A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 69
THE CrrY OF HousTON, TEXS 69
successors for he used faith, faith and then more
faith, and that was all.
Mr. Bremond had hundreds of Irishmen working
for him as section hands, and it is no exaggeration
to say that before the expiration of the first
six months he knew everyone of them by sight, if
not by name. This was not because of any great
democracy on his part nor was it because of the
prominence of what is called good "mixing" qualities
in him. It was based on something more reasonable
and useful, for it was a measure of self-protection
on his part, for he used his knowledge of
his men to enable him to keep from coming in contact
with them. They were so unreasonable as to
want pay for their work, and tiring of promises,
they began to take matters in their own hands, with
most unpleasant effects for Mr. Bremond. No
one ever knew how he accomplished it, but he actually
built the road as far as Hempstead, fifty miles
from Houston, with scarcely enough money to build
ten miles, but with promises enough to have built
the road to the north pole.
When the road reached Hempstead it struck a
rich territory and began doing a large and lucrative
business. Mr. Bremond's first care was to fulfill
the promises he had made to his men, and their
claims were the first that were settled. No man
who ever trusted Paul Bremond, whether willingly
or unwillingly, as those Irihmen did, ever lost a
sent by doing so
Twenty-three years later, in 1876, Mr. Bremond
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