The Arkansas

ByClyde Brion DavisFARRAR & RINEHART
THIS interesting book is the ninth in a projected series of twenty-four volumes on the rivers of America. It is made up of episodes in pioneer history, in accordance with the general scheme of the series, or rather the general idea, which is that a fairly comprehensive history of the United States might be written in terms of our rivers. Whatever this idea may amount to, if the series inculcates any respect for our rivers it will have been well worth printing. The traveler sees that the European has done everything he can to preserve and enhance the beauty of his rivers, while the American has done all he can to deface and defile such streams as the European can hardly imagine existing. In their natural state, the Rhine, Seine, Elbe, Moselle, Neckar, are simply nothing by comparison with the Delaware, Connecticut, Hudson, Kennebec; yet see what men have done with both! An experienced traveler once said well and truly, paraphrasing Swift, that the state of American rivers shows plainly what the Almighty thinks of wealth, by the kind of people He gives it to.