The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918

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estimates of the export and import trade that passed through his
little city are of real value to the student of Civil War history
and give to the book more than a local value. The final chapter,
comprising nearly two hundred pages, includes a multitude of
subjects--trade since the war, problems of coastal navigation, and
federal improvements, appreciative sketches of various persons of
prominence, the activities of local organizations, the municipal
problems and the general progress of Wilmington.
Mr. Sprunt has made extensive use of the writings of others,
even inserting articles of some length both from the contempo-
rary and the historian, so that to an extent the volueme resembles
a collection of documents; but these selections are chosen with
care and judgment. His own portion, which is the major part,
is written in an easy and piquant style, while the whole book
abounds in the color given by happy anecdote and charming rem-
iniscence. How one wishes that something of as good quality
were done for the older communities of Texas.
The index, which covers forty-four pages, is excellent as to
names but less satisfactory as to subjects. The volume is hand-
somely bound and will be a welcome addition to any library of
Southern history.
CHASE. W. RAMSDELL.
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The Louisiana Historical Quarterly (September, 1917) con-
tains an account of "Lafayette's visit to New Orleans," by H.
Renshaw, "Notes bibliographiques et raisonnes sur les principaux
ouvrages publibs sur la Floride et l'Ancienne Louisiane depuis leur
dAcouverte jusqu'a l'epoque actuelle," by A. L. Boimare, and a
sketch of "General James Wilkinson," by his great grandson
James Wilkinson. The "Notes bibliographiques" embrace one
hundred and ninety titles, were completed in 1853, and are taken
from the original manuscript in the library of Mr. T. P. Thomp-
son, of New Orleans.
Publications of the Nebraska State Historical Society, XVII,
260-268, contain a reminiscence entitled "Trailing Texas long-
horn cattle through Nebraska." The herd comprised 25,000 head,

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101073/. Accessed August 29, 2014.