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From the Lafayette Gazette of October 17th, 1903:

Gov. Hogg, Gen. Miles and Mr. Bruck's Visit.

 Mr. Bruck, an oil expert from Boston and special guest of Gen. Miles and Gov. Hogg on their trip through the oil territory of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, was interviewed by a representative of The Gazette last night at the Crescent News Hotel. Mr. Bruck said the party visited the various centres of oil activity in the two states - Beaumont, Sour Lake, Jennings, Welsh and Crowley - concluding their tour of investigation in the Anse la Butte oil field; that the latter is by far the most promising territory visited, and that the party did not leave this field without first purchasing several hundred acres of what they considered the finest oil land in the world, Mr. Bruck himself purchasing one hundred acres from J. C. Nickerson, real estate agent. These gentlemen leased also some two thousand acres on their trip through the oil region.

 In answer to the question as to the quality of the oil, he said that it was equal if not superior to any found, particularly for lubricating purposes; that it could be used in the crude state without refining on railroad kernals and for heavy machinery ;  that he had made both a physical test and chemical analysis which compelled him to the above conclusion. In a word, no oil field offered such flattering and tempting prospects to the investor.

 Great praise was given to Mr. J. C. Nickerson for his enterprise and thrift in bringing these gentlemen here and showing them over the country. Mr. Bruck emphasized these things, and showed most cordially his appreciation of Mr. Nickerson's efforts, and spoke highly of the courtesies that had been extended his party, and of the rich and fertile country he saw here.

 It is rumored that the visit of these gentlemen will result in something more tangible than mere praise, and that a company capitalized at $1,000,000 will be formed to exploit the field. This rumor has foundation in fact we believe, as Mr. Bruck did not deny it.

 Gov. Hogg left some days ago for Texas; Gen. Miles for California and Oregon; and Mr. Bruck for New Orleans last night, where he will stop at the Grunewald Hotel.

 Let us hope that the long neglected, or much misused, oil field of Anse la Butte will soon take on a boom ;  and everything seems to point now to that happy and much wished for consummation. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

Attendance Growing Daily - Now Twenty-five Per Cent.

 Greater than on the Same Date Last Session.

 Every prospect if favorable for the largest attendance ever enrolled at the Industrial Institute ;  the number at present (146) being about twenty-five per cent greater than the number enrolled on the same date of last session. Before the end of the session last year the number reached 182 ;  and at the same time rate of increase the number this session would reach 225 or more. This is conclusive evidence of a normal and steady growth and is highly gratifying to the friends and patrons of the Institute. Two important considerations should be taken into account, however, in any review of the growth of the school in attendance. These are, first, the need of a dormitory for boys ;  and, second, the necessity of holding up the educational standard of the courses of study at a point where they will be worthy of comparison with those of the best secondary schools of the State and of the whole country. As to the first of these matters, it is only a question of a little time. The next session of the General Assembly will doubtless be led to see this need and to supply it. Then, of course, the necessity of holding up the standard to proper requirements has been in the way of an even more rapid increase in numbers. Hundreds of candidates for admission to the various courses have had to prepare a little further in the public schools before being quite ready to do their best work at the Institute. And the Institute has in this way contributed to growth in attendance in the public schools, stimulating them and helping them. Far-sighted leaders in the public-educational movement of our community and section have constantly had in view the need of so developing the elementary schools all round as to make the opportunities the Industrial Institute offers more available to all.

 Miss Frances Ware Blocker, of Marshall, Texas, has been compelled to resign her appointment as teacher of Art at the Institute, on account of serious trouble with her eyes. In her place Miss Lillie A. Guedry, of New Orleans, has been appointed. Miss Guedry, who like Miss Blocker is a graduate of Newcomb Art School, has arrived at the Institute and has taken charge of her classes with great interest and earnestness.

 In the Domestic Science department a course in basketry has been organized by Miss Riis, open to both boys and girls. The class is greatly interested in the work and has already turned out some very useful specimens of that art.

 The challenge of the Lake Charles High School football team has been accepted for Thanksgiving day. The boys are working accordingly. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

Episcopal Guild.

 The ladies of the Episcopal Guild held their annual business meeting the first Monday in October at the home of the president, Mrs. Wm. Clegg, who has for three years efficiently filled that office. The Secretary filled that office. The secretary and Treasurer gave reports of their year's work, showing the payment of $425.00 toward the liquidation of the church debt, leaving them still quite a good bank account. The annual election of officers then took place, resulting as follows:

 Mrs. F. E. Davis, president; Mrs. William Clegg, vice-president; Miss Edna Close, secretary; Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, Jr., treasurer.  Several new members were then enrolled and new social features suggested. There was also proposed a Hallow E'en entertainment for the benefit of the church fund. To perfect these plans a special meeting of the guild will be held at Judge Parkerson's, and all members are requested to attend. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

Shot at Officer.

 An unknown negro belonging to a traveling musical organization exchanged shots with Police officer Sid Veazey last Friday night on Lincoln Avenue near Domengeaux's Restaurant. The negro had acted in an insulting manner towards a few gentlemen near the railroad depot, and the officer was endeavoring to make his arrest at the time of the shooting. The negro carried a pistol in his hand when commanded to halt. Refusing to obey, the officer shot at him. None of the shots fired took effect. The negro made escape and he has not yet been apprehended. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

Broussard to St. Martinville.

 Sheriff Broussard went to St. Martinville during the week to get a negro, named, Paul Bernard, who was arrested there for stealing a horse from Sid Veazey. The negro pleaded guilty of horse stealing and was sentenced to one year's imprisonment in the penitentiary by Judge Debaillon.
Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

 Rapidly Recovering. 

 The friends of W. P. Bracken are glad to see that he is rapidly recovering from the injuries he received about six weeks ago, while on his train on the Louisiana Western Railroad. Just prior to his injuries, Mr. Bracken was elected to represent Lafayette Lodge, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, on the legislative board. The legislative boards are elected in all states, and the duties of the members are to protect the interests of organized labor at the session of each state legislature. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

Court News.

 A good many minor cases have been tried so far at this term of court. Nearly all the parties concerned are colored. Their names, and the crimes for which they were convicted are given below:

 Paul Bernard, horse stealing; William Foote, disturbing peaceable assembly; Adam Maxile, horse stealing; Edward Breaux, concealed weapon; Alex. Mouton, concealed weapon; Baptiste Falk, concealed weapon; Anis Savoy, running horse on public road; Joseph Fuselier, manslaughter; Numa Bernard, slander; Wilson Dugas, assault and battery; Gonsonne, assault and battery; Joseph Broussard, concealed weapon; Ignace Williams, disturbing a peaceful assembly; Remi Hebert, assault and battery; Ceasar Buchanan, shooting with intent to kill; Joseph Andress, larceny; Henry Griffin, assault and battery. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.


 Married, at St. John's Catholic Church, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Father Crozier officiating, Mr. A. E. Ferren, of Lake Charles, to Miss Louise Revillon, of this place.

 This interesting wedding was attended by many friends of both contracting parties. After the two were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony, having pledged each other to support, cherish and obey, the aisles were cleared to permit the newly made man and wife to receive the many congratulations, as well as an abundance of rice, from the hands of friends at the door of the church. Mr. Geo. Casanova, of New Orleans, was best man, and Miss Lizzie Ferren, sister of the groom, was the bride's maid.

 After leaving the church, the bride and groom, and a number of friends and members of the family, were served a delightful breakfast at the home of the bride's mother. This through with, beautiful music, instrumental and vocal, was rendered by Misses Lucile Revillon, Lizzie Ferren, and Mr. Geo. Casanova.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ferren left on the 1 o'clock train for their future home in Lake Charles. The Gazette joins a host of friends here and in Lake Charles in wishing them a long and prosperous life of unalloyed happiness.
Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.







 Killing at Carencro.

 Young Roger, a son of John Roger, the well-known citizen of the sixth ward, last night shot and killed Jean Baptiste Duplessin also of Carencro. The shooting took place in Blot & Francez's saloon at Carencro. The report is that the two men had a personal encounter in which Duplessin worsted Roger who is a man of small stature. Roger warned his assailant to desist and failing to do this, Roger shot at him three times, two of the shots taking effect. Duplessin died almost immediately. Roger surrendered to the officers last night. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 5, 1903. - Regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding and members present:  J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc, D. V. Gardebled.

 Minutes of previous meeting approved as read.

 Chairman of water and light committee reported having received invoice for pump and everything was in readiness for same on its arrival.

 The treasurer and mayor's report were accepted as follows:


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 Mr. A. J. LeBlanc representing the fire department asked that free lights and license be furnished the department for the purpose of a street fair to be held in December for the benefit of the department.

 Moved and duly seconded that a committee of three be appointed to contract for street fair to be composed of the mayor and two others, who are authorized to contract and execute with a representative of the U. S. Carnival Co., also the manner in which said carnival shall be conducted, it being understood that said exhibition is to be given for the benefit of the fire department in the proceeds shall not be less the 25 per cent of all receipts and that said committee is also authorized to appoint a committee of six, two from each company who shall have full charge of all matters relative to said show, so far as the department is concerned. Motion carried.

 Committee appointed by Mayor: Dr. F. E. Girard, F. V. Mouton.

 The following communication was received and ordered spread on minutes.

   Lafayette, La., Oct. 9, 1903.
Mayor of Lafayette, La.
    Dear Sir: - This is to advise yourself and the city council of Lafayette, that the recent ordinance lately adopted by that body ordering an assessment of only two-thirds of the actual costs of paving certain side walks of the town against the property owners abutting the whole costs of said side walks, as fixed by the Legislature in whom the power is exclusively vested, is considered illegal in so far as it attempts to charge the property benefited with only two-thirds of the benefit received, and to charge the other third to other property owners, who under the law, as above stated, in the contemplation of the Legislature, receive no benefit, and unless the ordinance is amended so as to conform to the law by charging the abutting owners, all the costs, judicial proceedings will be instituted to prevent the consummation of any contract to carry it out. Desiring however to avoid unnecessary litigation, I suggest that this question be examined by yourself and the council, to the end that litigation be avoided if my view are concurred in.
    Yours respectfully,

 Whereupon the city council having considered above notice and finding that they are without authority in law to pay any portion of said walks, adopted the following ordinance:


 Section I.  Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that in the exercise of the powers conferred upon it by Act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, this Council shall hereafter whenever the public interest requires it, pave, plank, gravel, mechanize or otherwise improve the sidewalks, curbing, or any part thereof, within the corporate limits of said town, and shall levy and and collect special taxes or local assessment on real estate abutting the sidewalk or curbing to be improved, for the purpose of defraying the cost thereof.

 Section II.  Be it further ordained that whenever the City Council shall decide to pave or improve any side walks or curbing in said town, it shall pass an ordinance calling for bids for the work, of which ten days notice shall be given in the newspapers published in the town, and shall let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder who can give satisfactory security; and after the contract has been awarded, the Council shall provide by ordinance, for an assessment of all real estate abutting the sidewalk curbing, or portion thereof to be paved or improved; provided that in case no satisfactory bid is received, then, and in that event, the said council shall proceed to do such work under the direction and supervision of the street committee of said City Council, and the cost thereof shall assessed against the property abutting said sidewalk or portion thereof.

 Section III.  Be it further ordained that as provided by said act of the Legislature, the owners of real estate abutting said sidewalks or curbing, shall pay the entire cost of said work, or the basis of the respective frontage of said property abutting the same.

 Section IV.  Be it further ordained that the sum assessed against the real estate shall be due and collect-able within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council, and if not paid within ten days, the City Council shall have the power to proceed by suit against the said owners and against the said real estate to collect the delinquent assessment; and the said municipality shall have a special privilege on said property or properties to secure the payment of the same assessed against it, with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all claims except taxes, said privilege shall effect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette, provided that the City Council instead of enforcing the said assessment as above fixed, upon the payment in cash by the property owner of twenty per cent of the amount due by said property owner, may in their discretion authorize the Mayor to sign and issue certificates showing the amounts respectively due by the persons and properties on said sidewalks or curbing so paved or improved, which shall be payable in one, two, three, four and five years, or sooner, at the option of the owner of the property, with six per cent per annum, interest payable annually; which said certificates (with a copy of same recorded with the assessment as aforesaid) duly paraphed as being duly recorded by the recorder of mortgages, shall be secured by the first privilege on the property prior to all other charges except taxes, and may be transferred carrying the lien and privilege of the transferer at their face value to the contractor in payment of the work and paving done on said sidewalk or curbing or portion thereof; provided that where the work is done by the City Council the said certificates may be transferred to other persons and shall enjoy the lien and privilege aforesaid.

 Section V.  Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect at (unreadable words).

 Yeas: Fontenot, J. O. Mouton, (unreadable) Mouton, DeBlanc, Rosenfield, D V. Gardebled.
 Nays: None.

 Moved by D. V. Gardebled seconded by H. L. Fontenot that cement pavement sidewalks be made on both sides of the street along the route outlined in the ordinance.

 Yeas: H. L. Fontenot, D. V. Gardebled.
 Nays: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade.
 Motion lost.

 The following ordinance was unanimously adopted:

 Section I.  Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance this day adopted, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with "the provisions of Act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk, six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto, and otherwise, according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built between the following points and along the following route, to-wit:

 Starting on Grant Avenue at the centre line of the Crescent News Hotel, thence along the west side of said Grant Avnue to Lincoln Avenue, thence along the south side of Lincoln Avenue, thence along the east side of Jefferson street, thence along the east side of Jefferson street to Vermilion street, thence along the south side of Vermilion street to Lafayette street, thence along the east side of Lafayette street to north Main street.

 Starting again at the corner of Lee Avenue and Vermilion street on the north side of Vermilion street and running thence to St. John street, thence along the east side of St. John street to Main street.

 Section II.  Be it further ordained that a plank walk of six feet in width, wherever possible, and of such lesser width as may be necessary to conform to the sidewalk, and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee, be built between the following points, to-wit:

 1. From corner of Vermilion St. and Lee Avenue on east side of Lee Avenue, then east side of Lee Avenue, then east side of Oak St., and west side of Grant Avenue to Crescent News Hotel.

 2. From Vermilion to Main, on west side of Johnston street.

 3. From Lafayette street (near Convent) going on North side of Convent St. to St. John street, and thence on west of St. John to Catholic church square.

 4. From corner of Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue on east side of Railroad, running on north side of Lincoln Avenue to Chestnut street.

 Section. III.  Be it further ordained that public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance, moreover, calling for bids to do said work, which bids may include both the said cement and plank walks, or for either, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful compliance of the contract and the completion of said work.

 Section IV.  Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walks shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the faces of the respective frontage of the property on said sidewalk, which amounts shall be due and collect-able within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days, the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate, to collect said delinquent assessment, and for the payment of said sum so assessed. This Council shall have a special privilege on said properties, with six per cent, per annum interest thereon, from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Section V.  Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may, and they are hereby authorized, the their discretion, to accept said work or any part thereof, by sections of one or more blocks.

 Section VI.  Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walks, or of said plank walks, then, that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act No. 147 of 1902.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton, duly seconded, that the sum of Thirty Dollars be paid Mrs. Huff for fraction of a piece of ground lying outside of her fence at southwest corner thereof. Motion carried.

 Be it ordained that the regular tax to meet the general current expenses for the year 1903 be levied and fixed at 7 1/2 mills on the dollar on the assessed valuation property in this town, as shown by the assessment roll for the year 1903. Adopted.

 The Council thereupon adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/17/1903.

 Thursday night lightning struck one of the dynamos at the power house, consequently all the street lights will be shut off until repairs are made.

 Dr. and Mrs. Sillan, of St. Martinville, were guests of the Gerac family during the week.

 Races at Surrey Park, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25. Special rates from all stations along the Southern Pacific Railroad.

 There will be races at St. Mary Park, Franklin, La., on Sunday, Oct. 18. Special rates will be given to that place from all points on the Southern Pacific Railroad.

 All Democrats are invited to attend the meeting tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Court House. Prominent speakers will address the audience.

 Mr. W. A. Montgomery, for a number of years drug clerk at Doucet's drug store, left for New Orleans on Saturday to attend the New Orleans College of Pharmacy. Lafayette Gazette 10/17/1903. 



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 17th, 1891:

A Sugar Refinery...
 BROUSSARDVILLE,  Oct.14th, 1891.
        Editor Lafayette Advertiser

Dear Sir, - While the project of erecting a sugar refinery is now being agitated I will venture a few remarks on that subject. As to the advisability of erecting one and the beneficial results that would accrue to both stockholders and others generally of the community, there is favorable consensus of opinion, the only hitch which seems to exist is the particular spot at which the refinery should be located, and it is this little difficulty that this communication is intended to discuss briefly. 

 Your contributor is informed that several gentlemen who are very much interested in the project and who are able and willing to give substantial aid to the enterprise make it a precedent that the Refinery shall be erected at Lafayette, or on the Vermilion Bayou, while others who are equally able to contribute desire is located on the Morgan R. R. at or in the vicinity of Broussardville, and therein lies the bones of contention.

 I concur fully in the opinion expressed by one of the leading merchants of our town with whom I was conversing about this matter, and the drawback above noted should not exist, because there was ample room and need for a Refinery at both places.

 And now I propose to give the reason why these gentlemen who insist on locating a Refinery at Lafayette, should first encourage the erection of one at Broussardville 1st. Because there is no cane now growing within a a radius of five miles at nearest of Lafayette at present, would be the outlay of a large amount of money that would be a non-bearing dead capital for the coming two or three years, for want of a sufficient amount of cane to feed the mill.

 2d. That Broussard is at the present moment ripe for the enterprise; Mr. M. Billeaud, of this place, having at present 200 acres of cane growing; that he is willing to plant one half himself, which would be about 500 acres and lend the balance to planters who desire to plant, payable when the cane shall be brought to the refinery next fall. Besides there are several other sugar farmers in the immediate vicinity of Broussardville, who are wiling to go extensively into the culture of cane in the event that a Refinery be erected at Broussardville.

 3d. That the farmers around Lafayette being cotton planters will be slow to go into a change of product if not from a natural lack of enterprise, it will be on account of the difficulty of procuring a plant cane, in many instances the of means to do so.

 4th. And finally nothing is so alluring and enticing, so stimulating and creative of a desire to engage in as to witness the successful operation of others in an undertaking, hence by everybody joining hands and erecting a Sugar Refinery at Broussardville that will be in operation next season, and which will undoubtedly prove profitable to the planters; will be an incentive to the planters around Lafayette to go into the culture of cane, and they will prepare for it, so that in the course of two or three years the surrounding will be justifiable and immediately remunerative to a Sugar Refinery that would be erected at Lafayette.

 Besides, help us now and we will help you then.    Yours, &c,

Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891.


 Last Friday and Saturday but little business was transacted by the Court. 

 On Monday, the 12th, the case of the State vs. Paul Leblanc, for defamation of character was tried, and the jury failed to agree.

 Oct. 13, State vs. Jacob Lusher, violation of labor contract guilty.

 State vs. Jean Baptiste, jr., assault with dangerous weapon with intent to kill, plead guilty.

 State vs. Gaspard Menard, assault and battery, plead guilty.

 State vs. Daniel Glover, assault with a dangerous weapon, mistrial.

 Oct. 14, State vs. Antoine Henry, larceny, guilty.

 State vs. Willie Taylor, murder, motion to quash indictment filed. Thursday the case still on trial.

Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891.

At Falk's Opera House.

 The Concert and Ball given at Falk's Opera House, last Saturday night, by the Lafayette Amateur Brass Band, was indeed a most enjoyable affair throughout, and was highly appreciated by a select audience.

 The young ladies who gave there invaluable aid to the success of the evening did themselves much credit, and favored an attentive audience with some delightful singing and music. The weather was cool and bracing and propitious for dancing and the ball ran into the small hours of the morning. There is no doubt but the management made a happy hit in securing the services of the Five-Landrys Band, of Broussardville. Their excellent dance music was all that could be desired, and members of the band fairly captivated our young folk by their urbanity and accommodating disposition. We learn that the left receipts from the entertainment were about $90.00. But this is not so much a matter for congratulation as was the complete success and eclat which marked the occasion. It has given the band boys a prestige which will cause all future announcement of entertainments to be given by them to be hailed with pleasure. There were in attendance representatives from Opelousas, Grand Coteau, Carencro, Broussardville and Royville (now Youngsville).

 Following is a card of thanks.

 "The undersigned Brass Band wishes to tender its most sincere thanks to the following generous and noble persons for their unstrung labors for the success of the concert and ball given last Saturday, October 10th. Rev. E. Forge, Mesdames A. Judice, Ed. Mouton, W. B. Bailey, H. M. Bailey, E. Delmouly, Ed. Pellerin, C. Cornay, Misses Alix Judice, Martha Mouton, Estelle Gerac, Caroline Martin, Mini Cornay, Zerelda Bailey, Anita Hohorst, Nellie Bailey, Lea Gladu, Messrs. H. A. Eastin, Gaston Gladu, F. E. Moss, Wm. Campbell. We also thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the kind and generous people of Lafayette and of neighboring towns, especially those who contributed to the welfare of the brass band.  
Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891.

