Fort Griffin Echo (Fort Griffin, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 2, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 11, 1879 Page: 1 of 4
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l'ttiilWIiotl «\vry Sut<r<l\v Morning
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* *' OFflCIAl, DIRECTORY OF SHACK-
11TH JI DICI^amtrk'T:
FORT GRIFFIN ECHO,
FORT URIFFIN, SHACKELFORD COUNTY, TEXAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1*71).
Ou Griffin Avenue, at old linrbcr Shop.
MEALS AU HOURS, U Cla.
Urcvlar D jBMrd«n fS.OO
*N!f. >< JULIUH L. VM.MANX.
E.KANN & 00..
I MBlLfiRSH, Traveling Ag't.
CARRIED H18 0 WN JlUN-
•In the dullest part of the
dullest' connty of England is
situated, the little demi-semi-
fashionable bathing town ot T.
Once. t|ibru happened to (be
said Httle town a very dull sea-
son. Every town ort fFie coast
besides was fall of . company—
yalkrrp, <lonli: ' " ' '
efcs; y&'the luckl
let" itaWd"4 VCTybt^ m\
fjtpe,' .fjpoiii: T^vety window In
In this state of utter stagna
iuetea m an-
the town In 40
ty;e. n« wore seap
ed'oyer bis. Knees,.and to cdm
• . ' ' '
rilit wtfl ltn*wn h
•pen for the
A new Stable vltfcJttW*«n and F«sU
FORT URIFFIX. TEXAS.
own to themselves that they
thought him worthy of notice,
nevertheless turned round to
look at him again.
. A sovereign procured* him a
supper ayd bed, and all the
things needful for rest and re-
freshments, at a small- public
house whose crazy little creak-
ing sign• promised to ■ travelers
*'Good entertainment for man
The next morning, being dis-
encumbered of the unpopular
htttkHeval tbe end of that oaken
cudgel which be still either
grasped of flourished in a rooit
nautical fashion, he entered the
reading-room of the* town. .
4Hltja ao use jfttting down
'name; sir, to} you cannot
ewer he received ft'bm the super-
intendant ot> thia j*s Won able
observations to its occupants,
three ladies and a gentleipan ;
but had his remarks been either
of a blasphemous or indelicate
nature,tltey could not have been
received with a greater appear-
ance of (fonsteruation by the
ladies, who los^alurmed at the
liberty tho *«K|bad taken,
while th||^^pin observed,
with animKristocratic demean-
or, that he had labored under a
mistake in addressing those
"Sit," said the stranger, "yon
are right; I took you for per-
sons of politeness and benevo-
lence. Discovering my error, I
crave jywir paidoaand retire.?'
Although any 1-naa.onable per-
son might have; been aatistied
;witb, these specimens of the in-
liabUants, still "the man who
cairled bJ M*« - bundle" perse-
vered.ia his, endeavor* to Had
son* liberal-minded pw
the lowef[tr a general fe?llafc
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1-►ll|i|iii<il NMili (I. !\ in- :i!nl l
, lia>c tin.*
1:1 il.i rut!!.:IV.
Ottr fi'r.Mb VV^rW jwf" a* 1 ;w •'
j tiny poniiifv ottliv i r.n wmU fur ii'itl live.
whole ttj\vi( j.ii'l eorpojation in
single breath,''this letter, wliieh
is franked and sealed by t!i<>
Duke of A-— , and addressed
to Admiral Lord A 1J
'•I a in' the gentleman,'' ;tid
the stranjeer, making a snrcastie
obeisance all aivund. 4,Is e
you do not think that the sou of
a duke can wear such a c<>ar,
and carry his own bundle on ot;- ,J
casions. However, 1 see one
within hail who can witness to
my identity.: Here, yottw. Jack
Braceyftrd, have yon forgotten—1|
your old com n. under ( 5
"Forgotteu yonr honor ! Kp, |
no, «uy. lord " exclaimed JLiicljj
sptingiug into 'the midst "f thk
circle. ,-I knew your noble lorif
ship tho moment I seen .'you . buy
I remember your honor's talipot
too well to spoil yotir.apatt t by
nalut ing, wlwn you thought
tii hoist ftntelga colorsl" .y ■■'
"Jack you ate.au lioWeitiel- .
J[ow,:ttuiO[ liere's ^ sovereign to\ •
k .my health, for wo bftvi ''
* ;ered Why a bard gale to-
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„ f bU rusly
l pmyVsirr-of wbftt
iow do yoii •nppoM'.me
ft exactly ea^, sir,
snre none of ou^i sub*
i would oboose to associ-
stranger, beo*miiig A IltUedboL
fe ■ ■ . i..i.
•belflg vety f#e-
thit hnvinir •
he postmiis^r in mel|i
Ji «#i w^jupu)
Justice of tile Peace
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ATTORXEY * €OVKNEI.OR
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Ai.nAyy. - - -, - TEX.VS,
SPECIAL \ AD VSRTlSKtiENpt.
tn the towii'lmtt the bc t one on the
JOHN MILLER 400,'S
•BLACKOHITU AND W4GO.\
KOtfr^ltlFftX. .... TEXAS.
All ktiuli of ih'W mi l 'i-paii work, clone.
Pluii'liij!' ill) IJI'IIIIIKI, ♦l.r.d.
« Tim T.ibli' l^bountiftill v supplied with
tlic t c l? thi' country nnii f'wrt Worth
• "Br? ■, hi :
J ■ \ * W ■. ' l- • ' ' >
ey, nay lad make your-
61 that,"1fe) lled Jjiok,
whom and the stranger
look of recognition had
a rum not t of flshKhow-
" rejoined; the-"<
"and I wbrfpr what,
st jiim on Hbis b«re.
t't look like a' leadsman,
Ills pepper-andlSit gear.
Jack V :
•hap I,do,v replied Jack,
f timportance ; "but 1
toiled so manjieyears in
yk service w8bout learn-
e<9p own eonnsel—
[d another's rJoo," o,t < oc-
antl 3'd you,
boy, to tifke^uother
obsitJ^tion of his. list,-before
youfjfeto crack yonr jokes on
hiitf t^^aid Jack; and "Ben hav-
in^e so, wisely ^determined
on keeping his disf^Uce.
MR certainly w$s a cliarac-
^ertjjic something iti^the 8Hang-
er, ^m the tie of his haudker-
chidMp the sltghr. roll in liis
gait^mut savored iff. a seafur-
in$m. Even his way oP: sit-
tinjjroti his hut had qot the look
of (Orndsman. v The act of
stui^yindependence with which
he shoaldeied his bundle and
nudged along, showed that he
considered tie: opinions of the
admit jieteonfci of yoar dMeri^-
"o " . Jy.'
aeifm* that you do aofc
know ofwhat description latoi"
•*Wlfy, eic^'ao one.cao expect
totkfwp' tbewKflort of. things «r
I -'if <'h'-ikftiliir.
' .^;What, then, is it wbispeved
about tba( I am l'V
y l,Whlajpefed I Lordj sir, it was
in .everybody's mouth before
")AWd what: does everybody
say I"; '.
<4That you are a broken*
.down miller ' hiding from your
creditors." And litre he cast a
ishrgjjrd glance on tbcf thread'
bare, .pepper-apdrsalts of the
stranger,, who regarded htm for
a moment with a comic expres-
sion on hia,features, made him
a'profound bow, and walked off.
' Not a whit' humbled by this
tepulse, the s^ratiget; repaired
tot he pi dee of general promen-
ade and took possession of a
vacant place at the end of one
of (he bunches, on which were
seated two or. three of these im-
portant people- who had from
time Immemorial invested them-
selves with the diutility of the
head persons, of the place.
These worthies did not allow
hitu time to make their acquain-
tance,.but with an air as if they
dreuded infection, they rose and
departed. Noi the least dis-
composed by the distaste the
fcrlut men of little T. evinced for
liils society, the stranger drew
tlm dimted to their miighbo
: The noelaimed letter was ot
tempting appearance, eurmou
ed WUb a Msoronet addressed to
AlgktHon. Admiral! I^rd A^f
B' ■!'♦« } atifflfntiked by tb*3)ni le
of A. Muny Were the siioiIm>8
offered tm tbe subject. CouldVt
be possible, that a man of hW
high rank meaot to honor them
with his presence for the season?
But then hg had not engaged
lodgin^^No matter, there were
plenty dittongaged. LordA—r-
B-^r- would doubtless arrive
that day with his, suite. ' It
would be the ealvalioh of the
town for the season to be abl^
to announce such ou ai,rival ip
the county papers. • Tbe pres-
ence of my lord was a prognos-
tic of a visit frOiu the (luke and
'During the discussion, in
which by this tiiue the whole
town was engaged, there were ,
souie whose curiosity to know | w'thoat these adventUtoua dt«-
th« contents of this important f« ctio"« i s""1 llj° ,,lan'u;''
epistle was so great as to be- j which von treated ni",whi.e
tray them ioto the Mi leivvor of : appeared aniDng a ou in 11«
forestalling Lord A B light of a pour and in«. fteiisiv
in reading all that.was come-a.t-
ble in his letter; but the envel-
ope was folded so a.-j to bailie , -
the most expert in l!i« wor'hv ]3*'*'* yotu j-o!iu?
art of rontiii-readings. ; attention nt tin* sanv \ th.it-
! I. did your t'o;iiempt, ii'itl thai 1
wtitiM not sif-n l anntlwir uig!n
e with eon'sterrtatio!). ^"1
eir inistake, and to enlre
to honor the. town with Ilia,-:
nee during tlie remaindw
6^asgn^4l.- ' V
waa. busily employed in
Up liis bundle when the
'oa ;itt}ri d. an! he cun* ;
jlnj«ii^it li the tim#
ivere ,spe |^ng- : ' When *
iy concluded, baviug-tigll(e<H;|
edf. the last knot, lie replied a*,
follows :.. ] ;V'
;"Gentlenion, I entered J
twn witb evcr^ intention
tlijuking well < f its inhabitants.
But I came in a shabby toatjca
ca/rying my own bundlp nud |
took up my quarters at a paltry
alehouse, the only place where J
yo,u would give ntu a'dmlttaritfe.
Vour reeqrtioi.i of mo would*
have been very different had I
arrive 1; in uiy carriage. But,
! gentlemen, f ant tin odd fellmv,
as yon see. and sovnelitnes try
whether I c:\u. obtain
strangtir Ins convinced m* <>f
my error ill looking for liJjeiali-
iv here. And I mtist inform
The stranger (who had re-
mained an unnoticed listener in
the crowd, and had quietly seen j
in vour.town if v< :: wo
nflordft, while tliu rooms anil itppurlt!!:-! bystanders was a matter of per-
rtnreH.nit nltvnvs iicnt ami clean. , feet indifference. Yet tiiere was
thai about him which forcibly
1 the attention of evety
JOHN SWARTZ, ,,
. . ?. j arrested
Proprietor.; one. People
the letter passing fu/m lianu to |
ironi"his"po'cket a"b(>x,"lighted a | throng!, a large «i.cle,> j
cigar and smoked for some time!'10* 8t,'l'l"?u ">«>
with Rreat relish. I MvX V,uk,,,tJ " loW h<'W' S,U<1" f
At length perceiving a new- "Ueurlenien, when you h n % t-:
set of loungers on tho protuen- • atnu.st<1 yourselrrs «ulli«-i"iitI *.
uder,be hastily despatched his, w'ith that teller. I will thank von
ciear. ami approaching one of • to hand it m •i i in •, ii « ri;j!it
the other benches, addressed a'. '11' ownet.
ami so iiootl-inornism'
i it to me
As Sris 1 ihl.-'liip e^.e'ln led. ie>
illaelted ii^ t" 1 i-'tndle le. l!i •
I o*' liis b!:iii;ret!ii, and - •
tefing i!. with a dt- ll I •'
(i:e di- •■■nilio'd. orp • ■ i' ":i
r.t L-d <• 1" ; . I- v.s
i!l r <.!>■;>•• air hi' :ti I ••• i
v .i- ■1:1 'i' ■ •' '.1 ■ i
who - would not few courteous though trilling]
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