The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 6
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6 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
them become facts of history, and leave their impress upon the
people and the country.
Another prolific source is to be found in the immense growth of
the objects of government, in the increase of its officers, its courts,
its asylums, in its State frontier protection, its penitentiaries, its
high schools of all grades, its system of new education in common
schools, and in numerous other governmental affairs, whose opera-
tions and particular modes of proceedings, with their results, are
but partially and generally indefinitely known now by the mass of
people, an intelligible explanation of which would afford much
data for history of the present.
There are existing subjects of a material and industrial character
worthy of notice, such as the introduction and use of barbed wire
and improved machinery, with their results upon production. The
introduction and use of electricity as a power, and its probable ex-
tension and advantages. The use of water-power in machinery and
irrigation; the extent of it in this State, and the manner in which
it should be used when practicable, consistent with individual
rights and the public good. The bicycle, its use and effects. Over-
flows of rivers, and the responsibility of governments to relieve the
sufferers, who expose themselves to the danger of them with their
persons and property. Storms, tornadoes, and cyclones, as they
have prevailed in the different parts of Texas. Long drouths, with
their causes and effects. Epidemics, and the quarantine in Texas.
Prehistoric men and lower animals, their remains, and the evi-
dences of their former existence in Texas. Mines and minerals,
with their present development and probable extent in the future.
There are also subjects which may be considered, to some extent,
speculative, that may furnish instructive studies for forming future
sentiment, if properly presented. One of them is Paternalism in
government, with the questions, what is it, to what extent has it
entered the rule and operation of the government in Texas, to what
extent can it be allowed to enter, consistently with personal liberty
and the public good. Private corporations, their great increase in
this State, and their effects. Life and fire insurances, and their
effects. Municipal corporations, the reasons for their creation, and
the extent of the powers permissible to be granted them by the
state government, and the limitations of injurious action upon the
citizens controlled by them. The state associations of teachers, of
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898, periodical, 1897/1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101009/m1/16/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.