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[321] hundred miles by train. A good market seldom fails to find supplies, and when the lumberers heard that pines were wanted in Denison, they sent in teams, though Denison was a place unknown to maps and charts. Work went merrily on. The Nelson House was roofed, the Adams House begun. Shanties here and there sprang up. Negroes from Caddo and Vinita, Jews from Dallas, Shreveport, and Galveston, rowdies and gamblers from every quarter of the compass, flocked into the town. A bar, an auction mart, a dancing room, were opened. In six months Denison had a thousand citizens of various colours and persuasions, and was famed from Dallas to Galveston as “ the livest town in all Texas.”

Twenty-eight months have hardly passed since Colonel Stevens drew his plan on that sheet of paper, and Denison is now a town of four thousand five hundred souls. The railway depot occupies a quarter of the town and near this depot stand the slaughtering-yards, two vast ice-houses, the cottoncompressor, four churches, five taverns, and an unknown number of faro-banks.

Denison cal already boast of a mayor, eight aldermen, “ all honest democrats;” a recorder, who

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