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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

known as El Jarabe. The latter is accompanied by reproductions
of the various and varying scores of this popular dance.
Javier Romero writes on the pyramid of Cholula, and Marcos
E. Becerra presents a valuable study on the Chol language spoken
in the region of Palenque in the State of Chiapas. This should
prove of great interest to students of native linguistics, as it is
accompanied by a vocabulary of this language as spoken in this
area as late as 1934. The study by Roque J. Ceballos Novelo on
the institutions of the Aztecs has little originality, being a sum-
mary of what has been written on the subject before. A brief
and interesting article on the Tarahumaras of Chihuahua by
L. H. Arpee is included with colored illustrations.
Of special interest to Texans is a defense of Valentin G6mez
Farias for his responsibility for the loss of Texas written by
Jos6 R. Benitez.
The University of Texas.
The Cavalcade of Jackson County. By I. T. Taylor. (San An-
tonio: The Naylor Company, 1938. Pp. xii, 471.)
The author of this book is superintendent of public instruction
in Jackson County of which he writes. His official duties have
carried him into every community, given him access to all avail-
able records and acquaintance with every resident who has knowl-
edge of the county's past. Mr. Taylor has made use of all his
opportunities in the production of one of the most voluminous
and comprehensive county histories published in recent years.
The book falls into three large divisions. The first division,
comprising six chapters, treats of the evolution of the county from
the time it was occupied only by Indians to the present. Chapter
VII is devoted to statistics. It lists the names of all county offi-
cials from 1836 to 1938 and summarizes the census report of
1860. The last chapter is composed of biographical sketches of
fifty-six pioneer Jackson County citizens.
The reader is struck from the first with the importance of
Jackson County, which in "things seen" equals, if it does not
surpass, Bexar. It was here that the Karankawa Indians lived
and practiced their cannibalism. The first white man to see and


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 5, 2016.

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