From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 1st , 1898:
Welcome to 1898!
Good morning! A happy New Year to you!
Turn over a new year, to-day!
Don't forget to write in 1898.
At precisely twelve o'clock last night mid the booming of canon and other eclut the old year became a thing of the past and the new year was ushered in. This is in accordance with the law of mutation which no man can stay.
Of the old year we have compiled a record, the experience of each day, week and month being added to those gone before, and with respect to the "bitter and sweet" of this life the world has probably not fared any worse at the hands of the year 1897 than with many of its predecessors. The law of compensation, which is immutable, maintains the equipoise of the human race, making man's loss another man's gain. By some the old year will be remembered mostly on account of the blessings it gave and to others recollection of it will ever be attended with pain on account of the sorrow it brought. This is life, and it will never be thus.
Of the new year we can know nothing further than what will be learned day by day as time glides along. The veil that screens the future from view is absolutely impenetrable, the Omniscient having is ordained and it is well to have it thus, for it is quite enough to look after the present, that requiring our undivided attention if we would have things well done.
As it is not optional with us and we must part with the old year, let us do so with all the good grace at our command, and so it is we now do take leave of it. To the New Year we should extend a hearty welcome and all hope for the best. In accordance with the old custom it is in order to make new and good resolutions for the future. We should not only resolve to do better, each one acting for himself, but we should carry out the resolution. On this day that marks the birth of a new year, let everyone one of us resolve to cultivate a deeper feeling of charity to-ward each other and we will find life all the happier. This is a great, big world and there is plenty of room in it for us all if each one will allow to his neighbor but his just dues.
The Advertiser hopes the New Year will contain much of blessings and little of sorrow for the people of Lafayette , in particular, and to mankind in general.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/1/1898.
Dedicatory Services. - An event of unusual importance and solemnity will be the dedication of the Methodist Episcopal Church next Wednesday Jan. 5th, Bishop E. R. Hendricks officiating. The dedicatory services will begin at 11 o'clock a. m. after which Bishop Hendricks will deliver a sermon appropriate to the occasion. The bishop is known at home and abroad as man of forceful character, and rich experience in the ministration of his episcopal functions. The dedication therefore will be of peculiar interest and impressiveness and fraught with the inspiration of this eminent and zealous dignitary of the church. The pastor Rev. Reams has made arrangements for the accommodation of a large congregation and extends to all a cordial invitation to attend and witness the interesting ceremonies incident to the occasion.Lafayette Advertiser 1/1/1898.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/1/1898.
Fine line of Gold and silver Watches at Biossat's.
Miss May Phillips is now assisting in the post office.
The circus was well patronized at the two performances.
Bad roads is the general topic of the day.
Mouton & Hopkins wish you "A Happy New Year."
Go and hear that new Musical instrument The "Criterion" at Biossat's.
Mr. T. M. Biossat went to St. Martinville on business, Tuesday.
Scarcity of matter in this number is due to holiday diversions.
New Year's presents at B. Falk.
We acknowledge receipt of a nice Christmas card from the sister of Breaux Bridge Convent.
Mr. and Mrs.W. S. Parkerson, of New Orleans, are spending New Year's at the parental home, here.
Fine line of Harmonica's at Biossat's jewelry store.
Mrs. Anita Lacoste was lucky the one that received the sewing machine at Schmulen's Racket store last Monday.
Fine rocking chairs at B. Falks's at low prices.
Mr. John Hungerford, a substantial citizen of Lake Arthur, was in Lafayette, Tuesday.
"A Thoroughbred" at Falk's Opera House, Jan. 9th, 1898.
Mr. Aug. Ledoux left for New Iberia where he will be employed in O'Bries groceries store.
Dr. and Mrs. F. E. Girard arrived Thursday from their bridal tour in Texas.
Try some of those nice Soda Crackers, at Moss Bros. & Co's. on the first day of the new year and you will want more the whole year round.
You can find almost any kind of a ladies shoe at Mouton & Hopkins you want; they have lately received a large hill of them.
Mr. J. G. Parkerson, Jr., and wife, of San Antonio, spent the holidays with their parents, Judge and Mrs. J. G. Parkerson.
New year's surprise to-night at Falk's Opera House.
Mr. L. Nollive informs his numerous that he has a Full assortment of eyeglasses of all kinds and full collection of jewelries for Christmas and New Year.
Same troupe which gave the "Wild Goose" at Falk's Opera House last year will produce "A Thoroughbred" on Sunday Jan. 9th, 1898.
Owner Patureau of the R. R. Exchange Shaving Parlor, is agent for the New Iberia steam laundry, and will be pleased to receive laundry or orders from all those wishing to send off their laundry.
Holiday goods, a variety at prices to suit the times - Mouton & Salles.
Mr. A. Lacour and daughter of Avoyelles parish spent the holiday with Mr. E. Lacour's family. Miss Marceline Lacour will enter the Convent of Mount Carmel next week.
Get your hats and caps from Mouton & Hopkins they have a nice large assortment.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/1/1898.
From the Lafayette Gazette of January 1st, 1898:
A LAFAYETTE INVENTION.
