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The Minneapolis journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, January 12, 1901, Part II, Image 13

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A Hurried View of New Orleans—How the
Southern Pacific Avoids the Prohibition
Laws of the Various Texas Counties.
Log Angeles, Dec. 30, l'.tOO. —It seems
rather unnecessary to go into a guide
book liisseriaiiou on .New Orleans and the
customs of its people. Many of you have
beeu there, and all others are referred to
the big building on the corner of Tenth
end Hennepin for further information. To
sum it all up in a. snap-shot sort of way,
the men must want a close shave every
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A. G. Somers, of Strouseton, S. D., Who Wields the Gavel in
the House at Pierre.
day, and have their hair cropped on al
ternate Thursdays, for New Orleans has
as- many barber shops as .Minneapolis has
milk wagons, and if you've never noticed
the milk wagons, count them the next
time you go home early in the morning,
and you'll be surprised. With its narrow
streets, French restaurants and the
French opera, attended by the fashion of
the town on Saturday night, the crescent
city takes on the atmosphere of a conti
nental metropolis, and wears its robes of
gayety very smartly, too. The levee piled
high with cotton hales, hogsheads of New
Orleans molasses, and slouching negro
stevedores doing nothing in particular,
but gazing at the packet boats drawn up
along the shore, reminds one of the pic
tures on Mike Breslauer's bill boards the
day Happy Gal Wagner's minstrels come
to town.
The street railway management, how
ever, has struck an odd vein of humor In
the shape of a little notice or explanation
on file in every car, so that he who rides
may read, and which runs in this way:
■One chief reason for the occasional crowd
ing of cars, the fault of which is altogether
with the public, is that patrons will not allow
a loaded ear to pass them, buc insist upon
hailing it, thus putting it behind time and
causing It to become more and more crowded
the farther it travels, because more passen
gers than its proper proportion are waiting
for it. In this way certain cars may become
very much overloaded, although there are
ample cars on the line to accommodate all the
In some cases In the past, motormen have
passed passengers when they knew that an
other car was close behind them, their own
being already full, but this occasioned most
vigorous protests from the people so passed,
who considered that If they preferred to get
in and stand up they had a right to do so,
and they said such very cruel things of us as
to make our electric current run cold. Our
policy is to stop, excepting in very unusual
case 3of delay.
Once in a while when a car becomes crowd
ed, there is some comment from the passen
gers In the car about continuing to stop for
others, but if these very people were passed
on the street, there would probably be com
ment too; they do not care about having the
company do unto others as they would like
to have the company do unto them.
On the whole, the practice of stopping for
signals is more popular, but if enough people
could be induced to let the crowded go
by, it would help the matter.
The humor of the whole thing lies in the
fact that the cars are juat as crowded
there as elsewhere, but as an exposition
of the company's side of the case it is a
rather clever attempt to head off an antici
pated kick and as such is respectfully re
' ferred to our own Mr. Hield.
Across the Continent.
The long run across the continent from
New Orleans to southern California seems
short enough on the Sunset Limited, even
thought it is so dusty that by the time you
reach your journey's end, the cars are
covered with layer on layer of fine alkali
dust. Bu: if you go dry while crossing
the Great' Desert, you can have any kind
of balls you want, except snowballs, so the
dust never gets to your throat, and if you
are at Deace within, -what matter what is
going on without.
But talking about high balls and all that
sort of thing, you have an odd sort of
shock just before the train crosses the
Louisiana line into Texas. The dining
car steward goes through, and «xplalning
to each passenger that he is not allowed to
sell any liquor in Texas, and therefore if
you wish anything to drink while passing
through the Lone Star state, you must
speak then and there, or forever after hold
ybur peace —or at least until you get into
New Mexico. Not that you have to drink
up enough supplies on the spot to last
you for twenty-four hours, which would
call for the combined capacities of a wine
touter and the advance ageat of a circiu.
All you have to do Is to gauge your thirst,
and buy accordingly; you give the steward
$1, $2, $5, $10—any. sum you wish, he gives
you a sort of receipt— regular bill of
sale in fact —and the goods are yours.
Every time you take a drink or osen a
small bottle It is checked on* on the tab,
and after you get out of Texas whatever
money remains to your credit is refunded
—if there is any. But under no circum
stances can you exceed your original pur
chase, and if you neglect to lay in sup
plies—as some of the company thoughtless
ly did—must go.dry unless some good Sa
maritan helps you out. For bear in m:nd
that while you cannot.be served unless you
have made a deposit, any good fellow who
has been a little more wise, or a little more
foolish—take fit either way you —can
invite you to drink with him, for the
liquor is his for the time* being, and by I a
polite fiction of the law he can give It
away if he chooses to.
All this would seem to indicate that
Texas is a prohibition state, but as there
is about as much whisky drank in the
land of Tom Ochiltree as in any other
state in the union, and as Texas is prover
bially "wide open," it is evident that
some peculiar, conditions must have called
forth these precautions, which is indeed
the case.
"The Company" v«. Texas.
