San Marcos Free Press. (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 8, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 29, 1877 Page: 2 of 8
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I. H.IUUAK Editor.-' ( '
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY.
The November cotton crop reports
show that i unfavorable weather has
greatly retarded the picking throughout
all the Southwest. There Is an esti-
mated dccreaso in Louisiana Mississip-
pi and Texas while Arkansas shows a
slight increase. ' i'
The New York Custom-house ap-
pointments were finally disposed of by
the Senate on the 12th aftor an execu-
tive session of nearly six hours. In
conformity with the roport of tho Com-
mittee on Commerce Morritt : was
confirmed . as--; . Surveyor ; aftd
tho nominations i of j .Iioosovplt
as Collector and Puinco i a Naval
Ollicor were rejected Mr ; Conkling
Chairman of the ConimjUeo on Com-!
morce opened the debate; with a. btyof
statement of the. reasons why itbe
opinion of the majority of that commit-'
tee the two .last-named nominees should
not be confirmed. These were in' brief'
that no charges either of corruption or
inefficiency had been made against tho
present incumbents but that' oh the
contrary they were conceded to be
faithful honest efforienced and able
officers. Mr. Bayard then followod in an
extended argument' maintaining the
right of the Executive to mako changes
which in . his opinion. would
bo for tho benetit of the public service
he being responsible for the execution
of the laws and entitled to select his
agents subject to confirmation of the
Senate but without being obliged to
furnish the Senate with a state-
ment of his' reasons. ' Messrs.'
Kcrnan Hoar ' Matthews' and
Gen. Gordon also spoke in favor of sus-
taining the action of the Prosidont. ' A
vote being taken the two nominations
were each rejected by a vote of 25 to S2J
Senators Eaton Dennis Whyte and
Maxey Democrats united with the
m-oat bodv of Republicans against con
firmation and Senators Burnside .ChrisV
tiancy Conover Dawes Hoar and Mat-
thews Republicans sidod with the mass
of Democrats in favor of confirmation.
Gen. Out) in his testimony before the
House Committee on Foreign Aflairs ex-
pressed the opinion that the cessation or
diminution of Mexican raids on tho Low-
er Rio Grande was attributable to the
presence of a large American force and
that the revocation of existing orders
would elate the dangerous' element in
Mexico cause more raids and be an ob-
stacle in the negotiation of a treaty.
A lakge meeting in favor of the re-
monetization of silver washold in Chi-
cago on the night of the 13th at which
speeches were made by a number of
prominent men. Resolutions were
adopted demanding the immediate res-
toration of tho old silver dollar to its
place in tho coinage expressing admi-
ration for the rresident but deprecat-
ing his expressions on financial affairs
and resolving to vote for no man for
Congress who is not sound on the ques-
tion ; also declaring resistance to the
payment of the bondholder save as tho
face of tho bond provides and calling
on tho people everywhere to hold meet-
ings to give expression to their views
and show that they aro in earnost and
that the exigency admits of no delay.
The meeting was very enthusiastic.
Mk. Hewitt of New York has been
appointed to fill the vacancy in the
House Committee on Pacific Railroads
caused by the resignation of Mr. Potter
Chairman. Sir. Throckmorton suc-
ceeds to the Chairmanship of the com-
mittee. As at present constituted the
committee is said to be decidedly favor-
able to the Texas-Paoilio subsidy and it
is expected will report favorably upon
some one of the numerous bills that
have been introduced. The following
miMiilxrs have been appointed a sub-
committee on pending bills in
relation to the cpnstnuion of
of a Southern t raws-continent- j
al railroad: Messrs. Morrison Chal-i
mors I.uttrell O'Noil Blair and Cole.
