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of romance. The illustrations are poor, but one of them is of
great historical interest: it purports to be a sketch of W. B. Travis
made by Wyly Martin in December, 1835. If it was really made
at that time, it gives us the only pretended likeness of the most
heroic man that has figured in Texas history.
Ramrod Jones is a story for boys. It is written with some skill,
and is mildly entertaining. It keeps close to the historical facts
of the Texas Revolution, but has no didactic object.
The Story of Concord. Told by Concord Writers. Edited by
Josephine Latham Swayne. (Boston: The E. F. Worcester
Press. 1906. Pp. 314-+-viii.)
Every tourist to New England makes 'a point of visiting Con-
cord, Massachusetts, one of the most interesting small towns of
America. There was fought one of the first battles of the Ameri-
can Revolution. There are still to be found the home and the
family of Emerson, whose towering personality dominated for so
long the intellectual atmosphere of New England, and whose in-
fluence is felt strongly today. To others the vicinity of Concord
has been made hallowed ground through the writings of the nat-
uralist Thoreau, who, keenly sensitive to the beauties around him,
apparently knew every foot of the landscape, and every inhabitant
of the land, the water, and the air about his haunts. The Haw-
thornes, the Alcotts, and many lesser lights in literature shared the
society of Emerson and Thoreau, influencing them and feeling
their influence.
In the volume under review Mrs. Swayne has not attempted to
form a continuous narrative concerning the town and its many
heroes. What she has done shows so much labor and care that one
regrets that she did not make a book of that kind and give it a
definite literary form. Instead 'she has culled from the writings
of certain citizens or quasi-citizens of Concord, numerous lengthy
comments on the town and its famous characters. So in the chap-
ter, "Concord in History," we have copious extracts from a cen-
tennial address delivered by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1835. In
the following chapter, "Concord in Literature," Emerson's charac-
ter is portrayed by F. B. Sanborn, George William Curtis, and
Julian Hawthorne. Mr. Sanborn and Dr. W. T. Harris are quoted

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