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From the Lafayette Gazette of March 20th, 1897:



 Its First Anniversary Celebrated by an Elegant Banquet at the Crescent Hotel.
 The Century Club is only one year old, but it is one of the most flourishing organizations of its kind to be found in the State. This town needed a social club for a long time and it is no wonder that the Century Club has surprised the most sanguine expectations and if we are permitted to judge the future by the past it will not be long before Lafayette will be able to boast of a strictly up-t0-date club, possessing every improvement necessary to the pleasure and comfort of its guests. In its well-furnished apartments are a fine piano, pool and billiard tables, chess and checker boards. For the benefit of those who wish to read there is a variety of papers and magazines. The members are determined to make the club first-class in every particular and The Gazette entertains no doubt that they will succeed. The present officers of the club are : President; Dr. F. E. Girard; vice-president, Hon. Wm. Campbell; secretary, Dr. H. A. Irion; treasurer, Mr. Jno. O. Mouton; governing board, T. M. Biossat, J. C. Nickerson, H. A. Van der Cruyssen.

 Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

A Nice Banquet.    

 The banquet given on the thirteenth, at the Crescent Hotel, by the Century Club to celebrate its first anniversary, was indeed a recherche affair.

Promptly at 9:30 o'clock inspiring strains of music issued forth from the lower corridor and the guests marched down the winding stairs to the spacious dining-room, which had been artistically decorated with Flora's fairest offerings. The table, arranged in horse-shoe shape, in itself a mute toast to the Century Club.

Efficient waiters served an elegant supper of twelve courses and sixty covers. Toasts were called for and appropriately responded to by Drs. Irion, Girard, Martin and Mouton, Messrs. C. O. Mouton, Crow Girard, John Kennedy and Prof. Trudeau.

The reception committee was as follows: Mmes. Nickerson and Snelly, Misses Louise Givens, Bessie Cornay, Clye Mudd; Messrs. Nickerson, Clegg, Girard and Irion.

Too much praise cannot be given the members of the Century Club, also Mr. and Mrs. Hahn for the admirable manner in which the whole affair was conducted.

And though the banquet is now linked by the guests in their chain of yesterdays, it has not sunk into oblivion for

"You may break, you may shatter, the vase if you will,

But the scent of the roses will cling 'round it still."

Those present on this delightful occasion were: Mmes. Biossat, S. R. Parkerson, C. M. Parkerson, N. P. Moss, C. Girard, J. Davidson, J. Nickerson, J. O. Mouton, W. Mouton, C. K. Darling, Van der Cruyssen, Tolson, I. A. Broussard, J. Hahn, Snelly of Alexandria; Misses G. Cayret, S. Hopkins, L. Givens, L. and C. Mudd, Viola Kelly, Bessie Cornay, M. Weir, Louisa Tolson, M. Littell, H. Trahan, Goldenburg; Messrs. F. E. Girard, H. Irion, B. Clegg, G. Martin, F. Mouton, W. Mouton, W. Campbell, J. Thompson, Leo Judice, N. P. Moss, T. M. Biossat, Chas. M. Parkerson, S. R. Parkerson, H. Van der Cruyssen, J. C. Nickerson, Felix Mouton, C. K. Darling, J. Kennedy, C. Girard, Tolson, Trudeau, Falk, A. R. Trahan, G. Schmulen, Leon Plonsky, J. Kennedy, J. Givens, J. O. Mouton.

Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.


 A Serious Misunderstanding Between the Contractors and the Parish - An Amicable Adjustment is Hoped For.

The Police Jury met in special session last Tuesday to consider a very serious misunderstanding relative to the provisions of the jail contract in respect to the construction of the three new steel cells. The proposition upon which the contract was awarded to the Pauly Jail Building Company was that three new steel cells should be constructed of keybar iron work as per model exhibited to the Jury and the three old cells to be refloored and repaired as to render them safe for the detention of criminals. This in brief constituted the understanding between the Jury and Mr. F. B. Hull, the contracting agent of the company. Recently it was discovered that the contractors intended to construct the three new cells of flat bar iron work, using in part material taken from the three old cells. Mr. Harmon, who has the work in charge, stated that he was simply carrying out the requirements of the contract specifications and knew nothing of the any key bar work. The Jury unanimously agreed that until a thorough understanding should be obtained, no further work must be allowed on the cells, and appointed a committee to meet the agents of the company and affect an amicable adjustment of the difficulty. There is every reason to believe that an agreement can be reached which will be satisfactory to all concerned. Agents of the company have wired that the work should be properly done and ordered further progress stopped. Mr. Hull is expected in a few days when the entire matter will doubtless be adjusted. The trouble has arisen from the fact that the Police Jury and its representatives did not examine very closely the specifications embodied in the contract, relying with explicit confidence in the plans and specifications submitted by Mr. Hull, and as explained by him to the Jury when that body was considering the various propositions tendered for jail repairs. The matter is of a serious nature and deserves careful attention in order that the interest of the parish may be conserved.

