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From the Lafayette Gazette of December 19th, 1903:


CHRISTMAS AT S. L. I.





 Three Interesting Events.


 A number of exercises have been prepared by the teachers and students of the Institute to mark the close of the school term for the Christmas Holidays. One of these, the joint open meeting of the two literary societies took place last night. The other events are an exhibition. The other events are an exhibition of the industrial department to-day between 2 and 4 p. m., and a benefit concert to Mr. Wm.  Hayden next Monday evening at 8 o'clock.

 The exhibit to-day will consist of the products made in the sewing and cooking schools of the domestic science department; the work of the manual training department; and drawings made by the art classes during the two months that Miss Guidry has taught them. There will, therefore, be on exhibition fine needle work, dresses, laces, etc., made by the sewing classes; jellies, preserves and other canned things, done by the cooking classes; desks, dressers, book-cases, tables and other furniture, made in the shop; pencil and water color work by the classes in art; and photographs made in the dark room. The young ladies of the domestic science department will serve chocolate during the exhibition and fair, which will take place between 2 and 4 o'clock.  All the articles on exhibit will be offered for sale.

 The Hayden benefit concert will take place next Monday evening at 8' o'clock. Mr. Hayden will be assisted on the program by Mr. and Mrs. Vavasseur Mouton, Miss Lucille Revillon, and Prof. Sontag. An exceptionally entertaining evening is looked for. The success of the organ recital given at St. Paul's church in New Orleans by Mr. Hayden last Monday. The concert will be given in the Auditorium of the Institute. The charge for admission will be fifty cents.

 Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.


       






 PROGRESSIVE LAFAYETTE.

 A special meeting of the City Council was held last Thursday to take action on the petition of citizens praying that Jefferson and Pierce streets be widened ten feet.

 Having considered the foregoing petitions, the following was adopted :

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that the Council considers it to be a matter of public importance and utility, that Jefferson and Pierce streets be widened in the manner proposed in said petitions; that the donations of land and money tendered by the above named petitioners for that purpose be and the same are hereby accepted, and 

 Be it further ordained, that in order to effect the widening of said streets, that this Council will expropriate such portions of lots abutting owners as may be necessary for that purpose, and, moreover, will meet such additional and reasonable expense necessary in the premises not covered by the above donations.

 The spirit of progress and enterprise which had its birth in old Lafayette with the movement that gave to our little city a first class system of water works and electric lights, nearly ten years ago, has continued to glow among our people and has found fruition in various notable public enterprises and improvements.

 A striking example of the public spiritedness of the citizens of Lafayette is furnished by the movement launched three days ago to widen Jefferson and Pierce streets between the foot of Lincoln Avenue and Vermilion street. In less than 48 hours the consent to donate or to sell ten feet of frontage was obtained from nineteen twentieths of the property holders on the west side of these streets, and upward of $1,000 was raised by cash subscription among the residents on the east side, toward defraying the cost of carrying out the undertaking.

 The widening of this thoroughfare had come to be a pressing public necessity from the fact that these connecting streets form the principal and the most direct route between the south, west and central portions of the town to the railroad. The travel and traffic along this route during the busy season has reached proportions that caused daily blockading of the thoroughfare and serious inconvenience to the public. The necessity of increasing the width of this always too narrow street had often been discussed in the past, but it was generally conceded to be impracticable on account of buildings already established along the route. And though it was a consummation ever so devoutly wished for, the achievement could never be have been accomplished and the obstacles surmounted without just such a spirit of unselfishness and broadmindedness as was displayed by all parties at interest in the matter.

 The Gazette takes great satisfaction and pride in recording such a conspicuous exhibition of public spirit and public benefaction on the part of a large number of Lafayette people, and with such striking proof of a willingness to promote the public welfare there need not be any anxiety for the future progress of Lafayette.
Lafayette Gazette December 19th, 1903.







 The Street Fair.

