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From Lafayette Advertiser February 6th, 1897:

Mardi Gras for Lafayette.

 Last Monday a club was organized with the object of preparing some form of celebration for Mardi Gras, and especially to attend to getting up Parades.

 The work was divided into two sections and two executive committees appointed to superintend arrangements.

 There is a called meeting for Saturday at 4 p. m. at the Opera House when plans will be discussed and permanent arrangements made.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/6/1897.

A Message From Mr. Van der Cruyssen.
 Editor-Publisher of the Lafayette Advertiser.

It's a Pity.

 The members of the Journalistic profession, not unlike the men of other occupations, are sometimes - well - not so very united. It's a pity.

 Our field work is comprehensive and diversified, and the achievements for good of the human family, nearly incalculable; the increase of our usefulness to humanity parri passu to the manifold uses of friendly relations existing in the profession-, which leads us to say, we ought to cultivate these feelings.

 Let us place no restriction upon an individual member who may differ in opinion with us, or in his way of seeking the truth in the widest possible course, ever aiming to the public wealth.

 Leave every one of every possible political creed go on investigating untrammeled by party bigotry, or the invidiousness of others, and contributing his results to the sum total of researches, and we all receive the result of all the others in return.

  Why not every man of the press proceed in the way that serves best to him, whether it is to look into the affairs of my side of the house or not - he leaves not his bearings so long as he means well to the public interest.

 In conclusion, let the "I am holier than thee brother stop flinging mud at his neighbor; it's an old, old trick, too threadbare to deceive any body.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/6/1897. 

$1,200 In Cash Registers. - Twelve hundred dollars is a neat little sum of money to invest in cash registers, but Moss Bros. & Co. believe the compensating benefits justifies the outlay on their part. It is only another evidence of the progressiveness of this business firm that believes nothing is too good for themselves and their patrons. By the use of the wonderful mechanical  device known as the National Cash register a money transaction between a merchant and his customer is reduced to mathematical precision, to say nothing of the advantages afforded by the same means, of a thorough systemization of business that it appears can be obtained in no other way. Lafayette Advertiser 2/6/1897.


 From Lafayette Advertiser of February 6th, 1869:

The Opelousas Railroad Company Election.

 The election on the 27th of directors of this company, usually one of much monopoly, was enlivened by raid into the quiet enclosure by that by that very popular person known as the Governor of Louisiana, who, not content with the patronage given him by the constitution, and by the law passed at the last session of the Legislature, thought to govern the selection of directors of this company also.

 It will be recollected that by an act passed in 1867, just as the session ended, the right of the State and of the city to vote for directors of this and the Jackson Road, which was then thought a doubtful one, was relinquished. The bill was not signed by Gov. Wells, but was subsequently approved by one of his military appointed successors, whose power to do this has been sustained by judicial authority.

 Gov. Warmoth, it seems, regards this act as not binding on him, and undertook to vote yesterday, not withstanding its provisions, and proceeded to the vote of the State for 26,000 shares of stock for the following gentlemen most of had not previously been interested in a single share of stock, but who, as we are told, were the day before invested each with one of its present very valuable and high priced certificates of ownership, that they might be qualified for the post.

 The following are the gentlemen for whom the Governor offered to cast his vote:

 James Graham, Robert Watson, J. B. Robertson, A. B. Long, S. T. Delasize, M. A. Southworth, J. O. Noyes, Geo. S. Cleveland, J. J. Williamson, S. B. Packard, A. E. Barbour, P. D. Pratt, R. W. Francis, D. W. F. Bisbee, John F. Deane, J. H. Oglesby, W. L. McMillan, A. D. Greiff.

 We presume that all who read this notice know the gentlemen and their eminent fitness for this responsible position. From the N. O. Crescent and in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/6/1897.

City Council of Vermilionville.

Session of January 16th, 1869.

Members present: R. Dugat, President, B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles. Absent: Ed. Pellerin.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Collector proceed immediately to the collection of all taxes due the Corporation for the years 1866, 1867 and 1868, and also all Licenses due for 1868 and 1869.

 On motion of B. A. Salles, it was resolved that a committee of three be and are hereby appointed to examine the streets of the town for the purpose of draining the same and report at the next meeting of the Council. The president appointed Messrs. G. C. Salles, H. Landry and F. Martin on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved, that persons residing within the limits of the Corporation and having hedges growing near the street, so as to obstruct the sidewalk in any way, are hereby notified to trim the said hedges, within the ten days next ten days next following the publication of this resolution; otherwise the same will be trimmed at their expense.

