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 The grand Fair to be held at Scott for the benefit of the Catholic church October 22 and 23 promises to be one of the largest affairs of the kind ever held in the parish. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend each day and great preparations are being made for their entertainment. Two hundred and fifty people are on the different committees and they are all making strenuous efforts to render the Fair a big success. Various kinds of amusements will be provided, among them a guessing contest. Five cents will be charged for a guess at the amount to be realized by the Fair. the winner to receive a handsome prize. Everybody who attends will have a fine time, that is assured, and will remember the Scott Fair as one of the pleasantest events in their lives.

Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

First Entertainment of the Lyceum Course, October 20, 1904.


 On to-morrow night the initial attraction of the Institute Lyceum Course will be held in the Auditorium of the Institute. Fully two hundred citizens have subscribed to a guarantee fund of $337.00, for which the Rice Bureau, of Nashville, Tenn., has contracted to furnish for the season of 1904-05 five good, clean attractions, beginning with the Concert Company to-morrow night, composed of a baritone singer, lady reader and pianist, and a violinist. A large crowd is expected out.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.


 Dr. and Mrs. Stephens entertained a number of friends at a delightful progressive euchre Friday night, given complimentary to Miss Randolph, of New Orleans, sister of Mrs. Stephens.   Dr. and Mrs. Stephens and Miss Randolph were assisted I receiving by Miss Morris of New Iberia. Eleven games were played. Mrs. J. A. Martin captured the ladies' first prize, a beautiful jewel case; Mrs. L. W. Mayer, the second, a lovely brooch; and Mrs. Ashby Woodson received the consolation prize, two unique hat pins. Mr. T. M. Biossat was the lucky winner of the gentlemen's first prize, a fountain pen; Prof. F. Sontag, the second, a cigar stand with cigars; and Mr. Leo Judice carried off the consolation, a red bandanna handkerchief.

 Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Judice, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Biossat, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. LeRosen, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Mayer, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Pellerin, Mr. and Mrs. Ashby Woodson, Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Martin, Misses Holmes, Julia Tolson, Christian, McLaurin, Gladu, Frith, Dupre, Leftwich, Morris, Riis; Drs. Girard, Beeler, John Tolson, Trahan.  Messrs. Middlemas, Charles Debaillon, Sontag, Henry Young, Dunn, Jerome Mouton, Gayle, O'Donoho, Whittington, Fred Voorhies, Potier Voorhies, Pink Torian, Marshall, Dr. and Mrs. Stephens and Miss Randolph.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.


School Houses and the Bond Issue.
[To the Lafayette Advertiser.]

 In the opinion of the writer, Louisiana's greatest educational need at the present time is comfortable, commodious and well-equipped school houses. If one doubts this statement, let him travel through the different parishes and visit the schools. He will find, with only few exceptions, all of the buildings in which the children are now being taught to be unpretentious, and at the very best but second class barns. Most of them are too small, and the great majority do not even afford protection against the inclemences of the weather. The desks are awkward in construction. The walls and ceilings are bare of all decorations; more than that, are sometimes black and dingy. The apparatus consist of wooden black boards, chunks of chalk, and sometimes one or two soiled maps. The grounds are denuded of all natural attractions, save tall weeds and grass.

 Now, it is plain, that with such environments the children cannot imbibe a taste for the holy and beautiful, as it is doubtless within the domain of truth to say that, as a child's environments are, so will be his aspirations. Surely it is high time that the little shanties heretofore used as school houses in this fair State be replaced by large, well painted buildings constructed according to modern architectural designed, located on attractive and well fenced grounds; buildings that would be furnished with patent iron desks and supplied with a full paraphernalia of school apparatus, such as maps, globes, charts, musical frames, library cases and books, mineral collections, pictures and pieces of statuary.

 Imbued with a sense of this necessity, our wise legislators, at the last session of the General Assembly, resolved to submit to the electorate of Louisiana an amendment to Article 46 of the Constitution so as to empower the State to issue one million dollars worth of bonds, said money to be used exclusively for the purpose or erection of school houses and buildings and their equipment.

 The election will be held on the eighth of next November, and it will then be up to the people to decide whether their children should continue to be educated in the antebellum huts or should have decent modern school houses. May Heaven direct the decision in favor of the children.
    (Signed)   CREOLE.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.


Charged with Forgery.  - A white man giving his name as Dan McNamara was arrested Saturday by Deputy Sheriff Alphonse Peck and placed in jail on the charge of forgery. It is said McNamara represented himself as a veteran and called on several veterans to assist him in getting to his home in Waco. Later he went to Sharashewsky's store and succeeded in inducing him to let him have $6.00 on a $16.00 check, on the First National Bank signed Dan Henderson. Mr. Sharashewsky was to keep the check and when cashed the following day, pay over the balance; but the check proved worthless, and when the officers went to look for McNamara he was not to be found. He was soon located, however, in New Iberia and Deputy Sheriff Peck went after him and brought him back.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

"Uncle Josh Perkins."  - "Uncle Josh Perkins" is the title of a play that has scored a success this season unprecedented in recent years. It is to be given here in all its entirety by the original company which first carried it on to prosperity and popularity. It will be produced October 20th at Falk's Opera House and it is certain to be a packed house. Uncle Josh Perkins is a comedy drama; there is a touch of tragic nature in it that excites to an intense pitch the emotions of the spectators but all ends happily. The play is also livened up by the excellent comedy and then the spectators are not in tears over the misfortune of the beautiful young heroine and the shadows that appear to threaten her future, they are laughing and applauding uproariously at the funny antics of the comedians. Some new and exceedingly clever songs and specialties are also introduced at appropriate stages of the play, a vast amount of new and magnificent scenery is used for the impressive stage pictures presented in each of the four acts of the piece.   Lafayette Advertiser of 10/19/1904.  

The Floto Show. - The Floto Show gave an exhibition in Lafayette Thursday and fully measured up to the standard of a first class show. The menagerie was a fairly good one and all of the ring performances were high class. The work of the Japanese acrobats was particularly good. The only poor feature of the show was the bum clowns, who don't even serve as an excuse for clowns. However, the show is worth seeing and everyone who attends gets the full value of his money. Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

Painfully Hurt. - Mr. Gus Schmulen happened to a very painful accident Thursday. While on a step ladder, he lost his balance reaching for an article on the top of one of the shelves in the store, and fell, hurting his side. No bones were broken, but he was confined to his bed several days. We are glad to state that he is again able to be up.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

 Negro Killed on Excursion. - A Negro by the name of Murdock Williams, of Huntsville, was killed Sunday on the excursion from Alexandria. The negro murderer jumped from the train and got away.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

A Popular Place. - The Rice Kitchen at the Worlds Fair seems to be a very popular place. A member of The Advertiser staff visited it a number of times during his stay at the Fair, and always found it crowded, and was told that on Ohio day they fed over 1,700 people. Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

Woman's Club.

 The Woman's Club held the first meeting of the season with Mrs. T. M. Biossat on last Saturday afternoon. This reunion evidenced renewed activity and enthusiasm and the winter's work was entered upon with interest. The Club scholarship at the Industrial Institute was won by an intelligent, deserving orphan boy in whom the Club members are much interested. Committees were formed, which will shortly report upon an entertainment to be given by this organization, the proceeds of which will be used to make the scholarship a permanent one. The lesson at this meeting was on Civil Government and was led by Miss Riis, after which Miss Lea Gladu and Miss Randolph, gave beautiful instrumental selections from Mac Dowell, whose life was the subject of a paper. Autumn foliage and fruits were profusely used in the decorations and the souvenir cards were hand painted autumn leaves, each containing a seasonable quotation. Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

Invited by National Democratic Campaign Committee to Make Addresses in French in Eastern States.

 Judge Julian Mouton, nominee for judge of the circuit court, has been invited by the National Democratic Campaign Committee to deliver addresses in French in the Eastern and Middle States. He left Friday for Indianapolis, where he will meet Secretary Wm. O'Brien, who will assign his field of work. Judge Mouton is a fluent speaker and will do valuable work for the Democratic cause. His selection by the National Committee is quite a compliment.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.


 Police Jury Notes.

 The Police Jury met Thursday, Oct. 6, with Messrs. Begneaud, Spell, Boudreaux, Mouton, Theall, Connolly, Landry and Breaux present. President Billeaud was absent.

 In the absence of the President, Mr. L. G. Breaux acted as president pro tem.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Moved and seconded that the Parish Treasurer be and is hereby authorized to borrow sufficient money to cover the current expenses of the parish up to Dec. 1, 1904. Motion carried.

 The special committee appointed to investigate the dam placed by F. Thibodeaux along the public road in 1st ward reported through Mr. Begneaud that the dam in question had been removed by the said overseer for said ward.

 The special committee composed of Messrs. Mountain and Spell, appointed to investigate the books of the sheriff and parish treasurer reported that the same were correctly kept.

 The said committee was thanked and discharged by the Jury.

 On motion duly seconded Messrs. R. W. Elliot and Fred Webb were appointed a special committee to investigate and report on a dam alleged to have been placed by Mr. Louis Cunningham along the public road near his place. Motion carried and it was so ordered.

 Moved and seconded that Hon. V. Mouton and L. G. Breaux together with the road overseer for 8th ward be appointed as a special committee to investigate a dam alleged to have been placed by Octave Bertrand along the public road near his place. Motion carried and it was so ordered.

 Moved and seconded that Messrs. C. Spell and P. R. Landry be appointed a special committee to investigate the drainage of the public road near John Landry's place in 4th ward. Motion carried and it was so ordered.

 Moved and seconded that upon the adjournment of the Police Jury that the President be requested to call a special session to consider the road and license question.

 On motion duly carried, a recess was taken until 2 p. m.

 The Jury re-assembled at 2 p. m. and proceed to business.

 The bill of Sheriff Badon of St. Martin was laid over until next regular meeting.

 Mr. Theall announced the appointment of Eupheomon Broussard as overseer of 4th ward vice Robert Hebert, resigned.

 Moved and seconded that J. E. Primeaux be appointed member of the returning Board of the parish, vice Arthur Comeaux member of the School Board.

 Moved and seconded that Placide Breaux be authorized to continue the cement walk around the jail. Motion carried.

 After approving accounts an receiving the treasurers report, which showed a balance of $37.89 in the parish finds and a balance of $2,016.25 in special road fund, the jury adjourned subject to call by the president.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/19/1904.

 The Lafayette refinery will begin grinding October 26, and will be ready to receive cane that day.

 We have just opened up with a complete line of clothing, shoes, hats and gent's furnishings. Give us a call. - L. Levy & Son.

 Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Parkerson left Saturday for a visit to the World's Fair.

 Mrs. A. H. Cooper and little son, of Dallas, Texas, arrived in Lafayette yesterday to join Mr. Cooper, who is here waiting to begin work on the Boys' Dormitory.       Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.



  From the Lafayette Gazette of October 19th, 1901:

The Man is Said to be of Unsound Mind.

 A small woman, with a frail body and care-worn features which indicated that life's struggle had been a hard one for her, entered District Attorney Campbell's office Thursday morning.

 She was accompanied by her father, and old white bearded man. The little woman carried in her arms a puny babe and another child of the same age and size was in charge of a young girl of about 8 years of age. The little ones were twins and the three were children of the diminutive specimen of womanhood who had traveled many miles to tell the State's attorney as sad a story as was ever told. Mr. Campbell sent for Judge Bienvenu of the third justice's court to hear what the woman had to say. Mrs. Hebert then told the officers that her husband, Clercy Hebert, had ill-treated her, beating her almost into insensibility. She said that her body bore the marks of his brutality and that the injuries she sustained were so serious that she was unable to come to town until to-day to report the case to the authorities. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the unnatural husband who will have to answer to the court for the heartless cruelty charged against him. Some people seem to think that the man is mentally irresponsible for his acts, and it is charitable to presume that such is the case, for it is inconceivable that a man with a sane mind could be cruel enough to beat that poor, defenseless creature.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.

The Breaux Bridge Wells.

 The following from the St. Martinville Messenger will be of interest to a number of our readers who have investments at Breaux Bridge.

 Work has been entirely suspended at Anse la Butte, and will be for a few days. We learn, however, that in the course of a month or so, that drilling will be resumed on the Anse la Butte Company's and by three other drillers making in all, four wells going down at the same time. The officers of the Company are certain they have a clogged gusher, and the under pressure is so great that it keeps the pipe at the bottom clogged with sand and gravel. The other drillers of experience who have studied the conditions at the Butte, did not hesitate to contract to bore wells there, as they are all sure the gushers are there, and they are going to get them. It is hard work and requires lots of tedious labor, but the drillers who will go there in a short time are going to work until the holes will gush. Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.    

Painting His Hearse. - Mr. Vigneaux has secured the services of H. White, an expert and skillful carriage-painter, and is having the hearse used in his undertaking establishment thoroughly renovated. Mr. White is an expert in his line of work and those who need his services will do well to call on him at Vigneaux's stable. 
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.

Young Man Stabbed. - As a result of a difficulty between Caro Raggio, a young white man, and Eddie Gath, colored, the former was seriously stabbed. The difficulty occurred at Gerac's gin late yesterday afternoon. Deputy Sheriff Trahan and Officer Campbell arrested Gath and placed him in jail.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.

New Crossing. - The crossing over the railroad, near Mouton's lumber yard, has been completed. The street leading to the crossing has been drained and graded and it is now one of the principal thoroughfares in that section of the town. 
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.

Trial of Misdemeanors and Arraignment of Other Cases.


 Fernest Jean Baptiste, charged with burglary in the night and assault with intent to commit rape, was arraigned. He pleaded not guilty and his case was fixed for Nov. 21.

 Elie Foreman, charged with shooting with intent to murder, was arraigned. He pleaded not guilty and his case was fixed for Nov. 22.

 Several parties indicted for violating the law relative to vital statistics, pleaded guilty and each was fine $5 and costs.

 Alcee and Ambroise Fils and Avery Robertson, charged with lying in wait and shooting with intent to commit murder, were arraigned. They pleaded not guilty and the case was fixed for Nov. 26.

 Abram Seems, indicted for larceny, pleaded not guilty and the case was fixed for Nov. 29.

 Ignace Williams, charged with violating labor contract, pleaded not guilty. The case was fixed for Oct. 16.

 Emetile Jefferson, assault and battery. Pleaded not guilty and the case was fixed for Oct. 16.


 Peter Lavague, charged with larceny, pleaded not guilty and the case was fixed for Nov. 27. The court appointed R. W. Elliot, Esq., to defend Lavague.

 James Buchanan, Rodolphe Simon, Pelton Jones, charged  running horses on public road, pleaded guilty and each was fined $50 and costs.

 Charles Padio, charged with assault and battery, was arraigned. He pleaded guilty and his case was fixed for Oct. 16.

 Cora Lizzie pleaded guilty to the charge of larceny. She was sentenced 60 days in parish jail, subject to provisions of act 29 of 1894.

 John Bruce pleaded guilty to assault and battery. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

 Philibert Crouchet pleaded guilty to violation of Sunday law. He will be sentenced Nov. 13.

 Charles McDaniel, assault and battery. Pleaded guilty and was fined $50 and costs.


 Walter Williams, Jr., who had pleaded guilty of manslaughter, was sentenced to 20 years in the State penitentiary.

 Eloi LeBlanc, pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with intent to rape. His case was fixed for Nov. 20.

 Ignace Williams pleaded guilty to violation of labor contract. Fined $10 or three months imprisonment.

 Emetilde Jefferson was tried by the judge for assault and battery, found guilty and fined $10 and costs or three months imprisonment.

 Chas. Padio was tried by the judge for assault and battery, found guilty and sentenced to pay a fine of $5 and costs or sixty days imprisonment.

 Albert Willis was tried by the judge for carrying concealed weapon, found guilty and sentenced to pay a fine of $75 or six months imprisonment. Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901. 

[From the Baton Rouge Advocate.]

 Some time ago the Advocate entered at some length into a description of the commanding advantages of Baton Rouge, and it unhesitatingly asserted without fear of contradiction that they were unsurpassed by any other town or city in the United States. The Advocate showed that Baton Rouge offered at its front and its contiguous bank facilities for a sea and river port of seven miles in length, where wharves and other landing facilities of an absolutely permanent character could be erected. When it is considered that the Mississippi is as deep between Baton Rouge and New Orleans as it is from the mouth of the river to New Orleans, and that a steam vessel can ascend the 130 miles of river intervening between the two points, in 10 or 12 hours, it is in now way extravagant to assert in these days of progress that there is no good reason to contend that Baton Rouge cannot be a seaport as well as New Orleans. Baton Rouge lies on the first elevated plateau on the Mississippi and it offers unquestionable advantages for a bridge across the Mississippi. It enjoys an exceptionally superb and healthful climate, by reason of the fact that, on air line, from the east, it receives the breezes of Lake Pontchartrain and the gulf across not more than 65 miles of country; and from the gulf, on the west, from about the same distance. It has artesian water of unsurpassed quality. It stands on an air line for a railroad that will some day be built between Mobile and Lafayette, from which points great interests will seek connections with the Mississippi for, these interests will not be content very long to stand the unnecessary expense and loss of time that the great curve by way of New Orleans now imposes these interests.

 From Lafayette to New Orleans, by the Southern Pacific route, the distance if 144 miles. From Lafayette to Baton Rouge it is only 52 miles. Hence the oil interests of Beaumont and Jennings would save 95 miles of rail transportation by a road from Lafayette to Baton Rouge that would put their product on the Mississippi at a point 130 miles above New Orleans. Thence it could be distributed up and down the Mississippi and, by a rail connection going eastward from Baton Rouge, to markets reached by the main trunk of the Illinois Central, the Queen and Crescent, the Ship Island and Gulf, the Louisville and Nashville, and finally to Mobile and all the roads and sea routes at that port. A glance at the map will best show the possibilities to which we have reference to be as plain as day that every mile of railroad that will be built from Baton Rouge in an eastward direction, will become a growing inducement for the large interests centering at Mobile on one side and Lafayette on the other, to connect with such a line. So that, if the people of Baton Rouge wish to hasten the consummation we have briefly outlined, they must help to start this line, the completion of which will mean the growth of Baton Rouge to proportions that may well dazzle the imagination of the most sanguine believers in the splendid future of our city. - Baton Rouge Advocate.

 The Gazette has had occasion several times to refer to the advantages of a railroad from Lafayette to Baton Rouge. The Advocate does not exaggerate the great benefits which would accrue to the capital city of the State if such a road were built.

 The people of Lafayette and Baton Rouge and intermediate points should employ the most practical means to make know the splendid opportunity offered to the capitalists by the proposed railway.

 The road suggested by the Advocate would place this town within two hours' reach of the Mississippi river at Baton Rouge and the Illinois Central and Texas Pacific railroads. The benefits to this section of direct railway connection with Baton Rouge are incalculable.

 An air line between Lafayette and Mobile has been thought of before and it is no pipe-dream of Col. Jones. On the contrary, many railroad men have expressed the opinion entertained by Col. Jones that this railroad "will some day be built." Of course, no one can tell exactly when that will be, but the people who are interested in it can do much better to hasten its coming.

 The Gazette hopes that the people of this section will think of the suggestion thrown out by Col. Jones, for they can not give their attention to a project of greater importance to their welfare and the prosperity of the country.

Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.


 In this report of the Grand Jury, which was printed in last Saturday's Gazette, the following appears:

 "...Several methods have been suggested for the improvement of the public roads of the parish, and especially by the Grand Jury making its report on March 25, 1899, but in spite of all the suggestions and of general public complaint the same old state of affairs exists, and there has been little if any improvement. ..."

 Conceding to the Grand Jury the purest of motives and an honest purpose, The Gazette believes that its report is unintentionally unjust to the present and preceding Police Juries.

 It is granted that the present system is not faultless and that no one familiar with it will proclaim it the acme of wisdom. Like all things a human it is susceptible of vast improvement, but we believe that it is immeasurably superior to the former system. We are also of the opinion, and we believe that many people will bear us out in this opinion, that the present system, however inefficient might have been in operation, has given the parish the best roads that it has had during the last 25 years.

 Possibly in certain sections of the parish the "same old state of affairs exists," but in most of the wards of the roads are much better than they were under the former system.

 No doubt the Police Jury has much to learn and we are sure it is a willing, if not an apt, scholar. And we are satisfied it will be glad to receive suggestions from the Grand Jury should that body have any to make after it shall have concluded its investigations.

 Far be it from our purpose to belittle the efforts of the Grand Jury toward the improvement of our highways. The Grand Jury is composed of intelligent and practical men and we hope that after thoroughly looking into the road question it will be able to give good and sound advice to the Police Jury.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.


 Remember that 150 premiums, including 20 watches, copper and French plate mirrors, hat racks, pastels, colorgraphs, colored lithographs, sepias, chalk engravings, carbo-platinum prints, mounted photos, pocket pens, dictionaries and other books will be distributed to successful competitors, free of all charge, except that exhibitors shall declare (under affidavit if necessary) that articles exhibited are raised or made at home, the idea being to encourage home industry.

 All agricultural products should be in place not later that the evening of the 26th. The live stock can be brought the day of the fair. No committeeman will compete for an article of which he is to serve as judge, but judges are urged to bring out their produce and live stock for the inspection of the farmers.

 Music will be furnished by the Broussard band and speeches in French and English will be delivered by the following able speakers: Judge Julian Mouton, Robt. Bruce Martin, Prof. Alleman, Prof. Lionel Mayer, John Kennedy, Esq., and others.

 The prizes will be awarded that evening. The entertainment will conclude with a grand ball. Every lady in attendance will be entitled to draw for a handsome watch, after which the gentlemen will be accorded the same opportunity for another watch.

 It has been suggested that in the live stock department a special prize should be offered for Lafayette's favorite and most successful crop - one that rain or drought never effects, viz: the babies. A handsome prize, therefore, will be offered for the handsomest, healthiest and smartest baby, and the following special committee will declare the contest: Simeon Begnaud, Homer Mouton, George Lessley.

 Among the other live stock attractions on exhibition will be the wonderful 3-legged calf of P. A. Chaisson, Esq., who will deliver a humorous address describing the life and history of this unique tripod.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.          

S.P. Officials Have High Mortality Rate.

 General Passenger and Ticket Agent of the Southern Pacific in Texas Expires at Liberty, N. Y.

 Houston, Tex., Oct. 16. - News was received here early to-day of the death of L. J. Parks, general passenger and ticket agent of the Southern Pacific lines in Texas, at Liberty, N. Y., where he had gone for treatment. His wife was with him. Mr. Parks had attained to a good position on the Southern Pacific system in Texas despite the handicap of ill-health, but recently he had become practically an invalid. It is understood the remains are to be interred in New York.

 There seems to be a fatality among the officials of the Southern Pacific system in Texas. Invalids and apparently well men have died at a very rapid rate during the past year, and hardly has the grave closed over one of them until another is reported ill. The death roll includes Collis P. Huntington, the founder of the system, who died not quite a year ago; J. T. Mahl, chief engineer; J. B. Malvey, division superintendent of the Atlantic system; C. W. Bein, general manager freight traffic manager; G. A. Qunilan, vice-president and general manager of the Houston and Texas Central, and now L. J. Parks.

 Mr. Parks was born in Louisiana on the 15th day of July, 1860 and his boyhood was spent on Bayou Teche, near Franklin. He began his career as a railroad man as a telegraph operator for Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railway.

 After three years in a telegraph office he was made clerk and stenographer to the assistant manager of the Atlantic system of the Southern Pacific Railway. In January, 1888, he was made superintendent of telegraph, and in December of the next year he was appointed chief clerk to the general superintendent. In 1893 he was made assistant general passenger and ticket agent of the Southern Pacific Railway. In December of 1899 General Passenger Traffic Manager Morse again promoted him to the office of general passenger and ticket agent of the Atlantic system of the Southern Pacific Railway, which office he acceptably held to the day of his death. On Feb. 22, 1898, Mr. Parks was married in Austin to Miss Rosine Meillot.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.     

Brass Band Has a Ball.

 The Gazette is pleased to learn that the fund of the brass band has been considerably increased by the "benefit" of last Monday at the flying horses and the ball given Wednesday night in Falk's hall. Both entertainments were very liberally patronized and the band boys are much encouraged by the results. The ball was an elegant affair socially and from a financial standpoint it was very much of a success. It is needless to say that the music was excellent and that everything else was of the best. The success of its initial effort as a promoter of the "light fantastic" should be an inducement to the band to give many more balls. It is a splendid way to raise money.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/19/1901.

 W. V. Nicholson is handling the Wheeler & Wilson sewing machines. No. 9 has the latest improvements, is noiseless, light running and has no equal for quality and quantity of work.

 The refinery of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Co. began the grinding season last Monday.

 Mr. B. A. Salles is very ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. C. Salles, in Lafayette that he will recover.

 The Gazette is requested to state that on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday of each week, subscribers to the circulating library will be able to secure or exchange books. On those days Miss Betts, the librarian, will be at Demanade's store and will be placed to attend to all business connected with the library.

 Married. - Mr. Hebert Mouton, of Lafayette, and Miss Bertha Richard, of Grand Coteau, were married at the Cathedral in New Orleans last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Mouton will live in Lafayette, Mr. Mouton being an employe of the Southern Pacific Company at this place.

 Veterinary Surgeon. - Mr. Edward P. Halstead, veterinary surgeon from Hereford, England, now located at New Iberia, will attend Lafayette on Thursday, October 31, one day only, for the treatment of lame and sick horses and mules.

 Deputy Sheriff Thomas Mouton went to Jackson last Sunday. Mr. Mouton had charge of two unfortunate white women, Mrs. Devalcourt and Mrs. Sebatier, who were interdicted some time ago, but were not taken to the asylum before on account of the crowded condition of that institution.

 One grocer's platform computing scale and one No. 600 Buffalo platform scale for sale cheap at J. O. Mouton's. Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 19th, 1901:

Caracristi's Charges.

 Says Standard Oil Co. Dominates Geological Survey. - STIRS HORNET'S NEST - Ask That the Washington Correspondents Investigate. -  AN INJURY TO THE SOUTH. - Senators and Congressmen Should Have It Removed.

 Prof. C. F. Z. Caracristi, the petroleum expert, who is now in Lafayette, the seat of Lafayette parish, completing the survey of the gulf plateau of Louisiana makes the open accusation that the United States Geological Survey is controlled and dominated by the Standard Oil Company to the detriment of the oil and mineral interests of the Southern States.

 "My accusation may stir up a hornet's nest." Prof. Caracristi said to the writer, "but it will result to the benefit of the South.

 Says Prof. Caracristi :

 "Every one who knows me and my record will appreciate the fact for publication, at least, I am not given to idle talk; nor do I devote myself to antagonizing any person or interest. Especially is this so in my relations and expressions with regard to the Standard Oil Co. Both in a personal way and in my professional life I have been friend of the Standard as far as my client's interests would permit. I this preface what I am going to say because I do not wish to be classed with those cranks, who knowing nothing about this great institution, make it their business to assail it at every turn, generally without a tenable cause or reason.

 "It may not be generally known that the southern oil field, that of Kentucky, was the first oil field discovered in North America. Have you ever thought that the civil unpleasantness broke out just after the discovery of petroleum in the East, and that by powerful influence over America's commerce the petroleum trade was zealously kept to benefit the East, and every time a move was made to bring forward Southern and Southwestern oil, the combined forces of the East and Northeast were brought to bear against the investment of capital.

 "Naturally you will ask what power brought about this condition, and in reply I will state that in late years the Standard Oil Company of the United States Geological survey has been able to suppress the development of the Southern oil fields.

 "Before the Southern oil avalanche startled the world, did any one ever hear of the possibilities of Southern petroleum except it was ridiculed or ignored by the United States Geological Survey? Read the report and see."

 "The time has come when every Southern Senator and Congressman should ask what the mineral resource division of the Geological Survey has actually done for the South outside of copying the State reports and taking the credit. The South is interested in having its resources known and a small-sized kindergarten should not stand in the way.

 "The division of mineral resources of the Geological Survey should be abolished and be made a part of the United States census, which in turn should be made a permanent bureau governed by a non-partisan commission.

 "The Southern petroleum industry demands that the United States reports should not be dominated by the Standard Oil Company through its influence with the Geological Survey. I am sounding not for my own good, but in the interest of the great petroleum interest of the South, and I ask the Southern press to investigate the logic of my position through their Washington correspondents.

 "The sooner the Geological Survey is reorganized the better for the South."
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.

The Breaux Bridge Wells.

 The following from the St. Martinville Messenger will be of interest to a number of our readers who have investments at Breaux Bridge.

 Work has been entirely suspended at Anse la Butte, and will be for a few days. We learn, however, that in the course of a month or so, that drilling will be resumed on the Anse la Butte Company's and by three other drillers making in all, four wells going down at the same time. The officers of the Company are certain they have a clogged gusher, and the under pressure is so great that it keeps the pipe at the bottom clogged with sand and gravel. The other drillers of experience who have studied the conditions at the Butte, did not hesitate to contract to bore wells there, as they are all sure the gushers are there, and they are going to get them. It is hard work and requires lots of tedious labor, but the drillers who will go there in a short time are going to work until the holes will gush. Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.    

The Side Walk to the School to be Built Soon.
Work Shop Nearly Completed.
Glee Club Organized by Prof. Sontag.

 We have been informed that one of the side walks leading to the Institute will be begun soon ;  the contract as we understand has been let, and the walk is to be completed within the next few days. It will be a blessing to the pupils, teachers, patrons, and visitors of the school, only let us have more side walks. Why not one from Moss's Pharmacy to the Institute.

- The day is coming hurriedly when the Work Shop will have the right to rear her head aloft, and, with a sneer, shout aloud "I am finished." Perhaps she will not do this, however, but be satisfied with only whistling some old melody to the same effect. During the week she has been putting on a jacket of galvanized iron to protect herself against the ardor of the sun, the beating of the rain, the blowing of the wind. Her cap has been ordered, modeled after the latest fashions in head-gear, and will be donned as soon as it arrives.
 - The Manual Training Department made a long stride forward last week on receiving a lot of work benches. These were immediately set up in one of the large basement rooms, and class work in manual training begun. Each boy has his bench to work at, with none to say him nay. Mr. Woodson's smile had broadened perceptibly since the benches came. He feels now as though he had been installed in office. His gait is also livelier.

 - The lecture which is to be given at the Institute during the next month will probably consist in an impersonation of "David Harum." The representation of this character by Edw. P. Elliot has been very successful and has met with plaudits wherever given.

 - Miss Beverly Randolph's draughting room has been much embellished during the past week by a large supply of beautiful casts. These were received from the famous Boston firm of Caproni, and will be used as models for free hand drawing. Aside from the casts, however, Miss Randolph's class room is a pretty and cheerful sight to see. There, for example you behold designs of ancient decorations, executed in the same bright hues loved so well in the old days ;  here you see designs of book covers, of which, in our humble judgment, we have not yet seen the equals. Then, yonder you may gaze at the studies in crayon all so well done, all so like they had life. We like the Art Room of the Institute.

 - The youngest organization at the Institute is the "Glee Club." The students have formed this club under Mr. Sontag's direction, and have shown interest in the work. The club will begin its rehearsals at once ; and, unless we are greatly in error, will contribute greatly to the entertainments before very long. The singing of merry college songs is one of a few things we have not heard often in Lafayette, and hence the Glee Club has a wide and fertile field in which to operate. And when their notes begin to harmonize and become like unto the nightingale's they will be listened to gladly and always welcomed by The Advertiser. Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.



Dobbins Gets Another Contract.
[From the Jennings Times.]

 E. E. Dobbins, the genial driller of the Jennings No. 1, last night closed a contract with the Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company of Lafayette, to sink a well on their McFarlain tract holding north of the town. This tract embraces something over 1,300 acres and is though to be as good a proposition as can be found anywhere. Mr. Dobbins contract calls for the commencement of drilling operations within ninety days, though he confidently expects to get to work inside of a few weeks, probably no more than three. His intentions now are to bring a rig he has at Beaumont over here for the work and it may be released very soon. Mr. Dobbins is to select the site for the well and to have entire charge of the drilling. His past experiences have made him fully capable of doing this in a satisfactory way.

 The contract for the drilling with Mr. Dobbins was let by a committee from the directors, consisting of President Leo Judice of Scott, La., and Dr. N. P. Moss, a director from Lafayette. These gentlemen have been here several days closing up the arrangements. The Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company was organized primarily to develop their home field, but the bright prospects in this vicinity induced them to commence operations here. The company is strongly backed by the best business men of Lafayette and vicinity and has a capital stock of $100,000. Shares are $1.00 each and none have been sold under par. Dr. Moss said to a Times representative last night that the company was organized to develop lands and to make money for the stockholders, and that they were doing all they could to carry out this intention. The contracting well with Mr. Dobbins was only one evidence of the sincerity of purpose.

 The Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company is the first outside company to enter into a definite arrangement to assist in the most complete development of the field and they deserve credit therefore. Anything that has this end in view should meet with the hearty approval of all of our citizens. - Jennings Times.


The Poll Tax.

 The citizens of Louisiana who expect to exercise their constitutional privilege of participating in the congressional election in November, 1902, in the State elections in April 1904, should take notice that the poll tax provision of the Constitution will come in force before those dates, and the tax must be paid as a prerequisite to voting. The special requirements made of all voters under 60 years of age is that, before exercising the privilege of suffrage in any such election, they must have paid the poll tax for the two years preceding the election ; and in each case the tax must have been paid on or before the 31st day of December of the said two years, and the voter must be able to show his poll tax receipts.

Thus it is that, in order to vote at any election in 1902, the poll tax for this year (1901) must be paid before the expiration of the present year, and that for 1902 must be paid before the November election in that year, so that the evidence can be presented at the polls.

It, therefore becomes an absolute necessity that the poll tax for this present year, and the tax for 1902 must be paid in that year before the November elections.

This is something which must be complied with by every qualified citizen who is under 60 years of age, or else cannot vote. Bear it in mind as a solemn duty, not to be neglected on any account.

From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.

Sontag Band Benefit. - Notwithstanding the coolness of the evening a large crowd turned out to give the Band a warm support by their liberal patronage of the flying horses. Young and old entered heartily into the spirit of the occasion and everybody had a nice time. The proceeds netted the Band over $34.00. Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.

Gave Old Negro Reward. - Last Sunday Mr. Sebastien Albarado had a narrow escape. He was driving along the road when the horse took fright at a bicycle and ran. Old man Albarado was unable to check the horse and would probably have been seriously injured had not Nicholas Fish, a colored man 54 years old, grabbed the horse and stopped him at the imminent risk of his own life. Mr. Albarado gave the  old negro a reward.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/19/1901.

 We regret to state that Mr. B. A. Salles is very ill.

 Rev. Fathers Forge and Bolard went to New Orleans this week.

 Dr. J. Cheston King and Misses Eliza and Anna Hopkins spent Monday in Crowley, the guests of Mr. W. W. Duson and family.

 We have a big rush of job work this week and have been unable to give the paper as careful attention as usual. If there are any shortcomings we trust our friends will overlook them.

 Moresi has contracted with the Anse LaButte Company to bore for them in 90 days. We understand however, that he will begin at once. This will make the third well on the Anse la Butte field.

 The ball given last Wednesday for the benefit of the Sontag Military Band was a grand success. Over one hundred dollars were realized.

 C. P. Scribner, chief engineer of the Gulf and Interstate Railroad of Texas was in town Thursday to confer with Dr. Caracristi. It is the intention of the company to build a road from Beaumont to Dallas. Mr. Scribner paid the Advertiser an appreciated visit.

 Mr. Jos. Dauriac, the blacksmith, who is now in New Orleans, under treatment for typhoid fever, is improving rapidly, and will be able in the course of two weeks to return to Lafayette and resume work.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1901.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 19th, 1895:

For Water Works and Electric Lights.

 The committee appointed by the B. M. A. and the City Council met last Monday in Judge O. C. Mouton's office and organized by electing T. M. Biossat chairman, and J. I. Bell secretary. There was a marked enthusiasm and sincerity of purpose in the deliberations of the committee.

 It was decided to advertiser in the Times-Democrat, of New Orleans, for estimates, and the secretary was requested to open correspondence with contractors, with a view of ascertaining the probable cost of the erection of the contemplated improvements. It is proposed to find out what the expenditure will be, and then other steps will be taken toward the completion of the project. Of course, the only way to raise the money is by taxation ;  and before the tax-payers will vote on the question it is well that they be thoroughly informed as to costs, etc. The gentlemen interested in this movement have been at work with a vim that is really commendable, and is is to be hoped that they will continue to show the same public spirit which has so far characterized their efforts. We say let the good work go on !
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1895.    

Repeal the STOCK LAW? 

 As may be seen in another column the City Council of Lafayette has instructed the mayor to call an informal election to be held on Nov. 9, to obtain the sense of the white voters on the stock law. This action was taken by the Council at the request of a petition, signed by 120 voters, alleging that a majority of the voters are in favor of amending the law, so that stock be prohibited from roaming at large in the night time only. We believe that the petitioners are mistaken in this allegation and we are confident that the law will be maintained as it now stands. We have failed to hear of a single reasonable argument against the law, while we could advance, if necessary, any number of valid points in its favor. In this article we will confine ourselves to only a few of them, leaving the balance for future issues.

 The first and foremost reason why the law should stand is - protection to the ladies and children. With cows, mules and horses grazing along the gutters it is dangerous for them to venture on the street without a protector. They are often compelled to wade in the mud across the street to avoid coming in contact with some ferocious-looking brute, running the risk of being hooked by a cow or kicked by a vicious mule. This alone should be sufficient to convince the voters of the un-wisdom of the move to repeal the law. Who would not prefer to do without milk and suffer the high weeds forever, than be responsible for the death of a single woman or child? And it is no exaggeration to say that the repeal of the stock law may lead to such a serious calamity. And again what right have we to endanger the lives of the ladies and children? They too, have rights as well as men and stock.

 Taking a cold, business view of the question we see nothing against the law and everything for it. What would be the use of building plank-walks to be broken down by horses and cattle? The Police Jury has built a brick-walk around the court-house square. It is a rather poor piece of work, but it is immeasurably better than none, and should be protected; to allow stock to roam on the square will be practically turning the brick-walk over to our brute population, transforming the grounds around our temple of justice into a sort of Pawnee Bill Wild West Show.

 As the law is rigidly enforced in the parish we are informed that persons living near town are anxiously waiting for the repeal of the law to drive their stock to the corporate limits for grazing purposes. Our town will then be a vast pasture for the horses, mules, cows, sheep of the country people as well as those of the townspeople.

 The repeal of the stock law would be a step backward, and Lafayette can not afford to retrograde. She is already too slow in the march of progress.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1895.

The Martin Bagley Trial.

 The case of Martin Bagley was called up for trial before Judge Allen Thursday morning. Judge Jno. Clegg, of New Orleans, Hon. Lucius, of Terrebone, and Charles Fontelieu, of Iberia, appeared for the defense and M. T. Gordy represented the State. The defense made a motion for continuance on the ground that two of their counsel, Judge. C. Debaillon and Jos. A. Chargois, were sick and could not take part in the trial. Mr. Gordy insisted upon a trial and made a strong plea against another continuance. The judge took the matter under advisement and at 2 o'clock gave his decision overruling the motion for a continuance, and the trial was immediately begun. The empaneling of the jury was commenced at 5 o'clock when the venire was exhausted ten jurors had been sworn in. The judge ordered the sheriff to summon ten tallesmen and the court took a recess until 7 o'clock p. m., when the jury was completed. The following gentlemen compose the jury: Arthur Greig, Sarrazin Broussard, Mr. Dupuis, Arthur Bonnet, Paul Billeaud, Oscar Couvillon, Lewis Whittington, Alb. Landry, Joe Girouard, Simon Boudreaux, Felix Begnaud, Philibert Crouchet. The court then adjourned until Friday morning. Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1895.


Third Time a Convict.

 For the third time in his life the negro, Sam Dugas, stands convicted of larceny. The last offense for which eh will serve his country is the stealing of two cattle hides. His case came up for trial last Wednesday, and, contrary to expectation, he pleaded guilty. Last year he was tried for stealing a calf, and pleaded his own case and was acquitted. It was thought that he would again attempt to prove his innocence, but he unexpectedly came forward, entered a plea of guilty and asked for the mercy of the court. 

 "Big Sam" is well, if not favorably, known by nearly every person in this parish. He is a notorious thief, and, yet, he is not considered a particularly vicious or dangerous negro. Innumerable petty thefts may be safely charged to him, but he has never been caught stealing anything of much value. His forte is the chicken-coop, and he is probably the most successful and experienced chicken thief in the South. This is, perhaps, an extravagant assertion, but Sam is undoubtedly entitled to the distinction. He says that his fingers have a peculiar fascinations for chickens, hogs, calves and hides, and that he is in nowise responsible if they cling to them. He says in the present case he is the victim of circumstances, and, although he plead guilty, is innocent. He has hopes that the judge will sentence him to the parish prison, and that he will not be sent to the penitentiary ;  however, should the judge deem proper to confine him to the walls of the State prison, he does not anticipate the trials and sufferings than necessarily attend the life of a stranger in so gloomy a place. He has been there twice, and the "pen" has no terrors for him. He is a good cook and, with his natural cunning and his reputation as an epicure, he will, in all probability, be put to work in the kitchen.

 It remains to be seen whether a third term of imprisonment will have a reforming influence on Sam. He is a rather hard subject, and his conversion would be little short of  a miracle. He is one of the thousands of unfortunate negroes who are born and reared in crime, and who live and die in it. From childhood they are taught to look at the neighbor's chicken as public property, and the penitentiary is a natural sequence to their early training. Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1895.


A Serious Accident. - Paul Castel, the well-known young butcher, met with an accident last Monday which came near resulting fatally. While making his usual rounds in the morning, the horse hitched to his cart became frightened and ran away, throwing him to the ground with such force that he was unconscious for several hours. The most serious wound that he sustained was on the head. Dr. Frank Mouton was called and rendered medical help and we are pleased to say that he has about entirely recovered from the fall. 
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1895.

At Falk's Hall. - The Hilton Comedy Co. opened the theatrical season in Lafayette with a performance at Falk's hall last week. Some of the actors were quite clever while others were of a decidedly inferior class. Owing to the lack of advertising and to other causes the audience was very small. Taking it altogether the opening of the season was not attended with any great success. Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1895.

About Lafayette.

 We find the following in the columns of that excellent little magazine, "Salve Regina," edited, printed and published by the young ladies of the St. Mary's Dominican Academy of New Orleans. Miss Mary Scranton, the author of the article, is the daughter of the well-known physician, Dr. G. W. Scranton:

 A bright August morning, a spirited span of bays, an open carriage, a trio of happy girls - a dash and away from Youngsville to Lafayette !  The roads are dusty !  You should see the hats and dresses, the bays and harness when we drew rein in front of a handsome, unpretending residence, near the entrance of the town.

 The ride was short and pleasant, in spite of the dust !  Girls are easily amused and each darkey child at its door waving its chubby hand and smiling or dashing out to cheer us, furnished matter for laughter !  Great wagons passed us laden with cotton; the negro hands, half hidden in its snow peeped at us with a pleasant smile and gracious nod. They are happy, devoted race. Their love for their masters life long, their fidelity to his family unchanging.

 We spent a whole week at Lafayette, an aristocratic inland town, too dignified to grow faster and yet too proud to lose prominence in trade. It stands about a junction of the Southern Pacific Railroad and is named from the young Marquis Lafayette, who was so generous to America in her time of need. Like its name-sake, the town may some day come into prominence and become the right-hand of its State. Who knows? Until then we can enjoy her green lanes and broad streets, and believe she has no equal this of the Atlantic, in the pleasures she secures to us, and we are logically correct !

 Why the town of Lafayette moved up from the banks of the Vermilion we are at a loss to say, but that is has moved is a fact patent to those long acquainted with the town and its ways.

 It may be Vermilion and itself did not "get along well" together, the river may have encroached on the rights of the town, and like the dwellers on the banks of a river in old Saxon times, they became rivals.

 Their disagreement, whatever the origin, must be interesting to the people long acquainted with both. To us, comparatively new arrivals, it is a subject of great curiosity !  which so far has not been satisfied.

