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The San Antonio Light.
Vol. IV. No. ii. I
San Antonio Texas Saturday January 12 1884.
Ten Cents a Week
BASIS OF LIFE.
A MAN'S CHARACTER THE ONLY FOUN-
DATION ON WHICH TO BUILD
THE FUTURE LIFE.
Test from lnrals-A Sermon Hallvered
attlioTt-llipU lleth kl this Moralo-
by K.r. Mr. Lawitntlial.
Genesis chapter 49 verse I. "And Jacob
called unto his Ans nil said: Gather your-
selves together that I may tell you that which
shall befall you In the latt days." Around the
bed n the dying patriarch were fathered the
12 sons who were dettlned to grow into
tribes and to phy as a nation a most impor-
tant part in the world's history. After such
an overture "I will tell you that which shall
befall you in the last days" uttered by one
who was so familiar with Divine visions as
lacob was we might justly expect to hear In
his last words the revelation of secrets con-
cerning a remote future. The fact however
is that very little information can be
fathered from this scriptural page in regard
to coming events. This fact is so astounding
that the old sages tried to explain It by ssjing
that the patriarch had indeed the iatentlon
to mike his sons acquainted with the hidden
events of coming times but that God willing
it otherwise thus withdrew from him the
spirit of devination and the clear seeing eye
of the seer's mind became suddenly dimmed.
Others In order to explain our text plunge
Iatothe deep sea of mystery. Behind the
outward garb of the letter there are hidden
the most important spiritual and historical
revelations Invisible to the profane and to be
tead by only the initiated mind. The modern
school again has its own ingenious
way of setting this matter right.
As .to' ourselves we cannot agree
with the old sages on this point. It is hard
for us to believe ihat the dying patriarch in-
tended to male communications tothis chil-
dren against the will of God. Nor can we
on the other hand venture into the recesses of
mysticism. As to the modern school true
their method has a cooling effect on the Heart
perhsps too much so; but this method is in
most cases too irgenlous to be true and it is
by no means safe to make a Holy Writ of
modern criticism. Let then our fundamental
principle that in God's word deep wisdom
goes hand in hand with unsophisticated sim-
plicity show us the right way of explanation.
The Scripture gives us here the last address
of a wise and pious father to his children.
He pretends to foretell their future but in.
stead of doing that he gives a short but accu-
rate description of the different characters of
his sons. Does this fact not imply the most
Important lesson! Does it not clearly state
the truth Ihat man's character is the only
solid foundation on which the structure of his
future can be safely ralsedt All our connec-
tions enterprises aims and ends grow forth
from our character as the plants grow from
the soil and therefore we can justly say that
every man carries within himself the magic
mirror in which he is permitted to see the re-
flex of his luture. This idea if earnestly
reflected upon may give the morbid
human curiosity a sound and whole-
some direction. Instead of spying
behind the curtain of Time to catch a
glimpse of. things unborn let man steadily
keep his inwardness in view; let him build up
and mould and shape his character. That
levels for him the difficulties of life; that raises
within his breast the voice of a truly divine
oracle which if it does not tell him the things
that are to happen tells him more and reveals
to him a more necessary and uieful knowledge
namely the state of his mind how he is
prepared to meet the occurrences that God's
' providence has in store for him. And such a
man Judaism has lost In Hindi B Fassel
Chief Rabbi ol Hungary who died on last
Friday. With him character was the basis of
life. Friend and foe aM.e received justice at
his hands. A man who was destined by
Providence to be the leader of his people.
Or to use the words of Dr. Sonncnsheln
"The silvery tongue of the orator the wise
counsel of the statesman the vast learning of
the scholar .the Indomitable energy of the
champion of progress the keen researches ol
the philosopher" all these grand qualities
were wonderfully blended in him. But he has
now gone to ihat eternal bourne from whence
no traveler returns. Peace be to his ashes.
Our text also conveys a great admonition to
parents. How clearly it maps out the
path of parental duty. You may toll
your life time and may succeed in
leaving to your children treasuries full of
gold and silver still you cannot say Ihat their
future is Insured for you cannot know what
will befall them in the last days. Make it
your highest aim in life to study the rich ma-
terial which lies in the heart and mind of your
children. Out of this material strive to form
good and noble characters; meek and modest
in prosperity strung and enduring In adver-
sity and thus the future of your children will
never prove a failure. In the character of a
nation lies the explanation of its past history
and the fortelling of the events that are to
come; and right here permit me to enter a
protes against the prevailing practice to see
school children constantly taking part in
amateur performances on the stage in public.
This cannot lead to auy good results. Vanity
haughtiness selfishness becomes thus deeply
implanted In their young and innocent hearts.
Flattery is heaped upon them and education
li thrust aside. In fact all pedagogics stand
antagonistic to this demoralizing practice and
I could enter any school room the children
unknown to me and select therefrom those
who have subject to this practice) and with
such children character can not become the
basts of their life.
Individual education standa paramount
and is a better sale guard for na-
tions thin armies and weapons. Na-
tional education however lacks a
most important factor if it falls to
influence and to enhance the character of the
growing citiien. Now on this head we ven-
ture to make two strictures on our own system
of public education. First our system of
competition in giving prices is liable to brirg
up racers 'ather than quiet steady and settled
minds; and secondly the too frequent change
of teachers which the child has to undergo is a
great impediment to lasting impressions. Let
the teacher go up with the child through a
certain number of classes. Give the teacher
the cpportunlty to impart and the pupil the
time to receive the imprint of a defined intel-
lectual individuality and the traces of school
education left on the character of the child
will nut be so taint as they are now. These
are points which our school board ought to
As to us let us keep holy and bequest of
Father Jacob; let us keep pure and spotless
our name and fame; never let the lault be
with us and In the rest let Providence dispose
of the events until the last days. Amen.
THE SILVER KING.
From the ltev. John R. raxton I). D. of
New York City.
The Daily New York Evening Post Octo-
ber I says: " Yesterday the Rev. John R.
Paxton D D. of this city quoted the notable
sentence from 'The Silver.King' ' Oh God
turn back Thy universe and give me yester-
day.' It is not unusual to hear quotations
from Shakespeare's dramas in the pulpit but
it is seldom that a phrase from a melo-drama
finds its way into a sermon."
" The best play of its kind that has been
produced here in a long time is The Silver
King" which wai presentrd at the Chestnut
Street theatre last night. It Is of the 'Lights
o London' order but in every respect supe-
rior to those which have gone before it. Few
more powerful scenes than that which closes
the first act are seen on the stage." Phila-
delphia Press October 2
N. W. Wilford Carpenter J. Supple
drunk $5 each; W. Morris J. .11. Gallagher
F. Yturblde quarreling and fighting $5 each.
The Christian church will hold Sunday
school at 10 a. m. and communion service at
II a.m. at the residence of Mrs. Walker
437 Acequla street.
From Japan wilt celebrate pontifical high
mass to-morrow at 10:30 standard time at
St. Mary's church. Father Pettier a mission-
ary from Japan will preach at the same
church during the morning services. Subject:
Some interested parties are looking around
for a location for the establishment of a new
German college in San Antonio. Parties in
the East arrheading the enterprise and have
the co-operation of some of our citizens here.
I'nlna Methodist Eplacnpal Church South.
The basement of the new church not being
quite ready and the hall heretofore used hav-
ing been rented to private parties there will
be no preaching and no Sunday school for this
church on to-morrow. Shou'd the weather
not interfere with the work the new church
will be ready for Sunday week.
"Oh MelttotT Toars Away."
The effect upon the bystanders yesterday
afternoon was to create the utmost sympathy
in the hearts ol every one present when the
poor heart-broken wife of Mr. Sanfnrd who
was burled yesterday leaned upon the coffii
and placing her hands upon the glass tried
vainly to see the face of her dead husband
but all in vain the poor wife and widow is
A Literary llenast.
Professor Tripp gives the sixth lecture of
his series to-night at ihe Baptist chapel at
7:30 o'clock standard lime. Subject : "The
lli-Stairred Mexican Expedition with Ihe life
and career of Maximilian and Carlota with
personal reminiscence of Carlota."
The Professor will give also his personal
reminiscences of General Sam Houston Ihe
hero of the battle of San Jacinto and the cap-
ture of San Antonio.
Captain John Pocahontas Humble Pie
Smith called this morning at this rflice ac-
companied by a dozen or more ol his Thugs.
He did not enter the portals of this luminary
as he did yesterday. He remained outside
backed by his Thugs. He is a most valorous
fellow. The same valorous Smith is remem-
bered by the German element here for his In-
humanity to their countrymen. He is the
Incompetent Smith as every member of the
Council knows. He is the cowardly Smith
who wants a dozen men to back him against
a tingle opponent and even with this backlog
he declined on a pressing invitation to enter.
Smith is a blow and a lily white coward.
This was his reputation during the war which
his subsequent conduct confirmed In an in-
famous manner. Captain John Pocahontas
Humble Fie Smith should now tell the Ex-
press why he was so retired remote as it
were in not entering the Lioiit office this
A Cowboy Orders Ttattle-saaltaa on Toast
and Is Served.
Trotn til Cheyenne Sun.
A typical cowboy fresh from his herd
went into Flitch's chop house last night. The
tables were all filled with the exception of
one at which the terror of the plains seated
himself. As he pulled off his hat and untied
the red bandana handkerchief from around
his throat he looked disdainfully around.
The nimble waiter brushed an imaginary
bread crumb from Ihe cloth whtikrd a bill ol
lare from the castor and placed It before the
festive and untamed youth.
"Take ! awy I" he snarled "I can't eat
that J want rattlesnake on toast I"
"Rattlesnake onoastl" yelled the waiter.
"Rattlesnake on toast 1" responded (Tie
There was a slight flutter among the guests
at this strange order and the cowboy was
scanned by many curious eyes.
He looked a little disconcerted at haviog
his order so promptly taken and glanced fur-
tively toward Ihe front of the house. He
saw the cooks and waiters engaged in fillirg
orders and looking as solimo as graveyards
He assumed a nonchalant air and n'eked
his teeth with his fork.
A cook deftly removed Ihe skin from a
pickerel and cutting a strip the proper shape
placed it in a spider.
The waiter who hid taken the order came
ttippirg back to the bold buccaneer of Ihe
"Will you have your sntke well done or
"Rire with oodles of milk gravy on it."
"Gimme that snake rare milk gravy on
the side" was hallooed to the cook.
"Snake rare; milk gravy side" cook
"Stay 1" said the bovine steerer as the
waiter passed him "I'll take It well done."
"Make It well done."
"Make It well done" was answered back.
The lariat wrestler began to grow nervous.
The devil-may.care expression hsd left his
eyes and a soft subdued melancholy shade
had taken its place. He fidgeted in his chair
and seemed to be nerving himsell for an or-
deal. "Here you are sir" said the culinary Gan-
ymede placing a dish In which was some-
thing nicely coiled which looked like a fried
specimen of the genius crotalus. "Have a
little Worcester sauce? Gives a very fine
flavor. Some folks like mushrooms with
their snakes. Others prefer chili colorow. A
little salad dressing don't go bad. There's
vinegar and olive oil in the castor. Will you
have tea or enffeef Very fine snake. Caught
yesterday. Fat and tender."
When the waiter was delivering himself of
tnis eulogy on tne meal tne steer puncher
shoved his chair back. His eyes bulged and
he became pale around the gills
"I don't think I'll eat anything. I ain't
hungry" he said as he rose unsteadily to his
feet and reached for his hat.
"Mayhee you'd prefer br'iled moccasin"
insinuatingly suggested the waiter.
"No" he replied as the ashen pallor
deepened on his face. "I ain't a bit hungry."
He cast another glance at the dish he had
ordered and made a break for the door. He
forgot to "pay at the counter."
Tho Urooplns; Mir 'Who la to Wed tat)
From the New York Journal.
The lady Is of good family and has many
recommendations. Her native placets said
to be in Wales but when she first saw Oscar
she was visiting a maiden aunt in Liverpool.
Their meedng was very romantic. The moon
faced apostle of ihe beautiful was reading
from the platform of Ihe vast St. George's
hall and the fair one was among the three
who composed the audience. She acknowl-
edged Ihat she had dressed to please him and
when he came upon the stage her heart
throbbed visibly through her corsage and
went out to him. He did not notice this at
first on account of his hair which had grown
on the passage over but as he'read he held
back aeveral locks and saw his late. She is
his Meal woman and has ihat intense soul-
ful character for which he has scoured two
continents. They are to he married on April
1. 1 nat nay is cnosen mat an may Harmon-
ize with the deliehtlul event. He will be
dressed in invlilhle green she in Invisible
plum. The bridesmaids will be clothed
in reversible silk Care will be
taken not to al'ow any incongru.
nus colored horse or cart on the street na
O-car sivs he will surely faint it he sees any
thing of color Anion the invittd gue ts
might be mentioned Ihe Prince of Wales
Alfred Tenr.yson and Wilkie Colli-i but they
will not be there The officiating clergyman
will have a polished bald head and will wear
knee breeches. He will receive a book of
Oicar Wilde'a poems for his trouble. The
embryo bridecroom is now busily engaged in
arranging matters lor the ceremony. He will
trim the ladies' dresses himself and attend to
all those small items which make a sympa-
thetic whole The lady is ably assisting In
the work and together Ihe pair are har
moniously happy They have had onlv one
disagreement so far and that was about the
color ol some sewinc silk. After the cere
mony Mr. and Mrs. Wilde will travel through
the British Isles and possible go on to the
continent. For some reason Oicar has lost all
interest in the United States. On the r return
to England they will reside in Wilde hall and
go to housekeeping. The prospective bride
nas a very amiaoie moiner whom she much
resembles and who will live with her daunh.
ter. Oscar's cup of happiness will then be
llow tho "Queen of Souhretlea" Turn.d a
Military lludo to Account.
From the Now York Tribune
ErnestineWegner the "queen ofsoubrettes1
and "darling ol Berlin and the fatherland" ts
dead. Her most famous rule was that of the
young hussar In "0'ir Youngest Lieutenant'
and with It a characteristic little story Is con
nected. When she first went to Berlin her
theater was crowded every night by the young
men of the Royal Hussars then quartered
there to see her in this play. And of course
many of them sought her acquaintance but In
vain. She would not allow one of them even
to be introduced to her. But after a few
weeks she suddenly accepted the attentions of
cue me youngest ana vainest coxcomb of
them all. Fur a fortnight she permitted htm
to be almost constantly by her side arid of
course with each day he grew more vain of his
own charms which had as he kindly landed
achieved far him a signal triumph where ao
many of his comrades had faMed. But he was
in a fool's paradise. One day she bade him
go to the theater that eveniog to see her in a
new role which the had been studying ever
since she had the eatreme lellclty ol making
his acquaintance. He went he saw and he
collapsed For in the pitiless glare of the
footlights he saw himsell. His pet attitudes
grimaces intonations manners style con-
ceded airs were cuicatured with torturing
fidelity while his one time envln.it rivals
creamed with unhallowed glee at his discom-
fiture and Ernestine Wegner'a bright eyes
gleamed with the maddest mlschiel that ever
had lllumin'd the Berlin stage.
The Coltish States.
nm tho Philadelphia Tlrace.
Some of the cottish border States appear
to want to gallop rough-shod over the East.
Truet But Metaphorically Mixed.
The Huntington letters will probably go
before a Committee of Investigation of the
House Murder will out and that makes
music in the air. Kansas City (Mu) rimes.
From the Merchant 1'rnteler.
An old maid from Ihe country was visiting
a city friend in whose house was a telephone.
Eaily one morning there was a call fur her
and the servant went to her room.
"Miss Jane" she said "there's a call for
you at the telephone."
"i 11 ue there in a minute."
"I'm not dressed."
"You cin't wait; it's a gentleman and he's
in a hurry."
"A gentleman! Good heavens I Then I
won't move a step till I get on my clothes.
Do you think I'd go duwn to that telephone
and talk lo a man without a dress on. I don't
know what your city styles may be but I do
know what is proper in the country and that
man can wait till I'm ready or not aee me
A Jug Handled Arrangement.
From the Wall Strict News.
"Some folks is jist too smart to live" said
the old man as he puffed hard at his clay
and wiped a tear from the end of his nose.
"Anybody been trying to swindle you!"
"Waal it looked that way. A New Yorker
came down and bought affirm next to me
and he hadn't been there a week before he
proposed a pool."
"On milk and butter He proposed to put
in 15 head of cattle agin 15 of mine hire the
milking done and divide even on the sales of
"That looks fair."
"So it does and I was readf to co into it.
when my old woman hinted that I'd better
go over ana see ms stock. 1 went."
"Waal there was II head test as he said
but bless my stara. it he hadn t counted In a
bull two stags and a steer to offset four of
my cows which average 14 quarts ol milk
apiece a dayl I've read a heap about pools
but this is the nighest I ever come to having
one bile me."
The Assistant Shepherd Dog.
From tho Itcno Gazette.
A shepherd dog belonging to Louis Dean
went to his master's home the other day
closely followed by a mangy.looking cur that
he seemed to be very fond of. He divided
his supper with his companion and ontinued
to do so for several days. The other day
Dean was moving a band of cattle assis'cd
by his dog when he noticed that Colonel
seemed quite anxious to give his protege a
ew pointers on "long ears" and accordingly
sent him around to slop the cattle from enter
ing a crois street. The new.dog did his work
tll for a llmebut the cattle acting badly he
became excited and ran into the bind hark-
ing putting Dean and Colonel to much
trouble. 1 he UHhlul old brute t patience be-
comlrg exhausted he caught the cur by Ihe
neck and after giving him a good tharting
up pulled him to a ditch and held him under
water until he was nearly drowned. After his
chastisement the new dog behaved well and
now promises to become ot the best stock dogs
in the Slate. Colonel has excluslte charge of
his friend and continues to feed bim regular-
ly and when driving stock he seems to direct
every movement of his "helper."
Politeness In Arkansas.
From tho Tolcilu II ado.
Let me relate an incident. I suppose that
Arkansas is about as dangerous a place as
Texas for a bully to go to but from personal
observation at both points I think Arkansas is
a little safer place for a gent'eman than
Cincinnati The general uibaniiy of the
people astonished me more than anything
else. This is what I propose to illustrate.
We stopped at one station and traveled
about 40 miles by stage. On our return the
stage a large spring wacon without a top-
was loaded with men They were of different
types. One had a bottle of whisky Oae
was a minister. We came to a creek where a
party had stopped to water their horses
There were two women and a little girl ap-
parently very poor. .They wore sun-bonnets
and failed calico dresses. The horse was
poor and the vehicle was as shabby and
rough an old specimen as I ever met with.
One of the women had unhitched the horse
and led him back to ihe water and had just
turned to come up the bank as we reached
the level after crossing.
Our driver stopped! A well dressed man
hopped out of the stage and with a bow of-
feted his assistance. He led the old horse up
to the vehicle I don't know what else he
called it hitched him in assisted the woman
to her seat and then as she heartily thanked
him he politely bowed her good-day lifting
his hat clear off his head. In a moment he
was in the stage again and on we went.
After my experience in the North it struck me
that this was all for sport and that the men
would have lots of fun about this affair But
I soon found it was ail in earnest All regard-
ed It as a matter of course. From that mo-
ment on to the end of our journey not one
man uttered one syllable about It. Not a
sneering remark was made no jokes or fun
no remark ol any kind not one single wordl
I had to confess to myself that I never saw
more politeness than this.
FINED FOR USING THE MAIL IN IN
TEREST OF THE LOUISIANA LOTTERY.
A Ills; Marlas;o -lets Onrce
Uoud-t.lliionlcn Still Ml
Senator Anthony lJrcliu
Hudsov January 11 The annual strike
f the tee harvesters for an increase of wacei
PillLAtmrillA Pa. January 11 There is
no truth in the publl-hed story that Chai'ci
Delm-nico. the missing rrstaurMutr was
admitted yesterday H the Asjlum for the
Destitute at IMmeiburg
Chicago January 1 1 B Frank Moore
recently arrested convicted and fined f r
using the mails in the interest ol the Louisi-
ana lottery was placed under arrest again
yesttrdajr on a slmilsr chirge.
Louisville Kv.. Jinuary 11. A Frankfort
special sets: 1 here have been no develop-
ment In the senatorial contest . The Repub-
lican hve hel l a caucus and deride I M cast
Ihe first ballot for J jhn Uenaetl of Madiion
PllTSBUSO. Pa Jtnutty II. The verdict
of the coroner's jury on the Trenton disaster
Is that the men c ime to their deaths through
the negligence ol the Ptnnsylvaola Rtilroad
Company In not supplying n.fficirnt protection
against accidents while man in their empl y
are shoveling snow.
Dinvir Col. January II President Love-
Joy of the Colorado and Rla Grande road
says that the $50000 000 mortgage given lo
the Union Trust compsny yesterday covets all
mortgages heretofore given by the company.
Only Si 000.000 cash was obtained from the
Trust company which the President says is
sumcient t meet an present needs.
Chicaro January II. The Transconti
nental Railway association at their session
to-day devoted their time to a consideration
of the various details affecting the through
passeneer traffic to Ihe Pacific coast and in
formulating a schedule of special ratea lo gov-
ern the roads In carrying large excursion par-
ties theatrical troupes and classes nl persons
to whom it has been customary to accord lets
than schedule rates.
Baltimore1 Md. January II. It is re
ported that a tremendous ice gorge is forming
in Ihe Susquehanna river. At Port De; oslt
the river is rising rapidly and the people of the
town are nun; with their effects to ihe hleh
lands. The situation is very crave. The
Baltimore and Ohio railroad bridge building
at Port Deposit and the big bridge at Havre
de Grace are threatened. It is raining very
nara ana me snow is melting rapidly.
Oystik Bay January II. Several persons
from Brookville witnesses in. the Mayhee in
quest are here. One of them Edward
Tappan a brother of John Tappan who
claims the overalls and hammer found near
the house of Townsend. is undercolor private
examination. Every effort is being made In
una tne Mayuee murderers. Ul Simon
Rappalica. who is held for the present out
rage a public examination was held this
auernoon. A vigilance committee has been
formed whose members are sworn to make
short work of the perpetrators nf the present
or niner outrages wnen discovered.
Naw York January 11. Business failures
for Ihe past seven days in the United States
Canada and provinces foot up 333 against
348 for llie previous week. The Missouri
Kansas and Texas railway company has made
application to the Stock Exchange to list $ io-
oco.oco ol lis consolidated five per cent
bonds to take up the preicnt issue of second
mortgage incomes and scrip which accord
ine to a resolution recently passed an
redeemable at par for bonds and 50 cents on
the dollar for scilp in these new fives. I heae
bonds are now awai'ine the decision of a
committee whether ine entire iisue shall be
listed forthwith or only such bonds as are
isturd lnm time to lime.
Niw York January II. The suit igaliflt
C. P. Huniirgton and Thomas W. Pierce
b'ought by William Brady to recover $50000
claimed to be due him as comaiissi'n lor ne-
gotiating the purchase of 50000 shires of
Morgan s Louisiana and Pexat Kiilaray com-
pany which was on trial in the King count)
Supreme c 'UN. ended to-day in the diasgree-
ment and discharge of the j'J'y. The where-
abouts of Chailes Delmin.lcn ate still u -known
to hi fi lends. J hri II ey returned
this m irning from an unsuccessful search for
Ihe missing man at Philadelphia. Hoey has
men tn day dragging toe Newark canal. A
man answering to Delmonico's description
was at tne ferry of the Jersey Central railway
and took a late boat lor the city. This clue
is being followed.
Norfolk Va. January 11 John Jarvis
for the murder ol Claudius W. Bonney was
barged this afternoon at Princess Anne court
house. He said last night ihat he felt at the
time of the murder an uncontrollable desire
to kill Bonney which he couldn't resist. He
went to the scaffold calm and collected. His
neck was broken and death was painless. A
few months before the murder Jarvis pur-
chased a small farm and paid part of the pur-
chase money in cash. Being unable to meet
the first payment he was dispossessed and the
farm sold to Bonney who returned to Jarvis
Ihe amount he paid on the farm On Septem-
ber IS Jarvis went to the farm armed with a
gun and began talking pleasantly with Bonney
and finally asked Ihe latter to take a drink ol
whisky producing a bottle. Bonney placed
It to his lips when Jsrvis shot him killing him
instantly. Bonney left a widow and six
Washington January 1 1 The Secretary
of the Treasury will call In $ 10000000 In threes
to-morrow. Morgan United States Minister
to Mexico has reported to the Department of
State an order of the President of Mexico es-
tablishing a mode for the redemption of what
is known as the Carbagal bonds on and after
January 18S4. The order directs the Mexi-
can Secretary of the Treasury to notify the
Consul of Mexico at New York to Iolorm the
holders that such bonds from the dale men-
tioned will be received as cash money in pay-
ment of 5 per cent of import duties payable
at the maritime custom house at Vera Crut
and In psymert of 10 per cent of such duties
payauie si ine cunom nouses 01 lampico
Matamrrai. Montirev. Laredo. Mler and
Camaipo A committee representing Ihe
Senate Republican caucus held a brief consul-
tation with Senator Anthony with relation to
me rresidency pro temp -re. I ne ?enatnr
said that he was compelled to decline the pro-
posed honor believing It Inetp-dient for him
In his present condition of health to under-
take the duties of ihe office.
A Sensible Minister.
From tho llovton 1 .toatlirMtor.
Taken as a class mlniitcts are not apt to
be sensible for in this city ("Ut of too of
them) there are peihaps not more than four
fie who are fairly entitled to be so re
garded though pr bably Biston ministers are
as Intellectually able as th lse of any other
b cality. But in St. Louis there Is a very
sensible minister by the name of the Rev Dr.
Snyder who has la.dy Been criticising and
opposing the wild orthodox scheme of trying
to make the constitution recognlie Cod. In
another part of this paper we publish Dr.
Snyd r's views which we find in the St.
l.ouii Evening Chronicle kindly sent us It
some fuend to whom we are greatly oblig
I c' it be read and circulated.
One of the moat absurd sectarian project!
ever heard of. as we I hiIc at it is the ortho-
d i 'oily which has been prevalent lor sev-
eral )cars of trying to ergra'l a rclgious
amendment upon me nan. oat constitution
ii that it ahall recognize God. Admitting
for argument's sake thai such a Being ai
Chilatiana describe as God realty exist; that
he is ever) where piesent and knows every-
thing and ihst he is of such inconceivable
immensity that "the heaven of heavens can-
not contain h-m" the idea seems absurd
if not hlaiphrmout that il he is not recognised
by the American constitution ihe people may
li.rget him or not treat him with suitable re-
spect I It would be about as rational to de-
mand that the sun moon and atari be recog-
nised by Ihe constitution else it m'ght be
forgotten thai they shine by day and night I
This wicked orthodox scheme of mullilat-
ing and mangling the grand old liberal con-
stitution by making it sectarian Is merely the
enleiing-wedge to prepare the way for the
establishment of a national religion and a
union of church and State two of ihe worst
curses that could afflict the country. But It la
to be hoped ihat Ihe American people have
comroon sense enough and respect enough for
the memory of the great framert of the Re-
public never to allow this orthodox treason
to the constitution to be consummated. For
the honor of huTunity let there be one spot
on God's earth (if it is hit) where man can be
free to worship or not to worship as his own
resson and conscience shall Hicttte.
Growth of Brain Power.
From iho Si-It run Monthly.
Can any man ever be anything other than
what some ol his ancestors have been belore
him! And if no' how is progress or mental
improvement possible! That men have as a
matter of fact riien from a lower to a higher
intellectual position is patent. That some
races have outstripped other races is equally
clear. And that some individual men have
surpassed their fellows of Ihe same race and
time Is also obvious. How are we lo account
for these facts without admitting that the new
elements do at sundry times creep in by
chsnce in the false and philosophical sense
of Ihe word! How can we gel advarce un-
less we admit Ihat txceptional children may
be born from lim to time with brains of ex-
cept! nal fui cti inal value wholly uncaused
by antecedents in any way.
The answer tn this question is really one
of the most important in the whole history of
mankind. For the solution ol the appirent
patadox thus propounded depend two or
three most fundamtntal questions It is by
this means al-.ne that we can account
first for ihe existerce nl great races like Ihe
Greeks or ihe Jews. It is by this meant
alone that we can account secondly lor
genius in individuals And it is by this means
alone ihat we can account third y for the
psihilliy of general progress in ihe race. It
is auiptiting therefore that the question has
s 1 little engaged the attention ot evolutionary
p)crioogiftta at the present day.
There are only two conceivable ways In
which a y increment uf brain power can ever
hate ari-en in any indivi lual. The one is
the Darwinian way by "sp rtsneous varia-
tion" that is to say by variations due to
minute physical rircumttances affecting the
individual in ihe germ. Ihe other is the '
Spenccrian way by lunc'ional In'rement
.hat it to say. by the effect of Increased use
and c -ntlant expoaure lo varying cbcum-
lances during conscious life. I venture to
think that Ihe first way if we lock it clearly
ii the face will be seen t be prac ically un-
thinkable and Ihtt we have therefore no al-
ternative but to accept the aec nd.
The Upas Tree.
From the Now Oin-nu Tlium-Democrat
Java is the homeol tl e upat tree and as It
Is only rcc ntly that true scientific explanations
have been given ol them piobtbly one tneory
may be interesting. Wondeiful stories were
told about ihe valley where lhiy grew. No
living creature was able to life an instant ex-
posed to its tfT cts and even birds in flying
over would drop dead so that the whole val-
leys weie covered with their skeletons. When
scientific men first began to inquire Into it
they could only wiih the gicatcst difficulty In-
duce the nalivea lo accompany Ihem to the
spots with such dread and superstition were
they held. A peculiar feature In the earth-
quakea in this part of the world soon solved
the problem and exploded Ihe theory as to
the tr'ci themselves. It was found that at
certain times the tulphurious vapors and
noxious gases escaping through cracks in the
earth in these valleya were so dense and
poisons-us at to be destructive to animal life
and at such times had to effected the natives
that they had retained the memory of such
places and avoided them forever afterward.
No evil effects were cxpeiecccd by those who
traversed the valleys though there wat no-
mlitakable evidence that at periodic Intervals
they were detervingly to be avoided.
The Widow' Will Pop.
This week tees the end of Ihe Butler re-
gime in Massachusetts. But the sly widow
gives a wicked wink at the reflects on the
possibilities of "leap year." Courier
A large number of new houses are
course of erection west and northwest of
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