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From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 26th, 1895:

The First National Bank of Lafayette. 

 The Comptroller of the Currency's certificate of authorization having been formally issued on the 24th instant the People's State Bank of this town will discard its old title and on November 1st begin operations as "The First National Bank of Lafayette," with a paid capital of $50,000 and the following named executive officers: Crow Girard, president; S. R. Parkerson, cashier; F. V. Mouton, assistant cashier. 

 As if in honor of the new name it was preparing to assume, the bank building for the past month has had some new charm added to its looks each day until now it presents a specially attractive appearance. The new fixtures lately placed in position in the banking room are of a substantial order and combine beauty with comfort and convenience.

 The First National Bank of Lafayette begins business under favorable auspices so if the success of the offspring is to be measured by the business record of the parent institution, The People's State bank, then will its future be remarked for its ponderousness. So mote it be.  
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1895.  

Got News?
Advertiser Not That Particular.

 News! M's enough to give an editor the blues. Nobody comes in to talk of the "crap," no one got boozy and started a scrap. No one got run in for taking a horn, nobody buried and nobody born. Some one to come in and kick up a muss; some one to stir up the peace-laden air; somebody's comment to give us a scare; somebody thumped within an inch of his life; somebody run off with another man's wife! Some one come in and pay up their dues - anything, anything, just so its news. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1895.   

 The Petrified Man.  
               Opelousas, La., Oct. 7, 1895.

 Editor Picayune: I have been told that an article was published by the Times-Democrat stating that the unearthing of a petrified man in the vicinity of Lafayette was a canard, I humbly submit the following lines, which will serve as an answer to the said article:

 At about two or three miles from the town of Lafayette (in former years (Vermilionville) the Vermilion bayou winds its course through the most picturesque country in the entire state. The nature of the soil is such as would interest any thoughtful mind and captivate the attention of science. Within a stone's throw of the spot where the petrified man, now causing some comment, was found by a Mr. Peck and some friends, there are an innumerable amount of springs quite worthy of scientific investigations. One of the springs, the largest, must contain a very large amount of iron. The entire bed of the little rivulet, from the springs to the Vermilion bayou, and a white pocket handkerchief allowed to remain three minutes under the water is found on being taken out to be completely covered with rust of iron. There are also in this immediate vicinity smaller springs the water of which are very close to a start of ebullition, and the soil itself on this deserted and savage spot is of a nature worthy of investigation. A hole cannot be dug over three feet below the surface without the gases that emanate from the soil igniting at once at the contact of the air, and the flame thus obtained is increased by pouring water over it, but can only be extinguished by its own exhaustion or by closing up the hole with mud from the surface of the soil. Whether or not these are sufficient causes to explain the phenomena of a human body being petrified, when interred in the soil, we leave to science.

 Now, as regards the petrified man now on exhibition at Lafayette, the write has examined it very closely and agrees with several of the physicians of the town that it is positively a petrified human body. It if were not such, the hand that modeled or chiseled out such a close imitation of nature is that of an immortal, and this piece of art should adorn a national museum leaving Grecian art far behind it. It is not the perfection of form and proportions sought by art, but it bears the stamp of realism. It bears with it something undefined which forbids to say, this is a plaster, this is marble but of intuition, this is man.

From the Washington Post and in the Lafayette Advertiser on 10/26/1895.

 Reader, the writer of this article was in New Orleans during the week, and we made it our business to study the rice market while there. We saw the sales as they were made and we can truthfully say that the planters have the key to the situation in their own hands.

  To-day prices are good and the market is strong, but if the rise is rushed out and the market is overstocked we can look for lower prices.

  The receipts in New Orleans now average about 8000 or 10,000 bags daily, and so long as the shipments remain at that figure we may expect fair prices, but rush is in from 25,000 to 30,000 bags a day and we will see how quick the market will drop.

 Our advice is to hold off year shipments; divide them up and let your rice go in on the installment plan. Don't crowd the market and it will be dollars in your pocket. With the proper handling of crops this year it should put every Acadia farmer in a good fix, pay up all debts and the amount left will make a new crop.

 Put your heads together, farmers, and study your own interest. It remains with you to win  or lose and we believe you are equal to the emergency.

 The demand for clean rice is good, the market for rough rice is strong; now if you want to succeed watch the points and act accordingly.

From the Rayne Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser of October 26th, 1895.

New Store. - Mr. C. K. Darling has just opened his new jewelry store with a neat display of the latest designs and novelties in his line. The beautiful plate glass window through which can be seen the artistic display of his elegant assortment of goods, has a very catchy effect.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1895.

Fatal Shooting of Southern Pacific Employee.

 A fatal shooting encounter took place Thursday morning, in the narrow hallway of the train dispatcher's office in Houston, Tex., between two prominent employees of the Southern Pacific; Chas. G. Neville, a conductor, and Sidney B. Lane, a brakeman, which resulted in the instant killing of the former and the mortal wounding of the latter. Lane's remains were brought to Lafayette on Friday and interred in the Methodist cemetery. Lane was about 45 years of age. He leaves no family. Neville lingered several hours and died from his wounds. He was 40 years and leaves a wife and family.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1895.


 The coming of the Great Wallace Shows, with its Colossal Menagerie, 3-Rings Circus and Hippodrome, that exhibit here Nov. the 20th, will be a genuine treat to amusement patrons that have been surfeited the past few seasons with same organizations that have appeared on this coast, claiming everything and leaving nothing. All our exchanges speak in the highest terms of the Wallace show. The Denver Times, of July 13, 1895, has this to say of them:


 The big tents at River Front were well filled last evening, over 5,000 people attending the first night performance given by the Wallace shows. The menagerie of the circus is most complete and interesting and attracted many visitors, both before and after the main entertainment. The circus proper is certainly one of the best that has ever visited this city.

 The athletic features were given with a precision and daring that found general favor, while the equestrienne acts were enthusiastically received. The trapeze performance by the Fisher brothers was a feature of the entertainment. The acts of the Japs, the slack-wire performance and the trick riding and skating furnished continual amusement. The entertainment ended by a series of races that were decidedly exciting.

 The manner of conducting the Wallace shows seems to be especially pleasing to patrons. Last evening every person attending was carefully looked after, and not even the chronic grumbler had any fault to find.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1895.   



The Home of Beautiful Roses in the Town of Lafayette.

 Almost midway between the city of New Orleans and the blue dividing line of the Sabine River, over whose brim the pines of Louisiana and the pines of Texas bend and murmur an interstate gossip ceaselessly, lies an old town woven of Louisiana fabric, its warp the richest loamy soil of the state, its woof the grandest live oaks that Louisiana has been building for centuries, drifted over a bit with soft gray moss, as a sculptor veils his materpieces, and seon a velvety award of natural grasses, where no rank weeds spring up to mart the symmetry of the shadows that trace arborial pictures all day long, outlined with threads of sunshine. Scarcely eighteen miles from the gulf, its breezes sweep over the flower-scented marshes, with health and fragrance in every breath; and, because the settlers of this quaint old town were descendants of the bluest blood of France, they named it for a French-American her, Lafayette.

 It is a town or roses. No other spot in Louisiana holds as many varieties. Its crooked streets wind in and out between the shadowy barriers of the great live oaks, while around them and over the fences clamber roses like baby faces, blushing and laughing in the arms of old age.

 Lafayette is on the line of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and from the blooming gardens and vine-clade piazzas of its railroad hotel the streets, with its neat wooden sidewalks, winds past the handsome home of Judge Parkerson, canopied by a cluster of giant oaks, is spacious grounds that slope gently down in shaven laws to the street, which takes a crooked turn here and twists into the heart of the town, past the flower-hidden homes of Dr. Frank Mouton and Mrs. J. O. Mouton, and comes to a standstill in front of the rose-hung balcony of another of Governor Mouton's descendants.

 Thus brought to bay, the street retraces its steps and turns aside, wandering past the old courthouse grounds and the beautiful convent, set in the midst of stately avenue and gorgeous flower beds, the car and delight of Mother St. Patrick for eleven years; down under a splendid arcade of oaks beyond, every turn and twist of this erratic street disclosing some quaint and stately Creole home, grown mellow in the sweet southern sunshine and glowing with the beauty enveloping showers.

 There is attar of roses in the air, a salt sting in the breeze and the sunshine filtering through the cool aisles of the oaks is no longer warm, but invigorating. Life seems so sweet, so apart from the world, so thrilling with sweet odors and the spirit of contentment. For awhile the roadway loses itself in a grassy common, where clumps of cypress and cedar trees trail slender fingers along the breeze and point the way to the Catholic church in its vestment of vines, and Father Forge's home, just behind the live oak avenue that borders the commons.

 Father Forge's garden is the nesting place of the roses. Here they riot and blossom in as gorgeous tints as those in the garlands of the angel Sandalphon. Father Forge has 1,008 varieties of roses in his gardens. Almost every country in the world has paid tribute to this bit of Eden. No rose culturist in the state - if in the south - is as enterprising and successful as he. And how he loves his roses!

 Father Forge's big genial form and hospitality smiling face meets you at this little wooden gate, and under a canopy of closely woven juniper trees he leads you to the house and into his famous flower gardens.

 His kindly face beans as he guides you in and out of rows upon rows of roses, tenderly caressing the pets that blossom so exquisitely in response to his loving care.

 The Marechal Niel swing a golden net over its long arbor and its trellis rival, La Marque, piles a snow-white drift of blossoms upon hers. In queenly pride the Marie Henriette drapes a gorgeous crimson tracery over a third, and cleambering to meet it the dainty Gloire de Dijon bursts into exquisite bloom of transparent amber-like spun sunshine, while the cloth of gold spreads out like a blazing shield of glory, nearly as handsome if Lessly richly perfumed than its twins, the Marechel Niel and Pearl de Jardin.

 The roses of France, unequaled in delicate beauty, brush cheeks with the roses of York and Lancaster; the roses of the west wear the same strands of dew diamonds that glow like rubies on the breast of the rich blossoms from far Arabia that yield the famed attar of roses on the east.

 A tiny French flower of most delicate perfection has tinted its petals the pale pink and cream and green tints that mingle in mother-of-pearl and combines in its fragrance the sweetest perfumes of all the roses.

 Every tint of the sea shell's pink is reproduced in the numberless varieties of the lovely duchess, and white is merged into the faintest reflections of crimson and pink, yellow and green in the 300 varieties of the fragrant tea.

 Every scale in the gamut of every color known to roses is produced in the form of petals of Father Forge's. They form a mass of radiant color set in an emerald frame.

 Father Forge is fond of experienting in Japanese and Arabian and Indian plants and shrubs. This is the diviner's hand. And it magic touch the cinchona tree of Peru grew tall, and above its dark, rough-coated trunk spread out umbrageous foliage.

 The camphor trees of India sway gracefully in the breeze, their glossy bay-like leaves exhaling a delicate aroma.

 The many varieties of Japanese japonica are grown successfully. Some scrawny little bushes are covered with apples that attain the size of an egg, and, when ripe, are crimson and yellow in color. Some of these apples are eatable, and others only good for medicinal purposes. The valuable Japanese bamboo grows rank in a corner of the garden. It is as ornamental as useful, but spreads rapidly and the pruning knife if often called in to requisition to keep it within bonds. Japanese flowers have made a conquest of this section of Louisiana and take as naturally to the soil as the Japs do to China. Olives and almonds both flourish in Lafayette and point the way to paying industries to this section of the state. From its outer limits up to the very doors and windows of the church Father Forge's myriad of flowers bloom luxuriantly, making bright the altars within the filling edifice with delicious incense.

 The good priest's horticultural and agricultural demonstrations have been all for the good of Louisiana and are well worth the study of those interested in solving her economical problems.

 Besides his floral treasure Father Forge dearly loves his pretty cats and makes much of a pair of huge chimpanzees with large, gentle brown eyes and ugly muscular limbs.

 If you would dream a dream of youth and sweetness and all that is beautiful and good, go some spring day to Lafayette where the winds blow softly in from the sea and the oaks are new-robed in loveliest green when the dew trembles over all the flower-girt land and the air is steeped in the Fragrance of Father Forge's roses.
        (Signed)  MAY W. MOUNT.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1895.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/26/1895.

 To-day is Veteran's day.

 The pay-car again gladdened the hearts of the railroad boys last Wednesday.

 Thieves entered the yard of Albert Arceneaux Friday of last week and stole one of the wheels of his sulky.

 Vavaseur Mouton, the assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Lafayette, arrived Monday and took charge of his duties.

 Work upon the refinery is rapidly progressing, and things will be ready in a few days active operations of grinding.

 Don't miss the grand picnic given by the Veterans at Beausejour spring.

 The Oak Avenue Park has been put in first class condition, and everything is now in readiness for the Thanksgiving celebration.

 Grand Ball to-night at Falk's Opera House.

 The Emma Warren Co., the one which played here last season, and which is composted of high talent will play an entire week commencing December 16th. The general admission will be 25 cts., reserved seats 50 cts.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1895.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 26th, 1895:

The Road to Breaux Bridge Complete.

 We learn from the Valley of the Teche that the short road between this town and Breaux Bridge is completed, the contractor having finished work last Wednesday. This road considerably shortens the route to our sister town and it is with much pleasure that the news of its completion will be received by our people. As it seems that we cannot have railway communication with our neighbors, let us at least, make the route overland as short as possible, and it is of mutual interest that it be always kept in good traveling condition. The people of Breaux Bridge and Lafayette have always been on friendly terms and it is to be hoped that the same brotherly feeling will continue to exist. During the last two or three years a large number of families have moved to Lafayette, and now form part of our population. By curtailing the distance between the two towns, cultivating a spirit of good fellowship, encouraging commercial intercourse and adding its every possible way to the already friendly relations much good will be sure to follow.
Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1895.


 Above is presented to the readers of The Gazette the picture of Mr. Martin Bagley, who was recently tried in this town for murder and acquitted. The story of the crime is generally known and we will not repeat it. Mr. Bagley is a planter in Vermilion parish where he has a wife and children. In connection with this we will say that the statement made in The Times-Democrat that he is a Mason is erroneous.  Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1895.

Some Good Work. 

 At 11 o'clock Saturday night Mr. Alcide Begnaud called upon Sheriff Broussard and informed him that at about 8:30 o'clock the same night, while on the public road near Scott and peacefully going to his home, he was shot at by one of a gang of negroes who were coming toward Lafayette. Mr. Begnaud related that he was positive they were negroes but he could not identify any of them. He met them near Scott, and, being in a buggy, he drove to the right, giving the negroes, who were in two gigs, ample room to pass. It seemed to Mr. Begnaud, however, that one of the horses was being driven directly toward his buggy. He cried aloud, "Hold on !" in order to avoid a collision. Thereupon, one of the negroes drew a revolver and fired at him, causing his horse to become frightened and unmanageable, making pursuit impossible. 

 Sheriff Broussard, Danton Veazey and Hebert Billiaud, acting up on this information, started in pursuit of the culprits. When it is considered that Mr. Begnaud had failed to recognize anyone, and that the shooting occurred early in the night, the task of the sheriff to arrest the right parties was an undertaking which required no small amount of energy and considerable detective skill. But, with that usual dauntless spirit which has always characterized "Ike" and made him a terror to evil-doers throughout Southwest Louisiana, he and his deputies went to the spot where the shooting took place and waited there, in the hope that the negroes who had done the shooting would return that way to their homes during the night.

 At about 3 o'clock in the morning the sheriff spied a negro coming up the road. He placed him under arrest and proceeded to question him. It was learned from him that during that day there had been a game of base ball played at Duson, and that some parties from Lafayette had gone there in gigs. Among the party he mentioned the names of Joe Andrus, Joe Chevalier and two Derousselle boys. The sheriff's long experience with the criminal classes of this parish served him well in the case. He immediately came to the conclusion that Joe Andrus was the man he wanted, but as a precautionary measure he first located the Derousselle boys.

 They denied having shot any one, but told the sheriff that they knew something about the shooting. They made a statement which corroborated with that of Mr. Begnaud, and said that they rode in a gig; that immediately behind them was Joe Andrus and Joe Chavalier, driving in a gig, and that one of them did the shooting. In answer to a question from the sheriff, they said it was the one seated on the right side of the gig who had fired the shot. Andrus and Chevalier were later located, and it was ascertained that the former was the one who sat on the right side and drove. Chevalier gave the whole thing away, and said that Joe Andrus was his companion in the gig and was the one who had done the shooting. Both were charged with complicity in the crime, and the Derousselle boys were released.

 We compliment Sheriff Broussard upon this fine piece of work. At 11 o'clock he heard of the shooting and started out without a single clue, and at daylight he had his game behind the bars, peacefully meditating upon a gloomy future.

 The grand jury having been discharged District Attorney Gordy filed a bill of information against Andrus who was tried by a jury Wednesday and convicted. Andrus is considered a bad character, and Judge Allen sentenced him to two years in the penitentiary.

Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1895.

First National Bank. - On the first of November the People's State Bank of this place will begin business as The National Bank of Lafayette, with a paid up capital of $50,000. The institution has been a prosperous one from tis inception and it would seem that the change from the State to the National system will only better the bank's prospects for continued success. Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1895.  

A Monkey on the Warpath.

 Quite a commotion was caused in the neighborhood of the Catholic church last Wednesday by the appearance of the monkey which is kept caged up at the presbytery. It seems that this much spoken of animal escaped from his cage and made things decidedly lively in that unusually quiet section of the town. A swell colored marriage was about to be solemnized and the news that the monkey was out soon spread terror among the attendants, the feminine portion of the assembly making desperate efforts to make themselves as scarce as possible. It would seem that this monkey enjoys a very enviable reputation, if we are to judge from the warlike demonstrations that his escape appears to have occasioned. It is in the neighborhood where he is known that this feeling seems to prevail. Whether the enmity is based on prejudice, or not, he is regarded with suspicion by his closest neighbors, some of whom told The Gazette man that had he given them an opportunity he would have been severely dealt with. After surveying the grounds around the church and frightening the women and children, some one sicked the dogs at him. He is very much afraid of the dogs and got out of their reach in less time than it takes to say Jack Robertson. He next gave his attention to two children of Mr. Mayfield who were playing in front of their home. We are informed that one of the children was either bitten or scratched about the back by the monkey. Needless to say that the little ones were naturally much affected, though the wound is not painful. The faithful dog was again brought into service and Mr. Monkey made a straight shoot for his cage for protection.

 It is to be hoped that those in charge of this monkey will now allow him to escape in the future. He is not only a positive nuisance but he is absolutely dangerous. Just as well have any other wild beat roam at large as to let this vicious brute terrorize the women and children. Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1895.

The Veterans.

 The committee in charge of the arrangements for the veterans' picnic to-day has not been idle as is evidenced by the following program:

 1st. Veterans and guest will assemble at the bridge on Bayou Vermilion, near Beausejour Park, at 11 o'clock, sharp. The command will form on the bridge with sponsor of camp, Mrs. Gen. Frank Gardner, at the head of the column with banner, accompanied by Hon. A. C. Allen, speaker for the day.

 2nd. Widows and wives of Confedrate soldiers.

 3rd. Members of Gen. Frank Gardner Camp.

 4th. All members of the G. A. R.

 5th. All invited guests.

 The column when formed will march two by two (double file) to the grounds, where the following program will be rendered.

 Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1895.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/26/1895.

 Dr. Irion's Dental Parlors, over post office, are always open from 8:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m.

 The Great Wallace Shows will be in Lafayette in the middle part of next month.

 The young people of Carencro will give a ball on the 27th instant at Guilbeau's hall. Music will be furnished by the Breaux Bridge band.

 The bank building now presents a fine appearance. The inside also has been renovated.

Mr. W. Chapman has purchased a place in Lafayette parish and is moving his family down there. Mr. Chapman was a good citizen and we are sorry to lose him. - From the Rayne Tribune.

 The colored voter in this campaign seems to be between hell and some other hot place.

 Court Items.

 Judge Allen adjourned court Tuesday. The following parties were convicted to the penitentiary.

 State vs. Burl Lewis, tried by the jury, guilty of shooting with intent to kill; confinement in the State penitentiary for two and one-half years.

 State vs. Jesse Philips, horse stealing, pleaded guilty; one year at hard labor in the State penitentiary.

 State vs. Tolly Jones, larceny, plea of guilty; three months at hard labor in the State penitentiary.

 State vs. Wilson Joseph, embezzlement, plea of not guilty, trial by jury, guilty, confinement at hard labor for one year in the State penitentiary.

 State vs. Alex Navarre, trial by jury, plea of not guilty, convicted of burglary and sentenced to ten years at hard labor in the State penitentiary.

 State vs. Jas. Royer, shooting with intent to murder, trial by jury, plea of not guilty, verdict guilty; sentenced to hard labor for seven years in the State penitentiary.

 State vs. William Simms, larceny, plead of guilty; confinement at hard labor for one year in the State penitentiary.

 State vs. Joe Andrus, shooting with intent to murder, plea of not guilty, trial by jury; convicted and sentenced to confinement at hard labor for two years in the State penitentiary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1895.

   From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 26th, 1904:


Expresses His Views on Exemption of Railroads from Taxation for a Number of Years. 

William Edenborn, President of the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company and Shreveport and Red River Valley, gave out an interview in New Orleans in which he expressed himself with regard to the proposed tax exemption on new lines of railroad.

  "Railroad building in Louisiana is no child's play," said Mr. Edenborn. "The State is cut up with swamp land between here and Baton Rouge. We have adopted a route which even the Frisco fought shy of, preferring a trackage arrangement with another road rather that attempt to build a line there. Other parts of the State present the same difficulties. This is shown by the fact that this State has not the network of roads which is found in other States of no greater traffic possibilities. Railroad managers were not falling over each other to build lines here. When the tax-exemption clause was adopted, railroads were built, for it was some inducements to railroads, which might be put to heavy expense in constructing lines in Louisiana, to know that they would be exempted from taxation until they could have got well on their feet."

 It was General Manager Ellerbe of the same road who stated several days ago that, it the amendment became a law the Shreveport and Red River Valley would immediately begin construction between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.


A Big Success - Immense Crowds Attend - Visitors Handsomely Entertained.

 The Scott Fair was a tremendous success, the biggest affair of the kind ever held in the parish, and a particular success from a financial standpoint, the gross receipts being $3,490.45.

 The Fair lasted two days, Saturday and Sunday, and both days large crowds were in attendance. All trains stopped at Scott for those two days and many people from neighboring towns came over to share the hospitality of the Scott folks and learn what a real big Fair was like.

 Every attention was given to the entertainment of the visitors and the various committees did their work handsomely. Smiling faces were the rule and it is safe to say that everybody had a good time.

 Below follows a "special" from Scott in regard to the Fair:

Special War Correspondent.
Zanzic Method of Transmission.

 Scott, La., Oct. 25, - The two day's conflict of the 22nd and 23rd resulted in a complete victory for the Scotts.

 Skirmishing began during the forenoon Saturday and was of a desultory character pending movements for positions. In the afternoon, a fierce attack was made by a flanking movement of the enemy which was met by a division under Gen. P. H. Mouton, ably resisting and completely routing them, leaving the field clear by midnight, with the exception of one who was finally overpowered. The General Staff then surveyed the scene and dispositions were made for a night attack, which fortunately did not occur. Early on the morning of the 23rd, from an elevated position, I could see the enemy in rapid movements on all roads leading to the Field and by ten o'clock the outposts had been forced in and the engagement became general, growing in fierceness till in the afternoon, when all the artillery of the enemy was brought to bear on our center and a final effort made to dislodge us, which was partly successful. Gen. Brandt got out of the Gumbo and beat a retreat. Our forces then rallied under Col. C. A. Boudreaux who led the last attack, and with Corporal Perez singing the Marseillese, our force made a wonderful counter hand to hand grab as quick as you can please rush, and the battle was finished. The Enemy lost $3,487.95, our Casualties estimated from 500 to 1,000 (dollars.)


Collections in cash from the "foragers" ... $54.70.

 Mrs. Ernest Constantin wins the watch.
L. G. BREAUX, President.
A. A. DELHOMME, Secretary.
A. JUDICE, Manager.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/22/1904.

Of the Lyceum Course at Institute Thursday night a Success.

 The first of the entertainments of the Lyceum Course was given at the Industrial Institute Auditorium Thursday evening and was a big success. The Bentley Ball Company were the entertainers and every number was excellent, and is a splendid angury of the excellence of the remaining attractions secured for Lafayette. A large audience was present and greatly enjoyed the fine musical program presented, and particularly appreciated the skill and ability of the young lady reader who won frequent and hearty applause for her clever interpretations. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.


The really important part that the schoolhouse plays in a system of education is not generally recognized, partly because few parents visit the schools and partly because fewer still think anything about it. Or course, we all know that there can be no school without a schoolhouse; but as to whether it makes any difference whether the house is a barn or a palace, many of us never stop to consider. But we should. The effectiveness of a child's study is inversely proportional to his state of comfort. The more uncomfortable he is the less he can accomplish. To reach best results the schoolroom should be kept at the right temperature, be properly lighted, and thoroughly ventilated, and the furniture should be of a kind to meet his physical requirements. Beside, the room should be constructed and adorned to appeal to his artistic sensibilities. It takes more than book learning to educate, and the right kind of schoolhouse supplies some of the essentials. Unfortunately there are thousands of buildings  used for schools over the State which are not alone a poor substitute for a schoolhouse, but are absolutely unfit for the purpose.

 Our legislators, recognizing this bad state of affairs, at their last session passed a resolution submitting an amendment to the constitution authorizing the issuance of $1,000,000 bonds to build schoolhouses, provide equipment and purchase school sites, and now it is for the people to decide whether they wish to do their part.

 In reaching the decision we must carefully consider whether it is advisable to borrow money and pay interest to build NOW, for undoubtedly with the present awakening in educational matters better houses and more houses are sure to come in the course of time. The real question is, shall we await this slow development or hasten it and secure for the growing generation the educational advantages which will fall to the lot of those succeeding? The answer depends largely upon the expense. Let us consider it. We may leave out the $1,000,000 principal, for the schoolhouses represent that. It is the interest at $30,000 a year, amounting to $750,000 in 25 years which we must take into account. Will the results achieved by anticipating the certain but slow action of the people fully compensate for the expenditure of such a sum? We believe they will, fully and completely; for every dollar spent in educating a child in a modern building will equal in value two dollars spent in a barn; thus practically doubling the present school fund, which in itself will far exceed the $30,000 a year interest.

 Further, with more funds the school boards can build additional schools bringing enlightenment to thousands of children, making their lives more worth while and adding to the intelligent citizenship of the State. This alone should outweigh every thought of the expense. And last the moral and material effects of voting $1,000,000, for education purposes will bring to Louisiana returns in hundreds of ways through higher citizenship, through immigration and the incoming of capital that will make a generous deed a most profitable one. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

To Farmers Around Lafayette.

 The Lafayette Sugar Refining Co., Ltd., wish to increase the home delivery of cane to at least 80,000 tons during the next two years. They are offering liberal terms and inducements to secure this result and are prepared to co-operate with the farmers of this vicinity to build up a permanent and mutually profitable industry. For particulars call at the office of the company at the refinery. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

L. B. A. - There will be a meeting of the Board of the Lafayette Building Association on Wednesday on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1904, at 7 p. m. Money will be offered to loan. Members wishing to borrow should attend.
Chas. O. Mouton, President.
B. J. Pellerin, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

Water Trough Needs Fixing. - The placing of water troughs over the city for the use of horses is both a humane and a praiseworthy act on the part of the council; but unless it is made the business of someone to see that the trough's and approaches are kept in repair, the object will be defeated and perhaps be the means of injury, as was strikingly illustrated Saturday. A reporter for The Advertiser was standing in front of the People's Pharmacy when he noticed a negro drive up to the water trough. Suddenly the horse went down into a hole nearly to his stomach and fell. In his struggles to get up, he seemed all mixed up with the trough and in danger of breaking his leg. The negro succeeded in freeing the horse from the harness and got him out of the hole and trough uninjured except for scratches and bruises. This incident suggests that some member of the Street Committee should have this particular water trough fixed immediately, and inspect all the others. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.


New Manager at Crescent News Hotel. -
W. J. Bowes, manager of the Crescent News Hotel, has been succeeded by J. T. Hughes, of Schulenberg, Tex., formerly employed by the Crescent News Co., which for many years had the hotel privileges along the Southern Pacific. Mr. Hughes arrived a few days ago with his family and has entered upon his duties. Miss Mathilde Richard will remain as day clerk and Mr. J. G. Dauterive as night clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

Gaston & Alphonse. - T0-morrow, Thursday night, Gaston and Alphonse will be presented at Falk's Opera House by the same company that here last year. Many will remember this play as one of the most amusing given during last season. Without doubt Alphonse and Gaston will draw one of the largest houses of the season.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904. 

Awarded Gold Medal. - Mr. Alex Mouton, proprietor of the Lafayette Syrup Factory, several days ago received a telegram from Robert Glenk, Assistant State Commissioner at the World's Fair, stating that his syrup had been awarded the gold medal for excellence. Mr. Mouton is to be congratulated upon his success, a success which is not alone a credit to him, but to Lafayette, and of which we all feel proud. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.  

Grading Vermilion Street. - The grading of Vermilion street made necessary by the widening of the street was done last week as far as Graser's Tin Shop, where work was stopped on account of the building going on. 
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

Corn Crib Burned. - A corn crib belonging to Gustave St. Julien at Broussard was burned Sunday night at 8 o'clock. The crib contained about 500 barrels of corn and a lot of hay, all of which was a total loss. The origin of the fire is unknown. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

 Democratic Meeting. - A Democratic rally will be held in Lafayette at the court house Sunday night, Oct. 30, which will be addressed by Congressman Robt. Broussard, Hon. Walter J. Burke and others. Speaking begins at 7:30. Everybody invited.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

Occupied by F. Landau. - The building formerly occupied by S. E. Yandle as a confectionary store, has been remodeled and is now occupied by F. Landau, a progressive merchant, with a general stock of merchandise. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

 Adding Another Story. - Mr. Jno. O. Mouton is having his residence, corner Vermilion and Washington streets remodeled and a second story added. When completed it will be a very handsome home. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/26/1904.

  Mr. Honora LeBlanc is having his home on Washington street remodeled into a very handsome cottage.

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

  J. T. Hamilton and Geo. F. Hedges, two capitalists from Iowa spent several days in Lafayette last week, leaving Thursday. They are contemplating purchasing a large tract of land and will probably return shortly and invest in this parish.

 Gonzague Gladu, who is working in Opelousas spent a few hours in Lafayette Sunday. He was accompanied by Mr. Bodermuller.

 Jno. S. Balwin, conductor on the Echo division of the Southern Pacific, Monday purchased a home in the Parkerson division, and will move there about Dec. 1.

 In our last issue we mentioned that Mouton Sisters' Fall and Winter Opening would take place on October 27. It will be on the 26th instead.

  J. Vigneaux has just received a fresh assortment of grave ornaments for All-Saints Day; Beads and Metal Works Crowns, Cress and Wreaths. North Main opposite court-house.

 For Rent. - A five room cottage on Monroe street near Hopkin ave. Apply to Dr. T. B. Hopkins.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1904.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 26th, 1901:

At the Industrial Institute Working in Earnest - The Manual Training Department.

 The newsgatherer at the Industrial Institute for the present week is pleased to learn that all departments report satisfactory progress.

 The morning exercises have been conducted by the second year class, and have consisted of entertaining music and readings, closing on the last two mornings with an interesting debate among the members of the class, upon the question whether the eighteenth century or the nineteenth century gave greater men to the world. The debate has scarcely settled the question in dispute, but it has served very well to show that there are bright and thoughtful students in this class and that there is good material in the student body of the Institute for the organization of one or more literary societies. A plan for such an organization is now being discussed by the students, and will probably be carried into effect at an early date.

 Every class in the Institute studies English, this study being regarded as the basis of all other studies that an English speaking student may also choose one other language, either Latin or French, it is likely that in time the Institute will have materially assisted its students in the general knowledge and use of language.

 The sewing school reports a successful week. "We learn to sew by ripping" is an expression gaining currency among the classes in this department. "Don't bite your thread" is an injunction reported to have been given 999 times this week - though this may not be true. Another remark overheard between one girl and another was that, "your button-hole reminds me of the sun with all the little beams around it."

 The cooking school will begin before very long as soon as the equipment arrives; and it is announced that a special course will be offered to ladies in town twice a week if a sufficient number of them should express a desire to undertake it. Such special courses may also be given in drawing , sewing, and gymnastics free of any expense to those taking the work, excepting the incidental fee of two dollars per half-year and the actual costs of materials used. Those desiring to take any of these courses should communicate with Dr. Stephens as soon as possible as the present schedule remains in effect only until Jan. 25, at which time such special courses would have to be changed to some extent.

 No work in the Institute seems more satisfactory to those enlisted in it than the gymnastics exercises. The girls have been favored with the exclusive use of the gymnasium - and they are taking good advantage of it. Each class has a gymnasium period of more than an hour twice a week. The boys are using this time in outdoor sports and in manual training work. Gymnastics apparatus is being ordered and will arrive in good time - for both the girls and for the boys.

 The good work has now become very interesting, many of the students in this department crowding into the shop even during the recesses. They have already taken exercises in measuring, gauging, using the square, knife and lever, sawing straight lines and planing smooth surfaces. They are anxious for the time to come when the shop will be noisy with lathes and machine tools.

 The installation of the boiler to heat the main building and run the machinery of the workshop is now complete, and the work of the machine shop will be well advanced within another month.

 The plank walk from the school to the court-house square is now half furnished and will be completed early next week. This will be a very great improvement and will make it possible for the people of town to attend all exercises and public lectures and entertainments at the school without difficulty. It is very desirable that the second plank walk reaching the center of town by way of Mrs. Wm. Campbell's and the First National Bank should be begun at once. There are already $30 on deposit at the Institute to be applied to the plank walk in this direction. Being one half of the amount cleared at the concert and subscribed by Dr. Lee and New Iberia for this purpose.

 The first Institute lecture of the winter season has been announced for Monday evening, Nov. 11, to be given by Edward P. Elliott the famous reader and impersonator. His subject will be given out next week. Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

The Lafayette and Carencro Schools Show Marked Progress.

 One need not be a school man to know when a teacher is doing good work. At least such was the conclusion of the writer last Monday when he visited the Lafayette and Carencro schools.

 Availing himself of an invitation from Superintendent Alleman a representative of this paper was enabled to see the splendid work being done by the teachers engaged in the Lafayette and Carencro schools.

 At the Lafayette High School the pupils are in charge of an able corps of teachers. Without wishing to make any invidious comparison, we believe that this school is in better hands that it has been for some time. Prof. LeRosen is most ably seconded in his efforts to make the Lafayette High School what it should be - equal to any in the State. Miss Christian, is a graduate of Sophie Newcomb and Miss Devall has a Normal diploma. These young ladies are, in every respect, eminently qualified to teach. No teacher can do effective work unless fitted by nature and training for the profession of teaching which has been correctly classed as second to none in importance and influence. Judging from results which are already clearly apparent, the Board has certainly exercised good judgment in securing the services of Misses Christian and Devall. The high school is necessary to the public school system of the parish. Without it the system would be incomplete. No doubt many boys and girls end their school days there, and not to give them competent and progressive teachers is to do them a serious and lasting injury. We take advantage of this opportunity to impress upon the minds of the people of Lafayette the necessity of building a central school house adequate to the needs of this community. The present locality of the school is not only undesirable for several reasons, but the building is too small and entirely out of date.

 At the Lafayette Primary School the teachers were found industriously engaged in their work. Order and discipline were noticeable features in the class-rooms. There too, the need of larger and better ventilated apartments and more modern furniture, is readily seen. But, the teachers bravely overcome these disadvantages and work with a breezy cheeriness which soon dissipates all thoughts of antiquated desks, low ceilings and the narrow windows. This school is in charge of Miss Kate Trichel, with Misses Maggie Bagnal and Virgie Younger as assistants. Miss Trichel is a graduate of the State Normal and is a teacher of experience. These young ladies are doing very satisfactory work.

 Recently we had occasion to speak of the Carencro Public School. We referred to the commendable spirit of progress displayed by the people of Carencro toward the improvement of their school. Money was subscribed by the citizens to paint the school house and to secure a trained teacher for the primary department. No doubt an incentive for this increased interest in public education was the selection of two new teachers, Miss Agnes Hays and Miss Lucile Sweat, who have entered upon the discharge of their duties in a manner to convince any one that the Board has made no mistake in its choice, Appreciating the efforts of the teachers, the people of Carencro have contributed liberally to the fund which is being used to paint the building, and to buy charts, blackboards and other articles needed in the schoolroom. It is the intention of the teachers to plant flowers in front of the building. Several of the pupils have expressed a willingness to co-operate with the teachers in their efforts to beautify the grounds. Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

Donation of School Grounds.

 Mr. M. A. Olivier, president of the School Board, and Superintendent Alleman went to the sixth ward Thursday to receive the donation of the grounds for the building of a new school-house in the Roger neighborhood. Mr. Rosemond Comeaux is the donor of the grounds which are said to be very beautiful and eminently suited for the location of a school. The citizens of the locality have subscribed $115 for the building and the Police Jury has appropriated $100 for the same purpose. As the hauling of the lumber and the work of construction will be done by the people free of cost the amount realized will enable the Board to build quite a large and commodious school-house. It is believed that enough money will be raised to buy new and improved desks for the school. The generous action of Mr. Rosemond Comeaux is worthy of emulation. Such a man is a credit to the parish. Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.


For Oil at Anse la Butte - Moresi Company Wants Privilege For a Pipe Line.

 Though the excitement has almost completely subsided in this section and many of the most enthusiastic "oil men" are becoming rather skeptical on the subject, the Moresi Company is still hard at work at Anse la Butte. E. P. Moresi, who is directing the operations, is confident of success as will be seen by the following special from Jeanerette to the N. O. Times-Democrat of last Tuesday:

 The well of the Pioneer Oil Company, at Anse-la-Butte, in charge of Captain E. P. Moresi, is now nearly completed, and a gusher is expected at any moment. Three weeks ago all work was suspended on account of needed repairs to the machinery, and on Saturday last work was resumed. Captain Moresi says that although the well had been plugged for three weeks he experienced no difficulty in putting down his pipes the full depth of the well, 1,250 feet. The bailer will be started to-day and at the headquarters of the company future development are anxiously awaited.

 Captain Moresi is already receiving the congratulations of his many friends for his splendid success in putting down the well, for it was owing to him principally that work was continued, when the company had almost decided to abandon the work.

 If the well proves a gusher, as every indication now points, Anse-la-Butte will be the richest oil held in the world.

 We are informed that the well now being drilled at Anse la Butte has reached a depth of over 1,200 feet. The Moresi people have not said much about their work but have prosecuted their labors with an unswerving faith in the outcome. That they are confident of success is shown by a petition addressed to the City Council, asking that body to grant them the privilege of running a pipe line through the streets of the town, leading to a place near the Southern Pacific track. Of course, it is needless to say that they will avail themselves of the desired grant only in the event that oil is discovered. It is also asked of the Council the permission to have a storage tank somewhere in the town, the location to be decided by the mayor.
 In its petition to the Council the company states that it will soon begin the drilling of several wells.
Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.      

For a Pipe Line Being Secured Through This Parish.

A. M. Martin, representing a corporation of which Charles Godchaux of New Orleans is a member has been engaged during the week in securing the right of way for a pipe line. We are informed that the pipe line is to run from Beaumont to New Orleans parallel with and as near the Southern Pacific track as practicable. The pipe is to be used for the conveyance of oil to New Orleans and all points between that city and Beaumont. It is believed that a pipe line from the Texas fields will greatly reduce the price of oil, as the cost of transportation will be much less. Cheap oil would no doubt do a great deal toward developing the resources of this country. Already the reduction in the cost of fuel, resulting from the substitution of oil for coal, has been felt throughout this section. If the pipe line will give the people cheaper oil the good that it will do is incalculable. Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.    



Death of B. A. Salles.
Mr. B. A. Salles died last Saturday afternoon at the home of his son-in-law, Dr. H. C. Salles, in Lafayette.

 Mr. Salles had been sick quite a long time and several days before his death his condition was such that no hope of his recovery was entertained. A short time before he received the sacraments of the Catholic church, and spent his last hour on earth preparing his soul for the final journey.

 Though a sufferer from the disease which eventually sapped his once robust constitution and drew from him his last breath, he lived a life of activity, giving his punctual attention to his business until about a month ago, when he was no longer able to leave his room. Despite great suffering, Mr. Salles was always of a cheerful, amiable temperament.
 Mr. Salles was a native of St. Mary. He was born in that parish on Dec. 8, 1836. During the Civil war he served in the Confederate army, and at the time of this death was a member of Camp Gardner, United Confederate Veterans, an organization composed of the Southern army.

 During the greater part of his life Mr. Salles was a resident of Lafayette and during that time many good deeds were recorded in his favor. He was a charitable man and gave unstintedly to the needy. In the home circle the deceased was loved with genuine sincerity, and as it is no doubt correct that the domestic estimate of a man is the safest criterion of his true worth, that fact alone need be stated to show that he possessed many good qualities.
 The remains of Mr. Salles were interred in the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon. His funeral was very largely attended. He leaves a widow and three children.
Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

Thief  Visits Nickerson Home -  Last Wednesday night a thief entered the home of Mr. J. Nickerson and stole several dollars, a gold watch and chain, a gold locket and a breast pin. The watch is valued at $100 and has a Waltham movement. The thief entered by cutting the blinds of a window. The culprit left no clue which could lead to an arrest, and at this time there is no reason to believe that he will be caught.
Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

A Severe Sentence. - Clerce Hebert, whose arrest for wife-beating was reported in last Saturday's Gazette, was arraigned before Judge Debaillon. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay $150 and costs or be imprisoned for nine months in the parish jail, subject to road work.  Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

For the Dead. - The people of Lafayette can find at Vigneaux's undertaking establishment all kinds of materials for the decoration of graves on All Saints Day. Mr. Vigneaux visited New Orleans during the week and while there bought a full and complete assortment of crosses, crowns, metallic flowers, etc. The designs are very neat and tasty. Call at once and take advantage of the large assortment to make your selections. 
Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

Grand Jury and Public Roads.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 24, 1901.

To the Editor of The Lafayette Gazette.

 Dear Sir: - Having exercised, in an editorial in last Saturday's Gazette, entitled "The Grand Jury and the Roads," your right of criticism, which I cheerfully concede, especially when couched in such amiable and complimentary words as you have used; I, in turn, beg the favor of a few lines in your columns in reply to your charge of injustice imputed to the Grand Jury. The accusation of being "unjust," intentionally or unintentionally, no matter how sweetly and nicely coated, is a bitter pill not very easy to swallow by persons with delicate tastes and sensibilities; and although I have consulted no member of the Grand Jury, I do not hesitate, in their name and in mine, to repel the accusation and maintain that our action is entirely just; towards ourselves in the performance of our duty, towards the public whose interest we are bound by our oath to safeguard, and towards the Police Jury in the exercise of a right which we used as moderately and mildly as possible.

 Your quotation from the report is misleading treating the same subject; for instance, we say, "Having failed in our researches to place the blame upon any public official we have arrived at the conclusion that there must be something wrong in the prevailing system" - which is not an inference that the Police Jury is not doing all it can under the present system.

 Further on we say, "Knowing as we do, the general condition of the roads throughout the parish, we are under the impression that the large amount spent has been injudiciously expended." This does not indicate that we refer to "certain sections of the parish," as you infer.

 The Grand Jury, composed of twelve citizens (under oath) from all the different parts of the parish, and having occasion to travel frequently over most, if not all of its roads, being of the opinion that "The same old state of affairs exists, and that there has been little if any improvement," and one citizen being in town and not having occasion to be often on the roads, being of the opinion that "In most of the wards the roads are much better than they were under the former system," the question arises, who is right, the one citizen or the Grand Jury? Even if it be admitted that "The roads are much better than they were under the former system,' is that difference proportionate to the difference in the amounts at the disposal of the Police Jury at that time and now, and to the difference in facilities for working the roads now and at the time by improved implements and modern methods? I will not pretend to answer all the above questions, but I am quite willing to leave their decision to the interested parties - the public.
                 Very respectfully yours,
                                   Grand Juror.
Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/26/1901.

 The next semi-annual examination of applicants to teach in the public schools of this parish will take place at the Industrial Institute on the 30th and 31st of October. There are several vacancies to be filled and those who wish positions will do well to present themselves for examination.

 Clerce Hebert, whose arrest for wife-beating was reported in last Saturday's Gazette, was arraigned before Judge Debaillon. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay $150 and costs or be imprisoned nine months in the parish jail, subject to road work.

 Mr. F. Demanade has a new delivery wagon. Orders promptly filled and goods delivered anywhere in town.

 Eddie Grath, the colored boy who was arrested last Friday for stabbing young Raggio, has been released on a $500 bond. Lafayette Gazette 10/26/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 26th, 1901:

Industrial Institute Notes. 
 A Good Week's Work.

  The Morning exercises a Feature of the Daily Program.  The Plank Walk in Way of Construction.

  Classes in Cooking will Soon Begin.  Some Lafayette Girls are Boarders at the Dormitory.

  Elliot will Lecture in November. Fair weather, a healthful season and a realizing sense of what is good and wise, have contributed to make this week the best yet in the way of work accomplished at the Institute. The gods have silenced the thunder and kept the clouds from shedding unwelcome tears; the microbes, bacteria, micro-coccus, or what they be, of disease have withheld from their full labors; and the boys and girls have seen the evil of ought but faithful preparation. Hence much and good work is the record for the week.

   Among other features of the daily programme at the Institute which have seemed to us to be excellent is this matter of students conducting the morning exercise. The classes have the exercises in hand successively a week at a time. WE have too often seen young gentlemen and young ladies, graduates from reputable institution, that were unable to entertain an audience in any way - not accustomed to appearing before public assemblies. Such things, we do believe, should not be. Young people who have spent many long years in good institution should be sufficiently developed mentally to stand for something, to do something, when the occasion demands it. We trust all students at the Institute will avail themselves of the occasions there offered for their betterment along this line.
 Speaking about this walk from the Court House to the Institute, we have heard the pleasing sound of hammer and saw along its length; and before a week more has slid into the past, we purpose walking the full length of this new walk and rejoicing with those that will rejoice. That will be a happy highway morning and evening.

 To learn what substances compose the human body, what parts most wear and waste away, what foods must be eaten to make the losses suffered by the body, what the composition of different foods is, how it is affected by cooking, what foods are hard to digest, and when so, etc., etc., in short to learn the to be an intelligent and scientific cook (or cookist, if you will) should be an ambition with every house-wife. This is true, be the lady her own cook or not; for as sure as you live, if the lady of the house has no scientific knowledge of this great art, neither will the hired cook. And can there be the undwelling of unbroken peace in the home where the cook is no good? Can heart of man be won when the pastry is pasty, the soup, soppy and the whole thing unwholesome? Never! Wherefore, if we were a young lady, though we knew the dark and intricate ways of pressing sweet melodies out of the piano, or our voice were as Jenny Lind's or though we thought we could recite, or though we were gifted with other accomplishments, yet should we do out utmost to gain a scientific common sense knowledge of this great and mighty Art of the Cook.

 The above has nothing to do with the week's record at the Institute except that the last few days have opened up the way for the beginning of work in the cooking school before very long.

 Every week brings new applicants for admission to the Institute, and every week sees the enrollment growing larger.

        That was a capital idea which came to some of the Lafayette patrons of the Institute, to send their daughters to board at the Dormitory. We have not thought of anything quite so sensible, or so good an investment, as this little move. For, at the Dormitory every condition of comfort, convenience, and quiet, is so well satisfied that we feel confident the change will result in great advantage to those who have made it.

 Mr. Elliott is still billed for his lecture about the second week in November. As to this, however, watch the columns of the Advertiser.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1901.


 The Public schools of Lafayette are now fully underway. Both the Primary and High Schools have a full attendance, there being 105 pupils enrolled at the High School, and 115 at the Primary. The work in all grades is progressing very satisfactorily, and the teachers are all earnest and painstaking. Everything bids fair for one of the most successful and satisfactory sessions in the history of the schools.

 Music has been added to the course in all the grades, and the children are rapidly learning a number of pretty songs. The new text books are proving very satisfactory, and the pupils all seem to appreciate and enjoy them more than the old ones, In both schools bright happy faces are to be seen, and all are earnest workers. School not only seems a pleasure, but is, for absences are few, the attendance being unusually good. Altogether, Lafayette has a splendid corps of teachers and fine schools, and nothing is lacking to make our schools the equal of any in the State, except a comfortable, modern building which we have every reason to believe will be a reality and an ornament to Lafayette inside of a year. Let the work go on. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1901.

That Old Time Ordinance.

 Lafayette no doubt lost hundred of dollars by not permitting the circus to exhibit here. A circus always brings a large number of people to town, many of whom take that occasion to purchase what they need,and in this way, the circus benefits the merchants to a large extent. The restaurant and hotel people take in hundreds of dollars, and the livery men also get their share. The butchers and grocery men are among the heaviest losers, while the newspapers failed to make their prorata by loss of the advertising. Besides there is the loss to the children depriving them of the opportunity of learning and seeing something both instructive and amusing. And all this because of an old stereotyped ordinance which we consider absurd and ridiculous. Up-to-date men should not allow such an ordinance to remain. It ought to go. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1901.

Five Wells at Anse la Butte.

 Everything points towards the early development of the Anse la Butte territory into a proven oil field. The prospect of finding oil in paying quantities are fine. The reports of experts and geologists are all very favorable, and the boring of wells by the Guffey people is a substantial proof that those people have full confidence of obtaining good results. Besides, the Anse la Butte Co. has contracted with Capt. Moresi for another well, and with another driller also for a well. So that in a few days four wells, counting the second well of the Anse la Butte which they expect to save, will be in operation. We may also add the Pioneer Co., well, which makes five. 
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1901.

A Gusher? - "I have good news from Breaux Bridge this morning," said the doctor. "You may say in your paper that Hon. Robert Martin is so sure of bringing in a gushing well at that place that he has let the contract for four wells to be sunk on his property near there. He has conferred with expert oil men and is positive now that a spouter can be procured if the proper system of drilling and time enough is devoted to the work. Mr. Martin's land, of the land of the company of which he is president, adjoins the land of the Crowley Oil and Mineral Company, and it should be a sense of satisfaction to the stockholders to know that experts have such confidence in the land.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1901.   

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/26/1901.

 Monte Cristo at Falk's Opera House, Nov. 3.

 Judge Debaillon and District Attorney Campbell are holding court at Crowley.

 To-morrow is the day for the Parish Fair at Scott. A large crowd is expected. Be one of them.

 Wednesday night robbers entered the residence of Mr. J. Nickerson and stole one lady's gold watch chain and gold heart locket, and some money out of the pants pocket of Mr. Nickerson. They entered through the front blind which they had sawed.

 The Great Eastern Railroad Shows will positively exhibit in Lafayette, Louisiana, Tuesday, November 12th, on the railroad show grounds. Their large show covers over two acres of ground and exhibits under thousands of yards of canvass. Some of the best known show people known to the world of amusement are with the Great Eastern R. R. Show. The long street parade in the morning will serve to give some idea of the show.

 One of the largest and finest stalk of cane this season was brought to the Advertiser's office by Mr. J. C. Nickerson, from whose field it was cut. It can be seen in the Advertiser window, where it is attracting considerable attention on account of its size.

 Don't forget the date, Nov. 3, Monte Cristo by Southers at Falk's Opera House. This troupe is well and favorably known to the Lafayette public, having exhibited here in the past to large and appreciative audiences. A full house is expected for Nov. 3, so you will do well to secure reserved seats now. Tickets on sale at Gardebled's Drug Store.

 The Glee Club had its first rehearsal Tuesday, and its decided success was a great surprise to even its members. A few more members are desired, and those wishing to join may apply to Secretary L. J. Alleman or Prof. Sontag. The next rehearsal will take place Tuesday next at Mr. Pierre Gerac's home at 8 p. m. sharp. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 26th, 1889: 

Near the Depot. - The several buildings in progress of erection in sight of the depot gives that portion of our town quite a progressive appearance, and must impress railroad travelers favorably. In fact, all branches of business in that portion of town are prospering. While that section of town is making the most rapid strides in the way of development, there is general air of business actively about town just at present that is very gratifying. 
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1889.


Friday, October 18th, 1889.

 State vs. Jos. Ancelet, wounding less than mayhem; mistrial.

 State vs. Adrian Young, horse stealing; pending taking testimony on behalf of the State, the District Attorney abandoned prosecution.

 State vs. Theodule William and Adrien Young, horse stealing; nolle pros'd on motion of the District Attorney.

 SATURDAY, October 19th, 1889.

 State vs. Lynn Raglin, petty larceny; tried and found not guilty.

 State vs. Faustin Vincent, assault and battery; nolle pres'd.

 State vs, Sam and Armand Levy, assault and battery; nolle pros'd.

 MONDAY, October 21st, 1889.

 State vs. Alfred Bernard, larceny; tried by the Judge and sentenced to six months in State penitentiary.

 State vs. Baptiste Martin, larceny; tried by the Judge, and sentenced to six months in State penitentiary.

 State vs. Baptiste Martin, house breaking; tried by the Judge and sentenced to one year in the State penitentiary, to date after the expiration of first sentence.

 State vs. Ernest Savoie, rudely displaying firearms; plead guilty, and was fined $25; and in default 6 months parish prison.

 TUESDAY, October 22nd, 1889.

 Court adjourned sine die.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1889.

Coming to Falk's.

 We learn from Mr. B. Falk, proprietor of the Opera House, that the following amusements are billed for Lafayette on the following dates.

 The World Company, November the 5th.

 The Rip Van Winkle Company, November the 7th.

 The Maude Atkinson Company, November 23rd and 24th.

 Hillyer's Lillipation Wonders will play November 28th, 29th, and Dec. 1st.

 The Jolly Voyageurs, December 3rd and 4th.

 The Black Flag Company, December 23rd.

 It is probable also that some of our local amateur societies will give entertainments during the winter; we hop so. Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1889.

New Store. - Mr. Alexander Calder, an enterprising young man who a short while ago was employed by the Louisiana and Western Rail Road., has erected a building and opened a small grocery and general merchandise store just outside the corporation, in the neighborhood of Geracs' and Pellerin's gin. This shows that the business of our community is spreading, and probably we shall soon have to extend our corporation limits.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1889.

The Sugar Cane. - The Sugar Bowl of last week says: "Quite a number of planters started their mills for the season this week. We have been assured by a prominent planter that great misapprehension exists regarding the stand of cane, especially that of stubble. Instead of being a thin stand, he believes it averages better than did the plant cane from which it grew last year. In his own case he counted the canes on a certain marked row, and found more than twice as much cane on it as last year. This is often the case, and if nearly general (on account of last winter's mildness) it will go far towards overcoming the thin stand of much plant cane and the short length of the cane in general.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1889.  

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/26/1889.

 The Southern Pacific pay car put in an appearance last Wednesday evening, and gladdened the hearts of the railroad boys and their friends. 

 As soon as you discover any falling of the hair or grayness always use Hall's Hair Renewer to tone up the secretions and prevent baldness and grayness.

 Co. Gus A. Breaux, of New Orleans, was in town last Saturday, and paid us a social call. We were glad to see him in such good health. 

 Gouaux's Asthma Mixture will relieve almost any cough by taking a few doses according to directions. Kept by all Druggists.

 One of Lafayette's popular young ladies, Miss Helen Parrish, left on Sunday last for Jackson Miss.; where she goes to take a course of book-keeping and telegraphy.

 Freight business on the Southern Pacific railroad just now is booming. Both East and West bound trains are filled out to their utmost capacity, and specials are frequent. 

 Invalids should remember that the causes of sick and nervous headaches may be promptly removed by taking Ayer's Pills. These Pills speedily correct irregularities of the stomach, liver, and bowels, and are the mildest and most reliable cathartic in use.

 The weather continues to be delightful - too much so; we need rain. Water for stock and household supplies is getting to be a serious consideration both in town and in the country. This has been a remarkably dry fall. 

 Change one of the irresistible laws of nature, and fortunately the change is almost invariably for the better. As an instance of this, St. Patrick's Pills are fast taking the place of the old harsh and violent cathartics, because they are milder and produce a pleasanter effect, besides they are much more beneficial in removing morbid matter from the system and preventing ague and other malarial diseases. For sale at the Moss Pharmacy.

 The cotton continues to come in a steady stream, and all the branches of this industry are kept running to their fullest capacity. Owing to the rapid gathering in of this great staple collections have been good and business stirring. 

 If your back aches, or you are all worn out, really good for nothing - it is general debility. Try Brown's Iron Bitters. It will cure you, and give a good appetite. Sold by all dealers in medicine.

 The Lafayette Building and Loan Association, at its last meeting, October 21st, decided to loan one half of the receipts for October and the next two months. Money was offered for sale, and a loan on 5 shares made at 25 1/2 per cent premium.

 For over fifty years, Dr. Davis Compound Syrup of Wild Cherry and Tar has cured coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, throat and lung affections. It is the regular prescription of a physician of extensive practice, who, after prescribing it for twenty years, was induced by the gratifying results to make it a proprietary medicine. Davis' Wild Cherry and Tar soon became known as the best remedy for all throat and lung troubles. Why? Because it has merit and will cure.  A.  C. Haffiefinger, Philadelphia, says: "I know a man suffering with his lungs who was in the hospital a year without benefit. I induced him to take Davis' Wild Cherry and Tar, and to day he is well. I know it saved his life. Try it.

 Gen. L. Sewell left last Wednesday for New Orleans to procure machinery for drying out the ramie stalks preparatory for decorticating. The process of drying by steam is rapid, and enables to get decorticating through  much sooner. It is Gen. Sewell's aim and ambition to make Oakbourne a model ramie. 

 Capt. John Pelham and wife, who have been residing in our midst for the past eighteen months, have gone to Florida to spend a few months; not for the benefit of its climate, for Capt. Pelham asserts that in the matter of climate Lafayette can give Florida odds, and still come out ahead; but he wants to be on hand to personally superintend the gathering of his orange crop, which we are glad to learn is a large one.


 Electricity will be used in a practical way in the taking of the census. The census blanks will be the same as usual, but the information they contain will be recorded on a large sheet of paper by the punching of holes in it at certain intervals. An electrical circuit is formed through these holes, and counters are added electrically, recording on their dials all items of the same kind.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/26/1889.


Telegraphing To and From Trains. 
 A company is about being formed in Baltimore to place in operation the system of telegraphing to and from moving railway trains invented by Baylus Cade, of Raleigh, N. C. Mr. Cade places as wire along the railroad near the track, and the communication is made with the moving train by a drag descending from the car. Recent experiments at Raleigh demonstrated the success of the system. It is proposed to equip one of the railroads between Baltimore and Washington with the Cade system. It is asserted that, with the new system in operation, collisions between trains equipped with the instruments will be practically impossible, as the instrument on one train will automatically give notice of the approach of another train on the same track. It will also enable all railroad business to be transacted directly with the train, and do away with the necessity for the block system of telegraphic signals. -From the  New York Tribune.

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