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212 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REIMIINISCENCES.
bogged deeply in the black and
tough soil or mud, sometimes for
days and weeks. In those days,
however, such game as plover,
curlews, wild sand-cranes, ducks
and geese abounded all over the
western prairie plains, and it was
a pleasure, though generally com-
bined with great hardship, to go
hunting: who in those days,
(when game was so plentiful, lead
and powder were scarce an(l one
hiad to load and reload his gun
not manufactured cartridges.)
would have thought of shoot-
ing a single (love or shoot
three or six times; nay, like often
nowadays. t(n to a hundred shots
dlirnig a (lay's hunt, at wild fowls
to 1)ring hionme two or three thus
killed. IIliiiters in those olden
days were well trained to shoot,
to get the game; and seldom was
game missed or crippled. They
were trained like soldiers to handle
their gun carefully and for sheer
economical necessity-not to shoot
"holes in the air" like is practiced
nowadays by some of our good
friends and "shoot-away-shells"
nimrods! Then also a gun was
to be handled very carefully
on account of the method of
loading. When once loaded the
caps had to be removed when
not in use, or to be more sure of
accident, the whole load had to
be extricated with a so-called
"screw-driver ramrod," when the
gun was to be set aside at home.
What a difference now in loading
a gun and quickly emptying it
of its deadly shells-thanks to
the genius of our inventive modern
But I am tresspassing my orig-
inal intention-to write about olden
time conditionsand huntinggrounds
around San Antonio. I will con-
tinue the latter for another chapter
and only include herein some old
time recollections of San Antonio. In
those days no skyscrapers adorned
the then quaint old Spanish-Mexican
frontier town "San Antonio de
Bexar," as it is often remembl)ered(l,
nor was anything known of as-
phalted streets or electric lights
and street cars, or automobiles,
telephones, waterworks, sanitary
sewerage systems and other mod-
ern commodities. And still the
inhabitants were quite contented
with what they possessed. The
houses in those days were mostly
all built of soft rock or "adobe,"
and several of these houses are to be
seen here today\: the old Seffel's
blacksmith shop, Hartlnann's sa-
loon building and others on the
corner of Croc kett str(e('t and Alant<o
1laza, andll ii variiols other dis-
tri('ts of our od'())01(1 Alarno ('ity.
In social circles, the old Casino
on market street, a great entertain-
ing center, especially of the German
element was what now is Beethoven
all, a11 (1 l'llrler Hall. tlhe IHermiian
Soils IIomue(, the 1'hail)er of Corn-
miere(' a ld m aiv other modern
(lul)holis('s i a11(1 it was frequented
by the military staff on Gov-
ernment Hill. The Ger-
man-English school on South
Alamo street and also St. Mary's
College were the main educational
institutions of old San Antonio.
Among some of the prominent
citizens, men who have helped the
old town along to bring it up to
its modern metropolitan standard,
these men among many others
too numerous to mention here
were, as far as I carn recollect:
Thi('l('a1) (firl'st (x('1nian Mayor
of San Ai;\ltoio.).
I)i'. F. Ierff, theil ol(lest veteran
physician of Texas, August Nette,
Julius Behrens, Win A. and Simon
N. Menger, A. Nette, G. Duerler,
Kaiimpniiani, Mlaveri(k. Towig,
Stumbnierg, I)aieihaulliae(r. F'raseh,
Frost, Sehl etze. Wllrzi)ach, Seffel,
Russy. Hieli. l1a ('oste(, (Cosgrove.
Bro. ('Iiarles, Soillival, Iliinge, )r.
I-ertzberg, Steiin, l)elissen, Fries,
Boelhauwe, Stumberg, Boettler,
Appmaniii, Jidge Devinie, Noonan,
Paschal, Iaubold, Hensel, Calsen,
Moeller. M Iluellr. Braul ach, Dem-
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