From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 10th, 1899:
WE "DO" AND WE'LL GET THERE.
The few lines below are taken from the "Weekly Iberian" of June 3d, and refers to one of our headlines in connection with an article written about the Industrial School.
"The Lafayette Advertiser very tragically exclaimed in connection with the Industrial School. "Let us do or die!
"If you are going to "do" anything we advise you to turn your energies in some other direction, for New Iberia will get the school."
We have not died. Why? Because we have been doing, but as much as we feel thankful to our advice about going to "do" anything and turning our energies in some other direction for New Iberia will get that school ; we would like to inform our fellow editor that we have not anything to "do" just now towards securing that Industrial School of Lafayette puts in their head to "do" anything they are going to "do" something to secure that Industrial School, and we are mighty afraid that the editor of "The Weekly Iberian" will have to exclaim: My advice was "Nit" good. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
Have you got it?
The water most used in Lafayette is the cistern one and since the advent of the water works this latter one is quite extensively used by a good number of our inhabitants.
Is this the last one pure water?
Has there been an analysis of this water made? And if so, what did it show?
To our mind, it is incumbing for the city council to let the people know the composition of the water obtained from the water works. Have an analysis made at once. If found pure and free from deleterious substances it will not only be a boon to our population but will also increase its consummation, otherwise if not pure it may inflict serious results upon our community.
Let the city council act immediately.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1889.
B. M. A.
The Business Men's Association met last Wednesday night at Falk's Hall and elected its offers as follows:
Messrs. B. N. Coronna, S. R. Parkerson and T. M. Biossat were appointed as a committee on membership.
Messrs. Chas. D. Caffery, Wm. Campbell and Amb. Mouton were appointed a committee on statistics. Monthly dues were fixed at 50 cents.
The second Monday of each month was set apart for holding regular meetings.
In consideration of courtesies extended to the Association, Mr. B. Falk was exempted from paying dues.
Secretary Bell was also exempted from paying monthly dues.
It was resolved that the president of the mass-meeting to be held to-day Saturday at 11 a. m., at the Court House in favor of the Industrial School be a citizen from the parish.
Judges C. Debaillon, J. Mouton, and Chas. D. Caffery were selected as speakers for the mass meeting.
President of Association was instructed to tender a special invitation to Prof. Caldwell, to address the public at the mass-meeting on the subject of education. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
A GOOD SHOWING.
Our readers will find below a notice of the First National Bank of Lafayette, declaring a semi-dividend of FIVE dollars per share payable July 1st, and besides the sum of $1,500 was ordered carried to the surplus, making that item $7,500; all of which shows that the Bank is well managed.
At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Lafayette, La., held June 6th, a semi-annual dividend of FIVE DOLLARS per share was declared, payable July 1st.
S. R. PARKERON, Cashier.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
People's Cotton Oil Co.
The stockholders of this home enterprise met in annual session last Tuesday and elected the following officers: C. O. Mouton, president; T. M. Biossat, Vice-president and Gen. Mgr.; C. M. Parkerson, Secretary and Treasurer. The following Board of Directors will serve during the business year. C. O. Mouton, T. M. Biossat, S. R. Parkerson, C. D. Caffery, Crow Girard, J. S. Whittington, P. B. Roy, J. O. Broussard and Ed. J. Estorge. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
$4.00 per Meeting.
The motion carried at the last meeting of the city council allowing each councilman $4 per regular meeting attended receives our hearty approval.
A man's time out of his business is worth something, besides there will not be such a hurry up in attending to the municipal affairs of the city, as the time being paid the seatings of the council can be prolonged and the interests of the city will gain thereby.
Decidedly it is a good move.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
At the Compress.
On last Friday night, the cotton compress was winding up the season, and as is very often the custom the engineer made his piercing whistle resound for a space of time. These shriekings were understood as an alarm of fire therefore the fire bell was tolled. A great number of firemen with their apparatus responded to the call and hurriedly repaired to the cotton compress where they found out the facts as explained above. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
The Lafayette Orchestra scored another musical success at the concert given last Tuesday night at Falk's Opera House; and though playing to s small audience, which is very trying , nevertheless Miss F. Sontag and Messrs. F. Sontag and Walter Mouton led in the rendition of their solos.
As state above the audience was small being composed almost entirely of persons from neighboring villages who came to Lafayette only to assist at the concert.
This speaks well for our own folks who remained at home. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
The "Bloomer Girls."
As announced the "Bloomer Girls" played a base ball game last Sunday, against the Pilette's team before a large crowd of spectators. The game was very interesting and the girls proved to be good players but too weak to beat the Pilette's team. The score stood: Pilette's 16 to 10 for their opponents. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
(From the Boston Traveler.)
LAFAYETTE La., May 9 - This old city in southwest Louisiana is situated in the centre of Lafayette parish, now a strictly agricultural district and one of the most fertile of all the lands of all this section of the state. Although agriculture is the chief support of the people there are numerous factories, and openings for many more.
The parish is about 300 square miles in extent and nearly every acre of it is under cultivation in which sugar cane, cotton and corn predominate.
The city of Lafayette transacts the business, and is the shipping point for the parish and ass such it is an important point and contains a population of 3,600 persons.
The people of city and parish are descendant of the old Acadian stock, and as orderly, charming and lovable as was ever met with anywhere. Their only aristocracy is one of gentilly, and manners, not money, determine a person's position as a resident in their city or country.
Although all of the residents of the city speak English fluently most of the business with the farmers of the district is transacted in that language. Over 90 per cent of the population is of French descent. These men and their forefathers have dwelt in Lafayette parish of more than a century. Some of the very old men saw service in Mexico, many others not so old, fought under the Confederate flag in the sixties, and many sent their sons to serve under the Stars and Stripes at the call of the country in the Hispano-American war.
Industry and enterprise are watchwords with these people in factory and field, and they have made both yield them rich returns in city and country.
The soil of Lafayette is a light loam mixed with sand very productive, particularly when sugar cane is planted. The average depth of the soil is about 12 inches and it rests on a clay subsoil, which holds the rich plant food which makes production so heavy. The richness of the soil is evidenced by the statement that there are fields in the parish which have been continuously cultivate for cotton and earn for three-quarters of a (unreadable word), and are yet abundant producers. No fertilizer need be used on any of the parish land to keep up the soil, but as (unreadable words) has found a greater (unreadable words) be had by increasing (three unreadable sentences) ... the ancient banks of the river protect the district, which is nearly 20 feet higher than the bottom lands.
Sugar cane forms the principal production averages about 189,000 tons. Three large refineries treat this product. They are each of about 700 tons capacity every 24 hours are run continuously for the ninety days or so of the sugar season. There are 30 syrup mills run on the open kettle system.
In cotton Lafayette parish is very productive. About 80,000 bales of cotton are made in a normal season, In addition to this 16,000 bales are raised in the district adjacent to Lafayette parish and brought to the city, while large quantities are concentrated for shipment from six other parishes in Southwest Louisiana. The cotton produced in Lafayette parish is of a quality that runs from 1 1/2 to 1 1/4 inch staple, strong, even and of elastic fibre, possessing a spirituality that insures strong and durable fabric. The cotton is sought after and is considered equal to the best Mississippi and Texas growths. Twenty-one cotton gins and one of the largest compresses in the state handle the cotton.
