From the Lafayette Gazette of May 28th, 1898:
A Case of Abduction.
An affidavit was made before Judge McFaddin, of the Third Justice's Court, charging A. O. Budro with abduction.
It appears that during the night of the 23rd Budro left on the morning train taking with him a young girl belonging to one of the most respectable families in this parish. The affair caused much surprise at Scott, the home of the young girl, with whose parents the whole community deeply sympathized. It seems that Budro was in Lafayette on the same night. He hired a carriage at one of our livery stables, drove to Scott and returned with the girl to take the morning train. He bought two tickets for New Orleans from the agent at this place.
The next morning the affidavit was made against him, and Sheriff Broussard started out on his trail. If there is any chance to get to him, it is safe to say that he will be brought back here to be tried for his crime, the maximum penalty for which is five years in the State penitentiary.
The facts that Budro has a wife and two children and that the victim of his lust, who is not yet out of her teens, of rather feeble intellect, make his crime particularly villainous.
Budro was railroad agent at Scott up to a few weeks ago. He took a prominent part in local affairs and was always conspicuous on public occasions. The parents of the unfortunate girl, and the wife and children of Budro, have the sympathy of the whole community in their misfortune.
Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
Going to War.
E. W. Chase, Don Greig and John Johnson left last night to join a company of boys from New Iberia from where they will proceed to Camp Caffery to enlist in Hood's Regiment. These young men are the first to leave Lafayette parish as volunteers in the army of the United States, and The Gazette salutes them.
They do not leave with the gold leaf or eagle decorating their epaulettes but they go in the plain garb of high privates. Many of our young men enter the ranks of the army with field officers' commissions in their pockets; but glory none the less goes to him who bears the burdens of a non-com. We do not mean to say that all the honor lies in the file, but the favorites will be sifted like chaff before the wind. Not that these boys are envious; they would consider promotion an honor and a trust, and not the success of a "pull." The Gazette tips its civilian's hat to Lafayette's first.
Our parish has done well so far; it has furnished privates only. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
Of the Season Will be Played to-Morrow at Oak Avenue Park in Lafayette.
To-morrow afternoon the base ball season will begin in real earnest in Lafayette. The occasion is the great contest between the fast playing Dixie and Morgan City's great aggregation of semi-professionals. The game promises to be the event of the season and the public will see an exhibition of the national game seldom witnessed in this section of the South. There is nothing more attractive to the intelligent lover of out-door sports than two evenly matched teams of professional ball players who play the game with that fine intelligence and skill; with that masterly comprehension of the finer points of the game. Lafayette has a team of which she may well be proud. The management is at a great expense in the maintenance of the superb team, and it remains with the patronage to insure a season of great base ball.
William Staples, Lafayette's great pitcher, has arrived and has been working like a Trojan all the week getting in fine condition for to-morrow's game. Mr. Staples was Galveston's premier twirler in the Texas league during the present season winning game after game in that league. At the end of the present season in Texas, he was rated as the league's greatest slabman by the entire press and public of the league circuit. Mr. Staples, or "Willie", as he familiarly termed by those who knew him well, is the possessor of much genuine wit and humor. Besides being a great ball player, his somber cross fire of witty remarks have caused many heavy league batsmen to become helpless at his bands. He was a friend of the Lafayette director in the Texas league some seasons ago, which led to his engagement here. Thos. Behan, Lafayette's fastest playing short stop, is also a product of the Texas league. This was Mr. Behan's first season in fast league company, and so well did he maintain his playing standard, that he soon became rated as one of the league's star 3d basemen. He will be shifted to short-stop on the team here on account of his superior knowledge of the game and ability to engineer fast plays. Suffice to say that with this position so satisfactorily filled Lafayette's team will be absolutely one of the strongest, amateur or professional in the South. Mr. Behan is also a most terrific and timely hitter, which qualification is very desirable. He will remain with us during the season.
The Lafayette team will line up in the following batting order:
Behan, shortstop; Matthews, 2d base; Nickerson, centre field; Gonzales, catcher; Hebert, 3d base; Broussard, 1st base; Staples, pitcher; Labbe, left field; Olivier, right field. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
To-morrow afternoon after the arrival of the excursion train there will be two glove contests at Peck's Saloon. The first contest will be between Robert Ayme and Martin Goodman and the other between Tom Darby and John Burke. All the contestants are colored. Admission, 50 cents. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
Crowning of the Blessed Virgin.
The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin by the children of the Catholic church will take place on Tuesday, May 31, at 5 o'clock p. m. the same day there will be solemn benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The church will be illuminated with electricity for this occasion. A cordial invitation to be present is extended to all. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
Appreciated Their Services.
John Rand invited the members of Fire Company No 1. to his home last Thursday, and treated them to refreshments and cakes as a testimonial of his appreciation of the good work done by the fire boys when his house was threatened by the flames. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
Prof. R. E. Cunningham and Miss M. Bagnal treated the children of their school to an ice cream party last Monday afternoon. This school was closed last Friday afternoon after a very successful term of nine months. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
The pupils of Misses Birdie Harmanson and Cecile Labbe were treated to a very enjoyable picnic by their teachers in Whittington's wood last Saturday. Over two hundred people were present. Mr. J. O. Broussard, of the parish School Board, being there, made a few appropriate remarks. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 28th, 1898:
For Our Soldier Boys.
The ladies of Lafayette are invited to meet at the home of Mrs. F. Demanade, at 5 o'clock this evening, to cooperate in a move to collect a shipment of delicacies and other useful articles not regularly supplied by the government for the relief and comfort of the sick and wounded soldiers in the U. S. hospitals at Key West during the present war with Spain.
This commendable work inaugurated by the noble women of New Orleans, should meet with a ready response from their sisters in the country, for in no more practical way can non-combatants prove their appreciation of the sacrifices our patriotic Soldier boys are making for their country - and this labor of love is worthy of noble women. Lafayette Advertiser 5/28/1898.
The contract for the cotton compress building has been awarded to Mr. B. F. Anderson, of our town, he being the lowest bidder. We are certainly gratified at this as it shows that Lafayette can hold its own in all branches of business. Mr. Anderson's bid was $1,750. The building is to contain a press room and boiler house, the press room to be 100 x 160 and the boiler house to be 25 x 50. Platforms surrounding the building will be erected, their total length being 408 feet with a width of 48 feet. The walls of the press room will be covered with Iron sheeting and the roof of the building will be made fire proof by a coating of composition roofing. The company will put in their own electric plant and water will be supplied by the water works of the town. Lafayette Advertiser 5/28/1898.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 5/28/1898.
There is a great time in the old town since Cayard planted his Merry-Go-Round on our midst.
Mrs. LeDauois will pay the highest market price for Hides, and also buys Bones at 25 cents per hundred pounds.
The Lafayette Mystic Picnic Club will give its Third Annual Basket Picnic, on Sunday, June 19, at Chargois' Springs.
The District Court, Judge Debaillon presiding, met last week and adjourned sine die waiting the action of the legislature upon the new constitution.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/28/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 28th, 1909:
PASTIME THEATER SOLD.
Messrs. Jno. A. Buquor and James P. Buquor, proprietors of the Pastime moving picture theater, sold out their business to Mr. C. J. Muller last Tuesday and Mr. John Buquor sold to Mr. Muller his well known tailoring establishment on Jefferson street. The consideration for both concerns was $1,500. Mr. Muller has resigned his position as superintendent of the electric light and waterworks plant and will devote himself hereafter to his new business. Mr. James Buquor will remain in charge of the tailoring establishment. As soon as Mr. Buquor can arrange his affairs here he will go to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he expects to enter business on a larger scale. He reports his experience here for the past five years as most gratifying and successful, and only leaves the town to where he thinks opportunities for more extensive business are better. Lafayette Advertiser 5/28/1909.
A Splendid Special Service.
The Times-Democrat, in keeping with its prestige and enterprise, is furnishing its readers with the latest and most direct reliable war news furnished by staff correspondents at the various scenes of action, acting in conjunction with such leading newspapers as the New York World and the New York Journal. Besides this The Times-Democrat has its own staff correspondents and also gives full Associated Press reports. The subscription only $1 a month. Lafayette Gazette 5/28/1898.