Bell County Democrat (Belton, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 21, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 29, 1908 Page: 1 of 4
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BELTON, TEXAS, frUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 39. IQ08
STILL HOUSE HOLLOW MYSTERY
A Mysterious Band of Antequated People
Discovered in a Mammouth Cave.
Have Been Cave Dwellers Since the Year 1868—Have Almost For-
Forgotteh Language—Will Visit Belton in Old Time Para-
phernalia Tuesday Night Oct. 8 at 9 O'Clock.
The Democrat has had much to
say from time to time regarding
the wonderful'works of nature
surrounding Belton, and its
editor has visited many interest-
ing places within the past few
months and to say that nature
has bestowed on this sDlendid
country loveliness and beauty is
but stating the situation mildly.
To the north, south and west no
country can boast of more
magnificent 9cenery. The editor
of the Democrat is never happier
than when dwelling in loneliness
with nature, studying its works,
and he is ever on the alert to ex-
plore points of interest where it
is likely that some new wor^ of
nature may be seen. He has
climbed almost every cedar-
capped mountain within several
miles of Belton, traversed all the
streams and branches, followed
their meanderings through the
rock-ribbed hills surrounding the
town, worked his way through
the jungles bordering the Nolan,
Salou, Lampasas and the sleepy
Leon, and has found some won-
derful things. Hardly a week
passes that he has not gene on
some tour of exploration, and it
has remained for him to make a
discovery that has been hidden
for nearly forty years, which
was an exceptionally fortunate
one for those who will attend the
coming Live Stock and Agri-
On last Sunday evening while
the first norther of the season
was blowing its warnings of the
near approach of winter dewn on
us ttut it occurred to the editor
of the Democrat that it was a
good day in which to explore
some of the principal points of
interest along the beautiful and
historic Lampasas. This stream
has been noted for its most
magnificent scenery since the
early days when its only human
habitation was the red man.
Here it was that the most ex-
ceedingly mysterious and quaint
specimen of the Indian tribes
held forth, which was known as
the "Comus" tribe, and said to
be entirely harmless and full of
merriment. The Lampasas for
several miles above the city to
where it empties into the Leon is
rich in scenery, and one of the
most interesting points along
this river is what is known as
"Still House Hollow." It is said
that this place derived its name
from the fact that at this point
on the river many years before
the civil war a company of set-
tlers inhabited the country sur-
rounding this place and dealt
particularly i n contraband
yvhiskey.and for a hundred miles
in every direction the early set-
tlers would come down here for
this product, it being of the very
finest quality. There' is hardly
anyone even in this day and time
that is not abquainted with this
historic spot, and in fact when a
direction is given or a place
located it is described by so
many miles from "Still House
It has been the intention of the
Democrat editor to visit this in-
teresting place since he first
came here, but has not done so
till last Sunday evening, and he
now feels well repaid for his trip.
There is some fine water at this
point and fishing is said to be
very fine at all seasons of the
year. To the south of the
"Holow" proper is a range of
very high bluffs and declivities,
huge rocks projecting from high
eminences, here and there large
natural sheds covering a hundred
feet of earth beneath, and every
now and then a miniature cave is
seen running back several feet
with little tunnels in several
direction?, which were probably
made by wolves or other animals
and used as dens. It was while
I was scrutinizing these various
caves that I discovered a mys-
tery which has surrounded this
lonely spot. At a particular
place along the scenes just de-
scribed there is a small ravine
running between two high em-
bankments or rather high forma-
tions of lime rock. This ravine
is fee by several large chrystal
springs. Every appearance of
this ravine is that it has been
seldom visited by any human.
Here and there could be seen
foot-prints of all kinds of animals
from the common raccoon to the
Mexican cougar. Through sheer
curiosity I decided to go up to
the head of this little stream,and
after I had gone some two hun-
dred pards the glimpse of a hu-
man lorm was caught, but was
soon out of sight. I am very
much interested in "spookology"
and thought this a fine oppor-
tunity to make some investiga-
tions along this line. As I near-
ed the spot where I thought I
saw this strange looking being,
there were signs of bare feet
which seemed to lead off to k
small excavat.on. Following this
track we soon came to the limit,
and whoever made this track
seemed to have vanished at this
point. To the left was a large
rock which seemed to have drop-
ped from above, upon which was
a strange hieroglyphic, and
closer inspection showed that the
rock had been recently handled
by someone. To the side was a
small opening about three or four
inches wide by about seven
inches long, and looking through,
all was darkness. Procuring a
limb from a small tree near by
the rock was removed. No sooner
than this was done a heavy base
voice was heard to cry out from
within, loud and long: "Who
Comes There?". There was a
decidedly creepy feeling running
up my back about this time, but
resolved to play the game out and
resorted to a phrase of one of the
fraternal orders to which I be-
longed, and answered:
Knowledge." This did tne work
all right, and at once a strange
looking fellow who seemed to be
an octogenarian, presented him-
self and asked' me what was
wanted, and after explaining my
mission he seemed to become a
little friendly to me. We were
soon in conversation, but his
language was so broken that he
was hard to understand. I soon
learned that he was a native-born
Texan and that he and a band of
something like sixty-five others
had taken their rendevous in this
cave, which later developments
showed was limitless, and that I
was the first one who had ever
discovered this mysterious abode
for a part of the human family
The old man became talkative
and I learned many things about
the long ago. The old man ven-
tured a story which I have no
reason to question the truthfull-
ness thereof, that is most inter-
esting. He said that several
years before the civil war his
band was organized and known
as "The Mysterious Knights of
Revelry," with members from
every part of this county, and
some from the border counties,
for the protection of the people
from the depredations of the out-
laws and Indians, and that they
had many conflicts with outlaws
in particular, and that when the
war broke out his band worked
principally as guerrillas, and
after hostilities ceased they oc-
cupied their time performing
Klu-Klux duties back on the line
of Texas and Louisiana, and that
when their services were no
longer needed in this capacity
they returned to their old haunts
in "Still House Hollow," and
since the sixth day of October,
18G8, they had been living the life
of hermits in this cave. He
would not consent for me to go
into their rendevous under any
circumstances. A capital idea,
however, appeared to me at this
time. Having told him about the
coming fair at Belton, I asked
him if he would not celebrate the
fortieth anniversary of their re-
tirement from activities by hold-
ing oneof their old time "Revelry
Dances" which he had told me
about, the fair beginning on that
date, and after much persuasion
and making him a solemn prom-
ise tkat I would never divulge
this hiding place to anyone he
consented to do so.
Arrangements were made with
the old gentleman (who seemed
to be the captain of his band) to
visit Belton on Tuesday night,
October 6th, at 9 o'clock sharp
and give an exhibition of the
"Revelry Dance," known only to
his peculiar band. The old man
said that there were still fifty-
seven of them together and that
they would all be there on this
night. This feature will be ex-
tensively advertised all over the
county and it is expected that
the largest crowd ever seen in
Belton will be here on that night
to witness this wierd perform-
ance. The Domocrat editor feels
that he has been the means, by
mere chance, of presenting the
people with a most unique feature
during tne fair.
Belton's Lime Rock.
The city of Belton is built on a
lime rock foundation, and as the
Jurabo artesian well on the
square went 1000 feet in solid
rock before it struck the flow in
white sand, shows how far to
ward China you can go straight
down before you get the limit on
lime rock. You can go from
Belton ten or fifteen miles west,
horizontally, and you find the
same with one exception. When
you go straight down there is
only oil and coal to burn the lime
rock, but from one mile to ten
west you have wood in the shape
of cedar, oak, elm, and in fact al
most all the wood on the grounds
to burn your lime kiln, and if you
don't like the wood process, use
coal or oil. We now have to send
to Austin for our lime when we
could manufacture lime far be-
low any town in the state. The
Santa Fe runs four miles through
a solid lime stone rock quarry
Build your lime kiln anywhere
close to the track, and if you are
too lazy to burn wood, they can
land oil or coal close to your kiln
and ship your lime to any point
in the state. Some substantial
firm or corporation could not
only furnish Texas with all the
lime she coultl possibly use, but
could also ship lime to several
other states. Some peopl who
live here with money, marbles
and chalk very much resemble
the aged lime stones, cedars and
oaks—they have moss on 'em.
Here in Belton there is a chance
for some thrifty capitalist or
corporation to make an invest-
ment that will come as near com-
pound interest or the Dutch-
man's 1 per cent as anything we
can suggest at the present writ-
Republican Candidates Here Today.
Advices receives by Postmas-
ter Guffey announces that Hon.
Jno. N. Simpson and Chas. W.
Ogden, candidates for Governor
and lieutenant governor respec
tively will arrive in Belton today
and speak at the court house in
behalf of their candidancy.
This being the first time that
there has been a republican
ticket in the field for many years
it will be quite a treat for us
"rock ribbed" democrats to go
out and hear them. It is said
that these gentlemen are very
strong speakers and will inter*
est all who may go out to hear
them. They will also speak at
Temple at night. .
J. H. Neal of Mbffatt was in
Belton last Friday.
While on bUi wanderings yes
terday in quest of news one of
the Democrat reporters noticed
the recent improvements in the
appearance of the build ng oc-
cupied by Jta Roberson, the
same having been painted. This
proves conluaively two things,
one that Mr. Rbbinson is receiv-
ing a liberal patronage and that
advertising p^ys. Ever since
Mr. Robinson; established him-
self in the grdpery business he
has advertised, very extensively
and those who'came to test the
merit of his >ra.res went away
satisfied that hup was "givin' it to
em' straight."- Mr. Roberson is
one of the most up-t'o-date gro-
cerymen in thffcit.v and many of
the grocerymeb here will profit
by his example.
G. H. Douglass of Summers
Mill was in Belton last Fricay
Belton A s A Produce Market.
From Mr. E. R. Everett, of the
firm of Everett Grain Co., we
receive the rather startling
information that on last Satur-
day he had bought and shipped
600 dozen eggs, and this does
not seem to be much larger than
his daily shipments. Seven thou-
sand, two hundred are "some
eggs" and proves conclusively
that the hens in and around Bel-
ton are of an exceptionally in-
dustrious nature. Besides be-
ing the best cotton market in
central Texas, Belton leads as a
produce center and the farmers
will do well to bring all their
cotton, grain and produce here,
For further information consult
the local market report in this
"ANGEL CHILD" DRESS
A DESIGN OF WHITE
E. A. Berry
Belton Friday 1
Salado was in
. a business trip.
Robert Denman, who is in the
employ of Smith & Peyton Hard-
ware company, went to Nolan-
ville Friday on business for the
Is the date on which the Belton Fair Asso-
ciation will give the most interesting event of the
entire week. They have arranged with
KNIGHTS OF REVELRY
To give one their weird dances under the red
lights in front of the grand stand, and it will be
oneof the most unique features ever presented
to the people of Belton and Bell county. The
performance will come of? immediately in front
ot the grand stand and there will be no admission
fee. For this particular occasion the public
square will be illuminated with red fire and will
surpass in effect the famous Paines' fire works.
Remember there will be no admission fee and
everybody is invited to see this gorgeous attrac-
tion. Seats in the grand stand will be placed at
the nominal sum of TEN CENTS, so that every-
one may have a good view of the attractions.
There will also be a band concert from eight till
nine, and the Revelry dance will start promptly
as the town clock strikes nine.
Everybody Come Out
Goy. Campbell Coming.
Gov. Campbell telephoned
President Turner of the Com-
mercial club that it was his in-
tention to be in Belton at the
opening of the fair on Tuesday
Oct. 6th, and would make a short
address on that occasion if his
health would permit. Presi-
dent Neil of the Farmers union
telegraphs President Turner
that he will be here on that day
and will deliver an address
Mrs. Suan Haswell of Dallas
is here on a visit to her daughter,
Mrs. George Wolston.
The unveiling of the late Jno.
B. Hill's at Reeds Lake cemetery
Monument was postohed until
Sunday October 4th, 1908 at 2 p.
m. The members of Line Oak
Camp No. 698 officiating Every
body cordially invited to attend
this service. J. M. Dice, Clerk.
Good 5-room house
blocks from square
Dr. Tom Batte.
to rent, 3
Joseph J. Wiles, of the Lone
Star Grocery, made s business
trip to Milam County.
VISITORS TO FAIR INVITES TO REGISTER.
THE BELL COUNTY DEMOCRAT will maintain a
register at one of the booths near the grand stand
and invites all of its friends and visitors to register
their names when in the city on this occasion.
Architect Slain by Thaw Designed
Costume Evelyn Made Famous
New York, Sept., 27.—It was Stan-
ford White who designed the "angel
child" which Evelyn Nesblt Thaw
made famous In her husband's two
trials for killing the architect. This
became known In an action against
the younger Mrs. Thaw for debt.
The fact that she owes her dress-
maker surprised no one, as it has
been generally understaad that the
centerpiece in the great sensational
murder trial of recent years is
fflrolc." But that it wa* White
planned the dress in which she posed
a shear husband's most convincing
exhibit In defense is not only aston-
ishing, but carries with It an element
of grim sarcasm. Without that cos-
tume, the former chorus girl's charms
it has been asserted,, might have fail-
ed to influence certain members of
Ever since the younger Mrs. Thaw
has ben possessed of money enough
annually to be termed an "income"
she has gone to Mile. Elsie Hartwig
at 9 west 29 th street for her hats
Could Not Fay Bills.
On April 1 of this year she had
paid up all arrearages due. From
that date until May 1, however, she
obtained from Mil. Hartwig various
articles of appearel, the aggregate
valuation being $686. Some of the
items were tow hats at $50 and $48,
four waists at $125, $135, $85 and
$65, and two skirts at $140 and 38.
In April she paid $200 on account,
and on June 27 $250 more—leaving
a balance due of $236.
It waa about this time that Mrs.
Thaw threatened to sue her husband
for divorce, and it was about this
time in retaliation, he cut off htr
allowance. Since then he has de-
clared himself a bankrupt, and her
Income senis to have definitely ceas.
The modiste pressed for a payment
of her claims. At last, to secure the
debt, Mrs Thaw brought to Mrs.
Hartwig a smal painting by Harring-
ton Mann, the Parisian portrait art-
ist. It was a little thing—perhaps
8x11'' inches—in a dull gold frame;
but it was a tremenduously clever
bit of work, and showed the girl in
htr babyish -costume of blu* . with,
wide white collar and flowing tie.
The artist had caught that air of
innocence that was so striking at
the trial a year or so later.
White Designed It.
"Take good care of this," pleaded
Mrs. Thaw to Mile. Hartwig, accord-
ing to the story. "I give it to you
because I know you will watch it
carefully.- I treasure it more than
any thing in my posession. That
picture was posed for the astist by
Stanford White, the acrhitect. It
was he who designed the dress and
Mile. Hartwig gasped. Familiar
with Mrs. Thaw's history, she waS
surprised, it is stated, to hear the
manner in which the young woman
alluded to White—making not the
remotest allusion to the tragic events
that followed that friendship. Eyen
after she left Mil Hartwig she called
up by phone to imperss upon her the
need of caring well for my "dearest
posession." But when she proved
unable to meet Mile. Hartwig's bill,
after due time elapsed, the modiste
was forced to proceed against her un-
der the law.
The discovery that Mr. White was
the designer of the "angle child"
costume has settled a controversy
which has ragen in certain circles
ever since the first trial. Mrs Thaw's
air of youth and innocence, accentu-
ated by the school girl dress she
wore, was commented on by every
observer during both trials. That
Settles Question of Originality
Some gave to Mrs. Thaw the cred-
it for having designed this dress
which gave full value to her appar-
ent immaturity, and made her such
on appealing figure. Some thought
that "Napoleon" Delmas, the star
criminal lawyer of the Pacific coast,
had planned this of effective bit of
stage effect. Some gave credit to
lawyer Dan O'Reilly, others to Law-
yer Peabody—both of whom were In
it was a pose was insisted by most.
Thaw's train of attorneys. But no
one ever told.
Now it appears that it was Stan-
ford White, the man who was killed
because he had loved Evelyn, wha
American Navy's Big Meat Order.
Washington, D. C., Sept. 26.—The
United States Navy Department has
Just ordered 1,275,000 pounds of
canned meats from the Schwarzchild
& Sulzberger Company. This is the
largest single contract for meat that
was ever made by the Government in
time of peace. It will require the
slaughter of 28,000 head of cattle
livery, will amount to about 45 car-
meat, when packed and ready for de-
and 6,000 hogs to fill the order; the
THE LOCAL MARKET.
Monday, Sept. 28, 1908.
Eggs, 15 to 16 2-3 cts per doz.
Hens $32.5 to 03.60 per doz.
Fryers 2.40 to 3.00 per do*.
Turkeys 71-2 cts per lb.
Butter 20 cts per lb.
Butter fat 25 cts per lb.
Wheat 92 to 1.00 cts per bu.
Corn 52 to 55 cts pqr bu.
Oats 48 to 55 cts per bu.
Hay 6.00 to 8.00 per ton.
Pecans 3 to 4 cts per lb.
.Hogs 5 1-2 to 6 per lb.
Cattle on foot 2 l-4c per lb.
Sweet potatoes 1.00 per bu.
Wood 3.00 per cord.
Wood, cedar 3.00 per cord.
Green Hides 3c per lb.
Local Spots, basis 8.85 to 9.10 cts.
Retail Merchants Association.
William Brewer, Cleburne,
Texas, president Retail Merch-
ants Association of Texas, is out
with the following card:
To the Retail Merchants of
Texas: "If he will not pay your
neighbor, he-, mav not pay you.
If he will not pay you, then your
family will be deprived oI that
amount of your earnings."
It is gratifying to know the
good ones and it is too late to*
know the bad ones after they
have beat you.
No banker or wholesaler will
risk one without a rating or
recommendation. Why should
the retailer be expected to do'it?
Texas laws say the 'Vead-beat'"
don't have to pay his bills. Then
why should you credit him ? If
you desire a law that will allow
you to collect your accounts, join
our Association and help us.
secure it, and reduce your bad
accounts. Join our Association
and heip us secure it, and reduce
your bad accounts.
The cost is small, the
large. Join the Belton
Fair At Belton.
The Belton Pair Association is
out with a good program and a.
large list of premiums. They
are making every effort to make
the fair a success and promise to-
... « neither time or
the head of the matter and we
confidently expect it to be some-
thing good.—Killeen Herald.
' I here call a special meeting
of M. W. of A. for tomorrow
night, Sept. 30th. All members,
are urged to be present, as there
is important business to come
before the camp.
J. E. Roberson, N. C.
G. A. Vandyke, Clerk.
On Saturday the little two
year-old child of Newt Herron
was bitten by a spider and came
near losing its life. Dr. Tom
Batte the attending physicial
says that for a time the little
fellow was in extreme danger.
L. B. Tomlin and son have se-
cured a large force of cotton
pickers and their large prop will
be rapidly gathered.
Thos. I Steward of Tennesse
Valley was in town Monday dis-
posing of a load of nice sweet po-
tatoes at a good price. Mr.
Steward some years ago became
dissatisfied with the cotton crop
and changed his methods of far-
ming and to. this change attrib-
utes his success. He thinks it
much better to quit cotton than
to worry over the matter as some
The coming big Street Fair in
Belton will soon be in operation,
and a lively time is expected.
Come one and all and enjoy your
Good black land farm, 1 1-4
miles from town. 100 acres in
cultivation, 80 acres in grass, 9
room house, good wind mill, good
everlasting water at house and
in pasture, price $40. 00 per acre,
half cash, balance easy terms.
Good four room rent house, good
barn. 21-2t L. B. Tomljn,
Belton, Texas. R. F. D. No. 5.
Jerry Osterhout came in from
Ft. Worth Sunday to visit rela-
tives in the city. Mr. Osterhout
was formerly a Belton boy and
is now engaged in the real estate,
business in that city.
Pay Their Respects.
From the Temple Telegram.
The following has been re-
ceived for publication:
The members of the Temple
fire department desire to public-
ly express their profound sor-
row at the death of Taylor Mayesv
an honored member of the Bel'
ton department; and we hereby
tender our sympathies and con-
dolence to the family and rela-
tives and friends of the deceased
brother, and to the members of
the Belton Are department
Temple Fire Department.
Temple, Sept 26,1806.
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