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Taking El Paso's Census
LIS time the citizens of El Paso were
lof the city is taken when the enumerators begin work.
Ten years ago the census save EI Paso a population sevcxai ..nuuo
r ... --. ,w nf residents, and the same thing is likely again- It is
L- .., a .fn.tn a that everv
Judge Littler, of Big Springs, the supervisor, is anxious to-see that the worfc
'iwrly done in all parts, of the district, but it 5s a large flistactsparsdy
xa a v. v.,- , , r,-fnTO tn Took
Paso, and would no doubt be very
n t?i Te in t,a work of taking
, : 1,;. aTwiT,fit. to confer
insus, and no doubt would be glad to come
ef commerce on 'the matter.
cm -tw ,-n t,0 ,-rfiswi fn the world
ie total reported by the census takers and
1 T.r !, ncur ciuiPTviKors are caxeiess 01 iieK"K"ii. o.Uvi.- - x-
as a city of 30,0001 or 35,000 people when it
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. i.rp ifh indcre Littler: help
places and see that the men do their full duty in making the enumeration.
This is a serious'matter to El Paso nd one that should receive senous con
sideration. The chamber of commerce ought to call a special meeting to take up
, and formulate plans for assisting the supervisor and his census taer.
It is Gov. Mills now ami ex-Gov. Curry.
Q wriwe Southwestern columns form one record after another of building
evelopment and general progress. The Great Southwest is growing and the people
ire being made wealthy.
The snreestion from Clint that Hamilton be brought back for the El Paso fair-
is a geod one. The Man Bird would be a
ww ,-c thp imP to Dlant erass. trees
late and then growl about having a barren
f ' yard, and the work must begin early.
Tf fnp rt of the lavmen missionaries
and talks, then the world is going to see
"The early bird catches the worm" if he ent to bed early enough the night
before to feel -like looking for the worm next morning.
Arizona, like El Paso, is praising Hamilton and his wonderful aerial flights.
Hamilton made greater flights at El Paso and in Arizona than any other aviator
has done since the Xos Angeles meeting.
Some of the fellows who have been getting all the spotlights lately, will soon
find themselves groping in the dark. T. Roosevelt is out of the jungle and he has
a habit of not staying out of the light when he is within reach of its rays.
Fair Advertises El Paso
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T HE value or tne xirst x,i jtu in "- ""-j -
"ing country that exhibited- here, is being felt every day in some way or
Letters are 'being received here stating that 'attention -was called to such and
such a thing through some report in .connection with the fair and communities in
the sections around El Paso are receiving letters stating that the writers were at
tracted through the prizes won by the "community at the El Paso fair. This is
stimulating interest in the' sections around the city and there is a desire on the
part of exhibitors to come again.
One of the big railroads is using the El Paso lair as an advertisement in its
literature that is being distributed all over the United States. The Orient road
has issued a splendid sheet advertising the Pecos valley and says:
"The Pecos valley, Texas, irrigated fruit farms and alfalfa fields won 22 first
prize'! at the El Paso fair recently in competition with some of the richest and
oldest irrigated districts in the west, proving the value of these lands for grapes,
peaches, nears and alfalfa."
This'advertising is being distributed widely and both the Pecos valley and El
Paso are extensively advertised as a result. The same circular reprints a state
ment'from the El Paso Herald on the fertility of the Pecos valley.
cry all over
-'Dam the watci -&
is why they dam it.
"Every cloud hasa. 'silver lining," but you've got to have a long pole some
times to get any of the silver. .
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Shakspere was not the only man with great ideas, but he did something with
his An idea is no eood unless put into execution. . .
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The builders of El Paso evidently -had in mind the old 'axiom that "it is a
long road that hal'no turns," so they made it short in laying out some of the
An advertisement goes into details about "how to remove superfluous hair."
frhether superfluous or not, here is a good way to remove any kind of hair:
JusrpuU back good and hard after baby gets both hands well mixed in it
"There are as good fish in the ses as were ever caught." Also, there are as
good birds in the limbs as were ever trapped, but it is a nard task to climb the
The El Paso "insurgents" are doubtless welcome to the satisfaction that they
can get out of the fight they made en collector Sharpe. And isn't it 'about time
the rhamber of commerce kept. out of politics, too?
Los Angeles has absorbed another village East Hollywood after" already
swallowing Hollywood. Los Angeles has ambitions in the direction of population
records, but she is going to find that it costs something to maintain as a muni
cipality an area as big as a small sized state.
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If the Southwestern builds to Tucson,
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taking steps to see that the full census
r - erson in the city is enumerated.
after. He cannot give his wnoie ume
glad to have the cooperation of the active
the census" nere. xne juuSC tti uCCAi
with officials of the city regarding the
here again to confer with the chamber
xeffardine her claims xo popuiauiu UJr
this report will stand as official for 10
easily.has 50,000, it is going to hurt.
thp. citv ffet toeether and take up the
Mm to select the very best men for the
and shrubs. Don't wait till it is too
yard. It takes work to have a pretty
are as well carried out as their plans
a mighthy. revolution in religion pretty
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the west, yet everybody wants it.
the Spreckels people if they have any
and complete the cap and get an eastern
THERE is sadness-in the Arctic, there is wailing by the pole; all the natives
have the 'heartache, thev are badlv in the hole; you may see the marks ot
aiiniish furrowed deep on everv brow, as thev wait and watch and languish,
for they have no guindrops new. There they wait afad watch and rubber lor ex
plorers, as of vorerthev are O so tired of blubber, walrus steaks now seem a
bore; there thev tand and weep and shiver, kicking up a
frightful row; tired of seal and nonvh.il liver who will give
THE them sumdrops now? Xow the pole is found and branded,
ESKIMOS no onQ seeks that frozen shore: when a pole has once been
landed, who would seek it any more? Nevermore will Cook
or Peary, through the neck-deep snowdrifts plow, and the
Eskimos are weafv: thev are short on gumdrops now. What a shame it was to
show 'em, how to eat those candv drops f Ere they learned zo love and know 'em,
they were glad to 'fill their crops with the good old-fashioned blubber, and the
ribs of reindeer cow; by the pole they roam and rubber, for they have uo gum
Cspyrlsrht, 1909. by George Matthews Aoamv
Cannon and the Girls;
The Knee Pants Lawyer
Washington, D. C, March 1. Speaker
Cannon's mail is beginning to look as
though he had a full-fledged matri
monial bureau on his hands.
Since the speaker received a letter
from a young woman In Cleveland de
claring that because of the present high
kcost of living husbands were becoming
extinct, scores of young men have -written
announcing themselves ready to
face the dangers of the high cost of
living with a suitable companion.
"Now, Uncle Joe," wrote one young
man from Stewardson, 111., "when you
get in a good way distributing fair
damsels, myself and a few republican
friends 'would like to be remembered
by you. Please don't neglect us."
A lonesome writer from Kirksville,
Mo., says he wants to patronize the
speaker's matrimonial bureau, regard
less of the cost of living.
"Put me in touch with the right in
dividual." he pleads.
Representative J. Hampton Moore, of
Philadelphia, has the reputation of be-'
ing the only man In congress who dc
gan the study of law when he wore
short pants. Mr. Moore is 'authority for
the statement himself, so it must be so.
He was born in 1864, according to his
autobiography, and began the study or
(From "The Herald of this date,. 1596)
DAUGHTER OF INTERPRETER
MARRIES BULL FIGHTER
The elopement of Refugia Flores,
daughter of Manuel Flores, the inter
preter of the district court, ended last
night when she was -married to An
tonio Sala's, the bullfighter, Justice Cat
Hn performing the ceremony.
There was no business of importance
transacted by the city council at its
meeting last night The report of the
auditing committee was to have been
read, but it was so long that it was
laid over until next Monday.
About 200 Mexican and negro Repub
licans met in the building at the cor
ner of Stanton and Myrtle streets last
night and listened to addresses by
mayor Campbell. J.- C. Clemmons, presi
dent of the McKinley club, Jose de la
l.us Ronquillo and I. Archer.
Judge Hunter- returns this morning
from Mississippi and will convene the
March term of court next Monday.
The Santa Fe rallroacr company has
issued orders to its New Mexico and
Texas depot agents not to allow any
men to board the trains with guns.
