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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 30th, 1907:


 Is an Assured Social and Financial Success - Preparations for Its Presentations Proceeded Nicely.

 The Advertising Carnival of Trades Extravaganza that is being promoted by Mrs. Hollibaugh, under the auspices of the Baptist Aid Society, is progressing in a most satisfactory manner.

 Nearly a half hundred firms have consented to be advertised and they will be represented by Lafayette's best talent in a way that each feature will seemingly outrival the previous one.

 Everything suggested by this gorgeously beautiful entertainment is unique, original, rare or artistic, hence the audience that greets this meritorious local production cannot fail to be impressed with all the advisers do or say for the benefit of their various firms. One from among many is the ever fascinating "Maypole Dance", wherein ten little maidens trip like tiny fairies around the charming queen chosen from their number, and who has been crowned "Queen of the May" by Mrs. McElroy, of Colorado Springs, as she renders the beautiful solo, "A May Morning". Mrs. McElroy possess a voice or rare sweetness, power and expression. She also leads the "Clang of the Hammer, a chorus in which a score of feminine blacksmiths appear.

 Mrs. L. D. Burnett, a music intructor who has recently become a resident of the this city, will be the piano accompanist.

 To mention every feature in detail would require far too much space, but when it is known that Lafayette's best talent is to appear in prominent parts, it is an assurance to all who may attend that they will be highly entertained at the Jefferson Theatre on Friday night, Feb. 8. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


 Dr. Ellis, State Institute Conductor, of Penn, Makes Address Saturday Afternoon - At Night Talks Entertainingly on Boys to an Appreciative Audience.

 Dr. C. C. Ellis, State Institute Conductor of Pennsylvania, spoke Saturday afternoon at the court house to the teachers of Lafayette Parish and quite a number of the patrons of the various schools on the teacher and parent. He gave both teachers and parents much good advice that could and should be accepted by every teacher and parent in the parish. He told how in the development of civilization there came to be the blacksmith, the carpenter, the doctor, lawyer and followers of other trades and professions, and along with them came the need for the school and the teacher. He said the teacher should and usually in a given time can do more toward training a child for the duties of a citizen than the parents with a multiplicity of other duties, can in the same time. He told how the parent or the teacher gets into a narrow rut and stubbornly refuses to accept or advice from the other, and persists in his own way until he ruins or greatly reduces the usefulness of the school.

  At night Dr. Ellis' subject was boys and his talk was appreciated by his audience which, however, was not as large as should have been or would have been and his quality as an entertaining speaker been fully known. It was certainly a privilege to hear Dr. Ellis and especially upon the subject of boys, for his talk was an eloquent appeal by one the ablest and sincerest educators that ever addressed an audience in this State, an appeal to the teachers and parents of boys to give more time and study to the training and rearing of the boys of the country. Dr. Ellis told the story of a man who put out the sign "A BOY WANTED" and a little redheaded, freckled faced fellow came trudging into his office with the sign under his arm. The man scolding the boy asked what he was doing with his sign, and the little fellow, not at all abashed, looked up into his face and exclaimed "The hully gee, aint I the boy? I've come." He told how the merchant in the store, the judge upon the bench, the doctor in his office, the man at his desk, the minister in his pulpit, the railroad president, the mason, common day laborer, the drunkard at the bar, are all displaying the same sign. "A BOYS WANTED." He went on to indicate some of the things that teachers and parents should do to prepare boys to fill acceptably the place continually being opened ton them. He told some of the things that go to make up a real live boy, a genuine boy, and said that one of the things is that he sees, he hears, he feels thoroughly, accurately, keenly. His physical and metal eye is open. Dr. Ellis gave a number of stories and experiences to illustrate his meaning, one illustration being the life of one of his schoolmates whose parents were full of life and health and energy, but this boy had not the will nor energy to master his lessons - hardly to make his way to and from school. He was a victim of the cigarette and his eye was dim, hearing dulled, his muscles made inactive.

 "Boys are made up of grit, core and ambition," said Dr. Ellis. "To illustrate what i mean by grit: The street car was across the railroad track; a long freight train was bearing down upon the car full of people, the people became frantic, all rushed to the door, but all crowding to the door no one got out, as is always the case when people become excited. The motorman was furiously at work trying to replace his trolley wheel on the wire, but being scared and trembling failed in his frantic attempts. The freight, unable to stop was coming closer and closer, and it seemed that all would be killed. Just at this moment the street car slid off the railroad track as if by magic. A little newsboy had seen the situation, had dropped his papers, hurriedly climbed a post, slid onto another car and replaced the trolley just in time for the car to escape with a jerk that brought the little fellow to the ground, the train barely missing him. This was a hero, had he been a commanding officer would have won the battles upon the field and the plaudits of a nation. He was a genuine hero, a boy of true grit.

 A true boy has core. A little Scotch boy seeing a poor little girl with tattered clothes and bare feet standing on the cold gray stones of a side walk in Edinboro on a windy wintry day looked in pity at her for a moment, then took off his thick woolen coat and said: "Here ye mon stand on that." This surpasses anything that Raleigh, born and reared a courtier, did, for he could not have done differently had he wised."

 No one could hear Dr. Ellis and not get a better understanding of the problem of educating a boy or girl and get into appreciative touch with the work the teachers of to-day are attempting. And it is to be regretted that every parent in Lafayette could not have heard him. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.



 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 in the ballot box.

 We believe that protection against fire is the greatest need in our midst; that lights are secondary, and 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.

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


 We publish in another column the platform and ticket announced by the present City Council through the mails last Saturday. That the incumbent city administration would stand for re-election was generally known and their announcement was only what was expected. That they would pledge themselves to a continuation of the same methods in the administration of affairs was also expected; but that the people of Lafayette will endorse them by re-election is a question to be determined by the primary soon to be ordered.

 The announcement of a strong opposition ticket is good evidence that the administration of affairs by the present City Council has not met with the approval of a large number of citizens. The character of the new ticket, which is a thoroughly representative one, is still further evidence, and the fact that the new ticket numbers among its strong supporters men who have been active and zealous in promoting the best interests of the town, men who have not hesitated to invest their money largely in Lafayette, and who therefore certainly ought to desire only the welfare of the town, is additional evidence that there is serious objection to allowing the conduct of affairs to remain in the hands of the present city administration.

 This opposition, is not, of course, a reflection in any way upon the personal character of the members of the present administration. It is simply a disagreement as to methods and to judgment.

 There were a number of things which the present administration has done which it is believed should either not have been done or done differently, and for that reason those who are responsible for and are supporting the new ticket want a change, and they want the change having only in view an administration of affairs more in accord with what they believe for the best interests of the town.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.



Assessors to Be Appointed in Each Ward to Take Per Capita and Vehicle Assessment.

Lafayette, La., January 23, 1907. - The Police Jury met this day in special session: members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., presiding, J. Edmond Mouton, L. G. Breaux, P. R. Landry, J. H. Connolly, Alfred A. Delhomme and Cornelius Spell. Absent: Valery Boudreaux and Albert Theall.

 The purpose of the meeting was to discuss roads, drainage, taxes and assessments.

 The Secretary submitted a statement of the probable revenues for the year 1907.

 Mr. A. Martin, member of the State Board of Equalizers, gave his views as regards the future assessments.

 Judge C. H. Mouton read the law touching the points involved.

 Sheriff Lacoste suggested the advisability of making the vehicle and per capita tax collectible on September 1, and delinquent on October 1, together with the movable property tax, believing in that way, and at that time of the year more of the tax would be collected.

 It is understood and agreed that the ordinances of this body, levying  a per capita and vehicle tax, remain as they are, due March the 1, except that at the next regular meeting the Jury proposes to adopt such ordinances, as they believe will better assure the entire collection of this tax.

 Moved and seconded that the Police Juror of each ward proceed immediately to appoint an assessor and have the per capita and vehicle assessment taken, and turn same over to the Sheriff-Tax-Collector on or before the 1st day of March; that by reason of the Jury's contract with the Citizens Road Building Association for the third ward, J. Edmond Mouton and the president of said association together appoint said assessor for the third ward. Carried.

 There being no further business a motion to adjourn prevailed.
                FELIX H. MOUTON,
Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.




 We, the undersigned, take this method to submit our candidacies, subject to the Democratic Primary Election, and solicit your support.

 1. We pledge ourselves to a continuation of such economical and businesslike methods in the administration of the affairs of the town, thereby to secure ample means, without increase of taxation, towards the maintenance of our public schools, the improvement of our streets and the thorough drainage of the town, with justice to all, as well as other improvements in line with our progressive town.

 2. We favor the further extension of the waterworks system, lately improved and now under way of construction. Our best efforts will be continued towards securing a better quality of water for drinking and other purposes.

 3. The Electric Light and Waterworks' plant has been placed on a revenue producing basis by the present administration, as shown by published statement. We pledge ourselves to a continuance of the same business methods in the operation of the plant. We believe that, with the liberal patronage of the people, the revenues can still be increased, and thereby secure the rate of taxation, which has already been reduced by the present administration from ten to eight mills.

 4. We are opposed to an increase of assessment, but favor a just equality in the rate, without favor or discrimination.

 Respectfully submitted for Mayor:

Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.

Two Big Real Estate Deals.

 The past week the Falk Mercantile Co., Ltd., purchased from J. E. Trahan the corner property on Pierce and Congress streets, across from the Bank of Lafayette, 66x96 feet, for $7,000., possession to be given at the expiration of one year when a lease now on the property terminates.

 During the week also, Mr. F. Demanade bought 50 arpents of land and improvements for $6,500. The property purchased is generally spoken of as the Torian place, beyond the Protestant cematery on the Pin-hook Rd. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.

Teddy Bear Party. - The pupils of Miss Eastman's room at the Primary School had a Teddy Bear Party Friday afternoon and raised $13.00 for a library. This amount will be supplemented by the School Board and the little folks will be enabled to make a nice start on a library for their room. Everybody had a good time at the party and the "room" was highly appreciative of the liberality of the guests. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


T. G. Shannon Promoted.

 T. G. Shannon, the local Southern Pacific agent, left Sunday to take charge of the Lake Charles agency, having  been promoted to that position. His family will join him some time during the week. He is succeeded by Don L. Caffery.

 Mr. and Mrs. Shannon and family have won a large number of friends during their stay here, who regret their leaving, but nevertheless congratulate them upon this recognition of Mr. Shannon's faithful service to the company. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


 Among the vocal choir with the Great Barlow Minstrels next Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Jefferson Theatre Manager Coburn has retained the basso of Mr. Frank J. Minch whose splendid musical  voice last season was greatly admired and repeatedly complimented by press and patrons of this popular attraction. This season Mr. Minch is using "Bedoin's Love Song," the "Pilot" and "Adrift," three of the best numbers ever placed on a minstrel programme. Another feature is Mr. Chester Ruffman, the phenomonal double voiced soloist, possessing a rich baritone and full powerful soprano, one of the greatest novelties ever carried with the company. Mr. Al Weston, baritone robusto, singing "Love Me and the World Is Mine," one of the latest and most praiseworthy numbers from a musical standpoint published in sometime. Kenneth Rose, the Scotch Tenor, with "Shine on Me" and "Just My Ain Lassie," a lyric voice of great sweetness. Roy W. Connant, high baritone and musical director, a fine voice and pleasing personality. Others are Arthur Sampson, Roy Van Tress, high tenor, and Adrian Wolfe, robust tenor. It is undoubtedly the finest singing party ever carried by Manager Coburn and he is justly proud of them and the appreciation shown of their ability by his patrons. Watch for the band and free concert at noon at seat sale. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.

 Miss Adelaide Thurston.
[Bradford Star Oct. 2.]

 Bradford last night was honored with the "first night" production of the brand new comedy drama written for Miss Adelaide Thurston, the joint composition of Pauline Phelps and Marion Short. The city appreciated the honor by pouring into the Bradford theatre the largest throng of the season thus far, and by giving to the talented young actress several tremendous ovations for her delicate, forcible and thorough interpretation of the daintily petite, rough-weather character of Flotsam.

 The entire performance passed off under the most favorable circumstances. Her audience was in sympathy with her from the moment she made her first appearance until the fall of the curtain at the close of the last act. The role she plays in the drama shows her versatility, portraying as it does the uncultured manners of a child of the sea in an isolated community of fisherfolk and old salts, the polish of monied coast visitors, and the heart stirring pathos of simple life with the tragedy of opposition to first love and the rivalry of parent and cupid. Miss Thurston is superbly adapted to the impersonation of a sweet and winsome character such as Flotsam - pure, unsophisticated and unspoiled.

 Miss Thurston played in Lafayette last winter and gave one of the most delightful performances seen here during the season. Those who had the pleasure of seeing her last year will learn with pleasure that she it to be her again this year on Feb. 19.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


 Miss Florence Davis and Company Charm an Appreciative Audience Monday Night.

 Monday night Miss Florence Davis in The Player Maid delighted an appreciative audience with some very fine acting. The house was fairly well filled, but had the excellence of the company and the clean wholesomeness of the play been well known, undoubtedly the audience would have been a much larger one. The play itself is very entertaining and has an interesting plot. Miss Davis charmed everybody with her fascinating rendition of the witty, lively Irish girl that knew the gentle art of coquetry to a finish and was a star in her chosen profession, the stage. Her support was in all respects equal to completing an artistic and agreeable interpretation of the play. The audience again and again showed their appreciation by vigorous applause and doubtless there were many who believe that The Player Maid and her company presenting it are thy best that have as yet appeared at the Jefferson. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


 The Seventh Annual Statement Just Issued Shows It to Be In a Most Prosperous Condition.

 The seventh annual statement of the Lafayette Building Association has been issued and shows the Association to be in a most prosperous condition. The assets for the year 1906 are $68,212.86 and the statement shows a net profit of $10,444.67, which is a most excellent showing.

 There is no agency which assists more materially in the upbuilding of a town than a sound, well-managed Building Association, which the statement proves this to be, for it enables men to build homes on small monthly payments, who would otherwise remain renters. A home-owner feels an interest in the welfare and a progress of a town that a renter can not, and any agency that assists the renter to get a home of his own is a valuable asset to the town. As such the Lafayette Building Association deserves to prosper.,

 At the recent meeting of the Board of Directors the same officers who managed the affairs of the Association the past year were re-elected, and the excellent results shown from their past management is a guarantee that the ensuing year will witness an equally businesslike and profitable conduct of the Association's affairs. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


Mr. Editor: -

 I returned home for a few weeks ago from Houston, Texas, where I had been on a visit to Mrs. C. K. Darling and family. I cannot say that I was highly pleased with or favorably impressed with the country between here and Houston as a farming country. I think the land in the Parish of Lafayette for all around farming is worth from 50 to 100 per cent more than the land between Duson and Houston.

 But I must say that I was very highly pleased with Houston as a commercial city. I think that it is one of the finest cities that I have ever seen in the South. The streets are all laid out at perfect right angles from 5o to 100 feet wide. The principal streets are paved with asphalt or brick - they are kept clean and well drained. During my three weeks stay in Houston, I was driven all over, through and around the city by real estate agents which the city seemed to be swarming with.

 Every practical man knows that a city being built up like Houston is requires a great amount of heavy teaming that must be done on wagons. In every direction where I went in the suburbs I saw teams hauling heavy materials for building purposes. But I did not see any of our old antediluvian narrow tire wagons. It is against the law to drive a narrow tire wagon loaded over their paved streets for they cut and gouge the pavements full of holes and ruts 50 per cent more than the broad tire.

 I claim they should be condemned every where in the State. There is no excuse for having narrow tire wagons in this enlightened day. They have not one redeeming quality over the broad 3 1/2 tire wagon. The broad tire wagon makes a model farm wagon. They will rollover loose plowed ground and carry fifty per cent heavier load with the same team as the narrow tire wagons. And they are not necessarily any heavier or more expensive.

 We have an ordinance compelling every man that drives or uses a vehicle on the public roads to pay a vehicle tax - I respectfully suggest that our Police Jury amend that ordinance and pass an ordinance compelling every man that uses a heavy wagon on the public roads with less than a 3 inch tire to pay a vehicle tax of not less than from $2.00 to $3.00 a year, and for a three inch tire from $1.50 to $2.00 a year. And for a broad 3 1/2 tire $.75 and for a four inch tire $.50 or nothing.

 Every practical man knows that the narrow tire wagon cuts, wears and tears the roads up from 50 to 100 per cent more than the broad tire in a wet or dry weather, consequently if a certain class of people will persist in using the narrow tire wagon to the great detriment of the public  roads, the Parish and tax payers, they should be compelled to pay for it the same as they are in many other cities and towns. The standard broad tire wagon has a 3 1/2 inch tire, 40 and 44 inch wheel.

 Change the old wagons, the wheels are very easily cut down and broad tires put on, or order new wheels from the manufacturer and put them on the old wagons.
                          J. NICKERSON.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


Sweet Charity.

 At a meeting held the 22nd instant, the Home Charity Association held a meeting and elected the following Board of Administrators to Serve for the current year: Mesdames F. Demanade, Ambroise Mouton. H. Jagou, F. V. Mouton, J. T. Allingham, F. C. Triay, J. C. Reeves, J. G. Parkerson, Jr., P. D. Beraud, and Messrs. C. O. Mouton, N. P. Moss, and T. M. Biossat.

 The Board of Administrators met on the 25th instant and elected officers as follows: Dr. N. P.Moss, president; Mrs. Ambroise Mouton, vice-president; Miss Marie Josse, secretary; Mrs. F. V. Mouton, treasurer.

 The Executive Council of the association is composed of Mrs. P. D. Beraud, Mrs. J. R. Jeanmard, Mrs. Demanade, with the president and the secretary of the association a ex-officio member.

 The Home Charity Association has been engaged for several years past in leading a helping hand to persons in  needy circumstances in our own midst, and the records of the association derives its chief support from the monthly dues of twenty-five cents collected from its members, and in view of the good part it is acting in the community by helping to care for widows and orphans and other worthy persons in destitute circumstances, it is deserving of the widest support of the public. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.



Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/30/1907.

 There will be Baptist services at the Masonic building next Sunday morning and evening at the usual hours. Subject for morning service. The Christian from the standpoint of the world.

 R. J. Higginbotham went to Thibodeaux this week on a business and pleasure trip.

 On account of the La. Public School Teachers Association April 4 to 6  a round trip to Shreveport is $6.55. Tickets on sale April 6. - To the annual conference and convention of reorganized church of Latter Day Saints, Lamoni, Iowa, April 5 to 10, round trip tickets from Lafayette to Lamoni, Iowa, will be sold at $28.50.

 Misses Gertrude Coronna and Wilhel Schmulen left Sunday to visit the relatives in Lake Charles.

 NEW LAFAYETTE NEWSPAPER. - The material and machinery for the new paper, which will be called the Lafayette Democrat, has arrived. The Lacoste Building next to Ruger's jewelry store has been secured as an office. Mr. R. C. Greig will be the editor and the first issue will be gotten out next Saturday, if possible.

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.

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