The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 194
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194 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
The University of Texas. Illustrated. (Gammel-Statesman Pub-
lishing Co., Austin, Texas. 1904. 12mo., cloth. p. XVI+316.
Price 60 cents.)
It is impossible to point out the numerous excellences of this
book. It exhibits the result of years of painstaking labor and
careful discrimination of judgment in the selection of materials.
Over seventy writers are permitted to tell of their experiences in
Texas. This fact in itself will be a revelation to those who have
been accustomed to think that all the history of Texas was con-
tained in So-and-So's book. The extensiveness and variety of our
history is further emphasized by the fact that the selections are
made from Spanish, French, German, and English writings. There
are between sixty and seventy illustrations, including a facsimile
of Travis's heroic letter, written from the Alamo, Feb. 24,
1836, and a colored plate of the Texas flag.
The book is very readable. The illustrations are well executed.
It is a book on Texas by Texas teachers for Texas teachers printed
by a Texas house, and with abundant intrinsic worth to merit a
very generous patronage.
After this very brief preface on the excellences of the book, it
may not be amiss to point out more at length some minor defects.
The book the compilers state "may serve either as a reader or to
supplement the history text." In this review it will be examined
with reference to the latter use exclusively; the writer believes that
its real mission lies in this direction. The value of the criticisms,
if they possess any, is predicated on this view. (1) The indi-
cated pronunciation of Spanish proper names is not complete
enough to make the dictionary superfluous: (See Cabeza de Vaca,
p. 1, AlIvarado, p. 14, Coahuila, p 35, and Maria, p. 53.) (2)
The book contains no list of its illustrations. The sources from
which the illustrations are taken are not indicated, which gives
rise to confusion; for instance, is the pueblo shown on p. 14 a
picture of Cicuye ? and is the illustration, entitled the "Death of La
Salle," p. 32, taken from Joutel? The portraits, with one ex-
ception, p. 234, are not dated. It would be helpful, too, if the
illustrations of buildings, ruins, statues, and monuments showed
both date and place. (3) In Nos. 16 and 17 Bean's name is in-
correctly written as is shown by the following extract from a letter
written July 27, 1g56, by I. T. Bean to Henderson Yoakum: "I
see you have goten my Father's name wrong[.] You have it Ellis
P. Bean when it should have bin P. E. Bean[.] I think that
should be Rectifyed." (4) The most serious error is the placing
of the dates, that should follow the titles of the selections, after the
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905, periodical, 1905; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/m1/202/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.