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Mr. Lomax suggested that I take the job of drawing up the constitution of the proposed society and make some general preliminary statement about the plans and purposes of such a society; and for his job he would begin to shell the woods for members to join us in the undertaking. He had a wide acquaintance in the state, and he proposed to correspond with, solicit support from, and interview various influential individuals in the interest of the undertaking. "I wrote to my friend Professor H. M. Belden at the University of Missouri, who had formed a folklore society in his state, and asked him for suggestions.
C. Green, Houston; Miss Katie Daffan, Dallas; Louis Wortham, Fort Worth; Miss Birdie Porter, Corsicana; W. P. Hobby, Beaumont; Mrs. Lillie T. Shaver, San Marcos; Mrs. M. W. Sims, Bryan; H. F. Triplett, Beaumont; Frank B. Barry, Dallas; J. B. Jones, College Station; Prof. C. P. Fountain, College Station; Prof. O. F. Chastain, College Station; G. C. Embry, College Station, President R. T. Milner, College Station; W. H. Thomas, College Station; John A. Lomax, College Station; Mrs. John A. Lomax, College Station; President S.
Interestingly, Mary Baker Eddy accompanied Twain that same year. Twain had a running feud with Mrs. Eddy and believed that her Christian Science movement would bring about the collapse of western civilization, or something near. It was as if they left together in order to continue the conflict. The Texas Folklore Society, slapped into life at the TSTA convention in the waning days of 1909, began to grow in 1910 with the vigor and enthusiasm of its parent founders. Leonidas Payne, who was on the UT campus, the intellectual center of Texas, was president.