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not know the answer to either query until I encountered re-
cently Samuel Wood Geiser's article, "Dr. Benno Matthes: An
Early Texas Herpetologist," in Field and Laboratory, IX, Num-
ber 2, (May, 1941). I admit to quite an acquaintance with
Texas rattlesnakes, but I did not know that a herpetologist was
one who studied the structure, classification, and habits of rep-
tiles. In the article Professor Geiser gives an excellent account
of the work of Dr. Matthes in Texas. Matthes, a Silesian phy-
sician, was "the earliest devoted herpetologist who worked in
Texas." He arrived in Texas in August, 1853, and resided here
until his death on April 30, 1911, with several trips to Germany
in the interval. "Matthes wrote at least five herpetological
papers of merit all dealing with Texas animals." Also he found
a new species of salamander, now known as Ambystoma texa-
num (Matthes) in Fayette County. Dr. Geiser's entire note is
interesting to any person concerned with Texas history, and the
resume of Matthes's works, particularly of "Reise-Bilder von
Dr. Benno Matthes; Bilder aus Texas," leads one to agree with
Dr. Geiser that a translation would be valuable.
Frances Donecker, member of the Executive Council of the
Association and Junior Historian Sponsor at Harris Junior
School of San Antonio, spoke to the San Antonio Historical
Association November 19 on: "A Search for Quivira in Texas."
Miss Donecker's sixth grade workbook in Texas history, The
Story of Texas, was recently published by Steck and Company.
The Story of Texas is not only excellent for classroom work
but any adult interested in Texas history will find the answer-
ing of the questions therein a stimulating enterprise.
In the Fredericksburg jubilee memorial volume, Fest-Ausgabe
zum . . . Friedrichsburg, compiled and published by Robert
Penniger in 1896, occurs the following advertisement of a
distinctive Texas hostelry:
Das iLlteste Hotel in Friedrichsburg
Strikt Erster Klasse, und fuir ausgezeichnete
Aufwartung seiner Giste im ganzen Staat bekannt
Hauptquartier aller Reisenden und Sommergaeste
C. H. Nimitz, Eigenthuemer
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