History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 105
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was a country which entered upon the long
and brilliant career of progress that we may
look forward to in this instance, under more
favorable auspices than this State. Although
older than any of the more northern Pacific
States, it has developed more slowly, and has
avoided many of their mistakes. The great
curse of California is not here entailed. The
people are still freemen, and the law-makers
and the public officials are their servants.
There is little or no public debt; their public
lands are their own, and they have not all
fallen into the hands of sharpers and specutors;
they rule the railroad companies instead
of being ruled by them; unjust and
oppressive monopolies are not permitted.
Here are the seeds of life instead of the elements
of disease and death. With her vast
area of tillable and grazing lands, a people
rapidly increasing in numbers, wealth and
refinement; with young and healthy institutions
resting on honest republican foundations;
with a determination on the part of
the people to admit within their borders no
species of despotism, no form of tyranny,
there is no height of grandeur to which this
commonwealth may not reasonably aspire.
,' Indian depredations on the frontier have
ceased, and cattle-raiding on the Rio Grande
borderland will soon be a trouble of the past;
lawlessness and crime are yielding to fearless
administration of justice and application of
the la.ws, and order is sweeping from her
path the refuse that for decades obstructed
the progress of large portions of the State.
The advancing strides made by Texas since
the civil war toward the goal where lofty
aspirations will win the prize of unalloyed
prosperity, are strikingly exhibited by offiial
statistics on population, agriculture,
commerce, industries and developing enterprises."
Indeed, many men who have no pecuniary
interests in Texas have been heard to say
that that State is destined to be the greatest
in the Union.
In their social character the people of
Texas are still hospitable, with better opportunities
than ever to exhibit that pleasurable
trait. General intelligence, and its concomitant,
the establishment of educational institutions,
also characterize the sons of the
South who emigrated to that great, free
State in the first place for greater opportunity
for education, hospitality and comfortable
homes in a comfortable climate.
CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF TEXAS FROM 1691 TO
SPANISH-1691 TO 1822--131 YEARS.
Don Gaspardo de Anaya.
Don Martin de Alarconne.
Marquis de Aguayo.
Fernando de Almazan.
Melchoir de Madiavilia.
Juan Antonia Bustillos.
Manuel de Sandoval.
Carlos de Franquis.
Jacinto de Barrios.
Antonio de Martos.
Juan Maria, Baron de Riperda.
Juan Bautista el Guazabel.
Manuel de Salcedo.
HITO YOF TXS
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