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Bad Company and Burnt Powder is a collection of twelve stories of when things turned "Western" in the nineteenth-century Southwest. Each chapter deals with a different character or episode in the Wild West involving various lawmen, Texas Rangers, outlaws, feudists, vigilantes, lawyers, and judges. Covered herein are the stories of Cal Aten, John Hittson, the Millican boys, Gid Taylor and Jim and Tom Murphy, Alf Rushing, Bob Meldrum and Noah Wilkerson, P. C. Baird, Gus Chenowth, Jim Dunaway, John Kinney, Elbert Hanks and Boyd White, and Eddie Aten. Within these pages the reader will meet a nineteen-year-old Texas Ranger figuratively dying to shoot his gun. He does get to shoot at people, but soon realizes what he thought was a bargain exacted a steep price. Another tale is of an old-school cowman who shut down illicit traffic in stolen livestock that had existed for years on the Llano Estacado. He was tough, salty, and had no quarter for cow-thieves or sympathy for any mealy-mouthed politicians. He cleaned house, maybe not too nicely, but unarguably successful he was. Then there is the tale of an accomplished and unbeaten fugitive, well known and identified for murder of a Texas peace officer. But the Texas Rangers couldn't find him. County sheriffs wouldn't hold him. Slipping away from bounty hunters, he hit Owlhoot Trail.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xxiii
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  1. Chapter 1: Battle at Bullhead Mountain
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. Chapter 2: A Modern Hercules to the Rescue
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. Chapter 3: Murders and Madness at Millican
  2. pp. 57-81
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  1. Chapter 4: Shooting Him with Pistols and Guns
  2. pp. 82-102
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  1. Chapter 5: Has a Wolfish Look, Is Bold to Recklessness
  2. pp. 103-126
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  1. Chapter 6: Son, Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
  2. pp. 127-149
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  1. Chapter 7: The Plum Was Ripening Fast
  2. pp. 150-178
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  1. Chapter 8: Six-Shooters, Sermons, and Sour Mash
  2. pp. 179-222
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  1. Chapter 9: I’m Shot All to Pieces, Everything Quiet
  2. pp. 223-258
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  1. Chapter 10: Most Feared Gangster of the Time
  2. pp. 259-298
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  1. Chapter 11: Good Man, Bad Boy, Big Gun
  2. pp. 299-315
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  1. Chapter 12: Distractions of Frontier Life
  2. pp. 316-350
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 351-421
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 422-439
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 440-456
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574415803
Print ISBN
9781574415667
MARC Record
OCLC
890533773
Pages
512
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-13
Language
English
Open Access
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