From the Lafayette Advertiser of July the 16th, 1898:
Lieut. JAMES A. MOSS,
At El Caney.
[From the Ne w York Herald.]
Our loss was very heavy, but our men continued to advance without flinching.
Finally orders were given to charge the fort, and the Twelfth and undertook the difficult task. They positioned behind a clump of trees four hundred yards from the fort and advanced in open order.
They gave a cheer as they broke from cover and began to run up the precipitous ascent. The Spanish opened a fierce fire and many men fell, but the regiments kept on.
When our men were within fifty yards of the fort the Spaniards gave way and fled down the hill into the village. Many of them were killed as they ran. Cheers rose from hundreds of throats as the hill was taken.
Other blockhouses were still held by the Spaniards and these continued to fight. Our men were shot by scores as the lines closed in. After half an hour all opposition ceased.
Several regiments lost heavily, and among them the Twelfth and Twenty-fifth, which made the charge suffered severely. Company G, of the Twenty-fifth, lost nine killed. Lieutenant Mc Corkle was killed, and Captain Lawards and Lieutenant Murdoch were wounded. So great was the loss among our officers that at one time Lieutenant Moss commanded two companies.
From the New York Herald and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1898.
Negroes in the Army.
The disposition on the part of the President, and others in authority at Washington, to continue the enlisting of negroes in the army, is very properly meeting with considerable objection in various parts of the country, and, we desire to be counted among those objectors. We do not hesitate to assert as a fact that the white man in this section who approves of this feature, of our military affairs, is one in many thousand. For our part we are convinced that the inclusion of the negro in the ranks of the army is unnecessary, unjustifiable and in the end is bound to make trouble. It is strange indeed, that Mr. McKinley should be so persistent in the development of this project. The wishes of the white people of the South and other sections of the Union, the property owners and taxpayers evidently count for nothing with him.
The negro is entitled to equal rights before the law, but by this means he is getting more. The Federal administration is making a pet of him, and for what reason?
At best the scheme is prompted by over-wrought anxiety and morbid solicitude for the welfare of the negro; developed and carried out in utter disregard and contempt of the wishes of a considerable portion of the people.
There are white men enough ready, willing and able to fight the battles of the country without going out of the way for experiments.
Original author unknown. It appears to have been an "exchange story" not written by, but published in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1898.
THE HOBSON SOCIAL CLUB.
The members of the Hobson Social Club were delightfully entertained on Wednesday evening with a "Butterfly party", at the home of Mrs. E. McDaniel in honor of brave Lieut. Hobson's release.
The cozy home had been artistically decorated for the occasion with flowers, palms, moss, evergreens, and Chinese Lantern. The parlor represented a living garden; cut flowers, palms, and moss being placed in every available nook. The piano had been converted into a bank of living flowers, so beautifully arranged, that one involuntarily paused to admire it. Above this lovely scene were an American and Cuban flag crossed supported by a golden eagle. This was the work of Mr. J. T. Allingham of this place.
The porch and front yard presented a veritable fairy land, the decorations consisted of flags, moss, greens, flowers and Chinese lanterns while "High o'er head, there proudly streamed Old Glory", free and gay.
At 9 p.m. the merry guests began to assemble, and soon the sound of gay laughter was floating on the evening breeze. After the musical programme had been rendered the feature of the evening - "The Butter-fly contest, which called forth much laughter. Miss Lena Kleb was the fortunate winner of the first prize, a pretty paper weight while Mr. Ike Plonsky was awarded a "little black doll baby" as a consolation.
After the contest Miss I. A. McDaniel played "Coxy's March", while the guests marched into the dining room where again the exquisite taste of the hostess was displayed in the artistic arrangement. Delicious refreshments were served. Patriotic toasts were given, and should the well wishes of all come to pass, Lieut. Hobson will indeed be happy and prosperous.
Your correspondent regrets not being able to send in all the toasts, as they were masterpieces in their line. The following one is delivered by Miss. I. A. McDaniel, the young hostess of the evening and composed by the young lady, for the occasion.
"Dewey is the conqueror,
Modest, bold and true.
Sampson is the victor,
Not so humble though.
Cervers, though our enemy,
Won our deepest praise,
When he made his daring run,
Across the harbor waves.
But shall we say of Hobson,
Our hero young and brave,
Who made the greatest feat,
E'er found on history's page.
My words, dear friends, are all too weak.
Our gratitude to give vent,
But let us hope o'er many years,
He'll be our Vice-President.
Then here's to our gallant hero,
Our nation's pride and best,
And let us hope e're we'd aband,
He'll be our honored guest."
It is useless to say this was enthusiastically received.
It was not until the parlor clock sweetly chimed the wee hours of a new day, that the merry guests bade their kind hostess a reluctant good night, with many regrets that the delightful evening had closed so soon.
Misses L. Kleb of Patterson, La., and E. Holland, of New Orleans, La., were the honored guests of the Club.
Miss Flora Plonsky will entertain the Club on Wednesday next.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1898:
Selected News Notes 7/16/1898.
Mr. Constant Leger has brought to our office an agglomeration of small ears of corn about three inches long which were cut from the top of a corn stalk.
Mr. Thomas Wier, one of the old confederate veterans, is going to Atlanta, Ga., as a delegate from Camp Gen. f. Gardner, to attend the reunion of United Confederate Veterans on the 22nd. of this month. Good time to you.
Extra fine watch work by T. M. Biossat the jeweler.
Israel Prejean and Burt Smith from the western part of our parish, sent two carloads of cattle to J. W. Broussard, who of late goes to New Orleans very often to attend to the sales. The surrounding of the Crescent City do surely agree with Joe. Just look at him.
Mr. E. H. Bauer, of St. Louis, Mo., manager of the Lafayette Compress and Storage Co., is now with is accompanied by his wife and will be one of the genial and business-like gentlemen who will help Lafayette on it's prosperity's march.
Mr. Wm. Lena, announces that he has opened a barber shop at the stand formerly occupied by Mr. O. Patureau. He is now ready to give you a first-class shave and an artistic hair cut. Give him a call.
We have made a visit to the office of Lehman, Stern & Co., the managers of the Lafayette Cotton Compress, and we found everything there in first class order. The office proper is nicely arranged and furnished and is nicely arranged and furnished and there is also a sample room where next fall the samples of cotton will be piled up. Our visit revealed to us that the gentlemen who are at the head of the concern are men of great business qualities, and that our planter's will find in them, men who will grant them the very best accommodations.
It is with much regret that we record the death of a young child of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Martin. The little one was buried last Sunday.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 16th, 1870:
THE VERMILIONVILLE EXPRESS.
Our townsman, Mr. J. B. LEDGER, will run an express carriage between this place and New Iberia, three days during the week, which will give us a daily communication with our sister town ; he will run his express, so as not to conflict with the U. S. Stage Co., and will carry only passengers and light freight. Mr. LEDGER deserves credit for his energy and enterprise and should be encouraged by all lovers of progress. Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1870.
The Crops. - The cotton crop throughout the parish has never been better at this season. The corn crop is very bad, owing to the drought ; we learn that many of our planters will lose their entire corn crop, unless they have rain in a short time. Sugar cane is doing well, Col. IRVINE, who purchased the Beraud plantation has sent us fine specimens of his cane - one stalk having five red joints and three white ones. He has 150 acres of fine cane, and his prospects thus far, are very encouraging. Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1870.
Accused Shooter Brought Before Judge. - Mr. Francois Bourges, accused of shooting Mr. Grand some weeks ago, was brought before the Hon. A. J. Moss, parish Judge, on the 12th inst., for an investigation of the case, when on motion of his counsel and with the consent of the District Attorney, the examination was waived and the accused admitted to bail in the sum of $5000 to appear at the next term of the District Court. Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1870.
DIED, - At Vermilionville, La., on the 10th instant, MARIE THERESE - CAROLINE, aged 2 months and 27 days, youngest child of Judge A. J. MOSS and OCTAVIE CORNAY.
Planter's Banner please copy.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/16/1870.
Is All Fair In Love And Politicals?
A prominent Cuban of this city has a very handsome and intelligent daughter, as only child, who, having arrived at a marriageable age, fell in love with a young Spaniard, a member of the volunteer force.
This old gentleman, and particularly his wife, are reported to be strong sympathizers with the Cuban cause, and haters of everything Spanish. When the young Spaniard came and demanded the hand of the young lady from her father, it was positively and firmly refused. The captain of the volunteer company then called at the house on the same errand, when the young lady's mother told him that she would not permit her daughter, under any circumstance, to marry a Spaniard, much less a volunteer. The Captain then caused the arrest of the old gentleman as an insurent, and he still remains in jail. The young lady being determined to marry the volunteer, was taken from her father's house and according to Spanish laws placed in chains.
Thus are love and politics mixed up in this country, for although the young lady is a strong insurgent, she loves her volunteer more than Cuba.
Original source unknown. In the Laf. Advertiser 7/16/1870.