From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 7th, 1899:
THEY HAD A PICNIC.
The robberies committed during that memorable night reminds one of the good old times in the middle ages.
These night birds were men of deep knowledge, committing robberies systematically.
They must have been in a nudity state as their first visit was to the well supplied establishment of the Lafayette Clothing House where they knew where everything was kept and without any fear of being disturbed by any passers by they threw a stone at the show window to try their dexterity. A big hole having been made and though the noise was terrific, not fearing the consequences force, they with a stick helped themselves to shirts, umbrellas and shoes, the whole amounting to $30 without estimating damages.
Having supplied themselves with necessary apparel, the band thought that gentlemen could not do without the time and as the town of Lafayette does not have a town clock they resolved to supply themselves with a watch to know exactly when the day would dawn upon them; and thinking that is where justice resides, time must be there, they proceeded to the home of Judge C. Debaillon where they borrowed forever his son's watch.
The possessing the time enabling them to get out of the beat of our officer, they became hungry and not having the necessary cash to partake of a meal, they paid a visit to Mr. Numa Judice and relieved his son of $2.50.
Now came the royal time, they went to the American Exchange where that prince of caterers, Lee Walker, filled their empty stomachs with the delicacies of the season.
They drank, we suppose to their success and while enjoying themselves, their consciences smote them for their deeds, they saw all the punishments awaiting them in the future world for such as they were and at once decided to go see Rev. Forge, make a clean breast of the whole business and seek his counsels and advice:
Off they went for the presbytery, but after vain efforts to wake up the occupants of the priestly residence and being bent to see the Fathers, they effected an entrance into the kitchen and seeing before them a whole cheese, some bread and sausages, the temptation came back and they relieved Rev. Forge and partook of a lunch.
They must have eaten too much and felt very uncomfortable as their next visit was for Dr. Gladu, probably to relieve him of some of his active medicines, but peeping to a window and seeing the doctor in deep study seated by a Winchester rifle they left hurriedly leaving upon the ground the print of their shoes.
There is one thing they forgot to do, paying a visit to either one of the editors requesting them to publish the above facts.
These are truly remarkable incidents for all in one night.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1899
OUR SPECIAL OFFER.
To increase the circulation of our paper which is quite large already, we make the following offer to all new and old subscribers.
All who will pay their subscription for the year of 1899 before the 31st of January 1899 will pay only one dollar.
We wish to double our subscription list and in this way give the widest circulation for the benefit of our advertisers. Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1899
FROM THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC CO.
Houston, Tx., Dec. 30th, 1898.
The Lafayette Train Gate System (early crossing gate on Jefferson/Lincoln) established on these lines in May, 1896, as a measure of protection to life, limb and property has been successfully operated since that time, and the results of the Company in decreasing accidents and in increasing revenue have been very satisfactory.
The opposition of the public to the System, however, instead of decreasing, has steadily grown, and in deference to its wishes and with the view of trying to please our patrons, it has been decided to discontinue the system on Jan. 1st, 1899.W. G. VANVLECK,
Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1899
HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1899.
A Good Showing. - The statement of the condition of the First National Bank of Lafayette at the close of business Dec. 31st, 1898, published in another column, speaks well for the institution and is substantial evidence of the high favor in which this bank is held by the business community.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/7/1899.
Bring your hides to F. Otto.
Master John Tolson left last week accompanied by his father Dr. F. R. Tolson, to enter the University at Baton Rouge. The young man was admitted after passing a successful examination.
- "Rip Van Winkle" will be rendered by the King Comedy Co. at Falk's Opera House Sunday Jan. 15th, 1899.
Do not forget that Mrs. La Danois buys Wool. Hides and Bones and pays the highest market price.
Call at the Moss Pharmacy for a package of 1899 almanacs, free.
MARRIED - Miss Edna Judice of Lafayette and Mr. Hilaire Borel of Jeanerette were married at the Catholic church last Monday at 10:30 a. m., and left for New Orleans on noon train on a wedding tour. Mr. A. E. Whittington was the best man and Miss Virginia Borel acted as bridesmaid and the happy young couple will make Jeanerette their future home. Numbers of friends joins' the writer in wishing them happiness and prosperity.
Strictly choice timothy and the finest prairie hay selling so cheap at Tanner's. It will make your head swim.
Go to D. V. Gardebled for fine perfumeries.
The statement of the condition of the First National Bank of Lafayette at the close of business Dec. 31st, 1898, published in another column, speaks well for the institution and is substantial evidence of the high favor in which this bank is held by the business community.
Steps have been taken by the committee in charge of the excursion which leaves today for New Orleans, to feed and room the excursionists at reduced prices. 75 cents per day for three meals and lodging can be obtained at Dazette's hostelry. A member of the committee will see to this need upon application being made. Thus the trip can be made cheaply.
The City Council met Wednesday and by a two-third vote passed an ordinance over the mayor's veto fixing the liquor license at $200.00. The saloons of the town were opened after the council's action.
Tanner the hustling Feed Dealer will sell you Feed cheaper than any one on the face of the Earth.
Mardi Gras Ball at Falk's Opera House will be a most stylish one. Mr. Louis Lacoste, the chairman, will spare no efforts to make it a success.
Tje King Comedy Co., of universal renown will appear in "Rip Van Winkle" at Falk's Opera House.
Mr. B. Falk will receive for Mardi Gras a full assortment of costumes from Chicago.
In this wet weather you must look out to your shoes. Don't get your feet wet when by calling on Mr. Jos. Canstella you can have your shoes mended up.
Mr. Clay Roger and his son Frank were in town yesterday afternoon and paid us a pleasant visit.
ATTENTION - Lawyers and others can find at the ADVERTISER'S office the latest form of notes embodying the exemption set forth by the constitution of 1898.
A GOOD COMPANY - The Frederic Bryton Co., appeared at Falk's Opera House last Wednesday and Thursday nights and gave first class entertainments in every respect, and by special request repeated again an entertainment last night. - We wish to see more of the very same - sort.
The Schubert's Musical Co., will appear at Falk's Opera House on above date. Lovers of good music will certainly miss a fine chance to hear artists of merit if they fail to secure tickets.
CLEAR THE TRACK! - The Sunset Limited Express is coming. Give right of way, Clear the track. Levy Bros., have been clearing the track of high prices for the last few months and the express of low prices is still coming. All aboard for Levy Bros. - They have tremendous bargains this new year. Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1899
From the Lafayette Gazette of January 7th, 1899:
Our readers have no doubt noticed for some time past that The Gazette has furnished them with a rather meagre service. We will not apologize for short-comings, but will state that in the future will try to do better. We have bought of the American Type Founders' Company, of St. Louis, a modern press to take the place of the rather primitive "Washington hand-press" and on next Saturday we will begin the publication of a seven-column folio, set up and printed in our office. We will try to give Lafayette a good country weekly and hope to merit their patronage. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
The Frederick Bryton Company.
One of the best theatrical troupes that have visited Lafayette in many years, performed at Falk's Opera-house this week. It was billed for one night, but Mr. Falk prevailed upon Mr. Bryton to give three performances, all of which were well attended and greatly enjoyed. The next attraction will be the Schubert Symphony Club which appears on the 20th. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Charles King Company.
Charles King and his company will be at Falk's Opera-house Sunday night, Jan. 15. Mr. King will be remembered by the people of our city as the leading man in the Emma Warren Company here a few years ago. The company will present Rip Van Winkle. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
New Years Accident.
While rejoicing over the advent of the New Year Hamilton Riu was pretty badly injured on the face by the explosion of a tin-can which was being used as a cannon. Young Riu was the only one hurt the other boys escaped injury. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
The Liquor License.
The City Council met Wednesday and passed the $200 liquor license ordinance. At first there was a question as to whether it was necessary to have two-thirds of the whole Council or two-thirds of the meeting to nullify the veto, but Mayor Caffery settled the matter by giving it as his opinion that a two-third vote of the members present was sufficient to pass the ordinance over his veto. Seven licenses have been taken out. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Liquor License Costly in Lake Charles.
The liquor dealers of this city have organized to resist a collection of $2,000 license imposed by the police jury, and at a meeting Saturday night employed attorneys to protect their interests. The city council fixed fixed the license at $500, and the contention of the dealers is that within the city limits the police jury has no right to collect a larger amount. Both ordinances went into effect Monday. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Selling Rice Mill. - In another column appears the advertisement of Mr. F. G. Mouton who offers to sell his rice mill. As can be shown to the mill's business is in a prosperous condition and a splendid opportunity is offered to anyone with a little cash. Mr. Mouton wants to sell because he wishes to retire from the business. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Burglars at Work.
The attempts at burglary show that there is an organized band of thieves in this town. Tuesday night the show-window of the Lafayette Clothing House was broke into and about $30 worth of goods were stolen. The same night the home of Judge Debaillon was entered into and a watch was carried away. The residence of Mr. Numa Judice was also visited by the robbers who got away with several dollars of Mr. Judice's cash. Several other burglaries were reported the same night. Thursday night Ed Lehman shot at a man found prowling in Leon Plonsky's yard. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Crowley, La. -- The Southern Pacific depot was the scene of a sad and horrible accident about noon Monday. The Gueydan train had just arrived and was discharging its passengers. Among them was Mrs. W. S. Gault and her two little children, from Morse Station. Mrs. Gault had descended with her youngest child and was reaching to lift the oldest one, a little girl Ethel, about four years old, to the ground when the train moved, unbalancing the child and throwing her legs beneath the cars. The wheels passed over her left arm, crushing and severing it below the knee. Fortunately, Drs. J. F. and N. B. Morris were present and gave the little child quick medical attention, and notwithstanding the loss of arm and leg, it is standing the ordeal nobly and doing well. The mother received a slight contusion on the head and was miraculously saved from the greater injury by a bystander, who caught her as she was herself falling between the cars. The train was in charge of Conductor Smith and Engineer Dolan. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Real Estate & General Agency.
T0-day is Your Chance. To-morrow May be too Late.
Give me a chance to show you, free of charge, some of the best improved, high rolling and light SUGAR, COTTON and CORN plantations and farms in this State, near refineries and railroads. Cheap and easy terms. Also improved and unimproved property in the four additions to this rapidly improving and flourishing town, as follows:
Call for What you need or want to know.
AMBROISE MOUTON, Box 42, P. O. Building,
Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 7th, 1882:
Sold at Public Auction.
The property of the succession of the late Mrs. W. O. Smith was sold at public auction last Wednesday, and the prices brought were considered very fair. The "Dora Hotel" property was bought by Mr. L. Levy for $1,800, and of the two lots and improvements were bought respectively for $1,480 and $420 by Messrs. M. Henault and F. Lombard. We understand that these gentlemen intend to put their purchases in thorough repair. Much household furniture was also sold at fair prices. Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1882.
VERMILIONVILLE, Dec. 29, 1881.
George Johnson and Jules Arceneaux, disturbing the peace; Johnson was discharged and Arceneaux fined five dollars and costs or five days. jail.
Dec. 30, 1881.
Wm. Howard, vagrant, sentenced ten days jail and to work on the streets.
Joseph Watson, vagrant, ten days jail and to work on streets.
January, 2, 1882.
Baptiste Doucet, drunk and disturbing the peace, fined five dollars and costs or five days jail.
Alfred Veazey, drunk and disturbing the peace, fined five dollars and costs or five days in jail.
Narcisse Jones, carrying concealed weapons and inciting to riot, fined five dollars and costs are five days in jail.
Fritz Bratke, vagrant, five days jail and to work on the streets.
Julius Blooms, vagrant, five days jail and to work on the streets.
John Gaffery, vagrant, fined five dollars and costs or five days to work on the streets.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1882.
CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.
Regular Session, Dec. 5th, 1881.
Present: M. P. Young, Mayor; and Councilmen Bailey, Mouton, McBride, Lombard and Falk. Absent: Alpha and Revillon.
On motion, the reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting of the minutes of the preceding meeting was dispensed with.
The following ordinance for the prevention of vagrancy was read and, on motion, unanimously adopted :
Be it ordained by the City Council of Vermilionville, That all idle persons who, not having visible means to maintain themselves, live without employment ; all persons wandering abroad and lodging in market spaces, sheds, barns, uninhabited buildings, or in the open air, and not giving a good account of themselves ; all persons wandering abroad and begging, or who go from door to door, or who place themselves in the streets, passages, or other public places, to beg or receive alms, shall be deemed vagrants.
Be it further ordained, etc., That it shall be the duty of the Constable or any of his deputies, whenever required by any person, to carry such vagrant before the Mayor for the purpose of examination ; and if the Mayor be satisfied by the confession of the offender, or by competent testimony, that he is a vagrant within the description aforesaid, he may fine or imprison such vagrant, the fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars, and he may cause much vagrant to work upon the streets, at the rate of one dollar per day, until the fine imposed shall have been paid ; and if such vagrant be a proper object of charity, he shall send him to such place of refuge as shall be provided by the City Council.
Be it further ordained, etc., That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.
On motion of Mr. Lombard, the Constable was ordered to enforce the ordinance in regard to sweeping or cleaning of chimneys within the limits of the Corporation.
On motion, it was resolved, that persons haul logs, or buildings over the bridges of this Corporation and breaking or tearing up the bridge, will be required to repair such bridges immediately, under the penalty of a fine of not more than five dollars, nor more than five days imprisonment for each bridge broken or torn up.
On motion, it was resolved, that hereafter all persons are prohibited from driving wild cattle through the streets of this town under a penalty of not more than five dollars, or imprisonment, at the discretion of the Mayor.
On motion the Council adjourned.
M. P. YOUNG, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1882.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 7th, 1913:
Being Used a Great Deal - Those Who Sent and Received First Packages.
The parcels post, which went into effect on January 1, has met with a prompt acceptance all over the country and the first few days of its operation indicates that it will grow into a big proposition. The law has worked very well so far, but there are a few minor defects that will have to be remedied in order to make it more convenient to the public.
At the local post office the parcels post is being used quite a good deal and the patronage will increase as people become more familiar with it. From the number of inquiries received by Postmaster Domengeaux, the parcels post will become popular with the farmers of the parish.
Among the numerous and various articles shipped at this office was a package of eggs, and many kinds of farm produce can be sent as well as other articles.
L. F. Salles was the first to ship a package by the parcels post from this office, it was a package of films. Mrs. John Montgomery received the first package. T. M. Biossat sent the first insured package and Miss Vienna received the first insured package. Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1913.
A SUCCESSFUL HOLD-UP.
Memphis, Tenn., Jan., 4. - A special to the Commercial Appeal from Mansfield, Mo., says:
The ninth and first successful attempt at train robbery on the line of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis railroad occurred last night at 8:55 o'clock, at McComb, a small station, one of the robbers got aboard the westbound train at Norwood, the first station east of McComb, paying his fare to McComb and compelling the train to stop there. It was immediately boarded by five or six masked men, who covered all the members of the train crew with Winchesters and revolvers, and compelled the engineer and fireman in to cut loose from the remainder of the train. The mail, baggage and express cars were then run up the line about two miles and stopped in a lonely cut, where Engineer Cullender was placed in front of the robbers and forced to break open the door of the express car, after which he was placed in front of the foremost robber, and together they entered the express car, covering Southern Express Messenger Newton and Baggagemaster Sieben with their pistols and forcing them to adjourn to the outside of the car. They then proceeded to dynamite the through safe. Two charges of dynamite were used, completely demolishing the burglar proof safe of the Southern Express company and playing havoc with the car and contents.
It is not known how much money and valuables was secured, as the safe blown open was a through safe, being opened only at a few of the most important towns along the line between Memphis and Kansas City. Everything was taken from it, and it is safe to say they were well paid for their trouble. The local safe, which contained all the local money picked up was not molested. From the Mansfield Commercial Appeal and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.