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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 6th, 1905:


Allie Sprole, While Uncoupling Cars, Gets Foot Caught Between Rail and Guard Rail and Is Run Over.

 Wednesday night Allen James Sprole, yard engine foreman, met a terrible death by being run over by the cars in the east end of the yard. The accident happened at 11:50 o'clock while he was showing a comrade how to make a difficult uncoupling. He stepped in between the moving cars, and while working on the pin, stepped between the guard rail and rail. His foot became caught and before he could extricate it the cars bore down upon him, crushing him to the ground. The cars were promptly stopped and his fearfully mangled body removed. Though horribly hurt he was still conscious and remained so until his death about an hour. Drs. Clark and Martin were summoned, but found him beyond human aid, save to relieve his sufferings until the end came, which was but a question of minutes. He died at 1:15 a. m. The night of the accident was to have been his last night work as the next day he was to begin day duty. The remains were taken from the yard to Vigneaux's undertaking establishment to be prepared for burial and were then taken to his home.

   Allie as he was known to everybody, was one of the most popular young men of the town, and his death was learned with expressions of sincere regret by hundreds of friends who liked him for his genial, accommodating and friendly ways, and esteemed him for his splendid qualities.

   He was born in Lafayette September 7, 1877, and has resided here all of his life. He attended the public schools here and about 6 or 7 years ago entered the employ of the Southern Pacific, which company he served faithfully and well. His father, Oscar Sprole, died when he was quite small and his mother a number of years ago, leaving the charge of his younger brothers and sisters to him. This charge he faithfully and truly kept.

   Allie was a member of Morgan Lodge No. 317 Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and also of Lafayette Fire Company No. 1.  Into whatever duty fell to his share he put zealous work, and in giving his services to the Fire Department he did it enthusiastically and with a will. At every fire he distinguished himself by his boldness, courage, and splendid work, and wherever a man was needed to fight the flames, Allie was ready to go, thoughtless of the danger to himself.

  At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he was one of a number of young men from this city to volunteer. His company was sent into camp at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, but never saw service in Cuba, the war concluded before need to send them to the front occurred.

   Funeral services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the family residence on Lee avenue by Revs. F. E. Rogers of the Presbyterian church and Jas. I. Kendrick of the Baptist church. A large number of sympathizing friends were present, also members of Morgan Lodge B. of  R. T., and the Fire department in uniform, who accompanied the remains to the Protestant cemetery, where Morgan Lodge read the funeral services of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen over the remains. Rev. Kendrick pronounced the prayer. He leaves an aunt, Miss Kavanaugh, two sisters and two brothers.
 Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905. 

New Railroads Under Construction.

 The building of the Opelousas, Gulf and Northeastern to connect at Mellville with the Texas and Pacific has begun and will be rapidly pushed to completion. The Colorado Southern from Texas by way of De Quincy, La., to Baton Rouge, via Opelousas, then to the New Orleans, is also a surety, a contract having been let for its construction within sixteen months. The Kansas City Southern has made a survey from Leesville to Baton Rouge and it is almost a certainty that the road will be built with New Orleans as its destination.

 Here are the three roads giving outlets and connections with the west, north and east, all leaving Lafayette about twenty miles to the the north. These roads all pass too near this town to miss it, and if we are awake to our own interests, we will certainly make connection with them.    Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.


New Orleans Makes This Statement. - Is Line Which Started War. - Southern Pacific Tumbled to What its Construction Meant and is Fighting.

[Crowley-Signal.] - The Opelousas, Gulf and Northeastern is to become the property of the Texas and Pacific railroad as soon as it is completed. This statement was made by a railroad man who has been out in the State making a careful investigation of the ownership of a number of small roads in the State, which have been causing considerable uneasiness. These statements are taken from a New Orleans paper which further says: Mr. Thorne, of the Texas and Pacific, last week gave an official denial that his line had anything to do with the new road, the construction of which has already begun. It is understood that at that time Mr. Thorne had been given no information as to the O., G. and N. E., and that the real terms of the contract were known only in New York, and would not be made public until the road was completed. The officials of the Southern Pacific have suspected that a new road was a Gould line from the very beginning, and if they have taken retaliatory measure already, as the O. G. and N. E. comes directly into their territory. The plan of procedure which was adopted, according to the report, is that Judge Williamson, of Evansville, Ind., who was asked to finance the road by Judge Lewis, went to New York and talked the matter over with a number of trust companies. The matter was not long in coming to the ears of the Gould line officials, and, as one railroad man expressed it yesterday, "the wink was given," and the proposed new railroad from Melville to Crowley had no difficulty in securing all the money that was needed for its construction.

 There is no doubt that construction on the Opelousas-Crowley line will be pushed as rapidly as possible. It will probably be completed within the next six months, as was claimed by the officers at the opening at Melville several weeks ago. The completion of the road means that the Texas and Pacific will have a feeder into the rich rice section, which has belonged to the Southern Pacific for so many years.

 It was yesterday learned that the O. G. and N. E. was offered to the Frisco interests almost a year ago, and was turned down by the,. Mr. Berg said yesterday said that he had no use for the line in connection with his Colorado Southern, and had, therefore, refused to buy it.

 The Southern Pacific has determined to carry the war into the enemy's country with a vengeance, according to the information which was gained yesterday. On Sunday, on the return of Messrs. Cushing and Lee from a trip through St. Landry Parish, it was announced officially that the Arnaudville branch was to be extended at once to Port Barre, and in all probability on to a point just east of Palmetto, on the line of the Texas and Pacific. It was yesterday discovered that not only is the Southern Pacific planning to touch the Texas and Pacific in St. Landry, but is all ready to continue their line on north through Avoyelles Parish and connects with the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company at Mansura, in that parish. With this north and south line completed, which would cross the Texas and Pacific at two points, once at Glenwood and once near Palmetto, the Southern Pacific would require but a few miles of track-building to connect up the Arnaudville branch, thus practically inclosing a large part of Avoyelles Parish.

 Although many Southern Pacific officials were unwilling to talk over these plans, it can be authoritatively stated that practically all the right of way for this extension of the Arnaudville branch to Mansura has already been secured, and there is practically no doubt that the entire extension will be built immediately, thus rendering more critical than ever the situation between the two big roads in west Louisiana.


 Evidence that the Southern Pacific is in the fight to a finish is found in the following from Baton Rouge:

 J. M. Lee, Jr., General Road Agent is in Baton Rouge in the interest of the rights of way for the Lafayette-Baton Rouge extension of the road, which the company proposes to construct just as soon as the titles to the land over which the road will be built are place in their hands.

 "We have secured the right of way for every mile of the road, except five miles in West Baton Rouge Parish. This little strip is all that is delaying the construction work. When this right of way is gotten the work will begin. We have everything in readiness, have been in correspondence with construction companies, and hope to be able to begin the grading next month." This is the statement made by Mr. Lee.


 The Milwaukee railroad, one of the biggest and best northern lines seeks a gulf outlet and for this purpose is negotiating for the Kansas City Southern. It is said President Earling is in New York completing arrangements. A branch from the Kansas City Southern, it has been rumored, would be built into Crowley. If the Milwaukee thought it was a good business proposition through. In that case, Crowley and the rice belt would have a first-class northern outlet. From the Crowley Signal and in the  Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.

 Board of Health. - Since the resignation of the State Board of Health have been handed in, the names of a number of gentlemen have been mentioned as good material for the Board. Dr. Fred J. Mayer has been suggested as member from this section, and we believe the suggestion an excellent one. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.

New Grocery Store. - Ellis John, of Carencro, has opened up a grocery store in the Ike Broussard building on the court house square. He will keep a fine line of fancy and staple groceries, also crockery, glassware and tin ware. Orders will be delivered promptly to all parts of town.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.

The Stage.

 The following mention of the Pauline Hall Opera Company appeared in The Chronicle of Nov. 23, published in Augusta, Ga., a city of 60,000 people.

Dorcas and Miss Hall.

 Dorcas, as presented at the Grand Opera House last night, was quite generally pronounced to be the best attraction that has been on the local boards this season. Its music is far above the ordinary come opera as to be in a distinct class, while it was sung in such a pleasing way that all were captivated.

 It is almost a novelty to have a comic opera that has plenty of ensemble but no chorus. The whole Dorcas company is but fifteen in number, but what it lacked in quantity it more than made up in quality. Everyone of the cast was a singer and was able to do justice to the fascinating airs confided to him or her. Particularly pleasing was the quartet in the first act, the duet of Miss Knapp and Mr. Fulton. Mr. Fulton's solo in the third, Miss Knapp's solo in the second, and all that Miss Hall Sang. As some one said as the audience dispersed, it was a fine entertainment, and Miss Hall was the best thing in it. It's all bosh to talk of Pauline Hall having had her day - she hasn't - she's having it now, for her voice is as clear and powerful as ever, and her stage appearance has not vastly deteriorated since the days when we used to rave about it. We who saw her last evening are not complaining are we?

 And Lubin Mugby !  Wasn't he the funny thing !  In many way Mr. Young made of him the most amusing comedian of any opera that has been here lately, anyhow. He showed great originality of method, and resorted to a few of the tricks that are usually employed to win a laugh. He didn't have to, either, for the laughs came spontaneously both when he sang and when he talked. He had bright lines and he made the most of them. Especially clever and amusing were his songs, "Just Leave it to Mugby," and his "Watter, Water."

 There are some very, daring, even risque, lines and situations in the opera, but they are very cleverly handled and there is no offense given.

 The Pauline Hall Opera Company will appear at the Jefferson Theatre, Lafayette, La., Sunday, December 10.

 Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905. 

Good House for "..Keys." - "A Bunch of Keys" at the Jefferson Monday night played to a good house. The company was a strong one and the individual actors each carried their parts well. Generous and frequent applause testified to the satisfaction and appreciation of the audience. Laf. Advertiser 12/6/1905. 

An Acceptable New Year's Gift.

 The stockholders of the First National Bank will read with pleasure the notice published in this issue of The Advertiser, of a semi-annual dividend of seven dollars a share, payable on the first day of January.

 The First National Bank is Lafayette's oldest financial institution, and has always played an active part in promoting the business interests of the town. Under a progressive management this bank has reached an enviable position among the leading money institutions of the State, and enjoys a high degree of public confidence at home. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.   

 Funds For Charity Work.

 The Cosmopolitan Amusement Company will entertain and amuse the people of Lafayette for a whole week beginning Dec. 25, and by the terms of their contract one third for a whole week beginning Dec. 25, and by the terms of their contract one third of the gross gate receipts will be donated to the Home Charity Association, a worthy institution formed several years ago for carrying on the work of organized charity in this community. The contract provides further that all show or exhibitions by this company shall be strictly clean and moral in tone, subject to the approval of city and parish officials and all others concerned, and no gambling will be allowed on the show grounds.

 The Cosmopolitan Amusement Company travel on their own special train of sixteen cars and have their own brass band of sixteen pieces; and their own electric light plant. Their exhibitions are said to be of a very meritorious character. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.


The Public Ball Evil.

 An examination of the criminal docket of the court discloses the fact that the major part of crimes committed in the parish originates from the public ball, which is made the rendezvous of all the bad characters of the neighborhood. Year after year Grand Juries have made this subject a feature of their reports, and have condemned the practice and made recommendations in restraint of the public ball.

 When it is considered that this form of public entertainment is a prolific source of family and community feuds, not infrequently ending in the loss of human life and the consequent expenditure of considerable sums of public money in criminal prosecutions, it must be regarded in the light of a serious public evil calling for rigid measures for its abatement.

 The Police Jury has in its power to make and enforce regulations to mitigate the harmful effects of public balls on the population, or, better still, prohibit them altogether. It is to be hoped that the Jury will take some decisive action in this matter as the guardians of the public interest, and in this action they will have sympathy and support of all the good people of the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 11/30/1905.

The Cane Crop.
[Louisiana Planter.]

 The early part of the past week was characterized by weather entirely too warm for the season and the fall in the temperature which took place Wednesday night was heartily welcomed in all portions of the sugar district. While work had progressed without interruption during the war spell it was nevertheless very hard on both the men and teams as well as the sugar house employees and the tendency of the cane to become sweeter was of course checked.

 The unfortunate weather conditions which prevailed during certain portions of the crop season have made their mark on the cane and it is now impossible to remedy the damage which was done at that time. This weather had made the crop as a whole disappointing in tonnage and canes are in addition much blown down and very crooked, adding materially to the expense of harvesting. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.

Meeting of the Woman's Club.

 The Womans' Club met Dec. 2, with Mrs. Kelly as hostess. After the president called the meeting to order and the minutes of the previous meeting were read, the following program was rendered:

 Open discussion of Act IV, Leader...Mrs. Pellerin
Reading of Scene I, Act V, ... conducted by Mrs. Davis
Shylock...Mrs. Denbo
Current Events...Miss Riis
Roll Call, Quotations from Act V.

 After the Club adjourned to meet Dec. 16, with Miss DeBlanc as hostess, at the home of Mrs. B. J. Pellerin, Mrs. Kelley served refreshments which were enjoyed by all. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905. 

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/6/1905.

 A cold wave struck here Saturday culminating Monday morning in a heavy frost accompanied by a freezing of the ground.

Dr. J. F. Mouton returned last Wednesday after an absence of five months attending medical lectures in Chicago and New York on the eye, ear, nose and throat, which specialties he will take up and withdraw from general practice.

The Falk Mercantile Co. are prepared to take charge of funerals and attend to all graveyard work. A fine rubber-tired hearse in stock.

Meal, grits, feed oats, what bran, timothy, alfalfa and prairie hay, neutriline and other feedstuffs at Ramsay & Upton's.

The Jewish Ladies Euchre will be given to-morrow, Thursday, night, Dec. 7. in the building next to the First National Bank, downstairs. Creole gumbo and other refreshments will be served. 10 cents admission, 25 cents to play.

Mrs. Tom Hopkins and children after a pleasant visit to her parents in Many, La., returned Saturday.

Cashier J. J. Davidson, of the Bank of Lafayette, is again back at his post after quite a spell of illness.

Wm. Segura, of New Iberia, spent Thanksgiving in Lafayette with friends.

Mrs. C. Doucet and daughters, Mrs. A. J. Alpha and Miss Nini Doucet returned yesterday from Youngsville. Sheriff Lacoste made a trip to New Orleans Sunday.

Pittsburg Lump Coal and ash stove wood, at Aymar Guidry's. Phone No. 66.

Mr. Geo. Brown and Mrs. Geo. Melchoir, of Carencro, were in town Monday afternoon.

Buy your groceries from Bernard & Meaux and you will get fresh groceries and prompt service.

Mrs. A. T. Comeaux and little children, of Youngsville were in town Thursday.

A handsome picture adds a touch of beauty to the home. See our well selected stock. Lafayette Drug Company.

 Work Begun. - A force of workmen began yesterday cleaning off the ground preparatory to beginning the construction of the Bank of Lafayette and Gus Schmulen's buildings.

 New Brick Store.

 Yesterday morning Contractor J. A. Vandyke broke ground for W. H. Adams' new store building, and will rapidly push it to completion. The store which will be for rent is to be 30x50 and will have a cement block front. Dr. Tolson, who will build adjoining has not yet decided exactly what sort of a building he will put up.  Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1905.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of December 6th, 1902:


Southern Pacific to Make Through Connection With Red River Valley at Alexandria.

 The following, taken from Tuesday's States, will be read with interest by the people of Lafayette:

 There is a very well-grounded belief in well-posted railroad circles that within the next twelve months the Southern Pacific will be a competitor of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in the North Louisiana business, owning or controlling a practically direct line between New Orleans and Shreveport.

 Several facts lead to this belief. As it at present stands the Southern Pacific needs only to build a gap of 25 miles between Cheneyville and Alexandria to connect with the Shreveport and Red River Valley Railroad to close the link that would give New Orleans a new direct rail connection with the thriving North Louisiana city, passing as well through the most abundantly fertile and productive agricultural section of the State with particular possibilities in the matter of controlling a very large amount of cotton hauling. The Southern Pacific's line from New Orleans to Shreveport, if put into effect, would be over the main line to Lafayette; from Lafayette the Cheneyville branch runs almost due north to Cheneyville, where a junction with the Texas and Pacific is made. From Cheneyville to Alexandria the Southern Pacific at present uses the Texas and Pacific, but if the 25 miles gap were closed, the Southern Pacific's rails would connect with those of the Shreveport and Red River Valley on the Southern side of the Red River. From there the Shreveport and Red River Valley crosses its new steel bridge and follows the eastern bank of the Red River into Shreveport and thus the new through line between New Orleans and Shreveport would be formed.

 A fact most significant in substantiation of the report that the Southern Pacific would make this move, is that the Southern Pacific has sold tickets from New York, via the Morgan steamship line to New Orleans, and through to Shreveport over the Shreveport and Red River Valley Railroad. Mr. Edenborn's road is a valuable property and has been in operation since last May and there can be no question but that either the Texas and Pacific would like to own or control it to get the Southern Pacific out of the field, or that the Southern Pacific would like to own or control it so as to gain an entrance into a very rich and productive territory. By the fact that tickets sold by the Southern Pacific to Shreveport are routed over the Shreveport and Red River Valley it would appear as if the big transcontinental line had gotten the inside track and if it does now own, it at least has a very close traffic arrangement with the Edenborn road.

 It may have been that the Texas and Pacific had this possibility in view when it began to construct its new line between Cypress and Shreveport along the west bank of the Red River, the S. & R. R. V. running along the eastern bank. When this road is completed, which it is expected to be in less than a year, the Texas and Pacific not only will traverse another splendid cotton section but will have a water level route and as well be able to avoid the heavy grades now necessary to overcome on the main line between Cypress and Shreveport. With a water level and a competitor for business between New Orleans and Shreveport there is no question but that the Texas and Pacific will greatly improve its service and travelers and shippers will have a choice of two routes and enjoy the advantages consequent thereto.

 The local officials of the Southern Pacific and Texas and Pacific are silent on the matter, but there appears to be every reason to believe that it is admirably founded on fact. Lafayette A Gazette 12/6/1902.

Hard on the Merchants. - The weather has been entirely too warm for the business of the dry goods and clothing merchants. All the local dealers have bought large stocks for the winter trade and the warm weather has interfered greatly with their sales. The slight change in the atmosphere this week caused a little stir in the sale of winter garments, but that was only for a short while as the temperature soon made people look for their summer clothes. Let us hope that the cold weather will set in in time to enable the clothing merchants and the coal and stove dealers to sell some goods.
Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.

Races at Surrey Park. - Six trotting races will take place to-morrow (Sunday) at the Surrey Park. Mr. Alphonse Peck's mare, Beauty, will trot against Roger's Gray Jim for the three best heats in five. Sidney Veazey's horse will trot with Dr. Guilbeau's for the two best heats in three.
Lafayette Gazette 126/1902.

Shelling Out For Shells. - Mr. F. Demanade has shelled, at his own expense, the two street crossings which lead to his store. Mr. Demanade used crushed oyster shells which seem admirably adapted to the building of streets and sidewalks. We believe this material might be used very advantageously on the sidewalks of the town. They cost less than lumber and, it is believed, would give a more satisfactory service. It is only a question of time when the town will have to rebuild the plank-walks or provide some substitute for them.
  Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.  

