The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944

Book Reviews

Revenue; Counties; Railroads; Municipal Corporations; Gen-
eral Provisions; and Methods of Amendment. As Professor
McKay summarizes his study of amendments: "Thirty-three
sessions of the legislature have been held since adoption of the
constitution; and thirty-one of them have proposed amend-
ments. Of the one hundred fifty-five amendments proposed by
the legislature only eighty-four have been ratified by the voters,
seventy have been defeated, and one was never submitted."
Needless to say, the amendments and proposed amendments
offer a large field for further historical investigation. It was
no part of Professor McKay's obligation to elaborate these
topics, but he has provided a very satisfactory foundation for
students who may wish to develop them.
EUGENE C. BARKER
The University of Texas
Roy Bean: Law West of the Pecos. By C. L. Sonnichsen. New
York (The Macmillan Company), 1943. Pp. 207. Illustra-
tions. $2.50.
For years a certain glamour has hung over the West, aided
by fictioneers and folk-lorists who have not hesitated to draw
the long bow in order to cater to what may be termed the
literary "tourist trade." As a result there has developed
among discriminating readers a tendency to look askance at
tellers of tales dealing with Western frontier history and leg-
ends. Fortunately, a new crop of writers seems to be taking
over the Western scene--a group of serious investigators with
perception enough to see the real, tangible things worth pre-
serving in written records, the essence of the Old West that was
becoming obscured by the very romantic trappings which
sought to preserve that spirit.
Such an investigator is C. L. Sonnichsen, and he has the
good sense and technical skill to mingle fact and legend in a
realistic, quietly humorous manner that fits the Western char-
acter as naturally as a travel-stained pair of chaps. Roy Bean,
the self-styled "Law West of the Pecos," should feel at home
within the covers of a book by now, as witness the extensive
bibliography listed at the end of Sonnichsen's work. The pres-
ent volume, however, is much more than a mere collation of
factual and fictional materials previously utilized. From this
mass of data, Sonnichsen has culled and edited, placing tales

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