The McKinney Gazette. (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 26, 1886 Page: 1 of 4
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BABCOCK, FOOT & BROWN,
VOLUME 1. NO. 16.
McKINNEY, COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS. THURSDAY. AUGUST 26, 1SS6
USE HERMOSA COFFEE.
For Sale By All Grocers.
l'ut up Ity
BABCOCK, FOOT & BROWN.
$1.50 A YEAR.
We take this method of notifying the trade that we will by the First
of September have the largest stock of all lines of goods usually kept
by Dry Goods Houses, to be found in North Texas. Our buyer in
Eastern Markets writes us that he is buying largely of all lines of
goods for our house. We give you this notice to show that we in-
tend to remain in the lead as we have ever done before, with
Largest Stocks And Lowest Prices,
Also while this is the case we will continue to sell our large stock
now on hands cheaper than ever. We will, this season introduce to
this trade a new line of Dress Goods, which we know to be the best
manufactured. Read what we guarantee for the BROADHEAD
DRESS GOODS:— ist. To be made from the very best material,
by skillful workmen, with the latest and most approved machinery,
and to be the cheapest goods in the market when service is consider-
ed. 2nd. Are so thoroughly finished that they can be worn in damp
weather or a shower, without fear of being ruined by curling or shrin-
king. 3rd. The manufacturing, dyeing and finishing is done in such a
manner, that the goods ean be washed if desired, without injury to
the fabric. 4th. The goods are wool dyed, and colors as fast as the
purest dyes and greatest care and skill can make them. 5th. Goods
show just what they are and will be until worn out, as there is no
weighting, stiffening, or artificial lustre used to increase the weight or
finish; as is the case with a large class of goods in the market, but
which disappears after a few days' service.
-fflia COiTT DRY GOODS
Seven Anarchists to Hans.
The Texas Cotton Outlook. , Put Mulhatton's Brand on This.
A Schooner Wrecked.
Galveston, Agust 19.—Kaufman &!
Itunge, a leading cotton house of this
city, from reports received from their j
correspondents throughout the belt of
the State, estimate the damage to the j
Texas crop since J !y In, owing to ex-
cessive heat .and drouth, at fully 30 per j
cent., indicating a crop of about the same ,
as last year. In many sections of the :
State, where, prior to the 15th. the yield j
was estimated at lrom one-half to three- i
fourths of a bale per acre, it is now con- j
ceded that not more than one-fourth or j
one-fifth of a bale will be the yield. In
many sections the plant is shriveling and
shedding its foliage and it is claimed that j
the only benefit rain would now do would
be to retain the present vigor of the plant
and prevent further deterioration of the
A Black Woman Lynched.
Chicago. Au"rust 19 —A special from
-Jackson, Tennessee, says that Eli/a
'Woods, a . «gro woman, 70 years old, was
take.* lrom )a'.l last night and hanged by
a mob, She was accused of poisoning
Mrs. Wooten White, the wife of a well
known citizen. She maintained her in-
nocence to the last. She had a bad repu-
tation. She was hanged to a tree in the
tHturt house yard. The mob was orderley
H<ui dispersed quietly*.
The Furnace Melted.
Pittsburg, August 22.—A Post's
Voungstown (Ohio) special says : This
morning the Girard furnace, which has
been on a steady blast for two years,
melted and the lining caved in. The fur-
nace was in full blast, and tlx; loss to the
proprietors is estimated at $50,000.
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Chicago, August 19.—A special lrom
T0I0110, Illinois, says: A large dun
colored panther, which for several weeks
has terrorized the people about Bouses
Grove, eight miles southeast of here, was
killed yesterday evening by a woman,
who thereby saved tin lives of her two
little girls. The plucky woman was Mrs.
Montcalm, who was on her way from
the Indian Territory to her former home
near Cleveland. Some years ago she and
her husband went West, where the latter
was killed. Left with two little children
the woman loaded her goods on a wagon
and started 011 her long journey to her
home. The travelers reached Bouses
Grove yesterday and 'firs. Montcalm
stopped and proceeded to cook dinner.
The children wandered off into the woods
and when the mother called on tlieui to
come to dinner she received no answer.
