The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 171
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Book Reviews and Notices
sented by the subjects; and a classification of the subjects under
168 "occupations," some of them a bit amusing-adventurer, agi-
tator, Confederate spy, desperado, feminist, Siamese Twins, and
spiritualist. Finally, there is a list of "Topics" connected in some
way with some of the sketches. This list may be useful to sales-
men selling the Dictionary, but can otherwise have little value.
The compiler of the Index comments upon the fact that Western
States do not figure heavily in the list of "Birthplaces" and offers
the obvious explanation that "the first men to do things of impor-
tance in the Western States were necessarily born in the East, and
the native sons of the Western States have not yet-by dying-
become eligible for inclusion in the Dictionary." It would be an
interesting statistical item to know, however, how many of the sub-
jects who were born in the East owe their eligibility to the things
which they did in the West--certainly a very impressive number.
Even Billy the Kid was born in New York City, and Charles and
William Bent and James Bridger in Virginia. No section, and
perhaps no state, may justly complain that its eligible characters
have been neglected.
Subjects of particular local interest to Texas, where this review
will be mostly read, are: Stephen Pearl Andrews, Moses and Ste-
phen Austin, Branch T. Archer, Victor Considerant, John S.
Chisum, Richard Coke, Teodoro de Croix, Charles and David Cul-
berson, Edward and Rufus Burleson, David G. Burnet, Thomas
Affleck, Daniel Baker, Amelia E. Barr, Sam Bass, R. E. B. Baylor,
P. H. Bell, A. H. Belo, Joseph Baldwin, Gail Borden, James
Bowie, and David Crockett.
The Dictionary, when completed, will consist of twenty volumes
and will probably include from 12,000 to 13,000 sketches. The
present plan contemplates a supplementary volume every ten years.
It would seem to be all but indispensable to school and college
libraries, to men and women of the learned professions, to news-
paper offices, and in a less degree to the traditional "general
reader." The price of the Dictionary is $12.50 a volume, but the
publishers sell it on a generous installment plan.
EUGENE C. BARKER.
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