Texas - The burning of the Life Saving Station, at this place on the evening of March 27, has caused a wide spread excitement in this village and surrounding country. It is the all absorbing topic of conversation in all public places, also in nearly every household. On Saturday evening, April 10, a mass meeting was held at the church in this place, pursuant to a call, which was well attended, the church being nearly full.
Several prominent citizens from Mexico were present. Hon. T. W. Skinner of that village was chosen chairman and L. D. Loomis of this place was chosen secretary. The object of the meeting was clearly stated by the chairman. There were a number of resolutions offered and all unanimously passed. The main feature of the said resolutions was that it is very necessary for public safety to have a life saving station at Mexico Point.
The reasons set forth in said resolutions were very forcible and conclusive. A committee of eight was chosen, their special duty to be to investigate the cause of the station being burned and if they conclude it was the work of an incendiary to do their utmost to have the guilty party apprehended and properly punished. The meeting was addressed by several, including the chairman, Capt. Boyd, John Ramsey, H. Parker, W. L. Chapman, L. Maxam, Orrin Cole and others. When one of the speakers was addressing the meeting some slight disturbance was caused by an attempt on the part of four or five to drown out the speaker's voice by stamping and pounding. This intention on the part of a few was frustrated by the prompt action and reproval of Chairman Skinner.
The audience would be led to supposed that the said few by such demonstrations were in full sympathy with the incendiary. The committee are Messrs. John Ramsey, Orrin Cole, Rufus Dyke, L. D. Loomis and William Stevens of Texas, T. W. Skinner, Capt. Boyd and W. B. Sweetland of Mexico. Almost the entire community are by common interest a vigilance committee.