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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1891.
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P-iS" t" t!,e taste' acU
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ill and iiave mauo ib uo uiuoi
.Sar reme.lv known.
wpof Fit "for 50c
i'fil bottles bv all leading drug-
'not have it on band will pro
r. n,nt'v fur any one who
to try it. Io not accept any
IfA'f 7? SYRUP CO.
New and Second-hand.
, 'suit-. Ink..
per Tabiet". satchels, Strapa.
Biitt. Pencil nines, ttu:ere, ana
curytliing necessary for school.
I jr-.iim BjH .. elementary geography for
-itd 13 cent.
IkWrunipii ti eeography for Gnjot's inter
I r.;i'.-Ni-1 ariiUiuetic for Felter'a primary
I Ij: at. ve nuiiay by getting yonr school
1717 Second Avenue.
J. E. REIDY,
::ti nJ manage, property on commisa-
a -tnt tut oi cuv properly always on nana
liti!(or!hrcc firet-claM Fire Insurance
tomianip. and the American Catiglty
1-lLdLDiniTy Compauy, of Bal
w second Avenne, over
HoDpe's Tailor Shop.
TWs Space is Reserved for
Bros,, & Schreiner.
Mej lean Life as Viewed by a Rock
Mtraaze Tawa aad lis Pet pie
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Fort Bliss, El Paso. Tex.. Oct. 23
Special correspondence of Thb Abous.1
Ia tbe lower and western parts of Texas
somewhat of an insight may be bad into
Mexican me. Js,l Paso, which means
"the pass," is the name of a prosperous
and lypical Texas city lying extremely
west and along the border line. As the
name would indicate, it is the gateway
into the United States from Mexico.
Directly opposite and across tbe Rio
Granie del Norte lies a little antique Mex
ican town, which, during the late years,
has been called Jaurtz, bit formerly it
was Known as i-aso aei rnorte, t. e., the
pass to the north. With the exception of
a few business blocks similar to those of
small American towns. Juirez ia built up
chiifl? of "adobes." Thesi are low, flat
houses made of mud bricks or cakes as
they are called, which are about as thick
as an ordinary red brick b.ut twice as wide
and long, lue climate, except during a
few winter months, is very hot and the
adobes being little else thn mud houses.
afford cool quarters for the natives. Most
of them, however, are mortared over or
whitewashed, and the sun beaming down
on about a thousand of these domiciles as
they testle cosily at the foot of a large
mount ain, presents to the eye a strikingly
picturesque and pleasing view. A few
large buildings are plainly seen towering
above all the rest; not that tbey are su
large, but because the others are so small.
The two principal are tbe barracks and
the cathedral, tbe latter of which is an
anciett tower and turrelted edifice well
worth a visit from any tourist, particu
larly tie student of art and history. It
is neaily 400 years old and was build by
tbe Spanish Jesuits. Tbe general struc
ture is not elaborate; on the contrary it is
one of beautiful appropriateness and
simplicity. The walls are of adobe,
plain and straight and neither they nor
the heavy timbers appear any tbe worse
for their many years of wear. In this old
church are to be seen many ancient relics
the pfts of Spanish sovereigns. When
behold. ng the exquisite carving of the
wood work ana the simple beauty of tbe
architecture in general, we can more easily
realize that a high degree of art and civil
ization was possessed by this nation in
years gone by than when we simply read
of it in our history. Oae can also more
readily appreciate the following quota
tion fn m Draper by Lew Wallace in tbe
opening pages of "The Fair God," viz:
"Frcm Mexico A cizil;ztion
thai miht have instructed Europe was
crushed out. It has been her -tpain't-
evil destiny to ru:n two civilizations.
Oriental and Occidental, and to be ruined
Fifty yearys ago this city had a popu
lation c f over 50,000, but today it has not
quite 7,000. What has become of this
population no one can tell. They have
folded their tents like the Arabs and
silently stolen away.
