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and John B. Gordon. When Thomason was teaching school in
Penn City, Harris County, in 1914, he met at his boarding house
the Reverend John W. Stevens, a former chaplain in the Con-
federate Army. His admiration for this churchman and his ex-
ploits in the war undoubtedly furnished the inspiration for that
fabulous character, Elder Praxiteles Swan, in Lone Star Preacher.
This work of fiction became, in the opinion of many, his mas-
It is fitting that during the centennial years of the War Between
the States, about which Thomason wrote vividly and with feel-
ing, the State of Texas will have inscribed on the monument to
her Confederate soldiers soon to be erected on the Vicksburg
battlefield these heroic words of John W. Thomason:
For these men believed in something. They counted life a light
thing to lay down in the faith they bore. They were terrible in
battle. They were generous in victory. They rose up from defeat to
fight again, and while they lived they were formidable.
COOPER K. RAGAN
Footnotes of the Buckhorn, A Lone Star State Landmark. Com-
piled, edited, and illustrated by Fritz A. and Emilie Toepper-
wein. Boerne, Texas (The Highland Press), 196o. Pp. 64.
San Antonio, a city with a widely varied history, can now add
another laurel to its crown of distinction as a result of the pub-
lication of this book by two of Texas' most talented writers. Fritz
and Emilie Toepperwein, a husband and wife combination who
have already published a number of books such as The Little
Valley Quail (1945) and Charcoal and Charcoal Burners (1950),
have been doing excellent work with the distinctive Buckhorn
Saloon since its acquisition by the Lone Star Brewing Company
in 1956. Their preparation of the Buckhorn's eightieth anniver-
sary token was one of the most natural acts the Toepperweins
could have performed, for their understanding of the subject is
deep and sympathetic.
Founded in 1881 by Albert Friedrich, the Buckhorn Saloon
soon grew to be one of San Antonio's variegated enterprises. Since
San Antonio was a main departure point for Longhorn herds
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/. Accessed April 18, 2014.