Semi-Weekly Courier-Times. (Tyler, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 53, Ed. 1 Saturday, July 2, 1910 Page: 7 of 8
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SATURDAY, JULY 2, 1910.
THE SEMI-WEEKLY COURIER-TIMES.
BANQUET TENDERED JUDGE GORDON RUSSELL
LAST NIGHT WAS A SPLENDID AFFAIR
Over One Hundred Tyler Friends Assembled at Festive
Board and Paid Tribute to the Distinguished Jurist
(From Tuesday's Dally)
The most (brilliant affair la the his-
tory of Tyler was the banquet ten-
dered Judge Gordon Russell, who re-
cently resigned his seat in congress
to accept ihe commission of United'
States judge of the Eastern district
of Texas, by over u «undired of his
friends at the National Hotel last
IRed, White and Blue Decorations
The apacious dining hall was pro-
fusely decorated with red, white and
blu'e hunting, while the stars and
stripes were entwined with the one
Star of Texas. Eminently conspicu-
ous were two large flags—a U. S.
and a Lone Star—which were draped
albout the middle column of the din-
Ait ©aoh plate were Tyler roses,
while ferns, palms and other flowers
The third page bore the name of
Hon. H. B. Marsh, toastrnaster, and
responses by J. A. Bulloch, Hampson
Gary, Chas. W. Boon, S. A. Lindsey,
J no. S. Mollwalne, J. W. Fitzgerald.
After the last course of the dinner
was ser\ed H. B. Marsh, wiho acted;
as toastrnaster, spoke as follows:
"Judge Russell, this meeting of
your neighbors and friends is íor the
purpose of letting you know that
they esteem you as a man and love
you as a neiglifoor.
"The citizens of Tyler have had
many an occasion to rejoice at hon-
ors bestowed upon some one of their
fellow citizens. Three times have
the people of Texas come to Tyler
for a governor of th:s state; this city
HON. GORDON RUSSELL.
Judge United States Court Eastern District of Texas.
¡found places about the room.
Hanging on the east wall of the
banquet hall could 'be seen a very fin?
likeness of Judge Russell. It was
festooned with 'both national and
A concealed orchestra of a dozen
pieces under the leadership of Prof.
Witt, furnished excellent music
throughout the evening.
There was not a hitch in the en-
tire program. 'Manager Strauss had
bo carefully planned the minutest de-
tails, that the affair passed away in
the happiest possible manner, and
every guest was servod in the most
The Menu Cards.
The menu cards were the product
of the Daily Courier-Times Publish-
ing Company. The first page showed
a very fine halftone likeness1 of
Judge Russell and bore the following
Judge Gordon Russell
National Hotel, Monday, June 27, '10.
The menu was as follows:
Tyler Peaches, Smith County Plums
Bullion en Tasse
Sliced Toamtoes Queen Olives
Ox Tongue Bsuowich
RmlfKng Wine Claret
PMflh lee Proem tad Assorted Cake
has furnished one United States sen-
ator from Texas; the first chief jus-
tics under the present. Constitution;
on v. associate justice of the supreme
court, and one of out citizens is now
associate justice of the court of crim-
inal appeals, the highest tribunal
over crime in the state; this city has
furnished a speaker of the house of
representatives, and more judges to
preside over the district than any
other county in it. But I can say to
you that the selectlou of none of our
citizens lo these high positions has
afforded the people of this city great-
er pleasure than your appointment
as federal judge. If you could have
reen the unabatlng efforts of your
friends, how not a day pasted hut
what they did something to furthei
yutir chances of success; how they
left nothing undone to assist you in
securing this appointment, you would
not doubt the truth of this statement
that the people of Tyler, your neigh-
bors and friends, love you and re-
joice with you at your success.
"Some towns in Texas are making
an effort to move you from your
neighbors and friends. Now, I say
to you, you are one of us and Tyler
is not given to giving up good things.
We rememlber some years ago, while
you were Judge of the district court,
a petition was presented to you ask-
ing for an injunction restraining the
Cotton Belt from moving from Tyler
to Texarkaua. Tou granted that In-
junction and said that the Cotton
Welt should not go and the people
ought to know that you will not your-
•elf de What you would not permit
the railroad to do. You are our , and
nothing but 4 th shall take yon
Judge Bullouh said:
"It is with pridie and pleasure I
join in welcoming Judge Russell's re-
turn to his home. James Whitcomb
Riley has said 'There is little differ-
ence between Good-bye and Howdy-
ao'. With you it is good-bye to the
bickerings of political strife and
howdy-Jo to the stern duties of the
"Tyler always has her eye on. a
good tiling. When 1 came to Texas
Judge Russell was then district at-
torney. There was a lot of Georgians
camped near here; théy went to the
court nouse, as Georgians always do,
to find out if there was a vacancy in
any of Ihe offices. These Georgians
asked who was district Judge and tho
judge was pointed out to thorn; they
asked who was district attorney and
Judge Russell was-pointed out to
them. Ihe judge had on a linen dus-
ter. a pair of seer-sucker pants, no
collar or cravat and was írom Van
Znndt. Now you knoiv that Tyler
has great discernment when she
could see a good thing In a thing like
that. 131it Judge Russell has made
good and Tyler's belief In him has
been luifilled. I voice t.he sentiment
of the people of this city when 1 say
we íejoice to have him with us '.o
night, we rejoice that he lias been
elevated to the position he so rich-
ly deserves, and may his life upon
the bench be one of dealing out even-
h in ied justice to all alike."
Hampson Gary paid a very beauti-
ful tribute to Judge Russell as a
nun, as an official, and reviewed his
career in congress. Mr. Gary said
Ihe occasion was one where the
neighbors tad friends of a faithful
servant of the people and noted ctti
zens had assembled to thank him for
the splendid service rendered, to con
gratúlate him upon having gained
other honors and to extend to him
the glad hand afld a hearty welcome
upon h!ü return home. That eight
years aso we loaned Judge Russell
to the nation, he has now returned! to
us with usury. When we sent him
to congress, he went a loyal Tyler-
ite and Texan, he returns a loyal
Tylerite and -Texan.. and statesman
with national renown and holding a
commission from the nlghest source
.n this world to serve a« our federal
judge. In concluding Col. Gary pre-
dicted that Judge llussell would
make as great judge as he had made
congiessman, and that tho name of
Gordon Russell would rank with that
of Marshall, Brewer and the lament-
C. W. Boon, spoke earnestly, elo-
quently aud feelingly, reviewing thi
services Russell had rendered in con-
gress. fhe great measures in con-
gress to which he had given his aid
and assistance. Ho spoke of the
pretty federal building Ru'ssell had
secured for our city, of the fact
that Smith county and Judge Rus-
sell's congressional district havefared
bolter in point of Rural Routes than
any other in the state, and called at-
tention to the great service Russell
had icndered the farmers and tho
people of not only this district but
the whole sta'.e in procuring the ap-
propriation of funds by means of
which the ravages of the lx>il weevil
were fought and checked and in ally
Speaking of Judge Russell's splen-
did service and talents Mir. Boon
said, "But wo admire him most be-
cause of the splendid traits of char-
acter ho possesses which go to mai.e
up the true man." Mr. Boon said
facetiously, "Texarkana has a "habit
of coveting the good things of her
neighbor, a "bad habit and one she
ought to broak herself of."
fudge Jdndsey paid he appeared op
tho program very much as tho old
man did In the story wherein after
the old lady had knocked out bruin
With tho garden hoe, the old gentle-
man came out of hiding and said to
hla neighbors, "We have killed a
"There are many persona here who
did more to secure Judge Russell's ap
pointment than I, but nono rejoice
more elnerely. It Is my nature to re-
Jwloe at the success of my fellowmen,
and especially do I rejoice when a
worthy on ■uooeeda." The speaker
■aid the —cret oí Russell's success
lay In his splendid ability. He told>
how he had promised Judge Russell
to help him go upward and onward
and how be had kept that promise,
though cften under very trying cir-
cumstances. especially about the
tlnie our people were trying to keep
from being driven into the gulf.
"But," said the speaker. "I ftood out
against any one risining against Rus-
sell and thereby kept some good man
from getting a wholloplng" He «aid
the disposition of Tyler people to
stand together, to forgive and forget
and to do right asserted itself and
the past differences and grievances
as between themselves were forgot-
Talk about Russell'.* going away
from Tyler." said Lindsey. "Why, he
belongs to Tyler, and to tho Tyler
crowd and nowhere else. Any man
who can stay on the firing lino and
for two years walk the tight rope of
Baileyism and anti-Baileytlam and al'
the time have both sides claiming
him and he being a democrat can
manage to get fiom r. republican
president the only federal judigahlp
he has at. his disposal in the demo-
ratlc state of Texas, belongs right
here in Tyler and nowhere else."
"This remark was enjoyed most
heartily by Judge Russell as well as
the good huhnored audience and was
greeted with much laughter.
J. S. Mcllwaine, said: "Behold how
good and liow pleasant it is for breth
ren to dwell together in unity and
how rnnich better and more 'beautiful
It is for fellow-townsmen to gather
at the festive board with one of their
number who has returned to them
with the crown of success."
Mr. Mcllwaine said he" was em-
barrassed, and told how Admiral Por-
ter had embarrassed Chauncy Dopew
at a banquet, In London. That is the
wp.y the English audience understood
the joke. Porter had made a most
beautiful, eloquent and magnificent
postprandial address When Depew'a
time came he told the audience ho
had on his way from America showed
Porter the manuscript of his, De-
pew's, address prepared for the occa-
sion, and that Porter had stolen it
and delivered it there that evening
That the Englishmen presen!, said
to each other, "That was daiced mean
and ugly of Porter.-' But, said Mr.
Mcllwaine while that was a joke it
Is the 'ruth with me. One of the
speakers preceding mo has stolen
my speech. (This reference was un-
derstood to be directed at Col. Oary.)
The speaker said1 there was but lit-
tle left for him to say, hut he would
tell Judge Russell that he had con-
stituted himself the spokesman for
the mayor and aldermen, to turn
over the judge the keys of the city,
and thle means not for a day, hut
until death do us part."
Mr. Mcllwaine paid a glowing trib-
ute to the beauties and riches of
Smith county In natural resources, to
tho chivalrous men and noble, beau-
tiful, pure, gentle women of the
cou'nty, saying no wonder Judge Rus-
sell should return to live and die in
siuch a county among such people.
He said the city had the ibest mayor
she ever had had. That he had only
two thoughts—one was piscatorial,
the other w;w for tl'o city, ami thos<
occupied his whole time. That the
aldermen were not ninth on looks,
bul they were good fellows, novertho
]esG. That his own time was taken
up In prosecuting hankers for throw
in? glass bottles In trie street and
college professors for running their
autos around the corners without
honking as the law required. These
remarks were understood to rcler to
fins Taylor and Prof. Byrne, and
were much enjoyed by tho audience.
At. the conclusion of Mr. Moll-
wulne's speech Mr. Marsh, toastrnas-
ter. In a biief speech delivered to
Judge Russell a pretty silver plaque,
which bore t.he Inscription:
"To Judge Gordon Russell,
from his Tyler Friends, June,
Judge Russell responding to the
presentation and to the r. peaches or
the e vening showed ptnlnly that he
was deeply touched and spoke very
feelingly. He said: "My friends and
neighbors," praising he added, "My
neighbors and friends: I like that ex-
pression, neighbors and friends. Ah
I look at this splendid audience 1
fee! that I can take each one by his
hard and rav, 'my neighbor and my
frier.d V'rllo men in the contests-:
incident to political strife and war-
fare otfeu become arrayed one
against another but so help mo God
I tth n to start this day even with
you all." (Applause). "I do not In-
tend to try to disguise tho pleasure
this splendid recognition gives me.
My frlerds remind mo that on on*
occasion I issued a certain Injunc-
tion. I must say one of tho excel-
tench* of a judicial officer Is to be
consistent In his decisions." This
declaration of the speaker was greet-
ed with tremendous applause.
"Judge IJndsey has extended to
me an Invitation to become & mem-
ber of the East Texas Industrial
Congress and offers mo tho position
at vice-president What is the mat-
ter with being the president?" This
declaration of the speaker was un-
We have rented handsome rooms
up stairs and opened up a bid
lot of Buggies of every descrip-
tion. In selecting a line we
have endeavored to get the best.
We show two well known lines
including the celebrated Stude-
baker and invite an inspection
of our stock.
dcrstood to mean he is ready to en-
ter upon that work with heart and
sou 1 and was lustily applauded.
The speaker referred to the march
of the 10,000 soldiers and to their re-
turn home after a long absence, as
told by Xenophon. How upon "reach-
ing the sea they had looked their
bucklers and rulshed forward, crying,
"The sea, the sea." Continuing ha
said e could appreciate the feeling of
these men as he had said good-bye to
the political life at Washington and
had como back home.
Continuing Judge Russell said:
"The speakers Hero tonight are
too complimentary to mo for the ser-
vices I have rendered. I have labor-
ed earnestly and zealously for the
people of my district; for all my ef-
forts I have been paid back an hun-
dred fold by the splendid reception
given me tonight. I am glad to se>
this banquet hall decorated with the
flag of this union, (applause.) For a
long time our people did nt realize
we Aver" a part of the union; tliey
are beginning to realize that this id
our country; that there is ono coun-
try, one flag and on* ffestlny for us
all. The people of the North are our
friends. There is no •section in this
country outside of tTielr own, which
nestles a> close to their hearts as
does the South While I was in con-
gress I saw an ex-Federal soldier
call up the hill for the restoration of
the Confederate flag's to the South
and Faw that Mil pi'ftj congress with-
out. ono single dissenting vole, an 1
during my service in congress I saw
a resolution pass both houses with
but one dissenting vote providing for
the loan of the tents of tho army to
the ex-Confederate reunion at Mobile.
While 1 was In congress I have been
a statue of the great and noted Con-
federate general, Robert 10. Lee, clad
In a Confederate uniform, placed In
the Statue Hall at the capítol. See-
tional dhi.Mon and prejudice have
died cut of the country, <b< lb North
and South. (Applause.) When I call-
ed on the president to thank him for
bestowing U|«in me 111"" honor of tin
appointment which he had given mo
be said to me that, one of the consid-
erations which caused him to male •
this appointment is an earnest, sin-
cere desiro that the people of your
country shall realizo tiho federal
courts ero their courts."
The speaker said "For a long time
the people have felt toward the fed-
eral court when they entered it a
kind of dread and fear. This condi-
tion had arisen because after tho re
construction days men not In sympa-
thy with us had been sent to preside
over these oourts. The people had
come to look upon tho federal oour'.
as though it had the sign written
above it lie who enters here leave.;
hope behind '"
Continuing the speaker said ear-
nestly and Impressively: "When I
took Hie oath of office I resolved in
my heart by tho help of Cod lo live
up to that oath to the pest of my abil
ity. Now my friends," continued the
speaker 'I wish you all succws and
happiness thnrigh tlila life and al its
end I pray God that you may land on
that blissful shore where the wicked
cease fiom troubling atid the weary
are at rest.'
The occasion was Impres-d/e, ele
gant ai.d replete with Jolly good feel-
ing and genuine unity. The dinner
was nice and handsomely served, tho
speeches were all good and well ro
celved. In short the reception t>
Judge Russell was handsomely done
an.l as handromcly received by him.
