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CHtRISTMAS GREETINGS BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE
STATE OF TEXAS.
Tc the Citizens of Texas:
We are a great people. Ten thousand teams tramp our fields turning
fertile soil for a bounty of grain, cotton, rice, fruit, and vegetables.
From ten thousand hills and valleys rises the chorus of lowing, bleating
and neighing herds. Forest trees on millions of acres lift their
heads in one great canopy; their tall trunks stand, in eternal twilight,
as co!lumns supporting clouded heavens. A thousand oil wells are
spouting liquid gold. Smoke from numberless speeding locomotives
floats in clouds across our friendly skies. Great cities resound with
traffic from the ends of the earth. The whirling wheels of commerce
and the beating hammers of trade herald the life and labor of an
active, progressive people. Charming villages bedeck smiling landscapes
on every hand. Peace abounds and happy homes are everywhere.
Church bells and school bells ring in symphony a glad acclaim to the
eplendor of our civilization. These are the blessings and achievements
of men working together in peace and harmony for the common weal.
As they worked and wrought, they learned to love each other. As
they strove and struggled for success, they observed each others' rights
and respected each others' opinions.
At this Christmas tide, celebrated as the birth of Him who taught
and practiced toierance and forbearance for His fellow man, may we
not let His spirit fill our hearts? He guides us into all truth. Truth
makes us free. He is the author of our liberty. Liberty is founded
on love. Despotism is founded on force. Liberty recognizes all men's
rights and respects the opinions of all honest men. Despotism denies
all men's righfs and the opinions of all men, except those of the autocratic
group. Liberty is tolerant of all acts that do not invade another's
rights. Despotism is intolerant of all acts of others that do not conform
to its will. Tolerance is the life of liberty. Intolerance is the
soul of despotism. Tolerance is trustful and without fear. Intolerance
is distrustful and full of cowardice. This is the land of the free and
the home of the brave, conceived in liberty and preserved by the fraternal
and tolerant spirit of its people. Intolerance is un-American,
and should find an abiding place in no man's heart. Let us not be too
critical of our fellow man.
At this birth time of Him who went about doing good, and whose
life taught us that all men are created equal; that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain inalienable.rights; that among those rights
are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I greet you with the wish
that the spirit of Christ may dwell in the hearts of our people, and that
the anti-Christ spirit of intolerance may not max the "peace on earth,
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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/m1/60/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .