Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 33 of 36
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EXCERPTS FROM A SPEECH MADE BY GOVERNOR PAT M.
NEFF AT A BANQUET GIVEN IN HIS HONOR AT
CORPUS CHRISTI, APRIL 18, 1921.
The Necessity for The bill in honor of the enactment of which
Deep Harbors on the this banquet is given, providing that your local
Coast of Texas. *
taxes for a series of years may be used for the
purpose of putting Corpus Christi above the destructive
storm waves, and for the purpose of constructing here a
deep harbor, was signed by me, not for Corpus Christi and South
Texas alone, but for all Texas. From Galveston west, there is a
coast line of three hundred miles without harbor facilities. Nothing
is more helpful to the industrial life of a country than adequate
harbors. Read the history of harbors and you will read the
history of the commercial life of the world. I was not thinking of
Texas in sections when I signed this bill. My thoughts were on the development
of every acre of her soil.
TEXAS FOR ALL AND ALL FOR TEXAsS.
Texas is one in tradition, one in history, one in martyrdom, one in
territory, one in legislation, one in progress, one in harbors, one in
hope, and one in destiny. "The eye cannot say unto the hand, 'I
have no need of thee'; nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need
of you.' " His is a narrow mind who would think of Texas in sections.
I-Ie is a friend to no part of Texas who would stir up discord
and dissension among the people on the theory that all parts of Texas
are not interdependent. North Texas should not be envious of South
Texas because the State is helping to construct here an adequately
deep harbor for the service and glory of all our people. The day is
not far distant when the argosies of commerce from around the world
will drop anchor in our Texas ports and be loaded with cattle from
West Texas, wheat from North Texas, lumber from East Texas, rice
from South Texas, oil from Central Texas, and cotton from all Texas
to be carried by these ships of trade to feed and clothe the children of
men wherever civilization floats a flag. The development of one part
of Texas should be considered as the development of all Texas. In
legislative thought no section of Texas should ever be separated and
segregated from any other part of Texas. A recent legislative Act
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/33/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .