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many of the ranchers branded the stray cattle that had originated
from the Maverick herd. These unbranded cattle were spoken of
as Maverick's cattle, and in time the term came to be applied to
any stray or unbranded animal. Not only did Mr. Maverick lose
his cattle, but he has been stigmatized all over the nation as the
original Texas cattle thief. It is high time that specialists on
frontier and western history should set this error right.
Among the references given on the cattle country one finds the
names of Emerson Rough, Philip Ashton Rollins, Frederick Rem-
ington, John A. Lomax, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Wister,
but there is no mention of Andy Adams, the master of them all.
In a book of such scope it is inevitable that minor errors and
discrepancies should appear. These can be easily eliminated in
future editions, which it is safe to predict will be many. For,
after all adverse criticism is considered, the fact remains that the
book is an important contribution to historical literature.
W. P. WEBB.
Activities of a Lifetime. By Joseph Amasa Munk. (Los Angeles:
The Times-Mirror Press. 1924. Pp. 221.)
Of the eleven chapters in this book five are either autobiograph-
ical in character or are descriptive of conditions and institutions
in the Southwest and as such are of some historical interest.
These five chapters are: Chapter I, Early Recollections; Chapter
II, Army Days; Chapter IX, The Munk Cattle Ranch; Chapter
X, The Munk Library of Arizoniana; Chapter XI, The Munk
Botanical Garden and Arboretum. The other chapters are either
essays on abstract subjects or addresses given by Dr. Munk during
his career as a practicing physician. In this review only the five
above-indicated chapters will be discussed.
Chapter I narrates the experiences of "an average country lad
living on an Ohio farm sixty-five years ago." The primitive con-
ditions which surrounded country life at that time, boyhood sports
and amusements, family sorrows and misfortunes, and rural social
life are all touched upon. While these descriptions are of more
personal than general interest, they do constitute intimate word
pictures of rural conditions in the heart of our country in the
middle of the last century.
In August, 1864, while only sixteen years of age, young Joseph
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