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pulsion to convert, both stemming from a colonial Puritan inheritance.
Miss Rankin appreciated the agricultural abundance of East Texas,
but she recorded that New England "manufacturing enterprise and
ingenuity" would "greatly conduce to the interests of the State." Her
observations on the relative sizes of various denominations in many
Texas towns are significant. She noted the founding of Austin College
and Baylor University.
In her book, "Middle ;Texas" included the Trinity and Brazos valleys,
while all the land west of the Colorado River was "Western Texas,"
a region greatly in need of "evangelical religion." Like her contemporary,
Mrs. William Cazneau at Eagle Pass, Miss Rankin observed the dangers
from the savage Comanches, the lack of sufficient soldiers to assure law
and order, and the lack of schools. Both women urged that spiritual
leaders be sent to the border. She concluded with an appeal for sup-
port for the efforts to evangelize Texas and Mexico.
In a thirty-three page Introduction, John C. Rayburn has carefully
recorded her successes and set-backs in Brownsville and Monterrey
through illness, civil wars in both countries, and disappointments over
efforts to raise funds. Rayburn's documentation is excellent and the
biographical sketch and the facsimile deserve many readers.
University of Texas at Austin ROBERT C. COTNER
Prospector, Cowhand, and Sodbuster. Edited by Robert G. Ferris. Wash-
ington, D. C. (United States Government Printing Office), 1967.
Pp. xiv+32o. Illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index. $3.00.
This would be an excellent book to study before taking a vacation
trip through the trans-Mississippi West. Prepared by the Division of
History Studies of the National Park Service, this volume describes
scores of historic sites associated mainly with mining, ranching, and
farming. Between the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial at St. Louis
and Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, the authors discuss historic ranches,
mines, forts, and farms.
The discussion of historic sites is introduced by an eighty-seven-page
historical background of the gold rushes, ranching, and early farming
in the West. This is written for the general reader and provides a
good basis for what follows. Then the authors discuss sites which are
in the National Park System, those eligible for the registry of National
Historical Landmarks, and many others. Examples of historic places of
unusual interest include the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial
Park in North Dakota, the Homestead National Monument in Nebraska,
Deadwood, South Dakota, Cripple Creek, Colorado, and Bannack, Mon-
tana. Altogether more than soo historic sites are discussed.
In discussing the various historic sites, the authors tell something of
the historical importance of the particular area, what remains to be
seen, and in some cases how to get there. Many of the sites are illustrated
with excellent pictures. As mentioned at the outset, get a copy of
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