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the Neches, which might be navigated during , initer
nearly to this place. Thirty-five miles above the San
Pedro, the Neches branches out into a number of
small, fertilising streams. It is a pleasant river, of
a gentle current, with few obstructions, and seldom
overflows its banks.
Taylor's Creek, a small stream which enters Sabine
Bay from the west, a few miles above the
city of Sabine, is about forty-five miles in length:
a canal of four miles would unite it to a branch of
East Bay-an arm of the Bay of Galveston.
Red River (the Rio Rozo de Natchitoches of the
Spaniards), which forms the northern boundary of
Texas, separating it from Arkansas territory, is said
to take its rise in about 104 west longitude, and 35
north latitude, and after an estimated course of 1500
miles through a fertile and picturesque region,
receiving the contributions of many subordinate
streams, it augments with its turbid waters the majestic
volume of the Mississippi, in about 91 west
longitude, and 31 north latitude. Since the removal
of the Great Raft, which extended 165 miles on
the stream,* it affords a navigation of twelve hun*
The removal of the enormous mass of drift-wood called the
"Great Red River Raft" was effected, in 1838, by Captain
Henry M. Shreeve, who was employed for that purpose by the
Government of the United States. The mechanical ingenuity of
Captain Shreeve has wonderfully improved the navigation of the
western rivers by removing the sunken trees, which, under the
name of " snags" and " sawyers," are noted and formidable obstacles
to steam-boat navigation. The boat used for removing the
snags was a steamer of the simplest construction, but of such
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