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required a transfer from ocean-going steamers to small packet
boats which doubled as fishing boats. Their nauseous smells and
discomforts discouraged even the hardiest souls. The country was
undeveloped and thinly settled. Bands of hostile Indians and
Mexicans roamed the prairies, constantly raided the ranches
around Corpus Christi, and left their victims mutilated and
And last, there was the matter of General Carbajal's attendance
at the fair. Many persons stayed away from Corpus Christi because
it was rumored that the general would likely seize materials and
men for his campaign. Other persons, of high moral integrity,
wanted no part in what was obviously a thinly disguised filibuster-
Ford says25 that the fair was for the purpose of arousing interest
in the Mexican revolution among the Texans. The distance to be
traveled, he states, and "other impediments" prevented many
persons from coming. The want of funds, not only among the
Texans but also on Carbajal's part, kept men from volunteering
in the revolution of the northern states of Mexico. "Fate seemed
against him [Carbajal]. The revolution was virtually at an
end. . ." So also was Colonel Kinney's dream of wealth and
fortune through the ruse of an annual State Fair of Texas.
As a final gesture, the colonel read a list of commissions in each
county of the state at the conclusion of the awarding of the
prizes. This was for the avowed purpose of selecting members of
a general committee for the fair of 1853. But none in that au-
dience knew better than the colonel that there would be no fair
in the coming year nor, for that matter, during the remainder of
25Ford, Memoirs (MS.), IV, 638.
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