Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 32 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
.of instruction, the studies of English Literature; Philosophy and Political
Science; History; Greek Language and Literature; Latin Language
.and Literature; Teutonic and Romanic Languages; English Philology;
Pure Mathematics; Applied Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry; Geology,
Accessible to and.for use by them in the pursuit of higher education
on the lines indicated, are the fine laboratories and a well selected library
of 13,000 volumes. Surrounding the institution on all sides are the elegant
liomes of refined families, where the students are admitted virtually
as members, and are given paternal care.
Within the grounds is a commodious mess hall, where the young men
board at light expense. This is the donation made by Mr. George W.
-Brackenridge, of San Antonio, and is a monument to his patriotism, to
,his pride, to his philanthropy, and to his fine sense. By this act he has
.placed finished educations within the grasp of the young men of this
-State at the lowest possible expense. That they avail themselves of the
.advantage, and appreciate it, can best be understood by witnessing the
_large crowd of fine young gentlemen who swarm in and around it daily.
It seems to be, with them, a hallowed spot, where gratitude and pride-the
best elements of manhood-hold sway to the honor of themselves,
-of their benefactor, and of the University.
In this connection it is also proper to acknowledge with gratitude
the receipt of the only other individual donation made to the University,
consisting of 3476 coins and 1846 medals of bronze, silver, and gold,
presented by an old Texian, Mr. S. M. Swenson, now of New York.
When a youth he came to Texas, in proverty, from his native home,
'Sweden. After years of honest toil, manly frugality, and sagacious investment,
Mr. Swenson amassed a great fortune and moved to his present
. abode. His contribution to the University is lasting and very valuable,
and as a consequence his memory will be revered during the life of the
institution by all who may patronize or be connected with it.
This great institution does not possess sufficient revenues to efficiently
maintain it. The State bonds owned by it, amounting to $576,540, bear
$31,728.60 annual interest, which, together with interest on land notes,
$2,624.06, and lease of its lands, $8,689.20, constitute its available revenue,
on which it must depend for support, except when aided by the
Legislature. Aside from the fifty leagues of land set apart to it by the
Republic of Texas, the Constitution of 1875 appropriated 1,000,000
acres, and the Legislature of 1883 appropriated to it another 1,000,000
-acres of the public domain. But little, if any, of this land is fit for
agriculture, and, as a consequence, yields a light, inadequate income. If
it were leased at three or four cents an acre, it would go far towards
making the University independent. It has never been leased to much
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Hogg, J.S. (James S.). Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas, book, 1895; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5862/m1/32/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .