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: 9 of 23
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Apprprtions under Control of the Governr.
Jan'y I-A. T. McKinney in the suit of R. B. Hubbard, use
of State vs. Ward, Dewey and believing that on account of the impossibility
of obtaining the evidence in many cases, convictions can not be effected;
and because, also, the State can not afford to adopt this as the ordinary
mode of executing the criminal laws:
" I, O. M. Roberts, governor of Texas, make this proclamation, revoking
all offers of rewards made at any time before the twenty-first day of
January, A. D. 1879.
"In order that they may not be unadvisedly offered, applications to
procure the offer of rewards must generally be made by the district or
county attorney. Accompanying the applications must be a certified
copy of the indictment or affidavit charging the commission of the crime,
and an affidavit made by the sheriff of the county where the crime was
committed, that he has used every effort to effect the arrest of the defendant,
and that he does not know his whereabouts, or, if he does know, he
is beyond the limits of the State, stating where. There must also be a
statement by the district or county attorney, that he is familiar with the
facts in relation to the commission of the crime, and knows the names and
residences of the witnesses, that their testimony can be procured on the
final trial of the case, and he believes the defendant can be convicted.
On compliance with these requirements in any case where a reward has
already been offered, a renewal of the offer will be considered.
" Rewards will be offered only in extraordinary cases, where it is abso'lutely
necessary for a proper execution and administration of the criminal
"In testimony whereof, I hereunto sign my name and cause
the seal of State to be affixed, at the city of Austin, this
[L. S.] first day of February, A. D. 1879.
"(Signed) O. M. ROBERTS, Governor.
"By the Governor:
"(Signed) JOHN D. TEMPLETON, Secretary of State."
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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/m1/9/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .