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NOTES AND FRAGMENTS.
THE HISTORY CLUB OF SAN ANTONIO.-This club was organized
in 1896. It has been far beyond the average in the interest and
success attendant on its work. The attractive little booklet issued
as its Calendar for 1903-1904 shows that the work of the Club this
year is to be mainly in English history prior to the Norman Con-
quest. Two meetings will be given to Texas history. The mem-
bership of the club is limited to thirty. The officers for the current
year are Mrs. George R. Gillette, president; Mrs. George W. West,
first vice president; Mrs. Robert B. Green, second vice president;
Mrs. William Negley, third vice president; Miss Jennie Lupton,
recording secretary; Mrs. J. Townsend Woodhull, corresponding
secretary; Miss Bessie Newton, treasurer; Mrs. John V. Spring,
historian; Miss Maud Long, librarian; Mrs. L. B. Clegg, auditor.
A DESCRIPTION OF TEXAS IN 1845.-Mr. Horace E. Wilson of
Junction, Kimble county, has in his possession a sheet from the
Illustrated London News of January 4, 1845, containing a brief
description of Texas, illustrated with engravings of Houston
(incorrectly called the capital) and Galveston, and of "A Review
of Texan Troops." The review is evidently a sketch from fancy
little informed by observation. The engravings of Houston and
Galveston have been submitted to ex-Governor Lubbock, who knew
the cities well at that time, and there is no feature that he can rec-
ognize.
The description shows some knowledge and considerable igno-
rance of Texas. The English attitude appears in the following quo-
tation: "One of the noblest acts of Lord Palmerston's policy was
the Texan treaty, and we are of opinion it should be defended
equally against the superstitions of the Spanish Mexicans, and the
cupidity of American speculators."
AusTIN's MAP.--Captain Martin M. Kenney contributes the fol-
lowing translation of the letter sent with the map to Political Chief
Ram6n Musquiz for transmission to Governor Viesca of the State
of Coahuila and Texas, and ultimately to President Guerrero. The
translation was made from a copy of the letter which is now pre-

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