The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 2, January 27, 1894 Page: 2
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THE TEXAS MINER
THE TEXAS MINER
W. B. McADAMS, EDITOR.
Advertising Rates made known on application to the Business Office.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATUKDAV.
Entered at the Post-Office in Thurber, Texas, as Second-Class Mail Matter.
Thurber, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 27, 1894.
"Where the deuce is Thurber?" That's what we heard asked
on a railway train by one drummer of another, and he went on
to say "it is said they sell piles of goods there."
Well, my dear fellow, Thurber is in Erath county, about eighty
miles west of Fort Worth on the Texas and Pacific railroad; it is
about two and one-half miles from Coal Mines Junction; there
ire hacks to meet every train to convey the passengers to this
town—and you are just right, they do sell "piles of goods in
this town, and they sell them cheap, too. 1 his is a "cash up
town; the company pays cash every month to every man in its
employ; they pay sharp cash for all the merchandise they buy as
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The man or woman who is not self-reliant is at a disadvantage
in the struggle for a place in this active age. You know some
people that can turn their hand at any work; any accident that
happens they can promptly find some remedy. \ ou kno« ot ers
that are as helpless as children when anything occurs out of the
usual order of their daily life, and wait for the self-reliant per-
son to do or suggest what they might do themselves Sell-
reliance is no more nor no less than using the brains and intel-
ligence the Lord endowed you with, and the more you use your
own brains the quicker ideas will come, the clearer and more
intelligent will be your actions, you will impress your neighbors
and friends that you have ability; it will make you fríen s; it
will give you influence in your circle. 1 here a p entv o men
right in this coal camp that can if they wish prepare themselves
so that they can fill creditably almost any position—hut the>
must be thinkers, they must be self-reliant.
THE wilson tariff bill.
The Wilson tariff bill that is before congress is popularly known
as the "Wilson bill." This is a misnomer; it should be headet
as follows- "Tariff bill to reduce the wages of American wage-
earners; to make American workers live as poorly and work as
many hours as the European work slaves do-or starve. I hat
would be a real honest heading for the Wilson bill. I his bill is
playing havoc with the price of labor, and is throwing thousands
. _ .of wage earners out of work. The following report from 1 hila-
they pay sharp cash for all the merchandise they buy as j ^ ^ & ^ pen picture 0f the trouble:
received. Every dollar's worth of goods sold must be u^mc-tenths of the enormous machinery, pla
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thorities reported that one-tenth of the machinery or persons em-
uloved in the previous year were then doing anything^ i have ;
examined the figures of the carpa industry first as-
not have to have big profits to pay for bad debts. Every farmer
in the county can come to Thurber and sell cattle, hogs, sieep
chickens, or any products of his farm, and get the "cold cash
for them, and if he wants to buy anything from "a needle to an
anchor" he can get it from 25 to 33 1-3 per cent cheaper here
than elsewhere, bnt he must also come down with the ducats
ían elsewhere, but he must also come down with the aucats examined thehgures ^ in Philadelphia
•hen he takes the goods and if he don t want any goo s 1 is porte , an ^ ^ ^ ^ oqq Not
„ , employing j u,rPC „TP nmv at work. Irans-
all the same.
In front the stores is a sight to behold at times, and one can
see men from every clime—white, black and copper colored, and
a more intelligent looking set of men it would be difficult to
find in any town of Thurber's size in the state; that doggec ,
brutish look that you so often see in various work camps is en-
tirely lacking. Go inside the main store, a building about 50
by 125 feet, two stories high, offices on either side—it is filled
with women and children shopping, clerks all busy, and as civil
and attentive to children as to grown persons. This shows
the system and good judgment in the selection of clerks. 1 here
is but one price to all; a child can shop as well as a grown per-
* son. The women in this town are particularly noticeable—fine
looking, as a rule, and neatly, and modestly dressed; this shows
they have homes and firesides of which they are proud. One
Sunday we were walking about camp with "our colonel and
saw a husband and wife, who were also out enjoying the cool
breeze and beautiful scenery, the man drawing the baby carriage
(as a husband should), the wife tastily dressed, the husband
looking as neat as a new pin, the baby pretty as a pink, the baby-
carriage would not have discredited Fifth avenue. New York
city We asked the colonel who it was and he told us, saying
it was one of his best miners. Another day we took in the mar-
ket, hardware and drug stores, and all show that brains, system,
and good business talent are employed in the conduct of business.
We were curious to know the history of the camp, and were
told that prior to the present management the direct opposite
state of things to the present existed—no head that ruled, dis-
order, lack of discipline, was the order of the day. There could
be but one ending to such mismanagement, and a change came
about, and the result every one can see.
employing in the early months of the year ,6 coo persons. No,
more than 15 ooo of these employes are now at work I rans
scribed and footed up the official figures for seventy-five mills
engaged in the manufacture of hosiery and knit goo s in 11s
citv employing during last year in the neighborhood ot 13 000
persons showing that about one-quarter remain open. ,
"Eighty-five silk mills in Philadelphia employ when running
ic 000 hands. One third of these are now m operation, with
about 5 000 employes. In all other textile industries there are
2<0 mills or establishments, employing about 45 000 persons, ot
which the best estimate indicates 20 per cent, as being now a
W°"Of more than 500 mills engaged in textile manufacture only
about 18 per cent, are in operation, thus giving employment now
to about 18,500 persons out of a total of 90 000 workmen which
means that about 70.000 hands are doing nothing.
Thk handsomest anthracite coal we have ever seen is nt
crested Butte, Col.
We don't want to brag, but no paper ever started had a more
cordial welcome, thank you. ~^^
The Texas & Pacific Coal company paid ot! on the 20th (last
Saturday). The pay roll for one month, nearly $50000, was,
paid in gold and silver coin.
Thk Miner has not yet gotten its private wire direct from
Washington in perfect working order, but "our own corres-
pondent will begin his letters in a few days.
As a man uoeth, eo also shall he reap.
In our town vou can see this passage fully exemplified, he
man that sows good seed reaps a rich harvest; the man that.
sows discord and trouble reaps—his walking papers.
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/2/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.