The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 9, March 17, 1894 Page: 2
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THE TEXAS MINER.
THE TEXAS MINER.
W. B. MCADAMS, EDITOR.
One Year $1.00.
Single Copies 5c.
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PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY.
Entered at the Post-Office in Thurber, Texas, as Second-Class Mail Matter.
Thurber, Texas, Saturday, March 17, 1894.
"OUR OWN LITTLE WORLD.'
Progress is the order of the day in the Nineteenth century,
and as the century is nearing its close, energy seems to be in-
tensified in all business circles. The man that keeps step in
the march of progress must apply his mind singly to one object
if he commands success. And that is exactly what is being
done in this -'little world" of ours. Nothing that is going on is
too small to escape the eagle eye or command the thought of the
founder of this town, and consequently it has grown beyond even
the hopes of the founder, and it would seem that, like the snow-
ball, it increases in greater proportion as the dimensions increase.
We have a hotel nearing completion. A gin house will be
built before the cotton crop of 1894 matures. The Waters-
Pierce Oil company is now placing a 7.000 gallon tank here to
supply the wants of this town ¿and surrounding country! The
name of Coal Mines Junction, or, as we have been calling it, the
"•Y," has been changed to Hunter.
Our market ranks with many very much larger towns. Meats,
fish and oysters can be purchased cheaper here than in almost
any town in Texas. Meats are shipped from our market to some
consumers in New Mexico, 400 miles from this place, on account
of their superior quality. Goods of all kinds are sold much lower
than in any town in this vicinity. Car loads after car loads of
merchandise are daily 'being received from every section of the
country where supplies cart be drawn from, of the best quality
and the lowest in price. Every dollar's worth of goods sold is
paid for "spot cash." Everything purchased is bought for sharp
cash. The mercantile departments of the business are being run
on the same strict business principles that the coal mining de-
partment is conducted on
The whole history of this model mining town has been one
series of successes. It would seem as though everything was fore-
seen, everything planned so that every joint fits in its place. Every
man knows his place and does his duty, or he "steps down and
THAT CANADIAN COAL.
You cannot narrow the basis of primary money to gold alone
and then increase the superstructure of credit reared upon it
In these gold-bug, free-trade times goods should be sold at
low prices, and the talk is that the Texas & Pácific Coal com-
pany is doing it.
Among the many bills which received the royal assent at Otta-
wa, Canada, recently, was one to incorporate the "Broad Cove
Coal company." This is the outcome of the purchase of certain
valuable coal areas at Broad Cove, Inverness county, Cape Bre-
ton, last year by Mr. William Penn Hussey, of Danvers, Mass.
By the charter Mr. Hussey and his company are granted full
power and protection to mine, quarry, carry and sell coal, coke
and iron, and all other ores and mineral substances, and to trans-
port on land ánd water from any place in the province of Nova
.Scotia to any other country.
"The milk in the cocoanut" of the above is that it is said that
Wilson, of the Wilson bill, President Cleveland, late Private Sec-
retary Dan Lamont, and Whitney, the president's, closest friend,
are "in it." Does that account for the 75 cents a ton taken off
the duty on coal-—see?
Gold-basis grip—the disease from which our trade is suffering
now. As gold goes up, other things go down. Prices under
present conditions must go lower.
The intelligence of the people of Texas is underrated when
merchants think they can keep old "cent percent" prices when
times are hard, goods are low and everything the farmer raises is
selling on a gold basis.
Burke Cochran says that the platforms of the different poli-
tical parties, in these days, reminds him very much of the plat-
form of a railway car—something that is made, not to stand
upon, but to gO in and out on. Correct.
Erastus Wiman, the most energetic, progressive man in the
country, was unfairly treated by his late partner, Mr. Dun, of
Dun, Wiman & Co., who attempted to ruin his well-earned repu-
tation by an arrest on one-sided affidavits. VYe hope Mr. Wi-
man will make it hot for his enemies, and we misjudge the man
if he does not. "Truth crushed to earth will rise again," and
wealth and influence cannot in this country ruin an upright man.
Two farmers of Greeley county, Kansas, have commenced
suits for damages against the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
railway company, alleging the production of rains in quantities
sufficient to ruin their crops. They substantiate in the courts
the claims made by the Rock Island company, whiah now has
two rainmakers, with cars fitted up, at work. It is said that no
section of the country looks better than that through which the
Rock Island railroad runs. r
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We have heard a number of good stories on Grover Cleveland,
which have taken life in the past few months, but one of the best
is that related to-us a few days ago. It is as follows: Two
little street urchins arguing on what is the true meaning of
the expression "B. C." One held that it was used to denote
anything that had happened before the birth of Christ, while the
other stoutly maintained that it meant "Before Cleveland " In
the light of what has happened in this once prosperous country,
especially during the last eighteen months, we are inclined to be-
lieve that the last definition is the correct one, but, how long, O
Lord, how long, is this state of affairs to exist.
Some of the dear lovers of this town we have heard say:
1 'They (the Texas & Pacific Coal company) are selling goods cheaper than we
Can buy." We are sorry for that; they ought to buy cheaper.
They also say the Texas & Pacific Coal company are making up
their prices by cheating in weights. In talking with the manager
of the mercantile department about this loose talk, he said:
;"The shoe begins to pinch. The determination of this company
"to sell good goods lower than they are sold in any town in Texas
"of course stirs up the 'Rip Van Winkles'of trade; they have
."been asleep, or, rather, they never have woke up. As to weights,
"measures and gauges, one of the measures taken by me to rectify
"the loose manner of trade many years ago was to advise every-
body to 'weigh, measure and gauge everything you buy.' And the
"man or men who talks about us, about our cheating in weights,
"it will do to watch all the time and every time. 'Evil to. him
"who evil thinks.'"
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 9, March 17, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200456/m1/2/?rotate=270: accessed September 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.