The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 142

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cumbing to local history-the latter for an attractive format and the
effective use of photographs. The editor's talent, however, is not con-
fined to compilation, organization, and photography. Both the initial
and final chapters demonstrate the editor's poetic imagery, where a
snake is "the long secret that feeds on insects" and faddish investiga-
tions of the Saratoga Light are recognized as modern quests for the
Holy Ghost.
Relating accounts of multiple authors in a geographically limited
area with a relatively recent history of social development results in
some repetition. There is no bibliography for comparative studies.
The neglect of any synthesis or editorial conclusion may detract from
this as a scholarly work, but Tales from the Big Thicket makes little
pretense to be more than an enjoyable escape to the wood-culture of
the past, to the thrill of the bear hunt of yesterday, to the quiet, nat-
ural retreat in the middle of an increasingly urban world. The fact
that this collection ends without any conclusion suggests, hopefully,
that still more tales are to come from the Big Thicket.
Lamar State College of Technology ANDREW JOHNSON
A History of Irion County Texas. By Leta Crawford. Waco (Privately
printed), 1966. Pp. v+x52. Illustrations, appendices, index. $6.95.
Irion County, named for Robert Anderson Irion, Secretary of State
of the Republic of Texas under Sam Houston, was organized in 1889
from Tom Green County. The area of the present county lies in the
path of at least two of the early Spanish expeditions. In 165o Hernin
Martin and Diego de Castillo came from Santa Fe to the Jumano
Indian country where they remained for six months. In 1684 the
Mendoza-Lopez expedition crossed the area en route from the Rio
Grande to the Colorado River. The area was also crossed by the But-
terfield Overland Mail Route and the San Antonio-San Diego Mail
Route.
This history represents a "labor of love" by the author, who is a
native of the county and a descendant of one of the early families,
Fayette and Annie G. Tankersley. Miss Crawford states in the Foreword
that it was compiled because of her desire to preserve some of the
first-hand information which has been given to her by those who were
a part of the formative years. The story is well documented with
information from the Tom Green County Library, San Angelo, Texas;

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