The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 246
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Under the supernatural the "Legend of Stampede Mesa," by
John R. Craddock stands out mesa-like. It is not so remarkable
within itself as it is for the manner in which it is told. Young
Craddock shows in this, as in former contributions, a real gift for
a literary expression that conveys the subtle spirit of the subject
he has in hand.
Jean Lafitte holds the place of honor in the pirate group. Miss
Julia Beazley, in "The Uneasy Ghost of Lafitte," tells of the
meandering of the pirate's ghost up and down the Gulf shore in
search of someone who will assist him in expiating the burden of
many crimes in return for his hidden gold. Up to the present
time many have been called but none chosen.
The fifth group gives various legends regarding the origins of
names. Victor J. Smith tells briefly "How Dead Horse Canyon
Got Its Name." An exploring party along the Rio Grande came
to a place where they would either have to make a wide detour
from the river or abandon their horses and proceed on foot or by
rafts. They decided on the latter course, killed their horses to
keep them from falling into the hands of hostile Indians and left
their bones to bleach in the canyon which came to bear the name,
Dead Horse Canyon.
The miscellaneous group contains the legend of the Horn Wor-
shippers, by L. D. Bertillion. It is the story of the Owner of the
World who lives in the great horn room of the horn palace, where
in the final day a soulless one will touch the magic sceptre that
lies in the great horn in the horn room of the horn palace.
"Finally when the horn is touched, it will rise into space and draw
all those who worshipped in full faith to the great horn worship
above, where manual labor and death shall be forever unknown."
What would not Gabriel give for such a trumpet!
This collection of folk-lore cannot but prove of interest to all
readers of Texas history or literature. No collection of Texana
will be complete without these legends. The historian will find in
them the spirit and the temper of the people expressed in legends;
the student of literature will find here the very sources of litera-
ture; while the creators of literature will find material ready to
stimulate and inspire them, according to their abilities and imag-
inations, to portray the life and the aspirations-for what are
legends but folk-aspirations made anonymously articulate ?-of the
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