From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 21st, 1905:
DEATH OF J. ALFRED MOUTON.
J. Alfred Mouton, a well known and highly esteemed citizen and prominent merchant, died at his residence in this city at 3 p. m. Sunday, after a lingering illness, aged 30 years.
Mr. Mouton was a member of a distinguished family, prominent both in State and local affairs. He was a grandson of Gov. Alexander Mouton and a nephew of Gen. J. Alfred Mouton, for whom he was named. His father was the late Sosthene Mouton, who did gallant service for the Lost Cause. His brother C. O. Mouton, is the present Mayor of Lafayette.
He was born and raised in this parish and has taken an active part in its affairs. He entered the mercantile business in a small way at first with his brother C. O. Mouton, under the firm name of Mouton Bros. and by careful management and good judgment they built up a business which to-day stands among the first in Lafayette.
Mr. Mouton was a good man, a splendid citizen and a devoted husband and father. His sterling worth was truly appreciated by his fellow citizens both in the town and parish who admired and esteemed him for his many fine qualities.
Twelve years ago he was married to Miss Alix Judice, who survives him with five small children. He also leaves his mother, three sisters and five brothers.
Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church at 5 p. m. Monday. The remains were accompanied to the church by the Fire Department, of which he was a member, in uniform, and a large concourse of relatives and friends. Sontag's Lafayette Concert Band preceded the funeral cortege, which was the largest in the history of the town. At the church the solemn impressive services of the dead were read, and then after a tribute to the deceased by Father Charles, the body was borne to the cemetery and consigned to its last resting place.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
Fine Work by Fire Department Saved Adjoining Buildings.
About five o'clock Wednesday afternoon a stable in the rear of Mouton Bros.' store caught fire and in a few moments was in full blaze. Rapid work on the part of the fire department confined the flames to the stable, and prevented the spread of the fire to the adjoining buildings, which were within forty feet. The bursting of the hose several times greatly hampered the firemen, and for the greater part of the time only one stream could be used. Had a larger building been ablaze the chances are there would have resulted one of the biggest conflagrations in the history of the town.
The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to have been caused by someone dropping a lighted cigarette or cigar or perhaps a lighted match in among the straw. The peddling cart, which was in the stable, had matches in it and it is barely possible that a mouse may have gnawed them, causing ignition of a box.
The building and cart were uninsured and were a total loss.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
New Hose Ordered.
Home Fire Company held a meeting Wednesday night to consider the serious created by the demonstration of the undependable condition of the hose shown by its repeated bursting during the fire in the afternoon. After discussion Messrs. F. V. Mouton and Felix Voorhies were appointed a committee to see about procuring more hose at once. They called upon Chief A. E. Mouton and Assistant Chief W. Breeding, upon Mayor Mouton and each member of the Council that night. At 8:30 Thursday morning Mayor C. O. Mouton, Chief A. E. Mouton, Assistant Chief Breeding, F. V. Mouton and Felix Voorhies held a meeting and it was decided to telegraph for 1,100 feet of hose fitted with patent couplers, which was done. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
RIGHT OF WAY
Committee Held Meeting Thursday and Discussed Route Adopted for Baton Rouge Road.
A meeting of the Right of Way Committee for the Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad was held in C. D. Caffery's office Thursday afternoon with A. M. Martin, C. Girard, C. D. Caffery, C. Debaillon, P. L. DeClouet, L. Lacoste, J. Edmond Mouton and O. C. Mouton present. Absent: C. O. Mouton, J. E. Trahan and G. A. Martin. E. G. Voorhies acted as secretary.
Nothing definite was decided upon except that as many as could would attend the joint meeting of the Right of Way Committees from West Baton Rouge, Iberville, St. Martin and Lafayette called to meet in New Orleans yesterday.
The committee discussed at considerable length the proposed right of way, which runs east from the Louisiana Western at a point near the Cotton Oil Mill, passing through Dr. T. B. Hopkins' land, the Compress property, the Brick Yard, Capt. Buchanan's field, C. D. Caffery's, Fred Webb's and J. E. Trahan's. The line as fixed will practically cut the Compress property in half and cross the Brick Yard between the plant and the pit, which will make the cost of securing the right of way very costly. In order to avoid this, an effort will be made to have the route deflected. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
LET EVERYBODY HELP.
The blue prints showing the right of way of the proposed Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad are now in the hands of the committee on right of way for action. A preliminary meeting of the committee was held Thursday afternoon with a view to taking up the matter promptly and earnestly. To carry it through successfully they will need the hearty co-operation of all the citizens of the town.
The road means a great deal to Lafayette and we can not afford to sit secure in the belief that the Southern Pacific will built it anyhow. They have made us a proposition to build at once provided we furnish the right of way - that is definitely positive. If we fail to do so, then notwithstanding belief as to what the Southern Pacific is bound to do, we have no assurance that the road will ever be built; it may and it may not - who can tell what will develop in the next year? Perhaps the Colorado Southern will build through Crowley and Opelousas to Baton Rouge, and the Harriman interests find in this a substitute for the present contemplated road here. Or mayhap some change in control of the company decide that the Lafayette-Baton Rouge branch is an unnecessary expense. Many contingencies may arise which may postpone its building for years, if not forever. There is only one safe way; the road is offered and on a not difficult condition - take it. Don't wait to see if the Southern Pacific won't have to build, we might get fooled, or it might build in a way that won't suit us. The old saying "Do that which is nearest thy hand," is in this case the best and wisest thing to do.
Everybody give a helping hand and lets get the right of way at once.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
Tuesday night, June 18, the Board of Directors of the Century Club met and elected the following officers to serve the ensuing year. S. R. Parkerson, president; T. M. Biossat, vice-president; F. H. Mouton, secretary; F. V. Mouton, treasurer.
The following committees were also elected: Finance, Wm. Campbell, J. E. Martin, A. B. Denbo. Membership, Dr. F. E. Girard, Chas. Debaillon, J. C. Nickerson.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
The Cane Crop.
[La. Planter and Sugar Mfr.]
The weather has been predominantly dry during the past week, enabling the planters to prosecute their field work without interruption and the campaign against the grass has been successfully conducted and this pest generally overcome in the fields.
The cane crop is ready in some sections for laying by and a good rain would not be acceptable on most of our plantations. The general situation if good.
From the La. Planter and Sugar Mfr. and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
Lafayette Looking Good (According to Patterson.)
Lafayette seems to be enjoying a boom of no mean dimensions at present. We say no mean dimensions because it seems the boom was much too large for the town, that they were forced to enlarge the town by the acquisition of Elmhurst Park. This present growth seems to be healthy and attractive and we are glad to see it; we have visited Lafayette a number of times and have always been impressed with its importance as a business point, as well as the beautiful hospitality of its citizens.
From the Patterson News and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
The Indian Game.
The local team went up against the Sioux Indians Saturday and found out they weren't "in it." But that "don't signify." The Indians are professionals in excellent practice and a "beat" was to be expected, considering which the Lafayette team came out pretty well, 15 to 1 against them - it could have been worse. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
A Novel Business.
Domengeaux's Bird Store is the name of a new business opened here Monday by Rex Domengeaux. The name Bird Store does not really describe his stock, for besides birds he will handle gold fish, Belgian hares, pigeons, fancy chickens, Guinea pigs, dogs, squirrels, snakes, alligators, frogs monkeys, etc., etc.
He has not yet received his full stock, but the store is quite an interesting place now, and owing to the novelty of the business will no doubt attract much attention. In opening up a store here of this character Mr. Domengeaux states that while he expects to supply the local demand for pets and curiosities, he anticipates building up a considerable business with shows and museums and people elsewhere who want things in his line. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
MISS ROSE IVY
Appears Two Nights at the Jefferson and Exhibits Marvelous Powers.
Monday night Miss Rose Ivy, the New Zealand Wonder, entertained a fair size audience with a demonstration of her mysterious and wonderful powers; such as, lifting heavy men from the floor by touching the chair in which they were seated, with her open palms, holding a rod lightly that strong men could not push from her hand, standing erect and baffling repeated attempts to raise her from the floor. What this power may be none present could guess and those who suspected that some trick is involved couldn't start even a guess to the construction or character of the trick.
Miss Ivy gave another exhibition last night and left her audience equality as puzzled and astonished as the night before.
In addition to her seemingly marvelous powers Miss Ivy possesses an unusually fine voice and her singing was delightfully enjoyed.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
To Confederate Veterans to Hold State Reunion Here.
A meeting was held at the court house Friday night to discuss the question of inviting the State reunion of Confederate veterans to meet here. The meeting was called to order by Commander P. L. DeClouet of the local camp and communication from Gen. Booth read. Dr. Stephens advocated issuing the invitation and offered the use of the dormitories and auditorium of the Industrial Institute. Messrs. C. D. Caffery, Wm. Campbell, J. A. Roy and Judge Julian Mouton also spoke in favor and Mrs. W. A. Middlemas and Mrs. T. M. Biossat offered their services in assisting to entertain the veterans.
It was decided to send the invitation and have it signed by the commander of the camp, the President of the Mouton-Gardner Chapter, U. D. C., the President of the Police Jury and the Mayor. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
A Day at Hunter's Canal.
Misses Louis and Mignon Robichaux, Lucy Judice and Edna Sprole and Messrs. Mike Crouchet, Albert Robichaux, Albert Bourgeois, Mentor Chiasson and Mr. Bunt, of Virginia, spent the day Sunday very pleasantly at Hunter's Canal, having made the trip both going and coming in Mr. Livet's gasoline launch. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
To Be Built at Lafayette as Residence for Preaching Elder of Methodist Church.
The building of an official residence in Lafayette for the Presiding Elder of the Methodist church for this district is a probability of the near future, as the District Conference at Iberia last week appointed a building committee of five, Rev. J. D. Harper, the local pastor, and Crow Girard being members, to proceed with the construction.
Several years ago when the question of building a residence for the Presiding Elder was brought up a number of towns bid for its location, but Lafayette, having offered the best inducements, was selected. The inducements consisted of a fine lot on St. John street near the parsonage, donated by Mrs. M. E. Girard and $500 contributed by the members of the church. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
Home Mission Notes.
By Local Superintendent.
The following figures are very encouraging to the Woman's Home Mission Society.
This is but an earnest of what God expects the women of the Methodist church to do in His name.
Every department of the Home Mission work is crippled by lack of trained workers. Let the 43,300 members of the Home Mission Society join the prayer circle which is praying daily for the Lord of the harvest to thrust the Lord of the harvest to thrust forth laborers.
Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1905.
An Exercise in History.
New York Tribune: The following extract from a schoolgirl's essay comes from a high school in India, and was published in the monthly magazine of the school/ "King Henry VIII, was the greatest widower that ever lived. He was born at Anno Domino in the year 2066. He had 510 wives, besides children. The 1st was beheaded, the 2nd was revoked. She never smiled again. But she said the word 'Calais' would be found on her heart after death. The greatest man in this reign was Lord Sir Garrett Wolsey. He was sir named the Boy Bachelor. He was born at the age of fifteen unmarried. Henry VIII was succeeded on the throne by his great Grand Mother, the beautiful and accomplished Mary Queen of Scots. sometimes known as the Lady of the Lake or Lay of the Last Minstrel." Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
Left for Similar Position.
W. A. Stevens, former chief clerk to Supt. C. C. Mallard, has left to accept a similar position under Supt. Gallagher, of the H. E. & W. T., at Houston, Texas. Mr. Stevens will be succeeded by Mr. W. S. Ostheimer, who has been filling the position of stenographer to Supt. Mallard for the past two years and a half. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/21/1905.
The special road tax will become due on July 1 and delinquent Aug. 1.
The chief of police has given notice that all dogs are prohibited from roaming at large and after June 27 dogs not properly tagged will be shot.
Supt. Alleman has announced that the books to be awarded each contestant in the spelling matches on Convocation Day have arrived and are ready for delivery and can be obtained by applying at his office on Saturdays between 9 and 12 a. m.
Last Thursday Alton Roger, the eleven year old son of Eustache Roger of Carencro, was thrown while exercising the well-known horse Louisiana Henry and received injuries which resulted fatally.
The Board of Directors of the Improvement Co., Ltd., Wednesday, elected the following officers to serve the ensuing year: C. D. Caffery, president; F. E. Girard, vice-president; C. M. Parkerson, secretary and treasurer.
F. Landau moved his family from Crowley here on Friday and has rented the Comeaux residence on Buchanan street.
Railroad Commissioner Overton Case left Monday for Baton Rouge, where a session of the Commission will be held.
Miss Mayme Duson is visiting Dr. Walter Duson's family in El Campo, Texas.
G. B. Magruder, general agent for the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway Co. and the Colorado & Southern Railway Co., was an agreeable caller at our office Saturday.
W. A. Stevens, former chief clerk to Supt. C. C. Mallard, has left to accept a similar position under Supt. Gallagher, of the H. E. & W. T. at Houston, Texas.
S. S. Boneil, the assistant division passenger agent, made a flying trip to New Orleans Sunday.
Gonzague Gladu left Sunday for Leesburg to spend a while for his health.
Dr. Collins, the clairvoyant who has been at the Gordon Hotel for about a month, left Sunday for a six weeks' stay in St. Louis.
G. B. Magruder, general agent for the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway Co. and the Colorado & Southern Railway Co., was an agreeable caller at our office Saturday. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 21st, 1902:
For Southwestern Industrial Institute.
In the general appropriation bill, which was reported to the House of Representatives last week, the Southwestern Industrial Institute fared as follows:
In his biennial report President Stephens asked that an annual appropriation of $15,000 be made for maintenance. That estimate was made upon a most conservative basis. Besides the salaries of the instructors a number of very important items must come out of the maintenance fund. President Stephens did not make any extravagant requests, and, considering that he asked only what is needed to defray the expenses of the school, it is to be regretted that the committee reduced the amount to $12,000. It is to be hoped that before the final passage of this bill the maintenance fund will be increased to $15,000, as the present allowance is clearly inadequate. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
SUMMER SCHOOL AND CHAUTAQUA.
Earnest Efforts of Faculty and Students Promise Good Results - All Agree That the Summer School Is a Success - Two Weeks of Splendid Work.
The teachers are doing good work at the summer school. Counting the faculty, the teachers, the students and the pupils there are nearly three hundred people at the Institute, all engaged in the work which has brought them together. After the morning exercises, which consist of some singing and informal talks on education and kindred subjects, the different classes go to the class-rooms and take up the day's work. In less time than it takes to tell it each member of the faculty is earnestly at work and the best methods of teaching are being employed to better equip the many teachers who are attending the school. It does not require the trained mind of the educator to see that this summer normal is in able hands. It is safe to say that a more competent faculty could not have been selected, and there is every reason to believe that a large majority of the student body are making the most of their opportunities. Enough has already been done to justify the statement that the school is a distinct success.
Dr. Dillard who, besides his duties as conductor, has charge of the classes of United States history, Latin and civil government, informed a representative of this paper that he was more than pleased with the results already accomplished and that everything indicated a most successful session. The lectures of Dr. Dillard on civil government have been not only interesting, but very instructive. Dr. Dillard is thoroughly versed in this science and his lectures on the subject will no doubt prove very helpful to the teachers and to all others who heard them.
A most interesting part of the school is where the little folk are. This is the model school, presided over by that splendid teacher, Miss Bessie V. Russell, who has made such a great success of handling the young hopefuls. The people of the town, especially fathers and mothers of little children, will find a visit to this department particularly interesting. Miss Russell extends a cordial invitation to the people of Lafayette to visit her department. Miss Russell gives the object of the model school in the following words: "Our purpose is to give the 114 children, entrusted to our care by the parents of Lafayette, the opportunity of living in our model school the active, wholesome life which is every child's due. The number of subjects taught in our model schools tends to create distraction for both teacher and pupil. To unify the work in the model school classic literary selections have been selected around which to group the language, science, drawing, songs, seat work, and a large part of the morning exercise work."
The course in child study, under the able direction of Miss Margaret E. Cross, who is also teaching literature and psychology, offers a rare opportunity to the students to qualify themselves in a very essential part of a teacher's education. As explained by Miss Cross, "the course in child-hood study seeks to assist the teacher in the realization of educational aims by a systematic observation of children and by the development of a sympathetic interest in child life. The topics discussed are selected from the practical problems of the school-room. They include a study of the mental and physical activities of childhood: children's interests, their likes and dislikes among studies, the influence of heredity and environment."
In the necessarily brief account of the work at the school it is impossible to give to each class the notice which it deserves. We can only refer in general terms to the school as a whole, incidentally mentioning the most conspicuous features of the work, without wishing to ignore the others, not less important and useful.
In conclusion we feel safe in saying that the remainder of the session will be as successful as were the first and second weeks, and that the work which is being so intelligently carried on will be productive of the best results. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
From Monday, June 23 to Sunday, June 29, 1902.
Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Bob Taylor is Coming.
It has been reported that Gov. Bob Taylor will lecture at the Chautauqua being held here. The Gazette is authorized by the management of the Chautauqua to state that Gov. Taylor will be here on Wednesday, July 2, just as advertised. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Educational System of the State Discussed by the Teachers.
[BY A TEACHER.]
The second week of the Chautauqua at Lafayette, La., is just closing, in which the greatest results have been accomplished and greater things are expected for the two weeks which are to come. All heartily agree with Mr. B. C. Caldwell, of the State Normal, when he said, "I think the Chautauqua in session at Lafayette far surpasses anything being held in the state at this time."
Dr. J. H. Dillard, of Tulane University, who has for may years been engaged in work of this nature is having the very best of success.
Dr. Dillard very uniquely expressed the meaning of a Chautauqua when at chapel exercises one morning last week he said: "It is a meeting together of the teachers from different parts of the state to discuss and exchange ideas as to how they may best meet the battles of another year of which they may have fallen short in the one which has just expired."
The president of the Industrial College, Dr. E. L. Stephens, shows great ability as a lecturer on the subjects assigned him. First: Educational Condition in Louisiana; second, Methods, which subject was begun by Dr. Irving King, of Chicago. Dr. Stephens continues along the same lines.
Prof. Jas. N. Yeager, principal of Lake Charles High School, has charge of Louisiana history and English grammar. Prof. Yeager by his lectures well represented the spirit of the Normal in this State.
Prof. Geo. Williamson, of the State Normal, has aroused great interest in Nature study, Physiology and Geography. We came to Lafayette expecting great things of these teachers who have spent their lives in teaching and we are not disappointed.
The teachers of the State honor more and more the name of the State Normal for what it has done and is now doing in the cause of education. The lady teachers from there appear to us to be far superior to any we find elsewhere.
Miss M. E. Cross has charge of the literature and child study departments; Miss Lillian Knott, singing and voice culture; Miss Ida Pitcher, physical culture; Misses Bessie V. Rydell, Josie Lobdell, Elizabeth Devall and Miss McGoldrick, have charge of the kindergarten department, and are having the very best of success.
The teachers and people of Southwest Louisiana are awake to a sense of their duty in regard to education, and great things are expected. We notice Lafayette people have caught the fever and are soon to have a new High school building. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
The teachers' Institute at Lafayette is not proving to be as attractive as it was represented to be in the advertising matter that was so lavishly distributed.
Wm. Jennings Bryan and Bob Taylor have sent excuses for their dates and several other attractions that were advertised will not materialize.
It is also reported from reliable sources that the teachers are not finding the course so valuable as they expected it to be. - The Crowley News.
We don't know who is the informant of the Crowley News, but we do know that is plumb off his base. It is true that Mr. Bryan did not come as first announced, but the management of the Chautauqua had every reason to believe that he would come. When it was ascertained that it would be impossible for him to appear here, that fact was given the widest publicity. As to Gov. Taylor "sending his excuses" we can not tell where so silly a report originated. The management has a regular contract with the Lyceum Bureau which distinctly states that the famous Tennessean will lecture here on the 2d day of July and that he will be accompanied by his quartet. It has been necessary to change some of the dates, but it is not true that "several other attractions will not materialize."
The report which, we are told, emanates from "reliable sources," that "the teachers are not finding the course so valuable as they expected it to be," is unfounded.
The teachers who have expressed themselves on the subject are unanimous in their praise of the work which is being done and of the efficiency and earnestness of the faculty. Dr. Dillard, the conductor, is pre-eminent among the educators of the South and his assistants have been selected on account of their fitness for the work which they are doing. With such a faculty the teacher who fails to find the course beneficial should be generous enough to ascribe his failure to learn to his own mental incapacity.
The Gazette is pleased to be able to assure its esteemed friend of the Crowley News that he has been misinformed - a fact which he will readily recognize if he will only visit the school to see for himself the splendid work which is being done. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Last Saturday in giving the list of the students at the summer school the name of Mr. Edmond St. Julien was included among those who are following the course, but "who are not teachers." This was an error as Mr. St. Julien is one of our oldest and best known teachers. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
LITTLE SHORT OF AN OUTRAGE.
It is announced from Baton Rouge that the joint judiciary committee has decided to make one judicial district of Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion. In view of the fact that as now constituted this district, composed of Lafayette and Acadia parishes, engages the attention of a judge nearly the whole year, it is clear that the addition of Vermilion to it will be made at the expense of the administration of justice. But as the expeditious administration seems to be the least thing that concerns the gerrymanders at Baton Rouge we do not suppose that matter has been considered at all. The predominant purpose of the scheme appears to be to promote the political interests of individuals, and we are surprised that the newspaper reports do not contain a single word of protest from our representatives in the Legislature.
With palpable inconsistency the committee recommends that the parish of St. Mary alone form one district.
According to the census which was taken last year, St. Mary has a population of 34,145.
The same census gives Lafayette 22,825 people, Vermilion 20,705, Acadia 23,423, making the total population of the three parishes 66,953.
Evidently in the opinion of the legislative committee the fact that the population of the proposed Acadia-Lafayette-Vermilion district is nearly twice as large as that of St. Mary, cuts no figure, and the other important question of area is not worthy of any consideration.
As it is, the judge of this district, who is known to be as hard and fast a worker as there is on the Louisiana bench, holds court at least ten months in the year in order to keep up with the docket.
With the addition of another parish to the district it will be impossible for any judge to do the work expeditiously and the conscientiously. Of course, some lawyer will be found to take the office, but he will not be able to do the work, and the public will suffer.
The Gazette believes that this thing is a little short of an outrage, and if this parish has any friends in the Legislature they will not be slow in making themselves heard in a vigorous protest against so rank an injustice.
The interest of the people in so vital a matter should not be sacrificed to bolster up the political fortunes of anybody. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Should Remain in Same District.
The Gazette is informed that the Crowley lawyers are anxious to have Acadia and Vermilion form the same judicial district, and a special from Abbeville says that the people of Vermilion or rather the lawyers and politicians, refuse to go with New Iberia and insist upon being joined to Acadia. The Gazette believes that Lafayette and Acadia should remain in the same district. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
A Beautiful Banner.
At its special meeting held last week, Fire Company No. 1 was presented with a beautiful silk banner, donated by Mr. D. V. Gardebled. After passing suitable resolutions extending its hearty thanks to Mr. Gardebled, the company appointed Mr. A. J. LeBlanc as the custodian of the banner and authorized him to have made a glass case for its preservation. The members of the company appreciate this fine gift from Mr. Gardebled. The banner is handsomely mounted and bears appropriate inscriptions. It is made of blue and gold silk. The words "Lafayette Hose Company No. 1, Lafayette, La.," are printed in large letters, an eagle made of a bright metal adorns the head of the staff and a number of tassels add greatly to the artistic beauty of the banner. Mr. Gardebled is to be congratulated on his good taste and generosity. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
A Fine Home.
The residence built by A. E. Mouton for Dr. Duhart is nearly completed. It is a very handsome building. B. F. Anderson is supervising the work. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Mr. Eraste C. Landry, a well known young man of this parish, and Miss Noemie Duclos, a charming young lady of Rayne, were married Wednesday at the Catholic church in Rayne. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Returned to Stay.
Miss Mary Littell, of Opelousas, who was manager of the Western Union office here for quite a long time, has returned to Lafayette to remain permanently. Miss Littell will do the clerical work in the sheriff's office, having accepted the position which was filled, up to a few days ago, by Miss Leila Cornay. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Grand Promenade Concert.
There will be a grand Promenade Concert in Parkerson's grove, Wednesday evening, June 25, under the auspices and for the joint benefit of the Sontag Military Band and the Episcopal church in Lafayette. Besides a very select musical program by the brass band, much interest will be added to the evening's entertainment by the introduction of a pretty "handkerchief drill," by children of the Model School in charge of Miss Pitcher; and "motion songs" by children of the Model School in charge of Miss Knott. The grounds will be brightly illuminated by electricity and will be open to the public at 6:30 o'clock. The regular program of the evening will begin at 8:30 o'clock. Delicious refreshments will be served by ladies of the Episcopal Guild. Price of admission to the grounds and concert, 25 cents; children 15 cents. See program published in another column of this paper. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Grand Concert Promenade Programme.
Wednesday, June 25, 1902.
For the joint benefit of the Sontag Military Band and the Episcopal Church in Lafayette.
Doors open at 6 p. m. Regular program begins at 8:30 o'clock. Refreshments will be sold on the grounds at moderate prices, and various amusements will be provided for both little and big children.
Admission 25 cents; children 15 cents. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
New at Guerre & Broussard.
Mr. C. C. Hebert, of New Roads, will arrive in Lafayette to-morrow to take charge of the prescription work in the Guerre & Broussard drug store. Mr. Hebert is a competent and reliable registered pharmacist who has had eight years of practical experience in drug stores and two in a chemical laboratory in New Orleans. Mr. Hebert comes to us highly recommended by some of the leading druggists of his town and of New Orleans, where he has worked for a number of years. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
For the Benefit of Mr. Hayden.
There will be a concert in the auditorium of the Institute next Thursday evening for the benefit of Mr. William Hayden. The concert will be given by the Sontag Military Band, assisted by local talent. Owing to an unfortunate physical infirmity Mr. Hayden depends in great measure upon the assistance of his friends to continue his studies in New York. He is endowed with unusual talent which, when properly developed, will make for him a name in the musical world. Mr. Hayden will receive the encouragement which he deserves. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Mrs. Homer L. Monnier, nee Estelle Mouton, died at her home in this town, at 5:30 o'clock, Sunday evening. Mrs. Monnier was a native of this parish and resided here all her life. She was 48 years of age. Her death caused much sincere sorrow in this town and parish. Having devoted her whole life to good works she was respected and loved by everybody who had the opportunity to know and appreciate the fine qualities she possessed. Endowed with those splendid attributes which characterize the true christian woman, Mrs. Monnier did not confine her good deeds to the domestic circles, but always responded to the call of duty and wherever her help was needed it was given with a generous heart. Her funeral took place Monday afternoon at the Catholic church and was very largely attended by the people of the town and parish. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/21/1902.
The Rain. - The rain last Thursday is reported to have fallen in certain sections of the parish. In this town and vicinity there was a very good shower.
Bricks For Sale. - Thirteen thousand bricks at $7 per thousand. Apply at Levy Bros.
Thomas and Dan Debaillon, Wm. Campbell, Jr., and Raoul Gerac returned Thursday morning from Jefferson College to spend vacation at home.
Dr. N. P. Moss is having a paved walk built in front of his residence in Johnston street.
Mr. B. N. Coronna returned from New Orleans Wednesday. Mrs. Coronna remained in that city where she will be under medical treatment for some time.
The engine and boilers for the new brick factory have been received and the work of construction is being pushed forward.
Regular services will be held at the Episcopal church to-morrow evening at 5 o'clock. Sunday evening there will be special services at half past five o'clock, at which Bishop Sessums will officiate.
You will be doing yourself a great injustice if you fail to "take in" Colonel Copeland, June 23 and 24, at the Industrial Institute, at 8:30 o'clock p. m. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 21st, 1902:
THE SUMMER NORMAL.
The second week of the Summer Normal like the first, has been characterized by great interest on the part of the teachers and splendid work of the faculty. The course is elective, the only requirements being that five subjects be chosen in order to secure a certificate, is very broad, covering every study taught from the primary to the High School, with the addition of three distinctly professional subjects. In the presentation of the different subjects, the faculty, which by-the-way, is one of the ablest ever employed in a summer school in Louisiana, happily combine instruction with methods of teaching. A careful teacher, who desires to get the most from the school, can by closely following the lessons takes away with him many new ideas of methods and matter, that will serve for a guide and inspiration in his coming year's work.
The attendance is steadily increasing. A number of new teachers were enrolled during the week, and it is most probable that still others will come. Could the teachers of the various parishes constituting this association be present and realize the great opportunity offered them here, most certainly instead of the enrollment being something over 140, it would be 250.
One of the most popular classes in the school is Dr. Dillard's U. S. history class. Dr. Dillard is a most entertaining talker, and in his presentation of the lesson brings out so many valuable thoughts that he has aroused an intense interest. U. S. history is a subject that all the teachers have to deal with in their schools, and all look and long eagerly for some means to place is before their pupils in a bright, attractive way. Dr. Dillard has supplied them this means, and inspired in the teachers themselves, a high spirit of investigation at the same time, that will make history one of the star studies in the school room next year. A number of citizens have paid a special visit to the school just to have the pleasure of listening to Dr. Dillard, a history lesson.
The class in geography will carry away from the Normal golden opinions Mr. Williamson's geography and physiology recitations, Mr. Williamson has large classes, and all under his able conduct are getting a broad and most thorough grasp of the subjects.
Dr. Stephens, who has charge of school economy and methods is making or two rather dry subjects, well springs of information and interest. He has two of the most serious and earnest classes in the school.
Child study under the instruction of Miss Cross is proving a great value, and is one of the most fruitful subjects in the course. There are such vast possibilities in this investigation, and so many new ideas that she can only outline the study and in a happy manner excite the interest in this most vital need in teaching.
Supt. L. J. Alleman is doing fine work illustrating the Speer's method in arithmetic and it is safe to say that many a teacher will do more efficient foundation work because of his lucid and excellent explanations and demonstrations.
Mr. Yeager is making Louisiana history very attractive, and greatly surprising teachers who have lived here for years by the vast amount of local information he has secured. No doubt his class will take greater pains in the future to thoroughly ground their pupils in local history, and excite in them a pride to know the history of his own state, than which there is no more romantic or exciting. The Algebra and Geometry course are under the direction of Mr. V. L. Roy, and his manner and method of instruction are both helpful and suggestive. Every member of his class wild have better success in these two branches because of his capable explanations and illustrations.
The work in the singing classes under Miss Knott is progressing finely. Wednesday a large chorus class was organized and will meet at 5 p. m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The practice school under the charge of Misses Russel, Lobdell, McGoldrick and Devall, is doing most excellently. The children are greatly interested and the attendance fine. The actual teaching here is a model work for the teachers, which they in turn follow by presenting subjects themselves. At the close of the session, all assemble in the second grade room and receive criticisms and instruction from Miss Russel. This part of the Normal brings teachers in actual school room contact, and is most helpful in stimulating to careful preparation of daily lessons, and at the same time, makes each aware of faults through friendly criticism. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Reception to Teachers.
Tuesday night a number of gentlemen at the Century Club to plan a reception to our visiting teachers. It was decided to give the reception at the Crescent News Hotel on next Friday night. Various committees were appointed to make the necessary arrangements, and one to call upon the citizens to contribute funds for the purpose. The committee on funds met a most prompt and generous response from the people, as is always the case in Lafayette for any public or hospitable object. Another meeting or the gentlemen will be held to perfect arrangements this evening at 6 o'clock at the Century Club. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Presented a Banner.
Fire Company No. 1 was presented with a beautiful silk banner last week by its generous member and treasurer, Mr. D. V. Gardebled. A special meeting was called to accept the banner, and suitable resolutions were passed extending the hearty thanks of the Company to Mr. Gardebled.
Mr. A. J. LeBlanc was appointed custodian of the banner and authorized to have a glass case made in which to keep it. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
A Lively Game.
A spirited match game of ball took place last Sunday at Carencro between the Lafayette Camelias, Jr., and the Carencro nine. The game was played only seven innings and lasted one hour and ten minutes, with Adam Otto as umpire. The chief features of the game were Alpha's puzzling twirl which kept the Carencro boys guessing from start to finish the good catching of Martin, and the tricky playing of Cliff Guidry on first base. There were a number of good plays on both side, which made the game interesting throughout. At the close of the game the score stood at 20 to 5 in favor of the Camelias. Another game will be played between the same teams on Sunday, June 22, at Surrey Park, and the prospects are that the game will be a very interesting one. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Sontag Concerts Popular.
A number of people from St. Martinville made a special trip to Lafayette last Sunday to have the pleasure of listening to the Sontag Military Band, whose fame has spread far beyond the limits of Lafayette. The announcement made some time ago that the Band would give open air concerts on Sunday during the summer lead them to believe that the Band would play last Sunday, hence they came.
These concerts are certainly a treat to the public and we trust that the Band will not disappoint us or any visitor we may have again. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Paper Hats in Lafayette.
The paper hat is the latest in Lafayette. A number of our charming girls are wearing some lovely creations in paper, and certainly look stylish. Besides being cheap paper hats are very becoming. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Benefit for Mr. Hayden.
A benefit entertainment for Mr. Wm. A. Haden, the blind musician, will be given at the Industrial School Auditorium Thurs. June 26. Mr. Haden is trying to raise money to complete his musical education and those who attend will assist a most worthy cause and spend the evening most pleasantly. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Employed in Lafayette.
Mr. C. C. Hebert who will have charge of the prescription work for Messrs. Guerre and Broussard, is expected in Lafayette to-morrow. We are pleased to state that Mr. Hebert comes to town with the very best recommendations, both as to character and competency. Having had eight years of practical experience in drug stores in New Roads and New Orleans and two years in a chemical laboratory. Mr. Hebert should no doubt, give satisfaction in prescription work. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Trusting Too Much in Nature.
Lafayette is conceitedly one of the healthiest towns in the South, and the only reason why typhoid fever and similar diseases make their appearance here is that we trust entirely too much to nature and not enough to common sense. The condition of the town must necessarily be filthy without sewerage, and it is imperative that the town should have a sanitary officer whose duty it should be to see that everyone's premises are in good condition. If the town council would pass a stringent law on the subject and enforce it, these diseases would entirely disappear. The enforcement need not work any hardship on any one, for were the law applied to everybody strictly, the council could procure and run garbage carts at a nominal figure and make expenses, so that we could have a clean town without it being burdensome to anyone. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Died at the residence of Dr. G. A. Martin, Monday, June 16, at 12 o'clock noon, Mr. Wm. M. Martin, aged 25 years. Mr. Martin and family came to Lafayette about ten days ago to pay a visit to his sister, Mrs. Dr. G. A. Martin. A few days ago Mr. Martin was suddenly taken with fever, but nothing serious was anticipated. However, unfavorably symptoms rapidly developed and on Monday he passed away.
Mr. Martin was a member of the firm of Martin Bros. doing business at Crowley and Welsh, he having charge of the store at the latter place. Mr. Martin was a bright young man of fine business ability and most winning disposition.
He numbered his friends by the score, and was very successful in all of his undertakings.
A little over 2 months ago he married a daughter of Mr. Thomas Hinchcliff who survives him.
Funeral services were held at Catholic church here on Tuesday after which the remains were taken to Crowley for interment. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Death of Mrs. Monnier.
Died Sunday, June 15th, Mrs. Homer L. Monnier, nee Estelle Mouton, wife of Judge H. L. Monnier, aged 48 years. Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church on Monday. The interment took place in Catholic cemetery. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/21/1902.
The drought, which was becoming rather serious in this parish, was broken on Thursday evening by a fairly good shower.
Manager F. E. Girard informed us that on next Sunday (to-morrow) evening the Sontag Military Band will give a concert at Parkerson's grove.
Mr. M. Pfarrar has opened a high class tailoring establishment in the former office of the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Co., opposite the Advertiser building. Cleaning and repairing given attention. We welcome Mr. Pfarrer.
Mr. Aug. Degrez left for an extended visit to France on Thursday.
Mrs. P. LeDanois after a delightful visit to France where she spent a year with relatives and traveling about, returned home last week.
Watch the big tax sale at the Court House on Saturday, June 28.
Misses Estelle and Aimee Mouton, and their brother Ambroise who have been quite sick are all improving.
Copeland -- the king of the platform. Don't fail to hear him Monday and Tuesday nights June 23 and 24, at the Industrial School.
The horse raffled by Mrs. Achille Weber was won by Mr. Gus. Lacoste.
The second series of grand races will be given at Surrey Park on Sunday, July 6th. Full particulars will be given later.
We are glad to see our friend A. V. Labbe on the street again. Mr. Labbe has been sick for some time with typhoid fever.
Mr. Chas. H. Lusted who has been confined to bed for some time, is better. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 21st, 1890:
Entertainments at Mt. Carmel.
The entertainments given Tuesday by the pupils of Mount Carmel Convent, at Falk's Hall, for the purpose of extending the plank walk system to the Convent, were a most gratifying success, far exceeding their most sanguine expectations. Our kind citizens generously responded to their efforts, and both afternoon and night greeted them with large and interested audiences. The acting of the children throughout was splendid, and was greeted with unfeigned applause; they all deserve much credit, and little Miss Emma Falk again carried off the palm, being heartily encored. The profits realized are $110.00, which it is thought will be sufficient for the purpose. In returning their thanks to the public for its appreciation and support, the pupils desire particularly to notice W. B. Bailey and Miss Alix Judice for their efficient and untiring services in preparing their entertainments and training them so successfully; to Mesdames Ed. Pellerin, John O. Mouton, E. Delmouly, Floriant Cornay, Edward E. Mouton, Philibert Revillon, Franklin Gardner, and Miss Marie Revillon, for kind services and valuable donations; Mr. B. Falk for the donation of the use of his hall; and to Messrs. Wm. Clegg and D. V. Gardebled for the beautiful display of fireworks. Also to Messrs. Pierre Gerac, Alfred Mouton and Isaac Bendel for appreciated assistance. Wednesday Dr. N. P. Moss sent the pupil's a contribution of $5.00 cash, which swells their fund to $115.00. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1890.
Judge Clegg Improved.
We are glad to note that Judge John Clegg, who has been confined to his bed for several weeks past with slow fever, is able to be about again. He left yesterday, accompanied by Mrs. Clegg, for Albion View, Tenn., to spend a few weeks in the mountains recuperating. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1890.
The excursionists who accompanied the Camelia B. B. C. to Abbeville numbered about 80; the Mary Rose could have easily accommodated three times that number.They had a delightful sail down the bayou, and were enthusiastically received by the Abbeville people. The game with the "Red Stockings" was a very pretty one, as far as it went. Unfortunately, like they did here in the game with the Crescents, the Abbeville club raised no objection to a ruling of the umpire, and refusing to continue forfeited the game in the 7th inning; the score at the time standing - Camelias 12, Red Stockings 10. The excursion coming back was delayed, not reaching Lafayette until 6 o'clock Monday morning. The excursionists express themselves as well pleased with their trip and with Abbeville and its people. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1890.
Mr. H. L. Monnier has made a very neat and substantial job in opening Garfield street past Bennett Lilly's residence. You can now pass Lincoln avenue down in front of Judge Parkerson's and Chas. D. Caffery's residences on into Mouton's addition. This is a very great convenience to the public. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1890.
Plank Walk to Post Office.
Well, what are our good people going to do about that plank walk to the post office? Do they still prefer to "hoof it through the mud; or, are they waiting for the Convent children to build it? Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1890.
The following communication, which explains itself, was handed to us Wednesday evening for publication:
Lafayette, La., June 18, 1890.
The article which appeared in the VINDICATOR two weeks ago was intended as mere joke, but we are sorry to say, it has been considered by some people as a reflection on your honor, which was most positively foreign to our intentions.
In order that justice be done you and that others may thoroughly understand our meaning of the article, we make the correction with pleasure.
OSCAR L. ALPHA,
Lafayette, La., June 18, 1890.
After reading your explanation of your article against me in the VINDICATOR of two weeks ago and believing now that you did not mean any reflection on my character and honor, and as it is foreign to my nature to gratuitously insult any one. I beg to say therefore that I regret the offensive language used in my article against you.
C. H. BRADLEY.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1890.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/21/1890.
Weather conditions showery and warm, and we have never seen vegetation more luxuriant.
Miss Louise Judice returned from her visit to Royville.
The members of the Board of School Directors of Lafayette Parish are earnestly requested to meet in regular session on Saturday, July 5th, 1890, in the town of Lafayette.
Miss Ida Hopkins returned home Monday from the Asheville Female College of Asheville, N. C.
Our drainage condition works beautifully, and keeps our streets in fine condition.
Mother St. Bernard, Superior General of the Order of Mt. Carmel of New Orleans, visited the Convent at this place last week.
Mr. Denegre Martin, resident student of the Charity Hospital, New Orleans, was in town during the week and favored us with a call.
We are under obligations to our young friend Henri Gerac for an in invitation to attend the commencement exercises of St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, La., Wednesday, June 25th, 1890.
Mr. Charles Sackman, of Alexandri, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. B. Falk.
Mr. J. K. Grier, a live and go-a-head farmer living about three miles west of town, was it to see us last Tuesday. He says the crops are growing splendidly, and everything points to a rich harvest.
Capt. Pat Drury is now engaged in the business of exporting these pestiferous little "black ants" from Lafayette to Algiers. It is not a lucrative trade, but still the Captain has contrived to raise a few "scents" by it.
Master George, son of Mr. S. J. Montgomery, living a few miles southwest of town, brought to our office this week a sack of Irish potatoes that were really magnificent. We learn that Mr. Montgomery has a fine crop planted.
Dr. F. S. Mudd returned from New Orleans last Friday accompanied by his daughter, Miss Clye, who is an excellent health. She is back from school at Clinton, La., to spend vacation at home.
Mrs. John Williams, widow of Conductor John Williams who was killed on the Cypremort branch, is building a very neat cottage in the Mouton addition.
Hurrah! The country is safe! We saw watermelons on sale in town the latter part of the week.
We are indebted to Mr. John Hill, cultivating a portion of Dr. Mudd's place, for a splendid lot of Irish potatoes, some of them weighing a pound and a few ounces. The "Early Rose" variety among them are as fine as we ever saw.
The Fire Company's excursion from New Iberia to Alexandria, last Sunday, was largely attended, a number joining at this place. Notwithstanding the copious showers the excursionist had a good time.
Mr. Dan Vanderwater is building a cottage for himself adjoining his blacksmith shop, near the depot.
Mr. Galbert Bienvenu has on exhibition at the Moss Pharmacy specimens of Irish potatoes of unusually large size - one weighing a pound and a half. They were grown in the open field, and received no special cultivation. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1890.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 21st, 1879:
A squad of Penitentiary convicts - one hundred and five - under the superintendence of Capt. Hayden, arrived at this place on Saturday, 14th inst., and were lodged at their headquarters, now temporarily located about two miles west of town. They began work on Monday morning on the Louisiana Western Railroad going west.
There has been a large increase of laborers during the last two days. All laborers coming find employment. A locomotive is expected to-day, per schooner Piper, from Galveston. The second schooner from New York, the Sarah F. Bird, will finish to-day discharging at Calcasieu Pass her 550 tons of steel rails and fastenings. About 1,000 tons of steel rails and fastening left New York for Lake Charles this week, and also tubes, by the Mallory Line, for the Calcasieu river bridge. Laborers camps are rapidly moving eastward. Three saw mills here, and three at Orange are sawing for the railroad. Work goes right along. - Lake Charles Echo.
A. C. Hutchinson, Esq., of the firm of C. A. Whitney & Co. with Superintendents Pandely and Tilton, arrived in Morgan City, Wednesday evening, on a special train, and on Thursday morning, in company with our efficient agent, R. Natili, passed over the new railroad from Berwick to Jeanerette, on an inspection tour. They returned to New Orleans on Thursday afternoon. - Morgan City Review, 14th inst.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1879.
District Court at Abbeville.
On Friday and Saturday of last week there no jury cases tried, only motions for new trials, exceptions, &c.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1879.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Pursuant to adjournment the Council met this 16th day of June 1879.
Present: John Clegg, Mayor, and Councilmen W. B. Bailey, L. Lacoste, Edward McBride and Jos. L. Mouton. Absent: C. P. Alpha and H. L. Landry.
The reading of the minutes of the last meeting were dispensed with and adopted as recorded.
The committee on Bonds reported that the bonds of the Treasurer and Collector have been approved and filed with the Secretary.
The committee on Books and Accounts presented the following report:
To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the Town Council of Vermilionville, La.;
Your committee appointed to examine the books and accounts of the Treasurer and Collector for the past year, report that they have carefully examined the books of H. M. Bailey, Treasurer, up to this date and find the same correct ; they find that there is still due him, for his services during the past year, the sum of &78.96. They recommend that his bond be canceled.
Upon careful examination of the accounts of Galbert Bienvenu, Collector for the past year, your committee find that he has overdrawn his salary to the amount of $12.05, and through neglect of duty as a collector, has caused a loss to this Corporation of $30.65 for market-house dues, and $40.00 for license of Edgar Dugas, coffee-house keeper, for which he should be held responsible, as follows:
To amount overdrawn ... $12.05
Market-house dues by W. B. Lindsay, loss his commission ... $28.85
1/2 License of Edgar Dugas, less his commission ... $18.80
Total ... $59.70
Your committee recommend that the said Collector be held to pay the amount of $59.70 to the Treasurer within thirty days from this date.
ED. MCBRIDE, W. B. BAILEY, JOS. L. MOUTON.
June 14, 1879.
Upon the statement made by Mr. Bienvenue to the Council, it was upon motion,
Resolved, that the amount of $18.80, charged to him for license of Edgar Dugas, be and the same is hereby remitted.
On motion of Mr. Lacoste,
Resolved, that the delay of thirty days be granted Mr. Bienvenu to settle the other amounts charged against him in the report of the committee, and that the Market-house claims of the Corporation against W. B. Lindsay, be and are hereby transferred to him.
Messrs. Alpha and Landry then appeared and participated in the deliberations.
The following ordinance was unanimously adopted:
An ordinance relative to dogs running at large within the corporate limits of the town of Vermilionville:
Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Vermilionville, that dogs shall not be allowed to run within the corporate limits of the town of Vermilionville, unless they wear a collar with a stamp bearing the figures denoting the year for which said stamp is issued and the number thereof. The stamp made of tin shall be furnished by the Town Constable, at the rate of fifty cents per stamp, and said Constable shall keep a registry of the names of parties purchasing stamps and their numbers. Be it further ordained, that it shall be the duty of the Town Constable to kill all dogs found running within the corporate limits of the town of Vermilionville, not bearing the collar and stamp as above ordained. That one-half of the tax thus imposed and which is collected under this ordinance, shall be paid into the town treasury and one-half shall be retained by the Constable as his fee ; provided that the Constable shall furnish stamps at his expense. That all ordinances in conflict herewith be and the same are hereby repealed. This ordinance to take effect after fifteen days publication in the official journal of the town.
Mr. Alpha then moved to reconsider the resolution passed at the last meeting of the Council which reads, "members of the Council shall receive no per diem for their services."
The ayes and nays being called, the motion to reconsider was lost by the following vote:
Ayes - Alpha and Landry. Nays - Bailey, Lacoste, McBride and Mouton.
The Mayor called the attention of the Council to the tie at the last election between Messrs. M. P. Young and R. L. McBride, and requested the Council to take some action thereon, and
On motion, it was resolved, that a committee of two be appointed to confer with Messrs. Young and McBride and ascertain from them whether they desire an election to decide the said tie. The Mayor appointed Messrs. Bailey and Lacoste on said committee.
On motion the Council then adjourned to Saturday the 5th day of July next, at 5 o'clock.,
JOHN CLEGG, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1879.
Police Jury Proceedings.
June 2nd, 1879.
Pursuant to adjournment, the Police Jury met at the Court House this day.
Members present : Martial Billaud, president, Aurelien Primeaux, L. G. Breaux, Jos. L. Prejean and Sebastian Hernandez.
The minutes of the meeting were read and approved.
On motion, resolved, that the Parish license of fifty dollars heretofore imposed on keepers of warehouses, or other places of public storage in this parish, be reduced to five dollars.
On motion, resolved, that the license of twenty dollars imposed on practicing Physicians of this parish be and the same is hereby repealed.
On motion, resolved, that all public carriers of goods, merchandise, or freight of any kind within this parish shall pay a license of Ten dollars for a four horse vehicle or wagon, and Five dollars for a two horse vehicle or wagon. It is further ordered, that said license when collected, the Treasurer is hereby ordered to to add to Road and Bridge fund.
On motion, resolved, that a committee or five be appointed to devise some probable plan to meet the payment for the following bridge contractors, viz : Darmeville Olivier, builder and contractor of Pont des Mouton, Dominique Cayret, builder of Pin Hook bridge, J. L. Gardiner, builder of Carencro bridge and John S. Whittington, builder of bridge over Coulee Mine. On said committee were appointed Messrs. Alex Delhomme, Dr. W. H. Cunningham, Ernest Bernard, Lessin Guidry and Valsin Benoit. Said committee is requested to report at the next meeting of the Police Jury on Saturday the 5th of July, 1879.
On motion, resolved, that as it is the duty of each road overseer to call out all persons subject to work on the public roads in their respective wards,
Therefore be it ordained , that all overseers of roads shall give notice in writing or verbally to each person, what tools each of them shall bring, the place and time of work ; said notice must be given at least three days before the day appointed for said work.
It is further ordered that any road overseer failing to do his duty shall be fined in the sum of twenty-five dollars and his salary forfeited ; said fine to be recovered in the name of the Police Jury before any court of competent jurisdiction.
On motion, the following named overseers were appointed: For the 4th ward Jean Bte. Benoit was appointed road overseer for that portion of the road extending from Emilien Vincent's plantation to Aristide Landry's plantation, and Jules Simon is appointed road overseer for that portion of the road extending from Aristide Landry's plantation to the southern limit of the parish.
5th Ward - Martial Billaud was road overseer for all that portion of the road extending from Pin Hook bridge to Broussardville, and thence to the southern limits of the parish.
On motion, resolved, that hereafter it shall be made the duty of each and every member of the Police Jury to ascertain in their respective wards the number of unbranded horned cattle, horses, mules, or sheep, and upon knowledge of such cause the same to be advertised 21 days in the "Lafayette Advertiser," and in a conspicuous place of their ward, and after the expiration of said time, the said member of said ward will proceed to sell at the highest bidder the said horned cattle, mules, horses and sheep. Purchased price made payable in parish script. It is further ordained that the proceeds of the sale be deposited with the Parish of Treasurer upon taking receipts for same.
On motion, resolved, that the ordinance passed on the 24th of September, 1877, relative to the police of cattle in the first and third wards be so amended as to apply to the police of cattle in the fourth and fifth wards.
On motion, resolved, that the Parish Tax Collector be and is hereby authorized to receive in payment of parish taxes 3/4 in legal currency.
On motion the following accounts were approved and certificates ordered to issue:
On motion, the Police Jury adjourned to the first Saturday of July, 1879.
MARTIAL BILLAUD, President.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 21st, 1873:
BRUTAL MURDER IN NEW IBERIA.
New Iberia, La., June 14. - Mr. Daniel Lanet, a Frenchman, and Alexander Snaer, a colored Justice of the Peace, doing business together, about five miles below here, were brutally murdered in their store about 10 o'clock last night, and their store burned to the ground.
Their bodies were burned to a crisp. It seems they were simultaneously struck, their heads being beaten to jelly.
Robbery was the object, as the money deposited in their safe is missing.
The act was committed by three negroes of the neighborhood.
A gentleman in his way from Jeanerette to this place stopped in the store to get a drink of water, and saw two negroes outside, and one in the store. When about leaving, one of the negroes outside came in and seemed to deliberately walk on his foot. He demanded why he did it, when the negro humbly begged his pardon. He had mounted his horse and only gone about fifty yards when he heard heavy blows falling in quick succession and cries of "murder," which were followed by groans as from persons dying ; then all was still as death, the fiends having accomplished their hellish deed. Being in a neighborhood he knew nothing of, he feared turning back, and came on and reported here the circumstances.
It appears the fire did not take place for several hours after the murder, during which time, it is supposed, the robbery took place.
Snaer is a brother of the Representative of this parish. He was liked by all who knew him. Large parties of citizens have been scouting the parish since early this morning in search of the murderers. The Coroner has been examining witnesses all day ; nothing yet heard from him. The carman who saw the negroes before the murder says he can identify two of them, and has gone down with the parties from here. Every effort is being made to find them, and it is thought they will succeed. General indignation prevails among all classes. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1873.
THE MURDERERS OF MESSRS. LANET AND SNAER CAUGHT AND HUNG BY THE CITIZENS. - New Iberia, June 17. - The four negroes who murdered Messrs. Lanet and Snaer, last Friday night, were arrested in that neighborhood this morning. One of them turned state's evidence, and related how the atrocious crime was committed, the plot being made over a week ago. After a close investigation by Mr. Seymour Snear, attorney at law, who arrived here this morning, no doubt remained of the guilt of the four negroes.
At this time the people in large numbers had assembled, and clamored for their summary punishment, over two hundred revolvers being leveled at them, and they were only saved by the intercession of Mr. Snaer, who then departed for New Iberia. The people then tied and marched them to this place, and on their arrival the indignant citizens, numbering over one thousand, took them to the woods on the east side of the bayou and hanged three of them to the limb of a tree. They confessed taking part in the crime, but insisted that the one who turned State's evidence cut the throat of Lanet.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1873.
FROM NEW IBERIA.
New Iberia, La., June 18th 1873.
Editor Lafayette Advertiser:
Our town has been in a state of excitement ever since last Saturday morning, in consequence of a crime of the most heinous character, which was committed a few miles below this place last Friday night. We are not so unaccustomed to here of the commission of crime in our midst, that we can avoid shuddering when some tale of more than usual horror, is narrated to us, and the shocking details are given ; but certain I am, that no where in the history of the past and in the annals of crime, have we ever read, or heard of a more horrid murder than that of which I now write.
Last Friday about nine o'clock, a party of negroes went to the store of Sauer and Lanet, about four miles below this place and made a murderous assault on them, killing Sauer and Lenet both ; and after crushing their skulls, they cut the throats of their victims, almost severing the heads from the bodies ; and then, to conceal their hellish deed, the fiends poured coal oil over the floor, and clothing of the murdered men, set fire to the premises ; not, however, before they had rifled the pockets of the deceased, and the safe of the store of what money they could find, amounting, I am told, to some three or four hundred dollars. They then departed to their homes, several of them living in the neighborhood of the atrocious murder. The store, and everything it contained were consumed by the fire ; and the bodies of the murdered men were so charred and blackened as to almost defy identification.
But the suspicious actions of one of the party at the burial of the remains of the victims, caused his arrest, and by working upon his fears, and by skillful cross-questioning he was induced to divulge what he knew of the crime ; he acknowledged that he was present at the killing, but says he did not assist in the murder, but that he wet the clothing of the deceased and the floor with coal oil. He gave the names, also, of three or four men who were implicated ; three of whom were arrested yesterday and brought to town, and whilst the officers were on their way to jail, the incensed citizens fearing they would escape from jail, and that the majesty of the law would not be vindicated, declared they should not go to jail, but expatiate their transgressions on a tree at the end of ropes and at the hands of an outraged people, who, because of a corrupt judiciary have no other means of protecting themselves, and will plead in justification of what may, by some who are strangers to our condition, be regarded as a lawless act, the law of self-preservation. I am of the opinion, that had Train, the District Judge, who presides over the District Courts in this Third Judicial District, and who, by his vicious leniency to criminals, who are brought before his court for trial, encourages them in their vaillainy, been present yesterday he would have read to the determined mien of those people assembled, for the purpose of meting out justice to those who transgressed the criminal law of the State ; and of the Decalogue, which says, "Thou shalt not kill," a very emphatic condemnation of the course he has pursued heretofore, in the administration of justice.
The criminals were hanged about dusk, and were kept "suspended" until this morning about ten or eleven o'clock, when they were taken down and buried ; and had Train been there, I think it would have been a great stretch of forbearance, if they had permitted him to escape had permitted him to escape a slight "hanging." Just sufficient to convince him that there is a point beyond which it is not safe even for an Honorable (1) Dist. Judge to venture, and to signify to him our willingness to dispense with his services in the future. I think that such a "demonstration" would also have the happy effect of "abating" the practice of "selling" Nolle prosequi's, which would have been quite an item in our favor.
I have been so entirely engaged in the aforementioned matter, that I almost closed my communication without a remark on the weather, and I would not, intentionally, slight such a fruitful theme by passing it unnoticed ; scarcely a day passes, that some rain does not fall ; and the planters are very despondent, and with good cause too, for the prospects are gloomy enough, I am sure, to excite the the greatest apprehensions for the future, in the minds of the stoutest hearts.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1873.
CROPS AND SUGGESTIONS.
The constant and unprecedented rains that have fallen for nearly two months past, have seriously damaged the prospects of the crops in this section of the country. During this time, farming operations have been almost entirely suspended and grass and weeds have flourished with more than usual luxuriance. Much of the corn is entirely lost and even under the most favorable circumstances and the devoting of much attention and labor, we estimate the probable yield of cotton and corn, at less than one-half of what they might have been. Vegetables and other products have suffered to a proportionate extent.
The season has been very discouraging and vexation to cultivators of the soil and we sympathize with them. The intelligent and courageous farmer may avert serious embarrassment, by turning his attention to other and seasonable crops. When these rains cease, corn might be replanted, which would probably make forage, if nothing more. Peas and sweet potatoes could be made in abundance. Any quantity of hay can be secured, but it should be mowed at the proper time and cured and preserved in the proper manner. such hay mixed with peas, would make an excellent forage and a good substitute for corn. In a word, wise and frugal management and timely and judicious preparations for the next crop, will lessen any resulting embarrassment and inspire confidence. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1873.
A Good Man Gone.
Truly there is mourning in Israel to-day for the loss of one of her best sons, nor will this sorrow be limited to his own faith and tribe, for who was there, Jew or Gentil, that knew our friend J. L. Levy, who did not love and honor him ? We beg the liberty of an old friend, to speak of him, as he was known and endeared to his friends as "Jacky Levy." Good old Jack Levy, the most sincere, truthful, generous and honest of friends and men, who never had an enemy and never did a mean, ungenerous or unmanly act, - who was as open as the day in all his transactions, faithful to every duty and obligation of his religion, of society, of friendship, and his country.
Mr. Levy was a native of Charleston South Carolina. He removed to this city thirty-five years ago, and has been all that time engaged in the business of exchange broker. We need not say to what severe a test of the generous qualities of the soul, of the truthfulness, frankness and sincerity of the human heart is he subjected who pursues this avocation. So much the brighter are the glory and honor of him who passes the ordeal without stain or blot, and with the esteem and confidence and good will of all men.
Such is the bright record of Jack Levy. In business and in all his domestic and social relations his record was one of singular purity. In every position he manifested those sterling qualities of honor and fidelity which marked his whole career in life. He was an honest and devoted Israelite, but had not a drop of sectarian or religious bitterness to other faiths. A native of the South, he adhered with chivalric devotion to her fortunes. A liberal and patriotic citizen of Louisiana and New Orleans, he never forgot or failed in any duty to his State, and he never lost the veneration for and warm remembrances of his native State.
There are few of us living who at their deaths will be more sincerely mourned and affectionately remembered than J. L. Levy. - New Orleans Herald, 15th instant.
Mr. Levy was the father-in-law of our fellow citizen Perry Moses, Esqr.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1873.
Proceedings of Public School Board.
Office Board School Directors, Parish of Lafayette, June 14th, 1873.
Pursuant to a call by the President, the Public School Board met for the purpose of conferring with the Hon. Geo. B, Loud, Division Superintendent of Public Education for the Third Division of Louisiana, and for the transaction of business.
Were present, Hon. Geo. B. Loud, A. Monnier, President; W. H. Williams, B. A. Salles and L. E. Salles, Secretary and Treasurer. Absent, M. G. Broussard.
After a general discussion on school matters, it was suggested that a special school tax be levied on the Corporation of Vermilionville according to Sections 1 & 2 of Act No. 82, approved April 9, 1873, in reference to the support of Public Schools, when
On motion, it was resolved, that the Town Council of Vermilionville be and they are hereby required to levy a special tax of two and one-half (2 1/2) mills on all the taxable property within the limits of the Corporation, as soon as practicable for public school purposes.
On motion it was resolved, that the President appoint a committee of two to contract with W. B. Bailey, Esq., for publishing the proceedings of the School Board for one year.
The President appointed on said committee Messrs. W. H. Williams and B. A. Salles.
On motion it was resolved, that the Treasurer be and he is hereby allowed a salary of one hundred dollars per annum, for his services, in accordance with law.
On motion it was unanimously resolved, that the thanks of this Board be tendered to the Hon. Geo. B. Loud, Division Superintendent for valuable information and instructions concerning school matters.
There being no further business, the Board adjourned.
A. MONNIER, President.
L. E. SALLES, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1873.
L. E. Salles in account with School fund of the Parish of Lafayette.
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PARISH OF LAFAYETTE, LA., June 14th 1873.
In obedience to the provisions of Sec. 5, Act No. 82, Legislature of Louisiana, series of 1873, which reads as follows:
"Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, etc., That on or before the fifth of October in each year, the Division Superintendents, in their respective divisions, shall visit the several parishes in his division, and examine the accounts of each school treasurer, and that no school treasurer's account shall be considered fully adjusted unless certified to be correct by the Division Superintendent or State Superintendent of Public Education."
I hereby certify that I have this day made a careful examination of the accounts of L. E. Salles, Treasurer of the Board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette, and having compared the vouchers on file with the entries made in the Treasurer's book, and examining into the authority for each and every disbursement made by him as Treasurer of said said Board, I find that all monies were disbursed upon proper authority, and in accordance with law. He has properly accounted for all monies that have come into his possession.
The foregoing statement made by myself, shows that there is a balance due Mr. Salles for over disbursements of fourteen dollars and eighty cents.
His accounts are therefore finally adjusted up to this date.
GEORGE B. LOUD,
Supt. of Public Education, 3rd Division.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1873.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 21st, 1912:
POLICE JURORS PIC-NIC.
A Fine Day, A Good Dinner And the Water Was Fine - For Some.
On an island on Edmond Martin's place at the junction of Bayou Vermilion and Coulee Rouge a most unique picnic was tendered to the incoming police jury by the outgoing jury, George Crouchet and Edmond Martin had charge of the arrangements and spared no efforts to make the day a pleasant one and enjoyable one for all. The weather was ideal; the bill of fare could hardly have been improved upon; to all appearances a royal good time was had by all. The day was not without its events but the feature of the outing was the bath, full dressed, taken in Coulee Rouge by Judge William Campbell and Felix H. Mouton immediately after dinner. The water was so fine, they said, that no one who kept out of it, was doing justice either to himself or to Coulee Rouge. So they "denominated" themselves as the committee on ducking, blockaded the bridge and requested, then pleaded, then urged, then insisted that others follow them. By "strong arm methods" big "Neeley" Spell was forced to take a plunge; becoming afraid of a ducking Sheriff Louis Lacoste and Dr. L. O. Clark purchased immunity by putting up the price demanded by the committee and were allowed to cross unmolested. By stratagem a few successfully ran the blockade; others under coercion reluctantly consented to jump in; others still pretended to have very good and valid reasons why they should not be ducked and were allowed to pursue the tenor of their way. Among those threatened and who were greatly worried lest they be ducked were M. Billaud, Jr., Judge O. C. Mouton and Assessor Albert Trahan. The blockade lasted until it was time to go when to the great relief of all who had managed to keep dry outside, the committee officially declared the bridge open to traffic and all were permitted peacefully to wend their way across. Those who attended were S. J. Breaux, R. A. Voorhies, Alonzo Lacy, Edmond Martin, Edward Martin, Edgar Guilbeau, Albert Trahan, William Campbell, Leopold Hirsch, F. O. Broussard, O. C. Mouton, Henry Gerac, Cornelius Spell, Eloi D. Broussard, Luc LeBlanc, C. A. Miller, J. G. St. Julien, L. O. Clark, J. Edmond Mouton, Rene Mouton, Oscar Mouton, George Crouchet, M. Billeaud Jr., Louis Lacoste, C. O. Mouton, Felix H. Mouton, Leonard Smith, F. F. Martin, J. S. Martin and J. J. Fournet.
(Signed) BY ONE OF THEM.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1912:
PROTECT THE BIRDS.
It is pretty certain that the Legislature will pass a law to protect the song and plumage birds of Louisiana. It is a shameful admission that an unrestricted slaughter of our finest birds has been permitted in this State. We believe that there is a law making the killing of a mockingbird a misdemeanor, but this great feathered songster, which inspired the brush of Audubon, seems to be passing away. As far as we know the law has never been enforced. An effort is being made by those who speculate in these birds to defeat the law, but it is hardly probable that they will succeed. This law should not only be adopted, but it should be strictly enforced. Its adoption merely will not protect the birds. If it is to be added to the many other dead laws on our statute books, it might as well fail to pass. Speaking on the subject of this proposed law, The Times-Democrat says:
".. Every man, woman and child in the State of Louisiana is interested in the meeting of the judiciary committee of the House at Baton Rouge this evening. A bill for the protection of the song and plumage birds (not game birds) of this State is to be passed upon by the members of that committee, and we understand that the bird dealers who ship thousands upon thousands of feathered songsters and birds of bright plumage to the Northern cities and to Europe are going to try to have the bill either not passed, reported unfavorably or amended so as to make it inoperative.
".. For a hundred years the wanton destruction of birds has been going on, and it is about time it should be stopped. The bill before the Legislature is so manifestly in the interest of the people themselves that it seems strange there should be any who have the courage to ask that they may be permitted to thrive upon the destruction of these beautiful and useful denizens of our fields, shores and forests. Surely in a State that produced the greatest ornithologist of America there are enough members of our Legislature who will reverse the name of their fellow countrymen, Audubon, to pass this bill for the honor of the State and as a safeguard for those feathered songsters and insect destroyers to be found in Louisiana at the different seasons of the year.
".. The terns have disappeared from the shores of the Gulf. They were killed and skipped to the millinery establishments of Baltimore to bedeck the hats of women.
".. The "pops" are being so ruthlessly treated that few remain to tell the tale of their former plenty.
".. The few mocking birds which are left will soon be shipped away.
".. And so one may go through the list of shame. It's a crying reproach to the State and to our Legislature that they have not heretofore accorded this protection. But we trust the members of this present House will make amends for the past and place our State where she will plainly say to all bird despoilers: "The State that gave Audubon to the world protects the birds which he loved so well and about which he wrote so beautifully. .."
From the New Orleans Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
To Make Vermilion River Navigable.
Representative LeBlanc, of Vermilion, has introduced the following resolution into the Legislature:
"Be it resolved by the senate and house of representatives of the State of Louisiana in general assembly convened, That the state engineer be and he is hereby authorized and instructed to make a thorough and complete hydrographic and topographic survey of bayou Fusilier, commencing at Arnaudville, on Bayou Teche, and extending to its junction with the Vermilion river; thence down said streams as far as Pin Hook bridge, in the parish of Lafayette, to determine the number of locks and amount of dredging necessary in order to make said stream navigable in low water, and to determine the location of said locks.
"Be it further resolved, That said engineer shall, at an early date, make a full and complete report of his survey to the governor of the State; provided, that no expense beyond the sum of $500 be incurred." Referred to the committee on parochial affairs. Lafayette Gazette 6/21/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 21st, 1912:
MAKE MORE DISTRICTS.
We would suggest to the Fire Department that instead of having only five fire districts they should increase the number to at least ten. The present districts cover too much ground and when an alarm is sounded there is too much uncertainty as to the location of the fire. At the same time indicators, which ought not to cost much, should be placed in the several fire company truck houses and connected with the power house. As soon as a fire happens the alarm should be telephoned to the power house and they should at once signal the number to the truck houses through the indicators. This would tell every fireman who went to the truck house the district without his having to lose time waiting for the whistle to blow the number and so enable the firemen to start immediately with the trucks to the scene of the fire. This is a small thing and yet it ought to have been done long ago. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1912.