The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 420
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The study gets under way with Peters' Colony, with which the
county is linked through land titles and some prominent pioneer
families. The subject is as snarled as an old fishing line, but the
author, advised by Dr. Seymour V. Connor, has untangled it
beautifully. Then comes an account of Fort Belknap, the mili-
tary post and the village both, and a chapter on Indian depreda-
tions. Even though the sources extant are scant, the military post
of the 1850's (it was occupied just a few months after the Civil
War) might well have been given more space. Also a more ex-
tensive examination of state and national archives and contem-
porary newspapers might have resulted in the modification of
some accounts of Indian raids.
Still, it would be a shame to mutilate with the trappings of a
master's thesis, such thrilling stories told so beautifully. One
cannot find in archives or newspapers the narrative of John
Allen's romantic career, or of the death of Henry Eberson, or
the matchless story of Franz Peveler, who related to the author
how he stood helpless one day, watching through a telescope a
host of Indians plundering, burning, and killing. These are the
stories of the people; they make up the saga and the heritage of
the land; and they will be cherished and handed down from
generation to generation when the official records have turned
Young County was unique in various respects. For seventeen
years, when federal court was held at Graham, it was the judicial
capital of all northern and western Texas and the Indian Terri-
tory thrown in. The authentic stories of outlaws and their clashes
with peace officers and mobs, of officers and their contests with
criminals and dealings with mobs will more than match the two-
gun thrillers on any newsstand in the land.
The Texas Cattle Raisers Association was organized at Graham
in 1877, a historic event well related in this book. Great cattle-
men's names are linked with that meeting: Slaughter, Loving,
Simpson, Ikard, Burnett, and a score of others. Furthermore, a
chapter is devoted to the cattle industry, covering the subjects
of cattlemen and cattle from the Longhorns, through the Short-
horns, the Herefords, the Angus, and the Santa Gertrudis.
Young County of the twentieth century is not neglected. There
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