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[320] with a soil adapted for the growth of cotton, rice, and maize.

A sheet of paper was produced; streets, squares, roads and lines were marked. The grove was set apart for public use. A school was marked, and the young city being named Denison, a day was fixed when corner lots were to be sold. Stevens assured the first bidders that a railway dep6t would be built. Denison was to be the magazine of Fort Richardson, Fort Griffin, and Fort Sill. A line of telegraphs was to connect these posts. Ice-houses, slaughtering-yards, and cotton-compressors were to follow. Such were the promises held out to speculators in main streets and corner lots, and as the railways are owned in England, and the promises were made on English good faith, the Jews who came up from Dallas and Shreveport to look on, were satisfied that the town would prosper. Sheds began to rise. But logs for building purposes were scarce. Oak is too hard for use; the yellowpine country lies a hundred miles off; yet lumberteams soon began to hail in Main Street. Finding a market opening for planks, three firms in St. Louis sent down several loads of white pine. These planks and boards had to come nearly six

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