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tiers. Things cost two and three times as much in New Orleans
as in Germany. He describes d'Orvanne as having "the typical
French character, just like sparkling champagne, but not like
wine that has fire."13
On June 24, Dr. Anson Jones called on Prince Solms for an
extended conference. Jones declared annexation to be lost for-
ever and that the people in Galveston and throughout the republic
would resort to arms in case of annexation by force. Although
he had voted for annexation out of personal considerations, Jones
was now altogether opposed to it. He offered to do everything
in his power to boost the Society's project before the Texan Con-
gress because he regarded it as a great blessing for Texas. The
conference made Prince Solms very hopeful that the Bourgeois-
Ducos colonization contract would be renewed.14
Preparatory to establishing satisfactory relations with the
Indians Prince Solms bought cheap pearls and trinkets, but not
enough, as he said, asking that a large quantity of Indian goods
be sent with the first emigrant ships.
The prince also desired that the Society's chief engineer and
the physicians be sent soon and that the engineer know some-
thing about mining, because it was generally understood that
there were copper, iron, and possibly silver on the Society's lands.
In fact, when he visited the mint at New Orleans the director
told him that there was a silver mine on the Society's grant.'5
While he was still in New Orleans, Prince Solms began to con-
sider the matter of appointing his successor in the position of
commissioner-general of colonization once the first settlement had
been definitely established. He did not regard Bourgeois
d'Orvanne as capable of filling the position. He called Count
Castell's attention to Baron von Vaerst, a retired major in the
Prussian army, and pointed out that this former officer was a
kind-hearted man of good sense and circumspection. He reverted
1S-B A., XLIX, 138-143. Mr. Vogel of the Prussian consulate and M.
Bartheiz, formerly in the French maritime service, were of great help to
Prince Solms. He regretted that the Society did not send German workmen
to Texas for building cabins, storehouses, and the like for the first set-
14Ibid., XLIX, 142-143.
"S-B A., XLIX, 145-146. This was not the fabled San Saba mine, of
which the director also told Prince Solms. It was not until the Society
secured the Fisher and Miller colonization contract that they received land
on which the San Saba mine was located.
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