The Abilene Reporter. (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, June 9, 1893 Page: 3 of 8
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There is a perennial fascination
about a good poker story. Whenever
vou see a crowd of men 'sitting- around
a table in parlor Or tavern engrossed
in a conversation that is liberally
nunctuated by explosions of laughter.
you may he sure that they ire telling
either me ciass 01 sinnes wmen may
be delicately hinted at as indelicate or
else some reat or imaginary yarns of
happenings at the poker table" says
the Louisville Times. Many of these
stories may be new. But in the course
of the conversation it is quite certain
that some of the old classics will crop
up once- mores stones which been
handed down' by tradition until like
proverbs and folk-sturies and all other
gradual evolutions In the unwritten
literature Of the world they have ac
quired a perfection of iorm and a neat-
ness of wit that not only titillate the
ears of the groundlings but satisfy the
severer requirements of the lover of
art for art's sake. Where can you run
across a bit of finer sarcasm than in
the stoiy of the gambler who was in-
dicted for running a game of chance
and was triumphantly acquitted on his
counsel's plea that the players who
bucked against the bank didn't have
And this story naturally reminds one
of Mark Twain's companion tale of
the judicial attempt to discover wheth-
er old sledge was or was not a game
Of chance. The case came before a
wise judge in the far west. Counsel
Tor the defense produced a crowd ot
witnesses who swore that old sledge
was a game of skill. The prosecution
on the other hand brought forth testi-
mony in abundance that it was a game
of chance. So a modern modification
of the ordeal by battle was accepted
as decisive of tho'issue. A jury of
twelve was impaneled; six of the ju-
rors were old players who maintained
that old sledge was a game of skill
arid six were foolish young men who
declared vainly that.it was a game of
chance The jury'was locked up: the
si couples of jurymen played against
each other skill vs. luck. In less
than an hour one of the partisans of
chance went out to borrow more mon-
ey and before long the jury had
agreed on their verdict and were
unanimous!) of the opinion that old
sledge was a game of skill. t
A variant myth .is equally apt and
pithy. A poker player was hauled
up before a local justice on the charge
"So you were play.ng . cards lor
money?" said the magistrate seyerejyj
"No sir we were playing' for chips.
"Well sir it's all the same thing.
You got your chips cashed for 'money
I at the end of the game I suppose..
"N"! How's that?"
"At the end of the game I didn't
have any chips your honor"
"You're discharged" said the judge
and he snapped it put so quick that
the sheriff turned palo.
One momintr the ianitor of a Chica
go bank opened the door and was sur
prised to observe three rather urea-
looking citizens seated on the steps
the center one of whom had a sealed
envelope held carefully in sight of his
"Want to make a deposit gentle-
men?" asked the cashier who shortly
"No. I want to negotiate a loan"
said the man with the envelope ''and
there ain't a minute to loose. I want
$5000 quickr'n hades can scorch a
"What collaterals have you eov
ernmem?" inquired die bank official.
"uoveniment notlnn". I've got
something tlint heats ..i.ner cents all
hollow. You see I've been sitting in
a poker game across the streeet and
there's over $4000 in the pot. There
are three or four pretty strong hands
out and as I've everv cent in the cen
ter the boys have given me thirty
minutes to raise a stake pn my nana
It's in this envelope. Just look at it
but don't give it awav to these gentle
men. They're in the game and cam?
along to see I don't monkey with the
"But. mv deal- sir." said the cashier.
who had quietly opened the envelope
and found it to contain four kings and
an ace "this is entirely irregular we
don't lend money on cardsi"' .
But ytfu ain't gohig tq.see rne rais-
ed out on a hapd like thatf' whisp-
ered tjiepookcnst. "These fellows
think I'm bluffinor. and I can lust clean
Qqt tie whole gangj. Ypu sej! w.e A)V
playjhy flushes so I've got 'erh right
in me door' ' K
"Can't help it sir. Never heard of
such a thing" said the cashier and
the disappointed applicant and friends
drifted sadly out. . On tli6 corner they
met the bank's president who was
himself just from a quiet little all-night
game. They explained the case.again
and the next moment the superior
officer darted intp the bank seized a
bag df twenties and followed the trio.
In about teh m nutcs he returned with
the bag and an extra handful of twen-
ties which hq flung on tjie counter.
'Here credit $500 to interest ac-
count" he said to the cashier. "Why
I thought you had more business snap!
Ever play poker?"
"Ah thought r.Pt thought not. If
you did you'd know what good collat-
eral was. Remember that in future
four kings and an ace flushes barred
ard always good in this institution for
our entire assets our entird assets."
A common Western saying
"There's a one-eyed man in the
game"meaning about the same as
"look out for a cheat" has an expla-
natory stoy behind it which may not
be generally known. Indeed' it has
pot to our knowledge ever appeared
in print. A little game was in pro-
grew in 0maha Among the partici-
pants was a one-eyed man whom We
shall call FraSer. He opened a big
jack-pot on his first deal. But while
he was giving liitruelf cards a certain
bellicose gentleman named Jones
thought he detected him in the act of
palming a card. Quick as a flash
Jones whipped out his revolver and
placed it on the table beside him.
"Gentlemen" he said decisively
"we will have a fresh deal. This deal
The players were surprised but as
none of them had bettered his hand
save the Opener who made no sign of
disapproval they willingly Consented.
"And now that we start on a new
deal" pursued the colohel carelessly
toying with the handle of his revolver
"let me announce that we are going to
have a square game and if I catch
any son-pfaJgun cheating I will shoot
his other eye our."
History gladsomely affirms that
there were ho more attempts to cheat
in that game.
Traveling in a Pullman car one day
were a commercial traveler and a min-
ing millionaire who owed his fortune
to his faculty of taking advantage of
an opportunity and of his fellow-man.
As the Pacific mail sped along the pair
dropped into a friendly game of euchre
An hour or so passed. Then the mil-
lionaire dealt and turned up a queen.
The eyes of the commercial traveler
brightened as he gazed on his hand.
"I wish we were playing poker" he
The mine-owner looked over his
cards and said nothing. '
"How would you like to change the
game?" suggested the drummer. "I'd
like to play this hand to poker"
The millionaire glanced at his cards
again and remaiked pleasantly: "Well
I don't care if I do but you must let
me discard and take this queen."
"Oh. certainly" was the eager re-
sponse. 'I'll bet you $50 on my
!. "I'll see that and go a hundred bet-
ler." returned the miner.
The comnierciat traveler smiied with
"I'll raise you two hundred and
fifty" he said counting 6it $400
"Well" remarked the millionaire
calmly "if you want to play poker I'm
your man I'll just go you a thousand
This bold bet somewhat staggered
the young man but he had confidence
and a thousand dollars and he called
"What have you?" asked the mine-
owner. "I have four kings" the young man
answered throwing them on the board.
"Then I'll take the money" the
millionaire .remarked. "I have four
aces;" and threw them down bef re
the astonished commercial traveler.
"That's all right" said the latter as
sPpn as he had caught his breath.
"That's all righr the money is yours
but I'd like to know why in blazes you
took that queen."
Thus we sec that there can be
finesse jp poker even as in whist.
Cleverness In Dressing
The cleverest woman in the matter
of dress is the plain woman who con-
trives never to let you know she's
plain. To be successful in this respect
one must have natural good taste.
It's no Use to put oneself entirely in
the hands of a good dressmaker.
Dressmakers need directing. They
can't be expected to know a custom-
er's weak or strong points as well as
she should know them herself. All
women except those with hopelessly
bad figures and no throats pay for
dressing. A gown is usually .becom-
ing if it is the same color as the
wearer's eyes A bright bandeau un-
der the brim df a hat is apt to have an
improving effect. Good taste Is a
thing to be thankful for. Those who
possess It are inclined to value it top
lightly. Philadelphia Press.
Herdso: Ddyou believe in the
faun cure? Satdsp: Yes one treat-
ment cured all the faith 1 had--Vpgu?
A Ceart HanM.
Young County H U a Magyar
nobleman lost his heart to his' sover-
eign many years ago Tall and well'
made and with an exceedingly hand
some face on his broad shoulders
Count H was a young officer in
the Royal Hungarian body-guard.
He wprshipped the empress with all
the ecstasies of x first love and he
waVeady to' perpetrate the maddest
follies in order to win even the faintest
smile of recognition. But he never
had dared to breathe a word of his
feelings to her One night however
dgrihg a ball at the catftle of Sliocn-
bruhn. while wandering by her side on
the moonlit terraces ho forgot all else
Save his uncontrollable passion. It is
true that the exquisite loveliness of the
young empress vas sufficient to set on
fire the brain of any man as she stood
there illumined by the silvery rays of
the harvest mooil. with her Narcissus-
like fairness her great blue-black eyes
looking so abnormally large in her
delicate face and. her ethereal form
cfoude in silk-embroidered diamond-
studded gauze with huge emeralds
glittering on her hair and bosom The
young officer came nearer to her and
suddenly putting out his arms to clasp
her to his heart murmured words of
passionate love. Before however he
could so much as touch her she stopp-
ed him with a glance so chill and so
contemptuous that i$ seemed to freeze
and to magnetize him. He paused a
second trembling from head tp foot
then throwing himself wildly at her
feet he buried his face in the perfum-
ed laces Of ner gown and sobbed out
his love. Far from arousing a senti-
tftent ofjpity in her heart the young
man's despair his words and his
kneeling attitude seemed to her in-
tolerable insults. Sh did not stop to
consider the temptations that had been
placed in his way but drawing aside
with asfsture of unutterable disdain
she left him and disapDeared into the
palace. Two days later; Count H--
was exiled to" his great possessions in
the far south of Hungary and during
many long and weary years he wa
kept there by the orders of the Kaiser
to whom Empress Elizabeth had related
the incident. Hr.rper's.
Prof. C P. Evans writing of eastern
mysticism in the Popular Science
Monthly tells of the exhibition given
in Paris during the exhibition.
The performance topk place every
evening at nine o'clock m the upper
story of the Moorish cafe in the Rue
du Cairo of the Oriental quarter.
Four 'Aissavidya with their sheik
squatted in eastern fashion on a car
peted platform in the center of which
stood a brazier of burning coals. Th
exhibition began with a monotonous
sing-song the burden of which was
the invocation of 'Aissa and Allan ac
companied by a sort of tambourine or
tom torn edged with bells. The music
was at first slow and rather low but
soon went faster and grew louder un-
til it rose to a fearful howl and furious
din. At this juncture one of the fakirs
sprang up and throwing off his upper
garment began to dance with his
hands on his hips his head bent for-
ward and his eyes intently fixed on
the shiek. This dance called Ishdeb
became at every moment wilder and
the swaying motion of the dancer's
body more violent until he fell dawn
in a fit of exhajstlon foaming at the
mouth and his eyes in a "fine frenzy
rolling. ' In tins state of ecstasy he ts
supposed tP be possessed by the spirit
of 'Aissa. and thereby rendered in
vulnerable to the sharpest weapons
and proof against the deadliest poi-
sons. We may add that Soltman at
Berlin prepared himself tor the ordeal
of fire and sword not by music and
dancing but by burning a powder and
inhaling the smoke which however
did not produce any perceptibly stupe-
fying or exhilarating effect upon him.
- In a short time the fakir had suffi-
ciently recovered from his trance to
stund'up and when the sheik pointed
to the brazier ne thrust his hand into
it seized some of the live coals blew
them till they emitted sparks bit off
pieces of them as one would bite an
apple and eageily ate them up. He
then went to a large prickly cactus
which was standing on the platform
plucked a leaf armed with strong
spines bit off a piece; and swallowed
it. With equal avidity he crunched
and consumed thin sheets of glass.
Fragments of the cactus and the glass
were handed to the spectators who
examined them and convinced them-
selves that they were really the sub-
stances they were represented to be.
An attendant brought in a shovel the
iron part of which was red-hot so that
a bit of paper thrown upon it flashed
at once into flame. The fakir took
the wooden handle of the shovel with
his rtght hand placed his left hand on
the glowing iron plate which he also
licked'With apparent rehslft and then
stood upon it with his bare feet until it
became black. This last exploit filled
the air with a faint odor of burned
horn. A sword so sharp that it cut a
piece of paper' in two when drawn
across die edge was handed to the
fakir who thrust it with all his force
against his throat his breast and his
sidi The sword was then held m -a
horizontal position about three feet
from the ground with the edge upwrdv
by the servant Who took hold of the
pointj which was wrafipcd in several
folds of cloth for' the prbtection of his
Hand! and by another 'Aissay who
held it by the hilt. The fakir placed
his hands on the shoulders Pf the two
nten and leaping up bareloot on the
edge Pf the sword Wood there for
some seconds. He (hen stripped and1
resting his naked abdomen on the
dgc of the sword balanced himself in
the air without touching the floor with
his feet the sheik mean-while pressing
down upon 'the fakir's back with the
whole weight of his body. The fakir
also thrust a dagger from the inside of
his mouth through his check so that
the point projected more than an inch.
