The Corpus Christi Star. (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1, Tuesday, September 26, 1848 Page: 2 of 4
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FROM THE RIO GRANDE.
Mr. S. R. Miller cams in from Rio Grande City on
Saturday for goods bringing with him a number of
From a conversation with Mr. Miller we learn that
Mexicans are coming in freely for goods and that
there is a scarcity of those articles known as " Mexi-
can goods." He says that the idea entertained that
the country is flooded with goods is very erroneous.
It is true that in Monterey and Saltillo there are large
amounts but they are not suited to the trade having
been principally brought in whilst our army occupied
the country and selected by persons who knew not the
leading articles in Mexican trade.
The Mexican traders prefer crossing the river for
goods even if there be an American on their side with
a stock for the general belief that goods are cheaper
on this side has talon such a hold en them that it can-
not be eradicated. Besides they do not have to pay
so high a duty when tl.cy purchase on American soil.
Fifteen miles above Rio Grande City at the Garcia
Rancho on this side the" river a town has been laid
. out and there are already some thirty Americans there
with two stores or trading houses the place is called
Still higher up and immediately opposite Micr Mr.
John Hays is building and we have heard from
.mother source that a number of Mexican families will
A little below Guerrero Mcican families are set-
tling and improtmg.
The land lying on this side and on the banls of the
Rio Grande hate belonged for j ears to Mexicans liv-
ing on the opposite bank who ha been deterred from
.settling on them from fear of the wild Indians. Now
ihat the country is in the hands of the United States
and protection is certain they are moving over and
will continue to do so until the whole country there is
All these points Mr. Miller says Icok upon Corpus
'hristi as their depot not only from the facility but
trom the cheapness of transportation. A steamer will
and goods at Rio Grande City for three dollars per
i bl (o which add freight to the. Brazos from there to
.cw Orleans and the river and sea insurance and
oillerent commissions and the bbl. will cost very near
si dollars before it is delivered at Rio Grande City.
To any point above there so much per hundred pounds
is paid which added to the amount ahcady set down
makes the freight frequently exceed the original 'usi
in many articles. When the citizens and tra-'is then
at the points in question contrast those r..ces with the
cost by Corpus Christi ($3 25) and the short time it
takes to fill an order from New Orleans at that price
self-interest and evtrv othef consideration will call
Tks. Oil) E.ncajjpkeut Within a few days past
wc have visited the grounds on which our gallant
army encamped so long before marching to the Rio
Grande. Akhorgh r.ear three jears have passed since
tfcc tents were struck the little gutters that surround-
I hem are still to be seen. That where old Rough
TU Ready's was pitched is still conspicuous as is
ilso that of Col. Twiggs whose gallantry on the Slh
vr.d 9:h mace him a -Brigadier General; on the 23d
September a Major General and could higher grades
be obtained in cur army additional advancement
would hate followed for Ccrro Gordo and the Valley
ol Mexico. The world never saw the equal of those
who encamped upon this ground. They have achieved
nciory after victory and against such odds and disad-
antages that when tins genertaion passes away
their deeds if pen can do them justica will be re-
ceived as romance. And how many noble hearts all
jojous and full of hope when parading over these
beautiful grounds are now mingled with the dust
who in bearing their country's banner on to victory
fall amidst the iron siarm that was rained upon them
by tha enemy. Many did we sec stietvn upon tha
battle fields ef Mexico who had yielded up the life
God gave them for their country's honor and who
siiice they left the old encampment at Corpus Christi
had bufletted tho storm of war endured it3 trials and
hardships until their country needed a sacrifice when
their lives were freely yielded.
There are many things associated with this old en-
vv -JjKnpifient. that carries the mind back to the stirring
scenes which have been enacted during the war just
terminated. A iriend with us pointed out the differ-
ent regimental and company lines and tho spot on
which the tent of such and such an officer stood and
as the names were called w e marked the dead and
tlcy numbered we grieve to say near one-half not to
reckon those who had been wounded and many crip-
pled for life- But their blood was poured out for the
honor and glory of their country and she now mourns
the loss-of her dead as she honors those who lived
through the storm.
