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THE LAFAYETTE GA-ETTE.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PABISH AND TOWN OF LAFATETTE.
VOL. V. LAFAYETTE, LA., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1897. NO. 0.
Will Not be Allowed to Steam
their Way to Lafyti te,
In Pullman Bleepers. and Box
Cass and We May All Rest
To the great satisfaction of a
large majority of the people of this
town, the City Council held a meet
ing Wednesday and adopted a reso
Stution prohibiting the stopping of
trains in the corporate limits of
Lafayette. Dr. A. R. Trahan,
health officer of the parish, adopted
the same measures and for a time
at least no train will be allowed to
stop at any point in the town or
parish of Lafayette.
In the opinion of many of our
citizens. this action should have
been taken by the authoritles some
days ago, but the gentlemen in
whose hands have been entrusted
the lives of this community, were
evidently of a different opinion.
The news that Texas had quaran
tnred against Louisiana brought
matters to a crisis. The action of
the health authorities of the Lone
Star State made it impossible for
the Southern Pacific to run its
- trains west of here, which necessa
rily made this the terminal point of
the road. This was not at all in
accordance with the agreement en
tered into with Mr. Owens the day
.before, and it was feared that the
new arrangement would be accom
panied by an element of- danger to
The Board of Health was called
together and the question as to
whether or not railway communica
tion would be discontinued, was
taken up. A large number of citi
aens were present and awaited the
result of the meeting with great
anxiety. Some feared that the
board would again postpone the
settlement of the question.
In the absence of Dr. Mudd Dr.
Girard was elecCed temporary presi
dent. The board lost no time and
took up the question for the con
sideration of which they had been
called together. Dr. Martin pre
sented a resolution recommending
to the Council the adoption of an
ordinance declaring that no train
should be stopped in the corporate
limits of the town. Dr. Martin's
resolution was seconded by Dr. Tra
ban, put to a cote and unanimously
carried. The board then ad
journed, subject to call.
After the adjournment of the
board, Mayor Caffery called the
City Council together. The recom
mendation of the board was sub
tnitted, and upon motion, promptly
adopted. The enforcement of the
ordinance means that no train will
be allowed to stop in the corpora
tion. An exception was made at
the request of a railroad employe.
permitting the pay-car to stop. It
was agreed that the ordinance
would not interfere with the stop
ping of trains already on their way
City Council Proceedings.
LArArrTTr, LA., Sept. 23, z887.
--The City Council met in special
session to-day with the following'
present: Hon. Chas. D. Caffery,
mayor; J. J. Davidson, Dr. Thos.
B. Hopkins, Dr. G. A. Martin, A."
J. Landry, A. E. Mouton.
Vpon motion, duly seconded, the
following ordinances were adoptedi
ejt ordained by the City Coun
cil oa Lafayette, La., that in ac
cordance with the recommendation
mad9o the Council this day by
the toard of Health of this town,
in order to prevent the introduction
of yellow fever in our midst, non-:
latercourse by railroad trains is
heroby declared against all~' points
outside of the parish of Lafayette,
.isuch traius are hereby psobib-:
joining parishes, or those who may
identify themselves to the satisfac
tion of the authorities; be admitted,
.and that strangers and all others be
Ordained further, That no mer
chandise of any kind be admitted
by the public roads; this not to ap
ply to products of the parish.
Ordained further, That any one
evading or violating the foregoing
ordinances shall be fined in a sum
not exceeding one hundred dolllars,
and in default of payment of the
fine, be imprisoned not exceeding
There being no further business
to t ansact the meeting adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor,
J. J. DAvDsorN,
We employ the best of watch
makers and you can rest assured
your watches will give you perfect
satisfaction. T. M. Biossat, jew
Wanted to Admit Herrings.
Col. C. C. Brown, of Carencro,
is one of those persons who is al
ways ready to accord merit where it
is deserved. In making up the list
of goods to be admitted into this
parish unhindered by quarantine re
gulations he expressed the opinion
that herrings should be allowed to
come in. The colonel stated that
any audacious microbe who would
venture to travel one hundred and
forty-four miles closed up in a box
of herrings ought to be admitted if
only to recognize its merit. It
should not only be permitted to
enter, but the proper steps should
be taken by the authorities to have
it fittingly decorated.
Felix Mouton will write your in
surance for you. He represents
all the best companies.
A Tough Job.
This is the "toughest" job we
have ever undertaken. The town
is securely bottled up. No one
coming in. No one going away.
No mail from the east and none
from the west. Everything dead as
Hector's ghost. Publishing a paper
under such circumstances is ex
There should be a liberal use
made of disinfectants such as cop
peras, lime and carbolic acid, dur
ing the impending danger. Prices
are low on all disinfectants, at the
There is an old saying and a very
true one that a person must go
away from home to hear the news.
An editorial article in the London
Daily Mail gives to the people of
America the very important infor
mation that their government is
actively engaged in preparations
for war, which news if true, is de
cidedly interesting. The Mail de
clares that the preparations are in
tended for an attack on Spain and
warns our government against rush
ing into a war with Europeans who
mean business and fire real bullets.
The people of this country who ate
closely engaged attending to their
own business ate not aware of the
fact that the government is getting
ready to fight somebody, and the
information the Mail proffers will
not disturb or excite them for the
reason that the question of declar
ing war is determined by them
through their representatives in
Congress. The Mail, if it has
read the history of the two wars be
tween this country and England
should know that the American peo
ple are in the habit of firing real
bullets themselves when they en
gage in battle, and do so quite
effectually, as was shown by the
bloody work of Jackson's men on
the plains of Chalmette.- Daily
SShould' ydu needt a pair of shoes
call at outon &r Hopkins' and buy
just what you want.
1! you want any insurance on
ou life or ptoperty call on .Felix
SOUTHERN COTTON MIILLS.
One of the most encouraging fea
tures of the business season, ended
on the first of this month, says the
Memphis Scimitar, was the show
ing made by Southern mining and
manufacturing enterprises. Reports
from reliable sources indicate that
all of them were fairly prosperous,
even while similar industries were
depressed in other parts of the
country, the result being due in a
great measure to the advantages of
the proximity of the raw mate
rial to points of consumption or
manufacture, and to the favorable
This was especially true of cotton
manufacturing, which evidence a
growth both continuous and of re
markable extent. For the first time
the consumption of Southern mills
exceeded a million bales, the exact
figures being ,0o42,671 bales, re
presenting an increase of x37,970
bales over the preceeding year.
The effect of business stagnation is
shown to some extent in the slightly
diminished consumption per spindle.
There were 482 mills, against 475
the year before, and this fact ac
counts for the increased consump
tion, despite the movement toward
finer thread and shorter hours at
certain mpills. The rapid develop
ment of the business is shown by
recalling the fact that but 546,894
bales were consumed in 889-90o.
There were gains in consumption
as follows: South Carolina, 72,945
bales; North Carolina, 26,85r
bales; Georgia, x8,973 bales; Ala
bama, 9,578 bales, and Kentucky,
4,286 bales. In other Southern
States there were increases of
smaller amount. These figures in
dicate also the rank of the several
chief producers, South Carolina
leading with 1,0o3,324 spindles,
followed by North Carolina with
904,117 spindles, and Georgia with
663,039 spindles. Virginia is cred
ited with r39,183 spindles. Mary
laud is not included in the list of
Southern States, though Missouri is
so included. The Northern mills,
in the past year took z,804,680
bales, or but 76o,ooo more than
were taken for consumption in the
There is probably not a single
mill in the South that has been
managed by competent persons and
under a proper business system that
has not made a favorable showing
by comparison with Northern mills.
But it is not the advance in man
ufacturing alone that is of value to
the South. The constant increase
of consumption by home factories
is an augury of a steadier and better
market for the Cotton as it cohies
from the producer's hands.
Spectacles at Biossat's jewelry.
A special from Opelousas to the
Picayune of Sept. x8 says:
"This evening the community
was startled by the news that Lu
cius G. Dupre, an esteemed young
man of this town and t bright
young lawyer, had attempted to
take his life. At 4 o'clock he went
to the office of Dr. James O. Ray,
and while the doctor was away shot
at himself four times, only one bul
let taking effect in his leg, the three
others going wild. Medical assist
ance was at once summoned and
the utfottunate young man removed
to the residence of his brother, Lau
rent Dupre, Esq. He is not badly
hurt and will recover. He had
been drinking, and it is supposed
that while in a state of intdxication
he planned to take his life. He is
a brother of Judge Gilbert L. Dfu
pre, the present judge of this dis
Woolen underwear for men and
wometn at Mouton & Hopkins'.
Major G. C. Mabry was in town
yesterday. He reports good crops
and no yellow fever on the Long
Anything in the line of dry goods
and notions at Mouton &t Hopkins'.
Police Jury Proceedings.
East Limits, parish of Lafayette.
-After due deliberation between
Mr. W. F. Owens, of the Southern
Pacific Company, and the mayor
of Lafayette and Board of Health
of the corporation of Lafayette, the
Police Jury retired in special ses
| sion. Those present were: Presi
dent R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown,
Ben Avant, John Primeaux, M.
