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

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for experimentation in western transportation. Davis, as Secre-
tary of War, placed the work under the supervision of Major H.
C. Wayne, who took the animals through San Antonio to Camp
Verde, and soon discovered that each could readily transport
loads of six hundred pounds. But, perhaps as was to be expected.
he discovered also that the imported animals were less service-
able than in their native country, and hence urged the establish-
ment of a breeding herd in America for the purpose of more
rapid acclimation. Other shipments were made and private en-
terprise took up the idea. But Washington lost interest in the
project, the Civil War intervened, the camels scattered far and
wide, and in the development of mechanized transportation the
experiment was almost forgotten.
But here the story is reconstructed, and, according to the
author, the results might have been otherwise had not "Arbitrary
exercise of the [War] secretary's authority caused Wayne's rec-
ommendations to fall on fallow minds, dooming his experiment,-
with the intervention of war, railroad building, and the destruc-
tion by storms of the Guadalupe Valley commerce,-to failure."
However that may have been, Mr. Emmett has successfully
searched out the camel tales and contributed his share of adven-
turous incident to the annals of Texas.
J. EVETTS HALEY.
Cowboy Lore, by Jules Verne Allen, Naylor Printing Com-
pany, San Antonio (1933), takes up the "life of the cowboy,"
"cattle brands," "cowboy dictionary," and "songs of the range."
There is considerable overlapping of the first and third chapters,
and little fresh material in the section on brands. Almost two-
thirds of the book is given over to songs, wherein, it seems, Mr.
Allen has won more fame as a singer than a writer. He has in-
cluded the music of some thirty-seven of the old range favorites,
and herein lies the chief value of the book. It is illustrated with
appropriate head-pieces by Ralph J. Pereida.
Two items of Western Americana, apparently hithereto un-
catalogued are: J. Allen Hosmer, A Trip to the States by the
Way of the Yellowstone and Missouri, Virginia City, Mon. Ter.,
Beaver Head News Print, 1867, pp. ii, 94; and by Sam New-
comb, A Journal of a Trip from Clear Fork in Stephens County

Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/. Accessed December 24, 2014.