The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 3, February 3, 1894 Page: 4
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THE TEXAS MINER.
THE TEXAS MINER.
'hurber, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 3, 1894.
Willie Ward is at St. Mary's college, Kansas. .
Warfield Ward is at the Marmaduke Military academy, Mis-
JeffCowden is the U. S. marshal in this camp—everybody
Joe Kubiack, a miner, on last Saturday stuck a pick through
his foot while working in No. 2 shaft.
Sam Wood, foreman at the R. D. Hunter ranch, was here this
week and took out a car of supplies.
A party of youngsters enjoyed a dance at Charles Neeley's
Tuesday night. They report having had a good time.
We will thank our friends for any news items they furnish—
help us to make The Miner as newsy as possible.
Clint Hamilton on last Saturday got a leg broke by being in
some manner caught between two car drawheads.
An old fireman on the Texas and Pacific railroad told us that
Thurber coal was the best steam coal he had ever used.
A. H. Miller spent a few days in Fort Worth last week, and
whjfre there purchased a fine Kentucky-bred mare, which he
brought back with him.
"Lit11 Williams is the very efficient constable of this precinct
He is one of the best-natured fellows we know—but, if he ever
comes after you, you'll come back with him.
Engine No. 153 of the Thurber yards was killed Thursday
to undergo repairs, and No. 77 and crew from the main line
came in, shifted the fiats and took out a train of coal.
Paul Varley, heretofore assistant pit boss at No. 5 shaft, has
resigned, and W. A. Pollman, formerly night boss at No. 5,
succeeds him, while W. H. English, succeeds Mr. Pollman.
We know there is lots of brains in this camp. Let us see
some of it spread on paper—beat "A Private" in last week's is-
sue, or ' Dynamite," -'Gipsy," or others of those in this week, if
A force of workmen off the Texas and Pacific came in yester-
day and commenced the work of putting down new ties and rails
for the siding running to No. 2 shaft—an improvement much
J. O. Payne celebrated his twenty-first birthday on last Satur-
day evening by giving a ball and supper at the residence of Louis
Carney. A large crowd was in attendance, and the festivities
continued until an "early" hour.
A large number of miners has arrived in this camp from vari-
ous mines over the country that have shut down, or mines that
are working on short time. The greater portion of them are
from the Indian Teritory mines.
F. M. Guilfoil, engineer on No. 153, sustained painful injury
to one of his hands last Monday. His hand was caught by his
reverse lever coming back and jamming it against his cab. Mr.
Guilfoil is taking a few days lay off in Fort Worth.
Dr. Harris lives within hearing of "the church-going bells" of
our town, and when we told him that the good church people
were working to place a bell on the Union church he expressed
gratification, and said he would contribute toward that worthy
object. Our town has more churches than saloons.
The Knights of Pythias installed officers on Friday night of
last week. After the installation the members enjoyed a feast.
At a late hour Andy Ramage and a friend came in and partici-
pated in devouring the good things. A question that is now
puzzling the genial knights is the fact that a ham is missing, and
they can't account for its disappearance. They " 'spicion" a
certain fellow, but can't get any evidence against him. "Who
took de 'am bone?"
The Texas and Pacific railway has not in its employ a more
efficient crew than that which hustles trains in the Thurber yards.
This crew is composed or Messrs. M. R. Whitson, conductor;
F. M. Guilfoil, engineer; W. H. Collins, fireman; James Rus-
sell, Geo. Sparks and Thos. McTague, brakemen; Sco'ty Craw-
ford, car inspector; Kit Hardy, helper; Paul Douglas, hostler.
Our Thurber band boys are—daisies. It is said (though we
can hardly believe it) that they beat the celebrated San Antonio
military band out o' sight. At all events they "lay over" by long
odds anything on the line of the Texas and Pacific road. They
went down to Weatherford to give the people there a taste of
Mr. Zadock Able of Gordon called on us. He is one of the
progressive men of Texas—is a thinker, and is not one of the
kind that, unfortunately we have too many of in Texas, viz: men
that are opposed to and jealous of any one who pushes a busi-
ness successfully. Progress is the spirit of the Nineteenth cen-
tury, and a man must work and think—if he keeps up with the
Henry Gandillon has charge of the company garden, and is a
thorough-going, hard-working, intelligent man. Louis Gandillon,
brother of Henry, has charge of the conservatory and yard of
the "Bungalow." These boys are from Switzerland. Their
father and mother are coming over this next summer. The
company hopes to have quite a colony of Swiss farmers on its
lands in the near future, and they will be an acquision to Thur-
Last week this section of the Lone Star state (and every other
state, we'll wager, for it was cold enough to whack-up with all)
experienced a genuine Texas norther, all wool and double width,
warranted not to rip, ravel nor run down at the heel. The wind
swooped down on us at a rate of 100 miles an hour, direct from
Greenland's icy mountains. Whew! how we did curl ap around
the fire. Extra blankets were good property, and Mr. Cronk tells
us gloves were at high premium—and Thurber coal a great wav
PURLOINED A TICKER.
Constable Williams and Andy Ramage on Tuesday night cap-
tured at the 1 Y" a young fellow named John Vining. while he
was making an effort to get away on a freight. It appears that
Vining has been in camp some little time, and recently boarded
at Mrs. Lewis' boarding house. Thos. Balfour also boarded
there. Tom had a watch but seldom wore it. leaving it in the
keeping of Mrs.- Lewis. Vining saw it one fine day, and ad-
mired it, asking Mrs. Lewis to let him see it. She acquiesced,
then hung the ticker in it's accustomed place. Tuesday Vining
signified his determination to go away, and went, Not long af-
ter his departure Mrs. Lewis missed the timepiece, and thought
she "smelt a mice." She notified the officers. The gentlemen
mentioned repaired to the junction and located their man,
though it was very dark. He made an effort to secrete the
watch in the sand. He was brought to Thurber, put in prison,
and Wednesday, on preliminary hearing before 'Squire Williams,
was held in $200 bond to answer in the county court at Stephens-
vile, and in default of said bond he was remanded and the sheriff
notified to come for him.
We sent out several sample copies of The Miner last week,
and will do the same thing this week, the object being to show
you the paper, invite your close perusal, and ask you to sub-
scribe. The Miner has grown from four pages to eight in two,
weeks, and we are not grown yet. Subscription price $1.
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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/m1/4/: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.