The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

backer, who was, I venture to paraphrase, the Albert to her
Victoria and the cornerstone of all her subsequent success
despite his comparatively early death.
Space forbids my recounting Mrs. Pennybacker's achieve-
ments as a clubwoman. She literally put Texas federated clubs
in the national spotlight, and became herself a famous person.
However, Mrs. Pennybacker's personality as Rebecca Rich-
mond reveals it is more important to me than her achieve-
ments. Extreme independence and feminine weakness; canny
prudence and stubborn courage; autocratic leadership and gentle
social charm-no generation of American women save at the
end of the nineteenth century has ever successfully combined
these paradoxical powers. Our grandmothers and mothers,
ladies to their fingertips, came close to eating their cake and
having it too. They were as characteristic of the pre-World
War I era as the dreams of world peace and the rise of women's
colleges.
Students of history, foreign visitors to our shores, and be-
wildered young persons who want to understand the United
States of America today had better ponder the power and
achievements of women like Mrs. Pennybacker.
REBECCA W. SMITH.
Texas Christian University.
Twelve Legendary Stories of Texas. By Iva Chapman.
San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Company, 1940. Pp. ix, 79; illus-
trations by Warren Hunter. $1.60.
Twelve Legendary Stories of Texas, by Iva Chapman, is the
title of a small book which should find its place in the reading
lists of our public schools and libraries. Miss Chapman com-
piled these stories in response to a need for such a book to be
placed in the hands of children in order that "these legendary
tales of Texas" might be "kept fresh in the minds of coming
generations." Miss Chapman, who teaches at the Texas State
College for Women, says in the preface: "In this book you will
find a few legends that have been enjoyed by the students who
take my course in Children's Literature, and who have encour-

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