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Edward Victor Barry,
of Grand Coteau, arrived in Lafayette Friday morning from New Orleans. He left for home in the afternoon.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Shot in Eye.

 Little Henry Voorhies, who was shot in the eye with a toy pistol on Christmas Eve, is still in New Orleans under treatment. We are informed that there is every reason to believe that the injured eye will be saved, though its sight may be somewhat impaired.
Lafayette Gazette 1/5/1901.

Gonzague and Leonce Gladu returned Tuesday to Baton Rouge to resume their studies at the State University. Laf. Gaz. 1/6/1894.

Young Henry Voorhies Better. - We are glad to report that young Henry Voorhies, who was wounded in the eye Christmas, has good chances of having his sight preserved. The young man is still in New Orleans, at the home of his uncle, Dr. Robert Voorhies.   
Laf. Gazette 1/12/1901.

Miss Medora Lindsay is spending the Carnival season in New Orleans.
Laf. Adv. 1/12/1901.

For the Street Lamp Fund.
The ball given by the Knights of Labor last Saturday night, for the benefit of the street lamp fund, was decidedly the most enjoyable and recherche' entertainment ever given by that genial and hospitable order in this town. The attendance was fairly good, and the proceeds will materially aid the street lamp enterprise. Quite a number of ladies and gentlemen from the neighboring towns were present. The management returns their thanks to the public for its generous patronage, and tender their special acknowledgements to Mrs. Eugene Trahan, Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton and  Mrs. W. B. Lindsay,  for their untiring energy and valuable aid and to them is due in a great measure the success of the evening. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Edward Victor Barry,

of Grand Coteau, arrived in Lafayette Friday morning from New Orleans. He left for home in the afternoon.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.

Miss Gladu & the Tea Club.

Miss Lea Gladu entertained that charming circle, the Tea Club, at a Madelson evening last Tuesday, from four to six. The program consisted as follows:

"Song Without Words," by Miss Mudd; "Life of Mendelson" by Miss Ramsey; "Morning Song" by Mrs. Davis; and "Spring Song" by Miss Gladu. At five o'clock a delightful lunch was served by the hostess. The club will meet next with Mrs. Lerosen.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1901.

Infanticide. - Last Wednesday Capt. Ed Lenormand, of the government boat now dredging Vermilion river, found floating near the craft the body of a newly born white child of the feminine sex. The body was buried on the bank of the stream and the authorities were informed of the facts. Yesterday morning acting Coroner Gladu exhumed the body and held an inquest but nothing was brought out to dispel the veil of mystery which seems to cover this crime. Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1900. 

Sad News for Dr. Gladu. - Last Thursday Dr. A. Gladu received the sad news of the serious illness of his son, Dr. Gaston Gladu, at Box, Oklahoma. Young Gladu was born and raised in this town where he has many friends and relatives who fervently pray that he will recover. Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1900. 

In From Grand Coteau. - Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Barry, of Grand Coteau, were the guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mouton. (Mrs. Fred Mouton is Dianne Barry of Grand Coteau.
Laf. Gazette 2/1/1896.

Young Henry Voorhies Back Home. - We were pleased to meet young Henry Voorhies who has returned from New Orleans after quite an extended stay in that city. It will be remembered that last Christmas Henry had the misfortune to be shot in the face with a toy pistol sustaining injuries which threatened the loss of an eye. We are glad to be able to state that the little fellow is gradually regaining the sight of the injured eye and that there is reason to believe that in the course of time the effects of the accident will disappear completely.  Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.

Last Sunday, Messrs. W. B. Lindsay, P. Robichaux and L. G. Gladu visited the picturesque town of Abbeville and were guests of Mr. Leonce Gladu. They were entertained in the evening at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Coffey, where a most pleasant time was spent. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1900.

 Mr. and Mrs. Louis Domengeaux of Houston, are on a visit to Dr. Gladu's family. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.

City Council of Vermilionville.
  Regular Session, Dec. 2d, 1878.
 The City Council met this day, the Hon. J. O. Mouton, Mayor presiding and all the Councilmen present.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read, corrected and adopted.

 The committee appointed at the last meeting for the purpose of fixing the rate of taxation, &c., presented the following report, to-wit :

 "To the Honorable mayor and Members of the Town Council of Vermilionville, La. --

 The undersigned committee, appointed by your Honorable body to recommend the levying of a tax on the movable and immovable property situated within the limits of said Town and of a License Tax upon persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within said limits for the year 1879, respectfully submit the following:

 1. They recommend that the Corporation tax for the year 1878 and collectable in the year 1879, be and remain as it is now fixed by the Charter of the Corporation, to-wit:  2 1/2 mills on the dollar.

 2. They further recommend that the following License Tax be levied for the year 1879 upon all persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within the limits of the Corporation, viz:

Merchant $15.00
Grocer 15.00
Drugstore 20.00
Livery Stable 15.00
Cake Stand 5.00
Coffee House 40.00
Billard Table 10.00
Circus or menagerie for each day they perform 100.00
Show or exhibition for each day they perform 5.00
Theatre, Concert, or other performance per day 5.00
Side show to Circus and menageries 25.00
Peddler for each and every 5 days 2.00
Attorney at law 10.00
Physician 10.00
Ice Cream stand 5.00
Notary public 10.00
Coffee, Fruit or Soda water stand 5.00
Inn, Hotel or Boarding House 10.00


 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was unanimously
    Resolved, that the report of the committee be taken up in this section.
    On motion, Resolved, that there shall be levied and collected for the year 1879, the following license, to wit:

1st from each and every merchant $15.00
2d Grocer 15.00
3rd Drugstore 25.00
4th Livery Stable 15.00
5th Cake stand 5.00
6th Coffee House 40.00
7th Billiard Table 12.50
8th Circus or Menagerie each day they perform 100.00
9th Show or Exhibition each and every day they perform 5.00
10th Theatre, Concert or other performance per day 5.00
11th Side show to Menagerie or Circus per day 25.00
12th Peddler for each and every 5 days 2.50
13th Attorney at Law 12.50
14th Physician 12.50
15th Ice Cream stand 5.00
16th Notary Public 10.00
17th Coffee, Fruit or Soda water stand 5.00
18th Inn Hotel, or Boarding House 10.00

On the motions to adopt the report of the committee on the Drugstore license of 20.00 ; the Livery stable license of $15.00 ; and the Coffee House license of 10.00 ; the motions were adopted by the following vote :
 Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry, and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Ed. McBride seconded by Mr. Lindsay, the license of $10 on Billard tables as reported by the committee, was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:
Ayes: Ed McBride, Lindsay, Alpha, Vigneaux and Landry.
Noes: R. L. McBride and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on attorneys as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:
Ayes: Ed. McBride, Lindsay, Alpha and Landry.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on Physicians as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50 by the following votes:
Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Vigneaux and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was
 Resolved, that the report of the committee be and is hereby adopted as amended as a whole ;  and that all former laws on the same subject matter be and is hereby repealed. Upon which motion the following vote was taken:
Ayes: Landry, Alpha, Lindsay and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Vigneaux seconded by Mr. Hebert, it was
 Resolved, that the tariff on meats passed by the Council
at its session of June 14th, 1878 be amended so as to read as follows ; for retailing a beef or cow 0 cents, per quarter 12 1/2 cents, a calf 2 years old or under 25 cents, per quarter 6 1/4 cents. Motion lost by the following vote:
Ayes: Lindsay and Vigneaux.
Noes: Alpha, R. L. McBride, Landry and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr, Alpha seconded by Ed. McBride, it was
 Resolved, That the Corporation Attorney be and is hereby requested to wait upon the Hon. H. D. Guidry, the Representative from this Parish in the next General Assembly of the State, and solicit his action upon the question of having the Corporation Charter amended in this particular, viz: That the Corporation Constitution be hereafter voted for and elected to his office by the people of the Corporation at the yearly elections held for Mayor and members of the Council of this town, instead of being appointed to said office by the members elect of said Council. Adopted by the following vote:
Ayes: Alpha, Landry, Ed. McBride, Lindsay and Hebert.
Noes: R. L. McBride and Vigneaux.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
             J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
    H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879.

Young Henry Voorhies Back Home. - We were pleased to meet young Henry Voorhies who has returned from New Orleans after quite an extended stay in that city. It will be remembered that last Christmas Henry had the misfortune to be shot in the face with a toy pistol sustaining injuries which threatened the loss of an eye. We are glad to be able to state that the little fellow is gradually regaining the sight of the injured eye and that there is reason to believe that in the course of time the effects of the accident will disappear completely.  Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901.

The Lafayette Building and Loan Association have accepted the neat cottage built by Mr. Fred Mouton and turned it over to Mr. E. Mayfield, who has moved into it. It is an ornament to the Mouton addition.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

The Boys are Back in Town.
Dr. A. Gladu's two sons, Leonce and Gonzague, arrived home a few days ago, from the State University at Baton Rouge. On account of an epidemic of spinal meningitis that has been prevailing at the university of late from which three students have died, it was decided to close that institution for a time. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.



The bonnet and necktie party given by Mrs. M. Meriwether and Miss Robertson on Wednesday evening was a most unique and novel affair.

 As requested in the rhymed invitations sent out, each matron and maid brought a "frame of ancient date" and "flowers, plumes and ribbons gay" and under the touch of skilled masculine fingers, those conglomerated masses of discarded finery were transformed into hats fearfully and wonderfully made. While the sterner sex toiled unremittingly on with knitted brows and pricked thumbs of those of the gentler sex were not idle, for there were yards of silk and ribbons to be converted into ties. After one hour of painstaking labor the hats and ties were put upon exhibition.

 Winsome maidens and the more stately dames marched in single file before the judges, Messrs. Biossat, Caffery and Mouton.

 Such a startling display of millinery seen save at the spring opening of some vast emporium. Such a dash of color! -- red, green and yellow streamers floated to windward, two gaudy redbirds pathetically standing upon their heads graced one hat; upon another, a soft plume nestled against its chiffon bed on the one side, while on the other in sharp antithesis, arose a quill that stood like a grim sentinel at arms. The coquettish hat jointly trimmed by Messrs. W. B. Torian and Alex Mouton was a revelation, and showed a precocity far beyond the years and experience of the two youthful modistes. After calm deliberation the judges declared that the marvelous taste displayed by Mr. B. Clegg won for him the prize, a beautiful crepe de chine tie.

 Mr. Clegg's creation was worn by Miss Mayre Littell with a jaunty grace that showed off most effectively the harmonious blending of color and smartness of design.

 A cluster of crimson rosebuds adorned the fore part of the prize-winner. Bows, ties  and streamers of red and yellow ribbon languidly drooped from the tilted brim, and reposing snugly upon the elevated crown was a colossal bunch of exotics. Mmmes. Biossat, Caffery and Mouton were selected to judge the merit of the neckties, and Miss Jennie Torian was awarded the prize -- a handsome powder box.

 Miss Torian's four in-hand was proudly worn by Mr. Leo Judice and was indeed a dainty pale blue and white combination. The tie which secured the booby for Mrs. Clegg was sported by Mr. Nickerson and was an abbreviated Ascot of emerald hue, one that would gladden the heart of any true son of Erin's Isle.

 At the conclusion of the exciting contests dainty refreshements were served, and each guest, with appetites whetted by the onerous tasks of the evening enjoyed a menu of salmon croquettes, chicken salad and other substantials, which were followed by ices and coffee.

 Sweet music by a string band was discoursed throughout the evening and added much to the enjoyment of a thoroughly delightful evening. The guests present were: Mmmes. Baxter Clegg, Alex Mouton, J. A. Martin, T. M. Biossat, C. D. Caffery, H. DuCrocq;  Misses Ruby Scranton, Jennie and Sallie Torian, Mayre Littell, Anna Gamard, Mary Marion and Elizabeth Mudd; Messrs. W. B. Torian, Alex Mouton, T. M. Biossat, C. D. Caffery, B. Clegg, Chas. Debaillon, J. C. Nickerson, P. B. Torian, Wm. Middlemas, Leo Judice, Lucius Marion, Don Greig and Drs. J. A. Martin and A. R. Trahan.

 A very delightful euchre was given by Mrs. J. C. Nickerson on Thursday afternoon complimentary to Mrs. C. K. Darling prior to the departure of the latter for her home in Texas.

 Mrs. Nickerson's sweet cottage home was most artistically decorated with cut flowers and potted ferns.

