48 A THUMB-NAL HISTORY OF
would be lost and won in a night. Texas was the
prophesy of California and Houston a very San
Francisco. No mines were dug, but gold was plenty
and men managed to live without sweating their
brows. If a man worked at all he earned from $8
to $10 a day, but precious few worked at all. Buck
Peters and Jeff Wright were the practical jokers.
Judge Shelby was on the bench and was indicted
by his own grand jury for playing backgammon
with his wife. Gus Tompkins, fertile in expedient,
but fractious, with his big brain and little body, was
a terror to evil-doers. Felix Huston commanded the
turbulent army, Commodore Moore had not come
to Texas then, and the navy was divided with several
competent but less ambitious commanders, not
less distinguished among them was our old friend
Boots Taylor, a very Chesterfield in manners.
Carnes and Teel and Morehouse and Deaf Smith
lived in those times with a host of other noble spirits
whose lights have long since gone out."
"We notice a few survivors of those glorious days
still among us. Col. Frank Johnson, one of the heroes
of the storming of San Antonio, and the surrender
of the Mexican garrison under Cos, sat with
us on a log under the very eaves of the old building
the day before it fell, and with him another survivor,
Honest Bob Wilson, who was expelled from
the Senate of the old Republic, but was re-elected
and borne back in triumph upon the shoulders by
an indignant people to the CapitoL"
During 1887-88-89 there were a great number
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 December 1, 2015.