From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 23rd, 1897:
Hon. William Jennings Bryan in Lafayette.
The Hon. Wm. J. Bryan, he of silver tongue passed through Lafayette Tuesday afternoon en route to Houston, where he delivered one of his brilliant lectures.
Word has been received here about noon that the ex-candidate would be on the afternoon train and a crowd of about 200 enthusiastic admirers of the Boy Orator, were on hand to give him a rousing cheer and wish him God speed. During the 20 minutes that the train stops here, Mr. Bryan was invited to go on the freight platform north of the tracks to which he replied "all right, if it is like the Chicago platform," there he made a few pertinent remarks and was presented with several bouquets, the two handsome pieces presented by Clerk of of Court E. G. Voorhies and the beautiful bouquet of little May Triay being (unreadable words).
He was presented with a silver spoon inscribed with "Good Luck," in accepting the gift he said he had been the recipient of about 40 horse shoes which had evidently lost their potent charm. As the train pulled out three rousing cheers and tiger were given for the next President.
Pair Wrongly Indicted,
In the Murder of Martin Begnaud.
A mistake that needs ventilating, and wherein lies the safety or security of every man's rights, is the palpable error made by the Grand Jurors who returned a true bill against Gustave Ballain and Hamp Benton for the murder of Martin Begnaud. Personally unacquainted with these two individuals, we propose, to set forth the principle involved in their case and the dangerous precedent established thereby.
That grand jury is being roundly scored on all sides, for that which now appeals to the judgement of all, as having been high-handed, unwarrantable action on its part.
In the light of the late disclosures, these two citizens, their families, and their friends, in fine, the entire community it strikes us, have the right to demand of these inquisitor's the causes which led them to formulate a bill for murder.
Else, wherein lives the safety or freedom of any man, if one can thus be jerked up, on more suspicion thrown into a dungeon, and there months after months, to be left to endure untold moral suffering, let alone the physical punishment incident thereto such incarceration.
We submit, that the 15 men composing the said Grand Jury, owe it to themselves first, as much to the world how could they, in the face of the late developments, the self-confession of Ernest and Alexis Blanc, have fallen into the cruel blunder of finding true bills against two innocent men?
Thus far, the cause leading them into this error is concealed, the effect, notoriously inhuman.
Speak gentlemen, for "Tis better far, to be right, than to have-might"! Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
Last Saturday's Entertainment.
As we predicted in our last issue, the entertainment given at Falk's Hall in the interest of the Lafayette High School was a decided success.
Early Saturday morning and even at noon the weather was threatening indeed; and, for a while it was feared that many would be unable to attend the play on account of rain. But, as night came on, the skies cleared up, sunken hopes arose again, and additional interest in our Opelousas friends was manifested.
Scarcely had the doors been opened when the crowd began to pour in, and , fully an hour before the time appointed for the raising of the curtain, it became apparent that the audience would be larger than had been expected at any time.
A large and appreciative audience was not anxiously awaiting the opening of the play. All preparations being completed, the intense desire of the crowd to see "Above the Clouds," was changed to undivided attention.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897
Bluestein - Levy.
Last Sunday at 10' o'clock, Miss Lena Levy, the handsome daughter of Mr. L. Levy, was lead to the altar by Mr. Alex. Bluestein, of Lake Charles, when Rabbi Max Heeler of New Orleans performed the sacred service which made them man and wife.
The ceremony was held at the Jewish Synagogue which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Miss Lena Levy, the bride, was escorted to the altar by Mr. L. Levy, her father, where they were met by the groom, Mr. Alex Bluestein, accompanied by Mrs. B. Falk, aunt of the bride. The charming Miss Annye Bluestein of Shreveport acted as maid of honor, and , Mrs. Sam Levy, of Orange, Texas, was the grooms attendant.Messrs. I. Bendel and L. Praguer, of Lake Charles, acted as ushers.
After the ceremony the bridal party returned to the home of the bride's father, where a sumptuous repast had been prepared and all went merry as a marriage bell till the happy party was broken up to accompany Mr. and Mrs. Bluestein to the 3:30 train on which they left for Lake Charles, their future home
The bride wore a changeable silk, elaborately trimmed in lace velvet and scale trimmings. Miss Annye Bluestein was tastefully arrayed in a novelty suiting trimmed in rainbow mousseline de soic and and fur. Mrs. Dave Mossiker, of Orange, Texas, wore changeable silk trimmed in ecru lace and velvet. Mrs. R. Ouilhe, dressed in black duchess satin with jewel and lace trimmings. Mrs. C. A. Levy, black satin with pearl and lace trimmings. Mrs. Max Klaus, wore an olive green brocaded satin in chiffon and velvet trimmings. Mrs. B. Falk, antique black silk with duchess lace and pearl trimmings. Mrs. S. Kahn, black silk crepon with jet trimmings. Mrs. Leon Plonsky, black brocade silk trimmed in canary satin and chiffon. Mrs. F. Schmulen, black silk and jet trimmings. Miss Louise Bendel, nile green satin, with point lace and chiffon trimmings. Miss Emma Falk, green novelty suiting trimmed in chiffon and fur. Miss Laura Plonsky, blue novelty suiting trimmed in spangled chiffon. Miss Gussie Plonsky, blue taffeta silk, lace trimmings. Miss Flora Plonsky, pearl gray silk lace trimmed. Miss Rose Plonsky, old rose brocaded satin trimmed in velvet.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
Help feed and clothe the hungry.
It is an old saying, that "charity begins at home," but this is no reason it should not go abroad; and we are prone to think and believe all's well with our neighbor, because we have all the "necessities of life" - not so however - for right here at our door, and not for lack of energy or work either, many of the farmers of North Louisiana, at this very moment, are in dire necessitous circumstances, - at starvation's door.
The elements were against them during the crop season of 1896. The long continued drought of last summer has brought to them an almost total failure of their different harvest, and consequently, great scarcity of bread-stuff.
The State of Louisiana for some reason or other, finds itself unable to meet the case and assist her famished children of North Louisiana.
Will not the charitably inclined of Lafayette parish, and all such are in position to do so, -- and there are so many of the better class come forward and help those unfortunate farmers?
A beneficent Providence has been kind and favored and blessed you plentifully with the good things of this world: Give a crust of bread to the suffering and receive his blessing?
A contemporary newspaper of North, La., whose home is in the distress District thus pictures the situation.
"Our people do not want to beg, but they must have help in some way, or abandon their homes and look for the means to keep their families from suffering for the bare necessities of life with which to sustain life."
Why cannot the good people of Lafayette Parish, who so often in the past have demonstrated their generosity, assemble in Mass meeting, that we may better devise ways and means, to contribute our (unreadable word) of supply to the wants of Grant Parish and others, whose little children we hear it said, will soon be crying for bread!
Who will take the initiative step in this noble and pressing cause? Le us hear from you friend.
It is not all to talk and appoint "relief communities" a la Baton Rouge mansion, that do little or nothing to feed or cloth the hundry and naked.
Why! one poor barrel of corn or potato from some humble source beat all the redtapeism in the world.
As we measure unto others, just so shall be our measure; whereupon we say, let the wretched hope, and the prosperous be on their guard.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
First National Bank.
At the meeting of the new board of directors of The First National Bank held last Tuesday, the acting officers of the bank were all re-elected for another year, viz: C. Girard, president; J. G. Parkerson, vice-president, S. R. Parkerson, cashier; F. V. Mouton, assistant cashier; C. D. Caffery, attorney; Wm. Campbell, notary public. Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/23/1897.
Mr. S. R. Parkerson went to New Orleans this week.
The Century Club will soon put in a billiard table.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
Coming Feb. 6 & 7, Frank Johns Company at Falk's. Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
Mr. Jim Corner of Crowley was in town Monday on business. Miss Mary Sandoz, of Opelousas, is the guest of Mrs. John Vigneaux.
Miss Lucy Bernard of Carencro was a Lafayette visitor this week.
Miss Augustine Desbrest if visiting friends and relatives in Opelousas.
Mrs. Hazard Eastin left last Friday for an extended visit to relatives in Galveston.
Rev. H. W. Wallis, will speak at the Presbyterian Church next Sunday at 11 0'clock. Laf. Adv. 1/23/1897.
Judge Julian Mouton attended court at Marksville, Avoyelles parish this week.
Laf. Adv. 1/23/1897.
Mrs. F. Hollier and little daughter of Opelousas, is visiting the E. McDaniel family.
Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Carter returned Tuesday after a pleasant visit spent in Breaux Bridge.
