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Killer, of Gontalee County. aaxAfoa-SGra Disraior: Hon.Geo.Pfenffer, of Comal Co. aaraaaaaTATivaa lr wsraiCTt Hon. Sterling Fisher, of Haye Co. Hon. J. X. Btagner, of Caldwell Co. DISTRICT OOOat 16TB DIITMOT. Bjn.L. W. Moore, Proildlng Judge, UQrange. i. M. Betlianr. Attorney, Auatln Co. ' TIKBS Or BOLOIMO OOtTBT. ' Hah. Id Honda? In March and September. couarr orrioaag. Ed B. Kene, Judge Oouuty Court, Jaa. O. Burleaon, Dlat. and County Clerk. Owen Ford, County Attorney. H. B. Barber Sborlff. J. M. Turner, Doputy. a n w of the Poao Pre. Ho 1 W. W. Black, " - J. n. Patteraon, County Treaauror. K S. Portion, Aaeeaaor. - Joe. C. Bve, Burveyor. T.J. MoOarty, Ooxu't Precinct No. 1. J.B.Katlltr, " " . J. B. Burleaon, " " " 3! W. B. Wood, 4. J. F. Pitta, Conatable Precluct Ho 1. Timss or noLDiao County ao Paaoiaor Oooura County Court lor Criminal, Civil ana rrDaie oua Iness (Ih Mondays In January, Marcb, Muy, July, September and November. Comralaalonera' Court Id llondayi In February, May, Auguat and November. Juatlce Court Precluct No. 1 let Friday Inaaob month, San Marcoa. Precinct No. S d Friday In eacb month Mt.Clty u s 3d ' Wimberley'a mil. ' 4th " Dripping Sprlnga. tows orriccBB. Mayor 0. fl. Cock. ' Council W. D. Wood. O.l W. Donalaon, T. P. Dalley, D. A. Glover, Wm. Gleaen. Marahal T. H. Prince. Council meets the first Tuesday In eaob month. NAILS. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF, TO AND FROM SAN MARCOS POST OFFICE. Malta from Aus tin arrive at 1:15 P. M.; eloaa at 1:00 P. M. " " San Antonio arilve at 1:15 P. U.; close at 1:00 P. M ..,... Lullug, arrivea at 11 M., closes at 12:15. P. M. Above malla arrive aud depart dally. Blaneo, via Wlmberley departs Monday and Friday at 6 A. M. Arrivea Tueaday and Saturday at T P. H. orrica Bocae, General Delivery from S A. M., to 11 M., and from IP- M. to 6 P. M. except during distribution or roil la end on Sunaaya and uolidaya. Open on Sundays thirty minutes after distribution of each 01 Iha principal malla. . ALBERT BEATON, P. K. ciiUKcnii.. METHODIST. Preaching at tho Methodist OhurcV every Sabbalb, Itev. Bucknor Harris, Pastor. Sunday School at S o'clock, A.M. Clasa meetiug or youu-c Men's Prayer Meeting at t o'clock P. M. Prayer MeeUug on Wednesday. PROTEST ANT EPISCOPAL. Servicea 1st and Sd Sundays each month, at 10 o'clock, A. si., and T r. (t St. Mark'a Church), br the Mev. Mr. Allen, BAPTIST. Preaching at the Baptist Church on the Ann and third SandayJ la each month. Her. J. U. Baud on, pastor. CATHOLIC, eervlera 4th Sunday In each month, Rev. Father Morandl, pastor. CHRISTIAN Service every Snd and 4th Sunday eacb month. Bev. J. L. Prltchrtl, paator. PRESBTT1R1AN. Bervteea lad and 4lh Sandaya each moats). Kov. i. B. French, paator. s.. Mare-ulu a..rd.y , ohoto run awl. a. v. vwiima ,. j. 'i UM'oa accrvtary. I Sea Marco Chapter No. lit, aieeta Taeaday ta or nrior run . - r. v. i IKr, hmu, SWcratarr. Hay Laalira K. af N. ISM, meets lnd and 4th Friday at each BMts. J. T. Uatchlaa, Dictator. T J Mul LO.O.r. VdMBtAla fMlcir.lUccU wry MMdAt Bttfhl- J. T. HMIMI. M V ami. . llf slliisai ! i alar . a.. . w. Kat 1a lr4 mm &tk BTrisU.W aaw .Shiltk. CB.lM.Cr. Al-Wt Bmim riian-aa. Order af CVaM Frleada, BaaU Dailer. C. C. AUwvt uaafcaa. aecrotarv. FIXE JOB PRINTING rnonrTLY esccitxd af tva FREE TRESS OFFICE, wvtbjb nv aruww, t i-tai. Ptroi Horn IatXi tn Urns. CaU 4 examine our sompK aaa I Tjcct Itfurc excs elsewhere. SAN BWaWaWawwawaBaWaWaWaBBBWaaa- - 1 I BUSINESS MRECTOUY. HANKERS. TlD.J. L. aUF.CN, 8outluMt Corner li l'laza, at MiUouo's old stand. D. A. GLOVEU, North tide l'Uua. LA WYKRS. AV 001) & FOUD, Wood's NewDtulding Upstairs. O T. ltUOWN, Office iu Mitchell Build. , iuji, upstairs. -I7U8IIEU & 1108E, Offioe lu Wood's New JL' Kuildmit upstairs. NOTARY PUBLIC t- G'L AO'T. II. JULIAN, Judge Wood's New Build . Ing, UpHtuira. I'll YS1CIANS it- SURGEONS, D U. . do BTIEUEIt, office at Kayuolds & Daniul's Drugstore. D US. WOODS AliOKLEHON, Offioo at Kaynolds & Dauiers drugstore. U. WM. MVE11S, Office at Fromiuo's Drugstoro, Southeast Corner i'luza. DENTISTS. D U. J. U. COMUS, Judge Wood's Now Iluildiug, uiwtairs. li. N. Ii. MoLEAN, Office in Judge Wood's Building, with Vr. uonilM. DRUGGISTS. R. FKOMME, South side riaza. TDAYNOLDS 4 DANIEL, North side Plaza. DRY GOODS. GEEEN & FKICE, atMalono's old stand, Southeast Corner Plaza. DRY GOODS & GROCERIES. JOHNSON & JOHNSON, Mitchell Build ing, North side plaza. L. J. DAILEY, West Side of Main riaza. DAILEY & BHO., Southwest Cornor Plaza. TTI I. IGLEHAKT, East side of Plaza. JJJ. Opposite Court Houbc. BOOTS 6 SHOES. JB. HANKLA, Sunufocturer and Deal , er, North side Plaza. G 1 EEH. LAUMEN, East side Tlaza. WHOLESALE GROCER, yTAUTIN HINZIE, Southeast Corner rinza. GROCERIES. rpAYLOE 4 BEO., East Side rublic L Squaro. A. J. SWASEY, South sido Tlaza. GROCERIES & HARD WARE. W. DONALSON & CO., North side Plaza.. FURNITURE. J. WAED, East side Plaza, JW. NANCE, near Southeast Corner of . Public Square. WA TC1WAKER8 JE WELERS. W. H. BOBBINS, North side Plaza. STOVES & TIN WaRE. M AETIN HINZIE, Southeast Cor Plaza. EO. HENNE. East Sido Plaza. SADDLES & HARNESS. a S. COCK, Southwest Corner Plaza. WK. MoMULLEN, East side Plaza at , Iglchart's Store. LIVERY J; SALE STABLES. B ALES & SON, Son Antonio Street MEAT MARKET. S. L. TOWNSEND, Southwest Plaza. BAKERY A CONFECTIONERY. T7UITZ LANGE South Bide Tzm. - a - Nic Tengg, WaeteeaVa aad BeUll Bookseller & Stationer, IIS CesaaMra Btraet. SAN ANTONIO, TEX. t Alt OBDBU PB0BPTLT ATTESDtD TO. PATENTS. ttm war I "1" "ee a cartel iilaT eel - j ! ZXo vea-rt aa t BW.aVI'.v. ama a. - . jj m aar lavra , C av Paaewt attewaw v aeaava raoa-i 1 b I iTfri l Miliaria). P. IT. - - alaeif 11 awaair A . ij camte-1 . fV IWrat Oftce- OU 'fcTajHS ai lLis ooa MARCOS, HAYS miMuu. Central Hotel, MAIN FL1ZA. BAN ANTONIO. TEX. 1.50 per lr. Situated oa Ih Mala Piss, la tba vary center af the city. BUrtb Denote, with Street Cere la treat running la ail ruon rwoee ana riawan, at. aru. 'Ruuea ta all Trains, aad I'ailf Halts la all points. Talepboae aonntelloaa with every part af Ih city ana various points aorta, ana neat, miew trie IJ.hL Saml.dallf Mall Delivery, la the meet eon venltiil to baalaaea and plraaura, aad being ander Ihe aldeel maaageaant le Iha boat plan to oblala lutortuailoa about tha ooantry, Owning aar awa Imarovemante we can furnish firel-claea aeaamma- datloao al Sl.nO per day, thus aavtua la aar pa Irene allaaalfl.no par uay. auglian, tivrmaa, rrvoea and Spantah apukea. Oa.ata wilt receive iha heel atltuuon. aeia em i,n,nti(r.n, - I'rop'r. W. H. BOBBINS, THE "OLD RELIABLE" WATCHMAKER JEWELER, -)A0(- OPTIC IA3ST , and dealer Id all grade of CLOCKS, WATCHES, JEWEL RY, SILVERWARE, FANCY GOODS AND NOTIONS. NORTH BIDE OF TBI PLAZA. A 11 nnnilx warranted an represent ed all work to give satisfaction, or money refunded. rHT All goods sold as low if not lower than can be bousht elsewhere in Texas. HEADQUARTERS FOR GROCERIES GROCERIES of all kinds at wholesale. GROCERIES by (he Draylmd. GROCERIES Ity tlw Carload. GROCERIES by om or one hun dred packages at a time. WHOLESALE Liquor Dealer. TOBACCO AND SEGARS a specialty. ORDERS BY MAIL filled with as good selection and at as lotv prices as if bought in person, with the cash in hand. J. HOUSTON. TRADE MARAT REGISTERED. orAlrkf all UOQ A. 1 11 C.IRARO ST.PilU.'i.Ma A NTCW TREATMENT n.M..asMnilAi. islhmn HrARi chilli, iirvpepiia, Calarrh, Head- - m T mm al m sWabibibi- mclie. EfCOllllTi nmjuiuuit Awm- ralfrla.and all Chronic and J?arvou4 DU orders. A CARD. ... At. 3 ka.lr.. mA slfirl TT Ot lUO Ul'UCI PI iawm , uaiuB ' - B permarientbenefil from the ntwof "COMPOUHD !.r.rnnu a .J m.A a1mlnlalaiaaskj kp Dna Staikbt PaIaBM, and belos MtUfied that II fa a i 1 I a..nM tlH all (hat 1 new uiecovery iu uwivw ' -" claimed for it, consider it a duty which wa owe to the many tnouanuawn ...tn., and so-called "Incurable" dlseaaea to do all thai we can to make I la virtue known and to Inspire the public with confidence, We have peraonal knowledge of Drs. BUrkey . - -I I A InlalliMAIll mnA ttAIt. raien. 