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Dead Body of a County Commissioner Found and Identified
Brenham, Tex., Jan 7, On last Friday morning, P.
H. Barnhill, a farmer who lives three miles north of town, took up a horse
harnessed and with buggy shafts attached. At the time it was
supposed that some one while attempting to cross New Years creek, which
was very much swollen with recent rains, had come to grief. No one
recognized the horse. The second chapter developed, or rather
yesterday evening. A negro fisherman found the body of an unknown
colored man lying on the bank of the creek. The fisherman came in
town and notified Justice Curry. This morning the justice
accompanied by a number of both white and colored rode out to where the
body was lying. The man had been dead four or five days. He
was very much swollen. The body was well
dressed, had on a silver watch and $3.15 in money. No papers were
found on his person. The justice ordered the body brought to town
where it was viewed by hundreds without recognition and was turned over
this afternoon to his countrymen who were proceeding to bury him when one
of the party whose brother disappeared several days since insisted
reopening the coffin. As soon as he saw the body he said it was not
his brother, but looked like George W. Brown, county commissioner.
Others around also recognized the body as that of the commissioner.
Upon inquiry it was ascertained that Brown accompanied by Bob Lee, a
12-year old negro boy, left town in a buggy new year's day to go to Gay
Hill on business pertaining to his office. It is supposed that he
was caught in a storm Wednesday night and drove into the creek, where his
horse finding himself beyond his depth, broke loose and swam ashore.
Brown was drowned, it is thought, while attempting to save the boy, who is
still missing. The horse has been identified as that of the
commissioner. The deceased was a very prominent colored man and was
popular with both white and blacks. This afternoon his remains were
sent to his home in the east end of the county.
SCHOOL FACILITIES - COLD RAIN
Abilene, Tex, Jan 7, The new public school
building which has been under course of construction for some months past,
was today occupied by the schools. Since the planning of this
building the number of scholars in the schools has increased so greatly
that the building will not now accommodate them all, the old frame
buildings will therefore have to remain in force until another brick
structure is put up.
The Rev. Mr. McFarland of Kentucky has been called as
pastor of the Baptist church at this place. He preached his first
sermon last Sunday.
At this writing a cold misty norther is blowing, bringing
NEW POSTMASTER APPOINTED.
Bonham, Tex., Jan 7, Judge W. R. Kimmons has
been appointed postmaster at this place vice Capt. J. W. Duncan.
Judge Kimmons was the candidate of the grand army of the republic post
here, and since he was appointed over J. M. Taylor, who was recommended by
Col. Culberson, it appears the grand army of the republic people, though a
mere handful, are a winning card. There were two other applicants of
the position in the persons of Mrs. Taylor, widow of Col. R. H. Taylor,
and Mr. George Stone, who was perhaps more universally recommended by our
citizens than either of the three above mentioned.
DELEGATES TO MEMPHIS
Paris, Tex., Jan. 7, At a largely attended
meeting of the board of trade the following delegates were selected to
attend the railroad convention at Memphis on the 20th Instant. W. B.
Berry, E. S. Connor, J. A. Martin, Frank Fitzhugh, J. W. Ownby, J. J.
Walsh, W. F. Gill, H. D. McDonald, V. W. Hale, W. S. Moore, Dr. S. F.
Clement, James H. Johnston, N. H. Ra?????, ?. P. Harrison, D. H. Scott and
H. W. Lightfoot. The delegates are all men of wealth and influence.
Hempstead, Tex., Jan. 7, Taken up by the
undersigned on Jan. 1 one bay or chestnut sorrel horse, about 16 hands
high, branded on left shoulder, brand dim, cannot tell what it is, has a
small knot on knee of right leg, shod all around, scar round the left
fetlock. Any one owning such a horse will notify me at once.
K. H. Faulkner, sheriff.
CHARGED WITH WHOLESALE HORSE THEFT
Waco, Tex., Jan 7, Deputy Sheriff A. P.
Currier of Concho county, Tex., arrived in this city Saturday and
yesterday he caused the arrest and imprisonment in the county jail of a
party who the Concho officer charges with theft of a carload of Texas
ponies. The books of the Houston and Texas Central railway indicate
that the horses alleged to have been stolen, twenty-seven in number were
loaded on at Duffau, and arrived in Waco the day before christmas.
They were sold here by the accused man and a partner of his. Major
J. W. Downs, a wealthy Brazos valley planter purchased eleven head. Sheriff
Ford continues to retain the accused in jail on the affidavit of the
Concho officer, who says the horses were gathered in the Concho river
valley and ran off without the usual formality of a transfer from their
FREEZING WEATHER - HORSES STOLEN.
Colorado, Tex., Jan 7, The wet weather of
the last few days turned into a norther last night and today the
thermometer has been down to freezing all day. It is dry, however,
so now harm will result to the cattle interest. This is the first
real winter we have had this season.
Someone broke into D. C. Byrnes' stable last night and
stole his horse, saddle, and bridle. There is no trace of the thief
this morning, but Deputy Sheriff McMurray and a posse are out on a hunt
and will probably catch up with him.
Terrell, Tex., Jan 7, District Deputy Grand
Master I. S. Wood of Forney last night installed the following officers of
Terrell lodge No. 232, I.O.O.F.: John L. Terrell, N. G.: Vic Reinhardt, V.
G.: L. N. Hartzell, R. S.: E. L. Wepf?, treasurer. Afterward words
of encouragement and instruction were spoken by Mr. Wood.
Jan 9, 1890 Dallas Morning News
Waco, Tex., Jan 8, Gen. J. H. Robertson died at a
late hour last night at the residence of his son, Gen. Felix II Robertson
and tonight the remains escorted by the Waco association of
ex-confederates, the Waco medical association, the Texas veteran's
association, the masons and the Mexican war veterans, the mayor and city
council were taken to the Houston and Texas central east-bound train and
sent for burial to Independence, Washington county, Tex. An escort
selected from all the associations accompanying.
Gen. Robertson at his death was 76 years of age. He
came to Texas from the state of his birth, Kentucky, bringing a company of
riflemen and joining Gen. Sam Houston, aided in gaining Texas
independence. He settled in Washington county when the war with
Mexico ended and frequently represented his people to both branches of the
legislature. He represented his county in the accession
convention and was moderate in his counsels but voted for the ordinance
and in 1861, raising a company, he joined the Fifth Texas Infantry.
He was promoted from captain along all the successive grades until Gen.
Hood's promotion left the command of that famous brigade vacant and it was
given to Gen. Robertson immediately. He began and closed his
brilliant military career with Hood's brigade, sharing with it, it's
glories and disasters, and when the war ended he returned to Texas and
settled at Goliad where he resumed the practice of medicine, his original profession,
which, however, was often during his eventful life put aside for other
Gen. Robertson died of cancer in the face.
Fort Worth, Tex., Jan 8, The second daughter
of Capt. Sam Evans, an interesting girl of 17, died after a brief illness.
HON. DICK GLASS
Jefferson, Tex., Jan 8, Hon. Dick Glass, one
of Marion county's best and most substantial men is dying this
evening. He is quite old.
Denison, Tex., Jan 8, Judge Scott, whose
sickness THE NEWS has noted, died last night at his home in the northwest
part of the city. Judge Scott has lived in Denison since 1874, and
was judge in this circuit a number of years ago. The deceased leaves
a large family nearly all of whom were with him at the time of his death.
Mrs. Anna Burnett
Marshall, Tex., Jan 8, Mrs. Anna, late
consort of W. J. Burnett, died at the family residence in East Marshall at
1 0'clock this morning of pneumonia, after about two weeks'
sickness. Buried at Hall's church, eight miles south of this city.
A Lecture to Be Given To-Night for Its Benefit.
Mrs. Wells will to-night lecture in the auditorium of the
city hall for the benefit of the confederate home at Austin. The
occasion will be varied with good music, Mr. Will A. Watkin rendering a
cornet solo and Mrs. Pease singing with the Quartette.
The Dallas shorthand society have had made an elegant
gold medal to be given to the winner in a series of contests in
type-writing, the first of which will be held at the society's rooms, 507
Main street, tonight. All the stenographers and type-writers in the
city are invited to be present.
Real Estate Transfers
Dallas land and loan company to Alfred Bessamer?, lots 22
And 23, block 4 E. Oak Cliff, $250.
J. W. Tucker and wife to L. J. Bartlett, part of lot 4,
Oak Cliff, $3500.
J. W. Taylor and wife to L. G. Bartlett, 100 acres six
miles south of Dallas, $4000.
Sheriff of Dallas county to E. L. Gage, part of block
Sheriff of Dallas county to A. G. Jones, lot in East
F. L. Irvine to B. M. and L. B. Hughes, lot 4, block 18,
Fairview addition, $200.
Fourteenth Judicial District.
M. D. Vinnedge et al. vs. H. D. Nash: defendant's
exceptions to the suit sustained, plaintiff declining to amend petition
the cause is dimissed: plaintiff excepts and gives notice of appeal.
A. P. Langston vs. Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe railway,
plaintiff has leave to amend.
A. J. Bahm vs. C. E. Fee et al.; continued by consent.
Forty-Fourth Judicial District.
Exparte G. B. Landrum to remove disabilities; application
The damage suit of W. M. Kinnard against the Dallas and
Waco railroad is on trial.
The cases of Peter Noval vs. the city of Dallas, and B.
Hill vs. A. Davis & Co, were dismissed for want of prosecution, and
the case of J. H. Doran vs. the city of Dallas was continued.
C. Wright and son vs. R. E. Harris continued.
Dallas cotton and woolen mills vs. W. M. C. Hill;
dismissed by plaintiff at its cost.
Josie R. Motley vs. William Bartley et al,; continued by
Michael Mahomey vs. Texas and Pacific railroad; continued
by plaintiff; defendant has leave to amend.
H. B. Bradley vs. William Pickett; continued generally.
SUIT FOR A DIVORCE
Mrs. S. S. Brelsford yesterday instituted divorce
proceedings against J. T. Brelsford, reciting that they were married Feb.
4, 1873, and lived together until Feb. 26, 1889. The plaintiff
charges the defendant with being a confirmed drunkard and sot and says
that he became violent in November, 1887, and struck and slapped her; that
in January, 1889, he called her bad names, and that such ebullitions of
temper were ordinary with him. She further says that he left her
without provisions or support, and that she was forced to earn such in the
scarcest quantity which the defendant would share. She adds that
they were renting at the date of separation, she being sick and the rent
due. She asks for the custody of her three boys - Ward aged 16,
Frank age 14, and Beaumont 4.
GREER COUNTY NOTES
Mangum, Greer county, Tex., Jan 7, The weather
continues warm for this time of the year. No snow in this section so
far this winter. Wheat is doing well. An early rain would be
an advantage. Farmers are preparing their land for spring
crops. Range stock is healthy and in good shape. Quite a
number of work horses have died recently with blind staggers.
SINCLAIR - Frederick Lafetra
Sinclair, aged 28 years. Funeral takes place at 10:00 a. m. today
(January 9) from church of Incarnation, corner McKinney avenue and Harwood
MONTGOMERY - Francis C., infant son of Thos. F.
and Fannie Montgomery, Jan, 6, 1890, Sedalla and Marshall (Mo.) papers
Real Estate and Land Agents
BUY CHEAPLANDS IN THE PANHANDLE of Texas as an
investment. From $1 per acre up. W. S. Decker, Canadian City,
Hemphill county, Tex.
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