The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 11, March 31, 1894 Page: 2
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THE TEXAS MINER
THE TEXAS MINER.
W. B. McADAMS, EDITOR.
One Year $1.00.
Single Copies 5c.
Advertising Rates made known on application to the Business Office.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY.
Entered at the Post-Office in Thurber, Texas, as Second-Class Mail Matter.
Thurber, Texas, Saturday, March 31, 1894.
"OUR OWN LITTLE WORLD."
By "our own little world" we mean our own town and the
country tributary to it. In it we live. Here our interests are
centered. Here are our homes. Here our children are born
and raised. The great "outside world" we are interested in to
an extent, but what happens here comes close home to us.
The Texas & Pacific Coal company is doing everything pos-
sible for it's employes and the people living in the surrounding
country. The prices at which the company is selling goods are
so much below the prices that are ruling elsewhere that it is the
talk of the neighborhood.
In talking with "our colonel, " he said: "I am only doing
what is right and just. It is my aim to make this the cheapest
place to live in in the state. We have a fine, healthy location.
For years I have labored to get my coal mining in the best con-
dition possible. It is there, now. I am turning my attention
at present to making this town what it can be made--viz: A
pleasant place to reside, and a cheap place to live."
We can truthfully say he is succeeding admirably. The citi-
zens are prosperous. We do not see sad or sour faces. We
have our own pleasures, as the frequent gatherings at private
residences and the balls given at our town hall testify. True,
we do not put on much style, and no airs, and they are not
costly affairs, but for right-down, genuine fun, we are hard to
beat; and we jus*- brag on our women kind, married as well as
single ladies, for real good, common, sound sense, with no non-
sensical whims about them. Really, they compare favorably
with the best in any place or anywhere
We shall soon have our hotel finished, and if the company has
it run on the same basis that other departments of the great
business are run it will be a well-kept hotel.
We understand that a first-class cotton gin will be built before
the next cotton crop matures; that a large addition to the hard-
ware store, with a Pythian hall above, and also a large addition
to the dry goods store will soon be built, and a crockery depart-
ment established that will be a credit to the town—and so we go
upward and onward. It takes money, it takes work it takes
brains, but our mayor, common council and board of aldermen,
all centered in one man, seems to have all the requisites.
Our modest little Texas Miner is growing, too; just watch lis,
and patronize us, and we will show you a paper of which you
can be proud.
CAUSE AND EFFECT.
The result of the recent elections was a wonderful
revelation of the intelligence of the people of this country; it
shows we are a reading, thinking people, and that we make up
our own minds as to the effect of legislation upon our individual
interests. Whatever local interests and feeling we may have
had in the result of the elections, as, for instance, in New York
state, it is manifest that the moving cause of the astonishing
change in public opinion is the action of President Cleveland in
forcing legislation that particularly puts this country upon a gold
basis. We do not propose to enter into any argument of the
necessity to the country of bimetallism; it is, unfortunately, too
apparent to every one of us at this time, that the attempt to
force this country to a gold basis has brought disaster to all of
the material interests of this hitherto progressive country. It
does not require any great intelligence or knowledge of the po-
litical situation, to see that the masses of the people are rebell-
ing against the attempt of the Administration to help the
moneyed classes at the expense of the masses, and it speaks
well for the citizens of this country that the Democrats and Re-
publicans alike put aside the feelings of party allegiance to con-
demn such a course. By careful investigation the past year
among people from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific coast we
find their opinions upon the most important questions affecting
the progress of the country, which has been brought sharply be-
fore them, to be in favor of the free coinage of American silver
at the present ratio (about 16 ounces of silver to x ounce of
gold). This is so important to the continued progress and pros-
perity of this country, that there are but few of our intelligent
classes (whose interests are not ranged on the side of the
moneyed powers) that do not condemn in the strongest terms
the attempt to place this country upon a single standard of val-
ues, and, like ourselves, will discard all party feeling, will throw
off all party allegiance, when it becomes antagonistic to the
passage of a law granting the free coinage of American silver
with full legal tender power—and this strong feeling is shown in
the result of the late elections.
WHY GOLD IS DESTRUCTIVE.
Mr. Gibson of the firm of Watson & Gibson, the very able
writer on financial questions, is now traveling in Europe, and we
call the attention of every thinking reader to the following arti-
"In view of the fact that Great Britain has persistently stood
in the way of any international settlement of the monetary ques-
tion, it is interesting to note the growth of sentiment against its
attitude among the foremost economic and financial authorities
of London, a sentiment that will have more influence with the
Conservative party, whose return to power after the retirement
of Gladstone and the failure of Home Rule is morally certain.
As an example of the culture of more progressive ideas, it may
be noted that a lecture was delivered in Throgmorton street, al-
most under the shadow of the Bank of England, by Professor
Foxwell, professor of political economy at Cambridge, before
an audience of bankers from Lombard street, and the gentleman
who presided over the meeting was none other than himself.
Referring to the Brussells international monetary conference,
Professor Foxwell spoke of 'the defiant levity' of the British Gov-
ernment in the deliberations of that body. He contended that
in the long run every interest in the country—even that of the
creditor and ot the salaried class—was injured by the apprecia-
tion of gold. Another meet ng wa; also held in the Indian sec-
tion of the Society of Arts, when Mr. J. Barr Robertson. a bank-
er, read a paper on 'Indian Currency.' Many members of Par-
liament and financial luminaries were present, and here is the
sentiment which was most generously applauded: 'In these cur-
rency troubles of the last twenty years, there had been only one
solution seriously put forward, and that was to return to the joint
standard of gold and silver under which the trade of the country
was developed to enormous proportions, under which our em-
pire in so many portions of the globe was so marvelously built
up, and under which the West, as contrasted with the East,
achieved its unrivaled triumphs in the paths of civilization.'
"His bon mot was that -the Indian government, by closing
the mints to the free coinage of silver, had removed the rupee
from the vagaries of silver but they had ¿one this only to link it
to the vagaries of gold.' The chairman, Henry Chaplin, Con-
servative, and former Minister of Agriculture, then said that in
his opinion -the only mode of escape from the present difficulty,
not only in India, but in many other countries, was by a rever-
sal, in some degree, to the policy of former days, by an endeavor
to restore silver to its old position in the world, and to adopt the
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