The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 11, March 31, 1894 Page: 6
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THE TEXAS MINER
Reporting—Necessary O ual i float ions.
You cannot get out a newspaper by simply turning a crank.
The chief thing needful is capacity. Brains have to be well
mixed with printers' ink and machinery.
Oniy long vears of experience and patient, unwearying appli-
cation. backed by a natural fund of common sense and sound
judgment and a love for the business can ever make a profi-
ciei t editor. This view may appear discouraging, but the man
who intends to adopt journalism as his business, and is ambi-
tious to deserve the title of editor, may as well make up his mind
at the start that he has a stupendous task before him, and look
upon his first three or four years of labor in that sphere as a rig-
orous apprenticeship, in which he must work hard and exercise
an uncommon amount of patience.
There are but few thorough editors who have not at one time
or another, been reporters; and there are many excellent news-
paper men who do both editing and reporting with equal facility-
Neither the ability to write verbatim nor a good memory are so
much to be desired as the ability to write a condensed report in-
telligibly. The experienced newspaper reporter avoids the error
of having a two-column report cut down to six inches.
The interviewer is a creation of American civilization. A fam-
ous Englishman was asked in Chicago by a reporter lor some
particulars of his private life. He replied that he hadn't a pri-
vate life; it was stopped at the custom house in New York.
A great many, in fact most newspapers, ignore the really good
news of the day. Every nerve is strained in order to photograph
the worst features of our civilization. The squabbles of political
parties, the latest murder or hanging, the silliest breach of prom
ise case or scandal, the latest betting or horse racing—these form
the principal contents of the average daily newsnaper. Sensa
tionalism is the keynote, which, for many reasons, is to be re-
Til It to Will.
Capt. Walter C. Ready, whose announcement appears in The
Miner as a candidate for sheriff of Erath count} has covered
much of the county in a thorough canvass, and he and his
friends—and they are many—tell us that his chances for the
nomination are almost an assured tact. The captain meets with
flattering encouragement wherever he goes, for really there is not
a more popular man in the county, he having lived in the county
for a number of years, and filled various trusts, to the entire satis-
faction of all. He is, for the office of sheriff, most peculiarly fit-
ted, being cool, deliberate, courageous and brave, and an excel-
lent judge of human nature. No man can fill the office which
he seeks with greater credit to himself and the people who give
it than Capt. Walter C. Ready, and the man who gets it will
have him to beat.
"Our Colonel" has returned to camp, and his presence is al-
Sunday is "All Fools1 Day." Look out. boys—and girls, be
Charlie Wilson is getting in a few cars of cattle and hog
Several of the boys say they propose to give their dress suits
an airing at Wednesday night's ball.
The hack to and from the "Y" will make a one-fare round
trip to traveling men and their baggage.
McLure, our mining engineer, could tell you an awfully good
story—if he only would. Pump him, boys.
Workmen have started the excavation and foundation for the
new hardware store, and soon the building will be journeying
The T. & P. Coal company has received watchmen's clocks
and put them in service. They are in charge of Mr. Brannon,
our jeweler, and work like a charm.
The inside finishing of the handsome dormitory is engaging
the attention of the army of workmen now. Before many moons
this building will be ready for business.
A GOOI) dressmaker could do well in this cam})--not the
half-way kind, who think a dress which fits like a loose gown is
the style, but a really first-class cutter and fitter.
It does one's soul good to see the droves of farmers' vehicles j
and to hear them exulting over the bargains they secured con-
vinces you that, to them, life is worth living.
R. H. Olenbush, connected with the Waters-Fierce Oil com-
pany. Dallas, came in Thursday; and is having placed in position
the huge 7.000 gallon oil tank for the Texas & Facific Coal com-
pany at this place.
Quite a large crowd, several couple, ot young folks anticipate
a pleasant outing to-morrow, having arranged to spend the day
near Palo Pinto, at a picturesque spot known as -'Lovers Re-
treat." We'll tell you all about it next week.
The sound of the hammer and saw, and the masons merry
"clang! clang!" makes music that causes all to remark, "We're
in the push in this camp." It makes one enthusiastic—every-
body as busy as -bees, and not a drone in the hive.
'Squire Williams (the onliest 'squire) captured a herd of thirty-
five fat beeves this week from near Stephenville. He purchased
them of Toliver & Rutherford, and they were delivered Wednes-
day, and will be butchered for the Thurber market. The 'squire
is a hustler, and when he goes gunning for something really good
for the people of this camp he brings it down—every time.
Yesterday morning Mrs. Joe Mullins' little babe had a narrow
escape from serious injury, or perhaps death. The horse Mrs.
Mullins was driving to a two-wheeler became frightened after
the lady had alighted, and started to run, upsetting the rig, and
hurled the infant violently to the ground near the drugstore, but.
fortunately, neither were seriously hurt. After things had been
straightened out Mrs. Mullins drove the animal away, nothing
A little over two months ago we landed in Thurber. We took
possession of a three-roomed building for our office, occupying
one room. Soon we filled up the second, and new material and
machinery actually needed kept rolling in until now the three are
entirelv too small for our purposes. But ' Our Colonel ' has said
we should have a new building, built especially for The Texas
Miner and the best job office plant in the state, and when he
says a thing 1 sumpin's got to drap."
Thurber is the largest town in Erath county, and has more
hard-working busy people. 'This is a fact that but few have con-
sidered—but it is a fact nevertheless. Here's what we base
it on: The 'Texas & Pacific Coal company had 011 its pay roll
in last month 1370 men; the majority of them have families;
four is a conservative average for each family. See ? Figures
won't lie. Besides this, it is the cheapest town to live in — in
Texas, and there's nothing the heart can wish for that cannot be
In so far as the readers of The Miner's announcement col-
umn are aware there are but three candidates tor the various
offices to be filled in Erath county next fall. If there are any in
the background they'd better get in line. Thurber has a mighty
big voting box and some powerful ' fetchin" " voters, and this col-
umn is for your use gentlemen. We tell you what a friend told us
once: ' We're living down on the river, so when you'ee passing
along drap in.' " By the way, did you know that Thurber had
the largest population of any town in the county? Fact! Mark
the word w population."
Wiley Blair, representing Coleman <S: Lvsaith, Weatherford,
was this week a visitor in camp.
Mr. A. Douglas left Thursday for a few days' visit to his farm
near Weatherford, in Parker county.
G. Y. Yale representing the McCord-Collins Commerce com-
pany, Fort Worth, was here this week.
E. S. Whitacre. living near Lingleville, candidate for sheriff
on the Populist ticket, was here yesterday. .
J. L. Hansel, from near Stephenville, candidate for county-
treasurer on the Democratic ticket, was here Thursday.
Miss Bonnie Reith of Stephenville, who was last week a guest
of Miss Earl Harwood, is this week visiting friends in Cisco.
George W. Taylor has returned from a lew days' vacation,
visiting his old home and friends in the Panhandle country
J. B Woody, representing the A. F. Shapleigh Hardware
company, St. Louis, came in from Gordon Thursday on his
wheel—time, 30 minutes.
Mr. Smith of Fort Worth, representing the Bueschner Chair
rolling in and out of 'Thurber—from far and near. They buy company, Chicago, and the Ames & Frost Furniture company,
their supplies from the 'Texas &: Pacific Coal company's stores, Evansville, Ind.. was doing business in Thurber this week.
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 11, March 31, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200458/m1/6/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.