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 From the Lafayette Gazette of November 6th, 1897:


 Our excellent contemporary, the Lafayette Gazette, is a journal above little local prejudices and meanness. It has a soft place in its big, generous heart for the Metropolis of the State, and always speaks lovingly of New Orleans. "The old town" is a little in the dumps just now and has met with some rough and unkindly treatment at the hands of some of our country neighbors. But she is all right. Soon "the old town" will shine forth with greater splendor than ever; her trade will revive; her prosperity will be restored, and she will again be the pride of all our Southern country. Yellow Jack is a mischievous fellow. But his day is about past. Gentleman Jack Frost is due and will be here in a day or two, and every fellow will be handling Yellow Jack with the tip of his boot. From the N. O. Daily States.

 The Gazette thanks its sturdy brother for the compliment and desires to join in the wish that the "old town" will soon take her accustomed place in the business world. The much-wanted Jack Frost has made his appearance and it is only reasonable to expect that before many days the fever will have reached its end.

 There has always been a disposition on the part of the merchants of this town to do the right thing by New Orleans. We print below a letter written to a firm in that city by Mr. Wm. Clegg of this town, and published in the Picayune of last Sunday. It reads:

 "Dear Sirs - I write to know if you are shipping any miscellaneous drugs to this section now, or by the Southern Pacific Railroad? Are you in shape to render broken packages immune - or can you get them in such shape as to have the certificate of the United States marine service accompany ? I do not propose if it can possibly be avoided to get a package of drugs outside of the New Orleans market. You are entitled to the trade and I do not like to see it diverted." From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897.

Southern Pacific Extends to Arnaudville. - The Southern Pacific Railroad Company has decided to extend its branch road to Arnaudville immediately, and a surveying party is at work between Breaux Bridge and Arnaudville. The railroad will probably be built to the latter place the coming summer. - 
 From the St. Martinville Messenger & in Laf. Gazette 11/6/1897.


 Our esteemed contemporary of the Iberian administers a just rebuke to those persons who are too mean to subscribe to their local paper and invariably borrow it from the neighbors. The Iberian is eminently right. The man who persistently refuses to subscribe for the local paper and sneaks around to the corner grocery to read it, is not only a stingy individual, but is a narrow-gauged, contemptible fellow who is a nuisance to his friends and a source of perpetual vexation to the editor. If a man does not care to read the local paper and refuses to subscribe for it, he owes no apology to any one and is simply exercising a constitutional right. But is is different with the fellow who will not subscribe, but is so indecently inconsistent that he borrows his neighbor's paper, then reads it, after which he proceeds to proclaim the editor a fool and his paper a dull, uninteresting sheet. It is this fellow Editor Weeks is after and every newspaper man should help him exterminate the whole breed. He is a low down creature and deserves the execration of all honest people. He is unprincipled and unscrupulous and if we believed in eternal punishment we would have no hope for his future. When Bob Ingersoll said there was no hell he surely did not know of the existence of the newspaper borrower.
Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897.

Fitting Tribute.

 The Lafayette Gazette of the 23d inst. contains a tribute to the late Mr. Chas. A. Thomas, who died recently at his home in St. Martinsville. Mr. Thomas was one of the founders of The Gazette, and was a newspaper man of character, force and ability who was beloved by all who knew him. When the writer first timidly entered the field as a stripling in journalism on the staff of the defunct Acadia Sentinel, Mr. Thomas was the manager and Mouton, of The Gazette, was his associate. The respect for his ability and admiration for his character then formed we have never since had occasion to revise, but on the contrary, they have grown with the flight of time. Sincere, open hearted, brave and true, Charley Thomas was a friend of whom any man might well be proud and the news of his death fills us with grief. The world has too few such men as he was and his departure leaves a void in the hearts of many which can never be filled. From the Baton Rouge Advocate and in the Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897.

Fever Affecting Southern Pacific.

 The Southern Pacific is running trains on the Alexandria branch as far as Eola, the Rapides authorities still refusing to modify their regulations so as to permit trains to enter that parish. The Opelousas board of health continues to exclude all goods from New Orleans, fumigation or no fumigation. Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897.

 Concert To-night.

 Mrs. Derbes' concert will take place to-night at Falk's Opera House. The following is the program:

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 Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897.


Several drummers were in Lafayette this week. Among them were: Alexis Voorhies, Ben Lewis and Louis Orch.
Laf. Gaz. 11/6/1897.

Just Visiting.

 Judge R. T. Clark, of Crowley, was in Lafayette Tuesday on a visit to his friends, Sheriff Broussard. Laf. Gaz. 11/6/1897.

  From the Lafayette Advertiser  of November 6th, 1897:


As was to be expected, the modification of quarantine regulations at at this point was quickly followed by a revival of business, for as soon as railroad traffic has resumed the cotton crop began to move, and chickens and eggs and the other produce of the country began to go to market and come back in the form of money to circulate among the people. Nor has the improvement noticeable on every hand, due to a system of quarantine less obstructive but equally efficient than what previously obtained, been attended by evil effects of any kind.

 The merchants of Lafayette have not been slow to take advantage of the change in quarantine regulations and they went to work with a will to make up for lost time, and train load after train load of the commodities of life have quickly followed each other here until Lafayette has come to feel like her old self once again more, for business. And when it comes to business, Lafayette has a large quota of it, for this town is the focusing point of one of the most fertile sections in southwest Louisiana, which is saying a great deal. The trade that was diverted to New Iberia, St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge, during our siege of non-intercourse with other places, is naturally drifting back to Lafayette, where it properly belongs, and our local merchants are again reaping the business advantages that justly belongs to them. What has been lost to Lafayette in business during the siege, can never be recovered, though it be of much consequence, but we may console ourselves in the knowledge that if the occasion should again present itself, as may happen, we can turn to good account our experiences of the past to dealing with the subject of quarantine regulations.

 The evidence of prosperity is not confined to Lafayette but, we are happy to say if  the sister towns in this parish, of Royville, (now Youngsville) Broussard, Carencro, Scott and Duson are fairly "in the swim," and are successfully contending for their pro-rata of the good things of life. Business of no inconsiderable volume is being done at the several points name and, Lafayette, the county seat, has no need of envying the prosperousness of other members of her family, when she is being so well provided for, herself, from a business stand point. On the contrary, Lafayette should feel a pride in the hardihood of her sister towns, and can afford to evince a friendly interest in the welfare.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/6/1897.

 We Apologize to the Queen. - When the Advertiser, two weeks ago, published under the caption "Lafayette can stand it," the silly criticisms of this town by some neighboring newspapers, with reference to quarantine matters, The Advertiser had in view the entertainment of the little children of the town and far from intended to offend the sensibilities of its esteemed neighbor, The Gazette. Our action unwittingly touched off a powder magazine and furnished the text for a column editorial. We had no idea the matter would be taken so seriously by anyone, or else we might have acted with more circumspection. The Gazette was loaded and we didn't know it. The Advertiser will be more careful next time it undertakes to amuse the younger generation and will explain its motive in advance. Lafayette Advertiser 11/6/1897.



   La Harpe Eolienne, piano duet, Miss E. Jaufroid & D. Guerre.
   Les Zingarelles, duet, Miss Isaure McDaniel & Mamie Revillon.
   Robert Le Diable, Miss Emma Falk.
   Les Dragons de Villars, Mr. Baptiste Coumes.
   Hagar, recitation, Miss Isaure McDaniel.
   Le Barbier de Seville, Miss Lucille Revillon.
   Mignon.  (Elle ne croitait pas.), Mr. H. A. Van der Cruyssen.
   Galathee, Mrs. Eugenie Derbes.


   La Traviata, Miss Dora Jaufroid.
   La Farfaletta, Miss Anna Cavell.
   Tell her I love her so!  Mr. F. Pellerin.
   La Mandilinata, Miss Marie Revillon.
   Les Dragons de Villars, (duet), Mrs. E. Derbes & L. Revillon.
   The Deacon Went Astray, Miss E. Falk.
   Alleluia d'Amour, Miss Isaure McDaniel.
   Schubert's Serenade (harmonizer) B. Coumes & Anna Clavell.
   Chorus: Home Sweet Home, (harmonized), By the Pupils.

 Dancing after the Concert.
 Admission 25 cts.
Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897.


 Races will be run at Louis Whittington's track Sunday, November 28th, 1897, between horses belonging to Alex Landry of Lafayette, Gustave Duhon of the Ile des Cannes and Dupre Broussard of Abbeville, Distance 17 arpents and for a purse of $75.00. Races will begin at 9 o'clock. Other races will take place during the day. Admission free.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/6/1897. 

Grand Races!

 Races will take place at P. LeDenois race track, on Chappuis plantation, Vermilion Bayou, November 14, and 21, 1897:

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 Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897. 


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/6/1897. 

 Dr. F. R. Martin of Crowley, spent Thursday in Lafayette.

 The great number of people who use Creole Cough Cure last winter with such good results, will want more of that excellent remedy for coughs and colds this winter. Price 35 cents a bottle at the Moss Pharmacy. 

Mr. Alexis Voohries representing A. Baldwin and Co. of New Orleans, was in town a few days ago.

 Flannels and woolen goods of kinds for winter use, at Moss Bros. & Co's.

 Trade is picking up, merchants are ordering Christmas goods.

 Concert at Falk's Opera House tonight given by Mrs. Eugenie Derbes and  pupils. Admission 25 cents.

 Barbed wire and woven wire netting for fences, at Moss Bros. & Co's.

 6 doz. tomboys and sailors just received from New York at Mrs. W. B. Bailey's.

 Quarantine will not prevent Moss & Mouton from supplying lumber at lowest prices from the large stock they have on hand.

 Good Rio coffee at M. Dupuis, one dime a pound.

 Best yellow clarifed sugar at Dupuis, 5 cts per pound.

 Mr. P. B. Roy returned last week from  Europe where he has spent several months visiting the most important places of interest. Concert at Falk's to-night.

 Monday and Tuesday bid fare to prove extinguishers to yellow Jack. Frost was general all over the state, and ice was reported from several points, but the mercury is again climbing up without the list of new cases.

 A high order of music at a low price at Falk's tonight.

 Frank Linton, colored, met with quite a painful accident at the Oil Mill on Thursday. While working with the machinery, one of his hands got caught and was severely crushed before he could be released. Dr. F. R. Tolson attended the injured man.

 Mr. A. J. LeBlanc has purchased Mr. E. Romero's butcher shop. Mr. Romero expects to move soon with his family to Lake Simonette.

 Olive soap $1.49 cts. a box at Dupuis.

 Best extra fancy flour $5.49 cts. a barrel at M. Dupuis. 

Grand ball after the concert tonight, music  by the Broussardville band.

 We wish to thank Messrs. Sprole and Greig for one of the choicest steaks we have ever gotten in Louisiana.

 Bicycle sundries of all kinds at Moss Bros. & Co's.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/6/1897.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 6th, 1908:


 Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at four o'clock quite a large crowd congregated on Pierce street to watch the exhibition of tight rope walking by C. G. Eckhart, who made two balloon ascensions here the past week. The rope was stretched from the top of the two-story Levy Bros'. building to the two story Schmulen building and Mr. Eckhart gave a very entertaining performance in rope walking, closing by some good work on the trapeze suspended from the middle of the rope. Mr. Eckhart is accompanied by his wife and child and has rented a house here until spring to send his little girl to school, meantime giving performances in neighboring towns. The exhibitions were free and contributions given were free and contributions were solicited from the crowd present. Lafayette Advertiser 11/6/1908.   

Lagniappe: 1897.
An Ingenious Young Lady.

 One of Lafayette's society boys who is in the habit of extending his visits to young ladies way into the small hours of the night, had an experience lately that he will not likely forget even though he should live to be as old as Methuselah. He called upon his best girl and so pleasant did he find the time that he did not think of bidding his loved one good night until the hands in the old family clock pointed toward the hour of twelve. The lusty chanticleers of the neighborhood warned him of the lateness of the hour, but the persistent wooer was still at his pot. The young lady having been cautioned by her mother to allow no young man to remain after 10:30 p. m., knew that something had to be done to bring the inconsiderate lover to his senses. After having recourse to a number of gentle hints, she decided to try the following experiment -- and it is needless to say it proved a howling success: She handed him a pencil and piece of paper and asked him to make eleven ciphers in a straight line, then to commence at the first and from the right of the cipher draw a short line straight down; on the right of the fourth make a short line up; on the right of the fifth draw a short line straight down; on the right of the seventh and eighth make short lines up and from the tenth make a mark down. Then she asked him to read what he had written.
     He Left.
  Lafayette Gazette 11/6/1897.



  The saying is old, but nevertheless true, that while a little politeness costs nothing, it goes a great way in all matters of business and social life. We do not know whether the habit prevails in other country towns, but it is a fact that young men here have a habit of addressing young ladies without the prefix of Miss to their names. They may not so intend it, but the neglect or failure to use it, is an unmistakable evidence of a lack of politeness and good breeding. No gentleman, not related to a lady, by blood ties, should ever fail to address one without prefixing Miss to her name. Young men in Opelousas have fallen into the habit of calling them, Helen, Sallie, Ida, Martha - without having the politeness to say Miss Helen, etc. They generally give as an excuse that they have been to school with them, or been raised with them. This is no excuse that have been to school with them, or been raised with them. This is no excuse, and the young ladies should not submit to it. It shows a lack of respect. If our young gents who have this habit, were to take such liberties with other young ladies of other town or cities, members of respected families, they would soon be taught that their attentions could be dispensed with.

 The young ladies who submit to such familiarity, are to blame for it. They have it entirely in their power to correct it. Let them but say to these impolite young Othellos. "You must understand when you address me, that I am Miss Mollie and if you cannot afford to be polite enough to so address me, I notify you that I will leave the parlor."

 Young ladies should never allow young gentlemen to neglect this universal mark of politeness and good breeding. The habit is certainly not pleasing to mothers and fathers.

From the Opelousas Courier and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1897.                                                               

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