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 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 17th, 1900:


 Will Deliver His Famous Lecture in Lafayette, Friday, March 30.

Through the intelligent efforts of the Ladies' Club of Lafayette, the people of the town and parish will have an opportunity to hear General Gordon's great lecture, "The Last Days of the Confederacy."

Arrangements have been made with the Southern Lyceum Bureau and the gallant Confederate leader will be in Lafayette on Friday, March 30, to deliver his wonderful lecture. Gen. Gordon has no superior as a lecturer. The Ladies' Club should be encouraged in their commendable efforts to place within the reach of this community this great intellectual treat. If the people of Lafayette show a proper appreciation by attending this lecture the Ladies' Club will secure the presence here of the other well-known lecturers. If the ladies are successful this time it is their intention to make arrangements for a lecture by Gov. Bob Taylor.

One newspapers review of his lecture is as follows:

Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.

Holds a General Meeting and Elects a Chief and Assistant Chief.
About one hundred and twenty-five men, members of the three fire companies of Lafayette, met at Falk's opera-house Monday night to elect a chief and assistant chief of the fire department. The meeting was large and enthusiastic, showing the great interest that our people are taking in fire protection. The election of a chief developed a good-natured rivalry.

Number one had centered its forces on Dr. F. E. Girard, while the Home Company and the Hook & Ladder boys had combined to elect Dr. G. A. Martin. Before the nominations were made it dawned upon the campaign managers of the combine that the skillful wire puller of Fire Company No. 1 had the thing "sewed up." Dr. Martin realized that it were futile to oppose No. 1's choice and did the proper thing by nominating his successful opponent, Dr. Girard. The election was made by acclamation. Judge Debaillon then placed Dr. Martin in nomination for assistant chief. The doctor was elected by a unanimous vote.

The firemen will give a kind of inaugural ceremony on the 26th instant, when the members of the three companies will meet at Falk;s opera-house where a "smoker" will be given. Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.




Of Good Family Finds Himself in the Meshes of the Law - He Says he is Innocent. 

A few days ago a young man, apparently a tramp, was arrested at Carencro on a charge of burglary and larceny and brought here and jailed. He said his name was Murray. It has since transpired that Murray is not the name of the young man and that he is the son of a prominent physician in a Texas town. Letters received here state Murray belongs to a very respectable family and the he is a sort of black sheep. His right name is not given as his father states that it is desired to keep the mother in ignorance of her son's waywardness.

Murray says he is innocent of the charge and that he had no intention of robbery. He says he wanted to ask for something to eat when his actions were misconstrued into an attempt to steal. When the case will come up for trial it will be ascertained if the young man is guilty of a felony or not.

 Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.


71 Years of Mudd. - Dr. F. S. Mudd, has just celebrated the seventy-first anniversary of his birth. The doctor enjoys splendid health of mind and body and promises to celebrate many more birthday anniversaries. The Gazette extends its sincerest congratulations to its esteemed friend and desires to offer its best wishes for his continued happiness. Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.

Didn't Materialize. - The advertised meeting of the Republicans did not take place. The speakers came but the audience didn't show up. The weather was said to be too bad and meeting was postponed indefinitely, we are told. Hon. Don Caffery, Jr., the Republican candidate for governor, Judge Beattie and Mr. Lucius Suthon, came to make speeches, but they went away on the afternoon train. Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.


 The Gazette does not believe that Don Caffery, Jr., wants to Africanize this State. Mr. Caffery is too much of a gentleman to wish for such a thing. On the contrary we believe that if elected he will do his best to give Louisiana an honest clean administration. But it is ouir sincere opinion that Mr. Caffery's election would be very unfortunate. His election is exceedingly undesirable at this time. Under ordinary circumstances we have no doubt that Mr. Caffery would succeed in giving the people a good administration, but should he be elected as the champion of the incongruous elements behind him in the contest, he would have to be more than human to rise above his environments is the discharge of his duties. It would require more than the courage of a man to withstand the entreaties of the discordant and inharmonious factions, cliques and parties by which he will be beset on all sides. We concede that there are men advocating the election of Mr. Caffery who are actuated by honest motives, but it is a fact that the great majority of the his supporters are men of unsettled political convictions inspired by personal hatred and urged on by a fierce and consuming appetite for official pap. Should he be elected it is with the latter that Mr. Caffery will have to reckon with. They are not in politics for their health, nor for ballot reform, nor for any other kind of reform.

Mr. Caffery tells us he wants honest elections - a free vote and a fair count. We believe Mr. Caffery when he says that. But Mr. Caffery is not going to reform the ballot. It is certain he is not going to do it by joining the most corrupt party in America. The people of Louisiana have made up their minds to permit no more frauds in their elections. And Louisiana will have honest elections with or without the assistance of Mr. Caffery.

Ballot box stuffing is a thing of the past. The people of Louisiana are as honest as those of any other State in the Union. And to say that they will tolerate election frauds is to say that they are depraved and corrupt. All admit that when it was necessary to count in or count out the negro it was done. And the elder Caffery and Judge Gunby didn't make any great kick about it then, but now, after many years have passed, they are kicking and kicking like the very devil. The people have, through the agency of Democracy, done away with the necessity of practicing dishonesty in elections. The negro is out of it. It's white man vs. white man. One will keep an eye on the other and if there is something wrong somebody's going to get hurt. To doubt this is to question the ability of the white man for self-government. The man who supinely stands aside while he is being robbed is as bad as the fellow who does the robbing.

The time has come when elections are going to be fair and square. Mr. Caffery hasn't made it so, nor Mr. Sholars, not Mr. Foster, not the election law. The people - the great body of justice loving and well-meaning citizens - realizing that the necessity for illegal methods no longer exist, demand honest elections. A healthy public opinion will make ballot box stuffing a dangerous business and it will stop. Louisianans are not a race of cowards and thieves.

It is rather amusing for gentlemen to become virtuously indignant and hurl epithets at the Democratic party and denounce the present leaders of the Democracy for alleged crimes in the commission of which they were themselves accessories before and after the fact. Senator Caffery and Judge Gunby have been telling of the sins of the State Democracy.

Gunby is a Populist and is a natural enemy of the party. Senator Caffery says he is a Democrat from head to foot, but isn't it passing strange that so good a Democrat is unable to find anything bad to say about the Republicans and nothing good to say about the Democratic party, and yet the senator says he loves Democracy and hates Republicanism. The senator has way of his own to treat his friends. For years the judge and the senator held office under the old methods and they made no very great kick. But they have suddenly experienced a change of heart and joined Curley Duson, Taylor Cade and others at the mourners' bench to invoke the Lord to save sinful Democrats from perdition.
  Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900. 

Free of Charge.  
 Any adult suffering from a cold settled on the breast, bronchitis, throat or lung troubles of any nature, who will call at Lafayette Drug Company's, will be presented with a sample bottle of Boschee's German Syrup, free of charge. Only one bottle given to one person, and none to children without order from parents.

Not throat or lung remedy ever had such a sale as Boschee's German Syrup in all parts of the civilized world. Twenty years ago millions of bottles were given away, and your druggists will tell you its success was marvelous. It is really the only Throat and Lung Remedy generally endorsed by physicians. One 75 cent bottle will cure or prove its value. Sold by dealers in all civilized countries. Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.

The Bank of Lafayette.
 Last Thursday the Bank of Lafayette paid a dividend of eight per cent which had been ordered by the board of directors at its last regular meeting.

 The splendid condition of this bank is an indication of the growth of our city as a commercial centre and the result of conservative and intelligent management. Though yet in its infancy the Bank of Lafayette ranks with the solid institutions of this section. Its prosperous condition should be a source of pride to its promoters, including the president, Mr. Crow Girard, and the Cashier, Mr. J. J. Davidson, both of whom have worked diligently for its success.  Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.  

Not Quite Swift Enough.

 A few days ago two of the negro prisoners in the parish jail almost succeeded in making their escape, but their well-laid scheme was foiled by the timely intervention of Judge Hirsch who was temporarily in charge of the jail. The next day the judge found the following document in the possession of the prisoners:

 "...We have been in many jails. All the jails we have been in we have broken. We broke six jails. You taught you have us, but you ain't. We fool you. Because they ain't got a jail to hold us. Every jail we was put in we got out and we are the two swiftest boys it is in the world. We study this plan to cut this jail and if you don't find it out we git out and we would would sure make it to Springfield. Everywhere we went we had robbed and steal. We are the swiftest boys ever went to Lafayette. We just let you put us in to pass off time..."
    (Signed) KID SWIFT and KID DUNKLIN, The Two Swiftest Kids of Missouri. Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.

Want to Shell Laf. Streets.
 Mr. Felix Demanade and Dr. N. P. Moss went to Morgan City Monday to buy some oyster shells for the town. At its last meeting the City Council appropriated $1,000 to shell the street from Deffez's to Lacoste's corner. Mr. Demanade is a member of the street committee of the Council and he was authorized to purchase the shells for the work. Twenty carloads of shells were bought at $10 a load. The railroad company has offered to haul the shells for an average of $15.00 a carload, which, we are informed is about half the regular rate. It is believed that the appropriation of $1,000 will be amply sufficient to shell the street from Deffez's to Lacoste's corner. Oyster shells have been used in the streets of New Iberia, Morgan City and Jeanerette and have given perfect satisfaction. Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.   

Birthday for Dr. F. S. Mudd. - 
Dr. F. S. Mudd, has just celebrated his seventy-first anniversary of his birth. The doctor enjoys splendid health of mind and body and promises to celebrate many more birthday anniversaries. The Gazette extends its sincerest congratulations to its esteemed friend and desires to offer its best wishes for his continued happiness. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900. 

Didn't Materialize. - 
The advertised meeting of the Republicans did not talk place. The speakers came but the audience didn't show up. The weather was said to be too bad and the meeting was postponed indefinitely , we are told. Hon. Don Caffery, Jr., the Republicans candidate for governor, Judge Beattie and Mr. Lucius Suthon, came to make speeches, but they went away on the afternoon train.  Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.

  Extract From City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., March 3, 1900. - The City Council met in regular session with Mayor Campbell presiding. Members present:  J. E. Martin, F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, H. Hohorst, Geo. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard.

 The minutes of last meeting were approved as read.

 Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that the following ordinance be adopted: Yeas - F. Demanade, H. Hohorst, J. E. Martin, F. E. Girard, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, Geo. DeBlanc.  Nays - None.

 AN ORDINANCE, calling an election of and by, the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., qualified as electors under the Constitution and laws of the State, to vote on the proposition to issue bonds for the sum of fourteen thousand dollars, in order to utilize to the best advantage, and in the manner contemplated by said tax-payers, the special tax of two mills for ten years, voted by them on August 26, 1899, for the use and benefit of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. Said election to be held on the 17th day of April, 1900, the day of the general election for State and parish officers, and to be presided over and returns made, etc., by the same commissioners.

 Whereas, at an election held in the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899, under the provisions of Act No. 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1898, and Article 232 of the Constitution, the property tax-payers of said town, did assess and levy upon themselves, a tax of two mills for ten years, in order to secure the location of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute in the parish of Lafayette, and whereas it as contemplated that said tax should be used in the construction of buildings for said Institute, therefore
   Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., That in order to raise the necessary fund, and to utilize the special tax of two mills for ten years, voted by the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899, in the manner contemplated by said property tax-payers, there be and is hereby called an election on the 17th day of April, 1900, at which there shall be and is hereby submitted to the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., the proposition to issue negotiable bonds for the amount of fourteen thousand dollars, payable and redeemable in ten years from Jan. 1, 1901, or sooner, at the option of the City Council of this town. Said bonds to be made payable to bearer and shall bear five per cent per annum interest from date of issuance, which interest shall be payable annually on the first day of March. Said bonds shall not be sold for less than par, and the proceeds thereof shall be paid to the Board of Trustees of the said Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute to be by them expended in constructing buildings necessary for the purposes of said Institute.

 Section 2.  Be it further ordained, That the payment of said bonds in principal and interest shall be met by said tax of two mills on the dollar for ten years voted by the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., on August 26, 1899; the excess of said tax, if any, to be paid to the said Board of Trustees, as contemplated by the vote of said tax-payers. Said bonds to be issued in such amounts as the said Board of Trustees may desire, and shall be signed by the mayor of the said town of Lafayette and the treasurer thereof.

 Section 3. Be it further ordained, etc., that tickets shall be prepared for use by taxpayers desiring to vote at said election, according to law, and in such form as to enable the voter to indicate intelligently and beyond doubt whether he votes for or against the proposition to issue said bonds.

 Section 4. Be it further ordained, That the interest on said bonds shall be paid annually, and shall be called in, paid and redeemed in principal each year as the excess of the tax after the payment of interest may justify.

 Section 5.  Be it further ordained, That it shall be unlawful to use the revenue derived from said tax for any other purpose than the payment of said bonds in principal and interest as aforesaid; provided the excess be paid to the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned to meet in regular session the first Monday in April.
     A true copy:
 Attest: LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.   

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/17/1900.
 Some of our citizens had an opportunity to see Gen. Wheeler, who passed through Lafayette Wednesday being on his way home from the Philippines. The General took dinner at the Crescent Hotel. Several veterans who happened to be at the train paid their respects to the old hero.

 The following young men went to Breaux Bridge Sunday for the races; Zack Francez, R. Domengeaux, Dupre Bernard, Ike Plonsky, Julian Tanner, Galbert Comeaux, Rousseau Dugas, Geo. Pefferkorn.

 Sterling Mudd has been appointed notary public by Gov. Foster and is now authorized and qualified to do all kinds of notarial work.

 George Durham, formerly of Lafayette, but now residing in San Antonio, was in town this week.

 S. R. Parkerson left last night for New Orleans.

 Alba Heywood's Company of artists will be here Saturday, March 24. They are highly praised everywhere.

 Lafayette needs a cotton mill. There isn't a better place for a cotton mill in the State than right here. If our people will think over this matter they will decide at once that Lafayette is the ideal place for an enterprise of this kind.
Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1900.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 17th, 1894:

To-day is St. Patrick's - Ireland's patron saint and the wearing of the green is the order of the day.


"France has the Lilly
      England has the rose
And every one knows
Where the Shamrock grows."
Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1894.

Widen the Streets of Lafayette.

The value of broad thoroughfare, especially for purpose of traffic, cannot be overestimated. The old corporation of Lafayette is most unfortunately situated in their regard. In the laying out of the original town no allowance was made for the possible demands the development of after years might bring about for wide streets and, the consequence is that now, when a want is being felt for these, we find the possibilities of obtaining them is attended by many difficulties. Yet, the obstacles surrounding the means of securing a few more feet of width to some of the principal streets, are not to be considered insurmountable. However, with each day, the accomplishment of such a feat grows less feasible, and it is for that reason the Advertiser strongly urges on our more serious minded citizens the importance of adopting immediate steps for this purpose. Especially should action be taken at an early date to increase the width of the street from the terminus of Lincoln Avenue to the Guidry bakery, and treat likewise Vermilion street from Demanade's grocery to Gerac Brothers corner. The streets to be broadened should receive attention in the order of their importance, and all are ready to admit what those who have named are at present, and promise to always be the two principal business streets of the town. The discussion of such an undertaking naturally brings up for consideration the means through which it might best be accomplished.

The benefit that would inure from a widening of the streets named, as well as others in the old corporation, is of a public nature, hence the work of broadening them should be carried out at the public's expense. Whilst a number of property holders "along such streets might, and, no doubt would, be disposed to donate the extra land required on account of the consequent advancement of the value of such property, yet, there are others of whom this would be asking too much. The latter class would place a reasonable figure on the portion of said lots to be given up, and, and in all, a material widening of the street could be secured at a very reasonable cost to the town. Of course, undertakings of any magnitude whatever, cannot be carried out without an expenditure of money. This is a lesson that we, of Lafayette, have not yet learned, it does seem. We would care to have many improvements, but we are just as unwilling to pay for them. It is high time that we should recognize this inexorable law that controls all human undertakings. We need not ever expect to get "something for nothing." That is an impossibility. The man who speculates on merchandise must first buy and pay for his merchandise before he can realize a profit on it. The butcher has to first acquire his beef before he is able to sell meat to his patrons.

 We should be just as willing to go down into our pockets for public improvements as for all other things that (unreadable word) can be expected, and as (unreadable words) we refuse to submit to this inevitable law we shall remain in the back (unreadable word) whilst more enterprising and public spirited communities make rapid strides forward.

Why not begin to sow the seed now, (unreadable word) so certain to bear abundant fruit, though we cannot undertake an unreasonable number of reforms at one time, but we can make a start in that direction by widening, first the present narrow street and is a continuation of Lincoln Avenue onward. A few serious and important steps of this sort carried out by (unreadable words) of Lafayette, would open (unreadable words) kind of life to them and stimulate them into further greater and more pretentious public measures, that after the passage of time would repay tenfold (unreadable words) of time and money involved (unreadable words). We must help our selves, if we expect to prosper and keep apace in these times.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894.


Plank Walk System Regarded As Indispensable.

The plank walk system of this town is a great public convenience, and has come to be regarded as indispensable as such and should be kept in prime condition by the authorities. At the present time is is showing unmistakable signs of weakness in many places and unless it receives general repairs quite soon, the town will be under the necessity of replacing the old walk with an entirely new one, an undertaking that would entail a considerable expenditure of money. In this connection we would respectfully suggest to the members of the city council the advisability of contracting with a responsible person to keep the plank walk system of the town in good and safe condition at a fixed salary to be made in such a way as to ensure a carrying out of the terms of the contract. We suggest this as a matter of economy and better service over the present method. We hope to see some such action taken by our council at its next meeting.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894:


In the western part of the parish near Bayou Queue Tortue on Thursday morning, 15th. inst., Meance Doucet shot and killed Sarraz in Baker. Doucet came to town immediately after the shooting and surrendered to the sheriff, and was duly incarcerated. The circumstances of the killing are related by him to us in person or as follows: He had engaged Baker to assist in moving a house, which was being done on Thursday morning, when an altercation arose between the two as to how some part of the work should be done, and Baker growing violent advanced upon Doucet with a hatchet in his hand as if to strike, the latter thereupon took a gun from the hands of his son was present, and fired, the load penetrating Baker's right side, causing death in a short while.