Messrs. Chalmers and O'Xeil are fa-
vorable to the Texas-Pacific project ;
Mes.rs. Morrison I.uttroll and Blair arc
opposed ami Mr. Cole's position Is not
The political crisis in France has ap-
parently been brought to a peaceful
termination by President MacMahon's
having granted M. lhifaure full liberty
to choose hif own colleagues ia Uie
formation of a Cabinet. The name of
the new Ministers are announced as
follow: M. Dufaure President of
Council and Minister of Justice: M. IV
Man -ere. Interior; M. Waddington
Foreign Arirs; M. Bordeaux Public
nstrucUon; Gen. Borol War; Admi-
ral Tothuau Marine j.M. Leon Say Fi-
nance j M. Toissoreno do Bort Com-
merce i M. Do Froyojuct Public Works
Tho PresTdent's message ia very concili-
atory in its tone and tho Republican
journals genorally express satisfaction
with tho new ordor of things. ; - .
A Constantinople dispatch of tho
15th gives tho. substance of a circular
note dispatched by. tho Porte to the
signatories of tho treaty of 1871. Tho
Porto says that while tho country is not
yet at tho end of its 'resources and is
prepared to fight to the bitter end in its
own defense Europe might now use-
fully interpose her good offices to
bring about peaco Russia has declared
that sho is not animated by a spirit of
conquest and inasmuch as tho Porto
has shown a desire for improvement by
introducing and devising reforms with-
out regard to distinction of raoeorreli-
gion it lis thought .that the honor of
both countries may be. preserved ; wilh-
out further shedding of blopd . .
A collision betwoen( a detachment
of Texas State' droops and' a jV&iy of
Mexicans' occurred at San'Etfz'arib El
Paso County Teas on tho "13th in
which' five of tho "Texas soldiers were
killed also a citizen named Ellis.' The
Sheriff of tho county called upon tho
Governor for assistance and Gov-
' crnor ; Hubbard promptly trans
mitted an account of ! the
affair to I'resident Hayes asking for
Federal troops to aid tho State authori-
ties in enforoing law and order. Tho
old difficulty regarding the right of the
Mexicans to work certain salt ponds
was tho cause of tho fight.'and the most
of the so-called Mexicans engaged in the
affair are really citizens of El Paso
County of Mexican descent. The Gov-
ernment does not consider that the
troubles aro in any degree international.
i Senators Conkling and Gordon had
some hot words during a debate in ex-
exutive session the other-day which
threatened to end in a personal encoun-
ter upon the field of honor. The diffi-
culty; was amicably settled however
through the intervention of mutual
friends and a full record of
the adjustment was by ' the
unanimous voto of the Senate' and
with tho consent of both parties inter-
ested officially entered in the journal
proceedings. This is the first official
record of the kind made in over 40
years the only precedent being in the
case of Senators Poindexter and For-
syth where Henry Clay served as medi-
ator and effected an amicable settlement
of a personal quarrel.
The Senate Special Committee to in-
vestigate tho Mexican border troubles
is composed of Messrs. Conkling Ham-
lin. Howe. Jones of Nevada Cameron
of Pennsylvania Eaton and Maxey.
Tho House sub-committee ot foreign
Affairs to which was referred tho Mexi-
can duestion. is composed of Messrs.
Schleicher Forney and Williams of
1 TunToflicinl survey of Captain M. O
Brown. I'nited States Army inspecting
officer of the jetties completed on Dec.
15 shows a 22-foot channel over
feot wide entirely through the works
which entitles Mr. Eads to the second
payment of 500000. A practical chan-
hol throusrh the jetties was found with
at least a depth of 2 $ feet. .
PERSONAL AND POLITICAL.
The President has nominated J. C.
Bancroft Davis of Xew York for Judge of
Uia Court of Claims vice Loring retired.
P. C. Rice Republican has been
elected Mayor of Boston by ."1 majority a
Republican gain of ovr 5000 on last year's
J. A. G. Riciiakoson Democrat has
been elected Mayor of Lowell Mass. by 78
majority the first Democratic Mayor in 19
Sesatok Pattehson has been ad-
vised that all indictments against bira in
South Carolina have been nolle prot'il.
Cai'T. Gkeese a United States mili
tary attache has received the Russian order
of St. Andrew for his coolness In the battles
of Shlpka Tass and Plevna.
J. W. Coi.lins Republican was
elected State Senator from Beaufort County
i. C at a (.pecial election held on the 1Wi.
Mixister Welsh was tendered a
graud reception upon his arrival at Liver-
pool on the 11th.
Kev. J. J. Bloomer pastor of St.
Patrick' Catholic Church in Elraira X. Y.
was committed to Jail on the 11th for con-
tempt of the Recorder' Court In refusing to
answer a qnrstion put by the Court in ref-
erence to a case of alleged bigamy. The
paMor eland on the proiind of professional
confidence not church discipline.
M u. Xkwtos Crane for several years
the American Conul at Maneheter. Em;-
land who recemly reninitl Lis position
presented with an address at the Town
hall in that city by the Mayor and busineaa
men of that place on the 27th of November.
Ex-Pbe5iie5T Grant arrived at
Genoa Italy on tbeMth and k fl for Ley-
bora on the following day.
. Gov. Richard C. McCormick of
Arizona has been appointed Commissioner-
General to the Paris Exposition.
Hon. Cuarlks M. Runk a promi-
nent citizen and lawyer of Allontown Pa.
and for 10 years President of the School
Board has turned out to bo a defaulter to
tho city to the nmount of nearly JflOO.OOOi
and In default of bull has been committed
The President and Mrs Hayes will
celebrate their silver wedding at the White
11 on so on Doe. 80. t' " '
Senators Conkling and Blaine be-
tween whom for many years there bus boon
a feeling of enmity have finally become
reconciled and are now said to bo good
The Baroness De Bussierre daugh-
ter of Benjamin Holliday tho California
millionaire died In Xew York City on tho
. Hon. John F. Driggs formerly a :
member of Congress from Michigan died at.
East Saginaw on the 17th. ' - ' '' j
i The 70th birthday' of tho poet Whit-;
tlor was celebrated' on tho 17th by a grand;
dinner at the Brunswick Jlouse Boston:
given la honor of the venerable poet by thej
publishers of the Atlantic Monthly. A;
number of poems were read and addresses
mado by Longfellow Holmes and a host of
other literary celebrities.'. . .. '
Osman Pasha's rumored death is of-
ficially contradicted. . !
Pionznag leader of tho renegade-
Apaches in Arizona is reported "dead. j
The Popo's health continues to im-
prove. 1 ' "
The Popo has granted a dispensation
authorizing the marriage of the King of
Spain with Princess Morcedes.
Mr. McCoiurtCK Commissioner-
General to the Paris Exposition is overrun
with applications for: posit ions as Assistant
. J. F.Farley is tho Democratic cau-
cus noininco for United States Senator from '
Lord Derby ran a narrow escape the
other day. His carriage horses ran awoy!
and the driver was thrown from the box
and instantly killed. ;The inmates of the
carriage were badly shaken up but not se-
riously injured. ' '
The publisher of the Osservatore Ro-
mano the dally organ of the Vatican at Rome
has been sentenced to six months' imprison-
ment for libeling the minister of the Italian
Frederick Shurer an estimable citi-
zen of Fort Wayne Ind. after a few days'
sickness became violently insane and sud-
denly seizing his two-year-old daughter
threw her out of a second-story window
causing fatal injuries. He then armed him-
self with unax and drove bis wife and family
from the house after which he lpcked hiin
self in and began chopping the furniture to
pieces. A squad of officers endeavored to
capture him.but with his uplifted ax he held
them at bay or three hours. He was finally
overpowered and manacled and taken to the
The family of a Mr. Roger at Glen-
Wood Iowa were seriously burned on the
night of the 8th by the explosion of a kero-
sene lamp. Two children died of their in-
juries another was thought to be fatally
burned and the father and mother were both
George Ellis a United States Deputy
Marshal on the night of the 9th undertook
to arrest a notorious desperado named Tom
Moore in Casey County Ky. Shots were ex-
changed almost simultaneously and both fell
mortally wounded and soon after died.
