The Democrat. (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 57, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 17, 1883 Page: 1 of 4
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FORT WORTH, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1883.
fflfeSf NATIONAL BANK
CORNER HOUSTON AND SECOND STREETS,
Fort Worth, Texas.
SUfcPLUS,„ . - 20,000
Officers-M. B. Loyd, President; D. C. Bennett, Vice President; George Sack-
Oibbctorb—Godwin, Jas Watklns, Geo Jackson, m B Loyd, Jas d Keed, d C Ben-
nett, J Qbandidge.
TRANSACT A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS.
This column will he appropriated to
"Wants," "For Sale," "'1\) Rent."
"Found." "Lost," "Personal." and such
other advertisements as can be con-
densed into live lines'or less, for which
25 cents only will be charged for one in-
sertion and 50 cents for three insertions.
WANTED by the 'Daily Dkmochat 500
additional city subscribers at 20 cents a
week, or 75 cents a month.
(For each additional line above Ave,
THIS SPACE BELONGS TO
w .a. usr
The Wholesale Toj) M$n
He has more Toys, Better Toys and Clipper Toys than any other man
' in the city, Also a line stock of
Caiulies, Fruits, Nuts and Fire Works /
1 A. 11. Britton, President, John Nichols, Vice President, S. W. Lomnx, Cashier.
THE CITY NATIONAL BANK
OF FORT WORTH.
Capital and Surplus,
A regular banking business in all its branc he transacted.
Exsehanee bought and sold and collections made on nil accessible points. Draw
sight exclumge on England, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Uenmurk, .Swe-
den and Norway.
Thos. A. Tidball,
K. M. VanZandt,
J. J, Jarvis,
J. P. Smith.
TIDBALL, VAN ZANDT & CO.
A General Bunking Business Transacted
COT/LECTIONS MADE AND PROMPTLY REMITTED.
(^Exchange drawn on all the principal cities of Europe. >
O. W. ISBNHOWER,
DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF
GROCERIES AND PRODUCE.
all goods promptly delivered.
86 Houston St.,Fort Worth,Texas.
WANTED—Every one to bring their
"ob work to the Drmockat otlice.
TBI CREAM OF THE NXWS.
FOR^^.LE—Old papers at this office,
50 cents per hundred. tf
Tiie sporting gentlemen of Chicago
are the mcBt luxurious and perhaps
the mopt extravagant in the world.
The jockey club is about to build a
1500,000 club-house, and it is tQ be the
finest building ever erected for that
What with his high tariff fallacies
and big standing army absurdities, it
is no wonder that Congressman Upson
was dropped by a Texas constituency.
m e •
It is stated that the recent sinking
iu port ofV vessel laden with Limber-
ger cheese, caused great mortality
among the fish, but the fatal influence
did not extend more than two hun-
dred miles from the scene of the dis-
aster. This is probably the reason why
the Dutch never bathe in their fish
ponds or in streams that afford fish.
The valuation of tlie n;il estate in
New York for I8ifS, jnst returned by
the tax commissioner, is $1,080,879,403,
an increase of $45,5S0,587 compared
with the previous year. Only two
wards show a decrease, whilst one
ward shows an increase of over $7,000,-
000 and another of $0,000,000. These
statistics show the largest annual in-
crease of wealth of any city in the
Mrs. C. I). Brown's Ba-
zaar of Fashion, corner
Of Third ancl Main
streets, % Fort Worth.
Mrs. Brown's new goods
for the fall and winter
of 1882-83 are now ar-
riving. Additions to her
stoeli will be received
daily throughout the sear.
% ^on.. Millinery and trim-
"• tilings, silk, wool, cash-
jfiere and mohair*, vel-
vets and all the newest
styles of dress goods,
Idiest imvOrtitions and
- -* hxtts and bonnets, fichus,
\ ooUars and cuffs, ribbons,
I 'underwear and ready-
Made dresses. Bridal
eutHts a specialty. All
ladies cordially invited.
GOLD MEDAL, PARIS,
Warranted absolutely puru
Cocoa, from which tho excess of
Oil haa been removed. It hanthree
times the strength of Cocoa mixed
with Starch, Arrowroot or Bugar,
and U tliercforo far moro economi-
cal. It in dcllcloue, nourishing,
etrenglhcnhi£, easily digested, and
admirably arlaplcd for Invalid* as
well o for persons in health.
Sold bj Grocer* ovorywhere.
V, BAKER & CO.. Dorchester. Mass.
C. H. REMINGTON,
Contractor and Builder,
Shop on Houston Street between
Fifth and Sixth,
Has resumed business in the city.
Call on him if you want first rate work
done in short order. Plans, specifica-
tions and estimates furniuhed if nec-
Mr P. Grata, Ttillj A, Fuller. Jl. Oevereux.
Graham, fuller & Devereux,
Attorneys at Law and Land A cents, Deca-
tur, Texas, will practice in Wise and ad-
pay taxes tor non-residents. Ac. Refer to
. make collections on all
oints, buy And sell real estate.
the members of the bar of Northern Texas
the bluff house.
NORTH SIDE PUBLIC SQUARE,
Jitst before his death, Ghmbetta
made the despairing remark, "I n
lost." Dr. Talmage interpritj this in
a spiritual sense as the wail of a lost
soul. The New York 8un, on the eofl-
trary, is of the opinion that Gflmbot
ta's remark had reference simply to
the conviction that his death was at
hand, and that it had no spiritual sig-
nificance whatever. Preachers can-
not afford to strain tho thith. even for
so striking an example of the shallow-
ness of infidelity as the wail of Gam-
betta would have been.
Hon. David A. Wells, who never
says a silly thing and rarely fails to
freight his utterances with sound phil-
osophy and wise statesmanship, lias
this to say on a subject of universal
•WATCH AND JEWELRY WORK
Dohx in First Class Style. ,
[onston Street - Fort Worth, Texas
Mrs. C.-P. PATTON, Proprietress,
Thia house has recently changed hands
and is now a FIRST-CLASS HOTEL.
Elegantly ftirnished rooms, and the ta-
ble ts supplied with the very best the
market affords. Polite and attentlijS
waiters and porters, Everything, ClbaK,
Nsjiv and Nick.
Day board per week $5 00
Board and lodging per week 5 50to7 00
Transient per day 1 60
"The enormous provision which has
been made for pensions, combined with
the desperate haste with which we in-
sist on paying off a debt bearing 3 per
cent, interest, with money taken from
people to whom it is worth 6 per eent.,
make it absolutely certain that the rev-
enue derived from internal taxation can-
not be all dispensed with, unless we tax
tea and coffee, and probably not even
then. Now tea and coffee are as legiti-
mate a subject for taxation as sugar; in-
deed, much more so. for they are not
materials for manufacture, as sugar is.
But surely whisky and tobacco are at
least as proper subjects for taxation.
And what will the temperate part of our
people say, and justly say, if we relieve
whisky and tobacco rrom taxes, only to
tax tea and coffee? Such a proposition
is a slap in the face to temperance men
and women all over the country; and it
is proposed thus to insult them, without
even being asked or desired to do so by
a single liquor dealer in the land. It is
a proposition to make a million enemies
and net one friend. Let the protection-
ists do thia to their heart's content. We
desire no better issue before the people.
But do not Jet any revenue reformer be
caught in such an absurd position."
The Democracy of Western Mew
York seems to have taken deep root
in the November election. The Buf-
falo Courier, the leading paper that
so.vigorously and effectively espoused
the cause Of Grover Cleveland, an-
nounces another Democratic victory
The special election held yesterday
for the purpose of choosing a mayor tc
fill the vacancy caused by the election
of the Hon. Grover Cleveland as gover-
nor of the great state of New York, re-
sulted in another magnificent victory
for the Democratic party. The election
did not exoite any very great amount of
enthusiasm, yet at the various polling
places could be seen at all hours of the
day earnest Democrats doing good work
for their candidate, the Hon. John B.
Manning. On the other hand the sup-
porters of Aid. R. R. Hefford were early
disheartened, and hours before the polls
closed admitted the election of Mr.
Manning. But no one Imagined that
the victory would he so sweeping or
the majority so large. The total vote
cast was 18,357, a much larger number
than most people anticipated. Of this
number Mr. Manning received 11,030
and Aid. Hefford 7,321, giving our can-
didate the large and magnificent ma-
jority of 3,716.
On Saturday congress defeated the
bill for the consolidation of the Southern
Burglars are busy at Dallas, at Denl-
son, at Thorp Springs, and all around
Balrd rejoices In being elected the
county Beat of Callahan, and has a fair
ptospect of rivaling her neighbors on
the 'fexas & Pacific railway.
It is gratifying to know that St. An-
drew's Church will soon enjoy regular
services. The new rector Rev. Mr.
SartWflll will, probably take charge of
his work eqrly In February.
The death of General W. C. Pendle-
ton, chief of artillery of the army of
Virginia in the war between the states
Arrangements are being rapidly per-
fected for putting on through trains be-
tween New Orleans and California over
the Huntington lines.
The express companies in New York
are receiving packages for California
over the southern route, via New Or-
The few remaining Texas veterans
are swiftly passing away. Manuel
Hernandez died on the 14th at San
Grentonos. He was at the storming of
The detectives, John Price and Cam-
eron, who were charged with aiding
Mr. Polk's escape, were discharged, and
go to Tennessee to claim the reward
offered for his arrest.
The attack made on Miss Ryan, an
employe of Clark & Courts, of GaVves-
ton, by a negro, creates great indigna-
tion among all classes. The man, at
last accounts, had not been captured
The Rev. Thaddeus McRae, a native
of Charleston, S. C., atone time pastor
of the Presbyterian church at Austin,
Texas, but for the last fifteen or twenty
years residing at the north, died on the
14th of December, 1882, at Cedar Rapids,
Albany needs, and wants, and must,
she thinks, have a new court house.
The town is growing rapidly, and sub-
stantially. Trade is lively and new cit-
iZMMiof sterling character daily arriv-
ing. The accounts of the defaulting
treasurer are being investigated.
It was thought the wreck of the two
engines and cars, which were smashed
between Weatlierford and Aledo, ye£
terday, would be cleared up this morn-
ing. Tlie collision was terrific, but ifo
lives were lost, and no one seriously in-
When important items, like the state-
ment of the fact that Mr. Register Uruce
was refused a seat in a white barber's
chair in Washington last week is pub-
lished, the date ought to be recorded
that in the weeks to come the perform-
ance may not be thought to be in re-
Mr. Gibson, of Louisiana, introduced
a resolution in the house of representa-
tives, on Monday, for convening the
new congress early In March, but the
Republican majority had the shrewd-
ness to send it to a committee, where It
will probably sleep till the last Repub-
lican congress that is ever to assemble
in this country expires on the 4th of
BttgUah Civil Service.
Contrasting the English civil service
.with the Ahierlcan spoils system, Gen.
Merritt, In his annukl report as consu-
lar general at London, makes some
timely observations In relation to civil
The English system naturallv Inter-
ested him, not only because a reform in
the American mode of procedure had be-
come one of tlie greatest Issues of the
day, but also because lie was thoroughly
conversant with the course of business
and the merits and defects of the elvil
service in the great public ofllces of this
city, fie was enabled to make a practi-
cal comparison between the two sys-
tems, and his conclusions, as compactly
expressed In five pages of this report,
deserve serious consideration.
The English olvil Berviee, according
to Gen. Merritt, is a compromise be-
tween the patronage arid tne competi-
tive system. All positions commanding
m nt** tlinn W! 0 IMUt a vani« I h
cism and luxurlouaness, they are twins.
But Beecher is a lovely monster and, aS
la easily seen, win win terribly on any,
even on goodmea, who willchoke down
the first natural revolt of all that is hon-
est and jure in his nature, and continue
Efforts have been made to remove the
young lady pupils at Staunton, Vir-
ginia, beyond the reach of the scurlet
fever, which has broken out violently.
There are large schools of various de-
nominations in Staunton. Students
from all the states, and many from
abroad. It is to be hoped the danger
may soon be averted. It Is
said dispatches have been sent to
parents in Dallas announcing small-pox
as epidemic at other placee in Virginia,
and that sixteen fatal cases had been re-
ported at Salem. The students of
Roanoke College have departed.*
Within two years more than a hundred
millions of northern capital has been in-
vested in the southern stq^es. And yet
an English princess, who ought to be
well-informed, inquires if it ireafe for a
lady to pass through this unknown land
without a military escort. Why did
she not ask the English Club, the St.
George's Societies, or some other intel-
ligent Briton of the obscure hamlets she
was about to risk passage through ? To
lay the ghost which seems to haunt the
Imaginations of the foreigners, a com-
mittee of inspectors ought to be sent
out to view the land and report of-
ficially as to the manners, enstoms and
degree of civilization of the people of
the southern states. Her royal highness
would be as safe a thousand miles from
the military in the south as she would
be under the care of the queen's convoy
in England. A degree of the prejudice
that prevailed has been overcomo since
Mrs. Trollope and Mr. Dickens, defamed
and decried the south, hut it still crops
out on occasions. It was well enough
to ask information of the governor of
Massachusetts, for he.says of himself
that whatever other charge he has h\d
made against him he has never yet been
called a fool, and surely no. one coold
have been asked less prejudiced in favor
of this peculiar people.
more than $2,(100 a year In the home ser
vice, and all without limitation in the
foreign service, are tilled by the heads
of departments or by the crown, and
there does not annear to be any serious
complaint a$ 00Atlie manner in which
this patroi. V dispensed. These
higher po/auce Ire occupied by, the
friends oWrcuigenresentatlve men of
both ''Xtlng thin! have never been
nmirtn. control of the compe-
titive ,p . yr At the same time pa-<
tronac*1* or ^practically ceased to be an
imporfbecoifemeut in political contests.
The cl.it rfrvlce regulations apply to
all posit- / in domestic administration
for which" the annual compensation ts
less than $2,000. The lower grades
are divided Into classes; appli-
cants who succeed In passing a com-
petitive examination begin with a sal
ary of $400 or $475, which may be ad
vunced by triennial increments
$1,000 or $1,250, in the "Higher Dlvi
sion," a new grade of open competl
tion, the salaries are raised triennlally
from a minimum of $500 to a maximum
of $5,000; and the promotion cannot, as
a rule, carry the official out of the
group which he has entered, but can be
sanctioned by the civil-service commis-
sioners in exceptional cases after ten
years' service. Life tenure is the fun-
(lamental principle of the system, a pen-
sion being allowed whenever the incum-
bent becomes unfit for ofilce.
Gen. Merritt finds that the weakest
point in the English plan is the pension-
ing system, against which public criti-
cism*^ uniformly levelled. He thlnl s It
would be wiser to compensate public
servants l'ully for services rendered than
"to Incur obligations that can be can-
celled only by pensions of gratuities
otherwise unnecessary." He is also
disposed to question the wisdom of
making Increase of salary dependent en-
tirely upon length of service and in no
measure upon exceptional talents, lie
warmly commends, however, the dis-
ciplinary rules relating to pecuniar}'
embarrassment of irovernment em-
ployes, and is corniced that their appli-
cation to the civil service of the United
States would have the most beneficial
effect. Although he cannot advocate
for the United States a system based
upc n life tenure and pensions, he strong-
ly favors the principle of open competi-
tion for admittance to and promotion in
all grades and departments of the civil
service. This, it will be observed, is
the fundamental idea of the civil servlcp
bill which is now awaiting the signature
of the president.
The practicability of adopting in the
United States service the principle of
life tenure has never been generally con-
ceded by the most intelligent observers.
Public opinion is still divided on the
subject. Gen. Merritt advocates a lim-
ited tenure for representative positions
of the highest class, the salaries being
adjusted to the importance and respon-
sibility 'of the office, and for the lower
or merely clerical positions a tenure
subordinated to periodical examinations
every four or five years. The applica-
tion of these principles, he thinks,would
practically secure tenure for life
wherever the employes were zeal-
ous and faithful, and at the same
time would promote the effi-
ciency of the service. This matter of
tenure, It is almost needless to add, If
the core of the civil service questions
Unless indefinite tenure implies life ten-
ure, it has not been permanently dis-
posed of in the bill which has been past
during the present week. The adoption,
however, of an open and competitive
system of examinations for appoint-
ments and promotions and the release
from ignoble dependence upon party
managers and political patrous' afforded,
by immunity from campaign service
and assessments will give to govern-
ment employes practical security if not
absolute fixity of tenure.
to hear hlin. On thf whole, we would
say, the influence of the popnlar lecture-
platform is j>owerfliUy unfavorable to
virtue, and ought to be withstood by the
example and influence of all good peo-
Editor Doak, formerly a citizen of
Nashville and editor of the Morning
World, but now editor of the Cincinnati
News, the new Democratic paper In thatj
city, writes as follows concerning thd
lie was a genial comprthlon, with a(
remarkably bright vein of sparkling wlti
He had beeu once exceedingly dissipa-
ted, but for twenty years he had prac-
ticed absolute total abstinence. He was
a man without vices, but not the ordl-
nary class-leading or psalm-singlng de-
faulter. He was social, jovial, ran with
the boys, but spent money moderately,
aiid joined hone but the most innooent
pleasures, no matter what others did.
lie was In no way extravagant, and vet
he fell. We do not believe lie ever aW
a dlshbnest or a dishonorable thing 1st
his life before. That, does not lessen
the crime, but it saddens it. and it
warns hint who taunteth himself to be-
ware. Temptation has '<nany
and no one knows he Is s«f* unt
death-rattle advises him that' tl
count Is closed. When the war ended,
leaving Polk out of service and
poor, he went to work,, and partly ib a
country newspaper and partly on a farih
made a meager hut decent living. Four
;* years ago he was elected treasurer of
the state. Without business habits or
business knowledge, a simple-minded
man, as simple as a,cnlld,ne fell Into the
hands of the rings and sharks which In-
fest a state whose people are a noble and
an honest people, beguiled by dema-
gogues to believe that they ought not to
pay an honest debt, or having honestly
settled it ought to readjust it. The re-
sult of the policy has made .the state a
prey to rlugfe and sharks of ill parties
and factions. Sitrtple-mmded,' and Sim-:
pie In his tastes, not strong i« will o*
exceeding strong in capacity, he was a
pure and honorable man until beguiled
and led beyond his depth by designing
knaves, it may be that he deserves no
mercy, and he will receive none, at the
hands of those who "gle poor frailty
names," but no manly man will deny1
sympathy. The sharks who Involved
• " who promised that
who fleeced htm,
are tha criminals. Polk cannot go free
of deep blame for assuming that he
could honestly use funds not nls own if
be was sure he could replace them; but
his was the lightest crime, for there was
not the intent to default. Still, it was
in defensible, the highest crlmS Under a
popular government, a crime against
the people. , ■
"A Lovely Monster."
The Rev. Henry Ward Beecher is not,
it seems, a special favorite of the St.
Louis Christian Advocate, which will
be seen from the following clipping
from last week's issue of that paper,
published In big type and double leaded
under the head "Influence of the Lec-
"We believe that now, and for some
years past, this has been essentially bad.
Messrs. Beecher and Ingersoll would
probably make, if they oould be com-
bined, a fair average representation of
its character. We once heard the
former; and may heaven forgive us for
the sin ; for God wot, we didlt through
Ignorance; and now, we can hardly
think of an inducement atrong enough
to tempt us to place ourselves, for s sec-
ond time, under the Influence of so
muoh corruption, so speciously and at-
tractively gilded. The lights of the
charnel-house are the only brilliancies
that illumine the body of his discourse.
Those who have heard Mr. Inger-
soll will agree with us, we thiuk
—though we have only read, and
not heard him—that he Is the most pow-
erful and artful of all the corruptors of
public sentiment whohave yet appeared
in this country. And yet, he is the in-
ferior in wickedness of Mr; Beecher,
Judging the heart by what issues from
'the lips he Is the smaller proficient In
evil. But the difference in eesming be*
tween these arch-demagognee iSalMn
Mr. Beecher's favor. And by ell this
difference is he the more dangerous
man. Ingersoll is gross: Beecher, re*
fined. Ingersoll Is coarsely profane and
obscene, Beecher, delicately blasphe-
mous and Impure. In egotism, soepti-
him "In speculation, ^
no Iobs should befall.
She Knew Her Eights.
On Monday afternoon, Just as the gis
was being lighted, a young man enttzed
the ladles" cfthln of a Fnlton Ferry boat.
All the seats were occupied except one,
and he made his way unsteadily to it.
He had evidently been maklngtoo many
New Year's calls. As the boat started
he placed his hat on the s«at and went
to look ut himself In the mirror. In hla
absence a colored woman with a basket
of clothes entered and took the vacated
seat. The young man saw her, Ana
rushed to get ahead of hef, but was too
late. .. '• i • .
"That's my seat," he exclaimed.
"No, aab; dls yer's der ladies'
"But I had the seat before, and you
are sit ting on—" ^ „
"Yassar. Yo' wits heah bdfC, btrt I
is heah behind, ait* it's none o' yet blz-
ness what I's sottin' on."
"Yes. madame, but—"
"Dais no use verlosserpdln' ter me. I
knows my rights, accordln' ter de fo'-
teeenth commandment. Niggah's good
as white, an' det manirtrpatlon proCla-"
matlon likewise. Go 'way, or I'll call an
osslfer." j , • ,, • « ,
He was compelled to wait till the boat
reached tlie' Slip be ford he could obtain
his tile, and when he recorded it it
looked ilk a concertina in repose, and
he had to try It ob his foot jbefoito he
could use it.
The Noble Bed Kan's gaming.
Pale Faces—The Red Mah sends von
this word from his mountain lair. The
winter is cold. The snow Is deep. The
Jaybird has flown from the forest. .Ibe
game has gone to the far-distant valleys.
The fish no longer live in the frozen
streams. The Red Man has naught to
eat. The squaw is dying with hupgef
and thirst. The pappoose walls like the
wind in the trees. lTie Red Man muat
live. Pale Fkces, you have plenty. The
Great Spirit has been good to vou. He,
has given you venison and firewater.'
The Red Mart stdnds at your wigwam
and asks for help;' He will come at the
Becond moon and walk the streets of
your city. Will you give him bear meat
and firewater? Palo Faces, beware of
the Red Man! One hand is stretched
out. In the other there is a tomahawk.
Squatting Calk, .
One Oauae of Business' Defreeeton.
There is an urgent desire the part
intty that con-
lal Action on
of the business oommunv
gress should hare final
the tariff question as speedily as pos-
sible, as, pending the present apoer-.
tainty* no merchant or importer, can teR
what his goods may be worth thirty or
aixty days Hence. Trade for the time
being Is qqtte stagnant, and there will
be no movement of magnitude in' any
description of merchandise until the ex-
isting suspense Is removed. The mer-
chants, as a class, care less about what
the new schedules are tb be than that
there should be an eftd, M quickly as
possible, to tinkering legislation.
1 Dr. Hall says thtft no 'Weft of an:
Irfiid should be done before toeekfeaf
This would indicate the advisability «
leaving the labor or pi
to the hired girt.
oaR it -haafa.
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