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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

***EARLY LAFAYETTE COCK FIGHTING/CHICKEN FIGHTING

Chicken Fights.
Elie Mcdaniel, the leading sport of Lafayette, is making elaborate preparations for a series of chicken fights which will take place on the 18th and 19th of January in the neighborhood of the Mcdaniel Saloon. The main will last two days and will consist of over fifteen fights. Mr McDaniel has in his training quarters fifteen of the fiercest, feathery warriors ever brought to Lafayette, and Col. Ozenne, of Morgan City, has an equal number of pedigreed roosters. "Mac" says that between 300 and 400 persons will be there to witness the fights. The standing bets are $200 on the odds and $25 per battle, making quite a snug sum for the winner, who will also get the gate receipts. An admission of 50 cents will be charged.
Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1896.



 GRAND COCKING MAIN EVENT. 

 A Grand Cocking Main, will be held in this City on the 29 and 30 of January 1898, beginning at one o'clock in the afternoon. The fight will be managed by Elie McDaniel and Jos. Vargas.

 All cocks are invited to participate in the proceedings.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/15/1898.




Cock Fights. - More than one hundred "sports" witnessed the cock mains at Wm. Hane's saloon last Sunday. The fights were between the Lafayette birds owned by Mr. Eli McDaniel and those from Opelousas belonging to Mr. DeValgas. The local birds won four fights out of seven. Lafayette Gazette 2/5/1898.  


Breaux Bridge vs. Lafayette is the first line on the poster which announces that on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1896, at 1 o'clock p. m., there will be chicken fights. Mr. Elie McDaniel was not at all disheartened by his last defeat, as he will give his roosters an opportunity to redeem their lost laurels.
Laf. Adv. 2/8/1896


Chicken Fights. - About 150 people assembled at Guidry's Arena last Sunday to witness some fights between the celebrated roosters of Lafayette. The first fight for a purse of $60 was fought by E. McDaniel's favorite, "Morgan," and Arthur Hebert's "Gray Bill." The fight was won by the latter. The second contest for $40 was between Sonny Landry's "Corbet," and "Dixey" belonging to Henry Hebert. After a hard fight of 1:15 it was decided a draw. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.





A cock fight at Alphonse Peck's pit will take place to-morrow at 3 p. m. between two birds owned respectively by C. Ducharme and O. Hebert.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

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