Mr. Charles Carnshan, of Youngsville, has obtained letters patent for a controller for turnplows. Charles S. Young, of the same town, has received the agency for the selling of parish rights, and in a few days will begin an active canvass of the State of Louisiana. An accurate idea of the plow adjustment could only be obtained by a reading of the specification in the letters patent, which in this issue, we are unable to publish, but a proximate one can be obtained by the following from the inventor's statement: "This invention relates to improvements in turn-plow controllers, and its object is to provide a controller which extends outward over the moldboard, and is adapted to be adjusted, the end of the controller being considerably above the ground and devoid of any downwardly-extending or vertical position, which the soil engages whereby the soil is controlled and it is turned by the moldboard as may be desired." "A plow controller comprising a vertical extension adapted to be adjustably connected with a plow-beam, a bar connected to the lower end of the standard and extending parallel with the beam and a controlling surface, extending outward from the same parallel beam in approximately a horizontal position and consisting of fingers having a rearward sweep in respect to the horizontal bar, substantially as and for the purpose described."
This invention is adapted to be used in the cultivation of corn, potatoes, cotton, etc., with great advantage.
The parish right for Lafayette has already been sold, and all indications point to a great success in other parts of the State. If the invention proves a success, the gentlemen interested propose to canvass other States.
Mr. Charles S. Young, who has received the agency for the selling of parish rights, is an enterprising young merchant of Royville, who has already proved his business ability. He is well known throughout this section and if there is half a chance, will, no doubt, be eminently successful in this undertaking. He possesses business tact and enterprise, believes in the efficacy of the invention, and will go to work with the determination of not taking a backward step.
Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
Electric Lights. - Work on the electric light plant is progressing along nicely. The stringing of the wires has begun, and the gentlemen in charge expect that all work will be finished by the first of February. Widmer and Spranley, of New Orleans, have charge of the construction, and the standing of that firm insures nothing but the best of material and service. Mr. W. A. Broussard has been connected with the electric light plant in New Iberia for the last six years, and has there acquired sufficient experience in that line to justify his occupying his present position. Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
FOR SALE. RENT OR EXCHANGE.BY AMBROISE MOUTON.
Improved town property, 2 corners facing 2 streets. 140 and 96 feet, and Residence with 2 rooms. Dining room and kitchen, barn and stable.Carriage and garden, Pecan and fruit trees, facing Convent and Mrs. Beraud.
Lot 10 25 ft and 125 McComb addition.
Lot 11 25 ft and 125 McComb addition adjoining and corner lots. Facing R. R. on Grant Avenue, opposite corner to Paul Demenade.
Hotel with 22 rooms, large dining room, 2 large halls, one in each story of full length, kitchen and store room, well enclosed. Fronting R. R. well patronized.
Three Valuable Business lots adjoining each other, and fronting on Lincoln Avenue, each 25 and 125 feet and fronting on 3rd. street.
Three adjoining lots, fronting on Live Oak Lane, and opening on Convent street each lot 50 feet front.
One lot on Stewart St., Mouton's addition near Sproll Hotel. 50 and 100 feet.
One American horse, very gentle in harness and under saddle, 8 years old.
One Creole milk cow, fat, 2 gallons per day.
One year old calf, fat.
A one year old calf Durham and Jersey, good order.
Hand home made cypress cisterns of all sizes.
Part of lot 81, old town. on Jefferson St., Residence of 4 rooms, one out building of 2 rooms. One stable and crib, one large pecan tree. 50 and 100 feet.
A plantation 4 miles from town, residence and out buildings, teems, cows etc.
Two lots 100 feet front on third street adjoining Sterling Grove, one and half story residence, 7 rooms finished.
One lot in McComb addition, near depot, 50 and 125 feet. Cottage of 3 large rooms finished.
20 acres facing rail and public road, fenced, part in corporation, or one half of same.
Oak Grove near town, 4 acres enclosed small building, etc.
A 4 acre truck patch with improvements near town on shares.
One lot in Mills addition.
To rent, two double houses in Mouton addition.
A plantation, 68 arpents, good residence finished and many valuable out buildings, etc.
A plantation of 140 arpents good residence, etc., 25 arpents of same wood land.
Carpenters furnishing plans, bills and (unreadable word.)
Wanted: A young man white or colored, good salary.
Wanted: Double entry book keeper (French and English) with a large experience having 2 or 3 spare days each week, desire a situation, town or country, terms moderate, best references given. Laf. Gazette 1/1/1898.
School Board Meeting. - There will be a regular meeting of the School Board, Monday, Jan. 3rd. 1898:
C. F. Latiolais, Supt.
"Jan. 9th". Stick this date in your hat.
Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
From the Lafayette Gazette of January 1st, 1898:
JUST A WORD.
