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This little work of "Private and Personal Observations and Remin-
iscenses" is dedicated to all friends of Nature, and to San Antonians
in particular. It is not pretended to be a strictly scientific work,
though based on scientific principles, but more a popular and res-
ponsible treatise on Nature observations around San Antonio, the most up-
to-date and metropolitan city of Texas; with over 100,000 inhabitants,
with unexcelled climate, sanitary surroundings, artesian water supply, sew-
erage system, unmatched public utilities, superb city parks and amuse-
ment resorts, up-to-date public buildings, a world-famed military post,
and last but not least, unequaled historic reminiscenses. It is a treatise
on insect and animal life, and some outing and hunting reminis-
censes in particular; and it is nearly all a reprint of original articles pub-
lished lately in Texas Field and National Guardsman, of which Colonel
O. C. Guessaz and Louis A. Guessaz are the editors, and to whom the wri-
ter is indebted for many courtesies. Also is the writer indebted to the
San Antonio Daily Express for the loan of engravings from original pho-
tos by the writer, and to Mr. Albert Friedrich of San Antonio for the loan
of the elegant halftone plates of his unexcelled collection of Texas deer
A work of this kind takes many years of personal and accurate obser-
vations and reliable original data, as well as up-to-date and original illus-
trations of each subject, and, in how far this has been accomplished, is
left to the kind judgment of the reader.
For want of space, time and chronological data, it would be fu-
tile to attempt writing a detailed description of "Old San Antonio,"
of which only a few works exist, and among these the newest and best
is written by Charles Merritt Barnes, entitled "Combats and Conquests of
Immortal Heroes," published by the Guessaz & Ferlet Company of San
Antonio, Texas (1910). It is a work of superior merit and profusely illus-
trated with early day scenes.
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/8/?q=menger: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.