From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 6th, 1904:
The Report of Removal of Round House to New Iberia. Prominent Railroad Officials State That There is no Intention of Making Any Change.
In order to settle positively all the irresponsible talk about the round house and division being moved from Lafayette to New Iberia, which as been going on for some time to the detriment of Lafayette, the editor of this paper called on Assistant Supt. C. C. Mallard in regard to the matter. Mr. Mallard was most courteous, and when questioned about the dispatch to the Picayune from Franklin, stated that there was absolutely no foundation for the statement made, and that furthermore he knew of no intention on the part of the Southern Pacific management to make any change.
The editor also interviewed L. G. Cox; tax agent for the Southern Pacific, who was here last week, and he also stated in positive terms that the Road had no intention of making the change. He also added that only recently the division had been moved from Orange and Echo to avoid the anomalous condition of having a division run over from one road to another involving two different sets of officers. The L. W. ends at Echo and has its own officers, the road on to Houston is a separate road and has its officers. The change to Echo was made in order to have the men on each road altogether under its own officers. "Now," said Mr. Cox, "it would be absurd to create the same state of affairs, which has just been corrected, by moving the end of division to New Iberia."
To further make a finality of the matter, Real Estate Agent J. C. Nickerson and the editor each addressed a letter to General Freight Agent Thornwall Fay, enclosing the Picayune special from Franklin, and requested Mr. Fay to kindly state whether there was any truth in the special. We print his letters below, which are sufficiently positive and emphatic.
New Orleans, La. Dec. 29, 1903.
Mr. W. A. LeRosen,
Your favor of Dec. 29 and its enclosure received. This Company has no intention at the present time of removing its round-house, terminal equipment, etc., now at Lafayette to New Iberia.
New Orleans, La., Dec. 26, 1903.
Mr. J. C. Nickerson,
In reply to your favor of Dec. 28, with respect to removal of terminal from Lafayette, would advise that there is no foundation for the rumor. Our Company has no intention of removing its round-house and terminal from Lafayette to New Iberia.
These declarations by high officials of the Road ought to silence any further talk on this subject, and restore confidence to those whom these persistent rumors have made uneasy.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
We are authorized to announce the names of the following as candidates for the offices mentioned subject to the action of the Democratic primaries to be held Jan. 19, 1904.
Sheriff: I. A. BROUSSARD.
Clerk of Court: DR. G. W. SCRANTON.
Representatives: DR. J. P. FRANCEZ, HARRISON THEALL.
State Senator: JOHN. A. MCILHENNY, of Iberia parish.
We are authorized to announce the candidacy of GALBERT BIENVENUE for re-election to the office of justice of the peace of the 3rd ward of Lafayette parish, to be subject to the action of the white democratic primaries of Jan. 19, 1904. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
We are authorized to announce the name of LOUIS LACOSTE as candidate for the office of sheriff of Lafayette parish, subject to the will of the democratic primaries, Jan. 19, 1904.
We are authorized to announce the candidacy of ED. G. VOORHIES for re-election to the office of clerk of court of Lafayette parish, subject to the action of the democratic primaries, Jan. 19, 1904.
We are authorized to announce PAUL D. DECLOUET as a candidate for the office of State Representative of the parish of Lafayette subject to the action of the democratic primaries of Jan. 19, 1904.
We are authorized to announce J. GILBERT ST. JULIEN, as a candidate for the office of State Representative of the parish of Lafayette subject to the action of the democratic primaries of Lafayette parish, Jan, 19, 1904.
We are authorized to announce the candidacy of Dr. J. F. MOUTON for re-election to the office of Coroner of Lafayette parish subject to the action of the democratic primaries, Jan. 19, 1904.
We are authorized to announce the candidacy of H. L. MONNIER for re-election to the office of justice of the peace of the 3d ward of Lafayette parish, to be subject to the action of the white democratic primaries of Jan. 19, 1904.
We are authorized to announce the name of EMILE ARCENEAUX as a candidate for the office of justice of the peace for the third ward, subject to the action of the Democratic primary, Jan. 19, 1904.
We are authorized to announce the candidacy of JOHN CONSTANTIN for the office of constable of the third ward, subject to the action of the white democratic primaries of Jan. 19, 1904.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
As an independent Democratic journal, having no other interest than that of the general welfare of the Parish and State in the competition for public office now going on between rival camps in the Democratic party, The Advertiser has purposely refrained from aligning itself with either one of the two factions as such.
In pursuing the main line of duty which makes the interests of individuals subordinate or subservient to the common good, to which policy this paper is irrevocably committed, it has seemed to us to be the proper course to hold ourselves aloof from a spirit of narrow partisanship in the wholesome rivalry for control of government now prevailing within party ranks.
The Advertiser realizes that there is "good timber" in both of the opposing camps in this contest - democrats and staunch Friends of Education, of equal recognition - and in our simple desire to promote the best interests of the people of our parish and the State at large, we have determined to give our loyal support to the candidates whose names we publish below.
The Advertiser strongly advocates the re-election of Mr. I. A. Broussard to the office of sheriff, because of the very efficient manner in which he has discharged the responsible duties of that office during the sixteen years of his incumbency. In our opinion he is the best fitted man for the serious and important duties of the office of sheriff available in Lafayette parish to-day, and his highly creditable record as criminal officer entitles him to first consideration at the hands of the electorate of Lafayette parish. It is always an advantage to the public to retain in office, whenever possible, and able and experienced man.
And it is like reasons we decidedly favor the re-election of Mr. E. G. Voorhies as clerk of court, for he also has given eminent satisfaction as a public officer in an important position.
And so throughout the entire list of candidates we commend to the favorable consideration of the voters of Lafayette parish, who, like ourselves, believe in recognizing ability and rewarding merit, we have been actuated by no other desire than to secure the election of a set of State and parish officers in whose hands we honestly believe the highest welfare of the people will be properly safe-guarded, and under whose influence and personality we may reasonably expect an active and sustained interest in all matters appertaining to the moral and material advancement of the country.
As the Police Jury plays such as active and essential part in the happiness and prosperity of our HOME life, with relation to good roads and good schools, which together form the basis of material and intellectual development. The Advertiser recommends with all the earnestness at its command that only progressive and trustworthy men be chosen as members of the Police Jury, and on this subject we shall specifically announce our position in our next issue. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
THE ADVERTISER'S TICKET.
For Governor, NEWTON C. BLANCHARD, of Caddo.
For Lieutenant Governor, J. Y. SANDERS, of St. Mary.
For Secretary of State, JNO. T. MICHEL, of Orleans.
For State Auditor, W. S. FRAZEE, of St. Landry.
For State Treasurer, W. A. STEIDLEY, of Calcasieu.
For Attorney General, ROBERT R. REID, of Tangipahoce.
For Superintendent of Public Education, J. B. ASWELL, of Lincoln.
For United States Senator, MURPHY J. FOSTER, of St. Mary.
For State Senator, JOHN. A. McILHENNY, of Iberia.
For representatives, P. L. DECLOUET, J. GILBERT ST. JULIEN.
For Sherrif, I. A. BROUSSARD.
For Clerk of Court, Ed. G. VOORHIES.
For Coroner, Dr. G. A. MARTIN.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Judge N. C. Blanchard, will address the Democrats of Lafayette To-morrow, Jan. 7.
Judge N. C. Blanchard will address the Democrats of Lafayette to-morrow, Jan 7, the at the court house. Hon. Omer Villere, of Orleans, will also deliver an address in French. The speaking will begin about 12 o'clock. A cordial invitation is extended to the Democracy of Lafayette to be present, and the ladies are also included in the invitation. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Mr. Chas. Lusted, Sr., while returning home from a supper given by the local lodge K. of P. was assaulted by a negro on horseback and dangerously cut Friday morning about 1 o'clock. A few minutes after the occurrence a negro on horseback rode up to Mr. Ben Schmalinski, who was standing on the corner at the Moss Pharmacy, and grabbed his hat. Mr. Schmalinski fired twice at him, but missed. Later the negro was arrested by officer Campbell in Octave Bertrand's plantation, and lodged in jail. The negro is supposed to be the same who cut Mr. Lusted. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Meeting of City Council.
The City Council held a lengthy session Monday night, and we regret we cannot publish the proceedings in full in to-day's issue of the Advertiser.
The petition of property holders for a cement walk on the north side of Main street, between Lafayette and St. John streets, and of property holders on the west side of Lafayette street, between Main and Vermilion streets, was granted by a unanimous consent of the councilmen.
Provision was made for the purchase of six hundred feet additional, of rubber hose for the use of the fire department.
Permission was granted to Dr. Moss to move the frame building now occupied by Moss & Co. and the Moss Pharmacy, to the opposite side of the street to clear the former site for a two-story brick building.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Change in Schedule. - A late change in the railroad schedule has made it possible to hold an earlier service in the Episcopal church hereafter, and so Rev. Kramer announced to the congregation last Sunday that the hour of the service would be 4 o'clock p. m. in the future. Regular services will be held on the second and fourth Sundays in each month, as heretofore.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Falling Into Line.
Lafayette is growing apace, and the directors of the First National Bank realize the consequent necessity of making greater provision to accommodate the fast expanding business of that institution. It was decided at the last meeting of the Board of Directors to replace the present bank building with a larger and more substantial structure of imposing design, to be fitted up with modern furniture and fixtures. The east side of the new building will be placed on a line with the newly widened Jefferson street, which will add to the appearance of the building as well as to the appearance of the street.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904
DIED - Mrs. Leon F. Gillard, nee Alzina David, died Thursday, Dec. 31, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. V. Dugas, in Lafayette. Funeral services were held in the Catholic church at Breaux Bridge, where the remains were taken for interment. The deceased leaves five daughters and one son to mourn her loss. Mrs. Edmond Broussard and Mrs. R. V. Dugas, of Lafayette; Mrs. Louis Nectou, of St. Martinville; Mrs. M. Dupuis, of Crowley; Mrs. J. K. Domengeaux and Mr. H. Gillard of Breaux Bridge. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904
LET US ENTERTAIN THEM.
The State Medical Association, composed of leading physicians from all over the State, paid Lafayette the compliment of selecting it as the next place of meeting, which will take place in May, but information has just been received that the Association has decided not to meet here, having been given to understand that Lafayette is not in a position to entertain them. This is to be regretted, but is not beyond mending, as we are informed that the Association has not yet chosen any other place, and if we choose to make the effort we can still secure it. And we should make the effort, for Lafayette can not afford to let this pass by. Conventions are most excellent things for progressive towns, and their value is realized. New Orleans never permits a convention to pass it by, if it can possibly be secured, and is fast becoming known as the convention city. Lafayette could well pattern after New Orleans in this matter, and should do it, for we are well located, have the railroad facilities, a beautiful hall in the Industrial School auditorium, and a country and town worth showing. Lafayette is rapidly pushing forward, and in order to continue its development, must have outsiders of means and character come in and join in the movement. To accomplish this, we must, among other things, become sociable, invite people here and entertain them, and this is a most excellent opportunity. Besides to entertain such a representative body as the State Medical Association should be considered a high privilege.
And The Advertiser believes that the people here will take pleasure in doing it, and would suggest to the members of the local Medical Association that they appoint a citizen committee to wait upon our citizens at once, for we feel sure they will receive all the encouragement necessary. We just can not afford to let the Association meet elsewhere; it would be a reflection upon our progressiveness and a reproach to our hospitality.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904
New Boarding House. I have opened a boarding house at the residence formerly occupied by Dr. P. M. Girard, and solicit the patronage of the the public. T. S. SINGLETON.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904
For a Delightful Outing. - Spring will soon be here with its pleasant days when everyone wishes to be out. A delightful spin on your wheel will quickly put you in touch with nature and give you an enjoyable outing. If you have no bicycle, order one now and get it in time. A. J. Bonnet, the bicycle doctor. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
A Handsome New Year's Gift. - Aurelien Primeaux, an old planter of this parish, and his wife donated to each of their six children, as a New Year's gift, three thousand dollars in property. Mr. Primeaux began life after the war with nothing and has by industry, without edification, accumulated a comfortable fortune. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Faust's Minstrels. - Ted F. Faust's Minstrels will appear at Falk's Opera House Jan 28. This is said to be a high class company and those who are fond of a good minstrel show have a big treat in store. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Red Man's Euchre.
The progressive euchre given by the Red Men at Falk's Hall New Year's eve was a decided success socially and financially. The following is a list of the prizes and their winners.
In game A. the first prizes were won by Mrs. S. Kahn and Mr. Lucious Prudhomme; consolation, Miss Aimee Martin and Mr. Ed Higginbotham; booby, Miss Delhomme and Mr. A. Clark. In game B. first prizes were won by Miss Ruby Scranton and Mr. J. O. Donohoe; consolation, Miss L. Bailey and Mr. Marshall; lone hand, Mrs. D. Schwartz and Mr. Marshall; booby, Miss Irma Voorhies and Mr. B. J. Pellerin. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/6/1904.
President Caldwell of the State Normal school, was in Lafayette Monday. He has just returned home from Europe after an absence of three months.
Bought a Home. - Last week August Maitre bought from A. M. Morvant, who has moved to Breaux Bridge, his home in Parkerson's addition.
New Boarding House. - I have opened a boarding house at the residence occupied by Dr. P. M. Girard, and solicit the patronage of the public. - T. S. SINGLETON.
Harold Demanade, Jeff Caffery and Willie Mills, who came up from New Orleans to spend the holidays at home, have returned to school.
Go to A. L. Dyer, Royville for the celebrated Hamilton Brown Shoe.
Mr. John R. Parkerson, of Franklin and Mr. W. S. Parkerson, of New Orleans, returned home Sunday after spending New Year's at the parental home here.
A. L. Dyer, Royville, has a large stock of men's and boy's clothing; can fit anybody.
Dr. H. C. Salles left Sunday for New Orleans with his son, Paul, who will resume his studies at Jefferson College.
A late change in the railroad schedule has made it possible to hold an earlier service in the Episcopal church hereafter, and so Rev. Kramer announced to the congregation last Sunday that the hour of service would be four o'clock p. m. in the future. Regular services will be held on the second and fourth Sundays in each month, as heretofore.
Thomas, Daniel and Paul Debaillon, Raoul and Robert Gerac, Adam Mouton and Daniel Mouton, returned to school Sunday after spending the holidays at home.
Wm. Broussard, who was for a long time manager of the Cumberland exchange at this place, was in Lafayette Sunday.
Miss Gertrude Corrona returned to school in New Orleans.
The New Year was ushered in by the blowing of whistles and the firing of guns.
The Miniature Photo Studio, which was here last year, is again in Lafayette, and is located in the Martin building on Lincoln Ave.
E. H. Vordenbaumen, spent several days in Lafayette during the week. He was here to attend a directors meeting of the Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., and attend to other business.
We are glad to state that Master Wartell Salles, who was injured by an explosion of powder Saturday evening, is not hurt much, the injury being trifling.
Mrs. Hector Prejean entertained a number of friends at a delightful supper last Tuesday night. The dining room was beautifully decorated for the occasion with holly and ribbons, and under the mellow rays of many lights presented a lovely sight. Mrs. Prejean is a charming hostess and the evening passed most enjoyably and pleasantly.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 6th, 1894:
OUR TEXT FOR 1894.
Increased facilities for public education and good public roads- this is what we mean to preach most obdurately. Better educational facilities and better public highways are the two greatest needs of this parish at this time, and these must and shall be secured, cost what it may. Whilst the Advertiser in no wise means to undervalue the decided advantages to be expected from the construction of railroads and the operation of factories in our midst, it does believe that the two factors forming the text of this article, are capable of more immediate as well as prospective good to our people, and promises more lasting benefit. In the future, as in the past, we will lend our support to each and every public undertaking having the common good for an ultimatum; but we shall exert our greatest influence toward those measures especially that may have for an effect on the improvement of our present educational status and public roads, as well, two of our most crying needs. Given per-(unreadable) in these two directions and (unreadable word) this will country will require little else to place it in the very foremost rank.
We call on the people of Lafayette town and parish to join hands on these two highly important questions, that we may work with a single eye to reaping such great boons as these will certainly prove a benefit to ourselves and children.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894
From Mr. Thos. S. Singleton, the well known planter of this parish, we get some interesting information concerning the results to be obtained from the cultivation of cane. He planted this year twenty acres of cane which yielded an average of twenty eight and one quarter tons per acre, and which he sold for twenty four hundred ninety one 35,100 dollars. Mr. Singleton's experience only demonstrates the absolute truthfulness of statements heretofore made by us as the adaptability of our soil for cane culture. There is no better land in the State for cane growing than ours, and we know of no place better suited for a sugar refinery than any one of the points on the Southern Pacific railroad, such as Broussardville, Carencro, Scott, Duson or Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894
1894 Probabilities for Lafayette.
A central sugar factory.
A railroad to Breaux Bridge.
An ice factory.
A graded school in complete operation.
A better system of public roads.
Water works for the town.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894
NOTICE. - All Parties are hereby warned to keep their Hogs off my premises or I will not be responsible for same. They are damaging my property.
P. L. REVILLON. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894
Let Us Have A Sugar Mill.
A question, the importance of which increases as often as it occurs to us, is the erection here of a mill for grinding our cane in the coming season. It seems to us to be no stupendous undertaking, requiring no very large amount of capital, while on the other hand the effect locally would be to benefit every one. Who knows but what the owners of the Central Refinery at Franklin would undertake this work if the true condition of affairs here were presented to them? We are convinced that the advantages offered by no locality in the State for a refiner are superior to those of Lafayette, and we think the correctness of this statement can be demonstrated mathematically, but if the hope of one be deferred, let us try for the other. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
On Monday last while returning home from town, Mr. and Mrs. Erqest Olivier, were the victims of a serious accident. They were driving home in a buggy, leading another horse and the latter, in some unaccountable way got one of his feet caught in a wheel, and over went the buggy, resulting in Mrs. Olivier having an arm broken in two places and otherwise bruised, and Mr. Olivier being pretty badly shook up. Dr. Hopkins attended Mrs. Olivier who we hear is progressing reasonably well. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
Opinions Differ On Retracing Our Roads.
We hear that there is considerable diversity of opinion as to the expediency of the action taken by the Police Jury recently, in relation to retracing all public roads in the parish. It is said by some that it means that the parish will have to buy all these roads again. It is perfectly natural for one land-owner to object to giving if his neighbor is to be paid, when they are both on precisely the same footing. On the other hand if every one is to be expropriated the expense necessary to carry out the present plan, besides the per diem of the committee men and the cost of recording their reports, will amount to a considerable sum. The records show that during the last two or three years an unusually large sum was paid out by the Police Jury to the Clerk of Court, for recording documents relating to public roads, and it would seem unnecessary that this expense should be repeated so soon. We readily see also that gentlemen composing these committees cannot afford to give their time to the public free of charge. We understand that some of the committee have met and referred the matter back to the Police Jury.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
TRAMPS IN THE NEWS
Another detachment of tramps, a hundred, or so, struck the town during the week. Recently a number of them installed under the sheds of the brick yard near town, with a colored cook in charge of their cuisine. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894
At their suburban retreat near the brick-yard on Wednesday last a lot of tramps thought to vary the monotony by a little free fight, resulting in one of them being laid out by a brick bat coming in contact with his head. He was attended by Dr. Martin. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
Woman's Literary Club. - The Woman's Literary Club held a Mark Twain meeting with Mrs. F. E. Davis Saturday. Papers were read by Mrs. T. M. Biossat and Mrs. A. B. Denbo, which were excellent and greatly enjoyed. Miss Gladu and Miss Edith Trahan, a visitor, both entertained the club with beautiful selections on the piano. The club will meet with Mrs. A. B. Denbo on the 16th. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
The People's State Bank.
No more convincing evidence of the prosperous condition of The People's State Bank of Lafayette could be offered than the quarterly statement published in another column of this paper. The deposits of the bank now muster up to the handsome total of $63,308.08. In addition to further increasing the surplus of the institution, the directors, at a regular meeting held last Tuesday, declared another semi-annual dividend of four per cent.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
Rev. John A. Miller, presiding elder of this district in the Methodist church during the past four years, and who, all the while has had his home among us, preaching his farewell sermon here last Sunday. At the recent conference he was assigned to Ruston in the Northern part of the State, which by the way is a very important appointment. It is second to none in the state outside of New Orleans. Ruston is on the Vicksburg and Shreveport railroad and besides the fact of its being one of our most thriving towns, it enjoys the distinction of being an educational centre. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
Three White Families.
Three white families arrived here from the Lafourche country, last Wednesday, to locate on Col. Gus. A. Breaux's fine farm near the town. We learn that these people are experienced cane growers who have come to this parish specially to cultivate that crop. They gave heard much of the great fertility of our lands and the peculiar adaptation of this soil for sugar cane, and, no doubt, will recap abundantly from their labors. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
Col. Gus. A. Breaux and Wife departed for their home in New Orleans, Thursday, Col. Breaux had been here for several days attending to the final shipment of his cane to the Barbreck refinery. He is a strong votary of sugar and, on a number of different occasions, had endeavored to interest capital in a central sugar factory at Lafayette, to-ward the construction of which has shown a willingness to assist that is worthy of emulation by other cane growers of this section. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
MR. EDITOR:-As our connection with Lafayette is severed, perhaps forever, and as we are under lasting obligation to some of her generous philanthropic citizens for substantial favors shown, with your persuasion, we avail ourselves of this opportunity of returning thanks.
First, The Advertiser, found it way to our home there, soon after our arrival, and kept up its visits until (unreadable word) last. We shall ever remember the kind favor, and entertain the best of feeling for Mr. Bailey the former editor, Mr. A. C. Ordway the "Bird of passage," and for you sir, their worthy successor. Many, many thanks.
We were shown no unkindness by any one here, and many acts of kindness were shown us by the following:
Mr. Z. Doucet, and Mr. Eugene Trahan, for selling us their goods at special rates. Mr. Felix De Manade for good bargains in family groceries, and for fair and honest dealing in every instance for two years. We return thanks to Nat Moss for many kindnesses, and for substantial favors Dr. F. B. Tolson, and especially his good lady and lovely children lavished their love upon us up to the last moment of our stay. We cannot mention the many members of our charge, in and out of town, who were very true and kind to us. Space would fail us. We must mention Mr. E. H. Vordenbaumen, and Mr. Chas. Caffery, who were not members of our charge, yet they divided their substance with us. They have our best wishes, and shall have our prayers as long as we live to pray.
With love for ever man, woman and child in Lafayette, we close.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/6/1894.
Have you turned over a new leaf?
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Clark returned from Franklin Wednesday.
Miss Effie Young is home again, having come back from New Orleans last Sunday.
Mrs. Almer McBride visited relatives in Franklin Monday returning home same day.
Let us all put the right foot forward early in the New Year.
Miss Emma Falk returned during the week from a visit to relatives in Patterson and Morgan City.
The home of Arthur Bourque was gladdened by the arrival of a little daughter on December 29th.
Mr. C. P. Moss and wife, of New Iberia, spent New Years day with their relatives in Lafayette.
Mrs. Ralph Guidry and her sister Mrs. Burke visited friends and relatives in Opelousas during the week.
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. McBride of Lagrange., spent several days here with relatives and returned home Monday.
Mrs. L. Levy was welcomed back home a few days ago, having been in absent in New Orleans for several weeks.
Mr. Ed Higginbottham has resigned the position he held in the employ if the Waters-Pierce Oil company at this place.
Mr. O. H. Simpson of this place, and Miss May Arms of New Orleans, were united in marriage on New Year's day.
Miss Lizzie Mudd returned to New Orleans last Tuesday, to resume her studies, after the enjoyments of the holidays.
Miss Julia Olivier attended the wedding of Mr. J. E. Lalanne and Miss Myra Boudreaux at Washington, La., on Thursday last.
Solid gold spectacles and Eye Glasses in all styles at T. M. Biossat's, Jeweler.
Mr. E. H. Mayfield, after resting up several days in Lafayette, resumed his regular railroad duties on the Cypremort branch, on the 31st. ultimo.
Mrs. Graham of Algiers who has been visiting her sister Mrs. P. Tierney was called home Friday morning by accident to one of her little sons at home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lalanne, who were married at Washington, La., on Thursday, have arrived and we hear will make Lafayette their future home.
Misses Nita and May Scranton, of Royville, returned to the Dominican Convent at New Orleans, Tuesday. They had come to spend Christmas and New Year in the good old home fashion.
Mr. John Coniff and sister, Miss Ettie, departed for their home in New Orleans last Sunday, after enjoying Christmas week most pleasantly as guests of their relatives Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn.
New Year's day passed off pleasantly and quietly. It was a magnificent mid-winter. Opening with a hoary white frost, the king of day soon took command and no year ever had a fairer commencement.
Prof. W. A. Bonnet has been kept busy all week making negatives of those who went to see him. He will be here to-day and to-morrow and requests us to say that he continues to guarantee the high quality of his work.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894
MORE ODDS & ENDS
Mr. C. E. McDonald of Bastrop, La., who two years since was in charge of the Methodist church here, was in town during the week greeting his friends. Mr. McDonald, we hear has gone back to his first love, the practice of the law, and is located in the first named place.
The dance given by a number of young men at Falk's Hall last Sunday night passed off very pleasantly to all concerned. There was a fair attendance of young ladies and gentlemen, who whiled away several hours to music by the incomparable string bands from Breaux Bridge and Lafayette.
An interesting social event at Duson recently was the marriage of Mr. W. W. Post and Miss Hattie Davis. The ceremony was quietly performed at the home of Mr. J. R. Davis, brother of the bride...(rest unreadable).
Dr. Felix Girard returned to New Orleans this week, to locate permanently in the practice of his profession.
Prof. D. B. Showalter, President of the high school at Bastrop, La., was in town on Saturday last.
On December 30th, last, Mrs. Darmas Broussard died at her home in this parish after brief illness. She was a Miss Sarah Lyons until she became the wife of the well known merchant. She was looked upon by all who knew her as a model wife and mother, and was much loved and respected by her neighbors and friends. She was buried at Royville.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of January 6th, 1894:
DIVERSIFY THE CROPS.
That an exclusive crop of cotton has been one of the principal drawbacks to the prosperity of the farmers no one will deny. Recent years have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the most obstinate that cotton is too unprofitable to be entirely depended upon. It is a fact that well known to all of us that the prosperous farmer is the one who has diversified his crops and did not persist in the suicidal policy of planting cotton exclusively. In this parish those who were in a position to abandon cotton and replace it with cane have done it, and with favorable sugar legislation it is only a question of time when cane will be the principal crop of this section. But in the meantime let the farmers who can not plant cane, direct their energies toward the cultivation of other crops, if not marketable, for their own use. This is thought by many to be the only way to thwart the speculator and gambler in futures, and to put into effect the law of supply and demand. With a reduction in the crop the prices would necessarily be enhanced. It strikes us that it is more profitable to raise your own pork than to raise cotton and sell it at 6 1/4 and 7 cents and buy pork at 10 cents a pound. Instead of diversity of crops being the exception in this parish let it be the rule. Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
Bringing In The New Year.
The first of the year was celebrated in a very effective manner at the railroad yards. At midnight Masters H. B. Allingham and L. Nickerson caused engine 705 to whistle as a signal to the others, and in less time than we can tell it, the other engines followed. The noise produced can better be imagined than described. Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
Important Meeting. - We are informed by J. T. Allingham, the affable secretary of the American Legion of Honor, No. 1055, that this council held a very important meeting at their hall last Tuesday. Three applications were received and sent to the medical examiner. Another meeting will be held on Jan. 16, at 7:30 p. m. All members are earnestly requested to attend.
Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
Merchants Did Well.
We are happy to state that our merchants did a good business during the holidays. With but few exceptions, the clerks do not complain that business was so brisk and rush so big and continuous that they could not go home on New Year's day and get a piece of turkey. Cold lunch might do well all other days, but on this great holiday the average clerk will not be contented with it, unless the rush is as large as those who sometimes read about.
It is wonderful the amount of pure, unadulterated nerve some people possess. We are in receipt of a letter from the manager of one of the largest hotels in the South describing his house in the most glowing terms. He adds that our patrons would be delighted to know of this house. Probably they would but the letter is an advertisement, pure and simple, and we failed to see any coin accompanying it, or any postscript, etc., stating that the "stuff" would follow. Now, we want to state for the benefit of this party that we also run a hotel, on a small scale, 'tis true - ourself being the only guest - but quite large enough to keep us hustling. We also run this paper, the money derived from the publication of which, goes, for the most part, to the maintenance of our hotel. In other words, we print advertisements for money. Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
A Letter From Mr. Leslie. - The Business Men's Association received, a few days ago, a letter from Mr. Leslie, in regard to the railroad which that gentlemen promised to build, provided a tax be levied for that purpose. We did not read the letter, but we are informed that Mr. Leslie expresses his readiness to carry out his proposition.
Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
Assaulted by "Hobos." - A stranger with an ugly cut on his head called on Marshal Vigneaux and stated that he had been assaulted by tramps. The officer, accompanied by the railroad men, who are always ready to volunteer their services for anything of this kind, went to the brick yard where the "hobos" generally congregate. They surrounded the yard and captured ten tramps and marched them to the jail where the wounded man identified two of them as his assailants. Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
The Ball on New Year's Eve.
The young men who gave the ball at Falk's Hall last Sunday night may justly feel proud of the success which crowned their efforts on this occasion, as the ball proved a most brilliant affair, and will long be remembered by those who attended as one of the most enjoyable social events of the year 1893. At an early hour people from this and adjoining towns began to arrive, and at 9 o'clock over sixty couples, led by Mr. Emanuel Pellerin and Miss Aline Richard, placed themselves in position for the opening march, which presented a most charming spectacle. Exactly at midnight the sweet strains of the Breaux Bridge band summoned the dancers to a second grand march, with Mr. R. B. Martin and Miss Octavie Cayret in the lead. During and after the march the guests were treated to a display of fireworks. Refreshments were of the best, the decorations were neat, the music was excellent, and all seemed to enjoy themselves to their hearts' content. It was late in the night when the band played "After the Ball," which the dancers understood to be a gentle reminder that the time to go home had come. The Gazette compliments the young men on their success and desires to express the hope that they will give many more such balls during 1894. Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
Letter From Rev. H. Armstrong.
The Gazette was pleased to receive the following letter from Rev. H. Armstrong, who is well and favorably known by the people of Lafayette, where he has many friends who will be glad to hear from him. We do not know if the letter was intended for publication, but feeling confident that it will be read with pleasure and interest by a number of our readers we take the liberty to publish it :
Dear Gazette - As I am now stationed in Franklin, and as you were a regular and welcome visitor to my humble home in Lafayette during the past year, I take this method of returning thanks for the favor.
This is a nice town, and there are evidences on every hand of wealth, refinement and prosperity. Notwithstanding His Excellency Governor Foster, and the Hon. Don Caffery, our United States Senator, have left us for a time, at least, the town still lives and grows. Boats, large and small ply the Teche, and the elegant saw mills seem to be in a race with each other, and the sugar refineries equal to any in the world, are adjacent to the town, and are literally sweetening the town and country in every direction. Enterprise and push seem to characterize our people. There is only one obstacle in the way that I can see, to great prosperity, and that is the want of good schools for everybody. This prevents immigration here; it prevents it in Lafayette, and it will prevent it everywhere. Hope The Gazette will take a bold and uncompromising stand for the right. It will pay in the end. Advocate temperance and advocate the immigration of American people among you. Fight along these lines, and victory will perch upon your banner. Long live The Gazette.
Jan. 3, 1893.
Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 1/6/1894.
Constable Hirsch arrested and jailed a negro named Randle on a charge of wife-beating.
A little negro boy 2 years old fell in a well and was drowned on Mr. O. C. Mouton's Carencro plantation last week.
Gonzague and Leonce Gladu returned Tuesday to Baton Rouge to resume their studies at the State University.
