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Texas. Cattle ranch, cotton field, sheep hills, oil well, city block,
sea coast, orange grove, salt mine, and the undefined vacant
spaces-the scenes themselves have changed. Life that travels
through them, beginning at every point and going in every direc-
tion, does not change. It is always making. This book is held
together by a common feeling for the land.
Among the pages which this volume now makes part of the
growing folk record are backward glances to post-war life in
East Texas, descriptions of early recreations and games that chil-
dren have played from pioneer days to the present, a friendly
account of the hill people near Austin, a reminiscence of ranching
life among the early Spanish Texans in the West. There are
stories long current among the people, a celebration of frijoles,
and a recollection of the wonders of yogi oil. The Negro is
represented not only by direct narrative but also by a memorable
first-hand report of a religious folk play. Nor is the machine
age entirely overlooked: in American slang the Ford slogan has
played a lively part.
The record of Texas is not complete. The Texas Folk-
Lore Society proposes to make a book out of the lore per-
taining to oil, oil fields, and oil men. The impact of a new
industry on an old way of living is a stirring theme, and that
kind of story has rarely been acted in more dramatic terms than
in Texas. The lore of the search for oil; the legends that have
grown up around the fields, the boom towns, and the oil men;
the adventure, the humor, and the superstitions of the driller
and the roughneck; the new language coined hot by the oil
men-these will be part of the volume telling the folk story of
"black gold" in Texas. The unit must be put together from
many fractions. Any person interested in making the account
more lively, more accurate, and more nearly complete is urged
to send whatever material he may have, however long or how-
ever brief, to the editors at Austin.
H. H. R.
The editors are indebted to Mrs. Marcelle Lively Hamer,
Treasurer of the Texas Folk-Lore Society, and to Daniel M.
McKeithan of the University of Texas for assistance in the prep-
aration of this volume.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/8/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.