Miss Annye Bluestein of Shreveport, attended the Bluestein - Levy nuptials this week.
Hon. Wm. Campbell wears a broad smile this week, there is another true blue Democrat at his house.
Mr. Harmon, the representative of the Pauly Jail works, is pushing the repairs rapidly on the parish prison. Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
Dr. F. W. Courtney, recently of West Lake La., was in town this week, he will make his future home in Carencro.
Read C. K. Darling's clearance sale ad on the front page, you will certainly find something to suit you in such a slaughter of prices.
Laf. Adv. 1/23/1897.
Mr. T. N. Blake, the hustling representative of L. N. Brunswig, New Orleans, arrived in Lafayette, this week with his "better half" and will make this his headquarters.
The Georgia Big Eight, a minstrel aggregation of cheap wit and african (unreadable word) , perpetrated themselves on the public here two nights this week, the last night they were given an antiseptic reception interspersed with over (unreadable word) fruit. Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 23rd, 1869.
W. B. Bailey Publisher.
Mr Price is Right? - We have seen Mr. J. B. Price since his return from Texas, and he speaks in terms of confidence in regard to the early completion of the railroad between Houston and New Orleans. He thinks that capitalists are so thoroughly appraised of the importance of the road, and the profits it will pay, that other companies would immediately take it up, even if abandoned by Messrs. Price & Chonteau.
Besides, the attention which is now turned to this as the great southern route to the Pacific coast makes this enterprise still more important. The snows on the two upper lines of the Pacific Railroad are found to be in terrible impediments in winter, and the lower route will be entirely free from this difficulty. Beyond a doubt, in from ten to twenty years the great highway between the Mississippi and the Pacific will be through Attakapas, and over this part of the Opelousas Railroad. From the "Banner" and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869.
Missouri Capitalists wish to Build the Texas and New Orleans Railroad.
[From the Houston Telegraph.]
THEIR PROPOSITION TO TEXAS MADE IN HOUSTON.
Yesterday we had a protracted interview with General Thomas L. Price and J. B. Price of St. Louis, the former, one of the company of Price, Choateau and Co., the lessers of the New Orleans and Opelousas Railroad to Texas. General Price has just closed a contingent lease -- to be made final on the 24th of March, of prospects in this quarter are satisfactory -- for the early completion and extension of the Orleans road from Brashear to the Texas line. General Price is managing Director and principal stockholder in the Kansas Union Pacific Railroad, now some four hundred miles west of Kansas City. This road has been transporting Texas beeves to eastern markets, that have been driven to Abilene and other stations on its track, three hundred miles north of Red River, at the rate of 48,000 cattle per month.
Impressed with the fact of the prospective importance of a rail route that would connect the whole projected system of roads now in Texas, with the entire system of Southern roads east of the Mississippi, receiving the title of travel and traffic as a neck to an hour glass, through which would pour the concentrated commerce of the region east and the region west the great dividing river ; we say that General Price, first realizing on the Kansas Pacific the enormous value of the Texas beef trade alone, and upon subsequent inspection, having seen that the Opelousas Road would be the only connecting link between the Gulf States east and this great Southwestern grain and beef region, he visits Texas, to learn what can be done to remove the rubbish on the track this side of the Sabine.
If the complications that now envelope this section of the road from Houston to Orange are adjusted, so that the whole route from New Orleans to Houston could be under one administration and thus insure those who build the Louisiana end, that they could have certain connections with this city. General Price assured us that upon these facts being manifested to him he would close his contingent lease on the route in Louisiana, and prosecute the work to immediate completion to the Texas line.
So deeply interested was he in the route, that he has traveled from Brashear overland to this city, to inspect the topography of the line, and the present actual condition of the Texas end of the road.
He finds the embankments where thrown up, in better condition than expected ; but all the ties rotten and worthless, and the road in the same condition as if nothing but the iron lay convenient for ultimate construction.
What can be done reconcile, harmonize and remove the cloud of complications that envelope this Texas end of the road, so calculated to repel any effort upon the part of capitalists to embark in the work, either in Lousiana or Texas?
The case stands thus -- that the bondholders and creditors, and all others interested in any manner with the Texas road, from this city to the Sabine, have a lifeless, and rotting and rusting apology for a railroad, that is not only utterly profitless, but unless capitalists from abroad come to the rescue, is an incubus on their hands, and a shameful ulcer on State enterprise.
What will these parties at interest do to induce General Price, or any representative of money to embark at once to vitalize, and repair, and complete the work from city to city?
We have heard this day several of our largest local bond-holders say that if General Price will take hold of the work, they will relinguish or extinguish their at present worthless bonds and stocks. Unfortunately most of the bonds are in the hands of non-residents and foreigners -- can they be disposed of satisfactory to them.
We answer yes !
We will make our point as brief as possible. We assume as irrefutable that this road is the sole connecting link between the Texas system of roads and the whole system east of New Orleans, with the positive certainty of its being the coast link of the Southern Pacific connecting New Orleans with the International Pacific track at Austin and San Antonio. This route, we say, from Houston to New Orleans can carry first and second mortgage bonds of $20,000 each per mile, and pay the handsomest dividends of any road, without exception, on this continent. First mortgage bonds of $15,000 per mile, can be put in the market and complete the work, and the whole complications, now so seriously embarrasing the work, can be disposed of, if the bond-holders of the old road, and all others legally interested, will consent to convert their now worthless interests and claims into second mortgage bonds, convertible into stock at some rate, say fifty per cent below their face value.
This we feel assured would, if presented by this city, and the deeply interested Central and Bauffalo Bayou roads, to the bond-holders and claimants abroad will find a prompt and cordial response on this basis.
Let these parties find the man and let man at once act for our profoundly interested city, and those companies, whose freight and travel would be quadrupled in two years -- and our city population largely augmented in the same time.
General Price has ninety days to close his lease contract, and will await the reply of Texas in that time.
We see the way clear. The best minds already concur with us. Will these three corporations or either of them act?
General Price was one of Lincoln's first Brigadier appointments, but was elected to Congress upon opening of hostilities. He was the Acting Vice President of the National Democratic Convention in New York, in July last. He is president of the California quicksilver mine, and as we have before stated, is managing director of the Kansas Union Pacific. His associate in this splendid projected enterprise to our city is C. P. Chonteau, of St. Louis, son and successor of Pierre Chouteau, founder of the American Fur Company, and a millionaire. They are lessors and present operators of the Avery's Salt Island, on the surveyed line of this road. Their financial capacity is ample. They would supply Texas and the Gulf States with salt, and control the best paying road in the United States. They are willing, if we will remove the rubbish and clear the track, so they can see their way clear through Houston to New Orleans.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for Houston and our interested roads and State to obtain the desired connection with the Mississippi river at New Orleans. Shall we lose this opportunity ? Let the City Council lead at once in this matter.
Since the above was in type, we learn from the highest authority, that General Price and Colonel Price have agreed to cut the Gordian knot of this unfortunate complication, and solve the whole difficulty by a master stroke, as credible to their sagacity and enterprise, as it will, if successful, be remarkably advantageous to Texas. At 5 p. m., yesterday, they dispatched to the Governor of Texas, as the representative of the State interest, that Price, Chouteau & co., offer to lease the Texas end of the line on the same terms and time as they have already leased the Opelousas end ; that they will construct the road at once, taking the whole work on their own hands, subject to all the encumbrances hanging over the road. If litigation is impending and inevitable between the State, the Gentry interest, and the first and second mortgages, Price, Chouteau & Co., are willing that any or all the parties at interest, shall, after their legal interests are defined, then consolidate. And they will negotiate with such parties to admit a perfect and fair consolidation to the extent of their declared and defined interest ; said parties, on their part, recognizing the interest of Price, Chouteau & Co., to the extent of their actual expenditures upon the work.
This is an extraordinary offer, and we are glad to announce that acting President Roberts, representing the Gentry interest, has, by telegraph to Governor Pease, signified his concurrence in this arrangement. The interests of all parties are fully and amply protected in this proposition. Any ring combinations that will thwart, or attempt to thwart, this first vital hope for a Texas connection with New Orleans, will have to render a terrible accountability to the people of this State. Day dawns, and the sun will soon arise with healing on its wings. From the Houston Telegraph and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869.
CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.
Session of January 16th, 1869.
Members present: R. Dugald, President; B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles.
Absent: Ed. Pellerin.
On motion it was resolved, that the Collector proceed immediately to the collection of all taxes due the Corporation for the years 1866, 1867 and 1868 and also all Licenses due for 1868 and 1869.
On motion of B. A. Salles, it was resolved that a committee of three be and hereby appointed to examine the streets of the town for the purpose of draining the same and report at the next meeting of the Council. The president appointed Messrs. G. C. Salles, H. Landry and F. Martin on said committee.
On motion the Council adjourned to Wednesday the 20th inst., at 3 P. M.
W. B. Bailey,
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869.
Session of Jan. 20, 1869.
Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met on this 20th day of January 1869.
Present: R. Dugat, President; B. A. Salles, H. Landry and G. C. Salles.
Absent: E. Pellerin.
On motion it was resolved, that persons residing within the limits of the Corporation and having hedges growing near the street, so as to obstruct the sidewalk in any way, are hereby notified to trim the said hedges, within the the ten days next following the publication of this resolution ; otherwise the same will be trimmed at their expense.
On motion it was resolved, that all persons are hereby notified and forbidden not to obstruct the side walks in any manner, under penalty of a fine not less than five dollars ; to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.
On motion the Council adjourned.
WM. B. BAILEY, R. DUGAT,
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869.
The Heavens Rained Down. - The last week has been but a fit of the preceding one, the heaven's have been pouring incessant rain for the last two weeks, our country is flooded, the Vermilion, but a few days ago placidly sunk in its banks, has swollen into a turbid rolling tide sweeping over its sides and flooding the riparian proprietors, and the smallest stream of our prairies is either merged unseen in the boundless expanse of water covering the face of the country, or foaming and bounding within its contracted but deep laid, bidding caution to the traveler. Our roads are impracticable and the faces once so familiar are no more seen, and the town with its mired streets is thrown upon its own limited resources for sustenance. Never in the course of our experience have we witnessed such heavy and such continuous rains, and we must exclaim enough, enough mighty Jove, thou hast plentifully quenched the thirst of our parched fields. "Jam sat parata bibere."
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869
Rigues Hotel Out, J. B. Leger In. - We are happy to see the spirit of progress in our midst. Where once stood the Rigues Hotel, is now to be seen growing up a shop of most respectable dimensions, to be occupied after its completion by our friend J. B. Leger. Within that shop will soon be found Mechanics of No. 1 ability, ready at any time to do all the work presented to them, such as wheelwrights, carpenters, carriage makers and trimmers, painters, etc. The shop under the able and energetic supervision of Mr. Leger will make a most valuable improvement to our town and community and we sincerely hope that it will be liberally patronized.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869
The Streets. - The contract for repairing the Streets of the Corporation will be offered for sale on Saturday the 30th inst., at the Court House in Vermilionville. Lafayette Advertiser `1/23/1869
Re-opening Academy. - Mr. Alcee Judice will re-open his academy on next Monday, the 25th inst., at the residence formerly occupied by G. P. Voorhies Esq., and hereby gives notice to his former scholars and to the public generally. Mr. Judice, as we have before said, has few superiors as a teacher, his qualifications in point of ability are too well known to be commented on, whilst his tact of discipline has secured the confidence of all the parents who have favored him with the patronage. Friend Alcee -- we wish you success.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869.
A WONDERFUL ISLAND OF CHALK.
The English island of Thanet, forming a part of the country of Kent, is almost wholly composed of chalk. The island is about 10 miles in length and about 5 in breadth and has more chalk exposed on its surface than has any other spot of equal area on the the globe. British geologists say that there are not less than 42,000,000,000 tons of chalk "in sight" on Thanet, and that it would take 10,000 men and 5,000 horses and carts 20,000 years to move it, providing it were dug up ready to be carried away.
From the St. Louis Republic printed in the Lafayette Advertiser on 1/23/1897.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 23rd, 1907:
GEN. LEE'S HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
Observed by the Confederate Veterans and Sons and Daughters, Institute Students, Pupils of School and Large Number of Citizens Present.
Salute Fired by Cadets - Governor's Proclamation and Lee's Farewell Address to Army Read, Addresses and Music by Sontag Band.
Saturday afternoon the local camps of Confederate Veterans and the Sons and Daughters of Confederate Veterans jointly observed the hundredth anniversary of the South's peerless chieftain, Gen. Robert E. Lee, at the court house with appropriate and interesting ceremonies. The Industrial Institute students, pupils of the public schools and a large number of citizens were present, filling the court room to its full capacity.
The room had been tastefully and appropriately decorated with palms and Confederate flags and just behind the presiding officer's table forming an attractive background were two large confederate flags outspread with poles inclined and touching, showing the historic stars and bars under which the chivalry of the South performed deeds of valor and showed qualities of endurance that will never be surpassed.
About 2 p. m. the corps of Institute cadets arrived at the court house and fired three volleys as a salute. The audience then assembled upstairs. After an invocation by Rev. F. E. Rogers, pastor of the Presbyterian church, Maj. P. L. DeClouet, who presided, made a brief talk in which he expressed gratification at the presence of so many to pay tribute to the South's great leader, thus giving evidence that in this material age, that people could still lay aside money making to pay duty to a great man and noble sentiments. He then quoted Gen. Lee's famous saying, "Duty is the sublimest word in the English language" and spoke of his devotion through four long years of war to duty as he saw it to his State and the cause in which he was enlisted. He urged that his hearers follow Lee's example in guarding their honor and fair (unreadable word) that, also, they should (unreadable word) the causes of the war that they might know their fathers were not rebels or traitors.
After a delightful selection by the Sontag Band, Gov. Blanchard's proclamation requesting that the day be observed was read by Mr. Mouton.
The Institute Glee Club then sang Dixie which was received with a storm of applause. As an encore they sang the Bonnie Blue Flag which in turn was applauded vigorously, showing that the audience was in full accord with the sentiments awakened by the occasion and the cause for which Lee stood.
Maj. DeClouet then in a few complimentary words turned over the meeting to Mayor C. O. Mouton, who, in the short talk he made, spoke the devotion of the South to the memory of Gen. Lee, and his great character. "This country had produced many statesmen, many soldiers but only one Lee." He suggested that the veterans speak of Gen. Lee to the young, that fathers speak of him to their children, that the young ladies speak of him to their sweethearts, for whoever would keep the memory of Lee could not go far wrong.
Mayor Mouton then introduced Mr. Wm. Clegg as one who had followed Lee and knew him, who read Gen. Lee's farewell address to his army, which he did in a clear and expressive way. The reading was followed by a selection by the band in which both Dixie and Yankee Doodle were played. Both airs were received with applause showing that while the audience was loyal to the Lost Cause and its heroes, they were also loyal to the Union.
Mayor Mouton then introduced the orator of the day, Mr. Jno. L. Kennedy, who began by saying that he wished he was more able to pay tribute to the great character of Gen. Lee, but that he recognized that it was unnecessary for him to depict the loft soul of Lee to a Southern audience. There were pages of history full of men of colossal genius and monumental achievements, but not one save Lee but who had left behind him evidences of weakness or passion. Notwithstanding sectional hatred and partisan feeling no one had ever traduced the name of Lee, the South chevalier sans peur et sans reproche. He rapidly sketched Lee's life as a poor boy, the comfort and support of his mother, the West Point cadet recognized as a leader, the brilliant soldier who Gen. Scott declared was worth fifty thousand men to the Southern cause, the loyal son of Virginia who though recognizing the great odds against the seceding states, yet put aside the tempting offer of commander-in-chief of the Federal armies to serve his native State, and the man who admiring Washington placed the mark of his character among the heights of nobility of soul. He did not speak of Chancellorsville, of Spotsylvania or Cold Harbor, nor of the brilliant soldier who against tremendous odds held his own for four years of terrible war, but that he preferred to pay tribute to his great character, the contemplation of which made him regret that he had not modeled his life after Lee, the chevalier sans peur et sans reproche, that he could not when he should lie upon his death bed, look back to a life modeled upon that of the peerless Lee. He closed by reading the noble tribute of Lord Wolseley, who served upon Lee's staff, to the character of that great chieftain.
Mr. Kennedy's address was followed by inspiring music by the Band, after which Maj. DeClouet declared the meeting closed after expressing his appreciation and that of the old soldiers for the presence of the large audience and the assistance given by the Band. Lafayette Advertiser 6/23/1907.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 23rd, 1914:
MAIL BOXES AT DEPOT.
Through the efforts of Manager Martin of the Chamber of Commerce railway mail boxes will be placed at the depot. He was advised Wednesday by Acting Supt. John Day of the Railway Mail Service that at an early date a mail box would be placed at each end of the depot platform for the east and west trains, and that the railway mail clerks would take up the mail. Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1914.