The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 5, February 17, 1894 Page: 2
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THE TEXAS MINER-
THE TEXAS MINER.
W. B. McADAMS, Editor.
One Year $1.00.
Single Copies 5C-
Advertising Rates made known on application to the Business Office.
GROVER CLEVELAND VS. THE PEOPLE.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY.
Entered at the Post-Office in Thurber, Texas, as Second-Class Mail Matter.
Thurber, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 17, 1894.
THE TRUE MEANING.
The people of Texas send us in the following bill to collect:
Grover Cleveland, Debtor,
To the People of Texas,
$5 a head on'6,ooo,ooo head of cattle,
$2 a head on 4,000 000 head of sheep,
5 cents a pound on 12,000,000 pounds of wool,
Loss to labor, •
The question is frequently asked: "What is the true meaning
of the words monometalism and bimetalism?" Monometalism
means that gold shall be the only metal that shall become a
legal tender in the payment of debts, and in the completion of
all business transactions, except in a small amount up to the
sum of $5, necessary in making change.
A law of this kind would make all the silver now used as
money of no value except in small amounts as subsidiary coins*.
That would take away the purchasing power of more than one-
half of the currency now used as money in the world. Every
man and every woman knows what that would do:
First—It would make the laborer work more hours, days or
weeks to obtain a given amount of what is called money.
Second—It would make the farm or little homestead worth
Third—If there was a mortgage or debts owing it would take
more hours of labor, a larger proportion of the house or farm or
any kind of personal property to pay that debt; and per conse-
quence, it would give to the capitalist more of property, more of
labor. It ' would enable him to have more servants at less
wages, more luxuries at less expense; he Yvould obtain a
greater rate of interest—and this state of things could only make
the rich .richer and the poor poorer. •;
Bimetallism means that both gold and silver shall, at a ratio
of about sixteen ounces of silver to one ounce of gold, be legal
tender in the payment óf all debts and the money used in all
transactions of business.
The meaning of that is that there will be more of the medium
of exchange called money in circulation, which of course means
that it will take less labor to obtain a given amount, that the
products of the soil would bring higher prices, that property of
every kind would bring more of what we call money. It means
that the masses of the people will be less under the domination
of the monied power.
The interest of every laboring man and woman, every owner
of every kind of property, except gold owners and those who
have debts due them, is to insist that we shall have free coinage
of ¡silver; that silver shall have the rights returned to it that
were taken, away in 1873—if not secretly, they were at all events
taken away without our knowledge.
This is a simple, plain statement of the present situation.
Every one can take their choice upon which side they will
throw their influence—either upon that óf the money power, or
that of the masses. Now is the time to choose.
We started in to collect, but presto, it's all changed, for he
brings in an account against them reading as follows :
People of Texas, Debtor,
To Grover Cleveland,
$50 000,000 ten-year 5 per cent, bonds, issued
to Gold Bugs, $50 000 000
How is this ? Are we the Gold Bugs ? We are muddled. Will
some one - rise to explain."
Our dear Northern readers—you don't know we have the
most delightful winter climate that can be found anywhere in
this country, except occasionally when we get a norther, do you,
now? Own up that you thought the Lone Star state was just a
great big sparsly-settled state; and that cowboys were in the
ascendancy; that we had not much of anything to boast of ex-
cept our cattle; that it was just a --leetle" dangerous to even go
through the state on your way to the halls of the Montezumas;
that we were reckless and about all that we could do well was to
play a strong hand of • draw." Why, bless your innocent heart,
we do hold what is called a ' Texas full hand," but it runs about
this way, in round numbers:
50 000 000 acres of timber land.
5 000 000 acres planted in cotton.
3 000 000 acres planted in corn.
500 000 acres planted in wheat.
400 000 acres planted in oats.
Millions upon millions of acres just as good as those under
cultivation waiting improvement.
7 000 000 head of cattle.
5 000 0000 head of sheep. -r - . ~,
1,250 000 head of horses.
1 250 000 head of hogs.
Yes. it isa strong hand of "draw." but one to draw good,
steady, hard-working immigrants—-and why not? We have
flowers and sunshine a good portion of the 365 days in the year;
we have good laws framed for the poor man—not the million-
aire; we have the largest school fund of any state; we have cheap
lands, rich lands, and lands you can make a living on the first
year and lay assid'e money thereafter. The old type mossback
Texan has gone, and is going, into the everlasting past; the new-
Texan is a different breed altogether. We don't by any man-
ner of means want to tell you they are angels, for the same jeal-
ousies, the same selfishness exists here, as everywhere, with, we
think, a larger crop of office-seekers than you can find ordinarily
but here is the spot to come to to mind your own business,
and you can have good health, and make a competency—if you
are ' built that way." J: v . .
Free coinage of silver, at a ratio of 16 to 1 will raise the
prices of all farm products, will raise the price of labor, will
make money plenty, will set the wheels of trade in motion-
less have it. How ? Why, by voting for Congressmen that
will pledge themselves to work for it in Congress.
We call upon the Senate to defeat the Wilson bill, that will lower .
the wages of the laboring men all over this country. Taking off"
the duty of 75 cents a ton on coal will reduce the wages on
every coal miner in this country. Every man in this coal camp
knows how demoralized the coal trade is at this time—-it is time
to call a halt on the reduction of wages of the American laborer
to equal European wages.
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 5, February 17, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200452/m1/2/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.