The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 334
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
editorial crusade against Texas' claim to western territory, for
He can travel in any section of this civilized country and meet with
nothing but courteous and kind treatment. He is always a fair, open
friend or foe, and no true man can treat such a man otherwise than
properly. Horace Greeley is a man of truth, integrity and honor, and
all who know him, or have heard of him, accord to him the highest
qualities of heart and soul.5
Upon arriving in Houston, Greeley was escorted to the
Hutchins House, where he received guests until 3 P.M. Among
his callers were ex-Governor J. W. Henderson and ex-Governor
Andrew J. Hamilton. After a short drive through the city, the
visitor was entertained at a reception, where he explained that
it was not his purpose in visiting Texas to "speak at all on sub-
jects on which the people have been so much at variance, but
a morning journal having spoken of him as a common enemy, it
seemed proper to make some reply."6 It was this reference which
added fuel to a minor newspaper skirmish between Flake of the
Daily Bulletin and Willard Richardson of the Galveston Daily
News. The News had printed the following statement:
It is perhaps the first time in the history of the nation that the
people of a State have stepped from their daily round of duty to
do honor to a public enemy.'
An attempted explanation resulted in the following:
We are sure that neither Mr. Greeley nor any other gentleman
understood the phrase "public enemy" as used by us yesterday, in
any other than a kindly sense. We are certain we are not so un-
fortunate in expressing our meaning as to justify any other
On Tuesday, May 23, 1871, Greeley appeared before fifteen
thousand Texans, and "from the main stand erected for the occa-
sion," appealed to his listeners to initiate conservation methods.
The "thousands who could get within hearing distance" on the
six-acre fair grounds, listened "with marked attention" as the
6Galveston Daily News, May so, 1871.
7lbid., May 1g, 1871.
lIbid., May 2o, 1871.
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