The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

Book Reviews

and a Colonel Morton, leader of the resistance. Morton died
from one bullet wound. Deaf Smith departed as adroitly as he
had arrived. The archives were removed as Houston had ordered.
Not all the pieces are as fresh or as interesting. Some of the
humor sounds as if it had come out of what was called "the
Old Southwest," the kind that during the same period appeared
in Georgia Scenes and The Flush Time of Alabama and Mis-
sissippi. Too frequently the reporter apparently felt a need to
exaggerate what to an eyewitness must have been exaggeration
enough. The fault here may lie not with the reporter, but with
the people far away from Texas with the same kind of appetite
for the unusual and the extreme that made Hakluyt a popular
historian.
In his introduction Professor Anderson says "Texans away
from home . . . know that the Texas myth exists more for out-
siders than it does for them." This would indicate that he has
not looked around Texas lately, at such affectations as cowboy
boots on bankers, or that he has not been outside long enough
to get perspective. Long ago J. Frank Dobie suggested that Tex-
ans are the victims of caricature-making journalists. There are
those who add that some Texans, at home and abroad, continue
to be suckers enough to imitate the caricatures made of them.
Columbia University WILLIAM A. OWENS
Notes on Some Phases of Cotton Operations, 1905-1929. By Ben
Clayton. (Privately printed), 1966. Pp. 130.
Growth of the Business of Anderson, Clayton & Co. By Lamar
Fleming, Jr. Edited by James A. Tinsley. Houston (Texas
Gulf Coast Historical Association), 1966. Pp. 46. Illustra-
tions, index. $3.00.
When comparing the volume of historical writing on phases
of the Texas cotton trade with that of the cattle industry, the
student is immediately struck by the paucity of the former with
the abundance of the latter. Yet in terms of capital invested, labor
employed, and income to the state, cotton has been historically
of much greater significance. Perhaps one clue to the disparity

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