The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 171
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Notes and Fragments
how unsatisfactory they are in many cases. Moreover, the entire
subject has been treated too much as if it were ancient history;
the fact that the streets of New Braunfels intersect at right angles
is repeated several times, likewise the number of tailors, shoe-
makers, etc., who had shops there. As an example of the author's
failure to use all the proper sources, attention is called to his dis-
cussion of the political alignment of the Germans during 1854
and 1855 (pages 85-89); not one direct reference is made to a
German Texas newspaper. Another example is the discussion of
the Germans and abolitionism (pages 96-105). The editorial con-
duct of Dr. Adolf Douai of the San Antonio Zeitung is discussed
at length, and excerpts are made from the San Antonio Ledger,
the State Gazetie and the San Antonio Herald, a Know-Nothing
organ, but no reference is made to the columns of Dr. Douai's
paper or to any other German paper published in Texas at that
time. Another instance is the account of the attack on the Ger-
man refugees on the Nueces river, August 10, 1862; the author
cites Schem, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Konversations-Lexikon, vol.
X, but appears not to have seen the account by John W. Sansom,
one of the survivors, mentioned in THE QUARTERLY, X, 110.
With all its imperfections, the book is the only recent work in
English on the subject. The author had a proper appreciation of
his task. His conclusions are usually correct. The book has an
extensive bibliography (pages 133-139).
Volume 9 of the Transactions of the Texas Academy of Science
for 1908 and 1909 has just been issued. It contains 105 pages.
Among the articles of general interest may be mentioned the paper
by Dr. H. L. I-ilgartncr on the "Life, character and works of
Professor J. W. McLaughlin" (pp. 69-77).
Professor Garrison's Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic
of Texas has been completed by the publication during the summer
of Volume II of the Annual Report of the American Historical
Association for 1908. Volume II is in two parts and numbers
1617 pages. More extended notice of these important volumes
will appear in a later number of THEi QUARTERLY.
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