Message of Gov. J. S. Hogg to the twenty-third Legislature of Texas. Page: 3 of 28
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MESSAGE OF GOY. J. S. IIOGG
TWENTY-THIRI) LEGISLAT RE.
AUSTIN, TEXAS, January 12, 1893.
Gentlemen of the Senate and House ot Representatives of the Twenty-third Legisla:ure:
The prime object of a constitutional form of government is the perfection
of human happiness. To attain this remote though coveted end, laws for the
just, equal protection of life, liberty and property, and the promotion of the
general welfare, have always been and must ever be necessary.
Fresh from the sovereign people, blessed with a knowledge of their affairs,
you are here to execute their will and to advance their interests. Possessing
the unquestioned power, limited only by the constitution, to pass and repeal
laws at pleasure, your mission at the capitol, it is confidently trusted, in view
of the auspicious circumstances surrounding your selection, cannot fail to
greatly benefit the public.
Paramount to all other questions now attracting public attention in this
State are the several demands made by the State Democratic party through its
platform, on which a large majority of each of your honorable bodies and
the Executive were elected, and to which fealty and obedience are due.
Next to the constitutional oath, pledges to platform demands are the most
soleInn obligations resting upon the public servant. By party action the
people make known their wishes, which when complied with, must afford them
reasonable satisfaction. These recent demands in no way impinge the constitution,
but vitally affect the general welfare; and their enactment into law
by this legislature must deeply impress every fair, thoughtful mind with their
efficacy and wisdom. Owing to their superior importance they are herein
presented and severally discussed under convenient heads in advance of all
other questions, as follows:
I. Those affecting State affairs that may be complied with by appropriate
legislation on the subjects of Railroad Bonds and Stocks; Municipal Indebtedness;
Land Corporations; The Railway Commission; Public Education; Mechanics'
Liens; Convict Labor; Lands Held for Sidings and Switches; Land
and County Boundaries.
II. Those touching State questions that may be obeyed by submitting to
the people constitutional amendments on the subjects of State Banks; Indigent
III. Those on federal matters that may be promoted, in so far as the State
legislature is concerned, by suitable resolutions to be presented to Texas
senators and representatives in congress on the subjects of The Tenure of
Federal Office; Free Coinage of Silver; National Banking System; Tax on
State Banks; Graduated Income Tax; Bounties and Subsides to Private
IV. Then subjects in general, touching many less important questions, are
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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/m1/3/: accessed May 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .