By Ramon Frederick Adams, Ramon F. Adams
"This giant booklet, by way of a famous bibliographer of the West, is past query the fairest, such a lot entire and so much realized evaluate of revealed references to western outlaws to seem until eventually now....It will stand for a few years, good as a rock amid the flooding maelstrom of western fable and legend, pointing up the reality approximately these males of the earlier who lived through their wits and their weapons. it will likely be most unlikely for somebody learning that period and such males to take action regardless of this volume."—Los Angeles Times"Adams turns back to the books and histories of the western gunmen and outlaws and severely examines 425 titles, such a lot of which fee as ’burs’ lower than his saddle. Ramon Adams’ plea is that the writers needs to cease compounding every one other’s mistakes into legend. during this ebook, with nice ability and with out malice, he has mentioned previous error. His publication could be within the crucial luggage of each author on western outlaws and on each library shelf."—American West"The price of this e-book to writers and historians of the badman culture can't be overvalued, for Adams has changed rumors, myths, and falsehoods with documented ancient evidence. it's a publication for all conscientious scholars of and writers at the American West; henceforth, any author of ’authentic Western historical past’ who refuses to examine with Adams will be, because the pass judgement on stated to Billy the child in a single legend, 'hanged by way of the neck till lifeless, lifeless, dead.'"—Southwest evaluation
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As told by Bill Walker. Caldwell, Idaho, the Caxton printers, 1940. This is a much better book than Injun Summer and gives some inside information on the Johnson County War never before told, as well as on the battle between the invaders and Nate Champion. The author tells, however, that Calamity Jane learned to shoot from Wild Bill Hickok, to whom she was married at the age of fifteen. This is ridiculous. "Bill had got his rep as a gunman," Mr. Walker says, "when he shot and killed several of the McCanles boysa bunch of unarmed farmers who had gone to his place to settle a small argument.
Another frequent source of error lies in dramatizing a well-known incident by inventing conversation. Perhaps this device makes the story more readable and gives it a human touch, but the technique should be reserved for fiction. The special weakness of authors writing about outlaws is following time-worn legends. An early writer said that Billy the Kid had "killed twenty-one men by the time he was twenty-one years of age," and practically every writer on Billy the Kid since then has repeated the statement, apparently never questioning its truth.
S. marshal's commission at the same time. " This is not true. None of them were ever elected to office, although Virgil was appointed city marshal to fill out White's term, and he deputized his brothers Wyatt and Morgan at various times. In elections Virgil was twice defeated for city marshal and Wyatt twice defeated for sheriff. Arnold is rather careless with his facts when he describes the robbery of the stagecoach when Bud Philpot was killed. He also makes Sheriff Behan a coward when he says he went into Fly's photograph gallery "and squatted behind a window sill, where he could peek out" during the battle of the O K Corral.