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vision, with quickened zeal, and with lofty ideals, let us consecrate ourselves
in service to the State.
A CONSTRUCTIVE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM.
We are the trusted servants of the people. We should not forget
them. We should have no ambition not in keeping with the growth and
glory of the State. Nothing short of whole-hearted allegiance on our
part to the people of Texas will suffice. Many grave and serious problen,s
confront you. The educational life of the State is counting on
you; the live stock interests covet your counsel; the fortunes of the
farmers await your action; the barometer of business rises and falls as
you vote. The eyes of Texas are upon you as you legislate for five million
people. Let us not place over against the interests of Texas selfish
considerations, personal animosities or immaterial issues. Let us forget
discords and differences, and begin our work with the one thought, that
of serving faithfully and efficiently the best interests of Texas. For
this high purpose I pledge to you my best efforts. I earnestly solicit
your cordial co-operation. You and I together have a big, constructive
legislative program. Through written messages already submitted by
me to your honorable body you are familiar with my views on certain
phases of legislation, and it shall be bty pleasure to submit to you from
time to time other recommendations for your consideration. As we
work together may charity characterize our thoughts, may tolerance
temper our tongues, may moderation mark our conduct, may intelligence
inspire our councils, and may justice jealously guide every legislative
act. All for Texas and Texas for all should be the consuming
thought and the constant slogan of both you and me as we think and
work together in an effort to make this commonwealth the best place
in all the world in which to live. Members of the Tlirty-eighth Legislature,
as the twenty-seventh Governor of Texas, I salute you.
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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/m1/59/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .