Claude Elliott, "Alabama and the Texas Revolution," is pro-
fessor of history in, Southwest Texas State Teachers College at
San Marcos, where he also doubles in brass as registrar. Elliott
is a Texana collector of note. He is a vice president of the
Association. His principal interest is in the hi. tory of Texas
in the Confederacy and in Reconstruction times.
Sam Acheson, "George Bannerman Dealey," is an editorial
writer on the Dallas Morning News and a fellow of the Asso-
ciation. He is the author of 35,000 Days in Texas.
Edwin Smyrl, "The Burning Bush," is a student in Tyler
Junior College and a product of Miss Adele Henderson's chap-
ter of Junior Historians. Smyrl's paper won second place in
the 1946 L. W. Kemp Essay Contest in Texas History for Texas
college students. This contest was sponsored by Hon. Harry
Pennington of San Antonio.
Smyrl makes the following interesting comment:
Since I come of a family that loves to sit together and tell tales, true
and dubious, I have heard stories of every neighborhood scandal, catas-
trophe, and good event that can be there remembered. Such tales are
legion. Among these were stories of the "Burning Bush"-"a bunch of
Holy Rollers and communists (that is, of a Biblical communism, with
little resemblance to that of Karl Marx) that carried on down about Bul-
lard about the time of World War I." These stories were mostly intended
to be funny, and they were obviously fragmentary and sometimes plainly
unreliable, but they served to arouse my interest: I wanted to know all
the truth about this organization I had heard ridiculed and sometimes, I
feared, slandered. I determined to seek out the facts. Thus the paper
Herbert T. Fletcher, "Four Texas Publishers," in addition to
being owner of Fletcher's Bookstore and the Anson Jones Press,
Houston, is a fellow and former editor of the Texas Academy
of Science. Fletcher was connected with a bookstore in San
Antonio and was librarian at Fort Sam Houston before moving
to Houston some twenty years ago.
In the vein of the postman who took a walk on his day off,
Fletcher with Matt Weeks and Dr. Henry Maresh recently
visited Amarillo to talk books with Earl Vandale, Bishop Lau-
rence FitzSimon, and John McCarty. Fletcher writes that next
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/. Accessed March 11, 2014.