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From the Lafayette Gazette of November 14th, 1903:

Death of H. A. VanderCruyssen.

 H. A. VanderCruyssen died at his home in Lafayette last Saturday night. He was forty-four years old and he had been a resident of this town for about ten years.

 Although a native of Belgium, his life work was accomplished in this country, and he had become thoroughly identified with our government and institutions. When but a youth he arrived in New Orleans, and after remaining there a short while, he made Breaux Bridge his home until about ten years ago when he came to Lafayette to assume the management of The Advertiser, having been editor or a paper before in Breaux Bridge before removing his domicile here.

 Mr. Van der Cruyssen was a sufferer for the last few months of his life, but he bore the inevitable Christian fortitude and resignation.

 His loss will be felt by the community, as he had always been an active participant in all that meant the progress of the town. Or an inventive genius, his talented handiwork was generously offered to any organization aiming at the public weal.

 He was married to Miss Constance Broussard, of Breaux Bridge, and besides his widow, he leaves five little children, who mourn the untimely taking off of a husband and father. 

 The funeral of the deceased was held in St. John's Catholic church, Rev. Fathers E. Forge and Mattern eulogized the virtues of the dead in appropriate words of consolation and sympathy.

 The body was interred in the Catholic cemetery at Breaux Bridge.

Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

New Bank Officers. - The Board of Directors of Bank of Lafayette have elected Mr. Chas. O. Mouton president of that flourishing institution, vice Mr. Crow Girard, who has resigned on account of a pressure of other business. Mr. Mouton is a successful business man of this community and his choice will insure a continuance of the prosperity which has marked the bank's business since its establishment six years ago. The capital stock of the bank was increased from $25,000 to $50,000.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Gen. Jastremski in Lafayette. - Gen. Leon Jastremski, a candidate for governor of Louisiana, arrived in Lafayette yesterday afternoon and registered at the Cottage Hotel. It is announced that he will speak today at the court-house square. The New Orleans press made the announcement that Judge W. F. Blackman of Rapides and Mr. B. F. Jonas, who is a candidate for United States Senator, will also deliver addresses.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

"Uncle Josh Spruceby."

 The Reading Daily Review has the following to say about the "Uncle Josh Spruceby" company which comes to Lafayette for Monday, Nov. 9, at Falk's Opera House.

 "A treat was in store for those who attended the performance of "Uncle Josh Spruceby" last night, for instead of seeing an old worn-out play, "Uncle Josh Spruceby" proved to be one of the most pleasing rural comedy-dramas that has visited Reading in many a day. Both the production and the company presenting it are far above the average and judging from the continued applause the play certainly gave entire satisfaction. This piece is staged with every attention to detail, the saw mill scene in the third act being particularly realistic and the thrilling climax was greeted with a storm of applause. Several clever specialties were introduced during the first and second acts and were of a high order. The company is a fine one and their music is of the highest class."

Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 L. F. Salles' Store Burglarized. - Sunday morning a burglar bursted the show window in Mr. L. F. Salles' store and stole a watch and some minor articles. No clue to the burglary has been found.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Circus Well Appreciated. - Sells & Down's shows played in Lafayette Wednesday afternoon and evening to large crowds. The audience, as a whole, were well pleased with the show. No disorderly element accompanied it and our police had very little trouble to enforce the peace. 
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Will Soon Build. - Geo. Doucet, the druggist, has purchased a lot adjoining the new post office from Leo Doucet, and will erect thereon a brick building 28 ft. by 60 ft.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

  Fair for the Colored People. - The fair for the colored people for the benefit of the Catholic church at Carencro will take place Nov. 14 and 15.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 14th, 1896:

X-Ray in Lafayette: - Henry Brunet will place on exhibit near Veazey's stable a complete and elaborate apparatus to show the X-Ray illusion. Everyone will have an opportunity to see a demonstration of the great scientific fact that has been so much talked of for the past few months. Mr. Brunet expects to be ready to open next Thursday. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

Severely Scalded. A steam pipe broke at the Refinery last Saturday, severely scaling E. Marquis about the face and arms. Dr. F. R. Tolson, was called to attend the injured man. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

 Residence Destroyed. - The residence of Misses Boudreaux, 4 miles west of town was destroyed by fire last Saturday afternoon, loss $3,000, not protected by insurance. The fire originated from a defective flue.
 Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

 Races. - Races will take place to-day at Surrey Park, between "Maud S," alias "Pelagie", the Theall mare, and "Rosa" the Bergeron mare from l'Anse la Butte. The race will be for five arpents, and for a purse of $100. Admission to the track 25cts.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1896.

 Gone to the Springs. - Messrs. J. Rene Bonnet, D. McDaniel, and A. Couet left Friday for Hot Springs, Ark, where they will remain a month for the benefit of their health, returning in time to spend the Christmas holidays in the Crescent City. Bon voyage, boys. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser November 14th, 1891:

The Changing Weather:

The rain of Sunday night and Monday seems to have been general over Louisiana and Mississippi and eastern Texas. It was one of the most welcome visitors to this section for many a day. It is believed that the unusual amount of sickness prevailing in this vicinity for some weeks was occasioned by the long drought, and that will now abate. The weather since the rain has been cool and pleasant.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

Death of Dr. Beraud.

 Paul Desire Beraud, the well-known physician, died at his home in this town last Sunday evening, 8th inst., at five and half o'clock, after a brief spell of illness. In the prime of manhood, apparently in the best of health, he has been suddenly called to his final account. His death is a shock to all - family, friends and the community.  

 Dr. Beraud was a native of this parish but was raised in the parish of St. Martin. He was the only child of Desire Beraud and Corine LeBlanc, both of whom died when he was yet of tender years. On the death of his parents, he became a member of the household of his uncle - his mother's brother - Judge Alcibiade DeBlanc, with whom he lived until he grew to manhood.

About 1874 he came to this parish to practice the profession of surveying in order to obtain means to meet the expenses of a medical student, and remaining here a few years he returned to New Orleans, and in 1878 was awarded a diploma by the University of New Orleans as a Doctor of Medicine. Afterward he adopted the Homeopathic method of treatment and was very successful throughout. He returned to this parish in 1880 and settled here for the practice of his profession, in which he achieved much distinction, and at the time of his death was engaged in a lucrative and growing practive and included among his patrons numbers of the most intelligent people of this and adjoining parishes.

 Dr. Beraud was an exemplary citizen, - one whom the community could ill afford to spare.

 He married several years since Clara, daughter of the lamented M. E. Girard, Esq. His wife and two children survive him. As a husband he was considerate and devoted, - as a father, tender and true. He was 37 years, 3 months and 20 days of age.

 The ways of Providence are inscrutable and not intended to be understood by man. Perfect and complete submission to the will of God is one of the characteristics of a true christian. In such an hour by Him alone can the bereaved be comforted. May the God of the fatherless and widows comfort his wife and children.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.      

 New Faces at Train-Yard. - Mr. Seery and Mr. Serrett have been appointed night and day operators at this place. Mr. Serrett succeeds Mr. J. G. Davis, who has been promoted to the office of train dispatcher at the Algiers office. We wish Mr. Davis success. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

 L.B.A. - The 8th series of the Lafayette Building and Loan Association, was opened in October, and those who desire to take stock in this growing institution are afforded another opportunity to do so. Here is an opportunity to benefit yourself and at the same time assist in building up your town and country. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 14th, 1874:

Parish of Lafayette,
Vermilionville, La., November 7, 1874.

Pursuant to adjournment of the special meeting of November 4, 1874, the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, this day met at the Court House.

 All members present.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with and the same were signed.

 On motion of Mr. Leblanc, the following accounts were read and approved and warrants ordered to issue for the same:

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 On motion of Mr. R. C. Landry, the account of Steamers Flora against the parish of Lafayette for One Hundred and Fifty-three and 27 hundredth dollars was approved and ordered to be paid.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, the following Ordinance was passed:

 An Ordinance to levy a Special Tax on the taxable property of the Parish of Lafayette to repair the Parish Jail:

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G. DUBAU, President.
Attest: C. H. MOUTON, Clerk of the Police Jury. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.




From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 14th, 1913:


Unless Southern Pacific Officials Concede Settlement - Action Left to Grand Lodge Officers
Pres. Scott Would Not Say Whether Mediation or Arbitration Would Be Resorted To.

 Houston, Tex., Nov. 11. - Ninety-eight per cent of the membership of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Enginemen, Order of Railway Conductors and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and Yardmen on the Sunset Central Lines have voted to go on strike unless the company changes from its former position and concedes to a settlement of all grievances of the four orders jointly. Canvas of the referendum vote was completed and the result announced tonight.

 The vote empowers officials of the unions to order out 2,500 enginemen, conductors and other employees on the New Orleans to El Paso division of the Southern Pacific if efforts to arrange a conference with officials of the road fall or if the conference is without result.

 Previous conferences between Southern Pacific officials and representatives of the different employees' organizations failed to adjust the grievances, which includes wages, alleged disregard of contract, and various personal complaints. Efforts were then made to arrange a joint conference of representatives of all the unions involved with the railroad officials, but without result, representatives of the company holding that a conference with the federation would be irregular and contrary to contracts existing between the railroad and different organizations.

 No announcement was made tonight as to when the committee will take action. Likewise Southern Pacific officials here had no statement to make.

President Scott and Assistant General Manager Wald claim that the company is living up to the contracts and is willing to meet the men in accordance with the rule for settling heretofore in effect.

 President Scott said with reference to the results of the strike vote that he was not prepared to discuss the matter until he had given it further consideration. He would not say whether mediation or arbitration would be resorted to or not.

 The next move on the part of the organization will be to advise the grand lodge officers of their respective orders of the results of the strike vote and ask that a strike be ordered unless the company accedes to their demands to settle the grievances of the four orders. Until the order to strike is received or the company takes some action there remains nothing to be done but for both sided to the controversy to await the action of the grand lodge officers.

 There are sixty-seven grievances specified by the members of the orders for adjustment in the demands made upon the company. These, in part, are with reference to clauses of the contracts which the men claim the company is not living up to and on which the officials of the roads place a different interpretation from the men and claim that the company is complying with the conditions of the contract in its entirety.

 The lines affected by the controversy include all of the Sunset Central lines from New Orleans to El Paso, and all branch lines of the company, and involves between 2,500 and 3,000 engine, train and yard men, who are recognized as the strongest organization in railroad service, and which have demonstrated their strength in many strikes throughout the country as single organizations; while in this case they stand together and declare they will continue to do so until the grievances of all the orders are settled to the satisfaction of each order. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


 Passes Resolutions and Asks the Commercial Bodies of Southwest La. to Concur.


 Resolutions Wired to Officials of Railroad and Brotherhood, State and U. S. Officials.

 Wednesday afternoon a meeting of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce was held at their office room in the Gordon Hotel to consider the matter of the threatened strike on the Southern Pacific as a result of the strike vote by its employees.

 After a full discussion the following resolutions were adopted and it was resolved to wire the resolutions to the commercial bodies of Southwest Louisiana, with the request that they would also concur:

 Whereas a strike of the employees of the Southern Pacific Railway Company seems imminent, and,
  Whereas, however much of merit there may be in the claims of either side, the loss consequent on interruption of traffic, must at this season of the year prove disastrous to the agriculture and commercial interests of South Louisiana, already hard hit, therefore.

 Be it resolved by Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, that we protect against such strike at this time and urge the parties at issue further consideration and the submission of different to mediation or arbitration;
  Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the officials of the railways and of the unions and to state and national officials having supervision over the regulation of traffic.

