From the Houston Daily Post, August 6, 1900, this tells the story of Lorenzo Dow, an old blind man that stood in front of the Krupp and Tuffly store on Main St. for thirteen years.
Odd Characters in Houston No. 3: The Old Blind Mascot:
The old blind darky on whose hat a sign announces to the public that the light of day and tho beauties of nature have been shut out from his eyes for thirty-three years, was found at his accustomed place, his head bowed down on his chest, holding in his hand a tin cup in which he continually rattled a coin to attract the attention of tho passing throng. The sign, however, was painted two years ago, and two more years of darkness have been added to those that are gone since the sign was first placed on the old man’s hat.