Book Reviews and Notes
observer and he has left us in his Continuacidn not the product
of his first experience only, but the result of numerous marches
and countermarches, from San Diego to Monterrey and beyond.
The translator correctly points out that he was perhaps one of
the ablest governors of California during the Spanish period.
The translator has succeeded in retaining the direct simplicity
and conciseness that characterize the original narrative of Fages'
report. His scholarly annotations enhance the value of the trans-
lation which has been printed in an excellent format. The
Description thus becomes a most welcomed addition to the in-
creasing sources made available in recent years for the study of
the glamorous history of the Southwest and an indispensable tool
for the historian as well as the ethnologist.
C. E. CASTAfEDA.
Notes and Fragments of the Mier Expedition. Compiled by
Houston Wade. (La Grange, Texas: La Grange Journal,
1936. pp. 158. Illustrations.)
Collecting materials of a genealogical and historical nature has
for some years been the avocation of Houston Wade. The Texas
Centennial was the impetus for the compilation of the contents
of the book here reviewed.
The Mier expedition will form an important episode in the
heroic period of Texas history as long as the history of our state
will be written. The publishers do not here undertake to reprint
the stories of the ill-fated Mier expedition told by William Preston
Stapp, Thomas Jefferson Green, and John Henry Brown, but
they have printed a compilation of stories either written or told
by other men. Their one purpose in publishing has been "to keep
alive, in the minds of men, a memory for those noble patriots
who fought that ... others might become free citizens of Texas."
The book contains short biographical sketches of John Rufus
Alexander, Captain Claudius Buster, Benjamin Z. Boone, George
Bernard Erath, M'ichael Robert Pilley, and Captain Charles Keller
Reese, and it contains stories told by all of these except Boone
and Pilley. These accounts are not new and have all appeared
The book also contains the names of three hundred and eleven
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101103/. Accessed December 24, 2014.