NP, FG 1/16/1861

From the Florence (Ala.) Gazette
January 16, 1861
Memphis & Charleston R. R.
   At the late election for President and Directors of the Memphis & Charleston Rail Road, Mr. Samuel Tate was re-elected to the office of President. Under the chief management of President Tate, this road has flourished, and we have no doubt that it will continue to do so. As proof that the services of Mr. Tate could not be dispensed with, it is only necessary to state that his salary was raised to Six Thousand Dollars. He is said to be, and justly so, according to our information, one of the most efficient Rail Road Presidents in the Union. In addiction to this, he is President of one of the most popular Roads in the United States. He works for the benefit of all -- the public and the Stock-holders.
   The accommodations on the M&C RR, are equal to the accommodations of any other road, and as for safety, there are a less number of accidents on this road, than any other doing so large an amount of business. You can take passage on this road, feeling no uneasiness about explosions, &c., which occur on account of the negligence of unsafe men. This Road has established a reputation for employing none but the most competent men to fill the posts of Conductors, Engineers, &c., &c. Mr. W. J. Ross, General Superintendent, we know well, and can say, truly, that he is fully competent to discharge his every duty, to the entire satisfaction of all interested parties. As a General Superintendent, he has few equals, and no superiors. His position is satisfactory evidence that he has a high seat in the confidence of those by whom he was elevated.
   Mr. David Halsey, the Conductor on the Florence Branch of the Memphis & Charleston Rail Road, is another of those faithful individuals employed by this Railroad Company. No item of duty is unattended to, or slightly performed, by Mr. Halsey. He is ever watchful -- always ready to accommodate, never permitting any important rules or regulations of the road to be transgressed, or lost sight of. He is an agreeable gentleman, making all who travel or associate with him, feel free and easy. With such a President, such a Board of Directors, and such a corps of Conductors, Engineers, &c., the Memphis & Charleston Railroad will be a perfect success.
   In another part of our paper will be found an advertisement, showing the superior advantages of this road.