From the Lafayette Gazette of June 12th, 1897:
THE NEW COUNCIL.
The First Monthly Meeting Held - Officers are Elected.
The newly-elected City Council held it first monthly meeting Monday evening and transacted a large amount of business. The first thing that was done was the election of officers to serve during the ensuing term. For secretary there was only one name presented; it was that of Sterling Mudd who was unanimously elected. Messrs. Baxter Clegg, D. V. Gardebled and Gus. Schmulen sent in applications for the office of treasurer. Mr. Clegg was the victorious candidate. Mr. Clegg was the secretary of the outgoing Council. Mr. Danton J. Veazey was the only candidate for marshal and he received the votes of all the councilmen. The Advertiser and Gazette were made the official journals of the town on a joint bid.
A resolution was introduced empowering the town marshal to appoint three policemen and a deputy tax-collector. The resolution passed the Council, but Mayor Caffery vetoed it and it failed to become a law. Action upon the mayor's veto was deferred to a future meeting. Should the resolution be adopted there will be one officer to attend to the collection of taxes and for his services he will receive commission allowed by law. The Gazette thinks this would be a very satisfactory arrangement as the collection of the town's revenues would receive the undivided attention of one person and the chief of police would be in a position to devote all his time to his duties as a peace officer. The resolution provides for the payment of the three policemen out of a monthly appropriation of $100.
The Gazette believes that it is impossible for two men to properly police this town. Two men for the day and two for the night is, we believe necessary to preserve the peace and insure protection to all the citizens. It is not in the power of two men do the work. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
The Outgoing Council.
"Well done, good and faithful servants," may be truthfully said of the members of the outgoing Council. The Gazette says, without fear of successful contradiction, that since the incorporation of this town, a better and more intelligent Council has never administered its affairs. It went into office with the fixed determination to do its duty and it had done well. It has been absolutely free from any bossism and if for no other reason it deserves a world of credit for the independence it has always shown. The administration of the financial business of the town has been admirable. Every cent collected has been accounted for. Every month the financial condition of the town was given to the public in the Council proceedings, and at all times it was within the power of every tax-payer to know how the books were.
We have carefully watched the course pursued by the members of the retiring Council and we believe that we are doing them but simple justice in stating that it has never been the good fortune of the people of Lafayette to have their municipal affairs administered by better men whose every official act was an exemplification of their belief in the great truth uttered by the Ex-President Cleveland that "public office is a public trust." Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
Held at Falk's Hall Thursday Night Was Entertaining and Instructive.
Probably one of the most entertaining and instructive popular meetings in connection with the Summer Normal now in session at this place was held last Thursday evening at Falk's opera-house. A very large and intelligent audience assembled on short notice evidencing very strongly the deep interest aroused in the public mind upon the subject of education through the instrumentality of the distinguished educators in charge of the institute.
Dr. T. B. Hopkins, president of the parish School Board, called the meeting to order. Dr. G. A. Martin then addressed the audience upon the subject of education. The doctor paid eloquent tribute to the efforts now being made to advance the cause in our midst, and while admitting the unpleasant fact as to the educational standing of Louisiana in the sisterhood of States, found grounds for congratulation in the wonderful impetus now being given along this line throughout the State. The vital importance of education was dwelt upon, and compulsory laws advocated. Dr. Martin was heartily applauded at the conclusion of his address.
Prof. A. L. Smith was then called upon, and in his usual happy style favored the assemblage with a most interesting and instructive talk on "Child Study and Mother Clubs." The learned professor drew from his own rich experience, as an educator, to illustrate his arguments in advocacy of child study and the formation of mother clubs. The culpable negligence of parents, due to utter ignorance of the most ordinary principles of mental and physical development, was too often responsible for defects and deformities in the child, which in after years would blight the usefulness and enjoyment of life. Apt and forcible examples were introduced in support of the position taken and there can be no doubt that beneficial results will flow from the impressions and convictions made.
The feature of the evening, however was a lecture delivered by Miss Clara Baer, of New Orleans, on "Physical Culture." This graceful and charming advocate of physical development and training began by making an apology for the prominence and importance attached to the subject of physical culture, by many considered new and really ante-dating the christian era by some three thousand years, having been practiced at that early time by the Chinese. By classical allusions the distinguished young lady showed the wonderful effects of the science in the physical and intellectual development of ancient Greece. A strong plea was entered for this culture, not for the purpose of developing animals of the Corbett and Fitzsimmons type, but to furnish the proper foundation for moral and mental development on the principle of a sound mind in a sound body. Miss Baer's lecture was replete with apt illustrations shown from personal experience and observation and was most enthusiastically applauded.
Supt. Latiolais on behalf of the audience requested a recitation of Miss Baer, who gracefully complied by rendering in her own inimitable style. "Mammy's Baby." The young lady's elocution was only surpassed by her exquisite conception of the character personified. To those familiar with that rare specimen of a ante-bellum days, the good old black mammy, the portrayal touched the tenderest and most appreciative sense. So delighted was the audience that Miss Baer was encored and responded by reciting the experience of a young school marm in teaching elocution, the story being founded on Longfellow's poem, "I Stood on the Bridge at Midnight." The teacher's error in adapting one recitation to all pupils, regardless of their various qualifications, was most ludicrously presented and elicited storms of applause. The audience laughed into tears over the graphic portrayal of the failings and short-comings of children, due in large measure to egregious mistakes on the part of teachers.
The entertainment of the evening was much enhanced by the musical selections rendered by Misses Richard, Martha Mouton, Lea Gladu and Lizzie Mudd.
It is understood that several more popular meetings will be held and those so unfortunate as to have been absent last Thursday evening would do well to attend in the future. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
The Teachers Entertained.
On Thursday afternoon the Misses Mudd and Mrs. Darling entertained the faculty and visiting teachers of the Summer Normal.
Miss Baer introduced her new game "Newcombe"; the sides were "Bronze" and "Blue"; captains, Dr. Girard and Mr. Keeney; scorer, Mr. B. Clegg. When the limited time had expired the points on both sides were equal, in the final contest the Blues gained by a small majority. The "Newcombe" is entirely original with Miss Baer. It is novel, interesting and well worth learning. After partaking of refreshments, several games of tennis followed, so the hours of the afternoon were pleasantly whiled away. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
PUBLIC SCHOOL HOUSES AND GROUNDS.
The people of the various wards in this parish should form local associations for the purpose of improving and beautifying the public school houses and grounds. The present unsightly buildings which are used as school-houses should be replaced by new and more commodious structures. Where it is impossible to raise enough money to build anew improvements can be made that will add greatly to the appearance of the surroundings and to the comfort of teacher and pupils. This is the one thing which has been woefully neglected in this section. There is absolutely no excuse for it. With a reasonable effort and the expenditure of a small sum, which the patrons of the school ought to cheerfully subscribe, enough could be done to make a good beginning.
The impressions of the school-room are indelibly written on the mind of the youth, and it is the duty of the parent to make those early impressions of a cheerful and pleasant nature. And the teacher is also entitled to some consideration at the hands of the people. He can not be expected to do good work when the school-room is a narrow and poorly-ventilated, the grounds dull and shadeless and the children untidy.
The people of Lafayette do not display the interest that they should in the cause of public education. Undoubtedly there has been an improvement in recent years, but much remains to be done, and there is no better way to begin than by ameliorating the condition of the school houses and grounds.
In this work the teacher should be the head and front. He is in a position to do a great deal if he is encouraged and backed by the people, and it is for him to find if the people are with him and willing to help.
It is a common thing to see a shabby, rickety school-house standing in close proximity to a large, well-built barn. It is surely not that we care more for the health and comfort of our horses than we do for the health and comfort of our children, but the odious contrast which suggests itself to the mind of the wayfarer is a sad commentary on our taste and judgment. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
Election of Officers. - The stockholders of the People's Cotton Oil Company met last Tuesday and elected the following board of directors: C. O. Mouton, J. S. Whittington, J. O. Broussard, Ed L. Estorge, S. R. Parkerson, T. M. Biossat, Crow Girard. After their election the directors held a meeting and selected the officers to serve the ensuing year. The officers are: President, C. O. Mouton; Vice-president and general manager, T. M. Biossat; Secretary and treasurer, C. M. Parkerson.
Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
A Horse-thief Captured.
Alexander Azore, a fleet-footed and light-fingered son of the dark continent, who bade "au revoir, but not good-bye" to Constable Hirsch about six months ago has returned to Lafayette under the chaperonage of Sheriff Broussard. The sheriff heard that Azore was enjoying the gulf breeze on the coast in St. Mary parish and a few days ago he brought his pleasure to a painfully abrupt end. When Azore saw the sheriff he readily consented to accompany him home. The officer asked the wily coon why he did not repeat his performance and take to his heels as he had done before. He replied that this time he happened to be between Ike and the deep, blue sea and he thought the wisest plan was to surrender.
Azore is wanted for horse-stealing.
Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1898.
A Fire-bug Caught.
Over a year ago a negro named Eloi Daniels was charged with the crime of arson, but he succeeded to escape from the parish before he could be arrested by the officer in whose hands the warrant had been placed. Daniels managed to keep out of the law's way up to a few days ago, when Sheriff Broussard discovered his whereabouts and arrested him. The sheriff believes that it can be shown that Daniels is the fellow who burned a house for Mr. P. B. Landry near Royville and a barn belonging to Mr. P. B. Roy. Daniels is said to be a dangerous character and his capture will be learned with satisfaction by the people will be learned with satisfaction by the people of that section where he pursued his nefarious occupation. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
The Mistake of His Life.
Jack Glaston, a notorious negro thief who has been successful in his attempts to evade the authorities of St. Landry parish, where he is wanted for larceny, made the mistake of his life when he decided to explore Sheriff Broussard's territory. Jack is reputed to be a smooth artist, but he fell an easy prey to Ike Broussard's eagle eye and Pinkertonian scent. The Gazette is not particularly solicitous for the success of the criminal classes, but it will casually remark to them that if they wish to breathe the pure air of liberty unhindered by manacles and jail bars, they must treat Lafayette parish with solemn respect and keep with solemn respectfully keep within safe distance from the cow-boy sheriff. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
Found Satchel. - E. D. Skinner, the colored man who creditably performs the duties of car-cleaner at the Southern Pacific yards, found a satchel in the coach which was run from Washington last Sunday. The satchel, which contained $16.00 in cash and some valuable papers, was expressed to Isadore Jacobs, the owner, at Washington.
Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
Excursion Small. - The crowd that came on the excursion from New Orleans Sunday last was not very large. Most of the excursionists, it appears, stopped at New Iberia where preparations had been made to receive them. Those who came to Lafayette were well provided for. The hotels were fully able to accommodate a much larger number and there was no necessity for any of them going away hungry. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
Came In On Excursion.
Many were agreeably surprised last Sunday to meet Will Bowen, who was, for a number of years, a resident of Lafayette. Mr. Bowen came up on the excursion train from New Orleans and remained a few days in town the guest of his brother, Jno. F. Bowen. Since Mr. Bowen left Lafayette he has been the victim of a railroad accident which necessitated the amputation of his right leg just below the knee. However, his friends will be pleased to learn that the has completely recovered and is looking as well as he did formerly.
Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
Carencro Participates in Excursion.
A number of Carencro people took advantage of the convenient schedule on the branch to visit Lafayette on Sunday to meet the excursion from New Orleans; there were also vehicles on the road, loaded with pleasure seekers. The weather was beautiful, Lafayette and her people were in gala attire, amusements were provided in full for guests, and a most pleasurable day spent. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
The Dixie's Win.
An intensely interesting game of base ball was played last Sunday evening by the Dixies of Lafayette and the Washington Champions.
Oak Ave. Park was crowded with visitors, most of whom were excursionists who had come on the trains. The grand stand was filled with ladies who at times joined in the cheering.
