Publication: The University of New Mexico Press, 1943, Albuquerque
First edition. 8vo. Red cloth, titles stamped in black on the front cover and spine, vii ,169 pp., frontispiece. The author tells the story of her father's life as an early pioneer in the Pecos Valley. Her father, Bell Hudson, came to New Mexico in 1878. He quickly became friends with Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and others. Bell Hudson was a cowboy for John Chisum on the Jinglebob, as well as other ranches along the Pecos. He was in Pat Garrett's posse when they captured Billy the Kid at Stinking Springs. The author's account of her fathers life is quite interesting and provides first-hand information about Billy the Kid, John Chisum, Pat Garrett and many others. According to J. Frank Dobie's Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest, With a Few Observations, "The best part of this book is not about the writer's brother, who cowboyed with Chisum's Jinglebob outfit and ran into Billy the Kind, but is Mary Hudson's own life. Only Ross Santee has equaled her in description of drought and rain. The last chapters reveal a girl's inner life, amid outward experiences, as no other woman's chronicle of ranch ways — sheep ranch here." Fine, bright copy in dust jacket lightly sunned on the spine with a small chip to the head of spine and very light wear to the extremities. Very scarce.
Inventory Number: 48487