The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 103

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enforce neutrality (page 201) would not be so amusing if we were
told-as was the case,-that similar orders went to all officers,
civil and military, wherever a violation of the law of April 20,
1818, seemed possible. Motives of governments, as of individuals,
are rarely simple enough or transparent enough to permit dog-
matic analysis, and it seems to the reviewer that Dr. Marshall
may have failed at times to consider all the complex factors in
the situation. The value of the book does not depend, however,
on these matters of opinion. It is a comprehensive and scholarly
survey of the whole Sabine boundary question, based on an
independent evaluation of all the scattered printed sources. The
work is well done and will prove alike useful to the general reader
interested in the history of the Southwest and to college classes
studying that section.
The Political Shame of Mexico. By Edward I. Bell, formerly
editor and publisher of "La Prensa" and "The Daily Mex-
ican" of Mexico City. (New York: McBride, Nast & Com-
pany, 1914. 422 p. $2.00.)'
The author was editor of a daily newspaper, head of a consid-
erable news-gathering system, and acquainted with most of the
important figures of Mexico. His opportunities to know and in-
telligently interpret the past four years of troubled Mexican his-
tory have been unusual. His most important material was got-
ten "not from books, for none contain it, but from men." Josh
Ives Limantour read proof of part of the book and discussed freely,
but not enlighteningly, certain phases of the Diaz collapse; and
the author has evidently been in close touch with some authorized
spokesman of the Madero clan. The book is thoughtful, pungently
written, suggestive, and fascinating. Mr. Bell knows his Mexico,
where "things are never what they seem," and his picture is at-
mospherically correct. As a contemporary interpretation of an
immensely intricate subject by a well-informed and evidently fair-
minded observer who has made an effort to check his observa-
tions, the book ought to be a useful guide to future investigations.
'This review is reprinted from The Missisippi Valley Historical Re-
view of June, 1915.


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