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Lighter DTStudy: The Devil Made Texas / Hell in Texas (8) RE: DTStudy: The Devil Made Texas / Hell in Texas 04 Jul 21


The Light(San Antonio, Tex.) (Oct. 25, 1938), p. B-1:

"Remember the little poem about 'Hell in Texas.' We said it had been knocking around the state for many years, but we didn't say how many. Subsequent research has revealed everything but the name of the author of this little effort, which has been reprinted thousands of times. During the World War tens of thousands of copies were sold by the Buckhorn Curio store people to soldiers, who sent them to their respective homes.

"'Hell in Texas' was written in 1887. Old-timers will tell you that was the year of one of the worst droughts in the history of the state. A farmer living near Pearsall, in Frio county, had taken about all he could stand off of Texas, and he sat down and got it off hus chest in 'Hell in Texas.' Two years later, in the spring of 1889, the drought was broken and the country was covered with grass and flowers. Meanwhile, 'Hell in Texas' had been given some circulation, and the author, feeing a little repentant, sat down and wrote the companion poem, 'Texas, a Paradise.' Both poems were given to the late Albert Friedrich, founder of the Buckhorn, and hundreds of thousands of copies have been printed since.

"For some reason, 'Hell in Texas' is by far the more popular."

On March 10, 1888, The Daily Light published (p.4) "Texas a Paradise," "Written by the author of Hell in Texas."

That suggests that "Hell" was already familiar to San Antonio readers, making an 1887 dtate for it quite likely.


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