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BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, MABCH 11, 1903.
CONSOLIDATED IN JULY 1893, WITH THE DAILY COSMOPOLITAN, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED HERE FOB SIXTEEN YEAHS
"A ACES B WELLS,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Office Second Floor Rio Grande Railroad
K. H. GOODRICH. K. K. OOODBIOH
E. H. GOODRICH & SON
Attorneys at Law.
S. L. DwoRsris,
THE FIBST NATIONAL BANK
OF BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS,
A GENERAL BANK NO BUSINESS TRANSACTED.
Dealers in Real Estate.
Complete Abstracts of Cameron County
kept in the office.
i H. THORN
OFFICE NEAR MILLER HOTEL. 1
Elzabeth St., Brownsville, Texas,
rv F. W. KIRKHAM,
Physician and Surgeon
Special attention to the diseases or ,
the Eye, Ear, Noso and Throat. Of-
firo inTilghman Bnilding, (np i stairs.
Thirteenth street. Brownsville Texas.3
JJUVAL WEST, I
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
San Antonio, Texas,
frexch building. a1n plaza".
Will practice in the federal and state
courts. Land titles examined.
W. T. DEITOTETT,
Staple & Fancy Groceries
Cigars, smoking and chewing
tobacco, Fancy candies,
cakes and crackers,
Full lino tin ware, crockery, Etc.
Buys and sells Mexican money
and Domestic Exchange.
Foreign Drafts issued on all
points in Europe.
William Kelly, C. H. Maris,
Robert Dalzell, A. Ashheim.
S. Ii. worman, M. Alonso.
You Want toe Best,
Yonr Physician aims to put
all bis knowledge, experience and
skill into the prescription be
wiiles. It is an order for a com
bination of remedies which your
case requires. He cannot rely on
the result unless the ingredients
are properly compounded.
Bp fair to your doior and
to yourself by bringing yonr
prescriptions here. They'll be
compounded only fey registered
pharmacists, who arenided by the
largest stock of drugs in this part
of the States, everything of the
finest quality that money can buy
or experience select.
J. L PUTE6NAT& BRO.
1853-GOLDEN JUBILEE -1903
Incarnate Word Convent of Brownsville Celebrates the
Semi-Centennial of Its Establishment in Texas.
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WINC HESTER ASMS AND AMMUNITION
p. j. titter.
JET. M. FIELD
He has full line samples
Decorative Wall Paper.
Prices from 5 cents per
I am prepared to make suits
and clean Clothes
on short notice. Work
ShopfOpposita Thielen Bakery."
Shelf and Heavey Hardware,
r AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS
Tin and Wooden W are,
White Enameled Ware,
Sheet Tin and Iron,
Bound and Flat Bar Iron,
White Lead, Lubricating Oil,
Turpentine, Paint, Varnish
and Window Gass.
Mixed and Dry Paints for
Carriages and Buildings,
'Jarriage, Wagon and Build
Sash, Doors and Blinds to
Lime, Cement and Bricks.
Agt. for John Finnigan & Co.
iU Pays the QighestPricesfor Hides, Skinsand all Country Prodnc?
On Sunday, March 9, 1903, the
Incarnate Word Convent of Browns
ville celebrated the semi-centennial
of its establishment in Brownsville.
It was a memorable day in the his
tory of that old and honored insti
tution, and the event commemorat
ed was a notable one in the history
of Brownsville. For fifty years, this
institution has been prominent in
educational work in this section,
thousands of young girls having
been pupils within its walls. Many
of them who are now mothers and
even grandmothers participated in
the celebration of its semi-centennial.
In view of the important part
which the Incarnate Word order
has played in the history of Browns
ville, a brief sketch of the early his
tory of the order, and of the work
it has accomplished in Texas, may
not be amiss:
The order of the Incarnate Word
and Blessed Sacrament was found
ed in 1639, at Avignon, France, by
the saintly Mother Jeanne deMatel.
The venerated foundress lived
long and eventful life. Of high social
rank, she had access to the highest
dignitaries of the land. Her father
was gentleman in ordinary to both
Henry IV and Louis XIII of France.
Cardinal Richelieu, minister of the
latter monarch, held her in high
esteem, and was a great admirer of
her writings. Queen Anne of Aus
tria, wife of Louis XIIL also loved
to honor her.
During her life, Mother de Matel
founded several convents in France,
hut the Sisters were dispersed dur
ing the Revolution. When peace
was restored, the order was re-es
tabhshed in France, many of the
exiled nuns returning to the newly
formed com-ents. One of these was
founded at Lyons, by a noble wo
man, Mother Angelique. It was
during her lifetime that Bishop
Pdin of Texas went to France and
requested her to send a few Sisters
to Texas. Ho likewise visited Mon
seigneur de Mazenod, founder of
the Oblate Congregation, and asked
him to send priests to Texas. It
was thus that the first Oblate Fath
ers and pioneer Sisters of the In
carnate Word came to Texas, then
almost a trackless wilderness.
The names of these first Oblate
priests are household words in
Brownsville. They were Fathers
Verdet, Parisot, Olivier, Guy, Ker-
alum, VignoIIe, and Brother Roudet.
The early Sisters were Mothers
Clare and Ange, Sisters Ephrem
and Dominique. Father Parisot,
Brother Roudet, and the two latter
Sisters are the only survivors of the
youthful band that came fifty years
The Sisters opened their first
school in Brownsville March 7,
1S53, in a small house on the site
of Judge Wells' present residence.
Mother Clare being superioress. In
November, 1S53, they completed
their first convent, a fine structure,
which was destroyed by a terrific
hurricane in 1867. In a year's time,
the present convent of the Incar
nate Word had reared its head. For
many years it was the only school
within a radiu3 of three hundred
miles. In it thousands of the daugh
ters of the best families of Browns
ville, Matamoros and surrounding
towns have been educated.
Mother Clare was for many years
superior of this convent. In 1S6G,
she founded another house in Vic
toria, Texas. She was a woman of
rare courage and virtue, loved and
honored by all. Mother Ange, a
saintly soul, governed the Browns
ville community for twenty-eight
years. At her death in 1S92, she
was mourned by everyone who
From this convent there haTe
grown seven communities of the or
der in Texas, viz: at Victoria, Cor
pus Christi. Houston, Hallettsville,
Shiner, Yoakum and Rio Grande;
and five have been founded in
Mexico, viz: at Tabasco, Puebla,.
Teotihuacan, Matamoros and Que-retaro.
The celebration of the golchm
jubilee of this revered institution
began with a Solemn High Mass in
the convent chapel Sunday morn
ing, which was very largely attend
ed. Rev. Father Pitoye preached
the sermon, eulogizing in eloquent
terms the work of the Incarnate
Word in this country. The music
by the choir was excellent.
In the afternoon at2:30, a lunch
eon was served to several hundred
invited guests, who took pleasure
in felicitating the reverend Mother
Superior and Sisters upon the happy
occasion. All were graciously receiv
ed and entertained most hospitably.
Luncheon was served in the refec
tory, the menu comprising tempt
ing sandwiches, cakes of various
kinds, coffee aed chocolate. After
wards the time was passed in visit
ing the beautiful grounds of the
convent or conversing with the Sis
ters. At 4:30 all repaired to the large
assembly hall, many others also
being admitted at this time, to
witness the entertainment given by
the pupils of the convent in honor
of the golden jubilee of their loved
Ima Mater. Thcstage was adorned
with lace drapery, looped with
heavy gold cord. Over the front in
gilt letters was the inscription in
graceful outline: "1S53-1003 Golden
Jubilee of the Incarnate Word
Convent. Welcome." Handsome
programs printed in gold letters on
white paper, the front page ap
propriately inscribed, were dis
tributed among the audience.
Just before the opening number,
three tiny girls, in while with
golden- hued ribbons, came on the
stage the central one bearing a
salver with a handsome yellow
satin bag containing $150 in gold,
a gift to the convent by present and
former pupils. A young lady ac
companied the tiny trio and made
a brief but eloquent presentation
address to the Reverend Mother and
Sisters, who occupied the front seats
near- the stage. The Reverend
Mother received. the gift with grate
ful thanks. The regular program
was then presented, as follows: .
Fanfare Rondo Bohn. (piano
Misses Havre & Hanson.
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