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OFFICIAL JOURNAL OP FMU .PARISH OF LAFAYETTE. VOL. XLVII. LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA, FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1912. NUMBER 71. gl S. Si 1rh Sr41414 IS r1 -w- MV -V- -W ITS' PA INTIN6 TIME Have You Ever Visited Our Paint Department? You will find It the most complete We carry in stock 3 grades of House Paint Cheap, Medium, High Grade g As -usual we recommend Climatic tobethe Puirest to cover more, to last longer, to be the BEST PAINT that money can buy Oils, Turpentines, Leads, Varnishes, Gold and Silver En amels, Carriage Paints, Colors in Oils, Brushes, Etc. A B1G STQOCK THE LACOSTE HDW. CO., LTD. 7~_ ~"4·rI- · CC erI ~-C e- · ec-t t-a- --~- L~ Cd HNEGRESS CONFESSES. Clementine Bernabet Gives Der tailed Account of Axe Mur ders in Rayne Crowley and Lafayette. Clementine Bernabet, the ne gro woman in jail ,charged with the murder of the Randell fam ily here. last November has made a confession to the offi -cers and others, in which she declares she committed the axe murders here and in Rayne and Crowley. Tuesday she gave the follow ing account of the tragedies to Mr. R. H. Broussard, reporter for the New Orleans Item: "My name is Clementine Bern abet, I was born and partly raised near the town of St. Mar tinville, (La.,) and moved to Lafayette about three years ago FOR. SALE! - KINIG'S Imp ed Cotlton Seed . From W. A;M ,ATT, JR, RaeL gh; N. Co Russel Big. Boll * 6ttoi-et BaSd From fJR Ti0R OIt'ON, S A1andria Cf,#t Al:. Price $1.25 Bushtl. >8~~~~·LL~\. ~lE. _ _·. I~. l-.:. · .. -- 4 d '" .r ' ý;ýac .` nýa + + a$Mt r. i i a yF. YS Y when I began to lead a life of degradation. I have never been married. It was while in the company of two other women and two men, while in New Iberia, (La.,) that we met an old'negro who fold us that he could sll- us 'candjas' (meaning by that hoodoes), with which we could do as we pleased and we would never be detected and would be protected from the hands of the law by the mere fact of these 'candjas' being in otur possession. "We bought them and paid $3 each for them and left New Iberia the same night, returning to Lafayette, when we began to plan our actions. We had not yet decided on committing any murders, but it was while we were discussing our 'future plans that the question came up as to whether we could kill and be .protected b-y the hoodoos. One of the gang was instructed to go to New Iberia and interview the hoodoo man, who said we were safe in any and all actions which we might do. Our lives would at all times be fully protected by the power of the'hoodoos. Drew Lot for First Murder. "It was sometime during the year 1910, I believe in the fall, that I trent to Rayne with my companions and we drew lots to know wli would make the first attempt of the hoodoos in comumittin. murders. The lot fell to me, and accordingly, I ,t to wotk that night. I went to iny sister, who lived at Rayne, near the O. G. railroad depot, and later during the night went ua town, disguised as a man, and securipg an ax in a yard near the cabin where I killed the iother and four children." When asked how she gained admission into the house she said that the house was lighted. "I saw that the light was burning and by that I cou!d easily see inside. . I saw the mother Sleeping in her bed, then I decided that I would ertEr that house and there begin the work which we had planned. _ "Op entering the hotuse :.1 struck the woman on the right temple and killed her instantly One of the children was awak ened by the noise, and before he could raise his head from the pil low I struck him a blow some where near the left ear, then I struck the other two. I left the man's clothes which I wore in the house and left the house in woman's clothes, returned to nmy sister's house and later dtiring the same night I boarded a nigh: train for, Lafayette arriving here about midnight. It was about 9 when I killed them. Reported Deed to Others. "On my 'return to Lafayette I reported the matter to the other members of the "gang" and we watched the development' in the case with great interest. . When we saw that we had nct been de tected' we decided that th. hoo doos had done their part and we were safe." She then told of how they had killed the family at Crowley, ex plaining every detail. How they left Crowley the same night, one of the women going to Rayne and the others coming to Lafayette. "In Crowley," she said, "I en tered the house with one of the women, while the other kept watch, and as I had the ax in my hand I committed the mur ders. I struck the man first and just as I did.so the woman woke up, I struck her a blow in the face with the butt end of the ax and felled her. I then struck her once' or twice to be sure that she was dead. Once this was done it was an easy matter to get rid of the two small, chil dren. We thought it was better to kill them .than to leave or phans, as they would suffer." - Laid Plans for New Crime. "From Crowley we came back as far as Rayne together, one of the three stopping in Rayne and the other two. thyself and anoth er, came to Lafayette. Later we were joined by the third, who told us how the officers had searched for the murderers all around her: We never spoke of committing any more murders until some time in February. 'The night before an election we knew that all the officers would be busy 'politicing' we wtnt to the reinery and there we laid ouriaplasls, not knowing who wold'b the victim or victims. "When we reached the rail ~ cossing we saw a light b ieg in a cabn near Rama oCes store. We decided that t- wsa a good, place, so went ~ .y. lf a and= o o f the "0sr 4s e4 the house anr I ,."a4w.te rpi~ w sb #1 ·n I TI HOLLEY ROAD, STo Connect New Iberia, Lafa yette and Lake Charles Be bides Neighboring Towns. Wednesday the charter of the Louisiana Electric Railway Pow er Company was filed in the clerk's office here. The domicili of the company is to be at Lafa ette and the capital stock is plac p at $2,000,000 in shares of' -$10 p each. The objects and purrose; of the corporation are stated t( be to build, lease own and ope rate gas works, electric ligh plants, waterworks, parks, pleas ure grounds, to supply electric power; to build, construct, lease own and operate railroads an( tramways, operated by steam electricity or other power, to car ty passengers, freight, express and mail: to build, own and ope rate boats operated by steam oi other motive power; to carry freight and mail. SThe first board of directors to be: A. G. Barrow, R. Ii. Camp bell, Chas. O. Mouton, S. R Parkerson, A. J. Broussard, Adolphe Brasseux, J. S. Suttle, A. J. I)alterive, Hebert Billeaud, G(eo. Champagne, J. E. Nettles, Geo. R. DeLaureal, Jules Drey fus, H. S. Scaly, J. C. Bienvenue, J. B. Ferran, Geo. LeBeau, Nich. Muller, C. C. Broussard, Dr. C. W. Boring, and five others to be named later. The officers are: A. G. Barlowe. president; R. H. Campbell, 1st vice - president; Chas. O.-Mouton, 2nd vice-pres ident; S. R. Parkerson, 3rd vice president; Albert J. Broussard, secretary and treasurer; John L. Kennedy, attorney; Anderson Of futt. electrical engineer. Mir. A. G. Barrow has been one of the main tpromoters and Mr. Camp bell is the head man of the Secur ity Mutual Insurance Co. t Louisiana. The proposed route of the road is from New Iberia to St. Martiniville. to Lafayette to Broussard and to Abbeville via Milton or Youngsville. The road is also to be extended from Lafayette to Lake Charles, and it will connect writh the electric road from New Iberia to Jeaner ette, which it is to be ultimately extended to New Orleans. Plenty of capital is said to be behind the company to carry it through, but a tax of 2 1-2 or 3 mills for ten years will be asked of th6se localities benefitted, in aid of the road. At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Lafa yette 'tuesday J. J. Davidson re signed as cashier on account of ill health, and J. C. Barry Was elected to succeed him. Mr. Da vidson was made vice-president to succeed Mr. Crow Girard who resigned that position. Am now handling the "Sun shine SIecialty". line of fancy cakes and wafers. Call and see them. R. H. McFaddin, phone No. 64. Mrs. J. P. McRee, on trial at Opelousas, for killing Allen Gar land, was freed Wednesday by a jury of eleven for acquittal and one for conviction. Mrs. McRee, with her husband, left for Texas. Eastern Star. A very. interestinm meeting of Lafayette Chapter Yo. 46, Orde. of Eastern Star, was held at the Masonic temple Monday with a large attendance. The petition of Mrs. W. B. Perry having been voted upon and being unanimous ly received, the beautiful degrees of the order were conferied; the temple was beautifully decorated with cut flowers and colors ap. propriate to the degrees of the elter the meeting dclosed 1s. ioenfield serve& delicious cake ad cream, SBy uti w CaMipbeft Vaernishi tre then the S pfer ovit with the Gras tain, Light Oak or any Facts Concerning Simpkins Prolific COTTON SEeD Ninety days from Planting to Boll. Call and let us explain. Peoples Cotton 011 Co., Lafayette, 2 a a Losaimlana. WIRELESS STATION. Did ygu ever send a message by wireless? Do.you know how it works? A few years ago we laughed at the idea of telegraph ing without connecting wires, but within a generation we see the earth encircled by wireless sta tions. Those who wish to under stand and see experiments and demonstrations will have an op portunity by going to the Jeffer son Theatre on April 18. Rev. P. J. Philippe will lecture on and i lustrate "Wireless" with a receiv ing and sending station in pla'n view. The lecturer ihas been Pro fessor of Science.f.,r vIany years at Springhill, Ala., Augusta, Ga., Galveston, Texas, and is now connected with St. Charles Col lege, Grand Coteau, La. Much of his time and study has been giv en to this branch of modern re search and he is prepared to solve the mvsterv of the ethereal wave by a lucid and popular explana tion, devoid of technicalities. Practical applications of wire less that will in the pnear future he considered indispensable, form a very important part of the lec ture. Ringing of bells, turning railroad signals, blowing a fog horn, signaling by electric lights, sounding a fire alarm, starting a fan motor, exploding a mine and a cannon, are some of the experi ments. Arrested Hoodoo Doctor. Wednesday Sheriff Lacoste wyent to New Iberia on the after noon train and assisted by the local officers there, arrested Jos. Thibodeaux, a hoodoo doctor about 45 years old that he was certain was the man mentioned in Clementine Bernabet's con fession. Thibodeaux when tak en by the officers denied that he was a hoodoo doctor, but finally admitted that he did give ne groes papers for different things. -When he was brought to jail. Clementine, who knew nothing of his being arrested, was asked if she knew him, he then being suddenly shown to her, she at once recognized him and'said he was,the man who gave her the paper. He denied it and she went on to describe his house and then told him, "Yes, yo-i said I wouldn't be arrested, but you see here I am in jail." Sheriff Lacoste believes he has made an important capture and hopes to learn the other negroes implica ted in the axe murders through him. . Notice. :Notice is hereby given *that Thursday, April 11th, 1912, has been designated by the .City Council, at the request of the Woman's Civic League, as clean ing-up' day, and all citizens are requested to clean their premises. 'yard and outhouses. " The City Council has appropri ated aajuflicient amount to defray the expense to be incurred for ex tra wagons and men in order that the trash and refuse from 'our ards may be taken immediately after the cleaning. A R. TRAHAN. Mayor. Petition for Railroad T¶i. A Ietition -for a three.iHl tax for ten years in aid of the I+'ew beriL- -Lafayette • ai No;tnil tRa'road was to b-submi to t$ . f cil. last X Ifratt ,Ih'n be t atu rto at the Insech matures aruP the ared~c'ti CARENCRO NOTES, Miss Effie Lessley left Satur day to spend some time with rel atives in Rayne. Mrs. Lane, of Ruston, is the weloome guest of her daughters, Misses Ruth and Connie Lane, at "Lessley Manor." Dr. W. W. Lessley,. Mr. and Mrs. Geo Melchior and children, Geo, Jr. and Carita, motored to Abbeville Sanday and spent the day with Rev. F. A. B. _Laforest, Mrs. F. D. Andrus and nieces, Vivian and Ireqe Lgtiolais, left for their home in Port Arthqr, Texas, last Saturday, after spend several weeks.~wih relatives here. Mr. and Mrs. Odon G rand daughters, Misses Pearl ;i Lo rena, motored to 'Abbeville - ,u day and spent until Monday ~ irt . relatives. , Misses Bertha and LouisJ.. of Pecan Grove, are enjo delightful visit with rela Houma. Miss Odile Melchior MŽ her uncle, Rev-. F. A. B._ est. in Abbeville. -.. ' Mr. and M~rs. Henry- $1 Lafayette, visit edrelativw Saturday. Mr. Tariton Lessley is a two weeks furlough. ' says that Lafayette is a r-ta town, but there j- n-!ola.: kA the "Free State aren Cr ".Wct \We note with $lese tht·' work has been regmn n t cement walks. . On account of HoyIttW & b "e regular meeting of th..oa I provement League ha ' 4 p)oned until next Thli Lafayette, 14.1.4 : Nlotice is her ° City Council has ITi to refuse to- accep of any of the a 0 any accounts fdivers per against the, or of iy . misstio d ficials; an es| re.ehe : fore nrch si any mt&h ts, ladrines claimrs.for missions. : SDEfBAjLLON, Sertay U eUpTow.. . . t Wedne Mr. Mant ILmmea r gluck close'-a lease with ,·ii : SBros. for the two stores. , cupied by the Young .. - and the barber shop, ; session- and more '· store in by June vacated. The pa the two 'stores is t and the front remod s very attractive. Mr. wi.n "install up-to-datei e and proposes to condac;tde the largest and most p wop sssive e grocery businesses in Southwest Louisiana. The building will be large and give ample room to'ear ry a very big stqck.. The Ysaoug's , Drug Store will move to abotber __ - location. t Teaci es .stitute. r Today anpt ro.morrow teachers' ' institutK-will be held at the IHkti School. The morning se - sion today begins at 10:45 and the , Iafternoo." at 1:45. Tomorrow. thh ~ssion begins at 9 00 a. m., and there will be no afternoon S4 very interesting prog -am, o aloe- to teachers. but to the i public as well, has been ry and everybody is invit - L.at--A bul dog about three |P ouths old, female, pure white, feas cut. Reward if returned to E B. Fontenot. 3-26-2t.