 Secretary Martin has heard from Thibodeaux, Opelousas and Baton Rouge and all heartily concur in the resolutions.

 Wednesday night the resolutions were sent to the railroad officials and the brotherhood officers at Houston, and yesterday to Gov. Hall and other State officers and Unites States officials. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


It certainly is to be hoped that means will be found to avert the threatened strike on the Southern Pacific. Strikes are bad at all times, inflicting hardships on the strikers, on the railroad and on the public. Just at this time a strike will be calamitous to this section, of it is the season of rushing the cane to the refineries and interference in transportation will cause a big loss to the cane growers.

 Southwest Louisiana has already suffered disastrously from rains this year and a heavy loss now of the cane is something to be prevented if possible.

 As to the controversy between the railroad and employees there is without doubt ground where both can come together amicably with justice to each, and this ground can be found by arbitration.

 Both parties should consider the rights of the public and be willing to submit their differences to arbitration and do so in a spirit of material concession, recognizing that while each of them has rights the public has rights too. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


 Delegates from of the important commercial bodies of New Orleans met at the Sugar Exchange of that city Tuesday, after announcement of the result of the vote by the Southern Pacific employees as to "striking", and the general sense of the gathering, which was thoroughly harmonious, it is announced, was that the organizzation should "Keep their hands free to act after the situation had developed itself and that any action at the present time would be unwise."

 There may be sound wisdom in the decision of the organization, but it looks to us like wisdom of the kind that shuts the stable door after the horse is stolen. What is the use of waiting until the road is tied up and traffic disorganized? If they can do anything, now is the time to do it. An ounce of precaution is worth a pound of cure. Certainly waiting add to their weight, influence or argument; neither will effecting a settlement after the strike is on put a single spray more of glory in their caps than effecting a settlement of differences before the strike is called. Of the New Orleans organization can do anything, let them do it now. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


 Wednesday night the Southern Pacific employees, through the chairman of the committees representing the different organizations, presented and ultimatum to Pres. W. B. Scott and Assistant General Manager G. S. Wald of the Sunset-Central lines, informing them that negotiations would cease last night at 7 p. m. and a general strike be called. Up to the time of going to press we were unable to learn if anything had transpired to avoid a strike, but the road had appealed to the Federal Board of Mediation and the unions had intimated that a solution of the difficulties through the newlands amendment to the Erdman arbitration act would be acceptable to them, which lead to the belief that the strike would not come off. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


Progressing Backward.
  [From the Shoe and Leather Gazette.]

 The Gazette recently noted a statement that the grocers of Benton Harbor, Michigan, were all keeping their stores open till ten o'clock at night, one firm going even farther than that and keeping open all night long.

 This is progressing backward, with a vengeance. There may be good reasons for keeping the stores open till ten o'clock on perhaps one or at most two nights in the week, but till ten o'clock every night is utter foolery.

 A shoe store, or a general store keeping shoes, might not be affected by such action on the part of the grocers, although the example would have its influence on the buying public, and would tend to lead them to demand that all stores remain open late.

 And the public would not buy a dollar's worth more, one week with another, than they would buy if the stores closed at a decent time of day - not a dollar's worth.

 In cities, there is necessary night work that keeps a certain part of the population (in small part) up all night, and it is necessary that they be fed, etc. Therefore all-night restaurants are needful institutions.

 But these same people can, and do, buy their goods in daytime. There is no need of keeping the stores open for them, no call for it, and consequently no stores are open.

 It is only in the smaller town that the idea of working clerks 24 hours a day becomes the apparent ideal that the storekeeper strive to attain.

 And the trouble very often is, that some one among the lot who was born with only half the quota of legs that nature intended to give him when furnishing forth his mental equipment, insists upon waiting to grab the last cent in sight - when the same cent would come to him hours earlier, if it had to come then or wait till morning.

 It is progressing backward to unduly increase the length of the store-keeping day. There is nothing in it, and it is contrary to the best business principles. 

From the Shoe and Leather Gazette and in the Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.  

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