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Fort Worth gazette. (Fort Worth, Tex.) 1891-1898, June 15, 1891, Image 1

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n account of contemplated alterations and improvements for the coming
fall when we will add new departments
At Actual Cost for 30 Days
Or just T > 0 per cent less than our competitors pay for the goods
A mit of space forbids enumeration of prices but come and satisfy yourself and
startling bargains liemember we keep everything from the finest to the
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e i > Maio street AVjKBS Kcequarters of a mile west of city limits on Texas and
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< sot6iieTvoti e Fronts nailing Ventilators Sash Weijrhts Artesian Well Drilling Ma i
v > s Drill 15ars Kopc Socket Jars Fishing Tools Kngme and Car Castins
d Engines Hollers 1unips Ktc and do a general foundry and Machiuu
r males gi en on all kinds of machinery Architectural Iron work of all kinds
genuine French Organdies Freres Koj
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Ever Attemptea In Tenets at
Port Worth Tbxas
of the Celebrated Port
forth Well Drilling Machinery
Architectural Iran fort a Specialty
A Frightful Railway Wreck
Sixty People Killed
Disastrous Fire on the Steamer City of Rich
mond from New York to Liverpool
The Prince of Wales and 1H Sportinj
Iropensities Handled From tha
Iulpit Yesterday lisiruirck
Has Lumbago
A Steamer on Fire
Qeeexstowx June 14 The Cunard line
steamer Servia Capt Dutton which left
New York recently arrived here today
Tlie captaim reports that at midnight of
Thursday last he sighted the Inmauliue
steamer City of Richmond Capt Redford
from New York June IS bound for this port
and Liverpool Later the vessel was flying
signals of distress and the Servia bore
down to her to offer assistance The cap
tain of the City of Richmond reported that
his cargo was on lire and the Servia stood
by and steamed slowly by tho side of the
City of Richmond until the prow
head was sighted Capt Redford rej > orted
that on Tuesday at midnight a lady cabin
passenger upon getting up out of her berth
found her state room filled with smoke
and at once arroused the occupants of the
adjoining state rooms In less than three
minutes all the passengers including those
in the steerage were on deck in their
sleeping garments Strenuous efforts were
instantly made by the crew to reach
the fire Upon opening the hatchway
adjoining the spot from which the smoke was
issuing it was ascertained that a portion of
the cotton of which there was 2000 bales
was on fire Large volumes of water were
poured upon tho burning mass but witr
small effect Until the steam lire annihilators
were used no diminution of the lire was
visible While the captain and engineers
were trying to get the fire under con
trol another scene presented itself
on deck under the eyes of the anxious but
well behaved crowd of passengers Her
provisions of all sorts were being carried
by stewards to the ships boats in view of
the possible necessity of abandoning tiie
vessel In this many of the passengers
assisted Throughout the period of the
alarm a gale was blowing and the ship
rolled heavily During the dark hours
of suspense the mass of passengers
were perfectly calm most of them making
preparations to leave the ship Until day
light on Wednesday the extent of the fire
was not known so dense was the smoke
enveloping the decks The sea too became
so heavy that it would have been almost
impossible for the passengers and crew to
put off in boats if such course had been
deemed necessary Soon after day
light however the captain wis able
to assure the people that there was no im
mediate danger but although tho lire had
been checked it had reihiined smolder
ing in the mass of cotton and might break
into flames at any moment It was impos
sible to discover the extent of the lire
owing to the fact that every aperture in
the vicinity of the hold had to
be closed in order to prevent the llames
from being fanned by the gale The stew
ards continued tho preparation to abandon
the ship Two thousand pounds of beef
was cooked for the boats and other stores
were also made ready and moved away from
the vicinity of the flames Hopes of relief
came at S oclock in tho morning when a
sail was sighted ahead
In XonContormist Chilrehcs
Special to the Gazette
London June 14 Allusions to the scan
dalous conduct of the Prince of Wales to
day by NonConformist preachers left no
doubt if any was entertained of the atti
tude ofthe dissenting clergy on the subject
of royalty and baccarat
The manner in which those allusions
were received by the congregations showed
with emphasis how the people who are the
bone and sinew of England feel as to the
confessed violation of law by the future
The energy or the police in prosecuting
cases of petty gambling by the poor has
added strongly to the public feeling and
everywhere among the toiling masses the
demand is heard that the law shall be en
forced against gamblers of TanbyCroft
Heretofore Home Secretary Matthews
has disclaimed all knowledge of tho Tan
byCroft affair This he can do no longer as
evidence in court including tho testimony of
the Prince of Wales himself has removed
any ground for ignorance or denial In
stead of being allayed the sentiment on the
subject of tho scandal is growing
When it was remarked yesterday in the
presence of Labor Agitator Tom Mann that
the Earl of Coventry would lw Tcmoved
from the office of master of buckhounds
Mann asked If Coventry is unlit to be
master of the hounds because he is a
gambler is the Prince of Wales fit to be
master of a kingdom
This is but one illustration of the general
sentiment among all below the rank
of aristocracy and among aristocrats dis
Regular Priga effgi ssinch
raVTresh goods and beautiful styles
Regular Price 50c
1400 Ladies pure Lisle
Vests low neck and sleeveless Supply yourself for the summer Remember
3 Days Only Thursday Morning they Will Cost You 50c Each
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quiet and disgust prevail i f anything is to
be judged from the talk at the clubs
A Scottish writer calling jttcntion to Sir
William Gordon Cummings gallant army
service declares thit his treatment is in
line with the general ingratitude of
England toward Scottish soldiery that al
though the Scotch an but onetenth of the
total British army they have always
of recent years as far back as the Indian
mutiny had to stand the brunt of the light
as witness the TelelKebir and Mrjuba
Hill and even the only hero of the Manipur
company Lieut Douglass Grant being a
Scotchman The writer thinks that the
prince has done much to alienate Scottish
loyalty which his mother had done a great
deal to cement
Sympathy for Gordon Gumming in Scot
land is very strong and the Torres reception
gave voice to the feeling not confined to the
It is given out from the Prince of Wales
set that he has avoided reading newspapers
since tho baccarat trial and is in ignorance
of all the harsh things said about him and
of the hubbub the scandal has caused
This however is knowu to be nonsense
The Prince of Wales is a close reader of
newspapers foreign and domesticand what
he does not see his secretary Sir
Francis Knollys sees for him
dutifuHy communicating all matters of in
terest Besides hundreds of letters have
been sent to the prince some of thcru ad
monishing and others in terms of severe
condemnation and all these of course
have at least reached his private secretary
I > s < ati < ned Laundress
The demonstration of laundresses in Hyde
park today was not as important an affair
as had been anticipated Many stood aloof
and it is not thought likely that
the condition of the laundresses
as a class will be greatly bet
tered by the unusual spectacle Some
of those who have been most active in the
omnibus strike declare that the movement
will be renewed when the men ire better
organized The fact is the men would have
had more sympathy and contributions but
for a prevalent impression that the strike
was really against the substitution of ticket
for cash fares thereby preventing employes
from pocketing the percentage ol fares
Frightful Wreck in Switzerland
Berne June 14 A most horrible rail
road accident occurred today through the
collapse of a bridge beneath a heavily
loaded excursion train The train was
crowded with people on their way to attend
a musical fete Sixty persons were killed
outright while hundreds were injured
The two engines and the first car plunged
into the river and all the passengers in the
car were drowned Two cars remained sus
pended from the bridge All the trainmen
were killed Thirteen cars were saved
Iismurck lias Lumbago
Berlin June 14 Prince Bismarck is
suffering from lumbago
A J > ueli ss Arrested
Madrid June 14 A sensatiou has been
caused here by the arrest of the Duchess of
Castro Enriquez on a charge of maltreat
ing her maidservant
A lllg Fire
At the town of Burg in the Prussian
island of Femern in the Baltic an exten
sive fire destroyed the church parsonage
two shops and several houses
A Paris Xegro In fail for Licking His
Wife 1Vuiitecl for WifeMurder
Lightning Fatal Work
Special to the Gazette
Paisis Tex June 14 Lizzie Pope a
mulatto applied to the officers for protec
tion from her husband Harrison Pope yes
terday who had knocked her down and
stamped her face until it was a horrible
sight Warrants were issued for Harrison
and when the trial comes off Lizzie will
probably not bo able to remember any
thing of it
Constable Bryant of the Second precinct
made an effort a few nights since to cap
ture a negro of unknown name who had
been carrying a pistol and is alleged to be
a fugitive from Grason county on a
charge of wifemurder The negro was
found in a house but refused to surrender
and broke by Bryant who filled his back
with a load of bird shot The negro was
heard of at a place three miles away where
he stopped to have the shot picked out
J A Pierce living near Forrest Hill
was killed by lightning Thursday night He
was sitting by the fire reading a newspaper
his halfbrother Ras Good sitting near
him the ladies of tho family had retired
when tho shock came the lampwas extin
guished and they called Pierce and Good
but received no answer got up and made a
light finding Pierce dead and Goodjuncon
The Captain or the Transfer lioat at Hel
ena Ark Killed by the Watchman
Deliberate Murder
Helena Ark June 14 Capt W H
Holt who has been in charge of the trans
fer boat at this place ever since the line was
established was killed last night by the
watchman of the boat one James Woods a
white man It seems that Capt Holt had
occasion to reprimand Woods several times
for neglect of duty Last night tha
