This was originally published by The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, and was reported by us in February 1938, as follows:-- ""Here is an item for plus business, which may escape general attention. This isn't just a local item, it is a real find in the field of exciting Americana, with a coast to coast interest. It is ""a natural"" and anyone who reads it can get worked up about selling it. Wistar was a member of an old Philadelphia family, and the gold rush took him to California in '49. His description of the trip is vivid, exciting. Once there he tried his hand at mining, trapping, ranching, finally law. That career in the Vigilante days was as exciting as Indian fighting. Interludes of sea trips, shipwreck, mutiny, fights. He came east in time to play his part in the Civil War. The post-war period of reconstruction made him a business adventurer in road building, canals, coal lands. He died in 1905, specifying that the book not be published for 25 years."" A Philadelphia bookseller said of it ""I've never had a book so easy to sell.