1 HOT .to nviiaini, t-,n.-"i aclencloos physicians, who will not, wa are aura, saaKe any iuwdkuh u" j - 1 k.u... .a h nnr nnbliah anv teatimonlals or reports of caaea which are not genuln. W. D. Katxr, Jteuiber of Congress from Philadelphia. T. 8. Amies, , Bdlior and Fubtlaher "Arthur1 Home Magaaine," rhlladelphia. V" drtmr,"Lutherao Observer," Philadel phia. rmLADLiA, Pa Juaal, 18J. in aroer aq am . -. - profeiaional snd peraonal atandlng, and la glva la eieaaedcontldencela ear atateneau and In Ihe reautneneaa of ear testlmeniala aed reports ofeaeee we print tha above card from gentlemen well aad widely kaowa aad af tha highest peraaaal cbarae- Oar "Trtati Compound Oryv." ea- talnlng a nistory ai - - actiea of thi remarkable carative egeat, aad a largo record of earea la Ceaeampliea. Caurrh. Searalgla. Brooch I lie, Aathme, ale., and a wide reeve af ehroale diaraaea. will be aval free. Aslarvaa Drs. Ktaratcy 4c fatlaa. lies aad 1111 Glrard Itreet, Philadelphia, Pa. prl 17 if. Rerraeratiae) for eaWbkd eysteaa, aaSeriag frsea a gen eral wsat ax Has, aaa ne aaaal aaa A B4i- . cte IhatwIU eSectl a nawal silt. saffrtkc aba ela a Bralt aa ' vicar, that la a gea aiaa wntim, te . Ilia alaane rr reojairewaat- . abr. aaaaa SJaa- , awwf'illi art mt- ' trre ee ea-t five ea aa la. tra.ee. tm aaa ay all tlw aad taalara gaaeraJy- anauvss. THIS 1 am viLA ' " aocvaaeaieo, i avtwTK C e eeWeoa aWl.akle i I ZA LmS .77-7" ao.n errtoi. COUNTY, TEXAS, ILLUSION. Down in the waller, be thought, bow grand To stand on the mounwin-peaK, . To feel the fonr free winds of hearon, And to see lbs daylffht break I The flower Rraias of the nieadowJands, The wealth of the waving crop, He knew them safe, and rich, and fair, But he longed for the ntouutaiu-top. What mystto shadows and depths were there, What elory of eolor and lltrht ! lie knew that bis heart would never rest Till bis feet bad reached the hohiht. With patuful care aud a beating breast He climbed the dangerous ground, t And atood at lougth on the mountain top, With nothing his gaze to bound. But the clouds were still ss far above, And alas I the stony peak - Had nevor a flower or blade of grass It was cold, and barren, and bleak. And far below was the Talley sweet, With its fields of waving corn, With its orchard trees and gardon place. And the house whero he was born. Thus from the valloy of sweet Content Ambition luroth men to eoek The splendid, lonely, barren place That gird leas Life's most loftly peak. But oh for the pleasant valley homes I And the happy feet that daily pass Through woodland ways and blowing corn, And the long sweet orchard grass. Uarper'$ Weekly, Is It Rlghtf BY THE LATH PRESIDENT WATLANp. 1st Can it be right for me to derive my living from that which is spreading disease, poverty, arid pre mature death through my neighbor hood T How would it bo in any similar case T Would it bo right for me to derive my living from selling poison, or from propagating plague and leprosy around mo T 2d. (Jan it be right lor me to derive my living from that which is debasing the minds and ruining the souls of my neighbors! How would it be in any other case? Would it be right for me to derive my Kving from the sale of a drug which produ ced misery or madness ; which exci ted the passions, and brutalized tho minds, and ruined the souls of my fellow-men? ; - 3d. Can it be right for me to de rive my living from that which destroys forever the happiness of the domestic circle, which is filling tho land with women and children in a condition far more deplorable than that of widows and orphans ? 4th. Can it be right for me to derive my living from that which is known to be the cause of nine tenths of all the crimes which aro perpetra ted against society? 5th. Can it be right for me to derive my living from that which accomplishes all these at once and which it does without ceasing ? Gth. Do you say that you do not know that the liquor which you are selling will produce these results ? Do you not know that nine hundred and ninety nine gallons produce these effects for one which is used innocent ly? I ask then : 7th. Would it be right for me to sell poison on the ground that there was one chance in. a thousand that the purchaser would not die of it ? 8th. Do you say that you are not responsible for the acts of your neigh bors ? Is this clearly so? Is not he who furnishes a murderer with a wea pon considered an accomplice ? If these things be so and that they are so, who can dispute? I ask you, my respected follow citizens, what is to be done? Let me ask, is not this trade altogether wrong? Why theh should we not altogether abandon it? If any man think other wise, and choose to continue it, I have but one word to say: My brother, when you order a cargo of itoxicating drinks, think how much misery you are importing into the community. Aa you store it up, think how many curses you may be heaping together against yourself. As you roll it out of your warehouse, think how many families each casK will ruin. Let your thoughts then revert to your own fireside, wife, and your little ones, then look up to Him who ludgeth ngnteonsiy, ana asu your self, my brother, Is rr bight ? Some Peculiarities of Divorce. M. Bertillon, the editor of the "Annals of Demography," has been giving a lecture in which he sets forth the fact that the households in which divorces are most common aro those where tho consorts are mct nearly of the same age. Where there is a great disparity of age it is necessary to make a complete distinction between cases where the elder party is the husband and where he is not Old husbands, for some reason or other, seem to bo better able to re tain the affections of their wires or at any rate to maintain legal possess ion of their better halves, than young ones; for, as the man is older in ro portion to the woman, so is he .. - . . a ess irequc-nuy aivoreeu irom ner. With women it is altogether different, for the older they are in proportion to their hasbandji the more likely they are to part or be raartbd from r them. lnmvsU tnm,lot yW Mexixi I ut, tad it Dot 1 'airT- g-eroosauncf counted as divorces. Bat JL Dertl ' . . a a- a ' 1 ihcm iifuifl Lri&vi in curoines vuer divorce) is jroLilstexl soicil'.-s from W a. m i 7 " , , - , " . 1 rr-o. fWml 1Laj tli-r. Law. THURSDAY, MAY I Written far Tha Paas Paaaa, Rendnlsctnces of Texas Veteran Kauure Expedition, etc The ai o. KSBABD. eerraiaaTBa. LXX. From Pino wo loarnod that Oonor- al McLood, Navarro, Dr. Whittakor, Captains Houghton and Hudson with two or throe officers, had paasod the previous night ftt his ranoho, and were pro vidod with comfortable quart era. Thov bad boon sent forward . one day in advance of tho main body, on horseback, and aa thoy were for tunate enough to fall into the hands of an officer of humane fooling, our friends under his charge always spoke of him as a kind hearted man. After a long and toilsomo march, our men Bufforinjr at every atop, we encamped upon the borders of small stream for tho night Hero wo experienced great relief from bathing our awollon foot in its cold wators, and washed oursolvea, for we could not do that very often, when huddlod in pens. Here to each man was is sued a miserable pittance of hard barley broad, too hard to eat without soaking it Captain Salozar told us through our interpreter, a Gorman, who formerly livod in Matamoras, Mexico, who understood Spanish fairly, and was one of our companions, that if anv ono of us csenpod, all of us would bo hold responsible, and all shot There was no fear of that, for the heartless Salezar drove us so hard, and half starved us, that ex hausted at the end of a ;days march, we willingly sang upon tne nara aaa J 1 1 ground, covered with only a poor Mexican blanket, to getsomo rest A cold night was followed by a hoavv frost next morning. We nost- lod close to each other to keep from freezing; the older mon got but little sleep;-! being so young, I slept in spite of the cold, exhaustion overcom ing cold and suffering. Next morning, at a brisk pace, we hurried forward, but did not got bito to cat. We reached the village of Santo Domingo before noon, a dis tance of eighteon miles from our last night's quarters. At this village our men had cause to thank tho women for their kindness. They came out of their mud houses in every diroction bringing tortillas, baked pumpkins, and dry ears of corn, and shedding tears at our forlorn and miserable ap pearance. Here I will state, that in perhaps ' tho whole world there is not such a contrast between mon and women, as in Mexico. The women were uniformly kind and sympathis ing, from the lowest class up to tho well educated and aristocratic, while too often the men had no fooling, and treated us cruelly, worse than beasts cattle would have been treated and driven with more consideration and received better food than we did. It is impossible for pen to describe our sufferings, and no one could im agine what we endured, especially, whon as before stated, wo were half starved before our surrender. A little further on, we entered tho village of San Felipo, the banks of the Rio Grande were to our right The women of San Folipo were also very charitable, and presented us food. I think tho Mexicans must have sent cou riers ahead of us, to give notice of our probable arrival, not so much for our benefit, but to have supplies on hand for our guard. If it had not been thus, tho women could not have had eat ables ready for us, and often warm, too. Here an incident occurred, as wo entered about the suburbs of San Felipe ; a Mexican girl came out with a tray of eat ables ; the foremost of our men rushed forward to get a good share, the girhinaf right,droppod all on the ground, and screamed and ran off for her home. No wonder,, our men,unkcmpt, dirty and una Laved, with haggard faces and sunken eyes, must certainly have looked like cartmbals, and as tho girl never saw such a crowd of forlorn ubjecU she waa frightened. Many of the women of San Felipe openly rprrche4 Governor Armijo and our captain of the guard, Salezar aa bmtcavacd even their huAbanda maniftteid their axjrrow ai oar cruel treatment In justice to the women and girls rroTioti, we'lt aach Km g mxrci . ... . 1 ' a. tijt tiuaL ox ccauic boat the piiit of mtavLXx adayV tDcmstiaiS of i mxaeLmtM only aa ear of ,Tbe LUls affa - rAtiou, yoa sorntUmoe ot.y aa ear . COTO. We VO-iilAre ATtlaXOaWW tU 29, 1884. diod from starvation, and fatigue i but on our routo from New Moxloo to 1 Faso, it waa not our fortuno to pass daily through villages to receive thoso charitablo guta of the women i of ton wo passod nnsottlod portions. Towards night wo roachodAlgo- Jonea whore wo encamped. That nkht waa terribly cold. The Mexican guard drovo us in two small rooms, and locked tho door upon us. Thoro waa not room for us to lie down, nor sit down comfortably on the mud floor t it being dark when we wero drovo in, and not knowing how large the apartmonta might be, after bo ing locked tip, a aoeno of misery, half suffocation and desperation soon enBUod which beggars description. From St Louis. St. Louis, May 15, 1884. En.' Fata Piuehs. Tho weather horo ia fino for the first time this spring, and tho building boom ia active beyond all exporionoo. Tho groat Exposition building ia being puBhod forward to completion, and noarly 700 men are at work on the structure The city is rapidly moving out wost on tho hills. Old St Louis is gone Up to the time of tho war it stood bo twoon Morgan street on tho North, and Clark avenue on tho South, and between Cth street and 20th streot Now this vast region looks like) wilderness of shanties, a wild was to of wickedness. On Pine, Chesnut, and Olive streets, up to 14th, whero once dwelled the rich and cultured, is now the abode of the ungodly, and ten or twelve beer dives con be counted within 3 blocks. Horo a multitudo of outcasts of a corrupt civilization flaunt' their rags and volvot gowns and "loud" dress in tho face of passers by, and particularly on Sunday night and present a scono and carnival of i riot; blaspheming, miscegenation and congregation of black and white men and womon,oll stooped in fathom- Ices crime and poverty aa ever dis- gracedthe subtoromean hells of Paris, or the Lapin Elano described by Eugene Suo. The criminal courts are very busy hero at present, and the dockets are large beyond post experience. The Tho old Court House, whore the civil courts are held, is looking fine after its new coat of paint Tho flag staff was lifted into place by a gang of men yesterday. It is a hollow steel tube noarly one hundred foct long, and weighs 3000 pounds, and when in its place upon the mighty dome it looks like a fishing rod in size. Muoh excitement prevails among the gambling classes here concerning the panio and failures in New York. The exciting interest about tho calama ties of the Grant family have subsi ded, and many here hope that the Grants will do the same thing subside. Surely 'tis a good time for disappearing." Cabl Smythe. From Kansas. Blue Vaixkv, PoTAWATomi County, KAHSAS,Mayl3,1884. Seeing so much material for news paper topics I have concluded to try and write a few items for our old home paper, the Sam Mabcos Fbex Pbess. The prospects for a good season and plonteous year are evident throughout this section of Kansas i in fact we are having too much of the moistening element The Big Blue River is gradually rising, caused by the continuous rains, and an overflow is predicted. If an overflow does take place, it will make sad havoc of the many prosperous farms along the valley. The Blue Valloy farmers are as prosperous as any class of yeomen in this state. They have ready market for all the homo produce, and most excellent ways of transportation by means of tne iiansaa uentrai ana Union Pacific. There is another rail road in cons true lion np through the Blue Talley. It commences at MnnbM1", a large town at the junc tion of the Bine and Kansas Hivcrs. and will extend the whole length of the valley. This portion of the state is weD adapted to stock raising and farming, being cron posed of prairie and timber- Und. The low, grae crowived bills either aid. of lb. ry remind aum very tnoca iam botwbooi a .w-alu mooQUsiti ox tw kbst msui- iw -.aa jt J most exceDect ctsx ' NO. 25. wire for pasture. "Over the hills an J far away" spread broad high prairies that produoo usually well Farming appears to be the chiof occupation, or at least there are more engaged in this businoss than in atockraising. Tho great objection to stock is that they gonorally reqire to be fed six months out of the year, and vigilant oaro most be taken to gain any pro-t on cattle. Tho time for planting has juct begun here, and as we have an oc casional