The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Houston's Part in the World War. Edited by Mrs. W. M. Baines,
Houston, 1919. Pp. 204.
This book is most comprehensive in its scope, dealing as it
does with all the War activities of Houston, grouped under ap-
propriate headings, from April 6, 1917, when America entered
the War, to the celebration of the first anniversary of the Armis-
tice, November 11, 1919.
The dedication by the editor is to "all the War workers," and
a special tribute to the women from the pen of Mrs. Belle
Costello, forms the introduction.
One of the first illustrations shows the bronze pedestal of the
flagstaff, erected through the efforts of the War Mothers to the
Houston soldiers, dedicated August 10, 1919. The book is credit-
able in every way, the typographical work is good, the many
illustrations of excellent quality, the subjects impartially chosen
and skillfully handled.
The War fairly won, and the Armistice anniversary duly cele-
brated, the Houston Ship Channel claimed its share of attention,
and the last pages are devoted to a poem on "Texas," celebrating
her glory in war, her grandeur in peace.
A. B. LooscAN.
The History of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. Edited
and compiled by Stella L. Christian. Published by the au-
thority of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. Houston,
Dealy-Adey-Elgin Co., C. 1919. Pp. X+398.
The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, organized at Waco
in 1897, has year by year since that time "been weaving itself into
the constructive policies of its native State, each year becoming
a larger factor in that which makes for better homes, better
schools, better citizenship."
Mrs. Christian's history of the Federation, which covers the
period, 1897-1917, is, therefore, a contribution to the annals of
the present generation. With one exception, each of the ten
presidents whose administrations are treated, furnished a resume
of her own administration. That exception is Mrs. Anna J. H.
Pennybacker, who was in view of her work as General Federation
president asked only to write the preface. The editor has added
to the material furnished by the president's quotations from "news-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101075/. Accessed July 7, 2015.