Fearing something wrong, she took her
rille from the wagon and started for the
woods near by. Before going far the
moving branch of a tiee attrasted her at
tention, and on going nearer she dis-
covered a large panther preparing to
spring on her children, who were lying
asleep at the foot of a tree. Mrs. Mont-
calm at once drew a bead on the brute
and shot him through the body. She
then removed the pelt and took it with
her on her journey.
The Destitution in the West.
Ballinger, August IS.—A committee of
citizens, representing the farmers in the
northeastern portion of Runnels County,
visited the city yesterday, seeking relief
for the destitute, caused by the extreme
diouth and total failure of crops in that
part of the county. An oj.cn air meeting
of the people was held last night to eonsid--
er the matter, when committees were ap-
pointed to wait upon tin; business men
of the city and solicit aid for the sufferers.
It was also decided at the meeting to call
a mass meeting ot the citizens of the
county, to be held in Ballinger on the
28th Instant, to consider what additional
help should be extended these unfortunate
people. The soliciting committees have
been at work to-day with gratifying suc-
cess. No doubt an appeal lo the charitable
in other portions of the State will have
to be made very soon.
Galveston, August 22.—The schooner
| that was reported to have been wrecked
j at San Luis Pass, Saturday, turns out to
I be the Ella Elliott. Captain II. J. Jones,
master. This vessel left ltockport. Me.,
j July 24. for Galveston, with a cargo of
| ice. She is a comparatively new ship,
I having been built at Thomaston, Me., in
1S82. She is 141 feet long, 35 feet breadth
and 13 feet depth, with a neat tonnage of
0948. ller value outside of the cargo is
fixed at $;10,000. She struck 011 San Luis
Pass about 2 a. in., Saturday, nine feet in
the water, and soon begin to till, the car-
go of ice rapidly melting 111 the salt water.
The crew, consisting of eight men, were
all sayed by their life boats and safely
landed at the Pass, where the captain of
the life saving station did all in his power
to make them comfortable. The vessel
grounded about a mile and a half from
shore. No immediate help could be sent
to the wreck from the fact that the lite
saving crew are 011 duty at the San Luis
station during the summer. Superinten-
dent Hutchin.s, of the life saving service,
went down Saturday evening with a <•!•« w
and Captain Clark followed this morning
with a crew of ste\ edores and the neces-
sarj apparatus for pumping the vessel
out. The crews of Captain Hutchings
and Clark, and the vessel's crew, are now
at work trying to save the wreck, which
it is thought can be done if it is pumped
out before she seeps too far in the sand.
When pumped out it is said the vessel
will draw seven feet of water and may
thus be floated where she stands.
TfcU powder never varies. A marvel of par-
ity, strength nnd whi.lesomeness. More eco-
nomical than the ordinary kinds, and cannot
it* sold in competition with the multitude of
tow teat, short weight alum or pho ph te pow-
der*. Sold oxly in can's. Royal Baking Pow-
«>SbCo , 106 Wall St., H. T.
A Desperate Fight.
Little Rock. Ark., August 22.—Advices
from the Chickasaw Nation say that on
Saturday Mud Creek was the scene of a
desperate fight between a party of cow-
boys who were driving cattle out of the
Nation under the proclamation recently
issued by the Chickasaw authorities. The
men had been quarreling for some time,
and had halted at a spring. As Ben Tabor
was bending down to drink he was shot
in the neck by Franklin Scales, who start-
ed to run away, when he was in turn
shot by a man named Adams. Firing then
becamc general, the combatants dodging
behind trees and bashes and reloading.
The fight ended in one gang of the cow-
boys driving the other from the field.
Tabor and Scales were alive at last ac-
counts^ but not expected to reco ver.
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Anarchy And Labor.
Chicago, August 22.—Mark Crawford,
of the Trade and Labor Assembly, being
asked his opinion of the verdict in the
anarchist case, by a reporter, said : "The
verdict is all right, but it does not reach
far enough. The whole crowd of law
breakers should be hanged, and that iiir
eludes Mayor Harrison."
"Mr. Harrison ? "
"Yes, he is primarily responsible for it
all. More than a year ago a labor com-
mittee waited on Harrison and told him
what was going to happen."
Did the committee wait on the Mayor
especially to warn him about the anar-
"It did—just for that and nothing else."
"Were you on the committee?"
"And you anticpated this bomb throw-
"Certainly. We knew bombs were being
made and we knew the action of the
anarchists would injure the labor cause.
We asked Mr. Harrison to stay the Lake
Frout meeting, but he would hardly listen
to us. The anarchists of Chicago have
done more harm to the labor movement
than the capitalists have. They killed
the eight hour movement as dead as a
doornail. Why, the wholesale men and
large merchants were tumbling over each
other in their haste to fall into line until
the bomb was thrown and the work of
years was neutralized and the movement
One Goes to the Penitentiary— Heartrend-
ing Scenes Among Friends After
. Killed in a Drunken Row.
Scranton, Pa.. August 23.—James Baird,
proprietor of a disreputable house, had
his sknll crushed during a drunken row
last night and died this morning. Several
arrests hare been made.
Chicago, Aug. 20.—There was breath-
less attention when the verdict which con-
demns seven of the anarchists to hang and
gives the eighth liftcen years in the peni-
tentiary was announced. This was suc-
ceeded by intense excitement. The pris-
oners were ransred along I he wall on the
South sitle of the courti00111 bidden from
the public by a line of policemen. Mrs.
Schwab tainted, but no other demonstra-
tion was made.
The verdict was simply guilty, as charg-
ed, in the case of Spies, Fischer, Lingg,
Kngel, Parsons, Fielden and Schwab, and
Neebe guilty of manslaughtcr.his sentence
being fifteen years in the penitentiary.
Mr. Black moved for a new trial. Mr.
Grinnell objected to this being considered
this term. .Judge Garry said such a mo-
tion was unnecessary at this time in any
case. lie then thanked the jury and
said: "There will be no more business
for them to-day." The prisoners were ta-
ken back to jail.
CROWDS OF SIGHTSEERS.
People tried to get into the courtroom
at 7 o'clock this morning. The first ap-
plicant was a woman, who became angry
when refund. She appealed to every one
of forty officers gathered about, but thev
were lirni in their refusal, and 500 people
who applied between that time and nine
o'clock were given the same answer. Ev-
ery conceivable 1 use was resorted to, but
the officers were inexorable, and when
the verdict was brought in there were
probably less people in court than at any
time during the trial. The crowd outside
numbered 10l,0, and these were kept in-
formed of tlie progress inside bv the po-
lice. Some people succeeded in getting
upstairs and took seats. At the west end
of the room were Mrs. Spies, Mrs. Par-
sons, Neebe's wife, Lingg's sweetheart.
August Spies' sister and his brother Ferd-
inand, Mrs. Aunts, Gen. Parsons, Spies'
mother and halt a dozen others who had
been regular attendants on the trial.
Mrs. Black, wile of the chief counsel
for the defense, who has been in court
daily, proceeded to take her former seat,
near the prisoners, but was requested to
take her seat 011 the opposite side of the
Mrs. Parsons entered the courtroom
with her reticule, accompanied by the
woman w ho has attended her throughout
the trial. She was given a seat between
two policemen, and with two policemen
immediately in her rear. Whether this
procedure was to guard against any ex-
traordinary exploit in the court room or
not was not known, but the seat accorded
the female anarchist was deemed signifi-
Judge Gary was 011 time, and at 0:50
court opened, and the Judge sang out to
spectators to take seats and not make any
THE l'KISONEKS ENTEK.
The prisoners were then brought in and
ranged along the south wall by the win-
dows, and the Judge told the Clerk to call
the names of the jury. This was done
amid oppressive silence, except on the
part of Neebe, who was probably the
most affected of any of the prisoners.
Neebe turned and looked across the room
to the place where his wife was sitting.
He craned his neck forward and -aid
something In an undertone to himself.
Parsons looked straight ahead to the
place w here his brother, the General, was
standing, tnen turned and looked into the
street, where, under a burning sun, a
thousand men and women gazed anxious-
ly at the upper windows. Parsons glanced
hurriedly around, and with a bold, defiant
look in his eyes, pulled something irom
his pocket. It was the Dattle flag of the
anarchists, s dirty red silk handkerchief.
Turning, so that all in the street might
see, but in such a manner the judge cculd
not, he waved it for a moment or two.
Some one in the street caught sight of it
and a cheer was uttered but quickly stop-
ped. When the people in the court room
turned to ascertain the cause of the demon-
stration Parsons sat stilly in his chair and
gazed vacantly at the clerk. Others gazed
anxiously into the faces ot the jury and
friends, then up at the judge, as if in hope
of learning some indication of their fate.
Relatives and friends of the prisoners
were most affected. Over in the corner
A LITTLE OLI) WOMAN'
nearly hidden by a big policeman. It was
the mother of Spies, and during the halt
hour that she was in the court-room she
wept constantly, holding a handkerchief
to her eyes. Mrs. Parsons and General
Parsons said nothing, and betrayed 110
evidence ot emotion and suspense they
must have expeiienced. Mrs. Schwab
looked at her husband with tearful eyes,
and once or twice wiped tears away.
Lingg's sweetheatt was next to li r, and
during the calling ol the jurors' names
kept up a constant signaling with him
The roll was finally finished, and it was
then that the prisoners and their friends
betrayed the first excitement.
Two minutes after 10 Foreman Osborne
rose to bis feet and factd the court. The
suspense was terrible, and as if already
aware of the fate in store for them, a
tremor ran over the prisoners, while the
feelings of relatives and friends were
manifested by twitching muscles, hard
breathing and shaking limbs.
"Have you agreed upon your verdict ?"
and the voice of tlie judge was almost in-
audible, and even he gave way to momen-
tary solemnity and suspense. "Have you
All eyes were withdrawn from him and
turned upon the foreman, who reached
forward and gave the paper which he
held in his hand to the clerk, who gave
it to the judge.
The foreman's work was done. The
judge and clerk then held a whispered
conference, and finally the clerk raised
the paper where the light fell on it, and
the judge bent forward and fixed hi§
eye? on the spectator;.
fhe people were like marble figures,
pot a word or sign did they make, their
eyes merely shifted lrom judge to clerk,
The latter then begin reading slowly, aa
"We find Spies, Parsons, Fielden,
Schwab, Fisher, Lingg and Engel guilty
as charged in the indictment,
PUNISHABLE BY DEATH ;
we find Neebe guilty of manslaughter,-
and fix his punishment at fifteen years in
The clerk then sat down, but the judge
and the foreman still remained standing.
There was not a sound, and for over a
minute people seemed dumstricken.
Then there was a faint sob, a low wailing
moan came from the corner where the
little, old mother of Spies sat. and it was
the signal for the outbreak of lnurniei
which ran over the assemblage.
"Quiet! Everybody sit down ! " and
the judge's voice came clear and distinct,
but even his authority could not prevent
expressions of surprise and an outburst
of pent up feeling and suppressed mur-
mur <yf anguish that came lrom friends
and relatives of the condemned men. The
unfortunate defendants themselves said
nothing, not even did th<>> move ; only
looked into space, and it was as if all
hope had gone, and now for the tirst time
they knew their lives had been a failure.
Judge Gary was the first to make a
movement. Stepping to tlie front he
ordered that the jurors be polled. Each
juror was then asked by the clerk it the
verdict expressed his true conviction. In
answer there catne a firm but low "l do."
Then the judge glanced for the first time
at the prisoners and friends. He allowed
his eyes to rest for a moment 011 tlie
cringing form ot the little, old mother,
weeping sisters and wives, and bringing
his eves to the jury again lie told them
they had done their work well."
THE JUDGE'S SPEECH.
"You have listened attentively to the
evidence given—every detail both lor and
against prisoners. Your close attention
and verdict is the expression of your
convictions. This has been a long and
tedious trial, but you served well. Thank
you for your attention."
THE JURY'S THANKS.
The foreman of tlie jury said : "The
jury have deputed to me the only agree-
able duty it is our province to perform,
and that is to thank the court and counsel
tor defense and for prosecution tor your
kindly care to make us as comfortable as
possible during our confinement. We
The judge then, in a few words, dis-
charged the jury and notified them that
they were at liberty to go. There was
not one of the twelve good and true men
but looked thankful and drew a sigh of
relief. The jury then rose and tiled out
of the 100111 and the bailiff's made their
way to the sides ot the prisoners. Not
one word escaped any one of them. Their
faces still wore the same, vacant look,
and as they rose from their seats and fol-
lowed the bailiff's it was with slow and
unsteady slep. lb-aching the door, I.ingg
turned and looked at his sweetheart and
his anguish.was apparent by the tears in
Ins eves. Passing the door, hi.s tears burst
nut afresh. Grim, uncouth Michael Schwab
also turned just in time to hear a heart
rending shrit k lrom his wife, and saw
her tall against a seat, lie made a mo-
tion toward her. but collected himself
and went out with the rest.
"Ach Gott!'' she shrieked, "Ach
Gott!" Then her utterances took the
form ol rayings, and she fell back in a
dead faint. Restoratives were applied,
and when she regained consciousness she
resumed her cries. Some of her female
friends finally quieted her, and even the
judge came down from the bench and
at her. She was then taken out of the
room and the others followed. Mrs. Par-
sons did not seem very much agitated,
though she bit her lip and looked at the
judge and people with strained eyes, as if
to keep back the tears. Spies' mother
went out still weeping, clinging to her
daughter's dress, and tears gushed
from her eyes freely. Other women wept,
and the crowds in the streets stood aside
in a respectful manner to let them pass.
Judge Gary came down shortly after, and
a great many persons lifted their hats as
he passed. The court room was cleared
and people went away to their homes and
work, and the trial was over.
Before adjournment Judge Gary set
the time for any motion by the defense
for next Thursday.
THE CONVICTED MEN.
After the condemned men were taken
back to jail they were placed in a cage
and permitted to talk with counsel. All
but Neebe seemed greatly depressed and
Spies said he thought his fate was sealed.
After the lawyers departed their cells
were changed and they were placed in
' murderers' row," None of their rela-
tives or friends had called up to noon.
Spies had divested himself ot his coat,
and seemed to be the most thoroughly
composed of the eight. He declined to
converse with any one but his attorneys,
but stated that he had a premonition that
Ins fate was sealed.
Engle, who has maintained a very quiet
air throughout the trial, appeared to be
the most thoroughly depressed one of the
lot. He sat on a bench with his hands
clinched in front of him, looking at the
floor. He did not even look up to respond
to a remark from one of his companions*
Lingg, the young bomb maker, walked
about the cage nervously and would not
respond to salutation by newspaper report-
ers. lie had lost his smile and displayed
the effect of the exciting ordeal of the
morning by complete loss ot color.
Parsons, who gave himself up for trial,
looked disconsolate and broken down,
but joined in at intervals with questions
directed at the attorneys.
Fischer, who had looked very badly
during tlie trial, having an almost abso-
lutely colorless face, had in a measure re-
covered himself and smoked a cigar as he
listened to the interchange between
counsel and Spies.
Fielden sat on a box by the side of
Engel and offered very little comment
during the talk.
Schwab stood near Spies, taking in the
conversation, but offered no remark.
Neebe, who was given fifteen years, was
thoroughly composed, and seemed to ap-.
pear as though he was grateful he had
escaped the death penalty,
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At Last tlie Mexican Muddle is Cleared
ITp—Will I'ncle Sain be Pacified?
El Paso, Texas, Aug. 21.—The
supreme court at Chihuahua holds
that judges Castenada and Zeubia
both did right and it affirms the
validity of the extra territorial law
which Secretary Bayard said the
United States would never permit
to be enforced.
It is now conceded here that
Cutting will be released next week
and war avoided, but the principle
involved in his arrested and the
question of indemnity will have to
cutting will re released.
El Paso, Texas, Aug. 21. —The
following special has just been
received here from Chihuahua:
Yesterday the second chamber
of the supreme tribunal of this
state took up the case of A. K.
Cutting. After revising the entire
written evidence 'argument was
This did not last long, for the
attorneys, pro and con, had pre-
viously come to this agreement,
viz., that the two months' im-
prisonment already suffered by
Cutting be considered a complete
purgation of his crime.
This makes it certain beyond a
doubt that the sentence, which will
follow shortly, will conform to this
Among the attorneys the case
was heard with closed doors, and
the fact has only leaked out now
and it is positive.
He Reported Promptly.
A blank crop report was sent
out by a Cleveland paper for the
farmers to fill out, and the other
day one of them came back with
the following written on the blank
side in pencil: "All we've got in
this neighborhood is three wid-
ders, two school-ma'ams, a patch
of wheat, the hog cholera, too
much rain, about fifty acres of ta-
ters, and a durn fool who married
a crosseyed gal because she owns
eighty sheep and a mule, which
same is me, and no more at pres-
Justice in China.
Cruel Torture of a Prisoner by tlie Order
of a Mandarin in Canton.
As I entered the court room two
stalwart jailers were roughly bring-
ing in a prisoner accused of the
crime of piracy. Around the neck
of the prisoner was an iron collar,
to which an iron chain was attach-
ed. One of the jailers was drag-
ging the prisoner along and the
other was aiding him by pushing
and kicking. The accused was ta-
ken before the mandarin's desk,
made to prostrate himself on the
floor, and the trial commenced.
The accusation charging the pris-
oner with piracy was read, and
then the mandarin asked him,
through the interpreters to confess
the charge. This the prisoner re-
fused to do, claiming that he was
innocent. This seemed to anger
the mandarin, and he instructed
the lictors to strike the prisoner
with their leather thongs. This
they did, striking him a number
of times on the face with a leather
strap two inches wide and a foot
long. This failing to bring the
desired answer, the mandarin then
ordered the jailers to prepare a
torture. An instrument of torture
resembling a common bench was
then brought in and placed in po-
sition on end. From the upper
legs of the bench dangled four
stout cords, and near the top of
the plank forming the seat was a
cloth band about two inches in
width and attached to a winch at
the back of the board. The pris-
oner viewed these preparations
with a dogged and sullen look,
The lictors then seized the prison-
er and forced him to kneel with
his back against this frame and
quickly fastened a cord to each of
the large toes of the foot, and,
bending back the arms, fastened
the other two cords to his thumbs.
The cords were now tightened un-
til the prisoner's knees were raised
clear of the floor. The band was
then placed around the forehead
and tightened with a few turns of
the winch. The position of the
body naturally threw the weight
forward and made the pressure on
the forehead fearful.
As the cords and bands tighten-
ed and the weight of the body was
thrown on them, the victim began
to show evidence of extreme pain.
His breath came heavy and labor-
ed, and a deep groan occasionally
escaped his lips. In this position
he hung for a couple of minutes,
and was then again asked by the
mandarin if he was guilty of the
charge of piracy. He refused to
confess. The perspiration was
starting out all over his body, the
cords were beginning to cut into
the flesh, and the muscles were be-
coming knotted. The mandarin
gave an impatient order to the lic-
tors, and the winch was given a
couple of turns tightening the
bands around the forehead until
the prisoner's eyes seemed to start
from their sockets and the flesh on
each side of the band was puffed
and discolored. Again he was
asked to confess and again refus-
ed. Another turn of the winch
was ordered. The eyes of the suf-
fering man had now rolled back
until only the whites were visible ;
the muscles of his face began to
twitch and knot, and froth was
collecting around his lips. His
groans and writhings were horrible.
It seemed as if human senses could
stand no more. A few more turns
of the winch and the band would
crush in the skull. The muscles
of the arms and legs stood out
rigid and knotted from the weight
of the body. Once more he was
asked to confess. This time he
hesitated and then skrieked out
that he would confess anything
they desired if they would but take
him from this horrid rack. The
mandarin, therefore, ordered the
lictors to release him from the
rack. This they did much in the
same manner as a stevedore han-
dles sacks of grain. They untied
the cords and loosened the band,
allowing the prisoner to fall in a
heap on the floor. The tortured
man's face had lost the semblance
of a human being. Distorted by
the pain and agony endured, with
set, staring eyes and open mouth,
it presented a grinning, unnatural,
hideous aspect. The arms and
limbs were rigid and cramped, all
muscular power seeming to have
left them, and the perspiration
was rolling from his body in
streams. The lictors now hastily
throwing a cloth on his face to
hide its hideous grinnings, roughly
straightened his limbs and set him
up against the rack from which he
had just been released. His toes
and thumbs were bleeding from
the cuts made by the cords, and
the band had left a deep, red
mark around his forehead. The
suffering of the man was horrible
and his groans sent a thrill through
my blood.—[Cor. San Francisco
He Didn't Bite.
Sharpers Discover n Farmer who Was I'p
to their Brightest Game.
There is a sharper's game which
has been played for the last hun-
dred years, and as the turning
point is avarice the game works
forty-nine times where it fails once.
Two sharpers set out a few weeks
ago to play in on a Wayne county
farmer. One of them came along
one day and wanted to buy a farm.
As the farmer wanted to sell it was
quite easy to strike a bargain.
The price was to be $4,000 in cash,
and the man handed over $250 to
bind the bargain. Within two
days a stranger came along and
wanted the farm. He wanted it
so bad he couldn't stand still. He
found indications of coal, natural
gas and coal oil, and would give
$6,500 for it. The idea was, of
course, that the farmer would be
awful sick of his first sale and seek
to buy the man off. It would pay
him to offer the man $1,500 to
The second stranger was only
out of sight when the first one
turned up again. His mouth
watered over the prospect, but not
for long. The farmer explained
that he had been offered $2500
more and added:
"But I don't care for money.
The $4,000 is enough for me and
it's all the old farm is worth.
When you are ready to pay the
balance we'll make out the
The purchaser offered to release
him for $ l,000—$700—$500—300,
but the farmer didn't want to be
released. He hung to the bargain
money and he's got it yet, while
the pair of sharpers rave and gnash
their teeth every time they think
of the thickness of his skull.—
[Detroit Free Press.
The Denton Convention.
Judge ltarrett Thinks It Should Have
Made a N'omination--Hare Should
Whitesboro, August 21.—The
Congressional Convention recent-
ly held in Denton having adjourn-
ed without nominating a candidate
for congress, The News corres-
pondent called upon Hon. D. E.
Barrett, one of the candidates for
the position, whom he found re-
clining on a luxurious sofa, deep-
ly absorbed in the columns of the
"Judge," began the pencil shov-
er* "I see that the recent Con-
gressional Convention at Denton
failed to make any nominations for
Congress and left each aspirant to
go before the people solely on his
own merits. Your name was be-
fore the convention and I would
like to know if you are going to
be a candidate for Congress."
"I am not. All that has been
done for me in the congressional
line has been done by my friends,
totally unsolicited by myself. I
have never made a single speech
nor solicited a single vote to pro-
mote my interests, and I am very
grateful to my friends who have
labored so hard to secure me the
"What do you think of the ac-
tion of the Convention in adjourn-
ing without making any nomina-
tion ? Do you think there was
any necessity for it ?"
"I do not think there was any
necessity for it whatever. I think
it was very improper."
"Were you not present at the
"I was not."
"Did you approve the action of
the Cooke County delegation in
withdrawing your name ?"
"I did. Had I been present my
name would not have remained be-
fore the convention as long as it
"For the reason that it was evi-
dent that I was not the choice of
"Have you any opinion as to
who should have been the nomi-
nee of the convention ? If so I
would like to have your opinion
and why ?"
"I was not at the convention,
and the only information I had
was gained from the newspapers.
I see from their accounts that as
long as I was on the track Judge
Hare led Col. Pickett by two votes.
After my name was withdrawn a
majority of the delegates present
then seemed to be in favor of Col.
Pickett. I believe there were
more than fifty ballots taken after
my name was withdrawn, and Col.
Pickett had a majority of from I
to 7 on every ballot except two or
three. This leads me to conclude
that Col. Pickett was decidedly the
preference of the convention by a
small but positive majority, and
this being the case I think he
should have received the nomina-
tion. Judge Hare and Col. Pick-
ett are both personal friends of
mine, and personally I have no
choice between them, but I be-
lieve it would have been both pa-
triotic and Democratic on the part
of Judge Hare, after seeing that
Col. Pickett was the choice of a
majority of the delegates present,
to have withdrawn his name and
interposed no further obstacle to
the convention performing the
work delegated to it by the people.
The course pursued by the oppos-
ing candidates at the last State
Convention held in Galveston in
retiring from the contest as fast as
it was developed that they had less
strength than their opponents
meets my approval, and had the
same course been pursued at the
late congressional convention the
people would have been better
satisfied, the Democracy of this
district would have been safe, and
harmony would now exist where
confusion is rife within our ranks."
What Ireland Would Do.
The Philadelphia Press seems to
have the ear of our governor.
Hear it: "We violate no confi-
dence in stating that if Governor
Ireland had his own way about it
he would dust off the surface of
our sister republic with a hickory
broom, put a high paling fence
around it and annex it to the back
yard of Texas for a goose past-
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