The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 33, September 1, 1894 Page: 7
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THE TEXAS MINER.
OUR WASHINGTON LETTER.
[Special Correspondence of The Texas Miner.]
Washington, D. C., August 27, 1894.
the k of p.'s in washington.
Speed the parting; welcome the coming true-t.
Congress is going, but the Uniformed Rank Knights of Pyhias.
with their cousins, aunts and sweethearts, have taken pos-
session of the pretty white tents erected by hospitable Washing-
tonians in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Come to
read that over it is a little mixed, and liable to create misappre-
hension. It is the Knights who have taken possession of the
tents; their cousins, aunts and sweethearts are quartered else-
where. The city is quite generally decorated in honor of its
guests, who will find every hour of this week that is not abso-
lutely required for rest taken up with pleasure or occupied with
business. Various causes have operated to make the crowd,
both of Pythians and accompanying friends, smaller than was an-
ticipated when it was decided to hold the encampment at Wash-
ington, but the principal one was the greed of the railroads,
which refused to put a reasonable and fair price on the tickets.
There is one satisfaction about it; they have deprived themselves
of a large amount of money, and the loss may make them more
liberal in the future.
another notable gathering
will take place in Washington this week, when the Southern De-
velopment convention begins its session. This organization, as
its name implies, is composed of Southerners interested in de-
veloping the natural resources of the Southern States and bring-
ing their attractiveness as places of residences to the attention of
the world, and incidentally making money for themselves. It is
expected that every Southern State will be represented at the
convention, and those interested express confidence that it will
be speedily followied by practical results which will demonstrate
the wisdom of its originators.
the report of the house naval committee,
which investigated the charges made against the Carnegie Com-
pany of having furnished the Government by fraudulent means
with armor plates not up the standard that was paid for, is prac-
tically about the same as the rendering of a true bill by a grand
jury. Accompanying the report was a resolution specifying cer-
tain plates on certain vessels and providing that they should be
removed and subjected to tests to ascertain whether their defects
would substantiate the sworn testimony taken by the committee.
That resolution was promptly passed by the House, but when it
reached the Senate it was referred to the Committee on Naval
Affairs, which was a settler for it as far as the present session is
concerned, because there was not a quorum of that committee
in Washington to set upon it, even if its members desired to do
so. It is asserted by some that the resolution will never be
acted upon by the Senate. Senator McPherson, Chairman of
the Naval Committee is in Europe.
one of the peculiar features
of the political situation is the fear openly expressed by shrewd
members of the old parties that the Populists will hold the bal-
ance of power in the next House. It may be that these fears
are being expressed merely to stir the old parties up to extra
exertion, but it is odd that these men should now concede what
the Populists in Congress have claimed to be certain of for many
months. It will be no small thing to hold the balance of power
in the next House. It will mean the certain naming of the next
Speaker, the man who has more power to shape legislation than
any other official under our form of government. But it may
mean even more than that. In case the election of the next
Presiden^ should be thrown into the House, and it may be, the
balance of of power might mean the naming of the next President.
unwept, unsung and unregretted.
Congress adjourned Tuesday, unwept, unsung and unregretted.
It started out with great flourish of trumpets more than a year
ago to relieve the distress of the country. If any law passed by
this Congress is to give the country relief it is yet to become ap-
parent to the people. Great promises have been made, but
only time can tell whether all of them will prove as delusive as
some of them have already proven.
the foreign student of american politics
must find the tariff bill which to-morrow morning will be the law
of the land an unsolvable problem. He regards our system of
government as one of the majority, and yet here is a law on one
of the most important subjects that Congress is ever called upon
to legislate on that was not wanted by one-fifth of Congress, nor
by the President. Still, it takes its place on the statute bcok. It
is puzzling to Americans who are reasonably familiar with Con-
gressional legislative methods. If it proves anything, it proves
that skillful manipulation, and not a majority of votes, is what
counts in Congress, and if it proves that it proves that we are
hugging a delusion in believing this to be a government of the
people. I do not mean by this that the new tariff bill is wholly
bad, for it is not. It has many good and desirable features, but
in order to get them the majority had to consent to many bad,
very bad, features.
AN UNFORTUNATE AFFAIR
Two Men Shot Down, One Fatally,
Last Sunday Evening.
The Camp Thrown Into a Furore of Excitement—William
Cox, the Shootist, Makes His Escape, But He
Has Been Captured and Jailed.
On last Sunday evening about 7 o'clock this quiet and peace-
able camp was suddenly aroused to excitement by the knowledge
that twro men (Italians) named Joe and Ceieste Del Belli, had
been shot, the act being committed by William Cox, stable boss
in charge of the Texas & Pacific Coal company's livery stable.
Immediately after the dreadful report of the pistol that did the
bloody work, the crowd learned that Joe had been fatally wound-
ed, and his brother Celeste slightly, and that Cox had made his
escape, pursued by a mounted squad of officers; but not until
Wednesday morning was he captured, then in Jacksboro by Jack
county officers, he being, presumably, headed tor the Indian Ter-
The exact cause leading to the killing, and whether or not it
was murder or a justifiable act, The Miner will venture no opin-
ion, leaving that for the courts of the county to determine, as
they certainly will. The legal investigation, so far as it has gone,
that of the coroner's inquest, conducted by 'Squire Williams, is
indeed unfavorable to Cox, but upon examining trial Cox's de-
fense, if he has any, will be brought out.
At about the hour mentioned, 7 o'clock, a crowd of Italians
drove up to the stable, returning from a day of enjoyment at the
lake near the "Y." The exact object in going to the stable,
further than to deliver a team and wagon used, has not been es-
tablished; but while there a racket arose between one or more of
the Italians and some of the stable employes, all, it appears, be-
ing more or less under the influence of beverages imbibed during
the day. One of the stable men threateningly displayed a knife,
and a bloody combat seemed imminent. A deputy sheriff was
present, and led Celeste Del Belli away. His countrymen, see-
ing this, thought he was being taken to prison, and hurriedly
communicated the fact to his brother Joe, who was at the saloon
near. Joe and several of his friends ran to the scene and Celeste
was released, probably upon promise of good behavior. At this
point the Italians moved toward the stable, and those of the
stable employes mixed up in the affair claim they did so threat-
eningly, and a general fight ensued, during which Cox, who up
to this time had taken no active hand in the fracas, it appears,
ran out from the stable displaying a pistol, and soon thereafter a
shot was fired and two men fell to the ground with the result ex-
plained above. Cox backed cut of the crowd, warning any one
who dared follow, and was soon lost sight of.
At the coroner's examination it is in evidence that much abu-
sive language and violent threats were made on both sides dur-
ing the very brief time the row was in progress, but it yet remains
to be established in court that Cox was justifiable in his act.
The Texas & Pacific Coal company at once offered a reward
of $250 for the capture of Cox, and telegraphic messages and
printed postals were hurried in every direction, resulting in the
capture of Cox as above stated. '-Cap" Lightfoot left Wednes-
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 33, September 1, 1894, newspaper, September 1, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200480/m1/7/: accessed August 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.