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from The Waco Times-Herald,
McLennan County, Texas
May, 1898

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May 1, 1898


Mrs. Cowan, who has spent the past winter with her son, Mr. A.S. Cowan, left Thursday for her home in Tennessee.

Miss Sullivan, the late guest of Mrs. Padgitt, is visiting in Dallas since Wednesday.

Tuesday noted the arrival of Miss Brahn. She is with Mrs. Foster Fort.

After several week's visit in Belton, Miss Ivy Chandler arrived home Tuesday.

Mrs. Ed Sturgis left Thursday for a short stay in Calvert.

Miss Joseph left Tuesday for her home in Cameron.

Miss McIntyre of Brenham is the expected Carnival guest of the Misses Higginson.

Miss Carrie Graham of Austin arrived Monday, and is the guest of Miss Flora Cameron.

Miss Minnie Killough and Miss Norma Conger, who have spent the past week in Hillsboro, are expected home tomorrow.

Mrs. C.F. Smith is visiting relatives in Waxahachie.

Miss Anna V. Swink of Dallas will be the guest of Miss Mary Ross, after Tuesday.

Miss Flora Cameron will entertain Miss Shappard of Brenham, during the Carnival.

Mrs. Harrington, after a visit to her mother, Mrs. Sul Ross, left Monday for College Station.

Mrs. Lem Black is home from Austin since Wednesday.

Miss Mary Pope Willie, accompanied by Miss Florence Blair, will leave this week for Galveston.

Miss Bessie Ross left Monday for a few days visit in College Station. She was expected home yesterday.

Miss Ruby Trice is in the city until after the Carnival.

Mr. Charles Padgitt of Dallas is visiting relatives in the city.

Mrs. R.B. Dickey left Tuesday for Marlin. She will return for the Carnival.

Miss Celeste Kosure left yesterday for a visit of ten days in Austin.

Mrs. W.G. Turner of Fort Worth, who has been in Waco for some time visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. C. Guy Reily, has returned home.

Mrs. E.E. Osborne is in the city from Eddy.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Douglass are in the city from Austin.

Mr. and Mrs. McGregor of Cameron, are among this week's visitors.

Mrs. Max Blomberg of Tyler is the guest of Mrs. Domnau.

Mrs. Robert Downman returned Thursday from Fort Worth.

Miss Lou Edith Cock is visiting friends in Austin.

Miss De Sanssure of Memphis, and Miss Alma Turner of Fort Worth, will be the guests of Miss Janie Gillespie during the Carnival.

Mr. Frank Troom's many friends regret that he leaves for Liverpool in a few days.

Miss Dotty Padgitt is expected home the last of this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Finley will come up from Galveston to attend the Carnival.

Miss Carrie Beville is home again from Bryan.

Mrs. Eubanks will have Mrs. J.B. Brooks of San Antonio as a Carnival guest.

Miss Georgie Plunkett will entertain Miss Emma Lindsay of Hillsboro, during the Carnival.

Miss Imogen Bush arrives on the 10th, to be the guest of Miss Ida Moore.

Mr. Walter Gregg spent a few days of last week in Marlin.

Mrs. McElroy, nee Miss Lula Miller, after visiting her parents in Belton, will pass through Waco Tuesday enroute for Chicago.

Mrs. John Lee will remain with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Chandler, until after the Carnival, when she will return to her home in Brownwood.

Mrs. Byrne is entertaining Mr. and Mrs. Darwin.

Mr. and Mrs. Blackshear, accompanied by Miss Genie Moore, will arrive from New York on the 6th.

Miss Tullie Swain Cox will be the guest of Miss Fannie Erminger during Karnival week.

Miss Seley will have as guests during the Karnival, Misses Lowe and Finley from Galveston.

Miss Geraldine Garland introduced her guests, Mrs. Lowe and Miss Thomason of Weatherford, at the Philo german last week. They leave today.

Mrs. John Sleeper returned yesterday from attending the Federation of Clubs in Tyler.

Mrs. Pattie Sleeper, who has been the guest of her son, Mr. Tom Sleeper in Waxahachie, returned yesterday.


Picnics are the fashion just now. Probably the last picnic the faculty will indulge the students in during this session was the one enjoyed yesterday by the Sophomore class, chaperoned by Miss Scale. The following girls and boys made up this jolly party: Misses Kendall, Cross, McKamey, Dow, Colbert, Burleson, Tandy, Jennie Ligon, Powell, Davison and Faucher, and Messrs. Moore, Ingram, Tally, Maxwell, F.C. Davis, Smith, Lott, McKee, Harris, York, E. McLendon.

Final examinations of seniors begins this week, and the senior girls are wearing solemn faces.

The girls are sorry Miss Vivien Lomer had to return to her home at Chico last week.

Miss Flora Murchison and brother went to Merit Thursday to spend a few days with parents.

Misses Lena and Jessie Carter were called on by friends from their home last week.


Hon. W.M. Melton, a prominent attorney of Tecumseh, O.T., and brother of Messrs. J. Thomas, J.W. and Dr. I.T. Melton of this city, died at his home yesterday morning. Mr. Melton began the practice of law in Fort Worth several year ago, and will be remembered by many there, as one of the most brilliant and gifted young attorneys of that city.
He will also be remembered by all who knew him as being not only an able lawyer, but a man of very fine social qualities, and generous to a fault. He always had a pleasant word, for everyone, even a child. And he was ever the genial, good-humored, kind-hearted, talented gentleman.
The Times-Herald extends condolence to the bereaved kindred and friends.

Duncan Appoints Aids for the Karnival Procession and Call Meeting.

The following named gentlemen have been selected and are hereby appointed aids to the grand marshal of the Texas Queen Karnival: T.A. Canfield, V.S. Daughtery, T.B. Dockery, J.B. Earle, D.D. Fairchilds, C.D. Johns, Joney Jones, E.W. Marshall, T.L. McCullough, W.H. McCullough, A.H. Miller, Bart Moore, Charles Moore, J.D. Morrow, S.P. Ross, Jr., C.M. Seley, Ed N. Stephenson, J.W. Westbrook.
A meeting of the marshal and aids will be called early this week for the purpose of perfecting organization, and arranging details.
At that meeting the chief aids will be announced, and will be selected from the above list.
By order, A.P. DUNCAN, Grand Marshal


Mrs. Jennie Carnahan was granted a divorce yesterday in the Nineteenth district court from her husband, William A. Carnahan.

News reached the city last night that Mr. Erle Massey and Miss Daisy Shaffer were married, as was also Mr. Chas. P. Shaffer and Miss Willie R. Derryberry.

Horace Brinkly, colored, was arrested yesterday and landed in jail by Deputy Sheriff Driskell, on a charge of theft of over $50; it being alleged that he stole $35 and a six-shooter from a negro named Hughes.

Marriage licenses were issued yesterday to J.d. Swim and Miss Mary E. Walker, Chas. P. Shaffer and Miss Willie R. Derryberry, W.T. Bushnell and Miss Minnie Eserwein, H.H. Hines and Miss Elizabeth Smith.

A.A. Coons filed suit yesterday in the Nineteenth district court against the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway for $2500 for injuries alleged to have been sustained by the plaintiff through the negligence of the defendant's agents March 22, 1898.

Suit was filed in the Nineteenth district court yesterday by R.D. Bowen vs E.J. Hart, Jr., executor of the estate of Ed Hart, deceased, for $30,631.66, the same being claimed as a one-third interest in all lands in the Hart estate in Texas which is claimed by right of contract which the plaintiff alleges was entered into between himself and Ed Hart before his death, the consideration being that the plaintiff was to clear up the titles of lands of the estate in Texas.


Judge F.G. Morris is in the city from Austin.

Tom S. Smith of Hillsboro is in the Central City.

Ben Cherry of Downsville spent yesterday in Waco.

Alex Gill was in the Central City yesterday from Chalk Bluff.

Charles Sparks, overseer of the county convict road gang, spent yesterday in Waco.

A.B. Liggett, division superintendent of the Cotton Belt at Tyler is in the city.

Colonel S.E. Moss of Cleburne spent yesterday in the city, and returned home last night.

Prof. J.S. Kendall, candidate for superintendent of public instruction, arrived in Waco this[last] evening.

G.C. Montaigne, superintendent of the telegraph department of the Cotton Belt, headquarters at Tyler, is in the city.

Prof. R.L. Roberts, of Hill's Business college, has moved into his new home on Provident Heights, at the corner of Ethel avenue and Twenty-fourth street.

Mr. and Mrs. Nat B. Hunt of 926 South Fourth street, are now at their new home, 705 South Eighth street, where they will be glad to welcome their friends.

Sid B. Wood of San Antonio left for home yesterday, having spent the week here with his mother, Mrs. Wood and brothers, the Messers. Wood, the well known merchants.

Jim K. Kendrnck [Kendrick?] spent yesterday in Waco from Hewitt. He says that the Hon. Joe W. Taylor will win in his race for judge of the Fifty-fourth judicial district court world without end.

Mr. J.E. Smith of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, this city leaves this evening on a well deserved vacation. He will be absent about thirty days, visiting friends in Indiana and Illinois.

J.E. Fields, who has been chief clerk in the Waco and Northwestern traffic department since July 1895, resigned his position yesterday with a view of entering college to finish his education.

Col. S.W. Fordyce, president of the Cotton Belt railway, and a staunch friend to Waco, is in the city. He is accompanied by his son, John and his bride, who were recently married at Little Rock.

Isaac J. Stockett of Fort Worth, for a number of years connected with the Fort Worth Gazette and a well known all round newspaper man, has taken charge of the Times-Herald mailing department.

Joseph McWilliams, formerly superintendent of the Texas Central at Waco, but now general manager of the Atlanta Knoxville and Northern, with headquarters at Marietta, Ga., arrived in Waco yesterday morning to recuperate his shattered health, due from overwork.

J.E.W. Fields, formerly general freight and passenger agent of the Waco and Northwestern Railway, but now general freight and passenger agent of the Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern railway, with headquarters at Marietta, Ga., is in the city meeting his old friends once again.

May 2, 1898


C. Velleuenre of Austin is in the city.

A.M. Monteith of Belton is in the Central City.

Hon. R.H. Harrison of Salado is in the Central City. He will speak tonight at Comanche Springs.

The many friends of A.W. Perkinson will be pleased to learn that he is in the city having come from San Antonio.

S.A. Cavitt of McGregor is in the city. Mr. Cavitt will raise a cavalry company to go to war if he finds that his company will be accepted.

Prof. J.S. Kendall was one of the important visitors in the city yesterday. He is greeted with most flattering reports of his chances for landing in the chair of superintendent of public instruction.


Last night at 8 o'clock Mr. Chas. P. Shaffer and Miss Willie Derryberry and Mr. Erle Massey and Miss Carrie R. Shaffer were united in the holy bonds of wedlock at the Shaffer home, No. 527 North Second street, by Rev. J.T. Molloy.
The contracting parties are all well and most favorably known and hosts of friends will join with the Times-Herald to extend their congratulations.

The Amateur Military Company Is Now Changed To One For War.
The Boys Will be Ready to go - The Barracks are Under Strict Military Orders.

There are now real, live, active soldier boys in Waco. Not tin soldiers, if you please, but soldiers made of flesh, bone and blood, with eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts as brave and true as ever marched beneath the folds of old glory on any battle field.
The amateur military company in Waco is a thing of the past, and to-day there is in the city a company of volunteer guards, Company F, Second Regiment Infantry of Texas, who stand ready to march to the front and moment the order may come from their commander. Since Captain W. McK. Lamdin received a telegram from the adjutant general last week that his company had been accepted, the boys have been drilling day and night on the streets and public square of this city preparing themselves for the ordeals that will come before them in actual service on battle field.
Saturday afternoon the boys were all ordered into barracks. The big two-story brick building, corner of Sixth and Austin streets, was secured, eighty odd cots were rented, Sanger Bros. furnished as many pairs of blankets and Saturday night the soldier boys took supper within their own barracks, while over their building proudly floated the star spangled banner.
Captain Lambdin made his appointments of sergeants and corporals and these gentlemen entered upon their duties in an instant. The first sergeant made his draft of men and in a jiffy guards were placed on duty and the barracks were instantly converted from a plaything into one of business, and he who now passes the guard at the door must give the countersign or go under the direction of an officer.
Waco has not yet awakened to the fact that she has within her business center an active company of soldiers who will, within a day or so, leave the shadows of her buildings, quit her broad, white paved streets, bid adieu to the comforts of home, and consecrated with mothers' fears and God speed march away to the Spaniard and on the battle field show the powers of their arms, crown their country's flag with honor and glory, avenge the untimely death of the sailors of the Maine, and help to set the Cubans free. When the hour comes for marching the ___ at the untried strength of the soldier youth will be changed to prayers of love and hope and "God protect the boys," and these defenders of their country's honor, these champions of humanity will leave the fair queen of the Brazos with the united love of all, and as the great train rolls swiftly to the south they will look back to the north and realize that within the beautiful city there are thousands upon thousands of hearts whose every hope is that some good day they will all return loaded down with honors. Some may fall upon the battle field, but for every one that goes down before the enemy's gun there will spring up a thousand patriotic sons of Texas to take his place in ranks and shake the stars and stripes defiantly in the Spaniard's face and show to the world that Texas knows only victory, to conquer or to die. These boys are all of McLennan county, they go from her borders the sons of her citizens and whether they be city raised or country bred they are all the same to our people and for every honor they achieve, for every victory they win a thousand happy shouts will ascend to freedom's blue skies. Waco has no spark of ingratitude and when her sons march to the train to go to war there will be hundreds who will escort them thither.
The barracks are now under strict military discipline and are visited daily by hundreds of citizens to see the unusual sight and wish the boys good luck.
It is quite likely the boys will never lack for food and clothes for they have with them as commissary sergeant, Walter S. Plunkett, a veteran of the civil war, who is on to his job all right, and he is a rustler out of sight.
For lieutenants Captain Lambdin has Will Winston, first, and J. Harris Duncan second, magnificent aids to their captain. For sergeants they have Fred O. Post and A.O. Woodworth, with other appointments to follow. The gentlemen named are experienced officers and efficient labor here is thus insured.
The corporals are O.L. Battle, A.P. Lawrence, W.H. Wigton and C.H. Kehl, all of them capable. And now comes the rank and file as follows:
J.W. Alquist, J.W. Atwood, G.W. Barcus, Walter Berry, J.M. Blackman, D.H. Bagett, W.D. Brown, H.C. Brown, L.P. Bushnell, F.P. Byers, E.F. Cannon, C.V. Chambers, E.M. Clayton, W.W. Coopwood, Joseph Dyer, T.G. Easley, W.R. Easley, L.G. Elliott, A.D. England, J.H. Ezell, D.W. Garrett, H.N. Garrett, Chas. C. Gibson, C.W. Gorin, W.W. Harris, E.B. Harris, H.T. Haley, F.R. Holland, M.C. Hones, S.E. Howell, Bob Hughes, W.M. Hughes, Bill Jackson, F.N. Jones, Wm. V. Joyce, Sam E. Kane, W. Langford, C.E. Lennon, J.K. McBeath, W.W. McGowen, W.H. Manton, W.S. Massey, J.P. Ming, Jim Mixon, S.T. Mixon, Will Moffat, Robert Moore, M.C. Owens, W.M. Parchman, Bird Pierce, A.E. Potts, A.J. Red, Russell Robertson, Lem Robison, O.H. Sappington, A.G.A. von Schlembach, Mathew Shelton, Jim Smith, W.E. Stone, George Stovall, Walter W. Stricker, W.J. Slade, R.D. Swain, J.A. Traw, Clarence Webau, Milton P. Waddell, Robert Woles, S.L. Walker, M. Whitlock, Geo. W. Winters, Bob Willis, J.D. Williams, Frank Wright, Thomas Wolfe.
The boys have among them a fine vocal quartette and several good musicians.
They have a Cannon, a Battle and a Wolfe, hence they can fire a cannon, see a battle or run the wolf at any time.
Yesterday every man in the company was presented with a fine comb, a coarse comb and a mirror by Myron Kingsbury; or, as the boys put it, they have a stirrer, a catcher and a phiz reflector.
At every meal the company consumes a barrel of bread, half a dozen hams, several gallons of coffee and all other eatables in proportion. In fact the barracks is now the most popular resort in the city and a great place to have a jolly time.

May 3, 1898


The construction of Randolph College, Waxahachie, is in progress.

"Sin Killer" Griffin is bombarding the fortifications of Satan in Houston.

Temple is soon to have a Y.M.C.A. building, a three-story structure costing $14,500.

Palestine is soon to have long distance telephone connection with the outside world.

On Wednesday Z.R. Fewell died at Bonham, from injuries sustained the day before in a runaway.

Henry Hunt, one of the earliest pioneer settlers of Bell county, died at Belton April 26, aged 81 years.

The young ladies of Cleburne have organized and will offer their services to the state as hospital nurses.

Some little Fannin county school girls, to show their patriotism, tore the map of Spain out of the geographies.

The little town of Gordon, Palo Pinto county, had a $5000 fire Tuesday, some half dozen of her merchants being the sufferers.

The residence of J.D. Miller of Oenaville, Bell county, destroyed by fire. Value, $2000; insurance, $1200. Cause, a defective flue.

Albert Erichson, sheriff of Harris county, suicided at Houston Sunday. On Monday the commissioners' court appointed Arch Anderson to fill the sheriff's unexpired term.

At Nolanville a mysterious attempt was made to kidnap the little child of H.M. Cox, while the parents were at the barn, doing chores. Hot pursuit caused the wretch to drop his burden and escape.


Giddings, Tex., May 1 - A telephone message was received here early this morning from Dime Box, sixteen miles northeast of this place, stating that Mrs. William Stockton was fatally burned last night. It seems that she and her husband were up waiting on a sick child about 12 o'clock, and a lamp was accidentally dropped or knocked off a table, and exploded, setting her clothing on fire.


Justice Bayliss Earle yesterday united Mr. Whitehead and Miss Watterson in the holy bonds of wedlock.

A patriotic display is noted in one of the big show windows of Sanger Bros., being a life size water color portrait of Commodore Dewey, embellished by the drapery of two beautiful union flags.

News has reached the city of the betrothal of Miss Mae Belle Pearlstone, the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Pearlstone of Palestine, Texas, to Mr. Max Davidson of that city.

In the Nineteenth district court, the case of George A. Wood et al vs. Peter McClelland et al is on trial. The suit is one to subject funds now held in trust for Peter McClelland by J.K. Ross and W.L. Prather to the debts of Peter McClelland.

For each ward of the city there has been appointed a canvasser to obtain the scholastic census of the city. all parents are urged to promptly give the names of their children, as the census is taken for the purpose of obtaining an accurate count and thereby enable Waco to get its share of the public school fund, which is $4.50 for every child within the scholastic age.

Quite a large crowd of citizens left the city yesterday for Norfolk, Virginia, to attend the Baptist Southern conventions in that city. Thirty-eight tickets were sold by Mr. W.S. Gillespie, the Cotton Belt agent. Among others who departed, were Dr. Sears and his brother from Valley, Rev. John G. Kendall, Dr. J.C.J. King, Mrs. M.E. Boggess, Rev. Campbill, Sam P. Wright , wife and daughters, Dr. W.L. Nelms, sister and daughter, and others also left for the Methodist general conference at Baltimore.

Yesterday at noon Mrs. Thomas Ward created some little excitement on Mary street, between Third and Fourth streets, by attempting to chastise a man, whom it is understood is W.A. Brown, a contractor. Mrs. Ward used brick bats for her weapons of warfare, and sent several of them flying through the air, landing one upon the unfortunate man's back; she also used her finger nails upon his face. For this she was arrested, and taken to Justice Earle's court, where she pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery, and was fined $5. Her fine and costs amounted to $14.25, which she paid and departed. Later in the afternoon she met him again at Fourth and Franklin street, and to the amusement of a large number of bystanders she gave him a good stiff talk for some twenty or thirty minutes.


Mose Westbrook is in the city from Lorena.

Terry L. Baker is in the city from Crawford.

Jim Williams of Lorena visited the city yesterday.

Dell and Ben Hatch came in yesterday from Lorena.

J.B. Earle, justice of precinct No. 1, has returned from a visit to Rosenthal.

J.W. Frost has been sick two days, confined to his room, but is now better.

Mrs. A. Block has just returned from a three weeks' visit to friends and relatives in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Clarence R. Phillips of McGregor arrived in the city last evening, and will spend some days with friends in Waco.

J.B. Johnson, candidate for county commissioner of precinct No. 2, is in the Central City, shaking hands with friends.

A.D. Putnam, an old citizen of Waco some twenty-six years ago, has returned to the Central City to again make it his home.

Captain W.A. Carnahan of the National Military home, after spending some time in the city, left for the home again yesterday.

Dr. Gustav Jach left the city last evening for Fort Worth to attend the annual session of the Grand Lodge Sons of Hermann. He will be absent three or four days.

Percy McGhee is in the city again, after a number of months' absence. Percy has been holding down the state capitol at Austin, but will remain in Waco for a week to vote in the primaries next Saturday.

May 4, 1898


  • A.W. Wright to Peter J. Flack, 210 acres of the Brewster and Fine surveys, $2625.
  • A.W. Wright to James W. Vaneleave, 240 acres of the Chas. Fine survey; $2,640.
  • Eliza Kempner to B.L. Earle, 100 acres of the S.B. Dickerson survey; $2,550.
  • B.E. Sparks et al. to J.S. McKinney, lots 7 and 8, in block 4, of Morris addition; $325.
  • G.W. McNeil and wife to T.H. Sapp, lot 7, block 22, in the town of Moody; $50.
  • Laura and Minnie Barnard to James B. Baker, 100 feet, North Ninth street; $1500.
  • Ed Marshall to Harriet W. Marshall, 112 1-2 by 350 feet, on corner of Columbus and Twenty-eighth streets; $500.
  • W.E. Meek and wife to P. Jennings, 73 feet on South Third street and Waco creek; $1000.
  • L.S. Simmons and wife to J.S. Crowder, lot 9, in block 6, of Gerald's addition; $350.
  • J.B. Cook and wife to J.J. Wilson, 10 5-6 acres of section 7, range 8, of the Vega grant; $450.
  • Geo. J. Hollis and wife to V. Kemendo, 75 feet on North Ninth street, near West avenue; $946.34.

C.C. Alderton Badly Burned With Sulphuric Acid.

At 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the wholesale house of the Behrens Drug Company, on Third and Mary streets, a tank of sulphuric acid exploded and very seriously injured Mr. C.C. Alderton, the chemist, and a negro named Hiram Hawthorn.
Just a few minutes prior to the explosion the acid was noticed escaping from the tank with a siz and immediate action was necessary, it was thought, to prevent an explosion and for this reason Mr. Alderton went to the tank to unscrew th big plug through which the tank is filled. The negro followed along to assist. The plug had just been removed when one end of the tank was blown out and the acid was thrown violently against the brick wall, which rebounding fell upon Mr. Alderton and the negro. Quite a quantity of acid fell upon the chemist in his face, on his head and his entire body, burning into everything it touched. Mr. Alderton was immediately rushed to a tank of water and immersed; his clothing was so badly burned with the acid that it almost fell from him as he was being taken to the tank of water in the laboratory.
The negro sustained but slight injuries to his body, though his clothing was badly burned.
Mr. Alderton was badly burned about the face, shoulders and arms. Dr. Young arrived in a very few minutes after the explosion and dressed the burns. The entire face of the wounded man being bandaged up with only a small hole through which to breathe. The doctor is of opinion that Mr. Alderton's eyes are both free from anything like serious injury.
The explosion of the big tank sounded like the firing of a cannon. It was necessary to drench everything with water near the explosion to dilute the acid and thereby prevent its eating up everything it touched.
The accident was very serious and Mr. Alderton's many friends sympathize with him in his misfortune.


Dr. Brown, the veterinary surgeon, has moved his quarters to Orand's livery stable.

New York celebrates the anniversary of Greater New York to-day and the stock markets there will fail to operate.

Elmo Routh and Miss Nannie Thornton, B.C. Trotty and Miss Gussey Hall were granted license yesterday to wed.

The barn of Dr. W.S. Starkey was burned at Battle Monday night past, at a total loss of a couple of hundred dollars.

In the case of B.I. Eggerton vs. I.M. Pearlstone, before the Nineteenth district court yesterday afternoon, plea to jurisdiction was sustained.

The Texas Costume Company have arrived with a nice line of carnival costumes, masks, wigs, beards, etc. which are on display at 514 Austin street.

In the case of Geo. H. Wood vs. Peter McClelland et al, brought up before Judge Surratt in the Nineteenth district court yesterday, the general demurrer, was sustained.

D.W. Odell and Winbourn Pearce held a public speaking at Axtell last night, at which a large crowd was present. Mr. Odell was the champion of Mr. Crane for governor and Mr. Pearce the representative of Mr. Sayers.

Prof. Charles Alexander and the teachers of the public schools of Waco have closed with Mr. Frederick Abbott for a recital to take place at the city hall the evening of May 20, for the benefit of a fund for buying a library for the public schools.

Last night the Hon. I.T. Dashiel spoke at Rosenthal in the interest of Mr. Crane and Mr. Shaw in the interest of Mr. Sayers. To-night Mr. W.A. Shaw will speak for Mr. Sayers at Crawford and will be met by Mr. D.W. Odell in the interest of Mr. Crane. While at Eddy to-night Mr. Dashiel will represent Mr. Crane and Mr. J.D. Shaw of this city will represent Mr. Sayers.

Captain Charles W. Green and son, Mr. C. Herbert Green, are now in Virginia at the Fauquier Springs, where they will remain until the early part of June. Mr. Addison B. Green joined his mother at the springs several weeks ago. Miss Nellie Moore Green, who is now a student of the Randolph Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Va., expects to join the family early in June. Mrs. Green and Miss Nellie will return to Waco about the first of October, after a summer's sojourn in the mountains of Virginia, at Old Point Comfort.


Geo. H. Caufield of McGregor, is in the Central City.

Tom B. Hogg, a prominent lumber man of McGregor, is in the city.

Senator Gaugh arrived in the city yesterday from his home at McKinney Collins county.

Dr. Marvin L. Graves returned to the city last evening after a ten days' trip to Houston, Galveston and other points south.

Mr. Lud Williams is up and out in town again after several days' illness.

Joe Smith was in the city yesterday from Chalk Bluff.

W.J. Duffel, district deputy grand master of the Masonic order for this the twenty-fifth district of Texas, was in the Central City yesterday.

Mr. Jack Harvey, the advance manager of the "Boston Bloomer Girls" base ball team is in the city, arranging for the appearance of the team in Waco May 12.

The Hon. Marion Trice arrived in the city yesterday afternoon and will remain through the day. He is receiving the most encouraging reports in his race for attorney general.

Mr. and Mrs. D. June of Fremont, Ohio, are in the city and will remain until after the Karnival. They are the guests of Mrs. M. Holderman while here. They are accompanied by their nephew, Dan June.

May 5, 1898


C.W. Cox and Miss Lula Trammel were granted license yesterday to wed.

Manuel Wright filed suit yesterday in the Fifty-fourth district court against his wife, Ada Wright, charging abandonment.

The suit of B.E. Allen vs. the Citizens' Street Railway Company is on trial in the Nineteenth district court, the same being a suit for $10,000 damages for personal injuries sustained on Clay street, December 7, 1896.

Columbus Webb of Downsville was in the city yesterday and said that Judge J.B. Earle would scarcely miss a vote at his box; that the people in his vicinity recognize merit and are ever ready to reward it, hence they are for Judge Earle almost to a man.

The news reached the city yesterday by telephone from Judge J.M. Hurt saying that he would not be a candidate for re-election to judge of the court of criminal appeals. Judge Ben Rice of Marlin will now be a candidate for that position and has so been announced.

John Spinkx, colored, was captured yesterday at noon at Hillsboro. John is wanted on a charge of stealing chickens. A telephone message yesterday from Hillsboro announced that John had given the officers the greatest chase ever seen in that city, it having taken Deputies Sheriff John Davis and Jim Jones and a dozen or more citizens to ___ him in. He will be brought to Waco to answer the charge of stealing chickens.

Word reached the city yesterday that Eva Tice had been seriously wounded the night before at Robinson. Eva is the 12-year-old grand daughter of Mrs. Jake Moore and had accompanied her grand mother to prayer meeting and was returning home when she ran ahead and sitting on the sidewalk was waiting for her grand mother to come up. While sitting there Mr. B.L. Goode stepped out upon his gallery and fired a shot at a dog in his yard. As soon as he fired the little girl screamed, friends rushed up and found that she had been hit in the head with the pistol ball; happily it was a glancing lick and only tore a terrific hole through the scalp along the right side of the head. A solid shot would have killed her instantly. She is not considered at all fatally wounded as she is now getting along remarkably well.


Z.I. Harlan is in the city from Marlin.

Allison Mayfield is in the city from Sherman.

Hon. J.N. Browning is in the city from Amorilla [Amarillo?].

Miller Moore was in the city yesterday from Rosenthal.

Col. Bill Umberson and wife of Gholson spent yesterday in Waco.

Mr. A.J. Caunteson is at his post again after a week's tussle with rheumatism.

Mr. E. Sharp, representing the Magnolia brewery of Houston, is in the Central City.

Jim Kellum, one of the best farmers of McLennan, spent yesterday in the city from Elk.

George Harlin will leave next Sunday for New York, from whence he will sail for Hamburg to remain at least until October and possibly until next spring.

Mrs. Mose Harris and son, Brackenridge, left yesterday for Desha county, Arkansas, to look after property interests. This is her first return to her old home in eighteen years.

May 6, 1898


  • Thomas Robinson et al to Texas Savings Loan association, 50x90 feet on Orman street, $100.
  • Thomas Robinson and wife to Mary Baade, 50x90 feet on Orman street; $10.
  • Texas Savings Loan association to Mary Baade, 50x90 feet on Orman street, $175.
  • C.A. Pugsley to Samuel Colcord, lots 13 and 14, block 30, Provident Heights addition, $2838.
  • Stephen B. Hamlett to C.A. Pugsley, lots 1 and 2, block 20, Provident addition, $650.

Prominent Pioneer of Washington County Passes Away.

Donald McGregor of Brenham died at his home on Tuesday, May 3, 1898, aged 97 years, 8 months and 18 days, and was laid to rest at Brenham, May 4.
Deceased was an uncle of Dr. G.C. McGregor of Waco, and had been a continuous resident of Washington county for over forty years.


The suit of B.F. Allen vs. the Citizens Street Railway company is still on trial in the Nineteenth district court.

W.L. Tucker is the one candidate that his opponents could not possibly find one single act or blur upon his fair name and record that they may be able to gain a few points on. Would the time speedily come when every man franchise in his behalf would be forced to bring up such a record.

The big rain and heavy wind of yesterday morning did considerable damage to shade trees and some dwellings in the city. A chimney to Nick Boddle's house is reported to have been blown down damaging the house, considerably. Other destruction has been reported, but it is all small.

Yesterday at noon Messrs. Charles Flannagan, Tom Luckett, Tom Maddin, Lee Yance and Sam Whaley returned from a two days fishing trip up the Brazos river fourteen miles. They had but a little over a day to put in fishing, but this was plenty, for they hauled in by hook and line some three barrels of fish. They report fish biting very good indeed.

Yesterday afternoon while the negro boy who works around the jail was out driving with Jailor Costley's two little boys, Johnnie and Grover, one of the wheels to the vehicle gave way which frightened the horses and made them run away instantly. The two little fellows were precipitated to the ground and the older one, Johnnie, was painfully though not seriously hurt.

The little child of Jake Green, colored, residing on South Seventh street, below the Hobson car line, is in a critical condition from swallowing a quantity of cheosote [creosote?]. This dangerous chemical had been brought on the place to kill insects, and just how the little one came to get hold of it is not known. Medical aid was summoned at once, and there is some hope of the child's recovery.


Joe Earp is in the city from his home near McGregor.

Captain W.M. Giles of Mineola, candidate for railroad commissioner of Texas, is in the city.

Senator J.E. Yantis went out to Gholson last night, to speak in the interest of Mr. Crane.

J.M. Logan of Tyler, candidate for comptroller of the state, is in the city, looking after his political interests.

Mrs. S.E. Carlton of Nadena, Ark., is in the city visiting the family of Mr. C.D. Bennett at No. 1605 North Seventh street.

George W. Parker of Dallas, stenographer for the United States court for the northern district of Texas, is in the Central City.

Senator R.N. Stafford is in the city from Mineola, looking after the interests of Captain W.M. Giles, candidate for railroad commissioner.

John L. Moore, candidate for county commissioner of precinct No. 1 of this county spent yesterday in Waco, looking after his political interests.

Mr. H.M. Winn of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas freight department, at Houston, is in Waco temporarily holding down the job of Baggage Master T.F. Barron, while that gentleman is on a short vacation at Springfield, Ill., his old home.

May 7, 1898


Vote for L.C. Penry for county attorney and your vote will not be lost.

Epworth League of the Fifth Street Methodist church was entertained last evening with a social and refreshments at the home of Miss Ethel Harton, No. 719 South Fifth street. A large number were present.

News reached the city yesterday that Harry Rogers of this city, an electrician working as a lineman in putting in an electric light plant in Cuero, while up on a pole in that city the day before soldering a joint, received a severe shock which caused him to fall and resulted in his getting an arm broken and one eye knocked out.


Mr. S.J. Ward of Marlin is in the city.

Hon. C.W. Croft of Corsicana is in the city.

Col. Zimpleman of Austin is in the Geyser City.

Mr. B.G. McKie and wife are in the city from Corsicana.

J.C. McAdams, city marshal of West, spent yesterday in Waco.

S.G. Warner, general passenger agent of the Cotton Belt, is in the city.

The Hon. Geo. T. Jester is in the city looking after his political interests.

Phil D. Grant, a prominent farmer living near Henrietta, is in the Central City.

Dr. J.C.J. King has returned from a visit to Palestine; he did not go to Baltimore.

Senator J.S. Sherrell of Greauville [Greenville??] is in the city. He will leave today for Temple.

E.S. Peters, president of the Texas Cotton Growers Association, is in the city from Cavitt[??].

Miss Nell Hunt of Huntsdale, Mo., is in the Central City visiting Mrs. T. Howard Nance.

Mr. H.M. Chestnut of Temple is in the city visiting his brother, who is in Baylor university.

W.S. Blackshear, wife and daughter and Miss Genie Moore, are expected to arrive in Waco today from New York, where they have been for some time. Barton[?] Moore still remains in the great metropolis attending Columbia University.

Mr. R.E. Lee of the firm of R.E. Lee & Co., St. Louis, and Houston, Texas is in the city with a large stock of decorations and is prepared to decorate buildings for the Karnival at short notice. Mr. Lee is no stranger to Waco, having decorated the buildings during last year's carnival. This year he is better prepared than ever for everything in a decorative line.

May 8, 1898


  • J.W. Jeffries to I.Q. McGlasson, 243x179 1-2 feet, Elk, $300.
  • U.S. Berry and wife to Ione Bass, lot 2 and part of lot 3 in block 232, Finks' addition, $1560.
  • C.M. Hubby to the Oak Lake club, 30 47-100 acres of section 3 in range 6 of the Vego grant, $365.64.
  • Kate Poulson to R.W. Whitlow, lot on Ninth street near Columbus street, $1.00.
  • J.N.H. Higgins and wife to O.I. Halbert, part of the W.L. Swain survey, $100.
  • W.M. Bewley to N.H. Huggins, part of the W.L. Swain survey, $1.
  • A. Bacharach et al. to Sanger Bros., 2 lots on the corner of Seventeenth and Franklin streets, $2000.
  • H.W. Smith and wife to Francis M. Wood, lots 1, 2, and 3, block 18, and lot 7 in block 12, Provident addition, $2300.
  • City of Waco to John Fee, lot 57 in block 4, Oakwood, $25.


Miss Constance Walker will return home for the Carnival week.

Mr. Lara H. Baker and Mr. Howard Hersey of St. Louis are in the city for the Carnival gaities.

Miss Susie Hyman is visiting Mrs. Tom McMullen.

Miss Sadie McIntyre, the expected guest of the Misses Higginson, has postponed her visit until after the Carnival.

Miss Michel of Memphis is the guest of Miss Mattie Jones.

Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Hardin of Hearne will be the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Davis during the Carnival.

Miss Sheperd of Bryan arrived Thursday as the Carnival guest of Miss Cameron.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cain of Lytle are expected as Carnival guests of Judge and Mrs. J.C. Walker.

Mrs. Dr. Adams of Fort Worth will spend the Carnival week with Mrs. Robert Downman at the Royal.

Mr. and Mrs. Abernathy entertain as Carnival guests Mr. and Mrs. Halsey of Valley Mills.

Mr. and Mrs. D. June of Fremont, Ohio, arrived Wednesday as the guests of Mrs. M. Holderman during the Carnival. They were accompanied by their nephew, Mr. Dan June.

The many friends of Mr. A.W. Perkinson will be pleased to learn that he is in the city, having come over from San Antonio.

Mr. and Mrs. Scarborough are expecting a visit from Miss Searcey Hubbard of Tyler this week.

Mrs. Richard Harrison and family are visiting Mrs. James Harrison.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Sleeper will entertain this week as guests Mrs. Gracy and Miss Spalding of Austin.

Mrs. Dwyer of Brenham will be the Carnival guest of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Robertson.

Mr. and Mrs. Chatham will spend Carnival week with Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Chatham.

Miss Dollie Padgitt is at home for a visit of a few weeks.

Mrs. George Bower will entertain this week Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Maxwell of Parsons, Kan. She will also have as a Carnival guest Miss Cass of Tyron, Penn.

Mrs. Kate Scurry Terrell of Dallas is expected to be with Mrs. J.C. Walker this week.

Mrs. R.B. Dickey is visiting Judge and Mrs. Goodrich in Marlin.

Miss Minnie Killough and Miss Norma Conger returned Monday from Hillsboro.

Mrs. Atkinson, who has been with Mr. and Mrs. William Hallpike[?] during the winter, will leave for her home in Ohio after the Carnival.

Miss Smith of Nashville will be added as a guest in the Walker household for the Carnival.

Mrs. C.A. Westbrook will be with her daughter, Mrs. James Harrison, during the week.

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Chatham will have as the Carnival guest their mother, Mrs. Chatham.

Miss Lord of Galveston spent a few days of last week visiting Mrs. Will Neal and Miss Mary Randle.

Mr. and Mrs. Powers left Saturday week for Lafayette, Ark. Dr. and Mrs. Powers are occupying their home with 'phone connection.

Mrs. Byrne's guest, Mrs. Darwin, returned home Friday.

Mrs. Robert Mills of Lampasas will be the guest of Mrs. Waller Baker during the Carnival.

Mrs. Cullen F. Thomas returns Monday from Austin.

Miss Nell Hunt of Huntsdale, Mo., is in the Central City visiting Mrs. T. Howard Nance.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Blackshear and Miss Genie Moore, arrived yesterday from New York.

Negro Hackman Recklessly Driving Run Over A Baby.

At 11 o'clock yesterday morning Ed Ferguson, a negro hack driver, who drives hack No. 32 for Orand's livery stable, came dashing through Blom's alley on South Eighth street between Mary and Jackson streets; just as he was approaching the sidewalk over the alley the little 5-year-old son of Phillip Cuno was rolling a baby buggy along with a 10-months-old infant in it. The little fellow, seeing his life was in danger, turned the carriage loose and ran back to the sidewalk, at the same instant the wheels of the carriage struck the baby on the head knocking it headlong from the carriage. Mr. John Berry, who had been standing with a group of friends, saw the accident and instantly picked the little one up off the ground. It was taken home just a few steps further down the sidewalk where the father lived and conducts a fruit stand, and at 12:15 o'clock it died, living just about one hour.
Mr. John Berry, who saw the accident, said the negro was wholly to blame, having come through the alley in a gallop. "No one could have gotten out of the way," said Mr. Berry and his statement of the accident was corroborated by Messrs. A.A. Anderson, Ludquest and Police Officer Copeland, all of whom were eye witnesses.
The negro was arrested by Mr. Copeland and turned over to the county officers, who landed him in prison, where he now awaits the result of a trial by court.


Tom Battle shipped a train load of cattle from Marlin yesterday to Chicago, via the Cotton Belt and Illinois Central.

A train load of cattle will be shipped out of this city tomorrow by Mr. A. Laird. They will go via the Illinois Central, the road that E.J. Ashburne represents.

Lawrence Nix and Miss Ella Drake, Irvin Sparks and Miss Parry Lee Middleton, Wm. Edward Thrash and Miss Evelyn Grey Fleming were granted license yesterday to wed.

Dr. C.P. Arnold, S.G. of the Woodmen Circle, will organize the ladies auxiliary of the W.O.W. Monday night, the 9th inst., at the K.P. hall at 8 o'clock p.m., Monday the 9th.

An ice cream social will be held on the parsonage grounds of the Morrow Street M.E. church next Tuesday evening, May 10, commencing at 8:30. Refreshments will be served at city prices.

Grace Elser company No. 9, Knights of Pythias Uniform Rank, will meet in full dress uniform at Cowan lodge room Wednesday night, May 11 to assist Cowan lodge in working the long ___ of the ____.

At 11 o'clock yesterday morning at the Christian church Mr. Wm. Edward Thrash and Miss Evelyn Grey Fleming were united in the holy bonds of wedlock by Dr. F.N. Calvin. The contracting parties are both very popular in Waco.

Mr. C.C. Conger said yesterday, if the county commissioners would place an incandescent light in front of each dial of the town clock, it would be of great service to the public. This would not cost much and would be of untold benefit to the people.


J.C. Muse of Dallas spent yesterday in the city.

L.A. Carlton of Hillsboro spent yesterday in the city.

Henry Larry of Hillsboro spent yesterday in the city.

Sheriff Tom Bell of Hill county was in the city yesterday.

Mr. John H. Jergins goes to Rosebud to day to visit friends for a day or two.

Mrs. Frank Patillo has returned from Cincinnati, where she left her husband improving under the care of Dr. Langdon.

Misses Claxton and Scott of Gatesville will arrive next week as guests of Miss Camille Martin, No. 1016 Washington street.

Among those who will visit the Carnival this week is Miss Nora Ballew of Belton, who will be the guest of her friend, Miss Anne Chapman on North Sixth street.

Mr. J.D. Turner, one of Gatesville's young business men, spent several hours very pleasantly with friends in this city last Friday. He was on his way to Bastrop.

Mr. O.C. Charlton is arranging to leave Thursday next on a trip to St. Louis to attend the ninth annual banquet given by the trustees of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

A.P. DuncanA.P. DUNCAN.
A.P. Duncan is associated in the firm of Mclendon, Duncan & Co., which is one of the largest hardware houses in the South. He is a man of executive ability, is strictly business, and believes that close attention to everything will bring about the success desired. He is methodical and energetic, and he has done a great deal for this carnival and the one of 1897. He, like others of the old board, desired to be left out of the work this year, but was forced to remain.

S.F. KirkseyS.F. KIRKSEY.
S.F. Kirksey is of the Slayden-Kirksey Woolen Mills. He is manager of that institution, and is one of the hardest working men in the city of Waco. By close application to the business of the institution in which he is interested, he has built it up to meet the most sanguine _________ himself and his associates. He is liberal and public spirited, and has done a great work in this city. As a member of the board of directors he has been very active, and his wisdom has prevailed in many things.

H.H. GodberH.H. GODBER.
H.H. Godber is a good citizen, and a successful merchant. Starting out in life as a cash boy in Sanger Bros. he has passed through the various stages of progress until he now conducts a business of his own, among a people who recognize in him all the attributes that go to make up a man. He is about the youngest member of the board, but is very active in the work, and has done much for the success of the Karnival.

J.W. RileyJ.W. RILEY.
J.W. Riley is serving his first term as a member of the board, but he is fast becoming acquainted with Karnival work, and is of great benefit to the cause. He is a young man, engaged with his father and brothers in the grocery business in Waco, which business is looked upon as a success. He is a man of considerable push and enterprise, and is a valuable member of the board.

W.K. FinksW.K. FINKS.
W.K. Finks is at the head of the firm of W.K. Finks & Co., which is one of the largest retail grocery houses in Texas. Possessing all of the instincts of the good business man, he has succeeded in making his business a success, and when he was asked to go on the Karnival board it was because it was known that his ideas would be valuable. He is serving his first term, and is now well educated in the work.

W.W. SeleyW.W. SELEY.
W.W. Seley is one of the greatest financiers in this country. He is at the head of the Waco State bank, which is a successful institution, and which he now owns. He has traveled a great deal, and his ideas on exhibitions and public works are of great benefit to his associates on the board. He is liberal, and public spirited, and his residence in this city is of benefit to the town.

Sam Sanger was president of the Commercial Club in 1895, when J.W. Riggins suggested the Carnival work, and Mr. Sanger was one of the gentlemen called into counsel on the enterprise. Although not a member of the present board he has given the work all the assistance he could, and has been in a position to assist a great deal. He is a progressive business man, is at the head of the largest mercantile house in this part of the state, and is one of the most prominent citizens in the state. Possessing a disposition which attracts men to him, he is well thought of by all.

Jas. I. MooreJAS. I. MOORE.
Jas. I. Moore is one of Waco's best known citizens. He has been here many years, and has been prominently identified with public work. He was at the head of the great Cotton Palace exhibition which was known the world over as a grand affair, and his ideas and his work were instrumental in carrying it to success. He is one of the best members of the Karnival board, and a man who is known to be progressive and enterprising.

F.A. WinchellF.A. WINCHELL.
F.A. Winchell is of the firm of Harrison & Winchell. He was once a traveling man for a St. Louis house, and made regular trips to this territory. He made friends here, and when he decided to lay aside the grip and go in business for himself he selected Waco for his location. He is looked upon as a good business man, and one who can make a success if success is possible. He accepted a place on the board at the invitation of those who know he could be of benefit, and his work has been valuable.

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