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high Rockies of Colorado, where his horses had to adjust to the
thin air.
Green suffered frequent bruises and many a broken bone before
he gave up hunting wild cows for work as a veterinarian and a
horse trader. Eventually he returned to Cumby, in northeastern
Texas, to raise cattle and horses. Where Ben Green learned the art
of storytelling is uncertain, but he has become one of the region's
top raconteurs. His tales of the instinctive tricks of wild cattle and
how he outwitted them will bring many a chuckle. Thrown in are
informative bits about cowboy ropes and arts, but the main end
of the thirteen stories is pure entertainment.
Dallas, Texas WAYNE GARD
The Life and Times of Jane Long. By Martha Anne Turner. (Waco:
The Texian Press, 1969. Pp. xiv+ 193. Bibliography, illustrations,
index. $7.50.)
Jane Wilkinson Long, often considered one of the most romantic
heroines of early Texas history, has been the subject of several articles
and biographies. Born in Maryland, July 23, 1798, Jane grew up in
the home of her father's cousin, the controversial General James
Wilkinson. In 1815 she met and married Dr. James Long and ac-
companied him on his 1819 filibustering expedition to Texas. After
her husband's death Mrs. Long joined the Austin colony and operated
hotels at Brazoria and Richmond. Although her name was linked
with several famous men, including Ben Milam, William Travis,
and Mirabeau B. Lamar, Mrs. Long never remarried. She died at
Richmond, December 30, 188o.
In this slender volume Martha Anne Turner attempts to recreate
Mrs. Long's "life and times." According to her introduction, Miss
Turner's main purpose is to prove Jane Long's right, "literally and
figuratively," to the sobriquet "The Sweetheart of the Republic."
It may well be that the author succeeds in her goal, although the
relevance of such a project escapes this reviewer. After struggling
through the first one hundred pages of disconnected narrative and
impossible syntax, it became obvious that Professor Turner had not
accomplished her two secondary goals: (1) to eliminate "the ac-
cumulation of myths and fallacies concerning the beloved Texas
heroine" and (2) to present this "unusual woman in her own exciting


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