The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946

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prohibiting the use of violence in strikes, taxing natural re-
sources and utilities, revising the unemployment compensation
tax to decrease the burden on employers, and creating a home
guard. Some of the proposals that failed of passage were
recommendations permitting appointment of a budget director,
the creation of a centralized tax agency, civil service for state
employees, abolition of the poll tax as a voting prerequisite,
arbitration of labor disputes, making the office of the state
superintendent of education appointive, the levy of a transac-
tions tax to provide adequate revenue while abolishing the
state ad valorem tax, and the creation of a "department for
farmers and ranchers consisting of all agrarian pursuits."
Perhaps few of these ideas were original with the governor,
but it must come as a surprise to some readers of this book
who remember only campaign impressions that few also are
the proposals of a "crackpot" or reactionary. Granting the
impractical nature of the transactions tax, its advocacy need
not convict one of dishonesty or lunacy. Just what was it,
beyond the accusations of his critics, that gave rise to the
charge that O'Daniel was the tool of the "interests" and a
traitor to the poor and old who trusted him?
Professor McKay has performed a real service by reviewing
five troubled years of Texas politics and enabling readers and
students to check their impressions and conclusions in the light
of cool perspective. Also he has done another thing of no little
historical importance; he has proved that a sound historical
manual can be written on current politics. Having made the
discovery, it is to be hoped that he will continue to exploit the
field that he has opened up.
EUGENE C. BARKER
The University of Texas
The Garrison of Fort Bliss, 1849-1916. By M. H. Thomlinson.
El Paso (Hertzog and Resler), 1945. $2.50.
The army post of El Paso, forerunner of Fort Bliss, was
established September 8, 1849. The post has been maintained
to the present time, although twice the army sought to move
away and for a time Confederates occupied the area. The post
has served to protect frontier settlers and California emigrant
trains and to hold in check depredating Indians and Mexicans.
Thomlinson, the author, is a retired army colonel, and with
army exactness he has recorded the service record of the vari-

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