Affairs of the AssociatioH
I N LIEU of the forty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Association,
a local Austin meeting was held on April 27-28. Although in
many respects influenced by the impact of the war, the meet-
ing was in every sense of the word a marked success. The book
auction was the liveliest yet held. In fact, bidding was so fast
and spirited that almost every book was sold. For two years
previous the auction had been limited in time, and this resulted
in a fairly large carry-over in books. Now the surplus is no
more, and at this early date the membership must be urged to
contribute heavily in books for next year's auction. Otherwise
a scarcity of titles will limit a real feature of the meetings.
The auction has become one of the most outstanding features
of the meeting and has attracted attention throughout Texas
and the entire nation, as an examination of the list of contribu-
tors will disclose. In addition to its intrinsic value the auction
provides genuine entertainment to participants: the joy of se-
curing a highly prized book (possibly one sent by Thomas W.
Streeter or by Earl Vandale), the feeling of achievement in
making a good buy, and the spirit of friendly competition en-
gendered by rival bidding. After the flurry of first bids, when
the contest settles to two, or perhaps three, prospective buyers,
everyone in the room is carried along in the stream of bids and
counter bids. Tension mounts, abates as the final "and sold to"
is pronounced, only to begin again as a second auctioneer
quickly offers another book. Anyone who is interested in Texas,
books, or human nature finds the auction a rich and varied site
for pursuit of his interest.
The list of contributors to the 1945 auction includes the
Mr. Tyler H. Fletcher, Jr. Mrs. S. Chokla Gross
Mr. J. C. Dykes Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ferguson
Mr. Herbert Fletcher, Sr. Mr. H. T. Fletcher
Mrs. Hally Bryan Perry Mr. J. W. Saxon
Lt. Col. Wm. T. Riviere Miss Margaret Bierschwale
Mr. J. R. Williams Mr. E. W. Winkler
Mr. Claude Elliott Mr. G. B. Dealey
Mrs. Nettie Walton Watson Mr. Ernest Wallace
Mr. Cas Edwards Miss Kay Walker
Miss Julia A. Drake Dr. Henry Cohen
Mr. S. G. Reed Mr. Frank Caldwell
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146056/. Accessed July 10, 2014.