Umpires Zernott and Sirey called the game promptly at 4 p. m., and a thousand eyes centered on the diamond where the gallant ball-tossers stood ready to defend their flags. The Dixies' army of irrepressible rooters were in their accustomed places and helped the boys to win a brilliant victory.
The principal features of the game were Sterling's effective pitching, Langlinais' batting and Jim Marsh's splendid work behind the bat.
The local team was in the game all the time, holding the visitors down to a few exceptions, an errorless game.
The following is the score:
The Dixies will play the Lake Charles Greys to-morrow at Pleasure Park in that town. Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1897.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 3, 1897. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ben Avant, C. C. Brown, Alfred Hebert, J. E. Primeaux, M. Billaud, Jr., and Alonzo Lacy. Absent: R. C. Landry and Jno. Whittington, Jr.
The president being absent the secretary called the meeting to order, and by motion duly made Ben Avant was elected president pro-tem.
Mr. Primeaux reported the completion of Olidon Broussard bridge and was authorized to dispose of all lumber remaining.
By motion of Mr. Hebert, Sheriff and Tax-collector I. A. Broussard be and is hereby instructed to proceed at once with the collection of all delinquent licenses due the parish for past years as well as for the present calendar year of 1897.
By motion of Mr. Primeaux the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out a public road forty feet wide according to law from Royville near A. L. Dyer's store to connect with the road running South from said town and assess all damages to proprietors: O. Cade, Ben Flanders, P. A. Dupleix, A. Primeaux, Clement Romero and Odilon Blanchet.
By motion Mr. Ben Avant was appointed to represent Lafayette in the proposed settlement of the boundary lines between the parishes of Lafayette and Acadia and Lafayette and Vermilion. The result of said boundaries to be reported to the Police Jury for ratification.
Major J. G. Lee, State commissioner of Agriculture, appeared before the Jury and addressed the body upon the subject of holding a farmers' institute at Lafayette in conjunction with the Summer Normal School, now in operation. Major Lee's proposition met with the hearty approval of the body and it was determined to hold the institute upon any date convenient to the State conductors. Messrs. Alf. Hebert and R. C. Greig were appointed as a committee on arrangements.
On motion of Mr. Brown it was resolved that all road-overseers are hereby required to file every quarter a written statement properly accounting for all funds collected and disbursed by them.
By motion Mr. Alfred Hebert was appointed on the drainage committee for the third ward vice J. C. Buchanan from the parish.
The proposition submitted by Moss Bros. & Co. for the exclusive privilege of the parish guide posts for advertising purposes, the firm undertaking to maintain said guide posts, was read and action therefore deferred.
The proposition of L. Lacoste to furnish coal at 65 cents per barrel or $6 per ton was laid over.
The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:
To the President and Members of Police Jury parish of Lafayette, La. Gentlemen - Following a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report.
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., June 8, 1897.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
BEN AVANT, President, pro-tem.
Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 7, 1897. - The members of the City Council elected May 3, 1897, having qualified met this evening in regular session with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, Emile Mouton, J. D. Landry, Dr. G. A. Martin, A. J. Bru, John Hahn and J. J. Davidson. Absent: None.
Minutes of special meeting, May 24, were read adopted as read.
The following committees were appointed: Finance: Davidson, Mouton and Hopkins. Street: Hahn, Martin and Landry. Police Board: Mouton and Bru, Mayor ex-officio member.
The election of officers by ballot was adopted.
Next in order was the election of officers. Applications for secretary were called, Sterling Mudd being the only applicant, it was moved and seconded that Mr. Mudd be elected secretary for two years. Unanimous.
Election of treasurer was next in order. There being three applicants, Messrs. Baxter Clegg, D. V. Gardebled and Gus. Schmulen, a vote by ballot was necessary. Mr. Clegg having received seven votes was declared elected.
Applications for marshal were called. Mr. D. J. Veazey being the only applicant, it was moved by Dr. Martin and seconded by Mr. Hahn, that the rules be suspended and make the election of Mr. Veazey unanimous. Carried.
The following resolution was introduced by Mr. Mouton.
