By Charles A. Siringo
After a nomadic early life, Charles Siringo signed on as a teenage cowboy for the famous Texas livestock king, Shanghai Pierce, and started a lifestyles that embraced all of the exertions, pleasure, and experience readers this present day go along with the cowboy period. He "rid the Chisholm trail," using 2,500 heads of livestock from Austin to Kansas; knew Tascosa—now a ancient monument—when it was once domestic to raucous saloons, purple gentle districts, and a good proportion of violence; and led a posse of cowboys in pursuit of Billy the child and his gang.
First released in 1885, Siringo's chronicle of his existence as a itchy-footed boy, cowhand, diversity detective, and adventurer was once one the 1st classics concerning the previous West and helped to romanticize the West and its delusion of the yankee cowboy. Will Rogers declared, "That was once the Cowboy's Bible while i used to be transforming into up."
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