The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

the jail in Rankin, Martinez was released after he convinced them of his
good intentions and sanity. Other stories, while humorous, poignantly de-
scribed the harsh conditions under which the family was forced to live:
Until Mama read us a newspaper article on sabotage we were hardly aware
that there was a war on (World War I). Food rationing? Cornbread Wed-
nesdays? Meatless Tuesdays? Sugarless Sundays? Old stuff to us. It didn't
take a war to tell a family living in its twenty-eighth home in eighteen years
that grub ought to be rationed (p. 87).
But the Pattersons survived. Both of the author's parents lived into their
ninth decade, and all of his siblings eventually achieved middle class status.
The author punched cows in West Texas until i931 when a riding acci-
dent terminated his cowboy career. He then attended Sul Ross College.
He graduated in I935 and pursued a new career as a teacher.
Crazy Women in the Rafters is an excellent memoir. Stylishly written
by Patterson and stylishly produced by the University of Oklahoma Press,
the work provides more than just a few of the author's memories. It pro-
vides rich material on conditions in rural West Texas and on the "School
of Hard Knocks" which was the lot of countless thousands of pioneers.
Oklahoma State University JAMES M. SMALLWOOD
Panhandle Pilgrimage: Illustrated Tales Tracing History in the Texas Pan-
handle. By Pauline Durrett Robertson and R. L. Robertson. (Canyon,
Texas: Staked Plains Press, 1976. Pp. 369. Preface, illustrations, bib-
liography, index. $17-50.)
This book, apparently a "Buycentennial" project, should have been re-
viewed by a copyright attorney.
In the first two chapters (pp. 7-36), I found my own book (The Texas
Panhandle Frontier) quoted or unmistakably paraphrased in twenty-
four paragraphs. By the end of Chapter 6, similar liberties, taken with
neither fear, footnotes, nor quotation marks, placed me in the distinguished
company of Charles L. Kenner (A History of New Mexican-Plains Indian
Relations), Ernest Wallace and E. Adamson Hoebel (The Comanches:
Lords of the South Plains), and Noel M. Loomis and Abraham P. Nasatir
(Pedro Vial and the Roads to Santa Fe).
Evidently unwilling to retain a cartographer, the Robertsons and the
publisher appropriated maps, with only slight modifications, from Loomis
and Nasatir, and myself, and added J. Evetts Haley (Fort Concho and the
Texas Frontier) and W. W. Newcomb, Jr. (The Indians of Texas from
Prehistoric to Modern Times) to our dubiously honored company.

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