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From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 20th, 1905:

Christmas Reminder From Postmaster Domengeaux.

 Mr. J. R. Domengeaux, our energetic postmaster, studies at all times to make the service in the local office more efficient and at the same time afford the patrons of the office as many conveniences as possible. As Christmas falls on Monday this year, were the office closed on Sunday all day, it would interfere with the sending and receiving of gifts. To avoid this, Mr. Domengeaux very kindly, although not required to do so, offers to open the office Sunday, Dec. 24, from 3 to 6 p. m., which we are sure will be greatly appreciated. His letter is as follows:

 Editor Advertiser:--As Christmas eve this year falls on Sunday, and desirous of affording patrons of the post office ample opportunity of getting their Christmas mails, packages etc., I will in addition to our regular Sunday hours, have both windows of the post office open on Sunday, Dec. 24, (Christmas eve) from the hours of 3 to 6 in the afternoon. I will also suspend Sunday rules and accommodate the public with the registration of any mails that may be present.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905                  Yours truly,
                      J. R. Domengeaux,

An Enjoyable Entertainment.

 Mrs. Arthur Roy entertained a jolly crowd of young folks Friday night, December 15. Each guest was presented on entering the parlor, with a card on which was written part of a quotation, and the young lady holding the card upon which the rest of the quotation was written was the young man's partner during tghe "descriptive contest", which was extremely amusing. After five minutes of conversation the young men were asked to walk in to the sitting room and write a description of their partners, while the young ladies remained in the parlor and wrote a description of their partners. When the time of writing was up all collected in the parlor and each partner exchanged cards, and read aloud the descriptions, which brought forth many peals of laughter. Several contests took place during the evening, but the one creating the most interest was "The Island Contest", in which Mr. Leon Schmulen won the gentleman's prize, a fountain pen; while the lady's prize, a pretty cake plate, was captured by Miss Rhena Boudreaux. Mrs. Roy then invited the young people into the dining room which was beautifully decorated with cut flowers, and all enjoyed the dainty refreshments prepared.

 After a late hour the young folks bade their hostess adieu speaking many words of delight at being able to be in attendance.
 Those present were: Misses Bessie Caffery, Adeline Toerner, Lucile Mouton, Rena Hopkins, Marie Mouton, Maxim Beraud, Qunitilla (unreadable last name), Vivian Martin, Marie Louise Mouton, Pauline Mouton, Louise Martin, Alice Campbell, Nathalie Hohorst, Alice Moss, Leola Martin, Gertrude Coronna, Paola Mouton, May Bailey. Messrs. Oswald Darby, Jas. Caffery, Herbert McNaspy, Lorne Nickerson, Henry Voorhies, Harold Demenade, Leon Schmulen, Pothier Voorhies, Albert Boudreaux, Fred Voorhies, Raoul Gerac, Tom Tolson, Paul Debaillon, Paul Salles, F. Siadous, E. Darby, Adam Mouton, Dan Debaillon, Eddie Bertrand, Tom Debaillon, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Mouton. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905

The Woman's Club.

 Miss Rose DeBlanc entertained the The Woman's Club Dec. 16, a the home of her sister, Mrs. B. J. Pellerin.

 The club was called to order by the president and after all business was transacted the following program was rendered:

 After the club adjourned, Miss DeBlanc served an elaborate luncheon. Mrs. Charles Parkerson will be the next hostess on January 6. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.

The Married Ladies Euchre Club.

Mrs. N. Abramson entertained The Married Ladies Euchre Club Thursday, Dec. 14.

 After ten interesting games were played the following prizes were awarded; first prize, six lovely hand painted plates, Mrs. Vic Levy. Second prize, a beautiful (unreadable word). (sorry about that).

 Mrs. Abramson served a most delicious luncheon after which the Club adjourned to so meet during the holidays.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905

Jake In the City. - Jake, the large baboon, kept by the late Father Forge is now a resident of New Orleans, having been presented to the city park by Father Bollard. He was sent by express last week.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS. - Will Close for Holidays from Dec. 22 to Jan. 8. Teachers Institute Begins Jan. 1.The town schools of the parish will close for the Christmas holidays on Dec 22 and resume on Jan. 8. For the week beginning Jan. 1, a teachers' institute will be held at the Primary School, which all teachers of the parish will be required to attend. The rural schools will begin work for the year on Jan. 8, the Monday following the closing of the institute.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.

Our Campus Newspaper. - The first number of volume three of the Vermilion was received last week. The delay in getting it out this year was on account of the lateness of school opening because of quarantine. The editor-in-chief this year is Albert T. Boudreaux '08, assisted by Misses Lucile Mouton and Quintalla Morgan, both of '06. Leon Schmulen will attend to the exchanges. Class editors: Leon Schmulen '06, Miss Stella Roy '08, A, Miss Minnie Landin '08, B, Nicholas Bradford '09, A, Robert Mouton '09 B. Comercial editor, Jules Motty, Alumni editor, Miss Rhena Boudreaux. Henry Voorhies is business manager, and is assisted by Roland Triay.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905. 

"Time Set" by J. M. Lee to Begin Lafayette-Baton Rouge Railroad.

Wednesday, Chairman Caffery of the Right of Way Committee received the following telegram from J. M. Lee of the Southern Pacific:

       Baton Rouge, La., Dec. 13, 1905.
 Hon. C. D. Caffery - Baton Rouge redeems her pledge for right of way. Proceed with the execution of deeds to right of way through Lafayette parish. Construction will begin promptly on receipt of deeds.
                           J. M. Lee, General Agent.
 The committee met in Mr. Caffery's office Friday morning and arranged for promptly securing the right of way and turning it over to the Southern Pacific. They hope to finish this week.

 Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.

 Self-winding Clock. - The Western Union has installed a large, hanging self winding clock, electrically connected in its office in the Gordon Hotel. At eleven a. m. every day the clock is correctly set to the second from Washington. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.

DIED. - Died Saturday, Dec. 16, 1905, at 7:30 a. m. in this town, Joseph Alexandre Mousseau, aged 29 years. Mr. Mousseau was a native of Montreal, Canada, but for the past ten years has been a resident of this section, through which he traveled as a representative of a St. Louis hat house, and he was considered one of the best hat salesmen on the road. He was very popular both with the  traveling men and with those who knew him well. Owing to ill health, he resigned his position on July 1, last and since then has gradually grown worse until the end came last Saturday. He leaves a little sister in Montreal. His only relative South is Mr. D. Pelletier, of this city, who is his cousin. The remains were borne from the residence of Mrs. M. F. Rigues to St. John's Catholic church Sunday at 11 a. m. accompanied by a large number of friends, where funeral services were held. Interment took place in the Catholic cemetery.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.

On Carencro Road. - Repair work on the Carencro road is being steadily carried on under the direction of A. E. Mouton and F. Demanade, committee from the Citizens' Roadbuilding Association is to put all roads of the third ward into good travelable shape and keep them so. Then as fast funds will permit build permanent good roads.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.

One of Lafayette's Sons.

 The following personal mention in the Christian Observer of a former Lafayette boy will be read with interest, especially by those of us who remember his meritorious efforts at preaching for the entertainment of his friends, when yet a mere child in our midst.

 Rev. Rudolph Miller, a student at the Southwestern Presbyterian University, writes: "The members of the church and their friends at Scottsville, Ky., pounded me this week with a large box of preserves, cakes, etc. The card was affectionately addressed 'To the Little Minister.' Truly it was an occasion of Thanksgiving to me, not only for the box itself, which was so nicely gotten up, but for the Christian love and affection which prompted the gift. It is indeed a pleasure as well as a delightful privilege that I have in laboring among such Christian people. The church is small but the prospects are very encouraging. I give one Sunday a month to Scottsville. I am now in my senior theological year."
Lafayette Advertiser 12/2o/1905.

Opens Monday, Benefit of Home Charity Association.

 The Big Carnival and Holiday Jubilee for the benefit of the Home Charity Association will open next Monday afternoon. The Great Cosmopolitan Amusement Company, which will furnish all the attractions, will arrive on its own special train of eighteen cars, known as the Royal Blue Special, from Lake Charles on Sunday afternoon.

 This Company is undoubtedly the largest that has ever come south, and carries their own private electrical plant, which furnishes light and motive power to all the shows. The Company have fourteen paid attractions and four Big Free Sensational Acts. Among the free acts is Prof. Chas. Stahl, the highest diver in the world, who dives from a ladder one hundred and sixteen feet high into a life saving net below. The other free acts are Loop the Loop, by the Wilsons, who are the only lady and gentleman in the world who successfully perform this marvelous act. The Cromwells, high class trapeze performers, perform twice daily. A Balloon Ascension takes place each afternoon at five o'clock. A uniformed brass band of twenty-two pieces furnished music throughout the day and evening. Among the different shows is the Wild West Show, which gives only two performances daily, afternoon and night. This show alone employs over fifty-two people, including a band of genuine Sioux Indians. These Indians are from the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of them being a grandson of the famous Indian Chief, Sitting Bull. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.

The Cane Crop.
[Louisiana Planter.]

 Some bad weather has prevailed during the past week throughout the sugar district, particularly in the lower portions thereof, and this has retarded the progress of our factories and has caused shutdowns of greater or less duration, to the considerable annoyance of the planters.

 Quite a number of sugar houses have now finished their campaign. Those situated along the Mississippi river above Donaldsonville have been apparently the earliest to complete their labors. The general reports indicate a fairly satisfactory yield of sugar to the ton, and there seems no doubt that we shall have to report a crop of under 300,000 tons for this year. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/20/1905.

 A full line of Iron Beds and Springs received. Special low prices during Xmas week. 

 Mrs. Alfred Voorhies, Sr., of Houston, is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Moss.

 A. Millet made a flying visit to New Iberia Monday on business. George Baudier, business manager of the Opelousas Clarion, was an agreeable caller at our office Monday forenoon.

 We have an unusually large line of comforts, ranging in price from $1.35 to $10.00. Our down quilts are specially nice - Levy Bros.

 S. E. Yandle, the confectioner, us with a very handsome calendar which is highly appointed. We have received a beautiful calendar with compliments of C. P. Moss of New Iberia, who manufactures that fine Moss Club Catchup. Many thanks.

 Geo. Melchior, of Carencro, visited Lafayette Wednesday.

 Roquefert, Neutchatel, Swiss, Brick, Limburger and American Cheeses at Bunt's. Miss Challie Tolson and brother, Tom, returned from New Iberia Thursday, after a pleasant visit to Dr. Rand's family.

 Mr. Wm. Torian and family have moved into town and are domiciled in the new cottage on the corner of Lee avenue and Garfield street. A sweet little baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Middlemas Friday.

 Mr. and Mrs. John Givens are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine girl at their home Thursday.

 Dr. B. J. Lacour, of Carencro, paid us a welcome visit Monday.

 Tom Bagnal, son of Traveling Auditor John Bagnal, of the Southern Pacific has been appointed traveling North immigration agent, to succeed L. H. Bailey, who resigned to go into the insurance business. Mr. Bagnal's headquarters will be in Lafayette. Vienna, Blood and Toungue Liver and Link Sausage, Leber Kase, head cheese, boneless pig feet, etc, at Bunts.

 Tricycles at cost at Rene Dehomme's.

 Dolls! Dolls! Dolls! and cheaper than ever before sold in Lafayette at the Lafayette Drug Co. Go to Denbo & Nicholson Co., Ltd., for the latest styeles, the choicest designs, and most durable buggies.

 Dr. Ducrocq, of Lafourche Crossing returned home Monday after a short visit to Dr. J. D. Trahan and family.

 Miss Lela Clark, after a pleasant visit to her brother, Dr. L. O. Clark, will return to her home in Ridge to-day.

 Filled figs and dates with assorted nuts, Anco filled figs with assorted fruits, Anco filled figs with cherries, all in glass jars at Prudhomme & McFaddin.

 A beautiful assortment of pleasing gifts are on exhibition at the Moss Pharmacy. Mrs. Frank P. Davis has returned home after an absence of several weeks visiting relatives.

 Dr. Beverly Warner, of New Orleans, who came to Lafayette Thursday to deliver a lecture on Shakespeare before the Woman's Club, was entertained while here at the home of Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Stephens. He was also entertained on Friday at a luncheon given by one of the classes in cooking of the Industrial School, in honor of the Woman's Club.The ladies present with Dr. Warner were Mmes. F. E. Davis, A. B. Denbo, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Marin and E. L. Stephens. Bulk olives, sweet pickles, prunes and bulk pickles at Prudhomme & McFaddin.

 Apples and Oranges and other fruits, celery, headed lettuce and other vegetables, at Bunt's.

 We are showing an especially handsome line of dress goods with trimmings to match, and we cordially invite the ladies while shopping to call and look over the many attractive patterns at Levy Bros. Mrs. Andrus returned to her home in Opelousas, Sunday after spending several days with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Hopkins.

 Mrs. Robt. Carter and Miss Kate Andrus, of Opelousas, visited relatives in town Sunday.

 Ring up Morgan & Debailon and them about the good things they have to eat.

 The Falk Mercantile Co. are prepared to take charge of funerals and attend to all graveyard work. A fine rubber-tired hearse in stock. Pay your poll tax and qualified to vote. Every god citizen values his franchise.

 Master Thomas Hopkins is visiting relatives in Opelousas.

 Fineness of material, most desirable style, beautiful trimmings, as well as lowest prices on record, characterize the offerings of our sales, - Vehicles - Denbo & Nicholson Co., Ltd.

 Mr. McLean of Fordyce, Ark., spent a few days this week visiting Mr. T. A. McFaddin's family.

 Dr. S. R. Olliphant will come Sunday to remain until after the holidays visiting relatives.

 Fine Fruit Cakes baked in Lafayette by an expert pastry cook, at Millet's next to the The Advertser office. Order your fish, oysters and vegetables from B. A. Wilkins.

