The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 10, 1909 Page: 1 of 10

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'I he Review has devoted considerable
space to the ^matter of the meeting of
the Federation of Commercial Clubs
and Newspaper ipen who met here the
8th and 9tn, and we now look back with
pride that the crowd was all. that we
expected, the'Sn ter tain men t appreciat-
ed, and everything over—all well pleas-
ed with having visited our hustling city;
The duty of meeting the delegates at
Amarillo and PJainview. was placed on
the shoulders ortfce editor 01 the Re-
vie at, and we left" Crosbyton at 8:30
Sunday evening, that .we might catch
the train from Flainview Monday morn-
Oar trip to Amarillo was a pleasant
one and some knowledge gained by
finding ourselves in company with the
Secretary of Commerce at Amarillo.
On our way from Amarillo we met Mr.
out as
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began to come in and
H^hton of Farm and Ranch, who I pe0p,e her?. sati they would
was on his way down to take in the siar
with the people
Plains Country. We were met at
Plafnview with quite a delegation from
all over the middle Plains, and our
party was soon swelled to twenty-one
enthusiastic delegatea, consisting of
Commercial Club members and mem-
bers oi the press. The rain held us
over Mjnday nignc in Plainview, but at
1JA a. m. «e pulled out of Plainview
lur Crosbyton. ine lust Of the party
arriving at about 11:0J o'clock.
Crosbyton has reason to be proud of
the unselfish way in which its ladies
assisted in completing the arrange-
ments for the 8th
"' Mrs. vV. A. Craddock, Mrs. Lloyd A.
tents and the first night dUt wkS
about 45 miles. It was in Feb-
ruary, and we cut some broom
weeds to make a mattress for
my* mother; then we came out
inter "this country some 96 miles.
We passed only one house and
ifcver went through.,* _ single
barbea wire gate. A~t the point
where we are now located was
a sheep camp in 1884.
Not loijg that the fenc-
ing season came on and the
people began to fence Small pas-
tures and raise a little corn -
Wicks and Mrs. W. M. KirKpatricK had
charge of the lanies' dormitory in the
First National Bank building; Mrs.
Lewis and Mrs. Joe Johnson had charge
of the work at the Rock House,' and
Mrs. Burton and Miss Agnes Johnson
ari ang-ed the beds for occupancy. Mrs
Lindsay commanded the decorating
squad. Nearly every lady in Crosbyton
assisted in the pastry and salad line.
Welcome Address By Mr.
Lidies and gentlemen: I am sor-
ry mac we have kept you waiting
so lo.ig this morning; but you
know last night we were so fort-
unate as to be blessed with a
kojd rain here. They Bay this
ra n was bigger toward Plainview
w th^ cars that were to bring
the excursionists down Were late.
Nevertheless, we are glad to
have you and we want to wel-
come you all and make you all
feel at home. We have gentle-
men here who will later speak
to you and entertain you and we
hope you will do all you can to
have a good time.
We want you to know that ev-
ery one in Crosby county is on
the Committee on Entertainment
and we want every one who has
come down here to throw them-
selves open for a good time, and
not only be welcome here in
Crosbyton but on the plains.
It may be that some people
will think that only the country
are welcome here, but every one
is welcome—the little children,
the ladies, the gentlemen and
every one who will tike part in
the meeting.
It may be that it will be inter-
esting to some one, and is inter-
esting to me to took back oVer
the past from the present aid to
look into the future.
. I am not much for speechmak-
ing. Crosbyton is yoking and
this is my first attempt at a wel-
coming address, but I hope all
of you will have as good a time
as you expected when you came.
We are 3orry there are not
more here to address you, but
it seems that every one is as busy
as we are and will be as busy
lor several weeks to come.
I. can remember back a good
wnile—as much as 26 years ago.
not go in
the cattle "a
stock farmer and later on we
expect to have here one of the
finest farming countries in the
state of Texas
We hope to welcome to these
plains ever body— the farmer,
the frontiersman, the old guides
and the new farmers and every-
body. else.
Every one is welcome on these
plains, and we hope to make a
success in every way.
Now, as the time is limited,
we want to bid you all welcome
—all the children -and ladies for
among the ladies we have the
backbone of our country after
all, and it is the boy thu was
raised right by his mother that
makes a good man.
Thanking you for your attention
ladies and gentlemen, I want to
bid you all a hearty welcome to
selvesTbut I do want to tl ank
the gentleman for the int rest
he takes in my business, J fright ma*. Agr-eattask has been townsr-it is not irecessaTy fOF""
say, possibly in your busii ess.
If you have any business of this
character it should have attention,
at the proper time.
Now ladies and gentlemen, I
am wonderfully disappointed on
this occasion. I my mir d up
iff fifteen minutes to take the train
and come to Crosbyton, thinking
there would possibly not be over
one half dozen or a dozen gentl-
men here who were engaged in
the work of developing the state
of Texas. ' 1 had no" notice
place you would assemble here people
men from every point
and Whilst I tiaye no speech pre-
pared no one would have to go
into a cold closet to prepare a
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„,T, my age
exactly- but 2? years ago I can
remember in New York city my
mot>er. received a letter from
my father who was at that time
ln Texas. We started west and
* can remember one of the first
,u ,ac which, we stopped
down here in the Yellow House
canon. It was' known to us lit-
h Jfe as Sage Grass Hill.
« 1 we left where Col-
orado City now is, the places
ot residence were nearly ail
The response to welcome ad-
dress was delivered by Mr. Joe
Foster of Plainview and was es-
pecially appropriate and appre-
e?|tted, but owing to the fact that
giff stenographer failed to m^ke
mites, owing to to the fact that
he thought the manuscript could
be had we are unable to give it.
This we regret very much, (Ed-
itor) -
At 2 o'clock p. m. June 8th in Cros-
byton Park in the beautiful Blanco
Canon, immediately after thebarb'ecu^,
the meeting was called to order by Hon.
J.* W. Burton, master of cefenmnies,
who, after a few appropriate -vords of
welcome and good wishes read the fol-
lowing telegram from Avery Coonly,
president of the C B Live Stock Co:
"Riverside, Illinois.
To the Convention of Com. Clubs,
Crosbyton, Texas.
Regret that all cannot be present at
Crosbyton. Accept our welcome and
congratulations. Avery Coonley."
The following letter from Hon. T. M.
Campbell, Governor of Texas, was
then read and received with great
"Austin, Texas, June 2, 1909.
Hon. Julian M. Bassett,
Oi*o byton, Texas.
Dear Sir:—I am in receipt of vour cor-
dial letter of recent date, and while I
thank you smcerely for the. honor- you
do me, stilt I will be unable to avail
myself of the pleasure of addressing
your people upon the occasion mention-
ed. I do not nelieve that I will be able
to accept any invitations to speak be-
fore the last week in June.
I thank you, and through you beg to
thank your people for the compliment.
Yours very truly,
T. M. Campbell."
Mr. Burton then introduced Judge L.
M. Buie of Stamford, Texas, .as one of
the pioneers of the -state and the great-
est of builders . and uplifters and ad-
vised the people to listen carefully to
what he haa to say as the flxperience
speech suitable for this occasion.
Whilst I am up against this hard
proposition, I have been here
long enough, ladies and gentle-
men, to find out that you are up
against a proposition haider—ten
times harder—than the proposi-
tion I am up against just now.
But, ladies and gentlemen; before
I go into this question let us take
our hats off to Crosbyton. Now,
ladies and gentlemen, mark this
prediction, where fortune seems
to smile upon that city upon the
hill, a city will be built there.
I knew it w]0pi I came in sight of
tne place; ITtnew it from the
character of the buildings; from
the character of the improve-
ments around, about there. 1
know it still better to-day, ladies
an gentlemeafrom the entertain-
ment, the.'character of th*s splen-
did entertainment that has been
given to you and to me. No peo-
ple will go to the expense, no peo-
ple will go to the trouble and in-
convenience that these people
and subjugated from a wild state
to a civilized state for the use of
committed to your .. hands and i{
you are worthy of the* opportun-
ity offered you, you will join"
hands and work man to man and
shoulder to shoulder for the ac-
complishment of this great under-
taking. The building of the Pan-
ama Canal is a great undertaking
by man, the building of these
great tunnels,' th& opening of
these great lands, all-are ~ great
undertakings by man; but I want
to tell you if you have this coun-
eration and in the next generation
he had gained in the building of Stam-
of this com-
ford was what the
mumty most needei
Address Of Judge Buie
Mr. Chairman, Ladies
Just as usual my fortune good
or bad is generally in the hands
of my new acquaintances. Now,
ladies, I did not authorize Ithis
gentleman tb talk about your
from every point of the compass,, jisjt ought to, if you have any
local or sectional differences you
must throw .them down; you
must extend the horizoa^f ^ your
vision, you must become liberal
towards other sections; in fact
you must become so interested
that while you are expected to
work for your own locality you
will work also for the good of
west Texas. It is a gigantic
task and it is going to tane ail of
you to win this battle royal, for
it is going to be a fight. I know
very little of yoUr people locally,
but I do know there are a great
many things you should not hesi-
tate to do. When a proposition
comes to you to locate a school,
to locate a college, to locate a
sanitarium, or to locate anything
else that is for the enlightment
of man or the good of man,
whether you get a proposition to
your individual liking or not,
whin a line of policy is deter-
mined uoon, ladies and gentle-
men, whether or not it is as you
would have had it, turn in with
it, join hands, move forward and
bring victory to your town or
your particular section of the
have gone to to entertain you and i country. Now, I am not speak-
entertain me, but when their | ing from theory lam speaking
efforts are properly directed they i from knowledge. I hope you
will win out. Now, I do not
want to say anything 10 the dis-
paragement or discouragement
of other towns in this great sec-
tion of the state, you have just
as «ptendid. a country around
Emma, around Fioydada, around
Lockney, around -Plrlnview,
around Lubbock, around Cone,
around Petersburg, or all these
other towns as you have around
this town on the hill, and if you
do not get busy, if you do not do
what you should do for your-
selves and your own towns and
your section you will be left ladies
and gentlemen, in the rear. Now
if I lived in one of these western
towns I would mix it with these
gentlemen. I would say, "Be-
fore you outstrip me you will
have a fight on your hands. I am
from Missouri and you will have
to show me." Now, ladies and
gentlemen, I do not pose as a
public speaker. I have been la-
boring in west Texas since 1881
for the development of the west-
ern portion of this state. I am
no candidate for office, never have
been and never will be. I do
not own one acre of land in one
hundred miles of you. I am out
here simply from the fact that I
am engaged in the business of
trying to develop Texas and
especially west Texas- Being
president of the Central West
Texas Association of Commercial
Clubs I wanted to get in touch
with you. Now, *you are up a-
gairwt this proposition.—Qurs is
only do not knock your own
town.but do not knock other
usiness ana my business. I , ...
want to telj you that th« invitih* as this, and when it
proper time and proper occasion tested and triqd out it prove
is at hand you an<T I had better be
attend to our own business our-
oneof the grandest countries on
this globe. This stretch of coun-
try from the North Panhandle to
the Rio Grande on the south is
nearly one thousand miles' in
length and several hundred miles
in width, and our great and good
Creator created this country for
the use of man. No country on
the globe is as rich as this, as
will pardon me if I refer for a
moment or two to my own town
Not that I want to boost Stam-
ford in this locality, but want to
bring before your minds an ex-
ample of what people can do
when united. Less than ten
years ago, on a cold February
day I went to the divide between
California Creek and Paint Creek
by myself and I put in a whole
day examining a section of land
for a town site. It was one year
from that time until a r#41 road
brought the cars into that town.
So that my town, the town of
Stamford is only nine years old.
We have approximately between
seven and eight thousand souls.
There is not a bleaker spot west
Of the Brazos than section 11 up-
on which that town is.built. But
if you will go over there to-day,
if T-do say it, there is one of the
moait progressive and up-to-date
towns in the state of Texas. We
have block after block of paved
streets of the best virtrified brick
equal to Dallas Fort Worth,
Houston, or anywhere else.
You may ask me why is that
town different from other towns.
I want to tell you Why. It is
because of the fact that we,have. . . .
hot got a single knocker in that tng that interest, and I want to
town. 1 have just laid down
the office of Mayor in that towh
for two years, Which was tender-
ed to me by acclamation in my
absence, and I did not hear of
it for weeks. And ladies and
Ifow, you liave got
this great, goodly land conquered
that during the two years there
was not a cross word spoken
to me about my official acts dur-
ing that time. I had the co-
operation of the city council and
that two years' service was a
labor of love. This is the rea-
son, why that town ti'as out-
grown other towns* Afld now
let me beg you, you are just
noi? beginning to bttttd here
wisely, T hope you will build
in this great section strong
dee&jand t teg
Crosby ton to knock Emma or
Plainview, I want to teH you,
until you get big chough and
broadgauged enough and unsel-
fish enough to want other men to
prosper you are not going to pros-
per yourself. Now, pardon me
again if I refer to my own town,
but when Abilene,. Anson, Ofsny
other town go to work and need
help, we gladly send Honker P.
Wade, our Commercial secretary
to help these towns.
build and- prosper single
handed out here. You will have
to join handis and work for the
mutual benefit of all towns
Some people believe there is room
enough for only one or t wo towns
in this, great district out here.
You are wonderfully mistaken.
This soil here, this country here,
will carry as great a population
as any country on the globe.
What you have got to do is to
stand for your own town. I
would stand for it if I lived there.
But for God's sake, when men
are complimenting you on your
pwn town don't turn around and
4cnock their country. Get above
Now, some men say, what will
we do with a knocker if we have
got him? Some say boycot him,
but I don't believe in it .J71 be-
lieve in .noral suasion. ^Ir you
have a knocker in town if I had
to fell you what to do with him,
I would just simply tell you to
pray for him.
Nowf there is another question
I want to talk to you about for a
few moments. There is an idea
abroad in the land that there is
a friction of interest between the
town people and the country
people. Now ladies and gentle-
men, as one of you who has been
here as long as any of you, and
possibly know as much about
these questions as any of you. I
want to tell you that thia is nota-
fact. There is no friction and
there should be no friction of
interest between the man of the
town and the man of the country.
If you will analyze this question
for a moment you will see it
yourselves." What could you do
with these vast plains if they
were all reduced to a state of
cultivation, as farmers. If you
should make bountiful crops
every year, I want to know
what you would do without mer-
chants and without a market.
Just at the present you have not
got railroads you ought to have
to ship to market, You WQUldr
just simply have this produce on
your hands to decay and waste.
It is as much to the farmer's
interest aa it is to the town.
man's interest that botbT the
country and the town develop, _
This is a question of mutuality.
They cannot do without each
Well, then, my idea is this, if
this is true, and it is true, that if
you have got any mutual, com-
mon interest, you should join
hands for the purpose of further-
say another thing to you, I am
awfully glad that this Commer-
cial Clubs Association has formed
out here and I am glad to have *
talked with Judge Callahan ahd 7
Mr. Biggers. One thing >1syoi*f
t-to-have, a good
in every to
Texas^ All of the me
who feel an interest in the town
ought to btf memberaof that dub,
I want to tefr yon another
thing, you not only ought to have
your town people but you c
tb have your coiintry people, m
that club. The country
ought to know what
man is doing and the
ought to know wi
man is doing, ai
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