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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 22nd, 1905:

Rosenfield's Store Robbed.

 Thieves broke into Rosenfield's dry goods and clothing store Wednesday night and helped themselves to some clothing, shoes, fine cutlery and small change found in the cash register. A pane of glass was broken out of the front door opening into the grocery department and then the thief very leisurely helped himself to a suit that fitted him and a pair of shoes the right number as was evident from the disarranged stock, and the shoes and clothing left in the grocery side. Two large cartoon boxes were missing and it is supposed he filled them and carried them off. There is no clue to the robber as yet. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


To-day, property values are higher than ever before in its history, evidencing a satisfactory progress which is most gratifying to all of its citizens. This agreeable state of affairs is due to a number of causes, having been partly brought about by a proper public spirit uniting all parties on certain notable occasions, as in the case of the Industrial Institute, when the community acted as one man in securing this splendid institution, and partly because of the confidence manifested by certain citizens in investing large sums in a modern hotel and an up-to-date opera house, partly because the present City Council has always manifested commendable zeal for the welfare and improvement of the town, especially in their ready and prompt cooperation with the citizens in widening the principal thoroughfares, partly because of the excellent city public schools, and because of many other causes, each of which has had its due bearing towards the growth and substantiality of the town.

This growth and development, as has been said, is very gratifying to every citizen, and we would all like to see it continue; indeed, we are confident that there is not a single person in Lafayette who would not see the least backward step taken with keen regret. With such a sentiment prevailing, surely it is possible to carry the good work forward, if the sentiment is backed up by intelligent action. And to do this, all the facts in the case must be considered, our limitations defined and the direction of affairs entrusted to those whom we conscientiously believe will accept our trust with the largest spirit of zeal to accomplish all possible for the best interests of the community, not merely as routine office-fillers, but as broad minded, public spirited citizens, who will gladly avail themselves of the potentialities of their office to push Lafayette forward, never hesitating to lay aside their personal interests when the opportunity for serving the community occurs.

Such men, The Advertiser believes, are those whose names we have placed under the caption, Our Ticket. They are all young men, possessing the estimable qualities of youth, vigor, energy, hopefulness, ambition and capacity for hard work. And they have the added advantage of being sufficiently mature to be sober-minded and fully cognizant of the responsibilities of the office to which they aspire. To this is joined the fact that they are self-made men; what success they have achieved has been achieved by brains and hard work, and we firmly believe that men of such character are the kind of men who should be placed at the head of affairs at this critical time in the life of our little city.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.

 We, the undersigned, selected as candidates by Mass Meeting at Court House, Jan. 19, 1905, for various municipal offices subject to primaries called for March 4, respectfully solicit the support of the people.

 If elected, we pledge our earnest and best efforts towards carrying out an economical and progressive administration, without favor or partiality.


FOR MAYOR, Chas. O. Mouton.

 FOR COUNCILMEN, O. B. Hopkins, Simeon Begnaud, C. D. Boudreaux, Dr. F. E. Girard, Gus Schmulen, Dr. A. R. Trahan, P. Krauss.



 FOR TOWN CLERK, J. P. Colomb.


FOR TOWN JAILOR, Faustin Vincent.

FOR MEMBERS EXECUTIVE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE, J. L. Kennedy, Raoul Pellerin, Pink B. Torian, Felix E. Voorhies, Ovey Herpin.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


FOR MAYOR, Felix H. Mouton.

FOR COUNCILMEN, Dr. G. A. Martin, Felix O. Broussard, Felix H. Landry, A. A. Morgan, Jr., Pierre Gerac, J. F. Tanner, O. B. Hopkins.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


 We the undersigned candidates for municipal offices as specified below, respectfully submit our names to the public to be voted on at the primary election to be held March 4, 1905.

FOR MAYOR, Felix H. Mouton.

FOR COUNCILMEN, Dr. G. A. Martin, Felix O. Broussard, Felix H. Landry, A. A. Morgan,  (unreadable name), L. F. Rigues, J. B. Tanner.

FOR TOWN CONSTABLE, A. Edwin Chargois.


FOR TOWN CLERK, L. D. Nickerson.


FOR TOWN JAILOR, Abraham Hirsch.

FOR MEMBERS DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, A. E. Mouton, Wm. Campbell, Alfred Hebert, Henry Church, W. P. Bracken.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


"The Marriage of Kitty" at the Jefferson Sunday night proved to be a most delightful function and those invited guests who stayed away missed the event of the season. It was a delightful play and was enjoyed immensely by those who braved the weather and attended. But there are some other good plays still to come and maybe Old Pluvius will take a night off and give us a fair night for a change.

 "That Little Swede Company" is the next attraction at the Jefferson and is dated for Tuesday, Feb. 28. The press notices we have seen speak very highly of it as an amusement giver and theater goers may reasonably expect a good show.

"That Little Swede"
Devoid of situations that tax the credulity of common sense of the spectator. "That Little Swede" is a play that appeals to all classes of society. Its scenes are laid in the Northwest and the story while simple and unpretentious tells itself with directness and clearness. It is distinguished by singular charm of manner and wonderful character drawing. It is a play to lure one back to every gentle memory of the past. "The old swimming hole" and other delights of boyhood days are brought vividly to mind. The play is one which a competent critic has seen fit to remark that one is better for having seen and heard. The company presenting it this season is said to be a remarkably clever one and the production is one of real worth. At the Jefferson, Tuesday, Feb. 28. - Press Agent. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


1905 School News.

 The Lafayette Primary School is being repaired, a bad leak having developed during the continued rainy spell.

Supt. Alleman received a telephone message Saturday from Mr. A. Judice that the patrons of the Cormier school in the eighth ward, are building a residence for their teacher, Prof. J. Madison Jones. They are also contemplating proposing to the School Board to pay half the expense of furnishing the school with patent desks.

We have been informed that a move is on foot at Pilette to build a modern school house.

The Simon School in the fourth ward is going up. It will be like other new school buildings in the parish.

Work on the Duson building has been delayed because of failure of mills to ship lumber.

The project of building an inter-parish school for Vermilion and Lafayette at Milton is in contemplation with all probability of being carried through successfully. It is to be a strictly modern building.  
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.

Fatal Accident. While handling a repeating gun Saturday afternoon, Joseph Othon Richard accidentally shot himself, resulting in instant death. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Richard aged 17 years. Funeral services took place at the Catholic Church Sunday afternoon at 4 p. m. The parents of the unfortunate young man have sincere sympathy of the entire community.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


Hurt by Hoboes. - Conductor Jim Whitmeyer was injured Monday night at Rayne by a hobo whom he had ordered off the train. Mr. Whitemeyer was struck on the head by a brick or rock, knocking him senseless for a few moments. When he recovered consciousness he returned to the caboose and was immediately brought to Lafayette, when Dr. F. R. Tolson gave him all the necessary medical attention. Examination disclosed that the skulk was not broken, but there was a long scalp wound.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.

Died. -
The friends of Miss Alicia Dickson will learn with regret of her sad loss in the death of her mother very suddenly Wednesday. The news was received by Miss Dickson by telephone at 8 p. m., and she left on the early morning train for home. She returned Friday afternoon. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


To Be Held Here April 29, Also so the Annual Convocation of Parish Schools Same Day.

The following letter has been addressed by the Committee on Athletics of the Industrial Institute to the principals of the High Schools of Southwest Louisiana -- looking towards the great meeting to be held here on Saturday, April 29 next. Judging from the enthusiasm with which this movement is being pushed, as well as from the great success of the first annual meeting it gives every promise of being the greatest school ever known in Southwest Louisiana, if not in the whole State. This is made particularly probable by the fact that the great convocation of the public schools of the Parish an opportunity to see the field day games and sports of the higher schools and will render their day all the more interesting to them. They will be admitted entirely free of cost both to the field events and to the oratorical contest. Let us all take hold and work together for the success of this great and important undertaking.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.

Telephone Growth.

The Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company has issued statement of its business for the month of January, and the increase in the number of subscribers is shown as follows:

Number of Subscribers Jan. 1st, 1905.....121,313.
Number added during month.....4,196
Number discontinued during month.....2,959.
Net increase for month.....1,237.
Total number subscribers January 31st, 1905.....122,550.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905. 


McIlhinney Begins Operations. - The McIlhenney canning and manufacturing plant situated on Avery's Island began operations Thursday. It has a capacity of 1000 barrels of oysters per day. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.

 Southwest La. Industrial Institute, Dr. E. L. Stephens, President, corner Johnston avenue and Industrial street.

 Lafayette High School, public, W. J. Avery, principal, Buchanan street and Hopkins avenue.

 Lafayette Primary School, public, Miss Fadra Holmes, principal, Main street between Johnston and Lee avenues.

 Home Institute, R. C. Greig, principal, St. John street near Vermilion.

 Mt. Carmel Convent, Mother Zita, superior, square bounded by Lafayette, Convent and Madison streets. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/22/1905.

Jerome Mouton returned yesterday from Abbeville where he went on legal business.

See Parkerson & Mouton for any kind of insurance. Eight years' experience.

Dr. J. A. Martin's new model dental 
office is near the First National Bank.

Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905

Miss Louise Broussard, of New Iberia, is the guest of Mrs. Frank E. Broussard.

Ramsey & Upton can supply you with meal, grits, seed oats and feed oats, timothy and alfalfa hay, wheat bran and other food stuffs. Phone 192. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.

Let me be your Tailor - Buquor.

Hon. Maurice Olivier, of St. Martinville was in town yesterday on businesses.

The Falk Mercantile Co., Ltd., wants to dispose of their opera house, and will sell at a big bargain. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905

While the season lasts you had better get your ducks and other game from Bunt.

Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Barth, of St. Louis spent several days last week as the guest of Misses Ida and Estelle Mouton.

A shave in the Gordon Shaving parlors is a mighty pleasant shave. Try one.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Schwartz are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine baby boy, whose sweet little presence is an added happiness to their home.

Schmulen is the place to buy shoes. The Eclipse can't be beat for the money.

Miss Virgie Heard is the charming guest of Miss Maxim Beraud.

Phone 239-2 and a hear a funny story. That's Buquor, Fashionable Tailor.
Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.

Miss Phamie Huff, a charming young lady from Crowley, stopped over, on her return from New Orleans, with her cousins, the Misses Huff.

The Lafayette Drug Co., have a large stock of toilet and fancy articles. Pay them a visit and see what an interesting stock they carry.

Don't mind the weather, just ring us up and we'll bring your groceries to you. - Morgan & Debaillon. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.

Misses Ella Plonsky and Gussie Wolf, of Washinton, La., and Estelle Plonsky, of Georgia, are guests of Mrs. B. Falk.

Walter Alpha, of Franklin, arrived in Lafayette, Friday. He will brake on the Alexandria branch. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.

We keep a complete stock of staple groceries. - Prudhomme & McFaddin.

Miss Jeanne Domingue, of Carencro, spent Saturday in town with her sister, Miss Celeste, an employee of the Cumberland. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.

Let us bake your cakes for you, it is just about as cheap and saves you trouble. - Wischan & Domengeaux. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905

Henry Gerac, after a pleasant visit of several days at home, returned to Beaumont Monday.

Dr. J. A. Martin is extracting teeth positively without pain and no ill after effects with his new anesthetic, "The Grace." Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905

Mr. Smith Alpha, of Franklin, spent Monday in Lafayette.

Hot biscuits for breakfast! We have the flour to make nice biscuits at any time. - Morgan & Debaillon.

W. S. Torian went to Jennings Sunday.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser on February 22nd, 1902.


The Guffey Company at Work.

Derrick Completed and a Large Quantity of Piping on the Grounds.

The Pourcio's Holding Soon to be Developed.

The Guffey Company have just completed a large derrick on their property at Anse La Butte and have already on the ground a large quantity of piping ready to begin work in earnest. This company has complete confidence in the oil field of this section and are willing to put their money in it. When men of affairs, who are on the look out for paying investments, are willing to spend their money on our lands, it certainly looks as if there is paying quantities here. Evidently these people see a bright future for south Louisiana, and are here to help develop these new and hereto unsuspected resources. Oil here is but the shadow of a doubt that we have it in inexhaustible quantity means enormous things to us. It means manufactories, growth, wealth, and prosperity. It only needs this mineral wealth to make this section the most favored on.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902. 


DISSOLUTION. - The partnership heretofore existing under the name of Mouton and Salles is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. Salles continues the business and assumes all liabilities and will collect all outstanding accounts due the firm.
Maurice Mouton, L. F. Salles, Lafayette, La., Feb. 17 1902.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902


March 15.

The Dan C. Hill Co. will produce that great moral drama, in 5 acts. - "Ten nights in a Bar Room."

Guaranteed to be the best production of the play ever given by any company, introducing the transformation scene with little Mary in Heaven. And other new and pleasing features.

Seats for sale at D. V. Gardebled's Drug Store.
  Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.


The Building Continues. - There is a steady continuation of building in Lafayette and all over town new houses are going up, among the number being some very nice cottages. There is a good strong demand for lots and and they bring fine prices.   Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.


City Council.

 Owing to the length of the proceedings of the city council we must ask the indulgence of our readers for the small amount of reading matter in this week's issue of the paper. However we trust that a careful perusal of the proceedings will prove fully worth the time spent, as the ordinance ordering a special election to vote on extending the present water works and electric lights tax, for the purpose of erecting a new graded school building, a market, for extending the water works to all parts of town, also the electric lights, and for issuing bonds to pay off the present indebtedness on the water works, is contained in it.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902.

The City Council met in regular session, mayor C. D. Caffery presiding, members present: J. O. Mouton, G. A. Deblanc, F. E. Girard, H. H. Hohorst, F. Demanade.

Among other things...
The waterworks and electric light committee reported that the pipes for work ordered at last meeting were on the ground and work should be started as soon as the weather permitted, also, poles for extension of lights had been ordered.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.

Washington's Birthday. - To-day is Washington's birthday, and to his memory all throughout our broad land commemorative exercises will be held. In this way the American people show their gratitude and love for that great man and noble patriot. To his unselfishness, firmness, ability, and nobility of character we are indebted for the blessings of liberty. His name stands first on the roll of heroes, and as long as free government lives, so long will the people render honor and devotion to his name. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.

To My Customers.

Owing to a misunderstanding, I have decided not to sell my interests in the Lafayette Shoe Store and the Lafayette Clothing House.

I will open a Gent's Furnishing, Clothing and Shoe Store in the Bacquet's building.

I have ordered a full line of Spring and Summer goods and will have all the latest styles.
I solicit your patronage.
Lafayette Clothing House. S. Kahn, Mgr.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.


DIED-on Monday, Feb. 17 the infant son of Prof. and Mrs. V. L. Roy, aged 1 year and 5 months. To the bereaved parents the Advertiser offers sincere sympathy. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/22/1902.

DIED-on Monday, Feb. 17 the infant son of Prof. and Mrs. V. L. Roy, aged 1 year and 5 months. To the bereaved parents the Advertiser offers sincere sympathy.

 Messrs. Oren B. Hopkins and Frank K. Hopkins will each erect very shortly two handsome residences on Hopkins street. Mr. C. E. Carey will also build a home near them on Monroe street. Mr. Carey has secured the contract for the painting and papering of both houses.

 Messrs. Ike Broussard and H. M. Durke sold 856 acres of land situated in Vermilion parish on Tuesday to T. J. Schreffer and A. Aloy of Illinois. The price received was $21,150.

 Tanner has decided to remain in business, and from now on he will keep a good stock of Dry Goods, Groceries, and Feed.

 Regular services at the Episcopal church to-morrow evening at half past four o'clock.

 Rev. Geo. Fraser will preach at the Presbyterian church to-morrow at eleven o'clock.

 Mr. and Mrs. Gus. Lacoste returned from their bridal tour last Wednesday.

 Last Sunday there was a small fire caused by a defective flue at the residence of Mrs. F. Cornay. The damage was slight.

 Marconi has offered to pay $500 to any one who could intercept or read one of his wireless messages. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of February 22nd, 1902:

Sheriff Broussard and Harry Durke Sell 846 Acres of Land for $21,500.

 Sheriff Broussard returned from Abbeville Wednesday where he had gone to sell a portion of the rice land owned by him and Mr. H. M. Durke. The day before Sheriff Broussard and Mr. Durke closed a deal, selling 846 acres to Wesley Shriefer and J. T. Alvez, of Illinois, for $21,150. The rice lands in Vermilion are the biggest kind of a boom and this is one of the money deals which show the great demand for real estate in that parish. Messrs. Broussard and Durke still own several hundred acres in that section which they cultivate in rice.

 Sheriff Broussard informs us that Marsh Island, which he and Mr. Fabacher purchased some time ago, is attracting the attention of investors everywhere. Every mail brings inquires as to the adaptability of the island to stock-raising. A recent cash offer shows how rapidly it is increasing in value since its advantages have been given publicity.
Lafayette Gazette 2/22/1902.


A Good Idea.
Dr. F. E. Girard is the originator of a splendid plan to give Lafayette people a place where they can spend Sunday evenings pleasantly, listening to as good music as is heard anywhere, eating ice cream, and drinking soda-water and lemonade - and all for a price that will be within the reach of everyone. The Sontag Military will avail itself of the generosity of Judge Parkerson, who has offered the use of his beautiful grove for open-air concerts. The band's intention is to build a music-stand for the musicians and enough seats for the audience. It is also proposed to serve light refreshments at very moderate figures.

 Dr. Girard has gone to work with characteristic energy to raise the funds necessary to buy new suits in which the band boys will make their appearance on the opening which will take place during the latter part of May. Dr. Girard has already secured the following liberal contributions to the fund. 
Lafayette Gazette 2/22/1902.

 Sold Liquor on Sunday. - C. W. Mapes appeared before Mayor Caffery yesterday morning on two charges -one for violating the Sunday law and the other for selling liquor without a license. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted and fined $35 and costs for both offenses. His attorney, Mr. Jos. A. Chargois, has taken an appeal and will carry the case to the district court. Mapes claims that he has been running a club-room and did not sell, but gave away, the goods. If the matter is taken to the court it is believed that the decision of that tribunal will settle the question of whether or not alleged club-rooms have a right to serve drinks and cigars to their patrons, without rendering themselves amenable to prosecution.
Lafayette Gazette 2/22/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 22nd, 1890:


 We have never doubted but that sooner or later the projected railroad connecting Baton Rouge with Lafayette, La., would be built. It would seem now that a scheme is on foot to bring about this consummation, so devoutly to be wished for by the people of Baton Rouge, which seems more business-like and practical than any which has yet been discussed. The Vicksburg Herald, of a recent date says that the Mississippi Valley road, which has lately been so active in constructing loops and feeders to its magnificent line, now propose to broaden the gauge of the "Little J" road from Harrison to Jackson, Miss,. and extend it to three hundred miles further East to the Alabama coal fields at Decatur, where it will make connection with the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia road. They will then construct the Louisiana Central from Baton Rouge to Lafayette, La., and thus by connecting with the Texas and Pacific, at the latter point, secure a short and direct line of communication with the great railroad system of Texas and the West. Judge Parkerson of Lafayette, was in our city Monday, and though his business was not generally made known, it was shrewdly surmised by some that it had some reference to this railroad project, and the linking of Lafayette and Baton Rouge by railroad "tics", a scheme in which he is known to be deeply interested.

We feel that in the proposed route of this new road, and are satisfied that no great length of time will elapse before Baton Rouge will secure this most important and desirable new connection. If this should be so the business of our little Capital City would be given an impetus never experienced before, while the value of real estate would advance fifty or one hundred percent.

 From the Baton Rouge Truth - Printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

Purchased Newspapers. We note that Messrs. George Sillan and Homer J. Mouton have bought the St. Martinville Reveille. They say that they will print the paper principally in the French language. They are both deserving young men, of energy and enterprise, and practical printers. We welcome this young firm to the fraternity, and trust they will succeed.

 The Acadia Sentinel, of the 15th inst., contains the announcement that the paper has been purchased by Mr. Oscar L. Alpha, recently connected with the St. Mary Banner. We congratulate Mr. Alpha upon his purchase, and heartily wish him success. Our sincere good will follows the retiring proprietors, Messrs. Bradford & Cheevis. Our relations have been ever fraternal and pleasant.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.



Splendid Carnival. - The recent carnival at New Orleans is said to have been the most gorgeous and attractive pageants ever witnessed in that city of wonderful processions, and drew together a large crowd than ever assembled there before. Miss Nita Shakespeare was Queen and Mr. Sylvester P. Walmsley was Rex. The theme for illustration was "The Rulers of Ancient Times."
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

 Their Business Booming. -  Probably no one thing has caused such a general revival of trade at Wm. Clegg's Drug store as their giving away to their customers of so many free trial bottles of Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption. Their trade is simply enormous in this very valuable article from the fact that it always cures and never disappoints. Coughs, Colds, Asthma, Bronchitis, Croup, and all throat and lung diseases quickly cured. You can test it before buying by getting a trial bottle free, large size $1. Every bottle warranted.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/22/1890:

 Col. Geo. O. Elms, the well known U. S. deputy Surveyor, of Opelousas, favored us with a visit last Tuesday morning.

Last Friday our office was honored by a visit from Miss Irma Couvillon, of this place, Miss Edmonia Guilbeau and Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Guilbeau, of Carencro.

The weather the past week has been entirely too warm and damp for health or comfort. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

Crow Girard, Esq., who has been ill for several weeks past, has gone to the Gulf coast to spend a few weeks and recuperate his strength.

Mr. A. T. Caillouet, of St. Mary parish, is erecting a large and handsome residence on his property in Mouton's addition, on Mouton's avenue, recently purchased from Dr. E. Delmouly. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

Mr. Arthur Bonnet did a neat and attractive job in painting Mrs. Rigues hotel. He is tasteful and thorough in his work. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

 With such weather as we have had during the week, and with the ground in such mellow condition, we understand that our farmers throughout the parish have made rapid progress in planting corn. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

Mr. Andre M. Martin is enlarging and remodeling his residence, after the Queen Anne cottage style. This, will not
only add to the comfort and convenience of his home, but it will make it an attractive ornament to that neighborhood. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

We are glad to note this evidence of his prosperity and enterprise. Last Tuesday we received a call from our old friend judge C. H. Mouton, of St. Martinville, who is here in attendance upon court. He informed us that press of other business necessitated his giving up the Reveille. We regret to lose such an able and fluent pen from our files. We are glad to find him so cheerful and hearty. By the way, we should not have said "old friend" as he told us confidentially that he was not a day over forty, in feeling and sentiment, and took the world by the horns, just as he used to do.

We received a letter last week from our friend Jas. T. Hankins, former depot agent for the Southern Pacific here, but now agent at McGregor, informing us of his sad loss in the death of his mother, on Tuesday, the 9th inst., of catarrhal fever, at the advanced age of 75 years. Mrs. Elmira M. Hankins was a native of Kentucky, and was a resident of Louisiana for about 60 years. Her remains were interred in the family cemetery at New Iberia, her old home. Mr. Hankins' many friends here will join us in expressing our sympathy. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

We received a letter from the State Business College of Mississippi, at Meridian, which says among other things: "We have two young men from your town, and they have done such satisfactory work that we want more from your community. Mr. Baxter Clegg already has a good position and Mr. Frank K. Hopkins will complete the course this week." We congratulate our young friends upon their rapid advancement; besides, it speaks well for the merits of this college, which is well endowed and has every facility. It's reputation is second to none in the South.

The regular criminal term of the District Court convened last Monday, Judge W. W. Edwards presiding. District Attorney R. C. Smedes was on hand. The grand jury was duly drawn, empaneled and charged, as follows: J. M. Jones, Foreman; John Marsh, Alexander Verrot, Simon Boudreaux, Adolphe Girouard, Morris Rosenstein, Odillon Broussard, Vilmond Hubach, Oscar Lyons, Alfred Hebert, Sigismond Bernard, Alcide Judice, Valery Boudreaux, Numa Broussard, J. C. Buchanan, Dupre Hulin. This week was devoted to civil business. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

As an instance of the beauty and healthfulness of our climate and parish, we give the following interesting facts concerning one of our native families. Nathan Huffpauir and his wife were born in Lafayette parish, and are both in their 76th year. The old gentleman is still in robust health. They are the parents of Ford, Alexander, Elijah, Thompson, Silas, Bolden, Starcus and Phineas Huffpauir, as well known, upright and valuable citizens; also, five daughters, all married; in all, 13 children. There are 88 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren; making a family of 141, all living in pretty nearly one neighborhood. This family record is hard to beat.

