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INDIAN WARS AND PION,EERS OF TEXAS.
for their fellow-men, yet each man capacitated for
the task can point out the defects that he has discovered
and suggest the remedies that he deems
sufficient to repair them. Mr. Lutcher has done
much thinking along this line and has been solicited
by the editors of several of the leading magazines
of the country to prepare a series of articles for
publication in their periodicals, and will probably
accede to their request during the coming year.
Thoroughly familiar with his subject, an elegant
and trenchant writer, possessed of a mind stored
with the "spoils of time," these productions will
be looked for with interest and will doubtless cause
something more than a ripple in the world of contemporaneous
thought. Mr. Lutcher has a large
and carefully selected library and one of his greatest
home-pleasures is to spend the evening hours
with his books. He agrees with Ruskin, who said
that it seemed strange to him that a man would
fritter away his time in idle conversation, when, by
going to the shelves of his book-case, he could talk
with the great and good of all ages, with Plato and
Socrates, with Plutarch and Marcus Aurelius
kings and princes in the realm of letters.
He is an indefatigable worker, every hour having
its appointed duties. He says that he owes much
of his success in life to the aid given him by his wife
and that as they have journeyed down the stream of
time she has " steered him clear of many a dangerous
snag." She is thoroughly conversant with his
business affairs and he consults her judgment in all
matters of importance. Their palatial home covers
a beautiful site of four acres on the west bank of
the Sabine, overlooking that stream, and here they
dispense a royal hospitality to their numerous
friends in Texas and other States. Mr. Lutcher has
taken a deep interest and been a potent factor in
the development of the Texas coast country.
Every worthy enterprise has found in him a liberal
supporter. He has been a power for good in
Southern Texas. His is a strong, magnetic personality
that would make itself felt in any assemblage,
however distinguished, or in any field of
effort. He is an ardent Democrat, but with his
father was bitterly opposed to the late war. He
believes that it was brought on by scheming and
reckless demagogues, indifferent to the long train of
miseries they heaped upon their distracted country.
In the prime of a vigorous mental and physical
manhood and approaching the meridian of an unusually
successful and brilliant career as a financier,
and full of plans for the future, his influence will
be strongly felt in the future growth and development
of his adopted State.
JAMES H. RAYMOND.
The present, with all that belongs to it, is the
outgrowth and summing up of the entire past. Its
meaning to be comprehended must be interpreted
by the past.
To the young it is the border-line that separates
them from the land of promise in which they are to
be the dominant factors in the fight for mastery;
to the old the Pisgah height from which they gaze
backward over the past through which they have
journeyed, and forward to the future in which
others will continue the work they have begun.
The Texas of to-day is far different from the
Texas of the days of the Republic. There have
been many changes and transformations since the
first rifle shot of the Revolution was fired in 1835.
Many men of remarkable genius have trod its soil
and toiled with hand and brain and voice and pen
to shape its destinies and direct the commonwealth
along the upward course which it has pursued to
its present proud position among the States of the
The leaders in the work of pioneer settlement,
the daring spirits who fomented and led the
pre-revolutionary movements, the heroes and
martyrs of the struggle for independence, the
presidents and cabinet officers of the days of the
Republic and the men who laid the foundation of
our State institutions have nearly all passed away.
The only surviving Treasurer of the Republic of
Texas is the subject of this sketch, Mr. James H.
Raymond, now a resident of the city of Austin,
with whose prosperity he has been identified for
many years and where he has rounded out a career
as a financier that, in point of success and brilliancy,
is paralleled by that of few other men in
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