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From the Lafayette Gazette of April 15th, 1899:

Tied to the Whipping Post.

 A fellow who beat his wife in Maryland has recently been sentenced to receive twenty lashes at the whipping post and to serve three years in jail. The crime of wife-beating had become so common in that State that the whipping post had to be invoked to punish the brutes. The Gazette is almost ready to agree with The States that the whipping post is about the only thing which affords adequate punishment to the wife-beater and hoodlum. The man who is so despicably low that he will beat his wife can not be reached with a sentence to imprisonment of hard labor. Since the revival of the whipping post in Maryland the monstrous crime of wife-beating has greatly decreased and it is hoped that it will cease entirely. Speaking on this subject the Baltimore Herald says:

 "Since the passage of this legislation wife-beating has decreased in this State, but there are those who think that it would have naturally declined without the prescription of the whipping post penalty. It is to be presumed, however, that the law has had a salutary effect in deterring many brutes in human in human form from maltreating their wives.

 "The conviction in Garratt county is the first in that division of the State, for the crime of wife-beating, and it is to be hoped that it will be the last. The offense and its punishment are both revolting to refined minds, and the sooner both disappear the better for civilization."
Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

 What will our citizens do about the proposed Gulf, Louisiana and Great Northern Railroad?

 Work on this road has already begun in the Northern part of the State and it is not too early to make a move if we are going to move at all. The Crowley Mirror informs us that the "progressive citizens of the enterprising city of Lafayette" have called a meeting for the purpose of taking some action in this matter, but we are sorry that our contemporary's informant has made a mistake. The citizens of Lafayette have done nothing of the kind.

 It seems pretty certain that this road will be built some time in the future and if Lafayette desires to have the road it will have to display a little more energy than it has shown of late. The people of Crowley are making a big fight to induce the constructors to build the road through that town and the people of Rayne will also make an effort in the same direction.

 Now, The Gazette does not know if this road will be built, but it is sure that it is to the interest of the people of this parish to find out something about it.

 Two weeks ago The Gazette recommended the suggestion made by Hon. Overton Cade of the fourth ward to hold a meeting in this town with a view of taking steps which might lead to the desired results.

 The Gazette again calls the attention of the people of this section to the advisability of acting upon Mr. Cade's recommendation.
Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

 The Gazette is of the opinion that women are, as a rule, peculiarly fitted for the school room. While in many cases men have been found derelict in the performance of their arduous duties as teachers, seldom has it come under our notice that women-teachers, seldom have proven unworthy off their trust. They are among the best teachers in this parish. They are generally attentive to their work, industrious and conscientious and certainly deserve to be encouraged by the school authorities, who, we are pleased to state, have always offered them the same opportunities given the men.

 In a recent issue the Rayne Tribune pays the following compliment to a young lady who has made a success of teaching:

"A representative of the Tribune in one of his daily perambulations made a call at the public school. The sun-beaming countenance of some 40 pupils; the neatness of the room and the good discipline would make the heart of any one who has the interest of education palpitate with pride. Miss Bessie Cunningham, the accomplished young lady who is in charge, is deserving of much credit. In the beginning of the session there was considerable rivalry for the place and every thing pointed towards a very uninteresting term, owing to the number of people who were in opposition to her. But like a true soldier Miss Cunningham pushed on courageously, feeling that the harder the battle, the more glorious the victory; and in fact today the average has increased to a surprising extent and never was there a teacher who gave more genuine and unquestionable satisfaction. This ought to stand as an object lesson to both children and parents, that whenever they are right that nothing ought to make them flinch but preserve and work with a cheerful heart, and not to be too quick at condemning any thing or any one before a fair trial is given."
 Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899. 

Affidavit Filed. - A negro named Adam Stakes made an affidavit this week against two other negroes, Milhen Landry and Antoine Washington, for having violated the law against seining.  Laf. Gazette 4/15/1899.

Billiard Tournament. - The Century Club will give a billiard tournament on Monday and Tuesday. Felix Mouton and Charles Parkerson were appointed a committee to make the arrangements for the game and to select a prize for the winner.
Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

Immune Regiment. - The friends of the young men from this parish who enlisted in Hoods Immune Regiment, will be pleased to learn that they will be mustered out on or before the 25th of this month. It is positively stated by the war department that the regiment will be on American soil on the 1st of May and that the men will probably landed at Savannah, Ga., where they will be mustered out. It seems that Col. Hood will be given a regiment and sent to the Philippines. Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

At the Power-House. - Engineer Melchert informs us that the boiler at the power-house gives satisfaction. The difference in the consummation of coal is considerable. With the present arrangement it is hoped that the plant will be self-sustaining. If the Southern Pacific Company decides to take light and water the revenues of the plant will be largely increased. 
Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

The Lafayette Orchestra. - The Lafayette Orchestra will give a concert for its benefit on the 20th of May. A most interesting program is being prepared and the lovers of good music will no doubt be there in large numbers. Lafayette has one of the best orchestras in the State and it ought to show its appreciation by giving financial aid to this splendid musical organization. Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

Race on the 23rd. - Managers Roy and Martin of the Oak Avenue Park will be prepared to give the people a full day of good sport on the 23rd of this month. There will be running and trotting races and also bicycle races and an effort is being made to have a baseball game. "Doyle", Mr. Knight's fast horse will run against a horse belonging to Dr. Boagni of Opelousas. Other races have been arranged the particulars of which will be announced later. The Gazette is requested to state that the management will see that everybody on the stand is seated during the races and that the strictest kind of order will be maintained throughout. Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

Raney-Trahan. - Dr. Ralph B. Raney and Miss Stella Trahan were married last Wednesday at the home of the bride's father, Dr. J. D. Trahan, by the Rev. Father Baulard ot the Catholic church. Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

Police Jury Proceedings.

Lafayette, La., April 6th, 1899 - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, J. E. Primeaux, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Alonzo Lacy, and M. Billeaud, Jr.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Mr. Primeaux here arose and demanded the sense of the body as to the propriety of his participation in the proceedings of the Jury, in view of the criminal indictments pending against him. The published statements of Mr. Primeaux in explanation of the charges, together with affidavits of J. Menard, and G. Willis alias Fernest Gabriel, was read and in consideration thereof it was resolved that Mr. Primeaux should retain his seat, and exercise his functions as Police Juror of the 4th ward.

 By motion the sum of $30 was appropriated to complete the public school house in the first ward.

 Statements and receipts filed by the various road overseers showed actual disbursements of the special road tax fund as follows:

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 Half licenses were granted free unto Jos. Ledoux and Rodolph Prejean to carry on the business of peddling.

 A motion to reconsider the resolution condemning and abandoning the Darmas Broussard bridge and the public roads leading thereto, was lost.

 The sum of $2,000 was appropriated and set aside for the repair of the public roads. Said amount to be equally divided among the wards.

 By motion of Mr. Primeaux the sum of $66.50 approved on the drainage fund of the 4th ward was ordered paid out of the special road tax fund of same ward.

 Superintendent Latiolais and Hon. J. O. Broussard, representing the School Board, appeared and asked that half the license collected from liquor dealers be set aside for school purposes as per agreement, with committee of saloon men. The Jury decided that the understanding  was that should the liquor license collected for 1898, the excess should be paid for 1898, the excess should be paid into the school treasury. The committee was referred to the tax collectors office, for information as to the amount of said excess.

 One thousand dollars was ordered paid the School Board on the regular budget appropriation.

 By motion a jury of the following freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out a public road, beginning at Paul Landry's lane, running North and South and thence East and West, from Mrs. Lavince Landry's place, to the road leading to Broussard: Darmas Landry, Estiville Landry, John Fabre, Arthur Boulet, Alfred Dubois, Eloi LeBlanc. Said jury shall trace said road according to law and assess all damages to proprietors affected.

 Girard Foreman was appointed member of the drainage committee of the 2d ward vice Louis Whittington resigned:

 Kossuth Blanchet was appointed member of the drainage committee 4th ward vice Clement Romero resigned.

 The following indigents were granted each $12.50; Azlia Duhon, Carmelite Gathe, Mrs. Ed. Trahan, Etienne Louis, Coco Bonhomme.


 To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
                  J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.

Lafayette, La., April 6, 1899.

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 Lafayette, La., April 6, 1899.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 4/15/1899.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 4/15/1899.

 George, the young son of Mr. C. E. Carey, who was very ill and for whose recovery grave fears were entertained, is much better and improving rapidly.

 A negro named Adam Stakes made an affidavit this week against two other negroes, Millien Landry and Antoine Washington, for having violated the law against seining.

 Louis Domengeaux is still beautifying his business place with a liberal use of paint.

 The Century Club will give a billiard tournament on Monday and Tuesday, Felix Mouton and Charles Parkerson were appointed a committee to make the arrangements for the game and to select a prize for the winner.

 The Cosmopolitan Club of Lafayette will play a game to-morrow at the Carencro Park with the college boys from Grand Coteau.

 Julian Tanner, manager of the Lafayette Feed and Grain Store, will soon do business in the new quarters which he has had thoroughly fitted up.
Lafayette Gazette 4/14/1899.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 15th, 1899:

Election of Officers.

 Last Sunday at Falk's Opera House a very large number of the members of this association met and elected the following officers to serve for one year.

 President: Soloman Wise, of Abbeville.
 Vice-president: Leon Plonsky, of Lafayette.
 Secretary: Gus. Godchaux, of Abbeville.
Treasurer M. Rosenfield, of Lafayette.


M. Rosenfield, chairman; D. M. Levy, of Grand Coteau; L. Wise, of New Iberia; Alfred Kahn, of Rayne; Louis Meyer, of Eunice; Eli Wise of Abbeville.


M. Rosenfield, S. B. Kahn and Gus. Schmulen.

 The association is in a flourishing condition, the treasury not being empty. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1899.


 After several months of darkness the streets of Lafayette were and have been lighted by electricity since last Saturday night. This is certainly an improvement. The new boiler has been carefully and critically examined by the insurance agents and pronounced in first-class condition. Mr. Melchert, the chief engineer and electrician informs us that the new boiler will consume a less quantity of coal than the one put up by Mr. Zell.

 Now another main line will be very soon put up and all electric lights will give their full power of intensity and then their number will be increased without any difficulty. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1899.

Race On the 23rd.

Managers Roy and Martin of the Oak Avenue Park will be prepared to give the people a full day of good sport on the 23rd of this month. There will be running and trotting races and also bicycle races and an effort is being made to have a baseball game. "Doyle," Mr. Knight's fast horse will run against a horse belongint to Dr. Boagni of Opelousas. Other races have been arranged the particulars of which will be announced later. The Gazette is requested to state that the management will see that everybody on the stand is seated during the races and that the strictest kind of order will be maintained throughout. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1899.

Father Forge Escorts Monsignor Chappelle.

 Very Rev. Father Gustave A. Rouxel, who a few years ago had charge of this parish then known as Vermilion, has been consecrated last Sunday at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, as auxiliarry bishop, by Monsignor Chappelle, assistedby bishop Monca de Ora, of Mexico and Monsignor Heslin, bishop of Natchez.

 Rev. Father Forge filled the important office of Deacon of Honor, escorting Monsignor Chapelle throughout the consescration services. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1899. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/15/1899.

 The Lafayette Sugar Refinery Co. (Ltd.) is ready to contract for cane. Their representative can always be found at refinery.

 The Lafayette Orchestra will give their benefit concert at Falk's Opera House on May, 20. The program of this musical event will be published later on.

 The Century Club will give a billiard Tournament on Monday and Tuesday nights April 24th and 25th. Prizes will be given to the winners.

 Mr. M. Kahn, of Rayne, paid a visit to Lafayette last Sunday in Lafayette.

 Rev. Father Forge returned from New Orleans last Sunday night.

 Editor H. A. Van der Cruyssen went to the Crescent City during the week.

 The Ladies Tea Club were entertained by Miss Lea Gladu on last Thursday.

 Mr. and Mrs. John Coniff, of New Orleans, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hahn. (Crescent Hotel)

 Mr. Arthur Leblanc has established another new meat market near Sidney Veazey's stables.

 Miss Louise Bendel, after having had a delightful visit to Monroe, La., returned to Lafayette during the week.

 Monsignor Forest, bishop of San Antonio, Tex., was in Lafayette during the week, the guest of Rev. Father Forge.

 With the return of the streets electric lights, the BUGS have a picnic.

 An outgoing member of the present City Council expressed himself thus to the reporter of the ADVERTISER. "We have done the best we could under the circumstances, we had "a boiler" and "a rainy weather" to contend with. We didn't burst and we didn't stay didn't stay in the mud." The reporter then thought of what the next council will have to contend with. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1899.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 15th, 1893:


To the Honorable the Judge of the 17th Judicial District:

 The Grand Jurors duly empaneled and sworn to inquire within and for the Parish of Lafayette into all matters of criminal nature, as well as all other matters concerting the public good beg leave to report.

 As per instructions received from this Court we have carefully examined the Parish Jail as to its sanitary condition and found the same in a comparatively healthy state, the prisoners are in good health and they say they are well provided for and well treated. On the whole we would say that the Jail of the Parish is well kept.

 We next made a careful examination of the Sheriff's Office, and found the same in a first-class condition. The Sheriff Mr. I. A. Broussard exhibited his quietis from the Parish for taxes and licenses collected up to date.

 We also visited the Clerks and Recorders Office and found the same kept in proper order, but we would recommend that the Police Jury would make necessary repairs to the windows of above office which in their present condition are not rain proof.

 We would also recommend the Police Jury to have two cisterns in rear of the Court House repaired.

 We have been informed that the public roads in some of the wards are not in good condition, and in view of this matter we have instructed the District Attorney to proceed criminally against those parties who have failed to do their duties as Road Overseers, and we recommend especially to the Police Jury to take immediate steps towards legalizing all the roads in the parish which are now used as public roads. We have learned that in number of instances that the roads have not, been donated nor expopriated.

 We have called upon the parish treasurerer, Wm. Clegg, and found in his possession by actual count, to the credit of this Parish Three Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Eight dollars and forty-eight cents, which sum is sufficient to promptly meet the expenses of the parish.

 We next called upon the president of the School Board, and we obtained from him the following: Number of white schools in the parish, sixteen; of colored school one, and have ordered two more one white, and one colored to be opened immediately, and we found to the credit of the School Fund, Three Thousand Six Hundred and Thirty-Three Dollars and seventy-seven cents, cash balance on hand. And we would inform the Police Jury had rendered much valuable assistance to public education and we hope that they will continue to help the good cause, we understand though the president of the school board, that a high school will soon be in operation in the town of Lafayette, and will be turned over to the Parish School Board.

 Before concluding this report we have followed the instructions of your Honorable and exhaustive charge to the letter and left nothing undone within the scope of our investigation.

 We tender heartfelt thanks to our able and efficient District Attorney for his many valuable and much appreciated information. All of above we respectfully submit.
    A. A. MORGAN, Foreman.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1893.


 The district attorney filed the following informations. April 11thm 1893:

 State vs. Edgar Doucet, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Joseph Dolze, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Anatol Breaux, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Marcel Baptiste, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Louis Judice, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Jule Baptiste, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Frank Robertson, assault and battery.

 The Grand Jury returned the following true bills, on April 12th, 1893.

 State vs. Frank Redle, conspiracy to commit murder.

 State vs. Clemile Simon, assault with dangerous weapon with intent to murder.

 State vs. Elie McDaniel, violation of Sunday law.

 State vs. Isaac Guidry, disturbance of the peace.

 State vs. Irwin Meaux, murder.

 State vs. Irwin Meaux, murder.

 State vs. Joseph Derousel, violation of lobor contract.

 State vs. Jules Souve, violation of labor contract.

 State vs. George Derouen, violation Sunday law.

 State vs. Adolph Guidry et als, assault and battery.

 State vs. Jack Foreman, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Paul A. Martin, embezzlement.

 State vs. C. H. Soloman, conspiracy to commit murder.

 State vs. Constant Tria, discharging pistol across public street.

 State vs. Philogene Williams, stabbing with intent to murder.

 State vs. Joseph Choat, stabbing with intent to murder.

 State vs. Isaac Guidry, carrying concealed weapon.

 State vs. Numa Kerlegan, Arcade Sevoir, Desire Breaux, rape.

 State vs. Peter Crone, robbery.

 State vs. Pierre Zenon and Victor Doran, murder.

 State vs. Eraste Domon, burglary and larceny.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1893.

Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., March 3d, 1893.

 The Council met to-day in regular session, Members present. Wm. Campbell, Mayor; J. E. Martin, Gus. Lacoste, Felix Demanade, Numa Schayot, L. F. Rigues. Alfred Hebert and James Hannan.

 The minutes of last meeting were read and approved, and ordered to be spread on the minutes.

 On motion, Messrs. Alfred Chargois, M. A. Eastin and F. C. Triay were appointed by the Council to serve as Commissioners of election at to be held on the 1st Monday of May 1893 for a Mayor and seven Councilmen of the town of Lafayette.

 Resolved, that the following accounts be allowed and ordered to be paid to-wit:

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 There being no further business and on motion made, the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. NEVEAU, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1893.

 School Board Proccedings.

 Lafayette, La., April, 1893.

 The Board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day in regular session, with the following members present: Julian Mouton, President; Jasper Spell, D. Bernard, A. C. Guilbeau, Dr. W. W. Lessley, J. O. Broussard and J. S. Whittington. Absent: Harrison Theall.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

  The Finance Committee reported that they had examined and the books of the Treasurer and found the same correct, with a balance on hand of $3,976.20.

 The Treasurer transmitted the following report which was accepted:

 To the President and Members of the Board of School Directors, Parish of Lafayette:

 GENTLEMEN: - The following is a statement of the school funds, for past quarter:


 To amt. on hand, Jan. 1 ... $2,768.58
 To amt. from appant. School fund ... $2,409.65
 To amt. from Interest, 16th Section ... $322.98
 To amt. from Poll Taxes ... $407.00
 To amt. fro Rent of schoo lands ... $508.40
 To amt. from donation Police Jury ... $200.00
      Total ... $6556.61


 By amt. Teachers pay ... $1,816.50

 By amt. rent repairs, etc ... $57.10
 By amt. Supt. salary ... $175.06
 By amt. Tres. com. ... $62.95
 By amt. Tax Collector com. ... $20.35
 By amt. Asst. building school house ... $285.60
 By amt. Incidental com ... $45.78

    Total ... $2,580.61
To balance on hand ... $3,976.20

 Respectfully submitted,
                   WM. CLEGG, Treas.
  Lafayette, La., April 1st, 1893.

 On motion duly seconded the following committee was appointed to the examination of the Sheriff's reports for the year 1892 and 1893, and correct.

 On motion of Mr. J. O. Broussard duly seconded the directors of the 3rd and 6th wards were authorized to furnish their schools with desks and benches, and if necessary, to contract for any amount exceeding $25, for that purpose.

 On motion duly seconded the President of the School Board, be and is hereby authorized and instructed to institute suit against Mr. Thos. Floyd of this parish for the collection of the rent of school lands.

 On motion of Mr. J. O. Broussard seconded by Mr. Jasper Spell the following resolution was adopted:

 Resolved, That the following named citizens of this parish be appointed as auxiliary visiting trustees for the several schools of the parish.

 Begnaud School , 1st ward: Messrs. Jules Derbernard, Jean Begnaud and G. Mouton.

 Mathew School , 1st ward: Messrs. Alexander Delhomme, Bazile Sonner and P. A. Chiasson.

 Ridge School, 2d ward: Messrs: Starcus Hoffpauir, A. Perry and Abel Hoffpauir.

 Isle Des Canes School, 2d ward Messrs: Ben Avant, H. Huchingson and Valery Boudreaux.

 Lafayette White School, 3d ward: Messrs. C. O. Mouton, F. C. Triay and Dr. N. P. Moss.

 Mouton School, 3d ward: Messrs. Edmond Mouton, Joseph Barquet and F. Dupuis.

 Lafayette Colored School: Messrs. Paul Breaux, Sr., Baptiste Stuben and Mose Williams.

 Royville School, 4th ward: Messrs. Dominique Bonemaison, Alcide Duplex and Theodule Theriot.

 Broussardville School: Messrs. Arelien Oliver Gustave St. Julien and R. U. Bernard.

 Comeau School, 5th ward: Messrs: Damas Landry, N. Reaux and Aurelien Boulet.

 Carencro School, 6th ward: Messrs. C. C. Brown, V. E. Dupuis and D. A. Dimitry.

 Roger's School, 6th ward: Messrs. Alcide Mouton, Vincent Hernandies and John Roger.

 Cormier School, 6th ward: Messrs. Joseph Portier, F. A. Broussard, Jr., and Armand Guilbeau.

 Isle Pilette School, 7th ward: Messrs. J. S. Broussard, J. A. Labbe and A. Comeaux.

 Verot School, 7th ward: Messrs. D. E. Broussard, Alex. D. Verot and Honora Broussard.

 Whittington School, 8th ward: Messrs. Louis Rohe, C. Doucet and L. Guidry.

 Cormier School, 8th ward: Messrs. A. Landry, S. Cormier and Onezime Trahan.

 And that said trustees make quarter reports to this School Board of the conditions of the schools, and make the needful suggestions in all matters relating to the schools they have in their charge as trustees.

 A petition from the colored citizens of the 4th ward, asking that the colored school at Royville be opened and that Mr. A. B. Johnson be appointed teacher, was received and on motion said petition was referred to the director of said ward.

 On motion duly seconded the Superintendent was authorized to draw $20.00 from the contingent fund to defray his expenses in attending the Superintendent's Convention.

 The following rules to govern the public schools of this parish were adopted:

 1st. The schools must open promptly at 9 a. m. and close at 4 p. m.

 2nd. The roll must be called at the opening and closing of the school.

