Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation Page: 34 of 61
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OPEN MARKET AT OUR DOOR.
Not only does Texas have abundant raw materials and manufacturing
possibilities, but the geographical location of the State gives it an
advantage over most of the other countries as a distributing point for
the production of the mills and factories. We should supply not only
our own country, but Mexico and all of the Latin-American countries
with cloth woven by Texas people on Texas looms. These nations are
now, as never before, heavy consumers of cotton goods. They are buying
now ten times more cotton goods than they did just a few years
ago. Mexico, soon, I trust, to be recognized as a Republic by the American
Government, will open right at our door a new and broad field for
Texas trade. Cotton mills will help to develop and hold this trade.
FACTORY WHEELS WILL TURN AS FAST IN TEXAS AS AT ANY OTHER
PLACE IN THE WORLD.
There is no reason why industrial plants should not be established in
Texas. We produce the raw materials; we have the climate; we have
oil and gas and coal; we have rivers unharnessed and unused that will
produce each year, so engineers say, enough power to turn the wheels
of all the industries necessary to manufacture all the raw materials of
the State. If our Texas streams were in the New England States,
their banks would be lined with textile manufacturing establishments,
giving jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, food to the foodless,
and hope to the depressed.
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TEXAS SHOULD ENCOURAGE FACTORY BUILDING.
Texas should make conditions conducive to the building of factories
in this State. Those who would build our factories should be assured
that their investments would not be disturbed by radical legislation.
Those who labor in industrial institutions should be assured that their
rights would be safeguarded. Some legislation in regard to taxation
that would encourage and protect infant industries should be passed.
The Creator endowed this State with abundant natural resources and
now it is up to the people of Texas to do their part to see that we are
not deprived of the wealth that is justly ours. If we continue to let a
stream of gold flow out of Texas, no one is to blame but ourselves. To
do some of the things necessary to be done to establish factories in
Texas, it would be necessary to amend the present Constitution. The
present Constitution is a stumbling-block in the way of much constructive
legislation that ought to be enacted.
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Neff, Pat M. Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation, book, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5835/m1/34/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .