a day on which to pay honor to Miguel Hidalgo the leader who
tried to free Mexico from tyranny with his "Grito de Dolores"
and on December i2 the manifestations of faith and honor to
"Our Lady of Guadalupe" are all vividly told as Polycarpo and
The stories of life in early San Antonio are not neglected. The
story of royalty, most of which has disappeared, and the customs
and medicines of today are brought out. The simplicity of a
faith that, at times, nears the danger line of superstitution is not
scorned nor rebuked, but the story is told as it appears to the
Mrs. Waugh's book is by far one of the best of the vast num-
ber of volumes on San Antonio. And since life is not static, so
it is with the customs. They change with the surrounding life
and it may be that with the advancement of economic condi-
tions, the progress of everyday life and education may bring
the newer generations out from the "bottom of the pile" and
that, although the memories will be retained, active participation
We are glad that the author has added to our history and lore
a contribution that will always sympathetically and vividly keep
a record of part of the real life of the people. The Silver Cradle
is a valuable piece of Texana.
The interesting pen and ink drawings which form the decora-
tions for the text were done by Bob Winn of the San Antonio
McNay Art Institute. They add considerable charm to the book.
The First Hundred Years in Cooke County. By A. Morton Smith.
San Antonio (The Naylor Company), 1955. Pp. vii+29o.
Illustrations, index, and map on end sheets. $5.00.
Many persons interested in Texas and Southwestern history
will add The First Hundred Years in Cooke County to their
shelves with scarcely a thought about its production problems,
and others may criticize it for one minor defect or another. The
book's merit, however, so outweighs its minor defects that this
reviewer wants to make an issue of the point. Its merit is the fact
that it is a published history of a Texas county, and one that
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/. Accessed March 10, 2014.