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: 20 of 23
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officer for the failure or neglect of any duty enjoined on such officer,
when such neglect or failure can be presented on information; and it is
the duty of these attorneys to bring to the notice of the grand jury all
acts of violation of law, or neglect or failure of duty on the part of any
officer, when such violation, neglect, or failure are not presented by information.
(C. C. P., Art.. 34.)
" I have the honor to be very respectfully,
"Your obedient servant,
It was deemed proper to present to the Legislature the means which Ihave
used to aid in the execution of the criminal and revenue laws of
the State. Although the constitution requires that the governor phall
see that the laws are executed, it remains for the Legislature to invest
him with the power and means to accomplish that most desirable .object.
I can not in duty forbear the remark that, had there been district attorneys
provided for each district, it would have greatly aided in the execution
of the. laws, as was exhibited in districts where they'were
appointed during the last two years. They, with the county attorneys,
are peculiarly the executive officers of the government in regard to the
execution of the criminal laws; and, as the government is tow organized,
are each and every one of them beyond the control or direction of the
chief executive, and therefore he, within the broad scope of their powers
and duties, can not, as the constitution requires, see that the laws are
executed." And the same thing is applicable to all of the elective and
independent departments of the government. The governor can perform
the duties required of him as any other department, and exercise a few
discretionary powers, and above that what he does must be only in the
way of conciliatory advice and personal influence.
IMPROVEMENTS ON AND THB FURNISHING OF THE GOVIERNOR'S MANSION.
There was an appropriation of $2000 made by the Sixteenth Legislature
for the purpose above indicated. It was much needed. An architect
was employed to let out the various parts of the work to the lowest
bidder, which was done, and the work was received and paid for, and the
required articles furnished at the lowest prices attainable in this city, all
which is shown in "Exhibit F," hereto annexed; and the corresponding
vouchers for each item was filed, and is to be found, approved by me, in
the comptroller's office.
For the preservatiou and ornamenation of the building, there should
be two things things done. First-There should be a roof put on the
house that would turn the water on the outside of the walls, instead of
on the inside, as it does now; and, second, the walls of the house, especially
on the north side, should have a heavy coat of cement or paint, so
as.as to keep the water from penetrating them. A few other smaller
matters might be beneficial. They would cost from $1000 to $1500, and
can be dispensed with for the next two years withQot complaint or great
danger of damage. See "Exhibit F ;"
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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/m1/20/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .