The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 2, January 27, 1894 Page: 1

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THURBER, TEX., JAN. 27, 1894.
NO, 2.
FLASHES OF THOUGHT.
Strong thoughts are steel nails driven in the mind that nothing
can draw out [Diderot.
Ignorance is the mother of all evil.—[Montague.
The most completely lost of all days is the one on which we
have not thought.—[DeFinod.
Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart like a viper in its
hole. —[Balsac.
Experience is a keen knife that hurts while it extracts the cat-
aract that blinds.—[DeFinod.
Prejudice is the reason of fools.—[Voltaire.
Recollection is the only Paradise out of which we cannot be
driven.—[DeFinod.
We rarely confess that we deserve what we suffer.—[Quesnel.
A handsome face is a mute recommendation—[DeFinod.
GLOOMY FOR MINE WORKERS.
An Associated Press telegram sent out from Cincinnati on last
Sunday, the 21st, says: "The distress among the miners in the
Hocking Valley coal district is intense, and some violence, due
to desperation, is reported. At Columbus tomorrow (Monday)
the votes cast by local unions upon a reduction in wages will be
canvassed. Of 10 000 votes already cast it is believed a major-
ity will favor a reduction, but it is thought a majority will be
overcome by the veterans from Southern Ohio. Even if the re-
duction prevails it is believed it will not materially improve mat-
ters, as many of the principal contracts have gone to Pennsyl-
vania operators and the demand is small. Reduction voted
upon is 14 cents per ton, wrhile the operators ask 20, and insist
upon a modification in the working rules. This, the miners
say, they cannot consent to do. In any event, for the time the
outlook for mine workers in Ohio is most gloomy."
NUMBER OF THE UNEMPLOYED.
The estimates of the unemployed in this country differ very
widely. President Gompers of the Amenican Federation of La-
bor estimates that there are 3,000,000 wage workers out of em-
ployment in the United States, not counting those belonging to
trades unions. Bradstreet's makes a more moderate estimate
and on reports from its correspondents in 119 cities puts the un-
employed at 800,000 wage earners. There are, it continues,
dependent on these for support, 1,956,000 other persons, and
this gives 2,757,000 people in distress, or nearing that line, be-
cause of the lack of work by the bread-winners. Mr. Gomper's
estimates are probably too high, but Bradstreet's figures are suf-
ficiently great to make the outlook for the winter that of severe
hardship for hundreds of thousands of people.—[Pittsburg Post.
rerched 6 1-4 per cent, on the capital, but in the same year the
average return for the mines outside of these districts was only
21-4 per cent. Only a few coal mining enterprises in France
have been financially successful.
FRENCH COAL MINING UNPROFITABLE.
The investment of money in coal mining in France, according
to L'Economiste Francaise, has not been profitable. From sta-
tistics of the ministry of public works it appears the capital in-
vested in coal mines was nearly 1,700,000,000 francs. In 1882
and 1883 the average interest earned on this amount was
only 21-4 per cent.; in the years 1884-88 it was 2 per cent.,
and only in the exceptionally prosperous years of 1890-91 did
it go as high as 3 3-4 per cent. It is true that in 1891 the av-
erage earnings in the two districts of Nordand Pas-de-Calais
GREAT IS TARIFF REFORM.
Great is tariff reform, says the New York Independent. It
shows how we can give away our home market and secure more
of it; how our industries can be benefitted by having their possi-
ble profits cut down to the vanishing point; how with our mar-
kets filled with foreign goods our employes will have steadier
employment in making the same articles; how our laborers can
have their wages'reduced from fifty to sixty per cent, and be-
come larger consumers; how our mills may be closed and our in-
dustries stimulated; how we may give away both penny and
cake and profit by the transaction.
HE WAS A FRIEND OF THE MASSES.
One of our good friends has passed away—a kind-hearted,
whole-souled friend of the masses. On the 15th instant in New
York city, Peter Haulenbeck departed this life, aged 65 years.
"None knewr him but to love him."
THE CHAMPIONSHIP HELD
By Gentleman Jim on This Side of tlie Pond—Charlie Mitchell, the
English Pugilist, Put to Sleep in the Third Round.
America holds the pugilistic championship of the world, and
James Corbett is still the custodian, having defeated Charlie
Mitchell, the famous English pugilist, yesterday in three rounds
at Jacksonville, Fla. The news was received in this camp Thurs-
day afternoon at the close of the fight with much satisfaction,
though Mitchell had many admirers here. The Miner's spe-
cial telegram fiom the scene of battle, though brief, gave a
world of news, and being official, and posted in front of the office,
was duly appreciated. It reads:
Special to The Texas Miner:
Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 25.—Mitchell knocked out in third
round.
Social and Financial Success.
If anybody doubts that the young and old of Thurber enjoy
themselves at a ball, a visit to the town hall Thursday night would
have dispelled any such opinion. It was the occasion of the
David Currie benefit ball, and was a success socially and finan-
cially. Over 200 people were present, and the hall accommo-
dated twenty couple, five sets, at once, participated in by Thur-
ber's best people. The affair was also in commemoration of the
Poet Burns' birthday, and the Scotch numbers on the programme
were highly enjoyable. Messrs. McKinnon, Crawford, Gordon.
Hethrington, Ramage and Williams, managers, have every
reason to be proud of the success of Thursday night's ball.
Mesdames Baker and Douglass served a lunch of hot coffee,
sandwiches and cake at midnight at the home of Mrs. Douglass,
a short distance from the hall, and netted a handsome sum for
the church bell fund.
Miss Bonnie Keith, one of Stephenville's popular young ladies,
is visiting her friend, Miss Earl Harwood, of Thurber.
Tom Newby, engaged in shaft No. 5, was yesterday severely
kicked by a mule, his face under one eye being cut by the ani-
mal's hoof.

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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 2, January 27, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200449/m1/1/ocr/: accessed October 1, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.