The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

intermingled with the worst contemporary bromides. Space prohibits
more than a thin sample: "we had it made," "can't win 'em all,"
"land-office business," "more people than fiddlers in hell," are just a
few that grate. I began to run a tally on the use of the term "knowl-
edgeable," an ungrammatical modern synonym semiliterates employ
for "informed," but when the tally threatened to reach two-column
figures, I stopped.
The most inspiring sentence in the book was the concluding one,
"And that's all they are of it."
A ridiculous glossary is appended. Judge Sims, conversationally, is
probably an entertaining octogenarian. But he should never have been
turned loose on a typewriter.
Reed College OWEN ULPH
The Buffalo. By Francis Haines. (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, Co.,
197o. Pp. 242. Illustrations, bibliography, index. $7.95.)
Laymen wishing to read a once-over-lightly narrative of the role
of the buffalo, from prehistoric times to the present, will learn much
and be fascinated with this readable biography of the American bison.
Haines deftly captures the personality and traits of the great beast
who caught the imagination of travelers, settlers, and hunters; he also
evaluates the impact of the herds upon the western movement and
the impact of the western movement upon the herds. He devotes
chapters to the influence of the buffalo upon the Indian tribes and
upon fur traders, explorers, and mountain men; to the Comanche
wars for the southern buffalo range; to cattle and railroads in the
buffalo country; and to the great slaughter, when the "constant boom-
ing of the big guns sounded more like a battle than a hunt."
Final chapters in the drama of which so many popular writers and
professional historians have written relate the tragedy of the disap-
pearance of the shaggy kings of the plains. The author recounts a
time of pillage and waste, an era when sportsmen planned to kill for
"the thrill of the kill or to secure a trophy head" before it was too
late. Haines pays tribute to the conservation efforts of William T.
Hornaday, head taxidermist for the National Museum in Washington,
D.C., and to the American Bison Society, organized in 1905, which
eventually persuaded Congress to establish the National Bison Range
.in western Montana.

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