The Abilene Reporter. (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 10, No. 35, Ed. 1 Friday, August 28, 1891 Page: 1 of 8
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ABILENE TEXAS FRIDAY MORNING AUGUST 28 1801.
GEO. W. CASHES '
Of Jonea County bat Formerly of
Kavarrd County Texas Gives
His Experience Here.
Mr. Castles was met by a reporter
and speaking of this country said:
"I moved to this country eight years
ago and like my present home very
much. The climate Just suits me and
my health has been very good as also
that of my family which numbers seven.
"I live within one mile of a school
and church and my neighbors are all
"The lands in this country are very
easily cultivated on account of the fine
soil and the improved farming imple-
ments which are used extensively in
"The average of my farm this year
is about 20 bushejs of corn 21 bushels
of wheat one-half bate to the acre of
cotton 60 bushels of oats and about
two tons of millet per acre
"My success in farming has been
very good. Fruit melons and vege-
tables do well and farming pays much
better in this country as compared to
the country I came from.
"Good improved farming lands can
be bought at from 6 to 10 dollars
which are just as good as lands worth
from $15 to $20 where I came from.
It costs from two to four dollars to put
land in cultivation here.
"Cotton and sorghum do well on
sod land; other crops are also raised on
sod land but do belter the next season.
"Good pasture lands are worth from
2 to 5 dollars per acre in my neighbor-
hood. "We have plenty of timber (or fuel
and it is worth obout $2.50 per cord.
I live on a creek that furnishes lasting
water for stock. Stock of all kind do
well especially horses and mules My
neighbors and myself are raising some
improved stock and they are all doing
well. Sheep do well here also.
"Abilene furnishes a good market
for our products and we can buy our
supplies of all kinds as cheaply here
as I ever bought them anywhere.
- "I am perfectly satisfied to live in
this country' and expect to remain
T. T. T.
We are anxious for a terse taking
and truthful description of Alta Vista.
We therefore offer $10 to the person
who will write the bejst T. T. T. de-
scription of Alta V ista setting forth its
superior advantages and special desira-
bility for home sites. The same must
not exceed 30 words "Alta Vista' not
counting however often the words
All descriptions must be mailed to
Anderson & Anderson Abilene Texas.
On the outside of envelope must be
written Alta Vista T. T. T. The
name of contestant must be written on
a separate slip of paper and enclosed
in the same envelope.
The time for receiving descriptions
has been extended to Monday Aug.
31st but no descriptions will be receiv-
ed after that date.
Anderson & Anderson.
The ex-confederate soldiers of Abi-
lene and vacinity will take notice that
an ex-confederate camp will be organ-
ized at the court house next Monday
evening Aug. 31st. The meeting will
be called to order at 8:30 o'clock. It
is earnestly hoped that all who were in
any way identified with the "lost cause"
will be on hand to participate in the
organization Theo. Heyck
Sec. Taylor Co. Ex-Con. Asso
H L. Bentlev President.
A. Private School
Will be opened at the Leavell place on
Oak street next Monday August 3 1st
189 1 . Young ladies and small children
will be received Patronage solicited
by Mrs. M. L. Woodbridce
Widow of Rev Jahleel Woodbridgeof
Wesson Miss. 35ipd.
The public schools open Tuesday
Sept. xst. Examination for pupils who
hare not been assigned to grades takes
place Monday Aug. 31st.
s air notes. 2:
The Great Texas State Fair and Dal-
las Exposition Orioni This Sea-
son' Oct. 17th and Closes
Nov. 1st. Premiums
and Purses $75000.
Libcrati's famous military band con-
sisting of forty-five finished musicians
has been engaged for the state fair.
This musical Organization stands sec-
ord to none of its kind in the Unio.i
and visitors to the fair will have the
opportunity of hearing" the world's
greatest cornetist ProH A. Liberati
the leader of the band.
Arrangements have been made by
the management of the fair associa-
tion with a Chicago party to have on
exhibition at this fall's fair The Japa-
nese Village. The company will con-
sist of sixteen people and the enter-
tainment presented by them will be the
most unique and attractive nothing of
the kind ever having been Feen in the
The grand music hall on the grounds
of the Texas state fair and Dallas ex-
position has been entirely fitted out
with new scenery curtains etc. The
hall has a seating capacity of over
2500. It is now the finest building of
the kind in the south.
NeW attractions are being booked
daily for the Texas state fair and Dal-
las exposition and the management
has in store for visitors something un-
usually interesting in this line.
More than thirty-five counties of the
state have already filed application for
space at the coming state fair. Never
before in the history of the fair has
such an interest been manifested by
the counties throughout the state in
the question of being represented by
an exhibit. The exhibit of the state's
products promises to eclipse anything
of the kind heretofore presented to visi-
tors. School Board Eesolution.
Wiierea- The attention of tjie
board of trustees of the Abilene public
schools has been repeatedly called to
the fact that certain migratory residents
of the country annually take up their
temporary homes in the city with no
other purpose in view than to enjoy
the benefit of our public schools to
the support of which they' in no wise
contribute returning to their homes at
the end of the school term with the
regularity of the annual bird passage
thus inflicting unjust and unwarrantable
hardship upon the bona fide tax payer
of our city the same totally unsanc-
tioned by the trustees and the laws of
the state of Texas. Therefore be it
Resolved That it shall hereafter
be the duty of the school superinten-
dent of Abilene to report all such
transients to the board of trustees who
shall demand tuition fees or cause the
children of such people to discontinue
school in each and every instance
where residence in Abilene is not per-
manent and entirely in good faith.
Board of Trustees
35-2. Abilene Public Schools.
The committee appointed to exam-
ine applicants for the Sam Houston
normal school from this representative
district met last Saturday and recom-
mended the appointment of T. A. Bled-
soe of Abilene ' The Reporter ex
tends congratulations to this worthy
young man and hereby gives him no-
tice that Abilene expects him to meas-
ure strength with the best of the nor-
Mr. J. P. Key of Tennessee spent
several days this week in the city pros
pecting the surrounding country. Mr.
Key expresses himself as well pleased
with the Abilene country and expects
to return in the fall. He carries back
with hirn a favorable report for his
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Some One Will lose a Boy.
If the boys don't stay away from the
passenger trains here will be one or
two missing one of these days. A con-
ductor complained of being annoyed
by the boys and said that they would
pay no attention to him when he told'
them to keep away from the cars. Let
the ordinance covering this be enforced.
Mrs. E. M. Alexander died at her
iister's home in Hillsboro Texas Satur-
day Aug sand and her remains were
shipped to Springfield Tenu her old
home for interment.
Speeoh Made by Capt. W J. Haltby
to the Citizens of his Native Coun-
ty Sangoman nt the Contrpl
Illinois State Fal- Virginia
111. Aug. 6th 1891 as Tak-
en by the Short Bland Be
.porter and Given to us.
Ladies and gentlemen and fellow
countrymen of my nativity We read
away back in sacred history where
Moses sent out a horticultural deputa-
tion to view the land and to bring
back samples of its fruits so that the
children of Isreal could judge whether
it was goodly land to immigrate to.
The difference between that first horti-
cultural deputation and this Texas on
wheels of which I am a delegate is
this: Moses sent out his deputation
whereas the people of the great state of
Texas have sent their deputation to
you with magnificent cars laden with
the grand products of the Lone Star
state and samples of her citizens.
Gov. Hubbard represents the acme of
society oratory and statesmanship
while I your humble servant repre-
sent the wild and wooly cowboy of the
west or the rare old plainsman of fic-
tion that went around with a scythe
blade for a toothpick and a pistol eight
or nine feet long loaded with a ball
weighing anywhere between 25 and
75 pounds with spurs and other
accoutrements to match. Such my
friends are the pictures drawn of
Western Texas cow men but like all
the pictures of Texas they are over-
drawn all but the facts.
Now my friends one of the facts
connected with the exhibit is this:
That 1 have no land for sale and that
I am not interested in any way with
any man or firm that has lands for
sale is one reason that the people of
Texas wanted me to come and the
other reason is my long residence in
the state of Texas.
Having seen the country settle up
through its center from the Red river
to the Rio Grande and the history of
each county has been the same; merg-
ed from stock raising to farming and
each farm has been capable of pro-
ducing all the cereals all the varieties
of fruits vines and vegetables; and' let
me say to you that after having trav-
eled over most of the states and terri-
tories that I believe Texas to be the
best field for the investment of capital
the best for the homeseeker the man
with the hoe to obtain cheap and fer-
tile lands. Our cars arrived on your
ground yesterday after a direct run
from Denison Texas. I was very
tired and had a very refreshing sleep
last night and woke np this morning
perfectly refreshed and my mind wan-
dered back over all my past life; how t
had been a volunteer in the Mexican
war of '46 and '47 and how I had
been in the employment of the United
States on the frontier as carpenter
teamster scout; dispatch bearer etc.
For seven years from the Red river to
the Rio Grande outside of the settle-
ments but was the home of the blood-
thirsty cruel savage Indian that mur-
dered in cold blood defenceless women
and children whenever the opportu-
nity offered When the war between
the states was fully inaugurated I es-
poused the cause of the south for it
was my home; and went through the
war. After the war I followed the
avocation of cowboy and Texas ranger
until peace spread her white wings
over the frontier of Texas. I then
beat my sword into a pruning hook
and my pistol into a plow share and
have since that time turned my atten
tion tD the peaceful pursuits of agri-
culture and horticulture in what is now
known as the Abilene country of Tex-
as. Go and inspect Texas on wheels
and you will say: "Peace hath her
victories as well as war."
And now my cpuntrymen after
going through what I have narrated
to you my heart melts in thankfulness
to the giver of all good that after a
lapse of sixty years 1 have been per?
mitted to open my eyes in the land
where they first saw the light or the
land of my birth-place. Has my life
been spared to bring to yon the glad
tiding of the modern star of Bethlehem
the Lone Star of Texas! These pro-
ductions of the earth are strictly speci-
mens of the fertility of Texas soils.
They were not sent to you by the
people of Texas asking you to sell out
happy and comfortable homes unless
you are perfectly satisfied that you can
better the condition of yourself and
family. We come to let you know
that such a country as Texas- does
exist that its people are law-abiding
and moral that they welcome you to
come that your religeon or politics
will not debar you from the best soci-
ety. But come to make two blades of
grass where only one grew before not
expecting to gather grapes of thorns or
figs of thistles but expecting each tree
and vine will bring forth fruit after its
own kind when pioperly cared for
and planted. To all such we say:
Come; we pledge to you a country
where you can sit down under your
own vine and fig tree where none
care or dare to molest.
WHAT TEXAS GROWS.
Many Things Besides Trouble.
Lone Star Exhibit now tnJCThicago in
Three Bright Red Cam drains
rrulU Woods Stones Minor
alB and Manufactures
Texas rolled into Chicago Sunday
night on wheels. It came in three
large red railroad coaches which were
hauled along the Atchison Topeka &
Santa Fe tracks to Sixteenth street.
There the three cars stood all day yes-
terday blinding the vision of people
that flashed by in riassengcr trains.
Some time to-day the cars will be
dragged further into the city nnd by
to-night may be resting on the lake
front it Stuyvesant Fish makes no ob-
jection. Yesterday old Capt. W. J.
Maltby who went into the Rio Grande
country in 1850 and for a long while
commanded a troop of the state ran
gers along that ragged and reckless
frontier wrapped his arm around an
ear of corn in one of the cars and
said: "Yes suh we raise something
in Texas now besides h 1." Captain
Maltby after tumbling about with six-
shooters on his hips for a quarter of a
century has now settled down on one
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CAIT. MALTBY AND HIS CORN.
of the farms he owns in the Abilene
countr) and is one of the famous and
successful agriculturists and horticul-
turists in the big sprawling state. The
Cap'n has charge of the coaches of the
Texas exhibit. The display is made by
the Texas Real Estate association and
will be rolled around the country for a
whole year. Col. W. B. Slosson di-
rector and manager of the association
is in charge and there are living with
him on the coaches: Emigrant Agent
T. A. Wilkinson of the Rio Grande
railway; ex-Governor R. B. Hubbard
who lectures on the exhibit; W. M.
Fagle the press agent and W. R. Rob-
erts nephew and private secretary of
the governor and advertising distrib-
utor. Captain Maltby is likewise on
the red train and also all over it.
SOMETHING OF EVERYTHING.
There is everything in those cars.
There are products from the Texas
plains and the Texas penitentiaries;
from the Texas fields and the Texas
factories' The products are of this
year's growth and contain specimens
of corn coton wheat oats rye; barley
walnut whhe and red oak bois d'arc
whatever that is cedar gum dogwood
ash holly .persimmon plum pine
maple water-live-oak white hickory
and slippery dm wood. Then there
are gray granite sandstone and
limestone hydraulic limestone fire clay
DOWN AN AISLE.
lignite vegetable marl red and yellow
ochre brown laminate brown hema-
tite coal bnck and vitrified or paving
brick iron ore from 40 to 67 mill iron
silver gray mottled and car wheels.
There are also articles representing the
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manufacture of leather and blankets
all the grades of cotton goods flour
packing and canning house products
And right beside theset ranged along
through the cars are pplespeaches
pears plums grapes quinces beans
tomatoes okra. onions peppers ban
anas oranges lemons cucumbers and
muskmclons. Captain Maltby has a
muskmelon raised on his farm which
is three fjet long and he dosen't brag
on it either. He has it sealed in a jar
now. It was growing when he staited
but it grew so fast and furiously that
AtllLENE COUNTKV DISI'LAV
the people on the car couldn't breathe.
The Cap'n also had some growing
grapes when the train left Galveston
three weeks ago but in coming
out of Lincoln III. the other day the
colonel left the door open the vines
ran out wrapped themselves about the
telegraph wires and during the elec-
tric shock which the inhabitants of the
car received the vines grew so swiftly
that they dragged the train back into
"These hyah ycahs of cawn" said
Capt. Maltby yesterday slapping a big
fat jar in one of the cars "were raised
by me suh down on my fahm in the
Abilene country this spring. The
first plat of six acres was planted
March 15th the second plat of six
acies was planted April 1st; the third
of six acres April 15th; the fourth of
six acresr May 1st and the fifth ot
four acres May 15th. Theah's nine
varieties of large field cawn in thatjih
suh and I consider it the finest ex-
hibit of cawn evah made. I didn't
raise it for an exhibit but just to keep
up a succession of roastin' yeahs. The
ground was sod land and wasn't cross-
broke neitha suh. It never was plow-
ed but twice and then with -an ordi
nary cultivator. Now this hyah yeah
of cawn suh" continued the cap'n
taking down a jar with a roasting ear
in it that looked like a squash "is the
largest yeah of cawn in the world I
raised that myself suh and originated
it. That sort of cawn in Texas is
known as the Maltby cawn or the Abi-
lene country nubbin. This yeah has
thirty perfect rows on it and the grains
are more than three-quarters of an
inch long. That's only second yeah
cawn suh and ordinary cawn only has
about eighteen rows to the yeah. Then
these are nubbins." The captain plays
with kernels of corn that might make
set of false teeth for a horse. These
are just a few features of the exhibit
with which these men arc inviting
the." people from the northwest to
NEW IDEAS OF TEXAS.
A stuffed tarpon the largest game
fish In the world stares at their
visitors from the door. This one is
five feet eight inches long and weighs
110 pounds.' This too is the largest
tarpon ever caught that anybody knows
of. It was hooked at Aransas Pass
near Rockport. Then there is a pretty
table of inlaid woods exquisite in its
workmanship and containing twenty-
nine native Texas woods. It was made
by a convict in the penitentiary and
contains 178889 pieces of wood.
The vividly painted cars are strung
with motoes. Some of tnem say:
Fifty dollar fine and imprisonment
for carrying concealed weapons in
One sheep ranch in Texas larger than
the state ot Kuoue island. jl
No card nlavine in Texas. II
Taxes in Texas 20 cents on the $ too.
If reciprocity has thousands for
Massachusetts it has millions for Texas.
Out west is gone Come to Texas.
Texas laws are better enforced than
any other state.
The cars are covered with Texas
scenes painted in oil. They will re-
main here eight days. Captain Maltby
said there wasn't much liquor drank in
Texas any more. Chicago Herald.
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Attention is called to the notice to
be found elsewhere in these columns
ot the meeting of the ex-confederates
of Abilene and vicinity called for next
Monday evening at 8:30 o'clock at the
court house. The purpose of this
meeting is to organize an ex-confederate
camp to co-operate with the system
of such -camps now being organized
throughout the late confederate states
and such meeting is called by order of
the Taylor county ex-confederate asso-
ciation. This association was organ-
ized on the evening of August 13th
with the following constitutional offi-
cers viz: Pres. H. L. Bentley; Vie-
Pres. J. K. White; Sec.Theo. Heyck;
Treas D. W. Wristen; Chaplain Rev.
C. R. Dudley. There were present
participating in the organization the
following ex-confederate soldiers resi-
dents of Taylor county viz:
J. M Anderson J. W. Anderson
W. M. Alsebrook H. L. Bentley J. A
Beasley J. O. Cooper J. W. Daught-
erly C. R. Dudley C. C. Edwards
Theo. Heyck R. & Hart Tyre Han-
cock T. A. Henry B P. Hankins
J. M. Isbell H. H. Johnson G. A. P.
Johnson C. W. Leake D. Lotspeich
B A. Lochart F. I. Murray W. H.
Minkert.J. R. Mills. W. A. Minter
J. H. Paramore R. Y. Peyton J. C
Page H. A. Porter J. H. Pickens
N. W. Reeves W. M Rowland J. A.
Smith Louis Stahl Thomas Taylor
G. W. Terry D. W. Wristen P. J.
Wristen J. K White.
Since the organization 26 other ex-
confederates has filed their applications
for membership with the. secretary
as follows: A. M. Brown ;R
E. Carter J. II. Christopher T. M.
Blakemore J. J. Clinton L. T. Coch-
ran J W. Durham G. L. Eslinger
Archie Hart Sam'l. Irvine W. M.
Jones Wm. Sanders M. W. McLa-
more W. II. Neighbours. W A.Ross
W. H. Sanders J. D. Stinchcomb
Cornelius Taylor T. B. Thomasson
D. F. Vantrccs E. W Watson P. J.
Watson W. R. Watson T. J. Watts
W R. Parks.
Iti s believed that 250 members will
be on the association roll of members
by the first annual meeting which will
be held in the court house on the 2nd
Saturday in next November next at x 1
o'clock a. m.
A committee consisting of R. E.
Carter T. W. D augherty Louis Stahf
CC. Edwards Thomas Taylor and
the Pres. H. L. Bentley was on mo-
tion oppointed to assist in organizing
camps at an early date at Merkel
Buffalo Gap and Bluff creek and it is
now understood that the committee is
now arranging for such organizations.
The Taylor county ex-confederate
association has a constitution and by-
laws which can be examined by any-
one interested at the office of the sec-
retary Theo Heyck.
Captain J. H. Paramore presided at
the organization meeting of the asso-
ciation with his characteristic officiency
and Captain J. H. Pickens as secretary
and as he always does did his work ad-
Pattern Hats and fine Millinery.
Our milliner Mrs. Harle is now in
the east 'and some of our patterns are
already in. The ladies are cordially
invited to call and see these new goods
We have the latest and prettiest novel-
sics in these lines Respectfully
Don't wait until all the good rains
are gone before having your house
guttered. Go at once to Railey's and
leave your order He is the cheapest
man in town 342
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