AUSTIN. - - TEXA
The New York Financial and Com
niercia' Chronicle fixes the cotton
fcrop at 7,04.000 bales.
Evek'y tax should be so contrived
:as to take 'out of the pockets of the
people as little as possible.
The Iowa Republicans have con
cluded that the temperance issue in
politics is a barren ideality.
Mrs. Lanotky is going back to
England. Wonder how Gebbie and
the male Langtry will bariuoiJze?
Chin music is as free as air in this
country, and England will have to
learn it. It is nothing like as bad as
gun powder plots.
The tariff is pronounced an al
straction. Certainly nothing ab
stracts so much money from the
pockets of the people sis the tarifT.
The Herald-News is satified that
Major llurke will neither buy the
Dallas Herald nor the Houston Age,
The figures for each are too high
AMEiucAN pork knocks for admis
t sion to Kaiser Wilheliu's dominions.
The pork can well afford to stand ex
clusion if sausage and ham hold out
among his subjects.
The metric system is now almost
exclusively used by the departments
of the English government engaged
in scientific work. It makes its way
very slowly in the United States.
How wise It was in the- legislature
not to touch witli a forty-foot pole
the recommendation of the governor
to Ut th inrv svslpm sliilp It-. bus
been the bulwark of liberty from the
' uays ot King John.
The Canadian parliament rejected
the railway commission bill by a vote
of ninety to twelve. The matter is,
however, not finally settled, as a com
mittee was appointed to investigate
the subject during recess.
The English government has at
tempted to fasten the London explo
sion plots on Irishmen. The Irish
people bear a great deal, but it would
be strange indeed if they do not in
time refuse to be loaded down to the
last depths of degradation.
And now a letter has been made
' public written June 1, 1881, in which
Conklin told Billy Mahone to go
right alcugin his repudiation schemes;
thr.i' they were right, and he would
"sustain him in them. It appears that
all Republican elements favored the
The Connecticut legislature is
going to wrestle with a bill that for
bids railroads to charge more for
carrying freight short distances than
longer ones. Now, if anybody will
explain to us how the Connecticut
legislature can deal with long dis
tances, we will begin to study over
Noefolk continues to grow in im
portance as a cotton port. The total
receTts for seven months ending
March 31, amounted to 718,551 bales,
against 501,514 bales for the same
period last year. The direct foreign
shipments for the same months were
327,085 bales, an increase of 44,1)80
rompared with last year.
. . .
Tut first star route trial lasted fif
teen weeks, and the second has al
ready beai in-pf ogress nineteen weeks
Up to the 1st of March the govern
ment's bill for special counsel
amounted to $115,854.41, mainly on
account of three men, Bliss, Merrick
and Kerr. Hereafter it will stand the
United States in hand to hire its
lawyers by the job instead of by the
Some time ago the Statesman re
commended tile drainage for our stiff
land roads. Now it is told that ex
periments have been made on some of
the flat mud roads in Illinois with tile
drainage. The tiles are laid along on
either side and the road-bed soon gets
dry and firm after a hard rain and is
even passable after a long period of
wet weather. It will be some years
before we have a complete system of
solid roads in Texas, and in the mean
time the tile drain is worthy of a
trial. There is not a doubt that our
roadways can be materially improved
by drainage, and that, too, at no great
The attempt to persecute Dr.
Mummsen for the alleged libeling of
Prince Bismarck, has not been credit
able to the German imperial govern
ment What should we think if a
senator in the United States senate
should criticise the policy of the gov
ernment, and should be immediately
arrested and tried for it? What would
become of the inviolability of the
representative? and of freedom of
speech? That the learned German
writer should have been subjected to
these proofs of Bismarck's petty spite
must be galling to millions of Ger
mans who are tired of absolutism in
Hon. B. F. Frymieu, representa
tive of Houston county, has been
particularly noted during he session
iC.his streneous and efficient advo
cacy of the claims of the several state
asylums. His active services in ure-
paring and perfecting bills making
liberal appropriations for them, and
providing for their efficient manage
ment, have distinguished him as a
particular friend of all these cha
ritable and deserving institutions.
This is said without disparagement
to Dr. Sharp, the chairman of the
committee, who has also been zealous
in the discharge of his duties. The
committee as a whole has done its
Census statistics show that the
death rate of the United States during
the last census year was 15.1 per
thousand. The Medical Kecord thinkB
the returns if complete would show a
death rate of 18 per thousand, which
is less than that of any other civilized
country, the range being from 20.2
per thousand in Denmark to 30.2 per
thousand in Italy. Of the 733,840
deaths in the last census ye;ir, classi
fied by causes, 91,551 were from con
sumption, no other single disease
making any approach to this number
of its victims. This is only a repeti
tion of the tale told by local mortuary
reports almost aH'over. the country,
consumption always heading the list
f causes except where a severe epi
THE MINERAL LAW.
Early in the session of this legisla
ture, it will be remembered, the !
Statesman presented reasons why a
mineral law should be put into effect
in Texas. The lack of such a law has
really prevented the development of
the mineral wealth of the state, sine e
prospectors could acquire no right t o
discoveries on private lands, and since
purchases from the state for mineral
investigation has not been practicable,
a bill was : presented, and we are
pleased to announce that it has at last
passed both houses, and is now in
the hands of the governor
for approval. This bill provides
that all- minerals in the lands belong
ing to the public schools, to the uni
versity to the asylums and to the state
are reserved from the 'operation of
laws for the sale ot such lands, and
the minerals shall be disposed of for
the benefit of the respective funds for
which these lands are set apart.
These minerals are to be at the dis
posal of the state land board, and
when a prospector shall discover
minerals, specified in the bill as "coal,
iron, tin, copper lead, siver
or gold," he shall immediately
stake the same in its apparent ex
tent, not to exceed in size 300 feet one
way by 1500 the other, the corners to
be marked by distinct stone land
marks, and shall within forty days
thereafter file a description of said
mine, the county in whicn it is
situated, the number of survey, the
company or individual to whom the
same was issued, and such other de-
iscription as is practicable, in the
clerk's ollice of the county where the
land lies, or if an unorganized county.
then in the county to which the sauie
is attached" for surveying purposes.
which description shall be verified
by an affidavit of the fact that he
is the discoverer of said mine, and
that he intends to fully prospect the
same and comply with the law per
taining to the same in good faith
It shall be registered in the record
of deeds. He shall then have the
privilege of selling the rights he may
have acquired in said mine; provided
that he or his assigns shall, within
ninety days after the filing of such
description, have said mine surveyed,
and shall file a copy of said survey,
together with specimens of the ore
taken therefrom, with the state board
at Austin. After the filing of such
survey and specimens, the discoverer
or his assigns shall work said mine
for his own benefit and for the bene
fit of he fund, to which said
mine belongs, said tund to receive
five per cent of the gross receipts
provided, the mines shall be worked
subject to such rules and regulations
as the land board may prescribe; and,
provided further, that any one taking
up a mining claim shall do at least
two hundred dollars worth of work
per annum on the' same, furnishing
annual proof of the same. Any one
failing to comply with this provision
shall forfeit his interest, and it shall
be subject to entry by any other per
son, and no judicial forfeiture shall be
necessary. The filing and regis
tration of the description,
shall be constructive notice of claim
but all persons who have heretofore
discovered and worked mines on said
lands shall have a prior right for
ninety days after the passage of the
act, in which to comply with the law
as discoverers. The bill was passed
with the emergency clause, and goes
into effect as soon as sigijed. '"Under
thiaky -w-e-gxpeet to' see the mineral
regions of western and northwestern
Texas developed with surprising ra
The recent decision by the supreme
court of Tennessee in relation to the
settlement of the public debt of that
state, was known in Wall street
twenty-four hours before it was an
nounced from the bench, and proof is
not wanting tiat somebody made a
good deal of money by such knowl
edge. The Memphis Appeal pro
nounces it "the most disgraceful epi
sode in our recent history," and de
mands legislative investigation.
The increase of the Democratic
vote since 18(58 has been proportion
ately larger than the increase of the
Republican vote. From Grant's plu
rality of 305,458 in 1868, the figures
have dwindled dowrr to Garfield's plu
rality of only 9,464 in 1880, with Til
dea elected by the Democrats and
robbed of his votes by the Republi
cans, between. : The force of these
figures are recognized by Republicans
and already the call for diligent work
for 1884 is vigorously called for.
Senator Gibbs' bill establishing a
reformatory farm passed the senate
by an almost unanimous vote, but the
house failed to pass it. The peniten
tiary system will never be perfect un
til such an institution is put in oper
ation. The people and press all over
the state have been demanding its es
tablishment at the hands of more
than one legislature, and Gov. Rob
erts assigned as a reason for pardon
ing boys sent to the penitentiary, that
it was no suitable place for their in
carceration. Those who examined
the Gibbs bill say that it was admira
bly adapted for its purpose. There
are at present over three hundred
boys under seventeen years of age in
The reign of dynamite in Europe
continues. Members of parliament
are nervous, lest a dynamite mine has
been constructed to a point immedi
ately beneath the parliament build
ings. Members of the cabinet treui
ble lest a cartridge be thrown into or
under their cabs. The Russian dyna
mite demon has invaded the "tight
little isle. The Czar Alexander has
companions in misery. How to get
at the sneaking wretches is a perplex
ing question. It ought not to be so
difficult to decide what to do with the
dynamite fiends when they are
caught. They should be blown up
with their own cartridges and infer
nal machines. That would re-enthrone
Comptroller Knox announces
that there will be, during the year, a
considerable diminution of currency
by reason of the retirement of bank
circulation. He states that of 54,-
000,000 of 8 per cent bonds out
standing on March 1, 1S83, the nation
al banks hold about $14,000,000, while
they hold $198,000,000 of "threes" out
of $297,000,000. About three-quarters
of the 3 per cent bonds held by the
banks are amonjf the first bonds is
sued. He argues, therefore, that the
securities held by national banks will
not be affected to any considerable
extent during the year by the.jay
ment of bonds. While this condition
of things does not attract much at-
tention in Texas, it is yet a
matter of interest in financial
circles all over the country. Itshotdd
also be stated that the comptroller
regards it as a fortunate circumstance
that the greater part of the circula
tion is held by banks in geographical
locations where the profit upon it is
sufficient to indtice them to hold the
high priced bonds, and to rephtce
whatever small amounts may be
called with others. As the appre
hensions of a diminished currency
wore very seriously affecting the con
dition of trade, this assurance from
the comptroller conies in time to dis
pel whatever fears were indulged in.
Trade will be livelier and business
more brisk in consequence.
The total revenue of the British
government for the year ending March
31, 1883, reached 89,004,000, exceeding
tne exchequer estimates by over
twenty millions of dollars. The bal
ance in the treasury w as 98,000, or
nearly half a million dollars. Tem
perance advocates will be gratified to
learn that the revenue from the sale
of spirits decreased five million
pounds, which shows a considerable
falling off in the consumption of al
coholic liquors. The Egyptian expe
dition cost nearly four million pounds
The estimate for the next- year, Mr.
Childers fixes at jE85.889.000. The pub
lic debt has been reduced about thir
ty-six million dollars not very much
when measured by the reduction of
the force debt, which was about four
times that amount. The surplus for
1881 was set at 2,691,000. The liberal
government has been far more sue
cessf ul, in a financial point of view
than the Beaconslield administration,
Though a great diplomat, Disraeli
was no public financier.
General Crook has the Indian
policy, so far as the Apaches are con
cerned, down fine. He favors exter
mination, and really that is all that
can be done with the revolting red
devils. It is a duty the general gov
ernment owes to the people of the
west to protect them against the sav
ages. The life of one white pioneer
is worth the lives of a thousand of
the bloody rascals. These carnages
and thieving raids stop the progess of
the west, as they long held the growth
of Texas in check. The difficulties
and embarrassments . which pio
neers have to encounter are nu
merous, and embarrassing un
der the most favorable conditions
They become Overwhelming when
supplemented by such atrocities as
have marked the outbreak of the
Apaches. All the elements of civiliza
tion and industrial development are
retarded by such disturbances. Capi
tal, proverbially timid, shrinks from
such encounters. The most adven
turous spirits are appalled at the
menacing calamities that threaten
life and property in Xew Mexico and
Arizona. There can be no civiliza
tion where there are no homes; and
there can be no permanent homes
where such appalling dangers threaten
the families of the settlers. A hostile
Indian deserves no quarter, and
should receive none. Temporizing
policies are a farce.
A bill is before the Sp;inish-cor-
tez, allowing free-thinkers -o affirm
when declaring their allegiance to the
throne. The iron-clad oath has about
served its dayevery where.
, --Resolutions ot Respect.
The following sketch and resolutions
relative to the untimely detftb ol Capt. F.
W. Jordan, of Cadet Company A,of Drip
ping Springs Academy, were unanimous
ly adopted by tue company a lew uajs
Capt. F. W. Jordan, oldest son of Prof.
W. 41. Jordan, ot Dripping springs Acad
emy, was born id Mobile, Alabama
March 4, 1864. In 1882 he moved with his
rmren's to Dripping" Springs, Hays coun
ty, where, the same year, be was elected
captain ol the above-named company and
remained so until March 28,1883. at which
time be was engaged in a sham battle
with bis men when one of them accident
ally shot bim witb wad, inflicting a flesh
wound in the r it lit leg. The wound
seemed to be improving very la-t until
Saturday nigbt wben It suddenly became
worse. Despite skill he died Sunday,
April isf, at z:su p. m.
Uapt. Jordan, tbougn young, was an.
excellent drill master, and in the estima
tion of all who knew him was a noble
Tbe resolutions were as follow.
Whereas, It has pleased the Alrnightv
Ruler of tbe universe to remove from our
midst by death our lute captain, F. W.
Whereas, It is but just that we give a
fitting recognition of his many virtues,
tuereiore, be it
Resolved, By cadet company A. of
Dripping Springs academy, that while we
Dow with humble submission to tbe di
rectlon of the Great Commander, we none
the less mourn for him who has been
taken from us.
Kesolved, That in the death ofF. W,
Jordan this company deplores tbe loss of
an enective member and emcient officer,
whose utmost endeavors were exerted
for its welfare and prosperity: that we
lose a friend and companion who was dear
to us ail, whose upright and nobie exam
ple is worthy of imitation.
Resolved, That tbe heartfelt sympathy
of this company be extended to his
parents In their bereavement.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolu
lions be delivered to the family of tbe de
ceased, and that a copy be sent to' the
Austin 'statesman, San Antonio Times,
Salem Democrat and Texas Baptist
A.L.Davis. Jr., 1
A. S. Williams, Jr., Committee
W. H. Williams. )
Intrude Jiot Upon His Privacy.
. I Daltimore Herald.
Mr. S. J. Tilden has considerable
vitality yet remaining; he has been
reported for some years in a moribund
condition, or at least permanently
dead in the political world, but he ap
pears to recuperate considerably some
months prior to election day and does
not seem at all disposed to give up the
ghost. At ail events, nis mends .will
not suffer him to die out for they are
constantly keeping him alive in the
pnblic mind by editorial comments,.
and bis opponents, despite nis alleged
debility, deem mm sutnciently ior-
midable to be made the subject of
virulent invective and gross carica
tures. If Mr. Tilden has washed his
hands clean of politics and wishes to
pass his few remaining years in re
tirement and serious meditation, it is
certainly wrong to attempt to coerce
his will, obtrude on his privacy or in
terrupt his reflections on the fickle
ness and trauds or political parties.
There's a Virtue in vthistling.
An old farmer once said he would
not have a hired man on his farm who
did not habitually whistle. He al
ways hired whistlers. Said he never
knew a whistling laborer to find fault
with his food, his bed, or complain of
any little extra work he was asked to
perform. , Such a man was generally
kind to children and animals in his
care. He would - whistle a chilled
lamb into warmth and life, and would
bring in his hat full of eggs from the
barn without breaking any of them.
He found such a man careful about
closing gates, putting up bars, and
seeing that the nuts on his plow were
al4 properly tightened before he took
it into the field. He never knew a
whistling hired man to beat or kick a
cow, or to drive her on a run into a
stable. He had noticed that the
sheep he fed in the yard or shed gath
ered around him as he whistled, with.
out fear. He never had employed a
whistler who was not thoughtful and
economical American Farmer, .
An Austrian railroad company uses
the telephone to signal its trains from
station to station,
Seveuty-Mnth Day's Proceedings.
AcTSTIX, April 12, 1863.
The senate met at 10 a. m., Lieutenant-
Governor Martin presiding, and a quo
Prayer was ottered by the chaplaiu.
Rev. Dr. Smoot.
On motion of Mr. Kleberg, reading tbe
Journal was dispensed with.
mr neuner reported favorably tne
house per diem resolution.
On motion ot Mr, Traylor. tbe bill was
taken up and passed under supension of
On motion of Mr. Martin, Mr. Terrell
was excused until Friday alternoon ses
On motion of Mr. Johnston, of Shelby,
Mr. Pope was excused indefinitely.
Mr. Pfeuttcr, at bis own request, was
excused until Saturday on account of
MESSAGE FBOM THE BOUSE
Announced the passage of house bi'l
No. M9, providing for tbe more JUlcieut
management of tue state penitentiaries,
and making an appropriation thereler.
Senate biU Ho. iA, restoring the civil
and criminal jurisdiction ol the county
court of Houston county.
Over the governor's veto, senate bill
No. 333, ceding jurisdictiou over certain
property in tbe city of Dallas, lor the
purpose of erecting public buildings
Substitute seuate bill No.22J, for the
relief ot persons who, having procured
licenses as liquor dealers, were prevented
from pursuing their occupation ou ao
couut of local option laws.
On motion ol Mi. Terrell house bill No
191. providing tor appeals in forma pau
peris from justice of tue peace courts,
was re-referred toj Jdiciary committee No.
1, was insiautly reported back favorably
and passed uudcr suspension of tbe
Mr. Terrell: Resolution authorizing tbe
sergeant kt arms to pun base a frame lor
the portrait of chief Justice Hemphill
Mr. Stratton sent up minority report on
senate bin jso. 334, bo changing tne incor
poration law as to allow capital to asso
ciate ltseu ior tne purpose oi naruor mi
Mr. Shannon, ior chairman of com
mittee ou internal improvements, report
ed adversely bou.-e bill No. 90. proposing
change In the law relating to tbe liability
ol railroad companies failing to trauspurl
passengers ana ircignt ana ueuver lueui
al tue appointed time.
Mr. Uooch called up senate bill No. 313.
in reference to manner of appeal from
justice ol the peace courts. Passed.
Mr. Randolph called Up senate bill No.
3.5. diminishing the jurisdiction of Mad
ison co.nty. Passed.
Mr. Mauock called up house biU No. 4
fixing the boundary line ol Gillespie
A MESSAGE FKOM THE GOVERNOR
Was received, vetoing Senator Farrar's
bill requiring tue- board ol trustees ol tbe
various state a-iylums to elect superin
tendents for the same.
Tbe vet was based on constitutional
objection to that provision of tue bill con
tinuing superintendents in o s.ee during
good behavior anu as long as tbey prove
The bill was at once referred to judici
ary committee No. 1, and referred back
with amendment striking out the objec
tion provision and inserting in lieu mere
of. lor tbe period of two years "
The bill passed, under suspension of
tbe rules, as amended.
Mr. Peacock called up the bill to re
store tbe jurisdiction ol the counly court
ot Titus county. Passed.
Mr. Traylor called up senate bill No.
172, to provide a manner of proving es-
Mr. Matlock called up substitute for
senate bill No. 220, with house amend
ment, refunding to liquor dealers money
paid tor occupation license in local op
tion districts. Amendment concurred in.
Mr Johnston, of Shelby, reported fa
vorably, with amendments, house bill
No. 64'J. nrovicliUir for the further man
agement of the state penitentiaries and
making an appropriation luereior.
Mr, Chesley called up the bill Under u
suspension of the rules.
Tbe committee aiaetidments were con
sidered separately, as follows :
First amendment: Strike out $2000,
salary of financial agent, in section 2,
and insert 3000. Adopted.
Amendment : In section 3, strike out
tbe appropriation as printed in tne gen
eral appropriation bill. Adopted ; and
tbe bill passed as amended.
Mr. Patton, chairman of committee on
state atluire, reported adversely house bill
No. 441, tuakiug telegraph companies
Tbe bill increasing the state tieasurer's
bond to $2-)0,000 passed, with one dissent
Mr. Shannon : Resolution requiring
the election ol a presidt-ut pro tern of the
senate. Action postponed until the
Ou motion -f Mr. Gibbs, the. senate
adjourned till 3 o. ui.
Mr. Fleming called up seuate bill No.
253, lor the relief of W. S. Anderson,
making an appropriation to refund taxes
on a league and labor ol land, illegally
collected from him, the same being tbe
property of the United Sta.es govern
Also seuate bill No. 335, validating the
sale of certain town lots sold by Messrs.
Myer and Reed, commissioners, in the
town of Coleman, Coleman county.
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
Was received making notarial appoint
ments ior Wood and Smith, El Paso and
On motion of Mr. Martin, the senate
A-od tbe appointments were confirmed.
Air. Matlock called up senate bill No.
228, changing the boundaries of Mont ague
MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE ,
Announced non-concurrence in senate
amendments to tbe house general de
ficiency appr priation bill.
The cbair appointed a committee of
tree conference Messrs. Fleming,
Gooch and Collins.
Mr. Farrar called up the seuate bill re
quiring tbe board of trustees of the state
asylums to appoint superintendents, with
house amendmentstherelo. Amendments
Mr. Gooch: Resolution authorizing
Wm. Neal Raimey, chief clerk oi tbe seu
ate, to index the senate record ol tbe
present session. Adopted.
On motion of Mr. Gooch tbe senate ad
journed till 7 p. m.
After several roll calls and ineffectual
search for members, a quorum was ob
tained Ht8 o'clock.
Mr. Fowler: Resolution authorizing the
retention of Assistant Clerk W. M Hun
ter for fifteen days in indexing records
and captions of bill-.. Adopted.
Mr. Matlock: Resolution authorizing
the retention of I be sergeaut at arms for
ten days for tbe purpose of storing away
Mr. Stratton: Resolution to continue the
services of the calendar clerk for ten
dajs. in order ;tbat tbe calendar maybe
compared and coirected. Adopted.
Mr. Fleming, for tbe committee of tree
conference, reported an agreement be
tween tbe committees of tbe two bouses,
by which all but f 13,000 of tbe $40,000
added by the senate is cut down.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Matlock called up house bill No. .8,
making it a penal offense to set fire to
air. lvieDerg: nesoiutiou anowing ioon
Bonton. fir.it assistant clerk, salary for
eight days, to assist tbe chief clerk in the
duties imposed, to be performed after ad-
On motion oi jur. nerainx, me amend
ment to tbe senate bill creating tbe
eountv ol Reeves, was concurred.
Mr. Getzenuaner cauea up senate out
No: 126. changing the lawrelating to the
mode ol assessment oi DanKS uroKers,
dealers in exchange, stock jobbers, etc.
Mr. Buchanan called up senate bill No.
61. eieinotinsr students of schools from
road duty In districts la wmcn tne acnoois
are situated, passed. .
Mr Peacock: Resolution, that the sen
ate has iust heard with deep legretot
the sudden illness of Senator Johnson, of
Collin; and that he be turnisbed with a
porter to act as nurse during his sickness,
the expense ot the same to be paid out oi
hia BhirA nt the contingent fund of the
Mr. Peacock caneu up nouse bin
changing the law relating to defense in
actions upon sworn account, allowing
counter affidavits to be filed at any time
beforr announcement of ready for trial.
Mr. Matlock called up bouse bill jno.
408, amending article 1190 of the revi ed
civil statutes, in reierence to pleading
charters and acts ot incorporatiop, so as
to make it apply to loreign as well aa
domestic corporations. Passed
Mr. Terrell called up Doute Din no.
!Vf,9, to amend article 4442 of tbe rev! Bed
civil statutes, so as to require lax collec
tors to make re parts under oath to the
comptroller, of all taxes collected by
them for tbe state, every three month,
ttie fir&t ouarter to begin with the month
of October in each year, and lo make
like reDtrt at the regular 'rm o' th
commissioner court of all taxes collected
Ior the county. P sed
The change consists in requiring re
ports to be m ule in cae of collection of
taxes lor counties
Mr. Cooper: Resolution retaining en
rolling clerk, five dajs after adjourn
Mr. Siratton: A like resolution I e-
specting the engrossing clerk. Adopted.
jur. uoocd caned up senate joint reso
lution No. 22. fixiug the time for vnte
upon constitutional- amendments with
house amendments. Amendment con
On motion of Mr. Gooch the seuate ad
journed till Friday 8:30 a. m.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES -
House met at appointed hour. Speaker
Gibson aud a quorum present.
prayer by the chaplain.
The business pending from adjourn
ment being senate bill 211, authorizing
county commissioners to issue bonds and
levy a tax to build courthouses and jails,
tbe bill was taken up and passed.
PAY OF WITNESSES
Ml. Moore ot McLennan, moved to
postpone the pending business to take up
motion to reconsider the vote by which
seuate bill 12, to py attached witnesses
in felony cases was passed, and to lay the
motion to reeonsider on tbe table.
A tf-r some discussion by Messrs. Moore,
Woods. Patterson. Swau, liill, Cotton
and others, a eall of tbe house resulted
in stopping further immediate considera
tion of ton matter.
Senate bill 327, the asylum bill, was
taken up as regular order, and pendiug
amendment ot Mr. Foster, of Grayson,
requiring superintendents to be experi
enced in the treatment of insanity, was
Also amendment of Wood, giving pref
erence in admission of patients to chronic
over recent cases, to public over private.
and indigent patients over those having
Bill finally passed.
Substitute house bill 2ot bein next in
order, to lay out and better classily pub
lic roads, the adverse report ot tbe com
mittee was adopted.
Senate bill 15, providing for a reforma
tory lor convicts, was called up by Mr.
Armifltead. Motion was withdrawn.
Mr. Swan calling up the pending mo
tion on senate bin 120, above no iced,
Mr. Wurzbach demanded a call ot tbe
bouse, and the house refused to suspend
A message from the senate announced
adoption of free conference committee
reports on the game law and laud lraud
Dins; and tbe passage 01 otner bins.
Senate bill 220, to refund saloon keep
ers pro rata of licenses paid iu advance
of the option law, finally passed.
TAX COLLECTORS' FEES
Mr Upton 1 n the chair.
Senate bill 2n9, amending article 1767,
revised statutes, relating to lees of tax
collectors, was next considered
Mr. Moore, of McLennnn, moved a call
of the house, and Mr. Upton to excuse
the absentees, which latter motion 1 re
Rill finally passed, and Mr. Cochran
asked to have spread ou the journal a mo
tion to reconsider.
Mr. Moore agbln moved a call of the
bouse, pending vote on which the hour,
11 a. m., arrived for the special order, the
resolution looking to the
QUESTION OF FINAL ADJOURNMENT.
Various motions to postpone were
made and discussed.
On a motion to table a motion to post
pone the resolution a call oi tbe house
was demanded, but suspended.
Motion to table the motion to postpone
was lost. Ayes 38, noes 50.
The resolution provides for fina. ad
journment to-day (Friday) noon.
A call of tbe house was demanded and
kept up, pending which the house pto
ceeded to consiuer other business.
ASYLUM BILL AGAIN.
Mr. Frymicr moved to reconsider the
vote by which senate bill j327 the asylum
bill was passed, so -as to make amend
ment coverings constitutional defect in
tue bill, which amendment, fixing the
term St office of the superintendent at
two years, was adopted aud the bill final
SCHOOL MINERAL LANDS.
Mr. Merriwether called up senate bill
310, providing for prospecting and work
ing mines on the free school and univer
sity lands. Five per cent of tbe proceed
is to go to the benefit ot tbe school and
by Mr. Townsend: ' Strike out .five
wn rever it occurs and insert ten. i.osl
The bill finally p .ssed.
MESSAGE VKOM THE SENAT
The message announced that tbe sen
ate had passed senate bill 326, with
amendment, to meet tbe objections ol
the governor's veto, as to tbe time for
which be could appoint superintendent
01 tne asylum; aud tnat tbe senate had
passed sundry bills named.
THE TAX COLLECTION BILL.
I Mr. Moore, of McLennan, as a matter
ol privilege, called up bis motion to re
consider senate b:il zoa, al-eady uotlced
but subsequently withdrew bis motion
for the time being.
REFUNDING LAND DEPOSITS,
Mr. Pattersou called up senate bill 350,
to relund to parlies having purchased 50
cent school lands, amount of deposits
paid in eiror.
Bill finally passed.
GREEK COUNTY CERTIFICATES
Mr. Robertson, of Williamson, asked
to take up senate bill 114, to piovide for
locating velerau land certificates in tbe
territory ot Greer county,
Tbe bouse refused to suspend the rules
to take up the bin.
House adjourned till 3 p. m.
Speaker Gibson and a quorum.
Alter various motions to postpone to
take up other business, the nouse, on
motion or Mr. Upton, took up tbe
Mr. Upton moved ..hat the house refuse
to concur in tbe senate amendments and
ask for a conference committee. Carried
In making the motion Mr. Upton stated
incidentally that tbe senate amendments
Involved an additional expenditure of
TUB PENITENTIARY BILL.
House concurred iu senate , amend
Joint resolution requiring the governor
to submit tbe various constitutional
amendments to the vote of the people
Mr. Acker, chairman of judiciary com
mittee, presented a report on sundry bills.
Mr. F ster, chairman of enrollment
committee, reported sundry bills duly
Mr. Graves called up senate bill 367, to
create a newicounty to be called "Reeves
county." out of a part of Pecos county.
The county is to be so named iu honor ot
tbe lormer speaker or toe nouse, lion
The bill finally passed.
THE 8IFTIN0S INVESTIGATION.
Mr. McKinney, chairman of the special
committee, presented the following re-
Your special committee appointed un
der the resolution ot tbe house of repre
sentatives, actor tea - March 31, 1883, re-
auiriug an investigation ot sundry
charges aga'nst the action of members of
said house, nave uiscnargeo mat duty.
Your committee are 01 tne opinion tnat
the evidence adduced belore them in said
investigation does not establish any dis-
hnooraole conduct against any member
of this house: and further that it does not
justify the influence oreven suspicion that
any ol tne memoers mereoi voieu on tue
questions pertaining to the penitentiary
lease, wuicn nave ueen recently consid
ered in suid bouse otherwise than upon
bis honest couvlctions in respect to such
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Mr.' Chenoweth said, in connection
with the investigation, that th testimony
as published in the papers stated that he
had approached a certain gentleman In
connection with tbe question of the lease
of the penitentiaries. He desired to ask
tbatgermrman on the floor ot the house
if this w a fact. He alluded to tbe gen.
tleman trial Limestone, Mr. Foster.
Mr. Foster, in reply, said he bad in
tended to make an explanation at tbe
proper time. What be did say, was, that
Sir. Cunningham had said to him (Foster)
that the lessees bad invested largely in
the lease, and he desired him to investi
gate the subject and give t support if he
(Foster) could consistently, with his
views, do so.
He also said before the committee that
Mr. Chenoweth. had asked him how
he stood on the question, as
usual with members asking the opinions
of members on important subjects of leg
islation, and aa he had been asked fifty
times before to give hi support of other
measure If. in his judgment, be could
do so according to his convictions, he
thought it unfair to the gentlemen of the
m'noritT that tbe statements of those
who were witnesses should be published
.n, t).- ,.i.inih.n.
by lid to believe' that uudue Influences J
ujr iu .1
were used to secure tne rauncauon 01
tbe leases. He had no objection to what
be said being published, but he wanted
what he said published fully, so the pnb
lic could draw proper inferences.
REFORMATORY FOR CONVIC TS,
Mr. Chenoweth called up senate bill
No. 15, providing for a refoiuiatory farm
ior convicts, anu making provision lor
the purchase of not less than 60C0 acres
for the purpose.
i be bouse went into committee ot tbe
whole to consider the bill.
Mr. benoweth in the chair.
Tbe bill was adopted and reuo .'i-d hy
the committee and tbe report adopted.
ine nouse amended by lntrliug
amendment to read, "not more tban
5000," instead of "not le-8 than 50 0
acres," and providing that all females
sentenced for less tban five years.
Tbe bill, as thus amended, passed to
third reading by a vote of 57 to 18.
In accordance with request from tbe
senate, Messrs. Upton, Foster of Lime
stone, aud Wurzbach were named aB
committee on part of the house on the
THE ROAD BILL.
Mr. White asked to take up this bill.
THE V a TO ED BILL.
The asylum bill, senate bill 326, which
was vetoed b t tbe governor on account
of tbe term for which the superintendent
was to be appointed exceeding the con
stitutional limit of two years, having
been amended by tbe senate to con lor 111
to the governor's objection, was finally
Mr. Cochran said as they had b en
passiug bills to expend money, he would
take up one to bring in money, senate bill
29 , authorizing comptroller to receive
taxes on property prior to 1876.
He did not press the request, and on
motion the bouse adjourned till 7:30 p. m.
Speaker Gibson but no quorum present
at the appointed hour.
(Quorum subsequently announced.
By Mr. Cramer: Resolution pre-cribing
duties for tbe chief clerk in taking charge
of books, papers and other property oi
the house, not to exceed ninety days after
final adjournment, to be paid $5 per day
for his services and other, duties recited.
Mr. Browning called up senate bi 1 to
make receipts of sales and leases of the
school lands available fund.
House refused to suspend the rules to
take up the bill.
A message lrora the senate announced
tbe passage of sundry bills.
Mr. Armistead called up house bill to
dissolve the charier of Jetierson iron com
pany, bo as to make it an individual mat
ter, only one person now owning tbe
Bill finally passed.
A messa e from the senate announced
that it had adopted tbe report of the free
conference committee ou the dedciency
Mr. Upton presented the report of the
committee recommending that the house
concur in numerous amendments of tbe
senate, and that the senate recede from
its amendments to pay Shackelford coun
ty small pox claims; from amendment to
nay 2S,000 tor unaudited claims of cities
and towns for quarantines; from amend
ment to pay T.J. Zink $160, and from
amendment to allow (20,000 instead of
$ 15,000 vas in house bill) to pay teachers'
Claims prior to IB id
Report adopted Ayes 41; noes 36.
Mr. Hazlewood had spread on the jour
nal a motion to reconsider.
Mr. Frank called up senate bill 305,
providing ior tue investment of proceeds
of school lands leased or sold. Not acted
Mr. Chenoweth asked to take ud sen
ate bill 100, the local option bill, making
tne taw operative.
Mr. Taylor moved to table motion,
which bad beeu entered to reconsider.
Adopted. Ayes 47, noes 33. This de
feated the bill.
Mr. Upton moved to reconsider tbe
vote in tbe morning session by whicb-tire
resolution looking to final Sojournment
was postponed,-wttira view, he said, to
adjournment to-morrow (Friday), as tbe
important business of ttie session was
The resolution to adjourn at 12 m. Fri
day, 13th Inst., was adopted ayes 60,
Mr. Upton moved to call up and lay ou
the 'able the motion of Mr. Hazlewood,
to reconsiderthe action on the deficiency
Tbe motion to reconsider was tabled
yeas 44, nays 33.
Mr. Cochran moved to lay on the table
the motion of the morning of Mr. Moore,
of Mi-Lennab, to reconsider the vote by
which the tax collectors' bill passed.
The bouse being under call, ihe call
Mr. Moore withdrew his motion and
moved instead to lay on the table
the motion of Mr. Chambers,
of Collin, to reconsider the vote of tbe
bouse on Benate -bill No. 120, by which
senate amendments to the bill were con
Mr. Chambers said he would withdraw
Mr. Douglas calied up senate bill 114.
providing for tbe location ot veterau cer
tificates in Greer sountv.
Pending the motion the house adjourned
11 d.ie m..: a
1111 0:10 a. iu. rriuay.
FOUND ON RUTABAGA'S DESK.
That economy has taken a tumble;
No more to the people ol Collin to
more to quarrel with licentious waste
Of extravagance that tbe state disgraced.
He has gone where all economists go
To teach economy in tbe world below.
No more economic bll'e to sire
Save extravagant complaint of fire.
His sleep on earth was much disturbed
By extravagant legislation long un
curbed. Peace to his ashes, uow departed this life.
The departments ar-s rid of economic
Eightieth Day's Proceedings.
Ausrix, April 13, 1883.
Tbe senate met at 8:30 a. m., Lieut.
Gov. M-Ttia presiding and a quorum
The following; prayer was offered by
the chaplain, Rev. Dr. Smoot.
O Lord, we thank Thee for the kind
Providence which has brought us safely
through tbe night to the light of another
morning. Aud uow, O Lord, in the closing
hours of this session, may Thy blessing
be upon these semtors as they go down
to their homes aud their constituency.
May tbey be men who fear God and hon
or tbe laws. May they be impressed with
the brevity of life and the trailty ol hu
man nature, the certainty of death and
tbe awful ;act that they will soon have to
appear before tbe judgment seat of God,
to give an account lor the deeds of tbe
lile tbey have lived here. May they seek
Tby pardoning love in the person of Thy
con. Our Father, bless this common
wealth in all things; in ils officers and Its
people. Let Tby benediction rest upon
us, and wben lite is closed here receive
us unto Thyself, for Christ's lake. Amen.
heading tbe journal was dispensed
Mr. Terrell, chairman judiciary com
mittee No. 1, reported favorably bouse
bill No. 58, to dissolve and extend the
charter ot tbe Jefferson Iron company,
MEBSAGB FROM THE HOUSB
Announced the passage of senate bill No.
120, providing for payment ot expenses
of attached witnesses in feiony cases.
Senate bill No. 209, with amendment,
fixing compensation of tax collectors.
Tbe adoption of senate concurrent
resolution, to adjourn sine die at 12 m
Friday, with amendment changing the
hour to 10 a m.
Concurred in senate amendment to
house bill No. 58 and house bill No. 226.
Mr. Matlock called up bouse bill No.
406, amending article 1190, revised civil
On motion of Mr. Traylor, house amend
ment to senate bill No. 266, vas concurred
Also concurred In house amendment to
resolution of adjournment.
Mr. Peacock called up house bill 550, to
dissolve and extend tbe charter 01 the
Jeflei son iron company. Passed.
Mr. Patton: .Resolution autnonzing
senate porters to asBisst assistant ser-
geant-at-arms lor term of five days
Mr. Fleming Your committee to wait
upon tbe governor have performed their
duty, and were iniormea oy mm mac ne
had no further communication to make
to the senate, except the document which
I herewith present, which he requests to
The governor said: In closing the la
bors of the eighteenth legislature, 1 can
not withhold the expression of genuine
gratification at tbe result of your meet
ing That there was at one time a feeling
of unquiet and appreuension mat toe re-
lorm measure! iooa.eu lur uj me ueuuie
would not be made is true. This fear
arose from the imperative demand for
The country may not congratulate It
self and vou that most of the Important
measures looked for have become an ac
complished fact. In providing for an ad
ditional lunatic asyium ana me improve
ment ol the one now in operation, the
unfortunate lunatics of the state will be
In withdrawing the school and asylum
lands from market, and devising a jystem
by which something may be real
ized for said lands. The perma
nent school and university lund may
be materially augmented and eriaole the
state to educate me cunureu imin a
burden being laid upon the people,
u- unhmltrinir an amendment In h
Bv submitting an amendment to the
constitution allowing' a separate -chool
tax to be levied we may be able to aid
our educational enterprise, without an
unnecessary accumulation of money In
the treasury. By the passage of the rail
road bill the people will be enabled to
observe its workings and improve upon a
most uiincuu lasit inrougn subsequent
legislation. You have laid down some
definite rule for the goverment or our
convicts. By tbe act to protect the wool
grow lug industry of western Texas, a
great enterprize Is aided and encouraged.
By the act organising tbe judicial
districts the disposition ot business in
the courts will be greatly facilitated
The act to facilitate the collections of
Claims trom tbe general government ou
account of moneys expended in frontier
defense will enable Texas to reclaim
money she should have had Ionic since.
The actto provide for the settlement of
claims 01 school teachers is an act of jus
tice that has long been delayed. The act
to provide tor a reformation institution
and public morals. Besides these there
are many others of minor importance,
amounting in all to about 150 bills that
nave become laws.
Fault finders there will be, but alter
mature consideration iu wi,l be found
that you have redeemed your pledges to
the people and that Texas will continue to
prosper and grow under the influence of
your worn. wuue dtnerences have
arisen and sharp debate has ensued, It is
my firm conviction that all have, labored
lor what was believed to be the best in
terest lor the general good. You have
beeu pat'ent under difficulties. The ab
surdity of requiring the people's repre
sentatives to stay at toe capital ana serve
the public at 2 per day was never more
I tender you in tbe name of the reople
their thanks, and trust that on reachm
your respective homes you may find your
lamiues in good beailb, and that by in
dustry and economy you may soon rep ilr
tbe waste places consequent on your stay
at the capital in the interest ot tbe public.
Signed by the governor.
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
containing certain notarial appointments,
on motion ot Mr. Terrell the senate
went into executive session upon tbe ap
pointments. Tbey were confirmed.
On motion of Mr. Fleming tbe chair
appointed a committee, composed of
Messrs. Fleming. Buchanan and Martin
to inform tbe governor that tbe senate
was about to adjourn sine die.
Mr. Shannon called up the resolution
to elect a president pro tern, and placed
in nomination for the office Hon. A. W.
Houston, ol Bexar.
Mr. G och nominated Hon. A. W.
Cooper, of Tvler.
The ballot resulting in the election of
iur. jooper by a vote ot 13 to 10, the new
preaident pro tempore was duly qualified
by Lieutenant-Governor Martin.
By Mr. Gooch: Resolved by the senate.
that the Hon. A W. Houston has made a
faithful and efficient officer, and has our
unqualified endorsement; and he retires
with the universal commendation of tbe
Hon.S W. Cooper in the chair.
By Mr. Gooch: Resolved, That tbe Hon.
Marion Martin has made a faithful em
cient public servant, and that he has, as
presiding officer of the senate, been just
and impartial, and bis whole course show
him to be not only an accomplished par
liamentarian, but also a genial companion
anu piegressive statesman Adopted.
The senate adjourned slue die.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
House met at the appointed hour,
ai eaner uioson and a quorum present,
En passant, the speaker has not been
absent a single day during the session.
Mr. Armistead called up boUoe bill
226, allowing counter aSidavlts to be
made to claims uTade by affidavit at aBV
time before announcement for trial.
Senate, amendments were concurred in.
Jmr. Acker called up bouse bill DS. pun
ishing parties tor negligently or wilfully
ourning prairirs or wood lands, senate
amendments concurred in.
Senate bill 114, providing lor the loca
tion 01 veteran certincates in Greer coun
ty, being tbe pending business, under a
motion the day previous, made by M.
Douglas, to postpone the Immediate or
der ior its consideration, tbe motion was
discussed by Messrs. Douglas, Hill and
House refused to suspend the rules,
By Mr. McKinney: Resolution for the
issuance of certificates to clerks for ser
vices where they have been continuous,
allowing tnera per day. Adopted.
Mr. Fisher reported numerous bills
duly enrolled, closlug the laborious duties
of tbe committee of which he has made a
most efficient chairman.
NOTIFYING THE GOVERNOR
By Mr. Caven: Joint resolution inform
ing the governor that the legislature i
ready to adjourn, and asking if bis ex
cellency has any further "communication
Adop'ed, and Messrs. CJAven, Upton and
Armistead appointed committee on part
01 tne nouse.
The committee reported a communica
tion iroiu tbe governor, which will be
lound in our report ol tbe senate pro
COMPLIMENTARY RESOLUTIONS, TC,
Resolutions were adopted expressive
01 appreciation 01 toa services ot the
speaker, the clerks and various officers ot
the house, in tbe most complimentary
Mr. Cochran in the chair.
Another resolution, especially compli
mentary of the speaker, was read' aud
adopted with applause.
Hon. Santos Benavides made an address
which he said he wished to read himself
it was received with marked apprecia
tion. MATERIAL TESTIMONIA1 S
Something more substantial than reso
Tbe worthy chaplain of the house. Rev
J. W. Polndexter, was prcei.ted with a
valuable silver pitcuer servn e. The pre
sentation was made through Hon. H J,
Labatt, who alluded Iu eloauent and
classical terms to hi- school associations
with tbe recipient at 1 ale.
Dr. Poindexter responded at some
length in eloquent and appreciative
Capt. J. W. Booth, chief clerk, was
presented with a handsome gold cane,
through Hon. c. l.. wurzbach on tb
part of the house, w ho paid a high and
deserved compliment to the recipient
The accompanying resolution expressed
tbe wish tbat the captain's shadow may
never grow less (tne captain weighs
about 280 and is over six leet high) and
that bis jug may never grow
dry. Laughter and applause J
Capt-lBooUi responded at length in elo
quent and appropriate terms. After
making acknowledgments and compli
menting tbe house and officers, he re
ferred to tbe state university and new
capitol building, and to tbe great works
of Internal improvements inaugurated in
the state, as evidences ef Its growth and
prosperity. Tbe utmost confines ol the
state being bound, be said, by links ol
steel, taken in connection wfth the erec
tion of a great state university aud capi
tol building, in which our interests are
involved lorjmillions, should dispel any
apprehension tbat may be entertained as
to tbe danger of the disintegration of
Texas at any Xuture time.
Hon. J. P. Ayres, ot Brazos, was next
the medium ol presentation to Speaker
Gibson, on part of tbe houte, ol a fine
gold headed cane, and, as usual with that
gentleman, made the presentation in
most graceful terms; eliciting applause
by bis eloquent remarks. He alluded to
Speaker Gibson as '-our elder brother.
upon whose counsels we have all relied,
and fiom whose decisions no appeal bad
beeu taken." The testimonial, he said,
bad appropriately inscribed on it a star,
tbe representative emtileni of the lone
star tbat first appeared in tbe constel
lation ol states in April, 1836, and had
shone with undiminished lustre in the
darkness tbat arose in tbe land, through
the clouds of war, and risen again in
brightness above the horizon of our
na ional history.
Sneaker Gibson said:
Gentlemen ol the bouse of representa
tivesThe hour of parting approaches
Soon the gavel will sound for tbe last
time, and tbe eighteenth legislature will
stand adjourned without day . It will go
before the country on the record it has
made, aud time will determine whether
or not it has reasonably met tbe public
expectation. To satisfactorily legislate
for so grand a state with such a diversity
of Interests is no common acnievement.
It cannot be accomplished without mutual
concessions and tne exninition 01 a de
gree of patriotism unknown to those who
are diuereutiv situated, we nave bad
important questions before us questions
which have elicited animated discussion,
and at timet threatened to defeat a har
monious ending to our labors. The most
ardent believer In tbe ability ol the two
bouses to successfully grapple with the
important measures betore us could not
relrain.a few weeks ago, from expressing
tne aeepesi eoncituue and anxiety in re
gard to the final result. We were. It
seemed, upon a boisterous sea, without
pilot or compass, and with every prospect
01 being stranded upon tbe rocks or con
fusion and discord. Tbe country looked
on with intense interest, and tbe press
constituted the medium through
which dissatisfaction - was be
coming known. At this juncture
of affairs the members of the two houses.
layine aside prejudice and sectional reel
ing, marched boldly up to the post of
duty and furnished tbe people or the
tat with amDle evidence that the work
of tbe Eighteenth legislature Is at last a
grand success. Applause.' . -linnortant
questions have reoelved the
attention which they deserved, and ex
perience will demonstrate the wiailmn i.t
tbe solution arrived at in nearlv crcrt
instance. As your presiding officer 1
can bear witness to your earnest and as
siduous labors In behalf ol the people
you have had the honor to represent.
May you have a sale and pleasant return
to your homes, and may each one receive
tbe plaudit, well done, good and faith
IhI Mrvanc'l rinnlinul
I cannot close withouttbanking vou for
this testimonial. I accept it as a token
or your appreciation ot my services as
your presiding officer. 1 shall treasure it
because 1 am assured tbat it
comes trom gentlemen who freely
declare that I have performed
the duties of the office with which you
have honored me, in a manner creditable
i myself and satisfactory to the house,
W - I,.. .,. 1 . u 1. 1.1
and of.en I have been called upon to de
cide difficult and intricate questions. I
have tried to be lair aud Impartial; and
the fact that there has not been a single
appeal from a decission of mine during
the session, is an evidence that I have to
some extent succeeded. I am proud to
believe that each and every member of
this body is, my warm, personal friend,
and I am certainly grateful for the uni
form kindness and courtesy shown ue
We are now about to separate, and will
probably all never meet again. You
carry with" you to your homes, gentlemen,
my siuuesi ana oesiwisnes; ana mem
ory "t!ie star-gemmed eoddeaa" will
often dwell upon the happy hours spent
here together. Again permit me to thank
you lor this manifestation of Tour p.onfi.
dence aud esteem. Prolonged applause.
Mr. Foster, ot Limestone, on the pait
ol tbe officers and clerks of the house,
said ho had been delegated to present a
turtber testimonial to the distinguished
speaker, something which, under recent
declarations of that gentleman was especi
ally appropriate. The testimonal was an
e egant tea service which Mr. Foster ten.
dered in most felicitous and humorous
terms, connecting his remarks with tbe
speaker's allusion to "matrimonial re
tiremeLt," wben replying to Mr. Cheno-
wetn on tue railroad bill. Playing upon
parliamentary proceedings, Mr. Foster
spoke as follows:
Mr. Speaker, the officers and clerks ol
tue nouse desire through me to present
you this elegant silver service, as a sligh'
testimonial of their appreciation of the
fair, impartial and kind treatment tbey
nave unuormiy received at your bands
This present, It is thought, is espe
cially app opriate, since the recipient
nas ueciarea mat alter tnis session 01 the
legislature adjourns, "1 expect 10 unite
my destiny with that of some fair beiug
within the limits of Texas, and. amid the
rural delights or my country home, where
Vines around the cottage creep.'
spend the remainder of mv days:" and in
view of the fact that I am the only other
member or tbe eighteenth legislature
about whose ear the "rural retreat" bee
is buzzing, and who has agreed to pair
wl h tbe speaker, and, bathing in the
similes and sunshine of a country home.
eujoy that peace of mind, joy ot heart
aud cocteutmentot lite, to which a f 2
a day legislator is an alien and stranger,
it has also been deemed appropriate for
me to present tnis gin.
Mr. '.Speaker, In your future cottage
home we hope no substitutes will be
necessary. May the o.iginalbill always
be eminently satislactory. If points of
order arise in the new house may tbe
same cool, deliberate, unerring judgment
tbat has characterised your decisions as
speaKer ot tuts nouse guide jou there
And, if in tbe course of human events
kind heaven should offer an amendment
to tbe family circle, may kind friends and
generous neighbors see that another cup
and saucer-fs added to this sett. A. p.
' Speaker Gibson replied very happily as
I am extremely grateful to tbe officers
01 the bouse lor this token or remem
brance as the hour of parting approaches,
Our session has been along and laborious
one. Important duties have devolved
upon each employe of the houte, and
1 can truly say they have been per-
lormea wun alacrity and pleas
ure. All have been kind and
courteous to me, aud every order and in
struction has been willingly obeyed.
isindee.i pleasant to believe that we have
here created friendships which shall
endure through all coming time, and
that death alone can tever tbe ties which
have linked us together.
I must be termitted to sty to my friend
irom Ltimesiobe tbat 1 doubt tbe appro
priateness of the testimonial which, in
the Dame ot Ihe officers ol tbe house, be
has presented. I trust tbat the "rural
'-Where vines around the cottage creep,'
may not prove a castle in tbe air. but
biisslul leality, and tbat around it
hearthstone some fair being may preside
to whom I can willingly surrender the
gavel and yield obedience to tbe throne
of beauty. But, mv friends, this ruler ol
hearts has not vet been found. Your
partiality has possibly le you to be pre
mature. You have moved tbe prev ious
question on me before 1 bad time to per-
lect tne oiiginai one. 1 snail do mv part,
uow ever, and wben established in that
country home 1 hope to welcome my
irienus. juay tne evidences 01 comfort
cheer and happiness, which they theie be-
noia lead tnem to exclaim:
' Without our hopes, without our fears.
Without the home which p.ighted love
without tbe smile from partial beauty
Oh ! what were mau ? A world without
Applause aud cheers.
o which the reporter would add:
May hope "which springs
Kternal in tbe human breast,-"
Like a woman, prbve most loving
When most catessed.
Mr. Durant. alluding to his peculiar pc
sition In having been elected as an I'iu
dependent" candidate to the leis ature
took occasion to express his thanks lot-
toe uniform kindness and courtesy shown
mm oy nis le low members.
Mr. Cochran moved tbat the presenta
tion speeches and replies be spread on
the journal, and form part of the record
or tue proceedings 01 tue house. Car
COMMITTEE ON ADDRESS.
Messrs. Armistead, Foster of Grayson
and Rosenthal were appointed committee
on tne part 01 tbe nouse (wttb like com
mittee on the part of the senate) to pre-
pare an address to the people on tbe sub
ject 01 tue proposed constitutional
' The committee are: Senators W R
Shannon (chairman). J. R.Fleming and
a. tj. stratton, :m a uepresentatives W
T. Armistead. It. C. Foster ol Grayson
ana a. J. uosentnai.
The committee, we are requested to
state, will meet at Dallas on the 2 Hh of
June for tbe purpose indicated.
as the hour for adjournment finally ar
rived Mr. Camp moved tbe previous uues-
tion on tne motion w men was earned
aud ; pnaker Gibson declared tbe
eighteenth legislature, in accordance
with tbe joint resolution which was
adopted, adjourned slue Me.
1 bus ended one of tbe most important
sessions or the legislature that has eeu
neiu si nee tne war.
The Doctor's Keen Eye.
(Ilrown County Banner. I
It is said that the dean of. the law
faculty of the university of Texas.
commonly known as the Old Alcalde,
has nis optical organs turned towards
Senator S. ii. Maxey's seat in the
L nited states senate.
Plenty of Sympathy.
A committee of stockmen from
Frio county called on Gov. Ireland
one day last week tor protection
tgainst an organized body of eighty
men, who fi-o on tne principle that
land is the property of no man, and
have oeen tearing down fences in suc
cessful defiance of all attempts at
arrest. The governor expressed sym
pathy with the stockmen thus afflict
ed, liut thinks the law is sufliciently
far-reaching to protect them. He
promised that when the parties were
identified the adjutant general would
do everything in his power to bring
them to justice.
Coming east from Utica the other
day, Mary Anderson and Mrs. Lang
try traveled on the same train, the
former's car being at the head and
the latter's at the rear. Although so
near together, they were yet so far
aDart that Miss Anderson said in re
sponse to the question whether she
had met Mrs. Lapgtry : -JS'o; I have
never seen the lady, and 1 hardly
think we shall ever meet."
The Resources of Texas.
From tbe Indianapolis (Indiana) Journal of
The report of A. W. Spaight, com
missioner of insurance; statistics and
history of the state of Texas, has been
issued from the press, and a copy is
on file at the state library, placed
there by Mr. X. B. Warwick, travel
ing passenger agent of the Uould
southwestern lines, where it can be
seen by citizens who may be desirous
of availing themselves of the informa
tion concerning the resources, soil and
climate of Texas. For convenience
in consulting the work, the contents
are arranged by counties, and' the
book is accompanied by a large and
handsome n ap. ' ; ,
Hon, A. It Willie, chief jusUce; Hons. J. W.
