Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 42 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
the capitol are the beautiful encampment grounds, where massed once a
year the State soldiers receive discipline and education in military tactics.
The able General Wheaton, aided by his splendid staff and corps of army
officers, has rendered much valuable service and assistance to the Guard
during the encampments by their presence, drills, and instructions, and
deserves much credit for the high standard attained by this fine organization.
The annual appropriation last year was quite small, barely sufficient
to support the Guard while in the service of the State at the camp. It
cost the people of the State a few cents per capita to support this
army composed of their best young men. It would seem that this is
much better than to encourage the growing spirit in some quarters of
increasing the standing army of the United States Government. If the
State militia, or the Volunteer Guard, is permitted to disorganize for
lack of that support required by the State Constitution, then the excuse
for increasing the standing army, while not justifiable, will find stronger
argument in support of it. To my mind, the disposition to double the
United States troops in time of peace has in it an element of alarm that
should arouse thP American people to active thought, if not to solemn
protest against it. There are no war clouds hanging over this government,
and the reason for the increase of the standing army can not be
looked upon except with some degree of suspicion that the trend of affairs
is but to menace local self-government. As far as Texas is concerned,
she is amply able to, and should, support her militia or volunteer
guard, composed of her own citizens, to comply with all purposes for
whioh an army may be needed, except that portion of the regulars that
may be used under the Constitution of the government, to repel invasions
or to suppress insurrections, or, as a last contingency, to respond
to the order of the President, upon the call of the governor, to suppress
domestic violence. Our State should continue to fully perform her
functions of government in all respects and minimize the excuse for
augmenting the standing army by the General Government, which to
the mind of every thoughtful patriot must directly reflect upon the wisdom
of the fathers, and the stability of our republican institutions.
It is gratifying that the spirit of mob law is rapidly weakening within
our State. Perhaps there has been less of it in Texas for the past eighteen
months than in any other Southern or Western State. The better element
of the people stand against it. Common sense is against it. State pride
is against it. And every instinct of humanity should be against such a
crime as mob murder.
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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/m1/42/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .