Lafayette Will Have a Crack Baseball Team This Season.
The organization of the Lafayette base ball team was perfected during the past week and practice is being indulged in regularly under the close eye of the captain. Gonzales will in all probability do the catching for the team during the season, with Matthews on the slab. Nickerson, F.Mouton, and Short Stop Atrian; now with the Austin team in the Texas league, will compose the infield. This department will be particularly strong, as Coffee and Adrian are fielders of unquestioned ability; while the outfield will be looked after by Mudd, Hamilton and Frank Broussard. This is young Broussard's first year on a fast team, and the manager is very sanguine in his ability to more than hold is own. Games are being arranged for as rapidly as possible, and the amusement lovers will not lack for something to divert themselves with during the long summer months. The team is to be an exceptionally strong one and it only rests with the people of Lafayette, particularly the business element, to properly encourage and patronize this clean and healthy sport.
Mayor Chas. D. Caffery has accepted the management and will assume the reins at once.
The team is gradually getting into form. Short Stop Adrian is expected this week.
Any of the resident young players who show the necessary ability and willingness will be given places on the team.
The management has in consideration the arrangement of a scorecard to be sold on the grounds at all the big games during the coming season. The business men, who subscribe to the team, will have the benefit of space on the card. The front page is to contain a picture of the Lafayette team in full uniform; the others, advertisements; and the last, the names and positions of both the visiting and home team, so that the most simple can keep an official score.
The officials chosen for team, are: E. D. Pellerin, president; Mayor Chas. Caffery, manager; Wilson Matthews, director. Lafayette Gazette 4/30/1898.
The Waterworks. - Superintendent D. L. Caffery, of the waterworks and electric light plant, has been busy during the past week supervising the tapping of the street mains. The demand for plugs is quite large. After the advantages to be derived from the use of the waterworks have become known, we have no doubt that all who are able to pay for plugs will patronize the waterworks. Lafayette Gazette 4/30/1898.
Lafayette and Acadia. - The judiciary committee of the convention recommends that Lafayette and Acadia comprise one judicial district. Vermilion will remain alone and will be a district in itself. Acadia is acceptable to our people and we don't think anyone will object to the change.
Lafayette Gazette 4/30/1898.
A Sweetly Solemn Event.
A sweetly solemn event was the christening on last Sunday afternoon of Charles Lee Parkerson, the first fair flower that has blossomed in the fond parents' "Garden of Life." The beautiful, impressive ceremony of the Presbyterian church was ably conducted by Rev. W. D. Morton. After the baptismal service the guest were served to dainty refreshments. Those present were the grand parents, Judge and Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, Dr. and Mrs. N. P. Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caffery, Mrs. F. Mills, Miss Parkerson, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Biossat, Mr. and Mrs. A. Morgan, Mrs. A. Doucet, Dr. F. S. Mudd, Misses Clye and Lizzie Mudd, D. Caffery. Lafayette Gazette 4/30/1898.
Selected News Notes.
Typhoid has already made its appearance in Lafayette. It has invaded the homes of Messrs. William Campbell and H. Van der Crusyssen. It is hoped that it will not be as common this year as it was last year.
Mr. Edmond Mouton is building an up-to-date ginnery. He has purchased two gins and he will be thoroughly prepared to give cotton planters prompt and efficient service.
C. M. Pasquier, of the Consolidated Engineering Company, was in Lafayette Thursday for the purpose of having some work done on the standpipe.
Five box cars and an oil tank attached to a westbound freight train were ditched yesterday morning near Gerac's gin. The wreck was caused by the breaking of an axle. The colored population near the scene of the accident replenished their stock of oil.
Mr. John Avery McIlhenny, of Iberia parish, visited Lafayette Friday. Mr. McIlhenny is organizing a crack company of infantry and expects to be called into active service as soon as he gets the necessary number of men to form a full company. Those wishing to send applications will please address Ursin A. Patin, New Iberia.
Lafayette Gazette 4/30/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 30th, 1898:
A wreck of five freight cars including an oil tank happened during the early morning of Friday on the Southern Pacific Road near the Oil Mill. A defect in the rails was the cause of the accident. Train wreckers were set to work and in a few hours the track was cleared and ready for business. Lafayette Advertiser 4/30/1898.
Lots of Cabbage.
A friend of ours brought us a sample cabbage from the garden of Mr. A. P. Chiasson, of Scott. The cabbage head weighed 8 3/4 lbs and its leaves were 19 inches wide and 18 inches long. Mr. Chiasson has 5,646 head in cultivation, being, on an average about three months old. This shows what can be done with vegetables in this section. Good prices are paid for such product.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/30/1898.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/30/1898.
Mr. E. McDaniel is on the sick list this week.
Mrs. T. M. Biossat went to Alexandria this week.
Rev. Fathers Forge and Baulard are in New Orleans.
Miss Estelle Gerac is on a visit to the Crescent City.
Miss Pauline Schmulen of Crowley, is visiting her brother Gus. Schmulen.
Miss Richard with the help of her pupils and local talent will give a Grand Concert on May 28. We bespeak for Miss Richard a large audience. The concert will take place at Falk's Opera House.
Miss Louise Mouton, daughter of the well known Edmond Mouton and Amos Butcher, were united in marriage at St. John Catholic Church last Thursday afternoon of by Rev. Father DeStockalper, S. J. of Grand Coteau. A large concourse of people witnessed the ceremony.
Several of our enterprising business men and others put themselves on record as being opposed to dust and will keep the streets in a sprinkling condition by having water works at their disposal. Hurrah for enterprise.
Six hogs sold to B. H. Wilkinson by G. R. McCoy of Duson although only seven months old averaged 212 lbs each. Another instance of what a practical farmer can do. What Mr. McCoy does every body can try it. Raise your meat at home and sell your surplus.
Miss Agnes Trahan was married to Mr. Leopold Mouton last Monday. The ceremony was performed at St. John Catholic Church. Lafayette Advertiser 4/30/1898.
lagniappe:FIRST FIGHT OF THE WAR.
American Vessels Pour Shot and Shell Into Matanzas Forts.
New York, April 27. - The Herald's Key West special says: Admiral Sampson this afternoon bombarded, silenced and pretty well destroyed the Spanish batteries in position and in course of construction at the entrance of the harbor of Matanzas. He did it with the flagship New York, the monitor Puritan and the cruiser Cincinnati. Not one of the American ships was struck, the Spanish gunnery being wild. I have no means of knowing the number of dead and wounded on the Spanish side. It must be considerable. While the New York, Puritan and Cincinnati were reconnoitering for the purpose of locating and destroying formidable defenses being constructed the flagship was fired on by the batteries on Point Rubal Cava and Point Maya, guarding the entrance to the harbor. The New York instantly replied. The Puritan steamed in behind the New York and engaged the fortification on Point Maya, while the New York went to starboard close up to the land and poured her shells into Rubal Cava. The Cincinnati, which remained well astern under orders, signaled for permission to engage, and received it, and soon was firing her guns at the fort on the west side of the bay. The batteries fired explosive shells, and most of them fell wide of the mark. One burst just behind the stern of the New York, and a shrapnel shot exploded above her. It took the three ships just eighteen minutes to silence the batteries.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 4/30/1898.