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THE TOURNAMENT IN TEXAS
BY J. FRANK DOBIE
In preparing this paper I am much indebted to Mrs. Robert
P. Siddall, of Anderson, Texas, and to Mr. Branch Isbell,
Odessa, Texas, each of whom has contributed an account of
the tournament in Texas as practiced during the years fol-
lowing the Civil War. I myself had made some notes on
the subject and had planned to write an account of the tour-
nament as practiced in Live Oak County a quarter of a
century past. Mrs. Siddall and Mr. Isbell agreed that it
would be best to amalgamate all three accounts into one ar-
Seventy-five years ago Sir Walter Scott was the most widely
read writer in the South; some traveler, whose name I cannot
now recall, went so far as to declare that Sir Walter Scott
had made a large party in the South royalistic and that the
ultimate result of a successful secession would be a southern
monarchy! The Old South was cavalier in both the original
and derived uses of the word: its gentlemen were horse-
men. Familiar, then, as it was, through Ivanhoe and other
romances, with the tournaments of feudal times, feudalisti-
cally as it was tending before the Civil War with its castes
and its slaves, and proud and proficient as its men were in
horsemanship, the Old South very naturally made of the tour-
nament one of the most popular and manly of all sports
as well as one of the most formal of all social practices.
As early as 1850, the tournament, in conjunction with the
barbecue, was a gala occasion in such a representative Texas
community as Montgomery, Montgomery County,' and it is
likely that the tournament was "run" in this state at even
an earlier date, the custom no doubt having been brought
from older Southern states. "People came thirty and forty
I"Old Montgomery," by Anna Landrum Davis, Montgomery, Texas, in
The Texas History Teachers' Bulletin, University of Texas, edited by
W. P. Webb, Vol. XIII, No. 1, Dec. 8, 1925, p. 46.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Rainbow in the Morning, book, 1975; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67654/m1/97/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.