Banana trade

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THE GALVESTON 1AITJY NEWS, SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 1894 l l deelmtit- uiv and they b::- T . Liberals assorted soromfness the t l l a d s - l o i i f t e r been there from to It reasons every of any be a small assur- OL of Glad-stone ovnr- writer i\1r. (llad- go India. Hon. A. H . s be t h t h e at- lonln. I l l s m u n U ' l p a l U l c H the- nu-m- Lord 'In l l t l f ; i t n:i.i-tf^ rc- aloae w h a t con- p c r l l m i o n a l sport In this ;to a r y KfnU.k- his ; THE BANANA TRADE. Importance of Exports and Qalveston's Superior Location to the Trade. It is said ihat the first cargo of bananas brought U tho United States was run to Hoaton by a lop «ided Yankee skipper somcwhpio about 1004. Unfortunately the name of the saiiormun has not been handed handed posterity, nor has a monument or tablet been erected to his memory. It IM enough to say t h a t tue yaukees took kindly to the (bananas at sight--und that Ja all. I . It la .H good old custom In -benighted YankeeUiud to servo on Fridays what the ])eii_p](» t,beix' term a "boiled dinner." This dinner consists of corned -beef, cubbayo, potatoes, carrots, beets, t u r n i p s and par- Biiljia, «11 boiled together In a pot bellied. Iron k e t t l e aud served hot. The eabbagea are quartered before b o i l i n g . ' b u t the other veyeUbles a r« boiled whole. This dinner, p r u p r r l y couke.l, leaves a taste In .the mouth w h i c h makes a man. alwnys yearn for VYlday and its hot Tjolled 'dinner to come uiruin. Well, the t h r i f t y Yankee Jiousewivcs. beln.«- , uimcqualnt^l nvlth Ojanaina. holleJ. tViem with their cornea beef, and promptly fed them to the hogs These uananai'inay be classlfled as follows: follows: ,'- Bunches. Jamaica 4.7W.382 Bocas del Toro 1,098,55 Minefields ....;.,-. .;..1.781,7«2 Port Lilmon ;...,. » 1,409,211 K a n t a M a r t h a ;.,..; 1B1.SOS nellze. l^lvlneaton and Honduras...2,022,981 JIaracoa 2,003,536 Maniii -. 390.51C Wanes %-».S03 Carbonlco 1 W.221 Aspinwall. 43-1,749 In'1879 the Hrst charters of steamers as AVeuL India, f r u i t carriers uvre made. I^aat year one N e w York shlppiuK house chartered chartered 134 fruit steamers, sold six more, and coutr£.J-t«a for six to be built, or 14G In all. Of these steamers ninety-throe flew the Norwegian HK. The ddea.1 banana steamer Is built especially especially for that trade. Slit* draws from 10 to -12 feet and · currier from 700 to 1200 ·tons of fitlB'h t, ui tho ufh many, do not carry over COO ton.-*. Ten knots an hour 43 about the average speed. These steamers steamers are in many Tnstarcea lit tod' up for pu'dsfiiser trailic and are equipped -with all modtjrn improveinonts. Messrs. Macheca of the Mississippi which can not be reached from Ualveston wverail hours soont-r than from tho former polnU. and even the l*a- clttc coast can be reached from Galveston twenty-four hours ahead of a similar train tttnrting from New Orleans ut the same time. ISanana dealers in the north and \vp»t are -seeliiK the quick dispatch received tli-TOus'h Oalvc.^ton and they art- comina: to understand t h a t they can K«t tht-ir i r u l t to a better advantage through Oalvcston t h a n ' t h r o u g h New Orleans and "Mobile several reasons, chief of \vhlch are t h a t the Jamaicu fruit ia fattest, best tlavored, mo-st compact buiic'hes, unexcelled :LS a s*h!pie!', looltB well, keeps better than a n y other Imnaita, and Is nearer to the conyumf-r than the Isthmian fruit. Then the time of transportation transportation cuts a biy figure, 'even if it be only a saving of ton hours, but when from twenty-four to sixty houra are saved, f r u i t men see that G-alvestoii is the point to trade tit. Time Is money in -the banana business In the lessening of risks against over-ripening over-ripening in -transit, or against freezing, and no on« knows It as -well us the banana dealers. Twenty-four hours may cause a shipload of bananay to so ripen that they are tit only for shark food alongside the dock. GALVESTON AND THE BANANA FIELDS. because the f r u i t lusted, aa an,old Puritan put ft, " like Kol darned mmn waft .Tjlh:d in ih* kittle." A n d Hie sklppei who ran the f r u i t Into .Boston "KUOrt^ed" there WUH no. money hi 'bit nan as, and HO no hiure wore Importc.-d thvre for year. 1 ), n u d Tho IJdMtoni;tnn paid strict a t t e n t i o n to shipping reel hen-ins*, su^ir ^hnoks and warm Inn r-sns tif Uit: Vv'est -Tuoics and : return ins *«i all «' u '* n)i»u.-i.fKs and red r u m . Into ilil.s" coiintry° U weiU. "IO'"NCW Yu'rk "tn JSO^ In I ho scJioonor iteynurd, then commanded commanded -hy Captain .Inhn ("i.'^ter In im .lohn I'earsall of New York Im- portud JGOO -bunt:hit.i ond g l u t t e d t h a t market market at on:e. I . n s t year ·l.UHi.JLXi bunches failed to K l u t Now York. As n n I n d i c a t i o n of the growth of the banana business since Ifcw, tho guif coaflt and A t l a n t i c port imports for 1893 are ht-ruwlth HirbmlUed; I'tittlinore su 3 ltill i¥78 Mdlitroa!,... ~ ., , Norfolk Philadelphia...... Ntftv Y o r k . . . : . , . New Orleans .Savannah , Total 01 ^ 8 .. 1C ..1,314 . (li:t,4M :tl,8i)0 B7,173 2,121,-riTi 4,^0,1:1^ 6,U2Ti.'J17 Bros, of New Orleun.s are luivinfj built at Newcastle-on-Tym- ih« Clearwatt-r, to Meson it-bout 16 knols an hour. Sh« will run between Nmv Orleans and Belize and Livingston. KelVrence to th^ outlin'e. map -will- show 'the rehit'lve pnsilions ot Mobile, New Or- l"ans a n d ; fJ.-ilvcs-lon 10 the banana. Holds, "rue :vowrf~?Ji;ifl Wreiofore. related Ihe two trlpx of t h e H i c a i n s h i p (jyller, put Into the utiituiiti. |LriAiu , ; ] rum 1.1114 pui't. The dotted llm-a from ;alve.fton uhow the route of Ih-o Gyllcr. - H iwlll be seen t h a t i'he di.slanci; frnm Oniveoton. Now urlc;i,nK and Mobllo to the point where I h e dotted l!ll"H croPM lu'two'-M i'ub.i ;inrl U n v r t t i n tire practically tho sume.; In re;i.|lty there are not fifty mllcji diflVrencis to iih.-u point from juiy (wo. yf (hoy. 1 i«rly. From tlni-t jpint, Jiowuver, Belize Is fome nearer t h a n Port Antonio, while Aspliiwa.ll -.iml Port Ijimoii-- ivhicli IH close to A«pinwall--are f u r t h e r away. And U niuy be wild ripiu Here t h a t tlu Ptn-t Llinnn, Asplnw.'rM nnd Jamaica b:in;ui;iM :ux' M'"Jtt.M a t t'iie top price Of tho markc-l. w-l'lk- Bi-lizc, BluolleldH, Bocas del Toro and other banana» are far below in price--so fjir, In fact, that 'there la no room for oomparlsoii, and the .three first n.uiiicd bananas arc loft Lu rogufate prices in the markctft. (Compare Clalwstoil's posllluu UM rf-H-ardfi r;iti delivery with New OriraiiH and Mobile. There i.i not -a point of (.vus^iuaiwy west The first ship -load of 'bananas o arrive In Giilvettbon dlw?ot from the banana fields v?Q3 bi^u^liit to this ponl by the Texus Star mills «tfu.mer GyMer. I.t w.ill readily be remembered tha't a wonderfully fual solid Uoinuna tnain waj» prominry run out of this otty by the Gulf, lonado jaml Sn:1)llil. ir^. %ylitlf)h .1 Mil hi luiii't Du-vu^nv.")* ttnif, and arrived «.-t dei-ithiatiofls" 'from tw-t-lvo lo itwonlv-fVuir 'hou*^ in;!!* 1 ^ 1 !! of the mall w-hidh IfrPt one «mi Q. :b«.ir hours Jarter. Thin trum- itmrt J-ts contents -hiave oa-used a ^ri"at Jo;iil of comment lihiPougilmuit the norUj. Northern dealers saw t h a t Clo.l\'cs- 'lo'n inad opdiicil iu-r OJOQI"S to the fruit ·U'ade it-inl Ih*.-/ Hitld iLluit rtuah a anove nit^tni t n u d i for tho burtinosa in tfen^rul. Tho sharper the oompetition til* g-rexter tlie cxuiKumptkm «n»l trie I«»^ver ln»» pritx-. The second cargo arrived February 27, n.s already related by The News, and was handled, w i t h quicker despa-tch than -the former, the Santa Fe's banana train to Chicago making over thirty-two miles an hour, Including all delays. A proceKs of forming artificial whalebone from animal hair, consisting In subjecting the h'ilr to a softening bath, then to a bath of acetic Held, and finally placing the ma«s under great pressure, has been Invented. Invented. Tonnage in Freight of This Under chairman harbors says. AiiK*ricuii We ·tharlty, 38!W. schooners cmft--A craft, a'nd H.(!T2 2,tfA.Wi 42,7tf of ase 208,828 The for 'th» COW steam mak-hiK ay«n;j;ate must -bt,- property, making terest ploy-ing 24l),l88 ·time for $10,000.000, Thf* roport-s Irafllc l iy ._ frelRlit 108,078,^20 carried aggregate traveled to equalled The of *he 2«%J? aiTl $202,451.080, clzn total of benefited our improvement of was only oceans. movement waters authority T ,_. r _,.. lakes, Freight of the domestic Domestic coast Domestic coast Making Aud lu »C Of And -we movement on All of our From on the on our must be Uftcatlon harbor ernment Jf t-liyre carried derived Incalculable, nature to all transportation i i i l discrimination, other, portation. It iartjeuL transported oomju'Ilfd to carry n a v l iv;iys hitor? clearly freight subject ra'tea navigation The. arising from improvement rates be moved moved water transportation. direct und shipper with pfHitlve

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 04 Mar 1894, Sun,
  3. Page 14

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