The San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 9, Ed. 1, Thursday, January 10, 1884 Page: 1 of 4
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The San Antonio Light
Vol. IV. No. 9.
San Antonio Texas Thursday January 10 1884.
Ten Cents a Week
THE OTHER SIDE.
A CORRESPONDENT TELLS WHAT HE
KNOWS ABOUT CLUBS
And Defends the Club at Ainlnit Any In-
fringement at the I-uvr In Any
Manner or Form.
Editor San Antonio Unlit!
The editorial from the Dracke'lt Newt
copied by the Light Ii unjustifiably severe In
hi arraignment of the San Antonio club from
the omission of the News to poit itself s to
the nature character and standing of clubs in
central. The wrlterls opposed to club life
and is not a member of the San Antonio club
but he has been In many clubs in other cities
as an invited guest and understands bow they
are operated and for what purposes they are
A club is merely a society for social pur-
poses supported by assessments levied ratably
on the members. New members are elected
by ballot under the by-laws of the club and
the number of members is usually limited at
the organisation of the club. None save
members and invited guests can enter a club
and it Is to all intents and purposes the ex-
cluslvc'propcrty of the members even although
it be incorporated. It is a private institution
owned and mantged by a private corporation
having its President Treasurer Secretary and
Executive committee chosen by the members
of the club. The club owns or rents rooms
has a bar belonging to the members gener-
ally has a lunch subscribes for news-
papers has billiard tables back-
gammon boards chess boards and
card tables at which members and
Invited guests play games either lor amuse-
ment only or for stakes at their own option.
The club is supposed to be composed of gen-
tlemen who would scorn to cheat at any game
and nho always play strictly "upon the
square" and mere "blacklegs" are studiously
excluded as the members play cards for
pastime and not for the sake of the winnings
I presume the editor of the Brackett News
was upon some occasion while he was In
San Antonio an invited cuest of the San An-
tonio club and enjoyed its hospitalities. If
. such was the case the editor should have en-
tered its portals sub rosa and looked upon
himself as in a confidential position. It is
bad to "kiss and then tell of it." Gambling
in clubs Is blameworthy from my standpoint
but it Is a thousand fold less hurtful than
gambling in gambling dens and hells for sev-
eral reasons. All are free to enter public
gambling dens minors sots rogues and
blacklegs find no trouble in entering them;
the frequenters are freely plied with liquor
and often this liquor Is drugged on purpose to
upset their reason and inflame their passions
and then faro monte roulette rouge et noir
etc. are the games played. Nor is that all.
It is not often that these regular gambling
games are fairly and honestly dealt by proles
sional gamblers who are proficient
in all the arts and trick- of cheat
ing at such games. Then there
is usually a lot of decoy ducks runners and
stool pigeons in the employ of gambling hells
to "rope in green.horns" (they pan out better
than men of the world) and to bet at the
different games in order to entice by-standers
to venture their money. Gambling houses
are usually arrant frauds and are conducted
in violation of every principle of fair dealing
aad honesty although theie may be a few ex-
ceptions' to the general rule. It is no more
fair and honest to strip a drunken man of his
money in a gambling den at a game which he
does not understand than it is to pick his
pockets on the street; nor is it fair and honest
to employ a parcel of fellows purpoiely to bet
on faro monte etc. to rope In by-standers
Public gambling houses are opes to all-
minors and sots and they usually hire men to
"rope in green horns" and intosicated teen
so they can fleece them.
The gsmbling In clubs is restricted to their
members and invited guests none save these
are admitted within its precincts and the
games of faro monte rouge et noir roulette
etc. are not tolerated in clubs of any preten-
tions to respectability. Greenhorns and
drunken men are pot hunted up and introduced
into clubs to be plucked and fl:cced. Minors
are excluded. The gambling in clubs is
among friends and gentlemen and is as private
as if it was in a private house. They play for
pastime not for lucre. The Bracket! News
fell into grave errors. Dot.
At Headquarters Yesterday Afternoon
Leftllore at Noon Too If audsoine
for a roMtlclan.
Yesterday alternoon as 5 o'clock approached
there was a scramble of private carriages and
hired hacks to be early on the parade grounds
at Military headquarters. Besides these scores
of our citizens went there on foot. The at-
traction was to see Major General Hancock
the best looking gentleman the Democracy
ever possessed to ornament a Presidential
ticket. There was after all only the usual
dress parade of a skeleton army. The officers
were all aglow with the dastllng regalia and
the rank and file and went through the ten
minutes manoeuvres with both grace - and
exactitude. General Hancock appeared in
the covered pavilion accompanied by General
Vincent and surrounded by his staff. It
is needless to say that he was the cynosure of
every eye. lie i looking 40 pounds
thinner than when with headquarters at St.
Paul in command of the Department of
Dtkota some 12 years ago. He appeared in
citizen's dress and showed up his usual pleas-
ing smile under a cottony white moustache.
Colonel Belknap formerly of the General's
staff and Mayor French chatted with him at
he occasionally turned to compliment the
officers grouped around him on the fine drill
of the men who demand more bacon and
less beef In their rations. But to Major J. E.
Dwyer he was most particularly gracious.
He remembered him gratefully as one of a
select committee to convey to him the con-
vention's announcement of its choice as the
General for the last Democratic Presidential
nominee when Majjr Dwyer last met hlru on
General Hancock was tendered a reception
by the San Antonio club yesterday afternoon.
He stated that he would gladly be pleased to
meet them If he could but his arrangements
such for this morning as to preclude his
acceptance. This morning he was driven to
trie head of the river out to Major Brecken-
ridge's and shortly alter the noon hour he left
for the North. Like any other soldier high
or low his furlough is limited and he must
obey orders in returning to New York at a
fixed date. It seemed to us as we looked
upon the face of the dear old General that
once lit up with lorecast of victory every son
of his own of Pennsylvania who were lured to
the struggle by his reputation for prowess and
tlal ubandon that his medallion on a can
vass poster or electoral ticket was too hand-
some a one for the Democracy to have cap-
tured three years ago.
IS HE COMPETENT?
Why Send for Major Humphries If Wo
Have a City Engineer Competent T
A question arises in the practical mind of
the tax payer why was it that Major
Humphries of Memphis was sent for to give
his plans for a system of sewerage when he
does not claim to be a sanitary engineer any
more than the City Engineer Smith makes
pretensions thereto. It is in order to inquire
if Captain Smith be a competent engineer
why was not this performance integrel and
essential part of his duties for which he is
paid t There is complaint on all sides against
Captain Smith's management of his office.
He has come before the Council repeatedly
been charged with neglect and incompetency
by members in open Council and barring a
little stuttering much hesitation in his replies
evincing a total Ignorance of his duties he
plods along In quest of hit monthly earnings
greatly to the dissatisfaction of many. It
does seem if he is a competent engineer that
the city should not be put to an expense of
some $603 to send for a stranger since fur
this duty does he hold office.
Another reminder in this connection Is why
does Captain Smith (may be we do
him injustice since he may be possibly
a Colonel or a General on the retired list)
why does he tell newspaper men hit views
coucerning the straightening ol Sycamore
street so as to rush into print with an extra
officious publication. It seems to us the
charter requires him to be present at all
meetings of the City Council and if there be
anything for the public weal and interest to
communicate he should be present and not
drop his insipid linked sweetness long drawn
out to the papers. It is a poor compliment to
Captain Smith's efficiency to send for Major
Humphries and a poor realisation of the re
spect due to the Council to avoid them and
tell the public through a tortuous ' channel
what he might have said concerning the
straightening of Sycamore street. There is
a vague impression among Councilmen that
Captain Smith is incompetent. He is behind
his work in some places six months and at
nearly every Council meeting he Is the
humble patient salary drawing individual
who is scored for his inefficiency. Major
Humphries' salary and expenses should be
charged against Captain Smith.
RELIABLE INFORMATION LODGED.
McKernan'a Outfit Attempts to Cross tbo
Itlver Wlthoat I'uylng Duty and
"Honesty is the best policy" and always
will it so turn out in the end and though it
may weaken the pocket it strengthen the
heart and a dear conscience is ol more value
than gold or jewel. Patrick McKeman a
contractor in essaying to cross the river at
Laredo with his outfit without paying the
necessary dues was caught in the act. He
liable Information hat been filed by District
Attorney A. J. Evans against 6 wagons 16
mules I mare a horses 13 sets of harnets I
plough 12 scrapers I cooking stove and one
set of carpenter's tools. The whole of the
above amounting in value to about $1300 or
Mrs. Teiuia Menchaca de Bustlllo died this
morning at 6 o'clock. She was the widow of
the late Clementl Bustillo who figured here in
many battles on the side ol Texas Indeptn
dence. She will be buried te-morrow morn
ing at 9 o'clock a high mass being celebrated
at San Fernando cathedral from whence her
remains will be borne to the Catholic
Ileal Kstate Transfers.
Gustav Schmidt and wife to Charles
Groenke a tract of land on the Cibolo liy
miles east of the city $1100.
Herman Panke and wife to Charlet
Groenke a tract ol land on the Cibolo l8jf
miles eastof the city $100.
Barbara M. Peart and Luttand to Leonardo
Garta 49 leet on Burnett street $1500
Catarlna C Gullbeau and Lustand to Leo
nardo Carta lot 6 block 4 $300.
Items Ulnaned In the Hotel Corridors and
From Various Other Sources.
Mr. J. W. Stein of Gontalei Is in town.
Dr. W. II. Hufford is staying at the Mav
Mr. E. HuiVIj of La Salle tsa guest at the
Mr. J. O. Johnson ol Austin is registered
at the Menger.
Mr. Smith of Chicago Is here and rooms a
Mr. A. B. Legard and Mr. G. Kennedy of
'ort Worth are registered at the Maverick.
Mr. Mitchell an extensive raiser of sheep
goats and horses Is la the city from Mexico.
Mr. A. F. McNutey of St. Louis and Mr.
G. R. Bernard of New Orleans are guests at
Mr. J. L. Gray of New York and W. H.
Dickson of New Orleans arrived at the
Menger this morning.
Arrivals at the St Leonard hotel : Miss
Allie Anderson Miss Jane Anderson El Paso;
Colonel C R. Prouty Texas; J. W. Dickey
and wife Floresville; M. M. Gontales
Mexico; W. B Jacobs Thurston; George
Roller El Paso; Fred Russell W. C. Arnold
Gallagher's Ranch; M. A. Sheedy city.
M. McDermott quarreling and fighting
fined $5; James Armstrong disorderly $10;
Josephine Scott vagrancy $5; M. Urallas
Professor Secm'an't entertainment the
'Voyage Around the World" and the won
derful act "Electra" to-night to-morrow
night and Saturday matinee. Valuable pres
ents every night at Turner hall.
Last night the Alamo Council of the Amer
ican Legion of Honor held an Interesting
meeting at their halt. The installation of
officers did not however take place and that
ceremony was deterred until the next meeting
under their new law.
Justice Adam's Slourt.
Theresa Phillipe sued Mrs. Flentien on a
suit for forcible detainer. The defendant
moved out and the case was dismissed by the
The case of Simon Fest vs. V. R. Toldra
also a suit for forcible detainer was continued
till Monday on promise of the defendant to
Tunk Madison pleaded guilty to keeping a
gambling house and was fined $10 and costs
Bono Thieves. tt
Mr. Jose Maria Palacios a Mexican gentle'
man doing a quiet stock business near Con1
cepcion arrived here this morning. He is in
quest of the thieves who robbed him last
Thursday of 52 mares and one jack. He says
their hoof tracks indicate that they were
driven off in the direction of this city. He is
here to watch for them though he placed the
matter in the hands of the rangers immediately
after he discovered kls loss. There were
rumors which could not be traced definitely at
Leal's stables that the robbers had been over
Mr. J. II. West told the court this morning
that last Friday he was going home with his
dinner bucket in his hand by Decker's saloon
A number of young men were standing on the
sidewalk when one of them kicked the bucket
out of his hand. It was James Armstrong
He asked Armstrong why he did it and the
latter told h'm " to be damned and go home
and not carry a boarding house around with
him." Another witness said Armstrong was
a little drunk but be did not know whether
he kicked the bucket out ol West's hand or
knocked it out in pushing up against him
Armstrong was fined $10.
Mrs. N.J. Smith lumber dwelling 36x35
north side Zavalla street; $1000.
F. Sohl lumber addition to dwelling 16x30
west side Hackbcrry street; $150.
E. Moore brick dwelling 25120 west side
Acrquia street; $2000.
F. I. Beitel four lumber dwellings 24x24
west side north Flores street; $2200.
L. B. Miller lumber dwelling 40x32 east
side Pecos street; $1500.
P. Hoefgen lumber addition to dwelling
10x10 south side Seventh street; $100.
