Hornswogglers, Fourflushers & Snake-Oil Salesmen: True Tales of the Old West's Sleaziest Swindlers

Hornswogglers, Fourflushers & Snake-Oil Salesmen: True Tales of the Old West's Sleaziest Swindlers

by Matthew P. Mayo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762789658
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 764,812
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Matthew P. Mayo is a Spur Award-winning and Peacemaker Award-nominated writer whose novels include the Westerns Winters’ War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; and Dead Man’s Ranch. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; and Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers (all Globe Pequot Press). He travels the west researching and writing with his photographer wife, Jennifer Smith-Mayo. Their home base is Box Elder, South Dakota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Ned Buntline: Ail-American Huckster 1

Chapter 2 Soapy Smith: Skagways Slippery Sultan 13

Chapter 3 The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872: Diamonds Are for Swindlers 27

Chapter 4 Doc Baggs: Denver's High-End Huckster 40

Chapter 5 Clark Stanley: The Rattle-Snake King (and Others of the Snake-Oil Set) 52

Chapter 6 George Devol: King of the Riverboat Gamblers (plus Canada Bill!) 62

Chapter 7 James Addison Peralta-Reavis: Arizona's Lord of Fraud 72

Chapter 8 Alexander McKenzie: Biggest Claim-Jumper Ever 85

Chapter 9 Unhelpful Guides: Untested, Untrue, Unworthy! 95

Chapter 10 Death Valley Scotty: That Likeable Rogue 107

Chapter 11 The US Government: Shame, Shame, Shame 120

Chapter 12 AlSwearengen: Deadwood's Deadbeat 132

Chapter 13 Pegleg Smith: King of All Liars 143

Chapter 14 Sheriff Henry Plummer and His Gang of Innocents: Killers and Thieves 156

Chapter 15 Land Warmongers of Johnson County: Death of a Champion 168

Chapter 16 Dr. Samuel Bennett: King of the Thimble Riggers (and Other Sleight-of-Hand Men) 184

Chapter 17 Lou Blonger: Mr. Fix-It (and More Incurable Con Men) 196

Chapter 18 Land Ho!: Oregon's Land Fraud and the False Promise of Mowry City, New Mexico 208

Chapter 19 Mary Gleim: Missoula's Wicked Woman (and a Pair of Gamblin' Gals) 220

Chapter 20 Rustlers Galore!: Dutch Henry Born and Blackjack Nelson 231

Chapter 21 Old San Francisco: Sink Pit of Swindlers 247

Chapter 22 Dr. John R. Brinkley: Goat Glands and Radio Waves (and Another Conning Quack!) 263

A Brief Glossary of Swindling Lingo 278

Art and Photo Credits 281

Bibliography 284

Index 293

About the Author 303

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