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Niles) Register sarcastically wondered why the supporters of the bill refrained from attempting to regulate the prices also oflands, slaves, and cotton. 29 Legislators never mustered enough votes to pass a bill regulating commissions, so the controversy over charges lingered for many years. Critics of Mobile factors in 1837 proposed the erection of a public 32 COTTON CITY warehouse with state agents to take over the cotton storage. Representatives from counties in the interior, where planters felt victimized by factors, sponsored bills in the legislature to counteract alleged abuses in the sale of cotton.
A jury rather than a court had to draw the distinction. 34 Transactions in cotton demanded extensive credit and other financial services offered by banks. Close ties between banking and commerce often meant that banks suffered from the fluctuations of the cotton market as much as any other segment of the economy. The only local bank that successfully withstood all financial crises in the antebellum era was the Bank of Mobile. An unusual charter granted by the state legislature in 1819 allowed the Bank of Mobile to open with reserves in gold and silver of only $8,750, a liberal provision designed for COTTON CITY a period of financial stringency when specie was scarce.
Eslava, and Joseph Krebs, real estate developers. ,4·05. They opened subscription books for 500 shares of stock at $100 each. Soon they sold enough shares to finance construction of the rail line running parallel to the bay five miles from the city to Dog River. Service began on this first section of the route in 1837 with one locomotive. Much of the route was graded south of the river, but a bridge needed to cross Dog River was not built before the Panic of 1837 disrupted work on the line. Bankrupted, the company never completed the railroad.