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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930

Book Reviews and Notices

In 1912 the last of the X I T herds were sold, but that was not
the end of ranching on the the Capitol Reservation Lands. Since
1901 the company had been selling land in large blocks to other
ranchmen. In July of 1901 Major George W. Littlefield bought
235,000 acres and established his Yellow House ranch, which has
recently been divided into farming tracts. Other large tracts,
ranging from 20,000 acres to 200,000 acres, were sold to ranch-
men and colonizers. Then the Capitol Company itself turned to
colonization and began to sell its lands in small tracts, at first for
an initial payment of ten per cent and interest at six per cent, and
later for an initial payment of twenty per cent with six per cent
interest. "Uusually, after the first payment is made, the only
way for the company to get its money is for the farmer to take it
from the land at the point of his plow. The company has never
foreclosed upon a settler who was attempting to make his land
productive. . . . The company has been a colonizer, not an
exploiter." Human nature being what it is, there are indi-
viduals, no doubt, who think they could tell a different tale of the
benevolent administration of the company-though the reviewer
knows of none-but it is a noble record which the book discloses
of honesty, perseverance, and dogged business integrity.
The author, still in his twenties, is himself a graduate of the
range of which he writes, with the proverbial plainsman's penetrat-
ing vision and pungency of expression. Footnotes and bibliogra-
phy attest his familiarity with the technique of the historical
seminar without repressing his originality or the characteristic
freedom of his style. With a less restrictive title, his book would
live as classic of western history.
E. C. BARKER.
Spain and Spanish America in the Libraries of the University of
California. A Catalogue of Books. (Berkeley: University
of California Press. 1928.)
Among the recent contributions to the bibliography of the
Southwest, the Catalogue of Books, just published by the Univer-
sity of California Press, is of the greatest value to all those inter-
ested in the location of available material on the subject in this
,country. This is the first of two volumes, each of which will be

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101090/. Accessed May 4, 2015.