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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 18th, 1903:

 The Lafayette Syrup Mill Makes a Successful Run. 

 Thursday the Lafayette Syrup Mill made its first run and the product proved very satisfactory, a beautiful golden syrup being obtained. The process used in this mill is that of filtration, by which the cane juice is purified and foreign matter eliminated without the use of chemicals. Mr. Alex Mouton, the proprietor, claims that syrup produced by this process is absolutely pure and will not ferment for an indefinite period. If the product of the mill meets Mr. Mouton's expectation, as the first run gives promise, it will add mean another important industry has been added to the town. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

Will Open a Boarding House. - Mrs. T. N. Blake has rented the C. O. Mouton residence and will open a select boarding house. Lafayette has needed a good private boarding house for a long while, and Mrs. Blake will, no doubt, succeed admirably.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903. 

 Born to Mr. and Mrs. F. Sterling Mudd, Thursday, Nov. 12, at Algiers, a boy.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Graser, Thursday, Nov. 12, a girl.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Voorhies, Tuesday, Nov. 10, a girl.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

Others Helped.

 We stated last week that the Compress and Oil Company had contributed the funds for working the Breaux Bridge road. We have since been informed that Gerac Bros., Heywood Bros., and a number of others contributed, and as it was both a praiseworthy and public-spirit act, we take pleasure in making the correction. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

OUGHT TO BE DONE. - As yet no steps have been taken towards having the resources and products of Lafayette parish exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair. This is a most important matter and should have the earnest attention of our citizens. There is very little time left, and it will not do to procrastinate much longer, if this parish is to be represented. Nearly every parish in the State has prepared an exhibit, and Crowley, as usual, when there was a chance advertise her virtues, has provided for a rice kitchen to show what rice and Crowley are. This parish can make a splendid showing, it is an ideal place for a home, and we should by all means let the world know it. A creditable exhibit should not cost much. What we need is some capable, public-spirited man to take hold and carry it through. Who will he be? Lafayette Advertiser  11/18/1903.     

Advertising News. - Advertisements are really news for the housekeeper, business man, young man and woman and often for the boys and girls. They tell you where you can get the best to supply the larder, to furnish the home, to assist you in business and to make your person neat and attractive and where you may save a few dollars, for merchants buying in larger lots some special class of goods can secure a lower rate and can therefore offer to sell them cheaper. Because an advertiser pays us for the privilege of telling you about his goods is no reason why it cannot be considered news.

 From the Union (S. C.) Progress and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

Making Improvements. - The Lafayette Drug Store is being enlarged by the removal of one of the partitions in the store, thus adding twenty feet more to the length. Additional counters and shelving are being put in, and when completes will give more room for the display of their large stock, and better accommodation for their greatly increased business. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

Lower Requirements Wanted.
 [To Editor Lafayette Advertiser.]

I want to use your valuable columns to call attention to our South Western Louisiana Industrial Institute. While it is being conducted in a splendid order, and is something our parish and surrounding parishes, and I may say the whole State, can well feel a pride in, and not the qualifications most too high for best results as the school is not crowded as yet, and considering it is only in the last few years our little ones have had an opportunity to aspire to such a privilege? I know it is under the best management possible, and is doing good work; but I think if the conditions were a little more simplified, it would at an early day fill the Institute. The impression has gone out that the conditions are very hard to reach, and many will not apply; but go away to other schools. Several persons have this idea as well as myself.
                              A FATHER.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

Better Than a Circus.

 An attraction extraordinary merit, which is billed to appear here in the next few days, is the Gentry Bros., famous shows. They come well recommended as being the foremost trained animal exhibition now on tour in which are said to be three hundred trained animals of great variety and most every species. They carry a herd of performing elephants, drove of camels, a troupe of monkeys actors and a kennel of seventy-five well educated dogs, including not less than a hundred herd of well trained Shetland and Arabian ponies.

 Gentry Bros., have presented their exhibition in most every town of any importance throughout the United States and its animal actors have furnished amusement for the little people, and as Gentry shows are a trained animal exhibition, solely and being morally conducted, it has been patronized by the smart set and endorsed by both press and public as being the neatest exhibition of this character now exhibiting under canvas.

 Their grand street parade of miniature caravans, magnificently carved and decorated tableau wagons will traverse the principal streets of this city on the date of exhibition here, the same being drawn by nicely groomed and well matched Shetland ponies. There will be two performances given in Lafayette Friday, Nov. 27. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

Gentry's Animal Actors. - Gentry Bros. world famed trained exhibition will make its visit to this city in the near future. This is one amusement enterprise that will never lose its charm nor read its doom in the sombrous frowns of an indifferent public. The Gentry Brothers' shows have millions of admirers with whom their popularity is deep rooted and who will prevent animal acting from becoming a lost art. The Gentrys have dogs, ponies, monkeys, elephants, and camels galore who do everything except actually talk, and if science and further development can accomplish this we shall yet see our dumb friends passing the compliments of the season with each other and discussing the condition of the weather. To many this statement will appear absurd, and literally speaking it is, but the idea meant to be conveyed is that the Gentry Bros. have the largest collection and most intelligent number of animal performers in the world. Their No. 1 show favors this city with a visit this time. This is the oldest and largest of all the Gentry shows, there being almost 350 perfectly trained animals, requiring five cars to transport them. The street parade which takes place daily at eleven o'clock, is in keeping with the performance proper, and should not be missed by anyone. The shows will exhibit in Lafayette Friday Nov. 27.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

Heavy Rail Traffic. - Traffic over the Southern Pacific is very heavy at present, and it is crowding the Company to handle the immense volume of freight. Passenger trains are frequently late on account of the crowded condition of the road.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.

 United Daughters of the Confederacy.

 Mouton-Gardner Chapter held its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the residence of Mrs. A. S. Clark.

 Reading of minutes of previous meeting approved as read.

 "Somebody thought it good to live,
    Somebody says 'tis sweet to give;
Somebody smiled the whole day long,
    Somebody sang a beautiful song.
Somebody did a noble deed,
    Somebody proved a friend indeed,
Somebody fought a valiant fight.
    Somebody lived to right a wrong,
Was that somebody you?"

 Any one wishing to contribute to this box may do so by sending donations to the committee: Mrs. A. J. LeBlanc, Chairman; Mrs. A. S. Clark and Miss Irma Voorhies.

 For this cause the Daughters will give a progressive euchre, Thursday evening, Dec. 3, at Falk's opera house.

 A rising vote of thanks was extended Mr. P. L. DeClouet for his gifts to the Chapter, a yearly subscription to "Confederate Veteran" and a history of the "Causes of War."

 No further business being before the Chapter, it adjourned to meet Dec. 24, at the residence of Mrs. Hector Prejean.
MRS. O. T. FORD, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903. 


Wants Nuisance Abated.

 To the Editor, Lafayette Advertiser.

 Being fully convinced that the columns of your paper are always open for the good of the country, and more especially for Lafayette parish. I ask for a small space to call attention to a public nuisance, and a continuous one.

 We cannot afford to attend a public educational rally, such as the one held in your town on Oct. 24, when Pres. Aswell and Dr. Kramer addressed the meeting, and lose one work uttered by such men, on account of a few boys who stand around to be conspicuous and keep up a constant goose gabbling. They are habitual peace disturbers and should be treated as such. Had I not been in company with ladies, I would have taken charge of them without authority and trusted to the law to uphold me in my actions. Now I would suggest that the mayor appoint a special officer on such occasions to see that order is maintained.
     (Signed)    CITIZEN.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/18/1903.

 Dr. P. M. Girard returned last week from a trip to Southwest Texas.

 Gen. Leon Jastremski, while in Lafayette, paid The Advertiser an appreciated call.

 Miss Lea Gladu left Thursday for Ruston to attend the meeting of the State Federation of Women's Clubs as a delegate from the Women's Literary Club of this place.

 R. V. Dugas, of Breaux Bridge has moved his family here and built a neat cottage home in the Nickerson addition. We extend Mr. Dugas and family a cordial welcome to Lafayette.

 After a long and agreeable sojourn in the Crescent City, Miss Ruby Scranton has returned to her home in Lafayette.

 Miss Edith Dupre, teacher at the Industrial Institute, paid Opelousas a short visit during the week, returning Sunday. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.






 From the Lafayette Gazette of November 18th, 1899:

The Gazette's Ticket.

 With the approach of the day on which the Democratic primaries will be held The Gazette thinks it proper to express its views anent the selection of the nominees of the party.

 It is needless to say much about the men who have announced themselves as candidates for the various officers. They are all well-known and scarcely need words of commendation from any source, but it is the policy of this paper to speak out its convictions and let the people know where and how it stands.

 It is essential that the administration at the public affairs of our parish should be entrusted to the keeping of the best men that can be had, and it is the duty of each voter to consider maturely and dispassionately the qualification of the different aspirants, We believe that voters could not do better than to cast their ballots for the men whose names are printed below. No one who knows them doubts that they will do their duty if elected. Most of them were born and reared in this parish and all have lived among us the best part of their lives during which they have never failed to show that they possess, in an eminent degree, the highest qualities of good citizenship. Taking their past records as a criterion we can safely say that should they be honored with an election at the hands of the people of the parish, the affairs of the offices the offices to which they aspire will be administered in a manner to elicit the approbation of every law abiding citizen. Laf. Gazette 11/18/1899.


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 Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.


 In another column appears a card announcing the candidacy of Isaac A. Broussard for the Democratic nomination for the office of Sheriff of Lafayette parish.

 The record made by Sheriff Broussard is well-known not only in this parish, but throughout the State. No sheriff has ever performed his duties more faithfully than Mr. Broussard and we do him but simple justice when we say that his career as an officer has been equaled by few men in the history of the State. The fearless discharge of his duties has won for him the praise of even his bitter political enemies, for no man who wants to speak the truth will say that he has at any time shirked his duty no matter how difficult its fullfillment was. His reputation as a detective is of a most enviable character, and is the result of dilgence, skill and fearlessness in the discharge of his duties. He has ever brought into the performance of his official acts as a conscientious regard for the sanctity of his oath and a decent respect for the majesty of the law. So successful has he been in the apprehension of criminals that there prevails among that class a wholesome fear of him.

 The lawless elements have learned to look upon him as their most relentless foe. They know that years or experience in the office of sheriff has given him an opportunity to learn their devious ways and it is not surprising that they are among those who would hail his defeat with great satisfaction. A man of indomitable courage, quick mind and unwavering grit, he is exceptionally well equipped to deal with the boldest and most desperate criminals. In his arrests of Hornsby, Foreman and men of that character, his success in affecting their capture without shedding blood has been due to his cool, nervy pluck and excellent judgment. By displaying those qualities which make the successful sheriff, he did, single-handed and without injury to any one what might have entailed the sacrifice of much blood had less intelligent methods been employed.

 The Gazette thinks, and it believes every fair-minded person will agree with it, that Sheriff Broussard seems to have been cut out for just such an office as he now holds. Some people are born to be bankers, some to be lawyers, others for the ministry, the medical and other professions and it is an incontestable fact that nature has bestowed upon some men the requirements to deal with the refractory members of society. A man may be an excellent fellow, he may be a good farmer, a splendid lawyer or doctor, and yet be absolutely unfit for the office of Sheriff.

 The Gazette thinks that Sheriff Broussard has served the people with conspicuous ability and has never failed to do his duty, and that it would be ill-advised on the part to put him aside for some one else who is inexperienced and whose success is problematical at best. Sheriff Broussard, has, since his induction into office, proved, beyond cavil, an efficient, wide-awake and fearless conserver of the peace.

 The tax-collector's department during Mr. Broussard's official tenure has been conducted very satisfactorily. Every cent collected from the people has been accounted for.

 In conclusion we will state that Mr. Broussard has deserved well of the people of Lafayette parish and is entitled to re-election. Nothing would be gained from his defeat. On the contrary, it would mean a decided loss to the cause of law and order.

 Let the voters go to the polls on December 9 and give him the majority over his opponent which will no doubt should and will receive. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899. 

Lines Up to Listen to the Expounders of Straight Democracy - A Good Meeting.

 An enthusiastic Democratic meeting was held at Carencro last Wednesday. Mr. Atheol Bernard, the faithful old leader of straight Democracy, was elected president.

 Judge Mc C. Lawrason, candidate for governor, being present, was invited to make a speech. He delivered a short address, announcing his candidacy for the governorship. He was listened to with respectful attention and seemed to make a very favorable impression upon the audience.

 Hon. Wm. Campbell, Judge Debaillon, Messrs. Voorhies and I. A. Broussard and Judge Julian Mouton made stirring addresses advocating the nomination of the straight Democratic ticket. All the candidates counseled moderation in the political discussions and deprecated the tendency of their opponents in this parish to indulge in mudslinging. Sheriff Broussard, who has been made the target for the shafts of malice and vilification by the opposition, announced that he not employ the methods of the mudslinger to defeat his opponent against whom he did not intend to utter a single word of disparagement. Mr. Broussard said that his character and had been attacked and he proceeded to hurl back at his defamers the slanders they had uttered against him. He did so in a forcible and effective manner and was greatly applauded.

 Judging from the outlooks in the sixth ward will give a safe majority to the regular ticket. The "reformers" have been laying the flattering unction to their soul that they would carry that old  stronghold of Democracy on the 9th of December, but like all their calculations it is founded upon wind and bombast. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.

A Sign of Progress. - Instead of closing the soda fountain at the end of the summer season, as has always been the custom at the Moss Pharmacy in the past, soda water will hereafter be kept on draught throughout the year. The well known health giving qualities of pure soda water should be at the disposal of the public in winter as well as in the summer, and this is the case in large cities, where soda fountains are patronized the year 'round.

 Not only will cold soda water be served during the winter months at the Moss Pharmacy but hot soda, also, and hot coffee, hot chocolate and beef tea. Mr. Davis, the popular and progressive manager of the Moss Pharmacy, believes in giving the people of this community equal advantages with those of the larger towns of the country, and the Gazette is confident the citizens of Lafayette will show their appreciation of the proposed innovation, and all other similar measure of progress inaugurated in the town.
Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.


 Tesrimony of the Two Negroes a Genuine Surprise.

 The preliminary trial of Hammy Hankins, charged with burglary and larceny, took place before Judge Debaillon Thursday morning. Hankins was represented by David Todd, Esq., of New Iberia, and Col. Breaux of the local bar. District Attorney Gordy conducted the prosecution.

 Quite a large number of people were present. The sporting fraternity was there in full force. Hankins has many sympathizers among that class who have evidently interested themselves in his behalf. Many of them came over from New Iberia to attend the trial.

 The first witness called was Mr. A. B. Denbo, whose house was entered in the night of the 24th of April last.

 Mr. Denbo stated the burglars had made their entrance  through a window. He said that the jewelry and the cash stolen amounted to some $300.

 Mr. A. M. Martin was the next witness called. He said that his house burglarized on the same night. A gold watch was stolen. Mr. Martin said that the burglars entered through a window which was forced open.
 Mr. T. M. Biossat was called. He said several attempts were made by burglars to get into his house. One night the attempt was successful. A carving knife was stolen. It was shown that the knife which was taken from Mr. Biossat's was left in Mr. Caffery's house which was subsequently entered. Some clothes which were stolen from Mr. Caffery's were found in the possession of Louis Dazin, the half-breed, proved to be the clue which led to the arrests.

 Mr. C. D. Caffery testified to the fact that his house was burglarized and told of the knife found the next morning and the missing coats.

 Louis Dazin, alias Indian Ben, was sworn. Dazin is one of the negroes arrested last October. The full day of his arrest he made a full confession implicating Hankins in the burglaries. Thursday when he was put in the witness chair he denied having participated in the crimes and having ever met Hankins before their arrests. He said that he made a confession, but claimed that he was scared by threats and did not tell the truth at the time. Dazinngave a positive contradiction to his statements voluntarily made to the officers when he was arrested. H said he knew nothing of the crimes with which he was charged and did not know Hankins at all. He stated that all he said in his confession were lies.

 Jim Bailey, the little black negro, surprised every one who had looked upon him as a sort of unoffending idiot. Jim boldly protested his innocence and incidentally mentioned the that he was as guiltless as any man in Lafayette. He said he had not spoken of the crime to any one and had made no confession to Sheriff Broussard and Marshal Peck. Although under the hot fire of Mr. Gordy's cross-examination he stubbornly insisted that he had never confessed his guilt and had never known Hankins.

