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From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 1st, 1905.


 Appreciatively Acknowledged by Louisiana School Review, Official Journal of State Teacher's Association.

 The following extracts taken from the Louisiana School Review in a write up of the meeting of the Teacher's Association here Christmas week, will be of interest to Lafayette people:

 The local organization in Lafayette for taking care of the convention did good service. It not only took care of the convention in pretty good shape, but it came out ahead - having so calculated as to give good entertainment, free transportation, various accommodations and refreshments, and still maintain a safe margin out of the seven hundred dollars that had been subscribed by the citizens and public bodies of the town and parish. But the committee did more than this - it developed some strong material; it paved the way for future successful conventions in Lafayette. The next big convention of any sort that gets an invitation from Lafayette can count on being fully provided for, Baxter Clegg, Dr. Moss, Mayor Caffery, Hon. Paul DeClouet, Louis Lacoste, and the other heads and active workers of the various committees have expressed no intention of moving away - and they have demonstrated the most earnest zeal and the most distinguished ability in that trying form of public service. In fact (borrowing one of Governor Aycock's most effective figures), the committee had "suffered out" the whole conversation weeks and months before it assembled.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Gordon Hotel. - The handsome new brick hotel in Lafayette, The Gordon - so named in honor of the late lamented Confederate her0- is a really great and meritorious improvement to the town. A mighty effort was made to get it ready in time to serve the convention; and although it was not quite sufficiently organized the first, evening, it got bravely into action the next morning and did splendid service thenceforward. So large and well appointed a hostelry will play a conspicuous part in the great career of progress upon which Lafayette is entering.   Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.


 Over Five Hundred Farmers and Others Meet at the Court House Saturday and Form Permanent Organization. Resolution Adopted to Plant Not More than Seventy-five Per Cent of Land in Cotton and Not Less than Twenty-five Per Cent in Corn and Other Produce. Between five and six hundred farmers, merchants and men interested in cotton met at the court-house Saturday morning at 11 o'clock in response to a call for the organization of a parish cotton growers' association to co-operate with and become part of the National Cotton Growers' Association, organized at New Orleans some months ago for the purpose of protecting cotton farmers by on organization, its immediate object being to effect a 25 per cent reduction in acreage for the year 1905 and its general object the special promotion of the cotton farmer's interests in all respects. Dr. Fred Mayer called the meeting to order and was made temporary chairman, with R. C. Greig and W. A. LeRosen as temporary secretaries. Dr. Mayer opened the meeting by explaining its object and aim in the course of his remarks read from the resolutions of the New Orleans meeting extracts presenting the condition of the cotton industry, and urging the necessity of a reduction in acreage for self-protection. He also read from the constitution of the National Cotton Growers' Association articles defining the scope, aim an d purpose of the Association. Dr. Mayer spoke of the great need of extending the market for cotton, one of the purposes of the organization, but urged the present necessity for reduction in acreage and the earnest co-operation of the farmers to that end. He mentioned some of the difficulties in getting the farmers to act in harmony which had been brought up at the Baton Rouge State meeting which he had recently attended, all of which had been settled by the Madison parish plan, namely that each man pledge himself to raise not more than 75 per cent of whatever land he might cultivate in cotton, and not less than 25 per cent in corn or other produce. He closed by stating that with the full co-operation of the farmers, merchants and bankers throughout the South the movement would be assured success.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

 Hold Meeting Monday Evening and Pledge Themselves to a Reduction of Cotton Acreage.

 Monday evening a meeting of the colored farmers of Lafayette was held in Trinity C. M. E. church for the purpose of considering the reduction of the cotton acreage, and the following resolutions were unanimously adopted.

 "Whereas, there has been an overproduction of cotton throughout the South, which has caused quite a depression in the price of that staple, and such depression has wrought a hardship up on the cotton farmers throughout the South.

 Therefore, be it resolved,

 1. That we the colored farmers of the Parish of Lafayette are in accord with the white farmers of the parish, pledge ourselves to reduce the cotton acreage twenty-five per cent and to plant a variety of other products to insure better prices from cotton.

 2. That we extend our thanks to President Roosevelt for his expressed determination to do everything in his power to enlarge the market for our cotton in the Orient.
J. W. GRAY, Secretary.

 Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.


 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 JAILOR: Faustin Vincent.

FOR MEMBERS DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: J. L. Kennedy, Raoul Pellerin, Pink R. Torian, Ovey Herpin.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

OUR TICKET. (Advertiser)

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 3/1/1905.

Young Mens' Ticket.

 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, Jr., Pierre Gerac, L. F. Rigues, J. F. Tanner.
FOR TOWN CONSTABLE: A. Edwin Chargois.



FOR TOWN JAILOR: Abraham Hirsch.
FOR MEMBERS DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: A. E. Mouton, Wm. Campbell, Alfred Hebert, Henry Church, W. P. Bracken. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.


 The Advertiser, in its earnest desire to protect the public welfare, strongly opposes the introduction of partisan politics in the management of public affairs. Every citizen who is concerned in the municipal government of Lafayette has a direct personal interest in preventing, as far as possible, the harmful and obstructive influence of partisan politics from entering into the public administration of the affairs of the town. Partisan politics, because it plans and concocts only for individual or for its own advantage, naturally and necessarily exerts a most detrimental influence on the general progress of the country. Business, educational and all other public interests are made to suffer, if needs be, rather than that the beneficiaries of partisan politics should lose their present or prospective grip on salaries and other perquisites of public office. This is a fact too well known to require further elaboration.

 It being true that the primary object and final aim of partisan politics, in the last analysis, is office-getting and perpetuity in office - even at the sacrifice of the public interests whenever occasion demands - it would seem to be part of ordinary wisdom for the public to discountenance and overcome, as far as possible, an influence or agency so dangerous and antagonistic to the welfare of the public.

 It is a strong point in favor of the Young Men's ticket in the present municipal campaign, that it does not represent the ideas or interests of any particular political faction and, consequently, is in a position to deal with public questions free from bias or political pledges or obligations, and purely from a patriotic and disinterested standpoint. This means, in the very nature of things, much greater liberty of action and impartiality in the administration of public affairs than could be possible or practicable under opposite conditions. This is a feature in the composition of the Young Men's ticket which should appeal strongly to, and command the support of the business men of the community and others who feel a greater interest in the general welfare and the up-building of their town, than they do in the individual success of this or that politician, office-holder or seeker after office.

 By all means, for the present and for the future good of our fast growing town, let us eliminate partisan politics, as it lays within our power to do so. And it ought to be very plain to those who are able to reason out things that in the pending municipal election, all circumstances considered, the Young Men's ticket stands pre-eminently for a BUSINESS administration, as against a partisan or factional administration of public affairs. The only way to make sure of a strictly business administration is by cutting out politics, and the surest way to cut out politics this time is to vote the Young Men's ticket on the fourth of March. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.


In the interest of fair play The Advertiser feels constrained to take exception to the harsh and unjust reflections cast upon the administration of Mayor Caffery and his colleagues, in the editorial columns of the last two issues of the Gazette.

We quote the following expressions from the editorials in question: "Two years ago Mayor Caffery and the present council were elected by the closest vote in the history of the town." * * * "During the past two years there has been still further development of the opposition until it might be said there now exists a general and pronounced demand for a change." * * * "The merits or demerits of the present city administration have not been considered, although in the estimation of many affording a WIDE AND PROLIFIC FIELD FOR EXPLOIT. (capitals ours. * * * "As will be remembered, on January 19, the C. O. Mouton ticket was nominated at a mass meeting held at the court house and a set of resolutions adopted declaring for radical changes in the conduct of city affairs, and pledging administration with favor or partiality." * * * "As is well known, the C. O. Mouton ticket is constituted of men thoroughly antagonistic to the policy pursued by the present council." * * * "The only thing remaining for decision is, how this change shall be effected; which ticket presents the strongest assurance and best response to the popular demand, the one formed of long avowed and open opponents of the city government, or the ticket formed under the auspices and supported by the staunchest friends of the 'POWERS THAT BE' (capitals ours). If the voter desires a perpetuation of present methods and policy, let him vote the Young Men's ticket; if on the other hand, in common with a large majority of the people he desires a change let him vote the C. O. Mouton ticket straight - there is no middle ground for a mugwump in this contest." * * * "It is simply a waste of time to tell any intelligent man who got that ticket up (the Young Men's ticket) and what influences have controlled and will continue to control the policy of the ticket. Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus. Hath not the potter power over the clay? * * * What may be thought when a child is ashamed of its parentage?

The Advertiser submits in all truth that the accentuated insistence of the Gazette on this point of a necessity for a change of administration plainly implies a mismanagement of public affairs not warranted by actual facts, and by direct and strong insinuations places under a black cloud of suspicion the official acts of an enlightened, high-minded and public spirited body of citizens deserving commendation, and not censure, for their distinguished and valuable services to the public.

The resort to a wholesale denouncement of the retiring city council, it is plain enough, was to fire up an array old factional lines and personal hatreds against the Young Men's ticket in the pending municipal campaign, but the grounds upon which the denunciation is based are unwarranted and independent feasible.

Let us weigh the facts.

The bonds originally issued for a water works and electric light plant were not sufficient and could not be expected to provide water and light service for every portion of the wide area included in the corporate limits of the town, all at once. For several years the special tax and the revenues from the waterworks and electric light plant had to be drawn upon for remedying defects and making necessary repairs on account of wear and tear and accident, for which, of course, the city council could not be held responsible. A new boiler and pump, another dynamo and still other new and expensive machinery had to be added to preserve the efficiency of the plant. Another well had to be drilled and the old ones cleaned out and repaired, and a large water reservoir constructed to insure an unfailing supply of water. There came also the imperative demand for furnishing water and light to the Industrial Institute, and afterward an extension of the water mains and electric light service in other directions, justifying the consequent outlay of money which otherwise would have been applied to the payment of the bonds. The improvement of the principal business streets of the town and their maintenance, requiring several thousand dollars worth of oyster shells. The purchase of a large and extremely desirable plot of ground for a suitable public school building, of which our children are in dire need. The widening of Jefferson, Vermilion and Lafayette streets upon the petition of citizens and wish their co-operation, accomplished under difficulties and at great cost, but contributing enormously to the public convenience and advantage. Liberal appropriations for the public schools, the fire department and other worthy objects. And it us highly proper to include the in the mention of their valuable achievements, the opening of a street which very greatly facilitated communication between the town and the Industrial School, and which, at the same time greatly enhanced the value of continuous lands. Also the substitution of substantial and ornamental concrete walks, for objectionable plank walks. These and numerous public improvements of a minor class, all, redounding directly to the public benefit by promoting commerce, and upbuilding the social, educational and industrial interests of the community, could not be accomplished without an expenditure of large sums of money, nor without drawing heavily on the revenues from the special tax, which was levied not only for the purchasing of a waterworks and electric light plant, but also to provide for the maintenance and extension of the plant.

And now, we offer in further support of our contention, the admission of the Gazette itself (Feb. 25) that "the city has made material progress and improvement during the past two years, and due credit should be accorded to the administration therefore," and that, "of course the council could not please everybody," in carrying out all these public measures and improvements. But that the council has reasonably done everything in its power to safeguard the public interests, and has utilized every opportunity and all the resources at its command for the general improvement of the town and the most practicable way that circumstances would permit, is bound to be recognized by all reasonable men in the face of an indisputable public record and a living tangible and ocular evidence.

There is not a man, woman or child in Lafayette to-day, we are certain, who would consent to the obliteration of a single one of the public improvements carried out by the present city council; and now will some one kindly tell us in what other way these same improvements could be carried out, and difficulties overcome, than the way adopted by the gentlemen to whose hands it fell to do the work?

It is easy to criticize and destroy, but very arduous and difficult (and thankless) to build or construct, but good men should not feel discouraged on that account in the performance of duty - to do one's duty honestly and fearlessly is noble.

The old city council has enough good works and unselfish service to its credit to make it a very strained and pitiable act on the part of its political enemies to charge it with the sin of partiality in carrying out public measures and improvements, and the books and the public records are there to show an honest expenditure of every dollar of the public money.

These are the facts and this is the record. Do the people of Lafayette really want a radical and antagonistic change from the enlightened policy and progressive methods of the present city government, that have proven such a powerful factor in building the material property of Lafayette, and pushing forward the educational and industrial development of the community? We can scarcely believe so.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

 The Grattan Stock Co.,at the Jefferson Theatre, March 2, 1905.

 The Grattan-DeVernon Stock Company who open an engagement of three nights at the Jefferson in this City on Thursday, March 2, is recognized as one of the best organizations on the road. Their engagements this season include three in San Diego, California, six weeks in San Antonio, and three more successful months in Dallas.
The company is headed by Miss Vail DeVernon and Mr. J. Richard St. Vrain, two well known leading people with established reputations. Miss DeVernon is well and favorably known throughout the East and North, as an emotional actress of more than ordinary ability and her success at the News American in Chicago, the Majestic in Utica, and other theatres of like high standard all prove this. Her charming stage presence and delightful personality never fail to win the audience at once, and her admirers are without number.
Mr. St. Vrain is a leading man of versatility and his fine stage appearance combined with his fine voice always make him a favor. The supporting company is the best that can be secured and is composed of actors and actresses who have had plenty of experience in the best stock companies and who are all top notchers in their respective lines of work. The policy of the company is to present only the highest class royalty plays, and to present them in a proper manner. During their engagement in this city such well known successes as "Shamus O' Brien", "The Colorado Girl", "A Prince of Liars" etc., will be presented. The theatre goers of this city are thus assured of some excellent plays, properly produced by a company that has time and again proven itself capable of doing this. By the Press Agent.
Popular prices will prevail during this engagement, 25, 35, 50 cents. Seats now on sale at Moss Pharmacy. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.


 Yesterday evening at five o'clock Mr. Rene Delhomme, a prominent young druggist of this place and Miss Helen Gerac, the charming daughter of Mrs. Pierre Gerac were married at St. John's Catholic church, Father Sevre officiating in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. The Advertiser extends then best wishes for a long and happy life.
 Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Died. - Hon. J. S. Broussard died at his home in Mauriceville on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He as a prominent citizen of the parish, was at one time president of the Police Jury, and always took an active part in public affairs. He served in the Confederate army, and was esteemed for his worth and integrity. Laf. Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Observed Washington's Birthday. - All the public schools of Lafayette observed Washington's birthday with appropriate exercises. Very entertaining programs were rendered, which were greatly enjoyed by the visitors present. Laf. Adv. 3/1/1905.

Nickerson Has Fuel Oil. - J. C. Nickerson and R. O. Wood are now prepared to supply fuel oil in any quantities at lowest market price. Prompt delivery guaranteed. Office with Nickerson Bros., Gordon Hotel.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Brought for Identification. - Friday Sheriff Murrell and Deputy LeBlanc brought over two men giving the names of Joe Clinton and Isaac Friedman, supposed to be the ones who assaulted Conductor Whitmeyer, for identification. He identified Friedman as the man. Both were taken back to Crowley and placed in jail.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

A Commendable Act. - The First National Bank, the Improvement Company, the Moss Pharmacy and Moss & Co., are having concrete street crossings laid at each of their corners at their own expense. This is a most commendable and public spirited act, and pedestrians will gratefully appreciate it every time it rains. There are other street corner (unreadable) is in order for other property owners to follow suit. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

New Express Wagon. - Lafayette has at last got an up-to-date express wagon, the company having lately put them in the cities. They have also fixed up the express office, with railings, etc., and have a man in charge. For all of which we express appreciation, and we hope the day is not far off when the Wells Fargo people will go just a little farther and give us an office up town. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Woman's Club.

A very enjoyable meeting of the Woman's Club was held Feb. 25, with Mrs. Tom Hopkins as hostess. On account of bad weather this was the first meeting held since Jan. 14.

Mrs. Blake called the meeting to order and Miss McLaurin read the minutes of the previous meeting. After all the business was transacted the following program was rendered.

Civil Government - The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Miss Leftwich.

 Reading - The Last Hours of Daniel Webster, by Edward Everett, Mrs. John Givens.

 The Graphic Arts, Miss Dupre.

 The Composers-George W. Chadwick, Mrs. H. H. Beach, Mrs. Pellerin.

 The next meeting of the club will be held March 4, with Mrs. J. I. Hulse as hostess.

 After the club adjourned Mrs. Hopkins served a delicious luncheon. Each guest was presented with a pretty booklet with the menu printed as follows:


 When I'm young I'm covered with down,

 Fresh in the country but seldom in town.

 Yet when I'm fried I'm considered very fine,

 But made into salad I'm simply prime.


 I'm green when I'm ripe and I grown on a tree,

 A favorite dish of the Spanish Grandee.


  I grew in the ground on the end of a vine,

 Got pulled 'bout summer time.

Was roasted, hulled and cut into pieces,

 And made into newfangled sandwiches.

 I'm a combination of fruits and ice,

 And by some considered nice.

 At any rate I'm sure to sink,

 When I'm made into a drink.

 The ladies all my praises sing,

 And say unto their beaux,

 Now dearest goodness knows,

 Now dearest, goodness knows.

 Of all the nectars, this is just the thing.

 Light as a snowflake, white as milk,

 Fit for a princess dressed in silk.

 All dinners and luncheons I'm usually last served,

 The slight, I think, is not truly deserved.

