The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 136
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headed staff with which he walked habitually in his advanced years
was presented to me by his son, Senator Temple Houston, many
years ago to keep as a memorial of the General's personal regard.
It was delivered to me with the request that it should finally go to
the most worthy descendant of the General. After it had remained
in my hall for many years, Temple Houston wrote me from Okla-
homa requesting that I send it to. him. I reminded him that the
State had none of his father's belongings, and wrote requesting
consent that I might chain it to his father's portrait in the Cap-
itol. He answered saying: "Send me the staff. Texas thinks
more of Jim Hogg's old shoes than of my father's memory." I
thought it a harsh reflection on the State, but within a year his
sister, an intellectual and accomplished lady, was defeated for the
office of postmistress of the Senate.
Houston's inflexible honesty and contempt for the mere money-
maker did much to inspire the confidence of the early colonists.
He opposed all speculative raids on the public domain, and once
proclaimed that he had rather see our treasure emptied into the
Colorado River than give it to any sort of corporation.
A Duly of Texas.-To, General Sam Houston, more than to any
man living or dead, Texas owed her independence, and to his wise
statesmanship, her preservation against foreign and domestic ene-
mies during the ten years when she was a republic. The prejudice
excited by Texas slave holders against him on account of his oppo-
sition to the extension of slavery, and which has been transmitted
to many of their posterity, is unworthy of our people.
Too long has this State neglected his memory; for not until he
had been dead forty-seven years did she do anything to show her
gratitude, and then it was done as an act of tardy justice by erect-
ing a monument over his remains in an obscure graveyard in the
interior of the State.1
We are now strong and prosperous, and this State should place
in front of our Capitol his full length bronze statue of heroic size,
on a granite pedestal, with no inscription but his name, SAM
'For a brief notice of the unveiling of this monument, see THE QuAR-
TERLY, XV, 85.
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