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deals. In this connection the editor takes occasion to reply, in a
foot note of perhaps a thousand words, to two Spanish writers who
have attacked his recent work mentioned above. Sefior Garcia
knows his ground, has a high spirit, and can take care of himself
in a tilt with his critics.
Among the few things that Sefior Garcia is able to tell us about
Barrientos, author of the Vida y Hechos, are the facts that he was
professor of Latin in the University of Salamanca, an accomplished
scholar, and an ardent Catholic. The work was written in 1568,
but soon disappeared, and in spite of the efforts of bibliophiles to
find it, remained hidden until 1885, when it was unexpectedly
offered for sale in Madrid. It is divided into 52 chapters, occupy-
ing 152 pages. It deals in part with a description of Florida, but
more largely with the deeds of Menendez de Avil6s. Barrientos
was partisan enough to look upon the massacre of the Huguenots as
an 'heroic deed' brought about by divine agency, and perhaps his
prime motive in writing it was to give Philip II. the satisfaction of
reading about the destruction of the 'Lutherans.' Barrientos was
probably not in Florida with Menedez, but, says Sefior Gracia, as
he wrote from plentiful first-hand material, furnished by personal
witnesses of the events he describes, he has given us, perhaps, in
spite of his strong Catholic bias, the most authentic account of the
Fray Andres de San Miguel came to the New World in 1593, in
a ship called Nuestra Sefiora de la Merced. His detailed account
of the voyage is the second Relacion published in the volume under
review. He came to America a second time in 1597, entered a
religious house at Puebla, and later became a noted scholar and
engineer. Commenting on his Relacion Sefior Garcia says: 'Inde-
pendently of the unquestionable merit it possesses of having been
written by a witness of the events embraced in it, other circumstan-
ces exist which make it doubly valuable, such as its constant truth,
its delicate beauty, its natural and exquisitely tasteful grace, the
ingenuous fidelity of the characters, the dramatic interest, sustained
without effort, and the valuable teachings in which it abounds.'
H. E. B.
Aus Meinen Lebensfiihrungen. Von C. Urbantke. Cincinnati:
Druck von Jennings & Pye fiir den Autor. 1902. 12 mo., 168
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