Message of Gov. O. M. Roberts on appropriations and expenditures under the control of the governor to the seventeenth legislature of the state of of Texas, convened at the city of Austin, in regular session, January 11, 1881. Page: 11 of 23
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App? opriations under Control of the Governor.
that either the party is out of the State, his whereabouts unknown, or he
4defies or evades the officers of the law.
"Rewards may also be offered, upon proper representations of the
prosecuting officers, that offenses of magnitude have been committed
under circumstances of secresy so that the perpetrators are unknown.
" When parties have been indicted or charged on oath, and have been
bound over or recognized for their appearance in felony cases, and they
escape beyond the limits of the State, aid will be promptly given to their
sureties by issuing requisitions, upon the proper papers being furnished
for that purpose, as in other cases, so as to enable said sureties to go or
send after said escaped criminals, and, if necessary, I will further aid them
by offering a reasonable reward.
"In all applications for requisitions or rewards, district and county
attorneys are requested to state whether or not the defendants have given
bail bonds or recognizances, and whether or not the sureties are solvent,
and whether or not the bonds or recognizances have been forfeited.
"If bail has been given, it is the duty of the sureties to have the
defendant forthcoming. If he is in the State, they have the power to
secure his appearance or to arrest him and turn him over to the sheriff of
the proper county; and if he has escaped beyond the limits of the State,
beyond their power of arrest, I will aid them, as before stated. In issuing
requisitions and offering rewards, I rely mainly upon prosecuting
officers for proper information; and I have promptly acted upon every
case where the requisite information and papers have been furnished to
me, and I have repeatedly assisted sureties in reclaiming those for whose
appearance they are bound by bail bonds or recognizances.
" I do not favor the policy of published rewards for criminals, because.
it serves to put them on notice that they are sought for It is found
usually much better to first find out where the criminal ie, and then send
some one after him, in cases where the criminal is known. In secret offenses
published rewards, promptly offered, might often serve a good purpose
where the criminal is not suspected or known. Where criminals are
within the limits of the State, it is not contemplated that rewards should
ordinarily be offered for their arrest, provisions having been made by law
for their arrest and conveyance by the officers of the State.
"It is of the greatest importance, in the execution of the criminal
laws, that escaped criminals should be reclaimed, and be subjected to
trial and punishment when found guilty. Whenever it shall have been
done efficiently, so that the penal laws are vigorously and diligently
enforced, the chief merit of so great and so necessary a consummation
Will be mainly due to the prosecuting officers of this State, upon whom is
placed the burden and to whom is given the power, by the aid of other
officers and of the good citizens of the country, to accomplish that
object. O. M. ROBERTS, Governor."
The Sixteenth Legislature appropriated in the deficiency bill $10,000 to
provide for rewards that had been previously offered, and had not been
paid. After that amount had been exhausted in their payment, claims
for rewards were still presented and approved in cases where the reward,
or a part of it, was conditioned upon a conviction, which occured after
the date of my proclamation, and which were paid out of the regular
annual appropriation. The cases and amounts are shown in "Exhibit
C " ($4,455 75), hereto annexed.
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Roberts, Oran M. Message of Gov. O. M. Roberts on appropriations and expenditures under the control of the governor to the seventeenth legislature of the state of of Texas, convened at the city of Austin, in regular session, January 11, 1881., book, January 11, 1881; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5832/m1/11/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .