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From the Lafayette Gazette of March 24th, 1900:


 Committee Appointed to Have Charge of the Campaign - Mass Meetings to be Held in Different Wards.

The Democratic nominees for judicial, parish and ward offices held a meeting last Saturday to take steps to bring out a full vote at the election next month. The Democratic leaders have no fear of the result, but there is a prevailing desire among them to give the Republicans such as snowing under as they have never before experienced in this parish.

A campaign committee, composed of the following members, was appointed: first ward-Gustave Mouton; second ward - Dr. A. O. Clark; third ward - E. G. Voorhies; fourth ward-P. R. Roy; fifth ward-Alex Billeaud; sixth ward-A. C. Guilbeau; seventh ward-J. A. Labbe; eighth ward-John Whittington. An executive committee was appointed with the following members: Chas. O. Mouton, A. M. Martin, Dr. J. F. Mouton. A. M. Martin was made chairman and P. R. Roy secretary.

It has been decided to hold meetings as follows:

Royville, Saturday March 24.
Broussard, Sunday March 25th.
Jules Baronnet's Saturday, March 31.
Scott, Sunday April 1.
Pilette, Saturday, April 7.
Carencro, Sunday, April 8.
Lafayette, Saturday, April 14.

Whittington's school house, Sunday April 15.

Hon. T. J. Labbe, of St. Martin, and local speakers will address the meetings. Congressman Broussard will speak at the Carencro meeting.
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.


 It is clearly the duty of the men who voted at the primaries last December to vote the Democratic ticket on the 17th of next month.

 We take it that those who accepted the invitation to vote at the primary election understood what it meant. It was simply and purely a contract which imposed upon every one who was a party to it.

 No one was compelled to participate in the primary. The voter decided for himself whether or not he would take part in it. He knew what was expected of him and he knew that if he intended not to abide by the results he should have kept away from the polls.

 The Gazette does not think that any considerable number of the voters of this parish will be deceived by the cry of fraud which has been raised by the enemies of the Democratic party. The primaries were conducted with absolute fairness toward all parties. All the candidates were honestly treated. There was nothing unfair about it. It is easy to charge fraud. Fraud is the eternal cry of bolters who refuse to submit to the decision of the majority.

 The voter who participated in the December primaries has a duty to perform and he should not permit designing leaders of the Republican party lead him astray. He is in honor bound to accept the verdict of the majority of his party, even though the ticket nominated is not of his choice. Those who advise him to disregard his pledge insult him. If a man is not bound by a primary he can not be held by any agreement between man and man.

 It is useless to say more on this subject. The voter who appreciates the meaning of the pledge, implied or expressed, by participating in a primary needs no advice, while to speak to the fellow who does not feel the weight of a moral obligation is a waste of time. Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900. 


 There is a movement on foot among the enterprising citizens of the town to build a cotton mill. The cotton manufacturing industry has been a success wherever tried. It has long since ceased to be an experiment. Experience proves that it affords a safe and remunerative field of investment to capital. Authentic statistical information shows that a cotton mill not only pays handsomely on the money invested, but adds in many ways to the prosperity of the town where it is operated. It gives life and vigor to every artery of commerce. It helps the merchant, the doctor, the lawyer, the machinist, the carpenter and everybody else who forms a part of the community. The good that a cotton mill does is not restricted to any one class. The money that it pays to labor finds its way to the channels of trade. You will get some of it; your neighbor will, and your neighbor's neighbor will receive his share. The man who will put up the money to build the mill will get it back tenfold, besides the dividends. The farmer will doubtless get more for cotton and he will have a better market for other things which he may have to sell. A cotton factory will be the means of increasing the population of the town, the inevitable result of which will be the creation of a demand for the products of the soil. The farmer has everything to gain and nothing to lose by the establishment of a cotton mill within hauling distance of his farm. If he should have one or two of his children who have no work on the farm they will be able to find good and respectable employment at the mill.

 A mill as is proposed to be built in Lafayette employs about 150 people, not only during one season, but the whole year. This means that about $800 will be paid in wages every week. It will consume an average of 1,000 bales which cannot fail to materially improve the local cotton market. There is good authority for the statement that the farmer who sells his cotton to the factory gets a better price for it. It is estimated that he receives considerably over half a cent more per pound.

 One can hardly exaggerate the real good that a cotton mill would do to this community. The fact that the contemplated mill would pay out some $800 a week in wages should appeal strongly to the business men of the town. It should be borne in mind that this large weekly disbursement would take place during the whole year - not three or four months, as is the case with other factories.

 The Gazette thinks if our business men will use their "thinkeries" just a little bit, they will agree with us that they ought to get together and carry this cotton mill project to success.

 Two years ago some one with prophetic vision remarked that the men of Lafayette would have to go into their pockets if they wanted to secure the Industrial School. The same thing might be said with equal logic of the cotton mill movement.
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.

A Farmer Living Near Royville Killed While in His Bed - Narrow Escape of His Wife and Children.

 Leondias Romero,  a farmer living about seven miles from Royville, was killed by lightning last Sunday night. It appears that Mr. Romero was in bed with his wife and two children when he was struck. His death was instantaneous. His wife was slightly injured, but the children escaped unhurt.

 Mr. Romero was about 28 years of age.
    Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.

By a Brakeman, Howard Stewart, near Duson - Stewart is in Jail.
 Last Monday a negro named Louis Igy was shot and killed by Howard Stewart, a Southern Pacific brakeman, at or near Duson. An inquest was held by Coroner A. R. Trahan, and the verdict of the jury charges Stewart with unjustifiable homicide.

 Several witnesses testified before the court of inquest. The testimony of the accused, which is corroborated by two other trainmen, is to the effect that the negro, Igy, shot at him (Stewart) with a pistol. Stewart, who was in the caboose with the conductor, reached for a Winchester and fired the fatal shot.

 Igy was in company with another negro. They tried to steal a ride on the train and were put off by one of the brakemen. When Igy fell his partner left and has not yet been found. It is said that the passed through here and told another negro that Igy was the first who fired and was afterwards shot and killed by a brakeman.

 Three or four persons living in the neighborhood testified. Their testimony is conflicting as to the number of shots fired.

 Stewart, who is in jail, says that he acted in self-defense and is confident of being able to prove his innocence. He has asked, through his lawyer, Judge C. H. Mouton, to be given a preliminary hearing. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.

A Delightful Reception.

 The Five O'clock Tea Club was entertained in a most pleasant manner last Thursday evening by Mrs. Ralph B. Raney and Miss Flo Ramsey at the home of the latter. In the absence of Mrs. F. E. Davis, the president, the meeting was presided over by the vice-president, Mrs. Crow Girard. After an interesting discussion of "Richard III," a short literary and musical program was rendered as follows:

 Acrostic, by Mrs. A. B. Denbo, reading, by Mrs. W. A. LeRosen; vocal solo by Mrs. Crow Girard. This was followed by a guessing contest, the prize being won by Miss Anna Webb. The ladies then repaired to the dining room where a violet luncheon was served. Those present were: Mmes. Crow Girard, A. B. Denbo, C. K. Darling, T. N. Blake, R. M. Delaney, Tom Hopkins, Jr., W. A. LeRosen, R. B. Raney; Misses Mary Webb, Eliza Hopkins, Anna Webb and Lizzie Mudd. Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.

A Night in Chinatown. - "A Night in Chinatown," the scenic melodrama, which will be presented at Falk's opera-house, next Tuesday night, tells a graphic and exciting story of life in the Chinese district of San Francisco, the hidden haunts of the yellow high-binders, an oriental opium joint, the dance hall of the dives, Ching Foy's gilded gambling den and Dupont street after dark.
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.

To Veterans. The United Confederate Veterans are requested to meet at the court-house, in Lafayette, at 11 o'clock, Monday morning, to make arrangements to receive Gen. J. B. Gordon, who will arrive here on the 31st instant. Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.

General Gordon. - General Gordon will lecture at Falk's Opera House in Lafayette, on March 30th, on questions relating to the Confederacy. The noted soldier will undoubtedly have the pleasure of having a number of Iberians in the audience which he will address. - From the Iberian and Laf. Gazette 3/24/1900.

Death of Mr. V. E. Dupuis.
Mr. V. E. Dupuis, a prominent resident of the 6th ward, died at 9 o'clock yesterday morning at his late home near Carencro.

 Mr. Dupuis lived in this parish thirty years during which he was ever foremost in all movements calculated to promote the welfare of the community whose respect and confidence he enjoyed. In matters affecting the political well-being of the people Mr. Dupuis was never derelict in discharging the duties of citizenship as he understood them. He was actively engaged in all undertakings to further the material development of the country. In 1882 he built a small sugar-mill near Carencro and gave his attention to the cultivation and manufacture of sugar. Years later when new conditions made unprofitable to manufacture sugar in the old way, he joined a number of other progressive gentlemen and organized a stock company which has for its object the construction at Carencro of a sugar mill with improved machinery and modern appliances. This enterprise added greatly to the agricultural resources of the Carencro section.

 Mr. Dupuis was born in Havre, France, on June 13, 1831. At an early age he settled in New Orleans where he received a good business education. In 1882 he moved to Carencro where he remained until his death.

 His wife, who was Miss Celeste Magnon, and the following children survive him: Mrs. E. V. Guidroz, Mrs. Harry Barrenger, Edmond Charles, George, Leonce and Sidney.

 The remains of this estimable citizen will be interred in the Catholic cemetery at Carencro at 1o o'clock this morning. Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/24/1900.

 Judge Debaillon and Ed Voorhies, went to Royville Wednesday.

 Judge C. H. Mouton visited St. Martinville this week.

 Miss Carlota Abadie, of Carencro, is visiting friends in Lafayette.

Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Parkerson have returned home after spending several days in New Orleans. Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1900.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 24th, 1894:

The Fire of Last Sunday.

Last Sunday afternoon while a pretty strong wind was blowing a fire broke out in a house belonging to Mr. Pointboeuf. The alarm was sounded and the people answered to the call and by prompt and hard work succeeded in putting out the fire before any serious damage was done.

 It is indeed very strange that other towns with all the modern systems of fire protection fall victims to disastrous fires while Lafayette seems to be free from all such conflagrations. Let us be thankful to providence for our extraordinary good luck, but to rely forever on that kind of providence which has protected us in the past is nothing else but criminal negligence. We dare say that there is not anywhere a town that had done less than Lafayette to procure the necessary means to fight the destructive element. If we can not do better, let us raise, by private subscriptions, a sum sufficiently large to buy a hand pump and an adequate supply of hose. And we believe it will be within the power of the City Council to compel every property owner to have one or two wells dug on his place. From this source enough water can be had to extinguish an ordinary fire if taken in time.

 The Gazette would like to see some public spirited citizen make the initiatory move in this matter. Who will it be?
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

Attempt at Train Wrecking.

 An attempt was made to wreck the train near Cade station in the night of last Saturday last. Cross-ties had been placed on the rails about half a mile on the east side of Cade, and had the engineer failed to stop his engine, it would, in all probability, resulted in a serious accident. As customary on such occasions the officials of the train telegraphed what had happened to Superintendent Owens, who telegraphed the railroad officials here instructing them to inform Sheriff Broussard of the facts of the case and to take him to Cade on the first east-bound train. Although the sheriff was at home sleeping, he readily consented to go outside of his parish and do all in his power to capture the would-be train wreckers. He boarded the freight train which left here at about 3:30 in the morning at stopped at Broussard where he was joined by Deputy Billeaud. At this station he wired Sheriff Cade of Iberia to meet him at Cade.

 Cade station was reached at 4 o'clock and the sheriff and his deputy went to work immediately. They were informed that Joseph Samuels, a negro gambler, was seen loitering around the station during the day and until about 1 o'clock in the morning and surmising that he was implicated in the attempted wreck, the officers soon located him at his home, one mile from Cade and arrested him. Among the other incidents which lead the officers to believe that Samuels claims to have arrived home at 10 o'clock but persons at Cade say that he left that place after midnight.

 In the meantime Sheriff Cade and Deputy Romero arrived and the prisoner was turned over to them.

 If Samuels proves to be the culprit this arrest will be another feather in Ike's cap. Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

 Rebuilding at Train Yard. - The old shanty occupied by the car inspectors and switchmen has been torn down and is being rebuilt. When completed it will add to the comfort of the employees as well as to the appearance of the yard.
Laf. Gazette 3/24/1894.

Large Egg Shipments. - The egg shipments continue to be very large. Last Saturday Agent Davidson shipped 104 cases - 3120 eggs - and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 159 cases. This is lots of eggs in five days, but just imagine the noise caused by the cackling that accompanied their production.
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

Southern Pacific Inspection Tour. - Assistant general manager Julius Krutchnitt, E. B. Cushing, resident engineer, C. C. Mallard assistant foreman and B. and B. department, and other prominent officials, accompanied by Col. Miles, arrived from Abbeville on a special train Monday evening. They repaired to the home of Col. Miles, where a sumptuous dinner was served by the Colonel. On Tuesday they made an inspection tour on the Alexandria branch and returned to New Orleans the same day.
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

Lafayette vs. Abbeville.
 If it does your pride any good to call Abbeville the "Queen City" of Southwest Louisiana, Bro. Star, The Gazette will interpose no objection, but when you say that "Abbeville will be a prosperous city when Lafayette is only an old and dilapidated station on the Southern Pacific Railroad" you are simply "talking through your hat." Lafayette is so far ahead of Abbeville that the two towns are not comparable. The only town in this part that may consent to be compared to Abbeville is Pin-Hook, and then, if the citizens of that prosperous port are given half a chance to show what they can do, we dare say that it will be a difficult question for any impartial judge to decide. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

Prisoners in Jail.
 Mr. Hebert Billeaud, the jailer, has furnished us with the following list of prisoners incarcerated in the parish jail:
  Jean Martin, white, insane.
 Marie Guidroz, white, accused of drowning little Willie Melancon, some months ago.
 Walter Seams and Mac Sellers, colored, breaking and entering store of Moss Bros. & Co.
 Albert Davis colored, robbing $10 from another negro.
 Marhsall, white, shooting at a house in Free Town.
 A. Damond, colored, robbing some money in Mrs. Sprole's store.
 Henry Griffin, colored, shooting with intent to kill and murder.
 A. Caruthers, white, seduction.
 Sommers, white, stabbing his wife.
 J. M. Doucet, white, killing of Sarrazin Baker.
 Baptiste Martin, robbery.
 Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

Death of a Good Man.
 Antoine Guidry died at 1:40 a. m. Wednesday, March 21, at his house near Coulee Isle des Cannes, and was buried Thursday morning in the Catholic cemetery, in this town. Mr. Guidry was born and reared in this parish where he died at the age of 49 years, surrounded by a devoted wife and affectionate children. He was an enterprising and progressive citizen and a man of sterling worth and unquestioned integrity. Of general and happy disposition, he made friends where ever he went, and was a favorite with the people. He was a planter and successful business man. In politics, he was a Democrat of the old school, and although serving in the private ranks, he was a zealous worker for the success of this party, and, by word and deed, always urged his people on in the cause of his country. Distinction or prominence he never sought, but was ever sincere and true in the fulfillment of the duties of life as became the character of an unpretentious, but faithful citizen. Such are the true patriots who bear the brunt of civil contention, and win for others the laurels that round their temples with honor and fame. His funeral was attended by a large concourse or friends and relatives. He was laid to rest in the old catholic cemetery; where most of his forefathers sleep. Men of he old type, who though, unknown to the annals of their country, have left the impress of their virtues on the traditions of their children. One by one, they are passing away to that country from whose borne no traveler returns. May their virtues be remembered by those who come after them and be an incentive to true and honorable lives.

 Mr. Guidry leaves a widow and seven daughters to mourn his loss. Our tenderest sympathies are extended to them in their sorrow and affliction.
Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

Improvements Needed.
 Last week being court time, and not having very much to do on my plantation, I thought I would take a little flying trip down to the capital of our parish, Lafayette, which is surrounded by one of the most lovely farming countries to be found in the state of Louisiana, and I doubt very much if it can be surpassed by any state in the union. Lafayette, the parish seat with all its natural beauties and railroad facilities cannot be surpassed. As we approached the courthouse, we stopped and looked at the old rookery of a fence surrounding it, then at the old rotten loose planks, half torn up, once called a side walk. We were compelled to say, with other parties, that they were a disgrace to our parish. We were glad to hear that the Police Jury are preparing to move in the matter and put our courthouse in a respectable shape and form, that will be a credit to the parish. We did not learn whether the Police Jury intended to enclose the grounds with a wall, iron fence, post and chains, or throw it open, set our shade trees and make a little park of it. We much prefer the latter, as it will save some four or five hundred dollars expense to the parish, and besides being more modern, fashionable and convenient. The extra expense of building an iron fence, would level up the grounds, set out the shade trees, build the brick (or some more substantial metal) sidewalk (which was to be built in either case) and give our courthouse one good coat of paint, which is necessary for the preservation of the building, as well as for its looks. I believe the people would be delighted with the change, and say; "Long life to our Police Jury."
                          AN OUTSIDER.

 Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/24/1894.

 Mr. J. J. Davidson, our local agent of the Louisiana Weather Service, informed The Gazette that the rain on the 19th instant was the heaviest he has reported since his appointment as agent here. Two inches in four hours and a half. 

I. A. Broussard was in Iberia Monday on business.

 Judge Debaillon spent several days in Abbeville this week.

Alexis Voorhies, the popular well-known civil engineer of Carencro, was in Lafayette Wednesday on business.

 We hear the young men are going to give a dance after lent. That's right, go it, boys.

 Misses Louise Revillon and Therese Fleming left Wednesday for St. Martinville. They will return Monday.

 John Comeaux, the popular salesman at Mrs. John O. Mouton's store, went to New Orleans and returned Monday night. John reports a very enjoyable time.

 The popular young conductor, Wm. Parrot, has charge of Prof. Lusted's train while the latter is visiting in New Orleans with his family.

 Mr. C. H. Lusted accompanied by his family left last Friday for New Orleans on a visit to his wife's sister, Mrs. Falgo, formerly of this place.

 The old shanty occupied by the car inspectors and switchmen has been torn down and is being rebuilt. When completed it will add to the comfort of the employes as well as to the appearance of the yard.

 Constable Leopold Hirsch will sell, at public auction, in front of the court-house, Saturday, March 31, a fine piano. The piano can be tested by calling at the law office of E. G. Voorhies. Lafayette Gazette 3/24/1894.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 24th, 1894:



An alarm of fire at noon-time last Sunday, sent a horrible thrill through the minds of those who heard it, for the wind was high, and with our conspicuous absence of fire protection, all seemed most favorable for an exciting conflagration. However, Lafayette's "old time luck" did not forsake it once more, and a crowd of men who had reached the scene first, did quick and effective work, in the very nick of time and thereby happily prevented a spread of the flames.

The fire originated from a defective flue, (as usual) in the kitchen attached to the dwelling adjoining Dr. Tolson's property. The building that was damaged by fire is owned by Mr. Arthur Bourke, and occupied by Mrs. I. Vest. Fortunately there happened to be an old fashioned sugar kettle of large proportions filled with water, and standing only a short distance from the ignited kitchen roof. With a fair quantity of water ahead, two men managed to replenish the supply from a well within a few feet of the kettle rapidly enough to provide the relay of persons engaged in carrying the water from the tank to the others on the roof, and in that way, it became possible to extinguish the flames before much of the building was destroyed. But for this accident of having this sugar kettle filled with water so close at hand, it is certain that the entire property would have been lost, and with a high wind as was blowing at that time, it is equally certain that the flames would have spread at a rapid rate and involved the town in a general conflagration. That this did not occur is due only to the proverbial 'luck' of this community to which we made special reference in a recent issue - that same 'luck' that one day, it may be, will prove itself a curse to citizens of Lafayette and their earthly goods.

Why wait any longer? Why continue another day to trust to this blind fate that seems to have taken such complete possession of our minds as to have rendered us insensible to any necessity of providing a means of protecting our lives and homes against one of our greatest common enemies fire. Can we afford to tempt fortune longer! If we can afford a wholesome loss of our worldly possessions, then it is useless to exert ourselves toward preventing the possibility of such a calamity. Let each one answer the question for himself, and regulate his actions accordingly, and it will not be long before property and life in Lafayette will enjoy that protection the need of which is so greatly felt by every man and woman in the community.

The protection of which we opine so much can be secured only at a considerable cost, and the means is to be provided by taxation of property. The problem then is simple enough. We want fire protection, fire protection costs money; money must be raised by taxation of property; we must tax our property. That is the case to-day; that will be the situation in ten years. It is impossible to alter the conditions. Why not meet the issue now ? There is nothing to be gained by waiting, though there may be much to lose. The people are willing, nay anxious, to tax themselves for the purpose. Let a healthy movement be inaugurated without further unnecessary delay. The city council is composed of men who will be glad to further the undertaking to the utmost as a public organization. Let them and the people act on this all important questions. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

Pulled Up His Lines. - Mr. R. F. Hogsett, manager of the Teche & Vermilion Telephone line informs us that owing to lack of encouragement, he has taken up the line extending from Sunset, via Opelousas to Washington, and will instead connect from Sunset to Carencro, thus giving a complete circuit from Crowley to all points east and south. From the New Iberia Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

Bad Weather.
Last Monday night the elements got together and for an hour or so had quite a lively time.

