Shiner Gazette. (Shiner, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 48, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 26, 1899 Page: 3 of 8
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SHE WAS A GEfiMAN.
AND COULD NOT TRAVEL BY
Envied the American Women — Fran
Verwittwete Had Always Wanted to
Roam the World but When Her
Chance Came Her Nationality Interfered
This particular Mrs. Widow, as the
Germans put it, was the relict of a
Leipsic merchant, who had left her
well jvovided for, says the New York
Commercial Advertiser. She was a
short, stout, prosperous looking wom-
an of somewhere about 60, with beau-
tiful white hair. She bought it at that
nice place in Munich, and with it
dressed her head in a more elaborate
and French way than is common
among German women of her years.
She also eschewed the caps with which
they commonly make themselves so
unnecessarily “old lady.” In fact, so
far as looks went, the Frau Verwitt-
wete ran the American mamma in the
pension a close second. And they ad-
mired each other mutually—when they
•were on speaking terms. The Frau
Verwittwete was on her travels, too.
To be sure she was not a dozen blocks
away from where she had always liv-
ed, having married and settled in Leip-
sic and stayed in it right along with
only an occasional break in the way
of a “cure” at some Bad. But all
through the years when she had had
to bide at home and keep her hus-
band s house, as German wives are ex-
pected to do, she had nourished a se-
cret desire to see the world, a longing
to travel. And the death of her Herr
Gemahl, which is to say her lord and
master, together with his substantial
nachlass, had set her free at last to
indulge her life-long wish. She ac-
cordingly sold her house and estab-
lished herself in that popular pension
through which a cosmopolitan stream
of travel poured. It was a vicarious
v/ay of seeing the world, but German
women, even in their 60s, are shy
about setting off on their travels alone,
especially Frau Verwittwete. The hab-
it of being looked after and decided
for by a man keeps them down, even
after he is gone. The principle on
which all German life is based, that
the man is herr im hause as well as
in the shop, leaves its mark. That
mark lay like a clog on that Frau Ver-
wittwete, though she was clever
enough to realize it and to rebel
against it in a spirited but impotent
way, which expressed itself in the dec-
laration flung many times and defi-
antly into the faces of the Germans
among hup fellow-pensionaires: “If I
ItatT my life to live over
again, my friends, I should go
to America and marry an Am-
erican. They make the best hus-
bands.” This opinion, the strongest
evidently and most important which
the Frau Verwittwete had arrived at
in her travels, was all the more flatter-
ing to that famous benedict, the Amer-
ican husband, in that it was based up-
on the American wife, of -whom the
usual constant current swept through
that pension. Their air of personal in-
dependence and financial security in-
spired the Frau Verwittwete alike with
admiration, envy and dislike. In fact,
to tell the whole truth, as she would
when her temper got the better of her,
the Frau Verwittwete and a higher
opinion of the American husband
whom she did not see than of the
American wife whom she did. Just as,
now and again, she would wax senti-
mental ajid spout Schiller’s Jungfrau
like any Backfisch, so now and again
she would fall back into such conven-
tional claptrap as that favorite among
German women, in which they vaunt
themselves as superior to American
women in rifely affection and devo-
tion. “The German wife does not go
off roaming the world at her husband’s
expense and leaving him to shift for
himself in his deserted home. She
stays in it with him,” the Frau Ver-
wittwete would say at one time. At
another sh«s would reply to the same
sentiment from another of the Ger-
man boarders. “Yes, but why does
she stay? Because she has to. Ger-
man men won’t let their wives go off
and have a good time without them.
If only one of a German pair can trav-
el, it’s the husband always, and you
know it.” When she made such em-
phatic remarks the Frau Verwittwete
had a way of emphasizing them with
her plump index finger at the length
of her arm. Fortunately, like the rest
of her stout person, it was short as
well as fat, and consequently only
reached half across the table. So the
eyes of her adversary were safe.
It was really a pathetic situation,
however, for all its humor, and one
could not. when that, wistful look
would come into her face as the flood
of travelers with their flood of travel
talk swept by her and left her strand-
ed in those two best rooms in the pen-
sion which she had taken by the year
and furnished herself with her own
goods and chattels and an air of per-
manency—one could not but feel
sorry for her, and yet all she had tc
do was to buy her ticket and take the
train as she saw American, English
Scotch, Danish and Russian women
old and young, doing every day. That
however, was precisely what the poor
well-provided-for relict couldn’t do
After sixty years of tutelage it isn’t
easy to be adult. As the Frau Verwitt-
wete said herself: “If you want to dc
anything well, you’ve got to begin a1
EVOLUTION IN POKER.
According to tlie Rule Pots May B«
Opened on Any Pair.
Changes in draw poker rules are
slow in coming about. Yet the desire
for quick action and also to give a
wider scope of chances has started one
change likely to be adopted. It is now
used when agreed to before play com-
mences. Of late years the old-fash-
ioned, antebellum game has been al-
most entirely superseded by the plan
of playing all-jackpots, in which, oi
course, as a condition precedent to
betting, some member of the party in-
dulging must have a pair of jacks or
better. This, of course, made swifter
play, while at the same time it en-
abled everybody to gauge to some ex-
tent the strength of the hand held by
the man who opened the jackpot. Bui
the latest evolution of poker is now at
hand, and it consists in allowing pots
to be opened on any pair. That is to
say, if A has only a pair of deuces and
is willing to take the chances, he can
begin the betting. Of course, if he is
very close to the dealer, he will pass
on such a small pair, and will hold his
hand to await the action of B, C, D,
et al. The advantages of this innova-
tion may not seem obvious, but few
poker players do not consider it a big
improvement on the cast-iron system
of adherence to jacks. In the first
place, it gives far more rapidity and
excitement, and excitement is what
your poker player yearns after. In the
next place, it gives a loser a far better
chance to get even. Everybody wiT!
be coming in on short pairs—tens and
under—and the chances of making
strong hands are greatly increased be-
cause of the increased frequency of the
draw. This open-on-any-palr game is
quite likely to gain the favor of the
pasteboard-loving public and crystal-
lize into permanent form. The con-
servative element will kick against it,
but will finally have to give way, just
as it had to concede the all-jacks sys-
tem, which was for a long time fought
bitterly by devotees of the ancient
When a man really gives his
thoughts up chiefly to eatables and
drinkables he generally ceases to think
of anything else after awhile. It is re-
lated in an old book on French cook-
ery that Fontenelle, a French author
of the early part of the eighteenth
century belonging to the school of the
preeieuses, or literary exquisites, was
found one beautiful morning lying at
ease on the slope of a hill. In the val-
ley was a large flock of sheep. They
skipped about daintily, waiting for
their guardian to take them home. A
friend of Fontenelle surprised him gaz-
ing meditatively upon these sheep.
“Aha!” said the friend; “the amiable
philosopher ponders, without doubt,
upon the vicissitudes of life.” “Y-yes,”
said Fontenelle. “I had been carefully
looking over this flock, and I said to
myself, ‘It is possible that among these
200 sheep there is not one tender leg
of mutton!’ ”
Whit Thick Rips Mein.
Dr. A. Bloch, the French anthropol-
ogist, attacks the theory that thick lips
are a denotement of sensuality, while
thin and delicate lips denote spiritual-
ity, firmness and elevated character.
In a recent paper the scientist claims
that the shape, size and color of the
lips are purely race characteristics,
and that in the hybrid people of Eu-
rope and America, where there has
been such a general intermingling of
races, a child may well inherit from
not very remote ancestr/'s lips that
completely belie the actual character
of the child, as indicated by the lip
theory. Dr. Bloch’s investigations sat-
isfy him that really thick lips in the
white races are always anomolies or
freaks of nature.
A child considers half a loaf of cake
better than no bread.
Boston has a municipal telephone ex-
It’s the fellow who wades in shallow
water that stirs up the most mud.
Fine feathers bring fine birds to the
!OWA PEOPLE GO TO CANADA
Kan Buys a Farm • with Proceeds from
Two-Thirds of One Crop.
W. R. Miiburn, Jiohn Holmes, M. R.
Dagger, E. L. StetsV n, of Buena Vista
county, Iowa, reporl as follows of the
Canadian North-West as to its suit-
ability for farming, and the advan-
tages it offers to thje agricultural im-
migrant from the United States:
“We came here solely to look up im-
proved farms and, if suitable, to se-
lect such as pleased us best. We have
not visited the homestead districts at
all, though we believie them to he very
inviting. Our inquiries have been
confined solely to the district around
Hartney, Deloraine and towards the
Souris River in Manitoba. Our im-
pressions of all that region are in
every way satisfactory, and we have
decided to go hack to Iowa at once,
and, having disposed of our several
interests there, to return to Manitoba
in the month o? March next, and. ef-
fecting our purchase of improved
farms, which we find we can do at
reasonable rates, immediately begin
farming. We are greatly p’eased with
all that we have seen in that part of
Western Canada. The sod we find to
be more than eoual;to that of our own
country for wheat-growing. and the
other conditions of climate, school?,
markets, etc., are all that we could
“To show what an energetic man
can do we mav -mention that we found
one such at Hartney who had rented
a farm on shares, receiving two-thirds
of the returns as his shsne of the
crop. When he came to sell his own
produce he found that his two-third?,
when converted into cash, was enough
to buy the farm h° rented out and
out, which he accordingly did, and is
now its owner. It is our intention to
induce as many of our friends as pos-
sible, who are practical farmers, to re-
move from Iowa to this country,
where we believe there is a better
future for the industrious man than
is now to he found anvwhere on this
continent. We are well known in our
part of the state of Iowa, and we in-
vite correspondence from its residents
in all parts w*h regard to this re-
gion of Western Canada which we
have visited, and to which we intend
PMMFUl PERIODS 0O -
Until the reign of Henry VIII. Eng-
lish sovereigns, as well as tlieir sub-
jects, ate with tlieir fingers.
Oh Thar Delicious i olfee!
Costs but lc per lb. to grow. Salzer
has the seed. German Coffee Berry, pkg.
15c; Java Coffee pkg. 15c. Salzer’s New
American Chicory 15c. Cut this out and
send 15c. for any of above packages or
send 30c and get all 3 pkgs. and great
Catalogue free to JOHN R. SALZER
SEED CO., La Grosse, Wis.
The New Yorfc Herald lacks respect
more than wit when it speaks of the
antis as aunties.
Do Vour 1 yhc .nd Bun?
Shake into shoes, Allen’s Foot-
Ease, a powder for the feet. It makes
tight or New Shoes feel Easy. Cures
Corns, Bunions. Swollen, Hot and
Sweating Feet. At all Druggists and
Shoe Stores, 25c. Sample sent FREE.
Address Allen S. Olmsted, LeRoy, N.
A child considers half a loaf of cake
better than no bread.
The Best Prescription for Chills
and Fever is a bottle of Grove's Tasteless
Chill Tonic. It is simply iron and quinine
in a tasteless form. No cure—no pay. Price, 50c.
Boston lias a municipal telephone ex-
Exactly Whit You Want.
It’s well to begin at the top of the
ladder and go down—in case of fire.
1<| /TRS. GEORGE OSMUN, of Belvidere, "Warren Co,, N. J.» writes:
j%/u “ Suffering as I had from weakness, irregularities and backache
X v JL for several years, a release from this suffering was *•- blessing. Oh!
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There is no need for women to suffer. Mrs. Pinkham’s advice and Lydia E.
Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound will relieva
Mrs. Ida Peters, Milan, Tenn., writes:
“ Dear Mrs. Pink ham—When I wrote to you
the first time asking your advice I was a great
sufferer. Menstruations were irregular, some-
times a week too soon and then a week or two>
late, and when they appeared were very profuse;
great pain and tenderness in the bowels, pain in
back and limbs, leucorrhoea, all the time. I
was weak and nervous and had no appetite.
Burning and choking sensation in my throat.
I received 3^our reply and folloAved all your
instructions and now I am cured. I owe my
recovery all to Mrs. Pinkham’s advice and her
Ella E. Brenner, East Rochester,
•‘I have been thankful a thousand times
since I wrote to you for what your Vegeta-
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ful menstruation and leucorrhoea. I took
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of Sanative Wash and am now well.”
Mrs. Maggie P. Stine. New Berlin,
“ I have suffered with terrible backache
in the small of my back for about seven
years, and could never get anything to help
me. I tried several physicians, hut found
no help. I have now taken three bottles
of Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com-
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Mrs. 24 S.1 Cedar Street, Owosso, Mich., writes:
«* Nearly three years ago I wrote to you asking advice in regard to m3 health.
I was so miserable; suffered from painful menstruation and backache, was
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just what to do. I followed your advice and I now am recommending Lydia E.
Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound. I thank God for this pain destroyer.
1^®% Ahk. i
'Vedette Bicycles for 1890
Our Chain: ess bicycles are always ready to ride because the running gear takes
care of it: elf. Them is nothing to entangle or soil the clothing. The machines are
so constructed that the bevel-gearing cannot be cramped or twisted under strains,
which accounts for their easy hill-climbing and splendid running qualities under all
conditions of riding.
Our new chain wheels contain many improvements covering design, mechanism,
and finish. The 18E9 Chain f olumbias are the same as the Chainloss with the excep-
tion of the driving gear. Hartfords are of new pattern, have improved crank-shaft
construction and are thoroughly reliable in every respect. As to the Vedettes we
only ask you to compare them with any other machines obtainable at cheir price.«*L.
PRICES: Chainless, $75; Columbia Chain Models, $50; Hart-
fords, $35; Vedettes, $25 (men’s); $26 (ladies’).
Ask any Columbia dealer for Catalogue, Booklets,
Folders, etc., or write to us enclosing 2-cent stamp.
POPE MANUFACTURING COMPANY, Hartford, Conn.
A BRIGHT HOME MAKES A MERRY
HEART.53 JOY TRAVELS ALONG WITH
Best Prescription foi Malaria, Chills and Fever,
Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic
It is simply Iron and
Quinine in a tasteless
form. ... Sold by every
druggist in the malarial
sections of the United
States..... No cure, no
pay— Price, 50c.
1' § FAT s
St. Louis, Mo., Feb, 6, .899.
Paris Medicine Co., City.
Gentlemen:—We wis.h to cong-atulate you
on the increased sales we are having on your
Grove’s Tasteless Vliill Tonic. On exam-
ining our record of inventory under date of
Jan. 1st. we find that we 'sold'during th ; Chill
season of 1898 2660 dozen Grove’s Tonic. We
also find that our sales on your I.a.xative
Bromo-Qninine Tablets have been some-
thing enormous: having sold during the late
Cold and Grip season 4,200 dozen.
Please rush down order enclosed herewith,
and oblige, Yomstrulv,
MEYER BROS. DRUG CO.
Per Sc ball.
Paris Medicine Co.,
Gentlemen:—I handle seven or eight differ-
ent kinds of Chill Tonics but I sell ton bottles
of Grove’s to where I sell one of the others.
I sold 38 bottles of Grove’s €MI1 Tonic in
one day and could have sopl more if I had had
it on hand. Mr. Dave Woods cured five cases
of chills with one bottle.
JOHN T. YIN YARD.
First Tasteless Tonic
ever manufactured.. All
other so-called “Taste-
less” Tonics are imita-
tions.. Ask any druggist,
about this who is not
PUSHING an imitation.
Whitbsboro, Tex , Sep. 13, 1898.
Paris Medicine Co. , St. Louis, Mo.
Gentlemen:—I write you a few lines of grat-
itude. I think your Grove'# Tasteless Chill
Tonic is oneof the best medicines in theworld
for Chills and Fever. I have three children
that have been down with malarial fever for 18
months and have bought Chill medicines of all
kinds and Doctor’s bills coming in all the time
until I sent to town and got three bottles of
Grove’s Tonic. My children are all well now
and it was your Tasteless Chill Tonic that di<4.
T ‘ ict say too much in it:
it. I cannc
i say too much in its behalf.
JAMES D. ROBERTS.
If your merchant doesn’t handle, send us and get prepaid to any part U. S. or Canada.
Is a perfect hair
VAN VLEET-MANSFIELD DRUG CO., MEMPHIS.
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Habermacher, J. C. Shiner Gazette. (Shiner, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 48, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 26, 1899, newspaper, April 26, 1899; Shiner, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1112219/m1/3/?q=RIO%20VISTA: accessed November 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Shiner Public Library.