The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989

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of Walter Prescott Webb in the publicizing of the new park. A professor
of history at the University of Texas and a major figure in the under-
standing of the American West, Webb served as historical consultant
for the new park. Moreover, in 1937 he bought two specially designed
steel boats with the intent of floating down the Rio Grande through the
park's little-known canyons. Despite warnings that "You KAINT MAKE
IT" (p. 57) and recollections of the Titanic, Webb and his guide had a
safe voyage. The resultant publicity helped the park in its quest for
appropriations.
Jameson is sensitive to the ambivalence between preservation and
recreation inherent in the national-park mission from its inception. He
treats the issue of predators such as mountain lions and eagles-and
the charge that the park was a "predator incubator" threatening adja-
cent ranching operations-with careful balance. It is this kind of re-
search and writing that gives substance to the sweeping generalizations
so often made about attitudes toward nature in the United States.
University of California at Santa Barbara RODERICK NASH
Cows, Cowboys, Canners, and Corned Beef and Cabbage: The Last Large-Scale
Epic about the Northern Ranges of the West. By Robert W. (Ike) Eigell.
(New York: Vantage Press, 1987. Pp. xv+517. Acknowledgments,
introduction, map, photographs, illustrations, bibliography, index.
$25.)
This monograph is a factual account of cowboy life in the northern
plain states of North Dakota and Montana. Robert W. Eigell's story con-
cerns his own personal experiences as a cowboy during the late 1920os
and first half of the 1930s.The reader learns the whole truth about the
cowboy's most important asset-his horse-from discussion woven
throughout the entire book. But sections devoted to the "Horse as
a Range Animal," "Management of the Range Horse," and "Horse
Breaking Methods and Means" give added insight into the respect both
man and horse must have for each other in order to work well to-
gether. The author also introduces the reader to a variety of person-
alities with whom he associated during his cowboy career, as well as
their families.
"Cows" are the range cattle-Longhorns, Herefords, and Angus.
"Canners" are the wild horses rounded up for shipment to eastern pro-
cessing plants. "Corned Beef and Cabbage" was the branding call
for CBC, an eastern corporation operating the northern ranges and
mountain valleys.
Eigell begins his book with a short biographical sketch. Orphaned at
seven, he and his younger sisters were sent to Saskatchewan, Canada,

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