The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 231
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Book Reviews and NAotices.
"Well," says the king, "go to Spain, then, Monsieur, and -do your
best there, and God be with you !"
From that time the rapid and startling events intervening until
the hero and heroine are apparently in danger of never meeting
again, can be appreciated only by reading chapters XVII and
XVIII. The hero passes through captivity, shipwreck and service
in the British navy against the pirates, to Mobile, where the plan
is formed for an expedition westward to Natchitoches; and then the
march to that place is admirably pictured with its incidents and
some seeming breaches of established historical lore. From Natch-
itoches he goes through Texas to the Rio Grande by way of the
Cenis village, the presidio de la Bahia del Espiritu Santo, and that
of San Antonio; the reference to these presidios not being ana-
chronistic, as believed by some, for .General Alonso de Leon placed
a garrison at each -of them in 1690, over twenty-four years before
the hero passed them. After fording the Bravo at the Pecuache
crossing, he and his faithful friend gallop two leagues to the pre-
sidio and mission of San Juan Bautista, where they find the father
of Maria in command. She and St. Denis, after many other excit-
ing and trying events, marry there and this happy denouement
closes the scene and ends the story.
This book is above the average of its kind in the market, having
a liberal share of invented topics pertinent to and pleasingly con-
nected with its main thread and manifesting diligent study and a
correct and comprehensive knowledge of the episode of Spanish-
American history which furnishes the plot.
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