 Mr. A. M. Martin was recalled. He said that he talked to the negores the day they were arrested. They made a free and voluntary confession to the effect that they, had entered his house and stole the gold watch and some money. One of the negroes said that Hankins had taken the watch and that while they were in the house Hankins stood at the window with a revolver in hand.

 Alphonse Peck, the city marshal, was the next witness. He said that Dazin was arrested on a charge of horse-stealing, but subsequent developments proved that he was implicated in the burglaries, but at first declined to give the names of his accomplices. After being put through some questioning he yielded and said that Jim Bailey was one of his partners and then gave the name of Hankins as the other. It is only after much hesitation that Dazin disclosed Hankins' connection with the crimes. Marshal Peck testified that Dazin had mentioned Hankins' name without any suggestion on his part.

 Marshal Peck then told of Jim Bailey's arrest. After refusing to talk about the charge against him he squealed and told about the same story as Dazin. Without being told of Dazin's statement he corroborated it in nearly all the particulars. He said while Mr. Denbo's house was being robbed Hankins remained at the window on the outside holding a pistol in his hand.

 Sheriff Brousard ws the last witness. He corroborated the testimony of Marshal Peck. He said that when confronted by Hankins the two negroes said that he was the man who was with them.

 The testimony of Sheriff Broussard concluded the case for the prosecution. The defense offered no evidence. The case, after being submitted without argument, was taken under advisement, and Judge Debaillon subsequently fixed the bond at $1,000.

 The change of base of the two negroes was hardly expected. What effect it will have toward deciding the fate of Hankins remains to be seen.
Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899. 

A Negro's Foolish Attempt. - A negro named Henry Lewis filled up with bad whisky last Thursday night and became too boisterous for the peace of the town. Officer Campbell went up to him and ordered him to stop. Instead of doing as he was told the negro drew a pistol and fired at the officer, who quickly responded with several shots from his weapon, the negro in the meantime running away at full speed. A search was made for the negro who was finally found leaning against a tree. An investigation proved that one of Mr. Campbell's bullets had lodged in his side. He was taken to the jail where he received the attention of Coroner Trahan who succeeded in taking the bullets out of the wounded man's body. When questioned the negro did not seem to know why he acted so foolishly. Whether he knows or not it is quite likely that he will be severely punished for his murderous attack upon Officer Campbell. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.

 A Sad Accident.

 Wm. Sonnier whose arm was amputated after being very badly mutilated in the gin at the compress, is doing well and is rapidly regaining his strength. Mr. Sonnier's arm was caught among among the teeth of the gin and before it was possible to relieve him several of the pieces of the machine had to be taken apart. Mr Voorhies, engineer of the People's Cotton Oil Mills, was sent for. As he was familiar with the construction of the machinery he succeeded in taking it to pieces in about one hour, during which time Mr. Sonnier was compelled to go through an exceedingly painful ordeal., Drs. J. D. and A. R. Trahan and J. F. Mouton were called and they decided to amputate the man's arm.

 Mr. Sonnier is a hard working man and the accident, causing the loss of an arm, is indeed a terrible blow to him. Mr. Coronna, the manager, has extended to him all the assistance that it was possible to give and will give him employment suitable to his maimed condition. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899. 



 When the directors of the Southwest Louisiana Industrial College meet to decide upon the location of that institution, they will no doubt inform themselves as to one important fact.

 They will first ascertain which parish in this senatorial district has given the best evidence of a strong, earnest desire to have the school. To insure the success of the institution it is essential that it should be established in that parish where the people will give it their unanimous support. Leaving aside the question of a money consideration the Board, which is composed of sensible and fair men, will no doubt find out which one of the three parishes has offered the best proof of a proper and intelligent appreciation of the desirability and worth of so great a boon. Putting aside the question of suitability of location the Board will inquire into the disposition of the people to be friendly or unfriendly to the college, and in order to ascertain this most important fact that Board will go to the results of the elections held in the three parishes to levy a special tax for the school.

 If it is shown, as it will unquestionably be shown, that Lafayette parish alone has established by the strongest and most irrefutable evidence that it appreciates the worth of the Industrial School and it is willing to show its appreciation in the thoroughly convincing and substantial matter, while the other parishes have signally failed to do so, what else can the Board do than to give it the coveted prize, provided, of course, all other things are equal.

 Lafayette is the only parish in the district which has been able to levy a special tax for the school. St. Martin has failed and Iberia knew it could not and did not even make the attempt.

 In the parish of St. Martin the people failed to take the proper view of the proposition and voted down the tax, and thus very much lessened their chances as competitors in the contest.

 The town of New Iberia voted to levy a tax, but a formidable opposition developed against it and had it not been for the hard work of a few citizens the measure would have been defeated. The large vote polled there against the tax shows conclusively that in the town of New Iberia the people are far from being unanimously in favor or paying a bonus. As some of the leading citizens of the town were very much opposed to the tax, it is not at all unlikely that some trouble will be met in its collection should an effort be made to collect it.

 But how different in Lafayette. From the very beginning the people in the town and parish appreciated the great good that would flow from an institution of that kind established in their midst. There was no narrow minded opposition to a movement whose success meant so much for the intellectual development of this section of the State.

 A proposition was made to levy a special tax to raise a bonus to be offered to the State and be it said to the everlasting credit of the people of the town and parish of Lafayette they showed by their ballots that they want the school and are willing to support it by every possible means.

 This splendid evidence of progress and public-spirit so spontaneously and overwhelmingly manifested by Lafayette ought surely to be taken into account, and we believe it will. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899. 


The Round Bale.

 The enterprising cotton ginners, Messrs. Gerac Brothers, believing that the round bale system of baling offers unequaled advantages, are operating a press of that kind. A representative of this paper visited the Gerac ginnery last Saturday and had occasion to see the system in operation. The proprietors expressed themselves as being more than pleased with the service and said they were glad of the change from the square bale system. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.

A Success.

 The entertainment given last Saturday for the benefit of the Catholic cemetery was very much of a success. It was liberally patronized by the different religious congregations. The receipts amounted to $121.

 The Gazette compliments the ladies upon their good work. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.

To See the Circus.

 A large number of our people went to Crowley last night to see the circus. The circus didn't come here on account of the high license. The Gazette thinks the show license is too high. All the boys and girls like circuses and all the men and women who used to be boys and girls, and on their behalf - and ours too - we appeal to the local lawmakers not to be so devilish hard on the show people. We all like to see an elephant and hear the calliope and take a look at the bearded woman, the pretty horses, the wild man from Sulu, the pink lemonade, the peanut boy, and the show women even if they are painted and look tough. Come down with your license, gentlemen, and don't try to keep away all the shows with a sort of Chinese wall around the town. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.   

Rev. Thos. F. Webb.

 The subject of this sketch, Rev. Thos. F. Webb, departed this life at his home near Lafayette last Saturday evening, Nov. 11, 1899, aged 76 years and seven months. For several years past, the deceased has been it, feeble health, which was rendered even more precarious by the death of his beloved companion in life some four months ago. To be separated from one whom he loved dearer than his own life, was indeed an ordeal testing most severely his reduced physical strength and fortitude. In the agony of his soul he cried: "Our home is broken - our home is gone." But cheered and comforted by affectionate children and friends and above all soothed and sustained by the sweet consolation of christian hope and abiding faith in the immutable promises of God, Mr. Webb with admirable courage and resignation awaited the summons that would soon sever all earthly ties and better land. A few days before death, he stated this to a friend:  "While I do not complain, yet I would a little rather go than stay," evidencing his entire preparation and readiness to meet his Maker. While confined to his chamber his greatest pleasure and delight was to read, repeat and study the Holy Scriptures and from the deep well of God's everlasting truth he drank sweet drafts of that "living water" of which if a man drink he shall never thirst. So death, robbed of all its terrors was to him the portal to those mansions in the skies, prepared by the Blessed Master himself for the abode of the faithful. True to a firm reliance upon God's word, the last moments exemplified his trust in the  diving injunction:  "Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid."

