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THE WATERS OF SAN ANTONIO AND SAN PEDRO.
Rifles, a younger company, has also distinguished itself. The armories of these
companies are the scene of many pleasant informal hops during the season, and
the members are otherwise a great social force in the city. Many dates of interest
in the history of these companies will be found in the Calendar at the end.
Friendly Societies.--All these organizations are very adequately rep-
resented here. The Masons are contemplating erecting a fine hall. The Odd
Fellows are already installed in a magnificent building on Houston street. The
Knights of Pythias are extremely strong, and the society comprises some of our
most active business and professional men.
The Waters of San Antonio and San Pedro.
THE DITCHES OR ACEQUIAS.
"He'll turn your current in a ditch."
And now comes a pleasant chapter to narrate, pleasant because it deals with
that which makes San Antonio the naturally charming place that it is, pleasant
because it deals solely with the efforts and arts of peace in a history that is only
too full of the strivings of war, bloodshed and contention ; pleasant because it has
to do with clear crystal springs rising in volume from unknown, mysterious
depths, deep translucent pools and bubbling brooks, a swirling river of pure
living waters and the arborous accompaniments of foliage, high canopies of
greenery, broad groves, great trunks and tangled vines, and with the plenty of
fields of waving corn. Let imagination wander back to the time before the
waters were in the least fouled by the contact of civilization, when the first
Spanish Missionaries traveling over the drier western plains happed suddenly
upon this valley, knowing little of it, and that little only by hearsay, how their
hearts must have leaped at the sight of this abundance of pure water, these strong
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