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Where did Fort Worth get the name Panther City?

This article written by a Dallas reporter where he poked fun at the town that was doing so poorly as a result of bad economic times. He said a 'panter' had walked through the city in the night and that when towns people saw the tracks it had left they were in such an uproar (because nothing else was going on) that they had a huge city meeting to discuss the matter. The grand city of Fort Worth did not take this article as humiliation, on the contrary, they took the name Panther City with prestige!



Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1875.


Mass Meeting of Citizens--A ''Panter'' Loose In Her Streets.

Last week our suburban village of Fort Worth was the scene of the wildest excitement. Nothing like it has been seen since the report that the railway was coming.

The high water in the Trinity overflowed the bottom and drove out a panther, who wandered at his own sweet will during the night through the streets. Next morning his tracks were seen by the terror stricken natives, and a scene ensued which beggars description. The whole village turned out to examine the tracks of the monster, and a public meeting was immediately called--Fort Worth never does anything without a meeting.

Parson Fitzgerald drove down a stake ''whar the panter had laid down.''

On motion, Captain Eph. Daggett was overwhelmingly called to the ''cheer,'' and Frank Boaz was elected secretary.

Parson Fitzgerald, in a few appropriate remarks, explained the objects of the meeting, by stating that it would never do for it to get out that a ''panter'' had walked those streets, for the Dallas people and their confounded papers would nevr let up on Fort Worth, and that it would deter people from investing, and ruin the prospects of their city as a railway centre. He then offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the people, en masse, of Fort Worth, be requested and cautioned to say nothing about the fact that a ''panter'' had been in their street, and that the press is requested to keep it out of their paper.

On motion of Captain Paddock, a committee of three prominent citizens, Dr. Burks, Captain Hanna, and Hyde Jennings Esquire, was appointed to wait upon General Peers, and to earnestly request him for the sake of the future prosperity of the city, to keep his d--d mouth shut.

These resolutions were very eloquently supported in telling speeches by Dr. Sam. Field, Hon. Edward Terrell, Woolear Fraser, and Colonel William Terry, jun.

The mayor was instructed, on motion of Hon. Junius W. Smith, to double the police force, and put a strong guard around town, and to search the mails to prevent any ''panter'' information going abroad. Captain Eph. Daggett introduced a resolution that the star of empire be requested to take its way westward by the first train.

The exercises were closed with prayer, by that ''son of thunder,'' as he is familiarly known, Parson Fitzgerald, after which that prince of liberal nature's noblemen, Captain J.Y. Hogsett, stood the champaigne for the crowd. Adjourned.





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