The McKinney Gazette. (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 13, 1886 Page: 1 of 4
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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 1.
McKINNEY, COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1886.
$1.50 PER YEAR.
O. O. D. GK Co.
This Spacc be-
longs to the Col-
lin County Dry
CONDENSED STATE SPECIALS.
COLLISION IN BOLIVAR ROADS.
A Correct Picture.
Chinese on the Pacific Coast.
—■■ «"-■ 1
How Gambling is Treated
Kentucky. j ^ man started in the livery There have been over 100,000
—— ' |
Kentucky has gotten down to < stuble business hist week, and the . Celestials on the 1 acitic Coast foi
bedrock in regard to gambling, as' first thing he did was to have a the past ten years. At a low es-
it is claimed that the legislature ; big s'gn painted representing j timate they have earned $60,000
has passed a law that makes it an himself holding a mule by the \ per day for that time. 1*or one
offense punishable by a fine of j bridle. "Is that a good likeness ' year of 313 w> rking days it would
$500 and confinement in the peni-|°f me? he asked of an admiring j amount to Jsl8,760,000. I' or ten
tentiary for not less than one nor|fi"'end. es it is a perfect picture I years it would amount to MS7,-
more than three years, for any 1 of you, but who is the fellow hold" j 800,000. It is a truth that can
person to set up, carry on or con-; >ng >'ou hy the bridle ? "—[Lon
duct or aid in so doing, any faro ; don Scraps,
or keno bar.k, or any machinery
or contrivance whatever used for
betting purposes, it also disquali-
fies such persons from ever hold-
ing any office whatever, State,
County or City.
A Flood of Socialistic Circulars.
Cleveland, May 6.—Consider-
able excitement prevails here this
morning oVet the discovery that
the city was flooded during last
night with copies of a Chicago
socialistic circular calling working-
men to arms. As vet
yet no open
demonstrations havc«£ ien made
not be controverted that at least
one half-of that amount, £98,000,-
>oo5, has been taken out of circu-
lation entirely, never to enter the
palm of the enterprising Caucasian
, , . . , again. There are very few coun-
with a cholera scourge this spring, . . . . • .. . ... .
, , , T 0 ,1tries 111 the world that could stand
and the London Lancet says the . c .n ,
,, | this drain 011 their finances. Truly
disease is morally certain to reach 1
Southern Europe is threatened
the large cities of Great Britain
during the next few weeks. The
papers urge the health^authorities
to lose no time in putting the
towns in the best sanitary con-
Look Out for a Boom.
Texas is now riding the stormy
waves of discontent. In less than
by the socialists, andlf is impos- j ninety days happiness will reign
sible to find who has been dis-^on every hand. A great boom is
tribiiting the circulars, which have in the rear, marching steadfast in
been posted on nearly every shop j peaceful array to the front, and
office building in the
A Foolish Man.
Mr. C. E. Hunter, who resides
in the southeast part of the city,
returned home late last Sunday
night and thought that he would
play a trick upon his wife. He
went to the rear of the house and
endeavored to raise the kitchen
window. His wife, mistaking him
for a burglar, fired a pistol shot,
but like most women Mrs. Hunter
is a poor shot, and the ball passed
through the door, which is about
five feet from the window. Hun-
ter will play burglar no more,—
Tit for Tat.
tl*e l«ai | y little Sninl:iy~c l°ve of money;
X« w offl.tfiy wt-re cJce/CVet^ s^e war
ot tht> Mck'pould marry the
flucKr. Tlie follow!lighter if he could
T. F. M inimi), Drcsi<le;>|
rji-^prraiilont ; J. II. G<
Prof. J. T. Johnson. s<<
kWillLia Poll*, editor CI
trvnjr. fflitrws ffcri
koney with her.
iwered her hus-
[rst of it is a man
18S6 will prove to be the best
year for nearly all lines of busi-
ness that we have had since 1880.
—[Texas Commercial Reporter.
T. DeWitt Talmage does most
of his work on railway trains, and
the entire series of sermons on
the "Marriage Ring" were com-
posed on the cars on a week's
trip last September. When he
loses sleep he keeps an account of
it, and balancer, t! ~ account in
the summer time by sleeping
right straight ahead. — [Boston
The Future Great.
Soon the snort of the iron horse
on the Santa Fe wili be heard
through the streets of Farmersville
on her way from Dallas to Red
River. Then, and not till then,
will the prosperous little town of
Farmersville be turned into the
future great of North Teqcas.—
There is more undeveloped land
in the State of Maine than in any
John is a source of annoyance in
A new religious weekly paper
is to be started in New York city.
The title of the new venture will
be the American Pulpit. The
proprietors are a company of
Southern capitalists, who have in
vested half a million dollars in the
new enterprise, and who propose
to circulate the paper extensively
in the Southern States. The lead-
ing feature of the weekly will be
reports of sermons by eminent
The Cream of the Week's News IJolletl
Down- for the Gazette's Headers.
Jefferson, May 7.—A hail storm
amounting to almost a hurricane
last night, did much injury to the
fruit crop. No other serious casul-
ties yet heard from.
Decatur, May 7.—Sheriff Man
returned last evening from the
Nation with George Roberts, who
stands charged with theft of cat-
Denton, May 7.—One J. B.
Davis was brought in from Roan-
oke and jailed a few ag°>
charged with an assault with in-
tent to murder and false imprison-
ment. num'per of the young
men of our town met last evening
for the purpose of organizing a
Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion. Measles are raging in our
city. Our two deputy postmasters
are down with them.
Midlothian, May 7.—May wheat
is entirely headed and almost
turning golden. Mediterranean
wheat is looking well and begin-
ning to head. Oats, barley and rye
are all looking fine and will yield
well. The farmers are plowing
corn, which is rapidly growing.
Cotton is coming up and is look-
ing remarkably well for the sea-
son. This bids fair to be a fruit-
ful year in this section.
Mount Pleasant, May 7.—The
heaviest storm known for many
years came upon this place about
9 o'clock last night from the
northwest. Everyone thought it
a cyclone. Wind, rain and hail-
stones as large as walnuts, that
broke window glasses, knocked
fruit and limbs from off trees in
abundance. The storm could be
heard fully half an hour before it
reached here, and sounded like a
train of cars approaching.
Henderson, May 7.—Prof. Law-
rence Johnson, of the United
States geological survey, has for
the last week been making an in-
vestigation of the mineral re-
sources of Rusk County, una ^
ports it extremely rich in iron of
the brown hematite variety. Mr.
Johnson expresses the opinion
that a superior quality of charcoal
iron may be cheaply manufactured
Brownsville, May 7.—Sheriff
Brito and a posse attacked a band
of Mexican horse thieves at day-
light this morn ng, twelve miles
up the Rio Grande River, seriously
wounding several of their number.
The balance escaped, but left 17
valuable horses. The French bark
Agricola arrived yesterday even-
ing frsm Tampico, and got into
Hempstead, May 7.—The in-
quest on the killing of I. II. Fan-
is concluded, and the verdict ren-
dered in accordance with the facts
heretofore published. The exam-
ining trial is now in progress, and
the evidence disclosed that Fair
was shot in the back, without
warning. Cloud claims that pub-
lications in the Courier had noth-
ing to do with the homicide, but
he was actuated by an old quar-
rel. The widowed wife is Cloud's
A Galveston Craft Tiijureil and a Sailor
Galveston, May 6. — The
schooner Pat Christian, which set
sail for Lake Charles on Wednes-
day afternoon, ran foul of light
ship No. 28, in Bolivar roads, dis-
abling both crafts. In the excite-
ment of the collission one of the
crew of the schooner known- as
"Long Herman" fell overboard,
and the last seen of him he was
being carried to sea by a strong
current. It is said that deceased
was a man who formerley worked
in the ice business here, and was a
member of the German Lodge of
1. Q. O. F. The pilot boat, Minnie
HSggins, brought the disabled
schooner in yefterday morning. It
is reported that Herman was very
much under the influence of liquor
at the time 01" the accident.
Sleeping With a Corpse.
A RACE WAR.
Trouble lletneeu the Ulueks and Whites in
Birmingham, Ala., May 4.—
News comes to the city of a had
Desperate Kitorts to Keep Her Uabe From
St. Luiiis Republican.
York, May 4.—A special
state of things some twenty miles r,olu iipinellsville sa>s.
neighborhood ' French and his family live on the
Kansas City, Mo., May 4.—Sev-
eral days ago John M. Schercer,
an old German cooper, living alone
at 1620 West Ninth street, took
Fritz Kline, a German, a butcher
by trade, but lately a bartender at
Capt. May's saloon, and allowed
him to room with him, the two
sleeping together. Kline is about
40 years of age, and, it is claimed,
had the consumption. At any
rate, Schercer awoke this morning
about 1 o'clock to find that his
bed-fellow was coh^in fact chilly.
This scared him,""Tf8^ jumped up,
and on investigation found that
he had been sleeping with a corpse,
for Kline was dead. The Coroner i
has taken charge of the remains
and a post mortem examination
will be held. Nothing is known
of Kline or his antecedents.
Louisiana's Last Lyncning Levee.
west of here, in a
where a white man named Tanner
was shot by one of three negroes
who had robbed his companion,
Phillips. One' of the negroes was
killed by a pursuing posse of
whites. Yesterday a man named
Ilart came to the Pratt' Mines,
some ten miles from the scene of
the trouble, and swore out a war-
rant for five negroes, telling of the
lawless proceedings of the blacks
in the last few days. A few nights
ago sevjeral 'negroes we jit .to the
house of a neighbor of Farmer's
named Young and took him to a
high bluff, telling him to say his
prayers, for they were going to
j kill him, but he escaped by jump-
1 ing off the bluff and out-running
them. I Iart and another neighbor
have moved their families from
home to get them out of danger.
White men threaten to kill every
negro concerned in the original
affair in case of Farmer's death,
which seems not improbable. The
negroes are, for the most part,
railroad hands, working on the
Georgia Pacific extension, but
their leader lives in the neighbor-
hood, and uses them to intimidate
white men against whom he has
grudges. It is a wild, thinly set-
tled neighborhood, to which ordi-
narily officers of the law do not
have to go.
Double Tragedy in the Nation.
New Orleans, May 6.—Yester-
day, in St. Bernard Parish, W. P.
Green, a plantation overseer, had
a quarrel with Robert Smith, a ne-
gro laborer, and was knocked
down with a billet of wood. Green
by friends, went to the \ negro'«?
cabin. As he opened she door
the negro, who suspectcu his mis-
sion, opened fire, which Green, re-
turned. The negio was slightly
hurt, while Green was hit three
times and fatally 'niur.:d, dying
last night. The neg*o was arrest-
ed and jailed early this morning.
Shortly after Green's c eath a lynch-
ing party, composed of whites and
blacks, went to the jail and took
Smith out and hanged him to a
A Needed Reform.
They Were Safe.
A Chicago man at Plainfield,
Ind., desired to leave his traveling
bag and overcoat while he walked
to a place twenty miles distant.
He put them in a field unprotect-
ed from thieves, except by the
sign, "Small-pox, beware," and
when he returned they were right
there in the field—but they were
twenty feet under ground, buried
by the health officer.
An Old Teacher's Idea.
Almost any one of good habits
can enjoy existence upon $20,000
a year. The difficult problem is
to be happy on $10 a week. That
requires genuine manhood, high
motives, knowledge, taste, virtue,
good sense, and indeed, all the
rare qualities of civilized men.
— ^—. .
A person who lived two years
among the Creek Indians in Indi-
an Territory says he never knew,
of an Indian man kissing an Indi
If society becomes corrupt the
fault should be charged to the
training of the individuals that
compose it. There are men who,
in order to make money, axe fol-
lowing hellish occupations. They
are not being guided aright, neith-
er are they rightly leading others.
This is wrong—it is almost beyond
toleration. But there is still an-
other mistake almost equally as
wide : men are being educated so
as to make life more easy; so that
the youth may be better prepared
to meet the stern conflicts of life;
so that he may be fully armed to
make money and a great deal of
It. The advice in some instances
is to make money honestly if you
can, but make money. The fault
is in training upon the wrong line.
We should teach our children, and
in fact all with whom we move in
society, how to accomplish the
most good. Our aim in life should
be the greatest good to the great-
est number, and training should
be in that fine.—[Mineola Monitor.
A Disagreeable Section.
Most of the letters written by
newspaper correspondents in Mex-
ico give very rosy accounts of the
country, but one of them appears
to have struck a very disagreeable
section, although it is a health re-
sort. He says; "One may travel
for days through this beautiful
wilderness without hearing the
song of a bird, or meeting any
animals but those that destroy.
The serpent is still master of the
situation, and has begotten a nu-
merous progeny. Gigantic rattle-
snakes, deadly asps and a hundred
other dangerous species glide off
at our approach; reptiles prey up-
on each other in the miasmatic
lagoons, where fatal calenturas
lurk under every leaf; enormous
lizards bask in the hot sunshine;
tarantulas, scorpions; centipedes
and xinsxins abound in the burn-
ing sands, and parasitic plants,
like vegetable vampires, suck the
life-blood from every tree."
Fort Smith, Ark., May 5.—From
Ed Read, the fourteen-year-old
son of Belle Starr, who arrived
here late this evening, it is learned
that a horrible double murder was
committed in the Choctaw nation,
forty-five miles from this city, on
Monday night last. It seems a
man named Wei I?urn and another
named S^'ecdeu lived together,
Welburn's wife* being a niece of
Sweeden W cimie rea-
iuu fc'eat*ig his wif*?, u'ii«n
Sw'eeden interposed and was shot
through the heart by Welburn.
The murderer then shot at Sweed-
en's son, who was running away,
but without effect, after which he
turned his attention to Mrs.
Sweeden and killed her also. Af-
ter the killing he threw the body
of Sweeden in a well and dragged
out the body of Mrs. Sweeden to
a brush pile, about 300 yards from
the house, and concealed it. The
murderer then took two of Sweed-
en's horses, two Winchester rifles,
two pistols, and mounting the
horses fled, taking his wife with
him. Sweeden was a special dep-
uty marshal from this district and
Wellburn acted as his posse.
Sweeden's son, who ran away, was
afraid 'to return that night, but
came back next morning with a
crowd, got his father's body out of
the well, found his mother's after a
search of several hours, and took
them to Oklahoma for burial.
Cattle Ranches in California.
The natives of Alaska believe in
witchcraft, and have horrible pun-
I ishment for so-called sorcerers.
The following is going the
rounds of the press: A great news-
paper reader was out hunting re-
cently, and a storm coming up he
crept into a hollow log for shelter.
After the storm had abated he en-
deavored to crawl out, but found
that the log had swelled so that it
was impossible for him to make
his exit. He endeavored to com-
press himself as much as possible,
but with indifferent success. He
thought about the mean things he
had ever done, until finally his
mind reverted to the fact that, in-
stead of buying his paper like a
man, he was in the habit of bor-
rowing from his neighbors. On
this he felt so small that he slipped
out of a knot hole.
#1.50 a year.
There are hardly half a dozen
great cattle ranches left in Califor-
nia. What remain are held, not
by original proprietors, but by new
men who have changed all the
methods of cattle growing. The
wild mustang breeds have nearly
disappeared. High bred Ameri-
can cattle are feeding on irrigated
land, and are often fattened for
market by the help of alfalfa grass.
Every year the grazing area of the
State diminishes. It is worth more
Cleveland Wants Reform.
The president believes in carry-
ing out personal and party pledges
made to the people before the
election, and he is right. He has
strictly observed all his promises
in regard to civil service reform,
in spite of the protests of the
spoilsmen, and novv he tells the
Democrats in congress that they
are under obligations imposed in
their platform to revise and reform
old Mines farm, in the town of
Bradford, this county. In the*
farm-yard is a deep well, with a
low curb, the water being drawn
up by an old fashioned sweep. On
Saturday all the family were ab-
sent from home except Mrs. French
and her 2-year-old son. Farmer
French came home at noon.
There was 110 one in the house.
He went-into the kitchen. On the
table was a slate on which was
written in a hasty scrawl : "Baby
and I are in the well." French
ran to the well, and looking down
he saw his wife in the water cling-
ing to the wall, but apparently
dead. Alva Morris, a neighbor,
was passing at the time, and re-
sponded to the farmer's cries for
help. Morris let himself down in
the well and fastened a rope around
Mrs. French, and she was drawn
to the top. She was alive but un-
conscious. She was restored with
difficulty. As soon as she revived
she asked for her child. The body
of the child was found at the bot-
tom of the well in ten feet of wa-
ter and drawn to the surface by
means of a rope.
THE MOTHER'S STORY.
"At 10 o'clock this morning,"
said Mrs. French, "I went to the
well after a pail of water, taking
baby along. I saw that a board
on the curb was loose, and I ran
back to the house to get a ham-
mer and nails.to fasten the board
and thoughtlessly left the child by
the well. When I came back the
baby was gone. I looked in the
well and saw him struggling in the
water. Thinking that some one
might be in the house soon I rush-
ed back and wrote on the slate
that we were in the well, so that
we could have help as soon as
possible. I then hurried to the
well again and let myself down to
the water by the niches in the
wail. 1 sueLecueu in geiung 111c
baby out of the water with one
hand while I held myself above
the water with the other. I then
placed one foot in a niche on one
side of the well and the other foot
on the opposite, and then braced
myself so I could keep above the
water, which was above my waist.
The baby was alive, and having
the use of both my hands and
arms I soon brought him to. I
called constantly for help as loudly
as I could. Both myself and the
child were terribly chilled by the
water. I shouted for aid until my
voice was entirely gone, and then
WE MUST BOTH DIE
from exhaustion and cold unless
I could reach the top in some way
I began to work myself up, using
one hand and my feet. Little by
little I crept upward by the aid of
the niches in the wall, and in half
an hour I was almost in reaching
distance of the top of the wall.
How my strength ever held out I
don't know. I stopped to rest and
thought of tossing baby up over
the curb. If I had had strength
enough in my arms I know I could
have done so, but they were too
tired and weak. After resting
awhile I was feeling around for an-
other place to put my foot a little
higher to draw myself up, when I
lost footing entirely, and we fell
back into the water. The baby
was knocked out of my arms, and
when I came to the surface of the
water I cuuh.'.noi rind him. I re-
member grabbing about the nich-
es in the wall, and that was all until
I came to after being rescued. I
must have clung to the wall over
an hour unconscious."
A-.CASE WITHOUT PARALLEL.
A Murder Trial Which Require* the Sum-
. mouiug of 330 < Persons Before Ob-
taining ■> Jury.
Waukegan, 111., May 5.—The
case of the State vs. Michael
Mooney closed to-day with a ver-
dict of guilty, with punishment
assessed at imprisonment for life.
In some respects this was a case'
without parallel. Mooney was a
two year old convict at Joliet,
having been s:nt from Decatur.
111., for stealing. On the night of
May 30, 1S83, shrieks and cries
were heard coming fiom his ceil.
The guard, rushing to the spot,
found John Anderson, Mooney\s
cell-niate, lying 011 the floor dead.
a score of ghastly knife wounds ,
on his body. Mooney v-u in his
bed, seemingly asleep, an '.' for a
time stoutly denied any knowledge"'
of the tragedy which had taken
place under his nose. In October,
1S83, Mooney had his trial at
Joilet for the murder of Anderson,
was convicted, sentenced to be
hanged and then granted a new
trial by the Supreme Court. The
next trial was at Waukegan, 011 a
change of venue, and lesulted as
did the first, but the Supreme
Court again reversed and re-
manded the case, holding that
there were not sufficient facts to
warrant the conviction, and that
Anderson might have taken his
own life. At both of these trials
Mooney maintained his intiQcetice..
The third trial came on sevc*i\ ' 3
weeks ago, and the attempt to
secure a jury was remarkable—
perhaps unprecedented—for it was
necessary to summon 2,367 per-
sons, or more than half the voters
of Lake County, before one was
impanelled, and even the last two
jurors were accepted by mutual
concessions on the part of the
prosecution and the defence, and
at the earnest request of the pre-
siding judge, for each man sum-
moned had cost the county $5, or
$11,000 in the aggregate. Mooney's
attorneys set up insan'\ Vnd also
the theory that And' —
himself, but tlcom v - --
new freak, declared that he had
done the killing, would do so
again and was perfectly sane.
Mooney tried to cut his throarTn
the Waukegan jail six months
ago, but denied all knowledge of
the act, claiming that he awoke to
find his neck bathed in blood. He
also has a theory, though born a
Catholic, that the devil is more
powerful than Christ, and fF£_
quently prays to his Sate«4
% Shoes and
• lH8f" ,
A Paradise in Kentucky.
1 Mt. Washington, Bullitt county,
with a population of 400, has 35
marriageable young ladies and
twenty widows, and only one mar-
riageable young man, and he is
afraid to come out of the house.
The Greenville Banner says:
Law is law and justice is justice,
no matter who is concerned. The
same law that protects the humble
home of the poor man from inva-
sion and destruction must also
protect the property of those who
are wealthier. The rights of the
one cannot be trampled upon with-
o*t danger to the rights of the
other. If the day ever arrives in
this country when the laws fail to
protect and maintain property
ownership, then the homes of the
(people will no longer be safe, and
our boasted liberties will have dis-
appeared to make place for riot
and pillage and bloodshed.
Out in Iowa a man was recent-
ly converted at a revival meeting,
and groaned so long and loud over
his sins that_he_was_n--1' ^ gnd
kecDirSc enough to embrace
churr* a'l gradesfrom a sub-
come l t,ie finest ancl best
will go a great
couraging them, a.
itate before treading
of the righteous.
A Crazy Man's Doings.
San Antonio, May 6.—A
sudden yesterday Marion 1
who lives ,
city, became vf eru~
wife and children and mac.|
peated efforts to kill them, b_
was thwarted by his brother.
Sheriff Lewis went out to-day to
arrest him and he ran into a thick-
et and made several efforts to cut
his throat. The knife, however,
was not sharp enough to sever the
jugular vein and he was^arrested
and lodged in jail.
One Effect of Fire.
A fire throws a large amount of
moisture into the air and furnishes
material for cloud and rain. It ais0
throws a large amount of heat
into the air, and this would pr^
vent the vapor from condensing
were it not that the air is mobile,
and hot air at once rises up. It
then cools rapidly by expansion,
and eventually forms more cloud
and rain than would have been
the case without the fire. The
rainfall and cloud need not occur
necessarily near to the fire, but
may be nianny miles away.
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