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From the Lafayette Gazette of January 26th, 1901:


 Nearing Completion.

 Mr. Roy's and Other Homes to Add to the Appearance of the Locality.

  Contractor A. E. Mouton is unusually happy these days. After many months of constant work he is on the eve of seeing the completion of the main building of the Industrial Institute. A few more days and the elegant and spacious structure will be finished. Aside from its great architectural beauty, this building has many exceptional advantages possessed by few others in the country. It is a thoroughly modern in every respect, and now that it is about completed, one may have an idea of how well it was planned. That the plan was conscientiously executed there seems to be no doubt. All, the president, building committee, architect, contractor and everybody else connected with it, tried to give the State a good job, and the building itself is the best evidence of the success of their efforts. It is a grand structure which will stand for ages as an eloquent monument to the intelligence and skill of the builders and to that enlightened spirit of progress which the people of Lafayette displayed in their efforts to have the institution located here.

 The cost of the building is about $41,000. In this are included a few extra improvements not stipulated in the original contract, amounting to a little over $2,000. As soon as practicable the dormitory and other buildings will be erected, preparatory to the opening of the first term next September. An engraver is working on the corner-stone. The lettering originally made on the stone was not satisfactory.

 The residence of Mr. J. A. Roy near the Institute is a very handsome and commodious structure, and adds greatly to the appearance of the surrounding. The building is the work of Contractor Ross. 

 We are informed that Dr. Moss and other citizens of the town intend to build fine homes in the neighborhood.

 Mr. Geo. K. Bradford, of Rayne, was at work during the week surveying Mr. Girard's land, with a view of laying it out in lots. We understand that it is Mr. Girard's intention to sell these lots.

 Surveyor Charles S. Babin has marked out the lines for the opening of Johnston street.
If the land-owners will exert themselves just a little bit that locality can be made very beautiful. The employment of some taste and a little cash will make the land adjacent to the college grounds exceedingly desirable for the building of residences. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.


 While the youth of Louisiana are enjoying the advantages of technical education in the State University at Baton Rouge and in the Ruston Industrial Institute, it should not be forgotten that all the world elsewhere is enjoying the same advantages, and that it becomes imperative for us in Louisiana to keep pace with the rest of the world or else lose our place therein. We are led to these reflections by reading a descriptive article concerning technical instruction in Queensland, that thriving English-Australian colony, where they are doing things in the English way, improved by American enterprise and energy.

 The Brisbane Technical College has about 1600 male and female students studying in day and night classes, all of whom are endeavoring to avail themselves of the excellent education that now becomes possible to them. All this should be very suggestive to us in Louisiana, and we trust that the youth of this State and of the other Gulf States will avail themselves of the technical education now so readily secured in our splendid educational institutions. - From the La. Farmer.

 Technical or industrial education has been neglected in the United States, particularly in the South. In the older countries it has long been the policy to give a child not only a literary education, but a trade or profession.

 A boy may graduate from college, though poorly equipped to earn a livelihood. The education ordinarily acquired in the colleges or academies in this country does not always give one a means of making a living. Not infrequently men who are highly educated fail to achieve even the smallest measure of success, because of their inability to put into practical use what they have learned at school; hence the great necessity of educating the hand as well as the head. A famous English author has well said that between a wife who could play on the piano and one who could cook a good soup he would unhesitatingly choose the latter. That he was wise in his choice no sensible man will gainsay, for well-cooked victuals are more necessary to the happiness and well being of the average husband than the most classical music. The reasons which guided the Englishman in his choice of a better half would no doubt induce a sensible woman to first ascertain a man's earning capacity before giving serious consideration to his matrimonial proposition. WE dare say that the applicant's ability to speak Latin or Greek would cut little figure in the transaction. The world is becoming more and more practical every day, and that man who can and knows how to work is in demand.

 Parents who have the welfare of their children at heart should not fail to appreciate the importance of that technical instruction which fits the young man or woman to enter the serious duties of life. Many young men leave college and are thrown out into the world practically helpless, unable to successfully cope with the stern realities of the active struggle for supremacy which follows the scholastic period. Not so with the young fellow who has attended an industrial institute. While acquiring an education he has been quietly devoting a portion of his time toward the training of his hands, and when he goes out into the world to battle for an existence, his services are in demand, and he is spared the humiliating predicament in which his educated, but tradeless brother generally finds for himself.
Impressed with the necessity of technical instruction, the people of the parish of Lafayette have given over $80,000 for the establishment of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute at this place. The main building, which is about completed, is one of the handsomest structures of its kind in the South. In giving this large amount the people of Lafayette have conferred an inestimable boon upon the youth of this section, and time will surely prove the wisdom and patriotism which impelled this generous act.

 With Tulane, the Louisiana State University, the Ruston Industrial School, and last, but not least, the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute at Lafayette, the young people of Louisiana will be afforded exceptional educational facilities.   Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

 Disappears Mysteriously - Package Contained Nearly Two Thousand Dollars.
 The officials of the Southern Pacific Railroad and of the Wells-Fargo Express Company are greatly puzzled over the disappearance of a package of money containing $1,950, which was shipped from Lafayette on January 11th. The news of the mysterious affair reached New Orleans immediately, but the railroad men and the express officials kept the matter very quiet, and only yesterday did the story leak out.

 Up to date the investigation, which is being made for the purpose of trying to trace the missing package, has been conducted by the express officials, as the railroad is safe-guarded by the receipt of the express messenger to whom the agent at Lafayette turned over the package. Several of the Wells-Fargo people, including Assistant Superintendent McKenzie, whose headquarters are in Houston, and Auditor Ott, have personally visited Lafayette and made investigations from every standpoint, but so far they have gleaned no facts definite enough to warrant action. Mr. McKenzie, with Auditor Ott, was in New Orleans yesterday, and a three-cornered conference was held with J. C. Stuart, the agent in this city, upon the subject.

 B. J. Pellerin is the agent at Lafayette of both the Southern Pacific and the Wells-Fargo Company. On January 11 he had four packages of money for New Orleans, including the package which disappeared. This package contained $1,950, to be shipped to New Orleans for account of the railroad. He delivered them to Messenger Page, of the Wells-Fargo Company, and Page duly receipted for them. When the train on which Page was running reached Iberia, twenty miles this side of Lafayette, Page wired back to Pellerin that he could only find three packages, while the bill called for four. According to Page's story, as developed by the investigation, he discovered that there were only three packages of money soon after leaving Lafayette. He claims that only three packages were delivered to him. Agent Pellerin, however, holds Page's receipt for four packages, so the responsibility for the loss seems to rest on the express company.

 Ever since the loss of the package the special agents of the express company have been working day and night to try and clear up the mystery surrounding the case. The Southern Pacific officials have the most implicit confidence in Pellerin, and Page enjoys the confidence of the Wells-Fargo officials. A solution of the affair is eagerly awaited.

 From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901. 

Will Plant Rice. - Messrs. Overton Cade and H. Theall, of Royville, were in Lafayette this week. Mr. Cade informed The Gazette that he and his son, Smedes, are going to plant several hundred acres of rice this year. They will use wells to irrigate the land. The Messrs. Cade are the first in Lafayette to engage extensively in the cultivation of rice and it is to be hoped that they will make a success of it. Diversity of crops insures the prosperity of any country, because, while one or two crops may fail, it is not probable that all will prove unsuccessful. That the soil of this parish is adapted to rice culture is reasonably certain, though it has not yet been given a fair trial. Should the Messrs. Cade succeed in this undertaking it is safe to say that others in this parish will follow their example. The use of wells as a means of irrigation enables farmers to plant rice in sections where there are no canals to furnish the water. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901. 

Crowley Perturbed. - Crowley is much perturbed because the Southern Pacific is offering inducements to Crowley-ites to visit the rice lands in Texas. It strikes us that Crowley is unnecessarily alarmed, for surely that town's prosperity does not rest upon so unsound a foundation as to be injuriously affected by cheap excursion rates. The people of Lafayette could not be induced to emigrate by a thousand excursions to Texas or anywhere else. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

 A highly improved farm of 58 arpents, with improvements consisting of a residence of 5 bed rooms, hall, dining-room, kitchen, pantry with cellar, a barn 50x40 and sheds 15x50, race track with grand stand, slaughter house and pen, 2 tenant houses, a stable 18x75 etc., all within half a mile of Church, Convent, School, Refinery and R. R. Depot, partly in the corporation. Many nut and fruit trees. This is an exceptionally fine and desirable place.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.


DOMINGUE - MARTIN - At Lafayette, Wednesday Jan. 23, 1901, Father Bollard officiating, Mr. Pascal Domingue and Miss Mathilde Martin.

ALLEMAND - RICHARD - At Lafayette, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1901, Father Bollard officiating, Mr. Martin Allemand and Miss Edme Richard.

MARTIN - BOUDREAUX - At Lafayette, on Thursday, Jan. 24, 1901, Father Bollard officiating, Mr. Pierre Martin and Miss Alphosine Boudreaux.

WEBB - GREIG - At Waco, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1901, Mr. William Webb and Miss Frances Greig.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

The "C" Social.

 The people of Lafayette are reminded that the "C" social will take place at Falk's hall on next Tuesday night. Beginning at 6 o'clock, an elegant supper will be served at popular prices. At 8 o'clock the rendition of the following program will begin.

 Piano duet ... Clara Clark, Clarissa Coleman.
 Song ... CeceliaClayton.
 Recitation ... Cynthia Crow
 Piano solo ... Clothilde Chachere
 Mandolin and Guitar duet ... Cora Caldwell, Clara Carey.
 Recitation ... Celia Curtis.
 Piano duet ... Cleopatra Carrington, Cleopatra Conway.
 Song ... Clavie Cumington.
 Violin solo ... Carmen Cousa.
 Admission 10 cents.
 Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

 Sold Farm. - Mr. P. D. Judice has sold his farm near Lafayette to Mr. Alcee Landry and has moved to Jeanerette with his family. Mr. Judice leaves many friends here who wish him much prosperity in his new home.
 Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

New Blacksmith Shop. - Louis Butcher has opened a blacksmith and wheelwright shop near the Catholic church in Lafayette. He will make a specialty of horseshoeing. Mr. Butcher requests us to state that all his work is guaranteed to give satisfaction. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

Schlitz Beer. - In the name of the beer that has made Milwaukee famous and Pellerin Bros.' bar popular. It is reputed to be the purest beer that was ever brewed. Sold by Pellerin Bros. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

Entertainment at St. Martinville.
(The Gazette visits this "quaint," "old" town.)
 Newspaper writers have often referred to St. Martinville as that "quaint old town." It is old, no doubt, and perhaps in some respects it is quaint. But it is not a sin to be old, neither to be quaint, when, as in this case, age is accompanied by worth and quaintness consists in sincere affection for good, old customs, which like the juice of the grape, improve with time. A visitor to St. Martinville can not fail to be impressed with the evident disinclination of her people to sever the ties which hold them to a glorious past. Though fully alive to the exigencies of the living present, they refuse to crook the knee to the new dispensation, but cling with an honest fealty to the customs and manners of their forefathers. Genuine progress does not mean to be inhospitable and uncongenial. That is a wrong, though popular, interpretation of the term; for St. Martinville is progressive, and yet retains her old-time geniality and open handed hospitality, which are hers by inheritance, and preserved by her sons and daughters with becoming pride.

 The foregoing were among the thoughts which arose in the mind of the writer upon a recent visit to St. Martinville. The occasion afforded a splendid opportunity to see the town as she really is. It was a sort of family festival. An audience of about 400 people had gathered to witness a musical performance - a most admirable entertainment it was, in every respect. The program, which had been prepared under the direction of Mr. P. D. Olivier, was carried out in a highly creditable manner. The music, both instrumental and vocal, possessed decided merit, and fully sustained the enviable reputation of the local musical talent. While the limited scope of this article does not permit us to do justice to every one deserving of praise, we can not well refrain from mentioning Mrs. Lorena Simon and Mrs. Edmond Voorhies, who sang with exceptional brilliancy, and Mrs. Akren whose execution on the piano was splendid. It is needless to say that the deservedly popular band of Prof. Carlos Greig made as sweet music it has ever been our privilege to hear. Prof. Greig's band is easily the most skillful amateur musical organization in the State.

 The Gazette congratulates Mr. Olivier upon the success of his entertainment.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.  

Lake Charles and Rice Belt Railroad.
 A special to the Times-Democrat from Lake Charles, dated Jan. 21, says: The long-talked-of railroad to Lake Arthur assumed a real aspect to-day by the filing of the charter of the Lake Charles and Rice Belt Railway, with a capital stock of $1,000,ooo, for record in office of the district clerk. 

 The first officers of the corporation are: President, C. A. Lowry, Lowry; vice-president, H. C. Drew, lake Charles; secretary, C. A. McCoy, Lake Charles; treasurer, L. Kaufman, Lake Charles; directors, J. A. Bell, H. C. Drew, L. Kaufman, A. V. Eastman, C. A. McCoy, all of Lake Charles, C. A. Lowry of Lowry, Dr. E. I. Hall of Lakeside, J. B. Haber of Jennings, H. L. Gueydan of Gueydan, D. R. Swift of Mobile (City), Texas; general manager A. V. Eastman, Lake Charles. These officers will serve until January, 1902. 

The formation of the company dates back about six months. Last year the locam men above named,   together with with a number of leading Mermentau rice planters, were figuring upon tapping the Mermentau rice country by means of a canal connecting Big Lake and the Mermentau river, but the plans for getting it in operation last season failed. The road passes through a fertile country, well peopled by rice farmers. The road is to follow an almost air line from Bonair, on the K. C., W. & G. railway, to Gueydan, and will be extended from that point to Abbeyville. The road is to be completed to Gueydan in time to handle this season's crops. Lafayette Gazette  1/26/1901.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 26th, 1901.  


 For over twenty years an employee of the Southern Pacific R. R., in the Lafayette yards and known by every man, woman and child in this community, the Advertiser uses its editorial columns in paying tribute to the loyalty, fidelity and devotion to duty of that sterling gentleman, Mr. J. J. Mitchell. We have been told that the "old man" (as he is familiarly called by the R. R. boys) has severed his connection with the S. P., and he has made Lafayette for all these years, the Advertiser hopes with all candor that he still remain in this midst. As honest man is God's noblest work, a good man is woman's loving ideal, and as these sterling principles of manhood belong to he whose integrity has battered this world for nearly 60 years and whose usefulness still seek to sooth the want of many, the Advertiser again says, Mr. Mitchell you have done your duty well. Lafayette is proud of you and Lafayette begs that you still remain remain with us. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.  

A GOOD TROUPE. -  The Advertiser cheerfully recommends the Chas. Tolson Company to Lafayette theater goers and hope that this deserving Opera Company be given a large house at their Sunday night performance. The drama "Prisoners of Algiers" was rendered Thursday night to a large and appreciative audience and the comedy "Don't Tell My Wife" should receive the same patronage Sunday night. Don't forget to-morrow night at Falk's Opera House. Laf. Advertiser 1/26/1901. 

January 1901.

 Pothier Voorhies, Matilde Richard, Annie Bell, Harold Demanade, Jeff Caffery, Alma Gulley, Ula Corronna, Wilhelmina Schmulen, Louis Constantin, Lydia Broussard, William Higginbotham, Etta Domengeaux, Helen Bell, Laurentine Guchereaux, Alex Guidry.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901. 

 New Blacksmith Shop. - Mr. Jos. Dauriac announces to the public that he will open a new blacksmith shop, opposite Tanner's store and solicits patronage of every one. he guarantees to give first class work.
  Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.

Lafayette, La. Jan 19th, 1901.

 The fourth session of the Parish Teacher’s Institute was held at the Public School house Jan. 19th.
The meeting was called to order by Conductor W. A. LeRosen.
The roll call was answered with quotations and the minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.
Then Miss Lizzie Mudd having tendered her resignation as secretary, it was accepted and Mrs. Ida H. DeLaney was elected to fill the vacancy.
 The practice classes followed and occupied 30 minutes after which W. A. LeRosen conducted the Critique.
 Much interest was shown in the History of Education lesson, which was next on the program.
 In the absence of Mr. R. H. Broussard the School Management lesson was conducted by Mr. W. A. LeRosen. During the lesson a very animated discussion on punishment of pupils arose, in which all the teachers present took part.\
The following is the program for next meeting, Feb. 16th.
Roll call,
Practice classes:
 Sixth Grade Arithmetic, Mr. G. H. Always,
Fifth Grade Reader, Mr. C. K. Olivier.
Second Grade Composition Work, Miss Virgie Younger.
History of Education, pages 119 to 139, Mr. LeRosen, leader, School Management, pages 105 to 130.
Mr. R. H. Broussard, leader, Discussion on it.
How many Grades should be taught in Country Schools.
Mr. Chas. A. Boudreaux, leader.


Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.

At Falk’s.
 “Don’t Tell My Wife,” at Falk’s Opera House to-morrow night by Chas. Tolson company. Laf. Advertiser 1/26/1901.
A clean performance, a clever Farce Comedy, bright specialties and a magnificent Orchestra are some of the features of Wiedemann’s Big Show in “The Steam Laundry” at Falk’s Opera House at Falk’s Opera House, on January 30th, 1901. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.
Wiedmann’s Big Show in the Comedy Winner, “The Steam Laundry,” the attraction at Falk’s Opera House on Jan. 30th, presents the most unique street parade ever seen in the city, using two bands, the first in the uniform of the Prussian Cavalry and the second, the laughable conceit, “The Laundryman’s Outing,” a Chinese Band with native instruments. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.

Mr. Etienne Mouton fell from a scaffold Monday and frightfully shattered the bones of this right leg. Dr. Thos. Hopkins and P. M. Girard were called and attended the poor man. The physicians fear that amputation may be necessary. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.

One of the most interesting social events happening in Carencro was the wedding of Miss Graziella Francez to Mr. Walter Bailey Block, of New Orleans, on Saturday last, Jan. 19th. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Father Welte, of Donaldsonville, an intimate friend of the Francez family. The bride wore a gray silk costume and looked the picture of grace and innocence. Miss Nini Bernard acted as maid of honor. Mr. Block wore the regulation black and was attended by Mr. J. R. Domengeaux. A reception was tendered the bridal party by Dr. Francez where a splendid breakfast was spread. The happy pair were the recipients of costly presents. The Advertiser wishes them a life of uninterrupted happiness. Lafayette Advertiser. 1/26/1901.


Lacoste’s Warehouse. - Work is still progressing on Lafayette’s warehouse. 
Laf. Advertiser 1/26/1901.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 26th, 1895:

A Board of Trade.

 New Iberia, Lake Charles, St. Martinville and a number of other Louisiana towns have well-organized boards of trade, but we are sorry to say that Lafayette is behind her sisters in this respect. And why haven't we one? Certainly not because our town is not large enough to support it, but simply because our business men seem to lack the spirit of unity so necessary to the prosperity of all communities. Towns less pretentious than ours have boards of trade, and we regret to say that here not even an effort has been made to organize one. All those acquainted with the rapid and substantial growth of towns know how much good is to be derived from an organization of this kind. It would be the means of bringing to our section men of wealth who would help to develop our manifold resources. It would disseminate throughout the Northern States valuable information concerning our soil, climate, crops, and people, and it would also fall within its province to reply to the numerous inquiries from prospective settlers which now remain unanswered.

 At the present time there are in the New England States a number of cotton mills which will be moved to the Southern States in the near future. Perhaps with reasonable inducements the proprietors of one of these plants could be persuaded to select a site in our parish. Our natural advantages for the manufacture of cotton goods are unequaled anywhere, and with a little exertion by our people, they would doubtless receive the proper recognition at the hands of manufacturers.

 Our good neighbors in Breaux Bridge are clamoring for a railroad to this town, and so far they have received but little encouragement from the people here. This seeming indifference is due to a lack of unity and organization which would not exist with a board of trade.

 The urgent need of an organization of this sort to represent the town in all matters wherein the welfare of the whole community is involved, is aparent to all thoughtful men, and it is indeed unfortunate that our more public-spirited citizens do not take the matter in hand at once. Other societies flourish in Lafayette and there is no reason why a board of trade should not meet with the same success. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895. 

 Dr. Girard Back. - The Gazette is informed that Dr. Felix Girard has rented the office near the bank and will practice his profession in Lafayette. We welcome Dr. Girard back to his old home and wish him much success. Laf. Gazette 1/26/1895. 

 Incident at Depot. Quite a sensation was created near the depot Wednesday evening at the arrival of the passenger train from New Orleans. A young girl evidently laboring under mental aberration jumped from the cars and attempted to escape from some gentlemen who had her in charge. Fortunately the poor girl was soon overtaken and persuaded to return to the train. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.

Always on Time.
 Our popular tax-collector, I. A. Broussard, and his deputy, Ozeme LeBlanc, have not been idle of late as evidenced by the following statement which speaks for itself. Mr. Broussard is not only one of the best executive officers in the State, but as a collector of taxes he has made a record second to none. He is always prompt to make his settlements and is ever ready to account for every cent collected from the people. He holds receipts for the following amounts turned over to the State and parish treasurers:
 Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.

Barn Destroyed. - Wednesday at 2 o'clock in the morning a barn on Mr. Ludovic Billaud's plantation was discovered on fire and as there was no means at hand to combat the flames the building with all its contents were soon consumed. Over 200 barrels of corn, several plows and other farming implements were lost. Mr. Billaud cannot account for the origin of the fire, but fears it was the work of an incendiary.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895. 

A Stranger Run Over.
 Henry Marten, a stranger about 20 years of age, was run over by a freight train at Duson Wednesday evening, sustaining injuries from which he died a few hours later. It appears that Marten fell under the wheels of the cars in the attempt to steal a ride. He was terribly mangled, his legs and one arm being nearly severed from his body. The railroad men say that Matten tried to accomplish the dangerous feat of jumping on the rods while the train was running. As the train was going west Marten was taken to Rayne where he was kept a few hours after which he was brought to Lafayette by the east-bound local freight train for the purpose of securing the medical assistance of Dr. Tolson, the company's physician, but before the train reached this place the unfortunate man was dead. Dr. Gladu, the coroner, took charge of the body and had it decently buried.Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.

A Wrecking Car. - A wrecking car will now be kept in the Southern Pacific round-house at this place. One was received by the railroad officials Thursday morning. It will be in charge of Steve Spar, formerly general yard master at Algiers. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.

A Run-away. - The horses hitched to the wagon carrying the mail and express between this place and Breaux Bridge ran away near the depot Wednesday evening and started down the road at a terrible speed. The empty egg-boxes with which the wagon was loaded were scattered in different directions and the wagon was knocked into smithereens. The driver, an old negro, was thrown to the ground but received no injuries.
Laf. Gazette 1/26/1895. 

2179 Birds.  - A large shipment of game was made by Alcide Judice of Scott last week. It was assigned to New Orleans and consisted of 1549 robins, 150 rabbits, 200 snipes, 180 quails, 91 doves and 9 wild ducks. This we believe is the largest shipment of game made from this parish since a long time.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895. 

Negroes Whipped.

 A special from Breaux Bridge to the Times-Democrat of Jan. 22 says: "The Pleasant View plantation, near this place, was the scene of an outrage, perpetrated upon two negroes by whipping them severely and threatening others with the same fate. The plantation is owned and operated by Dr. F. R. Martin, of this place. Alfred Melancon, Felix Wietz, Octave Champagne, Edward Thibodeaux, Joe LeBlanc, Joseph Landry, R. Bertran, Ernest Landry, Joe Laveolette, Jr., Telesphore Fredericks and Pierre Theriot, all of St. Martin parish, are charged with the outrage, and affidavits were made out against them by the owner of the plantation and they were promptly arrested by Deputy Sheriff Frank Gallager, and the parties named, with important State witnesses, were placed in jail in St. Martinsville to await the action of the grand jury, which is in session now at that place."

 From the Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.

(Opposite S. Pac. R. R. Depot.)
Board by the week or day. Meals at all hours. Rates very reasonable. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 26th, 1895:

We Must Meet the Issue.

 In all seriousness, the people of this country are about to enter upon one of the most trying experiences it has been their fate to encounter for many years. A chain of circumstances for which no one in particular is responsible had brought about a condition of affairs that has served to throw the entire country out of joint, and, as men, everywhere, look the issue squarely in the face they cannot but feel apprehensive of the future for some months to come, at least. It is but natural, then, that in a contemplation of the unusual demands each one fears may be made on him by this new condition of affairs, everyone should be planning temper the wind of the approaching storm.

We, of Lafayette, form a part of the vast universe affected by the present order of things, and must submit to the common lot philosophically, if not willingly. One of the most bountiful harvests of which we have a recollection has brought money into our country, and in certain instances has been the means of plunging some of our people into debt. Whilst the resulting condition is not one of actual want, yet it presents an outlook that is far from being encouraging, and even when viewing the subject in its not darkest light, we feel called on to give a most careful consideration to the "what's to be done under the circumstances?" How can we best lighten the immediate burden as well as bring about an early and permanent improvement in our condition? That is the problem each one is now revolving in his mind, in the hope of discovering a logical solution. Men are so sensible of the gravity of the situation that they assemble in conventions to exchange views and make be undone, and without endeavoring to explain what causes may have operated to culminate the condition now calling so loudly concerned are satisfied to deal with the condition itself, and, accordingly propose certain plans appearing in their very nature capable of affording relief. One of the suggestions in the interest of the Southern States now largely devoted to the raising of cotton, is to make a positive decrease in the acreage for the crop of 1895, so as to reduce the world's supply of cotton and cause an advancement in the market value of the staple on account of its greater scarcity.

The advocates of a smaller acreage know that the cotton states cannot hope to control the world's supply of cotton and do not advise an adoption of the course proposed other than as expedient, and intend that future developments shall govern future action in this regard. There is every reason to believe that, as a palliative measure, the proposition is desirable one to enforce. If it accomplished no other good its adoption would have the effect of placing unused time and land at the disposal of the farming class, to be employed in other ways than raising cotton. The spare time and would be devoted to the cultivation of other crops, or to the pursuit of avocations bringing direct results in cash, or its equivalent. The cotton raiser would learn, under this new policy, the great error of depending almost entirely on the proceeds of his early crop for all the necessities of life. He will know the immense advantage of producing on the farm the commodities of life that, heretofore, he has always deepened on the North, East and West to furnish. Then cotton will be a surplus crop and, as much, can be profitably cultivated at 5 cents a pound, in Lafayette parish if no where else. The needs of the Lafayette Farmer, aside from what he can readily raise of produce of home, may be supplied without and great strain on the purse, and it is this end he should direct his mind and energies.

While it is our purpose to make no reference to the disastrous experience lately suffered by this industry, we proceed at once to the discussion of that feature of the sugar interests on which its emancipation from present thraldom principally depends. And again, we intend that our remarks shall find our most direct, if not exclusive, application to our immediate section of country. Naturally we feel a strong sympathy for other people in distress, but our own requirements have a first claim on us, and, besides, a policy that would be of advantage to one locality might not be so applicable to another in affording a remedy for a common evil. As regards sugar the problem confronts us: Is it possible to produce it at a profit, if the industry be stripped of every vestige of protection? Purposely, we take an exterior view of the subject. It is conceded on all sides that a bounty will never again be placed on sugar by any political party. It is contrary to American sentiment. And protection by tariff may not be of long continuance, although there is a general impression that sugar, being the ideal article for raising governmental revenue, will not be removed from the dutiable list by succeeding administrations. It will answer our purpose best, though, in the present consideration of the subject to treat of freesugar. It is maintained by persons of long and practical experience that under economical management and the system of factories, the culture of sugar cane can be profitably carried on in the sugar district of Louisiana, without bounty or protection. We have undoubted assurance that cane can be cultivated in Lafayette parish at a minimum cost. Central sugar factory facilities, then, is the only essential requirement to place can safely on a paying basis in Lafayette. That is the great desideratum, and it is a plane that can be easily attained by the co-operation of the business men and sugar planters of the parish.

We conclude, then, with the many things in our favor, we, of Lafayette, have much reason to base hope for better times. The hard lesson of the present is not void of redeeming features. If light is to come our of darkness, as there is every indication will happen, we will owe a large debt to the conditions we now bewail so loudly. The times have set us to thinking in a way we have never been compelled to do before. From the train of thought in which we find our mind engaged, fruitful action should result. The period of transformation should prove a rather trying one to the people, but the lesson learned will be of inestimable value hereafter. Our lot may not be such a bad one after all. Let us look at the bright side of it and act with intelligence and good will for a stable improvement in our ideas and our methods, and we shall not be disappointed in the end.

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.  

Advertiser's Children's Column. - Pupils of the public and private schools in the town and parish should be encouraged by their teachers to write essays and compositions for the Children's Column of The Advertiser. The stimulative effect of work of this nature on the young mind is healthful and not without other positively advantageous results to the children.
Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

Selected News Items (Advertiser) 1/26/1895.

Yesterday was new moon.

Police Jury meets next Monday.

Generally speaking, the streets of our town are in fact first class condition, as a consequence of the good and careful grading of them done in the past few weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

 Mr. F. Lombard is having a new floor laid in his saloon, and other reparations done in his woodwork of the interior of the place. New plank and cinders, he has also employed to good advantage, on the side walk lining his property. Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

The town has been virtually overrun with tramps for some days past. The officers should see to it that this class of gentry do not tarry long in our midst.

Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

 Mr. J. O. Broussard was an early visitor in town, yesterday morning. He viewed the heavy rainfall of the day with much satisfaction, as Mr. Broussard stated that both the cattle and the soil, stood in need of water.

There will be a grand ball at Falk's Opera house. Mardi Gras.
Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

Mrs. Jules Jeanmard of Breaux Bridge was in our town on business, the 21st inst.

Mr. Ed Mayfield's dwelling occupied by Mr. Field, received a fresh coat of paint, recently.

Mr. C. K. Darling, of Abbeville, was a guest at the Nickerson home, last Sunday.

We received a pleasant call from Miss Florina Grenier, of Carencro, last Thursday.

Visiting cards, neatly printed, with a Rubber Stamp. S. DELMOULY. Agt.

Miss Lela Le Blanc, an accomplished young lady, from Abbeville, spent last Sunday at the home of Mr. J. C. Couvillon of our town.

Messrs. Homer and Albert Martin of Breaux Bridge, paid us and agreeable call, Monday. The latter attended the Natchitoches convention as delegate from St. Martin parish.

Fire broke out in the home of Mrs. S. R. Wallis on day this week, destroying some bed clothing and doing limited damage to a bed-sted before it could be extinguished. Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

 A great treat is in store for all lovers of music, at the opera house next Tuesday night. The Schubert Symphony Club and Lady Quartette will give one (unreadable word) highly entertaining musicales that has been the delight of refined audiences at every place this company has visited. Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

Eleven men were arrested for having cow-tied and otherwise abused two negroes on Dr. F. R. Martin's plantation. The men will be prosecuted at the term of court now in session. Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895. 

 Mr. Ludovic Billeaud of this parish shortly after midnight the 24th inst., about 50 barrels of corn and a lot of farm implements were consumed by flames. No plausible explanation has been offered for the accident. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

 The professional card of Dr. F. E. Girard appears in this issue of THE ADVERTISER. In locating in Lafayette Dr. Girard has yielded to the general desire of his medical friends of this section, and his residency here is to be regarded as a decided acquisition to the community. For a number of years Dr. Girard, filled with distinction, the office of resident physician of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital of New Orleans, and it was a quest of his health he came to this place a few weeks ago. It gives us pleasure to add that the doctor's health has materially improved since his arrival. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

 Dr. F. E. Girard and Messrs. Leo Judice and Jack Nickerson left in a party for the seashore yesterday, wearing on their faces a look of firm determination. They were laden with fire-arms and ammunition, but we cannot say for certain that they took along even a moderate supply of the proverbial antidote for snake-bite. Possibly something of the kind was included among the regular 'pervisions,' only as a matter of of precaution, you know. The reason the young men wore such determined looks when starting out, is because they all three made some rather extravagant boasts as to how they were going to "make the fur and feathers fly" when they got among the beasts and birds of the forest, and now they are afraid they may not be so successful in locating the game. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

Messrs. J. M. Marsh, D. A. Greig and E. W. Mathews, a hale and hearty young trio, left for the seashore yesterday morning on a fishing trip and hunting expedition. We wish our young friends an enjoyable time and a safe return. 

Pupils of the public and private schools in the town and parish should be encouraged to by their teachers to write essays and compositions for the Children's Column of The Advertiser. The stimulative effect of work of this nature on the young mind in healthful and not without other positively advantageous results to the children. Mr. P. LeDanois takes this means of informing the public that he has reduced the price of mixed cord wood from $3.00 to $2.50. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

Mr. W. S. Torian is well enough to be out again, after prostrating illness lasting several days.

Mr. L. L. Bourges, of the Abbeville bar, stopped over in Lafayette Thursday, en route to Crowley, where legal matters require his attention.

You must be fond of nice table butter. The kind sold by Moss Bros. & Co. is perfectly delicious. Price 35 cents a pound.

Mr. Alex Mouton, of New Orleans, was a welcome guest at the home of his father, Maj. J. S. Mouton, several days this week.

Mrs. John Hahn visited her sister, Mrs. Coniff, of New Orleans, recently on the occasion of the 21st. birthday of Mrs. Conniff's eldest son, John.

 Persons in need of saddle-trees, the kind that give entire satisfaction, can procure them from Mr. C. J. Saunders. Mr. Saunders does trimming and repairing of saddles and harnesses, also, and warrants every piece of work turned out of his shop to give satisfaction. Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895. 

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 26th, 1889:

Death of Mrs. H. M. Bailey.

 DIED, At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. H. M. Bailey, in the town of Lafayette, La., on Thursday, Jan. 24, 1889, at 10:30 o'clock, a. m., MME. G. V. FLEMING, aged 66 years. She was buried in the Catholic cemetery, at Lafayette, Friday morning, the funeral being attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives, by whom she was greatly beloved.

Mrs. Fleming was born at St. Pierre, Martinique. She leaves the following children surviving her: Mr. V. A. Fleming of St. Martinville; Sister Mary Albina, of the Order of Holy Cross, at Opelousas; Mrs. L. N. Berry, of New Iberia; and Mrs. H. M. Bailey. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

Lafayette, La., Jan. 18th, 1889.

[Following is a synopsis of what was done at the meeting which was held this day, pursuant to adjournment,]:

The Committee on Charter having reported, the Charter was taken up and adopted article by article. It limits the capital stock to $15,000-600 shares at $25 per share.

The election for Board of Directors was then ordered, and the following gentlemen were elected: Wm. Clegg, Sr., L. Doucet, Dr. P. B. Beraud, Ad. von Kalckstein, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, A. J. Moss and E. H. Vordenbaumen.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.


Canning Co. Election. 

 The Board of Directors of Lafayette Canning Company, elected at the last meeting of the stockholders, met at the Town Hall Saturday, January 19th, 1889, for the purpose of electing officers and appointing committees. The following officers were elected: Wm. Clegg, President; Ad. von Kalckstein, Vice-President; O. J. Sprole, Treasurer; C. O. Mouton, Secretary. The following committees were appointed.

On Charter - Judge John Clegg and Chas. D. Caffery.

On Selecting Site for Factory - Dr. Beraud, Dr. Beraud, Dr. Hopkins and Ad von Kalckstein.

On Building - Judge Parkerson, Judge Moss and Chas. Clark.

On Plant - E. H. Vordenbaumen, A. Brower and J. C. Buchanan.

On vegetables to be Raised and Contracted For - Dr. Hopkins, Chas. Clark, L. Doucet and W. B. Lindsay.

On Stationary and all Printed Matter - Wm. Clegg, Sr., Ad. von Kalckstein and C. O. Mouton.

On By-Laws - Judge C. Debaillon, Dr. Beraud and Dr. Moss.

Chas. D. Caffery was elected legal adviser, and C. Girard notary, for the Company.

Dr. Hopkins was requested to go in behalf of the Company, to Crystal Springs, Miss., to gain by personal observation and interviews at the canning factory there all points bearing on the successful management of canning factories. W. Clegg. Sr., kindly volunteered to accompany Dr. Hopkins on the trip, and both gentlemen departed Monday. They spend several days at Crystal Springs, and make a thorough inspection of the Canning Company's works there. Our home undertaking will undoubtedly be benefited by the information gained.

Quite a number of shares have been taken since last report, and if continuing at the present rate all the available stock will be placed very shortly. Everyone wishing to take shares should do so at once, or they may be too late.

The Board of Directors adjourned to Friday, the 25th inst., when the various committees were expected to report.

 Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.

Laf.'s Canning Business.
 The town of Lafayette, in the parish of Lafayette, is preparing to go into the fruit and vegetable canning business on an extensive scale this year. The necessary outfit has been received and the work of setting it up in preparatory to beginning operations when the season opens will be pressed to a speedy completion. A half dozen other towns in the State could profitably do like-wise. From the Ruston Caligraph and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.

Police Jury Proceedings.
LAFAYETTE, LA., Jan. 7th, 1889.

The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Messrs. C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, O. Theriot, Ford Huffpauir and A. A. Delhomme.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Mr. Alpha, representing the committee appointed to contract for the building of a bridge across Bayou Vermilion, reported that the committee met at Breaux Bridge on the specified date and let the contract to E. H. Vordenbaumen for the sum of $475.

 Under suspension of the rules Mr. Delhomme offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

 Be it resolved, That the committee appointed to let the contract for the material and construction of the bridge across Bayou Vermilion and is hereby authorized to draw upon the Treasurer for the undivided half of the contract price, in full payment of Lafayette's indebtedness, when in its judgement the work shall have been satisfactorily perfomed.

 Mr. Theriot, special committee on the Abbeville road, was granted further time to report.

 Mr. Huffpauir submitted the following report from the 2nd Ward:

 PARISH LAFAYETTE, Dec. 14, 1888.

 To the Hon. Police Jury: Your committee on the Coulee de Noix bridge beg to report that they have examined said bridge on its completion, and have found is satisfactory according to contract; but finding it of insufficient length, we have added sixty feet, which makes the entire length two-hundred and ten feet. One half of the extension was built by Mr. Bacque for the sum of $14.00, the other half being built by road hands. Trusting that the above will meet with your approval, and that a warrant be issued to the above contractor for the sum of $12, being one-half contract price, we respectfully subscribe, 

Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.

 The Board of Directors of the Lafayette Building Association, at the meeting held at the Star and Crescent Hotel on the 20th inst., elected Mr. Ad. von Kalckstein, Vice President in place of Mr. J. E. Dunlap, removed from the parish. Mr. J. H. Callen was chosen one of the Directors to fill the vacancy in the Board. Both of these are first-class selections, and we are satisfied these gentlemen will give satisfaction to the stockholders. The Association is getting along nicely; has 405 shares in first series, and 101 in the second. Loans amount to $6,300, against which liabilities to stockholders are $4,459; which is not a bad showing for an association only ten months old. Receipts, including January installments; are all loaned. Close up, but there will be no money to loan at the February meeting. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 26th, 1878:

Death of a Veteran.

 Mr. Frederick Hebert, and old and respected citizen of this parish, died on the 7th inst. Mr. Hebert was born in this parish in 1791 and was consequently 87 years of age at the time of his death. He was a veteran of 1814-15, having participated in the battles of New Orleans in Col. DeClouet's regiment, Capt. Michel Broussard's company, and was honorably discharged from service.

 Deceased had lived under the rule of three nations and often boasted of having been a Spaniard, a Frenchman and an American, without leaving the State. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1878.

Parish of Lafayette, Jan. 7th., 1878.

 The Police Jury met at the Court House this day, - pursuant to adjournement. Members present: Onez. Broussard, M. G. Broussard, Adolphe Comeaux and Aurelien Primeaux.

 Absent: Afred Peck.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

 The committee appointed to ascertain what proceedings and rules are necessary to attain an equitable distribution of the funds or money that may come into the treasury among the creditors of the parish, made the following report, which was adopted :

 To the Hon. President and Member of the Police Jury of Lafayette Parish.

 Your committee appointed on the 3rd day of December, 1877, to report "what proceedings and rules are necessary to attain an equitable distribution of the funds or money that may come into the Parish Treasury, among the creditors of the Parish, "beg to report, that in their opinion, to arrive at the end proposed by you, you must necessarily divide the funds collected as taxes and licenses and fines and fortfeitures into different special funds in a manner somewhat as follows ;  say For Jurors, - For expenses in criminal cases, - For public roads and bridges, - For salaries of Police Jurors and their officers, - For election fund, - For contingent expenses, - For old debts.

 That the Treasurer and Tax Collector be prohibited from receiving warrants in payment of taxes or licenses, and that no monies to the credit of one fund be in any way directed to meet the claims against other funds.

 That the treasurer be required and directed to distribute the monies he receives ratably among all the funds, and that every year all taxes ve strictly apportioned to every fund and that any excess of a fund at the end of the year be credited to the old debt fund.

 That the treasurer be required every month, to distribute ratably what he receives from the collector, for the old debt fund, among all the creditors of that fund whose claims are duly registered in accordance with the resolution of the Police Jury.

 That all lines and forfeitures be credited to the Criminal Expenses fund, and, that all licenses be credit to the Old Debt fund.
   JOHN CLEGG, M. E. GIRARD, E. E. MOUTON, Committee.

 The committee appointed to trace and open a road from Olidon's ferry to Royville made their report, and on motion, said report was adopted.

