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A grim mob of determined men gathered two years later to
lynch a poor wretch. Sister Blandina learned of it from the man's
son, who came to get his sister from school. Trinidad saw a
strange sight. The Sister of Charity walked that day with the
sheriff and the doomed man, outwardly calm, through the mob
to the bedside of the victim to ask forgiveness. The dying man
forgave his aggressor but warned him and the mob: "The law
must take its course." The culprit was given a fair trial. There
were no more lynching parties in Trinidad.
On another occasion, she tended a wounded member of the
notorious gang of "Billy the Kid." When the renowned outlaw
came to reap revenge on the physicians of Trinidad for refusing
to treat the man, Sister Blandina dissuaded him from his crim-
inal purpose. It is incidents like these that make the Diary never
lack interest. The reader gets a glimpse of life on the frontier
through the eyes of a pioneer woman endowed with keen insight
and observation. Here is a human document that no student of
the Southwest can afford to ignore.
CARLOS E. CASTAfEDA
The University of Texas
The Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century, 1607-1689.
By Wesley Frank Craven. Volume I of A History of the
South, edited by Wendell H. Stephenson and E. Merton
Coulter. Baton Rouge (Louisiana State University Press
and the Littlefield Fund For Southern History of The Uni-
versity of Texas), 1949. Pp. xv+451. Illustrations. $6.00.
"To write of the South when there was no South is a task not
without difficulties. The men and women whose story is recounted
in the following pages were not Southerners; in fact they did not
think of themselves as Americans. They were Europeans and,
for the most part, Englishmen." With these opening words, the
author prepares his readers for both a narrowing and broadening
of the scope of his study as they may have preconceived it. He
gives only limited attention to Spanish, French, and Indian ac-
tivity within the area that later history awards to the South,
except as that activity was of immediate importance to the Eng-
lish colonies. In discussing these colonies, he is concerned less
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