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From the Lafayette Advertiser 2/13/1869:

Railroad from Brashear (Morgan City) to Texas?

 Strange fell the rumor on our ears last evening that the new projected road from Brashear to Texas, was to leave the Town of Vermilionville to the right and running by the salt works, follow an air line to Texas. The rumor though credited by many is not believed by us. The building of the Road to Texas from Brashear has become a fixed and incontrovertible fact, and the only question to be discussed is, shall it run to Vermilionville or below by the Telegraph line. We cannot in any way understand the reasons why any preference should be given to the lower route or air line. The upper line offers all the advantages and certainly is the cheapest, though perhaps the longest route. In following the upper line the new company will find the Road already graded as far as Vermilionville, nay as far as Opelousas but of that part of the now graded road between Vermilionville and Opelousas, we shall say nothing for the present ; as the contractors have no use for the same now. One thing we hold up to the consideration of the new contractors is, that the adoption of the upper or Vermilionville route, possesses advantages which cannot be had on the lower or air line and which can in no manner be compensated by difference of distance ; the Vermilionville route, is graded from Iberia to Vermilionville, nay to Opelousas, runs through a section of country densely populated and highly growing and productive, and is now high and dry and easy to lay on, and that would pay well as the road progressed ; and withal were the lower line shorter than the upper, we would venture to say that the lower line runs through a low, marshy country, less thickly populated, less growing, and full of difficulties, which upon mature consideration will lead Messrs. Price & Chonteau to the adoption of the upper route. In connection with our above remarks we would mention the spirited suggestion of "Indamara" in the last Opelousas "Journal" which holds out the great inducement of all the St. Landry and Bayou (unreadable), by the building of a branch from Washington to Vermilionville at the expense of the citizens of that parish ; the trade of that section of country is immense and it is growing.
We follow the spirit of enterprise and progress and are willing to do anything in our power to benefit the country and our native Town ; the spirit shown by St. Landry will be responded to by Lafayette. We do vouch for that. The road we must and will have here, such is our interest, the interests of the contractors and of the whole country.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/13/1869.



One certain tract of land situated in this Parish, on the East side of the Bayou Vermilion, containing Eight acres, bounded North by land of widow Michel Trahan, South by land Adelaide Hebert, wife of Hypolite Savoie, East by land of Ursin J. Broussard and west by land of Valsin Vincent.

Terms and Conditions :
All sums under Twenty dollars payable Cash on the day of sale, and all sums of Twenty dollars and over on a credit of one, two and three years from day of sale. Purchasers to furnish their notes with two good and solvent securities in solido to the satisfaction of the administrator, payable to his order, at the office of M. E. Girard, Esq., conditioned to bear eight per cent interest per annum from maturity till paid. The property susceptible in mortgage, remaining specially hypothecated in favor of said succession until the purchase price and interest if any shall have been paid. No purchaser of moveable property shall have the right to dispose of the same until paid for, otherwise the full amount will become immediately due and demandable.
   A. MONNIER, Clerk.

   Laf. Adv. 2/13/1869.    

For Sale:
A certain tract of land 6 by 20, bounded by lands of Gideon Richard, Neuville Broussard and Zenon Broussard. Dwelling House - Kitchen - Cotton house - Corn crib - Fencing - Work Oxen - Cows and Calves - Horses and Mares - Hogs - Ox cart and horse cart - Ploughs and Harrows - Tools - Household Furniture and kitchen utensils - Corn - Cotton in the seed - One Gun - One Rifle.

Terms & Conditions : All sums of five dollars and under CASH on the spot. All sums that amount on a credit of one, two and three years from the day of sale. Purchasers furnishing their notes with two or more good and solvent securities in solido, to the satisfaction of the parties interested, notes to bear eight per cent interest per annum from maturity until paid, and to be payable to the order and at the domicile of the administrator. Property susceptible of mortgage remaining specially hypothecated with vendor's privilege in favor of said succession until the purchase price and interest if any, shall have been paid. No purchaser of moveable property shall have the right to dispose of the same until paid for otherwise the whole amount of the purchase price will become due immediately.
  A. Monnier, Clerk.
   Laf. Adv. 2/13/1869.   

Household Gods.

 The ancient Greeks believed that the Penates were their gods who attended to the welfare and prosperity of the family. They were worshiped as household gods in every home. The household god of to-day is Dr. King's New Discovery. For consumption, coughs, colds and for all affections of Throat, Chest and Lungs it is invaluable. It has been tried for a quarter of a century and is guaranteed to cure, or money returned. No household should be without this good angel. It is pleasant to take and a safe and sure remedy for old and young. Free trial bottles at Wm. Clegg's drug store.

 Lafayette Gazette -February - 1898.  


 An excellent object lesson has been given by Herr Koch, the German physicist, who wished to illustrate the formation of glaciers to his students. He took a square tray, having a sloping gutter, down which yellow pitch, resembling colophony, which, like ice, is plastic under pressure and brittle under tension, was allowed to flow, the gutter being first lined with very hot pitch so as to give the main flow a better hold on both sides. Transverse fissures, like the crevices in  a glacier, appear in the middle of the stream, and smaller ones join them from the edges. Where the bed widens longitudinal crevices are produced.

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

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