The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 70
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Col. Bryan: The domestic scenes of the family are sacred and
should not be held up to the public view, and I am not willing to
discuss them. I will say, however, that for intelligence, purity,
truthful simplicity, genuine refinement, unaffected cordiality and
American courtesy, no family in the best days of the Republic has
surpassed the present occupants of the White House.
Reporter: From what you know or believe regarding the Presi-
dent's purposes and motives, and regarding the exigencies of his
administration with respect to congressional support, under the
threatened opposition of a large disaffected element of the Re-
publican party, what do you think should be the attitude of the
Southern people and their representatives in Congress? What
about election of speaker?
Col. Bryan: I think that the attitude of the Southern people
should be most friendly to the President, and on all proper occa-
sions and in suitable ways they should make it manifest.
I think the Southern Congressmen on all questions where the
President is right should sustain him heartily, and that they should
without delay so advise him, through mail or otherwise. So far
as the election of Speaker of the House is concerned, I do not
believe the President has had or will have anything to do with it,
any more than he has to do with making of new parties. But these
remarks and all others previously made are mine; I do not pro-
fess to speak for any one but myself.
Reporter: The Mexican is said to be engaing the serious atten-
tion of the President and his cabinet. Your name having been
urged by many friends for the Mexican mission, you doubtless took
occasion to familiarize yourself with the views prevailing at Wash-
ington, in relation to Mexico, and especially in relation to the
claims and interests of Texas touching frontier protection on the
Rio Grande. If compatible with propriety, will you be so good
as to speak freely on these topics?
Col. Bryan: I believe that the interests of Texas will be more
carefully looked after, better protected, and more summarily dealt
with than heretofore. The condition of Mexican affaris would
forbid any change in that mission. Diaz has not been recognized
by the United States and Lerdo is said to be plotting his over-
Reporter: What impressions have you as to the feeling in ad-
ministration circles touching aid to internal improvements in the
South, and especially aid to the Texas and Pacific Railroad?
Col. Bryan: I think there is a good disposition to favor in a
legitimate way works of internal improvement in the South. If
the South could unite on a fair plan for a Pacific road, free from
jobbery, I think the measure would receive hearty support.
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