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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
next morning, introduced by the following comment A
of their reporter:
"Attorney-General Hogg made his speech here tl
to-day in his native place, the first he has made in e
the campaign. Many distinguished men were here t
from over the State, all told 3,000 people. Hogg t
clubs from Smith and Wood counties were here in j
good numbers. The Campbell Guards from Long
view and brass bands of Jacksonville and Tyler c
were here in full uniform. Mr. Hogg spoke three x
hours and his effort is pronounced a masterpiece
and was well received by the people." i
The paths of men make many turnings. Some i
move with an onward sweep, recrossing at no im
portant point, and the great events of life are like 1
resting-places along a dusty roadside. This is not
true of others. One man finds himself, after many
years, drawn by a combination of powerful circumstances
to a spot rendered sacred by some hour of
sorrow and trial, through whose travail he came
forth a truer, nobler man, or to which memory has
often fondly turned from far distant lands; and
another, while bearing the heat and burden of some
great contest, on whose successful issue depend
his fortunes, gathers courage and inspiration from
the spot that knew his childhood. So it was with
Governor Hogg. His was not a childhood whose
happy way lay through banks of flowers, but a childhood
that called for fortitude and toil. With his honors,
won as Attorney-General of Texas, fresh upon
him, and about to give the signal for a tremendous
conflict, he selected his birthplace as the scene, and
April 19, 1890, delivered an address whose every
word reverberated throughout the confines of the
State. In beginning that speech he said:"Fellow-CitizensActing
on the invitation of
a committee from Rusk, and in obedience to natuial
impulses, I am here, where I was born, at the
playground of my childhood, to begin among my
life-long friends and associates a formal canvass of
the State as a candidate for Governor. Just after
the war, when merely a boy, many of you will remember
that I left these familiar scenes and generous
people to cast my lot among strangers in
another county. How they have trusted and treated
me, ask them. Look among this vast concourse
and you will see many of those good people, a hundred
miles away from their homes, taking part in
this demonstration. They have been drawn here
by ties of affection that are too strong for dissolution,
too pure for others than friends to bear. To
them I direct you for an account of myself in all
the walks of life since I left you so many years ago.
is a day laborer and a penniless printer they reeived
me to their firesides and cheered me on. In
he journalistic field they gave me a generous, lib,ral
support, and made my paper a success. They
rusted me with positions of Road Overseer, JusLice
of the Peace, and County Attorney; they
oined with five other counties in making me their
District Attorney, and afterward they generously
contributed their full strength in electing me Attorney-General,
the office I now hold."
This speech inaugurated a most remarkable and
important campaign. The merits and demerits of
a railway commission were exhaustively discussed
through the columns of the press and from the rostrum.
The opposition to Governor Hogg and the
amendment was not slow to effect thorough organization,
and numbered in its ranks many men of
great experience in politics and whose civic virtues
commanded respect. J. W. Throckmorton, Gustave
Cook, H. D. McDonald, T. B. Wheeler and
B. M. Hall were respectively (although not in the
order named) selected as standard-bearers by members
of the party opposed to a commission. As the
battle progressed and county after county instructed
for Hogg, they one by one retired from the race,
leaving Hon. T. B. Wheeler to alone go before the
Democratic convention at San Antonio and contest
with Gen. Hogg for the nomination. Not only was
Gen. Hogg nominated for Governor on the first ballot,
practically without opposition, but the amendment
was also unqualifiedly indorsed. It was a
Governor Hogg's message, sent to the Legislature
the day following his inauguration, was a state
paper that fully met the just expectations of his
friends. Every question of public policy was exhaustively
discussed and proper legislation recommended.
No stronger document has ever emanated
from the Governor's office in this State.
Governor J. S. Hogg is a very tall and large man,
measuring six feet and two inches in height and
weighing 285 pounds. His success in life is to be
attributed to his own unaided efforts, a faithfulness
to duty, and unshakable steadiness of purpose.
He served as Governor a second term, having
been renominated at Houston in 1892. In this
campaign the Democracy of Texas divided in the
famous Hogg-Clark contest. Governor Hogg made
a most remarkable canvass and beat the Clark following
and the most able and popular Populist
candidate for Governor Texas ever had (Judge T.
L. Nugent) by nearly 60,000 plurality.
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