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.
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.
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.
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Lafayette Advertiser 10/17/1891.