“HE FEARED NO ONE”

U.S. DEPUTY MARSHAL

— FORMER SLAVE EXCELS AS LAWMAN — U. S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves closed his eyes and listened carefully. One of his men sat across from him reading an arrest warrant aloud so Reeves could commit it to memory.

 

Reeves had no formal education. According to various historical accounts, he could neither read nor write. But his memory proved near flawless.

Reeves recited from memory the contents of the […]

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“AUTHOR RICHARD CONNELL”

MOST DANGEROUS GAME

 

A big-game hunter from New York stands on the deck of a yacht bound for Rio De Janeiro looking into the murky darkness, but unable to see a large island a few miles in the distance. He is told Ship-Trap Island is feared by sailors who harbor a mysterious superstition about the place.  

Later, Sanger Rainsford is startled by the sound of three gunshots. He moves to the railing […]

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“A RECKLESS RAID”

THE JAMES FAMILY

— EXPLOSION KILLS EIGHT-YEAR-OLD — Flares flashed in the night sky and shattered the back windows of a quiet farmhouse in Clay County, Missouri. One exploded inside the home, killing one person and maiming another.

Late into the night of January 26, 1875, a band of nine Pinkerton detectives and a few locals surrounded a log farmhouse, hoping to capture Frank and Jesse James.

The agency learned months […]

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“THE ABDUCTION”

ARMY SCOUT

— MICKEY FREE: LEGENDARY TRACKER — An Apache raiding party crossed Sonoita Creek southeast of Tucson, Arizona Territory to steal cattle grazing on John Ward’s ranchland. But they came away with something more valuable.

The Apache spotted the rancher’s stepson, 12-year-old Felix Martinez Ward, trying to hide. They eventually captured him and took him away, late January 1861.

Several efforts by the military to locate and rescue the young […]

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