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- More than 90 illustrations by the famous artist, Frederic Remington.
- 187 printed pages.
Theodore Roosevelt tells his personal stories of hunting, ranching and even some of the "bad men" of the west.
From the Book:
"IN our own immediate locality we have had more difficulty with white desperadoes than with the redskins. At times there has been a good deal of cattle-killing and horse-stealing, and occasionally a murder or two. But as regards the last, a man has very little more to fear in the West than in the East, in spite of all the lawless acts one reads about. Undoubtedly a long-standing quarrel sometimes ends in a shooting-match; and of course savage affrays occasionally take place in the bar-rooms; in which, inasmuch as the men are generally drunk, and, as the revolver is at best a rather inaccurate weapon, outsiders are nearly as apt to get hurt as are the participants. Against horse-thieves, cattle-thieves, claim-jumpers, and the like, however, every ranchman has to be on his guard; and armed collisions with these gentry are sometimes inevitable. The fact of such scoundrels being able to ply their trade with impunity for any length of time can only be understood if the absolute wildness of our land is taken into account."
Table of Contents:
I. The Cattle Country Of The Far West
Illustrations: A Study From Life — An Exploring Outfit — The Mid-Day Meal — The Outlying Camp — Cowboy Fun — In A Bog-Hole.
II. Out On The Range
Illustrations: The Branding Chute — Pulling A Cow Out Of The Mud — A Dispute Over A Brand — Bronco-Busters Saddling.
III. The Home Ranch
Illustrations: Ponies Pawing In The Snow — Elk Horn Ranch Buildings — Roping In A Horse-Corral — A Deep Ford — A Hard Trail — In With The Horse Herd — A Bucking Bronco — Cruising For Stock — Old-Style Texan Cowman.
IV. The Round-Up
Illustrations: Broncos And Timber Wolves — Driving To The Round-Up — Saddling Fresh Horses — Trailing Cattle — The Rope Corral — Cutting Out A Steer Branding A Calf — Branding A Horse — The Herd At Night — In A Stampede — Roped! — A Texan Pony.
V. Winter Weather
Illustrations: Line Riding In Winter — Cattle Drifting Before The Storm — Horse Of The Canadian Northwest.
VI. Frontier Types
Illustrations: The Fugitive — A Mexican Vaquero — A French-Canadian Trapper — A Fight In The Street — Making A Tenderfoot Dance — Painting The Town Red — A Row In A Cattle Town — The Magic Of The Drop — Which Is The Bad Man?
VII. Red And White On The Border
Illustrations: Sign Language — The Peace Sign — Standing Off Indians — An Episode In The Opening Up Of A Cattle Country — One Of The Boys — The Indian Pony.
VIII. Sheriff's Work On A Ranch
Illustrations: An Old-time Mountain Man With His Ponies — The Capture Of The German: "Hands Up!" — The Capture Of Finnigan — "Take Off Your Boots!" — Down-stream — On Guard At Night — "A Sharp Preliminary Tussle" — On The Road To Dickinson — A Texan Cowboy — An Agency Policeman.
IX. The Ranchman's Rifle On Crag And Prairie
Illustrations: An Elk — Bringing Home The Game — A Prong-horn Buck Visits Camp — The Buck Overtaken — Our Camp — Mountain Lions At The Deer Cache.
X. The Wapiti, Or Round-horned Elk
Illustrations: Our Elk Outfit At The Ford — Heralding The Sunrise.
XI. The Big-horn Sheep
Illustrations: A Mountain Hunter — Shot! — A Montana Cowboy.
XII. The Game Of The High Peaks: The White Goat
Illustrations: A Pony Of The Northern Rockies — In A Cañon Of The Coeur d'Alȇne — Down Brakes! — The Indians We Met — The First Shot — Stalking Goats — The White Goat At Home — Adios.