The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 3, February 3, 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 SATURDAY.
Entered at the Post-Office in Thurber, Texas, as Second-Class Mail Matter.
Thurber, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 3, 1894.
The longer we live in it, the more we are pleased with it.
The managers of the different departments, and the many clerks
employed are all gentlemen, we think—at all events we have yet
to meet one that did not seem so. Every man in this town
seems to be a hard, steady worker; we have not seen a lounger
in any of the stores or offices. It is a genuine pleasure to go
into the stores, they are generally full of purchasers, and the
clerks do their part of the work without noise or confusion.
Our Union church is handsomely situated on the hill, and
can be seen all over the town; the catholic church and parson-
age also has a good situation.
Mr. Ward's house called "the Bungalow," is one of those
old fashioned one story buildings, about 125 feet long, with a
wide porch across the front and one side; the front yard is a
marvel of beauty and neatness, and the plants and flowers
attract the attention of every one that comes to this town. Here
is a conservatory where one can see almost every kind
of plant and flowering shrub that can be found south of Mason
and Dixon's line. Our eyes were gladdened with the beautiful
roses, orchids, geraniums, carnations, azaleas, and many other
kinds of flowers; from the hot-beds we had a feast of delicious
No wonder this town is a marvel for a Texas town; the
most thorough business principles built it up. Earnest thought
for the welfare of the citizens, has put in practice rules and
regulations that are rigid as the adamant, but framed for th^
best interests of all. The aim of the founder to make this the
cheapest town to live in as well as the healthiest in the country!,
has been eminently successful; from every part of this country
supplies are drawn from where they are the best and cheapestj.
It is designed to let the many thousand acres of excellent
farming lands owned by this company out to hard working,
honest men for a number of years without charging any rent
whatever, and the right kind of farmers can obtain as many
acres as they can work to advantage, without paying any rentál
therefor for a number of years, and the company will buy froiji
them everything they raise at the highest price ruling in the
market. This will be done to grow up around this town a
thrifty farming community. Every inducement will be made to
farmers of the right stripe; lazy, shiftless men are not wanted
and will not be tolerated. The company want the same kind of
work from the farmers that has built up this prosperous coal
Do you know that the business of the country in 1893 was
about 33 1-3 peí cent, less than in 1892?
Do you know why?
Well, we can tell you. One of the reasons is because the
gold bugs of the country have the ear of our rulers, and are try-
ing to force this country to a single standard basis—that is, that
gold shall become the only legal tender in the settlement of
all contracts; in the payment of debts; to make silver no longer
a factor as money; it simply reduces the world's money by more
than one-half, as there is to-day more silver used as money in
the world than gold, forcing us to gold as coin as the only legal
tender money; makes gold more valuable; makes property worth
less; makes wage earners work more hours to earn the same
amount; makes the rates of interest greater, because we have to
work more hours to earn the given amount to pay interest in
gold; makes the creditor classes richer, because they can take
more of our property and more of our labor for their debt, paya-
ble in gold coin—-it is simply making the laboring classes and
the debtor classes poorer to make the creditor classes richer.
President Cleveland is the main and most important factor in
the fight, and is working to benefit millionaires against the direct
interest of common people.
OUR COAL CAMP.
'Our colonel" has never reduced wages of coal.miners in this
camp, although all over the country in every mining camp wages
have been reduced. Although this company is receiving 60
cents a ton less for its coal than when he took hold of the prop-
erty, yet he says "I will not reduce the price for mining coal un-
til I am forced to do do it." The new Democratic-proposed
tariff takes off 75 cents a ton on coal now levied under the Mc-
Kinley tariff bill. Mr. Rush of Leavenworth told us that they
onlv paid 80 cents a ton for mining coal on a 21-inch vein at a
depth of 700 feet. Mr. Bloom of Trinidad told us they paid
from 35 to 50 cents a ton for mining coal. The Pennsylvania
coal miners are accepting whatever price the coal operators
choose to pay. For a Democratic congress to take off the duty
on coal in these hard times it would seem as though it was the
intention to make coal miners in the United States work for
starvation wages or shut up the mines.
Eight pages—all home get-up.
Had you noticed The Miner's rapid growth ?
At Pittsburg contracts for
have been made at $1 a ton.
coke for a period of six months
The H. B. Claflin Company in the last half of 1892 made
$511,000, and in the last half i$93 only $6522. Good times (?)
Our government is borrowing money when it has nearly
$400 000 000 of silver in the vaults that can be coined and paid
out. Such financeering should send any party to political death.
The present administration is busy issuing bonds—reducing
duties, reducing wages, demonetizing silver. All these' make
the rich richer and the poor poorer. Isn't it about time to
It looks as though Wilson's Tariff Bill will have a hard road
to travel—between those who want free trade in its fullest sense
and those who believe in a protective tariff. Wilson is "between
the devil and the deep sea/1
DO YOU KNOW?
1 )o you know that hundreds and thousands of people are out
of work and on the verge of starvation in this country? Do you
know that in every large city that soup houses and aid societies
are formed by humane people to clothe and feed the poor and
give them a place to sleep at night? 1 )o you know that wages
are being reduced everywhere? All mining, manufacturing and round. Also that the Kitty-third
industrial enterprises must reduce the prices of labor or stop, favor of free coinage of silver.
We prophecy that the Wilson Tariff Bill will be knocked out
of the Senate as Corbett knocked out Mitchell—in the third
congress will be largely in
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 3, February 3, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200450/m1/2/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.