The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 137

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colonization law that they should become Catholics. There was
generally a priest available in Nacogdoches and the East Texas
region and always in San Antonio and Goliad; but Father Michael
Muldoon was the only resident priest in Austin's colonies, and
he was there only in 1831-1832. The book collects the commonly
known incidents of Muldoon's career in Texas but probably
raises more questions in the curious mind than it settles-ques-
tions that are not likely to be answered, because the subject is
intrinsically unimportant. Both the beginning and the end of
Muldoon's life are blank, but more or less in the category of
useless information.
In the filibustering era the Gutierrez-Magee invasion and the
turbulence of 181o-12 in Texas seem complete and final; pos-
sibly the Long invasions should fall in the same class. The des-
perate and complex party conflicts on this remote and thinly
populated frontier of Spain are a source of constant amazement.
It is easy enough to understand the interests of the royalists in
trying to hold Texas; but exactly what did the republicans expect
to do with it beyond taking it away from the King?
With the present volume Professor Castafieda emerges from
the romantic, semi-legendary centuries of Spanish possession
which he has done so much to clarify and leaves himself a hun-
dred years of prosaic organization of the church and of its expan-
sion under modern conditions. The founders of this monument
to the church chose wisely in selecting him to write the story.
His sound historical judgment, his intimate knowledge of the
manuscript sources which he himself has done so much to collect
for the libraries of the University of Texas and of St. Edward's
University, and his facility in the Spanish and English languages
make his personal equipment unique.
The University of Texas
Kardnkaway Country. By Roy Bedichek. Garden City (Double-
day), 1950. Pp. xxiii+29o. Maps. $3.50.
Kardnkaway Country, Mr. Bedichek's second book, is written
from an historical point of view, though it is not a history in a
restricted sense. The title designates the coastal lands between


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