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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The reason for Telfener's interest in rail construction in the
United States and in Texas in particular is not clear, but he was
probably influenced by Colonel Hungerford, his father-in-law."
After a visit to Texas, Telfener and Hungerford perfected
plans for a grand scheme whereby New York and Mexico City
would be connected by rail. Texas was chosen as the starting
point for this project because of the liberal land grants which
the state offered to encourage rail construction. Telfener had
previously gained some experience as a railroad financier and
contractor in South America where he had completed a 350-mile
line for the Argentine government from C6rdova to Tucumin.3
In a charter signed on October 18, 1880, in Paris, France,
and filed in Austin, Texas, on November 17, 188o, Telfener and
a group of associates formed a Texas corporation to construct a
railroad from Richmond, Texas, a point on the Galveston, Har-
risburg, and San Antonio Railway, to Brownsville, Texas. Those
forming the corporation with Telfener were Hungerford, William
C. Bryant, and Melville Bryant from Brooklyn, New York; J. H.
Daukins, J. J. Tobin, C. R. Beaty, and Phineas de Cordova
from Austin, Texas; John Della Spina from Rome; and Alfred
G. Demce from Paris, France.'
Beginning at Richmond in Fort Bend County, the road was
to extend by the most practical route through the counties of
Fort Bend, Wharton, Jackson, Victoria, Goliad, Bee, Refugio,
San Patricio, Nueces, Hidalgo, and Cameron and was to ter-
minate at the city of Brownsville in Cameron County on the
Rio Grande. Branches were planned from the main line in
Jackson County to the head of navigation or headwaters of
Lavaca Bay in that county; another branch would extend from
the main line in Nueces County to the city of Corpus Christi,
and another from the city of Brownsville to Brazos de Santiago.
Capitalized at two million dollars, the corporation planned to
SMrs. Irving Berlin to J.C.R., September 19, 1956 (MS. in possession of the
writer). Mrs. Berlin was Ellin Mackay, whose grandmother, Louise Hungerford
Mackay, was a sister of Ada Telfener.
8"The New York, Texas and Mexican Railway Company," South American Journal
and Brazil and River Plate Mail, April 27, 1882.
4Articles of Association for the Incorporation of the New York, Texas, and Mex-
ican Railway Company, Railroad Charters and Amendments (Secretary of State,
Austin), Book A, 250.
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