 Rev. Webb, was born in England but came to America at the age of sixteen, labored in Philadelphia for a number of years and then removed to St. Louis where in 1848 he married Miss Sophie Stephens, of New York, and engaged in teaching. He afterward entered into successful business in the latter city, but subsequently removed with his family to Illinois. In 1869 Mr. Webb came to Louisiana and purchased the Gideon Stephens plantation near Lafayette where he resided up to the time of his death. Uniting with the Methodist Episcopal Church South he served for many years as a local preacher, doing most effective Christian work in this and surrounding parishes. As superintendent of both Methodist and Presbyterian Sunday Schools in Lafayette. Mr. Webb rendered most valuable and efficient service the full fruits of which eternity can tell.

 Honorable and upright in all his dealings Mr. Webb has ever commanded the confidence and esteem of the business community. His word was as good as his hand. Diligent in business, fearing and serving God, Mr. Webb has left an example worthy of all imitation. "True to God and true to man" may will all truthfulness be inscribed as a fitting epitaph on his tombstone. Six children survive to mourn the loss of a devouted and affectionate father. Misses Mary and Lizzie Webb have labored for may years as missionaries in Turkey near Smyrna, devoting their lives to teaching and converting those benighted people. Miss Annie soothed the declining years of her father's life and ministered nobly to his every want. Three sons F. F. Webb, Jr., W. G. Webb and Edward Webb, are well known in the community and respected by all.

 The funeral services were held at the home and and the Methodist church, Rev. I. T. Reams and W. J. Sechriest officiating. A host of sympathizing friends and acquaintances followed by the remains to their last resting place in the Protestant cemetery.

 The Gazette would tender the profoundest condolence to the bereaved family and pray God's gracious benediction upon the broken and sorrowing hearts whose tender chords have thus been severed by the angel of death. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.  


  Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/18/1899.

 The Cumberland Telephone is now completed to Breaux Bridge and patrons of the line can avail themselves of the improved facilities.

Notice. - Money due the corporation of Lafayette for the use of water and light must be paid between the 1st and 5th of each month. - Joseph Ducote, Collector.

 We omitted to mention the departure of our young friend, Aby Demanade, who left to enter the Centenary College at Jackson. Before leaving as court stenographer, a position which he filled with much efficiency.

 So far there are only two announced candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor, Lawrason and Snyder.

 Col. A. Diozin Boudreaux, the honored sire of a large number of worthy citizens of this parish, died at his home near Scott last Tuesday evening. He was 83 years old. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1899.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 18th, 1899:




 In order to introduce the new system that I propose to introduce for working our parish roads it will be necessary in the first place for you, to divide the parish into three divisions; number one, two, and three, without any particular regard to territory, but to population as near as convenient, then appoint three road supervisors, one for each division to be chosen from the very best practical business men, [so far as road making goes] that can be found in the division, then it will be necessary for you to lay out each division into short road beats from one to two or three miles long owing to circumstances, or the number of the population living in the road beat, who are liable to do road work We will say or example that road beat number one, of division number one will commence at the corporation of Lafayette, and run down past the sugar refinery to the bridge at Beausejour Springs, beat number two, division one, commence at the corporation of Lafayette, and run to the Pin-Hook Bridge, beat number [blank] - running from the corporation to the coulee out on the Jameseon road. The road running from the corporation of Lafayette to Scott will be divided into two beats, with a local overseer for each half of the road.

 Beat number -- leading from Lafayette to Carencro, will start from the corporation, and run out past Williams Torian's to the cross road North West of Walter Torian's place.

 On the road leading from Lafayette to Breaux Bridge, beat number -- will start at the corporation, and run East as far as Colonel Breaux's plantation, and so on, the whole three divisions will have to be laid out into road beats, and a local road master appointed shall be compelled to serve for one year at least, or be subject to a fine on not less than ten dollars, nor more than twenty, but no man shall be compelled to serve against his will, who is on the assessment roll for less than five days road work.

 Then it will be necessary to pass a parish by-law compelling every able bodied man over the age of twenty-one, and under the age of sixty, who are not exempt by statutory laws, working, or staying in the parish, to do a certain amount of road work, each, and every year, or pay its equivalent in cash to the county treasurer. The amount of road work that each, and every man in the parish will be liable to do, shall be strictly governed by the assessors, assessment roll. For example a man living, working, or staying in the parish, who is not on the assessment roll shall do three days work, or pay two dollars [$2] into the treasurer of the road fund, a man who is on the assessment roll for one hundred dollars, or less, shall be assessed for four days work, a man on the assessment roll, for over one hundred dollars, and not over three, shall be assessed for five days work, a man assessed over three hundred dollars and not over five shall be assessed for six days work, a man over five hundred dollars, and not over seven shall be assessed for seven days work, a man over seven hundred dollars, and not over nine shall be assessed for eight days work, a man assessed for over nine hundred dollars and not over twelve shall be assessed nine days work, a man assessed over twelve, and not over fifteen shall be assessed for ten days work, then an extra day's work for every three hundred dollars additional assessment.

  P. S. In my next communication I expect to be able to give you a more extended explanation of "the farmer system" of working our parish roads, and the rules and duties of its appointed officers.

 Please file the above communication away for future reference.
  (To be continued.)
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1889.

Cleaning the Vermilion.

 Mr. Ambroise Mouton is highly elated over his visit to the work which is now done of cleaning the Bayou Vermilion. The government inspector Mr. Ed. Norman had gone to Abbeville on business, but Mr. Mouton was cordially received by Mr. Victor Hebert who has charge of the work.

 The boat and its outfit which seems to be all that is necessary to do good work is now about two miles above Darmas Broussard's bridge. The appropriation secured from the government is sufficient for 80 days work, and as only ten days have been filled, the time allowed will be quite ample to make a good and complete job up to the railroad bridge.

 The benefits to be derived by this parish when the Bayou will be cleaned of stumps and logs will incalculable. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1889.

Negro Shoots at Constable.

Last Thursday night about 10:30, constable Edwin Campbell making his beat heard a noise in the neighborhood of Mr. Jules Mouton's store.

 After inquiry he found out that in a negro house, two negroes had some dispute over a game of cards and being told by one of them that the other had in the altercation flourished a pistol, the constable decided to arrest the offender, and advancing upon the negro, the latter one drew his pistol exclaiming "There is not a sheriff that can arrest me." And shooting at the constable he ran out of the door firing back as he fled.

 The constable returned the fire and a dozen shots were exchanged, producing quite an excitement at that hour of the night.

 A general search was organized for the fleeing negro, by constable Campbell and sheriff I. A. Broussard who was among the first ones on the spot, and every negro house was visited but no information could be elicited from the occupants. Finally the negro was located near Dr. Girard's residence having taken refuge with a friend. He was found with a wound in his back. He was arrested and lodged in jail.

 Constable Campbell certainly deserves the commendation of the public for his fearless fulfillment of duty. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.

Arrested After Altercation.

 Last Thursday night about 10:30, constable Edwin Campbell making his beat heard a noise in the neighborhood of Mr. Jules Mouton's store.

 After inquiry he found out that in a negro house, two negroes had some dispute over a game of cards and being told by one of them that the other had in the altercation flourished a pistol, the constable decided to arrest the offender; and advancing upon the negro, the latter one drew his pistol exclaiming "There is not a sheriff that can arrest me."  And shooting at the constable he ran out of the door firing back as he fled.

The constable returned the fire and a dozen of shots were exchanged, producing quite an excitement at that hour of the night.

 A general search was organized for the fleeing negro, by constable Campbell and sheriff I. A. Broussard who was among the first ones on the spot, and every negro house was visited but no information could be elicited from the occupants. Finally the negro was located near Dr. Girard's residence having taken refuge with a friend. He was found with a wound in his back. He was arrested and lodged in jail.

 Constable Campbell certainly deserves the commendation of the public for his fearless fulfillment of duty. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.

Magnetic Power.

 Dr. Butler came this week to Lafayette where he intends to stay a few days. This gentleman is gifted with what is known as magnetic power, a science known for quite a while, but which only begins in the United States. In the Northern States, a number of diseases are cured by this science in the hands of specialists. Colleges and institutions of learning impart magnetic knowledge to students and in all large cities, the latter ones succeed in making wonderful cures. Dr. Butler is not a beginner as he has strong testimonials from New Iberia and Abbeville where he was. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.




Hankins Bailed.

 The preliminary examination of Hamie Hankins took place last Thursday. He was accused of the robberies committed in houses of A. B. Denbo and A. M. Martin. He was placed under a bil of $1,000.

 A negro accused of robbery committed in the house of Dr. F. E. Girard was likewise placed under a bail of $600.

 Two other ones Jim and the Indian who at the beginning had implicated Hankins in the robberies, now denied their former confession.

 Only the "indian" acknowledged that he had implicated Hankins in a conversation held before I. A. Broussard, A. M. Martin and Alphonse Peck, but said he: "I said so but I didn't mean it."

 As to Jim he denied that he never knew Hankins, that he had never seen him, notwithstanding witnesses who testified that he had strongly implicated Hankins in the robberies. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.

New Compress.

 Upon the invitation of Gerac Bros., we went and saw the round bale press at their gin house.

 The press is a complicated piece of machinery and its daily capacity is very great. The bales are cylindrical in form and of good appearance.

 Messrs. Gerac told us that the cotton put up in round bales commanded a higher price and that a great number of our planters have decided to have their cotton put up in round bales.

 Being quite difficult to explain all the details of the round bale press, it will be well for the planters to go to the gin house of Messrs. Gerac and see it for themselves. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.

Rev. Thomas F. Webb.

 Died at his residence in Lafayette Parish on last Saturday November 11th, at 1:45 p. m. His funeral took place last Sunday at the Methodist Church at 2:30 p. m., before a large congregation and his body was laid to rest in the Protestant Cemetery.

 Rev. Webb was born in England in 1823 being at the time of his death 76 years and 7 months old. His father, Thomas A. Webb, was a prosperous merchant on the east coast of England.

 His family emigrated to this country and Rev. Webb was educated in Massachusetts. He married in St. Louis, in 1848, Miss Sophia Stephens, of New York, daughter of Gideon Stephens. Rev. Webb was ordained a minister in the Methodist Church in 1872 and for many years was engaged in the performance of ministerial duties. He removed from St. Louis to Louisiana in 1869 and located in Lafayette Parish where he has ever since resided.

 His wife preceded him to the spirit world a few months ago, and since that time his health already feeble, grew weaker and weaker.

 Rev. Webb was a man of sterling qualities, a consistent member of the church to which he belonged and commanded the universal admiration of his fellow-citizens.

 Two sons and three daughters are surviving him, two of the latter ones being engaged in missionary work in foreign lands. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.   




 Died at his residence in Lafayette last Saturday November 11th, at 9:25 a. m. His funeral took place last Sunday at St. John's Catholic Church at 2:30 p. m., attended by a large concourse of people.

 Mr. Nollive was born in Paris (France) on August 28th, 1833 being at the time of his death 66 years, 2 months and 14 days old.

 Mr. Nollive came to Lafayette about fifteen years ago and engaged in the jewelry business until a few months ago when feebleness caused him to discontinue it.

 Since that time he has lived quietly at his home until called to his higher reward.

 Mr. Nollive was one of our good citizens and was universally respected.

We tender our sympathy to the wife and daughter surviving him.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/18/1899.

 Uncle Josh Spruceby, advertised to appear at Falk's Opera House in November 24th, will be here on the 23rd.

 The Cumberland Telephone Co. has completed its line to Breaux Bridge.

 Dr. R. O. Young of Royville, was seen in Lafayette last week.

 Grand parade on Nov. 23rd at one o'clock p. m.

 Contractor L. S. Broussard is now engaged in building an attractive addition to the house of Mr. Geo. Doucet.

 Fire Screens of all sizes made by Alfred A. Bonnet. A good protection for preventing children from being injured by fire.

 103 went to Crowley last night to attend the circus. The majority of our people expressed disappointment that the circus was not booked for Lafayette.

 The concert given for the benefit of the Catholic cemetery, last Saturday at Falk's Opera House has been a financial success, the receipts amounting $114.00.

 Go to Falk's Opera House, the 7th of December, 1899 and see if the $450 Fisher's Piano given by Home Fire Co., will be yours. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1899.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of November 18th, 1893:


 In commenting upon the advent of the large number of men "fleeing from the impoverished west," and coming to that city for the purpose of seeking employment, the Picayune very correctly observes that "there is no crime in being out of employment. It is not in violation of any law to seek work. Keeping these facts in mind, the police have no right to arrest these people, nor have the authorities any warrant of law to order their arrest so long as they commit no overt act against the public peace or in violation of the rights of property of any other person." This contention, every fair-minded man, we believe will approve. This protest of the Picayune was made when chief of police Gaster gave it as his determination to arrest and put these people to work on the streets of the city, and it had a most wholesome effect, for the threat fell still-born. The idea of those in authority taking upon themselves, without semblance of law or right, save the autocratic power that their office confers upon them, the to persecute these people, for that is what their arrestation and compulsive labor means, is a wrong that should cause a protests. It is a pleasure to note that the city press are a unit in giving emphatic expression to these views. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.

To Transfer.

 The Southern Pacific officials have determined to transfer some of the work, that was handled at this point, to Algiers, and, in consequence, they have discharged eight of the men that have been employed here. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.

 Unemployed Passing Through.

 Another party of about 100 of the unemployed thousands who are coming from California, arrived on a freight train Wednesday evening and left Thursday morning. This is the fourth or fifth party that have passed through since about a month. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.



 Seldom has Lafayette witnessed a more brilliant wedding, than the nuptials of Mr. Alfred Mouton and Miss Alix Judice, solemnized with éclat at the Catholic church last Thursday evening.

 The weather was beautiful, mild and soft, typical of a lovely spring day, ushered into existence, apparently to lend its aid to render the happy event all the more auspicious, and there were not a few who regarded the day as a most favorable omen for the handsome young couple.

 The altar in the church was brilliantly decorated with candles and dressed with sprays of lovely chrysanthemums and daisies. From the chancel extending to the first pillars was a streamer of evergreens, adorned with exquisite flowers, in the centre of which was suspended a magnificent bouquet, and forming an arch under which the bridal party passed. The chancel railing was encircled by columns pf marguerite's, vines and evergreens, the whole forming a gorgeous fairy scene, and was the lovework of the bride's admiring young friends.

 Not only the seating, but the whole floor capacity of the large church, was taxed to its utmost to hold the large assemblage who had congregated to witness the ceremony. Even the convent school girls came in a body to wish good luck to the young lady, who is their instructress in music.

 The groom is a member of the mercantile firm of Mouton Bors., is a young man of fine attainments, and enjoys a large measure of personal popularity.

 The bride is one of Lafayette's most esteemed young ladies ; charming in grace, kind of heart, a bright mind, she has always been a favorite in the social circles of the community. In her bridal attire she was most becomingly gowned in an exquisite white silk, beautifully trimmed with rare lace and orange blossoms, with the usual veil of illusion completing her costume. She carried a bouquet of sweet flowers.

 The Maid of Honor, Miss Stella Trahan, an attractive and most graceful young lady, dilk gauze.

 Shortly after five o'clock the groom, and his best man, Mr. Ed. Mouton, arrived at the church. A few moments thereafter, the bride and her maid of honor came, and were met at the church door by Col. Gus. A. Breaux, an uncle of the bride, who escorted her to the altar, where the groom awaited her.

 Upon the bride's entrance, came from the organ the soft and sweet strains of the wedding march, executed by the talented Miss E. Mouton. An "ave maria" was finely sung by Miss Martha Mouton, whilst the couple was awaiting the entrance of the pastor. After the beautiful and impressive marriage rites were performed, and before pronouncing the benediction, the Rev. Forge delivered an eloquent address joining his congratulations to those of their many friends. As the last words were spoken the bridal party entered the vestry to sign the register, but soon emerged and came down the centre aisle and were driven to the residence of the bride's mother, where a reception was held, Mrs. Judice and Mrs. G. A. Breaux doing the honors of the occupation. The young couple were the recipients of many costly presents.

 In embarking upon their life's journey they carry with them the best wishes of a host of friends for a bon voyage, and The Gazette hopes that naught but bright silver clouds will ever appear in the horizon of their married life.

 Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.

An Elegant Reception.

 Mr. and Mrs. Leon Plonsky, tendered to their friends, and the friends of Miss Rose Bendel, a reception in honor of the nuptials of this esteemed young lady, who was to wed on the morrow. With their well known tact and proverbial hospitality, Mr. and Mrs. Plonsky had a smile for every guest and by their unrestrained conventionality soon had their company in the midst of much enjoyment. Miss Lena, the accomplished daughter of the host and hostess, executed a brilliant fantaisie on the piano, which was much enjoyed. Miss Louise Bendel, who possesses in a marked degree rare taste and skill, favored the company with a fine selection on the piano. Miss Emma Falk, a vivacious and charming young lady whose vocal powers are well known, sang in her inimitable way; a character song that was much enjoyed. Mr. Van der Cruyssen, whose well modulated voice always renders most acceptably any vocal selection that he undertakes, entertained the audience with a much appreciated song. Miss Octavie Lehman, from Morgan City, a visiting guest, sang most exquisitely, and her singing was a feature of the evening. Mr. Walter Mouton, a splendid cornetist, gave several solos and showed that he was a master of that instrument. The young people, enjoyed dancing for quite a while, which gave zest to their appetites which was soon appeased by the spread of an elegant collection, served with an appetizing taste, and to which ample justice was done. It was taken, all in all, a very nice party. Misses A. Lehman, Della Geret, Lea Ballace, Estel Castello, of Morgan City; Tenie Norman, of Patterson; Louise Ebstein, of McComb City, Miss.; Seraphine Hyman, of Clinton; Rosa Bendel, Louise Bendel, Emma Falls, Flora Plonsky, Rosa Plonsky, Laura, Lena and Gussie Plonsky, of Lafayette; Mmes. Kahn of McComb City; Armand Levy of Lake Charles. Mmes. John O. Mouton, B. Falk, I. A. Broussard, L. Oueilhe, G. Schmulen, of Lafayette; Mme. J. Wise, of New Iberia; Messrs. Kahn of McComb City, Armand Levy of Lake Charles, Henry Bendel, Albert and Paul Coquenheim of Morgan City; Gussie Weil, of New Iberia; Judge C. Debaillon, Homer Mouton, Walter Mouton, Isaac Broussard, Albert Theall, Felix Landry, Paul Coussan, H. Van der Cruyseen, Alb. Labe, Gus Schmulen, of Lafayette; Master Moses Plonsky, Leon Schmulen and William Levy. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.              

S. P. Eliminates Laf. Positions. - The Southern Pacific officials have determined to transfer some of the work, that was handled at this point, to Algiers, and, in consequence, they have discharged eight of the men that have have been employed here. 
 Laf. Gazette 11/18/1893.

 Passing Through. - Another party of about 100 of the unemployed thousands who are coming from California, arrived on a freight train Wednesday evening and left Thursday morning. This is the fourth or fifth party that have passed through since about a month. Laf. Gazette 11/18/1893.

Representing Tichenor's.

 Mr. B. F. Sherrouse, representing that well and favorably known household remedy Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic, was in town this week, and gave The Gazette a half column advertisement which appears in this issue. It is well to note the fact these are all home testimonials, of representative citizens, and should therefore inspire confidence in the merits of the medicine. 
Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.




 A Notable 22nd Year in Sells Brothers Management.

 Sells Brothers are always doubly welcome to Lafayette, and their forthcoming visit on Thursday, Nov. 23, will emphasize that fact. Since their last visit, they have signalized the 23rd year of their continuous management by greatly enlarging their Enormous United Shows, and widely increasing the scope of their novelty and attractions. In special features, they notably lead. Their pair of monster Hippopotami are unquestionably the rarest and most valuable wild beasts on exhibition ;  their flock of Ostriches unrivaled ;  their pair of Lilliputian Cattle the most curious dwarfs from the flocks of Fairyland, and their Hairless Horse, a genuine wonder. With them, the general attractions are combined in a Wild Mooorish Caravan and Romantic Pilgrimage to Mecca ;  magnificent Menagerie, Triple Circuses, Regal Roman Hippodrome, Performing Mid-Air Carnivals, Tropical Aquarium, Aviary, Royal Japanese Troupe, Bedouin and Berber Athletes, and Arabian Nights Entertainments. The names of really great performers are legion, and the races given are of the most varied and spirited character. Everybody will want to see the glorious, free morning Street Parade, and for that matter, the whole world of fun and wonders. Sells Brothers everywhere present. Excursion rates on all railroads. The big dollar show, 50 cents only, so that all can afford to go now.
Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.

More on Sells Bros.

 The day after Sells Brothers circus bills were posted on the big improvised board near the post office, an old negro woman was leisurely walking up the streets, complacently chewing a sugar cane, when suddenly her eyes fell on the pictorial board. She stopped and gazed at it intently, something excited her risibilities, and she proceeded to indulge in a most hearty guffaw, when a tall gentleman, standing near by, and himself amused at the old woman's extreme delight, approached and familiarly tapping her on the shoulder, said, : Ticket, ma'am?"

 "Lor, boss," exclaimed the old woman with some trepidation, "I taught dis here was a free show!" 

Visited Ferris Refinery.

 Messrs. Edmond Mouton, Henry Gerac and Willie Couret went to Barbreck Sunday and visited the large Ferris refinery at that place. They were cordially received by the company, who made their visit most pleasant and interesting. The mill is in full blast and grinds an enormous quantity of cane every day. Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.


Representing Tichenor's.

 Mr. B. F. Sherrouse, representing that well and favorably known household remedy Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic, was in town this week, and gave The Gazette a half column advertisement which appears in this issue. It is well to note the fact these are all home testimonials, of representative citizens, and should therefore inspire confidence in the merits of the medicine. 
Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.



 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/18/1893.

 The Gazette is still in the opinion that a street lamp at the corner of Mr. Pellerin's hardware store, would meet with general public favor.

 Mr. Consoulin, a competent barber from Rayne, has been employed by Jno. Vandergriff, in his barber shop near the depot.

 Victor Gardebled, of Bay St. Louis, was in town this week. Vic has a large number of friends here who are always glad to see him.

 Victor Levy, of Orange, is spending some time with his parents. While here he will be replaced at the store in Orange by his brother Willie.

 The "Grimes Cellar Door" comedy company gave a highly appreciated performance last Monday  at Falk's Opera house, to a well filled house. From the manifestations of mirth and applause, it is safe to say to predict that this troupe will be accorded a full house should they come again.

 Romain Duhon and Felix Begnaud have opened a saloon in the building formerly occupied by Mr. Jean Breaux. Both these young gentlemen have a host of friends and will, doubtless, receive their share of the public patronage.
Lafayette Gazette 11/18/1893.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 18th, 1893.


 There can be no doubt that the South is the coming country of America, and no southern state is more favorably regarded by the immigrating farmer of the north and west, than Louisiana. Southwest Louisiana in particular is receiving wide attention away from here, and one of the chief centers of attraction of this section is Lafayette parish. Undoubted proof of this fact may be gleaned from the large number of requests that are being continually received for copies of The Advertiser by persons residing in other states who are desirous of locating here about, attracted as they must be, by accounts of the great fertility of the soil and congenialness of our climate. The Advertiser always takes pleasure in answering all inquiries concerning the country, but realizes that the prices at which lands are held in this parish (prices that are not to be considered excessive, perhaps,) place them out of the demand of the prospector who is generally induced to settle west of us on account of the much lower prices of land prevailing there, - vacant lands in much greater quantities then exists here, but of inferior value.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.


Let Lafayette Not Be a "Laggard."

 We are not of that number who believe that because up to now, Lafayette is not as modern and pushing as Chicago in its methods and ideas, it is destined to remain a laggard in the march of progress. It is true that the majority of our people, and especially our businessmen - that class of citizens that are recognized as leaders in the arena of enterprise and advancement throughout the world, are inclined to be slow and un-aggressive and, on this account are impeding the more rapid development of the Country. Albeit, we hold the opinion that this lethargic condition of things will not continue indefinitely, and believe the time to be near at hand when we will shake off the lethal effect of our Rip Van Winkle slumber and transform this grand and beautiful country in which we live, into a veritable garden of Eden. The Advertiser means to labor untiringly and without cessation for an early materialization of this hope and calls on all persons in the parish controlled by a like spirit to join hands in the good work. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.




 The guest list is long for this wedding. Lets see if we can find any of our ancestors. From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 18, 1893: 

 One of the most notable events in the history of our local society was the wedding celebration of Miss Rosa Bendel and Sigmund Kahn on Sunday evening last. The ceremony was performed at the Hebrew Temple and was gotten up in much style, and was very successfully conducted indeed. It was near the close of the day when the wedding procession arrived at the temple and was there met by a large assembly of friends and neighbors of the bride's family who were eager to witness the celebration. In the first carriage came the groom and his mother Mrs. Kahn of McComb, Miss., and then Mrs. B. Falk, mother of the bride accompanied by Mr. Kahn brother of the groom; behind them came the bride with her step-father Mr. B. Falk, and then came one carriage after another bearing the brides-maids and visiting relatives and friends of the bride and groom. Arriving at the Temple, the wedding party were met by the ushers and a procession was then formed and with the bride leaning on the arm of her step-father leading the way, they proceeded to the altar keeping time to the music of a wedding march played by Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen.

 The ceremony of marriage according to Hewbrew rites was then performed in very solemn and imposing manner by Rabbi J. L. Leught of New Orleans who came of this special purpose. The ceremony was performed under an immense paper bell very prettily constructed and ornamented. After the knot was tied the wedding party repaired to Falk's opera house, where an informal reception was given and congratulations and good wishes were tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Kahn. Shortly thereafter they sat down to a splendid dinner. There was one long table and at the board were seated one hundred and twenty adults and twenty-five or more children. We have no fear of contradiction in saying the dinner was greatly enjoyed by all, and at its conclusion corks began to pop and various toasts were drank to the newly wedded couple. After dinner dancing was indulged in and evidently much enjoyed.

 There were many elegant costumes, notably that of the bride. This was a very fine specimen of the dress makers' art, a robe of white Duchess satin it was, the corsage of which was trimmed with real lace nuggets and orange blossoms, the skirt was also adorned with a cascade of the same trimming forming an apron drapery. Her ornaments were diamond ear drops and a diamond pin in her hair. Miss Louise Bendel, sister of the bride, wore an elegant costume of white imperial silk en train, trimmed with point lace and hyacinths. She also wore a veil as a distinction from other bridesmaids and was much admired. Mrs. Emma Falk and Flora Plonsky were also very becomingly attired, each in a rose silk of delicate texture, trimmed with lace and flowers. Little Josie Moon wore white satin and embroidered chiffon with flowers in hair and hands. Mrs. B. Falk, the bride's mother, was attired in an elegant black silk dress with white satin stripes en train. Mrs. Gussie Plonsky wore Nile green silk; Miss Bessie Kaufman wore lilac silk satin; Miss Carrie Reims, white silk and crepe; little Misses Schmulen and Ouielhie were also prettily dressed. Among other costumes much admired were those of Misses Lena Plonsky, light blue brocade silk; Ross Reims, cream crepe de chine and embroidered chiffon; Lena Levy; pink crystal cord, Louise Epstein pink silk with point, lace and flowers; Octavis Lehman, light Nile green trimmed with satin ribbons of same color and point lace corsage; Tenie Norman, cream crepe de chine and satin ribbons; Seraphine Heymann, light lavender silk; Lea Bellacey, cream silk and green velvet; Ethel Costello, blue bengaline; Adelaine Joret, blue serge and pearl trimmings; Fannie and Yetta Jacob, pink silk and tulle; Pauline Blum, grey silk and red tulle; Mrs. E. Roby, light blue and point lace; Miss Maud Jackson, daffodil mulle and Nile green stain; Mrs. Cora Loeb, yellow crepe de chine; Misses Carrie and Bertha Davis, white silk and mulle; Clara Block, yellow satin and gauze; Mesdames J. O. Mouton, Rosa, Oueilhe, Leon Plonsky, J. H. Wise, G. Schmulen, black silks; Mesdames I. A. Broussard, heavy white silk, and Armand Levy, Nile green silk with black silk lace.

 Among the visiting guests were Misses, Henrietta and Fannie Jacobs of Opelousas, Tenie Norman of Patterson, Lea Ballacey, Octavia Lehman, A. Joret, E. Costello, Cora Loeb, and Mr. and Mrs. E. Roby of Morgan City. Miss Maud Jackson, Harrsionville, Mo., Mrs. Wise and Misses Carrie and Bertha Davis of New Iberia; Clara Block, Franklin, Seraphine Heymann, Clinton, La., Rosa Reims, Josie Mock, Carrie Reims, Pauline Blum, Bessie Kaufman, and Mrs. A. Levy of Lake Charles : Miss Louise Epstein and Mr. and Mrs. Max Kahn of Mississippi.

 There were also present Misses L. Marsh, Mary and Louise Revillon, Regina Romero, Mr. and Mrs. Labe, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Plonsky, Max Keaux, S. Bonitto, Ben Goldstein, Chas. Lehman, A. Brower, Jules Dreyfus, R. Loeb, D. Davis, Gus Weil, Sam and Victor Levy, Sam Bendel, P. Theall, Moise Marx, Louise Praeger, Dr. Bourgeois, Lucien Lehman, Ike Levy, H. Meyer, A. Levy, M. Mock, D. Reims, T. H. Koch, John Hahn, Gus Schmulen, H. Vander Cruyssen, Homer Mouton, R. Domengeaux, Sheriff Broussard, John O. Mouton, Walter Mouton, Mr. Scheaux, and many others.

 We have neglected to state that the brides maids, in addition to Miss Louise Bendel, were Misses Lena Plonsky, Rosa Reims, Flora Plonsky, Louise Epstein, Octavia Lehman, Tenie Norman, Seraphine Heymann, and Lena Levy, who were all in evening dress.

 The ushers were Paul Coguenheim, Leopold Kling, Manuel and Albert Coguenhelm, Sam Levy, Sam Bendel, Henry Bendel, Isaac Levy, Meyer and Lucien Lehman and Isaac Bendel, best man.

 An important feature of the entertainment worthy of mention, was the splendid dance music furnished by the Breaux Bridge String Band assisted by Prof. Walter Mouton.

 Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.

Need for More Freight Cars.

 Cane growers here and at other shipping points in the parish on the railroad have been very much, hampered and delayed and put to no little expense in shipping their produce, because of a lack of cars. Delays in obtaining cars have been frequent but in referring to the matter we do not assume that the railroad company is not at fault. Rolling stock that answers all purposes ten months in the year is insufficient at this time, but if we continue to raise cane for shipment to other points relief is imperative. Labor is in demand and planters are compelled to hold their hands in enforced idleness while waiting for the cars, and because many instances will be considerably reduced.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.

 Need a Sugar Refinery.

 Lafayette is greatly in need of a sugar refinery but if the hope to enlist outside capital in this enterprise is not soon to be realized, it seems to us that a large mill such as the Ferris Refinery of Franklin has at Barbreck, would be the next best thing. A very large quantity of cane grown this year within easy hauling distance from the depot and large quantity still will be raised next season, but the cost of putting it on the cars is a drawback to the industry. It is extremely awkward work at best and naturally goes very slow. The cost of moving the syrup would be much less. We have not much idea of the cost of a good sized mill but the difficulties and delays attending the shipment of cane by present methods are enough to set our wits to work to devise some means of improving the situation in this regard. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.

 Theft at Eloi Mouton's.

 Two hundred dollars in $10 and $20 gold pieces and several dollars in silver were stolen from Mr. Eloi Mouton lately. The money was kept in a small wooden box in the house and it is believed that the theft was committed last Sunday at a time when the house was left without an occupant for several hours. The loss was not discovered until yesterday. The matter is under investigation by officers. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.  

Army of  the Unemployed.

 On Wednesday evening last a section of the grand army of unemployed, one hundred and fifty strong, reached this place on a freight train and immediately proceeded to invest the town in a body and were met by Deputy Marshal Romero who very correctly told them that their conduct was improper; that if they wanted to see the Mayor or any one else they should send a committee to wait on him and not to take the town. They were then conducted to the best possible place and furnished with food. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/18/1893.

 On Wednesday, morning last we had the first heavy frost of the season ;  there was also some ice.

 The pay car will arrive Monday night about 8:30 p. m and pay off for October.

 Supt. W. F. Owen arrived on No. 26 Thursday evening, and spent a few hours at this station.

 A freight train was wrecked at Devers Saturday, and delayed No. 27 5 hours and 30 minutes. A broken axle was the cause.

 Miss Cora Desbrest, after spending a few weeks in this town, the guest of Mrs. E. McDaniel, returned to her home in Opelousas Saturday.

 A new saloon has opened in the old Constantin corner near the Court House.

 Work will be commenced on Monday next on the telephone line between Lafayette and Rayne.

 Mr. Herman Koch, a prominent official of the Wells Fargo and Co's Express Company was here during the week at the Crescent Hotel.

 Another long-haired medicine man intends holding the fort in Lafayette, in a few days, and another opportunity will be given to our people to part with their dollars.

 Little Blanks Allingham, son of Mr. J. P. Allingham, was seized with convulsion whilst at his studies in the public school house, last Wednesday. Dr. F. R. Tolson was summoned to attend him, and as soon as possible the child was conveyed to the home of his parents.

Fathers Forge, Butler and Whitney, were visitors to the Carencro fair. The town tenders its thanks to Father Forge for a handsome watch and chain which is to be raffled for the fund of Carencro's new church.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1893.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 18th, 1913:


 Thursday night at 7 p. m. the threatened strike of the enginemen and and trainmen of the Sunset lines of the Southern Pacific went into effect in accordance with the ultimatum served by the various organizations involved. All trains on the road at 7 were carried to terminals and left. No. 12 the midnight train was taken on through by officials. About five hundred men are affected at Lafayette.

 The company is at present running only two trains, passenger No. 9 and 10. With the exception of Friday when a fireman on No. 10 was beaten up, there has been no violence. The officials of the union in calling the strike have urged the men to be peaceable and so have the local officials.

 All freight trains have been abandoned and no efforts will be made to resume them, the company officials, say until the passenger service has been reinstated.

 Mail service out of Lafayette on the branch lines is being rendered with motor cars.

 President Wilson has been appealed to by the local chamber of commerce, New Orleans commercial bodies from other towns, to use his influence in ending the strike. Senators Ransdell and Thornton also appealed to the President who has promised to do all he can.

 Julius Kruttschnitt, chairman of the Executive Board, announced Friday that he was ready to meet the joint committee of the four labor unions involved, but hope of a settlement was speedily shut off by the action of the leaders in Houston. These declared that in his statement to the public Mr. Kruttshnitt had evaded the main point at issue, and that consequently they could not treat with him on this ground.

 Still another blow was dealt to the hopes of the public that peace would come soon, if not Sunday, when it was announced in Washington that G. W. W. Hanger, the official mediator for the Board of Mediation and Conciliation, ordered to act as pacifier in the strike on the Sunset Central lines, would be unable to leave Washington, because of the unexpected developments on the Northern lines of the Queen and Crescent route. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1913.


Agreement Reached Through Federal Board of Mediation and Conciliation - Men Resume Work.

 Yesterday morning news was received that the strike was settled and in the afternoon official confirmation came. The union men received orders from their grand officers to go to work and Supt. Knightlinger was instructed to call the men for services. At 5 p. m. the men began going on duty and today the road will be operating as usual.

 Mr. C. W. Owen, Assistant General Freight Agent of the Southern Pacific, who was here yesterday, kindly furnished us with the following statement of agreement of the company and representatives of the unions, effected through the Federal Board of Mediation and Conciliation:

 "While these companies have fully recognized the injustice of many of the demands made and feel keenly the arbitrary actions taken by the joint committee, still in order that the public not only hope the lines immediately involved, but open connecting lines, may not suffer, and in order that hitherto faithful employees, who are no responsible for the action taken, may not lose their places in the service, they, after offering to submit all matters in issue to the Board of Mediation and Conciliation, and after extended consultation with the Board, have agreed to meet the joint committee of the four organizations for the purpose, if possible, of reaching an amicable adjustment of pending grievances with the distinct agreement on the part of the joint committee that all matter not amicably adjusted will be immediately submitted to the Board for final settlement. All employees who have temporarily withdrawn from the service to return immediately to their posts without prejudice to their standing in the service and to remain until final adjustment of all matters in dispute.

 The settlement of the strike comes as a great relief to the farmers and business men of Southwest Louisiana, who saw in a continuance of it the loss of the cane crop and resultant depression and hard times throughout this section. The action of the company and also of the unions in accepting the good offices of the Federal Board of Mediation and Conciliation and so promptly ending the strike is greatly appreciated by the public and it is sincerely hoped that all questions will be speedily and harmoniously adjusted. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1913.

What the Four Unions Have Made Complaint About.

 Houston, Tex., Nov. 14. - The sixty-seven complaints involve reinstatement of many engineers and others declared to have been discharged in violation of contracts, excessive imposition of demerit, requiring of many reports and other information outside of company's time, regulations of lay overs away from home terminals, requests for firemen on engines at certain points, and monthly guarantees.

 The most important grievances, in the words of the grievance committee are:

 "Protest against receipting for engines before leaving terminals.

 "Complaint against letters of a harsh and threatening character from subordinate officials.

 "Request that firemen be placed on certain switch engines.

 "Discontinuance of moving engines in trains under steam without engineers.

 "When new runs are established in passenger service, officials should confer with local committee as to the assignment of men.

 "Request that ice be furnished at Valentine, Tex., Glidden Tex.; Echo,Tex.; Lake Charles, La.; Nacogdoches, Tex.; and Morgan City, La.

 "Computation of time for extra trains for enginemen as per agreement and practice.

 "Request of enginemen that all boiler heads and side sheets be covered.

 "It is conceded everywhere that motor car service is passenger service and we insist that passenger train rates be paid therefore.

 "Request that Mikado engines be weighed in working condition under steam to ascertain correct weight on drivers.

 "Request that men be allowed to report for duty by telephone.

 "Methods of computing hours in monthly guarantee.

 "Complaint of crews called later than 9:30 a. m., and required to do local work after dark.

 "Violation of firemen's agreement account of firemen being discharged for going to lunch and consuming eighteen minutes after being on duty more than seven hours.

 "Protest against method of re-examination of men on eyesight, hearing and color perception.

 "Claim for $3.75 rate for firemen.

 "Protest against enginemen handling indicators on engines.

 "Protest against the re-examination of conductors and engineers on train rules and mechanical re-examination of engineers.

 "Request that seats be put on road engines for brakemen.

 "Complaint against the misapplication  of the Brown system of discipline.

 Requests that in making surprise of efficiency tests, the officials making such tests will change indicators, uncover headlights, turn markers, etc., themselves, instead of requiring employees in train and engine service to do so."

 The question of wages is involved only in that it is claimed the construction of existing contracts by the company curtails the rights of the man. Some of the complaints are of individuals, as that of Conductor C. L. Roosevelt, against demerits against him. Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1913.  




 Telegram From Union Officials Replying to Pres. Perrin, of N. O. Associations of Commerce.

 The following reply stating the trainmen's position was received by Pres. Emilien Perrin, acting president of the New Orleans Association of Commerce in answer to a message by that body sent Friday:

 "Refusal of company's officials to meet our joint committee for the purpose of discussing and adjusting matters of differences forced their employees in engine, train and yard service to strike. If they agree to meet the joint committee for the purpose of discussing and adjusting matters of differences, peace can be restored. Until then we hold that they are entirely responsible for any interruption of traffic.
M. E. MONTGOMERY, Assistant Grand Chief, B. of L. R.
C. V. MCLAUGHLIN, Vice President of B. of L. F. and E.
S. N. BERRY, Vice President O. R. C.
J. A. FARQUHARSON, Vice President B. of R. T. 
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1913.





For the Plain, Ordinary Mule in New Orleans, the Automobile Owns the Earth.

 They have an amusing way of doing things in New Orleans. A few days ago a delivery wagon whose motors was a plain ordinary mule, was standing in front of a down town store, the driver occupying the seat, but not aggeresively doing any particular thing. Along came an automobile, which screeched just as it came within view of the plain ordinary mule. This was startling, and made him rear up to get a better line on the obstreperous affair. When he saw it bearing down on him, puffing and blowing worse than a strenuous candidate, it was too much for even the nerves or courage of a plain, ordinary mule, and he incontinently fled, fled for his salvation. And the driver, now awake to something doing, tried persuasion and tugging; but the mule was deaf to argument or reason - he continued to put the landscape between himself and the noisy, threatening behemoth. One of the city's finest boldly entered the breach, braved the terror-stricken mule and calmed his perturbed and agitated spirit, then to relieve the strain upon his own feelings, he hauled the driver before Recorder Marmonget, who fined him for reckless driving. Evidently the Crescent City has developed such a bump of progressiveness that the mule is a back number and his owner a moss back. Only automobiles have the right of way and such antedated encumbrances as a mule must get of the earth when an automobile parades.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/18/1903.





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