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From the Lafayette Gazette of January 18th ,  1902:


 Second Victory Over Opelousas High School Team - Institute, 21; Opelousas O.

The first game of football played in Lafayette was witnessed by a large crowd last Saturday afternoon on the Institute campus. The day was clear and cold and a very desirable one for football. Every player on both teams seemed determined to win, and the game resulted in a victory for Lafayette by a score of 21 to 0. The following is a detailed account of the game:

Opelousas wins the toss and chooses south goal. Institute kicks off 30 yards, ball is returned 10. On first pass Opelousas fumbles to Institute. Woodson takes 15 yards out of tackle, repeats same play covering the remaining distance for a touchdown. Woodson fails at goal.

Institute 5
Opelousas 0
Time -- Three minutes of play.

Opelousas kicks off 35 yards. Institute fumbles, but returns 5 yards. Torian hits center for 4 yards. Miller takes 2 out of tackle. Woodson 10 around the end. Torian hits center for 2 more. Domengeaux circles for 5 yards. On a fake pass quarter-back advances ball 40 yards, but ball is brought back by umpire. Woodson dives through tackle for 12 yards. Tackle back formation yields 10 yards. Same play for 4 more. Woodson circles end for 6. Torian bucks for 2. Miller through tackle for 3. Domengeaux through tackle for 5, and Miller circles end for remaining 10 yards and a touchdown. Woodson kicks goal.

Institute 11
Opelousas 0

Opelousas kicks 25 yards. Ball is returned 5. Institute hits line for 5 and repeats through tackle of 3 - Institute fumbles. Opelousas takes 4 through center and repeats for 7 yards. Opelousas takes 2 out of tackle and fumbles. Woodson takes 15 out of tackle. Miller circles for 3. Torian bucks for 3. A tackle-back formation yields 4 yards. Time called with bear center of field.

institute 11
Opelousas 0.


Opelousas licks off 10 yards. Institute fumbles. Opelousas gains 5 yards through the line, then 3 around end. On another end play Opelousas is thrown back 15 yards, and ball goes to Institute on downs. Miller circles end for 5 yards. Woodson through tackle for 4. Torian takes 6 out of center. Woodson makes a pretty gain around end, crossing 5 chalk marks before he is downed. Torian bucks for 6 yards and scores the third touchdown, Woodson fails at goal.

Institute 16
Opelousas 0

Opelousas kicks 25 yards. Ball is downed in its tracks. Institute advances 5 yards, then 2, and fumbles. Opelousas gains 6 yards, then 3, and on third down is obliged to kick. Man is downed in his tracks. Then by steady gains Institute advances ball down the field and scores the last touchdown. Woodson fails at goal.

Institute 21
Opelousas 0

Opelousas kicks 30 yards. Ball is returned 10. By constant bucking Institute advances ball to Opelousas' 25 yard line, when time is called.

Institute 21
Opelousas 0

Touchdowns -- Woodson, 2; Torian, 1; Miller, 1.
Length of halves -- 20 and 15 minutes.
Umpire and referee -- Guerre.
Timekeeper -- Prof. J. A. Roy.
Lineman -- Henry Young.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.


The Football Game - The Attakapas Literary Club's Entertainment.

The morning exercises during the past week were conducted by the first class, opening on Monday with an instrumental solo, after which, on account of the absence of one of the members of the class who was to conduct the entertainment on that morning, Mr. Roy gave a talk on football, so as to familiarize all with the chief points of the game. The talk elicited much merriment, particularly when the speaker brought out plainly to his hearers by means of a blackboard the "plays" that defeated the team from St. Landry high school. It is needless to say that the drubbing administered to the opposing team was a hard one, the score being 21 to 0, and we fear that Opelousas will not soon try it again. Much enthusiasm was caused by the result of the game. There was a large crowd from Lafayette and surrounding country in attendance, and the gate receipts were sufficiently large to cover all expeenses incident to bringing the team from Opelousas here -- and caring for them while here, which is no small item. The Opelousas boys seemed to take defeat philosophically, and returned home without any casualties, save a slightly sprained leg on the part of Mr. Sandoz, but which we hear is not any longer than it really ought to be.

The morning exercises for the rest of the week were taken up with the reading of a sketch of Elbert Hubbard, of the Roycrofters. This most interesting article is to be found in the Cosmopolitan for the present month, and is a splendid contribution by a highly interesting character to the literature of the day.

The books loaned the school by Dr. F. E. Girard have been catalogued and placed on the shelves of the Library, and, together with a small collection that was already there, and the magazines that are received weekly or monthly, present a neat and substantial appearance. The library is becoming a favorite place for the students while at leisure, and is an indispensable adjunct to the school on account of the reference works contained therein.

Dr. Stephens has taken several photographs of the football team, as well as several of the faculty of the Institute.

The Attakapas Literary Society entertained the visiting team last Saturday night with a select programme. Among the different numbers were debates, instrumental and vocal solos, recitations, and drama. The song by Miss Alford was particularly good, and was encored, while Miss Gulley elicited generous applause from the audience.

The students have evolved several new yells during the week. There are two or three yells for the football teams; the literary society has a yell and there is a yell for the special student.

Among the new games at the Institute are basket ball and tennis, for which the grounds have been laid out and marked off. These will contribute to the exercise and happiness of the girls. Neighboring teams will be challenged to play in the not very distant future.

But despite all these schemes for amusement and recreation which are necessary to develop the college spirit among the students, and which are enjoyed to their fullest, the serious work of the school holds particular attention just now. All classes are reviewing for the examinations which are to take place next week, and for which the schedule has been posted on the bulletin board. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.




During the past few days Superintendent Alleman visited a number of the ward schools. With one or two exceptions the enrollment was found to be small, due to the fact that parents are still keeping their children at home to pick cotton. It is rather late in the season for cotton picking, but it appears that a portion of the crop is yet unharvested. The cotton picking season interferes very much with the schools, because such a large number of pupils are kept away from their studies that it is in many instances impossible to secure the required attendance. It would seem to be a wise policy to have the vacation during the cotton picking months instead of having it in the summer, but owing to the badly ventilated school houses the heat during the warm season is intolerable. There is a crying need for better school houses in this parish. In most cases the buildings are entirely too small, and with few exceptions they have been constructed without any regard for the health of the teachers and pupils. It is really incredible that a country so rich in natural advantages and settled by a people noted for their generosity and hospitality should be so poorly equipped in school houses. The School Board is unable to build better school houses because of lack of means, all the funds available being used to pay current expenses. It is a sad commentary on the intelligence and progressiveness of the people of this parish that they have not yet realized the importance of providing ample facilities for the education of our children. And it will not do to say that the government is responsible for this anomalous condition. The people are responsible and they have none but themselves to blame. It is the result of unpardonable apathy on their part -- of inexcusable indifference, and they might as well recognize the fact now that the question is up to them for solution. In plain terms, they have to go down into their geans and provide the only remedy. They must learn the doctrine of self-help. It is their own welfare which is at stake -- the future worth and usefulness of their children -- and unless they open their eyes to the impending dangers of illiteracy and ignorance they perhaps may not, but their offsprings will live to rue their mistake. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Last year the revenues derived from the lease of the 2,000 acres of school land amounted to $749.40. This year the lease of 1500 acres will bring over $2,100. It is believed that the remainder of the land will be leased and that the revenues will exceed $2,500. This shows a large increase in the school funds accruing from this source. The Gazette congratulates Superintendent Alleman and the Board on this splendid showing.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

The Knights of Pythias.

A banquet was given at Domengeaux's  restaurant last Tuesday evening by the Knights of Pythias. The installation of officers took place a few days ago and the banquet was given to commemorate that event. The installation ceremony was conducted by District Deputy John Vigneaux and the following officers were installed: T. J. Breaux, C. C. H.; W. C. H.; W. H. Alexander, V. C. H.; W. V. Nicholson, P. Felix Mouton, M. E.; Levi Emes, M. F.; C. E. Casey, K. R. S.; C. Lusted, M. W.; W. L. Lacoste, I. G.; W. E. Johnson, O. G.

The banquet was splendidly gotten up, everything being calculated to make the occasion a most pleasurable one. The victuals and wines were of a high degree of excellence and the service was faultless. The lofty ideals of Pythianism and the unselfish spirit of brotherhood which characterizes the order throughout the world afforded fruitful themes to the toast makers. The Lafayette lodge of Knights of Pythias is in a most prosperous condition. Its membership is large and continually increasing.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.


The last issue of the Baton Rouge Advocate contains some very pertinent remarks anent to negro theatrical companies. The comments of our contemporary were elicited by a recent performance of Billy Kersands' aggregation before an audience of cultured Baton Rougeans. The Advocate is right. A decent regard for the proprieties should cause white people to keep away from the vulgar exhibitions of negroes who have absolutely no business to appear on the stage of a theater patronized by the Caucasian race. Only a few weeks ago Southern newspapers very properly censured the president of the United States because he dined with a negro of education and good manners. The criticisms could not have been to severe, but while we are throwing stones at the chief executive we should not engage in building a glass house for ourselves, as the missiles may come back to us. It is questionable if it is more reprehensible for a white man to eat at the same table with a negro of known culture than it is for a Southern gentleman to take his wife and daughter to listen to the very objectionable jokes of a coarse negro whose only attractions are an abnormal pair of jawbones and a large mouth. The unedifying spectacle of an illiterate darkey entertaining white people of refinement should not be tolerated in this country. The Advocate very forcefully says that "negro theaters are for negro actors and white theaters for white actors. The Advocate continues.
"If there is one question upon which the South stands absolutely solid and united, it is the negro question. Not only our great thinkers and writers, but our humblest citizens, have well-defined and wholesome views on this subject. Their views are not harmful, or injurious or unjust to the negro, but by reason of the peculiar and paramount ethical and socialogical questions involved, we are forced to take strong and extreme positions and stand like bulwarks of stone against every shadow and suspicion of encroachment upon the line of demarcation between the races.

"Social and intellectual pleasures and all the pastimes we enjoy must be all the pastimes we enjoy must be absolutely and entirely seperate and apart from joint participation of the races. Assuming that the entertainment offered was of the highest order, we hold that we are inconsistent and absolutely culpable in turning our play-house over the negroes and placing them as our entertainers and ourselves as guests.

"The stage and dressing rooms, the scenery, draperies and trappings that we use, the mimic drawing-rooms and landscapes that our ladies and children occupy are not fit and proper things for even the temporary use of a party of negro men. It is a desecration of such t things and a lowering of the standard of our ideals when we do such things.

“Think of the exaltation of our ideals and facial contortions and idiotic prattle of Billy Kersands !

“It seems a travesty upon decent propriety that the rusty and faded antics, the harsh and horrid nightmare of sounds and the repulsive countenance of such a creature could be set up as a program of entertainment for ladies and gentlemen.

“There is not one shadow of excuse about the whole. There was not one single ray of intellectual enjoyment. There was not a single note of melody from a single throat, and save and excepting the ventriloquism and the contortions of the boneless negro, there was nothing on the program worthy of a moment’s notice.

“But its worthiness or unworthiness from an artistic standpoint is not to be considered. The question is, Can we afford to give our play-house and its belongings over to a company of negroes and make them our entertainers and be their guests? We think not, if we expect to hold to the high ideals that separate us on all lines of social and personal association.”
From the Baton Rouge Advocate and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

A New Railroad Project.

The following special telegram from Morgan City was published in the New Orleans Picayune a few days since:

“Mr. Humphries, representing the New Orleans & Southwestern railroad, has been a visitor here several times lately in the interest of a projected new railroad from New Orleans to Morgan City, with this place as the terminal. He has been present at a session of the city council, and it is probable that body will grant the company a frontage on Berwick bay, while the citizens are disposed to encourage the new line in every way they can.

“Last Monday a party of seven, under Engineer Corbin, started to survey the route to Luling, by way of Bayou Black and Houma, and are now in the field working as rapidly as possible. The company has secured a right of way. It will connect at Luling, on the Texas & Pacific railroad. Many are under the impression that by the time the line is completed to this place it will be met in Berwick by the Kansas City Southern from Lake Charles. The company will also put in a line of transportation in the Teche trade.”

The construction of this new road should prove an added stimulus to the people of this section to bestir themselves and seek to induce connection between this projected road and the Kansas City Southern, which now runs into Lake Charles.

New Iberia should revive the movement started last summer for a north and south railroad connection for the Teche country. A right of way secured from this point to and along the Hunter’s canal to Gueydan and a surveyed route would be an inducement to the Kansas City Southern to reach out into this rich and populous section. – New Iberia Enterprise.

The rapid development of this section has rendered one road entirely inadequate. There is too much business for one road and a competing line is much needed. Several railroad projects have been mentioned in the newspapers and it will be wise for the people of this section to keep well-informed on the subject. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Real Estate Transfers.
Real estate transfers recorded in the clerk’s office during the week Friday:

Elie Roy to Elie David, lot in Royville, $400.

Leroy Porter to Jos. Thibodaux, 52 acres in second ward, $1,200.

Paul and Toussaint Joseph to Dr. Roy Young, 85 arpents in fourth ward, $1,500.

Remy Landry to Ogere Breaux, 10 arpents, $325.

Emetile Richard to Darneville Broussard, undivided interest in 56 arpents, $240.

Alcide Judice & Son to Omer Stutes, 40 acres in second ward, $750.

Henry Breaux to Simon Breaux, 34 acres in sixth ward, $1,200.
Josephine Latiolais to Frank Gilbert, 6 arpents in third ward, $60.
Mouton Bros. to Josephine Latiolais, 10 arpents in third ward, $100.
Edward H. Magnon to Henry Breaux, 24 arpents in sixth ward, $2,000.
Alexandre Hebert to Alcide Hebert, lot in Scott, $50.

Malanie Beard to Paul Bonin, 100 arpents in second ward, $1,300.

Dr. Webb to Charles D. Harrington, 192 acres in second ward, $3,000.

Camille Guilbeau to Ferdinand Breaux, 20 arpents in sixth ward, $500.

Alfred Parquien to Leo Doucet, interest in lot in Lafayette, $22.
Depleix& Roy to Venance Trahan, 39 arpents in fourth ward, $120.

Venance Trahan to Adonis Trahan, 15 arpents in fourth ward, $250.

Onezime Langlinais to Estorge & Billeaud, 40 arpents in seventh ward, $1,800.

Andrew Cayard to J. Arthur Roy, 200 arpents in seventh ward, $11,000. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Lafayette Building Association. - There will be an election of the board of directors of the Lafayette Building Association at 8 o’clock p. m., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the office of the association. All shareholders are requested to be present. A statement will be furnished showing what the association did during the year 1901.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Do the People of Lafayette Read?

In the course of a conversation with Mr. Davis, the news and book dealer, we were made acquainted with a few facts which show how groundless is the charge that Lafayette is "not a reading town." We have often heard it said that the people of Lafayette did not care for books, magazines and newspapers. Persons who seem fond of making this statement do not know what they are talking about. We are sure that the figures will bear out our claim that no town Lafayette's size in the State buys a larger number of books and periodicals of all kinds are sold here. Since Mr. Davis engaged in the news and book business in this town the local demand for reading matter has grown larger and larger every day, and judging from the increased sales after the opening of the Industrial Institute that institution has brought many recruits to the army of readers. To show how the business has grown it is only necessary to state that the sale of two McClure's a week has reached the 40 mark. And a commendable feature of the trade is that Mr. Davis has never encouraged the sale of trashy stuff of the Jessie James sort. He has created a demand for the current works of the best authors which are handled by him as soon as they are published. It is doing but simple justice to Mr. Davis to say that he keeps one of the best bookstores in the State outside of New Orleans. No up-to-date town can afford to be without a first-class bookstore and The Gazette is pleased to note Mr. Davis' success. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Negro Hurt. - The horse hitched to Mr. W. E. Walker's carriage ran away last Wednesday, but all escaped unhurt, excepting the negro driver, whose leg was broken by a kick from the horse. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/19

Car Shortage On the Morgan Road Explained by
President Hutchinson.

The people of this section have been handicapped during the business season by inadequate transportation facilities. The cane-growers, as well as people engaged in other industries have been seriously hampered in their business by the inability of the railroad company to meet the demands imposed by the unprecedented increase in the freight office. Speaking on this subject to a reporter of the New Orleans States, President Hutchinson, of the Morgan road, said :

"The blockade is not confined to the Morgan road or the lines of the Southern Pacific. Every railroad in the country is complaining of lack of cars to handle the business. All the car factories are away behind with their orders. We are just now receiving cars which should have reached us last fall. In addition to this we have over 14,000 cars in service. We are building cars in the shops at Algiers every day. We have the rolling stock in use we can find. It is as much to our interest to dispatch the business rapidly as it is to the interest of the shipper to have it done. We are using every effort to move the freight. The situation is very unusual and could not have been foreseen by the longest-headed railroad man in the country. The demand far exceeds any other season in the history of the country. Generally there is some way of arriving at a fair estimate of what the tonnage in the territory is liable to be, but this time everybody's calculations went wrong, and the whole country is in the same condition we are.

"The blockade and car famine will continue just so long as the present wave of prosperity continues. How long that will be it is impossible to say. WE are going to try and have the cars, but we are dependent upon the car factories elsewhere and the capacity of our shops for the supply, and we cannot furnish cars faster than they can be constructed. We have done all we could to keep the enormous business moving, but we have been unable to do so. There is a great blockade in Algiers. The congestion is new. Never before has the tonnage from the terminal equaled the volume of business we are doing now. Export and domestic trade is tremendous. The public ought to know these things. They can find out by writing to any car factory and asking when cars can be built and delivered in any part of the United States. If the factory will agree to deliver them in less than from ten to twelve months from the factory is showing more favor to others than is accorded to us. I can only say we are doing everything we can to relieve the present situation. We move the freight as rapidly as we can. If the public will wait for a while it will see plenty of cars standing on the side-tracks. As soon as the crops are moved there will be a big surplus of cars, because there are more in use now than ever before since the first railroad was constructed."

From the New Orleans States and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902

Local News Notes.

P. A. Chiasson, of the first ward, has moved to town with his family. Mr. Chiasson will live in Girard addition near the Industrial Institute where he is having a house built. He has two children attending the Institute. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

The Gazette wishes to compliment Dr. Mudd upon the splendid streets he has opened in Mudd's addition. The streets are all sixty feet wide and well graded. The grading was done by J. C. Nickerson, the real estate man, who is agent for Dr. Mudd in the sale of lots. We understand that several new homes will soon be built in Mudd's addition, which is already one of the most attractive portions of the town. At its last meeting the Council recognized the growth of that neighborhood and decided to run a water main to the end of Sterling avenue. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Edward Victor Barry,

of Grand Coteau, arrived in Lafayette Friday morning from New Orleans. He left for home in the afternoon.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.


“The Minster’s Son.”

“The Minister’s Son,” a pastoral play of recognized merit, is billed for Sunday night at Falk’s Opera-house. This play drew large crowds in New Orleans, Houston and other cities. It is very highly recommended by the press.

“The Knobs o’ Tennessee.”

Saturday, Jan. 18, Hal Reid’s best effort in melodrama, “The Knobs o’ Tennessee,” will be presented at our local play-house by a fine company, with all the scenery and mechanical effects that were used in the original production. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 18th, 1890:

At a meeting of citizens, for the purpose of proposing means for stemming the tide of lawlessness that threatens disaster to the material and moral interests of our community, this statement and the resolutions annexed were adopted. To carry into effect these resolutions an organization was completed, and its purpose declared as follows:

Your committee submit the following statement and the resolutions below:

We view with apprehension of evil the want of confidence and the danger of permanent division that now exists among the white citizens of this parish, brought about by the acts of an organization or combination pf individuals commonly called "Regulators." We cannot see how peace and order can be upheld, and material and moral progress continue, as long as this menace to every interest is joined in or tolerated by any considerable proportion of our citizens. In disjointed times, or in new countries where laws exist but the executive power is weak, combinations of individuals have sometimes been temporarily tolerated for the purpose of preserving human life and property, and then only with reluctance and debating for the shortest period. Now, in this State and parish, under laws of our own making administered by white officers of our own choosing, the history of the past year shows, to our shame, the existence here of an organization or combination of individuals, the consequences of whose acts have been a series of crimes that have cost the parish large sums of money, and have heaped upon it loads of shame. The bare remembrance of these crimes, without their recital, thrills with horror. We repudiate the pretense that our white supremacy is in need of such support, or can be upheld by crimes that disgrace humanity. Whenever a race issue, socially or politically, is presented, we can meet it firmly and as becomes brave men, without degrading and debasing the white men. An organization which participates in the destruction of the right of a community to choose its own officers; an organization which assumes to decide the matters of private right between individuals, and to execute its judgments; an organization which arrogates to itself the right to put into execution a criminal code of its own making, and brutally beats citizens in execution of pretended sentence thereunder; and organization which perpetuates fiendish murders, or seeks by every means to protect and defend those charged with murder, can have no rightful excuse for being in this community, and is to be borne with no longer than is required by a vigorous administration of the criminal laws of the State to put an end to it. We recognize that some of our friends, with the purest motives, have entered these organizations. We are persuaded they sympathize not with crime and lawlessness, and we now invoke their influence and active aid in loyally supporting the laws of our State in suppressing crime; therefore, it is

Resolved, That we expect hereafter speedy indictment and trial of the conspirators against public order and justice.

Resolved, That we will aid in every becoming way to the public officers in a faithful performance of their duty.

Resolved, That we will watch narrowly the conduct of jurors and witnesses, and will use all lawful means to procure truthful testimony, and honest, righteous verdicts. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1890.

City Council.

 The Treasurer's book shows amount on hand, last report, four-hundred and ninety-eight and 24-100 dollars. Delinquent taxes collected through I. Falk, one hundred and fifty dollars. Received from Louis Oueilhe, Collector, thirteen hundred and twenty-five and 43-100 dollars. Total receipts, nineteen hundred and seventy-three and 67-100 dollars; and has paid warrants Nos. 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, and 325, which we have duly cancelled, amounting to two-hundred and ninety-five and 18-100 dollars; leaving in the hands of the Treasurer one thousand, six-hundred and seventy-eight and 49-100 dollars.

Respectfully submitted,


Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.


The weather up to last Wednesday was particularly favorable for the field trial of noted dogs which has been in progress here for the past week, and the gentlemen who are visiting us have expressed themselves as highly pleased with our country and delightful climate. As the trial was not concluded when we went to press we cannot give a full account, even if we had the space to do so; that is a matter for the sporting journals. There were present, among others, Hon. Amory R. Starr, of Marshall, Texas; R. H. Hutchings, of Galveston; Mr. N. T. Harris, of Kentucky; Dr. Abney, of Texas; Purcell, of Va., and Maj. Smith, U. S. Army. The handlers and owners of noted dogs were J. M. Avent, B. M. Stephenson, H. M. Short, D. Rose and R. McCargo, of Tennessee, Titus, of Miss., and others. Those who ran and handled their dogs in the members stake; Mr. Jno. K. Renaud, Gen. F. F. Myles, Mr. R. W. Foster, Hon. N. D. Wallace, Mr. Omer Villere and Mr. R. H. Hutchings. Among the dogs of national reputation, and which have already won prizes at the field trials in other States, may be named Transit and Tribulation and Spring, pointers; Toledo Blade, Rowdy Rod, Dad Wilson's Boy, Dimple, and a number of others. Some idea may be had of the value of some of these animals, when it is said that Mr. Avent declined to accept for Rowdy Rod the sum of $1,525.00, offered by a gentleman from another state. Messrs. Starr, Wallace and Clegg judged the members, and Mr. Hutchings replaced Clegg in judging the stake for young dogs. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1890.

DIED, In this parish, Wednesday, January 15th, 1890, LYDIA, daughter of W. G. Bailey and the late Irma Duhon, aged 4 years. Just about a year ago Mr. Bailey had the great misfortune to lose his wife, and this fast following calamity calls for their deepest sympathy. Lafayette advertiser 1/18/1890.

 On Sunday evening at 4 o'clock P. M. Mr. Armand Levy was joined in holy wedlock to Miss Lena Bendel, both of this place, in the Jewish Synagogue by Rev. H. Saff.
 The edifice was crowded to its utmost capacity with friends of the groom and bride from this and other towns in Southwest Louisiana. The interior of the Synagogue was most tastefully decorated with evergreen designs and natural flowers. The canopy under which the bridal party stood was cat wined with evergreen ropes, and was roofed as it were, with an immense bell of white and pink camellias to which was attached four streamers of pink and white moiré ribbons held by four flower girls - little Misses Ella Plonsky of Washington, Emma Falk, Gussie Plonsky of Lafayette, and Wilhelm Schmulen of Carencro, all tastefully dressed in white silk, flowers and illusion, and from time to time during the ceremony flowers would fall upon the young couple, emblematical, we hope, that their path through life will be a pleasant one.

 The best man was Samuel Bendel, and first maid of honor Miss H. Levy. Ushers were Albert Congenheim, of Morgan City, H. and I. Bendel, of Lafayette. Bride's maids, Misses Gussie Wolf, of Washington, F. Jacobs, of Opelousas, and Rose Bendel, of Lafayette. Pages, Moses and Willie Levy.

 The costumes of the ladies were rich, elegant and appropriate.

 The bride wore a dress of white silk moiré antique and white velvet richly trimmed with hyacinths, orange blossoms and ribbons. The front fell in rich folds of silk, a spray of orange blossoms fell from the waist to the folds of the trail, caught and tastefully draped by a flow of white ribbon; the long trail was of white velvet that hung in graceful folds. The bodice was richly trimmed with hyacinths and orange blossoms; the veil was of white illusion caught by a small spray of orange blossoms and enveloped her whole figure.

 The wedding march was executed in brilliant style by Prof. Boyer. The admonition of Rev. Mr. Saff to the young couple, after the ceremony, was eloquent and contained word of wisdom which no doubt, not only they but all who heard them will lay well to heart.

 After the ceremony the invited guests and relatives proceeded to the residence of the bride's parents, where a bounteous and elegant repast was served. The guests hailed from all quarters of the  State and did full justice to the many good things prepared for their delectation. The health of the bride and groom were proposed in appropriate toasts by Mr. W. B. Bailey, Judge C. Debaillion, Julian Mouton, Esq., and by the bride's brothers, Samuel and Henry Bendel.

 Quite a number of telegrams were received from absent friends felicitating the young couple on the consummation of their hopes, which were read by Isaac Bendel, brother to the bride.

 After supper the company dispersed until 8 p. m., when it again reassembled in Falk's hall to attend the reception given by the newly wedded couple. After congratulations had been tendered the young people indulged in the mazy dance until a late hour, to sweet music charmingly executed by Professors Boyer and Tapissier.

 Most of the toilettes worn by the ladies at the reception were elegant and beautiful. Miss Henrietta Jacobs wore full evening dress of black lace with bodice of moiré and jet; Miss Sarah Rosenthall, cream serge and black lace with velvet ribbons; Miss Fanny Jacobs, cream albatross, ribbon trimmings; Miss Rosa Fernberg, Terra Cotta serge and white silk; Miss Estelle Gerac, bronze silk; Miss Cora Loeb, cream lace; white lace; Miss Gussie Wolf, white moiré silk trimmed with silk and lace; Miss Rosa Bendel, cream Henrietta cloth trimmed with ribbons and point lace; Miss Hannah Levy, cream Henrietta cloth trimmed with lace and ribbons; Miss Lena Levy, garnet silk; Miss Gussie Plonsky, maroon silk and cashmere; Miss Sarah Schmulen, light green serge and silk combination; Miss Flora Plonsky, green serge and silk; Miss Louise Bendel, cream albatross; Mrs. B. Falk, black silk with jet trimmings; Mrs. L. Levy, black silk and lace; Mrs. Jos. H. Wise, black and lace; Mrs. J. Plonsky, of Washington, black silk and lace with Van Dyke ornaments; Mrs. M. Klaus, black silk with lace trimmings; Mrs. Leon Plonsky, black silk; Mrs. Jos. Plonsky, brown serge and Van Dyke trimmings; Mrs. Lehman, black and white China silk and jet trimmings; Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton, brown silk and satin trimmings; Mrs. W. W. Wall, dark blue cashmere.