Resolved, That the chief of police shall be authorized to appoint four deputies, one of which to be appointed deputy collector of all taxes and revenues of the corporation and his salary to be derived from the revenues of collectorship and the duty of the other three and the chief to be a police force to be divided half day and half night. The salary of said deputies to be $100 equally divided among them.
Moved and seconded that resolution be laid on table. Yeas - Martin and Landry. Nays - Davidson, Mouton, Hopkins, Hahn and Bru.
It was moved and seconded that resolution be adopted.
Yeas - Davidson, Mouton, Hopkins and Bru. Nays - Martin and Landry. Mr. Hahn voted blank. Under section 8 of act 111 of 1869 Mayor Caffery vetoed the resolution.
Upon motion of Mr. Hahn, duly seconded, the matter of police was laid on the table for further consideration.
The joint application of the Lafayette Gazette and Lafayette Advertiser to be the official journals for the corporation of Lafayette was received. Moved by Dr. Martin that the proposition of the Lafayette Gazette and the Lafayette Advertiser be accepted jointly. Unanimously carried.
Moved, seconded and carried that Gab. Hebert be appointed filth-hauler at same salary.
The collector's report was received.
Lafayette, La., May 7, 1897. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette: Gentlemen - I have collected since last report the following amounts to-wit:
S. W. MCFADDIN, Marshal.
Ordered recorded and filed.
Treasurer's report was received as follows:
Lafayette, La., June 7, 1897. - To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:
D. V. GARDEBLED, Treasurer.
Ordered recorded and filed.
The bill of Mr. A. M. Martin for registering voters for the municipal election was referred to finance committee and if found correct, warrant to be issued for same.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/12/1897.
An enjoyable surprise party was given on Saturday night, at the residence of Mrs Galbert Guilbeau by the young people of the town, who were so pleased by their success that there is talk of a speedy repetition of the same pleasure.
Lee Wilson, the well-known and popular gentleman who has been providing the people of this section with first-class fruit trees, was in Lafayette this week.
Judge Mouton, who has been in the employ of Mouton Bros., will leave next Wednesday for Nashville, Tenn., where he will enter Draughon's Business College. His many friends wish him a profitable and pleasant time.
Miss Felicie Durand, of St. Martinville, was the guest of Miss Martha Mouton during the week.
Miss Bella Judice, was was attending school at Brookhaven, Mis., returned home Thursday. She was accompanied by her brother, Leo Judice.
The sisters of Mt. Carmel return thanks to the good people of Lafayette who so generously aided to make their festival a success.
Gus Kennedy, of Opelousas, has rented Mr. Alf. Hebert's property adjoining the ice factory where he will begin the manufacture of pop.
Dr. Fred Mayer spent a few hours among his friends in Lafayette Sunday afternoon.
Messrs. Trahan & Doucet, the druggists, have purchased an elegant soda fountain and it is their intention to keep all the nice summer drinks.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mouton, of Grand Coteau, were in Lafayette this week on a visit to relatives.
As the result of the voting contest at the convent festival, Miss Alma Hunter was awarded the prize which was a very pretty ring donated by Mr. T. M. Biossat for the occasion. Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 12th, 1869:
BAND OF ROBBERS CAPTURED.
Within the last twelve months several robberies of the most daring character have been perpetrated in this community, by a band of organized robbers whose deeds had become so frequent, bold and mysterious that they became a terror to the country. On Saturday the 5th inst., information was received by Deputy Sheriff Elmer, from private sources, of the place of concealment of merchandise stolen from different stores in this place. The Deputy Sheriff immediately went to Justice Salles procured a search warrant, and with a posse proceeded to the plantation of Mr. Edgar Martin, and arrested Charles Davis, Paul Davis, Despalliere and David John; upon searching their cabin large quantities of dry goods were found and recognized to be the goods of Messrs. W. Bendel, A. Haas and Jean Gerac, merchants in Vermilionville. The robbers were brought to town and lodged in the parish jail; on Monday they were taken before Justice Salles, who, after due investigation of the case, sent them up to the parish Court, to be dealt with according to law. Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1869.
Morgan's Railroad Plan.
Mr. Morgan's plan for extending the road, of which he has purchased the main (unreadable word), though doubtless a wise one in the abstract, in palpably impracticable and impossible in the present condition of our people and country. Mr. Morgan is a (unreadable word) man ; we will have no connection with any railroad enterprise which requires the issue of bonds and loans on mortgage. It must be cash on the nail for every thing. This is a good system with great capitalism and in communities where there is a large accumulation of reserved capital, derived from a prosperous state of affairs for many years. But our city and State and our people are not in that condition. Nor even in those parts of the country where these conditions have long existed (unreadable word) it been found practicable or desirable to build in this manner. The largest and most successful roads for the country have been paid for by bonds and mortgages and land grants. We hardly know which one has been obstructed in any other manner. To ask this people so protracted by misfortune for lack of capital, to adopt at once the cash system, in reference to the extension of the Opelousas Railroad, is not reasonable, and hardly looks sincere. It does not improve the need of this proposition, when the new road by which our people are invited to subscribe is made to depend upon a (unreadable words), which is exclusively owned by Mr. Morgan, and for which he gives less than one-third of what (unreadable words). We cannot indulge any hope that Mr. Morgan's scheme will be adopted.
It is fortunate that a railroad connection with Texas will be effected without the (unreadable word) of the people co-operating with Mr. Morgan the scheme he proposes. A route is now being actively surveyed and laid off, which we have every assurance a railroad connection with Texas in two years. If Mr. Morgan adheres to his proposition we will, in all probability "be left out in the cold."
From the N. O. Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1869.
Regular Meeting of June 7th, 1869.
All the members present, except Mr. Landry.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
In accordance with a resolution passed at the last meeting, elections were held and the following persons presented certificates of elections and were duly qualified and took their seats :
J. J. Caffery for the Third Ward, E. L. Hebert for the Sixth Ward, R. LeBlanc for the Seventh Ward.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year, at previous rates of compensation : P. S. Arceneaux, President; A. J. Moss, Clerk; M. E. Girard, Treasurer; H. Eastin, Constable, W. B. Bailey, Printing.
A communication from Mr. A. Mouton was read and on motion, laid on the table.
The report of the Collector was received and read.
Wm. Brandt, Recorder, was authorized to purchase a Record Book for use of his office.
The Treasurer's Annual Report was received and referred to a committee composed of H. Eastin, A. J. Moss and R. Dugat to examine and report upon the same.
The committee to whom was referred the report of the Treasurer as Depositor of the Public School Funds, made their report, which was received and adopted, and the funds deposited with the Clerk.
The Clerk of the Police Jury was authorized to have an addition made to the table in the office of the Clerk of the Court, and also to procure a long table and two dozen chairs for the Court House.
The following resolutions were adopted :
Resolved, that the Treasurer is authorized to refund to A. J. Moss, fifteen dollars paid by him for the Parish, out of the first monies received.
Resolved, that J. J. Caffery, A. J. Moss and H. Eastin, be and they are hereby appointed a committee to contract to build a fence around the Court House square, subject to the approval of the Police Jury.
Resolved, that H. Eastin, A. J. Moss and R. Dugat are appointed a committee to accept the bond the Treasurer.
Resolved, that one hundred and fifty dollars be paid to Cyprien Arceneaux for repairing road as per contract with the President.
Resolved, that the license of Olidon Broussard for keeping ferry be reduced to twenty dollars.
Resolved, that the license on ferries as existing heretofore, be and are hereby fixed and confirmed at fifty dollars each, and for the future, that the same be amended and reduced to thirty dollars each.
The following accounts were approved and warrants ordered to be drawn on the Treasurer for the same:
H. Easton, $5.00; Onez Mouton, 24.85; M. E. Girard, $5.00; A. J. Moss, $15.00; A. Monnier, $19.00; E. Constantin, $14.00; E. L. Hebert, $15.00; Chas. V. Comeau, $2.50; Desire O. Broussard, $2.90; M. G. Broussard, $16.80; P. Fontronge, $39.90.
On motion the Police Jury adjourned.
