The Austin Statesman. (Austin, Tex.), Ed. 1 Thursday, December 11, 1890 Page: 2 of 8
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AUSTIN WEEKLY STATESMAN THURSDAY DECEMBER 11 1890
STATESMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY
A-P. Wooldbidoe President
B. J. Hill Vice Pbesident
Pktton Brown Geneial Manager
Daily per year
Weekly per year
j Invariably in advance.
The obstructionists had better go
Blow. The people are in no mood to
be trifled with.
It will be a very cold day when the
obstructionists are permitted to defeat
the dam enterprise.
To expect Col. Brackenridge or any
other man to pay for the opening of a
street through the city of Austin is
Should the dam project now fail
what a magnificent monument to the
enterprise of Austin would that big
hole up on the Colorado become.
Suppose other parties undertake to
build the road which is not likely the
.om ricrhf. nt wav will have to be
bought for them as for Brackenridge.
Accokdinh to what the Irish lead
er? now at Chicago say in the dis-
patches this morning the Parnell cm-
hmiAin has been settled 1'arneii win
retire and marry Mrs. O'Shea.
The city council gave ' ol. Bracken-
ridge right of way over Fifth street to
the city limits lfow could Col. Brack
enridge avail himself of the privilege
unless the city opened the street?
Fifth street was ordeied opened by
the city council before Mr. Bracken
ridge even thought of building a rail-
road to the dam. Was it just aud
honest to require him to pay for open-
ing the street?
Just now Col. George Brackenridge
and Contractor Corrigan can get along
without the city of Austin better than
the city of Austin can get along with-
out Col. George Brackenridge and
The city gave Mr. Brackenridge free'
right of way through the city over
Fifth street. Free right of way was
one of the conditions upon which he
undertook the work. Councilmen
know this. What motive prompted
certain councilmen to demand that he
pay for the right of way?
Here is what the San Marcos Free
Pross says about one of our townsmen :
"Our young friend Harry Hutchiugs
of Austin is favorably spoken of for j
adjutant general. Mr. Hutchings is
a young man but is well up in mili-
tary tactics and no man could be
found who would fill the bill any better
than Mr. Hutchings."
The advertising committee might
as well suBppind operations for the
present. If aB is probable the
work of Aldermen Carleton Ziller
Assman Schneider Jackson New-
ton Piatt Nitschke and Wingficld re-
sults in ruining the dam project we
shall have nothing to advertise except
empty bouses and grass grown streets
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of
foreign capital have been invested in
Austin purely and alone on account of
the dam. If we now turn squarely
around and abandon the enterprise
we are no better than a set of arrant
cheats swindlers aud scoundrels with
out a Bhadow of honor or of honesty
Shall we bo forced to occupy a posi-
tion before the world so utterly in
famous? No. bv all the gods! No!
Some months ago upon petition of
citizens the council passed an ordi
nance opening Fifth street. It was
not done immediately because the
city had no money to pay for the
property through which the street
would pass. To buy the property for
right of way for Col. Brackenridge's
road was simply to carry out the ordi
nance passed some time ago. It is
something Col. Brackenridge had
nothing to do with and to expect him
or any other man to pay for property
through which the street will pass was
Col. Buackenkidce lias made no
demand for the city to buy an inch of
property for him. He has not even
requested it. The city gave hiai right
of wav over Fifth street a thor
oughfare ordered opened by the coun
cil months before it was known Col
Brackenridge would undertake to
build the road. All Col. Bracken
ridge asked or wanted was for the city
to carry out the provisions of the or-
diance and open the street so as he
could get over it. It was foolishness
for the city to give right of way over
street without opening it.
THE LAND OFFICE. '
It is understood Mr. McGaughey
land comm issioner-elect has intimated
his intention of making a clean sweep
of employes in the land office and that
out of fifty or more only fourteen will
be retained on probation the English
of which means till others can be
found to supply their places. If this
be true it is quite evident that the
new commissioner will begin the du-
ties of his office with a blunder whose
injurious consequences to the interests
of the state and to his successful ad'
ministration ot the office will appear
Like the state treasury the land
office involving a multitude of inter
ests directly affecting the people and
the care and management of the vast
domain belonging to the school fund
and state institutions cannot be safely
or accurately run by inexperienced
men who if the new commissioner's
policy is carried out will be placed in
charge of the office. A new man in
the land office is like a bull in a china
shop and at more than half the desks
it. will fake a. creen clerk from six
months to one or two years to become
familiar with the routine or with the
va6t subject of titles and other mat
ters connected with this one of the
most imnortant denarlments of the
The commissioner elect is certainly
mistaken if he imagines there
is any popular demand for any indis
criminate removal of tried and compe
tent clerks to be succeeded by the
untried and inexperienced for there
is not. The people of Texas want the
departments of iheir state govern-
ment run by competent persons and
iIia vrrv last of their wishes is that
the land office or any other branch
of the state 'government should be
made a mere machine for the benefit
of political adherents or the punish'
ment of political opponent?.
