THE SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
VOL. LVIII OCTOBER, 1954 No. 2
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EDWARD LAROCQUE TINKER
s A young man I spent five exciting and unforgettable
years in Texas and, since then, incredible changes have
taken place. In those days yours was a land of unlimited
prospects: today it is a region of magnificent realizations; and I
cannot tell you how glad I am to be back. A nostalgic desire to
return has never left me for, quite frankly, I like Texans, and
admire their courage, independence, enterprise, and forthright-
ness. Also, I am deeply grateful to your state for a most important
part of my education. It was here that I learned to know my
country, and to realize what splendid people there were in every
walk of life.
Tonight, I would enjoy reminiscing about my adventures on
the border, in those thrilling days of the Mexican Revolution:
but in these times of international strife and strain, one can only
afford to look at the past when it lights the road to the future.
So, with your permission, let us discuss the reasons why we
should co-operate with our Latin-American neighbors, and what
contribution we each can make to solidarity in this hemisphere.
The human race has always had an unfortunate tendency to
dislike and distrust the man from another country-the foreigner
with different ideas and habits-a characteristic that has spread
much blood and suffering in this world. The little parable of the
desert tribesman may hold a mustard seed of hope, however. One
misty morning as he looked out of his tent, he saw approaching
through the dense fog what appeared to him to be a wild animal.
As it drew near, he realized that it was no fierce beast, but some
kind of human being and, as it came nearer still, he recognized
his own brother.
*The following address was presented at a dinner session on April So, 1954, during
the Association's Annual Meeting.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/. Accessed January 29, 2015.