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From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 27th, 1904:


 In Louisiana, America's greatest sensational melodrama, at the Opera House on Sunday Jan. 31., is a beautiful story of Louisiana and Texas, and one of the most sensational plays ever produced on the stage. 

There is a head-on collision between two trains in full view of the audience. In the distance you see two trains moving down the mountain side in and out of tunnels; all at once there is a crash and you see one of the most thrilling effects you ever witnessed.

 The scenic settings of the four acts are all original and realistic. The names of the principals of the cast give promise of a strong dramatic production. The mechanical effects are all original. This play is assuredly one of the most interesting events of the entire season. Secure your seats early.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904. 

Southern Pacific Changes.
[The Picayune.]

Important changes were announced yesterday by General Passenger Agent T. I. Anderson, of the Southern Pacific, while in New Orleans on his way to St. Louis. That which will attract the greatest attention is the appointment of F. S. Decker, Assistant General Passenger Department, and assigned to office work. The position of Assistant General Passenger Ticket Agent is filled by the appointment of F. C. Batters, who is now chief clerk to Assistant General Passnger Agent Donaldson, of the Pacific system of the Southern Pacific, with headquarters in San Francisco.

 Mr. Decker has been known for many years in New Orleans as one of its most substantial citizens, and in the railroad world as one of the most painstaking railroad men to be found anywhere. His connection with the Southern Pacific in various capacities has extended over a period of several years, and under his direction the local office has been very prosperous and the volume of business which has gone through it very gratifying.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.


Primary, Jan. 19, by Parish Democratic Executive Committee.

 Second Primary Ordered Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1904, in Several Wards.

 Court-house, Lafayette, La., Friday, January 21, 1904 - The Democratic Parish Executive Committee for the Parish of Lafayette met at the court-house, said parish, on this date for the purpose of canvassing and tabulating the returns of the primary election held on January 19, 19o4.

 John Hahn, chairman, called the meeting to order.

 The following members of the Committee were present: Jean Begnaud by proxy to H. Begnaud, Elias Spell, John Hahn, P. L. DeClouet, Moise Brasseux, Albert Guidry, and R. H. Broussard. Absent: John Whittington,  R. O. Young and J. O. Girouard.

 Chairman John Hahn called on anyone present from any faction who desire to witness the canvass of the vote. The Committee then proceeded to open the canvass and the returns, and declare the result of said primary.

 From the official returns of the commissioners of election of said primary election from every ward and precinct of the parish, the following named candidates for parish and ward officers, and the candidates for members of the Democratic State Central Committee and for members of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee were shown to to have received the votes set opposite their respective names.

Louis Lacoste ... 1189
I. A. Broussard ... 686

Louis Lacoste Majority ... 503

Clerk of Court.
Ed. G. Voorhies ... 1285
Dr. G. W. Scranton ... 588

Ed. G. Voorhies Majority ... 697

For Representatives.

 Paul L. DeClouet ... 1172
J. Gilbert St. Julien ... 1240
Dr. J. P. Francez ... 589
Harrison Theall ... 576

Paul L. DeClouet's Majority 596
J. Gilbert St. Julien's Majority ... 576

Dr. J. F. Mouton ... 1208
Dr. G. A. Martin ... 660

Dr. J. F. Mouton ... 548
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.

  Got the Quail.
 A party composed of Messrs. J. C. Nickerson, B. J. Pellerin, Geo. DeClouet, Ramy Landry, and Drs. J. A. Martin and Felix Girard upon the invitation of Major P. L. DeClouet repaired to his country home Sunday to hunt quail. In company with the Major they started out and in a short while discovered several coveys, which promptly took to the woods, for they knew that crowd meant business. The hunters followed and had a lively and exciting time rustling up the birds, and they got them, bagging eighty-three, which added zest to the excellent lunch which the Major, who knows how to play the host, had provided. The day was most enjoyably spent and each member of the party has, figuratively speaking, taken down his calendar and marked a big red cross over the number 24 of the first month.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans. - New Orleans Mardi Gras.One fare for the round trip from all points via the Texas & Pacific Railway. Dates of sale February 10-15, inclusive, final limit. February 20, 1904. On payment of fee of 50 cents an extension to March 5, 1904, will be granted. For further information call on any T. & P. Agent, or write, E. P. Turner, General Passenger Agent, Dallas, Texas. Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.  

A Hard Rain.

Monday night a heavy rainfall fell, followed by a cold wave. It broke into the nice spring weather we are having in a somewhat rude fashion and made overcoats a warm friend indeed.

The past week has been a fearful one in the North and Northwest. Intense cold weather has prevailed, in Chicago and other Northern cities the weather has been the coldest in twenty years, and the sufferings of the poor have been something terrible. Over that section the thermometer has registered from 20 to 40 degrees below zero. Ice gorges have formed in nearly all the rivers, causing the water to back up and flood many towns causing loss of life and great destruction of property
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.

Purchased Store.

Prudhomme & McFaddin have purchased the store and lot formerly occupied by them across the railroad. The purchase price was $1,500. They are contemplating opening a branch store in the property acquired. Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.

Women's Literary Club.

The Woman's Literary Club met Saturday a week ago with Mrs. A. B. Denbo. The subject for the afternoon was J. Fennimore Cooper. Several ladies who were on the program being unable to attend Mrs. Denbo very kindly took their places and read a fine sketch of the Massacre at Fort. Wm. Henry and also an excellent paper on one of Cooper's leading characters. Mrs. Leo Judice contributed a well composed and entertaining paper on Cooper's life. After which all the Club members took part in the discussion, making this meeting one the pleasantest and most profitable held this year. The Club will meet next Saturday with Mrs. T. M. Biossat.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.  

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/27/1904.

 Albert Guerrard, of St. Martinville, spent Sunday here.

Good wood and good coal, that's the kind you want and the kind Adolph Mouton keeps. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Cisterns manufactured and repaired. J. C. Broussard.

Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Earl Hatfield, of Eola, brought his sister to the Industrial school Saturday.

I am agent for the well known "Crescent" bicycle and am prepared to take orders for same; will have sample in a few days. Phone 186. A. J. Bonnet, the bicycle doctor. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Miss Guidry, teacher of drawing at the Industrial, has resigned on account of her health and will leave for her home Saturday.

Miss Marcelle Blot, of Carencro, spent the week with Miss Irma Voorhies.

Miss Mignon Robichaux and brother Albert, went to Beaumont Sunday. He returned same day.

Ring up Adolph Mouton, phone 28-2, and he will supply you with wood or coal.
Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Chas. May, of Franklin, was an appreciated caller at The Advertiser office Saturday.

Miss Cute Blakesley returned to Franklin Saturday, after spending a few days in Lafayette.

Phone 192 for timothy, prairie, alfalfa and rice, hay, and mixed feed.

Bring me your bicycle if you want it sold: small commission. A. J. Bonnet.

Dr. Aristide Comeaux, of Royville, was in town Monday.

White Pine Expectorant is a cough and cold cure. - Moss Pharmacy.

N. Abramson made a business trip to New Orleans during the week.

If you have any picture you wish enlarged, take it to Carter. He gives the best of work, guaranteed, and as cheap as good work can be done. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Fine perfumes, toilet articles, novelties at Guerre & Broussards.
Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Levy Bros. are selling winter clothing and overcoats cheap enough to suit anybody.

Levy Bros. 1/27/1904.

Morgan & Debaillon sell the best of groceries and deliver promptly.

Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Sweet peas and pansy seeds by the ounce or pound at the Moss Pharmacy.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Pender, of Jeanerette, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Hopkins.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.

  From the Lafayette Gazette of January 27th, 1900:

Persistent Efforts to Wreck Trains.

Jules Pointboeuf, assistant engineer at the power house, was arrested Friday, Jan. 19, and charged with an attempt at train wrecking. For about a month trainmen in the Southern Pacific yards have been suspecting that someone was making persistent efforts to wreck trains. Several times it was discovered that a switch had been tampered with, but fortunately it was found out in time to avoid any serious accident. Detective Long of the Southern Pacific Company detailed Henry Gianelloni, a railroad man to keep close watch and capture the culprit of he made any further attempts.

At 11 o'clock Friday night, Gianelloni says, a man approached the switch near the electric power house, broke the lock and so arranged the rails that any incoming train would run into some cars standing on a side track. Gianelloni says that he recognized the man as being Jules Pointboeuf. The man walked about two acres to a switch on the Louisiana Western Tracks. He repeated what he did with the other switch The removal of this switch was calculated to cause fearful damage to both life and property.

After shifting the rails, Pointboeuf, in order to complete his diabolical work, threw away the lamp whose red light might have given a signal of danger to the trainmen. At this juncture he was covered by Gianelloni's pistol and was told to throw up his hands, which he did. He was taken to town and turned over to Marshal Peck of the police force. He protested his innocence, and insisted that he had not tampered with the switches. He still claims to be innocent.

Pointboeuf was a for number of years employed as engineer, but was discharged and given an inferior position, which he held for some time, and quit to work for the town at the power house. Pointboeuf is about forty years old and has a wife and five children.

Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900.


Professor Stephens Expects the Industrial School to be Built Rapidly.
Will be Ready to Begin the Great Work as the Structure Rises. 

From the N. O. Picayune. - It has perhaps been the fortune of no other public institution of learning in the state to receive encouragements so large and substantial in the beginning as those offered by the people of southwest Louisiana for the benefit of the new State Industrial School to be established at Lafayette each year for ten years will approach a value at a conservative estimate something like $75,000. The twenty-five acres of land upon which the school will be located comes as a free gift from private individuals. The police jury of the parish gives a cash bonus of $3,000, and the city of Lafayette adds $5,000 more to this. But these offers are made doubly effective by an agreement on the part of the local banks to advance a cash amount of $10,000 at once, repayable out of the proceeds of the tax of the first two years. Thus in this way a cash amount of $18,000 is available immediately, while it is likely that a much larger portion of the ten years' tax may be capitalized if necessary.

Prof. Edwin Lewis Stephens, the recently elected president of the institute, was born in the parish of Natchitoches in 1872. He attended school in Natchitoches and at Keachie, La., until, at the age of 17, he entered the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. Graduating there with the degree of bachelor or arts in 1892, he was elected to the chair of Latin in the Louisiana State Normal School. In 1896 he received appointment to the Helen Gould scholarship in the School of Pedagogy of New York University, from which he was graduated in 1899 with the doctor's degree in pedagogy. He has done much institute work in the Summer Normal Schools of the state during the past six or eight years, and has had part in the educational organizations that have been uplifting the condition of the schools and the teacher's profession. At the time of his recent election he was the teacher of physics and chemistry in the New Orleans Boys' High School. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900.

The Pest house. - Our people will be pleased to know that all the negroes in this town who are afflicted with small pox have been removed to the pest house which was recently purchased by the town and parish jointly. There was a woman who was too ill to be removed, but she died Thursday evening. The removal of the patients to the pest house has no doubt greatly curtailed the danger to the community. There is not, at this writing, a single case of smallpox in this town. Under the personal supervision of Dr. Girard, the health officer, the houses of the diseased negroes have been thoroughly fumigated and a mass of small articles has been destroyed. Dr. Girard now hopes to be able to keep the town free from the pest. He is doing all he can to that end. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900.  

Death of Mrs. Antoine Lacoste.
Mrs. Antoine Lacoste, died at her home in this town at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. Mrs. Lacoste's maiden name was Jeanne Salvan. She was a native of France where she was born 90 years ago. She came to this country with her husband, the late Antoine Lacoste, who, during his residence here, enjoyed the respect and esteem of the people. They settled in Lafayette 48 years ago when the town was but a very small village. By economy, industry and a strict adherence to honest business methods Mr. Lacoste accumulated considerable money and property, but his success was, in a great measure, due to the assistance of his wife whose devotion to her home was characteristic of her life. She and her husband were of that sturdy class of Europeans who come to this country and carry with them those habits of industry and frugality which have made many of our foreign born citizens so desirable as a factor in the upbuilding of their adopted country.

Mrs. Lacoste was blessed with a remarkably strong constitution as was evidenced by her long life. She lived here nearly half a century and all who knew her speak of her as a dutiful mother, kind neighbor and consistent christian. She leaves three children, Mrs. F. Siadous, Messrs. Leopold and Gustave Lacoste, and a number of grand children. Her funeral at the Catholic church was held Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended.
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900. 

Arrives on the Afternoon Train and Delivers His Famous Lecture at night. 

Eugene V. Debs, the most popular leader of the laboring classes in America, and who, next to William J. Bryan, has the largest personal following in this country, arrived in Lafayette on the afternoon train yesterday. He was met at the train by a number of gentlemen and escorted to the Crescent Hotel where he registered. He was introduced to a large number of people with whom he chatted very pleasantly.

Mr. Debs spoke last night to a crowded house at the opera. Owing to the lateness of the hour we can not say as much about the lecture as we would like. He was given a flattering ovation by the audience and was greatly applauded throughout his lecture.
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900. 

The Ladies' Club of Lafayette held a very interesting meeting at the residence of Dr. N. P. Moss last Thursday afternoon. The question, "Resolved that the cause of the English in the South African war is just," was the theme of a debate in which several members of the club participated. The English or affirmative side was represented by Mrs. T. N. Blake, Mrs. R. B. Raney and Miss Lizzie Parkerson while the negative or Boer side of the controversy was defended by Mrs. T. M. Biossat, Mrs. Baxter Clegg and Miss Lizzie Mudd. The arguments presented were able, showing that the debaters had made a thorough study of the subject. The judges, who were Mrs. Wm. Clegg, Mrs. A. B. Denbo and Mrs. W. J. Sechrest, gave a decision in favor of the English, though complimenting both sides upon the conspicuous ability displayed in the debate. 

Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900.


Hot chocolate with whipped cream at the Moss Pharmacy. Laf. Gaz. 1/27/1900.

 A railroad trust, which will divide up the country into zones and place each for railroad purposes under the control of railroad magnates, is in process of formation. The zones and their railroad monarchs are named as follows in the news paper report: "In the Southern Pacific zone Collis P. Huntington will be master; E. H. Harriman will control the central western, or Union Pacific zone; Goulds H. Porter and others will swing the southwestern lines, through the Rock Island, Missourri Pacific, etc. In the northwest James Hall and J. P. Morgan will control the Northern Pacific and Great Northern. The Belmonsts will control the Louisville & Nashville." Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900.

Democratic State Ticket.

For Governor,
of Union.

For Lieut. Governor,
of St. Bernard.

For Secretary of State,
of New Orleans.

For Attorney General,
of Assumption.

For State Treasurer,
of Rapides.

For Auditor,
of St. Lsndry.

For Supt. of Education,
of New Orleans.


For Judge 18th District,

For District Attorney 18th District,

For Sheriff,

For Clerk of Court,

For Representatives,

For Coroner,
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900.

The Republicans.
The following call signed by Mr. Vigneaux, chairman of the local Republican committee, would indicate that the Republicans will put out State, senatorial and judicial tickets. It will be noticed that nothing is said in the call about the nomination of a parish ticket. The call reads:


Lafayette, La., January 24, 1900. -- In compliance with the call issued by P. F. Herwig, chairman of the State committee, all Republicans of Lafayette parish are requested to assemble on the 3rd day of February, 1900, at 12 o'clock noon, in the town of Lafayette, in A. Bacque's hall, above Vidrine's saloon, for the purpose of selecting delegates to represent the parish at the State nominating convention, to be held in the city of Alexandria, on the 7th day of February, 1900, at 12 o'clock noon. The same delegates elected to the State convention to be accredited to represent Lafayette parish at the convention called to meet in the city of New Orleans, La., on Monday, April 30, at 12 o'clock noon. And same delegates to be elected to represent this parish at the State, senatorial and judicial conventions, date and place to be hereafter set. All qualified voters of this parish who wish a government of the people, are cordially invited.
Chairman Parish Executive Committee.
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1901.

To New Orleans for Sugery. - The Gazette regrets to state that it was necessary for Mr. O. P. Guilbeau to go to New Orleans to undergo a surgical operation on account of the injuries he sustained some time ago at the hands of rowdies on the excursion train between Duson and Crowley. This affair has caused much suffering to Mr. Guilbeau, to say nothing of the expense and trouble, and we are sorry that his condition is such as to necessitate another surgical operation . Reference to this matter will recall to the minds of many people the outrage which perpetrated on the night Mr. Guilbeau was so mercilessly shot. The shooting took place on the 17th of last November, over two months ago, but nothing has yet been done looking toward the punishment of the guilty. The question of jurisdiction has not ever been settled and there is a large number of people who still believe it was done in this parish. It is not for us to say who is or who are guilty in this affair, but there was unquestionably enacted on that night in this country, which boasts of law, order and civilization, a scene which would have disgraced the most barbarous of savage tribes.   Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1900.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 27th, 1894.

aka: history of Jefferson Street. 

We were present at an earnest discussion by some of our citizens provoked by the Advertiser's suggestion last Saturday that the street leading from the bank to Lincoln Avenue, be broadened to the width of the Avenue. The idea was admitted not to be a bad one and the gentlemen debating the subject were of the opinion that the undertaking should be carried out at a moderate cost right now when only a few buildings would have to be moved back some distance on the west side of the street. As matters stand at present no property concerned would be effected to an extent that would not be fully compensated by the very material enhancement in value for business purposes, that would result to the lots by this change. We understand that certain properties along the line would be rendered less desirable for residence purposes, but in the event the change we proposed would come to pass it would pay the owners of these properties to move to other quarters and speculate on their lots. We have strong faith in the decided benefits to the community, contained in the proposition.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1894.

Mr. C. K. Darling & Miss Lella Nickerson. 

An interesting event in Lafayette society was the marriage of Mr. C. K. Darling and Miss Lella Nickerson, which took place at Sterling Grove, the beautiful home of the bride's parents, at 6:30 o'clock p. m., on Wednesday last, 24th inst. The impressive ceremony of the Episcopal church, was performed by Rev. About, in the presence of the relatives and few intimate friends. The interior of the house was very attractively arranged for the occasion. Decorations of ferns, palmettos and other evergreens intermingled with roses and camellias produced very pleasing effect. A bell wrought with of various evergreens hung near the center of the drawing room, and from this was suspended a bouquet of magnificent flowers, and here it was , that the groom, with the best man, Mr. J. C. Nickerson awaited the bride. Little Maxim Beraud quaintly and prettily dressed came first carrying the cushion on which the bride was to kneel. Her attendant was Master Lorne Nickerson. They were followed by Miss Mary Toms, of Simcoe, Canada, the maid of honor, beautiful beyond doubt in her gown or rich yellow silk, and lovely bridesmaid, Miss Stella Trahan in pink silk organdy, each of whom wore silver hair ornaments, presented by the groom. The the bride, chief actor in this interesting drama, appeared, leaning on the arm of her father. Arrayed in her bridal dress of soft white silk, trimmed with rich lace and orange blossoms she was fair to look upon. Snowy tulle enveloped her willowy and graceful form, falling in folds around her. A bouquet of white rose buds, she carried, held together, loosely by streamers of white satin ribbon. Endowed with rare qualities of head and heart, Miss Lella is a charming young lady, much admired and esteemed by a host of friends who trust that the new life upon she has just entered, may be one of sunshine and happiness. The fortunate groom, though somewhat of a stranger in our midst, is well thought of at Abbeville, where he made his home about one year ago, having come south from Canada. At the conclusion of the ceremony the party repaired to the spacious dining room for the marriage feast, where toasts were drank to the high contracting parties.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1894..

DIED, - At Lafayette La., on Sunday, January 20th., instant., at 11:30 a. m, at the age of 73 years, Jane E. Campbell, widow of the late Dr. Wm. G. Mills. Deceased was a most estimable woman and was widely and favorably known in this community. She was one of our oldest residents, and though not a native of this place, she came here in early life with her father, the late John Campbell. Deceased was a most excellent type of woman, and enjoyed the respect and esteem of many devoted friends. She was kind and charitable in word and deed. She was a life long member of the Methodist church and while devoted and unfailing in her belief and the performance of her duties, she was by no means illiberal in judgment of those who differ from her. Her husband and the late Dr. William G. Mills was a prominent physician here in ante-bellum days. Followed by relatives and friends, she was laid to rest on Monday in the Protestant graveyard. Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1894.  

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 1/27/1894. 

Mr. Will Walkwe and wife, of Arnaudville, were visiting in our town during the week.

Mrs. Dr. Rushing, of Alexandria, is at present visiting her daughter, Mrs. T. M. Biossat.

Miss Maud Bose, of New Iberia, was the guest of Mrs. T. Hebert from last Friday to Tuesday.

Mr. Martial Billeaud, the well known sugar planter, was in town several days this week.

A game of progressive euchre at the hospitable home of Dr. and Mrs. N. P. Moss, was greatly enjoyed by a circle of their friends, last Friday evening. Laf. Adv 1/27/1894

Mr. Sam Levy of the firm of L. Levy & Son, left during the week for Orange, Tex., where he will take charge of the business of the firm at that place. Sam is a wide-awake, energetic young man and no doubt will succeed in life. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1894.

Mr. John Hannen has been very successful this season with his garden, especially cabbage. We question whether and finer specimens are to be seen anywhere than are to be had at Mr. Hannen's. He sells them at reasonable prices.

Mrs. T. M. Biossat entertained her friends at a 'pink tea' last Tuesday afternoon. Misses Villa Rushing, Yolanda Rigues and Lizzie Parkerson, and Mrs. N. P. Moss assisted the hostess in receiving. The occasion proved one of much enjoyment to the participants. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1894.

Carencro Parochial Schools.Wednesday 24th, 1894 - The examination of the parochial schools took place before an appreciative audience. Rev. Fathers Whitney, S. J., and McCalligo S. J., from Grand Coteau, were among the visitors.

 The boys of the St. Peter's Academy, under the guidance of Prof. L. C. Latioslais, proved to be really worthy of their school. From the highest to the lowest class they stood to the front with credit.

Master Clarence Bernard, Ernest Coussan, and Viateur Grenier, proved very efficient in U. S. History, Geography, grammar, arithmetic and definitions. Masters Camille Couvillon, Ulysse Lacour and David Martin, could not be embarrassed either in reading and spelling, definitions or geography. Among the lower classes (of which we could not attempt to give a prolonged account) we may without prejudice, highly compliment Masters Hubert Dupuis, Leonce and Andre Prejean, whose accuracy and promptness in answering could not help being noticed by the audience. For boys of their age the whole school may be justly praised for their success.

With the primitive development of girls under the management of Miss Melchoir, were quick, intelligible and accurate both in their answers and recitations.

In fact none of them could have been expected to do more. Among them we may cite Misses Sarah Brown, Echariste Mathew and Lizzie Dimitry, as having taken the honors at school. Miss Brown's recitation of "Somebody's Darling Slumbers here," could not be better, and her recitation of 'Les Trois Jours de Christophe Colomb," she carried the audience.

 Every class was thoroughly examined and all were very successful. All in all the examination was a success, and nothing more could have been expected. Much credit is due Father Laforest and to his able teachers.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/ 1894.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of January 27th, 1894:

Wanted for Murder. 

Marshal Vigneaux arrested last Saturday a young negro giving his name as James Lewis on a charge of being a dangerous and suspicious character. Lewis is about 24 years old, 5 feet 11 inches high, rather light in color, and weighs about 145 pounds. He has a scar on the left leg just above the ankle, this wound was doubtless inflicted by a bullet. Lewis answers very strongly to the description of Willie Green, wanted in Talluloh, La., for the murder of Mitchell, near Davis Bend, Mississippi. So firmly convicted in Marshal Vigneaux of the identity of his prisoner, that he has communicated with the authorities of Tallulah, and will hold Lewis until satisfied that he is not the murderer wanted. A reward of $500 is offered for the capture of Green.
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

 To Our Patrons. - The Gazette office has been moved to the second story of the Lacoste Building, corner Jefferson and Vermilion streets. If you want to subscribe for the paper, or if you desire to insert your advertsisement in our columns call on us and we will do our best to please you. We are turning out all kinds of job printing at city prices. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

Mardi Gras Ball. - Everybody should attend the ball on Mardi Gras. It promises to be a very enjoyable affair. The gentlemen in charge of the arrangements inform The Gazette that a large attendance is assured. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

Lafayette Should Have a Mardi Gras. - St. Martinville will celebrate Mardi Gras by a procession and other attractions. Why dosen't Lafayette get a move on herself and follow the example of our neighbor. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

Railroad Bridge Work. - We notice among us A. J. Ross, who is in charge of the bridge gang for this division of the Southern Pacific. He has been repairing the bridges and track in and out of this place. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

Sugar Refinery.
We have not heard any body talk refinery lately. Perhaps this apparent indifference on the part of the people is due to the uncertainty of future sugar legislation. It is a matter of utter impossibility to say what Congress will do with sugar. At any rate let the people of the parish, and especially those living near this town, keep their eyes wide-open. The Gazette is in receipt of a letter from a gentleman engaged in the manufacture of sugar, who visited this parish several times and expressed himself as most favorably impressed with the advantages offered by this section for a sugar refinery. Among other encouraging words the letter contains the following: "Expect to be in your town at an early date, and we will talk refinery again. Do not let the interest in that direction die out. Congressional action and inaction will cause delay, of course, but need not prevent success, if we do our part. Your section is too fine a one to be longer overlooked." Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

At Falk's. - Billy Kersand's big mouth attracted a large audience at Falk's Opera House last Sunday night. The show was a good one, and we believe all who attended laughed for their moneys worth. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

Maude Atkinson.
Everyone who witnessed the performance of last evening was unanimous in their conviction that this play is as instructive and entertaining as any one could wish for, and the moral that is drawn from the play as it is characterized by the wily "Iza" is one that cannot soon be forgotten. -- St. Louis Republic.

Maud Atkinson will appear at Falk's Opera Feb. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

The Clemenceau Case.

 Miss Atkinson was at her best last night in the role of Iza, in the French play, The Clemenceau Case. Her conception of the part was the true one -- that of a beautiful young girl, somewhat vain and foolish but not bad at heart, who was formed and fashioned by a scheming heartless mother, whom she loved, into a bold and designing woman, devoid of moral sense and full of guile and all sensual attractions; one who loved her husband up to her husband up to her full capacity, but who preferred to be his mistress rather than his wife in order to escape a wife's restraint. Miss Atkinson's acting was finished as well as full of power, portraying in a lifelike manner the commingled and changed feelings and emotions of her part.

 There was nothing in the presentation of the play that could offend the public taste or be detrimental to morals; it being on the other hand a powerful object-lesson sermon on the dangers and temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. -- Evening Item.

 Maud Atkinson will open on Feb. 1 a four day's engagement at Falk's Opera House, with this popular and sensational play. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

The Arlington Minstrels played at Falk's Opera House Thursday night. With the exception of the contorionists, the show is of a decidedly inferior rank. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

Wedding Bells.

On Wednesday evening, at 6:30 o'clock, at "Sterling Grove," the residence of the bride's parents, was (unreadable word) in the presence of the relatives and a few intimate friends, the marriage of Mr. Clarence K. Darling and Miss Leila Nickerson, Rev. About performing the impressive ceremony of the Episcopal church. The house was artistically decorated with palmettos, ferns and quantities of other evergreens, intermingled with roses and camellias. In the centre of the drawing room hung evergreens in the shape of a bell, from which was suspended a bouquet of magnificent white flowers, and there the groom and his best man, Mr. J. C. Nickerson, awaited the bride. At the appointed hour, the wedding march was brilliantly executed by Mrs. Alfred Mouton, and the bridal party entered. Pretty little Maxim Beraud looked a real fairy carrying the cushion on which the bride was to kneel. She was attended by Master Lorne Nickerson. Then came the maid of honor, Miss Mary Toms, of Simcoe, Canada, who was beautiful in her becoming costume of rich yellow silk, and Miss Stella Trahan, the lovely bridesmaid, in silk and organdy. Both these young ladies wore silver hair ornaments, gifts of the groom. Then, the bride leaning on her father's arm, appeared. She was a vision of youthful loveliness in her exquisite bridal dress of soft white silk, trimmed with rich lace and orange blossams, her lithesome figure being enveloped in snowy tulle which fell in folds to the end of the train. She carried a bouquet of white rosebuds, tied loosely with satin streamers.

 Miss Leila is a lovely young lady, possessing rare qualities which have endeared her to a large circle of friends, who wish her every happiness in her new life. Mr. Darling, whom we heartily congratulate on winning such a prize, although comparatively a stranger here, having come South a year ago, and taken up his residence, has already gained the esteem and confidence of a host of friends.

 After the ceremony, a bounteous supper was served in the spacious dining room and toasts were drank to the newly made couple.

 From 8:30 to 10 o'clock, a reception was held and the friends of the young couple had occasion to tender them their congratulations.

 Mrs. Nickerson, mother of the bride, was richly dressed in a handsome black silk with jet ornaments. She was assisted in receiving and entertaining by the following young ladies in pretty evening dresses: Misses Haydee Trahan, Zerelda Bailey, Leah LeBlanc and Nellie Bailey. Among the guests were: Dr. and Mrs. Trahan, Dr. and Mrs. Mudd, Mrs. M. E. Girard, Mrs. Magill, Mr. and Mrs. Caffery, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mouton, Mrs. Hann, Misses Parkerson, Kelly, Mudd, Givens, Lovensjkold, Lizzie and Ida Hopkins, Guidry, Messrs. Wm. Clegg, W. B. Bailey, Dr. Raoul Trahan, Baxter Clegg, Leo Judice, Crow Girard, J. J. Davidson, Geo. Guidry, O. B. Hopkins. The toilettes of the ladies were rich and elegant.

 Mr. and Mrs. Darling left the next day for their home in Abbeville. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1901.


Railroad Florists. - Jack Whitmore and Charles Olivier, amateur florists for the Southern Pacific at this place have been beautifying the front of the "car repairer' shanty" by planting some flowers, principally violets. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

Night School. - At the request of several parties, Prof. LeRosen has consented to teach a night school from 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock P. M. at the High School building, provided a class can be had. Branches taught will be arithmetic, spelling, reading, grammar, geography and writing. Tuition, $2 per scholastic month. Those desiring to attend will leave word at Mrs. Young's. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1901.

 Mrs. Jane E. Campbell, relict of the late Dr. Wm. G. Mills, departed this life at the residence of Mrs. H. Beraud, on Sunday, Jan. 21, 1894, in the seventy-third year of her age.

 Though for some time in feeble health, and weighed down with the infirmities of more than three scores and ten years, this venerable mother in Israel, bore with Christian fortitue every dispensation of diving Providence and was gathered to the Fathers as a sheaf of golden grain, rife and mellow in every Christian grace and virtue. With meekness and resignation, this noble woman passed away, surrounded by sorrowing friends. Death for her had no terrors, for soothed and sustained by an unfaltering trust, "she wrapped the drapery of her couch about her and lay down to pleasant dreams." So peaceful, so glorious an end was indeed a fitting consummation of a long and eventful life, a life which shone forth as an illustrious example of true Southern womanhood. Mrs. Mills, for the many charms of her womanly character, was honored and esteemed by the entire community and her death has cast a gloom over many hearts.

 A consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, Mrs. Mills exemplified, in a marked degree, that meek and lovely spirit of the divine Master, in whom she trusted. In all the vicissitudes of life she maintained a steadfast devotion to her religious principles and died in that joy and peace which alone can come from the blessed assurance of the Christian religion.

 Mrs. Mills was a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., but has been a resident of Lafayette fifty-eight years, having removed hither some time in 1836, and afterward married Dr. Mills who became one of the most eminent physicians in this section. An only son, John Mills, died but recently at Breaux Bridge. The late Hon. Wm. Campbell, a prominent business man of Lafayette, was an only brother of the deceased. Mrs. H. Beraud, an only sister, though advanced in years was enabled to minister the last deeds of affections to the departed one, and smooth the pillow of death. Hon. Wm. Campbell, mayor of Lafayette, was a nephew of the deceased, and performed in the last hours every duty which affection could prompt. To the grief stricken family, the Gazette would express its most profound sympathy, and tender the consolation of Christian hope, to assuage the sorrow which now overshadows their hearts. All that was mortal of this estimable woman, was laid to rest in the Protestant cemetery, Jan. 22, Rev. T. S. Randle officiating at the funeral ceremonies. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed the body to the grave, and paid the last sad rites to the beloved dead. Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.      

The Value of Victims of Lynch Law. 
[From the New Orleans Picayune.]

The recent verdicts for damages rendered against the City of New Orleans in the cases of the Italians who were lynched in the Parish Prison in this city have attracted considerable attention throughout the country, not only because of the extraordinary notoriety of the event, but because it furnishes an interesting memorandum of valuations put upon lynching generally.

The surviving friends of the dead Italians have been granted by New Orleans juries damages to the amount of $5,000 in each case, save one, when $4,000 was allowed. These facts are presented in contrast with the damages allowed by a Kansas jury for a negro who was lynched at Abilene, in that state. The Kansas jury assessed the damages at $2.

 In the light of the fact that Kansas is the state in which the war for the freeing of the negroes was virtually started, and in which John Brown the martyr in the cause of the black man, earned his apostate and was subsequently defied, it does seem that $2 is a pitiful sum to assess damages against a Kansas community that turned out and lynched a negro. In comparison the Louisiana verdicts are instructive. The Savannah News, commenting on the incident declares that "of all the States in the Union abstract justice for the blacks obtained most in Kansas. Yet we have a Kansas jury returning a $2 verdict for the lynching of a negro Fred Douglas, not long ago, remarked that 'in the South a dead nigger is a joke." In Kansas, it seems, a 'dead nigger' is not even funny ; after they have hung him they merely pay $2 for him and it's square."

 The solution of the matter is that in Kansas the chief value of the negro is that he could, when alive, be made an important political factor. Dead, he comes high at two-dollars.

From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 27th, 1914:


T. T. Maroney, of Helena, Montana, has been engaged, previous to making flights at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, to exhibit two days in his hydroplane on Berwick Bay, and Secretary J. L. Fisher, on the part of the Morgan City Chamber of Commerce, extends a cordial invitation to the people of Lafayette to come and see, free of charge, assuring that the "pleasure of your company shall be ours for those two days." Mr. Fisher says Morgan City is spending five hundred dollars for this attraction, merely to let the people know "that the city is still here and growing and that we may have our neighbors come and see us occasionally." Also that they arranging for reduced railroad rates. Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1914.

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