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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
The rifle and revolver were not the only potent
factors in advancing the successful settlement of the
frontier. The "Man with the Hoe", was our partner,
and while we watched his enemies, he, in turn, supplied
us with corn and oats for our faithful horses,
and built himself a nice home. As soon as people
began to feel secure in their citizenship, the American
spirit of enterprise asserted itself.
When the Republic of Texas came into the Union
of States, she reserved all her public domain, and appropriated
it to the upbuilding of the state, in public
institutions and school funds. And "Uncle Sam"
was not more liberal in giving the people homes. I
think it was the Fourteenth Legislature that offered a
land subsidy, to encourage irrigation, specifying the
dimensions of a ditch to carry the water, say six feet
wide, at the bottom of the ditch, and twelve feet wide,
from cut to cut across the top, and four feet deep,
on level ground. For this class of ditch, the state
offered three sections of land to the mile of ditch, not
otherwise appropriated, to the makers of that grade
of ditches. The state not reserving any rental, or any
further claim on the enterprise. Under this covenant,
between the state and the citizen we had the
pleasure of seeing the first ditch made, and stood
guard for the workers in their happy vocation.
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/82/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .