Books: History with Horns

THE LONGHORNS—J. Frank Dobie—Little. Brown ($3.50).

As national emblems, the Harding-faced, carrion-rending bald eagle and the noble, hunchbacked bison are as familiar to Americans as Washington's profile or Lincoln's warts. Last week another great indigenous candidate for national beast got his first boost. He was the Texas Longhorn. His boosters were Texan Author James Frank Dobie and Texan Artist Tom Lea. How far their book could lift the Longhorn into the U. S. animal pantheon remained to be seen. But it was clear that he was eminently worthy of rescue from 50 years of...

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