office by order of President Avila Camacho in response to a
petition of a group of the author's friends in Coahuila. That such
a work should be so recognized is a striking testimony to its
excellence and to the growing spirit of mutual understanding
among educated persons in Mexico and the United States.
EUGENE C. BARKER
The University of Texas
The Free State of Menard: A History of the County. By N. H.
Pierce and N. E. Brown. Menard (Menard News Press),
1946. Pp. 215. Illustrations. $5.00.
On the jacket of this book appears the sentence: "In reading
this book you will live over the old days, the Indian fights and
the pioneering which made possible the Menard of today." To
secure this picture of Menard County the authors read the books
that had been written of their section of Texas, and they had
many interviews with people who had lived "in this section from
Indian fighting days to see this country become the modern
empire that it is today."
In the Foreword the authors express the opinion that a com-
plete county history cannot be written in one volume. They
stinted some stories and overemphasized others, as they them-
selves say; they could not record some stories because sealed lips
no longer could tell them. They tried to be unbiased in the
preparation of this history.
The Prologue carries the reader back to the experiences of
Cabeza de Vaca who, with his three companions, was the first
Spanish explorer in Texas, making an overland journey from
Galveston Island to the Gulf of California. Catholic friars estab-
lished the well-known San Saba Mission and found "the country
was old" with an Indian civilization. People had lived, presum-
ably happily, in the Menard country before Europeans came
among them, and these selfsame Europeans and their American
descendants have also lived happily in the region of Menard.
The authors use the Epilogue to project a thought into the
future. They want to see the people of present-day Menard
County "carry on the march of civilization" on the pattern of
the lives and deeds of the pioneers and "with the same honor
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101119/. Accessed May 24, 2013.