The Story of the Outlaw: A Study of the Western Desperado, with Historical Narratives of Famous Outlaws; the Stories of Noted Border Wars; Vigilante Movements and Armed Conflicts on the Frontier

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Outing publishing Company, 1907 - Crime - 401 pages
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The story of the outlaw: a study of the western desperado: with historical narratives of famous outlaws; the stories of noted border wars; vigilante movements and armed conflicts on the frontier

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Hough lived during the time of the settling of the West (1857-1923) and knew several of the figures profiled in the numerous books both fiction and nonfiction he wrote on the subject. Though the ... Read full review




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