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Wyoming Stock Raisers Association, was elected sheriff of John-
son County, fought through the Johnson County Cattle War, and
settled down to ranching in the Big Horn country. In 1894 he
moved to Oklahoma and again became a peace officer. Three years
later he joined the rush to the gold fields of Alaska as a Deputy
United States Marshal, and in three years more he returned to
Oklahoma and his work as an officer there. In 1907 he became
Adjutant General of the State. In 1927 his long career in the
interest of law and order came to an end. But he left behind a
written account of the major part of his life upon the frontier.
There is one considerable gap in the narrative. Nothing is
told of the man from 1869 to 1878. From the editor's statement
that this forceful and fearless man was not always "Frank Can-
ton," one suspects that this was the period in which "Frank Can-
ton" actually appeared. The omission of what may be a story
within itself naturally excites the curiosity of the reader, but in
nowise detracts from the interest of this book. The fact remains
that the writer ventured widely and well; that he understood the
wild terrain of the West and the psychology of its outlaw men;
and that he knew how to tell the story of that life of which he
had been a part.
Texas in 1848. By Viktor Bracht. Translated from the German
by Charles Frank Schmidt. (San Antonio, Texas: Nay-
lor Printing Company, 1931. Pp. xxiv, 223.)
A valuable and interesting book covering a very limited period
of Texas history has been made available to those who are not
familiar enough with German to read the original by Mr. Charles
Frank Schmidt's translation of Viktor Bracht's Texas Im Jahre
1848. Mr. Schmidt has added biographical sketches of Viktor
Bracht and of his brother, Dr. Felix Bracht, and an obituary
notice of Viktor Bracht furnished by Mr. Roland P. Bracht, a
surviving son.
Bracht's Texas Im Jahre 1848, which came off the press of
Julius Baedeker in Elberfeld and Iserlohn in 1849, was one of a
number of books published in Germany about Texas in the forties
of the past century. Bracht's book was, in my judgment, the most


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