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From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 10th, 1904: 


Paid Our Efficient and Able Sheriff I. A. Broussard.

 We take pleasure in reproducing the following handsome compliment paid Sheriff Broussard by the New Orleans States of Sunday:

 "After a service of many years as sheriff of the parish of Lafayette, and the winning of a reputation as a tried, true and fearless officer and a detective, the fame of whose abilities and success transcended the bounds of his State. Hon. Isaac A. Broussard was defeated for re-nomination in the late primaries in his parish. We have no doubt that his successful competitor is an able and most worthy gentleman, for the highest compliment that could be paid to anyone in Lafayette, we imagine, would be to say of him that he was strong enough before the people to defeat Ike Broussard.

 "We very much doubt if the State of Louisiana has ever had in her service one who was the superior in all that goes to make up the successful criminal officer of Sheriff Broussard. His skill and resources in apprehending criminals of the most desperate character and bringing them to justice are matters of common knowledge to the people of Louisiana; and if a truthful account of his many adventures and successes in that field of endeavor were written the story would possess the fascination of a Sherlock Holmes romance. None of the arts and tricks would be required to make such a history of story of entrancing interest, but the simple facts, recited in a plain unvarnished way would serve to place the name of Ike Broussard high among those of the great conservators of law and of the dignity of the commonwealth who have ever brightened the pages of American history.

 "Ike is a product of Southwest Louisiana. As a boy he knew almost every foot of its soil, its people and their habits and customs. It was then that he formed those qualities of character determination, acuteness of perception, personal courage, the ability to depend upon his own resources, together with those old time accomplishments of the innate gentleman; to ride, to shoot straight and to tell the truth, that made his name for so many years a tower of strength in support of law and order in his section.

 "Mr. Broussard is yet, comparatively speaking, a young man, not nearly so old as his achievements and the fame he has won would indicate to the ordinary observer. Local causes, the clamor for rotation in office, the envy of that class who dislike one because he succeeds, combined with the fact that he espoused in the State election the that was weakest in the parish, contributed to bring about his defeat. In the hot fight that was waged against him, his character, public and private, was not assailed, and the administration of his responsible office was conceded by his opponents to have been clean and able.

 In his defeat a brave, chivalrous and true man retires from the public service, one the like of whom we have too few. His host of friends throughout the State will wish him the widest success in whatever field of effort he may now direct his splendid faculties and energies."

 From the New Orleans States and re-printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


It sometimes happens that with the very best of intentions, just the opposite result is obtained from that expected or desired. This is equally true of public bodies as of individuals. Success can only be obtained by a very careful consideration of the end which is sought to be obtained. A false start is often made, and experience has demonstrated that it is hard to overcome, for which reason it is much better to make haste slowly.

And it also frequently happens with public bodies as with individuals, that the false start and the mistakes develop through a poor selection of those whom they may choose to serve them.

It is certainly to be hoped that this will not be the case with the recently elected Police Jury, who can be of such great aid and assistance in many ways to the parish. The Advertiser believes that a a fine selection has been made and that as a body we many expect good things from them; but to just what extent, depends largely upon their selections of those who shall serve them. And we think there need be little doubt upon that score, as we feel convinced that the gentlemen of the Police Jury will exercise due care, and let their choice be governed strictly upon fitness and merit. With a good Police Jury and assistants, it remains for the citizens to unite and give them their fullest and heartiest support that we may all together do everything that can be done for the welfare and best interests of the parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904:



 A Bill Before Congress to Appropriate $24,000,000, to Assist the Different State in Improving Their Roads.

 At the last session of Congress, a bill was introduced by Mr. Brownlow of Tennessee, making a liberal appropriation to assist the States in the construction of better roads. The bill had strong support from all parts of the country, and but for the rush of business during the last days of the session it would probably have passed. It has been reintroduced at the present session, carrying an appropriation of $24,000,000 and is again being pressed, with every chance of success, unless the Republican majority in Congress becomes infected with the craze of economy in order to help. Mr. Roosevelt in his presidential ambitions. The splendid results coming from the objection of the Federal government in the matter is fully recognized. It has set aside a small sum each year to be used in a propaganda, to demonstrate the value, from a financial point of view, of better roads, to give the people practical lessons in road building and to assist in holding conventions to discuss the subject.
A number of these conventions have been held, one met in New Orleans a short time ago, it will be remembered - and the field has been well worked up. The Brownlow bill proposes to go a step further and assist in the construction of better roads, as there can be no surer or more practical demonstration of the value of good roads than the actual construction of several thousand miles of them. The farmer will appreciate how much he is benefited by traveling over highways in perfect order for better than he can possibly learn from a paper argument of the question. It is, of course, not proposed that the Federal government should construct all the roads in this country, but it is hoped by assisting in the work, to encourage more of it. New Jersey has accomplished much in this line by the State agreeing to assist any county constructing new highways, and the public interest has thus been aroused. Federal assistance will have the same effect, for once the people see and become accustomed to good roads they will demand them on all the main lines of transportation. It is not forgotten that the Federal government by similar assistance encouraged the building of the steam railways which have done so much to get rid of our old post roads, for in this matter we actually retrograded and our highways, as a whole, are not as good as they were a half century ago. We have grown so dependent on the railways for transportation that we have overlooked our highways, which are tributaries to them.

 Under the Brownlaw bill, Louisiana will receive $400,000 from the Federal Treasury to assist it in road construction. Its roads are about as bad as those of any State in the Union, and while a few parishes have done something in this connection by special taxation or appropriations made by the police jury, most of our highways are bad at all times and well nigh impassable during a rainy season, entailing an onerous tax on both farmer and merchant. Louisiana has shown a deep interest in good roads and has held several conventions or conferences on the subject. All it needs is encouragement and stimulation; and there can be no better way of giving this encouragement than through the Brownlow Bill. -

 From the N. O. Times-Democrat and re-published in the Lafayette Advertiser on 2/10/1904.

Euchre Thursday Evening. - The ladies of the Jewish Aid Society gave another of their delightful euchre parties at Falk's Opera House Thursday evening. A large crowd was present and enjoyed the occasion greatly. The prizes were won as follows: First ladies prize, Mrs. J. A. Martin; second, Mrs. Hector Prejean; third, Mrs. Arthur Bonnet; booby, Miss Corrine Guidry. First gentleman's prize, Mr. A. S. Clark; second, Mr. Felix Mouton; third Mr. Vic Levy; booby, Mr. Will Levy. Laf. Advertiser 2/10/1894.

Temperance Lecture. - Rev. David Tatum, a celebrated Quaker temperance evangelist, will lecture at the court house Sunday Feb. 14, at 3 p. m. Everybody is invited, especially the young people. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.

Very Handsome.
We have received the Rice number of the Crowley Signal. Part II is gotten up in magazine form with a beautiful colored cover and 42 pages in size. It is well illustrated and reflects immense credit upon the Signal.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


Wholesale Drug House. - Lafayette is to have a wholesale drug house. Messrs. Young and Comeaux, the two enterprising young men who brought out Guerre and Broussard, will soon open a wholesale department. Mr. Comeaux, who has successfully represented the Estorge Drug Co., of New Iberia, for several years, will attend to soliciting business on the road. We extend the new firm best wishes for success.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


Foot Crushed.

 Tuesday afternoon Mr. Felix Landry, a conductor on the Alexandria branch, had the misfortune to have his foot crushed by falling between the cars at Washington. He was holding to as handbolt, which gave way. He was brought back to Lafayette on a special, and received prompt medical  attention. Drs. Tolson and Martin, who attended him, after examining the injured foot, concluded there was a chance to save the foot, but found it necessary to amputate three toes. The accident happened a week ago. Yesterday Mr. Landry was doing as well as could be expected. He owes the saving of his foot to the fact that he was wearing very heavy soled shoes, which partly held up the heavy weight of the cars which passed over his foot. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904. 

May Lose an Arm.
 Wednesday Mr. A. B. Trahan, a brakeman on the Alexandria branch, while coupling cars at Washington got his arm caught and so badly mashed that he will probably lose his arm. He was at once brought to Lafayette, where Drs. G. A. Martin and Jno. Tolson attended him. He was sent to the hospital at New Orleans. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


 It sometimes happens that with the very best of intentions, just the opposite result is obtained from that expected or desired. This is equally true of public bodies as of individuals. Success can only be obtained by a very careful consideration of the end which is sought to be obtained. A false start is often made, and experience has demonstrated that it is hard to overcome, for which reason it is much better to make haste slowly.

And it also frequently happens with public bodies as with individuals, that the false start and the mistakes develop through a poor selection of those whom they may choose to serve them.

It is certainly to be hoped that this will not be the case with the recently elected Police Jury, who can be of such great aid and assistance in many ways to the parish. The Advertiser believes that a a fine selection has been made and that as a body we many expect good things from them; but to just what extent, depends largely upon their selections of those who shall serve them. And we think there need be little doubt upon that score, as we feel convinced that the gentlemen of the Police Jury will exercise due care, and let their choice be governed strictly upon fitness and merit. With a good Police Jury and assistants, it remains for the citizens to unite and give them their fullest and heartiest support that we may all together do everything that can be done for the welfare and best interests of the parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904:  


  Low Mardi Gras Rates On Morgan Line. - Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Rail Road and Steamship Co. will sell tickets from Lafayette to New Orleans and return Feb. 10th to 15th, at the rate of one fare for the round trip, final limit Feb. 20th. Children under 12 years one half fare. For further information apply to local agent, or C. W. Owen, D. F. & P. A., of New Iberia, La. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1904.

New Orleans Mardi Gras. - One fare for the round trip from all points via the Texas & Pacific Railway. Dates of sale February 10 to 15, inclusive, final limit February 20, 1904, will be granted. For further information call on any T. & P. Agent, or write, E. P. Turner, General Passenger Agent, Dallas, Texas. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1904.

Mardi Gras Rates. - The annual celebration of the Mardi Gras Carnival at New Orleans will take place February 15 and 16, and for this spectacular event the Southern Pacific railroad has announced a reduced rate of one fare for the round trip from all points on its line. Tickets will placed on sale February 10 to 15 inclusive, good for return until February 2o. Those desiring to remain longer in the delightful old city of New Orleans and may remain until time to reach home by March 5. Any agent of the Southern Pacific can give information concerning the trip. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1904.

Woman's Literary Club.

 The Woman's Literary Club met at the Dormitory Saturday at the Dormitory Saturday instead of with Mrs. T. M. Biossat as announced. The evening was devoted to Elber Hubbard, the Sage of Roycraft. The Shop was well treated my Miss H. D. McLaurin, Forbes of Harvard was the title of Mrs. J. L. Kennedy, Journey to the Home of Goldsmith was charmingly sketched by Mrs. Baxter Clegg, and Current Events was a well prepared subject by Mrs. J. A. Martin. The "Hubbard" meeting proved one of the most entertaining of the series this season. Misses Riis and Lefwich, the hostesses, added much to the success of the evening. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.

Hayden Concert.

 Wm. Hayden, the accomplished blind musician, who has completed a course at the National Conservatory of Music, New York, will give a farewell benefit concert, before his departure for New York, at Falk's Opera House Friday, February 12, 1904. Mr. Hayden is already well known to the people of Lafayette, and those who attend know that they will enjoy a musical treat, besides assisting a most worthy young man. A number of the best local talent have volunteered their services, and this will be one of the most enjoyable events of the season. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.

Wedding Bells. 
Dr. Aristide Comeaux and Miss Rena Young, daughter of Dr. N. D. Young were married at the home of the bride in Youngsville, Tuesday, Feb. 2, Dr. J. D. Harper, of this place officiating.

 Mr. Arthur Mouton and Miss Clotilde Rigues, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Rigues, were married yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock.

 Judge H. L. Monnier and Miss Octavia Sarrazin, of New Orleans, were married Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, at St. Augustines church, New Orleans, by Rev. Father Subillan. Judge and Mrs. Monnier came here on the evening train the same day.

 Mr. Elie Foreman and Miss Flora Nugent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Nugent, were married at St. John's Catholic church Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p m. in the presence of a large number of friends. Thursday the newly wedded couple left on the afternoon train for Boerne, Tex., which will be their future home. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


 South West Louisiana Industrial Institute, Dr. E. L. Stephens, President, corner Johnston and Industrial street.

 Lafayette High School, public. W. J. Avery, principal, Buchanan street between Second street and Hopkins avenue.

 Lafayette Primary School, public, Miss Fadra Holmes, principal, Main street between Johnston and Lee avenues.

 Home Institute, R. C. Greig, principal, St. John street, near Vermilion.

 Mt. Carmel Convent, Mother Zita, superior, square bounded by Lafayette, Convent and Madison streets.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


Among other business....

 The mayor reported that the work of widening Pierce and Jefferson streets is progressing favorably and asked the ratification by the Council of the following contracts made by him with abutting owners to-wit:

 Contract with Mrs. Fannie Schmulen also contract with Mr. Antoine Deffez dated Jan.29, 1904 and thereupon that it was moved seconded and carried that same be and is hereby ratified by Council. Also extra money in the sum of One Hundred Dollars over contract price paid L. H. Thompson for work in moving Mrs. Schmulens buildings, is approved, also item of $45.00 paid for moving J. J. Mouton's store sideways.

 Petition from property owners on Lee avenue praying for cement walk on south side received and accepted, and the following ordinance adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance adopted and by virtue of an ordinance adopted October 5, 1903, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built along the following routes, to wit:

 1. Starting from Vermilion street and its intersection with Lee avenue, and going thence on the east side of said Lee avenue to Sixth street to Grant avenue, and thence on the southwest side of Grand avenue to the Crescent City Hotel.

 2. Starting from Main street in said town at its intersection with Lafayette street and going north on the west side of Lafayette street to Vermilion street/

 Be it further ordained that public notice be given ten days of this ordinance and moreover calling for bids to do said work, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for faithful performance  of said contract and the completion of said work.

 Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walk shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the basis of the respective frontage of said real estate which amounts shall be due and collectible within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment and for the payment of said sums so assessed.

 This Council shall have a special privilege on said property, with six per cent annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all the claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may and are hereby authorized in their discretion to accept said work, or any part thereof, by sections of one or more blocks.

 Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walk, then that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act No. 147 of 1902.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

 Moved seconded and carried that it is hereby prohibited for all owners of wagons and carts and other vehicles to back the same against the cement walks of this town or to unload  their freight in such a way as to injure or damage the said walks and that a fine of not less than $2.50 not more than $10.00 is hereby imposed for each and every violation of this ordinance.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


 The Police Jury held quite a lengthy session Thursday, not concluding until after 5 p. m. There was not a great deal of business transacted, but affairs before the Jury required considerable discussion, which prolonged the session.

 All the members of the Jury were present except Messrs. Buchanan, Blanchet and Saul Broussard.

 Mr. Sig. Bernard was reappointed bridge keeper at Pinhook at the same salary.

 Mr. Lacy was authorized to complete the road and canal from Scott to Duson.

 Mr. B. S. Smith appeared before the Jury and requested the polling booth removed from his place, which was granted and placed at J. W. Holmes's store after Feb. 9.

 The drain through the fields of Messrs. Osma Boudreaux and Dupre Landry was discussed at some length, and Atty. C. H. Mouton was called in and asked his opinion as to the Jury's rights under the law. Upon his advice Roadoverseer Alce Dugas, of the third ward, was instructed to open the drain.

 Another question similar, that of a dam on Mr. Louis Cunningham's place which prevented the water from flowing off from the public road was brought up and considered at some length. Upon Attorney Mouton's advice the Jury resolved to notify Mr. Cunningham that he must remove the dam.

 The special road tax was made payable Mar. 1 and delinquent July 1. Mr. Mouton opposed changing the date, but his amendment was lost. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/10/1904.  

 Mrs. E. Andrus and daughter, Althea, are visiting her daughter, Mrs. F. K. Hopkins.

Mr. and Mrs. Bileau, Sr., spent a week with relatives here leaving Monday. 

Good wood and good coal, that's the kind you want and the kind Adolph Mouton keeps.

The many friends of Mrs. E. R. Kennedy will be glad to learn that she has returned home, after spending several months in New Orleans.

Cisterns manufactured, and repaired. J. C. Broussard.

Clarence Berden and Wm. Trimble, of Crowley, were visiting friends here Thursday.

Mackeral! Mackeral! Mackeral! Prudhomme & McFaddin.

Chas. Broussard, now of St. Martin, was circulating among his friends here Monday.

Ring up Adolph Mouton, phone 28-2, and he will supply you with wood or coal.

Phone 192 for timothy, prairie, alfalfa and rice hay, and mixed feed. 
Mrs. Pellerin, of New Iberia, is visiting her son, Mr. B. J. Pellerin.

Picture frames made to order, also picture frames ready made in stock, F. F. Carter.

Mrs. J. A. Martin will leave to-day for New Orleans where she will spend Carnival week. 

Albert Robichaux, who was laid up with the grippe for several days is again at his post at Biossat's Jewelry store.

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

Maurice Patin, editor of the Valley of The Teche, Breaux Bridge was a visitor to Lafayette Thursday.

Winter isn't over, but Schmulen will sell you winter clothing at an attractive cut price. 

Miss Ida Robicheaux, a charming young lady, who has been employed in the telephone office, has returned to her home in Patouville.

V. H. Blanchard, of Baton Rouge, is prospecting in Lafayette.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Domengeaux spent a few days in the Crescent City this week.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of February 10th, 1900:


 The cotton mill industry in the South, is no more an experiment. At the present time in the State of North Carolina there are twenty-five mills in course of construction, with capital stocks ranging from $45,000 to $130,000. Last year there were 180 mills in that State. This year the number will be greatly increased. In Georgia also this industry has passed from the experimental stage and now offers a safe and very remunerative field of investment. While but few mills are being operated in Louisiana there is a strong sentiment among all classes that this State should follow the example of North Carolina from whose borders very little raw cotton is shipped. North Carolina manufactures a large portion of the cotton that it produces, thereby keeping at home millions of dollars which would otherwise go to build the prosperity of other States. There is no better point than Lafayette in the whole South for the successful operation of a cotton mill. Realizing this fact our people should make known the advantages of this place and hasten the arrival of the day when capital will be inclined to recognize Lafayette as a site most suitable to build a cotton mill.

 A Times- Democrat correspondent from Charlotte, N. C., writes as follows:

 "The most remarkable month of the cotton mill industry for this State that has ever been known has just passed. Six mills incorporated, seven more organized and at least six more that will soon be organized, besides a number that are being talked of is the unsurpassed record in milling circles for the month of January, the most remarkable stride ever known in the milling industry in the South.

 At the present time there are twenty-five mills in course of construction in North Carolina. The total capital of the mills incorporated during January is about half a million dollars, while that the seven mills organized during the month but not yet incorporated will reach nearly a million and half dollars. These figures do not include the half dozen mills which will soon be organized in the State.

 Taking the mills incorporated and those which will soon be organized in the State.

 Taking the mills incorporated and those organized or soon to be organized, the figures will reach the enormous sum of nearly two million dollars invested in the milling business during the last few weeks or since the middle of December."
Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

No Effect on Local Politics.

 The "address to the voters of the parish of Lafayette" published over the signatures of the defeated candidates of the anti-administration ticket has not caused the mildest ripple in our local politics. The Democrats of this parish participated in the primaries in good faith and it is an insult to their intelligence and honesty to even suspect they will not abide by the results of those primaries. Of course  there are some people who never intended to vote for the Democratic ticket. but the consciences of these do not crave for the soothing balm of absolution so freely given by the signers of this somewhat remarkable address. They esteem the violation of a pledge of this kind an extremely trivial matter and it is a reckless squandering of the holy ointment if they are the ones who are so generously "absolved from any pledge or promise to abide by the result of the primary election." The Democratic voters of this parish know that there was a free, full and fair vote east at the primaries and the defeated candidates had every opportunity to, and did, poll their whole strength, including a large number of voters who had no business to vote in a Democratic primary as is clearly shown by their support of the Republican ticket to-day. We believe that the fair-minded voters of this parish will agree with us that the primaries held last December were eminently fair and that there is absolutely no cause for the ill-advised protest published last Saturday. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

A Building Association.
Through the efforts of Mr. B. N. Coronna, a plan to organize a building association in this town has been formulated and is on a fair way to success. More than the required number of shares have been taken and all that remains to be done is organization which will be affected at a meeting to be held next Monday at 7:3o p. m. at the court-house. It is hoped that the meeting will be largely attended as this move is calculated to aid very much in the advancement of this community. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

Geologic Survey of Louisiana.
 Prof. G. D. Harris, State geologist, has been in Lafayette since last Saturday. It was stated in last Saturday's Gazette that the purpose of Prof. Harris' visit here was the establishment of a meridian line for the guidance of surveyors. Prof. Harris' work, however does not stop with the establishment of a line, but embraces the various functions of a geologic survey, which will be of great scientific and practical utility. This survey originated in the desire of Prof. Stubbs, director of the State Experiment Stations, to have the soils of this State studied in the most comprehensive manner possible. To do this work the services of Prof. Harris, of Cornell University, were secured. It is obvious to all that the different soils may be studied from a chemical and physical standpoint, and in their relations to the geological formations which underlie them and from which they are mainly derived; but, as we understand it, a geological survey has other functions than tracing soils from which they were derived. One of its first objects is to ascertain what formations are represented in the State and how they lie with respect to one another, both geographically. Important beds that occur in any formation can be traced by the geologist for a long distance with great facility when once the general lay of the different formations is understood.

 In this particular vicinity great interest is felt in obtaining a definite knowledge of the water-bearing strata that underlie us, that is, how many are there, at what depths we may expect to strike them, what is the source and quality of supply? These questions can be answered by geological research. There is need here of intelligent advice regarding road materials and road-making, and of good maps for our own enlightenment and for the information or prospective visitors and settlers.

 Surveyors all agree that a more accurate record of the variation of the compass needle is needed. This is an easy task when once a meridian line is established and permanently marked.

 There is great need in this part of the State of a better understanding of what deposits may be found some distance under the surface of the soil. Indications of valuable minerals are found in well borings and in the Five Islands, which geological investigations show to have been pushed up by subterranean forces. All these subjects are being taken up and looked after as fast as means and time will permit.

 The First Annual Report of the Geological Survey, treating to a considerable extent of Northern Louisiana, though the Five Islands are well figured, mapped and discussed, will be ready for distribution about the 1st of next April. It will contain over 400 pages and fifty plates, maps and figures in the text. This valuable work will be sent free to any farmer who will write and to the State Experiment Station for a copy.

 Prof. Harris will leave to-day for Opelousas, but he will return to Opelousas, but he will return to Lafayette in a few days.
Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

Lafargue's Record.
Sheriff Broussard has received a letter from Mayor Labbe, of St. Martinville, giving the record of the man Ben Lafargue, who was arrested last week by the sheriff for the theft of a horse and buggy from Mr. Veazey. It appears that Lafargue was made to leave St. Martinville by the authorities of that town. A letter written to Mayor Labble by Chief Gaster states that Lafargue served three terms in the penitentiary for thefts committed in New Orleans. He is said to be wanted in New Iberia. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

Carnival Low Rates.
 The Carnival season in New Orleans is a season of absolute gaiety and good humor. The fame of the Crescent City in relation to its Mardi Gras festivals has spread until it has encompassed the entire earth. The Carnival is made up of a series of "fiestas" in which the people participate generally and which creates a long train of brilliant in the history of New Orleans. There will be two additional parades; the one occurring Feb. 21, at night, being an electrical display, the others occurring as follows:

 At night, Feb. 22, Momus; at noon Feb. 26, arrival of Rex; on night of the same day, Proteus; at noon Feb. 27, Mardi Gras Day, Arrival of Rex, and on Mardi Gras night Comus.

 Arrangements have been made for general elaboration of the various spectacles and street masking. The Southern Pacific, Sunset Route, will make a one far for the round trip rate, with tickets on sale Feb. 19, to the morning of Feb. 27, inclusive, going, and good for returning until March 10. For particulars see agent S. F. B. Morse, Passenger Traffic Manager; I. J. Parks, General Passenger and Ticket Agent, Houston, Texas. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900 

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., February 1, 1900. -- The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alouza Lacy, Alfred Hebert, J. E. Primeaux, Jno. Whittington and M. Billeaud, Jr.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Mr. Primeaux reported the dangerous condition of the bridge at Olidon Broussard and the establishment of a ferry there until the bridge could be repaired or rebuilt. The following committee was appointed to confer with the Vermilion authorities and report upon measures necessary in the premises: J. E. Primeaux, Prosper Broussard, Auerelien Primeaux and J. E. Kee.

