Velma Linford's Wyoming: Frontier State is a very attractive
textbook, richly illustrated and arranged with concluding chap-
ter questions and supplementary readings. It will appeal to public
school students in Wyoming, and the general reader will find
much to interest him. Such chapters as "Red Man's Domain,"
"Fringe of Empires," "Fur Traders and Beaver 'Gold,'" "The
U. P. Trail," "Vigilantes to Law and Order," "Range to Ranch,"
"Coal for the World," "Oil-Black Liquid Gold," offer attractions
to the general reading public and those with special interests
in Western America.
The publisher is The Old West Publishing Co., Denver, Colo-
rado. The price is $3-75-
J. L. WALLER
Texas College of Mines
The Lawd Sayin' the Same: Negro Folk Tales of the Creole
Country. By Hewitt Leonard Ballowe. Baton Rouge (Lou-
isiana State University Press), 1947. Pp. xvi+254.
Dr. Ballowe has brought together a series of twenty-five closely
connected folk tales which it would be a delight to hear him tell.
These stories, according to Donald Joseph's introduction, were
related from the doctor's own experience or "on authority that
no gentleman would question." Far be it from me to expose
myself as a knave, however incredible many of the tales are.
There is many a laugh and many a jolt and many a silent awe
to reward the reader who is patient enough to battle his path
through an array of apostrophes that taxed the galleys of the
Louisiana State University Press, and a galaxy of terms which
to the uninitiated requires a glossary nowhere to be found.
Through it all one inhales the flavor of traditional Negro
philosophy which is as close, perhaps, as one lacking his culture
can expect to sense it; not even a Negro can understand it. But
all folklore is beyond reason. A collection requires notice; it is
to be read and recommended, but not reviewed.
Santa Barbara, California
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101121/. Accessed May 30, 2015.