The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 105

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obstructive tactics of doctrinaire congressman, Madero almost
succeeded. With very little well directed encouragement, or even
with absolute non-interference, from the United States, he would
have succeeded.
The author is convinced that the United States must ultimately
come to forcible intervention, and thinks that it should have done
so at Madero's fall. He is inclined to find excuses for the policy
of the Wilson administration in the inheritance which it received
from Mr. Taft. One closes the book with increased respect for
Madero, and with assurance of the impractical nature of his
Utopian dreams somewhat shaken; but the- conviction of old
Evaristo Madero, who died at the beginning of his grandson's revo-
lution, is likely to be the verdict of history-"that old gentleman
had seen Mexico grow from a chaotic mass to a well co-ordinated
system, and he believed that another generation or two must pass
before radical reforms could be introduced."
Baegert's Nachrickten: Its Independent Autiorship.-The last
few decades have been a period of assiduity among the multitudes
of historical collectors, yet there inevitably remain certain ma-
terials that escape the most conscientious workers. One of these
is the work of Father Baegert, missionary and ethnographer.
Though his career is fairly well known, his labors have hardly been
accredited with the honor that is due them.
John Jacob Baegert was born at Schlesstadt in Lower Alsace on
November 22, 1717. We learn from the Jesuit records that he
came from a family which boasted of several members of religious
orders. After studying philosophy, he entered the society of Jesus
at Aschaffenburg in 1736, and, in the capacity, of a missionary,
departed for America thirteen years later. His field of work was
in Lower California, where he remained until the expulsion of the
Society in 1767. Baegert embarked at Loreto on his return jour-
ney, and after a short stay in the Spanish monastery of the Minor-
ites retired to the Jesuit college at Neustadt, where his remaining
days were spent. In 1772 he published a book which contains a
description of the California Peninsula. This book, which is now
very rare, bears the title, "Nachrichten von der Amerikanischen


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