Finally he took a serpent out of a
box. and after irritating it into fierce
anger let it bite various parts of his
person; at last he himself bit off the
head nf the venomous reptile and de-
voured nearly half of its body.
Having thus gorged his barbarous
appetite he resumed his dance In the
same rapid meastire in which he had
finished it. but the movement became
gradually slower and in due time
after kissing the yellow turban of the
sheik he sat down again "clothed apd
in his right mind"
Another fakir danced himself into a
trance and fed upon snakes and scor-
pions apparently relishing this limited
but piquant bill of fare. In conclu-
sion the sheik himself performed the
most marvelous feat of all: with the
point of a dagger he lifted his right
eye out of its socket so that one could
see into the cavity the cornea assum-
ing a dull glassy appearance so long
as' the eye rested on the point of the
dagger but no sooner was it replaced
and gently rubbed than it became
clear again and seemed to be as ser-
viceable as ever. Several medical
and scientific men examined the fakir
thoroughly after the performance was
over and unanimously declared that'
none of these feats left the slightest
trace of a wound on any part of his
body nor did they draw a single drop
of blood. They furthermore affirmed
that so far as they could discover no
jugglery or sleight Pf hand was prac-
ticed. That these things actually
happened is as Conclusively establish-
ed as the occurrence of any event can
be by human and even expert testi-
The Heir's Predicament.
Heirs to property sometimes ex-
perience considerable difficulty in en-
tering into possession of the same
pwing.to the condition under which it
is left to them. A case in point about
which there has already been a good
deal of litigation in France is furnished
by the. will of a Parisian restaurant
keeper; who departed this life some
years ago leaving his fortune a mat-
ter of 250000 francs tp his two
nephews. To this bequest a condi-
tion was affixed out of which has
arisen all the trouble. The testator
stipulated that instead of the epitaph
usually to be read on tombstones his
'nephews should attach to that which
matked his final resting place a culi-
nary recipe to be renewed dally.' '
To facilitate this he left 365 such
recipes the object in view according
to' his will being to be useful to his
fellow citizens after his dea There
exists it should be said in France an
epitaph committee and the members
of the same absolutely refused to al-
low the condition indicated in the
dead man's will to be carried out
The very unpleasant consequence for
the nepews of the deceased is that it
being expressly stated they cannot
touch the fortune left unless their late
uncle's instructions be complied with
they are in an awkward dilemma
The Dubuque Daily Telegraph re-
cently contained an editorial in which
comments are made on the failure of
several National banks. The enter-
prising writer asserts that the national
banking system is as. much exposed
to credit and irresponsibility as any
phase of the old wild cat or state bank
method ever presented in any state
except that the issue in the case of
national banks is secured by the de-
posits of United States bonds held by
the government. Ndte well the excep-
tion and then ask yourseli the ques-
tion; What was the issue of the so-
called wild cat banks secured by?
Our.c6ntrmporary has apparently be-
come paradoxical. First he says: the
national banks are irresponsible and
second the national banks are perfectly
safe as their issue is guaranteed by
Continuing h$ says that four men
can start a national bank of ioo-
000 capital without investing a dollar
pt their own money by getting the en-
dorsement of some of the wealthiest
citizens in the place where the bank
is to be located buying government
bonds and paying (br them wjth ninety
day notes and afterward take up the
notes .With the deposits received in the
first 90 days the bank is. open This
is a theory which can not be carried
out in practice. First because men
whose names are good for '$25000
are not endorsing notes for irresponsi-
ble parries and Second btciuse the
bank's capita) must be paid in in cash
before the bank would be allowed to
open it doors :FinAncicr. "
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Machine Bepairing a Specialty.
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- - - Lumber Dealers.
We want to say to the public that we have doubled our stock for the
year '93 and arc now carrying a full and well assorted stock of building
material both for city and country trade.
We buy the best the market affords and pay cash for same.
Our running expenses are small and our terms STRICTLY CASfj con-
sequently we CAN and. WILL sell you lumper cheaper than anybody.
Come and see us and be Convinced. Yards on Pine Street Abilene Texas.
Money to Lend
In Large and Small Amounts
Low Rates of Interest
F. S. BRITTAIN
6-13 p Abilene National Bank Building First "Floor.
. R. E. CARTER & CO.
Land and Loan Agents
Office up stairs over Bass Bros. -drug: store
Will loan money on Taylor and Jones county Ranch
and Farm lands. (
(Correspondent of the Anglo-American Land and Banking Co San Antonio.)
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isd Fineid Pastuns
Old Furniture taken in
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