Brenham Banner. (Brenham, Tex.), Vol. 43, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 14, 1908 Page: 2 of 8
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iCf.pyrtsht. by j.«--i'h B. Bowles.) j fashionable club, making wild guesses
The politician who is following the j with the rest of them as to how na
calling fur a livelihood eats, thinks tkvnal politics looms up. At twelve
and sleeps politics. You cannot get > that night you may be addressing for-
him off the track, He finds little in- j ty or fifty people in a little hall back
terest in anything else. All his read- j of some saloon. You must be prov-
ing, outside of the papers, is on po- ! paired to meet all kinds of people at a
litical topics. He keeps track of past minute's notice, and you roust bo able
elections and past, ward votes, knows o understand them and adapt your-
bow his ward has gone, will go, and j self to them instantly and easily, or
ought to go in the future. He is the t you will be lost in political society,
life of *.'! political assemblages, for j Suppose you happen to drop in at
he has the air of the expert and the | down-town headquarters where they
glibness of an "illustrated lecturer." i are waiting for a meeting to be called.
He • attends the "wakes," funerals, There may be twenty to thirty men
dances, parties, baseball and football j about, some sitting in chairs reading
games, christenings, church fairs, pic- j or talking, some at a card-table play-
uios and all other social happenings, ; ing a friendly game of cinch, others at
and gets himself voted "the most pop- a pool-table or a billiard-table. Can
uiar man" whenever he has a chance, j you play cards? Now, of course, it is
***** * | not absolutely essential that you can;
I remember that at one political ! but if you can make a hand at one
Jamboree there was a "beauty show" > card-table or "pocket eight balls from
and 1 was appointed one of the Judges, the break," or play a fair game of bil-
The other two judges were "pulling ! liards you are a more welcome mem-
together," and I saw I was "double- ! her of society in that strata of politi-
crossed" before the "beauties" went ; eal existence.
on the platform. In front of the plat- : And if it should happen that you
form there was a big crowd on the j joined a group at some "high-toned"
chairs, and they were filled by the re- ; political club, where some topics such
epeetive adherents of the contesting ; as literature, art, science, invention or
"fair." I had innocently supposed ; similar matters were being discussed,
that things were "on the square" until i and could hold your own in conversa-
I was approached by one of the judges | tion, you were "making a hand" there,
with the idea that the first prize ought j the same as at the more plebeian
to go to a certain girl who, to my no-1 game of cinch. Nothing that a man
tion, was not within a thousand miles * has learned with his head or his hands
of being first in the race. I put up j but what will come in handy in poli-
euch a fierce "kick" that the other tics.
Judges got a little bit uncertain, and
at last, as first and second prizes were Political club meetings, in the cas"
both gold watches, they agreed to let j of the down-town organizations, tool:
me select. Xo. 2 if I would vote for i place every Sunday in my time. They
their choice for first prize. ' were enlivened by the admission of
When Xo. I's name was announced j new members, the reading of reports
a groan went up from the crowd, ac- and making of motions, speeches, and
companied by a cheer from one cor- always something in the way of a
ner of the seats where the winner's . vaudeville stunt by either a member
partisans were bunched. When No. ! of the club or some outside talent.
2's name was given she was cheered j These down-town meetings were valu
by a big majority of the crowd, and I j able in bringing the leaders of the
was satisfied my eyesight was still different wards together and affording
good. Xow for both of these girls the j them an opportunity to exchange po-
vote had been solid, three votes for litical news arid to discuss the coming
each. When it came to No. 3—and spring or fall campaign. They were
ther*- were only three prizes worth always largely attended, and it was a
anything—1 did a little "double-cross- disgrace for any ward to be called
lng" myself. One of the judges pro- ; upon for information of any sort and
posed a girl who had a face like a not have a representative on hand. A
custard pie at twilight. The other ' disgrace that I never knew to happen
judge said. "Sure, that's the one!" I ; but once. No matter what the weather
had selected a girl for this prize and j was the "faithful" were on hand,
had got her name, so I said to judge The president opened the meeting
in, together with other raiment, club
dues, tickets to various dances and
entertainments, and in fact, from
morning until night, day in and day
out. to "sift." your salary steadily into
The "grand balls" were of course
the most important functions given
by the party. They were attended by
everybody, including the mayor, arid
he led the grand march. It was a
lively time, and diamonds were as
plentiful as blackberries. Full-dress
suits were largely in evidence, and
the dancing kept up until morning.
At such a ball the extreme opposit.es
of political life met, once a year, and
the occasion was one to be remem-
bered. Judges, with an eye to possible
or probable re-nomination, were not at
all too proud to attend, and occasion-
ally some of the city's elite attended.
just for the novelty of the thing. A
woman might be led out by an ex-
governor of the state for one set, and
the next set—
"talse a turn down the middle
With the man that shot Sandy McGee."
It was a truly cosmopolitan gather-
ing, unique and picturesque, and rare-
ly was there any disturbance that
amounted to anything.
! waltz tune at. the platform you could
go up and "pivot" with your partner,
I just to show that you were not proud,
| or that you knew how to "reverse."'
Dancing went on all the time, couples
coming and going and round dancing
being succeeded by quadrilles. Some-
times a lithe and sinuous jig-dancer
got a space cleared for himself to dis-
port in, and great was the enthusiasm
when some girl would accept a chal-
lenge and come out. on the boards to
do a turn with the jig-dancer. Such ad-
vancing and swaying and retreating;
! such apparent indifference and then
i unexampled vigor; such a hammering
| of the boards and turning and twist-
I ing, until at the end the crowd roared
j its approval and the dancers disap-
peared among the spectators.
No. 2. "Where's your lady?" He
pointed to her and I said, "Out of
eight; but we'd better split the votes
this time; you vote for Miss " giv-
ing him the name of my choice—"so
and the utmost freedom of discussion
was allowed in any debate which
might arise. Sometimes a recess was
declared, and the men talked and
smoked until the meeting was called
that the crowd won't have any holler i to order again. It was amusing to see
coming on the split; two votes to ono j how those of the gathering who were
will win out anyway." I office-holders were regarded. If their
He did as suggested, but as I also \ position gave them no "distributive"
voted for my choice the look of dis- j power, they were looked on as merely
gust that overspread his features happy accidents," and not ranking at
when he saw how he had been "horn- j all with those office-holders who had
swoggled" was something classic. Cut jobs" to sort out. In neither of my
all he said was "Holy gee!" j own positions did I have the appolnt-
I ment of even so much as a day-laborer
After a roan has been mixed up in ; at my disposal, so I waB merely "a
politics for a year or so be begins to j lucky guy" In fact I was lucky in
perceive that politics has as many an- more ways than one, for not having
gles in a social way as the game of : anything to give out I was not both-
Another and more common phase of
political social life was at the saloons.
Here the ward politicians gathered,
not only to talk politics, but to roll
ten-pins, play pool and, at the card-
j tables, "play for the drinks." The
| amount of social intercourse thus had
in a large city is enormous. After the.
ordinary ward politician had eaten his
supper he would be read? to engage
in his political cruising, and he could
usually find a bunch of men at the
bowling alleys, or in the card-room of
his neighboring saloon. I went
through a great many political fights
and skirmishes, big and little, and ex-
cept just at election times I saw verv
little drunkenness. But there was no
doubt that the workingmen and me-
chanics gathered at the saloons to
see each other. And there was no
doubt that, they spent money there:
maybe more than they should have
done. But that was where they went
to find companionship; to meet their
"society." I have often gone to the
swell political clubs and there met. the
professional men, lawyers, doctors
and professors, business men of large
interests in various channels, and
they sat at the tables and drank their
wine where the ward fellows drank
beer, and they played "bridge" or
"poker" where the ward men played
"cinch," and when you come to the
question of which is moral and which
is not, I leave it cheerfully to every
man for himself to judge.
"three-cushion caroms." The variety
of gradations is so widely diversified
and the intervals so abrupt that it
takes a truly cosmopolitan spirit to
euccessfully "take the degrees." At
four o'clock in the afternoon you may
be touching glasses with a young me-
ered by applicants.
These meetings always arranged
for the parades, the marching trips
and the "grand balls" which were
given. Don't imagine it did not cost
anything to mingle in political society,
chanic at a rathskeller" In a friendly ! poiite and otherwise. You were able
chat over your beer as to how things to buy tickets to the balls, chances on
look in bis end of the ward. At 6 p everything that could be raffled for
m. you may be dining with a bunch of the benefit of some needy politician,
Judges and party magnates In som« ' badges and gloves, plug hats to inarch
Every year, and always in the good
old summer-time, the swell picnic was
held, generally away out in the coun-
try in some grove. And here political
society disported itself in its gayest
and gladdest "rags," and gave itself
up to unalloyed festivities of all sorts
and kinds. There was the fat man's
race, the sack race, chasing the
greased pig (so politically suggestive),
the tug-of-war between the firemen
and policemen's teams, the dances, the
speeches, the bowling alleys, the "nig-
ger baby and baseball" stand, the um-
brella and cane game, the lemonade
stands, the wandering minstrels, and
the "shell game." You could spend
your money a little at a time at the
diversified amusenents, or you could
have one swift thrill and lose it all at
When the band struck up a favorite
Political society at the picnics, dem-
ocratic as it seemed at first blush, had
its lines of demarcation, which were
quite noticeably drawn. The wife and
daughters of the "big boss" were oil
hand, together with the women-folks
j of the various office-holders, but they
i (! 1 not mingle with the average lady
| picnickers. They sat by themselves
in something of exclusive grandeur,
and were pointed out by the more
ordinary of the merry-makers to their
Sometimes a possible presidential
candidate graced the occasion by his
presence and consented to hand out a
sample of silver-tongued oratory. But
I never heard one yet who could draw
away any of the attendance at the
baseball game or the fat women's race.
There's a limit, even to oratory.
Great was the consternation when,
as sometimes happened, the flood-
gates-of heaven opened and drowned
the picnic grounds. The last political
picnic I attended commenced on a
very threatening day, and at last the
clouds seemed to make up their minds
to sweep the grounds. Our party had
taken alarm, with a number of others,
and had gone down the track to where
the first train to town was stationed.
The crowd got there and jammed the
train instantly. Just opposite the pic-
nic ground, and a half mile from us,
was a wide platform, uncovered, on
which stood hundreds who were wait-
ing for this train. "Let her go, Sam,"
said the conductor; "no stop till we
get to Chicago." Away we went, and
as we passed the picnic grounds hun-
dreds more came down through the
drenching showers in white dresses
that stuck to their limbs and straw
hats that were being soaked to ruin.
But the train went past regardless of
their yells, and as it went by the car
windows were raised and the chorus
of the latest song was waited Into
"Oh' ain't dat awfij,
Ain't dat a shame;
To keep my baby
Out in the rain.
LORE OF WASHING DAY.
Points That Will Be of Interest to the
In thinning the starch, after it has
been made clear with boiling water,
sold water may be used, and make
the starch a more comfortable heat.
After wringing the muslins, shake
them well, smooth put and let them
lie for some lime rolled up in a towel
Muslin must be ironed wet. If al-
lowed to get dry, it will have a rough
appearance When ironed.
Iron on the right, side to give it a
gloss, and the way of the thread as
much as possible.
When ironing a large piece of mus-
lin, keep as much covered over at one
time as you conveniently can, to pre-
sent it becoming dry. Should the
material dry before it is ironed, damp
it. down very evenly with a wet towel,
cot. missing a piece, or it will not look
Embroidered muslin should be
Ironed on the .wrong side, to raise the
pattern. Spotted muslin should also
be ironed on the wrong side, unless
the spots are pretty far apart, when
it may look better ironed first on the
right side to give the muslin a gloss,
and afterward ironed over the wrong
side to press out the spots.
