The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 12, April 7, 1894 Page: 1
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THURRER, TEXAS, SATURDAY, .APRIL- 7, 1R9-L
OVER THE GET-THERE ROAD.
Who will dure the road to There,
The There of flittering glory?
Rongli it is as a Whitman o<ie,
(Jruel it is as the Russian code,
Long it is as the Devil's goad—
,^t least so tuns die story.
There's never a tinger-post nor guide,
Nor beast to bear your ioad ;
Beware of the Reckless Rapid's tide,
And of Easv Swamp on the o'her side;
(Jo stow and sure, for you cannot ride
Over the Get-Thete road.
What does it cost to get to There,
Tiie There of marvelous mention ?
Only a soul of smallest breed,
Only a iife of grasping greed,
Only a heart which does not heed
Another's right or plight or need,
But holds its own intention.
f saw one left to a loathsome pest,
For that is the Get-There mode.
One picked the purse of iiis wretched guest,
One trod rough-shod on a sweetheart's breast,
Over the Get-Tnere Road .
What's the share of those of There?
Why, every tnste is suited;
Flaming fame or a ruling rod,
A sunny smile of the golden god,
Or maybe six by two of sod,
For that's a point disputed.
There's never a way to tell what's true
Of that select abode
'Till you p:tss the wall which bars its view,
Over or under, around or through—
I don't know how 'tis done, do you?
Most of us don't but some of us do,
Over the Get-There Road.
Who, then, care to get to There?
Why, all—if truth bespoken.
Si'iteof each scornful gibe and sneer
There mustoM'era heartsome cheer,
And can be worse than being here
Uy many a sign and token.
Then ho! for a tramp on tne well-worn track,
Though rough as a Whitman ode,
Or cruel as the Russian code,
Or long as the Devil's goad.
Whatever it is, there's nothing back,
H can't be worse than aculdesac,
So gird up your loins, pick up your pack,
And hey for the Get-There Road !
—[J. Edmund V. Cooke.
OUR WASHINGTON LETTER.
FLASHES OF THOUGHT.
Everything is for the best, in this best of possible worlds.—
At every stage of life he reaches, man finds himself but a nov-
Every man hoids in his hand a stone to throw at us in adver-
How many coward passions hide themselves under the mask
of puritanism!-—[Lourie Coiet.
Manners, morals, customs change; the passions are always the
same.—[Mme. de Flahant.
We should often be ashamed of our best actions if the world
saw the motives which inspire us.—[La Rochefoucauld.
We should love our friends as true amateurs iove pictures;
they keep their eyes perpetually fixed on the fine points, and do
not see the defects.—[Mme. Du Fresnoy.
WASHINGTON, I). C., April 5, 1894.
Representative Sayers, of Texas, believes with his great Dem-
ocratic predecessor at the head of the House committee on ap-
propriations, the late Samuel J. Randall, that the system of per-
manent or continuing appropriations is wrong and should be done
away with leaving ail appropriations to be made annually, and
his bill providing for the change wiil probably be favorably re-
ported to the House at an eariy day, and he believes it will pass.
The late Samuel J. Randall introduced a similar bill in the Forty-
seventh Congress, and it passed the House, but not the Senate.
The amount of these continuing appropriations, over w hich Con-
gress can. under the present system, exercise no detailed super-
vision. is $130 000 000 a year. Some of these continuing ap-
propriations are nearly a century old and are senseless and m
some cases wasteful Chairman Sayers' bill is thoroughly Dem-
ocratic and ought to become a law. It wiil save money and re-
form a bad system.
Senator Morgan believes that his Nicaragua canal bill will be-
come a law and that the canal will be well under way before the
close of the Fifty-third Congress. The bill is now being consid-
ered by the Senate committee on foreign relations. It provides
for the guaranteeing of the bonds of the canal company to the
extent 01 $100,000 000. and gives this Government practically
the control of the canal, both while being built and after it is in
T he opposition to the new treaty with China, this week favor-
ably reported without amendment by the Senate committee on
foreign relations, has been greatly exaggerated. No Democrat,
so far as known, has any serious objections to the treaty, except
several from the Pacific coast, and they say that with slight mod-
ification the treaty would be acceptable to them.
The Pollard-Breckenridge trial reached its dirtiest stage this
week, and, notwithstanding the request of the judge that the
filthy details be suppressed, several of the local papers published
them in full. The end of the trial is not yet in sight.
The seat in the Senate chamber that was occupied by the late
Senator Colquitt is still draped in mourning. Not much interest
is expressed m who will fill out his unexpired term, because the
new Senator will have less than a year to serve, and it is under-
stood that neither of the gentlemen known to be candidates for
the full term—there are at least two in the House—will be ap-
pointed by the Governor of Georgia to the vacancy. Although
it could hardly be considered in the light of a promotion, Speaker
Crisp's friends are urging him to declare himself a candidate.
Representative Turner is understood to have entered the race.
The New York Recorder says: "In two short essays on "The
Basis of Things" and "The Farmer on Top." Mr. Wiman crowds
more information on the great underlying causes of the prevail-
ing depression of our trade, industry and commerce than we have
anywhere seen put into the same space. He agrees with the
Recorder in pointing to the immense decline of the value of the
American farmer's products that has been going on for the past
twenty years as the root of the trouble. More than half the peo-
ple of this country derive all the income they have from farming
of one sort or other. Mr. Wiman shows that the average value
of the product in 1893 of an acre of corn, wheat, oats, hay or
cotton was only about one-half its value in 1870. The Ameri-
can farmer has been reduced to a position in which he can only
just barely supply himself with the necessaries of life. Hence,
his former purchasing power is gone; hence, the paralysis of the
factories; for if one-half the nation cannot buy it is useless for the
other half of it to be manufacturing unsaleable goods."
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 12, April 7, 1894, newspaper, January 27, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200459/m1/1/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.