WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB
The annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association
was divided this year between Houston and Austin. The Houston
program was given at the Rice Hotel on April 22 in connection
with the inauguration of the San Jacinto Museum of History.
The usual two-day program on April 28-29 was held in Austin.
An unusual feature of these two programs was that every paper
was read by its author; there were no substitutes. A copy of the
program appears elsewhere in this issue.
In the opinion of this writer, the papers were of high quality,
and a number of them were of unusual interest. The program
started with the story of Spindletop oil boom as told by Boyce
House and ended with J. Evetts Haley's account of the cattle
empire of Major George W. Littlefield. In between these two colorful
subjects, made more so by the colorful authors who studied them,
there unfolded a panorama of Texas history. Such characters as
O. Henry, Jean Lafitte and Padre Balli-for whom Padre Island
was named-came to life under the historic skill of Charles Rams-
dell, Trueman O'Quinn and Mrs. Hortense Warner Ward. Texas-
Mexican relations were treated by Harbert Davenport and Joseph
Schmitz. Dr. P. I. Nixon paraded two French surgeons across the
stage while John E. Mowinckle read from the diary of his pioneer
ancestor and C. C. Jefferies gave W. P. Zuber's illuminating letter
on what happened at the Alamo. The hundredth anniversary of
the founding of Austin called for papers by E. R. Dabney and
Walter Greig. Chapters from Brazos and Jackson counties were
given by E. G. Marshall and I. T. Taylor. Miss Cornelia Hood
told of the work of George C. Childress and Ralph Smith followed
the farmers' co-operative movement in Texas from 1873 to 1900.
What a mixture Texas historians make when they brew the
truth about this colorful state ! Oil booms, buccaneers, cattle barons,
deep-soil plantations in the Brazos bottom where a hundred colored
slaves toiled and sang, shipwrecks and mysterious priest of Padre
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101111/. Accessed August 1, 2015.