Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 245 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
making a reasonable appropriation to utilize
this highway to the sea in order to develop
the resources of the Trinity valley.
The chair appointed the following conmittee
under the resolutions: From the City
Council--Aldermen Webster and Harris; from
the County Commissioners' Court--Judge
Bower and T. B. Fisher; front the Board of
Trade-S. W. S Duncan and John H. Taylor.
From the Trinity River Navigation and Improvement
company-Sydney Smith, J. P.
Thomas, C. E. Perry and D. C. Mitchell.
The committee retired, and during their
absence the meeting was entertained by
Judge A. B. Norton, Judge Bentley, F. N.
Oliver and General Gano with short addresses.
Judge Norton said that no State in the
Union was so well provided with water-courses
as Texas. The Trinity was misnamed. It
should have been called the Rio Grande, because
it was the grandest river in Texas. In
the early days of Texas, he said, speaking
from recollection, all the cotton raised in the
counties adjacent to this river was taken
adown its bosom to Galveston. Legislature
had given grand subsidies to railroads, but
they did nothing for his great commercial
highway. The speaker said that when he ran
against Roger Q. Mills for Congress the main
horse he rode was the navigation of rivers.
He promised if elected to get a good appropriation
with which to put the Trinity in a
good navigable condition. He was not
elected and he has since been as one crying in
the wilderness. Concluding, Judge Norton
said, and the sentiment was loudly cheered:
Away with all party considerations; away
with all divisions among men; stand shoulder
to shoulder on the navigation of the Trinity
river. It matters not who gets hold of the
public teat. Hie only helps himself; but he
who works for improvement of the navigation
of the Trinity river works to carry out the
designs of God.
Judge Bentley briefly reviewed his experience
as a Trinity river captain, and he heartily
indorsed the movement looking to the return
of the use of that river as a highway of cornmerce.
THE COfMMITTEE'S REPORT.
The committee appointed under the Wolff
resolution presented the following report:
We, the undersigned, your committee, beg
to make the following report, to-wit:
That whereas, the Trinity River Navigation
and Improvement Company propose to open
the Trinity river for navigation and thereby
declare Dallas a water point, and propose at
their own expense to canvass for and collect
subscriptions for that purpose to be paid
when Dallas is so declared a water point;
And whereas, they propose to turn the
said subsidies over to three trustees to be
used for that purpose; now therefore, we
recommend the acceptance of their proposition
and the election of the three trustees as
mentioned, who shall receive all such funds
and use the same in conjunction with the
said Trinity Navigation and Improvement
Company for the accomplishment of that object,
returning to said Trinity Navigation and
Improvement Company the remainder, if any,
that may be left after said object has been
It is also recommended that all citizens
take stock in said Trinity River Navigation
Company and that our members of Congress
be instructed to at once take such action as
they deem necessary to have Congress appropriate
$500,000 for improving the navigation
of the Trinity river from Dallas to its mouth
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/245/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.