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fallen under the Napoleonic influence. Further, he builds up a
convincing case for the Romany descent of the Santa Anna family
and thus accounts for his restlessness, cunning, and impatience. It
was something of an achievement in 1835 to organize in Mexico
a large army and march it two thousand kilometers to the field of
action, conceive and execute a plan of campaign which scorned
military science, and attain virtual success. Yet, over-confidence
resulted in the loss of all that had been gained. The surprise attack
and eighteen minutes of fighting at San Jacinto assured independ-
ence for Texas.
Valad6s gives many interesting sidelights on both the Mexicans
and Texans of the war period. His skilful use of documents
and his constructive criticism of earlier works such as Filisola's
Memoria para la historia de la guerra de Tejas place him in the
front rank of Mexico's historical writers. His book definitely
belongs in the private library of every student of Texas or Mex-
ican history.
The University of Texas.
The Administration of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, 1991-1925.
(Waco: Baylor University Press, 1938. Pp. xiii, 124.)
The Baylor University Press is to be commended for the publi-
cation of this master's thesis on the administration of one of the
greatest governors of Texas. It would be a valuable addition to the
political and historical literature of Texas if we had in published
form a careful study of the administration of each of the Texas
governors from Henderson to Allred. The present study begins
with a biographical sketch, emphasizing the strong influences of
home and religion upon Pat M. Neff, tracing his education through
the attainment, unusual for Texas governors, of the B. A., LL. B.,
and M. A. degrees, recalling that he was the youngest Speaker of
the House of Representatives to preside over that body, and con-
cluding with a summary of his public services since leaving the
governor's office. A chapter each is given to his first campaign
for governor, his first administration, his second campaign for
governor, his second term as governor, and his service as governor.
So tireless that he traveled into more than half the counties of


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