THURBER, TEXAS, SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 1894.
FLASHES OF THOUGHT,
OUR FORT WORTH LETTER.
■ Success is a fruit slow to ripen."
Men make laws; women make manners.—[De Liegin.
"Romances are in books; they are also in our daily life.".
Who elevates himself is entitled to great credit.—[Rivoval.
Circumstances do not make men; they discover them [Gam-
One writes well only of what he h.is seen and suffered.—[De
Our years, our debts and our enemies are always more numer-
ous than we imagine.—[C. Nodrei.
The man who thinks, and acts promptly, becomes the master
of the beings who do not think.—[Buffon.
Shallow men speak of the past, wise men of the present, and
fools of the future.--[Mme. du Deffand.
Calumny spreads like an oil spot; we endeavor to cleanse it,
but the mark remains.—[Mile, de Lespmasse.
The wealthiest man is he who is most economical; the poorest
apology for a man is he who is miserly.—[Chamfort.
We live with our defects as with the odors we carry about us;
we do not perceive them, but they incommode those who ap-
proach us.—[Mme. de Lambert.
FLASHES OF FHUN,
Nayther.—Mr. Hogan, after hammering on the door for five
minutes: "Is it dead or alive ye are?" Mrs. Grogan (within):
i Nayther, I'm a shlapin'."
Savings Banks.—An Irishman describes a savings bank as a
place where you can deposit money to-day and draw it out to-
morrow by giving a week's notice.
Quite English—Stablekeeper: "By-the-way, shall I put in an
extra buffalo?" English Blood: "Couldn't you let me 'ave an
"orse, vou know. Er-re rather not drive a buffalo first time, you
Willie (who has eaten his apple)—"Mabel, let's play Adam
and Eve. Vou be Eve, and I'll be Adam." Mabel—' All
right. Well?" Willie—"Now you tempt me to eat your apple
and I'll do it."
Speechless.— It was an Irishman who said in response to an
inquiry: ' Sick is it! sick! Faith, and I laid spachless sivin
long weeks in the month of August, and did nothin' but cry
'wather, wather," all the time."
Customer—"What did you think of the bishop's sermon on
Sunday, Mr. Wigsby?" Hairdresser—"Well, really, sir, there
was a gent a-settm' in front of me as 'ad his 'air parted that
crooked that 1 couldn't 'ear a word."
An Amateur Performance.—"Yes,"__said Mrs. Partington, as
the ladies at the sewing meeting were counting their resources,
"and then the young people will give one of their immature per-
formances. That will help a great deal."
Fatally Wounded.—Sympathetic Citizen: "Is he fatally
wounded, do you think, officer?" Officer: •• Two av the wounds
is fatal, sor, but the third is not, an' if we can lave him rest quiet
for awhile 1 think he wud come around all right."
A Butcher's Sign—Over the shop door of a pork butcher in a
village in the eastern counties may be seen a sign-board repre-
senting a man in a black coat brandishing a hatchet, with the
inscription, "John Smith kills pigs like his father."
Fort Worth, Texas, March 22, 1894.
To The Miner:
My last letter was written to you just after the foul murder of
A. B. Smith had been committed. The cool matter-of-fact way
that Texas papers generally speak of cold-blooded murders is
astonishing. They generally run as follows: "A Tragedy! An
Altercation Resulting in Death to ! An Unfortunate Oc-
currence." etc., etc., instead of denouncing in forcible terms the
taking of human life.
If all the papers of Texas, that not only reflect, but make pub-
lic opinion, would speak out in decided condemnation of murder
and murderers, we would have less of this taking of human life
at the will and pleasure of men with ungovernable temper, who
think that public opinion is so loose and misguided that there is
an excellent chance of either being acquitted altogether, or, if
convicted, of only having to suffer a short term of imprisonment,
and after being released Would be received as more of a hero
than branded, as they should be, as black-hearted murderers and
avoided by all good citizens. And we believe if all the influen-
tial papers in Texas would take the course they know to be the
right one, the one best for this commonwealth, viz:—that law and
order should be paramount, that private revenges should not be
paid off by the dastardly act of the taking 0/ human life—that in
a few years we would see an entire change in public opinion.
The shooting of Mr. Smith, if committed as related in
the public prints, is one that every paper in Texas should con-
demn. We are not trying to (.reate prejudice, as we scarcely
knew Mr. Smith, and have never seen Mr. Page; but the circum-
stances surrounding it, as related by the Dallas News and Fort
Worth Gazette, tell the story completely in all ite atrocity. The foul
words, if spoken as reported, after the killing in an instant a citizen
who held a prominent position in his city, a husband and father
whose labors were needed for the support of his family, were par-
ticularly revolting. Citizens of Texas, is it not high time that
you should place your seal of condemnation upon crimes like
this? How soon may it be when your lives may be snuffed out
of existence in the same manner, without even the chance of see-
ing for the last time the dear ones at home, without being able
to say one loving word to them before passing into eternal sleep.
Bring it home to your own selves and think of your duty to oth-
ers, to the wives and the children, who are as dear to others as
yours are to you; think of your duty to your town, your city, your
state, and then act like the noble, public spirited men you should
be. Brand with infamy the murderer. Never allow yourself to
do business with, or associate with, or look at in passing in the
street, the kind of men who take human life, unless in self de-
There is no particular news to relate. We are going on in the
high road of prosperity. Business is good. We have had splen-
did rains, that would seem to assure North Texas with bountiful
crops; that means that our city will progress faster, and sooner
become what she is. destined to be—the banner city of the state.
The manufacturing interests are looking up and the smoking
chimneys are increasing in number. Our business men feel jubi-
lant over the outlook, and well they may. Ananias, Jr.
McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 10, March 24, 1894. Thurber, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200457/. Accessed August 2, 2015.