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The return engagement of the Spindletop show twenty-five
years later when production was obtained from a deeper sand
found an industry with the resiliency and the flexibility to con-
tain and absorb the upheaval. An organized city could service it
and add to its own growth. A horseless age could meet its trans-
portation demands in stride, and a serviceable financial and
banking system could facilitate the transfer of the $48,000,000
Yount-Lee holdings to an integrated unit of the industry without
This book is no extravagant bit of braggadocio but, despite
its use of superlatives, is a sound piece of accurate reporting care-
fully checked by an experienced geologist and oil operator. A
lively, animated, and absorbing narrative with wide reader ap-
peal, this volume is probably the best coverage now extant of
this event of such unusual historic importance.
The Land of Beginning Again. By Julien Hyer. Atlanta (Tupper
Sc Love, Inc.), 1952. Pp. xii + 394.
The subtitle of this book is "The Romance of the Brazos," and
certainly the Brazos has seen enough of the development of
Texas to justify several studies. Mr. Hyer justifies the ornate
style of his story of the Brazos by describing it as "a river song,
set to the musical score of a rivulet where the prelude of a
Brazos tributary begins . and then to the full sweep of the
finale as it goes to meet in triumph the Gulf at the final curtain."
The study is divided into four parts named "The Goodly Land,"
"The Lusty Years," "The Stalwart People," and "Cruising Down
the River." Each of the four sections contains an impressive
collection of tradition, some excellent description, and a great
amount of very poor history.
The Land of Beginning Again can be read with pleasure, and
it is to be regretted that the author did not take the trouble to
check his statements with one of the standard histories of Texas.
Many of the errors are, of course, minor, but others are almost
fantastic. For example, it is surprising to learn that during the
seventeenth century "the Spanish flag was kept flying at least
over the 39 missions that were established in central Texas, most
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/. Accessed October 1, 2014.