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Five Cent Cotton?
Cotton at 5 cents a pound and less is not of a cheering influence to the farmer who has not yet learned that the first principle of successful farming is to produce his own hog and homing at home. The wail of the toiler of the sod hereabout is loud and prolonged just now when he experiences with full force the meaning of buying 8 cents meat with 5 cents cotton. To express his condition in the vernacular of the day, he is simply "not in it."
In a country so lavishly favored as is ours there can be no extendation for the disadvantageous position in which the great body of farmers are now placed, and it would seem that the lesson once learned ought never to be forgotten. The financial panic of 1893 forced on our people the necessity of diversifying their crops to obtain the mainstay of life. Without money and without credit the farming population had to raise "hog and hominy" or suffer privation, and the result of the enforced experiment proved most gratifying to the farmer, for he learned that by proper exertion he could make himself perfectly independent of the North, the East and the West, as regarded the major part of his home requirements. Because the farmer gave much of his time to the cultivation of those things needed for his daily sustenance he had but little time left to devote to the growing of cotton, but then he did not feel the need of cotton as his mainstay because he was so well provided for in all other respects, and what money he realized from the fleecy staple stood him in the nature of a surplus. The larder being well filled the year round from the resources of the farm, the cotton money did not have to be spent for meat and lard and flour, but found a better use in procuring the conveniences that could not advantageously be produced at home, such as clothing, shoes, and the like of these. When limited to this use a little money will go a very long ways, but when money is needed to buy even lard for the home of the man who ought to be a manufacturer and vendor of lard, himself, cotton at 5 cents a pound is bound to the be the wreck of the farmer and will not fail to drive him to the wall in rapid order.
The farmer of Lafayette who is not in easy circumstances owes it to his own improvidence. With the favorable influences that surround him he ought to be well-to-do, if not actually prosperous. The conditions of soil and climate are present here to make him as independent as a monarch if he will but utilize his opportunities with energy and intelligence.
The currency problem, or any other unfathomable therein, ought never to affect the condition of his larder - the question of good roads only, having a claim on his attention because it bears a direct relation to his well being because it bears a direct relation to his well being in the same way as does the home production of "hog and hominy."
The farmer of this country must come to his senses before it is too late for him to recoup. There must be a change of methods, and permanent change it must be. He must SELL meat not buy it; he must SELL corn, not buy it; he must SELL lard, not buy it; he must SELL butter, not buy it; he must SELL sugar, not buy it; he must SELL rice, not buy it - then, and not until them, will he be able to raise "5 cent" cotton with profit.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/13/1897.
A CALL. - In view of the rapid decline of yellow fever, in the city of New Orleans, and as a chairman of the Franklin conference, I respectfully invite, the members of the several Boards of Health, of the parishes of St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martins and Lafayette, who adopted the quarantine rules and regulations , enacted by the Franklin conference, as well as all other members of the Boards of Health, from parishes along the line of the Southern Pacific to the Texas line; the Louisiana Western and Texas Pacific throughout Louisiana to the Texas line-to meet in conference, at Lafayette, on Wednesday the 17th day of November, 1897, for the purpose of modifying or entirely abrogating existing quarantine regulations.
ALFRED DUPEERIER, M. D.
Chairman of Franklin Conference.
A. B. ROMERO,
Moss. Bros. & Co. report a fine trade in millinery goods this week.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/13/1897.
The concert given by Mrs. Eugenie Derbes and pupils Nov. 6th. inst., proved to be a grand success financially as well as socially.
The program had been selected with great care, and was unusually brilliant one, comprising selections from some of the finest operas; and it is useless to say each number was rendered with marked ability by the pupils, who showed great progress under the able instructions of their gifted teacher.
When Mrs. Derbes appearedn the stage to sing, by request, she heldher audience spellbound by the marvelous strength, richness, and flexibility of her wonderful voice, and the tremendous storm of applause which greeted her final bow, expressing the sincere appreciation of the vast audience for both her singing and charming personality.
The selections of Messrs. H. A. Van der Cruyssen, of this place, and F. Pellerin of New Orleans, were exceedingly well performed and enthusiastically encored.
The instrumental duet and solo, by Misses E. Jaufroid, D. Guerie, and D. Jaufroid,were faultlessly executed, and elicited much praise.
Miss Emma Falk, in her usual charming manner entertained the audience with two beautiful songs, which were well received.
Miss Isaure Mc. Daniel sang with fine voice showing marked progress for a few months study. In her recitations Miss Mc. Daniel was sublime, her gestures being graceful and appropriate, her narrating proving highly entertaining.
Miss Lucille Revillon deserves special mention owing to the excellent way in which she sang her difficult part. She possesses an unusually sweet voice, and her piece brought out all its sweetness and strength.
Mr. B. Comus did remarkably well, and his song was highly appreciated.
Miss Manie Revillon is deserving of much praise for the excellent manner of singing her difficult song which brought out all the good points of her rich voice.
Miss Anna Cavel completely captivated the audience with her Italian selection.
The vocal duet by Misses Manie Revillon and Isaure Mc. Daniel, was exceedingly sweet and pretty, and very well rendered. The young ladies were tremendously applauded, and graciously responded to an encore by repeating the catchy chorus. What's The News?
Lafayette Advertiser 11/13/1897
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/13/1897.
Miss Ella Bell has lately accepted the position of book keeper and correspondent at Moss Bros. & Co.'s.
Just as soon as it will be considered safe to do so, the skilled labor needed to prosecute work on the water works and electric light plant will be allowed to come in from New Orleans, and then we may hope to see this undertaking brought to a successful completion.
Mrs. Arthur Voohries' and her daughter are sojourning at Mrs. E. E. Mouton's hotel.
Hon. Rob. Broussard of New Iberia was in town Monday.
Dr. F. Mayer of Opelousas was a visitor during the week.
Fire Grates, Blowers, Ash Pans, Stove Pipes, & etc. for Winter can be found at Mouton & Hopkins.
The decline in the number of new cases of yellow fever reported at New Orleans for the past few days is marvelous considering the meteorological conditions.
Everything is running along quite smoothly these days at the Cotton Oil Mill and at the Lafayette sugar refinery.
The town of Lafayette is specially well provided with oyster stands this season, there being six up to date and more to hear from.
Fine's table butter, at Mouton & Hopkins.
Moss & Mouton are now ready to issue receipts to their customers. Don't come all at once. Any time before the first of December will answer.
If you don't believe Sanders can put you in a good saddle for $10.00, call and see for yourself.
Mrs. T. Eves, a daughter.
Mrs. W. A. Chachere, a boy.
Mrs. O. Wischan, a boy.
Mrs. S. Veazey, a boy.
Full rigged saddle's at Sander's shop at $10.00.
Judge Julian Mouton is holding court at New Iberia.
If cotton is cheap so is coffee and sugar. Best grade yellow clarified sugar at 5 cents a pound, and coffee of every fair quality at 10 cents a pound, at Moss Bros. & Co.'s.
Complaint is being made about the slow delivery of mail from the depot at this post office after the arrival of the train.
The oyster saloon of Mr. John O. Mouton is certainly a gem, (an oyster pearl.) The furniture constructed by Mr. Numa Broussard is a fair sample of this gentleman's work.
We regret to announce the departure of Mrs. Eugenie Derbes. Lafayette is positively losing a good music teacher, and to prove the esteem in which she was held by her pupils, every one of them was at the train Wednesday to bid her adieu. Mrs. Derbes will reside at Chicago in the future where we hope to hear of her continued success. You can get suited in dress goods, suited in style, quality and price, at Moss. Bros. & Co.'s.
Since the restriction of non-intercourse with neighboring parishes has been revoked, the town has been greatly enlivened by the arrival and departure of each day of residents of the surrounding towns.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/13/1897.
