Boatright et al.'s
And Horns on the Toads
And Horns on the Toads is now available as a free e-book at the
UNT Digital Library and The Portal to Texas History.
This volume borrows its title from John Q. Anderson’s article on the
horned toad of the Southwest. William Owens’ “Seer of Corsicana” and
“Curanderos of South Texas” by Brownie McNeil are about the folk doctors
or advisers whom the people visited. The next two articles by John Henry
Faulk and William Henry Hardin are about folk characters who have in
common a creativity which leads one to imaginative lying and the other
to stories, rhymes, or tricks to raise a laugh. George D. Hendricks
writes of “Southpaws, Psychology, and Social Science,” and Americo
Paredes writes of songs and stories found in the Spanish Southwest.
Michael J. Ahearn writes the history of a madstone that has been in his
family for a long time. Everett Gillis describes a rural singing school.
Girlene Marie Williams writes of “Negro Stories from the Colorado
Valley” while Fred O.Weldon analyses the Negro folk hero. Cultural
conflict is evident in Richard Lancaster’s “Why the White Man Will Never
Reach the Sun.” Frontier life and ways are reflected in G. A. Reynolds’
essay on “Vigilante Justice in Springtown.” J. R. Jamison tells the
story of “The Sinking Treasure of Bowie Creek.” Ruth Dodson’s essay
“South Texas Sketches” looks back to frontier life and Kenneth Porter
writes of ghost stories.