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 From the Lafayette Gazette of December 29th, 1900:


 Three Little Fellows Came Near LOSING THEIR EYES !!! 

An unusually large number of accidents are reported to have happened on Christmas. While none has so far resulted very seriously all are of a character to warn people of the danger of allowing children to use certain kinds of toys. Henry Voorhies, James Caffery and Lilian DeLahoussaye were the victims of accidents which came near proving very serious for all were injured about the eyes.

 The explosion of some powder which was being used to fire off a small cannon inflicted injuries in James Caffery's face. His eyes were pretty badly hurt, but, fortunately the little fellow is doing well and ill effects are not expected to follow.

 Little Henry Voorhies was accidentally shot in the eye with a toy pistol, which, it seems, had been loaded with bird-shot. Fearing that the eye might have been affected, Henry was taken to New Orleans for treatment, Dr. Girard, the local oculist, being absent. Mr. Voorhies has telegraphed from New Orleans that it will required several days to enable the physician to say whether or not the eye was seriously injured.

Lilian Delahoussaye was shot about the eyes also, but fortunately the pistol had been loaded with a blank cartridge. Though painful, the injury was not as serious as that sustained by young Voorhies and young Caffery. It is noticeable that the three boys who fared so poorly on Christmas were not themselves using the dangerous toys.
Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.


It is safe to say that Lafayette's holiday trade has been better than ever before. Judging from the crowds of people in the streets and the activity noticeable in the stores, this week's business has beaten all records.

All the merchants we have spoken with on this subject told us that they have every reason to be satisfied with this week's sales. On Monday hundreds of vehicles were seen in all sections of the town, carrying away to the many homes throughout the parish bundles of goods purchased from the local merchants. The large volume of retail business transacted during the holiday season demonstrates the prosperous condition of the people. We believe that the comparatively few homes in the community were not made happier by those little things which contribute so much to the mirth and joy of the fireside. Santa Claus, so dear to young hearts, is a sure criterion of good times, for what man or woman, who can afford it, would not grudgingly give his or her mite to make sure the annual visit of the venerated benefactor of little ones.

 A local dealer in high-class holiday goods gives out the information that his sales on Christmas Eve were very large -- unprecedentedly large. Another dealer as authority for the statement that all the stores had about as many customers as they could accommodate. This surely is an indication that the people are prosperous. All in all, Lafayette has reason to be pleased. Lafayette Gazette 12/20/1900.

At the Methodist Church - Several Hundred Presents Distributed.

 The Christmas tree at the Methodist church on Monday evening was a success in every detail. Its naturally beauty had been enhanced by numerous ornaments, beautiful presents and myriads of lights.

 Bright faces, sparkling eyes and a veritable Old Santa Claus completed a Yuletide picture which would defy the brush of an artist.

 Before the distribution of presents a song was rendered by the choir, and there was prayer by the pastor.

 The efforts of the Rev. C. C. Wier and those who helped him in the work were certainly appreciated, as was shown by the large audience that greeted the appearance of Santa Claus. The church was crowded with children and quite a large number of grown folk who had come to see the little ones enjoy themselves. All who saw the tree pronounced it very beautiful, and so it was. And it was pretty big tree, with enough branches to hang presents were given out, some being very valuable.

 Santa Claus was dressed in his time-honored costume, and his benovolent face was concealed under a most luxuriant growth of snowy white beard. It was the real Santa Claus that we have all heard about, and who knows just what to do to please the little boys and girls. Some say it was Willie Adams, but we are not ready to confirm this report. At any rate, it was the consensus of opinion among the children that he was a howling success.

 Santa Claus was assisted in his laborious task of distributing the presents by the following persons: Mrs. P. D. Beraud, Messrs. N. P. Moss, Crow Girard, J. J. Davidson, George Beadle, W. A. LeRosen, W. V. Nicholson, Masters Harold Demanade, Ashton Beraud, James Caffery. When the young one had all been the recipients of the bountiful generosity of their much beloved patron saint, it was announced that it was now his turn to receive a present. He was conducted to a miniature tree arranged especially for his benefit. There little Irene Beraud presented him with a very handsome bible. This was one of the most interesting features of the celebration.

 The part of raising the money to meet the expenses was assigned to Mmes. Felix Demanade and I. A. Broussard, who deserve much credit for their efficient cooperation.

 Mr. Melchert kindly volunteered his services and lighted up the tree with electricity. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

Epworth League.

 The Epworth League gave a literary entertainment at the Methodist church last Thursday evening. The following program was carried out:

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 Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

Will Be Strictly Enforced. - The town authorities request The Gazette to state that any one caught shooting off fireworks in the corporate limits will be promptly arrested and dealt with according to the law. The authorities have been compelled to pursue this course on account of the reckless violation of the ordinance relative this matter.
Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

 From the Laf. Bottling Works. - The Gazette was the recipient this week of a box of pop from C. W. Simms, proprietor of the Lafayette Bottling Works. The pop was sampled by a number of persons and all pronounced it excellent. As was stated in these columns  Mr. Simms is an experienced Manufacturer of carbonated drinks, and his works are equipped with all the modern appliances.
  Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

 The Roads in the 7th Ward. - Citizens of the Seventh ward complain of the condition of the public roads. While crossing a bridge near Desire Benoit's place Donatien Duson's horse had a leg broken. The loss to the owner is quite severe, as the horse was a very valuable animal. The Gazette is requested to call the attention of the proper authorities to these facts. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

Grinding Season is Over.

 In a few days the Lafayette Sugar Refining Company will have closed a most successful season. A long run was made without any serious breaks. With few exceptions the cane-growers of the vicinity have sold their cane to the company, and as far as we can hear the results have been mutually satisfactory.

 The town no doubt has been greatly benefited by the refinery, the policy of the management being to patronize the local firms as much as possible and to give employment to home people.. This public spirit is to be commended and is certainly worthy of emulation.

 Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

Railroad Company's Taxes.

 Last Wednesday Judge Parkerson settled with the town and parish for the taxes of the Louisiana Western.

 The company's town tax amounted to $6,083.81. Out of this sum $839.16 went to the Industrial Institute. The total of the municipal taxes is $12,848.93. The large assessment of the company is explained by the fact that this town is its domicile, hence the assessment of rolling stock at this point.

 The state and parish taxes of the Louisiana Western reached the handsome sum of $6,236.92, $2,624.74 being for the parish. The Industrial School gets $273.40.

 The taxes of the Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad have not yet been paid. This corporation will pay to the town $212.67, and to the parish and State $3,188.34.

 It will be seen from the foregoing figures that the town and parish derive a large portion of their revenues from the railroad taxes.

Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.


 Ceremony Performed at the Star and Crescent House.

 Mr. Louis Lemoine, of Calcasieu, and Miss Irene Virginia Long, of Rapides, were joined wedlock last Thursday evening. The marriage took place at the Star and Crescent House, and Judge Debaillon officiated.

 Mr. Lemoine and his fair bride arrived from Lecompte and registered at the Crescent. Shortly after Mr. Lemoine called on Deputy Clerk Hopkins for a license, but that officer told him he would have to secure something from the young lady's father authorizing the issuance of the license. This was immediately obtained by telegraphic communication, as the parent had no objection to the match. Both being worthy young persons, there was no reason to object. The fact that they were married here was explained by the young man, who said that his home being at Welsh and that of the young girl at Lecompte, this point was decided upon as the most convenient place for the celebration of the nuptials.

 Everything being in readiness, Judge Debaillon was driven to the Crescent and there pronounced the couple man and wife. Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn, Messrs. R. B. Conniff and John Vigneaux signed as witnesses.

 Mr and Mrs. Lemoine left on the night train for their home at Welsh. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

From the State University.

 Andrew McBride, Frank Broussard, Ovey Herpin, Louis Guerre and Henry Jeanmard, student at State University, are spending the holidays with relatives in this parish. Mr. Broussard informed the Gazette that the attendance this year at the University is larger than ever before in the history of that institution. The enrollment is 376. Work on the new dormitory and mess hall has begun. This building will cost about $20,000 and will be a three-story structure. The people of the State should be proud of this institution and should encourage it in every possible way. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.   

Death of Edward Cayard.

The Gazette reprints this sad news from the New Orleans Picayune.

  "...CAYARD. - On Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1900, at 3:25 a. m., Edward Charles Cayard, beloved husband of Josephine Taquino, a native of New Orleans, La., aged 33 years and 11 months.

  "...The friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will take place this (Wednesday) evening, Dec. 26, at 2 o'clock precisely, 307 Olivier street, between Pelican and Alix streets, Algiers, without further notice. - New Orleans Picayune ..."

 Mr. Cayard sustained internal injuries in a wreck while working on a railroad train in Tennessee. The accident happened about two months ago. He was taken to New Orleans for treatment, but as is shown by the foregoing clipping, his injuries were of such a character that even the most skillful physicians could not save his life.

 Mr. Cayard lived here many years, and always did his duty as father, husband, friend and citizen. He leaves a wife and one child and aged parents to mourn his death. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.


 Lafayette, La., Dec. 22, 1900.

 The Teachers' Institute held it (unreadable word) meeting on Dec. 22.

 Conductor W. A. LeRosen called the meeting to order and after roll call the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 A motion was made by Mr. H. E. Toll, seconded by Mr. Chas. A. Boudreaux, that the afternoon session of the Institute be discontinued. Carried.

 The practice classes occupied the first half hour after which the critique, conducted by Prof. W. A. LeRosen, was held.

 An interesting lesson in history of education followed, after which school management was discussed.

 The program closed with an able paper on "How to interest parents in school work," by Mr. Philip Martin.

 The following program was arranged for the meeting.

  Roll call.
  Practice class.
  Second grade, oral geography; Mr. N. C. Arceneaux.
  Third grade, oral history; Miss P. Doucet.
  Fifth grade, grammar; Mrs. Ida H. DeLaney.
  Critique - history of education, pages 93 - 118; Mr. W. A. LeRosen, leader.
  School management, pages 80 - 102; Mr. R. H. Broussard, leader.
  Discussion on "how many grades should be taught in country schools;" Mr. Chas. A. Boudreaux, leader.
   (Signed) LIZZIE G. MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.

Police Jury Proceedings.

          Lafayette, La., Dec. 20, 1900.
  The Police Jury met this day in special session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., F. G. Mouton, J. C. Buchanan, Alonzo Lacy, Saul Broussard, Alex M. Billeaud, Jr., F. G. Mouton, J. C. Buchanan, Alonzo Lacy, Saul Broussard, Alex. M. Broussard, J. O. Blanchet, John Whittington and J. A. Labbe.

 The president explained the object of the meeting to be the consideration of a petition, praying for the fixing of the parish liquor license for 1901 at one thousand dollars per annum in order to conform to the license adopted by the City Council of Lafayette.

 There being no motion to reconsider the resolution adopted Dec. 3, instant, fixing the parish license at $200, the following resolution offered by Capt. J. C. Buchanan was adopted without opposition:

 Be it resolved by the Police Jury that for the year 1901 no license to sell liquors of any kind shall be issued to any one to carry on or conduct said business within one half mile of the corporate limits of the town of Lafayette, La.

 Second, Resolved, That no license shall be issued for less time than the full term or one year and no person shall open up any business of saloon, grogshop or other business traffic, until he shall have first obtained license therefor as provided.

 Third, Resolved, That any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be submitted to a penalty of $100 for each offense.

 The Police Jury then adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900. 

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/29/1900.

 The Gazette will be pleased to receive educational items from the various school-teachers in the parish.

 Messrs. Jackson and Johnson have rented Mr. Caffery's building, formerly used as a post office, and will open a barber shop and bath rooms.

 A carload of celebrated Hickman Wagons's just received at Vordenbaumen's. Will be sold very cheap on account of lateness of season.

 Andrew Prudhomme & Co. is the name of a new firm that will begin business next to Veazey's bakery on the 1st of January. The Gazette wishes the new firm much success.  

 Rev. W. J. Sechrest has gone to St. Landry parish on a duck hunt.

 Mr. O. B. Hopkins, who has been at Greenville, Texas, for some time, has returned to Lafayette to remain permanently. He will have charge of the Vordenbaumen lumber yard.

 Thomas and Louis Debaillon and Lee Delahoussaye, who are attending Jefferson college, are spending the holidays with their parents in Lafayette.

 Miss Viola Kelly is quite ill at the home of Judge Parkerson in Lafayette.

 Prof. Stephens and Dr. F. E. Girard spent the week at Natchitoches.

 Miss Bessie Cornay came up from Patterson Monday to spend the week with relatives in Lafayette.
 Rev. C. C. Kramer will conduct divine services at the Presybyterian church Sunday, December 30, at 4 o'clock p. m.

 Vic Levy left Tuesday on a visit to Hot Springs, Ark.

 During the holidays Mrs. C. C. Weir entertained the following young people at her home: Miss Anna Merrick, Virgie Heard and Jack Heard of Avoyelles parish, and Miss Neppie Gassaway, of Goliad, Texas. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1900.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 29, 1894:

The Old Year and The New.

We Know the Past but Cannot Penetrate the Future.

 The record of 1894 is writ. Aside from the never ceasing operations of that inscrutable law of the Omniscient, that is as ruthless as it is mysteries, whose manifestation is unattended to save by sorgo and sack-cloth and ashes, and whose presence has rendered sad and filled with gloom some of our happiest homes, the lot of our own people, in common with the rest of the inhabitants of this country, has been an unusually hard one to bear during the year about to close. Whilst it is true we have not experienced the extreme hardships visited on less favored sections of the country, yet we have keenly felt the effects of the profound industrial and agricultural depression that has covered every portion of the United States for many months past. But we cannot undo the past, and our attention is so much engaged with the present that we hardly have time to even conjecture as to the future. Perhaps it were best to not make the attempt. We may hope, yes! And it is well we should hope.

Let us hope to profit by the experiences of the past. The pitfalls that marked out pathway during 1894, it must be special study to avoid in 1895. Past mistakes should be made to serve for future guides. We believe Lafayette has a bright future before it that remains to be worked out by its people. If we earnestly hope for an early realization of this belief we may expect action to follow at no distant time, and action - earnest, harmonious action - will soon develop into results of astonishing proportions.

With a climate and a soil of incomparable value and possibilities, who can doubt the grandness and magnitude of the materialization we will leave to posterity! As we enter upon the New Year let our highest hope be to witness a unity of purpose among our people against which no obstacle of human design will avail, a determination of will to carry us to its legitimate ends the capabilities of this most specially favored country of ours.

Imbued with such a feeling we may with reason look forward to better times and The Advertiser sincerely wishes for the people of Lafayette town and parish in common with the people of other climes, a happy and prosperous New Year as prelude to the greater blessings that we hope are in store for us all.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894.

Big Holiday Trade.

 We have heard at random of several of our merchants having had a smashing big holiday trade and each name we heard mentioned in this connection happened to be a business firm using THE ADVERTISER as an advertising medium. We can assure them all of satisfactory returns on all investments of the kind made with us. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894.



 It is the truth and that makes it all the more unfortunate - that too few of the people who are the mostly interested, recognize the incomputable value of the local newspaper to a community. The friend in prosperity and adversity, alike; the one toiler for the betterment of all classes and conditions that knows no rest, legion is the number that appear to believe they owe no allegiance or support to the local newspaper. If men would only view the subject from a purely business standpoint they would manifest a much greater interest in a matter of deepest concern to them. We wonder if the citizens of Lafayette would care very much if there existed no local newspaper in their midst? Aside from a few malcontents who never care for anything, we imagine absence of such a commodity would be most keenly felt. The generality of persons are not sufficiently appreciative of the value and services of the local newspaper and their indifference greatly restricts its influence for general good. A more healthy sentiment should be cultivated in this regard. A newspaper is the accredited representative of the people among whom it is published and should be maintained in a way to do credit to the constituency, because the more largely supported it is, the more possible it becomes to conduct the newspaper on broader lines, thereby adding to its capabilities. To treat the local press with illiberality is a most shortsighted policy. Persons who do it stand directly in their own light. Mr. A. or Mr. B.'s patronage of a local newspaper should not be determined by his personal likes of dislikes. He should offer it substantial support on general principles. Why? Because in doing so he is strengthening his local paper and by that means is bettering his personal condition. A spirited and progressive local newspaper wields a powerful arm for good in a community. It does so in countless ways, and that fact (unreadable word) it to a very strong claim on the (unreadable word) for whose benefit it is is published (unreadable words), and if one such (unreadable word), to be able to accomplish even greater good. The inference to draw, then, is that where two or more newspapers exist in a locality all have just and equal claim on the people, and the people would find it of the greatest advantage to recognize the truth of this and treat them with the utmost liberality. Please understand we have no private grievance to ventilate in this connection. The Advertiser is receiving a very satisfactory support in this community. Certainly if its patronage was greatly increased its service and general utility would be of a correspondingly higher plane, in proof of the very point we have been arguing. The proposition we have laid down is a simple one and one of business and it remains for those most deeply concerned to utilize it to their own advantage if they see fit to do so.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894

 Discouraging Credit. - One of our prominent country merchants who has always done a large credit, or advancing business, informed us lately that he was determined to never again sell to his patrons any commodity (such as meat, lard, brooms, etc.) on time, that they could raise of produce at home. He hopes by his example and this means to compel the farmers who have been so completely dependent on him and cotton, to become more self-supporting and independent by diversifying their crops and engage in pork and poultry raising on a more extended scale. He believes it to be everyone's duty, placed under similar circumstances, to force certain facts on the minds of the agricultural classes by discouraging credit to the utmost. He reasons that it may go hard with the farmer the first season, to be cut off from his usual source of supplies, but this very fact will soon place him on a better footing than he has ever attained before, a position of independence infinitely difficult if not absolutely impossible to acquire under the antiquated and insurmountable credit system of the past.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894.

Feast Day of Christmas.
The feast day Christmas was observed with becoming grandness and solemnity at St. John's Catholic church. Divine services were begun at 4:30 o'clock a. m. and continued until near noon time. At each mass multitudes of the pious were present. The High Mass began at 9:30 o'clock was beautiful and imposing. The Rev. Father Forge officiated and had for assistants the Rev. Fathers Maltrait, de Stockalper and Raby. An eloquent and most impressive sermon was delivered by Rev. Father de Stockalper, who chose for his text the birth of Christ. The choir, under the able direction of Miss Eliza Mouton, rendered the mass of Mecadante, with grand effect. At the offertory the traditional "Minuit Chretien", of Adam was sung by Dr. F. G. Mouton..
Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1900.

Christmas at Prof Greig's School.

 The exercises at Prof. Greig's school Christmas eve were of a most pleasing character and proved highly entertaining to all concerned. The school building was fairly packed with children and interested spectators and the delight of the former was no less great than their surprise, at the apparition of good old Santa Clause in their midst to distribute appreciated little mementoes of the happy occasion. We regret that want of space prevents us from publishing the program of the day. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894.

Children's Festival.

 The children's festival at the Methodist church Thursday evening was largely attended and a general good time was had by all present. The exercises were interesting and the pleasing outcome of the evening's doings afforded satisfaction to the promoters and attendants, alike. Little souvenirs were distributed by the always good Santa Claus, to the great delight of the little children. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894.

To the Advertiser:

 A School Celebration was held on the 21st inst. at the Whittington school house, 8th ward, presided over the Hon. J. S. Whittington, member of the School Board.

 The pupils of that School present and numbering about 70, dressed in their holiday clothes, keeping good order, formed an array of cheerfulness and brightness very pleased to behold.

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 Miss Corrine Whittington and Masters Kleber Dronette, Elie Vincent and Octave Duhon distinguished themselves by their proficiency in the examination.

 A bountiful lunch generously provided by Mr. John Whittington, Jr., was then served and eaten with evident relish.

 The large audience, consisting of the patrons of the school and many of the friends of education, numbering about 200, three times as many as the school house could contain, was enthusiastic and many of them expressed their satisfaction to the teacher.

 The whole was a very creditable affair and it is to be hoped it will answer the purpose for which it was intended, i. e. to stimulate more interest in the school.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1900.

Editor of the Advertiser:

 Lack of time will prevent me from presenting to your readers, a more elaborate account than what follows, of the exercises at the Theall school Christmas night.

 The house was crowded to "overflowing." The Christmas tree well laden-ed with fruits, candies, toys, etc., was beautiful to behold. The flags unfurled, inspiring. Addresses in french were made by Messrs. Victor Perrodii and Robert Broussard. Songs. Christmas songs, were sung. When Santa Claus (Dr. M. R. Cushman) appeared on the scene robed in his Christmas attire, he was hailed with great delight. Many children's hearts were made glad who had never seen a Christmas tree, or the long and oft talked of Santa Claus. All seemed to enjoy themselves and went to their homes happy.

 Permit me to thank the enterprising firm of Mouton Brothers & Co. for the beautified U. S. flag presented by them for the school. It should serve to instill patriotism into the minds of the pupils.
        Yours hastily,
             Bee Eff Tee.
Dec. 27th, 1894.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1900.

The Ball at the Crescent Hotel.

 Worthy of special note on account of its uniqueness and completeness, was the soiree dansante at the Crescent Hotel Christmas eve. The elegant dining hall had been tastefully decorated with palms, evergreens, moss and living plants for the occasion and a few score of nicely arranged miniature flags increased the air of gaiety lent to the room by many brilliantly illuminated chandeliers. There were present a full complement  of the beaus and belles of the place to whose charms were added those of their visiting guests. The gentlemen in evening dress and the ladies in most fascinating ball costumes presented a truly beautiful picture to hold. The grand march was led by Mr. Ed. Givens & Miss Lettie Collins and furnished one of the most captivating features of the evening. The refreshment salon was arranged with striking good taste and with a special regard for the comfort and enjoyment of the guests. Hot chocolate and tea, cakes, bonbons and other inviting dainties were served in a peculiarly pleasing way under the personal direction of most amiable Mrs. Hahn, and between the dancing room and the salon time fleeted by in a manner so highly agreeable that Christmas eve had encroached far upon the hours of Christmas morn before the young people thought of hieing themselves home.

 The projectors of the affair have every reason to feel gratified at the completeness of the success of the event, and no doubt consider themselves specially fortunate in having enlisted in its behalf so companionable and such valued a host and hostesses as Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn, of the Crescent Hotel, proved to be on this particular occasion. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1900.

On Behalf of Education.

 Prof. Greig, the principal, has informed us that the last payment of $250.00 on the additions recently made on the public school building under his charge, becomes due on Jan. 1st, and that about $100.00 of this amount is lacking. Prof Greig very popular believes that the deficiency should be raised among the patrons of the school, as the beneficiaries of the improvements made, and now appeals to their sense of duty and public spiritedness to provide the balance needed to cancel the last outstanding indebtedness. The call is a most one and should meet with a ready response on all sides, especially when it is considered what a trifling contribution on the part of each will furnish the amount required. The Advertiser has been requested to receive donations fo money and will acknowledge amounts left at this office. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1900.

Disappointing Exhibition.
The advance agent of the Midway Plaisance Company called on us last Tuesday to say that his company now on its way to this place must not be confounded with the trooping caravan that visited Lafayette lately and gave such a disappointing exhibition. A hand bill left with us announces that the Midway Plaisance Company will introduce the "Nantch Dancing Girl direct from the World's Fair Midway," Ida Daley. Serpentine and Higland Fling Dancer," Dally Marjanette, champion High Kicker and Skirt Dancer," etc., and other specialties. This company will be here next week and posters will give the exact date. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894. 


 On Sunday the 6th of January, races will be run on the Aurelien Primeaux track in this parish. The principal race will be by "Laby" belonging to M. Aurelien Primeaux, and "Maud S", owned by Mr. Ad. Prejean. The distance is 5 arpents and the purse $100. Entry will be free to all. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894.


Arrested After Robbery.    A white man and a negro, both strangers, were run down and arrested by officers and citizens whilst endeavoring to make their escape Thursday evening, after having robbed a negro passenger on the train at the railroad station. They were sharpers and were playing the "lock" trick on their victim, who would not willingly part with his cash, hence the arrestation that followed. Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/29/1894.

 Two second hand pianos for sale. Apply at this office.

Dr. G. C. Mouton, or Rayne, was in Lafayette on the 26th. instant.

Prescriptions carefully filled at all hours, of the day and night at Gardebled's pharmacy.

Mr. Ed. Mayfield came up from the Cypremort branch to spend the holidays with his family.

Dr. M.R. Cushman and wife, of Milton, were in Lafayette last Saturday, doing some holiday shopping.

Dr. Felix Girard arrived from New Orleans last Saturday to enjoy the holidays in the bosom of the family.

Mrs. E. C. Carey is making a pleasant stay at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. McDaniel.

 The Obituary published in our last issue should have been dated Carencro instead Lafayette. We offer our excuses.

 The ladies of this community will always find a complete stock of latest style hats and bonnets and seasonable millinery goods at Mrs. M. E. Simpson's.

When in need of lumber, shingles, mouldings, sash, doors and blinds, and cisterns, call on Moss and Mouton if you want good quality and lowest prices.

Wait for W. A. Bonnet, the photographer to have your photographs made. He will arrive in Lafayette early in January and is coming to locate permanently.

 If you wish to while away an evening pleasantly go and see the Emma Warren Theatrical Company at Falk's Opera House to-morrow night. Reserved seats now on sale at Falk's.

 Whenever you decide to purchase a wagon, buggy, or other vehicle, or agricultural implements of any kind, you will find it in your interest to consult Mr. Leopold Lacoste's stock and prices.

Does your broach or earring need soldering? Must you watch or clock be repaired? If so leave them at L. Nollive's. Satisfaction guaranteed in workmanship and charges.

 F. Demanade - you know him very well - he is the "up to date" grocer whose stock of fresh family and fancy groceries and fine table wines and liquors is always replete and inviting. Go see for yourself.

 Moss Bros. & Co. have had a lively trade in holiday goods this week.

L. Levy and Son are offering big values in ready made clothing for men, youths and boys. They advertise cut-prices in shoes and men's underwear, also. A visit to their mammoth establishment will be well repaid.

Mr. Alfred Hebert, proprietor of the Cheap Cash Store near the railroad depot, is offering his entire stock of general merchandise at low prices. He invites you to give him a call.

As a return compliment to the young ladies, whose mindfulness they are indebted for the brilliant ball of Christmas eve, the young men of Lafayette are now engaged in making extensive preparations for another grand dance New Years' eve, at the Crescent Hotel.

Hogs For Sale - At Alfred Hebert.

 Fine watches, ornamental clocks, attractive silverware and most captivating jewelry of every description meets the eye on every hand. "Where?" Why at Biossat's, of course.

 Mouton & Salles want it known that their model retail store is laden with bargains for you, in every line they handle and they handle nearly everything. Give em' a call and they'll make it interesting for you.

Mr. M. A. Garrett and family have severed their connection with the Gus A. Breaux plantation in this parish, and will move back to their home in St. Mary parish about the first instant.

Mr. B. Falk is a leader in low prices when it comes to Furniture, Stoves, Dry Goods and general merchandise. He is prepared to give you a square business talk and only wants an opportunity to prove it.

Mr. Alex Delhomme, of Breaux Bridge, has had patented recently a combination monkey wrench of wide utility. It is especially designed for ready adaptation to any size bolt and the perfectness of the mechanism of the tool will readily recommend it for general use.

Police jury meets next Monday.

First quarter of the moon will be Jan. 4th.

  A meeting of the School Board will be held next Saturday, the 5th, proximo.

 Pay your taxes or suffer the consequences. The line will be drawn tout on the 31st. instant.

Messrs. Wm. O. Hooley and Prof. D. F. Toler of Milton gave us a pleasant call last Thursday.

"Magnolia Blossoms Schottische" by Dr. A. Guilbeau of Breaux Bridge, for sale at this office.

 You will want a few New Year's cards not expensive but neat, attractive cards, you will find them at Moss Bros. & Co.

 Mr. Chevalier Selers, an old and much esteemed citizen, died at his home near Youngsville last Wednesday evening. He was aged 71 years.

The Advertiser returns thanks for a complimentary ticket of the grand dramatic entertainment to take place in Capel's opera house at Rayne, La.

The two-month old infant of Mr. Alcee Mouton departed this life on the 26th, instant. The Advertiser offers its sympathy to the sorrow stricken parents.

 On account of being overcrowded with copy we were compelled to omit communications and other interesting matter this week. These will be given preference in our next issue.

 Mr. Hazard Bernard lost his cotton gin near Broussardville, by fire on the 20th instant. The flames also consumed nearly 100 bales of cotton belonging to several neighboring planters.

One of our parishioners by the name of Ambroise Begnaud collided with a vehicle whilst riding at full speed on horse back Christmas evening, and as a result suffered a com-minuted fracture of the bones of one leg just above the ankle. Dr. G. A. Martin attended the unfortunate man.

Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894. 


 From the Lafayette Gazette of December 29th, 1894:

Christmas Eve Party.

 The party at the Crescent Hotel on Christmas eve was one of the most brilliant social events that have taken place during the year 1894. It was a very fashionable affair, and the costumes were beautiful. The hospitable host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. hahn, were untiring in their efforts to make all the guests enjoy themselves, and they were eminently successful.

 Among those present were:

 Mesdammes Kelly, Parrot, Hahn, Bonnet, Serret, DeBlanc, J. F. Mouton, M. Mouton, Biossat, Cornay, L. F. Salles. Misses Adelaide, Lovensjhold, Lettie Collins, Maud Young, Stella and Haydee Trahan, Mattie and Sallie Torian, Lea Gladu, Louise Givens, Clye and Lizzie Mudd, Lizzie Parkerson, Ada Moss, Isaure Guidry, Bessie Cornay, Maria and Maggie Bagnal, Zerelda and Nellie Bailey.

 Messrs. Baxter Clegg, R. Trahan, Ed and John Givens, J. Nickerson, R. S. Parkerson, F. E. Girard, Leo Judice, W. A. LeRosen, P. Bailey, G. Guidry, R. Domengeaux, R. Roy, J. G. LeBlanc, L. F. Salles, Dr. N. P. Moss, Wm. Parrot, L. Serrett, G. DeBlanc, John Hahn, Dr. F. Mouton, Dr. Raney, T. J. Folly, P. and N. Torian, G. Coniff.

 Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

Santa Claus at the Methodist Church.

 The Juvenile Missionary Society of the Methodist church, under the auspices of Mrs. T. S. Randle, gave a most enjoyable entertainment last Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church. "The Missionary Clock," a recitation by twelve boys and girls, was a prominent feature of the affair, and evoked general commendation. Songs and recitations by the little folks completed a very interesting program. A collection was then taken up and a liberal amount realized for missionary work. Santa Claus here made his appearance, loaded with the goods to delight the hearts of the children, and distributed his wares without stint. He then bade the young folks follow him, and conducted them, amidst the greatest glee, into the parsonage, and there fairly bankrupted himself in treating to cake, candy, nuts, etc. The older folks also shared in Santa's generosity, and seemed to appreciate the good things just as thoroughly as the young folks. During the exercises Rev. Mr. Randle, on behalf of the Sunday School children, presented their superintendent, Mr. David Riggs, with a large comfortable rocking chair.
 Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

Christmas Exercises.

 Prof. Greig, and his able assistants, M. Jamieson and Miss Lizzie Mudd, may well feel proud of the success of the Christmas exercises by the pupils of the public school, at the school house last Monday evening. It has seldom been our pleasure to witness a more interesting school entertainment, and one gotten up with as much taste. The recitations were brief and appropriate, and the little ones spoke their pieces with honor to their teachers, and credit to themselves. The Gazette does not care to particularize, because they all did well, but it cannot fail to compliment little Tom Tolson, for he brought down the house and made a big hit. The following is the program:

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 Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

To Pay for the School House.

 On January 1 the last payment on the public school house is to be made. We regret to say that the sum of $100 is lacking to make up the amount of $250. By dint of energy Prof. Greig has raised the amount now in hand, and he hopes to be able to raise the balance needed by the 1st of the next month, and his failure to do so will cause great embarrassment. There are a number of patrons of the school who have not yet contributed their share, and it is to be hoped that they will make their contributions, now that the money is badly needed. Prof Greig has already devoted a great deal of his time to the collection of sufficient money to build the school house, and our people spirit, by helping to meet the last payment on the building. Few committees are blessed with a public school under better management, and it would be a lasting disgrace on the people if they fail or refuse to raise the small sum of $100. If everyone who had not already contributed his share will give 50 cents or a dollar, it will be an easy matter to make the payment. It is useless for us to dwell longer upon the urgent necessity of immediate action by the people. All with admit that good schools are absolutely necessary in a town, and the only way to have them is by supporting them. Mr. Greig is ready to receive subscriptions, and those who have not already given their share, should hasten to do so, as the time is short. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894.


 Another beautiful wedding, attracted a large number of people at the Catholic church Thursday evening. Miss Julia Olivier, one of the handsomest and most entertaining and most charming young ladies of Lafayette, was married to Mr. Fred Hobien, by the Rev. Father Forge. The bride was born and reared in this town, and no one enjoys the esteem of a larger circle of friends. The groom is an employe of the Southern Pacific Co., and is a young man of great worth.

 At about 5 o'clock the bridal party entered the church. The bride, dressed in light gray satin, with crepon trimming, walked to the altar by the side of her father, Mr. O. Olivier. The bridesmaid, Miss Nita Scranton, was most becomingly attired in blue silk. Mr. George Whiting, a friend of the groom, was best man. After the ceremony at the church, a number of friends and relatives repaired to the bride's home, where a reception was given in honor of the young couple, who left on the westbound train for San Antonio. They will spend two weeks in that city, after which they will go to El Paso, Texas, their future home.

 The Gazette extends its congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hobien, and wishes them a full measure of happiness. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

A First Class Laundry. - R. C. Sealy and J. C. Fuller of New Iberia have purchased the Lafayette Laundry and will take possession of it on Jan. 1. The Gazette is pleased to note this fact. Lafayette needs a good laundry and we have no doubt that Messrs. Sealy and Fuller are experienced laundrymen and will give the people first-class service. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

 Accidentally Shot. - Auguste Guidry a colored man, accidentally shot himself in the left hand last Sunday evening, causing a wound sufficiently serious to necessitate the amputation of a finger. Dr F. R. Tolson performed the operation.
 Laf. Gazette 12/29/1894.

Domengeaux Buying In.

 We are pleased to learn that our young friend, J. R. Domengeaux, will, on the 1st of January, figure as one of the proprietors of the Scranton drugstore at Royville. The firm's name will be Scranton & Domengeaux and the business will continue to be done in the same straightforward manner and at the same place. We bespeak for the firm a continuance of the prosperity which it has always enjoyed. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

Nearly Destroyed By Fire.

 The ginnery of Mr. Hazard Bernard near Broussardville was destroyed by fire last Tuesday morning. Nearly 100 bales of cotton, belonging to small farmers were also consumed by the flames. Mr. Bernard had only $600 insurance on his gin and the loss will be quite heavy. Several farmers lost all their crops and it will be seriously felt by them. The fire is believed to have been of accidental origin. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

 Changes at Methodist Church.

 The Gazette omitted to note last week that the Methodist conference recently held in New Orleans had assigned the Rev. T. S. Randle to the Lafayette charge for another year, while his sons, the Revs. R. R. and R. W. Randle will be sent to New River and Lake Charles. The Rev. T. S. Randle is popular in Lafayette and possesses the esteem and respect of all the people irrespective of creed, and his assignment to this place for the ensuing year will be learned with pleasure. To Mr. A. S. J. Neil, who has lived here for the past few months, the congregations of Arnaudville and St. Martinville were allotted, and the Rev. J. M. Beard, also well-known here, will have charge of the New Iberia church. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.



 Railroad accidents have occurred with alarming frequency of late. In some instances lives of railroad men have been lost while serious bodily injuries were sustained by others. Accidents will happen to trains no matter how careful and diligent the officials and employes of the roads may be, but since a few weeks so many wrecks and collisions are reported that an inquiry as to their cause would not be amiss. Are they attributable to carelessness on the part of the employes? We are unable to say, but if the fault lies with them, the proper authorities should investigate matters at once, and if possible prevent the recurrence of these death-dealing accidents in the future.

 Some well-informed persons are of the opinion that these unusual accidents are due to the large numbers of trains that are being run since the busy season opened, while other gentlemen equally well-informed, believe that carelessness and negligence, are in most cases, responsible for them. This road has always enjoyed the reputation of being one of the safest in the country, and it is only lately that accidents on it have been unreasonably frequent.

 The Gazette earnestly hopes that the officials will take the proper steps toward checking these fearless catastrophes. That something should be done at once, it is clearly evident. Men, in most cases fathers of families, have lost their lives while in the performance of their duties, and for the sake of humanity remedial steps should immediately be taken to stop this slaughter of human beings. It will do no good to sing the virtues of the victims and mourn over their deaths, but measures should be employed to spare the lives of others, who will inevitably share the same horrible fate. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

 Reasons Why You Should Locate In Southwest Louisiana.

 1st.  It's healthy; not subject to epidemics; has the lowest death rate in the states (8 to 1,000; more old people to population than elsewhere, nine tenths population white; northern people almost invariably gain increased vigor, recover from catarrh, are relieved of kidney diseases. They are out of doors more. It helps rheumatism and strengthens the lungs. A radical change like this will add ten years to the average life.

 2d.  Good rainfall, evenly distributed, 55 to 60 inches annually.

 3d.  The evenest, the best climate in the United States.

 4th.  Prairie and timber in best proportion. Good clay soil with hard pan sub-soil. Good water 10 to 20 feet through clay. No stones, stumps, roots or other obstructions. Well covered with an excellent sod of wild grasses of medium quality which can be replaced with Bermuda or Lespedesa (Japan clover), best grades known.

 5th.  Crops are more valuable here. Louisiana grows an average, by census, $20 per acre to the northern States $8. Sugar cane yields 20 tons per acre, each ton as valuable as wild hay North yielding only 1 1/2 tons average. Rice is grown on new sod before rotting and yields 10 barrels per acre, valued at $3 a barrel, gives an income of $30 an acre and costs $10 to grow it. Such land can be bought at $5 to $10 an acre; improved, $10 to $25 per acre.

 6th.  The nearer the gulf the healthier the climate and earlier the season.

 7th.  All hardy vegetables such as radishes, turnips, lettuce and cabbage grow all winter.

 8th.  Figs and oranges are at their best here. Japan kid glove oranges commence bearing at one or two years from budding; will do well anywhere in Southwest Louisiana bring the highest price in market and are better flavored.

 9th.  Pears of few varieties do well. Blackberries and dewberries (wild or tame) and strawberries do well.

 10th.  Nut bearing trees are at home here and are very profitable.

 11th.  Poultry does exceedingly well.

 12th.  Stock of all kinds do well; horses, mules, hogs, sheep and goats.

 13th.  Altitude, 60 feet. Too flat to wash, too high to overflow.

 14th.  We grow sugar cane and rice in perfection; the only field crops we import. On both crops we have a good profit, without tariff or bounty.

 15th.  The climate, the conditions, the fruit (fig, orange, pomegranate, grape and persimmon) all indicate plainly that this is the lost Eden.

 Write to the nearest Southern Pacific Representative for Routes and Rates. S. F. B. Morse, C. P. T. & T. A., New Orleans, La. Lafayette Gazette 12/19/1894.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/19/1894.

 Dr. Mudd, Ed. Higginbotham and Crow Girard made a short visit to New Iberia Sunday.

 The boys and girls of the High School gave a party at the school house last night. It was a very enjoyable affair.

 Miss Laura, daughter of the well-known merchant Leon Plonsky, came home Saturday from New Orleans where she has been attending the Markey-Picard Institute. Lafayette Gazette 12/29/1894.

Electricity of the Future to be Applied Through the Ether.

 In the opinion of leading electricians one of the next great steps forward in electrical developments will be the doing away with wires for the transmission of electricity. Our present methods for transmission of electric energy are held to belong to primitive stage or the science. All the paraphernalia of wires and poles etc., that are now necessary are regarded as crude clumsy and wasteful, belonging to a period of development corresponding to that of a child where it cannot walk without support.

In the coming period all necessity for these things will be done away with, and the methods for the transmission of the marvelous energy that has been harnessed to do the work of the world will be as invisible as the flow of the fluid itself. The harness will disappear, and Ariel will do his subtle service with no outward token of his existence save in the effects produced. It will aesthetically, be a great relief when this end is accomplished, and the poles and wires that appear to be filing interminably in gaunt procession over nearly every highway in the country, disfiguring the landscape unspeakably, have at last served their ends and vanished. We are now getting rid of the wires that have become such a nuisance and source of danger by placing them underground at great expense. But, sooner or later, there will be no wires at all either above the ground or below.

That such will be the case is held by electricians to be no wild fancy. Men like Dolbeare, Thomson and Tesla look forward to it with confidence - a confidence which would seem to be justified by the fact that, to a limited extent, its feasibility has already been demonstrated. And when the theoretical soundness of any proposed method has been demonstrated its practicability is pretty certain to follow. Experience with the more familiar forces has accustomed us to look for tangible instrumentalities as a necessity in the transmission of any power. We see that water cannot be carried except in something to hold it, as in pipes, and the same way we think it must be necessary to have wires connecting electricity. But the field in which electricity operates belongs to an entirely different realm from that where other mechanical forces work. Water power proceeds from the operation of a liquid upon solids, and steam and wind powers from gaseous substance upon solids. But the field of electricity is in the mysterious element of the ether - an element that is a material as the others in a manner, pervading as well as enfolding all other substances, but in itself absolutely intangible to our senses, and known only by the effects which it produces, or for the production of which it forms the medium.

While sound is transmitted in the air, light and heat, as well as electricity, are transmitted in the ether, and the laws governing them have been discovered to be identical. So for the transmission of electrical energy only the medium of the ether is essential, and how to utilize this medium directly, without the intervention of wires or other conducting agencies will be the great task of the future for electricians.

Electrical impulses imparted to the ether may be conveyed to an indefinite distance. The capacity to receive and transmit them depends upon the delicacy of the instrument used. With a mechanism sufficiently responsive it is conceivable that such impulses might be received between distances as far apart as the ends of the earth. The flashes of the aurora borealis, sweeping instantly from horizon to zenith, give us an idea of the vastness of space which such impulses may be made to cover. The telephone has been used for a considerable distance without wire, and in the same way telegraphic communication has been carried on over a distance of several miles. It is only necessary to systematize these methods to apply them in regular practice.

It seems probable that the transmission of intelligence without wires will be the first result in this direction, and that the transmission of light, heat and power will follow. The saving will be something immense. The operation of the mechanism employed for these purposes will probably be analogous to that of tuning forks, where one responds to the vibrations set up in another. With dynamos running at a certain pitch, electric lights, heating apparatus and motors at a distance, attuned to that pitch, will be set in operation.

The economy of such a system would be naturally immense. The supply of electricity from a central station is at present a wasteful method, on account of the cost of the copper wire necessary to conduct it. The interest on the cost of this portion of the plant forms one of the greatest items of expense in the transmission of electricity from a central station. It is, therefore, much more economical, in cases where many lights are used, to depend upon an isolated plant in the building itself than upon a supply from a central station. But with the use of wires dispensed with, the generation of electricity at a central station, where fuel could be concentrated and converted into energy on a large scale, would naturally be most economical for the entire community. The increase in the standard of living, and in the world's wealth, consequent upon the decreased cost of such a system, would be inestimable.

From the Boston Herald and in the Lafayette Advertiser 12/29/1894

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