By James H. Cook
The keen-eyed, cool-headed, and fearless males (Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Buffalo invoice Cody, monstrous Foot Wallace, and Captain Jim prepare dinner, between others) who have been pivotal personalities for greater than part a century within the nearly ceaseless activity of clearing the best way for and guarding the lives and houses of explorers, emigrants, and settlers within the West, are an extinct kind of pioneer, bills of the heroic deeds of this handful of fellows, although, stay this day as indelible documents that dramatize the melting away of this country’s tremendous frontiers.
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In 1870, when Bill Cody was in the heyday of his usefulness and popularitychief scout of the Fifth United States Cavalry in the Platte countryCook, seven years his junior, was just learning how to fling the lasso; and for five long years he rode the southern plains, sometimes driving herds far north to the Kansas Pacific. He was far to the southwest when the Sioux made the magnificent fight for their famous Story Landthat incomparable region between the Yellowstone on the north and the Big Horn on the west, and stretching away eastward far beyond the Little Missouri.
Montague Stevens, another New Mexico rancher from England, a Cambridge man, put into Meet Mr. Grizzly more about the sense of smell in animals than is found in any other book this side of W. H. Hudson's A Hind in Richmond Park. While I was writing The Longhorns I found more natural history about these cattle in R. B. Townshend's A Tenderfoot in Colorado than I found in the reminiscences of various native Page xii cowmen who had never been, mentally, away from cows. Nor has any gunman, directly or indirectly, recollected so delightfully of Billy the Kid as R.
New Haven, 1923. Longhorn Cowboy. Edited by Howard R. Driggs. New York, 1942. "Six-Gun Days," New Mexico Magazine, March, 1936. "The Texas Trail," Nebraska History Magazine, Vol. XVI (1935). French, T\he Honorable William. Some Recollections of a Western Ranchman: New Mexico, 1883-1899. London, 1927. , and Margaret C. Cook. "Captain James H. Cook Forsook Career at Sea for Colorful Life of Adventure in the West," a sketch in Northwest Nebraska News, Crawford, Nebraska, February 5, 1942. Page xvii AUTHOR'S PREFACE Many stories have been written, many scenes depicted by great artists, touching the lives of the pioneers of the West.