 Wm. Campbell appeared representing Broussard Eloi Broussard and submitted propositions to establish a ferry at the old Darmas Broussard bridge, Mr. Broussard proposed first to build and maintain a ferry at his own expense provided the parish gave him license to charge toll or in the alternative the parish to build a public ferry and same be operated by Mr. Broussard free of charge. No action taken.

 The following report of jury of free-holders appointed to trace and lay out a road in the 5th ward was read and by motion duly made and adopted, the same declared a public highway and the sum o $85.00 appropriated and set aside to meet the damages therein assessed:


  We, A. L. Broussard, A. D. Girouard, J. H. Bernard and Albert Landry, do solemnly swear that I will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, to the greatest ease and advantage of the inhabitants, and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be -- without favor or affection, malice or hatred, and to best of my skill and abilities. So help me God. And furthermore, that I will truly assess all damages to proprietors, caused by said road, to the best of my judgment and ability. Alphonse L. Broussard, Onezine Langlinais, Ambroise Broussard, A. D. Girouard, J. H. Bernard, Albert Landry. Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 20th, day of January, 1900.
             ED. G. VOORHIES, Clerk of Court.


 We, the undersigned Jury of Freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish, to trace and lay out a public road leading from the western limit of Rosemond Landry estate and Joseph Caruthers running east to the public at the corner of Mrs. Baptiste Malagaire and J. G. St. Julien, through the lands of the following proprietors, to-wit: Rosemond Landry estate, Joseph Caruthers, R. C. Landry, Mrs. Edmond Landry, Albert Landry, Marie Peronelle Langlinais wife of Homer Landry, Mrs. Alida Bernard wife of Aurelien Olivier, and the said Aurelian Olivier and the said Aurelian Olivier, Mrs. Widow Charles D. Landry, J. A. Roy, Henri Bernard, J. G. St. Julien; to the public road leading from Broussardville to Lafayette having been notified of our appointment; and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath, and having given notice to each and every one of the aforesaid proprietors in writing, at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors, did meet on the 20th day of January, 1900, at Mrs. Homer Landry, the place designated in said notices, and did then and there, in presence of the following named of said proprietors, to-wit: Mrs. Widow Charles D. Landry and Mrs. Homer Landry proceed to trace and lay out said public road said public road as follows: Beginning at the western limit of the estate of Rosemond Landry and Joseph Caruthers and running thence through the lands of the aforenamed proprietors for the distance of three miles taking a strip of fifteen feet wide off of the land of each one along their common boundary line, which boundary was mutually agreed upon by setting stakes and plowing furrows, so as to be easily visible and recognizable, and thence through the lands of Rosemond Landry estate, Joseph Caruthers, R. C. Landry, Mrs. Widow Edmond Landry, Albert Landry, Mrs. Homer Landry, Aurelien Olivier and Alida Bernard wife of Aurelien Olivier, Mrs. Widow Charles D. Landry, J. A. Roy, Henri Bernard, Gustave St. Julien, and up to the corner of the land or Mrs. B. Malagarie to the public road leading from Broussardville to Lafayette, the termination of said road, which road is thirty feet wide throughout its length, and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course; and we have cause to be made of a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road, and the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs, and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner of said road, which plat is annexed to this our report of said road reference.

 And we further report that we, said jury of freeholders, did on the oaths aforesaid, assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows, to-wit: To Marie Peronelle Langlinais, wife of Homer Landry, seventy-five dollars ($75) to estate of Rosemond Landry, ten dollars ($10) and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed for the reason that they have donated said public road, as will be fully shown by act of donation hereto annexed and made a part hereof. Done at the parish of Lafayette, this 20th day of January 1900. Alphonse L. Broussard, Onezime Langlinais, Ambroise Broussard, J. H. Bernard, Albert Landry, A. D. Girouard. Witnesses:--Ed G. Voorhies, Luc Langlinais.


 I, one of the proprietors named in the written report, do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report, and accompanying accompanying plat; and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages by me sustained, by reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road. Signed and dated this 20th day of January 1900. Marie Peronelle Langlinais, Homer Landry to authorize his wife. Witnesses:--G. Mouton, Ludovic Billeaud.


 Know all men, by these presents that we, the undersigned, do hereby give, donate, transfer and deliver with full guarantee of title unto the parish of of Lafayette, Louisiana, herein represented by R. C. Landry president of the Police Jury, here present accepting same donation for said Parish, the strip of land of fifteen feet wide off of the land of each one along our common boundary lines, and thirty feet wide wherever said public road passes through our respective lands, all in accordance to the plot hereto annexed and made a part of the this act, and as located by the jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette duly appointed by the Police Jury to trace and lay out a public road leading from the western limit of the estate of R. Landry up to the public road at a point near Mrs. B. Malagarie. Which said road has been duly traced and designated on setting stakes, on this January 20, 1900. Said act of donation to form part of the act of expropriation, and of laying out of said public road. Said strips of land this day donated to the parish of Lafayette, La., to be used as a public road. Done and passed this 20th day of January, 1900, in presence of the undersigned competent witnesses. Albert Landry, R. C. Landry, A. Olivier, Marguerite Bernard, A. Olivier, to authorize my wife, A. G. St. Julien, Mrs. Charles D. Landry, Henry Bernard, Geo. Malagarie, agent for J. A. Roy, Louisa Comeau. Witnesses:--Albert Landry, Onezime Langlinais.


 Before me, the undersigned authority, on this 19th day of January, 1900, personally came and appeared before me, Albert Landry, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing act, who being duly sworn deposes and says that said act was signed in his presence of Onezime Langlinais the other subscribing witness thereto, by R. C. Landry, A. Olivier, Marguerite Bernard, J. G. St. Julien, Mrs. Chas. D. Landry, Henry Bernard, Geo. Malagarie, agent for J. A. Roy, and Louisa Comeau, on the day and date mentioned therein and that the words "twenty and forty" erased and "fifteen and thirty" substituted before signing.


 Sworn to subscribed before me this 29th day of January, 1900.
 ED G. VOORHIES, Clerk of Court.

 A change of the public road in the 2d ward adjoining the properties of Hineas Trahan, Hiliare Hebert, Euclid Bourg and Philebert C. Hebert, was approved and ordered recorded.

 The sum of $15 was allowed Capt. Robt. Gillen for work on Olidon Broussard's bridge.

 The secretary was directed to notify the Cumberland Telephone Company to repair the public road near Royville or same will be done at company's expense.

 S. Bernard was reappointed bridge keeper at Pin Hook.

 The following was adopted:

 Resolved, That the tax collector is hereby notified to proceed at once with the collection of all licenses due the parish, together with all penalties and accrued interest. Upon failure of immediate payment the collector shall, promptly close all delinquent establishments and business concerns of whatever nature, and proceed as he is more fully directed and authorized in the license ordinance adopted for the year 1900.

 Mrs. E. Fabre's estate was refunded the sum of $9.60 overtax.

 The sum of $12.50 each was allowed the following indigents: Mrs. S. Trahan, Lucien Judice, Emerenthe Bonin.

 Oscar Babineaux was refunded $5, account stock sold.

 A petition signed by a number of saloon keepers praying for a reduction of license from $200 to $100 was read and refused. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

City Council.

 Lafayette, La., Feb, 1900.

Among other business...

 Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by DeBlanc, that smallpox guards be allowed $1.50 per day. Carried.

 Moved and duly seconded that finance committee's report be accepted. Motion carried.

 Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by Mr. Martin that Mr. Falk be paid $5 for one month's rent for cabin where smallpox patient was buried and that body be removed to pest-house grounds for burial. Motion carried. 
Wm. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

New Notes (Gazette) 2/10/1900.

Nine Dwellings have been built in town during the last few weeks and we are informed that contracts have been made for the construction of several more.
Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900.

Ephege Coatt, Alb Vincent and Leon Provost became too boisterous last Monday and were run in by Marshal Peck. They appeared before the mayor the next morning and each was fined $5 and costs. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900.

 Sheriff Broussard and Abram Hirsch left last Thursday to take John Webb to the insane asylum at Jackson. Webb became violently insane a couple of weeks ago. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900

 A number of the young ladies of Lafayette have issued invitations to a dance at Falk's Opera-house Sunday night. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900.

 Hot Beef Tea is becoming more popular everyday at the Moss Pharmacy. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 10th, 1894:

 Mardi Gras Day.

 It was confidently asserted by some, that the persons who occupied positions on the parish roads' flat boat drawn down the streets Mardi Gras day, were members of the Police Jury, the disfiguration of their physiognomies that rendered it impossible for their acquaintances to recognize them, being only a natural transformation of their features consequent on the very severe strain under which their nervous systems are laboring on account of these jurors being compelled to travel the parish roads, like other citizens. Of, course, only a very few people will believe such a story, for it is well known that Police Jury never do dive down into bog holes if they can possibly go around them, and besides this flat boat scene was never intended by the designers to reflect on the members of the Police Jury, but only as a slur on the present most pitiable status of the parish roads. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

 The Sugar Industry in Lafayette.
 The January number of Current Topics, published at New Orleans, was largely devoted to a consideration of the sugar interests of Louisiana. From this publication we reprint the following contribution by one of our fellow townsman : Dr. N. P. Moss.

 The sugar cane industry in Lafayette parish, Louisiana, has developed to a remarkable degree within the past three years, under the stimulus of two important factors, viz: the peculiar fitness of the soil for the successful cultivation of sugar cane, and the high relative remunerativeness of this product, under existing conditions.

 It is estimated that full 90 per cent of the cultivable land in Lafayette parish is well adapted to the growing of sugar cane, and the approximate acreage under cultivation during 1893 was 3,000 acres. This year indications point to an increase of at least 75 per cent of the present acreage.

 The yield during the past season average 24 tons per acre (unfertilized lands) which, at ruling prices, netted quite satisfactory results in spite of the great expense attending the marketing of the cane away from home, an expense that will be removed to the near future, at the very inviting opening here offered for one or more central sugar factories can not be overlooked by capital much longer.

 Persons interested in the cultivation of this particular product here, like those similarly engaged in other portions of the State, look upon the bounty law as a contrast and that the repeal of it would impair the obligation of a contract, and feel confident that the democratic or any other party cannot afford to deliberately destroy by partless legislation so important industry to the entire country, and, under this conviction, are, still devoting their best unreadable word)  to this avocation with reason (unreadable words)  and manifest good to the whole people.

 It may not be inappropriate to add that under favorable influences Lafayette will soon rank, relatively, as the banner sugar parish of the Pelican State.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

Paul D. St. Julien Takes His Life.

 While laboring under a fit of despondency, Paul D. St. Julien, aged 20 years a promising young medical student ended all of his earthly troubles by shooting himself through the brain with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.

 The act was committed in the rear gallery room on the second floor of the boarding-house No. 238 Canal street where he has been boarding since the month of October, 1892, since which time he has been attending the Tulane medical lectures.

 The young man was born and raised at Broussardville, Lafayette parish, and is the son of a well known planter of that place. He was a bright and intelligent gentleman, and expected to graduate and become a doctor next April. When the suicide first came to this city and began his studies he secured as his room mate Mr. Gerasime Richard, of Sunset, St. Landry parish, who is also attending the medical lectures at the same college. As both of them had known each other since childhood, and were now on the verge of manhood and in the same class, they became inseparable friends. A short time ago St. Julien received a letter from his relatives stating that his father, intending coming here, and this seemed to please him very much, but a few days ago he suddenly became desponded, and his room mate quickly noticed the fact. He, however, said nothing to St. Julien about the matter, as he thought the sudden change might have been caused by his studies, but it was easily seen that he was laboring under some mental strain far more severe than his studies. His roommate cheered him up the best he could, but the young man could not be comforted in his troubles, and for three consecutive days he remained in the house. He would go to his meals, but would return without eating anything, and keep secluded in his room, apparently not wishing any consolation.

 On last Sunday Richard's cousin, James Richard, of Jennings, came to the city to participate in the carnival festivities and went to room with his cousin Gerasime. Yesterday evening about 5 o'clock James Richard noticed that St. Julien was acting in a very strange manner, but paid no particular attention to him. As Richard started to leave the room St. Julien called him and asked him if he would come back and Richard replied that he would and walked over to the dressing case where St. Julien was sitting on a chair. The latter then informed him that he was in trouble, but what it was he did not say. Richard advised him to go out and walk around and he would feel better, but this he declined to do.

 His roommate next came into the room and asked him if he was going to see the parade and he answered in the negative. As he complained of being cold, Richard had a fire made for him.

 At 6 o'clock when the supper bell rang St. Julien declined to go down stairs and his companion left the room with his cousin. After partaking of supper they went out to see the parade. After witnessing the procession and walking around the city they returned to the boarding house shortly before midnight and proceeded upstairs to their room.

 The door was partly open, while the lamp on the dressing case was burning dimly. As they attempted to push the door wide open they found that it met with an obstruction. They instantly looked in and were horrified to see young St. Julien lying on the floor at the bed with a pistol clutched in his right hand, and his chest and his face and breast bespattered with blood, while on the floor was a large pool of the crimson fluid.

 The inmates were hastily informed of what had taken place and when James Richard went  to St. Julien's trunk where he had kept his revolver, he discovered that the suicide had taken his weapon and placing the muzzle into his mouth sent a bullet crashing through his brain.

 One of the roomers immediately proceeded to the central station and informed Chief Gaster of the affair and the coroner was then notified. The deceased leaves a mother and brothers. 

From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

The Work of repairing and renewing the dwelling house of Mr. F. Demanade recently purchased from Mr. Eddie Higginbotham, was begun this week, preparatory to the building being occupied by Mr. Demanade's family. Mr. Ulysse Poinboeuf is doing the painting and wall paper hanging.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

An Ill-Wind.
The uplifting and carrying some distance of the heavy cover that guards the opening through the metal roof of the bank building, and the partial demolition of one of the chimneys of Mrs. A. C. Young's residence, were wild feats performed by the violent wind Thursday morning. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

The Boys are Back in Town.
Dr. A. Gladu's two sons, Leonce and Gonzague, arrived home a few days ago, from the State University at Baton Rouge. On account of an epidemic of spinal meningitis that has been prevailing at the university of late from which three students have died, it was decided to close that institution for a time. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

Laf. La. Feb. 8, 1894.

Among other business....

 On motion of Mr. Spell seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, it was resolved that the contract made by Julian Mouton, President of this Board (as authorized) with Prog. W. A. LeRosen as principal of the High School, for the term of five months, beginning Jan. 22, 1894 and ending June 8, 1894, at the salary of $80.00 per month, is hereby approved and ratified; and that said principal be paid monthly on the warrant of the President as are the other teachers of the public school.

 Resolved further, that the President of this Board be and is hereby authorized to accept the transfer of the High School Building with its furniture and appearances from its Board of Directors as provided in the charter of the High School.

 On motion by Mr. Guilbeau seconded by Mr. Broussard, it was resolved that Messrs. Alexander Delhomme, Sr., and A. Olivier whose names have been suggested by the Police Jury to serve as trustees of the High School, are hereby approved and appointed as auxiliary visiting trustees of said schools.

 Resolved further that Mr. Charles O. Mouton be and is hereby appointed as an auxiliary trustee of said schools.
Laf. Advertiser 2/10/1894.

News Notes (Advertiser) 2/10/1894.

 We are requested to remind members of Hope Lodge that a stated meeting will take place on the 17th. inst. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1894.

 Claims aggregating a considerable sum have been recorded against the Teche Railroad Company. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1894.

 There will be another grand calico and masquerade ball given at Falk's Opera House on St. Joseph night, March 19th. All are respectfully and cordially invited to attend. Admission 50 cents.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

The Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist church will give a mite meeting next Tuesday evening at the residence of Mrs. R. C. Greig. The entertainment is given for the benefit of the Methodist parsonage, and it is hoped that all friends will lend their presence and contribute a mite to a worthy object, Remember Tuesday evening Feb. 13th. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

Beginning March 1st, the Cheneyville & Lafayette Railway Post Office will be extended to Alexandria, La. This will prove of great benefit to our people as heretofore a letter mailed to Alexandria was put off at Cheneyville, and the following eve at 3:48 it left Cheneyville for Alexandria, taking over 24 hours to reach a place only 4 to 5 hours distant. The change will be a welcome one. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

The ADVERTISER directs the attention of the town authorities to the following facts the street bridge nearest town hall is in a very defective condition: the foot crossing at the corner of Edouard McBride residence property stands in need of immediate repair, the plank walk contains a number of shaky and unsafe places between Biossat's store and Leo Doucet's establishment. Laf. Advertiser 2/10/1894.

 Prof. LeRosen opened his night school with nine pupils, last Monday. There are a score of more of young men in our town who might, and no doubt will, avail themselves of the opportunity offered them by Prof. LeRosen, of bettering their education without interference with their day duties which prevents them from devoting any time to study excepting at night.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

 On Thursday morning last there was a miniature wind storm in town. In fact, about eight o'clock a. m., there was for some minutes all appearances of an impending tornado, but fortunately the wind shifted from South to West, and while it continued to blow steadily throughout the day, was by no means dangerous. In the morning, some few fences were blown down, and branches of trees blown off. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894. 

 Some mischievous persons, or persons, stole a fine turkey gobbler from widow T. Herbt last Monday night. Those who suffer losses of this kind fail to see the funny point said to belong to such doings and we will yet hear of some person engaged in this evil practice becoming the receptacle of a load of buck-shot. Of course, the buck-shot will be fired in "fun" only, even though the amateur thief should die from the effects. Laf. Advertiser 2/10/1894.

We have learned of a movement that is now being agitated by members of the order to bring together in general convocation, every six months, the membership of the several local lodges Knights of Honor, of adjoining towns for purposes of sociability and improvement. We consider the suggestion a good one and believe that both the order and its members would be directly benefited by regular conferences of this kind as the natural consequence of the travel and interchange of ideas that would be occasioned by this means. Also, closer friendly and business relations would be established between members residing in neighboring towns, the results of which would prove of mutual advantage. The ADVERTISER wishes success to the movement. 
Laf. Advertiser 2/10/1894.

Mr. Biossat, the well known jeweler, has secured the services of Mr. Rourgeois, who is reputed to be a very skillful workman, especially as an engraver. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1894.
 A scene that proved itself an object of great amusement and one that was particularly appropriate to the purpose in hand, was that presented on our streets Mardi Gras day in the shape of a large flat boat drawn by a pair of mules. Fastened to standards on either side of the boat were pieces of white cloth bearing this inscription: "This is the way we travel Lafayette parish roads," and to emphasize further the significance of the design, a much dilapidate two wheeled vehicle was made to closely follow the flat boat, bearing as an excuse for its badly crippled condition the explanation on canvas "Bad roads did this." The whole affair was certainly a capital 'get off' on the present miserable condition of the parish roads, and citizens of Lafayette are bound to regret that these should ever be in such a state as to furnish just occasion for jest or ridicule of this nature. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of February 10th, 1894:

 Last Sunday while Judge Debaillon's boys were amusing themselves in the yard, one of the boys accidentally inflicted with an ax  slight scalp wound on little Paul's head. Dr. Mouton was called and dressed the wound, and Paul is all right again. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1894.

Twelve New Applications. - Since the installation of the officers of the Lafayette Lodge Knights of Honor twelve applications for membership have been filed with the secretary. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1894.

Mail Service. - The Cheneyville and Lafayette Railway post office has been changed, and it is now the Lafayette and Alexandria will now reach its destination twenty-four hours earlier than heretofore. The change does away with the long delay occasioned by the mail laying over at Cheneyville. 
Laf. Gazette 2/10/1894.

The Mardi Gras Ball.
 The masked ball at Falk's hall on Mardi Gras was a success in every particular. The hall was filled to its utmost capacity by pretty girls and handsome boys. Many visitors from the adjoining towns were noticed in the crowd. The music was good, being furnished by the Broussardville String Band. The management deserves much credit for the perfect and orderly manner in which everything was carried out. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1894.

 Success of a Lafayette Boy.
 Dr. G. E. Salles, formerly of this town and one of our most popular boys, but now a practicing physician of Houston, was in town this week on a visit to his relatives. His many friends here will learn with pleasure that he is meeting with much success in the practice of his chosen profession. The Gazette sincerely wishes him continued prosperity for there are none more deserving of success than Dr. Salles. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1894.

A Turkey Stolen.
 While in Georgia a few weeks ago Mr. C. C. Mabry visited Colonel B. G. Swanson's "Cormerson Race Horse Farm" at LaGrange and purchased a trio of fine "Mamouth Bronze" turkeys and brought them to this town. Mr. Mabry was justly proud of his turkeys and watched over them with a jealous eye. Tuesday morning when he went to the coop to feed them, he found to his great surprise that the largest one, the gobbler, was conspicuous by his absence. Some sneak thief had entered during the night and relieved him of his precious fowl. Experience teaches that turkey-raising in Lafayette is a very unsafe investment. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1894. 

A $40 Hog Stolen.
 Mr. Alfred Hebert is in hand luck. Some time ago he purchased a fine sow in Kansas at a cost of $40. He had the sow brought to his farm near town and put it in a pen, but subsequent events proved that the costly swine was not destined to remain there long. A few days ago thieves entered the pen, killed the sow and carried her away. Mr. Hebert searched the houses of several parties, and had one negro arrested, charged with the theft. Laf. Gazette 2/10/1894.

Personal and Impersonal.
 - In a Brooklyn police court as deaf-mute was charged with stealing a pocket-book. When the prosecutor had testified and the prisoner was asked to defend he took the oath and wrote his denial thus: "I did not take the pocket-book; she didn't see me take it, for she wasn't there when I took it."

 - Uncle John Holland, colored, who died in Kent county, Del., at the reputed age of one hundred and eight, was famed for sobriety in all things save a riotous imagination. Two years ago he professed to have visited Heaven and to have recognized there a white lady of his acquaintance. His descriptions of the celestial city were graphic and a bit ludicrous, but they were heard with open-mouthed wonder by his brethren.

 - The youngest grandchild of Prince Bismarck, the little daughter of Count Herbert and the former Countess Hoyos, was baptized at Schoenhausen castle a few days ago. She received the name of Anna Leopoldine Alice. Including the members of the family and Dr. Schweninger, who is now seldom absent from any Bismarck festival, all the members of the nobility from the surrounding country were present. Bismarck has no male grandchildren of his sons and daughter, Countess Rantzau, being girls.

 - Bishop Lawrence spoke in Boston at the annual reunion of graduates of the Lawrence grammar school, which was named after his grandfather, Amos Lawrence. He said that none of the hearty welcomes offered him since his elevation to the episcopal office had given more gratification. The bishop recalled as one of the memories of his boyhood the fact that it was his yearly task to squeeze enough lemons to make a barrel of two or lemonade for the boys of the Lawrence school, whom his father always made it a point to entertain at his home in Brookline.

 - Queen Victoria's conservative fondness for the things she is used to is shown in the fact that the little ivory paper-knife with which she cuts the pages of her new books was in her possession when she was a little princess. The cabins of the royal yacht are still brightened with the same old-fashioned rosebud chintz which her dead husband liked. The queen has a particular love for fresh air, and sits in rooms so cold that no American woman could endure them. A fortnight ago she had her summer garden tent taken out of its winter quarters, and sat in it in the garden for two hours or more for several consecutive days, signing official documents.

 - The charming wife of a congressman, noted for his energetic labor in behalf of his constituents and his general efficiency and unfailing good-nature, is quite a noted cook. When she is to entertain at dinner, she is fond of surprising her guests with a dainty dish of her preparing. "I believe," she said, when some one complimented her on her accomplishment, "that we grow like what we eat. My husband has a sensitive digestion, and bad cooking came near making a fiend of him and a maniac of me. I set myself to correct this, and I flatter myself I have succeeded. Improperly prepared food depresses one, and will transform my husband into a cynical pessimist in less than an hour. I really consider that his popularity in his district and his return to congress depend upon the food I give him and the manner in which it is prepared."

 Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser of 5/12/1893.

Mercury Vapor Light.

  Mercury-vapor lamps produce a light as is well known, that is greenish blue in color, and which produces an unpleasant effect, not inaptly described as "ghastly," on the faces of persons illuminated by it. This is because the spectrum of the light has no red in it. It has been proposed to add a red reflector or globe to correct this, but experiments show that the light is not changed in color, but obstructed.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

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