The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915

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Major George W. Littlefield has established at the University
of Texas a fund of $25,000 for the collection of material on
Southern history. He was induced to make this gift by the fact
that American history as it has usually been written fails to give
due recognition to the South's part in the development of the
nation, and by the conviction that this condition can only be
remedied by the collection and exploitation of the mass of neg-
lected historical material now scattered and unavailable throughout
the South. What he wishes is to prepare the way "for a full
and impartial study of the South and of its part in American
history." The fund yields $1500 a year, and the principal is
to, remain intact for twenty-five years. This is the first practical
step that has ever been taken to establish in any Southern college
or university adequate means for the study of Southern history.1
Mr. J. F. Dufner, of Port Lavaca, Texas, has sent in the
accompanying drawing of what he assumes to be a cross once in
the possession of La Salle. Mr. Dufner enclosed the following
sketch concerning the cross:
It is remarkable that the cross
planted by La Salle in 1685 should
ever have been discovered. While
sailing up the Lavaca River nine
miles from Port Lavaca, in 1897,
W. H. Huffaker noticed part of the s
cross sticking out of the ground OF FRANCE
where a recent rise in the river had -F. SLOUIS
caused several feet of the river """
bank to cave in. After some work
he succeeded in excavating the cross.
It is 5. feet long, 32 feet wide, and
weighs 65 pounds. It is hand
forged, and appears to be very old.
From its antique look one would
'The John B. Hood Camp of United Confederate Veterans, of which
Major Littlefield is a member, adopted resolutions of appreciation, which
were published in The Austin Statesman, March 25.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 21, 2014.