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doggie, huah, huah, huah, hu or hey," and Bro. C. can drive a
tack here.

Their pelts will make the best quality of kid gloves, and that
kind of leather is very scarce all over the world. They will not
render as much oil as a fat Var" in mast time, but we will make
up in quality what we lack in quantity, as it is proven to be the
finest machine oil for all classes, even the sewing machine, and we
arp going to get 5 cents worth out of each "purp," and Bro. C.
can drive a tack here.

Now, if' there are fifty millions (which there are) of the worth-
less little kusses and four of their pelts will make a pair of first-
class kid gloves, and each one will render on an average 5 cents
worth of the very best of oil, and that they can be trapped, pelted
and Tendered by children too small to do hard labor, and that the
inventive genius of the American people can and will supply the
means, for his (the doggy's) successful capture, without poison; and
that by the proper enactment of a scalp law as a basis or foundation
to -build upon their pelts and oil will come into demand and will
ton current money at all the stores in West Texas, and the money
will be drawn from other and manufacturing States and put in
circulation in Texas ; which will make in the aggregate a richer mine
for Texas than any name^d mine in California. After the multitude
of counsel if this proves to be wisdom, a tack can be driven here.

As to what Eastern and Southern Texas would say in regard to
taxing them to 'pay fdr th^ scalps of the destructive animals of West


Texas, my reply is that whatever is to the great interest of any
large portion of the State is to the interest of the whole State. In
proof, under Governor Coke's administration a battalion of Rangers
was voted for and organized by the vote of all Texas, and for the
piotection of West Texas against the Indians, which has proven,
after a multitude of counsel, to have been great wisdom. For if
only viewed from a financial standpoint, the increase of taxation that
we have drawn from other States has much more than paid all the
cost; which was bread cast upon the waters which was returned after
many days, and Many lives and much valuable property protected
and the people made prosperous and happy. We will drive a tack

As it takes more space to answer a question than it does ^o a^k
it, anil as space in The Sentinel is valuable, "A time to all things,"
and "homes for tenant farmers," by permission of The Sentinel, will
appear later on. Some brass tacks left, and gun loaded with doggies
and loaded for "b'ar." W. J. MALTBY,


Putnam, Texas, February 27, 1893.
Editor Sentinel:



(From West Texas Sentinel, Abilene, Texas, March 8, 1893.)
Mr. D. Campbell, President Belle Plaine Alliance.

Dear Sir and Brother: Circumstances over which I have no
control prevent my being present with you in person at your
meeting on the third Saturday in February. I therefore address the
meeting with my pen, through you, on matters pertaining to the "good
of the order."

Brethren and Sisters Although I cannot be with you in person
to-day, let this suffice as proof that my spirit is with you in your
noble work of trying to better the condition of yourselves, your fam-
ilies and your fellow men morally, socially and financially. And when
you take a retrospective survey of your work you ought to feel
encouraged, for the Bible plainly says that a tree is known by its
fruit, and "by their fruits shall ye know them."

The fruits that you have cultivated are morals, temperance,
Christianity, brotherly love, justice and general reformation, advance-
ments in agriculture, horticulture, the beautifying of homes and the
happiness of their inmates and the betterment of your fellow citi-
zens. The cultivation of such fruits as these cannot bring the blush of


shame to the cheek of any man or woman inside the bounds of civiliza-
tion or within God's moral vineyard. Then ,you must receive the
applaudit, "Well done, thou good and faithful servants." If you are
conscious of having done your duty and that your labors have brought
forth good fruit, you are enjoined in the Bible that as you have put
your hand to the plow you must not turn or look back, but with
the eye of faith fixed steadily forward, onward and upward (in the mid-
dle of the road, so to speak), neither turning to the right nor
the left, but with full confidence in God's promise to the righteous that
he should "never be forsaken nor his seed be found begging bread/'
asking justice for yourselves and granting the same to all others, de-
manding equal rights to all and special privileges to none, neither
morally, socially or politically, so far as the government is concerned
advancements all along the line in the condition and intellectual
training of the producing classes. Whenever and whatever the pro-
ducing classes are intelligent, prosperous and happy all other oc-
cupations flourish. Then the legitimate conclusion must be that the
producer is the leaven that leaveneth the whole lump; and anything
that legislative or other influences can bring to bear to better its
condition morally, socially, financially and politically betters his
home, betters his neighborhood, betters his county, betters his State
and betters his general government. The true fundamental prin-
ciples of democratic government begin in a log cabin or home, and
whatever will mete out equal justice and advancement to each mem-
ber of that family will mete out the same to the neighborhood,
county, State and general government.

The sword of Washington and the pen of Jefferson gave to us the
greatest country and the grandest constitution under the sun. The
pen of Jefferson wrote the words that made tyrants and crowned
heads tremble, and that will live until time shall be no more the
words, "All men are born free and equal." Then, as I see it, the fruits
of the alliance and the objects sought are equal protection to all
classes of men, special privileges to none; equal representation, equal
taxation, equal opportunities to beautify the earth and make it a


fit temporary abode for man, and a proper footstool for the Author
of man's existence. Thomas Jefferson was the greatest horticulturist
of the age in which he lived. He planted the tree of democracy, and
planted its roots in good, virgin soil, and its roots went downward
and its trunk went upward and its branches spread outward until 1
it gave shade and protection to the American people. And he left
the people to dress and keep it, and he solemnly warned them
that "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," and told them that
whenever any of the branches became decayed and failed to bear the
fruit for which it was planted they were to be lopped off and new
branches permitted to grow out in their stead and bear the required
fruit, and the name of the fruit was "The greatest good to the greatest
number forever." To which every true alliance man will respond
"Amen ! God grant, and so mote it be."

Now, my friends, I wish to relate a little anecdote on an old darky
and make an application to show the vanity of mankind had they the
audacity to express themselves as the old darky did. Just after the
war, when the darkies thought the bottom rail had gotten on top, an
old darky down in Eastern Texas ran for the legislature and in his
speeches he always quoted the constitution thusly: "My fellow citi-
zens Old Mars Jefferson he say in de declarshun ob independence
dat all men am born'd free an' equal, and he furdermore says dat
if anybody hab de preferens gib it to de darky." Now, to illustrate:
If it were left to the banker, he would say "Give it to' the banker."
The merchant would say, "Give it to the merchant." The lawyer
woul say, "Give it to the lawyer." The doctor would say, "Give it
to the doctor," and the meek and lowly man the preacher he too
would say, "If any man has the preference give it to the preacher."
And last but not least, my friends, old Hayseed, too, would exclaim
with a rising voice, "Give it to the farmer." And, as I am a sort of a
jack-leg farmer myself I hope my vanity may be pardoned, for I would
reiterate the language of the old darky and say, "If enybody hab de
preferens, gib it to de farmer." The farmer may have some excuse for
his vanity. If we believe the Bible (and most of us do), we read in


Genesis that in the beginning, after all other animated things had been
created, God said : "Behold, there is not a man to till the soil." And
God took the dust of the earth and made man, and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. And
God named him Adam the father of all living. And the Lord
God planted a garden over eastward in Eden, over which he placed
that man Adam, the father of all living, to cultivate the soil and
to dress the garden and keep it. So Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,
Noah and all the patriarchs of old were cultivators of the soil (or flock
masters, which is nearly the same), and the Bible further tells us
that a stream cannot rise higher than its fountain. Then, if we are
descendants of Adam we cannot rise above him. He was a farmer,
and received his occupation from God himself, as the leading occupa-
tion of the earth. Then all other occupations must be secondary to
this. You have the highest authority that your calling is noble and
pure. You are the men who make nations and armies and sustain
them. You are men who have planted the banners of your country
upon the highest pinnacles of fame, and have everywhere subdued
foes and built happy homes in their stead. You are the men who have
founded this government that was cemented by the pen and constitu-
tion of Jefferson, and perpetuated by the loyal devotion of Lincoln,
and should its hour of supreme peril ever come your dauntless legion,
with devoted patriotism, will. protect it unto salvation. In chorus as
one man "This republic of Washington and Lincoln must be
respected by all the world, and its benign constitution must, can and
shall be administered in the interest of all classes of its citizens
alike, by the Eternal, so help us God !"

With love for all and malice toward none, I am thine for the right,




Letters from a Man Who Lived in Fort Smith Nearly Sixty Years


(Fort Smith, Ark., Elevator, September 29, 1905.)

W. J. Weaver has received a letter from Jeff Maltby, a Fort
Smith boy, of whom the Dallas News recently published a" sketch re-
relating his history in Western Texas. Jeff has done rough riding and
killed more wild Indians than Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill or Kit Carson.
Ho enlisted in Fort Smith for the Mexican war in Allen Woods and
Felon's company, fought through the campaign, and afterwards served
as an escort for Paymaster Albert Sidney Johnston in his trips to
the far western posts Fortr Concho, Worth, Belknap, Arbuckle and
Phantom Hill. There \vere many bad Indians on the southwestern
frontier then, who made frequent raids on the western Texas settlers,
scalped them and carried off women and children prisoners. These
tribes were the Kiowas, Comanches, etc. They were desperate fighters
and splendid horsemen. The Tonkaways were cannibals, and when


they killed an enemy roasted and ate his legs and arms. Jeff then
served through the Civil War with the Confederates. After the Civil
War he served for some time as captain of a company of rangers,
ID the employ of the State of Texas, to protect the frontier counties
from Indians and outlaws. The letter is dated at Admiral, Texas,
and is as follows :

W T . J. Weaver, Fort Smith, Ark.

My Dear Old Friend : I was surprised and delighted to get your
letter, and return thanks to God that we yet live and have been per-
mitted to enjoy this .privilege of correspondence. 1 am 76 years old
and have had quite a checkered life, in some respects I have seemed
to carry a charmed life.

You know my Mexican war history. After that I was for six
years in government employ on the frontier of Texas in various
capacities carpenter, wagonmaster, scout, dispatch bearer, teamster,
hunter, etc. Like David Copperfield of old, I was a doer of odd jobs for
six years, after which, in 1856, I built a stage stand at Fort Clark
to keep the men and mules that carried the United States mail
from San Antonio to El Paso. In 1858 I rented out my premises to the
mail company and went to Burnett, Texas, where I got married
to one of God's noble helpmates to man and went to farming and
stock raising, continuing scouting for Indians as the only way to save
life and property. I followed this life up to the commencement of the
Civil War, when I raised a company of men and joined the Seventeenth
Texas Volunteer Infantry, C. "S. A., served one year and was then
sent back to the frontier of Texas and put in command of a company
of men to guard the frontier against Indians, bushwhackers, deserters,
etc. I held this position until the close of .the war, and was court-
martialed for holding the position long after Lee's surrender. Since
that time I have commanded several ranger companies, it is said with
honor to the State and credit to myself, and I have never been hurt
in any way.

My wife is 67 years old, and we have had eight fine children. We


are living in what is said to be the. most pleas-ant home in Callahan
County, Texas, where we have planted with our own hands all man-
ner of fruits and flowers, and where we rest under our own vine
and fig tree, quietly waiting for the call from the. land of the leal,
where I hope and expect to sit down and smoke the pipe of peace with
the Indians that I have assisted from this to their happy hunting
grounds, and there, with all nations of this earth, fully recognize
and acknowlege the universal Fatherhood of God and the Brother-
hood of Man. Eemember me kindly to all old-timers.

With best wishes for your longer life and happiness, I am, your old
friend, W, J. MALTBY.



(West Texas Sentinel, Abilene, Texas, Feb. 12, 1902.)

Mr. President and Members of the Farmers' Institute of the Abilene
Country :

I have been honored and requested by your honorable association
to deliver an address or read a paper before you, and the subject
assigned to me, "The Outlook for Gardening and Fruit Growing in
the Abilene Country," is a subject of great magnitude and of vital
importance to the growth, prosperity and greatness of my country.
There is no country that can ever be truly a great country whose soils
and climate fails to respond bountifully to the efforts of the tiller
of soil when the proper propagation and cultivation is rightly applied.

These words, "rightly applied," is some of the big clods that we
clodhoppers run up against in all new countries, which calls for
farmers' institutes and experience meetings in good old campmeeting
style, telling how the Lord had blessed their labors, etc.

These experience meetings, when properly appreciated and regu-
larly attended, will soon make the barren and waste places blossom
as the rose. "God made the tillers of the soil the beautifiers of the
earth, His footstool," he was the last and crowning piece of creation


and placed in the Garden of Eden to keep it and dress it.

Mr. President, my invitation to address this meeting on the Out-
look for Fruit Growing and Gardening, carries with it right to make
suggestions. The Abilene country 'now has two of the greatest auxil-
aries in the rapid development of agriculture and horticulture,
which are the West Texas Fair and Farmers' Institute.

The West Texas Fair should' be supported and encouraged by
every business man and farmer in the country, and I would suggest
that the directors of the Fair employ the nght man and put him in
the right place to encourage the farmers to get up exhibits of everything
that grows in the county, and to visit every town and try to interest
every business man to chip in and offer special premiums for all the
different products of merit that can be got together and exhibited
at the West Texas Fair. There will be no trouble to get up ex-
hibits that will compare favorably with any country, if we can
only get the special premiums offered. The race horse comes in for too
great a share in proportion to agriculture and horticulture.

We know that the race horse is a drawing card, and the raising
of fine stock should be encouraged to its fullest extent, commensurate
with the products of the farm. The rains come and the winds blow
and the race tracks are wiped out, but the farm and orchard are
living and abiding monuments of their durability and sustaining

The Farmers' Institute, like experimental stations, should be kept
up, honored and encouraged. The adage that, like begets like, holds
good in agriculture as in anything else, for when one farmer finds
out what variety of seeds to plant and what variety of fruit trees to
plant and what nursery to get his trees from, then his neighbors should
follow his example, and if so his neighbor is benefited.


And now, my brothers of the Farmers' Institute, the Bible tells u*
that he that don't provide for his own household has denied the
faith, etc. We have within our household as noble, intelligent, hon-
orable and scientific a lot of nurserymen as the world can produce;
such as E. W. Kirkpatrick, T. V. Munson, John S. Kerr, F. T.
Eamsey and others, who have spent years and years propagating
and experimenting to get the best fruit of all varieties best adapted
to our climate and soils. They can tell you how to select the location
how to plant, how to prune, how to cultivate, and. when your trees
come to bearing, you have got just what they told you you would have.

I believe I am considered the pioneer fruit grower in the Abilene
country, and my sad experience 'with fruit tree agents has so com-
pletely cut my eye teeth that if I were going to plant one or ten
thousand trees, I would order them from E. W. Kirkpatrick or T. V.
Munson and pay them their price, before I would take the same
number of trees from any nursery outside of the State as a gift.
Tree planting should interest every business man and every house-
holder in the country, and I bespeak a careful interest in what your
gifted and experienced townsman, the Hon. Henry Sayles, has to say.
His words should be treasured as "apples of gold in goblets of silver,"
and if so, they will be like grain tbat fell on good soil and will bring
forth a hundred fold. The planting of trees and the making of lovely
and happy homes should be man's greatest object here on earth.
He should, if he is able to do so, plant everything that is pleasing
to the eye, fragrant to the smell and delicious to the palate. This
is the subject that seems to give us a stepping stone to that land that
is fairer than this, where we hope to pluck ambrosial fruit from trees
immortal grown.

Mr. President, and gentlemen of the Institute, the subject that
has been assigned to me is like space, it has no end and cannot be


entered into in one short address, therefore I give way to some other
gentleman that can interest you more intelligently and profitably
than I have.

In conclusion let me say that agriculture and horticulture have more
civilizing and Christianizing influences surrounding them than any
other occupation under the sun. Stock raising is the occupation of
the barbarous and semi-barbarous nations of the earth. Manufacturers
are the breeders of anarchism, alcoholism, poverty and crime. You may
admire the stockman with his broad acres and his cattle grazing upon
a thousand hills you may admire the factory with its thousands
of busy spindles, but what civilizing influences do they possess ? But
agriculture and horticulture are the handmaidens of religion, law
and order everywhere, for who can stand beside the tree laden with its
golden fruit, or the vine with its purple clusters, or the rose in its
superlative loveliness, without worshipping the God that gave these
gifts to man.

Admiral, Texas.



Ladies and gentlemen and fellow countrymen of my nativity We
read away back in sacred history, where Moses sent out a horticultural
deputation to view, the land and to bring back samples of the fruits,
so that the children of Israel could judge whether it was goodly
land to immigrate to. The difference between that first horticultural
deputation, and this Texas on wheels, of which I am a delegate is this :
Moses sent out his deputation, whereas the people of the great State
of Texas have sent their deputation to you with magnificnt cars laden
with the grand products of the Lone Star State, and samples of her
citizens. Governor Hubbard represents the acme of society, oratory



and statesmanship, while I, your humble servant, represent the wild
and wooly cowboy of the west, or the rare old plainsman of fiction,
that went around with a sythe blade for a toothpick and a pistol eight
or nine feet long, loaded with a ball weighing anywhere between
twenty-five and seventy-five pounds, with spurs and other accoutre-
ments to match. Such, my friends, are the pictures drawn of Western
Texas cow men, but, like all the pictures of Texas, they are overdrawn,
all but the facts.

Now, my friends, one of the facts connected with the exhibit
is this: That I have no land for sale, and that I am not interested
in any way, with any man or firm that has lands for sale, is one
reason that the people of Texas wanted me to come, and the other
reason is my long residence in the State of Texas.

Having seen the country settle up through its center from the
Eed river to the Rio Grande, and the history of each county has been
the same merged from stock raising to farming, and each farm has
been capable of producing all the cereals, all the varieties of fruits,
vines and vegetables ; and let me say to you that after having traveled
over most of the States and Territories, that I believe Texas to be the
best field for the investment of capital, the best for the homeseeker,
the man with the hoe, to obtain cheap and fertile lands. Our car
arrived on your grounds yesterday, after a direct run from Denison,
Texas. I was very tired and had a very refreshing sleep last night,
and woke up this morning perfectly refreshed, and my mind wandered
back all over my past life ; how I had been a volunteer in the Mexican
war of '46 and '47, and how 1 had been in the employment of the
United States on the frontier as carpenter, teamster, scout, dispatch
bearer, etc. For seven years, from Red River to the Rio Grande, out-
side of the settlements, but was the home of the blood-thirsty, cruel


savage Indian, that murdered in cold blood defenseless women and
children, whenever the opportunity offered. When the war between
the States was fully inaugurated, I espoused the cause of the South,
for it was my home, and v r ent through the war. After the war
I followed the avocation of cowboy and Texas ranger until peace spread
her white wings over the frontier of Texas. I then beat my sword
into a pruning hook and my pistol into a plow share, and have
since that time turned my attention to the peaceful pursuits of agri-
culture and horticulture, in what is now known as the Abilene country
of Texas. Go and inspect Texas on wheels and you will say: "Peace
hath her victories, as well as war/'

And now, my countrymen, after going through what I have nar-
rated to you, my heart melts in thankfulness to the giver of all
good, that after a lapse of sixty years, I have been permitted to
open my eyes in the land where they first saw the light, or the land
of my birthplace. Has my life been spared to bring to you the
glad tidings of the modern star of Bethlehem the Lone Star of
Texas? These productions of the earth are strictly specimens of the
fertility of Texas soils. They were not sent to you by the people
of Texas, asking you to sell out happy and comfortable homes,
unless you are perfectly satisfied that you can better the condition

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