A terrific introduction by J. Frank Dobie presents this new edition to generations far removed from original publication of the author's first books -- 1885. In it he not only goes over Siringo's own life, but the whole field of autobiographic literature of the range, and even adds a bibliography. Then there is Siringo's introduction, which admits that the book was being done for money, and then -- there is the story of the boy who was a contrary son and later a cowboy, a detective -- and a writer, whose Fifteen Years on the was a well-thumbed cowboys' Bible. His story ranges from Texas, to St. Louis, to California, back and forth, with an early independence and rough living, to getting the know-how of life in the cattle lands as a hired hand, and the experiences of an amateur who before the end of his chronicle is an expert in range crafts. As a skinner, on the trails, finding his Mother, hunting buffalo, knowing Indians as well as Billy the Kid, with warm -- and cold- companions, he writes, unsentimentally and in detail, of the life of a cowboy in lonely rides, on the hunt for a job, restless and rugged, but doing what he wanted to do. With an attack of smallpox and his marriage, he leaves the open spaces to become a merchant.....Authentic western material which has the same honest, unpretentious feel an We Headed Them North and other personal histories of the cattle-punching fraternity. The special market will find this to their tastes.