A Letter From The Publisher, May 9, 1949

Perhaps you will recall some recent TIME stories about Texas: the opening of Oilman Glenn McCarthy's $21 million Shamrock hotel in Houston; the successful financing of a 1,825-mile pipeline to pump gas from the Rio Grande to Manhattan; and a sketch of Oscar Holcombe, nine times mayor of Houston, where downtown property sells for $2,000 a front inch.

These are part & parcel of the Texas story, which TIME'S editors have been telling you about as the Texas boom has developed. Recently, Thomas Griffith, TIME'S Senior Editor for National Affairs, and Robert Elson, chief of TIME Inc.'s U.S. and Canadian News Service,...

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