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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 23rd, 1898:

Shocking Tragedy in North Laf. Parish. 

A gun loaded and handled carelessly was the cause of the death of a prominent young man, Dalton Courtney, at Carencro, last Sunday morning.

 It seems that Courtney and another young man, Armand Andrus, were discussing upon the qualities of the gun, when by an unlikely event, the gun fell from the hands of Andrus, and striking the floor, its load was discharged, striking the young Courtney - At the same moment, his friend Andrus, realizing the unexpected occurrence became delirious. Both of the young men belong to prominent families in this parish and St. Landry. The father of Cortisone is a prominent doctor of Carencro, and the young Andrus' father is a prominent merchant. This tragedy is deeply regretted, and the Advertiser sympathizes with the bereaved family. Lafayette Advertiser 7/23/1898.

What's New in the Advertiser's Store Window?

 Very fine samples of our parish products have been brought to our office during the week. We are glad to record such very fine results, it shows that Lafayette can compare favorably with with any other section of our state.

 Sugar Cane. -
Fine specimens of cane, some with seven joints ready for our refineries were brought to us by Messrs. W. P. Thomas, Jos. Ross, Vavasseur Mouton, Armand Chaupin, W. S. Torian and Nicholson.

 Cotton. - Dr. F. E. Girard sent a very fine stalk of ordinary quality well loaded, Dr. T. B. Hopkins furnished us a stalk of limbless cotton which had 120 bolls and squares, which is rather out of the ordinary for this early day and wet season, and last of all Mr. A. Bacque who brought us a stalk of Steckler Cotton loaded with 124 bolls and squares.

 Corn. - Very fine samples of this product were forwarded us by Messrs. Joe Ross, Archie Morgan, Farrar  Lindsay and Leonce Gladu. Ears were of good size and the stalks were as tall as 14 feet.

 Peaches, Grapes, etc. - Fine products of the above were sent us also.

 What Is Lacking. - We would like very much to receive a monster watermelon.
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/23/1898.   

Inquiry About Lafayette. In view of the fact that people from distant States are writing daily to our real estate man, this latter one had decided to have circulars printed setting forth the resources and advantages of this town and parish, so as to induce home seekers and capitalists to come among us. Lafayette Advertiser 7/23/1898. 

 Too Heavily Charged. Last week we complained about the electric lights, but from a talk the secretary of the Co. had with us, we found that the main line has already an overplus of 25 lights to take care of and that another main line is absolutely necessary. We hope that our authorities will make the needed increase, as with the winter approaching, there will be an increase for more lights. Lafayette Louisiana 7/23/1898.

New Map of Lafayette.
 Mr. H. T. Higgenbotham, of New York, representing the Sanborn Perris Co., showing every building etc. His business will be to acquaint the Company with the system of water works now in operation, its efficiency which will certainly secure low rates of insurance for our merchants.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/23/1898.  

Selected News Notes 7/23/1898.

 Miss Lena Kleb left for Crowley Friday for a few days, on a visit to friends.

 After spending a few days with relatives in Carencro, Mrs. Leopold Lacoste returned home last Wednesday.

 Mr. P. B. Roy, left for a few days ago for High Island, Texas. 

 Levy Bros. who will rent a part of the new store to be built by Gus Lacoste will open a general merchandise business on or about October 1st.

 The building occupied by Gus. Schmulen will in a short time be renovated. His business has so improved that an increase of room is necessary. The store will be 35 x 50 and new up-to-date show windows will be placed in.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 23rd, 1870:


We understand the detectives in hunting for Mr. Digby's stolen child have not felt at liberty to overlook the suggestion made in this paper as to the possibility of the child having been stolen for sacrificial purposes by the believers in Voodooism.

 We also hear, that acting upon that suggestion, they have been, and still are, engaged with inquiries in that direction ;  and, if rumor be true without some encouraging results. It is now said that the child has been heard of in the vicinity of the Old Basin and is in the hands of negroes who are known to be Voodists ; although it does not yet appear that it is the intention of these Voodists to sacrifice the child. If such was the object of the abductors of the child, we fear it is now too late ever to recover it. Yesterday inaugurated the celebration of Fetish rites among the blacks ; but as the particular time and place of holding their orgies is kept a profound secret among themselves, it will be next to impossible for the world to be made acquainted with them. It is hoped that the police have been, and will continue to be, vigilant in the matter.

--  From New Orleans Paper. Published in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/23/1870.        

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 23rd, 1912:



 "A Tragedy of the Desert," a special Kalem feature in two reels will be shown at the Jefferson on Wednesday, July 24. This is a dramatic spectacle produced in Luxor, Egypt, on the great Sahara Desert. The following is the synopsis:

 Dr. Franklin Cochran practices in Luxor, Egypt, and his vivacious wife, Miriam, is prominent in society affairs. She makes an acquaintance of Mahmud Bey, an Oriental diplomat, who becomes fascinated with the young woman and by artful blandishments so impresses the temperamental wife that she neglects her husband. In a burst of crazed anger the doctor departs for the desert, first making out a will which amply provides for Miriam.

 Reaching a Bedouin village Cochrane trades his horse for a camel and continues across the desert. The scorching sun and sand almost overpower him but with true instinct the camel finds the oasis, where the unfortunate wanderer falls in a daze.

 Zenab, a young Egyptian woman, comes to the oasis and discovers the doctor. She summons her tribesmen, who tenderly carry Cochran to their village. When he gains strength the doctor embraces the Mohammedan faith, saying his past his dead the future offers nothing. He is adopted by the Sheik, the father of Zenab.

 The doctor labors faithfully with natives and his friendship for Zenab develops into a warm love which is reciprocated. The Sheik gives his daughter in marriage to Cochran and they live happily together.

 There comes a time when Miriam, with a party of tourists, visits the quaint village and there she discovered here husband. He is horrified at the meeting as he has long since consigned her to the forgotten past. Miriam, repentant, implores Cochran to return to her, but he is firm in his devotion to Zenab. The Egyptian wife sees her husband with the stranger and is led to believe that she will be deserted.

 Cochran accompanies Miriam to the edge of the village and then bids her to depart forever from his life. He returns to join Zenab and finds to his horror that the heartbroken girl has killed herself. The doctor's cup of sorrow is now full and kneeling at the side of his faithful wife he cries in supplication: "Allah preserve us, for we are but the dust of the Desert."

 Also another reel showing a very fine picture. An extra prize of $5 in gold will be given away on above night, also the regular prize of $5 will be given away on Friday night. Coupons for the week will be counted for both prizes. Admission: 10 and 15 cents. Lafayette Advertiser 7/23/1912.


 Julius Kruttschnitt,, Director of Maintenance and Operation of the Southern Pacific has issued the following statement showing the safety of travel on the Union and Southern Pacific railroads:

 The Union and Southern Pacific Railroad Systems are new reaping the benefits of years of consistent effort to promote safety of travel on their lines, and their success has been such as to inspire even greater future effort. Within a period of four years the record of the Southern Pacific is absolutely clear, - not one single passenger lost his life through a collision or derailment of its trains. This means that during that time 157,000,000 passengers were safely carried to their destinations on its lines, traveling an average distance of forty-two miles, or a total of 6,594,000,000 miles, or 265,000 times around the world.

 The Union Pacific, in approximately the same period, fell short of this perfect record by but a single accident resulting in the death of one passenger.

 Without attempting to make invidious comparisons, it may be stated that these records, covering nearly 17,250 miles, surpass those of the railroads of Great Britain, covering 23,000 miles, which are considered models of safety. That this remarkable showing is the result of something more than chance is obvious, and it may be well to point out briefly what has been done by the management to carry out its policy of "Safety First" in the operation of its properties.

 Within the past five years, $5,000,000 have been expended in installing automatic block signals. Every mile of the Lines of the Union-Southern Pacific Systems to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland is now protected.

 To reduce to a minimum the hazard of accident, the Union and Southern Pacific Systems, during the past ten years, have been drilling their trainmen in the observance of danger signals by a system of surprise tests, the results of which have been satisfactory, showing of approximately 20,000 tests made during the past year, 99 per cent. were fully respected, and practically all of those classed as "failures" were respected sufficiently to have averted an accident.

 Every accident involving a hazard of human life is promptly and fully investigated to determine the cause and to prescribe, if possible, the remedy against a recurrence. This is done by convening a Board of Inquiry composed of division officers and two or more prominent citizens, as representatives of the public. The findings of the board of inquiry are given freely to the press for publication and are transmitted with all data to the President, who, if the report is not conclusive, may convene successive boards of inquiry and employ technical experts if necessary until the real cause is determined and the responsibility located. Employees are encouraged to make suggestions in the interest of increased safety and their suggestions are systematically and carefully considered by Committees appointed for that purpose. Through the frequent distribution of Government reports of investigations of important accidents and company bulletins, all employees are taught that "ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF SAFETY."

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/23/1912. 




1893: Chewing Gum Getting Real Popular.

 A popular craze that is daily growing in popularity is that of chewing gum. Men chew it openly and above board as much as girls, and the practice has gone so rapidly beyond its old confines that the fame of Vassar college as a shrine where taffy tolu received its greatest share of worship has long ago died out. The popularity of the gum chewing habit is due to the fallacy that some health journal promulgated awhile ago that as gum chewing preserves the teeth and develops the gums so it should be encouraged.

 The fact is that gum chewing stimulated the salivary glands to a degree that is draining and exhaustive, and when the increased secretions of these glands are swallowed, it has an injurious effect upon the stomach by increasing the digestion without a pabulum upon which to act save the stomach itself. It, at the same time excites the glands of the stomach, the liver, the pancreas -- in fact the entire glandular system connected with alimentation ;  it wastes the products of these glands, or diverts them from their proper use, and by doing so injures the system. So you see gum-chewing is not only a ridiculous and a vulgar habit, but it is hurtful to health and should be stopped.

 From the Publication L. C. Commerical and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/22/1893.

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