The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 410
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Mrs. Wright, however, has changed some of the facts which she
has gleaned from the two specialists cited above. On the whole,
however, her summary is well written, and gives the essential
facts correctly. An interesting portion of the book consists of
various legends collected in regard to San Antonio, and a descrip-
tion of the missions as they exist today. The general reader in-
terested in early San Antonio history will find much of value in
.Mrs. Wright's book. W. E. D.
A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, by Frank Cush-
man Pierce (Menasha, Wisconsin. 1917. Pp. 200, illustrated,
maps). Mr. Pierce's long residence at Brownsville, since 1859,
and his legal practice on both sides of the Rio Grande have fur-
nished the information for this little book. Events on both sides
of the line fittingly find a place in his survey. The most inter-
esting, as well as the most useful portion of the book is that
which sketches the development of the troubles in Mexico which
led to the recent movement of United States troops to the border.
His estimate of the Diaz regime is not novel, but it is very*
sound: "Experience had taught that there was but one way to
rule a people of whom 80 per cent were ignorant, uneducated,
barbarians, and that was with the iron hand. Under him the
country soon took place among the nations of the world. .
In fact, during the thirty-one years in which Don Porfirio ad-
ministered the affairs of the Republic, every change which took
place was destined to the uplifting of his people."
Chapter Xl reviews the service of the Texas Rangers in the
Brownsville region; and Chapter XIII constitutes a brief guide
to the towns within a radius of a hundred miles of Brownsville.
Hyphenated, by August Anderson (published by the author
[Austin, 1916], is the fanciful title of what appears to be a faith-
ful biographical sketch of S. M. Swenson during his career in
Texas. While the author has chosen to tell his story in the
guise of historical fiction, that is for the purpose of "putting it
over." He thoroughly appreciates his obligations as a biographer,
and his facts are reliable. The book is a welcome contribution
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917, periodical, 1917; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101070/m1/416/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.