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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Sam Kinch, Jr., capitol columnist for the Dallas Morning News, and
Ben H. Procter, professor of history at Texas Christian University,
hurried into print before the 1972 primaries
to analyze the political impact and significance of the stock-fraud case; to
pinpoint where the kind of influence-peddling alleged by the SEC fits into
the current pattern of Texas government and politics; and to suggest where
the fallout of the stock-fraud controversy should lead in terms of reform.
'A tract for the times, their unfootnoted work offers few surprises to
anyone who has followed the unfolding of the scandal in the press,
but does provide a summary of events. The full story of the stock-
fraud case could not be written at the time; nor of course could the
authors foresee the election results they hoped in some measure to
In the May 6 primary and June 3 runoff, angry Texans shook the
Democratic establishment from top to bottom. When the spring clean-
ing was over, not a single person running for statewide office who had
the remotest connection with the scandal in the public .mind-
whether justified or not-survived. However, it was the moderate-con-
servative reform candidates in these races, not the liberals, who were
the beneficiaries of the voters' indignation. Will legislative reforms like
those the authors propose bring meaningful change in the face of
counter-pressure from the ubiquitous business lobby, or as the memory
of the great stock-fraud scandal fades from the public consciousness,
will it be "business as usual" at the Capitol?
University of Texas, Austin NORMAN D. BROWN
Mug House: Wetherill Mesa Excavations, Mesa Verde National Park
-Colorado. By Arthur H. Rohn. (Washington, D.C.: National
Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1971. Pp. xix+28o.
Illustrations, references, appendix, index. $5.)
This monograph is one of a four volume series resulting from the
Wetherill Mesa Project carried out by the National Park Service with
support from the National Geographic Society. The project included
a comprehensive study of the environment and archaeological remains
of the mesa. As a part of the National Park Service Mission 66 Pro-
gram, Mug House, initially discovered by the Wetherill brothers in
189o, was excavated and stabilized during 196o and 1961 in prepara-
tion for its addition to that part of the park open to visitors. Mug
House is in a rock shelter about 2oo feet long and 40 feet high, lo-


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed June 3, 2015.