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From the Lafayette Gazette of October 23rd, 1897:

The Trains.

 Since Wednesday the Southern Pacific has been running a train from Carencro to Cade which places this town in daily communication with New Orleans.

 Several carloads of freight consisted mainly of machinery and hardware. The people of the town, were pleased to receive the mail.

 A train is being run between this place and Crowley but Rayne still refuses to receive goods under any circumstances; however, it permits the train to stop. There is no mail service on the Crowley train and unless some arrangements are made, mail for points west of Lafayette will have to be sent out through New Orleans.

 Agent Davidson informs The Gazette that the present arrangement will probably continue until quarantine is raised. 

 Lafayette Gazette 10/23/1897.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/23/1897.

 A girl was born to Mrs. Ed Lehman last Monday.

 A shave at Patureau's can not fail to suit the most fastidious.

 Mr. and Mrs. E. Mouisset are now the proud parents of a little girl. She was born Sunday morning.

 Last Wednesday night Officer Himel bagged eleven coons and locked them up for fighting and disturbing the peace. Himel is a hustler and when he is around the boisterous niggers had better keep quiet.

 For a shampoo go to Patureau's barber-shop near Southern Pacific depot.

 Paul Bailey informs The Gazette that his youngest brother, Homer, is down with yellow fever in New Orleans, but a late telegram brings the good new that the nature of the attack is mild and no fatal results are expected to follow.

 The friends of Sheriff Broussard will be pleased to learn that he is doing well. It is believed that before many days Mr. Broussard will be able to leave his bed.

The Mutual, Liverpool and London and Globe, British America, Phoenix, Mechanics and Traders, London and Lancashire, are among the companies represented by Felix Mouton.

 Soda water improves the tone of the health. The soda water at the Moss Pharmacy is fine.

 The work of placing the pipes for the water-works is nearly completed. Were it not for the delay caused by the quarantine the plant would have been in operation at an earlier date.

 The Daily States very correctly says that the white man who is not alive to the importance of a clause in our State Constitution that will eliminate the negro from Louisiana politics has less pluck, less sand in his gizzard, less manhood than a cornfed negro.

 Lafayette Gazette 10/23/1897.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 23rd, 1908:


 Big Purchase for Equipment of Louisiana Lines of Morgan Roads - Baton Rouge Branch Difficult Piece of Work. Vice-Pres. Fay Unable to Say When it Will Be Finished.

 Supt. Shackford returned yesterday from Morgan City where he had been since Monday, and reported that the fine new traffic bridge at that city had been successfully swung into place, and the old one removed. The swinging was done so on pontoons and required six hours. The bridge is now in use and is one of the finest in the United States.

 The Times-Democrat of yesterday states that Vice-president and General Manager Thornwell Fay has announce the purchase of more than $2,000,000.00 worth of equipment for the Morgan lines in Louisiana and Texas, this amount to be spent for 1,800 freight cars, five combination mail and baggage cars and ten steel passenger coaches. The steel coaches will be quite a novelty in this part of the country, but passenger men are expressing themselves as delighted in having them as they are regarded as almost indestructible. They are so constructed as to be difficult to derail and it would be almost impossible to set them afire.

 Mr. Fay said that the Louisiana lines had encountered a most difficult piece of work in the construction of the Baton Rouge branch from Lafayette through the Atchafalaya swamp. The trestle west of the Atchafalaya had been completed after months of hard work and great expense. Work of grading on the east bank had been commenced. He said that this would be through about eight miles of swamp, and that the grading would probably be as difficult and costly as had been encountered in many years. He was unable to say when the branch would be completed for the operation of trains. Lafayette Advertiser 10/23/1908.  

   Old Maids.
       [From the Daily States.]

 We find this paragraph in the columns of our usually courteous contemporary, the Homer Clipper:

 Endeavoring to write weighty editorials for a large paper like this with a table full of exchanges and none younger than a week old, is like kissing an old maid - it's devilish hard for a sensible man to do.

 Why should our good friend class kissing an old maid among the disagreeable duties of life? In our time we have known and met many maiden ladies of an uncertain age, and among them many women of great personal attractiveness, loveliness of character, sweetness of manners and unfaltering devotion to all the duties of life.

 Most old maids are old maids from choice. There are very few of them who have not had the opportunity of marriage, but their hearts have not been captured, and they have preferred to live through life in loneliness to giving their hands without their hearts. Many an old maid carries within her bosom the memory of a life tragedy too deep for tears, too sweet and tender for stranger ears. Yet if told, would put to the blush those who scoff at "old maids."

 We knew an old maid in Virginia during the war. She was mis-shapen, dark-hued and without a personal attraction. At first she appeared to us extremely ugly. But as we came to know her and to learn something of the story of her life, she first became passable in appearance, and when her noble, womanly heart gradually shone in supernal beauty, through her ugly form a strange beauty seemed to gather about her and a light to follow her footsteps. In time she seemed to us perfectly beautiful, and when seeing her for the last time we bent low and kissed her dark and wrinkled brow, we felt that we had kissed a saint.

 Let our good friend not speak in ribald derision of old maids. Many of them are noble, true and devoted women, fit to be the brides of kings and princes; nay, more, of noble, chivalrous, true and pure men.

 From the Homer clipper, reprinted in the Daily-States and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/23/1897. 


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