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 The New Years ball given by the Jewish Ladies on New Year's eve was a pleasant affair, was well-attended, and realized a nice sum. The hall was prettily decorated for the occasion. The young people danced till a late hour, md all who were present had a delightful time. Miss Wilson of New Iberia won the prize for the best lady dancer, a handsome pin, and Mr. Ben Schmalinsky, the gentleman's prize, a silver shaving set. The sofa pillow, which was raffled was won by Mr. Pelletier's baby boy.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/3/1903.

We acknowledge the receipt of an invitation to attend the ball at Crowley, on the 4th inst., (to-night) in honor of the third anniversary of that town. We extend our congratulations to our neighbors upon their prosperity which has attended its rapid growth. Laf. Adv. 1/4/1890.

 The Ball of New Year's Eve.
 The ball at the Crescent Hotel New Year's eve was worthy of its mate of Christmas eve and will always be regarded some of the most brilliant social events the experience to be experienced by Lafayette. No detail had been overlooked that most contribute to the success of the occasion and all preparations were carried out on an elaborate scale. The patrons of the ball had come hither to dance and have a royal good time and in this they were not disappointed. An old year went out and the New Year ushered in a midst a scene of gaiety and merriment long to be remembered with happiest recollections by all the participants. A most pleasant episode of the evening was the presentation of a handsome pair of napkin rings to Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn by the company, their guests. The napkin rings were of sterling silver and on them were mounted in beautiful design the monograms of the recipient in gold. In well choice words Mr. Crow Girard presented, in the name of the donors, this testimonial of their regard and esteem for their amiable host and hostess. Taken by such complete surprise, words for the recipients for the first few words failed the Mr. and Mrs. Hahn. Their appreciation was  visible (unreadable word) in the pleased circumstances, and following this period of silence Mr. Hahn recovered his self-possession sufficiently to assure the company that he and his wife were highly sensible to this mark of attention showing they  would always greatly treasure their beautiful mementos. Lafayette Advertiser 1/5/1895.

Bear in mind that to-night the Knights of Labor Ball invites your sympathy and attention. The net proceeds go to our street lamp fund. Every citizen is individually interested in the success of this entertainment and should lend his aid to it. It will be no gratuitous contribution on the part of those who attend; besides future benefits, they will be fully remunerated by taking advantage of the opportunities for enjoyment which will be offered them on this occasion.
Laf. Adv. 1/5/1889.

 The dance given by a number of young men at Falk's Hall last Sunday night passed off very pleasantly to all concerned. There was a fair attendance of young ladies and gentlemen, who whiled away several hours to music by the incomparable string bands from Breaux Bridge and Lafayette.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.

The Ball on New Year's Eve.
 The young men who gave the ball at Falk's Hall last Sunday night may justly feel proud of the success which crowned their efforts on this occasion, as the ball proved a most brilliant affair, and will long be remembered by those who attended as one of the most enjoyable social events of the year 1893. At an early hour people from this and adjoining  towns began to arrive, and at 9 o'clock over sixty couples, led by Mr. Emanuel Pellerin and Miss Aline Richard, placed themselves in position for the opening march, which presented a most charming spectacle. Exactly at midnight the sweet strains of the Breaux Bridge band summoned the dancers to a second grand march, with Mr. R. B. Martin and Miss Octavie Cayret in the lead. During and after the march the guests were treated to a display of fireworks. Refreshments were of the best, the decorations were neat, the music was excellent, and all seemed to enjoy themselves to their hearts' content. It was late in the night when the band played "After the Ball," which the dancers understood to be a gentle reminder that the time to go home had come. The Gazette compliments the young men on their success and desires to express the hope that they will give many more such balls during 1894. Lafayette Gazette 1/6/1894.

Mardi Gras Ball at Falk's Opera House will be a most stylish one. Mr. Louis Lacoste, the chairman, will spare no efforts to make it a success.
Laf. Adv. 1/7/1899.

Hebert's Hall.

