A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 125
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THz Crr OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 125
Their next appearance was in 1882 at the Interstate
drill that was held at Nashville, Tenn. There
were five companies competing and the Light
Guard took fourth prize again. However, they
had the satisfaction of beating the Lawrence Rifles,
a company that had come all the way from Boston,
Mass. Beating that Boston company gave them
the only bit of satisfaction they had.
However, the Light Guard were as strong in defeat
as they afterwards proved themselves to be in
the hour of victory. Captain Thomas Scurry was
their commander and he determined to make them
world-beaters, and did so before he completed his
work. In the face of two or more failures they became
more determined than ever and they were loyally
backed by the business men of Houston
In 1884 the business men raised a large sum of
money to be used as prizes and to pay other expenses
and issued invitations to all the military companies
in the United States to come to Houston
for a great interstate drill A number of crack companies
promptly accepted the invitation. The War
Department at Washington appointed three army
officers to attend the drill, act as judges and make
a report of results to the Department Mr. H.
Baldwin Rice was appointed manager of the drill,
which took place at the Fair Grounds, where now
stands the "Fair Grounds Addition." The drill
ted a week. The first prize was 5,000. From
that sum the prizes were reduced so that the last
Prize was only about onequarter of that amount
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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/m1/140/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .