The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 32
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ber, when I was a small boy, his saying that rich deposits of
oil, asphalt, and so on were present in some of his properties
that would, some day, be worth millions. This neighborhood is
now one of the great oil fields of the West. By the time I was
six, Father had acquired some thousand acres of land within
the limits of the City of San Antonio and numerous ranch
properties farther out.
About this time there appeared a persuasive cousin from the
East, John Lyle, who bought the San Antonio Express, the
only newspaper in that portion of the West, and proceeded to
squander money. He was soon bankrupt. Appealing to Father
for assistance, he got generous aid and, before long, all of
Father's property was mortgaged in an attempt to save the
San Antonio Express. After a year or two Father found him-
self the possessor of the paper. In his efforts to rehabilitate it
he lost many more thousands and in so doing mortgaged all
his lands at 12 per cent interest. His faith in the future was
so unbounded that rather than sell property that he thought
would be extremely valuable some day, he continued to pay this
crushing interest yearly. Although he made a great deal of
money and was a big factor in the development of that part
of Texas, these heavy debts eventually ended in his complete
undoing, but not until he had sent me through the University
of Virginia, the medical school, and the hospital. Then, for the
first time, I learned of his troubles and the sacrifices he had
made to educate me.
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
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