The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

dash of literary flower pinning and medal bestowing. A Trail to
Maiana is, however, free from the myths and colored nonsense
which have characteristized many books about the Valley. It
would have been more interesting had the author continued to
develop another theme which she mentions only briefly in the
first chapters-the impact of Latin and Anglo cultures on the
people of both races. The Middle-Western settlers that migrated
on land seekers' excursion trains to Lyford were Puritans and
their Utopia did not include liquor, cards, or pistols. For many
years no liquor was sold and the community became as dry as
The Sands of the King Ranch which lie to the north. While they
lasted, the benefits of such prohibitions to moral license on the
native population were enormous-"money that had previously
been spent for liquor fed and clothed the families-the Mexican
children, once naked, living in the brush, wore clothes and at-
tended school. They then lost some of their mysterious ways.
They graduated with honor and liked the American education
with the privileges education brought them."
On the other hand, Latin-American mores which were absorbed
by the fair-skinned "snowdiggers" were beneficial to them too.
The complete story of the interchange of cultures awaits the pen
of some future historian, and it promises a rich harvest.
FRANK H. DUGAN
How Come It's Called That? Place Names in the Big Bend
Country. By Virginia Madison and Hallie Stillwell. Albu-
querque (University of New Mexico Press), 1958. Pp. 129.
Illustrations, index. $4.25-
Place names exhibit a fascinating multiple character and often
play a vital role in the unraveling of the frequently tangled skein
of local history. Authentic knowledge and understanding of place
designations, furthermore, can contribute to a proper identifica-
tion of the position of provincial developments in the larger
canvas of general history and thus save the local historian from
becoming merely antiquarian-the purveyor of quaint tales and
picturesque episodes from a near legendary past-with little or
no connection to the main stream of history. How Come It's
Called That? is an excellent case in point that demonstrates the

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