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Old News Gleaned from the Gonzales Inquirer - 1900!

Editor's Note: 1900! Seems like a hundred years ago! Old News from here on until 2001 will feature items of note from the beginning of the 20th Century. October of that year found many articles about the Galveston Storm, which occurred less than a month before. The Century started off with the Boer War going strong, trouble in China, the Philippines under U.S. Occupation, and the number of Texans killed in shootings equal to the worst months of the "Wild West".


RANGER FULLER KILLED: Orange, Texas: T. L. Fuller of the Texas Rangers was shot and killed here this afternoon about 5:30 o'clock. He was standing in Adam's barbershop at the time washing his face in a basin in the center of the room when the shot was fired. The ball from a Winchester struck him in the temple; he fell to the floor and expired in a few minutes. Ranger A.L. Saxon was in the chair being shaved at the time and there was no one else in the shop but Barber Adams. Immediately after the shooting Tom Poole ran into an adjoining butcher shop with a Winchester Rifle in his hand and was placed under arrest. Poole is a brother to Oscar Poole who was killed here last year by Ranger Fuller.


BATHS - Hot or Cold at the Ice Factory. Carl Reuter, proprietor.


KILLING IN GOLIAD: Robert Cartwright Shot in Front of Thuem's Saloon. The particulars, as far as we could get them at the late hour and under the exciting circumstances "in the old town" were rather meager but from what we could learn, the present Sheriff Jim Pettus and Buck Pettus were connected with the killing. Cartwright it seems was a staunch supporter of Buck Taylor for Sheriff, who ran against Pettus, and it is supposed the killing grew out of this. Bob Cartwright was a man of some thirty-two years of age and leaves a wife and a child and two stepchildren to mourn his death. It is feared there will be more trouble, as both sides are determined people and men of much nerve.


If a boy is the real thing he would rather sit in the gallery than any other part of the theater.      (?)


Seguin - Mr. Edgar Nolte was shot in the head on Monday evening in the eastern part of town. Dr. J.D. Fennell waived examination and was placed under a $2500 bond. The circumstances which led up to this shooting are not known sufficiently for us to relate them with any degree of accuracy, and we are well aware of the result of indiscriminate gossip in a town of this size. Nothing but harm can possibly come of it. Mr. Nolte is shot seriously, the skull being fractured. Dr. Arthur Nolte of New Orleans with Drs. Anderson and Meyers of this city are in attendance of him.


Mr. Y. W. Holmes returned yesterday from San Antonio.
Mr. J.W. Tinsley left Sunday for San Antonio to see the fair.
Mr.C.W. Mason left today for San Antonio to see the fair.
Mr. J.W. Monkhouse left Sunday for Lockhart to attend court.
Mrs. Duncan left Sunday for San Antonio where she will be placed in the asylum.


Yoakum Times: Justice of the Peace G.W. McElyea on Wednesday night after the dog and pony show, fell into a gutter in front of the shoe shop on Front Street and broke his right arm at the wrist. Mr. McElyea has a host of friends in Gonzales County who will regret to hear of his accident.


It is said Bartholdt's statue of liberty (sic) in New York harbor is tottering and out of plumb. It is hoped the statue is not prophetic in this instance, although the conduct of this country in the past two years has been such that it is calculated to knock out the goddess.


There has been such wholesale stealing by bank tellers, that a move is on to lock them in cages during bank hours.


Some thirty people in Fort Worth were poisoned from eating cream puffs.


The battleship Texas has passed out of commission.


The machinists (sic) in the Aransas Pass shops in Yoakum are out on a strike. They have been getting $2.921/2 per day and want $3.25.


The submarine boat Holland has been placed in commission.


DIED OF HYDROPHOBIA - Cowboy Who Was Bitten by a Skunk Had Fearful Convulsions. El Paso, Nov 4th: Hydrophobia resulting from the bite of a rabid skunk caused the death today of Silas Carson of Wilcox, Arizona. Carson was a cowboy and was bitten three months ago while sleeping on the range. Symptoms made their appearance three days ago and he grew rapidly worse, going from one convulsion to another until death put an end to his torture this morning. At intervals between convulsions he was perfectly rational and fully realized his awful condition.


ROCKEFELLER'S DESERTION

The mysterious disappearance of Rockefeller in the Phillipines is cleared up in a dispatch to the Journal from Columbus, Ohio. Major Rockefeller deserted from the Army on learning that he had slain his own son, who was an insurgent leader under Aguinaldo. The child had been stolen from Major Rockefeller away back in 1872 when he was on duty in Hong Kong. The child, after his parents returned to America, grew up in Hong Kong under the name of Paul Standhope. After learning that the young insurgent whom he had shot dead himself was this missing son, Major Rockefeller left the Army and went to Hong Kong and by devious routes to Honduras where he is today, and where he intends to remain.


If you have not already found it out, it rained again today.


A Butter-Fly Life

A young man who is petted too much is seldom any good. What is wanted today is a practical man who does something besides smoke cigarettes and twist a cane. The time to learn business habits is one's youth. The boys on the farms are better off, if they only knew it, than thousands of boys in the cities. Acquire business habits and train yourself to do good, honest, hard work. Don't waste your time learning to tie a cravat - you can buy cravats already tied. - Editor


A STRANGER DEAD - He Was Run Down by a Train at Luling.

Luling, Texas, Feb 7th. At about 3:30 am, the mangled body of a white man was found on the Southern Pacific track just east of the passenger depot in this city. The body was fearfully cut up from the cars and recognition was nearly impossible. The unfortunate man was a stranger in Luling, but from papers found on his person his name appeared to be Robert Numehert and his home in St. Johns, Newfoundland. It is not known what train did the work or that deceased met his death by other means and was thereafter thrown on the track to cover up the crime.


SAD AFFAIR AT VICTORIA - Sheriff Roper Callender is at the Point of Death

Victoria, Texas Sept. 30th - In attempting to arrest Sam Thurmond on the fairgrounds yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Roper Callander was stabbed in the right eye and the eyeball thrown out of its socket. Thurmond is in jail and Sheriff Callander is at the point of death, the artery extending from the optic to the brain having been severed, a discovery made by the physicians this afternoon when they performed an operation, taking out his eye entirely. Callandar is not expected to live twenty-four hours longer.


Moulton, Texas - Yesterday evening the south bound freight train arrived here. It had four carloads of cotton on flat cars; while the engine was switching the cotton on one of the cars, it ignited, supposedly from the sparks of the engine. The car with the burning cotton was quickly taken to the water tank and the blaze was put out and the cotton thrown off. There were 60 bales on the car and all were badly damaged. The loss and damage will amount to about $1500. The cotton was shipped from Muldoon, Fayette County.


RAG TIME DOOMED

Evidence That Its Popularity Is Waning in the East

Philadelphia Inquirer: That trick of music known to the professional as syncopation, and to the public as "ragtime" is responsible for evil of no uncertain character. Tenement dwellers in New York have been driven from their usual pleasure places on the piers by the orders issued to the bands to play nothing but "popular airs". Popular Airs" to a band leader means only one thing, and that is "rag time". It is the easiest form of musical expression to write, and when all things are considered, it really expresses nothing. In its place, syncopation has a high musical value, but when a whole composition is based upon it alone to give it a "catchy" value, it becomes a musical crime. The human ear and the human heart desire something more than a suspended accent to give it lasting pleasure.

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