The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938

Book Reviews

The last chapter of the book is a half-hearted theoretical and
altogether unconvincing attempt to answer the question, "Is There
a Way Out ?" After all, a historian is not necessarily called upon
to be a prophet. As a historian, the author of Divided We Stand:
The Crisis of a Frontierless Democracy has extended his own
frontiers beyond those he conquered in The Great Plains and The
Texas Rangers. The compelling forces of thought, a sense of
justice and intellectual curiosity are taking him far beyond the
historical procedure of iterating through addenda the pattern of
some initial lucubration.
J. FRANK DOBIE.
The University of Texas.
Naturalists of the Frontier. By Samuel Wood Geiser. With a
foreword by Herbert Spencer Jennings. (Dallas: University
Press in Dallas, 1937. Pp. 341. Frontispiece, maps, ap-
pendices. $3.00.)
For some years Professor Geiser has been known as a writer
interested in the history of natural science on the Texas frontier.
This interest led him into an extended research and caused him to
write ten biographical sketches for the Southwest Review. These
sketches, preceded by a chapter headed "The Naturalist on the
Frontier," form the volume which is here reviewed.
How the author became interested in the Texas naturalists he
tells us in the following words: "In the course of the following
months I amassed a wealth of materials regarding Boll, and my
interest was awakened to investigations that have absorbed my
time for ten years. . . . After learning that Boll's collections
were distributed from St. Louis to Leningrad, I asked myself if
there might not be other pioneer naturalists and collectors in Texas.
The answer came slowly, but today I know that more than one
hundred and fifty men of science labored in Texas in the pioneer
days."
Besides the account of Boll, the Swiss who worked in all the
fields touched by his predecessors--geology, paleontology, zoology,
entomology, botany-the book includes studies of Jean Louis Ber-
landier, of French descent and birth, "a scapegoat in the history
of botanical exploration in the Southwest"; Thomas Drummond,

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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 July 31, 2014.