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During the two years that I had been in Texas,” wrote Dick Penrose in his Memoirs, “I had frequently received invitations from Dr. J. G. Branner, State Geologist of Arkansas, to come to that State and take charge of the work on manganese and iron ores; but the wide and very interesting field for research in Texas had always made me decline this offer. On my return from the Rio Grande, however, I felt that I had covered practically all of eastern Texas in the way of reconnaissance, and I began to wonder whether a new field in Arkansas would not have its attractions.

“I was so uncertain about the matter that I spent one whole evening in my room in the Capitol Building in Austin, making a balance sheet as to the inducements for the two appointments. I must acknowledge that the strongest point on the Arkansas balance sheet was that I would be associated with geologists better known in their profession than those in Texas; while in Texas, on the other hand, my work lay largely in a wild country where one was constantly subjected to unexpected events, and which was correspondingly attractive on that account. Finally, however, success in my profession prevailed, and I wrote to Doctor Branner accepting his appointment. In the meanwhile I kept up a nominal connection with the Texas Survey for a year or more.

“I must acknowledge that I did not go to Arkansas with any great enthusiasm, but simply because it was in the interest of advancement in my profession. The country was hot, swampy, full of malaria, and had nothing of the active spirit of progress which characterized Texas.”

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