visit from Jack-frost, may havo to replant Very frequently ft woo flower can be soon pooping from beneath tho loavos a sure harbinger of spring. The fruits, both large and small, do well In this port, and most of tha inhabitants are woll supplied with good orchards. Vegetables of all variotioB do very well hero, and bj aid of a "cave,'' or house under the ground, the vegetables can be stored away until gardon time again. Every one who bos a house ia sure to have also a "cyclone collar," and whon ono of those Kansas cophyrc bogina to gently waft away tho fonoo, and to sond tho telegraph polos on untold errands j thoy each and every ono eook shelter under ground, for fear of boing borne away to regions whero "the breozes cease to blow." It is really amusing to see the frightened ladies watch the clouds and liston with both ears to the prophesies of the "weather witches." Kansas ia improving very fast Whero a fow years ago stood an Indian wio-a-up, now stand our grace-, ful modern farm house i and with all the modern improvements, publio Bohool system, prohibition, etc. with out the cyclone t Kansas will somo time in the near future be one of tho foremost states in the Union. I will close by wishing the Fun Press and family a prosperous and happy future. From yours rospectfully, A, X Hawexb. The Cleburno Free Democrat (Groonback) says: ; "Recent statistics show that ,20,- 747,000 acres of our lands aro now ownod by foreign landlords, who pro pose to make a second Ireland out of America, and domond their rack-rents from American peons. Both the old parties are equally responsible for stealing this land from the people of this country and giving it to alien lords and nabobs. How long will the people allow themselves to be led by the nose into slavery, by corrupt party leaders, morely to gratify their sectional prejudices? This is ft port of ex-Governor Roberts' land policy. Our national and state legislatures have given to corporations and for eign syndicates 280,000 square miles (or loU.UUU.uuu acres) oi our puDiio domain. All this land has been stolen from the people, and the robbennow hold it under the plea of vested rights. There is only one of two ways by which the people can regain posses sion of their lands for the benefit of the rising generation. One ia by a bloody revolution, similar to that of France, and a redistribution of the lands. The other is by a graded tax ation which will make large estates unprofitable and force large land owners to dispose of thoir lands to small farmers, Ono or tne oiner must be adopted, or four-fifths of tho rising generation must of necessity become peons. This is the inheri tance the father and mother are to day offering their children. Which horn of the dilemma will the voter take the ballot for a graded system of taxation, or the sword with all its attendant horrors and a redistribu tion, or peonage as the inheritance of his children? The editor of the True Democrat ia the chairman of of the Greenback ex ecutive committee of Johnson county. The Colored Toters Growing- Tired. New York Globs. The colored people of the North and West are weary of Republican promises. They are not longer to be monkeyed with by tricksters. ' They want a square, manly deal li they are to help the party to win victory they demand that they be treated aa other members of the par ty. They do not propose in the fu ture to play Samson to Dcllah. They propose to put their strength where it win Denent mem meet. 8eng that the Democrat'e party is torn aamnder, the Republican party may tarn np its nose at our state ment of the ease, bat we nn it that the colored people of the North and Wea-t have the balance of power, and are in no fcnmor to be rnonkeyed sritb. The Main riara at El Paso, 2J with cactus plu.it of every variety, is a beeuiUuJ spot.