Publication: The Louthan Book Co, 1904, Denver
First edition. Stiff pictorial wrappers, 317pp., illustrated. Declared to be "a vindication," this work is of disputed authorship .... some attribute it to Horn himself; others to Horns' friend and employer, John Coble. While still others attribute it to Hattie Louthan, relative of the publisher. Contains much on Tom Horn's days as a scout and interpreter in the Apache Wars in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico in the 1870's and 1880's. The remainder addresses Horn's days in Wyoming. Believed to have committed 17 murders as a hired gunman in the West, in 1902 Horn was accused and convicted of the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell near Iron Mountain, Wyoming. The boy was the son of sheep rancher Kels Nickell, who had been involved in a range feud with neighbor and cattle rancher Jim Miller. On the day before his 43rd birthday (November 20, 1903), Horn was executed by hanging in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A controversial book about a controversial man and a murder conviction that is still debated today. Very light wear to top edge of spine. Two 1/2" closed tears and 1/4" chip to fore-edge of rear wrapper else a clean, tight, very good copy. Very light wear to top edge of spine. Two 1/2" closed tears and 1/4" chip to fore-edge of rear wrapper else a clean, tight, very good copy.
Inventory Number: 37396