P.S. ARCENEAUX, President.
A. J. MOSS, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1869.
According to the admitted standards of greatness, Jefferson was a great man. After all deductions on which his enemies might choose to insist, his character could not be denied elevation, versatility, breadth, insight, and delicacy; but neither as a politician nor as a political philosopher did he seem at case in the atmosphere which surrounded him. As a leader of democracy he appeared singularly out of place. As reserved as President Washington in the face of popular familiarities, he never showed himself in crowds. During the last thirty years of his life, he was not seen in a Northern city, even during his Presidency; nor indeed was he seen at all except on horseback, or by his friends or visitors in his own house. With manners apparently popular and informal, he led a life of his own, and allowed few persons to share it. His tastes were for that day exclusively refined. His instincts were those of a liberal European noblemen, like the Duc de Laincourt, and he built for himself at Monticello a chateau above contact with man. The rawness of political life was an incessant torture to him, and personal attacks made him keenly unhappy. His true delight was in an intellectual life of science and art. To read, write, speculate in new lines of thought, to keep abreast of the intellect of Europe, and feed upon Homer and Horace, were pleasures more to his mind than any to be found in a public assembly. He had some knowledge of mathematics, and a little acquaintance with classical art; but he fairly revelled in what he believed to be beautiful, and his writings often betrayed subtle feeling for artistic form - a sure mark of intellectual sensuousness. He shrank from whatever was rough or course, and his yearning for sympathy was almost feminine. That such a man should have ventured upon the stormy ocean of politics was surprising, the more because he was no orator, and owed nothing to any magnetic influence of voice or person. Never effective in debate, for seventeen years before his Presidency he had not appeared in a legislative body except in the chair of the Senate. He felt a nervous horror for the contentiousness of such assemblies, and even among his own friends he sometimes abandoned for the moment his strongest convictions rather than support them by any effort of authority.
Henry Adams - Great-grandson of
President John Adams.
Lafayette Gazette 6/12/1897.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 12th, 1908:
HEARING ON INLAND WATERWAY
To Be Held by Board of Engineers at Lake Charles June 18, in Elks' Auditorium.
The proposed inland waterway from the Rio Grande to the Mississippi is a matter of great importance to Lafayette, for when completed it will give this city a direct waterway connection with New Orleans. For which reason Lafayette should be represented at the hearing of which the following letter makes explanation and announcement:
New Orleans, La., June 8, 1908.
Lafayette Advertiser, Lafayette, La.
The Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors proposes to hold a public hearing at Lake Charles, La., on Thursday, June 18, 1908, at 10 a. m., Elks Auditorium with reference to a resolution of the Committee on Rivers and Harbors of the House of Representatives calling for a further report upon the Inland Waterway, from the Rio Grande River, Texas, to a connection with the Mississippi River.
The Board has requested Major J. F. McIndoe to make the necessary arrangements for this hearing and to invite all persons known to be interested in the question, so far as it pertains to the interest of Louisiana, to be present at the appointed time and place to submit their views regarding the commercial necessity for the improvement.
Persons who may appear before the Board are informed that while oral statements are of value, important facts and statistics should be submitted in writing, in order that they may become of record in accordance with law.
The citizens of Southern Louisiana are especially interested in the people proposed waterway and it is requested that this notice be brought to the attention of the general public through news items in the press.
J. F. MCINDOE,
Major, Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1908.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 12th, 1907:
RAISED TO SECOND CLASS.
Lafayette Post Office After July 1 Will Rank with Monroe, and Baton Rouge in Importance.
Effective July 1, Lafayette will become a second class post office, being in the same class with Monroe, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and New Iberia. Inspector Kinsey from Washington D. C., was here Friday getting data for the official record preparatory for the change in the grade of the office. While here he complimented Postmaster Domengeaux on the excellent way in which he handled his office and his deserved promotion.
Mr. Domengeaux during his incumbency has at all times endeavored to make his office efficient in every way and has done all possible to improve the service. It is largely owing to his efforts that the Maurice rural route was established. His many friends here are greatly pleased at his promotion. Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1907.