The Star-Telegram

Fort Worth, Texas

Current Events:

Farmers create a political party in protest, becomes a political force.

The price of crops have been dramatically declining. For example, the price for a bushel of wheat has dropped by over a dollar since 1867. Farmers are losing money because of the low profit they have been making on their crops. In protest, they have created a political party called "Populism". This new party has raised support of thousands across the country. The candidate that will represent the populist party is William Jennings-Bryan. This is what he stands for:

1. Increased money supply

2. Graduated Income Tax

3. Federal Loan Program

4. Free and unlimited coinage of silver.

"Courtright Dies In Gunfight"

Two days ago Fort Worth lost its brave city marshal James "jim" Courtright. He died in a gunfight against Luke Short early Monday morning. Courtright had been out trying to defend his city from the newcomer, but Short took it as a challenge and drew his gun on Courtright. Short took his first shot and hit James thumb. James had no time to get his gun ready before Short took 3 more shots. The bullets took Courtright down in a battle he could have one.

Articles of the Week:

Assimilation of the Native Americans

The goal of Indian education from the 1880s through the 1920s was to assimilate Indian people into the melting pot of America by placing them in institutions where traditional ways could be replaced by those sanctioned by the government. Federal Indian policy called for the removal of children from their families in many cases. In this way, the policy makers believed, young people would be immersed in the values and practical knowledge of the dominant American society while also being kept away from any influences imparted by their traditionally-minded relatives. The promised schools did not come into existence for several years. At the turn of the century, Cushman Indian School had become a large industrial boarding school, drawing over 350 students from around the Northwest and Alaska.

Populism and Angry Farmers

The Wheat Belt in the Great Plains helped the United States become the world's leading exporter of wheat by the 1880s. There were now steel plows, threshing machines, seed drills, reapers, and many methods of planting. Unfortunately there was a draught a few years later that destroyed crops and ruined the soil. To top it all off, competition increased so all the wheat prices dropped. Some farmers mortgaged their land to make it trough those difficult times and many were forced to give their land to the bank. They had to rent land from new owners until the Closing of the Frontier occurred in the early 1900s. It marked the end of an era, however it allowed settlers to have a fresh start.

Local Advertisements:

"Dear Star Telegram"

To the writers of Star Telegram,

I usually enjoy the articles and other essays you have in your newsletter but the article you had last week about favoring the Gold Bugs over the Silverites really upset me. Farmers like me take offense to that. If you take money out of our system I will be paid even less that I am now and I won't be able to take care of my family. Along with not being able to care for my family I won't be able to afford things like your newsletter anymore. I understand that you have your own opinions but please don't put them out in your newsletter.

Sincerely, Robert Thomas

Dear Star Telegram,

Thank you for putting out news every week. Your news helps me and my family keep up with what is going on in our town. I look forward to getting the newspaper every week. I enjoy reading articles about farming,as my whole family and I live on a farm and work everyday. If you could have a whole section dedicated to farmers and farming issues,I would love to tell other farmers about your newspaper and how much I enjoy reading it.


The Jones Family