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Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter. Written by Himself  Together with His Letters and Statements by His Friends; A Vindication by  Tom HORN - Paperback - First Edition - 1904 - from Bluebird Books (SKU: 82421)

Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter. Written by Himself Together with His Letters and Statements by His Friends; A Vindication

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Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter. Written by Himself Together with His Letters and Statements by His Friends; A Vindication

by HORN, Tom

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Denver: Louthan Book Company. Very Good-. 1904. First Edition. Softcover. A first edition (thus) of the autobiography of Tom Horn, the notorious figure from the Old West. He has been described as a "packer, scout, interpreter, Chief of Scouts, prospector, rodeo champion, deputy sheriff, hired gun, Pinkerton agent, cattle detective, and murderer." Horn was convicted of murdering a 14-year-old boy (some say unjustly) and hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1903. This memoir was written by Horn in jail while awaiting his sentence, possibly with assistance by others. Includes all of the original 13 plates. This softcover version was published at the same time as the cloth iteration (Adams, Six-Guns.1033; Rader 1931). --- A sewn softcover edition in stiff olive wraps, with cowboy silhouettes to cover; titling in orange. --- With moderate browning to leaves, dampstains to some leaves and to cover. ; 12mo (7 to 7-1/2 in. tall); 317 pages .

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Tom Horn spent the majority of his life among the Apache and the bulk of his autobiography is taken up with the campaign against them in the late 1800's. He went west as did so many of the young men of his day, and at sixteen Al Sieber, the chief of the cavalry scouts, employed him: "I was young and active and could travel with him all day and herd the horses at night, and do the cooking and tend to the packs and clean his gun every night; and all of this was fun for me. The San Carlos, or Apache, Reservation was 60 miles wide and 130 miles long...Sieber was keeping an eye on the peace and conduct of the Indians. Sieber spoke Apache and Mexican both, and as there were always Indians with us, I began to learn the language very rapidly. "That was a glorious time for me, as I could hunt deer and turkey to my heart's content, and if I would leave camp and be gone all night to some Indian camp, Sieber never said a word against it..."What a wonderful way to live at that age! He became a scout himself and when war was officially declared against the Apache, he often tracked and fought them. He knew Geronimo, whom he described as the "biggest chief, the best talker, and the biggest liar in the world." Horn does give us a record of Geronimo's words, which enable the reader to make up his own mind -- here is Geronimo's conversation with a cavalry general in 1883:"'...I listened to your talk yesterday,' said Geronimo, 'and it made me feel that I had done some great wrong. Perhaps I have done wrong, as a white man looks at my actions. I know that a white man does not see as an Apache sees, and I know what is life to a white man is death to an Apache. My influence with my people is great, as you have said, but there are warriors here whom no one can control... You complain of my people raiding and killing up in the American's country. Do you not think I should complain of your war chief killing my warriors?'Horn became a deputy sheriff, tracked cattle rustlers and worked for the Pinkertons." Horn was later charged with the murder of a fourteen year old boy (Horn claims he was framed) and hanged for the crime. Many believed him innocent, and he became a legend in the west. In fact, this autobiography and appended material is put forth as a vindication of Horn's character. Although the original publisher, rancher John Cole, claimed that "...no sentence has been added and no alterations have been made, save to avoid ambiguity..." it's pretty clear that the spoken dialogue has been edited to conform with standard usage. Captivating nonetheless!

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Bookseller
Bluebird Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
82421
Title
Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter. Written by Himself Together with His Letters and Statements by His Friends; A Vindication
Author
HORN, Tom
Format/binding
Softcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good-
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Louthan Book Company
Place of Publication
Denver
Date published
1904
Bookseller catalogs
>>Biography, Autobiography, Memoir;

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