Rice is also grown in Lafayette but it mostly take for home consumption. Truck gardens produce nearly everything know to the markets of the world, and all kinds fruits, including oranges and figs, are grown in the orchards. Pecan trees yield large quantities of nuts.
Game of all kinds abound in the fields and forests of the parish, and the streams are filled with many varieties of fish.
The health of Lafayette parish excellent and the death rate consequently very low. A fine water system supplies the city and the country is supplied by driven wells. There are 31 schools in the parish, seven of which are in the city. Seven city churches or different denominations attest the orderly and religious atmosphere of life in Lafayette.
The Southern Pacific railroad makes Lafayette a division station of its road, and thus $2,000 per month is disbursed here in wages. Besides this trunk line Lafayette has a branch line of railroad to Alexandria, where connections are made with four railroads running north east and west, and with the Red River steamboat lines. The distance by rail to New Orleans is 144 miles and to Alexandria 87 miles, giving Lafayette two outlets for its products, an exceptional advantage.
The representatives of the New England Newspaper League spent a very pleasant day in Lafayette.
From the Boston Traveler and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
Police Jury Proceedings.
LAFAYETTE, LA., June 6, 1899.
The City Council met in regular session Mayor Campbell presiding. The following members were present: J. E. Martin, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, Geo. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, H. H. Hohorst. Absent: F. Demanade.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by H. Hohorst, that finance committee be granted further time to make their report. Carried.
The committee on Electric Light and Water Works made a verbal report which was submitted to the council. Accepted.
Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by H. Hohorst that the following bills be approved as recommended by street committee. Carried.
A. E. Mouton, Lumber ... $242.90
L. M. Creighton, Plank Walk repair ... $14.00
All other bills were laid over to next meeting for approval by finance committee.
Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by Geo. A. DeBlanc that petition of the citizens of McComb addition be referred to street committee for consideration. Carried.
Moved and seconded that petition of the citizens asking to retain the services of Engineer Melchert be place on file. Carried.
Moved by F. E. Girard, duly seconded that petition of J. T. Allingham and F. E. Voorhies of the Fire Department be turned over to Electric Light and Water Works committee for investigation. Carried.
The resignation of C. O. Mouton as a member of the Board of Health was read, moved by J. O. Mouton seconded by Geo. A. DeBlanc that same be accepted. Carried.
Moved by F. E. Girard, duly seconded that report of engineer Melchert be turned over to finance committee. Carried.
Moved by Geo. A. DeBlanc seconded by J. O. Mouton that election of engineer for Electric Light and Water Works plant be taken by secret ballots. Motion carried.
A vote being taken C. F. Melchert received four (4) votes W. D. Huff two (2).
Moved by Geo. A. DeBlanc duly seconded that W. D. Huff remains as assistant engineer.
The application of Jules Pointboeuf for assistant engineer was read and voted as follow.
W. D. Huff 3, J. Pointboeuf 3. Being a tie the Mayor voted in favor of Pointboeuf.
The applications of H. A. Delahoussaye and N. Thibodeaux for firemen of plant were voted upon resulting as follows:
N. Thibodeaux 5, Blank, 1.
Moved by J. O. Mouton seconded by F. E. Girard that L. M. Creighton be retained as plank walk and bridge repairer at a salary of $14.00 per month. Carried.
Moved by Geo. DeBlanc seconded by J. E. Martin that each councilman be allowed $4.00 for each regular meeting attended. Motion carried.
Moved and seconded that chairman of Electric Light & Water Works commission be authorized to draw a voucher for freight on coal for plant duly signed and countersigned. Carried.
There being no further business the council adjourned to meet in regular session the first Monday in July.
WM. CAMPBELL, Secretary.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/10/1899.
Thunder showers have been welcomed during the week.
Here after the lock boxes at the Post Office will be accessible all day on Sundays. Good.
After staying a few weeks in Lafayette, Mr. Florent Sontag left last Wednesday for Chicago.
It is Mr. J. O. Lisbony who the proprietor of the new laundry and not Mr. Aug. Lisbony as stated in our issue of last week.
Don't fail to attend the festival given this evening at A. M. Martin's Grove, proceeds of which are to defray expenses of the Industrial School Association.
Mr. Amick Courtney is to be found now at the Lafayette Clothing House where he will be glad to wait on his many friends and acquaintances.
The building near the Bank of Lafayette occupied by Hon. Wm. Campbell has been torned up and in his stead he will have erected an up-to-date lawyer's office.
Rev. Father Forge left yesterday for Cade to meet Mrg. Rouxel, and then proceed to St. Martinville to assist the Bishop in administering the sacrament of Holy Confirmation on next Sunday. Rev. Father Forge will return to Lafayette on next Monday.
24th of June. - The Nashville Jubilee Singer Georgia Colored Minstrels are booked to appear at Falk's Opera House on the 24th., inst. This company is composed of 30 people - band and orchestra - and its performance are unsurpassed. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 10th, 1899:
THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL.
To the Lafayette Gazette.
It is said that there is an inscription on one of the public monuments in Kansas City which says:
"It was not riches or birth or state,
But 'git up and git' that made us great."
And that is pretty generally true of all places that make any progress. It takes "git up and git" to accomplish anything.
There are not many towns which have already at their hands such an opportunity as Lafayette. An Industrial School means much toward the up-building of a town. Such an institution in Lafayette will create here an educational center, which will make itself felt through out southern Lousiana. It will bring Lafayette into prominence both in our own State and elsewhere. It will make this a desirable point for investors. It will bring immigrants and capital, and be a strong argument for the location of factories of all kinds. To-day there are numbers of northern cotton factories seeking a location in the South.
Educational facilities are a strong recommendation.
Everyone can fully appreciate the advantages to be derived from the location of mills and other enterprises in our midst. Not alone would they disburse thousands of dollars in the parish, but the Industrial School itself will scatter from $8,000 to $10,000 a year amongst us.
Aside from the benefit derived from the school or an inducement to capital to come among us, is the great and incalculable advantage such a school would be to our young people. It would place practically in their own homes the opportunity to acquire not only a higher education than the High School can give for it will be equipped with all the necessary apparatus; but it will at the same time, furnish each one with a trade or occupation. It will, moreover, be of great assistance to the farmers, for connected with the school will be an experimental farm, by means of which modern scientific farming and gardening will be taught. The school will not alone be for boys, but girls will be equally advantaged, for they will receive instruction in those lines; such as, sewing, fancy work, book-keeping, stenography, etc., that they too may ve fully equipped to enter life and be independent.
Last and not least, the more schools in a town the more influence towards a higher standard of life, and a college especially exerts a powerful influence on a community for the better.
It has been well said that Lafayette now has the opportunity of a life time, and it certainly will be a misfortune if the town and parish let the opportunity slip, particularly when the school can be secured at such a small expense to each individual.
(Signed) W. A. L.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
It is very essential that the Industrial School meeting to be held at the Court-house to-day should be largely attended. It is expected that many people from the country will be present. Speakers will explain the situation and all the tax-payers will be thoroughly enlightened on a subject of such vital importance to them. Prof. Caldwell, of the State Normal School, has been invited to speak. Speakers from this town and the various wards will make speeches and it is hoped that a great impetus will be given to the movement. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
B. M. A. MEETING.
The Business Men's Association held a meeting at Falk's opera-house last Wednesday. After the transaction of some business relative to to the Industrial School the association elected officers to serve during the ensuing year: President, C. O. Mouton; vice-president, Wm. Campbell; secretary, Jno. I. Beit; treasurer, S. R. Parkerson. Committee on membership: B. N. Coronna, T. M. Biossat, S. R. Parkerson. Committee on statistics: C. D. Caffery, Wm. Campbell, Ambroise Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
Cumberland Telephone Exchange.
