Mercedes Tribune (Mercedes, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 8, 1917 Page: 4 of 8
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RSDAY, MARCH 8, 1917.
known farmer living just
own made the remark Mon-
e frost killed his beans but
t his hogs a bit. There is
ought in that remark. The
ho keeps some dairy cows
need never fear being wiped
old weather or wet weather
can raise his truck crops just
The following poetic appreciation
was written by Sergeant Peterson,
Company B, First North Dakota, while
the train was bearing the troops from
the Southern border to the frigid
North. The lines will be read with
real pleasure by all our people who
bad come to regard the North Dakota
men as^ of ,and for us. The verses
-wer^contained-ln a brochure of
poems entitled “Bits O’ Border
Breeze,” written by Sergeant Peter-
son, a copy of which he has kindly
sent the Tribune.
Good bye Mercedes!
Good by all!
Dear town of our “border” duty;
Your palms and your Southern beauty
Your mesquite burning;
Your soldier learning; #
Your alien and coyote calls;
Some hearts are grieving
But our train’s leaving
And tho a soft rain falls,
■With shadows everywhere,
The car’s not bare,
For ladies fair
Have left a lovable impress there,
And the flowers sweet,
And the palms above,
Are. tokens bright of their depth of
While the train moves on
The blossoms white
And red, are glowing for our delight;
Tho the town is dim
On the horizon’s rim:.
Sweet memory’s cup if filled to the
There will be a meeting of the
farmers on the Mercedes canal next
Monday night at 8 o’clock at the high
Matters of the utmost importance
will be taken up. Representatives
the Mercedes chamber of commerce
will be present to discuss the propo
sition of the immediate establishment
of a creamery here.
Preliminary steps will also be taken
for the organization of a farm loan
association and every farmer wishing
to take advantage of the opportunity
to obtain money on long time and at
a low rate of interest should be pre-
The program committee announces
several interesting features for the
Everyone is urged to be present at
T. R. RIGGS, Secretary.
“Merton Sport Hats”—The sport
hat that sets the styles for all other,
We have just received a large assort-
ment direct from the makers in New
York. They are selling fast. Do not
delay if you want one. Kasey &
Evans, Specialty Shop. 3-lt
The Hadden pharmacy moved Mon-
day and Tuesday into its new loca-
tion at Texas avenue and Third street.
The new modern business block is one
of the best located and prettiest in
the entire valley and is a decided
credit to Mercedes. Mr. Hadden will
maintain a ladies’ rest room which
no doubt will be greatly appreciated
by the ladies of the valley who have
occasion to visit Mercedes.
Mr. H. A. Wheeler returned last
week to his home in California after
a brief visit with his sister, Mrs. T.
W. Carter. He has lived in the citrus
growing district of California for the
past twelve years and has spent a
great deal of time studying scientific
methods of pruning and developing
citrus trees under Mr. J. P. Engle-
hardt, one of California’s best author-
ities on citrus culture. While here
Mr. Wheeler visited a number of or-
chards, his advice on budding and
pruning of trees being eagerly sought
and greatly appreciated by the grow-
ers here. He was greatly impressed
with the possibilities of this section
of Texas, the abundance of water, and
the fertile soil and the flavor of the
grapefruit, the best ever.
Goodby to all
Who hold you so close
In magic thrall;
Who have suffered and enjoyed where
your shadows fall;
Who counted the good—
Forgot the bad;
Who ever gave us
The best they had.
The train moves far to
The Northern snows
Good luck Mercedes,
January 23, 1917.
COURSE WITH MEXICO
Foreign Minister Says Attempt IVas
Justified as a Defensive
SAILING OF 58 SHIPS
On Account of German Submarines
296,000 Tons of Freight is
Unable to Move.
New York. — As a direct result of
the German blockade decree of Jan.
31, which also closed to neutral ship-
ping the British ports of Kirkwall
and Falmouth, fifty-three steamers of
American, Swedish, Danish, Dutch
and Norwegian registry have been
prevented from sailing from New
York or having sailed now are tied
up for an indefinite time at Halifax
for examination. According to figures
compiled here these ships, had they
sailed as scheduled, would have taken
from this port approximately 296,000
tons of cargo. Fourteen of these
vessels would have carried passengers
and United States mails.
The heaviest sufferer has been Hol-
land. Agents here of lines flying the
Dutch flag reported that twenty-five
vessels that would have sailed under
conditions prevailing prior to Feb. 1
-are tied up at their piers or have been
detained at Halifax for examination.
Ten freight ships of neutral nations
classed as tramps also are held here
awaiting orders to sail.
The American line which now has
its entire fleet of six passenger ships
in port, has missed eight sailing dates
and all passenger traffic to Europe
other than that carried by vessels of
the entente allies and Spain has been
suspended. The same conditions pre?-
vailed for west bound traffic.
The number of ships of the entente
allies departing from New York dur-
ing the period from Feb. 1 to March
5 is shown by port records to be twen-
ty ships less than sailed between Dec.
29 and Jan. 31.
London. — The German govern-
ment’s plan for involving Mexico and
Japan in war with the United States,
in event of hostilities between Ger-
many and America, was defended in
an address before the reichstag by
the foreign secretary, Dr. Alfred Zimr
mermann, as quoted in a Reuter dis-
patch from Amsterdam. Replying to
objections raised by a socialist mem-
ber to the Mexican proposals, Dr.
“We Wiere looking out for all of us,
in the event of there being a pros-
pect of war with America. It was a
natural and justified precaution. I am
not sorry that, through its publication
in America, it also became known in
“For the dispatch of these instruc-
tions, a secure way was chosen. How
the Americans came into possession
of the text, which went to America
in special secret code, we do not
know. That these instructions should
have fallen into American hands is a
misfortune, but that does not alter the
fact that the step was necessary for
our patriotic interests.
“Least of all are they in America
justified in being excited about our
action. It would be erroneous to sup-
pose that the step made a particular-
ly deep impression abroad. It is re-
garded as what it is—justifiable de-
fensive action in the event of war.”
DAINTIES FOR CHILDREN.
As a usual thing the children’s
party begins when the refreshments
are served, so if one
wishes to give the chil-
dren a happy time, the
eats coming first, they
are all warmed up to
have a good playtime af-
When possible, the
party preparations, if
shared in by the chil-
dren, will give them a
double enjoyment. Even
tiny people may have a hand in the
cake making. Prepare the small sur-
prises to drop into the cake, or get-
ting the nuts ready. It is not always
convenient to have the children help,
but it is such a happy time for them
that they should not be denied. Angel
or sponge cake should be the cakes
most commonly served to children.
Molasses Candy.—This is one of the
wholesome candies which we are safe
in giving children. Place in a granite
kettle one cupful of New Orleans mo-
lasses, one and one-half cupfuls of
granulated sugar, two tablespoonfuls
of butter, a half a cupful of milk. Let
this mixture boil until it forms a hard
ball in water, take from the fire, add
one-half teaspoonful of baking soda
and one tablespoonful of lemon ex-
tract. Turn out on buttered platter
or marble slab and when cool enough,
pull. Do not stir while the candy is
Sandwiches to serve to children
should be very plain, with a simple
Birthday Cake.—One birthday cake
was so beautiful that it will serve as
a model for many more happy little
people. Bake an angel cake in a tube
pan, frost with white icing and in the
center place a bunch of pink sweet
peas. The cake was placed on a
board covered with a large lace paper
doily and encircled with pink sweet-
peas and pink candles. While the
candles burned, the little guests ex-
pressed their good wishes to the own-
er of the birthday.
Walnuts that have been emptied of
their meats filled with some little gift
and glued together, will always de-
light the heart of a little child. Tiny
dojis, bits of candy, small china an-
imals and various things may be used
FROM SERGEANT PETERSON.
Tells of the Trip From Mercedes and
the Big Doings in North Dakota
When the Troops Reached Home.
SEASONABLE GOOD THINGS.
Here are a few delectable dishes
worth trying, they are sure to suit the
BRITISH HOLDING CLUB OYER
U. S. TO GET BOTTOMS
Coal Facilities Denied to American
Masters Unless They Agree to Car-
ry War Supplies to France.
Washington. — Measures to meet
Great Britain’s action in forcing
American ships to carry British sup-
plies are under consideration by the
federal shipping board. President
Wilson’s proclamation prohibiting the
transfer of American ships to foreign
registry without the board’s permis-
sion, it is said, will be used as a weap-
on to stop the British practices.
The situation has been made acute
by the continued detention of the
schooner Mittie Newman of New
York, held at Liverpool for several
months by inability to make needed
repairs because her master will not
agree to carry war supplies.
Cut ripe pears or
ones in eighths, re-
moving the seeds
and place on let-
tuce ; pour over a
and garnish with
strips of pimentos and shredded al-
Frozen Cheese Salad.—Beat a
cheese with a fourth of a cupful of
cream, season with paprika, salt and
teaspoonful of Worcestershire sauce.
Put in a small pail and pack in ice
and salt for four hours. Serve, cut in
small squares on lettuce leaves with
Venison Steak.—Lay the steak in a
mixture of two tablespoonfuls of oil,
one of vinegar, salt, pepper and a dash
of cayenne. Let it lay in this an hour,
turning often, then broil over coals, or
pan broil in a very hot, lightly greased
Cranberry Ice.—Wash a quart of
cranberries. Cook in a pint of water
five or six minutes. Strain through a
cheesecloth, add a pint of sugar and
cook until the sugar is dissolved, stir-
ring well. When cool add the juice of
two lemons and freeze to a mush.
Serve with the turkey.
Chicken Fritters.—Put pieces of cold
roast chicken in a French dressing,
adding a tablespoonful of grated onion;
let it stand an hour, drain and dip in
a fritter batter and fry in deep fat.
Serve hot with celery salad.
Pears With Onions.—Drain and heat
a can of pears, cook small onions un-
til tender, then cut in halves and lay
in a dish the cut side down, pour over
the peas which have been seasoned
and dressed with a thin cream sauce.
Lettuce and Roquefort Salad.—Ar-
range head lettuce on plates and
sprinkle over bits of roquefort, a third
of a cup to a small head of lettuce.
Rub a bowl with the cut side of a
clove of garlic, add a half teaspoonful
each of salt and paprika, then four ta-
blespoonfuls of chili sauce; mix thor-
oughly and beat in a half cupful of
olive oil, and two tablespoonfuls of
vinegar. Pour over the lettuce and
''heese and serve well chilled.
The Tribune received Tuesday the
following letter from Sergeant E. S.
Peterson of Company B, First North
Fargo, N. D., Feb. 25.
Dear Sir—After a pleasant trip
from Mercedes, made so to a great de-
gree by the thoughtfulness and kindly
remembrances of the good people and
especially the ladies of your beautiful
little town on the border and after
seventeen lively days in the Twin
Cities, where, tho the weather ever
registering from five to forty degrees
below zero, but where the big out-
door sports carnival, the great dog
derby, the breaking off of diplomatic
relations with Germany, the peace-at-
any price meeting, and the mammoth,
patriotic back-the president demon-
strations, the wonderful auto show
and a thousand other attractions
made our stay there an event never to
be forgotten, we arrived home Thurs-
day morning at 4:30—and by 8 o’clock
the whole regiment paraded down
Broadway and on into the armory
where a warm breakfast was given
to the whole bunch of about 750 men
and from all the home folks say the
boys looked as if their trip to the
border had done them good. There
was color to their cheeks, practically
all of them, had gained in weight and
there was a certain manliness about
them, noticeably lacking in some of
them before they went and that parade
was certainly an eye opener to the
people for a few had perhaps believed
some reports that the boys were not
well taken care of in the state of the
About five hundred citizens, includ-
ing the remnant of the G. A. R. and
Spanish war vets were present at the
banquet given in honor of the com-
pany on Washington’s birthday, at
noon. Ex-Governor Hanna, who was
North Dakota’s executive when we
were shot down to the border, gave
a splendid welcoming address. Lieut.
Col. Grafton and our captain spoke
for the guard. The decorations, the
flowers and the flags were all beauti-
ful and it certainly did seem good to
There seems to be more jobs open
than we have men to offer. I know at
the depot before I had been off the
train half an hour my old job was
there on a silver platter for me and
also a new one. I took the new one.
The people of North Dakota are be-
ginning to realize that Uncle Sammie
will have to clean up Mexico and do
it first and so perhaps we may have
a chance to drop in and bother you
EDWARD S. PETERSON.
At 2 and 8 p. m.
TIMES AS LARGE
AS LAST YEAR
EVERYTHIN NEW THROUGHONT
THAT CHRISTY REPUTATION
IS A POSITIVE GUARANTEE OF QUANTITY,
QUALITY, HONESTY AND SATISFACTION
ON THE SHOW SR0UN0S
BEFORE EACH PERFORMANCE
■nil 01 SHIRE DHILY
SUMMER NORMAL TO BE
HELD THIS YEAR.
Mercedes Cash Grocery
OH, YOU PRICES
Reducer of the high cost of living §
Buy your groceries by case or dozen and let us
figure with you.
JUST A FEW OF OUR PRICES
Location to Be Awarded Place Offer-
ing Best Inducements.
CLOTURE RULE TO BE ADOPTED
Congress Determined to Prevent De-
feat of Important Legislation
Announcement is made that the Rio
Grande valley summer normal will be
held this year as usual.
The normal has been held in
Brownsville for several years but Mis-
sion and several other towns are of-
fering inducements for it this year
and it may be held in Hidalgo county.
The committee having the location
in charge will decide in favor of the
place offering the greatest induce-
Washington.—The war department
has directed that between five and six
thousand enlisted mjen of the army be
designated by regimental commanders
for commissions as company officers
in whatever army may be raised.
Each regiment has been ordered to
select 60 men who will be eligible for
confmissions up to and including cap-
The designation of the men will be
on their military aptitude, not by ex-
amination. The department, as a pre-
cautionary step, desires to establish
this list of men deemed fit for com-
missions by officers under whom they
have served. Presumably the non-
commissioned personnel will supply
the largest number.
The deepening gloom of the evening,
As it covers this restless land,
Bringing repose to the weary,
And staying the tired hand,
Is the soothing blessing of Nature,
The end of the path we’ve trod—
Some of us call it Darkness,
While others call it God.
_—John Oliver Lewis.
Washington. — Approval of a rule
by which two-thirds of the senate
might limit debate on any subject was
given by caucus of both democrats
and republicans of the senate, with
only two republicans out of the com-
bined total attendance of more than
seventy voting in the negative.
The rule probably will he brought
up in the senate and its early adop-
tion is expected. Senators Sherman
of Illinois and France of Maryland op-
posed it in the republican caucus be-
cause, they said, it was dictated by
President Wilson. Senator La Fol-
lette did not attend, but several others
of the group which filibustered
against the armed neutrality bill did.
Beware of Ointments for
Gatarrh that Contain Mercury
as mercury will surely destroy the sense
of smell and completely derange the
whole system when entering it through
the mucous surfaces. Such articles should
never be used except on prescriptions
from reputable physicians, as the damage
they will do is ten fold to the good you
" irnro from tbom XT o IPc
White Dome 48s ..........
White Dome 24s ............
Austin Maid 48s ..........
Austin Maid 24s ...........
Tomatoes No. 2s ..........
Tomatoes No. 10s ..........
Corn, dozen ................
Tomatoes, dozen ...........
Kraut, dozen ...............
Hominy, dozen .............
Pumpkin, dozen ...........
Sweet Potatoes, dozen ......
HATS AND SHOES AT ACTUAL COST
Mercedes Cash Grocery
O. Seibert, Proprietor
can possibly derive from them.
Catarrh Cure, manufactured by
Cheney & Co., Toledo, O., contains no
mercury, and is taken internally, acting
directly upon the blood and mucous sur-
faces of the system. In buying Hall’s
Catarrh Cure be sure you get the genu-
ine. It is taken internally and made in
Toledo, Ohio, by F. J. Cheney & Co. Tes-
Sold by Druggists. Price 75c per bottle.
Take Hall's Family Pills for constipation.
The mathematical gentlemen, who
have all such figures at their finger-
tips, estimate that the possible auto-
mobile purchasers in the United
States this year number 7,000,000,
while the year’s production will not
exceed 1,600,000 cars. The point is, at
all events, that however it may he
with the cars themselves the market
for them is not likely to be over-
crowded in the near future.
Housewives throughout the United
States will he asked by Congressman
Rainey to cooperate with him in
bringing about a loaf of bread weigh-
ing 16 ounces at a cost of 5 cents.
Congressman Rainey believes that if
the housewives of the country demand
the kind of bread that can be pro-
duced in this quantity for this price,
and if they agree to purchase it the 16
ounce loaf will make its appearance.
The loaf Congressman Rainey is think-
ing about is not made entirely of
wheat flour, but of a mixture of 80
per cent wheat flour and 20 per cent
corn flour. He says this is as pala-
table as bread made entirely of wheat
flour, but can be produced so much
cheaper as to provide a pound for a
Look for the waste places on the
farms. Some of these may be on fields
that wash; some be on the overflowed
fields; some the poorly drained pla-
ces. The barnyard manure may be
wasting, the implements being left out
in the weather to deteriorate. The
waste may be in trying to do with the
hands what should be done with im-
plements and machines. Look for
wasted energy and wasted opportun-
Every farmer should plant a little
large scale acreage in corn than will
be required under ordinary conditions
to produce enough feed for his stocky
One never knows what drouth, exces
sive rains> insects, etc., may do. It
is well to be prepared. Surplus corn
can be disposed of profitably usually..
More animals can be raised or bought
to consume the surplus if you do not
wish to sell fertility in corn. The,
first problem is to raise the crop.
and Musical Instruments
New and second hand. Lowest
prices, easy terms.
Repairing and Finishing. Leave
orders with this office, or
drop a card to
J. B. VIANO, Brownsville, Tea.
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