The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

presents pictures and illustrations by Emilie Toepperwein which
give it added distinction. The work is arranged and printed in
the same excellent taste which has been revealed in previous
Toepperwein publications. Some copies are numbered and con-
tain the signatures of the authors, Mrs. Norma Friedrich Ward,
daughter of Albert Friedrich, and Harry Jersig, president of the
Lone Star Brewery. JAMES M. DAY
Archivist, Texas State Library
A Texan At Bay. By Paul Crume. New York (McGraw-Hill Book
Company), 1961. Pp. viii+212. $4.50.
This delightful book is a collection of humorous autobiograph-
ical essays, whimsical thumbnail sketches of Lariat, Texas, and
informal studies of folk ways and folk speech. The selections were
originally printed in Crume's "Big D" column, a regular feature
of the Dallas Morning News.
Paul Crume was born in a log cabin in the Ozarks. His family
"worked its way westward as the crops failed," and this allowed
him to spend his boyhood on the high prairie plains of West
Texas in the town of Lariat. Crume admits that there is some
confusion about where he grew up, "because on the high plains
the place where something happened and the place where it didn't
happen look exactly alike."
Crume spent his early years delivering Western Union mes-
sages and reading magazine ads for correspondence courses which
promised exciting careers. Much of his time was used in weighing
the advantages between becoming a taxidermist (which promised
big money) and becoming a fingerprint expert (which prom-
ised conversations with women). Happily for us, he ran out of
stamp money and could not answer the ads; instead he turned
to journalism.
The boy reporter for a fine weekly newspaper looked into the
activities, beliefs, and hearts of the people on the great plains.
One citizen had the interesting theory that the world was shrink-
ing. Crume laughed, but since that time long ago he has noticed
that the world is getting smaller every day. Not even boy re-
porters work all the time, so there was time for swimming horses
across Running Water Draw, when there was water running in

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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 November 26, 2014.