The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 5, February 17, 1894 Page: 4
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THE TEXAS MINER.
THE TEXAS £1INER.
Thurber, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 17, 1894.
FROM THE PEOPLE,
Under this head communications are solicited.
"then and now.
Thurber. Texas, February 16, 1894.
To The Miner:
In 1892 the country was, not as the Miner has it, on the high-
way of prosperity, but on the verge of the panic of 1893. His-
tory will repeat itself, and these periodical business depressions
occur in almost every country after certain periods of prosperity,
caused by one thing or another; we have them under Democra-
tic as well as Republican rule, and 1873 is yet fresh in the mem-
ory of some of us. The Democratic party came into power and
inherited a load of sin and iniquity from the other party.
The treasury bankrupt, fifty million dollars short. Tom Reed's
congress appropriated for various purposes including the forty
million dollars per annum for the sinking fund, $362 000,000
more than the revenue.
Facts, Mr. Miner facts.
It has not been spent, because it has not been in the treasury.
The obligations of the government, created by law, have not
been discharged but in paying the amounts that are absolutely
necessary to keep the government running, including $160 000-
000 per annum for pensions—-which government on earth could
stand it?—there is a shortage of fifty million dollars.
It is not our fault, seek as you may to make capital out of it.
We will take the responsibility of all new laws that are created,
we will go as far as is possible for men to go in relieving the
country of bad laws now upon the statute books, but we do ob-
ject to being held up to the country as responsible for laws that
were not of our own enacting.
How can the Democratic party be held responsible for the re-
peal of the Sherman law if its own enactor worked more, and
done more for the repeal of the same than any other man in or
out of congress, bar Mr. Cleveland, and whoever considered
him to be a Democrat? He never represented Democratic
idea's, nor was he ever popular in anything but Republican
states, or with a few who have held office under him, or a cer-
tain class posing as reformers, expecting to hold such. And on
the final passage of the bill, out of forty-two votes cast in favor
of the same, twenty-two were those of Senators on the Republi-
can side of the chamber.
So much for the Silver question.
Then if. as you say, Mr. Cleveland was elected by a large
majority of the people, there must certainly have been some
of those amongst them, who, after twenty-four hours of his elec-
tion have,, magician-like, said, k-Presto" and changed their
minds and stopped all and every enterprise and began the out-
cry against the 'Dollar of our Daddies", they certainly could
not all have been Wall street men, but I am sadly afraid there
were a good many of them Republicans of the Cleveland type.
I am amazed at the determination of some people, of all
parties, to find politics in the Silver question ; they have a won-
derful nose for the political cat in every bag of meal presented
to them. As reminds me of what happened in a certain poor,
religious congregation in England. The congregation wanted to
procure new hymn books, but they were very poor and could
not afford to pay for them at the ordinary prices. They under-
stood, however, that a certain great adverising house, a business
house that made patent medicines, was willing to furnish them
hymn books at a penny each if they would allow some adver-
tisements to be inserted in the books. They thought that would
be no special harm, that they might have a few pages of adver-
tisements bound up with "Watts and Doddrige." They agreed
to the proposition. The books came, duly printed, and they
got down to the church on the 24th of December. On Christ-
mas morning the model christians, who had no thought of any-
thing but religion, got up to sing. Their pastor gave out, by
the first line, a very familiar hymn. Immediately the congrega-
tion arose to its feet and in a few seconds were aghast to find
'• Hark ! the herald angela sing
Beecham's pills are just the thing, *
Peace on earth and mercy mild
Two for man, and one for child."
Thurber, Tex., Feb. 16, 1894.
To the Miner:
My intention is to write a chain of letters composed of miscel-
laneous notes, trusting them to be equally as interesting to your
readers as they are to me.
Swedenborg was the first to teach that the earth is far older
than six thousand years and that it was not made in six natural
days. Yet since his time scientists have abundantly proven
and demonstrated the truth of what he taught, and this so clear-
ly that no enlightened mind will doubt the facts.
It is said by one scientist of a volcano in the interior of France
that it emitted a flow of lava at a comparatively recent period
which filled the channel of a river in its course. The water rose,
passing over the impediment, and has up to this time cut a chan-
nel fifty feet deep through the lava bed.
Another scientist writes of an old bridge (Roman) known to
have badil cxntrujced, of lava, about two thousand years ago.
the water only eroding between five and six inches into the lava.
Now. you fellows that understand how to work simple propor-
tion, get your pencil and find from the above data how long it
took the river to erode fifty feet into the lava.
From this data we find that the emission of the lava in the in-
terior of France occurred about two hundred thousand years ago.
Mr. McLaren writes that it requires one thousand years at
least to make up the thirty-six inches of coal. And that four
tons of vegetable matter goes to make one ton of coal.
Another authority writes that after the coal is made that the
dirt of which the roof is made is, under ordinary circumstances,
stored up at the rate of one inch every 127 1-5 years.
From the above data we will endeavor to find the age of our
coal field here at home.
We will take No. 3 mine as the base of our calculation. The
depth of the mine is 105 feet to the coal; the hill on the north
and south are, say, 100 feet higher than the surface where the
shaft is located.
The general belief is that all this country was level at one
time, and that these beautiful valleys and ravines are the result
of running waters.
We will also take the thick coal in the same mine. According
to McLaren thirty-six inches will represent 1000 years, and forty-
two inches will represent 1166 years. Under the hills we have
a cover of about 200 feet, which will represent 306,966 years the
probable age of our coal field.
Since we are taught that it requires four tons of vegetable
matter to make one ton of coal, we are inclined to the belief
that it took far more than 1166 years to form forty-two inches in
this coal field, for the following reasons:
First, in order to make forty-two inches of coal in 1166 years'
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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/m1/4/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.