Shiner Gazette. (Shiner, Tex.), Vol. 5, No. 26, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 24, 1897 Page: 2 of 8
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-Published Every Thursday by—
C. W. WARD, - Editor and Pub.
Due Year, postpaid, . - - p<0Q
Entered at the Shiner, Texas, Postoffice
is second-class matter.
ENCOURAGEMENT OF CRIME.
Unenviable Fame- of the Courts of
The California lawyers in their fight
for wealth or fame never let go a case
until the last card, produced from
some hidden receptacle as a last re-
sort, is played. Neither are they at
a loss to find something new to turn
up in the nick of time, so long as they
can get a hearing in a case before some
judicial tribunal, so says the Walla
Walla (Oregon) Union. The case of
Currant, the double murderer of
Blanche Lament an® Minnie Williams,
is a remarkable instance of the tenac-
ity and inventive powers of San Fran-
cisco lawyers. They have clung to the
convicted murderer through all the
mutations to which cases are subject
in courts, until the last final struggle
is for executive interference to prevent
the execution of a just sentence. The
pleas set up were principally those
that were urged before the courts and
overruled in seeking for a new trial.
a he confession of Rosenberg, a convict
in the San Quentin prison, was the
latest card produced to bunco the gov-
ernor. This convict declared that he
committed the murders, not Durrant.
It had the appearance of a well-arrang-
ed but a blundering job, as it is said
Rosenberg, according to his own con-
fession, did not arrive in San Fran-
cisco until after the murders were
committed. For ways that are dark
and devious to circumvent the just
penalties which the laws prescribe for
the punishment of crime California is
entitled to the precedence. In that
state, as in others under the system
°f elective judges, there has been per-
mitted to grow up a mass of legal tech-
nicalities of the most trivial and non-
sensical kind and a system of legal
procedure which makes it an exceed-
ingly expensive and difficult matter to
convict criminals charged with the
most heinous crimes against society.
In addition, jurors are approached by
professional bribers or the jury is
stuffed, barefaced perjury and subor-
nation of that crime and every scheme
of trickery and deceit are resorted to
by attorneys to bamboozle judges, ju-
rors and the people. The more atro-
cious the murder and more daring the
robbery, it would seem, the better is
the chance for the criminal's escape
from the network of the law. The
most brutal fiend who commits the
boldest outrage against society, the
most savage and repulsive murderers
of women and children, seldom fails
to have his female, as well as male
mawkish sympathies to labor for his
acquittal or his pardon after convic-
tion. The history of the civil side of
the courts of California shows also a
lamentable state of public morals and
of conscientious principles in the indi-
vidual of right and wrong.
WHY THEY LAUGHED.
ESSIE opened her
eyes first oil
ana pulled her sis-
ter Sophy’s sleeve
I to waken her.
“S o p h y.” she
whispered, “‘is it so
very wrong not to
feel thankful on
a Thank s g i v i n g
"I suppose so,” said Sophy.
“Well, I can’t be,” said Bessie,
“ ’cause papa and mamma are away,
and they’ve been away so long, and I
don’t know when they’ll come back.
And the ccean is so wide, and some-
times there are storms, and if they
should get drowned I could never be
“I couldn’t either,” said Sophy.
“Come, come, don’t you mean to get
up at all this morning?” asked a
cheery voice. Aunt Rosy had come in-
to the room and was looking over the
headboard. “Don’t you know it is
“Yes,” said Bessie, “but we’re not
thankful, ’cause papa and mamma are
“My! my! But you’ll be glad when
they come back,” said Aunt Rosy. “But
get up now and have your bath and
your breakfast, and then I’ll tell you
something nice—a surprise.”
“I wonder what Aunt is going to do?”
“Let us make taffy, maybe,” said
; help it. Though it is Thanksgiving Day
j we can’t be tnankful, for we don’t know
! that we 11 ever see papa and mamma
Then Aunt Rosy looked at Uncle Jeff,
and both laughed ha! ha! ha! and ho!
“What cruel creatures!” said Bessie
to Sophy. “I don’t love them a bit. But
grandpa and grandma won’t laugh at
“Oh,” said Uncle Jeff, “I bet you’ll he
jolly and thankful this evening.”
“Indeed, we shan’t,” said Bessie. “We
won’t have papa and mamma.”
And then those grownups laughed
again in that cruel way.
“Nasty things,” whispered Bessie.
“I think so, too,” whispered Sophy.
But here they were at last at grand-
pa’s house, and out came grandpa and
grandma and Aunt Jennie and Aunt
Eliza and Uncle William, Aunt Eliza’s
husband, and their boy.
“Well, now, darlings,” cried grandma,
holding out her arms, “how do you
“They are not a bit thankful, ma,”
said Aunt Rosy. “They won’t even
“Because papa and mamma are
away,” said Uncle Jeff. “I told them
thanksgiving as an art.
An Accomplishment in Which Our
Mothers Exceilea the Girls of Today.
In an article entitled “An Old-Time
Accomplishment,” in the Woman’s
Home Companion, Edward L. Pell
says: “The gin who has cultivated the
spirit of thankfulness does not gush
over at the gift of a daisy, and snap
an indifferent ‘Thanks!’ at the man
who has lost a day from the office to
gratify her little whim. Of course,
those mothers of ours had their whims,
and exercised the priceless privileges
of thoughtlessness and snapping now
and then, as girls, and other than girls,
have always done; but I think it can-
not be denied that the girl of a gener-
ation ago had a conscience on the
subject of debts of gratitude such as
few have had since her day.
“I have said that I am afraid that
with many of us today it is a lost art.
I am sure that it is not given that
prominence which it once had, and that
it is not cultivated with the enthusiasm
with which it once was. Girls are
taught what etiquette says about it, but
etiquette deals only from the lips out-
ward, and the result is that even our
language tells the story of the deca-
dence of thanksgiving. A traveler
from Mars might hear our ‘Thanks!’
a million times and never suspect that
it was meant as an acknowledgment
of a favor. I am sure that up to, say
a dozen years ago, in those parts of
our country where gallantry has held
out longest, one could not give up a
seat in a car without being sure of a
full return in an acknowledgment that
meant to acknowtedge something; and
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To Detect Changes of Speed.
Engines used in electric lighting are
required to run with great regularity.
An interesting device for detecting,
with extreme accuracy, any change of
speed in such an engine is employed in
an Elizabethport factory. Two metal
plates are pierced with corresponding
slits and placed one in front of the
other so that, when the slits are in
line, the spokes of the fly-wheel of the
engine can be seen passing them. One
of the plates is caused to oscillate, by
means of an electro-magnet, at such
a rate that the two slits are in line
every time a spoke is pas-sing. If there
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Daisies in the South.
A southern man says the daisy wa3
never known in the south until after
the war. Now every part of it that
was visited by the Union army is cov-
ered with daisies. “Sherman brought
them to us,” he said, “and the march
to the sea can be folllowed in the sum-
mer time by keeping where the daisy
grows. The seed seems to have been
transported in the hay that was
brought along to feed the horses.
This is the only explanation that has
ever been m,ude of it.”
Bessie. “That is fun, or maybe she has
new dresses for our dolls.”
“I don’t care for taffy, or dolls or
anything,” said Sophy. "I’m home-
sick. Well, of course I am at home,
but it isn’t home without mamma and
They went down stairs with long
faces, and neither of the children had
much appetite for their nice milk-toast
and baked apples.
“Well, now, how solemn yon look!”
said Aunt Rosy. “Thanksgiving Day,
when you ought to be thinking of all
your blessings; and you don’t even ask
me what the surprise is. We’re going
to grandma’s to spend the day; there,
“But papa and mamma won’t be
there,” said Bessie.
“And we can’t be happy even there,”
said Sophy, sobbing.
Really, it was dreadful for Aunt Rosy
to laugh at them just then, but she
“I don’t believe she loves us one bit,”
said Sophy, in a whisper.
“I don’t, either; she’s dreadful,” said
And all through the journey to
grandpa’s house not a smile did they
give. And when the train reached
grandpa’s place, an<d Uncle Jeff came
in the wagon to meet them, anti said,
Goins: by the Wind.
There is a clock in Brussels which
has never been wound by human
hands. It is kept going by the wind.
M. Bondeard states that Roentgen
^rays can diagnose pleurisy and similar
“WELL, NOW, DARLINGS.”
’‘Hullo, chickens! How are you?” they
both answered together:
“We know it’n r ricked, bet we can’t
all about the turkey and pie, and the
candy and magic-lantern in the even-
ing, but they don’t chirk up a bit.”
“No, indeed,” said Bessie, “we don’t
mean to. It’s so dreadful for papa and
mamma to be away Thanksgiving
“So it is, darling,” said grandma.
But she did not look a bit solemn,
and grandpa winked at Uncle William,
and Aunt Jennie pinched Aunt Eliza,
and black Lucinda, the cook, who had
come out to say “Howdy,” showed all
her white teeth, and laughed “ki, yi,
yi,” and Uncle Jeff roared “ha, ha, ha,”
and all the aunts laughed “tee, tee,
hee,” and grandpa gave a great “ho, ho,
ho,” and the poor children felt as if
their hearts would break to be laughed
at like that.
“None of them love us,” they whis-
pered to each other. “And we won’t
love any of them.”
Oh, what a dreadful thing to feel and
say on Thanksgiving Day! And then,
all of a sudden, some one hack in the
hall began to laugh also.
“Company laughing at us, too,” sob-
bed Bessie. “We want to go home.”
Then the unseen person cried out:
“Don’t tease them any more!” and so
one came running and took them b
in her arms. Some one, indeed! It w
their own mamma, and behind
came their papa; and it was so w
derful they could not believe it.
“My darlings, no one was laugh
at you,” said mamma. “Every
knew we were here but you. I as
them not to tell you in order to g|
you a happy surprise; and when
said you did not know when you wo
see us, how could they help laugh
when they knew you would eat din
with us at grandpa’s house?”
“Then they did love us all the tim
“That was the reason they laugh
said Sophy, “because it was going t<
our very tha-akfulest Thanksgiving
And then every one laughed ag;
and Bessie and Sophy laughed
them this time.
that today the average man is utterly
upset and undone when his ears catch
the old sweet sound. Of course, this
does not justify nor account for the
current lack of gallantry among men,
but I am not engaged in the hopeless
task of restoring men to the old paths,
but in the hopeful one of pointing out
a neglected talent which the most
charming of girls may cultivate with
good results. I am not grumbling. I
do not mean to say that the girl of
the period is one whit behind the girl
of the past. I do not believe in the
decadence of women. I believe that
the girl of today is equal to the girl
her mother used to be; but I do not
believe that it is enough to say of our
girls that they are equal to the girls
of the past, any more than it is enough
to say of a flower that has had the
best attention of the best florists for a
generation, that it is as beautiful today
as it was thirty years ago. * * * if
we have done wisely, the girl of today
ought to have not only something
which her mother lacked, but she«
ought to have all her mother’s graces
as well. But it is a serious question
whether, in pressing her development,
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