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Date Title
01/15/1915 Transmitting statement of public moneys of convicts on parole working on public roads in the Lindale, Gregg County, Tyler, and Young County Road Districts; exhibit (sample parole proclamation)
01/13/1915 Transmitting statement of public moneys received and paid out by the Governor's office and Governor's Mansion for the two fiscal years ending August 31, 1914, and August 31, 1915
01/12/1915 Outgoing message
10/20/1914 Final message relating to relief of farmers who are producers of cotton, emergency warehouse law, rigors and hardships of war, financial independence, and The Bank of Texas, including songs
10/15/1914 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 3rd Called Session, relating to public buildings, grounds, and parks, rearrangement of offices and rooms in the Capitol Building to enable and empower the Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds to supply the departments and officers of the State with rooms and office space in which to transact business
10/09/1914 Relating to declining prices of cotton, consideration of reduction of cotton acreage and production for the year 1915; letter from president of a large life insurance company in New York and a Southerner relating to cotton market
10/06/1914 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 3rd Called Session, reduction in cotton acreage for the year 1915 and financial and industrial integrity of the State (limiting cotton production)
10/02/1914 Transmitting opinion of Attorney General on establishment of The Bank of Texas
10/01/1914 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 3rd Called Session, creation of Board of Arbitration and Award, to be styled "The Commission of Appeals of Texas" (litigation delays in Supreme Court)
09/30/1914 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 3rd Called Session, granting authority for banks and bank and trust companies incorporated under the laws of Texas to become members of Federal reserve banks; prohibiting operation of corporation from owning, controlling, or operating a cotton seed oil mill and a public cotton gin; prohibiting individuals from owning, controlling, or operating a cotton seed oil mill and a public cotton gin
09/29/1914 Regarding the organization of the Bank of Texas
09/21/1914 Relating to invitation to address the House of Representatives on the subject of The Bank of Texas
09/19/1914 Relating to reduction in cotton acreage, Act of Georgia Legislature to prevent and punish the planting and cultivation over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the Abolitionists
09/19/1914 Presenting painting of Joanna Troutman, the Georgia young lady making the Lone Star Flag of Texas, to the Senate, noting efforts to raise funds by public subscription to erect a monument in her honor in the State Cemetery
09/17/1914 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 2nd Called Session, landlord's lien as to agricultural products when stored in bonded and public warehouses
09/15/1914 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 2nd Called Session, incorporation and organization of "The Bank of Texas" for the purpose of providing a fiscal agency for the State, its counties, municipal corporations and all districts heretofore or hereafter created (banking relief, preservation of normal business conditions of the State against present disturbances brought about by wars in Europe, preservation of credit and industrial and financial integrity of the State); proposed bill to establish "The Bank of Texas"
09/12/1914 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 2nd Called Session, defining offenses of forgery (counterfeit money along the Texas border, El Paso, Brownsville, and other cities); prohibiting any person, firm, or association of persons, operating a cotton seed oil mill, from owning, operating, or holding any character of interest in a public cotton gin
09/10/1914 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 2nd Called Session, granting authority for banks and bank and trust companies incorporated under the laws of Texas to become members of Federal reserve banks, conforming the State banking laws to the Federal Reserve Act
09/01/1914 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 2nd Called Session, prohibiting corporation from owning, controlling, or operating a cotton seed oil mill and a public cotton gin
08/29/1914 Transmitting report of Hon. W.W. Collier, Commissioner of Insurance and Banking, from conference of officials from the South to discuss financing and handling the cotton crop for the present season
08/24/1914 Relating to marketing of cotton and other farm products, submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 2nd Called Session, enactment of laws providing for an adequate system of warehouses; House Journal includes exhibits: proposed legislation (act to preserve credit and maintain bank solvency, bonded warehouse bill), Attorney General opinion
08/15/1913 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, issuance of road bonds and maturity of county bonds; special district court for El Paso county; relief of persons who have on file in the General Land Office valid applications to purchase school and other public lands
08/15/1913 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, conferring additional authority upon the Prison Commission of the State and the Governor of the State relative to the issuance of bonds, known as Penitentiary Improvement Bonds
08/14/1913 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, authorizing the city of Nacogdoches, a municipal corporation, to sell to the United States of America a portion of Main Plaza for a Federal building site
08/12/1913 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, independent school districts; special road laws; time and terms of holding district court; term "special or board contract or similar provision"; principal and interest of all bonds and issuance of penitentiary bonds; appointment of notaries public; Game, Fish and Oyster Commission and prevention of seining and netting in all passes leading from Texas bay waters into Gulf of Mexico; renewal and extension of liens secured by deeds of trust, mortgages or original vendor's lien on real estate; railroad companies and written demand cars loaded with freight; attachment and garnishment and other similar process on property and debts; seawalls and breakwaters; creation of Lott county from Duval county; water rights lease in Guadalupe River in DeWitt county; special district courts and time of holding court in 5th and 28th Judicial Districts; Imperial Sugar Company suit against the State and Prison Commission for breach of contract; constable terms of office and number of deputy constables; prospecting and developing mineral on lands owned by the State of Texas and public free school fund, and oil and gas development; deficiencies and debts in the name of State regents, directors, etc. of educational of eleemosynary institutions; position of public highway engineer; abolition of drainage districts; judicial redistricting to equalize work of the eight Courts of Civil Appeals; construction of necessary buildings for the University of Texas; sale of certain submerged plats or land under water in Galveston bay to J.J. Kane and heirs for construction of dry dock or marine railways; co-insurance and "Technicality Act"; intoxicating liquors and intrastate shipment into prohibition territory; opening and closing hours of places where intoxicating liquors sold; Harbor Island as quarantine station; legislative redistricting into 31 Senatorial Districts
08/12/1913 Relating to use of public funds for an exhibit building at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, to be held at San Francisco in 1915; Attorney General opinion, August 6, 1913
08/11/1913 Relating to subject of land credit unions and a better warehouse system for storing products of farmers, attaching report on agricultural products and warehousing in Europe by Hon. J.S. Williams and Hon. Clarence Ousley and American Commission of Agricultural Co-operation, further report on cotton marketing
08/11/1913 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, flag of the State of Texas for advertising or commercial purposes; governing board of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station; redemption of lands; time of holding district courts in 34th Judicial District; suspended sentence law and indeterminate sentence law; existence of vacant lands and excess lands owned by the State; unimproved lands and land credit unions; State Warehouse Commission; payment of deficiencies in the State government for the fiscal years ending August 31, 1912, and August 31, 1913
08/02/1913 Relating to state bonds, acknowledging receipt of resolution adopted by the House of Representatives, by Mr. Kennedy, and presenting statement of bonds outstanding against the state, date of issuance, when due, and by what funds held (Permanent School Fund, etc.)
07/24/1913 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, relating to the management and control of the State Institution for the Training of Juveniles (penal institution at Gatesville; mentions earlier subject of legislation embodied in the call for the special session is confined to the penitentiary system)
07/23/1913 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, application for witnesses in felony cases; duty of the Attorney General to examine and certify all charters of private corporations and applications for permits of non-resident corporations to do business in Texas; sale and purchase of all stocks, bonds, or other obligations of private, foreign or domestic corporations organized
07/21/1913 Submitting for consideration by the 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, retirement of $500,000 in bonds of the State of Texas, appropriating funds derived by way of penalties assessed against the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, authorizing the Governor to retire said bonds and specifying that the bonds held by the permanent Agricultural and Mechanical College Fund shall be among those retired
03/31/1913 Returning HB 13, known as the "Enabling Act," to the House of Representatives, pursuant to HCR 30
03/31/1913 Transmitting proclamation to be issued tomorrow relating to special session in the event the Legislature adjourns sine die without passage of an appropriation bill
03/29/1913 Requesting recall of HB 13, known as the "Enabling Act"
03/26/1913 Suggesting recall of HB 163 for the purpose of adding language on intoxicating liquors
03/21/1913 Executive message, motion to postpone, tabled; Executive message read, relating to pending legislation, text of the Democratic Platform adopted by 1912 State Democratic Convention at San Antonio (national affairs, constitution grants, public education, warehouse system, liquor legislation, election laws, judicial reform, insurance, arbitration, penitentiary affairs, Board of Charities, civil service, railroad stocks and bonds, good roads, the insane, Confederate pensions, game laws, public health, protection of the border, irrigation and mining, wife abandonment, employes' compensation)
03/19/1913 Suggesting the recall of SB 54, regulation of hospitals funded by deductions from wages or collections from the employes of railway companies, for further consideration
03/19/1913 Returning HB 22 to the House of Representatives, pursuant to HCR 22, including comment on provisions of HB 22 (marriage and property)
03/18/1913 Returning SB 6 to the Senate for further consideration, pursuant to SCR 14
03/17/1913 Relating to SB 6, communicating objections about the Section 1 of the bill conferring upon the Governor, Attorney General, and Land Commissioner authority to create a monopoly in the use and control of the waters of the Guadalupe River through DeWitt County
03/17/1913 Returning HB 583 to the House of Representatives, pursuant to HCR 21
03/13/1913 Returning SB 18 to the Senate, pursuant to SCR 12
03/13/1913 Requesting members of the Senate and House of Representatives recommend names of persons for appointment as notaries public by Tuesday morning, March 18
03/12/1913 Requesting recall of HB 583, making appropriations for deficiencies in appropriations heretofore made for the support of the State government for the fiscal years ending August 31, 1910, August 31, 1911, and suggesting the appropriations of estimated amounts be stricken out, and appropriation for Tubercular Sanitarium reduced and itemized
03/07/1913 Transmitting communications and drawings showing the buildings of the Rusk Penitentiary, including those recently destroyed by fire, in response to resolution by Senator Townsend
03/06/1913 Message to the Thirty-third Legislature relating to the Alamo property
03/03/1913 Relating to withdrawal of resignation Senator Horace W. Vaughan, correspondence
02/27/1913 Relating to public school lands, requesting recall of substitute for SB 129
02/27/1913 Returning the substitute for SB 129 for further consideration and correction, pursuant to SCR 9
02/25/1913 Relating to the remains of Miss Joanna Troutman, designer of "the Lone Star Flag," a white silk flag with a blue star of five points in the center, and reinterment in the State Cemetery; including biographical sketch of Miss Troutman and verses composed for unfurling of the flag and published in The Telegraph and Register, printed at San Felipe de Austin
02/10/1913 Requesting correction of previous message on education, relating to total expenditures, attendance, and average cost per capita for students enrolled for the University of Texas and the Agricultural and Mechanical College
02/08/1913 Transmitting Report of Committee and Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of Georgia, relative to the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for election of United States Senators by the people (direct election of U.S. Senators)
02/05/1913 Relating to educational affairs of the State and enactment of laws for the development of our entire educational system (separate provision for "higher learning," efficient country schools, college divorcement of the Agricultural and Mechanical College from the University of Texas, basis of apportionment, Medical Branch, a great university - the University of Texas, issue bonds to build improvements, student's loan fund, three years' comparison, attendance and per capita cost, business managers)
02/04/1913 Relating to penitentiary indebtedness, expenditures, and salaries paid in its operation
01/30/1913 Relating to financial report of the Prison Commission, detailed discussion of penitentiary management and finances
01/27/1913 Submitting statement of expenditures for the Executive Department, mansion, and grounds from January 17, 1911, to January 14, 1913
08/25/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, independent school districts for South Park, Jefferson county, and Sabinal, Uvalde county; special road laws for Frio and Montague counties; independent county line school district for Rising Star, Eastland county
08/24/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, independent school district for Provident City District, in the counties of Lavaca, Colorado, Wharton and Jackson; special road law for Cooke county; amendment to city charters of Temple and Port Arthur
08/23/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, independent school districts for Bremond, Streetman, and Buda; special road laws for Bastrop, Madison, and Brazoria counties; amendments to the city charters of Dallas and Waco; wiring and insulation of wiring in mines; time of holding court in counties comprising the 54th Judicial District
08/21/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, authorizing incorporated towns and cities to condemn private property, including water of natural running streams or springs, upon payment of just compensation, for waterworks and sewers; authorizing railroad companies to issue and sell bonds . . . (see bill in Exhibit A); payment into State Treasury of any funds due to volunteers from Texas in the war between the United States and Spain; amendment to special road law for Lamar county; amendment to city charter of Houston; dams across the Guadalupe River; special road laws for Kaufman, Tarrant, and Blanco counties; payment of costs of coroners' inquests over death of a State convict or in lunacy proceedings where the sanity of a State convict is inquired into; conversion of the present authorized tax for the maintenance of public schools in District No. 9 of Galveston county; pearl fishing in Caddo Lake; extension of seining waters under regulations prescribed by Fish and Oyster Commissioner; validating incorporation of Rusk, Cherokee county
08/21/1911 Returning SB 2 to the Senate for correction, pursuant to SCR 3
08/19/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, special road laws for Navarro, Houston, Knox, Wood, and Liberty counties; amendment to city charters of Longview, Galveston, and Sherman; special charter for McKinney; authorizing cities and towns to condemn and impound water in public streams for public use; independent school districts for Rylie, Dallas county; new city charter for Mineral Wells; change in venue of all cases now pending in the district and other courts of the state, in Brooks, Willacy, and Jim Wells counties; independent school district for Premont, Riviera, Bishop, all in Nueces county, and Agua Dulce, partly in Nueces and partly Jim Wells county; adding Culberson county to Eighth Supreme Judicial District; independent school district for Murphy, Collin county; amendment to Jourdanton Independent School District; amendment to special road law of Shelby county
08/18/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, additional criminal district court for Dallas county; amendments to city charters of Austin, Dallas, and Tyler; time for holding court in 28th Judicial District and 46th Judicial District (Hardeman county); Galveston county commissioners' right to convey or lease portion of seawall to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas for John Sealy Hospital; right of Board of Regents of the University of Texas to condemn land; independent school districts for Lakeview, Robstown, and Cuero; validating incorporation of Big Springs and Munday; amendment to Mertzon and Crosbyton Independent School Districts; special stock law for Matagorda county; attaching unorganized county of Bailey to Parmer county for judicial purposes; protection of merchants against bogus bank checks; State Treasurer to accept designated bonds on deposit; special road laws for Bosque, Wichita, and Robertson counties; office stationery to district judges and county officers; animal cruelty
08/17/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, minimum price at which the Game, Fish and Oyster Commissioner may sell marl, sand and shells, or mudshells; duties of the Live Stock Sanitary Commission and penalties for a violation of the Live Stock Sanitary Laws; precincts and counties authorizing issuance of bonds for the building or making of good roads; better protection of public health by providing against the spread of what is known as charbon
08/16/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, apportionment of the State into congressional districts; correction of errors in the codified civil and criminal codes, and the code of procedure (with lists of errata in Revised Civil Statutes, Penal Code, and Code of Criminal Procedure, from Secretary of State); and sale of land situated on Mustang Island, with proceeds to the permanent school fund
08/16/1911 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, a bill prescribing the number of hours constituting a legal day's labor and fixing penalties for its violation; an Act to prohibit any corporation, individual, partnership, . . . from requiring any person to remain on duty more than eight hours in any consecutive twenty-four hours . . . (mentions HB 98, 32nd R.S., vetoed)
08/15/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, creation of a State Normal School Board of Regents; creation of a position of Public Highway Engineer; amendment to fire insurance laws to protect the public from fraud of "wildcat" fire insurance companies
08/15/1911 Submitting an additional subject for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, an amendment to the Feed Control and Pure Food Laws, calling attention to the expenses and duties of the Pure Food Commissioner at the Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) College
08/14/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, uniform system of textbooks for use in public schools; for the relief of the Supreme Court, by prescribing and fixing its jurisdiction; appointment of a commission of five competent lawyers, for the purpose of reforming and revising our civil and criminal codes and our court procedure
08/05/1911 Urging an increase in appropriations for enforcement of the law on poll tax fraud and payment of poll taxes, relating to violations in the recent election on the proposed amendment to the State Constitution prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in Texas (Prohibition, HJR 2, 32nd R.S., election date July 22, 1911)
07/31/1911 Relating to the state's financial condition, including special appropriations, deficiencies, total revenues, school tax and revenue, asylums, and legislative apportionment (senatorial and representative districts, including table of 1910 population by county in each district)
07/31/1911 Submitting additional subjects for consideration by the 32nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, payment of deficiencies arising out of the administration of public affairs; ad valorem tax rate for general revenue and maintenance of public free schools of the State and repeal of "automatic tax law"
03/11/1911 Offering congratulations and good wishes upon adjournment of the Legislature
03/06/1911 Presenting legislation for further consideration during the 32nd Legislature, Regular Session
03/03/1911 Returning SB 163 to the Senate for correction, pursuant to SCR 22
03/01/1911 Returning HB 142 to the House of Representatives for correction, pursuant to SCR 20
03/01/1911 Returning SB 26 to the Senate for correction, pursuant to SCR 19
02/27/1911 Returning SB 163 to the Senate for corrections
02/22/1911 Relating to the condition of the State's revenues and expenses, constitutional requirements, inequality of the present tax system, and sources of revenue
02/16/1911 Relating to implementation of the Prison Reform Act (SB 10, 31st 4th C.S., effective January 20, 1911), financial condition of the penitentiary system, reports of Prison Commission on the prison system and State Railroad, and Railroad Commission Auditor's report
02/01/1911 Relating to an item in the appropriation for the Attorney General's Department, recommending immediate passage of an appropriation of $200 per month for remainder of fiscal year to pay salaries of two extra stenographers, and $100 per month to pay clerk and stenographer to assist the Pension Commissioner
01/31/1911 Returning HB 81 to the House of Representatives for correction, pursuant to HCR 20 (Texarkana charter)