By Tom Horn, Dean Krakel
On November 20, 1903, Tom Horn was once 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 typical legal, many imagine mistakenly.His personal account of his existence, written whereas he used to be in felony and primary released in 1904, is not a vindication, says Dean Krakel in his creation. "While the appendix is spiked with fascinating letters, testimonials, and transcripts, they don’t quite upload as much as something within the approach of a proof of what rather happened."Regardless of Horn’s guilt or innocence, his tale, starting whilst he used to be a runaway Missouri farm boy, presents 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examine scout Al Sieber in motion, on the army either nice and small, on the wily Geronimo, the renegade Natchez, and outdated leader Nana of the Apaches.
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I went back to the Indian camp and told the old Chief all about the whole business, and that I must go. We had a big feast and dance that night and my friends each gave me a present of some kind, consisting principally of hair ropes, raw-hide ropes, hackamores, moccasins, buckskin bags and all kinds of stuff such as Indians make. The Apache women and some of the bucks were very skillful in making raw-hide and hair work of all kinds, and I had, during my residence with them, picked up a good deal of the work, but it is something that takes years of practice to become perfect in.
Thus a bad Tonto would leave the Tontos and go to the Cibicus or to the Chiricahuas, and a timid Chiricahua would go to the Tontos, so at the time of which I am writing you could find a good Indian or a bad one by knowing to what tribe he belonged. They all wore their hair different, and to one accustomed to them, they could be told apart as far as you could see them. Well, at the end of this talk which lasted several days, we all went back to the White Mountains and I stayed there till the middle of May and was then sent for to go to San Carlos, and there I was told by the Quartermaster that there was no more money in the Department to pay me so I would have to be discharged until another appropriation was made.
This country is filled with remnants of days gone by: dried buffalo horns, crumbling homesteads, windmill towers, stretches of barbed wire, parts of wagons strewn about, and a maze of trailsyesterday's symbols of fighting today's elements. Then too, there were Indian campsites with tell-tale tipi rings, fire holes, pieces of flint, and broken stone implements. Poking about as a boy, I could always muster up visions of the Indian and his free way of living. Ault is located in a richly irrigated district, fed by snow water from the towering Front Range of the Rockies.