 On motion it was resolved, that all persons are hereby notified and forbidden not to obstruct the side walks in any manner, under penalty of a fine not less than five dollars; to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.

 On motion the Council adjourned to Wednesday the 20th. inst., at 3 p. m.
W. B. BAILEY, Secretary.
R. DUGAT, President.
Laf. Advertiser 2/6/1869.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 6th, 1907:

Miss Nellie Duhon and Mr. A. L. Lyons Married In Orange Wednesday.

 The following account of the marriage of Miss Nellie Duhon, who was a Lafayette girl before she became a Crowley girl, which appeared in the Crowley Signal, of February the second, will be read with much interest by her many friends here:

 That love will find a way and it even has the audacity to laugh at locksmiths was cleverly and forcibly demonstrated Wednesday when Alphonse L. Lyons, driver for the Wells-Fargo Express Co.,  and Miss Nellie Duhon, of this city, were united in marriage at Orange, Texas, in the office of J. B. Bisland, J. P., at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

 There is quite a bit of interesting romance connected with the marriage, which is really an elopement.

 Miss Duhon, now Mrs. Lyons, was to have been married next Monday, so the story is told, to a young man residing in South Crowley. The world changes and so does the minds of people and she decided she cared more the man to whom she plighted her troth than the man to whom she would have been married next Monday.

 The trip was well planned. The young lady remained at the home of a friend in South Crowley and took the Oriole Wednesday morning for Orange. The groom went to the depot with the clothes he wore on the express wagon and he took the train and accompanied the young lady. After the ceremony had been performed in the Lone Star state, the groom telegraphed the father of the bride of the marriage. They returned this morning on train No. 8 and went to the home of the bride.

 Mr. Lyons is one of the trusted employes of the Wells-Fargo Express Co.; a young man of even of habits and excellent character. The bride is the daughter of R. Duhon and is a pretty brunette with charming personality and both have many friends who will congratulate them. Lafayette Advertiser 2/6/1907.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 6th, 1914:

Organization Effected with Miss Edith Dupre as President - Meetings to Be Held Monthly.

 The proposed Parents Club at the Institute was modified into the "Parent-Teacher Association" at the meeting held for organization Tuesday night. A goodly attendance was again present and the purpose of similar organizations were fully discussed, after which it was decided to adopt a form of somewhat like those composing the national organization of such school cooperative clubs. Supt. L. J. Alleman, who has recently become a patron of the Institute was called to preside and Geo. A. DeBlanc was elected temporary Secretary. A committee on Constitution was appointed by the Chair with instructions to report immediately with a proposed Constitution, which was duly adopted and permanent with the following officers: President, Miss Edith G. Dupre, 1st Vice President, Mr. F. G. Mouton; 2nd Vice President, Mrs. J. J. Davidson; Secretary, Mr. George A. DeBlanc; Treasurer, Mr. R. L. Jordan. There are no dues and anybody is eligible for membership who is interested in the objects for which the Association was formed. Meetings will be held on the first Thursday night of each month. Standing committees were appointed on Program, Attendance, Discipline, Sanitation and Cleanliness of Buildings, Beautification of Grounds, Health, and Vocational Guidance. Lafayette Advertiser 2/6/1914.  


A Novel Way to Save Souls.

The Salvation Army is at least original in its methods of saving souls. Its eccentricities have long fed the wonder of people whose idea of religion does not conform with the freakish and spectacular forms in vague among the followers of General Booth.

 Recently General Booth's staff were traveling on a train from Memphis to Little Rock. They walked from their private car into a coach in which sat several negroes. Here was an opportunity to save a few souls and the Salvationists could not resist the temptation to put in some work for the Lord. Major Cox, the chief of staff, gave his attention to one negro who seemed to offer an exceptionally inviting field for missionary work. He threw his arms around the Ethiopian and kissed him, explaining his strange performance with the following words:  "This is what we think of your race." The matter was reported to General Booth who replied that it "it was Major Cox's own affair." Mr. Booth-Tucker's explanation of the incident was "that it was Major Cox's way of saving a soul."

 While most people will agree with General Booth that this singular oscillatory exercise was "Major Cox's own affair," they will doubtless wonder at the religious fervor of the man who hopes to save a blue-gummed negro by kissing him. Though skeptical people will hardly believe in the efficacy of this method of salvation they will no doubt be struck with the novelty of the scheme and the sublime faith of Major Cox.

 It requires an unusual degree of religious tolerance to refrain from classifying Cox either as a fraud or a lunatic.

  Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 2/7/1903.

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