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

Book Reviews

reform individuals; but he had a zest for stimulating people cul-
turally and intellectually and making them think, even if they did
not want to. The "know-how" he learned in big business enabled
him to get maximum results from meagre budgets and to live
graciously on less than a ditch digger's salary.
His penchant for understatement makes his account of himself
less graphic than another might have made it; but the outline of
how he came to be what he was, what he tried to create and who
helped him do it, and something of the philosophy he lived by-
these are there.
Tens of thousands who knew Mr. Scott personally or knew of
his work will find much in 88 Eventful Years to delight them.
Serious students of the development of adult education and social
welfare during the last half century cannot ignore this book, nor
can those interested in the saga of big business at the turn of the
century.
HERBERT GAMBRELL
Southern Methodist University
Yuma Crossing. By Douglas D. Martin. Albuquerque (Univer-
sity of New Mexico Press), 1954. Pp. 234. Map. $4.00.
The author has hit upon a splendid idea for a book: the story
of a locale that has been significant in the Southwest during four
centuries, to be told as a succession of snapshots of leading
episodes occurring in or near the locale. His chosen site is the
narrows of the Colorado River, just below the confluence of the
Gila with the main stream, and his narrative spans the years
from 1540 to 1876. The subject offers many possibilities; Mr.
Martin, an ex-journalist now turned teacher of journalism, has
realized some of them, in spite of a rather awkward, over-breath-
less style, hasty research, and incomplete attention to the geo-
graphical details of his area. The narrative is often entertaining.
The text should have been edited closely by an informed scholar,
who could also have put the biography into better shape. Mr.
Martin supplies no footnotes and has used at least several inter-
esting sources for the area's history without listing them.
This is so obviously the kind of a job written to catch the
public library trade that one can express mild surprise at the

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/. Accessed December 28, 2014.