The Galvestonian. (Galveston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 27, 1839 Page: 1 of 4
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PUBLISHED THREE TIMES A WEEK,
By John Gladwin,
proprietor, editor and printer.
TERMS—Twelve 'Dollars a year, payablelquarterly
in advance. Singlk Copies, one bit, or $1,00 per doz.
Advertisements charged at Two Dollars per square,
for the first insertion, One Do|lar for each weekly con-
tinuance, and fifty cents for each tri-weekly continu-
ance, Twenty-five per cent, discount to yearly adver-
GALVESTON, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 839.
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GALVESTON, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27.
Office of the Galvestonian, at the old
Custom-House, (late Court-House,) above
the Galveston Hotel.
A Pig in a Poke.—Who'll buy ? The narhes
of those whose souls are not worth a shilling,
are not desired on the subscription list of the
Galvestonian; therefore specimen numbers
are not given to obtain them. Let it be un-
derstood, 'his sheet is on the penny paper
plan, and any one wishing a copy can simply
pay the carrier one bit, as he would for a
gin julep, and take it down without tasting.
The hazard is not so great.
We beg Pardon.—A few subscribers were
not served with our first number seasonably.
It was unavoidable; but they will be served
with the 1st and 2nd papers to-day. If any
are still neglected, it is because their names
No better yet.—For the same reason
that our first paper had no foreign selections,
this sheet has none. Indeed, even had we
papÜi'S to scluol íVoüi, ilioy Wüulu Íjo guiiijL-
ally such as subscribers had already perused.
Texian readers generally take United Slates
papers, and can feél little interest to see the
same matter copied into their local prints.
Short summaries of news shall be given;
but the Galvestonian will be chiefly filled
with domestic matter, derived from Texian
journals and correspondents—and from the
editor's pen when he begins his Texian Tour
of Observation and Notes by the Way. For
the sake of novelty, distant editors will please
copy them. Landlords on the Trinity, Colo-
rado and Brassos, are invited to lay in a goo4
stock of coi n for our horse.
Post-masters are invited to act as
for this paper.
Good Morning.—Gentlemen who "go in"
for this paper, are desired to put up their
money bright and early.
[Cr'Some little delay will probably occur
before the regular tri-weekly publication of
the Galvestonian. Therefore, the days are
Notice.—Messrs. Allen & McCullough
and Kelsey, Barr & Co. will receive adver-
tisements and orders for this office, from the
western part of the city; JDfoctor C. F. Wor-
cester from the centre.'
Bad Reading.—A poor fellow who begged
one of the Galvestonians, fastened his eye
on our stump nomination for State Printer,
and began spelling thus: " Mo-dest—Modest.
—The Galvestonian wishes to be considered
a candidate before the next Congress for
Slates Prison." Thank Heaven it is no
Religious Institutions.—In a late number
of the Civilian, a writer signing herself
Cora suggests the following: " There is one
plan whicn will give us regular divine service;
which will serve to unite us in friendly feel-
ing; which will secure to our families the
privilege of listening, one day in seven, to the
word of God—it is this: Let a number of
the principal men on the island agree to take
it by turns, each Sunday, to read aloud a well
selected sermon, for the benefit of the many
who now, grieve for the holy observances to
which they have been accustomed."
Cora's plan has been long tried in Europe
and America; and thus have we been'drawn
dramatically under the influence of*" Christ's
Sermon in the Mount," and th? inspired
homilies of a few modern disciples, only for
whom the Gospel might blush at pulpit medi-
ocrity. Sometimes on a stormy Sabbath,
rather than ride a league to church; many a
Saturday night or Sabbath eve, and on other
occasions, have our parents led us to the vil-
lage school-house, to meét a few pious heads
of families with their well trained progeny.
And then have we heard a rhetorical reader
revive the shades of St. Paul, Sterne, Wesley,
and other great divines, whose soul-stirring
passages thawed the hearts of some to piety
and of others to friendship and early love.
It was a community where religion was
verging perhaps to popularity; so that those
who needed grace to go up to the temple of
the Lord with right motives, went there to
save their credit and show their equipage,
No matter; piety, friendship, love, cleanliness
and elegance—all were good frui>^ though
some perhaps a little out of season.
"'Tis sad to hack into the roots of things,
rz'**" <?.-> '■ with <h«> enrlh:
So that the branch a goodly verdure flirts,
i reck not thou ;h an acorn gave it birth—
To trace all actions to their secret spring?,
Would cause, Ia fear, some melancholy mirth."
Though it fell short of regeneration, " Faith
comes by hearing," and those who cajme to
see might hear enough to set up the monitor
Concience on a pedestal of substantial moral
feeling, which, by its occasional alarm, might
warn some away from excessive wickedness
even through a subsequent life of temptation
and irreligión. However misimproved was
our own attendance, it improved the poetry
if not the piety of our hearts, and taught us
since to sympathise with poor Selkirk in the
" But the sound of the church-goini bell
These valleys and rocks never heard;
Never sighed at the sound of a knell,
Nor smiled when a Sabbath appeared."
Years have gone by since the peridolcal
promise and pleasure of the Sabbath morn
cheered us regularly to the wonted smile;
our heart-strings have not been stirred in uni-
son with the organ and choir, " as we sang
psalms together;" nor beauty allured us into
that Diviner Presence that tempers the pas-
sions and powers of humanity. Our morals,
like our garments, have grown slovenly for
lack of the accustomed Sunday's toilet.
" How soon alas! the dignity of the human
character becomes debased by associating
with low and little minds. How many rays
of thought—precious rays! emanating imme-
diately from the? Deity, upon the mind of
man, are extinguished by the noxious vapor
of stagnated life."
As for preachers by trade, we dislike them.
Oui^ climate suits not their constitutions; es-
pecially as the most ordinary are prone to
where better canr not be paid, nor " called."
" Doctor South aáys that many a man runs
his head against a pulpit who might have
J)ANCING ACADEMY.—Mr. Amedeo Grig-
non, Dancing Master, having relumed to Tex-
as, where he formerly resided, has the honor of
informing the Ladies and Gentlemen of this city
and vicinity, that ho is now giving lessons in
dancing, in the mopt approved and fashionable
style. He is advantageously known in many
Colleges and Private Academies throughout Lou-
isiana. Those persons who will honor him with-
their confidence, may take private lessons at their
own houses. Lessons in Waltzing from 8 to 9,
lessons in dancing from 9 to 10o'clock. Assem-
bly Hall at the. Court,House Session Room.
Terms :—For Waltzing and dancing, $15, per
nionth, payable in advance.—Children instructed
nt $20 per month, every day, from G to 7 o'clock,
P- M. marrh 23, ltf
JUST ARRIVED and opened for retail, 2 cases
drab Ilats, a very desirable article; 6 capes
Boots and shoes ; Writing Paper, Quills and Ink.
Also for sale, 20,000. white pine Shingles.
march 20 2if D. & I. BAILY.
Q.EORGE W. FLETCHER, Sign & House
^Painter, at Mr. Hesley'a, near the American
Consel's office. march 24, 2,3m
done his country excellent service at the
plough-tail." But should Cora's plan prevail*
we might buy the best of them for a few'
dollars, and keep them on our shelves for all *
occasions. Standard forms of devotional
exercise (the Episcopal or any other,) might
be added. Should these measures be taken,
we know a man who would reform once a
week at least, if that can be any inducement:
and surely "th^re is joy iij Heaven oypr.
one sinner that repenteth." * *
Answer.—rSomcbody asks whether the
Galvestonian is to be a political paper or a
funny paper. Certainly, sir, not the first,
nor perhaps either. The first number was,
however, fiddled out of the press, and we in-
tend to keep it up as funny as mir nature
will admit. But that will1 not be much—sad
Die of a rose, in aromatic pains. Pope.
A Dangerous Delicacy.—The Texian
thistle, now in bloom, is the sweetest flower
on the prairie—-not even the luxurious jessa-
mine of the fashionable garden surpasses it.
But smelling at the vindictive blossom, take,
care not to prick your nose.
NAME OF GALVESTON.
Frequent inquiries, are made after the ori-
gin of this name. By a royal schedule of the
10th July, 1776, the Spanish government and
intendancy of Louisiana was conferred on
Don Bernard de Gal vez, Colonel of the re-
giment of Louisiana. His uncle, Don Joseph
de Galvez, was president of the council of
the Indies; and his father, Don Mathias de
Galvez, was vice-roy of New Spain. Don
Bernard entered upon the duties of his office
eany in xnr; ana ihe sfecret assistance
which he lent the American Revolutionary
cause should welcome his name to republican
ears. His chivalry and talent to govern led
to his promotion to" the captain-generalship
of the island of Cuba, Louisiana, and the
Floridas; and in 1785, he succeeded his fa-
ther in the vice-royalty of Mexico. Whilp
he administered the government of Louisiana,
a number of colonists were located orj the
Amite river, behind Baton Rouge, where an
abortive attempt was made to builcj a city
named Galveztown. A provincial brig of
war also bore the name, which has been
transplanted to the old island of St. Louis,
with only a small error of orthography.
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