We opine that many of those who returned to their
homes from Mivoco would be glad to look once more
upon the old encampment where they spent so many
happy liours; and if it be tiuc as is slated that the
Government purposes establishing a military depot
here we would like to see the ground selected from
the old encampment the prettiest spot under the sun.
Shell Roads. The most beautiful drive one that
cannot be surpassed any where is to ba found at
Corpus Christi by going up the beach to the old head
Quarters of General Twiggs turning at the Rincon
and coming down about midway between the hills and
tho beach. The road though a natural one is a little
raised above the general surface by a bed of sheila
and gravel which has been so pounded by travel that
it has thk appoaranse of mechanism and is as level
as die door of a house. It richly repays one to drive
or-:r :t and view the beautiful bay on the one side
and tha green hills and prairies on tho other. The
shell mad from New Orlsans to the lake bears do
ccnicarissa to it.
MOVEMENT OF MEXICAN TROOPS.
We lcain that tome six hundred regular troops are now on
the march from the interior for Matamoros. How they will
be received by the citizens of that place we cannot say but
we opine that like those of Vera Cruz they will take the
liberty of requeuing their recall before their arrival and
depend upon tho Municipal and National Guards for the
protection of their city. The cry that has sped through
Mexico for the last ten months is "down with the arm"
and the press of the country la? labored to put it down. In
the list of reforms this was the first measure adiantol the
sensible men of the country well vatislird that the Munici-
pal and Rural Guards were all sufficient for their protection.
They depend upon the Americans to protect them from the
Indians and iipon public opinion to put don n prommchderts.
There is no other enmy to contend against requiring aught
than a municipal guard and the expense and dinners of a
regular arm both induce the wise anil patriotic of the Mexi-
cans to wish it abolished. If w chat eiio regular army ssy
they we will bate few pronunciamienlo for the discontcnt-
cd'clnefs will have no soldiers to stU to the party opposing
the government and the constquence will be that fewer re-
tolls will be made.
Whatever thrir idea may be for wishing to lid themselves
of those who have trampled upon them so long wc appreci-
ate the policy. We believe it to he the first great stride to a
wholesome reform in the internal ofluirs of Mexico and until
it U accomplished nothing will be done to alleviate the con-
dition of the mass of the Mexican people. The citizens uf
Vera Cruz knew this and they determined to make a bold
strike at once and refuse the admission of got eminent troops
within the walls of their city. Now if Matamnms will fol-
low that lead which wc believe Tanipico has already done
she will do much for the furtherance of that object which
the good men of the country have in ticw. She will nlicrc
hcrsilf from the burden of fresh contributions which i sure
to follow the entrance of thcarmv into thsir city and the
moral reforms which she is seeking To bring about will not
be retarded by the appearance of a di3oIutc soldiery.
Aswc said above the United Stntrs uf the North are
boun I by treaty obligation to protect the whole line of the
Mexican frontier from the wild Indians and there being no
fuilhcr issue with Texas what pretext can tH1 federal gov-
ernment hate for quartering troops upon ".e citizens of Mat-
It may be ihat the news of th: coming of ihc " inconprc-
htnsibW Owls on a bufialo hunt has caused the government
to lose its equilibrium and in its dream seeing State after
State cutting loose from it ma hate induced them to take
time by the forelock and to prepare for a storm whilst the
hoiiznn is clear But ctcn this is too premature and is cal-
culated to advance a cause u Inch it reckoned upon impeding.
If no ntttt act has been committed by the citizens them-
selte it would show a great lack of wisdom in a gntcrn-
nicnt to anticipate it because it ha become the subject of
discussion in another land and in that anticipation quarter
amongst a people the ttry soldiers from whom tjicy bate
recoiled more real injury than from the satages themselves
and whos former presence was the cause or much of the
discontent i-i the northern provinces.
Neither the State of Tainauhpas or Leon need o!dicrs
from the capital at this time in their ir.id-t and if the g- v-
ernment ha more than it needs in the city of Mexico the
better policy would be to send them into Durango and Chi-
huahua to protect the inhabitants of those departments from
Tr.oora ron thz Fronthr. Tt is time that some
of the cavalry companies intended fur the protection
of the frontier had arrived. All our rangers are either
mustered out or are being mustered out of the sertice
which renders the fionlicr entirely exposed at this
time. Thieving parties of Indians may now make a
descent upon the unprotected towns on the Rio
Grande aad the country this side ravage them and
return with their plunder without let or hindrance
To protect our citizens and traders an this frontier
should be the first duty of the Government whilst
they are obligated by the treaty of peace with Mexi-
co to afford ample protection to the Mexican citizens
on the line. To do this effectually infantry and ar-
tillery would be of no avail. Bodies of mounted
troops only are available and if the dragoons cannot
be sent here at once and in sufficient numbers and
there are not enough of them to spare for the pur-
pose the best and readiest method of attainingThe
desired object would 'be to re-engage some of the
light companies of Western Texas who could be at
once brought into service. The Secretary of War
should lose no time ; he should act at once in this
Independent of protection from the Indians there
will in all probability be bands of marauders to prey
upon the prsparty on the frontier. It will be the
consequence of the termination of the war with Mex-
co. Unprincipled Mexicans from the other side
united with worthless Americans who have lived
without labor as "followers of the. army" and who
will find a life of marauding more congenial to their
natures than honest industry will if not ectcrcly
dealt wilh commit many outrag'es. A few compa-
nies of energetic rangers would regulate this on the
whole line from the mouth of the Rio Grande to" the
Presidio and leave American 'and Mexican citizens
to pursue their avocations in quiet and in safety.
Ge.iekaI. Arista. This officer after holding the
office of Minister of War long enough to be paid soma
three years back pay due him resigned and we hear
has returned to his beautiful residence in Monterey.
The General was once very friendly to the plan of
separating the Northern Provinces from Mexico and
it may be that his return to New Leon may again re-
vive the old feeling.
Mexican Familim. We understand that some six
or seven Mexican families are on the road from the
Rio Grande to Corpus Christi. They purpose set-
tlinf hare and are represented as honest and indus-
trious in their habits. Such would be an acceptable
acquisition to anyplce growing up as Corpus Cbriati
J. H. Blood & Co. These gentlemen who
are and have been for some time doing; a commis-
sion and forwarding business in New Orleans have
as will bo seen by their advertisement turned their
attention to this quarter from whence they will at-
tend to all orders directed to them. Mr. Blood has
been here for several days on a visit connected with
the business of his house and will shortly return to
MtiSTiNo Island. Wc hear that Col. Kinney has
purchased the whole or a part of this beautiful Island
from Col. Powers the gentleman who obtained the
grant from the Mexican government For efght or
nine years the Col. has had a rancho on the Island
and large flocks and herds which are said to thrive
amazingly on the grass which grows there.
Lvi'scn. Yesterday at noon a schooner of 20
tons burthen was launched upon our beautiful bay
and christened as she went off the ways J?) Ranchtro.
The tide being high at the time she glided into the
water with liltlo difficulty. She is the largest vessel
that has been built here and her timbers arc of the
musquit so plentiful in this neighborhood.
Goods for Laredo. Yesterday a number of
cart left here for Laredo laden with goods for the
Mexican markft. The place is nearly stripped of
such goods but in a lew days there will be plenty
Commission Merchants. Attention is called to the
advertisements of W. Mann & co. J. W. Kinney
and J- P. Kelsey in aoothcr column. Through them
persons at distant points may make purchases here or
in New Orleans by letter or they can dispose of their
produce at either place without the:roub!e uf coming
Arrivals. Since our last Col. A'nlney E. Howard
and Mr. Peterson of Bexar Col. Fitzpatrick Judge
Garland Mr. Philips Mr. Winburn and many other
gentlemen have arrived in Corpus Christi. The latter
gentleman is here for the purpose uf purchasing stock
A meeting of the frunds of Ireland vvjs convened in Cor-
pus Christi on the evening of the 29th inst when.
On motion of Col. Kinney W. Mann Etq was called to
the chair; Edwa'd Fitzgerald appointed secretary and
Richard Power treasurer when the (allowing preamble and
resolutions wne apprutid rf:
luria. the people of Ireland having long bornr thr
irn voke of that despotic power that sought to strangle the
infant Liberty in its cradle but which the Omnipotent in hi
mercv has raided to t igorous manhood having resolved to beg
mi longer for the rights that God and nature intended should
be theirs tni to trust in their own npvt arm and the juMice
nfiheir ian--e h-ive fluns the gauntlet in the face of haughty
England and defied her to thecombit in fair and open field:
Uuolvul That we the sons native or adopted of this
happt land where tho Genius ol true Liberty lirsl appeana
on euithtoburttheshacUes which tyranny had tiling around
In in fit" liel our hearts throb with Ivmpathy lorourlello
men of ever clime who are yet groining in s.avery.
Ilcsolvid That we knowing Ihesinews of war to be in-
dipenablv necessary even to themust powerful nations
Knowing thit the people of Ireland in their coming strugcle
will b- in want of money and ouriouls hounding responsive
to their call have mel together to render them such atnstance
as we can give with the hope thai we will share with others
in the !ory uf having nested to hlerate the country of those
who hiv.alas been found figking for freedom wherever
her banner has been unlurlcu
New Orleans and Corpus Christi
LINE OF PACKETS.
Fihr. WM. AD MARV.Cipt. Smith;
tcbr. T. P. HUNT Cipt. Mitchell;
Shr. Cap. .
The above lir-t class fast saiheg vcs-I will leive punctu-
al! cmv ten davs so as toco men with the 1 ranporn-
t.o'n LinC- f-u the'tarioiis points on the l!io Grande and will
ip Miinininiliil bv captains cxprrienccii m mc "-
tft; iiiiiiiii . wj - V i I
freight or pissaac having supi nor accommodation" appl;
I V KINNEY. Acrent. Corpus Lhnstt.
J.' PI. BLOOD & CO. Agtnts. N Orlrnns
1VW Ynrk and Cornus Christi Packet
The A 1 fait sailing ba.k MOPANG Copt. Simpton w ill
run regularly in this trade and is to sail from Is or xorK
abouMhe'lst of November rhich allbrd a favorable oppor-
.nntif for shiumenls from thai point. Forluriher particulars
annlvto V W. MANN k CO AcenlW
The undersigned will attend to the RcP?un nJf7hr;
vey of .11 Mexican titles to land lying north "' P;
Rio Grands within his jurisdiction ; also to the Bf'3trsJ'"n
and placing upon the map of all Maxican utles lying taUreen
thoNutcet.ndlhe Rio Grande within the limits of San
Patricio and Nueces District. Residence at the house ol Mr.
John Hayes opposite Mcir.
JAMES MANNING Deputy Surveyor
8ep26 for the county of r.
DRY GOODS STORE.
Wm. L. Caineab being now in the northern citirs fprthe
purpose of laying in a complete stock of Dry Goods is de-
sirous of selling ofT his stock now on hand and in order to
induce purchasers to come forward the price halt &""'
ductd. Come onr rome all. Win
THE undersigned having been appointed by the 'Hon
the Probate Court of the county of Nuecis State of Texas
administrator on the estate of Barllctt Annibal deceased.
Notice is hereby given to all persons indibtcd to said etat
to come forward and settle the claims against them and to
all persons bating damn asainsl said estate to file thcra
within tho tunc prescribed bv law or they will be forever
barred. EDWARD FITZGERALD
Corpus Christi Sert 19. Adaiiniitrator.
