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because of their failure to understand the red man and protect
him from the destructive forces of their own civilization, the
author has exercised a great deal of restraint. There are very
few passages that suggest "Lo the poor Indian," or Mrs. Jackson's
Century of Dishonor. On completing the book one feels that he
has had a glimpse into the innermost mind of the Indian and has
seen there neither a model of human excellence nor a bloodthirsty
demon. The writer is as ready to tell of the cruel murder of a
Wichita Indian by a band of Osages, fresh from the mourning
dance, as to relate that the tribal leaders decreed compulsory educa-
tion for all children.
Historians probably will regret that Mr. Mathews did not build
up a more substantial historical background for his forceful descrip-
tion of Osage life and thought. Much may be said, however, in
favor of his economy of space. Others can write history, but only
one reared among Indians can write such a book as Wah'Kon-Tah.
The author's style is unusually forceful and beautiful.
Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States: Inter-A eri-
can Affairs, 1881-1860. Selected and arranged by William
R. Manning, Ph. D., Division of Latin American Affairs,
Department of State. Volume I, Argentina, Documents
1-387; Volume II, Bolivia, Documents 388-453, and
Brazil, Documents 454-722. (Washington: Carnegie En-
dowment for International Peace, 1932. Volume I, pp.
xxxvi, 789, $5.00; Volume II, pp. xxvi, 544, $5.00.)
These two volumes, which are the first of probably nine or pos-
sibly ten to come, constitute a sequel to the three-volume publica-
tion entitled Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States
Concerning the Independence of the Latin American Nations which
was edited by Dr. Manning and published in 1925 under the same
auspices. That compilation covered the period from 1810 to 1830,
and dealt almost exclusively with the subject of independence, and
closely related matters. The present series, initiated by the two
volumes under review, covers the period from January, 1931, to
December, 1860. It "is designed to include all of the documents
in the Department of State which have a bearing upon the inter-
national relations of the Latin American nations" with the excep-


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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. ( accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Texas State Historical Association.