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Texas Cowboy; Or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony

Charles A. Siringo (1855-1928)

1. Preface
2. Chapters 1-3: My boyhood days, My introduction to the late war, My first lesson in cow punching
3. Chapters 4-6: My second experience in St. Louis, A new experience, Adopted and sent to school
4. Chapters 7-9: Back at last to the Lone Star State, Learning to rope wild steers, Owning my first cattle
5. Chapters 10-12: A start up the Chisholm Trail, Buys a boat and becomes a sailor, Back to my favorite occupation, that of a wild and woolly cow boy
6. Chapters 13-15: Mother and I meet at last, On a tare in Wichita, Kansas, A lonely trip down the Cimeron
7. Chapters 16-18: My first experience roping a buffalo, An exciting trip after thieves, Seven weeks among Indians
8. Chapters 19-21: A lonely ride of eleven hundred miles, Another start up the Chisholm Trail, A trip which terminated in the capture of "Billy The Kid"
9. Chapters 22-24: Billy The Kid's capture, A trip to the Rio Grande on a mule, Waylaid by unknown parties
10. Chapters 25-27: Lost on the Staked Plains, A trip down the Reo Pecos, A true sketch of "Billy The Kid's" life
11. Chapters 28-30: Wrestling with a dose of small pox on the Llano Esticado, In love with a Mexican girl, A sudden leap from cow boy to merchant

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Charles A. Siringo was an American lawman, detective, and agent for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency during the late 19th century and early 20th century…. After taking part in several cattle drives, Siringo stopped herding to settle down, get married (1884), and open a merchant business in Caldwell, Kansas. He began writing a book, entitled A Texas Cowboy; Or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony. A year later, it was published, to wide acclaim, and became one of the first true looks into life as a cowboy written by someone who had actually lived the life.