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Welcome to 1898!

Good morning!
A happy New Year to you!
Turn over a new year, to-day!
Don't forget to write in 1898.

At precisely twelve o'clock last night mid the booming of canon and other eclat the old year became a thing of the past and the new year was ushered in. This is in accordance with the law of mutation which no man can stay.

Of the old year we have compiled a record, the experience of each day, week and month being added to those gone before, and with respect to the "bitter and sweet" of this life the world has probably not fared any worse at the hands of the year 1897 than with many of its predecessors. The law of compensation, which is immutable, maintains the equipoise of the human race, making man's loss another man's gain. By some the old year will be remembered mostly on account of the blessings it gave and to others recollection of it will ever be attended with pain on account of the sorrow it brought. This is life, and it will never be thus.

Of the new year we can know nothing further than what will be learned day by day as time glides along. The veil that screens the future from view is absolutely impenetrable, the Omniscient having is ordained and it is well to have it thus, for it is quite enough to look after the present, that requiring our undivided attention if we would have things well done.

As it is not optional with us and we must part with the old year, let us do so with all the good grace at our command, and so it is we now do take leave of it. To the New Year we should extend a hearty welcome and all hope for the best. In accordance with the old custom it is in order to make new and good resolutions for the future. We should not only resolve to do better, each one acting for himself, but we should carry out the resolution. On this day that marks the birth of a new year, let everyone one of us resolve to cultivate a deeper feeling of charity to-ward each other and we will find life all the happier. This is a great, big world and there is plenty of room in it for us all if each one will allow to his neighbor but his just dues.

The Advertiser hopes the New Year will contain much of blessings and little of sorrow for the people of Lafayette , in particular, and to mankind in general.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/1/1898.

Kind readers and subscribers, the year has drawn to a close, and as one disappears from the Calendar of time, another is ushered in - It is useless to dwell upon the miseries, vexations and tribulations of the past, but on the contrary, draw strength and fortitude from our own past sufferings and trusting in the boundless power and wisdom of Him who ruleth all things aright, hope to see brighter days in the present year, may those who have the political power in their hands know their error towards a noble and and down trodden people, may their eyes become opened to the iniquity of their rule, may their minds become impressed with the patent truth that southern men, nay, constitutional men, are true and loyal to the constitution and to the interests of the country at large, may they finally be convinced that we ask no favors, but simply demand the enjoyment of our just and unalienable rights, and that generosity which a civilized victor is in honor bound to extend his conquered foes. Kind readers and subscribers - we wish you a happy new year - may joy ever gladden our hearts, many plenty smile upon your labors - may happiness dwell beneath your roof and with yours, and should death lower his hand on the family circle, may the twilight of life, be to the stricken, but the dawn of eternal bliss. Lafayette Advertiser 1/2/1869.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 3rd, 1903:

The Ball.

The New Year's ball given by the Jewish Ladies on New Year's eve was a very pleasant affair, was well-attended, and realized a nice sum. The ball was prettily decorated for the occasion. The young people danced till a late hour, and all who were present had a delightful time. Miss Watson of New Iberia was the prize for the best lady dancer, a handsome pin. Mr. Ben Schmulensky, the gentleman, received a silver shaving set. Lafayette Advertiser 1/3/1903.

 At exactly the first moment of the new year, the railroad men here opened up the whistles of all their live locomotives, fired off anvils, howled, and made themselves heard; showing their joy at the birth of the new year. This has a particular meaning with them. Every day they take their lives in their hands and offer them for bread, and the fact that so many of them can welcome a new year is naturally a joyous occasion. Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1890.


  Lafayette enters upon the new year with brighter prospects than ever before in its history. It has made rapid and substantial improvement in the past twelve months, and not one step towards retrogression. There seems to be nothing to hinder the fruition of the building promises for future advancement and increased prosperity. While we appreciate this condition of things fully, we rejoice also in the fact that our neighboring towns keep even stride with us. Like blood - soil, climate, natural advantages and generous rivalry are bound to tell; and the ci-devant "Great West" must look well to its laurels, else South Louisiana will gain the lead in the future.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/5/1889.

 Just as the hands of the clock pointed to midnight, on the 31st of December, every live engine on the tracks in the Lafayette yard of the Southern Pacific Railroad lifted up his voice (or whistle) and sent forth its welcome to the New Year. The effect was startling, and many in the town misconstrued its meaning, thinking it was the alarm for a fire in the neighborhood of the depot. But when they learned that it was merely the railroad boys' greeting to the New year, all joined in the welcome, and exclaimed, "Bully for the railroad boys." Lafayette Advertiser 1/5/1889.

The weather on New Year's day was quite a disappointment to many, who had become spoiled by the beautiful weather of Christmas week. The anticipated pleasures of many a social visit melted beneath the downpouring rain, which lasted until late into the afternoon. However, there was many a good dinner eaten, and many a happy home circle congregated; and everybody wished everybody else a happy new year, even if they not get the opportunity to tell them so. In the afternoon all the business houses were closed, to "give the boys a chance." Lafayette Advertiser 1/5/1889.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 5, 1878: 

The first day of the year was clear, pleasant and lovely. There was much friendly greetings and social cheer.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 6th, 1894:


Increased facilities for public education and good public roads- this is what we mean to preach most obdurately. Better educational facilities and better public highways are the two greatest needs of this parish at this time, and these must and shall be secured, cost what it may. Whilst the Advertiser in no wise means to undervalue the decided advantages to be expected from the construction of railroads and the operation of factories in our midst, it does believe that the two factors forming the text of this article, are capable of more immediate as well as prospective good to our people, and promises more lasting benefit. In the future, as in the past, we will lend our support to each and every public undertaking having the common good for an ultimatum; but we shall exert our greatest influence toward those measures especially that may have for an effect on the improvement of our present educational status and public roads, as well, two of our most crying needs. Given per-(unreadable) in these two directions and (unreadable word) this will country will require little else to place it in the very foremost rank.

We call on the people of Lafayette town and parish to join hands on these two highly important questions, that we may work with a single eye to reaping such great boons as these will certainly prove a benefit to ourselves and children.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894

1894 Probabilities for Lafayette.

A central sugar factory.

A railroad to Breaux Bridge.

An ice factory.

A graded school in complete operation.

A better system of public roads.

Water works for the town.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894

New Years Accident.

 While rejoicing over the advent of the New Year Hamilton Riu was pretty badly injured on the face by the explosion of a tin-can which was being used as a cannon. Young Riu was the only one hurt the other boys escaped injury. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.

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