The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

contain such illuminating items as the history of a Huston fam-
ily, stating, "Thomas Huston ... was the grandfather of the
famous Sam Huston of Texas ... who became the first president
of the republic of Texas."
Volume III consists of plat-maps of Greene, Washington, and
Fayette counties, Pennsylvania, taken from their respective coun-
ty courthouses.
Mr. Horn is obviously not an experienced historian; a careful
perusal of The Horn Papers will reveal many more errors than
have been set down above. There is no external evidence to
proclaim his "original" documents authentic, but much internal
evidence suggests caution in using them. Errors are so numerous,
and some of them so ridiculous, that anyone making use of the
volumes would be obliged to examine carefully each statement
or to disregard completely The Horn Papers.
DAVID BUCHANAN TRIMBLE
Austin, Texas
Mexican Village. By Josephina Niggli. Chapel Hill (University
of North Carolina Press), 1945. Pp. xiv+491. $3.00.
Occasionally the historian, if he would understand the mores
and psychology of the people in whom he is interested, can
profit by reading fiction or semi-fiction dealing with a particular
area or period. The course of history is usually dictated by the
political and economic leaders of a country, but the effect of
public policy is felt by all walks of society, from the simplest
peasant to the greatest tycoon; in order to analyze the success or
failure of a particular movement it is mandatory that some un-
derstanding of the masses be had. In her series of skillfully woven
stories concerning the people of Hidalgo, a Mexican village near
Monterrey, Josephina Niggli has given us a rare opportunity to
observe the everyday life of a group which is not particularly
concerned with the national politics of Mexico but which never-
theless is the backbone of the nation.
Although Mexican Village consists of ten separate stories, each
having a central character, the entire population of the area
moves in and out of the various stories until, at the. completion
of the series, we have seen all the facets of life in a typical small
village of northern Mexico. Miss Niggli has approached the

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