A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 47
THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TExas 47
Capitol and commercial metropolis of the glorious
old Republic of Texas," said the Telegraph. "The
President and his cabinet and the senators and representatives
and officials of the first and second
Congresses had dined there and so, too, had foreign
"Rusk, who was a great man before the Republic,
was once glorified at its tables with a sacrifice of
good things-fowls at $6 a pair, butter at $1 per
pound, eggs at $8 per dozen and champagne at a
fabulous price per bottle. It has been said that the
dinner was planned to encourage a reconciliation
between Rusk and Houston, and that it was so far
successful that Rusk, in toasting Houston, his old
opponent, said: 'Houston, with all thy faults I love
"Texas had great men in those days and their
name was legion. It was an insult to take a man for
anything but great, brave, chivalrous and even rich.
Everybody was rich, or in the army or navy or public
service, which was the same thing. The City Hotel
had a barroom, one of perhaps twenty that flourished
in the town, where steam was kept up at the
explosion point, and the collapse of a decanter,
pitcher or tumbler, as it came in contact with the
brains of some unlucky devotee of the shrine of
chivalry or bravado, or the kindred virtues usually
worshipped 'when the wine was red in the cup,' was
no uncommon occurrence. Those were the days of
duels, bowie knives and pistols, poker, keno and
faro, when ten, twenty or fifty thousand dollars
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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/m1/54/ocr/: accessed February 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .