The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 166

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guide him the writer occasionally loses his way in the jungle of
Texas bibliography. There is, for example, no convincing evidence
to substantiate Mr. Acheson's conclusion that Samuel Bangs was
the founder of the Galveston News, an honor that seems rightfully
to belong to Michael Cronican. The book follows a tradition, which
does not seem to antedate 1870, in placing April 11, 1842, as the
birthdate of the News. There was a paper called The Daily News
founded in Galveston on this date, but both contemporary and
secondary evidence strongly indicate that it had no more con-
nection with the present paper, founded by Cronican in June, 1843,
than the short-lived Dallas News of early 1885 had with the
Dallas Morning News of October 1, 1885. Moreover, Willard
Richardson, whom the book with justice calls the true founder of
the paper, joined it late in 1844, not in March, 1843.
The book stands almost alone in telling a comprehensive story
of a single Texas business enterprise. A thorough narrative of an
institution that has served Texas since it was a republic inevitably
approaches being a general history of the state. The author has
so well selected his materials that there is almost no major move-
ment upon which some light is not thrown.
San Antonio, Texas.
History of Hale County, Texas. My Mary L. Cox. (Plainview,
Texas: Privately published, 1937. Pp. xi, 230.)
Actuated with the desire "to preserve in permanent and tangible
form an authentic record of half a century of Hale County's
history and development," Miss Cox has written this book on one
of the South Plains counties. This story of the first half century
of the political existence of Hale County has been written "with
the hope that such data will be useful to those in both the present
and the future who may wish to acquaint themselves with the
early history of the county."
The book has an attractive format and is dedicated to the
memory of Lieutenant John C. Hale, who was killed at the battle
of San Jacinto, to the pioneers of Hale County, and to Dorothy
Cox. It is divided into sixteen chapters, of which the first fifteen
are the author's direct work and show a large amount of pains-


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