The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

brush arbors, and the community happenings of the "horse and
buggy" days. There is an atmosphere created by the author's de-
scriptions and insertions of local color that enables the reader to
turn back time to the later nineteenth century of the hill country.
The story involves three main characters and many minor ones.
Jason Lockwood carries on the ranching of the land left to him by
his parents. He was only a lad, but his matured bent for managing
horses, cattle, and the river settlement helps make him a leader
with an honesty that is clean and stubborn like that of so many
men of that time and place. Maeta, an attractive German girl who
has come to Texas via Indianola, had lost her parents, too, which
made it natural for the two to fall in love. The scheming determi-
nation of Steve Roberts, the third leading character, won her in
marriage. Her life with him was not too happy, perhaps, but it
led to a story with two heroes, for Steve's heart is softened and
he dies protecting the cattle from the rustlers.
Distributed throughout the story are minor characters from Dr.
Thompson and his wife, Millie, to the "gun totin' " parson and
his Frau Hilda. Adolph, the undaunted German, aids not only
Jason, for whom he is working, but Maeta and others. It is Eldon
Foster, the banker, who holds the steadiest hand and the surest
judgment; his support is the most granite-like and it balances the
plot so that, in the end, Jason marries Maeta and everyone can
live "happily ever afterward."
MARGARET BIERSCHWALE
The First Century of Baptists in New Mexico, z849-1950. By
David H. Stratton. Albuquerque (The Woman's Missionary
Union of New Mexico), 1954. Pp. vii+121. $.75-
Mr. Stratton sees three definite periods in the history of Baptists
in New Mexico. Baptist work began there in 1849 when an army
colonel persuaded a missionary bound for California to become
the chaplain of a fort near Santa F6. The chaplain did not limit
his labors to the fort but began preaching to the civilian popula-
tion, opened a school, and started a Bible class. Although other
Baptist missionaries arrived within the next few years, there were
many difficulties in the way, and organized Baptist activities
ceased in New Mexico from 1866 to 188o. In this first period of

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