Wm. Broussard, of New Iberia, is supervising the establishment of the Cumberland Telephone Exchange in Lafayette. The material is here and the work will be pushed forward. The exchange will be in operation about the 1st of August. Mr. Broussard will be local manager for the company.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
Andrus Amuny, the Syrian merchant, went to Crowley last Wednesday to appear before Judge Lormand to answer to three charges for obtaining money under false pretenses which had been made against him by Wm. Hane. Amuny was accompanied by his attorney, Judge O. C. Mouton. After hearing the evidence in one of the cases Judge Lormand discharged the prisoner, dismissing the three accusations. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1889.
J. A. Martin, Dentist.
Brother to our townsman, Dr. G. A. Martin, having located permanently in Lafayette, desires to buy a home situated in a locality suitable to the practice of his profession. Any one having such property to sell is respectfully requested to call on him at his present office with Dr. Tolson, where he can always be found.
Dr. Martin guarantees all dental work and at prices to suit the times. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
People's Cotton Oil Mill.
The shareholders in the People's Cotton Oil Mill held a meeting Tuesday and elected the following directors: C. O. Mouton, Crow Girard, J. S. Whittington, J. O. Broussard, P. B. Roy, S. R. Parkerson, C. D. Caffery, T. M. Biossat. The officers were re-elected as follows: C. O. Mouton, president; T. M. Biossat, vice-president and general manager; C. M. Parkerson, secretary and treasurer. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
Bloomer Girls Base Ball.
The "Bloomer Girls," a base-ball club composed of seven unsexed females and two males, played a game of ball last Sunday with the well-known club from Pilette, resulting in a score of 18 to 10 in favor of the latter. A large crowd witnessed the game. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
A Most Refreshing Drink.
Cool, thirst-quenching soda. The best soda water, properly served costs no more than the kind that isn't cool and poorly served. You ought to try our soda, if you have not already done so. Pure fruit juices in the syrups - carbonated water-cold and sparkling - a courteous attendant - served in thin glasses at a clean fountain, is responsible for the fine quality of the soda water served at the Moss Pharmacy. Frank E. Davis, Manager.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/10/1899.
The Ladies' Industrial School Association will meet at 5 o'clock Monday evening in Falk's opera-house. As some very important business will come up for consideration it is hoped that there will be a large attendance. Every member of the association should be present.
In order to raise funds to defray the expenses of the Industrial School Association of the ladies have decided to give a festival at Mr. A. M. Martin's grove to-night. There will be lunches, ice-cream, cakes and lemonade for sale at reasonable prices. Money is needed and every one should contribute his or her share.
Married. - Last Monday morning, at the home of the bride's mother by Rev. E. Forge, Mr. Thomas Coleman left the same day to spend some time in New Orleans.
Prof. Charles A. Boudreaux requests The Gazette to extend an invitation to the people to attend the school picnic which will be held Tuesday at Mr. Gustave Judice's Springs. Prof. Boudreaux has one of the best schools in the parish.
Mrs. J. J. Cariere, of Washington, was on a visit this week to her sister, Mrs. Felix Salles.
Mrs. Antonio, of Washington, was the guest of Mrs. A. E. Mouton during the week.
There are 300 students at the Ruston Industrial School. This fact shows what the Industrial School will mean for Lafayette.
Deffez Bros. have contracted with Contractor B. F. Anderson for a 24 x 56 store building near the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Exchange Alley.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 10th, 1893:
ANOTHER RAILROAD SPOKEN OF.
Our Royville correspondent notes in his correspondence published in another part of this issue the fact that several petitions are being circulated and rapidly signed, to present to the Southern Pacific Railroad Officials asking for a branch railroad from Cade to Royville. This question had been agitated some time since, but until now now steps had been taken by the people to secure the branch. Our correspondent also says, that he is reliably informed that the railroad officials had under consultation the advisability of building a branch railroad from Cade to some point on Bayou Vermilion.
The Gazette is pleased to learn that our friends in that part of the parish will be afforded such transportation facilities as must enhance their prosperity. They will find, should they secure this branch, ample returns for their labor, for they will be enabled to plant and dispose of a money crop - cane, where now cotton pays them so little.
But the people must not remain inactive. They must get together and pull together, and meet the railroad officials half way.
If the columns of The Gazette can be utilized to forward the movement we cheerfully place them at the disposal of the people of that neighborhood in their worthy efforts to upbuild their section. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
The grading of the Carencro and Teche Railroad has been commenced, the contract for the work having been awarded to Messrs. Kennedy & Stone. The passenger and freight trains will make their transfer at the Southern Pacific depot, and trains will run up to the present platform. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
The Archbishop's Visit.
The reception tendered Archbishop Janssens was perfect in every detail. It was undoubtedly the greatest event that has ever taken place in this parish. There was no labor or money spared, to make it a great success. Our people were determined that it should surpass anything of the kind that has ever occurred here in the past, and their efforts and expectation were fully realized. They are heartily congratulated. Although the weather was threatening, after a downpour of rain the night previous; our people were determined to see that their programme was carried out, and they did it, to the smallest item, with the exception of the christening of the new bell, which had to be postponed. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 10th, 1893:
Tendered Archbishop Janssens and Visiting Clergy by People of Carencro
FULLY 2,500 TAKE PART IN THE PARADE. - ALL TOLD THE CROWD NUMBERED 3,000
Two Days in the Annals of this Pretty Village That Will Long Be Remembered.
By two o'clock in the afternoon of Saturday last a swarm of people began to pour into the town of Carencro, coming from every section of the vicinity, until an hour or two later fully 3,000 people were in town. They came to welcome and take part in the magnificent reception tendered His Grace Archbishop Janssens.
Some moments before train time ranks had been formed near the depot and waited for the arrival of the Archbishop and his party. At 4:10 the whistle of the locomotive announced the approaching train, and in a few seconds it stood at the depot. On descending from the train the Archbishop was met by a committee of citizens, headed by Mayor D. A. Dimitry, who delivered the following address of welcome.
Monseigneur Janssens - The people of Carencro welcome you most heartily. I feel that I speak for each and all of them when I tell you they fully appreciate the great honor you have conferred upon them by your visit to-day. St. Peter can justly claim to be the banner parish of the diocese, in that it is almost unanimously Catholic. I trust that the day is not far distant when under the leadership of good and noble Father Leforest, we will be enabled to make such improvement in our church property as will gladden your heart, and prove an honor and source of satisfaction to ourselves. I hope that your short stay among us, will prove an enjoyable one, and when you leave, you take with you pleasant recollections of Carencro and its people. Archbishop Janssens I again bid you welcome.
The Archbishop returned his thanks for the warm welcome extended, and was escorted to a carriage, in which were himself, Rev. Father Butler, S. J., and Messrs. Jos. Prejean and Louis Arcenaux. As a guard of honor were a company with trailed rifles.
The procession was then formed in several divisions, there being fully 2,500 in the parade, representing old age, feebly tottering along, strong and vigorous middle age, hopeful youth, and happy childhood, and with music playing, flowing banners and a profusion of pretty symbolical oriflammes, and small flags of our country, the order for the march was given.
At the head, mounted on a gaily caparisoned magnificent horse, dressed in a fatigue officers blue suit, with a silk sash gracefully becoming, and wearing a soft gray felt hat, with fine plume, was grand marshal L. G. Stelly. And in this magnificent pageant the grand marshal was ably assisted by assistant, A. C. Guilbeau, who was attired in a black dress suit, sash and plumed hat. The aids, also elegantly costumed, were L. H. Prejean, John Roger, J. D. Breaux, Francois Arcenaux, Alfred Guilbeau, Onezine Breaux, and Sandoz Arcenaux. There was not a hitch in the programme and the procession was handled in a masterly manner, and to these gentlemen the credit is due.
The lot where the church is situated very roomy, but notwithstanding its large dimensions, it was well filled by the vast concourse.
Father Leforest and the management expected a large crowd, so it was decided to erect an altar under some large oaks back of the presbytery. The altar presented a lovely appearance, and it was plain to be seen that fair hands had charge of the decorations. The lighted tapers buried buried nearly in a bower of flowers afforded, indeed, a pleasant sight. This enclosed lot is 100 x 80 feet, and seats had been put in. But it was simply impossible for all the people to gain admittance, a large part were forced to remain outside. The ushers were Messrs. V. E. Dupuis, H. E. Toll, Adam Sonnier, H. Micaud, Henry Crouchet, Ernest Broussard, Simon Latour and Louis Arcenaux.
Marshal L. G. Stelly delivered the following address to the Archbishop:
Monseignor - It is with deep and joyful emotion that I have accepted the great honor conferred upon me by the St. Peter's church parishioners of addressing you in their name.
The day of your coming among us, is for all catholics a holiday, and has been waited for with a great deal of happiness and anxiety. Welcome, Monseigneur, spiritual head of this diocese, may your presence in this parish bring us God's benedictions, stimulate our ardor, animate our faith, increase our endeavors, so that with the help of our beloved Father Leforest, we shall be able, in following his good example, to overcome all obstacles in our path to salvation.
Rev. Father Laforest, so well entitled to our sincere regards, in whom we trust implicitly, like the good shepherd, has gathered his flock, and by removing its ardor has infused a new spirit.
Our parish has met with misfortunes; so that to-day we have nothing to shelter you but these oaks, (under which you stand) always green, emblem of hope. Twice have we built churches; the first was destroyed by fire, the second was blown down by a storm. Our hope now is that, the bell, you are about to consecrate, shall be the pledge of a third large and beautiful church, and in every sound will recall to us the three names inscribed thereon: Francois, Tabien et Pierre.
Again, monseigneur, welcome.
The archbishop replied and complimented the people on the grand success of the celebration.
The Archbishop officiated at the benediction services by Rev. Fathers Butler and Aveilhe. After benediction the Archbishop questioned the 185 children who had made their first communion day. The children answered all questions, and the Archbishop was evidently much pleased.
Sunday morning a procession was formed with the 436 children who were about to receive the sacrament of confirmation. The procession was headed by the brass band, and was in charge of the officers of the previous day's parade. It was a success and presented a pretty scene. Arriving at the church they were seated in a part of the church provided for them. After the ceremony, attendant upon confirmation, high mass was celebrated. The services throughout being most impressive and solemn.
A dinner was given in honor of the Archbishop at the residence of Father Laforest. It was a splendid feast - a feast fit for the Gods. The most tempting viands and delicious dainties were spread upon the table. During the dinner the brass band discoursed, as short intervals, some choice selections from their varied repertoire. At the head of the table was the Archbishop; and seated with him were the following visiting clergy; Rev. Father Aveilhe, predicator of the retreat, Very Rev. Father Butler, superior S. J., Grand Coteau, Father Langlois, St. Martinsville, Father Forge, Lafayette, Very Rev. Dubourg, of Breaux Bridge, Father Moise, of Washington, Father Healy, of Lafayette, and Rev. F. Segouin, S. J., (they also assisted in the religious services), and the following gentlemen : Mayor D. A. Dimitry, Drs. T. W. Courtney, J. P. Francez, W. W. Lessly, and Messrs. C. C. Brown, L. G. Stelly, A. C. Guilbeau, Louis J. Arceneaux, and Joseph Prejean. When called upon, during the feast, Dr. J. P. Francez delivered the following toast :
Monseigneur, Reverend Fathers, Gentlemen - It is the second time, Monseigneur, that the proud sons of Acadia, - that beautiful country lost to France by the weakness and corruption of Louis XV's government - have the honor to see you among them in Carencro, the remote corner of your diocese. The eagerness of the people, coming to the emnity, has certainly been for you a proof that neither time, nor change of government from monarchy to directory, from directory to empire, from empire to American republic, had any effect on their religious principles. Their Acadian fathers, with strong hearts, ready to spurn death, or welcome as a favor ; inaccessible to Luther's faith ; anxious to keep their religious principles even by exiling themselves ; did encounter the perils of warfare with ferocious Indians, and no less ferocious Englishmen of the last century, to settle on the Attakapas prairies, and there remain faithful to their religion and their language.
The respectable old gentlemen, who surround you are the direct descendants of those exiles. They can testify that when it was impossible to go where mass was sometimes celebrated by a missionary, none of the fathers of those whom you are about to confirm, did ever think of changing his religious. They waited and prayed, full of hope, that after that long darkness, the eternal light would prevail. Night did disappear, the sun shines now in all its glory, and in the name of the parish of St. Peter, I must thank you, Monseigneur ; for, to take care of us, you have sent the good and devoted Father Laforest. And, in raising my glass, I hope that God will give you long life, and that your good and noble work will live forever.
Archbishop Janssens answered in English complimenting the people, Father Laforest, on the success of the celebration, and declared that it is surpassed any reception tendered him outside of New Orleans.
After the dinner Rev. Father Mouse, of Washington, entertained the guests with selections on the piano, and soon convinced his hearers that he was a true artist in every sense of the word. The rendition of his own composition of the mocking bird was simply grand, as was testified to by the applause of his appreciative listeners.
It had been intended to christen the large bell, received a few days before, but owning to the unpropitious weather, this ceremony had to be postponed much to the disappointment of the people.
The music for these two days was furnished by the Carencro brass band, composed of Prof. Louis Tapissier, Prof. Chas. Heichelheim, Hon. O. P. Guilbeau, Messrs. Saul Oden Guidry, A. Verges, Simonette Breaux, C. Breaux. These gentlemen play exceedingly well, and had kindly volunteered their services for the occasion. The Gazette compliments them on their proficiency, and trust they will long maintain their organization as it is an honor to the town.
In conclusion, let us say that we noticed with much pleasure, the respect and love that the people entertain for their pastor, and his worthy of their confidence. It must have been a great pleasure to the Rev. Father to see how well his parishioners seconded his efforts to give the Archbishop such a magnificent reception, which was carried through, in all its varied details, without a single mishap. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
Archbishop's Reception. (short version)
The reception tendered Archbishop Janssens was perfect in every detail. It was undoubtedly the greatest event that has ever taken place in this parish. There was no labor or money spared, to make it a great success. Our people were determined that it should surpass anything of the kind that has ever taken place in this parish. There was no labor or money spared, to make it a great success. Our people were determined that it should surpass anything of the kind that has ever occurred here in the past, and their efforts and expectation were fully realized. They are heartily congratulated. Although the weather was threatening, after a downpour of rain the night previous; our people were determined to see that their programme was carried out, and they did it, to the smallest item, with the exception of the christening of the new bell, which had to be postponed. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
Last Saturday the children of the parish, to the number of 171, approached the Holy Table for the first time, and, also, received the sacrament of confirmation.
The Catholic church was crowded from the railing to the door, and was to small to contain the crowd, anxious to witness the imposing and beautiful ceremony. The church had been beautifully decorated and brilliantly illuminated; the altars, especially, were tastefully embellished. The admirable choir rendered some sweet music.
The services of the retreat was conducted by Father Forge.
The acts before and after communion were read by Miss Alice Abbot, and Master Auguste Vigneaux; the act of consecration by Miss Dubernard.
Archbishop Janssens had arrived the day before, accompanied by Rev. Fathers Jacobs and Branch, and was met at the train by Rev. Father Healey. In the evening the Archbishop interrogated the children, and seemed highly pleased with their answers, and complimented them. The following day at half past nine he administered the sacrament of confirmation to more than 200 persons. He delivered two appropriate sermons that were easily understood by the children; those young hearts will undoubted remember his kindness and his paternal advices will remain engraved in their memories.
The Archbishop left the same day for Carencro - rest is unknown to his untiring zeal.
Much credit is due to Rev. Father P. J. Healy, for the success of the examination, and the order that prevailed. He must certainly feel the wonderful satisfaction that comes from the consciousness of duty well performed. Among the clergy present were Rev. Fathers Butler, Langlois, Joun, Chabrier, Mehault, Branch, Jacobs, Forge and Healy.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
ANOTHER RAILROAD SPOKEN OF
Our Royville correspondent notes in his correspondence published in another part of this issue the fact that several petitions are being circulated and rapidly signed, to present to the Southern Pacific Railroad officials asking for a branch railroad from Cade to Royville. This question had been agitated some time since, but until now no steps had been taken by the people to secure the branch. Our correspondent also says, that he is reliably informed that the railroad officials had under consultation the advisability of building branch railroad from Cade to some point on Bayou Vermilion. The Gazette is pleased to learn that our friends in that part of the parish will be afforded such transportation facilities as must enhance their prosperity. They will find, should they secure this branch, ample returns for their labor, for they will be enabled to plant and dispose of a money crop - cane, where now cotton pays them so little.
But the people must not remain inactive. They must get together and pull together, and meet the railroad officials half way.
If the columns of The Gazette can be utilized to forward the movement we cheerfully place them at the disposal of the people of that neighborhood in their worthy efforts to upbuild that section. Lafayette Gazette 6/19/1893.
[From Our Regular Correspondent.]
While we live let us live and prosper! Several petitions headed by our largest real estate owners, were in circulation the past week, earnestly urging signatures to send to the superintendent of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Your correspondent was informed by a reliable party that a railroad branch from Cade to Vermilion Bayou, via Royville, would be built in the near future. This new enterprise, we understand, was started by mostly large sugar planters, whose object is to induce our farmers to turn all their rich and fertile lands into the culture of the sugar cane. Now that we are to have a railroad, the prosperity and future welfare of our section will be a certainty. Royville will be on a boom; business will improve; King Cotton will be disposed of, and all in all, happiness will reign supreme.
Sunday's rain was a welcome one, and since its appearance but the broadcast smiles can be seen. The corn crop is now a sure one, and judging by the quantity that is to be seen in the fields, the yield this fall will be the largest seen for many years. Lafayette Gazette Advertiser 6/10/1893.
Carencro-Teche Railroad. - The grading of the Carencro and Teche Railroad has been commenced, the contract for the work having been awarded to Messrs. Kennedy & Stone. The passenger and freight trains will make their transfer at the Southern Pacific depot, and trains will run up to the present platform. Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
"The Railroad Element in Local Politics."
Under the caption the editor of the Lafayette Advertiser proceeds to commit a rape on common decency. And, inasmuch as I have served my time as a railroad fireman, and having spent the greater part of my life in association with railroad men, I consider it a family right to answer that editorial of May 30, 1893, I understand the editor of the Advertiser and author of this article to be Mr. A. C. Ordway, and with him we are dealing.
He says : "Until the present time The Advertiser has refrained from taking sides with either of the parties who were candidates at the last municipal election. But the events of the last few days have left no option in the matter, and we believe it is now the duty to call the attention of our people to the 'writing on the wall,' that they may fully realize the menace to good government contained in the action of some of the defeated candidates."
It is strange, but true, that whenever the devil wishes to accomplish a dastardly deed through one of his foundation upon falsehood, and the editor of The Advertiser keeps as close to the record as the bark to tree, and we consider it our duty to tear off the mask from this assassin of character, and, in as few words as possible, because when the editor of The Advertiser came to me, and said : "I am doing all I can for the success of your ticket, in fact I am doing indirectly that which will do you more good than if it were done directly. For instance, I have inserted extracts taken from an exchange that are complimentary to you, and I will continue to do so. Besides this, through my influence I have prevented the formation of a third ticket." (Italic ours.)
Look well to the quotation marks.
How does that tally with his declaration of neutrality? Yes, the hand writing is on the wall, and the index finger points to the editor of The Advertiser as being a liar or a hypocrite. Which does he chose?
The he proceeds, (look well to the quotation marks): "The official returns of the election showed that those gentlemen who now hold their commissions were elected, and the defeated candidates should have abided by the returns, and we believe they would have done so had they been governed unselfish and patriotic motives and a desire to advance the best interest of the town."
Great Scott ! "Upon what kind of meat has our Caesar No. 2 fed that he hath grown so strong?" What twaddle about the best about the best interest of our town ! What brazen effrontery for a man who, but a few months ago, characterized some of the best people of our town and parish as being a set of ignorama, because they were opposed to the tax to build a railroad to Abbeville.
But we digress. Every man on the Mouton ticket is a property owner in this corporation, and never since the Morgan road was built to this place has a railroad man been requested to assist in a public enterprise that he refused. In fact they have been the very first to aid by the private contributions every improvement in our town, and the feathers of this bird of passage are too short to be permitted to charge such people with selfish motives and a disregard for the interest of Lafayette.
We claim to be a peaceable, law abiding citizen, and since filling the office of city marshal, there has been only one railroad man before the Mayor's court, and he lives in Houston. It is admitted that we have election laws. How would The Advertiser have them enforced, by the courts, or by armed force? And will The Advertiser please tell us which of these two methods would have the best impression abroad? It seems to us that The Advertiser has placed itself in the same position as the man who stood with the devil on one side of him nd the deep blue sea on the other.
Yes, we love peace, dear sweet peace, next to life itself do we clasp it to our hearts, but far above this do we love the rights of the people and those rights should be maintained regardless of who gets hurt.
We ask leave to answer the other portion of The Advertiser's editorial in your next. Faithfully Yours,
CARTER H. BRADLEY.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
PROOF STRONG AS HOLY WRIT.
Some days before the members of the new council met and organized The Gazette was asked if it intended to put a bid for the city printing. Upon an affirmative answer being given, he said it would be a waste of time, as the printing would be given to The Advertiser in spite of any request we might make. We would not entertain his belief, and questioned his "knowledge of the future." He reiterated the statement with much earnestness, and added, "this is straight." His earnestness, later on, raised a suspicion in our mind that, possibly, there might be an ingredient of truth in his assertion, although we are free to confess, that we could not reconcile our sense of fair play with our creeping suspicions.
