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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

erant of the ideas of others but was opinionated; as one gentle
but who frequently ran cavalier fashion over opposition; as kind
though sharp-tongued; a nonpartisan person who almost univer-
sally chose Republicans and who became panicky when he learned
that his candidate, Dwight D. Eisenhower, might accept the
Democratic nomination for the presidency. Beneath this con-
fusion of parodoxes, however, runs a current which gives meaning
to the whole and upon which is based universal admiration for
the man. This current, swift and furious at times, ran deep and
consisted of rugged individualism, strict honesty, courage in the
face of opposition and failure, and an absolute and unyielding
devotion to principles as he conceived them.
The subject of this memorial volume emerges from the pages
of the book as an honest, upright, conscientious, and devout per-
son, extremely individualistic, as a man with plenty of pluck and
who just refused to understand or recognize failure. He no sooner
drilled a dry hole than he was planning to drill again; he began
planning another political campaign even before he had lost
the one in which he was currently engaged. Above all things
he was and is the most generous man living. In giving, as in all
matters, Cullen had a definite philosophy. His philosophy here
was, to use his own words: "Why not give it while you are alive
and get the full enjoyment of seeing the good it does, day by day?"
The book is an extremely interesting account of a fabulous
man, told in a spritely fashion by eminent newspapermen. It
appears, however, to the reviewer that the authors weakened their
biography and did an injustice to Mr. Cullen by repeating page
after page the theory of his honesty. This repetition seems to
indicate that the authors thought the readers would need much
convincing or that they were trying to convince themselves of
their own almost unbelievable story. It would appear that the
biographee's honesty is well established and that he would need
no defense on that score.
CLAUDE ELLIOTT
Southwest Texas State College
We Fed Them Cactus. By Fabiola Cabeza de Baca. Albuquerque
(University of New Mexico Press), 1954. Pp. x+186. Illus-
trations, glossary, and index. $3.50.
This is a small volume of historical fiction, folklore, and rem-

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/. Accessed December 22, 2014.