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From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 16th, 1869:

The Coming Railroad.

 We learn by private correspondence, and most reliable authority that Gen. T. Price and James B. Price, who but a short time ago passed through our Town have returned to New Orleans, from Texas.

 They report a most cordial and encouraging reception along the whole proposed line of Railroad, and especially in Houston, Texas, which is destined ultimately to be the terminus of our route, which will there tap the immense net work of Railroads extending over every portion of that almost boundless State. The people there are anxious to see that work completed and Texas and Louisiana bound together in iron grasp, march on with giant strides to wealth and strength. We are convinced from the correspondence above alluded to that the completion of the Road between Brashear and the Sabine has become a certainty. there can be no longer any doubt as to that fact. - It behooves us then to respond in ready spirit to the zeal and public feeling of our Texas brethren, in its construction ;  as we have said before let us be up and working, let us not be frightened or taken aback by sacrifices ;  they may seem hard at present, but they will be temporary and will in after days repay one hundred fold. The advantages resulting from this road are immense and will be lengthily discussed in our next number.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1869.


A Rare Snowfall in Lafayette.

 On last Sunday we witnessed an event of rare occurrence in our section of country as snow began falling at 1. p. m. and for several hours fell very thick;  in the evening the snow fell again, to the great amusement and merriment of the young urchins who plagued the older with a thousand and one questions. 

 "Pa," said one, "it's very cold and look Pa, what that?"

"That's snow my son.""I never seen that before pa!"

 "No sonny, snow does not generally fall in our country, it falls generally North." 

 "North ? that where the Yankees live ain't it?" 

 "That's so my son."

 "Well Pa I wonder if its them confounded fellows, brought the snow down here, and if they don't intend to change our fine climate."
Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1869.

 New Drug Store. - The Drug store in our Town, formerly owned by Messrs. Lee and Young, was last week sold to Mr. E. A. Rose. Mr. Rose is originally from our neighboring Parish, Vermilion; he comes in our midst highly recommended; and has for sale a choice lot of medicals as can be offered by any country Drug store. May success and prosperity be with the parting as well as the new owner of the Paxton and Taylor stand. We are sorry to see going away from our midst the former owners of the Drug store; but, que voulez vous? friend MUN, the best must part. Mr. Hamilton, the courteous and accommodating Druggist will be found at all hours behind the counter ready and willing to wait upon the customers.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1869

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 16th, 1897:

Blanc Brothers' Photographs. 

 Moss Bros. & Co., with their usual intrepidity for securing the public attention, have obtained for display, two splendid photographs of Ernest and Alexis Blanc, the self convicted murderers of Martin Begnaud. The photographs are on exhibition in a show window and one or more persons may constantly be seen standing at this window, studying the physiognomies of the two young fiends. Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1897.  

Wedding Bells.

 Marriages and rumors of marriages, the weather has no apparent effect on the market, let the good work go on.

Miss Maud Boas attended the Dauterive - Mettayer nuptials in Loreauville Monday.

Cornay-Gueriniere. - Last Thursday in St. Martinsville, Mr. Florian Cornay let to the altar as his charming bride, Miss Elodie Guerinier of that hamlet of handsome lassies. The nuptial services were held at the Catholic church at 5 o'clock P. M. The wedding march was played by Miss Martha Mouton, the Ave Maria by Gounad was sung by Mrs. Rena Simon and Mr. H. A. VanderCruyssen. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. Mrs. Cornay and daughters Bessie and Leila, Miss. Bonnet and Miss Adeline Young from Lafayette were present.

Abbott & Eves. - Miss Mary Abbott and Mr. T. Eaves were married at the Catholic Church Thursday morning by Rev. Father Baulard. A large number of friends attended the ceremony. The young couple boarded the east-bound train for a bridal tour. Many wishes from the Advertiser.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1897

To-night's Entertainment.

 The entertainment looked forward to, with so much pleasure by our citizens will take place to-night. From present indications, we feel warranted to predict that the affair will be a decided success. Our Opelousas friends can always be relied upon to inaugurate and carry out plans which relate to the up-building of schools; and, this being the object of their visit to our town, we feel justified in saying that our people have a treat in store for them.

 In order that every one might participate to the extent of his interest in this entertainment, ample provisions have been made to meet the taste and pleasure of all. To this end, our guests propose to entertain their audience with the popular and attractive play "Above the Clouds". Immediately after the play, a sumptuous spread will be at the disposal of all, and, during the interim, the famous Opelousas String Band will discourse sweet music. Friends from Opelousas, we admire your interest in this noble cause, and we can assure you, that in your efforts you are not alone. Lafayette, and her hospitable people extend to you the hand of fellowship and promise to be at your side in your efforts. Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1897.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/16/1897:

Landreth's 1897 garden seeds now on sale at Moss Bros. & Co.

