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edge of the hero of San Jacinto before his son, whom I continued
to see every now and then."
The Cherokee Strip went from the wigwam and sod-house
era to the Chamber of Commerce era within one boy's memory.
The time is the 1890's and 1900's. The scene is a section of
the Indian lands that was opened to white settlement in 1893,
and became a part of Oklahoma. The author's father rode in
the famous Run to stake out his claim, and young Markey grew
up with the town of Enid in the Strip. And the glory of having
been in the Run meant a great deal more in Enid than having
ancestors who came over in the Mayflower. Life took on an
added interest when Mr. James sold the claim he had staked
off in the Run and moved his family into Enid. Here the need
for "spending-money" was met by Markey, first by cleaning
spittoons and later by delivering special delivery letters on his
Little seems to have happened in Oklahoma Territory that
young James didn't get at firsthand or hear about. There are
stories of posses and desperadoes, of Comanches, Kiowas, and
Cherokees, of the Pony Express, cattle drives up the Chisholm
Trail, the Rangers and prospectors, and other romantic ingre-
dients of frontier history. Particularly delightful are the stories
of the old-time printers, and of Markey's own experiences as
a reporter. Best of all, there is a subtle and humorous self-
portrait of a young man in his days of innocence in the young
days of our Southwest, days which have already vanished.
Edinburg Junior College
The Golden Hoof. By Winifred Kupper. New York (Alfred A.
Knopf), 1945. Pp. xi--203. $2.75.
The Cattle Kingdom and the Sheep Empire occupied the same
geographical territory. They were historically contemporaneous.
The Cattle Kingdom very early attracted the attention of all
types of writers-historians, fiction writers, essayists, romanc-
ers, poets. Theirs was an intriguing subject and they attacked
it from all angles. Not so was the Sheep Empire. It had no
protagonists. Its subject matter remained neglected. Nobody
wrote about sheep except the agronomist, and his interest ex-
tended no farther than breeds and types. Nobody realized that
sheep had a history and a most romantic and, many times,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146056/. Accessed March 27, 2015.