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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 5th, 1905:


Archbishop Chapelle Rewards Father Forge for Meritorious Services of Forty-Five Years In This Diocese.

The parishioners of St. John's Catholic church were greatly surprised and pleased Wednesday at the close of Confirmation services when Archbishop Chapelle announced this appointment of Father Forge as a canon of his cathedral. This is a dignity next to that of bishop and was bestowed in acknowledgement of meritorious services of forty-five years in this diocese, twenty-five of which were spent in Lafayette parish.

 The Archbishop has had this appointment in contemplation for some time, but delayed because he wanted to proclaim it publicly in the presence of Father Forge's parishioners.

 The investiture of his canonry will take place Aug. 3 and will be given by the Archbishop himself in the presence of more than forty priests, who are all highly pleased with the conference of this dignity upon Father Forge, in fact, upon many previous, occasion they had manifested their desire that he be rewarded for his past services at least by the conferring upon him of such a dignity. In honoring the pastor of St. John's Church with a canonry of his cathedral the Archbishop has honored Lafayette and especially its Catholic population, and therefore it is to be hoped that the people of Lafayette will make it a point to be present at the ceremony of investiture in large numbers. 
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.

Maj. Lee Looks Over New Route.

 Maj. J. M. Lee came up Thursday to look over the situation in regard to changing the route of the Baton Rouge-Lafayette road. He was met by a committee of citizens composed of C. D. Caffery, E. G. Voorhies, Crow Girard, P. L. DeClouet, Felix Girard and C. S. Babin. Carriages were procured and Maj. Lee was also shown the routes which the committee considered presented the least practical difficulties. One of these north of the round house, Maj. Lee was very favorable impressed with, and unless some engineering difficulties are involved or it should interfere with other plans of the Southern Pacific, he believes it will be adopted.
Maj. Lee returned on the 1 p.m. train.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.


 The present question with the people of Lafayette is the Baton Rouge road. We want the road, have wanted it for years, and now the time has come to make the effort to get it. In a few days the final route will be decided, and the committee on right of way will have to call upon the people to assist in securing the right of way, and we should be ready and willing to respond.

 This is a case where everybody will be benefited and therefore everybody should do his part.

 We cannot afford to be indifferent or careless, but each enter into the work and carry it to a prompt conclusion.

 It will not be possible to secure this right of way for nothing. It will have to be paid for and should be paid for, for where the whole community profits, it is unreasonable to expect a few who happen to own land along the right of way to bear all the expense. The only just way is for all to bear their fair proportion and this is possible only by a tax, which in this case will be but a small one, yet, the returns from it will be large indeed; for this railroad, especially at this time, is an urgent necessity, because of the assured building of the Colorado Southern through Crowley and Opelousas, which will practically restrict Lafayette to a very small territory by completely surrounding it with railroads.

 The purchase of this right of way, if shared by all the property owners will be easily done and cost no one any considerable amount; and when the question is put to us all squarely, let none of us to be found wanting, but all willingly give our share so that the Baton Rouge road may be a reality at the earliest possible moment. Lafayette Advertiser 7/4/1905.

Elects Officers.

 A meeting of the stockholders of the Young-Comeaux Drug Co. was held last Tuesday and the following board of directors elected: Dr. J. D. Trahan, Dr. R. O. Young, S. P. Brown, C. I. Young, J. A. Villien, Galbert Comeaux, I. B. Bendel and Dr. N. P. Moss.

 The question of increasing the capital stock and employing a manager was discussed, but it was decided to postpone the matter for further consideration. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.

Ball At Opera House. - Last Night Camelia Lodge, Brotherhood of Railway Firemen gave their first annual ball at the opera house. Electric fans were provided which made it pleasant for the dancers, and everybody had a most delightful time.
Laf. Adv. 7/5/1905.

Train Collision. - Monday evening a collision occurred between one of the switch engines and an outgoing freight near the compress. Neither engine was greatly damaged, but the track was obstructed for hours. No one was hurt. Laf. Adv. 7/5/1905.

Retrieved from Estherwood.

 Sunday Deputy Peck went to Estherwood and brought back a negro, who had been arrested there upon instructions from Sheriff Lacoste on a charge of having stolen a horse at Arnaudville. Sheriff Badon of St. Martin parish came for the negro yesterday. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.


The Cane Crop.

[From the La. Planter and Sugar Mfr.]

 There has been too much rain during the past fortnight over the greater portion of the sugar district to meet the wishes of all the sugar planters, who are now desirous of sufficient dry weather to permit them to give the cane its last working. It rained almost continuously for several days and all field work was necessarily suspended. During the last two or three days the weather appears to have changed, and the indications are that several days of dry, hot weather are in store for us, which will, of course, be utilized to the very best advantage. Strange to say, in spite of the general complaint of flooding rains, some planters report no rain at all on their places and they would like to see a heavy shower.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.

Schoolhouse Bids.

 For the erection of schoolhouses at Scott, Royville and Whittington's will be received until July 15. Bids for the erection of schoolhouses at Milton and Bonin's will be received until July 15, plans and specifications for the Scott and Royville schools may be seen by applying to A. Judice & Son, at Scott, and Dr. P. A. Dupleix, Royville. All plans may be seen at my office. Right to reject and all bids is reserved.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Building Committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.

City Council Proceedings.

 A regular meeting of the City Council was held Monday night, Mayor Mouton presiding, and all members present except O. B. Hopkins and P. Krauss. The minutes were read and after some minor corrections adopted.

 Mayor Mouton reported that the committee appointed to see the Police Jury had done so, and that the body had appointed a committee to act with the Council committee in regard to a ditch to drain into the bayou.

 The subject of drainage was discussed at length and a number of suggestions made, but no action was taken.

 The report of the finance committee was reported ready, but consideration of it was deferred until the next meeting owing to the absence of the chairman of the committee.

 A communication from the Century Club in answer to a reply received by them from the Council upon complaint of a stable built in the rear of Pellerin & DeClouet;s store, called the attention of the Council to the fact that the minutes of the mast meeting of the previous Council showed the firm mentioned had received no permit to build a stable.

 A resolution was passed that Messrs. Pellerin and DeClouet be notified to conform to the fire ordinance in 15 days.

 The bid of the Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., to furnish the town with lumber for 6 months was read. It was decided to not award the contract at that meeting, but wait and try to get a bid from the other lumber yard also.

 H. H. Hohorst stated to the Council that he had an account for services as collector amounting to $225.70.

 C. N. Thibodeaux appeared before the Council and represented that his property was assessed both in the town and parish. Mr. Coronna moved that it be referred to the proper committee, and if Mr. Thibodeaux's property was out of the corporate limits, it be taken off the list.

 C. Mouton, an electrician, complained to the Council that he had properly installed electric wires in the laundry building next to the Gazette office, but that Supt. Melchert had pronounced them unsafe and had taken them out, but had offered to put them back for $5.00, so the Chinaman said. The wires were put back but did not know if Mr. Melchert was paid for it.

 After some discussion, it was decided to notify Mr. Melchert to be present at the next meeting Thursday night, July 6, at 7 o'clock, and at all meetings of the Council thereafter. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.

 Mr. and Mrs. George Pefferkorn expect to move into their handsome new cottage home on Chestnut street near Lincoln avenue next week.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.

No Marconi station has been established in Lafayette as yet, but it is easily possible to receive a wireless message in many parts of town that the sanitary inspector is badly needed.

 We believe there is an ordinance requiring all property owners to keep their premises clean. If there is, a practical and energetic of it, especially during the hot summer months, would result greatly to the benefit of the general health. Lafayette Advertiser 7/4/1905.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/5/1905.

 Saturday Supt. of Education J. B. Aswell and wife spent between trains in Lafayette. Mr. Aswell took advantage of the time to show Mrs. Aswell over the Industrial Institute, which she had never seen, and to visit the Teachers' meeting at the Primary.

 Misses Norma and Ione Jerot, of New Orleans, are visiting their uncle and aunt Mr. and Mrs. Felix H. Landry.

 Division Passenger Agent D. B. Stubbs left Monday to spend a fifteen day vacation on the Pacific slope.

 Mmes. C. D. Caffery and N. P. Moss chaperoned the following young people and spent Saturday in the woods in honor of Miss Annie Kilpatrick:

 Misses Mabel Hughes, Quintilla Morgan, Rena Hopkins, Marie Mouton, Annie Kilpatrick, Bessie Caffery, Eppie Moss, Messrs. Willie Milles, Moore Biossat, Jeff Caffery, Willis Roy, Oswald Darby, Lorne Nickerson, Jas. Caffery.

 Mrs. Don Caffery, after spending several days in town visiting relatives, returned home Sunday accompanied by little Miss Eppie Moss.

 Miss Antonia Campbell is spending a week's vacation with friends and relatives in New Iberia.

 Judge H. L. Monnier will leave Friday on a trip for the benefit of his health.

 O. B. Hopkins went to Houston Thursday to meet Mrs. Hopkins and baby on their return from Greenville, Texas, where they have been visiting her parents for a month.

 L. Gonzague Gladu, after spending two most enjoyable weeks at Leesburg, returned Sunday. he expects to leave to-day for Cheniere au Tigre where he will remain a few weeks.

 F. F. Carter and family sailed from New Orleans for England Thursday on the steamship Colonian. They expected to leave on the steamer Atlantean, but owing to delay in loading were transferred to the Colonian.

 Mosby Lindsay, Rex Domengeaux, Alton Breaux and others went to New Iberia on Sunday's excursion.

 J. C. Nickerson left Friday evening for High Island, Tex., where Mrs. Nickerson and little Lucille are spending a month. He returned yesterday.

 Bought a Home. - Reiny Landry, proprietor of the Gordon Shaving Parlor, has purchased the home of Jno. B. Coffey on the south side of Clinton street between Lee and Johnston avenues. The price paid was $1,000.

 Lost. - A little gold locket June 29, contains two photographs. Will pay a reasonable reward to any one returning same to Miss Ruby Long, Lincoln Ave.

 Lost. - Between Brown-News Hotel and post-office, a small leather pocket book containing $30 in bills. Liberal reward to finder by returning same to Louis Surgi, care of J. S. Givens, S. P. R. R. office.

The Building and Loan.

 At an adjourned meeting of the Building and Loan Association held Wednesday evening it was decided to borrow $3,000 to lend to stockholders wishing to build.

 Also with the object of increasing the business of the Association, Ferdinand Mouton was elected solicitor and assistant secretary. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.

Young Parrots.

 The Domengeaux Bird Store has just received a lot of young parrots, all guaranteed to be good talkers. Also a fine variety of gold fish, aquariums, etc., on hand. Fish and Bird food always in stock.

Rain Injured Crops.

 Reports from the low lands of the parish show that the recent heavy rains have been very disastrous, the corn and cotton crops being cut down to one third in some places, in others one tenth and in some practically nothing. But on the high grounds where the water drained promptly not more than fifteen per cent damage was done and in some cases scarcely any. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1905.  


From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 5th, 1902:


The International and Great Northern Railroad is coming to New Orleans. Right of way through the parishes of Calcasieu and Lafayette have been secured and the rest of the right of way will be had as soon as the engineers can go over the ground. The company will parallel the Southern Pacific from Beaumont to Lake Charles, crossing its tracks at Lake Charles and veering a little to the north through the parishes of Calcasieu, Acadia, St. Landry, St. Martin and Iberville. The plan is to go up the west bank of  Bayou Lafourche and to strike the Texas and Pacific at Donaldsonville, that point over Texas and Pacific rails.

 The International and Great Northern is now at work on the line from Houston to Beaumont, and as soon as possible the line will be pushed forward. The road is anxious to get into Louisiana and get a share of the cane and lumber business, realizing the wonderful possibilities of the lumber, rice and sugar parishes. It is stated by those who represent Gould interests, which own the International and Great Northern that the line will be in New Orleans as soon as men and and money can get it here. From the N. O. Times-Democrat.

 This is a splendid opportunity for the people of Lafayette to secure another railroad and one that will be of untold benefit to them. The Business Men's League should take this matter up at once and make every effort to have this road pass through Lafayette. We believe that greater railroad facilities are now a necessity and we should secure them by all means. Besides, if we sit supinely, neighboring towns will seize these advantages and grow at our expense. Those who have property are interested in having property are interested in having property remain valuable and if possible increase in value, and it therefore concerns them vitally to aid in the development of the town. Should our neighbors grow rapidly it will be naturally at our cost. They will be able also to sell cheaper and thus attract the trade. As soon as it becomes unprofitable for men to do business here they will move, and in this way we will lose not only merchants, but all industries. It is a serious matter for an important railroad to leave a small town to one side and it is much feared that if we suffer this road to pass us by, that Lafayette will receive a setback from which it may never recover. By all means let us make a strong pull for the road. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.

Grand Races. -  On Sunday, July 6, a number of interesting races will be run at Surrey Park. The first race, one half mile, will be between Mignonne of Carencro and Ida of Berlucheau for a purse of $100. The second will be Navasota of Opelousas and Landry's dun horse, one quarter mile for a purse of $100. There will also be other races. William R., a well known pacer will start at 1 p. m. sharp. Refreshments will be served on the grounds. Admission 25 cents, Children 15 cents. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.

Summer Normal.

 The fourth and last week of the Summer Normal like the preceding ones was filled with great opportunities for the teachers who were fortunate enough to be partakers of the intellectual and professional treat afforded by the School. All of the different departments were kept at the high mark at which they were set in the beginning, and the same spirit of earnestness and zeal that has made the School so valuable was manifested by the teachers. In this has been a remarkable Summer Normal in many respects and will have splendid results, not alone in the good that will accrue directly to the teachers individually and the parishes in which they teach, but also in setting the character and standard of future work in summer schools.

 Dr. Dillard as usual has kept the interest up in the United States history class. Some of the periods covered during the week were Jackson's, VanBuren's and Harrison and Tyler's administrations. Dr. Dillard's work in history has not alone been pleasant and instructive, but it has had a larger and more valuable result in that he has succeeded in giving to one of the most difficult and matter-of-course studies life, form and being, and aroused an interest in the study that will lighten the labor of the teachers.

 Prof. Williamson has also made of geography especially a most entertaining study. His work during the entire month has been excellent and every member of his class has received new spirit and will take up the subject with new zeal and greater intelligence.

 Miss Cross in her literature and (unreadable word) study classes, Prof. Roy in (unreadable word) and algebra, Dr. Stephens (unreadable words) methods and school economy, Supt. Alleman in numbers and Speers methods, Prof. Yeager in grammar and Louisiana history, Miss Knott in singing, and Misses Russell McColdrick, Devall and Lobdell in the practice school have all done meritorious work and deserve special commendation.

 Friday night of last week the lecture on liquid air with experiments with it was given by Father Biever assisted by Mr. Russel Palmer. It was a most wonderful thing and repaid all the trouble and worry involves in securing it. Sunday Bishop Sessums assisted by the local rector, Rev. Kramer held special services in the Episcopal church for the teachers. At 11 o'clock Monday morning Bishop Sessums delivered an able and scholarly address to the teacher in the auditorium in the Industrial School, on the object and aims of education, in which he paid a high tribute to the teacher and his work.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.

 The Reception to the Teachers.

 The reception and dance given by the citizens of Lafayette to the teachers and faculty of the Summer Normal on Monday night was one of the most delightful functions ever given in the history of the town. The night was clear and sufficiently cool to make dancing very pleasant, notwithstanding the fact that it was the last part of June. The different committees all exerted themselves to make everyone have a good time and they succeeded admirably in doing so. The town people were out in large numbers and took special pains to meet as many of the teachers as possible and to individually give each one of them a special and hearty welcome. In very truth it was teachers' night and they had the right of way in the hearts of the hospitable people of Lafayette as well as in all things else. Including town people and teachers there were fully three hundred present, and without doubt the whole three hundred enjoyed the night as possibly they never enjoyed one before. Everyone was bent on having a delightful time and each succeeded.

 The guests had all assembled at 9 o'clock, at which hour the grand march took place. It was a beautiful sight as couple after couple marched down the broad staircase at the Crescent News Hotel and then to sweet music of the String Band on into the large dining room. The march was led by Prof. Florent Sontag and Miss Lizzie Mudd. From march music the band glided into a delightful waltz and then the dancing began and lasted several hours. Refreshments were served on the rear gallery and they were one of the delightful parts of the occasion. To Mrs. Hahn who superintended the refreshment tables is due a unanimous vote of thanks for the excellent quality, quantity, and service of the refreshments.

 A beautiful lady's prize consisting of a bronze eagle supporting a large watch on his beak was awarded to Miss Pitcher, physical culture instructor at the Summer Normal as the most graceful lady dancer, and a silk umbrella to Prof. Sontag as the most graceful gentleman dancer. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.


 To-day the Summer Normal comes to a close and the teachers who have been with us during the past month of the Normal will begin their departure. We would say to them in leaving that we have enjoyed their presence among us and trust that their stay has been both profitable and pleasant to each one of them individually, and that to each will come a large measure of success in his calling. We extend to them a hearty invitation to come again. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.

Samples of Milled Corn.

 We received a sample of corn and grits from Mr. Numa Broussard which was ground on his new mill. The samples were excellent and represent the very best machinery. Mr. Broussard has just recently begun milling and is turning out a splendid article. Corn is ground every day and prompt service rendered. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.  

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/5/1902.

 It is beginning to be dusty again.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Voorhies left this week for Bay St. Louis.

 Mr. C. K. Darling who is now located in Houston is here on a short visit to his family.

 The Women's Literary Club held a most interesting meeting with Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins on Friday, June 27. Quite a number of the teachers were guests of the Club.

 Father Forge and Judge Julian left Tuesday for a trip to California.

 For Rent. - Four cottages for rent, one street from Industrial School. Apply to Leon Plonsky.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 5th, 1902:

OF July Celebrated by the Fire Department and People of the Town - Senator Caffery's Address.

 The anniversary of the birth of the Republic was fittingly celebrated in Lafayette yesterday. The firemen of Lafayette, than whom a more gallant band of fire fighters can not be found, paraded the streets and concluded the day's exercises with a splendid fete at Parkerson's grove. The patriotism, the public spirit, the culture of the town, were there. They had come together to help firemen celebrate the nation's natal day.The firemen, the band boys, all tastily dressed, and the neatly decorated carriages, lent enchantment to the occasion and made it look like a genuine, old fashioned turn-out when the Declaration of Independence meant a great deal more and the flag typified the immortal truths "that men are created equal" and that "governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed."

 But the conspicuous feature of the day was the splendid speech of former Senator Don Caffery. It was a characteristically honest utterance of the man, expressed in elegant diction and spoken with that fervor born alone of conviction, which reminded one of the best days when said what they thought. As a member of the United States Senate Mr. Caffery was the consistent opponent of imperialism. he stood almost alone in opposition to the scheme of the imperialists. Unmoved by by the wave which swept over the country, he remained loyal to the principles of free government and spoke and voted against the whole scheme from Hawaii to the Philippines. Whatever else may have been thought of Mr. Caffery as a party man the people of Lafayette have always admired him for his manliness and independence, and nothing could have please them more than the opportunity to hear him on the subject which he handled with such force, eloquence and logic. In his speech yesterday Mr. Caffery sewed good seed. His speech was calculated to make the citizen think more of those fundamental principles which just now need the support of strong men of courage and ability like Mr. Caffery. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Of a Very Successful Session of the South Louisiana Summer School and Chautaqua.

 Lafayette has just witnessed the close of one of the most successful sessions of a summer school ever held in Louisiana. The faculty was one of the strongest ever sent out to do Summer school work and under the leadership of the conductor, Dr. James H. Dillard, everything was running smoothly by the end of the first week.

 The summer school has been a distinct success in every way. All of the teachers who have attended are going away with a greater love for their work, with a better conception of the problems of education, and with an inspiration that will make itself felt in their school houses. The school has been a source of pleasure and instruction to the people of the town and they have spared neither pains nor expense to make the visiting teachers have a grand time. The Gazette believes that the hospitality shown the faculty and students has never been surpassed at any session of any summer school ever held in the State.

 The closing week has been the best of the term and the teachers have maintained the same enthusiasm that was manifested from the beginning. There has never been a more earnest body of students than that assembled in Lafayette. The record made by the students as a whole has been most satisfactory.

 The school was visited by citizens of the town every day and every visitor has expressed himself as well pleased with the work done in the school and especially with the work done in the model school. We venture to say that it had never been thought possible to do so much as has been done by the teachers of the model school in the short space of four weeks. The teachers in attendance have had the opportunity to observe modern scientific teaching and they are going home better teachers as the result of their observations. The value of a summer school can not be overestimated and Lafayette may justly be proved of having been the seat of the second session of the South Louisiana Summer School and Chautauqua.

 The closing week contained a unique feature in the way of contests. Miss Russell, who was in charge of the model school, conceived the idea of having a contest among the teachers, in telling stories to children. She maintains that story telling is an important part of school work in the primary grades which is sorely neglected in the country schools In order to place this part of the work prominently before the student body a prize was offered to the teacher who proved most efficient in telling stories. There were six contestants and the prize was awarded to Miss Wolford of St. Mary.

 The Chautauqua course of lectures was satisfactory throughout. The talent was of high order and was selected so as to please all. Lafayette enjoys the distinction of being the third town of Louisiana in which liquid air experiments have been exhibited. The South Louisiana Summer School and Chautaqua was all that could have been expected and The Gazette hopes that sometime in the near future another session will be held in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Lectures to a Large Audience In the Industrial Institute.

 Ex-Gov. Bob Taylor, the most popular lecturer in the United States and deservedly known as the prince of entertainers, lectured at the Chautauqua Wednesday night. Those who have heard the brilliant Tennessean deliver "The Fiddle and Bow," "Dixie," "Love," "Song and Laughter," agreed that his recent production, "The Old Plantation," is as good as, if not better than, any one of the three first lectures which long ago won for their author an enviable position among the foremost lecturers of America. As is always the case with Gov. Taylor he attracted a large audience, many people having come from Crowley, Opelousas and other towns to hear him. It is safe to say that more than 25 per cent of the people present were from adjoining towns. Crowley was particularly well represented.

 To say that the audience enjoyed the lecture is to say what everybody knew would be the case. Bob Taylor is an orator, a poet, a musician and a comedian, and with all these qualities it is not strange that he has attained to the highest eminence on the lecture platform.

 The Gazette congratulates Prof. Alleman upon having secured such as a high-class entertainment for the Chautauqua.
Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Reception to the Teachers.

 The ball given at the Crescent Hotel last Monday night by the citizens of the town complimentary to the faculty and teachers of the Summer School was the most brilliant social event seen here in a long time. The fine dining hall of the hotel was transformed into a ball-room and it was soon filled with people to such an extent that there was hardly enough space for the dancers. At least seventy couples took part in the grand march. The various committees did their work well and left nothing undone which would contribute to the enjoyment of the guests who seemed pleased with the manner in which they were entertained.

 The prizes given to the most graceful dancers were won by Miss Pitcher and Mr. Florent Sontag. Both prizes are very handsome. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Organizing a Baptist Church.

 Rev. E. H. Robinson, a young gentleman who graduated recently from the Southern Baptist Seminary at Louisville, Ky., has been in Lafayette during the week for the purpose of organizing a Baptist church here. Mr. Robinson will divide his time between this town and New Iberia, it being his intention to have congregations in both places. The Gazette welcomes Mr. Robinson to Lafayette and hopes that his work will be pleasant and fruitful of the largest results. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Not Identified.

 The negro who passed here Tuesday in the custody of Deputy Sheriff Roy of St. Martin, and who was believed to be Paul Brascourt, a fugitive from justice charged with complicity in the Robertson murder, committed some twelve years ago, has not been identified as the man who is so badly wanted by the St. Martin authorities. Brascourt disappeared immediately after the murder and has never been heard of since that time. There seems to be no doubt of his guilt. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.     


Of the Summer School and Chautauqua, Held at Lafayette, La., June 9 to July 4, 1902.

 We, the undersigned, in behalf of the students of the Southwest Louisiana Summer School and Chautauqua, offer and adopt the following resolutions:

 Be it resolved that:

 1. We offer and express our most sincere thanks gratitude to the good and earnest citizens of Lafayette for their able efforts to entertain the students and teachers of the Summer School and afford them a pleasant stay while in their midst. We express our deepest gratitude for the hospitality and courtesies shown by the citizens of the town of Lafayette for taking us strangers into their homes, and entertaining us so highly.

 We also owe our many thanks to the managers and citizens who gave for out benefit the delightful reception at the Crescent News which was heartily enjoyed by everyone.

 2. We are under many obligations to Dr. Moss, Hon. Chas. D. Caffery and Supt. L. J. Alleman for their patient and faithful services in our behalf, and especially to the latter for his able management.

 3. We tender our thanks to the Sontag Military Band for the splendid music furnished by them which added much to the success and pleasures of the Chautauqua. We feel that we doubly appreciate their faithful efforts which were truly heroic during such extremely warm weather.

 4. We offer many thanks to the members of the Century Club for the invitation presented to us, and for the interest that was taken by each and every member to make our stay pleasant.

 5. We extend our thanks to the trustees and president of the Southwest Louisiana Industrial Institute for the use of their beautiful buildings and grounds, and also to the matron for her kind care of us and her untiring efforts to give us pleasure while at the Dormitory.

 6. And last, but not least, we thank our worthy faculty for their painstaking labor, their unremitting interest, and their encouraging sympathy in our work. The benefit derived from the acquaintance and friendship of these noble men and women will be far reaching in its influence upon the students of this Chautauqua.

 Be it further resolved:  That these resolutions be read before the whole assembly of the Summer School and that a copy be sent for publication to each of the official journals in the seven parishes forming this Chautauqua.

 Duly signed, this fourth day of July, 1902.
H. P. Wall, Chairman:
Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Cruelty to Animals.

 The law which is intended to protect dumb brutes against the cruelty of man should be more rigidly enforced in this country. It is a pity that there is not some society here to assist in the enforcement of this law. Some people erroneously believe that because they own a horse they have the right to beat it unmercifully. In one of the principle streets of this town the other day a number of people witnessed an exhibition of this character. A man allowed his anger to prevail over his judgment and subjected a horse to most unmerciful treatment. It is as much the duty of an officer to protect horses against man's inhumanity as it is for him to see that any other law is respected. Let the officers be on the lookout for cases of this nature. Cruelty to any of God's creatures should not be condoned by society no matter where committed, but when permitted to take place in a crowded street and witnessed by young girls and boys on their way to school the offense is peculiarly reprehensible. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Peck Now at Touro.

 Mr. Alfred Peck, who left some time ago to seek medical treatment in New Orleans, is now at the Touro Infirmary. It was found necessary to amputate his right leg, but fortunately the operation was successful and it is believed he will be well enough in a few weeks to return home. Marshal Peck, who was present when the operation was performed, returned here Wednesday and reported that his father was doing as well as could be expected. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.      

 Appropriation Increased.

 The Gazette is pleased to note that an increase in the appropriation for the maintenance of the Southwestern Industrial Institute has been recommended by the Senate finance committee, President Stephens had asked for $15,000, but an appropriation of $12,000 was recommended by the committee in its first report. The increase is not as large as desired, but it is nevertheless very acceptable. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902. 


Death of Miss Milton.

 Miss Ula Milton, of Acadia, one of the teachers who came here to attend the summer school, died late last night at the home of Mrs. Ernest Constantin in this town. Miss Milton was at the point of death several days and her illness cast a gloom over the summer school during the latter part of its session. She was a favorite among the teachers. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

The Crops In Pretty Bad Shape - Salt Water in the Streams.

 Unless the long drought is broken within the next few days the result to the crops will be very disastrous. In some sections of the parish little or not corn will be made. Cane is suffering and even cotton holds out no hope for anything like a good yield. Only a few weeks ago the prospects were excellent, but the unprecedented drought has already done enough damage to make conditions far from  being encouraging. This parish, however, has some advantage over the rice districts where the injury caused by the drought is greater. There a failure of the rice crop will occasion great hardships to the people. The streams are reported to contain a considerable percentage of salt water blown from the gulf by the recent wind. The wells are almost dry and the prospects are extremely discouraging. In Vermilion river salt water came up as far back as Pin Hook bridge, a fact which is attested by a number of citizens who say that this is the first time that they have noticed salt water so far from the bay.

 Altogether the country will be in pretty bad shape if it does not rain very soon.
Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

Says Crops Suffering.

 Mr. J. King Grier, who was a resident of this parish during a number of years and who moved to St. Landry about a year ago, spent a few days recently among his many friends here. Mr. Grier says that the crops are suffering very much in his section from the want of rain. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.  

Regular Meeting - Annual Election of Officers - Other Business Attended To.

 The Police Jury met last Thursday with all the members present.

 Messrs. Lacy and Alex Broussard submitted a report exonerating Dr. H. D. Guidry of any blame in the matter of a certain case of smallpox in the second ward. Adopted.

 The committee appointed to paint Pin Hook bridge submitted bids and was authorized to proceed with the work, using its best judgment in awarding the contract.

 A petition for opening a new road from the pest-house to the Industrial School was read, and Messrs. Jno. Whittington, Jules J. Mouton and E. D. Pellerin were appointed to examine te route, ascertain costs, etc., and report at the next meeting.

 Messrs. J. Whittington, Labbe, Hirsch and Greig were appointed to make preparations for the Farmers' Institute to be held at Lafayette, July 18.

 Two hundred dollars each was appropriated to the various wards for drainage purposes.

 The Advertiser and Gazette submitted applications for the public printing, and by motion it was awarded to The Gazette at legal rates, as provided by act of the Legislature.

 All officers of the Jury were re-elected at same salaries, except Treasurer Martin, whose salary was increased to $250.

 Messrs. Mouton and Whittington were appointed to investigate the complaints of certain citizens of the first ward relative to the condition of the public roads in that ward.

 Mr. Labbe called attention to the destruction of fish in Vermilion river, which is alleged to result from the operation of the refinery. The matter was referred to the attorney to be taken up next meeting.

 Mr. Wagner asked for an appropriation of $50 to repair his school-house in the second ward. It was granted.

 A bridge was authorized to be built at Arthur Dugas' in the third ward, Mr. D. Arceneaux undertaking construction free.

 Attorney Mouton submitted an opinion as to streets of Boudreaux addition, maintaining them to be public highways, but the matter is optional whether the Jury shall work them or not.

 The Jury resolved to meet Monday, July 7, as Board of Reviewers.

 After approval of accounts the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/5/1902.

 That was a splendid idea on the part of the street committee to put incandescent lights in Johnston street leading to the Industrial Institute.

 Rev. E. H. Robinson, the Baptist minister who has located in Lafayette, will hold services at the Presbyterian church at 11 o'clock a. m., and 8:30 p. m. Lafayette Gazette 7/5/1902.

 Miss Gertrude Callahan, editress of the Washington Enterprise, one of the bright weeklies in the State, was in Lafayette, Wednesday and Thursday. She came to Lafayette to hear Gov. Taylor's lecture.

 The following young men came from St. Martinville for the Taylor lecture: Dr. R. A. Olivier, Luc Olivier and Alcibiades DeBlanc.

 Raymond Breaux, editor of The Clarion, and Superintendent Guilbeau, of Opelousas came up Wednesday to hear Bob Taylor.

C. L. Adair, representative of the Tyler (Texas) Commercial College, was in Lafayette this week.



From the Lafayette Advertiser July 5th, 1879:

Arrest Made. - Deputies of the Sheriff Edgar Mouton and Wm. Campbell, Jr., arrested James H. Bell at the Mermentau river last Saturday night, and brought him to this place and lodged him in the parish jail. Bell is charged with two offenses, "shooting and inflicting a wound less than mayhem," and "carrying concealed weapons." He was released upon furnishing bonds in the sum of $500 for his appearance at the next term of the District Court. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1879.

Our Railroad. - Our first locomotive, the "Calcasieu No. 3," arrived last Sunday, and its whistle on the track is heard in town daily. Last Monday the entire Orange grading outfit, including laborers and teams, arrived here and went at once to work east of Lake Charles. Over one hundred convicts are grading road-bed, this way near Vermilionville, while a large force of convicts is grading the road near the Mermentau river towards Vermilionville.

 From the Lake Charles Echo and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1879.

Joseph Dupuy Murder.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/5/1879.

 The Parish School Board, the Police Jury, and the City Council will meet to-day.

 The preliminary examination of the two negro boys, Jim and Toussaint, for the murder of Joseph Dupuy on Carencro a short time ago, took place last Monday before Parish Judge Rigues. The testimony elicited on the trial was such as to warrant their commitment to the parish jail to await the next term of the District Court. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1879.

Loose Dogs.

 The town Constable has given notice that the ordinance adopted by the City Council on the 16th of June, requiring that all dogs running at large within the corporate limits of this town shall wear a collar with a tin stamp, will be strictly enforced from and after the 12th inst. He is now prepared to furnish said stamps to all who may require them, at the rate of fifty cents per stamp. Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1879. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 5th, 1873:


 Last Sunday morning Mr. Dupre Prejean was found dead in his hack, in the prairie, about seven miles west of town. The coroner was notified and in company with Dr. F. S. Mudd, Sheriff Eastin and District Attorney Chargois, repaired to the spot for the purpose of holding an inquest, but upon examination of the body no marks could be found and an inquest was declared unnecessary. The facts attending the death of Mr. Prejean briefly these :  Mr. P., who was a man about 45 years of aged and was addicted intemperance and subject to epileptic fits for many years, on Friday evening he left Mr. Joseph Maitre's store alone and very much intoxicated, to return home, when he was attacked with fits and falling from his seat to the floor of the back and a portion of his body hanging over the sides he was suffocated.  Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1873.   

Vermilionville City Council. - Among other business dealt with, it was resolved that the Constable be directed to see that the public peace is preserved at the coffee house of Villemont Huback on Washington street. Laf. Adv. 7/5/1873.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/5/1873.

 Weather warm and sultry during the past week, planters hard at work trying to save a portion of their crops. Business extremely dull.

 Mr. J. M. Kokernot requests us to inform the public that he will leave Vermilionville in a few days. All those who have not had their Photographs taken, had better call on Mr. K., at once.

 The jury in the case of young Walworth, the murderer of his father, returned a verdict on the 2d inst., of guilty of murder in the second degree.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1902.

What Causes Thunder.

 A correspondent of Nature writes :  "I have lately seen it stated in a text book upon electricity and magnetism that the phenomenon of thunder is not fully accounted for by any theory as yet brought forward. Whether this be so or not, I am sufficiently acquainted with the subject to say. I believe that the commonly accepted theory is that a vacuum is created in the path of the electric spark, and that the subsequent inrush of the air produces the detonation. If, however, it be allowed that the electric spark is not a material substance, but merely a natural force or natural mode of motion, the possibility of this theory is at once disposed of.

 "It is a well known fact that the passage of electricity in a high rate of tension through a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen not only causes an explosion, but also causes the formation of water, and it seems to me that, given the existence of free oxygen and hydrogen in the region of the electric disturbance, the phenomenon of thunder is sufficiently accounted for. Whether the normal amount of hydrogen in the air is sufficient to cause the stupendous noise of thunder I am not competent to judge, but if not, I would suggest that the presence of an abnormal amount might be accounted for by the purpose of the electolysis, which would probably occur between the two poles of the thunder-cloud before the tension became so great as to cause a rupture of the circuit and consequent discharge of the electric spark. I would also draw your attention to the fact that every thunderclap is immediately followed by an increase in the quantity of water deposited in the shape of rain. Does not this point to the formation of water by the explosion of the gases ?  It is a frequent experiment of Dr. Tyndall's to show his audience red clouds. I feel convinced that by following this line of inquiry he could give us a real thunderstorm.

From the publication "Nature," and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/5/1879.

Now here is the same question; "What is Thunder?" asked  in the 21st century.

From Scientific American:

Richard Brill, a professor at Honolulu Community College, explains:

Thunder is caused by lightning, which is essentially a stream of electrons flowing between or within clouds, or between a cloud and the ground. The air surrounding the electron stream is heated to as hot as 50,000 degrees Farhenheit, which is three times hotter than the surface of the sun. As the superheated air cools it produces a resonating tube of partial vacuum surrounding the lightning's path. The nearby air rapidly expands and contracts. This causes the column to vibrate like a tubular drum head and produces a tremendous crack. As the vibrations gradually die out, the sound echoes and reverberates, generating the rumbling we call thunder. We can hear the thundering booms 10 miles or more distant from the lightning that caused it.
 When the lightning is within sight, however, we see it first because the speed of sound in air is considerably slower that that of the electron flow.  Thus, the sound behaves more like a shock wave than an ordinary sound wave. The shock wave follows the path of the electrons like a fist in a sock. The speed of sound is even more insignificant when compared to the speed of light. The light from the flash reaches us in a fraction of a second, whereas the sound lags along like a snail following an interplanetary rocket.
The audiovisual spectacle of thunder and lightning is a combination of the dynamics of the vibration of air molecules and their disturbance by electrical forces. It is an awesome show--and one that reminds all of us of the powers of nature and our own insignificance in relation to them.

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