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San Antonio Light.
ALAMO ICE AND BREWING COMPANY. The Alauiu Ice anil ilrewlng company of Hun Antonio Is the mint distinctively homo Industry of nny to be found In west Texas. This claim has been ad vanced by other Institutions, arro gating to themselves all the credit and glory of thorough-paced home Institu tions, while In no just tense were they ' entitled In any such distinction, this ! company Is ready to be put upon the 1 record and makes no claims that are not I abundantly substantiated by facts. From the concrete bed of the engino founds- j tlons to tho funnel of the smokestack the Institution Is a lio Institution throughout. Its hollers, engines, mach inery een Its wagons and harness, are j all Texas made and built. In the uom- I pctltluna which come to all live trade, I proving lis worth or worlblessness, the Alamo Ice and Ilrewlng company lias demonstrated Usability to live side by 1 Idu with its competitors of every class I and do business to Its own satisfaction and that of Its patrons. Nothing stimu lates to activity like keen competition. 1 It necessitates knowledge of the latest I methods, most approved appliances and most economical devices, in business, as in all nature, It Is a struggle fur ex- I Istence, and the law of tho survival of the lltlest holds gooil In both. The Alamo ice company has found this law i bold good In their business experiences so far.and very probably will to tbeend, Most suoresslul business Is u develop- ! ment. IMans, purposes, movements, I change to suit changed conditions, until in entirely new order of things Is I brought In and business established J upon essentially dlllerent lines than ' thosa originally proposed, 'ibis has been the case with the Alamo Ice and Ilrewlng company, btarted some years since to supply the pressing demand for Ice in this climate, it arranged Its busi ness and conducted operations solely to that end. Dividing the territory with another rival company, there was an ample Held fortbe Increase of both, while at the same time the competition was sharp enough to keep prices as low as healthy business would allow. The largest customer of the ice companies at that time were the saloons, large quantities being required to keep their beer cool. With the competitions ol the breweries the Ice Industry was en croached upon. These beer manufac tories, making their own loe for the pre servation of beer In tbelr own vaults, soon began to oiler free Ice to their cus tomers as an Inducement to trade. This Inroad upon the legitimate ice business took away solarge a part of thorevenuis of the Ice companies, purely home Indus tries though they were, that the Alamo Ice company determined to supplement Its Ice business by adding some othir business requiring refrigeration. As the Alamo Ice company had suffered through beer It determined, If possible to make good Its losses by dealing in beer. Cor respondence was opened with northern brew ing houses and the conpany,al ways looking out fortbe best, look the agency of the uest brewing bouse In the United States, I'll 1 1 Ilest's. This agency they nave successfully held until mo present, building up a demand for this beer de-plte the opposition of Interested par ties who raleed a storm about home industries being periled and threatened to drive Heat's beer from the city. How far they have been successful in uolng this let the patrons of the Alamo Ice compaoy Judge for themselves. 1 his cry of hostility to home Industry comes with a very pour grace against the Alamo Ice company, whose motto from the llrst has been, "Nothing from abroad that can be produced in Texas; nothing outside of an Antonio that can be furnished by ber shops ai d artisans." The plans of the Alamo Ice factory, also the designs for the engines, macbliier, pumps and other appliances, are the work of Superintendent W. 0. 1'eters; and all these were either constructed In this city or in this state. The Ice molds, the wagons, carls, harness, were all made here, anil tbelr stock Is Texas grown stock. They were tbe llrst lirm In the city to use I.ytle coal, the regular Texas lignite, and as agents for Its sale, nave done as much to put it upon the market as any other house in the city. The workmen and all supplies of tbe Alamo Ice company are of Texas, and from Ban Antonio as far as practical. Tbe company believes that San Antonio brail's are equal to any and that with proper Instruutluiis they can get as good workmen here as by Importing them from abroad, thus throwing borne labor out of the market and multiplying the number of the unemployed In tbe city. They have never fouuu It necesiary to resort to unbuslness, ungentlemanly methods to secure skilled labur.and have never Invaded the premises of other in dustrial operators to secretly secure laborers. .Step by step, despite all oppo sition, the Alamo lee company has pros- riered; Its business has Increased upon Is hands; Its methods of dealing have been favorably received by the commu nity anil tokens of g wd will and publio appreciation meet tuem on every hand. Having so far succeeded In building op a business as the agent ol Pull ilest's beer, and believing themselves every way qualllled to put upon the market a auuerlur article of their own manufac ture, the Alamo Ice company a few weeks since took a new departurt; ono which will show even mure conclusively in the future than In tbe past that they are simon-pure promoters of home in dustry, and that from foundation stone to turret they are par excellence the most ixciusiveiy nouie inuustry tuat there is In the city. This new departure was the building of a brewery of thelrown.on tbe present site of the Ice factory, close to the busi ness centers of the city and within one block of the street cars. The charter of the new company was filed October 13, 1880, under the name ot the Alamo Ice and Ilrewlng Company of Han Antonio, with a capital stoek ot f I60.0UO. The Incorporator! are N. J. Cosgrove, Alfred Giles, J. II. brute and rf. 0. Peters. Wahrenberger A Ueckmann, home architects, drew the plan for the build Inir. which U being pushed to comnle- ted rapidly an possible. It being the Intention of the company to put the larket, not later tuan .nay i, itw good, If not a better artlole. of homo brewed beer than hat ever been offered In this city or vicinity. The new brew ery will nave an Immense advantage over every other In .he matter of loca tion alone. Situated so near tho heart of the city, tbe saving In hauling alone will be an Immense Item. Tnere are more saloons within a radius of a quar ter or a mile of this brewing bouso than In all the rest of the city combined It receives Its water direct from the pipes of tbe waterworks company anil so loses nothing by not being situated out of town to get nearer the head of the river. The new building will be constructed by home workmen under the immediate supervision of the olllcers of the com pany, who know Just what they want and are ditermlned to have that and nothing else. Having already proved to their own satisfaction the quality and servlceableneas of Texas made machin ery, they will not go away from home for anything that can possibly be pro cured her'1, thus giving to home Indus tries the preference to all others and de monstrating In every way that they are not merely a "lltime Industry on Taper,11 but a genuine unadulterated home In dustry on tbe strictest business prin ciples. The new brewery will have a capacity of 200 kegs n day and prices will be such as to fully demnnstaate tbe truth of the old adage "Competition Is the life of trade." As this brewery has the advantage of situation, an already i extensive business acquaintance with tbe beer sellers of the city, have already I a targe business in their present line, and Its olllcers are thoroughly known as among the most wide awake and ener getlo of our citizens their new enter- , prise will open under most favorable ' auspices. As the l.tuiir has ad vocated the planting of home enterprl sesln.San Antonio, ptrtlculnrly those that are certain to employ a considera ble number of persons In conducting Its business, the I.icjiit cordially welcomes . Ibis new brewing bouse to a home I among San Antonio's creative Indus tries. Tbe character of 'hose gentlemen . who form the company Is well known In our business olrcl. s. Their faces are familiar and their reliability fully estab lished. As they have won for them selves an enviable name In the past, as a genuine home Industry In f ict as well as In name they will In tbe future de monstrate that there Is no other Institu tion In San Antonio so fully deserving of the tlllo of "The Firs' and About the Only Genuine Home Industry In West ern Texas," as the Alamo Ice and Ilrew lng Company. HAN ANTONIO NATIONAL HANK. Thu banking iii-tltutloin of tbli city are generally areej ted ns among the soundest In the Houthwcst. Tho memory ot the oldest Inhabitant runneth nut to thu time when theruwasa S.m Antonio bank failure, und tliNnot willi-'t.mdiug there are some very aged men hi this city, and S.m Antonio' budneHSj ears are rekoued by periods nute- thu ban Antonio National bank ranks all oilier nuauel.it institutions ot the city, it wasrguulcd in lwai with a capital stiK-k of Sir,uu. ut willed ligiire It nominally re mains to-day. Hu-Jucss was originally cstahllthcd in theold French building, south e.it corner of Main plaza, nuw used as u United Mates court room. The bank quattcrs were In the extreme southeast of the building, up stairs, and overlooking thu famous bend in thu rUer which furms llowiu Island. Thu following year a movu was m.ule to the bank building now occupied by O'Connor & bullivau, and two years later, ouratloiis weru conducUil until November oi mis prc-scui year, wiieu me oan Antonio Natlunal took ossc.ssloit of Its present quarters, in which it will probably remain ami do business for a century to come. During tho twenty years of Its existence thu San Antonio National grew and prov pens), increased its surplus, extended Its operations, multiplied its tuutlU and eu Lirired Its business until at the last annual meeting of the diieeturs Its surplus ami undivided proliLs weru four tiou-s thu capital stock. The necessity fur Increased facilities for their growing oarutlous, as well usubsu lutu security against loss by lire, had long been felt by the bank management, und on thu sixth day of August, lii, ground was broken for the new bank building. Thu site selected was on thu north side of Com- htreet, tietweeu M. .Mary und Nuiarro Iron and cement cun make It. Thotouuda tioiisiitelald in u bed of solid cuut-i, und the walls below the water tablu are from ttueutofour teet in thickness. Above the water table thu walls present- a uniform thickness of two feet. Dimension stonu lllu used throughout, every stono In the building running through front Inner to outer sur face. These stones mo huinnif rslrcsscd und prosent u rugged, nriiutuuppcuiuucu that hunuonUcs well with the massive character of the structure. Thu Hours aru l'urtlaud cement und stone. Tliu irun eyebeanis aru It inches In depth throughout, and thu cement titling Is covered with encaustic tiling. The loot Is the samu as the Hours; Irun, cement and tiling, absolutely secure against d.ltnagu by tile. Thulielghtof base ment celling Is eight teet; of thu llrst story, teranee, thu visitor ihids himself iuacurrl- left tliu bank offices. Separated fiotn tlieso by Aholid walnut counter, suimouulcd byu heavy scieen of ornamental hrunzu work, hu linds himself effectually cutolT from all com munication with thu bank olllclals, sum through tliu wickets which open suillcleiitly lor purposes of business Intercourse. A door to the left, neur thu cutcruiice, lulmlU outo the prlvutu ufllcuof the bank presi dent. Kveu hero )ou are ctTectually cut off from the paying und lecclvlng tellers by mi ornament steel screen rising nine feet from the lloor. This screen completely encloses the cash department of thu bank, separating thu tellers not only from the private otllce, but also from the other officials of the bank. A steel screen, sim ilar In height And design to that which encloses the tellers, cuts oft about UO feet at the rear end ot the bank room, wblcb Ls used for a general office and walling room by tho batik employes. Two twewtory vault, cWit feet by HI lluo the wulla oiilhuwc-it side of the building. One of these double keepers, cashiers, and collection el uteli-ls 1,1,011 Into the corridor low the teller's stations. An Iron stnlrvvny with slate steps