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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

dance--contentment in every breast" (p. 127), and went at
their task while yet unimpaired their strength remained, to
complete the passage from Horace, although in changed tense.
These Texans also lived by that typical pioneer philosophy of
economic independence which Mrs. Krey ascribes to Jeffrey in
the sentence: "Besides, it was a good thing to be independent,
capable of producing, yourself, as nearly as possible, whatever
you needed, even bricks" (p. 286). A reader who is well ac-
quainted with the events around which this story is woven
may well meditate, as Jeffrey once did, that "a man may read
a book less to follow a story or to acquire knowledge than for
the pleasure of pursuing the ideas aroused by it in his own
mind" (p. 183). Other bits of philosophy, or an attitude
towards life, might be quoted, but they would not more fully
illustrate the point of this paragraph.
The end-covers of the book contain a map of Texas in 1845
on an attractive red paper and an insert showing the two-
story home of Jeffrey Fentress at Point Comfort on Shell Bayou
by the Brazos. The title of the book is taken from Cyril Hume's
poem, "Landfall", in the lines:
"Where have they gone?
Off to the tide! On the long tide off and forever. . ."
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
Alluring San Antonio. By Lillie May Hagner.
San Antonio: The Naylor Co., 1940. Pp. 140. Illustrations, $2.50.
"Alluring San Antonio," an attractive little book written and
illustrated by Lillie May Hagner, a native San Antonian, gives
a good historical account of the old and new in buildings and
life of the fascinating Texas city of the Alamo. It is singular
that Miss Hagner did not discover her city until she made a
tour of the Eastern historical centers of the United States
and upon her return she found her bluebird at her very doorstep.
She gives a good account of the missions-a drypoint illus-
tration of her Concepci6n Mission is one of the most interesting
in the book. I enjoyed her experience sketching the missions
among the huisache trees. She writes: "As this little drypoint

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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 October 31, 2014.