Weekly Democratic Statesman. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 9, 1871 Page: 4 of 4
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Oar sporting mea bare been bagging any
quantity of game tha last few days.
Why does not some man of enterpriss start
a woody ard in Austin ?
Tbe hillside east of the city is dotted with
numerous tents occupied by railroad men
and tbeir families.
Mr. B. F. Caddy will please accept our
thanks for the addition of several subscribers
to our list from Onion Creek.
Fortunately tbe weather modified suffi-
ciently Tuesday afternoon and night to pre-
vent a frost To-day is warm and pleasant.
There are a great many strangers in Aus-
tin jest now and all the hotels and boards
iog houses are fall.
Don't fail to read our graphic report of the
remarkable speech of Hon. Andrew Dorris
on our first page.
We received a dispatch Friday inform-
ing us (hat Capt. Sanborn completed the tele-
graph line to McDade November 1st and
that that station is now open to telegraphic
Houses for rent are extremely scarce in
Austin. We occasionally advertise one but
it is invariably "gobbled up" before our car-
rier has gone over his- route.
The masterly and cool manner in which
Capt. Millet managed his water works at the
fire the other evening in his lumber yard
deserves the praise of all.
The railroad is steadily advancing towards
Austin at about half a mile a day. The
road is completed to within about a mile of
The meeting being held near Parson's
Seminary by Elder W. H. D. Carrington of
the Christian Church is progressing finely.
There seems to be gteai need in our city
of a house devoted exclusively to tin sale of
crockery and glassware. This is a hint whicn
may lead somebody to a fortune.
The roads are very heavy between Austin
and McDade. Tuesday's stage left the rail-
road at 2 o'clock p. ra. Monday evening
and did not arrive here until daylight. Tbe
passengers report they had to get out about
fifteen times to prize the coach out of the mud.
Preparations are being mado for driving
tho piles for the railroad bridge at the foot
of Pine street on Waller s:rect. The driver
is already on the ground and as soon as the
piles arrive the work of putting thera down
The down freight train from McDade Mon-
day ran off the track about fifteen raile3 this
side of Giddings. The train consisted of
six cars and a caboose. Several trunks were
broken but no person injured. The passen-
gers in consequence of this accident had to
ride to Giddings on a flat.
The sUge that left McDade Monday eves
ning was upset about five miles this side by
striking against a stump. There were nine
gentlemen a lady and a child on board a'.l
of whom were poured out regardless of cere-
mony. Fortunately with the exception of
spraining the lady's wrist no one was ins
The wholesale firm of A. C. Crawford &
Co. dealers in and importers of crockery
china and glass ware Galveston Texas have
taken Time by the forelock to establish a
trade with our citizens. Tha advertisement
appears in another column and as we know
whereof we speak we believe their stock
is larger and more varied and their terms
more libcre.! than can be found South or
West. Call cn them before purchasing.
An old man who has been wandering about
our streets for some time was found dead in
the engine house this morning. A few rights
ago the weather being cold he asked per-
mission to Bleep in the engine room which
was granted. Last night when ha went to
bed there was a pitcher and a bucket both
filled "ith water sitting near the bed. This
morning the pitcher was empty and about a
third of the water in the bucket missing.
From this circumstance it is surmised death
was caused by excessive drinking.
The railroad will be finished to this city
shortly placing us la direet and speed corns
munication with the coast. Tho cost of
freight will then be materially reduced and
as a consequence our merchants will sell
their goods at lower figures. This will cause
many to look to Austin as their bes.t
market. Iu view of this it would be well
for the Road Commissioners to see that all
thoroughfares leading to the city are at once
placed in good order. None should be de-
tered from trading with us on account of
Considerable quantities of cotton wool
and hides are brought to our city daily.
Austin is becoming an important point for
trade for a wide section of country. As
soon as the railroad reaches us many who
have heretofore taken their products to other
markets will discover that it will be greatly
to their interest to come to Austin. Indeed
the course of trade is already changing in
favor of our city. We would particularly
direct the attention of residents in and
around Fredericksburg Boerne etc. to the
inducements offered by our merchants as
well as the high prices paid for the products.
From the many kind and encouraging let-
ters we are continually receiving from all
parts of the State we extract the following
written by a gentlemen residing in Meridian:
"I regret that I did not see a specimen of
tbe kiklt otatssm an while I was-in Aus
tin ; I saw only the Tri-Weekly. I did not
know then that it was the large well-filled
and live Democratic paper that 1 found it to
be on receiving it here. I must have it. Not
having a copy before me I do not know your
rates but 1 send you $3 in currencv for
which you will please send me tbe Weekly
during tbe time for which that amount pays
A bloody affair came off this ruorninjr at
the city market house principal the Hon. A.
Dorris. member from Caldwell ; second "Uno
Mexicano" who is engaged in the egg trade.
The Honorable Dorris keeps some sort of a
shebang np there too by the manipulation of
which he adds innumerable dimes to his
eight dollars per diem pay as member of the
Legislature. The gentleman being as sharp
as tbe "Heathen Chinee" is some on a trade;
can tell something from vhich but as he bad
left his specs at home could not detect with-
out close inspection'the age of the eggs ''Uno
Mexicano" offered him. The Honorable gen
tleman soon discovered that "Uio Mexicano
had not only sold him eggs but had swin
dled bim by palming off upon him rotten
ones. This was moro than Dorris could
stand and ho speedily "went for him." "Uno
Mexicano" protested that neither he nor his
hens laid the eggs but the gentleman's wrath
being beyond control he fell aboard of poor
Mexicano and did not cease until he had beat
bruised cut mangled crippled disabled
mutilated torn prostrated and left poor
Mexicano's body almost dry of blood. The
Honorable member boasts that his profits
will be improved by the heroic manner in
which he fought for the standard of his trade
that it is not such a lad egg after all.
Firb. About three o'clock Thursday af-
ternoon a lumber kiln belonging to Captain
Millett.and situated on the northeast corner
of the lot occupied by his factory was dis-
covered to be on fire. In a few minutes the
structure and its contents consisting of sev-
eral thousand feet of pine flooring was en-
veloped in flames. Fortunately Capt. Miliett
prepared for such a contingency by pro-
viding himself with a good cistern of water
force pump and hose and he soon had a
large stream playing on the fire. By the
time the steam engine arrived on tbe ground
the fire had been pretty well subdued and
they finished it. The Hook and Ladder Com-
pany were promptly on hand and with the
aid of numerous citizscs a large amount cf
lumber piled in dangerous proximity to the
fire was removed and the spread of tbe
flames thereby prevented.
Capt Millett lost about 3000 feet of fix r-
ing which was being kilo-dried fur the ad-
dition to ihe City Hotel. The pecuniary loss
will probably foot up about $300.
Another Fibs. Between 11 and 12 o'clock
Thursday right the Walsh Livery Stable
situated just in the rear of the Avenue note
owned by Mr. John T. Miller was discovered
to be on fire. The building was a two-story
wooden structure filled with hay and corn
and was almost immediately wrapped is
flames. Washington Fire Company and the
Hook and Ladder Company were soon on the
ground and by their heroio exertions the
Avenue Hotel block was saved and the fire
confined to the stable. The heat was so in-
tense that the windows and doors on that
side of the building were burned. Had a
north or east wind prevailed at the time of
the fire the entire business portion of Aus-
tin would in all probability have been laid
in ashes. The frame building just east of tbe
stable occupied dy Messrs. Duffau k Thomp-
son for storing Eerosine oil was in great
danger and tho contents was removed across
the street. Several tables and desks were
taken from the post offiee and all the let-
ters and other mail matter were packed up
ready to be removed to a place of safety.
We bad the pleasure of a call from and a
pleasant chat with our friend Henderson of
the Round Rock Sentinel yesterday evening.
There is apparently no diminution in the
number of buildings going up in tho city.
Contractors carpenters and Masons are al
Meridith Haynes found guilty of the mur-
der of the old man Billingsley has been sen-
tenced to death. Tbe execution will take
place on Friday the 15th of December next.
Significant. Of the fifteen criminals
who have received sentence during the pres-
ent term of the District Court ten are col-
ored and five white. Two of the former go
the penitentiary for life and one is to expi-
ate his crime on the gallows.
Saturday was beautiful. The sky is per-
fectly clear and the air warm and pleasaot.
Our country friends have improved the
nico weather to come to the city with thefr
products and purchase supplies for the com
ing week. The business streets are crowded
The workmen are now busy upon the new
building being erected by Capt. Robinson
corner of Ash street and the Avenne. The
walls are to be put up without further delay
and ere many weeks a fine two story stone
store will grace this locality.
A negro was badly burned in the face at
the Gre Thursday night While in act of re
moving some explosive material probably
kerosine from too close proximity to the fire
the article was ignited scattering the flaming
liquid over his person. One of his eyes is
said to be destroyed and fears are entertained
'or the safety of tie other.
We have it from a business man in our
city that a gentleman from New Orleans has
been visiting oar city recently for the purpose
of making arrangements for establishing a
large stove depot in Austin. We believe it
is the intention to have the first invoice here
in a few weeks but we have not learned
where the store is to be opened.
We are sorry to learn of tbe severe
illness of Dr. T. J. Moore of the Avenue
Hotel. The Dr. was ill of a fever and the
excitement caused by the fire of Thursday
night aggrevated the disease. He was con-
fined to his bed Friday.
The justly popalar Seargent-at-Arms of the
House of Representatives Ed. Creary has
again placed the Reportorial Corps under res
newed obligations by providing suitable ta-
bles and material for the exclusive use of tbe
Reporters. For this and all past favors Mr.
Creary will please accept the thaok3 of the
To the Ladies Cohen Saa pson k Co.
are constantly receiving Ladies' Goods di
rect from New York including D'ess Goods
and Readymade Under ware of all kinds such
a3 Dress Sacques Night Dresses Chemises
Hose etc. ; also complete suits made after
the latest stlyes. Cirll and see the assortment.
It was reported on the streets Friday
that some half a dczen trunks were missing
from the Avenue Hotei. We are happy to
Ieara from the clerk of the hotel that some
articles removed during the night by
different individuals were found all safe
in the morning. These rumors of theft had
stren thened the belief that the fire was the
result of incendiarism and we are happy to
correct the error.
A notorious fair haired youth at present
of Radical persuasion was seen during the
fire the other night performing manual labor
for probably the first time in his life. He was
met in the neighborhood of the Avenue
Hotel with an immense matrass upon his
back and we have beon wondering ever since
whether the noble youth did not think he
was saving a mammoth carpet lag for some
Praisworthy Act. Mr. John Young who
lives about a mile north of tbe Capitol on
bearing the alarm of fire Thursday night
had the forethought to send into the city
four mule teams and wagons driving one of
tbe teams himself. Had the flames extended
to tbe Hotel and adjacent buildings as at
one time seemed iminent this forethought of
Mr. Young would have been the means of
saving a great deal of property. There are
few manifest Buch good judgment during the
excitement of a fire.
We wish to say to those few persons who
complain they do not receive our paper reg
ularly that we take great pains to have all
our mail done up in strong wrappers and
in addition we tie all large bundles with
twine. Tbe papers leave our office promptly
every week and are put up and a idrcssed by
ourselves. If any fail to get their papers if
tbey will write ns of the fact we will famish
duplicate copies if we have them in the office.
Iscesdiaries. It seems to be the general
impression that the fire of Thursday night
was the result of an incendiary. There had
ueen no ere in me Blame and no one is
known to have been about it with alight
One gentleman says he caught a man with a
knife in his hand over the hose with the in-
tention he believes of cutting it. If the
stable was set on fire it was evidently done
for plunder ; tut it seems hardly probably so
light and still a night would have been se
lected for such a purpose.
TcrsDAT October 31.
The jury in tbe case against William Reed
retuened a verdict of guilty and assessed the
punishment at five years in tbe Penitentiary.
The case against Geo. Costley Cad. Peirce
and Ernst Keohn; concerning a cow came
up. The District Attorney dismissed as to
Kroha and tbe jury returned a verdict of not
guilty as to the others.
The murder case cf Ga. Barnes set tor
Thursday was continued because of the
Kinney Sneed Aaron Billingsley and
Charlie Moore indicted for illegal registra-
tion severally recognized and cases con-
tinued. John A. Scroggia and Nancy Jane Scrog-
Several unimportant cases continued for
Widxesday November 1.
The feature of the day was the trial of O.
F. Zink late City Assessor an appeal from
the Mayor's Court for bitching bis horse to
an ornamental shade tree last summer. Tbe
defendant entered his appearance in person
examined the witnesses and made his own
speech. City represented by Mr. Moore City
Attorney. Tbe trial took near three hours
when tbe jury after retirement returned a
verdict of guilty and placed the punishment
at a fine of one hundred dollars. The de-
fendant in the Court below was fined $75.
The second case against Mr. Zink was dis-
missed. No o.her business done of any importance.
Thcbsdat Nov. 2 1871.
The jbl'.owing prisoners were sentenced
Sarah Williams colored for three years.
William Reed colored for five years.
George Gaines colored for four years.
John Moore colored for five years.
James Venable colored for his natural life.
George Lewis colored for his natural life.
Raote Moore colored for two yeais.
John Walker colored for five years.
Joe Owens colored for two years.
Merideth Haynes colored death.
James Stevens white for five years.
Ware alias Drew white fifteen years.
S. H. Young white five years.
Mary Jane Haynes white seven years.
Otto Hoffman white two years.
Some other business was transacted of an
Mr. Thos. J. Goree of Midway Madison
county has placed us underlasting obligations
by sending a list cf twenty subscribers
with the money. We Bhall of course be glad
to receive the additions to this list which Mr-
Go ree refers to in his letter.
It is said that when the alarm of fiie was
given the other night one of the lodgers in
tbe Avenue Hotel who awoke with tbe vivid
glare of the fierce flames bursting almost
upon him did not stop to cover bis airy
form then but rushed into tbe street with
clothes in one hand valice in tbe other a
stove pipe perched gracefully upon his head
and then and there performed in the pres-
ence of all the ceremony of attiring him-
self. How he got out of his night shirt de-
ponent saith not.
C. R. John's Treasury A New Deposit.
Daring the heat of the excitement which
exceeded the heat of the fire a lady boarder
of the Avenue Hotel rushed frantically into
C. R. Johns k Co.'s Bank and depositing a
smiling roty infant upon the counter rushed
back for her wardrobe. Major Johns received
the deposit with bis nsual grace and courte-
sy and really looked quite fatherly. But his
happiness was suddenly ended by the lady
appearing and withdrawing the deposit. Ee
informs us that on and after date babie3 will
be taken at par.
There is a larger yield of sugar
cmo in Cherokee county than was
ever before known.
Sweet potatoes are now selling on
our streets at seventy-five cents ami
one dollar per bushel. Victoria
Oranges from Mexico are for sale
on the streets of Bau Autuuio in
great abundance. Only one dollar
A two-horse mud wagon started
for Austin from San Antonio on the
31st with the mail.
Mr. Elijah Decrow an old Texas
pioneer died at Decrow's Point on
the 17th inst. ia the 72nd year of
The Gonzales Inquirer says the
pecan tree3 are literally loaueu
down with fruit and "thrashing op-
erations have been commenced."
There is talk of military head
quarters being moved back to Aus
tin from ban Antonio.
It i3 said that railroad hands of
the International company will be
at work between Austin and San
Antonio by Christmas.
The lands along the Texas Pa
cific railroad on the line from Fort
Yuma to San Diego have been
withdrawn from market.
Business has been quite brisk
during the past week in our little
city. Large numbers of team3 and
Mexican carts arrive and depart
almost daily. In a few days tho
railroad company will deliver freight
from New Orleans to this place on
through bills of lading. All freight-
ing will then be done from this
point and every one can look out
for brisk times. Victoria Advo
Another Snake Story. We
were shown a vest yesterday
made entirely of rattle-snake skins
exctpt the back. It is well made
strong and has no offensive smell
the skins having been well tanned
before made up. It was made
in the mountains north-west of hero
and the maker is evidently a genius
of the first water. San Antonio
From our friend Captain Peak
who came through tho Indian Ter-
ritory on his way from St. Louis
we learn that tho Missouri Kansas
and Texas Railroad is all under con-
tract to Red River to be finished by
next June. Good for the M. K. & T.
If the Central does not hurry up it
will pass it on its route to Galveston
and San Antonio away over tho State
line Dallas Herald 28th.
Indians! A letter from George
Todd Esq. dated Fort Mason Oct.
"The Indians have been in and
stole lots of horses 18 from J. D
Bridges 6 from John W. Gamel 4
from Thomas Murray and from
various others. So much for Uncle
Sam's pets. I am truly sorry such
a stato of things exists. Our county
would settle up but for the Indians
Can't you turn a stone to forward a
We have had plenty of rain and
our country never looked better."
Ifsomebody would give us the
power we would declare martial
law against the Indians as Grant
and Davis have done against the
whites! We rather think that
quartering the State Police and the
United States Army upon them
awhile would bring thenx to terms.
San Antonio Herald.
Tbe Old SrhMl Bosk.
On tbe old school book in its dusty cook
With a tearful eye I gaze;
Come down old friend for an hour we'll
la a talk of the bygone days
I gars once more as in day3 of yore
On the task that vexed the brain;
The lesson done and tbe victory won
And I fee! I'm a child again.
And I seem to stand with tbe youthful band
In the old bouse on the green;
I hear tbe fun e're the school began
And I join in tbe gladsome scene.
I take my place with a sober face;
O'er the well carved desk I bend
And hourly pore o'er tbe learned lore
Of thy wonderful psge old friend.
Then our cares were few and our friends
And our eriefs were rare and light;
Tbe world was naught (so we fondly thought)
Hut a region of pure delight
But time has sped and our path has led
Through the dark and tearful scene;
And passed away are the good and gay
Like the old house on the green.
But we'll sing no more of the days of yore
For the tear-drop dims the eye;
Sleep on old book in tby dusty nook
As in years that have glided by;
No guilt we trace in thy honest face
But a mine of gold within
Enriched the youth as they sought for truth
In tbe old house on the green.
The Missouri Kansas and Texas
Railroad now runs passenger trains
to Gibson Station on the Verdigris
river 270 miles from Sedalia.
The Osage division of the Mis-
souri Kansas and Texas Railroad
which has been in operation for some
months from Holden Mo. (on the
Missouri Pacific Railroad 43 miles
west of Sedalia) westward to liar-
risonville about 22 miles was com-
pleted on the 24th ult. to Paola
Kansas 52 mile3 further. Paola is
a station cn the M.;ssuri river Fort
Scott and Gulf Railroad 43 miles
from Kansas City. Tho contracts
have been let for an extension of the
road from Paola westward to Ot
tawa 22 miles and surveys have
been made on an extension of the
division eastward from Holden one
about 40 miles lone to connect with
the main l:ac of the Missouri Kan-
sas and Texa3 at Greenridge nine
miles southeast of Sedalia and one
altogether north of the Missouri Pa-
cific down the Blackwatcr river in a
direction north of east to Boonville
about 75 miles there to cross the
Missouri and connect with the Lou
i3iana and Missouri river railroad.
The M. K. & T. R. R. Company
have let the grading and tie work as
far as Red River and the work is to
be pushed rapidly on to Galveston
Texas. Manager Stevens thinks St.
Louis and Galveston will be united
by rail by the first of June next.
The company have now made con-
nection with Tcola. The Boonville
connection and thence to Fayette
and on to St. Louis saving thirteen
miles of travel from their present
terminus al Sedalia is simply a ques-
tion of money and time. All the
arrangements for this route hereto!
fore advertised as arranged and com
pletcd arc really not complete; but
negotiations are pending which will
doubtless result in the completion of
this excellent route. Mr. Stevens
speaking for tho company ho repre-
sents says that a direct rail route
from the Gulf to St. Loui3 and Chi-
cago will fce made next season.
EVoiu tiitt .aie?villo (Otiiu) gljjnol.
We have seldom been called upon
to chronicle so affecting a ca3e of
suicide a3 that which occurred in this
city on Tuesday evening last. On
that evening our city was startled by
a report which proved too true that
Charles H. Durban son of the well
known merchant tailor Thomas
Durban had shot and killed himself.
Young Durban was about 23 years
of age a lawyer just starting into
practice. Last spring he married
Miss Lucy bcaman. Soon after the
marriago the young couple took up
their residence with Judge Evans.
Mrs. Durban was afflicted with con
sumption of tho lungs which not-
withstanding the constant care and
skill cf her attending physician Dr.
Ball continued gradually to under-
mine her physical system. Her bus-
band wa3 devotedly attached to her
and wa3 unremitting in his atten-
tions and persistent in his appeals to
the Doctor to do every thing in his
power to save her life.
On lucsday evening Dr. Ball
was at the bedside of Mrs. Durban
and her husband assisted him i-s ad-
ministering medicine and other rem
edies for her relief. While she had
a severe fit of coughing Mr. Dur-
ban passed to tho loot of the bed
saying "Doctor can't you do any-
thing more for her; she is dying."
As the Doctor was trying to change
the position of Mrs. Durban with
tho assistance of her mother and
Mrs. Evans a loud report rang out
in the room and the Doctor looking
up saw Mr. Durban staggering
caught him and laid him on the floor.
The despairing husband did not even
speak and seemed not even to
breathe after tho fatal shot. Ilia
dying partner appeared to compre-
hend clearly what had taken place.
She said she was sorry but was not
able to weep. She made a second
effort to speak but without avail. In
a few minutes after her husband's
death she had passed to the same
The ball fired by youog Durban
penetrated his right temple a little
above and back of tho eye. In his
pocket was a letter addressed to
Mrs. Durban expressing his inabil-
ity to live without her in this world
and saying that if he died first he
would meet her in Paradise. He
also left letters addressed to his
parents and a note requesting that
no Coroner's inquest should be held
upon his body as the manner of his
death was a matter solely between
himself and his God.
Wc cannot close these sad details
without expressing a heartfelt sym-
pathy which is shared by this entire
community with the parents and
relatives of both the deceased in
the deep affliction caused by this
double breach in the circle of their
affections and friendships.
How to keep a dog from having
the hydrophoola give him all the
water he can drink and in order to
make a sure thiDg of it anchor him
in a clear pond so that his head will
be at least two feet below the surface.
Fires are sear-cous affairs.
I'ES Al SCISSORS.
Five churches in Mansfield Mass.
have women preachers.
Baltimore is now the home of Ex-
President Jefferson Davis.
Tho "Heathen Chinee" ha3 been
set to music for the gong. .
"Saffron-hued ansel of death" is
the Mississippi name for yellow fever.
Whv is an umbrella in wet weather
like a wornout horse ? Because it is
Charles Lamb savs. "A lauh is
worth a hundred groans in any state
of the market."
Mace and Coburn was to have a
prize tight somewnere aoout JNew
Orleans on the 30th November.
What did that young lady mean
when 6he said to her lover "You may
be too late for the cars but you can
take a buss.
Kid3 are somewhat cheaper con
sequently undressed kids are no lon
ger to be considered fashionoble for
A condensed "philosophy of farm-
ing." Feed your land before it is hun-
gry ; rest it before it is weary: and
weed it before it is foul.
Young ladies in New Haven are
learning to play the violin. The idea
of having four Btrings to their bowi3
S wedenborg gives a dreary account
of the highest heaven. He says wo-
men up there are just like they are
down here. Don't believe it.
Casey ville near Salt Lake con-
tains seventythree husbands who
have in the aggregate three hundred
and forty-seven wives and five hun-
dred and twenty-two children.
A ingenious baker accounts for the
high price of his loaves by saying
that he has it on the authority of an
eminent naturalist that the dough be-
longs to the dear tribe.
A new kind of rouge has just made
it3 appearance called "Japanese
paste" which ia a bright green color
but turn3 a delicate rose color when
it is applied to the face or lip3.
We do not remember ever to have
seen the singular fact in print that
six students in the office of Chancellor
Wythe of Virginia became after
wards Presidents of tha United
Same one wrot Horace Greeley
inquiring if guano was good to put on
potatoes. He said it might do for
those whose tastes had become vitia
ted with tobacco and rum but he
prefercd gravy or butter.
Mrs. Stanton charges tnat women
stimulate men's paEsions with their
dress their dances bare arms bare
necks and then make a terrible up
rore when they come to suffer the con
sequence of their own immodesty.
"You never saw Buch a happy lot
of people as we had yesterday" said
a landlady in Indiana to a newly ar
rived guest ; "there were thirteen
couples of them." "What thirteen
couples just married?" "Oh no no
sir; thirteen couples just divorced."
Miss Kane of Baltimore set out
to write a list of the wrongs of wo
men but found so many of them
that she was driven to the conclusion
that women suffer a wrong in beiDg
born at all. This disposes of the
whole question m a nutshell.
The Donaldsonville "Chief" con
tributes this sugar item :
Thirteen hogsheads of new first
quality sugar were shipped on the
St. John from the St. James estate
on the sixteenth instant. Tho cane
on this plantation is yielding a hogs
head and a half to the acre.
A safety driving apparatus has
been invented by J. L. Arnold of
South Carolina which 13 considered
quite a success. It is intended to
detach a horse from a buggy. At-
tached to the bit and harness is a
cord that can be used to unhitchvthe
horse; and in case of necessity the
driver can retain his seat in the buggy
and detach the horse from the vehi
clo in an instant at the same time
controlling the shafts and stopping
the vehicle. It Iia3 been tested
thoroughly and has given entire sat-
isfaction to every person who has ex
During the closing hours of the
Episcopal convention at Baltimore
Judge Rhefley submitted a motion
that the cannon on trial be made the
special order and be continued until
Rev. Mr. Rogers of Texas said
that the motion was an outrago on
Christ's kingdom. In those closing
hours of tho session when their was
so much of the real work to do was
th? time to bo taken up in play in
discussing what kind of clothes a
clergyman is to wear ? He was about
right but the convention gave most
of its time to iust such matters.
The German Democrat.
At a meeting of the General Com-
mittee of the German Democratic
Union organization of the city the
other evening it was resolved that
as "grave responsibilities and dan-
gers have fallen upon the Democratic
party of the city and the State"
and a "lamentable confusion and de-
moralization" etc. it becomes advi-
sable to recommend the Germans of
the city to combine for municipal re-
form to see to it that so far as they
are concerned honest candidates are
nominated for the next Assembly ;
that to this end and in the great
work of reform the German Demo-
crats are ready to co-operate with
other Democratic organizations ; but
tnat as long as the Democratic party
is not reorganized this German
Democratic Union will maintain an
independent position; and that while
they are ready to co-operate with
Republicans in city reform these
German Democrats do not intend to
abandon their Democratic principles.
This is a very good platform. Re-
duced to a few words it means that
these honest German Democrats inn
tend to remain Democrats notwith-
standing this terrible uproar against
Tammany Hall but that until the
Democratic party of the city and the
State is reorganized they will occupy
a position of armed neutrality. We
may expect then from this and other
similar Democratic movements that
the party will be reorganized at its
coming State Convention at Roches-
ter. LNew York Herald.
Wonderful Burning Well In
Kentucky. Where the Fire
The Louisville Courier Journal
gives an account of a wonderful burn-
mg welt m ijincoin county in tnat
State some six miles east of Crab
Orchard at tho base of the Cumber-
land mountains on the banks' of a
small stream called Dix river. The
water in this well is in a constant
6tate of ebullition and regularly
every day between 4 and 5 o'clock in
the afternoon overflows. A large
quantity of gas h liberated said to
be carburetted hydrogen gas to
which a light being applied a flame
sometimes ten or fifteen feet in
The Journal tells the following
story ia connection with the well :
In the early part of the present
century when Kentucky and espe-
cially the mountain districts were
but sparsely settled a man by the
name of Shanks owned this portion
of Lincoln county in which the well
is situated. At that time all the salt
used in the State had to be brought
from Louisville or imported from
Virginia at very large expense in
those days of stae coaches and cov-
ered wagons. Mr. Shanks had evi-
dence of salt on his land and deter-
mined upon trying whether he might
not find that commodity by boring
in the vicinity of his salt licks. lie
sunk two or three shafts but unsuc-
cessfully when his neighbors began
to laugh at "old Shanks' folly." He
minded not a whit their jeers but
swore that he would sink one more
shaft if he bored clear through into
Sure enough after boring to quice
a depth his drill fell through the
drilling shaft was blown some dist-
ance in the air by escaping gas
which ignited from a fire near by
and in an indescribably short space
of time all the undergrowth the
trees near by and even the .surface
of the river itself formed one broad
sheet of flame. Oil flowed out with
tho gas which accounted for the
"river on fire" but all this to the
spectators was incomprehensible and
a general stampede from the country
round about resulted. Old Shanks
had been as good as his word. He
had bored clear through into hell
the flames broke forth in terrific
fury and his neighbors fled from the
vicinity as from a pestilence leaving
growing crops houses property of
all sorts behind in the general terror.
After a lapse of years the vicinity
was again settled but tho well now
inspires wonder instead of pristine
Here is the way the secret ballot
was nullified by the Republicans of
California at the late election : Their
ticket was a bit of pasteboard five in
ches long and three-fourths of an inch
wide. The back of it was printed in
colors on a geometrical pattern ; the
face was covered with the names of
the Repuplican partie's candidates
for office from Governor of California
to Road-master in Sacremento. The
type in which these names were prin-
ted was of the smallest (diamond) size
so small that not a name could
possibly be interlined and not a
blank space between the names was
a sixteenth of an inch square. The
printing of such a ticket was an out
rage. It was designed to render it
easy for capitalists to detect how
their laborers voted in order that
they might be dischared if they did
not support the right ticket. Califor-
nia and all the other States ought to
adobt the law enacted by a Demo-
cratic Legislature in Ohio which re
quires that all election tickets shall
bo printed upon plain white paper
without a device of any kind. It is
only such a law as this that gives any
security for the secret ballot.
A Distressing Conundrum.
The New Orleans Picayune tells
of a young ambitious debater who
propounded the following for the
consideration of the society :
"Eff'r man plants a watermillion
seed next to his fence and this 'ere
watermillion seed sprouts up into a
watermillion vine and that 'ere wa-
termillion vine grows and meanders
mrough that 'ere fence into another
man's lot adjacent; and in that other
than'a lot so adjacent that 'ere wa-
termillion vine that sprouted from
that 'ere watermillion seed and me
andered through that 'ar fence into
this 'ere other man's lot adjacent
therein consolidates and homologates
into a water million the question
fellercitizens and ladies is: To
which of these 'ere men did that 'ar
watermillion so homologated and
promulgated belong? to the man
who planted that 'ere watermillion
seed that meandered through that
'ar fence into this 'ere man's lot ad-
jacent and thar so consolidated into
a waterrsillion ; or to the man who
owned this 'ere lot so adjacent whar
was so promulgated the watermillion
vine that so exerggitated from that
'ar watermillion vine that meandered
thro' this 'ere fence and bo sprouted
from that 'ar watermillion seed that
that 'ere man thar planted?
Grace Greenwood in one of her
recent letters said : "I drove a spike
on the Denver and Rio Grande rail-
way." "It was a cruel tax" she
says "on my muscular Christianity.
The newspaper report said that I
'drove the spike home triumphantly;'
but I really thought it 'would't go
homo till morning." Now out in
that region when one wishes a man
or woman to drink with him he asks
"will you drive a spike?" and whether
Grace Greenwood did it metaphori-
cally or otherwise is one of the great
moral questions of the day. The
observation about going home in the
morning would strengthen the bus
picion of those who like to put a
wrong construction on phrases.
Currents in the Sea. There
exists in the sea immense currents
which may be regarded as rivers in
the bosom of the ocean ; arteries of
a grand circulatory system that play
an admirable role in the harmonies
of the globe. They establish a sort
of equilibrium between the extreme
temperatures of divers climates
transporting toward tho poles the
warm water of the tropics and con-
ducting the cold water of the glacial
regions toward the equatorial coun-
tries. The sun's rays is doubtless
the chief cause of thi3 interchange
THE DEMOCRATIC STATE PLATFORM
Wheicax. It txome necessary from lime to lime
fnr tho frinr.ds ct eonstitntional coTernmentto reas
sert their devotioa lo it and to proclaim their jirin-
eip'.es npon which snouia ue lowmi.mu .u
when its enemies obtain power to espofe their usur-
pation to the eni that the whale people mny lie
aroused to action to protect iheir rights al tba tuilot-
boi; therefore be it
Itesotvid That the Democracy of Texas hare c:
billing cunlideEce in the devi tion of the Nat'orr
Democratic party w idp currcvr pim;ipi i f.v.-
ment and we pledge ourselves lo co operme with i t
as an integral part thereof in iu futn.e ertbrts to re-
store the Government in its administration lo the
principle on which it was founded.
S. Resulted That we rely npon the bone-tv aud
capacity of the pcon.e for eelf covernmciit.
the free Toice ot the States is the foundation ol the
powen of the Gove nment.
4. Rctolrtd Thattlhe powers of the (Jer-eial Gov-
ernment are restricted to the exprees grants of the
Constltntioa and all powers cot granted are reserved
to the State and the people thereof.
o. ItC4utrcat mat the rfguiaii'iu in suurugeaou e.oo-
lions belong to the ref pcciive States and any interfer-
ence bv the General (Juvercment with Intent to control
either it a grots usurpation of power and the use of
me muiuuy at eiect-luns to in. ir-ujii a
prevent a full and fair exP-810" of tlle'r political
sentiments is utter y subversive of free (tovernmint
and should be re.ited by all proper means until the
evil is abolished aud an honest and nitramtne)!ed
6 Retolcid That tbe abolition of slavery as a re
suit ot war is accepted as a tiled fact and it becomes
our amy oy state legisiauou to provitie for the se-
curity and well being of all classes of men bauve of
foreign born white ur black.
7. Ruelted That Immigration of the white race
from all quarters oi the world be ccconragid and
there should be no unreasonable impediments or de-
lay to naturalization and citizenship the Democratic
party taaviug been uniformly in favor of liberal policy
toward all persons of foreign birth who iu good faim
seek a borne among us-
8. Resolved That we will jield obedience to tile
constitution and laws.
9. JUsaited That we the Democratic- partv of
Texas are in lavor ot a judicious liberal and nuil'ortii
pystem of internal improvements.
10. Resolved That the Radical etatc Government
of Texas has forfeited all claims to the retpect of
mankind by its unconstitutional aud oppressive en-
actments; and to the end that tbe citizens ol this
State and of the United tutes may fully compre-
hend the grievances we are solTring from the wroWs
and usurpations of said ltadical Governuieut wc
charge them as fol.ows:
First In violation of the Federal and Etate Con-
stitution the Legislature of this Slate bus conferred
on the Governor in obedience to his own dictatiou
the power to suspend the wr.t of habeas corpus to
declare tbe civil laws suspended close ti.e courts
relnse our citizens the right of trinl by jury and sub
ject them to trial by a court martlulconiposed ot men
who know nothing of the rules of law and evidence
and this in times of proiouud peace.
Second They have iu violation of the Constitution
likewise at tbe Governor's dictation given him the
power by aid of a police force uppo.nted by himself
and ollicered by men of bis own appointment to sub-
ject our citizenB to seizure of tneir persons and
property and subjected their houses to unreasonable
search without Warrant aud with no probable causa
supported either by oath ur atlirmaiion.
Third That said police have without warrant or
oath or aliirmatiou charging an olieut-c ai d even
when no ctiense had been committed arrested and
imprisoned our citizens aud have extorted from them
as the terms of release large sums of money refus-
iug theui tbe benefit of counselor trial without being
confronted by tbeir accusers or the witnesses against
them and under a threat of trial by court moruul il
they reluso the required sum.
Fourth The Legislatute has by enactment in vio-
lation oi a plain constitutional provision nuthutized
the Governor to remove olhcers eitcled by the peopio
and appoint men of bis own choice in their piace
which power be has repeatedly exercised.
2-7ii -The Legislature has authorized the Govern-
or to appoint lhircy-ue district attorney! when the
Constitution of me State provides that mey snail be
elected and he has exercised this power aud causes
these oliiccrs so illega.ly appointed to bo paid iu the
aggregate forty-two tiu-usaud dollars annually out of
tiie Cjtate Treasury thereby violating tbe Constitu-
tion aud plundering the people.
Sizth -The Lcg;slature has virtually ubo'Uhcd
every check tnut secures the purity of the
ballot-box aud throws dUhculliee in the wy ol a full
vote by compelling the peopx to vote at but one pre-
ciuct in each county on tickets that are not numbered
for future identification thereby rendering the detec-
tion of othciat lruuJs impossible by tailing to adopt a
different mode of voting as authorized by the Con-
stitution. Seventh The Radical party of the State lias ob-
tained power by fraud and intimidation. The Legis-
lature seeks to perpetuate tiiis power by making tho
elective franchise dependent on the caprices ot
registrars subject to appoiuluicnt or removal at tho
capiice of the Governor.
Eighth That the Senato and House of Rip-eseu-tulites
in utter disregard of the laws rc2ula!in; con
tested elections and without complaint iu the xu inuer
and time prescribed by luw ou ei parts statements
or affidavits deprived members ot tbeir seats and
tfaoir constituency of representation in the Legisla-
ture with the intention ot securing fer the Radical
party a majority iu that body.
Ninth -Thit laving been elected for a term of
two years they have contained their existence ai a
legislature lor tnree years by au enactment ol their
Tentli In order lo subsidize and corrupt the press
they have eUblUhcd newspapers in each Judicial
District to advocate the interests of the IUdical p:irty
and although many of them had at the timeot their
establishment no ciiculation ia order to give them
money and support they fcavo compelled public or
private Bitie-B oi uureu oy court ana suies uuuer exe-
cution in any cuumy ct the respective district a to bo
published in the paper t-f the district at a great ex-
pense to the widows and orphans of decaseu persons
auoof creditors of iheir estates although not a single
copy of the said paper might be taken iu tho county
where the sale is to be nude.
Eleventh It has just attempted to remove the Rad-
ical fecuutor who has denouncd their currupiiou by
electing iu his stead a military otiicer. who is not a
citizen of the tate of Texas.
Titclth In view of these high crimes and political
misdemeanors of the Kttdicul party committed
against th great interests of the people of Texas
11. Resolved That we invite all good men what
ever may have been their past political preferences
lo unite with the Democratic party in removing from
place and power those who now control the ftate
Government in order to release the people from op-
pressive revenue aud unequal taxation to insure au
honest administration of the laws and an honest aud
economical expenditure of the public moneys and to
throw the regis of justice and protection" over the
person and prosperity of every individual whatso-
ever in tbe State ot Texas.
From the Schedule of Stamp Duties im-
posed by Act of Congress the following
items ere selected as those most likely to be
needed by persons in business. Stamps are
also required on Agreements Appraisements
Bills of Exchange (foreign) Bills of Lading
Bills of Sale Bonds Contracts Insurance
Policies Letters Testamentary and various
other documents; for tho particulars con-
cerning which a complete schedule must be
Bans Checks Drafts ob Orders for any
amount on any bank banker or trust com-
pany at sight or on demand .02; for amount
exceeding 10 on any person other than a
bank banker or trust company at sight or
on demand .02.
Bill of Exchange (inland.) draft or order
for the payment of any sum of money not
exceeding 100 otherwise than at sight or on
demand or Promissory Notes (except bank
notes and checks) or any memorandum
check receipt or other written or printed ev-
idence of an amount of money to be paid on
demand or at a time designated for a sum
not exceeding $100 .05 ; for every additional
$100 or fractional part in excess of $100 .05
Lease where annual rent is $300 or less
.50 where the rent exceeds $300 for each ad-
ditional $300 or fraction in excess of $300
.50. Assignment of a lease same stamp as
original and additional stamp upon tho value
or consideration of transfer according to the
rates on deeds.
Mortgage of Personal Bonds given as
security for the payment of any definite sum
from $100 to $500 .50 ; from $500 to $1000
$1; for every additional $500 or fraction .50.
Assignment or transfer of mortgage same
stamp as mortgage for amount unpaid.
Powf-r of Attorney to sell or transfer
stock bonds or script; to collect dividends
interest or rent .25 to vote by proxy at any
election for officers of any incorporated Com-
pany or society except charitable religious
or literary society or public cemeteries .10 ;
to sell and convey or to rent or lease real es-
tate $1; for any other purpose .50.
Receipts for the payment of any sum of
money or for the payment of any debt due
exceeding $20 (not being for the satisfaction
of any mortgage or judgment or decree of a
court or by endorsement on any etamp obli-
gation in acknowledgement of its fulfillment
all which are exempt.) for each receipt .02.
Sales. Bill or memorandum of sale or
contract of sale of stocks bond gold or sil-
ver bullion coin promissory notes or other
securities when made by brokers banks or
bankers requires stamps equal to one cent
on every $100 or fraction of $100 of tbe
amount of such sale or contract; wbeu made
by a person firm or corporation not paying
special tax as a broker bank or banker and
when property is not his or their own for
every $100 of value .05. A memorandum
of sale or contract must be mado by the sell-
er to the buyer and the stamps affiled there-
to. Tbe penalty for makiog signing or issuing
any instrnment or paper of any kind whatso-
ever or for accepting negotiating or paying
or causing to be accepted negotiated or paid
any bill of exchange draft or order or prom-
issory note for the payment of money with-
out the same being duly stamped and the
stamp duly cancelled with intent to evade the
law $50; and the instrument shall be deemed
invalid and of no effect.
LOSE STAR CHAPTER No. 6 It. A. M.
meets on the 2d Saturday of each month at
7 o'clock. Sojourning companions are in-
vited to attend.
COLORADO COMMANDERY No. 4 meets
the last Monday of each month at four
o'clock p. M.
Milam Lodare Xo. 23 1. 0. O. F
MEETS on Tuesday in each week -o j.
Johnsons Encampment No. 5
meets 1st and 3d Fridays earh month. (
Austin Lodge So. 12 F
tyv A. 31. meets on the 1st Saturday it
iaaaaS each month at 7i o'clock p.m.
J. F. O ATM AX
ATTORNEY AT LAW
ILL practice ia the Supreme and Fed-
eral Courts at Austin and the District
Courts of Travis Burnet Llano and Lam-
pasas counties. jy23-tw4wl ljr
W. II. GKIFFIX & CO.
LAW AND LAND AGENTS
ATTORNEY AT LA W
TT . Y 3NT X3
.JiS- Practices in all the Courts.
Business promptly attended to.
JAMES II. Ill UTS
ATTORNEY AT LA W
m. a. jloxu
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Solicitor Iu Equity
OFFICE No. 4 Fiois d'Arc afreet.
U . H. BOWEHS.
A. S. WAt.KBU.
KOWEttS & WALKER
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
TWO DOOU3 WEST OK THE T03T-OFFICK
It. J. HILL.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Office with Major W. M. Walton.
5! L ACK WAV IS.
T AW OFFICE
V3t side of Congress avenue Lexl
door to Dr. Taylor's oflice.
T. T. OAM.HACK.
DAT. W. Hl NTim
GA3I3IiGC & IIX'XTER.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
LAID AGENTS FOR EASTERN TEXAS
PALESTINE ANDERSON COUNTY TEXAS-
. W. TODB
ATTORNEY AT LAW
GENERAL LAND AGENT
FOUT JiASOil - TEX A
DAVIE) DO OLE
K.O. GREEK. T. T. T8KL. J. A. COCKE
GBEEX TEEL & COCKE
ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW
SAN AXnTONIO TEXAS
TI.L TRAOTICE IN THE 37T1I 23D 2tTH
iO'.h und 'JM Districts- kM am
JAMES A. FORIIES M. D.
SURGEON AND PHYSICIAN.
n the Avenue opposite Bakt r & Raymond's
V'. W. MARTIW
ATTORNEY AT LAW
TAYLOR COTTON OIN
V. O. demons Brown A; Co. Itlana-
furdirrm Columbtm Ga.
A. B. PALM
IO R THE COUNTIES OF TRAVIS BA3-
TROP Caldwell Guadalupe Bexar Co-
mal Hays Blanco Burnet Williamson
Lampasas and San Sab.i.
The justly celebrated " TAYLOR GIN"
is the most compact and simply constructed
Gin made consequently is more easily ope-
rated and will run a longer time without
repairs than Gins with more complicated
2. It gins rapidly and uniformly turns out
as good samp'.e a3 cin be made from the
3. It is the lightest draught Gin made.
4. The Manufacturers claim that the "Tay
lor" Gin combines the merit of speed light
draught and good sample in a greater degree
than any other Gin.
Mb. A. B. Palm Agent of Taylor Cotton Gin:
My Dear Sir: I now have in use
and have thoroughly tested one of the 50
sa-.v Taylor Gins for which you are Agent
and for thorough and rapid work it is ex
celled by no Gin now in use. This
opinion is shared by my entire neighborhood
and for tbe superior merits of the Gin I
cheerfully teatify. Very trn'y
W. A. OATMAN.
Ms. A. B. Palm Agent of Taylor's Cotton Gin:
Dear Sin : It gives me pleasure to state
that I have seen the working of the Taylor
Gin made by V. G. Clcmons Brown & Co.
Columbus Ga. and I have no hesitancy ia
saying that it is far superior to any Gin iow
out including the Pratt Star or ether Gins ;
that it runs light the cylinders never heat
and is just the thing tbe times demand ; gin-
ning easily lour bales per dny with mules on
a f;fly-3aw Gin. D. F. WADDKLL
Machinist and Builder of Gin Houses.
Sub-Agents W. A. Oatman Cedar Creek;
Stuart & Mair Giddings; B. F. Fry Lexing-
ton; J. Zorn & Co. Seguin; Jos. Minter
Sa-i Antonio; A. L. Keseler New Braunfels;
J. V. Ha cbings A Co. San Marcos; M. F.
"Bell Blanco; Sampson & Taylor Burnet ;
Sheppard k Rocks Round Rock; John Mark-
wood Lampasas and Thos. W. Ward Saa
Saba. A. B. PA I V
We would call the especial attention o
postmasters and subscribers to the following
synopsis of the newspaper laws:
1. A postmaster is required to give notice
by letter (returning the paper docs not an-
swer the law) when a subscriber does not
take his paper out of tho office and Btate tbe
reasons for its not being taken ; and a neg-
lect to do so makes the postmaster responsi-
ble to tbe publishers for the payment.
2. Any person who takes a paper from tbe
postoflic-e whether directed to his name or
another or whether he has subscribed or not
is responsible for the pay.
3. If & person orders bis paper discontin-
ued he must pay all arrearages or the pubs
Usher may continue to send it until the pay-
ment is made.
4. If the eubECribei orders his paper to be
stopped at a certain time and the publisher
continues to send the subscriber is bound to
j.ny for it if be take3 it from the fostodice.
Tbe law proceeds upon the ground that a
man must pay for whut be uses.
5. The cour s have decided that refusing
to take newspapers and periodicals from tbe
postoliice or removing and having tbem un-
called for is prima facie evidence of inten-
11 USTIN TEMPLE OF HONOR No. 5
i meets the first Thursday evening of each
month at 8 o'clock at the Austin Opera-
V USTIN COUNCIL NO. 91 FRIENDS
OF TEMPERANCE meets every Mon-
day evening at 8 o'clock in the Austin
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