 The bride and groom were recipients of many handsome and valuable presents from their numerous friends. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1890. 


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 18th, 1873:

City Council of Vermilionville.
At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present; W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and

On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.

The following account was presented and approved:

W. O. Smith, $6.30.

On motion, the Council Adjourned.

H. M. BAILEY, Secretary
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.

U. S. Mail Stage Lines.

U. S. MAIL STAGES leave here daily for Gote Gelee, St. Martinville and New Iberia and tri-weekly for New Iberia via Royville (now Youngsville), also daily, Sundays excepted, for Grand Coteau, Opelousas and Washington, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for Mermentau River, Lake Charles and Sulpher Mines.

Through tickets to New Orleans can be had of the undersigned.

M. P. YOUNG, Local Agent.
Vermilionville, La. Oct. 1st, 1872 -tfn.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.


Last Monday morning, 13th inst. at about 2 o'clock, the Sugar house of Messrs. Hopkins & Kennedy, near town was discovered to be on fire, but before any one could reach the spot the large building was enveloped in flames. Their entire sugar and molasses crop was lost together with the machinery and buildings. We understand that these gentlemen were insured, but their insurance will not cover one half of their losses. This is a severe stroke on Messrs. Hopkins & Kennedy, who, by their energy and industry, were striving to stem the tide of ill-fortune, which they have met with in their previous crops, and now when about to their hopes realized, and once more placed in an independent position, the foul disaster appeared and scattered their hard earned game to the four winds of heaven. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.

On Tuesday night, at about 9 o'clock the alarm of fire was given by the ringing of all the bells of town, and in a few moments, our little burgh was in commotion, and the streets crowded with men hurrying in the direction of the light caused  by the burning building, all believing the lurid glare and lit the heavens, that the Northern portion of the town was on fire. On arriving at the outskirts of the town, we discovered that the fire was on Mr. Veazey's plantation about two miles north, which proved to be a lot of cotton in the seed, from six to eight bales. Mr. Veazey's loss is estimated at from six to seven thousand dollars. Insurance only three thousand dollars. These fires are supposed to be the work of a band if incendiaries, and we warn the citizens of our town to keep vigilant watch on their property. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.



 Perhaps the most gruesome duty which a barber is called upon to fulfill is that of shaving the dead. Said one who has had much experience in preparing for the grave many of his fellow beings: "There could be no doubt after the barber got through shaving the man that he was dead, for many barbers are so rough that their operations would almost raise the dead. On first being called upon to save a dead man no barber can escape a feeling of horror, but it soon passes away. I followed my trade in Germany, where the barber has a professional duty which precedes that of the Coroner, and his offices are exalted into almost equal dignity to that of the latter official. When one dies the first duty of the attending physician is to call in the surgeon barber. He then examines the body of the deceased and then applies the tests prescribed by law to ascertain whether death has surely intervened. The barber first look at the eyes, and if the glassy look which denotes death is found there they are reverently and carefully closed. Then the lower jaw is truck sharply, and if it falls that is another indication that death has taken place. If any spark of life remain in the body, the jaws will come together  again, and only relax when the spirit has departed from the body. This is the reason that the bandage is placed around the chin of a corpse by the undertaker as soon as possible after death, so as to give the face a natural look when it has been removed from the icebox and placed in the casket."

 From the Philadelphia Press and in the Lafayette Advertiser of  6/8/1889.    

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