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the weakest part of the book; the chronology is confused and the
narratives are repetitive. The make-up of the book is good, but
the proof-reading was not as careful as might be desired.
An Admiral from Texas. By Henry A. Wiley, U. S. N., Retired,
formerly Admiral and Commander-in-Chief, United States
Fleet. (New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1934.
x, 322 pp. 8vo. Illustrated.)
"From the plains of Texas to the Admiral's bridge of the
United States battleship Texas, flagship of the United States
Fleet, seems like a long, long jump. It is. It took forty-six
years to make it." With this sentence begins the book. Born
in Alabama in 1867, the son of an ex-Confederate soldier, Harry
Wiley came to McKinney, Texas, when a year old, to grow up
with the country. The title he gave his autobiography indicates
his feeling for his home State.
"During my forty-six years in the navy, I had served in every
type of surface craft from full-rigged sailing ship to our heavi-
est modern capital ship, and in every capacity. These years em-
braced a period during which our navy passed through the great-
est changes it or any other navy had ever known, or will, in my
humble opinion, ever know in the future." Admiral Wiley is a
keen observer, has clear-cut, practical ideas, and is direct and
outspoken. He points out the valuable service of the navy to
this country in peace and in war. He does not mince words in
answering its opponents and detractors.
During the World War he commanded the Wyoming, serving
with the Sixth Battle Squadron, British Grand Fleet.
E. W. W.
Come on, Texas! By Paul Schubert. Decorations by Arthur
Hawkins. (New York: J. Cape & H. Smith, 1930. viii,
244 pp. 8vo.)
This is the biography of the battleship Texas, told in the
form of fiction. A petty officer is the principal narrator.
"Ship spirit is a curious thing. In war they call it morale,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/. Accessed March 7, 2014.