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From the Lafayette Gazette of December 5th, 1903:


The Waif's of New York.

 The Waif's of New York will be at Falk's opera-house on Saturday, Dec. 5. This is the strenuous age of sensation in things theatrical and plays based on thrilling incidents have been launched by the score and yet not one of these has overstepped in popular favor "The Waif's of New York" with bright vivacious merry Katie Emmett as the attraction of the cast. And yet this is a play well fixed in the good graces of the theater goer seasons ago and it is just as popular today for those who revel in sensation, for no scene tending to rouse an audience to be highest pitch of enthusiasm that has ever been constructed greater or more effective, than that showing the daring newsboy swinging to the Harlem railroad bridge with the little child clinging to him, while the train thunders over his head.

Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.

Proud of Her Great Honor.

Merry Katie Emmet is proud of the fact that she has been made a member of many social organizations. But the pride of all to her is the fact that she is an Honorary Life Member of the Order of Elks. It has always been her life's pride, and she wears a beautiful diamond medal, given her by the Grand Lodge.

 She will not except any engagement in a theatre where the management will not reserve a private box for the officers of the Elks. Miss Emmet does not do this for commercial gain but because of her great love for the grandest Order in the world, the B. P. O. E. She will appear at Falk's opera-house on Saturday, Dec. 5. Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903. 

 "A Gambler's Daughter" -  the new melo-drama by Owen Davis, has been accorded a gratifying reception wherever presented, and is a worthy companion to "Lost in the Desert," "Through the Breakers," etc., etc., which are all successful products of the same prolific writer. It will appear at Falk's opera-house on Dec. 8.
 Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.


Miss Cora Martin, daughter of Assessor A. M. Martin, and Mr. Abraham Praeger were married at the bride's home last Tuesday morning by Rev. Father Crozier of St. John's Catholic church, in the presence of the members of the family and a few friends. Miss Corinne Guidry was the bridesmaid and Mr. Louis Praeger, a brother of the groom, the best man. After the marriage ceremony enjoyable refreshments were served. The bride and groom left on the afternoon train for New Orleans and Cincinatti to spend a few weeks.

 Mr. Rene H. Comeaux and Miss Monique Lacoste, daughter of Mrs. Leopold Lacoste, were married Thursday morning at the Catholic church by Rev. Father Forge. Mr. and Mrs. Comeaux left Thursday for a bridal trip to New Orleans.

Miss Anna Hopkins, the charming daughter of Dr. T. B. Hopkins, and Mr. John S. Givens were married on Tuesday at the bride's residence. They left for New Orleans on a bridal tour.

 Miss Jennie Hebert, daughter of Mr. Ursin Hebert, and Mr. James Welsh, of Echo, were joined in the holy bonds of wedlock on Thursday afternoon by Rev. Father Crozier, at the home of the bride's father. They left for Echo on the afternoon train, where they will reside.
 Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.  

 Died. - Mr. Henry Crouchet, for several years a resident of Lafayette and a lifelong citizen of the parish, died at his residence here last Saturday morning. He was buried in the Catholic graveyard in Carencro, the funeral services having been held in St. John's Catholic church. He leaves a wife and children to mourn his death. Laf. Gazette 12/5/1903.


 The Daughters of the Confederacy were successful in raising a neat sum of money at the euchre given by them Thursday night at Falk's hall for the purpose of sending a Christmas offering to the Soldiers' Home at Camp Nicholls.

 Besides being a financial success, the occasion was one of thorough enjoyment. Euchre playing and dancing contributed to the evening's entertainment. Several handsome prizes were awarded the winners of the euchre. Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.

Lecture on Social Democracy.

 Mr. Geo. F. Goeble, an organization of the national party of Social Democrats, delivered a lecture on the 1st instant at the court-house on the principles of social democracy. Messrs. F. C. Triay, H. J. Church and Levy O. Emes were on the committee of reception. There are quite a number of earnest believers in the theories advanced by this party organization in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.