Deceased was himself once before Court charged with murder. Having been indicted by a grand jury he was tried and a verdict of guilty of manslaughter was rendered, but as the indictment had been found more than one year after the commission of the act, the plea of prescription urged in his behalf, was suspended and Baker went free. Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894.

Painful to Watch.

Mr. W. K. Leotardo, the young West India man posing before the world as a human being devoid of the sense of feeling, spent several days this week in our town exhibiting himself to wondering crowds of people.At one of the performances given by Leotardo, Doctors Scranton and Martin were present, and at the request of Leotardo, subjected him to a severe test or two, using in one instance a large matrass needle which was forced through the skin and muscles covering the lower portion of the front of the neck, and in the second place, whilst Dr. Scranton firmly held within his grasp the upper half of the left arm of the man, Dr. Martin forced a large ladies' hat pin through the biceps muscle to the bone of the arm. In neither case did the man evince the slightest sign of presence of pain. When a light flow of very dark blood followed the withdrawal of the sharp pointed instruments Leotardo remarked that whilst he was insensible to pain, he did not claim to be without blood, but added that his blood coagulated most rapidly and for that reason the infliction of wounds on his body was attended by practically no hemorrhage. During the entire evening the feeling-less man conversed in a free and lucid manner that would seem to indicate that his system was not under the influence of an anesthetic or other agent that might produce insensibility of the body. We are not prepared to offer any scientific explanation of the unusual phenomena presented by this man. Whether the manifest complete absence of sensibility be due to natural causes, or, is produced by artificial means, the subject is one of unusual interest to the world and deserves to be treated as such Leotardo was on his way to the mid-winter fair in San Francisco, and stopped at Lafayette to replenish his coffer.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894

Prospecting in Laf.

Dr. J. B. Sewell, of Birmingham, Ala. was in our town two days this week, prospecting with a view of locating hereabouts to practice his profession. He represents Birmingham has being completely ruined, on account of the extensive closing of the mines several months ago. His attention have been directed to the need of a physician at Duson in this parish, made known by the correspondent of the Advertiser, recently, he expressed his intention of visiting that place before leaving New Iberia, another point he desires to investigate before making a final decision as to where he shall locate. 
Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 3/17/1894.

Joe Girouard, of Broussard, visited Lafayette, Thursday.

Paas Dyes for Easter eggs can be had at Moss Bros. & Co.

Get your photograph taken at Hovelle the artist, only $2 per dozen.

Mr. Walter S. Torian returned fro Blatimore last Saturday.

Assistant bank cashier Parkerson was in New Orleans several days this week.

Dr. F. J. Mayer, assistant Quarantine physician was in town during the week.

U. S. Deputy Surveyor Geo. Elms was in town on business Thursday and Friday.

Mrs. John Nickerson is now visiting her daughter, Mrs. C. K. Darling, at Abbeville.

Dr. F. E. Girard, of New Orleans was a on a visit to his family here, last Sunday.

They are lovely and not expensive - those new style hats and bonnets for ladies, misses and children, at Moss. Bros. & Co.

Mr. B. Falk, the enterprising merchant has lately received a large assortment of fresh goods direct from New York. Give him a call.

Some fish have been brought to market, but mostly buffalo, a species of the finny tribe however which is considered not very choice.

We are sorry to learn that Mr. James Haven has been quite unwell for a number of days. We hope he will soon recover from his indisposition.

For style, beauty of finish and thoroughness of execution Hovelle's pictures can not be discounted anywhere. He delights in taking baby pictures.

Dr. F. S. Mudd passed the 65th mile post in his life on the 12th. inst. We extend our congratulations to the doctor and wish him many returns of the day.

Public attention is directed to the card of Julian Mouton Esq. in another column announcing himself as a candidate for Representative, subject top the action of the Democratic convention.

The Lafayette Gazette completed the first twelve months of its existence in the journalistic field, on the 10th inst. We hope our local contemporary may enjoy many more years of activity and usefulness.

Judge Debaillon and Jos. Chargois Esq., are attending court at Abbeville, which opened there Monday, It is a regular jury term and several important criminal cases are on the docket, among them being the Bagley case.

Mr. J. G. Broussard had been going the rounds for several days introducing to patrons of the Water-Pierce Oil Co. Mr. C. B. Porch, his successor as agent of the company here. We welcome Mr. Porch in our midst.

Planters in particular and the public in general should note the fact that Leopold Lacoste has just received from the factory direct a car load of agricultural implements; buggies, road carts, harness &c., which are held at the lowest possible prices.

Lafayette now competes with New Orleans, as to jewelry and photography, we have two french artists here now, Mr. Dosay the jeweler and engraver at T. M. Biossat, and Mr. Hovelly the well known photographer, Let us try to keep them here.

Do not forget that a public exhibition of the Dairy Swing Churn (the churn that makes butter in 4 minutes, from sweet milk) will be given in front of the Court House to-day between 1 and 2 o'clock by Mr. Pepper. This churn is the best on the market and will soon pay for itself in the saving of time and trouble.

During his last visit to Lafayette, Mr. C. Arthur Voorhies, narrowly escaped injury in a runaway accident. While driving out of town on Wednesday, his horse became frightened in some way and took to flight. Mr. Voorhies fortunately came out unhurt but the buggy was scattered along the road for quite some distance.

Mr. Stanley Hogue, travelling agent for the well known music house of Phillip Werlein of New Orleans, was in town during the week. Mr. Hogue is fortunate in being the representative of one of the most reliable houses in the South, one, in fact, which we do not hesitate to recommend to the public as being entirely safe to deal with from any point of view.

The good quality of the job work sent out by the Advertiser serves to draw orders for more all the time, and, in consequence of this, we are kept busy indeed. Each time an opportunity is furnished for comparison of work, the Advertiser is the gainer by the operation. We always make our prices very reasonable.

Planters in this parish, and no doubt throughout the State, are at least two weeks behind time with their corn planting. The continuous rains of February and during the first days of this month, interfered not a little with ploughing and planning and in consequence the crop is somewhat retarded, though not enough, to make any difference in results. Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of March 17th, 1894:


Sarazin Baker Shot and Killed by Jean Mehance Doucet.
 Jean Mehance Doucet, a man about 60 years of age, gave himself up to Sheriff Broussard last Thursday afternoon, stating that he had shot Sarazin Baker, while in the defense of his life. The sheriff had just received a telegram saying that Baker had expired.

 The killing occurred fifteen miles from this town in the Que Tortue section. Doucet's version of the affair, which is corraborated by the other witnesses, it about as follows:

 Doucet had recently hauled a dwelling house on his place, which was to be occupied by one of his sons. Baker, who was not on good terms with Doucet's son, pretended that he had a claim on the house and would not allow the latter to take possession of it. On Thursday morning Baker sent work to the older Doucet that he would come to the house and break it; a while after he started to carry out his threat, taking with him a hatchet and instructing his little boy to follow him with an ax. When he arrived at the house he found Doucet engaged in making some repairs inside the building, and informed him to keep out, but instead of retreating he advanced with hatchet in hand as if to strike Doucet with it. The latter again repeated his request but Baker continued to advance. Doucet then, thinking that his life was in danger, took a gun, which was standing by, and emptied a load of bird shot just above Baker's hip bone, causing a death a couple of hours later.

 As far as we could learn, Doucet enjoys a good reputation, and was considered a peaceable citizen.

 Baker was known as a "bully," and as tried in this parish about fifteen years ago for murder. He was convicted of manslaughter but got out a plea of prescription. Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1894.


 In view of the fact that the chairman of the parish Democratic executive committee has issued a call for a meeting of that body on the 31st instant it may not be out of order to offer some suggestion as the best mode of selecting a standard bearer to represent the Democratic party.

 The Gazette believes strictly in party organization, and who would like to see the candidate of the party selected inside the party selected inside the party organization. And the only way to do so with perfect fairness, in our mind, to all concerned and at the same time keeping the lines unbroken, is by a primary election.

 A mass meeting does not represent always the sense of the majority. Because (1) we have often seen how a few bold men, with strongly devoted henchmen, have overcome palpable majorities; and (2)  mass meeting will prove a great inconvenience to many voters living at great distances; it would be difficult to get together a majority of the Democratic voters of the parish.

 But, by primaries, the polls established at control and most convenient points, a voter could have no reasonable excuse not to take part, save that of indifference, for it could entail but little trouble, and one which no party man would not willingly take for the sake of the interests of the party.

 Then, since this appears the plan calculated to suit the convenience of the voters, and can be fair to all parties concerned, it occurs to The Gazette that the executive committee can adopt this plan without much fear of it not meeting general approval.

 With The Gazette, as we have just said, the keeping of the party organization intact is of the first importance, favorites come next. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/19/1894.   


Three Chairs. - Notice. - I have for the first time in the history of Lafayette, three chairs in my tonsorial parlor, in charge of first-class artists - facial operators, cranium manipulators, fashionable hair dressers. A call at my old railroad stand near the depot is earnestly solicited. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1894.

From correspondent "Cherokee."
 - That intellectual medium of journalism, the Lafayette Advertiser, famed as originator of all that could be termed "modern," has again been heard in one of the "funniest." That encyclopedia of intelligence and learning, not many weeks past, was advocating in its choicest language, the immediate levying of a road tax; as the only and available means, working with success the roads of this parish. As varied as the many hues of ancient coat, that weekly sheet hesitates not a second in acting with similarity. A little sunshine (with mother nature's consent) and the present system (which is an imposition on the poor farmers) is now strongly urged as a very satisfactory way of draining and grading the roads. What are the facts and proofs of such success. None other then boggy; impassable and impracticable roads for several months past. The "five mile plan" which is intended merely as a suggestion to the Police Jury; in accordance with the "Advertiser's extended knowledge," is of old and foggy origin. Is it? Let the readers of The Gazette answer. Out suggestion of dividing the parish in five mile tracts, from various reports, met with the full approval of many tax-payers, and certainly should be entitled to some consideration. So far as we personally are concerned, it is a matter of perfect indifference whether our plan is given a trial or not. The people are crying for good roads, and good roads must be had, at whatever expense. The Police Jury, we feel sure, have the interest of this parish and fellow parishioners at heart, and we know that that honorable body is untiring its aim and efforts to make practicable the public roads of Lafayette.
         (Signed)  CHEROKEE.
Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1894.

 St. Patrick's Day at the Convent.
 The 17th of March is always a gala day for the pupils of Mount Carmel Convent. Yesterday being the eve of the great day - St. Patrick's - they feasted their beloved superior, Mother Patrick, and presented her with many tokens of their esteem and love. With the assistance of one or two of the sisters, they had prepared an interesting programme, consisting of dialogues, recitations, drill and music, the whole being a most enjoyable entertainment. As all this was a complete surprise to the Reverend Mother, the consequence was that a holiday was granted and the radiant faces and happy smiles gave evidence of the general satisfaction and enjoyment afforded both teacher and pupils. 
Lafayette Gazette 3/17/1894. 


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 3/17/1894.
 Dr. A. R. Trahan has been in New Orleans since Sunday.

 Mr. Felix Voorhies and family left Sunday for St. Martinville where they will remain several weeks.

 Judge Debaillon left Sunday for Abbeville to attend to some business before the district court.

 Mr. Joseph Plonsky, returned from Lecompte Monday, where he had been visiting his daughter Mrs. Weinberg.

 Dr. F. J. Mayer was in Lafayette Sunday, visiting his many friends. The doctor is always welcomed in Lafayette.

 Mr. E. G. Voorhies and family moved last Saturday into the house recently vacated by Mr. Felix Voorhies.

 Mrs. Shackford, wife of the well known conductor, was the guest of Mrs. Hahn at the Crescent Hotel day this week.

 Mr. Hovelle, the photographer, once first baritone in the New Orleans French Opera, will sing in the Catholic choir on Easter Sunday. From what we hear the singing on that day promises to be a treat.

 W. M. Bradley is replacing M. S. Alexander as railway postal clerk between here and Alexandria. Mr. Bradley is a very agreeable gentleman and enjoys the reputation of being one of the most efficient men in the postal railway service. Mr. Alexander will resume his work in a few days.

 Albert Chargois, Esq., took the train Sunday for Abbeville where he will take part in the defense of Martin Bagley charged with murder. Judge John Clegg and Mr. Surthorn, of New Orleans, are also engaged in the defense of Bagley. The trial will come off on the 22nd instant. Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 17th, 1911:


 The long distance typewriter has arrived. You can now typewrite all over the country as well as you can telephone or telegraph.

 Chicago will have the opportunity the coming week to witness the operation and service of this new invention by a practical demonstration of of two perfected machines transmitting messages between Detroit, Mich.

 The typewriters are of a familiar pattern except there is a round case on top, which holds the special mechanism. As far as the operator is concerned, the message is dispatched in the same way that a typewriter is run, and all that is seen on the machine is the type-wheel, spinning, to make the record. With half the number of parts that the typewriter has and the keys responding to the lightest touch, any one can use it. In the hands of a skilled stenographer a speed of 115 words per minute can be maintained, while an ordinary operator of no special skill can transmit from 50 to 60 words a minute at will. All this the inventor claims.

The machine is so built that by operation of the keyboard on the typewriter the message is transmitted and reproduced on any and all machines that may be attached on the circuit, or the message can be reproduced on one, two or more machines to the exclusion of the others when necessary. In other words, if attached to a telegraph wire between Chicago and Detroit and a message was necessary to be sent to every agent in every office, it would be sent simultaneously, received by them and recorded, all in plain English; but on the other hand, if the message was only intended for one of the operators to receive, by the simple turning of a switch every other machine would be cut out of the circuit.

 A letter or character struck on a typewriter in the sending office is immediately recorded on the typewriter in the receiving office. This requires but one depression of the key as against several muscular impulses necessary to send one character by the Morse system. The expert more operator sends about 30 words per minute, while the typewriter transmits messages more than three times as fast. Mistakes are eliminated because of the correctness of the messages is not dependent upon the proper translation of a combination of sounds represented by dots and dashes, ticked off in the receiving office.

 If a mistake is made it will appear on the record in front of the operator, and by means of a back space adjustment the machine will move the message back to the error, the operator will then depress the letter X, marking out the mistake and correct. Another advantage claimed for the telegraphic typewriter is that it is proof against weather and atmospheric changes of any kind and requires no relay when working at a distance of one thousand miles or under.

 It can be operated over telegraph or telephone wires (without disturbing the conversation going on over the wires at the same time) of over any fire, police or messenger call wire, and is not even influenced by outside electrical conditions. By "tuning" the typewriters differently four machines can be put on the same wire and four different operators can send their messages at the same time.

 The experiments have been carried on for over a year and cover tests made between New York and Philadelphia, Hartford, Springfield, Mass., and Pittsburgh.

 Speed in transmission is only one of the many advantages of the new telegraph instrument. Under the present system all messages must be translated from English to Morse before being sent, and at receiving end they must be re-translated and written into English. The telegraph typewriter does not require the presence of an operator at the receiving end and the sender can transmit messages as rapidly as a letter can be written on an ordinary typewriter.

 If he is an expert Morse operator and the receiving operator happens to be just learning the business the Morse system is absolutely governed by by the speed of the new operator. He can only take it just so fast, and the expert must telegraph so slowly or the man will not be able to translate the message. With the telegraph typewriter the message is received without interruption, and never stopped to have any part repeated. Any one the inventor says, who can write a letter or message on an ordinary office typewriter can telegraph. The machine that is used as a sending machine by the turning of a key or a switch. Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1911:


Several Methods of Preparing it for the Table.

Country people say: "Rabbits should never be eaten until they have a chance to lick the frost off the leaves." Certainly they are in perfection at holiday time.

In this country the usual method of cooking rabbit is in the form of a stew, and so savory is it considered that no attempts are made to add its natural flavor.

In England it is different. There every man who buys, and every woman who cooks a rabbit, wishes it was a "hare:" and many are the devices for rendering the animal which is not game like that which is. As a result, there are many delicious ways of cooking a rabbit, for the most part unknown to us. The most popular of these is called "jugging," in imitation of the "jugged hare."

Skin and wash the rabbit, laying it in salt and water for at least an hour. Cut one-half pound of bacon, rather fat, also one onion into dice. Put some cloves, about a dozen, into a smaller oven, and place the rabbit, bacon and onions in a stone jar. Cover with one cup of cold water. (It should be mentioned that the English vinegar is made from malt, and therefore is much stronger than that ordinarily used in America, so the proportions of vinegar and water must be regulated accordingly.) Add pepper, salt and a little allspice, also one or two bay leaves. These bay leaves may be bought at grocers put in packages like herbs. Cover this jar closely. I have found the lid of a small saucepan, one that fits into the top of the jar, answers that purpose, Set it in a hot oven and let it cook for two hours.

Wash and clean the rabbit in much the same manner as poultry. Then stuff it with sausage meat and a dressing made of parsley, bread crumbs, or whatever you would prepare for a turkey or chicken. Sew the rabbit together, place strips of bacon over the back and bake in a moderate oven, basting frequently. It should be served with red currant jelly and a nicely browned gravy.

Rabbit may be stewed in the same manner as chicken in fricassee. It should always be cooked in stock and have a strip of salt pork cut into dice to flavor it properly. The English add spices in which mace is the predominating flavor, but care must be exercised in the use of this, for is is objectionable to many.

The rabbit should be cooked as for stew, the gravy thickened and the whole put in a deep dish and baked with a top crust and strips around the sides, as beef-steak pie is made.

Rabbits may be fried, boiled or curried; in short treated in the same manner as chicken, only that spices are needed in their preparation, and the English frequently add one or two glasses of wine, port or sherry as preferred, to ragouts made of rabbit. The idea of the wine is, to give the flavor of game as far as possible. Another addition is one of the liver chopped fine and mixed with the dressing. "Minced liver" is also frequently added to the gravy, instead of being mixed with the dressing.

- Detroit Free Press - Printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894.

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