The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 319

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political training and experience between Mexicans on one side
and the colonists on the other; (6) Attitudes and Opinions-how
the colonists and the Mexicans regarded one another; (7) Return
to Traditional Distrust and Suspicion-development of the
causes of the Texas revolution; (8) Traditional Patterns and
Conflicts-differences in language, religion, political concepts,
attitude toward slavery, and judicial concepts; (9) Conclusions.
The study is based chiefly on The Austin Papers, and follows
closely the conclusions of the reviewer. As a sociological study,
it seems to the reviewer that the population was too sparse and
the period covered too short to justify impressive conclusions
concerning social trends.
The bibliography is thorough and the literary style is good.
The Pioneer Miner and the Pack Mule Express. By Ernest A.
Wiltsee. California Historical Society. Special Publica-
tion No. 5. Pp. vii, 112, illustrations. (San Francisco,
The stir and the bustle over, the dramatic days of the mad
rush to California after gold have survived in thrilling stories
of adventure, of romance, and of outlawry. But the present
study is an eloquent and just, though belated, tribute to the
sturdy men who in the early days organized the first express
companies in California and by their constancy, perseverance,
and enterprise made possible the essential communication of the
miner with his folk back home and enabled business to be trans-
acted between the far away West and the East. "The pack-
mules have gone, and the packers have gone with them. But
at least the memory of them should survive," affirms the author.
Painstakingly he has gathered the scattered pieces of infor-
mation concerning the organization and development of the early
express companies, he has pointed out how they were the result
of a series of circumstances which made them as indispensable
to the life of the gold camps as the blood stream is to the body,
he has shown how the postal service of the government was not
only inadequate to meet the unusual circumstances but most in-
efficient, and he has carefully prepared a list of four hundred


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