On April 18, when J. S. Hogg returned from England, The New York Times reporters met him at the pier:
Ex-Gov. James S. Hogg of Texas, who has since February been in London, arrived home on the White Star Liner Teutonic yesterday. The Governor was in splendid health, as well as humor, and though he said that he was mighty glad to get back home, he nevertheless took occasion to say a lot of nice things about the Britons, whom he said had received him as one of the family, and had done everything they could to make his stay with them an enjoyable one.
The big, jovial Governor was undoubtedly the most popular of the Teutonic’s passengers, especially with the younger women. When he left the pier he was given a hearty send-off, the demonstration, according to one of the passengers, who, like the Governor, comes from Texas, being a regular old-time Lone Star ovation.
At the Waldorf-Astoria, where he lives while in New York, Mr. Hogg was seen yesterday and asked about his experiences while abroad.
“What about those knee breeches they wanted you to appear in at Court?” he was asked.
“Now, let’s don’t talk about that. I am too good an American to hob-nob around in any such get-up. A nice figure I’d cut in knee pants and a cockade hat, with red rooster feathers in it.”
To imagine J. S. Hogg, all 6 feet three inches and 300 pounds of him, in such a costume, boggles the mind.