 The Catholic Church at Lafayette promises to rank among the prettiest of the parish. The park, too, with its accommodations is well kept. Here in the shade of great trees, children enjoy fresh air at noon, old people in the early evening and young people in the magic tints of artificial lights.

 The limitless woods on the outskirts of the town are resorts for holidays and picnics, and are always cool and pleasant. One week of pleasure here and then - home again  -  shortly    after  -  back    to school.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1901.


From the Sugar Cane State to the Golden Gate.

 A ride of Three Thousand Five Hundred Miles (3,500) made in five days in a Pullman Tourist Sleeper through the great States of Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, to Portland, Oregon, with only one change of cars. This is what the Traveler, Sight-seer or Homeseeker can do. Sights of mountain grandeur, superior in vastness to any in the known world, open upon the vision, changing with kaleidoscopic rapidity from the last beautiful bit of  scenery to new ones even more so. The Southern Pacific Railroad the artery over which the finest trains run over the best track of steel rails in the South, reaching from Gulf to Ocean. Her equipment is modern, her road-bed magnificently ballasted, and her motive power is unequalled south of the Ohio river. All these qualifications are facts. Her employes always courteous. A trip from "The Land of Sugar Cane, Rice Fields and Cotton" to the Pacific Coast is an education in itself never to be regretted. Write for any information to the nearest representative of this great system of railroads and steamship lines, and receive in return your question answered, reliable and to the point. Any of our readers contemplating a trip will do well to inquire of the nearest Southern Pacific System's Agents before buying elsewhere. S. F. B. Morse. General Passenger and Ticket Agent, New Orleans, La.
Lafayette Gazette 10/19/1895. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 19th, 1895:

The New Light  "Electro-Gas."

 We have seen on exhibition at the Moss Bros. & Co. store, Mr. Hilbert Falk's ingenious invention for generating gas for illuminating purposes, which bids fair to become a powerful rival to electricity as an artificial light. The illuminating properties of this new gas-generator are truly remarkable, surpassing in brilliance the incandescent electric light. The claim of the inventor that the light thus produced is cheaper than what is obtained from the common oil lamps cannot fail to greatly popularize the "Electro-gas" system of illumination. From the favorable expressions we have heard of this new and very captivating light, on the part of several local merchants, we judge that a goodly number of "Electro-gas" plants will be in full blast in Lafayette at an early date. It is a light that forcibly commends itself to the public on account of its great brilliancy and cheapness and we expect to see it very generally adopted. In anticipation of the extensive demand that it is safe to assume will follow the introduction of the Electro-gas machine, the inventor, with whom is associated Dr. N. P. Moss of our town, will perfect all the necessary arrangements at once for manufacturing machines of any capacity of prompt delivery.

 The Advertiser feels a pardonable pride in stating that the credit of inventing the "Electro-gas generator belongs to a native of Lafayette, whose undoubted inventive genius may yet give the world a great and valuable surprise.

Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1895.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 19th, 1889: 

 News Notes Mixed With Ads.  

 Rain is badly needed, and the drought is getting serious. In the country it is difficult to supply stock with water, and in town a great many cisterns are dry.

 A few wild ducks have been seen along the bayou. There is no water on the prairies now to induce them to stop here.

Mr. W. B. Lindsay has reopened his popular "Acme" oyster saloon near the depot. Col. Lindsay not only keeps fine oysters, and understands the art of shucking them, but has the well earned reputation of being one of the most expert and interesting "fish liars" in Southwest Louisiana. 

 Gouaux's Asthma Remedies will surely cure all Coughs, Croup, Diphtheria, etc., it is guaranteed.

 Dust pervades our atmosphere, and everybody else, at the present writing. We have been trying to induce "Oberon" to tell the truth - so it might rain. 

 Mr. John Walters is erecting a cottage for his residence, east of the railroad, and fronting the residence of Mr. Henry Church.

 The court being in session, and the steady stream of cotton flowing into town daily, has made a pretty good business in Lafayette during the week. 

 We are glad to note that our genial and clever young friend Mr. J. D. Davis, night telegraph operator at the depot, has entirely recovered his health, and is now getting stout.

 Mr. George A. Bailey, lately of the connected with the "Red Star Store" here, has accepted a clerkship with Mr. Derouen, a leading merchant at Jennings, La., and last Tuesday to enter upon his new duties.

 The "oldest inhabitant" reports that is has been a long, long time since he has seen such a favorable fall for harvesting crops; and we are glad to note that the farmers generally have made good use of their opportunity. 

 We return our thanks to Mr. Philip Crouchet for a fine lot of crabs, which enabled us to enjoy a splendid gumbo. The fact that he stole the crabs from Joe Vallier, who had brought them up as present to Col. Cochrane, didn't make them taste bad at all.

 Mr. Joe Vallier has just completed a very handsome and commodious  residence building on his farm, fronting on the Morgan railroad about a mile north of town. Joe's energy and well directed enterprise have made his place one of the most valuable and desirable pieces of property in the vicinity of town. We are glad to note these evidences of his growing prosperity.
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1889.

Lafayette Building Association.

The Lafayette Building and Loan Association closed the first eighteen months of its existence on September 30th with shares in force, as follows: First series, 253 1/2 shares - held by 42 shareholders - $18.00 paid in and a book profit of $8.80; Second series, 114 shares - held by 21 shareholders - $12.00 paid in and a book profit $6.40. Third series, 56 shares - held by 10 shareholders - $6.00 paid in and a book profit of $2.80. The Association has loans on 12 pieces of property to the among of $10,900 00.

In spite of heavy payments during the past six months to withdrawing members, and liabilities about equaling two months receipts, to parties who have given notice of withdrawals, the Association makes a creditable showing in matter of profit and will soon be adding to its loan account. A fourth series is now open for subscriptions. 
Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1889.

Writer Declares He Is Very Much More Knave Than Fool.

 To the uninitiated the opossum is a slow going, stupid beast, with hardly enough ambition to eat his food. But those who have studied his habits declare that there is more of the rogue than the fool in his make-up, and that his apparent stupidity is but a part of his business policy. He seldom goes hungry, and he always has a hole to crawl into when he is sleepy. And, in spite of the slowness, he manages to catch many animals much swifter than he is. It is said that even the brisk squirrel falls a prey to him in the open woods, where one would think the spry little creature had all the advantage. The opossum catches rats and mice, and eats ground birds and their eggs. He is not entirely restricted to a meat diet, however, but is fond of nearly all the berries and other wild fruits that grow in the woods and fields, and has been known to creep into orchards and berry patches to devour cultivated fruits.

From the Detroit News Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/19/1904.

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