Life of Tom Horn, Government Scout and Interpreter, Written by Tom Horn, Dean Krakel

By Tom Horn, Dean Krakel

On November 20, 1903, Tom Horn used to be hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the homicide of a fourteen-year-old nester boy. Horn-army scout and interpreter for Generals Willcox, criminal, and Miles within the Apache wars, Pinkerton operative, farm animals detective, and "King of Cowboys"-was hanged like a standard legal, many imagine mistakenly.His personal account of his lifestyles, written whereas he used to be in legal and primary released in 1904, is simply not a vindication, says Dean Krakel in his advent. "While the appendix is spiked with fascinating letters, testimonials, and transcripts, they don’t particularly upload as much as something within the manner of an evidence of what particularly happened."Regardless of Horn’s guilt or innocence, his tale, starting whilst he used to be a runaway Missouri farm boy, offers a firsthand examine scout Al Sieber in motion, on the army either nice and small, on the wily Geronimo, the renegade Natchez, and outdated leader Nana of the Apaches.  

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Joe Cahill. I felt that I knew the Tom Horn case as well as anyone could, five decades removed; yet when my book The Saga of Tom Horn appeared in 1954, I found myself caught in undercurrents of controversy. The Saga was primarily a Page viii compilation of source materials arranged chronologically. One thing I had hoped to do was set the record straight, since a farrago of Tom Horn misinformation existed. My book caused anxiety and trouble. The fact that the biggest newspaper in the Rocky Mountain region had been sued for doing exactly what I had done put me in hot water, so several pages were cut out and new pages tipped in.

The first time I ever saw him right mad was when we went to where an Indian was making tis-win (Indian whisky). The Indian was an old offender, and Sieber began to talk to him in Mexican, which Sieber said the Indian understood perfectly. The Indian, whose name was Chu-ga-de-slon-a (which means "centipede" in Missouri), spoke to Sieber in Apache, and told him that he was always watching around like an old meddlesome squaw. " Chu-ga-de-slon-a said: ''I have a notion to kill you, Jon-a-chay," and that was what made Sieber mad.

You bet there were things doin' then. The first time I ever saw him right mad was when we went to where an Indian was making tis-win (Indian whisky). The Indian was an old offender, and Sieber began to talk to him in Mexican, which Sieber said the Indian understood perfectly. The Indian, whose name was Chu-ga-de-slon-a (which means "centipede" in Missouri), spoke to Sieber in Apache, and told him that he was always watching around like an old meddlesome squaw. " Chu-ga-de-slon-a said: ''I have a notion to kill you, Jon-a-chay," and that was what made Sieber mad.

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