Mr. H. P. Fournet, a gentleman well and favorably known throughout this section, has opened a wind and brandy depot at St. Martinville. Mr. Fournet receives his wines direct from California and handles only the pure juice of the grape. Orders for any quantity will be promptly attended to. Address: H. P. Fournet, St. Martinville, La.
Miss Amelie Debaillon and Charles Debaillon left Thursday for New Orleans.
Manager Falk has booked Billy Kersand's Minstrels for the 21st of January. Miss Alice Roux, of New Orleans, visited Mrs. Homer Bailey this week.
Duncan Clark's Female Minstrels will appear at Falk's Opera House, on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Miss Emma Falk returned Tuesday after a week's stay with relatives at Patterson and Morgan City.
Miss Lizzie Mudd, Don Greig and Sterling Mudd left Thursday for their respective schools.
Superintendent Owens arrived, here Thursday night on a special and left for Cheneyville Friday morning, returning to Algiers the same day. it is rumored that a new schedule for the freight trains will go into effect on Sunday Jan. 7. Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 6th, 1911:
THE BATON ROUGE BRANCH.
Officials Make Initial Inspection - Road Completed After Battling With Great Difficulty.
The initial trip over the newly completed line from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, through the Atchafalaya swamp, will be made to-day by a party of Southern Pacific officials. Thornwell Fay, general manager of the line, and E. B. Cushing, construction engineer, arrived in New Orleans yesterday to take the trip. J. H. R. Parsons, general passenger agent, and several other New Orleans officials of the Southern Pacific, will also be in the party.
Few if any pieces of railroad in America have proven so difficult of construction as the fifty-two miles of line from Lafayette to Baton Rouge. Two years have been consumed in building it where under ordinary conditions three months would have sufficed, and for months to come the roadbed will have to be watched and reinforced. The expense attached to the construction has been enormous.
For miles it was necessary to build the roadbed of piling of exceptional length. Sometimes even fifty-foot piles would sink out of sight with a single blow from the driver and could never be found again. Again a dozen of the piles would disappear over night and no amount of searching could discover them. Several times it seemed that to bridge the almost bottomless swamp would be impossible, and the enterprise would have to be abandoned. But the management persevered, and after two years of effort were rewarded by the completion of the line into Baton Rouge. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1911.
For girls of six to fourteen years to wear at school are simple dresses of mixed cheviots with serpentine mohair braid trimming, and entirely without silk. They are of red woven with black-blue with green or brown with blue wool, made with a round yoke, to which is gathered a full waist finished with a pointed girdle. Black braid extends down the yoke from the collar, and the yoke is edged with a shaped bertha trimmed with braid and falling over leg-o'-mutton sleeves. The collar and belt are covered with rows of braid. The fitted selesia lining has from three to five whale-bones in the larger sizes. The skirt is nearly three yards wide, and is simply hemmed. Other dresses of sacking or mixed cheviot have jacket fronts to round waists, with full silk vests and revers. Better dresses of blue or green serge or fancy woolens have a circular collarette, and two frills at the top of the sleeves trimmed with satin baby-ribbon of lighter shade, or of contrasting color, or else or black.
From Harper's Bazaar and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.
The Most Sacred Spot in China.
Mount Omei is to a Chinese the most sacred and exalted spot in the Empire, the center around which cluster his veneration and beliefs, the Mecca of the pious Buddhist. The road to the summit is thronged with altars and shrines, and the extreme top of the peak possesses the most remarkable temples in China, and has been for ages the goad of millions of Pilgrims, who, wending up those steep mountain pathways, have sought among the clouds a nearer way to the Nirvana or eternal calm.
Mount Omei is a center of natural and artificial wonders, the like of which may not be found elsewhere upon the globe. The world is large, and in regions like Switzerland and Alaska nature has been taxed to the uttermost to produce a combination of natural objects of surpassing beauty and grandeur. Here, however, near the borders of Chinese civilization, we find a region of unequaled sublimity - a combination of lofty mountains, of swift rivers, of valleys and wondrous fertility. Then, also, of the works of man there are many - such as thousand of brine wells, a great silk culture (of which is in the center), a white-tax industry, mountains chiseled into the forms of idols, colossal bronze statutes, pagodas, and one temple wholly of rich bronze. Great Omei Mountain is hundreds of li in circumference, rising 11,1oo feet, its highest point enveloped in the everlasting clouds. A mile or two below, upon the opposite bank, abrupt red sandstone bluffs were in full view from our boat. White pagodas and fine temples grace the tops, which are wreathed with beautiful evergreens. Upon the face of the highest cliff, which descends straight to the water is the famous carved Milch-Buddha, in a sitting posture, and over three feet in height. Small trees grow from the head of the colossus.
From the New York Independent and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 6/8/1889.