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Austin's Three-Hundred settlement to the Hill Country, reaching up to
Waco and down south of Austin; further south, the Hispanic/Indian-
influenced San Antonio to the Gulf; and everything West of Fort Worth,
from the cowboy's Rio Grande border to the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Each section follows the particular contribution of its people, tracing
our State Dish back to the Chili Queens of San Antonio, Czech pastries
to the Central Texas immigrants, and barbecue to the chuckwagon
Old-fashioned advice accompanies seasonal food ("Don't let a preg-
nant woman pick strawberries. If she should sit down on a berry, the
baby will have a red birthmark on its backside." [p. 131]). The authors
also address butchering hogs and making sausage the old way (". .. cold
weather ... No dinky little half-hearted norther will do." [p. 66]). Har-
vest time holiday customs accompany the feast, now attributing the ori-
gin of the jack-o'-lantern to Will-of-the-Wisp, stalking the wild Thanks-
giving turkey, then describing Hill Country Christmas traditions with
At least fifty authoritative sources cited include works of those folk-
lorists you expect, such as J. Frank Dobie and Frank X. Tolbert (to
name only two), as well as many others. The acknowledgment of mate-
rials lists about thirty more. The book is well worth reading and a good
addition to any library of Texana.
Austin MARY FAULK KOOCK
Fortas: The Rise and Ruin of a Supreme Court Justice. Bruce Allen Murphy.
(New York: William Morrow and Co., Inc., 1988. Pp. 718. Pro-
logue, photographs, epilogue, notes, selected bibliography, au-
thor's note and acknowledgments, index. $25.)
Bruce Allen Murphy, author of a previous volume on the relation-
ship between Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis and then-
professor (and presidential advisor) Felix Frankfurter, now examines
another extraordinarily complicated-and even more controversial-
relationship, that between Abe Fortas and Lyndon B. Johnson. John-
son had first turned to Fortas in 1948 to save his justifiably disputed
status as the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate. Fortas,
an ex-New Dealer turned Washington lawyer, persuaded Justice Hugo
Black to lift a vital restraining order, issued by a federal district judge,
that served to block Johnson's designation as the nominee. Thereafter,
Fortas became a trusted intimate of the Texan as Johnson climbed ever
higher in the American government.
As president, Johnson not only continued to call on Fortas; he also
insisted, against Fortas's altogether genuine protestations, in placing
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