It seems that we have a few night marauders among us but so far we have not missed any types. The only thing that is scarce around here is ----------------. If you know what is missing in our office, bring, bring it to us. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1899.
NOTICE FROM YOUR ADVERTISER:
With this issue of the Advertiser the paper becomes the property of the undersigned company. The new management intends to pursue a progressive but conservative, course, in conducting the business policy of the paper, and will faithfully carry out all contracts made between the former proprietor and patrons of the paper. It will be the earnest endeavor of the management to deserve the support of both old and new customers alike, and make the paper one of the best advertising mediums in South West Louisiana.
We have secured the services of Mr. A. C. Ordway as editor, who will have absolute control of the editorial columns, and shape the policy of the Advertiser in that respect.
The Lafayette Publishing Co.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893
New Blood Takes Over at Advertiser.
It undoubtedly seems strange to you, dear reader, to find a new name at the head of these columns, instead of the one, which for so many years adorned this page; a name that has always commanded the respect of every one, and has become a household word in many families, and, believe us, no one has a higher respect and a more thorough appreciation of the many noble qualities possessed by our predecessor than the writer, and it has been this knowledge of the sterling qualities possessed by him, that caused us to hesitate in assuming the mantle worn by him for so many years, but, having accepted, and assumed editorial charge of these columns, we shall endeavor to make the ADVERTISER in the future, as it has been in the past, the exponent of right, honor and justice.
In politics the paper will continue to be Democratic - pure and simple; on all other questions it will be independent, being governed at all times, in choosing the pro or con or a question, by what, in our judgment, will result in the most good to the greatest number - and our readers will never be in doubt as to where we stand, for we shall not hesitate to advocate, with no uncertain sound, that we believe to be right.
But first, last, and all the time, the chief object and ambition of the ADVERTISER, will be to encourage the development of the boundless supply of latent energy and dormant natural resources possessed by our people and country.
We desire to place the ADVERTISER in the lead of all country papers in the State, but we can not do this alone. To succeed we must have the help and co-operation of the people, and we believe we shall have it, for success is generally awarded to the deserving.
We do not ask, nor do we want help or support from any one unless they believe we deserve it ; but if we give you a paper that is an honor and credit to the parish ; a paper that works alone for the improvement fo the people as a whole, advocating and working for the general good of the community, equally fearless in supporting good and antagonizing wrong, no matter where found, then it will become your duty to accord us a liberal support, and we have confidence that you will do so.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Competition For The Advertiser? - Lafayette is to have a new paper in the near future. Messrs. Homer J. Mouton and C. A. Thomas will be at the helm. We extend our hand in fraternal greeting and wish them success in their new undertaking. Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893
New Paper in Laf.
Lafayette is to have a new paper in the near future. Messrs. Homer J. Mouton and C. A. Thomas will be at the helm. We extend our hand in fraternal greeting and wish them success in their new undertaking. Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Ye editor would be pleased to make acquaintance of every reader of the ADVERTISER. Our latch string is always hanging out, and we will be pleased to see you at any time. Laf. Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Our readers will kindly excuse any short-comings in this number of the Advertiser, as ye editor has only had three days in which to get out the paper.
Laf. Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Mr. Geo. Manotte, lately of Columbia, S. C., is now on the general staff of the "Advertiser."
Lafayette Advertiser 1/22/1898.
Advertiser's Children's Column. - Pupils of the public and private schools in the town and parish should be encouraged by their teachers to write essays and compositions for the Children's Column of The Advertiser. The stimulative effect of work of this nature on the young mind is healthful and not without other positively advantageous results to the children.
Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.
When in town, call at the office of the Advertiser, and see our new quarters. We want to see you all. Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.
Intellectual Meaning of Journalism? - * * * * "Intellectual meaning of journalism" * * * "Famed originator of all that could be termed modern? * * * "Encyclopedia of intelligence and learning." * * * ! !! !!! The Advertiser modestly bows in acknowledgement of such laudatory recognition of its worth by a newspaper correspondent, not its own. Although frequently the recipient of similar compliments verbally or by letter. The Advertiser is unaccustomed to receiving such public avowal of its characteristic traits has happened in this case, and for that reason we should be permitted to place on record this brief notice to ourselves. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894:
Be Fair, Brudder. Our esteemed neighbor, The Advertiser, is not at all satisfied with the location of the Western Union telegraph office. Our confrere should be more liberal minded and take a broader view of such matters. The telegraph office was removed from the depot with a view to expedite the telegraphic business of this town and not for the purpose of benefiting any locality. Mr. Clegg was asked to give the free us of an office and he kindly consented to do so. Major West, of the Western Union, visited the town and after consulting with a number of business men, concludd to accept Mr. Clegg's generous offer. The Advertiser seems to labor under the impression that the corporate limits of this place extend only a few yards from its office and that the people living outside those sacred precincts are not supposed to come in for any recognition and are simply "not in it."
In all matters that concern the community at large the interests of no special locality or circle should prevail.
Why, dear brudder, you have the post-office, the telephone office, and other good things right by you and judging from your article your eagle eye is set on the telegraph office. Unless you become just a little more magnanimous people around the Court-house will actually have to get a permit from you folks in order to be able to breathe.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896.
Only Two Cents a Week. The Advertiser costs only two cents a week, just what it takes to mail a letter. You get an eight page paper filled with local happenings, home news and discussions of home questions with editorial expressions on leading topics reproduced from leading newspapers. Send us $1.00 and receive The Advertiser 52 times. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904
A LITERARY CONTEST.
To assist in swelling the High School fund the ADVERTISER has concluded to inaugurate in Louisiana the latest English and New York fashion -- the missing word contest. The terms are as follows: Each person who wishes to try to supply the missing word in the paragraph that is given below, must cut out the "Missing Word Coupon" on this page of the ADVERTISER, and with name and address and the missing word plainly written in the proper place, send the same, together with 25 cents, to this office. The total of the fees received will be divided into two parts -- the first to be given to the high school fund and the second to be divided equally among those who currently guess the missing word. This coupon will be printed for one month. The result will be announced in the issue of this paper following the close of the contest.
"This is the paragraph :
If we are to have a High School it behooves the people to stir themselves and --------------."
The missing word in this paragraph is known only to the editor, and it has been written and sealed by him in an envelope which will not be opened till the contest closes, when it will be opened by three prominent citizens. Competitors can make as many guesses as they choose, but each attempt must be made on a coupon taken from this paper and accompanied by the entrance fee of twenty-five cents.
MISSING WORD COUPON.
[Cut this coupon out, fill up the blanks, and with twenty-five cents send it to the editor.]
Post office address................................
Lafayette Advertiser 2/4/1893.
Don't forget our offer good till the 1st of March. One dollar for the "Advertiser."
Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898
Our "job department" is overtaxed. Our presses are running daily till late in the night. Fine work and low prices will bring "jobs."
Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898.
"Send him a paper." This is daily asked at our office. It is a subscriber who begs us to send a copy to his neighbor, to his uncle, to his cousin. who watch the proper time to take possession of our "Advertiser" and then read it himself..........Gratis.
Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898
The Advertiser has had an unbroken run or orders for several months past. The reason for this is that we do satisfactory work at satisfactory prices. Try us just once and see.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.
DEPENDS ON GOOD SELECTION.
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:
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. Gabriel Beadle brought to the Advertiser office on Thursday a large cabbage, weighing 13 pounds, which is on exhibition in the office window. The cabbage is another evidence of the great productivity of our soil, and is another demonstration of its adaptability for garden truck.
Laf. Adv. 2/14/1903.
Mrs. J. E. Declas, a railroad employee, stated to the Advertiser reporter, that notwithstanding the severe weather he had a fine patch of strawberry vines and expected to have the ripe strawberries in about a month.
Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.
Result of The Advertiser's Prize Contest.
The prizes were won as follows, and will be presented to the successful contestants whenever it suits there convenience to call on us for them :
The first ($2.50 in gold) - NED VOORHIES. He is to years of age and attends the public school in charge of Prof. R. C. Greig.
Answer: "George Washington's birthday."
The second (World's Fair souvenir coin) FRED A. COURTNEY, aged 10 years and a pupil of the Carencro public school.
Answer: "Washington's birhday."
The third (1 year's subscription to The Advertiser) NORA DARBY, 10 years of age and attends private school conducted by Miss Louise Richard.
Answer: "Birthday of George Washington, the great General and President of the United States.
As announced last week the priority of answers was determined by numbering and dating them in the order they were received. The first three correct answers that reached us, of necessity, precluded all others received afterward from sharing the benefit, so we deem it unnecessary to publish more than those already submitted. We hope that all the disappointed ones may at some time secure prizes we will offer in future contests of a similar kind.
The Advertiser now requests the three successful contestants named above, to write a short composition on George Washington so that we may judge what is the extent of their knowledge of this great countryman of ours. As a reward for such an effort on the part of these children, we will publish the most meritorious of the compositions received. The children must not be allowed to consult books of any kind for material to base their compositions, nor must they receive instructions from any person, but, to make the test a fair one, are required to draw on from their own fund of knowledge. Their parents or teachers should explain this clearly to them, and reassure them in every way, so that they will feel encouraged to make a reasonable effort, as no one will be unreasonable in their expectations of children of their years.
Compositions must be delivered at The ADVERTISER office not later than 4 o'clock p. m. next Thursday.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/17/1894.
Owing to the energy of our excellent reporter, who furnishes more interesting matter each week than we can give space to, we have been compelled to order a font of, brevier type, which will be here next week, or the week after, when our locals will appear better in brevier.
Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.Last Tuesday, accepting the courtesy of Mr. Arthur Greig, we drove with him in buggy to look at the new "pin-hook" bridge across Bayou Vermilion. We were much pleased with the appearance of the bridge and the soundness of the work.Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.
We call the attention or our city subscribers that they will find their "Advertiser" in the Post-office thus obviating the difficulty of knowing if the newspaper was delivered to them. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
Very often, of late, we received letters of information about Lafayette with request to send a sample copy of our paper. This request proves that a newspaper is the soul of any community and that by its value and enterprise it has the power either to engage seekers to reside in its midst or disgust them to come. But a newspaper is powerless thus to act unless it has the undivided support of the community, therefore it is the duty of our business men and others to encourage the newspaper which represents the spirit of enterprise which exist amongst them and then one may expect a wave of prosperity.
We learn with great pleasure that a great many of our subscribers have taken the decision of not lending the Advertiser to their friends anymore. They understand that it is their interest for our subscription list to be increased as more subscribers we will have and more will we be in shape to give them a larger and better newspaper. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
First class work done in job work at The Advertiser Office. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
We have at our office a view of a part of Lafayette taken from the top of the waterworks tank by Mr. Zell. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
The management of the ADVERTISER has decided to place at the disposition of the children and youths of Lafayette, a standing space for their special use and benefit. We hope that those for whose profit this is intended will improve the opportunity thus afforded them and will not feel any undue timidity or backwardness about utilizing the space it is purposed shall be devoted to their interests. Parents and teachers will be doing a good turn by the children in encouraging them to write short communications and compositions for publication, express opinions, seek and impart information, etc., within the compass of their years. It will be of practical benefit to the young people and the results of their efforts in this direction will prove to be a source of pleasure and satisfaction to them. The idea here presented had occurred to our mind several months ago but we neglected to put it to regular account until now when it is forced on our attention again by a request to publish the two following productions of a pair of juvenile minds arrayed against each other in debating the question "Who did the most for America, Columbus or Washington?"
The little debaters are pupils of the Carencro public school having Mrs. E. W. Glenn for principal. This worthy lady has been for many years an ardent promoter of education and innumerable young minds have received a practical and useful mental training under her careful guidance. The purpose of publishing the compositions in question is well explained in the words of Mrs. Glenn herself. "I send two debates regarding which I wrote you. The little children are delighted with the idea if their publication, but for private reasons you will pleased sign only the "nom de plume' to each one.
I hope this may lead to an effort in the same direction, not only in my school but in others of our parish. The stimulating effect to be thus exerted on the minds of the children must necessarily be productive of good."
Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1894.
It is predicted that the end of the World will occur on March 31st, 1902. Only two more years, one month and three days. You better come and pay your subscription. Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1899.
OUR TICKET. (Advertiser)
FOR MAYOR: Felix H. Mouton.
