The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 81
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Book Reviews and Notices
new idea or interpretation, but in careful, thorough collection,
sifting, organization and presentation of the materials of Western
origins in the East.
Dr. Bell has indicated the possibilities of such research in his
well-maintained but unproved thesis. The Eastern end of the
far-westward migrations has not been at all satisfactorily worked
through by anyone. This little book shows us equally what should
be done, as well as one way in which not to do it.
So far as concerns particulars for difference of opinion the
present reviewer has little to say. He cannot agree, however, that
the results of Lewis and Clark's expedition were so barren as
Dr. Bell seems to find them, nor will we accept the easy and
slighting way in which Floyd's efforts are mentioned and inter-
preted. The tribute which is paid to John Quincy Adams in
calling him the "Father" of the Oregon country, doubtless does
full justice to that statesman, but it reminds one that Oregon has
had almost as many "Fathers" as the early church.
Others reviewers, Dr. Schafer in the Oregon Quarterly and
Charles W. Smith in the Washington Quarterly have commented
on the excellent documentation of the book. In this regard, there
are about three hundred and forty footnote references, taken from
over two hundred sources.
GEORGE VERNE BLUE.
University of California.
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