The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971 Page: 585
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ever visiting the state. Content aside, the book is a modest unimaginative
example of the book-manufacturing art.
University of Texas, Austin MARTIN S. KERMACY
Lord Beresford and Lady Flo. By Eugene O. Porter. (El Paso: Texas
Western Press, 1970o. Pp. 44. Illustrations. $5.00.)
This slender volume presents the fact and legend about a British
aristocrat and a black woman who aroused curiosity in El Paso at the
turn of the century.
The facts are skimpy. Lord Beresford, scion of a distinguished family,
came to America as a young man and acquired ranching interests in
Mexico, New Mexico, and Canada. He acquired, too, a black housekeeper,
Lady Flo, who shared the last two decades of his life. The case came
to public notice when he died, leaving only a fraction of his considerable
estate to her. She attempted to claim a wife's share, but her claim was
unsubstantiated under Mexican law and disallowed under Texan. Thus,
she, who may have been the brains behind his success, was forced to settle
for a paltry share.
Legend about the couple is considerably richer than fact, and the
author examines the fiction as well as the truth. He sees the case as a
study in black and white against the backdrop of the American frontier.
From another viewpoint, it is a study of the life style of a Briton who
lived his life away from home during the days of empire.
Houston Baptist College
MARILYN MCADAMS SIBLEY
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971, periodical, 1971; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101200/m1/597/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.