The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945

Book Reviews

No one in Texas is better qualified than Frank Goodwyn to
write about the Limping Johns and Avelia Morenos of his
native state. Born on the King Ranch, he grew up among them,
absorbed their folklore and their language, and taught their
children when he came to manhood. He knows that when a man
has rheumatism in his knees, the proper remedy is to take two
eggs laid by a black hen on Friday and break them over the
rheumatic members on Thursday when the eggs are exactly six
days old, saying "Jesus Mio" as one does so. But he knows
more than that. He knows that his poor Mexicans are like every-
body else in their love of self-deception and that they lose their
moral fiber under too much unearned power and adulation.
Frank Goodwyn's book is more than a good story and a good
collection of folklore - it is a book full of human wisdom as well.
C. L. SONNICHSEN
Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy
North Texas Regional Union List of Serials. Edited by W.
Stanley Hoole. Denton (North Texas State Teachers Col-
lege), 1943. Pp. xviii+532.
Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth form the points of a tri-
angle, each side of which is thirty-odd miles in length. In
these three cities are located two municipal libraries of some
size and five college libraries. The seven libraries have a total
of 810,000 volumes on their shelves, divided in the following
manner: Dallas Public Library, 161,000; Southern Methodist
University, 160,000; Fort Worth Public Library, 146,500; North
Texas State Teachers College, 138,000; Texas Christian Uni-
versity, 91,500; Texas State College for Women, 85,500; and
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 27,500.
During 1942 four of the college presidents began considering
the possibility of having their libraries operate on a cooperative
basis. The three remaining libraries were later invited to join
in the project. A. F. Kuhlman, Director, Joint University Li-
braries, Nashville, Tennessee, was requested to make the survey.
It was agreed at an early date that the libraries might profitably
begin their cooperation in the field of periodical literature.
The first step in that direction was the preparation and publi-
cation of the North Texas Regional Union List of Serials.
With this record before them those in charge of the coip-
erating libraries can plan a coordinated and unified periodical

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146055/. Accessed September 18, 2014.