The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950

Book Reviews

of them are properly classified as average or poor." Considering
the great mass of childish twaddle that has poured from the
printing presses about Texas, this may still be an overestimate.
The Texas Story may be classed as good. Even so a few errors
have inevitably occurred. In the first place the publishers botched
the job of assembling the pages of the book, especially between
pages 354 and 363. The illustrations are, in the main, well se-
lected, but one could wish that the author had chosen a less
insipid picture of "the Father of Texas" for the frontispiece, The
map on page 3 raises questions concerning the routes of Cabeza
de Vaca and Moscoso, for each of whom several alternative routes
have been suggested. On page 12 the author seems to question
the location of Fort Saint Louis on the Garcitas and then goes
on to write as if there could be no doubt about it being on that
stream. On page 36o, speaking of conditions during the Second
World War, the author says "rationing was accepted with little
protest," overlooking the fact that certain officials in high offices
practically invited the people to violate their country's laws in
wartime. Throughout the book, the author persists in listing
among the "selected readings" Bancroft, History of Texas. Un-
doubtedly, he is referring to H. H. Bancroft, History of the North
Mexican States and Texas. There is no History of Texas by Ban-
croft. But these are relatively minor matters. Professor Steen has
produced a handy, well written, and adequate volume on the
history of Texas for the general reader.
C. T. NEU
East Texas State Teachers College
This Day in Texas. By Curtis Bishop. San Angelo (San Angelo
Standard Times), 1948.
This book contains 366 statements about Texas-one for each
day in a leap year. It is completely lacking in organization and
continuity, but does contain a good deal of interesting informa-
tion. The author seems to have made no attempt to find the most
important event associated with each day and some of the state-
ments are of no more than passing interest.
Birth dates and death dates are given for numerous Texans,
yet this information is not given for either Sam Houston or

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101126/. Accessed November 24, 2014.