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JUDOE FOR YOURSELVES. II , -r SeeWhat Ready Cash Will Buy
Tho greatest excitement In Fan Antonio, Competitors won der at my low fijruroa. Date of Dnrham, Parity 5c Bas Ocm ctjrarrttf, Iono Plih erman, Our Hojo cftrarctto, ic. pack a go. Imported Htrarnat domes tio prices. SIM 1IAUT, Malnplazn. Vol. III. No. 218. San Antonio, Texas, Wednesday, December 12, 1883. Ten Cents II Jf n. J Mr prlooa aro. stunners San Antonio JLignt ? (f f 1 aem,LonBKisbcrinan,OurIloya. S SIM HART, MAIN PLAZA. LOOK AT THESE PRICES. Come and Inspect the Bargains To IIiohc coiitemplatlnir purchase for Christmas Come liny ur object Is tu clow out thono Hues entirely to cinibto our lulentloii or purtiiiiiK tho hualiun of MIMNMIV and FANCV 0001)3 EXCI.U8TVT.I.Y. :io net off j. No haeklna- nut. THEY MUST GO! Silks antl VolvstH. HoncU i Uuinct'e brands $1 33 reilucml tolOo Extra quality allka $1 OH reduced to $1 25 Super extra allks iS 23 reduced to $1 00 Fine drcaa velveteens, all ,0o Flno dress velvets Jl "5 reduced to $1 60 Floo drett brocades $1 10 reduced toPOc Black Cuslimcro. Our all wool Wo quality for Our all wool f6o quality for 42a Our all wool TOo quality for fXo Our all wool 82o quality for 05e Our all wool HOo quality for 70c Our all wool $1 00 quality for Wo Our all wool $1 40 quality for SI 10 Shoodah solids, all wool, Inch, worth "3c, ro ducod to 63o Sboodah solids, all wool, 40 Ineli, worth USr, re duced toGSc FlunnclH and Woolens. Flno valuo 2So itoods for 18c lino valuo Wo goods for c Fine valuo 15o g-oods for 33c Fine valuo CSo goods for Mc Fine valuo 83o goods for "Oo Flno yaluo $1 goods for Wo Including California, Shaker, Imporlol, mc.ll eated,etc., etc G-.RA.NX CLOAK SACRIFICE. On our already greatly reduced prlcos a further dlso-unt of 10 per cent. Fine Millinery (Joo.la Lower Than Eastern Prices. S. STERN, - S. STERN. , Has the Largest Display of Holiday EIN THE DIAMONDS IS DIAMONDS Watches, Fine Jewelry i Silverware To Bo Found in 248 COMallSUClS STKKI.T, SA3ST ANTONIO, llcfore All Is Sold. i Towels and Tablo Linens. I Onu lot 11c reduced to 10.1 Ono lot SOo reduciil to KHo One lot a'wrcduced to 20o German daimik &kj reduced to line (lertnsn damask too reduced to Wc German ilnmuik llo reduced to Too German damask tl 23 reducol to 93c This Is an elegant oportunlty for reitau Irnntcursand hotel men. Curtain pairs tl 23 reduced to Wki Curtain pairs $2 00 reduced to $1 40 Curtain pairs 12 W reduced to tl S3 Curtain pairs $1 00 reduced to $1 W Curtain pairs 19 SO reduced to $7 00 I Yard curtaining 2to reduced to 33c Yard curtaining use reuueeu lo zsc Yard curtaining 40o reduced to 30o Yard curtaining 60a reduced to37c Yard curtalnlngttSo reduced to Mo Yard curtaining 83o reduced to 03s Yard curtaining (1 10 reduced to Ko Yard curtslnlng tl Xi reduced to Jl 00 Napkins, all linen, per doxlOo reduced to C3o Napkins, all linen, per dcz $1 00 redm cd to 75o Napkins, all linen, per doz 51 S3 reduced to HOo N-pklns, all linen, doxJl Produced toll 10 Napkins, all linen, doz 2 U0 reduced to tl GO Domestic, Marseille Quills. Qullta tl CO reduced to "3o Uullta SI 3 reduced toHJo Quilts tt CO reduced to tl 10 Quilts id rcduo-d totl m Quilts H 00 reduced to !-' V0 Presents ! ! LINE OF: the State of Texas. A SPECIALTY J ITtf A SPECIALTY LA I U 0 COMMKltUH STltlCl.T TEXAS. A JEWISH VIEW. PROTESTING AGAINST "PROTESTANT" LET THERE BE NO RE LIGIOUS STRIFE. lie mule In Its Entirety Not a Fit Itou Tor the 1'erusal of Children, or to tie Head In Public Sams of Ita Chap ter. Merely Ghost Stories. Editor Sun Antonln Light. About the question, "The Bible in the l'ublic Schools," relative to an article in the LlotlT December 8, 1 am in accordance with "Protestant" about the preamble of the con stitution. I further am in harmony with Trottstant" and do revere the Bible, and lo far It is for me a holy book; but I am well aware that with proper skill, and in a scholas tic manner (sophistical) you may prove and disprove anything in the world you please, with some verse or sentence in the Ilible, but I do not wish that such a book may be defiled in such a way. The (whole) Ilible Is not a book, it is a collection ol books; and some books are collections in themselves, as psalms, provctbs, etc These books were written in different times by different authors (both not always known) for different pur poses, and have consequently different meritr. Not all are revelations. Who shall read the Ilible la the public school! The teacher, of course, not the scholars. Then, the teacher should study it first, in the original, with some good com mentary. A translation wilt not be sufficient, as it does not come up to the point, and is always arbitrary. But let that stand as it is, for its own merit, we hive good translations; and with all that do not let it sound as a joke. Then the teacher mult explain dark passages, and any teacher will eiplain, according to his knowledge, conscience and feelings, and it may happen this will be sectarian as sure as it must be and then you will have your (not desired) dispute. As it may be the teacher is (not an infidel, then that should not be) a Catholic of a Jew. Oh, horrible, lo link of it. But you will not esclude them from public offices and public trust contrary to the constitution. Or, should the Bible not plained? Do you find merit in reading only without understanding any exception from any other teachings in the world? That would create hypocrits, and will lead to sup etstitlon, and be it understood is agtinst the first-principle of teaching. The Bible is (in itself) no book for children. There ate some books tu appreciate very much, as books of whole or In part fictions, philosophical, practical, etc., (high and fine especially) for the scientific scholar and poet, but not for children, as: Songs of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, Job, Huth, Lamentations, and the most of the prophetical books. For in stance, Jonah. It is well kcoun that there are psrts and chapters not fit to be read in public, and consequently not to be given in the hands of children. In the whole they have some merit for the student. As for the New Testament I shall give only a hint. I do not want ta criticise or enter in any (religious) sectaiian dispute. Some of the sentences (in the New Testament) are in accordance with the scriptures in the Old Testament, and some ate contradictory. What will the teacher in natural philosophy do with ghost stories, the devil and swine? Matthews.VIII; Mark V, etc, etc. How shall he explain? or shall he be silent? Worse We have good readers for any school and a good many of them, and 1 believe there is not one introduced in any school that will not recognize a Supreme Power and which will not come up to the most exalted moral standpoint. "Let good alone." There could be made also selections out of the Bible for children even for the public schools, I will concede. But who shall make them? Sec tarlan clergymen? Let them do that lor Iheii own church for religious teachings in Sunda Schools, etc. Or will you divide our publii schools in sectarian schools, and the good people and tax-payers shall pay for them i contradiction to the constitution? Is there any contempt against Protestant opinions? As these are opinions only, others have opin ions also. Respect them. But don't call in religious strife. It will commence with the first chspter In Genesis and not cease with the end of Revelation. Let it go. Jul says: God commanded the Jews to whet his com mandments on the minds and memories o their children, and Christians are under similar obligations In 18S3. Here It is. Deuteronomy Chap, IV., 6, etc.: Hear, O Israel, God was Lord, God is one. And thou shall love God, My Lord, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might. And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thy heart and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt speak of them when thou sittest in thy house, when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou riscst up, etc., elc. And Leeviticus, Chap, 19 verse IS: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. I am the Lord, etc This Is our obligation (of us all) at home and abroad, not only In 18S3 but also in 1884, which we approach so near. And sure enough, there is not a drop of gall or wormwood in all this. Sol. Lowenstein. WINTER THEOLOGY. Itev. Air. Iteyuolds' Sermon, ou Suiuluy, Discussed By All Time's Changes. Since Monday's issue, containing Sunday's report ol Rev, Mr. Reynolds' sermon, wherein he touches on the doctiine of a fut ure state of punishment, the Lion r literally seerattohave been "raising hades." Our table Is now covered with communications and crit icisms on this consuming subject. Well, time has wrought many changes in public opinion on this theme. Hell used to be a fact, now it has withered down to a mere disagreeable sentiment. Time was, and Inthlsgeneralion, too, when the minister who did not preach a hell, groaning with the miseiies of the damned In a lake of fire and brimstone, was suspected ol heterodoxy. If at least on two decisions of the year he had not a "prepare to meet thy God" sermon, agonisingly imsginatlvc with all the horrors of Dante's vision, his supplies were cut off donation patties wouldn't donate his wife no longer bawed low the gilt of a frayed dress. brlstol board mottoes and red flannel pen wipers grew tesree and the minister wound p his career by being bounced because his frigid and rigid hearers wanted more fi'C. At camp meeting, under the bruin amor, wnere birds sang sneetett and Iadsand lasses courted so comfortably, where the sun light seemed brightest among the stately trees, and whisky modestly behaved itself like a Chrlstlin by dripping sulkily and privately from a keg with a temperance, sweet cider name, here it was that the boss preacher ol the country around was selected to startle the petrified sinners be fore him with the inevitable text: "There shillbe weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth." He was the horn of Jericho, chosen for his powerful voice, voluminous lung power, terrible pathos and the imagination of a demon. It required genius of a certain or der to do this, and after causing his hearers to melt, groan, weep, fall down and cry for Heaven's mercy, the eihiusted speaker was the prize guest of the grounds, sought for by rich farmers to condescend to dine with them, where great rolls of pastry, the fattest titbit of a yellow legged chicken, or the "pope's nose" of a tender gobbler were chucked down his sore throat into a rotund stomach, where the "worm dieth not and the fires are not quenched." But we have changed all that, my masters. The reverse is the case now. In most churches to rehash one of these old fashioned sermons would relegate the most gifted divine from the pulpit to try his fortune as a book lightning rod peddler. His congregation would in a calm but choking tone tell him he was too hard on God," and they could dispense with sermons of such a temperature. What do these changes of opinion imply? Our fathers believed In a literal place of material fire, now we are told hell is a sort of midway station between here and heaven, where the lights are blown out, leaving the sinner to enjoy a perpetual loaf, without any punishment for post mortem vagrancy. Were our fathers right? If so, we are rong. If it was truth to teach a hot hell a few years ago, wc can't see that the world has proved so much lately morally as to require its abolition. If the existence of a hell was a truth then it mutt be one now. Truth is unchanging and unchangeable. It is its most prominent attribute. .Two and two mik four now just as they did when the "morning stars sang together," and it seems to us that a spiritual tiulhshould have at least as solid a basis as a mathematical certitude. The re vised edition of the new testament don't want any hell in its pages, and so it whittles that poor word down by a cunning euphemism into "hades," or a hell of the Greek, What was the Greek hell they never will tell for they don't know anything about it. They can't tell on comparison a flame in hades from a flame in Tophet. Perhaps It's because heights become one of the cuss words on the street and in the City Council that they has selected a clastic term in order to explain the unknown by the unknown, that the blind may lead the blind. Some ministers almost faint to use the word over the plush of their pulpits, very much like a certain Rev, Mr. Lavender Kid. He was the ladles' delight his spiritual aid was sought for on all sides, his visits were so c-o-m-forting. And then he was so chaste and delicate in his language, said his simpering lady admirers. He used to train himself in the rules of sanctuar;' elo cation. He would repeat aloud in th privacy nf his closet "pruini, potatoes and prism" till he had cultivated a holy pucker to his thin lips. One day on preaching a sermon he almost fainted as he read aloud of Jonah In the whale's belly. He skipped that tm portant member by informing them that "Jonah lay three days and three nights in th whale's, ahemt society," just as ministers dodge the vital question by substituting hades for hell. Now, some of our correspondents above spoken of desire to know what is hades and where is hades. They don't propose to buy a land seeker's ticket there, nor run hacks near its confines, nor establish an Indian re servation there, but they would just like to know what kind of shouting, praying and bletsed old fools our fathers were who read the same Bible for a guide that we do, but were manly and bold enough to assert their belief in a plain, old fashioned brim stone, pitch boiling, sinner torturing Anglo Saxon Hell. lie Causlit It. ; Yesterday afternoon a gentleman named Benson observed a horse attached to a buggy which was standing before a house on Avenue C, quietly trot off towards the Sunset depot. He attracted the attention of a gentleman walking ahead ol the buggy who immediately turned around and managed to stop and se cure the horse. On taking it back to the house from whence it had started, and mak ing inquiries, he learned the bugcy belonged 10 lur. ianaa, into wnose nanas ne sareiy re. turned It, for which he was courteously thanked THE READING OF THE BIBLE. Iltiv. .Mr. I.ewlnthal'a Iteply to the Mrlc- tureaof An Infldal." IklllurHan Antonio l.lghti I have nol the time at present to enter into full discussion why the Bible should not be lead in our public schools, but cannot refrain from taking exception to the insinuations made by "Infidel" la reference to the Bible, though 1 do not enter into a controversy with any one who signs his articles under a nom e plume. It is very much to be regretted that now a days everybody has a tug at the Bible or a fling at llalaam'a poor ass, and la this case God, the sun, Abraham, Lot, David and Solo mon come in for a good share. Suppose those who are ready to criticise would sit don for some years and study the Book hon estly and learn a line or two of Hebrew, "In fidel" would thus be able to read the Bible In the original and not be compelled to build his theories on King James' or any other version. Why not Cm study the commentaries, such s Rashi, Hedak, Klmchi,' Rashbam, or a .unz, Smith, Behuish, l'hlllipson, Furst and a host of others, and then criticise. "Infidel" could have thus easily found the ciplanation bout God, light and aun. Why the veiy peniog verse of the Bible (I am speaking of the original) contain the words, the echo of which still resounds throughout the universe: Jehi, or let there be light;" and the com mentators also fully explain the rainbow, Joshua and the sun, etc But let me ask why Is it that people always take exception to passages occurring In the Bible such as "In fidel" quotes, viz: "Abraham and his ser vant girl," "Lot and his daughters," etc. Surely all these personages pass in faithful muster before us, and both their good and bad deeds are therein recorded. Why not call attention, for instance, to the polite and hospitable treatment which Abrahsm ac corded the three messengers? Surely our young boys and misses would not suffer were they to Imitate the etiquette thus shown by Abraham thousands of years ago. Hood lumlsm would soon become extinguished. I could quote many more passsges, but fear of trespassing to much upon your space. I also beg to refer "Infidel ' to the history of Henry VIII, and think the passages of the Bible to which he takes exception will com psre very favorably, not only with the above mentioned historical personage, but with many others, both ancient and modern. Let ui have more of the Bible and less of Infidelity, more of Beethoven and less of Offenbach. Respectfully yours, Isidore Lewintkal. THE MOGUL'S MATINEE Slljclitlj- AttendedTlie App'earnnce of the Court Stride Gloomy by tha Weather. The Recorder's levee was very slightly at tended this morning, there not being one of the general motley and highly interested lookers on present. Newspaper men were scarce, while few representatives ol the police force were present. The constant splashing of the rain, the heavy look of the atmosphere, the shivering, half inebriated prisoners and the dull look of the court were not very pleas ing sights. But things looked more cheerful when the Mogul' entered the room, hung up his hat, ascended his chair of state and called on Henderson to come up and answer the charge of carrying a pistol. That gentleman's face, before down cast, brightened up in a twinkle, when he heard the witnesses had gone away, and his case was therefore dis missed. Calderon, a jolly looking Mexican teamster, had his case continued, while An asta'cia Barrcla, the ever dirty, squalid and ir repressible Anastacla, was fined $5 for fight ing with Sophie Evans, a fierce looking col ored woman. Alice Wilcox, in a straw hat (where is the felt head dressing she always wore?) with her self possessed manner, gave evidence throughout the case. Robinson and Hutton, both pleading guilty, were fined $5 each and the court closed. County Commissioners. At the session of this body this morning the monthly accounts of the Sheriff were exam Ined, found correct and approved. The county jail now contains 124 prisoners, 18 being unwilling guests from outside counties. Max Neuendorff was ordered paid $125 for his labor in preparing a jury book. Leon Lecompte obtained permission to construct a bridge 30 feet wide, over the creek on the Corpus Christi road, the bridge on its completion to be inspected and received by the County Commissioners. William I Ioetllng and Judge Mason were added to the Finance committee, when the session adjourned to meet to-morrow morn' ing. Justice Shields' Court, Yesterday morning the case of Susan West, colored, versus James G. Flik, for forcible detainer, was heard before Justice Shields, and resulted in a judgment for the plaintiff for restitution of the premises occupied by Mr. Fisk. llulldlnc rermlu. G. B. Smith, lumber stable, 10x20, north side Morales street, $200. M, Marucheau, iron-dad addition to store, 10x8, east side North Flores street, $15,0. . HoodJCounty. Governor Bates, of Ten' nessee, has a fine ranch of 3000 acres sear Grandvicw, which he visited on the 7th IniL ....This county is rich In mineral water, which is thought to be very efficacious as corative agent. The water of one spring cures sore eycs,tcurvy and other cutaneous diseases, TURNER OPERA HALL. Thrra Nights Only, Coiaimnclnr MONDAY DEC, 10. G.E. Ford's Comio Opera Co, MnnrlftrMtaiwiittpr (L will hn n roar nttxi for tho nmt ilroo In thU city, Mlllocker'i beautiful comlo opera, rnlltlM TIII2 B12GGA.lt STUDENT. Rip Van Winkle. Wcdneadar. December It. Mr. P. Cilur- nand'a (tho editor of Punch) maarnlaoenUy successful opvnitlo burleaque entitled Bine Beard; tir, the Hazard of the Dye. nnd talented orwitiUAtfoi), composed of 40 Ifiio Hi-tints l'rlcfsof fulmlsilon Itesei-Ted scat ft 3. (tcneral aJmlwIon tl Rtllerr CO cents. 8emu pccurwl at Ultche'a, opposite pottoOlce. Fr1iT moruiuir. uecemDcr i. i'V'ITTIE" u Two of the most fxpenslielydrcwed and lamest DOLLS ever exhib ited la this city, and a Decorated Dinner Sot GIVEN AWAY HOUSTON STJIEET. Nos. 409, 411, 413, and 415 On New Year's Kve. Krery purchaser of 93 worth of jroodi receivers 11 tioket. Toys, Christmas Presents, In s rest variety at lowest prices. 11 k Have opened a branch of their Galveston house at 2 o Commerce street, San Antonio, and have the largest stock of pianos, organs, sheet music, strings and musical Instrument! of any house in the city. They are State agents for the world renowned Stelnway PIANOS! and the favorite and popular Emerson pianos and sell the same, as well as all other goods In their line, as cheap as any home North ot South. Thos. Coggan & Bros, sell pianos and OP.O-A.2STS on such small monthly Installments that every family can afford to buy one. 9-25-301 Staeliely&Tips No. 30 Commerce Street, San An-J ionlo. Dealers In Builders' Hardware, Iron, Steel, Nails, Horse Bboes, Woodwork, And Tools of CTcry Dessrlptlon, PAINTS and OILS, Table and Pocket Cutlery. John Docro hand and sulky plows, culti vators, oto. Tennessee wagons and general farm machinery. 12-12-Um ByGrepry&Co Holiday Confectioneries. The Dublin nro Invited to call and examine my lariro Block of fine candies, homo-made and U. A. DUSHLXH, S20 West Commerce street.