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Brownsville Herald Publishing Co.
Mrs. Jesse O. Wheeler Editor
Martin J. Slattery » - Manager
Offilcal Organ of Cameron County
Consolidated in 1893 with the Dally
Cosmopolitan, which wag publish
•rt tn Brownsville for 16 years.
Terms ot Subscription
f Dally «— Published every morning
except Sunday, by mall postpaid to
any point In the United States, Mex.
' -Co or Cuba, or delivered by carrier
to any part of the city, West
Brownsville, Texas, or Matamoros,
Mexico. •
Entered at the Postoffice at Browns
ville, Texas, as Second Class Mail
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Has Brownsville got any glarl
hand to offer to the men who are
pushing the Good R'ads movement?
Do we quite realize that ibis is
perhaps the beginning of an epoch
in the development of the South
west ? Are we by chance in danger
of overlooking the fact that the
movement begins in Brownsville?
No citizen of this place can afford
to be indifferent. Suitable welcome
should be given to the Frisco rep
resentatives and government road
experts who will be here Monday.
Every man who lives in Brownsville
should attend the demonstrations,
and should try to induce every
farmer of his acquaintance to at
tend also.
The apod roads movement Is an
outgrowth of the practical good
tense of the American "people. The
community that is indifferent to this
problem is fatally indifferent tb its
own prosperity. This is not only
true of the municipalities, but is
even more true of every farming
neighborhood in the world.
Thu Herald feels sure that the
people of Brownsville and of the
surrounding farming (Tfinmunlties
will not fail to live up to their op
portunities in this instance, but we
should not forget that the time is
short. Let us do our part to give
^he Good Rou*js movement to be
launched at Brownsville Monday a
most auspicious beginning.
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“You won't be sorry but once,
and that will be as long as the track
* is there.”
This is the way a certain promi
nen vistor to Brownsville expresssed
himself yesterday on learning that
the street car company is to be per
mitted to build its track through
the paved district with railroad
T- rails, instead of the modern
grooved rails, which are used now
a-days in all up to date cities.
Apparently there Is no prospect of
remedying the matter now. ’ Of
course, there is no use shedding
tears over what can not be helped.
Still, The Herald is vpry sorry in
deed that the situation must be ac
cepted, and it can not refrain from
saving so. Yes. we are already
sorry and we expect to he sorry a
long time that, while other cities are
laying the accepted, modern,
grooved street car rails, Brownsville
has failed to secure this advaniage.
We must admit that we were all
napping when the Robertson fran
chise was passed. What makes the
©ovrsight appear more strange is the
fact that the Be Bruin franchise,
which was before the city council at
the same time, did contain a pro
vision requiring the use of the
grooved rails. Why did we over
look this omission in the Robertson
Well, at any rate, Brownsville
should learn a lesson from this ex-1
perience. Every franchise that is]
proposed is published in the Herald;
before it is acted upon. The citi
zens should make a point of study-]
ing every provision of any fran-]
chise applied for and note whether!
it has any defects. Every citizen ■
has a right to express himself on
such subjects before the city coun
cil, and the Herald also always w*el-l
comes such expression through its
columns. The citizens should take
the most active interest in the!
doings of the city government. The!
city’s business is the citizen’s busi- i
The fact that Col. Rcosevelt’s
brother-in-law is president of a Taft
organization in <’aliforn|a doesn't
spell anything, of course. TSrother
in-laws very often see each others
virtues through the wrong side of
the magnifying glass.
Be sure to attend Uncle Sam’s
Good Roads demonstration on the
Frisco Good Roads special which
will be here next Monday.
Today the San iBenito drainage
district comes up once more for a
hearing before the county fathers.
It is hoped that the measure may go
through without further delays, and
the new district authorized.
Mosquitoes are S3id to be trouble
some in some parts of the city. It
should be remembered that mos
quitoes usually have TTTeir origin
somewhere in the neighborhood
which they infest. Therefore, if
they are making y^ur life miserable,
look around your own premises and
see if there is any standing water
in which the dangerous pests may
breed. If not there, then investi
gate your neighbor’s premises, or
the immediate vicinity. You are
sure to find not very far away some
reservoir or pool or other standing
water affording them a convenient
breeding place. When you find it,
either have it covered or pour some
cil on the surface, and your nights
will be troubled no more. And that
reminds us—it is none too early
for the city to start aTf anti-inos
quito campaign.
Street Car Tracks and Roller Skates.
Editor Herald:
I will write a few lines for your
paper if you will print them, and
if you will not, please return, the
paper to me by return of mail as the
children mighc like to have it when
1 am gone to a better world—re
turn postage prepaid.
While 1 have a very good com
mand of the dictionary I am not
much on punctuation not having
been brought up to have my trousers
ironed down the legs two or three
times a week like some of those
smart young newspaper men who
meet me at the station and inquire
into my family history and where 1
am going now and hereafter.
Though a little weak on punctua
tion I have some opinions of my own
about turning Brownsville into an
elongated swi eh yard for the ac
commodation of Great Mogul en
gines. I had rather see the poor
kids rdler-skating on the sidewalks,
they not having any other place to
skate without patronizing a skating
j rink, than to make Brownsville , he
| joke of the Gower Rio Grande Val
i ley on acount of the undue promi
j ncncc of her street car tracks when
j they first meet the eye of the
■ finniky visitor from the east.
You can bet your sweet life those
I two big streaks of rusty railroad
steel will stay, though I reckon the
; poor kidlets will have to take their
] skates ofT the concrete or off the
I earth. If there is one sight more
] beloved of all the gods than another
it must be a cily council that takes
i itself seriously and becomes real
stern and relentless when it comes
to squelching the children, even
though i. may find itself unable to
cope with a well-equipped, properly
ordinanced street-car company.
1 have been pleased to learn that
the committee to which the ques
tion of the monumental car rails
was referred has been real tender
with the rails, though 1 hear it was
not a committee with power to act.
Speaking of committees with power
to act, it always seemed like a pro
vision for side-stepping the work a
legislative body is elected to do. But
then I am one of those old out-of
date-almost out-of-print-people who
have been brought-up in the belief
that the best way to do a thing is
to do it yourself and do it now, be
fore the sun goes down and the
night cometh when no man can get
between a too evident car track and
the common people. } am glad the
committee had no power to act. and
shall continue to be glad until 1
hear from the next meeting of the
As to the school children, I am
sorry for them. They have my
sympathy. Nevertheless there are
very evident symptoms of repressing
the roller skates. Speaking of com
mittees, why not appoint a board of
experts to figure on the attrition,
friction and disintegration caused
to a given area of cement walk when
roller-ska,ed on by a healthy young
lady of 12, between the noon recess
and time for books to take up?
Well, l am a believer in Emer
son’s theory of compensation.
Though we lose the skaters we shall
probably keep the protrusive, exub
erant, highly-oxidized, 80-pound
railroad irons where the eastern in
vestor can stub his toe on the
Brownsville street car system the
firs, time he crosses Elizabeth street.
Hoping that the council will not
weaken on the kids and the roller
skates, even if the street railway
proposition is too much for them, I
Yours truly,
Innocent Bystander.
The Sentinel is very lo_ith to
mix in the present municipal
campaign, but like the Mis
sourian, “if they don't quit
kicking my dog ’round” we
shall be compelled to get into
it. in this morning’s Herald
appears an article in which
surprise is exprescd that no de
nial appeared .in the paper of
the signature to the telegram
sent to Washington, and quotes
the exparte statement of R. B.
t’reager. collector of customs,
to the effect that such a denial
would be forthcoming. If the
affirmation or denial of 1). H.
Cummins, was of so much im
portance and the Herald de
sired the same, it could have
secured the same by sending a
reporter to interview Mr. Cum
mins. As to what goes into the
Sentinel, is clearly a matter
which will be guided by the
judgment of those in control of
the paper. The Sentinel refers
the reading public to the tiles
of the esteemed Herald during
the past campaigns, where it
refers to Mr. Creager in terms
which are by no means com
mendatory. As to whether any
thing further will appear in teh
columns of the Sentinel in re
gard to the matter is entirely
a matter with which the Her
ald or any one else outside of
the directory of this paper has
nothing to do.
So The Herald sent a reporter to
interview Mr. D. P. Cummins, to
sec what he had to say in the mat
ter of affirming or denying the re
port, and to secure" any other in
formation in the premises which he
might be willing to give out. The
result of the interview follows:
“I am not on the witness stand.
I am trying to run a newspaper and
to run it impartially.”
Mr. Cummins thus declined to
say whether or not he signed the
telegram mentioned in the article
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Of course it is nothing to The
Herald whether Mr. Cummins signed
the telegram or not. He had the
right to sign it if he wanted to.
What interested us, however, was
the fact that he said he did not
sign it, yet his name appears as a
signer of the telegram. Mr. Cum
mins told Mr. Creager that he did
no- sign it. He told several other
prominent men that he did not sign
it, and asked them to withhold
judgment until they saw the Sen-j
tinel that night. Yet Mr. Cummins
did not publish his denial in the
Sentinel. He did not even puolish
the telegram in the paper. This
naturally was much talked of. Mr.
Cummins, however, lets the cat out
of the bag. when he states that the
“directory’’ of the Sentinel are the
sole judges as to what shall appear
in i.s columns.
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Two vacancies were announced in
the ranks of the Democratic ticket
yesterday, when the withdrawal of
Frank Champion, nominated for
treasurer, and Oscar Souder, nomi
nated for alderman of the third
ward was made public. It is to be
regretted that Frank Champion has
withdrawn from the ticket, tie is
one of the most respected citizens
of Brownsville. He has given freely
of his time in the past to advance
the interests of fhe "city, but he
feels that he can not spare the time
from his business that would be nec
essary to properly care for the af
fairs of the office of treasurer, if
elected. This vacancy on the Demo
cratic ticket may have a tendency
to weaken it somewhat, for. ir
respective of party, Mr. Champion
holds the respect of all the people.
Mr. Champion says, however, that
he will stand by his party and do
all he (ian to support the tieke
Mr. Oscar Sander's withdrawal
was expected. Since the night that
he was nominated he lias steadfastly
declined to be the candidate for
aldermanic honors in the third ward.
He now declares formally through
The Herald that he will not run.
Mr. -Sauder is a most estimable gen
tleman. He would make a'good ald
erman, and the city would he the
gainer if there were more men as
honorable and intelligent as he in
public life. But politics does not
appeal to Mr. Sauder, and his dis
like for it no doubt caused him to
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The latest candidate foP local
political honors is Andres Uresti,
who has filed a petition signed by
87 voters for the office of city mar
shal. Mr. Uresti was formerly em
ployed ii»i-t«nitfp -it Teofilo
The man who hi is si hsmk sieeount feels self
respect sind confidence• There is si mysterious
thing called “Crec//f,” which is hsisetlou faith.
You can establish this cretlit situ! this faith, that
people have in you, by having AlilXHY IX Tllli
ll.XSix, The hanker who is the friend and
snlvisor of everv business man in his community,
grows to he I Ieye in you when he sees you put tine
money siwsiv for your* future. If you have not
got si bank sieeount stsirt one X() W.
Do Y€)IJK hsmking with US.
Wc* psiy } per cent interest on savings ami on
sill time deposits.
Brownsville Bank & Trust Co.
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iyouVe asked me u/A< re £o i^uy your jfurni
£ure. all'££ £e££ you. &o whcAe di do. W/Ay,
do you Anou/, when fjohn and oK u/trt married,
papa bought us fAom them, a. se£ o y? fuAniture
for a pAeAent. lint a sinyie piece of it has
£/ r o ken, no A has a/ty of “Lhe varnish c r acked,
and here df am now, the mother of yAeui ifiy.
y o u n y if a if y !
iy ou and HoL, JuAt muAt Aun oi/er to see us.
at U/ay-s £oi/iny£y,
(fi. S.~Cf course you’ii i/uy that new rockeA,
you needs, fAom
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Capital and Surplus, $209,000.00
Fire Insurance
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