A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 140
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140 A THUMB-NAIL HISTORY OF
ton was placed on a most advantageous plane at the
It must not be supposed that the learned professions,
the arts or anything that related to literature
occupied the stage to the exclusion of everything
else, for that was far from true. There were lots
of typical pioneers, rough men, but all men; and
in addition to these there were typical "bad men"
and toughs. These latter were in a woeful minority
and in the mass of citizens, were too few and insignificant
to stamp their individuality on the community.
While Houston and Galveston have always been
strong business rivals and have never failed to give
each other commercial black eyes when opportunity
presented, still the people of both cities have always
been the best of friends in a social way and have
done much good for each other. The first literary
society, lyceum or what ever it was called, in Texas
was located in Galveston in the early forties. While
nominally a Galveston institution this society was
loyally supported by Houstonians who contributed
regularly to the monthly entertainments that were
In 1848 the Houston Lyceum was chartered.
Almost before it was born it went to sleep and did
not wake until 1854. That year it was revived and
showed considerable animation for awhile but soon
lapsed into inocuous desuetude. At that time 882
volumes had been gotten together and a bookcase
had been purchased.
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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/m1/156/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .