A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 86
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with startling rapidity after that, there was no
lack of sensational news for the paper. The paper
was of the greatest assistance to the cause of the
Texans, for it did much to concentrate public opinion
and to keep the people informed about current
events-information obtainable in no other way.
The paper was published regularly from October,
1885, until late in March, 1886, when the Bordens,
learning that Houston had fallen back before Santa
Anna and had crossed the Brazos at San Felipe,
decided to fall back themselves and take their newspaper
plant to a safer location. With great difficulty
the managed to move evetg Hamrsburg
and had an ise of the Telegraph all ready
for the press when Santa Anna's soldiers showed
up, burned their building and threw their press into
the bayou. Instead of being discouraged the Bordens
ordered a new outfit from Cincinnati, and,
some time in August, 1886, resumed the publication
of the Telegraph in Columbia, where the Texas
Congress met two months later. Gail Borden having
been appointed collector of customs at Galveston
and it being necessary for him to make his home
there, he retired from the Telegraph and his brother
Tom desiring to leave also, they sold the paper to
Mr. Jacob Cruger and Dr. Francis Moore, who
moved-itto B-ouston and issued the first number
here on M 2, 1887. Dr. Moore was chief editor
of the Telegraph until 1858, when Harry H. Allen
became editor and proprietor and continued as
such until 1856, when he sold the paper to Mr. E.
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