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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955

Book Reviews

ability to weave fascinating personalities and innately interesting
events into vivid narrative.
The University of Texas
A Voyage on the Colorado, 1878. By Frances Berton. Translated
and edited by Charles N. Rudkin. Los Angeles (Glen Daw-
son), 1953. Pp. 103- $7.50.
This is an acceptable translation from the French (unless ob-
jection perhaps be made to a few twentieth century renderings of
a distinctly nineteenth century prose) of the narrative of a Swiss,
resident at San Francisco, who responded to a desire to visit the
California-Arizona deserts lying to the northward of Yuma in
April, 1878. The narrative is unpretentious and pleasantly in-
structive. In the wealth of concrete data that it supplies, it un-
consciously offers clear evidence of the transportation network
that was already tying together the metropolis of San Francisco
and the frontiers of the Southwest by a combination of steam
railways, stagecoach lines, and the stern-wheeler riverboat on
which the author rode out more than one sandstorm "at sea."
Yuma was, at the moment, the railhead and a transshipment
point for mines, ranches, and army posts. The stagecoach line
ran eastward via Mesilla "to El Paso, Texas, 965 miles, now the
terminus of the Texas and Pacific Railroad which will come one
day to Yuma City."
The editor has contributed annotations to the text and a brief
but satisfactory introduction. The illustrations, and a map of the
river country steamed past, add to the interest and attractiveness
of this small volume.
The University of Texas
Colonial American Writing. Edited with introductions by Roy
Harvey Pearce. New York (Rinehart and Company, Inc.),
1953. Pp. xiii+581. Paper. 95 cents.
This publication will prove to be a handy compilation of writ-
ings which every student of American colonial history must have
readily available, and which the casual but interested reader of
American colonial history will not want to miss. To those present-


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 3, 2016.

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