From the Lafayette Gazette of August 7th, 1897:
Dead Easy. - Generally the lawyers are not easy prey for sharks, but the Gazette is informed that three of the local disciples of the immortal Blackstone allowed their lower limbs to be elongated to the extent of several dollars in good, hard cash a few days ago. The Gazette will not give their names this time, but should they ever permit their legs to be pulled in such an unblushing manner it will have to give all the particulars.
Laf. Gazette 8/7/1897.
Contract Transferred. - J. M. Ferguson has transferred his contract to the Consolidated Engineering Company of New Orleans. The transfer was made at the last meeting of the City Council held Monday afternoon. Mr. Pasquier vice-president of the company, who is, by the way, a native of this town, informed the Gazette that work will begin within the next sixty days. Laf. Gazette 8/7/1897.
Ladies' Club. - A most delightful afternoon was spent by the members of the Ladies' Five O'clock Tea Club on Thursday at the home of Mrs. T. B. Hopkins. After the adjournment of the business meeting a pleasant programme was carried out - a reading by Miss L. Mudd, beautiful instrumental selections by Misses Gladu and Perkins and a pretty vocal solo by Miss Winn. On repairing to the dining room delicious refreshments were served. A "Palette Party" terminated the evening's pleasure. In the tie among Mrs. B. Clegg, Mrs. Biossat and the Misses Mudd for the prize, Miss L. Mudd was the fortunate one, and to her a lovely centre-piece, the exquisite handiwork of Miss Suzie Hopkins, was given. No one regretted having braved Old Sol's rays to attend the meeting, for in this case the realization was greater than the anticipation.
Welcomed guests of the evening were Misses Winn and Perkins and Mrs. John Clegg and Mrs. Morgan. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.
Nickerson's Watermelon Feast. - Mr. Jack Nickerson entertained his many friends right royally on Thursday evening at a "water-melon feast." A hay-ride terminated the night's pleasure. Those present were Mesdames Delaney, T. Blake, W., J. and B. Clegg; Misses S. Trahan, V. Winn, E. Perkins, L. Gladu, M. Mouton, S. Hopkins, A. Young, L. and B. Cornay, C. and L. Mudd, L. Parkerson; Messrs. Felix Mouton, S. Mudd, B. Clegg, P. Bailey, Wm. Clegg, Leo Judice, Orrin Hopkins, Musseau, Dunbar Ogden of Vidalia, Drs. Raney and F. E. Girard. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.
The First Bale. - H. Gerac & Bros. ginned a bale of cotton yesterday afternoon. The cotton was raised by, and belonged to, Jack Nickerson. We believe this is the first bale of cotton ginned in Louisiana this season.
We are informed that Joseph Billeaud has already harvested enough cotton to make up a bale but has not yet had it ginned. Laf. Gazette 8/7/1897.
Base Ball at Pilette. - Two very interesting games of base ball were played at Pilette on the first of last month. The first game was between the Welcomes of Whittington's Cove and the Pilette Juniors, and the second between the LeRoy Red Stockings and the celebrated Union Club.
At 1 o'clock Umpire J. H. Comeau called the Juniors and the Welcomes to the diamond and the game began. At half past 2 o'clock when the last inning had been played the score stood 16 to 1 in favor of the Juniors.
At 2:45 the contest between the Red Stockings and the Unions was fairly on. At the end of the seventh inning the scorers announced that the Unions had scored twenty-two runs and their opponents only two.
Immediately after the second game the Pilette Juniors challenged the Red Stockings to a three-inning game which was accepted; it resulted in the Junior's defeat, the score being eight to five against them.
A ball was given in honor of the visiting clubs. It proved a very enjoyable affair. Miss Marie Broussard was awarded a beautiful gold rings as a prize for her faultless dancing and Mr. L. Labbe was the recipient of a walking cane as a recognition of the fact that he was the best gentleman dancer in the ball room.
The Unions will cross bats with the Carencro club at Oak Avenue Park at 4 o'clock to-morrow. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.
Selected News Notes 8/7/1897.
If you want to see a game of base ball go to the Oak Avenue Park to-morrow.
Miss Cecile Voorhies, daughter of Judge Voorhies, of New Iberia, was a visitor in Lafayette this week. She was the guest of her brothers, Messrs. Ed. and Felix Voorhies.
Mr. and Mrs. P. Bouvalt of St. Martinville came to Lafayette Monday to place their young son under the treatment of Dr. F. E. Girard.
Col. C. C. Brown, of Carencro, was in Lafayette Thursday for the purpose of attending the monthly meeting of the Police Jury. Col. Brown is still an uncompromising gold-ite and is waiting for further information concerning the Alaska mines with a view of forming a party to move on to Klondyke next fall.
Sam Plonsky has resigned as assistant weigher at the New Orleans mint and returned to Lafayette to take charge of the management of the well-known firm of Plonsky Bros. Sam is one of Lafayette's most popular young men and The Gazette is glad to note his return to his old home.
Phil Crouchet's saloon near the depot is completed and presents a handsome appearance. B. F. Anderson supervised its construction.
Dunbar Ogden, representing the Chamberlain-Hunt Academy of Port Gibson, Miss., was in Lafayette this week. Mr. Ogden was the guest of his former school-mates, Sterling Mudd and Don Greig.
Julian Tanner has opened a feed-store near the Higginbotham store. Mr. Tanner informs the Gazette that he will always keep a large stock on hand and his prices will be the lowest.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bell, of New Orleans, arrived in Lafayette Thursday and registered at the Cottage Hotel.
Miss Virginia Winn, of New Orleans, returned from Bunkie Monday afternoon and is the guest of Mrs. T. N. Blake at the Cottage Hotel.
Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 7th, 1907:
Contract for Store Let.
Monday Levy Bros. let the contract for their new building to be erected on Rigues corner, to Delatte & Lagrange of Lake Charles for $10,850. The building will consist of three stores, all 100 feet deep. The corner store will have a frontage of 33 feet and will be occupied by the firm. The other two will be 15 feet and 18 feet wide respectively and are to be rented. The front on Pierce street will be of white enameled brick and the side facing Congress street of light gray brick. Levy Bros. store will be handsomely fitted with mahogany shelving and counters and the basket systems will be installed. When completed and furnished their store will be one of the finest in this section of the State. Lafayette Advertiser 8/7/1907.
The L. S. U.
The Gazette has received from Col. Thos. D. Boyd, the catalogue for 1896-1897, and announcements for 1897-1898 of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, located at Baton Rouge.
This year's catalogue is particularly neat and interesting. We notice with pleasure the addition of the Sugar Course to the already complete curriculum of the University, thereby making six courses of study, literature, mechanical and agricultural. Several new instructors were added to the splendid facility, which has labored so zealously in the past to make our State University the noble institution it now is. The physical training of the cadets will be in the hands of the able manager, whose policy will be to encourage clean college athletics. We cannot here but touch upon the grand work which the State University, through its ables corps of teachers, has and is accomplishing, but we believe it our duty to do all in our power to advertiser that good institution, which unfortunately does not receive the support it should from the State; and that of every citizen to work for its aggrandizement in order that the State shall be forced to recognize its needs.
The State University is supported by the State, and for that reason should be dear to every citizen. Cadets attending the university have to pay only for their board and a few other incidental expenses, as the tuition is free.
L. S. U. is particularly a public institution; every tax-payer has a share in its maintenance and should see that the educational centre of his State receive proper support and encouragement. Its new president, Col. T. D. Boyd, has successfully completed the session of 1896-1897, and we have no doubt, that under the supervision of this advanced educator, next session will be an unprecedentedly profitable one, and that in a few years he will have accomplished for our State University what he did for the Normal School at Natchitoches. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.