The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 77, July 1973 - April, 1974

Book Reviews

corder of Indian myths and life around him. The former occupation brought
him success and money; the latter, after eighty-eight years, will now bring
him recognition from historians, folklorists, and anthropologists. For more
than a decade, Dorothy Hatfield, who discovered the illusive Tuggle manu-
scripts, and Eugene Current-Garcia have labored long and well editing the
Tuggle Indian diaries, Washington journals, sketches of life in Indian Ter-
ritory, and Indian myths. Their efforts have been rewarded with the publi-
cation of this fine volume by the University of Georgia Press.
The volume includes an introduction, the Tuggle manuscripts, and three
appendices. Fortunately, the editors refrained from extensively editing the
manuscripts and, for the most part, allowed Tuggle to tell his own story
and make his own observations. From his writings Tuggle emerges as a
fascinating human being. He was a veritable Samuel Pepys observing all
around him and finding nothing too insignificant to jot down in his note-
books. His comments on life in the Indian Territory and his observations
on Washington politicians and important issues will be of especial interest
to historians. Though the editors kept Tuggle's prose and enhanced the
volume by including helpful marginal headings, they could have done much
more to assist the reader in understanding the narrative. For example, the
book is practically devoid of explanatory footnotes, except in Chapter IV;
personalities, events, places, and general comments are allowed to stand
unidentified. The book contains an incomplete index, and no pictures (ex-
cept on the jacket), bibliography, or bound maps-two are included sep-
arately from the book. Also, the introductory material on Tuggle's life is
inadequate. One is left to conjecture about how Tuggle rose as a lawyer,
bow he secured the job as Creek legal agent, and even how he died. De-
spite these shortcomings, the book is fascinating and the editors should be
congratulated for rescuing Tuggle from oblivion.
East Tennessee State University ARTHUR H. DEROSIER, JR.
Where the Wagon Led. By R. D. Symons. (New York: Doubleday and
Company, Inc., 1973. Pp. xxxi+343. Illustrations, glossary. $8.85.)
Recent range reminiscences consist mostly of rehashed bucolic lore as
rank and worn as old saddle-blankets. In a poor affection of cowpoke "style"
that would insult the intelligence of even a yokel who had learned to read,
the writers contrive to spur vapid personal experiences to life, like eager
rodeo performers trying to rake a spirited ride from a dull bronc. Where the
Wagon Led suffers negligibly from this brand of humbug. Despite the nos-
talgic syndrome endemic to recollections of the passing frontier, Symons's

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