Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 246 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
The report was unanimously adopted.
Colonel W. C. Holland, Captain J. P.
Murphy and Captain W. H. Prather were
elected trustees under the resolutions.
The chair, speaking as president of the
Trinity Navigation and Improvement Company,
said that the directory consisted of
thirteen members, seven of whom would resign
to give place to subscribers to stock.
Colonel Holland suggested that Captain
Flatau be at once sent to Washington to
present the claims of the Trinity river before
the River and Harbor Committee.
Captain Flatan said he had received letters
from Congressmen Abbott and Culberson,
asking him what the improvement of the
river would cost. He had replied to the cotnmunications.
He was willing to do what he
could in the premises.
Arrangements were set afoot for Captain
Flatau's trip to Washington, and the meeting
The following is the bill upon the subject
of the navigation of the Trinity river originally
introduced in Congress by Congressman
Abbott April 28, 1892, and as reported by
the committee on rivers and harbors and
called up in the House of Representatives by
Congressman Charles Stewart for Mr. Abbott,
and passed in the House the 20th iustant.
There is no doubt about it passing the senate
and becoming a law quite favorable indeed to
this great Dallas enterprise:
Mr. Stewart of Texas, from the Committee
on Rivers and Harbors, reported the following
bill in lieu of H. R. 8449:
A bill to authorize the Trinity Navigation
Company to open to navigation the Trinity
river in the State of Texas.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of America
in Congress assembled, That the Trinity
Navigation Company, a corporation created
and existing under and by virtue of the general
laws of the State of Texas, or its successors
and assigns, be, and are hereby authorized
and empowered to open to navigation
the Trinity river in the state of Texas, from
the town of Liberty to the city of Dallas, in
said state, and to this end said company, its
successors or assigns, are authorized to remove
all logs and rafts and stones from the water
bed of said river, as well as other obstructions
found in said river, so as to secure safe
passage for such vessels as may navigate the
same; said company is further authorized
and empowered to construct such locks and
dams as said company deem proper and necessary,
and to do and perform any and all
such acts and to make such improvements on
said river and its banks as may be proper and
necessary to secure safe navigation of said
river at low water between the points named
for steamboats having a draft of not less than
SEC. 2. That in consideration of the labor
and expense incurred and to be incurred by
said Trinity Navigation Company in opening
said river to navigation, the same is hereby
authorized and empowered to charge and collect
such tolls therefor as may be prescribed
by the.regulations that may be made from
time to time by the secretary of the treasury
of the United States.
SEC. 3. That within two years of the passage
of this act, said company shall begin the
work of improving the navigation of said
river, and shall proceed with said work as cxa
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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/m1/246/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.