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and interest of Weaver's book. Though clearly sympathetic to the
soldiers, Lane presents their case so defensively that her argument
seems more apologetic than it actually is. A topical organization makes
the book repetitious and confusing; it is more a collection of separate
essays than a connected whole. The author did no research in Texas
manuscript sources, her grasp of national politics is erratic, and her
prose is often clumsy. Finally, Lane's publisher has served her badly.
The book has far more than a tolerable number of misprints, 'and
its physical appearance is unkempt. Weaver remains the book to
read for the new interpretation of Brownsville.
University of Texas, Austin LEWIs L. GOULD
Black Beans & Goose Quills: Literature of the Texan Mier Expedi-
tion. By James M. Day. (Waco: Texian Press, 1970. Pp. vii+169.
Footnotes, bibliography, index. $6.95.)
The work produced here under the title of Black Beans & Goose
Quills is the author's dissertation in literature, under a slightly, dif-
ferent title, completed at Baylor University in 1967. James M. Day
has made an effort to summarize and partially evaluate certain nar-
rative accounts of the ill-fated Texan expedition which attacked
Mier, Mexico, in December 1842, and the subsequent imprisonment
of its members. One would expect a descriptive analysis of the litera-
ture relating to that expedition and a critique of that literature.
Instead, however, the author has given a brief and incomplete nar-
rative of the Mier expedition in Chapter I, and in the three succeed-
ing chapters he has utilized the diaries of six participants (Thomas
Jefferson Green, Israel Canfield, James A. Glasscock, Joseph D. Mc-
Cutchan, Thomas W. Bell, and William P. Stapp) in the "wild goose
chase" to the Rio Grande and into Mexico to tell the story of their
escapade. Nowhere does he give the reader a full understanding of
the expedition's background and its implications to the political
situation in Texas, 1842-1844. The greatest emphasis in these chapters
has been placed upon the published accounts of Thomas Jefferson
Green and William P. Stapp. One would like to see an analysis of
the objectivity of the men who recorded for posterity their experiences
in connection with that rash, ill-fated expedition. Some of the diaries
are more similar in parts than one might think was coincidental,
but such relationships have not been taken into account, although


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