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Four foundation stones of the cattle industry of the Southwest are the following:

Cox, James,

The Cattle Industry of Texas and Adjacent Territory,



Hunter, J. Marvin (compiler),

The Trail Drivers of Texas,



McCoy, Joseph G.,

Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest,



Prose and Poetry of the Live Stock Industry of the United States,



These four items are well packed with good meat. Unfortunately, the Cox and the


and Poetry

are exceedingly scarce and cost a lot of money. The McCoy book was reprinted



, but this edition is already out of print. However, it has been incorporated into the

Southwest Series, published by Arthur H. Clark.

Trail Drivers of Texas

may still be obtained.

A work deserving a niche on the standard shelf is


by William MacLeod Raine

and Will C. Barnes. This book appeared in


, was reprinted several times, but is now out

of print.

Another possible foundation stone is Sam P. Ridings’s

The Chisholm Trail,



Jack Potter had many experiences with cattle. He makes use of this in

Cattle Trails of the

Old West





) and

Lead Steer




John Culley’s

Cattle, Horses and Men



) is pleasant reading and is strong enough to

lean on.

J. Frank Dobie published his

A Vaquero of the Brush Country



. The reading public

still demands it. And there is his

On the Open Range



), written primarily for youngsters

but charming to older readers.

The Longhorns

appeared in


. This book has gone into a

number of libraries. No doubt it is a landmark in the range



It is unfortunate that Dr. E. E. Dale’s

The Range Cattle Industry



) and

Cow Country



) are out of print. They should be kept before us, and perhaps the University of Okla-

homa Press will reprint them when paper becomes plentiful.

J. Evetts Haley’s

The XIT Ranch

appeared in


, but “arguments” in court soon with-

drew it from circulation. It is now on the scarce list. Haley’s

Charles Goodnight, Cowman and




) is also out of print, but it is hoped that this work will be reprinted.

E. S. Osgood’s

The Day of the Cattleman



) is another splendid book that is no longer


Frank Hastings’s

A Ranchman’s Recollections



) is assured a safe place on the range shelf.

Jack Thorp’s

Pardner of the Wind



), edited by Neil M. Clark, should be listed here. It

is a


ne range book. And so is Wyman’s

Wild Horse of the West,

which came out just a few

months ago.

J. Frank Dobie, Mody C. Boatright and Harry K. Ransom of the Texas Folklore Society


Mustangs and Cowhorses



). This outstanding contribution is already out of print

and should be restored to the current shelf.

A range library would show a big gap if it did not house Ramon Adams’s

Western Words



). It is a


rst-class range dictionary.



, William R. Leigh published

The Western Pony.

His illustrations are striking.

Unfortunately, the book is out of print. Another


ne work illustrated by its author and also

OP is Dan Muller’s





Mody C. Boatright’s

Tall Tales from Texas Cow Camps



) is one of our much-sought-

after books. It should be reprinted.

E. Douglas Branch’s

The Cowboy and His Interpreters



) is a standard work which is

no longer in print. Ross Santee’s

Men and Horses



) is very pleasant reading. Santee’s




) has a wide appeal.

Walter Prescott Webb’s

The Great Plains



) is a standard work, which is a “must” item.

Its bibliography alone is a


ne guide.

Many choice books in the range herd remain unroped, but the pen is getting crowded.

It’s time to get the iron hot.

Dudley R. Dobie, Sr.

Catalogue Ten, Part Four, The Ranching Catalogue, A-C