The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 61
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Edwin Theodore Dumble
geology of the Red River region from Texarkana to Denison. His
assistants included J. S. Stone and J. A. Taff. Hill resigned from
the survey on September 3o, 189o, however, because of a disagree-
ment with Dumble.
The argument between Hill and Dumble was regrettable, for it
alienated two men who were the giants of geology in Texas at the
time. Any potentially fruitful results of their close cooperation
were forever lost. The circumstances leading up to their misunder-
standing were described by Hill in these words:
The summer of 1888 and spring of 1889 were among the happiest
days of my life. I was filling the chair of Geology at the University
which had been established for me. The State Geological Survey,
which had been created by my initiative and effort, was ably func-
tioning under Mr. Dumble, who had been appointed to the office
on my recommendation.
At that time he and I were the best of friends and started our
respective tasks in most harmonious relations. We built homes near
each other, and the way seemed clear for years of productive labor
in our respective spheres. I did everything within my power to assist
him in getting started, and secured for him four fine young as-
sistants from Harvard, Messers. R. A. F. Penrose, Jr., George L. Ladd
(afterwards State Geologist for Missouri); Ralph S. Tarr, later Pro-
fessor of Geology at Cornell, and J. W. Stone, who last year died
in Boston after a career as an eminent surgeon.
In 1890o I had a most unfortunate scrap with Mr. Dumble, the
State Geologist. All of the causes are not entirely clear to me to this
In the spring of that year I had been working hard out of Denison
on the North Texas Cretaceous Section. While doing this I received
a copy of the Second Annual Report of his Survey which contained
undue strictures upon my work by one Dr. T. B. Comstock. The
strictures upon my work were to the effect that I made wrong de-
terminations of the Paleozoic at Marble Falls and Shinbone Ridge
and that I was wrong in my allegations that the Cretaceous had
covered the Burnet Llano Country-I knew that I was right at least
in the last contention and felt very badly that such criticisms should
have been made without consultation with me.
This form of attack rendered me sensitive, and when Mr. Ralph
S. Tarr, at that time an assistant upon the Survey who had been
working in the Guadalupe Mountains, came to me with a grievous
complaint that he had been wronged by Mr. Dumble by charging
to his account and withholding from his pay the value of some
horses which had been stolen while he (Tarr) was engaged on of-
ficial duty. Feeling that I had in a degree been responsible for
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