Follow by Email

Monday, January 12, 2015


From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 1st, 1899:

 4th of July BARBECUE.

On next Tuesday the 4th., of July, there will be a barbecue at Beausejour's Park given by the ladies of the Industrial School Association.

 An abundance of good things are prepared for the occasion from which all the wants of the inner nature will be supplied.

 An invitation is extended to every man, woman and child of the parish to come and partake of the barbecue which will be served free of charge.

 As will be seen below, the merchants have agreed to close their stores, thus taking an active part in the celebration of the day.

 Music will be furnished and dancing will be indulged in.

 We the undersigned merchants and business men pledge ourselves to close our stores on Tuesday July Fourth from 11 a. m to 5 p. m.

 T. M. Biossatm, Mouton Bros., Holt & Carter, Orther C. Mouton, First National Bank, F. Demanade, Laf. Clothing House, M. Rosenfield, John O. Mouton, L. Lacoste, P. Krauss, Gus Schmulen, Dr. H. P. Beeler, Moss & Co., J. F. Tanner, Bank of Lafayette, B. Falk, L. F. Rigues, Deffez Bros., Levy Bros.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

        Rip Van Winkle,
                     New Iberia,


 On your visit to Lafayette on the 15th of June, 1899, you found a bed and went to sleep and did not rouse from your slumber till the 15th. of June 1905.

 So on this July 1st, 1899 you are still sleeping and will not awake for five years, eleven months and fifteen days.

 Enjoy your sleeping, whoever you are, and while in the benighted state, dream once more that Lafayette has secured the Industrial School and that the (slumbering) town is booming and in the very midst of prosperity.

 And then on the 15th. of June, 1905, when roused from your slumbers by the shrill whistle of the Lafayette Industrial School workshop, come and enjoy the fine Gulf breeze free from the miasma of marshy lands; thus saving you the efforts of ascending to the pinnacle of your town to catch a pure breeze.

 And while you are sleeping, the mammoth brick factory of B. Falk is manufacturing the bricks that will be put in the walls of the Industrial School in Lafayette.

 Come and see us in 1905 and you will be given a hearty welcome.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

A Necessity.

 A plank walk is needed from Levy Bros. store to L. Lacoste's store. This street is the general way to go in the direction of the Court House and in rainy weather, its side-walks are impassable to the pedestrians.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

Sign of Prosperity.

 The Lafayette Clothing House has enlarged its store as to make room for the immense assorted up-to-date stock of ready-made clothing and Gents' furnishing goods that will arrive shortly for the Fall trade. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

Festival for Industrial School.

 The festival and Cake Walk given by the ladies of the Industrial School on last Tuesday night was a grand success. The weather which had been quite rainy on the preceding day smiled upon the occasion and the night was that could be desired.

 Refreshments and other good things were served by the ladies to the immense throng who had gathered to do honor to the occasion.

 The Lafayette Orchestra furnished the music. Little Misses Leola Martin and Martha Pellerin were awarded the cake for their graceful and unrivaled dancing. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.


Grand Excursions to Galveston.

The Crescent Excursion Club, of New Orleans, will give a grand excursion from New Orleans to Galveston on Monday, July 17, 1899. On the return trip, the excursion will leave Galveston, on Monday, July 24th, thus giving a few days to the excursionists to sojourn in the city by the sea. The fare from Lafayette is $7.00 for the round trip.

 This is a good occasion to visit Galveston. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

 Construction Completed.

 Contractor B. F. Anderson has completed the two story residence of Judge Julian Mouton. The work has been well done especially so as the house which was old was remodeled from foundations to roof. The judge was so satisfied with the work of the contractor Anderson, that he allowed him a premium. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

No "Dead-Beet" in Advertiser Window?

 You can admire in the show window of The Advertiser's office a beet, which beats anything you ever saw and which is not a dead-beat. It was grown in the garden of Mr. J. B. Peres, in Great Scott, La., and weighs nine pounds and ten oz. To our mind it is a living testimony of the productiveness of our soil. It is just a beauty. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

Home Talent.

 The Lafayette Compress Ginnery will be run next fall exclusively by home talent.

 Mr. J. E. Martin, as manager, will have entire charge of the business, weighing all seed cotton, also the cotton after it is baled.

 Joe Falcon, who for many years had charge of the old Gerac's gin, will be the ginner.

 Henri Hebert, watchman ;  and Aymar Guidry, fireman.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

Father Forge Visits the People of Scott.

 Upon the invitation of the people of Scott, Rev. Father Forge made them a visit, last Thursday afternoon.

 He was given a royal reception one thousand people preceded by a brass band meeting him at the Depot.

 Father Forge promised the people of Scott, that hereafter, Mass will be said once a month at their church, which in due time will be transferred to the authorities of the diocese.

 From a conversation we had with the Reverend Father upon his return, we gathered that he was with the reception given him, and of this we have no doubt as we, ourselves, had occasion to be entertained by the people of Scott.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.


 Base Ball.

 In a game of Base Ball played between the Levy's of Jeanerette and the Pilette's the latter ones retrieved their best laurels in beating the Jeanerette Club. The score being 11 to 8 in favor of Pilette.

 Labbe's curves and Comeaux's catching were the feature of the game for Pilette.

 A third game will be played in New Iberia, Sunday July 2nd, to decide the championship as the teams are game to game. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.


  Selected News Notes 7/1/1899.

 We are glad to welcome back to Lafayette, Sergeant J. R. Domengeux of Hood's regiment, who served with distinction in Cuba.

 Bishop Durien, Rev. Fathers Forge and Langlois and Mr. Pierre Gerac will leave on July 4th for Mexico.

 Commencement at Mt. Carmel Convent too place on last Tuesday. Two gold medals were awarded, one to Heloise Melancon, the other to Jimmie Breaux.

 Master Rex Domengeaux, returned, a few days ago, from Brother's College, St. Louis, Mo.

 Mr. B. A. Salles and daughter Mrs. Maurice Mouton made a flying trip to New Orleans,  a few days ago.

 St. John's Catholic Church was crowded to the utmost at both the services of First Communion and Confirmation, seven-hundred children being confirmed by Bishop Rouxel.

 Services at the Presbyterian church every First and Third Sabbaths of each month.

 We are glad to welcome back to Lafayette, Sergeant J. R. Domengeaux of Hood's regiment, who served with distinction in Cuba.

 Commencement at Mt. Carmel Convent took place on last Tuesday. Two gold medals were awarded, one to Heloise Melancon, the other to Jimmie Breaux.

 Miss Ruby Scranton is now home from New Orleans on a vacation. She has been attending the Dominican's Convent in the Crescent City.

 Deffez Bros., have moved into their new store opposite their old stand where you will find a complete assortment of first-class groceries besides elegant furniture.

 Cadets Kossuth Olivier, Andrew McBride, Frank Broussard, John Tolson, Ovey Herpin, Wm. Nevue, Richard Chargois, Lorn Nickerson, returned yesterday from the State University. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1899.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 1st, 1899:


 Everybody with a modicum of sense will admit that fire companies are essential to the life of any town. We do not think it necessary to argue this question, for no one unless he be an enemy of society, desires to the see the community at the mercy of the most destructive of all the elements. Every person, young and old, rich and poor, should contribute his share toward supporting the fire companies, because he does not know when he will need their assistance. The one who does not help the fire companies has no right to expect any help from that quarter in the hour of misfortune. The fire companies are composed of men who have organized for mutual protection. It is the only practical and effective manner of fighting fire in a small town.

 There are three companies in Lafayette, well organized, officered and disciplined. No town can boast of a better department. The service is prompt, safe and reliable. It has, so far, never failed to put out a fire. Its record is equal to that of any other. Many of the members of the department are young men who not lose a dollar's worth of property if the whole town were destroyed by fire; still they not only risk their lives, but they are taxed regularly for the maintenance of the department. In striking contrast to their unselfishness, there are men in this town who have thousands of dollars worth of property, but don't pay 5 cents a year for the splendid protection which they enjoy. They would either be compelled to pay insurance or be exposed to disastrous fires were it not for an excellent service which affords them as much protection as is reasonable to expect. Yet, it costs them nothing.

 Our firemen complain, and with reason, that the people of the town do not take enough interest in the department. Assistance can be given the boys in two ways. One is pecuniary help. The other is moral support.

 Every able-headed man in the town should be an active member of one of the companies. Those who are not able to perform active duty, should be honorary members. In this way they would help to maintain the department. But it is manifestly unfair to have the active members do both - perform the work and pay all the expenses. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.


 The enterprising citizens of Jeanerette have inaugurated a move to levy a 5-mill tax for twenty years to compete for the Industrial School. It remains to be seen, however, if the tax-payers of Jeanerette are willing to pay a tax for a period of twenty years. While some may doubt the wisdom of levying such a tax, no one has a right to find fault with the people of Jeanerette it they see fit to do so.

 New Iberia is making an effort to combine forces with Jeanerette to get the school for Iberia parish, the question of location to be decided after. The papers do not state if it is proposed to levy a parish tax or not, but we infer from editorial in the Enterprise that such a move is not unlikely.

 It seems to be pretty clear that the towns of New Iberia and Jeanerette are both striving for the school, and how it will be possible for them to work in harmony does not appear to us. Jeanerette wants the school and New Iberia wants it too, and neither is willing to be taxed for the other.

 St. Martin continues to work without making much noise and will no doubt make a creditable showing at the proper time.

 In the face of a formidable opposition of its neighbors it behooves Lafayette to work with more energy than every before. It is bad politics to underestimate the strength of an adversary, and we should give the credit to our opponents of being as wide-awake as ourselves.

 The Gazette thinks that Lafayette is in a position to win this fight. It is free from any internal dissensions, and its people are working in perfect harmony. Without factional differences and no selfish spirit prevailing in any section of the parish, there is no reason why we should not be awarded the prize.

 We have the best site and all we have to do is to offer the most money. And we are going to do it. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

Jeanerette's Mayor on Institute.

 The esteemed mayor of Jeanerette says the Industrial School should be established in his town, because the soil of Lafayette is adapted to cotton and not to sugar-cane. The gentleman is mistaken. Our soil is peculiarly well adapted to the cultivation of cane. But we fail to see the point in Mr. Morisi's argument. Industrial Schools and refineries are different things. What the mayor wants is a refinery. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.


Festival at Andre Martin's.

 The festival given in the beautiful grove or Mr. Andre Martin for the purpose of raising money for the Industrial School fund was very largely attended and quite a sum was realized. The cake-walk was the principal attraction. The cake was won by little Bertha Pellerin and Eola Martin who afforded much amusement and elicited the admiration of all. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.


The Scott Church.

 It has been decided by Bishop Rouxel to give a spiritual director to the Catholics of Scott. The people of Scott and vicinity have built a very handsome church and The Gazette is pleased to learn that they have been compensated for their labors. It is not known if the priest will remain at Scott all the time or if he will make regular visits there to say mass and hold other religious services. That matter will be decided late. Over one thousand persons congregated at Scott last Thursday when the church building was formally delivered to the clergy. Scott is the center of a large Catholic community and the decision of the church authorities in this matter has been hailed with much satisfaction by many people, who, heretofore have been unable to attend religious services, and have been, in a measure, deprived of spiritual aid. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

 Pilette Wins Again.

 Prof. Robt. Broussard and his splendid club are elated over the victory which they won last Sunday. The Sunday preceding went to Jeanerette and played a game with the boys of that town and lost it by a few points. They felt, however, that their defeat was due to hard luck and they challenged the victors to another game. The second game was played at Cleophas Broussard's track resulting in a score of 11 to 8 in favor of the Pilette boys. A third and decisive game will be played July 1, at the park in New Iberia. As both clubs have good backers some money will change hands. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

 Want to Play in Lafayette.

 Bob Broussard, captain of the Pilette Club, is trying to have a base ball contest in Lafayette some time in the month of July to decide the championship of Southwest Louisiana.  Teams in this section of the State will be invited to take part. If Mr. Broussard succeeds, this contest will be the most interesting that has ever taken place here. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

 Will Close on the Fourth.

 The following persons and firms have agreed to close their places of business between the hours of 11 a. m. and 5 p. m., on the Fourth of July, on account of the Industrial School barbecue which will be held on that day at Beausejour Springs: T. M. Biossat, P. Krauss, Mouton Bros. Gus Schmulen, Holt & Carter, Dr. H. P. Beeler, Orther C. Mouton, Moss & Co., First National Bank, J. F. Tanner, F. Demanade, Bank of Lafayette, B. Falk, Lafayette Clothing House, M. Rosenfield, John O. Mouton, Deffez Bros., L. Lacoste, Levy Bros. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

Donation of Meat.

 Harry Durke, of the fourth ward, has made a liberal offer to the Industrial School committee. Mr. Durke is an earnest advocate of the special tax and will help the cause by donating the meat necessary to give a barbecue in his ward. The Gazette does not know when the barbecue will take place, but it has no doubt that Mr. Durke's offer will be accepted. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.

 Lafayette Laundry.

 John Lisbony, manager of the Lafayette Laundry, informs The Gazette that he is doing a good business and that all those who have favored him with their patronage are pleased with his work. Lafayette is large enough to support a laundry and we hope that young Lisbony will meet with a full measure of success and that he will be in a position to run a first-class establishment with all the modern improvements. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

 New Quarters.

 Deffez Bros., the hustling grocers and furniture dealers, have moved into their new building which they have built near their residence on Lincoln avenue. Deffez Bros. are always putting in new goods and are still selling at the lowest prices. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.

Oak Avenue Park.

 There will be some races at Oak Avenue Park to-morrow. The first race will be run by a horse belonging to Harry Theall of Royville and one owned by Leonce Breaux of Breaux Bridge. The second will be a trotting race by Bald, Dutch and Texas Bill, belonging respectively to Dupre Bernard, Gus Siadous and Andre Martin. The regular price of admission will be charged. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

Industrial School Not for New Iberia.

 It is supremely tiresome to hear people say that the State administration has entered into an agreement with New Iberia by which that town is to get the Industrial School regardless of any and all considerations. We had decided not to notice a rumor of so puerile a nature, but is is being repeated with such persistency that we refer to it our columns. Unfortunately persons from New Iberia boastfully speak of such an agreement and give the rumor of a semblance of credence. Anybody who has any sense at all knows that the reported agreement is absurdly false, but for obvious reasons it would be advisable for the administration to persuade some of its sap-headed friends in New Iberia to hold their tongues. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

Back from the Front.

 Luke Olivier, Norbert Reau and Odillon Decou arrived at Broussardville this week. They were among the young men who left this parish at the outbreak of the war and went to the front at the first call for troops. They spent about a year in the volunteer army and rendered valuable service as members of Hood's regiment. The young soldiers were welcomed home by their relatives and friends. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

Domengeaux is Back.

 Rodolphe Domengeaux, who left at the beginning of the war and enlisted in Hood's regiment returned last week from Camp Meade, Pa. He spent a few days among his friends in Lafayette. The Gazette received a pleasant visit from Mr. Domengeaux. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/1/1899.

 Everybody should attend the barbecue at Beausejour Springs on the Fourth of July. Speeches on the Industrial School questions will be delivered in French and English.

 Pierre Gerac leaves Tuesday for Mexico, where he will spend two months visiting points of interest.

 Good quality, correct style and low price is what every woman wants in millinery goods. You get all of these at Moss & Co's.

 Capt. A. F. Lucas, of Washington, D. C., arrived in Lafayette last week for the purpose of directing an exploration to ascertain if there are any minerals at the place near Breaux Bridge where it is believed there is a well of natural gas.

 Miss Susie LeRosen, of Shreveport, is a guest at the home of her brother, Prof. W. A. LeRosen. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1899.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 1st, 1893:

Our National Day.

 Tuesday next will be July 4th the anniversary of the birthday of this great country. That was the indeed an eventful day ;  a turning point in the history of the world. It is well to do so once in a while and reflect over the (unreadable word) of our forefathers in breaking away from the mother country, the manner in which they did and the far reaching effect of their work.

 It was no slight thing for subjects to disown their King ;  loyalty to their King was a sacred duty as only "repeated injuries and usurpation all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over the State," wrung from the Declaration of Independence.

 They were as happy in the manner of doing as what they did ;  that of their utterance have a ring of magnificent courtesy as they pre-eminently had of determination and unyielding resolution.

 The fruitage of their work is grand ;  these United States are to-day the light of the world. If there is any correct or perfect government in the world it is one which has its beginning as existence in the belief that governmental derive their just powers from the (unreadable word) of government ;  in other words government by the people.

 Good and patriotic Americans should at least read the Declaration of Independence on the fourth of July and think of the nature of the work.

 There is no period of time of similar length in the world's secular history, in which as much was evolved for the good of mankind as in the year dating from July 4th, 1776. Let the good work go on. They said then "That these United Colonies are, and of right, taught to be free and independent State" and the same may be said now of many people on the face of the earth. The diving right of Kings is a myth. Hurrah for the Fourth of July. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.


 Lafayette is distressingly in need of a system of water works, and specially does this need more urgently express itself upon the people in the dry and crispy summer season, when the dirt flies in every direction, following us on and blinding to an extremity.

 We can have this great improvement through the same medicine as we have gotten others, and that is by the concentrated endorsement and effort of our Progressive people. There are many advantages that we now enjoy that were not dreamed of before their accomplishment was nearly effected, man, of which received the indifference and sometimes discouragement of the disinterested, but such natural obstacles as these are very easily overcome by the monotonous throb of the progressive and determined pulse.

 We merely at this time, seek to arouse the people to a sense of reasoning and justice unto themselves upon the questions of establishing a proficient system of water works here, and after we get them thoroughly aroused, we are satisfied that we will conclude with a good result.

 The Advertiser is not given to asking for things that we do not need, and never expect to get, but it is more than reasonable to ask the people for something that is universally recognized need. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Grand Excursion.

 All aboard ! Those of our citizens who will take in the grand excursion to-morrow, given by the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen from Washington to Abbeville, may expect a most enjoyable time. The arrangement committee is composed of Messrs. W. E. Bowen, C. H. Lusted, J. E. Parker, A. Theriot, C. Painter and J. B. Caffey and those gentlemen have spared no effort to make the excursion one of the events of the season. The steamer Alice LeBlanc will run in connection with the excursion affording to all who desire it, an opportunity to enjoy a ride on the beautiful Bayou Vermilion. The excursionists will be tendered a grand reception at Abbeville by the citizens of the town which will be the not least feature of the day. Dancing platforms and good music will be provided.

 Extra coaches will be taken here by the excursion train. Ice water in abundance will be on hand. There will be no crowding. Don't miss it.

 The train will leave Lafayette at 8:17 o'clock A. M. and arrive Abbeville at 10:20 o'clock. Returning the excursion will leave Abbeville at 6 o'clock P. M. Fare for the round trip from Lafayette is $1.50. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Caboose in Front.

 The Advertiser has been running with the caboose in front and the locomotive in the middle, with the engineer fastened in the truck for a good while, but with the united patience with which our readers and the earnest persistence with which we claim to be endowed, we will shortly be mantled with the ability to cope with the times into which the paper has thus far successfully lived. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

New Depot. - The new depot is one of the most attractive and artistically constructed additions to our town in the history of '93. The various departments will be opened to the bustling and increasing commerce of our town as soon as the workmen conclude their arrangements. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1903.

Arrested. - Two white men named Sharkelford and W. Vetter, and a negro named T. Brown were arrested last Saturday at the depot by deputy city marshall Wm. Graser, for having robbed a freight car of the Southern Pacific Co. at Schriever. A revolver and box of cartridges were found on the person of Vetter. The men were safely incarcerated in the parish prison.  Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Sanitary Regulations. - The Sanitary Committee recently appointed by the City Council to enforce the sanitary regulations of the corporation will lose no further time, we hope, in securing the correction of the disagreeable and fetid odors emanating from neglected out-door houses and other places. We have heard a number of complaints by citizens and we trust the nuisances spoken of above will soon be abated.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Caillouet Back in Town. - Last Thursday there was deposited in the Clerk's office to be recorded an act of sale from Judge C. Debaillon to Mr. T. Pierre Caillouet now of St. Mary parish, conveying title to one hundred arpents of land lying about two miles from town, formerly Judge Debaillon's home, for the sum of three thousand dollars cash. Mr. Caillouet is a son of Mr. A. T. Caillouet of this place, and was himself formerly a resident of this town. We are sure many will be glad to know that he will again make his home among us.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Stolen Goods Recovered. - We learn that the valuable surgical instruments stolen from Dr. J. F. Mouton have been discovered, and Chief of Police J. B. Hare of Baton Rouge writes to Sheriff I. A. Broussard under recent date to inform him that the instruments have been found. They are now in the possession of Dr. Chas. McVay of Baton Rouge who acquired them from one "Dr. C. F. Clark for the sum of $7.50; doubtless the same recently arrested by Sheriff Broussard and who now languishes in our jail;   the instruments are valuable and are worth many times the sum obtained for them by Dr. Clark. Dr. Mouton is fortunate in recovering them.  Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

New Bakery. - The residence and premises formerly owned and occupied by Mr. I. Falk, will be converted into a bakery, embracing oven and store. It will be conducted by the firm of Guidry and Tanner. The brickwork was done by Mr. P. Olivier.
Laf. Adv. 7/1/1893.

Advertiser's Telephone. - The business of the telephone line (office in Advertiser building) is constantly growing. This simple and convenient means of communication is meeting with the rapid popularity it deserves among our people.
Laf. Adv. 7/1/1893.

 Lawn Party.

 Owing to the death of Mr. A. R. Wallace last Tuesday the Lawn Party announced in our last issue for the benefit of the Methodist church, was postponed until further notice. Mr. Wallis was an honored member of that church. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Hottest Part of the Year.

 Properly this should be, as it commonly is, the hottest part of the year. The 21st of June is the longest day in the year in the northern hemisphere. It has more than fourteen hours of sun light while the night has less than ten hours in which to allow nature to cool off. For nearly two weeks both before and after the 21st instant, the days are but little shorter, and, as a consequence, there should be a storing up of heat that must necessarily make itself felt. The days and nights will not be equal until the 26th of September, when, in this latitude, the sun will rise and set at an equal distance of time from noon. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.


Back from St. Stanislaus.

 Master John Greig, son of our worthy townsman Arthur Greig, Esq., returned home last Thursday for vacation. He has been attending the St. Stanislaus Commercial College at Bay St. Louis, Miss., during the past terms. The Advertiser wishes all the boys a pleasant vacation. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Police Record for the Town of Lafayette.

 Month of June 1893.

----------------p. 4-------------------

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Marshall Vigneaux Tenders Resignation.

 Marshall Vigneaux was in attendance at the U. S. Circuit Court in Alexandria, this week. It is probably his last term. He forwarded his resignation to Washington last week, and Dr. Robert S. Luckett of Rapides has been appointed his successor. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Leaving Lacoste and Lafayette.

 We have learned with regret the departure from our town of Mr. E. C. Murphy, who has gone to Shreveport to live. Mr. Murphy resided two years in our town as an employee in the Lacoste Blacksmith and Wheelwright shop, and during that time made many friends. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Mount Carmel.

 The closing exercises and distribution of prizes of Mount Carmel Convent of this place will occur to-day. This is always an occasion of great joy to the pupils and patrons of the institution, as well as a source of intense satisfaction to the good sisters who have labored long and well to bring another session to a successful close. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

New South Building & Loan.

 Public attention is called to the Advertisement of the New South Building and Loan Association to be found in another column. This institution, we believe to be one of the staunchest in the country; it lends money but it does so on strictly business principles. It furnishes the opportunity to those who want money on long time and who have the security to offer. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/1/1893.

 Mr. C. E. Alpha an accomplished typo of Franklin is now in the Advertiser office.

 Dr. Roy Young of Royville was in town last Tuesday looking the picture of health.

 Mr. Emile Arceneaux, an old and respected citizen of Carencro was in our town last Tuesday.

 Drink Magic Irontone this hot weather. It is a delicious tonic-beverage and is non-alcoholic.

 The President has appointed Charles W. Seals of Claiborne parish U. S. District Attorney for this District.

 Master Charley Debaillon returned home from school in New Orleans, last Saturday to spend the vacation.

 Mr. C. K. Darling in company with Mr. Wall of Abbeville, spent last Sunday with the family of Mr. John Nickerson.

 Mr. F. Lombard has had the interior of his saloon tastily decorated by Mr. Charles du Busseuil.

 There is promise of an abundant crop of fruits this year. The melon and the fig are leading the day.

 Regular Episcopal services were held in the Presbyterian church last Sunday evening by Mr. A. N. About.

 Messrs. Andy McBride and Allen Sprole went to Breaux Bridge last Sunday to be present at the school exhibition.

 The Supreme Court meets at Opelousas on Monday. The Foreman case goes up from this Parish.

 Judge W. E. Bowen who has been confined to his bed for the past two weeks is up and will resume work in a few days.

 Mr. Samuel Wolf, the able representative of the Southern Drug Co., Ltd., casted his beaming countenance among our people this week.

 The corn, cotton and cane crop throughout the parish has an excellent average stand and with a fair season will furnish a good yield.

 Evangelist Nall of the Presbyterian church delivered a series of impressive sermons to communicate of the church last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 The columns of The Advertiser are open to all parties having any information of interest to communicate through the press.

 A son of Mr. Leon Plonsky was prostrated by a sunstroke last Monday. The little patient entirely recovered under the kind administration of Dr. J. D. Trahan.

 Mr. Paul Cormier, a young man 20 years of age living near Carencro, was overcome by the heat whilst at work in the field last Monday, and expired a short time afterward.

 Our esteemed friend Mr. T. M. Biossat passed the 35th mile post of his life last Wednesday and appears to be good for at least 35 more, which is our wish to him.

 Miss Lella Nickerson accompanied by her brother Mr. Jack Nickerson went to Abbeville by moonlight last Wednesday night to participate in a river excursion from that town on Thursday morning.

 The street bridge opposite The Advertiser office has been rendered dangerous by the breaking of one of the planks. The attention of the street committee is directed to that fact.

 A fortunate escape was experienced by a brakeman on the K. C. W. and G. Ry. who was struck by engine 556 while switching at Iowa Junction and thrown from track without the slightest injury.

 We call the attention of the proper authorities to the failing condition of certain portions of the Main plank walk. The weak portions could be located by a general inspection.

 On last Saturday at Cleopha Broussard's race course, the most important race was run between Mr. Prejean's mare and Mr. Narcisse Dugas' horse, and was won by the former by twelve feet.

 The business of the telephone line (office in Advertiser building) is constantly growing. This simple and convenient means of communication is meeting with the rapid popularity it deserves among our people.

 The Louisiana delegation have agreed upon Messrs. Overton Cade, Superintendent of the Mint and Theodore S. Wilkinson as Collector of the Port, and doubtless they will be appointed at the time this goes to press.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.





 From the Lafayette Gazette of July 1st, 1893:


 The Gazette noted some time since that traveling between Breaux Bridge and Lafayette was quite brisk of late, and that if the public road was in better condition the traveling would be largely increased, inasmuch as The Gazette believed that the people of Breaux Bridge realized that Lafayette was the most advantageous point for them to come to trade, to forward and receive express matter, and to take the cars for any point east or west.

 And this leads The Gazette to think that if the people of Breaux Bridge would form an organization similar to our Business Men's Association, the first step towards the realization of quicker transit would be secured.

 After permanent organization they could go to work devising the best means to secure a tap railroad. The right of way, we are sure, would not be difficult to secure, and when this is done, let them ask the railroad company which inducements would be necessary to give them a tap railroad. Our friends over there must be prepared to meet the railroad company half way, and in a spirit that will show the railroad officials that they are willing to do anything in reason to secure a branch.

 And we think it would be a good move to open up communication with our Business Men's Association, and we have no doubt the latter association will unite with them and pull together for the good of the two towns so closely connected by every tie of business and friendship.

 Of course, it is superflous for The Gazette to state that without effort nothing can be accomplished. They know this, as well as we do, consequently we simply throw out the above suggestions with a view of bringing the people together, and when this is done, we know that their keen enterprise will do the rest.
     Get together!
Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.


 There came to Lafayette some six months ago an individual - a stranger - with a glib tongue, lots of assurance, and few, if any, references. Owing, to his "smart" tongue, he was accorded a cordial reception in our community, and so well was he thought of that his name figured conspicuously in nearly every undertaking. To an outsider it seemed as if little could be accomplished without his presence, aid or suggestions.

 He was the man that was destined to be the Moses to lead us out of the wilderness of lethargy and old fogyism, and point out the high road to prosperity. Like Caesar he came, he saw, he conquered - some; but unlike Caesar he is not here, at present, to face the consequences of his sharpness.

 He managed to ingratiate himself into the confidence of some who believed his simple assertion to be as true as holy writ, and upon which they stood ready to assail those whom they knew personally, by reputation, or could know from readily accessible information. In short, so well did his "gift of speech" serve him, that he was able to throw up a halo around his precious person that was looked upon with admiration and - respect.

 He is gone. He has left us without a parting adieu ;  not even a bye-bye to his intimate friends ;  not a lock of his auburn hair did he leave as a token of remembrance ;  for "tis sweet to be remembered" - sometimes. He is gone !  Perhaps for a short time, and, perhaps, for ever. And in leaving he demonstrated a most remarkable shortness of memory - for, we are reliably informed that, up to this writing, he has forgotten to settle a board bill, and a number of bills to other persons for purchases made and money borrowed.

 Yes; he is gone !  Gone to pastures new. But while he abided with us he was elegantly entertained, and i' faith, did cut a large swath.

 A. C. Ordway is a slick artist, and he played a star engagement in Lafayette.

 Let us join him, in spirit, in this refrain:

      Ta-ra-ra-BOOM-de ay ;
      This is my lucky day,
   And, thanks to Lafayette, I'm gay,
      For all is done and put away;
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

Schools and Education.

 I want to talk to the people of Lafayette parish about schools and education - plain talk too, but I hope nothing will be said amiss.

 Lafayette parish has twenty public schools and 1,000 pupils. The house in which I teach is the hull of a boxed structure 14x18 feet, with backless benches, and three 12-inch planks 4 feet long, nailed together for a blackboard. I say "black" because one side has been "smutted." There is no water, no shade trees. I said no water, but that's a mistake. There are quite a number of ponds near by in which snakes and frogs have full away - and the latter croak as though they owned the country.

 Now, don't any body get mad. I am aware of the fact that there are better school-houses in the parish than the one described. Fact is this parish may be an average one in the State, and this State may compare favorably with most of the Southern States. But the question is: Does our school system need improving, can it be done; will it be done! I answer, "yes."

 I commend the man who strives to build him a comfortable dwelling. I admire him for making the surrounding attractive, and I respect his wife for keeping the home "decent and in order" and making it tasty.

 Every school-house should be neat, comfortable, attractive. Maps, charts, globes and reference books should be furnished the teacher and pupils. It seems to me that $500 expended for such, and distributed to the various school would be a step in the right direction, even now.

 When the parish gives $200 to the building of a school-house, the patrons might be wise in subscribing $200 additional. Such people are called enterprising; such school advertiser a community.

 When I hear of some old miser who has had ten thousand dollars hid away down in the bottom of his socks, for a quarter of a century, lying idle, whose pocket book is made out of hogshide, and grand every time a cent goes out, well, I feel like pulling the moss of his back.

 The government holds every sane citizen responsible for his acts. It proposes to shield them, and expects the citizens to support it. Then, if the government proposes to educate its subjects, the masses should be furnished the means for acquiring an education ample for the duties of intelligent; capable citizenship. Love of country, of our institutions, and obedience to our laws should be the best watch-word.

 There are thousands in the State, who cannot speak the language of their country, nor read the laws by which they are governed. Bright minds lie oblivion, the inward fire should be kindled that they may become shining lights.

 "Many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweet perfume on the desert air."

 Evangeline can not read the epitaph inscribed on the tomb of her lover Gabriel, for whom she has searched so faithfully and long. Many cannot drink at the Pierian fount, nor relish its healing waters.

 Louisiana has been a State over 80 years. The old "landmarks" are gone. Their bones repose under the sylvan shades of the moss-covered trees, which are fanned by the gentle zephyrs from old ocean's waves.

 A younger generation is here. We should act. The rivers may continue to wend their way to the Mexic sea, which lashes our shores, and the sun may continue its daily flight in the dome of the skies, shedding his golden rays to kiss mother earth for a thousand years to come, and unless effort is made on our part, little progress will be made. Twenty thousand dollars bonus for a railway or factories may advertise Lafayette and bring capital; but twenty thousand dollars will advertiser, will build nice school houses, will furnish the means to make present citizens more intelligent, happy and useful.
       (Signed)   BEN TOLER.
Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.

Installed a Fan.

 Mr. Lisbony, the popular caterer, has earned the thanks of his boarders in having placed in operation over the eating table a large fan that gives a volume of breeze, and which makes the large variety of food placed on the table all the more enjoyable. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.

Brass Band for Scott.

 The young men of Scott are organizing a brass band with Mr. Cercy Landry as leader. They have good material to have a tip-top band, as the following is the membership: Messrs. Aurelien Patin, Cleobule Patin, Duperon Morvant, L. E. Delhomme, L. E. Foreman. The Gazette feels confident that in a short time the people of Scott will be treated to some good music. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.

Fight Between Duson & Scott.

 Two individuals of a decidedly pugnacious disposition met at a spot between Duson and Scott last Saturday, and proceeded to hammer each other in truly pugilistic style. During the latter part of the fight, they both let fly their trusty right arm, both fell short, and dropped in each others arms, their faces touching. Quick as flash one embedded his teeth in the upper lip of the other, and the other got hold of the former's lower lip, and placing their hands against each others breast, the tug of war began. Report avers that one is minus a part of his lip, and the other;s lip has assumed large proportions. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.

Ho !  For Abbeville.

 Those who desire to enjoy a most delightful outing should not fail to attend the Railroad Trainmen's excursion to-morrow. The train will leave Lafayette at 8:17 A. M. and the fare for the round trip is placed at the low rate of $1.50. Father Forge will hold 6 o'clock mass, so that those who wish to go on the excursion may attend services before leaving. The hope is general that the boys will have a good number of excursionists, and the management desires to inform the general public that they hold in reserve several coaches, and should there be a tendency to crowding they will be brought into service, the fixed purpose being to afford ample room to every one ;  every coach will be well supplied with ice-water. Let's all go !
Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.

A Little Hero.

 Tuesday last, Aleck, the little 8 year old son of Dr. H. D. Guidry, with his chum Tombadie, a little negro of the same age, escaped from the parental roof and went down to the bayou to take a swim. Now, let it be known that whatever Aleck would do Tombadie would join in - a kind of Robinson Crusoe and Friday partnership. Aleck can swim like a fish and Tombadie can not. Aleck started out for the opposite shore and when in midstream turned his head and to his horror saw that Tombadie had tried to follow him, and had gout out of his reach and was making desperate efforts to keep afloat. Aleck knowing Tombadie could not swim, turned and swam back, reaching the shore threw a piece of wood to the negro who made a catch for it but missed. Nothing discouraged Aleck got another piece of wood, threw it, and this time hit Tombadie, who was fast sinking, but in his wild efforts managed to grasp the piece of wood, and held on with grim desperation, and it kept him afloat. Aleck hallooed to Tombadie to keep cool, and started off for help, which secured, the returned to the scene, and to their painful surprise saw nothing, and thought Tombadie had gone under, but on looking down the bayou a piece, they saw a black object on the water, it was Tombadie leisurely floating down with the current, apparently contented with his surroundings. He was rescued, and Aleck had saved his chum for another escapade.

 Aleck has got the stuff in him such as make heroes, and he is going to make his mark. Such bravery, intelligence, and coolheadedness would do credit to a man.

 Aleck, The Gazette salutes you.
Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.

Good Stretch of Road.

 Mr. L. G. Stelly has just completed a stretch of road from Carencro to "prairie basse," that is worth seeing, and goes to show what can be accomplished by a man who understands his business, and though this is really the first experience he has had in that line, he has shown that he has a thorough knowledge of public road-making. It is undoubtedly a first-class of work. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.


 It may be recalled that when C. F. Clark (who was apprehended in Vicksburg, and is now in jail here), made his rounds in Lafayette, some time since, recklessly appropriating his neighbor's goods, among the articles stolen by him was a valuable case of surgical instruments belonging to Dr. Frank Mouton. The prisoner has persistently refused to say what had become of them ;  but the following letter received by Sheriff Broussard shows where they are at:

--------------p. 3-------------------

 It will be seen that Dr. Mouton stands a good chance to recover his stolen instruments, a piece of good luck The Gazette is pleased to note. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/1/1893.

 Our friend J. C. Couvillon is having the whitewash brush effectively used about his premises, which goes to beautify things.

 The Gazette received a call from Mr. Emmet Alpha, who is presently employed as a printer in the office of our local contemporary. We were pleased to meet him.

 The Gazette received an appreciated visit Wednesday from its young friend Henry Fournet, one of Broussardville's popular young merchants.

 A K. C. W. & G. Railway brakeman was thrown from the track Saturday by Engine 556 while switching at Iowa Junction, but fortunately escaped unhurt.

 Miss Pauline Landry who had been enjoying an outing of a month at Spanish Lake, at her sister's Mrs. Tervillien Landry, returned home Saturday for a day and left again for a three weeks visit.

 Policeman Wm. Grader arrested two white men, Edwin Shakelfoot and Wm. Vetter, and a negro, Isaac Buren, who are wanted in Shriever under the charge of having broken into freight cars at that point. Lafayette Gazette 7/1/1893.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 1st, 1882:


 The charge for the ride to Galveston on the excursion train day after to-morrow is undoubtedly fixed at a low rate ;  he opportunity to take this ride for anything like the same money will not come again soon. Take another view of it: Galveston is one of the prettiest places in the South, its position is unique and makes one think of Venice, Tyre, and another great maritime cities of history. To see this city, to ride through her broad streets and around her broader beach, to take a dip in the Gulf, is well worth the time and money. In addition, it may be noted that the train will run through Houston, - the railroad centre of Texas - another growing and prosperous city.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1882.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/1/1882:

 Mr. Jean Vigneaux has made arrangements to keep a supply of ice constantly on hand during the summer.

 Mr. A. Bougere of the house of A. Adler & Co., of New Orleans, was in town this week looking after the interests of his firm. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1882. 




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 1st, 1913:

Sarah Bernhardt in the Great Photo-play Queen Elizabeth.

 To-night, Tuesday, patrons of the Jefferson will have the opportunity and pleasure of seeing the famous Sarah Bernhardt in the great photo-play, "Queen Elizabeth."

 The New Orleans Picayune said of its production in that city:

 "Never in all the history of moving pictures has a greater drama been presented. It is unlikely that such a scene will ever again be thrown upon the screen in this city. Each of the four parts is full of interest for the student of history. There is action in every scene. Some of the greatest nobles of England are displayed in real life, and the most wonderful death scene shown the public is the climax, when Bernhardt, as Queen Elizabeth, falls, fainting and dying, when she learns the horrible truth that she has signed her death warrant of her innocent lover."

 The following telegram is self-explanatory:

 Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 14 - H. G. Morrow, Manager
Montgomery Theatre, Atlanta.

 Throngs of humanity blocking sidewalks in front of the theatre waiting to see Sarah Bernhardt. Greatest picture I have ever shown. Am charging twenty-five cents, many say its worth a dollar.

 The admission to see this great picture will be only 10 and 15 cents.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1913.

Industrial Institute in Moving Pictures.

 The first moving picture film ever made in Lafayette will be shown at the Jefferson Theater next Wednesday evening, July 2nd, when a number of interesting features of the recent Commencement exercises at the Institute will be presented. The film is four hundred feet long and shows the views of the main building, the Arts and Crafts Building, the Barn, the Swimming Pool with boys diving, the Tennis Court with game going on, the Grand March of the Governor, Board of Trustees, Faculty, Alumni, Graduates and Students going into the Main Building and a number of beautiful dances and drills given by the young ladies of Miss McLaurin's gymnasium classes. This film will be shown in Lafayette and then put a circuit of all the moving picture towns in the State. It is thought that this will be a good advertisement for the Institute and for Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1913.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 1st, 1913:


    Lafayette, La., June 19, 1913.
 By virtue of the authority vested in me by the charter of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana, and in compliance with the ordinance passed at the regular session of the Mayor and City Council of the said city, of June 19, 1913. I, G. A. MARTIN, Mayor of the City of Lafayette,, Louisiana, do issue this, my proclamation, calling an election to be held in this city of Lafayette, Louisiana, for the purpose of electing a Board of Sewerage Commissioners for the following sewerage district created by the said ordinance, consisting of five members to be elected by the property taxpayers, residing in the limits of the said sewerage district, and authorized to vote under the constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, at elections in such districts for the issuance of negotiable bonds, the term of office of said commissioners to continue until the first Congressional Election after they assume the discharge of the functions and duties entrusted to them under said act of the legislature, and until their successors shall have been elected and qualified, viz:

 Starting at a point in the center of Lincoln Avenue (now Jefferson Blvd.) and Surrey Avenue, which point of beginning is marked "A" on a map hereto attached and made part thereof; thence a distance of about one hundred eighty five feet in the center of Surrey Avenue in a southeasterly direction; thence in a southwesterly direction in a line parallel with Lincoln Avenue to a point in the center of an alley running through Square of Block twenty-six (26) of the McComb addition to the City of Lafayette, which point is midway between Magnolia and Walnut streets; thence in southeasterly direction; thence points in the center of Seventh street; thence along the center of Seventh street to a point midway between Walnut and Chestnut streets; thence in northwesterly direction to a point in the center of an alley running through a square or block twenty-five of McComb addition to the said City, midway between Walnut and Chestnut streets; thence in a northwesterly direction to the point of intersection of lines running through the center of Grant Avenue and Lamar Street being the southeast corner of Mouton addition; thence in a straight line in the center of Lamar street to the point of intersection of a line running in the center of Cleveland street of E. Trahan addition; thence in a straight line in the center of Cleveland street to a point of intersection of a line running in the center of General Gardener Avenue; thence in a straight line to southwesterly and parallel to Johnston Street to a point on the property of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, which point is marked "B" on the map attached, and which point is about two hundred feet inside of Southwestern Industrial Institute's grounds, from the center of Industrial Avenue; thence in a northwesterly direction to a point in lot No. twelve of block or square D of the Crow Girard addition to the City of Lafayette; which point is about one hundred and eighty feet westwardly from the center of Amelia street; thence southwestardly in a straight line to a point at the limits of the corporation of the city of Lafayette, which point lies near the western corner of lot nine of block or square C of said city; thence along the corporation limits at a distance of one hundred and fifty feet to the square; thence in a straight line parallel with the line running northwesterly to a point near lot five of block or square D of Crow Girard addition to the corporation line, referred to, to a point opposite the center of square  or block ten of the Elmhurst Park addition, between Brashear street and Calder street; thence in a northwesterly direction in a straight line through Elmhurst Park addition to the point of intersections of lots Nos. eight, nine, nineteen and twenty of block or square thirteen of Elmhurst Park addition; thence in a straight line to northwesterly direction, in a line running in the center of blocks thirteen and five of said Elmhusrt Park addition between St. John Street and St. Landry Avenue, to a point in the center of Industrial Avenue; thence in a northwesterly direction as Industrial Avenue runs northwesterly a short distance about one hundred feet to a point in the center of said Industrial Avenue opposite a line running through the center of block three of Elmhurst Park addition; thence north in a straight line to and across Old Vermilionville and Mills addition to a point in the center of a street not named in Mills addition; thence east in a line in the center of said street not named to a point opposite the line dividing lots one hundred and thirty-five and one hundred of Mills addition; thence South south in a straight line to a point in the center of Olivier street; thence east in the center of Olivier street to a point in its center; opposite the line dividing lots two hundred and twenty -three and two hundred and twenty-four of Mills addition; thence to the point of intersection of lots two hundred and fifteen and two hundred and sixteen of Mills addition; thence northeasterly in a line running through the center of Hopkins street to a point marked "C" on the map attached, which point is opposite the line dividing lots one and two of Block J of the Hopkins addition; thence south to  the point of intersection of lots two hundred and forty-eight and two hundred and forty-nine of the Mills addition with the line dividing Hopkins and Mills additions; thence in a southeasterly direction to the central point of intersection of Buchanan, Cypress, Second streets and a street formerly a public road; thence in the center of Second Street in a northeasterly direction to the point of intersection of Simcoe and Second streets; thence in the center of Simcoe dividing block one of Mudd addition to a point opposite a line dition as per map; thence southeasterly to a point in the center of Mudd avenue; thence in a westerly direction in the center of Mudd Avenue to a point about one hundred and fifty feet and parallel to Sterling Avenue, which point is marked "D" on the said map; thence southwesterly to a point in the center of Simcoe street; thence in a southeasterly direction following centrally Simcoe Street to the starting point.

 The said election shall be held from six o'clock in the forenoon until seven o'clock in the afternoon of the date above fixed for said election, and the polling place shall be located in the court house of the parish of Lafayette, in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana. The following persons are hereby appointed to serve as commissioners and clerk of election: Clifton I. Young, Joseph Ducote and Isaac B. Bendel, commissioners, and George H. DeClouet, clerk.

 The returns of the election shall be made to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana, on the night of the day of the said election, and the said Mayor and City Council shall meet at the city hall of the City of Lafayette, the regular meeting place of the said City Council, on the night of the day of the said election at the hour of eight o'clock, in open session, and then proceed to canvass the returns and declare and promulgate the results of said election.
Mayor of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1913: 

Dropping a Ball 555 Feet.

 A few years ago, several well-known baseball players attempted the impossible feat of of catching and holding a regulation Spaulding dropped from the top of Washington Monument. The experiment was tried by Trott, Hines, Baker, Snyder and several lesser lights in the fraternity, but none of them succeeded in or even materially checking its progress to the ground. The men named above were all experts at their trades, but it is evident that they gave their sports more attention than they did their "philosophy" during their school ;  otherwise they would have known that a body dropped from such a height would be traveling with a speed of one-hundred and eighty-seven feet per second at the time of its contact with the earth. (between 128 and 129 mph). The reason why no living man could catch and hold a ball traveling with such velocity is plain enough by making some hasty comparisons :  The greatest distance a ball has ever been thrown was 135 yards, one foot and one-half inch ;  the longest "hit" on record is a few inches over 200 yards. In this last instance the ball was sent into the air at an angle of forty-five degrees. Now, mind this :  "Allowing the same ball to have been hit in the same direction, at the same angle, with sufficient force to give it a velocity at the starting point that it would acquire in falling from a height of 555 feet, it would have gone 544 yards instead of a bare fraction over two hundred (200) yards. And, then, even think of trying to catch a ball the instant it leaves the bat on 200 yards' trip! Ouch! Is it any wonder that the boys let the ball slip through their fingers when it was on the "home stretch" after having fallen from the apex of the memorial to the Father of his Country? 

 From the St. Louis Republic and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1893.

No comments:

Post a Comment