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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

This fine book is solidly based on exhaustive research in the Mallory
family papers. In addition Baughman used corporate records, shipping
magazines, and financial journals. The book contains over sixty pages of
tables and figures detailing the family's operations, profits, and relations
with other maritime companies. Numerous drawings of clipperships and
photographs of the Mallorys and their steamers and tankers add to the
handsomeness of the volume. Baughman's study will be of interest to
maritime "buffs" and business historians, and several chapters will be of
special interest to scholars concerned with the economic development of
the Southwest. The reader will discover a fascinating story, thoroughly
researched, and presented in stimulating prose.
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee KEITH L. BRYANT, JR.
Some More Horse Tradin'. By Ben K. Green. (New York: Alfred A.
Knopf, 1972. Pp. 255. Illustrations by Joe Beeler. $6.95.)
Ben K. Green of Cumby, Texas, may well know more about horses
than any man alive. Without question he is the authority par excellence
on horse trading, and his new book on the subject, a collection of fifteen
skillfully crafted yarns, once again carries readers to that era when an
enterprising young man with "swappin' stock" could ride across Texas
looking for a good trade. The volume includes four pieces that have
appeared elsewhere, but this will in no way displease the author's grow-
ing legion of admirers, since any Ben Green story is worth reading
again.
A lifelong raiser, rider, judge, doctor, and trader of horses, Green
has emerged in his twilight years as a top hand at spinning horse tales,
and recording with both clarity and accuracy the lore and language of
the old time trader. His latest work, as well as the earlier ones in his
"string," not only adds significantly to the body of equine literature,
but it also preserves as a historical document a glimpse of a way of life
that is now gone. There is nothing of stuffiness or pretension about
Green's writing, for whether he is telling of a trading jaunt to Vermont
at Will Rogers's suggestion or of the last trail drive through downtown
Dallas, his words come across straight-grained and unvarnished. When
he declares that he looked across the vast distance of West Texas seeing
"way into day after tomorrow without anything or anybody being in the
way," the reader knows this is no idle product of poetic imagination,

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101202/. Accessed August 20, 2014.