in the end overthrows the plans of the plotters and of course everything ends happily as it always does in well regulated fairy tales. This thread of a story has given unlimited opportunity for the introduction of many weird effects and gorgeous stage picture and "The Black Crook" has been the most successful of spectacles for nearly forty years. It is said that the present production is in now way inferior to its predecessors. A large company is of course necessary for the numerous dances, marches, etc., and this it is promised has been made up of the best material and talent available. A large chorus is one of the features of the production and there will be several novelties in the way of vaudeville acts, among the latter being those by The Dodazetta Family and The Eight English Girls. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
"The Girl from Out Yonder."
Tuesday night of last week Miss Adelaide Thurston appeared at The Jefferson Theatre in "The Girl from Out Yonder." The performance was one of the best that has ever been given here. The supporting company was excellent and the whole play was presented in a most realistic and capable manner. The play is a true drama and develops both pathos and humor, and all through it was clean and wholesome. The plot was intensely and as it unfolded alternately created laughter or moved the audience to tears. It was Miss Thurston's second appearance in Lafayette and those who witnessed the play trust to have her appear here many more times. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
Tanner & Landry Roller Rink Opened.
Tanner & Landry's Roller Rink opened Saturday night with an extra large attendance and every subsequent session has been well patronized. They expect the arrival of a large number of new skates in a few days, when they expect to have a grand opening.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
Another Roller Rink.
Mose Levy will build a new skating rink adjoining his present one, the size of same will be 50 by 110 in the clear without center posts, and he will use his present one for a dance hall, while the new one will be completed.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
Home Mission Notes.
By Local Superintendent.
Our Deaconess from the Galveston Wesley House writes thus of that city: "Of course the readers of Our Homes have heard over and over again the tragedy of 1900 when the great storm swept 8000 people into eternity and devastated the beautiful "city by the sea!' Six years have intervened and Galveston, protected by a masterpiece of civil engineering, a sea wall of concrete seventeen feet in height, and encircling the city from the northeast corner and around the entire southern side. This is one of the wonders of the world. In a few years Galveston will be a city that not only her own citizens, but the whole country may point to with pride. It has a port that is the peer of, if not superior to, all the Southern ports and in which may be seen the flags of all nations whose vessels carry produce to the markets of the world. These great vessels bring to our port hundreds upon hundreds of German, Bohemian and Italian immigrants seeking homes in the wonderful 'home of the free.' Every thoughtful reader will immediately see that Galveston is a strategic point and that it offers untold opportunities to the church. My work began in Galveston in May 1905 as pastor's assistant. My duties were visiting among the members and looking up the sick and strangers and often looking out for the needy, procuring assistance for them through the channels of the church. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
Transfers Allowed To Several Schools - Accounts Approved.
Lafayette, La, 21, 1907.
A special meeting of the Parish School Board was held on the above date and there were present: Messrs. Alex Delhomme, Jasper Spell, Dr. G. A. Martin, Dr. N. P. Moss, Arthur Comeaux, A. D. Verot, and Alcide Judice.
On motion of Mr. Comeaux, seconded by Mr. Judice, a school transfer was accorded the community in the neighborhood of Aurelien Primeaux, in the fourth ward.
By Mr. Spell - Resolved that the community south and west of the Burke school be given a transfer to the Burke school.
By Dr. Martin - Resolved that the superintendent be authorized to have the cistern at the High School repaired.
By Judice - Resolved that the attention of the teachers and local trustees be called to the very important matter of keeping a good supply of drinking water at the different schools. With this subject in view the superintendent is authorized to request the local directors and teachers of the different schools to have the cistern cleaned every year.
By Mr. Vertot - Resolved that the superintendent be and is hereby instructed to confer with the superintendent of Vermilion parish and submit to this board plans and estimates for the proposed addition to the Milton school.
The secretary reported having advertised for bids on the issue of five per cent bonds against the special tax voted in 1903 for the erection of school houses throughout the parish.
By Mr. Spell - Resolved that Drs. Martin and Moss and Superintendent Alleman be authorized to have bonds printed according to the provisions of Ordinance No. 1 adopted by this Board on January 3rd.
By Mr. Judice - Resolved that the president and superintendent be authorized to purchase book-cases for the schools which have raised funds for the purchase of school libraries as provided for in the school laws of 1906.
By Dr. Martin - Resolved that the superintendent be authorized to purchase a cabinet in which to file the records of the office.
Passing on the application of persons offering to rent school lands at a price below the minimum fixed by the Board, it was decided that in justice to those who rented at the minimum fixed, the Board could now accept a lower bid from others and the secretary was instructed to notify them accordingly.
By Judice - Resolved that in the interest of public schools of the parish the Police Jury and the various Town Councils of the parish be requested to pass and enforce curfew ordinances prohibiting children under eighteen years of age to be on the streets and and the public highways after nine o'clock unless accompanied by parents or guardians.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Board adjourned sine die.
N. P. MOSS, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
POLICE JURY ORDINANCE.
Lafayette, La., February 8, 1907.
Pursuant to adjournment the Police Jury met this day with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., Presiding, L. G. Breaux, J. H. Connolly, Valery Boudreaux, Cornelius Spell, Alfred A. Delhomme, J. Edmond Mouton, and P. R. Landry. Absent: Albert Theall.
The following ordinances were read and adopted:
"An ordinance of a civil nature to enforce the collection of the property and license taxes levied to construct, maintain and repair the public roads."
Section 1. Be it ordained by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette in regular session assembled, that it is hereby made the duty of the Sheriff and ex-officio tax collector to immediately proceed by suit before any court of competent jurisdiction to recover all vehicle license taxes levied for the year 1906 against the delinquent tax payers for that year.
Section 2. Be it further ordained, etc., that is hereby made the duty of the Sheriff and ex-officio tax collector of this Parish to institute suit against all delinquent property and license tax payers to recover the payment of all property and license tax levied to construct, maintain and repair the public roads of this Parish, within not less nor more than ten days after the names of such delinquents shall be furnished to him by the several road overseers of this Parish.
Section 3. Be it further ordained etc., that this ordinance shall take effect after its promulgation.
"An ordinance making it the duty of the several roads overseers of this Parish to begin working the roads of this Parish under the compulsory road duty ordinances now existing not later than the tenth day of March of every year; to report to the tax collector the names of all persons subject to road duty not exempt or relieved therefrom under the Constitution and laws of the State together with the number of vehicles, including bicycles kept and used for locomotion over the public roads in their respective wards, and who have failed and neglected to perform their compulsory road duty.
Section 1. Be it ordained by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, in regular session assembled; that it is hereby made the duty of the several road overseers of this Parish to begin working the public roads of their respective wards under the compulsory road duty ordinances of this Parish and the laws of the State not later than the tenth day of March of every year, and to continue said work at regular intervals during the remainder of the year so as to keep said roads in good condition.
Section 2. Be it further ordained, etc., that it is hereby made the duty of the road overseers of this Parish to report to the Sheriff and ex-officio tax collector of this Parish the names of all persons subject to road duty who have failed or neglected to perform their compulsory road duty, together with the number of vehicles, including bicycles, kept and used for locomotion over the public roads of their respective wards, by said delinquents.
Section 3. Be it further ordained, etc., that it is hereby made the duty of the road overseer of this Parish to report to the Sheriff and the ex-officio tax collector the names of all persons using vehicles, including bicycles, for locomotion over the public roads of this Parish without first paying the license tax levied on said vehicle with the tag attached to the vehicle, in violation of August 3rd, 1905, levying license tax on vehicles used on the public road; and said overseers shall be entitled to the sum of $2, for his services therefor which shall be taxed as costs of Court by the tax-collector in the suit for the recovery of the license due by said delinquent.
Section 4. Be it ordained, etc., that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage and all other ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.
The Jury then adjourned.
FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/27/1907.
Supt. L. J. Alleman left Friday to attend the meeting of the Department of Supervision of the National Educational Association, which meets in Chicago Feb. 26, 27 and 28. A large delegation from Louisiana left to attend the meeting.
Baptist service will be held at the Masonic hall next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. The public is invited to attend.
Geo. Doucet and Postmaster J. R. Domengeaux drove to Breaux Bridge Friday afternoon.
Bids. - Will be received until noon March 15 for erecting schoolhouses at Pilette, Verot and Burke, according to plans and specifications in my office. In my absence apply to W. J. Avery.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lost. - Between Catholic church and post office an enameled gold pin set with pearl and of lavender color. Reward will be paid for return to Miss Ella Bernard, at Falk Mercantile Co.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.
A Habit to Be Encouraged.
The mother who has acquired the habit of keeping on hand a bottle of Chamberlain's Cough Remedy, saves herself a great amount of uneasiness and anxiety. Coughs, colds and croup, to which children are susceptible are quickly cured by its use. It counteracts any tendency of a cold to result in pneumonia, and if given as soon as the first symptoms of croup appear, it will prevent the attack. This remedy contains nothing injurious and mothers give it to little ones with a feeling of perfect security. Sold by all druggists. Lafayette Advertiser 2/27/1907.