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tion. The many fragments will be carefully
separated and reassembled. Then,
back at Balcones Research Center, infrared
photographic techniques will be employed
in an attempt to bring back to
legibility portions now obscured. Their
finding "in an unusual state of preservation,"
provides a welcome research opportunity
all too infrequently encountered.
Henry B. Moncure specializes in historical
archeology for the Texas Archeological
Research Laboratory, The
University of Texas at Austin.
75TH ANNIVERSARY
Editor's Note
The following material was taken from
an original press-release dated June 10,
1911.
by Anne Noe

At 6 o'clock this evening the Hotel
Galvez on Galveston Island, Texas will
formally open its doors to the tourist
trade, prepared to give to the guests of the
hotel such service as they, heretofore, will
mentally associate with Atlantic City,
New York, and Palm Beach. Built at a
cost of over $1 million dollars by the
people of Galveston, Hotel Galvez was
erected with enthusiastic energy to revive
tourism to Galveston after the devastating
1900 Storm.
The "Million Dollar Fireproof Palace"
is a 6-story structure built of solid concrete
and spanish mission architecture. It
is safe to say that there are few hotels in
America that are more elaborately and
tastefully furnished, down to the most
minute item, than is the first of the modem
resort hotels in the City of the
Seawall.
No expense has been spared in the
decoration of the hotel nor the application
of the most modern convenience.
The four private dining rooms have each
been decorated with one special idea predominating.
Everything from an ancient
navigation theme to an arbor room are
ideas that are carried out in these four
areas. The suites are decorated with Louis

XVI furniture and all of the 200 rooms
blend in tone and design.
There is no hotel in the United States
that has a more modem or completely
equipped kitchen than the Galvez. So arranged
is the service that the waiter in no
way has to retrace his steps. Entering
from the serving corridor, his progress is
made in a complete circle and there is no
chance for confusion or possible entanglements.
All cooking apparatus is of
the most modern design. The potato for
example is pared in an electrically controlled
machine that removed the natural
clothing from the vegetable at the rate of
one bushel in 50 seconds.
In the basement, one room is a completely
equipped printing establishment

with motor driven press, where menus are
turned out daily and a special hotel newspaper
printed on occasion. The wine cellar,
with its special cooling apparatus is a
cave of concrete. A machine saws the ice
for the bar into cubes of various sizes.
The Hotel also consists of a gentlemen's
buffet and grill room, smoking room, soda
fountain; drug store; candy shop; a barber
shop with the most modem and sanitary
facilities available, a writing room, and a
music hall where music of the highest
class by the Hotel Galvez Orchestra entertain
guests with daily programs at afternoon
tea and evening dinner.
With all of this, the rates at this hotel
are not exorbitant. One may secure accommodations
here to meet his requirements.
Single rooms are $2.00 per day,
$12.00 per week. Single rooms with
baths are $2.50 per day, $16.00 per week.
Because of all that the Hotel Galvez
offers, reservations have poured into the
hotel. Telegraph, long distance telephone,
and letters have come to the office
in constant succession.
The Hotel Galvez is a real hotel and
personifies the now popular slogan "Good
Enough for Everybody, and not too Good
for Anybody".
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