Riata and Spurs

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Sunstone Press, Apr 15, 2007

In his introduction to the 1927 edition of Riata and Spurs, Gifford Pinchot said that Charlie Siringo's story of his life is one of the best, if not the very best, of all books about the Old West, when cowpunchers actually punched cows. He goes on to say that it is worth something to be able to lay your hand on a book written by a man who is the real thing, and who tells the truth. Others might not have the same opinion about the book and some might argue about Siringo's memories of things that happened during his lifetime. But, in any event, the book is a colorful portrayal of the ins and outs of cowboys, bad men, and the one detective who took out after them. Siringo originally had references to his experiences with the Pinkerton Agency, but which objected to his statements and they do not appear in the 1927 edition. There's plenty left, however, including stories about Billy the Kid, Kid Curry, Butch Cassidy, and even a mention of Will Rogers. All in all, this fascinating book will give today's readers a rare glimpse of what was once called the Old West and is now gone forever. This new edition includes a new foreword by New Mexico historian Marc Simmons.

 

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Contents

Introduction jrfii
1
Shot and Wounded A Struggle for Life in a Gulf
13
My First Trip up the CHsholm Trail A Lonely
23
Capturing a Band of Mexican Thieves Adventures
34
A Trip to Chicago My First Acquaintance with
51
Down the Chisholm Trail and Back I Boss
66
Billy the Kids Capture I Escape Assassination
75
A ThreeThousandMile Horseback Ride A True
92
Salting of the Mudsill Mine I Become a Bronco
136
The Trouble in the Coeur dAlene A Change
158
Mrs Shipleys Courage I Escape under the Side
169
Sayles and I Go to Alaska Whiskey Peddling for
184
The Sentimental Hobo Dodging the Siberian
196
XVH TwentyFive Thousand Miles on the Trail of
209
XVHI The Wild Bunch Again A Horseback Ride of
229
A Texas Outlaw in Kentucky The Independence
252

Oklahoma was Opened to Settlement
111
Chicago The Haymarket Bomb I Remember
120
A Cowboy Detective I Play Outlaw In Jail
127
ing Ground Two Years as New Mexico Ranger
263
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Page 1 - I became a full-fledged cowboy, wearing broad sombrero, high-heeled boots, Mexican spurs, and the dignity of a full-grown man. I had hired out to run cattle for a man named Faldien, at a wage of ten dollars a month. During the season our work was mostly around Lake Austin, and on Bay Prairie, where now stands the thriving little city of Bay City. mavericks from one to four years old, and I soon became handy with the lasso, as these wild mavericks had to be lassoed, thrown, and branded with Mr. Faldien's...

About the author (2007)

Charles Angelo Siringo (1855-1928), for a number of years prior to 1922, was one of Santa Fe, New Mexico's most colorful and famous residents and was popularly known as the cowboy detective. A small, wiry man, he was friends with practically everyone in town, from the governor to the dog catcher. He had access to many persons, on both sides of the law, who were on their way to winning a place in the history books. From them he got first hand information that he incorporated into several of his books and their many incarnations. In his later years he lived in near poverty, making small amounts of money from his book writing and consulting on western films for Hollywood producers. Charles Angelo Siringo fell victim to a heart attack on October 8, 1928 in Altadena, California. Humorist Will Rogers, who knew and respected him, sent a telegram upon learning of his passing. It read: May flowers always grow over his grave. He is also the author of A Lone Star Cowboy, also available in a new edition in Sunstone Press' Southwest Heritage Series.

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