The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

through which they pass, perhaps without stopping. For their
and other readers' convenience, all community descriptions which
run to more than approximately two thousand words have been
grouped alphabetically in this section, with cross references at
the points where they are reached on tours."
The third division makes up for some of the faults that could
be found with the previous two divisions. It is the real con-
tribution to the reading public in its detailed description of
what one may expect to see along 29 tours over Texas high-
ways which go into all parts of the state. The following para-
graph from Tour 6 is typical: "Corsicana, 55 m. (448 alt., 15,-
202 pop.), reflects oil prosperity even in its Negro section, where
houses and grounds are usually attractive. A red granite court-
house adorns the handsome residential area. Navarro County's
oil pools, which have produced since 1895, are nearly matched
in value by the fertile soil above them, which produces bumper
crops of cotton and corn."
This publication should find a useful place in every home li-
brary and also along in the car. There are sixty-four pages of
gravure illustrations which have been discriminatingly selected
and add tremendously to the attractiveness and utility of the
book. With the least amount of effort, it should develop an
unconquerable urge to travel over Texas, adding pleasure and
knowledge to what is being and has been seen.
JOSEPH DIXON MATLOCK.
The University of Texas.
Wave of the Gulf. By Jesse A. Ziegler.
San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Company, 1938. Pp. xiii, 354.
Illustrations. $3.50.
The stories in this "Scrapbook of the Texas Gulf Coast
Country" are not all equally important nor do they aim defi-
nitely towards the goal of telling some unified story. Although
some of the stories deal with portions of Texas from Nacog-
doches by way of Matagorda Bay and Brownsville to El Paso,
the large majority treat of Galveston and Houston, and in that
respect they may be said to lend an element of unity to the book.
Jesse A. Ziegler has lived on the scene of his book all of his
life. He was born in Galveston on March 5, 1857, where he
lived until his removal to Houston in 1883. The salient facts
of his life reveal that he has been interested in the development

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed September 19, 2014.