From the Lafayette Gazette of November 13th, 1897:
NOT THE PROPER STUFF FOR KIDS.
When we defended this community against the idiotic attacks of a motley gang of loud-mouthed and hair-brained kickers we did not intend to tread upon the editorial toes of our esteemed local contemporary. This town had been maligned by a job-lot of self-appointed critics whose vain attempts at satire were reproduced by the Advertiser, for the purpose, we are informed, of "entertaining the little children of the town." It strikes us that if the editor of the Advertiser desires to print a children's department for the edification of the "younger generation" he should at least be more judicious in the selection of the matter for the benefit of his juvenile readers. It is hardly possible that the "little children of this town," for whom our friend is showing such unstinted affection, can either amused or edified by reading a whole column of ill-considered and badly written stuff in which their dadies are pictured as an aggregation of defenseless ninnie and long-eared galoots.
For divers and sundry reasons The Gazette man has never been called upon to perform any fatherly duties, nevertheless he ventures the opinion that that kind of stuff will hardly do for the kid department of a newspaper.
Lafayette Gazette 11/13/1897.
The wide-awake merchant, Leon Plonsky, who never lets an opportunity pass to put in a large and well assorted stock of goods, has made extensive preparations this season to supply the people of this town and parish with anything they might need in the lines of merchandise in which he deals. His line of shoes can only be appreciated by a visit to his store. He is in a position to suit all of plain and fastidious tastes. He will sell you a pair at any price from 75 cents to $5.00. He sells the justly-famed Tennent-Stribling shoes and he would like to show them to his customers. His line of boy's suits is the nobbiest that it is possible to see anywhere, and his clothing for grown people is unusually fine and stylish. In fact everything in his store has been selected to please the buyer, who can not fail to be pleased for variety and quality are marked characteristics of his big stock. The ladies, too, will do well to visit this store. In the purchases they have not been forgotten and their wants have been amply provided for. So, all, of both sexes and all ages, are cordially invited to visit Mr. Plonsky's store. Lafayette Gazette 11/13/1897.
Now's the Time to Buy. - David Pelletier, the well-known shoe drummer for the Tennent-Stribling Company of St. Louis, Mo., informs his friends that he has received a magnificent line of shoes and is now prepared to supply dealers with their spring stocks. Mr. Pelletier represents one of the largest shoe houses in the union and his line of samples consists of all the styles and shapes which will be worn next season. All orders addressed to him at Lafayette will be promptly attended to.
Lafayette Gazette 11/13/1897.
Waterworks and Electric Lights. - Mr. Pasquier, the contractor, and the supervising engineer, Mr. Zell, have written to the local authorities to ascertain if they would be admitted into the town as they desired to come here to work on the water-works and electric light plants. Although the authorities are very anxious to have the work done as soon as possible they decided to wait a while before allowing the New Orleans gentlemen to com in. Only a few weeks will be required to complete the plants and it is to be hoped that work will be resumed at an early day. Had the yellow fever not caused a backset the plants would, in all likelihood, be ready for use at the present time. Let us hope however, that the work will now go on unhindered by yellow fever scares, or scares of any kind.
Lafayette Gazette 11/13/1897.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 4, 1897. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, Ben Avant, Jno. E. Primeaux, John Whittington, Jr., Alfred Hebert and Alonzo Lacey. Absent: M. Billeaud, Jr., and C. C. Brown.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Health Officer A. R. Trahan appeared and asked that the Jury adopt the regulations and schedule promulgated by the New Orleans Board of Trade under supervision of the United States Hospital Service. By motion the said regulations were adopted and it was resolved that all goods bearing the certificate of the U. S. Marine service be admitted into the parish, subject only to restrictions imposed by said service.
Mr. Avant, on behalf of the committee appointed to examine into the representation of Mr. Melancon and others, praying for a right of way across the property of Valsin Martin, under provision of Act 154, of 1896, reported that the committee had performed the duty imposed and had found the facts set forth in the petition of M. Melancon and others to be true. A motion to grant the right of way of prayed for was lost by a tie vote and the matter postponed until next meeting.
A petition from Col. G. A. Breaux praying for a right of way across the property of Mr. G. Bienvenu under provisions of Act 54 of 1896 was red and Messrs. Ben Avant, C. C. Brown and Jno. Whittington Jr., were appointed to ascertain all the facts and allegations of said petition and to report the same to the Jury at its next regular meeting. The committee shall hear both parties in interest and the secretary shall notify Mr. G. Bienvenu of this resolution and of the intended investigation by the committee herein named.
By motion of Mr. Primeaux, the following Jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out a public road forty feet wide according to law leading from the property of Desire Langlinais, to the property of Alfred LeBlanc, assess all damages and report to the body. Clement Romero, Anthin Comeaux, Odillon Blanchet, Ben Flanders, Raphael Guidry and Maximillion Ronly.
Eloi Broussard was appointed bridge keeper of Darmas Broussard bridge at the rate of $100 per annum until further notice.
The sum of $69 was appropriated for the Jos. C. Broussard public school, in the first ward, and the sum of $20 for the Duson school in the second ward.
Mr. Avant appointed Alex. M. Broussard member of Drainage committee for the second ward, in place of David Spell.
The sum of $9.50 was ordered refunded Dr. G. W. Scranton, on account of beef sold by constable.
Mr. C. D. Caffery and R. C. Greig were appointed to attend to the demand made by Clerk E. G. Voorhies for boxes to file archives.
The donations of land for public roads by the following persons were read, accepted and ordered recorded: Denis Trahan, Francois Sellers, Alexander Duhon, Felix Maikes, Donacien Hebert, Raymond Trahan, Hillaire Broussard, Eugene Hebert, Marcial Hebert, Doseti Duhon, Joseph Thibodeaux, Isadore Vincent, Hilaire Hebert, Hineas Trahan, Joseph Hebert, Adam Cormier, Julien Hebert and Madam Olivia Hebert.
The Jury of Freeholders appointed to trace and lay out a public road from J. A. Laneuville's land to Vermilion parish submitted the following report which was adopted, the road declared a public highway and the sum of $20 appropriated and set aside for damages assessed:
State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette, Aurelien Primeaux, Overton Cade, B. F. Flanders, Odillon Blanchet, Clement Romero and Dr. P. A. Dupleix, do solemnly swear that we will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, to the greatest ease and advantage of the inhabitants and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be - without favor or affection, malice or hatred, and to the best of our skill and abilities. So help us God. And furthermore, that we will truly assess all damages to proprietors, caused by said road, to the best of our judgment and ability. Aurelien Primeaux, Overton Cade, Benj. J. Flanders, J. O. Blanchet, Clement Romero and P. A. Dupleix.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 21st day of September, 1897, D. A. Cochrane Notary Public.
