The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940

Book Reviews

explore the county was Cabeza de Vaca. The author argues that
LaSalle's Fort St. Louis was located in Jackson County at Dim-
mitt's Point. He here takes issue with Dr. Herbert E. Bolton who
established the fort on Garcitas Creek in Victoria County. Austin's
first grant included three-fourths of the present Jackson County.
Citizens of the county participated in the Runaway Scrape and
left accounts which are quoted in the book. Felix Huston and
Albert Sidney Johnston fought the most famous Texas duel in
a cowpen owned by Captain Hatch. The men met at sunrise on
February 5, 1837, and exchanged several shots "from the hip"
before Johnston fell wounded. A marker was erected on the spot
during the Centennial Celebration.
With all its splendid qualities, the book has faults which detract
from its usefulness to scholars. The author rarely gives the
source of the quotations, many of them of great interest and first-
hand. Footnotes are often considered a nuisance, but they are an
indispensable aid to research students, and are often of more in-
terest to him than the author's own account. Every serious student
wants to gain access to the original source. To exhibit the material
and yet not reveal its location is like permitting a hungry man
to view a good meal through a glass door that is securely locked.
There are a few errors in spelling. For example, the author
refers to a body of land as track instead of tract. Facing page 80
is a good map. The only illustrations are of the author and his
wife. There is some question in the reviewer's mind as to whether
an author's picture should appear in his own book, unless it be
an autobiography. The Naylor Company has published many books
about Texas, and some very good ones, including The Cavalcade,
but the Naylor Company has not mastered to perfection the fine
art of making beautiful books. Every Texan would like to see
this, or some other company, issue books which in format and
typography would be a credit to the best of the craft anywhere.
WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB.
BOOK NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The third edition of Hacker and Kendrick, The United States
Since 1865 (New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1939, pp. xxiv, 821,
$3.75), improves on the two preceding editions. The book is

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