The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 75
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Book Reviews and Notices.
services of the author in Congress and as head of the Texas Rail-
road Commission are treated with a modest brevity. It is evident
that his heart and his memory during the last days of his life
were chiefly in the stirring scenes of the past.
When the subject matter of a book of this sort is so interesting,
criticism of the form and style seem a piece of supererogation.
Rugged and direct rather than smooth or easy, it is nevertheless
clear, and leaves an impression of strength and sincerity of convic-
tion. We may easily pardon the numerous digressions, many of
them unchronological, because of the interesting anecdotes and
sidelights on prominent characters therein contained. But as one
lays down the book, there is a painful feeling that much has been
sacrificed to brevity,-the body of the narrative comprises only
two hundred and fifty-two pages, including many excerpts from
letters and speeches,-and that the author for some reason has
neglected to give or refrained from giving much valuable informa-
tion of the sort that was available from no other source.
The last hundred pages of the book are devoted to a series of
appendices, comprising reprints of the most important speeches
and letters of Judge Reagan from 1861 to 1891. The editing
seems to have been well done throughout, and the work is remark-
ably free from typographical errors.
C. W. R.
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