Capt. Ruhlen has completed the cav
alry quarters at Fort Bliss and is await
ing further instructions. The belief
still exists that this is to be made a
C. H. Cook has resigned his position
as- baggage master to enter the con
tracting business with J. C. Long; his
place on the railroad is taken by Frank
Thieves broke into a Mexican Central
freight car yesterday morning and got
away with a flask of quicksilver. They
tried to get away with the whole con
signment, valued at. 875, but were sur
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EL PASO AS OIL. CENTER.
Editor El Paso Herald:
There is a possibility of El Paso be
ing a great iron produciug city. El
Paso is located in the center between
the great oil fields of Texas and the
mountains of iron ore in New Mexico
and Arizona, and the time is near wnen
oil will be used for smelting Iron. There
are quite a. lot of men that have long
since awakened to this fact. And there
is quite a lot of experimenting being
done in a secret way to solve tnis prob
lem. It is like all other great uudertak
ings, it will take time, money and hard
work to accomplish It, but that hns been
the case in all great enterprises.
Take, for instance, the manufacture
of ice. That took over 20 jfai.s, t
aitBiBtaoSf ftier iu 3 ears fit--
law 13 vears later, according to the
same authority. The law, however, held
no attractions for Mr. Moore wnen ne
was graduated to the dignity of long
trousers, and at "the age of 1 he be
came a reporter. His newspaper ex
perience has "served him well, for Mr.
Moore .knows how to handle the pub
licity game better than any other man
in the house.
Mr. Moore, has introduced bills on a
greater variety of subjects than any
other man in congress. One of his'hills
sought to regulate the laundries In the
District of Columbia.
"That was a worthy measure," says
Mr. Moore, "and it was based on per
sonal experience. You see, I attend
many dinners. One .light I arrived in
my apartments just in time to dress for
a banquet. I put on a collar which
was as rough as a buzz saw. As it
happened, it was the only collar in my
room ?t that particular moment. I did
not have time to send out for another
and there was nothing to do but wear
it. The rough edges of ithat collar
hacked away at my neck 'throughout
the dinner, and as I put lotions on the
wounds later in the night I resolved to
have legislation which would save my
fellow men from similar torture. How
ever, congress would not agree with
me -as to the merits of my bill."
day prised by employes and "only got the
Francisco Villareal of Mexico City
has joined the McGinty orchestra.
This morning the city attorney filed
nine more suits against delinquent tax
payers. The artesian well driller, have struck
rock again at a depth of 605 feet.
The banks close Monday as it will be
a legal holiday, the anniversary of
"W. B. Tyra has filed suit for S7500
damages in the district court, the de
fendants being sheriff Simmons, of this
county, and sheriff Hughes, of Grayson
county. The plaintiff alleges that ho
was entering El Paso, where he was
to be married to Mrs. Jennie A. Ellis,
of Grayson county, when deputy sheriff
Will TenEyck, of this county, and
deputy sheriff J. B. Melton, of Grayson
county, pounced upon him and carried
him off to jail, declaring that he was
Steve Ellis, wanted in Grayson county
on a charge of murder.
The El Paso newspappr men are
making preparations for the entertain
ment of the 350 members of the Texas
Press association, who meet here April
27 and 2S. The following executive
committee has been selected: Juan S.
Hart, chairman; J. M. Hawkins, secre
tary; E. P. Lowe, A. B. McKIe, Dr. W.
'M. Yandell and J. A. Escajeda. There
will be daily sessions at the opera
house, a visit to the damsite, a visit to
Juarez, a banquet and a McGinty blow
out. Metal market Silver,. 68 c; lead,
S3.12i; copper, 9c; Mexican pesos,
ous to mention that have taken from
one to 50 years to accomplish.
But the men who saw and knew the
possibilities of their undertakings be
ing a great thing in the future would
not give up because their first under
takings were not a success, and we are
today Indebted to the many men who
have long since been in the grave.
It is just so with smelting iron with
oil. It will take money, time and hard
work. It caji be done and will be done
in the near future, and El Paso is just
as much entitled to the honor as any
other city. Why not undertake it?
I will be heard from again if this
awakens any interest. Boomer.
EL PASO VS. ABILENE.
The Herald editorially calls atten-.
tion to the fact that at last a man has
been convicted In El Paso county on a
charge of murder. Let It bo enlisted
as one of the wonders of the age. Abi
lene CTex.) Reporter.
It might be worthy of note that after
El Paso sentenced Max Miller to life
imprisonment for murder, Abilene
turned him scott free.
TIMES HOWLED TOO SOOX.
From Bryan (Texas) Eagle.
The aviation meet in El Paso turned
out a fluke th first day. and the Times
make, hatu tt di-row all responsibil
ity If lr hid h 1 . 1 .surcpss uould the
Jirat1? haf 1 r in sucn a hurry to
Historic New Orleans b7
r j. Haskin
Many Landmarks Disappear, But Old Customs Prevail
" TEW ORLEANS "was founded in a
j'l curiously accidental way. When
" the French, under Bienville,
crossed Lake Pontchartrain and landed
on the bank of Bayou St. John they
found there a little Indian village. The
wigwams of these "first families" stood
where today the white marble tombs of
the new St. Louis cemetery glitter in
the warm southern sunshine.
Beginning here, there ran through
the tangled underbrush a foothpatli to
the Mississippi river, along the line of
the street now called Grand Route St.
John. This "portage was the short
cut from the lake to the river. The
French fell Into the habit pt using it.
Soon one or two of them built crude
little cabins nearby. By degrees the set
tlement grew, until, In 1723, there was
sufficient semblance of a town scat
tered along this path to justify Bien
ville in locating the capital of his col
Thickly Populated District.
The indian village disappeared in 1720.
The forest which once surrounded it Has
been cleared away, and one of the most
thickly populated parts of New Orleans
now spreads over this entire vicinity.
The site of Bienville's country house,
wnich stood just lijond the walls of
I.-f. little citv is covered today by a
huge granite custom.; h-use, erected in
In fact, there is nothing left in New
Orleans which Bienville would recog
nize, if he were to revisit it, save Jack
son square, the old Place d'Arnis and
the present archepiscopal palace. The
former, bright with f loners, and with
the bronze horse of Gen. Jackson ramp
ing in the middle, has also changea
somewhat since Bienville's day, but the
venerable edifice which he constructed
in 1727 for the use of the Ursullue nuns,
survives to the present time, practically
Mnnnion for Sisters.
Bienville Induced the good sisters to
come to the colony from France to take
care of the military hospital which he
founded, and for their accommodation
reared the stateliest mansion in his
power. It remained the home of the or
der until 1824, when the sisters with
drew to a pleasanter location on the
banks of the Mississippi, some three
miles away; whereupon the building be
caine the residence of the archbishops
of New Orleans. These prelates actually
live there no longer, but it continues
the place where the business of the
diocese is transacted.
As the oldest building in the Louis
iana Purchase, and one of the oldest in
the Unked States, it is of the deepest
Interest, especially' as it is iu a remark
ably good state of preservation. The
huge square cypress timbers, the deep
sunk windows, with their leaded glass,
the wrought iron railings and the worn
oak floor are those which were put in
when the building was erected.
3Ionum'ent to Jackson.
When Louisiana was ceded to the
United States in 1803, the transfer of the
purchased territory was consummated in
the Cabildo, a fine otd bit of Spanish
colonial architecture, originally used as
a meeting place of the council which
governed the city in Spanish times, and
now used bj- the supreme court of
Louisiana. The room in which the cere
mony took place is still pointed out, nor
has the structure changed in any essen
tial particular in its existence of nearly
It Marks the Day When the
State Threw Off the Mex
ican Yoke and Will Be
Tomorrow is the 74th anniversary
of the declaration of independence of
Texas and a legal s-.olidav throughout
the &:atc- In EI Taso. ili; :anks and
schools will close- in observance of the
oay jo memorable in lexas history.
,TI:o rterfaraiion of independence of
Texas was made, n: a convention which
me: at Washington a small town near
the present city cf Houston, on March
1, lScC. The criration of independ
ence was adopflfc March 2, 1S36, on mo
tion of Gen. SuiiriTouston. The defend
ers of the Alamo died four days later
without the knowledge that independ
ence had been declared. The grievances
which led to this action were many and
dated baek to the fist establishment of
American colonies In exas by Stephen
Mexico was an alien ract and received
but little sympathy fr-m the Ameri
cans. It was not the Mex'co of today,
a peaceful, well governed, orderly coun
try, with life, property and civil rights
all protected. It was then rent and torn
by constant revolutions and disturb
ances. No government could preserve
peace throughout its immense territory,
and one revolution followed another.
Presidents were seated by the military
one day, only to be overthrown the next,
and meanwhile there was no security 'for
life and property, especially of foreign
ers. In 1324. by an act of the Mexican
congress, Texas was joined to the state
of Coahuila temporarily for all pur
poses of government and the capital at
San Antonio was abolished. This proved
a fruitful source of trouble. The Amer
icans were in the ascendency in Texas,
while in Coahuila the Mexicans predom
inated. While Texas desired peace and
quiet, Coahuila was convulsed -roith rev
olutions and the friction increased
every year. Armed collisions followed
and charges of bad faith were made by
each of the parties. The military chief
tains who rapidly succeeded each other
in power paid little attention to the
rights and just grievances of the Tex
an and -war followed in 1833.
A.t first independence was not de
clared the Texans like their American
ancestors of the revolution claiming to
be flphting only for the rights guaran
teed them by the Mexican constitution
of 1S24. They, however, organized an
army set up a provisional government
and ent commissioners to get aid from
the United States; this in 1S35. Henry
Smith had been elected governor and
Sam Houston commander of the army
o be raised to free the state from the
vokc of Mexico. A breach occurring
between the governor and his "legisla
tive council." Smith was deposed bv the
council, which was vested with unlim
ited power in case of emergency.
James W." Robinson, the lieutenant gov
ernor, was installed as Smith's suc
cessor. At a general election, held Feb. 1. 1S3G.
a constitutional convention -was ca'led
for March 1. 74 vears ago todaj Richard j
EII11- f Red mver. was eiecea presi
dent, and H. S. Kimble, secretary. Aa I
After the victory that resulted from
the memorable battle of Chalmette,
Creole and Americans-combined to rear
a monument on the spot where Jack
son's standard had been planted during
the conflict. This monument was aban
doned, incomplete, even prior to the
Only a few months ago the -United
States government finished the shaft
according to the original design. It
stands today In a pretty park a mere
fragment, however, of the battlefeld. All
around it are the freight sheds, eleva
tors and switch tracks of a railroad ter
minal. The soil which Jackson so gal
lantly defended was acquired by the
railroad company some years ago, after
the national government had been vain
ly importuned to purchase It for a mili
tary park, and under the stern compul
sion of the demands of commerce many
of its mpst interesting features have
Relatively few monuments remain of
the reconstruction epoch. The old Tu
lane hall, scene of more than one fierce
battle between the government de fact
and the insurgent people, was torn
down some years ago, to make room
for the new Tulane theater. St. Pat
rick's hall, where Gen. de Trobland
dispersed the Wiltz legislature at the
point of the bayonet one of the most
extraordinary Incidents in American his
tory was demolished only a few months
ago, to make room for a new federal
The old Royal hotel, once known as
the St. Louis, still stands in a state of
pitiable dilapidation. For a time this
building was the statehouse and head
quarters of the Warmouth-Kellogg-Packard
government. In 1874, these
I factions were besieged here for several
months, and fighting went on in and
around the building for days on end;
until the starving garrison capitulated.
Before the civil war the St. Louis
hotel was one of the show places of the
city. In the dilapidated entrance hall
may still be sen today the auction
blocks, upon which negro slaves were
once set up1 for sale.
Old Customs Still Exist.
Old customs still exist in New Orleans,
the legacies of "befo de wah," as the
negro mammies love to say. But many
of them have passed away in recent
years, and others seem on the point of
The pretty habit of giving "lagniappe"
is one of those which has gone. "Lag
niappe" is a French word of Spanish
extraction, meaning a sort of bonus in
kind given with every purchase. For
generations it was the practice in the
New Orleans markets or corner gro
ceries to supplement' every purchase
with a vegetable or two in one case, or
a cookie or some candy in the other.
The economical Creole housewife, mar
keting in the old days, eked out her
purchases, say of soup meat, with "lag
niappe" of suet; or at tne fruit stand
obtained "lagniappe" of pepper or
parsley; and in that way saved many a
"picayune." But a few years ago the
retail grocers .of 'he city determined
to abolish this pleasant custom, and
their influence has now practically
caused its disappearance
Flower Sellers Disappear.
