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. TEE STATESMAN.
AUSTIN, . - .
TUISDIT...; ..... -AUGUST 1, 1871
Oo city U unusually healthy.
. . . i Fim boildiogti are goiog up io ur ritj in
:i atarj direction. , ,;
Tub ftreet ear .anterprise, it li thougLt,
will bs) McceM.
i Tmm- United Siatej Court, now in sjriou(
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; , ; Lrr ui organize a County AgicuitL-ral and
j t tfecbanical Society, aDd prepare In time to
bar a fair next jaary - -
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i i 1 3 fiaaoiui.. We see by tfit CIothm, pub
. ' ;liibed' at Jackioo, MtMiatfprtf, iW onr old
friend Captain Robert Joseln ii sprndiog
few daja at tbat place. i
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Wib&te tbe beat aieortmeot of material
1utb"ettyfot4oing- general potter- work.
Bring is) ; jonr handbill, programmes and
v i. ooagere aaa give ui a trial.
That ence sajestic itream; the Colorado,
bnabout iiQccnmbed to the beat. A
; J ' icbocl boy can. eaiily ford it now, and if we ,
f . : are got bleated with a bountiful rain soon, we
' - frball leon bare to nay it baa "dried np."'
l Of;T I -.. -,JTt - " ii
, - Ax onioB was exhibited fa town a day or
- two ago; which neasored tix . inches in di-
ameter and' a little oyer eighteen iechea in
: circumference, and "weighed two and a .half
- pounds It was raised near this city. We
: ; prbmonnce this pretty good sample of vegeta
tion for this dry weather.
Oca friend J. A. Bonnett, just returned
from Saa .Antonio, informs us considerable
excitement bas been caused in that section bj
the appearance of Indians. A party of fif
teen or twenty of the savages stole a lot of
horses from a rancho within five miles of (he
city a few days ago.
Wbo'l say Austin is not a first class city
now a fashionable city we mean ? We have
a haunted house t Over In the western part of
the eity 4. a residence) where it is said the
- "ocenpantp asfr-stiioasly- - disturbed ;by the1
moving of furniture, ringing of bells, etc., by
unseen Jiands. His ghostship is indeed so'
boisterous at timet, that one or two teaenta
haveleft the house in disgust. What next.
Uiisbs. W. J. S. Scobkll h Co., are soon
to issae a gratuitous paper in this city to be
entitled tbe Real Estate and Commercial
Guide. Such an enterprise ought to be well
. patronized. And knowing tbe men who have
the work in hand to be practical printers of
experience Via newspaper management, we
are confident a paper will be published
worthy of a good support I y business men
here and elsewhere.
Wa are io the midst of the "heated term"
-- aura-enough. We have had no rain since
the first of June, and the weather has been
excessively hot for six or eight weeks.. Even
the cool sea breeze, which is so welcome
: after sunset in this locality, seems tohave de
serted us. Such a leog spell of dry, sultry
weather has been unknown in this section
' far Wn or fifteen years as this we. are now
experiencing.. V. .
'' Wi wonld call the attention of oar read
er to the advertisement, llew Cattle Route."
TheL.L. and O. Railroad offers several in.
dueetnenta to stock drivers not possessed by
other routes. Tffoee contemplating driving to
Kansas this fall would probably find it to
their advantage to correspond with the Agent,
L. S. Owings, who has long been identified
with our State, and is well known to most of
the old settfert of Texas. -
Thi First Bali or Cotton. Messrs. Focke
k Wilkens, of Galveston, have received the
first bale of cotton this year, from Butter
worth's plantation, Colorado county, con
signed to them by Henry Merschburger, oi
Columbus.It classes low middling, weigh
ing 616 pounds, and . was sold to Messrs.
Bingham A ShepherdLbrokers for T. H. Mc
Hahan A Co., at 27 cents per pound, gold.
Messrs. Focke Wilkens have forwarded to
Mr. Merschberger the premium, $100 in gold.
The bale of cotton goes to New York by ex
press.;" Galveston is ahead this year beyond
doubt. ' ' ,
Om of the . institutions of our city is a
. water wagon, with a long perforated "narra
tive," through which the fluid is permittedto
" 7eseape,as the wagon is driven along the street,
to lay the - dust during the "heated term."
The operation of the machine is decidedly
suggestive of its design, yet visitors from the
rural districts do not always take the hint
One day last week, as the sprinkler was
turning from Pecan street up tbe avenue, we
noticed a man looking at it, with a face in--dicative
of-wonder and amusement Just as
we passed he turned to a companion on the
eidewaJSrdexclnimed, "Why that d d
fool will lose ever drop of his water before
he gets to the Capitol 1
Thi dry weather has about used up vege
tation in this section. . The corn crop is not
so good' as was anticipated, and scarcely any
vegetables are to be had at the market; yon
see a few soft headed cabbages and diminu-
, tive; cucumbers yellow with poison. Corn
' "is as a general thing a failura weet of tbe
Colorado,' tut south and east a good yield
may be expected at least an abundance to
supyly the State demands with this staple, -
notwithstanding ' tbe dry weather. 'Corn
is selling in sosw localities south of this
at twenty-five to thirty cents per bushel, so if
we could be placed in direct communication
with the corn region, we could readily be sup
plied with this staple at low rates. Hurry up
A rsw days ago, a colored man named
Johnson, was seriously if not fatally injured
by the premature explosion of a blast in a well
east of Waller creek, on Pleasant Hill, in this
city. He was in the well, and while in the
act of crowding pieces of rock with a crow
bar into tbe cavity in which the powder had
JbjtaB placed the instrument "struck fire," the
spark Igniting the powder. Tbe clothing
was literally burned off him, from his waist
up, and hit hands, arm's and face were also
severely burned. It was supposed that both
Jo were destroyed, but it it now believed
" . that ha will recover the sight of ooe of them.
! He it still in a precarious condition. Another
: person who was looking down into the well
at the time of the explosion, was blown a
' distance of ten feet, but slightly injured.
Last Thursday Mr. Eans, while engaged
in painting the interior of the Baptist church,
fell backwards from a ladder a distance of
. twelve feet striking prone upon the floor.
Though taken np more dead than alive, he
soon recovered and went to work again.
This was in the morning. After dinner he
and A fellow workman- in the same building
were upon a eeaffold,' when by the givinjr
way of some portion of the etructure, ii.- v
. were both trecipitated to the Boor a distance
. of eighteen feet Mr. Eans struck among the
bench::, two scantling falliig on him.
, S?ange to relate, with the exception of some
pretty severe brutes, and an ugly flesh wound
, on the head, cauieed by the falling scantling,
he received nor.setious injury, and the next
day was at wflifc ijain. : The other gentU-
man was net irjared.
Robbery Evidently llif Motive.
91,700 taken br (he .Murderer,
Pa rle Arrested on Suspicion,
The deniteos of oor usually quiet c-iiy were
ttartled Sabbath' last by a most foul murder
and robbery, perpetrated on the night pre
vious in tbe suburbs, from ' the evidence
taken at the inquest, held on Sunday morn
ing, it appears that tbrf e men from Wise
county, Hiram and Martin CarJell and
Kimball, and another person, Joseph Philpot,
employed at cook and driver for tbe party,)
came: to this city on Saturday last, and
camped in the northers limits near Bertram's
store. . The Caddell's claim they had a trnnk
in their wagon, containing $1,200 in coin
and $ 500 in greenbacks. Saturday night the
Caddella attended Bums' Garden concert,
where they remained till a late hour, leaving
Philpot in charge of the camp. On their
return they found Philpot lying under the
wagon dead, shot. through the body, the ball
entering the right, breast, passing downwardj
and through the lungs, and coming out near
the spine in the small of the back. A revol
ver belonging to deceased, cocked but not
discharged, was found by bis side. Tbe
trunk was found about a hundred yards
distant, unlocked and' uninjured, but rifled
of its contents. The testimony of tbe Cad
dells and Kimball failed to implicate any
parties. A man named Wilson, who went
to camp with the Caddelrs after the murder,
was taken in custody by Sheriff Zimpleman.
The murdered man was aged about twenty
fonr years. Bis mother and a step-father
are residents of Wise county. The two Csd
deHs have started for their homes, but some
later revelations wholly of a circumstantial
character, we learn have prompted tbe
officiafoo re-arrest and hold them over for
We are informed, also, that a rewaid of
five hundred dollars has been offered for the
unknown murderers of Philpot
Texae Aliliiarv Inaiiiule
In calling tbe a tt eat ion of our readers to
the advertisement, in another column, of
this popular institution, we cannot refrain
from adding a few words concerning this
pride or onr city ; and, indeed, bo rapidly has
it grown in popularity throughout tbe State.
that we hope the day i not far distant in
which the whole State will feel a pride in it.
Three years ago it was born into the world.
without endowment, capital, or State aid of
any kind. But education, backed iv nluck.
energy and indomitably wiil, will tell, and
to-day we behold it strong and lusty as a
young giant Its growth has been almost
withoot precedent in the history of similar
institutions. Its first session closed with
tvtnty-tight cadets : its second with sixty-
eiffht : its third with nno hundred and dr,h
and so great was the nnmber of applicants
last year that .many were turned .away for
want of accommodations.
Col. John G. James, the superintendent,
is the right man in tbe right place : a lire
man, and one who will not let the school be
dwarfed for want of buildings. Before the
close of. the past session he had placed on
the ground tbe material for an imposing
addition to tbe cadet barrack, and as soon
at the grey-jacketed boys had quit their
grand old castle for home, the workmen took
possession, and now all is bustle and activ
ity. The work is progressing with a rapidity
which is not often seen in these parts.
A visit to the Institute just now is quite
interesting, and we advise our citizens to go
over and tee for themselves this model
school, in its interior arrangements. The
masonry of the new building, which is sev
enty feet long, is progressing rapidly : when
completed it will be three stories high, and
tin is bed in accordance with the general
With diplomat from such institutions as
the University of Virginia, Washington and
Lee University, and tbe Virginia Military
Institute, its faculty need no commendation
from us. They are gentlemen of established
reputation for learning and scholarship, and
are an audition to the society of the capital
which should be appreciated by all our
From the accounts we get from the officers
of the Institute, the next session bids fair to
be a crowded one, as applications far admit
tance are coming in rapidly at this early day.
we wisn this institution all the prosperity
which it merits, and we predict that tbe
time will come nay, it is not far distant
when it will be indeed a power ia tbe land.
As every professor and attache of tbe school
is a native of the sunny south, trained and
educated there, our people need have no fears
in entrusting their sons to their care. They
will receive that broad, liberal and catholic
culture which distinguishes the well edu
cate man from the parvenu, and will, our
rulers may rest satisfied, receive no tuition
which will unfit them for being good citi
zenspatriotic and loyal men in the full and
proper acceptance of the term.
Kjno David Triumphant A Letter to tbe
Astronomers of Benares. We have received
a copy of this pamphlet from the author,
Captaia R. J. Morrison, F. A. S. L., London.
Captain Morrison has published new theory
of the solar system in a work entitled tbe
New Principia, in which he claims to prove
that the earth is "the itationery center of the
solar system; and that tbe sun is only
365,006 miles from the earth, and the moon
only 27,304 miles distant; tbe sun traveling
yearly in an eclipse around tbe eattli, tbe
other planets moving about tbe un in
eclipses also." The pamphlet before ns is a
further vindication cf his astronomical
theories ; apd eclipses of the moon, tbe
geocentric longitudes of the inferior and
superior planets, and other problems in as
tronomy, are calculated in accordance with
Thi Methodist appeared on tbe 1st of July,
instant, (its twelfth birth-day), in a new
typographical dress, and enlarged by the
addition of eight columns. The circulation
is of a national rather than a local char
acter, and we believe the Methodist entitled
to be considered ;he leading independent,
unofficial organ of American Methodism.
In order that everybody may have an op
portunity to test its merite as a religious
newspaper, it will be sent free for one
month, to any one who will apply for it.
Address Q. 0. Halsted, Publisher, 114 Nas
sau street, New York.
Mr. .Griiliy's Lxttrbs. We have receiv
ed a copy of this pamphlet, which contains
bis Tribune letters from Texas, bis address to
the farmers of Texas, and bis celebrated
speech in New Yor immediately after his
return. Mr. Greeley's visit to Texas has
done much to call the attention of tbe peo
ple at large to our growing State, and dis
abuse the Xcrthrra Sfcisi; f-m pre''J'rr
tcwcrJ oi.r citnens. Notwithstanding ? r
cannot endorse all ot Mr. (iieeley's coci--t'on,
e lsiiee tbe publicv.ion cf these lef
ts rj will result io great benefit tu our Stale,
we ii:vi;e our readers to gHe them s
Tai FxM'tT V.!7oh. Tins is a LauJictue,
e"it p2i weakly papf-i published ia
Houjtos by A. C Grr Co. The IV.'-r
isdnotod tu mural culture, tvinperauee and
Masonry, and it certainly unexcollnd by any
paprr in the State fur typographical ex
cellence. It should be a welcome visitor in
every family io the State, especially iih
tbeyoucg. The Grand Lodge at lie recent
session at Houston selected the Visitor as the
exponent of the worthy Older of Masonry
in Texas. Terms, Jl a year.
A Apoloot. Deeming it highly jmpor
tant a paper of the character of the
Dkhocbatio Statbsuah should be issued at
once, we are compelled to commence publi
cation on such old material at we could se
core in the city ; but if oor patrooa will be
lenient towardans, we will soon preeeot them
with an excellent paper printed on new type,
and ;one which shall contain much mora
reading matter than the present number.'
Breathes there a man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself bath said, ' ";
. I will a family paper take,
Both for my own and children's sake ?
If such there be, let him repent,
And have this paper to him sent :
tVjy-DR. G. Bsacmokt, of Missouri, has
lecated and opened an office in Austin, Texas,
and will treat all diseases of the Eye. He
operates for CATARACT, CROSS EYE or
Squint; PTBRYGRUMS removed; ARTI
FICIAL EYES inserted. Doctor also treats
successfully EPILEPSY or Fits ; RHEUMA
TISM, Neuralgia, 'Enlarged Spleens, old
Ulcers, Consumption, and CANCER in its
various forms. . In addition to bis own rem
edies for Cancer, the Doctor will keep a tup
ply of the wonderful Cancer Cure lately dis
covered in Eeuador.
Tbe Doctor can be found at his office on
Bois d'Aic street Mrs. Hall's residence at
all hours. July 2t twlAwl.
TUB aiTPEBFLl'OCa MAN.
BT JOHN . SAXC.
. I long have bee'n puzzled to guess,
And so I have frequently said,
What the reason could really be
. That I never have happened to wed ;
But now it is prefectly clear,
I'm under a natural ban ;
Tbe girls are already assigned,
And I'm a superfluous man.
These clever statistical chaps
Declare the numerical run
Of women and men in the world,
Is twenty to twenty and one ;
And hence, in the pairing, you see,
Since wooing and wedding began,
For every connubial score,
They've got a superfluous man.
By twenties and twenties they go
And giddily rush to their fate,
For none of tbe number, of course,
Can fail of a conjugal mate ;
But while they are yielding iu scores
To nature's inflexible plan,
There's never a woman for me,
For I'm a superfluous man.
It isn't that I am a churl,
To solitude over inclined ; .
It isn't that I am at fault J.
In morals, or manners, or mind ;
Then what is, the reason, ask you,
I am still with tbe batchelor clan ?
I merely was numbered amiss,
.- And I'm a superfluous man.
Although I am fond of the girls,
For aught I could ever discern,
The tender emotions I feel
Is ooe that they never return ;
'Tis idle to quarrel with fate,
For struggle as hard as I can,
They're matched already, you know,
And I'm a superfluous man.
No wonder I grumble at times,
With women so pretty and plenty,
To know fhat I never was known
To figure at one of the twenty ;
But yet, when the average lot
With critical vision I scan,
I tbink it may be for tbe beet
That 1 am a superfluous man.
Nf.w Version. An Irish news
paper reporter gives the following
version, in Hibernian verse, of the
finding of Moses :
On Aylip's banks, contaguous to the Noile,
King Fliarao's daughter w ot to walk
And, peeling off her duds to take a sebwim,
Ran up and down the banks to dry ber shkin;
And, rushing through tbe rushes, thick and
Discovered the basbkit that tbe child lay in,
And thin and tbore she cried, in accents
"Which of yees ladies ownt this child?
It's none o' yer-own, ye're quick to say ;
An' that's the truth, I've know ye mo'ny a
But since ve've found him in this bed of
By all means let us cbris'n him Howty
"A poet" contemplating General
Grant perplexing his brain over the
"new departure thus went off over
"He smale k ghastly smile,
And many a wink be wunk ;
And surely it was no pleasant thing,
To think the thought he thunk."
Just think of it :
Tf all the world was brindle pups,
And all tbe sea was chink,
And all the corn wouldn't make a bora,
What would Grant hare to drink ?
It's enough to make old Greeley
Scratch bit head and think.
A PRACTICAL EXPLANATION
"Charlie, what, is osculation?"
"Osculation, Jennie, dear,
Is a learned expression queer
For a nice sensation.
I put my arm thus round yonr waist.
That ia approximation I
You need not fear,
There's no one here,
Your lips qnite near;
"Oh I dear I
"Jennie, that's osculation I
Slurs on Woman.
Of all the evils prevalent among
men, we "know of none more blighting
in its moral effects than to speak
slightingly of the virtue and chastity
of our women. 1 Nor is there any
thing ia which young men are to
thoroughly mistaken, as the low
estimate they form of the intergrity
of woman not of their own mothers
and sisters, but of others, who, they
forget, are somebody else's mother
and sister. As a rule, no person
who surrenders to this debasing habit
is to be trusted with an enterprise
requiring integrity of character.
Plain words should be spoken on this
point, for the evil is a general one,
and deep rooted. If young men are
sometime thrown into tho society of
thoughtless and lewd woman, they
have no right to measure all other
woman by what they see of these,
than they would have to estimate the
character of honest and respectable
citizens by the developments of
crime in our police courts. Let our
young men remember that their chief
happiness of life depends upon
their utter faith in women. No
worldly wisdom, no misanthropic
philosophy, no generalization can
cover or weaken this fundamental
truth. It stands like jhe record of
itRPif for it ,a triT5 le?"
tHi;!; thio--hLl put hj ever-
Ltsiiug seal tpc-n the i:vs that are
v. out to ?peak slightly- of :ran.
JmN'R.0s Sh'irJsy, July 11, at bis
f-:tber home, tt Sal&ao, Sell .uuniv, iir. R.
K. Joaes frrceily cf Ibis city, cJ ccce a
ps;iu:t ;f. ;i.e crm :;t a-Y Kcberte
TIS S Ml HKN.
"Over tbe goblet, filled to tbe brim,
She sends a bewildering glance to Lira.
"Over the sea of piok-foamiog wine
Ha reels in the light of ber beauty divine.
Deeper and deeper abe dreamily dips
Iu the rose-tinted wine, her lose tinted Irps.
While over the glass she airily laoghs -
A pledge which he eagerly catches and
And he drinks io a madness, wilder tha wine,
Through her smile, and her eyes bewilJing
He drinks iu delirium, and danger, and death,
As over ber goblet comes floating her breath;
As over the flagon of rose-colored bliss,
J-be wickedly, witchingly, wafts him a kiss.
Then laughing a lancrh, derisive and sweet,
She is gone while be kneels io despair at ber
i - . feet.
I want a wife, a first-rate wife
A girl that's all my own,
To cook my meals and cher my life
- With smiling word and tone.
A MAGICIAN AMOKG THE
It was a pleasant event in my life
when 1 was thrown into the company
of Grignon. I was on my way to
California, and had taken the over
land route in preference to any other.
It was on my journey across the
plains that I made his acquaintance.
Our party overtook a single wagon.
It contained a solitary man. The
horses were dead, and the man near
Iy so. I paid the utmost attention
to his wants. Being a medical man,
I gave him all the benefit of my skill
and care. As he recovered, he na
turally entertained strong friend
ship for me. His wagon had fallen
behind the train to which he belong
ed, and they, had been compelled by
their own necessities to desert him.
The conjuror, however, was des
tined for a far more eloriousfate
than to die miserably in the desolate
American desert. He was to be
came an astonisher to the natives
(Indians), a savoir to civilized lives,
and a hon in California.
We resumed our journey. We
and started, however, like many oth
ers in those days, with insufficient
preparations. As soon as we found
out our mistake we had to be econo
mical in our provisions. We killed
buffaloes whenever we found them,
and always replenished our water
casks at every stream. At length,
however, we came to a dry and
parched waste, where there was
scarcely a drop of water, scarcely a
blade of grass, and not a single liv
ing animal of any description.
And now began the troubles of
our journey. Y e had come into the
country of the warlike Indians and
they were not slow to acquaint us
with the fact. Every day they prowl
ed around us in great numbers.
threatening and insulting us. Oc
casionally they used to snatch up
something and dart away on their
fleet horses. We did all that we
could to be friendly, and determined
to avoid an open rupture as far as
possible, for there were only twelve
on our side, and on their side ap
parently twelve hundred.
livery day, however, only made
matters worse. In spite of our pre
cautions the Indians grew more and
more abusive and insulting. We be
came watchful, and tried to be more
forbearing, but our forbearance was
taken for cowardice, and the savages
began to think that they could do
any thing with us.
We held a council of war, and de
termined to bring matters to a crisis
The erisis soon came.
One day a big Indian came riding
along by us. He began talking in a
cotemptuous way, and gesticulating
furiously. At last he asked one of
our men for his gun. 1 he man res
fused, the Indian repeated his ques
tion, and attempted to take the gun
from his hand. The man drew back.
The Indian sprang forward, flourish
ing his knife and threatened. At this
tho man calmlv leveled his niece, and
rf . r f
shot the Indian through the heart.
As the wretch fell shrieking frDm
the horse the plain seemed to be
alive with other Indians. From be
hind every clump of trees, every
hillock, every rock, and every rising
ground they poured forth in count
less numbers. Ave had never seen
so many assembled together aa now.
And now our companion, the con
juror, came out conspicuously, lie
had been once in the French army,
he said, and understood all its admi
rable discipline. A few words of
warning and a short explanation
sufficed to make us form a circle of
the wagons, and draw up behind
them, with baggage heaped up for
breastworks. There we waited for
But they did not come just then.
With loud whoops and screams they
gathered upon the plains at a dis
tance from us. The wretched cow
ards, as soon as they saw our slight
preparations, were actually afraid to
They waited till night..
Night came. Our defenses were
made. Our wagons were arranged
more closely, and the barricade of
baggage was made higher, deep, and
more effective. In the center were
our cattle. Behind this little fortifi
cation we awaited our foes.
Shortly after du9k the tramp of
thousands of hoofs shook the plain.
Down upon us thundered the Indians.
bnouts and yells burst around.
On they came, nearer and still
We waited in breathless suspense.
At last our volley burst in thun
der upon them.
bbrieas arose from amid the
gloom. We saw not what the effect
of our shots had been, but could
only conjecture that it had been
Ihere was a wild uproar the
confused sound of trampling horses,
the noise ot men calling to one an
other, intermingled with groans and
cries of pain. Without giving them
time to recover from their confusion
we poured in another volley, and yet
sprhT. Inwd.inir ns ranidlv as we
ct.ut'1, nnr.s' rov.-ira wncre ve :
tttd nn. ;
iLe pf'oft h tPirtUe. Marjy i
must ii&vd bt-iu wounded or killc.l, I
jtidgi:: ly the utcSVI uj-.ioar tLat
arose. For a t.rjv there : a con- j
fused huhViiih -f Pftr..U if,-,i-pr
were trampling, ii.en c&ilii.g; groans
wer& micgled with' cries "cf'isi
During all this time we tired at inter
vals'whenever we heard a sound;
husbanding our ammunition, not
willing to waste a shot.
At last there arose a wild tramp
of horses, tho sound moving away
from U9, and seeming to ehow tlmt
our enemies had retired LafHed from
Yet we were afraid of some plot
Grignon made us keep our watch',
and all that, night we lay on our
arms, expecting every moment to
hear the Indian yell which announc
ed the assault-of Afic savages.
After a long night, which seemed
interminable, morning dawned. As
the light illumined the wide "plain,
we looked around anxiously for our
enemies, but aw- nane whatever.
We took a hasty breakfast, and then
deliberated on what we ought, to do,.
whether to take advantage of. this
respite, and move on, or wait a while.
Most of us thought we had better
hurry on, but Grignon gave it as his
opinion that the Indians were yet in
the neighborhood and were waiting
to attack us on the march. lie
thought that it would be better to
wait at least another day. We all
yielded to his opinion, and,waitcd as
best we could.
After a few hours, at about ton
o clock, ten or a dozen horsemen an'
peared over a hillock in -the dis
tance, riding slowly toward us.
"They wish to have a parley,"
said Grignon. "Some of you step
forth and see what they want. I
wish to have a little to say, but will
One of our men was selected, and
went outside of our inclosure to meet
Meanwhile Grignon lifted a trunk
out of the wagon which belonged to
him, drew it outside, and busied him
self coolly in arranging and turning.
oyer the things. We all thought this
was done ior the purpose of assum
ing an air of indifference. So none
of us noticed him particularly.
Our representative stood outside
waiting for the Indians. Ten of
them dismounted, and walked toward
us in a friendly manner, while the
rest held the horses.
One of them addressed our man in
The Indians, he said, did not want
our lives. They wanted powder. If
we would give them what we had,
they would let us go in safety, and
protect us from other tribes till we
got beyond the plains.
uive them our powder ! A pleas
ant request. It scarcely needed de
bate. We refused.
Well, then, would we give them
our bullets ? They were very much
in want of bullets.
One of us said in a low voice that
bullets were the only thing they
would get from us, but the Indians
did not hear him. Our representa
tive refused very mildly.
Tho Indians now Etood talking
with one another. Grignon ad
vanced toward them. He whispered j
something in a low voice to our
representative, who immediately
Grignon then stood facing the In
"Are you the Captain ?" said the
spokesman of the Indians, sudden-
;y, as he noticed Grignon.
"No, I m the medicine man ; you
can't shoot these men nor these
horses; I save them."
The Indian translated this to his
companions, who burst into roars of
Grignon advanced more closely.
He was looking Bteadily at the In
dian, and we noticed the latter ap
peared to be uncomfortable under
" See, said Grignon, "you can t
shoot me. Here," and he drew a
pistol from his pocket, a revolver,
"fire at me.
The Indian smiled. " You don't
want me to kill you do you," saM he
The Indian's eyes flashed, lie
hesitated a moment, looked at us sus
piciously, and then looked at his
companions, and said something in
their language. They all responded
vehemently. The Indian took aim.
"You tell mo to shoot," said he.
" Shoot ! " said Grignon again.
The Indian fired. Grignon smiled,
and walking forward to the Indian,
he handed him a bullet.
The Indian looked paralyzed.
Grignon then showed him how to
fire it again, and tho Indian fired
the other five shots. Grignon caught
each bullet, sometimes seeming to
catch it from his breast, sometimes
from his face, and each time ho hand
ed it to the Indian.
The other Indians were now in a
state of wild excitement.
" They may all shoot if they
choose," said Grignon ; and saying
this, he went to his trunk, drew out
nine pistols, and coming up to them,
proceeded to load each one. He
took the powder and put it in, and
then the bullet ; and the Indians saw
him do it. lie handed a pistol to
each on loading it. Suddenly," one
of these fellows took aim and fired.
Grignon, without seeming to have
noticed him, raised his hand and
seemed to catch a bullet from his
forehead. He tossed this toward
the Indian, who picked it up with an
air of stupefaction.
Then Grignon told all the rest to
fire. Eight reports sounded in rapid
succession. Grignon took up his
hat and walked up to the Indians.
To their amazement eight bullets
were in his hat. Each man took one
and looked at it in wonder.
'"Do you want to fire aain,"
asked Grignon. '
They all expressed a wish to do so.
" Well, hand me the pistols."
To their amazement the pistols
were gone. They looked at one an
other in wonder.
"You see," said Grignon, "they
fired the pistols at me, too ; and I
" Swallowed them ! " faltered the
Indian, and he told this to his astt.n
i es, .lo you v.-.nt t!.:-i i
The I ml h n nodded.
mouth, and, rollit ! :'': iii- va, ;
Lo insert-! ti3 fingers .:' !- i
istol aj parentr, ti n., lis tiiro tt. ;
Another followed ; w-n drw j
forth a third, thtu l -yui ib, ai: J su I
Tj;til he had .-"iipii iV;iL the:
eight pistob from his throat, while
the Indians stood looking on in utter
hewiUhruient. And no wonder, for
we ourselves fe't no less astonish
ment. We could not account for it ;
we were as much stupefied as the In
After this Grignon calmly drew
foith six or eight more pistols, and
a number of cartridges, and finally
. " I'm the medicine man," said he,
The Indians said not a word.
" Do you want to fire again,' said
he, and he offered the piatola to the
They all shrunk back in horror.
Grignon tossed the pistols, car
tridges and carbine over to us, and
smiled benignantly on the aston
ished savages. u '
He then shook his hand. A knife
fell out of the palm, another fol
lowed, and another. He shok three
more out of his left hand, and drew
a score or so out of his ears.
" Perhaps you would like some
thing to drink ? " said he, smilingly,
to the Indian who spoke English.
The savage looked at him suspi
ciously. "What'll you have? Rum,
brandy, gin, whisky, ale, porter,
wine or cider r
Tho Indian brightened up, and
spoko to his iellows. They all pre
. Grignon asked the Indian to lend
him. a loose blanket which he wore.
The Indian took it off doubtfully.
Grignon shook it; a bottle rolled
out. He shook it again ;ta glass
rolled out. lie shook it a third time ;
nine more tumblers fell out. Final
ly, he shook it again ; a corkscrew
Will you take it straight, or with
water ? " asked Grignon, as he pro
ceeded to unscrow the cork.
The Indian said nothing.
" Isn't that good whisky ? " asked
Grignon, as he poured out a glass.
lhe Indian smelled it suspiciously.
Then he tasted it. The taste was
enough. He drank it all off, smacked
his lips, looked around triumphantly
on his companions, and. then held
out his glass for more. At this, all
the other Indians encouraged by this
experience, clamored for. some.
Grignon poured away from his bot
tle. Each one drank iiind wanted
more. Grignon was quite willing to
pour. He was not lorgettul, howev
er, of the duties of hospitality. He
walked off to the Indians who were
holding the horses, who had been
watching the scene in stupefaction,
and offered some to them. The
smell of the whisky was enough for
them. 1 hey drank and wanted more.
Bat Grignon shook hi9 head.
" Not now," ho said to the spokes
man, "I'll give you a bottle apiece
to carry home with you." And go
ing up to the blanket, he shook out
a dozen bottles of the same kind as
By this time the Indians were in
the jolliest mood conceivable.
" Before I giye you any more,"
said he, " let me make you so that
you will not get drunk.".
He walked up to the first Indian,
and took his hands in each of his,
and looked at him steadfastly in the
eyes for some time. Then he stroked
his brows and left him; this he did'
to each. The Indians had got over
all suspicion, and merely expected
that something good was coming.
So they allowed him to do as he
Grignon then stood off a little dis
tance, and in a loud voice ordered
them all to look at him. Whether
they understood or not, made no
difference. They certainly all did
look at him.
I had seen plenty of experiments
in mesmerism and electro-biology,
so that the present scene did not surt
prise me so much as it did-my com"
panions and the other Indians.
Grignon simply stood at a dis
tance, waving his arms at times, and
giving words of command. Every
word was obeyed.
First they all began to dance.
Then they all knelt down.
Then they touched hands, and
could not sever themselves from one
another's contact. The Indians
suddenly rushed wildly around, with
the others all joined to them, trying
to free themselves, but utterly una
ble, yelling and howling like wild
At last a shout from Grignon, the
charm was dispelled. They sprang
back from one another and stood
motionless, like so many statues.
Suddenly they all began to shiver,
as though they were suffering from
intense cold. They gathered their
blankets closely around them, their
teeth chattering, and every limb
In an instant they were panting
as though suffering from extreme
heat, drawing difficult breaths, gasp
ing and flinging off those blankets
which but a moment before they had
wrapped so tightly ahout'tbem.
This then passed.
They began to bark like dogs.
They went down on all fours, and
evidently imagined that they were of
the canine species.
Then they tried to imitate the
motion and croaking of frogs. After
this they went through perf ormances
too numerous to mention. At one
time they became rigid, and arrang
ed themselves like the stakes of a
tent heads together, feet outward.
Then four of them knelt -down and
tried to run about with four others
on their backs, then they all jumped
wildly up in the air and began to
flap their hands. At last they made
a furious onset upon one another
with fists, nails and teeth, and. if
they had not left their weapons be
hind they certainly would have done
some frightful injury.
The two Indians' who held the
horses looked on in horror, bewil
dered and stupefied, not knowing
what to do. They would have fled
iu their fright, but dared not leave
their companions behind. Grignon
stood calm, with frowning brows,
Wiicliiria tac '.".rT"- i:r?-r!f th
. fkilU2 spirit of th ;:Cc.:: : sj-j:-oi
tii...f, they afterT-.i 1 v,H
th-r..ht that GrignoL. v:. ti..- r.r,?
At iast Grighoii gave t ioud sr.o-r.
XL Indians lay i'&t on the grout.';.
i hey Isy thtic for tvme time, as
if deal. Thei. Grignon wav-i
arms, and they ix-33 . to ttc-r fut.
All looked be wildered and frighten
ed. V ith terrified glances they re
garded first Grignon a terrible de
mon, who could exert over them any
power which he choose.
He advanced toward them
He walked up-nearer.
They turned and ran toward their
Grignon ran after them.
In a frenzy of terror," each man
Hung himself upon his horse.
Grignon shouted after them
Away they went. ' They urged
tneir norsea at the top of their speed.
Grignon followed them but a short
Then he turned back and came
into our inclosure .
. "Gather up those bottles," said he,
"tackle up the- cattle, and let us be
marching. ,. J
Instantly our men rose and obeyed
Grignon took a heavy swig of
whisky, and then lay down in one of
the wagons, utterly exhausted.. : .
We traveled all that day, and all
the next night, unmolested. Gngon
slept long and soundly. After rest
ing for a time we pushed on our
teams, so as to get as far beyond the
hostile Indians as possible.
We saw nothing of them
"They won't dare to pursue us."
said Grignon confidently. "They'll
go back and tell such a story as will
bo the wonder of the savages for
many a long year."
Grignon was right. m Not only did
they not pursue us, but, for all the
remainder of the year, and for all
the next, no travelers on this route
"I don't see," said I, "how you
managed to do those tricks on. the
open ground, without any table."
"Only clumsy performers use
tables," said he, "I could have trone
far more wonderful things, but they
would have been thrown away on
those savages. I'll reserve my good
tricks for San Francisco."
And so he did; for all the wiz
ards, magicians and conjurors that
have visited the Golden State none
have won such fame, or excited such
wonder, as my friend Grignon.
THE EVEMKtJ MTORY. '
"No, we are not sleepy, mother,
See how wide awake we seem ;
Teil us something sweet to tbink of,
Tell us something sweet to dream..
"Tell tbe very sweetest story
That you ever beard or read.
And you'll see that we'll remember
Every single word you've said "
Tbeo I told them of a midnight
In the very long ego,
When tbe sky was full of angels,
And from every shining row,
In a voice of heavenly music,
Came a lovieg message, given
For the sake of one sweet baby
'1 bar had come tbat mgbt from Heavea.
