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Sttje Wtricmtx Sailij
rMay CoxniuQ, oxmrxbzy: 12, 18813
W. L. McBEE
A Regular Avalanebe Goods
HOME OF THE BANMA.
HOW THE POPULAR FRUIT IS
SHIPPED AND TRANSPORTED.
Growth of tlio Banana Traffic lllslw of
tho Trade Varieties of tho Tlantain.
Toluo of an Aero of Bananas Tlio
CropHotr to Cook Tliom.
A fovf voeks ego I stood under a bunch of
ripe bananas hanging from a beam in a houso
in Catacamas, ono of tho most thrifty of
Olancho pueblos. As a personal favor tho
Indian owner of tho houso suspended for a
moment operations on tho bedstead ho was
Lowing out of solid mahogany, and sold tho
fruit to mo for two reals. That was equal to
twenty cents of American money. I can
provo that tho fruit was paid for, for a dozen
witnesses saw tho wholo transaction, and
laughed at my companion -when ho jauntily
caught hold of ono end of tho bunch, and let
go to get a better hold. He had not expected
that tho thing would weigh nearly or quito
100 pound.". The coniandante, in w hoso houso
wo loigoj, assured us, when wo had lugged
tho bunch to his dining room, that tho cabi
netmaker was a sharp rascal, in that ho had
charged u twico as much as would have been
an ample pi ice. 'But," ho i eflccted, philo
sophically, 'you mubt pay for being Ameri
canos and strangers." As itwa3 too latowo
tried to not mourn too deeply tho loss of cur
ten cents, and ate the fully rip?, mealy, sweet
fruit. M-my a time before and after that I
bought bananas for two to four centavos a
Considerable quantities of fruit are brought
from Kicaragua, but about tho middle of May
quarantine regulations forbade tho cntranco
of vessels from ports on tho cast coast of that
country without parking a very closo examin
ation and undergoing considerable delay at
tho quarantino stations. Any detention would
lx) most injurious to a fruit so perishable as
nro bananas, plantains, mangoes and other
tropical f rulta. A fow days in quarantino in
hot weather would bo as fatal to f rait in a
vessel's hold as Yellow Jack would bo to a
patient on t horn it had a hold; therefore craft
trading to Mispccted regions refused to receive
cargoes of fruit. Thoy could not afford to
risk losses. That kept out of tho market a
largo quantity of fruit
DOOil Oi" TflE POOL.
For years two houses Li New Orleans prac
tically monopolized tho fruit trado of tho
coast of Spanish Honduras, tho islands there
about, and of tint little neck of Guatemala
which separates Spanis.li from British Hondu
ras. Competition between the Uvo iirms was
raising prices, so they pooled their issues and
divided tlio trado between them. That v. orked
nicely, and prices -Hero jammed down by
tha traders, because thoy '-take all tho chances,
yo soe," and leave tho planter none. Cut one
bright day an ugly black smoko away to the
northward h- raided tho approach of tLaIaria
P. and the doom of tho pool. The steamer i;
owned by a firm of much enterprise and with
money galore, so she harvested neirly all of
the fruit then ready for shipment. Every
bun'1!! of bananas, every plantain, ever' co
coanut, every mango, and all tho oranges,
lemons and limes tho olHccrs of tho Haria P.
could buy wcro promptly secured. ttmcd
away in her hold, and contracts made for en
suing trijis. When tho old line steamers ar
rived there was not half a load for them, so
they wcro Ullcd with profanity by their ofli
ccrs. Tho planters seemed to really enjoy tho
situation, whih was unkind of them.
Of the ma a or iantain ihero aro a great
number of sorts; somo cultivators claim that
they havo eighty different kinds, but only two
or threo vai L'tics aro known in tho markets
of the Ui.itcd State. Tho variety popularly
know n in tho West Indies and in tho several
Central American republics as platinos, or
plantains, aro seen in very few places in tho
United States outside of Is'ew Orleans. Tho
sorts generally recognized in the states as
bananas ai o cither irai or yellow, bu the fruit
is found in all shades produced by themixtuio
of tho two colors named. By far tho greater
part of tho bananas brought to tins country
aro caton raw. but they may bo cooked in
rovcral way Fried in butter tLey aro excel
lent foci; baked in tho skins 11k y resemblo
delicious pears;, boiled they aro palatable;
dried after f ally ripening thoy form a sweet
paste, and in every form they aro very nu
trili vjs far moro &3 than bread. Tho tender
young plants aro boiled and eaten as aspara
a: acre of ISAXANAIS.
Scientists dcclaro that an aero of bananas
produces vastly more nutritious food than an
aero of wh'it or of potatoes wiil. Cattle,
lur5-1-. goilj, p'p and poultry join man in
his 1 ki'i for thij fruit, without which man
a family would be on :hort commons much of
tho time. It is to dwcllorsin tho tropics what
the pLV.o has become to the li ish. No won
der that bchtf was accorded to tho story that
the plantain was tho forbidden fruit Evo in
vited Adam to share with her, and that it was
flia grapes'' that tho spies brought away
from the Piomised Laud. If plantains grew
in Canaan tho eagerness of the Israelites to
gobble the wholo country is iuiirfaclorily ac
count l for.
Tlio usefulnsss of tho plant does not end
with tho feeding of man and beast. Tho
leaves furnLh an excellent thatch, and tho
btalks supply a large quantity of liberof great
strength and vailing degrees of fineness.
Sonio of this fiber is so exceedingly fine that
mi cnlhu garment mado of it may bo hidden
in tho hand. But , notwithstanding tho many
us:s to which tho plantain may bj put, and
its nlmo t incalculablo valuo as food, not ono
per.on in tn thou-and w ho would probably
become tegular consumers ever bus a
banana or kr.s ever seen a plantain. There is
pleiuA t Troon for the expansion of the busi
ness of gi jw iiij the fruit and some reason for
thAking that it will increase, for tho business
Ls soil to bj fairly profitable now that refrig
erator cr.ra :nd cold storage on steamers havo
male it possible to carry tho most perishable
tropical provluct.ons to most 1 emote parts of
tho I .utod ytat and to i'uropo.
'J'h cot of j sparing a plantation of plan
tains or bananas is said to be aboiit -?13 per
aero. lmo month -. after tho shoots are stuck
into tl e ground tlio first crop is ready for
shipment, and from that t imo on bunches aro
continually maturing. New p'ants spring up
to t al.o the place of the old stalks, w hich dio
after producing a single bunch each of fruit.
The lunches wc.gh from thirty to eighty
pound. Stems having less than six -hands''
or half-circles of fruit are rejected by tho
biTcn f or inai kot as being too snail to bo
worth tho thirty-five to fifty cents they pay
on tho coasi. Tho vessels in iho trade can
carry from :20,000 to 49.000 bundles, and tho
bundles teli uiXov.- Orleans for about a dol
lar more tlian they cost on the coast. Tho
plants- arc set about sixteen feet apart, and
receive little or no caro after tho planting
until the tinio comes to cut the larger
bunches and to cut down all tho young plants
not wanted. Tho dead btalks, with all their
iidi. ble liber, aro left ta rot on tho ground.
-'II W. P..' in Chicago Times.
Have for c&le, on line of WIGHITA & COLORADO RAILROAD
north-ivosi of Wichita, to?zi lot3 at new tovms of
MAIZE, 9 Miles from WICHITA.
COLWIGH, 14 " WIOHITA
ANDALE, 20 WICHITA
HAVEN, 33i - .' .. , -
Trains are nov running regularly en B&ilioad from Wichita to
These towns are is the best portion of
Sedgwick County, Kansas.
Maps of Tcv-rns end Prices can bo had as hereinafter set forth :
JLi Wichita, call on N. I7. Niedsrlander or SZcs Harris;
At Oolvjchj call on Geo. W. Steenrod;
At Andale, Cail on Bank of Andale.
T. H. Handall and W. S. Maekio, for Mt. Hops lot.
At Haven, Call on Ash & Charles-
At Elmer, call en J. A. ileyer,
P. G-. SMYTH & SONS, Wichita. KOS HARRIS, Wichita.
N. P. NIEDERLAND3S, " P. V. HBALY,
ANG-LO-A SaEPJOAN Lean Omce. O. MARTINSON,
Resident on said Addition
Sedgwick County Abstractor.
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Our House is Too Small to Hold Our Immense Stock of
Ladies' and Children's Cloaks
We Will Make Cuts in livery Department
Until Stock is Reduced
M. KOHN & CO.,
Sinjpil.tr Itclio of tho !"loeil.
A Jslnnnlar and beautiful relic of tho flood
last s-anmicr is tho crop of daisies that it
Eovrctl through tho bottom lands of Ilansas.
Soni3 sections aro dotted thickly with thesa
flow crj, and o they 'vvoro nc'cr known to
prow iKjforc it soeins certain that tho seeds
y"rcbroujbt do-n by tha flood. Chicago
Ilcrr llubt'iistcin's ct Prollts.
On his journey through Paris to Stv Pctcrs-
Jjurg, Ilcrr Rubensioin, it is said, infonnsnl a
Iricnd tiiat Ins net prouts in tho 10T 'hL.tni i-
cal' and other recitals which ho has given
since last October amounted to, in round
number-, -20,000. cw York Sun.
This addition lies west of the city of "Wichita, and immediately
adjoining the Fifth -ward in said city. West Douglas avenue runs
through the center of the addition, and in the future growth of
"Wichita the lots on "West Douglas avenue must become
BUSINESS LOTS I
This addition was placed on the market in February 1886, and
out of 700 lots there are only
eai i-i tsiate :-
I am prepared to offer to Investors some Rare Bargains in "Wick
itaReal Estate. Now is the time to invest; if you hold off for
lower prices you will he woefully disappointed. Prices are still
daily advancing and will continue to do so.
Below is a Partial List of our Bargains and Sure to make Big Money
For the Investor.
BUY LOTS IN
Bier -:- t -:- Fisher's -:- tad -:-
These Lots are close to the City Limits, and are ly.ng between Central Ave
and Second Street, east of town. These lots are for sale on cheap
and easy terms. No college, Union depot or machine shops
are to be buiit on them. For terms apply at
BDTLER& FISHERS HARDWARE STC RE
310 DOUGLAS AVE.
75 f et front on the corner of Tenth sc. and Wabash Ave.
50 feet front on Main st. in Fairview addition.
1 acre in Perry s addition; good location and a Bargain.
75 feet front on corner of Emporia and Kellogg sts.
100 feet front on the corner of Emporia aud Lewis st.
5ofeet front on Fourth ave. 4 blocks south of Douglas ave.
10 acres in Tarleton's 3d add, very cheap; suitable forl'sub-
37 feet front on Market st.; new house, 4 rooms.
"We liave some very fine Business Property
that we can sell at Great Bargains.
Of this addition to which the attention of those seeking investments
is directed :
I have opened a flret alas3 Livery Stab'o on Sout'i Watr s'pjfl. n4t to the Do i;kw Avcauj Hjtol, where
t.i.i uk iuuiiu nit ciu'ii i urn uutH(
Now Carriages nice Drl lng Horses. Every thla,c new and first clas.-,. Glvo me a call.
rant : in : Kansas.
TV OK TKOPICAL FRUITS
" '- Lc-rriS0rJ
-mmwf Finest : Restau
- v llli f f t r
WE WANT AT ONCE
Some Large Mortgages -:-
-:- From $5,000 to $20,000 Eaeh
ON BUSINESS BLOCKS. MONEY NOW READY.
VIELE & SHEPARD,
250 North IvTain Street, Koom 12.
WICHITA CRACKER COMPANY.
FINE CPuACKERS and PURE CANDIES.
418 and 420 BAST DOUGLAS AVSniS.
Wichita City Roller lis and Ebk
-Manufacture the FolloTrlnx OlabreltJ Ertuil-
$&&'' rOn.Vi and MAIN Streots.
IfiSuSfd V O.VNI)OLl'0 & KOSSL I'roprletors.
Bmncii House, Jiow Klotva, Kan.
f?f-N. U. .rders for ICE CKEA3I In any ttavor iKick
1 In Moulds or Hulk, proniitl filled.
VT. K. DHAS
A. n. 3IA.X WKLL, Notary Public.
FIRST. The land is higher than any part of the City on
east side by at least 15 feet, and the entire drainage h
east siqs oy at least id feet, and tne enure drainage is to
tho ?Az Arkansas River,
SECOND. Garfield Universitv, the State Christian College
a building which, when completed, will cost over $100,000
lies immediately south of the addition.
THIRD, The Catholic society are building a college im
mediately west of this addition, the cost of which wiil be
$100,000, and this plant is to be added to from year to
FOURTH, The Missouri Pacific R. R, will in a short time
place shops on the addition, and a depot of W, & C. and rt
Scott R. R. will be placed on this addition inside of 30 days
FIFTH. The new Fifth Ward School building is completed, the cost
of which is $15,000.
SIXTH. The street cars reach this addition, making it only 10
minutes time from west side to corner of Main st. and Douglas ave.
SEVENTH. The fair ground lies immediately north of the addition.
LASTLY. The addition is booming itself, and the facts prove it.
The west side of the river is on top.- All other additions are being
bolstered up by PURE WIND. "WINDY WIND." The investments on
the west side are booming the addition.
F G. SMYTH, SR.
GARISON & HOBSON.
N. F. NiEDERLANDER.
ANGLO AMERICAN CO.
DEAN I MAXWtLL,
Real Estate Dealers
VTe have property In every dMlrablo loeillty In tho cttp: also a Iar?o list of Fam Property, ny calling
our oQlce jwu can get our prices and seo our property free of charge.
OFFICE: nOOM 4 EAGLE HLOCIC.
First stairway 0.1st of Wichita. National Eanfc.
DEAN &l MAXWELL
Now is the time to buy lots in this addition
while they are cheap.
ONE MILE SOUTH ON LAWRENCE AVE.
Street cars and large brick
School house in connection. For further in
formation call at 61 1 S Market st.
J. R. HOLIDAY,
Staple and Fancy Groceries.
IMPERIAL, Roller Patont; WHITE ROSE, Extra Fancy;
X. L. C. R., Fancy.
Tbcv hrantlT hnrp ten on thn mtrSrt t at. Treat, north an S vxMh Pi- ta jwr". iwvl Uy hv won
-nvlalile reputation wherever Introduced. To try tlii.ils totviy witUtloai. Voarwitwajf to the irjutcH
u heat at Ulhet ch price.
OLIVER. IMBODEIT & CO.
FRANCIS TIERNAN & CO.,
CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS OF
Water and Gas Works
PARTICULAR ATTENTION GIVES TO CITIES IN KANSAS.
OFFICE X-W COK. 5TH and MAIlKET STS. ST. IjOUIS Ui r U ITA W A KI
OIFIfE SAY COR MAIN and D0C0I.A3 AVENGE. WIOM I I A, KAN.
I E5TA1SLIFJIKI) 3' 1879.
Ll MARKET. ; .
T3SI !& .,, ,t ' Jv'-L -sv jTTrSr
Bought and Sold on Commission. Liberal advancements matin
on consignmenss. ErerytJsing guaranteed as represented. Auction
H, L. HILL, Proprietor.
0. B. ST0CKER,
ALL GOODS WARRANTED.
No. 227 E. Douglas Ave
MONEY TO LOAN
On Chattel Mortgages and City Property,
IN SMALL OR LARGE AMOUNTS.
SHORT TIME AT THE LOWEST BATES,
Wichita Banking Co!
116 WEST DOUGL&S AVENUE.
Mantels, B I FlreCIay,
Grates, B S PlreSnclc,
MABKLE' DUST, TriUTK : SAXDLATII
lime, Hair, Hew TcrS: asU illckisas Plactcr.
Louisville and Portland Cement.
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