The work in question is one of the most important features of the proposed repairs, and unless good and substantial material is used in the parish jail will be be at all safe for the keeping of any criminals of desperate character.

If no amicable adjustment can be effected, it is highly probable that the Jury will be called in extra session and take further steps to protect the public interest. There seems to be, however, a disposition on both sides of the controversy to arrange the unfortunate misunderstanding without resort to legal proceedings and this certainly would be by far the most sensible and honorable course to pursue. The Pauly Jail Company is a reliable and responsible firm, and his agent, Mr. Hull, during his short stay here made many friends by his open and candid bearing in all business matters.

The Gazette predicts that the grave misunderstanding now existing will be honorably adjusted in a few days and the jail repairs completed in a workmanlike manner above any criticisms which certain parties are now so anxious to make. Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.


Nominated by the Primaries Thursday.

 Democratic primaries were held Thursday at the Court-house. As there was only one ticket a light vote was polled. The ticket nominated is a splendid one. It is composed of staunch Democrats, good citizens and successful business men. It is as follows:

FOR MAYOR: Chas. D. Caffery.

FOR COUNCILMEN: Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins, A. Emile Mouton, Dr. G. Armand Martin, Joseph J. Davidson, Joseph A. Landry, Alcide J. Bru, John Hahn.

Messrs. Julian Mouton, Edward G. Voorhies, Issac A. Broussard, A. R. Trahan and Henry Church were elected to serve on the executive committee.

Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.


Hold a Meeting at the Court-house - Stirring Addresses Made By Local Speakers.

 The Democrats of the town met at the court-house Wednesday. A large and representative gathering of ladies and gentlemen made up one of the best political meetings ever held here. Mr. A. M. Martin was elected chairman and Mr. Ben Falk secretary. Messrs. Charles D. Caffery, Julian Mouton, Ed. G. Voorhies and I. A. Broussard delivered addresses.

 Much enthusiasm prevailed throughout and the utterances of the speakers elicited rounds of applause. The cry against ring rule raised by the opposition was the subject of some very pertinent remarks from the speakers. It was evident that the the audience was in thorough accord with the speeches.

 The people of Lafayette know a thing or two about the rule and they are in a position to appreciate the sincerity or rather the lack of sincerity of those who would like to make people believe that anything that smacks of ring-ism is superlatively detestable to them. If the esteemed gentlemen who have recently bobbed up as enemies of cliques would look back a few years and ponder just a little bit over municipal history, they would not be so prone to make such ridiculous assertions and expose themselves to the charge of insincerity.

 You might as well try to convince an intelligent man that Boss Tweed is the patron saint of reformers, as to make the thinking citizens of Lafayette believe that the men responsible for the selection of the "People's Ticket," are engaged in the magnanimous pursuit of devouring rings and cliques, when it is a well-known fact that for years they were the undisputed heads of one of the most obnoxious political organization that ever misruled a community.

 The startling announcement that the meeting held at the court-house on March 11, was for the purpose of nominating a municipal ticket free from political entanglement and "without regard to ring, clique or gang-rule" was a masterpiece if it was intended as a humorous production. The signers of this call are undoubtedly good men, but we would never have suspected that they had concealed about their persons any savage and uncontrollable desire to reform the municipal government of this town and to cleanse our city hall of any political impurity that may pervade the atmosphere. Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.   


 The sugar Republicans will have to admit Mr. Nigger within their ranks if they want to get some of the spoils. A white Republican party might be a success in Louisiana, but the moment the negro is made part of the organization, it will go to pieces. Mr. E. N. Cornay, a member of the Howell executive committee, has already resigned. He is opposed to the negro being admitted by the Lilly Whites. - St. Martinville Messenger.

The Gazette has always contended that it was impossible to maintain a strictly white Republican party in Louisiana. While it is undeniably true that many white men would gladly welcome such a party the experience of the past decade in several Southern States proves conclusively that the negro will inevitably press his way into any organization which bears the name of Republican. It is just as impossible to exclude Sambo from participation in Republican circles as it is for the young buzzard to retain the snowy-whiteness of its first feathers. The Lilly White Republican party and the dusky hawk may, for a short time, wear nothing but white garments, but in due course of time the natural color becomes painfully visible.

The Gazette would like to see a white Republican party in Louisiana, but to wish for such a thing would be committing an act of unpardonable skepticism. The Republican party was founded upon the principle of social and political equality of the two races, and no man can hope to rise within its ranks unless he believes, or affects to believe, that the colored brother should be accorded all the rights and privileges that the white man enjoys. That the Lilly Whites have expressed their wllingness to cooperate with the negro wing of the Republicans is no surprise to those who are acquainted with the history of the g. o. p. since the war.

When the Lilly Whites endorsed the negro Blandin as a presidential elector those Republicans who were sincerely in favor of a white party realized that their last hope was irretrievably lost. Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.


On Friday, April 2. - Gov. Foster Has Fixed the Day of Execution.

 Sheriff Broussard has received a telegram from Baton Rouge stating that Gov. Foster has fixed Friday, April 2, as the day to hang the Blanc brothers. Sheriff Broussard will cause the erection of an enclosure on the court-house square within which the scaffold will be built.
Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

Hold a Large Meeting-Delegates to the Nashville Reunion Appointed.

 The members of General Frank Gardner Camp of United Confederate Veterans met at the courthouse Wednesday morning. The following were present: Judge C. Debaillon, adjutant; Mr. D. A. Cochrane, captain; Messrs. J. A. Laneuville, T. A. McFaddin, T. S. McFaddin, M. T. Martin, A. R. Lisbony, A. J. Moss, T. D. Weir, F. Vincent, O. Baron, A. C. Broussard, Wm. Clegg, P. L. DeClouet, Arthur Greig, J. K. Grier, Jno. Hahn, R. C. Landry, L. T. Rigues, C. Steiner, Lucien St. Julien, Jules St. Julien.

 The following gentlemen were appointed delegates to the Nashville reunion which meets June 21, 22 and 23. Messrs. Wm. Clegg, P. L. DeClouet, T. D. Weir. Alternates: J. A. Laneauville, Arthur Greig, Lucien St. Julien.

 The members present paid there dues to the treasurer, Judge Moss, who forwarded the amount to the Adjutant General Moorman at New Orleans. Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897. 


Death of An Old Citizen. - Mr. James Higginbotham, one of the oldest citizens of the parish, died at 1 o'clock Wednesday morning. Mr. Higginbotham was a native of Georgia and was 84 years of age. He was a resident of this State 74 years. He was an honest and kind-hearted man, a peaceable, law-abiding citizen, and his death is mourned by a large number of relatives and friends. Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

Sheriff Broussard of Lafayette, Attacks D. C. O'Malley.

[From the New Orleans Times-Democrat.]
  At 11 o'clock yesterday morning, on Royal street, near Canal, Sheriff Isaac Broussard, of Lafayette, struck D. C. O.Malley on the head with fist and, according to Broussard, knocked him into the street, where O'Malley fell on his hands and knees while his hat rolled into the street.

Sheriff Broussard, when interviewed, said:

"I did not know O'Malley by sight. He had been described to me and I thought I would be able to recognize him from the description. I had been to the Parish Prison to see how my prisoners, the Blanc murderers, were getting along. It was a little after 11 o'clock when I turned into Royal from Canal. When I met ex-Sheriff Remy Klock; he was in company with a party whom I believed was O'Malley, from the description, but I was not positive, and I did not wish to ask any one, so I spoke to Klock and instantly he said, "Let me introduce to you Mr. O'Malley. I asked, 'Is this D. C. O'Malley?' Klock said, 'Yes.' With this remark I turned on the man struck with all my force I could command, remarking, "You are ____ ____ who lied about me!' Klock caught my left arm, which broke the full force of the blow, but O'Malley nevertheless reeled into the street and fell on his hands and knees, his hat falling from his head. I saw the man was frightened and white as he could be, and he showed no signs of resenting the insult. I did not do anything further, but as the police approached O'Malley got up and said" 'Yes, I will denounce you again.' I said: 'Gentlemen, just stand away from me for a second and I will show you how long that individual will stay there.' The police then remarked: 'Don't blockade the banquette,' and I walked off with Sheriff Klock.

"I had made up my mind to hold O'Malley to a an account the first time I met him. To-day was the first time I ever saw him to know to know him."

From the New Orleans Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

At Falk's-Temperance Lecture.

 Mrs.  S. V. Tomlinson, national organizer of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, will lecture at Falk's Opera-house, Tuesday evening, April 2, at 8 p. m. Admission free. Refreshments will be served after the lecture on March 30, to defray expenses of the hall and lecturer.

 Mrs. Tomlinson is a very entertaining lecturer who never fails to interest to her audience. She spoke in Lafayette about a year ago and no doubt many of our people will be glad of the opportunity to here her again.
Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

The Police Jury Called Together in Special Session.
Lafayette, La. March 16, 1897.--Pursuant to call by the president, the Police Jury met this day in special session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, Alonto Lacy, J. E. Primeaux, John Whittington, Jr., and Martial Billaud, Jr. Absent: C. C. Brown.

 President Landry explained the object of the meeting to be the consideration of the proposed cell work now in course of construction in the parish jail. The contractors were about to construct the three new cells, using part of the old material in the construction thereof, instead of constructing the said new cells entirely anew of key-bar iron work as represented to the Police Jury by B. F. Hull, agent of the Pauly Jail Building Co. The president stated that as to the work to be performed and he had therefore called the Jury to consider what steps should be taken to protect the interest of the parish.

 A telegram from Mr. Hull was read stating that he would probably meet the Jury in a few days and work on cells should cease until then.

 A telegram from Mr. Geo. A. Webster was also read assuring that the work would be done rightly.

 The jury unanimously agreed that the Pauly Jail Building Co. should carry out the proposition, as made by Mr. Hull, agent, before the Police Jury and upon which proposition the contract was awarded to said company--the said proposition providing for the repair of the three old cells and the construction of three new cells, of key-bar iron work as per model, exhibited to the Jury by Mr. Hull.

 By motion the following committee was appointed to meet Mr. Hull, and endeavor to make an amicable adjustment of misunderstanding as to said contract: Wm. Clegg, R. C. Landry, Alfred Hebert and R. C. Greig.

 In case of failure on the part of said committee to effect a satisfactory agreement the president is hereby authorized to call a special meeting of the Jury to take any further steps necessary to conserve the public interest in respect to said jail contract.

 By motion, Mr. Wm. Clegg and President R. C. Landry were authorized and empowered to prevent any further cell work until final adjustment of the difficulty now under consideration.
Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

Unearthed-The Blancs Had Procured and Sharpened Two Files.

 While on their way to the city the other day the Blanc brothers told Sheriff Broussard that if he would go to Col. Boudreaux's plantation and search a certain spot in the ground he would fine a sharpened file, similar to the one shown during the trial. That they had two files and had buried them with a few feet of each other. The one to the south, the brothers said, was the instrument used to kill Mr. Begnaud. Acting upon this information the sheriff went to the place indicated and without much trouble unearthed a well-sharpened file. According to the Blanc's statement this is the file with which Mr. Begnaud was stabbed. They stated to the sheriff that they had procured two files but found it necessary to use only one. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/20/1897.
 The property of the Lafayette Sugar Manufacturing Company was sold at public auction last Saturday. It was bought by S. Gumble Co. of New Orleans. This plant was built through the energy of Col. Gus. A. Breaux and no matter who becomes its owner it will serve as a monument to that gentleman's enterprise and public-spirit.

 Mrs. W. Bailey has just received a large assortment of spring and summer novelties in millinery goods, and she cordially invites her friends and customers to call and examine her stock.

 Judge Coffey has opened his office in the building between Mr. Vigneaux's residence and Miss Boas' school. The judge requests The Gazette to state that he will attend promptly to official business.

 Felix E. Voorhies' new residence is nearly completed.

 Hon. O. Cade is pleased to learn that Miss Martha Mouton's music class at the High School is progressing nicely and fast increasing.

 There will be services at the Presbyterian church at 11 o'clock a. m. and 7 p. m. Sunday. Rev. Dr. Martin, synodical evangelist, will preach.

 Dr. H. A. Irion went to Crowley this week on professional business.

 Dr. F. E. Girard visited Opelousas this week.

 Mrs. John H. Conniff, of New Orleans, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. John Hahn at the Crescent Hotel.

 W. T. Blake, the general representative of the American Brewing Association, will accept The Gazette's heartfelt thanks for a dozen bottles of the famous "Dixie Pale" beer.
Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

  From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 20th, 1897:

Another Railroad in the Parish of Lafayette?

 Alexandria, March 15 - Mr. Jos. J. Waitz, of Atchinson, Kan., arrived in Alexandria to-day in connection with the preliminary survey of the Gulf, Louisiana and Great Northern Railway. This is proposed to be one of the great continental lines of the United States operating under three companies, from St. Paul, Minn., on the Mississippi river, to Vermilion Bay, on the gulf of Mexico. This road is expected to pass through Fort Smith, Ark. It is not the intention of the projectors to construct a new railroad all the distance, but to purchase roads already built for many miles south of St. Paul. It is intended, however, to build an entirely new road from Fort Smith to the Gulf of Mexico. It is predicted that the road will be finished and in working operation within two years. The line will be operated at first by three different companies, but consultation will take place subsequently. Alexandria will be the domicile of the company operating between Fort Smith and the Gulf. The necessary capital to build the road has been secured, and construction will be commenced within three months. While the exact location of the route cannot be definitely known until a final survey has been made, it is believed that it will pass through Vermilion, Lafayette, St. Landry, Rapides and Grant parishes. Mr. Waitz will make Alexandria his headquarters. The charter of the company will be published in one of the local papers tomorrow.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

People's Municipal Ticket.

For Mayor:Crow Girard.
For Councilmen:
Wm, Campbell, M. Rosenfield, Chas. H. Lusted, J. P. Revillon, John O. Mouton, Louis Lacoste, L. F. Salles. Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

Don't forget to register. - The new law requires a new registration, do not put it off, go to-day. Your vote may be the deciding one.  What's the matter with the old town, we don't seem "to be in it" on the so called "pure" ticket (?) Somebody had better anchor the City Hall or there will be a grab made for that next.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.


I hear there was an obituary in a local paper last week that we think "went off before it was loaded." We do not remember the exact pedigree of Mr. Randolf's mule but taking our contemporary's statement as correct, we need refer to no more remote date than last April to disclose the fact that former forecaster of the same nature proved to be endowed with the eccentricities of a boomerang. Our friend in his super exuberance of zeal "for the good of the cause" is prone to mistake some other noise for a call to prophesy, and if he has been led astray by the mouthings of some blatant ass with a political pedigree co-extensive with the long eared property of Mr. Randolph he may yet regret his premature bid for a front seat among the faithful.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

Your Home Paper. - Stick to your home paper if you want to reach the largest benefits. It is the home paper that looks after your personal welfare and the general good of the community. Outside papers may boast of superior facilities for news gathering, but it is the home paper that keeps up the interest of home affairs. It is the home paper that publishes all the nice little notices about you and your family and your friends, and that most interests them when away. You may be able to get the outside papers cheaper, but its the home paper that spends its earnings among you - when it has any - and comes in as a neighbor to sit at your firesides.

From the Texarkana, Call and reprinted in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

Death of James Higginbotham. - The venerable James Higginbotham, died at his late residence in Lafayette Wednesday March 17th at 1:20 a. m., at the advanced age of 85 years. He retained all his acuities and superintended his business personally up till the day of his death. Mr. Higginbotham was born in Georgia, but came to Louisiana seventy-four years ago. The funeral was held from his residence Thursday morning, interment took place in the Protestant Cemetery.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

At The High School.

 We are happy to learn that the high school, which is now in a flourishing condition, has opened a musical department. Prof. Chas. F. Trudeau was quite fortunate to secure the services of Miss Martha Mouton as music teacher. The music class is growing in number and we feel justified in saying that this new and valuable addition, together with the library which is now being fitted out at the Lafayette High School, will go very far toward improving that school.
Everything is working smoothly, the attendance is larger than ever before, all conditions are favorable, the children, who have just undergone an examination, are anxiously waiting, and studiously preparing for another at the close. Let the good work go on ! Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

Century Club Supper.

Last Saturday night, in commemoration of its anniversary, the Century Club gave a magnificent banquet at the Crescent News. This Club from the small number of 13 has now grown to be quite a large association, 49 names composing its membership.

The high esteem in which the Century Club is held by every one, the progress it has made since its incipiency, the beneficent work it has laid out, for its aim and purpose, all, bids fair to its continued prosperity.

Not less than 60 persons were present at the banquet; this, of course, includes the honored guests of the Club.

