The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 221
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Book" Reviews and Notices
the documents,' and brought out by the introduction, is the early
advance of the Anglo-American trading frontier into upper Louis-
iana and Texas. As early as 1772 British guns were reaching the
Apache through the Osage of the Arkansas and the Bidai and
Orkokisa of the lower Trinity; and the exclusion of the English
(Americans) became an increasingly difficult problem as time
went on. De M6ziBres vents his exasperation at the expansion of
the English colonies, "most of them the product of their notori-
ous usurpations," in terms that sound strangely familiar in the
mouths of Mier y Teran, Tornel, and Alaman two generations
Professor Bolton's profound knowledge of the manuscript bib-
liography of the Spanish Southwest is manifest in the many anno-
tations which illuminate the documents. For a time the reader
may be inclined to be querulous, in the belief that he is left with-
out assistance in identifying the numerous Indian tribes which
appear in various disguises of French and Spanish orthography,
but eventually he discovers that all are listed with their synonyms
in the index. Since, however, one needs must discover some
points in which the editorial work could be improved, the re-
viewer submits two: (1) Doesn't the use of "op. cit." interpose
an unnecessary obstacle to the pursuit of bibliographical knowl-
edge when it entails a search through twelve pages to see which
of an author's various articles is being cited? (See, for example,
II, 124, note 153; there are a number of such instances.) And
(2), since there are frequent references to documents by number,
rather than by page, would it not be a, convenience to find at the
top! of each page the number and year-date of the document run-
ning thereon, instead of the relatively useless "Vol. one" and "Vol.
two" that one does find?
De M6zieres's letters are well written, and aside from their his-
torical and ethnological interest, unfold an attractive and force-
ful personality which would repay the study of an ambitious his-
EUGENE C. BARKER.
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