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became the special domain of young Ed and his brother, George.
Professor Dale was the youngest of twelve children, although at
that time most of his brothers and sisters lived in other localities
with families of their own.
Through the eyes of Dr. Dale, the reader is provided with
penetrating insights into the region's social conditions, religion,
education, amusements, customs, literature, superstitutions, and
"vittles." This was the age of the crock churn, the "bull tongue"
plow, and the split-rail fence. It was rural, backcountry Texas
where it was widely believed by the inhabitants that killing a frog
caused one's cows to give bloody milk, that carrying a potato in
one's pocket helped relieve rheumatism, and that a mole's foot
tied around the neck of an infant made the child's cutting of
teeth less painful. This rustic world is skillfully described and
obviously cherished by the author.
Professor Dale's attachment to his Cross Timbers home is
apparent throughout the book, and indeed it must have been "an
excellent place for a growing boy to have lived." By the time he
had reached the age of thirteen, the "lure of the West" caused the
Dale family to move again. In 'the final chapter the author ex-
plains how he swallowed a lump in his throat, climbed up into
the wagon behind his father and older brother, and "left the
Cross Timbers forever."
The Cross Timbers is designed to appeal to the widest possible
audience. Professor Dale's simple, homespun language interspers-
ed with fifteen excellent illustrations, should hold a special at-
traction for juvenile and lay readers as well as scholars.
Abilene Christian College B. P. GALLAWAY
The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967.
Edited by James David Carter. Waco (Texas Scottish Rite
History Committee), 1966. Pp. xv+5o8. Illustrations, index.
The announced purpose of this book is to review the past
with "substantiated facts presented in such a way as to correctly
reflect the philosophy and heritage of the Fraternity" and to
"indicate the direction of our efforts in the future." It contains a
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/. Accessed December 8, 2013.