The wind and rain seemed to be trying to out-do one another, and then the thunder and lightning took a hand, and for a while there was no knowing whether it was horse-play or a "fight to the finish". It seldom rains harder for half an hour's time than it did between nine and ten o'clock that night, and the wind at one time created some little alarm as though it meant to be dangerous; and as the thunder rolled and tumbled in the darkness, the lightning threw on its search light to show that all was fair. But after all there was nothing to be "squered" about, they were only celebrating the vernal equinox. The great king of the day returning from his winter trip is about to cross the equator and this is about to cross the equator and this is what the commotion was all about. If we have many more such rains, serious damage to crops will result. As it is, planting is set back nearly a month, and a dry spell of three weeks or more is needed to get in the season's work. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

New Butter Churn. - Last Saturday we witnessed an exhibition churning by Mr. Pepper, agent for the latest patent churn on market, and we are free to say, there is much truth in the claims he makes for this design. He made butter in four minutes and very nice looking butter at that. It seems to us this make should, do away with the old style of churn altogether. Mr. Pepper says he has sold over three hundred of these churns in St Landry, and is daily receiving orders. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.


The usual service appropriate to Palm Sunday was very impressively performed at the Catholic church here last Sunday.

The church was filled with its utmost capacity with attentive worshippers. The singing of the choir added not a little to the perfect success of the imposing ceremony. Among the singers was Mr. Hovelle, ex-baritone of the French Opera of New Orleans; who is the fortunate possessor of a very strong and pleasant voice. As everyone knows for to-morrow will be Easter Sunday", and we are assured that every endeavor possible has been used to celebrate in suitable manner the sacred event which it commemorates. The interior of the church will be profusely decorated with evergreens and flowers, and not effort will be spared that might add to the solemnity and impressiveness of the ceremony. The choir has been practicing several classical selections, among them being the "Kyrie, Sanctus et Agnus de Lambilotte" and the "Gloria of Mozart," in the rendering of which Mr. Hevelle has against kindly consented to assist. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

Intellectual Meaning of Journalism? - * * * * "Intellectual meaning of journalism" * * * "Famed originator of all that could be termed modern? * * * "Encyclopedia of intelligence and learning." * * * ! !! !!! The Advertiser modestly bows in acknowledgement of such laudatory recognition of its worth by a newspaper correspondent, not its own. Although frequently the recipient of similar compliments verbally or by letter. The Advertiser is unaccustomed to receiving such public avowal of its characteristic traits has happened in this case, and for that reason we should be permitted to place on record this brief notice to ourselves. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894:

Election Notice.
 Pursuant to a writ or order of election issued by His Excellency, Murphy J. Foster, dated at the city of Baton Rouge, the 31st day of March, 1894, and directed to me undersigned authority, the qualified voters of the parish of Lafayette, La., are hereby notified that an election will be held throughout the parish, on Saturday, the 21st day of April, 1894, from seven o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of electing one representative from the parish of Lafayette, La., to fill the vacancy in the General Assembly of Louisiana, caused by the resignation of Hon. Overton Cade, representative of the parish of Lafayette.

 The following polls will be opened in each election precinct from the hours of 7 o'clock a. m. to 6 o'clock p. m. on the day mentioned for the purpose of receiving the votes of the qualified electors of the parish of Lafayette, to-wit:

 The above named commissioners will make due return to me, the undersigned, according to law.
                      ARTHUR GREIG,
            Returning officer of the parish of Lafayette, La., March 19, 1894.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/24/1894.
 Beautiful Easter Cards are on sale at Moss Bros. & Co.

This is the last week to get Photo's at $2.00 per dozen at Hovelles.

We save you 25 per cent at Levy & Son.

St. Patrick was honored in a quiet but unmistakable way in Lafayette last Saturday.

The pay-car arrived Saturday evening and was welcomed by the boys of the road.