 The street fair is in full swing. All the weeks crowds have attended the daily performances. The firemen are in charge of all the entertainments are every effort is made to preserve the peace. Today and tomorrow are the last days of the fair. Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.





Both Hands Cut Off. - Sunday night at about 10 o'clock the switch engine in the Southern Pacific yards struck a stranger and mashed his hands so severely that Drs. G. A. Martin and John Tolson, who were called, decided to amputate both of them. The unfortunate man gave his name as F. Gillen and said he was from Lynn, Mass. He was taken to the Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.



For the Penitentiary. - Sheriff Broussard and Deputy Dave Spell left for Baton Rouge Monday in charge of seven convicts to be incarcerated in the State penitentiary. The prisoners, all negroes, are Bebe Gillaume, Paul Bernard, Jos. Fuselier, Adam Maxile, Willie Smith, Jos. Andrus, and Caesar Buchanan. During the week the parish jail has been empty and the jail doors thrown open. The jail was thoroughly fumigated and cleaned by Jailer Labbe and Deputy Trahan.
Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.



The McDonald Stock Co. - The McDonald Stock Co. will hold the boards at Falk's Opera-house for one week commencing Dec. 20, in a series of magnificent performances, introducing comedy, drama, music, dancing, interspersed with up-to-date specialties. They will introduce magnificent scenic and mechanical effects at every performance. It is the best show of the season at popular prices. Reserved seats are on sale at the usual places. The opening bill will be Broken Hearts. The prices are 15, 25 and 35 cents. There will be a matinee on Friday and Saturday. The prices for the matinees are 10 and 20 cents. Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.


 New Store. - Sigmund Kahn, of the Lafayette Clothing House, has completed arrangements toward the erection of the brick store building which he will occupy. Emes and Alexander, the contractors, have already begun its construction.
Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.


 Century Club Building. Geo. B. Knapp, the contractor having in charge the erection of the Century Club, is hastening the putting in of the foundation. The building will be so constructed as to be on a line with the proposed widening of Jefferson street.
Laf. Gazette 12/19/1903.




CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT MOUNT CARMEL CONVENT.

An Interesting Program to be Rendered.

 Mount Carmel Convent will give a Christmas festival on Dec. 23, at 5 p. m. A cordial invitation is extended to all to be present.

 The program prepared for the occasion is as follows:

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 Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.



Public Auction.

 Alcide C. Landry will hold a public auction at Scott, on Saturday morning, Dec. 26, in front of P. H. Mouton's saloon of a lot of horses, horned cattle and agricultural implements.
Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.

 

Falk's Opera-House.

 The McDonald Stock Co. will hold the boards at Falk's Opera-house for one week commencing Dec. 20, in a series of magnificent performances, introducing comedy, drama, music, dancing, interspersed with up-to-date specialties. They will introduce magnificent scenic and mechanical effects at every performance. It is the best show of the season at popular prices. Reserved seats are on sale at usual place. The opening bill will be Broken Hearts. The prices are 15, 25 and 35 cents. There will be a matinee on Friday and Saturday. The prices for the matinee are 10 and 20 cents.
Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.




 Bell Resigns Position.

 Mr. Jno. I. Bell for many years superintendent of the local agency of the Waters Pierce Oil Co., at this place as resigned his position. Mr. P. Labbe has taken his place, and Mr. Aug. V. Labbe has remained in the employ of the company but will hereafter travel as a salesman. Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.



 The Woman's Literary Club.

 The Woman's Literary Club of Lafayette, in this, its first publication of notes for the year 1903-1904 heartily invites the interest of all its well-wishers in the progress of its work, literary and otherwise.

 The Club is interesting itself conscientiously in a study of American authors. Up to this time, Irving, Lowell, Holmes, Emerson and Stevenson have demanded the attention of the Club at its various fortnightly meetings. On Saturday, December 5, at the home of Mrs. Baxter Clegg, Robert Louis Stevenson proved to be the subject of a very comprehensive program and later, of a very profitable discussion.

 Stevenson's claim to a place in American Literature was presented by Mrs. Oren Hopkins in a paper on his life in America, which number was followed by a criticism on his essays by Mrs. J. A. Martin and a survey of his letters by Mrs. Thomas Hopkins.
Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.




Reply to "A VOTER." in Advertiser.

 The correspondent of the Lafayette Advertiser of the issue of December 16, under the signature of "A Voter," as proof of the faith that is in him, urges several complaints against the present administration, which may be summarized as follows:

 It is charged that the administration of the public business has been careless and extravagant.

 He says the contributions to the cause of public education have not been in proportion to the public revenues.

 He urges that the assessment is not properly taken, as shown by proceedings of the police jury under resolution by Mr. Landry, which provides that hereafter the assessment will be rejected unless taken by deputies as directed by law.

 He says the committee appointed by the police jury could not make a final settlement with the sheriff owing to his failure to publish the delinquent lists as required by law.

 He charges that the administration is responsible for the enactment of laws and constitutional provisions intended as a means of maintaining white supremacy, and thereby disfranchising a large number of the best white men of the State.

 He further charges that the Broussard-Scranton faction stands for the perpetuation of the appointive power of the Governor, and the return to the system of conventions.

 As a conclusion to his letter, it is promised that if elected the Voorhies-Lacoste faction will remedy all these evils which are charged against the Broussard-Scranton faction, called the administration.

 The first charge needs no reply as it is nowhere pointed out where there has been a wasteful expenditure of the public funds.

 There is no proof for the second charge that the administration has not contributed to the cause of public education in proportion to the public revenues. On the contrary, the political history of this parish, from the time the Broussard faction went into power, disposes absolutely this baseless assertion.

 It is a known fact that before 1888 when the Broussard faction was inducted into power with the Nicholls administration, that there were about five white schools in the parish, although there were a large number of negro schools scattered everywhere. More than this, there was not a line of record in the public archives showing what had been done with the school funds, when the administration took affairs in hand. The cause of public education was a blank in the parish of Lafayette. Not five years after the advent of the Broussard faction in parochial affairs the white public schools had increased from about five to thirty in number, which increasing public interest finally resulted in the establishment of the Industrial Institute here, placing Lafayette parish in the foremost ranks of progressive and enlightened communities.

 As to the complaint that the Police Jury refused to accept the assessment rolls unless taken from house to house, we will direct the attention of "A Voter" to the fact that the resolution adopted to that effect was ordered by Mr. Landry, who was appointed upon the recommendation of the Broussard faction. This should convince anyone that there is independence of spirit in the Broussard faction, which is always ready to correct the evils in the public service.

 As to the complaint that the committee of the police jury could not settle with the sheriff owing to the non-publication of the delinquent lists, there is nothing in it, as the lists have been published and a full settlement made with the State, the settlement with the parish having not been made for the simple reason that the police jury did not hold its regular session this month.

 Evidently these facts have escaped the attention of "A Voter," has many other public facts patent to the eye of all those who are not determined not to see.

 As to the complaint that the Broussard faction has enacted laws to suppress the negro vote, this we confess to be absolutely true, and have no excuse to make for a law which will forever place the affairs of this State in the hands of the white people.

 In connection with the charge, we will call the attention of voter to the fact that the changes in the suffrage laws were made by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1898. The delegate elected from this parish was Hon. R. C. Landry, and this delegate was selected by a convention, in which, if we are not greatly mistaken, Mr. E. G. Voorhies, the leader of the Lacoste faction, was an active and zealous member. Mr. Voorhies never repudiated his delegate.

 If the Broussard faction is guilty of this enormity, what about Mr. Voorhies? Shall be be given absolution with the injunction to go and sin no more.

 True, this law has placed a few additional qualifications on the right of suffrage which may have the effect of disfranchising a few white men who neglect to pay their poll taxes or do not come up to the constitutional requirements.

 The seven wise men of Greece could not have passed a law disfranchising the negro and at the same time not placing qualifications resulting in disfranchisement of a few white men. Perhaps this consummation could be reached by the election of the Lacoste faction, as judging by the action of the executive committee, the constitution might then be interpreted in the same gentle way that matters are usually considered between friends.

 The last complaint is that the Broussard faction is in favor of the appointive power and desires to return to return to the convention system.

 In 1894, the member of the Legislature elected by that faction voted for the law making the police jurors elective, this restoring this right to the people.

 As to the desire to return to the convention system, every political action of the Broussard faction destroys the assertion.

 The faction inaugurated the primary in 1890 when O. C. Mouton was elected District Judge. In every selection since that time in which I. A. Broussard was a candidate, the election was made by a primary. The system was even introduced in municipal elections. As soon as Mr. Voorhies crossed the St. Martin line into this parish, he found the primary system well established.

 The Broussard faction elected Julian Mouton member of the State Central Committee from Lafayette parish. Judge Mouton, in an interview with a correspondent of the Times-Democrat, was one of the first if not the first member of the committee to urge the nomination of candidates for State offices by a direct primary.

 If there be anything in all this to indicate that the Broussard faction wishes to return to the convention plan, we fail to see it.

 We hope that in the future "A Voter" will deal more with facts and less with generalities that do not even glitter.

 A little more candor would add greatly to an impartial discussion of public affairs and would lead to far better results. Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.




City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 7, 1903. - Regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, H. L. Fontenot, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc, M. Rosenfield.

 Minutes of last meeting adopted as read.

 Dr. F. E. Girard for committee on Street Fair reported that a contract had been made with the U. S. Carnival Co., for a Street Fair, beginning Dec. 15 as per resolution heretofore adopted and contract approved by Council.

 A. E. Mouton, chairman water and light committee, reported that pump had been tested by fire department and in the opinion of the committee was fully up to specification and warrant is authorized to be issued in payment according to terms of contract less freight heretofore paid by the city. Carried.

 The treasurer's report was adopted as follows.

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 The following bills were approved.

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 On motion made and duly seconded and carried, the following ordinance was adopted.  Yeas - A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, D. V. Gardebled, H. L. Fontenot, G. A. Deblanc, F. Demanade.  Nays - J. O. Mouton.

 Section 1.  Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance adopted by this Council on October 5, 1903, entitled "An Ordinance Relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La., and in accordance with the provisions of Act No. 147 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, (reference being made to petition of abutting owners, this day presented to this Council) that a cement walk six feet in width, wherever possible, and of such lesser width as may be necessary to conform to the sidewalk, and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council with the necessary curbing thereto, be built between the following points and along the following route, to-wit:

 Starting from Grant Avenue at its intersection with Lincoln Avenue on the North and West side of said Lincoln Avenue, thence along to the North West side of Lincoln Avenue to Pierce street to Jefferson street, thence along the Western side of Jefferson street to Vermilion street.

 Section 2.  That public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance; and moreover, that a notice be published for the same period calling for bids to do said work, which work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee, in the sum to be hereafter determined by this Council, for the faithful performance of said contract and completion of said work.

 Section 3.  Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said sidewalk shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same, on the basis of the respective frontage of the property on said sidewalk, which amounts shall be due and collectible within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not within ten days, the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate abutting on said route, to collect said delinquent assessments, and for the payment of said sums so assessed. This Council shall have a special privilege on said properties with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Section 4.  Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may, and are hereby authorized, in their discretion to accept said work of any part thereof, by sections of one or more block.

 Section 5.  Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walk, then that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act No. 147 of 1902.

 Section 6.  Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect at once.

 There being no further business Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.

    

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/19/1903.

 Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Nickerson Monday, a boy.

 J. Fred Odom, who for a few weeks was in Lafayette attending to insurance business, left this week for Baton Rouge.

 James Parker is a visitor in town as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hopkins.

 Mr. and Mrs. Leo Judice of Scott spent Sunday with relatives in Lafayette.

 Mrs. A. B. Denbo, who had been absent several months visiting her relatives in the North, returned to Lafayette last week.

 Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Philip have moved to their new home at Mr. O. B. Jenkins, where Mr. Philip will continue in the raising of early spring truck for the home market.

 Eugene J. Olivier of St. Martinville is in Lafayette and intends making his home here.

 Judge Debaillon held a civil term of court during the week.

 Dr. Z. Francez of Carencro was in town Thursday.

 Enthuse your constituents by treating them to a hot Tom & Jerry at Pellerin Bros.

 The McDonald Stock Co. will be at Falk's opera-house for one week commencing Dec. 20. Popular prices will be charged. Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1903.











  



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 19, 1891:




THE LOTTERY DOOMED.
 

 If John A. Morris and his financial and political partners were not intoxicated and blinded by the success which their great money-power has brought to them in the state of Louisiana, and their insatiate greed for more money and a complete political domination of the state, they would be enabled to read the handwriting upon the wall, and would quietly drop out as political factor in the in the state, run their nefarious business to the limit of its legal existence, gather up their spoils and depart from the state forever. But the gambling instinct is too strong for them to release their victim without a desperate struggle, and as a consequence they will lose the rich booty they would realize from their "skin game" in the next three years, besides the immense sums they are expending to force the people to submit for twenty-five years longer to their robbery. No matter how the present political contest in Louisiana may terminate, there is one fixed and settled fact - the lottery must go, and go very suddenly. If the people of Louisiana have not the courage and the manhood to throttle the monster, there is a higher power that can and will do it. The power is vested in the Congress of the United States, and that body is not only willing but anxious to deal the final blow.
 
Lafayette Advertiser 12/19/1891
 
 
 



Coming to Falk's

 Miss Jennie Holman, the Southern favorite, and her company will commence a week's engagement at Falk's Opera House to-morrow (Sunday) night. In speaking of this company the Little Rock, (Ark) Daily Gazette, says:  "miss Jennie Holman is regarded as the best "Galatea" on the stage, the press of the East conceding as much. Her portrayal of the character was artistic in the highest sense, and the audience demonstrated its appreciation of her efforts in the most substantial way on several occasions during the performance. Every seat in the theatre was occupied, the boxes were filled, and for an hour before the curtain rose no tickets were sold for the balcony or gallery, as there was not even standing room in the two places." Lafayette Advertiser 12/19/1891.




For Clerk of Court,
EWD. G. VOORHIES.

 Having been earnestly requested many friends and fellow citizens of the parish of Lafayette, I hereby announce myself as a candidate for Clerk of the 25th Judicial District Court, in and for the Parish of Lafayette, subject to the decision of White Democratic Primaries.
      Respectfully,
          E. G. VOORHIES.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/19/1891.



City Council Proceedings.

           Lafayette, La., Dec. 11, 1891.
  At a special meeting called this day, the following members were present, to-wit:  Wm. Campbell, Mayor, J. E. Martin, Alfred Hebert, Gus. Lacoste, Felix Demanade, Jas. Hannen, Numa Schayot, and L. F. Rigues.

 The Finance Committee having investigated the quarterly report of the Treasurer, Collector and Mayor, which was submitted to the Council.

 On motion, resolved, that they be accepted and placed on the minutes:

              Lafayette, La.
  To the Hon. Mayor and Council of Lafayette:

 The undersigned Finance Committee, having examined the books and reports of the Collector and Treasurer up to Dec. 9th, 1891, beg leave to make the following report, to-wit:

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 The collector is entitled to six per cent on two hundred and seventy-four and 84-100 dollars, amt. collected for taxes and licenses and a warrant should be issued in his favor for sixteen and 49-100 dollars.     $16.49.

 The Mayor's book shows that he has collected since our last report, the following:

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 Which amt. is to be accounted for.
      Respectfully submitted,
           F. DEMANADE, ALFRED HEBERT, J. E. MARTIN, Finance Committee.

 The Council then adjourned to meet at regular meeting.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/19/1891.




Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/19/1891.


Miss Virgie Younger, of Avoyelles parish, is here spending the holidays with relatives.

 Labe's Bazaar is now open with the latest novelties in Toys, etc.

 Mrs. W. A. Bailie and Miss Eliza Cornay left this week for New Orleans, where they will spend some time.

 Mrs. W. G. Bailey, of Duson, La., was in town Wednesday, and favored this office with a visit.

 
The change of schedule on the Southern Pacific which was announced to go into effect Dec. 6 was indefinitely postponed. 


 The express office at Crowley was robbed of a package containing 1000 silver dollars on Tuesday night last.

 A fine assortment of candy, fruits, nuts, etc., can be found at Moss Bros. & Co.

 
The freight traffic on the S. P. Railway Company exceeds that of any former year; it was necessary to build an additional three miles of track in the Algier's yard. The passenger traffic is also good. 


 Mrs. J. M. Martin having sold her place, near town, to Mr. B. C. Elliot, left here Thursday for New Orleans. We regret to see such people leave our parish, but at the same time wish them good luck and prosperity in their new home.

 The match announced to take place last Sunday at the Athletic Club did not come off. The Algiers man, we understand, put in an appearance, but claimed that he had met with an accident which disabled him. He lost his forfeit money, however.

 Moss Bros. & Co. are showing a beautiful line of Christmas and New Year cards and souvenirs this season.

 Labe has Cotron, Currants and Alspices and a large stock of Groceries. Try his New England Mince Meat - something new; can't be beat.

 Chickens and turkeys have been in high demand for the past two weeks, the demand has generally supplied from the coops of citizens in the dead hours of the night. we hear of several shotguns that have been carefully loaded for the benefit of chicken-thieves. Something is liable to drop when you least expect it.

 
The schooner Clara Ida left Lake Arthur on Tuesday with 400 barrels of oranges, for Galveston, Texas. Most of the fruit was gathered from Mrs. G. Lauerent's grove. 


 Mr. C. C. McBride will open a blacksmith shop in the old Edward McBride building, in Lafayette, on the first of January, 1892. He will do all work in the blacksmith line that will be entrusted to him. He will guarantee all his work. Call and see him at his shop.

 
There is a great opening in the town of Lafayette for an enterprising laundryman. There is not, and never has been so far as we know, a laundry in the parish of Lafayette. People in this place get their laundry done when, where and how they can, and frequently the work is done in a very unsatisfactory manner. We are satisfied that even a "heathen Chinee" would be well patronized, as Chinese laundrymen can be depended upon to do good work and do it promptly. 


 Dry Goods, Clothing, Hats, Caps and Shoes for big and little people, at Labe's.

 


Moss Bros. & Co. do not rest content with half-way measures. In making preparations for the holiday trade they secured the services of Santa Claus himself,and he has stabled his reindeer, emptied his sleigh, and will have their fine stock directly in charge on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings of next week. Take the children around to see him.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/19/1891








 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 19th, 1913:

1913: SOME ODD THINGS ABOUT CHRISTMAS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

 IN GREECE the Kalikantrazol are generally represented as mere tricky sprites who live, as a rule, underground, appearing to men only on the nights of the year between December 25 and January 6. They pass the days during this period in dark caverns, where they subsist on serpents and lizards, and come forth to dance in the moonlight, either alone or in company with the nereids, and also with mortal women, if they can lure any to join them.

 INDIANS say the best time to catch a deer is on Christmas night at twelve o'clock, when they believe the deer kneels.

 ROUMANIAN girls can learn, during the Christmas season, whether or not they are going to be married within the coming year. At midnight they enter the stable and strike the foot of the first ox they come across, saying:  "This year; next year."  If the ox gets up at the first stroke the girl will marry within the year; if it gets up at the second stroke the marriage will take place the year following; if it does not get up at all the gods have not yet decided on her wedding date.

IN many countries where they go by the old calendar Christmas is celebrated January 6, the celebration beginning twelve days before.

 CAKES weighing from one to twelve pounds are made in Friedrichstadt. They place them in exalted position and play to them, representing, as they say they do, St. Nicholas. Of rye bread they make a boar or hog, six or seven inches high, with gilt, snout and tail, with gold rings around its knees. The business men put goods they have exhibited for sale on a revolving disk and raffle them off.

 KLINGEEST (Kind Jesus or Child Jesus) presides over all Christmas celebrations in Schlweswig-Holstein. He is supposed to bring presents to the children, and sometimes punishes naughty ones.

 ON Christmas day in Ditmarsh the cattle get an extra allowance of fodder. The cats and dogs, too, get better meals. At times the cattle are admitted to the higher joys to the extent that a candle is placed above the trough from which they feed, just as each member of the family has his own candle, made by himself. These candles must be heavy and big for the one that goes out first will die first.

 SOME of the Germans believe that those born on Christmas day have the power of seeing spirits, even of commanding them.

THE after-dinner dishes must not be washed at once. They must be left until ten minutes before midnight, when the young folks take them outside to a well and wash them, for in the water they can, at midnight see the faces of their future lovers and sweethearts.

 OXEN kneel in the stall at midnight on Christmas, says English tradition. They kneel as if in adoration of the Nativity.

 WHEN Christmas draws near every French family in easy circumstances sends for a cask of wine and lays in a stock of southern fruit. Those who have been enemies pardon each other; marriages are fixed; married pairs who have been separated are reunited.

 A POPULAR saying in Spain for Christmas day is "the bird of dawning singeth all night long to frighten away all evil things."

 CHRISTMAS celebrations in Mexico begin December 17 and continue until December 24. Each night a festival is held, nine in all, an invitation sent out to these "posadas." "Posada" means "inn," typifying the day the holy travelers, Joseph and Mary, sought in vain for rest and shelter.

 THE young Armenians, on Christmas day, pay "hand-kissing: visits to their elders.

 TO learn the qualities of her future husband the Roumanian girl, on Christmas eve, partially disrobes, loosens here hair, bandages her eyes and braving the cold goes into the courtyard, where she commences to count the stakes in the hedge. When she reaches the ninth one she binds it with ribbon or threads of hair and re-enters the house. The next day she examines the stake; if it is upright and sound, her husband will be young strong and handsome; if bent, her husband will be old and ugly.

 CHRISTMAS seems to have been first observed between 180-190 A. D.




 THE CUSTOM of making gifts at Christmas is widest spread in Germany, where even casual acquaintances express their regard for each other by making small presents.

 OLD Christmas fare did not include the turkey, now the modern Christmas bird. In the olden days a roasted peacock took its place on the festive board. Printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 12/19/1913.

































LAGNIAPPE:
WORDS OF WISDOM:

 Merit is the only virtue which draws a regular salary.

 The fire of anger often costs as much as that of hard coal.

 Neglect is a mild term for what is really the worse form of abuse.

 If people could cover up their sins by lying, we would seldom meet the truth.

 The people who hate us talk to much, and those who like us say too little.

 There is no crime in being rich; the sin of wealth lies in the selfish enjoyment of it.

 A woman mourns over her vanished youth; a man, over his vanished opportunities.

 The stonecutters are the really great literary men. There never was an uninteresting epitaph.

 The more wealth a man has, the more difficult for him to find out what people really think about him.

 How polite we are to the first man to ask a question, and how we hate the tenth man who asks it!

 When a man talks a great deal, they call it criticism, when a woman talks a great deal, they call it gossip.

 Your sensible, far-seeing young man, picks out his wife by the callous spots on the inside of her hand, and not by the dimples in the back of it.

 Somehow it is so much easier to admire the great man who is older than yourself, than the great man who is younger, than the great man who is younger.


Occasionally you find a girl so modest that she would prefer telling a fib to having anything to do with the naked truth.

 There are only two kinds of married couples; in one kind, the husband worries about the wife, and in the other the wife worries about the husband.


Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 12/21/1891. 

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