THE PEOPLE OF JACREZ
In speaking about the inhabitants of
this town and in fact of all Mexico in
may be well to remark at the outset that
tbeie but two classes of society the hij h
aad. low. There is no middle stage and
the line is rigidly drawn. Those of the
higher class, such as merchants, officials
and meubers of the professions, who ad
here souewhat to the American customs
of dress and manner of living, never
deign to look upon their lowly brethern
except vitb contempt or some other feel
ing akin to it. Tbe average Mexican of
the lower diss bears a strong resemblance
to the American Indian; but this does
not surpr se us when we remember that
the Mex cans are descended from ancient
Indian tribes. The copper-eolored citi
zen is everywhere seen wearing his high,
cone-shaped, broad-brimmed sombrero,
blue or white shirt, brown or blue if not
buckskin trousers, gash or belt and spurs
if be be a horseman. Tbe male portion
of this lower class, as a rule, make a liv
ing by hauling fire-wood, or rather a sort
of root called "mesquite" frr m the mouns
tains. Tbey bring it on tbe backs of
burros ai d sell it to their wealthier fel
low . citizens, and tbe Americsus
across the bordjr. O her than this they
do little else but peddle fruit, steal, gam
ble and snueg'e. This last mentioned,
though dangerous, is a very pri.fi able
business. For example the duty on hprsi'S
from Meiico to the United S'.ates is $15
a head and 50 ar so brought Safely over
amounts to a considerable profit for the
smugglers. Generally speaking the Mex
icans are inclined to be hzj, and believe
in putting oft until tomorrow what can
be done today. When something to be
done is nentioned they invariably say
"manana" which means "let it go until
The women of the humbler cites are
quiet, sorrowful looking creatures who
dress lik.j Polish women, except that
their gowns are generally blue or a color
supposed to be white. Shawls are worn
but hats are never seen. Here and there
a melancholy, dark-eyed ' senora" m jy be
seen boldiag forth at a cake and fruit
stand or selling trinkets, beads, bracelets
and other sach artistic handiwork. Many
rare and valuable things of art, jewelry,
precious t:ones, wares and useful articles
may be purchased at surprisingly cheap
prices. For example, opals that would
cost t25 aid $50 in the north can be
bought for 85 and 1 10 in Mexico. It is
an easy mr.tttr for a tourist to scurc
many dollars worth of small articles
about his person and eafely pass the cus
tom officers who seldom trouble a person
provided be is empty handed and his
pockets an? not bulged out exceedingly.
The people of Jsurtz and El Paso claim
to have the only international street car
line in the worl.1. Ia Mexico there are
scarcely any vehicles and only street cars
drawn by small mules are used at a
funeral . The corpse is placed in a black
car and Hie friends and relatives of
the deceased follow in a cumber of other
cars to tbe cemetery .
A HIOirT 1ST MEXICAN 80CIETT.
A peMon visiting in these parts Is for
tunate if he be able to attend a national
"baile " Tt is is a dance or ball celebrated
annually tythe Mexicans on the anni
vimrydiy of their indepeadencejis a
republic. Americans call it "tbe Mexi
.7. pnrtv f julv dance." Tais year
last emperor, Maximiltion, baving reign
ed until 1863. September 16 is the na
tional hoiiiday. but this year it was post
poned several weeks owing to the death
of a cabinet t ffl set. Tbe scene of festiv
ity, replete wuh novelty and interest to
"a nor'herner," was on this particular
occasion, "la Adnaoa," or custom bouse
a large,thouh onestory brick building of
modern architecture. - It contains several
large balls, an inner court and govern
ment apartments. The baile is a very
exclusive affair, none but the upper class
of Mexicans and a few prominent Ameri
cans of El Paso are Invited; and in spite
of tbe fact that it is a national celebration,
held in a government building built by
the poor as well as the rich, still the com
moaalty are mutely satisfied if allowed
to gi ze at tbe merry dancers through tbe
oara oi a large iron lence, or stand at the
outer gates and watch their haughty
brethren pass in and out. Having made
his way through tbe gazing multiude
tbe visitor soon encounters a number of
truly "t;rim visaged" soldiers standing
gunrd at the inter gates. Feeling quite
relieved that all you must d i is "pass
on." you do so until greeted by the
"bastonero," that is manager, who takes
your invitation and bows you into tbe
presence of some member of the recep
tion committee, who in turn goes through
all possible ceremony, as well as several
Spanish expressions, evidently of wel
come. The costumes worn by both sexes are
such as might be seen at any brilliant
dancing assembly :n New York or Chi
cago. With naturally few exceptions,
the men are fauly handsome. They
have dark, snapping and expressive eyes,
jet black hair and an average complexion,
by to meats as repugnant as ibe term
most exprets ve of it, viz: a pale, copper
color. They are polite, versatile and
obsquious. The women of this class
are not without a goodly share of beauty,
though some possess a high degree .of
bnmehnets. The more gorgeous her
costume and the more precious jewels
she wears, the homelier does tbe "genor
ita" appear. Many, however, are eni
djwtd with a rare tjpeof beauty. They
are generally languid, demure.seldom gsy
or epriehtly, have lustrous, dark eyes,
black hair and olive complexions. Their
dreamy countenances.silent mood and lan
guid movements are in perfect harmony
with the delightful, though weird strains
of their orchestra music. Like the dan
cers themselves, the music at times, seems
to make an effort to be jiyous and glad
some by a sudden outburst of quick suc
cessive notes; but in a moment the dom
inant spirit of tbe composer prevails and
again we listen to tbe slow, solemn tones.
Many strange, though not unworthy
costumes peculiar to the Mexicans may
be observed at a "baile." Space will not
permit mention of more than a few.
About tbe first to he noticed is that a
gentleman accompanied by a lady, upon
entering and having presented his invi
tation is directed to the check r- om and
a member of the reception committee
ushers his lady friead to the cloak room
whence he conducts her to the ball room
where, possibly she will have assisted at
a "dacz" before eignior has joined the
assembly. Another custom, and one
which certainly did not originate in
America, is that an introduction need not
be bad before asking a lady to assist at
dancing. The fact that one has been in
vited insures the warmest hospitality from
all. At supper the ladies are all seated at
one long table and each gentleman stands
at the tide and attends the wishes of ber
whom be has escorted to the dining ball.
After the ladies retire from the hall the
gentlemen return to the feast, which in
point of excellence is all that the most
wishful epicure could desire. All during
tbe occasion refreshments are served free
of charge and although champagne flows
freely ss water, but little or no aigns of in
toxication are manifested . It seems odd
to an American to find that at a "baile"
the individual does not have to pay any
thing for his night's enjoyment. Tne
expenses are all borne by the business men
of Jaurtz, the strange little town in Mex
Davenprt' New Paper.
The Davenport Leader, a seven column
quarto evening paper, made its first bow
to the Davenport public last evening.
Tbe paper is editorially aggressive and is
consequently democratic politically.
It is bright aud newsy in its local pages
and is neat In appearance, typographical
ly. Ia its editorial slautatory the Leader
Tbe press of Davenport has urged and
advocated a revival of that spirit of en
terprise, push and grit that alone can
enable our city to keep up in the proces
sion with tbe other municipalities of
Iowa. However, as nothing is more
common than to judge a town by its
newspapers, the press has hitherto failed
to convey to outsiders the impression
tbat this city is more tban a second rate
town . Surpassed by Rock Island with
its two daily eight page papers, and
equalled by Moline. the Davenport press,
instead of holding first place, is simply in
a tie for second place in tri-city journalism.
It is a plain fact that 85 per cent of the
deaths in our larger cities are caused by
consumption; and when we reflect that
this terrible disease in its earlier stage
will readily yield to a botUe of Dr. Bull's
Cough Syrup (costing 25 cents), shall we
condemn the sufferers for their negligence
or pity them for their ignorance T
A handsome complexion la one of the
greatest charms a woman can possaas
Pozzoni's Complexion powder gives it
Gen. Flagler's Twin-City Reception
at the Harper.
Old Prteada (.reef and Caaa-ratmlate
the Chi t of Ordnance A Pleas
ant ftortal Event.
"" The informal public reception tendered
Gen. D W. Glacier by tbe business asso
ciations of Rock Island and Moline at
the Harper last evening was euoh an
eyent as the new chief of ordnance might
be proud of, not so much in the number
who called, notwithstanding tbat a great
many from both cities paid their respects,
as in the cordial, friendly greetings
which he received, and the spirit of hearty
pride in which tbe congratulations were
extended on tbe general's first visit to the
twin cities since his elevation to the
highest rank in the ordntnee coma of
the United States army.
The hours of the reception were from
5 to 7. Gen. Flagler, accompanied by
Capt. M. W. Lyon, acting commandant
of Rock Island Arsenal, arrived a few
minutes before the appointed time end
was received by the reception committee
of the two associations. The general
took his position in tbe ladies' parlor sur
rounded by Vice President Carse of the
Rock Island association, President Ben
nett of tbe Moline assreiation. and other
members of the reception committee. It
was unnecessary to formally present many
of the callers. Nearly all ei joyed per
eonal acquaintance with tbe general and
be was quick to recognize faces and recall
names. A large cumber of Rock Island
peoplc.called including many foimer em
ployes of Rock Island Arsenal before 6
o'clock, and while several of our Moline
neigLbors were included, tbe majority of
tbe citizens from that city came down in
a body by street car shortly after 6, mak
ing an appearance that was indeed a com
pliment to tbe general.
Manager Montrose of the Harper bad
shown good taste and commendible
public spirit in the decoration of the par
lors, having plants, vines and flowers
neatly arranged. Bleuer'3 orchestra,
stationed under the stairway at the east
end of the the rotunda, discoursed appro
priate musij at intervals.
During tbe reception the general chat
ted freely with old friends and
made frequent inquiry of others.
He spoke affectionately of his
former associations here.and particularly
of Rock Island arsenal, which had always
been his pride and where be said be bad
passed tbe afternoon wandering about
among bU old scenes by himself.
Gen. Flagler dined with Mr. and
Mrs. J. M. Buford after tbe reception.
Capt. Lyon, Lieut. Thompson, Lieut.
Garlington.Capt Buford and a few neigh
bors ' were invited in his ha .or
and last night be was the guest of
Capt. Lyon. He is stopping with Judge
Nathaniel French of Davenport during
his present stay in the locality, and it is
expected a further opportunity will be
given tbe public to call upon him.
Subscribe for Stock
In the Second series of the
Borne Building and Loan Asso
ciation, of Hock Island.
A safer and better investment
than Government Bonds, be
cause the loans are made only
npon established values and it
pays more tban three times as
much interest besides the
amount invested and the profits
can be withdrawn at any time.
Money loaned at lowest rates.
B. A. DONALDSON, Secretary.
Ornca, Booms 8, 4, 5 and 6 Haaonic Temple,
Probably the most useful
thing I have received this fall,
is an alcohol lamp, stand, and
kettle, all braes, which. I am
now showing. It is pretty
enough to be ornamental, and
cheap enough for any one. For
the sick room, or for any one
who wishes to heat say a quart
of water at a moment's notice,
they are just the thing.
With them, also just in, a
new and not expensive line of
5 o'clock teas.
G. M. LoosLXT.
CKIKl, uh a tin re,
MOB Second Arena,
Highest of all in Leavening Power. U. S. Gov't Rrport, Aug. 17, 1889.
Four dray loads of bed comforts will
be placed on sale on Monday a- m , Oct.
25, at prices but little above actual
cost of making.
15 dozen comforts at 47c each. No
1 2 dozen at 72o, much better.
10 dozen good ones at 75c.
A few dozen extra values at 83c.
The ones we shall show at $ 1 will
not be matched anywhere at the price.
At $1.25 we shall, during this sale,
sell you comforts worth $ 1 -75.
We have secured a lot of extra values
which will go whi e they last at $1.32-
We have a lot of heavy ones white
cotton filler, soft challie covered, which
we place at $1 35. All better grades
up to the very best will be sold at cor
respondingly low figures.
MeCabe Bros.: r
Novelties received which we place
on sale at prices to move quick.
Take a look into our large new east
window; see if there isn't something
you would like. -
A line of plaid and stripe at 62Vto,
and 75o novelties everybody is grab
bing at 47c- None too many; just
enough, if yon come quick.
B- Priestley & Co.'s high class, cele
brated black goods, plain and fancy
weaves, twill and diagonal cheviots,
grey and black water weaves. Every
yard of the Priestley goods is fully
We would urge yonr early attention
to our dress goods department, as with
present large sales the selections will
grow less desirable each day. We
have all grades of dress goods from
the vry cheapest np, and are just as
pleased to show one grade as another.
The entire stock of bed comforts and bed blankets will be found in our
double annex on the west, Nos-1712 and 1714.
1712, 1714. 1716. 1713, 1720. 1722 and 1734 Second Avbscs.
They are making way down cut prices
this week on Safeties and Velocipedes for
tbe boys and Tricvcies for the gills. All
grades from $1.65 to $2).
Next week we will have something to
say about lamps which interests you.
Watch and see.
They are all coming our way for coel
hods, and everything in bouse furnishing
and decorative articles. Come with the
1703 Second Avenue.
We have just received some very neat
aud artistic celluloid novelties, men as
whisk holders, slipper holders, pin tray,
jewel boxes, etc
Crepe tissue paper in all 6hadcg.
We haye reduced Euebinger's Tri-City
Albums to $1 each.
Stanley's story of Through the
Wilds of Africa, in a very attrac
tive binding, for shelf or table, $1.18
B-irnum's Own Story 1.75
Tbe Glsdiator, by John L S.llivan .65
Picture framing a specialty.
1705 Second Avenue.
GEORGE H. KINGSBURY. .
A fine Line in the Newest Styles, the "best
Assortment Ever Shown at Lowest Prices.
G. O. nUCKSTAEDT,
1811 and 1813, Second Avenue, EOCK ISLAND.
You Can't do Without:
Dr. McKai's Celetoieil CoiA Syri
Th. Tenr beet preparation nude for Congha, Colda, Bronchi ti, and 11 lane aad
CURES LIKE IvIAGIC !
Good alike for children and adult.. Two aizes 10 and 35c
Thomas' Celebrated Kidney and Liver PILLS.
These pill, are fiat taking the place of the more expensive remedies tot all kidn.j aad
Tt-JJ'Y-'? Becanaa they are easier to take, cheaper tn pr'ee and give ketter
GWe them a trial. None equal them. The proprietor will forward them to ary addrcw by
mall, on receipt of price, SS cent, a bottle. Hade only by
T. H. THOMAS,
Rock Island 111.
CLOSING OUT SALE
BOOTS and SHOES
At Elm Street Shoe Store.
I will sell at cost my Boots, Shoe?, Rubbers, Gloves and
Mittens at my Elm Street Shoe Store.
This sale will, last ten days only, as I will vacate store
Nov. 2. Come early and get bargains.
2929 Fifth Avenue.
was celebrated the 23d anniversary-the