From the Lafayette Gazette of November 17th, 1900:
A Destructive Fire.
The home of Chas. Guidry in the eighth ward was destroyed by fire last week. The house and all its contents were completely burned. The fire is believed to have originated in a box in which had been placed some charcoal. The loss was a serious one to Mr. Guidry who was left without shelter for his family. Mr. Cyprien Montet and other friends of Mr. Guidry immediately started to raise a relief fund and we are pleased to say that those appealed to generously responded with donations. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
A Long Run.
The Lafayette refinery will have an unusually long run this season. A large quantity of cane has been bought of the Meeker plantation in Rapides parish. The destruction by fire of the Meeker refinery has compelled the owners to dispose of their cane in this manner. The Lafayette refinery has bought nearly all the cane grown in this locality, but the large capacity of the miss has enabled the managers to contract for the cane raised on the Meeker plantation. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
Of the State Normal School Will Deliver Addresses at the Meeting of the Teachers and at the Court-house.
We are informed by the committee on program of the Lafayette Parish Teachers' Institute that President B. C. Caldwell, of the State Normal School, has consented to be present at the next meeting of that body on next Saturday, the 24th., and that he will make two addresses - one at the morning session of the Institute to be held at the Public School at 10 and the other at the night session to be held in the court-house at 7:30.
The public are cordially invited to be present at both sessions, and we assure all who attend that they will hear valuable instruction for teachers and parents alike, and an intellectual treat for all.
We are pleased to learn of the interest that is being taken by our public school teachers in the work of these monthly institutes, and we feel sure that their meetings cannot fail to be a very helpful experience to all who participate in them. Undoubtedly, the Institute will in time prove a means of marked professional improvement for the teachers, and of warmer appreciation on the part of parents and the public.
It is to be hoped that all the teachers in the parish, whether in public or private schools, and whether at present teaching or not, will be able to be present next Saturday and to remain over for the night session to hear President Caldwell's address. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
It affords The Gazette unfeigned pleasure to felicitate its friend, Judge Alex Verrot, upon his marriage and to wish him and his bride a large measure of happiness.
The fair one who has been won by the judge is Miss Ismene Labbe, a most charming young lady of the seventh ward. The nuptial ceremony took place at the Royville church, where Father Chabrier linked with the silken tie of holy wedlock two hearts that will hereafter beat as one.
During the day Judge Verrot entertained a number of friends at his residence on the Long plantation. There the auspicious event was celebrated in a fitting manner. Words conveyed the sincere wishes and congratulations of friends. There was, however, just a tinge of irrepressible sadness in the faces of some. These were the bachelor friends of the groom who, though rejoicing at his good fortune, betrayed a lingering regret that Cupid had so ruthlessly invaded their ranks and taken away so staunch and worthy a member of the Order of Single Blessedness.
Mr. and Mrs. Verrot will occupy the residence on the Long plantation which is one of the finest homes in this section of the State - a fit place indeed to sail on matrimony's placid sea. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
Centenary Anniversary. - The religieuses of the Sacred Heart, at Grand Coteau, cordially invite their old pupils to attend the celebration of the centenary anniversary of the foundation of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Wednesday, November twenty-first, nineteen hundred. Those who accept the invitation are kindly requested to notify the convent as soon as possible. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
The Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury has been called together for the 3d of December. We are informed that the Jury will investigate the killing of the Mexican by Henry Bucklin at Scott some time ago. Several other cases may receive the attention of the jury. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
Two Splendid Entertainments.
Mr. Bolling Arthur Johnson, well-known journalistic and literary circles, will appear at Falk's Opera-house on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with his most interesting and instructive production of the "Paris Fair of 1900" and on Sunday, Nov. 25, with that universally admired production, known as the Passion Play." Both these subjects will be illustrated on canvas by pictures of great artistic worth. It is needless to say these entertainments are highly recommended, for wherever Mr. Johnson has placed them on the stage they have elicited the highest encomiums from press and pulpit. The "Passion Play," properly presented, is a treat of great merit, while the presentation, in beautiful colors of the attractions of the Paris Fair, will afford pleasure and instruction of every one. We believe Manager Falk has been fortunate in opening the season with an entertainment of such high order. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
Rates on Cotton.
Judge O. C. Mouton returned Wednesday morning from Baton Rouge where he appeared before the Railroad Commission in behalf of Mr. James Magee, a cotton planter of St. Landry parish. Mr. Magee appeals to the commission for a reduction of freight rates on uncompressed cotton from Opelousas to New Orleans. The present rate between those two points is $1.75 per bale and Mr. Magee asks for a reduction of 25 cents, making the rate $1.50, the same as is charged from Lafayette to New Orleans. One dollar per bale of compressed cotton is the rate from either Lafayette or Opelousas to New Orleans. This tact is offered to show that the railroad company can carry uncompressed cotton from Opelousas on the same terms accorded shippers from Lafayette. In other words, it is argued, that the reasons which caused the company to give both points the same rate on compressed cotton should prevail as to the uncompressed article.
The Commission has taken the case under advisement. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 13, 1900.
A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: H. Hohorst, C. O. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, Geo. A. DeBlanc. Absent: J. E. Martin, F. E. Girard, F. Demanade.
The object of the meeting was to consider the proposition of Mr. H. J. Malochee, of New Orleans, representing the firm of Coleman and Malochee, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers, who proposes to supervise the W. W. & E. L. plant of the city, making necessary tests and reporting on same monthly, reducing the actual cost of operation, etc., for an annual fee of $600, payable in monthly installments of $50.
Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by Geo. A. DeBlanc, that said proposition be laid over to next regular meeting for consideration. Motion carried.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/17/1900.
Miss Jane Whittington, daughter of Mr. John Whittington, has gone to New Orleans to accept a position as telegraph operator.
Judge Julian Mouton has gone to New Iberia to hold a term of the circuit court.
Mr. Alexander, the contractor, has begun work on Mr. J. A. Roy's residence to be built near the Industrial Institute.
H. A. Eastin is painting the building of the First National Bank.
We publish the Southern Pacific schedule this week, showing the recent changes which have been made in the running of trains. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 17th, 1894:
One of Lafayette's Most Promising Youths:
Letter To the Editor of the Lafayette Advertiser.
Dear Friend: Being one of those who believes that knowledge, merit and success deserve recognition everywhere and at all times, I take the liberty to request, and I trust you will allow me, a short space for a few words in your progressive and interesting paper, regarding one of Lafayette's most promising youths.
It will be remembered that as soon as young Felix E. Girard was honored with his medical diploma, he remained in New Orleans and continued his studies in a practical way in the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, in which diseases the young doctor is a prominent specialist. Fortunate it was for young Sidney Martin, a resident of this parish, that Dr. Girard happened to be at home in the nick of time to save him from the terrible and unhappy fate of total blindness. Last year young Martin suffering with an inflammation of the eyes, although under the advice of his physician he sought immediate relief in the City, he nevertheless had the misfortune to lose one eye, and being examined by three physicians, who all regarded all prognosis as fatal, they concluded wisely to recommend him to the able care of the young specialist who went to work in his own earnest, kind and encouraging way, for two long weeks, and the old saying that "knowledge is power" proved true once more and the treatment was successful, and today young Martin can thank his good angel for having sent him the young specialist.
Success to you, young friend; may your noble efforts to help humanity he ever crowned with the success you so justly, deserve.
G. A. Martin M. D.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/17/1894
SERRET - YOUNG.
Mr. L. J. Serret and Miss Effie L. Young were united in marriage at St. John's Catholic church, on the 14th instant.
A large concourse of friends and admirers congregated at the church at the appointed hour, 12 M., to witness the nuptial ceremony. The bride was given away by her uncle, Dr. N. D. Young, and Mr. J.J. Davidson and Miss Nellie Bailey as best man and bridesmaid.
The happy couple went directly from the church to the railroad depot and boarded the 1 o'clock east bound train for New Orleans. They will remain a few days in the Crescent City and then go to San Antonio, Texas, before returning home.
The bride and groom were the recipients of numerous handsome presents.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/17/1894.
THEALL - MOUTON - Mr. Avery Theall and Miss Carmelite Mouton has joined lives in the holy bonds of matrimony, on the 14th instant.
The marriage ceremony took place at St. John's Catholic church in the presence of a large number of relatives and well-wishers. The groomsmen and bridesmaid were Mr.Albert Theall and Miss Louise Revillon.
From the church the bridal party repaired to the home of the bride's father, Mr. J. L. Mouton, and partook of a sumptuous repast prepared to add to the enjoyment of the occasion.
The new couple departed on the 1 o'clock p. m. train for their future home, New Orleans. Lafayette Advertiser 11/17/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/17/1894.
Mr. A. L. Burke went to Morgan City, Sunday.
Miss Maria Bagal visited friends in New Iberia, Monday.Mr. Abraham Hirsch made a flying trip to Cade, Sunday.
Mr. E. T. McBride took a hurried trip to New Iberia, Sunday.
For the freshest soda and crackers in town go to Moss Bros. & Co.
Miss Maggie Bagnal returned home Tuesday from a short visit in Grand Coteau.
Rev. Father de Stockhalpers, S. J., offficiated at High Mass at St. John's Church, Sunday.
Misses Ida Ledet and Henriette Bazin left last week to visit friends in New Iberia.
Miss Nita Scranton of Royville was, last week to visit friends in New Iberia.
The Guidry bakery turned out a brand new delivery cart this week, that is quite attractive in appearance.
Hogs for sale at Alfred Hebert.
Mrs. C. D. Caffery and children left for San Antonio last Wednesday for a stay of two weeks with relatives.
Misses Yolanda Rigues and Anna Gamard returned Sunday from Grand Coteau, where they had been visiting friends.
Mrs. Geo. A. De Blanc is on a visit to the family of her brother, Mr. C. P. Moss of New Iberia, since last Wednesday.
We have been informed that the Carencro sugar mill will not be able, by far, to meet the demand made on it the first season.
The Daily States Cigar is made entirely different to any other hence you can tell them at first sight. Try them and you will like them. For Sale by John O. Mouton.
It has been officially announced that the Republicans have abandoned all idea of contesting the elections in the first, second and third congressional districts in this state.
Last Saturday a colored man named Jules Mouton, of Rayne, La., was struck by Engine No. 508 pulling Train No. 51. The man's injuries were painful but not dangerous.
Rev. W. D. Spurlin. an Evangelist, will preach at the Presbyterian Church tomorrow, Nov. 18th., at 11 o'clock. A. M. and also at 7:30 P. M. A cordial invitation is extended to the public to attend these services.
Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder.
This community was pained to learn of the demise of Mr. Paul Castille at New Iberia on the 13th. instant. He had a sister, Mrs. Julien Mouton, and many friends in Lafayette, of which place he was a resident for a number of years.
A sale of fine blooded horses is now in progress atVigneaux's branch stable near the railroad dept. The horses are owned by Mr. H. C. Hebert and were brought here from his Maple Creek Stock Farm at Mulvane, Kansas. The lot includes splendid specimens of Percheron and Cleveland Bay trotting and running horses.
Farm for rent. 250 acres of land more or less with three cabins, large stable, cotton houses, corn crib and other buildings, 2 1/2 miles from Lafayette. Address P. O. Box 76 or inquire at this office.
Next Monday night (19th.) the Barlow Brothers minstrels will give a performance at the Opera House. This company is known to be a good one so that patrons of the theatre may feel confident there is an abundance of fun and pleasure in store for them Monday night.
Misses Louise and Amelie Locker after having spent some time visiting relatives and friends in this town and Broussardville, left Sunday for their picturesque home in St. Martin Parish, Live Oak plantation. They were accompanied by Mrs. H. Billeaud and Master Walter Donlon.
Ask John O. Mouton about the Daily States cigar and he will tell you that customers are well pleased with them, and always inquire for them.
Mr. Alfred Voorhies, who has been suffering with a painful affection of the jaw for several weeks past, went to New Orleans to undergo medical treatment at Hotel Dieu. He was accompanied by his wife. We hope to learn of an early improvement in his condition.
The subject of ramie to which we have been calling the attention of our readers of sometime, has brought to us a number of serious enquiries, most of which were made in person by those feeling a more than ordinary interest in the subject. The specimens of the crude and prepared fibre we have on exhibition much favorable comment in connection with the information we are giving out on the subject and not a few of the investigators express their intention to begin the culture of this hardy and wonderful plant, in a small way, next year so (unreadable words) become acquainted with the chief points connected with it's cultivation. We have received orders for a considerable number of extra copies of The Advertiser containing the article on ramie contributed by S. B. Allison, a continuation of which will be found in this issue of the paper.
Engineers, Conductors and Brakemen smoke the Daily States cigar. It is made of imported tobacco and is the best 5c. Cigar on the the market today. For sale by John O. Mouton.
Mrs. M. E. Simpson is showing many attractive and fashionable hats and bonnets and fine assortment of millinery goods, this season.
Mr. G. L. Singleton, of Carencro, was in town Thursday for the purpose of selling sugar by the barrel, refined at the Huron plantation.
Mr. J. C. Couvillon has presented us with a sample of syrup of excellent quality made at his sugar mill. He offers to sell this syrup at ten dollars a barrel or 30 cents a gallon.
Judge W. E. Bowen and family intend changing their place of residence from Lafayette to Algiers, La. at the end of this month. This community will regret the loss of such an estimable family.
Orleans Hotel - First Class Rooms and Meals at all hours.
We received a pleasant call one day this week from Mr. E. Priollaud, the "old reliable" jeweler and watchmaker. We hope for a repetition of the pleasure at an early date.
There has been a slight improvement in the price of both sugar and cotton in the last few days. Sugar advanced one fourth of a cent a pound and middling cotton is quoted at 5 and one sixteenth.
One of the largest and finest oranges we have seen this season was presented to us Wednesday by Dr. G. A. Martin. It was picked from a tree planted by Dr. Martin himself on his father's plantation near Breaux Bridge.
Mr. S. R. Parkerson, of the People's State bank, gives prompt and careful attention to all fire insurance business entrusted to him. When in need of information on this subject call on him or write.
On account of the delay occasioned by slowness in delivering crossties, work on the Breaux tramway as not progressed as rapidly it might. However it is only a question of a short time before the constructor, Capt. J. T. Dowdell, will deliver the road in a completed state, to the owners of it.
The man who wears the "BUCK SKIN BREECHES" has a happy wife. She never has to mend. Every pair warranted.
The ladies gold watch and chain, and locket lost by Miss Ida Hopkins last Tuesday was found by a negro girl and possession of them covered through the instrumentality of a lady friend of the Hopkins family. Information of the loss had been widely disseminated by a notice posted on the bulletin of The Advertiser, an effective means of securing the public attention to any fact calling for publicity. The use of our bulletin will always be cheerfully given to our friends and patrons.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/17/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of November 17th, 1894:
The Greatest Cock-Fight of the Season !!!
The Gazette is requested to announce to the sporting fraternity that the greatest cock-fight of the season will take place to-morrow between the hours of 9 and 1o in the morning near Hebert's store on Lincoln avenue. This now famous fight is for the championship medal of the well known rooster, "General Coxey," which was retired from the arena out of respect for the defeat of its great namesake for Congress in Ohio. The aspirants for this valuable prize are the invincible, "Sampson," and the giant rooster, "Nip and Tuck" of Georgia. An invitation is extended to everybody.
Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Signs of Increasing Trade. - Now that the business season is fully opened, Agent Davidson and his diligent assistants, Messrs. Mabray and Givens, are always busy at the office of the Southern Pacific Depot. The amount of work done by these gentlemen shows better than anything else, the large and increasing trade of this town. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Narrow Escape. - We learned that the Billaud & Estorge ginnery at Broussardville experienced a narrow escape from fire Monday. It appears that a match passed in the gin and set fire to and burned about a bale of cotton. Fortunately intelligent and prompt work prevented any further damage. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Earnest Effort. - Abe Hirsch, the industrious and genial bar tender at Begnaud's saloon, made some much-needed improvements to the plank walk at the corner. Another earnest effort like this, Abe, and you will regain your reputation as a hard working young man. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Bad Accident at Rail Yard. - An accident which will deprive the victim of the use of one finger happened at the railroad yards last Monday. Floresta Guidry, a young man employed as switchman, while coupling cars had his left hand badly mutilated, necessitating the immediate amputation of one finger. Drs. Hopkins and Martin performed the operation. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
The Gazette learns that Dr. R. B. Raney, of Chicago, a homeopathic physician just from the Herring Hospital of that city, has located in Lafayette and will occupy the office of the late Dr. Beraud. Dr. Raney comes well recommended as a man thoroughly skilled in his profession, and we join the people of the town in extending him a cordial welcome. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Mr. Washington Bernard, a gentleman as proficient in the tonsorial art as his famous namesake was in the art of war, has a secured a position in the well-known establishment of Mr. John Vandergriff and offers his services to the public. Mr. Bernard comes to our town very well recommended.
Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Transferred From Rayne.
Rev. R. R. Randle has been transferred from Rayne to Lafayette. Our reverend friend carries with him the esteem and good wishes of the entire community. We have every reason to expect his return to our town. As the M. E. Conference will undoubtedly recognize the claim we have on him. From the Acadia Herald and in the Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Out of Town Paper makes "Assumptions."
"...Judge Debaillon kept his word. Was not Lafayette a hummer though, Beattie was not in it. - From the Assumption Pioneer.
The Gazette replies....
Judge Debaillon knew whereof he was speaking. Lafayette is always right. Bounty on sugar, cotton, Irish and sweet potatoes and anything else they raise could not make the people of this parish vote the Republican ticket. We have a few Republicans down here, but they are not sugar-teats; they are straight outs. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/17/1894.
Who will give the next ball? Now is the time, boys.
If it's fresh oysters you want call at Paul Demanade & Co's.
Barlow Brothers, Falk's Opera House, Monday night.
A large quantity of cane is being shipped daily from the switch near C. A. Mouton's place.
Dr. N. D. Young and family, of Youngsville, were in town Wednesday and attended the Serret-Young wedding.
Miss Eloise Olivier and Miss Marthe Mouton came from Duchamp station Wednesday and spent the day in Lafayette.
Rev. Father E. Forge is having improvements made to the parsonage. We notice some bay-windows in course of construction.
A subject of King Humbert, with the monkey and hand organ attachment, visited out town this week. They did a good business.
Old John, who is employed at the Delahoussaye bakery, was suddenly struck with paralysis last Wednesday and has been speechless ever since.
The public will be glad to learn that an additional passenger train will, commencing on the 25th inst., make daily runs. It will leave here for New Orleans at about 11 o'clock in the morning. Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
Make Yourself Heard.
Susan B. Anthony says the reason that the average woman can't make herself heard upon the platform is simply because she doesn't know how to hold herself.
"If I snuggled my chin well into my neck and bent my shoulders forward and talked way down in my throat like the average woman does, I couldn't make myself heard either", she declared in a recent interview. No, the way to let your voice be heard is to throw your shoulders back (or 'raise your chest' as the Delsarte disciples call it,) keep your head erect and talk as though you had something in particular to say to the people on the last row of the benches. There isn't a woman living who, if she saw a small boy in mischief upon the other side of the street, would drop her head and timidly observe: 'Johnny, come her.' Indeed, she wouldn't ! She would let the welkin ring with clear, upheaded tones of : 'You, John, come here!' And John would come, too, instanter, and that's the way that any woman should speak upon any subject that she wants folks to hear about."
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Gazette 11/17/1894.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 17th, 1911:
Lafayette Boy First.
Little Jim Parkerson, aged 11, son of Mr. C. M. Parkerson, and the hustling seller of Saturday Evening Posts here, has the proud distinction of at present being first in the Post's contest for a score of fifty points in the sub agents national championship for cities 6,000 to 8,000. Jim is four copies ahead of his nearest competitor, a Pennsylvania boy, and the only Louisiana boy in the list of winners.
Competing against the entire United States with more favorable conditions in many town to overcome, Jim certainly deserves a big bunch of credit for walking to the head.
The contest ends April 7, 1912, and the boy who is first will get $500 in cash. There are a lot of other prizes from $420 down to $50, and we hope Jim will stay on the job and be able to start a $500 bank account April 27 next year. Lafayette Advertiser 11/17/1911.