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Southwestern Hzstorical Quarterly
did not tear that wall down, but he removed a few sections through his writings,
exposing a vista of cultural roots and themes extending deep into the times of
Cushing proved to be a remarkably gifted participant-observer who pro-
vided the sort of invaluable insights that could be conveyed only by someone
thoroughly immersed in an alien culture. Popular in the public arena, he was a
controversial figure who found few fans in the halls of academe. Brash, pos-
sessed of a flare for showmanship, anything but dull, Cushing delighted in as-
suming the mantle of a Zuni war chief or cloaking himself in the regalia of a
Priest of the Bow. The fact that he was entitled to do so, having legitimately
attained both offices, took little of the fire from critic's bellies. The broader
question, in Cushing's time and ours, is how much of his Zuni reportage reflects
"scientific" knowledge or the man's romantic fascination with Indians as Van-
ishing Americans. These and other matters are dealt with by Jesse Green in
Cushing at Zuni: The Correspondence and Journals of Frank Hamdlton Cushing,
Cushzng at Zuni is a delight on two counts. First, Green the compiler makes a
significant contribution to Southwest studies by publishing a trove of Cushing's
journals, diaries, sketches, correspondence, and notebooks-most appearing
here for the first time-which lends the work a vivid sense of immediacy.
Green the researcher provides a complementary service with masterly intro-
ductory and annotative insights, brilliantly putting Cushing and his work into
This book reinforces the humanity of a very human researcher, the visitor
many Zunis called Cricket. "I was forever 'whistling and singing, moving and
jumping about, running hither and thither over the housetops and up and
down ladders without ever staying myself to behave with dignity,' or so they
said" (p. 9). For which we may all be grateful, now more so than before, thanks
to the appearance of this important volume.
Emporia State University RONALD MCCOY
The Runge Chronicle: A German Saga of Success. By Henry J. Hauschild. (Austin:
The Whitley Company, 1990. Pp. j+227. Preface, illustrations, maps, ad-
denda, bibliography, index. $30.)
Accurately believing that history comprises more than military conflicts and
politics, Hauschild has set out to provide an account of Texas's economic devel-
opment by examining the lives of Henry Runge, his son-in-law and nephew
Julius Runge, and their descendants, a family that played an active role in the
Texas economy. H. Runge and Co. was one of the first banks in Texas and the
oldest private unincorporated Texas bank at the time of its failure in 1932. The
Runges were active in promoting railroad development in Texas. While living
at Indianola, Henry Runge served as U.S. consul for Hamburg, Germany.
Runge, in Karnes County, is named after Henry Runge.
Hauschild obtained much of his information from privately held collections.
Through photographs, purchase receipts, newspaper clippings, and letters he
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