The grand ball given by the Knights of Labor, at Falk's Hall, last Saturday night, was another splendid success added to their credit and prestige. It was largely attended, and the enjoyment of the affair was complete. The supper was pronounced to be one of the most elegant and sumptuous spreads ever seen in the Hall. The Knights are no ways backward in expense when it comes to making their ball popular and attractive. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

We received a pleasant call from Dr. Geo. W. Scranton, of Royville, last Tuesday. He is looking well, and is as jovial as ever. He reports that "Leather Breeches" has had la grippe, but is still alive and kicking.

Mr. Wm. Campbell, who is now taking the law course at Tulane University, New Orleans, came up last week to spend the holidays with his family, and returned to the city Tuesday night to resume his studies.

We know all the ladies of Lafayette will be glad to learn that the always reliable Butterwick Patterns can now be obtained at Red Star Store. See announcement in the issue.

Wednesday night four special excursion trains passed through returning from Mardi Gras. They were all long trains, and filled to their capacity. This gives you some idea of what an immense crowd must have invaded the city. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

Capt. Ross and his bridge gang are now making repairs and improvements about the Crescent and News Hotel. The elevated cistern was found to be unsound, and had to be taken down and renewed. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

Mr. J. E. Couvillon 2 was in to see us Wednesday, and informed us that his new store, in the neighborhood of Gerac & Pellerin's mill, was now open for business, with a large and fresh stock of goods. We welcome him to our town with pleasure, and with him success. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

Will Parrot and Sonny Landry went out hunting, and did some extraordinarily fine shooting, a few days ago. They now call themselves the crack shots of Lafayette, and are ready to accept a challenge from any two in this or any adjoining parish for an all around day's shot, for $100 a side. Trot out your bears.

Jas. J. Corbett, the California prize fighter, who beat Jake Kilrain in a six round sparring match at New Orleans a few days since, passed through here on his way home Wednesday night, and took lunch at the Crescent. But few knew it, or he no doubt would have had a crowd to see him, after his wonderful achievement. He has a smooth, rather pleasant face, without a bruise to show for the fight. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

New buildings in the neighborhood of the depot have been pushed forward rapidly. Schayot Bros. large building, just East of the Racket House, is finished on the outside, and Mr. Beber Eastin has got the first coat of paint on. It looms up well, and adds much to the appearance of the block. Further out, on the opposite side of the avenue, Mr. Degrez's cottage is about completed, and Joe Villere is flopping a brush on it like an Atchafalaya swamper fighting mosquitoes. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

C. Lusted has wood sawed and split, which he delivers at five dollars a cord. Thanking the public for their past patronage, he hopes to share a portion in the future. The public are invited to call at his residence from 1 to 6 o'clock, p. m., every Saturday, when you can inspect the wood and he can give you his personal attention. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 22nd, 1879: 
 Published by Wm. B. Bailey.


 For the Convention In the Senatorial District, Edward Simon of St. Martin.

For Delegate to the Convention in the 11th Senatorial District, (St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette) John Clegg, of Lafayette.

For the Convention. For the Parish of Lafayette, M. E. Girard.

The members of the Democratic Parish Committee are requested to meet at the Court House on Monday the 24th inst., at 11 o'clock A. M., for the purpose of transacting important business.

Laf. Adv. 2/22/1879.


 The gentleman whose name heads this article has consented to become a candidate to represent the 11th Senatorial District, composed of the parishes of St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette, in the Constitutional Convention.

Among those whose names have been presented or suggested, we find no one more suited for that position than Mr. Clegg. That he is qualified - no one, we think, would undertake to deny. He has shown on more than one instance, that which is most essential to a delegate - a proper understanding of the wishes of the people. Although comparatively a young man, he has had varied experience. Having taken an active interest in the great contests of 1874 and 1876, his record therein will bear the closest scrutiny without suffering. In her darkest hours, the State had no truer friend than John Clegg. He was elected Secretary of the Senate in January, 1877, in times which really "tried men's souls". Their appreciation of his ability was evidenced in his re-election by the present Senate without opposition. Having held that position for three years, his experience during that time has certainly rendered him familiar with the workings of deliberative bodies; and a knowledge of parliamentary law will be quite necessary to a member of the convention, if it is desirous that his labors should have the proper results.
We therefore recommend him to the voters of the District, with the assurance that if he be elected, no interests will be more carefully guarded and protected than those of his constituency. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1879.

Police Jury Proceedings.
Feb. 8th, 1879.

Among other business ...

 On motion it was resolved, that the resolution passed on the 19th of Nov. 1878, authorizing the Treasurer to transfer to the Road and Bridge fund twenty per cent of the of the different monthly amounts of money paid to him by the parish tax collector, be paid to John I. Gardner, Dominique Cayaret, John S. Whittington and Edouard Febre, be and the same is hereby repealed.

 On motion, resolved that the Tax Collector be and is hereby authorized to receive payment of back taxes.

 On motion, resolved, that the printer be and is hereby authorized to publish the resolution passed on September 24th, 1877, in regard to horned cattle in the First and Third Wards. Also resolution passed September 3rd, 1877, in regard to hogs in the First and Second Wards.

 On motion, resolved, that any person who shall shoot, kill, or disable, any horned cattle, mule of horse found roaming in his field or on his premises, shall be fined in the sum of fifty dollars. The amount to be recovered by the owner before any court of competent jurisdiction. Any law in conflict with the above is hereby repealed.

 On motion, resolved, that the use of the court house shall be tendered the firemen Hook and Ladder Co. for the purpose of giving a ball on the 25th of February or on the 4th of March.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.


Relative to the police of horned cattle, in First and Third Wards.

 Be it ordained by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, that from the first day of June until the thirtieth day of November of each year, the respective owners of horned cattle ranging in the First and Third wards of this parish, shall keep such cattle in pens or in some manner securely confine them, each and every night from sunset until sunrise.

 That between the sunset and sunrise of each night between the above named dates it shall be unlawful to permit horned cattle to rove at large within the limits of the 1st and 3d wards of this parish, and that if between sunset and sunrise between said dates of 1st of June and 30th of November of each year, any horned cattle within the limits of 1st and 3d wards of this parish be found roving at large over the fields or crops of any other person than the owner of such cattle, the said cattle may be lawfully held and detained by the owner of such field or crops, until the damage caused by such cattle in their roving shall be fully paid or satisfied by the owner thereof. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1879.

Relative to Hogs in the First and Second Wards.

 Resolved, That the resolutions passed on the 3d day of December, 1860, and on the 4th day September, 1865, relative to the police of hogs, or providing that the same might be unlawfully killed when found roaming at large, be repealed and annulled so for as they affect the First and Second wards of this parish ;   and the said resolutions shall not be construed as applying to the police of hogs in other wards. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1879.  

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/22/1879.

 A first class Wilson Sewing Machine, with attachment, complete for sale below cost, at Ed.  Pellerin's store on Main street.

At last, the agony is over. After a delay of several weeks Gov. Nicholls has finally appointed Ed. Eug. Mouton Judge, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Hon. Eraste Mouton. If we take the Governor's appointments in this parish as a specimen of the results of his delays, we would advise him to delay in every instance. Hurrah ! for the new Judge.

The town was thrown into quite a furor on the 14th inst., by the cry of fire. The roof of the building occupied by F. Lombard, had been ignited by sparks from the chimney and had burned a considerable hole before the fire was discovered. The prompt action of the Fire Company, however, soon extinguished it ; and we take it, that the manner in which it was done is enough to convince the most skeptic, as to the utility of a fire department. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1879.

REMOVED - Mr. Joseph Plonsky has removed his stock of goods to the large building on Main street between Lafayette and Washington streets, and is now prepared to receive and accommodate all those who may wish anything in his line of business. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1879.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 22nd, 1873:


Those of our Townsmen and Parishioners whose names appear upon the subscription lists for a Townclock, originated and put into circulation more than a year ago by two of our well known "go ahead (unreadable word) of progress," (Mr. Alex Guidry and Ed. E. Mouton, Esq.) will, we have no doubt, be delighted and happy to hear and be informed that this good and laudable piece of (unreadable word) and municipal improvement is once more being broached and pushed to a final result and completion, once more being drawn to a point.

This project or undertaking speaks for itself and appeals to the generosity of the public of our Town and Parish - and reappearing before them, as it does, above the signature of the respected and venerable Pastor of our Catholic Church, it cannot fail to awaken responsive echoes in the hearts and purses of whomever concerned.

The Advertiser will publish weekly, the names of the subscribers and the amount paid by each subscriber. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1873.



At the celebrated jewelry store of E. A. Tyler, on Canal Street, New Orleans, is now on exhibition, the watch presented in 1871 to General Lafayette by General George Washington. It was stolen from Lafayette while he was on a visit to Tennessee in 1824, and for years has been out of sight till at last it comes to light and is purchased from an old junk shop in Louisville, to find its way to the store above named. A reporter says :
 The watch is open-faced, of gold, with a double case, and may be remarked as of peculiar appearance, being of only ordinary size, but nearly as thick as it is wide. The outer case bears upon its entire surface the carved figures in bas relief representing Mars offering a crown to the Goddess of Peace, who is surrounded by her emblems, while over all, appear the stern implements of war, hung high out of reach. On the inner case appears the yet clearly legible inscription :

"G. Washington To Gilbert Mattiers Lafayette,
Lord Cornwallis Capitulation, Yorktown, Decb'r 17, 1781.

Can it be that the father of Beast Better traveled in company with Lafayette?
-Ex. - Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1873.

  To the Editor of the Picayune:

 The following statement may be of interest to your readers in regard to this road.

 The track laying on the New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad has now reached a point 10 1/2 miles west of Donaldsonville.

The grading is complete to Bayou Pigeon - a distance of 31 miles west of Donaldsonville. At the Atchafalaya there are two miles finished, and 58 miles west of Vermilionville is also ready for the iron, with the exception of bridging.

Major James is at Atchafalya with about 600 men, grading.

Mr. Dodge is west of Grand River, running two steam and one hand pile driver, doing about 800 feet of track piling per day, employing about 180 men. He has about 8000 feet of this work to do, between Grand River and Bayou Pigeon, a distance of nine miles.

Capt. Hawthorne having finished the bridge at Grand River crossing is now at Atchafalaya doing that bridge.

S. B. Cole & Co., are laying track. They are equal to about two and half or three miles per week.

After passing Vermilionville their progress will be much more rapid.

Distances graded west of Vermilionville during the past season, and finished recently, are by the following contractors :

E. Reilly, 20 miles, J. M. Scurry, 10 miles, Walsh & Ferret, 4 1/2 miles, Dyche & Armington,-4 3/4 miles, J. Castello, 15 miles, Rus & Meyborne, 4 1/3 miles -- 58 3/4 miles about 2000 feet of which is incomplete.

 From the N. O. Picayune and reprinted in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1873.

Colored Man Killed. - A colored man named Isaac was killed during the night of 19th inst., on the plantation of Mrs. Placide Guilbeau, in this parish. Isaac has been for many years the house servant and carriage driver of Mrs. Guilbeau, and has always had a reputation as a true and faithful servant. We have not been able to learn the full particulars of the murder, not hope that the case will be thoroughly sifted and ! the murderer brought to justice. Laf. Advertiser 2/22/1873.

Crow Moves. - Col. W. C. Crow has moved his law offices from the Court House to the room adjoining Mrs. Hebert's residence on Lafayette Street. All business entrusted in his care will be promptly attended to. 
Laf. Adv. 2/22/1873.

City Council of Vermilionville.
 Regular Meeting of Feb. 3d 1873.

On motion it was resolved, That a committee of three be and is hereby appointed to make an estimate of the lumber necessary to repair the bridges within the limits of the corporation of Vermilionville, and to purchase the same on terms most favorable to said corporation. The Mayor appointed Messrs. R. L. McBride, J. J. Revillon, and Aug. Monnier on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved, That the same committee be and is hereby authorized to make and receive proposals of contracts, for repairing and keeping in order the bridges within the Corporation, during the year 1873, subject to the approbation of the City Council. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1873.

Police Jury.
Feb. 3rd, 1873.
 The members elect of the Police Jury, to wit : G. Dubeau of the first ward, S. J. Montgomery of the second, Jean Bernard of the third, R. Leblanc of the fourth and R. C. Landry of the fifth ward, and proceeded to organize by electing by acclamation Mr. G. Dubeau as President.

 On motion, The salaries of the officers were fixed as follows : Clerk $150, Treasurer $150, Constable $100, Printer $225, for publishing the proceedings in french and english, District Attorney pro tem, $400.

 On motion the salary of the keeper of the Court House was abolished.

 The following resolutions were adopted:

 Resolved, That hereafter the use of the Court House is prohibited for the giving of balls, concerts or any public exhibition.

 Resolved, That Theodore Hebert Jr., be authorized to remove the driven well now standing on the Court House square, on the condition that he erect it on the street and near the banquet and connect with it a horse trough, all in a proper and conventional manner for the use of the public, to keep it in good condition at his own expense.

 On motion, The Constable is directed to notify the collector of taxes that the Police Jury will be ready and expect to settle with him on the first monday of March next.

 On motion, The grog shop license of Sevenne Babineaux is remitted. Laf. Advertiser 2/22/1873.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 22nd, 1910:

Inspects Obstruction in Bayou and Decides That Boat Remove it Without Expense to Parish.

 Saturday Col. Lansing L. Beach, in charge of the water improvement of this district, came up on No. 5 to investigate the obstruction in Bayou Vermilion at Pin Hook, which prevented the passage of the government boat Delatour. He was met at the depot by Mr. F. V. Mouton and Secretary Felix H. Mouton of the Police Jury and driven in an auto to the bayou. After a conference with Capt. Risher as to the five piles were remains of an old wooden bridge put down over forty years ago, and forgotten until struck by the Delatour, Col. Beach that the present generation was not responsible for ancient history, and promptly decided that the piles should be removed by the boat without expense to the parish. He also instructed Capt. Risher to dredge and widen the bayou under the span.

 Mr. T. M. Biossat, Jr., then kindly took Col. Beach, Capt. Risher, Mr. F. V. Mouton and Secretary Felix Mouton down the bayou in this elegant and fast little gasoline launch, to the Long plantation and then above to the railroad bridge, Col. Beach directed dredging at the mouth of the Coulee Mine, where a sand bar impedes navigation, and at other points, and also ordered the bayou widened at a narrow place above the bridge, and instructed Capt. Risher to dredge a place for turning at the railroad bridge. The boat will be fully a month yet in completing the work.

 Col. Beach will give Lafayette a thoroughly navigable stream when all the work directed by him is finished, and the people of this city are under obligations to him for the thorough manner in which he is having the bayou cleaned and made navigable. We must now prepare to use this fine stream and in doing so we will benefit ourselves largely while showing our appreciation of Col. Beach's assistance, Capt. Rishers's good work and the government's generosity. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1910.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 22nd, 1966:

Moonship Launch Slated Tomorrow

CAPE KENNEDY, Fla., (AP) - Predictions of marginal weather - high winds and too many clouds - remained the main concern today as the countdown progressed toward Wednesday morning's scheduled flight of the Saturn 1B, with enough fuel on board to give it one-twentieth of the explosive capacity of the A-bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, is due to rumble skyward at 7:45 a. m. EST on a 39 minute jaunt to a target area in the Atlantic Ocean 5, 300 miles southeast of Cape Kennedy.

 Riding on its nose will be an unmanned version of the cone-shaped Apollo spaceship which will carry three Americans to the moon. This will be tha maiden flight for both the 650 ton Saturn 1B - the most powerful rocket ever built by the United States - and the Apollo moonship.

 Hundreds of industrial executives, representing numerous companies which pooled their top talent to piece together the space age marvel.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1966.

More on the Saturn 1B

THE SATURN V moon rocket, the largest, most powerful rocket ever built, commands much attention, but not everyone knows that the giant had smaller, lesser-known relatives, including one that launched men into space. Had the Apollo Applications Program (AAP) gone ahead as planned in 1966, that other piloted Saturn rocket, the Saturn IB, might have become more famous that the Saturn V. It would have become the AAP workhorse rocket, with more than two dozen flights to its credit. Of all the human spaceflight systems the U.S. has produced, only the Space Shuttle has flown more than that.
 The Saturn IB was a two-stage rocket. The eight H-1 engines in its Chrysler-built S-IB first stage burned liquid oxygen (LOX) and RP-1, a kind of kerosene used as aviation fuel. The single J-2 engine in the S-IVB second stage burned LOX and liquid hydrogen (LH2). Both stages were expended in launching their payload. The S-IVB stage served double-duty as the Saturn V moon rocket’s third stage.
The ring above the second stage, the Instrument Unit, was the Saturn IB’s IBM-built electronic brain. It controlled the rocket’s flight path and in-flight events, such as first-stage separation and second-stage ignition. The part above that, labeled “Apollo spacecraft,” was in fact composed of several major systems. The skinny Launch Escape System (LES) tower on top contained a solid-propellant rocket motor designed to pull the three-man Apollo Command Module to which it was attached to safety in the event the Saturn IB malfunctioned.
The conical Command Module was one part of the two-part Apollo Command and Service Module (CSM) spacecraft. The CSM also included the drum-shaped Service Module, which housed its propulsion and attitude-control systems, life support consumables, and electricity-generating fuel cells.
Finally, the Saturn Launch Adapter was a segmented, streamlined shroud that linked the bottom of the CSM to the top of the Instrument Unit. Though shown empty in this graphic, it could serve as a cargo volume.
Saturn IB rockets boosted Apollo CSM spacecraft bearing astronauts into low-Earth orbit just five times. The first piloted Saturn IB, designated SA-205, launched Apollo 7 on 11 October 1968. The rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 34, located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just south of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham tested the first piloted CSM in orbit for 11 days before splashing down in the North Atlantic Ocean on 22 October 1968.
The next Saturn IB rocket to fly, SA-206, did not launch until 25 May 1973, nearly five years after Apollo 7. By then, Apollo lunar landings were already a thing of the past and the Space Shuttle was at an early stage in its development. SA-206 launched the Skylab 2 CSM to the Skylab Orbital Workshop. Skylab, a converted S-IVB stage taken from the SA-212 Saturn IB rocket, had reached orbit on 14 May 1973 unmanned atop the last Saturn V to fly. Though officially designated Skylab 2, SA-206’s crew was the first to visit Skylab. Similarly, Skylab 3 was the second mission to visit the temporary space station and Skylab 4 was the third. The Skylab Program was the shrunken remnant of AAP.  
The first Skylab crew, made up of moonwalker Pete Conrad and rookies Paul Weitz and Joseph Kerwin, had to fix Skylab before they could begin their program of scientific research, for it had become damaged during launch. They worked in space for 28 days and returned to Earth on 22 June 1973.
The second crew to visit Skylab lifted off atop Saturn IB SA-207 on 28 July 1973. Moonwalker Alan Bean and rookies Jack Lousma and Owen Garriott lived on board for 59 days and splashed down on 29 September 1973. The all-rookie third crew, made up of Gerald Carr, William Pogue, and Edward Gibson, launched on SA-208 on 16 November 1973 and splashed down on 8 February 1974.
The last Saturn IB to fly, SA-210, lifted off on 15 July 1975, bearing Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand, and Donald Slayton. Their mission, called the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, was ostensibly an international space rescue test, but was in fact a poster child for President Richard Nixon’s policy of detentewith the Soviet Union. (By the time SA-210 lifted off, however, Nixon had been out of office for nearly a year.) On 17 July, the three astronauts docked their Apollo CSM, designated simply “Apollo,” with the Soviet Soyuz 19 spacecraft.
The Apollo 7 and Skylab 2, 3, and 4 Saturn IBs had carried no cargo in their SLAs; SA-210, by contrast, carried a Docking Module designed to circumvent incompatible docking units and an airlock that permitted the U.S. and Russian spacefarers to move safely between the two spacecraft, which had different air mixes. Apollo astronauts breathed pure oxygen at low pressure; Soyuz designers had gone for a more Earth-like, higher-pressure oxygen-nitrogen mix. Handshakes, ceremonies, and science experiments with Soyuz 19 cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov followed the docking. Stafford, Brand, and Slayton splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on 24 July 1975, six years to the day after Apollo 11 returned from the moon.

