Hombrecito's War

Hombrecito's War

by W. Michael Farmer


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It is historical fact that Albert Fountain–Indian fighter, lawman, well-known political figure, newspaper publisher, respected attorney–and his eight-year-old son, Henry, vanished on a cold winter’s day near White Sands, New Mexico Territory, in 1896. They were never found. For over fifty years Henry Fountain kept secret his survival of the deadly ambush that killed Albert and his bloody war on the assassins. Yellow Boy, his Apache mentor, called him Hombrecito, “Little Man.” Hombrecito: Half Anglo, half Mexican, all Apache. Hombrecito’s War is a richly imagined myth of survival and revenge in the border southwest at the turn of the last century.

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ISBN-13: 9781595260833
Publisher: Media Creations, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

W. Michael Farmer lives and writes in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He learned much of the rich story life of the southwest through living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for nearly fifteen years. Although a physicist by training, as an author of western historical fiction he has published short stories in four anthologies, won awards for essays at the Christopher Newport University Writers’ Conference, and published essays in magazines. His first novel in the Vanishing Trilogy, Hombrecito's War, won a Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award for Best First Novel in 2006 and was a New Mexico Book Award Finalist for Historical Fiction in 2007. The sequel, Hombrecito’s Search, was released in July 2007. Tiger Tiger Burning Bright: The Betrayals of Pancho Villa, released in December 2011 completed the trilogy. His third novel, Conspiracy: The Trial of Oliver Lee and James Gililland, was published in 2009.

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Hombrecito's War was the 2006 Spur Finalist for Best First Novel Hombrecito¿s War starts with some information on the factual life of Albert Fountain who lived 40 miles up the Rio Grande River toward Mesilla/Las Cruces in 1875. There he was a successful lawyer, and, in early 1877 with John S. Crouch And Thomas Casad, started a newspaper, the Mesilla Independent. As an attorney, Fountain represented everyone from poor peons to Apaches who were taken advantage of by white business men, to Henry McCarty, a.k.a. Billy the Kid, in his famous trial in Mesilla in 1881. Fountain also married Mariana Perez de Orvante in 1862 when she was about 14 and from that marriage had 4 boys and 8 girls. In 1894, Fountain became the attorney for the newly formed Southern New Mexico Livestock Association. Fountain¿s job was to put an end to the slow but sure decimation of the cattle barons¿ herds by rustlers. He was to do this by indicting, prosecuting, and putting the thieves in prison. Unfortunately, but not that uncommon in that part of the country, a drought began in 1889 and lasted 3 years. The gra¿ma grass was virtually gone. By 1894 practically all the farmers and most of the small ranchers were wiped out. The members of the Southern New Mexico Livestock Association were just managing to hang on. Their diminishing herds, without rain to support the grass, destroyed large parts of the range and turned it into ground fertile for the sea of creosote and mesquite that stands there now. Small operators used any means they could to survive, the main one was rustlin¿. Within a year Albert Fountain had gone through the small time thieves like a scythe through tender green grass. He sent twenty of them to prison. By late 1895 he was ready to go after the ring leaders. On 1 February, 1896, Albert Fountain was returning home with his son Henry and with thirty-two grand jury indictments. Just past White Sands, Fountain and his son vanished at about 2:30 in the afternoon under a cold mournful sky. Posses, Mescalero Apache trackers, and ranch hands whose familiarity with the area was intimate because they rode the Tularosa basin every day, searched for them for weeks. They found nothing, except some blood-soaked sand, his wagon, his empty trunk that he used for legal papers, and eventually his horses. Henry and his father were believed murdered. Hombrecito's War assumes Henry Fountain survived his father's murder, and tells of the Fountains' disappearance after Henry has spent nearly fifty years as Dr. Henry Grace. Henry had little hope for survival hiding from his father's murderers in the winter desert near Las Cruses. If Albert's murderers didn't kill him, exposure or hungry coyotes would. Yellow Boy, a Mescalero Apache sharpshooter, found him hiding under a tumbleweed in a mesquite thicket. The Apache carried the delirious and bleeding boy to Rufus Pike, an old recluse ranching in the Organ Mountains. Rufus hid Henry, and nursed him back to health. Yellow Boy and Rufus molded Henry into a strong, tough young man, teaching him how to survive in the desert like an Apache and to shoot with deadly accuracy from incredibly long distances with a Sharps rifle. The impatient boy, eager for revenge, attempted to kill the leader of Albert's murderers with a long-range shot from a Sharps and missed. In self-defense, Henry, Yellow Boy, and Rufus began a merciless, bloody retribution for Albert's murder. Ultimately confronting Oliver Lee, Henry was forced to choose between the satisfaction of revenge and the wisdom of justice.