 3rd. Profane language and the use of tobacco in the school house or on the grounds is positively prohibited.

 4th. There shall be a weekly and monthly examination and exhibition annually.

 5th. Text books must be uniform using those adopted by the State Board. Each pupil must be supplied with the necessary books and writing material.

 6th. Teachers must keep a daily register, recording the name of the pupils as they enter school.

 7th. An annual report of the schoos must be sent to the Superintendent by the first of January.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business, the Board adjourned.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1893.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/15/1893.

 Now doth the little caterpillar
     Begin to wriggle and smirl,
 And lay his plans for getting in
     His usual fore-arm work.

 The doll drill.

 The Little Diamonds.

 Political rumors fill the air.

 Mosquitos are with us again.

 This is harvest time for our lawyers.

 Don't fail to see the Little Diamonds.

 The Grand Jury returned twenty-one true bills.

 Why don't the young men organize a base ball club?

 New Iberia has been having an epidemic of burglaries lately.

 Wonder what has become of that new depot that were to have?

 The welcome rain came yesterday, and now we can breath freely for a few days.

 Don't fail to see the Little Diamonds - Falk's Opera House, Thursday, April 20th.

 Our city marshals have been busy lately, showing the city limits to the tourists, who are around in large numbers.

 Miss Laurence Broussard, one of Breaux Bridge's fair daughters, is in Lafayette visiting her sister Mrs. H. A. Van der Cruyssen. She will remain in our city several weeks.

 Mr. R. F. Hogsett, president of the Teche & Vermilion Telephone Co., was in Lafayette yesterday, in interest of the company, who expect to have their line completed to this city in the near future.

 R. Georgides takes pleasure in announcing to the public that he has opened his ice cream parlor for the season, and will constantly keep on hand the most delicious ice cream, sherbets, lemonade, etc. He is located on Main street. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1893.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 15th, 1882:


 Some time since we noted a cold snap as being the last of winter, and up to this week we were right. On the night of the 12th inst., however, a change took place which put us in error and caused a general demand for blankets and heavier coats. As a premium of the change the wind blew with considerable force and the rain fell in torrents accompanied by peals of thunder and unceasing flashes of lightning. It is thought the wind may have had the effect of driving water from the Teche and Atchafalaya to the relief of the overflowed region, though a swifter current would render the condition of the bridge over Berwick Bay still more perilous. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1882.

The Flood.

 The flood is interfering with us in more than one way. A regular civil term of the District Court ought to have been opened at Abbeville last Monday, but was postponed to the absence of Judge Clegg who is water bound somewhere below Morgan City. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1882.

Sheriff Mouton Returns.

 Sheriff Mouton returned from his visit to Baton Rouge last Saturday. He reports traveling either by rail or steamboat to be below par right now. On his return he was three days at Baton Rouge and as many at New Orleans, waiting for a boat. He saw the valiant Gen. Leon Jastremski, of the Capitol City, who made him the bearer of greetings to his friends of Attakapas.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1882.

New Orleans Mail via Houston.

 After undergoing the suffering which follows from utter ignorance of what it going on beyond our native heath for several days, relief came at last when the train from Houston on Saturday night, the 8th inst., brought the New Orleans mail. We eagerly seized upon the Times-Democrat, though the copy was several days old, and sought for tidings from the flood; these we found distressing and are no doubt familiar to our readers. It seems to be generally believed that the flood has reached its highest point everywhere, - and the slow subsidence of the waters is to be patiently awaited. This will, it is believed, require several weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 4/15/1882



It is Made Visible by Means of a Simple Arrangement.

 In Popular Astronomy, Eliza A. Bowen shows how the earth's revolution may be made manifest to the eye. Dr. L. Swift, in Popular Astronomy, says: Place on the floor of a room free from tremors and air currents a good sized bowl nearly filled with water an even coat of lycopodium powder, and across this make a narrow black line of pulverized charcoal. Place the bowl so that the black line shall coincide  with a crack in the floor, or, if the room be carpeted, lay a stick upon the floor, exactly parallel with the mark. After a few hours it will be found that the line is no longer parallel with the stationary object, but has moved from east to west, proving that, during this interval, the earth has moved from west to east.

 The reason appears to me to be that the solid floor has with the earth and bowl moved west to east, and so has the water also, but at a slower rate, as there is a slight inertia, of which the yielding liquid does not instantly partake, to be overcome. It will be seen that the line or charcoal mark always moved from east to west.   Lafayette Gazette 4/14/1894.

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