The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 349
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The first chapter of this book is a moving account, which details
the struggle of the Hubbard, Hill County, boy in the pathetic
home of a drunkard father. The last chapter tells of a converted
oil man who gave him $175,000, of which Norris used $40,000, ac-
cording to the book, to build a mansion on the shores of Lake
Worth for old age. Throughout, his adored mother inspired and
The author betrays carelessness in misspelling Wood as
"Woods," Tanner as "Turner," Crawford as "Crowford," Truett
as "Truitt." He implies that certain incidental contacts with
Cordell Hull, Winston Churchill, the Lord Mayor of London,
and the Pope meant Norris consorted regularly with the lofty of
earth. The story of Norris' acquisition and management of the
Baptist Standard is patchwork pieced out of soiled cloth. But
doubtless the sprightly book will be cherished by partisans as a
worthy appraisal of a Texas character who was truly a phenome-
non and may become a legend.
JOSEPH MARTIN DAWSON
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967, periodical, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/m1/367/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.