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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
ing their after lives than that of the father. Her
constant prayers and advice to them was to be
industrious, economical, honest, and truthful.
Example and precept were all she had to give
Very early in life the subject of this memoir
felt the necessity of caring for himself and experienced
an ambition to, at some future time, become
independent. He attended common schools until
twelve years of age, and then undertook to take
care of himself. His first earnings were gained by
working for ten cents per day and his board, his
employment being to sit on the end of a plow beam
to hold the point of the plow in the ground whenever
the plowman had to cross gravel beds. He
would walk from one streak of gravel to another
and mount the end of the plow beam until it
was passed. He next worked on a farm for five
dollars per month and board and went to school
three months during the winter season, working
during these three months, nights and mornings,
for his board: The three following years he
worked in a country store, selling goods, sweeping
out and keeping books nine months in the year at
five dollars per month, and the other three months
attending the Wyoming Seminary, at Kingston,
Pa., working mornings and evenings for his board.
When eighteen years of age the Lackawana and
Bloomsburg Railroad was built into the Wyoming
the first railroad to enter the great coal
valley of the Wyoming
and he accepted the position
of station agent at Kingston and held it until
he was twenty-two years of age. At that time his
salary had been increased to fifty dollars per
month and he had saved eleven hundred dollars.
In the spring of 1857 he decided to come to Texas,
and, to better his chances for a posit:on in a business
house, went to Pittsburg, Pa., and took a
course in a commercial college.
After graduating there he took one hundred dollars
of his money to pay his expenses to Texas and
left one thousand with his mother for her use in
case of necessity, or for the use of his unmarried
sisters. He reached Galveston in November, 1857,
during the great panic of that year, with $25 in his
pocket. His ambition, as already stated, was to
become financially independent, and this ambition
could only be accomplished by hard work and
economizing in every way. His idea was that any
boy or young man, with good health and with no
one but himself to care for, could save enough of
his earnings to eventually become independent of
others, but to thus succeed he must deprive himself
of what might be considered the luxuries of
tobacco, cigars and liquors of all kinds, simply, if
for no other reason, because of expense. He spent
no money on these articles until late in life. His
advice to all young men has been never to decline
work on account of the salary offered, and never to
abandon a situation unless another is offered at an
increased salary. A living should be the first consideration
of every poor boy or man, and if his
services are valuable, his present employers will
testify their appreciation of that fact by offering
him proper compensation therefor, or others will
discover his qualities and engage his services.
On his arrival in Galveston in November, 1857,
he offered his services to Ball, Hutchings
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