An authentic record of a life time of hunting, trapping, scouting and Indian fighting in the far West by Capt. William F. Drannan, who went on to the plains when fifteen years old.
e, doing my best to think how I could best pay off the black termagant with safety to myself, when with great good luck I suddenly beheld a huge hornet's nest, hanging in a bunch of shrubbery. My plan instantly and fully developed. Quickly I returned to the house and hastily gathered what little clothing I owned into a bundle, done up in my one handkerchief, an imitation of bandanna, of very loud pattern. This bundle I secreted in the barn and then hied me to the hornet's nest. Approaching the swinging home of the hornets very softly, so as not to disturb the inmates, I stuffed the entrance to the hornet castle with sassafras leaves, and taking the great sphere in my arms I bore it to a back window of the kitchen where the black beldame was vigorously at work within and contentedly droning a negro hymn.
Dark was coming on and a drizzly rain was falling. It was the spring of the year, the day had been warm and the kitchen window was open. I stole up to the open window. The woman's back was toward me. I remo
What a wonderful book! Even better, it is an autobiography! A wonderful, entertaining look when the West was still Wild, untamed, and unsettled. He was present at so many of the pivotal moments in the West's history, and relates his experiences with unbelievably descriptive writing. What makes the writing even more incredible: he learned to read and write from a mountain man while trapping one winter.
A truly amazing account from an amazing man.
You will not be able to put this one down, and when it ends, you will wish for more....
Good news! He wrote a sequel! "Chief of Scouts"
I love this book. First stumbled upon it on Gutenberg. Have read it twice and I just downloaded it for my new Kindle. The true story of an orphan with a rough childhood who is informally adopted by Kit Carson. Amazing adventures and escapades. Drannon barely escapes with his life on numerous occasions while serving as a trapper, hunter, indian scout and fighter, wagon train scout and so on. Considering that he never had a formal education, the writing is good and will have you on the edge of your seat often.