El Paso International Daily Times (El Paso, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 65, Ed. 1 Sunday, March 17, 1895 Page: 3 of 8
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El Paso Daily Times, Sunday, March 17,1895
/ bill :m: in Nassau.
HE EATS GR1 N COCOANUTS AND
FLAYS >7ITH THE NASSAU DOG.
8omo fttrt-Osjjr of This An-
imal, Who IJwail* in cjlosw i'roslmlty to
the Nassau Hog—The Natives Shown T7p
In Tlielr True Light.
[Copyright, 1803, by Edgar W. Nyo.]
As tnese lines are being penned the
good ship Cionfuegos is going to pieces
on the rocks, and the mullet, the angol
fish, the yellow tailed snapper, the cow-
fish, the spikefish, tho jewfisb, the
fhark, tho smelt, tho mackerel, tho skate,
the flounder ;md the eel are sailing up
and down tho gildod saloon and criticis-
ing tho architecture of the ship,
- A colored islander dived for onr mail
and rescued it, one bag at a time. For
this he received §100, or abont $5 per
hag. One hundred dollars on Harbor is-
land will maintain him in affluence for
There is no cow on Harbor island, and
goat’s milk has to suffice. We were
taken by the rescuing schooner Good
, QUEEN COCO A NUTS.
Will to Dunmoro town, a little hamlet
on Harbor island, and were met by all
the inhabitants, who asked me to lec-
As we approached the island we could
see the tall cocoanut trees waving in
the soft February breeze, a temperature
like June at the north. Mr. Jacques got
a piazza full of cocoanuts when we
landed, and all for 25 cents. We had a
big native cut tho ends off these green
nuts, Tind we drank tho juice. There is
as much difference between a cocoanut
just off the tree and one that has been
plucked several months as there is be
tween the new laid country egg and the
dramatio or stage egg.
I do not like the grooery store cocoa-
nut nor the desiccated truck which is
sometimes sprinkled over a frosted cake,
bnt a juicy green nut just off the tree is
soothing and refreshing to the weary
stomach of one who has been wrecked.
All night the soft wind sighed among
the tall palms and rustled the long
leaves of the banana, while ever and
anon ono could hear the gentle bleat of
We were scattered abont among the
cottages of Dunmore, and I slept with
Mr. Coffin of Boston. We were both
grateful to find ourselves alive, even
though the people where we stopped took
our bedding and put it on the other folks
in the still watches of tho night.
Those who were capsized in crossing
tho reef were fitted out as well as possi-
ble with dry clothing and gladly took
what came along. A prominent Phila-
delphian appeared in a sponge fisher’s
overalls, and a New York lady cheerful-
ly rolled up the bottoms of a pair of flan-
nel tronsers and paced the deck with a
The officers said we were the best be-
haved party they ever saw at a wreck.
This is a high compliment considering
that we had never attended anything of
the kind before.
The disaster oocurrod on Monday
morning at 4:30, and at sundown wo
were all landed on Harbor island. On
Tuesday morning we went aboard the
schooner and started for Nassau, 52
miles distant, but the wind died down
by 10 o’clock, aud wo wero becalmed. I
told Captain Sweeting repeatedly to
luff, but he seemed to think he knew
his own business better than I did, and
so persistently refused to luff.
However, the Santiago, bound for
New York, and a sister ship of the Cien-
fuegos, hove in sight just off the wreck
and took ns in tow, so that before sun-
set on Tuesday the Hog island light, off
Nassau, could be seen, and the white
breakers shooting up 80 or 40 feet into
the air, with a background of palms aud
the white walls of the fort.
Tho people of Nassau are divided in-
to two classes—viz, those who do abso-
lutely nothing and those who solicit
Living in Nassau does not cost any-
thing to speak of unless you stop at the
Royal Viotoria hotel, and even there
you may live woll at §2.50 to §4 per
day, including “sour sop.” Sour sop
is a cool beverage ruado from the juice
of the sour sop aud flavored with ab-
The colored brother here is a shade
more worthless than anywhere elso on
earth. He is also impudent and mean.
The police are black, and Dr. Parkhurst
is needed every hour. Tho uniform of
! tne pouch is rather picturesque—made of
dark blue, trimmed witb red, and sur-
mounted by a scarlet tnrban the shape
of a jelly roll.
Two of onr party lost their overcoats,
aud several valises disappeared. Those
who bustled for their property personal-
ly recovered it, but those who relied on
the police did not.
Nassau now has a cable line via
Jupiter, so that one is not wholly out of
the world while here* Tho looal office is
under the management of Mr. Burns, au
accommodating gentleman of tho Cau-
This is a great sponge depot, and those
who do not spongo a living on land do
it at sea. Tho sponges are not so good as
those which come from the Mediterra-
nean sea, but do very well, especially in
pugilistic circles, whfere they are found
to be very suitable for throwing up at
tho close of the fight.
The Nassau dog is worthy of a fast
decaying community. He may be ever
so proud and ambitious when he arrives
here, but he soon gets up later and later
in the morning, begins to postpone till
tomorrow that which should bo done to-
day, does those things which he ought
not to bavo done and leaves undone
those things which ho ought to have
done, and thoro is absolutely no health
He has a corrugated back and a con-
cave stomach. He has insomnia and
fleas when no man pursueth.
