The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953

Book Reviews

stories would have "charm" for J. Frank Dobie. They certainly
do for me.
FRANK GOODWYN
University of Maryland
Addresses and State Papers of James Stephen Hogg. Edited by
Robert C. Cotner. Foreword by E. C. Barker. Austin (Uni-
versity of Texas Press), 1951. Pp. xii + 579. $6.oo.
In Addresses and State Papers of James Stephen Hogg, Robert
C. Cotner has made available a timely book of such pertinent
political significance and of such obvious importance to students
of the historical and political scene since the late nineteenth
century and currently that it comes as a surprise that the public
utterances of this militant Texan have been allowed so long to
remain inaccessible. The only other compilation of Hogg Papers
was by C. W. Raines in 1905-long out of print.
These excellent selections by Professor Cotner include pre-
election campaign speeches, acceptances, messages to the legisla-
ture, and numerous utterances on special occasions and upon
issues of immediate public interest. Coming to the public forum
only two decades after the state had been restored to the "Un-
terrified Democracy" and at a time when the public conscience
had become seared by the corruption of national administrations
from U. S. Grant to Grover Cleveland, when, said Andrew
Carnegie, business was ruled by "a philosophy of Grab and Hold,"
Hogg proclaimed the cause of righteousness and justice with the
fervor of the Hebrew prophets.
The slush pools of corruption had overflowed into Texas
through uncontrolled corporate greed, absentee-ownership of
natural resources, "foreign cattle barons," and other exploiters of
the people's inalienable rights. Railroad consolidations were in
progress, accompanied by pools, rebates, long- and short-haul
rate differentials, watered stock, and wildcat companies. With the
passionate zeal of his religious counterpart, the "Old-time Re-
vivalist," Hogg championed the cause of the people.
From the selections in the book, two guiding principles in
Hogg's career stand out clearly. He believed, with Grover Cleve-
land, that "public office is a public trust" and that the first obliga-

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/. Accessed April 19, 2014.