VIEWS OF WOMEN
in Murder Trial.
first murder trial here in which a woman has appeared as chief
counsel was half won by Miss Lucille Pugh, counsel for defendant,
when the jury came to a disagreement Friday night in the case
of Leroy Poindexter.
28, 1912, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 9, col. 4.
The defendant is a negro charged
with killing Thos. Brown in a quarrel over a game of dice. He
asked Miss Pugh to defend him in view of the fact, that in the
old slave days, his family had served on the Pugh plantation
in North Carolina.
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THE CITY DUNGEON
BROWN HAS TAK-
EN DUNGEON MATTER UNDER
Chief of Police Louis Brown, in charge of the police department
during the illness of Chief of Police John Ryan, this morning,
started a personal investigation of the dungeon at the city jail.
- June 25, 1912, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 12, col. 3.
According to the assistant chief,
prisoners are only confined in the dark cell when they are refractory,
or refuse to work. He states that while the city prisoners are
in the dungeon, they are only allowed one meal a day. Only fighting
or habitual prisoners are put in the dungeon, Brown says.
"The dungeon is used for the
purpose of correcting prisoners who fight with others in the
city jail, or those who will not work," says Chief Brown.
"It is absolutely necessary to have some place in which
to correct refractory prisoners. If the prisoners will behave
, they need not to into the dungeon. If they want to come out
and behave, they have only to knock on the door to call the jailer
and get out.:
The dungeon at the city jail is
a dark cell situated at the foot of a flight of stairs leading
from the cell blocks. It is very dark and has no furnishings
of any sort. The floor is concrete. In the center of the cell
is an open sewer. It is a storm sewer and not one used for sanitary
purposes. Each day, the dungeon is scrubbed out with disinfectants
by trusties at the jail and prisoners are not placed in it until
the floors are dried. The cell is ventilated by an air shaft
running through the wall to the open air. The principal punishment
of the dungeon is said to be the lack of light.
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FOR NEW JAIL
OLD BUILDINGS AT
MAIN AND HOUS-
TON STREETS ARE BEING TORN
DOWN AND REMOVED.
ARE OLD BUILDINGS
ONE OF THE STRUCTURES
FIRST THREE-STORY TO BE
ERECTED IN DALLAS.
MAY LEVY SPECIAL
ing Plans to Raise Funds For New
Bastille--Cost to Be Over
county's new jail will soon be under course of construction.
Friday afternoon, a force of men began to tear away the old buildings
at Main and Houston streets where the new bastille is to be located.
In a few more days, the structures will be demolished and excavation
work will begin for the building, which is to be one of the most
handsome jail structures in the United States. It will extend
as high as an eight-story building and will have every appearance
of an office building. Full details and plans have not yet been
completed. Architect H. A. Overbeck expects to have a prospectus
of the building during the next few weeks.
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The erection of the new jail is
the climax to the work of the county commissioners' court, which
body has been considering these plans for several months.
The old jail property was purchased
several months ago by the Union Terminal company, and in its
place, is to be erected the finest passenger station in the South.
Oldest Three-Story Building.
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In the destruction of the old building
to make way for the bastille, the oldest three-story structure
in Dallas is to be demolished. It is a landmark in the city and
was erected in 1872 by W. H. Gaston and W. H. Thomas, which firm,
at the time, was known as Gaston-Thomas, Bankers. In 1871, the
buildings on the north side of the square were destroyed by fire.
In 1872, the new bank building was erected. It is declared to
have been one of the highest buildings in the northern section
of the state at that time. Since then, it is said to have changed
hands a number times. The lot on which the building is located
fronts twenty-five feet on Main street, and was purchased by
the commissioners' court for a cash consideration of $18,500.
Contract For Removal.
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The contract for removing these
buildings was awarded last Monday to Contractor E. L. Haralson
for $990. In the contract, it was stated that work must begin
within fifteen days. It is expected that several weeks will be
required in clearing away the old buildings. The jail site fronts
125 feet on Main street and the property is two and three-story
structures. As soon as the buildings are removed, the county
commissioners expect to ask for bids for excavation work. By
that time, the plans for the jail will be ready and bids for
the construction of the building will be asked for.
Funds For the New Jail.
- April 12, 1913, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 6.
The next question to be decided
by the county commissioners is some plan for the securing of
funds for the new jail building. The commissioners favoring a
special tax, it is said, are in the majority. This, it is claimed,
will be much better than calling for a bond issue. It is likely
that some vote on the proposition will be taken by the commissioners
at the meeting Saturday afternoon. The jail will cost upwards
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of Texas, which has already spent about $35,000 on the fish hatchery
at Fair Park, will install a model aquarium on the hatchery grounds.
- July 28, 1914, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 6.
Members of the Park Board, Tuesday
morning, announced that they had donated the bear pit and animal
building at Fair Park to the state for the purpose of establishing
the fish exhibit.
Architects Woerner & Cole have
completed the plans as outlined by Col. W. G. Sterrett, fish
and game commissioner, and announce that the contract for the
building would be let by Col. Sterrett next week. The improvements
will cost more than $5,000.
Plans call for twenty-two large
glass tanks, which will be installed in the building. The tanks
will hold collections of fish of all kinds. State fisheries in
all parts of the country will be asked to send exhibits. The
aquarium, which is the only one in Texas, will be open to the
public at all times of the year. The building will be heated
in the winter time.
Captain W. C. Day, in charge of
the fish hatchery, states that the spawning season is over and
that millions of young fish are in the Fair Park tanks, ready
for distribution. The fish will not be shipped until October
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Hon. William H.
gests Plan for Erection
a city market house have been worked out by Hon. William H. Atwell,
who, for the past several months, has devoted much time to the
study of a system which will prove satisfactory to the city,
and at the same time, be a success. He has worked out a plan
that will not only prevent the city's tax rate from being increased,
but one, that after a few years, will be a paying proposition.
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That plan is to purchase a centrally
located site and to erect a building to cover a space 350x250
feet, including twelve-foot walks on each side and to install
in the building, 220 stalls, to be rented at prices ranging from
$12 per month, to $100 per month. A prospective showing the exact
plans for the building has also been drawn by an architect, and,
should the building proposed be erected, it will be a beautiful
structure. It will be built of concrete, steel and glass, fireproof
in every respect. An electric plant for lights and fuel, and
a refrigerating plant, will be installed in the basement of the
Rent Will Be Cheap.
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Of the 220 stalls called for by
the plans, Mr. Atwell has figured that 156 could be rented for
$12 per month, a total rental for the year of $22,464. Forty-six
stalls could be rented for $27 per month, giving a total rental
for the year of $14,904. Twelve stalls could be rented for $65
per month, making a total of $9,360, and sixteen stalls could
be rented for $100 per month, giving a rental of $19,200, a grand
total of $65,928 for the year's rental.
The plan is to erect a building
on a lot that will cost about $200,000, and to erect a building,
equipped in every way to cost about $300,000. Mr. Atwell points
out that a bond issue could be voted for $500,000, these bonds
to be retired by the rentals on the building.
- March 21, 1915, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 15, col. 3.
The erection of such a building
would bring in a revenue of $17,528 that could be used in retiring
the bonds each year. Mr. Atwell points out the expenses for the
operation of the building in the following items: Interest at
4 1/2 per cent on $500,000, $22,500; insurance, $7,500; employment
of manager, $4,000; other expenses, $14,400; total, $48,000.
The amount collected in rentals would be $65,928, leaving a profit
The figures were worked out by
Mr. Atwell after a study of the municipal market at Seattle and
other places. In those cities, the municipal market has been
a great asset in reducing the cost of living.
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