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BILL NYE IN TEXAS.
H:S ANNUAL FAREWELL TOUR OF"
THE GREAT STATE.
gtrance $ ami Moving Incidents
Down by the Rio Grande The Intel
lectual Atmosphere of the Congo Clot-.
Different Styles of Grips.
(Copyright. 1301, by Edfrar VT. Kye.1
Dovrs by the Rio Grande, j
I nni preparing at this time a larga
s-J costly testimonial for the youn?
imb who suggested the idea of maJan j
this spring my first grand annual fan
well tour of Texas. It has been a gre t
sncce from a boxoffice and socii.l
Etnndpoint. Artistically, of course, tt e
c irping critic might see places where l.e
c.nU hnre done a great deal better him
self. Texas, as we know already, is a mighty
empire of itsolf, connecting the stern
hl 1 f-turdy elements of the Farmer'
TALKING WITH A DECXKARD.
Alliance of Kansas on the north w-th
I ho r.uiiantie yet peppery QttLsots of the
s'-.'.th. Ik-re the sad and solemn Intri
t;.t vulgarly called the greaser, sperds
Lis patrimony on an 8-pound hat, and
v.ith what he has k-ft he buys a hor?e.
I r.fver tire of looking at the delirious
tloth f.f .-i prosperous greaser. They
are wildly beautiful to one who loves,
as I do, to si-e a hand to baud contest to
a finish bciwyi.-n strong colors.
On Sunday I attended divine wors'iip
at the M'jxii-a;: cathedral in San AntoLio.
It afforded i-.i- a grand opixjrtunity to
bok at the .;: Ufa of the congrejrat on
as ve ! at hwiae, also to t-tudy -lie
faos of the people as they came out.
Kelid.'ii does net seem to afford -.he
Mexican laueh joy or comfort. He
KX'S through it, however, as one f.ets
Lis teeth repaired not for th? deliri ns
thrill of joy he finds lurking in the job
itself, but as a precautionary meas ire
aud as an evidence of his powers of en
durance. The ladios of the congregation, it
sv-med to me, showed better taste in
Koportion to their means than the cen
t ieiUL-n. They dressed plainly and seeLied
to favor deep mourning wherever tlere
was an excuse for it. Some of ihe:n.l
?"-lge. were mourning on very slight
provocatio:; that is, if they were mot .ru
ing tlie loss of s-nch Im.-banls as I ,vas
permitted to see samples of.
The men wore large hats, heavily -m-broidered,
an whatever else they cc aid
get in the way ui clothes. I never saw
people run so much t . hats or seen so
iriluTerent to outer clothes. 1 saw one
man at church who wore a massive Mex
ican hat with two or three pounds, of
silver braid on it. and a leather cinch
with two silver buckles for a band. He
alio wore a beautiful pair of lilac t ron
sers. One man in the amen corner of the
cathedral wore no coat or vest, but had
ashft-t made of buff calico, with grim
figures on it, and it was made with
puffed sleeves and a Stewart collar. He
had also socked his inheritance into u
hat, and wore heliotrope trousers of the
time of Queen Elizabeth.
Dallas is probably the most pro.-perous
of Texas cities. Some well known
writer-up of towns possibly Ch tries
Dudley Warner states that if "you draw
a circle, using a radius of 100 miles, with
Dallas as the center, you will have there
in thirty-four counties. I was too :ired
to try it while at Dallas, and couh n t
get a 100 mile radius at any of the places
where I looked. Some of the stores
didn't seem to have any radius at a!l.
These thirty-four counties pn duee
nearly half the cotton of Texas, also
more than half the oats and whea-. It
is a very fertile district indeed. The soil
is rich and deep, and cotton jut natu
rally grows here with the very s ight
est encouragement. I never saw so much
cotton an v where bef ore as I have se jn on
this trip. Down near Waco pronounced
Wayco there is an old time cotton
planter who runs his plantation ji.st as
they used to before the war, only, of
course, he can't show as good an ab.' tract
of title to his help, but he has the large
black negro with the white eye. au( . that
negro knows his place. He is fet., wa
tered and looked out for every day. The
mules are locked up also, so that tl ere is
no frolicking over the country at night
with the stock. Severe system is the
rule and $20,000 a year is the cotton
crop, while the negroes themselves are
any of them fat enough to kill, ant" their
happy songs in the cottonfields show
that healthful discipline, regular hours
end regular meals agree with them.
Iu this way they have also very little
temptation to monkey with the fl nving
bowl. Kum is highly injurious to the
negro. While unquestionably bei eficial
to the white man, making him bright
and highly conversational, it is not. prop
er for the negro. It dulls his sensibili
ties and makes him almost coarse. 1
met one of them here in Texas wio had
become somewhat addicted to the use of
liquor for medical purposes. He said
that he lost his wife several years ago,
and had been ever since trying to drown
his Borrows in the flowing bowL He ad
mitted, though, that it was not a 8 access.
-He-said be had drowned several of his
more sickly and feehln
way, but hemaid they always swelled up
and came to the surface on the follow
ing day bigger and more disagreeable
I said that was a good simile.
He said he didn't know what it was.
but it was so.
I found that he was talkative, and so
I conversed with him. He said that he
had got all r.rs work done up ahead and
got all over the rush before I came, so
that he could have a real good visit with
me whea I got here. I judged that it
had been several years since he had been
He said that Texas was advancing rap
idly, he thought, in the matter of civili
zation. I said "Yes?" with a rising in
flection. He said that she was now
safely past the crisis, he thought, be
tween the customs of the cliff dwellers
and finger bowls. "Some of us, of c'ose,
is raw jut, but we are advancing. I
would like to have you the guest of our
club here this evenin', sah, if vou will
come down the Upper Congo club it is
called, sah. We run it on economical
principles, sah, but it is a quiet, home
like place, whah you kin go for a hour
or two, check you old razor and injoin
It was a quiet and rather unpreten
tious place, the Upper Congo club, occu
pied during the day as a laundry and
Tuesdays and Fridays as a club room.
The franchise of the club consisted of
the inalienable right to meet, meditate
and adjourn. The club properly consist
ed of a guests' register, made in imitation
of a butcher's order book, with a pine
lead pencil tied to it by a string, a gallon
beer pail and a set of dominos.
The Upper Congo club allows no mill
ionaires' sons to join. Of course if a
member should lecome a millionaire's
son after he had united with the club he
cannot be expelled without a two-thirds
vote; but I was told that "brains," and
brains only, was the qualification self
made brains. Wealth could not come in
and corrupt the pure thought ganglia of
the Upper Congo club.
Sam Jones preached in Texas and lect
ured and licked the mayor of Palestine
last fall. Everywhere one goes he hears
of Sara Jones and the good work done
by him. Also by Dr. Talmage, who with
Mr: Jones, another well known revivalist,
and myself, furnished a star course of
lectures the past season for Texas with
great success, people coming iu some in
stances for hundreds of miles, bringing
their dinners and paying a dollar apiece,
looking upon us with awestruck features
for a few moments and then retiring
cheerfully to their distant homes.
Texas people say that Sam Jones re
minds them of John the Forerunner in
some ways, only that John, so far as they
know, did not eat with his knife. Sam",
however, is a plain, offhand man, and
since he and I and Dr. Talmage have
worked together in Texas I do not feel
like hearing either one criticised, and 1
know that neither ofhein will sit calm
ly by and allow me to be run down.
Dallas is beautifully surrounded by
the state of Texas and Oak Cliff, a hand
some suburb, with a thriving hotel and
a vigorous girls' college. Abo a pavil
ion for speakers, and concerts during
the summer, and a menagerie. There
is a train running between Oak Cliff and
Dallas which is called an accommoda
tion. It is owned by the hotel, and goes
along with the reaaing room, parlor at.d
washroom. Yon board at the hotel and
the proprietor throws in the railroad.
I say this so that the interstate com
merce outfit may look into the matter
and throttle this giant evil.
Dallas did a business in of over
$31,000,000. Since then trade has greatly
increased. While there I met a com
pany of Boston capitalists, headed by ex
Governor Brackett. They had just
bought a building fur $250,000 that day.
Four million dollars are (or is) invested
in factories, and the yearly product is
over ,000,000. I was also iu Dal as
two days, and put quite a little sum of
money in circulation while there. I can
not help it. The western spirit of free
dom and reckless expenditure crimes
over me, and 1 buy the morning paper
sometimes and do not read half of it.
I went to see the "Clemencenu Case'"
while in Dallas. I had avoided it in
New York, but the pictures and printing
were so beautiful that I accepted the in
vitation of a real nice man and went to
6ee the "Clemenceau Case." I will never
ONE OP THE GRIPS.
have to do so any more. I write down
my confession that I did go with much
sorrow and regret, but I cannot conceal
it any longer.
The play is said to have a beautiful
moral concealed in it. There was no
concealment in the play with this ex
ception, though. The story is on the
order of a train book now meeting with
a large sale, called "The Sin of the Straw
berry Blonde; or. Drowning Out the
Gopher in My Grandmother's Grave,"
by Pearl Studebaker.