 Drooping clusters of purple hyacinths intermingled with immaculate lilies filled vases and epergnes and banked in profusion throughout the parlors were pink red, and white camelias.

 Mrs. Nickerson was assisted in receiving by Mmes. DuCrocq, Denbo, Darling and Clegg.

 Promptly at four o'clock the silvery tinkle of a tiny bell at the head table announced that the first game had commenced. Eight games were played at the termination of which Mrs. B. J. Pellerin's score card revealed eight stars showing her to be the winner of every game, and she was awarded the first prize which was an extremely handsome vase of oriental design. Mrs. Alfred Mouton captured the second prize, a fine pack of playing cards. To Mrs. L. J. Alleman was given a gigantic stack of red stick candy as a booby.

 After the awarding of the prizes a most tempting menu was enjoyed. Dainty slices of turkey and ham were served with savory dressing, gelatine and olives. Cooling ambrosia and cake completed the elegant repast.

 Those present were: Mmes. John Nickerson, Alcide Judice, W. B. Torian, C. K. Darling, B. Clegg, A. B. Denbo, T. N. Blake, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, C. D. Caffery, N. P. Moss, C. M. Parkerson, F. R. Baker, T. M. Biossat, V. C. Walters, W. A. Lerosen, Alf. Mouton, T. McMillan, S. R. Parkerson, T. B. Hopkins, jr., L. J. Alleman, H. DuCrocq, E. P. Mills; Misses Lea Gladu, Zerelda Bailey, Edith Dupre, Gertrude Mayfield, Lizzie Parkerson, Jennie Torian and Elizabeth Mudd. 

Mrs. C. M. Parkerson, assisted by Mrs. F. R. Baker, entertained at an informal euchre on Wednesday afternoon.

 The card tables were arranged in the parlor and dining room which were thrown into one and darkened. The solf light of candles cast a glow over the tastily decorated rooms, and brought out the combined beauty of cut flowers and vines that were very effectively used.

 Miss Lizzie Parkerson presided at the punch table and the cooling beverage was served throughout the afternoon.

 After ten exciting games, Mrs. C. K. darling was found to be the fortunate winner of the first prize, an elegant cake plate. Mrs. J. C. Nickerson won the second prize, a beautiful silver tray. Mrs. J. A. Martin carried off the booby.

 Refreshments most tempting were served by Misses Ula Coronna, Bessie Caffery and Viola Young.

 Those who enjoyed the afternoon were: Mmes. Baxter Clegg, Clarence Darling, John C. Nickerson, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, D. Schwartz, N. P. Moss, C. D. Caffery, T. M. Biossat, V. Levy, B. N. Coronna, L. J. Alleman, A. Doucet, T. N. Blake, A. B. Denbo, W. A. LeRosen, G. Gouldsberry and F. H. Hawkes; Misses Elizabeth Parkerson, Bessie Caffery, Viola Young, Ula and Rosalie Coronna and Elizabeth G. Mudd.         

 Thursday evening, Miss Ida Matthieu gave a euchre party at the home of Judge O. C. Mouton complimentary to her guest, Miss Bella Barry of Grand Coteau. A series of games were played and pretty and appropriate prizes were awarded Miss Cornelia Broussard and Mr. Albert Robichaux. Delightful refreshments were served. Her guests on the occasion were Misses Bella Barry, Cornelia Broussard of Patterson, Lizzie and May Bailey, Laurence Campbell, Rita Trahan, Mabel Dauterive, Lucie Judice and Messrs. Albert Clark, Chas. Debaillon, Geo. Debaillon, Albert Robichaux, Mestayer, Frank Jeanmard, Frank E. Broussard, Dr. H. P. Beeler and Jerome Mouton.
Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903.


 Mrs. C. M. Parkerson entertained at cards on Wednesday afternoon in honor of Miss McCampbell, of Corpus Christi, Texas. The first prize was won by Mrs. B. Clegg; booby by Mrs. Davis. A dainty repast terminated a very pleasant entertainment. The participants were, Mmes. B. Clegg, E. Trahan, A. Denbo, F. Girard, T. M. Biossat, J. B. Pellerin, A. Bonnet, N. P. Moss, C. D. Caffery, F. E. Davis; Misses A. Young, L. Pharr, E.McCampbell, L. Parkerson, V. Kelly, L. and C. Mudd, Lea Gladu and Zerelda Bailey. Lafayette Gazette 2/11/1899.

Gladu Visiting Gladu. Father P. Gladu, of Welston, O., is visiting the family of his brother, Dr. A. Gladu, of Lafayette. Father Gladu has just returned from a trip in Mexico. He will remain here about one month.
Lafayette Gazette 2/15/1902.

Lafayette, La., Feb. 6, 1893.

Among other business....


By motion duly made the Police Jury proceeding under act 92 of 1882, to provide for the organization of local Boards of Health for the various parishes of the State of Louisiana, resolved into a parish Board of Health as follows:

LAFAYETTE, LA., Feb. 6, 1893.

By virtue of the powers vested in the Police Juries of the various parishes of the State under act 92, of the session of the State legislature of the year 1882,
Be it enacted :

That the President and members of the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette do hereby constitute themselves a Board of Health under the following rules and regulations and the officers of the Police Jury are hereby elected to serve in their respective capacities on the Board of Health to-wit : W. B. Torian, President, and R. C. Greig, Secretary.


1st. The coroner and parish physician, Dr. A. Gladu, is hereby appointed health officer for the parish of Lafayette, and is hereby empowered and instructed to carry into effect all ordinances, rules and regulations now in force, or that may hereafter be adopted by this Board of Health.

2d. It shall be the duty of the health officer to inform himself thoroughly as to the introduction of any and all infectious or contagious diseases into the parish of Lafayette, as to the presence and progress of any such disease or diseases at all points infected, or where an epidemic of any kind is reported as prevailing, or where individual cases have occurred or may occur, and he shall adopt such measures and precautions as the rules of the Board of Health, may provide, and in case an emergency to act for the moment as his judgement may determine.

3d. In case of the occurrence of any infectious or contagious disease or diseases, anywhere in the State, the health officer is required to adopt stringent measures of quarantine as may be deemed most effectual for preventing the introduction of any such disease from the affected locality or localities, and to this end, he shall, at the proper time, with the advice and consent of the President of the Board of Health, establishing quarantine guards to enforce the rules and regulations of this ordinance.

5th. It shall be the duty of the Health officer, to carefully investigate all sources of danger to the public health, from collections of filth or other nuisances, and to adopt prompt and stringent measures for the abatement of such.

6th. In case of any danger from the introduction of any infectious, or contagious disease or diseases or if any infected clothing or goods should threaten the public health in any Police Jury ward of this parish, then and and in such cases the Police Juror representing such ward, is empowered to act promptly for the suppression of such danger, and it shall be his duty to report the facts to the Health officer without delay.

The President was authorized to confer with the Health officer and to establish, if necessary, a pest house for the isolation of any person or persons who may be afflicted with any infectious or contagious disease or diseases.

The president was also empowered to act in conjunction with the authorities of the town of Lafayette, against the introduction of small pox into the parish from any and all infected localities:

W. B. TORIAN, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.

Complaints having been made to the Police Jury relative to the bad condition of the public roads under contract, it is hereby resolved that the road contractor, Mr. I. N. Satterfield, be and is hereby instructed to take prompt measures to remedy the matter.

By motion duly made the president of the Police Jury, Mr. W. B. Torian, was appointed as purchasing agent for the parish, and authorized to purchase any and all supplies required in the administration of the parish prison as well as such repairs as may be deemed necessary upon the court house or Clerk's office.

A communication from Dr. F. J. Mayer on the subject of rice culture and the advisability of a of a proper exhibit of the cereal at the Chicago Exposition, was read and owing to the late hour, action thereon deferred.

The following was duly adopted :
Resolved, That the keeper of the parish jail be and is hereby required to keep an account with every prisoner of the blankets, etc., furnished, and if any prisoner shall fail to account for the same, then and in that case the jailer is authorized and required to make affidavit against said prisoner for theft before his liberation.

A communication from Mr. W. B. Bailey, Clerk of Court, calling attention to the unsafe condition of the archives of his office by reason of the loss of a large key by his predecessor in office, and also representing the necessity of a new seal for the Clerk's office, was read and on motion the President was empowered to take such steps as would be deemed essential.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.

Due to an omission the account of the Ladies' Tea Club held at the home of Miss Leah Gladu did not appear in our local columns last week. Laf. Gaz. 2/19/1898.

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All of us have had some experience in the amusements which picnics and excursions give. Italy as well as America follows the custom; and for this reason I will undertake to narrate some particulars of an Italian picnic.

The town of Ostia is situated in the midst of a beautiful forest, where Italian birds fill the air with their merry songs; and where the drowsy cattle return to rest, under the far spreading limbs of the stately trees that compose it. The Mediterranean is only three or four miles distant and among the means of recreating the mind, we may give the first place to sailing upon its placid waters. The laborers of that town have very little to do in their fields; for the earth produces, with little or no culture, its delicious fruits; thus the poor as well as the wealthy are happy and moreover are able to indulge often in this innocent amusement. This place seems to have been in ancient time a part of Fairy Land and it still retains some of its former glory and happiness; for those who have left their native hamlet to roam over foreign soils are often heard to recite these lines

In the pulse of my heart I've nourished a

That forbid me thy sweet inspiration to

The morn of my life slow departing I see,
And its years as they pass bring no hope
but in thee.

It was on the third of May 18__, that Alberto Santiago, a young nobleman, burning with the fever of frivolities and amusements, invited the prominent men and ladies to attend at a picnic which was to be given in the woods.

A day of joy and amusement seemed to approach. Preparations were made with much alacrity by the men as by the young ladies. Upon the first mentioned, devolved the procuration of food and games. To this effect they devoted, with heart and soul, their resting as well as their working hours. The ladies were as busy, although their task was, as usual, a personal one: it consisted in preparing a costume which would suit the occasion.

At length the long awaited day, the day which caused so much anxiety, which was to unite friends, acquaintances and lovers, arrived. The ladies were as busy, although their task was, as usual, a personal one: it consisted in preparing a costume which would suit the occasion.

At length the long awaited day, the day which caused so much anxiety, which was to unite friends, acquaintances and lovers arrived. As early as seven o'clock in the morning, in invited guests were prepared ; even more in their vehicles, at the entrance of Alberto's castle, awaiting him to start for the place of amusement. Anxious eyes were riveted on the door of his stately mansion, eager to see it open and let our their host. But seconds then minutes passed and still the door remained motionless.

At last an hour after their arrival a man of ordinary height and size made his appearance. His looks were of the mildest; his forehead was wide and one could read upon it the great talents which its owner possessed, his eyes and hair were very dark; his steps firm and regular; his dress which was made of the finest broad-cloth, fitted his well formed body to perfection. He entered his carriage which was drawn by two beautiful horses who seemed eager to begin their journey. Near him sat a young lady, a brunette of eighteen, who like him possessed most of the gifts of Beauty; and who from appearances seemed to have Alberto the nearest person to her heart.

In order to show the way the host took the lead and off they started. Never was a ride more pleasant: a delightful cast wind accompanied them; the sun was not yet warm; the roads are excellent and permitted them to travel at a good speed. After enjoying the pleasant ride for some time, the drivers checked their horses and the merry company, after the example of their host, alighted from the vehicles. They then found themselves at the place intended for the picnic. It was well suited to the purpose; wild flowers, of which the principal ones were various kinds of roses filled the air with their sweet smells; large and lofty trees of different species, extending their limbs, covered with their new green garments shaded the company from the troublesome rays of the sun.

As soon as the merry crowd had refreshed themselves with the cool water of the spring which flowed nearby; they then took themselves to walking in the woods, to chatting among themselves, or to playing various games. When the time for dinner came, the servant rang the bell to gather the strayed couples. Some of these were astonished to hear the dinner bell so soon, but after consulting their watches they found that it was one o'clock the hour appointed for dinner. To their effect they gathered under a large fir tree; under whose branches they had resolved to take their repast. Presently the table cloth was spread on the ground; and upon it were placed viands of the rarest kinds and prepared in every way possible; wines of every flavor; fruits of all kinds peculiar to those regions and finally pastries of different qualities. The invited guests sat around and ate with a good appetite; the wines were not less cared for than the food. it must be avowed that the ladies kept, as usual, their wits and indulged but very little in the drink. The men on the contrary drank copiously; particularly Alberto, who indulged in it to such an excess, that when the repast was over his mind and ideas were clouded.

A sail on the sea had been proposed for the evening, but it would have passed unnoticed, had not our host been reminded of it by don Julio, his most intimate friend and companion in like amusements. Soon the horses were attached to the buggies, the host and guests resumed their seats and once more are found traveling towards their favorite place of amusement - the sea.

On arriving at the shore they found the Mediterranean calm and the boats which they had engaged for the evening awaiting them. Again the merry company left their seats in the vehicles in order to occupy a more comfortable one in the boats. The boat-men cast off from the shore and the young ladies began to sing their favorite melodies and comical airs. Perhaps the Mediterranean had never before heard upon its waters so many sweet voices. The boats themselves appeared charmed by these songs and whilst leaning over the waves seemed to be beating time for these young ladies, rather than have their course disturbed by the dashing of waves.

But joy often gives place to sorrow, in an instant; and so it happened with our party. As Alberto was yet under the influence of liquor, he was unable to keep his equilibrium, still he persisted, regardless of the admonitions of his friends, in standing up in the boat; the consequences were he fell headlong into the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean.

A cry of despair was then heard, the joyful songs were changed to doleful weeping; the sweet sounding words of love ceased and sorrowful ejaculations replaced them. Regardless of their elegant dresses and costly jewels, the men leaped into the water, and at the perils of their own lives they swam about, in hopes of recovering their drowning friend, but all seemed useless. When they were beginning to give way to despair God permitted Alberto to rise once more to the surface of the water. They perceived him and though a distance of fifty feet separated them from him, they gathered strength and in a few seconds his ever true friend Julio had placed his hands upon him. But how great was his surprise to find that Alberto was among the number of those that were no more. He dragged the body towards the boats and when he reached them, placed the cold remains of his friend in the same boat where Alberto's future wife was seated. She, who, but a few minutes ago had been exchanging her sentiments of love for his; she, who with so much confidence had placed in him her future happiness, now finds him at her side - a corpse.

We have before us the effects of intemperance, the consequences of the miserable glass which can rightly be called the destroyer of the interior man. How many of those poor creatures are doomed to suffer hell's eternal fire have bargained their souls away to this destroyer of God's creature for a small quantity of this alcoholic mixture!

Those poor fathers of families, who are as it were, captivated by this craving passion, have their wives and children in a pitiful state. How often does it happen that poor and feeble children spend full days with tasting a morsel of bread; and the mothers, though courageous by nature, have their hearts wrenched, as it were, by the pains which their suffering infants cause them! Had not God taken Alberto before his marriage, this young woman might have become one of those wretched persons; for when the fatal soup has once been tasted we know not how far it will lead man.

But let us return to our poor Alberto. The funeral rites took place the next day. A large gathering of people followed his remains - rich and poor blended together and all seemed to mourn the loss of a true and honorable friend. His mother, though an aged person, and his expected bride also mingled in the procession; both (unreadable words) they valued most dearly upon earth seemed discouraged and with their (unreadable word) drooping on their breasts, weeping mournfully, they sprinkled the soil with their tears. When they had reached the cemetery and laid the remains of Alberto near the grave prepared for him, the prelate blessed the body, recited the prayers and then delivered with much eloquence thence the funeral oration. He brought to light the good qualities of the deceased with such warmth that many were moved to tears. He himself seemed affected and often his grief was so intense that his words choked him. His sermon done he blessed the body, prayed over it, and then amidst the tears and sobs of many of those present he ordered it to be lowered in the sad silent grave.

The remains were soon covered and the mourners withdrew in order to attend to their occupations. The next day a marble monument was placed over his grave, on which was engraved these words:

Mememto eum in petitionibus tuis.
  Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

Mr. E. Priollaud has just let out a contract to Mr. Fred Mouton for the erection of a dwelling house with jewelry store connected, in McComb addition adjoining the Frank Church property. Work on the building will be commenced at at early date. Laf. Adv. 2/23/1895

Woman's Club.  The meeting of the Woman's Club Saturday, Feb. 13, fell on Valentine's day and the hostess, Miss Gladu welcomed the Club to a charming Valentine entertainment. Pretty reminders of the day were placed in artistic fashion about the house and lent an added pleasure to the occasion. Frank R. Stockton and John Rendrick Bangs were two authors selected for discussion this meeting, and the members on the program treated the subjects assigned in an interesting way, Mrs. O. B. Hopkins owing to illness, could not attend, but Mrs. Biossat read her paper.

 The following was the program:
Lady and the Tiger...Mrs. G. C. Comstock.

 Mr. Bonaparte of Corsica...Mrs. O. B. Hopkins.

 Houseboat on the Styx and its Sequal...Miss M. C. Riis.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.



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.


The Ladies Tea Club was entertained by Miss Lea Gladu on last Thursday.
Laf. Adv. 4/8/1899.


We take pleasure in announcing to our friends and readers that negotiations were closed with Mr. P. B. Roy the 11th. instant, for the erection of a substantial and capacious building for the special use of the THE ADVERTISER, on Mr. Roy's lot on Vermilion street (unreadable word) to the store of Moss Bros. & Co. Whilst it is intended that the (unreadable) Manager of this paper is to occupy the second story with his family, the ground floor will be designed specially for a newspaper office and printing establishment. Situated in a more central locality with greater facilities than ever for conducting our vocation we hope to further extend our business interests and usefulness, and in this effort we shall welcome and highly value every helping hand. Notice of our removal will be given in due time. The contractor, Mr. Fred Mouton, will complete the new building as quickly as possible, probably about June 15th., and until that time we will continue to entertain all friends at our present location.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/14/1894. 

A very pleasant gathering of young people occurred at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. A. Gladu on last Saturday night, in honor of the 21st birthday of their son Dr. Gaston Gladu, who had returned from Mermantau, where he is practicing his profession for the occasion. The evening was most thoroughly enjoyed by all, and the time passed rapidly playing cards and listening to sweet music.Lafayette Advertiser 4/19/1893.

 Mrs. M. F. Rigues has found it necessary to enlarge still further the accommodations of her well known and popular hotel on Lincoln avenue, and is erecting a handsome and commodious room onto the West end. The work is rapidly progressing under the skillful supervision of Mr. Fred Mouton. Laf. Adv. 4/19/1890

After a protracted stay in New Orleans Miss Medora Lindsay returned home during the week. Laf. Adv. 4/27/1901

Election Time in Vermilionville.

 The election for the town of Vermilionville took place last Monday. Only 91 votes were polled ;  the following is the result:

For Mayor - A. Monnier - 89 votes.

For Councilmen:
R. L. McBride - 91 votes.
H. Landry - 88 votes.
J. A. Chargois - 85 votes.
L. P. Revillon - 56 votes.
J. O. Mouton - 51 votes.
B. A. Salles - 48 votes.
F. Bourges - 45 votes.
Wm. Brandt - 43 votes.
C. O. Olivier - 42 votes.
W. B. Lindsay - 39 votes.
F. C. Latiolais - 38 votes.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/9/1874.

 A very pleasant gathering of young people occurred at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. A. Gladu on last Saturday night, in honor of the 21st birthday of their son Dr. Gaston Gladu, who had returned from Mermantau, where he is practicing his profession for the occasion. The evening was most thoroughly enjoyed by all, and the time passed rapidly playing cards and listening to sweet music.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/19/1893.

Advertiser Building. - Work on THE ADVERTISER building was begun last week, the the superintendence of contractor Fred Mouton, and satisfactory progress is being made in its construction in spite of the great interference occasioned by repeated rainfalls.
Laf. Adv. 5/19/1894.

Jailhouse Riot. 

 The quietness of the Sabbath was disturbed last Sunday morning by a row of considerable violence which occurred in the parish jail, between several of the negro prisoners; in which one, transferred to this jail from Franklin, charged with murdering his child, was mortally wounded by a blow on the skull inflicted with a bucket. The victim also received knife wounds about the throat. Dr. Gladu was immediately summoned and the wounds dressed. The assailant when informed that he had inflicted injuries upon his victim which would probably result in death, gruffly responded that he "didn't care." The participants are all bad characters, and they will no doubt receive their just deserts, at the next convening of the court. Lafayette Advertiser 5/30/1896.

 Mrs. A. Gladu and daughter Miss Lea spent Thursday in Youngsville, visiting Dr. Scranton's family. Laf. Adv. 6/17/1889. 

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