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famous Confederate admiral, Raphael Semmes; Neale's stories of the great
Semmes eking out a bare living at uncongenial and unimportant duties,
during the latter years of his life; weary and jaded, but never losing
his fighting heart, and occasionally contemning the inanities of his
humdrum existence in language well salted by his years at sea, were
among the great sagas of magnificent failures; and the pity is that they
have not been better preserved.
Notwithstanding the exciting years through which he lived, and the
romantic scenes through which he passed, William A. Neale was by na-
ture quiet, and himself lived an undramatic life. With his passing, an
immense fund of true, but unbelievable, stories has gone forever from the
knowledge of man. A few members of a younger generation still cherish
stories of the Brownsville that he loved; but no one now lives who recalls,
even from childish memories, the picturesque Brownsville of early river-
boat days, that he once knew.
The following announcement of a grant totaling $15,000
made to the Association by the Rockefeller Foundation is made
in the Foundation's Annual Report for 1942, pp. 211-212:
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
An Appropriation for another regional study was given to the Texas
State Historical Association, which has close relations with The Univer-
sity of Texas. The Association has also state representation in staffs of
other institutions. In addition to maintaining a publication, Southwest-
ern Historical Quarterly, and issuing monographs, it has undertaken the
publication of The Junior Historian, written by and for young people
in the secondary schools. This journal is prepared by local chapters of
young people who have the encouragement of the Association in studying
the history of their immediate locality and of the State.
Some of the members of the Association are in business or in industry
in sections of Texas where it is possible to collect unpublished documents
useful to the work of the Association. Pioneers still living have facts
that can be preserved only by interview. Large collections of unpublished
materials at the University are available to scholars and historians. In
many instances small grants will enable writers to complete their manu-
scripts on significant phases of southwestern history. With that in view,
the Foundation appropriated $15,000 to be used during the three years
from July 1, 1943, toward the completion of studies of the Association.
The present committee on awards, consisting of Dr. Eugene
C. Barker, President L. W. Kemp, and Vice-President Her-
bert Gambrell, has made two awards for the summer: (1) L.
F. Sheffy, W. T. S. T. C., Canyon, Texas, for the completion
of a manuscript on "The Colonization of Northwest Texas";
(2) Mody Boatright, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, for
the completion of a manuscript on "Gib Morgan, Folk Char-
acter of the Oil Fields."
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