It appears on investigation that th«
Southern Pacific railroad runs through
nineteen counties in crossing Texas from
. one side to the other. These nineteen coun
ties "got together" and thought to shake
down the company by requiring it to pay
$200 a car per quarter of a year for the
privilege of selling liquor in each county.
Nov.- $200 a quarter means $800 a year in
each county, and multiplied by nineteen
gives a total of $15,200 per car per year.
But that isn't all; all other trains out of
the calculation, the Sunset Limited serves
[ liquor in both the dining and composite
I cars, which ■ would ; mean an expense of
I $30,400 a year for every one of these trains
j through Texas. As there are four of
them on . the tr 1-weekly. service, ■ and they
make a round * trip \ every ten f days, four
times $30,400 makes a grand total of $121,
--600 a year for the limited trains alone,
and even a band of merry soubrettes trav
eling back and forth every day in the year
could not guarantee , the company against
loss with such odds, to overcome. Some
smart corporation attorney must have
thought of the • way .; to meet the difficulty J
Think how many politicians -must have
been disappointed, and how many project
ed county \ improvements must i have been
given up. , — « *»•:
It often ' happens . that a small. defect
will make- a big difference in the .heat
supply of your plant. Expert attention is
] what it needs. It won't take long and
I you will save money on fuel besides en
: joying comfort. When it comes to- en
j tirely new; . modern, - up-to-date heating
plants. W. F. Porter & Co. put in the
kind that are guaranteed to be satisfac
tory. Estimates" gladly: ••■. furnished for
large or small contracts.- Office, 210 Third
st S. .-• "V ' ' : .'■ : j
' There is" no one article In the line .. of
medicine that gives so large; a ; return foi
| the money as a-good porous strengthening
I plaster, such as Carter's Smart Weed and
Belladonna Backache ; Plasters. . i
- j -.- .">. -.- . ..; ,: Genuine Good* |.
."1 And counterfeit prices at Toom'i r |:,
Two Veteran "Journal" Men Who Are About to Launch an Important New Venture.
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Commercial Editor of The Journal. City Editor Of The Journal.
Although Mr. Jones Is about to undertake the editorship of the Commercial West, this does not sever his connection with Thi
Journal. He will continue to have sup ervision of the commercial arid financial pa ge, with a competent assistant working under
his direction. This arrangement insures to that department of this paper substantially the same benefits which have heretofore result
ed to The Journal from his long experi eftce at the head of its commercial news department.
Madame Sembrich and the grand opera or
ganization, under the management of G. L.
Graff, which is to appear here on March 1 at
the Exposition hall >n '"A Barber of Seville,"
is a perfect opera company. It comprises in
most part all the great artists who sang
with Sembrich in her recent brilliant success
at Berlin, and the performance here will be
fully up to the standard of any ever heard
in this country. The leading tenor is Bravi;
the barytones are Bonmaude and Galazzi;
bass, Dado; basso buffo, Arcangela Rossi;
mezzo, Mattfeld. The conductor will be Sig
nor Bevignani and there will be a full chorus
and orchestra, with complete scenery, cos
tumes, etc. All in ail it is an incomparable
grand opera company.
Minneapolis will have soon an opportunity
to become acquainted with a Chicago bary
tone who ha* won a h'gh place tor himself
in that city aad elsewhere, Bicknell Young.
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{ He will be brought ?iere Feb. 7 for a recital
at the Unitarian church He accompanies his
songs by a descriptive lecture, a method that
is both attractive and profitable. He is as
sisted by his wife, who is an accompanist of
rare ability. Mrs. Young is the daughter of
the late Slgnor Albertor Mazzucato, director
of the Conservtory of >.ilan and the La Scala
The Westminster Boy Choir will give its
first concert of the new year at the chapel
Feb. 1. The entire program of solos, choral
and instrumental numbers will be furnished
by members of the cho'.r. The chorus is lim
ited to forty members and there are now sev
eral on the waiting list. The choir concerts
are very pleasant nnd profitable evenings
both for the singers and the audiences.
The Philharmonic Ciub chorus is hard at
work preparing for ".he second concert, to be
given Jan. 28 at Wesley church. It is now
proposed to reduce the chorus from 150 to 125
voices, making it possible wltn a rearrange
ment of the platform to place them there,
directly in front of tfce audience. The prln-
The young people of Fowler Methodist .
church will give a cciored jubilee concert in
the church next Friday evening, Jan. 18. A
delightful program of plantation songs and
melodies will be rendered by the genuine Old
Virginia quartet. Other attractive feature*
of the evening will Y>e announced later.
cipal work to be given at this concert will
be Verdi's Stabat Mater, which is acknowl
edged to be the best work, ever written on
that theme.
The Henschels, tha great chamber musio
exponents, will be the attraction. Thaoe great
artists are making their last American tour,
and every date Is full, from Jan. 2 to April
13. They will appear both in Minneapolis
and St. Paul, under Phiiharmonio Club
The New Century Hit.
Is Bart's Cartoon Book. It contains over
100 of bis best cartoons, published In
The Journal during 1900. Mailed to
any address for 25 cents. Cariooa Book
Department, Journal.

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