fostered the contraband trade instead of preventing it-a grave
error, militarily and economically, which corrupted the mission-
aries, the army, and the viceroy. When the captain of the pre-
sidio of Rio Grande, Diego Ram6n, entered the contraband trade,
his story almost eclipsed that of Father Hidalgo's missions. The
contraband trade survived until Spain's withdrawal from the con-
tinent, and the old Contraband Trace, heavily used between 1803
and 1820o, appeared on surveys in Walker, Montgomery, and other
counties in 1831.
It seems that a book of such magnitude should be letter per-
fect, but apparently little importance was ascribed to Spanish
diacritical marks nor was the text carefully proofread. The dieresis
does not appear at all, the tilde seldom, and accents are either
used inconsistently or misplaced with great abandon. Unfortu-
nately, the typographical errors occur most often in proper
names and in Spanish words-Castefieda for Castafieda, Benilla for
Bonilla, Domian for Damian, Cavalaier for Cavelier, Jauregin
and Jauregia for Jauregui, Alizan for Alazin, Delores for Dolores,
capitanos for capitanes, alquacil for alguacil, and Queretero for
Quer&taro, to mention only a few. Translations in brackets are
infelicitous if not actually incorrect. For example: A compafiia
volante or flying company is not defined as mounted troops. It is
a company not stationed in a fixed place.
More diligent editing would have improved Six Missions of
Texas. VIRGINIA H. TAYLOR
An Epitome of My Life, Civil War Reminiscences. By W. M.
Walton. Austin (The Waterloo Press), 1965. Pp. 99. Index.
Major W. M. (Buck) Walton, a prominent Austin lawyer and
Attorney General of Texas for a brief period immediately after
the Civil War, was a line officer in the 21st Texas Cavalry Reg-
iment, Parsons' Brigade. Shortly before his death in 1915, he com-
posed an account of his adventures in the war entitling it An
Epitome of My Life. The manuscript remained in the possession
of his family until 1965, when it was given to the Austin Public
Library. Through the auspices of the Friends of the Austin
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 28, 2014.