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and character in the world," must have found their origin in writ-
ing this portion of the book. However, they are amply refuted by
the narrative itself.
The volume is illustrated with reproductions of the photo-
graphs of the author, his mother, and members of his family, and
of Professor and Mrs. M. H. B. Burkett, Revs. W. E. Munsey,
Jno. H. Brunner and Abe Mulkey and Gov. W. G. Brownlow.
A few crude pen sketches are also included.
A Thumb-Nail History of the City of Houston, Texas, from its,
founding in 1836 to the year 1912. By Dr. S. 0. Young.
(Houston: 1912. 8vo, Pp. 184. )
This book was written, the author says, "more for my own
pleasure than for anything else." He waives all claim to literary
ability, but assures the reader that "every precaution has been
taken to guard against error. Wherever possible, I have consulted
original documents and newspapers."
The subject matter is divided into twelve chapters, each devoted
to some phase of the city's activities and tracing its history from
the inception of that interest to, the present. Chapter 1 (Pp.
7-43) gives an account of the founding of Houston and outlines
its municipal history; Chapter 2 (44-62) tells of the building
activities, private and public, at different periods, and of the or-
ganization of fire companies; Chapter 3 (63-84) does the same
for railroad building, and gives some notes on the lawyers and
doctors; Chapter 4 (85-93), newspapers; Chapter 5 (94-108),
banks and trust companies; Chapter 6 (109-119), churches; Chap-
ter 7 (120-130), military companies; Chapter 8 (131-138), man-
ufacturing; Chapter 9 (139-150), literary clubs, public library
and organized labor; Chapter 10 (151-169), cotton, lumber, oil,
rice and insurance; Chapter 11 (170-175), telegraph lines, tele-
phones, and electric lighting; Chapter 12 (176-184), William M.
Rice and the Rice Institute.
The book is far from being a complete history of Houston. A
large portion of the text is devoted to a description of the city
and its business institutions in 1912. There is enough history,
however, to indicate the leading r81e Houston has played in the


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