By the explosion of a steam boiler in
Clark & Buck's machine-shop at Vincennes
Ind. on the 11th John Miller and James
Coleman were instantly killed. Several oth-
ers were more or less injured. .
A continuance has been granted in the
case of Scott alias Rand tho St. Elmo (111.)
murderer until the February term of the
Knox County Court. The defense will set
up a pica of insanity.
The German-American Bank of Chi-
cago suspended on tho 12th. Its liabilities
to depositors are lfJ.j000; assets $108000.
The stockholders will lose 50 per cent.
Allen Congdon aged 4 years of West-
field Mass. died on the 7th of hydrophobia
after three days' sickness caused by the
bite of a Spitz dog received six weeks
A. B. McCartney of Mercer Pa. was
burned to death In the City Hotel at Bcrin-
ger City To. on the morning of tho 12th.
The hotel was totally destroyed together
with several adjacentbuildinss. .
The Newark Savings Institution of
Newark X. J. which has been doing busi-
ness for over 30 years and has $11000000 of
deposits has been taken charge of by the
State Chancellor on a petition of its man-
agers to insure an equal division of assets
and prevent unfairness from a possible run.
Its business will be continued under direc-
tion of the Chancellor.
The Canada Agricultural Insurance I
Company has gone into liquidation. The In- i
solvency of the President Wm. Angus is
said to have precipitated the action.
The old-established dry-goods house of
Adriancc Robins & Co. of Xew York us- j
pended on the 12th. Liabilities not large.
A business block at Helena Ark. coin- :
prising the Post-office and several business
houses was burned on the night of the 12th. '
A portion of the Miiburn Wagon Com- i
pany't works at Toledo O. was burned on
the 13th. Lost about JVW fully insured.
Waton J. iyidreth and James M.
Tighe two younz men of steady habits and j
professed piety who carried on a Law and i
Collection Agency at S'l Broadway Xew :
York have both absconded. Their cus- !
tomer hare been swindled out of from V-
OW to Kiir1 money which they collected
and appropriated to their own use.
The Taunton Mass. Savings Bank
... . i
inary which were Isolated buildings and re-
main uninjured affording sufficient accom-
modation to the pupils.
John A. Van Molt Sergoant of Com-
pany A Third United States Cavalry was
shot and killed by a private named Kennedy
while the command was en route to the
Black Hills. Kennedy was arrested and
placed under guard but during the night
the soldiers ovorpowered tho guard and
hung Kennedy to the ridge-pole of a tent.
James McLendon colored was hang-
ed at Bastrop' La. on the 14th for tho inur-
nor of-C. M. Evans in Septomber 1870.
"John Jones colored was hanged at i
Mavlanna Ark. on the 14th for the mur-
der of Joseph Calwell also colored about
one year ago.
A notorious outlaw and murderer
named Schumme was taken from the Jail at
Georgetown Col. on the loth and hanged
by a mob.
Alfred Jones.aged 72a farmerresiding
in the vicinity of Linnville Licking County
0.onthel3th deliberately killedhls daughter
Susanna aged about 42 with a hatchet after
which he walked to town a distance of eight
milts and surrendered himself to the au-
thorities after giving them full Information
regarding the horrible affair. The father
suspected the daughter who kept house for
him of improper intimacy with some of the
neighboring men and while in a lit of angeri
caused thereby committed the murder. He
has lived in Licking County over 43 ycars.and
was universally regarded as a worthy and
Near. Lawrenoevillo Dearborn Coun-
ty Ind. on tho 12th Joseph Kuntzlcr was
killed by his own son a boy aged only 13;
who Bhot him in cold blood as he was return-
ing home from town. The parricide after
being arrested confessed to the shooting but
said that he was instigated to it by his
mother who deliberately planned the mur-
der and after his father was shot she took
the gnn and placed it by tho side of the mur
dered man in order to make it appear that '
ho had shot himself which was tho story j
tha$ they had agreed to tell. Mrs. Kuntzlcr j
was seeking a divorco from her husband.
Mother and son are both Imprisoned.
A popular variety singer in New Or- I
leans was dressing for the stage a few nights I
ago when the lamp in her room exploded. I
In a few moments she was a corpse. I
J. D. Easter & Co. of Chioago the j
largest dealers in agricultural implements '
in the Xorthwest have made an assign- !
mcnt. They claim to have a quarter ol a
million dollars in farmers' notes duo and
Sam. Holmes a noted Kentucky des-
perado who shot and killed Sheriff Xapier
of Lincoln County in 1801) was captured on
the Kith and is now safely lodged in Jail.
There was a standing reward of $1800 otter-
ed for his apprehension. I
Mrs. Frank Flynn of Providence R. j
I. was fatally burned on the 14th while klndn j
ling a fire with kerosene j
Ham and McCullough two 'of the i
Kansas City forgers of Texas land titles
have been sentenced at Austin Ham to 10
years and McCullough to six years in the I
Texas Pcnnitentiary. Tullis one of the
Texas partners has been sentenced to seven j
A Tucson (Arizona) dispatch 17th
says that Gan. Hucrato former Governor of
Sonom Is reported In Mexico with 2000 i
American filibusters stationed near tho So-
nora line preparatory for an Invasion of
Pesqiiardno. A Mexican man-of-war had J
arrived at Guyamas to look into the matter i
and several thousand troops are concen- j
tratcd nt Mazatlan.
Boot Alexander colored who mur-
dered Thomas Daughty near Murfrcesboro
Tenn. was taken from the jail by an armed
mob and hanged on the night of the 14th.
Tho Springfield (111.) Savings Bank
suspended on the 18th. - Its financial diffi-
culties date back to the panic of 1873.
What the Cat is Kept For.
A few days ago a teacher in one of
the primary schools in a city not far
from Boston was instructing her lowest
class ia natural history. Her subject
was the cat and its habits and as she
proceeded with her remarks she was
charmed with the wrapt attention of her
diminutive auditors. After her talk
was over she proceeded to question her
scholars in order lo see how much they
knew of the subject under considera-
tion and many were the answers
showing that she had not wasted her
effort that she received. At last she
said to the smallest of her boys a little
mite with chubby cheeks and glistening
"Johnny what does your mother
keep a cat for?"
M To lay kittens" was the nnexpect
The questioning for that session came
to an abrupt tad. Lotto Pol.
has suspended payment. It Is reported tnai t
depositors will be paid In full. .'''!
Edward Wyatt and FrankWobstor (
United States special revenue oilloors wero
seriously wounded In a recent raid upon
"moonshiners" In Cumberland County Ky.;
Wyatt lost an eye and Wobster was wound- ;
ed In the head. '
Tho mail coach from Santa Fe Now
Mexico bound East with three passongers
was robbed on the night of the 11th by arm-
ed highwaymen. The robbers went through
tho passengers reoelvlng from them and the
driver about $1000 In cash. They then un- ;
hitched tho leaders of the coach-team and j
rode them away. j
The University building at Lake For-1
est near Chicago was burned on tho 15th. j
It cost $S0000 and was Insured for $15000. j
The valuable library was saved. Tho school .
will continue without interruption the Pre-
paratory Department Acadomy and Sem
Cattle Plains of Colorado
Running all night through an agri.
cultural (district wo approached
towards morning those ; great plaing.
stretching along the Valley pf- the Ar-
kansas River formerly thought to be
utterly worthless but to-day feeding oa
their nourishing grossej I numberless
herds of the finest cattle in the country.
In every direction trails cross and re-
cross each othorj some having been
mado by the thousands of buflhlo who
formerly crowded the valley and others
by the cattlo which come to drink of the
waters of the Arkansas. From Dodge
City to Pueblo the cattlo are frequently
seen some herds numbering fifty or a
hundred while others mount up into
tho thousands. They aro never herded
as wo understand the term; but twice or
three times a week the ." cow-boys" as
the herders delight to call themselves
circle the range of their employer this
necessitating sometimes a ride of twen.
ty miles and see that tho cows" are
not straying too far or are not being
molested in any way. Once every fall
tho "roundup" occurs whon the calves
are branded tho herd counted stray
brands sorted out and then all are turn-
ed out again. This cattle business is
growing to enormous proportions and
offers a splendid field for thcjse whose
health does not admit of close confine-
ment being much less arduous and
more remunerative than farming: At
Lakin Station we 'stop for breakfast.
This is the wildest spot on the road the
hills in the immediate neighborhood
abounding in deer and antelope while
not unfrequently small herds of buffalo
cross the track within sight of the
house. Our host served his guests good
slices of buffalo hump for breakfast his
assertions to this effect being simply at-
tested by two reeking hides and shaggy
heads that were lying close at hand. A
great many tourists stop here during the
season to enjoy the hunt the landlord
being quite a Nimrod and owning all
the necessary "outfit" dogs guns and
horses. The vegetation is almost en-
tirely sage bushes mesquite and spear
grass tho two latter being the most fat-
tening that are known for cattlo and
possessing the advantage over other
grasses that during tlio' entire winter
though apparently dead they are full of
sustenance. Cor. Baltimore American.
A Texas School Ma'am's Feat.
Until a few days ago we have had a
dreary succession of wet days and the
accumulated rainfall has filled our tot-
oughfares and lowly places tooverflovv-
ing. How to get over the
gutters has been a problem of
our daily life ; and how differently do
people manage in such a damp strait!
One man will clear as wide a space as
six feet with an easy bound ; another
will hesitate upon the brink nervously
put out a step miss the other shore and
moisten both shoes in the dirty surface
water But the ladies how are they
dear creatures to essay tho passage of
the horrible crossings with safoty alike
to skirts and modesty? Ah that
is a question. ( 'twere hard to
answer. I'll tell yon though how
one young lady managed in a very dis-
agreeable event of a whole street under
water to my personal knowledge by
eyesight. ' She. was a prettj- school-
ma'am in an East End institution of
learning and at the close of her day's
labors was returning home in company
with a number of her' merry school-
children. It had rained very hard that
day and Broadway at the intersection
of Tenth Street was a sea to the depth
of the knee for the pupils who plunged
in to their evident enjoyment of tho sit-
uation. The young but sensible teach-
er thought a moment tiien dolled shoes
and stockings and with her skirts held
up.bravely waded across: the great ad-
miration of her scholars in whose glee-
some shout a grave' young man passing
at the time felt sorelv inclined to join.
j A Dying Woman's Revelations.
On Tuesday afternoon of this week
: Mrs. Messick wife of James Messitk of
: Laurel Del. went into a trance and
remained in that condition twenty-four
1 hours. She came out of her comatose
condition on Wednesday afternoon
! about 5 o'clock and it was very appar-
ent that her dissolution was near at
hand and also evident to her friends
1 and watchers that there was something
' which she desired to say. Her deepest
grief and sorest trouble seemed to b
that she had long aociated with per
sons in whom she had the greatest coa-'
fidence but in her vision she had lean-
ed that they were black at heart. On
gentleman in particular she talked of
whom she said was an open profess
and made great professions but in
heart he was a deplorable hypocrrt-
After begging her friends to warn hj"J
and a few others to do better andle
a new life she turned over with h1-f?
toward the wall and gently passed aJ'
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