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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Several informative appendices to the journals have been added
by the editor. Particularly valuable are Appendix I which lists
biographical information for members of the Senate and Appen-
dix III which is a report of the Texas Military Board on state
efforts to meet war needs. The thorough and accurate index which
accompanies the text will be most helpful to research students.
On the whole, the mechanical features of the volume are excel-
lent, although the illustrations do not add much to the work. The
editor defends the inclusion of a photograph of Colonel Benjamin
F. 'Terry "because his death was the cause of great eloquence and
mourning" in the previous session. It would appear therefore
that the previous senate journal would be the proper place for
such an illustration.
In reviewing the published journals of the regular session last
year, Professor Allan Ashcraft noted "the book represents a fine
contribution to the literature of Texas in the Civil War." This
reviewer would like to second that appraisal in so far as the jour-
nal of the first called session is concerned. This is the type of work
that has long been needed and the Library and Historical Com-
mission is to be commended for supporting such a project.
RALPH A. WOOSTER
Lamar State College of Technology
Folklore of the Oil Industry. By Mody C. Boatright. Dallas
(Southern Methodist University Press), 1963. Pp. viii+,22o.
Illustrations, notes, index. $5.00.
In his books and articles Mody C. Boatright has expressed the
view that the impulses which lead to the creation of folklore do
not cease to exist when a people move from a relatively simple
agricultural society to a more complex industrial, urbanized so-
ciety. The present book affords ample evidence that these im-
pulses continue to exist and produce folklore.
The new folklore will follow the pattern of the old whenever
it can, so that no mental discontinuity is involved in the change.
Beliefs about how underground water may be found were readily
adaptable to the location of oil; to fix the place for drilling an
oil well the witcher had only to bait his peach switch with a
rubber sack of oil. Next came doodlebugs, instruments for locat-

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