The spacious dining room of the Crescent had been artificially and attractively decorated for the occasion, a String Band was secured for the occasion and everyone agreed in pronouncing the "grand."

After spending a most pleasant two-hours in partaking of the many delicacies, many toasts were made.

The repast over, those so desiring, indulged in "tripping the light fantastoe" until the hands of the time-piece announced that Saturday was nearly gone. All parted perfectly happy, each carrying home with him pleasant recollections of the 13th. of March, 1897, and wishing for the Century Club a long, happy and useful existence. Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.


Another File Found.

 The Blanc Bros. say that the file presented as evidence was not the one which did the blood work and give clues which lead to the discovery of a second weapon prepared like the first. The hellish machination of these deprived minds appears to have no limits. The acute cunning displayed in the perpetration of the crime shows the hand rather of hardened criminal than the work of two beardless boys. And society will not be safe until they have expiated their fiendish deed on the scaffold on April 2nd. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

Police Jury Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., March 16, 1897.

 Pursuant to a call by the president, the Police Jury met this day in special session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, Ben. Avant, Alfred Hebert, Alonzo Lacy, J. E. Primeaux, John Whittington, Jr., and Martial Billeaud, Jr. Absent: C. C. Brown.

 President Landry explained the object of the meeting to be the consideration of the proposed cell work now in course of construction in the parish jail. The contractors were about to construct the three new cells, on the same plan as the old cells, using part of the old material in the construction thereof instead of constructing said new cells entirely anew of key-bar work as represented to the Jury by F. B. Hull, agent of the Pauly Jail Building Co. The president stated that a serious misunderstanding existed as to the work to be performed and he had therefore called the Jury to consider what steps should be taken to protect the interest of the parish.

 A telegram from Mr. Hull was read stating that he would probably meet the Jury, in a few days and work on cells should cease until then. A telegram from Mr. Geo. A. Webster was also read assuring that the work would be done rightly.

 The Jury unanimously agreed that the Pauly Jail Building Co. should carry out the proposition, as made by Mr. Hull, agent, before the Police Jury and upon which proposition the contract was awarded  to said company: - the said proposition providing for the repair of the three old cells and the construction of three new cells, of key-bar iron work as per model exhibited to the Jury by Mr. Hull.

 By motion, the following committee was appointed to meet Mr. Hull, and endeavor to make an amicable adjustment of misunderstanding as to said contract :  Wm. Clegg, R. C. Landry, Alfred Hebert and R. C. Greig.

 In case of failure on the part of said committee to effect a satisfactory agreement the president is hereby authorized to call a special meeting of the Jury to take any further steps necessary to conserve the public interest in respect to said jail contract.

 By motion Messrs. Wm. Clegg and President R. C. Landry were authorized and empowered to prevent any further cell work until final adjustment of the difficulty no under consideration.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/18/1897.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/20/1897.

What's the matter with the old town, we don't seem "to be in it" on the so called "pure" ticket (?) Somebody had better anchor the City Hall or there will be a grab made for that next.  

 Miss Celia Johnson, a charming young lady of Crowley is visiting Mrs. E. McDaniel's family.

Mr. Walton Lyons, of Crowley, made a flying trip to here Wednesday.

Miss Mina Falk of New Orleans is visiting Dr. J. L. Duhart's family.

A very enjoyable hay ride was given Sunday night by the young men in honor of Miss Celia Johnson.

"Lankey Bob" puts "Gentleman Jim" to sleep in fourteen rounds.

Mrs. L. F. Salles is visiting relatives in Opelousas.

Wednesday was celebrated by "the wearing of the green" in honor of the good Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland.

Mrs. J. Conniff of New Orleans is the guest of her sister Mrs. John Hahn.

Dress goods, dress goods, of all kinds at Racket Store.

The Lafayette Ice Factory will begin operations on the first of April.

April 2nd is fixed by the Governor as the day of execution of the Blanc Bros.

The Advertiser had the first news of the fight, it's bulletin gave the conclusion of the fight at the 14th round when the Western Union was sending out the fifth.

Thoughtful people make it a point to learn our prices before buying elsewhere, because they always save money by it. Moss Bros. & Co.

The American Brewing Association of Houston, Texas, extended the compliments of the season by delivering to their friends several cases of the splendid beer they brew. This company expects to build a cold storage plant near the depot and so be able to meet the increasing demand for their product.

Mrs. S. V. Tonelinson, National Organizer, of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union will lecture at Falk's Opera House Tuesday evening March 30th, and Friday evening April 2nd at 8 p. m. Admission free. Refreshments will be served after the lecture on March 30th to defray expenses of hall and lecturer.

All kinds of patterns at 10 cts each at Racket Store.

Miss Zerelda Bailey after a pleasant visit to New Orleans for a few days returned home

Wednesday. While in the city she attended the various millinery opening and brought back with her some of the handsomest models that will be worn in New Orleans this Spring.

Do you ever go a-fishing? Moss Bros. & Co. are showing a new line of fishing tackle that can not fail to interest all devotees of the rod.

Drs. F. E. Girard, and A. R. Trahan attended the grand Lodge assembly in New Orleans and the following is credited to theSquare and Compas, a paper published in New Orleans. "That the medical fraternity was well represented at the grand Lodge. Among others were Doctors F. E.

Girard and A. R. Trahan. That Dr. Trahan is a splendid specimen of manhood. No, we won't tell where he lives. Do you suppose we want to see all the pretty girls go to Lafayette. No sir-e-e.

 That Dr. F. E. Girard is a "worthy scion of a worthy sire" We had the honor of knowing his distinguished father, and number his brother "Crow" among our friends. No girls. No Chance for you. Sorry. He's from Lafayette.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 20th, 1869:

Wm. B. Bailey, Proprietor. Ver
milionville, La. March 20, '69.

Published Every Saturday.

 We are happy to see the various improvements in our Town. The streets are being thoroughly repaired and fixed so that the burgh at all seasons of the year will be high and dry. L. E. Salles the well known and appreciated grocer, to his stock of eatables will be in a few days, add a fine stock of Dry Goods to offer to the shopping people. Other stores are soon to be opened. Mr. Olivier of St. Martins, and sometimes past a resident of our place, will soon open his shops of fancy and Dry Goods at the old corner of Paxton's Drug Store. Mrs. N., whom we need not recommend, will in a few days have an assortment of all that ladies and gentlemen can desire in the way of fancies and fashion, we wish her success. We would close out article but no, we cannot without noticing our young friend Leopold Hirsch, who has opened a new Coffee House stocked with the best of liquors at the old Butcher stand, corner of --------. Who would not patronize Phis, he is a good boy and entitled to public patronage. We are indeed rejoiced to see the spirit of progress in our midst. There is a tide in the affairs of communities as well as of men, and of the same we must take advantage. On, on is the word, and with the prospects of the coming road, (railroad) our Town and country will be prosperous.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1869.


New Church.
The new church of our village will soon be completed. Mr. Moity, architect arrived here on Wednesday morning with all the worked materials necessary to complete the front and cupola of the church. It has been our favored lot to see different pieces of work executed by this able workman, and in our judgment, Lafayette will soon boast of as fine a church and steeple as can be seen, without the city of New Orleans. Too much praise cannot be given to Rev. Father Rouxel our Parish Priest, for his zeal and untiring energy in the accomplishment of this week. Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1869.


Changes Hands. - The livery stable of G. C. Salles, has passed from his hands into those Theodule Hebert, Jr., who purchased the same during the week. The establishment could not have passed into abler hands, and we wish the successor all the success and prosperity that attended the efforts of his predecessor. Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1869.

Poor Bet. -
Who would be cruel to the dumb creatures of the field ? Col. Wm. Mouton was but a few days ago the owner of a fine thorough bred milch cow ; but he is not now. Some heartless wretch some day last week shot her, the ball piercing both shoulders and breast and causing death. Poor Bet, was kind, gentle and as regular as day dawned or the sun rose, she gave her rich milk to feed the urchins who loved and petted her. Who the wretch is, who shot her, we know not; but, to him and all such we would say, that the law maker, in justice and charity did not forget the dumb and defenceless creatures of our fields and has, by special enactment, shielded them from such acts of wanton cruelty. Let the perpetrators of such criminal deeds know that there is a law in existence punishing such offences, and that they had better beware. Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1869.


Tax Time.
We again call upon the Tax payers of our Parish to come up, give in the assessment under the Internal Revenue Laws  and pay the Taxes for the same. In these, the days of oppression and blind tyranny, we are happy to have to deal with such officers as Messrs. Tucker and Vinson. We have in a previous number stated that they come not in a spirit of vexation but in compliance with a law, which enacted, should be complied with. Mr. Vinson is a Creole of St. Mary's and favorably known to us all, we shall say nothing of him, he needs no comments. Mr. Tucker was a union soldier for two years. As nobly he fought he fought against us, as willing as he is to be kind and just unto all, and we sincerely hope that he will long be with us, for we believe that with such officers in the Revenue Department, over the whole country, there would be no trouble and the public coffers would be filled with thousands of dollars more. We again call upon all our citizens to come up and comply with the requirements of the law. Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1869.

