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writing letters and ignores the ingenuity of the prisoners in concealing
their notes and diaries and in getting letters to the outside world lam-
basting their captors and the Mexican government. In the "Foreword"
it is stated that "General Ampudia sentenced all the Mier prisoners to
death, but as a sort of Christmas present on December 27, 1842, reversed
the execution decree" (p. xxii). As Stapp tells it, however, (and tells it
correctly): "... after our capture a council of their officers had been
held, at which, through the influence of Canales, a verdict of death had
been rendered against us . . . and its reversal had only been obtained
by Ampudia" (p. 43). Elsewhere the "Foreword" erroneously refers to
Richard A. Barkley as "an invader" (p. xxi) of Mexican territory.
Barkley was not a Mier man, but a member of Dawson's company cap-
tured near the Salado in Texas by General Woll. On p. xxii Frantz
adds new history by altering the sequence of events of the "black
bean" episode. He has the men who drew "black beans" unshackled
from their companions after writing farewell messages. In fact, the un-
fortunate ones were immediately separated from their companions as
each drew the "bean of death" and were taken into an adjoining court-
yard where their farewell letters were written. Contrary to a statement
in the "Foreword," Mexico did not return to Texas the remains of the
decimated Mier men from hacienda Salado (p. xxiii). They were re-
trieved by a party of Texans led by Major Walter P. Lane and carried
to Texas by Captain John Dusenberry during the Mexican War.
The modern black and white illustrations incorporated in the pres-
ent edition of Stapp's Journal are not historically accurate and detract
from the story. A printed journal considered to be of sufficient merit to
be reprinted one hundred and thirty-two years later should by all means
include a biographical sketch of its author and an index. The printing
and binding of the current edition are superior to that of the first
Texas Log Buildings. By Terry G. Jordan. (Austin: University of Texas
Press, 1977. Pp. iv+230. Acknowledgments, appendices, glossary,
bibliography, index. $15-95-)
As is well known, Texas is a land of complexity and diversity. Histor-
ically, the varying terrain was occupied by colonists from many different
countries and states. These immigrants brought with them their own
customs and building skills that they had acquired in their homelands.


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