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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly


important. We never counted our money; we counted the weeks
and months between rains. . Rain for us made history. It
brought to our minds days of plenty, of happiness and security,
and in recalling past events, if they fell on rainy years, we never
failed to stress that fact. The droughts were as impressed on our
souls as the rains. When we spoke of the Armistice of World War
I, we always said, 'The drought of 1918 when the Armistice was
signed.' (pp. 11-12.) In periods of drought, owing to a shortage
of grass and feed for the cattle, 'We Fed Them Cactus.' "
The book is void of footnotes and bibliography. An incomplete
but usable index is given. The drawings by Dorothy L. Peters are
apt and well-done. Through this publication the author and the
University of New Mexico Press are to be congratulated on mak-
ing a valuable contribution to the literature on the colorful New
Mexican frontier.
A. and M. College of Texas
Rough and Tumble, An Autobiography of a West Texas Judge.
By William Paul Moss. New York (Vantage Press), 1954.
Pp. 197. $3.00.
William Paul Moss's autobiography is a success story. He was
born in 1886 in Clay County, North Carolina, into a country
family of modest means. He went to school in a one-room log
schoolhouse, to Hiawassee College, and to Valparaiso University,
supporting himself all the while. Later he studied law at the Uni-
versity of Texas. He tried schoolteaching with indifferent outcome.
'With a spark of adventure, inspired by Uncle John, he traveled
through New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana, and settled for
awhile at Greybull, Wyoming. He did not prosper there, and with
wife and child he went to Denver where he found the legal career
equally unremunerative. He sent his wife to Georgia, and with
his son and all their possessions in a Chevrolet, he came to Texas.
Driving along Highway 8o he saw a battered sign "Odessa" which
indicated a small, wind-swept, sand-blasted, clapboard town in
Ector County. Here he stopped and got permission to camp in
the blacksmith's shop. He was appointed city attorney, but the
fees were negligible and he did various jobs to stay alive-abstract-
ing, house building, trading and trafficking. He got into a livestock

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