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was cautiously added to the note saying that "these four camels
include the two for which permission has already been granted."'"9
Major Wayne's reply to this generous concession is a gem of high
Meanwhile, the Consul-General at Cairo had plunged into the
sea of correspondence concerning the camels and, on December 30,
succeeded in obtaining permission for the exportation of ten camels,
but this concession came too late, as Wayne had no time in which
to return to Cairo and begin his bargaining all over again. How-
ever, the Viceroy of Egypt insisted upon presenting the American
party with six dromedaries, which were received on board the
Supply at Alexandria on January 21, 1856, on the eve of her
departure for Smyrna. Nine dromedaries and the Tunis camel
constituted the cargo from Alexandria to Smyrna.20
The Supply arrived at Smyrna on January 30, whence Mr. Heap
had gone on ahead to make some preliminary purchases. Heap
procured four Arabian males, one cross of the Bactrian and the
Arabian, fifteen females, and a fine Bactrian. This completed the
requisite number of animals, and the expedition prepared to take
its departure for Texas. In spite of the fact that Jefferson Davis
had turned over to the expedition twenty thousand dollars, about
twelve thousand dollars remained unexpended. So reported Wayne
on February 8, 1856.21
Lieutenant Porter was busy preparing the ship as a conveyance
for the precious cargo and the arduous trip across the water. The
plan he adopted was a total success, and a description of it will
prove of interest.
The Supply itself had been carefully remodelled for the convey-
ance of the camels. The deck immediately below the main deck
was fitted into a stable, over which was raised an air shaft, called
by Porter a "trunk," sixty feet long and twelve feet wide, and
along the sides of the trunk were placed portholes two feet long
and a foot wide; twenty of these portholes were cut on each side
of the trunk. Inside they were fitted with glass and frames to let
'"Report, 42. Kahil to Wayne, Cairo, December 25, 1855.
'0Report, 44-45. Wayne to Davis, Alexandria, January 3, 1856, and
Smyrna, January 31, 1856.
"Report, 47. Wayne to Davis, Smyrna, February 8, 1856.
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