The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 519
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quired there was experience and adventure. He had an all-too-
familiar acquaintance with bloodthirsty Apaches and witnessed
frontier feuds and one lawful hanging, as well. Although his
mining ventures uniformly were unsuccessful, Williams made a
living dealing in mining claims and putting into use his knowl-
edge of law.
This book consists of selections from the best of Williams'
writings, most of them in pamphlet form, and an account of his
life. The checklist of Williams' writings is impressive. In addition
to scores of unpublished documents and letters, there are listed
more than thirty published pamphlets and articles. These works
consist mainly of descriptions and observations on the passing
scene and stories that he gathered from frontier characters,
especially Latins. Among the materials published in this book is
"From Dallas to the Site of Lubbock," being the adventures of
a surveying party in 1877. This appeared in slightly different
form in the West Texas Historical Association Year Book in 1939.
The section entitled "Miner in Early New Mexico" is rich in
exciting frontier experiences, character portrayals, and stories.
"Refuge in Silver City" contains many lively and exciting per-
sonal experiences. Part IV, "Letters and Stories from the Big
Bend," consists of a wide range of material from the author's
surveying experiences, together with stories gleaned from char-
acters who lived both north and south of the Rio Grande and
stood both for and against the law. A sketch entitled "Epilogue"
finishes the life story of this lawyer, surveyor, scientist, historian,
Williams was myriad-minded to a remarkable degree. He
would advise his grandson to "read Tacitus for style . . . Her-
odotus. for adventure, Cicero for vocabulary, Shakespeare only
because he was an accepted classic." References to these and other
authors are to be found frequently in his writings. Apparently
his inquiring mind never rested: What is the story linked with
the old tree, cabin, or new made grave? What is the origin of
the word adobe? How is that arrastra run? What protects the
thornless lantana from hungry desert animals? Nothing seemed
too inconsequential to escape his observation. His word pictures
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