"usi-, aasoc-iaies: c a. .morse,
BrowntlOn. ailnilnlatratnr va. T.lnvfl
Scaolan it al; from Waller county. Re
versed ana remanded as to Raimeter. and
iffinned its to Skannel.
ttusseil et al vs. Fraedman A Co.:
Irom Nuvarro county. R. versed and
remunde-i. Repcrtot commission ot ap
btepheos vs. Carraway; from Fannin
county. Reversed and remanded.
Williamson et al vs. Conner: from
Lamar county. AfSinied.
i Morrill vs. eartiett et al; trom Red
River county. Motion lor rehearing .
overruled, and leave given to amend
motion as a motion rorrebearing within y
twenty (lays. Wilde, C. J , not eittingjsf
Sowers vs. Peterson; from JJailaSMaa
. A , ... n , I
Settle et al vs. Leathers; from Mont
ague county. Reversed and remanded.
WheelocK vs. pointer and wire: croni
rialliLa AAlintv. Slltimittpri tin hriut nf mn
pellant. - ,
ixiving et al vs. Mllliken; irom Parke
county. Submitted on brief of both Par
Vandet;rin s. Piercy: Irom Parker f
county. Same order as above.
Jaii.b . n i1 kit. va I urvur nt ul. Inun
Dallas county. Submitted on briel ol
plaintiffs In error.
liiayton. vs. ixtooau x .emery, irom
Parker countv. Submitted on brief of
Cl-yton vs. Ktndail & Darling; Horn
Parker couuty. Submitted on Uriels of
Ciaytoti vs. Brown; irom Parker coun
ty.. Sum tied ou briefs of both parties.
Cluloti vs. Benedict A Co.; irom Par
ker couuiy. Mitiumted on briels of both
Tuompion el ui va. Comstock et al:
from Wire county. Submitted on brief
Tatum vs. llarri.-i et ul; from Collin
county. Submitted on brief of both
vs. Campbell; from Collin
Submitted on briefs for both
Truitt vs. Blundeil; from Clay county.
Submitted on brief lor both parties.
Andrews et al rs. Andrews; from Ellis
county. Submitted on briels and oral
argumeuts lor both parties.
Whitlow vs. result ol elections: from
Wichita county. Submitted on brief for
banger Bros, et al vs. Oglesbv; from
Collin county. Submitted on briels lor
both parties. .
Bumpas et al vs. Spencer et al: from
Da'las county, submitted on briels for
Fort Worth and Denver City railway
vs. Uabney et al; from Wise county.
Submitted on briefs ol both parties aud
oral argument tor appellant.
Hornbai-k et al vs. Kllers; from Wise
count . Submitted on biief for both par
ties. Evans b Martin vs. Tucker; Irom wise
county. Submitted on brief of appellant.
Browder etal vs. Ran et al; from Dal
las county. Submitted on motion to af
firm. H. and T. C. railway vs. Weir; from
Ellis county. Affirmed without reierence
to the merits.
II. and T. C. railway vs. cowley; from
Ellis county. Same order as above.
J. i Poterfieki vs. Q. M. Harper; from
Ellis county. Submitted ou briefs of
both parti es. '
F. O. Dewey vs. G. W. Gillespie; Irom
Tarrant county. Motion to dismiss sub
mitted.' T & Pi R. B. Co. vs. .Levi "A Bro.;
from Dallas county. Submittvd on briels
and written argument for both parties;
and on oral argument for m-pellees.
T. & P. R R. Co. vs. M. K. Dye et al.;
fjom Dallas county. Submitted on briefa
aud written arguments for both parties,
and on oral ai gurnet. t lor nrpellee.
T. & P. R. R Co. vs. .Mary Burns;
from Tarrant counly. . Submitted on
briels and written arguui. ut for both
parties, and on oral argument tor ap
pellee. T. & P. R. R. Co. vs. J. J Howard
aud wife; from Tarrant county. .Sub-,
mitted on biiefs and written argument
lor both parties, and on oral argument .
T. A. & P. Fay vs. Queen insurance
company; from Grayson couuty. Sub
mitted on briefs of both parties.
J. J. Reeks vs. W. C. & 11. Smith;
from Dallas county. Submitted on briefs
for both parttes.
Justice's Court Precinct No. 8.
Fritz Tegener, presiding.
State of Texas vs. Ben. Walder, for
shotting Waller Durham's hog; f 10 and
State of Texas vs. Matilda Goodrich,
tor assault and battery on Mrs. King;
continued till 10 a. in. to-du?. -
'Five civil cases were filed in this court
Secretary Folger is steddily gaining
Prince JJismarck's favorite musical,
instrument is said to be the accordion
Ex-Unitonl States Senator Talor U
about to build in Denver a hotel
which, when finished, will cost $f,
250,000. It is said that Mr.-Arthur is the
first president of the United States to .
visit Florida during his term of ollice.
The Prince of Wales has accepted
the honorary membership of the
Deutcher Verein lur Kiinst and Wis
sencuaft (German Athena1 urn.)
Mrs. 1211a K. Trader, who spent
$l0o,otxj of her own money in aiding
the wounded soldiers dtirinir the war,
now livi-s in poverty al A.-.fieville,
Mr. W. A. UartletS Dttni -foutts,
the husband of Liuly iiuritette
Coutts, has aliaipli.ii.il Li.s (-ii.,i-ctior
with the Couservativv party, mid is
seeking a constittu nvy in tlie Liberal
interest. t .1
Sneaking of the c.-ming Ainericarv
tour of the lord chi'-f justUmj-f Eng
land, the Pall Mall ( ictte saAV-that
Lord Coleridge will, it is beli ved, be
accompanied by at lea-t one othiir off
her majesty's judges.
Forepuuj;li has suctoede.l in secur
ing the heaviest man in the world for
liev. Henry Ward IJecher a few
davs since attended the opera for the
11 1. 11, nine; 111 11 m inc.
At a wood-cutting contest in Mc
Kean countv. Pennsylvania, a few
days ago, two women won the first
prize tor cross-cut sawing.
Ex-Senator NnrmriiH'si hriiW 1-
rthough but twenty-five, was a di
vorced woman when he married her.
She is very pretty.
Mr. David Davis has a riifht to be
fat if he wants to, and it's nobody's
business, and he shouldn't be tor
mented about it.
The widow of the late CaDtain De
Long, of Arctic fame, is twenty-eight
years old, petite, has light brown hair.
nazei eyes, and is a very pretty
Ella Wheeler says in one of her
Eoems: "u, let me hurry on. lou
ad better take it easy, Ella. Some
of the boys say you are over thirty
Secretary Folger's appetite is im-
Drovinir. but it is not a circumstance
to that of the hungry politicians who
are hoping for a change in the head of
A Russian princess, at a recent ball
given in Nice, wore a dress made en
tirely of peacocks' feathers. Heads
of the birds, with eyes made of gar
nets, were used in the looping. .
Mrs. Dowers is three feet high. She
lives in California with her husband
and four daughters, all of whom are
ordinary in size. At table she sits in
a high chair. But she is a riirid dis
ciplinarian; and the children submit
to being whipped by her.
There died recently at Syria, llev
Frederick Hildner, one of the Ameri
can missionaries who established
themselves in Greece fromthe earliest
date of the independence. Mr. Hild
ner arrived at Syria in 1826, ard re
mained there to the time of his death.
The new German war minister.
Gen. "Von Schellsndorf, dates his rise
from the Franco-German war. lie
was the bearer of the flag of truce
which returned from Sedan with
Louis Nepoleon's unconditional sur
render. Gov. Crittenden, of Missouri, is said
to be "very vain for so able a man.!'
When the legislature appropriated
8100,000 for the state university- he
sent from Jefferson City to St. Louis
and bought a 810 gold pen with which
to sign the bill. Then hj sent the
pen as a present to James liollins. ac
companied by a letter saying the only
time the pen had been dipped in ink
was to sign the bill appropriating
iw,uij ior Hie university.
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