The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

for which the author holds no brief. And it is debatable whether
popular resort to the gun and the rope hastened the achievement
of effective law and order in any part of the West. Frontier Jus-
tice is an impressive gallery of rogues brought to an accounting.
More guarded praise of the technique of acting outside the law
would have made it a better book.
JOHN WALTON CAUGHEY
University of California at Los Angeles
Jesuit Beginnings in New Mexico, z867-z882. By Sister M. Lil-
liana Owens, S. L., in collaboration with Reverend Fr. Greg-
ory Gofii, S. J. and Reverend Fr. J. M. Gonzalez, S. J. El
Paso (Revista Cat61lica Press), 1950. Pp. 176. Illustrations.
$1.50.
Part I of this scholarly study is essentially a biographical sketch
of Father Donato M. Gasparri, Neapolitan Jesuit, who was en-
gaged in missionary work in Valencia, Spain, when he was as-
signed in April, 1867, to the New Mexican field. The long jour-
ney made by Father Gasparri and his party from Spain to Santa
Fe, including the perilous crossing of the plains, is described in
some detail, most of which is based on travel accounts written
by members of the expedition. From the moment of his arrival
in Santa Fe on August 15, 1867, until his death in 1882, Father
Gasparri worked zealously for the propagation of the faith and
after 1869 shouldered the burden of the superiorship of the New
Mexico missions. His manifold religious and educational activ-
ities included the founding of Revista Catdlica in 1873, which
was at first located in Albuquerque but was subsequently moved
to El Paso. At the present time its staff resides at Canisius House,
formerly the home of the late Senator Albert B. Fall.
Part II is an English translation of an Italian account of the
journey of the Jesuit party from Europe to New Mexico in 1867.
Dictated in Spanish by Father Gasparri a number of years after
he completed the trip, this account was translated into Italian
for the records of the Neapolitan Province. Part III is a repro-
duction of a diary of the mission to New Mexico, presumably
written by Father Livio Vigilante. The first portion, written in
English, comprises a day-by-day summary of events from May 27
through August 16, 1867, and differs in a few particulars from

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