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except in context-and the lack of a bibliography with a list of
repositories of sources somewhat limits its historical value. Such
conventional trappings might seem superfluous in such a brief
volume except for the myriad of persons mentioned. A roll call
of Fannin's command was added in an appendix.
Pointing out that none of Fannin's men whose writings exist
was critical of his leadership, despite his quotation from Barnard
condemning the Coleto plain as a battle-site, the author deplores
the fact that the men of Goliad and Refugio have failed to achieve
the exalted position in Texas history he feels they deserve. Well-
researched and worthwhile reading, this work makes no pretense
of being a new contribution to a well-known story. Its small size
and modest cost combine to bring the dramatic accounts of these
heroic Texans into the collections of many who would not other-
wise have had access to them.
Victoria, Texas LINDA SELLERS
The Cross Timbers: Memories of a North Texas Boyhood. By
Edward Everett Dale. Austin (The University of Texas
Press), 1966. Pp. ix+ x86. Illustrations and index. $4.75.
Although The Cross Timbers has merits which are distinctly
its own, Edward Everett Dale's previous achievements in scholar-
ship certainly enhance its significance. Dale is Research Professor
of History, Emeritus, at the University of Oklahoma and one of
the most prolific and truly outstanding historians of the South-
west. The Cross Timbers, the most recent publication in the
Personal Narratives of the West Series being produced by the
University of Texas Press, is Professor Dale's account of his boy-
hood in the Western or Upper Cross Timbers of Texas during
the 188o's.
Born on February 8, 1879, on a rented farm on the Fort Worth
prairie, Professor Dale was about three years of age when his
father purchased a fifty-six acre farm deep within the Western
Cross Timbers. It was situated to the east of the Missouri, Kansas,
and Texas Railroad, a mile and a half north of the little village
of Keller, and three miles south of Roanoke, Texas. The Dale
family spent the next ten years on this woodland farm, which


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