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From the Lafayette Gazette of February 18th, 1899: 

Snowballing Almost Ends in a Tragedy. 

Opelousas, Feb. 15 - Snowballing by the young boys came near ending in a tragedy yesterday evening at a late hour. Carlton N. Ogden, a young man of this town, was holding a negro, while the young boys were pelting him with snowballs, when Webster Castain, one of the ward constables, came up and interfered. An altercation ensued and Ogden struck Castain with a whip, and witnesses claim that at this moment Castain jumped back into the street and made a movement as if to draw a weapon, and Ogden opened fire on him with a 45-calibre Colt pistol. Castain, who, as it subsequently developed, was unarmed, broke and ran, Ogden firing in the meantime. Castain slipped and fell in the middle of the street, and Ogden thinking that he had struck him stopped shooting. The shooting occurred in the heart of town, and created intense excitement. One of the bullets went through a window of the court house. Ogden fired three shots, none taking affect. He surrendered and is out on bond.

 Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.


Mr. J. J. Davidson, the representative of the weather service at this place, informed us that his thermometer registered six degrees above zero last Sunday night and Monday morning. This is 12 degrees colder than the coldest weather during the snowfall of 1895.
The damage caused, is from all accounts, very considerable. The crops will no doubt suffer very much. There are conflicting opinions among our planters as to the damage done to the cane plant. It is generally conceded, however, that the cane in mattresses and the stubble have been injured to a great extent. That which was properly windrowed is believed to have escaped but with small damage.
There seems to be no doubt as to the fate of the orange trees. They, from all indications, were killed out-right. The other fruits, such as pears, peaches and figs, were affected only where the buds were already out.
As we had few or no vegetables this season, owing to the incessant rains, the gardens were not materially affected.
It is feared that the next potato crop will be greatly reduced.
Some damage was done to the waterworks plant as several pipes were broken by the ice. At the refinery the damage was quite heavy. The machinery at the compress sustained but inconsiderable damage.

Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.



Last Sunday the train which left here at 11:45 for New Orleans was wrecked a short distance on the other side of Cade. The track was blockaded and no train could go through that point. The railroad authorities were certainly aware of this condition of affairs, but strange to say the east bound train, scheduled to leave here about 1 o'clock, left as usual, as if nothing had happened. The railroad company knew that the train could not go through Cade, and it knew also that in the coaches were a number of women and children, who, in case of a long stay at Cade, would be subjected to much inconvenience, if not real suffering. The train reached Cade at about 1:30 and remained there until 2 o'clock the next morning. Anyone can imagine to what the passengers, especially the women and children, were exposed. With the thermometer registering six degrees above zero and little or no fire in cars, and without anything to eat, they were penned up and compelled to stand the bitter cold. What reason can Superintendent Owens, who was present, give for keeping these people over 12 hours at Cade without a mouthful to eat? Had the superintendent had a decent regard for the comfort of the patrons of his road he would have ordered the train back to Lafayette or some point where they would have been able to secure proper accommodations. It seems to us that the people of this section have some rights left which even Mr. Owens ought to be made to respect. There is absolutely no excuse for this outrage perpetrated upon the traveling public. Had the superintendent been unable to avoid all this, we are confident that there would not have been a word of complaint uttered, but as it was the result of either indifference or something worse, be believe the traveling public should exercise their privilege of registering a lusty and vigorous kick if that is all the satisfaction they can get.
Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.


 The many friends of Miss Nellie Bailey and Mr. Hisville Fournet braved the elements last Monday evening to witness the ceremony in St. John's Catholic church when and where these popular and estimable young persons were united for life by the holy bonds of marriage. Although the weather was very cold quite a number of people attested their friendship for, and manifested their interest in the future of the couple by being present.
At the appointed hour the bridal party entered the church. The ushers, Messrs. J. C. Nickerson and Paul Bailey, preceded the maid of honor, Miss Zerelda Bailey, after whom came the bride, leaning on the arm of Mr. Alfred Mouton. The party was joined by the groom who entered from the sacristy attended by his brother, Mr. St. Martin Fournet. Prior to the ceremony, an appropriate song was well rendered by Mrs. Alfred Mouton. The wedding march was executed by the talented organist, Miss E. Mouton.
The bride's dress was of handsome navy blue drab d'etat, very elaborately trimmed with white satin, ribbon and cord, and never did she look fairer than on the day she plighted her troth. Not less pretty attired was the maid of honor in a costume strikingly becoming to her brunette style.
At the conclusion of the ceremony the bridal party, joined by a few friends of the family, repaired to the bride's home where a reception was held. Many congratulatory telegrams and numerous presents testified to the popularity of the couple. The bride is the daughter of the late William B. Bailey, and is a young lady of a most charming personality. The groom is a resident of St. Martinville and is a member of one of the best and oldest families of that town.
Mr. and Mrs. Fournet left Wednesday for their home in St. Martinville.

Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.

The marriage of Mr. D. V. Gardebled, the well-known druggist, and Miss Thelicia Broussard, was celebrated last Tuesday evening at the Catholic church by Rev. Father Baulard. Miss Henriette Doucet was maid of honor and Mr. Edward Doucet served as groomsman.

 Laf. Gazette 2/18/1899.

 Telephone Service for Lafayette.

F. W. Fleming was here in the interest of the Cumberland telephone. Mr. Fleming's visit was for the purpose of getting subscribers for the establishment of an exchange in this town. We understand that the exchange will be in operation next month. Laf. Gazette 2/18/1899.

Voters Must Register.

 Registrar Martin informs us that as soon as he receives the necessary books he will open the registration office. Everybody who wants to vote must register. No exception is to be made in the case of those who registered under section five. They too must register. Laf. Gazette 2/18/1899.

Society News.

 One of the ante-lenten social events was an elegant dinner given recently by the Misses Torian, at the residence of their uncle, Mr. W. S. Torian, Sr., complimentary to Misses Parr and McCampbell, of Texas. From a table of artistically decorated, its beauty further enhanced by fine china, sparkling cut glass and silver, was served a dinner of six courses, twelve covers, the menu of which was perfect in every detail. The whole was gracefully presided over by Miss Mattie Torian, who was assisted in entertaining by her sister, Miss Jennie, both beautifully attired. The guests, all of whom were in full dress were the Misses Parr, McCampbell and Hopkins; Messrs. E. Tolson, J. Pellerin, O. B. Hopkins, T. Simmons, P. B. Torian and Dr. A. R. Trahan. Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.

Mardi Gras.

 Among those from this town who went to New Orleans for the carnival festivities are: Prof. and Mrs. W. A. LeRosen, Judge and Mrs. O. C. Mouton, Mrs. T. B. Hopkins, Mrs. R. T. Delaney, Misses Eliza Hopkins, M. Bagnal, Nella Alpha, Lizzy Mudd, L. parr, E. McCampbell, Jennie and Levinia Torian, Marie Mouton, Marthe Mouton, Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton, Berthe Poupart, Heloise Mouton, Mrs. Alfred Chargois, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Plonsky, Prof. Simmons, Judge Julian Mouton, Sheriff Broussard, O. B. Hopkins, P. B. Torian, Aby Demanade, Louis Lacoste, Robert Richard, Edward Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.


 Miss Lizzie Lee was the victim of a rather serious accident one day this week. The slippery condition of the earth resulting from the snow caused her to fall. She sustained injuries of a painful nature. Laf. Gaz. 2/18/1899.

Revenue Stamps.

 For the information of our readers we give below a table showing what documents are to be stamped which are most used in business. Cut it out and paste in your office.

 Bank check, draft for money or order for any sum of money drawn upon any bank, trust, company or any person or persons, companies or corporations, at sight or on demand, two (2) cents.

 Inland Bill of Exchange, drafts, certificates of deposit drawing interest, or order the payment of any sum of money otherwise than at sight or on demand, or any promissory note and for each renewal of same for a sum not exceeding $100, two (2) cents, and for each additional $100 or fractional part thereof in excess of $100, two (2) cents.

 Deeds whereby any lands are sold when the consideration exceeds $100 or less than $500, fifty (50) cents.

 Lease of land, not if term does exceed one year, 25 cents. If for not more than one and not exceeding three years, fifty (50) cents. If for more than three years, one dollar.

 Mortgage on amounts of $1,000 and not exceeding $1,500, 25 cents.

 Power of Attorney are incurred for not complying with the law. You had better get your stamps.

 Checks drawn by Parish Treasurer in payment of school warrants in favor of school teachers do not require the two (2) cent revenue stamp. Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February, 18th, 1899:


 As some one has said: "The clerk of the weather has turned his wrath upon the Sunny South." Be that as it may, nevertheless the weather of the last few days has been more than disagreeable.Sleet, snow, glacial wind and frozen ground have been unwelcome visitors not only in Lafayette but throughout the State and the whole country.

Last Sunday will be a day long to be remembered. With good fires one could not help but freeze. The southern homes will not beat cold weather of last Sunday's type.

 Milk froze, eggs cracked and frozen water by the fire would not thaw.

Many bayous over the State are frozen. Lake Providence is frozen over for the first time in twenty-five years.At Houma, La., the thermometer reached thirty degrees below zero. Brrrr!

 (30 degrees below zero is obviously, incorrect - According to Dr. Jeff's Weather Wunder page the temperature in Houma, La. reached 5 degrees above zero on Feb. 13, 1899. Still very cold by our standards.)

 At Meridian, Miss., coal oil froze in the lamps.

 At New Orleans, La., the thermometer went down to 6.8 degrees above zero. At Charleston, S. C., the snow fell to a depth of 40 inches. This city has record of the weather since 1638, and such weather has never been seen. At Bay St. Louis, Miss., the gulf is frozen for a distance of 3 miles from the shore. Galveston, Texas, had one foot of snow.

 Washington, D. C., welcomed three feet of snow and hard freezing weather but our legislators are still there. New York has been cut from communication with the world during three days. Even in Florida as far South as Tampa, ten degrees above zero were recorded.

The losses in oranges, pine-apples, peaches, apples, plums and early vegetable will be immense; but, as says the clerk of the weather bureau at Washington, D. C., now in New Orleans, this weather has been a blessing in disguise (frozen disguise) as it has killed all germs of the s0-called yellow fever of late years. And now we have mud, sticking mud. My ! how hard it is to live in this world and be contented. What say ye?

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1899.

Record Cold. - Mr. J. J. Davidson, who for some time has kept a record of the temperature in Lafayette, informed us that last Saturday night the thermometer registered 6 degrees above zero. The lowest heretofore had been 16 1/2. Pretty cool weather for Lafayette. Laf. Advertiser 2/18/1899.


Wedding Bells.

 Last Tuesday, at 6 p. m., Rev. Father Baulard, at St. John's Catholic Church united in the holy bonds of matrimony Miss Thelicia Marie Broussard, to Mr. D. V. Gardebled, our enterprising citizen.

 Miss Henriette Doucet was bride's maid and Mr. Edward Doucet acted as best man.

After the ceremony a reception was tendered the guests at the bride's home where the many friends of the newly made couple toasted to their future prosperity.

Mr. D. V. Gardebled is a young man highly esteemed in Lafayette and a thorough obliging business man.

THE ADVERTISER extends to Mr. and Mrs. Gardebled, at the beginning of their conjugal life its sincere congratulations and trust that their life will be a continuous supreme blissfulness.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1899.

Mardi-Gras Ball.

 Notwithstanding the very disagreeable weather of last Tuesday quite a number of people attended the Masquerade Ball at Falk's Opera House, but the attendance was not as large as in preceding years. The maskers were few and besides three or four costumes there was no attraction in the sight.

The firemen of Crowley, La., to the number of twenty-four having accepted the invitation of their colleagues of Lafayette were present lending an added attraction to the ball.

Their coming was highly appreciated and without doubt the firemen of Lafayette will sometime return the compliment.

The grand march was executed by all the firemen present in full uniform and the sight was grand to behold.

In the name of the Fire Department, the Hon. Wm. Campbell in words well chosen thanked the firemen of Crowley for their presence. Reply was made by one the visiting firemen.

The prize offered by Mr. Falk, a gold medal for the best Lady and Gentleman dancers was awarded to Miss Isaure McDaniel, of Lafayette, and Mr. Ivick, of Houston, Texas.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1899.  

The Quaker's City Comedians.

 "The Quaker's City Comedians" have been at the Opera House during the week. W. A. Dean, Ernes Holmes, S. M. Tibbs, Emil Terrel, tenor and Prof. A. W. Ross, pianist are stars of this company and have given perfect satisfaction. Laf. Advertiser 2/18/1899.


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.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 18th, 1893: 


The establishment of a cotton and sugar refinery in Lafayette parish, together with the building of a railroad from here to Vermilion bay, via Abbeville, would without question bring other industries, build up the town of Lafayette and add a great deal to the taxable property in the parish, therefore we believe it to be a sound deduction that notwithstanding a tax of 3 mills be levied in favor of the railroad, that the amount of taxes the property holders would be less five years from now than at the present time.

The cost of running the parish would be no greater with these and other industries added than it is to-day, and as new industries would add to the assessible property of the parish, the percentage of taxation would be reduced. The assessed valuation of taxable property in the parish is now $1,894,572.00 and the tax levied 10 mills ; if the railroad is built, we are certain of having a cotton factory and sugar refinery, besides other industries and mercantile establishments, new residences in town and parish, which would add at least $1,000,000 to the assessable property, giving a total of say $3,000,000 as against $1,894,572 at present. The expenses of the parish are not increasing, the tax would be lowered and instead of paying 10 mills you would not pay over 6 or 7 mills, therefore, even if no other benefits were to be derived, it would be a paying investment to vote the railroad tax.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.

A Candy Factory. - We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Mr. Georgides, which will be found in another column. Mr. Georgides has opened a candy factory on Lincoln Ave., next to McDaniel's saloon, where at all times can be found pure and fresh candies. He also makes ice cream and confections to order for balls, parties, etc., on short notice. We trust that the people of Lafayette and neighborhood will give Mr. G. a hearty support, and thus encourage home industries.
Laf. Adv. 2/18/1893.

More  Sidewalks Needed. - Lafayette stands badly in need of sidewalks. The present system of building does not answer the purpose. The question of constructing a sidewalk is now optional with the property holder, when it should be compulsory. Something must be done toward having a sidewalk in front of every piece of property within the corporation, and the city council should, we believe, look into the matter and take some action tending to accomplish the desired resultLafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893

Wedding Bells. - On Monday evening, at St. John's church, Miss Alice, daughter of Hon. Martial Billaud of Broussardville, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Hebert Billaud, deputy sheriff of this parish and a well-known and prosperous business man of Lafayette. Although the ceremony was private, we are informed a large audience awaited the couple at the church, and, after the wedding extended their personal congratulations to the young couple at the residence of Mr. Hirsch, where a fine luncheon was prepared.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.

Temperance Lecture. - Last Thursday evening a temperance meeting was held in the upper story of the court house, under the auspices of the National W. C. T. U. The speakers of the evening were Mrs. Snell, of Mississippi and Mrs. J. N. Pharr. A temperance lecture being something of a novelty in Lafayette quite a large crowd had turned out to hear what the ladies had to say. The ladies proved to be rather interesting speakers, handling their subject well, and by a display of their remarkable powers of penetration and wit (?) created considerable amusement for the audience. We hope that good result from the meeting, but think it rather doubtful. They were more severe in their denunciation of the firms that sell liquor in Lafayette than facts would warrant, for although there are many places that sell liquor here, one sees fewer drunken men than in most places of its size; but we presume the remarks were not made especially for Lafayette, for temperance lecturers have certain stereotyped expressions that they use on all occasions, whether they are appropriate or not. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.

Painful Accident. - Mr. John Nickerson met with a very serious and painful accident last Saturday evening about 7 o'clock. He had just got into his cart to drive up town to attend a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Business Men's Association, when the horse he was driving became fractious and he was thrown from the cart. Arising, he attempted to catch the animal when the horse reared up and struck him with his fore feet, causing a simple fracture of the thigh bone. Dr. Trahan was called and set the injured limb. Mr. Nickerson bears his misfortune like a Trojan, and although suffering a great deal of pain, he is still enthusiastic on the question of a railroad. He has the sympathy of the entire community in his misfortune.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.

Busy. - Our railyard presented a lively appearance last Wednesday, nine passenger trains from the east besides those from the west passing through.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.

As "The Star" Sees It.

 The Vermilion Star, of Abbeville, in referring of the proposed railroad between that place and Lafayette, speaks as follows:

 "If the people of our parish will bestir themselves with enough energy to "press the button," we have no doubt but there will be a strong responsive movement from the live and watchful quarters of speculators and capitalists ;  and already Mr. T. H. Leslie, of the Stuttgart and Arkansas River R. R., is standing ready to consider any encouragement that we may offer.  Lafayette has already taken up on Mr. Leslie's proposition for the building of a railroad between here and that place, and it would be ill accord with our modern pretensions for us to sit idly here and depend upon the single-handed exertions of Lafayette, which if crowned with success we will be anxious to have a share in. There is as much good to got from the active prosecution of a scheme, though in its way, as there is in the realization of a scheme itself.

 "The importance of this connection between Lafayette and Abbeville will be but insignificant if it is only to be between these two points and no more ;  but should the Louisiana and Northwest R. R. be completed and its terminal be Little Rock and Alexandria, and with Gulf in view, wouldn't this road between Lafayette and Abbeville be an inducement and a convenience in reaching the Gulf?  For after all, the Gulf is what these north and south Mississippi railroads are driving at, and get there they will by the shortest convenient route possible.