 I'm made from a berry that was green, now black,

 That I'm well liked is a proven fact.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

A Grand Success.
[From SLI publication "The Vermilion."]

 The entertainment given for the benefit of the Athletic Association, proved a grand success. The weather was all that could have been wished and a large crowd took advantage of the thoughtfulness of the weather clerks and witnessed one of the best entertainments given in the auditorium this year. The audience frequently gave vent to its enjoyment and appreciation in round after round of applause.
 The hit of the evening was song entitled, "The Track Team," sung by ten members of the team. The song was original and served to show the spirit of the team and the confidence of the team which the team has in itself. The program is as follows:


Song...Glee Club
Recitations...Marie Patin
Play...A Domestic Dilemma
1...Mary Dutsch
2...Annie Thibodeaux
3...May Hahafey
4...Robt. Dutsch
5...Willis Roy
Song...Track team.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Musical Program -  The music program furnished by local musicians under the direction of Prof. F. Sontag of the Industrial Institute proved a most attractive addition to the teachers' program. Mr. F. V. Mouton's deep baritone voice proved a fitting climax to the program of the first night; and, in fact, it was evident that his singing had received a distinct stimulus from the burning eloquence of Governor Aycock, who had just preceded him and there was a striking illustration of a reaction of art upon art. Both artists "had an audience." Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Salt Mine Excursion.

 General Passenger Agent Batturs deserves a place in the story for giving us that special train for the salt mine excursion for the low rate of $1.50 per capita on our guarantee of not less than $100 for the trip; and we returned him the compliment by making the excursion worth $246 to the company instead of $150. But the excursion was worth all it cost to all concerned. The day was ideal. The view across Vermilion Bay was alone worth the price admission. And notwithstanding queer reports to the contrary in some of the papers, the railroad made perfect connections, and no teacher was delayed a minute on his return home by reason of the excursion to the salt mine. In fact, the kind and courteous assistant of the road Mr. C. C. Mallard, accompanied bye excursion in person for the express purpose of seeing the schedule carried out - and he did. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1905.    

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/1/1905.

Mrs. Octave Duhon will leave Saturday for Mandeville to spend several days with her parents.

See Parkerson & Mouton for any kind of insurance. Eight years experience.
Fine watch repairing a specialty, at Biossat's.

Misses Ruth and Julia Huff spent Sunday in New Iberia with their sister, Mrs. C. P. Moss.

Mrs. J. E. Primeaux and Miss Nini Doucet went to Mauriceville Thursday on account of the death of Mr. Treville Thursday on account of the death of Mr. Treville Broussard.

Free samples of headache and neuralgia cure at Lafayette Drug Co.

Don't forget to ring up Bunt during Lent for oysters and fish.

Mrs. Alcide Broussard, of Carencro, was the guest of her sister, Mrs. Ludovic Guilbeau, Saturday.

Hot baths in a warm room and every surrounding to make it pleasant, at The Gordon Shaving Parlors.

Misses Julia and Ruth Huff, and Conductor W. D. Morgan were most pleasantly entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Taylor Friday evening.

The Falk Mercantile Co., Ltd., want to dispose of the scenery, fixtures, chairs, etc., of their opera house, and will sell at a big bargain.

Miss Marie Campbell went to New Iberia Sunday on account of sickness in her sister's home, Mrs. Henry Lopez.

Bazil Sonnier, of Scott, paid us an agreeable visit Wednesday.

Wells Goodhue, proprietor of "National Finance," a financial journal published in Chicago, was an agreeable caller at our office Thursday.

Ed. Alpha, of Franklin, was among the visitors to Lafayette Friday.
It is time to pack away winter goods, but we will wait just a little longer and give you a chance to profit from our big reduction sale of winter goods. - Schmulen.

Mr. U. S. Dugas, of Abbeville, has moved to Lafayette with his family and opened a general merchandise store in the building on the court house square, formerly occupied by Bernard & Meaux!

Never buy a bill of groceries before seeing Broussard Bros.

Two carloads of cotton near the depot caught fire Sunday about one o'clock and considerable damage was done before the flames were extinguished. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Miss Estelle G. Plonsky, of Albany, Ga., and Misses Gussie Wolf and Ella Plonsky, who have been guests, of Mrs. B. Falk for several days, have returned to Washington, La.

Try those cookies at Wischan & Domengeaux's, they are so nice.

Mrs. J. D. Harper is on the sick list this week.

Richard Chargois who is attending the New Orleans College of Pharmacy is at home for a few days. He has just successfully and with credit passed the term examinations.

Owing to his increasing business Mr. T. M. Biossat has found it necessary to add to the force at his jewelry store and has engaged the services of Mr. Henry Wildberger, of Mobile, a first class watchmaker, who will have entire charge of the repair work. Mr. Wildberger arrived Saturday.

 Dr. J. A. Martin is moving to-day into his new dental office near The First National Bank.

Mr. F. K. Hopkins and family went to Opelousas Friday and returned home Sunday.     Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 1st, 1902.


 As a result of an agreement centered into by the Southern Pacific Company and representatives of the employes, on the first of March the men engaged in certain departments will have the benefits accruing from increased pay and a shortening of the time constituting a day's work. The change becomes operative to-day and affects a great number of men. A monthly increase of $20 has been allowed to day yard masters and $10 to night-yard-masters. The switchman's day's work will now be nine instead of ten hours. The switchmen were given an increase was also granted to the conductors and brakemen. This augmentation in their wages is not only a great encouragement to the railroad men, who are a hard-working class of people deserving of the most generous treatment by their employers, but is evidence of a liberal policy on the part of the company which has agreed to the reasonable demands of the men without the unpleasant features which generally attend transactions of this kind between labor and capital. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.


Mr. Pugh's Case Against the Railroad for Excessive Charges.

 Mr. Overton Cade, member of the Railroad Commission from the district, returned home Thursday from Baton Rouge where a meeting of that body was held. A considerable amount of business was transacted by the Commission, relative to freight rates and other matters pertaining to the railway service.

