The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909

Bookc Reviews and Notices.

other errors of like character, but it would require too much space
to point them out. However, these slips and the too evident per-
sonal antipathies of the author seem to be the chief faults of the
book. It is entertaining reading all the way through, and there
are especially interesting accounts of the work of the vigilance
committee in San Antonio, of the battle and massacre of the Ger-
man refugees on the Nueces River on August 10, 1862, of the cot-
ton peculations on the Rio Grande, and of the capture while on
Mexican soil of E. J. Davis, whose life Williams thinks he was
able to save. The author, by the way, seemed wholly unaware of
the part that Davis later played in the history of Texas. Perhaps
the most generally satisfactory portion of the book is that describ-
ing the wild life and society on the frontier ranches in the Indian
country. There is no blurring of the clear outlines of the picture
by after memories of the country's development.
This book is handsomely gotten up, with clear print on excel-
lent paper, has a few good illustrations, and is well bound.
C. W. R.
The Justice of the Mexican War: a Review of the Causes and
Results of the War, with a View to Distinguishing Evidence from
Opinion and Inference. By Charles W. Owen, M. A. (Yale), LL.
B. (Harvard), formerly of Staff Fourth Division, Second Corps,
Army of Potomac. (New York and London: G. P. Putnam's
Sons, 1908. Pp. viii, 291.)
The appearance of this volume is one of many indications that
thoughtful students of American history are beginning to see the
other side, even in such a heat-provoking controversy as that rela-
tive to the causes of the Mexican War. The time seems to have
come, indeed, for reconsideration of the subject and for a searching
examination of the conclusions relative thereto which have been
given general currency by such historians as Schouler and von
Holst and by the text-book makers who have followed them. Old
views should not be discarded simply because they are old, nor
the new accepted because of their newness; but all should be
brought to the test of a searching and dispassionate review, and
valid evidence should be critically distinguished from that which
is not valid.. Mr. Owen protests against the methods that have


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