Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 278 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
be it remembered, is larger than England,
Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Holland, Greece,
Switzerland, Denmark and half of Italy combined,
it is but natural for it to attract attention,
especially from the commercial world
and from capitalists. It seems to have been
a custom with all who have compiled a sketch
of Dallas, to quote the saying of Jay Gould,
regarding the future of Dallas; and I suppose
it would be unpardonable were the writer of
these paragraphs to leave it out. Mr. Gould
said some years ago, [ I expect to see Dallas a
city of 250,000 people. It has behind it all
the products to which Kansas City owes its
prosperity, and it has cotton, which Kansas
City has not." The observation of this great
railroad magnate has been so extensive in
regard to the future development of different
thriving western cities, especially along his
various lines of railroads, is why we suppose
his prophecy has become rather famous with
the citizens of Dallas.
The advantages in the situation of this
city are so strikingly superior that the United
States Bureau of Statistics says concerning
the same, tlat a circle drawn around Dallas,
using a radius of 100 miles, discloses that
there are thirty-four counties within such
limits. By reference to the footings of the
columns it will be seen that nearly half the
cotton in Texas is raised within that radius,
that more than half the oats and wheat is
raised within it, and nearly half of the corn.
So the reader can well see that the prophecy
of Mr. Gould may be fulfilled even without
his living to a very old age.
THE DALLAS POST OFFICE.
The following is an official statement, which
was furnished the News by Postmaster Witwer,
of the business transacted at the Dallas
postoffice for the year ending on the 30th of
Postal business: Receipts-Sales at the
stamp window $89,436.36, special request envelopes
sold $11,250.90, second-class matter,
732,488 pounds, $7,324.88; box rents $2,230.55,
waste paper, etc., $21.74. Total $110,264.43.
Disbursements--Postmaster's salary $3,300,
clerk hire $17,802.22, carriers' salaries $14,965.76,
free delivery expenses $2,049.89, special
delivery service $289.76, miscellaneous
$28.15, railway postal clerks $2,892.33, remitted
United States Assistant Treasurer,
New Orleans, $68,936.32. Total $110,264
Money order business: Receipts-Balance
July 1, 1891, $870.75; 16,075 domestic orders
issued $164,475.20, 9,541 postal notes
issued $15,351.35, fees on above issues $1,661.36,
69 Canadian orders issued $788.96,
279 British orders issued $3,189.14, 312 German
orders issued $5,315.90, 71 Swiss orders
issued $1,486.87, 116 Italian orders issued
$2,632.86, 41 French orders issued $484.43,
26 Swedish orders issued $337.16, 8 Belgian
orders issued $119.62, 8 Danish orders issued
$100.17, 8 Norwegian orders issued $156.41,
7 Austrian orders issued $49, 4 Hungarian
orders issued $30, fees on above (international
issues) $182.50, auditor's circulars $4,
16,338 deposits from postmasters from 197
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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/m1/278/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.