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

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restraint by army officers on both sides. As a result, the Ameri-
can order of June 1, 1877, and the Mexican indignation resulting
from its publication, were really useful to both of these weak
titled governments; and when each of them had served its own
need for a threat of foreign war, America recognized Diaz; the
irritating order was replaced by a mutual pact, of equivalent
purport, less offensive to Mexican pride; American capital ac-
quired Mexican concessions; and the emotional tempest on both
sides was permitted to subside.
Dr. Gregg's book has the usual weaknesses of monographic
writing; it is bounded by its documentation and discloses hardly
a speaking acquaintance with the "Border Troubles" its title
obligates it to portray. And the author seems not to have known
that many of the inflammatory documents from which he quotes
were intended for home consumption, and both by writers and.
recipients were so understood.
HARBERT DAVENPORT.
Brownsville, Texas.
The Life and Work of Seaman A. Knapp. By Rodney Cline.
(Nashville: George Peabody College for Teachers, 1936.
Pp. 110. Appendices.)
The title page of this book reveals that it is a doctoral disserta-
tion completed at George Peabody College for Teachers. The
chronology in Appendix I gives the following facts on the life
and work of Seaman A. Knapp: born at Schroon, Essex County,,
New York, on December 16, 1833; graduated from Union College,
Schenectady, New York, in 1856 with the degree of bachelor of
arts and membership in the Phi Beta Kappa; taught at Fort
Edward Collegiate Institute and Ripley Female Seminary from
1856 to 1869; superintendent of the Iowa State School for the
Blind, 1869-1875; editor Western Stock Journal and Farmer,
1875-1879, and Rice Journal and Gulf Coast Farmer, 1898-1905;
professor of agriculture of Iowa State College of Agriculture,
1879-1886, and its president, 1883-1884; agricultural leader of
southwest Louisiana, 1886-1898; and official in the United States
Department of Agriculture, 1898-1911.
Seaman A. Knapp is known in Texas for two facts. In 1903

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