  Among the cases which came up for the consideration of the Commission and which was decided in favor of the plaintiff was the complaint of Mr. Philip S. Pugh of Crowley. Mr. Pugh used to live in the cane district where he has relatives engaged in the manufacture of sugar. Every year, after the grinding season is not over, Mr. Pugh is made happy with the present of a barrel of sugar and a barrel of molasses without which the man born and reared in the canefields would find life an empty dream indeed. Well, to be brief with the story, Mr. Pugh's relatives in Assumption sent him his annual allotment of sugar and molasses. When Mr. Pugh called at the Crowley depot for the goods, the agent collected freight charges at the rate of 51 cents per hundred. Mr. Pugh protested against the excessive charges, and carried the case to the Railroad Commission. Mr. Pugh went to Baton Rouge when the Commission met and made his plea. After looking into the matter the Commission decided that Mr. Pugh was clearly in the right and that the railroad company had charged an excess of fourteen cents per hundred pounds on the shipment of sugar and molasses. Mr. Pugh stated that he was not satisfied with the results, not because of the trifling amount at stake but because the principle involved in the controversy. Mr. Pugh is to be commended for his efforts to compel the railroad company to conform to the rates fixed by the Commission for the protection of the people. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.   


Washington's Birthday Commemorated 
Baseball Team Organized.
Students Return to their Work.

 A serious accident occurred in the workshop this week, in which Moore Biossat, of the second year class, was so unfortunate as to have his left thumb and index finger cut off at the first joint. He was sawing a block at the circular ripsaw and was attempting to remove with his hand, the scrap cut off, and his hand was thus placed too near and struck the saw. He bore the pain of the wounds and the surgical operation upon them very bravely, and is enduring the loss he sustains very philosophically. He has the universal sympathy of the students of the Institute and the faculty, and his class have shown a very special interest in him by passing appropriate resolutions of sympathy. We all hope for his rapid recovery, and that he may soon be back in his accustomed place.

 Now that the football season is over the boys at the Industrial Institute are about a baseball team ;  in fact, the necessary equipment in the shape of masks, stomach-protectors, bats and balls, have already been ordered, and it will not be long ere the people of Lafayette and vicinity will have the pleasure of witnessing a match game between these boys and a team from some neighboring town. It is needless that everyone wishes them success in this new field sport - the same success that has characterized their every effort in the past to establish the supremacy of the Industrial teams, and to hold on high the colors which have not yet known defeat. A match game, as well as various other out-door sports, will take place some time in March, to see which a small entrance fee, say 25 cents,  will be charged. The sports will be such as to attract a large number of people, and a gala day is expected. Let everyone turn out.

 One of the new features introduced at the Institute after the first half session was the morning inspection. This takes place every morning at 9 o'clock, just prior to the marching of the students to the auditorium, where the national anthem is sung, and any announcements necessary for the day are made. Before marching up all students file out into the hall from their classrooms, each class at a time from its respective classroom, and stand double column, heads erect and face front, ready for the inspection. This requires several minutes, and consists in seeing that all faces, hands, collars, cravats and shoes are clean and well cared for. The class teachers have charge of this work, and the short time since the introduction of this new feature into the life of the school has already proven its usefulness in the in the wonderfully improved appearance of the student body.

  Great interest is taken by the students every month when their "marks" are announced; that is, when they are told what their highest and lowest percentage in any given studies is for the four weeks preceding the time of the announcement. Very much interest was manifested this month, it being the first in the second half session.

 Since making note of happenings at the Institute the last time, we are pleased to record the fact that the Young Ladies' Boarding Club as a new member, Miss Gertrude Logue, of Jennings, La. Slowly but surely the people of the surrounding towns and country are beginning to realize the unusual advantages to be derived from an Institute like the Industrial. May they continue to come. A hearty welcome is extended to all.

 The Attakapas Literary Society held a meeting last Saturday, Feb. 23, in commemoration of Washington's birthday. Every number on the program - song, essay, debate or speech - was a tribute to his memory and elicited applause from the auditors.

 A profitable number was the wholesome advice given by Dr. Stephens to the society and his patriotic utterances inspired by the occasion. None the less important was the able criticism of Miss Dupre, who is critic for the society. Great interest is developing among the members in the welfare and success of the society. The question for debate at the next meeting as posted on the bulletin board, is; "Resolved that Napoleon was a greater general than Ceaser."

 The school was glad this week to welcome back to its student body three members who had been absent, one since December, the others since January, on account of sickness. These are Newton Normand, Henry Broussard and Gabriel Bouevalt. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

Fined Fifty Dollars. - J. A. Delhomme appeared before Mayor Caffery Tuesday morning on a charge of having violated the Sunday law. As this was the second time that he was brought before the mayor for Sunday violation he was fined $50, which were paid. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

School Notes.
 The people living in the vicinity of Mouton Switch are taking steps to raise money to enlarge the public school building there and to buy improved desks, black-boards, charts, etc. This school is in charge of Mr. Claude Martin, and is very well attended.

 Mr. Hugh Wagner, teacher of the Louis Bonin school in the second ward, was in town Thursday. Mr. Wagner stated that an effort was being made by the patrons of the school to enlarge the building and to secure new and more suitable desks for the pupils.

 The Gazette is informed by Mr. Alleman, the superintendent of schools, that by co-operating with Calcasieu and Monroe institute associations it will be possible to secure an unusually able corps of lecturers for the chautauqua.
Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902. 

Damage by the Storm. - The storm last Sunday night caused considerable damage in the vicinity of Mauriceville and LeRoy. Steve Landry's house was blown down causing injuries to two children. The residences of Bebe Clark and Henry Hebert were demolished, but fortunately no one sustained any injury. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

New Boarding House. -J. W. Burrow, an experienced hotel man, has opened a boarding house in the building next to Vic Levy's residence. Mr. Burrows announces in this issue of The Gazette that he is now ready to accommodate the public.
Laf. Gazette 3/1/1902.

Election of Officers.
 A meeting of Fire Company No. 1 held a special Monday night and elected the following officers to serve during the ensuing year: President, Wm. Campbell; vice-president, Judge C. Debaillon; secretary, Felix Mouton; Treasurer, D. V. Gardebled; foreman, Abram Hirsch; house-keeper, Eugene Ducharm; nozzleman, Wm. Graser; assistant nozzleman, B. F. Anderson; plugman, P. Krauss; keyman, Willie Adams.

 The meeting was largely attended and the collection of fees and fines showed that the boys are still taking an active interest in the company. The Lafayette firemen are not only among the best to be found anywhere, but they are always willing to put up the sinews of  war.
Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

Algiers Dispatchers Coming Here. -We are reliably informed that the Morgan dispatchers now at Algiers will be transferred to this point. This change, taking place shortly after the transfer of the Beaumont dispatchers to this, adds greatly to the importance of Lafayette as a railroad town, Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

Wanted to Sell a Mule.
 Willie Gill, a negro, came to town yesterday morning and tried to sell a large mule for $50. Feeling confident that there was something wrong Marshal Peck and Constable Hirsch arrested Gill and took possession of the mule which they will hold until further information is obtained.

 Gills says the mule was given to him by his grandfather to be sold. He says his grandfather lives on Octave Darby's plantation near the Segura refinery.
Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.


T0-day The Gazette issues the first number of its tenth volume. In other words, the paper is nine years old.

 The Gazette enters upon its tenth year with confidence of increased prosperity. It has, since its foundation, enjoyed a fair measure of success as a public journal. We believe its growth has been commensurate with the advancement of the community, and we hope it has merited, if it has not always received, the approbation of well-thinking people. It claims no great credit for having contributed its humble efforts toward the success of worthy movements, but it feels a reasonable degree of pride that it has espoused every cause which, in its opinion, was calculated to benefit the people.

 During the last nine or ten years Lafayette has forged to the front in rapid strides. In that period the people have awakened to a realization of their opportunities. In a material sense this community has more than kept up with the pace of progress. The establishment here of a cotton seed oil factory by local capital was a splendid beginning. Later on New Orleans capitalists availed of the advantages afforded by this section and built the sugar refinery which is easily one of the largest manufacturing plants in the State. Then came the compress which has been such a powerful factor in the increased commercial prosperity of the town has made in recent years, are the large number of new store building and residences. The improved quality of these structures maybe taken as an indication of the prosperity of the people. Excepting Crowley, Lafayette has put up more buildings in the past five years than any other town in this section of the State.

 The erection by the town of a system of waterworks and electric lights was a long step forward. Nothing has done more to secure for this town its rightful position among the progressive communities of the State than the building of these improvements. Without them the town might have jogged along in poky sort of way, but it could never hope to take its place in the front rank of up-to-date municipalities. All this and much more is to the credit of Lafayette, but the culminating point in its growth - one which is not be considered from the standpoint of dollars and cents but to be measured by a higher standard - was reached when the Industrial Institute reared its walls in mute but eloquent tribute to that new spirit of progress which had quickened the slumbering intelligence of the people and marked out for them the path which leads to intellectual development. Henry Watterson said that the idiosyncrasy of the nineteenth century was liberty and that of the twentieth century is commerce. If Lafayette is to have an idiosyncrasy let it be education and let it be given expression in a new modern school building. The past decade has been a notable one in the history of the town, but let it be only a forerunner of what is to come. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.


Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902. 

 The City Council met in regular session, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, H. H, Hohorts, F. Demanade.

 A petition signed by more than one-third of the property tax-payers of this town, asking that a special election be ordered to take the sense of the property tax-payers of this town upon a proposition to levy taxes for public improvements therein named, was present to the Council and read, and thereupon the following ordinance was unanimously adopted.


 Ordering a special election  in accordance with Act 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1898, and Article 232 of the Constitution, at which there shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the general election laws of said State, the question of levying special taxes aggregating five mills on the dollar per annum on the assessed valuation of property therein for a period of twenty-five years beginning  with the first day of January 1902, and the issuance of bonds thereon for the following purposes to-wit:

 1. To procure grounds and buildings for a first class, modern High School.

 2. The extension of the water mains of said town, and for the extension of the electric light system therein.

 3 To procure ground and building for a first-class public market house.

 4. To call in redeem outstanding bonds for the sum of thirty thousand dollars bearing six per cent annual interest issued under Act 90 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State of 1896, to obtain a present water and light syste, of this town, said outstanding bonds to be replaced by five per cent bonds with greater length of time for redemption; said tax being set forth in detail in the body of this ordinance, and said election being ordered in conformity with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said town, same being hereto annexed and made part hereof; and providing further for the mode of holding said election, making returns thereof, etc.

 Section 1.   Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., in regular session convened that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said town of Lafayette, La., on Thursday, April 3, 1902, at which election there shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, the question of levying the following special taxes to wit:

 1.  To procure grounds and buildings, for a first class, modern High School for white children in said town, a special tax of one mill and a half on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, on which tax bonds shall be issued for the sum of $24,000.

 2. For the extension of the water mains and electric light system of said town, a special tax of one mill on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $14,000.

 3. To procure the ground and building for a first-class public market house a special tax of one-half of one mill on the dollar upon the valuation of property aforesaid shall be levied and collected, and upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $12,000.

 4. To retire and replace the outstanding bonds issued under Act 90 of 1896 for the present water and light system and special tax of two mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation of property in said town and upon which bond shall be issued for the sum of $30,000; there being submitted at one of and the same time to said tax-payers the question of issuing  bonds for the amounts hereinabove set forth in order to render said special taxes available by obtaining the money for immediate use; said election being ordered in conformity in all respects with the petition of more than one third of the property tax-payers of said town hereto annexed and made part of this ordinance. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 1st, 1890:


A few days ago Mr. S. J. McCartney and Mr. Louis Oueilhe, on one side, and Col. W. B. Lindsay and Mr. Smith Alpha, on the other, had an all round hunting match for a dinner of pickled eels feet. Louis and McCartney went into the match with a great deal of apprehension, but Col. W. B. Lindsay reassured them by promising if they made too bad a score he would give them enough birds to sorter even up things, and say nothing about it. When the hunt was over, Col. Lindsay claimed that on his side of the hedge the weather was bad, and it was a poor day for shooting, Louis says that the weather in his side of the hedge was fine, and they had an excellent sport. Next day Col. Lindsay and Mr. Alpha went fishing for eels. Why don't somebody tackle Parrot and Landry, champions.  Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.


The Regulators.

A Lafayette special to the Picayune, of the 21st inst., says: "The indictments returned by the grand jury yesterday against certain parties implicated in a regulator flogging, and which were referred to in these dispatches have to-day been made public. The parties arraigned are 21 in number, and all charged with conspiracy, the exact nature of which could not be learned, but in all probability it relates to the flogging of young Primeaux last fall by a party of Vermilion regulators. (Here follow the names of the parties, which will be seen in our court proceedings.) In reference to the above, the following dispatch was to-day forwarded to Governor Nicholls and Attorney General Rogers:

'Half the parish indicted. No use for troops. They will surrender immediately.' Signed by F. C. Latiolais and C. T. Cade.

Captain Cade arrived here from New Iberia to-day, and expressed himself in behalf of the accused parties.

In the matter of furnishing bond, one or two of the parties have been taken into custody and released on bond. The rest are still at large, but Captain Cade informed Judge Edwards, in the presence of your correspondent, that he had ordered them to appear to-morrow, so as to sign their bonds. To-morrow being a legal holiday, the Judge suggested Monday, and jokingly added that he felt sure the Captain's orders would be obeyed." We infer from the above that C. T. Cade and F. C. Latiolais have authority to consent to, or allow, the arrest and trial of the regulators indicted; otherwise, State troops would be necessary. If the Governor were called upon to act in the matter of sending troops, it is not at all probable that he would desire information blusteringly volunteered by any of the officers or chiefs of the regulators. It may be that the message to the Governor, if sent, was intended as sarcasm upon the authorities for having troops in this parish last year. We are glad to be able to state that the officers of the law are well supported by the law abiding citizens of the parish, and that any process of court can be promptly executed without the consent of the regulators, or the assistance of State troops, even of "half the parish" were indicted, Fallstaff included. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.

Negro Exodus. - A contingent of the negro exodus to Mexico will leave Houston, Texas, next month, comprising two hundred families, under the leadership of W. H. Ellius, a colored emigration agent. They will settle upon lands in the State of Chihahua already laid out and set apart for them. He says that an English Syndicate, that owns large bodies of land in Mexico, is interested in the movement. Colonists will be transported by the syndicate and supported for a year, if necessary. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.


At Falk's Opera-house. - J. Z.'s Little's "World" Company will give one exhibition only, at Falk's Opera House, Sunday, March 2nd. When this Company was here during the winter the weather was so bad that but few ventured out to attend the performance. Those who dis see it praise it highly. Their scenic effects are the most attractive ever produced on this stage and are intensely realistic. The play itself is a fine conception, full of interest throughout, which is seldom the case in the plays of these days. Altogether, it is a most interesting performance, and we would advise all or our readers to attend. We are glad that Mr. Little has given our citizens another opportunity to see this beautiful play. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.



 Having examined the jail, we find that is in pretty good condition, and we believe that the prisoners are kindly treated. We would certainly recommend that the corrugated iron ceiling of the jail be painted with some substance which will have the effect of arresting the corrosion which is now going on; also, that the jailer be furnished with disinfectants for use in the vaults and urinals. And we would further suggest that it might be well to have a plumber examine the pipes leading from vaults and urinals.

 We would also call attention to the bad condition of the furniture in the grand jury room, and to the door of that room.
The windows of the clerk's and recorders offices should be provided with rubber strips, and the recorder's office should have another desk and chairs.

There should be a railing put in the sheriff's office to prevent too free access to his desks. There are also several panes of glass broken in said office; also, some of the floor joists should be renewed. We would also suggest that the court house should be generally overhauled and painted.

 We beg that this, our final report be accepted, and we finally discharged.
Very Respectfully,

J. M. Jones. Foreman.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.

Making Improvements. - Judge Israel Falk is making improvements upon his grocery store and residence, including Hilbert Falk's photograph gallery, on the corner of Main and Jefferson streets. He has put a neat covered gallery around the entire front. It makes a decided improvement in the appearance of that corner. We are glad to note the Judge's prosperity.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/1/1890: 

 The cold wave following in the wake of the recent violent cyclone struck us Friday morning about 2 o'clock. It was one the most sudden changes we have had this winter. The sultry weather of the few days previous made the change all the more severe.
Laf. Advertiser 3/1/1890.

 Pecan trees are beginning to bud. It is an old adage, that when pecan trees bud winter is over.

The pay car arrived Monday, and with that and the large attendance upon court the town was lively and business brisk.
Laf. Advertiser 3/1/1890.

 No greater triumph in medicine or chemistry has been recorded that Hall's Hair Renewer to revivify and restore gray hair to the color of youth.

 Remember, ladies, that the Butterick Patterns are now on sale at Red Star Store. Fashion sheets for each month in the year furnished free.

During the week the weather has been oppressively warm, with blustering winds and light showers. It has been good growing weather for corn. Laf. Advertiser 3/1/1890.

 We were pleased to receive a call from our young friend Mr. Frank K. Hopkins, who has just returned from the State Business college, at Meridian, Miss., having completed his course. He is in fine health and speaks in the highest terms of the college, its faculty and many advantages for imparting a thorough business education.

 Fay's Manilla Roofing, for which A. J. Moss is agent, is inexpensive, durable, and guaranteed to be water-proof and comparatively fire-proof. A sample of it can be seen on the roof of the portico of the Rigues Hotel. For circulars and samples apply at Moss Lumber Yard.
 Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 1st, 1879:

Tripartite Agreement.

[From the Houston Age]

At a meeting of the directors of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad held yesterday a tripartite agreement between Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company, as party of the first part, the Louisiana Western Railroad Company, as party of the second part, and the Texas and New Orleans Railroad Co., as party of the third part, was ratified and approved by the other two companies named as parties.

By the terms of the agreement, thus ratified and made binding, the Morgan company contracts to build, equip and put in good running order, the road from Morgan City to Vermilionville. The Louisiana Western contract to build and road and put it in good running order from Vermilionville to Orange, on the Sabine. And the Texas and New Orleans company contracts to fully equip and put its road in good running order from Orange to Houston. And the parties of the contract bind themselves that the work they have respectively undertaken shall be completed, one-third in six months, two-thirds in twelve months, and the balance in eighteen months from the date of the agreement.

The road is to cross the Sabine five miles above the town of Orange, and following the course of the river will connect with the present road at the rear of the town in a prairie admirably adapted to the connection. The ch   ange of crossing from the immediate front of the town will not lengthen the line of the road exceeding two miles.

Thus the question of an all rail connection between the city and New Orleans is settled at last, and a time is definitely fixed within the which the connection is to be completed. The contracting parties, from abundant caution, have allowed eighteen months - that is until August of next year.

But three powerful corporations have joined in the undertaking. Their means are ample. They will push the work forward as fast as men and money can push it ; and no one will be surprised if, by the 1st of January next, "change cars for New Orleans," shall become to Houstonians familiar as a house-hold word.

 From the Houston Age and reprinted in the Lafayette Advertiser of 3/1/1879.

For the Convention in the Senatorial District, EDWARD SIMON, of St. Martin.


(St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette.)

JOHN CLEGG, of Lafayette.


Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1879.

To the Voters of Lafayette.
 Considering the shortness of the time within which to call a Parish Convention to select candidates for delegates to the convention ordered to assemble in New Orleans on the 21st of April next, to form a new constitution, which delegates should be chosen by the people at the election on the 18th March, the undersigned have thought it proper and sufficient in the capacity as Democratic Executive Committee of the Democratic Conservative party of the parish of Lafayette, to recommend to the voters of the parish of Lafayette the names of John Clegg for the Senatorial District and M. E. Girard for the parish, and thus dispense with a Parish Convention.


H. M. BAILEY, Secretary Dem. Con. Parish Ex. Com.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1879.

Voter Registration. - The Registrar will open his office at the Court House on Monday next for the purpose of registering those who were not registering those who have not been registered in 1878, Those who have not registered should do so at once, so as to be able to vote for delegates to the constitutional convention on the 18th instant.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1879.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 1st, 1873.

City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Meeting of February 3d, 1873.

Present: Wm. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. R. L McBride, H. Landry, Aug Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles, J. J. Revillon and J. N. Judice.

 The Mayor called the meeting order.

 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 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 sidewalks, streets and bridges within the limits of the Corporation, during the year, subject to the approbation of the City Council.

 On motion the Council adjourned to the next regular meeting.
   H. M. Bailey, Secretary.
   W. O. Smith, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1873.  


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 1st, 1873:

Re-elected for Third Term.

 After one of the most actively and vigorously fought campaigns, which have taken place in this parish for many years, Sheriff Lacoste was re-elected for a third term at the close of the second primary Tuesday by a majority of 44 over his opponent, Felix H. Mouton.

 Sheriff Lacoste has already served the people of Lafayette parish eight years, and his re-election for a third term is a flattering expression of approval, by a majority of the voters, of the record he has made in office.

 During his ensuing term we are sure all people with the same zeal and efforts he has in the past, and it is the duty of all citizens, without regard to factional lines, to unite and co-operate with him in everything that conduces to the welfare of the people. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1912.  

Oysters Found on Trees.

The coast waters at Sierra Leone, Africa, are full of oysters of the finest grade - fully as good as Blue Points. The tides rise eighteen feet at Sierra Leone, and in many places the mango swamps stretch hundreds of yards out into the sea. Oysters in their curious migrations are often lifted by waves and carried about among these trees, and it is a sight by no means uncommon to see them when the tide has run out clinging to the branches as comfortably as though they enjoyed playing as fruit. Natives paddle about in their canoes, gather the bivalves and bring them to the traders and officers for sale. In size West African oysters are the largest I ever saw. In 1883 one oyster was served to three of us at the quarters in Lagos, and Captain Davis of the African Steamship Company, Mrs. Lieutenant-Governor Griffiths and myself made a bounteous meal from it. The shell was preserved and is now in the steamship office in Liverpool. - Chicago Herald reprinted in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890. 


 One day the cat was trotting out toward the barn, carrying in her teeth a piece of meat for her young. A bald eagle, which had been in the habit of hovering over the place, suddenly descended upon pussy and whirled her upward in a vertical flight. The path of ascent to the eye of a spectator, watching the scene, was clearly indicated by loose feathers violently tossed from the point of combat. In the time the struggling pair attained a (unreadable words), and came to a stand still. The eagle's wings had dropped. Now and then he had given plain evidence of pain and terror, yet not once did his awful grip appear to relax. At length a descent was begun at a rapidity which every moment increased, and the two animals struck the ground at the very point where they had just encountered each other, but the eagle was dead, and pussy as soon as she felt terra firma beneath her feet, shot away for the barn, still carrying her bit of meat. Investigation showed that the cat had cut the eagle's throat and so lacerated his breast, that his body was literally laid open. After his death in mid-air, however, she had been too clever to relax her hold and thus fall to the ground had let her enemy serve as a parachute to ease the descent. At last account pussy was none the worse of her aerial fight and battle. 

 From the  Union Point Bee Published in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.


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