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McLennan County, Texas
January, 1874

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January 1, 1874

We acknowledge the courtesy of a call yesterday, from Mr. J.J. Lacy, of Stephensville.

We were glad yesterday to meet our old friend, Mr. Gabe Smith, of Coryelle county, who is here with cotton, and to buy supplies.

Some of the Boys
Had rough sailing coming from the party at Capt. Warren's Tuesday night last. The "bill for repairs" was the only unpleasant feature of the incident, we are glad to say.

Mr. J.B. Hayes
Succeeds the firm of Hayes & Harris, in the grocery business, on Austin Avenue. The stock is large and comprises a full line of staple and fancy groceries. Mr. Hayes emphatically "means business," and is offering his goods very cheap.

Quick Work.
Mr. A.S. Foster, the blacksmith, took it into his head to build himself a new shop. On the seventh day, the building was up and ready for use, quite a handsome brick shop, on Fourth street. Mr. Foster is an excellent smith, does work promptly, and never fails to please.

Horse Stolen.
From the lot of J.C. Hare on yesterday about 11 o'clock, belonging to Hon. F.M. Anderson. The thief, a Mexican, was pursued and captured at White Rock yesterday, and the horse was recovered. The descendant of the Montezumas is enjoying the hospitality of Sheriff McClelland.

Mr. Lee Hammond, of Mobile, yesterday gave us a call. He confirms previous reports of the general failure of crops in that State, and represents the condition of things among all classes as truly deplorable. Hundreds of plantations, says Mr. Hammond, that once were worth from thirty to sixty dollars per acre, will not now sell for enough to pay the taxes on them; and in many instances when put up under the sheriff's hammer, there is no bid at all.
The farmers have no money, and but little prevision, and nothing that is available for the requisite supplies to make another crop. The negroes, like rats, are leaving the sinking ship, and the poorer classes of white people also are especially anxious to leave and go to Texas, though the great majority are unable to get away. Mr. Hammond, himself, is now on a visit to Texas, with a view of location, and we shall be, especially pleased to have him locate in this vicinity.

We were glad to meet Mr. Jerry Odell, who returned from Kansas with beeves [plural for 'beef'?]. He came out level.

January 3, 1874

Local Brevities.

Gen. J.W. Speight who has been very ill for several days, has so far recovered, as to be able to come up to town. We congratulate him.

A train of immigrant wagons from Anderson county, for Coryelle county, passed through town yesterday. The folks settle three miles from Gatesville.

January 4, 1874

Dr. J.L. Cornish is one of the live men over the river.

The regular monthly meeting of White Hall Grange, No. 27, will be held at White Hall on Monday afternoon, January 5th, at 3 o'clock.

Mr. Ed. Sturgis
Has put down a new brick pavement on the Austin Avenue front of his house that will be occupied the present year by Messrs. Fort & Jackson. The house has undergone many improvements, among others, the putting in of plate glass doors and windows.

Fred Axling
Has a horse whose training is remarkably perfect, one of the excellencies of which is, he will not let any one approach to mount him except his master. Fred is willing to lend his pony to anybody, but there are two of them to consult, and Fred's without the pony's consent is not worth having.

District Court.
The argument in the case of Giddings vs. Butler, with Mussi_a [Mussina?] for La Vega, Intervener, was concluded yesterday at 11 o'clock, the charge delivered, and the jury sent out to make up the verdict. The case is one of great importance, not only to the parties to the suit, but to this entire community, involving as it does, much desirable land in the immediate vicinity; the sale and settlement of which has been greatly retarded by uncertainty as to the title.
It has occupied the attention of teh court for the past nine or ten days and in its discussion has elicited great general interest. Attorneys for the Plaintiff - Coke. Herring & Anderson and Renick [Remick?]; for the defendant, Flint & Graham and J.C. Walker; for Intervenor, W.H. Hammon, of Hammon & Aycock, of Calvert.
Since writing the above, we learn that the jury, after only a few minutes consultation, rendered a verdict for Butler, the defendant.

The following members compose a committee to visit the sick of J.H. Gurley Lodge No. 337, during the month of December: A. Alexander, B. Alexander, F.C. Alexander, J.W. Brooks and A. Barnech. By Order. E.P. Massey, Sec'y.

W.H. Watkins
Has just opened in his new building a full stock of everything in his line, consisting in part of a fine assortment of new books of all kinds.
A first-class stock of stationery, including besides a full assortment of all the minor articles, envelopes, letter cap, note, wrapping, drawing, tissue papers and twine in quantities.
In the musical line he has a fine lot of instruments, strings, trimmings and parts for repairing.
Dentists can procure from him everything needed by the profession.
Orders for surveyors' compasses and chains, mathematical instruments, magic lanters[?], optical, philosophical and chemical apparatus, pianos, organs and band instruments sold at manufacturer's prices.

Hall & Spear
Plow Points and Land Sides at Kelly's Supply Depot.

January 6, 1874

The Mite Society meets at Mrs. Golledge's by night.

Pina, the brakesman who was killed at Welborne recently, has a father and mother, living near this city.

Mr. West, from Bold Springs, McLennan county, bought a stock of goods in this city, yesterday, principally from Kellum, R_tan & Co.

Freeman & Carter of Erath county, purchased goods yesterday in this city. These are valuable evidences of our wholesale trade with the interior.

W.H. Hall, of Seap Springs, Comanche county, purchased a stock of goods for that place from our merchants on Monday.

In the District Court the interest yesterday centered in the case of Sandifer vs. Sandifer, for divorce. Court adjourned at 3 until 10 a.m. to-day, when the case will be resumed. Rich developments are promised.

The old Advance Office, corner of Austin and Fourth streets, is being pulled down to make room for an elegant, new three-story brick. Viva la progress.

Efforts are being made to secure a tri-weekly mail between this point and Gatesville. It is of the utmost importance to secure this increase of service, and all should be done that is in our power to do, to secure it.

We acknowledge the pleasure of a call from Rev. T.H.B. Anderson, of California, and are gratified to learn that his impressions of Texas are such that he has well nigh fully determined to "transfer" and become a citizen of the State. As regards of Texas northers Mr. Anderson says that __king what he has experienced as a fair sample, they are nothing like so bad as those of California, and from what he had heard of the "terrible northers of Texas" he is, in this respect, most agreeably surprised. As regards the population, also, indeed, in all respects Texas so far transcends his expectations, that whereas he came to induce others to go to California he has himself determined to stay in Texas.
Mr. Anderson will be remembered as one of the most eloquent and powerful preachers at the recent Conference in this city; and should his health continue to improve as it has done since he came to Texas, he will certainly prove a very valuable acquisition to the S.W.T. Conference to which having bought a home in Hall county, he will probably transfer.

January 7, 1874

Bob Smith,
The newly s-elected clerk of Alexander & Lovell, has not taken his seat yet. Bob says he gets along better standing up. Wonder if a number nine, Scotch Bottom, hasn't something to do with this case.

January 8, 1874

H.C. Fallon
Is doing a heavy business in hardware.


Carter & McCulloch, are heavy cotton buyers, and busy and enterprising merchants.

Four hundred bales of cotton were shipped yesterday. The amount now going forward is almost beyond belief, vive la Roi.

Travel both ways on the Tap, is unusually heavy for the season. Strangers are coming in from the four corners of the earth.

George Caites' horse took exceptions to a little dog on the bridge yesterday, and to get even, pitched George fully ten feet, but failed in the manifest intention to do him serious bodily evil, we are glad to say.

J.M. Tarver Esq., of Peoria, Hill county, was in the city yesterday, buying goods.

Isaac Malone from Hyco, Hamilton county, bought goods yesterday in this city.

Mr. Walker of Powell Dale, purchased goods in this market yesterday. A large jobbing house would do well here. Who will start it?

Many farmers from Hood county, were here buying supplies yesterday. They brought down hides, cotton, and other country produce.

We are indebted to Mr. W.H. Watkins for late casters papers, is advance of the mails.

January 9, 1874

Judge Helton and Major Erath leave for Austin this morning.

Four hundred and fifty bales of cotton went to the coast yesterday, from this city.

Large purchases of wool were made in this city yesterday at fair prices to the producer.

Four hundred bales of cotton were received yesterday and are held for transportation.

Mr. W.A. Patterson is a live cotton buyer in East Waco, and a clever gentleman.

S.E. Dyer & Co., of Towash, bought goods in this city yesterday.

Dyer & Rutherford, of Towash, were in buying goods yesterday. They are live business men.

The argument in the Sandifer vs. Sandifer case, for divorce and alimony, was closed yesterday.

The improvements being made by Mr. Friedlander, in his store, when completed will make it one of the handsomest in the city.

On Thursday next a race will be run on the course near this city, for five hundred dollars a side. Good sport is promised.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the victory at New Orleans. It was at once time regarded as second only to the fourth of July in importance, but it seems it is now suffered like the fourth to fall into disuse.

Messrs. Fort & Jackson, are fixed up quite snugly in the Sturgis building. When the repairs and additions are completed, this will be one of the finest and most comfortable banking offices in the State.

Election of Officers.
Rooms of Waco Medical Association,
Tuesday Evening, Jan. 6th, 7418.
At a regular meeting of the Association, the following named officers were duly elected for the ensuing year:
Dr. H.W. Brown, President; Dr. R.W. Park, Vice-President; Dr. Joe. S. Willis, Recording Secretary; Dr. J.C. King, Corresponding Secretary; Dr. R.W. White, Treasurer.

Mr. A.J. Geroge
Has the contract for building the new Courthouse of Bosque county. The work is progressing very satisfactorily. The County Court voted in a fifteen hundred dollars additional, in consideration of extra work necessary, and not provided for by the original contract.

The following members are appointed a committee to visit and attend the sick of Waco Lodge No. 92, A F & A M during the month of January: L.S. Ross, F.C. Morgan, S.P. Mills, J.S. McDonald and J.M. Mahoney. By order of the W.M. - L.A. Hightower, Secretary.

January 10, 1874

Mr. H.C. Ford,
Merchant from Towash, bought a fair stock of goods yesterday in this city.

In the District
Court the Criminal Docket will be taken up on Monday.

Mr. B.f. Womble,
Of Bosqueville, bought goods in this city yesterday for that market.

Mr. B.C. Jackson,
A clever merchant of Gatesville, was in the city yesterday buying goods.

Sales of groceries were made in this city yesterday. The trade was very equally divided by the river.

Our Friends,
Prince & Goldsmith, have removed their jewelry establishment to the store of R.C. Majors, next door to their old stand.

Mr. Ham,
A merchant of Peoria, Hill county, was replenishing his stock of goods, from the large stocks in this city yesterday.

Col. "Berry" Trice,
The "Phat boy" of Waco, sold, yesterday, a lot of twenty-five bales of cotton for 12c. gold. "Berry" gets away with the little boys in a trade, if they can beat him in a foot race.

Attention, Company:
The young men of Waco and vicinity are requested to meet at the McClelland House office, on Wednesday evening next at 8 o'clock, to take steps to organize a military company. Come out, boys.

Dr. J.L. Cornish
And his polite and efficient clerks were unusually busy yesterday, his cash sales over the counter exceeded eight hundred dollars. His stock of drugs and groceries is very large, and are sold very reasonably.

Mr. J.P. Thomason,
Of Covington, Hill county, bought a large bill of goods in this city yesterday. He is a prosperous merchant.

We were Glad
To meet Dr. A.M. Douglass, Representative elect from Hill county, in this city yesterday, on his way to Austin. The Doctor expresses the opinion that all the trouble caused by the late vile[?] decision of the Supreme Court will be satisfactorily settled.

C.P. Church.
Rev. W.D. Wear continues to preach of evenings at the C.P. Church, with great acceptance to those who attend. Christians of all denominations are cordially invited to attend and participate in the service.

Hog Law
Mr. W. Boyd, the Justice elect of the Bosqueville Precinct, favors us with the result of an experiment of his in keeping hogs up instead of letting them run on the range. Two pigs killed at eleven months old averaged 275 pounds net; two 13 months old, 297 pounds net; and one 16 months old makes 469 pounds pork of the very best quality. Two two years old, went to 506 and 585 pounds. Now, says Mr. Boyd, there need be no further argument in favor of the "hog law," if farmers will only compare the result of the two systems. They will see at a glance that it pays to keep hogs up.

A Serious
Row occurred on the 4th at Foot-Out, in Bosque county, between Abe Kennedy, his brother Tom, and the two Henson brothers, in which Abe Kennedy was killed and Tom stabbed in three places, one of them being in the stomach, and shot once. His condition is considered extremely critical. Neither of the Hensons were hurt. The difficulty originated in some misunderstanding about a little child of Abe Kennedy's.

We Learn
From a gentleman just down from the frontier, that large numbers of Indians are down on Colony Fork of the Leon, in Eastland county. They stole a large number of horses in that neighborhood, after which they came down to within six miles of Stephensville, where they got more horses. The citizens are now in hot persuit. About the same time a band of thirteen Indians were seen in the Wilcox settlement. The citizens had a fight with this band and killed on Indian. The miscreants had a white woman with them, during the fight she was closely guarded. She is supposed to be a member of one of the new families who have settled in that county this winter, and who are badly off for guns and ammunition. Captain Sam Allen raised a squad of fifteen or twenty young men to persue and punish the savages. He complained to our informant of the scarcity of ammunition. He said if he only had sufficient ammunition he would give a good account of them.
Mr. E.J. Waldron ran a narrow chance of being captured on his late trip to that country, to whom we are indebted for the above account.

Fourteen Hundred
Acres of Brazos bottom land for rent. Apply to O.J. Downs.

To The Ladies.
We have just received an excellent stock of Lace, Buffs and Collaretts. McMullen & Co.

For Rent.
Comfortable residences in the city. Apply to R.W. Lusk, Waco.

January 11, 1874

Three Car Loads
Of hides and other produce were shipped below yesterday.

Cotton Sold
At twelve and a half cents gold yesterday.

S.A. Cobb & Bro.,
Of Mt. Calm, bought a stock of goods in this city yesterday.

Has been resumed on the cistern in front of the Courthouse.

Two Hundred and Fifty
Bales of cotton were shipped yesterday to Galveston.

Ira B. Saddler,
Representative elect from Coryelle county, passed through the city yesterday for Austin.

Mr. Patterson
Cleared over a hundred dollars yesterday on a lot of cotton he bought from Colonel Trice, of which transaction we made a note the other day.

East Waco
Was a very bee hive yesterday, and business transactions were unusually heavy, even for that busy mart of trade and large operations.

W.H. Watkins
Has any amount of light reading suitable for Sunday. His stock of novels and romances is very large and are sold at prices that suit the times.

Simon Trice's
Wonderful boy baby was the absorbing topic - to him - on the streets yesterday. The "sick committee" had better have a fatherly care of him, or we will not undertake to answer for the consequences.

Capt. Sam. P. Wright,
Holding a commission from the great Jehovah, will preach D.V. at the M.E. Church South, in this city, at 11 o'clock this morning. Capt. Wright has great depth and originality, is an eloquent and forcible speaker. We hope to see him at an early day regularly about his Master's business. The church can illy spare such men to secular demands.

Local Brevities.

Messrs. Carr & Young, of Hill county, bought a stock of goods from our merchants yesterday.

J.L. Cornish, is one of the busiest of the busy merchants over the river. His sales yesterday reached a large figure. He is a clever gentleman and an honest merchant.

C. Lassiter bought goods from the merchants of Waco, yesterday. Mr. Lassiter does business in the prosperous village of Towash.

Judge Leland, Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 1 of this county, will proffer his resignation to the county court on Monday.

The people are paying taxes very satisfactorily, considering the hard times.

Sheriff McClelland tenders his resignation on Monday.

Deputy Sheriff Waitt leaves on Monday for Hill county.

D.F. Davis, District Clerk, will resign the office on Monday.

Firemen's Ball,
We acknowledge the compliment of an invitation to the Firemen's Ball, at the McClelland Hotel, on Tuesday evening next, given for the joint benefit of the Waco Steam Fire Engine and Rescue Hook and Ladder Companies.
W.T. Robinson, J.W. Baker, John Sleeper, Wm. Jones.
Tom Padgitt, W.H. Watkins, J.W. Golledge, Luke Moore.
Hon. Richard Coke, Judge J.T. Print, J.R. Smith, Captain M. Kavanaugh, John F. Marshall, W.P. Martin.
C.M. Downs, J.E. Elgin, Dave Wallace, A.D. Putnam.
The announcement will fill the minds of party-goers with anticipations of the most pleasing character. By universal consent this is to be the affair of the season. Quite a number of invitations are sent, to Marlin, Belton and other towns; and in expressing the sincere wish that our friends at a distance will honor the occasion with their presence, we do but echo the universal sentiment of our town. Come along, then, friends, and let us see what we can do for each other's enjoyment at the Firemen's Ball.

January 13, 1874

McClelland has gone to Austin.

Mr. J.C. Journey
Is selling the Milburn Wagon very rapidly, four wagons last week.

Trade was good in this city yesterday, both in East and West Waco.

Cotton, Wool and Hides
Were the staples in trade in East Waco on Monday.

Mr. Joseph Hammond,
Of Prairie Valley, was buying goods in this city yesterday.

A Good Blacksmith
Is wanted to take charge of the shop on the old Hood place, now run by Mr. Crim.

Sale of the effects of the late J.R. Lancaster, came off yesterday. We are glad to say the prices realized were very fair, and everything was sold remarkably well. The sale was held under the auspices of Mr. Jack Pierce; Bob Smith, auctioneer.

The day's work as deputy for D.F. Davis, Mr. J.T. Beatty closed it yesterday as deputy for Davis R. Gurley, County Clerk.

Sale of Hogs
At the city pound on Saturday, at 11 a.m., John S. Moore city Marshall will sell to the highest bidder for cash in hand, all the hogs at present in pound.

Firemen's Ball.
Don't forget the brave boys' merry-making at the McClelland House to-night. The beauty and chivalry of our fair city will be there. This is a tribute we all owe the brave fellows who are called upon to risk life and limb in defense of our homes. Come all.

Very Large Shipments
Of lumber were made to the country yesterday by wagon; proving conclusively that this whole region of country is going ahead rapidly, notwithstanding the apparent hard times last fall.

Captain Hyatt,
Of Stephensville, Erath county, was in the city yesterday buying goods. He ships from here by a large train of wagons.

Mr. John S. Hyatt,
Of Stephensville, a tried and true friend of the Examiner, yesterday gave us a call. We are under many obligations to Mr. Hyatt for his faithful and efficient agency for several years past, and also to our numerous subscribers in Erath county for promptness in remittances. Very sensible of our many defects in the past, we shall, in the future, redouble our energies in just appreciation of the large and generous patronage given the Examiner.

District Court.
The case of Bloodgood vs. Box, which has been in process of trial for the past two days, and has elicited considerable interest among our citizens, was decided in favor of the plaintiff, Mrs. Bloodgood. The case was hot. the attorneys for the plaintiff were Messrs. Flournoy and Taylor; Messrs. Norris, Sleeper and Jones for defendant.

Mr. Arne Poulson, the night watchman, for anumber of years at the bank of Messrs. Flint & Chamberlin, died yesterday at 12 m. The funeral takes place to-day at his residence in this city.

We had the
Pleasure of meeting Mr. Jas. Buchanan, the associate editor of that lively and sterling democratic paper, the Comanche Chief.

The Negroes
Are generally making new contracts for the next season.

Mr. French
Is busy tapping his gas mains on Bridge street and putting fixtures up, so as to light that thoroughfare at an early day.

Don't Forget
The meeting at the McClelland House, on Wednesday night, to organize a military company.

January 16, 1874

Lin C. Alexander, Esq.,
Of Belton, has been spending a few days in our city, where he has many warmly attached friends.

Mr. C.C. Rutter,
Formerly an agent of the Examiner, will learn something of importance on application at this office.

Five Hamilton
County wagons brought produce to this city yesterday, which, we are glad to say, brought fair prices.

To T.L. Wood, for favors as agent at Woodbury, also to W.P. bishop, at Spring Hill.

Large Amounts
Of flour from mills in the surrounding country, were brought in and sold yesterday.

We Are
Indebted to Egan, the polite cotton clerk at the depot, for many items of interest concerning the business he so able conducts.

We wish the citizens success in their efforts to revive the post office, at Acomb, McLennan county. Postal facilities are of no little practical value to a neighborhood and no community should be without them.

Bob Smith
Is a character, and if we printed half the funny items he furnishes us with, we would eclipse John Billings, Bill Arp and Mark Twain.


We were glad to meet Messrs. W.E. Love and J.G. Borders, of Gatesville, in the city yesterday. They represent things as quiet in that section of country, and the fatal sickness that has been raging there as abating.

Mr. Ben Faulkner, an old subscriber of the Examiner, called yesterday. Mr. Faulkner says he is going to Hamilton county, but no matter where he goes he wishes the Examiner sent to him. We have a lively appreciation of the great favor shown the Examiner, especially by our frontier friends, and shall spare no efforts to reciprocate their favors to the utmost extent possible.

Mr. R.C. Halford, of Hood county, also gave us a call. He reports heavy immigration, peace, plenty and general prosperity.

W.B. Motes,
Of Cleburne, says that Johnson county is far ahead of McLellan, in preparation for the coming crop. He says too that farm houses are so numerous that he could knock down a dozen anywhere up that way "with one of them little mountain howitzers." "Motes" has not forgot the army lingo yet.

A Couple
Of promising young gentlemen have been missing since the Firemen's Ball on Tuesday night. Grave suspicions are entertained that they have been made away with by some of the fair ladies of Marlin, who were present on the occasion. It will save the ladies in question a great deal of trouble to life's end, if they will return them promptly to their anxious parents.

Peter Ledersen,
The clever factotum at Fred Axling's saloon has touched a soft place in the hearts of the Examiner boys by presenting them a bottle of the ever famous XXXX.

Are somewhat like printers, we suppose, when they are afflicted with a mania for farming. Yesterday we saw Col. J.M. Norris rushing through the streets with a new fangled plow gear of his own invention, (?) a smile of infinite satisfaction beaming upon his face; and we had to stand a full hour in the slush and mud to hear the many triumphs of this wonderful piece of machinery. But all our argumentative powers (and we did our best) failed to convince the incipient agriculturalist that he was not as good a farmer as Horace Greeley himself.

January 17, 1874

A.F. Smith,
Of Jonesboro, Coryelle county, purchased goods yesterday in the Waco market.

S.C. Dyer & Co.,
Of Towash, were buying goods yesterday in this market.

Of the Lady Gay Saloon, occupies the room next door beyond.

Col. Lane,
Of Powell Dale, a successful and prosperous farmer, sold four bales of cotton in this city yesterday, at 12½ cents in gold.

Allen & Stephenson,
Of Seap Springs, Comanche county, bought goods yesterday from our East Waco merchants.

January 18, 1874

The Exodus
From Mississippi to this State continues. A large number of people from there are expected here in a few days.

Jack Wright,
Of Comanche, bought a large bill of whiskys from Burnham, and general goods from the East Waco boys yesterday by order.

Two Negroes
Fought in East Waco yesterday with cotton hooks, spades, etc. A Galveston cotton buyer fainted at the sight of the blood.

January 20, 1874

Carr & Young,
Of Hill county, were in the city yesterday buying a stock of goods.

Mr. Col_bee,
Of Peoria, was in the market yesterday, purchasing goods.

Mr. N. Bullard
Of Mount Calm, was buying goods yesterday, in this city.

Mr. C.M. Dunham
Representing the well-known house of G.E. Poole of Galveston, wholesale dealer in boots and shoes, is stopping at the Sturgis house.

Aid Society of the Episcopal Church will meet to-night at the residence of Colonel Gurley.

We were
Glad to meet Mr. Young Jenkins, of Gatesville, yesterday. We are sorry to learn from him that Mrs. W.W. Hammack died on Thursday last, and Mr. Wm. Woodburn on Friday. We trust that the destroying angel will soon take his flight from the fair village.

Messrs. Alexander & Lovell
Is one of the livest [liveliest?] commission houses in the State. Their business this winter has assumed gigantic proportions. They handle cotton for their friends very skillfully. Bob Smith, the irrepressible wag, is in the employ of this house, and what Bob won't "get away with" isn't worth shucks.

January 23, 1874

Mr. Simpson Dyer,
Of Towash, bought goods in this city yesterday.

To W.B. Motes for favors as agent in Hill county.

Four Hundred Bales
Of Cotton went to Liverpool yesterday from this city.

The Remains
Of poor Frank Stephens were buried in the city cemetery at 10 a.m. yesterday.

We learn, with much regret, that on his return home from town, Tuesday evening, Gen. J.E. Harrison had another attack of paralysis, which, like his former visitations of the same kind was very severe.
Our informants, Gen. Tom Harrison and Mr. David Gorley, were with the old General in his office, and the scene is described as melancholy beyond description. Dr. Richard Harrison was called, and all that science and affection combined could do was done. The patient was speechless for several hours, but at last accounts had partially recovered his speech, and was slowly recuperating again.
May the All-wise spare him yet a while to the many loving hearts of family and friends.

