Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation Page: 56 of 61
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A topographical and hydrographical survey made of each individual
district that shows any possibilities of development.
7. Pass a law giving to the State additional authority to designate
sites for dams and reservoirs and parks, making it possible to create,
with consent of land owners, irrigation, drouth and reservoir districts.
8. Providing through legislation for the financing of it by the
combined efforts of the Federal Government, the State Government and
the local flood prevention district.
9. Finally translate thought into action and go after the accomplishment
of this undertaking in a manner becoming a brave, courageous
citizenship. Let the platform for remaking Texas be long
enough and broad enough for all our people to realize that it is their
platform and that they should get on it. Let the citizens generally
know that this is not an undertaking for an individual or for a private
purse. The whole State is involved and the whole State must act as
a unit in order to bring about the highest results.
Is civilization to retreat in the face of these floods? Shall we continue
to suffer for the sins of the past? Shall our flood water continue
to flow unused to the sea? Shall we willingly give up our rich
agricultural lands? From every hall of living knowledge and from
every tomb of glory dead the answer comes, "No, Never." Let the bigness
of this undertaking be a challenge to the people of Texas to work
out this big problem in a big way as it becomes the big men and women
of a big day and a big State.
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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/m1/56/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .