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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

Book Reviews

Apparently the Santa Fe made as generous a landlord as any
state government. Originally it charged a half-cent an acre for
large grazing tracts, $25 for an ordinary section, $50 for three
ordinary sections, and $50 for a section with water. These figures
compare with the usual Texas fee of 3 cents or more an acre. New
Mexico and Wyoming average between 2 and 3 cents an acre
for arid land and 5 cents for watered. It was 1946 before Santa
Fe made enough off grazing leases to pay taxes.
Professor Greever has here written a sober, careful, and judi-
cious study that makes a real contribution.
The University of Texas
The Indian and the Horse. By Frank Gilbert Roe. Norman
(University of Oklahoma Press), 1955. Pp. xvi+434. $5.oo.
The Civilization of the American Indian Series of the Uni-
versity of Oklahoma Press has, with The Indian and the Horse,
published its forty-first volume. The author is well acquainted
with the area into whose past he delves, for, even though a na-
tive of England, he has lived in the Canadian West since 1894
and has published The North American Buffalo and several re-
lated articles.
This volume is a discussion of the relationship between the
Indian and the horse in the American West, although it would
be open to damaging criticism if the author did not immediately
admit the limitations of his subject. There is no written record
of Indian life before the coming of the European, and since that
time the Indian's habits have changed. Therefore all evidence
is in the form of travelers' accounts, personal recollections, or
all too often, merely what other scholars have thought. Mr. Roe's
sources are mainly-and necessarily-secondary material; he has
compiled all the evidence in the several dozen pertinent vol-
umes that are generally known to the student of the subject. But
for the reader who likes the subject and who is faced with the
impossibility of finding new evidence, it can now be read again.
And as might be expected from material based on faulty memory
and exaggerated contemporary accounts, the evidence presented
on nearly every facet of the problem discussed is conflicting and


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