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mand by the viva voce of the common soldiery. Here is the
vice-president who could recognize with a straight face the sen-
ator who was going to deliver the opposition speech that he him-
self had written. Here is the chief magistrate who at his own
inauguration heard the retiring president occupy three hours in
a self-laudatory panegyric and then chose to have his own ad-
dress read in a sing-song by his private secretary. Here is the
president who acted as his own groom and cook in the camp of
the forces of which he by virtue of his office was the commander-
in-chief. Yes, the narrative is alive in many places and these
places redeem by contrast the remainder of the book.
Gambrell has written the best available biography of Lamar
for the general reader. Despite its obvious shortcomings, it
serves, if for nothing else, to rescue Lamar from the odium
heaped upon him by partisans addicted to Houston-itis. It por-
trays him as a very human sort of a man, one worthy of friend-
ship and respect. Somehow one feels that he can tie to a man
that David G. Burnet loved. All in all, the work betrays prom-
ise that Gambrell's forthcoming life of Anson Jones (which will
be by way of his magnum opus) will be worth looking forward
to by all readers of his Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar.
State Teachers College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Art and Artists of Texas. By Esse Forrester-O'Brien. (Tardy
Publishing Company, Dallas, 1935. Pp. 408, illustrations.)
In Esse Forrester-O'Brien's Art and Artists 'in Texas the
Tardy Publishing Company has brought out a fitting sequel and
complement to Florence E. Barns's Texas Writers of Today. Both
books are especially in good time, since Texas is to be on parade
for a year.
There are chapters devoted to pioneer artists, modern painters,
sculptors, miniature painters, print makers, craftsmen, wood carv-
ers, metallists, architects, designers, and cartoonists; and also sec-
tions dealing with art organizations, art museums, art monuments,
art in the Capitol Building and the Governor's Mansion, and the
Public Works of Arts Projects. Under each division there are bio-


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