The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

Southweslern Historical Quarterly

heard." One does not have to read very long to realize that here
at least the names of many doctors are recorded, and the profession
will undoubtedly remain extremely grateful for the work of
Dr. Nixon.
I am tempted as a reviewer to mention many of these names,
but lack of space allows the mention of only a few. The names
of Dr. Ferdinand Herff and his son, Dr. Adolph Herff, are tradi-
tional, and the careers of these two men must have served many
a physician as an ideal. Well known, too, are the names and
careers of George Cupples, George Graham Watts, Julius Braun-
nagel, Frank Paschal, B. F. Stout, and C. S. Venable. The author
has placed many short biographical sketches into his book and has
made a valuable contribution both to medical history and to his-
tory and biography at large.
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
Bluebonnets and Blood. The Romance of Tejas. By Lenoir Hunt.
(Houston: Texas Books, Inc., 1938. Pp. xv, 427. Draw-
ings, photographs, maps. $5.00.)
Dedicating his book to his wife and giving his acknowledg-
ments to a large number of present-day Texans, Lenoir Hunt
opens his story with a foreword which explains how he came to
have a love for Texas history. On May 5, 1894, as a boy he was
typing in the office of Judge C. W. Raines, State Historical
Clerk, in the capitol of Texas. An old show case in the office
protected a few priceless treasures, among them Travis's im-
mortal message sent from the Alamo on February 24, 1836.
Presently five great Texans of that day and time came into the
office-Reagan, Lubbock, Roberts, Ross, and Hogg-and their
conversation aroused in the youth the desire to comprehend Texo-
American ideals whence sprang the Texas Plan of Liberty and
the distinctive civilization of the land over which six flags have
flown." And now, forty-four years later, "the boy beside the old
show case attempts to paint across the four-century panorama
highlights of the Texas epic." The careful reader cannot escape the
conclusion that the author is writing with a love for his subject
and with the conviction that blood made Texas.
The author divides his story into eight parts. He requires

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