Louis Dietiel rock bakery 40x29 east side
Alamo street; $2000.
Sneak Thieves Again.
The surprising coolness and disgusting
meanness of the sneak thief is proverbial and
in every Instance will he most ably depict his
complete possession of and perfect familiarity
with these two features. Last night some
member of this class of robbers entered the
back yard of Major Kearney on Main avenue
in an express wagon which he loaded to the
brim with the Major's stove-cut wood and
his eye lighting on two sets of harness he
likewise helped himself to these; then driving
off left the gate open probably for the bene
fit of another midnight marauder. The Major
thinks it was contemptible even In a thief to
take both sets ol harness.
The Silver King
The much talked of play "The Silver
King" will be produced at the Turner opera
hall Monday and Tuesday next with all the
elegance which made its run of nearly all last
winter at Wallack'i theatre so memorable
The play this season has crowded the Gran
opera house New York to its utmost capacl'
ty and turning hundreds of people away
nightly. The receiots at the above house .
cceded the largest business ever done in the
theatre by any company and the orchestra
for the first time In the history of the house
was removed to a private box and the spsce
sold for extra chairs.
Mr. Haverly brings all the magnlficeat
scenery with the company consisting of 17
new scenes complete.
Mr. Paine only lifted the gate between his
yard and the Mexican's next door off its
hinges. He did not break It down as the
Mexican whs chsrged him with disturbing
the peace staled. The owner of the house
said the gate was common property of Mr.
Palne's and the Mexican woman who lived
next door. The case was therefore dismissed.
The Week of I'rayer.
A large congregation assembled last night
at the First Presbyterian church to hear Rev.
ell upon "Family Religion." As usual his
congregation was welt pleased with his ser-
mon. To-night Rev. W. S. Falklnberg
pastor of Trinity Methodist Episcopal church
ill preach. Subject: "The Church of
Christ; Its Nature and Designs."
It certainly is one of the most pteaslng as
well as the expected things to see the
different pastors of our city churches working
together harmoniously and successfully in the
one great vineyard. Thus shall the mlllenium
come. Let the laity as heartily and cordially
cultivate this spiri' of unity.
A large congrrgttiou is expected to night.
Services at 7:30 standard time.
Slandering the Girls. -
From the Chicago Times.
El Medhl ia rapidly advancing towards
Khartoum and the people on his line ef
march are in great consternation. There does
not seem to be any adequate army to contest
the ground with him and his triumphs
promise to continue until he is fairly satiated
wun victory wnatwiuoe ine general oui
come of this war it is impossible to tell. An
advance in me price 01 cum arable ana a con
sequent rise in the price of gum-drops is one
01 me results inus iar ana 11 muss oe con
sidered as an altogether beneficial one. Any
one who has seen the American girl in the
throes and contortions of chewing gum-drops
will pray indeed lor a continuance 01 tne
war until the manufacture ol gum-drops be-
Human Beasts of Burden.
At last the problem of our school dsyt is
solved says a Mexican letter and we have
discovered how Cortex accomplished the
overland transportation of that historic fleet ol
ships built on the coast and borne over the
mountains to the lake of Mexico. Nearly all
the labor in this queer country is performed
by man power few carts or horses being em
ployed we meet human beasts 01 burden
carrying wardrobes on their heads pianos on
their backs or huge blocks of building stone
with apparent ease. Mexican Indians who
transport goods from the interior are so
trained that thev will tire the strongest horse
in equal time and distance carrying from 100
to 150 pounds upon tneir oacics. it is an
actual fact that after making a long trip thus
heavily loaded they fill their baskets with
stones on the return their strained and dis
torted muscles requiring the accustomed
Water as a Thirst-Quencher
I'rom tho Philadelphia Call.
'Did you ever experience extreme hunger
or thirst!" was asked of a Kentucky Colonel
who had been relating some solid stories
"Well" he replied "I never suffered what
might be called extreme hunger but no man
knows how to endure the agonies of thirst
more than I do. I remember the time well"
he continued retrospectively. I was on a
fishing cicurslon and became lost in the
woods. For three days not a drop passed
my lips; My lengthened absence finally
caused alarm and a party was sent out in
search of me. They found me lying in an
unconscious condition on the bank ol a little
tiout stream and it was hours before any
hones 01 savior me were entertained."
"Was the trout stream dry!" asked one of
Dry! Certainly not. How could I catch
fish if the stream was dry!"
Well. I don't tee kow yon could sutler
from thirst with a stream of water close at
Water close at hand!" repeated the Ken
lucky Colonel. "And what has water got to
do with a man being tnirsiyr
Female Freaks and Fancies.
Why is love like a potato! Because itthoot
irons tne eyes.
It is said that eirls who sine "Baby Mine'
Leap year advice: Be sure your victim 1
rich Dciore you jump at mm.
When Miss S. B. Anthony waa asked what
ticket she would vote if the Sixteenth amend
ment passes she eigeled and said: "I'll
have to wait till I 'mold enough."
Is this a slnelne doll !" asked she of the
clerk. "Yes Mademoiselle." How do you
make it sing 1 "Just as you would any
other lady." "How is that!" "By pressing
it." "un i"
Some mean misogynist says that the female
heart is lust like a new India rubber shoe.
you may pull and pull at it till it stretches out
a yara long ana men let go ana it will ay
ngnt oacK to us 01a snapc.
Marshalltown Io. hat the champion mod
est irirls. There are vouna ladies here wht
blush at a bare Idea studiously avoid the
naked irutn taint at tne aignt 01 a leanest tret
and girls who use pins Instead of hooks be
cause ine latter nave eyes.
A New York elrl has lust enloved the tri
umphofhavinz the biggest wcddinr in that
city for years. She whispered around that
the man she was to marry had a red-headed
wile somewhere who most likely would be on
nana 10 interrupt me cererony. tne cnurcn
Beecher says four-fifths of the people
heaven will be women. " That Is all right
enougn" cays ueorge feck. " nobody
ought to kick about that. Four-fifths of the
women are better than men anyway and they
ought to go to heaven. But according to that
story wnat a tug party mere is going to
standing around the fire la the other place.
SEVERE STORM ALONG THE ATLANTIC
COAST-HEAVY SNOW STORM."
Frank James' Condition Fence Wlr
l'atenlaflalveatonMotee- A Georgia
Independence Mo. January 9 Frack
amea' condition Is growing worse very fast.
Us friends have about given up hopes of hit
Pittsbueo January 9. At Brighton on the
Pennsylvania railway this evening an accom
modation train ran into a gang of 20 snow
snovciers killing three and badly mangling
Chicago January 9 A Keokuk (Iowa)
pedal says : Judge McCrary has announced
that before March I he would enter a final de
cree in the two barb wire cases of Washing-
ton and Mocn manufacturing companies vs.
the Walter Rhodes and others which will de
clare tne reissue ol the Ulidden & Kelly
Wukisbarre January 9. After midnight
the storm Increased to a terrible gale raging
throughout the evening the wind blowing with
violent fury. Many buildings In course of
erection were threatened wlta demolition.
Therool of the Methodist church waa raised
by the wind and hurled through the air. Many
oarns ana nouses were aamagea.
Columbus Co. January 9. The Colum
bus Female college burned down this morn'
Ing. The fire originated In a defective flue
and when discovered was so fsr under wsy
that It coild not be controlled. The hydrants
were froten and the firemen had much diffi
culty in thawing them. All the inmates were
aroused in time to escape. Loss $30000;
insurance 925 ceo.
riTTSBtjkO January 9. The snow fall last
ightwas the greatest on record. A number
ol street railways were suspended this morn
ing but resumed at noon. The roofs of the
Ralston school house. Zuc & Co.'s bar mill.
the Yestlnghouse Air make company'a black-
smith department and Hummell's beer gar-
den fell in from the weight of the snow
aome accidents Happened but do persons
Washington D. C January 9. Brewster
Cameron General Agent of the Department
f Justice hss tendered his resignation to
accept a position as Receiver ol Public Money
at Tuscon Arizona. Senator Sherman's at.
tentlon having been called to the report that
the Presidency of the Northern Pacific railway
had been tendered him and was declined
ssid 1 l he orlice has not been tendered me
but the matter has been mentioned by leadinc
stockholders and directors. I have said that
while I would gladly undertake the duties and
do my best for saccess yet I could not with
sue regard to my amy to tne constitution and
colleagues in the Senate resign my position
as Senator nor could I while Senator act as
rresiaent ot me company"
New Yomc January 9 Lieutenant John
J. Augur of the United States navy escaped
from the Bloomingdale iasane asylum last
night during a terrible storm and this morn.
ing his body was found in the roadway.
Dsath was due to cold and exposure. The
father nf the dead Lieutenant is General
Augur United States army in charge of the
post of Fort Leavenworth. Lieutenant Augur
had been in the navy since 1870. He was
one 01 ine omcera sent out upon the expedi-
tion in search of the Arctic eiDlorinr steamer
Jeannette. The hardships then experienced
affected bis mind. He had been off duty
since last summer and was placed in the
asyium on December 14 last
New York January 9. A trial of the suit
of Bridget Cronin against the Rev. Father
McCarty of Brooklyn to recover $30000
damages for alleged attempted assault In the
parlor of the parsonage has been resumed
Father McCarty testified that be had heard
Miss cronin s statement on Ihe witness stand
and these was not a word of truth ia it. He
had known her seven or eight years. She had
ocea an orcaoni 01 ine cnurrn ror seven
eight months and he dismissed her on April
22 She made no complaint then of assault.
The witness was ordained as clergyman 13
years ago ana nas been assistant pastor ol 5t.
Cecilia s church during that period. The
witness denied that he was giving his evidence
under any moral reservation
Galveston January 9 In the Republl
can circles of this city there is now quite
ripple of interest over the selection of the del
egates to the Slate convention which In turn
is to tend delegates to the National conven
tion at Chicago. No call hat been made yet
for the convention but nevertheless the sub'
iect is eagerly discussed. There
not like v 10 be any session 01 th
Coart of Appeala before Saturday Judges
vvmie ana nan peingaDsem. ine urn
missloners of Appeals are In the city and wil
begin their session next week. The bark
Norma whicn it was thought would go 10
pieces on the beach west of this city got
afloat to-day with her bottom considerably
damaged. The greater portion of her cargo
01 cement was jettisoned.
New York January 9. The storm was
severe along the cosst last night. Some of
the small crafts were driven ashore. A por-
tion of the pier at Long Branch was destroyed
and the pavilion wrecked. The bridge on the
Philadelphia and Long Branch railway one
mile below Mantslokiog was wsshed away
stopping travel. Coney Island suffered terri-
bly. The residents were up all night dread-
ing a tidal wave that might submerge the
place. The water flooded the meadows and
the loss Is estimated between $500000 and
$1000000. The trackof the Marine railway
between Manhattan and Brighton Beach was
almost entirely destroyed. Culver's Iron oler
was wrecked at the outer end and upwards of
100 icei carried away me old iron pier also
suffered considerably. All the sheds and
houses of the nearest beach were entirely or
fiartly demolished. The baihing houses be-
ieyed to be a safe distance from the sea
were borne out to the ocean. Brighton Beach
hotel and the surroundine property was dam
aged to such an extent it Is said as to suggest
possible demolition should mere be such
another visitation. The promenade sue-
cumbed and the music stand and drug store
sunk into the sea and sand. The piarra in
front of the hotel and Ihe lower part of the
building were damaged aad Lngemenn'i
aviiion was destroyed.
Washington January 9. A depraved
vicious looking colored boy named Ephrlara
Kelly 15 years old was in Ihe dock In Judge
Snell's court this morning for committing a
series of atrocious deeds. He lives with an
uncle a respectable colored man who testi
fies about the zoth of last month the boy '
bought a box of "Rough on Rats" and a
quantity of arsenic and when he went home
put ihe contents Into three quarts of milk with
the Intention of poisoning the family but
failed. The next day he renewed the attempt
by put'ing ihe puson in a bucket of water.
nerjamin s eignt cnuarcn aranic irons tne
bucket and were taken with pains la the
stoma-.h but all recovered. He also gave
arsenic to the cattle which made them sick
and killed one pig. He sprinkled arsenic' 01
and threw the bread away He also attempted
to set fire to the barn but the corn shucks
burned so slow that he thought be would be
detected and put out the fire. Just before
Christmas he attempted to cut one of the
children's throat but she woke up lust as he
had his hsnd raised to cut her. He built a
fire and called his aunt out to see it and then
threw a handful of cartridges into the fire and
ran away hoping that she would be killed by
the explosion. The boy slated that while
living in Baltimore he poisoned his mother
and auit who died from the effects and one
time he attempted to set his mother's house
on fire. He alto s.-ld that while in Baltimore
he used to poison cattle for spite. He will be
cxamiaed as to bis mental condition.
Washington January 9. The Banking
and Currency committee was organised this
morning. The general quettion of legislation
to prevent the contraction of the National
bank currency was briefly discussed. Potter
Hunt and Ermentrout Democratic member!
of the committee expressed thtmselves de
cidedly in favor of such legislation. Potter
gave notice that he proposed to introduce a
bill providing for the exchange ol existing
bonds for 20 year two per cent bonds and
providing for a circulation to be issued on
such bonds not subject to tax. A bill author-
ising the First National bank of Fort Worth
1 exas to Increase Its capital stock to not less
than $500000 was acted upon favorably.
The House committee on elections determined
that the Chalmers-Manning; contest shall be
considered on the prima facie right on Mon-
day. The House committee on agriculture
this morning discussed in a general way the
subject of pleuro-pneumonla in cattle. Loring
Commissioner of Agriculture expressed bis
views on Ihe subject in a short speech. Grin-
nell (Iowa) chairman of the committee ap-
pointed by the convention of cattle men at
Chicago to visit Washington in the interest of
legislation with reference to diseased cattle
was present. It was arranged mat a sub-
committee consisting of Congressmen Hatch
Dibrell Williams Winans Wilson and Ochil-
tree should meet the representatives of the
cattle interest at the Agricultural department
to-morrow. Pleuro-pneumonla among cattle
will be Ihe first subject considered. The
House Committee on Agriculture It is ex-
pected will report at an early day.
Long Time to Boil.
From tho Mlddlt-town Trans rlpt.
The request of the Secietsry of the Treasury
that our Consul General in Egypt be instructed
t) have his subordinates inspect all rags gath-
ered for export to the United States is proper
and timely. It is said that one New York firm
has now over 60000 tons of rags stored In
Alexandria awaiting shipment to this country.
The principal products of Egypt seem to be
cholera rags and false prophets and Ihe
cholera and rags are extremely sociable and
accustomed to travel about in each other's
society. It is proposed to boll or fumigate all
the cholera out of these rags before they are
shipped over here to the land of the free and
the home of a high pro'ective tariff and il the
Transcript is consulted about the matter it will
say boil 'em or fumigate 'em until Ben Butler
(s elected President of the United Slates.
Gift Making in Mexico.
From tho Sprlnvne Id liopubllcrtn.
Among Ihe higher classes of Mexico gift
makint' is carried to such an extent that to re-
turn the regolot of one's friends consumes a
large portion of the average Income. Every
child of cither sex Is named after some saint
and the annual return of that saint's particu-
lar "day" is made a season of grest rejoicing
at which all the friends are expected to send
gifts and come with personal congratulations.
In the same mtnner every birthday is also ob-
served from the first recurrence to the last-
In the interior it is customary to send gifts to
one's friends on All Saints' Day In remem-
brance of the dead but its application to the
living I am at a loss to understand. It Is a
matter of daily 'occurrence for the creado of
some friend or neighbor to apoear about the
dinner hour bearing a tray covered with a
crocheted spread or finely embroidered towel
containing fruit dulce cakes home made
cheese or other dainty all of which delicate
attentions must ol course be duly returned.
Tom Ochiltree's Autobiography.
From tho Conuresttondl Directory.
Thomat V. Ochiltree of Galveston is the
first native from Texas ever elected to the
Congress of the United States; was educated
at the public schools ofTexss; volunteered at
the age of 17 as a private in Captain John G.
Walkcr'a command of Texas rangers in the
campaign ngainst the Apache and Comanche
Indians in 1854-55; served with distinction in
the Confederate army on the staffs of General
Tom Green General Dick Taylor and Gene-
ral Sibley and honorable mention was made
of bis services under special orders from Gen-
erals Loogstreet Taylor Green and Sam B.
Maxey; after the cessation of hostilities
"Colonel" Ochiltree "accepted the situation"
in good faith and was appointed United
States Marshsl of Texas by President Grant;
ho was appointed Commissioner of Emigra-
tion to Europe for Texas and In that capacity
paid several visits to the continent; In the
canvass of tSSt hit congressional district em-
braced 37600 square miles of territory con-
taining 27 counties reaching from Galveston
on the gulf to Eagle Fats on the Upper Rio
Grande; Le wat elected to the Forty-eighth
Congress as sn Independent candidate re-
ceiving 12160 votes against 9160 yotet for
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