The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 6, February 24, 1894 Page: 6
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THE TEXAS MINER.
After the Kail.
It was a success—grand success, both socially and financially
The K. of P. thirty-first anniversary ball.
The gallant Knights have every reason to be proud of its suc-
cess. and the people—well, they are loud in their commendation.
Never before in the history of Thurber did so large a crowd
gather on pleasure bent; never before did a people so thoroughly
On last Monday night Diamond Lodge No. 159 K. of P. of
Thurber celebrated the thirty-first anniversary of the order by
giving a masquerade ball and oyster supper, which was attended
by over 500 people, 200 of whom were in costume and participat-
ed in the terpsichorean festivities, which continued until 5 a. m.,
at which hour the' Home, Sweet Home" waltz (according to
The Miner's special programme) was rendered and "good-
nights" were said.
The Knights had worked industriously for a week or more
making preparations and nothing was left undone toward mak-
ing the occasion what they intended it should be—as results have
The decorations in the town hall were on an elaborate scale,
and so well arranged that a very pretty effect resulted, the hall
being brilliantly lighted. Upon entering, one's eyes were met
by a huge banner across the further end of the hall above the
stage which read • XXXIst Anniversary K. of P. Welcome."
Then on either side of the hall were to be seen banners bearing
the following mottoes all most tastefully arranged: • K.of P. of
the World " ' No Flies on The Texas Miner," • F. C. B."
"O. M. A.," -'Where Is Our Editor ? He's All Right!" "Hur-
rah for 'Dynamite' and -Private'," "Diamond Lodge No. 159,"
•'Sit Down, Bob, or You'll Break Something " --Our C. C. Has
a Home," "Ain't He a Daisy, Now?" "Success," ' After the
Ball Let Us Go Home." On the ceiling immediately in the
center was a huge tri-angle, arranged from the order's colors,
.n the corners of which the letters F C B appeared.
Much attention had been given to costumes and masques, and
while the majority were exquisitely beautiful, the others were
ridiculously gorgeous—all wholly impenetrable.
At 12 oclock, after Mrs.William Morgan Lewis, The Miner's
representative, had given out The Miner's specially arranged
programme, the order "masques off" was given, and after a
few minutes of hand-shaking and merry greetings the line of
march was taken up to Castle Hall at which place was served
an oyster supper on a grand scale. This place was crowded
with ladies and gentlemen until the ball closed.
We would be pleased to make special mention of some of the
costumes, but limited space prevents.
The Knights hand in the following communication:
' Please grant us space in which to thank those who so kindly
assisted us, by services, etc., in making our Pythian Day a suc-
cess First, Mr Cronk. We heartily appreciate the manner in
which he treated our committee by gratuitously furnishing many
articles needed; second Andy Ramage who was a whole team;
third Will Vernon, alias Will Woods, who did everything in his
power toward making the ball a success; fourth Scotty Crawford
who assisted in the decorations and arrangement; fifth, Messrs.
Baker, Bensinger Morrison, Hardy and others. Gentlemen we
are yours, truly. Last, but by no means least, The Texas Mi-
ner, for the handsome programmes, and for various other cour-
tesies. Messrs. Cowden and Williams, too, did us many kind-
nesses. The Committees."
Nothing more forcibly demonstrates the rapid growth of Thur-
ber than did the incapacity of the public hall to hold the people
last Monday night, many going away, being unable to secure
"standing room." The Knights say that when a new one is
built they'll give a world-beater.
The Miner greatly appreciates the way in which Mrs. Lewis
The Coming Entertainment.
At the meeting last Wednesday evening, at the residence of
Mrs. John Douglas, to arrange for the comig entertainment
which will be given for the purpose of raising funds with which
to purchase a bell for Union church and for the making of
other improvements on the building, it was decided that the en-
tertainment be given on or about the 20th of March. The pro-
gramme will consist of a minstrel first-part, during which, funny
end songs and sentimental ballads will be rendered, clog and
wing dancing indulged in. and this, together with the witty
sayings of the end-men and the many good specialties that will
be introduced by those taking part promises to make a good
opening. In the second part of the programme two or three
short but merry comedies will be produced and several laughable
dialogues and recitations rendered. The third part, or winding
up of the entertainment, is a secret as yet, but we are told that it
will be something rich—something full of fun and go.
All those who are to take part in the entertainmet, both the
ladies and the gentlemen, have gone into the work with the de-
termination to give a really first-class performance and they
mean to succeed. There will be another meeting held at Mrs.
Douglas' home on next Monday evening, the 26th, at which
time parts in the comedies and dialogues will be assigned and a
reading rehearsal of the same be had.
Knding of a Romance in Fort Worth.
Away back in the fifties there lived in New York City, a
bright, young medical student named W. W. Winthrop. He
became acquainted with a young school girl named May Francis,
who, at the time, was not fifteen years of age, and they were
married. There was born to them two children, a girl who died
in infancy, and a boy, who grew up to manhood and whom so
many of us knew and familarly called Will Winthrop. His sad
death, a few weeks ago. caused sorrow in many hearts. But, to
our romance. Doctor Winthrop went to the war, and served
until the close ; then came to New York to see his wife and
afterwards started to California. From there he went to
Australia to South Africa, then to London, and was there em-
ployed to go to India. After an absense of about fifteen years
he returned to New York, but could not find or get any tidings
of his wife and child. About three years ago he learned that his
wife and son were living in Fort Worth so he went there and
saw his son but Will Winthrop did not want to have his mother's
peace of mind disturbed by seeing Dr. Winthrop. and he went
away without seeing her. A few weeks ago Will Winthrop died ;
the father was notified of this sad event and immediately went
back to Fort Worth and met. after 29 years' separation, his
girl-wife of early days. The result was a quiet wedding at the
Arlington Inn, on the 17th inst., and Doctor and Mrs. Winthrop
left for their home in Florida.
Pleasing, Very Fleasing.
Hard times or no hard times, the Miner is steadily forging
ahead adding new names to its subscription books, every day,
and what is still better, nearly every mail brings in new advertise-
ments or inquiries. Two new advertisers that we introduce to
our readers this week are Messrs. B. Leidersdorf & company, of
Milwaukee. Wisconsin, manufacturers of Miners' and Puddlers'
long cut tobacco, a good article either for smoking or chewing ;
and Messrs. S. Grabfelder & company, of Louisville, Kentucky,
distillers of those famous brands of pure, mellow, hand-made
sour-mash, Bourbon and rye whiskies, the ' Echo Spring."'
"Woodford County." ' Horse Shoe" and "Sugar Valley."
These goods are guaranteed, and are especially manufactured for
medicinal and family uses.
Chas. J. Swasey,
C asey, Swasey fe C o.
.... WHOLESALE ....
LIQUORS and CIGARS.
Sole Proprietors of the Celebrated
. Kentucky Comfort ',
Fort Vor 1*1), Tpx.
Padgitt Bros., Dallas,
Saddlery, Harpe??, Collar^, Bridle^, Elv
CARRY a large stock of Buggies, all kinds of Leather,
boot and shoe Uppers, half soles, Brass shoe nails, Iron
stands with 3 sizes feet, Heel braces, Shoe blacking, etc.
Any Goods in Our Line we can supply Promptly through
The Texas &. Pacific Coal 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/m1/6/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.