PREFACE


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In picture, poem, and prose has the stranger in the far west been caricatured and ridiculed as the "Tenderfoot" victim of that dangerous compound of whiskers, whisky, dynamite, and death known as the "Bad-man."

To the reader, this book will show that the average western "Bad-man" is not nearly so dangerous as is the California flea or the Hoboken bed-bug; that he can use his legs to good advantage in certain contingencies, and that his reputation for being phenominally wide awake, is a figment of his brain, or at least exaggerated.

Every incident herein related was an actual occurrence, and somewhat similar ones are within the experience of most western pioneers. Should they serve to amuse the reader, the author will have attained his purpose,

J. Cabell Brown

Oakland, Cal., 1892

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