The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 63
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A Texas Literary Society of Pioneer Days
With everyday life as simple and uneventful as described by
these two young people, and the young folks starving for enter-
tainment, it is no wonder that the literary society prospered.
Besides, in the four weeks that intervened between the meetings,
there was plenty of time during the "frightfully monotonous"
days to create something worth while for the Prairie Blume.
There was time to rewrite and polish up a poem, to think up a
conundrum and put it in verse form, or to add a serious thought
to an otherwise simple narrative.
The young people used the conventional mode of address,
"Sie," and were more formal in their intercourse than is custom-
ary now. The following scene illustrating this point impressed
itself vividly on the memory of Caroline Perlitz (Mrs. Bernhard
Romberg) : Julius Willrich riding up to the yard gate invited
Carl Perlitz, "I have the honor to invite you to the next meeting
of the Prairie Blume at our house." To this Carl Perlitz answered
in all seriousness, "It is an honor to accept." And Julius Willrich
concluded, "The honor is distinctly ours."
The families took time about in entertaining. the group. At
such a meeting the literary program was given first, then refresh-
ments were served, and indoor games or dancing usually ended
the evening. There were pianos in the settlement; a good flute
player and occasionally a violinist assisted with the music. Those
coming from a distance spent the night in the neighborhood.
In the four copies of the Prairie Blume still in existence, the
topics written about are such as the events of a particular Sunday
or the significance of Sunday; accounts of short trips; experiences
during a journey; humorous events; the hunting of ducks, deer,
bears, and so on. Then these young pioneer folks, who lived
much out in the open, mention frequently horseback riding, the
prairie in its different moods, the sheltering live oak, the gray
Spanish moss, long lines of flying geese, the destructive norther,
the fresh morning, restful noonday, the quiet evening. Repeatedly
they mention the wonder of the stars-especially sitting in front
of the house in the evening under the stars.
A more serious subject that is brought up repeatedly is the
comparison of social and political conditions in Europe and in
Texas. In connection with conditions in Europe, the following
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949, periodical, 1949; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101121/m1/69/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.