From the Lafayette Gazette of June 4th, 1898:
OUR BOYS TO THE FRONT.
The two regiments of Louisiana soldiers left the camp grounds at New Orleans and are now at Mobile awaiting orders to go to the front. The flattering ovation tendered them in New Orleans was a fitting compliment paid to these brave boys who were first in this State to respond to the country's call for volunteers. It should be borne in mind that not one of them was compelled to go. It was a purely volunteer act. There was no compulsion about it. They did not make this war. Congress and the newspapers brought it on. Many of them perhaps question the righteousness or rather or rather the wisdom of it, but they put aside their individual opinions and enlisted at the first opportunity that was offered to them. Some of them resigned lucrative positions, abandoned comfortable homes, parted with their dearest ones, and actuated solely by a sense of duty gallantly sought the hardships of the camp and the uncertain fate of the soldier.
May they win imperishable glory upon the battle-field and return to their beloved State with the consciousness of having done their duty well, gaining the unfeigned admiration of their countrymen and reflecting honor upon the fair name of their splendid commonwealth. Lafayette Gazette 6/3/1898.
Pass Through Lafayette on Their Way to Cuba.
Roosey's Red Hot Roarers from the Rockies passed through Lafayette this week. They were on their way to Tampa where they will embark for Cuba. With them were Col. Woods, and the great "Teddy Roosevelt, who became famous as police commissioner of New York City and assistant secretary of the navy.
Teddy's Terrors, as they are sometimes, will, from all appearances, make a name for themselves when they reach Cuba. Inured to the hardships of life on the plains, adepts in the handling of fire-arms, they will be able to render valuable service to Uncle Sam in his efforts to rid the island of the Spanish soldiery. Among this unique aggregation are some cow-punchers from the West, social favorites from the East, polo and tennis players from New York and several young millionaires. All are bound together for the same purpose under the leadership of the magnetic Roosevelt, who has resigned the assistant-secretaryship of the navy to fight for his country. One of the officers is Hamilton Fish, Jr., a tall, bony New Yorker, who has been very prominent in the social functions of Gotham's upper-ten. There are several other swells from New York, but some of them are mere privates taking their chances with the cowboys. Colonel Roosevelt is a quick, nervous, heavy set fellow, apparently very Democratic in his relations with his men and without the least appearance of having the "bighead." He looks like the pictures that have been so often reproduced by the papers since his connection with the municipal government of New York.
All in all the Rough Riders have left here with a very favorable impression upon our people.
They are pleasant, cheerful, well-behaved fellows and evidently bent on doing some good hard fighting. We wish them good luck. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Rodolphe Domengeaux, formerly a resident of this parish, but now of Crowley, has enlisted into Hood's regiment. The other Crowley boys who joined this regiment are J. Fleet Coleman, Lennie H. Clark, Ferdie Fontenot, Joseph A. Coon and Oran Clark. They were accompanied as afar as this place by a number of young ladies who bade them a very affectionate au revoir. It was quite a touching scene, as some of the girls could not repress their sorrow, but gave vent to the feelings by liberally sprinkling their dimpled cheeks with tears. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Davis Church and Frank Ledet, two Lafayette boys, left last Sunday to enlist in Hood's regiment. They are both young fellows having not yet attained their majority. They are healthy, plucky boys and will doubtless make good soldiers. The Gazette wishes them good luck. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Loreauville Is In.
Capt. E. S. Broussard, of Loreauville, organized a company of volunteers from this section of the State and already joined Hood's regiment of "immunes." Lafayette furnished about ten members of the company. A third company is being organized in New Iberia, with the intention of joining co;. Boyd's Louisiana cadets.
Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Mr. Coronna, representing the firm of Lehman, Stern & Co., was in Lafayette last Monday and purchased fifteen acres of land from Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins. Upon this land Lehman, Stern & Co. will build a compress. We understand that the work of construction will begin in time to have the compress ready for the next crop. As stated some time ago, the compress will be thoroughly modern in every particular. The building of this compress is one of the most important events in the commercial history of Lafayette. For long we have wondered that some one had not recognized the advantages offered by Lafayette for the successful operation of a compress, and we were not surprised that Messrs. Lehman, Stern & Co. had decided to build one here.
This point is eminently well-suited for a compress, situated as it is, in the heart of rich cotton lands and possessing unequaled railway facilities.
The importance of the enterprise to our town can hardly be over-estimate. It will give Lafayette a live cotton market, bringing here scores of buyers, who will offer the very highest prices for the fleecy staple. Cotton which is now sold in other towns will be brought here for market, thereby placing large sums of money into circulation. We repeat that nothing has ever taken place in Lafayette which is calculated to do more for the business of the town. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Early Closing Hours.
An effort will be made to close the stores at 7 o'clock during the dull season. In order to make this effective it is necessary to secure the consent of all the store-keepers. It has been done in the past, and we believe with success. During these months there is very little business transacted after 7 o'clock and it is possible to have the customers make their purchases before closing hour. If all the store-keepers work in harmony and close at the appointed time, it is impossible to see how early closing can entail any loss upon one. Clerks would gladly welcome such an arrangement. The Gazette hopes that those who have taken the initiative in this movement will be successful. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Leaving Our Midst.
Archie Morgan, who has been in the employ of the firm of Mouton & Hopkins, left Monday for Texarkana, where he will take in Draughan's Business College, a well known educational institution of the South. The Gazette wishes its young friend a successful college course. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
THE GAME TO-DAY
Powell's Great Aggregation to Cross Bats With Locals Again To-day.
The Lafayette public will have an opportunity of seeing to-day, one of the best teams now playing base in the persons of New Orleans' famous Pelicans. Manager Powell has brought for the occasion of these games a great team, and the battle this afternoon promises to be the hardest fought game of the season. The Lafayette management, at a great expense, secured New Orleans as the attraction in order to give the opportunity of witnessing a series of the national games as played by the best professional exponents. The admission has been kept at 25 cents so to enable all to witness the games. Ladies will be charged admission to the games this afternoon and at Scott to-morrow afternoon. To-morrow afternoon the two teams will repair to Scott and engage in a battle royal on the Scott diamond. Lafayette confidently expects to more than hold its own with the league team, and hopes to capture two our the series. Game will be called at 4 p. m. sharp. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Morgan City no Match for the Fast-playing Dixies.
Lafayette won the game on Sunday last with ridiculous ease against Morgan City's much vaunted team. In fact, after the third inning the game resembled very much a farce comedy with Morgan City as the low comedian. In the earlier stages of the game the contest promised to be exciting, but after that, Lafayette's great strength began to assert itself and Morgan City went down under an avalanche of score. Staples, for Lafayette, pitched a most beautiful game, holding them down without a single hit and closing them completely out. The Dixies were credited in this game with but two errors, both of which were excusable. Behan made a pretty catch of a high drive and hit well. Gonzales caught in his usual splendid manner; in fact, all the Dixies played a most creditable game.
Hits: Lafayette 20, Morgan City 0; two-base hit: Behan, Hebert; three-base hit: Matthews 2; Batteries: Lafayette-Staples and Gonzales, Morgan City: Johnson and Chinn.
Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Nine to Nine.
The game yesterday evening between the Lafayette Dixie and Powell's Southern League team from New Orleans resulted in a score of nine to nine. The second game will take place to-day at 4 p. m., and the last game of the series will be played at Scott to-morrow. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/4/1898.
The work of building another story to the Bodenheimer store which is being done by W. A. Chachere, is nearly completed.
Remember that the baseball game at the Oak Avenue Park this afternoon will be the best that has even taken in Lafayette.
Miss Nellie Alpha spent the week with relatives at Franklin.
A meeting of St. John's branch, 792, Catholic Knights of America, will take place after high mass, Sunday morning, at the new quarters of the branch in Caillouet's hall.
All the planters interested in the cane tramway to be built from the refinery to Octave Bertrand's place are requested to meet in Caillouet's hall, Sunday, June 12, at 4 p. m.
Braxton Guilbeau, of Breaux Bridge, was in town Thursday.
Buy your family meal, hominy, chicken feed and shelled corn at Pelican Grist Mill, near the depot.
Miss Rose DeBlanc, of New Iberia, is spending some time in Lafayette. She is the guest of her sister, Mrs. B. J. Pellerin. Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 4th, 1870:
I. R. S. In Town!!!
Mr. L. C. Allison, Internal Revenue Collector, is now in our town for the purpose of collecting the Taxes upon Occupations, Incomes, &c., &c. He has established his office in the room adjoining L. E. Salles' store, where he will attend to all persons subject to taxes, and assessed under the Internal Revenue Laws. He will remain here until the 10th instant. Citizens of the parish of Lafayette come forward and pay your taxes and avoid costs.
Lafayette Gazette 6/4/1870.
Mr. E. P. Goodwin has been appointed assistant marshal and census enumerator, in and for the parish of Lafayette, and has already commenced his duties ; we are informed that he is progressing rapidly and will be able to make a full and complete statement of his proceedings in a very short time, he is now taking the census of the town and when completed, he will canvass the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 6/4/1870.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 4th, 1912:
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH
New Bell Received - Property Bought for Sisters of Holy Family - Ceremonies Next Sunday.
The big bell for the new St. John's Catholic church has been received and weighs 3,600 pounds. The old bell, which was donated by the colored members, will go to St. Paul's, the new colored Catholic church. Rev. Father Teurlings does not know yet when the new bell will be blessed. He says he is thinking of means of paying for it.
He has bought the Frank G. Mouton property near the oil mill containing five acres of land, paying $5,000. This is for the Sisters of the Holy Family, a colored order, and will be used for a school and whatever needs may arise in the future. The property is close to the St. Paul's church. The story and a half building on the land will be used by the sisters and a capacious school building will be erected on the south side of the property, ready for use Sept. 1.
The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin and the Blessing of the children was postponed until next Sunday on account of the inclement weather. The latter ceremony is specially interesting and impressive and on that day the little tots will be masters of the church.
Next Wednesday at 5 p. m. begins the Novena and preparations for the feast of the Sacred Heart. Devotions will be held every evening at 5 p. m. except Friday. Lafayette Advertiser 6/4/1912.
A Man with a Mania for Seeing his Fellow Being Asleep.
[Louisville Courier Journal.]
A man who gave his name as Charles Watkins, and who turns out to be Chas. Livingstone, once a respectable merchant in this city, was arrested while trying to enter the house of Mr. Schaefer on Portland avenue, before daylight yesterday morning. This man has a strange mania for which a name is yet to be invented, He will break into your house at night just for the luxury of standing by the bedside of person looking at him or her, as the case may be, as they lay asleep. He has been known to do this on several occasions, and after standing there and gazing for hours, leave, without disturbing anything, and close the doors carefully after him.
About six months ago he got himself into serious trouble in this way, being arrested as a burglar and held to answer. He entered the room of a young lady after she had retired and gone to sleep. Taking his favorite position beside the bed, he stood gazing at the beautiful sleeper till, perhaps, conscious of the presence near her, she awoke and was frightened terribly. By the faint light of the moon, as it shone through the lattice, she saw this stranger standing still motionless at her bedside.
She screamed and fainted, and inmates of the house, aroused by the noise, came rushing in just in time to catch the intruder. The affair caused a good deal of excitement, and no little gossip at the time, but subsequent facts have proved that the man was harmless, and went there just to satisfy this singular longing of his. He has been caught in several such places since then, but at no time has he ever disturbed anything or anybody. He was presented to the court as a suspected felon, a charge hardly justified by the facts in this case, and held in $500 to be of good behavior for twelve months. His case is a strange one indeed.
From the Louisville Courier-Journal and in the Lafayette Advertiser of June 4th, 1870.