 On motion resolved, that a committee of five be and hereby appointed and that full power be and is hereby given to said committee to confer with the members of or a committed appointed by the Police Jury of the Parish of St. Landry for the purpose of making all repairs and other work which in their estimation they may deem necessary to put in traveling order the bridge over bayou Carencro.

 On said committee were appointed: Messrs. Theodule Hebert, jr., M. G. Broussard, Jean Vigneau, Ernest Potier and Alfred Peck.

 Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the president of the Police Jury of the parish of St. Landry for action thereon by that honorable body.

 On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to make an estimate of the probable expenses of the Parish for the current year, said committee be guided by report of the committee appointed to draft rules to attain an equitable distribution of the funds of this parish. On said committee were appointed Messrs. Ed. E. Mouton, M. F. Rigues and M. E. Girard.

 On motion resolved, that the president of this Police Jury be and is hereby authorized to draw on the treasurer of this parish, the sum of sixty dollars or as much thereof as necessary, for the purchase of three record books for the Recorder's office.

 On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to lay out and trace a road leading from the new bridge built on Mine's coulee to the old bridge on Isle des Canes lying near Wm. Guidry's plantation.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. John S, Whittington, Jules Guidry, Jules Duhon, Antoine Guidry and Cleobule Doucet.

 On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to trace a road from the bridge lying near Montgomery's plantation leading to the Mermentau river.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. Jules Guidry, Ed. Louviere, Dr. Dunningham and Theophile Breaux.

 On motion resolved, a committee be appointed to consider the possibility and to advise the proper means of opening and tracing a public road leading from Vermilionville to the Isle Pilette, said road to join the public road southwest of the town near Messrs. H. Eastin and McBride's plantations.

 On said committee were appointed Messrs. Lessin Guidry, Drozin I> Broussard, Valery Breaux, H. Eastin, Alcide Judice, Arelian Primeaux and Adolphe Comeaux.

 There being fo further business the Police Jury adjourned.

    ONES. BROUSSARD, President.
    J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
    Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1878.

On Lafayette Street.

 Having just returned from New Orleans with a large and select stock of goods, I am prepared to sell goods at rates which defy competition.

 My stock is complete in every departement and embraces Calicoes, Domestic Goods, Dress Goods, White Goods, Cloaks, Shawls, Laces, Emroidery.


 Clothing of all descriptions, HATS - For Men, Boys and Children.

Ladies, Misses, Men and Boys' BOOTS and SHOES.

 A full Assortment of Hardware, Crockery, Saddlery.

 A Fine Stock of Fresh Family Groceries.

 Choice Family flour a specialty.

TOBACCO - Chewing and Smoking Tobacco, Sugars, Pipes, &c.

 FURNITURE. - An elegant assortment of Household furniture at extremely low rates.

 The public is respectfully invited to call and examine my stock before making purchases elsewhere.
    In the Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1878.   

From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 26th, 1909:


Samuel J. Montgomery, aged nearly 80 years, died at his home near Lafayette after a brief illness Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:50 a. m. Deceased was born in Paris, Ky., March 23, 1829, but about the time of the breaking out of the Civil War came to Louisiana and married Miss Anna Breaux of Lafayette. He was a man of quiet and unostentatious habits, devoting himself to the cultivation of his farm and the care of a large and interesting family. As a citizen Mr. Montgomery cared for official preferment, and while always concerning himself in public affairs, did so from purely unselfish motives. A man of strong determination and strict rectitude of character, he combined those gentle and kindly qualities of heart and mind that won not only the love and respect of a large circle of friends and acquaintances; but above all endeared him to his family as a tender and affectionate father considerate of their every want and need. Mr. Montgomery left ten children, all residents of Lafayette and well known in the community: Mrs. George Doucet, Miss Effie Montgomery, Robert, Richard, James, George, Charles, John, Frank and William Montgomery. The funeral services were held at the home by Rev. J. L. Kendrick and the body was interred in the Protestant cemetery Sunday evening. The large number of attendants testified more eloquently than words to the high esteem entertained for the departed one by the people of our town and parish. Besides his family here Mr. Montgomery is survived by a brother, John, of Paris, Ky., 84 years of age, and two sisters, Mr. R. Rouney and Miss Ella, both of Covington, Ky.

 The Advertiser joins their many friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1909.    



 Last Monday two old acquaintances met on the corner between Otto's market house and Vigneaux's livery stable. One a physician, ranking among the highest in his profession; the other a United States official, returning home from the U. S. Court at Opelousas. A bee came along to mar the conversation, trying to light on the Doctor's face, who tapped it with his hand, remarking: "If you take my nose for a bee gum, you are badly mistaken." When the officer put in: "Or for a rose, he would be still further off. Now if that bee would light on my nose, and stick there awhile, he would get so drunk that he would have to quit work for at least ten days; and when he would come to again he would have to stop the honey business and start a vinegar factory."
Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.


 A young man, whose attire was clean and neat and whose general appearance was rather prepossessing, stood before the bar of the Police Court. By his side stood a young man about the same age, with a coal black face and woolly hair, and who was dressed with all the gorgeousness of a "swell."

"What's your name, white man ?" asked the Court.

"McFinnegan, sir."

"And yours, my man and brother ?"

"Gawge Washington Jones, sah."

"What was the matter, George Washington ?"

"Suh, I'll tell you de truff, sah, I was goin' up de street, sah, las' night, when I met this man, an I kine' of jostled agin 'im, sah, an' he turn right roun' sah, an fetch me a clip on de nose, sah; den I calls an offisa' and had him arrested, an' dat's all de truff."

"How was it, Mr. Finnegan?"

"Shure, yer Oner. an' ti was all the navger's fault. I was comin' down the av'nie, quiet as a lamb, sor, sayin' nothin' to nobody, whin that spahlpeen for-ninst me, sor, wud his elbow, an' I up an' hit him upon the spur o' the momint --"

"No, sah, he hit me on de nose, sah."

"On the spur o' the momint--"

" On de nose, sah."

"Never mind fine distinctions," said his Honor, "it costs a man $10 in this court to hit a man, whether it be on the spur of the moment or upon the nose. George Washington, you are discharged!"

Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1878. 

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