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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 18th, 1903:

Day of Advertiser Publication Changed to Wednesday.

Hereafter The Advertiser will be published on Wednesday instead of Saturday. The reason of the change is primarily for the benefit of the public, as we be that where more than one paper is published in a town, if one appears in the middle of the week, it gives them the advantage of a semiweekly home news service; and as it is the aim of this paper to do all in its power for the advantage and best interests of the people, we have decided to make the change.
                               Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903. 

Phone 125. - The Advertiser now has a telephone. No. 125. If you need anything in the printing line, ring us up and we will call and get your order. We have a well equipped office and are prepared to do anything to any jobs of printing.
Laf. Adv. 7/18/1903.

BLACKSMITHS UNION.  - The blacksmiths of Lafayette have formed a union for the general interest of all blacksmiths of the parish of Lafayette and all adjoining parishes, who may feel interested in said union.

 This movement is for the advancement of the blacksmith trade and to protect themselves from being beat out of their labor by bad debtors. We invite the hearty co-operation of all the blacksmiths of the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

A Liberal Gift. - Maj. P. L. DeClouet last week donated a cistern to the Mouton Switch school. Our schools are badly in need of a great many things; libraries, apparatus, charts, etc., and it would be a graceful act for other generous citizens to follow Maj. DeClouet's lead, and give to each school something that is most needed.  Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

Melon Party. - A delightful melon party was given at the residence of Mrs. Adonis LeBlanc on Wednesday evening. Those present were: Misses Louise Nollive, Martha Broussard, Rita Eval, Francis Clark, Laurence Crouchet, Lydia Broussard, Attie Clark, L. Bellamin, and Antoine Lacoste, Harry Lindsay, Gaston Toussel, Arthur Trahan, James Breaux, Claude Schmidt and Lloyd Delahoussaye. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

D. H. Holmes Co., Ltd. - We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of the above firm in this issue. The D. H. Holmes Co., Ltd. is one of the largest department stores in the South, and they are known for their promptness and courteous treatment of patrons. They conduct a large mail order business, and those who find it inconvenient to go to the city, may send them their orders by letter, and obtain the advantage of city prices, as well as the wide selection offered by an immense variety. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1903.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 18th, 1896:

Struck By Train.

 On Saturday last as Octave Bertrand and Edgar Guidry  were crossing the Southern Pacific Railroad at Guidry's switch, their team and wagon was struck by a passing train. Both men were thrown some distance and rendered unconscious by the shock, but at present writing are doing nicely the injuries sustained being light, one horse was killed, and the wagon was a total wreck. We understand Mr. Bertrand will enter suit for damages.
     Laf. Adv. 7/18/1896.

Communicated: (Letter to the editor)

 While I very much deprecate newspaper controversies, I must needs take up the gauntlet thrown at me, by name, in the J. I. C. communication of July 4th.

 So many malicious statements have been made about the Lafayette Sugar Manufacturing Co., while building, that I have sometimes wondered whether the erection of that institution has always been a public benefit, as all proclaimed it would be. I think it may safely be asserted now however that both the cane grower and the business working people have been, and are being benefited by it, just as they are being benefited by the Ice Factory, and will be by the Cotton Seed Oil Mill; all of which are not eleemosynary institutions assuredly. Does the community realize that in the two months of grinding season, we will spend over $60,000 which will remain here?

 Turning to the communication, Mr. Nickerson, he whom the descriptive coat of the X. Y. Z. communication fitted so absolutely, that he at once put it on a straight jacket armor and sallied forth Don Quixote like to do me battle, asking at the outset whether I am posing as a philanthropist? Be undeceived ye valiant warrior! I am not following your bad example. I am not, and have never posed either as a philanthropist, nor yet as a public spirited citizen, contributing largely, indeed copiously, of my advice, but none of my substance to enterprises, then criticising those who act and accomplish for no sounder reason than that they have gotten along by disregarding officious advice, and in spite of the critics non financial aid, I undertook to, and did build a sugar factory, of which the locality was in great need, to the advantage of the community and I trust eventually to the benefit of the stockholders among whom are many citizens of our parish, to whom both their pecuniary aid and for the kind words of encouragement they have spoken, I return grateful acknowledgements.

 I contracted to have the refinery in running order for Oct. 25 1895., and without promise of any kind, other than such as might be inferred from my purpose, I bent every energy, and every effort, under all discouragements to its accomplishment. Surely no one was more greatly disappointed than I was when the contractor failed to comply with his contract.

 Whether I did well or ill, I am content to leave an unprejudiced and fair minded men to decide.

 The difference between him who supposed that he was settling favorably to himself a grievance which he found in a communication, by shifting it to an arraignment of myself in asking some indication of exultation whether I am posing as a philanthropist, is, that he did pose with the pretention that he, in common with the whole community, wanted a Sugar House built, and sought me out, to volunteer, at an interview not of my making, composed of some of my excellent neighbors, lots of good advice such for instance as that all cane growers, he among the rest, should agree to give the factory a bonus for three years; a plan which was declared impracticable, except for the year 1895. The advice and promised bonus, was all he could contribute.

 We all know the disastrous results of delays of construction. As soon as it became evident, among the very first, I advised all to ship all they could; and when we finally commenced grinding all gave us their cane and paid the promised bonus. When asked to send us his cane according to promise what did Mr. Nickerson reply? "The thing has been mismanaged, there have been many damaging rumors, which you Col. Breaux have not contradicted." And that is the countenance he has furnished to an enterprise which he had plastered over with the pretentious but worthless advice of a public spirited citizen.

 Possibly he thought that a happy combination of his free advice, and corner street denials of idle rumors, when applied to the spot, like Aladdin would cause a fifty thousand dollars sugar house to rise from the (unreadable word).

 No parent could have dreamed of greater efficacy for so cheap and an offspring.

 With this, I can pass aside the (unreadable word) of promises made which were not fulfilled, remarking only that no promises that I am aware of, went unredeemed except those made by Mr. Nickerson in the presence of a number of gentlemen.

 Waxing wrath like his prototype, the Don Quixote of Sterling Grove, defend rights, which were never assailed he defiantly, determines to buy cane without asking X. Y. Z. or Col. Breaux. Well! who said you shouldn't?

 What X. Y. Z. did say and what I repeat is that you, either directly or through your agents must cease to misrepresent the Lafayette Sugar Manufacturing Co. as a means of buying cane.

 Comply with this demand and there shall be no controversy between us. I ask not to be misrepresented, that is all.

 That communication distinctly charges that in order to buy cane which should ordinarily go to the Lafayette factory, the representation was being made that the factory charged a bonus on this year's crop, and that the Co. had more cane than it could take. Does Mr. Nickerson deny these charges? Not at all, he simply advises (and is an adept at the business) that "before, publishing broad cast, all the stories told them by Tom, Dick and Harry to halt and make some inquiries whether they are true or false."

 Now the inquiry was made, the statements were traced to Mr. Nickerson's emissary in the purchase of cane, and when charged with them he admitting having made them. Did he do so in the purchaser's interest? and that purchaser morally responsible for these misstatements?

 Distinctly, I don't care a "bawbee" whether Mr. Nickerson buys cane or not. I object simply to the untruthful injurious statements concerning the factory, whose interest it is my duty to protect, being made to bolster up its trade.

 If he can extort a small profit to himself by persuading a few people, who struggling alone without the benefit of an education, that is to their advantage to sacrifice forty-five cents a ton on their cane, and waiving other evident advantages when selling at home, just to sell to him then, being neither a philanthropist, nor an officious adviser under the guise of public spirit. I shall have no reason to complain, it is none of my business. Mr. Nickerson asks what assurances have the planters that these promises will be carried out this year? Yes! what assurances have they? Thanks for the opportunity of proclaiming to all parties interested, that the sugar house was built and operated for nearly forty days, in the season of 1895--96; that is a fact that can't be denied.

 That during the months of May, June and up to now, thousands of dollars have been spent and the best mechanics have been busy in putting the house in complete order from the engine and mills ti the further end, including piping, pumps, centrifugals, pans, etc. The boilers have been completely overhauled, improvements have been made for coal bin, scales have been re-arranged so as to facilitate the delivery of cane, the water power has been re-arranged and altogether the establishment has been pronounced, upon recent inspection of competent judges, to be as good a one as there is in the state, of its capacity. These are facts. Come and see for yourselves.

 Why, even a very St. Thomas, would be ashamed to convey, the insinuation of doubt covered by the question asked. Yes! planters, have every reasonable assurance that their cane will be received, ground and paid for at more remunerative prices to them at Lafayette, then by shipping them away.

 Is there a factory in the state that does more to insure a successful grinding season. Nor is that assurance lessened by that other statement made to help the "little spec" that people are surer to have their cane ground in the large concerns, than with us, because of less liability to accident. All who know anything about it know that accidents by breakages are as liable to occur to one class of mills as in another, each class being required to do an amount of work proportionate to its capacity.

 a six hundred pound horse is as likely to pull a 12oo pound load out of a mud hole, free from accident, as a 1200 pound horse can pull a 2200 pound load out of the same hole; one need not have learnt the business of cane raising and cane grinding in the lumber trade of Canada to known that much, and ought not to need to be it by Col. Breaux. 
      Singed, COL. BREAUX.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1896.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 18th, 1891.


AU LARGE, July 9th, 1891.

Mr. Editor, - After a drought of nearly three months duration, on Saturday the 5th inst., the rain began to fall in earnest, and the parched and blighted crops, spread out their leaves to the refreshing shower. The half famished cattle slackened their thirst in the pools of water, and all nature seemed to revive and rejoice. But a long needed and plentiful rain, that has been watched and prayed for, for months is one side of the question and a regular old Noah's deluge is another. As I said before the storm began on Saturday and the rain fell in torrents attended with wind, more or less in places. By Sunday evening the corn had all been beaten down and lay across the rows floating in water. In places where the cotton had been planted during the drought and had never had enough rain to sprout, by Monday it was all up, and spreading its fair like head above the water. Some planters say it is soon enough to expect an average crop. The storm continued with more or less violence until the 7th inst., when it terminated in the neighborhood by the passage of a whirlwind, that carried death and destruction to all in its course. From an eye witness I learned that its first appearance was a curling white column, whirling above the oak trees in Mme. J. Bernard's yard, as if from the clouds it started on its downward path, gathering up the water in a pond near by and throwing it into an adjoining cornfield. Next a small building belonging to Mme. A. Constantin, was upset. Then taking a North easterly direction, it struck another small house on Mr. Preston Benton's plantation, occupied by old Mr. Hampton Benton and wife. In the space of a minute their building was flying into atoms and the unfortunate lady, Mrs. Benton, lay dead under the fallen chimney and rafters. The deceased was a native of South Carolina, lady of education and refinement, and although a resident of this neighborhood but a short time, had already won the many warm and sincere friends. Old Mr. Benton had his arm and shoulder badly mashed and is otherwise hurt. Two little boys who were in the house at the time, were whirled against a wire fence, but otherwise escaped injury. Away went the wind bellowing like a herd of kine, across the prairie, to Mme. Victor Martin's place where it mashed a negro cabin full of inmates, all of whom escaped with but slight injuries. The next place, where it mashed a negro cabin full of inmates, all of whom escaped with but slight injuries. The next place in its path was Miss Carmelite Mouton's plantation, here the wind took a general frolic throwing down four cabins and twisting the tops off pecan and oak trees, that have stood the fury of the elements, while generation after generation of the children that played under their broad spreading branches have passed away from the face of the earth. The whirlwind played sad havoc with the old trees, some are torn up by the roots and others stand with bared and riven trunks lifted to the summer sky. Their appearance is both ghastly and pitiful. Strange to say the dwelling and inmates were unharmed. This is a most extraordinary circumstance, as the house is simply an ordinary frame building and situated in the midst of trees. Verily, the ways of Providence passeth all understanding. The next place visited was that of Mr. T. Dupuis, here comparatively little damage was done with the exception of the throwing over of a few out-buildings, including two corn cribs, and tearing a gigantic oak to splinters, that stood only a short distance from his house. Mr. J. Bourgeois living on the bank of Bayou Vermilion, was the next in turn and the wind lifted his kitchen from its foundation, carrying it bodily across the Bayou and setting it safely on the opposite bank. The other out-buildings were tumbled into the water and broken to pieces. After doing all this damage the wind disappeared in the woods and the storm was over. The rain fall was unprecedented. The Beau Basin is flooded and many of its inhabitants were obliged to vacate their homes. The bridges were all floating, and the cattle whose range lies between Bayou St. Clair and Vermilion stood for at least four days in three feet of water, and many of them were drowned. It was pitiful to hear them bellowing like human beings for help. Yesterday, the 9th, a large body of horsemen went to rescue them and succeeded in driving them to high land. Bayou Vermilion is one foot higher that it was in 1882 and is still rising.

  I hope I have not taken too much of your valuable space and will close until next time.
  Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.


 It's Raining, uh, Fish! During the storm of Monday, the 6th inst., thousands of fish, from one to three inches in length, fell from the clouds into the streets of the town of Plaquemine, and on the same day a shower of broken window glass fell in the city of Baton Rouge. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.

Carencro, La., July 11th, 1891.
 Editor Advertiser. -
Will you be kind enough to explain for the benefit of several of your subscribers how "rainfall" is measured. I believe there are erroneous statements reported by the correspondents relative to the amount of rainfall at different stations.

