Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas. Page: 19 of 24
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give adequate protection and encouragement to this industry. For
some time past the Federal authorities have threatened to quarantine
all Texas cattle because of alleged lax enforcement of the state quarantine
regulations. In view of a probable large deficiency at the
close of the present fiscal year, I cannot bring myself to the point
of suggesting or approving of large special appropriations for any
purpose, but enough money should be supplied to the Livestock Sanitary
Commissioners to enable them to protect the live stock interests
of Texas by enforcing the laws enacted by the Legislature for that
An act passed by the Thirtieth Legislature provides that each
indigent ex-Confederate soldier who can establish his right thereto,
as provided in the act, shall be paid $8 per month, provided there is
enough money in the Treasury to do so. At the time this act was
passed the total amount available for Confederate pensions was $500,000
per annum, that being the maximum fixed by the Constitution
which could be expended for that purpose. At the time the law was
passed there were approximately 7,500 pensioners carried on the Confederate
pension rolls, and eight dollars per month would have required
$96 per year for each pensioner, or a total of $720,000 per
annum. There are now 12,100 Confederate pensioners and they received
for the last quarter $10.50 or $3.50 per month. There is much
complaint from the old veterans that even this small sum reaches
them with perplexing tardiness, which is due, I am assured, to the
inadequate office force of the Pension Commissioner. Steps should
be taken to fulfill the provisions of the law or else the law should be
changed to fit the Constitution. To provide for $8 per month in
the face of a constitutional limitation of less than half that sum is,
to say the least of it, an inconsistency that should be corrected.
CONFEDERATE WOMAN'S HOME.
The people of Texas have adopted the amendment to their Constitution,
submitted by the Thirty-first Legislature, providing for a Confederate
Woman's Home. The Daughters of the Confederacy, with
loving devotion and sacrifice, have erected in Austin such a home
for indigent and aged Confederate women and have been maintaining
it with their contributions. This home is a monument of love and
reverence which the women of Texas bear for those who remained at
home and spun and wove and wept, and with their plaudits encouraged
the followers of the white-souled Lee in defense of the
rights of the states and of the principles of local self-government. I
earnestly urge upon the Legislature that speedy provision be made
for taking over this Confederate Woman's Home and that adequate
provision for its enlargement and support be made.
OUR ELEEMOSYNARY INSTITUTIONS.
The bereft of reason should not be required to languish in jails,
but ample provision at our insane asylums,' where proper treatment
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Colquitt, O. B. Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas., book, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5834/m1/19/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .