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 From the Lafayette Gazette of August 7th, 1897:


 The butchers have raised the price of meat and now the people of Lafayette are compelled to pay twelve and a half cents a pound for it. And all this because the butchers don't like a municipal ordinance which says that they shall pay a certain amount to the meat inspector. The ordinance provides that every butcher shall pay to that officer "25 cents for the inspection of every beef or cow, and 15 cents for every yearling, calf, sheep or hog."

 Heretofore the butchers of this town have been selling meat at 10 cents a pound and the sudden rise to twelve and half cents was a genuine surprise, to say the least. An increase of two and half cents per pound on meat will prove quite a hardship on the people of this town. At any rate may will question the wisdom of the means adopted by the butchers to show their disapprobation of a law. They undoubtedly have a right to try to repeal any law and they may have the right to sell their meat at any price, but their patrons will hardly be impressed with the justice of being made to pay two and half cents a pound more for meat merely to express their displeasure provoked by the passage of an ordinance. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

The Election Case.

 In the absence of any decision from the Supreme Court on the writs of certiorari and prohibition taken by the defense in the election contest, the case was not called up last Monday for trial. At the time of the special term has expired, the election case can not be tried before September unless another special term is ordered before that time. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

Going at 10 Cents.

 A few copies of "La Vie, le Crime et les Confessions des Frere Blanc" will be sold at to cents. Those who wish to secure copies of this strange book should do so at once. Apply at The Gazette or at the post-office. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

 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.

Champions of Southwest Louisiana.

 The once proud Champions for Washington made a courageous fight for supremacy last Sunday, but they bucked against the wrong nine. They did their best, but what could the poor boys do when confronted by such crack players as Hilderbrand, Huff, Lynch, Marlowe, Euing, Letty, Bulah, Bob Broussard and Felix Mouton. They had won a few games over inexperienced country nines and it was natural for them to think that new honors awaited them on the diamond, and candor compels us to say they they acquitted themselves with considerable credit of the arduous task of holding down the Lafayette Dixies. The Lafayette boys displayed a very commendable spirit of magnanimity in allowing their opponents to make a few runs, which served to lessen the bitterness of what would have been an ignominious defeat.

 The game was called at 1 o'clock, Frank Zernott of the Washington nine and Paul Castel of Lafayette were sworn i as umpires. The game lasted about two hours and the score stock 12 to 19 in favor of the home boys, who had one more inning which was not played as the Washington players wanted to leave on the afternoon train.

 The Champions had traveled a long distance they had braved the excessive heat of a hot July day, and a shut-out would have been a death blow to base ball at Washington. And that the Lafayette boys wanted to avoid. After consultation they decided it would be more in consonance with Christian civilization to let them down easy. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

Off to L. S. U.

 At its meeting Thursday the Police Jury appointed Andrew McBride and Ovey Herpin beneficiaries to the State University and appropriated the sum of $350 for their expenses. Both are deserving young men and The Gazette believes that the jury acted wisely. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

Plonsky Back Home.

 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 Plonsly Bros. Sam is one of Lafayette's most popular young men and The Gazette is glad to note his return to his old home. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

Brown is Still a Gold-Ite.

 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. Lafayette 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.

Miss Greig Appointed as Teacher.

 Mr. Editor: - Permit me to announce through your columns that having secured the services of my sister, Miss F. S. Greig, as assistant, I shall be prepared Sept. 1, to form classes in primary, intermediate, grammar and advanced grades in English branches. Special terms for courses in Latin, advanced mathematics and the sciences. It is the purpose to make the course of study preparatory to matriculation in the State Normal at Natchitoches and State University at Baton Rouge. I would cordially invite friends and all interested in education to call and inspect the arrangements made for the accommodation of pupils and their thorough instruction in practical business education.
      R. C. GREIG.
Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.  

News Items Picked Up by The Gazette Correspondent.

 Mr. C. L. Voorhies is among us putting up the new gins or Mr. A. Delhomme.

 Mr. Davidson, of Crowley, is doing the brick work in the new cotton gins.

 Mr. A. Judice has commenced work on his large new store. When completed it will be an ornament to Scott.

 Great Scott - an great it is. Last Sunday a combination of ball players from Carencro and Sunset visited Scott and played the Great Scott nine. The score was ten to two in favor of the latter. The Scott nine are climbing fast to the championship notch. Rumor has it that for the grand fair in October they will give the Lake Charles nine a chance for the championship, and we have 16 to 1 on the game.

 Grand preparations are being made for the Second Great Scott Fair in October, and we predict it will be the grandest affair of the year because we know how to do it.

 A dance will be given at the Scott Catholic Church Fair Grounds Saturday, Aug. 14. The receipts will be donated to the church fund.
     (Signed) ORTON.
Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

C. C. Duson's Endorsement Withdrawn. 

 It may be unkind to refer to it, but it is nevertheless a fact that as soon as the soon as the Hon. C. C. Duson withdrew his endorsement from Capt. Wimberley, the president made up his mind to appoint this gentleman collector of the port. Some people seem to think that Duson's withdrawal was the result of a previous understanding. 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.

 Albert Durand of St. Martinville was the guest this week.

 Paul Demanade has sold his boarding house to J. J. Farrell of Houston. Mr. Farrell solicits the patronage of the public and promises to provide all with first-class accommodations.

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.

Phil Crouchet's saloon near the depot is completed and presents a handsome appearance. B. F. Anderson supervised its construction.

 Ernest Mouisset returned home Thursday from Cheniere-a-la-Croix where he spent several weeks. Mr. Mouisset's health has been much benefited by his stay on the seashore and will go back to work in the Southern Pacific yards Monday morning.

 Ernest Bernard, Willie Couret, Mr. Line and August Vigneaux have been spending some time at Cheniere-a-la-Croix.

 Miss Pearl Harmonson visited the Misses Mudd this week.

 Charley Jeanmard has been quite sick at this home in this town. His many friends hope for his early recovery.

 Try "Pineapple Smash," the new summer drink at the Moss Pharmacy. It is fine.

 Miss Estelle Gerac visited friends in Rayne Monday and Tuesday.

 Gus Scranton, son of Dr. G. W. Scranton, of Royville, who has been attending the Tulane University at New Orleans, was in Lafayette Tuesday.

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.

 There will be a grand excursion given by the Houma Hook and Ladder Fire Company No. 1, from Lafayette to Lake Charles.

 Mr. C. C. Mabry and family arrived in Lafayette Tuesday. Mr. Mabry has resigned his position at Morgan City and has moved on the Long Plantation.

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.

Woodmen of the World.

 Mr. C. A. Ives, State organizer for the Woodmen of the World, was in Lafayette this week with a view of organizing a camp of that splendid order here. Mr. Ives left for Opelousas Friday, but will return to Lafayette on the 16th. Lafayette Gazette 8/7/1897.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 7th, 1869:


 We saw a new building going up in our town, a building of goodly proportions, at the corner of the old Rigues lot; that is right - keep on at it, build and invest in town property, the Railroad is coming and Vermilionville will be the great point. Lafayette Advertiser 8/7/1869. 

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/7/1869:

 The rain this week have been more than abundant, and in their plentifulness, may prove detrimental to the crops; a continuance of such wet weather as we have had during the last week, would certainly be injurious to the planting interests.

 Our Parish Court, as per agreement between all the members of the Bar, opened and adjourned immediately, without the transaction of any business, on Monday last.

 The last meeting of the Town Council, which was the regular meeting, on last Monday, did not meet without achieve some good to the community, and in support of the assertion, will but refer to the reader, to the proceedings of the said meeting, published in another column of our paper. Lafayette Advertiser 8/7/1870.

 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.

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