The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

Book Reviews

further her arguments. On the philosophical side her humani-
tarianism is conventional and sometimes inconsistent. A believer
in the free wild life of the prairies and the natural gifts of the
Indian, she nevertheless wants him shut up on reservations where
he will be taught "industry and morals" and made to till the soil.
Shrewd and intelligent as she was, Cora Montgomery could not
get very far beyond the times in which she lived, and perhaps that
is why she is interesting and useful to us now.
Cotner has not obscured the text with superfluous annotations,
but he has provided an illuminating account of the author and
an index for the student in a hurry. We owe him and John Jenkins
of the Pemberton Press a thank-you for putting a rare and sig-
nificant volume back in circulation. C. L. SONNICHSEN
Texas Western College
Waco and McLennan County, Texas. By John Sleeper and J. C.
Hutchins. Waco (Texian Press), 1966. Facsimile reprint of
1876 original. Pp. iv+171. Illustrations. $1o.oo.
In 1875 two young men of Waco, John Sleeper and his cousin
Jere Hutchins, undertook the job of compiling the first directory
of the bustling twenty-five-year-old town. The Waco City Council
had granted its permission and authorized them to apply identify-
ing numbers to all of the dwellings and business houses, some-
thing which up to that time had never been done.
Issued in early 1876, the completed directory listed a total of
1,369 householders. Of this number, 252 were Negroes, close to
the same percentage as today. There were 119 names of women,
explained by Sleeper as being widows or those engaged in busi-
ness for themselves. For genealogists, the volume is of great value.
This value is enhanced by the inclusion of a group of well-de-
tailed biographical sketches of the civic and business leaders of
the community, as, well as a fifteen-page history of Waco and Mc-
Lennan County, written expressly for the project by Waco's hon-
ored veteran of San Jacinto, Major George B. Erath. The enter-
prising publishers included a gallery of eighty display advertise-
ments, ranging the spectrum from purveyors of liquor to
attorneys-at-law.
Dayton Kelley, of Belton, has issued this sightly facsimile re-

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