NOt a small feature of the even
lng's splendid entertainment was tho
beautiful muslo discoursed Prof.
Witt's oiohestra, one «f the best ever
heard In Tyler
Following were present:
Chas. F. Arte. A. Hicks, Jr.
W. T. Adams. Howard Hicks.
Judge „ .Y. fc)tfs« I W. Hagas.
a BsraMM. w. a Hum .
O. M. Borea.
Jno. L. Booty.
F. M. Bell.
Jno. H. Bonner.
J. P. Broughton.
T. B. Butler.
II. E. Byrne.
P. K. iBlrdwell.
J. T. Bonner.
J. A. Bulloch.
R. H. iBiown.
I)r.A. P. Baldwin.
R. 12. Bryan.
B. B. Beaird.
W. I., IW,stick.
C. A. Caldwell.
C. C. Crews.
i], E. Carlton.
S. 11. Cox.
I.II. Crutchcr, Jr.
J. C. Darracott.
J. M. Edwards.
!> M. Groen.
R. D Irion.
A. E. Judge.
L. L. Jester.
T. N. Jones.
Sam Lindsey. ,
R. B. Long.
J. F. Lohaue.
H. 1 Jobreich.
I. Ixsibreieh. ,
J. H. 1 .«Grand.
A. P. Moore.
11. B. Marsh.
.11 m MeRride.
H. A McDougal.
Geo. S. MeGhee.
Jno. S. Mollwalne
J. B. Mayfleld.
Jx o iMarsh.
F. II. Merrill, Jr.
J. W. Maxwell.
W. B. Marsh.
\V. H. Marsh.
Dr. J. F. Moore.
G. G. McDonald.
W. H.' McMrlde.
A. G. Mcllwaine.
W. H. Neft.
II. M. Owens.
J. I). Patterson.
J. B. Parker.
Kam V. Goodman A. l\>pe, of Dallas
A. IIlets, Sr.
J I! liayms,
.1. E. Hargrove.
Jho. V. Hughes.
J. II. IIoration.
Judge J.G. Russell.
W. D. Swami.
H. I'. Smith.
Gus F. Taylor.
I>r. I. iPopo.
W. F. Proctor.
T. B. Riamiey.
F. T. RafTerty.
C. II. Wood.
RECORD OF mm IN
COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE
(Reported by White Abstract Oo.)
Real Estate Transfers.
Real Etsate Transfers.
Juno 23, 11)10—W. B. Pox and
wife to A S. Jarvis, their In-
terest in tho J. G. and • Mar-
garet el >nton estate, consist-
ing of jKjrtlons of the Juan
Vargu, 1). I>e Ix>s Santos Coy
(.cagues and Samuel Dexter
•'u )e 7, litio — Maggie E.
Caips < t al to Isaac Sellers,
block 1 of a subdivision of a
tract o I 10.1 acres out of S. W.
part of said O'italro survey
made between the heirs <xf S.
II. Doren, deceased, |
June 27, 1910—Ida f^ewls to
W. O Frederick and wile, his
Intere st in '81 1-2 acres of tho
Cleo. Myers survey, about 5
miles S. W. from Tyler; other
June 25, 1010—W. J. Goodman
to 11. "E. Byrne, 11 acres of the
McKnlght survey, about 1 1-2
u.iles N. W. from Tyler
fianimle Moss and Muttlo Spencor.
J. J. Kills and ILattlo Irvcy.
W. H. Max field and Belva Parker.
Jim Evans and Sarah King.
Jim Thompson and Addle Lacy.
Josi} oi/ftln and Mattie Hubbard. <
Tou wouM be surprised to see the
beautiful Unes at buggies and bsr>
ness at Geo. R. Philips'. He has just
received a oar load of Stiídebalcar
buggies, and a oar oí Blue Ribbon
buggies, also a big Shipment of Me
loanns harness. All thees «re
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