The Stock Law.

 Secretary R. C. Greig has kindly compiled the ordinances of the parish authorities relative to the stock law, which are printed elsewhere in this issue. Mr. Greig deserves the thanks of our farmers in thus giving them reliable information concerning a very troublesome problem. Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.


 The Gazette has heretofore refrained from commenting on the controversies which have arisen concerning the administration of the public schools of the parish. It was believed that the complaints made would be settled without giving the matter undue publicity, and it was partly for that reason that this paper determined at the time not to take editorial notice of the regretful contentions which in our honest judgment can add but little to the welfare of the children of the prison.

 With some phases which the matter has taken, it is unnecessary to say that we have nothing to do.

 But it is undeniable that the parish superintendent has been censured in his performance of the duties incumbent upon him by the law, and that the board of parish school directors were refused an increased appropriation by some members of the police jury.

 The Gazette unhesitatingly reiterates its positive conviction that the present parish school superintendent should receive praise and not censure by the citizens of the parish. We have carefully weighed the nature of the charges directed against him in the present instance, and according to our judgement, the proof adduced was not sufficient to lead us in the belief that he has been derelict in the discharge of his official duties.

 And the present occasion is taken to express our confidence in the ability and devotion of the school board. We believe they have been indefatigable in their efforts to build up a system of public education which has become a boon to our parish and made her name pointed out as worthy or emulation by her sister parishes.

 The Gazette does not in the least believe the motives of the gentlemen who have seen it their duty to make the charges, should be questioned, nor is it our desire to impugn the honesty of those members of the police jury who voted against the increased appropriation for schools. But in our humble judgment, they were wrong, and this paper exercises the same prerogative they claim in thus expressing its opinion.

 For many years The Gazette has offered its assistance to the school authorities, and upon many occasions, praised their devotion to the children, and just now silence on its part would be small proof of its sincerity.

 We believe it is but simple justice to express confidence in these faithful servants. Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.

Mayer will go for Jastremski.

 Dr. F. J. Mayer is reported to have said in his Abbeville speech that Lafayette parish will vote for Jastremski six to one. The enormous claims of some of his supporters had led us to believe that after all, the old general would carry a few parishes, but judging from our good friend's optimistic prophecy in this instance, we are afraid it is nothing but a dream of an iridescent hue. We have often been charmed by the doctor's poetic eloquence, and we must ascribe this overzealous estimate to the traditional poetic license. Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/5/1903.

 Mr. Crow Girard has fully recovered his usual good health and is now well enough to attend to his professional duties.

 A "Blanchard Club" will soon be organized in Lafayette. The many advocates of Judge Blanchard's candidacy here purpose soon to effect a working organization in his interests.

 Miss Bessie Cornay of Patterson spent Thursday with relatives in Lafayette.

 The Police Jury did not hold a session Thursday. There being no pressure of parochial affairs and everybody just now being occupied with business, it was decided not to call a regular meeting. Lafayette Gazette 12/5/1903.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 5th, 1896:


One of the most serious drawbacks to a community is bad roads. The very life of a town depends on the country, and without that there would be no towns. When the farmers have to undergo the severe strain on horses, breaking of wagons, buggies, etc., in order to reach towns to do business, then it is time for action, and quickly. When a person stops for a moment, and fully realizes what bad roads mean, then he can behold the serious hardships it works both to the gentlemen of the rural districts and the business men of cities and towns. Nearly all the parishes of the State are clamoring for better roads, and the time is ripe for something to be done. We think a great deal of the fault lies in our present manner of working the roads. It would be far better to have a direct tax collected from each male citizen, say at least one dollar a year, than to put up with the present system. Let the parishes hire help, or let out by contract the keeping of the roads in good repair, and you will see a vast improvement. Several Eastern States assess a road tax on each voter, and then the amount realized by such tax is set aside in keeping the roads in good repair. From the Rayne Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1896.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/5/1896.

 Miss Lucy Hart visited friends the Sunday.

 Mr. Simeon Begnaud of Scott was in town, Tuesday.

 Mr. I. Fontenot of Opelousas was in town Sunday.

 Mrs. N. Esterbrooke left Monday for Houston, Texas.

 Lafayette ought to organize a "Zobo" band. They are great.

 Miss Leila Cornay is visiting friends in St. Martinsville. Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1896.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 5th, 1891:



 The amusement seekers of Lafayette and surrounding the country are hereby notified that the above shows will exhibit at Lafayette Wednesday and Thursday, December 9 and 10. This is the only circus coming this way this season. They will arrive here Wednesday noon on their special train, and will give their first performance Wednesday night, December 9. The show comes well recommended by the Southern press as being the greatest popular-priced show on the road. Everyone can afford to attend, as their prices are regulated to suit the times. Adults 25c., Children, 15c.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.


For Clerk of Court, EWD. G. VOORHIES.

 Having been earnestly requested by many friends and fellow citizens of the parish of Lafayette. I hereby announce myself as a candidate for Clerk of the 25th Judicial District Court, in and for the Parish of Lafayette, subject to the decision of White Democratic Primaries.
             E. G. VOORHIES.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.


 The following gentlemen were selected by the Anti-Lottery Democrats to be voted for at the primaries on next Saturday as delegates to the State Convention at Baton Rouge:

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 Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.



 There was a full attendance of the shareholders of the Lafayette Realty and Improvement Company at the meeting called for last Monday morning. Mr. Crow Girard acted as president and Mr. Charles O. Mouton as secretary of the meeting. A great deal of interest was shown by all present in the good move. A charter was perfected and adopted which, it is believed, will render the organization useful and effective. So much time was consumed in formulating a charter that it was decided to adjourn to next Monday (7th inst.) at 4 o'clock p. m., to elect a board of directors.  Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891                                                            

New Train Schedule.

 The following schedule will go into effect on the Southern Pacific Railroad tomorrow December 6.

 No. 19 east bound passenger train, leaves at 5:30 a. m.

 No. 17 east bound passenger train, leaves at 1:35 p. m.

 No. 18 west bound passenger train, leaves at 2:15 p. m.

 No. 20 west bound passenger train, leaves at 11:15 p. m.

 No. 50 east bound passenger train, leaves at 2:15 p. m.

 No. 51 east bound passenger train, leaves at 1:15 p. m. 
Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891

Trainmen Grievances.

 The general grievance committee representing the O. R. C. and B. of R. T. together with their chief executive officers E. E. Clark, G. C. C. of the O. R. C. and S. E. Wilkinson, G. M. of the B. of R. T., have been holding conferences with Mr. J. Kruttschnitt, General Manager, and W. G. Van Vleck, General Superintendent of the S. P. Railway. It is thought by prominent members of the organization that a final settlement will be reached by to-day Saturday, satisfactory to all concerned. Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.

Fatal Collision.

 A collision occurred last Thursday morning on the Southern Pacific road at Bayou Sale, 54 miles east of here, between two freight trains, resulting in the death of Eugene F. Cottam, a brakeman. Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.



 The amusement seekers of Lafayette and surrounding the country are hereby notified that the above shows will exhibit at Lafayette Wednesday and Thursday, December 9 and 10. This is the only circus coming this way this season. They will arrive here Wednesday noon on the their special train, and will give their first performance Wednesday night, December 9. The show comes well-recommended by the Southern press as being the greatest popular-priced show on the road. Everyone can afford to attend, as their prices are regulated to suit the times. Adults, 25c.; children, 15c. Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.


           Lafayette, La., Nov. 23rd, 1891.
  Pursuant to call the Parish Democratic Executive Committee met this day at the Court House, for the purpose of providing for the election of delegates to the State Convention at Baton Rouge, December 16th prox. There were present Messrs. C. C. Brown, chairman, Alex. Delhomme, Sr., Dr. M. L. Lyons, W. B. Torian, Paul DeClouet, Overton Cade, Dr. F. C. Latiolais, J. O. Broussard, A. D. Landry and A. C. Guilbeau.

 Dr. Lyons offered a set of resolutions, which upon amendment, were adopted, to-wit:

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 Dr. Latiolais and A. C. Guilbeau voting nay on the above resolutions.

 A substitute offered by Dr. Latiolais providing for the election of delegates by primaries to a parish convention, and through the parish convention to the State convention, was lost.

 By motion of Mr. DeClouet, it was resolved, that the various precincts elected each a member to a new Parish Executive Committee on the day of the primaries to elect delegates to the State convention.

 By motion of Mr. Cade, the committee fixed the date of the primary election for Saturday December 5th.

 The following was also adopted:

 Resolved, that we fully endorse the position taken by Dr. Mayer, our representative, at the recent session of the State Central Committee in New Orleans.

 The following commissioners were then appointed to serve at the primary election December 5th.

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 The proceedings of this committee were ordered printed in the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER.

 There being no further business the committee adjourned.
C. C. BROWN, Chairman.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/5/1891.

 Owing to the quantity of work we had on hand this week the communication of "A Trainmen" will appear in our next issue.

Mrs. C. P. Moss, of New Iberia, visited her relatives in town during the week. 

 Mr. J. Nickerson, of Simcoe, Ontario, is in Lafayette, and made us a pleasant call on Wednesday. 

 Mr. Will Clegg, Jr., cashier and bookkeeper for Morley Bros., of Austin, Tex., spent Thanksgiving day in town with his family.

 Mrs. A. G. Cage and little daughter, Leonora, of New Iberia, are the guests of Judge and Mrs. John Clegg.

 Misses Lelia Derouen and Myrtie Hubert, of Jennings, La., are guests of Mrs. J. J. Revillon.

 Mr. W. S. Torian left for Texas on Tuesday night, and will be absent for two or three weeks.

 Messrs. Camille Guilbeau, Carroll Barry, and Warren Gardiner, of Grand Coteau, were visitors to our town on Sunday.

 Miss Louise Givens, of Corpus Christi, Tex., who was spending some time here as the guest of the family of her uncle, Mr. W. B. Torian, departed for her home on Tuesday, to the regret of many friends.

 Miss Edna Gardiner, of Grand Coteau, La., was in town for a few days this week, the guest of her friend, Miss Estelle Gerac.

 Thanks to Mrs. Dr. J. P. Francez, of Carencro, La., for a lot of fine lemons grown on their place. These lemons are as large as any we have ever seen. 

 The gold watch raffle for the benefit of the Widow Dalton, of Algiers, was won by ticket No. 305, sold in Lafayette.

 Miss Lena Leer, of Washington, La., passed through Monday to visit friends and relatives in Rayne.

 Every Democrat in the parish entitled to vote in the primary election to-day should vote, and vote as his judgement of right dictates. No one not clearly entitled to vote should be allowed to cast a ballot. Let the proper authorities see to it that they do not. Let the winning side win honestly, or at least by the ballot of those who are entitled to vote. 

 The ADVERTISER acknowledges the receipt of an invitation to attend the marriage of Mr. F. Vavasseur Mouton and Miss Clarise Domengeaux, which will take place at St. Bernard church, Breaux Bridge, Tuesday, December 15, at 4 o'clock p. m. 

 An offer has been made by the Southern Pacific Railway company, says the Lake Arthur Herald, to build a branch from New Iberia to Abbeville. 

 At Westlake a week ago last Sunday night, a negro named Billy Elender was shot by another African named John Anderson, and died on Tuesday night. The difficulty, as usual, originated over a crap game. Anderson fled and has not yet been captured. Both negroes were "bad medicine."

