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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ated a cotton gin until his death in 1940. Mrs. Carpenter then
returned to Manchaca to teach school again and to work in the
Methodist Church which had retained her continued interest and
efforts through the years.
The editors, Jane Hogan, a daughter of Mrs. Carpenter, and
her husband, William R. Hogan, professor of history at Tulane
University and author of The Texas Republic, have made a solid,
useful, and pleasantly readable addition to the history of Texas
by recording these memoirs. Only the inclusion of an index could
have added more value to the volume.
Reading these reminiscences has been doubly interesting and
enjoyable because my father worked for Tom Carpenter at his
cotton gin (picture facing p. 185) and remembers him as a big-
hearted man of action. One incident which he vividly recalls
concerned a rather independent individual of the Manchaca area
who never greased any of his farm equipment and brought his
cotton to the Carpenter gin in a wagon whose axles could be heard
squeaking a half mile away. Without saying a word to anyone,
Tom Carpenter bought a can of axle grease and, while the man's
cotton was being ginned, quietly greased the wagon axles in full
sight of the astonished farmer. I believe Mrs. Carpenter would
appreciate the story just as many Texans will appreciate the book.
ALWYN BARR
Early American Hurricanes 1492-187o. By David M. Ludlum.
Boston (American Meteorological Society), 1963. Pp. 198.
Bibliography, index. Cloth, $7.00; paper, $5.00.
This book is Volume One of a projected series of The History
of American Weather by the American Meteorological Society.
The design of the series is to relate the facts concerning the devel-
opment of the science of meteorology in the Americas and to
describe the principal weather events in our climatic past by
means of a series of historical monographs.
David M. Ludlum is the editor of Weatherwise, a bi-monthly,
and the author of Weatherwatch, written for the young reader.
Both are publications of the Society. He is uniquely qualified as
a professional meteorologist and historian to glean weather infor-
mation from obscure sources and to interpret it with scientific

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