S. S. Wertz, of Altoona, has come into possession of a most valuable and historic heirloom. It is a watch that was once owned by Lafayette. He came by the watch through the death of a relative, John Van Pelt. at Germantown. The watch, a rather unique timepiece, was made by Gregson, Paris, France, for Lafayette. It is made of gold and is studded with some 480 pearls, and instead of a mainspring a small chain encircles the drum and keeps the watch in motion. Lafayette Advertiser 1/3/1906.
Walking Around the World.
Saturday a German accompanied by his wife and little girl and pushing a cart arrived in town and soon gathered a curious crowd around them. On the front of his cart was his name, Anton Haslian and 24,700 miles. He stated to an Advertiser reporter that he was traveling around the world on a wager, one condition of which was that he push his wife and baby in a cart. He had traveled 24,700 miles and expected to reach his destination and starting point, Vienna, Austria, in full time. He was making his expenses selling photographs of himself and family. His experiences so far have been frequently exciting and always interesting. Lafayette Advertiser 1/3/1906.
La. Experimental Station. - Prof. G. D. Harris and his assistant, Mr. Lines, geologists, who are making a geological and topographical study of the State under the supervision of Dr. W. C. Stubbs of the Louisiana Experimental Station, arrived in Lafayette Thursday. With the assistance of Mr. C. S. Babin they will make investigations of the greatest importance to the section. Lafayette Gazette 1/3/1903.
SUPPOSE WE DO. - We are all interested in the growth of Lafayette; suppose we all chip in and buy a handsome cup to be presented to that man or woman who shall do the most for the advancement and betterment of the town during the year 1905. It is a fine way to show appreciation of good citizenship and public spirit. Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1905.
DO A LITTLE FIGURING. - If a Five Dollar bill remains in circulation in Lafayette for five years, figure out how many things it will buy, how many debts it will pay, how many hands it will pass through, how many times each man or woman will receive it in payment for something, and then do a little thinking - perhaps you will discover an important fact. Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1905
Several of our friends have told us that during the week they gathered from trees on their places ripe Japan plums. Laf. Adv. 1/11/1890.
Judge A. J. Moss of this place was among the passengers on the East bound train on Wednesday last with West Point, New York, as his ultimate destination. The Judge has gone, we learn, to witness the (unreadable word) of his son James A., who for the last four years has been a cadet at the U. S. Military Academy, and while away will take in the cities of New York and Washington. THE ADVERTISER wishes him "bon voyage."
Lafayette Advertiser 6/2/1894.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 9th, 1869:
We would call the attention of our planters to the article "subscriber" in our last number; if they had read the short article and weigh it well, they will readily perceive the importance of the move proposed, they will readily understand the necessity of regulating free labor by fixed rules, and how far the interests of all would be benefited by concert of action on the part of inhabitants holding real estate. We then again invite the planters of the Parish, to answer call made upon them, but in so doing, and to carry out the objects and purposes aimed at, they must be unanimous as to the rules of labor to be established, and these once established they must be unanimous in the enforcement of them, otherwise, the attempt to ameliorate our condition, and improve the country, would prove abortive. Lafayette Advertiser 1/9/1869.
Something unusual! This season, up this date, we have not seen or heard a robin. What has become of the little red-breasted songster? We hope they have not deserted us for good. Laf. Adv. 1/12/1889.
Italian Rat. - Last Sunday Joe Pizzo, the fruit vendor near the post office made a find. In a bunch of bananas from a newly opened box he discovered an animal that seems to be extremely rare. It is anywhere between a squirrel and a rat - probably leaning toward the latter. Its captor has given it a home in an ordinary bird cage and considers himself on the high road to fortune. It has been a source of no little curiosity and interest. Local natural historians have eyed it very critically; one says it is a ground possum, others that it is a banana rat; whatever it may be Joe wouldn't part with it for much-a-money.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.
"A Dago Rat." - Pizzo, the Italian fruit vendor near the post office, is in possession of a very peculiar animal which he found in bananas box that he had just received. It was hidden between the bananas and looks very much like a rat. Its head and nose are very pointed and it sports a tail twelve inches long. Several gentlemen who saw it failed to throw any light on the subject, but when shown to one of the railroad men, he unhesitatingly pronounced it a "dago rat." Laf. Gazette 1/13/1900.
City Council of Vermilionville.
On motion of Mr. Lombard, the Constable was ordered to enforce the ordinance in regard to sweeping or cleaning of chimneys within the limits of the Corporation. On motion, it was resolved that persons hauling logs, or buildings over the bridges of this Corporation and breaking or tearing up the same, will be required to repair such bridges immediately, under the penalty of a fine of not more than five dollars, nor more than five days imprisonment for each bridge broken or torn up. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1882.
On motion it was resolved, that hereafter all persons are prohibited from driving wild cattle through the streets of this town under a penalty
On motion the Council adjourned. M. P. Young, Mayor. E. M. Bailey, Secretary. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1882.
-- Don Greig who has seen service in Santiago during the late war but who came back to Lafayette on account of ill-health has been honorably discharged from the army. Laf. Adv. 1/14/1899.
The Mills Pond. - Several of our citizens residing in the neighborhood of the pond in the Mills addition have complained of the unhealthy conditions resulting from a stagnation of water together with an accumulation of trash in the pond. It is believed that the natural drains are obstructed, and several days after a heavy rain the water remains in the pond, which is made the dumping ground of an assortment of tin cans et cetera which does not in the least add to the salubrity of the surrounding atmosphere. We would ask the City Fathers to investigate this and act in the matter as soon as possible. Lafayette Gazette 1/17/1903.
New Technology at Clerk of Courts. - Mr. E. G. Voorhies, our efficient clerk of court, is wide awake on all occasions, especially in matters pertaining to his office. To improve work in the office he has secured a typewriter which writes directly on all books. This will make the records plainer and neater than ever. Laf. Adv. 1/17/1903.
Jokester. - A cane planter who likes to crack a joke occasionally offered a dago to exchange four car-loads of cane for a bunch of bananas; but the fruit vendor had probably read one of Ferris' one-dollar-a-ton circulars and he wisely held on to his bananas.
Laf. Gazette 1/19/1895.
Mayor Campbell Recovering.
His numerous friends will be glad to learn that Mayor Campbell has completely recovered from the spell of illness that prostrated him for nearly two weeks. He was well enough to accompany his young daughter, Laurence, to New Orleans, last Tuesday, to resume her studies at the Mount Carmel convent in that city. Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1895.
The Cane and Cotton Palace.
We have received a communication from Mr. Chas. D. Sweet, representing the ladies of New Orleans who have the management of the gorgeous "Cane and Cotton Palace" now being erected on Lafayette square as an exhibition building during the Carnival, stating that the ladies desire to secure from this section as many specimens of agricultural and other products as possible. He says, "An enterprise of this kind is of vital importance to each and every section, which should be creditably represented. In order that others may learn of the inexhaustible resources of this State we must show them her products, that they may be convinced." The carnival will be attended by thousands of visitors from other States, and a creditable display there would be really far more beneficial than at a State fair. We trust that the people of Lafayette will look to their interests and respond liberally to this appeal of the ladies. Address all packages to "Cane and Cotton Palace," New Orleans, La. Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.
Jokester. - A cane planter who likes to crack a joke occasionally offered a dago to exchange four car-loads of cane for a bunch of bananas; but the fruit vendor had probably read one of Ferris' one-dollar-a-ton circulars and he wisely held on to his bananas.
Laf. Gazette 1/19/1895.
Freakish Colt. - J. B. Cheppert, living in town, is the owner of a strange freak of nature. A few days since one of his mares gave birth to a cold with only three well developed legs and feet. The fourth leg is much shorter than the others, and terminates in a cloven hoof, like that of a cow. The colt is alive, and apparently healthy. Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.
Bath Rooms for Ladies. - We understand that mayor Mouton is making arrangements to build another bath-house at the BeauSejour Springs. This house will be used exclusively by the ladies and will be completed for the opening of the season.
Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1894.
The Sheriffs' Convention. - The Louisiana Sheriff's Association of which Sheriff Broussard of this parish is the originator, met in New Orleans Monday, and from accounts published in the city papers it is a success, Governor Foster was present and delivered a brilliant and interesting address. Mayor Fitzpatrick also spoke. Most of the parishes in the state were represented, not excepting Lafayette. Or course, Ike was on hand and, as usual, took a prominent part in the proceedings. Tuesday;s Picayune contains his picture and has this to say about him: "The treasurer of the association is Mr. I. A. Broussard, of Lafayette. He is one of the most jovial of the members. He was born in Calcasieu parish in 1857, and before entering public office had been engaged in raising stock and trading cattle. He was elected sheriff in 1888. Yesterday, at the Crescent Club, Mr. Broussard took great pleasure in introducing his friend, Mr. Julian Mouton, of Lafayette, as a "sure winner" to become the successor of Mr. Overton Cade as representative from Lafayette in the legislature."
Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1894.
What a View. - E. F. Dezalba and Fred Garrison, view artists, have presented to Mayor Campbell, a beautifully bound album containing views of the Catholic church, Father Forge's flower garden, Beausejour springs and other places of interest in the town and vicinity. This work is a perfect specimen of the photographer's art and shows that these gentlemen understand their business thoroughly.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1894.
Scientific Tailors. - A representative of the Strauss Bros., the well known tailors of Chicago, will be at the Lafayette Clothing House to-day. A skilled cutter will be in attendance for the purpose of taking the correct and scientific measurements of all who desire fine fitting clothes and very low prices. You can order now for immediate or future delivery. Don't fail to call and see the display and have yourself scientifically measured, even if not ready for order. Lafayette Gazette 1/21/1899.
It is reported that the percentage of little new-comers to our town during the past few months, is largely in favor of the girls. Voters is what the country needs - although girls are not to be sneezed at.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Quite a number of our citizens have been renovating and cleaning up their premises during the past fortnight and as a result our town looks brighter and cleaner. If more would only follow the good example set, and introduce some of the fences and out-buildings to Mr. Whitewash Brush, Esq., and encourage an intimacy between them, our town would present a still better appearance and create a more favorable impression on strangers visiting us.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Lafayette's First Drag-Show? - Mr. Geo. Wilson, an organizer of Lady Minstrels is in the city for the purpose of putting on an amateur entertainment with the young ladies here, but as so many of them are out of town, he will put the show on with the boys, it will be something of a novelty as he is going to put them all in short dresses making it a burlesque right. Mr. Wilson comes to us well recommended both as to character and ability. Lafayette Advertiser 1/22/1898.
Death of Uncle Coco. - Friday, January 16th, one of the old landmarks and characters of our community was obliterated in the death of old Uncle Coco. He was an old freedman, whose history runs back into obscurity. He is said to have been born in St. Martinville parish, and to be 118 years old. He could talk readily and intelligently upon matters reaching far back of the life of the present generation, and in which he claimed to have taken part. He claimed to have been present at the battle of New Orleans, and could describe it vividly. He also claimed to have been a soldier in Gen. Jackson's army. He could relate incidents occurring in this section of the State both while it was under Spanish and French rule, and was familiar with the history of all the old families. Altogether, Coco was a wonderful man - a second "Wandering Jew." He was a Catholic, and funeral services were held at St. John's Church last Saturday. Coco's wonderful longevity is only one of many instances of the healthfulness of our country and climate. By scanning the list of mortalities recorded in our columns the past few weeks it will be seen that several had reached the age of 80, and beyond.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1891.
Louis Domengeaux has a monkey named Jake, who plays at Louis' restaraunt, near the depot, and attracts much attention by his queer actions and funny sayings.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1891.
The celebrated spiritual, trance and business medium is in the city and has rooms at Mrs. Alfred Chargois' City Hotel, where she can be consulted on all affairs of life. Madame Amae has had 35 years' experience as a medium and has been very successful in healing family differences, giving valuable advice in business and locating and recovering lost or stolen property as well as hidden treasure. She reads life from cradle to the grave with absolute correctness and can give full name and description of future husband or wife with exact date of marriage. All in trouble are especially invited to call.
Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1896.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 25th, 1910:
A comet with a tail about three feet long has been appearing for several nights rather low down in the western sky to the right of the evening star. Numbers of people have gazed upon the stranger and wondered, and that is all all anyone can do, wonder. The comet is not bright and it is somewhat hard to find at first. The time to look for it is a little after six. It does not tarry in sight long, being evidently of the bashful variety, from which augur that it is simply on exhibition and not on business, which is a rather consoling way to look at it, considering the tendency of some prophets to predict all kinds of disastrous things when the comet - the bold kind, you know - butts in to this old whiligig world of ours. Just to look at present comet, it is so pale and its tail is so inoffensive looking one need not have any shivers or worry; it seems to have got about as well acquainted with the beef trust and the other trusts as it wants to and is shying off to more untrusted areas of the ether. No, we need not fear the comet, for the few winks it is taking at us is rapidly turning it into a go-it. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1910.
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.
Tomatoes In Jars Good After Two Years. - Our clever young friend Johnny Hesse, last week made us a present of a jar of tomatoes raised and and put up on his place just two years ago last summer. When opened we found them just as sweet and fresh, and of just as delicate a flavor, as if they had been cooked fresh from the vine. This is an indisputable refutation of the theory that our vegetables contain too much juice to make canning them a successful operation.Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889.
New Butter Churn. - Last Saturday we witnessed an exhibition churning by Mr. Pepper, agent for the latest patent churn on market, and we are free to say, there is much truth in the claims he makes for this design. He made butter in four minutes and very nice looking butter at that. It seems to us this make should, do away with the old style of churn altogether. Mr. Pepper says he has sold over three hundred of these churns in St Landry, and is daily receiving orders.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.
We noticed several droves of mules passing through our town during the week. This indicates that there is a growing demand among our farmers for better work stock, and a determination on their part to do better cultivation. We may look for better results, if we have a good season next year.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1891.
Louis Domengeaux has a monkey named Jake, who plays at Louis' restaurant, near the depot, and attracts much attention by his queer actions and funny sayings.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1891.
We Must Meet the Issue.
In all seriousness, the people of this country are about to enter upon one of the most trying experiences it has been their fate to encounter for many years. A chain of circumstances for which no one in particular is responsible had brought about a condition of affairs that has served to throw the entire country out of joint, and, as men, everywhere, look the issue squarely in the face they cannot but feel apprehensive of the future for some months to come, at least. It is but natural, then, that in a contemplation of the unusual demands each one fears may be made on him by this new condition of affairs, everyone should be planning temper the wind of the approaching storm.
We, of Lafayette, form a part of the vast universe affected by the present order of things, and must submit to the common lot philosophically, if not willingly. One of the most bountiful harvests of which we have a recollection has brought money into our country, and in certain instances has been the means of plunging some of our people into debt. Whilst the resulting condition is not one of actual want, yet it presents an outlook that is far from being encouraging, and even when viewing the subject in its not darkest light, we feel called on to give a most careful consideration to the "what's to be done under the circumstances?" How can we best lighten the immediate burden as well as bring about an early and permanent improvement in our condition? That is the problem each one is now revolving in his mind, in the hope of discovering a logical solution. Men are so sensible of the gravity of the situation that they assemble in conventions to exchange views and make be undone, and without endeavoring to explain what causes may have operated to culminate the condition now calling so loudly concerned are satisfied to deal with the condition itself, and, accordingly propose certain plans appearing in their very nature capable of affording relief. One of the suggestions in the interest of the Southern States now largely devoted to the raising of cotton, is to make a positive decrease in the acreage for the crop of 1895, so as to reduce the world's supply of cotton and cause an advancement in the market value of the staple on account of its greater scarcity.
The advocates of a smaller acreage know that the cotton states cannot hope to control the world's supply of cotton and do not advise an adoption of the course proposed other than as expedient, and intend that future developments shall govern future action in this regard. There is every reason to believe that, as a palliative measure, the proposition is desirable one to enforce. If it accomplished no other good its adoption would have the effect of placing unused time and land at the disposal of the farming class, to be employed in other ways than raising cotton. The spare time and would be devoted to the cultivation of other crops, or to the pursuit of avocations bringing direct results in cash, or its equivalent. The cotton raiser would learn, under this new policy, the great error of depending almost entirely on the proceeds of his early crop for all the necessities of life. He will know the immense advantage of producing on the farm the commodities of life that, heretofore, he has always deepened on the North, East and West to furnish. Then cotton will be a surplus crop and, as much, can be profitably cultivated at 5 cents a pound, in Lafayette parish if no where else. The needs of the Lafayette Farmer, aside from what he can readily raise of produce of home, may be supplied without and great strain on the purse, and it is this end he should direct his mind and energies.
While it is our purpose to make no reference to the disastrous experience lately suffered by this industry, we proceed at once to the discussion of that feature of the sugar interests on which its emancipation from present thraldom principally depends. And again, we intend that our remarks shall find our most direct, if not exclusive, application to our immediate section of country. Naturally we feel a strong sympathy for other people in distress, but our own requirements have a first claim on us, and, besides, a policy that would be of advantage to one locality might not be so applicable to another in affording a remedy for a common evil. As regards sugar the problem confronts us: Is it possible to produce it at a profit, if the industry be stripped of every vestige of protection? Purposely, we take an exterior view of the subject. It is conceded on all sides that a bounty will never again be placed on sugar by any political party. It is contrary to American sentiment. And protection by tariff may not be of long continuance, although there is a general impression that sugar, being the ideal article for raising governmental revenue, will not be removed from the dutiable list by succeeding administrations. It will answer our purpose best, though, in the present consideration of the subject to treat of freesugar. It is maintained by persons of long and practical experience that under economical management and the system of factories, the culture of sugar cane can be profitably carried on in the sugar district of Louisiana, without bounty or protection. We have undoubted assurance that cane can be cultivated in Lafayette parish at a minimum cost. Central sugar factory facilities, then, is the only essential requirement to place can safely on a paying basis in Lafayette. That is the great desideratum, and it is a plane that can be easily attained by the co-operation of the business men and sugar planters of the parish.
We conclude, then, with the many things in our favor, we, of Lafayette, have much reason to base hope for better times. The hard lesson of the present is not void of redeeming features. If light is to come our of darkness, as there is every indication will happen, we will owe a large debt to the conditions we now bewail so loudly. The times have set us to thinking in a way we have never been compelled to do before. From the train of thought in which we find our mind engaged, fruitful action should result. The period of transformation should prove a rather trying one to the people, but the lesson learned will be of inestimable value hereafter. Our lot may not be such a bad one after all. Let us look at the bright side of it and act with intelligence and good will for a stable improvement in our ideas and our methods, and we shall not be disappointed in the end.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.
PACKAGE OF MONEY
Disappears Mysteriously - Package Contained Nearly Two Thousand Dollars.
The officials of the Southern Pacific Railroad and of the Wells-Fargo Express Company are greatly puzzled over the disappearance of a package of money containing $1,950, which was shipped from Lafayette on January 11th. The news of the mysterious affair reached New Orleans immediately, but the railroad men and the express officials kept the matter very quiet, and only yesterday did the story leak out.
Up to date the investigation, which is being made for the purpose of trying to trace the missing package, has been conducted by the express officials, as the railroad is safe-guarded by the receipt of the express messenger to whom the agent at Lafayette turned over the package. Several of the Wells-Fargo people, including Assistant Superintendent McKenzie, whose headquarters are in Houston, and Auditor Ott, have personally visited Lafayette and made investigations from every standpoint, but so far they have gleaned no facts definite enough to warrant action. Mr. McKenzie, with Auditor Ott, was in New Orleans yesterday, and a three-cornered conference was held with J. C. Stuart, the agent in this city, upon the subject.
B. J. Pellerin is the agent at Lafayette of both the Southern Pacific and the Wells-Fargo Company. On January 11 he had four packages of money for New Orleans, including the package which disappeared. This package contained $1,950, to be shipped to New Orleans for account of the railroad. He delivered them to Messenger Page, of the Wells-Fargo Company, and Page duly receipted for them. When the train on which Page was running reached Iberia, twenty miles this side of Lafayette, Page wired back to Pellerin that he could only find three packages, while the bill called for four. According to Page's story, as developed by the investigation, he discovered that there were only three packages of money soon after leaving Lafayette. He claims that only three packages were delivered to him. Agent Pellerin, however, holds Page's receipt for four packages, so the responsibility for the loss seems to rest on the express company.
Ever since the loss of the package the special agents of the express company have been working day and night to try and clear up the mystery surrounding the case. The Southern Pacific officials have the most implicit confidence in Pellerin, and Page enjoys the confidence of the Wells-Fargo officials. A solution of the affair is eagerly awaited. From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.
Dr. F. E. Girard and Messrs. Leo Judice and Jack Nickerson left in a party for the seashore yesterday, wearing on their faces a look of firm determination. They were laden with fire-arms and ammunition, but we cannot say for certain that they took along even a moderate supply of the proverbial antidote for snake-bite. Possibly something of the kind was included among the regular 'pervisions,' only as a matter of of precaution, you know. The reason the young men wore such determined looks when starting out, is because they all three made some rather extravagant boasts as to how they were going to "make the fur and feathers fly" when they got among the beasts and birds of the forest, and now they are afraid they may not be so successful in locating the game. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.
Messrs. J. M. Marsh, D. A. Greig and E. W. Mathews, a hale and hearty young trio, left for the seashore yesterday morning on a fishing trip and hunting expedition. We wish our young friends an enjoyable time and a safe return. Pupils of the public and private schools in the town and parish should be encouraged to 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 in healthful and not without other positively advantageous results to the children. Mr. P. LeDanois takes this means of informing the public that he has reduced the price of mixed cord wood from $3.00 to $2.50. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.
ARE YOU FOND OF READING?
The reporter of The Advertiser dropped in at the Moss Pharmacy and found many interesting books, magazine and papers on the news counter, and he would like to call the attention of the readers of The Advertiser to some of these.
In the 10 and 15 cent books are the "Favorite" "Eagle" and the "A(unreadable letters)dia" libraries. The standard authors are represented (unreadable), DICKENS, BULWER, SHAKESPEARE, THACKERAY, ELLIOT, DUMAS, etc.
In magazine and papers are the following:
Puck, Etude, Century, McClure, Standard, Baby Land, Self Culture, Young Folks, Photo Era, Metropolitan, Cosmospolitan, Enfant Terrible, Music World, The Horseman, Vanity Fair, N. Y. Clipper, N. Y. Weekly, Catholic Herald, Sunday Reading, American Jewish, Jewish Messenger, Christian Herald, Harper's Monthly, Harper's Weekly, Harper's Bazar, Cabinet Maker, Review of Reviews, Scientific American, Nineteenth Century, Locomotive Engineer, Sportsman Magazine, Organist, N. Y. Sunday World, N. Y. Sunday Journalm, Ladies Home Journal, Frank Leslie's Monthly, Frank Leslie's Weekly, North American Review, Professional Photographer, Carpenter and Builder, N. Y. Family Story Paper, Woman's Home Companion, Painting and Decorating, Vick's Illustrated Magazine, Blacksmith and Wheelwright, Judge, Outing, Munsey, Donohoe, Demorest, Black Cat, St. Nicholas, Little Folks, Gattling Gun, Lippincott's, Life's Comedy, School Review, Literary Digest, Home Decorator and Nickel Magazine.
Over two-thirds of the above list of publications sell at 5 and 10 cents a copy, and the latest issues of any of them can always be found on the news counter of the Moss Pharmacy, Lafayette, La., Mr. Davis, the affable manager, informed the Advertiser reporter that new titles would be added from time to time, and that orders for any publication (American or foreign) would be filled on short notice and at publisher's rates. Also, subscription will be received for any publication in the world. Lafayette Advertiser 1/28/1899.
The McKinley Monument. - Those who wish to subscribe to the McKinley monument fund are informed that subscriptions will be received at the post-office during the next ten days. The amount subscribed here is rather small and it is hoped that before the list is sent off, Lafayette's contribution to this worthy cause will be greatly increased. Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.
A friend at Carencro writes us as follows:
"Last Thursday young George Crouchet while returning from school lost his father's watch, a valuable time piece. Father Grimaud, of St. Peter's Church, by request of Mr. Henry Crouchet, announced from the pulpit the fact of the loss; in consequence of which, the watch was returned to Mr. Crouchet this morning by a young negro, named Babineau, who found it on the public road near the school house. This is an item you might find of some interest. The negro certainly deserves credit for his honesty."
Honesty is not confined to any race. Even among the much abused Ethiopians there are some who are homest, as was shown by the act of the young negro at Carencro. Our correspondent is right. This negro deserves credit.
Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.
A Meridian Line.
Surveyor G. D. Harris, of the State geological survey, will be in our parish soon to establish a true meridian line for the guidance of surveyors. He will also make such geological surveys as will enable him to report fully on the natural formation, soil, substrata, etc. The survey is being made throughout the State, and no doubt the information thus obtained will prove of much interest and value, as no complete survey of this nature has ever before been attempted by either State or National government. The meridian line to be established will be of great aid to local surveyors in ascertaining the true variations of the compass, and Secretary Greig, of the Police Jury, has secured three large blocks of granite for fixing the meridian. Lafayette Gazette 2/3/1900.
Mr. Edward Jenkins killed a hog a few days ago, four years old, seven feet long, three feet-ten inches in height, two feet-two inches broad and weighing 730 lbs. It made forty gallons of lard. This speaks well for the hog fraternity in Lafayette and for the care the same received at the hands of some raisers. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1900.
A White Coon?
Louis Domengeaux has a curiosity in the form of a white coon. It was caught in the woods near Breaux Bridge. Although Mr. Coon's association with the civilized world began a short while ago he has already gotten into a very bad habit. He gets drunk. The other day he imbibed so much anisette that he remained on a protracted spree nearly a whole week. Now that Mr. Domengeaux knows his pets weakness he places him beyond the reach of intoxicating beverages. Lafayette Gazette 2/4/1899.
An Unsolicited Letter from Col. Burt.
Judge Moss has given The Gazette the following letter of introduction from the colonel of the regiment to which Lieutenant J. A. Moss belonged, on his recent transfer to another organization. Col. Burt was not present at Santiago being in charge of a brigade of Volunteers at the time:
Headquarters 25th U. S. Infantry, Fort Logan, Colorado, Jan 8, 1899.
H. B. Freeman, Colonel 24, United States Infantry.
Dear Freeman:-- I desire to present to you my friend Lieut. J. A. Moss late of the 25, United States Infantry.
I take great pleasure in commending him to you. He is one of the most promising young officers I have served with. Lieutenant Moss distinguished himself for great gallantry, I am told by those who know, at Santiago particularly on July 1, on the successful desperate assault at El Caney where, owing to casualties among the officers in the charge, he ultimately commanded two companies.
Lieutenant Moss is a very reliable officer in the performance of his duty. He is a fine drill officer, a disciplinarian, of untiring energy and industry in all his undertakings. He speaks French fluently. Socially and officially he is an addition to any regiment. His leaving the 25th is a personal and official loss to me.
A. S. BURT,
Colonel 25th U. S. Infantry, Commanding.
Lafayette Gazette 2/4/1899.
THE AIOLI CLUB.
[From the Iberian.]
Last Sunday afternoon the Iberian man sauntered up to the depot to see who was coming or going on the several trains. The crowd of town's people was there pleasantly in conversation with departing friends, whiling away the half-hour, or more that the train was late.
Into one of these little corteries this scribe dropped and, seeing our friend, Mr. Louis Wust, armed with an overcoat and an air of anticipated travel, he was asked which way he was journeying. He replied "towards the west in search of a good dinner."
"What is the occasion?" was next very naturally asked.
"An A-O-lee Club dinner at Lafayette."
"How do you write the name of the club?"
This question called forth considerable discussion, and the opinion of other members. Various spellings were suggested;
"Ailoli;" "Aiola;" "Aioeli;" with a dioeresis of etc. This latter spelling had by far the majority in its favor, for we adopted it.
This little discussion brought out the fact that our friend, Mr. Wust, was not alone in this mission ; but would be accompanied by a good strong delegation of the New Iberia organization rather, that he was in the hands of his friends, who promised to take good care of him and see to his safe return. The jolly party was composed of the following gentlemen ; Messrs. Jean Courrege and daughter, P. Subin, Victor Erath, Alex BaGarry, Jos. Bourriaque, Ursin Bernard, L. Wust, A. J. Maumus, Leon Lorz who was to drive over from his home in the fifth ward and join this party at the home of the hospitable host.
The Aiola Club is one of long standing and well known in French customs. As we understand it, it is an organization for the promotion of friendship, good fellowship, and social intercourse. At this point, while recording the names of this delegation, Mr. Marion took the scrib's note book and facetiously wrote; "L. E. Marion, pour l' huile, (oil,) Aioli,"
The meeting of the organization are held around the festive and bountiful board. At Each dinner the next host is designated until, in turn, each member of the club will have had the honor and pleasure of entertaining the members of the Club in his home and at (unreadable word). Then a new slate is (unreadable word) and the rounds again started. On these occasions the host prides himself especially upon the quality of the viands and wines he sets before his friends. These delicacies invariably fill the soul with the song spirit and many a rousing encore will be given during the evening for some favored song or specially good singer. When the parting hour comes it is with regret that the members bid their host good night ; then anticipation turns in the direction of the host elect, keeping close tab on the passing days till the date will have arrived.
On this particular occasion Mr. Arnauld Bacque was the honored and hospitable host at his country home, a few miles out from Lafayette. This was not an ordinary dinner, for it was the Lafayette Club entertaining the New Iberia and Bacque of the former was proud of the distinction conferred upon him in being chosen the host on such an auspicious occasion.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1902.
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
Geologic Survey of Louisiana.
Prof. G. D. Harris, State geologist, has been in Lafayette since last Saturday. It was stated in last Saturday's Gazette that the purpose of Prof. Harris' visit here was the establishment of a meridian line for the guidance of surveyors. Prof. Harris' work, however does not stop with the establishment of a line, but embraces the various functions of a geologic survey, which will be of great scientific and practical utility. This survey originated in the desire of Prof. Stubbs, director of the State Experiment Stations, to have the soils of this State studied in the most comprehensive manner possible. To do this work the services of Prof. Harris, of Cornell University, were secured. It is obvious to all that the different soils may be studied from a chemical and physical standpoint, and in their relations to the geological formations which underlie them and from which they are mainly derived; but, as we understand it, a geological survey has other functions than tracing soils from which they were derived. One of its first objects is to ascertain what formations are represented in the State and how they lie with respect to one another, both geographically. Important beds that occur in any formation can be traced by the geologist for a long distance with great facility when once the general lay of the different formations is understood.
In this particular vicinity great interest is felt in obtaining a definite knowledge of the water-bearing strata that underlie us, that is, how many are there, at what depths we may expect to strike them, what is the source and quality of supply? These questions can be answered by geological research. There is need here of intelligent advice regarding road materials and road-making, and of good maps for our own enlightenment and for the information or prospective visitors and settlers.
Surveyors all agree that a more accurate record of the variation of the compass needle is needed. This is an easy task when once a meridian line is established and permanently marked.
There is great need in this part of the State of a better understanding of what deposits may be found some distance under the surface of the soil. Indications of valuable minerals are found in well borings and in the Five Islands, which geological investigations show to have been pushed up by subterranean forces. All these subjects are being taken up and looked after as fast as means and time will permit.
The First Annual Report of the Geological Survey, treating to a considerable extent of Northern Louisiana, though the Five Islands are well figured, mapped and discussed, will be ready for distribution about the 1st of next April. It will contain over 400 pages and fifty plates, maps and figures in the text. This valuable work will be sent free to any farmer who will write and to the State Experiment Station for a copy.
Prof. Harris will leave to-day for Opelousas, but he will return to Opelousas, but he will return to Lafayette in a few days.
Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.
LOST - On Vermilion street between Gordon Hotel and Johnston street, a gold stick pin, top maple leaf. Finder will receive reward by bringing to this office. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.
We acknowledge the receipt of a piece of music, composed by Miss Alix Judice, of Lafayette, entitled "A Toi Ma Pensee," a waltz, dedicated to her mother, published by Philip Werlein, New Orleans. Those who understand music say that it is a beautiful production, and has been received in musical circles with high appreciation. We have recognized Miss. Alix's superior merits as a musical performer; but now we wish to do her deserved honor, and say that Lafayette is proud of her talent. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1890.
If only a few more Dagoes and Arabs take up their abode in town decent people will be compelled to emigrate to another country to earn a living unless they wish to remain at home and be starved out. The way these buck-some fellows do thrive and multiply in this community is something alarming.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/17/1894.
17 FEET LONG.
The reporter of THE ADVERTISER dropped in at the Moss Pharmacy and was shown preserved in alcohol a BOTHRIACEPHALUS LATUS, seventeen feet long, which had been removed from a citizen of an adjoining parish by a special compound remedy prepared exclusively at the laboratory of the Moss Pharmacy.
This ever-ready eater had been in peaceful possession of that citizen for five years.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1899.
POLICE JURY-A communication from Er. F. Estilette as to weights and measures was laid over. Laf. Adv. 2/20/1897.
Last Monday our worthy neighbor, Mr. J. E. Martin, killed a fine corn-fed hog which rendered twenty-eight gallons of excellent lard. As to the intrinsic merits of that pig we can cheerfully testify, as we assisted in devouring a large portion of its spareribs, for which he will accept our thanks. Laf. Adv. 2/21/1891.
TOWN CLOCK! TOWN CLOCK!!
Those of our Townsmen and Parishioners whose names appear upon the subscription lists for a Townclock, originated and put into circulation more than a year ago by two of our well known "go ahead (unreadable word) of progress," (Mr. Alex Guidry and Ed. E. Mouton, Esq.) will, we have no doubt, be delighted and happy to hear and be informed that this good and laudable piece of (unreadable word) and municipal improvement is once more being broached and pushed to a final result and completion, once more being drawn to a point.
This project or undertaking speaks for itself and appeals to the generosity of the public of our Town and Parish - and reappearing before them, as it does, above the signature of the respected and venerable Pastor of our Catholic Church, it cannot fail to awaken responsive echoes in the hearts and purses of whomever concerned.
The Advertiser will publish weekly, the names of the subscribers and the amount paid by each subscriber. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1873.
At the celebrated jewelry store of E. A. Tyler, on Canal Street, New Orleans, is now on exhibition, the watch presented in 1871 to General Lafayette by General George Washington. It was stolen from Lafayette while he was on a visit to Tennessee in 1824, and for years has been out of sight till at last it comes to light and is purchased from an old junk shop in Louisville, to find its way to the store above named. A reporter says :
The watch is open-faced, of gold, with a double case, and may be remarked as of peculiar appearance, being of only ordinary size, but nearly as thick as it is wide. The outer case bears upon its entire surface the carved figures in bas relief representing Mars offering a crown to the Goddess of Peace, who is surrounded by her emblems, while over all, appear the stern implements of war, hung high out of reach. On the inner case appears the yet clearly legible inscription :
"G. Washington To Gilbert Mattiers Lafayette,
Lord Cornwallis Capitulation, Yorktown, Decb'r 17, 1781.
Can it be that the father of Beast Better traveled in company with Lafayette?
-Ex. - Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1873.
AN ELOQUENT TRIBUTE. To Gen. John B. Gordon by John Temple Graves.
The paean and the requiem dies, the captains and the camps depart. The eulogies are ended and the sacred dust awaits the last consignment to its kindred dust. The bugle "taps" are waiting and the soldier citizen, wrapped in the mantle of his people's praise, is gathered to his last repose.
It is well worth living and well worth dying to say farewell like this.
As we stand here amid the pulsing tenderness of this inspiring scene; as we listen here to the tributes of touching eloquence paid by noble gentlemen to this chivalric life--here where the muffled drums throb reverence and the vaulted arches echo the praise--here where the thronged aisles are tearful, and the flowers defying winter's breath their perfumed incense to the soldier's name--there comes to every noble heart the inspirational: "May I die the death of the patriot, and may be my last end be like this."
I think that our Georgia has never had a funeral like the sweet and solemn pageant of to-day. It is the spontaneous tribute to a citizen soldier from a people who, under their thin crust of materialism, are as great and noble as himself. The capacity to appreciate high things and the grace to love good things argues somewhere within us the possession of those great qualities which we idealize in death.
I think that Georgians have never known how much they loved and honored John B. Gordon until he lies here in our stately capitol, with the memory of all human foibles smitten by his silence, and his high and heroic qualities made glorious in the sacred majesty of death. In this hour we separate the dross from the fine gold of his great career, and in this uplifting moment, all that is best within us rises to claim kinship with the illustrious dead.
It is the better Georgia which stands to-day with clasped hands beside the great Gordon in the brotherhood of worth.
His martial comrades have told us the gallant story of our hero's life. On the living canvas of their living speech we have seen his service limned in all his great campaigns. We have seen him win his spurs at Seven Pines. We have thrilled with his splendid dash at Malvern Hill. We have watched him, bullet-pierced, bleeding, - ride with five wounds to the Sharpsburg trenches, where his own heroic help-meet followed him, unflinching over the harvest of the slain. We have heard his saber ring of Chancellorsville. We have seen him on the "Twelfth of May" seize the bridle-rein of Robert Lee, and with one gallant pledge to his great commander, rush to that glorious retrieve at Spotsylvania. We have him through tangled thickets of "The Wilderness," and over the "carnage blasted heights" of Gettysburg, to that final tragedy at Appomattox, where, having led the last charge of the lost Confederacy, he sheathed his dauntless and stainless sword and took his place in history as the ideal soldier, the beau sabreur of Dixie--the last and knightliest of the Paladins of Lee.
His civil colleagues have told us the civic years in which he was the statesman whose word in counsel was his bond, whose hands were clean of trickery, and whose ends were all of honor and the State. In this strong day of national service the supreme need was the tranquil but unflinching assertion of Southern right and Southern character. The economic problems had not then emerged into the open of a material strife. And in the Senate of his country when John B. Gordon voiced the South's professions and the South's desires his fellow-Senators, fellow citizens listened always with respect to a dauntless gentleman, who had set his life against his brave convictions, and came to them crowded with the boundless love and confidence of all his State.
It is my privilege to tell you, from personal association in kindred lines, that General Gordon's closing years were set to the service of a re-united country. His last days were a benediction. The soldier here had no trace of antagonism to his former foes. He shot out all his bitterness in battle, and like his great commander gave his final energies to the healing of the wounds his shining sword has made. He was the evangel of fraternity. He was the apostle of good will. There were other men who spoke as fervently, and some, perhaps, as eloquently. But the messages that come to this funeral chamber laden with love and tenderness of the Northern campus assure us that the voice potential and the uniting words come from the reconstructed soldier, with the record of a dauntless integrity in his life, and an epic poem written by a Federal saber on his cheek.
And surely where Robert E. Lee has spoken peace, and John B. Gordon has preached fraternity, the broken host of the Confederate veterans' sons may rebuke the spirit, captious and relentless that protests a re-united land.
I speak for the Sons of Veterans from Texas to the Virginia line. We are the legatees of memory. We are the inheritors of heroism. We are the children of t0-day. With deathless loyalty to our fathers, we are due a deathless devotion to our children, too. We thank God for the pulsing of this earlier chivalry into the currents of our material age. We thank God for a touch of Gordon in the trends of trade. We thank God for the pageant of the hour which gives us promise that the better sentiment of this dear Dixie is not dead. And we thank God with fervent earnestness of to-day's assurance that valor and virtue, love of country and eloquent defense may yet be glorified upon the earth!
For ourselves and for our children, we wish the life and labors of this soldier citizen shrined in bronze. A monument to a great man is a guidepost to the higher way. It is a signboard to aspiring youth. It is a daily monitor that will remind our children how they make their lives sublime. Let us write in Gordon's statue the noble lesson from which war children may learn unselfish service to the State.
Let us lift above the rattle of the cobblestones and the roar and wrangler of the greedy mart this high and heroic figure that will stand to the clear eyes of youthful Georgia for patriotic and unflinching faith.
The heroes of the Confederacy are passing in a flood. The few who linger are dearer for their numbers, but the tide is going out. We lay our Gordon here in the soil that bore him, and from his brave record we must reap our future riches in a noble race of men. He was a high figure in our Arthurian legend of 1865. He was the Launcelot of that great round table of matchless knights and gentlemen who made the cause that rose without shame and fell on slumber in the land of flowers. Let us bear him on our hearts and in our bronzes to the land of immortal memories, and in the royal grace of our own and this great country's rich remembrance, let us liquidate in part the debt which the republic that lives and the storm cradled republic that tell owes in freedom and fraternity to this prince of Christian chivalry.
By John Temple Graves in unknown Exchange Paper. In the Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.
Soldier's Christmas in Luzon. - In the next number of The Gazette will appear an interesting article written by Lieut. James A. Moss, who is now in the Philippines. The article, which is entitled, "Soldiers' Christmas in the Philippines" was published iun William Marion Reedy's paper, the St. Louis Mirror. Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1900.
Chess. - Chess, the greatest of all great games, has become very popular in the neighborhood of the depot lately.
Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1894.
Amusement.-"Flying Horses" and a hand organ in the Deleglise lot, are catering to the tastes of children and darkeys.
Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1894.
LOUISIANA INDUSTRIAL FAIR.
Now that the festivities incidental to the Carnival have been disposed of attention is being energetically directed to the preparation of rates for the forthcoming Industrial Exposition. The passenger representatives of the various railroad companies held a meeting on the subject during the past week and discussed the matter in an informal way. The rates will be arranged and decided upon sixty days before the Fair but the rates have not yet been positively fixed. All of the railroads are are in thorough accord with the movement for the Industrial Fair and as they will be materially benefited by the bringing to the city of as large an attendance as possible, they can be depended upon to their utmost to establish as low rate such as will attract the greatest numbers of visitors.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1899.
Of the Hispan0-American War at Gus. Lacoste's store.
T. A. Bagnal, 1st. Sergeant U. S. V. Inf., son of Mr. J. Bagnal, of Lafayette, has sent a quantity of war relics which are exhibited at the store of Mr. Gus. Lacoste.
We examined the following:
-Block of the cell where Hobson was confined in Morro Castle.
-Fragment of the bowsprit's statue of the Maria Theresa wrecked at Santiago by the American fleet.
-Piece of mast of the Merrimac sunk by Hobson.
-Carbine Mauser belonging to the Spanish Army.
-Winchester and Springfield rifles belonging to the American Army and found in the trenches after the battle of El Caney.
-Cuban hand-made bridle from leaves of palm trees.
- Belt full of cartridges worn by private Jos. Brown of the Rough Riders who was killed.
-Belt found in the trenches of the American Army at San Juan, Aug. 4, 1893.
-Stick from a post of a block house at San Juan.
-Spurs, revolver and sword taken from Major Domingo Romero shot by Bagnal at Santiago de Cuba.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1899.
A Good Move. - The preliminary steps were taken this week to organize a Gentleman's Club and establish a club house in Lafayette. We can heartily endorse the movement and sincerely hope that it will prove a success. The intention is to furnish up a suite of rooms in some central location, having a reading and smoking room, and a toilet or bedroom. All the leading papers and magazines will be kept on file for the use of the members and their friends. It will prove a great convenience to those who live in the country, for it will furnish them some place to pass their time when in the city. It is not the intention of to make it an expensive club, but on the contrary the initiation fee and monthly dues will be moderate, thus enabling all who wish to join. Further particulars will be given in our next issue. Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1893.
Why is Southwest Louisiana so Healthful? We frequently meet men from the North who seem to be incredulous when we tell them of the healthfulness of our climate, and who want some reasons for it.
We think there are three things that account for this condition of healthfulness. First, the salt air ; this tends to purify all things, especially the atmosphere. Second, the pine woods, from which the hair gets healing balsam for throat, lung and bronchial diseases. Third, the water ; the water being purified by the salt in the air, does not become putrid like water in the North. A barrel or cistern of rain water will become putrid and offensive if left to stand in the open air in Kansas. Not so here, however. It may remain here a month and be as pure and sweet as at the beginning. Then there is no lime in our water, and for this reason, kidney and bladder troubles are relieved by residing here.
We do not pretend to be scientific on these points, but simply use common sense. -- Ex.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1893.
Corn-ering the Market.
The establishment of a corn market in Lafayette means a great deal towards its prosperity. Every new crop that can be marketed aids in developing the parish, and in making the land more valuable. Three staple crops that have a ready sale give the farmers three chances to make farming pay, and lessen the chances of a crop failure. For these reasons the Advertiser gladly welcomes Mr. Thos. McMillan, who has settled here for the purpose of opening a corn market and paying the highest market price for corn. Corn will be his specialty, and it will be to his interest and the farmers as well to assist each other in every way. The farmers will find it to their advantage to plant corn extensively, and Mr. McMillen to his advantage to pay as liberal prices as possible. Corn is a valuable food product and grows well here.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/29/1902.
THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE.
Situated in the Parish of Lafayette, the "Garden Spot of the South."
Lafayette is situated on the Southern Pacific, 144 miles west of New Orleans, and marks an important division of that gigantic railway trunk line. Connection is here made with what is known at the "Alexandria Tap," a branch of the Southern Pacific that connects with the Texas & Pacific railway at Cheneyville. The Southern Pacific Railroad Company has located here a large round house, machine and car repair shops, a capacious freight depot, a store house and other minor buildings, which together with the the magnificent freight yard, one of the finest, if not the finest, to be found on its entire system of road, gives to Lafayette more than ordinary importance as a railroad center, present and prospective.
The subject of this article is the county seat of Lafayette parish, the acknowledged garden spot of Southwestern Louisiana. Prior to 1880, when the railroad was constructed through this country, the town of Lafayette with its handful of population, remained practically unknown to the outside world. However, the wonderful natural resources of the country tributary to Lafayette were soon effectually stimulated and developed under the beneficent influence of the railroad, until it has attained its present importance in the business world, without having had at any time a single agency or circumstance to "boom" it. The population of Lafayette now numbers 3000 souls, and a continuance of the natural and healthy growth that has characterized the progress of this little city in the past, is assured for the future.
Among a large number of business houses and other institutions that would do credit to any community is a substantial and attractive brick and iron bank, regularly chartered and dong a prosperous business; the handsome and capacious railroad hotel operated by the Crescent News and Hotel Co., that justly enjoys the reputation of being one of the very best hotels in the State, for which credit is due to that prince of hotel men Mr. Hahn and his estimable lady; a commodious and well appointed high school building soon to be completed and launched in the good work of education; Mt. Carmel Convent, a Catholic educational institution occupying an entire square of ground arranged and distributed so as to make it one of the attractions of the place; substantial and imposing public buildings. Church edifices are owned by the following denominations: Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Israelites. The negroes worship in separate churches of their own. Lafayette progresses, also, several mercantile establishments doing a business of from $50,000 to $100,000 a year and three extensive lumber yards. Lafayette has two papers, the semi-weekly ADVERTISER, which enjoys the reputation of being one of the most liberal and progressive journals of the South, and the Gazette, a weekly paper.
Three of the largest manufacturing concerns in the United States. (Osbourne, McCormick, Deering) recognizing the value and importance of Lafayette as a distributing point for Southwest Louisiana, have established general agencies or depots here. The Waters-Pierce Oil Co. for the same reason has been erected an oil depot at this place.
Of the fertility and general desirability of the lands of the parish of Lafayette too much cannot be said, and the climate and health of the country is most excellent. The soil is extremely rich, as a rule, and has remarkable depth. The principal products of the country are cane, cotton, rice, corn and potatoes (sweet and Irish). Many other things could be profitably raised. Jute, ramie, barley and tobacco grow well here, as also such varieties of the domestic grasses as clover, red-top, millet, alfalfa and Japan clover. All of the esculent grow to perfection and could be cultivated with profit if truck farming were engaged in to a great enough extent to justify the railroads in making special preparations for handling this particular line of traffic. Such fruits as peaches, pears, apricots, plums, figs, etc., do well, and a variety of berries grow wild in abundance.
A "Business Men's Association" has recently been organized in Lafayette for furthering manufacturing and other enterprises and advance the general condition of the country. One of the first undertakings of this association will be to secure the building of railroad from Lafayette to Abbeville, La., and from thence to deep water in Vermilion Bay. Forming part of the railroad also, is the erection of a large central sugar refinery, for the building of which a bonus of $25,000 will be offered. A rice mill and an electric lighting plant is now being constructed and will soon be in active operation.
Lafayette offers an excellent opening for a shoe factory, and a sash and door and blind factory. Outside capital would fine ready and profitable investment here and good industrial concerns would receive hearty welcome and support as well as fine building sites.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/1/1893.
The First Strawberries. - The Advertiser was complimented with first strawberries gathered from the High School strawberry patch, and extends thanks to Miss Dickson, who kindly presented them, and the children who raised them. The pupils of the High School have started a garden and taking first lessons in the mystery of growing things by actual experiment. We wish them as much success in other things as they have had in raising delicious strawberries.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1904:
Egg Rolling. - The Egg Rolling given by Mouton Gardner U. D. C., Sunday afternoon was a brilliant success. More than two hundred people were present. The Sontag Military Band discoursed sweet music and the young folks enjoyed a delightful hunt for eggs. Miss Magnon was the lucky finder of the golden egg and the small son of Mr. Blanchard captured the prize for the eggs, getting forty-two.
Miss Estelle Mouton unfurled the Confederate flag and Major DeClouet and Dr. F. J. Mayer made appropriate addresses. Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1904.
Our friend Paul Demanade is devoting his leisure hours to the cultivation of vegetables this year, and has a fine garden. He has succeeded in propagating a new species of cabbage which bears three heads to the stalk. A few days since he sent us a stalk bearing three perfectly (unreadable words) medium sized heads. It is quite a vegetable curiosity - that is, it was: editors can't afford to keep anything good to eat long. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899.
Now is the time for fishing for gaspargoo, and the bayou is in fine condition; but somehow they don't bite well. We learn that our friend Jno. O. Mouton had the best luck and caught the biggest fish of the season. He was so proud that he threw his line in the bayou and trotted all the way back to town to show his fish. The boys accused him of buying it, but fortunately Jno. O., had the proof on them, and they had to give him credit. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899.
The Cat and the Rat. - Lafayette can boast of a most peculiar cat. She is the property of Mrs. John Rand. One day last week Mr. Felix Gerac caught a little rat at his cotton gin while Mrs. Rand was there. She requested him to give her the rat as she wanted to feed it to her cat. Mrs. Rand took the little rat home and gave it to the cat, but to her astonishment, the cat instead of immediately making a meal of the rat, lovingly took the little rat under her protection and adopted it into her family of young kittens. Stranger still the rat accepted Mrs. Cat as her mother and took its place in the family as if it were nothing unusual. They all play together and the mixed family seem as happy as could be.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/12/1902.
Revillon Back. - We had the pleasure of welcoming home, yesterday, our friend L. P. Revillon, Esq., where he has been for several months. Mr. Revillon returns among us in excellent health and fine spirits, and with a diploma as Attorney and Counselor at Law. We wish our young friend success, and hope, at some future day, to see him the peer of the highest legal lights at the Louisiana Bar. Lafayette Advertiser 4/12/1873.
Big Machinery Passes Through Town.
Considerable excitement was caused last Sunday by the appearance of four wagons, heavily laden with machinery, drawn by powerful teams, who traversed our principal streets. Many were of the opinion that the oil well machinery had arrived but what was the mysterious cause of unloading it somewhere in the country, and on a Sunday too. The train of wagons was followed and oh! the heavy irons were laden on freight cars ! now, was some other town to have our oil well machinery? One of Lafayette's sturdy sons placed his hand on the driver and with a defiant look asked what was going to be done with our machinery?
"That there machinery was used to dig Hunter's Canal, and them folks over yonder told me to haul it to the depot and send it to Texas."
Lafayette Advertiser 4/27/1901.
Vocal Lessons. - Mrs. Eugenie Derbes late of the Metropolitan Conservatory of Chicago but at present residing in Lafayette, will give vocal lessons, following the latest methods adopted in the leading conservatories. For terms and particulars Mrs. Derbes can be seen on Wednesdays between 9 and 10 a. m., at Mrs. J. Revillon's residence.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/1/1897.
Clegg Graduates Law School. - At the examination of the graduating class of the Law Department of the University of La., which took place in New Orleans on the 27th of April, we were happy to see among the list of graduates the name of our young friend John Clegg, brother of our worthy fellow townsman, Mr. Wm. Clegg. Mr. Clegg delivered the valedictory address, a compliment which was well merited. We know not where he intends to "hang out his shingle," but no matter what place he may select, society and the community will make a most valuable acquisition. We hope and predict for his success wherever he may locate. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1874.
A Frog Ate Mr. Lacoste's Pipe. - Mr. Leopold Lacoste is the fortunate possessor of a fine old meerschaum pipe, which he values highly. For a long time this pipe was a favorite with the late Gov. Alexandre Mouton, being presented to him by an old friend. Last Sunday evening as Mr. Lacoste and a party of friends were returning on the train from the Carencro races, he sat smoking his pipe and thinking over the events of the day. Seeing a large mosquito luxuriating John Brun's nose (John at that time enjoying a snooze) Leopold without thought waled away at it with his pipe, knocking the mosquito and a part of John's nose out through the window, but alas ! the pipe went with it. Realizing his folly, and angry at himself, Leopold vented his anger by giving Jno. Brun a good punching. Next morning Mr. Jules Arceneaux (through whose farm the train was passing when this occurred) went seining along the side of the railroad for crayfish, and was lucky enough to catch an immense frog. When he went to dress the frog he found the pipe stowed away in its stomach. Mr. Crow Girard, from whom we learn these facts, will no doubt vouch for their correctness.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/3/1890.
Not Gotten To Blows Yet. - It was at the corner of one of our principal streets and the altercation had not gotten to blows yet, but the vituperation were bitter in the extreme. He of the ebony countenance, eight years old about, seemed to be the hottest one, "you rascal, you crocodile, thief, liar, you dirty black nigger, you."
He of the Nubian dye features, same age about, walked off a few steps, evidently intending to treat his enemy with silent contempt, suddenly changed his mind and looking at his adversary with defiance in his eye, calmly called out to him: "All wot you called me, you is!!" Lafayette Advertiser 5/4/1904.
A True Curiosity. - Mr. F. E. Darby brought to this office Saturday something in the way of a curiosity. It was a large spongy ball, nearly as large as a baseball, seemingly composed of fibrous vegetable matter decomposed to a mass of fine hairs, with a hard vegetable-like outer covering. It was taken from the stomach of a cow twenty-two years ago, and the cow when killed was remarkably fat and healthy.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/11/1904.
Of the Fertility of Lafayette Soil. Immense Strawberries and Dewberries.
Lafayette soil is pretty well known for its great fertility and adaptability for all kinds of vegetation, and yet there are many who really do not realize the soil and climate's possibilities. To such, a look at the enormous strawberries and dewberries which Dr. T. B. Hopkins brought to this office Saturday, would be a convincing, object lesson. Both the strawberries and dewberries, of which the Doctor has quite a large number of vines, are sweet and delightfully flavored. The raising of these two here so successfully, shows what a vast field for profitable truck farming this parish offers; and with a competing rail road, particularly the one to Baton Rouge which would connect with three great rail roads running north, east and west, here could be made the ideal garden spot of this country.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/11/1904.
A Lafayette girl broke an engagement because her lover insisted on kissing her to often. She ought to receive him back and break him of the habit by marrying him.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/10/1902.
Moss Scores Highest On West Point Exams.
At the recent examination of candidates for appointment to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, held at New Iberia, the Board fixed the standard at 80. The examination was unusually hard. Mr. James A. Moss, of our town, scored 76, by far the highest point reached by any applicant. The Board stood to its standard, and could make no recommendation. Hon. Andrew Price will have to order another examination, of which due notice will be given. Lafayette Advertiser 5/10/1890.
Last Sunday evening a party of ladies and children captured old "No. 707" and took a run down to Pin Hook and along the pleasant drives about our town. Expense was no object with them, as they were amply shielded, having coin with the right ring to it. Laf. Adv. 5/10/1890
The bicycle race between A. Sprole and R. Broussard was won by the former, a fall having happened to the latter one. Laf. Adv. 5/14/1898.
Hotel Guest Commits Suicide. - He came to Lafayette Tuesday and registered at the Star and Crescent Hotel as H. L. Jantzen, Houston." He is said to have indulged freely in drink the day, but behaved as a gentleman. The next morning, he ate breakfast, settled his bill with the clerk of the Crescent Hotel and walked away. Shortly afterward he was seen on Oak Avenue, leading to the Protestant Cemetery. Not long after he was seen the report of the pistol was heard, and his body was found by a young man who was riding into town. Coroner J. F. Mouton held an inquest over the body. As it was clearly a case of suicide, the jury so decided. His brother, Mr. Julian Jantzen arrived Wednesday and had the unfortunate young man buried in the Protestant cemetery. Rev. Weir officiating. Lafayette Advertiser 5/18/1901.
Civil Engineer Beard and Ex. Senator C. C. Duson are now engaged in laying out a town on the Midland Branch, to be named "Eunice."
Laf. Adv. 5/19/1894.
For Our Soldier Boys. The ladies of Lafayette are invited to meet at the home of Mrs. F. Demanade, at 5 o'clock this evening, to cooperate in a move to collect a shipment of delicacies and other useful articles not regularly supplied by the government for the relief and comfort of the sick and wounded soldiers in the U. S. hospitals at Key West during the present war with Spain.
This commendable work inaugurated by the noble women of New Orleans should meet with a ready response from their sisters in the country, for in no more practical way can non-combatants prove their appreciation of the sacrifices our patriotic Soldier boys are making their country - and this labor of love is worthy of noble woman. Lafayette Advertiser 5/21/1898.
A Most Gay Assemblage. - Last Saturday many of our young folk from town met an equally gay assemblage from the neighborhood of Mr. Domartin Pellerin, at the spring on his place, on the banks of the classic Coulee Mine, and a had a most enjoyable picnic and fishing frolic. There were over a hundred present; and it is needless to say that all the pleasures incident to such a happy meeting were indulged in. About 4 o'clock the party adjourned to the popular hall of Mr. Baptiste Perez, where the balance of the day was most agreeably spent in dancing, and other amusements. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.
Anti-Cigarette League? - How about that Anti-Cigarette League, for Lafayette? The work is humane enough to enlist the interest on its behalf, of the noblest philanthropist. The greatest harm done to the physical and mental development of the boy growing up is not so much from the use of pure tobacco as from smoking a hundred or more brands of cigarettes made of medicated tobacco. The consequences of the diabolical practice on the part of the manufacturers of cigarettes in this country, of saturating the weed with opium, morphine, belladonna and other equally powerful life-sapping poisonous agents, to enslave all the more victims of the cigarette vice, are being so direfully felt in localities that some of these, notably Chicago, has felt called on to legislate against the sale of such brands. Matters must have assumed a very serious aspect when the city council of the city of Chicago adopts by a unanimous vote, an ordinance strictly prohibiting the sale within its borders, of cigarettes containing poisons or noxious drugs on account of the great injury they do to children, especially the school children of Chicago.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/9/1894.
Last Sunday was a gala day in Vermilionville. The "Roman races," an institution of the 19th century, were being run near town and the small boy was in the ascendancy. The chief charm of the occasion, however, was the ascension of the balloon, which was witnessed by a throng of all ages and sorts. Laf. 6/10/1882
We are under obligations to our young friend Mr. Edward Mouton, son of Mrs. E. E. Mouton, for as fine Irish potatoes as we have seen this year, raised on his mother's place near town. The potato crop of Lafayette parish is unusually fine even this year.
Laf. Adv. 6/14/1890.
Moss Aces West Point Exams. - The New Iberia Enterprise, June 7th. says: "The second competitive examination of applicants for the cadetship to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point from the Third Congressional District, commenced here last Monday under the supervision of Mr. James A. Lee, assisted by Rev. C. C. Kramer and Prof. W. R. Harnish. The applicants were four in number, viz: Arthur J. Babin and Charles D. Craighead, Jr., of Iberville and Eugene Guillot, of New Iberia. They passed a laborious examination extending over four days, and are commended by the Board of Examiners for the patient industry and uniform courtesy with which they sustained it. The questions were difficult, but were reasonably well answered by all. The successful competitor was Mr. Moss, whose percentage was 84 out of a possible 100, while Mr. Babin is assigned as alternate with a per centage of 73. While this is only a preliminary examination, the examining committee feel confident that either of the young gentlemen will readily pass the required examination at West Point." It will be remembered that this is the second time Jimmie has passed this trying ordeal and come out with flying colors. The first time he distanced all competitors with a a record of 76, the Board requiring a per centage of 80. We cannot help but feel a pardonable pride in his success, and congratulate him most heartily. Well done for Lafayette! Wednesday Lieutenant Moss (as he is now entitled to be called, as all graduates of West Point rank as Lieutenant. Laf. Adv. 6/14/1890
A VOICE FROM "AU LARGE."
To the Advertiser Editor:
Mr. EDITOR: As you seem to be interested in the condition of the crops, and other items appertaining to country life, I take the liberty of writing you the news from this section.
"Au Large," you know, is that mysterious region towards which Catherine Cole's "Father John stretched his broad kind hand," indicating all the distant dim horizon. That is to say, "Au Large" is neither town nor hamlet, but the intervening prairie, dotted here and there with green i-Lands containing peaceful country homes.
Just at present our farmers wear anxious faces, and indeed the situation begins to look serious. There has been no rain to speak of for seven weeks and all the vegetation is suffering greatly in consequence. In some places where the corn was planted early and is now tasseling there is no appearance of ears on the stalks and the crop will be a failure.
Cotton seems to stand the drought better, and where the plant is up it looks hardy and green. But, unfortunately, there are a great number of planters who waited until the latter part of April, and on into May, before sowing their cotton; therefore, having had little or no rain since, the seed has never sprouted, and the crop, if it comes up at all, will be too late to bear abundantly.
Up to date there is no indication of a change; the atmosphere is dim and hazy. This, the prophets say, is a sure sign of dry weather. Even the frogs, those musical twilight songsters, no longer greet our hears at nightfall with their monotonous croak. I suppose they have all hopped off to the swamps and marshes; the hills "Au Large" became too dry for them.
Last Sunday I took a trip to Carencro - that is, to the neighborhood that borders on the rim of the "beau basin." This is one of the most beautiful localities in the parish. The great basin is a fertile valley stretching from the Carencro hills to Bayou Vermilion. Before the war it was too marshy for cultivation, but it is now the center of numerous prosperous farms. It also contains several mineral springs, and these are frequented during the summer by pleasure parties from far and near. Fearing I may tire you with this long letter, I will close; and I hope that the next time I write there will be no drought to write about.
Ivy Green, Lafayette Parish6/6/1889.
Printed in Lafayette Advertiser 6/15/1889.
Ivy Green, Lafayette Parish6/6/1889.
Printed in Lafayette Advertiser 6/15/1889.
Neville Hanks, a farmer living in the western part of the parish was found dead in a pond containing six inches of water. As he had made two attempts at self-destruction before, it was surmised that the man committed suicide. Laf. Adv. 6/17/1889
THE LAFAYETTE DOLLAR.
The secretary of the treasury has approved the design for the new Lafayette silver dollar submitted by the Lafayette Memorial association. On one side will be the heads of Washington and Lafayette and on the other a representation of the monument of Lafayette to be erected in Paris in 190o.
The wording will be same as on the words "Lafayette dollars" will be substituted for "One dollar."
A question has arisen as to the authority of the government to coin in 1899 dollars bearing the date 1900, but it is thought that this difficulty can be overcome readily. The issue is limited by law to 50,000 one dollar pieces, but it is the expectation that the association will realize a much greater amount from their sales, the minimum price having been fixed at $2 each.
For the first coin issued several thousand dollars are expected to be realized.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/17/1899.