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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

seasonal and consisted of widely variegated notions and staples;
prices lacked uniformity; cash was scarce; long term credits, with
accompanying difficulties, were usual; barter was common; and,
lastly, currency difficulties had to be faced. The present reviewer,
although stoutly claiming no more than middle age, was con-
stantly reminded of the Texas "country" stores and storekeepers
of his youthful association which a few years ago satisfied to a
large degree all of the above conditions except that the currency
was more stabilized.
This is by way of suggesting that possibly the scope of the
present work is too narrow-that pioneer merchandising in pre-
railroad areas may have had certain common characteristics any-
where in the United States-and that some significant synthesis
of frontier merchandising may be just over the horizon. At any
rate, what is new in this book is more in the nature of detail
than in the development of a synthesis.
The extensive use of firm names, with only a minimum of
personalization, makes the reading fairly heavy, but otherwise the
writing is in good, fluid style. Incidental references are made to
Texas, but San Felipe de Austin is several times erroneously
called San Felipe da Austin. There is no index, but the bibli-
ography covers nine pages and indicates a wide use of original
mercantile records and period newspapers.
H. BAILEY CARROLL.
North Texas Agricultural College.
The Kiliwa Indians of Lower California. By Peveril Meigs, 3d.
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1939. Ibero-
Americana: 15. Pp. 88. Maps, figures and plates. $1.50.)
This report on the Kiliwa Indians of northern Lower California
fills one of the largest remaining gaps in our knowledge of the
Yuman-speaking peoples of the Southwest. Until shortly after
the World War, when the University of California instituted a
special program of research among the Yumans, these widely dis-
tributed peoples were neglected by the ethnologists. After some
twenty years of intensive work, studies have been made of most
of the Yuman groups--Dieguefio, Kamia, Cocopa, Yuma, Mohave,

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