The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 485
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extensive history of Rusk County. Explorers, settlers, and busi-
nessmen receive attention along with oil booms and the tragic
explosion in the school at New London.
The most important contributions of this history are found in
the chapters dealing with the people, the old homes, the cem-
eteries, and the towns and villages of Rusk County. Mr. Farmer
has not written a definitive history of Rusk County, but it is
doubtful that any future historian can write of the county with-
out making use of his study.
RALPH W. STEEN
The University of Texas
Charles F. Lummis was an alert observer of the Southwest,
the originator of "See America First," a friend of the Indian
and Mexican peoples of New Mexico. He spent many years
walking, riding, living, and being a part of the culture of the
territory of New Mexico, where especially during the 189o's
he wrote prolifically of the colorful area. The University of
New Mexico Press' new edition of The Land of Poco Tiempo,
the 1884 classic of New Mexican life, will interest again many
more in its lore and life. Here one is introduced to the burro,
the pueblo Indian, the fighting Apache, the wandering Indian
town of Cochiti, New Mexican folk songs, an Indian-Christian
saint's day celebration, as well as the myth of the Quivira.
Lummis' themes that the Anglo-Saxon "played a squeaky second
fiddle in pioneering in the New World," his ideas that Ameri-
cans would some day "no longer sniff ignorantly of all outside
our boundaries," and his keen feeling against racial discrimina-
tion are sounded throughout the book, which is drawn from an
intimacy with the territory that makes it especially noteworthy.
MARIA ALLEN CADENA
John Tebbel's Touched With Fire is an adventure story of
the seventeenth century carefully interwoven into the historical
facts that make up the explorations in North America of Ren6
Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle. John Tebbel, to set apart
the career of La Salle, takes a quotation from Oliver Wendell
Holmes: "Through our great good fortune, in our youth our
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