The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 45
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A Cargo of Camels in Galveston
will not be suddenly ruptured by the complaints of the Camels, as
reported in the telegraphic dispatch from Washington. Whether that
$1o,ooo will be paid without some evidence of actual wrong or damage,
we are not precisely prepared to say; but we rather think it won't.17
A short time later, the enterprising Mrs. Watson sailed away
from the port of Galveston in the Thomas Watson, still lacking
the clean bill of health. During the weeks when she and Lynn
had been engaged in their controversy a few of the orphaned
camels wandering about the island had been slaughtered by
Galvestonians who harbored a curiosity to taste camel steak. Some
others of the animals, after foraging for a meagre fare in a clime
inhospitable to them died within a few months, leaving their
long white bones on the sands to confound some future archaeolo-
gist. Some of the more fortunate camels, however, were rescued
from their wandering existence by Francis Richard Lubbock who,
having learned of the inhospitable treatment accorded to Mrs.
Watson and J. A. Machado by some persons in Galveston, gra-
ciously agreed to transport forty of the beasts to his ranch on the
mainland, where, presumably, there were persons who took a
more understanding attitude toward camels and other related
imports then entering Texas.s
17Galveston Civilian, March 19, 1859.
1sFrancis Richard Lubbock, Six Decades in Texas (Austin, 9goo), 236.
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