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The Real Colonel House. By Arthur D. Howden Smith. Doran,
New York. 1918. Svo. 306 pp.
The author qualifies this title by a prefatory note in which he
says, "This is an intimate biography only in the sense that it re-
flects my own interpretation of Colonel House based upon an ac-
quaintance and friendship of several yea.rs. It is in no sense
official for I have not sought access to confidential papers nor have
I asked for undue confidence from Colonel House."
In the first seventy pages the author sketches the life of Mr.
House to the year 1910, and his chief purpose is to show the
dominant influence attained and exercised by Mr. House in Texas
politics. The period from 1890 to 1910 was marked by rapid
changes and radical tendencies in Texas politics. It is scarcely
necessary to point out that the author has confined himself to
very general statements.
The greater portion of the book deals with the part played by
Mr. House more recently in national politics and the interna-
tional negotiations of the United States. The campaigns of 1912
and 1916, and the several missions of Mr. House abroad as the
representative of the President are described in popular, journal-
istic style, laudatory in the extreme and supplying the reader lit-
tle material for a careful judgment. E. W. W.
Watching and YWailing on the Border. By Roger Batchelder.
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 1917. 12mo. 221 pp.
Mr. Batchelder was a private in a machine-gun company, Eighth
Massachusetts Regiment, National Guard. He tells of the un-
expected calling out of the National Guard in June, 1916, of the
inadequacy of equipment and lack of training, of the trip to,
Camp Cotton near El Paso, and of the life at that place by men
unused and unprepared for the heat of that region. After spend-
ing four months in camp, the Massachusetts men were sent home.
The writer hopes that this narrative will impress the reader with
the weaknesses of the National Guard as a system of national
defense. E. W. W.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/. Accessed January 26, 2015.