The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 83
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The Spirit of Santa Rita
(3) Great trunk line transportation systems now traverse the inland
and overland routes to the Great Lakes, the Gulf, and the Atlantic
(4) Natural gas has been discovered, developed, and distributed in an
expansion paralleling the prodigious performances in oil.
(5) Twenty-three oil fields are now yielding royalty revenues to The
University of Texas, from University lands in Andrews, Crane,
Crockett, Ector, Pecos, Reagan, and Ward counties.
(6) Increased wealth widely diffused throughout our entire population
has made itself manifest in the almost miraculous statistics of
population increase, added property values, astounding expansion
of life insurance, the migration of related and associated indus-
tries and manufacturing enterprises to Texas, the total effect
of which is typified by the striking contrast between The University
of Texas of today and over twenty-one years ago.
The history of the accomplishment of the oil industry in
Texas during the past twenty-one years can only be hinted at
in this brief r6sum6. The advancements in technology have
even exceeded, in proportion, the comparative production in
volume and the comparative proven reserves in quantity. The
improvement in quality, and the increased yields in gasoline
content due to improved refining methods, are only matched
by the reduced retail price of gasoline, exclusive of tax.
All of this has been a necessary progression in every phase
of the industry as an indispensable prelude to the maximum
effort now being expended by the oil industry in Texas as a
contribution to the winning of a war completely mechanized and
motorized, whose bomber and fighter planes, whose battleships,
cruisers, submarines, transports, and landing ships, and whose
tanks, tank destroyers, and artillery are all propelled by the
products of oil.
But it is not of material resources alone and the accomplish-
ments of industry and science, that I would speak. There has
been nurtured and preserved in the mind and heart of our
people that indomitable attitude toward life that is "Texian,"
and that has its truest reflection in an unchallenged position
of primacy in the number of volunteers in the Army, the
Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Air Corps in this War, and
the courage and heroism that they have exhibited upon the
seven seas and throughout the earth. The spirit of the pioneer
is still within them, - undiminished, undaunted, and unfraid.
This spirit of the pioneer has a special quality and flavor
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