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terial. After a two-page "Prologue," she launches into an ac-
count of the battle of Adobe Walls, fought in 1874, drops back
to the Council House Fight and the Battle of Plum Creek in
184o, and continues in reverse to Cabeza de Vaca. In the fifth
chapter she leaps all the way from Alvar Nifiiez' experiences in
1536 to the Wagon Train Massacre of 1871. She knows that she
may be hearing from reviewers who do not like their time se-
quences scrambled and explains that "One may walk the corridor
of time, opening a door here or there, to pick the story wanted,
each an event-separate, discrete, complete in itself." This is quite
obviously the technique of the history teacher who keeps her
students' interest at a high pitch by digging up something new
and surprising for them every day.
There is good solid research behind these seemingly miscel-
laneous chapters. Dr. Mayhall knows all that has been said re-
cently to cast light on the case of Cynthia Ann Parker, and she
has done on-the-spot investigations of lesser-known characters like
Millie Durgan Goombi, another captive as interesting in her own
way as Cynthia Ann. The notes, however, do not fully reflect the
depth of the research, aiming mostly at throwing additional light
on this or that episode and directing the student to easily-located
sources for further study. As one would expect, the bibliography
is selective. And as one would expect also, the picture sections are
particularly good. The index is helpful and the type is readable.
Some typographical errors were not caught by the proofreader
and page numbers have been transposed in the Table of Contents,
but on the whole the volume is attractively put together. There
will be objections from reviewers who expect more of Dr.
Mayhall than she is trying to deliver, but her students will enjoy
seeing her stories in print and so may others not yet deeply in-
volved in the field of Texas history. C. L. SONNICHSEN
Texas Western College
Six Missions of Texas. By Lon Tinkle, Joe B. Frantz, Joseph W.
Schmitz, Dorman H. Winfrey, James Day, and Ben Procter.
Introduction by John Connally. Preface by Price Daniel.
Waco (Texian Press), 1965. Pp. 194. Illustrations. $io.oo.
The stated purpose of this unusual book is to give the general
reader the true history of the six best preserved original mis-

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/. Accessed December 20, 2014.