The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 148

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In their preface, the authors quote Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"There is properly no history, only biography" and include in
the volume an immense amount of biographical material. One
has a view of Joe Bailey and his colossal ego; of Pat Neff, the
dignified Puritan; of Dan Moody, the crusader; of bland, cal-
culating Coke Stevenson; and Price Daniel, both congenial and
Illustrations for these books bear evidence of imagination. They
have been done by Carol Rogers, Joe Nerlinger, Betsy Warren,
and Warren Hunter. Although they may be purchased sep-
arately, the volumes are packed together in a neat carton and
should be bought and read as a set. These books are authoritative
and interestingly written. They constitute an enduring contribu-
tion to the history of Texas and should find a wide audience.
Hardin-Simmons University
Indian Wars of Texas. By Mildred P. Mayhall. Waco (Texian
Press), 1965. Pp. xxi+27o. Bibliography, index, illustra-
tions. $7.50.
Mildred P. Mayhall is a dedicated historian and teacher with a
special interest in Texas Indians. Her book on the Kiowas was
published in 1962, and she co-edited the Junior Historians'
guidebook of the capital of Texas. The present volume, she says
in her preface, was written "to answer questions of students of
Texas history" and to give some of the answers related to "Indian
warfare, trade, attempts at peace, border incidents," and related
subjects. Although the publishers hope her work will be useful
to both young people and adults, it is conceived and developed
so as to appeal primarily to junior historians.
This is true in the first place because it is not a sustained and
fully documented history of Indian warfare in Texas, as the title
seems to indicate. It is a series of sketches, concentrating pri-
marily on climactic incidents and striking personalities, the kind
of thing which would make good brief lectures or good short
articles and would please and stimulate budding history students.
The fact that the author aims at young and unsophisticated
readers would explain also the peculiar arrangement of her ma-


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