The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 289
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Viktor Priederich Bracht, a Texas Pioneer
in Galveston, Austin, Houston, Bexar, San Augustine, etc. Ruters-
ville College and Miss Bromlow's boarding school at Victoria are
popular institutions for girls. There may exist several German
schools, but the only one I know is at New Braunfels. I can rec-
ommend the board of directors as very respectable. Even in
smaller towns there is sometimes opportunity for instruction in
music, modern language, drawing, embroidering, etc.
Perhaps no other country in the world with as small a popula-
tion as Texas can boast of so large a percentage of thoroughly
scientifically and liberally educated men of the upper and middle
classes as can Texas."
In his report on the colonies in Texas, Part Two, the author
has much that is interesting to tell about the Irish settlers at
Refugio and San Patricio under the leadership of Empresario
Powers, of the various German colonies at New Braunfels, Fred-
ericksburg, Leiningen, Castell, Bettina, Schoenburg, and Karls-
hafen, as well as of the Alsatian colony at Castroville. He also
has some extensive reports on some of the older settlements, such
as Gonzales, DeWitt, etc. In presenting to his countrymen of the
Fatherland the most desirable sections of Texas for settlement,
he pictures western Texas to them as an ideal place. Of the rivers
the Guadalupe is by far the most picturesque and beautiful of all
rivers in America as well as in Europe. In speaking of this river
he quotes an almost poetic description by an acquaintance of his:
"0, the Guadalupe! its waters clear as day, flows ten to twenty
feet deep over the rocks. The rocks and green, luxurious plants
and fish and tortoises and snakes and alligators appear not as if
they were in the water but rather as if surrounded by green trans-
parent air. Charmingly beautiful! And the trees and cliffs, how
picturesquely they overhang the stream and bathe their feet in
the water. There is no more beautiful stream than the Guada-
lupe! Who would consider the turbid and slimy waters of the
Rhine beautiful after he has seen the Guadalupe? Here the
legends of water fairies appear natural; and crystal palaces rest-
ing on cliffs of glass are easily imagined."
According to Bracht's opinion there are those of the Father-
land who should not come to America. Although this is a coun-
try of great opportunities, yet these oportunities are open only
for the manly, faithful and enterprising individuals. Not only is
it a country for the best to make a success, but it has developed
its own peculiar institutions, and every new immigrant should
become "Americanized" in every way as soon as possible.
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