Poor Peck. - On Wednesday morning it was our fate to be sauntering down Lafayette street, when we saw a little pet dog. (poor Peck was his name) quietly and harmlessly trotting down the sidewalk, when all at once a mastiff of large proportions pounced upon him with a murderous growl. The growl of the fierce assailant and the pitiful cries of the home pet, soon gathered a crowd of the canine tribe who vied in cruelty towards the helpless dog; low he lay and stood the gnawing and biting of the persecuting crowd until we interfered and delivered him from his enemies. The cry had been given against him, he was down, and none to help. Poor Peck, grieve not; that is the way the world wags even with men. When fortune smiles it is all right; but when she frowns, then, oh then, look out, there will be none too far to give you a kick or a friendly bite.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1869. 

Police Jury
Regular meeting of March 1st, 1896.
 Members present: P. S. Arceneaux, President, and Messrs. Cormier, Broussard and Guidry.  Absent: Messrs. R. LeBlanc and R. C. Landry.

 On motion, A. Monnier was appointed secretary pro tem, during the absence of A. J. Moss, secretary.

 On Motion Hazard Eastin was appointed Constable in lieu of Edmond Pellerin, absent.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 Resolved, that the collections of the Parish Taxes for 1868 be sold by the Constable to the lowest bidder, in front of the Court House.

 Having sold the same the Constable reported that he adjudicated it to Ferrest Martin at the rate of 4 1/2 per cent.

 Resolved, that Fernest Martin is appointed collector of the Parish Licenses for the year 1869 at the rate of 7 per cent.

 Resolved, that the collector of taxes for the years 1865, 1866 and 1867, is hereby authorized to proceed immediately to collect said taxes by seizure and sale if necessary.

 Resolved, that the Collector of the Parish taxes for 1868 and Licenses for 1869, furnish his bond with good securities in the sum of Four Thousand Five Hundred Dollars.

 By virtue of the Law, all inhabitants regardless of color, from 18 to 45 years of age, owe a certain amount of road duty in each ward respectively in the parish.

 Therefore be it resolved, that the commissioners of their respective wards proposed regularly to notify as soon as practicable those inhabitants to report to him on a specific time to perform those duties so absolutely necessary and due by them as citizens.

 In addition, be it resolved, that any neglect or disobedience shown to the order issued by said commissioners, then said order shall be enforced by fine and punishment.

 Resolved, that D. Comeau, Rosemond Leblanc and Desire Roy be and they are hereby appointed by the President as directors of Public Schools in the 7th Ward.

 Resolved, That the collector of Parish Taxes make a report in due form for next meeting.

 The following accounts were allowed :

 L. E. Salles ... $97.50
 S. Chargois ... $20.50
 Ed. Pellerin ... $120.00

 On motion the Police Jury adjourned.
P. S. ARCENEAUX, President.
A. MONNIER, Clerk pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1897.


 Rebellion is a natural right granted to the oppressed people of all countries, be the forms of government what they may be; it is as sacred and incontestable as the right of self-defense and preservation which God gave to man.

 The Cuban people have been and are cruelly oppressed by the government of Spain. For years they have struggled under the oppressive yoke of heartless tyrants. They have suffered far more than the thirteen English colonies under the rule of King George. If the right to rebel against oppression did not exist, there never would have been a Republic in the world. Our great and proud American republic would not shine as the glory of the new world and wonder of mankind.

 During a period of over two years the Cuban patriots have, without assistance, maintained themselves against a great European power. They have certainly shown enough patriotism and sufficient strength to entitle them to be recognized as belligerents by the United States, and be treated in accordance with the usages of warfare by all civilized nations. To deny them that right is to encourage General Weyler in his infamous and barbarous treatment of prisoners of war. To longer withhold that right from the Cubans is to sanction the crimes committed by this inhuman butcher in his cowardly persecution of women and children. The government of the United States can not long refrain from recognizing Cubans as belligerents, without incurring the reproach of all liberty-loving Americans, and without laying itself liable to the charge of disowning the traditions of the revolution and of becoming an accomplice to the revolting policy of Spain.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 3/20/1897.

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