The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 89
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Book Notes and Acknowledgments
character Hawk and to girls for the character Quana, both
of the Hasinai, the well-known East Texas Indians. This story
deals with the life of the Texas forest Indians and with their
relations with the Nacogdoches who lived to their east. In
two of the chapters the relations of the Hasinai with the
Comanches and with the Apaches are portrayed. The main
theme of the story is the adoption of young Tzao, a Nacogdoche,
by the Hawk clan, and of the restoration of the Tejas Confed-
eracy by this young man who, at the very end of the story,
goes back to the Nacogdoches, supersedes the war chief Many-
Scalps of that tribe, and turns a war party of his tribe just
recently led by Many-Scalps, into a party bringing the peace
pipe to the Hasinai, with whom he had stayed for some time as
a blood brother by adoption. The author gives evidence of a large
amount of information about the Texas Indians, and deserves
commendation for a very interesting and well-written story.
The University of Texas R. L. BIESELE
To THE EDITOR:
In one of your recent issues, Vol. XLV, page 396, Mr. Van
Mitchell Smith, Jr., reviewed my book, The British Empire,
1815-1939. In the course of this review he accuses me of loose-
ness in the use of language and cites two instances: (1) that
I state on page 4 that the British government, by the Declara-
tory Act, 1766, surrendered certain rights to tax the colonies;
(2) that by implication on page 230 I attribute the collapse
of the Confederacy to the weakness of its government.
Since it is the duty of the historian to keep the records clear,
I hope you will permit me to call attention to the fact that on
page 4 I state that by the Declaratory Act of 1778, Britain
abandoned claims to tax the colonies. This act is 18 Geo. III
C. 12. On page 230 appears the following statement: "With the
American Civil War as a warning example of the result of a
weak central government, the fathers of the Canadian Federa-
tion planned to make theirs strong."
Nowhere do I mention the Declaratory Act of 1766, nor do
I by implication refer to the character of the government of
the Confederacy. Perhaps it may be in order to remind this
reviewer of the fact that in the historical profession a falsi-
fication of records is considered a heinous crime.
University of Wisconsin PAUL KNAPLUND
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