The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 399
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of Galveston and especially Houston in many different ways.
These facts also account not only for his interest in producing
Wave of the Gulf but also for inclusion in the book of many
of the episodes, historical sketches, and sketches of individuals.
The book is divided into four parts. The first part concerns
itself with the great metropolis of Houston and contains sketches
on such topics as Frostown and Tallow Town, Quality Hill,
Poetic Names of the Streets of Houston, Vinegar Hill, Sam
Houston Park, Old William Marsh Rice Home, Houston Acad-
emy, Pioneer Days of the Houston Turnverein, and the Houston
Cotton Exchange. The second part, Tales of the Coast Country,
contains stories about the black diamond ring of Mary Queen
of Scots, the early days of the Southern Pacific and of the Katy
in Texas, the battle of Richmond between the Woodpeckers and
Jaybirds, Bolivar Point, the early days of the Galveston News,
the Tremont Hotel, Santa Anna's black stallion, and the legend
of Goose Creek. The Historical Sketches of the third part touch
on such topics and persons as German and Swedish colonization
in Texas, Mrs. Jane Long, the "Mother of Texas," the
Battle of San Jacinto, Mary Jane Briscoe, the preserver of the
San Jacinto battleground, and the Twin Sisters cannon, famous
for their use in the battle of San Jacinto. The last sketch in
this part is entitled "When Texas Was Young", the title under
which Ziegler in 1936 published a short collection of historical
articles. The last part, Biographical Sketches, contains short
articles on Warren D. C. Hall, a pioneer cotton planter, Robert
Mills, the duke of Brazoria, John A. Wharton, the father of
Masonry in Texas, Sam S. Ashe, a pioneer sheriff of Houston,
William Marsh Rice, the founder of Rice Institute, Albert Sid-
ney Johnston, at one time owner of the China Grove plantation,
and Mrs. Adele Briscoe Looscan, "who has done more and
written more Houston and Harris County history than any
A few errors have crept into the first of the historical sketches.
At any rate, Waldeck and Leiningen (p. 201) could not in 1842
have carried letters to Stephen F. Austin, for he had died on
December 27, 1836. On p. 203 the year for the arrival of
Friedrich Ernst and Charles Fordtran in Texas should be 1831
instead of 1821 and that of the Klebergs and von Roeders should
be 1834 instead of 1831. Baron von Meusebach did not die in
Sisterdale, Kendall County (p. 205), but in Loyal Valley in
Mason County; and the Nobility League (p. 204) did not pay
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