The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 396
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of the Dull Brothers ranch in La Salle and McMullen Counties to
1885, and as Indian agent at Anadarko until 1891. Earning a live-
lihood for his family became a real problem, for Lee Hall knew
nothing of how financial successes were achieved. Successively
he was a wholesale coal merchant, traveling passenger agent
for the Santa Fe, manager of his brother's gubernatorial cam-
paign, and captain of a company in the Spanish American War.
In the meantime his family, for reasons not clearly given, had
left him. He had won fame but there was little time left to
win fortune and family. He strove desperately. In Kansas City
he promoted a Texas road which he vainly hoped the Missouri
Pacific would buy. In St. Louis he worked for the sale of a tre-
mendous acreage of Texas rice lands. In 1906 he contracted
to organize and lead an armed force to protect the Giroux Con-
solidated Mines Company of Sonora, Mexico. A good salary
permitted a temporary reunion of his family in Washington.
New hope found its way into the eyes of Lee Hall, but soon the
light went out, for the region of the mines became so peaceful
that he and his guard were no longer needed. Subsequently he
worked in Mexico and Texas on a succession of projects; projects
connected with oil leases, mining concessions, colonization
schemes, and land sales. All to no avail. This epic chronicle of
the tragic strivings of Lee Hall to be conventional is a sad com-
mentary on a civilization which requires that all men shall con-
form to a prescribed pattern.
The book is not a contribution to historical research, but it is
very definitely a contribution to historical writing. There are
many passages within the covers of the book which will rank
high when measured by any literary standard. Witness this
description of the night of Hall's death and taps, for his funeral
was a military one:
In the plaza outside, a little wind was fluttering light
flowers. Darkness made contrast with the glint of fire-
flies and the moon-white wings of moths. And above
these little things, these pretty things, afar off there
shone the splendid stars that had given Lee Hall his
bearings when roads were lacking and the way was
dark. .. And then the notes of a bugle sounded four
times calling to the fallen warrior; falling in a con-
fession of human impotence, and rising in a last en-
deavor to go a little way with him upon his quest-the
hail and farewell of the army-a bugle sounding taps.
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941, periodical, 1941; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/m1/435/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.