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128. MERCHANTS’ ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK. The Natural Resources and Economic Conditions of Texas: Report of an Examination Made by a Special Committee of the Merchants’ Association of New York, by Invitation of the Governor and Legislature of Texas. [New York: Merchant’s Association], 1901. [8], 60, [8], [71]-146 pp., 8 folded colored maps, tables and graphs. 8vo, original navy blue gilt-lettered cloth. Other than light shelf wear, fine and bright.

     First edition. Turn-of-the-century promotional set into motion by the Galveston hurricane of 1900, after which the Chamber of Commerce of New York and the Merchants; Association of New York gave substantial relief funds.  Governor Sayers, while on a trip to New York as part of those relief efforts, expressed to those two groups his distress “against the erroneous belief that Texas laws are hostile to outside capital, especially to corporate capital” and invited them to send representatives to tour the state.  A contingent of thirty-eight delegates from New York were feted, wined, dined, and taken about the state in grand style in a train especially equipped for them and “said by the railway officials to be the handsomest train which ever went from New York.” The effort was reasonably productive, resulting for Texas in this flattery report about the state’s prospects, with information on water supplies, minerals, agriculture, cattle raising, forests and lumber industry, health and climate, manufacturing, labor, transportation, finances and banks, public education, legislation, etc. Includes “Water Supplies of Texas,” “Transportation and Export Facilities in Texas,” and charts on annual rainfall in Texas and distribution of beef cattle and sheep in the U.S. ($50-100)

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