On the Long Tide. By Laura Krey.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1940. Pp. ix, 642. $2.75.
The table of contents of this very interesting novel of the
Anglo-American occupation of Texas which ended in freeing
Texas from Mexican rule in 1836 by the well-known battle of
San Jacinto divides the story into a prelude and five books.
In the prelude Mrs. Krey introduces two main characters of
her story-Jeffrey Fentress and Sam Houston-and in Book I
Jean Lafitte and Dr. James Long. Farther on in the story she
introduces Stephen F. Austin, William Barret Travis, James
W. Fannin, Henry Smith, David G. Burnet, Lorenzo de Zavala,
and many others, including Captain Antonio Tenorio, Anastacio
Bustamante (consistently spelled Bustamente throughout the
book), and General Antonio L6pez de Santa Anna. Of them
all, Jeffrey Fentress is the main character, and with him the
story unfolds itself. The reader will also follow Cornelia Fen-
tress, Jeffrey's sister, through the story and will at different
places encounter Mrs. Jane Long, Mrs. Peter Wimbly, keeper
of "The Lantern" at Brazoria, Lavinia Journeau, and Teresa
Manuelos, who became Jeffrey's wife.
Throughout the book Mrs. Krey is mindful that she must let
some of her characters have a philosophy of life, and there-
fore they speak their bits of wisdom at times. Wayles Fen-
tress, father of Jeffrey, reflected that a young man-Jeffrey,
in this case-must learn that "what a man gets out of this
world he has first to put into it" (p. 5). This is fundamental
with Jeffrey in the entire story. When the story is two-thirds
told, a similar idea is expressed when Mrs. Krey lets Jeffrey
speculate, nay, even realize, that "in the striving itself was
all the gold you were apt to turn up while you lived" (p. 421).
Sefior Felipe Isidro Manuelos, Jeffrey's father-in-law, once
said that Jeffrey seized the hour for doing things while youth
yet reveled in his veins (p. 191). In this respect Jeffrey is
typical of many Texans who with energy seized the oppor-
tunity to bring about in Texas what Austin said the country
needed, namely, "population-education--order-bread in abun-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/. Accessed November 23, 2014.