The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

bank in one piece, we assumed it was safe for us to jump in. Inci-
dentally, we never lost a dog while conducting one of these tests.
These scenes of his childhood are all described in a fashion which
will stir the hearts of those who long for the "good old days."
Epidemics, burials, fires, and natural phenomenon are vividly
presented as seen through the eyes of an inquisitive young boy.
Ralph Jackson's children are fortunate in having a father who
has foresight and interest enough in their family heritage to
compile a history of their ancestry to guard against the forget-
fulness of time. It is regrettable that such interest is not shown
by more families and that more such chronicles are not written
for their members. Such amateur writers would probably not
have the literary talents of a Ralph Jackson, but even though
their efforts were not of publishable quality, a history of their
heritage could be preserved. Jackson, who originally wrote his
reminiscences for his family alone, now shares his experiences
with the world, and his children and the literature of Texas are
richer for it. FRANCES V. PARKER
The Regional Vocabulary of Texas. By E. Bagly Atwood. Austin
(University of Texas Press), 1962. Pp. xiv+273. $5.75-
Words and their ways in Texas speech are the subject of this im-
pressive and absorbingly interesting study, which has occupied
much of the time and thought of the author, Professor Bagby At-
wood of the University of Texas, for many years. Although this vo-
cabulary survey includes parts of four adjoining states, it is-as the
title indicates--concerned primarily with Texas, in which approx-
imately ten million people are spread over an area of 267,0oo
square miles, with a density of population varying from less than
one person per square mile in some counties to more than five
hundred in others. The variety of natural features, weather, rain-
fall, economic growth, industries, and sources of settlement greatly
affect the vocabulary and its distribution. After the aboriginal
Indians came the Spanish, and then the Anglo-Americans, mostly
from the Southern and Mississippi Valley states. Germans founded
New Braunfels and Fredericksburg and later carried German
words over into their English. Latin-Americans, still bilingual,

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