Iorace reele i exas
C. RICHARD KING
AFTER ACCEPTING THE INVITATION of the Agricultural, Mechan-
I ical and Blood Stock Association of Texas to deliver the
opening address of the second annual State Fair, Horace
Greeley wrote, "I go to Texas reluctantly."' This reluctance was
not visible, however, when the editor of the New York Tribune
stepped from the train in Houston on May 2o, 1871, a fatigued
but "pleasant looking gentleman, in dark coat, white pants, and
Hesitancy over making the trip did not end with Greeley, for
the editor of the New Orleans Picayune, upon learning of the
scheduled appearance of his fellow journalist, hastened to edito-
rialize the hope that
nothing will occur during the expected visit of the Hon.
Horace Greeley to the southwestern section that may mar his pleasure
or leave upon his memory an impression derogatory to the reputation
of our people for courtesy."
The publication of such fears was questioned by Ferdinand
Flake, editor of Flake's Daily Bulletin of Galveston, who wrote:
Why need the press be cautioning the people against making fools
of themselves? There is no more danger that the people of the South
will treat Horace Greeley otherwise than courteously than that they
will treat any other man so. We are inclined to think there is
but one living man of national reputation who might be treated dis-
courteously in the south on account of his public course during the
war, and that man is Benjamin F. Butler.4
While the editor of the Daily Bulletin expressed his distaste
for the man who had commanded the Federal occupation forces
in New Orleans in 1862, he found nothing objectionable in the
editor of the Tribune. At least, Flake did not mention Greeley's
'Don C. Seitz, Horace Greeley (Indianapolis, 1926), 816.
2Galveston Daily News, May e1, 1871.
3Flake's Daily Bulletin (Galveston), May 7, 1871.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101190/. Accessed January 31, 2015.