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Brief Mention of Reprints Wah’ Kon-Tah: The Osage and the White Man’s Road. By John Joseph Mathews. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968. 359 pages, maps, illustrations, $5.95.) In one sense this book is a biography of Major Laban J. Miles, who must rank as one of the most fearless, competent, and devoted Indian Agents in American history. He came to the Osage Agency, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, in 1878 and dedicated himself to the task of helping the Osage preserve what was most worthy in their character and culture and of protecting them from the vicious and enervating aspects of white civilization, which was encroaching upon them. But this is a very perceptive profile of the Osage—from the splendor of their wild courage and freedom to the decay from the wealth of their oil lands—for Mr. Mathews is an Osage. The book first appeared in 1932. Bullying The Moqui. By Charles F. Lummis. Edited with an introduction by Robert Easton and Mackenzie Brown. (Prescott: Prescott College Press, 1968. ii -f 132 pages, photographs, maps, index, $7.50.) Charles F. Lummis was as eloquent in his denunciation of social outrage as Mark Twain or Ambrose Bierce. This book contains articles he published in Out West in 1903 condemning Charles E. Burton, Hopi Agent, for his “suasion by six-shooter” policy, seen especially in the notorious haircut order and the forcible education of the Hopi children. Lummis and the Sequoya League’s attack brought about the dismissal of Burton, whom Lummis called “a Good person whose mental and ethical limitations make him im­ possible”. An appendix of letters, documents and notes helps make this an interesting and full report of one of the most dismal blunders ever tolerated in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Forgotten People: A Study of New Mexicans. By George I. Sanchez, (Albu­ querque: Calvin Horn, Publisher, Inc., 1967. xx + 98 pages, photographs, maps, $5.75.) This report on the plight of the Spanish speaking inhabitants of New Mexico, particularly its northern counties, such as Taos was first published in 1940. In a preface to the present edition Mr. Sanchez observes sadly that there has been virtually no progress economically, intellectually, or socially to the alleviating of their poverty, ignorance, and low social status. As a foundation for his careful survey of conditions, Mr. Sanchez reviews the 400 year history of the New World Spanish people. The Congress, he asserts, did not recognize its responsibilities to the inhabitants when it acquired the land, and he indicts state and county social and educational agencies. Mr. Tijerina’s Reviews 325 present agitation about the Spanish Land Grants appears quite relevant after reading this book. A Bride Goes West. By Nannie T. Alderson and Helena Huntington Smith. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969. vii -f 273 pages, drawings, Bison Book, $1.95.) This is a much better book than the title suggests. Nannie Tiffany, brought up in West Virginia with wealth and servants was taken by her husband in 1883 to a lonely homestead at Lame Deer, Montana, “a hundred horse-and-buggy miles from any help”. The old West, she says, “was a great country for men and horses, but hell on women and cattle”—and it is this hell that she has communicated vividly—the drudgery, fear, and loneliness on the isolated ranch. In her dictation to Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Alderson has effectively revealed herself and the wild and rugged life she knew. The book, first published in 1942, is certainly a major portrait of western pioneering. Sam Bass. By Wayne Gard. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969. x + 262 pages, map, illustrations, index, Bison Book, $1.95.) This is the saga of an Indiana orphan who drifted into Texas in 1869 and apparently quite casually after a trail drive tried his hand at robbing stages. Returned to Texas, he branched out to train and bank robbing and earned himself the name of the “beloved bandit” by the time he was killed in 1878 when he was twenty-seven years old. Mr. Gard’s account, which first appeared in 1936, is rich in detail, particularly during the last few years Bass played Texas Robin Hood in...

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ISSN
1948-7142
Print ISSN
0043-3462
Pages
pp. 324-325
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-04
Open Access
No
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