In ironing colored muslins, do not
use the iron too hot, as it is apt to de-
stroy the colors.
Muslin trimmed with lace should
have the lace ironed first. It' the mus-
lin feels too stiff after ironing, the
fault can be remedied by putting it
through water and ironing again.
Air well after ironing, or the gar-
ment will become limp.
WOOLEN GARMENTS IN WASH.
Inclose in Cheesecloth Bag Before
Immersion in Water.
The very best way to wash sweat-
ers, babies' saeques; leggins and af-
ghans—in fact, all garments knitted
or crocheted—of wool is to sew the
article in a bag of cheesecloth or
mosquito netting. Then wash the bag,
with its contents, in soft water with a
good white soap. The water must not
be cold; neither must it be very hot,
and, of course, the soap must never be
lubbed into the bag, the water being
After rinsing in several waters,
which must be of the same temperature
as the soapy water, rip the garment
from the bag, but do not hang it on a
line to dry; lay it. flat on a table with-
out stretching; place in the air to dry;
if colored, avoid the sunlight as it will
Some ammonia in the water helps
to keep wool garments soft. The dis-
astrous experience that many people
have had in washing sweaters is due
to the fact that they wring and stretch
them, which should never be done.
Simply crush the bag to squeeze out
the water, but do not wring.
This woman says that siclt
women should not fail to try
Lydia E. lMnkham's Vegetable
Compound as she did.
Mrs. A. Gregory, of 2355 Lawrence
St., Denver, Col, writes to Mrs.
" I was practically an invrlid for six
years, on account of female troubles.
I underwent an operation by the
doctor's advice, but in a few months I
was worse than before. A friend ad-
vised Lydia E. Pinkliam's Vegetable
Compound and it restored me to perfect
health, such as I have not enjoyed in
many years. Any woman suffering as
1 did with backache, bearing-down
pains, and periodic pains,should not fail
to use Lydia JE. Pinkham's Vegetable
FACTS FOR SICK WOMEN.
i For thirty years Lydia E. Fink-
ham's Vegetable Compound, made
! from roots and herbs, has been the
i standard remedy fur female ills,
| and has positively cured thousands of
women who have been troubled with
displacements, inflammation, ulcera-
tion, fibroid tumors, irregularities,
periodic pains, backache, that bear-
ing-down feeling, flatulency, indiges-
tion,dizziness or nervous prostrat ion.
Why don't you try it ?
Mrs. Pinkham invites all sick
women to write her for advice.
She lias guided thousands to
health. Address, Lynn, Mass.
Platters with Planks.
For planked fish and meats a special
piatter has been designed which can
be brought to the (able without re-
moving the food from the plank as it
is taken out of the oven. The platter
is wrought of copper in the shape of
j an oblong dish, rather shallow and
with good sized handles at either end.
The flat rim of the platter shows the
marks of the instrument, used in shap-
ing it, a hallmark of its genuineness.
The flat piece of hard wood is just the
right size to fit inside the copper
platter. It is probably 18 inches long
and five wide. Through the cen-
ter are tiny depressions which
hold the juice of the meat and the fish.
Copper dishes are not often used for
the table, but for such courses as
planked fish or planked steak they
make a pleasant variation from the
customary silver and china ware.
His First Impression.
They stood by the lake. She
from lioston and poetical.
"Are you romantic?" she chirped
after a long silence.
"Exceedingly," replied the Chicago
man as he lit another black cigar.
"Ah, I am so glad to hear it. What
does yon yellow half moon remind
The Chicago man was thoughtful.
"Well, to tell you the truth," he re-
sponded, after a minute's meditation,
"it reminds me of the half of a
pumpkin pie and—"
But the Boston girl was gone. Such
a gross allusion to fair Luna waa
more than her aesthetic nature could
Bring one quart of fresh sweet milk
to the boiling point, then drop into it
a tablespoon at a time the whites of
six eggs dry whipped. Let cook three
minutes, then skim carefully and
stand aside. Beat the yolks smooth,
then add to them a pinch of salt and
sugar to sweeten to taste. Pour over
the mixture a portion of the hot milk,
then add to the remainder and stir the
whole over the fire until it thickens.
Turn out into a dish to cool, then
flavor with rose water and orange
flower water and chill on ice. Serve
in • pretty glass dish with the pre-
pared whites floating on the surface
How He Got Rid of Rats.
A farmer describes his method of
clearing the premises cf rats in the
following manner: "On a large num-
ber of old shingles 1 put a half-tea-
spoonful of treacle each, and on that
with my pocket knife 1 scraped a.
small amount of concentrated lye. I
then placed the old shingles around
under the stable floors and under the
cribs. The next morning I found 10
dead rats, and the rest left the farm
for parts unknown. I have cleared
many farms of the pests in the same
way, and have never known it to fail."
You Would Not Accept Counterfeit
Money, Why Accept Counterfeit
Good money is made by the Govern-,
ment in which you have implicit faith
and confidence. Good goods are made
by manufacturers who are willing to
stake their reputations on the quality
of the material offered to you through
the medium of their advertisements in
this paper. Counterfeit goods are not
advertised. The reason for it is they
will not bear the close scrutiny to
which genuine advertised goods are
subjected. Counterfeit money pays
more profit to the counterfeiter. Coun-
terfeit goods are offered to you for the-
Insist on the Genuine—Reject the-
Scotch Meat Pie.
Get good round steak, cut into
pieces, and dredge with flour. Into a
frying pan put. a little butter, a piece
of suet, and a small onion. When hot
put in steak and fry brown quickly on
bot'« sides. Then cover with water
and cook slowly for two hours. Add
more flour to gravy if not thick
enough. Put into a baking dish; make
a rich biscuit dough for the top and
bake. I put a cup in the center to
keep the crust from falling into the
To Take Out Berry Stains.
To remove berry stains from tab Ik
linens place a bov/l on the table under-
neath the cloth where the stain Is:
leave the cloth in position; then pour
boiling water directly over stain and
continue until it disappears, the wa-
ter running into bowl underneath the
table cloth. Leave until dry, then re-
move bowl from underneath and
smooth out table cloth on the table
Accounting for It.
Mrs. Sharp—The wife of that mil-
lionaire from the wild west has such,
a washed-out look.
Mrs. Gossip—You Know, my dear,,
she was a laundress before he struck
A Household Necessity.
I would almost as soon think ot
running my farm without implements
as without Hunt's Lightning Oil. Of
all the liniments I have ever used, for
both man and beast, it is the quickest
in action and richest in results. For
burns and fresh cuts it is absolutely
wonderful. I regard it as a house»
hold necessity. Yours truly,
When you are dealing with a man
who continually insists that "business
is business" you had better examine
all the documents carefully.—Puck.
Hicks' Capudine Cures Headache,
Whether from colds, heat, stomach or
nervous troubles. No Acetanilld or dan-
gerous drugs. It's liquid and acts Imme-
diately. Trial bottle 10c. Regular 25c anil
50c at all durgglsts.
It is dishonor to think what it is
dishonor to do.—Pulsford.
V. I? Hi s OlP iiATM iU
Egg Stains on Silver.
Egg stains can be removed from 1
silver by wiping them thoroughly with
fine salt and a dry, soft cloth. Dip the I
cloth In the salt and then rub on |
the silver and the stain will soon dis-
appear, leaving the silver bright ani
Free Cure for Rheu-
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cases of Rheumatism, bone pains, swollen
muscles and joints, by purifying the blood.
Thousands of cases cured by B. B. B. after
all other treatments failed. Price fx.oo per
large bottle at drug stores, with complete
directions for home treatment. Large sample
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