Billeaud, Jr. Absent: John
Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacy and
" -After appointing M. Billeaud, Jr.,
secretary pro. tem. the following
resolutions were adopted:
Resolved, That no person from
New Orleans or any other infected
points, or any point that may be
come infected, will be allowed to
leave trains within the parish of
Resolved, That all goods on
following list- (same in hand of Dr.
A. R. Trahan) are permitted to en
ter the parish of Lafayette. Health
Officer Dr. A. R. Trahan is em
powered to add or reject from the
list such articles as he may judge
advisable, after giving due notice to
the railroad officials.
Resolved, That two guards shall
board trains to examine and see
who can and who should not dis
embark from trains within the
parish. Dr. A. R. Trahan will also
board trains occasionally to see
that all regulations are properly
Resolved, That guards at the
limits of the parish shall examine
all freight trains and empty cars to
keep off tramps and other objec
Resolved, That passenger crews
from Algiers shall be allowed to
bring their trains to the east end
of Lafayette yard to change with
crews from Houston and two guards
shall be appointed to prevent any
intermingling between both the
crews and the public.
Resolved, That freight crews
from Algiers will change at parish
line, or any point east as convenient
to the railroad officials. All traihs
from Houston will be allowed to
enter the parish of Lafayette, and
there will be no interference with
I crews from Alexandria branch who
reside in Lafayette.
The above to take effect imme
diately and to remain in force until
further notice. All previous resolu
tions in conflict therewith are here
There being no further business
the jury adjourned.
M. BILLtEAUD, JR.,
We employ the best of watch
makers and you can rest assured
your watches will give you perfect
satisfaction. T. M. Biossat, jew
A visit to Mouton & Hopkins'
will save you time and money.
COL. MOODY'S IDEA.
Col. Joel Moody) of the Abbe
ville Idea, wants the negro to vote
because this is a free country and
the negro has the constitutional
right to vote and should not be dis
turbed in the exercise of this right
by any Democratic bulldozer.
But Moody has an idea which is
peculiarly his own. He is in favor
of the negro voting, simply because
it is his right and should not be
denied him. But wise is Moody.
The negro's right must consist
only In voting and not in holding
office. That part of the business
will be attended to by white Repub
licans. Col. Moody's plan may
not stand the constitutional test,
but no intelligent and patriotic Re
publican will fail to recognize its
merit, especially at this time when
the niggers seem to have the ear of
The people of Lafayette can't
starve as long as Moss Brothers &
Co's. supply of f~esh family groceries
holds out. This store that is always
kept well stocked up with a do-es
or more different lines of merchan
dise, finds itself fully prepared to
serve the commiunity to great ad
vantage in the present emergency
we have beets called on to meet.
The people will learn to appreciate
more than ever the advantage of I
among them such a splendid busi
ness establishments as .that of Moss
The saying is old, but neverthe
less true that while politeness costs
nothing, it goes a great way in all
matters of business and social life.
We do not know whether the habit
prevails in other country towns,
but it is a fact that young men here
have a habit of addressing young
ladies without the preface of Miss
to their names. They may not so
intend it, but the neglect or failure
to use it, is an unmistakable evi
dence of a lack of politeness and
breeding. No gentleman, not rel
ated to a lady, by blood ties, should
ever fail to address one without ple
fixing .Miss to her name. Young
men in Opelousas have fallen into
the habit of calling them, Helen,
Sallie, Ida, Martha-without hav
ing the politeness to say Miss Helen,
etc. They generally give it as an
excuse that they have been to
school with them, or been raised
with them. This is no excuse, and
the young ladies should not submit
to it. It shows a lack of respect.
If our young gents who have this
habit, were to take such liberties
with other young ladies of other
towns or cities, members of respect
ed families, they would soon be
taught that their attentions could be
The young ladies who submit to
such familiarity, are to blame for it.
They have it entirely in their power
to correct it. Let them but say to
these impolite young Othellos.
"You must understand when you
address me, that I am Miss Mollie
and if you cannot afford to be polite
enough to so address me, I notify
you that I will leave the parlor."
Young ladies should never allow
young gentlemen to neglect this
universal mark of politeness and
good breeding. The habit is cer
tainly not pleasing to mothers and
See the new stock of hats and
shoes at Mouton & Hopkins'.
The Republican party has always
posed as the friend of the colored
man, and as a general rule the
colored brother has proven a faith
ful adherent to its destinies. The
colored voters in the border States
hold the balance of power and for
that reason the Republican leaders
are anxious to conciliate the colored
brother as much as possible. They
have patted him on the back and
encouraged him in the South by
giving him office that they might
retain his vote in the border States.
They care not a fig for the party in
such States as Louisiana, Missis
sippi, and others which they know
to be safely Democratic, and in the
distribution of'offices in these States
they have an eye single to the effect
their appointments may have upon
the African votes in some close
Northern or Western States where
the negroes hold the balance of
power., It is upon this theory that
negroes are appointed to office in
the Southern States; that Georgia
has a negro marshal and Louisiana a
negro naval officer. Other Southern
States must expect some similar
appointments, that the brothers in
black may be conciliated.--Thibo
Editor Weeks, of the Iberian,
has got 'em bad. In fact the peo
ple of New Iberia appear to be af
flicted *ith the sante disease.
bThey have the rouind-house itch.
We would advise our quarantine
guards oti'the east of town to watch
fot Weeks. We understand he is
coming over some dark night to
steal the round-house away from
us. In his present Sthat of mind
there is no telling what he will do.
At any rate we would ask him not
to take ahything else.
WVe employ the best df watch
makers and you ten rest assured
your watches will give you perfect
satisfaictien T. M. Biossat, Jew.
The Dsinfiected Biide
l'se Iust from MississipplS
An' I'se a happy coon,
Kase ma sugar she am wid me
An' we's oh de honeymoon;
I'se a newly-married nigger,
An' I state de fact wid pride,
De fust an' only groom
Wid a disinfected bride.
Tell de ole folks dat we's comin'
From de fiel's of libin' green,
From de State ob Mississippi,
Whar da hab de quarantine;
Hab de weddin' supper ready,
Open all de gateways wide,
Fo' de fumigated groom
An' de disinfected bride.
-B. B. Garrison, in 7'.-D.
Several of our citizens are getting ready
to strike out for tall timber.
Ike Broussard can't ride on the train*
now-a-days, but he has learned to ride on
a bicycle and is still moving on wheels.
Gov. McLaurin of Mississippi, has been
quarantined oat of Jackson. Rather rough
on the governot.
A local politician expressed the hope that
Gov, Foster might be quarantined out of the
State until after the convention.
The Demas wing of the Republican party
in Louisiana ought to take advantage of the
present opportunity and have itself fumin
When the Board of Health tackled Dr.
HIolt it came in contact with a buzz-saw.
Ben Mayer, a member of the Baton
Rouge Board of Health, got scared and
left his post of duty.
The last excursion of the season was the
one which ran as far as the eqrn limits of
the parish to confer with Billy Owens.
Vaiden, Miss., has proclaimed quarantine
against "all creation"
Between the man who isn't scared a bit
and the one who is scared to death, the
latter is not so bad as he is telling the truth
while the other is making a fool of himself.
The "don't get setred" fellow is a
nuisance and should be suppressed.
The Gazette is informed that the
probabilities are that within the
next two or three days arrange
ments will be made by the post-of.
fice authorities to have daily mail
The following from the Daily
States shows that the people of New
Orleans are just as badly scared as
the country folks. After all the
States may be right. There isn't
much use in getting excited:
Let our people keep their heads'
go about what business the wild
panic has left them, and console
themselves with the relentless fact
that somebody has got to get sick
and die every day of the world and
that a pestilence of epidemic only
exists when sicKness becomes the
sole ruling influence of the hour and
the death roll runs up into the
thousands. So far the death tate
in this city during the present ex
citement has almost daily fallen be
low that of the same days last year.
Everybody has got to die some
Lime or other and the scardest felt
ow to-day in New Orleans will
sooner or later have to grit his
teeth, take his medicine and peg
out. If so scared now how in the
devil will he feel when death on his
white horse comes clattering up to
his door? To get sick and die one
day or another is a great American
privilege, or rather, perhaps, we
should say duty, and we see no
sense in the world in making such
an inifelnal fuss about a few cases
of supposed or real yellow fever.
A fellow is just as dead anl gone if
he dies from malarial fever, measles
or typhoid as he is if he dies with
yellow fever or cholera. So what
is the difference, provided the in
fernal thing doesn't get to be so
common as to make it plebian and
It is said that in the reign of
Louis XIV, every barber and every
cook and bootblack was an. infidel;
so that the nobles and the fashiosn
ables becage '~ood Ahristians to
difierentiate themselvq: from 'the
plebs. When death -blecomes so
common and low down an infliction
from yellow fever, it will be time
for the higher classes fo begin to'
think of some more aristockatic
cause of death than the" common
one. There are a good many jack
asses who are very proud to limp
around on crutches and mu slippers
if they can make people believe
they have an hereditary case of
gout. But, Heaven bless us, they
would rather die - than" have it
thought that they had an attack of
such l vulgar malady as theuma
tism. EBut, all in all, it amounts to
the same thiag in the end an4every
fellow has got finally to hand ain his
chepks, and it is quite silly and tivery.
iai)rius .to trade and lndustry t'
raise such a clatter ib 'ut it.