A book lover in Texas by Evelyn Oppenheimer

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Thus one came to know that the beautiful young wife of a local merchant prince relieved her boredom by Page 5 enjoying an affair with the Dallas mayor, and bore a son who inherited all His Honor's physical features. In due time the husband shot himself, not too expertly but at least effectively. A similar event of more serious implications occurred when a young Jew married the daughter of a prominent Protestant family who had their "restricted" Dallas Country Club refuse him membership or even admittance.

Johnson wrote to me about the possible use of my book review broadcasts for the U. S. Information Agency, and in it he included, "It has been quite some time since we met through Dewey and Jo Bradford, but I hope the time is not too far distant when we could meet again. . " A month later, March 10, 1961, a letter came from Edward R. A. suggesting that I send Page 42 a tape to Voice of America for foreign re-broadcast of some of my reviews, which of course I was glad to contribute. It was Dewey Bradford who arranged for me to act as agent for artist Peter Hurd to paint the mural in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library in Austin.

Under the expert guidance of that teacher from Alabama who had spent so much time and study abroad, we traveled all summer in England, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. Even then I avoided going into Germany, as memory was still fresh about the barbarism of Kaiser Wilhelm's army in Belgium, a forerunner of what would come a decade later in the horrors of the holocaust. Austria, too, can leave a taste of bitterness which all the whipped cream and chocolate cannot cover, especially in Vienna where some of us can still hear the sound of the locking of ghetto gates at sunset under the melodic flow of Strauss waltzes.

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