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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
in the face of blind malice that seeks to scythe them
to the ground. The spirit of patriotism will ever
enshrine them and form a magnetic aegis that will
repel the malignant vituperation so commonly and
indiscriminately hurled at them on account of their
occupation. With but few exceptions and without
political distinction the lawyers have stood with me
in each round I have taken in support of the law.
Concurring with them was the great conservative
press and masses composing the bulk of the Democratic
party. This generous support has ever
cheered me on in the belief that I was right
and that justice would finally prevail. These
grand people, without distinction as to class,
occupation or financial standing, make up
to-day our party of the government, that occupies
a position between two powerful contending forces
that threaten the demolition of all. On the one
extreme stands an organized class whose purpose
seems to be to remodel society by regulating property
upon new theories, limiting modes of industry,
prescribing the sources of livelihood, changing
domestic relations and governing the social morals
of mankind. On the other is to be seen a federation
of voracious individuals whose insatiate avarice
leads them on to feast indiscriminately upon the
vital substance of every class within their way,
without respect to the comfort or welfare of society
" The first has for its chief weapon of success the
terror of force, propelled by inflamed passion under
the guidance of distempered reason. The second
holds within its grasp the power of wealth as the
means of its triumph, fostered by that vicious
spirit which blinds the glutton to the wails of the
hungry crowd around him. The former means
destruction by blunt coercion; the latter intends it
by insidious absorption. The encroachments of the
one are as dangerous as the stealth of the other.
Subject to the incursions of both is that great conservative
class who compose a Republic's life.
However, at the command of it, for use in defense
or aggression, to protect the cherished institutions
of our government from wreck and ruin by the collision
of these two contending extremes, is the law!
[Prolonged applause.] Let it impartially but stubbornly
Stand beneath the waves of its
banner, planted upon judicial temples for the
country's good. Both the cormorant and the commune
fear it. To each let it be applied, and in due
season the causes for their existence will cease and
their practices and principles will forever disappear
under the withering influence of patriots' frowns,
showered upon them in the forums of justice.
[Applause.] The Democratic party has enacted
and sustained wholesome laws and has provided
pure tribunals for their enforcement. To them all
citizens should bow and welcome their supremacy.
Efforts to enforce them should be upheld and defended.
From Constable to the highest officer in
the land attention to them should be impartially,
zealously, fearlessly given without a question as to
policy or probable results. When they are passed
they should be given life by conscientious officials'
" In the future as in the past the Democratic party
will make the laws for Texas, and will indorse her
servants who with fidelity enforce them. [Applause.]
" Not wishing to claim your valuable time longer,
I again beg to thank you for this high compliment
you have just paid me, and here in the presence of
this vast assemblage of the Democracy's representatives
I pledge to the people of Texas a record
two years from now that can be read in the light of
law undimmed by the work of passion or prejudice,
and unhurt by foul schemes or considerations of
At the Democratic State Convention held in San
Antonio, August, 1890, he was nominated for Governor
on the first ballot, amid the wildest enthusiasm,
having swept all opposition from the field
long before the assembling of that body. ExLieutenant-Governor
Wheeler was the only one of
his five opponents who stayed in the race to the
end, and he received only seventeen out of the nine
hundred votes cast by the delegates.
Governor Hogg's record as Attorney-General was
of such a character as to win the admiration of the
profession and masses, and he was called to the
gubernatorial office more nearly by the will of the
whole people than perhaps any man ever elected to
the Governorship in Texas. While Attorney-General
he forced the "Texas Traffic Association " to
dissolve and compelled certain railway corporations
to re-establish their general offices and headquarters
in the State, as required by the constitution.
Acting under the constitution, without precedent,
in the face of formidable opposition, he enjoined
and finally succeeded in dissolving and breaking up
that association. Following its destruction was the
organization of the International Traffic Association,
with headquarters out of the State, having like
purposes in view, and also the International Weighers'
Association, located in Texas, intending to operate
in disguise to regulate the traffic of the country.
Each of these he succeeded in dissolving by the
power and effect of the decree entered in the first
instance. Following up these preeedents and the
law that was passed subsequent to their establish
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