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OFFICIAL JOUBNAL OF THE PARISH AND TOWN OF LAFAYETTE.
VOL. V. LAFAYET'E, LA., SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1897. NO. 32.
THE PRESS CLUB
of New Orleans. Appeal to their
Brothers of the Country for
NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 6, 1897.
Through courtesy of the Western
Union Telegraph Company we wire
you the following free:
: To Our Fellow-Toilers of the
Press in Louisiana, Mississippi and
Texas, from the New Orleans Press
Club. Greeting-It is the sense of
this body whose active membership
are responsible for the accuracy of
the local news of the daily press of
New Orleans, and that sense is
hereby expressed by the club in
special meeting assembled, that to
you, our co-workers and brethren,
be submitted by us the following
facts and suggestions:
First. That with absolute fidelity
and truth all news relative to the
present visitation of yellow fever
here has been reported by us of
active profession- to employing
newspapers and have by them,
without curtailment or coloring,
Second. That the New Orleans
newspapers have consequently told
the facts and all the facts with fidel
ity, which has been everywhere ad
mitted and in some places criticised
as opposed to the city's best inter
est, but truth was deemed the best
rule to inspire confidence at home
and abroad and has been strictly
adhered to as the highest journal
Third. That injury out of all
proportion to the actual danger has
been and is being wrought every
possible interest of - the city, state
and neighboring states, by local
quarantine having no uniformity
and no reference to science.
Fourth. That the most vital
harm results in the quarantine of
mail, thus cutting off all communi
cation, and this in spite of the fact
that the enlightened science of the
world has pronounced that no
pathogenic organisms can live
through the process of disinfection
which the United States is subject
ing newspapers and all mail under
the personal and impartial super
vision of Dr. Carter of the United
States Marine Hospital Service and
under his guarantee of thorough
protection against infection.
Fifth. That unless the quaran
tine be removed the harm to this
State and the South, to localities,
cities and towns may even be pro
longed as neither newspapers nor
letters can bring tidings of affairs
in New Orleans to a great number
Sixth. That our brethren of the
press addressed give conspicuous
place to this special in their papers,
and use their good offices as brainy
men ana leaders in relative thought
with our fellow-citizens in their
localities to the end of removing
the restrictions on the mails, so
that as citizens of a common coun
try we may hold intelligent commu
nication and wisely direct our
course of .sction relative to fever
-as it per~ins both to our common
safety and" our common business,
Seventh. That it is. essentially
important -immediately to set to
work Oa this proposition to first
free the mail since the fever appear
on the wane and is certain in a few
weeks to be extinguished by cold,
and in the cjearer light thus afforded
1* tis.to set the wheels of com
eaie"ia the South free.
NEW e4RLEAlqNS PRESS CLUB.
.EENRY RIGHTOR, President,
J. M. lEYEQUE. Secretary. .
We ~aeploy the best of watch
ibakers ad you can rest assured
your~rWatcbies-will give you petrfet
.... i .T.. u3. sa., j
Police Jury Proceedings.
LAFAYETTE, LA., Oct. 5, 1897
-The Police Jury met this day in
special session as a Board of Health,
with the following members present:
R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, M. Bil
leaud, Ir., Jno. Whittington, Jr.,
Jno. E. Primeaux, Alonzo Lacy
and Alfred Hebert. Absent: Ben
By motion it was resolved that a
committee of physician be appointed
to investigate all suspicious cases
of infectious or contagious diseases
that may occur in the parish. On
this committee were appointed Drs.
J. D. Traban and T. B. Hopkins.
Resolved further, That any per
son who shall refuse to allow an in
vestigation of any suspicious case
by the committee of experts this day
appointed shall be quarantined and
guards shall be placed about his
premises to prevent any intercourse
Further resolved, That any per
son who shall harbor any refuge
or stranger from any infedted point,
or any person actually sick with an
infectious or contagious disease or
shall introduce or receive goods of
any kind from infected places, shall
be subject to a fine of $roo or con
finement in the pest-house for a
period of thirty days.
The following rules and regula
tion for the proposed resumption of
traffic on the Southern Pacific road
were read and unanimously adopted:
Dr. A. R. Trahan and Hon. C. C.
Brown were appointed as delegates
to the convention to be held in
Lake Charles for the purpose of
arranging details of the plan.
RULES AND REGULATIONS.
x. The agi icultural products of
the parishes of Lafayette, Acadia
and Calcasieu may be carried to
the east line of Lafayette parish
where the crew shall stop.
2. A quarantine station shall be
established at the east line of Lafa
yette parish to be in charge of re
sponsible and intelligent guards re
presenting these parishes-six in
number-two from each parish.
3. No freight of any kind shall
be received from east of Lafayette
parish, nor passengers, express
matter nor mail.
4. Empty freight cars from the
east shall be fumigated at the par
ish line under supervision of above
guards, before returning.
5. The crew from the west shall
not in any manner mingle with
those from the east and guards shall
enforce these regulations strictly.
6. A local mixed train shall be
run between Lafayette and Calca
sieu parishes for the accomodation
of bona fide residents of the three
parishes only provided passengers
are in possession of certificates from
health authorities of thoses parishes.
Showing they have not been out
side of the parishes for twenty days
preceeding, and the certificates
shall bear the seal of the clerk of
court of the parish from which it
7. Through freights from Texas
shall pass stopping for necessary
purposes, but crews going no fur
ther east than Lafayette line.
8. The quarantine station shall
be in charge of a health officer, to
be appointed by the Board of
Health of Lafayette and the health
officer of the parish of Lafayette
with the approval of the presidents
of the boards of the parishes of
Acadia and Calcasieu.
9. Guards shall be appointed
by health authorities in each parish.
so. The expenses shall be borne
equally by the parishes of Lafa
yette, Acadia and Calcasieu.
I r. The railroad company shall be
requested to build the necessary
switch at east end of the parish of
Lafayette to fumigate the empty
freight cars coming from the east.
The resignation of Sheriff I. A.
Broussard, on account of sickness,
as warden, was accepted.
The following committee was ap
pointed to confer and act with the
Lafayette Board of Health: C. C.
Brown, M. Billeaud, Jr., and Alfred
The following was adopted: Re
solved that the president of this
Board be and is hereby empowered
to execute all rules and regulations
of this Board, and all ordinances
or parts of ordinances in conflict
herewith be and the same are here
by repealed. The respective ward
members are appointed to super
intend the quarantine of their res
.I Tbsre being, no further bbusiness
':.r .r; R. - - LAjlWRYjV, PresldenLt.
Ci~~ na at~OSecretQry -
The Police Jury met this day in
regular session with the following
members present: R. C. Landry,
C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, M. Bil
leaud, Jr., Jno. Primeaux, Jno.
Whittington, Jr., Alfred Hebert and
The minutes of the. previous
meetings were read and approved.
The petition of Marcel Malan
con, Mozart Langlinais, Ambroise
Broussard, Clairmas Gerouard and
J. R. Melancon, praying for a
roadway through the property of
Valsin Broussard under the provis
sions of act 54 of the General As
sembly of 1896, was read and con
sidered. By motion duly made the
following was adopted:
Resolved that Hons. R. C.
Landry, Ben Avant. and Alonzo
Lacy be and are hereby appointed
a committee to consider the appli
cation of M. Melancon and others
for a road over the land of Valsin
Broussard as per petition. The
committee shall notify Valsin
Broussard in writing and shall hear
all parties in interest, and shall re
port the result of its investigations
to the next regular meeting of the
Jury when the whole matter will be
By motion Messrs. R. C. Landry
and Jno. Whittington, Jr., were ap
pointed to advertise and receive
bids for the keeping of Darmas
By motion the committee of ex
perts of the Board of Health was
notified to investigate any and all
cases of sickness reported to exist
in the-town of Royville and in case
of the refusal on the part of any
citizen of said town to allow an
examination of said reported sick
ness, the said town of Royville
shall be placed under qurrantine
for a period of ten days. The
above was duly adopted. Hon.
Jno. E. Primeaux voting nay. The
secretary was authorized to notify
the expert physicians of the action
taken and their powers in the prem
Horace Comeaux was appointed
road-overseer for the 7th ward vice
The secretary was authorized to
communicate with Supt. Hoggsett,
of the Teche and Yermilion Tele
phone Company, as to the use of
the telephone lines for public
The following accounts were approved:
Alfred Peck, coroner's juror........$ 2 05
G. Alemnen, coroner's juror........... 2 oo
F. Richard, washing jail blankets.... i 25
Geo. DeBlar.c. coal...................... 20 So
E. G. Voorhies, juror and wit.- cer
tificates ......... ...... .... 25 75
Mrs. Alf. Chargois, feed'g 12 jurors 6 oo
I. A. Broussard, feeding prisoners.... 317 70o
A. R. Trahan, parish physician etc.. 37 17
There being no further business
the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, president,
R. C. GREIG, secretary.
Should you need a pair of shoes
call at Mouton & Hopkins' and buy
just what you want.
A Birthday Party.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, Mr. and
Mrs. of F. M. Blake entertained the
*"tiny tots" at a birthday party in
honor of their son, James G. Tal
iaferro, whose years numbered five.
In response to the cute invitation,
"My mother wants to know if your
mother will let you come to my
birthday party," twelve sweetly
pretty children paid their respects
to the charming little host.
In the game, "*hunt and find,"
Miss Challie Tolson was the fortu
nate one and was awarded a lovely
little spoon. - No prettier sight
could have been pictured than the
little ones as they sat at a daintily
decorated table, enjoying the refresh
ments with utter unconcern and
perfectly unconscious of the admi
ration they elicited from "the
children of a larger growth," these
latter echoing the poetic words,
"O .make me a child again just for
Each guest brought to his little
friend a token of rememberance;
and 'twas sweet to hear the little
ones express in simple words what
an 'enjoyable afternoon each had
spent. There were present: Misses
Claudia Mouton, Lucille Baudier,
MLay Bonnet, Challie Tolson, Alice
Moss, Besie Trahan; Masters Lea
liW Sertett, TronsTss.,ISa , Rlph
The Present Situation.
To The Gazette:
LAFAYETTE, LA., Oct. 7, 1897.
A continuation of the present
quarantine regulations will cause
great loss to the people of this sec
tion. It will cause considerable
damage to all, total ruin to some.
It will criple every industry and
strike a death-blow to several in
terests. This is admitted by all,
those who advocate absolute non
intercourse and those who oppose
" We are told by men who have
made sanitary science a life-study,
that we may have intercourse with
infected points without- endangering
in the least the health or life of
This is true or it is not true.
Learned men who should know
what they are talking about tell us
it is true. Some who do not pre
tend to understand sanitary science
tell us it is not.
Whom shall we believe-?
Are we to trust the wisdom of the
civilized world, the best thought of
scientific men and rely upon the
advanced methods of modern
Or, are we to thrust aside the
dictates of the mind, shut our eyes
to the progress of science and cling
to the antediluvian methods of a
past age ?
Eminent gentlemen, who are
thoroughly informed upon every
thing that pertains to the process of
fumigation and disinfection, assure
us that railway communication can
be had with New Orleans with ab
As rational and intelligent beings
can we refuse to believe them,
when experience teaches that it has
All right-minded men believe
that our first duty is to protect
ourselves from the invasion of the
dreadful pestilence whose visitation
is pven too terrible to contemplate,
and should we fail to employ the
best means of protection we would
be criminally guilty.
But we would be equally culpa
ble if we should fail to use those
methods which, though just as safe
and efficient, are certain to save
thousands of people from great
suffering and hundreds from almost
From all indications the quaran
tine will have to be kept up until
perhaps the middle of December.
A good freeze before that time is
Hence, the situation is very
serious and calls for the ripened
judgment of thoughtful and scien
Gov. Foster has taken the matter
in hand and will try to afford the
people some relief. He has wired
the parish authorities to meet the
State health board with a view of
devising some plan that will result
in the common good.
Let us hope he will succeed in
bringing about an agreement which
will mitigate the hardships resulting
from present quarantine regulations.
Disinfectants are cheap at the
Moss Pharmacy, to encourage a
liberal use of them.
Scott Fair Postponed.
The Gazette is requested to an
nounce that the Scott fair will not
take place on the 9th and xoth of
October as had been advertised.
Messrs. Judice and Budro, the
managers of the- fair, were com
pelled to indefinitely postpone it
on account of the present yellow
fever situation. The people of
Scott had already made extensive
preparations for their fair, which
promised to be a brilliant success,
and the failure of the fair to come
off means a great loss to them.
Felix Mouton will write your-in
surauce for you. He represents
all- the best ePoroap4ls,
City Council Proceedings..
LAFAYETTE, LA , October 4, 1897-The
City Council met this evening in regular
session with the following members present:
Mayor Caffery, Councilmen Hopkins, Mar
tin, Mouton and Landry. Absent: Bru,
Davidson and Hahn.
There being a quorum the mayor called I
the Council to order, and upon motion duly
seconded, it was moved that the Council i
adiourn until to-morrow in order that all
the members might be present. Carried.
The C. uncal met this morning with all
the members present.
The minutes of the last regular meeting
and of the special meetings were read and
adopted as read.
The reports of the committees being
called, the street committee reported as
In relation to the petition of the citizens
asking for the truck; in the hall of the Lafa
yette Fire Company, we, the street com
mittee,beg to report that upon investigation
we find that the truck does not belong to
the city and the Council has no control of
it, and further that the matter of purchasing
hose be deferred.
The committee appointed to visit Alex
andria and Thibodeaux, reported that owing
to the quarantine they were unable to go
for the present.
The following accounts were approved:
W. Duhon, hauling .......................... 8 52
W. P. Oil Company, oil.............. 12 12
Amb. Mouton, attending to lamps.... 25 00
I. A. Broussard, feeding prisoners.... 18 40
F. H. Mouton, one day guard .......... So
O. Barron, sanitary inspector............ 15 75
D. J. Veazey, marshal, etc ............... 59 40
H. Hebert, deputy marshal......... ..... 30 o0
U. Himel, deputy marshal............... 40 oo
A. ]. Martin, making assessment roll 75 o00
A-_ Mouton, inspecting freight,...... 7 50o
The account of Gabriel Hebert for $zo
The reports of officers were as follows:
LAFAYETTE, LA., Oct. 4, 1897.-To the
honorable mayor and members of the City
Cuonctl of Lafayette: Gentlemen-I have
collected since last report the following ac
Regular taxes .................................$25 15
Special taxes................................ 25 15
Notices on tax :s. .............................. I 6
Licenses................. ... ----- ...---- 5 00
Total amount collected to date....... $56 90
Very respectfully submitted,
S. W. McFADDIN, Collector.
Ordered recorded and filed and spread
upon the minutes.
Baxter Clegg treas'r gen. fund, Oct. 4 '97.
To the honorable mayor and Gity Coun
cil, Lafayette, La.-Following are receipts
and disbursements since report Sept. 6, '97:
Sept. 6. To cash on hand as per re
port Sept. 6 ..................$-------47 75
To cash rec'd from Sid McFaddin
Sept. 7, regular taxes ............. ... 4 52c
" 7, notices........... ... ............ .. 40
" 8, regular taxes .............. .......... 5 15
8, notices ..................... 4o
" o, regular taxes...................... 60
to, licenses ...................... 5 00
to, notices ....... ..... ........... I1
" I I, licenses.................. ..... 5 00
S13, regular taxes.................. 2 12
" 13, notices .........o............... 20
" 16, regular taxes .................. 3 00
16, notices................ ... .. ..... 10
" 28, regular taxes.................. .. 50
" 28, notices.................................... 30
3" , regular taxes.. .............. 4 75
3" o, notices ............................. I0
Total...... ........... .. ......$..82 o00
Sept. 9. By cash to
L. Creighton..................................... $ 4 84
Amb. Mouton .......................... 25 00
Sid McFaddin................................. 14 85
By cash on hd as per report this day 37 31
Total...............................---- .. $82 o00
Cash on hand this day.................... 37 31
Sept. 6, '97. To cash on hand as
per report Sept. 6 .................$19S3 30
To cash received from Sid McFad
din for special fund-1
Sept. 7........................... .- .. .... 4 52
8 ............... ............ . 5 15
"' 13 ................................... ......... 2 12
" 16d................. ............. 3 00
" 28........................... ........... 2 50
S 30 ................ .. ................... ....... 4 75
Total..... .........................zoo5 95
Oct. 5. To cash on hand this day..$2oo5 95
The reports were ordered filed, recorded
and spread on the minutes.
Mayor Caffery presented the following to
I beg to say that under ordinance of the
City Council of this town, adopted, giving
control to me of quarantine operations, I
requested the following citizens to assist me
in the organization of the volunteer system,
and to act as leaders thereof, to-wit:
Messrs. Crow Girard, A. E. .Mouton, Winm.
Campbell and Ed G. Voorhies. I am able
to say that they readily consented and im
mediately proceeded to organize the volun
teer force inlto four watches, which was
operated with some degree of success for
several days, but they have, this day re
ported to me that sfter having used every
possible endeavor to quarantine the town in
this way, they were .compelled to say the
continuation of the volunteer system is "im
practical, and that guards be hired and
provisions be mfoate for paymt.nt by icreast
in rate of taxation. In this recommenda
tion I concur and suggest that provision be
made without delay for the emergency.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
After discussing the above communica
tion, the following was adopted:
Be it ordained that a tax of seven and one
half mills on the dollar of the assessed
property in the corporation of Lafayette, be
and is hereby fixed and levied for the year
1897, to meet expenses incident to the
quarantine and all other purposes. Yeas:
Davidson, IHopkins, Martin and Landry.
