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Kntcrcil nt tlic Who l'oMoHlce ns Bccond-clnts
EVENING NEWS COMPANY.
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BC CENTS PER MONTH.
WACO, TKXAS, NOV. G, 1888.
The laboring men of Indiana are
against Ben Harrison, and a thousand
free excursions Indianopolis will not
change them. They will settle their
old score with him at the polls elec
tion day. Indianapolis Scntinal.
At least a couple of millions were
dropped in Dallas during the fair.
The work of preparing for the next
year's harvest ol the same kind
ought to commence at once. Dallas
No one will dispute that the Old
Roman's speeches succeeded in get
ting to the point. They are the most
pointed and pungent things that this
campaign has produced. Hoston Her
ald. The San Angelo Enterprise says:
San Angelo is getting to be something
of a horse market, and will divide
honors hereafter in that line with San
Antonio as she has been lor some
time past in ranch supplies and wool.
In New York City on Tuesday
Mary J. Schafer was sentenced to
seven years imprisonment in the pen
itentiary by Recorder Smyth for hav.
ing set fire to the house in which she
and others lived. The recorder, in
passing sentence, said: I have no
sympathy with the insurance compa
nies. They tempt poor people to
commit the crime of arson by getting
them to insure their property for more
than its value and collect premiums
that they cannot afford to pay, allow
ing them to believe that if the prop
erty is destroyed they will get the
full amount of their policies, when as
a matter of fact, they will not receive
more than the real value of their
The Fort Hamilton band played at
Llewellen Park, N. J., last week, and
its music was thoroughly appreciated
says the New York Times, even though
the band was not there. A wax cyl
inder was taken to the front, and the
band played several marches, quick
steps, and the like for its special im
provement. Then the cylinder was
taken to Llewellyn Park, set agoing,
and the music played at Fort Hamil
ton was reproduced. Every instru
ment was heard distinctly. There has
been much speculation concerning the
possibilities of Mr. Edison's invention,
but on the occasion mentioned an en
tire reproduction of the performance of
the band was given. The notes were
neither faint nor indistinct, although
there was a difference in what is
known as tone color. The sounds
were "small," as though heard at
distance, but there was nothing like a
muffled tone. One of the strangest
effects of the phonograph was to give
out a well-known air backward.
Tin? BASKET MAKERS.
Brooklyn has a phenomenon just
at present who is interesting a num
ber of physicians. James Wilson is
a North county Irishman, and he has
a power of expanding his chest to a
degree that has never been recorded
in any medical work, and which is be
lieved to have never been equaled.
He is forty-five years old, and a few
nights ago demonstrated at a private
exhibition, which several physicians
attended, that he could expand his
chest sixteen inches, and had in addi
tion an extraordinary muscular move
ment in the lower limbs. Wilson
proved the genuineness of his power
by taking a trunk strap an inch wide
and one-sixth of an inch thick, and
after buckling it about his body di
rectly below his armpits, inhaled air
and burst the heavy leather with al
most as much ease as thonp it had
been cotton twine. It was under this
test that his chest expansion reached
a measurement of sixteen inches. The
extraordinary teat of Wilson may be
appreciated, says the New York
Times, when it is known that the av
erage power to expand the lungs in
creases the measurement of the chest
by about three inches. Some nota
ble athletes have secured a measure
ment of five inches, and one or two
VISIT TO A COLONY OF PRIMITIVE
AND UNKEFINF.O FOLK.
Iluiiii'4 Which Aro Ulil, Tumble' Donti
and Untidy Ad'ulr Vlcnr of mi Interior.
Tablo Ktltjuetlo Tlin UmUot Mnkor nt
Work Method tit Mnmifiictnrr.
Dantown Is eighty-five miles from New
York, and Is reached by the. Now York,
Now Hnvcn and Hartford railroad, via
Stamford nml Now Canaan. A colony of
basket makers thoro inhabit n district be
ginning about four miles north of New
Canaan, running In length nbout eight
miles, and in width about thrco miles.
In this bailiwick Is Included nnothcr set
tlement called JumptMvn, but tho wholo
district is known as Dantown. Tho set
tlement derives its iiumu from tho first
settlers, whoso nanio was Dan, and ninety
nino hundredths of tho people who II vo
thero now aro also Dans,
Wo drovo over to Dantown to seo if
they wero really tho uncouth people they
wero credited with being. The roads nro
narrow and full of locks: in fact, tho
wholo country Is nothing bnt rocks and
an almost Impenetrable jungle. Tho
homos of tho basket makers nro old,
tumblo down, rumshacklo affairs, tin
painted, built of oak shingles, one-half
of them fallen off, and tho oahmco In n
stnto of irretrievable decay, fences falling
down, gates with no hinges, tho wholo
settlement looking as if a cyclouo had
struck It away bade tn revolutionary
war times, and not a stroko of repairs
been put to it since
VIKW OF AN IXTKKtOIl.
For furniture of these houses thero is
nothing but tho plainest straight backed
chairs, with basket woven seats, some of
them handed down from great-grand
father's time, and somo of lato domestic
manufacture, but nil presenting tho samo
stylo and discomfort. Tho old fashioned
fireplaces nro built of wood and plastered
Insldo and out. Tho Dautowners aro not
high livers. They eat becauso it sustains
lifo. Thoy do not sit long at tabic, and
thoy dlspeuso with all of tho convention
alities of tablo etiquetto. Tho writer sat
down to dine, or, ns tho host expressed It,
"to tako pot luck, and was told to "pitch
In and help ycrsclf," which ho did. Tho
bill of faro was pork and beans, potatoes,
bread and molasses, and applo sauce, tho
young girl of the family remarking: "Say,
maar, ef It's dark t'niglit I'll git nuther
bag o' them there apple3." Whereupon
maar replied: "Dry up yer yawp."
Tho peoplo llvo frugally, becnuso they
aro compelled. A basket maker must
work early and lato to mnko $5 a week,
and as thero aro generally a dozen "young
'nns" about tho house, this does not go
far, though tho "young 'tins" wero all in
a scml-stato of nudity.
Yet theso peoplo nro ns content with
their lot as a North Carolina clay eater.
Thero is always a market for their baskets,
and they nianngo to squeezo along on tho
commonest food so that they can indulgo
in tobacco and get tho little brown jug
filled. Tho latter Is of moro absoluto
necessity to tho majority of tho Dantown
ers than tho sack of fiour or tho flitch of
bacon. Years ago they wero famous for
their storo of Modford rum, but it is never
seen now. In its placo Is ryo whisky, and
not tho best, either, and now that Now
Canaan is a prohibition town, they nro
sometimes put to desperato straits for tho
wherewithal to wot their whistles.
Tim 1IASKCT MAKUK AT WORK.
Thero aro no organized workshops, and
tho business of setting up baskets Is car
ried on in tho kitchen, dining room and
parlor, which Is generally all in ono room.
Thoy aro very particular nbout their tim
ber. They uso hickory, whlto nud black
ash and black oak. They uso tho first cut
of tho log and no other. Tho bark is
peeled off, and tho log, which Is novor
over ten Inches through, is split Into sec
tions, making it easier to handle They
tako a section and pound it over a log or
rock until It slivers. It is then Eegregated
by peeling tho slivers off, which aro used
for what fs called "filling" for tho baskets.
Tho "standards" nro peeled much thicker,
and havo tho appcaranco of a flour barrel
hoop. They aro tied in bundles, and, Ifc
not used when green, aro soaked in water
over night, which makes them pliablo and
easy to weave. If they do not cut this
wood themselves they aro compelled to
pay $10 a cord for It; but it Is said that a
great many cut tholr own wood and aro
not particular whoso laud they cut It
from. Times havo changed with tho bas
ket makers, and competition has cheap
ened tholr product from $15 n dozen
twenty years ago to $!3.50 a dozen now.
And then wood was only $6 a cord.
Tho modo of basket making is simple.
First tho thick sticks nro cut to tho re
quired length and laid on tho ground,
looking liko a gigantic starfish. At tho
point of contact thoy aro fastened, nud
then comes tho work of weaving tho light
or sido strips in and out. Ono strip is
woven in several times around tho basket
boforo It gives out, when another ono Is
lapped on. As tho weaving continues tho
standards aro raised and bent or "shaped"
until it has reached tho required height.
Then two thicker strips, Hut on ono bldo,
rounded with a draw shavo on tho other,
aro clapped on. Tho standards, which
project nbovo this baud, aro twisted
around it and securely fastened. The
handles aro put on boforo tho band is.
Theso nro maoo of a thick strip trimmed
down smooth, with a notch cut In them,
which abuts against tho band. Then tho
basket Is turned upsido down, and an
other star shaped set of strips is pushed
up through tho woof of tho basket. This
is dono so that tho basket can sit on its
own bottom. A basket maker has to
hustlo to niako two dozen baskets in a
week. They mako all kinds tho corn.
tho market and tho oyster basket, but tho
latter takes prcccdonco over tho two for
mer, as tho demand along tho sound Is
nover filled. Dantown (N. Y.) Cor. Now
About "Cuiuirtl flood Polftonllig."
Yet, with nil tho advantages of canned
goods, somo peoplo abstain from tholr uso,
becauso they think they aro unwholesome.
This idea has nrlsen from tho fact, that
among tho hundreds of millions of tins
annually consumed, there is now nnd then
one Imperfectly sealed, thus admitting
thonlrniul spoiling tho contents. Theso
nro easily detected, from tho fact that they
generally havo "swelled" or puffed up
ends, and. nfter opening, by tho exorcise
of common mjiiso in tho uso of tho organs
of tnsto nnd smell. No ono thinks of eat
ing a decayed potato, or spoiled eggs, fish
or meats, but somo consumers seem to
think that becauso n thing Is put up in
tin, It must bo good under nil circum
stances, prepare It for tho tablo and eat it
without tho slightest discrimination. This
sometimes results in moro or less sovoro
attacks of cholera morbus, which, In theso
dnysof bcnsntiomil press dlspatchcs.aro us
ually announced ns "canned goods poison
ing. Uvfurothu Inveutlonof canned goods,
cholera morbus was as common ns it is
now, but it was called cholera morbus,
and not "canned goods poisoning."
It is beginning to bo understood by tho
medical profession nnd tho public, that
this tpyo of illness Is largely tho result of
tho decomposition of organic matter,
which, In its earlier stages, develops a
form of nlkaloid unison, technically known
as ptomaines: but such cases aro moro
common with spoiled meat, fish, milk,
chceso and ice cream than from canned
goods, and It is safe to say that, consider
ing tho enormous amount of canned goods
used, thoy aro moro wholesomo than any
similar amount of food not canned.
Francis U. Tliurbcr in Medical Classics.
A Story of Longfellow.
A Now Yorl: paper, in somo pleasant
gossip about Mr. Longfellow, tells a story
of tho way ho treated tho charges of
plagiarism against tho Indian poem "Hia
watha," in following closely both tho
form and substance of "The Knlovala,"
tho national epic of Finland. When they
began to appear ho showed a profound In
dltlerenco on tho subject; but beforo loug
his publisher thought best to call his at
tention to them, and suggested thnt a
reply from tho poet bo written. "Well,
I'll think about it," said Mr. Longfellow,
and thero the mnttcr dropped. Tho press
continued to echo nnd re-echo tho ciiargo;
and tho pubisher again called on tho poet,
saying, "Heally, Air. Longfellow, I think
it is high time this charge was answered."
Again Longfellow said, "I'll see about
it," adding, quietly, "How Is tho book
selling?" "Oh, wonderfully well," said
tho publisher. "Better than my other
books?" "Oh, much better," and he named
Shortly nfter this interview (Mr. Long
fellow still keeping silence), The Tribune
ennio out with almost a pago of broadsido
on tho subject. Tho publisher was now
really excited. Ho called on tho poet again.
"It will not do," ho said, very decidedly,
"to let this thing go on any longer."
"How does tho book sell?" asked Lougfel
lo.r. "Amazingly tho snlo Is already
equal to tho combined sales of your other
books." "Then," said Longfellow, "I
think wo ought to bo thankful to theso
critics. Lot them talk. Seems to mo
they aro giving us a largo amount of
gratuitous advertising. Better let them
alone." And let nlouo they were. Chi
Thoso Who May Llvo Lone.
Better, perhaps, than any of tho slnglo
temperaments would bo n mixture of tho
sanguino nnd tho bilious; nnd, indeed, all
tho examples of special lifo storage which
I havo met witli havo been of this heredi
Tho organism whicli Is best constituted
for lifo slorago is, thoroforo, capablo of
being identified, nud stands out, so to
speak, in its own colors. Tho color of the
Iris, or curtain of tho eyeball, always an
excellent test, is a light hazel; tho hair
is dark brown; tho color of tho skin is in
clined to bo florid, and tho lips and eye
lids aro of good natural red never pale,
as lu tho puro nervous temperament, and
never of dark bluish tint, as in tho lym
phatic or lymphatic bilious. In this
mixed temperament of tho sanguino nud
bilious, a preponderance of tho sanguino
is, I beliovo, always an advantage
Tho qualities hero enumerated, as repre
sented hi an organism well fitted for tho
storago of lifo, are nbsolutely of heredi
tary cuaracter. l ucy spring from com
binations of parentage, and when tho
combinations aro unalloyed by tho intro
duction of any disturbing elements of
diieaso, tho conditions for long storago
nro fortunately combined. Dr. Benjamin
Amazons tn the Front.
Tho lnsolcnco and inefficiency of men
servants in England havo long been so
vividly realized by all Heads or house
holds, that any step which shall bo an
advanco In tho direction of getting rid of
them ought to bo hailed with rapture by
all chatelaines nnd housekeepers. Many
ladles havo given them up altogether, and
content themselves with feinolo servants,
selecting a peculiarly stalwart Bpccimcn
of tho genus amazon to fulfil tho duties
ot butler, blio Is, moreover, In many
cases, dressed In a llvory coat and waist
coat, which look very smart, although
Obesity Unhandsome and Unsafe
Stoutness is not only unhandsome nnd
inconvenient, but unsafe. It clogs tho
organs, gives tho heart moro work to do,
and tho system moro to carry. Stout
peoplo are pretty sure to havo erysipelas
or kidney disease or cancer, nnd aro just
as likely to melt down in consumption as
lean peoplo. Then ovorflesh Is attended
by impairment of mental power, dullness
ot sensation, and ludlllercnco to tuo tcel
ings of others. Tho children of stout
young women aro likely to havo inferior
vitality and go off with marasmus. The
great causo of obesity? Inactive life. It'
Is not what you eat so much as what you
do with It that determines flesh. Men
grow fat eating good lunches and club
dinners and bitting in offices tho rest of
tho tlmo, when thoy ought to work or
cxerciso strenuously lull livo hours a day.
Women tho samo. 'Tho only food 1 should
taboo, unless lu peculiar casos, would bo
fats, oatmeal and potatoes. Shirley Daro's
When Gentlemen Woro Queues.
"Dear mol" said tho barber, "surely
this country Is doomed to dlsgraco and
shame. What presidents wo might havo,
slrl Just look at Daggett, of Connecti
cut, nud Stockton, of Now Jcrsoyl What
queues thoy havo got, sir as big os your
wrist, and powdered every day, sir, like
real gentlemen as they ore Such men,
would confer dignity upon tho chief
magistracy; but this llttlo Jim Madison,
witli a queuo no blearer than n nlpo stcml
Sir, it Is enough to mako n mnn forswear
his country 1" S. O. Goodrich.
Didn't Appreclato tho Opportunity.
"What a chauco for you," said a friend
to ono of our bonanza princes, just com
pleting ids now house "What n chanco
to buy somo lino paintings. Blauk, tho
broker, has collapsed, and is helling his
collection." "You'ro very kind in your
luicnuouB, i am sure, said tno bonanza.
my wlfo woulunt caro to buv
perhaps rather suggestlvo of tho stage, second hand paintings." San Francisco
vjurni reccuwy, at an uiieiiiouu puny
given in London, tue guests wero entirely
served by a bevy or icmaio servants, an
dressed aliko in black gowns, whlto waist-
incidents in medical history are given itS' and white caps trimmed with black
where the expansion has equaled very pleasing, and the waiting was much
A Novel Sign Hoard
A mountain hotel popular among artists
has a novel blgn board that swings from
an iron wrought bracket at tho slilo of
pvnnnQinn has pmmlpri I ., .lAna1r ..! 1in .nt.i.r ...., ...ni. I tho Inn. its dpsi'Mi. imlntnri hr un ui-tUf
eioht inches Revnnd this however moro efttclenTly and neatly dono than if It represents a bear and fox skipping paw lu
eignt incnes. ueyona tms, nowever, lmd boen t,,, t0 a A et waitera paw ovor the moonlit hllU-Ciikago
no record is mauc The Antouaut. ucraiu
Waco Furniture Co.
A ofood thine for
everybody who want to4
buy furniture. We will
extend our closing out
sale ten days longer.
Now is your time to
buy furniture; you can
afford to buy at the
prices we offer, wheth
er you need it or not.
Give us a call at once
as we must make room
for our new stock en
routed, and after that
time we will have the
largest, best assorted
and- most complete
stock of furniture ever
shown in Central Tex
as, at prices to suit everybody.
We Garry a Full Line of CoffinsJrom
the Cheapest to the Best.
Also a lino of cloth covered caskets.
Metallccasea,and a full linoofrobos
for gouts, ladies and children.
Arterial Embalming a Specialty.
Prices to 'Suit "I Everybody.
PRICE 50 GENTS PER MONTH.
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