The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 510
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speaker, until forcibly seated by the sergeant-at-arms. The meas-
When the legislature resumed session at 3:30 that afternoon,
Barziza and thirty-three others were absent, making it impossible
to secure a quorum. The number of absentees increased to thirty-
five on August 1, and the speaker ordered the sergeant-at-arms
to arrest the missing members and bring them in. Barziza never
returned. On August 2, he was reported sick in his rooms, and
that same day his formal resignation was read to the house."
Four other minority members resigned the same day,"' but the
remainder of the group stayed to fight the railroad bill. It was not
allowed to come up again during the session, which ran until
noon, August 21.
This was the end of Barziza's political career, although, in 1878,
he was touted for the lieutenant-governorship by the Houston
Age." He returned to Houston, where his business interests and
law practice fully occupied his time.
On May 1, 1875, Decimus et Ultimus Barziza and five other
Houston lawyers organized what is said to be"8 Texas' oldest trust
company, the Houston Land and Trust Company." Other organ-
izers, and members of the board, were J. C. Hutcheson, Colonel
W. B. Botts, Judge E. P. Hill, Colonel J. B. Likens and Judge
James Masterson. Barziza was chairman of the board. The com-
pany was chartered to buy and sell lands and act in all matters
Beginning with a capital stock of $1oo,ooo, the firm set up for
"Ibid., 734. The letter read:
On account of my health, and believing that the first and regular session of the
15th Legislature was lawfully adjourned at twelve o'clock on Monday the 31st of
July, and believing that the Speaker of the House should have so held and de-
clared, I hereby resign my place as a member of the 15th Legislature, that place
being a member of the House from Harris County.
In severing my connection from the House, I beg to say that I carry with me
no feelings or animosities which may have been temporarily engendered in
acrimonious debate; but I tender to the officers and members of this House, per-
sonally, assurances of kind feelings and respect, and request that this document
may be spread upon your journals. D. U. BARZIZA
"1E. A. Perrenot, W. M. Rust, H. R. Von Biberstein, and L. F. Roberts.
"Austin Weekly Statesman, February 28, 1878.
48Houston Chronicle, May 1, 194o.
"Records of organization in files of Houston Bank & 'fTust Co., Houston, Texas.
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