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Wild West – April 2014 – Table of Contents

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Chief Joseph’s Guiding Principle
By Candy Moulton
The Nez Perce leader is famed for vowing, “I will fight no more forever” after his surrender in Montana Territory in 1877, but he lived by the words, “Never sell the bones of your father and your mother”

Stagecoach to Yosemite
By William B. Secrest
Highwaymen stopped one stage headed for California’s Yosemite Valley, but finding no express box aboard, they stopped a second stage before the dust cleared

The Capture of New Mexico’s Rustler King
By Paul Cool
His leadership skills set apart crime boss John Kinney from other outlaws, yet he was undone by his failure to pay import duties on smuggled cattle

Chambers of Horrors
By Paul L. Hedren
William “Persimmon Bill” Chambers was a horse thief and ruthless murderer who in 1876 made life miserable for travelers on the Black Hills Road.

Fort Dilts and Fanny’s Bid for Freedom
By Bill Markley
As besieged emigrants holed up in primitive earthworks on the prairie, the surrounding Sioux sent them a message scribbled by a white captive



Editor’s Letter


Weider Reader
Excerpts from recent articles in other World History Group titles

“No sale” was the order of the day when guns reportedly owned by Jesse James and Wild Bill Hickok came up for auction. Author Candy Moulton notes 10 great places to visit on the Nez Perce Trail. Sam Houston calls for “cool, deliberate vengeance” for victims at the Alamo and Goliad. Jim Younger scrawls his last words

By Candy Moulton
New Mexico journalist Sherry Robinson has long listened to Apache voices and now discusses her book on the history of the underappreciated Lipans

Three men have strapped on Colt revolvers, while a fourth wears a sash

Indian Life
By Sherry Robinson
Lipan Apache scout Johnson helped Colonel Ranald Mackenzie track down renegade Comanches and Kiowas during the Red River War

Pioneers and Settlers
By John Koster
Seth Eastman, once married to an Indian woman, mostly rendered respectful paintings of Indians, but he is also the artist who painted Death Whoop

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By R.K. DeArment
In 1880s Colorado Sheriff “Doc” Shores called Telluride Marshal Jim Clark “a real fighter with a gun or any other way

Western Enterprise
By Jim Pettengill
While manager of the Gold King mine near Telluride, Colo., in 1889, L.L. Nunn made good use of a controversial new technology

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Inspired by early Navajo jewelry, Santa Fe silversmith Dennis Hogan has forged his own naja (inverted crescent) designs

Ghost Towns
By Les Kruger
John O. Meusebach built a general store and lived in Loyal Valley, Texas, for almost 30 years, but its best known citizen was former Indian captive Herman Lehmann

By Linda Wommack
Mountain men, miners, outlaws and lawmen—they all get their due at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River, Wyo.

Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
E. Remington & Sons’ powerful double-barreled derringer proved a most popular concealable self-defense weapon for more than 60 years

Candy Moulton looks at books about Chief Joseph and the Nez Perces, as well as several on-screen presentations, plus reviews of recent books and a DVD review of the third season of Maverick

Go West!
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rides high in Colorado

On the Cover: To honor his father, Chief Joseph vowed to keep their Wallowa Valley homeland, but he had to flee in 1877 and was never allowed to return. (Cover photo: National Anthropological Archives, No. 1605207; colorization by Slingshot Studio, North Hampton, N.H.)



Discussion: Chief Joseph might be overrated as a war chief but not as a headman for his people, the Nez Perces. In what order would you rate the following Indian leaders overall (in war and peace): Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Black Kettle, Satanta, Cochise, Mangas Coloradas, Victorio, Dull Knife, Spotted Tail, Geronimo and Quanah Parker?


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