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Lafayette Gun Club. - At a meeting held in the town hall Thursday, a gun club was organized. The following are the members: D. L. Caffery, Felix Mouton, Ulysse Himel, Alpha Patin, J. A. Landry. D. J. Veazey, Gaston Veazey, C. M. Parkerson, J. C. Nickerson, Julian Mouton and Jerome Mouton. Felix Mouton was elected president and Jerome Mouton, secretary and treasurer. The club purposes to compete with all neighboring towns. The necessary trap, shells, clay-pigeons have been received and the members will soon begin to practice. Lafayette Gazette 1/22/1898.


 The weather up to last Wednesday was particularly favorable for the field trial of noted dogs which has been in progress here for the past week, and the gentlemen who are visting us have expressed themselves as highly pleased with our country and delightful climate. As the trial was not concluded when we went to press we cannot give a full account, even if we had the space to do so; that is a matter for the sporting journals. There were present, among others, Hon. Amory R. Starr, of Marshall, Texas; R. H. Hutchings, of Galveston; Mr. N. T. Harris, of Kentucky; Dr. Abney, of Texas; Purcell, of Va., and Maj. Smith, U. S. Army. The handlers and owners of noted dogs were J. M. Avent, B. M. Stephenson, H. M. Short, D. Rose and R. McCargo, of Tennessee, Titus, of Miss., and others. Those who ran and handled their dogs in the members stake; Mr. Jno. K. Renaud, Gen. F. F. Myles, Mr. R. W. Foster, Hon. N. D. Wallace, Mr. Omer Villere and Mr. R. H. Hutchings. Among the dogs of national reputation, and which have already won prizes at the field trials in other States, may be named Transit and Tribulation and Spring, pointers; Toledo Blade, Rowdy Rod, Dad Wilson's Boy, Dimple, and a number of others. Some idea may be had of the value of some of these animals, when it is said that Mr. Avent declined to accept for Rowdy Rod the sum of $1,525.00, offered by a gentleman from another state. Messrs. Starr, Wallace and Clegg judged the members, and Mr. Hutchings replaced Clegg in judging the stake for young dogs.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1890.

2179 Birds. A large shipment of game was made by Alcide Judice of Scott last week. It was assigned to New Orleans and consisted of 1549 robins, 150 rabbits, 200 snipes, 180 quails, 91 doves and 9 wild ducks. This we believe is the largest shipment of game made from this parish since a long time.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895. 

Got the Quail.

A party composed of Messrs. J. C. Nickerson, B. J. Pellerin, Geo. DeClouet, Ramy Landry, and Drs. J. A. Martin and Felix Girard upon the invitation of Major P. L. DeClouet repaired to his country home Sunday to hunt quail. In company with the Major they started out and in a short while discovered several coveys, which promptly took to the woods, for they knew that crowd meant business. The hunters followed and had a lively and exciting time rustling up the birds, and they got them, bagging eighty-three, which added zest to the excellent lunch which the Major, who knows how to play the host, had provided. The day was most enjoyably spent and each member of the party has, figuratively speaking, taken down his calendar and marked a big red cross over the number 24 of the first month.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.


Laf. Gun Club. The gun club is now well organized, and almost daily the members have shooting matches at the Oak Avenue Park. Some of them, not all, are developing into regular "crackerjacks", and Great Scott will simply not be in it. We understand that another club has been organized, and that its members want to make it interesting to those of the old club.
Lafayette Gazette 1/29/1898.

A Town Pride.

We have noticed with pleasure the organization of a "Gun Club."
(Unreadable letters)..low, let the same the same young men with (unreadable letters)...ers apply to the proper authorities to organize a military company.

It is surprising to us that Lafayette has no such organization.

We can't plead that it is a lack of material; as we possess a strong, healthy set of young men such as not any town many towns can boast of. Then what is the reason?

Is it a lack of spiritedness? We can't think it is, but we are rather inclined to suppose that it is unconcerned.
And yet a military company is one of the greatest benefits for the development of young manhood.

In a town where gymnastics are unknown, the military company lands in its stead.

But as we have many reasons to bring this subject before our young men, and foremost we would say that it would be quite an honor to the town to possess such an organization.

It would teach our young men endurance, forbearance, military obeisance, firmness, quickness and a great many other advantages that can be only gotten by military discipline, without discounting the smiles and marks of approbation that our spirited ladies would bestow upon our soldier boys.

Then a more forcible reason comes to our mind. Reviewing the early history of Southwest Louisiana we found that some of our ancestors were soldiers, not only of great renown, but filling important posts in the military hierarchy.

If our memory is not in fault, we have read somewhere that a gentleman named Broussard alias Beau Soleil was captain-general of the province of Acadia under commission of the King of France.

Applying the old french proverb of "Noblesse oblige" such a "company" ought to have been organized here a long time a ago under the name of "Broussard Guards" to perpetuate the memory and the valiant deeds of our ancestors.

Then last but not least, "In peace, we prepare for war." It may be that we shall be spared the horrors of a war and that our "guards" will never receive the "baptism of fire," but who can tell what the future shall bring forth.

A day may come when we might need such an organization, and if we don't, we would enjoy to see our young men "play at soldiery" and hear the measured cadence step on our streets.

Let's have the "Broussard Guards" or the "Lafayette Invincibles" etc., etc.

And we will see that the "Company" shall have a brass band to enliven camp-life with martial music.

Where is a spirited young man that will lead the movement? Our columns are open to him for any suggestions, plans, etc.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/29/1898.

Mr. E. Hough, Manager of the Western department of Forest and Stream, with headquarters at Chicago, was in Lafayette the early part of the week. He is down here on a short shooting expedition. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1893

Another gun club has been organized and will soon be ready to meet all competitors. Laf . Adv. 2/12/1898.

Robins are here now, and engage the attention and appetite of our sportsmen. They are plentiful. Last Sunday five or six of Lafayette's crack sportsmen went out and bought fifty-four from a couple of negroes. But we are not going to tell who they are. One singular incident of the hunt is that a couple of quail slipped up behind one of the party and bit him, and died. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1890.


A few days ago Mr. S. J. McCartney and Mr. Louis Oueilhe, on one side, and Col. W. B. Lindsay and Mr. Smith Alpha, on the other, had an all round hunting match for a dinner of pickled eels feet. Louis and McCartney went into the match with a great deal of apprehension, but Col. W. B. Lindsay reassured them by promising if they made too bad a score he would give them enough birds to sorter even up things, and say nothing about it. When the hunt was over, Col. Lindsay claimed that on his side of the hedge the weather was bad, and it was a poor day for shooting, Louis says that the weather in his side of the hedge was fine, and they had an excellent sport. Next day Col. Lindsay and Mr. Alpha went fishing for eels. Why don't somebody tackle Parrot and Landry, champions.
                                 Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.



Letter to the editor: 
Mr. Editor.
I went to Cheniere la Croix two weeks ago with my papa. We left Carencro on a cold rainy day and changed cars at New Iberia for Erath station on the Abbeville road. A wagon met us and took us to the good home of Dupla Boudreaux, where we stayed three days and the good madam wanted to give us some molasses. The faucet broke loose and the molasses went into her face, but we had a good meal. I saw two little boys there and I played with them. We went hunting every day and had fine sport. I hunted with the grown men though I am a little boy eleven years old. We killed thirteen geese and one sandy hill crane and twenty ducks. We saw the steamer called the "Bell Alice," that brings the stock for shipment to Morgan City, it is chartered by Mr. Ditch One man that lives at the Cheniere saw eight deer, and how I did wish to get a shot at them. We went to kill geese at Indian Point and there were two young men in our party that had never killed a goose, but they were very proud when they brought down eight. These gentlemen killed one hundred and fifteen snipe, so you can imagine our sport. We ate about one hundred dozen oysters, which we enjoyed very much. I wish, Mr. Editor, that next year you would come with us to the sea shore, and I will promise you as fine a time as we had this year. Your little friend,
Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.    

Vermilionville Has A Gun-Club. - A number of citizens of the town have formed a "Gun Club" having for its main object the protection of game. Such an organization is no doubt necessary to assist in the enforcement of the penal law of the State upon this subject; we understand it to be the intention of the club to practice at "glass ball" shooting at regular intervals. The following are the officers of the club: Will Clegg, president; C. P. Alpha, vice-president; W. B. Lindsay, secretary and H. F. Landry, treasurer. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1882.

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