The San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 96, Ed. 1, Monday, July 23, 1883 Page: 1 of 4
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Vol. I -No. 96.
San Antonio Texas Monday July 23 1883.
Ten Cents a Week
The San Antonio Light.
IN AMY QUANTITY AT
IBID STEVES &j S03STS'
Y.irila at. International nnd Oreat Northern llullroiid Depot ami (lulvustnn llurrlshurir anil
Sufi Antonio railroad track Kant Commerce Street.
The best grades always on hand. Also Doors Sash Blinds
Mouldings Shingles Fencing Barbed Wire Fence Posts
Newels Stair Rails and Ballusters. Our lumber is of the finest
quality and unexcelled. We would invite the public to ex-
amine before purchasing elsewhere. Ed Steves & Sons.
"Miss Anna Louise Cary Raymond h just
added another" pshaw 1 only another "free
lied to her other Rifts to a Maine hospital."
When it li remembrred how hard it is for
women to keep their powder dry this weather
it seems almost like sacrilege to growl at the
Anna Dickinson intends to play "Lady
MacUeth" as well as "Hamlet" this year.
She will open her season at Harrisburg Sep-
In a fight between Sam Harris and his wife
near Raleigh N. C on the loth inst. Mrs.
1 larris killed her husband with one blow of an
old fashioned fire shovel.
A New York lady claims that her parrot is
such a perfect mimic that it even "orders the
servants about." Ten to one that is more
than the lady can do herself.
Mrs. Carlisle wife of the Kentucky Con-
gressman is taller than her huband. with a
reddish complexion and Scotch Irish type of
features. Her manner is dignified.
A delicate tribute was paid to the value of
Mount Holyoke Seminary last week by a lady
handing to one of the trustees $5000 "to be
used in helping girls not blessed with this
world's goods. '
The Queen of Italy eits under the eye of a
doctor who tells her what not to eat. It
would be so much easier to place the cook
under the eye of the doctor who might tell
her what not to cook. .
Queen Victoria has invited the celebrated
painter Professor Von Angeli of Vienna to
visit England and make a life-size potrait of
her to be presented to the German Emperor
dn the 25th anniversary of his assumption ol
the regency of Prussia.
Miss Louisa de la Harae ("Ouida") is seri-
ously ill at Florence. 'Overwork and a slight
touch of Roman fever to which her constitu-
tion has hitherto been impervious have
affected her brain and she is now In strict
seclusion and under careful treatment.
A wedding was curiously celebrated not
long ago in County Londonderry. The bride
and bridegroom were walking to church when
suddenly an exuberant person discharged a
gun in honor of the occasion and brought
.town both bride and groom each being
struck In the face and neck and severejy .in-
jured. The wedding was of course post-
poned. Aunt Sophie Nichols a colored fortune
teller in Baltimore has gotten Into trouble ;
has had to pay a fine of $25 and says she
will tell no more fortunes. She says she was
born in New Orleans where she was called a
voudou. She cot into her present trouble by
telling a young married woman mat her
mother-in-law had out a "spell" upon her.
The young woman told her husband what
big lainily row in which the husband took
the part of bis wife and his brother that of the
mother. The brothers came to blows and
there would have been a death or two in the
family but for the interfence of the head of the
family; "just because" as the rcporter'puts it
"Aunt Sophie said that the mother-in-law had
put a 'spell' on her son's wife." Times
Ilishop A. Cl'veland Coxe hft written again
about dreams citing his own and others'
curious experience With half waking visions
and concluding his article as follows: "My
conclusion is that there is much of the preter
natural in the realms of mind and of
matter too; much that implies variations from
law and a law of variations. These varia-
tions are such as intimate if they do not de-
monstratethat the mechanism of the universe
does not run itself. There Is engineering
somewhere and vn engineer who makes his
hand felt though 'invisible"
Docs Murray Harm unit data II 1 111 Fluert
Murray an Irishman was before the Re
corder this morning for using insulting lan
guage and threatening Mr. P. Fields and his
wife. Mr. Fields proved that Murray began
cursing and swearing in a horrible manner
and continued in the same strain for so long
he was obliged to go for a policeman. Not
finding one he returned to bed having as he
declared "to have to put his fingers in his
ears to shut out the noise." Murray who is
his tenant began calling Mrs. Fields and her
hutband objectionable names to such an ex
tent Mr. Fields was obliged to have him ar
rested. Murray tried to prove the case to be
one of spite saying Mr. Fields wished to set
him out of his (Mr. Fields') house which he
rented by railing the rent three times each
time higher than the other and being able to
pay the case was one of spite. The Recor
der fined him $10.
" JU8T IN TIM 15.
An Hnlrlircarttli Escape from Heath on s
Hun Anlenlo Kiillroiiil Truck
The lloeruo Advance Uiub describes 11 narrow
CBcapu from an owtul death by its estimable
imtprlctor Mr. A (1. Vojrt wullo vlsltlm this
"Mr-A. G. Vofrt. on Ills butt trln to Hun An
toulo tmil u nurrow swiiim from holme knock-
ed Into tliu swont sulisciitiently. It wad ijtilto
lark when he ncurod dull Antonio unci on his
uiprnuch to thu railroad crossing lie saw thu
ncuuiigui. 01 mi upproacmnif iraiu our iuiiik-
Inif It wns ti lomr distance trom him thought
ho could safely cross. Just ushu drovo upon
tlic truck the ringing of the bell und the
tcrrlllu whistling ot the engine convinced him
that ho hud beou a little too previous and that
If ho wanted to register at tlio Central hotel
tuuiiiigui 110 una nuttor get oil 1110 track
p. d. i. Thu hind wheels of his hack had hard-
ly loft the rails when tlio train went thunder
ing hv at full sneed. and had Mr. Viurt been
two seconds Inter In irottlntrollhu would never
nave torn 1110 two to us. I'ursons cannot uu
too caret' ul In crossing railroad trucks uf ter
CITY PHYSICIAN'S Hfil'OHT.
Deaths lu Sau Autonlo fur Week Undine;
Fuustina Nunez aired 35 years acute gastri
tis; no medical uttenduueo.
Lilly Muldoon aged four months; unknown
causes; no medlcul attendance.
Infant (loldmun few hours after birth;
homorrhnir" of the lungs.
Juunlta Floret!. M veil re: heart disease.
Poncluno MurquoA 41) years; disease Of tlio
Cruz Nuranos W years; typhoid remittent
Mr J. C. llennett 40 years; pulmonary tu
ltlttu Iliirroru 11 days; marasmus; no medi
cal uueuuuueu. (
Ama Samuels 'it montlis; marasmus after
Jcsusa Florcs 12 your typhoid fever.
A WIFE'S Al'l'KAL.
The Wife of the Sulctda Stephens Wants
' Information and Ills Trunk.
Mayor French has received tlio following
letter from Mrs. Katie Stophens.wlfoof William
Stephens who receutly committed suicide!
Dkcatwi III. July 17 18S.1 -Will you plcuso
letmok"ow If the Mr. Wlltlo Stephens who
was drowned In bun Antonio Texas bud Unlit
linlr und bluo ores and It ho was u large uiuii
und you will oblige mo very much by giving
mo all particulars for I am his wife and I
would like tu know whut you did with his
tiunk. Have you sent It to his brothers 1 If
not you will pleuso send It to me Mrs. Kutle
Stouuons G. O. I) Dccutur III. Von will
ouiiye ine uy answering- at once.
skkiko hku home
She Offered n Clmlr and (lure Mini
a Htlck With It.
James McCerner who wore the U. S. mili
tary uniform was charged in the Recorder's
:ourt this morning with being drunk and dis
orderly. The principal witness was Mrs.
Ridley an Irish woman of the Mrs. Gcagan
style who deposed that she "did not know
the accused but had met him several times
She saw him last night In Hitters' saloon
where she 'had a glass or two' and then he
followed her to her camp not far from the
saloon. She gave him a chair outside but
when she went inside he followed her shut
the door knocked her down and
beat her badly refusing to let her
leave the camp. At last she go'
away and went for a policeman. She ex
hihited marks of bruises on the face and neck.
and said that she was bruited all over her
body. The City Attorney then asked how the
accused got a kick under the eye which had
broken the skin and looked unsightly when
Mrs. Ridley answered " Well h hit me
first" causing roars of laughter in court. The
accused called Henry Hitters who declared
that Mrs. Ridley was very drunk and he had
asked some soldier to see her home. In
answer to the charge McCerner admitted that
he was drunk but said he had a distinct recol-
lection of what occurred. At Mr. Hitters'
suggestion he had seen the woman home out
of charity and when he arrived at her camp
she ollered htm a chair and a slick with it
wounding him severely under the eye. He
then lost his temper and struck her. The Re-
corder fined McCirnf r $10 for being drunk.
A Forcible unit Frnrtlcablo Argument lor
the Establishment of u Uefurmiitary.
Mrs. Hoffman who keeps a general shop
on Alamo street opposite Scholz's and who
was recently maltreated by a colored boy in
an attempt to rob her was successfully robbed
of $10 on Saturday night. The thieves are
said to be two colored boys who watched her
until busy f-ervinc some customers. They
then crept In seized the till appropriated its
contents and escaped through the back yard.
Information was at once given to the police
but there is no clue to the colored thieves.
There is no doubt that this is another of the
many thefts which are daily committed by a
certain class of dangerous criminals of youth-
ful age and who are unpunishable by reason
of their youth and the absence of due pro-
vision made for their correction. These boys
well know that even If they are arrested they
will be released and as a matter of fact are
Indifferent. From this cause these boys pur-
sue a life of crime which eventually makes
them worthless members of.soclety Instead of
being stopped in their criminal career by be
ing placed in a reformatory and educated to
be good citizens. It furnishes another forcible
argument as to the necessity for a reformatory
system such as is worked successfully else-
where. The sooner the system is adopted
the better it will be for the city
How Two Frenchmen Make 11 Lively Sceuo
at the Medina Hoarding; House
The Medina boarding house presented
a rather lively scene last night. From the
evidence adduced in the Recorder's court this
morning it appears that two Frenchmen
named Le Clare and Rosseau filled with
"0 be joyful" were making a disturbance
from which cause an occupant of the next
room an aged Frenchman named Jules Forez
arose and partially dressed himself with the
intention of going down to complain to the
landlord when Le Clare and Rosseau came
to his room and pitched him on to the water
bucket probably in the hope of cooling his
indignation. In any case the water was up-
set and Forez fell in the midst of it. The dis
turbers of the peace were arrested and subse
quently released upon bond. When they got
back to the boarding house they went to
Forez's room kicked open the door and
then Le Clare planted his feet in the 31d
man's face several times leaving traces of the
blows. A rearrest followed and Le Clare and
Rosseau spent the remainder of the night in
the city jail. This morning the Recorder
fined Le Clare $15 and Rosseau $10 for their
share in the disturbance. Le Clare paid his
own fine and then went to get that of RoS'
seau which was soon paid and the French
compatriots in misfortune left the court room
How Deputy Sheriff Van llijier Arrested
an Escaped Convict.