People's State Bank.

     Lafayette, La., Oct. 14th, 1891.
 To the Shareholders of the People's State Bank:

 At a meeting of the Board of Directors held this day the ca for the last 50 per cent. On subscriptions to the Bank's stock, payable October 19th, 1891, was revoked, and ordered paid on or before December 15th, 1891, for the following reasons:

 1st.  The call was issued for October 15th under the impression that the bank building (now under course of construction) would be completed not later than November 1st, and would have to be paid for at that time. Now it is known that the building will not be ready for occupation before December 1st.

 2nd. The Bank's deposits have been so much larger than was at first anticipated, an increase of funds at this time is rendered unnecessary.

 The shareholders who have paid in the last 50 per cent previous to receiving this notice can arrange for other disposition of the payment, if they care to do so, by calling on the Cashier of the Bank.
C. DEBAILLON, President.
GEO. L. MCCLURE, Sect'y of Board.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891. 


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/17/1891.

 The weather during the week has been clear and pleasant, but a good shower of rain is badly needed; especially by the pastures, which are getting brown. With this fine weather a good rain would make them look like springtime.Miss Mamie Moss has returned from her visit to New Iberia.

 Miss Estelle Gerac spent a few days in Royville this week, the guest of Miss Althea Roy.

 Mr. Gaston Gladu left Friday for New Orleans to resume his studies at the Medical Department of Tulane University. Children Cry for Pitcher's Castoria.

 Our town has been quite lively during the week, and business of all kinds has been moving right ahead.

 We have just received a fine lot of job stock, and are prepared to do any kind of work you want neatly and promptly. Our enterprising young friend, Miss Louise Revillon, is always up with the times and styles in the millinery line. Call her and examine her latest arrivals.

 There is a good deal of building and repairing going on in town and the surrounding country, and our lumber dealers and carpenters are busy.

   A few copies of the "Story of the 26th Regiment La. Infantry, C. S. A. by Colonel Winchester Hall" are on sale at the Moss Pharmacy. Price, only one dollar per copy, to simply cover the cost of publication.

 Mr. John O. Mouton has about finished arranging the varied and select stock of millinery goods and general merchandise she has just received, and now invites your inspection. Vermilion Bayou is getting very low, and the bottom is wrestling to get on top. A few days ago the gaspargoos, gars, etc., held a meeting to make arrangements for Melbourne, the Australian rain maker, to come down and trot out a few showers.

 A grand ball will be given at Baptiste Peres' Hall, on Saturday evening, October 24th, 1891. Music by the Broussardville Band. The public is cordially invited to attend.

 A large assortment of Eye-Glasses and Spectacles at the MOSS PHARMACY.

 Cotton is coming in a little livelier, and our gins are running to their full capacity. But for the appearance of the cotton fields we have noticed near town more pickers are needed. Considerable cotton is falling out for want of prompt picking.

 The Lafayette Athletic Club held a meeting Tuesday night, and are making arrangements for a glove contest between two of our young amateurs, light weights. They both have a good record as fine sparrers, and the exhibition will be a good one.M

 Mr. Alfred Hebert has a fine little mare named Nellie Blair, which promises to develop into a fine trotter. Wednesday she easily beat Mr. Moore's horse in a brush through Col. Cochrane's lane. We don't know of any scrub stock about here that can show her dust, unless it is Arthur Hebert and Sonny Landry's Pleasant.

Last Saturday afternoon as the little 10-year-old son of Mr. Emanuel Domingue, who lives about two miles North of town, was out driving in a buggy, the horse became frightened at a passing train and ran away. The boy was thrown out, unfortunately, catching one of his feet between the spokes of the wheel, in which position he was dragged for some distance. Drs. Trahan, Mudd and Hopkins were called in, and found that the bones of the foot and ankle were so horribly crushed that amputation was necessary. This operation was successfully performed, and the little patient not being otherwise seriously injured is doing as well as could be expected.

 The sooner our city council start to work boring that artesian well they will be just that much ahead towards the consummation of the much desired system of waterworks. If nothing more is ever accomplished, a good artesian well is a great public convenience and will fill a long felt want. Well, what do you say?

 - Col. W. B. Lindsay -  has built for himself a beautiful little sloop, 26 feet in length and 9 feet beam, with a cabin which will accommodate six persons. His shipyard is just below the railroad bridge. This vessel he will use for his winter's cruise in Vermilion bay, sporting. The work will be done by the Col. himself, and is highly creditable to him. Go and see it, and you will fall in love with the pretty little craft.  Work was begun on the bank building last Monday and is progressing at a very satisfactory rate. Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891. 

 The brick manufactured by Mr. B. Falk prove to be excellent material. Weather permitting the building will be completed and ready for occupation by December 1st next. We learn that one of the three offices upstairs has already been engaged by Mr. Horace McClure, recently removed to this office who has gone into the real estate business.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 17th, 1874:

Unconfirmed Land Claims in Louisiana.

  We are indebted to E. W. Halbrook, Register U. S. Land office, New Orleans, for the following valuable information. Our farmers should govern themselves accordingly:

 The owners to lands in this and neighboring parishes the titles to which have not been confirmed by the United States Government, are not aware, perhaps, that the Congressional act under which they can prove up their titles and obtain a confirmation, will expire in a few months.

 There is no probability that this law will be renewed, and there can be no doubt that the General Government will after this Act has expired, grant homestead applications on unconfirmed tracts, upon the general principles that as no attempt has been made to obtain a confirmation, the present owner can have no titles to show, and that, consequently, the land is really of the public domain, and subject to the homestead law.

 We would advise all persons interested in tracts of land as yet unconfirmed, to gather up their titles and call upon the Register and Receiver of the United States land office in New Orleans, who are the Commissioners appointed by law to report upon these claims, or, at least, to address those gentlemen upon the subject, who, if so requested in any instance, will be happy to give the necessary instruction as to the method of procedure requisite to obtain such quit-claim from the government.

 From the Attakapas Register and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1874.

 REGISTER AND VOTE. -  Voters of the parish of Lafayette remember that you cannot vote without a new certificate of  registration. If your certificate is lost or mislaid, a duplicate can be obtained. Those who have not registered can do so, until the evening of the 23rd of this month, at which time the office will be closed. Voters and citizens, bear in mind, that it is your duty to register and vote, if you wish to remedy the existing evils. If you fail to do that, you will have no right to complain of mismanagement and corrupt officials. Let every man register and do his duty to himself and his country by voting for men who have been weighed in the balances and not found wanting. Let every man assert his right a freeman on the 2d of November.

Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1874.


 Next Monday is the day fixed by law, for the opening of a regular term of this Court. Complaints have frequently been made, that the criminal laws are not properly administered, and that criminal cases allowed to accumulate to an injurious extent. Let the officers of the law, whom it concerns, take heed and act accordingly. Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1874.


City Council of Vermilionville.
   Regular Session, Sept. 7th, 1874.

Present, A. Monnier, Mayor and Councilmen Revillon, Mouton, McBride, and Bourges.

 Absent, Councilmen Landry, Salles and Chargois.
 The reading of the minutes of last meeting were read and dispensed with.

 On motion it was resolved, That the Constable be and is hereby authorized to make a bridge over the big ditch, fronting on Washington Street.

 The following accounts were presented and approved :

 Alex. Billeaud, for repairing bridges etc., $26.50 ;  Dick, for making ditch, $2.50.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
H. M. Bailey, Secretary - A. Monnier, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser of October 17th, 1874.                                                     

Startling Facts.

 The American people are rapidly becoming a race of nervous wrecks, and the following suggests the best remedy: Alphonso Hempfling, one of Butler, Pa., swears that when his son was speechless from St. Vitus dance, Dr. Miles' Great Restorative Nervine cured him. Mrs. J. R. Miller, of Valparaiso, and J. D. Taylor, of Logansport, Ind., each gained twenty pounds from taking it. Mr. H. A. Gardner, of Vistula, Indiana, was cured of 40 or 50 convulsions a day, and much headache, dizziness, backache and nervous prostration by one bottle. Trial bottles and fine books of marvelous cures, free at Wm. Clegg's Drug Store, who recommends and guarantees this unequaled remedy.

Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891.

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