By August Santleben
August Santleben’s Texas Pioneer is—like Mary Maverick’s Memoirs, James Gillett’s Six Years with the Texas Rangers, or Charles Siringo’s Texas Cowboy—one of the seminal first-person bills of pioneer existence in West Texas. those that desire to keep in mind that position and time needs to learn Santleben, and may take pleasure in doing so. Santleben ranged Texas and northerly Mexico as a freighter, hauling items southward, and bringing fabrics, items, and silver again to the north. The territory that he traversed was once untamed and unsafe, and he tailored his type to its calls for. In an atmosphere the place legislation have been sketchy and enforcement used to be haphazard, Santleben came upon the chance for revenue. His rigorously phrased account of the way Mexican silver cash in some way got here to be hid in baggage of beans on his wagons is a vintage frontier story. Santleben looked as if it would understand every body, and he took the time to call them, leaving an considerable checklist of folks and personalities within the area. a few of the names became well-known through the years, yet others are traditional voters that he encountered in his day-by-day ventures. Texas Pioneer is far greater than an account of freighting in West Texas. Santleben witnessed a time of significant switch, and—whether addressing German immigration, the influence of the Civil battle, the coming of the railroad, conflicts with Indians, or the improvement of San Antonio—he does it at a degree of aspect and realizing that in simple terms an eyewitness can provide.
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