Book Reviews and Notices
trails, predatory animals-and fails not to mention drouths,
horses, amusements, guests and neighbors. Emphasis is placed
upon economic detail, but ranch routine is illustrated by entries
from range diaries; cowboys are followed through their year's
work; and special application of the problems of the trail to the
Spur range is handled in an interesting, readable style.
The book is written largely from the letter files of the ranch,
and is larded with frequent and apt quotations therefrom. It is
amusing to know that Henry Johnstone, a new Scotch manager,
"rested" the hands by "allowing them to bust broncs." But that
he appreciated the performance is seen in his praise of "a kid
working here who is a 'rider right,' and he pulled it out of the sorrel
to a queen's taste. He has got the pitching horse business down pat
and sets on them apparently with great ease and a slack rein."
A study of the foreign syndicates on the Great Plains ranges
can but impress one with the culture and the breadth of their
owners and operators, who contributed much in the way of efficient
business management, tone, and general character to the ranges
of the West. And Holden has chosen his subject well.
J. EVETTS HALEY.
Indian Justice: A Cherokee Murder Trial at Tahlequah in 1840
As Reported by John Howard Payne. Edited with Intro-
duction and Footnotes by Grant Foreman. (Oklahoma City:
Harlow Publishing Company, 1934. Pp. xii, 112, map, 4
In Indian Justice, Foreman has reprinted with introduction and
footnotes from The New York Journal of Commerce for April 17
and 29, 1841, John Howard Payne's vivid account of one of the
first trials under the newly adopted Cherokee constitution and laws.
The author of "Home Sweet Home" and friend of Chief John Ross
reported in all its dramatic detail the trial at Tahlequah in 1840
of reckless Archilla Smith for the murder of John MacIntosh the
year before. On one side was arrayed Archilla, a signer of "the
false treaty" of 1835 under which the Cherokees were removed to
Oklahoma, with his counsel, Stand Watie, a leader of the removal
group and later a general in the Confederate army, and William
Holt, also a member of the minority group; on the other side Isaac
Bushyhead, brother of Reverend Isaac Bushyhead, represented the
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 August 31, 2014.