The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 6, February 24, 1894 Page: 4
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THE TEXAS MINER.
THE TEXAS MINER.
Thurber, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 24, 1894.
OUR OWiN LITTLE WORLD.
their wages, for the edict has gone forth that "I will not have it
in this camp," We have our own newspaper, and we take an
interest in it—for does it not work for us, and in our interest?
And so, we live and thrive in our own "little world."
we see where he's right.
About eighty miles west of Fort Worth on the Texas and Pa-
cific railroad is a town built up by the energy and force of char-
acter of one man, Col. R. D. Hunter. This town he named
Thurber, in honor of a friend. It is now a village approaching
4000 people. It is two and one-half miles from the station
named Coal Mines Junction on the Texas & Pacific railroad,
and it is a ' little world" within itself. The company owns about
32,000 acres of land, and there is not a foot of it in the town
that can be bought or leased. All the houses, stores, churches,
school houses and public hall have been built by the company.
All the stores belong to the company, and the business carried
on in them, but on a direct contrary policy to that by which
business is conducted almost invariably in what are termed
'company stores" in mining towns. Here there are no
■ wheels within wheels" of storekeepers and officers among the
mercantile portion of the business whose interest it is to make
all out of the people they can in charging high prices for mer-
chandise, but the settled policy of this company is to sell good
goods as cheaply as possible; to make the town the cheapest town
to live in in the state of Texas. The company not only wants its
people to make a good living, but to lay up a surplus, to pro-
vide against the wants of old age and against the emergencies of
life. The company provides not only the necessaries of life, but
also the comforts, conveniencies and luxuries, and our well-to-do
people also find among themselves many of the pleasures the
outside world is so eagerly pursuing. In our ' little world" we
have many educated, refined persons; artists, linguists and mu-
sicians, France, Germany and sunny Italy each furnish their
quota. True it is, the outward garb among our busy people is
not so gorgeous as among the butterflies of cities, but under-
neath a rough exterior we find as fine feelings and true hearts—
and happier and more contented minds. We have no mendi-
cants or paupers, almost everyone has laid by more or less for
'•rainy days," and some are comparatively wealthy who came to
this town poor. Economy and industry are encouraged by pre-
cept and example of the founder of our '-little world." It is no
wonder that our people are permanent residents. We are a
model mining town, and all because the policy of the com-
pany is to "live and let live." Industry, perseverance, economy
and a far-seeing policy has made the town what it now is, and
there is every reason to believe that it is only in its infancy, for
the same active, pushing brain that made it is not satisfied, and
probably as long as health and life lasts never will be, and now
that the difficulties and troubles that beset the company in its
early days are gradualy disappearing, new plans are being made
—all to the one end of improvement and extension. The com-
pany hopes soon to supply this place with artesian water, as it is
believed we are in the same artesian belt as Fort Worth, and
that is the finest water we have seen in any portion of this
country. It would not be surprising that if by the end of 1894
this town would be the terminus of a railroad that would give di-
rect southern connections. Our citizens have such confidence in
the ability of the manager of this company that we can scarcely
surprise them with anything we might tell them of the future oí
our ' little world." We are proud of it. Here we have n con-
tented, happy, prosperous people, a growing town, it is no place
for idle, dissipating persons, they cannot get a foothold or a roof
to cover them—seven days' notice being all the time required to
give that kind their 'walking papers" if by chance they get in.
Gamblers cannot flock in here on pay days to rob our miners of
Col. W. L. Brown was beaten by a Republican in an election
for congressman in a strong Democratic district in New York City.
The election was to fill a vacancy, and was held about two weeks
ago. The district is Ordinarily Democratic by about 10 000 ma-
jority. He was being joked by some of his friends about his de-
feat, and said: "I tell you, boys, it's mighty hard to beat the
'dinner-bucket' brigade." That's what's the matter—and unless
Cleveland, Wilson and that ilk change their tactics pretty soon
they'll "go up the spout."
Governor McKinley in a recent speech made at Columbus,
"The people want a change, and they want it bad. They
want it sooner than they ever dreamed they would want it; they
are tired of their contract before the period of its legal termi-
nation. They are tired of this tariff-tinkering, bond-holding,
debt-increasing, tr;aiury-depleting, bu:iness-para!yzing, wage-
reducing, queen-restoring Administration. They disapprove of
every part of this programme, and they would not stand it
twenty-four hours if they had an opportunity to cancel the
agency between themselves and the gentlemen in charge of the
government. It is a case of landlord with a bad tenant whose
lease has some time yet to run, with no provision of forfeiture."
Hetty Green, the sixty-million-dollar woman, has a mortgage
on the Stewart building. New York City, for $1 250 000. The
janitor was going to run her out of the building the other day—•
he thought she was a book peddler.
Drink! Drink! Drink!
( of fort worth.)
Ginger Ale and Cider.
ijers and jr ucldlers
•i LONG CUT *
B. I voider sdorf i o.
Milwaukee, - Wi<5cot)sir>
We are the distillers of "Echo Spring," "Wood-
.v. ford Countv," "Morse Shoe" and "Sugar Valley,"
•: which are strictly pure and mellow Hand-made
# Sour Mash, Bourbon and Rye Whiskies. We
guarantee these goods to be the best in the World
S. GRABFELDER & CO.,
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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/m1/4/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.