The latter portion of the book is filled with memories of the
court room, and with the author's comments upon the court, the
bar and the people. He sets down the fruits of his observation
during eighteen years on the bench. His optimism together with
the examples cited form a pleasing contrast to the indiscriminate
criticism of courts and lawyers that is now so common.
The volume will be read for its witty sayings, apt illustrations,
humorous episodes, tragic incidents, and delightful anecdotes.
Since the author did not think it worth while to verify his dates
or the spelling of proper names, why should the reviewer? But
an index would have made the book a great deal handier. How
is one ever to find in its three hundred pages, the anecdote one
remembers to have read "somewhere"?
E. W. WINKLER.
Some History of Van Zandt County. By Wentworth Manning.
Wills Point, Texas, 1919. Volume I. 8vo, pp. 220. Il-
The writer of this volume meanders through the. annals of Van
Zandt County with the free and easy manner of an old timer.
The subjects touched upon range from Moses to, the World War.
He tells about the streams, the wild animals, and the expulsion
of the Indians, but has little to say about the soil, the prairies
and the forests. There are delightful word pictures of the
pioneer's log cabin and the old log schoolhouse. With the excep-
tion of the salt industry at Grand Saline, little is said about the
occupations of the people. The larger portion of the book is filled
with biographical sketches-not paid biographies, but sketches of
persons who have at one time or another come in touch with the
"free state of Van Zandt." The work has been a labor of love,
and here's hoping that the author has received sufficient encourage-
ment to issue volume II.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/. Accessed August 21, 2014.