Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on October 1, 1899 · 15
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas · 15

Austin, Texas
Issue Date:
Sunday, October 1, 1899
Start Free Trial

AUSTK DAILY STATESMAN. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1899. 1ft COMMISSION ON THE SITUATION AT THE DAM. The following communication from the water and light commission s self-explanatory: So much has been said about the-present condition of the dam and water that the water and light commissioners have thought it advisable to make a statement as to what has brought about the present scarcity of water. The commission respects any article or writer who advocates over his own signature his ideas of improving our present, condition, but a great many articles have appeared which can have no other effect than to damage the situation, and prove detrimental to the interest of the town, and any amount of such articles could not change our present condition. The existing troubles were inherited by the commission, but they have atttempted to eliminate these troubles as fast as our financial con dition would admit, and" everything: that has been done has been an im-1 provement. j Statements bave appeared relative i to a leak in the dam, while in reality there has never been a leak in the dam to any extent. ' The so-called leak has existed in the headgate masonry, and the discovery of this so-called spring was looked upon as a blessing instead of, as at present, a curse. Elaborate drawings were prepared and $7000 were spent in the purchase of pumping apparatus to pump the same water as was being pumped by the Stilwell-Bierce. pumps on the upper floor. Exaggerated statements have been made to the public by Inexperienced people relative to the flow of the spring, which naturallly increases and decreases with the changeable condition of the river. The location of this leak in the headgates we think is situated about twenty-two to twenty-five feet below the crest of the dam, and in under the first two penstocks, masonry for which was never removed after the break in the headgates. The causes for this leak were undoubtedly the inaivis-ability of blasting in such close proximity to tljese beadgates. Some strata of rock was shaken up and was not discovered and taken out, leaving a seam through which the water has run. , The water runs on the inside of the retaining wall "between the head-gate masonry and the power house, and comes up to a sufficient height in the power house to discbarge through a 12-inch pipe, which is located five feet from zero. The flow of this leak ccntin-.t if hour full is has depended entirely on the height of water in the river, and has varied between 6,000,000 and 14,000,000 gallons in twenty-four hours. This leak would repr uous twenty-four hour the water was passin wheels, of from fifry t. er, and when the public e our average twenty-four opment when operating horse power, and at S:30 in the evening .. ; develop nearly 3000 horse power, the actual loss of this water would not warrant any great expenditure to stop. We estimate there --re many sources to this leak, a great many of which were stopped last whuer, which would have the effect of Increasing the flow through the remaining places, and would not materially change the flow through the pipe. The public was somewhat startled by the announcement that a new place had broken through, and had without d-Ribt increased the flow of the leak. This new place which developed in the last twelve months was doubtleas the result of the high rise, and had the effect of breaking through the crust of clay which offered a more direct passage for the water to discharge. The flow in the leak when this was dis-covered was 11,154,427 gallons per twenty-four hours, or a continuous development of 103 horse power. A cofferdam was placed around this new inlet and the water successfully stopped with the introduction of sacks of concrete and clay. This reduced the flow to 6,408,000 gallons per twenty-four hours, or a continuous development of fifty-nine horse power, or a flow of 593 cubic feet of water per .ni flute, and when considered that we develop 1000 horse power continuously for twenty-four hours, if the leak was entirely stopped, it would run the plant only fiftecr minutes per flay. Our present low water condition, therefore, does not arise from troubles of this character, but rather from the additional consumption of water by increase of business, excessive evaporation and the fact that it was necessary to run two pumps to supply the town with wter for drinking jur-poses. This did not occur last winter when we had a similar experience, on4 pump being sufficient to supply the town, and evaporation very much less, due to lower temperature. In regard to evaporation, which materially increased by increase of temperature of the water and different ifA n. nAMt m hi it nil n iinnn niiiiu m m m : SPECIAL INDUCEMENTS TO CITY BUYERS AND THE GEN. ERAL PUBLIC. BOYS' CLOTHING. Boys' two-piece all wool black suits, double breasted, custom made; sizes 6 to 16, at.. .. .. $2.50 Boys' two-piece all wool cassimere suits, black ground with small colored figure, very neat and dressy suit; best custom make, real $5.00 value. Ages 6 to 16, at $3.00 Boys' two-piece all wool fancy black suits; one of the best makes. Special low figure at $1-60 Boys' two-piece English weave black cassimere with invisible blue check; strictly custom work throughout; grand thing at ... 5.00 All the above suits are double breasted, have extra good linings and extra well made. Other boys' and youths' suits at competition prices. Hosiery Direct From the Mills. Boys' bicycle hose, best there is going; extra heavy ribbed; warranted good colors; real worth 25c, go at 20c, or 3 pairs for 50c Boys' black heavy ribbed hose,, double knee strong made and fast colors, at 12 l-2c Others at 5c and 10c Misses heavy ribbed hose; perfect form, all sizes, at 10c and 12 l-2c. Also at 20c, 25c and .. 35c Ladies' black and colored hose at 5c, 10c, 12 l-2c to best going. Ladies Belts, Just Arrived. Special low prices and real novel styles, at 15c, 25c and .... r,0c Special. Boys' Hats. The right kind and the style is ail it should be. Prices, 50c, 75c, $1.00 and $125 Boys' Pants. We know what it takes for the boys. Best boys' pants, extra strong Jane Hopkins patent, ages from 5 to 17, at .. $100 And 128 others at 15c, 25c, 35c, 50c and .. ... ... .... 75c Special Price on Standard Percales. ONE CASE 26-in. FALL STYLES AT 5c PER YARD. On our second floor we are showing some real bargains in ladies and misses capes, and also a special Job lot of ladies' and misses' extra fine tailored jackets, at low prices. Low Prices on Everything in our line, at KEY'S Cast Store. The Leaders of Low Prices. aft 217 East 6th St. Austin. W) m conditions of the wind, it has been found to reduce the water in the lake as much as three-fourths of an inch per twenty-four hours in the last heated term. This would represent 4,-000,000 cubic feet or a twenty-four hour development or Z.a horse power, or twice as much ?s the leak. It has been stated that 1000 cubic feet per second of now in the river could be expected under the worst condition. This was found to be an error, as during the construction of the dam measurements were taken whbn showed only 125 cubic feet; and measurements taken last winter at the head of the lake. Marble Fallii and , igsland, showed an average flow of ie feet per second; nd sj it jestion as to how much of this ,r reaches the dam after flowing i- miles with the excessive evaporation and seepages. It will therefore be seen ttm storage capacity cuts a very important figure, and this storage capacity is very much decreased on account of tbe present location of the penstocks, which should have been at least thirty feet below the crest of the dam. This would have necessitated the carrying of the headgate masonry to the present depth of the dam, insieai of twenty-two feet, thereby making the structure very much stronger and giving rs a very much larger supply of water. The remedy for these ills is a question to be seriously considered. The most feasible plan, however, that recommends itself would be tne instalid,-tion of a large steam plant, drawings and specifications for which are being prepared, which would allow us to bridge over any low water condition, and maintain our 'business, and make such corrrections to ihe plant afier-wards, without a complete shutdown, as might be deemed advisable. The expense of making an installation large enough to handle part of our business would be approximately $75,000, and would take in the neigh borhood of eight months to install. The time of delivery being long on ac count of the rushed condition of north ern manufactories, and on account of their prosperous condition no Jong-time contracts as to payment can be made. The subject of paying for this instal lation is the only thing that prevent ed the commission from making con tract and installing it, after their ex perience of a year ago. Among other things we attribute our present low water condition to tec fact that there has leen less rainfall on the water shed of the Colorado than in previous years, an 3 what rain- fail has come has been in the nature of cloudbursts, and Imm-ilUteiy g:ne by without doing us much good. This will be borne out by the fact that the average rainfall the last ninj years at Burnet, which is on the water shed of the Colorado, has been 27 32-100 inches per year, and the rainfall the last fifteen months has been 24 3-4 irches, and the greater portion of this coming in the early pai t of the year. It will be seen thit our relief will come from long, continuous, PiCw rain, which will saturate the ground, and start the springs to running, which will have the eft 3;t of maintain- ing a continuous flow in the rlv(r after several months of drouJ.i. WATER AND LIGHT COMMISSION. A. N, LEITNAKER, President. D. Vv'. DOOM, W. B. WOBTHAM, GKO. FIEGEL, JOHN D. M'CALL, ex-officio. Commissioners. RAIL It is worth thousands of dollars to know Spanish, yet you can learn it for $30. Taught by Prof. Velasquez, Criffitts' College. THINGS OF INTEREST GLEANED IN THE WORLD OF GLISTEN. INO RAILS. HIPPE Among the Men and the Pc Patronize the Great Link of This Countrv- -and General Notes. Who ' The annual report of the Cotton Belt Railroad received by the railroad commission yesterday shows the following for the year ending June 30, 1S99: Gross earnings from operation ..$10,8-42 Operating expenses .. ,. .... 5,250 Income from operation .. Interest on bills payable .. , Net income for the year $S,592 $2,250 $3,048 THE RATE WAR. The Commission is in a Bad Fix to Help the Situation Any. STORYETTES. Secretary Frederick W, Holls of the peace conference at The Hague Is a lawyer when at home in New York On one occasion, in the courtroom, Mr. Holls was interrupted with the ques tion: "Suppose there was three defendants" "That, my dear sir, retorted Holls, "is a question of grammar and not of law." The good advice of the laird of Wat-erton, in Aberdeenshire, to a sheep stealer, reads like a very practical Joke. He had himself sent the man to jail; and in those days nheep stealing was a capital offense. Visiting the prisoner the night before the trial, he asked hi mwhat he meant to do, to which the prisoner replied that he intended to confess and pray for mercy. "Confess!" said Waterton; "what, man, will ye confess and. be hanged? Na, na! deny it to my face." He did so and was acquitted. About the middle of the civil war a freshly appointed colonel, with a newly enlisted regiment, joined the union forces in the far south. One bright October morning word was re-celvad that a small detachment of Gen. Wheeler's cavalrymen were on the other side of the hill and a force started out in pursuit. The next day the confederates were reported miles distant in the opposite direction. The third day the new colonel and a veteran brigadier started out for a pleasure drive. A mile from camp they rode into the fugitive confederates. who hail been encircling the camp for a week. It was a narrow escape, but they gst away unharmed. After it was over the general saw to the colonel "Well, what ao you minK or war now?" "Is Whler in this neighbor hood much of tne time?" reolied tht; colonel, evasively. "All the time. He is here, there, everywhere. What do you think of the prospect?" "Well answered the coionei, reflect velv "t wonder wnetner mere un t some way can ne compro- ln the opinion of the railroad com mission the Texarkana rate situation is the hardest proposition it has yet gone up against. It is acknowledged that the promulgation of emergency rates would not help the situation as they would not effect the Pee Gee, which is responsible therefor, and would only punish Texas lines which have done their best to prevent the complications which have arisen. The commission la of the opinion, however, that it has a remedy for the trouble, but has not disclosed what that remedy is. A hearing is to be had, though, at which the matter is to be openly considered, and at which the commission will doubtless make known what it proposes to do in the premises. From the present appearance of things the Pee Gee seems to have the upper hand. In pursuit of a plan to make Texarkana a distributing point for the state it has put in rates to the Arkansas por tion of that city which certainly gives it a cinch on