Clay Allison of the Washita
Excerpt from Clay Allison of the Washita: First a Cow Man and Then an Extinguisher of Bad Man, Recollections of Colorado, New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle For a number of years there has been appearing in the Saturday Evening Post several interesting stories of Western happenings, written by some eminent authors. At last there appeared a particularly interesting number and one where the scenes were laid close to some of my old stamping grounds, where I was doing my very best to be a good and well behaved Cow Puncher, relating incidents and mentioning some characters that I had heard of and some men that I knew, while "on the range." It occurred to me that perhaps one or two of these writers might know of others that I had known, so, with some fear and trembling, I wrote some of them, asking if they knew certain fellows in the old "wooley, eat'em alive" days. I mentioned Clay Allison, whom I happened to know, and incidentally suggested that if they knew Clay, that they were the right ones to put in history the life of this "wooliest of the wooley," since he had so many weird and unique ways of killing his victims, some twelve or thirteen. It had been my privilege to be acquainted with this Masterful Man with the gun and I would like very much to see some of his exploits written by some men who knew him and knew how to write. I received some very kind and courteous letters from these writers and they answered that they did not know Allison, but since I knew him, that it would be advisable for me to gather such facts and all of the data possible and put it together in a sketch, and send it in, and that they thought they could dig out enough material to use for some future article in the Saturday Evening Post or some other magazine. I started this work, using odd times, and became very much interested, as the work enabled me to locate and renew many old acquaintances with whom I had not "fanned" for forty years and at the same time I have been gaining many new acquaintances "who were there" but whom I had not met. One man I dug up was Charley Seringo, now at Santa Fe. Charley was a frequenter of our country on the Palo Duro country of the Pan Handle, Texas, and knew and was associated with all of the big Cattle Men from the coast to Montana, as cow boy, as foreman of outfits, as Indian fighter, and as a chaser of all kinds of thieves, horse, cattle or otherwise, and of late years as a Wild West Detective, running down cattle rustlers, outlaws, and since which period has written several books. He told me of the sad fates of many I knew - some got in jail, some were hung - and he mentioned some who have crossed the Divide and how each left an enviable past. He mentioned one who was a prominent fighter at the Adobe Walls Battle, under Billie Dixon and Bat Masterson in 1874. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.