watchman failed to have out the
proper signal lights and Holt had
some words with him about it and finally
slapped him in the face Woods retreated
from the engine room with the remark that
he would get even with him A lew min
utes afterward the boat landed at the foot
of the incline at the Arkansas side of the
river and Captain Holt went forward to
superintend the movement of the cradle as
the river was rising While in a stooping
position Woods walked up to him and
struck him a death blow in the back of the
head with an ax Woods sprang into the
water which was about waistdeep and
Over One Hundred and Sixty Contribute
Flesh from Their Limbs to Patch up
an Unfortunate Brother
Kansas Cut Mo June 14 The success
ful grafting of skin sufficient to patch up
two legs was completed here today A
year ago A C Fulkcrson of the Silver
Towel company stepped by mistake into a
vat of boiling grease The flesh of both
legs from the knees down was cooked away
The only method of repairing the damage
was by the grafting of skin from other hu
man beings upon the injured members
One hundred aud sixty odd Knights of
Pythias of which organization Fulkerson
was a member contributed portions of
their anatomy to be used in piecing up Ful
kerson The grafts were about one hun
dred in number aud in the majority of
cases were successful Fulkerson was out
today enjoying the use of both limbs
Carved at Ball
Special to the Gazette
Hocston Tex June 14 About oife
oclock this morning Henrietta Driscoll
during the progress of a ball slipped up be
hind Jennie Hardin another colored dam
sel and stuck a knife inU her side Tho
Hardin woman may die
Resume of Attempted Legisla
tion from the 16th Session
The Sentiment Favoring More Stringent
Regulation Increased Year fay Year
The Governor and Commission In Full
bympatliy With the Law and the
1urposes of It What They
Will Accomplish
Itailrold Legislation
Special to the Gazette
Austin lex Juno 14 The history of
railroad legislation in this state or of the
many attempts at regulating the operation
of railroads is marked by many vicissitudes
While there had been for several years a
strong and steadily increasing sentiment in
favor of more stringent regulation the op
position to it was stronger still and able at
each successive session of the legislature to
defeat atiy measure that proposed to take
from that body the direct authority of
supervising and directing the manner in
which the roads should serve the people
Bill after bill was introduced in the various
sessions of the legislature from the Six
teenth to the Twentysecond for the pur
pose of
whose sole function and duty should bo the
better regulating of common carriers As
fast as offered these bills were put to deatli
by the friends of tho roads who were
either too numerous or too adroit for the
advocates of regulation
The struggle between the two parties
was long protracted extending over a series
of years and was notable chiefly for the
consciousness of right and the unflagging
zeal for the cause that characterized one
party and the stubborn resistance and bull
dog tenacity of purpose that actuated the
other Finally things got to that pitch
where generalship strategy and adroit
management no longer counted The x >
tency of numbers arrayed itself against the
arts of the strategist and as it always
does when properly wielded carried tho
day with the usual result a Waterloo for
the vanquished
Why there should have been such a warm
and exciting contest over the
creation or a commission
in view of several circumstances is almost
past finding out If there were any virtue
of a posithe and real nature in a commis
sion what objection could bo had
to it If there was not and
it would prove to be as its
enemies declared a thing utterly worthless
and vain why magnify its importance by
opposing it so vehemently Men dont go
forth in armored panoply to fight windmills
aud will othewisps If on the other
hand it was asserted that a commission
would do harm and that it was inherently
bad and dangerous to the ailroads the
friends of it could point to a score or more
of states in which it proved quite the re
were dead against that sort of logic If it
was asserted that the interests of the peo
ple would be endangered by the consequent
stoppage of railroad building the answer
would be that of Shyloek My deeds upon
my head The people who demanded the
law would have brought the evil upon
themselves and would alone be
chargeable with it In that
event what an excellent opportunity
the railroads would have to cry out
upon the sages of tin sand hills and the or
acles of the Alliance
Most of the statutory legislation mi rail
road management down to that of the last
session dates back to l7t > Much of itwas
good aud apparently such as would meet
the requirements of the occasion It di
rected how railroads should conduct their
business in such a way as not to discrimi
nate or practice extortion on their patrons
In many ways it directed how the roads
should be operated for the greatest good of
The legislation of that year proving for
some reason or other to be inadequate was
supplemented from time to time with addi
tional elements of fancied strength that
were mainly useful in encumbering the
statute books Maximum rates were fixed
at > > ll cents per UK pounds per UK miles
and the roads were forbidden to charge
more or to show any favoritism to any per
son Consolidating with or leasing com
peting or parallel lines of road was forbid
den and in various other ways it was
sought by legal enactment to keep the
roads within egitimate bounds in the con
duct of their business But in spite of tho
multiplied laws that had been passed for
that purpose complaints against them con
tinued to be heard The people were not
EiTnEi mE iaws
or their execution were inefficient It began
to be suspected that it was the latter and
that they would never be put into execu
tion until an agency directly charged with
that duty should undertake it The weak
and desultory efforts of the attorneygen
eral to execute them accomplished nothing
of a lasting character and the longsought
for relief was seemingly as far
away as ever Talk of a rail
way commission began to be
beard in the land and in the Sixteenth and
Seventeenth legislatures bids to create
such bodies were introduced only to be
slaughtered The sentiment in favor of a
commission was new and lacking in the
vigor and strength necessary to cope with
the railroads which pretended to believe
that their very existence was threatened
At these two sessions but little trouble
was experienced in putting to death the
measures proposed for the regulation of the
railroads The legislature was easily per
suaded that it ought not to delegate its
sovereign power to any other agency and to
that extent lessen its own power and be
little its character It had sovereign
power over the roads aud could legislate
against abuses as it saw fit If a com
mission which was but a creature of itself
could accomplish anything of moment how
much more could itthe creatoraecomplish
If on the other hand the legislature could
not satisfy the unreasonable demands of
the isople how could a commission be ex
pected to do sof Plainly the idea of a
commission was wild and visionary and so
the selfsufficient and lordly solons con
cluded after listening to the seductive
blarney of the oilytongued friends of the
However when the Eighteenth legisla
ture came together in 1SS3 it soon dcvcloixd
that sentiment in favor of the commission
had gained strength in the past two years
Bills for that purpose were introduced in
both house and senate Judge Terrell who
was at that time in the senate offered a bill
providing for a commission and a state engi
neer though what use there was for the
latter if the commission had car
ried it is hard to tclL In
the house a number of bills for the more
efficient regulation of railways some of
them having the commission feature were
introduced A subcomraittoe of the com
mittee on internal improvements consist
ing of J Q Chinoweth J X Stagncr and
L L Foster was instructed to investigate
the subject of railway legislation and report
what if any further legislation they may
think necossary They reported a commis
sion bill over which a
in the house The bill was patterned on the
Georgia law but gave the commissioners
only discretionary powers aud was mild
in character when compared with the exist
ing law The bill passed to engrossment
but was reconsidered and Gibsons bill
J s <
creating a sfae engineer was substituted
for if Tims died tl coinmi >
bill in tle hoiso Terrells bii in h > sen
ate never got out of the eorpraitteco room
It is claimed that the state engineer bii
which passed and became a law was noth
ing more than a shrewd dodge to defeat tie
commission bill I was absolutely worth
less and one of trc most frivolous and
stupid attempts at legislation conceivable
A convocation of school boys could not havo
devised a sillier or more useless appendago
tostato government James H Brittou ot
Sherman was the first and only state engi
neer who
resigned it and recommended in lu report
that it bo abolished The engineer had
supervisory powers over r lilroad lines with
the right to inspect their physical condition
and report to the attorney general any vio
lation of the law of which they might be
guilty When he resigned the law became
a dead letter as no succes or was ever ap
pointed or no appropriation made for
one That law is still unrepealed
and under the terms of tnu
commission law iiuiv in force which au
thorizes the commission to execute all laws
on the books for the regulation of railroads
it may bo put into operation if thought de
sirable which is not verv probable
In the Nineteenth legislature the senti
ment in favor of a commission docs not ap
pear from the records to havo been ai
strong as at tho previous session Repre
sentative Alexander introduced a com
mission bill in the house but it soon
The creation of the state engineer at
the previous session had for the time
being quieted the popular clamor While
waiting for results that never came the
people lost sight of the commission and
when the Nineteenth session arrived the
had nor yet fully ivalicd the farcical char
acter of the engineer law glcn them at tlui
tuggestion and with the pcrmLssiou
of the railroads themselves Senator
Kilgore offered a b to reguiaj
tho railroads bdt it lucked the comntssiui
feature and Senator Pope introduced a bill
which passed both houses requiring th
attornoygenoivl to bring suit against ra
way corporations violating section > article
10 of the constitution which forbids con
solidation with or tho purchase or lease of
any coirqietiug or parallel lines of railroad
by any other read
the current began to set in again more
strongly in the direction of a commission
At this session Cone Johnson championed a
commission bill with an api > ointive clause
in the house His bill was sibstituW i
seems by the committee on interna ii
provements for another by Kepreseutatuo
Alexander It hul a haul struggle in the
house and was finally passed by a vote of
fiftysix to thirtyeight it wcit to i
senate and was favorably reinirtcd
by the committee It vas or
dered to lie on ihc tabic from
whence it never rose
the demand for a commission had grown
stronger than ever and the popular clamor
louder than before Then biils for that
purpose were sprung upon the house by
Representatives Jenkins Melson and
Strong The committee on internal im
provements threw them all into a hotch
potch and produced therefrom a substitutu
bill over which that body wrangled for
weeks Col Brown who was chairman of
the house committee on interna improve
ments took a leading part m advocating
tiie passage of the bid which finally passed
in the house b a vote of lis to III It
went to the senate where it was met with
the objection raised also in the house that
there was no constitutional warrant for
such legislation and that if
adopted it would be declared void
by the judiciary That cry had
in the houso but it became allpowerful
with the constitution expounders in the
senate who to savo the bill from an
atrocious death at the hands of the law
courts quietly strangled it among them
selves But something had to be done
Things could no longer go on as they had
been doing The people were up in arms
and the frightened solons felt the necessity
for doing something to still the clamor out
ofdoors The friends of the railroads in
the legislature opposed successfully the
creation of a commission on the grounds
that it would bo a violation of the constitu
tion Fix it said they so that it wont i
trench upon that sacred instrument and all
will be well we will be with you They
were taken at their word and a joint resolu
tion was offered for an amendment to thu
constitution permitting tho creation of a
commission The dose
but they swallovcd it At the election last
fall that amendment carried at the polls by
Sn overwhelming majority and the last
session of the legislature after a hot light
gave it force and effect by creating a rail
way commission and clothing it with ample
jHjwcrs to do what the people have long
been calling for Tho history of the strug
gle on the part of the friends of the rail
roads in the house and senate to defeat the
BrownTerrell bill is too recent in the
memory of The Gazettcs readers to call
for a recapitulation of it Suffice it to say
that the bill encountered but feeble opposi
tion in the house hut was less fortunate in
the senate where the holdover senators
and a few others tried hard to emasculato
it and make it a thing of shreds atnl
patches Contrary to all precedents and
to the practice of those senator
who had themselves introduced at tho
last and at nrevious sessions bills makiug
it was sought and the offoit prevailed in
the senate to make the commissioner
elective by the people The house which
saw through the thin disguise refused to
recede from its position on that point and
rather than Kill the bill as so many others
had been slaughtered the senate backed
down and let it become a law The public
has been fully enlightened as to its pro
visions which is blicved are all that could
be desired
The commission that is to put the law
into execution organized on the 10th in
stant and is now at work getting things in
shape for regulating the railroads in tha
manner contemplated by the law and in
accordance with the expressed xvishes ot
those who support the roads rTudga
Reagan who is as well and as
favorably knowu in Texas as Sam
Houston was in his day is chairman
of the commission He is of Irish descent
as tho name indicates and is a cative o j
Tennessee where he
tirst SAW TnE light
in ISIS He has tilled many offices in Texas
since he came into tho state early in the
30s and was elected for several terms
both before and after the war to congress
and resigned his scat in the LTuited States
senate a month or two ago in order to give
the iKjople of Texas the benefit of hU ripe
experience and widely extended knowledge
of railway matters in directing the manner
of executing the new law for regulating
railways His health is good and his
strength and energy apparently unabated
and If there is any virtue in the commis
sion law he will find it and make the most
of it
Judge McLean the legal luminary of tha
commission is a lawyer of high rank and
splendid repute He is a native of Missis
sippi where he entered the woild in
1S5 He came with his parents to
Texas when three years old and is a gradu
ate of Chapel Hill college Xorth Carolina
Ho gained much reputation in the
in lS7i and was district judge from 1SS4
to 1SS9 He represented his district in con
gress being elected in 1S72 He had pre
viously been chosen a Greeley elector which
ho resigned not caring very much for
Greeley any way to accept the nomination
for congress The convention that mida
him a presidential elector at Corsicanaj in
1ST2 nominated K Q Mills and Judge Willia
of Galveston for congress They were
congressmen at large
LL Foster the third member of tha
commission was born in Georgia Forsyth
county and is now about forty years old

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