January 24, 1874

Two Hundred Bales
Of cotton went to Galveston yesterday.

On Thursday the 22d, in this city, Mr. Joshua I. Johnson.

A Great Many
Strangers are arriving in this city, by every train.

Mrs. H.M. Hamilton
Will lecture at Richey Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday. Subject Spiritualism.

A black Newfoundland dog, three months old. A liberal reward will be paid upon returning him to Dr. S.K. Smith.

The Following
Gentlemen are registered at the McClellan House:
Capt. C.R. Cornelius, clinton, La; Dr. H.H. Stiner, Augusta, Ga.; J.R. Berry, Galveston; John A. Hester, Marlin, and Powhatan Lockett, Marion, Ala.


We had the pleasure, yesterday of meeting Mr. Alonzo T. Logan, of Austin. A shake of Lonnie's hand brought back to memory "the days when we were hard up, just twenty years ago," and together traveled life's rugged path. We extend the hospitalities of the Examiner office to Mr. L., and hope his stay in Waco may be pleasant and profitable.

Mr. Thomas Grissett, an old Coryelle neighbor and friend of ours called yesterday; he says the farmers of that county will plant a big crop the coming season.

We are glad to welcome to our city Mr. Powhatan Lockett, formerly of Marion, Alabama. Mr. Lockett is an able lawyer and we welcome him warmly to Texas, and our busy little city.

We acknowledge the courtesy of a call from Mr. J.M. Green of Station Creek, Coryelle county.

It will be remembered
That Judge J.W. Oliver was arrested at the April term of our District Court on a charge of "bribery," and gave bond for his appearance at the present term. His bondsmen gave him up yesterday, and he is now under arrest, or was yesterday. Behold how the mighty have fallen.

January 25, 1874

A Shame
Waco furnishes the first and solitary instance where the temple of justice is used as a public privy. It is a shame and a disgrace, and the nuisance should be abated, if the building must be torn down to effect it.

Plow the Gardens.
Mr. Arthur, who lives on North Fourth street, is ready to do the job ten inches deep for you. An order left at the Examiner office will reach him.

Wood Wagons
Crowded on streets yesterday. Indeed the odd jumble of wood, cotton, men, women, boys, auctioneers, cattle, horses, dogs and lawyers is seen in no other place in or out of Texas.

Of our planters are through picking cotton, and are busy clearing away the land for a new crop.
The negroes are very generally hiring at good wages, or under other satisfactory arrangements, are commencing the crop of '74.

We See By
The proceedings of the Lower House of the 14th Legislature, that Mr. Sadler, one of our representatives, has introduced a bill to incorporate Waco Lodge, No. 70, I.O.O.F. The bill passed the House and goes to the Senate.

Two Men
Were arrested in Calvert on Friday, suspected of being the parties who robbed the Lady Gay saloon on Sunday night. They had robbed the depot at Bremond, for which they were arrested in Calvert. They were expected here last night on the train. We are not informed as to whether they came or not.


We were glad to meet in this city yesterday, a couple of old Coryell friends of ours, Mr. Bob Newland and Sam Gregg.

We were glad to welcome to our sanctum yesterday, Capt. C.R. Cornelius, an intelligent and worthy gentleman from East Feliciana [Pellciana?] Parish, Louisiana, who transplants his root tree from that State to ours. He informs us that many more people from his parish may be expected soon. We trust they will seek this section. A warm welcome awaits them.


F.M. Graves, of Hamilton was here yesterday and bought goods to a large amount.

R.P. Rice of Hamilton, bought whiskies and groceries in this market on Saturday.

Troops of Bosque farmers thronged our stores yesterday; they bought many plows and other farming impliments.

Hill county, was also well represented in trade circles yesterday.

Coryelle and Bell sent each a large detachment from their armies of live farmers to Waco, on Saturday, to buy supplies for the next crop.

Four hundred bales of cotton, and two car loads of hides was the shipment yesterday.

Mr. Dutton is now in Galveston, we are informed for the purpose of buying timbers to repair the suspension bridge, some of the stringers having suffered from the action of the weather. The Directors wisely concluding to repair before the damage could possibly affect the safety of the structure.

Runaway. Mr. E.J. Waldron and Miss Smith ran away in a buggy on Friday night. The lady is not much injured, but Waldron's wing hangs gracefully in a swing.

Criminal District Court.
The following is the list of important cases tried before His Honor Judge Banton last week:
W.E. Garrett; charge, assault with intent to kill - 2 years in the Penitentiary; Jesse Humphreys; theft from a house - two years in the Penitentiary; Poke Gilman; theft of a beef steer and theft of a mule - for both offences, 10 years in the Penitentiary; Milford Smith; charged with murder - acquitted; Jerry deGrade; aggravated assault; fined $100, which he promptly paid. John Russell aggravated assault - no verdict up to the time our paper went to press.

January 27, 1874

Mr. J.M. Theighoff,
Of Brown county, bought goods here yesterday.

Messrs. Shriver & Penny,
Of Hamilton, were in the city yesterday, buying goods. They are an energetic and prosperous firm. We know them well.

Wm. Barnes,
Of Comanche, was present in our market yesterday buying for his popular establishment there.

Capt. Syl. Adams,
Of Bosque county, a large and successful planter, was in the city yesterday, busily purchasing supplies for the coming season.

Six Hundred Bales,
The largest shipment of the season, was made yesterday. This made things look lively in East Waco.

We regret to Learn
That Col. Lovel, of Alexander & Lovel, is quite ill. We trust he will soon be restored to his usual health. He is now suffering with neuralgia of the lungs.

Messrs. Kollum, Rotan & Co.,
Are busy with long orders from the frontier. Their force works night and day, and are still unable to get goods off as fast as they are ordered.

Him of the XXXX notoriety, has just returned from Austin, where he has been dispensing the pure article to the appreciative people of the capital.

I. Tise,
"The Blacksmith," pounded a delinquent "subscriber" on Saturday, and paid $35.75, and costs, on Monday, for the amusement. I.T. is both a poorer and a wiser man since that little occurrence.

Mr. Van Winkle,
Of Hill county, sold several bales of his celebrated silk staple cotton for 12½ gold, yesterday. It is a beautiful variety, and Mr. V. has taken extraordinary care with it, both in picking and cultivation.

Mr. "Trav" Jones,
The clever and gentlemanly passenger agent, is continually placing us under obligations for favors. "Trav" is one of the very best officers on the whole road. The company could not get along well without him.

Mr. R.S. Ross,
Of the popular house of R.M. Bonner & co., who is just back from a trip to the frontier, represents everything prospering. He thinks there is a present and pressing necessity for a currency basis, in our trade with the people of that section.

Thieves Again.
On Saturday night the premises of Dr. McGregor, in this city, were robbed of a set of fine double harness and bridles, also a set of hack harness belonging to Mr. Fuller. The same night several sets of harness were stolen from Mr. Campbell. The thieves go well prepared, and have a wagon to carry off their plunder. It seems to us that just a little vigilance would bag these large operators.

Mr. Frank Creager,
Of Huntsville, has come to settle permanently in our fair city. He is a cabinet maker, and is at present with the house of Mr. Wm. Anderson. The Huntsville papers speak in high terms of Mr. Creager as a man and as a citizen. We extend to him a warm welcome, and trust the predictions of the Item with regard to his return to that place, may prove to be altogether wrong. We have just the country for men of Mr. Creagor's stamp, and heartily wish we had as many as we have room for.

A Jewish Wedding.
For several days past the social circle of our Israelitish friends has been all agog, over some grand event that was shortly to take place. To add to the "wonder-what-it-will-be" of the uninformed, on Saturday night a number of gentlemen and ladies arrived from Houston on Conductor Murphy's 9:15 train. However, when it was whispered around that a Rabbi was in the party, and a well known, wealthy widower, of Houston, accompanying him, the secret leaked out, and an Examiner reporter will give our readers the benefit of his "interviewing."
On Sunday afternoon, at a few minutes past four, a vast throng of ladies and gentlemen assembled at the residence of our fellow citizen, Mr. S. Marx, to witness the marriage of Mr. Robert Cohen, merchant, of Houston, and Miss Fannie Alexander, of this city. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Myer, of Houston. A beautiful canopy, of red silk, was raised and held by the Messrs. A. Ben, Jake and A. Alexander, Jr., brothers of the bride, under which the couple to be united were seated, the minister occupying a position immediately in their front. He commenced by saying, "My friends, you have called me here to perform a solemn duty; to introduce you to the beauties and pleasures of matrimonial life," and then in a somewhat lengthy address, (our reporter thinks marriages ought to be done up in short order), but replete with words of truth and wisdom, most eloquently expressed, the reverend gentleman exhorted the lady and gentleman before him to open wide the gates of their hearts, that the truthful words of utterance might find lodgment therein, "for" he said, "God has ordained this holy lesson; your joys shall be one, so shall your pains; thus allied, life's perils presents a long journey before you; you may take a great deal of baggage, and tempestous storms may rudely rock and toss you on the billows, yet if true to each other, and to the vows here made, all will be well." He then reminded them to so live, that when either one should be called to shake the trembling hand for the last time, when death alone shall come to separate them, that either could say of the other, "thou wert, indeed the joy of my life." He begged them not to forget their religion, to be faithful Israelites, in all the beauteous and purest-meaning of the word, and said, turning to the groom: "Remember my friend, we are told in one of the Proverbs of Solomon, that 'whosoever has found a wife has found a treasure.' Let this sink deep in your hearts.
(Our "R.P." thinks the minister was eminently right in his Biblical quotation, particularly in this instance, Eh, Cohen. A faithful wife endears herself to the noblest souls.) Turning to the bride he said: "Make your home a scene of happiness, they will come days of sorrow, pain and loss, but travel together in love and friendship and all will be well, for God has so ordained it."
Here the bride and groom joined hands, the groom following the priest in Hebrew, in a short litany; a beautiful chant was said, wine drank; another chant, after which a glass saucers, was broken, indicating that as this broken vessel can never be united, so shall the married here never be separated, and then, with the usual words, "Ma__ ___" the ceremony ended.
Altogether, it was one of the most beautiful and impressive marriage ceremonies we ever witnessed, and we regret that our limited space forces such a brief and imperfect synopsis of the remarks of the eloquent divine, Dr. Myer.
Among the guests, in addition to nearly all of the leading Jewish ladies and gentlemen of Waco, our reporter noticed Mr. Sol. Rosenfield, President of the congregation Beth Israel, Houston, (of Wm. Chuestian & Co.) L. Loew, (of Conradi & Co.) Sam A. McAshan, (of the Planters' Mutual) Jo. Sigle and lady, Mrs. Isaac Sigle, L.M. Rich (of Burke, Rich & Co.) and his beautiful daughter, Miss Fanny Jacob, M. Lachman, Mrs. Sanders, all of Houston; Eastman and Murphy, "of ours," and some familiar faces from Marlin, whose names have escaped us.
The residence of Mr. Marx was tastefully arranged. The parlor was brilliantly lit with colored wax candles, which lent an additional charm to the occasion. A life-sized portrait of the bride's mother was suspended from the wall, looking lovingly and approvingly down upon the giving and taking of her darling Fannie.
After a general congratulations, the guests were ushered into the dining room, where a sumptuous feast awaited them. "The bride's cake" stood prominently in the center of the table, towering, in its snow-whiteness, above all else around it. It measured three feet in length, three feet in circumference at the base, tapering to the top, the whole surmounted with a _____ little image of an angel.
Our reporter returns, thanks for the many courtesies extended to him and, in conclusion, expresses the hope for a long and blessful life to his friend Robt. Cohen and his accomplished wife.
The festivities attending the above happy union _______ in a grand ball last night, at the Sturgis House, which was kept up until the "wee small hours" and indeed all went merry as a marriage bell.

COHEN - ALEXANDER - in this city, at the residence of S. Marx, on Fourth street, January 20th, Mr. Robert Cohen, of Houston, to Miss Fannie Alexander, of Waco, Rev. Dr. J.L. Myer officiating.

January 28, 1874

B.F. Womble,
Of Bosqueville bought goods yesterday.

S. Fields,
Of Gatesville, bought goods on order yesterday, in this city.

Four hundred bales of Cotton
And two car loads of hides were shipped marketwards yesterday.

Mr. E. Ludieus
The loading mediate of this city, will leave in a few days for New York. Look out ladies, the styles are good this season.

We are glad
To be able to report Col. Level as rapidly convalescing. His hosts of friends will be glad to learn that he will be able in a few days to stand to his usual business.

January 29, 1874

Dr. W.H. Wilkes,
Has been elected County Physician, by the county court which adjourned yesterday.

Messers. Kellum, Rotan & Co.
Have one hundred barrels of Choice Family Flour for sale reasonably. Will be delivered anywhere in the city free of charge.

Our Friend,
Capt. Jno. T. Walton, is fast systematising his department of the clerk's office. (The Record.) He has an elegant new desk, and the books are comeatable by all who wish to examine them.

The Peanut Grinder
Who does business near Mr. Jack Pierce's auction house, has caught the lick - behold the power of example - and now cries the excellence of his wares, as lustily as does Jack himself. Old Italy, and Young America, make a strong team.

We Learn
That a Grange of Patrons of Husbandry was organized at Concord Church, this county Wednesday night last. Maj. John Flower, Master; Mark Bird, Overseer; Charles Beatey, Lecturer; Mr. Bryan, Secretary; Josiah Frost, Treasurer. They had sixteen members at this initial meeting. Success to Concord Grange.

Ed Sturgis'
New store, on Bridge street, is crowded with customers every day, and no wonder, for Ed knows how to catch and retain trade, by being affable, pleasant and selling goods at fair prices.

We are glad
To announce the safe return of our friend and esteemed fellow townsman, Col. W.A. Taylor, from his extended tour in Europe. The Col. is in good health, and not a bit spoiled by his intercourse with the crowned heads of Europe.

These lively gentlemen,
The auctioneers, kept up a racket on the square yesterday. Horses, cattle, dry goods, notions and plunder passed under their hammers in rapid succession. We can't say if they can be called nuisances or not. They can be called noisy, at all events, and yet do no violence to truth.

We were
Glad to welcome to our sanctum three worthy gentlemen from the old North State, Mr. Gray Cobb, J.L. Cobb and Jas. A. Cobb. They are much pleased with the country, and will buy homes and settle among us. They are only the avante couriers of an immense host who are coming to Texas from that State.

Criminal District Court.
The following cases were disposed of in this Court up to last evening:
John Parker was tried on four indictments for horse stealing, and acquitted on them all.
Gaines D. Wilson was tried for horse stealing, and sentenced to the Penitentiary for five years. He was much distressed, and shed tears freely. There is, we understand, a disposition prevalent to petition for his pardon.
Harvey Morrison was tried on the charge of stealing a bale of cotton, and acquitted.
Charles Hernandez, convicted of complicity with Jim Johnson in stealing a trunk, was sent up for seven years.

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