A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912

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ment and general progress. * ** It is with no
ordinary satisfaction, and we trust a pardonable
pride, that the present managing editor and proprietor
refers to his past connection with and present
relation to the office of the Telegraph. Twentyeight
years ago, when a mere boy, he entered it as
an apprentice. By patient toil and proper pride in
his chosen profession he became its business manager
during its most prosperous period. And when, under
the financial panic of 1878, it was forced to
suspend and ceased to make its daily appearance
he mourned it as if a friend had fallen. Since then
it has been his ambition to call the slumbering Ajax
to the field again and bid it battle with renewed energy
for constitutional government, Democratic
principles and the general weal."
Mr. Gray made a magnificent fight to reinstate
the Telegraph in the front ranks of Texas journals,
and from a literary and politically influential point
of view he was successful, but the financial strain
became too great and in 1878 the Telegraph was
forced to cease publication and its pages were closed
forever.
In the early fifties a Mr. Cruger, not the Cruger
who was associated with Dr. Moore on the Telegraph
when it was established in Houston, began
the publication of a tri-weekly paper called The
Morning Star. This appears to have been quite
an ambitious and prominent paper, judging by the
incomplete files of it now in the Carnegie Library.
It seems that everybody wanted to start a news-

Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed July 25, 2014.