From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 2nd, 1898:
BOOMING OF CANNONS.
Flag Raising 5 p. m., at A. M. Martin's Grove!
In Case of Inclement Weather, it will take place at the Court House Square.
A Fireman's Parade in Full Uniform.
United Confederate Veteran's in Formation.
Patriotic Cantata Will Be Sung By a Great Number of Children.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Off for Glory.
On last Thursday afternoon, thirty young men left the pleasures and comforts of home for the uncertainties of camp life and the battle field. It was held in great admiration that we beheld them, full of manhood and vigor, leaving their native soil for the love of the flag and to carry liberty to an oppressed people. There is nothing so beautiful and so deserving of the highest respect than a patriotic young man, ready to heed the call of his country and to defend its honor. May the God of battles deal gently with our youth.
Quite a crowd assembled at the depot to bid God speed to our young warriors, the ladies being out notwithstanding the inclement weather and our boys must have felt that their act of self-denial was highly appreciated by their fellow citizens.
At the sound of music and booming of cannon the iron monster took away our volunteers to fields of glory.
The following young men were in the party: From St. Martinville - Olivier Guerenier, Ira Gearge, Martin Marias and Eugene Bienvenu.
From Rayne - R. E. Cunningham, Jim Bailey, Beauregard Besse, Henry McBride and Ben Harold.
From Lafayette Parish - Mike Hollauder, Alley Sprole, Louis McBride, Maurice Guidry, Wellie Elmer, Paul Castel, Ed. Mathews, Joseph Budloh, Jerome Mouton, Henry Judice, O. J. Dugas, J. N. Redus, John Greig, R. B. Martin, Aristide Francez, Frank McBride, A. LeBlanc, Jordon, C. S. Morris, F. Villere and T. Behan. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
PATRIOTISM AND LOVE.
Lafayette, La. June 29, 1898.
My Dear Camelia:
You will doubtless be sorry to hear that I leave today for a country, whence I may never return, I go where the national flag is being assailed, where already the blood of American heroes has anointed a soil accursed by Castillian oppression and Spanish barbarity.
I go where perhaps I will find a grave - in a distant land, and the only thought that saddens my heart is that you will not be there to drop a tear upon the spot where will rest all that is mortal of me. What consolation it would be to me to know that some day you will place a flower upon my grave as a proof of your fidelity.
My dear girl, I regret to leave old Louisiana whose fertile soil yields so many sweet flowers - the sweetest of which is that spotless Camellia - but the fact that I may return some day to pluck that queen of the flowery kingdom and claim her as my own fills my heart with hope and and she brings me to deeds of chivalry and more.
Let us hope the God of war will do kindly by us and that we will come back to our native soil with a proud satisfaction that we have done our duty well.
I will always think of you whether in war or in peace and the only thing I ask of you is to do the same for me and once in a while to drop me a few words.
I will always let you know where to write.
Yours sincerely, O. J. Dugas.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Hobson Social Club.
A number of our patriotic young people have organized a social club. In commemoration of the brave and daring act of Lieutenant Hobson in sinking the collier Merrimac at the entrance of Santiago harbor, the title of the organization is "Hobson Social Club," in honor of the gallant young Lieutenant.
Some of the young gentlemen from town gave a delightful picnic in Chargois Woods Sunday last to the members of the Hobson Social Club and visiting guests. At 10 a. m. the Stars and Stripes floating proudly in the morning breeze the merry crowd wended its way to the beautiful spot previously selected. Quite an enjoyable afternoon was had by all present, Rifle shooting and Base-ball were the features of the day.
The heavy rain in the afternoon did not, in the least, interfere with the enjoyment. Through the courtesy of the Messrs. Chargois, their beautiful country home was placed at the disposal of the guests and the remainder of the afternoon was spent in dancing, singing and recitations. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Moss Bros. Has New Water System. Messrs. Moss Bros. & Co. have lately put in their store building a system of water pipes connected with the main of the town, by means of which a one-inch stream of water can be readily utilized in any part of the building, or on the roof. This is a wise prudential measure and the Advertiser hopes to see all other owners of large buildings adopt the same idea with a view of materially reducing the risk of the spreading of fire. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
FOURTH OF JULY.
Lafayette, La., June 27th, 1898.
We, the undersigned, merchants of the town of Lafayette, La., do, by these presents agree to close our places of business on the 4th day of July A. D. 1898 from 4 o'clock p. m. for the balance of the day, for the purpose of aiding and participating in the celebration of said 4th of July, for the benefit of a Fire Alarm for the town of Lafayette, La., Plonsky Bros, Plonsky & Bernard, Mouton & Salles, Mrs. P. Gerac, Aled de la Houssaye, T. M. Biossat, Gus. Schmulen, Mouton Bros., P. Krauss, Leo Doucet, Moss Bros. & Co., Lafayette Clothing House, Benjamin Falk, L. Levy, J. J. Marsh, Miss Julie Revillon, Martin & Ducote, Mrs. W. B. Bailey, Mrs. J. O. Mouton, Wm. Clegg, Jos. C. Caillouet & Co., L. Lacoste, M. Dupuis, George Doucet, L. F. Rigues, H. H. Hohorst, A. J. Sprole, J. A. Delhomme, B. Miller, M. & P. Hession, Wm. Graser, M. Rosenfield, Pellerin Bros., Emile Mouton, John O. Mouton, Phil Crouchet, H. D. De La Houssaye, Joseph Hahn, A. D. Martin, agt., Mouton & Hopkins, E. Bodenheimer, F. Lombard, D. V. Gardebled, J. F. Tanner, F. Demanade, Robt. Richard, Siadoux Bros. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
MT. CARMEL CONVENT.
On last Monday night at Falk's Opera House, a good sized audience assembled to witness the entertainment given by the pupils of Mt. Carmel Convent, and to the credit of the Sisters, the whole affair was a success. The musical program was excellent and the pupils deserve praises for their audition. Rev. Father Baulard bestowed the awards. The Convent need not any words of encouragement from us as it has stood the turmoils and tempests for a great number of years marching onward to a successful career. In the hands of the present management the success has been growing steadily.
We will publish the list of awards next week.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
There has not been very long since the Police Jury forbid to let any stock run loose on Court House square and yet every day one can see horses, mules, etc., running at large on it. We call attention of the Police Jury to these facts and hope that a remedy will be found to prevent same. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Lafayette Sugar Refinery.
The Advertiser was pleased to learn that Mr. A. B. Denbo will not sever connection with the Lafayette Sugar Refinery, it was contemplated, and that he and his amiable family will (unreadable words) be residents of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Last Thursday, at midnight, the war revenue act went into effect, as the inhabitants of Lafayette have no doubt been made to feel in the higher prices merchants and druggists have been compelled to ask for such commodities as are affected by the war tax. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Added System of Pipes.
Messrs. Moss Bros. & Co. have lately put in their store building a system of water pipes connected with the main of the town, by means of which a one inch stream of water can be readily utilized in any part of the building, or on the roof. This is a wise prudential measure and The Advertiser hopes to see all other owners of large buildings adopt the same idea with a view of materially reducing the risk of the spreading of fire. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Deteriorated Wifes' Dresses.
We have heard of people hiding themselves in underground holes to escape cyclonic influences, others to hide themselves out of the law's strong arm, but we never heard before that a stranger appearing in a community has necessitated the employ of wardrobes as a hiding place, and yet it seems that on Monday at Lookoutville, near Lafayette, a commotion from the fields to the wardrobes has taken place on account of a stranger appearing in the pleasant neighborhood. Three men full of spirit and of warlike proclivities fearing they might not have a chance to enlist have deteriorated their wife's dresses by taking possession of their wardrobes. Human nature is queer, is it not? Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 7/2/1898.
We have had diluvian weather for the last few days.
Mr. Abby Demanade, son of F. Demanade, is spending his vacation at home.
Lena Bros. have rented the barber shop of Mr. John O. Mouton, near the depot.
Services at the Methodist Church to-morrow both morning and night, Seats free.
Mrs. W. Allingham arrived here from New Orleans on Wednesday last and is the guest of her son and Daughter-in-law, Mrs. & Mr. J. T. Allingham.
We acknowledge receipt of two fine glasses, allegorically representing Dewey & the Maine, given to us by Mr. John O. Mouton.
General Superintendent Vontrestkow, of the Lafayette Sugar Refinery, has lately assumed charge of the work of vastly improving this manufacturing plant. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1898.
From the Lafayette Gazette of July 2nd, 1898:
OUR SOLDIER BOYS.
Thirty young men left Lafayette Thursday afternoon to join the Donaldsonville Cannoneers, one of the batteries recently called out by the governor. Nearly all of them abandoned comfortable homes and some of the gave up good, steady positions so that they might serve their country as simple privates in the volunteer army of the United States. They went forth to perform a duty, and unlike many American youths, they did not offer their services with the proviso that their acceptance be accompanied by commissions from the war department. To them ambition held out no alluring bait. The sacrifice was disinterested. The offer was unconditional. They believed they were called upon to perform a plain duty. They did not hesitate, but responded at once. They knew full well what war meant. Tales of hardships and misery were told to them by their fathers who fought through the fiercest battles of modern times. Scenes of death and bloodshed were described to them from the same lips. They were well aware of the dangers that await a soldier's life. But the gallant Southern Boys they did not stop to think of the discomforts of the camp or of the awful tragedies of the battle field. They have gone perhaps not to return again. Whether they will fill soldiers' graves in a foreign land or come back to their native soil it is beyond the ken of mortal man. Let us hope that a merciful God will keep them out of harm's way and that those who now weep for them will be spared any additional sorrow. All who were at the depot when the train left and witnessed the heartrending scenes there know how painful the separation must have been to the mothers and sisters of the boys.
The following is the roll call:
Lafayette Gazette 7/2/1898.
Prof. R. C. Greig gave an ice-cream-party to his pupils and a number of friends at Falk's Opera House Thursday evening. There was an abundance of delicious cream and cakes and the children as well as the grown folks showed their appreciation by liberally partaking of the delicacies. Mr. Greig, and his assistant, Miss Frances Greig, have just closed the first session of their school. The well known ability of the teachers has made this school one of the most popular in this parish, and although in its first year, an average attendance of eighty children shows that the good work of Mr. and Miss Greig is appreciated by the people of Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 7/2/1898.
The Glorious Fourth.
Preparations for the Fourth of July celebration are still being made by the firemen. As stated before, it will take place in Mr. Martin's grove if the weather is propitious. Otherwise, the court-house will be used.
Prof. Greig is working hard to get the children ready. No one is better qualified to handle the "young hopefuls" than Prof. Greig and that part of the program is in competent hands.
The members of the Home Fire Company and Hook and Ladder Company will take part in a street parade. The boys of Fire Company No. 1 will not participate in the parade as their uniforms are not yet completed.
It is hoped that the people of Lafayette will patronize this affair as the money is badly needed. Without an alarm bell our system of fire protection is very deficient. Lafayette Gazette 7/2/1898.
Honoring Our Volunteers.
Quite an enthusiastic meeting was held in the City Hall last Wednesday night in honor of our volunteers. Brief but appropriate speeches were made by Judges C. H. and O. C. Mouton, Judge Debaillon, Messrs. D. A. Cochrane and Jerome Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 7/2/1898.
Home for Vacation.
The following boys have returned home to spend the vacation: Philip Clegg, New Orleans; Aby Demanade, Chenet Institute, New Orleans; Kossuth Olivier, Andrew McBride, Ovey Herpin, State University, Baton Rouge; Clifton Young, State Normal, Natchitoches.
Lafayette Gazette 7/2/1898.
The following circular, sent out by the First National Bank of Lafayette, explains itself:
LAFAYETTE, LA., June 25th, 1898.
To Our Customers - Your attention is respectfully called to the following extracts from the revenue law of 1898, which goes into effect from and after July 1st.
"That on and after the first day of July, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight.
"That if any person shall make, sign, or issue, any instrument, document, or paper of any kind or description whatsoever, without the same duly stamped for denoting the tax hereby imposed thereon, or without having thereupon an adhesive stamp to denote said tax, such persons shall pay be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, at the discretion of the court, and such instrument, or paper, as aforesaid, shall not be competent evidence in any court.
"That in any and all cases where an adhesive stamp shall be used for denoting and tax imposed by this Act, except as hereinafter provided, the person using or affixing the same shall write or stamp thereupon the initials of his name and the date upon which the same shall be attached or used, so that the same may not again be used.
"And if any person shall fraudulently use an adhesive stamp to denote any tax imposed by this Act, without so effectually cancelling and obliterating such stamp, except as before mentioned, he, she, or they shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned not more than six months, or both at the discretion of the court.
"That if any person or persons shall make, sign, issues, or cause to be made, signed, or issued, or shall accept or pay, or cause to be accepted or paid, with design to evade any payment or any stamp tax, any bill or exchange, draft, or order, or promissory note for the payment of money, liable to any of the taxes imposed by this Act without the same being duly stamped, or having thereupon an adhesive stamp for denoting the tax hereby charged thereon, he, she, or they shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars, at the discretion of the court.
"Bill of exchange (inland), draft, certificate of deposit, drawing interest, or order for the payment of any sum of money, otherwise than at sight, or on demand, or any promissory note except notes issued for circulation, and for each renewal of the same, for a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, two cents; and for each additional one hundred dollars or fractional part thereof, in excess of one hundred dollars, two cents." Lafayette Gazette 7/2/1898.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/2/1898.
The flag-raising which was announced to take place at the Century Club last Wednesday was, on account of the unfavorable weather, postponed to next Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock.
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Denbo and children left this week for Corydon, Ind. Mr. Denbo will return to Lafayette in a few days, while Mrs. Denbo and the children will spend a month or two with relatives in Indiana.
The Gazette failed to mention the departure of two of our citizens for the front. Dick Montgomery and Felix Guidry enlisted in one of the Louisiana Regiments now in Florida.
The pupils of Mount Carmel Convent gave an entertainment at Falk's Opera House Monday night. The program was very interesting throughout, and the manner in which it was rendered reflected no little credit upon the sisters and pupils.
Miss Lizzie Bailey, who graduated from the Home Institute of New Orleans as a special student, returned home this week.
Miss Marie Mouton and Cecilia Guidry returned last week from the Sacred Heart Convent of Grand Coteau, and will spend vacation at home.
Lafayette Gazette 7/2/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 2nd, 1870:
THE NEW ROAD.
We are informed that the committee appointed by the town Council of Vermilionville and the Police Jury of the Parish have concluded to open a road Southwest of the town to that portion of the Parish known as "The Cove." This is a very important move, and should be carried out by all means. The contemplated road runs through a rich and thickly populated section of our parish and will be of benefit to our town, as well as a great convenience to the planters and farmers of that section. The committees appointed deserve credit for the manner in which they have discharged their duties thus far, and we hope to be able to announce before long, the completion to the road.
As both the Parish and the Corporation at the present time are short of funds a subscription list will be found at Mr. Revillon's store, for the purpose of raising the immediate and necessary funds for this road. All persons interested in the road as well as those who feel an interest in the welfare of our town and parish generally, are earnestly requested to lend a helping hand. Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1870.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 2nd 1909:
FIREMEN TO CELEBRATE FOURTH
With a Grand Parade of Decorated Trucks, Surreys and Buggies, and Militia in Uniform.
THE ORDER OF PARADE THE LINE OF MARCH.
Addresses by Prominent Speakers - Prizes to be Awarded - Grand Ball at Armory Hall.
Grand preparations are being made by the Fire Department and all patriotic citizens to duly celebrate the natal day of our great Republic. The most important feature will be a grand parade composed of decorated trucks, surreys, carriages, etc., headed by the Fire Department and Militia in full uniform. Races and other sports will add to the general observation of the day. At the conclusion of the parade which takes place at 5 o'clock p. m. there will be patriotic speeches and music by the band. The entire procession will form around the band stand on the Catholic green and there enjoy addresses by the following well known orators: Rev. W. J. Teurlings, Judge Wm. Campbell, Judge Julian Mouton, O. C. Mouton, and District Attorney J. J. Robira.
The following has been adopted as the route and order of procession: Start at Court House, out East Main, to Sprole's residence, up Lee Avenue to railroad depot, cross railroad up Jefferson to Crouchet's residence, back down Jefferson to Vermilion, down Vermilion to Band Stand.
Order of Parade.
City Police, Grand Marshal Raoul Pellerin, Militia Company, City Council, Lafayette Concert Band, Chief of Department, Assistant Chief, Fire Company No. 1, Junior No. 1, Home Fire Company, Junior Home Fire Company, Lafayette's new fire engine, Decorated surreys, decorated buggies.
Mayor Martin requests all those along the line of march to decorate with flags and bunting, and this will add much to the success of the day.
The new fire engine just acquired will be exhibited for the first time and will no doubt excite much curiosity. Come out and see this very unique fire extinguisher. The competition over the prizes for the best decorated truck and carriages grows apace and the contest will be very lively and close. Several are trying to win each prize and are exerting extra artistic skill in the effort to win.
A grand ball at Armory Hall will close the exercises of the day.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1909.
HOW AN OLD DARKEY CALCULATED HIS AGE.
The Petersburg (Va.) papers relate the following registration incident in that city :
An aged colored man came up to the voting place upon crutches, seemingly with great difficulty. The prescribed formula. "How old are you ?" was asked, when the old man was thrown into much perplexity. Recovering himself, however, he muttered in an undertone, which was overheard :
Well, how old is my ole massa ?"
It so happened that a gentleman was standing by, well acquainted with him, who promptly answered :
"Your old master is about fifty-five years of age."
"Well, how ole is missus ?"
"She is about forty-five years old."
"An' Miss Sally?"
"Thirty-five perhaps, next fall."
"An' young missus ?"
"Nineteen this coming August."
"Well, I'se older than all put togedder; for I knows when dey all was born."
It is needless to say that the old man was passed amid the good feelings of all present.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 7/2/1870.