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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Ranch, English stockholders, did not make Hobart's job any
easier. Reconciling the investor's quest for immediate profit and
Texas' need for capital and development was one accomplishment
Hobart managed diplomatically, yet firmly, tactfully. That he was
also cosmopolitan is apparent from the extensive correspondence
he maintained. Whether the reader agrees or disagrees with
Hobart's political philosophy, as Dr. Sheffy cited it, this does not
detract from the determination that marked Hobart's belief it
would be best for Texas; what was best for Texas was best for
Hobart, as one of his favorite stories recounted in this study
suggests:
A minister who was conducting a revival meeting invited all who
wanted to go to heaven to stand. All arose to their feet except one
man. The minister then asked all who wanted to go to hell to rise
to their feet. No one stood up. The minister then addressed the
man who had remained seated and said: "My friend, where do you
want to go?" "I don't want to go anywhere," the man replied, "I
want to stay in Texas."
Hobart gave much to Texas, and Dr. Sheffy has done a service
for those readers interested in West Texas land, cattle, oil, and
business history with the presentation of this biography.
H. LACKMAN
Coronado on the Turquoise Trail. By Herbert E. Bolton. Albu-
querque (The University of New Mexico Press), 1949. Pp.
xvi+491. $8.oo.
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado has left a deeper imprint on
the Southwest than has any other Spaniard. Over four hundred
years have elapsed since he passed this way, and historians are
still writing books about him, and geographers and geologists
are continuing to speculate as to whether he went this way or
that way. Concerning Coronado's route from Compostela to
Tiguex (near present-day Bernalillo) and on to Cicuye (Pecos
Pueblo) there is little disagreement. But over the route from
Cicuye across the buffalo plains to Quivira and back, the con-
troversy has long raged among historical writers. J. H. Simpson
in 1871 took Coronado's army northeast from Pecos, New Mexico,
into southeastern Colorado to the Arkansas River and thence to

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/. Accessed November 27, 2014.