the situation. To put in special low rates from Tex arkana to every distributing point in Texas, as was done for Clarksviile, might help said distributing points, but it would also help the Pee Gee, which is responsible for the trouble, unless like special low rates are put in from every state line crossing, because a special low tariff applying from Texarkana alone would stimulate the shipment of freight into the state via the Texarkana crossing to the advantage" of the Pee Gee. - In this connection it may be well to remember that Col. Fordyce, who is now one of the receivers of the Pee Gee, once, while In control of the Cotton Belt, had a scheme to bring about a condition of affairs similar to the one now prevailing. He had In mind the organization of a syndicate to erect large compresses and cotton Seed oil mills, and to go into the jobbing busi ness on an extensive scale Just across the Texas state line in Texarkana, Ark Installed at that point, the syndicate could have shipped cotton flat to their plant and handled it irrespective of the railroad commission's compress regula-t ions. Cotton seed could have been moved and crushed, and jobbing could have been carried on at rates that the commission could not have controlled. Altogether, the scheme was a beautiful one, and the only reason it was not carried out was that Fordyce was removed from the head of the Cotton Belt. Now, however, he Is back in a place similar to the one he occupied with the Cotton Belt, and has evidently started In to work out his former plana at Texarkana in so far as stimula,ting the Jobbing business at' that point is concerned. Furthermore, he has a stronger motive at this time for caus ing a rate disturbance than formerly. His removal from the Cotton Belt was not affected altogether with his consent and he has not been in the best of humor over it since, henee it can be readily understood that now that an opportunity to get even has corne his way he has cheerfully taken advantage thereof, especially as in doing so he Is making plenty of trouble for the Gould lines. hi. infernal mined." sion of Texas will, on Wednesday, October 11, 1S99 at its office in Austin, take up and consider the matter of a necessity for revising the existing class and commodity rates applying from Houston and Galveston to points in Texas, and between points in Texas, arising from the effects of low rates which are In force from St. Louis, New Orleans and other points to Texarkana. It will be proposed to adjust the maximum rates from Galveston and Houston to points in common point territory to the basis of rates applying from St. Louis, New Orleans, New York and other points to Texarkana s embraced In tfte current freight The revision will embrace the carload as" well as loss than nents in all cases where ' necessary on account c- -osnptir.g this no tice -' -. It will c aim; be proposed to adopt sucu lorary or permanent rates on carload shipments of certain commodities, particularly those of sugar, molasses, rice, coffee and packing house products to apply from Texarkana to Paris, and other points in Texas found to be affected by conditions similar to those prevailing at Paris, which will have the effect of correcting, at least in part, the disadvantages to which the business of such points Is now directly subjected by the inequalities in the freight rates hereinbefore noted. The consideration of the above mentioned matters will continue from day to day until they are finally disposed of. All persons interested in such matters are requested to present to the commission their views In regard to same on or before- the day of hearing. STILL ANOTHER HEARING. It is ordered that notice be and the same is hereby given to all persons interested that the railroad commission of Texas will, on Tuesday, October 10, 1899, at Its office in Austin, take up end consider the matter of a revision of section 3 of commodity tariff No. 2-A, together with all items in section 5 of the same tariff, under which dif ferential rates and Increased rates In other forms are provided for lines of railroad situated In common point territory, It will be proposed to so amend commodity tariff No. 2-A that the differential rates on the articles embraced in it will be confined in their application to shipments moved from or to points in the differential territory described in section 2 of general tariff of class fates No. 2, and that Increased rates irx other forms provided in section S of the tariff will be either canceled or modified as existing conditions may require. 'J1-" consideration of the above men-tion. d natters mill continue from day to day until - completed. All persons interested in such matters ' are requested to present to the commission their views in regard to same on or before the day of the hearing. THE COUNT y SCHOOLS. Superintendent Shelton Has a Word to Say Thereon. COMMISSION CIRCULAR. The following circular was issued yesterday by the railroad commission: It Is hereby ordered that commodity tariff No. Id, issued by this commission to apply on shipments of cotton In bales, transported by railroads between points in Texas, and effective March 10, 18S9, be amended by cancelling special authorities Nos. 12 and 14 of section 4, as established by circulars Nos. 777 of March 33, and 806 of April 5, 1899, which empower the International and Great Northern Railroad company to concentrate, at Austin, cotton originating at Georgetown and Intermediate points, and to concentrate at Mineola, cotton originating at points on the International and Great Northern railroad north of Tyler. The matters embraced in circular No. 949 are held under consideration by the commission for such further action as the conditions may require. This order shall take effect October 20, 1899. A HATE WAR HEARING. The commifffion yesterday imu- the following important hearing: It is ordered thet notice be and the same is hereby given to all persons interested that the railroad eommis County Superintendent Shelton makes the following announcements concerning the Travis county schools: The public schools at the following places will begin the term of 1899 and 1000 on Monday, October 2, 1899. Miss Eugenia Studer will teach at Cypress, Mr. W. P. Brady at Sprinkle, Mrs. Hila Spann, at Pecan Springs, Mr. J. I). Hood at Govalle, Mr. George Deciierd at Garfield, Mr. G. O. Burdett at Devotion, Mr. 1. M. Bogle at St. L'heo, Miss Maud Stanley at Eanes, Mr. W. H. Bishop at Cedar Valley, Miss Annie Killian at Bee Cave, Miss Eula Killian at Anderson's Bend, Miss Mollie Caplinger at Dunlap. The majority of the country schools will iegln by the middle of October, asHhe cotton crop will almost all be gathered at that time. Th-? pro!--pect for a good attend-? nee la very flattering, as the attendance is always much larger when the cotton eiop Is small. The flirt teachers' lnntltne will be held on Saturday, October 14, 1899, and nil of the leathers are urged to attend. DOLUS Fi EXCURSION RATES VIA FKOM O. W. LITTLBFIELD, President, JOHN H. HOUGHTON, Vice President W. R, HAMBT, Cashier. I THE 1 flmciican Oaiionai in 9 I CAPITAL, $200,000. SURPLUS, $60,000. AUSTIN, TEXAS. No account too small to receive out prompt and are ention , B -t"t"t"f f Tf ttlKH 8 i f Jas. H.Raymond&Co BANKERS Established 1860, All Lines of the Banking Business Promptly At tended to. B 4H.HH-H 4--i -i 444 . .;. . :::: .j. , fj. v A. P. WOOLDRIDGE, C3.'5I President. JASPER WOOLDRiDUE, Ciwhler. PAUL F.TL:Q-'N-T!).t, V1C6 i're.",:if:J.t. ,;, A. W. WILKERSCN, Assistant Cas'.ter. THE- City National Bank CAIPTAL STOCK, $150,000. BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THOMAS D. WOOTEN, PAUL F. THORNTON, FRANCIS FISCHER, A. P. Exchange bought and sold world. Safe deposit vaults R. L. BROWN, J. B. POPE, E. M. SCARBROUGH, WOOLDRIDGE. on all the leading countries ot the for rent at $2.50 to $10.00 per year. 4 4 -. ft 4.44J44JM MI LA NO ARE AS FOLLWS: .30. Tickets on Kale September 2;. i and 29, and each Saturday and Sun-Jay thereafter, te and Including Sunday, October 22, 1W9. Tickets sold September 27, 28, and 29 will be limited to return leaving Dnl-last September SO, Tickets sold on Saturdays are good to return Sunday following. Tickets sold on Sunday are limited to date of Issue only. $4.95. Tickets on sale dally, Sept. 27th to October 22nd Inclusive, limited to return one day' following date of ale. .80. Tickets on sale dally, Septembei ieth to October 22nd inclusive, limited to October 23rd, 1S99. Call on Santa Fe Ticket Agent foi Train Schedules. W. S. KEEN AN. General Pass. Agent. JAMES R. JOHNSON, President. W. B. WORTHAM, Cashier, R. J. BRACKENRIDGE, Vice President. H. PFAEFFLIN, Assistant Cashier. First National Bank OF AUSTIN, TEX. Directors; R. J, BRACKENRIDGE, B. VORTA AM, P J, LAWLESS, J.S. MYRICK. JAS. R. JOHNSON. ss3

Clipped articles people have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 22,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free