The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

slaying of immense herds of buffalo for their hides was one of
the great tragedies of the American West. Among its fruitful
consequences, however, were the conquest of the plains Indians,
who depended on the buffalo for food, clothing, and shelter, and
the development of the country into great ranches.
Collinson's book is replete with suspenseful stories, one of the
best of which is "The Ghost of the Llano Estacado," the tragic
tale of a remarkable wild white stallion. Collinson estimated
there were 5o,ooo mustangs on the High Plains when he was there
in the seventies.
Summing up, this is a book of reminiscences which one reads
with such interest and pleasure that the critical faculty is dis-
armed. If there is a defect, it is the lack of chronological order.
The author skips forward and backward across the years, at
times leaving the reader somewhat confused. Nevertheless, Life
in the Saddle must rank high in the authentic and prized litera-
ture of the West. PAUL ADAMS
The Romance of Davis Mountains and Big Bend Country, Edi-
tion Texana. By Carlysle Graham Raht. Odessa (The Raht-
books Company), 1963- Pp. 381. Illustrations, index. $6.95.
First published unobtrusely in a private printing at El Paso
in 1918, Carl Raht's The Romance of Davis Mountains and Big
Bend Country has been recognized for several decades as the
classic work on the trans-Pecos area of Texas. As a collector's item
and rarity, it has long been too scarce and too expensive for the
growing number of Texans who are interested in knowing about
the rugged, isolated land between the Pecos and the Rio Grande.
Carl Raht, presently a hearty eighty-one, has had the rare ex-
perience of living to see his literary ugly duckling become a full-
blown swan. And more, he has retained the vigor and enterprise
to revise his early masterpiece and reissue it through his own
private press, so that all Texans may enjoy it today.
The peculiar value of this book, aside from its genuine his-
torical merit and extreme readability, stems from the fact that
its author used sources never freely available and today com-
pletely inaccessible. When the twenty-four-year-old Raht went to
the Big Bend in 1909 to live and work as a cowboy, newspaper

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101197/. Accessed April 16, 2014.