The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

Book Reviews

to another, one part of the state to another, and one century to
another. Often the author supplements fragmentary data with bits of
imagination and sometimes he peoples sites with imaginary charac-
ters. In addition, the chatty style of the book is less suited to history
than to the type of popularizing in which the author excels.
Dallas WAYNE GARD
Book Notes
The Cowman Says It Salty. By Ramon F. Adams. (Tucson: University of
Arizona Press, 1971. Pp. ix+163. Illustrations. $5.95.)
Probably no other individual can rival Ramon Adams's store of knowl-
edge and lore about the American cowboy and cattleman. The author of
some twenty books and numerous articles, Adams has covered in his
writings virtually every aspect of the cowman's existence. He has written
about, the cowman's philosophy, his humor, his ethics, and now in this
book he deals with the cowman's language. A native Texan, Ramon
Adams first became interested in the language of the cowboy during his
youth when he lived in the suburbs of Houston near a dying cattle trail.
Now in his eighty-second year, the author can look back to the early nine-
teen hundreds, a span of seventy years, over which time he has pursued
his "hobby." Adams has traveled extensively in search of material, attend-
ing cattlemen's conventions and trail drivers' meetings, sitting and listen-
ing in hotel lobbies, and rubbing elbows with cowboys on a number of
ranches throughout the western states.
In this book the author paints a sympathetic picture of his subject, who,
although unschooled and unlettered, evolved a vivid speech which is rich
in imagery and delightfully pithy. Having lived and toiled in a land which
was often inhospitable and violent, the cowman has moulded a language
to suit his own needs. Neither inarticulate nor verbose, the cowman speaks
in words which reflect the character of the land in which he lives and
works. Ramon Adams's The Cowman Says It Salty is a worthy book wherein
a charming and unique American folk-speech has been preserved and
delineated.
Eagle Pass, Texas BEN E. PINGENOT
Famous Trees of Texas. Edited by John A. Haislet. (Bryan: Texas Forest
Service and Texas A8cM University, 1970. Pp. vi+193. Illustrations,
preface, index. $3.95.)
The purpose of this book is to memorialize those trees that have been
associated with events in Texas frontier history and those trees that have

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