THE iindersi-ned impressed wilh the belief that a great
portion of the tnde from Rio Grande Citv (Clay Davis')
Mier Lorcdo and oilier points on the Rio (Jrande will pass
through Corpui Christi hate determined to establish lines
of transportation for freight and passengers from here or
frooiNevv Orh anlo the above points at the billowing rates:.
! nun Curnui Christi to Loredo per luu lus j uu
Return fniglit " " "
Corpus Cbrifli to Rio Grande City " " "
Return freight " " "
Cotpus Chn-li to Micr " " "
Return freight " "
From Ne S -leans to Cornus Christi per bbl
From Ni Means to cither of the above mention-
edKnts per 100 lbs. 3 25
Back frht to New Orleans " " " 2 25
In additiorrto the above point a line will hs run to San
Antonio deliexar (110 milts) from Corpu3 Christi at the
Kack Ireigl.t " " " 75
Trom Cnrpii Chrtai to San Antonio per 100 lbs. ft 00
These wagons will start every two wick and run at all
season and it is intended to to arrange their departure Ihat
:nods b ought down in the .mi-inonthly pickets from New
Orleans can be take.i aw av as soon as landed so that the
method f cnnvrance will combine bes des iheapnes ai.d
Fioin the central portion of C-irpu Clui'ti to all the
enumerated poitns and in fact to all the Upper llio Grind""
Country the undersigned flatter theiiiselvts that their under-
taking will meet Willi sucics.
All information desind will b; liberally imparted by the
J. H. BLOOD Commission Merchant
E. FITZGERALD Corpus Christi.
II. CLAY DAVIS Rio Grande City.
sl9 BENJAMIN F. NEAL San Antonio.
J. W. RfiNNEY
Commission and ForvvardingJUwMntlr
Will attend to the receipt and forwarding of goods to all
parts of the country will receive oiders for the punhase of
goods in Newr Orleans and in the Northern cilie and will
Tn r-iri 'niTenllrt id! imaine&s Entrusted to hi carr. with
the ".mis if men rrmiiing in that Iberty and eiijojiri' its Lpr omnitude and fidihty. ' septlD
MRS. "DE MEZA
Informs the inhabitants of Corpm Chri'ii that she will
oprna Day School on the 9th of October l&SS. The
courcnf instruction w ill comprise Engh-h Reading Writing
Anthmitic Grammar Geography and History.
Terms. Two and Three Dollars per month according
to the age and degree of improvement uf the pupils payabls
N. U. French Spanish and Needlework will be taught
ifrequued. ep!9 -t
WM. MANN & CO.
General Commission and Furwarding Merchants
Corpus Christi Texas
WILL attend to the receipt of goods from New Orleans
and other place for the points on the Rio Grande and to
Crxar. They w ill also attend to the shipment of such articles
of produce as'may be smt from those places to New- Orleans
through this place. cpl3
Tto XNasrict Coirt adjourned on"Ftiday last-
doaWsMtVf a bisineas'of importance hav-
em until Much.
J. H. BLOOD & CU.
Commission and Forwarding .Merchants
No. 31 Camp street New Orleans
WILL give particular attvntion to the cxicution of orders
for Hie Mexican Market; and lo consignments of Hides
Wool etc addressed to their care as well as to all general
bUj?$rV-CoL H. L. Kinney Gen. W.L.Caineau Cor-
pus Christi; James Powers Esq Live Oak Point; V. t.
Howard Eq. San Antonio; H. Clay Davis Esq Kio
Grande City. SlP2C '
" DRY GOODS &c.
The undersigned is in daily expectation of receiving a large
andcomplcte assortment of Dry Goods silcctcd and manufac-
tured expressly for the Mexican trade and would respectfully
call the attention of Mexican Merchants and Trader; to tin
point as being the most convenient and cheapest ta make
their purchases. Tryit and ou will be convinced.
scp.o Will. u. viunuiu.
AT TO It NEY AT L A W
Will practice in the counties of Starr Webb Cameron
San Patricio Refugio and Nueces and will attend to the
collection of Notes Bonds and Accounts; locating land
examining titles etc. A ten years residence in Western
Texas gives him opportunities for infoiination m Landid
Matters that few posc".
For information eta be refers to :
Col. H. L. Kinney Corpus Christi;
Tno3. F. McKinney Galveston ;
J. H. Blood Merchant New Orleans;
II C Davis Rio Grand City. sepl9
J. W. KINNEY inforpis his friends and the public here
in Matamoros Renno Camargo Rio Grande City . Micr
Guerrero Loredo CerralvoJ Marian Cadareita Monterey
Saltillo ect that he has now on hand and is in daily expec-
tation of a further supply of G ro ce ries and Provi-
sions HardVare Crockery etc. all of which
will be sold at lower rates than were ever known in this
section cf couniry. Corpus ChriMi Sept. 19.
J. P. KELSEY
Commission jftid Forwarding MercHant
"Cof-JiM Christi Texas
WlLLJatlend tojill business entrusted ta his care and
dcspatrhit with promptitude. He will receive and store
nnniim from New Orleans and ship them to anv and all points
i on the Rio Grande and will receive produce from those points
n . . .hi l: . tm rl l.:. l
on slorace. 10 sen nerc or snip iu new iriivaua ur rccwm-ic.
N B. He has alstc a large and convenient warehouse atj
Rh Grande City where ne will also receive any goous on
sale or storage. t
He solicits the patronage of the public assuring all who
may cut nut business to his care tnatt it will meet wilh the
most prompt attention and be executed on reasonable terms.
All orders for horses mules mares sheep ctc will be
thankfully received and promptly attended to and filled at
the lowest market m ice for cash. sepf26
Having btcn (appointed agent for the proprietors of the
town of Corpus Christi and that large and beautiful section
of country adjoining comprising upwaids of forty leagues
1 will be prepared at all times to give information as also to
show the proporty either town or country which fromiita
position and natural advantages offer inducements to the en-
lororUincr sxldom inp't with. Tho lands will not be sold to
any w ho do riot intend to become actual settlers. VAH letters
addressed toine popaid will meet prompt attention.
..r. N EnWARD FITZGERALD
ldp Galveston Civilian and New Orleans Delta Will copy
tnree tnoalta iva i?aa account ;.o ima vuh?.
Corpus CHristi Hotel.
Formerly called the "Kianty Hauitn having now become
the propnty of Mr. GcWgc Nocssil well known to the
citizen of Texas as mine liost of "Nocssel'a Hotel" at
Rastrop and the Colorado Exchange Hotel' at .Matagorda.
Mr. Noe sel has the honor to inform citizens and strangers
in "cneraV that the above house is nuw open for the reception
of all thne who may favor him with a calL He flatters
himself that he is too well known to make further comment
necessary. The house is now being -nitrialiy "improved for
the comtnrl and convenience of Ijjf customers; and as the
proprietor has fishermen and huAmcn engaged his table
will always be well supplied witBish 0stersand Game
of all descriptions. Tne Rar wuMlways be well supplied
with the choicest Wines and Liquors. a
PRICKS OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI HOTEL.
For each meal $0 50
Board by the day without lodging 1 00
For lodging 50
Board and lodging per month 30 CO
Board by the month without lodging 25 CO
For a horse feed 50
Taking care of a horse by the day 1 00
GEO NOBSSEL. Proprietor.
Shirts. 300 dozen all varieties
just received and for sale low by
septl9 J. W. KINNE
Boots and Shoes. 200 pairs Ladies'
Shoes and Gaiters and ISO pairs gentlemen's Scots and
Shoes assorted in store and for sale by
sept!9 J. W. KINNEY.
Lost Certificate No. 334 dated June the 6th 1839 issued
to Michael McMahon by the Board of Land Commissioners
for Harria County for MO acres of land. If not found w ith-
in the time prescribed by law 1 shall apply to the proper an
thorities for a duplicate of tho same.
Corpus Christy 10th September 1849. l-4t
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