Comanche women were not, as the author supposes, the most
virtuous of any race. Diego Ortiz Parrilla, not Fray Juan de
Padilla, led the Spanish raid which suffered defeat at the hands
of Comanches and allied tribes near Spanish Fort in 1759. Fray
Padilla was martyred in 1544. The second battle of Adobe Walls
on June 27, 1874, was led by Quanah Parker and Lone Wolf,
not by Horse Back. Original buildings in the vicinity were
constructed in 1843, not 1823.
The author employs his own system of spelling throughout
the book: Quannah for Quanah, Ketempsy for Katumse; Satinte
for Satanta, and many others. This is excusable, although con-
fusing, in the matter of Indian names. Elsewhere it is inexcus-
able: A. L. Kroeher for A. L. Kroeber, Ronald S. Mackenzie
(also MacKenzie) for Ranald S. Mackenzie, and on and on
Historical inaccuracies are the rule rather than the exception.
All that the author says has been stated better and assuredly
more accurately in The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to
Modern Times, by W. W. Newcomb, Jr. Purists have declared
that no absolutely definitive work has ever been written on
any subject. Newcomb's work probably comes as close to the
ideal of a definitive work as any book ever published on North
American Indians. Beside it, Comanche Land devolves into a
muddle of meaningless misinformation. WILLIAM T. FIELD
Wimberly Legacy: A Memorial to the Men and Women Who
Migrated to the Hill Country of Hays County, Texas.
Edited by Williedell Schawe. San Antonio (The Naylor Com-
pany), 1963. Pp. xii+26o. $5.95.
In collecting and compiling accounts of the trials and tribula-
tions of early settlers in Hays County's hill area, Williedell
Schawe is to be commended for encouraging and prompting the
present residents of the Wimberly area to write the history of
their community in words handed down through respective gen-
erations. This is indeed a most refreshing vacation from present-
day headlines of distrust, tumult, and mob-violence, all of which
contribute to and are a result of the maladjustment of our time.
The book is a collection of homespun humor interspersed with
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 December 24, 2014.