The editor of the Jayton Chronicle
fears that Texans are degenerating and gives specifications for a
real Texan in a front page editorial.
He leaves it with the reader
in this fashion: “If we are Texans, what were the men who died at
the Alamo? Texas needs more men who relish hog jowl and red beans,
corn bread and sorghum syrup, and less sissy men who cry for free
pop and pink tea parties. We need more men who will deliver one-two
socks to the jaw of Old Man Depression and put less 3.2 in their
bellies. We need more elbow grease and less hair oil, more babies
and less boobies, more work and fewer necking parties, more Houstons,
Bowies, Austins, Milams and Hoggs and less tin-horn politicians.
Texas needs to be reborn to realize that this was a State of heroes
and should never be allowed to become a state of luxury lovers, lame
ducks and misery crooners.
What is the matter with us Texans? Are
you a Texan?
Hico News Review, June 1935