H. BAILEY CARROLL
A JOINT meeting of the Executive Council and the Ways and
Means Committee of the Association was held in Austin
at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel on Saturday, February 1.
The afternoon session was called to order at three o'clock
by Dr. P. I. Nixon, president of the Association. Mr. Leslie
Waggener, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, was
called upon for a report, the substance of which will be entirely
gratifying to every member of the Association. Since the last
annual meeting, Mr. Waggener has been successful in securing
from various contributors $43,000 to be added to the publi-
cation funds of the Association. This splendid new group of
contributors may be seen by referring to the additions to the
Life Members, Sustaining Members, and Patrons. Mr. Wag-
gener gave a down-to-earth statement of the procedure he has
followed in acquainting individuals and firms with the work
and needs of the Association. It is understood that a major
portion of these funds will be held in reserve for the publication
of the Handbook of Texas. It will, however, be possible to
carry forward and enlarge the book publishing program. A
number of projects are in various stages of progress. The first
of these is Walace Hawkins' El Sal del Rey, which is being
printed for the Association by Carl Hertzog. El Sal del Rey
will be one of the most beautiful and one of the most valuable
books ever produced in Texas.
In the evening a dinner was given for the members of the
Executive Council and of the Ways and Means Committee. In
part this dinner commemorated the organization of the Asso-
ciation, which took place in February, 1897. Dr. E. C. Barker
spoke on a review of the financial history of the Association.
His account recorded many lean years in the Association's early
history, and in conclusion Dr. Barker paid an eloquent tribute
to Mr. Waggener's splendid work on the Ways and Means Com-
mittee. In further token of the Association's appreciation,
Professor Walter Prescott Webb presented to Mr. Waggener
as a gift of the Association a specially bound copy of The Twelve
Travelers, done by Tom Lea and printed by Carl Hertzog. J.
Evetts Haley spoke on the work of the Association. In conclu-
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 May 24, 2013.