 Toys and Christmas goods at W. D. Skinners.

 Don't worry baking fruit cakes - you can get such fine ones at Millet's, next to the Advertiser office.

 That pretty line of neckwear at Levy Bros. is a very attractive to the ladies. Have you seen it?

 A full line of Gillet and Geraud & Cie. can goods, at Rene Delhomme's.

 Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1905

 From the Lafayette Gazette of December 20th, 1902:


 The Gazette wishes a Merry Christmas to its Readers.

There are some among our readers who may not be merry if it is understood that one must get boisterously gay to be merry, but the words "a Merry Christmas" have a higher, a broader meaning. They indicate that condition of mind which, at Christmastide, is the heritage of all who keep in their hearts that beautiful sentiment, "peace on earth, good will to men," which the intervening centuries have made still more beautiful and inspiring.

 Throughout the world, wherever are practiced the principles of right-living laid down in the Christian's plan of salvation, the anniversary of the birth of the Nazarene is celebrated in fitting manner. Not only is that great event commemorated by the church people of all Christian sects, but men and women who have no settled religious views are wont to set aside that time for the doing of good deeds, for the performance of charitable acts, for kindly intervention in behalf of the poor, the needy, the sick. All combine in a supreme effort to make glad the lives of others; to sow, as it were, the seeds of faith, love and charity. It is at Christmas that the men of business - from the humble toiler in the field to the rich banker who deals in bonds - turn away from their daily labor to give their attention to those little things which count so much in summing up the elements of human happiness. It is then that the rays of God's sun seem to pierce through the grated windows of asylums, the barred entrances of prisons, the doors of the hospitals and huts of the poor, to cheer the darkest places on earth and light up the path which leads to the ultimate home of all the children of man.

 Some one has said that true happiness consists in doing something to promote the happiness of others. That is the basic principle of all Christian creeds, bit its application is not circumscribed by dogmatic lines. It is the motive which prompts every unselfish act of the human heart. To save the race Christ died on the cross and paved the way to eternal life. History, sacred and profane, contains many brilliant examples of altruistic devotion. When Father Damien gave up all the joys and pleasures of the world to bring physical and spiritual aid to the lepers he showed how a man possessed of the true spirit could die. The holy women who are ministering to the unfortunates at Indian Camp illustrate by their sublime abnegation the highest virtues which, after all, spring from that spirit of brotherly love whose greatest exponent first saw the light of day at Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago. That sentiment, which has, through the ages resisted the cynicism and sordidness of the world manifests itself to-day and finds expression in a "Merry Christmas."
Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902.

Dinner at Falk's.

 A good place to get a nice dinner to-day is at Falk's opera house. regular meals will be served by the ladies of the Episcopal Guild, beginning at twelve o'clock. Special dishes will be served to order, if desired, and only a moderate charge will be made for either a regular meal or a special order. The bill of fare will include chicken gumbo, baked turkey, roasted pig, chicken salad, pie, cake, coffee, etc. The public is invited, and will receive a cordial welcome.

 It is well to mention that in the same connection that throughout the afternoon a large collection of useful and ornamental articles will be sold to the public at moderate prices, many of which articles will make very appropriate holiday gifts.
Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902.

Arrested Near Depot. - Some negroes were arrested near the Southern Pacific depot a few days ago and brought before the mayor for being offensively boisterous. Each was fine $4.50 and costs or imprisoned a number of days. There are entirely too many idle negroes around the waiting rooms at the arrival of the passenger trains. They generally occupy all the space between the baggage room and the trains and often it is impossible to use the passageway. Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902.

Boys Disturbing Peace. - Several boys appeared before mayor Caffery Tuesday morning to answer to a charge of having disturbed the peace in front of the Moss Pharmacy Sunday night. The mayor condemned each one to pay the costs of the arrest and trial which amounted to $4. For some time a number of boys have gotten into the habit of congregating at the Moss corner where they become boisterous and make themselves obnoxious to the people in the drugstore. Mr. Davis has been compelled to have recourse to the police, and it is hoped that he will not be annoyed again by the mischievous youngsters. Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902.



 The Institute football team went to New Orleans last Friday afternoon to meet the Eagles of that city at Athletic Park. The game was played Saturday afternoon and resulted, as was expected, in an easy victory for the Eagles. But the Lafayette boys made a good fight and bore their defeat very manfully. A small crowd, composed principally of Lafayette people witnessed the game, a fact which seems to have afforded some satisfaction to the reporters who wrote accounts of the contest for the Times-Democrat and States. The representatives of these papers happened to be great humorists and the simple fact that the visiting team was "from the country" caused them to be very funny. The Picayune man, however, saw nothing ludicrous in the fact that the students of one of Louisiana's foremost institutions had accepted an invitation to play football with a local team, and to him we are indebted for the following interesting account of the game:

 The Eagles, the local football team, composed of the pick of the local talent, Saturday afternoon defeated the Southwestern Industrial Institute team by a score of 32 to 0.

 The college boys have never undertaken football before. Their team was organized a month or six weeks ago from completely green material. Every man on the team the very foundation of the game. Taking into consideration theses facts, the showing they made yesterday was exceptionally good. The college men showed lack of coaching and team-work, but, individually, there were several promising players on the eleven. Woodson, the Captain, gives promise of developing into a strong back, and Domengeaux is a natural football player, and will be heard from the future. He was the ground gainer for the team, and one sprint he made for 25 yards would have done entirely too strong for them, however, and won easily. Harry, Ludlow, Captain of the Eagles, is an old hand in running a football team, and yesterday he tried himself. Although back at fullback, a position he does not usually play, he did some creditable work. Ludlow, as a quarter, is equal to any man in the South. Clark and Schneidau, the halfbacks, were also fast, and hard line plungers, while Thoens, at quarter, was sure in his passing and quick to get into the plays.

 Kinberger, on the end, again proved the star of the party. This young college man has been a great surprise to the football players of the city this season. As an end, he is possibly the best in the active ranks, both on the defensive and offensive play.

 Douglas, who played the other end, is very nearly as strong. Pat Westerfield and Myer, both old Tulane men, held down the tackles, while Westerfield dropped back the punts. Some of these punts were longer than any of the season. Throughout the game is kicks averaged 45 yards, while a few of the number ran over 50. On drop kicks he was not up to the mark, failing to land a very easy one.

 Tranchina, in the center of the line for the Eagles, is one of the best men for his weight seen here this winter. He is not only strong, but very fast. The Eagles have as their guards Stanfield and Everard. Both men have made reputations as bicycle riders, and have the power to brace up against an opposing line, as a result.

 After the toss at the opening of the game, the Eagles trotted down to the eastward goal, and Lafayette made the kick off. Merriwether, playing fullback, drove the ball 35 yards, and Thoens ran it up 5. Then the teams lined up and the battle began.

 Schueidau circled the end for 5 yards, and, after Clark failed to gain, Westerfield punted far down the field, and the Eagles saved the ball on a fumble. Douglass made a slight gain, and Schneidau rounded the end for ten yards, and westerfield bucked for five yards. When the ball was on the Lafayette 15 yard line, the college men were off side, and were fined 5 yards. Clark, with a vicious plunge through tackle, went the 1 yard line, and, on the next play, carried the ball over for the first touchdown. Westerfield kicked a pretty goal, and the score stood 6 to 0.

 Longnecker made the kick off to Westerfield, and he returned it 50 yards, and, on a fumble, Kinberger fell on the ball. Clark then broke through and raced down the field 20 yards for a touchdown, and Westerfield kicked the second goal. This made the score stand 12 to 0.

 When Longnecker kicked off to Ludlow the kick was returned. Meriweather, on a double pass, fooled his rivals and ran 25 yards in excellent style, but the Lafayette team was held for the third down, and were forced to punt.

 Kinberger captured the ball and ran it up 10 yards, and Clark followed with a sprint down to the 1-yard line. Schneidau crossed the line for the third touchdown, and Westerfield kicked the goal.

 After an exchange of punts the Eagles captured the ball on downs, and Schneidau sprinted for 20 yards, and shortly after followed with another long gain, and Ludlow followed with a spring of 10 yards for the fourth touchdown, and Westerfield kicked his fourth goal, and Westerfield kicked his fourth goal, making the score stand 24 to 0.

 When the half was at an end the ball was on the Lafayette 2-yard line.

 In the second half Westerfield made the kickoff, sending the ball 45 yards, and Longnecker, on the lineup, went 2 yards around tackle, and Breaux followed with a short gain. On the third down Meriwether punted and Thoens ran it up 15 yards.

 The ball was worked down to the 20 yard line, when the signal was for Westerfield to drop a goal from the field. He did not land on the ball properly, and it sailed under the posts. Merriwether tried to carry the ball back and was shoved over his own goal line for a touchback, making the score 26 to 0.

 Everard was knocked out in a scrimmage and Hinson was substituted. An exchange of punts brought the ball down into the Lafayette territory, and the Eagles took the ball away from their rivals on downs. Pat Westerfield was sent over for the last touchdown of the game, and followed this up with a goal, running the score up to 32 to 0.

 When the game was finally called the ball was down on the 2-yard line and in the Eagles' hands.

 Although the game was decidedly one-sided, it showed that the Eagles have a very strong team, especially on the defensive.

 The line-up of the two elevens was as follows.

 Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902.

Prof. David E. Cloyd,
Of the General Board of Education, Visits Lafayette and Addresses School Board and Citizens.

 Prof. Cloyd, of the General Education Board, was in Lafayette Monday and Tuesday. His visit here was the result of a conference he had with Dr. Stephens, Dr. Moss, Superintendent Alleman and Mr. Judice, who represented this parish at the educational convention recently held in New Orleans. As was explained in these columns, Prof. Cloyd is a representative of the General Education Board, an organization of wealthy Southern and Northern men who are giving large sums for the education of the masses. The Board does not confine its work to any section, but it is particularly interested in promoting the cause of public education in the Southern States, because help is more needed there than elsewhere.

 At the superintendent's convention at New Orleans Dr. Buttrick and Prof. Cloyd represented the Board, and while there met with the gentlemen from this parish. They were made acquainted with local conditions, with the earnest efforts of the authorities of this parish to improve the school system and the strong support which the movement is receiving at the hands of the people. Dr. Buttrick and Prof. Cloyd at once became interested with the wok which is being done here and Prof. Cloyd's visit was decided upon.

 As agreed upon Prof. Cloyd arrived here Monday morning. In company with Superintendent Alleman, Dr. Moss and Mr. Judice, he visited several schools, the town schools being among the number, He was informed of the nature of the work done in several localities in this parish and of the amounts subscribed by the people to secure improved educational facilities.

 Prof. Cloyd intended to leave Monday to visit other points in this State, but he was prevailed upon to remain until Tuesday morning when he would have an opportunity to speak to the Parish Board and to other persons interested in education. Tuesday at 11 o'clock the following directors met in Superintendent Alleman's office: President Olivier, S. J. Montgomery, P. L. Landry, Dr. N. P. Moss, Alexandre Delhomme, Dr. E. L. Stephens, Wm. Clegg, Chas. O. Mouton, Alcide Judice, Chas. D. Caffery, Superintendent  Alleman, Judge Julian Mouton.

 Dr. Stephens introduced Prof. Cloyd, giving a brief explanation of his mission here and of the objects of the General Education Board.

 Prof. Cloyd addressed the meeting and at the conclusion of his remarks everyone present felt that his visit would result in much good to the cause of public education in this parish. Prof. Cloyd gave a clear explanation of the purposes and intentions of the General Education Board. He showed how the policy of the Board is essentially practical and how well calculated to serve as an incentive to increased activity in educational work. The Board does not give aims, explained Mr. Cloyd. It merely helps those who help themselves. The plan is to encourage the communities which show a willingness to have better schools. It had been of great service to counties in Georgia and it sought the opportunity to cooperate with other progressive sections. The men who compose the Board desire to extend help where it can do the most good - and that is where the people manifest a proper interest in their own welfare.

 Prof. Cloyd said that he was pleased to see what had been accomplished in Lafayette in the past few years. He referred to the special tax levied to secure the Industrial Institute and paid a high compliment to that institution.

 Prof. Cloyd expressed his thorough sympathy with the movement in this parish for better schools, and said while he could not promise anything for his Board, he would endorse the proposition for pecuniary as assistance from that source. Prof. Cloyd had much to say in favor of the plan to establish central schools in this parish. He dwelt at length upon the value of these schools and said that the General Board would very likely cooperate with those communities that would take the initiative. He gave his unqualified endorsement to this plan and promised that he will do everything in his power to carry it to a successful issue. He advised his hearers to go on with this work as it was worth all the time and money they could devote to it. He declared that a central school, with an adequate and competent corps of teachers, was productive of such good results that the merits of a proposition to establish one in this parish would no doubt appeal with peculiar force to the judgment of the Board. Nothing, said Prof. Cloyd, can do more than central schools to build up a system of public education. Its usefulness is so much greater that that of the one-teacher school, and the cost per pupil so much less, that there is every reason to give it a trial.

 It was evident that the earnest talk of Prof. Cloyd had made an impression on the gentlemen present who felt that they had found powerful allies in the General Board of Education and its able representative.

 It is to be regretted that more people did not hear Prof. Cloyd's address, but if those who heard the good things that the said will tell them to their friends and neighbors a great impetus will be given to the cause of public education in this parish. He has sown good seed on fertile soil and all that is needed is intelligent cultivation.

 At the conclusion of Prof. Cloyd's remarks President Stephens spoke briefly and to the point. He expressed the hope that the people of the parish will, by establishing central schools in the wards, place themselves in a position to receive the benefits to be derived from the Industrial Institute to secure which they have made such a noble sacrifice.

 Prof. Cloyd was heartily thanked for his inspiring talk and the meeting, which means so much to the people of this parish, was brought to a close. Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902. 

A Sad Death.

 Ambroise Mouton, a most worthy young man, engaged as a fireman on the Morgan road, sustained injuries in an accident at Ramos last Wednesday and died a few hours later at Algiers while being taken to New Orleans for medical treatment. The news of the accident reached here early Wednesday afternoon, but before his relatives could reach him he was dead. His remains were taken to his home in this town the same night and interred in the Catholic cemetery Thursday afternoon.

 The death of this young man shocked the entire community. He was only 23 years of age, in splendid health, and no one thought he would be so soon called upon to answer the last summons. He was a young man of fine qualities. Honest in his dealings with his fellows, respectful to his elders, true to all his obligations, he made friends wherever he went, and among those with whom he was intimate, he was the same cheerful, kind-hearted boy. His home life was exemplary. As son and brother, he was dutiful and unselfish. His last thought in life was about his mother and sisters. Of them he spoke in tenderest terms, and though he suffered much before dying during his last moments his mind was occupied in the welfare of those he loved best.

 His funeral was very largely attended. The three fire companies, the A. O. U. W., the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Sontag Military band attended the funeral. Father Bollard, who conducted the religious services, preached a sermon, referring in touching words to the character of the deceased.

 Beautiful floral offerings were sent by Magnolia Lodge, 214, B. R. T., and Endeavor Lodge, 267, B. of L. F., of Algiers. Lafayette Gazette 12/2o/1902.

For the High School. - The entertainment given last night at Falk's opera-house by the pupils of the High School was largely attended and greatly enjoyed. The drills, the recitations, songs and plays showed intelligent training. The success of the performance was the result of really hard work on the part of the teachers. The music by the Sontag Band was up to its usual standard of excellence.   Lafayette Gazette 12/2o/1902.

Up-to-date Stable. - Mr. E. S. Martin, who has purchased the Vigneaux livery stable, is successfully making his stable one of the best in Southwest Louisiana. In order to more acceptably serve the public, he has bought a handsome cab, especially for the use of those attending parties or the theatre on raining of cold nights. He has some fine teams and is prepared to give the very best of service.   Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902.

Police Jury Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Nov. 6, 1902. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. A. Labble, J. O. Blanchet, Alonzo Lacy, Jno. Whittington, Alex M. Broussarda and Saul Broussard. Absent: M. Billeaud, Jr.

 By motion of Mr. Whittington the following report submitted by the Budget committee was adopted and ordered published thirty days:

 To the Hon. Police Jury: Your undersigned committee appointed to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the for the calendar year 1903 would respectfully report the following budget for your approval:

 Assessor's salary ... $1,000.00
Sheriff's salary ... $6,000.00
Court-house keeper ... $120.00
Printing ... $275.00
Secretary of Police Jury ... $250.00
Members of Police Jury ... $500.00
Treasurer of Police Jury ... $250.00
Dist. Attorney ... $500.00
Coroner's fees ... $500.00
Roadoverseers' salary ... $900.00
Bridge keepers ... $200.00
Bridges ... $3,500.00
Drainage ... $1,600
Jurors and witnesses ... $3,000.00
Public schools ... $6,000.00
Contingent ... $4,000.00
Stenographer ... $300.00
Constable and justices ... $1,500.00
Total ... $30,455.00

   Respectfully, J. A. Labbe, Jno. C. Buchanan, Jno. Whittington, R. C. Greig, F. G. Mouton.
 Lafayette, La., Oct. 11, 1902.
J.A. LABBE, President, pro tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary. 
Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 20th, 1902:

Death of Ambroise Mouton.

 News was received Wednesday morning that Mr. Ambroise Mouton of this place had been seriously injured at Morgan City, having had the terrible misfortune to have both legs crushed above the knee.

 The accident occurred at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday morning when his train had made a short stop at Bayou Ramos, and was adding some cars. Young Mouton was voluntarily assisting the brakeman in coupling the cars. Mouton stepped on the brake beam to ride a short distance, instead of running along side. His foot slipped and he was thrown under the wheels. The wheels passed over the legs of the unfortunate young man crushing them. After the truck had passed over his legs the body rolled down the embankment where he was picked up a few moments later by the train crew. Conductor Ryan in charge of the train witnessed the accident. With the aid of the brakemen, he wrapped the legs of the young man in  order to stop the flow of blood. The victim was then placed on a mattress on the floor of the caboose and his train pulled out to Morgan City which is five miles from the place where the accident occurred. Medical assistance was given at Morgan City. After arriving at this place young Mouton asked for the Catholic priest and his request was soon accomplished. The Reverend Father accompanied the wounded man as far as Algiers and gave his assistance until the young man breathed his last.

 It was after 3 o'clock when the train arrived at Algiers. The caboose was uncoupled, but just as it was backing into the yards about 3:30 o'clock, young Mouton died. The body was shipped to Lafayette on the 9:20 train. The mother of young Ambroise, accompanied by Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, who had been notified of the accident arrived just in time to go back with the dead body. Mouton was 23 years old.

 The funeral took place from the family residence at 4 p. m. Thursday. The remains, accompanied by the Fire Department, the Sontag Military Band, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the A. O. U. W., of which he was a member, and an immense crowd of sympathizing friends were borne to the Catholic church where services were held. Rev. Father Bollard in very touching words spoke of the young man's sterling qualities and his remarks were indeed appropriate to young Mouton's character and worth.

 Mr. Mouton was a young man of many fine qualities, a devoted son and brother and a loyal friend. In his daily life he was quiet and unobtrusive, and had a pleasant, friendly way that won for him the high regard of all who knew him.

 To the family who have sustained such a heavy loss the Advertiser extends its deepest sympathy. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1902

Purchased an Up-to-Date Stable. -  Mr. E. S. Martin, who has purchased the Vigneaux's livery stable, is successfully making his stable one of the best in Southwest Louisiana. In order to more acceptably serve the public, he has bought a handsome cab, especially for the use of those attending parties or the theatre on raining or cold nights. He has some fine teams, and is prepared to give the very best of service.  
 Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1902




 There are few dull moments in Richards & Pringle's Famous Georgia Minstrels that come to Lafayette on Dec. 27, they are greeted everywhere rapturously by large audiences.

 Of the old "Georgia's" there are only two favorites retained, viz., Billy Kersands and Clarence Powell. The balance of the company entirely new. Something unusual in a minstrel show to bring an entirely new company, even to the property man. Those of note engaged are Dubley Y Kelley in coon comedy; Johnson & Reed, acrobatic comedians; Jno. Pamplin, gun juggles; Sig. Romando, Wonder Worker; Simson & Pittman, high class musical artists; Taylor and Brown, scientific bag punchers and athletes; Harry Brown, in "C'ark Songs" and a big company of fifteen merry minstrels. Parade at 11:30 a. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1902.


 Laf. Very Fortunate - "A Wise Woman," the three-act musical comedy by Wilfred Clarke, who is also responsible for that great success, "Oh Susannah;" has been secured for the near future at the Opera House.  This is a fortunate booking for Manager Bendel and one worthy of special notice as the attraction is to be seen in but very few one-night stands this season, its time having been almost entirely booked in the larger cities of the country. This is strong evidence of the strength of the company.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1902.

Anse la Butte. - The Moresi Bros. have ordered a pumping outfit for their well, which they are daily expecting, the Heywoods are boring in oil sand, and the Guffey people have contracted with Domingue Bergeron for boring a well to begin not later than Jan. 16, all of which means that Anse la Butte is still on oil field, and will be an important one in the near future.
 Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1902.

 Dr. Salles in Lafayette. - Dr. Gaston Salles, who has been taking a special course at Chicago, arrived in Lafayette this week and will open an office here. He is a specialist in eye, ear, nose, and throat troubles. Dr. Salles was born in Lafayette, and has many relatives and friends here. We extend him a warm welcome and wish him much success.   Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1902.

Advertiser's Show Window. - Mr. Clemille Trahan sent us a sample of what Lafayette soil can do, an enormous turnip, a great big potato, and a radish which measures two feet. The Advertiser artist has risen to the occasion and converted the turnip into a round faced, jolly Christmas girl with a lovely radish hat, who smiles on all from the Advertiser window. Pass by and see her smile.     Lafayette Advertiser 12/2o/1902.

At Falk's Opera House, beginning at 12 o'clock, the ladies of the Episcopal Guild offer the public the following inviting bill of fare:

     Gumbo,       Chicken Salad,   Roast Pig,       
Baked Turkey,
Baked Chicken,  /  Pie and Cake.                   Coffee, etc.  

 And throughout the afternoon a great variety of fancy and useful gifts, will be sold to the public at reasonable prices. At night, grand concert.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/20/1902.
After examining elsewhere, come and be convinced, Ruger the jeweler's prices are right.

 Examine diamonds and prices at Ruger the Jeweler.

 P. Krauss sells his goods because he sells good goods, and he is satisfied with a small profit.

 Biossat's Holiday goods are arriving daily.

 Miss Jennie Hebert has accepted a position at Ruger the Jeweler's.


 "Did you say shoes?" Well, I reckon Schmulen's is the place. His shoes have style, wear well, and make your feet happy.

 Ladies we have the presents for the Young Men. Biossat, The Jeweler.

 Born to Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Gianelloni, a girl.

 A nice Christmas present for your wife would be a handsome picture of yourself. Clark the photographer, will do the work for you. 

 Ruger duplicates prices on watches from any reputable advertisements.

 All kinds of holiday goods, cakes and candies, at Broussard Bros.

 Fine adamantine clocks at Ruger the Jeweler.

 Make your sweetheart happy by presenting her a watch finely monogrammed from Ruger, the Jeweler.

 Surprise your husband Christmas morning by presenting him with a beautiful enlarged picture of yourself. Clark the photographer will do the work.

 Make yourself a Christmas present, of a handsome suit, the kind Schmulen keeps. 

 F. F. Carter the photographer, has bought a part of the Rigues Hotel property and will soon move his studio there.

 Christmas is coming. Buy your turkeys from Broussard Bros. They also keep fresh eggs.

 After Tuesday Dec. 23d, my regulator will hang on near wall of store facing front door at Ruger jeweler.

 LOST - A $20 bill issue of the First National Bank of Lafayette, by Dr. J. F. Mouton. 

 Dr. Stromer of Broussardville was in town Wednesday.

 Five sacks of coffee for sale at 7 cents a pound, Broussard Bros.

 Thirty sacks of rice for sale at $3.25 a sack Broussard Bros.

 Examine our line of watches before you buy, T. M. Biossat.

 Dolls! dolls, plenty for everybody, dolls that sleep, dolls that cry, and dolls that can sit alone, and just the swellest dolls ever was at the Lafayette Drug Store. 

 For elegant Christmas goods handsome holiday presents, and lovely remembrances for friends, the Lafayette Drug Store is the choice place.

 A Christmas tree will be given Tuesday night, Dec. 23rd at the Bertand public school for the benefit of the school. Admission 10 cts. 

 The cutest, sweetest and prettiest fancy baskets you ever saw at the Lafayette Drug Store.

 There will be a Christmas tree at the Convent on Tuesday next. All friends and patrons are invited to be present.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1902.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 20th, 1890:


 After disposing of some civil cases last week, the Court met on Monday the 15th with the trail of the Jury Term of fifteen under act No. 35 of 1889, and the following cases were taken up:

 State vs. Ernest Bernard - referred to Hon. James E. Mouton, Judge of the 21st Judicial District Court for trial.

 State vs. Felix E. Voorhies & als. - Motion to quash indictment on plea of autrefois acquit, tried by jury and indictment quashed.

 State vs. Felix E. Voorhies & als. - Nolle pros entered.

 State vs. Julien David & als. - Nolle pros entered.

 State vs. Alcide Domingue - Plead guilty to the charge of carrying concealed weapons. Sentenced to a fine of $34.50, inclusive of costs, and 3 days in jail.

 On Wednesday the jury was discharged for the term.

 On Wednesdat Jos. A. Chargois, Esq., Judge ad hoc, tried the following cases.

 State vs. Sam Levy & als., who plead guilty to the charge of assault and battery, when they were sentenced as follows: L. Levy fined $45 and in default to 9 months to parish prison; and Sam Levy fined $25 and in default to 60 days parish prison. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1890.

MARRIAGES - At the residence of the groom, in the town of Lafayette, La., on Wednesday, December 17th, 1890, at 8 o'clock p. m., by Rev. Thos. F. Webb, MR. JOHN AL LANGHAM TO MISS ELEONORE MURTAUGH.
 At the Catholic Church at Lafayette, La., on the 15th of December, 1890, by Rev. Healy, Simon Bergeron to Mrs. Bergeron nee Trahan.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1890.

DIED - At the residence of his parents, in the town of Broussardville, La., on Tuesday, December 16th, 1890, at 8 o'clock p. m., Edwin Arthur, son of J. A. Roy and Cornelia Bailey, aged 20 months and 3 days. 

 "There is a reaper whose name is Death,
    And, here his sickle is keen,
  He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
     And the flowers that grow between."


 Edwin was a remarkably bright, active and healthy child, with every promise for the future. About two months ago he was attacked by a fever, which never left him until death came to his relief. The poet has well said, "a child in the house is a wellspring of joy," nor can death with ruthless hand take it away. Parental love more dearly approaches the Divine than any other human emotion, and is the perfume which lingers in the air after a flower is dead. "You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will, but the scent of the roses will linger there still." To a mother the child is never dead; a thousand associations bring its form and features back in memory, she sees it in the sunlight that kisses the flowers, and feels its touch in the zephyr that soothes her brow. In the window of her soul burns a lamp forever, a yearning beacon to guide the little wanderer home; and it will surely see it and come "when this wide firmament is rolled up like a scroll."

'My Lord has need of these flowerets gay,
      The Reaper said, and smiled,
  'Dear tokens of the earth are they,
      Where he was once a child.'

   'They shall all bloom in fields of light,
       Transplanted by my care,
    And Saints, upon their garments white,
       These sacred blossoms wear.'

   'And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
       The flowers she most did love,
   She knew she should find them all again,
       In the field of light above.'
         Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1890.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/20/1890. Does anyone remember ever having seen a more beautiful and propitious season than we have had for the past three months, especially the weather of the past eight or ten days?

 Wednesday four one-legged men could have been seen about the depot, all following the occupation of bootblacks.

 Mrs. J. Peyesie, of Opelousas, spent a few days in town, visiting Mr. Emile Pefferkorn's family. She left Tuesday night on a visit to friends in Galveston.

 Labe's Bazar continues to be the center of attraction down at the railroad. His fine assortment of goods and low prices are what make it so.  

 Patrons of the Moss Pharmacy are never given cause to grumble.

 To set off a genuine, old fashioned Christmas dinner nothing is more becoming or acceptable than a nicely roasted pig with an apple in its mouth. We haven't gotten any pig. 

On a drive to Broussardville a few days ago we noticed that many of the fields are still white with cotton. Evidently some of our farmers will not be able to get their crop picked out before it is time to prepare the ground for next season.

 Our merchants have all done a brisk business this week. Shoppers have been numerous, especially the fair sex, and our town presented a lively and bustling appearance; no pun intended. 

 If it fails, money refunded, Preston's "Hed-Ake."

 Capt. A. J. Ross's bridge force has finished repairs on and about the Crescent hotel, which has much improved the appearance of its extensive grounds. This is the appointed and deservedly the most popular hotel on the line between New Orleans and San Antonio. 

 Why suffer? Preston's "Hed-Ake" will cure you.

 When you kill your prize fat hog for Christmas let us know its weight, we want to let the world at large know that we can raise fine hogs in this section of the State. You needn't bring along any of the meat of the deceased swine - unless you insist upon it. 

 A large assortment of Eye-Glasses and Spectacles at the MOSS PHARMACY.

  Mr. A. Labe, down at the railroad, has just received his holiday goods, which he is selling at lowest prices. The line of Holiday attractions that has been displayed at the Moss Business Emporium for several days past would do credit to a place of much greater pretensions than Lafayette. Messrs. Moss Bros. & Co., were not contented with supplying the home demand alone, but catered to and succeeded in, securing a goodly portion of the patronage of the sister towns of Crowley, Rayne, Breaux Bridge and Abbeville.

 Our handsome and clever young friend Mr. N. A. Bulliard ("Teel"), accompanied by Mr. L. J. Bazus, of New Iberia, came up Sunday night and both gentlemen "took in" the ball at the Opera House. Teel was rather a wild colt when he lived in Lafayette, but we are glad to learn that he has mended his ways and is now a lieutenant in the Salvation Army at New Iberia. 

 "Of all the cakes my mammy bakes I do prefer the ginger cakes the best." - Shakspeare & John Vandergriff

 Go to Labe's Bazar for fancy cakes, snaps, and confectioneries of all kinds; a variety of mechanical and other toys. Go early, so as to avoid the rush.

 Everything kept in a first class Drug Store can be had at the MOSS PHARMACY.

 Col. E. McDaniel has entirely recovered from his recent violent attack of "hay fever," and most any day may be seen around his "Custom House" chapel melting the atmosphere with his smile (it would almost melt a brick). He has just had the Racket House saloon fitted up in elegant style, and is proud of it. Mr. Chas. E. Carey, the nonpareil paper hanger, did the work. 

 "Go it while you are young." Friday night of last week Master Barney Bowen assembled a lot of his friends at his residence to celebrate, in the usual "Young America" style, the anniversary of his birthday. There was plenty of fun, eating and drinking, (lemonade of course, for Barney is strictly temperate,) and all of his young friends were sorry when the hour of departure arrived. Barney's papa, Mr. W. E. Bowen, informed us that he was just three years old, but his mother says Barney "takes no note of time," and imagines that he is as big as they make them." She is afraid that he is inclined to take too much after his pa. 

 The Northwestern farmers are beginning to appreciate the difference between "the land of snow and the land of sun," and have been attracted hitherwards by reports of the mildness of our climate and the fertility of our soil. Monday morning a train of six cars, partly loaded with stock and household goods, bearing settlers from Kansas, passed here on their way to New Iberia to locate in that neighborhood. They will find farming here a delightful recreation as compared with Kansas. We can truthfully say of our country that if you "tickle the earth with a plow she will laugh with a plenteous harvest." We wish them success and prosperity. 

 Monday Capt. S. J. Montgomery dropped into our office bearing upon his shoulder two immense sugar canes of the white variety, much larger than a man's wrist, measuring 11 feet, 8 inches in length and weighing 19 pounds each. These canes were grown on Mr. Walter Torian's place. Weeks Island, where Capt. Montgomery's son Bob is working this season. The captain says these are not "selected" canes, but are about an average of the entire crop on the island, in fact, he could have cut some larger and longer, but the wind had twisted and crooked them that when out loose they couldn't lie still on the ground. He says the cane crop throughout that region is magnificent.

 If you have not already done so, go this day and make a few selections from the most exquisite line of Christmas souvenirs of every description that are now being offered at the Moss Business Emporium. 

 We are sorry to have to note a very painful and serious accident which happened to one of Lafayette's young men, Mr. Gaston Landry. For several weeks he has been working in the large sugar house on the Swinson plantation, on Bayou Sale. On the 11th inst.., while tending the centrifugals his right arm was struck by the machinery, which revolves with great velocity. His hand was broken at the wrist and turned back upon his arm, the flesh on the front of the arm from the wrist to the elbow, together with smaller forearm bone, was torn loose and doubled back onto his shoulder. As soon as possible he was conveyed to the Charity Hospital at New Orleans, where he now is under the hands of skillful surgeons. His and and arm were set and cased in plaster of Paris. He is reported as doing remarkably well for such a frightful wound. He has our sympathy and hopes for his speedy recovery. 

 "Christmas but once a year,
   Catch that pig and fetch him here."

 We find the following deserved compliment paid to the excellent service of our S. P. Railroad in the Times-Democrat of the 17th inst,: "A very fast run was made on the Southern Pacific between New Orleans and Houston, with a special train carrying an opera troupe, on Dec. 9th. The train left Algiers at 6:50 a. m. and reached Houston at 6:20 the same evening. The troupe was so pleased with the time made with their special train that they sent the following telegram to General Superintendent Van Vleck, at Houston: 'We desire to thank you personally, and through you the courteous and officials under you, for the time run this day given the company between Houston and San Antonio. We also desire to express our thanks for the unsurpassed time made over your line between New Orleans and Houston Dec. 9th.' " This train, in charge of that ever urbane and gentlemanly conductor Neuhauser, was pulled from Algiers to this point by the slick and genial Shields. Here conductor Black, one of the courteous and popular conductors of the L. W., took charge, and that jovial old veteran Bill Good snatched her into Houston "just too quick."

 Next Thursday will be Christmas. Haul out that old stocking and drag forth some of those rusty old dollars, open up your heart, and make home and family happy!  If ever we should yield to generous impulses it is Christmas time.

 Christmas comes but once a year and should be made a joyful day for all. The egression of things of comfort, usefulness, and beauty on sale at the Moss Business Emporium is unusually inviting, and furnishes to all an ample opportunity of gladdening the heart of a parent, relative or very dear friend.

 What is the matter with our correspondents? Our old "stand by" and "sheet anchor" - "Stick-in-the-Mud" - is the only faithful ally we have. Ah' if we could only cut him up and distribute him to a dozen different points in the parish, the world would hear something of the advantages offered and the progress being made by our unexcelled region of the country. 

 "La grippe" is epidemic in Lafayette, bit is of mild form. 

 Our lumber merchants are selling a good deal of lumber to citizens of our town, and substantial improvements are constantly going on in Lafayette. 

 We are now enjoying a fine variety of Fall and winter vegetables as we have ever seen grown in this "land of the sun." We can gather vegetables from our gardens here all the year round. 

 The roads throughout the parish are reported to be generally in fine condition. Splendid crops and good roads over which to get them to market. Plenty to eat and drink and money to spend. "Oh, what a year and what a country." 

 Marshal Micaud is now collecting city taxes and licenses. "Walk up to the Captain's office and settle "before it is too late and Auguste sweetly whispers in ear, "penalty and costs," and softly whistles to himself that good old tune "A little more cider, too."

 The Loreauville String Band paraded our streets Sunday afternoon and discoursed some very sweet music. Their performances at the Opera House was highly appreciated and heartily enjoyed. They are a gentlemanly and accommodating lot of young men, and will always find a welcome here. 

 Mr. J. B. Pellerin, the courteous, and popular night telegraph operator here for several months past, has been transferred to New Iberia. He is succeeded by Mr. L. B. Thompson, of New Orleans. We welcome this gentleman to our community, and trust that he will find his stay among us both pleasant and profitable. 

 Mrs. John Hahn returned Wednesday, after a pleasant visit of a few days to her sister, Mrs. Jno. H. Connif, at New Orleans.

 The entertainment given by the Association for the benefit of a high school, at Falk's hall, Sunday afternoon and night was eminently successful. The rendition of the very pretty little drama "Agnes DeVere" was excellent, and the audience was delighted. We have heard nothing but favorable comments upon the acting each and all of the players did remarkably well. The Association has made a good beginning and are to be congratulated upon their success. We learn that public spirited gentleman, Dr. H. D. Guidry, has generously offered to donate sufficient ground up which to erect the high school building.

 Two moustaches now wanted at the telegraph office. Same size, color and condition will do.

 We are under many obligations to our thoughtful representative, Hon. Andrew Price, for a splendid map of the United States, just issued by the U. S. Land Office. It is just what we needed.

 FIGHTS - The good old-fashioned Kilkenny fights have been revived.  Tuesday Mr. Parnell and party went to speak at Ballachalli. As soon as the speaking began a regular Irish 10w (?)  took place between the Parnelites and the McCartyites, in which the blackthorne and hazel clubs flourished luxuriantly. During the progress of the riot Mr. Parnell was struck in the face by a bag of lime, which seriously injured his eyes.

 At St. John's Church, Christmas, masses will be held at 6, 7, 8 and 9 o'clock a. m., and high mass at 10 o'clock.
 Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1890.

  From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 20th, 1879:



 The New York schooner, Mary L. Lord, has arrived at Calcasieu Pass with her cargo of steel rails and fastenings. Hereafter the company will receive all its freight by railroad, via Orange, Texas. The track is laid ten miles west, and sixteen miles east, of Lake Charles, leaving a gap of only twenty miles east between Lake Charles and Orange. With the track laid across that gap, (and the road bed is ready for it) and the completion of the Sabine River bridge, we will have daily communication by rail with all parts of the United States. Everything progresses favorably.  
 Reprinted from the Lake Charles Echo in the Lafayette Advertiser of 12/20/1879

Passing Through. - Mr. Egerly, the Secretary of the La. Western Railroad, passed through this place en route for Lake Charles. He states that the road will be in running order, or completed from here to Orange before the middle of April. This is pleasant to hear but many in this community have grown much like a certain old woman not unknown to fame, and like her they are constantly repeating "it can't be did."  Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1879.

Charged With Blackening and Maltreatment.

 The peace and good order of the town was violated last Friday night by the blackening and maltreatment of an unknown individual. Complaint was made and the parties charged with the commission of the offence were brought before the Mayor on Monday for examination. Those whom the evidence proved to be guilty were fined or in default ordered to jail. We are glad to note that the ordinances for the preservation of the peace and quiet of the town are enforced and the authorities should receive the support of all good people in their efforts in this direction. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1879.

Rainy Weather.

 Having experienced a dry summer and fall it is not surprising that we should have plenty of rain at this season. The low stage of water in all the streams of this section shows that the fall of rain up to this time is much less than usual. The rain we had here on Saturday last was very heavy, and no doubt general ;  in consequence navigation will be generally facilitated.

 The water in Vermilion Bayou rose at least ten feet ;  sufficient to float the Railroad timber lying on the banks, though we do not suppose that this will materially interfere with the progress of the work. 
Lafayette Advertiser 12/2o/1879.

Christmas Time. - The near approach of Christmas should warn the traditional "turkey gobbler" that it is time to get on the highest limb to roost. Santa Claus, we suppose, will pay his annual visit to the inexpressible delight of the children - and the fact will be proclaimed throughout the universe by a general use of whips, fire-crackers, whistles, &c.; - and the grown up children, how will they do? The majority of 'em will take sugar in their'n, and not be particular about eggs either.  Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1879.



 CENTREPORT - head of low-water navigation - Bayou Vermilion.

ARRIVALS: Steamer Mattie from Morgan City Dec. 17.

DEPARTURES: Steamer Mattie for Morgan City Dec. 18.
                                Steamer Mattie left New Orleans last Wednesday at 1 p. m.

 As stated last week, the water in the bayou on Friday was falling, but that night there was a copious fall of rain, causing a rise of eleven feet or thirteen feet above average low water stage and within four feet of the highest water mark. From Sunday at 12 midnight the current ran up for forty hours. Up to yesterday morning the water had fallen six feet. Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1879. 


1890 - An Electric Census. In 1834 the first practical telegraph was worked in England, after a crude attempt made in 1833, on a line of 13 miles between Paddington and Drayton. In 1844 a telegraph line was opened between Washington and Baltimore. In 1850 a copper wire insulated in gutta percha was submerged between Dover and Calais, and the first submarine telegraph was laid by the late T. R. Crampton.

 There are now 942 submarine cables, exclusive of the seven Atlantic cables, with an aggregate 112,740 nautical miles. The overland telegraph has already become a world wide institution, in which there is a total of 1, 680,900 miles of wire - enough of the attenuated metal to go around the equatorial belt of the globe just thirty times. The number of words transmitted, the miles traveled and the cash changing hands would tax the enumeration table

Lafayette Advertiser 12/20/1890

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