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From the Lafayette Gazette of October 16th, 1897:


 Abbeville, La., Oct. 9. - The yellow fever pulse of this community ran down to normal this morning when it was reported that expert physicians had pronounced no yellow fever at Royville or Patterson, but a little stir was excited when the Southern Pacific agent at this place discovered barrels of coffee that arrived here on yesterday's train from New Orleans consigned to parties in this town and labeled white beans. Coffee has been strictly prohibited from being shipped in any form during the present quarantine regulations, and this breach on the part of a supposed reputable New Orleans firm caused considerable comment among business men here and will cause an investigation at once of the guilty parties. Abbeville is not quarantined against white beans, but hereafter all packages will be closely examined regardless of the label they bear.

 From the above special it will be seen that there are some unprincipled scoundrels in New Orleans who should be rigorously dealt with for the heartless scoundrel-ism of which they are clearly guilty.

 The people of Abbeville are acting in good faith and are entitled to better treatment at the hands of the New Orleans merchants. The name of the "supposed reputable" firm responsible for the perpetration of this outrage should have been published and given to the public, in order that the people of the country parishes might know who to deal with in the future.
The action of this firm in trying to evade the quarantine regulations of Abbeville is only equaled by the contemptible offer of another New Orleans merchant to ship goods to a Texas dealer via. St. Louis, the shipper paying the difference in the freight charges and allowing 2 1/2 per cent off as an inducement.

 The Gazette is satisfied that there are but very few New Orleans merchants who would employ such reprehensible methods for the sake of paltry gain, but those who will resort to them should at least be published to the world as unworthy of the confidence and patronage of the people.

 Lafayette Gazette 10/16/1897.

New Livery Stable. - Erwin Mouton has opened a first-class livery stable near his home in Mouton's Addition and he requests The Gazette to state that he is ready at all times to accommodate all who may need anything in his line. Mr. Mouton has some splendid horses and vehicles and he will give strict attention to his stable. Lafayette Gazette 10/16/1897.

A Promotion? - The Lake Charles Tribune says that W. C. Mead, editor of the Leesville People's Friend, has been "promoted to the position, of track-walker on the new railroad." This is encouraging to other editors who have no hopes of promotion in this world.
Lafayette Gazette 10/16/1897.

Pilette Accepts.

To the Dixie Club of Lafayette: Gentlemen-The Pilette Union Baseball team accepts your challenge. They will play on the Pilette diamond, Sunday, Oct. 24, 1897, at 2:30 o'clock p. m.
We promise not to borrow players outside of "Cajundom," not even outside of the seventh ward. The captain may be seen at Pilette any day to close the agreement,
R. H. BROUSSARD, captain.
Laf. Gazette 10/16/1897.

Is Still Abroad in the Land - His Last Effort.

 It appears that some people, who evidently have nothing to do, spend all their time hatching and circulating yellow fever lies. It seems that every community has its quota of these fertile liars who are continuously engaged in their nefarious work. Since the beginning of the yellow fever scare Lafayette has been the victim of several large lies hatched with remarkable vividness and circulated with electrical rapidity. The last of these whoppers had traveled nearly a hundred miles before it was nailed. Wednesday The Gazette received a telegram from the Lake Charles American asking it was true that there was a case of yellow fever in Lafayette. An answer was wired immediately stating positively that the report was unfounded. Had not the American taken the proper steps to ascertain the truth of the rumor, the chances are that all the towns west of here would have established quarantine against us. If one of those who originate yellow fever lies would be caught and severely punished it would have a very salutary effect upon the whole tribe. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1897.

Live TV, Fast Mail Service To Be Benefits of Satellites. 

 By 1965 the "man in the street" will be enjoying such benefits from space satellites as an orbital postal service, completely accurate weather forecasting and direct live television from any point in the world.

 Edwin Diamond, science editor of Newsweek Magazine, said the satellite services he envisions for 1965 do not represent any costly or radical departures in the march of space technology. The forerunners of the systems to be used have already been flight-tested, he said.

 The Louisiana oil industry pointed out that Petroleum plays an outstanding role in the assault on space. They note the industry has provided millions of gallons of liquid fuels for missile tests, while oil researchers are at work now on new high-energy solid fuels and high performance space lubricants as well.

 Just five years from now, Diamond said, a family planning a weekend will be able to check the weather description - not prediction - in advance and find out exactly what the weather will be. The electronic eyes of Satellite Weather Central might show, for example, that only a small shower for an hour or so on Sunday afternoon would mar the weekend picture - and there would be no question about the accuracy of the statement.

 Early last April the U.S. Television camera-carrying satellite Tiros I gave man his first panoramic view of the earth's cloud cover-that atmospheric cauldron where the worlds weather is brewed. This bird-eye view in the opinion of weathermen, is the key to precise forecasting, Diamond said.

 Even the prospect of the Sunday afternoon shower would not daunt the family of 1965. According to Diamond, they could simply tune in on the Intercontinental Television System which might be offering "live" direct coverage of anything from the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria to Bantu ritual dances in Africa.

 Just four relay satellite stations would allow a TV program to be sent between any two points on the earth cheaply and without delay, Diamond said.

 As far as orbital mail is concerned, Diamond pointed out that just before Christmas in 1958, the U.S. launched at Atlas ICBM into orbit with a transmitter inside that carried a message from President Eisenhower of peace and good will. If six "Talking Atlas" satellites were placed in orbit, international air mail could be written on V-mail type paper and then scanned electronically. Combined with modern techniques of high speed coding the entire daily mailing would clear through the satellite relays in just six hours.

 Oilmen are basically in the business of providing energy-low, cost abundant energy which has powered the nation to the world's highest standard of living. With the development of the U.S. missile and rocket program, the nation looks to the oil industry to continue its role in a new direction.

 Lake Charles American Press 10/16/1960  


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