The Great Fair at Corpus Christi - 1851

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direct by aa the of had this to disposition It all to ; be at or a to of of is noon with a large number of passengers. The Great Fair at Corpus Chrlstl. Many of our reader must have already seen in this paper an advertisement of CoL H. u. Kin nev. announcing, to emigrants and capitalists, an extensive auction aale of land in the vicinity of Corpus Christi, valuable lots in that thriving town, besides a great number of horses, mules, horned cattle, sheep and other stock. This sale is to commence on the 1st of May next the day on which the great fair is to open, and will con tinue until the close of the great exhibition if it may be so termed. We look forward with not a little interest to this fair at Corpus Christi. Every one acquainted with CoL Kinney niuBt be aware that he is a gentleman of indomitable energy, and that he is almost certain to carry out successfully any enterprise, no matter how great its magnitude, he may undertake. In a great measure through his exertions, when cramped for transportation and supplies. Gen. Taylor was enabled to move towards Monterey in IMC, Col. K. procuring many necessaries of the Mexican population, through his influence over them, which could not have been otherwise obtained. And during the war the commissaries and quartermasters of the American armies were frequently indebted to his great knowledge of the country, and standing amour its inhabitants, for supplies and the meaus of transportation. The greater part of the time since the close of the Mexican war, CoL Kinney has resided on his immense estates at and near Corpus Christi, and he is now engaged in getting up a fair on a scale the like of which has never been attempted in the United States. Every one at all acquainted with Mexico is aware that each year a grand fair is held at San Juan, a small town or city in the State of Jalisco if we mistake not This fair ia annually attended by immense crowds from everv Quarter of the Republic grandees and gamblers, merchants and mountebanks, priests and peons, traders and theatrical show - mougers. brokers and bull - fighters, lawyers and loafers; in short a miscellaneous crowd generally all attracted thither for purposes of profit or plea sure, or both. At this fair all the productions of the country agricultural, mineral and mechani cal may be found, and immense quantities of goods of all descriptions change hands. The in habitants of Acapulco and Chihuahua, of Tarn - pico and Mazallan, meet there to exchange their commodities the departments or the extreme North and the farthest South, of the Atlantic aud the Pacific shores, are all represented. To sum up, the Fair of San Juan ia the great event of the year in Mexico, and all visit it who can find the means To get up a fair somewhat similar in its nature, at Corpus Christi, is now CoL Kinuey's object and td carry it out on a grand scale, agents have been sent to different parts of Mexico to eusure a lanre attendance from that quarter. The editor of the Nueces Valley, a paper published at Cor pus Christi, thinks it by no means an extravagant estimate to say that from twenty to thirty thou sand strangers will be on the spot in May next audbefartherstates that ample arrangements are now in progress to make all comfortable in the way of accommodation. To afford amusement for the throng the Mexicans will bring their bullfighters, their chicken cocks and their fandango dancer with them ; theatrical aud circus companies have been sent for from this way ; and a race track, where horses from all quarters may contend, is to be constructed. A treaty is even in progress with the great Barnum to move his menagerie out while regattas, for which the beautiful bay of Corpus Christi is admirably adapted, will farther enhance the sports. All these, combined with the fact that every endeavor will be made to collect a large share of the pro ductions of both Mexico and the United States, will certainly have the effect of collecting an immense crowd. The Mexican vinitors fun reach Corpus Christi easily overland the place has always been a fa vorite rendezvous for many traders and others from beyond the Rio Graude. From this quarter increased facilities are to be given those who may deture to visit the fair. A new steamboat is now being built at Cincinnati, by Mr. Maffit of Galveston, intended expressly to run in the Cor pus ihnsti trade, an enterprise for which Mr. M. deserves great thanks. The difficulties of reach ing the mouth of the Nueces have long retarded the growth of one of the most healthy and fer tile regions of Western Texas; but when the new steamer is completed, and we are told she will be in the trade before the first of January, the point can be reached without trouble, We shall watch the progress of CoL Kinney's scheme with interest, and shall from time to time report the success he meets with in his grand un dertaking - V. f of to will A. and n ly looa m inner toia tbua gives LA an tne whct is uk.1 ine be food In and dc curio ia all

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 09 Nov 1851, Sun,
  3. Page 2

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