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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
John H. Robson was the presidential elector
on the Bell and Everett ticket. He was a shining
light and he carried the keenest blade of them
all. The Breckenridge people wanted to extin-
guish this light and shatter this blade. So they
got Major Fly, a noted orator, to come over
from Gonzales and do the work. Major Fly
came, took the stand, and spoke for three hours.
When he finished there were cries for "Robson!
Robson!" That gentleman stood upon a bench in
the audience and in substance said: "Ladies and
gentlemen: Major Fly has spoken more than
three hours, the night is warm, you are worn
out. I haven't the heart to detain you any longer,
but if you will meet me here tomorrow evening
I promise you I will clip that Fly's wings so
short he will never be able to buzz in this
community again." The multitude dispersed,
shouting hurrahs for Robson.
Everyone, I suppose, has his ideal-his
hero. John H. Robson was mine in my boyhood
days. Tall, thin, pale, with waving black hair,
dressed in a suit of spotless white linen, I can see
him now with memory's eye standing in the old
court house earnestly pleading for "the union,
the constitution, and the enforcement of the
Eagle Lake, Queen City of Colorado County
by E. A. Fox
(Reprinted from the March 1911 issue of The Texas Magazine)
Eagle Lake, the "Queen City" of Colorado
County, is a prosperous and progressive little
city of about 2500 inhabitants. The town is situ-
ated on a level prairie in the very heart of the
rice, cane, corn, cotton, potato, fig, orange and
truck growing belt of Southwest Texas, sixty-
five miles west of Houston-the best city in the
State. To the north and east of the city are the
waving fields of rice; to the west of the city are
the truck gardens, orange and fig orchards, and
to the south are the vast fields of cotton, corn,
sugar cane and potatoes. Eagle Lake has a
splendid free school, the term lasting nine
months in the year. The citizens have recently
voted $15,000 bonds for the building of a new
and modern schoolhouse. This amount will be
added to what the city already has on hand as a
building fund, $7000 and the new school build-
ing to cost $22,000, the plans having already
been accepted, will be begun now in a very few
days. The city has four as pretty churches as can
be found in any town of its size in the State-the
Baptist, Methodist, Christian and Episcopal.
The Presbyterians have a congregation here,
but as yet have no church building, and for the
present they are using the Methodist building
for worship. The town has an excellent volun-
teer fire company, the best cornet concert band
and orchestra in Southwest Texas, which fur-
nishes open-air concerts at the band stand in the
city park during the summer months.
The town has a splendid electric light and
ice plant, a good bottling works, two large
lumber yards, a good tin and sheet iron shop,
several excellent blacksmith shops, an up-to-
date grist mill, a well equipped woodwork and
machine shop, an automobile machine shop and
garage, two large wholesale houses, two as fine
bakeries as can be found in the State, two
furniture houses and the best hotels between
Houston and San Antonio, numerous up-to-date
retail stores and many handsome and modern
homes. There are twenty-six automobiles in the
county and Eagle Lake possesses eighteen of
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