The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 6, February 24, 1894 Page: 3
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thinking of where we are drifting. They do not want our labor-
ing men placed on the same plane as the wage earners in
Europe. That prominent Democrat, President Ingalls, of
the "Big 4 R. R." talks right out in the same strain. Legislat-
ing for European labor, in -preference to our own, should be
played out—protection begins in our families, extends to our
town, our county, our state, our country, our people. God has
granted this country many advantages over others, and it is our
nght—our sacred duty to preserve and extend them. Let us
demand that our legislators shall work in our interest instead of
that of England, and the continent of Europe; that we shall pro-
tect our laboring classes, that we shall insist upon using both
gold and silver as money—that the peoples' money, viz: silver
shall have the same rights in our mints as the millionaire's
money, viz: gold. We can have it that way if we will that it
shall be so; we care not one copper cent whether the Offices are
held by men who call themselves Democrats or Republicans
provided they will vote in the direction of protection to Ameri-
can labor and for the silver money of the masses.
THE LON £ STAR STATE.
Comparatively few Northern people realize the immense ex-
tent of territory ot the great Lone Star state; its variety of soil
and the wonderful productiveness of vast areas of as rich land as
the sun shines upon in any country. No cultivator of the soii
seeking to change his residence should fail to examine this rich
agricultural state before making a permanent location. Here
can be found lands contiguous to railroads at from $3 to $10
per acre, upon which crops of wheat, oats, corn and barley can
be as sately depended upon as in any portion of the Northwest.
1 lie great staple, of course, is cotton, the raising of which crop
the greater number of the farmers understand better than any
other A bale of cotton (400 pounds) to the acre together
with the cotton seed, of 1200 pounds, to the acre, now worth
$17.50 per ton gives a handsome return to the husbandman.
Wheat returns from 13 to 30 and oats from 60 to 90 bushels
to the acre from these cheap lands, which are easily cultivated
I he most erroneous idea that I had of this great state was as
to its climate. I find from my own observation and from the
testimony of many reliable men that have come here from
Northwestern states and now live here the year through that the
summers are not debilitating, while the fall, winter and spring
months are delightful. One gentleman of high character tells
me that for five years he has lived in Fort Worth, and that the
summers have been more agreeable than in the Northwestern
states where he passed his early life—but all this is not-glimpses
from a car window." Entering the state at Texarkana and go-
ing nearly due west by the Texas and Pacific railroad to El Paso
(the Mexican frontier) over 1000 miles, you pass through a
country that varies greatly, some sections being excellent and
others medium. In the vicinity of Dallas and Fort Worth the
lands are rich and well cultivated; as you go further west the
country along the line of the road becomes more rough and for
a long distance would not attract a settler that has seen good
sections of country, and yet just off the railroad are good val-
leys of rich land that yield bountiful crops. After the rough
country is passed the plains west ot Abilene on the T. and P.
road are reached. Here the rainfall is more uncertain and the
country far nearly 300 miles is better calculated for grazing than
tor agricultural purposes.
I would not advise a tiller of the soil to locate in this portion
of exas for the purpose of raising crops. It cannot be done
except by irrigation. In going from Dallas to Galveston by the
Santa he route w'e go through a beautiful country for most of
the way, a section that will repay an examination of any pro-
posed location. Nearing Galveston we find a country that ap-
pears excellently well adopted for raising fruits. There are
many fine farms on which fruit-raising is made very profitable.
Galveston is reached by crossing Galveston bay on a bridge
which is nearly five miles in length If Galveston succeeds in
getting 23 to 25 feet of water on the bar (as no resident seems
to doubt) it will become a very large shipping port, as it has an
empire tributary to it. Houston, a flourishing, business-like
dty, 53 miles by rail from Galveston, is located on a bay
which runs up from Galv eston bay and is navigable by any craft
that can now cross the Galveston bar, so that Houston can be
reached by water. There are hundreds of thousands of acres of
choice lands that can be advantageously cultivated, near what I
^-/-btwmwithm three years be a deep-water port on
e, /. of Mexico. ^ Along the entire length of the Houston
and exas Central railroad, from Houston to Fort Worth great
opportunities are offered to those who want good farms '
I went from Fort Worth to Waco on the "Katy," as it is
called for short—the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railroad—and
a 1 a °va - 6 r° aS ^ar as * trave^ed is one continuous line -of
splendid farming country. Wheat, oats, corn and cotton fields
make a scene of beauty on either side of the road as far as the
eye can reach From Albany to Waco, by the TexasjCentral 1
traveled with Col. Hamilton, the manager, in his pay car
Here again are untold numbers of acres of choice lands-
t at can be purchased at low prices, and which in the near
o"f the I beC<?r m fine SeCtl°n °f farmin& country as the tiller
of the soil would wish to see. I hear the most extravagant
stories of the productiveness of Texas lands. These reports
may in many instances, be enlarged; but the fact remains, which
the farms that are well cultivated prove, that there is a great deal
of trmh underlying them. I have traveled through the '-Pan-
handle of 1 exas over the Fort Worth & Denver railway in
which section more wheat is raised than in any other single por-
tion of the State. The crop this year bids fair to be a large one
and has been estimated at 15>0oo,000 bushels. From one of
the Lmon Pacific books (that can be obtained by writing to the
office in St. Louis) I find what is called "a Texas full hand."
I will from time to time, give more of my obser-
vations of this great State. I can truthfully say that no portion
of this great country over which 1 have traveled presents so
many inducements for the tiller of the soil as the state of Texas •
o course the soil and climate vary in different portions, and a
prospector should be careful to see the better portions before
Purchasing—[Correspondence in American Grocer.
llora s an<] nuiles.
YES, I KNOW THAT IS SO.
That able Democratic paper, the New York Sun, that adver-
tises that "what ever you see in the Sun is so," discusses as
follows: "Incompetency, cowardice, treachery, aud incon-
ceivable folly; that is the whole story of Democratic leadership
in this tariff business. And the principal responsibility for the
income tax disaster is about equally divided between Grover
Cleveland and William Lightweight Wilson."
If the Sun had gone further and said that Grover Cleveland
was trying to reduce the price of labor, to make our houses and
farms less valuable, to raise the rate of interest, to make us the
slave ot the money lender—by making gold the only legal ten-
der money, then the Sun would have "filled the bill" completely.
WHO TO VOTE FOR.
President Cleveland is playing in to the hands of Lombard
street. London, and Wall street. New York, to make gold the
only money that should be legal tender in payment of debts.
That would make gold advance largely in value, and consequent-
ly reduce the value of our farms, of our cotton, of all our prod-
ucts, and make the men who hold the mortgages on our farms
richer and make us poorer. It is not fair, it is not honest, and
let us resolve, one and all, we will not have it. The first and
only question to ask of your Congressman is "are you in favor
of free coinage of silver, 16 to 1?" If he does not come out
flat-tooted and say "yes," let us tell him "we have no use for
you," and look for a man who will say "I will, if elected vote
for the free coinage of silver at a ratio of r 6 to 1," and then let
us vote for and work for that man,
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 6, February 24, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200453/m1/3/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.