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that some of these Austin scenes were reproduced for each of
these three pictures.
Not being a historian on this particular subject I can merely
pass on some parts of the story as they were given to me.
The following letter from the Paramount Publix Corporation
to me, with copy of season pass, briefly explains my connection
with "The Conquering Horde":
30o September, 1930
Mr. W. E. Long
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Dear Mr. Long:
Today we received the most marvellous collection of photographs
of Austin in the early days, accompanied by a letter from our Mr.
Pickett telling us that you were almost entirely responsible for pro-
curing them for us.
I can't begin to tell you how grateful we all are, from William
Slavens McNutt and Grover Jones, who are writing the adaptation,
through Edward Sloman and Lester Longergan, the directors, right
on down the line to the "researchers," whose job it is to provide them
with the material from which they work.
If you should ever come to Hollywood, be sure to let us know and
we will be so pleased to have you come to the studio and see our
Again, our sincere thanks.
Very truly yours,
HELEN GLADYS PERCEY
Head of Research Department
I saw all of these moving pictures dealing with the first cattle
drives and would like to see them again because these drives
brought to Texas the first good money our folks had had in a
long time, and this is no disparagement of Confederate money.
Along in the early 30's a man by the name of P. P. Ackley came
to see me one day. He was approaching some eighty years of age.
He was a most pleasant individual and full of enthusiasm for
marking the old cattle trails. At his own expense he had printed
a strip map covering these trails-including the first one-all the
way from Southwest Texas across Indian Territory into Kansas.
Mr. Ackley had a farm in the Rio Grande Valley and also a home
in Oklahoma. Every fall he came through Austin on his way to
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