Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 35 of 36
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time you throw yourself in opposition to what somebody wants you
immediately become the target for many a poisoned arrow. Take for
illustration the appropriation of money for State institutions. I
vetoed a measure appropriating one hundred and twenty-five thousand
dollars with which to erect new buildings at the A. it for two
good reasons, either one. of which would have been amply sufficient.
I vetoed it, first, because the Democratic party, whose nominee I was,
in my very presence discussed that question and by a roll-call vote
said that now was not the proper time to establish this institution.
If for a governor to obey the voice of his party, then all I can say is,
make treason of it. In addition to the instructions of the Democratic
party that nominated me, I vetoed the bill because the financial condition
of the State was such that it did not seem wise at this time to
undertake the establishment of new institutions of any kind. This
was and is my honest judgment. Standing here tonight on the shores
of the Mexican Gulf that is yet singing, as it beats at your feet, a sad
requiem for ycur storm-swept city, and gathering courage from
heroes dead and heroes living, I want here and now to warn West
Texas, North Texas, East Texas, South Texas, Central Texas, and all
Texas that while we have no market for our cotton, no market for our
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/35/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .