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

Book Reviews

as a telegrapher, first being employed at the train station in violent
Lufkin. After serving with a number of railroads and lumber com-
panies in the Piney Woods, he moved to El Paso in 191o because of
poor health and was soon hired as a supervisor on the Nor-Oeste de
Mexico, a five-hundred-mile Canadian-owned railway that ran along
the rugged eastern slopes of the Sierra Madre in northwestern Chihua-
hua. It was hardly the ideal period in which to be engaged in railroad-
ing in Mexico: over much of the next decade Hoard would have to con-
tend with cut tracks, burnt bridges, collapsed tunnels, and the often
volatile personalities of both rebel and federal officers as the forces of
revolution swept across the state. Yet throughout these traumatic expe-
riences, Hoard not only managed to keep his employer's trains and
lumber camps operating, but maintained close and cordial relations
with his many Mexican friends. What emerges is a portrait of a man
who exemplified the best qualities of the southwestern character: re-
sourcefulness, dedication, cultural tolerance, and personal bravery.
Hoard's biography is presented in an entertaining anecdotal fashion,
which will probably be most appealing to nonacademic readers. Pancho
Villa, needless to say, figures prominently in a number of stories, most
of which Hulse personally heard from Hoard or discovered among
Hoard's papers in the El Paso Public Library. Although the book fo-
cuses primarily upon events during the period 19xo10-1920, informa-
tion concerning Hoard's involvement in the Escobar Revolution of
1929 and his subsequent career as a successful El Paso businessman is
also related.
As is typical of Mangan Books productions, Railroads and Revolutions
is a handsome volume, with more than a dozen rare photographs en-
livening the narrative. The book would be ideal for the general reader
interested in the colorful episodes that took place during the revolu-
tionary era, and for those who would like to know more about the spe-
cial breed of men who shaped the future destiny of West Texas and the
Mexican borderlands.
Vanderbilt Unzversity SHAWN LAY
Exhibition Review
"Korea: America's First Limited War." Exhibition at the Lyndon Baines
Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, Texas, May 12, 1988-
January 8, 1989. Gary A. Yarrington, curator and designer. Open
daily 9:oo a.m. to 5:00oo p.m. Admission free. Catalogue available.
75 pp., maps, illustrations. $8.95

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