The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 2, January 27, 1894 Page: 5
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THE TEXAS MINER-
FROM THE PEOPLE.
Under this head communications are solicited.
"a private" takes a turn.
Thurber, Tex., Jan. 23, 1894
To the Tnis Miner:
Welcome to our midst. I heard last Saturday morning while
at the mine, that you had appeared, and indeed I was in such a
hurry to see your columns that the day seemed as long as a
week. At last the long day ended and I hurried home, first
thing asking of my wife if the "Texas Miner" was in the
house. She answered in the affirmative, and handed it over to
me, in an instant we were in a deep conversation, and as true as
the gospel our conversation lasted until it was fully eight o'clock.
Then my wife remembered me that it was timé for me to wash
■and change my garments. I read it over again and again, ad-
vertisements and all, thinking to myself and trying to imagine the
future of this little pamphlet, and that if it will grow and flourish
with the same rapidity as everything else that had its existence in
Thurber; that the volumnous "New York Tribune," "The
Herald," "The World" and other prominent papers will be as
nothing to it in a few years.
What does Mr. Miller think of all the gold that the people of
Thurber received in payment for services rendered to the Texas
and Pacific coal company for the month of December ?
Don't you think that free consumption of the "Black Diamond"
woulk be more beneficial to this town than free and unlimited
coinage of silver? Have not we the same right to force our
coal on the government as that of the silver men their silver?
Boys, there is another man tha<- has a card to play
in that game of last week, and here it is, "the winning card.1'
"Don't crow until you break the past record of No. 5 mine, then
crow as much as you please. If you don't comprehend, ask Bob
McKinion and he will explain all.
I noticed in the editorial column that the miners of Thurber
numbered 900. The writer recalls a time when there were only
two miners all told in this camp, and were constituted of W. W.
Williams, superintendent and another fellow; the increase in five
years being 898 miners. Such a rapid growth is unparalelled in
the history of any coal mining camp, taking into consideration
the thickness of the strata of coal.
I remember when this great establishment was in a nutshell,
and have watched its development year after year, seeing its
branches spreading and its roots growing deeper and deeper tak-
ing a firmer hold, and today there are nearly 4 000 people sup-
ported and sheltered under the shade of the branches of this
great and magnificent tree of industry.
Some men compare the growth of this town to that of the
mushroom, but I think their comparison weak, illogical, because
the mushroom is of the Fungi specie or tribe of vegetables,
which grows into maturity in one night and dies the following
day. Not so with the town of Thurber, it is here to stay; but
not to stand still. There is no shoddy stuff here, everything is
of the best material—and why should it not grow into promi-
nence (even the hogs are good, see reading notice in last week's
Our great mines are run on the most scientific plans, and are
equipped with the latest improved machinery; our ventilating ap-
paratus is of the very best; our ventilation is better than it is in
states where there are compulsory laws (mining laws), and the
health of the miners and their safety is the foremost thing on the
list. There are less accidents in these mines per ton of coal
mined than in any mine that I know of.
The company, to the interest of its employes and itself, is try-
ing it's best to improve matters; lately new elevators have been
1 l)e Mii)er Job 0
Is Fully Equipped to Execute
all Kinds of Job Printing, and
Your Orders are Solicited. Liv-
ing Prices Only Demanded.
erected at the various mines for the purpose of having the coal
cleaned and in or to have it show up better in the market. This
also enables the company to sell that which was usually thrown
away as refuse, and it is to be hoped a bettertr ade will result for
round coal in consequence, which means "more time for the
Now the company has elevators, etc., pardon a suggestion-
that they get what is commonly called a "Blow George," this to
blow away the refuse instead of emptying from the bin into a
coal car and unloading again by hand. Having the machinery,
all that is needed is to transmit necessary power and speed by
means of belting and pulleys on to the "Blow George." This
means is used at some collieries to cary off coal slack and other
refuse. A Private.
household of ruth.
Thurker, Tex.. Jan. 24, 1394
To Tins Miner:
Please allow me space in your valuable paper for the following:
Thurber Household of Ruth No. 763 (colored) met Monday
evening, January 22, and elected the following officers for the
year: W. H. Clay, N. G.; Mrs. M. S. Riddle, M. N. G.; Mrs.
Eliza Davis, R. N. G.; Mrs. Addie Jenkins, W. R.; Mrs. Lucy
Terrell, W. P.; Mrs. Rosa Goode, P. M. G.; C. C. Jenkins, W.
T.; Mrs. Rosa Wright, W. C.; Mrs. Mary Francis, W. U.;
Mesdames Strawtherand Goode, supporters M. N. G.; Mesdames
Clay and Johnson, supporters to R. N. G.; Mrs. Victoria John-
son, W. S.; J. W. Davis, R. Johnson and J. H. Goode, trustees.
M. N. G.
A Popular Man.
Capt. W. C. Ready, postmaster, is one of our institutions.
He is a good business man, kind hearted, ready to do a good
turn for his fellow man at all times. Capt. Ready would run
like a long-distance race horse if he should come up for public
office. In speaking of the captain, the Stephensville Empire
pays him this compliment: "Among those who it is under-
stood will be candidates for sheriff is Capt. W. C. Ready of
Thurber. He is a good man, has served the county in the ca-
pacity of commissioner, and made a very satisfactory official.
His friends, and they are numerous, say that with him as the
nominee success would be assured."
An exchange truthfully says: "One of the surest evidences
of a man's good, sound sense is the fact that he provides in fair
weather against rainy days, that are sure to come, sooner or
We are very much pleased the way our little sheet is appre-
ciated by the citizens of this town. We expect to increase it
shortly to eight pages, and we hope to double or triple even that
in a comparatively short time. Give us the news.
The man that tells a wage earner or farmer that the gold bugs
of Lombard street, London, and Wall street, New York, are
working for their (the wage earners and farmers) interest in want-
ing gold as the only legal tender is—either a liar or a fool, and
he can take his choice, and we won't charge him a copper for
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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/m1/5/: accessed November 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.