Geronimo's Story of His Life

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Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,710 / 111 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.5
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,138
Added to site: 2010.02.19
mnybks.net#: 26708
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Biography

Taken from the lips of the old Apache chief by S.M. Barrett, superintendent of education of Lawton, Okla. Officials of the War Department at first objected to the publication of the story because it contained adverse criticisms of various acts of the Government. These objections, however, were finally withdrawn and the active interest of President Roosevelt enlisted in the publication of Geronimo's story. It goes without saying that the old chief has an interesting autobiography, and the work is further important as giving the Indian side of a long and notable controversy with our Government.

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r Charles W. Taylor, Eighteenth Cavalry, commandant, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, who gave me some valuable suggestions as to additional related information which I asked Geronimo to give. In most cases the old chief gave the desired information, but in some instances he refused, stating his reasons for so doing.

When the added information had been incorporated I submitted the manuscript to President Roosevelt, from whose letter I quote: "This is a very interesting volume which you have in manuscript, but I would advise that you disclaim responsibility in all cases where the reputation of an individual is assailed."

In accordance with that suggestion, I have appended notes throughout the book disclaiming responsibility for adverse criticisms of any persons mentioned by Geronimo.

On June 2d, 1906, I transmitted the complete manuscript to the War Department. The following quotation is from the letter of transmission:

"In accordance with endorsement number eight of the 'Brief' submitted to me

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