Newspaper Page Text
' .1` II OMe t. MOUTON ;->tPSQPREToU5s. - tealhbxe Lafayette La. ftuOiace as Sjoad SStRDAY, JULY uS, 1893 SPECIAL NIOTICE. X+ ,,s~Ci~~&~~ pp '. '-AtStorneysAdminitrators and Litftautfs. a u'aamStra! t of Th, Garette desires to call 77/E.PRISII BOATE estheatins.f thneye. aenistrator of estates oal cobae'iatrng cotpati.nd its friends in aereal s the eceptional advantJags ofeed by hi oapverfotheplication of their notice of Bale ae ae carcatio of the pa s its in an opayt h rf et o per cend ts n ainren Lafayette and pacish is a s tic iet eaatineWaadittoset that busingers enitta seabb -The neeti, willveeeb a target circle than can be arcoTapihed tbrorgl say other mediapn. TIfE PARISH MOJE Y. In, the Lafayette Advertiser of the 8th inst. there appeared an edi torial bitterly complaining of the refusal of t'be, Poiice jury to accept the offer of the People's State Bank tt take the parish funds on deposit and to pay therefore two per cent. interest on daily balances. The editor seems quite surprised that the proposition was "regarded by some of our people entirely new and possibly inimical to the parish." Jje seems a little irritated. He attempts to create the impression that thePolice Jury, in its desire to subserve some individual benefit, lost sight of the interest of the pub lic in the matter-the amount re suhig from the d per cent. The statement is made "that the custom of banks being made the depositories of public funds, and paying interest upon them prevails throughout the length and breath of this land." In his endeaver to substantiate his position that that custom pre vails he refers to Article t r5 of the Revised Civil Code. But from his own statement of what those provi sions are, he forgets that this is a special statute. referring to special funds held by administrators, cura tors, etc. They are not fwblicfuneds. He also refers to the law creating a fiscal agent for the S ate. This also does not apply. It refers to the State funds, and not to parish funds. It is well known that parishes are political corporatiods with powers limited to those expressly delegated to them by the legislature. We venture the assertioh that he will look in vain for any law creat ing or authorizing the creation of fis cal agents for parishes-or towns in this' State. Police Juries,as stated above, have limited powers. "-clhey are especially restricted in matth rs concerning the levy of taxes, and the -disbursement of public funds. The law very zealously guards the interest of the people in t'.se-respcts. Jt -would, indeed, 'be a poor goverment, which boasts of being a government "'by the peo ple and for the people," if the-pub lie funds, taken from the toil of the citizen, could be raised without limit, and not protected and kept sacred. The law which gives the powers to Police Juries is very plain. Sec. 2743 of the Revised Statutes defin ing the powers of the Police Juries, provides: Tenth-To appoint a treasaurcr for the parish. Centainly, po one will deny that from the nature of that proposition, the Police Jury naturaly came to the conclusion, that if the funds had been deposited the bank was to use it in its business ; that the proposi tion of the bank to pay a per cent. interest on the deposit, was not made for glory; that the object was to use in loans on satisfactory in dorsements or on mortgages at a higher rate of interest, and that it was a business proposition, carry ing wit& lithe privilege of specula ting upon, agd using, the public funds in its manifold money tran actions as practiced in the business of State banks. The power to inaugurate a system of speculation with public funds is not expressly delegated in the pro vision of law contained in section *743, above referred to. Public office is a public trust and public funds levied for specified puroses, and wrested from the citizen tot.defray the expenses of overnment, should not and cannot diverted from its legitmate uses for private gain, or to jingle in the coffers of institutions established for speculation. 4t As a matter of power or right to ~'do so, the fact that the proposition h' mande by a home institution that ~all.1euld like to see prosper, does the question. tconfident that- the bank have `renderedt accottnt ,we conoti conaivea how the Ptlice '"Jury corilWpe rlit speCl lation with public fuji, in absqie of express legislative auithority. And such being the 'prbovisi of the Revised Statutes, it is refreshing to see the surprise of the editor of the Advertiser that that proposition "would seem to be regarded by some of our people as entirely new and possibly inimical to the parish." The Advertiser further says: "It is said that if the parish funds are deposited with the bank, they will be used, and such ought not to be. Just why this argument does not weigh against an individual doing the same kind of business the bank is engaged, is not explained." This is very unkind. It is un kind against the Police Jury because it is based on an assumption. The Police Jury can hardly be charged to presume that the treasu rer is using the parish funds in his business, when the law prohibits and punishes it, and when as a mat ter of fact he has the funds in cash in a separate box for the purpose, and which is invariably counted by the committees of the Police Jury and School Board, in preparing their reports on the finances. We believe that our Police Jury have- performed a plain duty by re fusing the proposition ; ,that ihey were actuated by good and pwre-: motives and without any considera tion of individual benefit, and that by not allowing speculation with public funds they have established a safe and wholesome rule and have subserved pub/lic interest. EXPRESS YOUR OPINION. A petition was presented to the city coucil, at its sitting last Monday, asking that body to recon sider and recall the resolution pas sed at a previous meeting against permitting the roaming of cattle on the streets of the town. To reach the sense of the people, on this question, which, by the way, has raised some discussion, it has been decided to hold an election, under the supervision of the town council, on Thursday, the 2oth ins tant, where an expression of opi nion on the matter is invited. It is thought, by these means, a fair test of public opinion can be had. There are two sides to the ques tic n. On the one hand it is contendced that the putting in effect of this re solution will entail hardship on the poor, who are dependent on the milk of a cow or two for a living, by th fact that their means are so limited that' 'Ma cannot afford to pay asturage, Tence they will be suffe lrs. On the cr hand it is claimed that t fl'gaming of cattle cause much da- to the side walks, destroy the curbing of the ditches, and at night are a menace and nui sance to the pedestrian. And, that inasmuch as there is aparish stock law against the roaming of cattle at large, the cattle owned by the town people would be confined within the limits of the corporation for grazing grounds. Here, then, are the two sides. It is for the people themselves to pass upon the issue. The Council will be guided by the majority vote cast either way, therefore, it behooves every one interested and qualified to cast his vote according to his convictions. Remember, the day and date, Thursday July 20, 1893. TIlE ROAD CONTRACT. The Police Jury met in special session last Monday and devoted that clay and part of Tuesday look ing into the alleged violation of the contract held by the public road contractor, Mr. I. N. Satterfield. It is nominated in the contract that the contractor "binds and obli gates himself to deliver on or be fore the first day of May A. P. 1893, the forty miles, more or less of the roads contracted for, * * * well and thoroughly graded and drained," etc. That is, in good traveling condi tion, in consideration of "*$2,o00 per annum for four " and $z per acre additiona all necessary hedges cut dow On the first day of May 5893, as events proved, the contractor was not ready to meet the requirements of his contract. The Police Jury allowed the matter to go over with out taking any action in the prem ises, we say without taking any ac tion, because the published ,official proceedings d@' not contain a word in- reference tro the matter. And this they did in the face of this clause of the contract: r. The failurp, netlict, or re famI at anyv tiner on the Jpart of the co~ntrac t e eg"ty nd raned, de punblic tditlat is cntra~cted, fay..or SAW., ar tlhreoZf according lb the "'t' of thisa . ar tract, and as herein provided, then qnd In that case, the epnntract entered nate this day, shall by sach fatlure, neglect or refusal be eirp faco, rescinded, annulled, and of no ef fet, aid the Police Jury shall be-entitled to recover damages against the said contractor and sureties, if any has been sustained. Another two months rolled by, July i, 1893 arrives, and still the contractor is not ready to meet the demands of his contract, 'which should have been fulfilled two months before, but makes the re quest to be granted "an extension of go90 days in order to comply with the terms of his contract" and to quote the record, -Mr. Satterfield in his own behalf made a statement as to the difficulties which delayed the working of the roads, and said that he had not been able to attend personally to the work heretofore, but if granted an extension of time, as prayed for, would promise in future," etc., etc. The Police Jury granted the fore going request, and added the provi so that he (the contractor) forfeit $5oo V'Po not "-complying with the terms of his contract. The contractor received - before the Ist of May last somnething like S 100 being instalments due on his contract, and for cutting down necessary hedges, both items being lumped together. It is admitted that he has done some work on the public roads, but, utip to date not a mile of road has been turned over to, and received by the parish, in accordance with the terms of the contract. For the faithful performance of his contract Mr Satterfield furnish ed a bond of $5oo00, with Mr. A. M. Martin as surety. The above are facts, and leads The Gazette to employ the interro gation point: Did not the contract of iscef, ac cording to the 9th clause of the con tract, become null and void on the ist of May, 1893? If so, was it not the duty of the Police Jury to so declare it, and at once cause suit to be instituted against the road contractor, and his bondsman, for failure to comply with the requirements of his con tract ? If the contract is, acccordling to clause 9, null and void, can the l'o lice Jury grant an extension on a contract that does not exist ? A POOR AS/. The follt wing clilppedtl from the "Questions and Answers" depart ment in last Monday's T'imes-l)em ocrat, will be read with some interest by the people of Lafayette who may yet retain a faint recollection of having heard or read something about a certain As ", riho appen;s to be a mighty small stick: Subscriber: According to the code gov crning dueling in this State, is the challe,,;er justified in posting the challengee as a cow ard, because of selecting rifles when accept ing a challenge ? 2 Is it not an established usagec that the challengee have the choice of arms ? 3 Is one Ash, of South Carolina, autlhor of a Code on dlueling, recognized in this State as an authority in such matters ? Who is Ash ? What are his antecedents ? If living, can you locate him ? 1. No. 2. Yes. 3. Cannot place Ash. IIc, however, is not an authority in this State. Burden Should Be Eqttal. The Board of Reviewers last Tuesday augmented the assessment roll by a consid erable anmount in requiring the assessor to place upoln his list the bank stock of the People's State Iank, amouating to nearly $2o,0o0, as well as all mortgages, notes, etc., found on record in the recorder's otice amounting to nearly $60,ooo. Thus it will be seen that these two items alone amount to nearly SSo,ooo. Quite a considerable sum which has heretofore es capled taxation will swell the assessors roll this year and pay a just proportion of the ptul~Iic b,,rden. This is but just. The Ga zette will however go a step further and ex press the hope that next year, that the as sessor, require every man, undler oath, to give in every note in hand, all bonds, stock, cash in hand, etc., as en,,tmcratcd it, the law. This would distribute the burden of taxation and relieve the farmers and real estate owners, who have heretofore contri buted nearly the entire revenues of the gov ernment, State and parochial. The Ga zette predicts that if this is ,lone properly together with a true assessment of the mer chandise held iu stock, by our merchants, the rate of taxati,,n in Lafayette will soon be reduced from to mills parish tax to about one half that rate. A14OOD BEGINNING. A party, of public spirited citizens frow our sister town of Breaux Bridge composed of IDr. H. P. Guil beau, JDr. F. R. Martin, Hon. C. D)elhommer, Preston L. Guilbcau Esq., Messrs. C. Jiabin, met some some members of <the Business Men's Association last Wednesday, and had an informal talk over the best means to be employed to secure a branch railroad between this town and Breaux Bridge. This conference resulted in the adoption of measures, we are told, that wil he pished for all that is in them. i bcn the line of action to be faassg nproposed; ;i i` :" .1 -hope that if personal interest is 1 not st genough, that civic pride will be an incentive powersi enough to induce every man to pill offads coat, as it were, and catch. on to theiow line. WVith a steady pull the tap can be landed. Quick and easy transportation be tween the two points would redound to the benefit of not only the two towns, but the country adjacent wrould feel some of the benefits. There can be no question that such a tap would enhance the trade of Lafayette, perhaps, so per cent. while at the same time working to the advantage of Breaux Bridge and vicinity. Let us all unite and do our level best to get a branch rialroadl Be On The Alert. The Board of Trade of New Iberit 1set Wednesday to "devise some plan for acting in concert with St. Martinsville and Breaui Bridge in inducing the Southern >facific railroad company to run a rpd- from New Iberia via Breaux Brio- 4i4a St. Martin ville." - What action the Board of Triade of New Iberia tool. in regard to the matter, we do nt:know. But one thing we do know is that when New Iberia sets out to get anything in this line, she generally succeeds, as the Iberia and Vernmillion railroad attests. Although Neiw Iberia knows that that section is tributary to and the trade thereof properly belongs to Lafayette, and that that trade is worth ,having, are bending her energies to get it. Will Lafayette sit su pinely by and let New Iberia steal a march on her? Breaux Bridge wants to be con nected with Lafayette, but if Lafayette does not make any efforts to meet her half way, she will bid us good-bye and will join hands with New Iberia. To prevent this 'unholy alliance" we must at once Get 7'gnfther. Struck by Lightning. A very severe wind and electrical storm passed over Lafayette last Tuesday evening. During the se vere gale, heavy rain, and peals of thunder, a bolt of lightning struck the rear end of Mr. Jno. Vigneaux's branch stable tearing away some of the planking, the shock was a strong one, and the horses were badly frigh tened, we are told. The damage is light. Another bolt struck and tore away the corner of Mr. Vander water's blacksmith shop. And still another bolt fell upon and killed a horse belonging to Mr. Lucien Landrv. WVhile the storm lasted but a short time, its severity was so strong as to cause uneasiness to many. Additional Locals. Juilc L'ebaillon was called pro fe.s-noallv to Abbeville 'u'itrsday. Messrs. H. I.. Fontenot and i'. II. T'orian retturtned 'ThLursday from HIouston and Ga.lveston where they had been on a plea-ture trip. Thty 1reanting It is particularly in the convnles:cnt stage thit we are fain to hot1 , perforce, s-,li.trv comn unings willth our own nature, and there must then crecTr in our minds dreams neces sary to the felicitous revelation of hap piness or vain regret. It is then that the visions ot our youth rise up becfore us ; it is then that we look on the vanished past, and smile, or sigh, in think ing upon its changes. Some, in these day-dreams, luxuriate upon the delicious images raised by a happy life a path that has always been strewn with flow ers, and, it is then that such a soul revels, in this happy retrospection, like a honey bee among the fragrant flowers of springtime. It is a moment of supreme contcntmaent. Others, medlitate on a cruel destsny. They look back through the vistas of the past, and sorrowfully note that Time in passing over the course had crushed out Hope's sweetesi flower's, and left them to die in their early bloom, and blighted their fragrance ere they had scented with their sweet odor their rugged path through life. Over the lonely path his glance now rest upon what was then a faint, but which now he knows was a sparkling gem concealed. IHence no bright dreams for contemplation, and, he can but cling to a visioned future, hoping there is yet something in store-some unknown and uniimagined bliss; some fertile seat amid the diesert waste, where bright and fragrant flow crs may bloom again. In the contemplation of these day dreams some delicious, and some arid moments are wasted. To some it is a pleasant delusion, to others it forms a painful retrospection. AssoDEUS. Want a Road. Edio/r Lafayette Gasette: Please permit me to insert a few lines in your columns regarding how we people of the first ward are treated by our law-makers. We have a public road, between Jacques Mathiew and others, which has been closel for over three years. WVe have done all that we could to have this road opened, but up to date nothing is done. Mr. I). Arcenaux went before the law makers asking them to have the road opened-the result was that they laughed at hitn. Siqgg that time we made a peti tion of 49 ulghatures, and sent it to M0r. MI. 1'. Gordy in October, 189t, with the request that he should take action before the grand jury, but nothing was done. I, the author of this card, have spoken to some of the law makers. I always had a good word, but no road opened. This reminds me of my grand-father. When I was a small boy I used to go about hint to ask him nmany things. Hle would always promise me the first colt that his mare mule would have. But up to date I a)m without the cojt. This is exactly the same thing with the road question-they promise, but no road. If any one want a road they can at once get *e colt of their mare mule, but no rdad. I notice in the Advertiser the printing of their resolution in regard to road overseer. L The are required to bring a list of those who had worked. I would like to know bow they wont them to work in a six inch lane; and many places completely closed and *: dam up back-warer. To laint hli mande, and another grandfather rranmise mad: but we - are yet. to get $ny thin". E think Itzevery mu^n would hbe tax*d tgee dollars. sad the ruad sold to the lowest bitd der, this would bring better ro.-ds, and have the uoti.e written this way: 'VYuo are here by nntified that your road tax is now due, and if you desire to work same on public road you will repast at......for duty. A part or the whole tax may 1e pa-i in cash." 1ýý1N It f1;. F;R COLUMBIA RICE MILL NEW YORK, Will close for repairs and enlarge ment in early August. No new toll engagements can be undertaken before September. Correspondence regarding future business solicited and general infor mation respecting rice most willing ly furnished. J)AN TAM:AGE'S SONS, july I, I15 Was1 Street, Beausejour Park-o On the Banks of Beautiful layou Vermilion. EXCELLENT Spring Water, COMMODIOUS Bath Houses, Lange 'Dancing Plartform. neatif'l ronw ; ant T'l nty f :a Ele. nt !p'.t fir Pic nics, Partie., Etc. %Vater fir t: i;tkin awl hitlri i pu t , pn; i.pr. I. Comnc atin see thle Iplae an]- etiy a .,ienli'l hat',. Sll)NIlY MOlT'F')N. Man.'ger. New Store! SAlex. Do)tlaho ussayc, Hasti Just t rnat next to Lc ate aGin ta 1Vhere at all titmeis will !,e foun I the frev','si an. I tin-' gnl o ' "o li.. in hi. linc. An incita ion is extc llc.! to ;Ill ti xaii at in i . 0. LACOT E, -DEALLER Is Stoves, I-Iarness, Carriages and WACONS, Manufacturer's agent for Walking and Riding Cultivatois, Disc !farrnsv Leaver I)raZ IHarow, Stalk Cutter, Corn and Cotton IPlanters, Sulky Pl'ows, Turning Plows, Ilay Rakes, Road Carts. Corner of Jedfferson and Vermnillion Streets, LAPAYETTE, LA. Land Attorney, Surveyor, and Real Estate Agent. k ALSO RrRERERNTICNG THE MANHATTAN 20 Loan Association. This company negotiates loans on real estate, gtaking payments of principalr rpite as easy as interest payments on the old plan of loans. For further information adlress or apply to Welman Bradford, Agent, Rayne, La. THERE IS A STORE ON THE SOUTIHWEST COR. COURT-HOUSE