Preface [chapter]

1967 M. K. Kellogg's Texas Journal, 1872  
Three little pencilled notebooks (averaging about 4x6.5 inches each) constitute the journal of Miner K. Kellogg's trip to Texas. The note books, entitled by Kellogg "M. K. Kellogg's Mems: Exploring Expedi tion to Texas, 1872," were left in library custody at The University of Texas when a history professor who was considering editing them moved to other campus scenes. Eventually the librarian got around to a cursory reading, a perusal which became exciting when Kellogg's ac count related the
more » ... gress of a mineral expedition across a part of North Texas familiar to her. The account seemed to be an objective description of the Texas of 1872 by a non-Texan without preconceived notions, who, while he grumbled at discomforts and was discouraged by the company's failure to find the minerals it sought, did depict the local scenes in words refreshingly different. Considerably later, when some information became available, Kel logg-world traveller, author, artist-was revealed as a journal keeper "from way back," who had begun recording his impressions with notes and sketches during travels as a teen-ager. His writing in the Texas notebooks was uniform and legible. Scarcity of paper plus the necessity for making his notes while being jerked in an ambulance over rough trails or by dim light in an army tent account for a general disregard of punctuation save for the extensive use of dashes. Often he jotted down phrase sequences separated only by spaces, noted herein by three hy phens. Seldom, however, did he fail to observe the convention of begin ning a new sentence with a capital letter; for the reader's ease I have provided the initial capital for what Kellogg, by ending the preceding sentence with a period, obviously intended as a new sentence. But, other wise, to retain in Kellogg's own written form a sense of the unfavorable conditions under which the artist wrote, I did not standardize his style according to modern conventions: the erroneous use of apostrophes, the inconsistencies of abbreviations, the misspellings, the run-on and fragmentary sentences are left as he wrote them. On occasion Kellogg left blank spaces, obviously intending to fill them in later. The information lost in these blanks is negligible com pared to the blank left by the loss of his sketches, the pictorial record of the trip and the reason for his employment on the Texas Land and viii PREFACE
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