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With such an abundance of raw material at our doors, it is natural to con-
sider the question of power for their manufacture.

The City of Austin is engaged in a gigantic scheme for a dam on the Colo-
rado, estimated to cost nearly SI ,-")00,0()0. There is a fine site at Columbus, on
the same River.

On the Guadalupe are innumerable opportunities to establish power,
especially at New Braunfels and vSeguin. A fine i)ower is already established at
San Marcos, and also at Marble I'alls.

^ To produce such crops implies a varied soil, limestoiif liills, alluvial valleys, wide stretches of sandy loam
and " black waxy," dec]) river bottoms and in the Post Oaks aud lilack Jacks some sandy and gravelly lands,
These are the soils of Western Texas.

t Wool— IST'), .'JOO.CMX) pounds ; 1S7G, 400,000 pounds ; ls77, it suddenly sprang to 2,287,241 pounds. This in-
crease was probably owing to the increase of flocks and to the new railroad facilities of San .Antonio. The ship-
ments have steadily grown year by year to the present large market of ISSO.

1 12,000 bales local wagon receipts, inclnding country consignments by rail would probably amount to 20,000
bales, and the amount of cotton handled by San .\ntonio merchants, by order and otherwise, would not be less,
say, than a total of 120,000 bales. The Mexican cotton trade was almost the only cotton business here for the
years previous to ISSl. In this year the Mexican market was .iOOO bales and the next season shows the first nota-
ble increase in the San .\ntonio market, on account, probably, of new railroad facilities.


The San Antonio has many mills on its banks, and its capacity for water-
power is everything that could be desired.

Coal-mines are being extensivelj' worked at Eagle Pass and Laredo, on the
frontier, and in the vicinity of San Antonio. There is also a fine seam in the
Eagle Spring Mountains, near the junction of the Southern and Texas Pacific

Iron ore of great purity and inexhaustible quantity is found at Llano with a
fine Lime-stone flux immediately adjacent. In the same neighborhood and sur-
rounding counties are many beautiful marbles and granite of the hardest texture.
Got)d clay of various colors is abundant and brick-making is extensively carried
on in Laredo, Eagle Pass, San Antonio and vicinity and many other places.

In Uvalde county are deposits of guano and kaolin ; asphaltum has been
found in many localities, and lately while boring for artesian water in San An-
tonio and its neighborhood, both natural gas and oil have been found.

Of the precious metals, Silver is being worked in paying quantities in the
Chinati mountains. This Range, as well as the Chisos and Diabolo abound in
Galena ore, rich in Lead and Silver.

There are also strong indications of Copper, Iron and Coal in this moun-
tainous country of the extreme West, but from inaccessability and lack of trans-
portation, the subject has not received adequate attention. A geological survey-
of the state is now being made under the direction of Prof. Dumble, of Austin,
from which much additional light is hoped.

Of the Fruits of Texas, the most successful are the Fig, Vine, Peach and
Mulberry. Melons of all sorts and varieties grow to perfection, together with the
usual vegetables — maturing early, and, in fact, with care, a garden may be main-
tained all the year around.

This brings us to say a few words about the climate : — There are perhaps
twenty days in the year, on an average, that a man cannot work out of doors.
The heat of summer is tempered by a breeze from the Gulf which fans the whole
country by -l o'clock in the afternoon, an hour which would otherwise be the hot-
test part of the day. The nights are always cool, and at an elevation of 1,. ')()()
feet a blanket is needed the summer through. The official mean temperature.
Post of San Antonio is : — Summer, , 2;:(), made
by the people at an election held December 15, 1S74.

Eleventh. Amendments to Sections 5, 24. 4;>, 45, April IS, 1,S7!), by
Sixteenth Legislature.

Twelfth. Amendments of March 4, 1885.


List of Mayors of the City of San Antonio.


September ID, 1887, to March '.), 1S;5S— Mayor, John W. Smith (all the aldermen
and city officers are Mexicans).

March D, ls;i,S, to July 20, 1 8;!S— Mayor, William H. Dangerfield.

July '20, 1, 1S(;2, to January 1, lS(i;V-Mayor, S. A. Maverick.
January 1, ISC.:'., to January 1, ISC.J— Mayor, P. L. I'.uciuor.
January 1. ISCi, to January 1, ISC).')— Mayor, P. L. I'.uquor.

January 1, ISIi."), to October 1, ISC,.")— Mayor, J. II. Lyons, to August 1',, 1S(;5 ;
Mayor pro teni, from August 1") to October i), ISC..',, C. F. Fisher.


From October, i), 18()5, to August 2;}, 1SG6— Mayor, I). Cleveland.
Old officers reinstated by act of Legislature, from August 21, isci;, to December
:\\, 1S(;

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