 The inauguration ball given on Thursday evening by Mr. T. Hebert, Jr., at his new and splendid Hall has proved a success in every sense of the word. Every thing went off charmingly, - every thing was fair and sweet and beautiful, the hall, the music, the refreshments, and, last but not least, the young ladies and the old ones too. Mr. Hebert is decidedly the man for our town ;  and that his laudable and beneficial undertakings he crowned with success and be rewarded with a rich and golden harvest, is the wish which comes up from the core of our editorial heart.

 To the young Hyperions, we present the compliments of the young ladies and gentlemen and of the community at large, for the able and efficient manner in which they have discharged their part of the task. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874.

A grand ball will be given at Mr. J. B. Perez's Hall, on Thursday Jan. 30th, 1890. The public is invited to attend. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.

There will be a Grand Masquerade Ball at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras.
Laf. Adv. 1/12/1901.

 A grand Calico and Masquerade Ball will take place at Falk's Opera House on Tuesday, Feb 6th. All ladies are invited free. No invitations will be issued. Excellent music will be engaged, and a good time is expected.

Laf. Adv. 1/13/1894.

Mardi Gras Ball. - A calico masquerade ball will be given at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras, Feb. 6. The Loreauville band will furnish the music. No invitations will be sent out. Admission for gentlemen, 50 cents.
 Laf. Gazette 1/13/1894.

There will be a ball to-night in Sibille's Hall, Carencro. Music will be furnished by the Breaux Bridge and Duhon bands. Laf. Gaz. 1/14/1899.

Mardi Gras Ball. - There will be grand masquerade hall at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras. Laf. Adv. 1/19/1901.

A Most Gay Ball.
Letter to the Editor:
Laf. Jun. 16, 1889.

Dear Editor, - Here I sit pen in hand and considerably puzzled how to begin to give you and your readers a necessarily short, correct description of last night's ball, or hop, as it was styled by its givers.

By way of introduction I can truthfully say that by your absence you deprived yourself of the exquisite pleasure of witnessing one of the most enlivening balls, private or public, given this season. That's a fact, a solid undeniable fact, with all due respect for and kind recollection of almost every one of its predecessors.

Why, dear editor, it was astonishing, amazing, and gratifying the sight of so much well-clad feminine beauty gliding over the polished surface of the ball-room floor; and the writer gazing at it through his spectacles - the which, by-the-by, lent an air perspective to the gay scene - was forcibly reminded of lively panoramas, and highly colored illustrations from Oriental proceedings read of in that venerable, immortal and veracious book, the "Arabian Night's Entertainment." Ah, yes; dear sir, life is too short that we should permit to pass unnoticed the jolly gathering of Tuesday night . . . . Soe of the dresses indulged in by the ladies who attended this remarkably successful hop were as rich and tasteful as ever it was the luck of the writer to see.

In last week's issue of your paper it was claimed that Mr. J. P. McGee was a "connoisseur" of all that was rich and beautiful in feminine apparel, - well I trust he took notice of those handsome feminine appurtenances worn on the occasion of which I write, and that in some issue of the ADVERTISER he will tell us what he thought of them. When he does so the writer predicts a difficult task for him.

All honor to the "young men of Lafayette;" they worked hard to make their pleasing venture a success and they succeeded. Without putting the names of those who participated in making the hop one to be remembered, the ladies will easily learn whom they have to particularly thank for the pleasure of the evening. J. P. M.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.

Mardi Gras Ball.
Strict investigation will be made of the Masquerade Ball to be given by the Fire Department at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras. Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1899. 

Ball on January 30. - There will be a ball at Falk's hall on Thursday, Jan. 30, for the benefit of the Lafayette Brass Band. The Gazette hopes that the people of the town will avail themselves of the opportunity to give substantial proof of their appreciation of this splendid musical organization. The fine music which this band is already able to play shows what it can expected to do in the future if is given the proper encouragement. We do not know of an organization more deserving of the people's support than the Lafayette Brass Band. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

There will be a grand ball at Falk's Opera house. Mardi Gras.
Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

Mardi Gras Ball. - Everybody should attend the ball on Mardi Gras. It promises to be a very enjoyable affair. The gentlemen in charge of the arrangements inform The Gazette that a large attendance is assured. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/27/1894.

On Thursday evening of this week a very pleasant social hop was given by the young men of the city, in the upper part of the court house. The Lafayette Brass Band furnished the music, and as everyone went with the intention of having a good time, the evening proved to be a most enjoyable one. Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899. 

On last Tuesday evening an impromptu dance and social was held in the house formerly run as a hotel by Mr. Veazy. Notwithstanding the disappointment regarding the music, was enjoyed by all present. Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

The Hebrew Ball.

As will be seen elsewhere in this issue, our Hebrew friends have made the preliminary arrangements for their ball on the 18th of February. The several committees are composed of some of our best citizens, who in matters of this kind "know no creed," and have never been known to be laggards when the good of any one class of our people is in question. For the benefit of those who don't know, we will state that the room in which the ball is to take place is not inferior to any in the State for dancing purposes, in fact a glance at it will satisfy the most aesthetic that it is specially adapted to the uses of the Terpsichorean art. Its dimensions are ample, -- the floor is superb, and we are assured that music of no mean order will be had for the occasion. Lafayette Advertiser 1/28/1882.

The Gazette returns thanks to the A. O. U. W. Lodge for a very handsome invitation to a ball given by them at Falk's hall to-night. Laf. Gaz. 1/29/1898.

An elegant and substantial banquet was given at Falk's Opera House on last Tuesday night by the lodge of Knights of Honor No. 3194. Visiting brethren from New Orleans were in attendance. A good many applications for membership were received. The cheapest life insurance to be gotten now, is by membership in the K. of H. Laf. Adv. 1/29/1898.


 Is an Assured Social and Financial Success - Preparations for Its Presentations Proceeded Nicely.

 The Advertising Carnival of Trades Extravaganza that is being promoted by Mrs. Hollibaugh, under the auspices of the Baptist Aid Society, is progressing in a most satisfactory manner.

 Nearly a half hundred firms have consented to be advertised and they will be represented by Lafayette's best talent in a way that each feature will seemingly outrival the previous one.

 Everything suggested by this gorgeously beautiful entertainment is unique, original, rare or artistic, hence the audience that greets this meritorious local production cannot fail to be impressed with all the advisers do or say for the benefit of their various firms. One from among many is the ever fascinating "Maypole Dance", wherein ten little maidens trip like tiny fairies around the charming queen chosen from their number, and who has been crowned "Queen of the May" by Mrs. McElroy, of Colorado Springs, as she renders the beautiful solo, "A May Morning". Mrs. McElroy possess a voice or rare sweetness, power and expression. She also leads the "Clang of the Hammer, a chorus in which a score of feminine blacksmiths appear.

 Mrs. L. D. Burnett, a music intructor who has recently become a resident of the this city, will be the piano accompanist.

 To mention every feature in detail would require far too much space, but when it is known that Lafayette's best talent is to appear in prominent parts, it is an assurance to all who may attend that they will be highly entertained at the Jefferson Theatre on Friday night, Feb. 8. Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.

The Orchestra's Ball. 

 A ball will be given at Falk's hall to-night by the Lafayette Orchestra. The proceeds will go to that splendid musical organization to purchase some instruments. The members of the orchestra have never failed to respond when called upon by the people to assist at entertainments or celebrations of a public nature, and it is to be hoped that the people of the town will take advantage of this opportunity to show their appreciation. We dare say that no organization has ever shown more readiness to help the town than has the Lafayette Orchestra. Only a few days ago it generously volunteered its services to entertain the Agricultural Society, and it is no exaggeration to say that it contributed largely to the success of the session. Upon different occasions The Gazette was pleased to note the public-spirited displayed by the members of that association. Let the people of the town turn out en masse to-night and attend the ball, which promises to be a very enjoyable affair. The orchestra is composed of the following gentlemen: Walter Mouton, leader; Henry Van der Cruyssen, Charles Jeanmard, Charles Jannaro, Dr. Felix Girard, Henri Gerac, Prof. Von Hofe, Edward Voorhies, Wm. Campbell and George Melchoir.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1896. 

Grand Ball.
 Invitations are out for the Grand Ball on the 18th inst. at the La. W. Hotel, the ladies being generally invited,--with their escorts who, by the way, must provide themselves with a piece of metallic substance commonly known as the American dollar, or--it's equivalent--a ticket, before they knock for admittance. This much for the door, and when you get in--well, you mustn't know to fix yourself in such a way that should you grow Shakespearean and say "he who steals my purse, &c.," you would, more than anything else, resemble a harp struck by lightning. Lafayette Advertiser 2/4/1882.

  The ball given last Saturday night by the lodge of A. O. U. W., did not receive the patronage it ought to have had. The young men were conspicuous by their absence. Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898.

Successful Ball.
The ball given by the local lodge of the A. O. U. W. last Saturday was a success. Although the number of those who attended was not large, the affair was a thoroughly enjoyable one in every particular. The lodge is to be congratulated on the successful and pleasant outcome of its undertaking. Lafayette Gazette 2/5/1898.

 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.

Remember the Knights of Labor ball at Falk's Hall, to-night. They have made elaborate preparation, and as they always do, give a most hospitable entertainment, where every facility in afforded for mirth and enjoyment. They give these entertainments every season, and they are always liberally patronized. Go and enjoy it.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/15/1890.

Ball St. Joseph's Night.
We are requested to announce that there will be a grand calico and masquerade ball, at Falk's Hall on St. Joseph's night, Feb. 19. A general invitation is extended to the ladies. Gentlemen will be charged 50 cents admission. Laf. Gazette 2/17/1894.

Mardi-Gras Ball.

 Notwithstanding the very disagreeable weather of last Tuesday quite a number of people attended the Masquerade Ball at Falk's Opera House, but the attendance was not as large as in preceding years. The maskers were few and besides three or four costumes there was no attraction in the sight.

The firemen of Crowley, La., to the number of twenty-four having accepted the invitation of their colleagues of Lafayette were present lending an added attraction to the ball.

Their coming was highly appreciated and without doubt the firemen of Lafayette will sometime return the compliment.

The grand march was executed by all the firemen present in full uniform and the sight was grand to behold.

In the name of the Fire Department, the Hon. Wm. Campbell in words well chosen thanked the firemen of Crowley for their presence. Reply was made by one the visiting firemen.

The prize offered by Mr. Falk, a gold medal for the best Lady and Gentleman dancers was awarded to Miss Isaure McDaniel, of Lafayette, and Mr. Ivick, of Houston, Texas.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1899.  

The masked ball at Falk's Hall last Saturday evening was well attended (unreadable words) the young people from this and adjoining towns, who gathered to participate in and enjoy the whimsical costumes, extravagant masks and the merriment such affairs always affords.
Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.

POLICE JURY On motion, resolved, that the use of the court house shall be tendered the firemen Hook and Ladder Co. for the purpose of giving a ball on the 25th of February or on the 4th of March.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

police jury Resolved, That hereafter the use of the Court House is prohibited for the giving of balls, concerts or any public exhibition. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1873.

Nice Ball. - The ball at the opera house Wednesday night was a highly enjoyable affair. The management was excellent; the music, by the Five Landry Band, was good, and the beaus and belles were handsome. Every element was present to make it the success that it was. Lafayette Advertiser 2/23/1895.

Mardi Gras Ball. - The ball given by the Benevolent Knights of America on the evening of the 16th proved a most highly enjoyable and successful affair in every respect. Many ladies and gentlemen from Breaux Bridge and other towns were present and lent beauty and charm to the happy occasion. Refreshments were served and social intercourse added to the many pleasant features of enjoyment. The Association extends its hearty thanks to the ladies who so kindly served at the tables.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.


 We can say without contradiction, that the ball last Saturday evening was a success - even beyond the expectations of its managers, - and surely we can say again, that much of the beauty and chivalry of Attakapas was gathered here. The spacious and tastily adorned hall of the La. W. Hotel was soon comfortably filled, - including young ladies and gentlemen of this community and many from Opelousas, New Iberia, Abbeville, and other places.

There were also among this gay assembly many of maturer years, who though not being adept in the Terpsichorean art, are far from being unknown in some other spheres.

Promptly at a signal from one of the floor managers, the Breaux Bridge string band sent strains of delightful music vibrating through the hall, and many who, till then, stood listlessly around or were otherwise engaged, proceeded hastily to secure partners for the first waltz, and thus it went, - from the fascinating waltz to the elegant lancers, - from the sedate quadrille to the rather more lively "heel and toe." There were several among the "trippers" who danced gracefully and with ease, and were much admired. In this connection we may state that we heard of complaints from two quarters, - one from those on the floor to the effect that the music did not last long enough, and another from a few young men not dancing who seemed to think the dances tediously long. The latter might be made to think otherwise by means of a proper course of treatment.

The refreshments were abundant and nicely arranged. The table presided over by Mrs. J. O. Mouton, assisted by Mrs. F. K. Phillips, was well patronized, in fact the returns show that numbers made engagements on this part of the programme "early and often." We learn also, that the confectionery department under the management of Mrs. Jos. Plonsky and Mrs. L. Levy was satisfactorily remunerative.

In an adjoining room, where among other things, the institution of a post office department in connection with the ball. This was superintended by Miss F. Bendel assisted by Mrs. J. Frank. Several young ladies were organized as a corps of letter carriers, and these bore epistles of the most amatory order, with a slight advance up on U. S. postage, to those they thought likely to expect communications of that character.

We are glad to be able to say that the ball was a financial success; but leaving that view out of sight, think that an entertainment of the kind once in a while would do the whole community good.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1882.

St. Joseph's Day.
 The Business Men's Association will give a ball on St. Joseph's day. With the aid of a number of gentlemen, headed by Mr. A. T. Allingham, a parade will be gotten up for the occasion. The floats have already been secured and the work of designing and decorating will soon be commenced. Dr. F. E. Girard and Mr. H. Van der Cruyssen went to New Orleans Wednesday morning for the purpose of procuring the material necessary to decorate the floats. Nothing will be left undone to make this celebration a brilliant success. A number of young men offered their services to the committee and no pains will be spared in carrying the project to a successful termination. The ball promises to be one of the fines ever given in Lafayette, as the association is determined to make it so.
NOTE - Just before going to press we were informed that this celebration has been postponed and will take place on the fourth of July.
Lafayette Gazette 2/29/1896. 

Grand Ball. - The members of Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1 will give a grand ball and parade on Saturday the 29th of May, and it is useless to say that the occasion will be an enjoyable one for all, as our Fire boys never undertake anything of the kind without making a success of it in every way. Fire companies from other towns will be invited to attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/15/1886.

Ball Given For Flood Sufferers. - The grand ball given by the Hyperion Brass Band, at the Court House in this place, on Sunday the 9th inst., for the benefit of the sufferers of the over-flowed districts, was a success in every respect. The large hall of the Court House was elegantly fitted up and brilliantly illuminated ;  and the tables groaning under the weight of refreshments of all kinds and served by fair ladies, was really beautiful to behold. The ball commenced at an early hour and old and young did tip it up on the "light fantastic toe till the 'wee small' hours of night," and then retired to their respective abodes contented and happy.

 Mr. Wm. Campbell, Treasurer of the Relief Association of this parish, informs us that the amount of money realized during the evening was beyond his most sanguine expectations. Lafayette Advertiser 5/16/1874.

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