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

Book Reviews

Enchanted West. In the Golden Anniversary Edition of The
Amarillo Globe-News (August 14, 1938) McCarty compiled a
vast amount of historical material relating to the early history of
the Southwest.
For many years McCarty has been an avid student of the his-
tory of the Panhandle-Plains region. He grew up in the soil of
the Panhandle and has become a part of it. His experience as a
writer, his knowledge of Plains history, and his intimate associa-
tion with Olive Dixon in newspaper work have made it possible
for the author to portray effectively every phase of the life and
work of this couple from their most intimate family relations to
their work as active citizens of a pioneer community.
McCarty's graphic style, his orderly development of events, and
his fine sense of time sequence keep the reader aware of the his-
toric as well as the personal interest in the story. The story is well
written, although the avowed intention of the author to avoid
"any sentimental display of emotion" might not be fully achieved.
The book is annotated and indexed. The bibliography has an
extensive list of source material relating to the Panhandle-Plains
region. The book is illustrated by Harold Bugbee, well-known
Southwestern artist. Several family photographs are also included.
Much valuable information about the early history of the Texas
Panhandle is incorporated in The Adobe Walls Bride.
L. F. SHEFFY
West Texas State College
The Wends of Texas. By Anne Blasig. San Antonio (The Naylor
Company), 1954. Pp. ix+ 123. Illustrations, appendix, bib-
liography, and index. $3.50.
Mrs. Anne Blasig, a teacher in the San Benito elementary
school system, has written the centennial history of the only
Wendish colony established in Texas, or for that matter, in North
America. Her account is doubly interesting. Not only does it
trace the history of a little-known group of settlers; it is also a
study, in microcosm, of the effect of the frontier upon those who
moved into it.
The Wends were a remnant of the Slavs who invaded the
Roman Empire during the sixth century and settled along the

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