The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ments, comptroller's records, and the general accounting office
files for information. His wide and exhaustive study also took
him to the home towns of the three commissioners.
The book is divided into eleven chapters with appendices,
bibliography, and index at the end. The author treats quite
adequately the difficulties of the Commission as it ran into con-
flicting testimony and lack of proof of individual claims, the
techniques used by the Commission in its investigations, the test
of loyalty, the test of property, and the refinements and restric-
tions of policy of the Commission. The treaties on conflicting
testimony, techniques adopted, and tests administered make for
very good and interesting reading in spite of the prosaic nature
of the subject. The investigator very wisely spared the reader
much endless statistical material by including eight tables, table
six, for instance covering six full pages.
During an active ten years the Commission received 22,298
petitions claiming more than sixty million dollars, and heard
the testimony of approximately 220,00o witnesses. It appears
that the Commission was rather conservative, allowing only about
four and one-half million dollars to the claimants.
Southwest Texas State
Teachers College
Mountains of the Mind. By Horace Wilson Morelock. San An-
tonio (The Naylor Company), 1955. Pp. x+246. Photo-
graphs. $3.50.
This is the autobiography of Horace Wilson Morelock, presi-
dent emeritus of Sul Ross State College since his retirement in
1945. In an easy, informal style and in episodic form, Dr. More-
lock retraces his career from his birth in the mountains of Ten-
nessee to the conclusion of his active professional life in the
mountains of the Big Bend country of Texas. He tells briefly of
his background, boyhood, and education in Tennessee and how
his experiences there ended with his acceptance of an offer to
become superintendent of the Kerrville, Texas, school system in
19go3-a point that "marked the beginning of my lifetime career
in the profession of teaching." He remained in Kerrville for


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