So, too. the "Marchand Rabais" of
other days has gone. His glass topped
wheelbarrow, with its innumerable
drawers ful of spools of thread, laces,
needles and other small articles, was
erstwhile a familiar sight in the French
the first day's session a resolution was
passed authorizing. the president to ap
point a cbromittee of five to draft a
declaration of independence, whereupon
president Ellis appointed George C
Childress, of Colon; James Gaines, of
SabineJ; Edward Conrad, of Refugio;
Collin McKinney, of Red River, and
Bailey Hardeman, of Matagorda.
On the next day. 'March 2. Mr. Ch-i-dress.
chairman of the committee, re
ported a draft of the declaration, which,
on the ;uotion of Sam Houston, was
adopted and ordered engrossed, and
signed by "the delegates of the conven
tion. On the same day a committee was ap-
pointed to draw up the constitution, of
the proposed republic of Texas. The
convention was engaged until March 15
in preparing for a constitution, which
was adopted March 17.
The great majorltj- of the participants
were American by birth or descent, but
On March 2, I S3G, Ike convention at WashlHjrtea, Texas, signed tke dec
laration of Independence. The grievances of the celealsts against Mcxice were
set forth as follows:
The Mexican government, by its col
onization laws, invited and Induced the
Anglo-American population of (Texas to
colonize its wilderness under pledged
faith of a written constitution that they
should continue to enjoy that constitu
tional liberty and republican govern
mment to which they had been habituat
ed in the land of their birth, the United
It has failed and refused to secure,
on a firm basis, the right of trial by
jury, that palladium of civil liberty
and only safe guarantee for the life,
liberty and property of the citizen.
It has failed to establish any public
system of education, although possessed
of almost boundless resources ( the pub
lic domain), and, although it is an ax
iom in poliitcal seience. that unless a
people are educated and enlightened it
Is idle to expect the continuance of civil
liberty, or the capacity of selfgovera
mfent. It' has suffered the military com
mandments, stationed among us, to exer
cise arbitrary, acts of oppression and
tyranny, thus trampling upon the moat
sacred rights of the citizen, and render
ing the military superior to the civil
It has dissolved by force of arms the
state congress of Coahuila and Texas,
and obliged our representatives to f Iy
for their lives from the seat of govern
ment, thus depriving us of the funda
mental right of political representa
tion. It has demanded the surrender of a
number of our citizens, and ordered mil
itary detachments ' to seize and carry
them into the interior for trial, in con
tempt of the civil authorities, and In
defiance of the laws -and constitution.
It ha's made piratical attacks npon
our commerce by commissioning foreign
desperadoes and authorizing them t
seize our vessels and convey the prop- j
erts f our cflzns to far distant parts
for t 11 f si'atip
It de j t us right of worsh ping
the Al-i-rhti ar- rd'ng to the dictates
quarter. The .shrill horn of the "bottle
man" is still heard the"re, though not
as often now as formerly. He is usual
ly a negro with a little hand wagon,
partly filled with trumpery jewelry and
partly with" old bottles. His business is
to trade the one for the other, and he
executes an ear splitting fanfare on his
tin horn to spmaion the children ot
the neighborhood, his chief customers,
to trade their old bottles for his glit
tering, but valueless, stores. -
Few of the old mulatto vendors of
rie'e cakes and pecan candy survive; and
the voluminously fat old turbaned mam
mies, who used to sit in picturesque
rows along the sidewalk, in Canal
street, near Royal and Bourbon, selling
boutonieres of violets from vast, odor
ous hampers, have disappeared alto
gether. Death Notices Tacked "Up.
One may still see, however, the death
notices tacked to the telegraph poles
on the street corners. This is a dis
tinctive New Orleans custom. When
ever a member of a French speaking
family departs this life, the fact is
printed upon a small square of black
bordered paper and tacked about the
town on poles wherever friends or ac
quaintances are likely to see it. These
notices always close with the announce
ment of the hour and place of the fu
neral, at which the "friends and ac
quaintances are prayed to assist."
Nor has New Orleans lost the pretty.
reverential custom of lifting the hat
whenever a man of the Catholic faith
passes a church of his denomination.
French Opera Company.
New Orleans is the one American city
which has supported a French opera
company year In and year out for over
100 years. Beginning towards the elose
of the 16th century, with rather humble
performances by companies of singers
from Santo Domingo, the opera has
grown in imp'ortance and dignity until
nowadays it is the barometer of New
Orleans social life. Society is dormant
'until the opera opens, and when Its
doors close on the first day of Lent,
the social activities of the city come to
The opera house dates from 1859. It
is a stately old building on Bourbon
street, in what was a very fashionable
quarter when It was built, but which
is now fashionable In no respect save
for the existence there of this fine old
pttit1 fit tho Ivrfo nr TTt-oti- rooi- o
j company of singers arrives from France
men and women who have made suc
cesses on the stage of Brussels. Lyons
or Marseilles. Every year the standard
repertory Is repeated, and then the ar
tists disperse. Nor has a success in
New Orleans ceased to be coveted by
ambitions French singers. Constantino
began his American career here
on the stage of this old opera house
Patti sang in her glorious youth. There
the elder Calve, Jenny Lind and a score
of other celebrities have performed to
Social Feature a Charm.
The social feature of the French opera
Is its chief charm for New Orleans.
There are long intermissions between
the acts. Then the men. In evening
dress, make the circuit of the glittering
"horseshoe." paying their respects to
the fair occupants of the boxes. There
is no more attractive scene In the
1 United States than this old building on
the night of some important produc
tion. When the curtain falls after the first
act, the chatter begins in "baignoire"
and "loge decouverte." The filmy
dresses of young women, the sparkle of
jewels, the fragrance of flowers and
the charm of feminine loveliness all
combine to make the hour one of verita
To see the opera house on such an
occasion is to see New Orleans at Its
best to see it as it likes to be seen
and it leaves upon the beholder a last
ing impression of the cnarm of this
J rare old city.
xomorrow unewing- Gum Industry.
there were a few native Mexicans among
On the second day of the convention
the declaration of the independence of
Texjs was unanimously adopted. On the
17th .a constitution was adopted. David
G. Burnett was chosen president, and
Lorenzo de Zavalla, one of the native
Mexicans who joined in the movement
for independence, and who now has two
daughters and rwo sons living in San
Antonio, vice president, and Gen. Sam
Houston commanderinchief of the army.
The events that followed, the siege of
rhe Alamo, the victory of San Jacinto,
the annexation to the United States and
the ensuing war are familiar subjects
to all Texans.
The day is celebrated throughout the
length and breadth of Texas. The pub
lic schools of El Paso will be .given a
holiday tomorrow that the patriotic
youngsters may be impressed with its
of our own conscience, by the support
of a national religion, calculated to
promote the temporal interests of its
human functionaries, rather than the
glory of the true and living God.
It has demanded of us to deliver np
our arms, which are essential to our
defence the rightful property of Jfree-
dom and formidable only to tyran
It has Invaded our country, both by
sea and by land, with the intent to lay
waste our territory and drive us from
our homes, and has now a large mer
cenary army advancing to carry on
agaitist us a war of extermination.
It has. through its emissaries. Incited
the merciless savage, with the tomahawk
and scalping knjfe. to massacre the in
habitants of our defenceless frontiers.
EL PASO COUNTY TREASURE.
From Amarillo (Tex.) Herald.
Valuable mica deposits have been
discovered in El Paso county. One can
find treasure of infinite variety by
tickling the soil of Texas.
THE RIGHT TRIBUTE.
From Globe (Ariz.) Silver Belt.
"El Paso pays high tribute to Charle3
K. Hamilton," says an exchange. And
how could it be otherwise.
LAND FOR ALL.
From Santa Fe (N- M.) New Mexican.
From every part of New Mexico come
reports of the revival of interest of
people from the east and the middle
west in the free lands of New Mexico
of which there are over 40,000,000 acres
left. Every train brings homeseekers
and the land offices are beginning- to
feel the first throbs of the spring rush
which has been an annual'affair for the
past three years, but the rush this
spring will be greater than ever before
and it now seems that the high water
mark f 30 000 entries will be reached
this jear b the fve land offices.