From the Lafayette Gazette of June 18th, 1898:
IMPORTANT TO VOTERS.
The attention of the voters of this parish is again called to the announcement made in another column of this paper by the registrar, Mr. A. M. Martin.
In its desire to accord every white man the privilege of casting his vote, the constitutional convention, lately held in New Orleans, has adopted what is known as section 5 of the suffrage law. Under this section every white man in Lafayette parish, unless especially disqualified, can register and become a voter, but he must register prior to Sept. 1, 1898, if he wishes to avail himself of the provisions of this section. Voters who won property or can read need not be in a hurry to register, as they may do so after that date, but those who can not register under the property or educational clause are urged to have themselves registered before the first of next September. Should they fail to do so, they will have disfranchised themselves and will have no one else to blame. The State does not want to take away the suffrage from any white citizen and it is for the latter to say if he wishes to vote or not. In order that there may be no misunderstanding we will describe as clearly as we can, those who may vote under section five:
1. Every male person who was on Jan. 1, 1867 or at any date prior thereto, entitled to vote under the laws of any State of the United States.
2. Every son or grandson of any such person not less than 21 years of age at the adoption of the constitution.
3. Every foreigner naturalized prior to Jan. 1, 1898, provided he shall have resided in this State 5 years preceding the date at which he shall apply for registration.
The registration of voters under this section will close on the 31st of August, and immediately thereafter the registration office will make a list of such persons, which will be kept as a permanent record. All persons whose names will appear on this list will be admitted to register for all elections in this State, without possessing the educational or property qualification.
The Gazette has frequently spoken of section five because it believed it its duty to impress upon all citizens the importance of having themselves registered. Voters who are able to read should enlighten their illiterate neighbors upon this subject. Every white man ought to register, and if he is any sort of a man he will do so, particularly when the State offers him every opportunity.
Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
Says: "..A Continuous Lake.."
A prominent citizen of the sixth ward was called to Lafayette on business one day this week. He told us that after the heavy rains the road between this town and Mr. Ernest Bernard's place was a continuous lake. The gentleman stated that he believed it was high time to do something for this road which, if not attended to, will soon have to be abandoned. He gave it as his opinion that the parish might find it to its advantage to turn the present road over to the farmers to drain their fields and to trace out another road to Carencro.
Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
Judge Debaillon opened court last Monday, but adjourned before transacting any business. It was deemed best by the judge and the attorneys not to try and cases before the question whether or not the judiciary ordinance is self-operative will have been decided by the Supreme Court. A case involving the judiciary ordinance is self-operative will have been decided by the Supreme Court. A case involving that question is not before the court. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
"What shall we do with the hobo?" has long been a mooted question. The much abused son of rest has been these many years an object of merciless censure. No one would have dared to raise his voice in defence of this unfortunate product of American civilization. He had no friends, no sympathy and very little to eat. He was kicked about by autocratic brakemen and clubbed by heartless policemen. Even the most cowardly canine would take a savage delight in persecuting him. He was the enemy of man and beast and had no one in the wide world that he could call a friend. Friendless, and penniless he wandered through field and forest in search of some hospitable spot upon which to rest his weary head.
But the hobo has ceased to be an object of public charity. He is no more the contemptible creature at whom your kid glove gentry was pleased to sneer. He is not the prideless beggar that he used to be, but he is now the proud and patriotic defender of our national honor, willing to shed his blood for his country and die, if need be, for a principle. And those who doubt his courage and don't believe in his staying qualities will be greatly disappointed, for he is no quitter, and mark our prediction, he will fight to the last and give up his life like a hero.
Has it appeared to those who speak disparagingly of the hobo that if it were not for him their chances for a little fighting would be far greater.
Many of those who have been designated by this rather uncomplimentary appellation have volunteered their services to their country and they can be found side by side with the flower of Southern youth, and, in most cases, animated by the same patriotic impulse and urged on by the same sentiment giving a brilliant exemplification of the truth of the glorious principle of equality upon which our republic is founded.
Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
It is a humiliating fact that the people of Lafayette, with the exception of the Jewish population, display a most unpardonable indifference toward their cemeteries. Both the Catholic and Protestant graveyards are in a deplorable condition. All sorts of weeds are allowed to grow in them to such proportions that the elevations which mark the burial places are concealed from view and can be found only with great difficulty.
It is incomprehensible that a town which boasts of a population of 4,000 souls should fail to take better care of its dead. Our people always respond liberally when it is proposed to promote any enterprise of a public nature. Thousands are voted for public improvements, hundreds are donated for churches, for the resting place of our dead. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
One hundred and sixty-four children received their first communion at the Catholic church last Sunday. Rev. E. Forge conducted the ceremonies, in which he was assisted by the following priests: Revs. Holtgreve of Patterson, Gassler of Pointe-aux-Loups, Langlois of St. Martinville, Branche of Rayne, Grimaud of Mauriceville, Baulard of Lafayette. Rev. Grimaud preached a very interesting and instructive sermon to the congregation, which was a very large one. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
At a meeting of the City Council held last week it was decided to hold back a payment of $1,000 which was to have been made to the Consolidated Engineering Company. This step was taken by the council because of the unsatisfactory work done by the boilers at the power-house. Much trouble has already been caused by the boilers and at no time did they give satisfaction. When the plant was accepted it was with certain conditions, one of which related to the boilers. The boilers, it appears, consume too much coal which is the main objection to them. The Council has acted wisely in withholding the payment from the Consolidated Engineering Company.
The services of a reliable engineer will be secured and the Council will try to ascertain the cause of the trouble. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
First National Bank.
At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank, and Tuesday, the usual semi-annual dividend of 4 per cent was declared, and another $1,000 carried over to surplus. This institution is justly held in high esteem by the community, having always been conducted along the most approved lines of banking. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
Boys Named for Hero.
One Lafayette baby has already been named for the Manila hero, but there are several countries to hear yet to her from. Hobson and Blue will not be ignored, but the trouble seems to be that the majority of the new babies are of the divine sex and no heroines have yet made their debut, and the girls must be satisfied with old fashioned names. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
Speaking of the meeting of the State Sanitary Association recently held in Opelousas the Courier says:
Dr. Mayer has been indefatigably industrious and energetic in getting up the convention of the Louisiana State Sanitary Association, at this place, and in preparing such programs, as have made the event truly memorable. The entertainment was splendid throughout and we felicitate our people for it. We sincerely hope that Dr. Mayer and his distinguished coadjutors in the great work thus happily inaugurated may speedily see the fullest consummation of it, in monumental blessings. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/18/1898.
The ladies of Lafayette are requested to meet this evening at the home of Mrs. F. Demanade for the purpose of procuring delicacies and other useful articles for the sick and wounded soldiers in the hospitals at Key West.
Alex Mousseau, who had been a resident of Lafayette for about two years, left Tuesday morning for his home in Montreal, Canada. Mr. Mousseau had made a large number of friends here who regretted to see him leave.
Miss Lou Gardiner, of Grand Coteau, is the guest of Miss Mercedes Broussard.
The Gazette thanks the Hon. R. C. Landry for a copy of the constitution and a journal of the convention.
Some culprit shot Sam Plonsky's horse last Monday night in the Oak Avenue Park.
Louis Veazey left Monday with Mr. Rogan to take charge of the fence gang on the Southern Pacific. Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 18th, 1870:
The situation this week has been full of interest. A large army under General Shafter is on its way to Cuba and when it will land it is believed that short work will be made of Santiago.
About 600 marines at Guantanamo completely routed a larger force of Spaniard, killing over 100 of them, while the American loss did not exceed twelve men. The marines received valuable aid from the insurgents.
Generals Coppinger and Lee will be sent at the head of an army of 15,000 men to take Porto Rico.
Every indication points to the intention of the foreign powers keep hands off, notwithstanding all rumors to the contrary.
Dewey continues to serenely hold his own at Manila. He can be depended upon to take care of himself.
During the coming week it is expected that some very important events will come to pass. Shafter and Sampson will be heard from. Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 6/18/1898.