The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907

Texas Historical Association Quarterly.

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
Sketch of the Early Hlistory of Bosque County (Meridian,
Texas, The Tribune Printing Company, 1904, pp. 14) by
H. J. and C. M. Cureton is a readable pamphlet contain-
ing many details such as from time to time are disappearing for-
ever from the knowledge of men with the death of old Texans who
have failed to write their reminiscences. This little work deserves
special commendation for the reason that, while it contains few in-
dications of the sources from which the narrative comes, it evi-
dently has fact rather than tradition for its staple, and is presented
in such a way as to win at once the confidence of the reader.
G. P. G.
Analytical Index to the Laws of Texas, 1882-1905. By Cadwell
Walton Raines (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Company. 1906.
Pp. viii, 559.)
This volume is a long-needed index to the ten-volume reprint
of the laws of Texas known as Gammel's Laws of Texas, -and in-
cludes as well the laws passed since that reprint. Though intended
primarily for use by attorneys and state officials, it renders much
more conveniently accessible to students the considerable body of
hsitorical material embodied, since 1823, in the laws of Coahuila
and Texas, and in those of the Provisional government and the
Republic, as well as those of the state. Judge Raines' long expe-
rience as state librarian and his reputation as a painstaking student
of Texas history are sufficient guaranty of the workmanship of
this, his last book.
The entries are usually full enough to constitute brief 'summaries
of the laws, and at their shortest 'they clearly indicate the subjects.
The subject headings are arranged in one alphabet, and are set off
by heavy-faced type, making the book, in this respect, easy to con-
sult; under each heading the entries are arranged chronologically.
One could wish, however, that the chronological arrangemen had
been abandoned in 'the entries under such a heading as "Relief

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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101040/. Accessed August 22, 2014.