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they can obtain in no other way, and that the experience will
give them an abiding interest in Texas, its industries, its busi-
ness prospects, its romance and history.
5. To create a Foundation in Texas History by raising a
fund of $50,000 for publication. The first task of this Founda-
tion will be to prepare and publish a general reference work,
The Handbook of Texas. Such a work will require the codpera-
tion of every scholar who has special knowledge of any phase
of Texas history. It would contribute enormously to the knowl-
edge of the state.
Whether the Association can achieve its purposes depends
partly on the work of the staff, but finally it depends on the
interest and support of members and friends throughout the
A frequent criticism offered against textbooks is that they
are uninteresting. E. C. Barksdale's The Art and Science of
Speech, published by the Naylor Company, is one of the excep-
tions. Had the author not given it the subtitle, "A Textbook
for Student and Coach," the reader would think he wrote it
for people who really wanted to go out and make speeches. I
once read a book on dry farming which convinced me that
I could go out and raise crops in a drought. Not only did it
make me believe I could do it, but it made me want to try it. So
it is with Barksdale's book. Its dynamic quality, drive, fine
organization, and emphasis on the important, its flashes of
humor and vast fund of common sense will make an appeal to
anyone who has occasion to talk in public. School children are
not accustomed to textbooks written with such charm, and this
one may be denied them because it does not belong to the deadly
dull average. The Art and Science of Speech should be the com-
panion of the dictionary on the desk of every person who talks
for a living.
Guests of the Hilton Hotel at Abilene are arrested by the
painting of "The Cossacks" in the lobby. This is a copy of the
original by Repin, which is in the government museum in
Russia. "The Cossacks" is Repin's most famous work. The
copy at Abilene, according to Dr. R. N. Richardson, was done
by Peter Plotkin, a Russian, who resided at Abilene a year or
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