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  • The Cowboy and His Honor
    “You’re a liar!” “No, I ain’t!” “Just lied again in denying it!” “Insult me once more, and I’ll plant you in boot hill!” We all know how this ends. On the surface, it seems to be a couple of cantankerous cowboys who are just spoiling for a fight.Continue reading “The Cowboy and His Honor”
  • Gunfighters in the Wild West
    By Andrew Pankratz The typical Western movie or novel ends with a glamorous gunfight on a dusty street. What could be more romantic, than a chance to publicly vindicate yourself, and have a few dozen witnesses to your proficiency with a gun? But did it ever actually happen?Continue reading “Gunfighters in the Wild West”
  • Cowboy Food
    What exactly did the cowboys eat on a cattle drive? They were driving cattle nearly every hour of daylight, and riding horses over rough ground, and fighting rougher longhorns. The rigorous work left the cowboys dog-tired and ready to eat a “whole mule and a hamper of greens.”Continue reading “Cowboy Food”

The epic story of Sherlock Holmes in cowboy boots!
It seemed to most folks that Smoky Walker just suddenly materialized in the middle of bad situations. It was like a ghost that came in out of the desert.
Outlaws lived in fear of his appearance. They knew he was fast (after all, no one had ever drawn on him and lived to tell the tale), but what filled their hearts with dread was his ability to uncover crimes and clues and evidence that no one else ever thought of or found.
But for once, Smoky may have met his match- a ghost rustler who steals herds, only to disappear into thin air. The tracks head for the desert and then just stop, like a line had been drawn in the sand. Smoky could track Geronimo across bare rock, but could even he track a ghost rustler through thin air?

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