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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July the 15th., 1899:

Cumberland Telephone Rates. 

Three parties on the same line, $1.50 per month each.

 Direct line, $2.50 per month.

 Direct metallic lines, long distance outfit, $3.50 per month.


 Three parties on same line, $1.00 per month each.

 Direct line, $1.50 per month.

 The above rates apply to location within a distance of one mile from the central office, beyond which an extra charge will be made according to distance and location.

 Public pay stations will be opened at any place, if so located as to be convenient for passing public or neighborhood.

 The evolution of the telephone business of the country within the past few years has been very marked; new instruments and apparatus have been devised whereby conversations at long distance has become perfectly practical. The extension of lines has been pushed to the extent that parties can, by providing themselves with the long distance outfit, communicate with perfect satisfaction with others near and remote, thus enabling them to transact a larger amount of business in person to keep in close touch with their customers, and save the greatest amount of time.

 In presenting this schedule of rates, the special study has been to enable us to put the cost of telephone service within the reach of small users without lowering the grade of the service.

 The telephone system is the greatest facility added to commerce since the advent of railroads.

 This company requires no long time contracts from its customers; but if desired, will enter into contracts at the above rates for any period from one month to five years.
                     CUMBERLAND TELEPHONE
                       C. G. DAVIDSON, Local Mgr.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/15/1899.


  Very Little About..."

  The above words are part of a sentence to be found in Oberon's correspondence in another column.

  He wrote about some lands in the parish which for the last eighty or ninety years have been produced luxuriant and heavy crops without any fertilizers and which at the present moment are worn out, and thus he exclaims: "Much land is to be fertilized and this is a subject we know very little about."

 These words are very suggestive and affecting as they do not only the vitality of the lands spoken of but also coming in close touch with the future prosperity of the farmers, it behooves all concerned to study this most important subject - fertilizing out lands.

 And it is not a subject to be postponed, neighbor it is to be regarded as a frivolous one.

 Many may think that fertilizing land is an easy matter and that any kind of commercial fertilizers will answer the purpose, but the writer has known lands, which after certain commercial fertilizers had for several years been used upon them, have become entirely worthless and unproductive.
Therefore the subject is worth knowing.

 The producing elements of the lands are not inexhaustible, and when year after year those elements are taken out of the soil by the various crops growing upon it and without replacing them by a well judicious fertilizing, it necessarily follows that the time comes when the land will become non-productive or at least will not reader a full yield.

 A complete knowledge of the composition of the land is necessary to the farmers for replacing the nutritive elements which are taken out by the various crops and absorbed by the heating sun.

Such knowledge is acquired by practical learning in an educational institution where such learning is taught practically as an "Industrial School."
Thus will see another and new important object for the Industrial School. Lafayette Advertiser 7/15/1899.

A Kindergarten.

 Prof. R. C. Greig has perfected arrangements, to open next Fall a kindergarten department in connection with his school. An experienced teacher will be employed to take charge of the new department and it is to be hoped that the public will give the enterprise, the support and encouragement to which it is entitled. The system of Kindergarten training has revolutionized the educational world and today is considered the only true ground work of a thoroughly practical education. We hail with delight the establishment of this institution and feel perfectly confident of its abundant success. 

Lafayette Advertiser 7/15/1899.

Selected News Notes  7/15/1899.

Mr. John Creighton went to Crowley on a visit.

Mr. P. Krauss left last Thursday night for New Orleans.

Judge Parkerson returned last Wednesday from the Crescent City.

The Cumberland Telephone rates will be found on page 4 of this issue.

Dr. G. A. Martin went to Crowley, a few days ago, to visit his sick nephew.

Mr. Louis Domengeaux went to New Iberia last Sunday to attend the State Liquor Dealers Association.

You hear nothing but smacking of the lips at Louis Domengeaux's bar, since Mr. Jack Preiger is fixing up the mixtures.

Don't forget the excursion to Galveston, Texas on next Monday, July 17th. Round trip from Lafayette $7.00.

If you have a Canary or Mockingbird you will be interested in - the show window, at the MOSS PHARMACY. They have everything for the bird.

Dentist H. P. Beeler informs us that notwithstanding all rumors, he has no intention of leaving Lafayette, if he were to do so, due notice of it would be given through the press.

The new office of Wm. Campbell just completed by contractor L. S. Broussard is another proof of the workmanship of the latter who is now occupied in adding a second story to Mr. R. C. Greig's residence.

Mr. T. M. Biossat who went to New Orleans last week in regard to the work to be done on Bayou Vermilion informs us that the proposal to receive bids for the cleaning up of Bayou Vermilion from Dermas Broussard to the Rail Road bridge will appear in the Picayune on July 17th, and bids will be opened on August 17th.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 15, 1899.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July the 15th., 1893: 

Local News Notes 7/15/1893.

 Last Tuesday evening we were visited by a most terrific thunder-storm and rain that appeared to have something grave against Lafayette. Several trees were struck by lightning, while an occasional telephone pole leaned from the course of the breeze.

 The neat cottage that contractor Fred. Mouton is building for Mr. P. B. Roy, on his lot adjoining Moss Bros. & Co., is rapidly nearing completion. Mr. H. A. Eastin is presently engaged in painting the structure in a way as to add much to its exterior appearance.

 Mr. T. M. Biossat was elected a member of the board of directors, as also Secretary of the Business Men's Association, at a meeting held last Tuesday night. The selection of Mr. Biossat for the positions named was judicious and will redound to the credit of the Association.

 When our support of a good cause comes in conflict with unreasonable ideas and make enemies upon such stand, we cannot afford to hire us to other pursuits to mend such discord. The high school is going right up the hill, and for the sake of our children and their welfare, we must go along with out aid and comment, however feeble.

 Young Mike Kennedy, well known here in railroad circles, was run over by a train and killed in Houston, about 9 o'clock on Thursday night. He was employed as brakeman, running between this place and Houston on the Southern Pacific, and boarded at the Olivier House when here.

 Death robbed two happy homes in our town this week, of two fondly cherished cherubs. On last Sunday the infant child of Mr. Phil Crouchet departed this life, and two days later the soul of the five weeks old babe of Mr. Felix Salles, took flight after a very brief illness. The ADVERTISER joins its sympathies to those of the entire community in the hour of sad affliction of the grief stricken parents.

Miss Lou Hafkesbring of New Orleans, arrived on Wednesday last and will spend some time with her aunt Mrs. R. C. Greig.

 Mr. F. O. Cornay, now located at Baldwin in the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Co., has been enjoying a much needed rest with his family this week.

 Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Vallier left Sunday and will visit their daughter Mrs. Gormas of New York and will visit Canada and the Columbian Exposition before they return.

 This is going to be an extremely scant pecan season. Last year was the most prolific in many years but we believe the present one could be surpassed by most any.

 Mr. Leonce Guidry took possession of his new bakery one block south of the bank building, last Saturday, and is now better prepared than ever to serve his numerous patrons.

 Mr. Leopold Lacoste has moved his farm implement and machine shops from the old stand to the livery stable formerly occupied by E. Constantin, where he will re-open.

 Mr. Leon Devers of Lake Charles has contracted to build a large and attractive dwelling for Mrs. Givens in the pretty portion of the Mudd Oak grove recently purchased by her.

Notice is hereby given that Mr. C. Ordway's connection the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER ceased on the 20th of June.
 Mr. Ambroise Mouton of Lake Arthur has been in town for several days.

 Supt. Wm. F. Owen of the Morgan line was in town last Saturday.

 Mr. Henry Gerac made a flying trip to Mermentau last Saturday, returning Sunday.

 The local passenger trains have been running off their schedule for a week or more.

 Mrs. F. C. Triay and children are on a visit to her father Mr. C. A. Younger of Avoyelles Parish.

 Mr. Emile Girard is filling the position of flagman at the crossing on Lincoln Avenue.

 Miss Martha Mouton left last Saturday for Duchamps on a visit to her brother Mr. Jules Mouton.

It is reported that the S. P. will put on fast mail and local pass train on the 1st on or before the 15th of September.

 Miss Elvire Veazey, of New Iberia, has returned home, after a visit to the home of Mayor D. A. Dimitry. She was accompanied by Miss Eugenie Bernard, who will spend a while with Miss Veazey.

 There is on exhibition at the office of the Huron Refinery, a stalk of this year's cane, showing several red joints.

The rainy season seems to have permanently set in, which is going to ring the death knell to the water melon.

The combination display of wind, rain and lightning here last Thursday amounted to a little war of the elements. It is not often that we have so hard a rain in so short a time. The wind blew with considerable violence, and probably, some damage was done to the cotton and corn crops. At the corner of Vermilion and Madison streets

 The railroad from here to Breaux Bridge is bound to be a certainty. There is no foreign effort or interest mixed up in the endeavor, the necessity is local and immediate, and will remain an intention until arrangements can be made to have the road built.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 15th, 1913:

Showing Proposed Highways Over State Received by Sec. Crouchet.

 Friday Sec. of the Police Jury Geo. Crouchet received a map made by State Highway Engineer W. E. Atkinson showing all the proposed model roads throughout the state. The model road from New Orleans to Lake Charles passes through this city and also one from Baton Rouge terminates here. The outline of roads covers the State pretty well and if they are ever built will be of the greatest benefit and convenience to the people of all sections. Lafayette Advertiser 7/15/1913.


 The preliminary survey of the roads  is purposed to improve in the vicinity of Lafayette is about completed. The work has been in charge of Engineer B. D. Wood, of the State Highway Department, assisted by Engineer Anthony Lambert. All data will be turned in to the office of the State Highway Engineer, W. E. Atkinson, to be used in preparing the necessary plans and specifications for the information of contractors who may be interested in bidding on the work to be done. About three weeks will be required to prepare specifications, etc., and then public notice according to law will be given for the purpose of obtaining bids from responsible contractors.

 The bonds to be issued by authorization of the City Council of Lafayette, on the road tax which has been voted, will not be offered for sale until the money situation will permit of the bonds bringing their par value. This will be about October first. The bonds bear interest at the rate of 5 per cent, and the law contemplates that they shall be sold at par. They would not bring par in the pending tightness of the money market.

 Through the connection the public authorities of Lafayette have made with the State Highway Department monetary aid to the extent of $20,000 will e contributed by the State toward the construction of good roads in Lafayette parish. This aid is conditioned upon the State Highway Department having supervision and control of the road work to be carried out with the approval of the local authorities.

 In the matter of improving the main roads in the 3rd ward around the City of Lafayette the intention is to straighten and shorten these roads as much as possible, and wherever this may be done without serious injury or prejudice to adjacent property is undoubtedly the right thing to do for the advantage and safety of the traveling public. In all such cases it is proper and necessary that private and personal interests should give way to the welfare of the general public. Lafayette Advertiser 7/15/1913.







We read in history that at one time there was mighty preparation for war going on in Athens. Every one appeared busy, getting ready to meet the needs of coming battle.

 Diogenes had no particular employment but unwilling to appear absolutely idle when all else were occupied, set to work with immense hub bub and clatter to roll his tub and down the streets.

 After reading our great dailies on this money question we feel like getting out with a tub of our own.

The approaching session of Congress promises to be an interesting one. The war between the adherents of gold and silver is on in earnest and there is every reason to believe it is going to be a "fight to the finish." The indications at this time are largely in favor of silver owing to the fact that the "golf bugs" by present count can not repeal the Sherman law. The diversity of opinion on this subject, by the way, among leading men of the country is confusing to say the least of it. People every where are discussing this question of finance and those who do not understand it, are like ourselves trying to unravel it. There is great preparation for war going on in the land as the session of Congress approaches, and no doubt, the calcium lights of the best brains in the country will be turned upon the question for our benefit.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 7/15/1893.   

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