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Company in a job which made him travel and yet left time to col-
lect. Some of Haley's most delightful paragraphs are those in which
Vandale searches out a rare document-such as the original diaries
of William Fairfax Gray-or a rare book-such as Robert Green-
how, The History of Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and California.
If an item was important or rare in Texas history, Vandale went
after it, and he had more than his share of success. In 1948, he
sold his collection to the University of Texas for $1oo,ooo.
Haley's treatment of Vandale is admittedly sympathetic. The
book, although not long, is filled with "I wish I had written that"
sentences. In describing Vandale's technique, he said:
With careful logic backed by a persuasive roll of cash-not cheques-
and with a ruthless resolve that would have put a Texas gunman
to shame, Earl Vandale took the trail of the most fugitive and elu-
sive documents, followed them for months and miles, chased them
into attics, vaults, basements and even old maids' boudoirs and left
the former proud owners and unwilling partners to the betrayal of
family pride wondering how it happened.
No claim is made that all Vandale stories are recorded here.
Each purchase or trade Vandale made was distinctive and has
its own legend; yet Haley has included the more interesting
ones which reflect the character of a man who aided invaluably
the cause of Texas history.
When H. Bailey Carroll compiled his Texas County Histories,
A Bibliography (1943), he dedicated it to E. L. Shettles, C. W.
Raines, E. W. Winkler, and Earl Vandale, whom he called "that
four star quartet of distinguished Texan bibliographers." In this
book Haley proves the wisdom of Vandale's inclusion in the list.
Of the four, E. L. Shettles' name is presently the most neglected.
JAMES M. DAY
Texas State Archives
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