The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 275
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The Texas State Military Board, 1862-1865 V5
quently and in very general terms to the patriotism of a people
who were daily subjected to hardship and who had no assurance
that its work was of any direct benefit to themselves, and spe-
cifically to the self-interest of the individual with whom it dealt.
It conducted its affairs as a private business but without being
able to practice the economies of a private business; beginning
with the purpose of eliminating the "speculator" in the necessities
of the people, it came at last to something like an alliance with
these profiteers. It conducted a social experiment on an individ-
ualistic basis and in a secretive method. But after all, a crude,
frontier, strongly individualistic society could hardly have done
the thing in any other way-which seems to indicate that an
undeveloped organism, whether biological or political, cannot read-
ily adjust itself to a new and complex situation.
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