Octavo. 256p. A marvelous inscription on the front free endpaper to Dorothy Lofdell: "May this story .recall to your memory some of the pleasant hours in Tombstone where "Helldorado" was born, and by closing your eyes may you see a vision of what Tombstone was in the palmy days of 1881."--signed, William M. Breakinridge, Tucson, AZ, Oct. 31, 1918. As Larry Kellner wrote in Arizoniana, William Milton Breakenridge was the deadliest two-gun deputy of Arizona. Besides his career as a deputy sheriff and detective for the Southern Pacific Railroad, he served Arizona as a scout, surveyor and finally author of this book. Even while a deputy sheriff in Cochise County, Curly Bill's partner in crime Tom Wallace had threatened Breakenridge, Curly Bill made Wallace apologize since he did not want to be on the wrong side of the sheriff. The Earp Brothers, Johnny Behan and John P. Clum were part of posses that pursued wild Apaches, stage coach robbers and others. Breakenridge knew Johnny Ringo who carried Greek and Latin classics in his saddlebags which he could read. Since Curly Bill, Johnny Ringo and Earp Brothers gambled together, Breakenridge began to distance himself from the Earps, so he coined the term"Helldorado" which became the title of this book. Jeff Dykes said that this memoir "provides a revealing look at the sheriff's office from the underside, the view of the deputy sheriff." Besides the inscription on the front endpaper, he has boldly signed his name also under the frontispiece with the note-- Old Pueblo Club, Tucson, Arizona. One of the essential items on law and lawlessness in Tombstone from the cowboys who both worked on ranches and rustled cattle to the disgusted citizens who created their Vigilance Committees to do what the law could not (or would not) do. . Bound in light brown cloth lettered in dark brown, page. 127 has an old tape mend to gutter (holding loose page) otherwise a very good copy in the very scarce chipped pictorial dust jacket with chipping to spine ends and corners, edges rubbed, a scrape to front panel. [Howes B739, Adams 150 #17; 6-Guns #262; Graff #395; Phelps, Cattle and Outlaws #400]. Bookseller Inventory # 016932
Title: Helldorado; Bringing the Law to the Mesquite...
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1928
Edition: First Edition.
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