"Now, plea9e, tell U9 jnst soother,
Tell the saddest one you know ;"
And I told of One who suffered,
And who wandered to andfr?
Doing good lo all nronnd him,
Without fear, or sin, or pride ;
Blessing those who most ill used- Him,
For whose sake at last He died.
"Now, please, just one more, dear mother,
Tell us now tbe strangest oue ;
Sol told them of a journey,
On a monntain-top begun ;
Through the azure in a body,
Just as here on earth He trod,
Up through shining ranks of angels,
To tbe very throne of pod I
Four b)ne eyes aad two sweet voices
Waited till my tale was done,
Then they cried, "Why, that was JeBus
Those. three stories are but one I"
A would-be swain inserts an ad
vertisement in the Sandy Hill (New
York) Herald to the following effect
only more of it :
An old bachelor having been
laughed at by a bevy of pretty girls,
told them that they were small pota
toes. "We may be small potatoes,"
replied one of the maidens, "but we
are sweet ones." . ,.,
A IIoosac tunnel teamster was
lately seen riding on a 3,500 pound
load of powder, smoking a pipe,
while just behind was the stage coach
full of passengers, whose feelings
were not comfortable.
The Boston Transcript relates
how a hen of that neighborhood
was shut into an empty barrel and
came out, after four weeks' impris
onment, about starved to death, but
able to travel, with a slight grog
giness about the legs. A hen that,
under such circumstances, is too
lazy to lay eggs enough for her own
use will get no sympathy here.
The famed mosquitoes of New
Jerf ey are being eclipsed by the ap
pearance there of a new bloodletter,
called the "winged porcupine,"
which has concealed under its wings
a number of fine quills, and shoots
them at any one attempting to cap
ture it. These work into the skin,
causing a painful irritation.
A bill in relation to the interest
which may bo lawfully received for
the use of money has" been intro
duced in the New Hampshire Legis
lature. It legalizes contracts at any
rate agreed upon by the borrower
and lender, but when no rate is
stated, six per cent. " shall be un
derstood. We have been speaking with sev
eral farmers in this section of the
country and they all. state that in
consequence of the continued drouth
they will not be able to make one
third of the crop that they expected
to. Rain is very much needed in our
vicinity. Calvrrt Tribnne.
A herd of two hundred and fifty
buffaloes were recently driven into
tbe Missouri river, near the Whet
stone Indian Agency. A few reached
the left bank in eafety, a few ethers
were killed in the river, and the re
mainder of the herd perished in the
waves of the rapid, treacherous river,
which at the time was swollen by the
flood, and their bodies floated with
Breeding domestic animals has
become a science, and the science of
breeding should keep pace with the
improvements in mechanics, arts,
s-jricnlmr, medicine, etc. Through
l:. . i-:. :,,adc ntviation, rutin- ;
ii-j. !: ', tne i air-g ol nogs, iSCej.,
ci ho:'H. Jcr,. I
:"f I. -!,;'- lu.ll.ffV" . It hill
a hoi ricLi'lure,
. . - i- I J ",t
ii..r ."liare, etc., to y irthtitg of j
the jhievs i'i suaia, t.t.:i iiw sM'. 1
. re -f oiiif-rtui recovery-"cf iLe
Ioitilatlou.or Ureat DUtnitt.
The population of England an,
Wales by the census just taken, a
22,700,00fclreland has ;,400,000.
Scotland, we presume, I'm i: the
neighborhood of 5,000,000. i;e
total population of the Unin . K
dom will not vary mucu trom
33,000,000. This is 5,000,000 less
than the population of .the United
States. One of the peculiarities of
this census is that Ireland has lost
400,000 since 1861. Thirty, years
ago, in 1841, there were nearly
9,000,000 people in Ireland. So
vast a falling off in that period of
time is unparalleled in the history of
nations. The emigration to this
country, which had been compara
tively small before then, set in with
an immense flood, and there have
been few years since when riot -less
than a quarter of a million of Irish- "
men. have expatriated themselves
from the. land of their birth." It is
one of the curiosities of modern civi
lization that in large districts of Ire
laad the gentry of the soil have re
moved their tenants in order to make
room for Bheep. " The man had to
give way to the brute creation.
There is a remarkable difference be
tween the density of population in
Ireland and England, . Although
the latter has but twice tha irt in
territory, she has five times the num
ber of people of- her ialand ainUr
Of the two Ireland ia nrnhaklo
- - ----- .v f.w.hra. IUC
more fertile. This difference is to
be accounted for by the fact that for
centuries 'Ireland has been discrimi
nated against iu all. legislation by
England, and that every effort has
been made to build up the one at the
expenses of the other; England is
about the extent of the State of Mi's.
souri, yet it has as many people s
Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, -Ohio.
Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania
and New York nut torether. Th
population of the British . Isles has
aouoiea since toe beginning of this
century. Seventv Years at Franca
had fully double as many people as
u.neiana, ueland and Scotland.
Now, since the loss of Alsace and
Lorraine, the two countries are about
equal. This shows which is the pro
gressive power. On the score of
numbers alone. Great Britain is en
titled to hold a high place in the
European , confederacy of nations.
She is equal to France, and nearly
equal to the whole North German
Confederation. England nlnna ha
as many people as Prussia, she has
nearly double the population of
Spam, is equal to Austria, and large
ly ahead of Italy. She has the ca
pacity, it she chooses to exercise it,
to put as large an armv into the field
as any of the continental powers.
n' n .
Mrs. Roger W. Hanson and Mrs.
F. W. Stone propose to publish at
Lexington, Ky., "as an appropriate
medium for the expression of South
ern genius in the departments of his
tory, poetry and general literature,"
a monthly, to be styled the Mhsii-
ippi v alley Magazine.
THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM.