Dr. Mouton sustained some scratches as the result of a runaway this week.

 Editor Breaux of the Opelousas Clarion was in town Saturday and Sunday. Miss Gabriel Railbeau of Galveston is visiting relatives in Lafayette.

 Miss Lucy Vigneaux spent last week with friends in Rayne. Mrs. Felix Voorhies, of New Iberia, was in Lafayette Saturday visiting her son, Mr. E. G. Voorhies.

 Peerless, Burbank and other standard seed potatoes can be had of Moss Bros. & Co.

 Mr. Numa Broussard, one of Arnaudville's solid business men called on friends in Lafayette this week. Mrs. P. V. Miller, of Eunice, visited relatives in Lafayette this week, and paid the Advertiser a pleasant visit.

 The Cottage Hotel is being improved by quite an addition by which Mrs. Young will be able to increase her accommodations. 

W. S. Fraser, the gentleman who superintended the construction of the Oil Mill, returned to his home in Atlanta, Ga., Tuesday, accompanied by his daughter Miss Lillian.

 Mr. Warren Gardiner, the genial insurance man of Opelousas, has been in town this week looking up prospective policies. Messrs. Felix and Chas. Voorhies have been employed by the People's Cotton Oil Co., to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Superintendent Fraser.

 Mr. D. W. Kemp, the business representative of L. Grunewald & Co. New Orleans, has been in Lafayette for the past few days and has disposed of several of the superior grade of instruments handled by his house. 

Cards are out announcing the approaching marriage of Miss Madeline Clemence Melchoir to Mr. Felix Andrus both of Carencro. This happy event will be celebrated by a nuptial mass in St. Peter's church at Carencro, Monday Jan. 18th, at 10 o'clock.

 Small profits and right treatment accounts for the large business done by Moss and Mouton in lumber, wagons, etc. Their motto is "live and let live." 

 A negro living near Scott, carelessly threw Paris Green where Mr. Begnauds cattle got hold of it which resulted in a loss of over $80. worth of stock for Mr. John Begnaud.

 Jules Hubert, a french peddler, was held up Wednesday by two negroes near Carencro, in this parish. One of the negroes struck Hubert with a hatchet, inflicting an ugly wound about the shoulder. Then he was robbed of $10 in cash and of about $40 worth of goods. This evening a negro named Marius Mamen was arrested by Constable S. Breaux, and subsequently identified by Hubert as the person who assaulted him with the hatchet. The other negro has not yet been caught. Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1897.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 16th, 1907:


 The Faculty has passed a resolution raising the standard of requirements for admission and in the various courses of study, making the grade higher by one term's work. Hereafter pupils will be admitted from the local public schools after completing the work of the "Advanced Sixth" grade. It is planned to have as close cooperation as possible between the Institute and the public school system, at the same time providing for the special manual training departments of the Institute.

 The morning hour Friday next, the 18th inst., will be devoted to exercises in honor of the memory of the great Southern Chieftain, General Robert E. Lee. An address will be delivered by Hon. Paul DeClouet. The exercises begin at a quarter before nine o'clock, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The following day, Saturday the 19th, will be the one hundredth anniversary of his birth and will be celebrated throughout the State and the whole country, with appropriate programs of a patriotic and memorial character. Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1907.

Barn Burned. - Saturday afternoon about five o'clock a barn belonging to W. G. Webb, living about two miles from town was burned. The barn contained over 100 barrels of corn, six tons of cotton seed hulls and a quantity of pea hay. Mr. Webb can not account for the fire, but thinks perhaps it may have been caused by his dropping some matches in the barn out of his pocket, which were afterwards gnawed by rates and so ignited. The total loss is estimated at $400.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1907.

 The Woman's Club.
 The Woman's Club met Jan. 12 with Mrs. W. J. Avery. After the president had called the meeting to order and all business was attended to, the following program was rendered:
  The club then adjourned and Mrs. Avery served delicious refreshments.

 The next club meeting will be held Jan. 19 with Misses Leftwich and Glidden. Each member is requested to bring one or more current events to add to the afternoon's programme.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1907.

Contractor Massicot Employed by Telephone Co. to Fix All Breaks Made by Them.

 The breaks in the concrete walks made by the Cumberland Telephone Co., when installing their new plant, have made the walks unsightly for a long time and it will be welcome news to everybody to learn that Contractor Massicot expects to begin repairing them within the next fifteen days, the company having contracted with him to do the work. Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1907.


 As two rather prominent commentaries on General Grant's next "let us have peace," we would suggest the present condition of affairs in Georgia and in Arkansas. In the one State the negroes are banded together in open rebellion against the civil authorities, and maintain their freedom from law with muskets and bayonets. In the other State bands of thieves, regularly organized as State militia, are marching through the country, pillaging indiscriminately, and in many instances adding arson and even murder to robbery. There is no need to rehearse their atrocities ;  they have become only too familiar. The wonder is that the people of Arkansas have so long submitted to these outrages. They have not been confined to the rural districts, as in several possession of considerable towns. It would seem that the citizens would rise en masse and sweep from the face of the earth the militia and the men who organized them. When such things as the deeds done by these ruffians occur, talk of peace is cowardice and submission abject fear. We hope soon to chronicle the utter extinction of the so-called militia of Arkansas, and shall deem every moment which passes until that justice is done, as one more moment of disgrace to the people of Arkansas. Let the militia be broken up and Arkansas will have peace. From the N. O. Crescent and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1869.


 The Gazette reproduces below a portion of the admirable address delivered a few days ago by Dr. E. A. Alderman to a New York audience. It is a clear exposition of that all engrossing question, the negro problem, and for that reason it is worth careful reading. Dr. Alderman's views on public issues are at all times interesting and instructive, and he has evidently made a study of this one with the purpose of arriving at a logical conclusion. Though we see in this address but a vague reference to the end of the great social problem in his suggestion of "some sort of education," it is such a truthful statement of the conditions that obtain in the South, we gladly give it space in the columns of The Gazette for the benefit of those who may not have had the opportunity of reading it.

 "There are 9,000,000 negroes in this nation," says Dr. Alderman, "and 6,000,000 of them are in the South - what is the meaning of this fact to the future of our national life? That is the negro question. We know what the negro has meant in the past. He has called conventions, seperated States, and amended Constitutions, and marshaled armies, and set battle lines in motion, and shed blood and changed ideals. What is his meaning to the future? He is of a wholly divergent ethnic type. He is in a different plane of development, centuries behind the white. He is an American citizen. Wherever social equality is unthinkable, all other sorts of equaltity are difficult. God made us white, and it is our business to stay white. The mongrel is like the cross between the greyhound and the bulldog - he can't run and he won't fight. If the nation could not endure half slave and half free, how shall it grow one-ninth black and eight- ninths white, or three-fifths white and two-fifths black? How shall this backward man, of different ethnic type, become a part of the national life for the national good?"

 "Slavery put the negro under the bottom and held him there. Reconstruction put him on top and held him there. God knows neither plan worked! The negro is here to stay. Annihilation or deportation touch the levels of crime and stpudity. There is one other thing to do. Make him fit to stay. How can that be done - has it ever been done? How are the English doing it in Egypt and Jamaica? No man can see to the end of tangled social problems. Prophecy is not foresight, and the hindsight of mediocrity is better than the foresight of genius. Some sort of education is the answer that leaps to the lips - what sort of education? The sort that sees him as he is and where he is, and how he uses what he gets; and the sort that touches him where he can take hold and still touch life, and that carries him as far as he can go and still touch life, but, perhaps, a broader life. Again I say I can not see the the end. There is no end; but, at least, the eyes look upward along this way. To have sight of 10,000,000 untaught black freemen is to look down into hell. There isn't but one thing to do with a human being in this world, and that is to give him a chance. The problem of the stronger is to find the way. The problem of the weaker is to adjust himself into the way and use the way. It is all nonsense to think of the South as opposed to negro education. Every State in the South is committed to his education in the Constitution and laws. The South has spent millions and will spend millions more upon his training. If sometimes, thoughtful men fall to thinking and speculate and generalize a trifle hastily, and grow discouraged - who, in the name of sense, shall blame them? The proof of its true attitude is that it resists every effort to cut him off from educational advantages. If some politician raises the cry, 'Negro taxation for negro education, white taxation for white education,' the strength of the community prevails against the injustice and the folly, for it is both, reminding one of the little boy whose mother forced him to eat asparagus against his will. She asked the little wretch how he liked it. He said 'it tasted to him like it was raw at one end and rotten at the other.' So does this proposition." 
Lafayette Gazette 1/17/1903.


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