Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In 1853 Reading W. Black settled on the head of the lovely
Leona, built a house, diverted the San Antonio-California road
by his place, put in a stock of goods, laid out a town, built a
mill, ranched, negotiated Indian affairs, traded lands, toyed with
irrigation, and engaged generally in the manifold activities inci-
dent to the settlement of the hinterlands. Opposed to Secession,
he threw his support to the South, but outraged by the massacre
of the German Unionists on the Nueces, left Texas to follow busi-
ness profitably in Mexico. After the War he returned to Uvalde,
was elected to the legislature, and was shot and killed as a re-
sult of Reconstruction passion in 1867.
His diary extends from 1853 to 1856, the incipiency of his
pioneer settlement, and deals with the common details of that life
which make uncommonly interesting reading. Mr. Moore gives
a clean-cut sketch of the man who, except for Henri Castro, "did
more to develop the Upper Nueces Country [than any other].
Ceaseless in his industry and considerate in thought and action
he took both wealth and happiness from the wilderness.
Mustang chases, fandangoes, horse races, hunts,-all attracted
him; and he combined work and play with a zest accentuated by
memory of uneventful years in New Jersey." This book is an
addition to Texas frontier annals, well "arranged" by the editor.
J. EVETTS HALEY.
Give Way to the Right. By Chris Emmett. (San Antonio: The
Naylor Company, 1934.) Pp. 302.
Chris Emmett, native author and historian who followed Texas
Camel Tales all over the Southwest to save the incident and color
of one of the most unique frontier experiments, has given an
autobiographical story of his service with the American Expedi-
tionary Forces in France, in the war that was to "make the world
safe for democracy."
Whatever sour thoughts possess one's mind as subsequent his-
tory traces its intricate patterns, the important thing here is the
story of Americans marching out to death in a traditional Ameri-
can way, bravely, buoyantly, and perhaps forgetfully, and this
episode is told with a sensitivity and pride that distinguish not
those marchers for the bonus.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117143/. Accessed January 30, 2015.