The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 50, December 29, 1894 Page: 1
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THURBER, TEXAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1894.
FLASHES OF THOUGHT.
The man who has a thousand friends
Has not a friend to spare,
While he who has one enemy
Will meet him everywhere. [Emerson.
No leech can cure, how great soe'er his wit;
Tissue he cannot heal, nor the bone knit;
Life's secret means his splint and draft supply,
Nature then cures—or bids the patient die.
• —[Dora Read Goodale.
Be firm ! One constant element in luck
Is genuine, solid, old Teutonic pluck.
See yon tall shaft? It felt the earthquake's thrill, '
Clung to its base and greets the sunrise still.
Stick to your aim; the mongrel's hold will slip, •
But only crowbars loose the bulldog's grip.
Small as he looks, the jaw that never yields
Drags down the bellowing monarch of the fields.
I know of a land where the streets are paved
With the things which we meant to achieve,
It is walled with the money we meant to have saved
And the pleasure for which we grieve,
The kind words unspoken, the promises broken
And many a coveted boon,
And stowed away there in that land somewhere
The land of ''Pretty Soon."
1 he road that leads to that mystic land
Is strewn with pitiful wrecks.
And the ships that have sailed for its shining strand
Bear skeletons on their decks.
It is farther at night than it was at dawn,
And farther at night than at noon;
Oh! let us beware of that land down there
The land of "Pretty Soon.",
—[Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
FLASHES OF FUN.
Only a pin; yet it calmly lay,
On the tufted floor, in the light of day;
And it shone serenely fair and bright,
Reflecting back the noonday light.
Only a boy; yet he saw that pin.
And his face assumed a fiendish grin;
He stooped for a while, with a look intent,
Till he and the pin alike were bent.
Only a chair; but upon its seat,
A well-bent pin found safe retreat;
Nor had the keenest eye discerned
That heavenward its point was turned.
Only a man; but he chanced to drop
Upon that chair, when fizz! bang! pop!
He leaped like a cork from out a bottle,
And opened wide his valve de throttle.
Only a yell; though an honest one,
It lacked the element of fun;
And boy and man and pin and chair,
In wild confusion mingled there. —[Anon.
>eing worked at a
is a deader
A seam of coal 20 inches in thickness is
point one mile west of Fayette, Mo.
Cleveland is killing ducks, but not one of them
duck than he is at the present writing.
I here are as many currency tinkers in Washington now as
there were tariff tinkerers last winter.
There is a shaking among the Tammany thieves in New York
city. The police are getting it '-in the neck" at present.
Forged Western states school bonds,have, been sold in Ire-
land and England to the amount of about a cool million.
^ Josiah Strong calculates that the agricultural resources of the
United States are equal to supporting a population of 1,000,-
Secretary Carlisle can play a game called "draw ," but he
can t draw gold into the Ireasury that will stay there worth a
continental red cent.
There are 97 coal mines in India, 80 of which are in Bengal.
The output has increased from 1 000,000 tons in 1883 to more
than 2,500,000 last year.
Poor old China cries "pecarie," and it is said that good, hard
silver dollars will settle the bill—with the- Island of Formosa
thrown in to make good weight.
Premier Roseberry of the Liberal party in England is likely to
loose his hold of a majority in the House of Commons. If he
does he must "step down and out."
They say "old dollars and cents" of Fort Worth makes no
loans unless the spirits direct, and then at cent-per-cent rate.
What bad, bad spirits he must consult.
I he coal tonnage of the Soo canal this year from April to Oc-
tober, inclusive, amounted to 2,468,152 tons, against 2,704,646
tons for the corresponding period last year.
The year 1894 for the coal interests of the Tyne district, com-
prising Northumberland and Durham counties, England, will be
unusually prosperous for the reason that the miners have kept
clear of strikes.
I he I resident's "smart Aleck," James H. Eckels, Comptroller
of the Currency, is in favor of the Baltimore plan for an "elastic
currency, that is so that national banks can issue shin-plasters
and withdraw their Government bonds.
The widely known free trader, Edward Atkinson, knows how
workingmen can live on 14 cents a day, and for these times he
is the noblest Democratic statesman of them all. .That's about
the sum that free traders are willing that our wage earners should
President Cleveland evidently does not believe thatitis "easier
for a camel^to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich
man to enter into Heaven," or else he don't care, for it is said
that the "pile he has made since he was elected President the
first time runs up into the millions.
Secretary Carlisle's gold in the Treasury is sliding out at the
rate of $10,000,000 a week. Mr. Secretary, better get your
printing presses agoing to print bonds and make another "deal"
with a Wall street syndicate. Do you think "you are playing
your hand for all it's worth?" Eh?
The wages paid at coal mines in 1889 were $109,130,928.
This is two and a half times the amount paid in gold and silver
production, 11 times that paid in copper production, 7 times
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McAdams, Walter B. The Texas Miner, Volume 1, Number 50, December 29, 1894, newspaper, December 29, 1894; Thurber, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200497/m1/1/: accessed May 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.