The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 155

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graphical and critical sketches of all the artists who merit atten-
tion; and some account is taken of practically every item of artistic
significance in the State. Since the author relied for biographical
information largely upon letters from the various artists, there
is of necessity a false proportion among the sketches. And the
reader finds himself wishing for more definite information than
is given-dates, for example. Doubtless many of the artists re-
fused to divulge birth dates, but the author, it seems, did not
make use of all the specific facts at her disposal.
Some dozen illustrations are included; and the book is made
more useful by an alphabetical arrangement of the sketches, by
bibliographical notes at the end of each sketch, and by an index.
The chapter and section divisions, especially toward the first of
the book, do not appear to be inevitable, or even logical.
Tall Men with Long Rifles. By James T. DeShields. (The Nay-
lor Company, San Antonio, 1935. Pp. xvi, 240, illustra-
tions. $2.00.)
According to his own story, Creed Taylor fought throughout
the Texas Revolution, from the first skirmish at Gonzales to the
battle of San Jacinto. A few years before he died in 1906, at
the age of about a hundred, he dictated to James T. DeShields
his recollections of the Texas War of Independence. The result
is Tall Men with Long Rifles, a book which Mr. DeShields calls
"the only complete personal narrative of the Texas Revolution
that has come down to posterity."
Tall Men with Long Rifles begins with some account of the
nature and origin of the "tall men." Then come accounts of
the rise of the Texans after the arrest of Travis and his com-
rades; of the first scrap at Gonzales on October 2, 1835; of the
skirmishes at Lipantitlan and Concepci6n; of the half-serious,
half-comic "Grass Fight"; of the taking of the Alamo by the
Texans; of Dr. Grant's disastrous expedition against Matamoros;
and of the "Runaway Scrape."
Reports of the Constitutional Convention, the fall of the
Alamo, and the slaughter at Goliad have been supplied from other
sources, for Taylor, admittedly, was not on hand. This is by far


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