N&W in 1904 -- Cattle

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Fri Nov 30 21:49:41 EST 2007

Shipped from Tazewell and Glade Springs [sic]-- Will be Exported
Two solid train loads of cattle were started yesterday from Glade Spring to Philadelphia, whence they will be shipped to Liverpool. There were 840 head in the two trains, and the shippers are J. S. Gillespie, of Tazewell county; George W. Moss, of Burkes Garden, and Huff Bros., of Glade Spring. The cattle averaged about 1,500 [lb.] each, and it is said by experts that they were the finest ever shipped from Southwest Virginia. The two trains will reach Philadelphia twenty-eight hours after leaving Glade Spring. The cattle will be shipped on the steamer Marion, of the White Star Line, on the 7th. from Philadelphia to Liverpool. These gentlemen expect to make a similar shipment on the 22nd of this month.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
October 5, 1904

[Presumably before adequate refrigeration was available, beef on the hoof was the only way to get American beef to the Brits. Even if the cattle didn't get sea sick, they must have left quite a mess in the ship.]

Gordon Hamilton
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