A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 89
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXS 89
paper in Houston after the war, for between 1865
and 1880 there were no less than twenty-one that
had appeared, splashed about in the troubled waters
of journalism and then sunk beneath the waves to
rise no more. Some of them were worthy and deserving
papers, but the majority of them were catchpenny
affairs that were started "on a shoestring,"
merely to get hold of a little cash from a confiding
public. An exception was the Houston Age, owned
later by Mr. Fourmy, the Directory man at present
associated with Mr. Morrison. The Age became
famous under the editorial management of Major
Dan McGary, and also through the caustic articles
contributed by Col. Dick Westcott, during heated
political campaigns, and all campaigns were that
during the existence of the Age.
In 1880, Mr. Gail Johnson, a grandson of Mr.
Gail Borden, the founder of the old Telegraph, established
the Houston Post. This paper had ample
financial backing and had an able and well organized
editorial and business force. It was a bright,
newsy paper and soon secured a strong foothold in
Houston and throughout the State as well. There
is no question that it would have ultimately become
one of the leading papers of the State but for a
fatal error committed by Judge Johnson, the father
of Mr. Gail Johnson who had founded the Post.
The Judge became deeply interested in the paper,
and, being an ardent Republican, he conceived an
idea that he could make the Post a power in politics
by supporting a candidate against the regular nom-
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/102/: accessed May 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .