December 27, 1845
The Times at Corpus Christi. — We have
received two or three letters from the U. S. Camp at Corpus Christi, and
gather a few items which may be of interest.
We have already spoken of the unusual
severity of the weather, and of the great suffering among the troops at
Corpus Christi. One writer informs us that the Mexicans, when asked the
cause, say that the “cold weather has been brought by the regiments from
the North.” The “oldest inhabitant” of the place gives it up that it is
the coldest snap he has ever experienced. Barrel chimnies had been
erected among the tents, mounds of sand thrown against them, while the
sides and tops had been covered with chaparral, a species of thorny
bush very common in Western Texas and Mexico, and the soldiers were more
comfortable. One of the Northers had blown an immense number of red fish,
sheeps-head, a well as the largest green turtle, ashore – more than the
entire command, near 5000 men, could eat.
A new hotel, called the “Kinney House,” has
been built at Corpus Christi. One of our correspondents informs us that
they only ask 12-1/2 cents for a cigar, American at that, at the new
Hart has opened a theatre and was playing to
crowded houses nightly. They were much in want of a circus, and it was
thought that one would be well patronized. Plenty of money among the
soldiers, and in the absence of amusements much of it was falling into the
hands of the professional gamblers of the neighborhood.
Source: The Daily Picayune, December
27, 1845, p. 2, col. 1.