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Monday, April 11, 2011

Thursday, April 11th, 1861

To day the Steamer Lone Star came down the river but in consequence of the drift having formed a raft above the mill road bridge, she could not get through. The Capt. chartered the Steamer Swan to go to Galveston, in lieu of the Lone Star. James Wrigley & Mrs. Gayle left on the Swan for Galveston. The river is still rising. weather clear & pleasant.


benotforgot said...

150 years ago today . . . TEXAS BAPTIST [Anderson, TX], April 11, 1861, p. 2, c. 6

The Flag of the Confederate States is now floating in our town. It is simple, yet easily distinguished from that of all other nations.

benotforgot said...

TEXAS BAPTIST [Anderson, TX], April 11, 1861, p. 2, c. 5

Reading Room at Houston.—We are glad to learn from a correspondent that our enterprising neighbors of the Bayou City have established there a public reading room, open at all hours to any that wish to see the news. We know of no enterprise that at once gives a traveler a higher opinion of a place in the city at which they can go and learn all the news.

benotforgot said...

TEXAS BAPTIST [Anderson, TX], April 11, 1861, p. 2, c. 5


As many of our readers are interested in this article, which will ere long be one of the staples of the State, we feel we will be doing them a favor to give the following from the enterprising house of Wm. Brady & Co., of Houston. They say:

We have taken great pains to ascertain the probable status of the wool market for the coming season, and the facts elicited so far, as approximating prices do not warrant us in coming to any very definite conclusions. Our political troubles have seriously depressed the value of this article, and prices have been nearly nominal since the 7th of November last; but within the last few weeks and since there is an increased probability of a peaceful settlement of our international difficulties, and an accumulation of unemployed capital in all the principal cities both North and South, dealers have manifested a degree of anxiety which inclines us to look forward to an active market at an early day.

We are gratified to note that a considerable portion of the middle grades of the Texas wool clip for the year 1860 was taken by manufactories now situated within the Confederate States. The tariff as now adopted by this new government imposes a duty of about 24 per ct. upon all imported woolen goods, which is a great protection, and must stimulate the activity of Southern manufactories, and greatly increase the demand for the raw material in our own home markets; of the last year's clip, a great deal was sold in our market, at prices which generally rendered the nett proceeds more satisfactory to the grower than those received in Northern markets.

At present there is no wool in this market, therefore we can give no quotations. In New Orleans, on the 30th ult., the article was quoted as follows: American, clear of burs, 18@20c. per pound; coarser qualities, 12@16c. per pound; Mexican 8@10c. per pound.

Advices from Northern cities state that the trade in this article is still checked by the lingering doubt as to the future political events and its effect upon the stability of their manufactories — sales are so nominal, and prices so irregular as to admit of no reliable quotations.