 "So let's throw ourselves in the whirl and simmer away with all the importance that we can scrape up ;  call a mass meeting, discuss the project with your best vim, and if the scheme miscarries, you are none the worse.

 "We would respectively suggest that a committee of several gentlemen from this place and Lafayette meet at an early date and talk the subject over. Dr. W. D. White informs us that he has interviewed a majority of the leading citizens of Abbeville on the subject of the tax and finds them all willing to vote the 5 mill tax. From the Vermilion Star and in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.   

 Made by Our Railroad Reporter for the Readers of the Advertiser.

The officers of the Southern Pacific passed through Friday on a tour of inspection.

 Messrs. Schriever and Stubbs, of the Southern Pacific, passed through on a special train last Thursday, on their way to California.

 Mr. Andrew Burkholder came in from Houston last week to make a visit tho his father and old friends in Lafayette. He is in the employ of the Electric Street Car Co., of Houston.

 Mr. Burkholder of the S. P. went to New Orleans Sunday to meet his wife, who came down from Leamiug, Ont., to attend Mardi Gras and pay her husband short visit. She returned to Lafayette and will remain here a few weeks.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.

Lafayette, La., Feb. 6, 1893.

Among other business....

 The committee appointed to ascertain in regard to the establishment of a potter's field was granted further time to report.

 The committee appointed to examine and report upon the advisability of accepting the donation of a public road between the properties of Mrs. Frank Gardner and Chas. A. Mouton, submitted a report recommending the acceptance of the donation, and the establishment of the proposed public road.

 By motion of Mr. St. Julien the Stock Law, together with all amendments thereto, was ordered posted throughout the parish, and the president authorized to carry out the objects of this enactment.

  By motion Mr. Brown was appointed a committee to confer with a like committee from St Landry parish, and authorized to contract for the construction of a bridge over Bayou Vermilion, at the public road leading to Opelousas.

 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.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 18th, 1888:


An Advertiser reporter, alive to the importance of the question to build a plank walk from the depot to the court house, during the past week obtained the views of some of the leading property holders, and others, and they are given below:

Mr. L. Domengeaux - A am in favor of it, and see no reason why it cannot be accomplished. The city council ought to tackle the question in earnest and make an appropriation in aid of the enterprise. However, I am with the people in this matter, and would agree with them in whatever may be decided upon.

Judge J. G. Parkerson- I'm a plank walk man ; I want to see the streets permanently improved. I have no fears about making an appropriation for any such purpose, or for any purpose, where the town is to be improved. If the people go to work and create a fund for the benefit of public improvements, the city council, no doubt, would vote them a liberal appropriation.

Mr. Leo Doucet- I am in favor of it heart and soul, and would be willing to contribute $20.00 towards the project. But like all other enterprises, But like all other enterprises, there is always some factions opposition to be met with. The suggestion to create a permanent organization for the purpose of engineering public improvements is a good one, and should be met with the approval of everyone who has the interest of the town at heart.

Mr. F. Mouton- I am in favor of improving the streets, and I also in favor of having good sidewalks.

Dr. N. P. Moss - The projected plank walk is a much needed convenience, and will require only a little concert of action on the part of our citizens to ensure its accomplishment. The benefits to inure from all like improvements should be very manifest to all.

Mr. Ed. Pellerin - I am in favor of any public improvement, and would encourage any enterprise tending to advance the interests of the community.

Mr. L. Levy - As an off hand proposition, I am opposed to it ; but if the thing is wisely done, and the money judiciously expended, I have no objection. I think I shall favor the project, but will await its advancement before committing myself.

Mr. J. E. Trahan - I think I shall favor it. The present condition of the streets and sidewalks are a disgrace to the town.

Mr. J. H. Callen - I am in favor of improving the streets and sidewalks, if it is done right. I want permanent street improvements.

Mr. Hebert - I am decidedly in favor of the project. I think it will be a great thing for Lafayette.

Mr. B. Falk - I favor it. Nothing would redound more to the interest and commerce of the entire community than the proposed walk. From my own experience, I know that trade has suffered on account of pedestrians not being willing to walk to the knees in mud in order to come to town. Doubtless every other business man in town has felt the depression, and will share the same belief. I am certainly in favor or it, and will do anything to encourage the project.

Mr. A. N. Bulliard- ("Teel") - I am for it - first, last, and all the time. You can put "Teel and Mac" down for $10.00 worth ; and more, if necessary. "eh, partner?" addressing "Mac" who had just tackled a voter, and appeared radiant with bright visions of a Legislative career asserting itself all over his beaming countenance, as he replied "certainly ! I have always regarded a plank walk from the depot to town a public necessity. I favor all permanent improvements, and this proposition in particular."