FOR COUNCILMEN: Dr. G. A. Martin, Felix O. Broussard, Felix H. Landry, A. A. Morgan, Jr., Pierre Gerac, J. F. Tanner, O. B. Hopkins. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.
The Advertiser acknowledges with thanks an invitation to be present at the Fourth Annual Banquet of the Home Fire Co., at Falk's Hall, Thursday evening March 3.
Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1904.
CRESCENT CITY LETTER.
New Orleans, March 26th, 1882.
Unheralded, the New Orleans correspondent of the faithful ADVERTISER introduces himself to the public and bids all a hearty "How do you do." The Crescent City presents an inviting field to the news gatherer - a rich field wherein abounds intelligence which if it were all published would be in a language of the tony, rich - rare - and racy. However, we will leave the task of disseminating such intelligence to other hands and will content ourselves and our readers with faithful accounts of public events as they transpire in this Southern Metropolis.
Of course, politics is the most important topic to be dwelt upon, for in Louisiana, politics is first, next business. And the recent speech delivered by Senator Jones, of Nevada, in the United States Senate is a fruitful theme of conversation amongst politicians, and particularly amongst Republicans of the colored persuasion, who are almost beside themselves since they have read Jones' harangue on the anti-Chinese bill. It must be admitted that the colored gentry are stirred by rightful indignation, when their faithful adherence to the Republican party is considered alongside of the ungrateful obloquy emanating from a Republican U. S. Senator and bosom friend of a Stalwart President. Their groans are the wailing of the oppressed, and their cause that of justice and humanity.
The first amongst the colored leaders of Louisiana to remonstrate against the tirade of the Senator from Nevada, as the intelligent colored Representative from Iberville parish, Hon. Theophile T. Allain, who "takes the bull by the horns," in the following epistle which be dispatched to Washington :
Senator Jones, Washington, D. C.:
Your speech, striking "Sambo" over John Chinaman's shoulders, delivered in the United States Senate, will, if the spirit of it is carried out throughout the length and breadth of this country, do poor "Sambo" more harm in the future than bulldozing did him in the past. Before you turn us over to "old massa," for God's sake give us an appropriation to build the levees and feed the starving people in the inundated districts in the South.
Very respectfully, T.T. ALLAIN,
Representative, Iberville parish, La.
Representative Pierre Landry, of Ascension parish, also a prominent colored man, remarked in a conversation on Jones' speech : "The sentiments expressed by Senator Jones in this speech on the Anti Chinese bill are entertained by many others who have not the courage to express them." And last, but not least, comes Sheriff Peter A. Jones, of Ascension parish, a young colored man of education and considerable attainments who enters his solemn protest in the following forcible language : "Senator Jones' speech is certainly startling, the more so as it emanates from a (unreadable word) Republican (unreadable word) personal friend of (unreadable name). I do not believe that the Senator from Nevada expresses the sentiments of the Republican party and hence his sensational harangue will not injure the party a particle, but may probably be the cause of the gentleman's permanent retirement to the shades of private life. Senator Jones and his colleagues were certainly as well informed about the capabilities of my people twenty years ago as they are now, and it is but sheer hypocrisy on their part to contend that what is wrong now was right then. In my humble opinion, the gentleman from Nevada is attempting to manufacture capital amongst the Southern people ; but he will ignominiously fail, and his attack upon the colored race will resolve itself into nothing. I attach very little importance to the ravings of the millionaire Senator from the Western wilds."
In all justice, candid men must concede that such sentiments as those expressed by Senator Jones comes with bad grace from a Republican chieftain, and that such vile ungratefulness stands without precedent in history.
Mike and Dave Hennessey, the two ex-detectives, who stand charged with having murdered Tom Devereaux, the Chief of Aids, have been re-indicted by the present grand jury so as to make assurances doubly sure, there were doubts about the legality of the former grand jury that also found a true bill against them, Mike Hennessey has entirely recovered from his wounds.
Messrs. Ben Poincy and A. Nott, flour inspectors were arrested on a charge of contemplating a breach of the peace by being about to fight a duel, and placed under bonds. The day previous it was announced that the gentlemen had settled their misunderstandings amicably, but it seems that this public notice was only a ruse to hoodwink the police who were on the qui vive and anticipated trouble.
From dame gossip it is learnt that the election for Representative which took place in the Second Ward was a farce from beginning to end, and that the Republican candidate was sold out, lock, stock and barrel. The election resulted in favor of W. J. McCall, one of the " 'b' boys,", and an independent Democratic candidate. The business men et als, who yearly complain about hoodlum rule, have themselves alone to blame if they are dissatisfied with Mr. McCall's election, for they were mostly conspicuous by their absence at the polls. And yet the public will be again nauseated with the same old cry of "ring-rule," "hoodlum government," and other notorious yells from the "citizens'" people.
A young girl, aged 10 years, has been arrested, charged with the grand larceny of $170, the property of Mrs. Cheevers of this city. She is the youngest culprit on record and has plenty of time to reform and turn to the the righteousness.
The Art Exhibition closed last Saturday. Considering that it was the first of the kind, it was a success.
The Civil Court has that the Herdio Coach Company is not dissolved as it has not been dissolved by act of the Legislature, or by forfeiture of its charter. The appointment of liquidators is therefore null and void.
An illustrated paper bearing the name of "The Mascot" has been established and is already in high public favor. The cartoons are are appropriate to the times, caricaturing public officials with telling effect, and its editorial department is ably conducted.
From EPSILON MU, the Lafayette Advertiser's new "Crescent City Correspondent."
Lafayette Advertiser 4/1/1882.
We have been kept so busy grinding out job work for several weeks past we forgot to mention that many new names have been added to the subscription list of The Advertiser since January 1, 1894. We hope to enroll many more new subscribers before the end of the year. The purpose of the paper is to prosper home interests and the more support we receive from the people the more vigorous will be our effects in that directions. Laf. Advertiser 4/7/1894.
Our neighbor Hovelle informs us that he has received so many letters requesting him to extend the time on the $2 per dozen cabinet photographs that he has reluctantly consented to do so, and now makes answer through The Advertiser to the writers saying that the privilege of obtaining one dozen photographs of the finest style and finish for the small sum of $2 is now extended until May 1.
Laf. Adv. 4/7/1894.
Those persons who took the trouble of going to Pellerin & Lombarc's brickyard last Sunday to see the "Coxyites" start on their march to Washington will harbor no hard feelings against The Advertiser, for the hoax we perpetrated on them to remind them that Sunday was April first. We have the names of those who went to bid the "Hogg-men" farewell, but do not intend publishing them for that would be carrying the joke to far. Lafayette Advertiser 4/7/1894.
ANOTHER SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT TO BE ADDED TO LAFAYETTE.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/14/1894.
Advertiser Has New Publisher.
This week THE ADVERTISER is issued under a new management, the under-issued having purchased the plant, business, and good-will of The Lafayette Publishing Co. The new proprietors being experienced newspaper men the adventure is not an uncertain one with the past thirty years history of the paper to back us. It will be our aim to make THE ADVERTISER the representative paper of the people of Lafayette parish and we will be ready at all times to defend their interests.
In politics THE ADVERTISER will be, as in the past, democratic, and while it be our intention to give more of our time and space to local news and the upbuilding of the town and parishj, democracy shall receive due attention.
We shall endeavor to give the people a good, clean, wholesome newspaper and hope by our untiring effoerts to merit a continuance of the patronage of a liberal public.
VAN DER CRUYSSEN & GOOLSBY.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/20/1895.
In our last issue we informed the public that the new ADVERTISER building soon to be erected for the use of this newspaper, would be located on Mr. P. B. Roy's land east of Moss Bros. & Co., that being the understanding when the announcement was made. Since then, however, by mutual agreement, the site has been changed to the lot of ground adjoining Biossat's jewelry establishment; and no time will be lost in the construction of the building.
Sound Reasoning. - The editor or who penned the following words knew exactly what he was talking about. If there is any better reason for asking a newspaper to work for nothing, then there is to ask a school teacher or a preacher to give their services for free, we would like to have them explain it to us. We are unable to see the point, especially where parties asking free advertisements are intent on making money out of it. An editor who has evidently had some experiences, puts it as follows.
"We have at last learned just this much about the newspaper business: Advertising of any kind should always be paid for. We have learned to not puff every Jim-Crow thing that comes along, free of charge and give a lot of free advertising to something that gets pay for everything it does.
While we want to please our readers in every possible way we can, we are running this great enunciator for a living and for exactly the same reason the farmer tills the soil, for the same reason that a lawyer sells his talent to one side of case and for the same reason that other people do various kinds of work. We do not expect anybody to work for fun only. We do expect only reasonable compensation the same as other business men.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 5/8/1897.
Hello, Editor Advertiser.
Well Mrs. B-----, what is it?
I think it's awfully nice to be able to get fresh country butter right out of an ice box, just when you want it.
That is a great accommodation.
Yes, and I and some of my lady friends of this neighborhood often avail ourselves of the opportunity Moss Bros. & Co. have been obliging enough to give us to procure a good quality of home made butter at any time we might want it. They charge only 25 cents a pound for this butter.
Well, Van, what is it? Anything new?
No, I don't know anything new.
Can't you tell me something about a Sewing Machine?
Yes, I can. A cheap Machine is dear at any price. A Good Sewing Machine is a joy forever. The difference in price is quickly off set by the superior service of the latter, and a freedom from annoyances so commonly found in the use of the former. You'll make no mistake if you pin your faith to the White Sewing Machine, for sale only by T. M. Biossat, Lafayette, La.
Well, what is your pleasure?
I am one of the fellows who attended the "stagg" picnic last Sunday, about whose safety there were such grave apprehensions on account of the large number of venomous snakes known to be prowling around the country since the election and if it had not been for an ample supply of the regulatious antidote for snake bite that we brought along and that we used as a preventive we would not have had near the enjoyable time we did have on that occasion. I expect those horrible snakes would have made short work of us if we had not gone out prepared for them. Great thing that antidote against snake-bite.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/16/1896.
Advertiser Building. - Work on THE ADVERTISER building was begun last week, the the superintendence of contractor Fred Mouton, and satisfactory progress is being made in its construction in spite of the great interference occasioned by repeated rainfalls.
Laf. Adv. 5/19/1894.
Each week when you have finished reading the ADVERTISER send it away to some friend that it may do missionary work for Southwest Louisiana, and Lafayette particularly. It won't cost much, and the benefits will be large. Laf. Adv. 5/27/1893
THE RAILROAD ELEMENT IN LOCAL POLITICS.
Until the present time the ADVERTISER has refrained from taking sides with either of the parties who were candidates at the late municipal election. But the events of the last few days have left no option in the matter, and believe it is now our duty to call the attention of our people to the "writing on the wall," that they fully realize the menace to good government contained in the action taken by some of the defeated candidates.
The official returns of the election showed that those gentlemen who now hold their commissions, were elected, and the defeated candidates should have abided by the returns, and we believe they would have done so had they been governed by unselfish and and patriotic motives and a desire to advance the best interests of the town.
The great trouble with municipal elections is the present system of voting, which allows a minority faction - the railroad element - to hold the balance of power. Out of 300 voters in round numbers about 80 are railroad men, and they have tried to fill the same position in local politics that New York state has occupied in National affairs, and by forming a ring, have tried to defeat the will of the majority.
On the defeated ticket were three railroad men, two of whom appear as signers of the petition for a trial contest. LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER 5/30/1893.
The assumption of office by a new administration is always a matter of public importance, and their first official acts are and should be a matter of concern, even anxiety, to all good citizens.
Should their acts be such as to win approbation, then it is fortunate indeed; but should they merit condemnation, it only remains for the people to know it, and it becomes the unpleasant duty of the newspapers to place the facts before the readers.
The new City Council has inaugurated its administration by completely ignoring the platform of economy and impartiality to which it stands pledged before the people. The Council has increased the cost of policing the town $1080 a year, without any corresponding advantage to the public in the opinion of many thinking people who are directly interested in the question as taxpayers; and they have given the public printing to the Gazette at $150 a year in preference to accepting the offer of The Advertiser to perform the same service for $74 a year, and this was done in direct violation of the law, which provides that municipal corporations shall let the public printing to the lowest responsible bidder.
Believing that fair consideration should be accorded our new city administration, The Advertiser purposely refrained from commenting upon the first important act of that body in adding the number and the salaries of the police force. We believed it to be only right to wait for developments before passing judgement; but when they afterward awarded the public printing to the highest bidder for none other than personal reasons, then interpreting their first act, by this last one, The Advertiser considered the matter of such serious import as an index to the possible future acts of the Council, as to deserve publicity and adverse criticism. That was our motive, and were it not, the fact that we had been deprived of our just right under the law regulating the awarding of public printing, would have been sufficient to any fair minded person.
The business proposition we made to the Gazette does not in any way effect the principle involved in the present contention. It was made a wholly with a view of fostering a friendly relationship of the local press, which is a desideratum; but Editor Greig has unkindly and unjustly placed the proposition before the public in such a light as to reflect upon the editor of this paper.
Ever since the present proprietors of The Advertiser have owned the paper, a business arrangement has existed with The Gazette under which both papers shared the public printing of the town and parish. When Mr. R. C. Greig purchased a half interest in The Gazette several months ago, we proposed to him a continuance of the arrangement for the good of all concerned, and if he desired to tell the "plain truth", he would have said that Messrs. LeRosen and Alpha made him a proposition to continue the arrangement heretofore existing between the two newspapers as to dividing the public printing, but at the same time specifically stipulating that our joint bid for the city printing (rates for other public printing is fixed by law) should be $200; the same amount as The Gazette bid for itself. Mr. Greig stated to both the proprietors of this paper in the presence of one of our employees that he thought very favorably of the matter, and would talk it over with his partner and give us an answer. Owing to much delay in obtaining an answer and being desirous of continuing a perfectly honorable arrangement and intended solely to conserve friendly relations between the parties thereto, we did not "importune" The Gazette, but made several requests for the promised answer to a proposition considered with open favor by Editor Greig.
If it be true in the words of The Gazette that "during the past administration The Advertiser and The Gazette have been sucking a fine treat of the old corporation cow to the tune of $200, or $100 apiece," and that "side by side these two stalwart calves have gorged the rich and delicious fluid for years past, and have grown big and fat upon food, to which the meat that Ceaser fed upon was no circumstance," what will be thought of greed of the one calf which wanted for itself alone as much, and no less, than was deemed ample for two stalwart calves heretofore!
All this, however, has no real bearing on the question and affords no justification for the two official acts of the Council complained of, and which undoubtedly place the administration in an altogether unfavorable light. And this is to be regretted all the more because of the fact that the welfare and progress of Lafayette rests largely in the hands of the City Council, and it were better for all, if their administration had started out on lines broad enough to commend them to the public confidence and support, instead of being allowed to fall into the ways of the partisan politician, which are always obstructive in their influence and subversive of of good government. Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1905.
THE GAUNT KNIGHT.
The editor of the Advertiser unnecessarily allowed his temper to get the best of his judgement, and indulged in language extermination, in the last edition of his paper, because the Gazette saw fit to make some remarks on an article of his published in a preceding issue of his paper.
To show the public that The Gazette was within the lines of legitimate journalism, we shall quote from the record. In its issue of the 12th., the Advertiser said:
- The Clerk of the Police Jury, Mr. R. C. Greig, in utter disregard of his duty delays giving us the Police Jury proceedings -
Why did it not stop there? The sentence would have been complete, and the whole matter, as a result, would have been one between it and Mr. Greig, and had The Gazette taken exceptions thereto, it could, with some reason, be called a "gratuitous inter-meddler." They why did the editor add, and we call special attention to the words italicized:
- owing to the fact that his personal friends in the office of The Gazette have to be served first.
This last clause we considered an unnecessary interpolation, and we did not so characterize it at the time simply because the intelligent readers could see it for themselves ; and upon this uncalled for sentence The Gazette felt it its right to comment, and in doing so, let us repeat, we were within the bounds of legitimate journalism.
We beg the readers to notice well these words of the Advertiser:
* * * owing to the fact that his personal friends in the office of The Gazette have to be served first.
In our rejoinder, Aug. 19, we said in substance that the write got mad -
- because the Secretary gave The Gazette the proceedings of the Police Jury first.
Any discrepancy between the two statements? Is not the meaning, - and the wording nearly, - the same. Yet the editor of the Advertiser has the brazen assurance to say in its issue of the 26th:
The statement there is any other motive for our complaint is untrue.
Who said there was? It is true we added near the end of our article the words "and lead us to believe that every one not biased saw through the pretext," which was a corollary to the article commented a charge, therefore when the editor commented upon, and in nowise contained a charge, therefore when the editor said that "the statement that there is another motive for our complaint is untrue," he was only "talking in his hat and interviewing his whiskers."
The editor then solemnly proclaims war. We presume, war to the knife, and the knife to the hilt.
Now, in reviving and assuming the the role of the gaunt knight Don Quixotte de la Mancha - a character evidently not ill-suited to him - the editor of the Advertiser has scored a decided hit. The next time that he feels the "heat running down his collar band," and nothing but read, yea, red gore will appease his fiery and sanguinary ardor, he can don his armor and sally forth, cap-a-pie, and make a dash on the flock of sheep that occasionally browse on the court house green, but if the game is too tame, he can rein about his old war steel, Rosinante, and charge the wind mill close by, dismount, ascend, dampen the forefinger, rub it against the red paint, glare around, and like Father Boniface, imagine it is blood, then shriek out : "b-l-u-d, b-l-u-d." He will surely bring down the house.
And by all means let Sancho Panza, at the same time, make a flank movement on the depot windmill.
P. S. - Brother, don't kill us all; please leave one behind to tell the tale.
Lafayette Gazette 9/2/1893.
No Need To Publish "Oftener." - When we changed THE ADVERTISER from a weekly to a semi-weekly, the question of building a road from Lafayette to Abbeville was being agitated and and the publisher thought he could do more to help the movement along by publishing twice a week; but as the agitation has been abandoned owing to a failure on the part of Mr. Leslie to put in an appearance, as he promised to do, the need of publishing oftener than once a week has ceased to exist, and in consequence we will return to a weekly form publication. Our next issue will be on next Saturday. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1893.
Stiffed the Advertiser. - Dr. Holbrook, Dentist, who was here lately, had himself advertised in this paper calling public attention to his profession &c., and after a stay of several weeks left without settling the cost of such advertising. Now it may be the Doctor did not intend to beat us out of this little amount, but "at this present moment" it has the appearance right much, and the prospect is, that he will be handed around at the same expense to himself, perhaps. We have been told that he is now in Lake Charles. Look out for him. Lafayette Advertiser 6/3/1882.
Louisiana Products. - Among the home grown products which have been received at this office the past week is a bunch of millet, the well known forage. The sample left with us is just as fine as any we ever saw and be believe better can be grown anywhere. It was grown by Mr. Andrew Cayard.
Mr. T. Allingham has the premium for fine peaches. He left a sample with us which measured seven and seven-eighths inches in circumference and was fine in every respect. If there is any better peaches produced anywhere all right; these are good enough for us. This peach was raised from a tree of Mr. Allingham's own budding. A cluster of six pears and another of ten Kelsey plums left here by Dr. T. B. Hopkins is a good illustration of great proficiency of good fruit trees in this country. The plums were taken from a four year old budded tree and in regard to size they can be seen in front of the Advertisier Building.
Mr. James Harvey sent a stalk of cotton at this office yesterday which measured 36 inches in length.
Yesterday Mr. H. Church left a twig of a California plum tree at this office which measured only fifteen inches in length, contained twenty-eight plums and weighed eighteen ounces. How is this for a country which does not pose as a fruit country.
Letter To the Advertiser -The sample of buckweat sent you by Mr. B. H. Wilkins last week we forgot to state that it was planted the 9th. day of April and cut the 25th day of May, making not quite seven weeks. This goes to show that three crops can easily be grown in one season. Mr. Wilkins planted only three-fourth pounds of the of the seed and will gather from three to four bushels.
Yours truly, J. C. COUVVILON.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1895.
We hope soon to be able to announce the date we will take possession of our new quarters next to Biosatt's Jewelry Store. The ADVERTISER building is rapidly nearing completion and will be an ornament to its portion of the town. Laf. Adv. 6/9/1894