  •  last Saturn IB to fly, SA

SA-206, -207, -208, and -210 all launched from the Launch Complex 39B Saturn V pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA planning contractor Bellcomm realized in late 1968 that launching AAP missions from Launch Complex 39 would allow Launch Complex 34 and its twin, Launch Complex 37, to be abandoned, thus saving NASA a considerable sum of money.
The decision to launch Saturn IB rockets from a Saturn V pad led to what was probably the most unusual launch pad arrangement of the Space Age. Called the “milk stool,” it was a platform that raised the Saturn IB so that its S-IVB stage and CSM were at the same height as their Saturn V counterparts. This enabled the Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz Saturn IBs to use the existing Launch Complex 39B S-IVB and CSM umbilicals and crew access arm.
A total of 14 Saturn IB rockets were at least partly constructed. Besides four unmanned Saturn IB missions that flew before Apollo 7 and the five Saturn IB-launched missions described above, there were SA-209, SA-211, SA-212, SA-213, and SA-214. SA-209 was actually prepared for a possible launch – for a short time in July 1973, it appeared that it would be needed to launch a two-man rescue CSM to recover the Skylab 3 crew. It also stood by to launch the Apollo-Soyuz backup CSM. SA-209 is now on display at the Kennedy Space Center visitor center. As mentioned above, the SA-212 S-IVB stage became Skylab. The other Saturn IB rockets were turned into displays of various kinds or scrapped. From Wired.Com.   
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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.

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 "DONALDSONVILLE, La., Feb. 10. - (Special) - About 300 young colored Republicans assembled in the Blue Bucket Hall last evening for the purpose of organizing a Colored Republican Club. It was organized and name the Young Men's Republican Club of Ascension, with Bernard Kelly as president and Ed Guedry as secretary as secretary. Resolutions were adopted endorsing Captain Pharr for governor and the ticket he leads."

The above was published in the City Item of the 11th instant. "Three hundred young colored Republicans" means in plain language 300 young niggers. It can be seen from the foregoing special that they have banded themselves together for the purpose of defeating Foster and electing Pharr, the candidate of the Republican and People's parties. The Donaldsonville coons have named their organization "The Young Men's Republican Club," which under the leadership of Kellogg and Cage, will help to overthrow white government so that Mr. McCall and Mr. Warmoth might be able to persuade the National Republican party that it must give them a bounty on sugar. The 300 young bucks who have just made their entrance into Louisiana politics are not after bounty and social recognition. They have been told that when the Republican party was in power in this State members of their race were elected to high positions; that Dunn, a negro barber, was lieutenant-governor; that Pinchback held the same office, and that a white man in those days was as good as a nigger if he behaved himself. No one knows for sure if he behaved himself. No one doubts that the negro will doubt for an instant that the motive of the 300 "young colored Republians" in organizing is political equality, and knowing that as long as Democracy rules this State they will remain in the background, they have taken Kellogg's advice to support the ticket headed by Pharr.
Lafayette Gazette 2/22/1896.

Parading the Streets.
The disgusting spectacle of 600 negroes parading the streets and yelling themselves hoarse for a nigger politician is enough to make any self-respecting white citizens hang their heads in shame. And this what the nigger-dickering that has been conducted by a few white politicians has brought matters to at last. Serious trouble between the races is bound to result from such methods and when it does come on the blame will be laid at the door of the white politicians where it properly belongs. The streets were full of drunken, swaggering negroes all Saturday afternoon, and before this proceeds much further no lady will be safe on the streets unprotected. This condition of affairs will not be tolerated by the whites of this city and it is well for those interested to take warning before it becomes too late.

From the Baton Rouge Advocate and in the Lafayette Gazette 2/22/1896.


lagniappe #4
Miles =

The Irish mile is 2240 yards.
The Swiss mile is 9153 yards.
The Italian mile is 1766 yards.
The Scotch mile is 1984 yards.
The Tuscan mile is 1808 yards.
The German mile is 2143 yards.
The Arabian mile is 2143 yards.
The Turkish mile is 1826 yards.
The Flemish mile is 6869 yards.
The Vienna post mile is 8295 yards.
The Roman mile is 1628, or 2025 yards.
The Werst mile is 1167, or 1337 yards.
The Dutch and Prussian mile is 6480 yards.
The Swedish and Danish mile is 6480 yards.
The English and American mile is 1760 yards.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

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