We, the undersigned Jury of Freeholders of the Parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said Parish, to trace and lay out a public road leading from North of L. A. Laneauville's land to Vermilion parish line, the public road running through the lands of the following proprietors to-wit: B. A. Laneuville proprietors to-wit: Between J. A. Lanueville and Marie Graugais, thence between J. A. Laneuville, Oscar Bernard and Slvanie Bosset 14 arpents, between and through Aurelien Primeaux 14 arpents, between Aurelien Primeaux and Desire Broussard 14 arpents, between Overton Cade and Jules Alciator 14 arpents, between Overton Cade and Marchie Richard 14 arpents, through the lands of Overton Cade 14 arpents, these running on public road east of Bodonis, then in a southwest direction through lands of Overton Cade 28 arpents, reaching the northwest corner of Mrs. O. Theriot's land, then between O. Cade and Mrs. O. Theriot 14 arpents, then between land of B. F. Flanders and P. B. Roy 14 arpents, then between Cesaire Bourq, Jean Bourq and Autelie Theriot 14 arpents, then between Aurelius Hebert, Aurelius Hebert, Jr., and Clement Romero, 14 arpents, then between Jean Landry and J. A. Roy 14 arpents, then between Eraste Trahan and Lucien Duhon 14 arpents, to the Vermilion parish line. Having been notified of our appointment and of the time and place of meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment; and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath, and having given notice to each and every one of the aforesaid proprietors in writing, at least three days previous, of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said roads through the lands of said proprietors, which notices were duly served on said proprietors, did meet on the 21st day of September 1897, at Royville, La., the place designated in said notices, and did then and there, in presence of the following named of said proprietors, to-wit: Aurelien Primeaux, Overton Cade, B. F. Flanders, J. O. Blanchet, Clement Romero, and Dr. P. A. Dupleix, proceed to trace and lay out said public road as follows:
Beginning at Laneuville on the north to the Vermilion parish line on the south, and running thence through the lands of the hereinafter owners thereof for the distance of seven miles and four arpents, taking a strip of twenty feet wide off the land of each one along their common boundary line, which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown by us by said proprietors, and by them designated to us, by setting stakes and plowing furrows, so as to be easily visible and recognizable, and thence through the lands of J. A. Laneuville thence through the lands of J. A. Laneuville, Marie Grangais, Oscar Bernard, Sylvanie Bosset, Aurelien Primeaux, Desire Broussard, Overton Cade, Marcelin Richard, Octave Theriot, B. F. Flanders, P. B. Roy, J. A. Roy, Cesaire Bourq, Jean Bourq, Aurelle Theriot, Aurelien Hebert, Aurelien F. Hebert, Jr., C. Romero, Jean Landry, J. A. Roy, Eraste Trahan, Lucien Duhon and Jules Alciator to the termination of said road, which road is forty feet wide throughout its entire length, and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course; and we have caused to be made a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road, and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs, and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner of said road, which plat is annexed to this report of said road for reference.
And we further report that we, said Jury of Freeholders, did on our oaths aforesaid, assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to-wit:
To J. A. Lanueville $20 and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed, as in our opinion the benefit of said road fully compensates the value of their land taken.
Done in the Parish of Lafayette, this 21st day of Sept. 1897, Aurelien Primeaux, Overton Cade, B. F. Flanders, J. O. Blanchet, Clement Romero, P. H. Dupleix.
ENDORSEMENT OF CONSENT.
I, one of the proprietors named in the written report, do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report, and accompanying plat; and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me, by said Jury of Freeholders, as by the written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained, by reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road.
Signed and dated this 21st day of Sept. 1897, Jules Alciator, P. B. Roy, J. A. Roy, Aurelien Primeaux, Overton Cade, B. F. Flanders, Clement Romero, Aurelie Theriot, Marcelin Richard, Sylvanie Bosset, Oscar Bernard, Marie Grangais, Mrs. Octave Theriot, Lucien Duhon, Olime Boudreaux, Jno. Landry, Aurelien J. Hebert, Aurelien E. Hebert, Cesaire Bourq, Desire Broussard John Bourq.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
(Continuation in next issue.)
Lafayette Gazette 11/13/1897.
The Greatest Ride in History.
A territory of 271,000 square miles, comprising Washington, Idaho and Oregon as they are to-day, was saved to the Union by one man. He had the courage and heroism to ride on muleback for three thousand miles. The ride was thrilling, the trial and hardships marvelous, the result a glorious one. The whole story, beautifully illustrated, will be given in the November issue of the Ladies Home Journal, under the title, "When Dr. Whitman Added Three Stars to Our Flag," the closing and most intensely interesting article in the Journal's successful series of "Great Personal Events." The first woman to cross the Rockies figure in the story, which proves beyond a doubt that they preceded Fremont, the "Pathfinder," by six years. Lafayette Gazette 11/13/1897