The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 30
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The law, approved April 13, 1891, provided that an alien
should have and enjoy the rights of personal property that
were "accorded to citizens of the U. S. by the laws of the
nation to which" he belonged, and definitely forbade any alien
or person who was not a citizen of the United States to acquire
land or own any interest in land within the State of Texas.
This was not to apply to any foreigner who at the time of
the passage of the law should complete the requirements for
citizenship within six years.132
On April 13, 1891, the last day of the session, Mr. Alden A.
Bell, calendar clerk, in behalf of the elective officers of the House
presented the speaker with a testimonial of regard and affection.
In making the presentation, Mr. Bell said:
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Rep-
resentatives: I have been chosen to add another leaf
to that wreath of honor which today adorns your brow.
Having for so long sat at your feet as our political
Gamaliel, we tell you, Mr. Speaker, that if heart beats
could be coined into words, if gratitude were a flower
that blooms upon the tongue, if friendship could be
expressed in human speech, then I might be able to
say something today, and in a fitting manner, in pre-
senting to you this gift, our full and free token of
respect and esteem. How cold and unfeeling these
words seem as they leave the lips cold and unfeeling
as stone, when they should burn as with a living fire.
Words cannot express our affection, and were we per-
mitted we could no more appropriately speak to you
than in the beautiful language of the flowers, and
hand you the rosemary; that's for remembrance and
pluck the blue forget-me-not, and twine them with
that emblem of a splendid purity, the state lilly, and
weave our affections with the leaves of all the flowers
upon which the angels breathe and which are lighted
with Heaven's smiles. Then accept this gift, Mr.
Speaker, and when it protects you from the storm of
the elements think not of its intrinsic value, but
as an evidence of the affection of the hearts that
The Speaker made answer "in a manner appropriate to the
occasion," commending the officers of the House for their
efficiency. Then Earl Smith, speaking for the pages, presented
the Speaker with a pair of silver napkin rings "as a token of
132H. P. Gammel, Laws of Texas, X, 370-372.
133House Journal, Twenty-second Legislature, 910-911.
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