The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

Book Reviews

eighteen pages to tell of the exploration of Texas, sixty to trace
the conquest of the wilderness, one hundred sixteen to depict the
struggle for independence, fifty to relate the events of the republic,
twenty to get to secession, forty-eight to recount the struggles of
secession and reconstruction, and twenty-four to tell the story
of modern Texas. In the eighth part of sixty-six pages the author
reverts to pioneer times and tells of the capitals and flags of
Texas, the press, the rangers, the cattle trails, the Indian, and
everyday life in early Texas.
While only two maps-Pineda's map of 1519 and a map show-
ing the grants to colon iers-appear in the book, forty-six draw-
ings and photographs enrich its pages and increase its worth.
Unfortunately a great many typographical errors, such as Nati-
toches, Matamores, Cibola, warrent, Tenerio, Coleta, Doleres, por-
tentious, Massenat, and others escaped the proofreader.
The University of Texas.
Frontier and Pioneer Recollections of Early Days in San Antonio
and West Texas. By Vinton Lee James. (San Antonio:
Privately published through the Artes Graficas Press, 1938.
Pp. 210. Illustrations.)
Vinton Lee James, the author of Frontier and Pioneer, was born
in San Antonio on July 3, 1858. For a period of years he has
written and published articles about his own experiences, and
many of these articles appear in the book which is here being
reviewed. He has had three objects in writing his recollections.
First, he wanted to perpetuate the memory of his father, John
James, pioneer frontier surveyor who came to Texas from Nova
Scotia in 1837 at the age of eighteen years and who surveyed
untold numbers of tracts of land on the frontier of Texas; second,
he wished to record his own "many interesting adventures and
experiences" in order that his relatives might know what part
he had in the development of Texas and that his friends might
"relive in memory the days that are gone"; third, he desired that
future generations might "read these pages and rejoice that such
days and experiences have been and regret that they too cannot


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