SQUARE, Where Pure Drugs, Patent Medicines, Toilet Articles, Stationary, etc., Fine Cigars, and the best of Wines and Liquors for medicinal purposes, are sold at rea sonable prices. Aiso a fewi fine Groceries 'are to be had and some A Hardware. THIS PLACE IS OWNED BY WM. CLEGG. The Singer Sewing Machine. Is the best in the world. Light Running, Durable, Noiseless, Simple. SJ. CHARLES BAUDIER General Agent For Lafayette Parish. * Office at J. P. Buhler Shoe Store Vaiuable To'. t Los. Lots Nos 54. r95 and sa, situat the Mills addition, measuring tq4O? t4o also Lmproied property on Maila 'street aoD posite J. E. Martin's place. Termns reason able. For further particulars apply to THE GAZETTE. BOSTON. standard end Reslst@pd. Boston was sired by Badena-Baden, he by Equity. BBaden-Baden the sire of Boston is a Kentucky derby winner. Boston will stand the present season at Le Teche farm of Dr. ii. P, Guilbesit & Son, at Breana Bridge, at $Si Cash for the season, with return privi lege. For Sale Ae. unismproved. in the towa of Lafayette. next to Wmn. Clegg's residence. is offered for sate at a moderate price. For further information apply at The Gazette office, or to C. H. BatAULY.v Lafayette. La, DR. N. W. SWORDS, Dentist, Office next to Bank building. Satisfaction guaran teed. M1t2 Sidney Veazey, LIVERY ANfD FEED STABLE. Lincoln Ave., Two Ilocks from Dep t LAFAYETTE, : : : ; LA' First class rigs at reasonable prices. Care ful drivers fturnished when required. junt7 Journal of Education, Boston, Mass, Is ptublished wueekly at 5^.5o a year. or 9W..5 for 6 months. Manytof thenablestteducators in the coon. try are regular contributors to its columns. It has a lar-ge amnount of every d:,e. practical matter for teachers of all guadles. tcs departments cover every braech of ed r:ational work. A f.,r page rupplemecnt to the tll'acet. is pob-. lithe'l monthly. containinog the Ne -rFork State tsoj fornm Examination Que.tinoo, sond Ante-crc. TRIAL TRIpwill aend the Jet tUrOA. Ior Ite mnt0,hs p.otpatid. Sanmple copn fre.e. Nlttry ?u~blk --AND-- - Justfie of the Peace. Careful and prompt attention given to :he collection of bills, accounts, notes or drafts. Sale and purchase of lands attended to. 1-19 DR. T..B Hopkins Having returned to Lafayette, of fers his professional services to the citizens of this place and the sur rounding country. Office .at former residence, and at night and at Kennedy's --Id resi dence. C. DEBAILLONI. Lawyer. W I pract.Cee in Lafayet/:, St. Mary and Vcrmri:lion par dss, and the S'prenm: and Fede,-al Cdierts at Opelousas and New Orleans. LAAYBrrTT. LA. LIVERY* AND SALEStble. F. CONVSTANAIN, Lafayette, La. Paroprietor. 2 ITY BAKERY, LEONCE BUIBRY, LAFAYETTE, LA. Prgprielar. NUMA BROUSSARD, CABINET MAKER AND FURNITURE REPAIRING OF ALL. KINDS. Turnmng of Banisters, Scroll Banisters, Fancy ant Plain Mtantcls, Fancy Glass D)oors of all kinds, Brackcts, etc., etc. - L~i/ay:It., I.a. LAFAYETTE BLACKSMITH, WHEELWRIGHT AUD SUPPLY SiIP. Near Rank Ituilding. PR E D. MOUTON. " - - Proprictor. l .owe.t price:c, co.nistent with work I.o.ne. All w.trk promu'ptly attenled ut. Sati.fa.:i in gua antee 1. AIIIE(T tie lit IOLSA.iYE, '1'ER ' & 'ermiio .n "t, '. ýLaf;ty'tto. La. IH. C. Ea Io , DENTIST. (Mli'e o Im lulchansans :trt'et. J/JJK F R ET., - -- 1.. E. G. VOOHIElS, . "1 7 /A; .\" V .1_T /. 11' AN:, N t' .\A Rl Il' l;t 1 /(C. t.'rAirTVTTV. 1S.a 1-. W. ELLIOTT, .1 7.7' R'.\/. 1 .1 T /..l!/" and , ,t 10TA VY O. C. & J. MOUTON. 11 '7O R.': 3s .1 'I ,. 1t'. ,A.AeleTTE. LA. RAILROAD BARBER SHOP, LiD,/n ar1., near ./pdlal. JlOlN \"ANIEK.GREFl, Proprietor. Ladles' and tti drce.a Matircutting at Domicile E. Priollaud, Watcmaker -and Jewelerer. and dealer Is Rich Jewelry, Watches. Dia anonds, etc. cgass ntudlding. C.tnrthouse Square. Lafayette, La. Cash tells the story. Come and see - Mouton Bros., DPALECR I" GENERAL Meerchandis e Lowest prices consistent with quality of goods. H. L. Monnier, Dealer In Ceneral Merchandise Fresh Grocerics always on hand. "Old Taylor" Whiskey. A. M. MARTIN., -AGENT FOR LAFAYETTE. The "Old Taylor" is the best Whiskey that experience, skill and expenditure can produce. It is the ji~erfection of distillation from -grain.