Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 41 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
debtor whose real estate may be sold for debt under execution or otherwise.
The law should be so framed that the creditor shall be duly compensated
for the delay, and the debtor protected in his right to redeem
against unconscionable contracts intended to compel him to waive it.
Such a law can be made operative only as to contracts entered into after
CRnSH OUT NEPOTISM.
Nothing contributes'much more to the embarrassment of the public
service than the practice of nepotism, as it is commonly understood.
There is no excuse for it, and it should be crushed out by suitable prohibitive
laws. No school trustee or other official connected with the public
free schools; no superintendent, manager, trustee, or other officer of
any State educational, charitable or penal institution; and no State or
county official should be permitted to employ, directly or indirectly, any
of his kin people within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity, to
perform public service, on public pay, under or in connection with himself
or in the institution or department where he exercises any authority
A law prohibiting this vice will greatly relieve public servants, and
vastly improve the administration of governmental affairs.
The law that requires the railway passenger, on failing.to purchase a
ticket, to pay the conductor 25 per cent more than the regular fare is, to
say the least, productive of much inconvenience. Whether its purpose
is to punish the negligent passenger, or to reflect on the integrity of the
conductor, or to increase the corporate revenues, is immaterial, for it
lacks the element of justice and should be repealed.
The Constitution declares that the Legislature shall provide by law
for organizing and disciplining the militia of the State in such manner
as shall be deemed expedient, not incompatible with the Constitution
and laws of the United States. This has been done in the past, until
now the Texas Volunteer Guard is generally admitted to be equal to the
most efficient like organization in the United States. Its membership is
composed of the best class of young men in the State, and the officials,
including the very able Adjutant-General Mabry, and the commissioned
and non-commissioned officers, reflect great credit upon the State by
their consummate tact and skill. The organization needs only reasonable
encouragement from the Legislature. Within a short distance from
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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/m1/41/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .