From the Lafayette Gazette of August 25th, 1900:
The Cumberland Telephone Co.
Mr. W. A. Broussard, local manager of the Cumberland Telephone Co. has just issued a new list of the company's customers in Lafayette. One year ago when the local exchange was established there were 28 boxes in use in town; now there are 164. The company's progress during the first year of its existence in our midst can readily be seen.
There are six employees in the office and twelve connected with the company working on the neighboring lines. There are now two night operators employed. An office has recently been established at Hunter's Canal.
Manager Broussard has been remitting in his endeavors to give out town efficient service and deserves the thanks of his company for his faithful work.
The Cumberland gives connection with the Bell Company in New Orleans, and long distance service is given to all parts of the United States.
Laf. Gazette 8/25/1900.
The Rice Exhibit at Paris.
C. C. Duson has just returned from the Parish Exposition. He was interviewed by the Picayune and on the rice industry spoke as follows:
"Both Crowley and New Orleans had rice exhibits in connection with the United States agricultural display. They showed up well. Of course, China and Japan were there in force on rice matters, and exhibited the industry in every stage. How they sprouted the rice until about 8 inches high, and then transplanted it in the field, where it was to grow. But, oh, my! Their methods are so primitive. Every stalk was set out by itself, and when it came to harvesting each straw was pulled and thrown over a line to dry.
"I went to Paris thinking I might learn something in planting and irrigating race. What a disappointment! Why, we can teach the whole world everything in irrigating and harvesting. They are so far behind inthat there is no comparison. Their methods of culture are curiosities to the side of our immense canal plants and our modern reapers for harvesting."
Lafayette Gazette 8/25/1900.
South Really That Bad? - Sanctimonious hypocrites up North who have been upbraiding the people of the South whenever vengeance was wreaked upon some negro fiend, well now have to attend to similar matters a little closer home. Human nature is the same in New York and Ohio as in Louisiana. Some crimes call for swift vengeance, and there is no limit to what an infuriated mob will do.
The acts of the New York City and Akron, Ohio, mobs prove conclusively that the Northern people are sometimes more bitter in their animosity against the negro than us. They will now be in a position to better understand conditions in the South and will probably put a stop to their hypocritical lamentations. Lafayette Gazette 8/24/1900.
Mother Patrick. - The Gazette is pleased to announce that Mother Patrick, so well and favorably known in this community, has again been placed at the head of the Mount Carmel Convent of this town. During several years Mother Patrick occupied this position and displayed a high order of ability in the management of this very deserving institution. The school will open on the 3d of September. The convent needs no recommendation to secure for it a just share of patronage. A half century of faithful work in this community has long since earned for it a most enviable reputation. The Gazette joins the people of Lafayette in extending a hearty welcome to Mother Patrick and in wishing her much success in her field of work. Lafayette Gazette 8/25/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 25th, 1894:
Southern Pacific and the Towns Along its Tracks.
We are pleased to note the new department just inaugurated by the Southern Pacific Company to attract trade to New Orleans from this section.
We refer to the merchants' special excursion from Lake Charles to New Orleans, that will be run on that road the 28th of this month. The rate is one fare for the round trip and tickets will be accepted for going passage on all trains of August 28th, 1894, and for return passage on all trains of August 29th, 30th, and 31st. This also includes train number 18 of Aug. 31st, leaving New Orleans at 5:20 p. m. This is a good movement for the Southern Pacific Company, New Orleans and the country merchants as well. There is a vast amount of trade in this state, justly belonging to New Orleans, that is being regularly diverted to other markets, St. Louis, notably.
There is a strong community of interests existing between New Orleans, the Southern Pacific Company and the merchants residing along the company's railroad in Louisiana, and there should be a combination of influences at all times to closely cultivate this mutuality of interests. We are glad to see the railroad company take an initiatory step in that direction and believe the best results will follow a repetition of these special excursions at regular intervals. No doubt the initial excursion will be extensively patronized by retail merchants along the route who will gladly avail themselves of the reduced rates to visit the metropolis and make their regular purchases for the fall and winter. It is for the New Orleans wholesalers and jobbers, now, to look to their end of the line well and make certain that those who visit their market will feel induced to return on future occasions of this kind. Lafayette Advertiser 8/25/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/24/1894.
Miss Bella Judice, of Scott, was in town, on Tuesday.
Mr. Felix Gerac went to New Orleans Monday, on business.
Miss Estelle Gerac returned home, Sunday, from St. Martinsville.
Dr. F. E. Girard, of New Orleans, spent last Sunday in Lafayette.
Mr. Alcee Mouton has been for several days, relieving the fireman on the Cypremort branch.
Our neighbor, Dr. F. R. Tolson, left for Houston, Waco, and other points in Texas, last Sunday.
Mr. Chas. M. Parkerson, of San Antonio, Tex., is here since Tuesday, enjoying the hospitality of the parental home.
Master Moses Levy, left for New York City last Wednesday morning, where he goes to enter school.
Mrs. John Clegg, after a week's visit at the home of Mr. Wm. Clegg, returned Wednesday, to New Orleans.
Mr. C. F. Triay, a resident of Washington, La., has been the guest of his son, Mr. F. C. Triay, for several days past.
Mrs. Charles Alpha and Mrs. J. M. Carter, and her daughter, went to Franklin Monday, to attend the funeral of Mr. J. Alpha of that place.
Mr. B. J. Williams, after a stay of several weeks at the home of Dr. T. B. Hopkins, returned to his home in Greenville, Texas, on Monday.
Hon. Ambroise Mouton, of Lake Arthur, joined his wife here a few days ago, and together they are enjoying themselves among their numerous friends and relatives.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/25/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 25th, 1894:
A Lucky Lafayette Boy. - A correspondent to the Lafayette Gazette says, that "one of Avoyellss" charming bells has captured the heart of one of our young men." We certainly congratulate the young gentleman on his good fortune. - From the Avoyelles Enterprise.
Hard on the Newspapers. - Our postmaster received a letter a few days ago from a young man living in one of the Western States. Desiring to move to this section the young man naturally propounded several questions to the post master. He wanted to know if we had good public schools, church's a good market, productive lands, etc., and concluded his letter with the following. "Please let me know how is your section for hog raising, having been in that business for 15 years I would very likely make a success of it. If there are no prospects in that line, could I secure a position on the staff of one of your papers?" Lafayette Gazette 8/25/1894.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 25th, 1911:
DEMANDS ON SOUTHERN PACIFIC
To Be Made by Union Representatives Now En Route to Confer With Officials.
Chicago, Aug. 23. - The first important move in the threatened strike of the union employes of the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific under the "System Federation" plan in making simultaneous demands, will probably be made here when the federation committee attempts to confer with Julius Krutschnitt, the traffic manager of the Harriman lines. The committees are en route here. It is doubtful if Krutschnitt will receive them. Krutschnitt agrees to confer with representatives as individuals and not as union men. Lafayette Advertiser 8/25/1911.