and risers leads to tho story ulsive, from the rear otllce. The windows mo of solid plate-glass, and the eoustiiietloll throughout is all that the utmost e.iru ntid mechanical skill could devise. Thu work was till donu by the day under the sTHoiinl suitervlslou of Ihc Hank President, (1. W. llrackenrldKC, and exiiense was not considered, the sole aim belmrtn make tin- building as thoroughly substantial Hildas rully lire-piisit as possible. Only tho very Is-st material has liecn used in Its con struction: the only combustible mutcilal In it is the wood used III thu window and door casings, and the counters; the result Is the most complete ami iH-rfeet hank building In thu state, and ouu without nny siqierlor for Its dimensions In the country. The stables hi the lear, the bntli and toilet riHiins adjoining the bank building, and all the apiNilntmcutsurc in iH-rfcctkccplugwIUi the main structure. It Is steam heatisl throughout, thoroughly ventilated ami In everyway an ornament lo the city. The tower surmounting the eiiteraiu-e Is soon to Isi provided with a clock which will strike the hours for opening and closing the bank. The xrnunilswlll be laid out artistically and planti-d with lluvvcrs and foliage plants, giv ing to the whole uH-ct of the place that of ii hh-iii 111 stone. 'I he cost of the structure, and all Its offices complete, not Including ground, has lii-eu " ir.lssi. The present bunk olllcers are (I. W. Ilrakcnrldge, president; .1. T. Illitckenrldire, vlee-plesidellt; .inn. Wilhors, cashier; Ferd llertr. .Ir., Assistant cashier. BEXAR COUNTY Corner Soledad and Houston Streets. Interest Paid on Savings Deposits ol $5.00 and Upwards. A General Banking Business Transacted. Home and Foreign Exchange Furnished. Loans Made on Real Estate. Vendors' Lien Notes Bought and Sold. Patterson, Scnier & Go,, Proprietors. Burglar-proof Safety Deposit Boxes for Rent from $5 Upwards. In Turns slnoo 1H0. J A II. IIOSAt'K. HOSACK & Auction and Commission Merchants, Real Estate Agents and General Collectors. San Antonio, Texas P. 0. Box 290. Special Bargains in City Property, Improved and Unimproved. Lands for Sale In Various Parts of Texas. Lands and Town Lots at Auction made a Specialty. Farms and Ranches for Sale. CORRESPONDENCE SOLICITED. Home, Bweet Home. A well furnished house It at necessary for comfort, as food la to life, and wheth er a man wants to commenco house keeping or to add to hit furniture. It Is desirable that be should know where to get the best choice and the most value for his money. The LiaitT has no hesita tion In recommending Erastui Heed for publio support. For many years the name hat been known through the length and breadth of the state as a lead ing furniture man. and many of the prin cipal citizens sound his praises. Whether you want to furnish a cottage or a man sion, tlx up an tlegsnt or useful office, or to add those little neces'arles or luxuries that make home more comfortable or beautiful, you will do well to call upon Mr. Heed. Vou will gel courteous at tention, tlnd a large and well-assorted stock. In all styles, to select from, and at prices that cannot tall to give satisfac tion, No Dlflorenco. 'It's very hard on the poor man forced to work In heat or cold, storm or sunshine I" "I don't think so." "Vou don't? Look at the luxuries the rich man enjoys; there's the full grate In winter. Ice when It's) warm " "Well, the poor man has his loe, as well as anybody else." "lie does?" "Certainly; only the rich man has his in summer, and the poor man gets bis In winter." SAVINGS BANK. In Bin Antonln slnoo ISM. F. MCU. HMWTON. NEWTON, THE BAL.LARD0OF A TJAUUF.L. !IY NATHAN LUrilf. I limit tell my tato In an old man's way. IlcKlnnlmr first with tho personal. And went wltli tho date, which Is rather far Tho year that ended tho Moxlcan war. My hero aspired to littto renown, I lad a grocery a tore. In a Texas town, Sold coffee and augur, and tea and rice. And undo out a profit extremely nice. Ho did not depart, for thu battle fl jld. Had no admiration for awordor shield, A native of Maine, ho was you know. And coot as tho drifts of Now Knglaml snow. Who used to remark amomr. other tiling That hit vlcns were full of tho blood of kings. Chock full of politeness and full of Rullo With dagger and cloak and mustacho coin ptcto. And tho tempting tunell of tho clgarctto. As tho war drew to IU dreadful close Tho peoples suspicions against him rose, They put him In jail as n "Spanish Bpy." Condemned on the following morn to ulo. Now our grocery friend with observant oyo, Had watched events as they passed him by With a train of wagons resolved to go To tho very borders of Mexico. On tho war's account Just over thero un khcw provisions were nigu aim rare. What a nobto deed ho might easily do. iiusiuu mo luniiujt u penny or two i Ho pondered tho matter, long.deep and well. iiu LJiuuuiibm iiiu I'lut m mi prison ecu. Unsolved to frro him, because you know mat rtjuTiiam eouni gumo nun lowara Mexico. So ho bought up tho Jailors, ono bye one. aiui wuen unit imsiucss was nearly uone, So tho Doncamo forth to tho alroncoinoro And ho slept that night In tho grocery store ltut when tho morning dawned bright and The ypanLsh Hidalgo. Ol where was hoi A racket was made, as well It might When t'was known that ho had escaped that night. Kach citizen sought on a different trail Hut all their search was of no avail. Tho wagons were loaded, t'wo really a sin To seo how the barrels were crowded In, The merchant irii7ed with nrof.'Msliiiml iirMn On tho beautiful labels tacked outsldn. "What meant that commotion among tho kegs. What meant tho sight of those human legs. What meant that oiler no faint and sweet?" Tho legs wero tuo Don's and tho clgorotto. Ufa brings us mutiny a terrible nib, Diogenes even "took up with a tub. And hardly the thing for a pleasant rltlo Hut tho Don was glad hi that awful strife. When tho merchant's wares wcro rapidly sold. And his pockets wero lined with Spanish Hero Don remained, for tho roail wna rnuKli, Ono riiio In a turret wa3 qulto enough. Mutual Ro cognition. (.From Ilarpor's llazaar.J Jailer. Helios, lellowl I've seen jou bore three or four times. Prisoner. Wrll, what of that? I've seen you here Just as often. A Jolly Ball. Of the many saloons lu tbe city none Is wore popular nor more deserving of Eubllo patronage than tbe Revolving light. The reason for this popularity Is not Tar to seek. It lies In that fact that Its genial proprietor. Mr. 8. Q. Hall, knows what the publio require and has tbe capital and experlenoe to eup Ely It; moreover, he knows how to treat Is customers when they call upon blm. His liquors are all old and straight goods, the best that are attainable, Is cigars are the finest that oan be bought for the money and bis beers are In due condition, and whether your or der Is large or small, It has courteous attention. The publio recognize these tarts and It la the great aeoret of Mr. Hall's success. When you desire good thing. In his line call and see that we are right. Arcbie'a Little Bar. A I.ioiit man walking round tbe olty dropped in at Archie's little bar at the Central hotel, lie found It a clean, cozy little place, and what was of equal I m porlauce, that tho liquors und cigars were deoliledly good. Archie knows bow to treat his customers, and wbat tbey require, and if you call there you may depend upon a cordial reception and tbe best that can be offered In bla line. Charity Begins at Home. "I'm going to become a missionary," she said, as she gazed at him with a why-don't-he-ask'me-to-marry-hlm ex pression on her face. Looking down upon her, he replied: "Uon'tyou think you had better be gin on a he then?" They were married In the spring, un der tbe oheinut trees. You Cau Bet He Is. Yes. you oan bet that Marcus Struve Is doing good business at tbe Aransas Bar saloon, corner of Houston and St. Mary's street. His beer Is as lino as ever, his free lum b, as good and liberal, and bla lunch stand Is as popular. Mar cus now handles the best oysters and choicest game shipped from Corpus ChrUtl daily, fresh, and at reasonable prices. Judge W. H. Brooker, Whose card appears In Ibis Issue, comes to us with excellent recommenda tions from the highest Judiciary In Ueorgla, b tb state and federal, and from our Intercourse with him In our midst we take great pleasure lo com mending blm to tbe kind favor of a generous publio.