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55. [HASTE, Richard A.]. Texas a World of Plenty. Chicago:  Rock Island System, Passenger Department, 1904. 61 [3] pp., photographic text illustrations, folded map:  Map Showing Those Portions of Texas Traversed by the Rock Island System and Connecting Lines [inset maps of the Panhandle and El Paso County), 38 x 29.2 cm. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers printed in green and black, stapled (as issued).  Small chip to blank margin of lower wrapper, generally very good, map very fine.  Small ink stamp of Colorado Historical Society (on inside upper wrapper and title verso).

     First edition. Adams, Herd 2279 (citing the 1907 edition): “Rare.”  Apparently this was a yearly publication touting the Rock Island Line (earlier years are known, such as the 1903 publication at the Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin).  These ephemeral publications are difficult to find, especially with the map, which was not bound in.  The Northerner author (identified in the introduction as Richard A. Haste) states that he “had assumed the superiority of the North in all things.”  After his visit, however, he found that he “had to put the brakes on my enthusiasm” and that the superiority of Texas for investment in any way is one to which he was “forced” by an overwhelming array of facts. Although much of his report deals with agricultural and industrial opportunities, he does devote several sections to livestock.  His county-by-county review also contains numerous comments about the livestock industry.  Of the “typical” Texan, the author comments:  “The Texan, of cheap literature, the swaggering border ruffian, with pistols and bowie knife, is conspicuous by his absence.  He may once have had a material existence, but he has long since retired over the border of Texan mythology.  Is there no prejudice against northern people?  Not any. The war is over in Texas” (p. 37). ($50-100) 

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