The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 166
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
As a rule, a folk tale lends itself to humor, especially if it pos-
sesses tall-tale qualities. In the chapter on "Joe Whilden, One of
the People" by John Henry Faulk, there is a type of satirical
humor that is crisp all the way. It is most pleasant to meet Joe
Whilden and to listen to his stories which have the qualities of
classical folksy humor-real folk tales.
The pleasantness of this book lies in the fact that folk tales
are mixed with stories on satellites and the folk characters' belief
in someday reaching the moon.
Since World War II much has been written about "shock
treatments" and their curative effects on the patient. William
Henry Hardin cites positive results from such treatments as ad-
ministered by Grandpa Brown on his ailing wife. The cure was
not only complete, but lasting. Grandpa Brown composed poetry
to picture his wife and her relatives in a way that appeared
humorous to himself, at their expense. His practical jokes were
always confined to members of his wife's family, and likewise at
their express expense.
Folk music, especially in song, whether Gypsy, South Texan,
or Mexican in character, tells a story of sadness or farewell. Many
of the songs are accompanied by dances, which are all a part
of the lore.
Folk healers will remind some readers of those other healers
who have powers to stop blood, or prevent rabies by the use of
the madstone. Michael J. Ahearn records in this book factual
evidence of the healing powers of the madstone, and the strong
faith in its effect on certain "incurable wounds."
Fred O. Weldon, Jr., and Girlene Marie Williams have col-
lected some sensitive Negro stories, their work being of cautious
research and careful recording.
The story of Chief White Calf, chief of the Piegan Blackfeet
of northern Montana, gave Richard Lancaster an opportunity to
record a bit of American Indian lore which few men, Indian or
white, have ever heard or read.
The stories, with their many uncanny occurrences, provoked
by ghosts in military life at Fort Clark and San Antonio, are filled
with the flavor of pioneering life and lore. These are related by
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