Whereas, It become! oecmsanr from tlui to lime
for tbe friends of oon.tltutlniml niTpnimeni tn r.u.
tert their devotion to it, and to proclaim their lrin-
ciiee upon woicn 11 anouia be amlnimered, ana
wben itsenpmiei obtain power, to export their usur
pation, to tha end that lhe whole people may bi
arouied to aotion, to protect their right at tbe ballot
box; therefore, be it
Resolvtd, Tbat the Democracy of Toxaa hare aa
abiding confidence in the devotion of tbe Natlo&at
Democratic party to the correct principlerof govern
ment, and we pledee ouraelvea to ro-oueraie with i t
aa an Integral part thereof, in its future efforta to re-
arara me uQiernmeni in ita adminiatratiou to the
principleaon which it waa founded.
2. Resolved, That we rely upon the honesty an
capacity of the people for aelf government.
3. Hcaolred, That the Constitution, a formed by
the free voice of the Btates, ia the foundation of the
poweai oi me government.
4. Resolved, That the powers of tbe Geneial Gov
ernment are restricted to the expreaa granta of Uie
Constitution, and all powers not granted are reserved
to the States end tbe people thereof.
o. nesoivea, mat tne regulation otsnnrafre and elec
tiona belong to the respective States and any interfer
ence by the General Government, with intent to control
either, is a gross usurpation of power, and the use of
tuc uiuiiai at elections io overawe ine people and
prevent a full and fair expression of their poliUcal
sentiments Is utterly subversive of free government,
and should be resisted by all proper means until the
evil ia abolished, and an honest and untrammelltd
6. Resolved, Tbat tbe abolition of slavery as a re
mit of war is accepted as a fixed fact, and It becomes
our duty, by State legislation, to provide for the se
curity snd well being of all classes of men, native or
uracil ooru, WQllB or Diaca.
T. Resolved, That immigration of the white race,
from all quartera of the world be encouraged, and
there should be no unreasonable impediments or de
lay to naturalization and citizpnship, tbe Democratic
partr havlne been uniformly in favor nf Kheral nnlirv
toward all persous of foreign birth who in good faitn
seek a home among us
8. Resolved, That we will vield obedience tn lhe
-constitution and laws.
9. Resolved, That we, the Democratic party of
Texas are in favor ot a judicious, liberal and ouiform
system of Internal improvements.
10. Resdlved, That the Radical Btale Government
of Texu has forfeited all claims to tbe respect ot
mankind, by Its uncoustitntional and oppressive en
actments ; and to the end that the citizens ot thia
State, and of lhe United States, may fully compre
hend the grievances we are suffering from the wrongs
and usurpations of said Radical Government, we
charge them aa follows:
First In violation of the Federal and State Con
stitutlop, tbe Legislature of this Stat bas conferred
on tbe Governor, in obedience to his own dictation
tbe power to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, t u
declare tbe civil laws suspended, close the courts
retnse our oitisens the right of trial by jury, and sob.
ject them to trial by a court n-rrtlal composed ol men
wbo know nothing of tbe rules of Uw and evidence,
and this In time s of profound peace.
Second They have, in violation of the Constitution,
likewise at the Governor's dictation, given him the
power by aid of a police force, appointed by himself
and officered by men of his on appointment, to sub
ject our citizens to seizure of their persons and
property, and subjected their houses to noreasoBabl
search without warrant and with no probable cause,
supported either by oath or affirmation.
Third Tbat said police have without warrant or
oath or affirmation charging an offense, and Vt-n
when no offense hut been committed, arrested and
imprisoned oor citizens, and have extorted from them
as the terms of release larie sums of mouey, refut
ing them the benefit of counsel or trial without being
confronted by their accusers or tbe witnesses again.t
them, and under a threat of trial by court martial if
they refuse the required sum.
Fourth The Lf eistalute bas by enactment, in vio
lation of a plain constitutional provision, authorized
the Governor to remove officers elected by tbe people
and appoint men of his own choice In their place,
which power be has repeatdly exercleed.
Fifth The Legislature has authorized tbe Govern
or to appoint thirty five district attorneys, when the
Constitution of tbe Etate provides tbat they shall h
elected, and he has exercised this power and causes
these officers so illegally appointed to be paid In the
aggregate forty-two thonsand dollars annually out ot
the State Treasury, thereby violating tbe Constitu
tion, and plundering the people.
Sixth The Legislature has virtually abolished
every check that secures the purity ot liis
ballet-box, and throws difficulties ia tbe wsy of a full
vote by compelling tbe people to vote at but one "pre
cinct ia ea.-h county on tickeia tbat are net numbered
for future Identification, thereby rendering the detec
tion of official frauds impossible, by failing to adopt a
different mode of voting as antborized by the Con
stitution. Seventh The Radical party of the State has ob
talned power by fraud and Intimidation. The Legia
laturs seeks to perpatuate this power by making tbe
elective franchise dependent on the caprices ot
registrars u eject to appointment or removal at tha
caprice of tbe Governor. 4
Eighth That tbe Ben ate and House of Represen
tatives la utter disregard of the laws regulating con
tested elections, apd without complaint in tbe manner
and time prescribed by law, on rz parts statements
or afndavita deprived membere of tbelr seata and
their constituency of represent at Ion in the Isjplsla
ture, with the intention ot securing for tbe Kdical
party a majority in that body.
Atnlh That having been elected for a term ol
two years tbey have continued their existence as
Legislator fur three years by an enactment of their
Tenth In order to subsidize and e-irrant the press .
they have established newspapers In each Judicial
Hntrict to advocate the Interest of tbadical party,
aad although many of there had at the urns of their -eaiablisbinent
no circulation, in order to give thern
money aod support they have compelled public or
private aa'.ea ordered by court and aales under exe
cution In any county of tbe respective districts, lo be
published in the paper of the district at a great ex
pense to the widows and orvhsns ct d erased persona
and of creditors of tbelr esutee, althoagb not s single
ropy ot tbe.'J jiw' iwghl be taken la lbs cur.?
where the sale ii to be made.
Klrctnik It has just attempted tu remove tha Rad
ical Senator who has denouned their corruption by
elect Ing io bis stead a military officer, wbo ts not a
citizen ol (be state ol 1 else.
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