 Thanksgiving at the Jail. - In referring to the observance of Thanksgiving in our last issue we failed to mention a pleasant feature of the day's celebration. In a town of this size, where there are no asylums and other charitable institutions whose inmates are to be provided for, the parish jail affords an opportunity to the benevolent to contribute to the happiness of those who perhaps an unkind fate has placed behind bars, where the spirit of thanksgiving seldom enters and where turkey forms part of the regular menu. Thanks to Mrs. I. A. Broussard, the wife of the sheriff, the prisoners in the Lafayette jail were treated to an excellent dinner on Thanksgiving and enjoyed the day as much as their cheerless environments permitted. The dinner was served at two tables, one for the white prisoners and the other for the negroes. Deputy Sheriff Albert Trahan and Mr. Simeon Begnaud kindly volunteered their services and helped to make the prisoners' Thanksgiving an exceptionally enjoyable affair.  
Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.



 The last game of football to be played this season by the Industrial Institute football team will take place in New Orleans on Saturday next. The contest will be with the celebrated Eagle Football Team of the Crescent City, and will take place at 3 p. m., on Saturday, at the Athletic Park, where all the important games of the season in New Orleans were played. A large delegation will go down from the Institute, and many friends of the football boys are expected to go on the trip. Our boys should be encouraged in this, their first big game out of Lafayette, by the attendance of as many of our people at the game as can possibly go down. Baton Rougeans accompanied the L. S. U. cadets when they went to New Orleans to play Mississippi. Could not Lafayette show a proportional pride in her great school? Persons desiring to go on the trip can secure all information as to rates, time of leaving etc., from Captain Ashby Woodson or Manager V. L. Roy. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.  

Coming to Falk's

 The Geo. W. Scott Company is advertised to be at Falk's Opera-house Dec. 11-12-13. This company comes to Lafayette highly recommended by the press and theatre going public. An exchange says of the Scott Company: "Their plays as presented last season left a most pleasant memory in their wake. Those who were fortunate enough to attend the performances felt they had enjoyed a treat such as is seldom their pleasure to receive. The merit of this really great company is now well known and it is safe to say that all lovers of good clean amusement will be on hand when the curtain rings up on what will no doubt be the best week stand show of the season."
Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.   

A Wise Woman. - Manager Bendel says he has secured one night from the management of "A Wise Woman." The date will be announced later on. It will be a month or so at least. A little energy of this kind, if pursued, will bring to our town a higher standard of companies.
Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.

Death of Mrs. Homer Durio.

 The many friends of Mr. Homer Durio, representative from this parish to the State Legislature, were pained to learn of the death of his wife, which Dec. 2, at his home near Carencro. Mrs. Durio's maiden name was Irma Voorhies. She was a daughter of the late Horace Voorhies and was 40 years of age. She was the mother of five children the oldest of whom is about 21 years of age. Mrs. Durio was a woman of lovable qualities and her death was a shock not only to her family, but to the whole community of which she was a most estimable and worthy member.

 Mrs. Durio's funeral took place at the Catholic church at Lafayette Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended.

 The services were conducted by Father Bollard, and a sermon was preached by Father Girard, of Patoutville, who paid an eloquent tribute to the character of the deceased. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.

Morgan Lodge Elects Officers.
 At its last annual meeting Morgan Lodge, No. 317, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, elected the following officers to serve during the ensuing year: F. C. Triay, past master; J. B. Comas, worthy master; A. J. Comas, vice-master; W. P. Bracken, secretary; D. A. Greig, financier; L. M. Boudreaux, collector; Dr. G. A. Martin, medical examiner; W. P. Bracken, delegate; A. J. Comas, alternate.

 The delegate and alternate were elected to represent the local lodge at the grand lodge convention to be held in Denver, Col., during the month of May, 1903. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.

District Court. - The district court, Judge C. Debaillon presiding, will convene in special session next Monday to try the case of Daniel McCoy, the negro charged with criminal assault. It was stated in this paper that the court had appointed Messrs. John L. Kennedy, Ralph Elliot and Jerome Mouton to defend McCoy because he had no means to employ counsel. Since then McCoy has succeeded in raising the money to pay for his defense and he has secured the services of Mr. Kennedy. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.

[New Orleans Times-Democrat.]

 News of importance to the many industries of Louisiana which are looking to the new oil fields of this State for their fuel supply was telegraphed from Morgan City to New Orleans in the form of a message from W. Scott Heywood of Heywood Bros. to Hollis S. Reaves, representative of the Heywoods in this city, announcing positively that the Anse la Butte oil wells are a success.

 Following is the message verbatim:

 "I baled our No. 1 at Anse la Butte; found 300 feet of pure oil in the well. Am shipping you some by Express. Well No. 2 going fine. No. 1 is as fine a well as Heywood syndicate at Jennings. Call me by phone to-morrow afternoon."

 For more than four months the Heywoods have been quietly prosecuting development work on their holdings at Anse la Butte, four miles from Lafayette, and about the same distance from Breaux Bridge. Recently the first well was completed, but no thorough test was made of it until Mr. Heywood went there Saturday. His telegram removes doubt as to the presence of oil in paying quantities, and he expresses the opinion - which is that of an expert - that the well is as good as the Heywood syndicate wells at Jennings. This is saying a great deal for the new field. The Heywoods have known the value of the oil deposits at Anse la Butte for several months, but for good reasons made no effort to deny a report sent out a month ago to the effect that their first well was a failure. When they started a second well, thus indicating their confidence in the value of "the strike," attention was then again attracted to the Anse la Butte field. The second well is down 600 feet, and gives every assurance of being as good as the first.

 It is the intentions of the Heywoods to equip the wells without delay, and to store the oil as fast as it is produced. Already a movement is on foot to build a pipe line to Lafayette, which is the division point on the Southern Pacific between New Orleans and Houston. The people of Breaux Bridge are also anxious to subscribe to a pipe line to be built in their city, where oil may be delivered to the Bayou Teche.

 Consumers of fuel oil are willing to pay top prices for oil, and although new wells are being drilled with dispatch at Jennings, the demand constantly exceeds the supply. A new field, such as Anse la Butte, will be a welcome addition to the Jennings field. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.



 The teachers' meeting, called by Supt. Alleman for last Saturday, was well attended by the public school teachers of the parish, and the program arranged for the occasion proved to be highly interesting and instructive.

 The exercises were opened with singing, and this was followed by an address of good cheer and encouragement to the teachers, by Supt. Alleman, in which he specially dwelt upon the great inspiration he had received at the late superintendents' convention in New Orleans, to redouble his energy and efforts to push forward the work of education in Lafayette parish as a thing that will contribute so largely to the happiness and prosperity of the people.

 Miss Emily Horton, of the Lafayette Primary School, showed great tact and ability in her model lesson in reading to a class of beginners, some of whom do not speak English.

 Miss Edith Wands, of the Stelly School, explained and illustrated her method of teaching English to French children during the first year. All were impressed with the practical and painstaking work of Miss Wands as a teacher, and it is known that her work is bearing excellent results among her pupils.

 Prof. LeRosen, of the Lafayette High School, made a valuable contribution in his able treatment of "The relation of punctuality and good attendance to a well regulated school," and it is to be regretted that his timely observation on this important subject can not reach the parents of all children attending school; because if parents could be made to realize what a great drawback it is to their children and to the entire school, for the pupils to be tardy in arriving at the school house and irregular in their attendance, it is certain that they would gladly co-operate with the teachers in bringing about the punctuality and good attendance so much desired.

 The remarks of Miss Edna Close, of the Lafayette High School, on the topic, "what a teacher should do to obtain good attendance," disclosed a knowledge of child nature on her part that must contribute in a marked degree to her successful work as a teacher, and showed, also, this young lady to be of a very practical turn of mind.

 The general discussion of the various subjects considered at the meeting, by the body of the teachers present, was characterized by an interest and an earnestness that left no doubt that the rank and file of the corps of teachers in charge of the public schools in Lafayette parish are intelligent and competent.

 Recognizing the great and permanent benefit to result from the interchange of ideas that take place among teachers at such conferences, Superintendent Alleman has decided to hold teachers' meetings at short and regular intervals in the future.

 By request of Dr. N. P. Moss, who was present at the meeting, delivered a short talk to the teachers. He expressed pleasure for the opportunity offered him to say a few words on the subject nearest his heart - public education.

 In referring to the relationship between himself as a school-director and his hearers as school teachers, he defined the ties binding those engaged in a good work, to be a fellowship firmly resting on the Rock of Ages, for it is a fellowship nurtured on the faith, the hope, and the love encompassing eternity itself.

 Continuing in the same strain, he said that if he were going to preach a sermon to those assembled before him, he could not select a more inspiring text than the words burned into his brain by Dr. Wallace Buttrick, the distinguished secretary of the General Education Board, who proclaimed in an eloquent address delivered before the Superintendents convention at New Orleans, that "primary education was the was the work of training souls for citizenship and the eternal inheritance." "A lofty sentiment," said Dr. Moss, "worthy of the big heart from which it sprang."

 This line of though led Dr. Moss to emphasize the value, the importance and the sacredness of the work of the school teacher, to whom it is entrusted the delicate and responsible duty of moulding the mind of the child. He impressed the point by affirming that the greatness of the human race must evolve from the moral and the intellectual fibre of the individuals composing the race. And he reminded his hearers that the work of the school teacher is directly concerned with the great uplifting forces underlying all human effort and that such a service called for attainments of a high order, and for noble endeavor, and carried with it an inspiration and a reward that can come only from a labor of love, a consciousness of duty well done.

 Dr. Moss concluded his remarks by enjoining the teachers to make in their work a constant application of the well grounded principle that mere knowledge is not education, that it is more necessary that the child should be trained to make a good use of his knowledge, that that he should gain knowledge. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 1, 1902.
- A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, H. Hohorst, G. DeBlanc, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton. Absent: F. E. Girard.

 The minutes of previous meeting were approved as read:

 The treasurer's report was accepted as follows:

 Moved by H. Hohorst, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that the M. L. & T. R. R. & S. S. Co. be required to place and keep a night flagman at the railroad crossing on Lincoln avenue during the busy season, from Sept. 1 to March 1. Motion carried.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton, seconded by J. O. Mouton, that the City Council purchase from Mr. Guy Tanner his complete map of the town made by him from originals now in clerk's office for the sum of one hundred dollars and that same be framed and hung in clerk's office. Carried.
Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.



 The Police Jury met last Tuesday in regular session with all the members present, except Mr. J. O. Blanchet of the 4th ward.

 Supt. Alleman appeared and explained that owing to the failure of the president to issue a proclamation the special election to levy a school tax in the 1st ward and not been held and that the people interested wished the Jury to hold this matter in abeyance. Submitted were desired by those interested and the question would again be presented.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton the roadoverseers of the respective wards were instructed to use every effort, in conjunction with adjacent proprietors; to remove all Cherokee hedges and other obstructions along the public roads in order to maintain the high
ways in proper traveling condition. The Jury finds that in many places the hedges not only occupy a considerable portion of the road, thus seriously interfering with traffic and proper grading, but have extended into adjoining fields covering large areas of valuable land. The object of the resolution is to secure the co-operation of the farmers in the riddance of the common nuisance.

 Mr. Billeaud reported several cases of hydrophobia among mules and horses in the 5th ward and the Jury instructed him to take precautions in protecting the public.

 Mr.  Buchanan reported the grievance of Mr. Wm. Walker relative to the boundary of the public road near his place, but no action was taken. The road encroaches upon the property of Mr. Walker and it may be necessary for him to remove his residence.

 Messrs. J. A. Labbe, F. G. Mouton, and R. C. Greig were appointed to settle with the tax collector for taxes and licenses of 1901.

 The Treasurer's reports showed cash balances; General fund, $536.03; special road fund, $1,371.28.

 After the approval of accounts the Jury by motion of Mr. Mouton, adjourned to meet Dec. 17, to complete the public business. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 12/6/1902.

 A Pleasant Affair. - Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins, Jr., entertained a large number of friends Monday evening in honor of Mrs. Thos. Dupre, of Baton Rouge, who is visiting Dr. and Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins.

 Mr. John McIhenny, of Avery's Island, was in Lafayette yesterday on business pertaining to his projected electric railway.

 Marshal Peck arrested three strangers Wednesday night for fighting.

 Wanted. - An assistant janitor at the Industrial Institute; pay $12 per month and board. Apply immediately.

 Judge Clegg, of New Orleans, was the guest Wednesday of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Clegg. He went to Opelousas Thursday to attend to some legal business.

 New Lineman.

 The Cumberland has decided to add another lineman to its local force. Hertofore the work has been done by one man, which accounted for the delay in repairing phones.

 The Gazette has put in a new stapling outfit and is now better equipped to turn out pamphlets, briefs, etc.

 The Tolson Stock Company filled a three nights' engagement at Falk's Opera-house. It was greeted by large audiences every night and seemed to give satisfaction. The acting of Mrs. Tolson was particularly pleasing.

 Lafayette was well represented  the educational conference held in New Orleans this week. Dr. E. L. Stephens, Supt. L. J. Alleman, Dr. Moss and Mr. Alcide Judice were in regular attendance, and Messrs. P. L. DeClouet and Chas. O. Mouton were in attendance a part of the time.

 On Dec. 20. - The ladies of the Episcopal Guild announce that they will have a novelty table dinner and grab-bag on Saturday, Dec. 20. There will be a concert in the evening. All who will attend are promised a good time.

 A drunken negro, who rode into town in the blind baggage of train No. 5 last Tuesday afternoon, was picked up by Officer Campbell and jailed.

 Don't fail to attend the school exhibition next Friday night. The money realized will be used to buy new desks. Lafayette Gazette 12/6/1902.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser from December 6th, 1902:


Mr. Felix Demanade, who is a member of the street committee is experimenting with crushed shells as a material for street paving, and has laid a section of the street in front of his store with it at his own expense. It seems to be greatly superior to the whole shell, making a much smoother and even surface and even serving nicely for crossings. It is hoped that Mr. Demanade has found the right material to improve out streets. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902

Industrial School vs. Eagle Foot-ball Team.

 The football team of the Institute will play their last game for this season in New Orleans next Saturday, Dec 13, when they are to meet the famed Eagle Football Team. The game will be played at the Athletic Park, and a crowd of 2000 people is promised by the Eagles. The Institute boys will be entertained by the New Orleans team, and everyone that goes down is promised a good time.
  Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902.

 Races at Surrey Park. - To-morrow, Sunday 7th, a very interesting race will take place at Surrey Park, between the Queen of the Teche, "Mignonne", owned by Edmond Bergeron of Anse la Butte, and the famous cold "Cousin", owned by Alpha Fontelieu of New Iberia. The purse will be $500. These horses are known all over the Attakapas, and no doubt an immense crowd will attend the race. Admission for adults 25cts and for children under 14 years 15 cts.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902.

Bought Restaurant. - Messrs. Adolphe Mouton and Eli Billeaud have bought Pellerin Bros' restaurant. Both these young men are very energetic and progressive, and it is safe to say that they will more than sustain the deserved reputation of the restaurant. The Advertiser wishes them success. Lafayette Advertiser wishes them success.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902.    

Primary School. - Last Saturday a most interesting teachers' meeting was held at the Primary School, at which subjects of great interest to the schools of the parish were discussed. Supt. Alleman presided over the meeting. Dr. Moss who was present, gave a short talk on the work of the Superintendents' Convention which had just closed in New Orleans, that was highly appreciated. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902.

The Advertiser Said So.

 A special dispatch to the Times Democrat states that the Heywoods have found paying quantities of oil at Anse La Butte, and further that their wells there are equally as good as their Jennings wells. Also that they intend to equip their wells at once, and store the oil as fast as it is produced. A movement is also on foot to build a pipe line to Lafayette.

The Advertiser last week expressed its firm belief that large quantities of oil had been found at Anse La Butte. The above dispatch confirms what we said.  
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902

Reception. - Monday afternoon Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins Jr., most delightfully entertained a large number of friends in honor of Mrs. Thos. Dupre of Baton Rouge. She was charmingly assisted by Mrs. O. B. Hopkins and Miss Eliza Hopkins. The house was prettily decorated with white camellias and roses. The feature of the evening was a unique Shakespearean contest, in which Mrs. G. C. Comstock carried off the prize, a lovely bronze figure; Mrs. Dr. Martin was the winner of the booby prize, an odd little china candy bowl, at the close of the contest the guests were ushered into the dining room, where a dainty luncheon in courses was served. Those present were: Mmes. Ruger V. Roy, W. A. LeRosen, J. J. Davidson, A. Roy, B. J. Pellerin, Blake, Winn. B. Clegg, Dr. Martin, Jno. Kennedy, G. C. Comstock, Thos. Dupre and I. A. Broussard. Misses Anna Hopkins, Christian, Holmes, Tolson and Clye and Lizzie Mudd.   Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902

The Business Man in Theatricals.

 The New York Herald of May 8th says: "It's strange what strides the stage has made during the past five years, not to speak of a century. Business men have now taken a hand in the pie, and find it a very profitable investment. Lawrence Barrett, during his grand struggle through numberless difficulties, was backed by some of the solid business men of Boston. Viola Allen, who has electrified this country and at the present time is the talk of the entire east, in The Christian, was furnished the necessary funds by a large printing establishment in New York. And now a leading business man of Chicago has taken hold of the comedy farce, A Wise Woman, and having engaged an extraordinary good company will appear in all the principal cities in a trip across the continent. Prior to their run in San Francisco they will take in some of the minor towns thus the journey to the coast with more ease. Theatrical managers, look sharp. The business men will crowd you out.  Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902

Restaurant Changes Hands. - Messrs. Adolph Mouton and Eli Billeaud have bought Pellerin Bros.' restaurant. Both these young men are very energetic and progressive, and it is safe to say that they will more that sustain the deserved reputation of the restaurant. The Advertiser wishes them success. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/6/1902.

 Assessor A. M. Martin left for the city Tuesday.

 Don't miss the races to-morrow.

 Schmulen is always headquarters for Santa Claus. He has everything in the toy line to delight the children.

 Charles Martin left last Tuesday for Algiers to learn the mechanic trade, good luck to you, Charley.

 Mr. Edw. Marquis will soon leave for Hammond, La., where he will engage in cattle raising.

 Mr. W. H. Gorman, one of the largest oil men of New York, was in Lafayette this week on a prospecting trip.

 Mr. Chas. Fiero of Dowagiac Mich., a cousin of Mr. W. V. Nicholson is now in Lafayette, which he has decided to make his home. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of December 6th, 1890:

 Work has begun on the new roundhouse. The site for the new building is located just South of the present roundhouse. It will be built of wood, and will be a larger and much more substantial building than the old one, having 18 stalls. Mr. Joe Frank, master workman, is here now, with twelve men, framing timbers. As material arrives and work progresses his force will be increased. We hail with pleasure this substantial improvement, and the presence of these gentlemen in our midst for several months will add to the prosperity of our thriving town. Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1890 

Attempted Train Derailment. - Recently several attempts have been made to wreck trains on the Louisiana Western Railway, near Duson, by placing obstructions on the track. Last week the Company sent Mr. J. J. Lilly, of Houston, special detective, to work up the case. For several nights he lay in the grass watching the scene of the former attempts. Sunday night his vigilance was rewarded by his discovering a negro named Jos. Duhon placing obstruction on the track. His modus operandi was tram one end of a tie under the rail between two ties leaving the other end to rest upon the top of the opposite rail, then wedged it tight. Mr. Lilly procured the necessary warrant, and Tuesday night Sheriff Broussard captured Duhon and brought him before Justice R. C. Greig, who remanded him to jail, in default of $500 bond, to await the action of the grand jury. The negro confesses the crime, and no doubt will go to the Legislature next session -- we mean, will go the penitentiary after the next session of court.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1890


