Message of Gov. J. S. Hogg to the twenty-third Legislature of Texas. Page: 26 of 28
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MESSAGE OF THE GOVERNOR.
Governor, investigate and report on all applications filed for pardon or for
the remission of fines and forfeitures. It would be well to prescribe a
reasonable compensation for the Board, and to allow it a secretary or clerk,
whose duty should be to keep a record of the proceedings and to attend to
the routine correspondence while the Board is not in session. Of course,
the final power to grant or refuse pardons must, under the constitution, remain
with the Governor, who would take little or no risk in promptly adopting
any recommiendation of the Board of his own selection.
MONEY PAID OUT BY THE GOVERNOR.
Accompanying this message you are respectfully given an account of the
public money received and paid out by the Executive from funds subject to
his order, for the past two years; and the vouchers therefor are on file with
the Comptroller subject to legislative and public inspection and investigation.
ESTIMATES FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
There can be no more accurate method of arriving at correct estimates for
the operation and maintenance of the government for the next two years than
by a careful investigation of the Comptroller's report, together with those of
the Treasurer, the General Land Office, the Attorney General, Superintendent
of Public Institution, the Adjutant General, the Commissioner of Agriculture,
Insurance, Statistics and History, Secretary of State, Public Health Officer,
Superintendent of Public Buidings and Grounds, and the State Revenue
Agent. Each and all of those reports are marked by ability and perspicuity
and are fraught with much interest. Perhaps no State has ever been represented
by a more painstaking, economical, upright, honorable set of officials
than the gentlemen whose names appear to these several reports. Their work
and suggestions are respectfully commended to the consideration of each
member of this legislature.
A just public pride, and necessity as well, would suggest that suitable provision
and appropriations be mlade for the erection of a new Executive Mansion,
the improvement of the capitol grounds. the ownership and proper
maintenance of the San J acinto battle field, and to receive and provide for
the publication of the Revised Statutes recently codified by a Commission
appointed for that purpose.
It has been a source of deep regret to many worthy citizens throughout the
State that Texas cannot-be represented at the World's Columbian Exposition
in Chicago at public expense; yet this feeling has given way to the grander
element of pride which will lead a patriotic people on to respect the provisions
of the constitution on that subject and to uphold and maintain it sacredly, and
at the same time have their State properly represented at that great exposition.
Many of those misinformed, have all along supposed that the legislature
would make suitable provision for Texas to be represented there; but an
investigation of the constitution prohibiting the like has dispelled every hope
in that direction. At last, the good people. imbued with a commendable
patriotic spirit, must and will resort to their private means by contributions
to enable the generous women who have undertaken the task, and see that
Texas is honorably and efficiently represented on that occasion. Too much
praise cannot be offered in honor of such patriotism. While this legislature
cannot make appropriations to defray any of the expenses incident to the exhibit
of the State at the World's Fair, it can pass a law authorizing the Com-i
missioner of Insurance, Statistics and History to loan, on sufficient guarantee
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Hogg, J.S. (James S.). Message of Gov. J. S. Hogg to the twenty-third Legislature of Texas., book, January 12, 1893; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5861/m1/26/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .