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IND)I.X If I'S Al .DI) PIONEEIRS OF TEX. IS.
lands. He first traveled through the country lying
along the banks of the Neches as far up as Bevilport.
He then traveled along the west side of the
Sabine to Burr's ferry, crossed tile river there and
came down the east bank to Orange, penetrating
through the finest belt of long-leaf pine timber
that he had ever seen. lie anti his partner at
once invested largely in these lands and put up a
mammoth saw-mill at Orange. In 1889 they also
built at Liitcher, La., one of the largest and best
appointe(l saw-mills in the United States. Seven
hundred and fifty thousand dollars were expended
on this mill before it pai(d them a dollar. The two
mills cut 200,000 feet of logs a day and average an
output of sixty million feet of lumber annu ally,
which meets with a ready sale. These investments
have increased in value until Mr. Lutcher
is now several times a millionaire. Messrs.
Lutcher both living at Orange. lie early manifested
a taste for reading and although his business
interests have require(l close attention. lias found
time to thoroughly familiarize himself with the
works of the best writers and tiiinkers of Europe
and America, in ancient an(d modern times, in the
domains of science, art, philosophy, history, literature,
sociology and political economy. Tlle study
of the ethnic character, political institutions and
history of the various peoples wlio have figured on
the world's great stage of action, from the dim daydawn
of the race to the present time, has been a
source of deel) and absorbing interest to him.
Seated in his cosy library at night, when the
business cares of tile (lay are laid aside, lie has
found it a pleasure to follow the rise and fall
of the Grecian republics, to trace step by step
the evolution of the Roman republic and its
progress througll days of unexampled glory
to its final decay and the rise and decline of the
Roman Empire built upon its ruins, to follow the
growth and development of the British constitution
and to study our own institutions. There are few
public men in this country wlio have such an accurate
knowledge of the events that preceded the
American revolution, who are so familiar witli the
history of parties, who have acquired a truer insight
into the Federal constitution or who better
understand the purpose, scope an(l genius of our
free institutions. (f a singularly clear and unclouded
mentality, lie fully comprehends and
appreciates the gravity of the problems that the
people will he called upon to solve in the (lays that
are moving toward us from the unknown futureriddles
propoun(led by the slliinx of destiny and
that must be answered rightly to avoid disaster.
Ile is neither an optimist nor pessimist, but apprehends
facts as they exist and looks forward witli
tlhe prevision that comes of a wide-extended knowledge
of the past. Like many other of our ablest
tliinkers, he appreciates the necessity for reforms
in many directions, the clecking of the processes
of corruption now at work in many (departments of
our national, State and municipal life, and for tlle
rekindling of the fires of true patriotism tliat have
lost much of the glow and warmtlh of earlier years.
There was a time wlien the very existence of this.
the greatest of all republics, exercised a potential
influlence upon tle destinies of ol(ler States and
acte(d as a beacon to gui(le libterty-loving men along
tlhe lpath to freer institutions. Thlen suclh a monument
as Blartholdi's statue ",iberty Enlightening
the World' " would hlave been truly representative
of tile slirit and mission of our country, but
can this be truly sai(l to-day, when we begin to
hear of '' upper," middle,'' and" lower classes,"
when there has !een a general and wide-spread
departure from the plain republican simplicity of
the fathers, wlien the burdens of government are
borne by the many and the benefits enjoye(I by the
very few, when we are threatened with a plutocratic
aristocracy in which money and not merit is
to (decide the rank and standing of those within its
pale, and when the press can no longer be considered
the secure palladium of the people's liberties!
No one man can hope to avert the evils that threaten
to undermine national life, for that must be the work
of many patient, toiling minds, drawing their inspiration
from an unselfish love for their country and
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