Brownsville Daily Herald (Brownsville, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 147, Ed. 1, Saturday, December 19, 1908 Page: 1 of 4
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VOL. XVII. NO. 147.
BROWNSVILLE TEXAS SATURDAY; DECEMBER 19 1908
SINGLE COPIES 5 CENTS
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1 FOR SALE
Soome weeks ago we published as an advertisement an
estimate on onions grown on 107 acres of land in the win-
ter of 1007 and 100S land adjoining la. Lomita Ranch by
W. P. Stites Ed Polllan V. E. Nickerson and Ed C. Dnstin
Secretary of the South Texas Onion Growers Association.
Ihis estimate was mode In May while the Onions were in
transit. Since then W. P. Stites and W. E. Nickerson have
received return on their shipments from the 43 acres which .
they cultivated. Mr Dnstin and Mr. Pullian have not yet re-
ported results of their 04 acres.
The 43 acres reported on by Messrs. Stites and Nicker-
son show the results In a year when the markets were un-
favorable of careful cultivation good and careful packing
and early marketing of Bermuda Onions.. The 43 acres pro-
duced to 31 car loads containing 17001 crates netting the
growers $15394.64; the commission men $1320.00; the
crate men $2000417 and the railroads $8291.70. Reduced to
one acre each acre paid SSoS.Ol net to the grower$30.70 to
the commission mcn$G8.84 to the crate men and S192.S3 to
The net results of the above work are as follows:
These two men came here Kss than a year ago with
two teams and a few hundred dollars in money rented 43 acres
df irrigated land at $20 per acre paid their total living expenses
labor bills rent cost of crates .freight and all other incidental
expenses amounting to a little over $5000 and for the one
year's work put in the bank something over $10000.
" . Did You Get It? j
I If not yon have little time left. Xmas is only 1
i a lew days on. g
IJ Aw Suggestions I
( 1 for thenncmand boys for the wife and mother I
' 1 fc- secure I
J I Tents Guns and vni Gamc Sct5' Rower PoJ I
i Ammunition. - XHAS I
j Gasoline and Alco- I
Andirons Fenders presents hoi Stoves. Full as-
f and Ironing Tables. HERE sortment of Cutlery.
City Hardware Store
L P. J. VIVIERj Proprietor I
)j Phone 49. BROWNSVILLE TEXAS. P.O. Box 375 j
5 Largest and Most Complete Stock in South Texas
Refrigerators Gasolin? Oil and Wood Cook Stoves -
15 OFFICE FURNITURE ETC ETC. 1?
H HANCOCK-LAMB FURNITURE CO. Brownsville
Received a laege Assortment of Toys and
Holiday Goods to be Sold Very Cheap
Corner Elizabeth and
set at any
Tread is also
GET Our g
OPINION" OP FOR5IEB NEWSPA-
PERMAN FROM CALIFORNIA
This Valley to lie Succession of
Irrigated Farius and Thriving
Towns All Interurbanized Ily El-
ectric Lines in Few Yenrs.
"This Valley will be a succession 1
of irrigated farms and thriving towns '
all the way from Brownsville to Cha- j
pin within a few years" is the conil- i
dent prediction of Will L. Dunne ex- j
newspaperman who is now right of I
way and bonus agent for the San An-
tonio and Rio Grande railroad. Mr.
Dunne who bus been in Brownsville
several days in connection with the
work he has in hand has made several
trips up and down the valley over the
area included in his prediction and is
well posted upon actual conditions
here. A Californian by birth and hav-
ing lived the greater part of his life
in San Francisco he is well prepared
to compare the Lower Rio Grande
Valley with California and knows
what he is talking about when he
says that this valley surpasses the
famous Santa Clara country on the
California coast in some respects. Mr.
Dunne says he fully expects to see
this entire valley developed within a
few years to equally as high a point
as that reached in Southern Califor-
nia. Not only have we the climate
which is equally as mild and salu-
brious as the famous California cli-
mate but as Mr. Dunne says we have '
a far richer and more productive soil
with an inexhaustible supply of water
for irrigation purposes when neces-
sary. "I believe that this valley will be
very rapidly'developed into a succes-
sion of Irrigated farms and thriving
towns and it will be but a compara-
tively short time until the whole val-
ley from Brownsville to Chapln will
be interurbanized with the swift
flying electric car keeping the entire
valley in constant and close communi
cation" remarked Mr. Dunne to the
reporter. "The people here do not
begin to realize the vast possibilities 1
of development along these lines that
are Tvithin easy reach and only re-
quire the capital and push to be
realized. What has been done along
these lines elsewhere can be sur-
passed here very easily" he conclud-
ed. Mr. Dunne by the way has had a
somwhat Interesting career for ione
who is still so young in years. The
San Antonio Gazette with which he
was connected for the past year has
the following to say of him:
"Mr. Dunne was connected with one
San Antonio Light for the past year
and rapidly made his way to the front
rank of Texas newspaper men. He
hah been active In the promotion of
plans for a San Antonlo-Browsville
railroad and recently accepted the
position of right-of-way and land
agent for the San Antonio & Rio
There are few men in the city who
have the loyal personal following
'that can be claimed by Mr. Dunne.
Among the "live wires' to use his
own expression he is rated at a high
"Bill" Dunne has had a remarka-
ble career. As a newspaper man he
has been connected with many of the
largest metropolitan papers in the
country and for many years was em-
ployed on the San Francisco jour-
nals. During the war with Spain he
served as an officer with a volunteer
ergiment in the Philippines where
he was severely wounded. He has
traveled extensively through the
Orient and in Europe and Central
Mr. Dunne very modestly speaks of
himself as having been "the tinniest
of tin soldiers" but admits that he
was obliged to go on crutches for a
year as a result of a wound from a
Filipino bullet received in battle in
the Philippines when he was Lieut-
Dunne. A MYSTERIOUS SHOT.
Jesus Chapa Wounded Near Arroyi
Thursday night last while return
ing home from a baile near Arroyo
Jesus Chapa a ranchman living in
that vicinity was shot and wounded
in the right arm and side by a single
shot from a pistol. The bullet passed
through the right arm fracturing the
bane and then entered the right side.
Chapa was accompanied by one Jose
Salazar whom he accused of having
fired the shot. Information was
brought to the officers of the hap-
pening and Deputy Sheriff Jose Lon-
goria arrested Salazar the same night.
bringing him to town and lodging
him In jail.
The case was heard in Justice of
the Peace Gavito's court this morn-
ing when Salazar was brought up
for an examining trial. He stoutly
declared his innocence claiming that
the bullet had been fired by someone
concealed i nthe woods at the side of
the road. As there was no evidence
to fix the act on the prisoner Justice
Gavito dismissed the case and re-
Chapa's wound is not considered as
The Wise Man.
The wise man will make good res
olutions the day he sqes the need of
SEE THE VALLEY
END INSPECTION TOUR RY
Vice President and General Manager
Peter Not Surprised at Develop-
ment in Valley Predicted Same
Years Ago When He Visited Here.
Vice President and eGneral Man-
ager J S. Peter and Traffic Mana-
ger J. C. Mangum of the San Antonio
and Aransas Pass- 'Railroad who
came down over the main line of the
Brownsville road Thursday night go-
ing up over the Hidalgo branch yes-
terday ( returned to Brownsville last
night Today theyahavo spent seeing
the various points 'of interest around
Borwnsville despite the unfavorable
weather. Among other places visited
was the Ohio and Texas Sugar Plan-
tation and sugar mii. a few miles
out from Brownsville.
Mr. Peter when seen by a Hera.d
reporter today expressed himself as
not being surprised at the wonderful
development that he finds in the val-
iey. This is not Mr. Peter's first
visit to Borwnsville by any means.
He is well remembered by many of
our citizens as having been connect-
ed with "the railroad .which was pro-
jected to connect Brownsville and
Corpus Christi about ten or tyelve
years ago known as the Sidney G.
Miller road ' for .which the people
along the line and these towns raised
a bonus of $300000. Mr. Peter was
associated with Mr. Miller in that
project and visited the valley several
times then. He says he finds now
that his prediction of the future of
the valley made at that time Is only
now being fulfilled. It is his belief.
as it was Mr. Miller's that this val
ley needed only irrigation and rail-
roads to make it "blossom as the
Mr. Peter declares that he is here
only for pleasure now. He and Mr.
Mangum have just completed a tour
of inspection over the Sap road and
before returning to San Antonio he
wished to come down and see with
his own eyes the actual verification of
his former predictions.
Messrs. Peter and Mangum are
making their headquarters while
here at the station in Mr. Peter's
private car "Teocalco." They will
take dinner in Matamoros this even
ing with several gentlemen from
Brownsville and other places and ex-
pect to leave tomorrow.
PROMINENT .MEXICAN RY. MAN.
Vice President and General Manager
Hudson of Mexican Central Here
Another prominent railroad offi-
cial who visited Brownsville today
was C. R. Hudson-vice president and
general manager of the Mexican Cen-
tral railroad whose headquarters are
at Mexico City. Mr. Hudson arrived
at Matamoros in his special car last
night.and spent the night in that city.
He came over to Brownsville today
and spent the afternoon here. The
object of Mr. Hudson's visit could not
be learned but as the Mexican Cen-
tral is the chief owner of the land
adjacent to t he ferry and also of the
Brownsville and Matamoros ferry it
is surmised that he may -be here in
connection with the subject of the
international bridge which is to be
built at brownsville.
He may however bp here like the
Sap officials merely for pleasure. It
is observed however that neither he
nor the other officials referred to
have been duck hunting today.
SAN BENITO SIFTINGS.
To The Herald:
San Benito Texas Dec. 17. Col.
Alba Heywood returned the first part
of this week from a several weeks'
stay with Mrs. Heywood at Mineral
Wells. Mrs. Heywood's condition
was reported very critical- at one
time but she is ont of all danger now
and her friends are looking forward
to the pleasure of having her home
at any time.
Mrs. Wilbur Freeman and her sis-
ter Miss Ethel Johnson who is visit-
ing her from Indiana spent Tuesday
and Wednesday in Brownsville.
A dance is being given tonight at
the new Warren building on the
boulevard to commemorate the occa-
sion of its completion. The dance
will be attended by all of San Benito
society and a jolly time is to be ex-
pected. The building has already
been leased to I. M. Valdetero and
D. McChesnoy formerly of Ravniond-
ville. Postals have been received from
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fox who left San
Benito to spend some time at Niles
Mich. attesting their safe arrival and
a pleasant trip. Mr. and Mrs. Fox
will return about February first.
Frank Caldwell has rented the 11c-
Atee residence here and his wife and
family are expected to shortly arrive
from Indiana. Mr. Caldwell nas
charge of the land sales department
of' the San Benito Land and Water
Miss Inza Brasington of Mercedes
was in the city yesterday and took
the north bound train this morning.
Miss Kate Purvis and Mr. Scott
Brown of the San Benito school will
attend the five days teachers conven-
tion at Brownsville tomorrow.
Mrs. T. B. Sherman expects to take
a short trip north soon as she has
been feeling a little unwell of late.
Main Canal 27 miles long
250 feet wide and 20 feet
deep. 13000 acre feet of
storage. 4 sections separat-
ed by locks and dams. Wat-
er stands 4 feet higher in
each section than in the one
next below. 50 miles of lat-
erals or branch canals now
completed and in operation.
Take our free automobile
trip to the headgates and see
On Alain Line of Gulf Coast Railway 19 Miles North of Brownsville
The Delta of the Rio Grande is the Most Favored Rdgion on
the Continent for Farming Trucking and Fruit Growing
San Benito is the Most Favored Spot
In the Rio Grande Delta Because We Have
Water in Abundance
Which is the One Thing Needful
At San Benito You Will Find
The Only Gravity Canal in the Brownsville Country
The Only Canal in the Valley that has Navigation
We are Now irrigating thousands of acres Without Pumps
Get off the train at SAN BENlTO or call at our Brownsville office opposite Miller
Hotel. Write or ask for ticket giving you FREE AUTOMpBILE RIDE from Browns-
ville to San Benito via our Headgates. Write for Booklet
San Benito' Land & Water Co.
SAN BENITO TEXAS.
ALBA HEYWOOD. President SAM A. ROBERTSON Secretary and Engineer
Cane and other products
handled on barges (20 hy 60
feet) through our series of
locks and dams.
Two Splendil driven wells
The New County Seat of Hidalgo County
cA new town on a new railroad in a new and
rapidly developing section jreat business oppor-
tunities rich farm lands BIG THINGS for the
man who buys now.
FIRST OFEER1NGS at our office today Dec.
12th. Come and make your selection on the Court
House Square before the big rush goes in on the
first train January 10th. Do not delay get first choice.
Watch Cliapin Grow
E. F. ROWSON .
Brownsville Texas or Chapin Texas
$ Roman Candles Cannon Crackers Skyrockets Firecrackers !
Pin Wheels and
I m VARIETY STORE I
Water in any quantity de-
sired flows naturally from
the bottom of the Rio Grande
into our main canal and
from there into the laterals
and out upon the fields. It
does this when the river is
iow as well as viheA. the river
is high. To fill the canal to
simply lift one .or more of
the eight gates in the big
The town of San Benito is
growing rapidly. Splendid
hotel. Running water in ev-
just brought n at San Senito.
water at 180 fett
to Any Real Estate Dealer.
Ha Ham Colonization
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Wheeler, Mrs. Jesse O. Brownsville Daily Herald (Brownsville, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 147, Ed. 1, Saturday, December 19, 1908, newspaper, December 19, 1908; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth147880/m1/1/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .