The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

performance. He was recognized as a peace officer who could be relied
upon, who would get the job done, no matter how difficult the circum-
stances, no matter how grave the danger.
In this autobiography Rigler has discussed both the negative and
positive aspects of Ranger service. That these highly specialized law-
men, who are called upon in times of crisis to pacify a situation, were
involved in breaking up prostitution rings was ludicrous. And having
the Rangers maintain order in strikes between management and labor
was a waste of talent. But his association with such outstanding captains
as Thomas R. Hickman, M. T. ("Lone Wolf") Gonzaullas, and Robert A.
Crowder, together with the pride of being a Texas Ranger, was more
than ample reward.
In the Line of Duty is a good addition to Texas law enforcement his-
tory. The writing is clear and direct; the stories are interesting; and
Rigler demonstrates, by his life's work, why the Texas Rangers are
world renowned.
Texas Christian University BEN PROCTER
The Art and Life of W. Herbert Dunton, 1878-1936. By Julie Schimmel.
(Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1984. Pp. 268. Preface, in-
troduction, illustrations, bibliography, index, notes. $24.95.)
William Herbert Dunton, "Buck" to his friends, was born in Augusta,
Maine, in 1878 and died in Taos, New Mexico, in 1936. He studied with
painters of some note in Boston, especially the academician Joseph R.
DeCamp, but was largely self-taught. He illustrated for newspapers,
magazines, and advertisers in the Boston area from 1898 to 1903, then
moved to New York City, where he did similiar work until 1914. He
then moved to Taos and joined the group of painters who made that
town into the West's most famous art colony.
Dunton was a candid romantic about the West, which captured his
fancy even as a boy. He loved its spaciousness, dramatic forms, strange
animals, and colors. The region was the ultimate setting for his interest
in the outdoors. He loved the vanished cowboy era, even while ac-
knowledging its myths and fancies, and wanted to recapture it in paint
and pencil. He depicted many aspects of cowboy life, both at home and
on the range. He was unusual among the Taos group in preferring van-
ishing Anglo types to Indians. His subjects included bounty hunters,
guides, prospectors, and an array of cowboys. He painted Indians, but
these studies were less monumental than those of Joseph H. Sharp or

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