Deputy Sheriff Van Riper recently arrested
a Mexican named Concepcion Tores and has
placed him in the county jail. Of this man
there is a criminal-romantic history not un-
common among his class and which is in a
j certain sense Interesting Tores had a pen
chant for horse stealing and for a long time
found it a lucrative business but. alter many
escapes the hind of law grasped him and In
April l88t was sunt to Huntsville for an en-
forced sejiurn of two years. Soon after this
he was hired to work on the railroad and
there contrived to escape. He might still
have been free but Cupid had imprisoned his
affection as the law had his body. His fair in-
amorita lived In San Antonio and when a
sufficient time had as he thought elapsed to
make his return to the city possible he came
and won his fair one. All went well for a
time until he became too confident. He then
openly promenaded the streets until Thursday
night when Van Riper recognized and
arrested him. The Sheriff is entitled to a re-
ward of $23 for hls capture apd for the allow-
ance of expenses incurred in returning him to
Huntsville whilhcr Tores will soon be sent.
Where Is It?
The examiner of the applicants for the
teachers' certificates gave as a question
"Where is the Island of Socrates!" She
gave it up.
One of the city professors of learning was
lecturing a few days ogo on teaching the art of
writing before the normal class and on-lm
blackboard example had three errorsfn one
li II- L..I.I- - I!... -1
inc. 11c uuiu-i a iirai-tiuss ccriiucaic.
Mure Kiillroad Work.
His authoritatively stated that the Sunset
branch railroad from San Antonio to the
Shackleford county connection ol the Texas
Pacific railroad is to be completed without de
lay. The contract will be let about the com.
mencement oi next month and the work will
then proceed with all possible speed.
A man named Morgan lately a prisoner in
the city jail succeeded in escaping from the
prison a few days ago at a'Utehour but short
was the term of freedom for scarcely had he
thanked Providence and praised his own
adroitness at his release than he was recap
tured and jillcd again by Policeman Coy and
Night Jailer Joseph Kohr.
The principal members of the Texas Polo
club have returned home to Boerue and have
had a cordial reception by the citizens who
are elated over the success of their fellow -citizens
in Austin and San Antonio. Polo
play was resumed yesterday at Captain Glynn-
Turqtund's Balcones ranch which was largely
attended and the players were frequently
A Hie FlmT
A Mexican Alphonso Rodriguez who dis-
covered $250 in a box a short time since
buried in the ground at San Geronimo was
In town last night. The money was in Amer-
ican gold and silver the box being a heavy
wooden one about the size of u cigar box
He says money to the amount of $3000
is buried about the same place but he is not
certain as to the spot.
To be Disinterred.
The relatives of the late VV. Stephens of
Decatur Illinois who recently suicided and
was buried at the poor house have given in-
structions that the body be disinterred and
placed in the city cemetery They have also
requested that his liabilities be defrayed and
his effects sent to his mother and brothers at
Decatur. Arrangements have been made to
carry out these instructions.
Marriage or Illoml
A young gentleman who has been escort-
ing a San Autonio belle around has hurriedly
left the city. Tho report is that there is a lit
tle scandil and if he hid not left the belle's
Irate father would have a la Paul Martin
presented a pistol and gave him the alterna
tive of repairing injured honor by marriage or
of washing out the stain by blood. Further
revelations may be expected.
Yesterday a man named A. Cowald whose
fingers had been crushed while unloading
beer kegs some time since went to Dreiss'
drug store complaining of pain in his injured
members. Two of our p-omlnent doctors
were on the spot and found it necessary to
amputate the middle finger of the right hand
The operation was accordingly performed and
was very successful.
Why Is It Thus?
In looking over the pay roll of the city pub-
lic school teachers it will be found several
teachers who hold first-class certificates teach
the second and third grade and are paid for
teaching first grade while others teach the
first grade are given second and third grade
certificates and are paid the lowest salary-
There is evidently something wrong about
this business. The Light Is ol the opinion
that teachers should be paid according to the
value of service performed and not upon ih
face of th certtficate held.
TELKdUAl'll SKKVIOE. fc
Tho Old Telegraph Lluos to bo Iteorcnu-
Uril and Opened.
The citizens will be clad to learn that the
military telegraph lines recently sold at auc-
tion are soon sgain to be opened for public
use. Division Manager Ml'hurn has begun
to reorganize the military telegraph lines pur-
chased by the Erie Telegraph and Telephone
company and expects shortly to hav6 them
ready for public use. Mr. lireckenridge also
proposes to have the Concho military tele-
graph line put in thorough working order and
reopened in a lew days. These purchases
are really good investments for the owners
and as the temporary stoppage has occasioned
much general inconvenience the reopening of
both lines will be warmly welcomed as an ad-
ditional medium for the conveyance of tele-
Ignorant of the Law.
On Saturday a man was busily engaged in
pasting a printer's sensation bill on the tele-
graph poles. This is an offence against the
law and as one of the zealous guardians of
thejpeace caught him in the act he was con-
veyed to the police station. There he
pleaded ignorance of the law upon this par-
ticular point and as he undertook not to of-
fend again In a like manner he was allowed to
go. The man retired evidently well pleased
with his good luck.
Tho Guardian and the Ward.
A rather peculiar case came before County
Judge Mason on Saturday when Lino San-
chez's affidavit of lunacy against his ward
Julian Sanchez was Investigated before a
jury. Julian has recently attained his major
ity and in the opinion or Lino was not suf-
ficiently compos men'.is to manage his estate.
Alter a careful investigation the jury cam e to
the conclusion that the guardian had made a
mist .ke and declared that the young man
was perfectly sane.
The Keinutus of a Mammoth Animal.
In scraping a well at Locke Hill about 10
miles from the city Henry Watlin came upon
the remains of a mammoth animal consisting
of a tooth horn and bones. The looth
measured 4'A inches long Jj inches wide
and is 8 Inches deep. The horn is nearly five
feet long. All the remains are in a state of
petrification. These remain? ..re in the
possession of County Survey Locke by
whose courtesy the Lioijt commissioner was
permitted to see them.
A Free Fleht Over a Wager
Two men named Ayala and Coy were be-
fore the Recorder this morning for fighting.
Coy pleaded guilty but Ayala declared he
was the innocent party. It seemed that Coy
had made a bet with another man and that
Ayah who was stake holder refused to pay
him. Coy then used uncomplimentary lan-
guage and then Ayala knocked him down.
Then they fought. After hearing th e evidence
the Recorder came to the conclusion that the
combat was a free fieht and fined each com-
How They Spent the Sablmth.
The bright weather yesterday drew- the
citizens from their peaceful homes. The
springs was of course well attended nnd was
the source of considerable pleasure to the
populace. The Mission garden drew a large
crowd to hear the last performance there df
the Vienna Ladles orchestra. JonaS' garden
too proved a popular attraction and Som-
mers' garden had a fair shate of public
patronoge. The churches also had a fair at-
tendance. Many of the citizens drove out to
the suburban resorts and there enjoyed them -selves
as they pleased.
Another Hoy Criminal.
Willie Webb a colored boy ol bad repute
had an altercation with a colored country lad
upon the style of the latter's dress which
Webb did not think his country acquaintance
should wear and drew a knife to enfore his
own views. Daniels who witnessed the occur-
rence interfered and endeavored to arrest the
would-be stabber when he was wounded in
his hand. An attempt made by the police to
capture him was ineffectual but as he is well
known he cannot long escape them if he re-
mains in the city. This is another case for
Eighteen to One
The San Antonio Illues and the selected
nine of the Sau Antonio Athletic club played
a base ball match at the San Pedro springs
park on Saturday afternoon . It has been de-
scribed as a match but it was quite evident
that Ihe Blues had It all their own way
throughout the fiveinningand at the close of
the game the Illues scored 18 to the Athlet-
ics' 1. The public were not surprised that
the Blues won but they wondered how the
Athletics managed to gain the one they
scored and many will be inclined to think
that the Blues generously gave them that point
by the way of encouragement.
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