The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 132

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Texas, several of them remote from larger centers, and spoke
approximately eight hundred and fifty times during the campaign
of 1920, so earnest and so eloquent that crowds up to twenty
thousand came to listen to him, Neff swept the powerful Joseph
Weldon Bailey from the field in his first campaign and won re-
election by a large majority over several opponents. As governor
he advocated and helped to inaugurate such reforms as the im-
provement of the penitentiary system and the sparing use of the
pardon power; the improvement of rural education, the introduc-
tion of vocational education, and the enlargement of the public
health program; highway improvement and the establishment of
state parks; taxation of natural resources; and the initiation of
a plan for a Texas centennial celebration.
This study is focused almost wholly upon the activity and
policies of Governor Neff himself, and is in no sense a history of
Texas under his administration. Though a great many Texas
newspapers are cited, the author seems to have drawn from them
nothing that could not have been found in the state documents
and in the publications of Pat M. Neff which she consulted.
North Texas State Teachers College.
Alam6n, Estadiste e Ilistoriador. By Josh C. Valadbs. (Mexico:
Antigua Libreria Robredo, Jose Porrua e Hijos. 1938.
Pp. xii, 576, (1). Plates.)
Lucas Alamin, conservative historian and statesman, a true
gentleman of the old school in Mexican history and politics, was
born in Guanajuato in 1792. His father, Juan Vicente, held several
municipal offices in Guanajuato and was instrumental in building
the Alh6ndiga de Granaditas, in which his friend, the intendente
Riaio, lost his life fighting against the rebel priest Hidalgo. His
mother, Doiia Maria Ignacia, had placed young Lucas under
Riafio for his first instruction in languages, music, painting, and
the natural sciences. Later, in Mexico City, using his legacy of
seventy thousand pesos inherited from his father, Alamin learned
French and began reading the revolutionary literature which had
seeped into New Spain. Later, in Guanajuato, he took up mining,
mathematics, Latin, the classics, drawing, and music. By adopting


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