 Which has been held in high expectation by many of our citizens, both young and old, came off last Saturday and Sunday. Owing to the constant drain which had been kept upon the floating currency of our community for six weeks previous by circus, theatrical performances, balls, etc., the prospect was not encouraging, but the brave and energetic ladies who had the management of the fair were undaunted, and had everything arranged as if confident of success; and they did succeed, beyond their expectations. Both Saturday and Sunday nights the concerts given by our amateur talent, under the able management and tutorship of Miss Alix Judice, well attended, and from this source alone more than $75.00 was realized. The performances were thoroughly enjoyable throughout, and held the close attention of the audience. The tableaux were really fine in conception and beautiful in illustration, remarkably so, as the delighted audience amply testified. Too much credit cannot be given the following young ladies and gentlemen who generously donated their time and talent in this way to the success of this worthy enterprise: Misses Alix and Louise Judice, Martha Mouton, Haydee and Stella Trahan, Anita Hohorst, Mamie Moss, Lea Gladu, Maydelle Irving, Leila Singleton and Emma Falk; and Messrs. H. A. Eastin, Henry Hohorst, Alfred Mouton, Felix Salles, Edward and Albert Estorge and Stephen Delmouly; and Mr. D. V. Gardebled, for his invaluable aid in giving spectacular effect to the tableaux by vari-colored lights. The ladies and girls in charge of the several tables, were indefatigable in their efforts, and in the aggregate realized a handsome sum. Messrs. Gerac Bros. Pellerin made the ladies a handsome donation of a bale of good middling cotton weighing 540 pounds. This was raffled for $75, at $1 a chance, Judge Orther C. Mouton being the fortunate winner. We learn that the net proceeds of the fair amounted to $476.00. All honor and praise be given to the worthy and energetic ladies and children of St. John's congregation. Rev. Forge expresses himself as highly pleased with the whole fair and its result. The amount is sufficient, and the large and elegant central altar which it is proposed to purchase will be in place and prepared for the Easter ceremonies.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1890

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 1st, 1890.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session, with the following members present: C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, Ford Huffpauir, O. Theriot, A. A. Delhomme and A. D. Landry.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The resolution appropriating $500.00 for the purchase of a suitable site for a graded school in Lafayette, was adopted, to-wit:

 Be it Resolved, That the sum of $500.00 be and is hereby appropriated for the purpose of purchasing a site for a graded or high school for white children in the town of Lafayette, and the President is authorized to act in conjunction with the President of the School Board in the selection of said site and draw a warrant for the amount out of any funds not otherwise appropriated.

 The resolution  relative to hogs was again laid over.

 A petition from the citizens of the 8th Ward, praying for a jury of freeholders to trace a public road East from Mr. Jean Comeau's was laid over.

 A petition from the recorder of Brands, praying to be authorizes to transcribe the record of brands from the old book to one of more substantial binding, was read, and the President appointed a committee of one to confer with the various parochial authorities interested in the matter.

 The committee on the Carencro bridge presented a final report in effect that the said bridge had been completed to their satisfaction, and recommended the payment of $424.50 to the contractor, Mr. G. L. Singleton. On motion the report was approved and read.

 By motion of Mr. Huffpauir, the following jury of freeholders appointed to trace public road in the 2nd ward were discharged from duty previous assigned, to trace a road from Guidry's bridge running West to connect with the public road leading from Duson to Vermilion parish, and thence running North to connect with the public road leading from Scott to Duson: Jno. Nugent, Antoine Guidry, Israel Prejean, Vilior Duhon, Burton Smith and J. W. Broussard.

 By motion of Mr. Alpha, Don Louis Herpin was appointed road overseer of the 1st district, 3rd ward, vice E. Marquis, removed.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:

    Lafayette, La., Dec. 1st, 1890.

 To the President and members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette:

 Gentlemen: The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report:

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1890.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 12/6/1890.

 Misses Celie Tarleton and Adele Roussel, two young ladies of Patterson, La., spent the week in town as the guests of their aunt, Mrs. F. Cornay.

Mr. Carlos Boudreaux, of Bayou Sale, La., was among the visitors to our town this week, and favored us with a call.

Hon. C. H. Mouton, of St. Martinville, was here during the week attending the session of District Court.

Why suffer? Preston's "Hed-Ake" will cure you.

Miss Lillie Broussard, of Patterson, La., after a pleasant visit to her many friends here, left for her home last Monday.

Mr. Pinkney Torian left last Wednesday for Houston, texas, where he has accepted a situation.

A large assortment of Eye-Glasses and Spectacles at the MOSS PHARMACY.

There will be a grand ball at Mr. J. B. Peres' Hall, near town to-night, Dec. 6th. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Mr. Louis Butcher, a young and energetic blacksmith from Carencro, La., paid us a pleasant call a few days ago.

Pure Drugs and Reliable Medicine at the MOSS PHARMACY.

Mr. A Labe, down at the railroad, has just received his holiday goods, which he is selling at lowest prices.

WANTED -- An able bodied moustache (semi-auburn preferred), that will stand ordinary wear and tear. Style, buffalo horns. Inquire at the telegraph office.

Mr. S. and Miss Rose Leopold, who have been here on a visit to their sister, Mrs. A. Labe, returned to their home at Berwick last Tuesday.

It cures headache only - Preston's "Hed-Ake."

Every purchaser of $1's worth at Labe's bazaar will be entitled to a chance in a 10-air music box. 

The Lafayette Building & Loan Association, of this place, will have money to loan at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors on the 20th of December, 1890.

 MOSS PHARMACY are never given to grumble.Mr. Chas. E. Carey, who for several months past has been residing in Texas, returned last week. His wife and family are here, visiting her father, Mr. E. McDaniel.

Tramps in and about town have been quite numerous and audacious for the past two or three weeks. A few nights ago one entered the trainmen's house and stole John Allingham's bible from his desk, also a tract on "The Beauties of Religion," belonging to Henry Church.

Labe's Bazar is the place just now to get everything you need to "make home happy." He has just received a stock of fresh goods, selected with a view to meet every taste and wish of his patrons. Call and see for yourselves.

Garden Seeds of guaranteed quality at the MOSS PHARMACY.

An amusing incident happened the other morning. A friend of ours told his little girl to run around to the butcher shop and see if Mr. Otto didn't have pigs feet. She came back directly and said she couldn't tell, because he had on boots.

Several parties for the sugar district below have been in our parish the past week in search of hands, but we are glad to say (not that we wish them ill luck) that in every instance they have met with little or no success. Lafayette needs all of its labor at present, and we are pleased to note that it is disposed to remain with us.

Everything kept in a first class Drug Store can be had at the MOSS PHARMACY.

All those wishing nice things for the holidays, toys and nick-knacks for children, elegant presents for grown persons, a large assortment of fresh groceries of prime quality, fine wines and liquors, and everything suitable for the season, should not fail to visit Labe's Bazar, adjoining Mrs. Olivier's hotel.

Will our snow-bound brethren of the North feel envious when we tell them that to-day we have here roses and a variety of flowers in full bloom, as bright and fresh as on a May morning. Not only this, Christmas we will deck our Church altars and firesides with a profusion of flowers plucked from our garden.

We were amused at a tramp yesterday, who after wandering all over town and gazing at all the lavish display of Christmas goods made everywhere by our cheerful and enterprising merchants, braced himself up against McDaniel's corner and (unknown letters)...gically exclaimed:

 "Christmas, Christmas everywhere, and not a drop to drink!"
    Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1890.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser published on December 6th, 1879:

The Texas Railroad
{N. O. Picayune}

 A representative of the Picayune interviewed last evening at the St. Charles Hotel, Mr. Theodore Adams, General Manager of the Louisiana Western Railway, on the subject of the work now being done on that line. No statements of an authentic and definite character having recently been published, Mr. Adams' account will be found of interest.

Work on the road intended to connect Orange on the Sabine with Vermilionville in Lafayette parish, a distance of about 100 miles, was commenced on the 9th of last April. It was a work of no ordinary difficulty, owing to various obstacles which lay in the way.

The road is constructed and trains running from Orange to the Sabine River, a distance of seven miles. The iron bridge across that river is in the process of construction, and will be completed by the 15th of next month, all materials being on hand. By the time the bridge is finished steel rails sufficient will be on the ground to continue laying of track towards Lake Charles, 30 miles distant. Five miles of track have already been laid on this section, progress being made at the rate of half a mile a day. The whole distance from Lake Charles is graded and ready for track laying. The iron bridge across the Calcasieu river, which stream divides the parish into two nearly equal parts, is also being built, and the materials are on the ground. Both this structure and that over the Sabine will be as fine as any in the country. The track is laid sixteen miles east of the Calcasieu, and grading has been completed the entire distance of forty miles to the Mermentau River, the eastern boundary of Calcasieu parish. In fact, all the grading along the line is completed with the exception of ten miles between Mermentau and Vermilionville, which will be finished by the 15th proximo.

The main difficulty experienced, and which delays progress, is in the matter of procuring ties. If they can be obtained in sufficient quantities the road will be in running order by April next. Two hundred men are engaged in cutting out ties in the woods, and seven saw mills in preparing them for use.

Owing to the fact that the bridges are not completed, and communications from either end of the line being impracticable, ties and materials could not be transported to the scene of operations either from Vermilionville or the Sabine side. There are, for instance, 50,000 ties at Orange awaiting the completion of the Sabine bridge. Eight thousand tons of materials have been received during the year by the Calcasieu Pass.

The number of laborers and workmen employed on the line is about 1000, and it is a fact worthy of mention that their health has been remarkably good. The dry season has been very favorable to the prosecution of the enterprise, and Mr. Adams has taken advantage of the opportunity to protect the line against the effect of high water. 
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1879.

Railroad Progress East of Vermilionville. - Work on the Railroad is advancing to this place slowly but steadily. The road bed on the east side of the Vermilion Bayou is being put in order and work on the bridge across the Bayou is progressing as fast as circumstances will permit. We have been informed that the force employed in track laying between this place and New Iberia, has lately been increased, and no doubt cars will soon run to the Bayou.       Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1879

Election Day. - The election, in this parish on Tuesday last, passed off quietly and peaceably. The returns from the various polls were all in by eleven o'clock Wednesday and the result was ascertained early. A full vote nearly was polled - that for Secretary of State, eighteen hundred and ninety-six, being the largest. The majorities for the State ticket range from 515 to 544 - for the Constitution, 1075; for the Debt Ordinance, 469.
Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1879.


L. A. Wiltz ... 1,205
Taylor Beattie ... 699
Majority for Wiltz ... 515.

S. D. MCENERY ... 1,213
J. M. GILLESPIE ... 683
   Majority for McEnery ... 530.

JAMES C. EGAN ... 1,218
DON A. PARDEE ... 675
Majority for Egan ... 541.

ALLEN JUMEL ... 1,219
C. MAYO ... 675
Majority for Jumel ... 544.

WILL A. STRONG ... 1,219
Majority for Strong ... 542.

E. H. FAY ... 1,218
M. F. BONZANO ... 678
Majority for Fay ... 540

R. S. PERRY ... 1,217
A. F. RIARD ... 678
Majority for Perry ... 539

ED. E. MOUTON ... 1,057
M. F. RIGUES ... 804
Majority for Mouton ... 253

J. A. CHARGOIS ... 910
C. A. MOUTON ... 936
Majority for Mouton ... 26

JOHN CLEGG ... 857
OVERTON CADE ... 1,031
Majority for Cade ... 174

EDGAR MOUTON ... 1,124
R. C. LANDRY ... 741
Majority for Edgar Mouton ... 333.

A. M. MARTIN ... 818
WM. BRANDT ... 654
Majority for Martin over Brandt ... 164
Majority for Martin over Broussard ... 439

G. W. SCRANTON ... 851
H. D. GUIDRY ... 521
A. GLADU ... 477

FOR ADOPTION ... 1,471
AGAINST ... 396
Majority for adoption ... 1,075

FOR APPROVAL ... 1,142
AGAINST ... 673
Majority for approval ... 499.
 Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1879.

An Altercation. - An altercation occurred last Saturday, between Mr. Vidrine and Mr. Tete on the plantation of the latter near Fiat Town, which resulted in the death of Mr. Vidrine. They were both quiet young men and we are informed are connected by blood or marriage. We are not in possession of the particulars, but the trouble was of a private nature, and politics had nothing to do with the affair.

 From Washington (La.) News and in the Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1902.



 Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, in a recent address to a soldier's "encampment," paid the following elegant tribute to woman:

 "It takes a hundred men to make an encampment, but one woman can make a home. I not only admire woman as the most beautiful object ever created, but I reverence her as the redeeming glory of humanity, the sanctuary of all the virtues, the pledge of all perfect qualities of heart and head. It is not just or right to lay the sins of men at the feet of women. It is because women are so much better than men that their faults are considered greater. The one thing in this world that is constant, the one peak that rises above all clouds, the one window in which the light forever burns, the one star that darkness cannot quench, is woman's love. It rises to the greatest heights, it sinks to the lowest depths, it forgives the most cruel injuries. It is perennial of life, and grows in every climate. Neither coldness nor neglect, harshness nor cruelty, can extinguish it. A woman's love is the perfume of the heart. This is the real love that subdues the earth; the love that has wrought all miracles of art; that gives us music all the way from the cradle song to the grand closing symphony that bears the soul away on wings of fire. A love that is greater than power, sweeter than life and stronger than death." Lafayette Advertiser 12/6/1890.


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