The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 150
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
slip of judgment or eyesight saves it from the envious suspicion
of being superhumanly efficient. One wonders, for example, what
is meant by the statement that President Polk's expansion policy
added only 5,000 square miles of territory to the United States;
one wonders why Nicolo Sacco should receive three columns of
space when the average length of all sketches is less than two
columns and many individuals of really considerable attainments
are dismissed with only one; one smiles at the unconscious (and
unmerited) double meaning in the description of the frugality
of Henry Rosenberg, of Galveston, who, after working in a dry-
goods store for three years at eight dollars a month, was able to
buy out his employer.
Of the longer sketches, "Theodore Roosevelt," by Professor
Paxson, "James Ford Rhodes," by the editor, "Josiah H. Royce,"
by Ralph Barton Perry, and "Augustus Saint-Gaudens," by
Royal Cortissoz, stand out with singular distinction. Texan char-
acters, some of them deserving fuller treatment, are: 0. Henry
(Sydney Porter), by Carl Van Doren; Robert Potter, first secre-
tary of the navy of the Republic of Texas; Quanah Parker; John
H. Reagan and L. S. Ross, by Professor S. S. McKay; Johan
Reinert Reiersen, founder of a Norwegian colony in the Repub-
lic of Texas; William Marsh Rice; Thomas J. Rusk; James Finch
Royster, by Howard Mumford Jones; O. M. Roberts and John
Henry Sayles, by Professor C. S. Potts; Henry Rosenberg; and
Louis Juchereau de St. Denis. These names of a dozen Texan
characters illustrate what should have been done for some three
thousand other makers of Texas history by the promoters of the
Texas Centennial. Such a monument would be far more lasting
and useful than can be erected by mortar, stone and bronze.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936, periodical, 1936; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/m1/164/: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.