Nays: Bru, Hahn and Martin. Adopted.
Dr. Martin then gave the following
reasons for voting no:
Whereas, the tax-payers and other citi
zens of this town, failing to co-operate in
maintaining a volunteer system of guards
for their self-protection and for the protec
tion of their families against yellow fever
(as this Council was led to believe by
representative men) and whereas a paid
guard at $17 a day with the probabilities of
lasting many months to come, would neces
sitate an additional increase of taxes which
is already very high in order to meet the
payment of the electric light and water
works plants, and in view of the fact that
the people refuse to protect themselves and
families, even to the extent of serving a few
hours on guard duty, appears to me that
they do not care for the protection they
were daily begging for, and as I am only
anxious to perform my duty truly and
honestly, and realizing in Wiy official ca
pacity I am only the people's servant, I
shall be guided by their own verdict is the
premises and will vote against the increase
of taxes until I have proof that it is the
people's will to be taxed higher. There
fore with due regard to those differtig with
me in this matter, I vote no.
G. A. MiARTIN, M. D.
Mr. Davidson made the following resolu
Be it resolved that as the Scuthern Pacific
railroad is in no way benefited by this
absolute quarantine and whereas they were
requested to pay the guards to guard trains
while taking water and coal at this place,
they are therefore exempted from this
special tax of seven and one half mills for
guard and quarantine purposes. Seconded
by Mr. Hahn. Mayor Caffery ruled it out
The Council then adljourned_
CIIAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor,
ST-RI.IFt G Monu), Secretary.
To Resume Railway Traffi
Adopted by the Conference.
FRANKLIN, L.., Oct. 7, 1897.-The com
mittee appointed by the general conference
convened to-day at Franklin on board the
special car of Mr. WV. F. Owen, superinten
dent of the Southern Pacific Railway, for
the purpose of putting in operation a plan
formulated by the general conference, which
plan carries out the suggestion of Dr. Car
ter, of the Marin Hospital service.
At thi. committee meeting were present,
as invited guests, Dr. C. M. Smith, parish
health officer of St. Mary; Dr. D. M. Fos
ter, health officer of the town of Eranklin;
Dr. S. J. Gates, of Franklin; Mr. W. F.
Owen and Mr. J. G. Schriever, of theSouth
ern Pacific; Mr. John Day, of the railway
On motion, I)r. Gates was made chairman
and Dr. Smith secretary of the committee,
and its number was increased to four, Mr.
Owen being made a member. After dis
cussing the plan proposed by Dr. Carter and
the general conference, the committee de
cided to adopt Dr. Carter's suggestion re
garding freight and passenger traffic in the
several parishes. and to carry out his plan to
the fullest extent. )r. Carter assured the
committee that the United States Govern
ment.would lend ituaid in every possible way
in the establishment of a detention camp
and would bear the expenses of said deten
tion camp in every detail.
Mr. Owen, as a member at the committee,
was authorized to interview the authorities of
Jefferson parish with a view of procuring a
cite for the detention camp. and he and Dr.
Carter were to proceed at once toward the
establishment of such a camp in order .that
it might be in operation within seventy-two
hours. The committee also concluded to be
guided by the opinion and the directions of
Dr. Carter in that matter. It was further
agreed in order that the fears of the laity
of the several parishes concerning any risk
that they might run through the establish
ment of this camp might be allayed a
responsible p-rson be appointed by eacl*of
the Boards of health, if they think it n
essary, to go to the camp immediately after'
it is placed in operation, and to co-operat'
with the officers there.placed in charge, and
inspect its workings.
The committee voted that the proceedings
of their meeting of this day be made known
at once througn telegraphic correspondence
to th$ different Boards of Health of the
several parishes--St. Martin, Iberia and St.
Mary, also to the Boards of Health between
St. Mary and New Orleans and those west
of St. Martin, asking their co-operatton.
It was stated at the meeting that the
Western Union Telegraph Co. had kindly
permitted the use of their wires in caraying
on such telegraphic correspondence
might be necessary an order to carry out the
On motion. the committee heartily thank
ed the Southern Pacific Coi my, the
Western Union Telegraph Colany and
Dr. Citer. for .taeir co-operaition i a mat~.
ter git his tCorork gWu to every man hlaa
3*fr sl utitce in this actirua of thu