The Western Texan (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 42, Ed. 1, Thursday, August 3, 1854 Page: 1 of 4
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Attorney and Counselor at Law
TTILL Practice hi iheDMrlctC.mrMn the
T ytfjconntiet Including the Fourth nnd Per And Jmll
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PASCIIALS & STRIBLINO
. Attorneys and Counselors at fjnw.
SAN AftTQNIO AND A US TIN
i"T7lLL Practice In the Supreme ainl Federal
y V Courts at Austin and GalveMon. and tn tlie D.
tnct Court of Hie Second nnd Fourth District and In
Goniales and Goliad of the Trial. District.
inty win pay special aticuiion to all land business
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A DENISON & PRYOR.
Attorneys a d Coniiselors at Law
SAN ANiONIO TliXAH.
WILL practice fn the District Courts of
Urtinr Medina (lllleHnlo. Coif "t Guadulupc
Caiawfll Ojniale aiid.K; mra.roti s.audln the
ncxtfficf on Poftoflice rtrrvt. opnlte the Worr-
.Bif MeBri. Orocsbfcck & French. 31y
-SOHN H. DUNCAN
Attorney and Counselor at Law
HAN ANTONIO TEXAS
WILL practice In lht District Court of
Dexar Medina GEllcpir Comal Guadalupe
Karnea. Uonzalei and Caldwell cuuu'ict and in the
Kedaral and Supreme Courts at Aumln. 37-1 y
2). C. VAX DXRL1P. N. A. MITC1IKLT..
VAN DERLIP & MITCHELL
Attorneys and Oounselcrs at Law
SAN ANTONIO TEXAS
WILL attend promptly to all business en-
trmtetl to their rnrr. 37-1 y
CHARLES A. RUSSELL
Attorney and Counselor at Law and
JIELENA KAHNES CO. TEXAS
WILL PRACTICE IN THE COURTS
generally throughout Western Trxa and at-
tend promptly to business entrusted to his care from a
X. L. ntWIIT. (I O. SKWTOff
HEWITT & NEWTON
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
AN ANTONIO TEXAS
WILL PRACTICE IN THE TEXAS
Conrli of the Fourth and Second Judicial Dis-
tricts and In the Supreme Court at Austin llin-iuenji
entrusted to their care will bn promptly nnd faith fully
atttnded to. They wilt alio give their prompt and
faithful Attention to the collection of nil clunn entruM-
d to thef r care nnd will net a General Lund Aejrntn.
gOrnci: Hast side Main Plaza. 37-ly
XUSSKM. nnWAKT) S A. WILCOX.
HOWARD & WILCOX
ATTORNEYS AT LAW '
San Antonio. Texas.
Office On Trevino ttrett. ojmoiitt the Catholic
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
WILL PitACrlCK IN THE COURTS
of the Second and Fourth Judicial Districts nnd
in the Supreme and Federal Court of the State. He
will devote pirticular ttttentlon to Innd hn iine
C?" Office on Trevinn street (North of the Catholic
Church.) S.tn Antonio. Texas. 3(1-1 f
C. F. BUCKNER. n. LEIOII.
BITCKNER k LEIGH.
Attorneys 'And Counaeiioiu at Law
. . . San Antonio Texas
VIxijT..-. Gille-oit. Comal Guniltilupe CitlilufTl
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and Qouxnlea cointucs nnd In the I nierni nuo '"
firrnie Court at Austin. " "
iHriikt Au fcrtitnselor at IaW
. SA$ ANTOttrO TEXAS.
WII.I prtcMc.e in the District Court of ijpfounl
Judi'cMl UiMrict ilia Supremo nnd .ff''JJl
Courts at Au.lin.aud wiUnttcml to all prnfesMOtml hu
MnrM entru.ted to his care. Office on F ore opposite
CommeTce Mrcct. uct door to Dcaly's old stand.
February ftn 1 Uli-
" H. M. LEWIS
AttbrncV and .tJdwuelnr at l-au p
brflts-Wfliii rimnhrU'khxiUdins X lbjtans.
Sa.n Astosio. Tkxa.
To tlie stockholders ot the San Antonio unfairness. oti
and Mexican Gulf Railroad CompanyHr 1
and the Citizens of Bexar County "fttrs. In votii
The course pursued by tho reputed editor
of tho Ledger aided and advized by a well
known contributor or correspondent over
various signatures with reference to tho Rail-
road Company and Mr E Jones and myself
as contractors will servo as. my apology If
any rere necessary for calling your atten-
tion tftiTbricf sbitomenl respecting the ongin
tf this haired and the circumstances which
harcthus far kept alive and fanned tho flame
of this hostility.
It is known to you all that a contract was
entered into in April 1853 between the San
Antonio and Mexican Gulf Railroad Company
and'Mr. E. Jones and myself for thej.con"
gtruction and equipment of the railroad from
the Coast to this city
The proposals from Jones and myself
which served as tho basis of tho contract
were examined and discussed by the Board of
Directors and the committco for several days
(Mr. Jones and myself taking no part in tho
proceedings and after the committee's report
the contract drawn up by the company's at-
torney and one of tho ablest lawyers In the
State was approved by tho Board of Direc-
torsall present voting for it save one and
was subsequently signed by Maj. Dashiel
Prcsidcntnro. tern. I will now stato and will
when it becomes necessary produce tho proof
and give names that the contract was scarcely
signed before a systematic attack on the board
of Directors. The contract and contractors
was commenced and unceasingly carried on in
public and private by two of the Directors
and a near relative of one of them and why?
for the simple reason that they were not per-
mitted to tako an interest in the contract.
They were not admitted to an interest in the
contract because it was believed they could
not bring the slightest aid towards the carry
ing out of the enterprise. The threats of one
of thoso persons that he would spend two
thousand dollars to defeat or prevent tho elec-
tion to the Legislature of a gentleman kneurn
.o.r.--''- Mi ilAiii
wide spreau anu bhi -
direct ilio movements '.of; Jt Mj-AlTest tho
reputed EJjtor of tha'Ledgen a
(Too third: mqraber; General Qampbell Is
Hkj' against .whoso honor or truthfulness no
ureaiaiu suspicion a uonicman yr'iiu
filled oflfces of Jiopor and trust and
npldin? an offlcaiof almost (dclioato
ctcr'amt marked Importance under the
10 suppose were wacuner impropriety or
tho part iff the. Bpardof Dircp-
voting in favor of tho. contract-
leaves alt who voted In favor of iL libieto
onoor more of tho following charjres ; JsL I conncctediwlth
any bond DragriSciuc5rfo: torott ii):jands
-. - . i- l .i . "..-"u: ;
Dr lota in Mtuor ontoJ9wv(f.wuiiiv
-Mr. E. sTonoSj so'
not acquired ffhi
It has Vee&ft
nation havuUr baeH 1
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interest .110 ywhv .oa-
T! 77171 i 1.' '. Hi'tttii
anuBtocKito uers'wun tncconicmnt itdcserv
.i-ftife.SAt.;.:5:ii ..r...r:A.L..r. ..
uv( 11 ivurvicfcno ip mu amount rccoivcu oy
uw coftirocfeenyirMi siapc wo navorcccivcu
Miont s3.AwVnvf1i:Jrniitili Iwinda arif nfiAiit
- " 7 vvtfc .& ? (?'. i"
iVonjmyctiy; we nave nam out con
ncctclthb. conrait aUui 056 a
rrmnni nwjgm r it is true due noariy mreo
timeEkmount .of available means re-
Jlaylng thus bfjefly' tntcctj te origin and
causQof tiila onnosltton. I-will add. thai' each
.;. rr i .. i . .
out- thfttliavlnrran and ovcrv insinuation mm W tho editor of
jm mm mm ff m m "? r ' ml " " ' ' ---j- ----- rf - - - -- -
sAvocatod moasures tho Ledger .or his cpntributer rofleqttng ty
ftsme.town Jots in
hicontmctj It such
frothing lip jaw or
It) it but .tho ins'in-
;. 8f. Huston
Attorney undUmincllor at Law
San Antonio Texas
-. if-ible time and upotl Ihfc rio't reii-oitai ic
ItV leatVV'i- . found alull tune hi the oflicc ofjl
terms- Mau'e J'rlelt hiiildhifr. Main IMaza:tpiurs
"i 1 nnntnim of T.fltr
GENERAL LAND AGENT
SAN ANTONIO. TEXAS
AlHmi" entrusted to him will receive 1.1s stnc
. AHdpromp. aitentio.i. -n..nn.
(jy Utpce uppuin- "
and CottiihClor at Ijsw
n.HiA-nl l.mut A?eilt.
SAN ANTONIO. TEXAS
that the candidates advocated 'i0?-1"
were opposed to tlloLoaii bill"" and in ex-
tension of the company's charter in the Leg-
islature led to tho supporting of opposition
A..i.i.fne nn excitincr electron followed
which resulted in the complete defeat of those
gentlemen charged with being unfriendly to
tho loan bill. A:c. From the close of tho con
test last summer to tho present time a deep
settled hatred towards the railroad company-
and all persons in favor f the same has ex-
isted on tho part of tho two ex-directors and
tho defeated candidates residing in this city
with thrco honorable exceptions. This hatred
has been most unmanly malignant and untir
ing; displaying itself in attempts to poison
and prejudice tho minds of visitors and stran-
rrcrs about to settle in this city or county by
..-i n ! elmrsplnr and motives of
the Railroad Directors. The contractors and
Kiiccessful candidates and by publications
against tho railroad cdmpany and contractors
in tho Ledccr. most abusive and fatotthcir
character. These attacks were either edito-
rial or over some of tlio rrfariy anonymous
signatures adopted by a person well fsnown
to tho citizens of San AntonioVy the bittbr-
.. . 1 .1 : .-. !! mnnatinc
nocuinat cnaiacicriivs vtij v -.
from his brain or flowing from his pen. The
first and most important charge made by
Wo tvirtfeA atrainst the RaiTroad Directors
and Contractors was the character of tho con-
tract and tho manner in which it was entered
into. This charge was satisfactorily met and
its falsehood exposcd in a rcPrt of tho caUSCS
thatlcdtotho contract and tho character of
tho same and submitted to mo puunc uy
committee appointed by tho Board of Direc-
tors last September its facts and figures
furnish a triumphant vindication of all par-
ties interested and a complete refutation of
titu BiatiMtriuus uimigu iuuc-vjr tuuau jiciouuo
already alluded to.
To thoso unable or unwilling to oxamino in
detail tho sources from whenco tho com-
mittee drew thctr facts and inferences the
position and character of the gentlemen who
made tho report is a sufficient endorsement
of the accuracy and truthfulness of its state
ments. I. A. Paschal chairman of the com
mittco is as woll known to you all as a resi-
dence of eight years in your midst can make
a Lawyer in an extensive practice he met as
a candidate for the Legislature last year his
opponent on this issue in full and public dis-
..3t:n Virtw hn titwnccd his obicetions and
. . . -. &. 1 buiaiuiii . . ...- .. j -j .
GEO. H . G I D P I N Q b rerntcd his misstatements is still remembered
Wholesale and limn uoaicr in . thoso wh0 hcard thcnjj is betns-
CceS ' w-WI. el-tion as guu Senator.
aatlotiery c ' o- a. uavcric. m? &ouuuw-""yr- CfM "w
""I nitt T tt -......nnn. In 1 he rltlZPHS O I filll
i;rfr.uii ui.ui '"" " u wv huva
3. tt. LYONS
1 cine In all (is various branches
R'Xud .-P!i5 crfrBv 7h3i:
eniereuinionvu'i''" v - r
JM. If. Sloau
SURGEON anp PHYSICIAN
Han Antonio Texas
mm .!!.. i J 1 1 11 JO t II IX S . - - - - -
IX iiinrnrc- 1 ----- - -- r-
i uesidence arr "-
!".. GMUlWMt f- -'
1 -wniVn ..nwards of iwelveyrarsarractuionerefMedi-
XnWm an'd vfnily. HsrsB to
r.cii. Joiiic A. aoriM ax. Natchez Miss.
Bin. BSmAK?M. II. Providence. La
T- m: . . i.' - t)..kllLflailAA I -tl .
they were either so ignorant or credulous as
to behevp every statement that might hare
becnmado or thoy were the willing instru-
ments tof their 'lbs thoy being tho largest
Stockholders 'and bavin? Daid in threes fuurths
of tho.mou paid u nsullrtienis'to 'an
amount iar 9xceedingrin valup that paid in by
tho entire oppotition or they voted for the
contract In expectation of asharo in tho same.
Their supposed ignorance and credulity is
refuted by their well known intelligence and
ability. Their supposed indiflcrenco to the
company's interest is contradicted by tho fact
of their having tho greatest interest. The
idea of their being interested in the contract
is not seriously entertained by any person
save tho anonymous scribler for tho Ledger.
In tho important transactions of life men do
not act without motives; no reasonable or
probable motive can.be assigned for any sup-1
posed unfairness on the part of the Directors
and it is for you to judgo whether tho intel-
ligence and standing of tho most cor-
rect citizens' of Bexar county even' without
the committee's. re port are in themselves suffi-
cient to outweigh tho reckless assertions of
tho reputed Editor of the Ledger a'person
whose character Is best known 'by a perusal of
tho sheet over which he exercises a merely
Tho charge has been made that the con-
tractors obtained information while acting on
behalf of tho company which information
was withheld from the Directors or the pub-
lic. This information must have been cither
with reference to tho' probable cost of 'the
road by a knowledge obtained on tho lino or
from Col. Johnstone the company's En-
gineer. This assertion is false and those
who havo made it know it to bo so and Its
absurdity is apparent when it is known that
Col. Johnstone's report of tho probable cost
ofarailrnoil f ' v f
lished in tho -Texan" and "Ledger" of the
sime week an 1 several hundred copies of
tnat urn dr cuimmw renin wi it 13 aci-
minm rerc printed for circulation. ThU re-
port of Col. Johnrtww Wii psrlnpi a more
favorablo estimate of the supposed cheapness
of tho road than would bo made by even
himself had he the rc-examination or the
same one of his assistant Engineer Mr. Gir-
aud. now in this city is competent to state
that no inform Uion obtained could bo more
favorable than Col. Johnstone's report. This
report was beforj the p-iullo nearly ten
months before tho proppsals'for tho contract.
It mav however bosaid. that. tho knowloug-
cd obtained and suppressed rciatcu 10 va-
cant lands along the line of road an interest at
or near the coast terminus or an interest in
land Ruitablo for town sites stations or de
pots at sorao central points along tho road ; if
the insinuation relates 10 una 1 '.rep1
.ftW whaLtlie last year' Board of Directors
well know that .beingjinformed by P. W.
Piatt Esq. tho company? agent that valua-
ble vacaftt htdd coiild bo obtained on and in
tho vicinity of tho tfno of road' above and be-
low tho tdwnof Victoria. I immediately
called tho attention of tho Directors to that
fact urgel upon tham tho Ideation or thoso
lands fDr tho cornpiny's interest an I was one
of the foremost in on loavoruv; to expedite tho
donnrturo of Mr. tftatt to Victoria for the
purpose of locating thent hi tho company's
name thus aiding in securing- to the com-
rtinw over 25.000 acres of valuable land
Tho lani purchased by tho company
town site at the point where tho
tended to cross tho Guadalupe
chased for tho company at tho suggestion
Mr. E. Jones and myself j in both of these in-
stances wo co'ildhavo secured for about
$3500 in land certiQcates land which will bo
11. i u Att.Ttn.nv fwhcnoTtr tho rmil
.ai.-t ... .. m
.thoMirRSftaisintcrcstea u jairncss ?i. ina transactions provr r
InJusticote.JtsJW-achal.lstotothat fiuusequen w.jne contract: nut connect i.iun
.thathone'Mtlwl.nor is .there tho it arc falso in substance also in suicment
b ever vfiU have falso jn.ovpry particqlar and dare them to. if 9
Xv. inrllroKfc.' .nnr proof. '"Vfth tho excenUbn of a nrlef article
.. TV-"""l '" ' -- t '.tif-i
tho . request of a friend
a. "" ' 1 I
ho has not
slightest probability ztotpb1
tHt.'A..AM!HMniK.ii MntMAf envn rUaf written nt I
vMcinnntudn.r.irt.ncr fJrg3BXok-;-gencril(chanvctcrT havo 'rjot itrijtrfr !ina
holders.havo.in desiring;the' sp?edyl jcomple- for a newspaper during tho last three cars
ton of tho Road. Tho last chanrcwh cVI nor would 1 now .intrude my 'narap or
shall notice is onq made at various times and writing on tho. pnbjie if it concerned mo
again repeated ;in;to(.extra. Ledger pt; July nlonoI.fecl and Lknovf thaC t could! rell
31st namojy thai-Mr. Jon8$ anl mysslf afford V let the slanders of the past wepk
were offered $100000 for tho. contract and f seek; tho gravo of forgetfulncss to which
refuscdlrthatamountthcreby retarding tho . thoso of the last eight . months are Tiur-
rying. But I know that it is my. duty to
make this statement when I find a corrupt
organization of disappointed speculators and
defeated politicians assailing some of the
mile of it. would bo constructed .and tho as-J most worthy citizens of the State and. for no
sertionis now made.with no other view then cause Bavo (thcir inability' to enlist them in
their crusade against .the best .Interests of
construction 1 of tho Itoad- and consequently
injuring tho citizens ofJLhownnty- This as
sertion is falso vfa.wororj'oj offered pno dol-
ar .with an assurancqr thatho iroad or ono
to create electioneering capital and gratify
the hate of a disappointoijspecuiator and a
coupio 01 vron.cn uown pouucians oy eiovat-
ing to office ono.; or jtvropf.thfir "strikers"
in opposition to men they cpuldnot intimidate
and failed. to wm.over totbc;r views. In con-
nection with this statement a blight sketch
of tho obstacles created by these parties with
a view of preventing our carrying out the con- j
tract it may not be amiss to state that during
tho visitof Mr. Jones and myself to New York
copjes of the San Antonio Ledger were mcet-
' r THpS. J.DEVINE..
San Antonio Aug. 3d')854.
a.-.w i (r v
Of the Special .Committee on Me Letting 'vf
the Contract for theCohitructioffnf'tnel
San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Rait-
iOrnce or the SanAntonip anp OMkxk)
UAH uiuut iv. iv ju. f
San Antonio Sep. 5th 1853. )
At a regular meeting; of tho Board' of Di
rectors of tlie San Antonio and -Mexican Gulf
ing us at every point sent by whom Lknow iuilroad Comuauv. on.motion.
not. To persons who were strangers to tho Ue it resolved That a poniiiujtcc consist-
Editor and who were not subscribers to tho ing of three bb'appointedl'whoso 'duty ItVihall
paper. Thm nunjbers containod articles do SSStfttSS
nouncing the Railroad Directors and Con- .Jotting of tho contract for U10 constru9tionof
tractors and ridiculing the idea of the com-' the San Antonio and'MexicanGuIf'Railroad
wiui sucu lunncrprocucuingHut imsnoaru as
they may deem necessary. for the information
of the Stockholders of this Company; and
that they report at as earl v a day as possible.
On motion L A. Paschal S. A. Maverick
Antonio and Ateaxcan Gulf Hail Aloud
Company. y . . .
Theundersicned Cornmittee apnointoUto.
le'porhho luSts connected Mnttr t10 mtiUca-
tion of tho contiact between Mvasnvuw
pany's ability to pay its interest
that tho contract would bo attacked for.
fraud and predicting that the town? on Mata-
gorda Bay the coast terminus would be
abandoned solitude on their jwl ii--
KvtVlUI "VICJ "
In the face of these slanders vra made an
ommroment with responsible parties for the
.... wiW.v-.rf iW .unit: TWDJCCTtOtiatu
condition that ot g.vmg a guimum . .v . - - Company for tho eon-
narment by the" company of tho interest on and Utwne ai 1 Lnin& Mexican
its Bond. Tlie most certain guarantee that . Guf llajroad would most rertpuctfully ub-
wo could offer at that time was the rensona- mit for the information .of tlio stocic noiutrs
thSCorrifetrir' as also ' iho'doiiniv nmf Hi
bonsWldbythe'Cbmpafiyf forn loirf at
.money orjon iron ilel generously offered
m tng? noimngor.ms ay r vices in .case J.ej
watfnot8uccessru). The power to' negotiate'
'was refused i' but tho'Prcnideht was anthow
V::?n Vr w u tn nrcmisea fiomnanv hr a -Mr J Mi S.- W.. Chandler then
t; SjrtW .r tho .San Antonio and.Mexi- in Indianola proposing to.build ond cqiup the
can Gulf Railroad from SU origin till the road and furpish every thii
ble ccrtaintr that tho loan bill" of the pre
vious session would become a law of tho
State durinz the nnroaching session of the
r . .. rru A(-nn nf tlio liill these i..i. r tlm lft.inrnf thu contract.
virii'M tvp willin- to consider as a sufficient Litis well known was projected by afew; pub-
ll7J?lTt interest. The H .fp.ritedindiT duals of San f Antonio in ho
gunruiuvu iui imv j..v .-.- - I Falliol louV A cnartcr was nui wjr i.
defeat of this bill prevented lor tno time me
rarrvinp out of the arrangement. The rcpu
ite'd' td receive1 and renort tb tho BdaruYfari
(iturp approval any propositions which hd
might Jbeliero calculated. to. further the inter-i
est of the'" Company. Under this renolutiori
ho declined actiufr officiallv. as it left'1 hint
witliout power to act deflhitirotv "While a
tlie North. Messrs. Green &. Corm&da a'nron.
V5H1UI1 w vile f-rvhiucnv. lo.cpniraci
.building of 4ho road and W subscril
hai-cb of tWcftbltarstock ofthe-Com
pe Gtlfafi jikli theyroffercdt6 pay down
He Was r'3iU)Ut authoritv to acCLnt this nrnm
.OsktontTWk it believed it would have been
wise toftftfo done'fco. had ho possessed theaut
thority MeSsrs.Gre'ch & Co were iifvUetl
t6 send an s&mt to Tekas tto examlno into
jno auunj ojjwiq company anji to. wd rorjae.
wvni.rupviou oj fno roan ..uu.tne aaio 0
derlarinabh' JVtmnuUfta' - 1hlK
tcr ba oxplained; that was received lor U19
construction of the road pr( for furnishing
any the slightest material therefor
The terminus was fixed at Saluria 'witlia
branch to touch at Lnvaca but not' without
great uisjtJS&rction totuosc interested mothf
On.tiejSrtrtJ' day of .February l53 tho
Com'panyagjcfUs6d for sealed proposals' to be
received on or before tho1 1st day of Anrij
thereafter for tho construction of sixty.. miles
of; the road from Lavaca to the cro swing of the
Guadalupe river. Tho wprk to'bi let in sec
tions of not less than sit mile's; tho obstruc-
tion to liicludo the grading nnd grubbing.and
clearing oxcavalious.-cmbankmepts culverts
bridges And also'the bridge at Ouadahiperiv-
cr. ' Proposals we're also invited for the fuiy
hishing of 110000 live oak ties' eight1 feet in
longthfslx1 by soven inches; also -20.500 ties
same lcngth8lxiby ten-inches. Thi Invita-
tion for prppoalsJwasoxtcnsiTely advertised
In.a'nd oipf tlie1 Stato n several uoWapopors
for-'ttvo months. t (
Oh iho' first of April 'no proposal had -been
received for tho construction ?f tho sixty
mjjes of road by ariyyseotiqn "tlicreof as pro-
posed. ''A ppposkl' was made by P. V. Piatt
eYCo'for tho Wholeof the work' for tho con-Btructton-oftthe
.road to tho Guadalupe ex
cept for the bridges and culverts and bridgo
urer.iuo uuauaippo ai itio jouowing raics'
to-witi" cicaririir. S20 tier acr'oi 'oxcavatlne
hog-wallow ana hard 'pan 30 cents per cubic.
yard; on all other soil .22 cents; embank-'
ments aUhc same rate ; levelling track 4 cn Lm
per Buperuciai yaru; uog-wauow lanu u cenw
per yard. : t7' i '
A bid- was-also 'received from MivChas.
Taylor for tho same4 work at' tho following
rates: Clearing samo as above: cxcavatihir
lipg-wallow per cubic yard 28 centsrhartf.
ban' 35 (vnUtAi--ri-iv-i:' '' ..trJuiT
"":" 1 i.nriAfl o'A mntanp.r fiUDcrll-
rcquirea nuniutr u -o yr"
cial loot. ooani ineasuro
tvt --.... - ... . .' .
payments Were Jto bc'mado at cacn esumaw
v. nrtifittr rotainlnfr 20 ner.cent. to secure
thefuiniinentpftho contract. .No.othorbul
pwaa received for any portion of the road ad-
vcrtiscd. Oh tho 27th January 185J; a let-
'La . AfilM44n1'M tho President of the
. .-t! lt.
P AVi Piatt & Co. proposca to ucuycr i.
nt Hn-tinm. in I'uuu vi vuww "' .-
required. Paymtnts were .wnuhj:dJ(tpJtbo
made as follows: At thu beginning each and
every .suction of twenty mile pf lesoythe
company was m deliver tq tnacpptraciors i
bonds liatirig twenty years'To' run an'd bfa'r-
intf tenrrjer' cent interest to'1 thVVxtehtW
in'tf 'tenrtwr' cent interest.
two thirds tho cost of such Koctintus&Theso
bonds werffto;borecclvcd bythc-cuiitraqtors
at theii face vahle in part TmymmoK'thercc
lion Of tho romaininpono-ULnl 6nc(half or
one sixth of tliwho!5-roAd(;wn? Q t?.Py
to the contractors in cash or' in the bonds' of
any county or city sdbseriblntdha'cafcitAl .
stock of tho comnanv : ..which wtn to bo re
ceived at par. alncaethicomnahrJiodneith-
i-L."l. Li.lv-ii.i i i--..ti t'l.li -."J-..-
du nor "citv'or county bonds ;(o"advance
Uh(s ontf six tli. then th6;bonds of Jthtf: com-
m t " !
Pat: jorjnooncjsjxpn 91 jiuq ccsvnaring
twenty years to run.ndi benringr te'npcr
cent interest were to bedellvired'to 'Uiecorf
tractors: and on these the .camnanvwas to
1 bear the loss of nnVdiflcouiir5nnd brnkfcrago
cuiivu iw vuiiCf t.iireiiT iubuitfliu -xiia ru-
munlhfeoneixth h not tdAe paid to.thocon-
gMtommcomtf eUon wwlOeaTery.or the
tho amount is to' .be paid n the bonds or the
comparnyu havingiwenty ycarsto .runtand
bearing tenwr ceriu Intcrosl withpnt'"!!!
piitirig bifck interests; and which bonds w6fa
to be recoived at par. .;.:.'. i
Thurtnit.wiit .bo secpthat .Mes8rs.Jpnes
and .Devino .proposed to build and equip the
'road at' S27 000 per mile and to fcceivp'ln
payment rtho bonds 'ofthu'company"at'par(
for' (Ivo-Bixths of tho cost f'lit other .words
thoy virtually proposed to take in payment
live-sixths of tho abtount in the .stock of tho
company: because theso bonds bare noothef
security than that of tlieironvcrtibility Into
BtutK. JVll'l 01 uiu ruiuuiiiiwu;uiiu-niAui hid
roceive cash as the work 'advances at the
same time all the county and; city bonds held
by thu company are received as cash and re-
ceived as par funds r " J
The Directors wcresatlsfled the 'amount
'was1 much greater than' had been estimated
for the construction. and equipment. or. a roftdi
They would gladly havo availed themselves
qf some more favorable proposition had) ariy
mirli cen nffrad. Had the nrnnoaitlnn nf .
MessfsDulTGreen &"C6 been" considered
mora mvorauic it was not in mo power or ins
company1 to comply. To have accvptedwtho
propositions of Messrs Piatt A.Co OJlV.
Tnvlor. for tho rrmih'nn' and emlinnkmont nf
of' Ihor'oad 'tb'th6 Guadalupb; and for'itif-
ninhing tho ties would haW subjected nho
company .to. giervt doubt; and rink as to .the
Ilnal success.! Their proposlUon.Hfinvoired
thojiocesfllty of paying them at theJcnd"ofeV
cry1 fnonth In1 par fundi 'cightypeirce'ntrbf
tho work'dono orf materials f urnished.-5j This'
amount and tho other necessary expenses pt
the company could not nave pecn coilcctcd.oi
1.110 Muuiiiiuiuurtf. iwwiii iiiuh uuvo"uwu
hAtiofa'ncgottation for salo of thb"boridsbr
stfacklof thft cojaoani'-inot nnlf A-tuAjr--
sacrince pr t'10 work would hayoewst ;a
failure to negotiate tor "T a K7i3 TtK
vPlvcd the loss ottho whole. At 1 1 fimo w
Dirt-ctorviiad no Indication that thobondrtr
tiated at any priw They felt assured if Uiesp
1. - BX..ic ttpm nnrotlitcd it would DO
in .tho.ncrsona who rmlnM
completion of thoworkas contracforjj acr
than from any conndenco' thcvrntglit enftr-
tain as to-rvsthirces onsolvcncy of Ihccompa-
nv. uence me iin:wvi wtv' "i-; :r
diation of the city of San Antonio's icgai obli-
gations has destroyed tlio 'credit 'and injured
the character of tho city it has destroyed tho
negotiablcvaluC'Of tho City Bonds and has
tainted the 'character of tho County and Com-
i0' wards' procured from tho-Lcgislature of the
i-iiStato audi tho Coropany.duly organized.' All
even necessity of thOIroadj' but many or our
most wealthy citizens refused to embark their
means in an'enterprifc0.wijcli they regarded
us extremely doubtful if not hopeless. lhus
the burden ok two cnierpnso- ujiuh.uiw iw.w
I111?. at a nrico.tobo
IVftHl HIIX IUIMIMH J " . 11 . ' I rl rt'J... '
dgreed upon between hlmseir anu me com-
pany's' 'Engineer and within n time tohe
.ttxedi upon by the1 parties. Air.i unanuier
cave as references all tho principal Ji iwinecrs
of the .Nprh niidT without stating his own
fpfiidende ?aid a' letter addressed to'lilin at
.ri.;..nFri rAtv unrlor ovcr' to his father
'A. ita LT.e-. 1l! nhflrirllorf would rcach'hhn.
l ' .1 .-.lit "vfiU-t'Tfttn. tint nnft trnrfl ItftS
ftinca 1110 hihu v umv v.n... ''w" ..-.--
ofhav ng contractors uio wcro jiu unp .-
Wtedhnhd'compTAlonof Uio1 road; but
'v... ri;irtwri Rtaiidinin"'tho'''community.
1 tuny ivtbui.
i.-.. t...--1 r..Alf Mr nhnnMlor.
hVofihnlf nextfaav'ert:totho proposal; of
..t.i!-i t-:i r mif r.iintviM7.ens. was
pany's bonds- to a considerable (extent and atly cfeeti. At an early day an agent
... . .!' 1 !.; 1 iniiAnAor nnr nv i ' ' .
go far as tno operauon m uinuiivnw. .V(
the City Council has'extended it has thrown
more doubt-odium and discredit on the rail-
road'enterprise thanHhevspapcr slanUcr-
nrs of twenty vcars-could.cffecti' This stain
upon tho character attdfiVcdlt of the city of
San Antonio the' codnlyU'-Boxar' and West-
prH Texas MnewdTvonginatcd in and was
consummated by;ihd'Mhio' influences that Tjms tho advocatcs'of every point became
con " . V.npr&rJi.o mi iMMn.in iwRuro tho . Urn nua.1 and offered
awo and comroi o.wimw w w :r'i iir!n.irilnnatloiwandsubhCriptionR.
Editor of the-Udgtr' BuUsYthesc ! botiid T noVbb exacted; till after
After tho delcat"0!Iue?T loan um '? iin tPrtAnus was ilciir
Jdncs itaiii1 startcd'Somhc? iiorlh shortly thowh'oloi bunlcn of tl
after -his departure from this city a notice -urvoyn'of tho(rcrent
Messrs. puff Green jk.Cott They proposed
'to'.buihr and. Mtijp. thb 'Iroad. and all U
branch'bsVand jtuqh branches'as tho'Lcgisja
- m ' . ft. - u ... a ft w w w nnn r' hiii iiiii irn
j ii... tv'Am 1 t e-j-i. ncerrnin tiitja rfir rMfii n iiiipiil LiiLituuvs fcii wm
un interest in tlie roa.1. His tn saion vras en: donofor((i pnco.to bo catlmnteU by nn hng i-
iMv utwucccr. 1 nnd resulted in not the Wcr to Iw ppo ntedW McSAr. Iull Green
Scst ood to he-Company.. ' . ' VO&'M ono' appointed by ho emfuVi
A othogr Serious dillicufty w experienced ind'tl.cf to chooSo a tiilrt wfco nM uft de
. rt 'Vn f)m rtHM Trnco inus u.siniiaik-u.
rMm.tiiA font that tho Charter did notUxitho
terminus Of. the 'road on tft Gulf but gave 19
trfn u.p '1 a ;imvir to fix tho terminus
L11U WI1VWWM "vl"-"-V -" . i-1 i! .
at ah v point from Galveston to uorpus unnsu.-
. t -i. ut . Prnvidflice. I.n.
"" '""' "."T."V.e V a. ..'in..l.
Oflieeoii qivas street
D'f". i. KAPP'S WATER CURB
"iljl ..crdale Comal Comity Texas.
Knnuire of C. J. COOK San Antrnio. S4-l
J. G. &D. BELL
JEWKtllY saVEUVAUE DIAMOND GOODS
11TATCIIKS Masonr. Od.l Fellows ami Sons o
VV 'Temperanr Jewels Kugravers and Maiiufac
JUtasst SttttU Tito Doon Eatt of the Mam Pfaifl
S A V ANTOiHO TCXAS.
nuitli 0 WO wiuh'ii'j V"' "- '
road is completed to Victoria) at least $75-
000. For a few hundred dollars wo could if
wo were willing to tako a dishonorable'
advantage of the company have secured tho
land purchased from Mr. Cavitt a tract that
as a town site would give to tho company
over $103030 by tho sale of lo'ts in loss tnan
two years from tho construction ot tho roaa
to that noint. Will this conduct on our part
raise or justify a presumption that we availed
ourselves of information of this character?
In conclusion I will state that from tho im
mediate niighborhool of this city to Saluria
and within a rango of twenty railo on cither
Bideof.tho line of road with the exception of a
in Gonzales county owned oy mo ior neany
tlio tertninus was dcllnltclj iixcn 01 couno
tnei reconnoisantw rim
the stockholders in Bexar. -Thrao nenBCS
immediate results Many. at. mo u u re
fused to pay up 'their msiaimcnui . ..
-ii-ttt. Jfm wAd could not and would not be
IbuiU.. Bufundcr nil these adverse qreomJ
BUncesaconWorcngmcera was tom
AMA'iin mlriofl Kv'pntv.flvo nor cent: one-
r . ." r " !. 1 J In.1 In Alrvntr
third'of tno ainqtint 10 do rccuivru p
and'thd balance in' par fdnds. Ai the end of
eachti'iou'th an estimate' was to bo made'ofal
'tho vvbrk' doriSr nnd materials lurmphed apd
which amount Was to ie paiu ior in wn uavn
in rnmnt funds. It was also proposed that
( .. rnwilrrfi tmri wAA "iiitcfl. the KftHrond
Company should nay for tyo aame together
(who are noUikelytocrabaffc M-nPR
jvh c 1 did .notjirovB'Ajmuwy . i'rr"-
Wth great ilcliberation Ihc thereforo ac-
centefi me propoKuiuii u ir v. m
Devine. believing it' offend Uie-besnaypect
of the successful ahd speedy cowpletlfa or
thOTOalU '? '" VLtna
Your committee now propose do cxtamnri
thiscyntract with.AIessrsrJoncsi and Devine
and to nhow how muchl theCOst exceeds that
of the actual estimates as far a-ebava
lieen inaile From..tfo Wi.roinipcr.j.pv Ul
Do Bow's IteviewtwO;!eajn that ffiScr.P
co4 of ailihe'Softhcrn;and;tern Bail-
roads 'wns'$19b0r per mile ThOeoiya
roads haying nn extent' of 804 nilercpst
616:100000; .making1 an.ajprngcer muotoT
$18781. South tVohna.ljas C9iiipict 383
making nil average of $22723 per1 mlleV The
V. m '?. "r v--.i. r.rAllnfi OJfY'mlesthi
witltho duties" .arid charges tit the port of
i;t.rt .! nf Vnrt 1 Cam na VA1 ' muess m
lenzthr built nt a total cost of $1100000;
making an average of $17083 per mile.- Vir-
ginia has in extent .486 miles vbf-Bailroad
i...iis tntnl rotf RH.230.4SI : lnakinacan
average of $18400 Per mile. Mw?1"
1 tuk w '(-
report of a meeting of tuv 'Stockholders 'ap-
nearcd'intho Ledger wherp mey me
mublic do rot know the'report of a commit-
- : . . .1. ..- euinceB a'oonw ui ' """ "o- . .
teo of 1U0 'flwcwiowers wwuro. "m""uwi Spring of 1852 under Col. J. i. John1
charges against the contract and contractors Bton0'tChter Engineer' forth'e purpose of sur
4 1 ill- ciMbl.A1lN In ntlior rnun. ! j. :J i.'nVSrtna mntft frotn San AntOniO
anucaucuon uiub'v.b..- ----
tics to hold similar meetings.
IIasi i ALyjiXt.
tjo Waed. ' committco a resident' of San tojuo for
ty7 !vonty years a man whose' chapter for
nine yearsjl da not own one aero of land ; or
in other words with tho exception stated I
am not tho owner of ono act
counties of Guadalup D
Calhoun. Nor hAvoIV
To show the pub
lic the position of those persons with reference
U ttiA mitt-nut rommanr-' I will stato that'tho
cna:rroan of tlie commiitcowas one of the dc-J
feated candidates owned but three sharps had
mid In InsUlmcDte-'butSao.andwasiora
long time before a'Pgying- Stockholder-
The majority if tlemittc consistoil of
two persons ono of thmasubscribcr'for five
Shares live fnstalmchWdae-rnptone of them
paid tho remaining member of pig committco
:.i.L 4rfJ5T5T rand dates was
LHM miiutttv vt'.'m jY-T-p-'. T '1
formerlyttho owner owuvesuares ui uv
which he had paid sixty-livo.uouars in insuu
tmcnts; was a'dchnquent'
long time previous to h.
- !iL it.- ..Mntinrt fitArl I I rmr-f nnilnl'
. Hihn. tvnnis itiiii Liill uiululiuii ghowui . l.m.m w.w.m
mUWWt .w.M r.. I ' .. .'. 41L-H-.
m m m m IMMW W ICIP
- f Tnrt ftnrnr Afnno acre of land in me.' " -i j
Bione.'inv u"bwi " rr ..
j'. im'Tflrioua routes frotn San Antonio
to Safuriai Powder Horn Uayou Lavaca and
Trcs Palacios. Thcsd fsurvoys wcro made
Avitlrn view to ascertain Uiobcst oritnost
piactical route; nnd also asi a preliminary v-
ilnal fixine'of tho terminus. The sun(v .
were comple'ted in July 1852j and U-oyg
appofnted for declaring tlie tern time
ting tho road or such part t Jinu8j ana Jct
let was tho thirteenth r iercof aB could be
year. -uayof Decof the same
for tho gnu11 of tho Engineer Ihert nfade
structure ofjg culrers bridges and super
wcro as fttho road upon tlus'several routes
From Shs. to'wit: c - ) . I
a dl1 nn Antonio to Powder Horn Bayou.
tan.of 138 3-100 miles; $1431700;
'04 miles; $1520800. Xo'Sa-l
AU- vHO 3-iOOmilcg$li405(000.
&iv V7 y of Clinton-laja-iw
v- wjitxnj. 'inus. it- wiu uo vi
Taxes redemption from Tax and outer saiei c ana camion is wcu aiwnt -
SS la the purchase sale imI location oflani certifi- . . 0QQ inUfCSt in
wiih mans of lao Western .. . .hj e.K.i.rintfnn and navmenio I OWn
- " i.l .-. trij rnniiLTV. auu BUMWrt'i"1'" -- r j - .
wuw - rfi .... 1 . f 7:nria IlftTl I AW.
-. u tn i Mwn in iLiwi " v. v -- '
HITS &U l&Mk VV1I 1 Ujn v- r
I l- ...nnlift
i VB BUUIMIV'. ...-. . '" .
ricts and of the different Towns in m mv
jTniiJrnonofiheffiata. 411 business entrusted to our
care wmrec.ivepromPVatnuosn6u y fc
Jin Antonio Dee. 13tbl3. nlOi
filAtviet iliAt n
indirect in either of thoV"
a stockholder in tho railroad
a town lot or any intcrcsV .
0 " i in cone
mis report as a aiocKnoier - tni
tome luuinwi wiuuj -I o-i.-U
times as great as the clique that control and (lower Indianola or Satuna.
M....v.p r '"Wasnotenu
td claim' that appclation B.t -MtrTi&lcr
bis interest in the stock .tomg before j
This allusion to thisj meeting'.- t& to
show the persevering hoitiity are on
tho part of a' few to u"efett (hocott jineout
of tho contract ty was th last kick of an ex-
piring fiction and was titatod by the public
:put in iuv
entry" antl al to' prdVide for iU inspection at
ii LL.ikV -1li.'ni Tim 'mail wan to bu
(no pun vi wimjihwim -.vt; I
located in actions of fifty miles or more and
il. Ani.n.inM ivrrn nnt IrfMind to PrOCCCd
with ihq'wdrk lintil (lid companv had made
provisionfor thq construction of the wl ole.j
scetSbhVfiALfiny miles mAdamon. fio timy
Crf ifinUAfi'wftliYn which the road was to bo
Yl.l fll(.V" .j.-... .. -
completed but the same wa to no prosccuw
the bayrricnts'm'tfdewCiild julfy- "P" r
taVtowrerValtodclivct oyer I
'nariy tho. various sections anw" thg"cmn.
Wl1 uo iinnied as n cmrtnlianco'
. .nn .ontratKO far as relates to the' nar-1.
tin1ar mrtfon or kind of work stf (fvHtcroiL
Tlr'n nfimosal ofMoAstH. DutT'Qrcen k Co.
was" tma'n1mbus(y rejected by the oard( for
it' - tUmi k nrtmonliC Willi tint.' Itfl R.
condition (o .comply wth their terms. Jo
havo accepted their proposition -subject to thq
'nnrlfilnn nf nroridlnff the reouisito funds in
advance; to "pa two-thinls the cost1 of .the"
construction an'd etinlpineiits bf one1 hundred
L'il.-l. -' tntiVltnvn n rttn rclwl . a
IJ1I1CS Ul 1UUU nwuiHw fvfM -D." .'
virtualaitandonmcntof tho enterprue. Thcrp
tho one named was insupcrabjcj
lTidbnli" remaining proUoh was that
mtflo by Messrs. Jorlei 4 tovfne. lliey
'proposc'f Co btfild a' first class-rdad the cntrro
t:.nM. rm Riilnria tn f!an Antonio and to
myv .. rrriJl 1- "..-Jr ..
HMttfi innuimarDTcrw inu jiiiiiiit( "
before tho flrst'.day ofDetombcn A. Vt 185G.
atacofetoffjOOOnerroue. ino roan rm
to be'biJlt and rfery tnlng fhmfshod. acconl-
'Va AanMifieatlonsf of trie Chief Enirtnecr
of the cdmpan. The proposition covered
every expense. 'tenUlngthe construction or
jj -.. aionu( attrjuuiamo w nwaprc
amount bf graduations expense of rightKjf-
way fencing ami bridging n's has1 generally
been supposed; but that the cost is greatly
swelled from the fact that they built first Class
rtfads 'and a; largo amount offltlio.iincrcased
cost arirs fionvtheuperieiFi Buperatyucjturo
of their roadftf ". r . ..
Iictu! take ifc tlunalorand' 'Rochester
riailrbndscventy-Blit mUerjn'lengtiYfor'an '
xampien The total AVcmgo.cost otthlaroad
(yras Qverlft300O0 per mile but tla ..super.
trueuxi including irom was over jpjoOO
if ihrl Itochester and SyractisiRallrbftol'lcoat
$21330'PT nriloi 'Jji average pf .the super
structure IQCtU'l Ug irun.uf luxgaa Muan
and ilB."in una iiumuiiM umup mj w
Chief Engineer in -July-1 852 was S7O0O per
mile. This was: when it' was proposed to
build a cwwinani upfq Jirg cAaa? raynwn.
HSW nverin flbout810.00Q' iPCr
at - C-Vrtfif Un tvirna in miuiL tlutltlie
Sovine road'aro. not includedj:nor
Satsof the ahedsj. water. Unks en
gineering supcriatendinc Ihe worlt anq con-
lingenciej estimated. Vo shall have occ-
.inn tn refer to these estimitcs again
a L-Prr-airimt oi-the Company TVSS
.t.. ;if 'h ritvof Nevr York in .the
p-ti nr 1R&9. nn nriwato huslness. hsproposed -mninrMen'tor''fa1 Chiefs EmrinVefJ andAthe
to: make an effort toi nerotiate the )pn4 of 1 b'uiWincvorsdeysationusc8ai( might J
t t i r i uti im wrt r.'
Thu wo (IntUlw estimate! cost ql mo super-
structure and Iron aTdnoUfaJcAi; railroad
tothM fitat. (IsTroiri 8'UT 814.01)0 Jetfthaa
( ?. J -
the road alUf famishing' the original sdrvoys
and rttaiuVto-iu final cotoletion! otcet tho
rnninrlAentofvtii Chiefs Enfeineeri andAthe
ins actual eostoftlioituDCTiitruvturejadJron1
orQftttfCljias FUrOA rtf i f 'lltsi.VJlffJ"
lanor may oo nau an'i inawnaiis j'wjuw
much cheaper than nere. nan me estimates
I Jwen .n
alontrHfomd bav6 been from slxf
to eight thousand oouarspFmne.Ai pvuis
be added tho additional cost of iron npott' tke
or ...ua nt ttaltpnaiV fit a. total i
.u" "'' " t"" I- -. ( ...-?:
t!2O503; making unaterage-per nine viou
770- Tho Delaware Jtaiutad:otj7jW)0
per luirthejirmpis.over.ip.yvy ym '".
liver 821.00rf; tho Indiana. att8UW0
and'Uid 'Wiconsin 9I000-perlW.tVo
liavoalriSady stated thatthoiavcrogeVeo-
tlio rowln ofthoTprtUernuut'
hcriorot'of tle Norther
roads oyer -the. Southern's
xfoK iwwl hfvfl -ffl.
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