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BIZARRE SAN ANTONI)O.
But it is in bizarre San Antonio itself that the Ioutl clscim/bl of diversion is most chlarm-
ingly rounded. It is a modern marvel of cities, plre-eiiinently cosmopolitan and thoroughly
unexpected. It chronicles its Spanish birth as unmistakable as its Texan growth, and its dual
history and complex existence harbor constant groupings of graceful and unique figures. At
every corner one stumblles upon pronounced provincialism from other lands, foreign customs,
coats and queues, and the angularity of race characteristic.
The puffing breweries and settlements of neat cottage homes bespeak the ubliquity of the
G(erman, now inextricably solidifying into the backbone of our civilization. I)own there
amongst the languorous odors and summller suns lie loses none of his familiar )personality, his
cosmopolitanism rendering him an expected tone in the motley blending of this, as other
It will repay a morning stroll to rummage about in the tea stores, junik shops and bric-a-
brac collections of the celestials, who have dovetailed their names and local habitations into the
niches of the town. Th'lie weird designs in cups and saucers will charm the eyes andll probaly
loosen the purse strings of every connoisseur, while the quiet little fellow with the very long
pigtail, who on most occasions " 11no splekee Englis, discloses a certain eloquence of \-ocabu-
lary in expounding the merits of his wares. In the " Chinee " shop, in the Mexican adobc,
alongside the palatial business block of this ancient-modern city, a curious sight is afforded the
watcher. It is interesting, too, to watch the )ob)bing pigtails iup and down tile banks of tile
river, as their owners scrub away at the laundry. In among the tangles of the mesquite and
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Fisher, C. E. Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, book, 1895; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143545/m1/28/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.