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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
"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."
"Certainly; only the rich man has his
in summer, and the poor man gets bis In
In Bin Antonln slnoo ISM.
F. MCU. HMWTON.
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
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
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
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
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
And his pockets wero lined with Spanish
Hero Don remained, for tho roail wna
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
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
Charity Begins at Home.
"I'm going to become a missionary,"
she said, as she gazed at him with a
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
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