of Mission Concepci6n took form, I worked one summer after-
noon when the slender leaves of the huisache trees hung limp
in the heat and an occasional whiff of dust dimmed the scene."
How many times have I experienced this. Her explanation
of the name "Alamo" is plausible, though a new definition to
me. A good account is given of the family of Huizar, and the
carver of the famous Baptistry window of Mission San Jos6.
There is no sequence in the narration, and no confusion. Each
page has an interesting story or an interesting picture of the
cosmopolitan city. The following topics, selected at random,
are well planned in word and etched descriptions: Old Fort
Sam Houston, the United States arsenal, adobes, the Zuschlag
and Schmeltzer homes, Judge Devine's home-a charming litho-
graph, The Bright Shawl, La Villita, The Spanish Governor's
Palace, and the more familiar places in San Antonio.
I am particularly interested in the dedication. The author
writes: "I dedicate this book to my father and my mother,
whose example and training in home have filled me with a
love for and an appreciation of the good, the true and the
beautiful." This is a fitting tribute to our pioneer forefathers
who founded for us in their lives and in their homes an honest,
simple, and beautiful heritage.
SAMUEL E. GIDEON.
The University of Texas.
The Saga of Jean Lafitte: From Pirate to Patriot and Back
Again. By Theresa M. Hunter.
San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1940. Pp. iii, 109. Illustra-
tions by Frank Anthony Stanush. $1.50.
With the publication of The Saga of Jean Lafitte the Naylor
Company has placed another attractive little book on the
market for public school children. A descriptive statement by
the publisher on the inside flap of the jacket states: "Legend
has clothed him [Lafitte] with glamour. Even facts have con-
tributed their share" to fit "any young boy's conception of what
a pirate should be." Girls, too, it seems to me, will be intrigued
by this story, especially by the part which deals with Madeline
Rigaud, Lafitte's wife.
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 January 31, 2015.