Southwestern Historical Quarterly
A Texas Cowboy or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish
Pony, Taken from Real Life. By Charles A. Siringo. Introduction and
Bibliography by J. Frank Dobie. Illustrated by Tom Lea. Lincoln
(University of Nebraska Press), 1966. Pp. x1-+198. $1.70.
Charles Siringo's A Texas Cowboy is an old friend wearing a new coat,
designed by Carl Hertzog. And, it must be admitted, it becomes him.
Readers unacquainted with former editions of this classic of the cow
country will not know how little has been changed, but the Siringo fans
will find that for all its improvement in design the present issue is
similar in material and editorial apparatus to an earlier paperback-but
with a difference. The first placed the Dobie introduction and biblio-
graphical essay in its appendix; the new edition has the excursus as an
introduction. Tom Lea drawings appear to a better advantage in the
current book than in the former; the quality of the paper and printing
see to this.
No western history aficionado needs to be introduced to Siringo. A Texas
Cowboy endures as an ageless work exempt from the reviewer's praise,
scant or fulsome. But, since a new edition was called for, perhaps the
addition of explanatory notes to the text might have clarified some of the
incidents for the reader unfamiliar with the times and places depicted.
Mesilla or La Luz, so well known to the reviewer, may be quite out of the
orbit of an eastern reader. Other examples come to mind. Except for these
small strictures, however, let it be said that the University of Nebraska
Press has rendered a real service by putting forth this new, attractive
University of Texas at El Paso REx W. STRICKLAND
The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado. By
J. Evetts Haley. Norman (University of Oklahoma Press), 1967. Pp.
xiv+ 258. Illustrations, appendices, bibliography, maps, index. $2.oo.
The XIT Ranch contained three million acres of land which the State
of Texas transferred to Taylor, Babcock and Company of Chicago in return
for the construction of the present Capitol. From its origins in the 188o's
until the first decades of the twentieth century, the XIT Ranch was the
largest single operation of its kind in the American West.
Haley's excellent study describes the early explorations on the Llano
Estacado, the establishment of various ranching empires, construction of
the Capitol at Austin, ranch life, and settlement by the pioneer farmers
on the Llano Estacado. The reissuance of this vivid, well-documented
volume marks an exciting new addition to the University of Oklahoma
Press' Western Frontier Library.
Oklahoma East Central State College IRVIN MAY
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117145/. Accessed February 28, 2015.