The Mineola Daily Argus (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 22, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 22, 1903 Page: 1 of 4
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MINEOLA, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 22, 1903.
Call in and see our new Shirt Waist
Patterns, also some nobby Belts
and Shirt Waist Sets, new Chata-
laine Belts, etc.
SHOP MADE RESPECTABILITY.
by h. c. geddie.
Not many days since there was a bill introduced in
the Texas legislature, which was said at the time to have
the support of the liquor men, the ostensible purpose of
which was to safeguard the public and society against the
low dives and the vicious persons who might operate them.
Some days later the press contained the announcement
from Louisville, Ky., that the "Carnival of Crime" which
was shocking that city and the entire country, was the
Yours for Economy and Solid Satis- 1!result of a few disreputable-saloons in that town. This
H announcement and confession came from the Liquor Deal-
oats, corn, bran, etc. tf.
Notice to Subscribers. j Dr. J. H. Gambrell.
Beginning Tuesday morn-; We are requested to an-
ing, Feb. 13th, all subscrip- nounce that Dr. J. H. Gam-
tions will be discontinued brell of Tyler will address
which have not been paid for the people of Mineola at the
in advance. If you appre-' Baptist church, in the inter-
ciate The Argus, you will be' est of prohibition, tomorrow
willing to pay for it in ad-; night. Everybody most cor-
vance. If you do not ap-; dially invited.
preciate it, we do not want; 0. ' n
4. u ' ,•+ * rni Sims & Co. carry a com-
you to havre it. Dont wait i ^ j- * feedstuffs seed
for us to ask you for the;plete ,ine °Veeclstutts' seer
subscription money, bnt hand
it to us when you see us" on i
W e have reduced the
monthly subscription price
from 60 cents to 50 cents,
which will be made to ap-
ply to all past payments as
well as future ones. The!
weekly price will remain 15!
cents a week.
The paper is delivered free
every morning in all that
part of the city embraced in
the old corporation limits. \
If the carrier boy fails to!
leave your paper, please no- j
tify us at once. Don't for- i
makes a specialty of
serving appetizing hot
and cold lunches.
So c,ome in when hun-
gry and let us serve
you right and to your
ROBINS & HENRY,
Restaurant and Confectionery,
Successors to Z. B. Gilliam.
ers Association of the United States. This was all very
well, and we might applaud the frankness of the state-
ment had it stopped there; but following the confession
accompanied by the statement that they would have bills
prepared and presented to the legislature of the several
states for the purpose of making,the saloons as respect-
able as our drug stores. -At this we balk. We can take a
joke, and are long-suffering of all the ills that flesh is
heir to. We can even allow an erstwhile pack-peddler who
has raked together a small handfull of sheckels without
stopping to question the proprieties as to the manner of
getting them, build him an altar on which to worship his
self-conceit, and talk of gentlemen as his inferiors, and
yet not resort to violence; but to take seriously the prop-
osition to make the saloon respectable, from any one, es-
pecially from the liquor dealers association, makes us
weary and we long to just slide off the earth and rest.
So long as the oft-recurring "Carnivals of Crime" did
not shock the sensibilities of the nation, so long as the
people lay supine and quiescent and let the "Carnivals"
go on, so long as the conscience of the people were not
educated and quickened by the repetitions of the carni-
vals of crime which were demoralizing and damning every
quarter of the republic; so long did the liquor dealer's as-
sociation continue to make and vend their wares, to wink
Spring and Summer
-ji Goods iP
Will not arrive until March. We want to sell you nico,
new, fresh goods and not goods that lay in the shell' a
month or two before anyone buys, consequently they will
not arrive before the last of March.
When they do get here you will see the best assort-
ment, nicest line of
Spring and Summer Dress Goods,
White Goods, Embroideries,
Laces, Ladies' Underwear, Hosiery,
Ladies' & Childrens' Slippers,
Etc., that you have ever seen in Mineola. Watch for their
arrival at the proper time.
Our New Millinery Goods
Will Arrive Sooner.
Dr. J. M. Puckett, J. C. j Mr. Bailey, residing a
Reich, Frank Caver and j mile east of Mineola, was in
Willie Moody, of Haines- town yesterday, after con-
ville, were in this city yes-; valescing from a serious
spell of pneumonia.
get we have a phone, and
don't forget that we will al-
ways appreciate any news
item you may give us.
We make a specialty of
handling only the choicest
Meats, Lard, etc,, and you
will always receive high I
treatment at our market.
J. J. EDWARDS'
Dry Goods Store
and see the nice
Beautiful Pearl Buttons
in the Show Case
Let Us Know
J. C. WOOD, Proprietor,j Promptly when you fail to
The Argus by 9
every morning ex-
Strayed:—M o u s e-c o 1 o r e d o'clock
mule, 15 hands high, 6 years old, ,u , f,-
has a touch of the heaves, leftj cePt Monday. Ring bo
with blanket and halter on. Will make complaint,
pay reasonable reward for re-,
turn of mule to Thos. Riley, j For a quick, smooth, easy shave or
Mineola. ; an up-to-date hair cut go to the ton-
_ . | sorial parlor of C. II. McAdams on
the argus is here to stay. . west side of Johnson street. 12.
•Did you know it? : - . -. .
~ i Free Delivery.
