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vital. But if they were worth mentioning at all, they were worth
an attempt to state them correctly, which would have been pos-
sible in most of the cases. Moreover, one cannot fail to see that
the effect of these inaccuracies is cumulative, and that incorrect
general notions must accompany such inaccuracy of detail.
A more casual reading of other portions of the work reveals
the same newness to the field on the part of the author. Perhaps
the most suggestive comment left for the reviewer to make is that,
clearly, four years are not enough to master so large and so new
a field as that covered by Professor Coman's book.
History of the German Element in Texas from 1820-1850, and
Historical Sketches of the German Texas Singers' League and
Houston Turnverein from 1853-1918. By Moritz Tiling, In-
structor in History, Houston Academy. (Houston, 1913. 12mo.
Pp. viii, 225.)
This volume is one of the proofs of the increasing attention
that is given to the part played by the Germans in the development
of this State. In his preface the author calls attention to the
brevity of the mention made of Germans in Texas by former his-
torians. "This plain, unpretending monograph has been written,"
he informs the reader, "for the purpose of preserving to posterity
the records of German achievements in the colonization and up-
building of the great State of Texas." (Preface.)
The volume is divided into five parts: 1. The German Element
in Texas, 1820-1850 (pages 1-131). 2. Historical sketch of the
Texas German Singers' League, 1853-1913 (pages 135-159). 3.
Historical sketch of the Houston Turnverein, 1854-1913 (pages
163-175). 4. German Day celebrations in Houston, 1889-1910
(pages 177-181). 5. Appendices (pages 183-225).
The section entitled, "The German Element in Texas, 1820-
1850," constitutes the principal part of the book. It is the least
satisfactory part of the book. There is no valid reason why the
author should select the years 1820 to 1850 as representative of the
history. of Germans in Texas. Few Germans came to Texas prior
to 1830; most of them arrived after 1845. As a matter of fact,


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