The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

wire was invented by Joseph Glidden at DeKalb, Illinois, in
1873 and not in 1874. It was later manufactured by Washburn
and Moen, not Coen, at Worcester, Massachusetts, and not at
DeKalb, although the factory at DeKalb probably continued to
operate.
The chapter on the Tascosa Pioneer, frontier newspaper es-
tablished by C. F. Rudolph, should be of much interest to all
newspaper men. Rudolph boosted the town and thought it
needed only the railroad to make it great. As a matter of fact
after barbed wire came a railroad would have made little dif-
ference. The editor sang his swansong in 1891 with a leader
entitled "Here We Quit You." Two years later, a flood broke
a long drought and washed most of Tascosa away. The other
houses have been moved or fallen down. The editor thought
Tascosa died because the railroad missed it. I am not sure what
the author's autopsy shows, but I am of the opinion that Tas-
cosa died of barbed wire strangulation.
The author, John McCarty, is a newspaper man and publisher
of Amarillo. It is obvious that he has sought his sources far
and wide, and he has used them with skill. Though the writing
is in the main historical in style, there are some striking pas-
sages. The following description of the season when the Big
Fight occurred may be literature: "Spring was coming up from
the south and reaching long fingers of warmth over the cap-
rock." The University of Oklahoma Press is maintaining its
high standard of book making. Harold Bugbee's drawings have
lost none of their charm. It is good that the story of Old
Tascosa has been saved while the sources are fresh-good that
the whole job has been done by the Southwest.
WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB
University of Texas
Robert E. Lee in Texas. By Carl Coke Rister. Norman (Uni-
versity of Oklahoma Press), 1946. Pp. ix+183. Illustrated.
$2.50.
Much has been written about Robert E. Lee, whom General
Winfield Scott characterized as "America's very best soldier."
Dr. Rister's study of this great American is confined chiefly to
the four years of his life preceding the Civil War. For twenty-
five months of this turbulent period Lee saw service in Texas,

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