The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970

Book Reviews

building of the church was gradually completed. This part of the
book makes it clear that much of the history of Beaumont and its
First Methodist Church is the story of individual effort.
In 1910o the church building was dedicated with all debts paid.
This made possible the outreach program of the church in missions
at home and abroad, and for the first time missions became a live
issue on the First Methodist Church of Beaumont.
The ground-breaking ceremonies for the present church building
were held on May 22, 1966, and the cornerstone was laid on Jan-
uary 21, 1968. The book concludes with a brief description of the
present outreach program of the church and a resume of the various
organizations of the church.
Throughout the book one is impressed by the spirit of dedication
of those who began and who continue the task of building and
maintaining a city and a church in Texas, from 1840 to 1968.
Southwestern University E. H. STEELMAN
Wild Cow Tales. By Ben K. Green. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf,
1969. Pp. 306. Illustrations. $5.95.)
That stove-up old Texas cow hand, Ben K. Green, whose book,
Horse Tradin', brought delight to many readers two years ago, tells
here of his early adventures as a cowboy. Working mainly in the
thorny brush country of the Southwest, he specialized in capturing
wild cows that had eluded the roundups. Sometimes he would buy
a remnant of wild ones, "range delivery," and go out after them
in the hope of making a profit.
Green's encounters with wild cattle in the 192o's and '30o's match
some of those in the era of the Chisholm Trail. It is easy to see
why he had little competition in his work. The wild bovines were
adept at hiding in the brush, hard to approach near enough to
rope, and quick to gore a horse or rider. Once the grass was set
afire to bring them out. On another occasion a wolf hunt was ar-
ranged to flush them from their hiding places.
Some of the mossy-backs that had evaded earlier capture were
clearly descended in part from the hardy and often ferocious Texas
Longhorns. Green had to cut tips from the horns of one lot before
he could manage and market them. In 1936 he sold several pictur-
esque ones for use in the Cavalcade at the Texas Centennial cele-
bration in Dallas. On one assignment he searched for cattle in the

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