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1VKI1NK-DAY, Al'lll I, t, 1883.
The Light ris to a question ol privilege
and remarks that thctreets of the city are not
in a satisfactory condition.
Tint State ol Massachusetts is directly re
ponsible for the horrible state of affairs at the
State Alms House in Newburg. Had its
officers exercised discretion in selecting per
sons to manage the Alms House, or even dili
gence in watching the conduct of these persons
after they had been selected, no opportunity
would have presented itself for such exhibi
tions of cruelty and brutality as that with
which the management of the institution was
marked. Every person in Massachusetts in
any way connected with the Alms House
should be punished.
Flats would be a paying institution in San
Antonio. When conductrd properly they
afford all home comforts and as much con
venience as a hotel. In New York, Chicago
and other large cities the people who live in
flats form a large per centage of the popula
tion. Each family has from one to four
or five rooms; the service is the
same as that at large first-class
hotels; meals can be obtained at a restaurant
in the building or elsewhere, according to in
dividual preference. As between hotel life
and fiat life the latter is the more enjoyable.
It would be eagerly accepted by many persons
in San Antonio were it possible to do so.
Texas needs such an anti-free pass law as
that of New York, where, hereafter, Supreme
Court judges, State officials and members and
employees ol the Legislature will have to pay
railroad fare as other persons do. The free
pass system is most pernicious and tends to
the corruption of the very persons on whom
we most rely for impartial administration of
laws, and for legislation for the purpose of
affording equal protection to our many diverse
interests. It may be that few Texas officials
take advantage of their position to obtain free
passes, but It is far more probable that the
number of those who have free passes is
greatly in excess of those who have not. The
Light challenges the Legislature to disprove
that fully two-thirds of its members have com
promised their manhood, jeopardized the in
terests of their constituents and held them
selves up to scorn and contumely by placing
themselves under obligations to railroad com
panies they know full well will some day exact
a price for favors seemingly freely bestowed.
Kit El I CAM!' YARDS
Are an institution in San Antonio, They sup
ply a vicuity both romantic and pecuniarily,
The merchant who owas a yard expects, and
sometimes demands, in return for the accom
modation, or rather the squatter right, a mo
nopoly of the camper's trade. That is all
right. The camper is the bona fide mer
chant's friend his customer. The gates are
open day and night, and the rural gentleman
makes it a sort of rustic home He finds his
peculiar spot, unhitches his animals, goes
through the paradoxical pleasure of squatter
ism, and generally is happy. Sometimes he
is inclined for a decent bed either at Hord's,
(be Fanners' Home or the Central, and some
times his consequently unprotected goods
vanish. The merchant receives his coin with
these words, " In God we trust." Hut
"cleanliness is next to godlintss." These
camp yards are not cleanly. Some of them
are nasty, have a shocking bad smell, and want
looking after by somelndy Hot and sultry
days are coming, and disease is rcadyto grasp
insirluously its victims. Hut let it be resisted.
If a merchant has the temerity to foist a camp
yard on an healthy community and in the
heart of the city, compel him to pave it o
cement it and give it ft dally cleansing and so
keep a great source of epidemic fiom the city.
The lnrdmior I'arrtdlje.
l'rom tho New Oilcans Times-Democrat.
If there be any particular Spot of this conti
nent where natural beauty might justify dream
ers to claim an American site for the primitive
Garden ol Paradise, that spot is the Teche
country of Louisiana. Mountain scenery has,
indeed, inspired poets for many decades of
centuries, but the splendor and the grandeur
of lofty peaks never evoked those feelings
which the first sight of the Teche must
create in any imaginative mind. Masculine
and mighty are the words in which the beauty
ol mountains are described the peaks call
Titan thoughts into being, longings after in
accessibilities remote as their gliinering sum
mits, fancies deep as the rayless chasms open
ing between their granite feet. Races born
among the high crags have made history; the
children of the mountain inherit a statute of
giants and a fierceness of eagles.
All the glory that is associated with moun
tain legend and mountain history has a sav
age glitter; the splendid is always blended
with the terrible, as in Scandinavian Kddas.
I'erhaps the tenderest fancy connected with
mountains has been that religious one com
mon to almost all nations that somewhere
above the fir belts, above the roar of cas
cades, above the reach of human endeavor,
above the flight of eagles, there is some mys
terious summit whose whiteness is not of
snow, but of Divinity Ihe dwelling place of
Hut here in a land where no Sierra bars the
horizon, where no snow (alls and all is smooth
and soft as a bed, would seem a fitter soj"urn
for god than the most iridescent summit of
the brightest mountain ever kissed by the
sun. Heaven is not here above human
reach one may drift dreamily into it
with a waft ol orange scented wind ;
there is no eminence; the long low undula
tions are not loftier than those of a tropical
s -a on days of fervid heat and in the virgin
liveliness of the land one beholds Ihe dreams
of the old Greek idyllists rcaliztd in all rich
ness of perfumed green and yet something
more, never beheld in any temple nor even in
those Arcadian vales peopled by a race who
called themselves Proselenoi, or older than
Those groves of great oaks are such as
Martin pictured in his illustrations to Para
dise Lost; and his fairy Eve mie.ht have mir
rored hrr white body in the smoo'hness of
that sinuous bayou not less perfectly than in
the waters of a Paradisaical pond. Where
the wild bushes and the cypresses do not
crowd to Ihe bank in promiscuous herds of
green, the prairie dips its mossy soft
ness into .the water. The. first general
impression of the Teche scenery is that
ot sailing tnrougn some enormous garden;
but the Spnnish moss gradually and fantastic
ally dissipates that idea.
It is the moss that forms the theme of the
scenery If a musical word may be used de
sc iptively. It constitutes Ihe character t f the
landscape. It is omnipresent and omnipotent
i n effect. It streams from the heads and limbs
of the oaks; from the many-elbowed cypress
skeletons it hangs like decaying rags of green.
It creates suggestions of gibbets and of
corpses, of rotten rigging, of Ihe tattered sails
of ships "drifting with the dead to shores
where all is dumb." Under the sunlight it
has also countless pleasant forms the tresses
of slumbering dryads, the draperirs flung out
upon some vast woodland-holiday by skill of
merry elves. Under the moon, losing its
green, every form of goblinry, every
fancy of ghastl'ness, every grim
ness of witchcraft, every horror
of death, are mocked by it. A weird and
wonderful mourning seems to droop over the
filains; all the woods and the groves, the
ily-kissed pools, the shadow-reflecting ba
yous, appear to lament some incalculable be
reavement, some vast and awful death. It is
as though this land were yet weeping for Pan,
as though all the forests and streams had
not ceased afler more than a thousand years
to lament the passing away of the sylvan gods
ana nympns oi ine antique world.
1 1 Circling, coiling, curving, curling, the bayou
moves without a ripple through wildernesses
of wildly fantastic beauty through land worth
a surface covering of golden coin, through
foilorn cypress woods, weeping their moss
Into the shadowed water, through fields
of cane, through vistas of evergreens
dying away into blue dreaminess under
orange trees holding out their yellow riches
, to passing boats, close by fallen trunks
, dr iwned in the waveless current alligators
hard to be distinguished from the dead grey
I bark. At long intervals a white town dozing
under green shadows. Land and the streets
sleep beneath the sun, full of flower fragrance,
and the nuptial inc-nse of orange groves.
There is hardly a stir; the songs of birds
, drown the voices of men; the shadows of the
trees scarcely waver. And Ihe great dreami
ness olthe land makes itself master of thought
and speech, mesmerizes you, caresses
with tender treachery, soothes with
irresistible languor, woos with un
utterable sweetness Afterward when
you have returned into the vast metropolis,
nil the dust and the turmoil and the roar of
traffic and the smoke of industry and the iron
cares of life that mesmerism will not have
utterly passed away, nor the perfume of that
poppied land wholly evaporated from the
brain. The songs of the bird" will still be
heard by you faint as fairy flutes, and in
dreams the golden Teche will curve for you
once more under wondrous festoons of grctn,
under wizard apparelled groves, Ihrough deep
enchantments of perennial summer, and you
will awake to feel the great sweet dreaminess
come back upon you again-a moment only,
but a moment that mak's dim the eyes as with
mists of a tropical morning.
J. C. BREEDING & SON,
ltoom No. It, up-Btnln, In Telephono building,
southwest corner of Bolcdad and
PATENT TIN HOOFING PLATES. .
Tho best ill use. Manufactured by the Nn
tlonnl Sheet .Metal Hontliur company, Nash
vllle, Tennessee It iniikestho best roof and
Is very ornamental. Tho plates nru of dlllor
cntatzcftand may bo of any irrndo of tin do
slrcd. Expansion nnd contraction from heat
and eold docs not cirot this roollnir. Kurmers
cnn'nso It as readily psshliurlos. It Is tiro-proof
mid ornamental. It Is very popular whoro It
Imt been Introduced Cull mid ocO samples nnd
the uircnt In tho Telephono bulldlnir, southwest
comorof Soledad mid Houston streets, room
No. 6. up-8tulrs. J. C. 1IHKKOINO SON,
L. N. WALTIIAti.
WALTIJAL & CALLAUHAN,
ATTORNEYS -AT -LAW,
San Antonio, Texas.
Onico: Dwyer bulldlnir, southeast cornor
DEVINE & SMITH
SAN ANTONIO TEXAS
omi j end 8 Devtne
Uulldlng, Soledad itrott-CI
EDWAltD J. GALLAGHER,
Mason & Builder
031 HOUSTON STREET.
Estimates for dams, bridges, boilers, clstorns.
tanks, furnaces, ovens, grates and buildings of
ull kinds. Will gunrantco satisfaction. Job-
hlnr-'l Hnrfn o 11.TK-W
F. Groos & Co.,
BANK EIRS :
and Dealers in Exchange,
SAN ANTONIO, - - - TEJCA
J. S. Lockwood
J. II. Kumpmann.
Lockwood & Kampmann,
(SuecoBsors to Thornton .V lockwood).
B .A. IsT KZ E Pi S ,
Deal In Mexican dollars mid bullion. Tel
eirraphlo transfers made. Hills on nny part of
Kuropo nnd Mexico.
Blum St., opp. Menger Hotel,
SAN ANTONIO, : : : : TEXAS.
Horses led by Ihe day, week or month. Sddl
horses, carriages and buggies can ba ordered at all
No. 237 Commerce Street,
Will furnish Wooden and Metallic Burial Cases and
Catkett. Ilearsei and Carriages at all times OfTic
open day and night. Telephone- connections witt
beaHb office! 7-18-lf
Wahrenberger & Co.,
K0. 10 YTURRI STIIEET.
SAN ANTONIO, - - - TEXAS.
LIVE STOCK EXCHANGE
And General Commission Dealer.
San Antonio, Texas.
The Itcsldenco of tlio Lute Kz-fiovernor
Tho resldeneo of tho late ox-Oovemor Davis
at Austin, Texas, Is for wile. Tho liouo Is
lnrirunud roomy; th Kriiiuuls nro highly Im
proved nnd every modern convenlenco 1ms
been studied to muku tho premise comforta
ble. About seven ucii s of trround Is Included
In tho property. Tho site Is one of tho finest In
tho State. Mug. U. J. Davis,
tf Austin. Toxas.
SAM C. BENNETT,
Wholesale and ltetall Dealer In
FINE WINES, LIQUORS,
Cltrars nnd Tobacco. Particular attention
irlvon to receiving Rnd selllnir Wool for my
customors. Htoro on cornor ot Main plaza and
Market street. .
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS,
Plumbing and Gas-Fitting,
Bath Tubs, Water Closets, Iron, Lead, Tile Pipe and
Plumbers' Goods of all kinds.
Also, JOHNS' ARI1ESTOS HOOKINO-cool, durable, cheap. JOHN'S" ASI1HSTOS
PA INTO, that will keep their color In this elhnnte. Tiles, Collar Lights,
Tin lt"otltiK und SldliiK. P'nmblnir ilntio reasonably and well.
Hoofs painted and iiindu tlirht by an experienced ltoof
Painter at tho lowest prlro. Allworifiiarunteed.
maury & McClelland
PETERSON & HOMMBIIS,
The proprietors of tho Atlantic Hardens, have liinuiruratcd 11 scries of
For tho public, to bo given 011 Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Afternoons.
Tho muslo will bo of tho hlirhcst character, and all the accommodations will be flrsl-clnss.
ramllles and ladles will bo welcomed mid all Improper characters will bo excluded.
They propoo to make these conceits tho very best, and tho Atlantis Oardons tho most
popular In tho city.
SIMMANG & HAMPEL'S
Postoffice Exchange Restaurant.
FRESH FIMI, OYSTERS, SIIRIMr, CRABS AM) GA HE
Alwnys on hand, and served In llrst-elnss style, flood board bv tho day, week or month nt
rca-onutilo rates. OPHN DAV AND NKIHT. 3 1Btt
S0ULE & WILLIAMS,
PAINTS, OILS, GLASS, ETC.
Sole Agcn8 for the Celebrated Avcrlll Rcadf-Mixcd Paint,
Paper Hangings in Every Variety.
272 Commerce Street, San Antonio, Texas.
jSfOrders by mail promptly attended to.
The nuw term will heirln on Monday, tho 2nd
day of April next. Applications for ndiiillou
will ho received from to-day by tho secretary,
Mr. N. Tenior.
Parents and Kimrdlnns, aro particularly 10
iiuefted to unto that scholars lor thnglxth or
lowest clues will bo received only at tho bcirlii
ulujr of thu now term, nnd not diirlmr tho
samo. P. (liiooB, President.
San Antonio, March 10, ldttl.
Tho LIGHT offlco Is tho placo to got tho
best printing for tho least monoy.
LETTER HEADS, NOTE HEADS,
DILL HEADS, STATEMENTS,
ENVELOPES, GAUDS, ETC.
Work Delivered When Promised.
ltemombor thu tluoc205 Commerce etrtet.
Tents are for 8le liy HUOO A SCIIMKLTZKlt.
All work guaranteed. Prices reasonable.
HIRE ME A HALL!
I want to tell about the Boss Paper,
The San Antonio Light, f
Only 10 Ocnls a Wtvli, ,
SXi Commerce St., - San Antonio, Toxas.
Job Printing a Specially.
THE DIRECT LINE
San Antonio, Western Texas and
TO Ul VOINTI IN THE
north, East, West and Sontheast.
an Tuko Tholr Choice of Itoutot
Either vu Taylor and the new
Of via the St. Louis, Ieom Mountain Jk Sqdthein
R a.i.Vay Cloie connections at Little Rock for all
Principal Cities in the Southeast,
I.-, the Union Depot at St, Lonli with Exprent
trains In all directions.
Pullman Palace Sleeping Cars
between SAN ANTONIO, AUSTIN, HOUSTON
nd OALVESTON, ,nd elent Hole Cars between
SAN ANTONIO and ST, LOUIS, Wlthoat Chen,.
BfrFor Tickets, Rules, &c. spply to ny of the.
Ticket Agents or to
H. P. HUGHES Pass. Agent, Houston.
AiVt Gen, Fas. Agt., Msrshall.T mas
r. CHANDLER, Gen. Pass. Agt., St. Louis, Mo.
H. OXIE, 34 c Pres., St, Louis, Ma