Brownsville Daily Herald (Brownsville, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 123, Ed. 1, Friday, November 23, 1906 Page: 1 of 4
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BROWNSVILLE DAILY HERALD.
VOL. XV. NO 123. 'BROWNSVILLE. TEXAS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23 1906. SINGLE COPIES 5 CENT52
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The swellest garments
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There is pleasure and sat-
isfaction in wearing them.
TvtNus a call and look
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Finest line of Eider
Down quilts and blankets-
D. B. CHAPIN
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Will practice in Uie District Courts
Starr Hidalgo Zapata and
DR. C. H. THORN
Office opposite The Herald
John Thielen Manager
Bread Biscuit Cakes Etc. Made
From Choicest Brands of Flour
Elizabeth Street Brownsville Tex
High Grade Durham and Here
ford Bulls Cows and Heifers.
Reasonable Terms Delivered.
P. S. Waterwall Rockport Tex.
Man Who Crossed Niagara Falls
On Bloundin's Back Is Dead
Death.of Harry. Colcord at Chicago Re
calls French Rope Walker's Great
Relates His Experience.
TONED AND REPAIRED
Piano Action Work a Specialty.
Keeps on hand piano
Strings and felts.
Residence. on Levee St.
Real Estate For Sale
In Tracts of 16 2-3 46 41 90
100 and 180 Acres Wthin Three
and Five Miles from Citv.
Plenty of Water" -By
Canii County Abstract r ompanY
V. L. CRIXELL. Provider.
First-class Licjuors Wines
Cigars. Polite Attention.
B. Creager A. I. Hudson
Creager & Hudson
....You Want the Best
Ybur Physician aims to put all hit kmnvieCj. tA-eii-
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fci a combination of remedies which your requires. He
cannot rely on the result unless the ingredients' are properly
Be fair to your ioctor and to jourseit oy bunding your
prescriptions here. They'll be compounded only by registered
pharmacists who are aided by the largest stock of drugs in this
part of the state. Everything of the finest quality that money can
buy or experience can select.
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I St John Land and Investment Co.
OFFICE OVER WILLMAN'S DRUG STORE
Brownsville - - Texas
If you -place your lauds or city propsrty with us for k
sile we have customers who will buy at fair prices. P
We have some good property in Missouri Arkau- S
sas and Oklahoma to exchange for property in Cameron
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Real Estate Agent
Have for sale some choice
pieces of agricultural land
in large and small tracts.
Also have a number of
tracts of grazing lands.
OFFICE: Store of Juan H. Fernandez
Successor to Powers & Maxan.
Powers S Weils Wells & Reutfro
Wells Rentfro & Hicks Wells &
HJCfcs Wells. Stayton & Kleberg-
I buy and sell Rem Estate and
investigate land titles. A comolete
aostract c. all iitles of record in
Cameron County Texas.
Practice in all state and federal
courts when especially employed.
Land Litigation and corporation
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A. B. Cole. U.D
Will pnctlce inUl covrtt. State asd TedtTti.
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Chicago November. A few
days ago there died in a. West Side
hospital a man who had one of
the most thrilling sensations ever
given to mortal.
Harry M. Colcord was the man
who nearly half a century ago
the famous Blondin carried on his
back over a rope stretched across
the river at the falls of Niagara.
Blondin died a few 3'ears ago in
London. For several years past
Harry Colcord has been well
known on the West Side in the
neighborhood of Madison and
Halsted streets- He was a skill-
ful portrait artist and his memory
remains in excellent oil Daintmcs
of several well-known citizens.
The sensational aerial trip across
the falls of Niagara occurred
August 14 1869. It was repeated
twice afterward the- last time in
the presence of the Prince of
Wales now King Edward VII of
Even after the lapse of such
long space of time the thrilling
memory of his experience ever re
niaitied vividly with Colcord.
i ne inougnt oi it naunts me
as closely as if it happened yester
day" he used to say "and in my
dreams it all comes back to me
Again I sway from side to side
and lay myself like a dead weight
as Blondin goes onward step by
step the rope swaying and his
balancing pole oscillating; again
I see the shores black with people
and look down the swirling river
far below until we seem to be
rushing up stream; again I de
scend from his back and stand on
the taut vibrating rope and again
TC IT j
i ieei .Dionain stumDie ana sway
as the ruffians try to upset us and
I jump" up in nervous terror and
BONDIN'S GREAT FEAT.
. Blondin had acquired interna
tional fame by his wonderful feats
on the tight rope. He was a
native of Calais France and liis
real name -was Jean Francois
Gravelette. At 'the age of 4 he
was sent to L'Ecole gymnasium
aud soon obtained the name of the
"boy wonder.'' His people were
poor and exacting and they made
him work hard. His dare devil
feats made him fascinating and re-
nowned. He was the first tc
throw a double somersault on a
tight rope the first and last
and only one. When he visited
Niagara he promptly formed the
ambition of crossing the river on
the tight rope
The place chosen was opposite
the Clifton house where the rope
a three inch mauila was stretched j
across to a place called White's
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picaamc gruuuu. ine rope was
in two pieces of 1000 feeF each
united by a long splice. It hung
at a distance of 270 feet above the
river and sagged about fifty feet in
the center by it's own weight.
The performance was well ad
vertised and was a big money
maker. About 300000 persons
were present mainly attracted by
the prospect of seeing two human
beings going to probable and
spectacular death. Heavy bets.
were placed as to whether the two
performers would succeed in their
feat or perish.
Harry Colcord who agreed for a
substantial consideration to be the I
one carried was a native of Attica
N. Y. He was 31 years old at the
tiraa his -muscles had been tensed
and hardened by rouehincr it
or four years on an arctic whaler
and he weighed ouly 135 ponnds.
Blondin's weight was 140.
The start was made from the
Canadian shore. Blondin wore his
professional tights; his burden
wore a conventional black dress
suu. xne Daiancing pole was
thirty feet long and weighed sixty
pounds. The tight rope taut as a
violin string was kept in place by
guy lines stretched at intervals of
twenty feet save for a space of
forty feet in the center. "Harry
be sure to let yourself rest all the
time like a dead weight on my
back. If I should sway or stumble
on on account attempt to balance
yourself." This advice Colcord
PERILOUS WORK IX MIDAIR.
"My first thrill occurred as we
started; over the pine trees whose
sharp tops bristled far 'below us
between the cliff and the river it
seemed far more terrifying than
out over the water- Mv heart was
in my mouth as we started but I
had absolute confidence in Blondin
and I believed that he would set
us across all right. Our progress
seemed to De dreadfully slow. The
sight of the rapidly flowing river
gave me a queer senation; it was
that we were moving up it at great
rate and going but very slow toward
the opposite bank. Every now
and then in order to give him a
rest I had to get off Blondin's
back and stand behind him on the
tope steadying myself with my
hands around his waist while he
balanced with the pole.
handsome diamond-studded gold
watch and chain while the
representatives of railroads steam-
boats and hotels- presented him
with sums aggregating a few
A second time that fall Blondin
carried Colcord across the river
the passage being without special:
incident. The third crossing was
made over the whirlpool in
August 1860 in the presence of
the prince of Wales and a gather-
ing of about a quarter of a million
people. Immense grand stands.
Uvere erected on both sides of the-
river and the admission fee was-
$1. Doors placed at regular
intervals gave admission to the
stands and among the ticket-takers
were several men now welfknown
The prince now king of Eng
land who was accompanied by a
brilliant retinue headed by the
duke of Newcastle proved a great
drawing card. Newspapers from
far and hear sent their represen-
tatives to watch not so much the
performance of the balancist and
his burden but its effects on the
young scion ot royally and the
imaginative reporter had full
sway. ine Prince of wtues
Faints" and "Great Emotion of
the Prince of Wales" were among
the scare headlines of special
The prince did not faint or otlt-
erwise create a sensation but
when the adventurers stepped from?
Imagine the situation getting the rope on Canadian soil he kind-
down off a mans back hundreds ly received them in his pavilion.
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standing on a taut vibrating rope said Colcord kissed me on the
and holding on to him clad in cheek and said "You're a brave
slippery tignts wnen tne least lnd although at the time 1 was
false move or loss of presence of old enough for his father.'.'
mind on the part of one or other
might plunge you both mto
eternity. And this getting on and
off had to be repeated seven times.
When we reached the middle
of our journey at the forty feet
unsupported by guy lines Blondin
suddenty tottered and swayed and
his balancing pole began furiously
thrashing up and down. He had
lost his balance and was unable
to regain it. He broke into a run.
In that awtul moment his advice
forcibly impressed itself on me
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ana 1 jay nice a aeaa weicht on
his shoulders to stay or fall with
him. when we reachefl the first
guy line on the American side he
slipped on it. It instantly broke
and the main rope pulled by the
A. and M. Boys Wearing "T" on Sleeves
Considered as Plagiarism.
Austin Tex. Nov. 21'. The
University of Texas students are
somewhat exercised over the wear-
ing of the "T" on the arms of the
students of the State Agricultural-
and Mechanical College and have
protested against it. At the State
University no student is permitted
to wear the "T" unless it has been-
awarded by the Athletic Council
for some extraordinary service..
Those who played in a certain"
number of football and baseball
games and won prizes at track
r.a a: - 1 j meets tennis tournaments etc are
uuntoijuiiuiijij guj iiuc wub jerxea .
sirlPWflvs. TM iroc th cf Sivwi me .1 - . hii meeting
critical moment of all. With his
wonderful agility he recovered him
self in time and won equiliburium
eno'igh to run to the next brace of
guy lines twenty feet away. 'Get
off quickly' he said and I
obeyed. He was like a marble
statue; every muscle was tense aud
rigid; large beads of perspiration
trickled from him. It was then I
most admired his wonderful grit
and coolness. Neither by voice nor
sign did he manifest this knowledge
of the fact that a dastardly attempt
had been made to kill us probably
by some unscrupulous gamblers
who had bet against our crossing
WILD CHEERS AT FINISH.
Again I mounted his back
and as we tolled up the slope of
the rope toward the American
was held today and a unanimous
protest was sent to the Agricul
tural and Mechanical College
against students at that school wear
ing the "T." AI crack Varsity-
athletes have sweaters with the 'T
ut cannot have such without it
being a gift from the Athletic
Council. It was decided at tha
meeting not to recommend any
rushing" of Agricultural and
Mechanical students if they came
over for the Thanksgiving footbalS
game wearing the 1 but to
There it goes again. The Pul-
lman Car company is a poor
struggling industry too poor in
fact to pay the wages of its port-
ers and yet iconoclastic news-
papers are clamoring for a.rednc-
nan k we confronted an immense
sea of faces intense with interest. tion of ils rales- CoJ- Jake-.
alarm and fear. A band was try- wolters of- Houston guardian o.
in'gto play but the wrought up the sorely tried and poverty-striken
musicians could on v evoke dis wan buuuiu oe given some
eordant notes. As we aoDroached consideration by his Democratic
the brink there was an immense fellow citizens Col. Jake is a
dancer that the rush of soectators patriot a Democrat and hn-
might crowd us over the cliff and manitarian and these barbed
others alone with us. At rav arrows snot into nis ward canse
advice Blondin rushed into the hini great grief and excessive
throng as far as he could eo. Pau- It isn't fair brothers of
There was a great cheer and the the Fourth Estate. Be kind to
danger was over." tne beggar at the gate." Dallas
For his intrepidity Harry Col- Times Herald
cord was made the recipient of A widow seldom' wastes muci
numerous substantial testimonials.
Blondin was presented with a
her late husband's.
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