National Geographic : 1944 Jan
How We Use the Gulf of Mexico U. S. Navy, Official Navy Student Pilots Get Last-minute Orders before Going "Upstairs" Names of students, their instructors, and other details appear on the schedule board. Over it are the phrases, "Don't get caught above clouds" and "Up and at 'em, boys." Fliers trained at the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, are now serving on the Seven Seas. At Galveston today, when dreamers get bored because fish don't bite or bathing girls aren't on parade, they lay down their tackle, pick up a shovel, and start digging somewhere for Lafitte's buried treasure! In his prime, Lafitte became such a scourge to merchant traders that Governor Claiborne of Louisiana offered $500 for his capture; in turn, Lafitte promised $15,000 to any man who could catch and deliver to him the Gov ernor of Louisiana! Files of Galveston's 102-year-old Daily News are rich in frontier lore. Men in buck skin or broadcloth, women in calico or silk, helped build the town. When Steak Was Given Away Texas' now colossal cattle business was born on this coast. Gail Borden built his first packing plant at Galveston about 1845. Good steak was sometimes given away-when only hides and tallow were needed.