The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 7
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The Profer Work of the Association.
the bar, and of officers, now being held annually, their origin and
objects, with their results. The drummers, as a commercial insti-
tution, their origin and practice. Hypnotism, its proper and im-
proper use. Amusements prevalent in the past and at present, with
their effects on the social condition. Anecdotes, even, if properly
presented and are illustrative of noble actions, important public
transactions, or the characters of persons that have made them-
selves useful in life, may, and often do, enter into the general his-
tory of a country. Also, biographies of persons, of both men and
women, in any sphere of life, whose conduct furnish a commenda-
ble example for the imitation of others, are instructive lessons in
Without further enumeration, it may be said that any and every-
thing that the people do or think, that tends to form habits of life,
or to build up prevailing institutions affecting society, constitute
material for history, and may be properly presented to this Asso-
ciation as such.
It is not to be supposed, however, that this Association is de-
signed to be made the arena of acrimonious discussions, or of per-
sonal criminations and recriminations of any kind. On the con-
trary, every contribution should, as is expected it will, assume a
high tone of impartial philosophic exposition of every subject
written and presented to it.
If this Association shall be perpetuated, with the .ull and effi-
cient efforts of its members, until the materials for the past suc-
cessive periods shall have been collected and brought up to the
present time, then the work will be easy in bringing to light
the annual occurrences of each year as time passes. When that is
accomplished, and some able historian of the future shall under-
take to present to the public the complete history of Texas, it will
be found that his work will fill four or five large volumes, instead
of one or two volumes, as we are now accustomed to see it pre-
In conclusion, it may be remarked that as the events of the past
history of the country enter into and aid in giving shape to the con-
dition of things existing at the present time, the study of history
is important in all branches of learning as a help to understand the
present. Still, "the world moves," and new elements of human
thought and action are being added, day by day as time passes, to
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