 For instance I saw in the Daily Picayune of last Wednesday, "Rainfall at Lafayette 9 inches during the three days storm." I was under the impression that Lafayette had as much rain as Carencro, but nine inches was only a shower to what we had here.

 It rained here in those three days a French wash pot, 18 gallons capacity, 121 inches deep, twice full during those three days, besides what (unreadable word) over the pot, so you see this is at least 25 inches.

 But this may not be the way nor the kind of vessel unused to measure rainfall. I thought a washpot in the middle of the yard, where there is no obstruction, set up level, and correctly measured would be a good way. When I hear you, through your valuable paper, it will be a great relief to me to know the exact way adopted.  Yours truly,

The Louisiana weather service has a station here under the management of Mr. J. J. Davidson, and all the necessary instruments. The rain gauge is a pipe, about 6 inches in diameter, set upright in an open space, with a funnel cap. This funnel runs into a smaller pipe inside of that, which receives the rainfall. It is measured by running a rule to the bottom which is graded to one hundredth of an inch. The height of the water on that rule is the rainfall. The measurement was correct here. You must have had a water spout burst over your washpot, or you were so paralyzed by the storm that thou forgot to empty it, although you think you did now. - Ed.]Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.

The large central altar for St. John's Church, which Rev. E. Forge has taken so much interest and trouble in procuring to reach his aim of making St. John's beautiful church, arrived last Tuesday.

 It was designed and executed by the celebrated sculptor and designer, Daems, of Turnhout, Belgiam. It is grand in conception, intricate and beautiful in execution, and as a whole most attractive and impressive. To give a just conception of a thing of beauty like this would require more space than we have to spare. The statuary, of which there are a dozen pieces, are exceptionally fine, the contour and the expression of the features being most lifelike; and the embellishments show good taste and excellent merit as to workmanship. Its fine effect cannot be appreciated until it is set up and finished. When this is done it will be a monument in which every parishioner of St. John's will find an ever recurring pride and a constant joy. It is a large work, and will occupy the space in the rear of the sanctuary between the two illuminated windows, reaching from the floor to the ceiling. The altar was shipped on the 26th of March and lay in the custom house at New Orleans a month and half awaiting the decision of the customs officials as to the payment of import duty. A duty of $192 was required. This makes the cost of the altar delivered here over $800. Notwithstanding these vexatious delays, Father Forge is hopeful that he will have it ready for the visit of the Arch-Bishop in September. Mr. Sarrasin Broussard has the work of erecting the altar.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.  

City Council Proceeding
LAFAYETTE, La., July 6th, 1891.
 At a regular meeting held this day, the following members being present to-wit: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; Gustave Lacoste, Jas. Hannen, Numa Schayot, J. E. Martin, Alfred Hebert, Felix Demanade and L. F. Rigues.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and, upon motion of J. E. Martin, the report of the finance committee was ordered to be spread upon said minutes, otherwise the minutes stand approved as read.

 Report of the Finance committee upon the lease of the City Hall to Robt. C. Greig, as per resolution of Council of May, 1891, said report was accepted and ordered placed upon file and spread upon the minutes.

LAFAYETTE, La., June 1st. 1891.

 This is to certify that we have this day leased the City Hall to Robert C. Greig, for one year from June 1st, 1891 to June 1st, 1892, at Fifty dollars a year, as authorized by resolution of Council of May 1891. The said Hall to be used by Robt. C. Greig, as a Justice of the Peace Court. The said Robt. C. Greig is required to settle with the Treasurers quarterly, and in default thereof this contract to become then null and void.
  [Signed.] R. C. Greig, J. E. Martin, F. Demanade, Alfred Hebert.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.

Board Reviews Police Jury.  The Police Jury sat as a Board of Reviewers for three days, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, examining the assessment lists. No material changes were made, however, as the work corresponded very closely to that of last year, being about $20,000 short, and this shortage being accounted for by the large number of double erroneous assessments placed upon the roll of last year. The Board adjourned last Wednesday after having accepted the assessment as corrected. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891. 

Anti-Lottery Cause. - The Anti-Lottery cause based as it is upon principle is like the man who takes his sunglass, catches the different rays of the sun, concentrates them upon the tobacco in his well-filled pipe, ignites it and enjoys a good smoke. So upon the Anti-Lottery side of this great question, we find gathered in one solid invincible phalanx men of all religious creeds, all nationalities marching as a band of brothers to a glorious victory. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.

Selected News Notes of 7/18/1891.

 Frequent showers during the week have laid the dust on our streets and kept them in magnificent condition of driving.

 The Attakapas Vindicator has removed to Franklin, La. Bro. Alpha says he was induced to this move purely by personal preference for Franklin and because his greater interests lie there. We are sure we wish him all good luck and success in his old home - financially, of course; not lotterycally; and we will try and scuffle along under the burden of responsibilities here alone. After 26 years of continuous service, we have got sorter used to it.

 Just as we go to press we learn the sad news of the death of Mrs. Aymar, Labbe, which occurred at her residence, on the 15th inst.

 Miss Rose Bendel, after a pleasant visit of six months ago to friends in New Orleans, has returned home. 

 Miss Carrie Goldstein, of New Orleans, and Miss Seraphine Heiman, of Clinton, La., are here on a visit to the family of Mr. B. Falk.

 Mr. D. V. Gardebled, the gentlemanly and polite druggist of Mr. Wm. Clegg, left the latter part of last week to visit friends and relatives of his old home in Bay St. Louis.

We paid a visit to the Round house and had a nice time with the boys. Mr. James Mitchell, the Master Mechanic, gave us an old fashioned reception. 

 The St. Martinville Reveille has suspended publication.

 Mr. P. H. Koch, from near Duson, favored the ADVERTISER with a pleasant call last Monday.

 Misses Louise Revillon left Sunday for Lake Arthur, where they will spend several weeks. 

 Miss Mimie Cornay is spending some time with relatives and friends in Franklin and Patterson, La.

 Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Martin left this week for Grand Island. We wish them a pleasant trip and a safe return home.

 Judge John Clegg and Mrs. Clegg left last Tuesday night for the mountains of Tennessee. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Weinberg, of Alexandria, are the guests of Mr. Joseph Plonsky's family.

 Rev. F. E. Lambert, of the Church of Our Lady of Good Council, of New Orleans, was the guest of Rev. E. Forge this week.

 A number of our leading sporting men are organizing an athletic club, which materialize in a short time. 

 Our home-made watermelons have been coming in briskly during the week, the prices have dropped, and the colored gentleman and the average small boy are proportionately happy. Sheriff Broussard has had the court house yard neatly mowed, and it now offers quite an attractive appearance. A few rose bushes and evergreens would add to it a great deal. A few slips of cape jessamine, or box shrub, planted on each side of the front walk would make a very pretty ornament in a few years.

 As the water on the bayou recede the fish bite as well as they ever did in the Spring, and piscatorial adventurers are now enjoying fine sport.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1891.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 17th, 1913:


 Ordered by Council - Action Rescided as to Second Street Crossing - Other Matters.

 The city council met Monday night and rescinded the action taken by it some time ago with reference to the opening of Second street by the Southern Pacific Company. This new stand of the council, it is said, is due to the complaint of Superintendent Knightlinger of the railroad company that if the city council persisted in its demand to have the street opened the company's storage tracks in that vicinity would be cut in tow and an improvement costing the company $75,000 would be of little value. The council adopted an ordinance providing for the construction of thirty to forty miles miles of additional cement walks.

 It is stated that the council took this step because it was demanded by the Post Office Department as a prerequisite before granting the city free mail delivery.

 The council turned over to the city board of health the matter of garbage removal and made an appropriation providing for two additional garbage wagons.

 An appropriation of $1,000 was made for the maintenance of the city board of health, in conformity with the judgement rendered recently by the district judge in the matter of the mandamus suit by the city board against the city. Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1913. 

How Echoes are Made.

 To obtain, so to speak, an articulate echo, one that shall be a clear and exact repetition instead of a confused resounding of the speaker's utterance, requires that the speech shall be accurately timed in its delivery. An ingenious calculator has lately reduced the matter to an exact statement, based on the assumption that not more than four or five syllables per second can be distinctly uttered and clearly heard. The sound of each syllable has thus one-fifth of a second in which to reach a reflecting surface and to be returned by the echo, before the next syllable is pronounced. Taking the velocity of sound at 1220 feet per second, the syllable can make a round trip of 224 feet in the on-fifth of a second which is allowed it, and the reflecting surface must therefore be at half that distance, or 112 feet.

 For obvious reasons, however, the combined effort of articulation and attention in such minute subdivisions of a second is scarcely possible in practice. The rule would seem to be more satisfactorily tested by the utterance in one second of five syllables in succession, followed by a pause of equal length. If the echo is 560 feet distance, the first syllable of the five will return just as the last one has been spoken, and the last one will arrive just before the first of the next series upon its journey.

 From the publication Mechanical News and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/18/1891.    

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