Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 254 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
to the few citizens who stood by it in its
infancy and spared neither their time nor
their money to uphold it in the face of all
doubts and evil prophecies as to its certain
failure. From the beginning they outlined
a broad-gauge policy, all sectional tendency
was ignored, and not Dallas in particular, but
the interests and resources of the entire
State were considered in every move. Exhibition
accommodations, unsurpassed, were
furnished free of cost. Premiums equal to
any in the history of fairs and expositions,
were offered and paid. Entertainments of
every kind were procured for the amusement
c" Band leaders with justly won laurels all
over the civilized world, were employed in
the musical department; and no visitor from
any section where music is sung or played
but who could hear some of the melodies of
his fatherland at these entertainments.
"( Three hundred and eighty-three thousand
dollars comprise the receipts from the five
entertainments which have already been given
-and more than 500,000 people have seen
Dallas and Texas by reason of these fairs and
", Estimating that each left behind him $10
during his stay in the State, and the magnificent
total of $5,000,000 has been parceled
out into every style and grade of business, to
say nothing of the millions of dollars invested
in Texas, brought here by the wonderful
resources of the State as shown up in miniature
at the grand exhibits made by Texas
counties at these fairs.
"The Sixth Annual Entertainment, which
opens on October 17, 1891, is championed by
the Hon. W. C. Connor as president, assisted
by C. A. Cour as secretary, with Leo Wolfson
as assistant, and Mrs. Sydney Smith in
charge of the Ladies' and Art Departments.
"With this corps of able assistants who
have grown with the growth .and strengthened
with the strength of this institution,
their labors and experience guided by their
chief, whose record for the past four years as
Mayor of Dallas has made his name a synonym
of tact, talent and affability, assure
the public that the coming entertainment will
far surpass all of its predecessors.
"Twenty-eight thousand dollars are offered
as purses in the racing department alone;
and the running entries which have just
closed show the roster to be 221. This department,
under the personal supervision of
A. W. Campbell, a horseman of national reputation
for cool judgment and fairness on all
racing matters, now numbers its entries from
every State from California to Kentucky.
"' General Stanley, the courteous gentleman
and commandant of the Department of the
Southwest, has kindly consented to attend
this fair and will bring with him a troop of
United States cavalry, and also the artillery
commanded by the genial and ever popular
Major Burbanks, and the exposition drills
given by these well trained troops, will, of
themselves, be worth all the cost and time
it takes to see them.
" Liberati, the world-renowned cornetist,
has been secured to preside over the musical
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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/m1/254/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.