CELERITY OF ENGLISH JUSTICE.
Yesterday in London Mrs. Nelly
Pearcy was sentenced to be hung for
the murder of Mrs. Hogg. The mur
der was committed just five weeks
ago. This is the way the English
deal with their criminals and it is
this that gives such security to life
under that Government. Had Mrs.
Hogg been killed in Texas Mrs.
Pearcy would firs? have gotten bail.
Then the case would have been con
tirued a year or two till some of the
witnesses were out of the way and
the impression created by the crime
had faded from the community. Then
some sentimental editor would have
come out in an article deploring the
sad sad lot of Mrs. Pearcy and ten'
dering to her not to the orphans of
her victim thejleep heartfelt sym-
pathy of the entire community
Then when the case did
come to trial the weeping jury with
out leavinc the box would have
brought in a verdict of "not guilty"
or if they did happen to send her up
for a couple of years an appeal would
have been taken and probably a new
trial granted by the court of appeals
in which case Mrs. Pearcy would have
"come clear." But she was tried in
England and after five weeks not
years sentenced to a death not half
so brutal nor so horrible as that which
she inflicted on her poor victim
whose throat was cut from ear to ear
her Bkull broken and her infant left
dead by its mother's side in the high
way of Hampstead.
THE MEANING OF THEIR VOTE.
Wednesday night Aldermen Carte
ton Piatt Assman Jackson Newton
Nitschke Schneider Wingfield and
Ziller voted aginst buying the necessary
right of way for the Brackenridge road
to the dam. It was a vote calcu-
lated to break down the dam
enterprise to prevent the build
ing of manufactories here; a vote
against the prosperity of the city
a vote for the exodus of people and of
capital from our midst. It was a vote
for the ruin of Austin and dishonoring
and disgracing our city by the annul-
ment of a contract and agreement
solemnly entered into aud approved by
the very men who are now attempting
to break them. In the face of the re-
corded vote and its consequences can
these aldermen be surprised at the
curses and maledictions heard through-
out the city yesterday upon them and
their suicidal and amazing course?
Can Aldermen Carleton Ziller
Nitschke Jackson Newton Wingfield
Schneider and Assman or Piatt ever
redeem themselves and their city if
that were possible from a disaster
whose magnitude and consequences
can be measured only by the years of
Parneu. will do now what he ought
to have done at first.
Indignation is great.
AN ACHING VOID FILLED.
There Were Vacant CnamDers in Hia
Heitrt aud She Filled Them.
"In every house Miss Powelson" said
yount? Mr. Haybenslaw with some agita-
tion "there is a spare room. It is kept for
the use of somo honored guest. In every
heart too" and ho laid his hand impul-
sively on his own "there is a spare
"And we find one too in so many
heads!'1 she murmured.
"Miss Powelsen Irene!" the young man
exclaimed choking down a largo and ex-
pansive lump of rising sik'hs "in my heart
there is a spare room sacredly set apart for
"Only one Mr. Haybenslaw!" she asked
"Do not mock me Irene Powelson! It
shall be a whole suite if you like. More
than that! You shall have the entire prem-
ises if you'll only say so and if that isn't
enough we'll tear down and build bigger."
"This spare room this suite of rooms
Arthur" said the maiden softly "that
you are speaking of how how are they
"In first class modern style Irene" re-
plied the young man with a business like
ring in his voice. "Uncle Bullion died
"Say no more Arthur" whispered the
lovely girl as she pillowed her rich blonde
head on the young man's heart and listen-
ed to the wild thump! thump! that re-
sounded through its spare chambers; "I'll
take them!" Chicago Tribune.
Hi Silence Purchased.
Young Man Sir I have come to demand
the hand of your daughter.
Banker Sir? What do you mean you
Young Man Her hand sir is the pric
of my silt-net!.
Banker .My! my! This insolence is un-
bearable. George call a policeman!
Young Man One moment sir. You
mistake. I know nothing of your affairs
and do not for a moment imagine that you
have been guilty of any wrongdoing. The
silence I alluded to is of another sort. I
nm the young man who practices on the
cornet in the boarding house next door.
Banker Oli! Take her my son aud be
happy. Xew York Weekly.
"Hello Shadbolt! Fine day isn't it!
Speaking of the weather by the way"
"Yes 1 know Dinguss. Speaking ol
the weather Old Probs says there is going
to be a change and speaking of a change
reminds you that you came away from
homo this morning and left your pocket-
book in your other clothes. So did I Din-
guss so did I. It won't work this time.
Good morning Dinguss." Chicago Times.
Judging from Experience.
First Reporter A fire down st reet did
Second Reporter Yes. The engines have
just gone down. It's going to be a big
F. R. How do you know?
S. R. Because it's in a fireproof build
ing.- Cape Cod Item.
liut'K to the Old Homo.
"John" said Mr. Stingy's wife "1
wouldn't buy any more $3 trousers if 1
"This last pair you bought are the identi-
cal ones I sold tho ragman six weeks age
for fifty cents." New York Sun.
"How did you get along on your excur-
"Oh it was half fair in everything."
"Well th.it was nice."
"Not so very. We had half faro on the
railroads and to offset that we had ball
fare at the hotels." Light.
"Physician Heal Thyself."
American Wife What is tho matter(
French Professor (returning from les-
son) Sacre! Zis was tairribble! Zat stu-
pid Yankee pupeel of mine will drife me
crazy wiz hces execrable accent! I'uck.
A Natural Conclusion.
"You have many degrees Mr. Simpson?"
"Yes. I am now John Simpson ft. A.
B. S. 15. I j. LL. B."
"And what are you going to be now that
you have been graduated a letter carrier?"
Intimating Ills Character.
"Trotter is always as good as his word"
"Yes" assented Hojack; "but his word
"I know it." Chicago Inter Ocean.
Ho Knew from Experience.
Miss Cutely What do you regard ns the
most dillicult step in the progress of a dia-
mond from the mine to n lady's finger?
Mr. .Tojon Hustling for the lucre to buy
It. -Jewelers' Weekly.
He Didn't Want To.
"I don't want tor:" ciied Sammy aged 2.
"Don't want to what?" asked his mot her.
"Don't want ter want tcr" replied Sam-
my with a sad little howl. Harper's
Not in the Calculation.
"1 see th.-.t Robinson and some of his
friends have gone into building."
"How do they expect to pay for it?"
"They don't. It's a church." New York
Hi3 LITTLE ERROR.
An Incident In the Career of a Voting
and Happy Father.
The story is on a young Chicago father.
The baby was hia first and he wanted to
"It's a bouncer!" he exclaimed. "Where
are the scales?"
The domestic hunted up an old fashioned
steelyard that had come down from a for-
mer generation. It was the only weighing
machine in the house. The baby wrapped
in the fleecy folds of somo light fabric was
suspended from the proper hook and the
proud young- father assumed charge of the
"I'll try it at eight pounds" he said
sliding the weight along the beam to that
"It won't do. She weighs ever so much
more than that!"
He slid the weight along several notcnes
"By George!" he said "she weighs more
than ten pounds! Eleven twelve thir-
teen fourteen! Is it possible?"
lie set the baby and steelyard down and
rested himself a moment.
"Biggest baby I ever saw!" he panted re-
suming the weighing process. "Fifteen
and a half sixteen! This thing won't
weigh her. See! Sixteen is tho last notch
and she jerks it up like a feather. Go and
get a big pair of scales at some neighbor's.
I'll bet a hundred dollars she weighs over
twenty pounds! Millie!" he shouted rush-
ing into the next room "she's the biggest
baby i n this country I Weighs over sixteen
"What did you weigh her on?" inquired
the young mother.
"On the old steelyard in the kitchen."
"The figures on that ure ouly ounces"
she replied quietly. "Bring me tho baby
John." Chicago Tribune.
At the Football Gallic.
Miss Ethel (between cheers) Did you
play football when you were in college Mr.
Bashful Tom Xo; I went in for base-
ball. Miss Ethel I'm awfully sorrv.
Bashful Tom Why Miss Ethel?
Miss Ethel Oh. I think football is ever
so much more picturesque; and then those
boys hiig and squeeze each other so
But just then Yale scored a touchdown
and the yelling drowned tho rest of her re-
marks. After tho Thanksgiving dinner
though when the old folks were drowsy
from overdoses of turkey and mince pie
Tom artfully led back to the subject under
discussion and ns a result the engagement
but Life betrays no confidences. Life.
His Fond Hopes IMustml.
Miss Sharply I can't imagine what
Ethel was thinking of such a clever girl
as she to marry such a stupid us Mr. llol-
lowhead. Mr. Featherbrain Yes but we don't
know all the circumstances.
Miss Sharply Circumstances! There are
no circumstances that could possibly ex-
cuse a girl for marrying a fool.
Mr. Featherbrain Do you really think
so Miss Sharply?
Miss Sharply Certainly I do.
Mr. Featherbrain (sadly) Then I sup
pose I might as well say good-by. Boston
A Popular Paper.
Jack Meno I hear you are going to start
a newspaper Qnil. Is that so?
John Q'.iil Yes got everything ready.
First number cnmw out next week.
J. M. What are you going to call it?
J. Q. Tho Dollar.
J. M. What the deuce do you want to
give it such a name as that for?
J. Q. Because everybody will be after
it. Don't you see? Cape Cod Item.
An American Flunkey.
"Well James" observed the gentleman
"I hear you got a situat ion as vulet re
"I did sir" replied James; "but it was
too blamed much for my self respect.
What do you think the boss asked me to
do the very first morning? Wanted rue to
help him dress." American Grocer.
Jamesley (a gentleman of leisure stop-
ping Barker who is rushing to catch a
train) I say Barker hullo! Fine day.
How are you getting along?
Barker (sternly) Very slowly; in fact.
I have just been stopped.
He caught tho train. Lowell Citizen.
Hoarding the Lion.
Druggist (crossly) I don't see why you
always come here after your postage
Mr. W. Fearless Gall (cheerfully) Well
it's so convenient you know; you always
have some mucilage I can borrow in case
they don't stick. Puck.
An Imitative Mother.
Teacher Tommy Bingo this excuse that
you have brought me for being absent yes-
terday looks very much as if you had writ-
Tommy Bingo Mother always did write
like nw ma'am. Xew York Sun.
Guest Ouch! Geewhittaker! You've
spilled some soup down my neck!
Waiter l's orful sorry sah; but you see
sah l's so in doubt if you is gwine to gub
mo a tip er not it makes me nervous.
New York Weekly.
A Useful Art.
"The American Institute fair has aa ed-
ucational value. The useful arts are shown
there in detail."
"Tli-.tV ui f li.nl mv linv tliero the other
day learning how to blow a blue glass
yacht." i uck.
Freddy Fungle Papa couldn't the old
patriarchs afford to buy their clothes?
Fangle Certa inly. Why?
Freddy Fangle Because the Bible says
"They rent their garments." Judjie.
"Whv Tommy; why did you slap sister
"She was so darned good mamma I
couldn't help it."-Life.
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Some Explanations Aneut the Dam Enter-
prise. The following explanations are made
for the benefit of "Loflin" who has a
communication in today's paper and
for others who may think as he does
1. The hoard of public works did
their best to get the International and
Central railroads to build the railroad
to the dam site but the companies de-
clined. 2. A spur from the International to
the site will not be of much benefit as
most of the freight has to come over
the Narrow Gunge from Burnet. This
prompted the construction of a road
from the Northwestern's depot.
3. The board of public works did
not hink the citv was in position to
appropriate $75000 or $100000 to
build a road if some private individual
would undertake the work.
Col. George Brackenridge generously
undertook the work provided the city
would grant him right of way through
her limits free of charge his idea
being to make it a permanent electric
He has never demanded or a-iked a
cent for any purpose.
On the other hand he has been gen-
erously building up the city.
He donated a $15000 mess hall to
He generously purchased $100000
of the city bonds and induced his
brother to buy $1000.0.
It was his intention and he was
preparing for it to change his rail-
road into an electric line as soon as
the dam was completed with broad
and elegant drives on each side.
Col. Brackenridge had other enter-
prises contemplated for the advance-
ment of Austin that would have been
worth millions to the community in
the way of attracting other capitalists
to the city.
It was left however to the colopsal
brain of Alderman Ziller to discover
that Col Brackenridge was scheming
to rob the city for which he has done
so much and for which he intended to
do so much in the future.
The appropriation the council re-
fused to grant the other night was to
be used in opening a street that the
council ordered to be opened several
months ago. The street is the one
over which the council granted Mr.
Brackenridge right of way.
The reason Col. Brackenridge
wanted right of way through the
heart of the city was to use his line as
a street railway ; and the reason the
city wanted it through to the North-
western was because Col. Bracken-
lidge agreed to lay a third
rail at a cost to him of $8000 so as to
permit narrow gauge cars to pass over
it something the Houston & Texas
Central and International positively
refused to permit.
The council refused to open the
street and Col. Brackenridge as
"Lollin" will see in this morning's
paper has retired from railroad build-
ing in Austin and if the council
doesn't take steps tonight to promptly
have a road built "Loflin" will see
Mr. Corrigan following Col. Bracken-
To the People of Austin anil Vicinity.
At a massmeeting of the citizens
held on. the 2Gth ult. the undersigned
were appointed a committee charged
with the dut of advertising and mak-
ing known to the masses of the people
seeking homes health pleasure and
investment of capital the many ad-
vantages offered by our city and sur-
rounding country and if possible put
such agencies at work as will insure a
participation on the part of every class
of this community in the benefits of
the great era of progress and prosperity
upon which Texas has entered.
The causes leading our people to
this action are many but so well
known they need not be enumerated
Your committee recognizing them
ha9 responded to your call. On the
day after its appointment an organiza-
tion was begun which is" now com-
pleted. We have entered upon the work
your work the work of the people
of Austin and its viriniiy with earn-
estness and zeal determined if pos-
sible to carry out the trust you have
reposed in us.
We are now ready for work. We
ask you to supply us with the means
whefewith we may accomplish this
work of yours.
ied ourselves and
co-laborers for Austin's welfare for a
six months' campaign. Many oi our
public spirited citizens have responded
nobly with subssriptions to be paid
monthly during the next six months.
We ask you each and every citizen.
aid hv subscribing at
once what you are willing to pay dur
ing the next six montns to mis cause.
We promise that the work of the
committee will be economically ad-
ministered and its business conduct
preserved of record so that you may
have at any time au account of our
It is impossible for us to mop out
or formulate our work until we know
something of what our resources will
Tin amount now at our disposal
would only suffice for a scope of work
far beneath the dignity of such a city.
Our trust h that each citizen will
take a loyal pride in enrolling his
name with his offering no matter
though it be small upon the roster o
helpers in this grand work.
Fellow cifizens Austin has done
and is doing much in her municipal
capacity for herself. Shejnecds now a
work which cannot be so done and
calls to you through us. Let your re-
sponse be worthy of yourselves and
t lie cause.
J. J. Touin
.1. H. Warmoth
T. W. Greuoky
G. H. Lehoi.d
a. p. wooi-dridck
J. M. Boitouciis.
C. II. Mh.lkr
P. J. Lawless
W. R. Hamby
II. P. HlI LAKIl
PROBABLE END OF THE DAM.
Col. George Brackenridge has
thrown up the dam railroad enter-
prise. When at the last meeting of the
council Aldermen Carleton Piatt
Assman Ziller' Newton Schneider.
Jackson Nitschke and Wingfield voted
against purchasing right of way for
the Brackenridge road it was not with-
out a purpose. What was that pur-
pose? As Col. Brackenridge has washed
his hands of the affair will these same
aldermen now appropriate money to-
build the road? If they refused to
appropriate $10000 for Bracken-
ridge's road there is no reason to be-
lieve they will give $50000 or $100000
to build it on the city's or any other
account. If these things be true the-
dam is probably a failure.
Election of 0 Ulcers.
At the regular meeting of Travis
Lodge No. 1015 Knights of Honor-
held last evening the following offi-
cers were elected for the year 1891.
viz : T. Burns dictator ; P. Thomp-
son V. dictator; E. A. Junck A. dic-
tator; Nor val Wilson reporter; John
A. Nagle F. reporter; Joe Schuber
treasurer; W. D Patton chaplain;
W. S. McCrackeu guide; J. Stumpf.
guardian; F. Greideweis sentinel;
John A. Nagle representative; M
Found In the Newspaper.
From the Cresco Iowa "Plaindealer:"
e have never as onr readers for nenrly-
thirty years in this county can testifv
written a 'piifP of any patent medicine.
Duty as well as inclination impel us to de-
part from this studied silence to fay to our
readers and the public that havine been
completely prostrated wilh a violent aDd
distressing cold after three days 'richiing it
with ordinary remedies and (rettim? no re-
l ef from their use we obtained a'bottle of
Clarke's I.xtract of Flax fPapillonl Coueu
oiuiun insiaiii renei ana a.
'eady improvement under its use." Larce-
h I flo nrilw 1 TO Al. r..- .... . . ili c
u .17 v "Jl 'or name's
Y1'; J'rt on J&artti." 25 cents
the above for sale by Satuostz.
To He Congratulated.
The road overseer on the road west
of the Deaf and Dumb institute de-
serves much praise for the manner in
which he has fixed up that hill at the
Bouldin creek crossing. It i8 a first-
class piece of work.
There is eonie talk among the so
ciety young men of the citv of getting
up an elegant inaugural ball for the
The Grange. '
It is said the farmers of Travis will
reorganize granges thrnn
county. The Grange i.
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