By Tom Horn, Dean Krakel
On November 20, 1903, Tom Horn used to be hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the homicide of a fourteen-year-old nester boy. Horn-army scout and interpreter for Generals Willcox, criminal, and Miles within the Apache wars, Pinkerton operative, livestock detective, and "King of Cowboys"-was hanged like a standard legal, many imagine mistakenly.His personal account of his lifestyles, written whereas he was once in legal and primary released in 1904, will never be a vindication, says Dean Krakel in his creation. "While the appendix is spiked with fascinating letters, testimonials, and transcripts, they don’t relatively upload as much as something within the approach of a proof of what relatively happened."Regardless of Horn’s guilt or innocence, his tale, starting while he was once a runaway Missouri farm boy, presents a firsthand examine scout Al Sieber in motion, on the army either nice and small, on the wily Geronimo, the renegade Natchez, and outdated leader Nana of the Apaches.
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No sentence has been added; and no alterations have been made, save to avoid ambiguity, and to promote clearness and strength. All changes have been kept strictly in harmony with the style of the author. For the convenience of the reader the manuscript has been broken into chapters; and of course the chapter headings were not original with Horn. For obvious reasons, the Westernisms, and even the slang, have been retained. Horn was thoroughly Western. Born and reared in the Westif, indeed, it can be correctly said that he was "reared"he passed his entire life here, with the exception of the period of his service to his country during the war with Spain; and, being Western, his conversation was replete with local expressions, not always elegant, yet rarely profane and never vulgar.
Life Among the Apaches 17 IV. Prospector and Interpreter 22 V. Meeting with Geronimo 32 VI. Indian Troubles 39 VII. Pursuing the Renegades 44 VIII. Soldiers Against Chiricahuas 53 IX. Clash with Mexicans 62 X. A Perilous Journey 72 XI. "Tom Horn and His War Dogs" 80 XII. Before the Investigating Committee 90 XIII. Arrival of General Crook 100 XIV. "A Man of War and a Man of Truth" 108 XV. Geronimo's Council 118 XVI. Chief of Scouts 130 XVII. Ambush for the Raiders 142 XVIII. Another Chiricahua.
The old man knew what he was talking about, for the war with those Indians continued for exactly ten years longer. There were many different branches of the Apache tribe, named as follows: Tonto Apaches, San Carlos Apaches, White Mountain Apaches, Cibicus, Agua Caliente (or Warm Spring), and last and worst of all, the Chiricahuas. These Indians all spoke the same language, but were divided according to their dispositions. Thus a bad Tonto would leave the Tontos and go to the Cibicus or to the Chiricahuas, and a timid Chiricahua would go to the Tontos, so at the time of which I am writing you could find a good Indian or a bad one by knowing to what tribe he belonged.
Life of Tom Horn, Government Scout and Interpreter, Written by Himself by Tom Horn, Dean Krakel