The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949

Book Reviews

As the greatest incident in the career of Sam Jones the Uni-
versity of Oklahoma Press singles out the freight rate case which
Sam Jones won against the Santa Fe Railroad in Rice County,
Kansas, in the 1890o's. In the chapter, "A Matter of Etiquette," in
which this case is discussed, the author gives the reader a little
insight into the ethical principles which guided Sam Jones. To
quote: "Actual trial of cases appealed to Father more than their
preparation in the office. The rough and tumble of the court-
room he thoroughly enjoyed. He took no cases in which he saw
no merit. ... He believed that a lawyer was a professional man
of independent ideas and not a hireling to carry out the notions
of someone who happened to employ him. ... He never would
permit someone else to substitute ideas of ethics or conduct for
his own."
On the evening before the day set for the trial of the case
Sam Jones impersonated the "hick" lawyer by coming down the
middle of the street "in tattered shirt sleeves, and ... a torn
straw hat that hadn't cost more than ten cents when new. His
trousers were frayed at the bottom and hung by one suspender.
His shoes were untied and flopping, and he was smoking a corn-
cob pipe." When one of the railroad lawyers inquired of a native
who "that specimen coming down the street" was, he received
the reply: "That specimen ... is the man who is going to give
you the damndest licking you ever had, tomorrow." And Sam did.
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
America's Sheep Trails. By Edward Norris Wentworth. Ames,
Iowa (Iowa State College Press), 1948. Pp. xxii+667. IIlus-
trated.
Only three attempts have been made in writing the history of
the sheep industry in the United States. Two of these attempts
resulted in an inadequate treatment. The third attempt, by Ed-
ward Norris Wentworth in America's Sheep Trails, is a distinct
contribution to the growing social history of the nation. The
author's statement in the Foreword that he tried unsuccessfully,
"for years to induce experienced writers of agricultural history
to interest themselves in the ovine story," is a veiled apology for

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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 August 20, 2014.