Fifteen cents a week ori TlI„
50 cents a month gets Thel. ^ Argus is now
Mineola Daily Argus. delivered m the residence
—: portion of tOWll as Well as
; in the business section. If
at the "Carnivals" and utter no word of rebuke to the
low dives and vicious men who were their patrons, and
with their full knowledge drove decency from the walks
of men and made their lairs a storm center of unholy
| orgies of universal crime. But when the people become
at last aroused, when the moral forces of Americanism
i became militant, when the sovereign people, born and
bred to control their own destinies and protect their own
vine and fig tree, arose in their majesty and with the
j sword of local option began to sweep the streets in front
; of their own doors—to close the saloons and solve the
j question in the only way that it can be solved; then the
Pabsts, the Anhuesers, the Buschs, the Schlitts, the
Lernps et id omnes genus, self-enthroned dictators to
American-made and American-named citizens, self-lumi-
nous beacons to guide the solons of these sovereign states
to a righteous solution of the saloon question, self-con-
stituted sponsors for the public weal, became suddenly
aroused to the necessity of abridging the license and cur-
tailing the "Personal Liberty" of the saloon contingent;
the same infamous Mafiaists who seriously discussed plans
and means to increase an appetite for their hell-christened
poison grasp for the reins of legislation and with supernal
gall essay not to decrease the consumption of their poison,
but to make the septic cess-pools where they are vended,
respectable. Ye gods! when will they reach the limit of
their audacity? When will they cease to exert their sin-
ister influences on the moral and physical manhood and i
the laws of this country? When will they be forced to
take their reeking paws out of the porringer from which
political nurslings feed?
I am not objecting to the proposed law, if it were1
necessary. Every legitimate restriction meets my ap-
proval; but I am objecting to the semination of the idea
that legislation can make the saloon respectable. The
blood of Christ can't make it respectable while it remains
open,rit can only close its doors forever. This aggrega-
tion of moral perverts want to make the saloon as respect-
THE BRADFORD DRUG CO.,
(Successors to V. T. MART & SON)
S. L. BRADFORD, .* ** Manager,
Offer the people of Mineola and surrounding country a drug, prescription and
proprietry medicine service which cannot be excelled in east Texas. Prescrip-
tion work a specialty. We also cs.r.iy a complete line of school books, wall pa-
per, paints, oils, etc. t>
Give us a chance to serve you
and we will treat you right.
THE BRADFORD DRUG COMPANY.
The City Bakery.
We constantly have a large supply of; you fail to tret the paper res-- able as the drug store. To do this they will have to make
no IvVinloontno nnnoti'/inrr hrnnrl ^ ° I I O I _
nice, wholesome, appetizing loaf bread,
cakes, pies, etc, and make a specialty
of serving our customers with fresh
breadstuffs and not the stale kind.
26 A. B. WE3B, Prop.
H.C.GEDDIR V. B. HARRIS.
GEDDIE & HARRIS,
Mineola, .... Texas.
R. C. CLARK,
Staple and Fancy Groceries,
ularly notify us at once.
...*.. Meat Market
Caters to the Patronage of
the people by handling onlv
choice meats, lard etc. All
purchases from 15 cents up,
delivered free to any part of
I am always in the market
for fat beeves and hogs.
it a place where women and children can go, and they
would be glad if the women and children would go, then
the demand for their product would be infinitely increas-
• ed. Put women and the saloon together and the saloon
[ will not be raised from its standard, but women will be
dragged to the level of the saloon. Time was when wo-
men ran rum shops, but civilization and moral sentiment
i has made the bar-maid a thing of history. Women failed
to make and keep it respectable, even in any age or coun-
| try or condition, then who can make it respectable
i fiat of government cannot wipe the stain from it, because
the saloon is innately and absolutely wro«g in morals,
'contrary to the moral sense of the civilized world, and the
uncivilized have too much sense and refinement to tolerate
it at all. Restriction after restriction has been thrown
around it in vain. More than four thousand years ago,
when Babylon was at its height of the wickedness and
debauchery that caused its fall, when women were run-
ning the saloons of the country and trying under the gov-
ernment to make them respectable, so vicious did they
become that the Persians passed a law that the keeper of
a drinking place failed to report the presence of a disrep-
utable character in their piace of business they should be
punished with death. This was restriction with a ven-
geance, and while the record is silent as to the immediate
effect of the prohibition, the story of Belshazzar and the
fate of Babylon is sufficient proofs that it did not make
the saloons respectable.
We have sufficiently restrictive laws in Texas now,
but with the saloon wide open, armed and rampant, it can
and does defy the law. It laughs at the Sunday law and
openly boasts of its violation, yet not once in twenty
trials can a conviction be had, and not once in a hundred
opportunities is a prosecution begun. The reason is ob-
vious. • The saloon is fortified in its own castle, armed
with its own weapons, with its inexhaustible arsenal < f
munition ready, with its charter of liberty in one hand
and a bribe in the other it can dominate public sentiment
and purchase its peace. They purpose to put vicious men
out of the saloon business, because forsooth these self-
same vicious men will not perjure themselves by swearing
that they have not violated the law. They are going to
onterpose the conscience of the dive-keeper between hi:-
vicicusness and the public good. A 2-year-old negro that
has no more sense than to advance or believe any suel
argument ought to be fed to the hogs.
It is a iving subterfuge to throw the local cotionists
off the track. They would swear then just as they do
now, and they would escape punishment then just as they
du now. The people of this country are too great, too
intelligent, too free an 1 too self-respecting to be caught
by any such flubdud to sacrifice their principles in any
such way. «
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The Mineola Daily Argus (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 22, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 22, 1903, newspaper, February 22, 1903; Mineola, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254294/m1/1/: accessed July 6, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Mineola Memorial Library.