The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 3, February 3, 1894 Page: 6
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THE TEXAS MINER.
Never Touched II .
The Gordon Courier of last week said: '"We understand the
Thurber mines are working on half time now.' Bless your
soul, Mac, that shot from jealous Gordon flew wide of the mark
— in fact, you never touched us. Why, say, there hasn t been
but a slight let-up, annd that was because of the fact the railroad
companies could not furnish the empty cars. Last Saturday was
a record breaker for this camp, there being hoisted 1671 tons
80 cars, 78 of which were shipped out. Fire another one, Mac
but be sure to use facts for wadding.
One of the Beat.
Mr. Hall of the Campbell Commission company, Fort Worth,
sold this week for Col. Herman Specht of Iowa Park, fifty-six
hogs that averaged 309 pounds each, at $5.15 per 100 pounds;
the lot brought nearly $1000 cash. By the by, the Campbell
Commission company is one of the best in the country, and the
Fort Worth representative, Mr. Hall, is a thorough business
man and a gentleman. Our Erath county tarmers should go
more extensively into the raising of hogs, it pays better than
cotton, and they always will bring cash.
Our Public Schools.
We have visited our schools; they are creditable, but this
town has lots of links to let out in this direction. Mr. Yandell
and Mrs. Wirt are doing their best and the scholars evidence
good training and good system; but what we want to see is
more of the children in this camp attending the public schools.
It is almost criminal for parents not to send their children to
school when they have a chance. You would not send a
miner into the mines without any tools whatever, and expect
him to mine coal; and the most important tool to help your
children on in the world is an education, they will be at a
great disadvantage as they grow up without it. We hope our
towns people will think this over.
Texas & Pacific ltail Road.
It is said Mr. L. S. Thorne, 3rd. Vice-President of the
Texas & Pacific railroad, has developed into the best railroad
manager in the United States. He was promoted to the position
he so ably fills by Mr. Jay Gould, before his death. Mr.
Russel Sage said Mr. Gould was the best judge of men he ever
knew, and from his selection of Mr. Thorne we do not doubt
it. Mr. Thorne is bringing the old Texas Pacific railroad into
prominence, and if allowed to carry out his plans will make this
road among the best railroad properties in this country. His
selection of such subordinates as Mr.. J. W. Everman, Mr. J. B
Paul, Mr. Furner, Mr. Larrimore, Mr. Patten, Mr. Sargent, Mr.
Burke and the thousand and one others shows the manner of
of man hé is—an earnest, steady, quiet worker, a shrewd
developer of business along the line of road. He is putting
the track from Texarkana to El Paso and from Marshall to
New Orleans in first-class order; the rolling stock is steadily
being improved; he knows that trains cannot be run cheaply-
over a poor track.
The Church Concert.
There is to be given in Thurber at an early date, perhaps the
latter part of this month, a concert, participated in by strictly home
talent, young ladies and gentlemen, and "grown-up" folks. The
purpose is a laudable one—that of raising funds with which to
purchase a bell for the Union church, and to further improve the
building. Those taking part are among Thurber's best citizens,
and among whom there is considerable theatrical talent. 'The
work of rehearsing will be commenced next week. The pro-
gram will be varied, consisting of comic dialogue, character
sketches, black-face delineations, broom and fan drills by a
dozert young ladies, songs, dances, etc., all in all the entertain-
ment will compare favorably with any amateur performance to
be seen anywhere. 'There was a meeting held last Wednesday
night in The Miner office, at which were present twenty-five
ladies and gentlemen. The ladies were: Mesdames Douglas,
Baker, Williams, Stevens and Wirt; Misses Keith, Harwood,
Bell, Douglas and McKinnon. The next meeting will be held
Monday night at the home of Mrs. John Douglas, near the min-
"Our Colonel" has been East in the interest of the town: he
will be home this week; it strengthens our backbone when we
see him around.
M. Smith of Tanner, Eastland county, called on us. Mr.
Smith was born in Georgia but came to Texas in 1886.
W. J. Oxford, county attorney; J. A. Roberson, county as-
sesor; R. T. Hume, T. J. Wilson and Billy Kay, all from
Stephensville, were in to see us. That town turns out live men.
Officer Fulkerson came in from Stephensville yesterday and
took back with him John Vining.
Among the visitors this week we've noticed J. J. Carr, I )allas:
ohn Misiel, St. Louis; J. C. Hooper, St, Louis; R. C. Coombs.
Fort Worth; G. W. Yale, Fort Worth; A. R. Brown, St. Louis;
Mr. Richie, St. Louis; W. L. Evans, Sherman.
J. B. Pendleton, fatherin-law of our Mr. Hall, came up from
Eddy, N. M., and was in to see us Monday. Mrs. Pendleton is
in poor health at her home at Strawn.
Crude Britton, brother of Cashier Britton, spent Sunday in
Thurber. He is a member of Capt. McDonald's rangers at
W. K. Bell and Editor McCollister of Gordon were here Sat-
J. Y. Burke, roadmaster of the Texas and Pacific, headquar-
ters at Weatherford, was in Thurber this week.
Mr. Herman, an accident insurance man, St. Louis, was work-
ing the town the past week.
Section Boss Rvan of Cisco, of the Central, now has charge
of the Thurber section, succeeding J. C. Step, who goes west.
W. L. Evans, sherman, representing Charles P. Kellogg Co.,
clothing, Chicago, was here. He ordered The Miner.
J. A. Robertson, tax assessor, wound up business in camp this
week, and ordered The Miner sent to him at Stephensville.
T. E. Granfill, Waco representing the Northwestern Masonic
Aid association, called to see us.
County Commissioner Killain called on us. He evidently is a
man that understands his business, and has force of character to
do what he thinks is right.
Dr. G. T. Allison of Huckeby, this county, called. 'The doc-
tor is a young physician, but he will make his mark in his pro-
fession, or else appearances are mighty deceptive.
Mr. Eliza McDaniel is recovering from an attack of pneumonia.
J. W. Allison of Huckeby called to see us last Saturday.
" 'Y !' Mr. Allen!"
"Sit down. Reeves, or you'll break something !"
That the goat did not knock Dave Heatherington out, and
that he wrongs "William" when he asserts it.
That Charlie backed Mitchell and Dave wears a new hat.
That Jim Matthews, pit boss at No. 6, is a mighty fine singer.
That 'Squire Williams is a ladies' man.
That as an expert "badger" fighter. Arthur Rugles Spilman
extricates the dilapidated linen from the shrubbery.
That Jeff Cowden can stampede any crap game on earth.
That Andy Ramage is a jolly good fellow, and knows who
"swiped de 'am bone."
That Mr. Marshall has a monstrocity on his hands—a double-
headed calf—that he'll sell cheap, and solicits correspondence.
He came in possession of it under peculiar circumstances, but will
tell you about it if you ask him.
The Stephensville Journal celebrates its second birthday by
donning a red dress.
Note error in our prophecy about "silver," on second page—
'Fifty-third" should read "Fifty-fourth'" congress.
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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/m1/6/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.