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TEXAS BOOKS A ship of state Byjudyth Rigler V oyages of the Steamboat Yellow Stone is not strictly a Texas book — more a study of western American history — but a great deal of its drama belongs to early-day Texas. The time is 1831 to 1837, and the Yellow Stone's purpose is to travel the Missouri River, carrying goods upriver to Indians and bringing furs downstream to the markets of the world, thereby establishing John Jacob Astor's Ameri- j I'tfrlV'Ami'rieatiSltwinliofit \ as It Pit WLfinxi on the Uf ifw,Missouri NitAreitut I 'htycflft ,1 fajnr Rok> in (fa- Steamboat Yellow Stone Donald Jackson Voyages of the Steamboat Yellow Stone, by Donald Jackson (Ticknor & Fields, $16.95). crew, her captain, John E. Ross, assumed great risk by allowing his boat to be commandeered in this way. Perhaps Perhaps his support was based, in part, on the fact that she had also transported the Mobile Grays, the troops who had come to Texas to fight and die at Goliad. Later, Houston was to say, "A compliance compliance on the part of Captain Ross and his crew enabled me to save Texas.'' Besides Houston and his men, horses, and artillery, the steamboat also transported Gail Borden and a replacement replacement printing press from Columbia to Houston to re-establish the republic's publication, the Telegraph and Texas Register, following the dumping of the original press into Buffalo Bayou by Santa Anna's men. But the Yellow Stone's saddest voyage may have been when it carried the body of Stephen F. Austin from Columbia, where he died on December 27,1836, the few miles down the Brazos to Peach Point Plantation, the home of Austin's sister, where the great man was laid to rest. This book contains fascinating glimpses glimpses into the role of the steamboat in frontier America, and particularly in early-day Texas. A number of photographs photographs add visual interest.^ TEXAS TRIVIA Good oil days Texas oil has been in use since 1540. Survivors of Hernando de

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 09 Feb 1986, Sun,
  3. Page 89

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