The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 517

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the country's fastest growing major city, having enjoyed a pop-
ulation increase from 1940 to 1950 of 60.25 per cent. Heusinger
points out, however, that San Antonio has had much greater
population gains percentage-wise in other decades. In the 1850-
186o decade the gain was 138.83 per cent, and in the decade
ending in 1890 the gain was 83.32 per cent. The federal census
for 185o revealed the city's population as 3,488, of whom, sur-
prisingly, only 262 were Negro slaves.
The Heusinger book is crammed with specific information,
much of which is especially helpful to architects, engineers, con-
tractors, real estate appraisers, and others who from time to time
need such data. The reader learns when the city's most important
commercial, industrial, educational, religious, and recreational
buildings were constructed. The dates of major street changes
are given. These data and similar data are invaluable for research
purposes. At the end of each decade the author mentions leading
business firms and industries that have been started during the
decade, as well as the names of leading professional and business
men who began their careers on the local scene. The appendices
name the mayors of San Antonio, judges of the county court of
Bexar County, judges of the district courts within the county,
chief justices of the Fourth Court of Civil Appeals, postmasters
of San Antonio, representatives in Congress, military command-
ers at San Antonio, superintendents of the city's public schools,
presidents of the Chamber of Commerce, and various other hon-
orary officers and officials. A glossary gives the English meanings
of Spanish words frequently used with reference to San Antonio
historical matters.
The slender, well printed, well bound volume has a definite
appeal to the general reader interested in the long and colorful
history of San Antonio. This newest addition to an ever-growing
list of books about the City of the Alamo is the result of many
years of research and note-taking by the author.
The Hermit Philosopher of Liendo. By I. K. Stephens. Dallas
(Southern Methodist University Press), 1951. Pp. 402. $5.00.
This book is at least four manifest stories. It is the account of


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