The heroine is strangely beautiful in
her lithographs and poses as an artist's
model in one of the acts. It was very
still daring this scene. You could al
most have beard a cough drop. After it
was over, and the artist threw a piano
cover over the shoulders of his model,
the entire audience turned around and
TELE AltGUB, MONDAY, APKIL 20, 189L
looked at. rue with a keen, searching
I looked around also, as who should
say, "Whom ia it?" but that did not
work. I was discovered.. It taught me
a lesson this little incident It was
that he that advertiseth and billeth a
town should not seek to conceal himself
in an audience, especially if his litho
graph shows a marked resemblance to
The Knights of Pythias held a con
clave at Dallas while I was there. 1
wore a badge in order to be sociable, and
by that means learned of different grips
and signs of distress. I think now that
I could work my way into a lodge if 1
could have time and a large corkscrew.
In shaking hands with , many strangers
during the past year or two while trav
eling, and making a wide acquaintance,
looking to any accidental turn in affairs
in 1892, 1 am struck by the large and
varied number of grips given me which
I am not able to classify.
I would think that a man who be
longed to most all of the secret societies
must have very little time to devote tc
his business after successfully remem
bering all the grips, signs, passwords,
explanations, signals, rituals, work of
degrees, constitutions, bylaws, reports
of committees, initiations, communica
tions and new business, good of the or
der, violation of obligations, opening
odes, manual of arms, laying of cornet
stones, and funeral services. If I had
all these in my head I could just about
remember the combination of my safe,
but I would not be mentally adequate to
anything further than that. If it rained,
some good friend who had my best in
terests at heart would probably have tc
take me by the hand and bring me in.
A Keal Balsam is Kemp's llaltim.
The dictionery says, "a balsam is a
thick, pure, aromatic substance flowing
from trees." Kemp's Balsam for the
tbroat and lungs is the only cough medi
cine thht is & real balsam. Maoy thin,
watery cough remedies are called balsam's
bnt such are not. Look through a bottle
c f Kemp's Balsam and cotic9 what a pure,
n iek preparation it is. If ou cough
use lexp'.BHlsam At a!! druacists'.
Lhtv hottles 50c tin ? ?!
Let every enfeebled woman
know it! There's a medicine
that'll cure her, and the proof's
Here's the proof if it
doesn't tlo you good within
reasonable time, report the
fact to its makers and get
your money back without
a word but you won't do it !
The remedy is Dr. Pierce's
Favorite Prescription and it
has proved itself the right
remedy in nearly every case
of female weakness.
It is not a miracle. It won't
cure everything but it has
done more to build-up tired,
enfeebled and broken - down
women than any other medi
Where's the woman who's
not ready for it ? All that
we've to do is to get the
news to her. The medicine
will do the rest.
Wanted Women. First
to know it. Second to use
it. Third to be cured by it.
The one comes of the other.
The seat of sick headache
is not in the brain. Regulate
the stomach and you cure it.
Dr. Pierce's Pellets are the
Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paui
Vie the Famous Albert Lea Rome.
St. Louis. Minneapolis and St. Paul
Via St. Louis, 5iiuuHioUs w Sc. Paul Shoit Line.
Through Slsspersand Chair Cars
KANSAS CITY, MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL,
PEORIA, CEDAR RAPIDS AND SIOUX FALLS, DAK.
CHICAGO AND CEDAR RAPIDS
Via the Famous Albert Lea Route.
THE SHORT LINE
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For Railway unci Hotel Nates, Dwrlptlve
Fauiplilers and nil tnf.iriiuttioii, address
Jen'l Ticket anil I'iisseliyul' Agent.
FOR CHEAP HOMES
On line of tliU road lii Northwestern Iowa,
Southeastern Jlmnes:rfa mid Central Dakota,
where drought and crop failures are unknown.
Thousands of clioiee acres of land yet unsold.
Local Excursion rates Riven. For full informa
tion as to prices of land and rates of fare, address
lien'l Ticket and Vassetifier Apent.
All of the Passenger Trains on all Divisions of
this hallway are heated ly steam from the
eiitrlne. and the Main 1 jue Dav Passenger Trains
are lighted with the Electric tight.
Maps, Time Tables. Through Xiates and all in
formation furnished mi application to A cents.
Tickets on sale over this route at all prominent
points in the Union, and bv its Agents, to all
partsof the United States arid Canada.
trFor announcements of Excursion Kates,
and local matters of interest, please refer to the
local columns of tins paper.
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ICLkDnHrni ly; Graduates placed in
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earth. 100 young mem wanted now; oesd
AISNTirat'S SCHOOL, VmetTWe, Wis.
received the first shipment of our
FOR THE EARLY-
Spring" season of
call and examine them.
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115 and 117 West Second Street, DAVENPORT, IA.
of business, 1622
TSTitlx sl fu.ll lixxo of
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And Dealer in Mens Fine Woolens.
1706 Second Avenue.
new stock of
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