The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934

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able, being, as they are, the impressions of a sensitive woman
suddenly transported into the isolated, monotonous life of a fron-
tier army camp. Many of the characters are clearly drawn, and
their observations and speech are true to the time and country,
as the cynical bachelor, cramped in the rain and complaining
that "Jesus wept, and well He might if He ever drove a Bull
Train"; the old army woman who would not "call it a Frontier
Post unless you made at least two encampments between the
railroad and your destination;" the emigrants bound for Pike's
Peak bearing a standard declaring "we will get there if it kills
a horse"; the old half-breed scout who tenderly watched the
hysterical soldiers' wives after news of a Nez Perce battle, re-
marking, "I suppose God Almighty made them that way, but I
don't know what for"; and the landlady of a Hays City hotel
who apologized to the author-when a burly negro was shot to
death and fell through the door into her room--that such "shoot-
ing scrapes were common, but that she never could ge used to
them."
J. Evrts HALEY.
Texas Camel Tales. By Chris Emmett. (San Antonio: Naylor
Printing Company, 1932. Pp. xv, 275. Illustrations,
$2.50.)
Considerable interest has recently been manifested in the his-
tory of what was probably the most unique transportation ex-
periment of Western America, "Jeff Davis' camels." But it re-
mained for Chris Emmett, young lawyer of Victoria and San
Antonio, not only to point out the inception of the idea and its
official trial and results, but to follow the trail of the camels
themselves long after the government had surrendered its inter-
est in the project. And Mr. Emmett has literally done this, for
his quest has taken him along the old traces followed by the com-
plaining caravan from its embarkation at old Indianola to its
distribution in the ranges of the Southwest and its final dissem-
ination among zoos and circuses. From the memories of many
pioneer citizens he has collected pertinent details of the "camel
experiment," thereby supplementing the documentary sources and
has written the narrative in interesting style.
In 1856 a shipment of camels was unloaded at Powder Horn

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