He makes a good watchdog in some
cases. He will watch yonr dinner till
you get out of sight aud then eat it him-
Nassau was once the home of enter-
prising pirates. They are not so enter-
prising now. Years ago they gave one a
chance for his life. Now “Chuck me a
penny, boss!” is the general cry.
The climate hero is very fine, but yon
must beware of it if you ever hope to
grow np and be a good man. It is se-
ductive to the last degree and robs one
of his ambition as the poppy of tho ori-
ent, blunting the senses and stealing
over the bettor impulses for progress
i like a ruinous drug. You say on yonr
arrival, “I will go at once and get my
luggage from the wharf.” If by even-
jug it has not come, you ask at the of-
fice and let it go at that. By and by
yon say, “Woll, I’m going homo in a
conplo of weeks, and I’ll let it remain
there at the dock, so that it will be
The Nassau hog is a triflo more mea-
ger than that of Florida. You can read
long primer typo through a Florida hog,
but here you may road nonpareil through
this one. In fact, I think that he rather
magnifies the letters a trifle. Some use
tho Nassau hog in cases of weak vision.
We have just visited the phosphores-
cent lake. It was a very dark night, and
every ripple sent forth a brilliant blue
flame. Onr boat disturbed thousands of
fish, each one leaving a track like a
rocket as he got away from our boat. I
carried a cane and stirred np a phos-
phorescent display that would enable
one to read the Nassau Guardian through
in three minutes. I think that this lake
is the most remarkable thing about Nas-
We had a swimmer—a native accom-
panying the boat—and tho whole body
was outlined in firo. I never saw any-
thing like it in my life. Stirred by a
wild burst of generosity, I opened my
heart and gave her a large English cop-
per as we bade her goodby.
This is no joke. She was a cute little
darky girl who swam like a porpoise
and cut up in the water like everything.
I asked her what she would take to
como to, America and act in my house-
hold as Frenoh maid. She said that she
did not care to go to Amerioa, where
people did nothing but follow industrial
The colored people of Nassau are di-
vided into (1) males, who do nothing,
and (2) females, who nee that future gen-
erations shall grow up to take the busi-
ness off their hands.
With them indolence is an inheritance
and industry a nightmare. Tomorrow is
their day for doing everything, aud the
tomorrow they refer to has never yet
Tho thormometer yesterday was doWn
to 54, which is the coldest for 30 years,
and some of the colored people had to
put on an extra potato saok to keep
warm. None of them wears shoes, with
rare exceptions, aud I saw a middle aged
person soiling tomatoes ono day who
shark, i mean—-and had participated
about §8 worth, considering tho darky
to be worth §75.
This is true.
Also some other things which I have
said in this letter. Next week I wil
show up the joys of a winter in the Ba-
In Want of Milk.
A good story is told of two young
Englishmen traveling in Europo. They
had never thoroughly mastered any of
the languages oommonly spoken on the
continent and were particularly weak
in their French, knowing that language
well enough by sight, but not having a
speaking acquaintance with it.
Finding themselvos in a small French
town one evening, they were desirous
of obtaining a good cup of coffee. Know-
ing that cafe was coffee, and that lait
was milk, they endeavored to oall for a
judicious mixture of the two, but their
articulation was of so remarkable an
order that they succeeded only in get
ting the coffee. Cafe an late they tried
without success. Then dn lay-it was
attempted unavailingly. The suggestion
that lait might be pronounced “light”
was adopted equally in vain.
Finally in despair one of the strug-
gling youths exclaimed:
“Well, it’s mighty queer we don’t
know enough to get a little drop of
“Do you want milk?” asked the wait-
ress, opening her mouth for the first
“Y-yes, ” stammered the travelers,
overwhelmed with surprise.
‘ ‘Then why didn’t yon say so at first?’ ’
queried the girl as she flounced off.
Aud again the young men didn’t
Two Sides to the Medal.
Everybody knows the woman who
says society is such a boro. Few of us
know her intimately, for, in point of
fact, she does not go about much. I ran
across her at a friend’s house the other
day and marked her langnid air. The
hostess was indiscreet enough to refer
to it, and even the teacups shuddered
with horror at the woman’s reply.
“Yes, ” said she, “paying calls is so
“Oh!” responded the hostess, "but
think how muoh more tiresome it is to
receive them. ”
And the teacups scored one for the
hostess. — Washington Post.
A Big Fine.
A woman in Birmingham, England,
was recently fined the British equiva-
lent of §503,000 for selling stale fish.
Her stock consisted of a half barrel of
sprats, which are very small fish like
whitebait, and by the law she had to ho
fined so muoh per fish. The magistrate,
however, had the power to reduce tho
fine, and he knocked off §502,950.
At the Botanical Gardens.
Professor—Here, young ladies, you
observe a tobacco plant.
One of the Young Ladies—Ah, how
very interesting! Professor, pray, how
long will it be before the cigars are
ripe?—Giornale delle Donne.
“Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes”
Is from a poem entitled “The Forest”
by Ben Jonson. Tho air is an adapta-
tion from one of Mozart’s opera melo-
We Have the Rarth
AND NO CHANGE
AND ST. LOUIS.
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W. B. TRULL, Agent Depot.
W. R. BROWN, City Ticket Agent, Wells-Fargo Build’8
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THE NASSAU DOG.
wore nothing but a wooden leg and a
look of Chastened melancholy. A shark
had n(et him nine years ago in the har-
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