LAW WEST OF FORT SMITH by Glenn Shirley

LAW WEST OF FORT SMITH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

....is the law emphasized and enacted by Judge Isaac Charles Parker who came to a country where there was ""no God west of Fort Smith"" and whose jurisdiction was the western district of Arkansas and the criminal disturbances in Indian Territory, much later Oklahoma. A run-through of the background of desperadoes, lawlessness, and the Indian situation precedes the arrival of the new Judge, who in his first session hung six and who throughout his more than twenty years of law-giving shortened the periods of adjournment, held a unique court and relentlessly pursued order and decency. His marshals and deputies and their tough assignments, the trials that culminated in capture of the Dalton gang, Belle Starr, the Cook gang and the thirteen day old Bucks gang, the many other cases and the controversy with the Attorney General which resulted in Congress stripping him of his authority, these make up this account, which is appendixed by his notable charges, the chronology of the hangings, crimes and verdicts. How one man brought the law from disrepute to respect has its main interest for lawyers -- and for every follower of old west history.

Publisher: Holt