The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 330
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commercially manufactured jokes from books and radio, but
this is a chance that the scientific folklorist must take. If he is
alert, he will document such material accordingly. Both he and
the artistic folklorist should tell the reader exactly what he is
doing, so that we will know what to expect from each.
The second item in this miscellany is Ruth Dodson's English
translation of the stories of Don Pedrito Jaramillo, a Mexican
faith healer who lived and practiced at the Los Olmos Ranch
near Falfurrias, Texas, from 1881 to 1907. This collection has
interest for the historian as well as for the folklorist. Whether or
not one believes in the supernatural power attributed to Don
Pedrito by his admirers, it is a fact that Don Pedrito's life
influenced the economy and culture of the region tremendously.
People flocked to Los Olmos for his cures in such crowds that a
man established a business of transporting them from the railroad
station at Falfurrias. The volume of mail, with enclosed stamps,
was so great that Don Pedrito never bought a stamp for his
replies. Hence, the post office register showed large quantitics
of mail leaving Falfurrias but no sale of stamps. The Post Office
Department in Washington became alarmed and sent an investi-
gator to Texas to find out whether there was a stamp counter-
feiting plant near Falfurrias. Don Pedrito showed the investigator
a large box filled with stamps that had come to him from his
The third item is a collection of Mexican folklore from Austin,
Texas, done by Soledad Perez. Her method was to listen in on
conversations around the market place, drug stores, fruit stores,
tortilla factories, churches, and homes of Mexican people in
Austin, taking notes in longhand. As soon as possible afterwards,
the stories were written and translated. The collection is docu-
mented with references to analogous motifs in the indexes and
comparative studies of Stith Thompson, Ralph Boggs, and
Aurelio M. Espinosa.
The miscellany is concluded with two stories by Wilson M.
Hudson, which he heard as a child in Mexico. Prefaced by well
documented introductions, they are told after the manner of the
artistic folklorist, but Mr. Hudson is culturally very near his
informants, having been brought up in Tampico. I believe his
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