An election to choose delegates to the constitutional convention, which is to meet in February to change the organic law of the State, will be held in January. As regards to the nomination of Hon. Clemile Landry as the delegate from Lafayette parish, it is useless to further disclose his merits, as all elements have concurred in the wisdom of the Democracy's choice. But we wish to say a word in reference to to the thirty-six delegates at large. Those chosen by the Democratic party are men well known throughout the State. We find among them eminent jurists, business men and farmers. They are able and patriotic citizens, who could have no object to frame a constitution hurtful to the interests of our State. These men stand for a reformation of the judiciary, electorate, and educational system. They want the negro out of politics. Whom do we see apposed to them? Nineteen Republicans, among them are C. B. Darrell and A. T. Wimberly, and the balance Populists, who have joined hands with the nigger-loving black and tan, in the attempt to make the negro vote and use that vote, compose that opposition. Voters of Lafayette where will you cast your ballots? The issue is clear and not to be misunderstood. There are only two sets from which to select. The Democracy offers you as standard bearers, men the very name of whom, assure Louisiana that her interests will be as wll conserved as they have been in the past decade. Some of the self-same men have economically administered the public affairs of our State within the past few years, have advanced your educational system facilities, have diminished the public debt, and have shed a lustre of the groom where was cast by the Republican party in the dark days of its misrule.
You cannot hesitate. Do not listen to the cry of reform from the lips of Populists who shout that every man twenty-one years of age, should enjoy the sacred privileges of a suffragan, be he a negro, dago or what you will. Do not listen to the wild cries of "boss-rule," when the most boss-ridden crew that ever managed the ship of State are endeavoring to shape the destinies of Louisiana, whose fair name was most blackened by these political cormorants. Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
Girard - Foucher.
Yesterday morning at the Jesuit's Church, on Baronne and Common Streets, the marriage of Dr. Felix Eloi Girard and Miss Mamie Foucher was solemnized. Rev. Father Gaffney officiated. Dr. Girard is from Lafayette and comes from an old and esteemed family. He has an extensive practice in his native town. Miss Foucher is a lovely New Orleans girl of a prominent family. She looked very handsome, and was tastefully dressed in a magnificent costume of elegant material. The wedding was a very quiet one, only a few intimate friends of the young couple being present. Immediately after the ceremony the happy pair left on their honeymoon. Places in Texas and Mexico will be visited by them. Dr. and Mrs. Girard will be gone until February 15, when they will return to Lafayette, their future home.
Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
Mardi Gras. - This year Mardi Gras and Washington's birthday fall on the same day. Lafayette has already successfully celebrated the former, and a second celebration would be no experiment. On that day our municipal pride should prompt us to show our prosperity in a fitting way to our patrons from the neighboring country. Next time, we can combine patriotism with merry making. One day in the year should be set out for a general gala one. No more suitable occasion could be selected than the twenty-second day of February. One day should be chosen when our friends from the country would leave their labors and enjoy a period of recreation. It is to be hoped that Lafayette will do herself proud on Mardi Gras. Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
Ladies Tea Club.
On Thursday last, Mrs. T. M. Biossat, the amiable president of the Ladies' five o'clock Tea Club, tendered an elegant reception to the members of this organization, a few friends also participating. From four to six the exquisitely decorated parlor and dining room were thronged with guests in holiday attire, mingling with the flowers, potted plants and other decorations, forming a living picture worthy to adorn the canvas of the most capricious artist. An appropriate game, "Suggestions from a Watch," was introduced by the hostess and was introduced by the hostess and proved an efficient mode of entertainment; the first prize, a lovely vase adorned with the club's colors was won by Misses F. Chase and Clye Mudd. The booby, a toy watch fell to the lot of Mrs. Franklin Mouton. Delicious refreshments were served from a table whose beyond the pen to portray, only a view of such loveliness would be artistic adornment would be adequate to insure an appreciation of its beauty. While delicacies satisfied the palate, sweet strains of music from a music box delighted the ear, surrounding decorations pleased the eye, and the charm of the hostesses won the hearts of all present. Mrs. Biossat, was assisted in receiving by her sister, Miss Rushing, who has made many warm friends during her stay in Lafayette. Those present on this enjoyable occasion were: Mrs. Wm. Parrott, N. P. Moss, Chas. Caffery, A. Doucet, A. Mouton, B. Clegg, C. Girard, J. J. Davidson, B. Williams, F. Hopkins, S. R., W. S., and J. Parkerson, F. Mouton, and Misses Susie and Eliza Hopkins, L. Parkerson, Heloise Olivier, Lea Gladu, Florence Chase, M. and J. Torian, L. and C. Mudd, Viola Kelly, Blanche Stagg, of Whiteville, and Cavanaugh, of Washington.
Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
Arrested. - Deputy Thomas Mouton arrested Willie Brown and Edmond Breaux, two negroes, charged with picking Ben Giraud's pocket on X-mas in a nigger dive near the depot. Giraud hails from Alexandria.
Deputy Thomas Mouton and Constable Hirsch arrested Daniel Moses Thursday charged with the stealing of a watch from a dusky damsel by the name of Mathilde. Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
Stabbed. - One of our colored evangelists, bearing the name of Tillman, was stabbed in the face, Saturday by another negro, named Louis Oby. It appears that the disciple of Fred Douglas made remarks derogatory to Oby's character in one of his morales to his congregation, which insinuations engendered Oby's ire. The latter was lodged in jail by Deputy Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.