First rate story of pioneer Texas -- of the pettiness and ambitions and passions of the men who strove to build a civilization out of material things and figments of their own greed and imaginations run riot. The setting is a ""wide place in the road"" with no legitimate hope of natural growth to city proportions -- of the nucleus of men who determined that other men should come to them, and sent out a pamphlet painting the glories (which were not yet), as if they were. Then from Arkansas came a disheartened lawyer who had lost his crops with the locusts -- and a French peddler who wearied of selling laces and turned to pigs -- and a fanatical young lawyer, who learned to compromise only through failure. Indians and floods and plagues and droughts -- rape and murder -- all came to defeat them. A fresh and new picture of frontier life, and a book that should get a good press, and be due for immediate sales and the long haul. One of the early Fall high spots.