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This rollicking history covers oil and mining frauds, town-site frauds, land swindles, and railroad rackets of the Old West era, many of which occurred in Nevada, Arizona, and California. It even includes a "swindler's dictionary," defining such insider terms as ace, banco, country send, and wipe.
The Western Novel MEGAPACKTM presents four classic tales of the Old West, by four different writers. Included in this volume are: GUN LAW ON THE RANGE, by Burt Arthur THE STRANGER IN BOOTS, by A. Scott Leslie TALL IN THE SADDLE, by Chuck Martin THE CAGE, by Talmage Powell If you enjoy this volume of classic westerns, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see the 200+ other entries in this series, covering classic and historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mysteries -- and much, much more!
A description principally of western Kansas and eastern Colorado, including notes on the paleontology of Kansas. Much on hunting in the West, especially buffalo hunts, but also elk, antelope, turkeys, prairie chickens, quail, etc. Information on Indian tribes, their leaders and customs, military forts, exploring, characters met during his travels, etc. He talks at some length about his meeting with Wild Bill Hickok. He elaborates on the technique of "creasing" wild horses during chases to capture them. This is done by shooting at the horse with a rifle bullet that just creases the horse's skull, and renders the horse unconscious for a time sufficient to capture it.
"One of the most hilarious autobiographies that has come out in a long time, this story of Buckskin Joe will entertain readers of all ages. . . . [Glenn Shirley] has done an excellent job in arranging and editing Hoyt's war diary, penciled notes, and other materials into a readable book. It makes a bully story."—Wayne Gard, Southwest Review In his lifetime Edward Jonathan Hoyt, better known as Buckskin Joe, staged more excitement than Buffalo Bill, Fairbanks and Flynn, Karl Wallenda, and Batman put together. Born in Canada in 1840, he fought in the Civil War, homesteaded in southern Kansas, chased outlaws as a U.S. marshal in the Cherokee Outlet, prospected for gold from Nova Scotia to Central America, and served as a troubleshooter for "Haw" Tabor, the Silver King of Leadville. But essentially he was an entertainer, specializing in fêtes of music and feats of strength and agility. The master of sixteen musical instruments, he played in frontier bands. An acrobat and aerialist, he toured in circuses, once walking a tightrope two thousand feet above the Royal Gorge. His last hurrah, before pursuing his fortune in the jungles of Honduras, was a tour in Pawnee Bill's Wild West show. Glenn Shirley, who edited Joe's journals, is the author of Law West of Fort Smith (also a Bison Book) and many other works on frontier and outlaw history.
On June 28, 1868, a group of men gathered alongside a road 35 miles north of Albuquerque to witness a 165-round, 6-hour bare-knuckle brawl between well-known Colorado pugilist Barney Duffy and “Jack,” an unidentified fighter who died of his injuries. Thought to be the first “official” prizefight in New Mexico, this tragic spectacle marked the beginning of the rich and varied history of boxing in the state. Oftentimes an underdog in its battles with the law and public opinion, boxing in New Mexico has paralleled the state’s struggles and glories, through the Wild West, statehood, the Depression, war, and economic growth. It is a story set in boomtowns, ghost towns and mining camps, along railroads and in casinos, and populated by cowboys, soldiers, laborers, barrio-bred locals and more. This work chronicles more than 70 years of New Mexico’s colorful boxing past, representing the most in-depth exploration of prizefighting in one region yet undertaken.
For six decades Kenneth Cragg has been recognized and praised as one of the West's most gifted interpreters of Islam. In this latest, deeply insightful work, Cragg argues that the West must put aside a "spiritual imperialism" that draws on western prescripts alien to Muslims and "learn to come within" Islam. Only then can a conversation begin that can relieve the misunderstandings and suspicion that has grown between Islam and the West -- especially since 9/11. Cragg makes clear that a misunderstanding of the tenets of a religion is a condition religions have suffered through the centuries and one to which Islam is no exception. He argues that the terrorists of 9/11 perverted the Qur'an's meaning and yet argues that fanaticism cannot be healed by being deplored or rebuked. Instead, the factors that induced it need to be resolved so that the "anxieties they shelter can be patiently allayed." The Qur'an and the West offers a means of study that reaches for a deeper knowledge of the Qur'an, engendering a new understanding of its holy teachings, and opening a means for a fruitful discourse. Through close and thoughtful readings, Cragg reveals the difficulty that ensues through the Scripture's contradictory teachings on Islam's manifestation in the world -- teachings that have brought about a crisis for modern Muslims living in both the West and the westernizing worlds, where a Muslim's obligation to Islamicize is met with anxiety and distrust. He shows Christians' and the West's failure to appreciate the lack of any distinction between "secular" and "sacred" in Islam and argues that only by understanding this condition can Christians truly appreciate the form their support for Muslims should take -- encouraging Muslims to follow those Qur'anic teachings that champion humanity's cause. For Muslims, he urges an interpretation of the Qur'an that perpetuates the Islamic message rather than the Islamic regime.

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