The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 8, March 10, 1894 Page: 5
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THE TEXAS MINER.
OUR OWN "LITTLE WORLD."
We have a model community in this town—we are cosmo-
politan. Nearly every Nation has represensatives in our town,
and a more orderly, law abiding, industrious class cannot be
found anywhere We have no municipal taxation. The Coal
company has built three churches, for which no rent is charged;
a school house for whites that is furnished free through the summer
months, and to which the Company donates a certain sum, per
month, besides, to encourage keeping the school open through
the summer after the public school money runs out. The Color-
ed school is kept in the colored church, and the Company also
donates a pro rata sum to encourage that to be kept open the
year around. The water works was constructed at a large ex-
pense, and the water filtered through twenty feet of sand and
charcoal on the same principle as is done in London, England,
and there is no better water supply in the state
The mercantile part of this little world is conducted on strictly
business principles, with the aim to supply the best quality of
goods at the minimum of price and to keep everything in stock
that is needed and wanted. The mining department is proba-
bly more thoroughly arranged than any other coal camp in this
or any other country. The greatest care has been taken to pro-
vide for the safety of the miner. They have very little water in
the mines and there is scarcely any gas that" is dangerous in so
many mines. There has been every attention paid to ventila-
tion. Every known improvement in mining and cleaning coal
has already or is being adopted. The head of this company
does not, and need not, yield to any man the palm of knowledge
in conducting coal mining; he has selected able assistants and
trained many of them under his supervision. The mine super-
intendent, Mr. W. K. Gordon, and Mr. J. H. McLure, the engi-
neer, are courteous, able gentlemen, that would grace and adorn
any position in life, and at the same time are practical men in
their calling. To see these gentlemen with mining suits on,
lamp in hand, and afterwards in their citizens' clothes, is a strik.
ing difference in appearance.
"Our Colonel;" his brains are working like a steam trip-ham-
mer all the time, night and day, to provide work and wages for
the thousands of people depending upon his exertions for a
jivlihood; and in that great, big body beats as kindly a heart as
was ever placed in a human being. He has no use for dullards
or sluggards, but any man that is honest and hard working, and
who will, under any and all circumstances, speak the truth, will
find a true friend in him.
A short time since the people of Texas directed us to make
out a bill against President Cleveland for losses inflicted upon
them through his gold-bug and free-trade policies. We did so;
the amount was $50,000,000. We sent this bill as directed
but in a short time it came back receipted in full, and
"our President" said it was paid in full by the issue of our own
notes at 5 per cent, interest, running 10 years, to Eastern gold
bugs, and congratulated us on the low rate of interest that the
loan was negotiated at and said that "he and Mr Carlisle had
made an excellent bargain with those Wall street men. We did
not exactly understand then, and do not see clearly now, how
that $50,000,000 of our notes, at 5 per cent, interest, paid his
debt to us—but he said it did, and "he knows;" for is he not
our father, our idol; and don't he knowr everything? If he,
like one of old, should say "let there be light," there would be;
and so we people of Texas balanced our books by charging up
to that comfortable old account—profit and loss.
Now the people of the United States have directed us to make
out their account, up to this date, against President Cleveland,
and here it is :
United States of America, March 9, 1894.
To The People of the United States, Dr.,
To losses of wages of 3,000,000 wage earners
from March 4, '93, to March 9, '94, at an
average of $3 per day, (caused from your
deadly single standard currency views,
and from your English ideas of free trade),
317 days, less holidays 5, net 312 days at
$3 per diam, $ 2,808,000,000
To visible losses on stocks and bonds, per stock
list quotations, 3,000,000,000
To losses on stocks and bonds, not on public
stock list, 2,000,000,000
To losses in reduction of price of farm products, 900,000.000
To reduction in the price of farms and all
other realty, 2,400,000,000
To losses by breaking of banks and failures of
firms, corporations and individuals, - - 3,600,000,000
Total, - - $14,708,000,000
Note—We make no direct charge for the death losses, nor
the tears of widows and orphans, nor the pangs of sorrow
and breaking of hearts of 70.000,000 people, as we have no
financial data to go by.
E. and O. E.—
Will you, after examination, please pass to the auditor for
verification of items and payment.
The Texas Miner.
The colored school board hand in the following to The
Miner, which is cheerfully given space.
Thurber, Tex., Feb. 25, 1894.
John H. Riddle, Esq., Thurber, Texas:
Dear Sir—In order to assist you to continue your school
during the summer months I will donate $5 per month from
March 1 to September 1. Very truly yours, R. D. Hunter.
Thurber, Tex., March 7, 1894.
To The Miner:
Please allow us space for the above, and to speak in kindness
of Col. Hunter to the colored citizens of Thurber for his very lib-
eral donation toward the extension of our schools at this place.
We, the colored citizens of Thurber can not utter words ade-
quate to express our appreciation, and can only say that we hope
to take advantage of such kindness by improving our children
educationally, and in every way that tends to make good citizens.
The state appropriation only warranted six months, but by the
liberal donation of Col. Hunter and others we will be able to
run our school perhaps three months longer.
We will next week be pleased to have you publish the names
of those who have contributed, and the amount collected.
Do you covet learning's prize?
Ciimb her heights and take it;
In ourselves our fortune lies—
Life is what we make it. Riddle.
Notes from Hunter—Or the "Y."
To The Miner:
Our town, formerly called Coal Mines Junction, is now known
as Hunter, named in honor of "our Colonel." It cannot help
but prosper; since everything the Colonel touches grows as if by
C. M. Elliott, our popular local conductor, has been trans-
ferred to Toyah division. Charlie has gone to the mountains in
search of health. Good luck to you, Whiskers; hope you'll be
on your feet soon again.
Thomas Eaves, ex-passenger conductor, is back on his local
run. Tom says he is glad to get back with the boys again.
Don't make a mistake, Tom, and punch a waybill for a ticket.
Mr. McGills, chief clerk to Roadmaster P>urke, paid our town
a short visit a few days ago.
Trains No. 1 and 2, which have been running between YVeath-
erford and Fort Worth, have been pulled off on account of slack
business. Nuf Ced.
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 8, March 10, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200455/m1/5/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.