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Dallas Texas Siftings
Dallas, Texas Newspaper Extractions 
February 1890
Extracted from The Dallas Times Herald

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Feb 28, 1890 Dallas Times Herald


Sheriff TIERNAN of Galveston arrived in the city last evening and returned to the Island City to-day, taking with him George HARRIS, the keeper of a notorious resort of negroes, who forfeited his bond and skipped to Dallas.



Deputy Sheriff Andy MOORE returned from Calvert this morning.  He did not go to that place in quest of TASCOTT as given out by several of his brother officers.



A. DYSTERBACH to M. WOHL, a lot in East Dallas $1000.

W. H. FISHER and wife to T. G. T. KENDALL, lot 4, block Parrot's addition to the city $2200.

P. E. and Mattie LEAR to D. A. McNIEL, a certain lot $400.

Z. F. WHITE and wife to H. O. WELLER, two tracts of land 2 miles northwest of the courthouse, $3500.

A. M. HALL to Mrs. E. C. McDANIEL, lots 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 in block B, $500.



Is There a Mystery Connected With His Taking Off?

John George ENGLI died at his lodging house near East Dallas at an early hour yesterday morning and was removed to SMITH'S undertaking establishment sometime during the day.  The proprietor of the lodging house claims that ENGLI had been down with consumption and Tuesday he fell out of his bed, receiving injuries which caused his death.  There were several bad cuts and bruises on the head and face of deceased and his eyes were blackened and swollen.  Judging from external evidences he had received pretty rough treatment.  When found the remains were encased in neat-fitting clothing, and according to all accounts ENGLI was a neat and respectable looking man in his lifetime.  The proprietor of the house in which he died stated taht ENGLI had been a guest at his establishment for upwards of two months and had been attended by Drs. LENGAL  and BESSARD.  The latter was summoned to the room of the unfortunate shortly before death claimed him.  The doctor examined the wounds and remarked taht ENGLI "had been pretty badly used up."  A dram-shop keeper had summoned him to the bedside of the dying man.  Deceased was born in Switzerland, came to America four years ago and to Dallas in May last.  He had no regular calling and followed whatever he could get to do.  Mr. ALTERMAN, the real estate dealer, knew him well and speaks highly of the deceased.  There are many suspicious circumstances connected with his death and foul play is hinted at by many.  At 2 o'clock this afternoon Justice John Henry BROWN, who inquested the remains, began taking evidence, and as there are a number of witnesses to be examined, it is not likely that a verdict will be rendered to-day.  Col. D. A. WILLIAMS, prosecuting attorney, has the matter in hand.  The police are also investigating the case.



Baltimore, Feb. 28 -- Robert GARRETT returned home last night from Fortress Monroe.  His physicians will take him to Cuba next week.


Mar 1, 1890 Dallas Times Herald



Emil HERZBERG'S Rough Treatment in the Alamo City.

San Antonio, Tex., March 1 -- Emil HERZBERG, who was found drunk and down on the streets last night and locked up by the police, was found in a dying condition this morning when the prisoners were brought out for trial.  Eh was taken to the hospital where the city physicians attended him and found that he was suffering from congestion of the brain.  HERZBERG cannot recover.



Frustrated Robber at Waco

Waco, March 1 -- Charles COOK, a railroad employe, was suffering yesterday with neuralgia and prescribed for himself alternate doses of whiskey and morphia in the Congress saloon on Austin street, he sank unconscious and was carried to the Southern hotel and physicians summoned.  It took several hours of hard work to save his life, and he is all right this morning.  His friends thought he had taken a narcotic with suicidal intent until they obtained a statement from himself after he returned to consciousness.  He is from Antioch, S.C.


A fire occurred over the St. Charles saloon, 510 Austin avenue, last night, completely gutting the rooms on the second floor, occupied by W. E. ARMSTRONG and W. H. BEALL.  The saloon stock and fixtures were damaged to the amount of $800 by water thrown by the fire company, and the KELLNER Steam Printing Company $400; all fully covered by insurance.


A burglar made an unsuccessful attempt to break into the Bismarck saloon last night but was frightened away by some one passing, it is supposed.


A. H. HUSON, formerly running baggage on the Denison and Greenville division of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas, has been placed in charge of the depot baggage room in this city.


I. G. PRZEDMOJSKI and Mrs. Julia A. B. BECKER, were married last Sunday at the Second Presbyterian Church by Rev. R. RICKS.  Mr. PRZEDMOJSKI and his wife have taken up their place of residence at 1015 Commerce street.



A British Steamer Lost at Sea With All On Board

London, March 1 --A dispatch was received here this morning which states that the British steamer Quetta, which sailed from Australia ports Feb. 27, for London, has been lost at sea.  The number of persons drowned is not known, and the dispatch says its is feared a number have perished.  The Quetta was a vessel of 2254 tons burden.  The Quetta had twenty-seven first-class passengers and 112 men.  She also had the mails for England.  The managers of the line to which the steamer belonged say they do not believe the report that she has been lost.


Will Recover

Washington, March 1,-- Ex-Representative TAULBEE, who was shot yesterday afternoon by Chas. F. KINCAID, was resting well this morning.  He is still at the Providence hospital, and at 10 o'clock, this morning his physicians said there was no material change in his condition.  It is thought he will recover.


Book Agent Rested.

W. DIXON was acquitted of the charge of assaulting a book agent, B. M. THOMPSON, in Justice John Henry BROWN'S court to-day.


Youthful Prisoners

Three young boys; Warren DIAMOND, Francis FULLER and Ed STANFILL, were held to the criminal court to-day in bonds of $200 by Justice John Henry BROWN.  They were charged with theft of over $20.



Geo. BLAISDEL, The Hotel Runner Suicides

He swallows the Drug and Severs the Arteries in His Left arm -- A Horrible Sight and An Agonizing Death.

Geo. BLAISDEL, the hotel runner who was familiarly known as "Uncle George", suicided last night in a room in the Palace hotel at 1502 Elm street.  The hostlery occupies the second floor of the two story brick building indicated by that member, and it is kept by a Mrs. TURNER who stated that last Tuesday or Wednesday George applied at her hotel for a week's board.  He was assigned a corner room overlooking the street and she noticed that he was drinking considerably and kept his bed the greater part of the time.

About 2 o'clock this morning J. R. TAYLOR, an employe at the house, was aroused by cries of "Oh, My God!" coming from the room occupied by George.  TAYLOR went to the room and a most horrible sight was revealed when he opened the door.  The lamp, which was burning, was standing near the bed, and at the side of the bed was a water-bucket half-full of blood.  The bed clothes were crimsoned with the precious fluid of life, which was fast flowing from a great wound in George's left arm.  A chair was drawn up near the bed and its relative position with the bucket showed that George had deliberately planned suicide by severing the arteries in his arm and laying that member on the chair while the blood streamed into the bucket.  An ordinary picket knife with a blade about three inches in length, with an edge as keen as a razor's was found open on the chair and covered with blood, showing the instrument with which the ghastly wound was made.

The unfortunate being was rolling and groaning in untold agony.  Physicians were summoned as speedily as possible, but his case was hopeless and after lingering until about half past five o'clock this morning his misery was eased by death.

Judge BRASWELL searched the body this morning, finding a $5 bank note and a piece of paper in his vest pocket on which was written: "Blame no one but myself for this.  I bought this morphine over a week ago."  This led to the discovery of an empty morphine bottle in the room and it is supposed the suicide swallowed the contents, and becoming impatient he thought to hasten his exit from the world by the use of the knife.

Another slip of paper was found on the chair.  It was addressed in a business hand to "Judge BRASWELL" but the rest of its contents were a lot of figures only.

It was clearly a case of suicide.  Geo. BLAISDEL came to Dallas years ago and he is well-known about the hotels as a drummer for patronage, and among the hack drivers.  He was not without talent but he was shiftless and indifferent as a provider for the future, apparently caring only for what he could eat, drink and wear.  He was harmless and inoffensive and a favorite among his class of associates.  He leaves a history not fully known in Dallas.  Several months ago it was reported that he become suddenly wealthy through the allowance of a claim against the Mexican government, but that was without foundation.  It is claimed that he had some interest in the Rock hotel on Elm street, and in his dying moments he called for one of the boarders at that place.  

So far as is known the only living relation he left was a son, who it is said is connected with a newspaper in Augusta, Me.

The only connection that BLAISDELL had with the Rock hotel was his lease of the dining room.  he left there Tuesday, saying that he was going out to get a new crew of waiters and cooks and he had not been seen there since.  He has a nephew living in Hot Springs, Ark.  

The remains were buried about noon in the potter's field.


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