The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965

Book Reviews

occasionally taking the boat down to the rough seaport town of
Galveston on missionary jaunts. Many of the early missionaries,
like the Reverend Caleb S. Ives, who established the first Epis-
copal Church in Texas at Matagorda in January, 1839, also con-
ducted schools in order to make a living. Some, like the Reverend
Charles Gillette, went even further. He applied for a charter for
a four-year college and actually taught college and seminary
courses at St. Paul's College in Anderson around 1850. Then there
was R. J. Swancoat, whose academy was the pride of Austin a
couple of decades before the University of 'Texas was born. Both
he and the head of his music department, the exiled former Lord
Mayor of Budapest, Emir Hamvasy, later took the Episcopal or-
ders and served in the priesthood.
Lawrence Brown has done an admirable work in telling of the
early growth of his church, and of Texas.
R. HENDERSON SHUFFLER
Humanities Research Center
The University of Texas
If I Can Do It Horseback. By John Hendrix. With an Introduc-
tion by Wayne Gard and Illustrations by Malcolm Thur-
good. Austin (University of Texas Press), 1964. Pp. xv+355.
$5.00.
Most books about the cowboy experience center on that golden
era of the range cattle industry, the period from 1865 to 1885. In
this volume, however, the reader will find a different view, for
If I Can Do It Horseback focuses primarily on that twilight period
of transition when the open range was closing, the 1890's and
early 900o's. Its heroes are the old cowhands who "hesitated to
climb down from their hand-stamped, concho-bedecked thrones
to join the laborers upon whom they ... looked down. ..." The
old-timer can relive those "good old days," the dude or newcomer
can experience them for the first time.
Setting the tone of the book is the initial story. Old Bill, a
cowboy down on his luck, was in search of a "straight ridin' job."
Finally he was offered work-digging a well and walling it. "Tell
you what I'll do," Old Bill remarked after thinking about it for
a moment. "I'll take that job if I can figure out a way to do it
horseback." Such was the pride of the cowboy, and such is the

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