The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 16 October 1880

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Opens September 6th, 1880, and continues Ten Months

Primary, Grammar, High School and Musical Departments.

Faculty: J.W. TIMMINS, Principal; Assistants: Mrs. S.H. SHORTRIDGE, Miss Eva MOTWILER; Miss Ida HART, Music Department.

Tuition: Primary Department, $1.50/mo; Grammar Dept., $2.00/mo; High School Dept., $2.50/mo; Music, including use of instrument, $4.00/mo. Tuition must be paid promptly at the end of each month. Board can be had at moderate prices in private families.

Local Matters

The Deatherage saloon was opened again on last Monday. John CARNES presides.

A deputy U.S. marshal was in town this week summoning witnesses to attend the U.S. court at Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the trial of PADGETT, for the murder of Wm. H. STEPHENS.

The manipulating department of the Chief returns thanks to Messrs. FERNANDEZ & ACKERMAN, of the Grange saloon, for courtesies extended.

A Sad Death

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. BROWN will regret to hear of the death of their bright-eyed, darling little boy, Coke, which sad event occurred at their home on Tuesday night last. The grief-stricken parents have the deepest sympathies of their many friends.

Masonic Installation

Grand Lecturer NOLIN instaalled the following officers for Comanche chapter on Monday: W.L. SARTWELLE, H.P.; D. WALCOTT ?.K.; James CARDER, S.; G.A. BEEMAN, C.H.; E.L. SHROPSHIRE, P.S.; R. HOLLAND, R.A.C.; S.L. MURPHREE, 3d V.; J.J. FRANKLIN, ?.V.; J.W. GREENE, secíy; B.F. WRIGHT, treasurer; J.E. STANCIL, guard.


Bob CARTER, son of Mr. Robert CARTER, was kicked and severely injured by a horse last Saturday.

Barbary CUMMINGS, daughter of Mr. W. CUMMINGS fell from a tree last Saturday and received severe, but not serious, injuriees.

While working around HOLLAND & CARTERís gin yesterday, Mr. I.B. BROWN had his hand and arm cut by the saws very badly almost causing the loss of his hand.


We were pleased to meet Mr. W.P. SEBASTIAN this week. Mr. S. Is a candidate for district attorney, and has been making losts of friends among our people.

Mr. BOWYER, also a candidate for district attorney, visited our office this week. We found him to be a most pleasant gentleman, and calculated to make friends wherever he goes.

Judge KENT, of Shackleford, is attending court here this week.

Mr. A.R. COLEMAN, candidate for district attorney, was in town this week, and made many friends.

A Grave Charge but No Foundation

Our citizens were shocked last Tuesday morning by a report that A.J. RUBLE, a respectable citizen of our county, had been arrested on indictment by the grand jury for committing the most heinous crime known to man, the details of which are too sickening to publish, and were it not for the purpose of doing Mr. RUBLE justice and setting him aright before the public the Chief would pass the matter by unnoticed. The facts concerning the lamentable affair, as near as we could learn after diligent inquiry, are as follows: RUBLE was arrested by order of the grand jury during an investigation by that body, and not on indictment, as rumored. The jury made a thorough investigation into the charge and finding the same unfounded failed to find a true bill and released Mr. RUBLE. The street rumors seemed to us unreasonable at least, and since the grand jury has failed, after a thorough investigation, to find a bill against the accused, the mantle of charity should be drawn and Mr. RUBLE pronounced innocent of the charge.

A FireóA Generous People

On Friday of last week, the house occupied by Mr. Elijah MULLINS and family, on Dave CARNESí farm two miles from town, was entirely destroyed by fire, together with all their wearing apparal except what was on their backs. Mr. MULLINS was a hard working, industrious man and had struggled hard to make a crop and support for his large family consisting of himself and wife and seven children, and had just the day before the fire sold a portion of his crop and bought shoes and clothing for his wife and little ones and had something over forty dollars left, all of which was destroyed. The poor man was grief-stricken when he beheld his all reduced to ashes and not a change of clothing or a mouthful of vituals left, but his kind-hearted and generous neighbors who had gathered around, assured him that his family should not suffer, and straightway proceeded to supply their immediate wants. The next day a subscription was raised in town which amounted to something over sixty dollars in money and goods and presented to Mr. MULLINS who received it with a grateful heart and tearful eyes. Besides the amounts contributed around the square, the ladies of our town contributed liberally in clothes and bed clothing and the neighbors contributed liberally and did everything in their power to relieve their wants and restore their loss. Mr. MULLINS will ever remember the people of Comanche as a whole-soul generous people whose generosity cannot be excelled in any clime.

©2004 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.