Herbert C. Klatt was a primary figure of the Lone Scouts of America movement in Texas. Not only did he contribute to Lone Scout, the organization’s official organ, he also wrote articles for a plethora of “tribe papers” and edited Lone Scout columns for regional and community newspapers. Despite all this, Klatt is probably best known as a friend and correspondent of Texas author Robert E. Howard. Klatt’s importance in Howard’s biography has not been fully explored, but he was instrumental in the introduction of his more famous friend to the group of writers that eventually produced The Junto, including Harold Preece and Booth Mooney. Upon his death in 1928, Klatt’s friends attempted to garner support for a memorial collection of his writings. Plans were made and printers contacted, but the attempt was never realized—-until today. This anthology collects Klatt’s letters to Tevis Clyde Smith and a sampling of his Lone Scout material. It also includes material by Robert E. Howard, Truett Vinson, and Smith.

REH contents

  • Robert E. Howard to Herbert Klatt: ca. fall 1925 “Bohut salaam, bahadur: / Again I write you, . . .”
  • “Stone Ranch” (excerpt from POST OAKS AND SAND ROUGHS) Robert E. Howard to Tevis Clyde Smith: ca. May 1928
  • “Salaam: / So Klatt has gone West.”
  • Also contains numerous excerpts from letters and POST OAKS AND SAND ROUGHS

Other contents

  • “Lone Scout Messenger Department”
  • “Lost His Card”
  • “For Those Interested in Birds”
  • “Easily Made Popcorn Popper”
  • “Wiselets”
  • “Can You Break an Egg?”
  • “Why Tribe Papers?”
  • Letter to Lone Scout
  • “The Round-Up: March 1924” by Royal McDonald
  • “Allan Quartermain”
  • “The Printing Question”
  • “Sparks”
  • “Typing”
  • “The Round-Up: July 1924” by Royal McDonald
  • “Publicity Exhibits”
  • “The Lone Scout Department” by William Glenn Wilson
  • “The Round-Up: Nov. 1924” by Royal McDonald
  • “Finances for Seven”
  • “The Round-Up: Jan. 1925” by Royal McDonald
  • “The Round-Up: March 1925” by Ottie Gill
  • “The Texarkoma Conference” by Karl M. Read
  • Excerpt: Vinson to Smith, April 26, 1925
  • “Here and There in Collector-dom”
  • “Rope” (verse)
  • “The Farm Blacksmith Shop”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: May 27, 1925
  • “Noted Remarks of Un-Noted Authors”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: June 28, 1925
  • “Sifter for Cleaning Cane Seed”
  • “Windmill as Signal Tower”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: July 2, 1925
  • “Texas News Notes” by Roy W. McDonald
  • Editorial, unsigned
  • “Texarkoma Conference” unsigned
  • “Notes” by Menlou Jermstad
  • “Central Texas Lone Scout Encampment” by Tom W. Drinkard
  • “Council Finances” Note
  • “Making Shoes Last Longer”
  • “Repairing Split Tool Handles”
  • “Lone Scouts of America” by J. W. Canada
  • “Our Lone Scout Page”
  • “Texarkoma Scout Changes Hands”
  • “Another Lone Scout Page” by Moody O. Wallis
  • “Children’s Play Wagon”
  • “Editorially Speaking”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: Sept. 6, 1925
  • “Editorially Speaking”
  • “Why I Joined the LSA” by Henry Adams
  • “The Booster Award”
  • “Our Monthly Pow-Wow” by Harold Preece
  • Herbert Klatt to Robert E. Howard: ca. fall 1925
  • “Jolting the Speed Out of Speedsters”
  • “Grow Some Willows”
  • “Want to Join?”
  • “The Useful Thing”
  • “The Club Boys’ Encampment”
  • “Our Monthly Pow-Wow”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: Nov. 26, 1925
  • “Title Winners in Texarkoma”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: Dec. 10, 1925
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: Dec. 21, 1925
  • “Other Amateur Publications” Note
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: Jan. 19, 1926
  • “A Blackboard at Home”
  • “Winter Reading”
  • “Fall in Line, Fellows!”
  • “Scout Brevities”
  • “Other Notes”
  • “Scout Brevities”
  • “The Southland Farmer Tribe”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: March 9, 1926
  • “POWS” by Roy DeMent
  • Letter to Texarkoma Lone Scout
  • “On Degree Trails”
  • “Stamp Collecting”
  • “Grab Pack for that Hike”
  • “Lone Scout Rallies”
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: July 25, 1926
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: March 7, 1927
  • Herbert Klatt to Clyde Smith: July 12, 1927
  • Excerpt: Post Oaks and Sand Roughs
  • Excerpt: Howard to Smith, ca. fall 1927
  • “Regional Conference-Rally at Dallas” unsigned
  • Gone West
  • “Herbert Klatt Died Thursday Morning”
  • “Herbert Klatt Is Laid to Rest at Hamilton”
  • Excerpt: Post Oaks and Sand Roughs
  • Truett Vinson to Clyde Smith: May 16, 1928
  • C. F. Klatt to Clyde Smith: May 18, 1928
  • “In Memory of Herbert C. Klatt”
  • Truett Vinson to “Friend”: May 21, 1928
  • Truett Vinson to “Friend”: May 25, 1928
  • Excerpt: Booth Mooney to Clyde Smith, ca. May 1928
  • Truett Vinson to “Friend”: June 5, 1928
  • “Epilogue” by Rob Roehm

Appendices

  • I. Wade Truett Vinson by Rob Roehm
  • “Lone Scout Messenger Department”
  • “A Comanche War Raid”
  • “Facts About Star Science”
  • “Gee! Just Think!”
  • “Around the Council Fire”
  • Truett Vinson to Clyde Smith: July 6, 1921
  • “A Tenderfoot’s Hike”
  • “Astronomy”
  • “Texas”
  • “Eureka”
  • Truett Vinson to Clyde Smith: April 15, 1925
  • Truett Vinson to Clyde Smith: April 26, 1925
  • “Editorial” Note
  • Truett Vinson to Robert E. Howard: circa fall 1925
  • Truett Vinson to Harold Preece: Aug. 20, 1927
  • Truett Vinson to Robert E. Howard: Aug. 30, 1928
  • Truett Vinson to Harold Preece: Dec. 27, 1928
  • “The Autobiography of a Bookkeeper”
  • “An Open Letter to Texas’ Governor” Comment
  • “Movie Notes”
  • “Notice” Comments
  • “New Orleans Sketches”
  • “Through Colorado”
  • Comment
  • Comment
  • “In Defense of the Christ”
  • II. Tevis Clyde Smith by Rob Roehm
  • “Lone Scout Messenger Department”
  • “Degrees—Not de Thoid?”

Notes

Edited by Rob Roehm
Print on demand via Lulu.com.

Publisher: Roehm’s Room Press
Year : November 2011
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st
Format : Hardcover  (6 x 9 inches, 152 x 229 mm)
Trade paperback 
(6 x 9 inches)
Pages : xxxviii plus 208
Cover : Photograph of Herbert C. Klatt
Illustrations : Multiple photographs

Herbert C. Klatt was a primary figure of the Lone Scouts of America movement in Texas. Not only did he contribute to Lone Scout, the organization’s official organ, he also wrote articles for a plethora of “tribe papers” and edited Lone Scout columns for regional and community newspapers. Despite all this, Klatt is probably best known as a friend and correspondent of Texas author Robert E. Howard. Klatt’s importance in Howard’s biography has not been fully explored, but he was instrumental in the introduction of his more famous friend to the group of writers that eventually produced The Junto, including Harold Preece and Booth Mooney. Upon his death in 1928, Klatt’s friends attempted to garner support for a memorial collection of his writings. Plans were made and printers contacted, but the attempt was never realized—-until today. This anthology collects Klatt’s letters to Tevis Clyde Smith and a sampling of his Lone Scout material. It also includes material by Robert E. Howard, Truett Vinson, and Smith.

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