A NEW RIVAL CITY.
PLATTED ON PAPER
CATED ON THE TRINITY.
Where The Times-Herald
Succumbed to Driftwood,
and Fever, and Tied Up
For a While.
Fifteen Miles or
the City -- A Brief
Of the Transaction
-- A Local
Real Estate Dealer on the
Propriety of Schemes.
Heights" is a high sounding name. But "what's in a
name?" It is a misnomer in relation to "Dallas Heights,"
as appears below.
- June 13, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 5-6.
Yesterday, there was filed for
record in the county clerk's office, a plat of "Dallas Heights,"
which is nothing more nor less than a block of 320 acres of Trinity
swamp land, located about fifteen miles southeast of the city
and subdivided into about 4,500 lots. Thus, it will be seen that
the "Heights" have no connection with Dallas, and as
for the altitude implied in the high sounding name, they, in
fact, sink into low lands, into the marshes and swamps of the
Trinity bottom, where breeds the festive mosquito, bull frogs,
tadpoles, reptiles and other pests, and where malaria is thick
enough to cut with a knife. The property lies opposite Bois d'arc
island, which was extensively and graphically described by the
TIMES-HERALD'S Trinity river exploring expedition, which was
sent out about a year ago.
The plat of this new city of the
swamp was filed by one Mr. Samuel Saulson, who hails from Waco,
but whose home is said to be in New York. An effort was made
to find Mr. Saulson, in order to learn something of the nature
of his enterprise, but he was not in the city. He operates with
a gentleman who passes as his brother. Sometime ago, the two
came to Dallas looking for land. They expressed a desire for
Trinity bottom land, and they got it. But, it appears that there
were some little irregularities connected with the transaction,
which should not be passed unnoticed. The tract, which has been
sub-divided into lots, was the property of the Buckner Orphans'
Home, having passed to the Home by deed of gift from Miss Eliza
McCoy. The real purchase price of the land was $400, but on the
public records, the consideration appears as $4000, a cypher
being added in the deed, it seems, with ink of a different color
from that first used, and the "four thousand" having
much the appearance of having been erased and the word "thousand"
written over the erasure, where "hundred" originally
was, after it passed from the hands of the grantors, and before
it was recorded.
So, it will be seen that whatever
may be the motives of those behind the enterprise, these facts,
which can be substantiated, are a reflection warranting a searching
investigation in case the "Heights" are offered for
sale to innocent purchasers as town lots.
There are schemes and schemes.
It would be a very easy matter to represent these "lots"
as at the head of Trinity navigation, where, in flaming and attractive
type, it would be proclaimed the future Dallas would be built.
Possibly, its advantages as a rural retreat from the heat and
dust of the busy city, where the limpid waters of the sparkling
Trinity would be music to the tired city-worn brain at night,
where the flowers are ever in bloom, shedding nature's sweet
perfume and spreading fragrant aroma around every man's castle;
all these things which tickle the ear and please the fancy, could
be used to catch the unwary. Or else, the imaginative brain of
the speculator might picture it as a manufacturing suburb, a
place where great and substantial values would soon be built
up. These fictitious advantages, especially if pictured with
the sure doubling and trebling of the investment, would bring
the projector many dollars from people who have heard much of
the city of Dallas and its bright future, but who, in reality,
know but little about it. Such schemes have been worked near
and in other cities, and they are always damaging to the city,
which is so unfortunate as to be inflicted with them.
They come with growth and prosperity
and greatness, as an evidence of which, however, they are altogether
A TIMES-HERALD reporter asked a prominent real estate dealer
what he thought of "Dallas Heights" as a town site.
"Now, how in the h---l,"
he broke out, "did you fellers get on to that? A man can't
do anything around this town without everybody knowing it."
In his usual good natured and off-handed
way, he proceeded: "I think just like this: If these people
want to go out there and buy property and cut it up into town
lots and offer it for sale, they will find plenty of suckers
to bite, and I think they have as much right to do it as other
people who have gone away outside of the city and sold acre property
in lots. It is done all over Colorado, and in Florida and other
large cities. If people are d---n fools enough to buy lots that
way, it is their own business."
The next thing on record will probably
be an air line railroad to "Dallas Heights."
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Proceedings of the
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
Saulson to Clarence Jenkins, lots 1 and 2, block 91, Dallas Heights,
$1 and other valuable considerations.
- June 15, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2.
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Dr. Buckner Investigates
Record on the Deal.
C. Buckner was in the city yesterday, looking into the records
in the matter of "Dallas Heights," a land-speculating
scheme, which the TIMES-HERALD exposed last Saturday. Dr. Buckner says he sold
the tract of 320 acres to Mr. Saulson and associates for $400.
He looked at the records yesterday and found the consideration
named there, $4000, which, he says, is just $3600 more than he
received for the land. The original deed was not in the office,
but a number of affidavits to the fact that an erasure appeared
to have been made and filled in, in the consideration clause,
can be obtained. A gentleman in the clerk's office stated that
he would be willing to furnish an affidavit to that effect. This,
considered in connection with the fact that Dr. Buckner was given
a deed to sign, showing a consideration of "one dollar and
other valuable consideration," which deed he refused to
sign, but in its place filled out and signed the deed for the
true consideration of $400, shows that the desire was to keep
from the public the price actually paid for the land.
- June 18, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 3.
But for the well-known, unimpeachable
integrity of the doctor, he would be placed in a bad light when
he submits his annual report of the management of the orphan's
home to the board of directors. He had no idea of the intentions
or designs of the parties who purchased the property, otherwise,
he would have had no dealings with them.
Lots in "Dallas Heights"
are going, a member of the recording force in the county clerk's
office being the happy possessor of three for "one dollar
and other valuable considerations." Other transfers are
published as follows:
Samuel Saulson to C. W. Kieferstin,
lots 12,13,14,15, 16 and 17, block 96, Dallas Heights, $10,000.
Samuel Saulson to R. G. Hearsey,
lots 8 and 9, block 91, Dallas Heights, $200.
The company handling the lots have
issued attractive flyers showing illustrations of fine buildings
and immense factories proposed for "Dallas Heights."
Nevertheless, the fact remains
that this imaginary city is located on the low lands of the Trinity
river and Hickory creek, between seventeen and fifteen miles
from the city of Dallas. It is the boldest and most groundless
speculating scheme ever set on foot in this pat of the world.
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Real Estate Transfers.
Saulson to Chas. J. Schiff of New York, one-fourth interest in
95 blocks in "Dallas Heights." [price not given]
- July 22, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 5.
Samuel Saulson to Max Nathanson
of Providence, R. I., one-fourth interest in 95 blocks in "Dallas
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