The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 91
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The wounded lying in the hospital were dragged out of the
fort and shot. Their bodies with that of Colonel Fannin, were
drawn out of the fort about a fourth of a mile and were
Laura Lettie Krey's residence in Minnesota has emphasized her
love for Texas as proved by her book - and Tell of Time. She
has deposited the printer's copy of her manuscript and the corrected
galley proof with the Association for indefinite safe-keeping. This
material, along with that of other authors, constitutes what in time
will be a most impressive exhibit in the Texas Collection. "I feel
very grand and elegant," writes Laura Lettie, "with my manu-
script residing in perpetuity in the University of Texas library."
Other Texas authors who have this same "grand and elegant"
sensation are J. Frank Dobie, T. U. Taylor, Jac. L. Gubbels,
Eugene C. Barker, the writer and perhaps others that Mr. Donald
Coney has gathered. Publishers do not return the original manu-
script of a book unless requested, and at the end of six months
they destroy it. Most authors, especially beginners, do not request
the return of the typescript until it is too late. They are too
excited over their new book! The Texas Collection will receive,
either as a gift or on deposit, the original, or printer's typescript
and proofs of any Texas book or any book by a Texan. What would
it mean to have the original manuscripts of 0. Henry's short
Dr. Eugene C. Barker is noted for his trenchant speech and
incisive writing. He is but seldom known to waste a word, and
students are often nonplused by his economy. Laura Lettie Krey
tells a grand story to illustrate. As a student in Dr. Barker's
history class, she was required to write a paper. She did her best,
turned in the result of her investigation, and awaited the verdict.
In time the paper came back marked: "This may be literature-
certainly not history." If Laura Lettie still has this paper, it
should come to the Texas Collection to prove her early literary
promise and to identify perhaps the only professor to recognize it.
Laura Lettie Krey is still a student of history. It is the stuff
her novels are made of. "Might I . . . trouble you," she writes, "to
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