After some reflection we decided to consult a few friends, and after consideration it was suggested to apply a test. The first step was to make a proposition to the publisher of The Advertiser to put in a joint bid for the city printing. The request was made with a flat refusal - and the hind leg of the bug protruded from under the chip. The next step was to write and present to the council; in open session, a request that the city printing be put to a bid. Even then a slight suspicion still lingered with us that our informant was out of his reckoning. Our request, however, was voted down - and this time we felt reasonably certain that we noticed the bug crawl from under and kick over the chip.
Are we justified, kind reader, in believing that the "dice were loaded?"
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
Ye Old Folks' Concert.
A fair and appreciative crowd witnessed the entertainment of "Ye Old Folks' Concert" in Falk's Opera House, last Monday night. A steady rain had been falling nearly all day, which kept a number of people away, and had it been fair weather the hall would have been filled, for the performance certainly deserved a large attendance.
But those who did attend are profuse in their praises of the admirable rendition of the novel, interesting and amusing programme, presented. All the arrangements had been made with an eye to the comfort of the audience, and was admirably carried out.
Of the performance it can be truly said that every part was well sustained, and it would, perhaps, be invidious to particularize, but it is only a matter of justice to say that little Miss Viola Young certainly excited the admiration of the audience. In her part she showed accuracy, distinct articulation, and judicious pauses, which rendered every word effective. She deserved the warm applause she received.
Following is the programme:
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The entertainment netted about $61 (about $1,600 in today's money) which will be turned over to the treasurer of the High School fund.
It has been decided to give another performance on the 21st instance when several changes will be made in the above programme. This action has been taken, we understand, because many people who intended coming to the last one were prevented by the bad weather.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 5, 1893. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session, with the following members present: W. B. Torian; J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, H. M. Durke, Ford Hoffpauir, A. D. Landry and A. A. Delhomme. Absent: R. C. Landry.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
By motion of Mr. St. Julien, the road overseers of the various wards, are hereby notified to present at the next regular meeting of the Police Jury, a report exhibiting a complete list of all persons subject to road duty, in their respective wards, and the number of days actual service rendered by each of said persons, during the fiscal year ending July 1, prox.
Mr. Eustache Comeau, constable of the 7th ward, submitted a statement of sales of stock impounded and sold under the stock law, and tendering the net proceeds, $21.55 to the parish. The amount was ordered turned into the parish treasury.
By motion the secretary was required to open an account with all persons selling stock under Police Jury regulations.
Hon. Julian Mouton, president of the school board, appearing before the body, in behalf of public education, requested that the sum of $338 be appropriated for the purpose of extending the present session, in all the wards, until expiration of the present scholastic month; and thereby complete the regular nine month's term, established by the board.
By motion duly made the amount, $338 as requested was granted to Mr. Mouton, and made subject to his order for the purpose specified.
The sum of $9 was refunded Mr. G. E. LeBlanc, as the net proceeds of his stock sold by T. H. Theriot, constable of the 4th ward, and turned into the parish treasury August 2, 1892.
Messrs. C. O. Mouton, N. P. Moss and Julian Mouton, here appeared and made request that the Police Jury appoint delegates to represent the parish to the Road and Immigration convention called by the Lafayette Business Men's Association, to convene in Lafayette June 14th instant.
Whereupon, by motion, the president was authorized to appoint the delegates. President Torian then appointed the following delegates to the said convention: Judges C. Debaillon and O. C. Mouton, O. Cade, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, Dr. J. D. Trahan, A. C. Ordway, Chas. A. Thomas, C. C. Brown, I. N. Satterfield, J. G. St. Julien, Dr. F. S. Mudd, Antoine Guidry, Dr. M. L. Lyons, Alex. Delhomme, Sr., J. E. Mouton, J. S. Whittington, V. E. Dupuis, R. C. Landry, H. Theall, Ford Hoffpauir, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, and A. A. Delhomme. By motion the president, Mr. Torian, was added to the list of delegates.
Mr. Desire Benoit appeared and complained of water flooding his field, by reason of a certain dam, constructed by Ad. von Kalkstein, on the Long plantation; complainant alleging that the natural flow of the obstructed, and sought relief, and action in the matter was postponed until the next meeting.
Messrs. Ford Hoffpauir and A. D. Landry were appointed a committee to investigate the title of the public road running between the properties of Mrs. M. A. Thomas, and Sevigne Duhon, in the 8th ward, and report as to the best method of procedure in order to remove the objections at present existing.
Mr. Hoffpauir was appointed to investigate all titles to public roads in the 2nd ward, and take the necessary steps toward perfecting the title of the parish to said roads.
Messrs. C. O. Mouton, Paul DeClouet and C. H. Bradley were appointed to confer with the authorities of St. Martin parish regarding the repairing and maintaining of the public road between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge.
A communication from the Lafayette Gazette, requesting that the official printing be put to a bid was read, and on motion of Mr. Hoffpauir, the following resolution was adopted.
Resolved, That the public printing of the parish, for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, be advertised for bids, at the next regular meeting, July 3 prox. The said bids or proposals shall be considered according to law, the Police Jury reserving the right to reject any and all bids.
The following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That all delinquent license payers of the parish be and are hereby notified that they must pay the said licenses, within thirty days, from this official notification and failing to do so the said licenses shall be placed in the hands of the attorney for collection of licenses and taxes, subject to a penalty of 2 per cent, per month, as provided by law.
A communication from the Police Jury of Acadia parish, relative to a survey of the boundary line between the parish and Lafayette, was read, and Messrs. Hoffpauir and A. A. Delhomme appointed to present the interest of the parish in the said survey.
Mr. Durke was appointed to ascertain the cost of repairing the bridge at Odillon Broussard's and to confer with the authorities of Vermilion parish in regard thereto.
By motion the following was adopted:
Resolved, That I. N. Satterfield, road contractor, be and is hereby authorized to notify all persons placing obstructions on the public roads, or the natural drains thereto, to remove the said obstruction within twenty-four hours after notification, and failing to do so, the member of the Police Jury for the ward, shall proceed by legal process, to compel the removal of the said obstructions and recover damages to any person so offending.
Mr. Brown was authorized to expend a sum not exceeding $25 in building a bridge across the coulee at Aurelien LeBlanc's.
Mr. Hoffpauir was authorized to have a certain road plow repaired.
The following accounts were laid over:
C. H. Bradley, removing rubbish, etc. ... $5.00.
Moss Bros. & Co., knob lock ... $0.75.
A. L. LeBlanc, sheriff's fees ... $16.50.
The following accounts were approved:
W. B. Bailey, clerk's fees ... $60.00
A. Cheffer, lumber ... $1.75
Ford Hoffpauir, nails ... $3.25
Ford Hoffpauir, road overseer ... $30.00.
H. Billaud, feeding prisoners ... $50.65.
Antoine Guidry, jury commissioner ... $5.00
V. E. Dupuis ... jury commissioner ... $5.00.
J. E. Pellerin ... jury commissioner ... $5.00.
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
W. B. TORIAN, Pres.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/10/1893.
Miss Rosa Reims, of Lake Charles, who was on a visit to the Misses Bendel and Miss Emma Falk, left for home Wednesday.
Mother Cesaria, Provincial of the Holy Cross, was in town Wednesday, the guest of Mrs. H. M. Bailey; in her honor the scholars enjoyed a holiday.
A gang of Mexicans arrived from Mexico Thursday, their destination being Carencro, where they will work on the Carencro and Teche Railroad.
Sheriff Broussard arrested and jailed last Saturday Albert Clotio and Leoville Clotio the former being charged with horse-stealing and the latter as accessory before the fact.
The Gazette has received a neatly printed card announcing the betrothal of Mr. S. B. Kahn, of Lake Charles, and Miss Rosa Bendel, the charming step-daughter of our enterprising merchant Mr. B. Falk.
We are requested to state that no liquor will be sold on the excursion of July 2. Ladies need have no fear of disorders as the railroad boys know how to give excursions and never fail to see that the best order is kept.
The Gazette force is indebted to its good friend Sam Plonsky for a lot of delicious ice-cream, it came at a time to be enjoyed.
Mr. J. C. Broussard, the popular agent of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company, visited friends and relatives in St. Martinville Sunday.
Mr. Baxter Clegg, who is now occupying a position in Houston, spent Sunday and Monday in Lafayette with his family and friends.
A negro excursion train came to Lafayette from New Orleans last Sunday, and we believe the town never had so large a number, at any one time, within its limits.
Judge Debaillon boarded the east bound train Sunday for Abbeville, where he will remain during the week engaged in some legal business.
Are you going to Abbeville on the 2nd of July? On that day the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen will run an excursion from Washington to Abbeville.
Our friend, H. D. Monnier, has a couple of peach trees in his yard, bearing bountifully. The fruit is in the shape and size of a half-riped apple. The Gazette returns thanks for the nice lot.
Capt. J. N. Pharr, of Berwick, La., wishes to hold a prohibition mass meeting, on Monday night next, at the court house in Lafayette. All are invited. Speakers will address the meeting.
On the 21st instant, at the residence of Mr. Lisbony, a dance will take place and refreshments will be served. It is for the benefit of Mr. A. Pointboeuf, who is blind, and has a family.
Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 10th, 1893:
A PALPABLE INJUSTICE.
The recently commissioned member of the town council of Lafayette met last Monday, and among the various matters considered by the organized body was the public printing of the corporation.
The following is, in substance, the discussion that took place, while passing upon the subject:
Moved by I. N. Satterfield, and seconded by A. Cayard, that the printing of the corporation be given to the ADVERTISER, at the same price that the work is now being done for, that is $150 a year.
At this stage of the proceedings H. J. Mouton, one of the proprietors of The Gazette, presented a written request that the public printing be put to a bid, because The Gazette desired to put it a bid for said printing . His Honor, the Mayor, read this request to the meeting.
Whereupon Fred Mouton moved as a substitute to Satterfield's motion that the public printing be put to a bid, that it was customary to accept such bids sealed. This was seconded by J. O. Mouton.
Before voting upon the substitute Satterfield made some remarks to the effect that he did not think that the work could be done at a lower price than $150 a year, and for that reason favored giving the printing to the ADVERTISER; although, he added, he thought it was the duty of the council to have the work of the corporation done as cheap as possible.
The substitute to the motion of Satterfield was then put to a vote, and resulted as follows: Yeas - Fred Mouton and J. O. Mouton, 2 votes. Nay: Satterfield, A. M. Martin, A. Caillouet and A. Cayard, 4 votes. Substitute was lost.
The motion of Satterfield was then put to a vote, with the following result. Yeas: Satterfield, Martin, Caillouet, Cayard and J. O. Mouton, 5 votes. Nays: Fred Mouton, 1 vote. Motion prevailed.
From the foregoing it will be readily seen that the request of The Gazette that this printing be put to a bid, was rejected, and it was given to The Advertiser, although no proposition to do the work was presented, or read, during the meeting, from the management of that paper.
I. N. Satterfield in his remarks stated that he did not think the work could be done for less than the amount given to The Advertiser, but by what process of reasoning he arrived at his conclusion we do not known, yet in spite of what Mr. Satterfield may think The Gazette was prepared to make the offer to do this work for $75 a year, and had it been put up at public cry would have bid down to $10 or less, and besides, would have given bond for its faithful performance.
Although The Gazette is not published in a spirit of philanthropy, but was established solely as a business venture to afford the means for a livelihood to its two owners, still it considered the title of official journal to be of sufficient value to put in a low bid, and would have done so had it not been shut out by the rankest kind of partiality and total disregard of fair play. The Gazette is frank enough to admit that while it did care for a monetary consideration, it cared more for the title of official journal.
Any person with a modicum sense of fair play must admit, we are confident after reading what really took place as published above that, apparently it was the fixed purpose to give this printing to The Advertiser regardless of any circumstance that might arise.
However, the injustice is done, and we now present these facts to the public, inasmuch as the published official proceedings contains no reference to The Gazette's request for a bid.
Taking the Gazette's own account of the proceedings, it will be seen that at the time Mr. H. J. Mouton handed in his communication a motion, which had been duly seconded, was before the council, and if Mayor Campbell had adhered to rules that govern all legislative bodies, as he should have done, he would not have read the communication until Mr. Satterfield's motion had been voted on; that he did so, was in itself proof that he was willing that the Gazette should be fairly treated. Again the Gazette has misquoted Mr. Satterfield did not say "that he did not think the work could be done at a lower price than $150 a year." He said, "that he did not think a paper could afford to do it for less than $150 a year," and he was right.
It is true that no proposition was read from the publisher of The Advertiser; and the management of the Gazette knew that there would be none before they attended the meeting of the council, owing to the fact that in the morning in course of a conversation with Mr. Mouton, the publisher of this paper told him that he would put in no bid unless the council requested it, and furthermore that if he did put in a bid it would be for $150 and that The Advertiser would not publish the proceedings for a less sum.
We are not surprised that the management of the Gazette should feel a little disappointed in not getting the printing, but we are surprised that they should have written or published the last paragraph their article contains, as it is misleading and a great injustice to the council, and must have been published with the purpose of deceiving the public. The reason that the communication from the Gazette was not included in the published proceedings of the council is a very simple one, and one that the management of the Gazette was fully conversant with, and was as follows:
As (unreadable word) on the council adjourned Mr. (unreadable) Mouton stopped in the Mayor's (2 unreadable sentences) we would ask the Gazette how they expected the Secretary to include the communication in his minutes, when they themselves had it ? We believe, and we think the majority of our people, believe as we do, that a paper should receive a fair remuneration for publishing the proceedings of the council, and if the council saw fit to award the contract to The Advertiser at the same price that has always been paid, we can hardly see why it should be termed an injustice to the Gazette.
We are sorry that the Gazette has allowed its chagrin and disappointment to so blind its sense of justice and right as to color the facts and attempt to make it appear that the council suppressed the publication of their communication, when in fact, they themselves were the ones to blame for its non appearance, and furthermore their request to have the communication given back to them was equivalent to a request not to have the matter appear in the minutes, and was so considered by Mayor Campbell. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 10th, 1882:
LIABILITY OF RAILROAD CO.s'
The liability of railroad companies for the value of stock killed by running trains seems to be settled, and it may be considered as an accurate statement that the killing of stock can not be avoided by trains running over an unfenced road in a region where stock are permitted to run at large. In this neighboring parishes hundreds of head of cattle have been destroyed, by trains running over the Morgan and La. Western roads and policy of the two companies, in the matter of satisfying claimants for the loss of this stock is worthy of note. Under the management of Judge Parkerson the La. Western Co. has paid promptly for all stock destroyed on its road, and, no doubt, in many instances this willingness to make good the loss, induced the owner to bear part of it by taking less than the animal is worth. This would be but fair, since the killing of stock could be of no benefit whatever to the company.
On the other hand the Morgan company have refused pointedly to make good the value of any stock killed on their road, forcing claimants to resort to the courts to recover, and it may be said that in every instance the question has been passed upon adverse to the company. In several cases recently decided by him, Judge Hudspeth of St. Landry, held that the proof of the killing alone was sufficient to put the owner in a position to recover, and this ruling is correct. We do not know that Morgan has greater rights than any other company or individual, and strict proof should be required of circumstances necessary to exempt, - from it and every other defendant.
This question was recently considered by the Senate Committee on railroads. and when the proposition was made requiring companies to fence their roads President Wheelock of the N. O. Pacific, said that it was cheaper in the end to kill and pay for the stock than to fence them out. Such a law, however, is necessary so long as stock are permitted to run at large ; companies can then exercise the option of feeding, or paying for all stock destroyed.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
Trains Blocking Roads.
We have heard frequent complaints of late that the public road crossing on the railroad near the depot and Dr. Hopkins' place are often stopped by trains of cars to the annoyance of people traveling those roads. This ought not to be, and we have reason to believe that when the matter is brought to the notice of the agents or other proper authority there will no longer be reason to complain. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
The Cotton Crops.
We are glad to be able to say that the cotton and corn crops of this parish are very promising. In fact as far as we have seen and learned, the prospect has never, in any previous year, been brighter. As there was no flood up here cane is also much better than usual, and of no untoward circumstance intervene the next harvest in Lafayette will be great. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
Our worthy fellow citizen, Arthur Greig, Esq., recently met with quite a serious accident. While driving along the street his horse became frightened and started to run, just as his efforts were directed towards saving his little boy from hurt, he could do but little to control him. The buggy was considerably worsted, but we are happy to state that Mr. Greig escaped with only a few slight bruises and scratches and his little son was unhurt. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
Last Sunday was a gala day in Vermilionville. The "Roman races," an institution of the 19th century, were being run near town and the small boy was in the ascendancy. The chief charm of the occasion, however, was the ascension of the balloon, which was witnessed by a throng of all ages and sorts. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
No Fish This Trip.
We learn that a number of our fellow citizens started out one day this week to catch some fish, but instead they caught themselves, - one on top of the other ; they were riding gaily along thinking no doubt of what havoc they were going to make in the finy tribe, when over went the hack, - and there was a mixture of men, horses and hack. Nobody hurt. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
Mt. Carmel Entertains.
Quite a happy arrangement was consummated in town last Wednesday, and was withal equally quiet. Thirty-two young ladies from Mount Carmel Convent of Washington, chaperoned by some of their teachers, came down on the local train and were met at the station by a full delegation of teachers and pupils from the convent at this place, whence the two parties repaired to the spacious grounds of the latter institution for a joint pic-nic. The occasion must have been an enjoyable one to the participants. We hope the young ladies of Washington will come again, but in the meantime, we suppose the daughters of Vermilionville will return the call. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
The boys of St. John school were out in full force on Wednesday last for a "pic-nic" and no doubt made hay while the sun shone. There was no declamation or speech-making of any kind, - they were out for a real good time and they had it. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
A PRACTICAL DRESS.
It Is Neat as Well as Hygienically Valuable.
No Bones Are Needed, Even for the Purpose of Stretching Seams, as No Seams Show - How the Gown is Fitted.
Miss Annie E. Tabor, of the Battle Creek sanitarium, of whose improved divided skirt we gave cut with description, a short time ago, has recently perfected a woman's working dress which is at once so neat, so comfortable, so convenient and altogether so hygienically valuable, that we take great pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to it. The costume is composed of three pieces; the adjustable two-seamed dress, the jacket and the improved divided skirt. The first may be arranged for either outdoor or indoor wear, and requires three pieces to complete it; the dress proper, the guimpe, and the jacket. The dress proper has a seam under each arm and two (or four) small darts to shape the front lining, the outside being left full. Both outside and lining are gathered to fit the neck in front. The shoulders are cut very short, this giving perfect freedom to the arm. The skirt may be either gored or full, and the dress may open at the front, back, or side, as desired. The jacket which completes the outdoor costumes has but two seams. It may scarcely be said that no bones are used in this dress, none being needed, even for the purpose of stretching seams, as no seams show.
The indoor costume is here shown - a guimpe made of some soft material, with simple sleeves, and yoke. Dress proper and jacket can be made of four and one-third yards of fifty-two inch goods. The guimpe is made of one and one-half yards of twenty-two inch silk. One advantage of this suit is that ladies doing their own housework, or school girls boarding themselves, may don a long-sleeved apron over it while at work, which can be removed in a moment, and the jacket put on, when the individual is at once presentable. The suit is becoming alike to stout and to thin persons. The two-seamed gown form can be draped upon the same as upon any other gown form. Sleeves can be fitted into this kind of body just as in a body with many seams. In draping, there need be no waist line, neither is there any real need of a cord to finish the waist; however, if we do make a waist line, it should be distinct.
In case the figure be a difficult one to fit, a seam taken in the back will arrange for those shoulders which so droop or round that a straight body will not set well. From Good Health and in the Lafayette Gazette 6/10/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 10th, 1910:
MOVING INTO NEW STORE.
The Lacoste Hardware Co., are moving into their new two-story brick store on Jefferson street. The interior has been beautifully furnished with up-to-date shelving, cases and counters, and both the exterior and interior of the store present a handsome appearance, and would be a credit to a town a good many times the size of Lafayette. The Lacoste Hardware Company are to be complimented upon their enterprise and progressiveness. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1910.
After Lacoste Hardware Opened.
LACOSTE HARDWARE COMPANY.
Has Moved Into Their Handsome New Brick Store Furnished With Elegant Fixtures.
The Lacoste Hardware Company have moved into their handsome new two story brick store facing the Jefferson Theater. The store is furnished with beautiful shelving, counters, and show cases, strictly modern in every respect. It is brilliantly lighted with the improved Tungsten electric lights with elegant fixtures, and when lighted up presents a most attractive appearance. The large and spacious salesroom with beautiful white columns supporting the ceiling, the artistic yet convenient arrangement of the various goods and departments and the handsome office with the big modern vault, gives the store not only a fine, but a substantial and business like appearance.
In addition to the two stories of the brick store, with a floor space of over 8,000 feet, the company will also use the former frame store building extending from Madison (now Buchanan) to Jefferson street containing over 24,000 square feet of floor space. This has been increased by the shed room in the rear of the brick store and it is the purpose of the firm to use the center of the frame building with the shed for an up-to-date garage and repair shop. The firm sells the Buick automobile.
Altogether the store is one of the handsomest and largest in the State and would be a credit to a city the size of New Orleans.
The firm is composed of Jos. A. Lacoste, president; Louis Lacoste, vice-president; J. P. Colomb, secretary and manager; and E. Mouisset, Treasurer. Each member of the company has his special department and the affairs of the Company are managed in a systematic and business-like way. They are all enterprising and progessive business men, and their splendid success is full evidence of their uniform reliability, fair dealing and courtesy. This great improvement in the erection of such a handsome store building is a credit to their public spirit and a testimony of their faith in the future of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1910.