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

Book Reviews

out the sheets. He'd have his cook make bread a day ahead so that it
would harden and dry beyond human appetite.
Dobie writes also of cow horses, chuck-wagon cooking, cow-
men's talk, and the drouths that often hit the ranch country.
"No journey from any Main Street to Fifth Avenue, from any
province of equatorial Africa to Parisian Champs Elysdes, can
mean more to an eager traveler than the change felt by a man
of drouth-perished soil when rains at last fall upon it." The early
cowman's code, he shows in another chapter, was one of taking
honesty for granted and not poking one's nose into another's
As usual, Dobie tells his stories with gusto and humor and
makes almost convincing such tales as that of a buzzard which
could not fly away because its shadow was caught in a bog. The
book is illustrated with portraits of many old-time cowmen, most
of them pictured in their work clothes. Presumably a slip that
misspells the name of the noted buffalo hunter, Wright Mooar,
will be corrected in later printings. Packed with colorful anec-
dotes and mellow wisdom, Cow People takes the reader back to the
adventurous days of the open range and the Chisholm Trail.
Albert Sidney Johnston, Soldier of Three Republics. By Charles
P. Roland. Austin (University of Texas Press), 1964. Pp. 384.
Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. $6.50o.
Two men have felt compelled to detail the life of Albert Sidney
Johnston. The first was his son, William Preston Johnston, whose
Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston, Embracing His Services
in the Armies of the United States, and Republic of Texas, and
the Confederate States, was published in 1878, only sixteen years
after his father's death. In his preface, the son expressed the wish
that his task might have devolved on some more disinterested
hand, someone "fitted by preparation, leisure, and literary en-
thusiasm" for the charge. Finally, over a hundred years after
Shiloh, a trained historian has undertaken to tell the story of
this Texan and gentleman and soldier of three republics. W. P.
Johnston was president of Tulane University, and there he left
his father's papers. Charles P. Roland was born and bred near


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