An Ohio Man's Assessment of Texas in 1897
William Cowper Brann wrote:
"These balmy days, I often recall my ideas of Texas before I had the pleasure of mingling with its people ------ of becoming a Texan myself. I regret to say that I had accepted Phil Sheridan's estimate of the State ----- an opinion that still prevails in too many portions of our common country. After living in Texas for ten years I paid a visit to my people beyond the beautiful Ohio. The old gentlemen sized me up critically, evidently expecting to see me wearing war-paint and a brace of bowie-knives.
"So, young man, you're living in Texas?"
"Fell kinder t'hum 'mong them centerpedes, cowboys 'n other varments, I s'pose?"
"Well, Billy, you allers was a mighty bad boy. I kinder cackalated as how you'd go t'hell some day; but, praise God, I never thought you was bound fer Texas!"
----- William Cowper Brann, "The Iconoclast," 1897
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.