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H. Cushing, who was one of the most gifted writers
and able newspaper men the State has ever had.
Ten years later, in 1866, Mr. Cushing sold the
Telegraph to Col. C. C. Gillespie, who was a strong
and forcible writer but rather a poor editor. Col.
Gillespie employed Mr. J. E. Carnes as editorial
writer and between the two the Telegraph soon became
the leading literary paper of the State. Too
much attention was paid to fine writing and too little
to newsso the paperi
was i out
on Its last legs when Col. Gillespie sold it to General
Webb, who published it regularly until1878, when
the financial panic of that year killed it.
The next year Mr. A. C. Gray revived it and under
his able management it soon became the leading
paper of the State again. In its first issue under
Mr. Gray's management, April 16,1874, Mr. Gray
"The Houston Telegraph is an old and familiar
friend to very many in and out of Texas who will
hail its reappearance as the return of an old, a much
loved and greatly lamented companion. Founded
in the days of the Republic, it was true to the government
and to the people, and by its efforts accomplished,
perhaps, as much as any other instrumentality
in calling attention to and developing the
resources of this great commonwealth. Under the
control and guidance of such men as Gail Borden,
Dr. Francis Moore, Henry Allen, E. H. Cushing
and others, it has reared for itself an imperishable
monument, by its fidelity to the law, good govern-
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 May 7, 2015.