The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 260
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Please meet the next freight train at the station. We are shipping
you the Garcia Library.
Texas State Historical Association.
Work on the Handbook is probably the most educative process
going on in the social science field in Texas. It is the task that
all energies should be concentrated on for the next two years,
until it is completed. We have gone too far now to turn back
or to slacken effort. Every person who has a contribution to
make should come forward with it. Those who have assignments
should turn them in.
It is the work on the Handbook which brings to light new
and ofttimes diverting information about Texas-such as the fact
that a Texas railroad-the Bartlett and Western, abandoned in
1935-once had stations named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
in each of which was a copy of the appropriate Gospel. The
stories behind place names are almost invariably interesting;
Bankersmith, in southern Gillespie County, for example, was
named in honor of Temple D. Smith, the president of the first
bank in Fredericksburg and known in the area as "Banker
The staff also acquires a potpourri of information about the
English language. The necessity of looking up powpow to see
whether it is two words, hyphenated, or one word led to the
discovery that it is indeed one word, as are powwowism and
powwower. And, whereas villainproof, wrinkleproof, foolproof,
lightningproof, punctureproof, and rebelproof are one word;
actor-proof, fade-proof, warp-proof, and humbug-proof are hy-
phenated. The list could be extended through a whole range
of word combinations that are the despair-as well as the enter-
tainment-of editorial workers.
Through the Pleasures of Publishing, published by the Co-
lumbia University Press, the staff has learned that others en-
counter the same type of perplexing problems. The November
3 issue carries the following note:
Some of the members of the Editorial Department are thinking
of starting a rival publication to be known as The Pleasures of
Editing. One of the greatest of these pleasures, they say, is the
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