Several more gentlemen our reporter would like to have seen, but could not catch them at a convenient time.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.

The Weather. - Now that the weather has been fine and the roads are drying off,we would advise our gallants to drive the young ladies and visitors out to the new "pinhook" bridge. It is well worth seeing. It is an evidence of progress, and is the finest structure of the kind in this section of the State. Laf. Advertiser 2/18/1888.

Cotton Oil. - What is the matter with Lafayette having a cotton-seed-oil mill ? It is just the place for one ; and experience has proved that they are the best paying investments in the country. It would pay our merchants well just for the money put in circulation among the laborers and the impetus given to our trade, let alone the handsome returns from the investment. Real estate and lumber interests would also be advanced. Don't squeeze your few dimes a little tighter, and say "we'll wait until some other place has tried it !" Some other place may draw all the strength away from your enterprise. Think about it seriously and act with energy. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.

Relief Society. - A local assembly of the "Equitable Relief Society" was organized at this place on the 9th inst., with the following named gentlemen as charter members and officers : A. VonKalckstein, President; J. Vigneaux, Vice President; S. R. Parkerson, Financial Secretary; Dr. N. P. Moss, Medical Examiner. Messrs. J. Vigneaux, F. Demanade and P. C. Moss were constituted a Membership Committee. The purpose of the Equitable Relief Society is to give white persons between the ages of eighteen and fifty years an opportunity of associating themselves together in a Benevolent Society, having for its object the encouragement of temperance, morality and thrift, and the relief of suffering humanity in cases of sickness and distress, old age and death. It possesses several distinctive features, making it a very commendable association and deserving of the careful consideration of all interested in institutions of its kind. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.


 Every business man in town should help along the Abbeville railroad scheme. -- Lafayette Advertiser.

 It was once stated by a distinguished English nobleman that a railroad laid down in any part of the United States would prove a paying institution, and the truth of this statement is being almost daily, fully confirmed by practical experiment. It is a known truth that railroads create and develop the resources of a country by opening up all the avenues to the wealth of its productions, and give life and animation to dull and dormant communities; but alas! we have too many in this section, we regret to say, are so blind to the advantages of a railroad to this place, and prompted solely by their own selfish motives, prefer to favor the old, slow and expensive mode of locomotion than to hear the lively snort of the iron horse in their midst. While we have some enterprising men in our community, who favor improvements of all kinds and wish to see the country prosper, it seems that we have others who prefer to remain and die in the old rut of ignorance than to follow in the wake of enlightenment and civilization. Under these circumstances we do not, nor can we expect, if the co-operation of our citizens is relied upon to effect that purpose, soon to see a railroad running to within a few miles of Abbeville, on its way to the seashore.

From the Abbeville Meridional and in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888. 


In considering the question of a Senatorial candidate for this District, we can think of no one more eminently fitted for the place, or more available just at this time, than  MR. JOHN M. AVERY, of Iberia, Young, energetic and fired with laudable ambition ;  of commanding presence, and gifted with talents of the highest order, he would command attention and respect in any representative assembly. His record is without stain or blame, and he has the confidence of all his constituents, of whatever political party. He is probably the strongest and most popular Democrat in his Parish, and is well known through the District. Altogether, we believe he is the strongest man we could put forward, and we would be truly glad to see the Convention tender him the nomination -- and to have him accept. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888. 

Selected News Items (Advertiser) 2/18/1888.

Miss Gussie Plonsky, daughter of Mr. Jos. Plosky, who has been on a visit to friends at Opelousas for the past two months, returned home Saturday much improved by her trip and delighted with the attentions shown her during her absence. We did not learn the name of a handsome young gentleman who came on the same train, but went back immediately. However, as we expect to see him again very soon, we will try and make his acquaintance. 

As The Crow Flies. It has been noticed that crows have been migrating in large numbers, which indicates, in the opinion of the Smithsonian Institution scientists, a severe winter. 

Our very clever young friend and enterprising merchant of Carencro, Mr. Jacob Mitchell, was in town on business during the week, and favored us with a call.

The interviews with some of our citizens, in this issue, showing "which way the wind blows" on the sidewalk question were intended by our reporter for publication in our last issue, and were collected by him prior to that time, when the streets were in terrible condition. Some of  the statements of the condition of the streets were very applicable then, and must be read as referring to that time, and not to the present. Just now our sidewalks are hard and dry - until the next rain. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.


 Harry Watkins will lecture on the horrors of delirium tremens, at the Methodist Church, Friday, the 24th inst. He is said to be very eloquent. Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.

Judge Moss offers for sale his lumber yard business and good will. A splendid opportunity.

Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.

The Southern Pacific Company have supplied a long felt want in having four improved street lamps put up at the depot. Build that plank walk. It is needed badly, and won't cost much.

Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.

The masked ball at Falk's Hall last Saturday evening was well attended (unreadable words) the young people from this and adjoining towns, who gathered to participate in and enjoy the whimsical costumes, extravagant masks and the merriment such affairs always affords.

Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.

 Owing to the energy of our excellent reporter, who furnishes more interesting matter each week than we can give space to, we have been compelled to order a font of, brevier type, which will be here next week, or the week after, when our locals will appear better in brevier.

Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.

Last Tuesday, accepting the courtesy of Mr. Arthur Greig, we drove with him in buggy to look at the new "pin-hook" bridge across Bayou Vermilion. We were much pleased with the appearance of the bridge and the soundness of the work.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 18th, 1882: 


 Last Friday the 10th inst., at about 2 o'clock, A. M., Felix Guidry, eldest son of Mr. Alex. Guidry, was shot and severely wounded in the left arm and side by the accidental discharge of a gun, and we learn the particulars are as follows : his father's sheep were being chased by dogs and as he was leaving the house with a gun to stop them, the accidental discharge took place with the result above stated. Though severe the wounds are not dangerous, and, by the last report, the sufferer was doing as well as could be expected.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1882. 

 LARCENY. - Augustin Zenon, colored., was also furnsished board and lodging lately at the expense of the parish. He was escorted to town by Constable Calvin Moss, on a warrant charging him, the accused, with the theft of a lot of goods at Royville. (Now Youngsville) Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1882.  

HOMICIDE. - On Thursday the 9th inst., at about 4 o'clock P. M., one Eugene Casimire, colored, was shot and killed at Carencro, in this parish. The following named parties are charged with the killing :  Adolphe, Ben and William Glaude and Onezine Siner, all colored, and are now in jail awaiting a preliminary examination, which is fixed for to-day. Laf. Adv. 2/18/1882.

Railway Mileage. - The railway mileage constructed during the calendar year 1881 is reported by the Railway Age at 8242 miles, much in excess of that built in any preceding year in the United States. In 1871 the figures were 7379 miles ;  in 1880, 7174 miles. The table presented shows that on 258 lines in forty-two States and Territories has this work of developing the commercial arteries of the country been going on. Laf. Adv. 2/18/1882.


Vermilionville Post Office.
 Opens from 6 o'clock a. m. to 7 p. m. On Sundays from 6 a. m. to 12 noon, and from 4 to 5 p. m. for distribution of evening mail.

 Money Orders and Registry business from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Positively no Money Orders or Registry business on Sundays, or before or after regular hours.
 Mails going East close at 8 to 8:15 a. m. for local train, and 9 to 9:15 for Texas or through train. Going North at 3 to 3:25 p. m. Going West at 6:30 p. m.

 Mails arrive from East at 4 and 7:30 p. m. North at 8:30 a. m. West at 9:30 a. m. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1882.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 18th, 1910:

 Orders Larger Mill, Increasing Capacity to 1,400 Tons Daily. - Building Railroad Spur.

 The Billeaud Sugar Factory have contracted with the Whitney Iron Works of New Orleans, for six roller mills, six feet, six inches long, by thirty-four inches in diameter at a cost of $36,000. This change, it is estimated, will increase the capacity of the mill to 1,500 tons daily. The present mill has been sold to the Youngsville factory.

 The Billeaud Factory is also building a four-mile spur track from Landry's switch to the Long plantation, owned by them, in order to transport cane to the mill, and expect to have the road completed in time to handle the next crop. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1910.

Paper Shell Pecan, Orange and Fig Trees to Be Grown for Sale at Lafayette.

 The Lafayette Pecan Nursery is a new enterprise for Lafayette to be undertaken by J. C. Nickerson, A. B. Denbo, S. R. Parkerson and C. T. Bienvenu. The nursery will grow improved budded and grafted Louisiana paper shell pecans, oranges and figs. The paper shell pecan is a delicious nut, prized by a great many above all other nuts, and it flourishes and bears well over a large selection of country. Its' value and reliable growth is fast becoming known and a large demand has been created, which is increasing. There is a ready sale for good stock and the Lafayette Nursery is specially adapted for growing the best of stock as this soil is particularly adopted to the nut.

 Besides the pecan stock orange trees adapted to this climate and bearing a delicious orange will be cultivated for sale, and also a variety of fine fig trees, which grow well and produce a splendid fruit.

 The management of the nursery will be in charge of C. T. Bienvenu, who has been with the Southern Nut Company Co., near Lafayette. Mr. Bienvenu thoroughly understands the cultivation of the stock to be grown by the new nursery and the enterprise will undoubtedly prove a paying one. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1910.

More Widening on Vermilion & Jefferson Streets.
[Lafayette City Council, 2/10/1910.]

 Moved by Caffery that Jefferson street between Lee Avenue and Johnston street be widened on the south side ten feet, and seconded by Pefferkorn.

 Whereupon by consent of Mr. Caffery, the street committee reported that in the matter of widening Vermilion street on the southerly side, between Lamar street and the railroad, that Mr. J. J. Mouton and Mr. P. B. Roy were willing to give the land for the widening of this street if the Council would building for them a four foot cement walk without curbing abutting their property.

 Mr. Caffery withdrew his previous motion, and now moves, seconded by Pefferkorn, that both streets be widened.

 Substituted by Montgomery that a separate vote be taken for the widening of each street.

 After discussion, Mr. Montgomery having withdrawn his substitute, and Mr. Caffery his motion, it was moved by Montgomery, seconded by Mouton, that Vermilion street from Lamar street to the railroad be widened a sufficient number of feet to make it in line with street up to Lamar street, on the southerly side. Motion carried by the following vote: Yeas - Caffery, Doucet, Montgomery, Mouton, Broussard and Pefferkorn. Nays - Cunningham.

 Moved by Caffery, seconded by Pefferkorn, that Jefferson street, between Johnston street and Lee avenue, be widened ten feet on the south side, and carried by the following vote.

 Yeas - Caffery, Pefferkorn, Doucet, and Montgomery.  Nays - Broussard.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1910.   







Don't Box Children's Ears
The Sanitary Era warns parents and teachers against boxing childrens' ears, saying: 

  "There ought to be a statute in every state severely punishing this practice of rather an infliction of blows on the head, so common in families or schools of inferior grade. A recent investigation of medical records reveals fifty-one cases of injury to children from "boxing" or "cuffing" on the ear - in some cases chronic and ultimately resulting in fatal brain disease, deafness, insanity, etc. It would be impossible to discipline all offenders, but much might be done by special care in giving notice of the law and penalty through the newspapers and by circulars distributed by board of health inspectors, and by instructions to the police promptly to arrest parents or others seen cuffing children - as they may be seen at all hours of the day in certain regions of every city.

 From Sanitary Era, and re-printed in the Lafayette Advertiser on 2/18/1888.




 If I were a boy, says Bishop Vincent, with my man's wisdom, I should eat wholesome food and no other, and I should chew it well and never bolt it down. I should eat at regular hours even if I had to have four regular meals a day. I should never touch tobacco and chewing-gum ; never go once to bed without cleansing my teeth ; never sit up late at night unless a great emergency demanded it ; never linger one moment in the bed when the time came for getting up ; never fail every day to rub every part of my body with a wet towel, and then with a dry one ; never drink more than three or four teaspoonfuls of ice water at one time. All this takes will power, and that is all it does take.

If I were a boy I should keep my own secrets, except as I revealed to them to my father or mother, for the sake of securing their advice.

I should put no unclean thoughts, pictures, sights or stories in my memory or imagination, and no foul words on my tongue.

I should treat little folks kindly and not tease them ; show respect to servants, be tender toward the unfortunate - all thus I should strive to do for the sake of being a comfort to people a joy to my parents and help in the next century.

If I were a boy, I should play and romp, sing and shout, climb trees, explore caves, swim rivers, and be able to do all the manly things that belong to the manly sports, love and study nature ; study hard and with a will when the time came for study ; read the best literature - works of imagination, history, science and art, according to my taste and need ; get a good knowledge of English, try to speak accurately and pronounce distinctly ; spend my Sabbaths reverently ; try to practical every-day, upright business boy, help on every good cause, never make sport of sacred things, "use the world and not abuse it;" treat old men as fathers, "the younger men as brethren," "the older women as mothers, the younger sister with all purity;" and thus I would try to be a Christian gentleman, wholesome, sensible, cheerful, courteous.

 Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1899.

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