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

Book Reviews

coming of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway in
1905. The completion of the railroad gave impetus to develop-
ment and between then and i917, several hundred new fam-
ilies moved in to stay. This county experienced two tropical
hurricanes in 1916 and i919. World War I activities and contri-
butions were the major items of interest between the two storms.
To Refugio County probably belongs the distinction of having
been the first community in the United States to set a concrete
example for national defense. It was the first in the nation to
raise an entire regiment of volunteer troops prior to the entry
of the United States into World War II. The Royal Irish Regi-
ment of Refugio County was officially recognized by the Legis-
lature of Texas in Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 19, adopted
on March 5, 1945. Named in honor of the Irish background of
Refugio colony, this regiment owed its success largely to Allen
Driscoll Rooke, commander-in-chief, and a staff of officers which
included Hobart Huson, colonel, chief of staff, and executive
officer.
Hobart Huson is an authority on Pythagoras and Pythagorean
philosophy, past president of the San Antonio Historical Society,
and author of several historical and philosophical studies. He has
done a prodigious amount of research on the history of Refugio
County and has produced a worthwhile book of more than local
interest. Its publication by the Guardsman Publishing Company
of Houston was sponsored by The Rooke Foundation of Woods-
boro.
Volume II of this study has an adequate index, a bibliography
of thirty-four pages with many annotations, and appendices in-
cluding rosters of Refugio troops in the Texas Revolution and
Border Wars, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Royal Irish
Regiment, and the 21st Battalion, Texas State Guard, and the
9th Infantry Regiment. OHLAND MORTON
The Promotion of British Emigration by Agents for American
Lands, z84o-z860. By Wilbur Stanley Shepperson. Reno
(University of Nevada Press), 1954. Pp. 92.
This little volume deals primarily with the efforts of land
agents, both English and American, to encourage British immi-

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