The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Book Reviews

proper places those items which could not be located. Such efforts
make this accurate, well edited, handy tome considerably more
valuable than just the bare manuscripts themselves.
Ben Barnes, Speaker of the House, Fifty-Ninth Legislature,
has written a brief, but interesting and informative introduction.
Sketches of the capitol and of seven leading representatives have
also been included. The appendices include a roster of the mem-
bers and officers of the Tenth House, Regular Session, a report
by Colonel Absalom Bishop concerning the acquisition of salines
in West Texas, the Report of the Military Board, the proceedings
of the Governors' Conference West of the Mississippi River, and
the messages of Governor Pendleton Murrah to the house. The
practical value of the volume is increased by the inclusion of a
fairly detailed, annotated index.
This reviewer has been able to locate no more than two insig-
nificant errors-and these were undoubtedly a result of the dif-
ficulty of "deciphering" the longhand of the manuscripts. The
battle of "Juka" (pp. 44, 280) should be "Iuka" (Mississippi),
and "Cal Pryor's Regiment" (p. 198) -incidentally not listed in
the index-unquestionably should be "Chas L. Pyron's Regi-
ment." But these are minor points, to say the least. Editor Day
and his assistants are to be commended for a job well done.
MARTIN HARDWICK HALL
Arlington State College
The Life and Death of Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain. By
A. M. Gibson. Norman (University of Oklahoma Press),
1965. Pp. xi+301. Bibliography, notes, illustrations. $5.95.
On the night of February 1, 1896, Colonel Albert Jennings
Fountain, accompanied by his eight-year-old son, Henry, drove
his buckboard into the White Sands of southern New Mexico
and disappeared. That disappearance has been regarded ever
since as one of the most mysterious and controversial facts in
the history of the great Southwest.
But mystery seems always to have hovered around Colonel
Fountain. According to family tradition he was born on Staten
Island, New York, in 1838. His father was Solomon Jennings, a
sea captain, and his mother a descendent of the colonial Hugue-
not family of Fontaine. Why he adopted the anglicized surname

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