The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917

Book Reviews and Notices

the editor, nevertheless, has discarded them, and introduced in
their place the term "initial message." As a, consequence, there
are two "initial" messages to the Eighteenth and to the Twentieth
Legislature, and in the case of the called session of 1879 there is
an "initial message," followed by three "supplemental" messages.
In the opinion of the reviewer, the index is constructed with-
out judgment, is poorly arranged, and is very incomplete. What
reason is there for indexing under "Debt, public," and "Public
debt"-"Expencliture, public," "Public expenditures," and "State's
expenditu es"-Health officer. State," "Public health," and "State
Health Officer," data that should be grouped under one head in
each case. In some instances the information indexed has been
misinterpreted; for example, Alta Vista is said to have been the
former name of Prairie View Normal, and Thomas S. Gathright
is called the president of this school.
The publication of its archives is a public duty which Texas
has too long neglected. Such work, when done, should conform
to the highest standards. E. W. WINKLER.
San Antonio de Bxar: Historical, Traditional, Legendary. By
Mrs. S. J. Wright. (Austin, Texas, 1916.)
This volume is the work of Mrs. S. J. Wright, Past-President
of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, and at present Chair-
man of the History Committee of the same organization. It is
intended to present in brief and popular form the chief facts in
the history of San Antonio. As the title indicates, the author
does not limit her narration to strict historical facts, but includes
may romantic episodes which have been handed down through tra-
dition, but hitherto inaccessible to the busy men or women, who
have no time to search them out for themselves. The first ten
chapters contain a running summary of the history of early Texas
and San Antonio from the first occupation by Spain down to their
absorption in the Union. For the Spanish period, Mrs. Wright
has followed closely the work of Clark and Bolton. By so doing
she has kept her narrative comparatively free from the blunders
which have hitherto disfigured most popular historical sketches on
early Texas history. Still later research than was accessible to

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