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SAN ANTONIO SURPRISE. The San Antonio Surprise, a weekly newspaper, was started under the combined efforts of James P. Newcomb and A. W. Gifford. The paper was published from June 26, 1879, until as late as 1894. The Surprise is considered to be a forerunner of the San Antonio Light.


San Antonio Light, February 5, 1932.

Frances Donecker


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Frances Donecker, "SAN ANTONIO SURPRISE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.