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From the Lafayette Gazette of February 2nd, 1901:


 Acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Board, Gov. Heard has granted a pardon to Willie Foreman, who was convicted of manslaughter in this parish in April, 1893.
Willie Foreman was indicted for murder by the Grand Jury on Oct. 8, 1892. He was charged with the killing of J. G. Bertand, at Duson, on May 13, 1892. The trial of his case was taken up on Oct. 17, 1892, before the district court with the Hon. A. C. Allen as the presiding judge. District Attorney Gordy represented the State. The jury failing to agree, a mistrial was entered.
The trial of the case was resumed on April 17, 1893. On the 19th the jury returned a verdict of guilty of manslaughter and recommended the prisoner to the mercy of the court. Judge Allen sentenced Foreman to nineteen years in the penitentiary. An appeal was taken to the Supreme Court, but that tribunal affirmed the judgment of the lower court and on the 21st of July, 1893, Foreman began to serve out his term. Four years later, in August, 1897, he made his escape from the camp at Lafourche Crossing. On Dec. 17, 1898, he was captured by Sheriff Broussard. From that time to the day of his pardon he was incarcerated in the State penitentiary.
As was stated in the beginning of this article Foreman's pardon was recommended by the three members of the board - the lieutenant-governor, the attorney-general and the district judge. The petition asking for his pardon was signed by the surviving members of the jury that convicted him, and it was also signed by a large number of representative citizens of the parish. Among the signers are many prominent professional and business men of this town and parish. Regardless of what may be said to the contrary we accept a man's signature as his approval or disapproval of a thing.
It is therefore self-evident that the action of the Board and the governor is in accord with the wishes of a large portion of the people of the parish expressed in the petition asking for the pardon of this man.
The Gazette, however, does not wish to be understood as approving this pardon. We have often stated as our opinion that judgments of the courts should stand, unless it is shown by additional evidence after the trial that the verdict of the jury is unjustifiable. Otherwise, we believe that the exercise of the pardoning power is subversive of the cause of justice. Far be it from our purpose to withhold from any one a tithe of mercy, but we believe it is the duty of the State to be just before being merciful A strict and impartial enforcement of the laws is necessary to the well-being of any community. The protection of life and property can be secured of the law, though its decrees may at times seem extremely harsh.

Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.  


As usual, there are many complaints about the condition of the roads. There seems to be no doubt, however, that the roads are better than they were under the old system.

 Two things are necessary to have good roads: First, money; second, intelligent supervision. Without these requisites the public high-ways will never be in thoroughly good condition.

 Under the laws enacted for that purpose enough money can be raised to work the roads. As to the right kind of supervision that can be had if the parish is willing to pay for it. We are not disposed to censure the members of the Police Juror is not an executive officer. His duties are rather of a legislative character, and it is not his business to work the roads. He is not paid to attend to such matters. No rational being will expect the Police Juror to give up his private affairs and devote his entire time in the service of the parish for a salary of about three dollars a month. If there a sane man in Lafayette who is willing to give all his time, or a considerable portion of it, to the parish for this munificent salary, be is a patriot whose picture should be placed in the Hall of Fame next to that the Father of His Country.

 But what about the road overseer? This much abused and roundly cursed individual gets exactly ten dollars a month. It is out of the question to expect reliable and intelligent supervision of anything for ten dollars a month. It stands to reason that such a thing is impossible.

 It is not surprising that under these circumstances the public roads are not in a better condition. We should  be thankful that they are not worse.

 Under the present system quite a large sum of money is spent in building bridges and repairing roads, and while we are confident that not a cent has been misapplied, the numerous complaints would show that the results are not satisfactory.

 The people should not expect to get good roads so long as some one is not well paid to attend to the work. Not much can be accomplished in anything unless there is a responsible head to see that the work is done. In every parish government there should be a department to look after the roads. Some authority that will direct the work and will be held responsible for any dereliction of duty. It is an old saying that too many cooks spoil the broth. That seems to be the trouble with the present system -- too many ill-paid and only poorly equipped overseers. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.


The merchants and all business men of Lafayette are very much interested in having good roads. During the closing season unusual activity was noticeable in the streets of the town, and we are sure that the business done by the merchants has been larger than ever before. This increase in the local commerce has been due, in a great measure, to the large quantity of cotton hauled here to be ginned and sold. Fortunately the roads were in good condition and farmers living many miles and were enabled to come here and secure the advantageous terms of the local gins and cotton-buyers. Without good roads a large portion of the cotton which found its way here would have been deprived of its just share of trade. The importance of improved highways can not be overestimated and it seems to us that the businessmen of Lafayette should do all in their power to have good roads for the next cotton season. How would it do to revive the Good Roads League? Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901. 

"Pap" Republicans.
 Yes, and as long as such men as Fontelieu, Wimberly and their class of "pap" Republicans continue to control patronage in Louisiana, so long the party will be plunged to defeat in this State. No self-respecting white man can be a Republican with Wimberly at the head, and should this latter "nigger lover" be reappointed next March (which no doubt he will), there will not be enough white Republicans left in Lafayette to form a corporal's guard. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901. 

 The "C" Social - Mrs. Sechrest, Missed Edra and Mary Sprole and Bertha Jenkins deserve credit for the success of the entertainment at Falk's hall last Tuesday night. The arrangements at the hall showed that the ladies had worked faithfully to make the affair worthy of the patronage of the public and the large number of people who attended was an evidence that their efforts exerted in behalf of a good cause were fully appreciated.
The "art gallery" was the skillful and ingenious work of Miss Bertha Jenkins. This feature of the entertainments afforded no little fun to the audience.
The tables were splendidly furnished with good things, all elegantly prepared and neatly served.
The program, though unpretentious, was decidedly interesting, all participants acquitting themselves in a most creditable manner.
The program was as follows:
Recitation - Mrs. Crow Girard.
  Instrumental duet - Mrs. Sechrest and Miss Clara Hebert.
  Instrumental duet - Misses Cora Desbrest and Aimee Mouton.
Song - Miss Jesse Laidlaw.
   Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901. 

Struck With a Bottle. - "Elo" Comeaux is in jail charged with having struck Alcide Cormier on the head with a bottle. Both were at a ball in the sixth ward on Jan. 24, and became involved in a quarrel which ended with Cormier being knocked on the head with a bottle in the hands of Comeaux. It appears that the injuries inflicted were considered dangerous as the skull of the wounded man was fractured. An affidavit was made against Comeaux before Judge Galbert Bienvenue. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901. 

 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 2/2/1901. 

 Fifty Cases. - 50 cases of Murray Hill Whiskey just received at Pellerin Bros'., near the Southern Pacific station. This brand of whiskey is famous for its purity. It is absolutely free from any unhealthy ingredients. For a drink of Murray Hill call at Pellerin's saloon, or it you want a bottle or more call up phone 37.  
Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901. 


 The cleanest and most moral play ever written and a triumph of untarnished art is what is claimed for "Quo-Vadis" which is to be presented here on Friday, Feb. 22, at Falk's Opera-house by the Carpenter Dramatic Company. The play appeals strongly in setting forth a graphic picture of the period when the Roman empire under Nero was at its best. The incidents of the bool vividly brought out in the drama showing the desperate struggles of the Christians against the despot and his court. The scenes, consisting of eleven stage sets are striking and beautiful. The flight of the Emperor and the burning of Rome is an impressive stage picture. The burning of the Christians is also a scene that stirs the enthusiasm. The singing of the Christians and the prayer and benedictions of the Apostle Peter are solemn and effective, while the original music adds much to its success.

 "Quo Vadis" as a play has the honor of breaking all records as to receipts and attendance in Chicageo, New York and Philadelphia. The company is a strong one and the scenic effect elaborate and of the best. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.  

Minstel's Coming. - Gorton's is the only white company traveling that produces genuine minstrelry. The "Gold Sextette" is one of the many features that no others can duplicate. The comedian's vocalists, dancers and specialists are all bright lights of the minstrel profession, producing more new features, new acts, more laughable oddities and better entertainment than any other similar enterprise. Thirty-two years constant traveling in America, West Indies, British Columbia and Canada, is only part of the record of the great Gorton's Minstrels. The leaders and producers of all that is new and novel in minstrelsy. At Falk's opera-house, Tuesday, Feb. 5. 
Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901. 

A Good Show. - The Steam Laundry Company played at Falk's Opera-house Wednesday night to a large audience. This is one of the best shows that have visited Lafayette this season, and we are pleased to state that Mr. Falk has prevailed upon the manager to return here next week. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901. 


Young Henry Voorhies Back Home. - We were pleased to meet young Henry Voorhies who has returned from New Orleans after quite an extended stay in that city. It will be remembered that last Christmas Henry had the misfortune to be shot in the face with a toy pistol sustaining injuries which threatened the loss of an eye. We are glad to be able to state that the little fellow is gradually regaining the sight of the injured eye and that there is reason to believe that in the course of time the effects of the accident will disappear completely.  Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.

Cast with the strength of E. J. Carpenter's LARGE AND POWERFUL DRAMATIC CO. - Scenery by Thos. Neville. Elaborate and complete in detail. Costumes by the great London costumer, Desalchi. Correct and beautiful copies of those worn by the patrician at the Court of Nero. - NOTE - The universal praise bestowed upon this company by the press wherever they have appeared, has induced Manager Falk to spare no expense in securing them. Is it confidently expected that this will be the leading event of the season.
Prices - 50, 75 cents; sale of seats will begin at GARDRBLED'S Drugstore, Saturday morning, Feb. 16, at 9 o'clock.
Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.

Mrs. A. J. Ross.

 Mrs. Mary Ross, beloved wife of Mr. A. J. Ross. died in New Orleans on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Mrs. Ross had gone to New Orleans to seek medical attention, her health having been greatly impaired by a lingering illness, but the efforts of the most skillful physicians proved unavailing and she breathed her last at 11 o'clock Tuesday night.

 Mrs. Ross was a native of New Orleans and was 45 years of age. Several years ago she became a resident of Lafayette, and endeared herself to a large circle of friends to whom her untimely death is a source of much sorrow. The funeral took place Wednesday evening in New Orleans and was attended by numerous relatives and friends of the deceased. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 2nd, 1901:


 A zonophone entertainment will be given at Falk's Opera House to-night, Saturday, at 8 o'clock, and to-morrow, Sunday, at 3 and 8 p. m. This will be a two hours' entertainment superior to all phonographs and gramophones generally in use. Admission, 25c for adults; children under 12 years, 10c.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901.

Charles Tolson Not Funny. - Charles Tolson, in drama or tragedy, is an actor of no mean ability, but when he attempts comedy, The Advertiser is forced to admit him to be a dismal failure. In "Don't Tell My Wife" he was, using a street parlance, "bum." Charles Tolson is a favorite with Lafayette theater-goers, and The Advertiser give this tip hoping he will continue in the lines in which he excels.
Laf. Advertiser 2/2/1901. 

New Blacksmith Shop. - Mr. Jos. Dauriac announces to the public that he will open a new blacksmith shop, opposite Tanner's store and solicits the patronage of every one. He guarantees to give first class work. Wheelwright, Buggy repairs a specialty.
Laf. Advertiser 2/2/1901. 

Attention Planters. - The Lafayette Sugar Refinery Co. Ltd., are now ready to contract for cane. In addition to market prices, they are now paying a bonus of 25c per ton for cane delivered by wagons. Advances are made on cane. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901. 

Coming to Falk's. - Among the many talented members of E. J. Carpenter's "Quo Vadis" Company, none attract more attention than a beautiful young girl named Millicent Evans. She is the daughter of a well-known clergyman in a large Western city. Her undeniable talent commands the interest of the audience from her first appearance, and her career will be followed closely by all who witness her charming portrayal of "Eunice" at Falk's Opera House Friday evening Feb. 22nd. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901.

Gorton's Minstrels.
 Are the attraction at Falk's Opera House, Tuesday, Feb. 5th., and a great attraction they are. There is not a better troupe of artists in America to-day than those Mr. Larkin has gathered together this season. You will not listen to a collection of of more popular songs, "past plantation" jokes than those of these artists. However, songs and jokes do not compose the program. There are stories to tell, speeches on the "issues of the times," which are given in an inimitable way, always calling forth roars of rippling laughter ;  the great Crescent City Quartette in its medleys, melodies and imitations, has no equal ;  musical artists and absurdities, athletic and acrobatic specialties, dancing by white and colored folks and all executed in a way that is eminently pleasing.

 Gorton's Minstrels are booked for one night only, and a large house may be expected, as the company give just what the public demands and what they advertise. It is the only guaranteed minstrel show in America. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901.  

Music Lessons. - Mrs. H. McBride informs the public that she will, on Monday, Feb. 4th inst., open a music class at her residence, near the convent. Lessons will be given in piano, guitar and mandolin. Mrs. McBride is a musician of reputation, is well known in Lafayette and the Advertiser feels sure will receive liberal patronage. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901.

 Accident. - Widow Cartwright, sister of Attorney R. W. Elliott, was seriously burned last Friday, while burning leaves in the yard. Dr. F. J. Mouton was called at once and pronounced the injuries of a serious nature. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 2nd, 1895: 

Sugar Refinery Owner Shot. 

An incident of unusual interest was the shooting of Mr. Ferris at Franklin, last Tuesday, by Mr. Payne, of Barbreck. The latter had become exasperated at the great monetary loss occasioned him by the failure of the Ferris Sugar Refinery Co. and sought to obtain satisfaction of some kind from the person he regarded as the author of the whole affair. At the meeting that took place between the two men Mr. Payne became excited to the pitch of drawing a pistol which he began firing at Mr. Ferris, with deadly intent. One bullet only took effect, inflicting a painful flesh wound. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1895.

Our Main Hope. - There is a perfect unanimity of opinion among the people of Lafayette, that a central sugar refinery would prove a most powerful factor in bringing about an immediate and a general amelioration of this section of country. This impression is as deep-rooted as it is universal and is supported by every rational argument. It has come to a point where no one has the patience any longer to discuss the merits of demerits of the measure, but there is a significant demanding for action. An experience of several seasons greatly intensified by the woeful lesson of the one just past, should suffice to force the recognition of a fact by even the dullest minded people. The time for words has passed; ideas must be made to crystallize henceforth, if our people expect to emancipate themselves, in a business or commercial sense. What needs to be done will have to be done by people, and that too, without unnecessary loss of time. We may as well take the bull by the horns now, for there can be only disadvantage in waiting. Let those most deeply interested decide on a leader and two or three trusty lieutenants, and let all others tie to this leadership, for better or for worse. It should not be of extreme great difficulty to settle on a few, the fewer the better, home persons possessing a fair supply of sound business tact and worthy of the confidence of their fellow men, to whom could be entrusted the management of such an enterprise. This point once gained would go far to-ward placing the movement on a sound footing and we could then look forward with confidence to the accomplishment of the object in view.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1895.

FOR SALE. - A fine plantation situated about four and a half miles from the town of Lafayette, La., on the public road to Opelousas, La., containing 125 arpents of prairie land and 45 arpents of wood land; and being about a half a mile from the Morgan's rail road. The land is of first quality for the cultivation of corn, cotton or sugar cane. Said property will be sold on easy terms. For further particulars address Wm. Campbell, lock box 26 Lafayette, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1895.

Now in Lafayette. - A branch office of the American Life and Accident Insurance Co., a Louisiana institution domiciled at New Orleans, has recently been established in our town in The Advertiser building. Supt. J. W. Beer is here giving his personal supervision to the opening up of the branch office which will be in charge of Mr. J. C. Delery, Superintendent Beer intends making Lafayette his headquarters inasmuch as the Company purposes to conduct the business of the local offices at Opelousas, Crowley, New Iberia and other places, through the Lafayette branch. Mr. and Mrs. Beer are occupying apartment at Mrs. A. C. Young's house.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1895.

A Night at the Symphony.

 The Schubert Symphony Club filled their engagement here last Tuesday night,according to announcement. There were some good artists in the company and the entertainment was much enjoyed by the few present who braved the inclement weather. The pleasure of the evening was somewhat marred by the restless spirit exhibited by a number of the auditors present, who seemed bent on showing their disappointment in the nature of the entertainment. It would be in so much better taste for such persons to request a refundment of their admission fee, if necessary, and retire from an audience assembled to enjoy a performance of its liking, than to remain for the obvious purpose, it would seem, of interfering with the pleasure of others. A performance given by this troupe a few weeks ago proved highly pleasing to theater goers here said it is quite probable a large house will again greet this favorite actress and her company, on their return. In this connection manager Falk has requested us to state that the opera house will always be heated whenever necessary for the comfort of patrons, in the future.
 Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1895.

Lafayette News Notes (Advertiser) 2/2/1895.  

To-day is first quarter of the moon. On the 9th. the moon will be full, and so will a lot of other fellows.

Mr. T. M. Biossat was on the sick list several days this week.

Mrs. J. P. Francez, of Carencro, visited relatives in town, last Tuesday.

Mr. Alcide Judice, of Scott, was in our town on business last Wednesday.

Dr. G. C. Mouton, of Rayne, favored The Advertiser with a pleasant call whilst in Lafayette last Wednesday.

Mr. Florian Cornay returned from Barbreck last Tuesday and is now in the employ of the railroad at this place.

Twelve milch cows and calves for sale by J. A. LeBesque, Lafayette, La.

The 28th ultimo marked the advent of a bouncing boy in the household of Mr. L. E. Lacour, at Carencro.

Miss Ida Robichaux who had been visiting her sister, Mrs. Ed. Mouton, returned to her home in Carencro, Sunday.

One dozen Best Finished Cabinet Photos for $2.00 until Feb. 15th, $3.00 after that date. Ready for business about the 1st. W. A. Bonnet, Moss Building.

Mr. Oneil Higginbotham, living near Royville, lost an infant aged 3 months, on the 27th instant. The child had been in convulsions for 4 days previous to its death.

The highest grade Soda Crackers can always be procured fresh and crisp at Moss Bros. & Co.

Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins, accompanied by her son, Mr. Orin, and daughter, Miss Eliza, attended the funeral services of Mr. F. K. Hopkins' infant at Opelousas, last Monday.

On the 25th of last month a gale and rain storm visited the northern portion of the parish overturning several small buildings and blowing down fences in the neighborhood of the Carencro Bridge.

On account of two L. W. Enginemen being unable to go on their Engines, Thursday -- Engineers F. Poinboef and J. Hennington went to Houston in their place. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Mr. Louis G. Stelly, of Carencro, paid us a pleasant call yesterday.

Mrs. Samuel Boswell living in the Mouton addition, died Friday of last week leaving a new born infant and a husband and three young children to mourn her loss. A brother of the deceased, who came from Mississippi to attend the funeral obsequies, took the children back home with him.

Mr. Henry McBride, of Rayne, was in town Sunday.

A new shingle roof is being placed on the J. A. Veazy residence.

Genuine Boston Peerless seed potatoes can be had at Moss Bros. & Co.

Miss Agnes Trahan attended the Tauzin-Boutin wedding, in Breaux Bridge, Wednesday.

Master Derrick Palmer has secured a position as clerk at Mr. F. Demanade's store. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Miss Bertha Boudreaux, of Washington was the guest of the Misses Olivier, this week.

Master Hebert Mouton has been working as car checker in the Southern Pacific yard, lately. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Plain and Artistic Valentines in great variety at Moss Bros. & Co.

Mr. J. M. Sanders arrived in town last Wednesday and will spend two or three weeks at the home of his brother, Mr. J. C. Sanders.

Miss Ada Moss is home again after an absence of several weeks spent among friends in New Orleans and Terrebone parish.

Miss Lou (Wastel?), of Opelousas, arrived in Lafayette last Monday to spend a few days with her sister, Mrs. Felix Salles.

Mrs. E. G. Voorhies visited friends in St. Martinville last Saturday, in company with her brother, Mr. Fred Mouton.

Mrs. Wm. B. Torian returned home last Monday, from an enjoyable visit to the Crescent City and Patterson, La.

 The presence of Mr. C. C. Brown, in much improved health, in our town last Thursday, was a source of genuine pleasure to his Lafayette friends.

Misses Augustine and Cora Desbrest, of Opelousas, have decided to make Lafayette their home, and will reside with their aunt, Mrs. E. McDaniel.

Mr. J. Hennington has returned from a visit to relatives in Washington, and has accepted the position of fireman on the switch engine at this place.

Very pretty lace and novelty Valentines on sale at Moss Bros. & Co.

The genial and hustling traveling salesman of A. Baldwin & Co., Mr. Alexis Voorhies, took several big spring orders from his merchant friends in Lafayette, this week.

Miss Estelle Gerac and Messrs. P. Gerac, Emanuel Pellerin and Olivier Mouton attended the play given at New Iberia Monday night by members of the French Opera troupe of New Orleans.

Valentines! Comic Valentines! Sentimental Valentines! at Moss Bros. & Co.

PIANO for sale. - A fine and new Kreoger piano with cover and stool now on exhibition at The Advertiser office. Terms: cash or payment in installments.

The extra switch engine that had been running for some time at this place was pulled off this week, and Engineer Rogers was granted a leave of absence for a few days. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Mr. P. J. Tierney, the able mechanic of the Lafayette Round House, has returned from Algiers, where he has been working on a wrecking derrick which will henceforth be stationed in the Round House at this place. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Ask John O. Mouton about the Daily States cigar and he will tell you that customers are well pleased with them, and always inquire for them. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Whilst at work on Mr. Sidney Veasey's livery stable last Monday, Mr. John Brun was struck by a heavy piece of timber inflicting an extensive and painful abrasion of the scalp. One knee was injured, also, adding much to the wounded man's suffering. Dr. G. A. Martin attended Mr. Brun. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

A substantial improvement was made to Mrs. John Graser's tin store this week. The former lumber foundation of the front shed has been replaced by one of brick and timber and a new plank walk has been laid along the facade of the building. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Mrs. F. H. Rushing left for her home in Alexandria last Wednesday, after a pleasant visit to her daughter, Mrs. T. M. Biossat.

There was no meeting of the Police jury last Monday for want of a quorum. A special meeting has been called for to-day.

Dr. N. D. Young, or Royville, was a visitor in our town, yesterday.

Prof. W. A. Bonnet will arrive to-morrow to open up his photograph gallery in the second story of the Moss building. He will be ready to do work in his line very soon after arriving. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Mr. Paul Demanade has been confined to the bed for a number of days past, by an attack of pneumonia. We are glad to say his condition is much improved at this writing. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1895.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of February 2nd, 1895: 

Double Railroad Track.
We learn from the Iberian that the Southern Pacific Company has commenced building an additional track from New Orleans to Lafayette. It is intended to build twenty-five miles each year until the road is completed. Judge Parkerson, of this place, has been negotiating for the right of way forty feet wide from Olivier to Bayou Sale, this portion of the road being built first as it is there that trains going opposite directions generally meet. This looks, says the Iberian, as if the Southern Pacific had firm faith in this country, bounty or no bounty, that it should be preparing to do a larger business.

 Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895. 

The Emma Warren Company. - The popular actress, Miss Emma Warren and her company will appear at Falk's Opera House on the 17th instant in the play of "Henrietta." The New Iberia Enterprise speaks very highly of this company. It says:
The one week's engagement of the Emma Warren Co., concluding with to-morrow night's presentation of "East Lynne," has been one the artistic successes of the season. Appearing against strong attractions, both present and future, Miss Warren has drawn good houses, the audiences increasing with each successive performance. A more meritorious, talented and personally agreeable theatrical combination has never come to New Iberia, it will leave behind most pleasant recollections. Miss Warren is a talented young actress, with a brilliant future, and one can but wish her the acme of fame in her chosen profession. Mr. Garside, the musical director of the company and his excellent corps of musicians deserve the highest econiums. Do not forget that the engagement closes with "East Lynne" to-morrow night.
Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895. 

A Plea for Pure Milk.
  To the Editor of The Gazette. 

Why our milk men, the world over, persist in diluting their nice rich milk with so much water as to cause such universal complaint? Would not ordinary business policy, if not honesty, dictate a more straightforward and honorable course? It it not downright theft to sell a man water instead of milk? Almost every household has a capacious cistern from which an inexhaustible supply of pure water may be obtained simply by turning the faucet, without money and without price, but it seems to be that rule among milkmen to attempt the usurpation of the functions of this time-honored institution. I propose, Mr. Editor, we call a convention to remedy this crying and watery evil.
Yours, RIGHT.  Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895.

An Excellent Dinner.
 A number of convivial gentlemen met at the home of Mr. Edmond Mouton last Sunday and partook of a most excellent dinner. And when it is known that the expenses were borne by Mr. Kruttschnitt, of the Southern Pacific Company, the reader will wonder how that was possible?

 Some time ago a car-load of cotton caught fire and the officers of the train not being able to save it abandoned the whole load, consisting of about 50 bales, near Mouton's Switch. Mrd Edmond Mouton and a number of his neighbors who happened to be near the track thought the cotton could yet be saved and with commendable energy they worked until a large portion of it was rescued from the fire. Mr Mouton wrote to Mr. Kruttschnitt telling him that the cotton which had been abandoned had been saved and was in good order. Mr. Kruttschmitts thanked him and his friends for their kindness, and a few days ag0 stopped his private car at the switch and thanked the gentlemen again, at the same time handing them a check sufficiently large to pay for the dinner mentioned in this article -- and this how the citizens in the neighborhood of Mouton's Switch enjoyed a dinner at Mr. Kruttschnitts' expenses. 
Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895. 

A First-class Hotel.
 We have heard some very high praises of the splendid management of the Orleans Hotel by Mrs. A. D'Orsay. This lady has has had extensive experience in hotel keeping and knows exactly hot to provide for her boarders and consequently never fails to please them. It is therefore not surprising to hear the boarders of this hotel speak so highly of the excellent treatment they receive. The Gazette recommends this hotel as first-class in every particular. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895.

Let it be Stopped.

The conduct of some people at the Opera house is, to put it mildly, an unbearable nuisance. For instance at the last entertainment some persons were ridiculous in their demonstrations and made a foolish display of themselves, showing that they had no respect for the ladies present, but on the contrary, seemed to delight in annoying those who desired to enjoy the performance. We believe that some steps should be taken to prevent the recurrence of this reprehensible practice. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895.

A partition recently built in Mr. Begnaud's saloon has considerably enhanced the appearance of this popular resort. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895.

 Owing to the inclement weather the Police Jury did not meet last Monday the regular meeting day and the January session will be held to-day. We understand some very important business will be transacted.
Laf. Gaz. 2/2/1895. 

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 2nd, 1889:


Through the courtesy of the efficient Secretary of the Board of Director's, Mr. O. C. Mouton, we gain the following synopsis of their meeting, held at the Crescent News Hotel on the evening of January 30th:

  Four lots were bought, next to the freight depot, upon which to build the factory.

 A plan of the factory building, made by Mr. Wm. Clegg, was adopted.
 Sealed bids will be received from contractors for the building complete as per plan and specifications at Clegg's drug store.

 The Company has decided to plant for itself and cultivate at least seventy-five arpents of vegetables.

 Mr. Chas. Clark was appointed manager or overseer, in the cultivation of vegetables for the company.

 Dr. Hopkins and Mr. Wm. Clegg made a report of their trip to Crystal Springs, Mississippi.

 On motion, a vote of special thanks was tendered the President, Manager Huber, and other officers of the Crystal Springs Canning company, for the very kind and courteous reception tendered Dr. Hopkins and Mr. Clegg, and for the valuable information and favors bestowed upon them on a visit to their establishment.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889. 

Tomatoes In Jars Good After Two Years. - Our clever young friend Johnny Hesse, last week made us a present of a jar of tomatoes raised and and put up on his place just two years ago last summer. When opened we found them just as sweet and fresh, and of just as delicate a flavor, as if they had been cooked fresh from the vine. This is an indisputable refutation of the theory that our vegetables contain too much juice to make canning them a successful operation.   Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889.

Pullman Monopoly. - The Pullman Palace Company has at last succeeded in purchasing all the sleeping car companies in this country, with the exception of the Wagner (which run on the Vanderbilt roads) it will have a monopoly.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/2/1889.

Monday there was plenty of ice, followed by heavy frosts Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday came in with a heavy rain, which lasted through the day. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1889.

 Large stock of lumber of all kinds, at the Moss lumber yard.
Go West young man, but take with you Lagarde's Anti-Dyspeptic Elixir.

 Monday is the day for the regular meeting of the Police Jury and also of the City Council.

 Valentine's for 1889. A fine assortment. Entirely new design's, at tthe Moss Pharmacy. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1889,

 Miss Leila B. Singleton with her friend Miss Allie Lowe, returned from New Orleans this week, where she has been visiting since last December.

 The friends of Dr. G. C. Mouton will no doubt be pleased to learn that he has been elected Physician of "loge France No. 56, C. de P.," of New Orleans, for the year 1889.

 Mr. A. V. Jeffers has fenced in his lots in McComb addition, opposite Mr. Henry Church's residence, preparatory to building a residence thereon shortly. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1889.

 The recent long spell of wet weather has caused a cessation of all farming operations, and the un-navigable state of the roads has for the time being almost made foreigners of our country friends. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1889.

 There will be a grand race between "Fancy," belonging to Ernest Marks, and "Queen," owned by Valsaint Richard, for a purse of $100 a side, over J. D. Breaux's race course, at Carencro, on Saturday, February 9th. Everybody is invited to attend.

 Red cypress dimension Shingles, Pelican brand at $3.60, and Dude brand at $1.50, at the Moss Lumber yard.

 Remember the grand ball to be given at Carencro, next Monday night, for the joint benefit of the Carencro and Lafayette brass bands. The Lafayette boys will add to the enjoyment of the evening by playing a most laughable comedy entitled "Hamlet, the Dainty." Let everybody and give the boys a lift. "Tugmutton" will be there. "Oberon" would be there too, but it strongly suspected that he is at present in Matanzas, Cuba.

 Attention is called to the advertisement of the William L. Douglass shoe, for sale at the Red Star Store. This shoe is deservedly popular. Mr. Douglass is in full sympathy with the labor unions and consequently employs the most skilled labor, producing a superior article. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1889.

 This week we received an interesting communication from "Big Flat Items." He neglects to send his real name, which is not in accordance with the rules, as a statement of facts must always be backed by a responsible party. Send us your name, neighbor, and we will give you space with pleasure.

 No despondent business man can be a success without activity or mind and body, which are the result of a few doses of Lagarde's Anti-Dyspeptic Elixir.

 A very curious thing happened to us last Monday. Our "devil" had brought into the office a very excellent photograph of the Hon. Tom Ochiltree, used as a cigar advertisement. After having admired it we threw it upon a pile of our last week's papers, containing some of "Oberon's" facts, face down. Directly, wishing to show it to a friend, we picked it up and were astonished to see that Tom's face was suffused with a brilliant blush.

 During the week we had a pleasant visit from Mr. Chas. D. Sweet, who is soliciting contributions to the exhibition to be given in the "Cane and Cotton Palace," New Orleans, during the Mardi Gras festivities. Any specimen of our industries will be cheerfully given a place in the Palace. Every parish in the State is expected to be represented. The railroads will willingly receive all contributions and convey them to and back from New Orleans free of charge. Direct all shipments to "Cane and Cotton Palace." Our citizens are urged to are urged to make a creditable showing, as the exhibition will be viewed by many thousands of visitors.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 2nd, 1909:


 The question of a new court house is one that is before the Police Jury and deserves their earnest efforts for solution. The use of the City Hall for a Clerk's office has answered in a way for the past year, but the parish can not expect to continue using the city hall for that purpose indefinitely, and besides it is not a sufficient protection for the valuable records of the Clerk's office.

 The business of the parish has outgrown the present court house capacity and there is not sufficient room for the various officers, nor for the accommodation of the juries. should not only be plenty of room, but there also should be ample conveniences for citizens who have to serve as jurors and witnesses.

 The need of a new court house is evident and pressing, and it is simply a question of how to secure the necessary funds.

 As the court house can be built on the installment plan, the matter of arranging for funds might be accomplished in some way by the Jury arranging to set aside a part of its income for that purpose. If it can be done, it ought to be done as soon as possible, not alone because the new court house is needed at once, but because it will help lighten the hard times by putting a large amount of money in circulation, while giving employment to a considerable number of people here. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1909.

   Pictured above top:  The Old Parish Courthouse mentioned in the newspaper article that was deemed in need of replacement in the early 1900's. This is the third structure to serve as the parish courthouse. Built in 1860, it contained the parish court and government agencies until it was replaced in 1927. The small building to the right was the recorder's office.
Pictured above bottom: The Courthouse that replaced the one that needed replacement. It too was replaced by the Courthouse we now know today.

Meet at Their Old Home and Make a Long Journey to the New.

Fine Burlesque Parade Over Principal Streets.

 After Arrival at New Home Speeches Made and Refreshments Served to Members and Guests.

 The Elks are now safely domiciled in their new home on the corner of Congress and Buchanan streets, after a long and tortuous journey from their old quarters, cheered by the inspiring music of drums, Sunday evening at 2:30 o'clock the noble herd congregated for a last rendezvous on the old stamping ground and then took up the new homeward way. Despite the fact that the new home has been made comfortable by the installation of handsome modern furnishings and equipments, like all good householders the Elks found it impossible to separate from many articles that had become endeared by long use and fond association. To preserve these relics and mementoes the Exalted Ruler, Dr. F. E. Girard and the Exalted and highly honored Secretary J. C. Barry issued a call for a grand rally of every able-bodied buck to assist in making the transfer with due ceremony and safety.

 At the hour designated the procession formed near the Bank of Lafayette and proceeded down Lincoln avenue toward the depot. Grand High Master J. P. Colomb headed the column in a magnificent two wheeled chariot, drawn by a royally important donkey and containing a cask of pop with a faucet of huge proportions, indicative of the thirst sometimes experienced by these large ruminating animals. Next came Bros. Kahn and Eben Morgan holding desperately in check two stubborn Angora goats, whose peculiar domestic function was mysteriously suggested by the sign, "First Degree". Mayor Mouton and other city officials followed precariously seated in a vehicle of ancient days and carrying with them mops, brooms, etc., and the observant glance that these gentleman gave these last named matronly weapons, was unmistakable proof of their familiarity in watching the maneuvers on occasion of family reunions and cleaning day. A large furniture van loaded with every conceivable article of furniture, in all stages of dilapidation and decay and guarded by a band of Elks fore and aft attracted much attention. A. E. Gauthier held in leash a powerful bulldog whose fierce attitude inspired awe, while John A. Buquor led a mild looking specimen of the collie type. Messrs. Jos. Lacoste and M. Meyers acted as policeman and protected property and preserved order. These officers were compelled to arrest two obstreperous individuals and after a hot chase and desperate struggle landed Messrs. Brunx and Rattell afe in the ranks.

 Sheriff Lacoste, as an old woman, and L. F. Salles as head of the house played their parts well and caused great amusement. Dr. Prejean's fine rig drawn by a steed of ancient and honorable ancestry came in for a full share of compliments. Messrs. W. D. Morgan and F. B. Carter displayed adeptness at rolling two baby carriages with teddy bear and rag baby occupants. In the rear came the line up and a right gallant bearing did the boys present. Retracing steps the processions marched past the First National Bank down Vermilion to Madison and thence to the home.

 Gathering in the large room below, the Elks sang softly and sweetly "Home Sweet Home" with refrain, after which Gus Schmulen, the Master of Reception invited all upstairs where speeches were made by Mayor Mouton, Ruler Colomb and Mr. Brunz of Jefferson, Mo. Elk's milk was served and a most delightful repast spread for the members and invited guests. Mayor Melchoir and several gentlemen from Carencro were present and participated in the great removal.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1909.

Made to the Farmers of Lafayette Parish by the Cumberland Telephone Company.

 Advantages of a Telephone Need No Demonstration.

 Proposition of the Company Given in Letter to Superintendents and Managers Listed Below.

 Supt. T. Barton Baird, of the Cumberland exchange has received the following letter from General Manager Hume, which makes a most liberal proposition to the farmers of this parish. The many advantages and benefits of having a telephone in one's home need no demonstration, for it is evident that being in prompt communication with town, one's merchant, doctor, neighbors and friends saves not only many a trip to town, but gets the service of a physician promptly when needed and makes country life more pleasant by removing the isolation of being away from neighbors.

 Under the proposition made by the Company it will be possible for the farmers of the parish generally to avail themselves of telephone connection and no doubt many will take advantage of it in the near future. The letter is as follow:

 "To Our District Superintendents and Local Managers:

   "The farmers rural line proposition now authorized by the Company is one that you can offer to the general public with the assurance that it will commend itself as being attractive, equitable and fair, and you are directed to offer this proposition to all country applicants , and, furthermore, you are expected to canvass the public for this class of connection and business.

 "The proposition briefly is this:

  "Wherever parties live outside the basic exchange radius and desire telephone connection and service, such parties may build their own lines to the exchange radius, where their lines will be met by our lines, and connection made, the company owning and maintaining the lines from the switchboard to the point of connection, and the subscribers, known as "rural line contract subscribers," building, owning and maintaining their lines from the connecting point at the exchange radius to their respective homes and places of business; the Company providing this connection and service through its switchboard service for other customers, charging for each trunk line running from the exchange switchboard to the point of connection at the exchange radius the straight line business rate that applies to that particular exchange, plus $2 per year for each telephone that is placed on farmers' line. Where more than one telephone is placed on such line, the parties on the line are to designate one of their own number, who will act as the treasurer of the line, and who will make settlement for the connection and for all toll messages going through the exchange to other points where tolls are charged to all other subscribers of the exchange, and in this and other capacities will act for the members who are on that particular farmers or rural line authorized,  or the farmers can build their own line to the exchange radius, or corporate limits, notwithstanding the existence of the Company's pole line on the same road.

 "In other words, we want the proposition to be liberal and flexible, and thus to meet the approval and cooperation and secure the patronage of all farmers who will build their own lines with a view of getting for themselves the very lowest rate for service.

 "Each manager is authorized to act under this proposition, being very careful that the farmers who are:

 "In cases where farmers live a considerable distance in the country, and where this Company has a pole route extending beyond the exchange radius, the Company will, if it is desired, meet and connect with the farmers' line at any distance from the exchange where it has an existing pole route, and charge to the farmers or rural line the same rate for the trunk line that would be charged for a direct business subscriber at that distance.

 "In case the Company has a pole route extending beyond the exchange radius on a road where farmers wish to build and connect with the Company, the connection can be made as far out as the Company has poles, charging the rate just above authorized parties to this agreement, sign in duplicate regular form or rural line contract (Form 94), which is to be forwarded to the Superintendent, who will consider it, and, if correct, approve it, when it will be executed by the executive officers, and one copy returned for the treasurer of the line.

 Push this class of service vigorously, and thus popularize your exchange.
     Yours truly,
General Manager.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1909.  


Southern Negroes and the Ballot.  

 Washington, Jan. 31. - The Senate committee on privileges and elections met to-day and took consideration of the amendment proposed in the sundry civil bill, making provision for an appropriation of $25,000 with which to contest the United States Supreme Court, the Constitution of the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, South and North Carolina, which have adopted restrictive suffrage laws. The discussion took a very wide range and was quite extended, but the committee adjourned until next Wednesday without reaching a conclusion. It is said that the committee was about evenly divided on the question, though the indications are that a favorable report will be reached by the committee at its next meeting. The Southern Senators in the committee were unanimously opposed to taking the matter up, claiming that the Senate will without authority take cognizance of the matter.
The resolution introduced by Representative Olmstead, providing for the appointmemt of a committee by the House for the purpose of investigating the disfranchisement of Southern negroes, received its quietus to-day for the session at least. The House committee on census tabled it under representations of the the director of the census that he would not be able to give the committee at this time the information asked of him regarding the percentage of illiteracy of the whites and blacks of the several states.
The House committee on census to-day, in view of the report from the director of census that he was unable to furnish before April 1 information necessary to determine the extent to which the right to vote is abridged by the several States, directed Chairman Hopkins to report the Olmstead resolution back the recommendation that the whole matter go over until the next Congress.

Source from Washington, D. C. is unknown. Printed in the Lafayette Gazette 2/2/190


A Trip on the Heaviest Mail Train in the World - Distributing Letters and Papers on the Car. 

From the New York Register and in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889.Train No. 11 of the New York and Chicago Railway Post Office is considered the heaviest mail train in the world. The line is divided into three divisions, viz: The eastern division, from New York to Syracuse; the middle division, from Syracuse to Cleveland, and the western division, from Cleveland to Chicago. A representative of the New York Press recently made a trip over the eastern division of the train named with the clerk in charge, H. LeF. Brown, and his crew. The mail began to arrive at the Grand Central Depot at 2:30 P. M. , and from that hour until 9:00 P. M. there was almost a constant line of heavily-laden mail wagons waiting to unload. Each pouch and sack was labeled, stating its contents and destination, and many were so heavy that it required two strong men to handle them; none were feather weights, yet the postal clerks labored vigorously with them, and knew intuitively in which particular car and compartment each of the many hundreds of sacks and pouches belonged. There was not an idle moment even during the process of making up the train. Promptly at 9 o'clock the doors were closed, the wheels set in motion, and immediately "the fast mail" was speeding on its way with every one at his post of duty, letters and papers flying in every direction as if by magic.

The train consisted of seven cars in all. First there was an express car, next the letter car, then followed the storage and two paper cars, an extra storage car and a Cleveland sleeper.
The letter car is fifty feet in length, and with the exception of a small storage compartment at one end, every inch of space on either side and at the opposite end is utilized; even the center of the car, which was designed for standing room, has been brought under contribution, so pressing is the demand for more space, as a consequence of the increase in the amount of matter to be handled. Overhead and dangling in the air was stretched and suspended a considerable amount of twine which resembled a string puzzle, but the arrangement had been devised by some ingenious clerk to hang letter pouches on.

The letter cases are arranged with reversible labels that they may be used for four separate States at different times.

The greater part of the letters when received at the railway postal office are bunched and pouched according to States, then they are distributed and bunched according to routes by the postal clerks, and each clerk works a certain State or States; it is their duty to know every post office in the territory assigned to them, as also by what route any given point may be soonest reached, watch for changes of time in the run of the trains, the discontinuance of old post offices and the appointment of new ones; in brief, they must be a walking geography, up to the times and a little beyond.

 It was past midnight when the train pulled out of Albany. "How many tons of mail do you estimate are on board?" was asked of Mr. Brown. "At least thirty-five tons," he replied, "And this is a light night, too," he added. "Wednesday night is our heavy paper night. Sometimes the storage car is pilled full from floor to ceiling and the aisle is filled also. Now you see the stalls are only a little more than half full. Sometimes we have more than we can carry: the surplus is left at Albany."
 A short stop was made at Palatine Bridge, another at Utica and again at Rome. Syracuse was reached just as the gray dawn was breaking. One hundred and thirty-seven thousand one hundred and forty pieces of mail had been distributed. Here the crew for the middle division took charge of the train and in a short space of time the many volume of written thoughts were hastening on to their destination. The other crew, all tired out and sleepy, disbanded after signing their name in a book provided for that purpose. They had worked for thirty-six hours with the exception of a little rest received in New York. This crew makes three consecutive trips from Syracuse to New York, which covers a period of six days. Then they "lie off" and rest for the same length of time. It is beyond the power of human endurance to work and greater length of time in the railway mail service.

Chief Clerk W. W. Canfield and Assistant Clerk W. J. Guernsey at Syracuse were interviewed in regard to the railway service. Mr. Canfield stated that an examination of all clerks in the service occurs annually. There are 109 clerks in the New York and Syracuse division and their average is 93 percent: the increase in mail matter has been 47 percent and the increase in men but 3 percent in the past five years. New men are being educated in the business and the force will be increased. A new line of cars is also building which will contain new improvements. Five of these cars will be run on train No. 11. They will be sixty feet in length, yet with the additional force and equipments proposed the facilities will still be inadequate, so rapidly is the mail matter in the division increasing. Applications for a position in the railway mail service are made to the General Superintendent at Washington, and when accepted a probationary appointment is given for six months, and examinations are made every thirty days, and if at the end of the time stated a satisfactory examination is passed a permanent appointment is given.

A miniature case is used for examination and cards on which are written the names of all post offices in any given state in lieu of letters. These are to be distributed in their proper places and percentage made is governed by the errors that occur. The best record of examinations was made by H. LeF. Brown on New York State which contains 3273 offices. Time, one hour and twenty four minutes; percentage, 99.49; and for 8201 offices in four hours and thirty-seven minutes; average per cent., 99.21.

 From the New York Register and in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889.

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