A grand story this makes, this romance of the Express Companies. How important a factor they were in the development of our western frontiers, the layman does not realize. It makes good adventure reading, starting with the days when letters and packages could be carried in a valise by a single messenger, traveling as a passenger as far as the railroad extended, from there by mule or horseback or stagecoach or via the Pony Express. Filled with the stories of famous outlaws and bandits, the Reno Brothers, Jesse James, Sam Bass, Jack Davis, Black Bart, the Dalton Brothers and their ilk. The story ends with the establishment of Parcel Post, an answer to the protest against high-handed monopolies, and of the merging of the express companies under the American Railway Express. A good yarn, and one that man and boy will enjoy alike.