Dr. F. R. Tolson is having an addition made to his dwelling that will be one of great service.

Mr. Chas. H. Lusted & family are in New Orleans on a visit to Mrs. Lusted's sister Mrs. Falgo.

Mr. Ben Donlon Switch Engineer, and his wife, have left for a few days visit in the Crescent City.

Capt. A. J. Ross and his Bridge and Building gang have completed the new roof on the Crescent Hotel gallery.

Mrs. A. Cornay and daughter Miss Mimie, returned from an extended visit to relatives in Patterson last Wednesday.

The weddings! the weddings!! the weddings!!! after lent. Their number is legion. We can not blame others. We did the same thing once.

On the 21st. inst., Miss Effie Young was summoned to the bedside of her cousin, Miss Maud Young at Royville, who is known to be quite ill.

W. G. VanVleck, Gen'l. Supt. of the Southern Pacific Railroad from El Paso to Algiers, and Mr. W. B. Mulvey of the L. W. Division were in town this week.
General Manager Kruttschnitt of the Southern Pacific Company was the guest of Gen. T. F. Myles at the latter's place near town one day this week.

Mr. H. A. Eastin the painter, has finished painting the residence of Mr. Alfred Hebert, near the depot.

Mr. Edward G. Voorhies has become a resident of this town and now occupies the house recently vacated by his brother Felix.

A cock fight at Alphonse Peck's pit will take place to-morrow at 3 p. m. between two birds owned respectively by C. Ducharme and O. Hebert.

W. S. Parkerson, Esq., of New Orleans, arrived in our town last Wednesday to visit his parents. He will return home to-morrow accompanied by his wife.

Messrs. Crow Girard, Wm. Campbell and Ernest Bernard spent several days of this week in Natchitoches looking after some legal matters in which Mr. Bernard is interested.

There are numbers of good-looking people around Lafayette, but even of these, who have tried him, admit that Hovelle can improve on nature - with his pictures.

When wanting fresh family groceries and good table claret, remember that Mr. F. Demanade offers a superior assortment of these and will be glad to have you call on him.

An attempt to wreck a train was made near Cade's station last Saturday and the following day Sheriff Broussard arrested a negro against whom there is said to be very strong evidence.

Prof. C. F. Latiolais has tendered his resignation at Carencro and will take charge of the 7th ward public school, lately taught by Prof. Claude Martin.

Rev. P. De Stockalper of Grand Coteau has been officiating in the Catholic church during the past week. On to-morrow at high mass the sermon will be preached by one of the Jesuit Fathers.

Charles Leblanc, a colored man living near Carencro was the victim of a fire one day this week, which consumed everything he had, even the chicken house and chickens. It caught fire by lightning.

We have been informed that Mr. Ed. Higginbotham will be in charge of the Opelousas Ice Factory ice-depot in Lafayette, this season. Ed. will give patrons of the depot good service.

Monday evening's storm carried down the engine-shed on the Long plantation. Mr. Kalckstein's traction engine and his reapers were not damaged by the falling of the roof.

Last Sunday evening several members of the Lafayette Brass Band, were out driving and having their instruments along would now and then tune-up, so to speak, and the strains were pleasant enough to those who heard to make them wish the boys would turn out oftener.

Mr. J. Revillon, for many years a resident on the south side of Lake Arthur now a prosperous merchant of Lafayette this week orders THE HERALD as a present for his daughter Miss L. L. Revillon. Mr. Revillon though past 90 years of age, is hale and hearty and bids fair to enjoy many years more of this life. We hope he may. - From the Lake Arthur Herald and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/`1894.

We regret to learn of the painful injury accidentally received by a little child of Mr. J. D. Mouton. Mr. Mouton was leading a horse to the stable and the little one was following, and in some way was knocked down and trampled upon by the horse. We trust that the injury is not of a serious nature.

The storm of Monday night did no more immediate harm that we have heard of than to blow down a few fences, but if we have more such rains, serious damage to crops will result. As it is, planting is set back nearly a month, and a dry spell of three weeks or more is needed to enable planters to get in the season's work. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

To-day and every day during the remainder of the season, cold and delicious SODA WATER, sherbert and milk shake at the Moss Pharmacy. Remember this notice just long enough to get the first sip, and we know you will soon return for more, for the summer beverages dispensed at the Moss Pharmacy are at the best.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.


GLASGOW ship builders receive 16 schilling a week and work fifty-four hours.

A SKILLFUL cigarmaker in Germany can make an average of $2.86 per week.

MANTUA-MAKERS, with skill and experience, can make $2 per week in Bavaria.

A PLUMBER in St. Petersburg is paid $12 per month with board, a baker, $9.00.

BOOKBINDERS in Edinburgh receive 24 schillings a week and work fifty-four hours.

 AAfghan shawlmaker earns 48 cents a day, and works from sunrise to sunset.

 A LABORER in Syria pays $15 per year as rent and $9 taxes to the government.

 SAXON firefighters are paid $238 per annum; the chief gets $856 and a house to live in. 

CASHIERS in the stores of Smyrna, Turkey, receive and average salary of $14 per week.

 FEMALE servants in the Azores "who have there own" receive $1.95 per month.

 THE average weekly wages paid to female laborers of all classes in Germany is $2.17.

THE regular salary of the superintendent of a Cuban sugar plantation is $100 per month.

NATIVE laborers in Palestine work for 15 cents a day and pay all their own expenses.

WOMEN coal carriers at the Lisbon docks receive 30 cents a day; male coal carriers, 80 cents. 

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

The Reckless Assertion of a Young Engineer, and Its Accomplishment.

A Newark engineer, who had served on the engineering corps employed in the construction of the Nicaragua canal and was home on a short furlough, tells a story of a duel with a boa constrictor by a fellow engineer. Life in the canal country is dreary, and various schemes are resorted to in order to relieve the monotony. One of the parties stated one evening that he could kill a boa single-handed. The rest of the crowd tried to convince him he was wrong, but he stuck to the assertion. Finally a handsome bet was made that he could not kill a boa alone, if the deadly reptile was in its natural condition. The young engineer promptly accepted the terms of the wager. The next day a gang of natives were sent into the forest to find a boa. They came upon a well-grown specimen, fully fifteen feet long. It had eaten heartily a few days before it was discovered, and being torpid, was captured without difficulty and taken back to camp. It was deposited in a room, where it was securely bound, and then left until its sleep should be over.

The young engineer who was to meet the monster of the forest in a duel to the death probably repented of his rash bargain many times, but he never let any one know it and was "dead game," as the saying goes, from first until last. Boas often remain in torpor for three weeks, and it was nearly a fortnight before the pinioned snake was showing signs of returning activity. The engineer then appointed a night for the combat, and the young man who was to face the serpent went into active training. It had been stipulated that his only weapon was to be a knife, and the young man relied on his clear brain, iron nerve and supple wrist to carry him through the encounter in safety. When work was over on the appointed day those who were in the secret entered the room and proceeded to cut the ropes with which the serpent was bound. It had been coiled up and several bands placed about it. These were all severed but one, and the snake's opponent entered while his companions beat a hasty retreat to coignes of vantage from which to watch the strange battle and to give succor in a last extremity.

The young engineer was lightly clad and carried in his right hand a long knife, highly ground and sharpened. The monster, half-famished as it was, was in a most angry humor, and its horrid head, oscillating to and fro, and, with distended jaws and viciously shining, beady eyes, must have made the young man's flesh creep. He strode straight up to the boa, and, with a lightning stroke of the knife, cut the remaining band that bound it.

He jumped back the instant the stroke had fallen with the celerity of a tiger cat, but his swiftness was snail-like compared with that of the serpent. Quicker than thought the boa descended upon his enemy. Before the man could scarcely move the snake had fallen upon his arm, had wound its way up the entire length, and was biting at his shoulder. The arm around which the snake had wound itself was the young fellow's knife arm. Luckily the hand and wrist were free. He did not want to transfer the knife to his free hand, but summoned all his power and cut at the coil of the serpent nearest his pinioned hand. It was a splendid stroke - a backward cut - and it was clear through the body. The upper portion of the slimy coil dropped to the floor, and the intrepid engineer had won his bet. The entire contest lasted but a few seconds, and so quickly did it pass that the breathless onlookers scarcely realized what had happened. The young man was pretty thoroughly exhausted. His shoulder was quite badly lacerated by the teeth of the snake. The strangest part of the episode was that the young man's arm was lame for weeks, and all up its length was a spiral black and blue mark where the snake had encircled it.

From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

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