 A box car loaded with cotton caught fire in the Southern Pacific yards on last Friday and thirty-five or forty bales were destroyed or badly damaged. The cotton was compressed, which prevented its complete destruction. The sides of the car were burst open and the cotton dumped into the ditch.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891

 From Lafayette Advertiser of December 5th, 1906:


 We have received a marked copy of the Washington, D. C., Times, calling attention to the following proposition of W. D. Boyce, of Chicago.

 "..To turn over the post-office business to a $50,000,000 private corporation under full Government regulation.

 "..To reduce by one-half all postal rates, establish rural postal express and apply business methods throughout.

 "..To pay the Government rental for postal quarters, and charge it regular rates for its postal business.

 "..To place in charge a well-known railroad traffic expert to whom the place has been offered at $30,000 annually.

 To  eliminate all sinesecures, politics, and the deficit.

 "..To pay the Government all profits above 7 per cent on capital.."

 The proposition to turn over the postal system to a private corporation will scarcely be acceptable to the people in view of their experience with other corporations and trusts. The promises look exceedingly well on paper, but it will strike the average man, that if a private corporation can do so well and still make money, it ought to be possible for the government to do just a little better by eliminating the profit.

 Besides, so far the postal system has given splendid satisfaction, and while it may be true that the expense of conducting it has been too great, yet because of the fine service rendered, the public has been slow to go into details, and therefore have made no complaint. However, before Mr. Boyce, of Chicago, kindly offered to take over the postal system, for his $50,000,000 private corporation, because he promises so much better service at so much less cost, the American people had already come to the conclusion that the public business in all lines can be done at considerably less expense than at present. And they think, and why shouldn't they, that they, too, can find honest men and able men, as well as Mr. Boyce, to do even more than Mr. Boyce promises, while accepting a salary from the government.

 We can scarcely believe that the American people will really be so stupid as to turn over their admirable postal system to even a "beneficent" corporation. We are even now, through our constituted authorities, the national government, in a struggle with that giant corporation, the Standard Oil, and it is a discouraging fact, that it is even doubtful of the issue. To saddle ourselves with another corporation that touches us in business, in family life - at every point, like the postal system does, would be  in, our humble opinion, supremest folly.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1906.



Crocodile Hunters on the Nile Use Infants to Bring the Animals on the Banks.

 V. M. Atkinson, an English traveler, has recently visited Moscow and other Russian cities. He declares that the Jews are persecuted most cruelly, and portrays a riot where a dozen Jewish infants were torn from their mothers arms and thrown into the streets. Mr. Atkinson says that every stranger coming to Moscow who has a long nose is obliged to go before the Russian authorities and prove that he is not a Jew. It appears that the Jews cannot leave Moscow until they have signed a document stating that they have no pecuniary obligations in the city. Mr. Atkinson states that London anthropologists are endeavoring to get the Jews to emigrate to the Arabian shores of the Red Sea, and negotiations have begun with the Egyptian government.

 "You have no idea of the inflicted upon the poorer classes of the Jews," related the traveler. "For a year or so hundreds of babes have been stolen and shipped to various ports on the Nile to be used by crocodile hunters. Of course, they are not all eaten up by the hunters, but now and then one is caught. The crocodile hunters place a baby on the shores of the stream and presently the lazy animals come out of their beds after the infant. When the crocodiles get near the little one, and within shooting range of the hunters, who are concealed in the bushes, they are shot. The little babes serve as a bait to bring the animals on the banks, and by this means it is possible to get many animals that could not be reached in any other way. It has been said that the hunters have let the crocodiles approach too near the babes before firing, and their first shot being ineffectual, the little one was eaten up. At nay rate they are used for bait. You think it queer that a wholesale kidnapping of babes is not noticed by the newspapers. That is not strange. You don't know Russia. The papers there can only print what the government approves of. If an editor gets any news that is sensational he must first submit it to some official before using it. That is Russia. 

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 12/5/1891.


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