The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

member the Alamo, remember Labaher, & club guns right &
left & nock there God damn brains out."
It is also the story of the clash of two willful men, for both
Houston and Santa Anna dominate the pages of the narrative.
The Mexican leader was vain, reckless, and courageous in a way,
yet possessed an unmistakable streak of cruelty. The author por-
trays him as having been addicted to opium and mistresses to the
detriment of his military pursuits. Houston is, of course, the hero
of the piece though Tolbert does not hesitate to point out that
the general's thirst and his personal storehouse of profanity were
as vast as his energies.
One of the most disconcerting discoveries in this book is the
fact that so few resident Texans were numbered among Houston's
troops at San Jacinto. According to Tolbert, only 171 of them
were landowners in Texas, meaning that 8o per cent of those who
participated in the showdown fight for Texas independence were
newcomers and sometimes foreigners. Not even this discovery,
however, is likely to lessen the interest of Texans in this central
event in their history for the simple reason that the story of the
battle of San Jacinto is one that deserves retelling. Tolbert has
told it exceedingly well. OTIS A. SINGLETARY
The University of Texas
Cannibal Coast. By Ed Kilman. San Antonio (The Naylor Com-
pany), 1959. Pp. 294. Illustrations. $5.00.
Ed Kilman has at last written his long over-due story of the
Karankawa Indians. He has developed a complete and interest-
ing history of these notorious aborigines from their first contact
with white men, in the early part of the sixteenth century, until
their exinction in the middle of the nineteenth century. In de-
veloping the history of the Karankawas, Kilman has made a rather
exhaustive resume of the history of the Gulf Coast of Texas from
Padre Island to Bolivar Point. It is apparent that Kilman's re-
search of the records over the years has been extensive, and the
bibliography indicates all of the worthwhile authorities.
Perhaps the book would be an even better reference authority
if the author had evaluated some of his source material. The
result would certainly have been beneficial to an uninformed


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