THE FEUD by Amelia Bean


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The Fancher Train in 1958 -- the story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre -- was one of the most successful refurbishings of history of our own West that has appeared. Now, once again, she has tapped historical records, using a background that Raine first explored in a magazine story- the Graham -- Tewksbury feud in Arizona Territory. It is a violent tale, but carries the ring of truth, and reveals the psychology back of the train of events, which cost the lives of many and cut deeply into the ranks of the families involved. Here we see the difficulties attendant on establishing any kind of legitimate law and order, when honest men and brave, who hated bloodshed, were forced to use killing in defense of their homes, their families, themselves, against ruthless and embittered men. Part of the battle was over cattle vs sheep, though this was- in the Graham-Tewksbury Feud, an excuse rather than a reason. Good men died- and boys, whose only fault was that they were there. The central character here, was ""Breed"" Tewksbury, whose Indian blood proved to be one of the catalysts. The romance which threads lightly through the adventures seems credible enough- and non-interfering to the pace and mood.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1960
Publisher: Doubleday