A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 90
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90 A THUMB-NAIL HISTORY OF
inee of the Democratic party. The Judge lost sight
of the fact that Texas had so recently emerged from
the reconstruction, scalawag rule that had cursed the
State, and that the average citizen associated the
name "Republican" with all that was despicable and
contemptible. Judge John Ireland was the regular
Democratic nominee and he was opposed by Col.
Wash Jones, who ran as an independent candidate.
The Post supported Jones, and did so in such a masterly
manner as to attract attention and cause a demand
for the paper. ' icrulation increased rapidly
and continued to Increase until the day of election.
Then Ireland was triumphantly elected and
the bubble burst. The circulation dropped off more
rapidly than it had increased. The paper had lots
of money behind it, however, and continued its career
just as though nothing had occurred to mar
the serenity of its course.
Mr. Gail Johnson had grown disgusted and had
disposed of his interest to his father, who in 1888
sold the Post to a syndicate of Houston capitalists,
who had conceived the idea of converting it into a
great Democratic State paper. They secured the
services of Mr. Hardenbrook, an experienced newspaper
man, and placed him in full charge, supplying
him with plenty of money and giving him a
free hand to do as he chose. Hardenbrook brought
Mr. Tobe Mitchell from St. Louis and placed him
in charge of the editorial room. Hardenbrook and
Mitchell spent money freely and soon made the
Post one of the leading papers of the South. In
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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/m1/103/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .