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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
gentleman, and a sober, reliable, competent, pains.
taking business man
one who has been a Northerner,
and was never a carpet-bagger; who has
been a Republican, and was never a 'radical;'
who has lived in the South, and was never spit
upon because of his nativity; who has exercised
his political rights, and was never bulldozed or
shot-gunned; who is able to give a good account of
himself and the people among whom he has resided.
His selection reflects credit upon him, and upon
the administration which knew enough to choose
After Minister. Terrell's arrival at Brussels in
May, 1889, he had much important diplomatic work
submitted to his attention, and during his four
years' diplomatic experience took part in several
In 1891 he obtained the removal by the Belgian
government of the onerous and discriminating quarantine
regulations which had been applied to live
stock shipped from the United States to Belgium
and which had practically destroyed that industry
in the latter country.
Mr. Terrell was Plenipotentiary on the part of
the United States to the International Conference
on the Slave Trade, which was in session at Brussels
from November, 1889, to July, 1890, and which
drew up the "Slave Trade Treaty," or what is
diplomatically known as the" General Act of Brussels."
In January, 1892, Secretary Blaine summoned
Mr. Terrell to Washington to assist him in
connection with the matter of the ratification of
this treaty, then pending in the Senate and subsequently
In July, 1890. Mr. Terrell was special Plenipotentiary
for the United States in the International
Conference which met at Brussels and drafted the
treaty for the publication of the customs-tariffs
of most of the countries of the world, which treaty
was afterwards ratified by our Government.
In November and December, 1890, Mr. Terrell
represented the United States on what is known as
the Commission Technique, an outgrowth of the
Anti-Slavery Conference, which elaborated a tariff
system for the Conventional Basin of the Congo, as
defined in the Treaty of Berlin of 1885.
In this special commission the United States had
important commercial interests at stake, and during
its sessions, Mr. Terrell obtained a formal declaration,
agreed to by all the interested powers having
possessions in the Congo basin and by all the ratifying
powers of the Berlin treaty, guaranteeing to
the United States and its citizens all the commercial
rights, privileges and immunities in the entire
I conventional basin of the Congo, possessed by the
signatory powers of the Treaty of Berlin.
In 1891 Mr. Terrell negotiated with King Leopold
a treaty of "amity, commerce and navigation"
between the United States and the Congo
State, which was subsequently ratified by the
President and Senate.
In 1892 Mr. Terrell was appointed one of the
delegates on the part of the United States to the
International Monetary Conference at Brussels, and
on its assembling he was selected as its vice-president.
He delivered, on the part of the members
of the Conference, the reply in French to the
address of welcome pronounced by Prime Minister
Beernaert of Belgium.
Ex-Minister Terrell is a gentleman of scholarly
tastes and accomplishments and possesses a thorough
and speaking knowledge of the French language.
In his new and elegant residence lately
constructed near the military headquarters at San
Antonio he has one of the largest and most carefully
selected libraries in the State of Texas.
In 1892 De Pauw University conferred upon Mr.
Terrell the honorary degree of LL.D.
October 1, 1893, after his return to the United
States and to private life, Mr. Terrell received by
royal decree of King Leopold II. of Belgium, the
decoration of "Grand Officer of the Order of
Leopold," an honor rarely conferred and one
which indicated the highest personal esteem of the
King and the successful character of Mr. Terrell's
In 1874 Mr. Terrell married Miss Mary Maverick,
daughter of the late Samuel A. Maverick, one of
the founders of the Republic of Texas and prominent
in the history of San Antonio and Western
Texas. Mrs. Terrell died in 1890 at the U. S.
Legation at Brussells, leaving a family of six
In 1895 Mr. Terrell was married to Miss Lois
Lasater, daughter of the late Albert Lasater and
niece of Col. E. H. Cunningham, the well-known
sugar planter of Southeastern Texas.
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