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From the Lafayette Gazette of June 17th, 1899:

The Campaign Begins With an Enthusiastic Meeting in This Town.

 An enthusiastic mass meeting was held at the court house last Saturday for the purpose of discussing the proposition to levy a special two-mill tax to be used as a bonus to be offered to the State on behalf of the parish of Lafayette in the matter of the Industrial School.

 The meeting was, considering the rainy weather, largely attended. It was representative in character and showed its sympathy for the cause by very liberally applauding the utterances of the speakers. Every ward was represented, which is proof that the people of the various sections of the parish are manifesting in interest in the result of the movement.

 Hon. R. C. Landry, the venerable president of the Police Jury, who is always to be found on the side of progress and good government, was unanimously elected chairman of the meeting and Mr. E. G. Voorhies was made secretary.

 Addresses were made by the following gentlemen: Messrs. C. D. Caffery, Julian Mouton, Wm. Campbell, J. O. Broussard, Overton Cade and Ben Avant.

 A large number of signatures were attached to the petition which will be presented to the Police Jury asking that body to call an election.

 The following committees were appointed to take charge of the campaign in the different wards:

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 It was decided to hold mass meetings at the following places:

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 The meetings will be addressed by the formidable array of speakers:

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Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

The Sanitarians.

 The State Sanitary Association closed a very interesting and successful session at Baton Rouge last week. A number of new members were enrolled and the following officers were elected: President, Dr. J. W. Dupree, Baton Rouge; vice-presidents, Dr. John N. Thomas, Port Eads, First congressional district; Fr. Rudolph Matas, New Orleans, Second congressional district; Dr. W. G. Owens, Iberville, Third congressional district; Dr. Randolph, Alexandria, Fourth congressional district; C. F. P. Stubbs, Monroe, Fifth congressional district, Dr. W. H. Dalrymple, Baton Rouge, Sixth congressional district; treasurer, Dr. W. R. Lastrappes, St. Landry; secretary, Dr. Fred J. Mayer.

 Several very able papers on sanitation were read by eminent scientists. Owing to the lack of space we are unable to publish all the resolutions, but gladly reproduce the following which was offered by Dr. Fred Mayer and unanimously adopted:

 Whereas, the Louisiana State board of health, in frankly acknowledging the existence and death of a sporadic case of yellow fever, and promptly notifying the health authorities of the surrounding States, gave an assurance to the whole country that the policy of concealment pursued by Galveston in 1897, and by it in 1898, was wrong in theory, pernicious in practice and to the detriment of the health, safety and commercial interests of New Orleans and of the State, and would not be repeated this year:

 Resolved, That this body deplores the action of the health authorities of Texas in refusing to be a party to the agreement entered into between the health authorities of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and condemns in unmeasured terms the outrageous and arbitrary conduct of the Texas health officer in seeking to make commercial capital of the incident, thereby blocking the wheels of interstate commerce, when assured by the health authorities of Alabama, Mississippi and of the marine hospital service that no danger was to be apprehended:
  Resolved, That this dastardly action on the part of the Texas health officer demonstrates the necessity of some central health body competent to prevent such wanton abuse of power, and laid upon lines sufficiently broad to enable it to rise above all local, political or commercial expediency - a body absolutely non-political in its composition in which the maritime states directly interested will have representation, and conducted with due regard to the inalienable police powers of the State. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

Charges and Counter-charges.

 Charges and Counter-charges are being made against one another by the members of the Syrian community. Andrus Amuny, the merchant, was tried by Judge McFaddin last Thursday on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses made against him by Wm. Hane. Up to the time of going to press the judge had not given his decision. Amuny was tried in Crowley on a similar charge and acquitted. Two other accusations of the same character were dismissed by the justice of the peace. Hane is also burdened by a multiplicity of affidavits here and in Crowley. The Grand Jury will no doubt sift these accusations and decide what should be done with them. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

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 6/17/1899.

Plays 4 Musical Instruments.

 "Blind Amos" is a phenomenal person. He plays four musical instruments at the same time. By an extraordinary arrangement he is a whole string band by himself. Those who have not yet seen and heard this wonderful man should do so. His tent is near Lacoste's building. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

Three Arrested.

 Last Monday Deputy Sheriff Mouton arrested Armand Laporte, Sidney Babin, and Wm. Green, Jr., on a charge of burglary and larceny. They are charged with having entered the house of Rondall Dupre and stole a box of carpenter's tools. All parties are colored. The accused were bailed out the same day. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

Body Found.

 Sheriff Broussard received a telephonic message last Tuesday informing him that the body of Neville Hanks had been found in a pond near Bayou Queue Tortue. It appears that Hanks had made two ineffectual efforts to end his life and that he concluded to commit suicide by drowning. Hanks was a farmer. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

Needs Repairing.

 The Gazette sincerely hopes that the present City Council will find a way to repair the street which leads to the depot. If this street is not attended to before fall it will be in a worse condition that it was last fall - and it was then absolutely impassible. If the treasury will not permit the authorities to work the streets, the main thoroughfare should be repaired by all means. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

 Fitting Reception Planned.

 Monseigneur Rouxel, who will arrive in Lafayette Friday, the 23rd of this month, will be tendered a fitting reception. The people will meet the eminent divine at the depot and will accompany him to the church green where addresses will be delivered by Mayor Campbell and Judge Debaillon. Members of the three fire companies will go to the depot in a body dressed in their uniforms. Father Rouxel lived in Lafayette several years and his old parishioners will be pleased to have an opportunity to express to him their love and esteem. The purpose of his visit to this town is to administer the sacrament of confirmation. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

 The Festival.

 The festival given by the ladies for the benefit of the Industrial School fund was a success. The sum of $52 was realized. This money will be used to defray the expenses incurred by the association. The cake-walk was participated in by young and old afforded a great deal of amusement. Jack Praeger and Miss Aimee Martin were awarded the prize by the judges.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

  The Chatauqua.

 The Louisiana Chautaqua will begin its annual session on the 1st of July and will continue to the 31st of the same month. The Gazette acknowledges the receipt of a season ticket. This year's meeting will be very interesting as is shown by the program. Among the platform attractions we find Gov. Bob Taylor, Col. Henry Watterson, Sam Jones, Sam Small, the Kentucky Colonel Quartette and the Chicago Glee Club. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.


 The Enterprise tells us that "New Iberia has lead in the movement for several months and finally her activity seems to have inoculated her neighbors and they threaten to submerge her with an avalanche of bond issues."

 New Iberia has done no such thing. As usual New Iberia has been talking. It has been engaged in the favorite past-time of the late champion of the prize-ring - telling people what it was going to do. In the meantime Lafayette has been training and it is now ready to prance into the arena, in the manner of the young Californian, fresh and full of life, determined to walk away with the prize. The people of Lafayette parish are as united as they have never been before and if they don't win this fight it will be for want of ammunition.

 St. Martin parish is making a plucky fight and deserves credit for it. Unfortunately for the people of that parish the tax-payers living on the east side of bayou Teche are made to pay a special levee tax, and additional taxation is unpopular among them. And a large portion of the parish of St. Martin is nearer Lafayette than St. Martinville and would be more benefited if the school were built here. For that reason many people in and around Breaux Bridge would prefer to see Lafayette selected. The distance to the school would be shorter and they would have no extra tax to pay.

 Iberia parish is also divided. The Jeanerette papers are singing the praises of their town in prose and verse and are not at all in sympathy with New Iberia.

 In the parish of Lafayette there is a most perfect unity of sentiment. Only those who have not properly informed themselves on the subject are opposed to the tax. They, it is confidently hoped, will change their way of thinking before the election.

 All in all, The Gazette believes that Lafayette, not New Iberia, is in the lead and and had the best chance to win. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.


 With a view of obtaining all the information possible on the subject of industrial education The Gazette wrote to Col. A. T. Prescott, president of the Industrial Institute situated at Ruston, La., and requested of that gentleman all the facts bearing on that question. Col. Prescott replied promptly. Accompanying the subjoined letter was a catalogue containing a deal of information concerning the school.

 In the Ruston institute there are the following well equipped departments: Language and literature, pure and applied mathematics; history and civics; biology; physics and chemistry; mechanics (including drawing); business; domestic science; horticulture, dairying; music; printing and telegraphy. In all these branches there is thorough instruction, thus fitting the student to take up the serious duties of life at the close of his duties. The boy or girl who attends the school not only acquires an academic education but learns a trade. Col. Prescott knows whereof he speaks and the people of this parish would do well to follow his advice and do all in their power to get the proposed school. Below is Col. Prescott's letter:

                             RUSTON, LA. JUNE 9, 1899.

 Dear Sir - The enclosed pamphlet contains full information about the organization and work of this institution. Our catalogues are still with the printer, hence my inability to send one of them.

 You will notice that we teach the essential academic subjects intensively. That is, we devote all of our time and energies to a few branches that are essential elements of any education, because they are the foundation of intellectual and industrial development. In this way we make our academic work thorough.

 The industrial or vocational subjects supplement the academic, and give a definite purpose to the training. Every student is required to take one of these subjects, and thus prepare himself for some work. We teach as many industrials as the the resources of the school will permit, the only limit upon the number being the industrial needs of the time.

 I believe that industrial education is the best for the masses that can be given, and for this reason I believe that the parish in the 13th senatorial district that will get the new industrial school will have no cause at any time to regret the investment it must make to secure it.

 We would be glad to see a representative from Lafayette during our final exercises. He could get much helpful information from a personal inspection of our work.
              Very respectfully,
                       A. T. PRESCOTT, President.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.


 The Second Immunes Hold the Record for the Longest Service in Cuba.

 Through the courtesy of Mr. E. W. Chase The Gazette has received a copy of the Harrisburg (Pa.) Telegraph, in which originally appeared the subjoined article. Several members of Hood's regiment enlisted from Lafayette. They are:  E. W. Chase. Luke Olivier, George Bryan, Numa Reaux, Frank Ledet and Don Greig. The two latter were discharged some months before the general mustering out on account of ill-health. Rodolphe Domengeaux, formerly of this parish, was 1st sergeant in the regiment. The friends of the young men will be pleased to learn that they have made such good soldiers. The Telegraph says:

 The Second Immunes now at Camp Meade, Colonel H. Y. Grubbs, commanding, was the first volunteer regiment to land in Cuba after the surrender of the Spaniards, at Santiago. From that day to the 25th of May last, almost a year, the regiment, as a part of the army of occupation, was continuously engaged in the trying and dangerous work of stamping our epidemics, cleaning up towns and cities - Santiago, Guantanamo, Songo, Cristo, Gibarra, Porte Padre and Holguin - and looking after bandits. When the regiment reached Holguin, the small-pox was running riot, with several hundred cases in sight, and the natives dying like flies in frost time. The regiment lost 39 men two by accident, one by suicide, and left five sick in the general hospital at Holguin. None of the men died of yellow fever or small-pox, although they were often exposed to these diseases and have a right to claim not only the longest record of service in Cuba, but whatever merit attaches to the word Immune. Perhaps no regiment on the island furnished so many officers and men for detached service as the Second. If these men could have had their choice it would have been a short, sharp campaign, and then a return to resume their occupations as lawyers, doctors, teachers, students, bookkeepers, telegraph operators and kindred affairs. But there weren't Spaniards enough to go round, and somebody had to do this other work. These men did it well and uncomplainingly, as the following complimentary, as the following complimentary letter from General Leonard Wood clearly shows:

 "Headquarters Department of Santiago, - Santiago. May 22nd, 1899. - The Commanding Officer, Second Regiment, U. S. V. I., Holguin. - Sir:  In relieving the second regiment, U. S. V. I., from duty in the Department of Santiago de Cuba. the Department takes great pleasures in expressing his thorough appreciation of the excellent service that this regiment has performed. It was the first of the volunteer regiments to arrive in Cuba and is the last of the volunteer regiments to leave Cuba. Its service include several months of duty in Santiago during the most sun-healthy portion of the city, during which time it performed especially arduous and difficult service in a highly satisfactory manner. It was then transferred to the north coast of Cuba for duty in a district thoroughly infected with small-pox. Its services in suppressing this epidemic were of the highest character, and have resulted in great saving of life, and in restoring to a comparatively normal and healthy condition, probably the most pest-ridden section of Cuba. The regiment is at present thoroughly efficient and well disciplined.

 In conclusion, I desire to say that in leaving Cuba your regiment carries with it the respect and good will of the people of the district in which it has been lately serving. Very respectfully,
               (Signed)  Leonard Wood.
   "Brigadier General Commanding."

 In presenting the above letter to the regiment Lieutenant Colonel H. Y. Grubbs, of the Sixth regular infantry, who has been in command of the Second many months, and who has endeared himself to the volunteers by his splendid soldierly and gentlemanly qualities, said:

 "Such a communication from a commanding general is not lightly given, and this letter should be a source of pride to every individual member of the regiment. The commanding officer takes this opportunity to express his own appreciation, and to congratulate the regiment that so signal a recognition of its varied services on this island is received at its departure. By order.

 Lieutenant-Colonel H. V. Grubbs.
     Jack Gregory.
 First Lieutenant and Adjutant, Second Regiment, U. S. V. I.

  The regiment will turn over the arms to-morrow, and the men expect to be mustered out on the 15th of June. Colonel Grubbs expects to join his regiment, the Sixth, in the Philoppines, some time this summer.

 Upon landing at New York the Second regiment was made the recipient of the following complimentary letter:

 "Quartermaster's Department, U. S. A. Transport Logan, May 31st, 1899. - To the Adjutant, Second Regiment, U. S. V. I. - Sir:  I have the honor to request that you will convey to the officers and men of the regiment my appreciation of the soldierly qualities displayed by them while on board the transport on their return from Cuba. The ready and willing obedience to the rules of the ship, their exemplary conduct and their efforts to keep the ship in first-class condition shows a discipline of which the regiment has just reason to be proud.
       Very respectfully, 
                  "I. C. Byron,
           "Capt. and A. Q. M."
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

 An Effective Kick.

 Hon. P. S. Pugh, the well known attorney from Crowley, was in Lafayette Thursday on legal business. Mr. Pugh has earned the reputation of being a very vigorous kicker. When things don't go as he believes they ought to go, he invariably registers a strenuous protest. He is not of that kind of men who placidly submit to an injustice. As a member of the last constitutional convention he impressed his colleagues with the fact that he is an industrious worker and an earnest kicker. Some years ago the writer reported a meeting of the Board of Assessors held in this town. Under the law which then existed that body fixed the assessment on railroads. It is needless to add that a majority of the board were extremely friendly to the railroad companies as the records show. It was proposed to assess the Louisiana Western road at $6,500 per mile. Mr. Pugh, who represented the parish of Acadia, insisted that $10,000 a mile but would be a fair assessment, but his plea for an equitable taxation, though supported by facts and figures, availed not and the road was assessed at $7,000. Since then, through the efforts of Mr. Pugh and other gentlemen, the law has been changed and the authority to assess railroads has been transferred to another board. And now, the Louisiana Western road, instead of being assessed $10,000 as Mr. Pugh wanted, is assessed $12,000. These results show that Mr. Pugh was right and that his kick was founded upon the principle that wealth should bear its share of the burden of taxation.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

 For the Broussard Catholic Church.

 The local histrionic talent of Broussard will give the public an opportunity to judge of its proficiency on the second day of July. On that date the Broussard Dramatic and Literary Club will play two short comedies entitled "Jocrisse" and "Medico." The entertainment is given for the benefit of the Catholic church fund. In the afternoon there will be a game of base ball and at night after the theatrical entertainment a ball will be given. The following are the casts:

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 Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.


     "..If our merchants and business men would figure on the amount of money annually paid out for fire insurance and the amount they could save by the proper effort they would take some action towards securing a system of waterworks. The money expended would be a profitable investment. .." DeSoto News.

     "..Perhaps it would - and then again perhaps it wouldn't. Opelousas has a good waterworks system - but the insurance rates are as high as ever. .." Opelousas Courier.

      "..Donaldsonville is in the same boat. Since our effective waterworks system has been put it, fire companies organized and other precautions taken to avert disastrous conflagrations there has been no appreciable decrease in the rate of insurance, notwithstanding the fact that the insurance companies have been saved thousands and thousands of dollars by the adoption of these precautionary measures. We are maintaining an expensive waterworks system, and fire companies whose work is gratuitous and whose effectiveness has been repeatedly demonstrated are always ready to respond to the alarm and risk life and limb in battling with the flames, yet the insurance companies, who profit by them, persist in charging practically has high a rate as when we had no protection whatever. .." Donaldsonville Times.

 Exactly the case with case with Lafayette. During the construction of the waterworks the insurance people promised the town to reduce the rates as soon as the plant would afford adequate protection from fire. Instead of doing this they increased the rates in some cases. This was done despite the strenuous protest of the local agent, who, it must be said to his credit, did all in his power to secure fair treatment for his patrons.

 In the old story of the insatiable greed of the corporations. Unless made to deal fairly by the strong arm of the law, they can always be depended upon to squeeze out of the people every cent that they can get. It was Mr. Javier who said in an article published some time ago in a New Orleans paper, that insurance corporations were not like other corporations and should not be included among those to be affected by anti-trust legislation should there be any enacted in this State. The policy pursued by the insurance companies will hardly bear out Mr. Janvier's statement. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., June 1, 1899. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, M. Billeaud, Jr., Jno. E. Primeaux, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacey, Ben Avant and Alfred Hebert.  Absent: C. C. Brown.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 By motion of Mr. Avant, the Jury appointed the various wards in behalf of the Industrial School movement:

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 The following application for right of way was read and by motion duly made same was granted on conditions specified therein, and on further condition that the said telephone company pay an annual tax of $1, per mile, for all lines established within the parish:

 To the Honorable Police Jury, parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana. - The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company hereby respectfully submit to your honorable body a request that they be granted the right to erect, operate, and maintain lines of poles and wires, as telephone lines, together with necessary braces and anchors, and to clear the wires of timber obstructions, etc., over and upon the highways of the Parish of Lafayette, La., it being understood and agreed that said poles will be so located as not to obstruct the thoroughfares or in any way endanger life of property.
                      E. F. MILLARD,
 Special Agent Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company.
     New Iberia, La., June 1, 1899.

 By motion of Mr. Hebert the road overseeers were instructed to notify all delinquents and others who have not paid the special road tax and costs that unless same is paid within the next thirty days that the full time of 12 days duty on roads will be exacted.

 The treasurer was ordered to pay into the 4th ward special fund, the sum of $17 out of the general.

 The sheriff and tax-collector was authorized to receipt for special road tax and license.

 The following amounts were ordered paid out the special funds of the various wards.

 First ward, L. Arcenaux, $66; Second ward, Jean Meaux, $150; Fourth ward, V. Primeaux, $21; Fifth ward, Alb. Labbe, $35; Eighth ward, A. Broussard, $24.40.

 The treasurer submitted the following report.

 To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:

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 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
                  R. C. LANDRY, President.
                  R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/17/1899.

 Eddie Baldry, who has been attending the Jarvis Hall Military Institute at Montclair, Colorado, arrived in Lafayette last Sunday. His many friends here were pleased to see him.

 Sig Kahn, manager of the Lafayette Clothing House, has a very old Spanish coin. It is dated 1783 and bears the picture of Carolus III, during whose reign it was coined.

 The Gazette had on exhibition this week a stalk of cotton which was raised by Cleobule Hernandez. It was pronounced by several farmers to be the best of the season.

 A negro who was at work with the gang putting up poles for the Cumberland Telephone Company was prostrated by the heat last Thursday afternoon.

 A local pugilist will contest the honors of the arena against any one weighing from 140 to 145 pounds for $25 or $250. Apply to Lucien Roy, Lafayette, La.

 Died. - Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. E. E. Mouton in this town, Gabriel Alexis, son of Edward Mouton and Alexine Robichaud, aged 3 months.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.


 If our merchants and business men would figure on the amount of money annually paid out for fire insurance and the amount they could save by the proper effort they would take some action towards securing a system of waterworks. The money expended would be a profitable investment. - Desoto News.

 Perhaps it would - and then again perhaps it wouldn't. Opelousas has a good waterworks system - but the insurance rates are as high as ever. - Opelousas Courier.

 Donaldsonville is in the same boat. Since our effective waterworks system has been put in, fire companies organized and other precautions were taken to avert disastrous conflagrations there has been no appreciable decrease in the rate of insurance, notwithstanding the fact that the insurance companies have been saved thousands and thousands of dollars by the adoption of these precautionary measures. We are maintaining an expensive waterworks system, and fire companies whose work is gratuitous and whose effectiveness has been repeatedly demonstrated are always ready to respond to the alarm and risk life and limb in battling with the flames, yet the insurance companies, who profit by them, persist in charging practically as high a rate as when we had no protection whatever. - Donaldsonville Times.

 Exactly the case with Lafayette. During the construction of the waterworks the insurance people promised the town to reduce the rates as soon as the plant would afford adequate protection from fire. Instead of doing this they increased the rates in some cases. This was done despite the strenuous protest of the local agent, who, it must be said to his credit, did all in his power to secure fair treatment for his patrons.

 Its the old story of the insatiable greed of the corporations. Unless made to deal fairly by the strong arm of the law, they can always be depended upon to squeeze out of the people every cent that they can get. It was Mr. Janvier who said in an article published some time ago in a New Orleans paper, that insurance companies were not like other corporations and should not be included among those to be affected by anti-trust legislation should there be any enacted in this State. The policy pursued by the insurance companies will hardly bear out Mr. Javier's statement. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.

Love At First Sight.

 As the following letter unmistakably shows John W. Stanford, a soldier in the service of the United States, has fallen in love with this section of Louisiana. Stanford was evidently struck with the natural beauty of Southwest Louisiana. Or, perhaps his sturdy heart was touched by one of the fair flowers which grow in such wasteful abundance on this God-favored soil. Who knows but what there will be interwoven around this rather prosaic letter which has been more prolific of romances than any other war in modern times. But for all we know Stanford is a crusty old bachelor whose heart could not be disturbed by all the gins of the Vesuvius, much less by Cupid and his toy outfit. Be it as it may, we think he is now in love with some Lafayette girl. As he is neither a real-estate agent nor a New England Press League correspondent it is not reasonable to ascribe his encomium to any selfish or ulterior motive. At any rate, we wish Stanford good luck. We hope he will survive the campaign in the Philippines and that he will return to Louisiana whether to meet his Evangeline or settle and grow up with the country:

 On Board the U. S. A. Transport Sherman, Enroute to Manila, P. I. at Honolulu, H. I., May 30, 1899.

 Sir - It is almost three months since I had the pleasure of traveling across your fair State of Louisiana, on my way from Charleston, S. C., to San Antonio, Tex.

 My reason in addressing you is that after having viewed that portion of your State the "Sun-Set" route it is only proper for me to write you, in regard to my opinion of Louisiana.

 Since I enlisted in Uncle Sam's service I have traveled about 8,000 miles, my last trip being from Charleston to San Francisco, a distance of 3,360 miles. I was stationed at San Antonio, Tex., a little over two months. What I intend to say, is that in all my travels, I have not seen a section of country which I admired half as much as I did Southern Louisiana. It indeed surpasses any other State, that I have yet seen and I have been in eighteen States.

 Southern California, where irrigated, is the garden spot of the United States but in my opinion, in many respects, it is not equal to Louisiana.

 It is my intention to see more of your grand State, when I return to America, providing I do not lose my life while campaigning in the Philippines.
                                Truly yours,
                                     JOHN W. STANFORD,
                               Co. A, 6th Infantry.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1899.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 17th, 1899:


 Pursuant to a call, the taxpayers and citizens of the parish met in mass meeting last Saturday morning at the Court House.

 Not withstanding an incessant rain there were a great number present.

 The meeting was called to order by Mr. C. O. Mouton, president of the Business Men's Association who explained its purpose.

 Hon. R. C. Landry was elected president, and E. G. Voorhies, secretary.

 Judge Julian Mouton addressed the meeting in French, stating very clearly the necessity of voting a tax of two mills to secure the location of the Industrial School at Lafayette.

 Hon. Chas. D. Caffery, Col. G. A. Breaux and others followed in English, all arguing in favor of the tax to secure the school. All speakers received much applause which shows conclusively that our people are in favor of that proposed tax.

 On motion of Hon. Wm. Campbell, the chair appointed a committee of five for each ward to canvass for signatures a petition praying the police jury to order a special election to ascertain the sense of the people on the tax.

 The following committees were appointed:

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 The following places have been designated where mass-meetings will be held in favor of the Industrial School.

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 These meetings will be addressed by the following speakers: Judges C. Debaillon and Julian Mouton; Messrs. Wm. Campbell, C. D. Caffery, E. G. Voorhies, Jos. A. Chargois, Crow Girard, R. W. Elliot, Gus. A. Breaux and others. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.

Scott, La., June 14, 1899.


 The enthusiastic mass meeting of last Saturday at the Court House in Lafayette for the Industrial School, was the spontaneous expression of the parent heart, eager to fit his offspring for life's battle, and stands out in conspicuous relief, the most important move the population of Lafayette Parish has made since the first flight of years began.

 Mr. Editor, the scope of this communication is not to discuss the question, but only to say, what more meet and proper than that, we today, in the face of the intelligence and conscience of Christian civilization, in the light of the closing moments of one of the most memorable of the century, as we stand along the path of the many advances in all the departments, of life, consider and note the works and struggles of our forefathers through whose efforts these great achievements have been made possible to us, though much was hid from them which is now revealed to us than that, we too, shall vie with our predecessors in making history for future generations?

 What more benefiting the occasion, or worthier the ambition of progressive man, during the remainder of this remarkable 19th, century of the Christian era than the erection in our midst of a grand and varied seat of learning? A fairer page in the history of Lafayette Parish shall never be read! unborn generations, reviewing the past, shall bless the memory of the public-spirited, good christian gentlemen and ladies now engaged devoting their time and energy to the furtherance of this thrice noble project! Morally and otherwise than, let us unite one and all and lend our assistance to the projectors, and make possible a splendid success of the Lafayette Industrial School, which, for all time shall stand a beacon light for many a little life bark, with precious hopes freighted on its way through the perilous straits of this life and eternity!

 In fine to secure that School shall be an act of mercy conferred on countless little souls for many generations to come.

 In the language of that matchless Englishman.

 ".. The quality of mercy is not strained; It blesseth him that takes, and him that gives. .."
        (Signed)   G.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.     


 The grand festival held at Falk's Opera House last Tuesday night for the Industrial School under the patronage of the Ladies Association was a grand success social and financial, quite a large sum being realized.

 The success of it was entirely to the united and concentrating efforts of our ladies.

 The hall was filled up with ladies and gentlemen, each being a committee of one working in unison to secure the Industrial School for Lafayette.

 Light refreshments and cakes and many other things were served by fascinating young ladies full of enthusiasm about the Industrial School.

 The feature of the evening was a cake walk in which everybody present took part and which shows conclusively the unity of action and the progressing spirit of our people.

 We surmise to say that gentlemen who had never before been known to take part in a cake walk imbued with the now-a-days prevalent progressive spirit that permeates all of our citizens have progressed in their declining years to mingle with the younger element and all only for the future welfare of Lafayette.

 Miss Aimee Martin and Mr. Jack Pragel took the cake.

 The Lafayette Orchestra furnished the music.

 A few hours spent pleasantly everybody going home determined more than ever to secure the Industrial School. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.


 Bishop Rouxel will arrive in Lafayette on Friday, June 23rd. He is coming from Alexandria, La., and will be met at the depot by the Lafayette Fire Department and by all other citizens who will be willing to meet him and escort him to the presbytery.

 The children of the first communion and confirmation will remain on the church square.


 The Mass at which the first communion will be administered will take place at 7 a. m. The children of the first communion will escort Mgr. Rouxel from the presbytery to the church where he will be the celebrant of the Mass.

 At 10 a. m., renewal of covenant, followed by the benediction of the Holy Sacrament and the remittance of scapularies.


   First Mass at 5:12 a. m.
   Second Mass at 6 a. m.
   Third Mass at 7 a. m.

 Rouxel will be the celebrant at this Mass.

   Last Mass at 8 a. m.

 At 10 a. m., the sacrament of Holy Confirmation will be administered by the bishop.

 At 8 p. m., Benediction of the Holy Sacrament. The church will be lighted by electricity.

 It is good to remember that Mgr. Rouxel was once the parish priest at Lafayette, therefore it is meet and proper that our people should turn out en masse to welcome him to his old rectorship of by-gone days. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.

Natural Gas.

 A company has been organized to develop the spring of natural gas discovered some time ago between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge. The work will begin soon. The company is as follows: - ____ Burke, of New Iberia; Rob Martin, Judge J. Mouton, Judge Blackman, Ledoux Smith, J. P. Russell and Hill. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.


 Special Stamps.

 The bureau of printing and engraving has delivered to the post-office department a special line of stamps for Cuba. The design has for a center piece a mounted bicycle messenger and the number "10" on each side. You will see some other stamps at Deffez Bros., store which have as a center piece a parlor suit and sideboard and the number "50" at the bottom of it. Get a stamp from them. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:

 R. C. Landry, M. Billeaud, Jr., Joe. E. Primeaux, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacy, Ben Avant and Alfred Hebert. Absent: C. C. Brown.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 On motion of Mr. Avant, the Jury appointed the following committee to canvass the various wards in behalf of the Industrial School movement.

  1st Ward - Albert Delhomme, Jas. Sonnier, Martial Hebert.

  2nd Ward - Dr. A. O. Clark, Wm. R. Foote, Jasper Spell.

  3rd Ward - J. K. Grier, O. B. Jenkins, T. F. Webb, Jr.

  4th Ward - O. Cade, Odillon Blanchet, Philoger Landry.

  5th Ward - A. A. Labbe, A. Olivier, Gilbert St. Julien.

  6th Ward - O. P. Guilbeau, V. E. Dupuis, Numa Breaux.

  7th Ward - Alphonse Broussard, Alex Verrot, P. R. Landry.

  8th Ward - C. Doucet, Hervilluer Blanachard, S. J. Montgomery.

 The application for right of way was read and by motion duly made; same was granted on condition specified therein, and on further conditions that the said telephone company pay as annual tax of $1.00 per mile for all license established within the parish:

Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana:-
     The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Co. hereby respectfully submit to your honorable body a request that they be granted the right to erect, operate, and maintain lines of poles and wires, as telephone lines, together with necessary branches and anchors, and to clear the wires of their timber obstruction, etc. over and upon the highways of the Parish of Lafayette, La., it being understood and agreed that said pole will be so located as not to obstruct the thoroughfares or in any endanger life or property.
      New Iberia, La., June 1, 1899.
E. F. MILLARD, Special Agent, Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Co.

 By motion of Mr. Hebert, the road overseers were instructed to notify all delinquents and others who have not paid their road tax and costs that unless same is paid, within the next thirty days that the full time of twelve days duty on roads will be enacted.

 The treasurer was ordered to pay into the 4th ward special fund the sum of $17, out of the general fund.

 The sheriff and tax collector was authorized to receipt for special road tax and (unreadable word).

 The following amounts were ordered paid out of the special funds of the various wards.

 1st Ward, L. Arceneaux ... $66.00
 2nd Ward, Jean Meaux ... $50.00
 4th Ward, V. Primeaux ... $21.03
 5th Ward, Albt. Labbe ... $35.00
 8th Ward, A. Broussard ... $24.40

 To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish Lafayette, La.

 Following is a statement of receipt and disbursement of Parish funds since my last report:

-------------------p. 4---------------------------

 The following accounts were approved:

---------------------p. 4-----------------

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.

The Lafayette Silver Dollar.

 The Secretary of the treasury has approved the design for the new Lafayette silver dollar submitted by the Lafayette Memorial association. One one side will be the heads of Washington and Lafayette and on the other a presentation of the monument of Lafayette to be erected in Paris in 1900. The wording will be the same as on the words "Lafayette dollars" will be substituted for "One dollar."

 A question has arisen as to the authority of the government to coin in 1899 dollar bearing the date 1900, but it is thought that this difficulty can be overcome readily. The issue is limited by law to 50,000 one dollar pieces, but it is the expectation that the association will realize a much greater amount from their sales, the minimum price have been fixed at $2 each.

 For the first coin issued several thousand dollars are expected to be realized. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/17/1899.

 A beneficial rain has fallen throughout the parish greatly relieving our farmers of the anxiety caused by the prolonged drought.

 The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Co. is making preparations to establish its system in our town and parish.

Notice. - All Firemen are requested to be at the Court House square in uniform Friday June 23rd, at 11 o'clock a. m. SHARP.

 Mrs. A. Gladu and daughter Miss Lea spent Thursday in Youngsville visiting Dr. Scranton's family.

 Mr. Locke Nevue, the wholesale cigar agent, after spending a few days in Abbeville returned to Lafayette last Wednesday.

Neville Hanks, a farmer living in the western part of the parish was found dead in a pond containing six inches of water. As he had made two attempts at self-destruction before, it is surmised that the man committed suicide.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.





 From the Lafayette Gazette of June 17th, 1893:


 In the last issue of the Lafayette Advertiser, in a card, signed by the Mayor and some members of the City Council of Lafayette, the reason given by these gentlemen for not having offered the public printing of the town to the lowest bidder is: "that it came to their knowledge from a reliable source that The Gazette had proposed to The Advertiser to combine for the public printing by way of bids between them and to divide the spoils." The The card of the Mayor and others, does not name this reliable informant; but in an editorial in the same issue of The Advertiser, A. C. Ordway, editor of that paper, has admitted that he was the reliable informant of the City Council, and says that proposition was made by (unreadable word); therefore, this card is addressed to A. C. Ordway, editor of the Lafayette Advertiser. I did ask him to put in a joint bid for the public printing and to divide the price which the City Council was, and is always free to allow or to reject, bid or no bid. There was no mention made of the price for which we would undertake the printing. My idea was if the City Council would agree to give $150 for the contract, the proceedings and ordinances would be published alike in The Gazette and in The Advertiser and that each paper would get half of the price allowed by the Council. And this proposition was made in the face of the fact that we had been warned that it would not be acceded to. This proposition was refused by the editor of The Advertiser. I then asked the Council to put the public printing to the lowest bidder, my intention being to take the contract for less than $150, and much less.

 Now, if A. C. Ordway has, (and I believe that he has) told or insinuated to the members of the Council of Lafayette, that I had proposed to him to enter into a combine or scheme to fleece and rob the town treasury by a kind blackmail with him, or that the joint bid proposed by me was to exceed $150, the amount given to The Advertiser for the public printing, and then divide the spoils and booty with him, I say that such an assertion or insinuation, is false, malicious and untrue, and that the man who has uttered or made it, is purely and simply a slanderer and liar.
(Signed)  HOMER J. MOUTON.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.


 In the last issue of The Advertiser the city fathers who voted to give the public printing without putting it to the lowest bidder, and the Mayor (who by the way did not, and could not vote on the question, and the councilman who voted both ways) have published a card, attempting to justify their action in the premises. In that card, among other very wise things, they say: "We acknowledge under different circumstances the public printing should have been given to the lowest bidder, but under the conditions that existed at the time, we think our constituents will agree with us in the way we acted. On the morning before we met to organize and elect our different officers, it came to our knowledge, from a reliable source that a a proposition from The Gazette to The Advertiser to combine for the public printing by way of bids between them and divide the spoils, all of which was refused by The Advertiser. We do not know what this combination might have cost the corporation had it been effected; it evidently was not for the purpose of dividing the ten dollars alluded to in the article of The Gazette. It is more likely that instead of paying $150 per annum which was the price paid for years for our public printing, that we might have been forced to pay double the amount, etc., etc., (Italic ours.)

 The statement that they were informed that that proposition had been made to The Advertiser, and it was refused by The Advertiser, coupled to the fact that an editorial appeared in English in that same issue, on the same subject matter, the conclusion is irresistible that the reliable (?) informant was A. C. Ordway, its editor.

 In that editorial the following passage occurs :  "That we (the Advertiser) would not print the proceedings for a less sum of than $150 per annum, and that as the council had not called for bids none would be put in by The Advertiser unless called on to do so by the council. That $150 was a fair price for the work **** ;  and if the council asks for bids, ours (the Advertiser's) would be for that amount, and not for a cent less."

 If there is anything clear and to the point in all of the above, it is that The Advertiser would have done or taken the public printing for $150 at the very least, had the council put it to the lowest bidder. With this fact staring them in the face how could the city fathers have such dreadful apprehensions about the city treasury? How could they say: "instead of paying $150 per annum that we might have been forced to pay double that amount."

 Do you want to know? We hesitate to say when we think under what stress of mind, what emotions of indignation, and under what feelings of grave responsibility as guardians of the public funds, they must have labored! It was simply because they forgot that under no possibility could the corporation be made to pay more than $150, and this, because they forgot that and they put it to the lowest bidder and The Advertiser's bid would have been $150, and not a cent less.

 All we have to say about their justification is that their intention may have been good, but that their memory must have been bad. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.


 From the first issue of The Gazette, we have been the recipients of many kind words of encouragement approving the course of the paper - some written, some verbal. We have refrained from publishing them, and only do so in this instance for satisfactory reasons. The following letter was received Tuesday and dated from Youngsville:

Editor Lafayette Gazette:
     Indeed it is with great satisfaction and untold pleasure that we have watched the gradual but steady progress of your "go ahead" paper, since it put an appearance in out midst. It, so far, has unquestionably covered every foot of ground, from "low" to "high," with as something like consciousness, yet no special favouritism to any. Therefore, as Jos. Jefferson says, if we remember correctly, "May you live long, be happy and prosperous."  Fail not to send us The Gazette when due. Yours and more anon,     (Signed)  A FRIEND.

 Our readers will bear us out in the statement that The Gazette has not been given to "tooting its horn" on the slightest provocation, preferring to let the paper stand or fall on its own merits. Consequently we have gone right on giving our best efforts towards upbuilding the town of Lafayette, as well as every part of the parish, without, (to use the words of "A Friend," "special favoritism to any." This course, had met the approbation of the general public. We thank our friend for his kind words. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

 More from The Advertiser.

 We are not surprised that the management of The Gazette should feel a little disappointment 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 the public. - Advertiser 10th instant.

 The statement that The Gazette had the least "purpose of deceiving the public," is a lie pure and simple. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Heavy Job-Work.

 The Gazette experienced its biggest rush of job work this week, necessitating the entire force, to handle it, consequently we are late, and the reading columns are meager in local matter. But we will soon work off everything, and, trust our readers will overlook our shortcomings for this and the next issue. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

An Advertisement Purchased in in The Lafayette Gazette by the Lafayette Advertiser:


 The Bradley-Ordway Affair.
                Lafayette, La., June 13, 1893.
 Mr. A. C. ORDWAY :

    Sir: - Herewith we hand you the statement of the facts, in regard to the communication addressed to Mr. C. H. Bradley, lately entrusted to us, as they occurred. In order that you may fully understand our action, we quote you from the Louisiana Code of 1883, which is an exact copy of Ashe's Code of South Carolina, as follows:


 2. Upon the acceptance of the challenge the seconds make the necessary arrangements for the meeting, in which each party is entitled to perfect equality. The old notion that the party challenged was authorized to name the place, distance and weapon, has long since been exploded, nor would a man of chivalric honor use such a right if he possessed it. The time must be as soon as practicable, the place such as had ordinarily been used where the parties are, the distance usual, and the weapon that which is most generally used with in this country is the pistol.

 3. If the challenger insist upon what is not usual in time, place, distance and weapon, do not yield the point, but tender in writing what is usual in each, and if he refuses to give satisfaction, then your friend may post him."

 We are therefore under the necessity of advising you that you are at liberty to post Mr. C. H. Bradley.
       Respectfully, CROW GIRARD, H. VAN DER CRUYSSEN.

 The following is a statement of the fact in the Bradley-Ordway affair as they occurred:


    Sir - You having refused to retract your statements. I demand the satisfaction due from one gentleman to another. Messrs. H. Van der Cruyssen and C. Girard will act as my friends.


        Lafayette, La., June 13, 1893.
      Dear Friend - I accept this, and wish you to lose no time in meeting Messrs. C. Girard and H. Van der Cruyssen. I prefer Winchester, .44 cal. rifle, distance ten paces.
      Faithfully yours, 
         C. H. BRADLEY.

 To this answer the following was returned:
       Lafayette, La., 6/13/1893.
    Gentlemen - Your demand being inhuman and unchivalrous, we, on our part, demand a meeting according to Ashe's Code of South Carolina, which is with pistols at fifteen paces.

 To this the following was returned :

       Lafayette, La., 6/13/1893.
       Gentlemen - Your proposition is declined, because our principal claims the choice of arms. 
  We have made this statement and signed same in duplicate this 13th June, 1893.

 It will be seen by the above statement that I have the right, under the code, to brand C. H. Bradley a coward for refusing to give me the satisfaction due from one gentleman to another, but the fact being so plain I deem it necessary to do so.
     A. C. ORDWAY.
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Hack to Beausejour.

 Mr. Sidney Veazey will, commencing tomorrow, run a hack to Beausejour Springs, starting at 5 o'clock and will make trips as often as necessary, and the fare for the round trip will be only 25 cents. And will make trips thereafter every Sunday and Thursday. Those wishing to go by this conveyance will so inform him and he will call at residence. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Added Electric Fans.

 Mr. John O. Mouton purchased a motor, and motor, and will run electric fans through all rooms as well as the saloon in his building near the depot. When you feel you're getting "hot under the collar" call at his saloon, ask for a glass of ice-cold beer, set under the fans, and get cool. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

 Regular Session Closed.

 The Lafayette public school, Prof. R. C. Greig and Miss Maggie Jameison teachers closed the regular session yesterday. The school will remain closed until the 1st of September and thus afford the teachers and children ample recreation. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Office in Our Town.

 The Opelousas Ice Company has established a branch office in town, and placed Mr. C. J. Sanders in charge. No better choice than Mr. Sanders could have been made. Courteous accomodating, he will do doubt build up a good trade. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

First Class Fake.

 A band of bohemians struck down last Tuesday with four bears and four monkeys and gave what they advertised as an instructing, amusing and entertaining exhibition." It was in reality a first class fake and they should be run out of any town they may enter. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

 Business Men's Association.

 The committee appointed by the Business Men's Association are hard at work perfecting arrangements to give the visiting delegates to the Road and Immigration convention a royal reception on the 21st. As it will take money to do so, the Gazette hopes that our citizens will contribute liberally. The more money the committee will have the grander the reception. Let Lafayette show that when she invites friends she knows how to entertain them. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.


 Sheriff Broussard arrived Monday from Vicksburg, Miss., having in custody C. F. Clark with a string of aliases. The sheriff was obliged to obtain a requisition from Governor Stone to secure his prisoner. This is the individual who, some time since stole $800 worth of check ;  from W. H. Ray, a New York insurance man. He also stole a valuable case of surgical instruments belonging to Dr. Frank Mouton, and valued at $25. He claims to be a regular graduate from Findlay, Ohio, and claims to be of respectable parentage. As the doors of the parish jail opened to receive him he gave a long glance all around and then stopped nimbly and smiling inside. The sheriff has information to the effect, that Clark served a term in a lunatic asylum, but the sheriff thinks he is perfectly sane. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Ice !  Ice !

 Messrs. Hoy & Moresi, proprietors of the Opelousas Ice Factory have established in Lafayette, and will make delivery twice a day. The depot is opposite Mr. Pellerin's store. Mr. C. J. Sanders, the agent, will give prices and sell tickets. Parties who will buy in summer, after the closing of the depot for the season, will be supplied direct, in winter, from the factory. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Carencro. - The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen will on July 2nd give their grand annual excursion, from Washington to Abbeville. It will no doubt prove a very enjoyable trip. These gentlemen have proven on several occasions that they are experts in the management of excursions, and who ever will avail themselves of this opportunity of visiting the beautiful little city of Abbeville, may rest assured that they will spend a pleasant day, and their every comfort provided for. The fare has been placed at the low price of $1.50 from Carencro for the round trip. The train will pass Carencro at 7:52 a. m. Remember the date an hour. The steamer Alice Leblanc will run in connection with the excursion, affording an opportunity to those who might desire to take a trip on the beautiful Vermilion Bayou. Don't fail to be on hand. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Teche and Carencro Railroad.

 Messrs. Kennedy and Stone, with a large force of men are at work doing the grading for the Teche and Carencro R. R. A large quantity or rails, tiles, bridge lumber, and construction material has arrived, and there is no doubt that in four months the road will be in working order. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Prohibition Meeting.

 Last Monday evening a prohibition meeting was held at the Court House, and lectures delivered by Rev. C. M. Lyons and Capt. J. N. Pharr, of Morgan City. Although the attendance was small the speakers were accorded an appreciative attention by those present and at the conclusion, a prohibition club of seven was organized with the following officers :  R. C. Grieg, president ;  T. B. Hopkins, Jr., vice-president ;  J. J. Davidson, secretary ;  and, Rev. John A. Miller, treasurer. No party affiliation is disturbed, as those who join simply pledge themselves to vote for prohibition. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.


 Leg Amputated.

 Little Frank Halliman, aged, 10 years, was severely injured Sunday evening, while attempting to catch on an incoming train. He missed his reach and fell under the wheels sustaining injuries that necessitated the amputation of one leg at knee, and half of the other foot. Friday he was resting easy. The two Drs. Trahan and Dr. Mudd are the physicians attending to him. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

Town Council.

 The Council met Monday. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and before approval, Mr. Fred Mouton, stated a motion made by him and duly seconded relative to putting up the public printing to bid did not appear in the minutes, and he desired his motion to appear in the minutes and it was so ordered.

 Several bills were then approved.

 A communication from R. B. Martin, justice of the peace, asking that a side-walk, in front of his office, be repaired. Received and referred to street committee.

 The Marshal stated to the council that complaints have been lodged with him relative to the houses of ill-fame. It was ordered that these places be encircled by a fence ten feet high.

 The marshal was requested to put in force the dog ordinance.

 The following ordinances were passed.

 An ordinance Prohibiting the getting on and off of trains in motion and providing a penalty for violation of same.

  Section 1.  Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Lafayette that it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to get on or off of any engine train or cars of the Southern Pacific Company while in motion within the corporation of the town of Lafayette.

  Section II.  Be it further ordained that the Police of said town are hereby required to arrest and bring before the mayor of the town of Lafayette any person or persons violating section I of this ordinance.

  Section III.  Be it further ordained taht all persons violating section I of this ordinance be imprisoned not exceeding thirty days or fined not exceeding $25.00 dollars.

  Section IV.  Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall not apply to Rail Road employes. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

   An Ordinance Requiring the Southern Pacific Railroad Company to place and keep flagmen at the railroad crossing on Lincoln Avenue and providing penalty for violation thereof.

  Section I.  Be it ordained by the City of Council of the town of Lafayette that the Southern Pacific Railroad Company be and is hereby required to place and keep a flagman at the railroad crossing on Lincoln Avenue to give warning the approaching trains to give warning of the approaching trains, switch engines and cars on said crossing.

  Section II.  Be it further ordained that said Southern Pacific Railroad Company shall be fined in the sum not exceeding $25 at the discretion of the Mayor for failure to comply with section 1 of this ordinance.

  Section III.  Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect thirty days after its passage and that a copy be sent to the officers of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

 After passing on some matters of minor importance the council adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/17/1893.

 We hold a communication from Mr. C. H. Bradley which has been crowded out of this issue.

 Our good friend H. Bodenmuller, of Opelousas, was in Lafayette Sunday.

 Mrs. Armand Levy and children, of Lake Charles, who have been on a visit to her parents, left for home Sunday accompanied by her sister, Miss Louise Bendel.

 Mrs. Sarah Klaus and her charming sister, Miss Gussie Wolf, of Washington, visited in this town Sunday. 

 Now is the time to secure your reserved seats for the Old Folks Concert on the 21st instant.

 Carencro will soon have a railroad. Royville is fishing for one. Lafayette must not lag behind. Shall it be a refinery. Let's be up and doing!
Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1893.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 17th, 1882:

 {West Baton Rouge Sugar Planter.}

 Railroad enterprises are now the order of the day. First - because they all, or nearly all, pay handsome returns upon the money invested. Therefore capitalists invest in them largely and often solely. They are new arteries introduced into the countries through which they pass and are healthy currents of life, animation, industry and wealth flow into all parts and develop the resources to the fullest extent. Railroads in the South are rapidly becoming popular, and by all means should be encouraged and they are being encouraged by all means in our power. The dawn of prosperity is upon us and its bright beams will soon bring to the surface the wonderful powers that a beneficent nature has bestowed upon us.

 But to our point :  The Huntington Southern Pacific is seeking an outlet to the Mississippi river at a point between Bayou Goula and Bayou Sara. We suggest Port Allen to the favorable consideration of the gentlemen engaged in this great enterprise, for these reasons:  From Vermilionville - the point from which they intend striking the river - to Musson Station in a direct line is about 36 miles and from that point to Port Allen is but 23, making in all 59 miles - the last 23 being the B. R., G. T. & O. R. R., which can be purchased, we have no doubt, at a price far less than its actual value. A recent survey, made by the B. R., G. T. & O. R. R., shows a high cane ridge from Musson Station to the Atchafalaya river and the other side of that river shows high, rolling prairie land, with the exception of a short distance from its banks, where the land is somewhat swampy, but presenting no obstacles to railroad building. The company will perceive by this statement that they will have, in order to obtain an outlet to the river, only 36 miles of road to build, through a country well adapted to the purpose. By this route they will avoid the basins of the lakes and swamps lying due east and south of Vermilionville and run through a fertile and highly productive country.

 All the land on the river bank, required for depots, stations, workshops, etc., can be had from the Citizen's Bank on the Carolina plantation of Port Allen and at prices the company cannot complain of. As we have said in previous articles, Port Allen is the parish seat of justice, all the public buildings are located there, a number of dwellings, stores, etc., are found at that point, the river bank is firm and high, and offers better advantages for a railroad landing than any point that could be mentioned between Bayou Sara and Bayou Goula and in statement of facts is made for (unreadable words) ..on of the gentlemen engaged (unreadable words) terminus on the Mississippi river (unreadable words) enterprise that promises such rich (unreadable words) for Louisiana, and, if permitted, we would further suggest that an investigation be had to verify the statements made in this article. Much more may be said in favor of this route over all others, but enough for the present must suffice for this article. But we may add one more suggestion, which we think worthy the careful consideration, and that is a consultation with the officers of the B. R., G. T. & O. R. R. Co., with a view to the purchase or consolidation to that road with their own. The result may be to the interest of one if not both roads.
From the West Baton Sugar Planter and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1882.

 Summer Is Here!

 This community is no doubt aware that summer has come and no one ought, therefore, to be surprised if the weather is hot. The season was inaugurated this week in such a way that there is no mistaking it. It is no use to ask us, "is it hot enough?" We tell you that it is already too infernally hot, so don't ask any question, but puff away.

 In this connection we will state that Mr. J. Vigneaux, appreciating the situation, has made arrangements to keep a supply of ice on hand to be sold at moderate rates. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1882.

 At St. John's.

 The celebration of Corpus Christi by the Catholic Church last Sunday was quite a success. Though the weather was hot and the streets somewhat dusty, the attendance was large. A procession was formed and after marching to the convent and back to the church, a sermon was delivered by Father Booker, which was listened to with marked attention. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1882.

Exotic Grasses.

 Mr. W. B. Torian informs us that he has been experimenting with various exotic grasses suitable for winter forage and as the result gives it as his impression, that nearly all the grasses grown so successfully in Northern States for hay can be made to flourish here. He has tried the red clover, lucerne and rye grass, - the former he says is perfect success, while the other two grow sufficiently well. We should like to have the views of the others in the parish as have experimented in this line. Lafayette Gazette 6/17/1882.

Improvements Around Town.

 Since our last commentary upon the improvements of the town and which, by the way, was not very long since, the following has been noted by our special reporter:

 Messrs. C. A. Mouton and Orther C. Mouton have each had a neat law office built on Vermilion street, opposite Mr. Young's residence.

 Mr. Burch has constructed for himself a neat and substantial dwelling in the southern suburbs and enclosed it with a good fence.

 Mr. P. Alford has also had built a small though cosy residence, which is now in the hands of the painter ;  Mrs. Frank Gardner, near the same place, has in course of construction a building of considerable dimensions, intended for a store and dwelling.

 The Jewish Synagogue, now well under way, promises to be quite an ornament to the town and is a tremendous building for the limited number of our Israelitish population.

 A number of smaller building have also been built. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1882.

 Painful Accident.

 Alfred, a young son of J. S. Mouton, Esq., met with a painful accident this week. While at school last Thursday, during a recess, he was exercising on the trapeze, and attempted to jump to the ground, but miscalculating the distance fell and broke one arm, just above the wrist. We hope for him a speedy recovery. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1882. 

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/17/1882.

 The attention of residents of Vermilionville is called to the Mayor's proclamation to found in another column. It is safe to say that if the people will give this matter the proper attention they will have no reason to complain of the streets. 

 We are indebted to Mr. W. E. Jessup, the polite and efficient ticket agent at this station of the La. W. Company, for a copy - June issue - of the Travelers' Official Railway Guide, a publication containing much valuable information in regard to railroads.

 Messrs. J. A. Brookshier, J. T. Labit and G. B. Shaw, of Abbeville, were in town lately, and we hope had an agreeable stay.

 Mr. Eugene Dechamp, the well known representative of Lake Arthur was with us last Friday and Saturday, - jovial and good humored as usual.

 We were pleased to receive a call last Saturday from St. Landry's worthy citizen, Claude Mayo, Esq., whose fund of wit and interesting reminiscences is not till yet exhausted.

 Mr. L. M. Roger, of Arnaudville, spent several days here this week, looking as when he was one of us.

 Judge Clegg and wife, and Mr. Wm. Clegg and wife left last Tuesday evening by the Texas Express, to test the reputed invigorating waters of Sour Lake, Texas.

 We had the pleasure of meeting in town this week Mr. S. D. Stafford, the well known contractor and builder, of New Orleans. He has the contract for building the depot, etc., of the Morgan Co. at St. Martinsville.

 Mr. S. Hitter and wife, of St. Martinsville, were in town this week, - the guests of Mr. P. Gerac.

 Messrs. S. L. Breaux and Richard Hite, of New Orleans, were in town this week, and we learn that they are up for a stay in the country. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1882.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 17th, 1910:


 Have Moved Into Their Handsome New Brick Store Furnished With Elegant Fixtures.

 The Lacoste Hardware Company have moved their handsome new two story brick store facing on Jefferson street opposite 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 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 to Jefferson street containing over 24,000 square feet of floor space. This has been increased by 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 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. Mouisett, treasurer. Each member of the Company are managed in a systematic and business-like way. They are all enterprising and progressive 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 to their public spirit and a testimony of their faith in the future of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1910.    



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 17th, 1913:


 A letter received by Mr. F. V. Mouton from Congressman Broussard informs him that the working drawings for the post office building are being taken up. The proposals to be obtained will be based on the following materials and construction:

 The exterior facing of walls from grade to about 1' - '0" above the first floor line will be limestone or sandstone; above this point the facing will be stucco with stone cornice and parapet. The roof covering will be slate. The first floor construction will be fireproof, and the remainder of the building will be non-fireproof construction. The public lobby will have ceramic tie floor, marble base, hard-wood construction wainscot and trim and stucco cornice. Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1913. 

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