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 lifestyles in West Texas. those that desire to take into account that position and time needs to learn Santleben, and should 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 variety 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 ways Mexican silver cash by some means got here to be hid in luggage of beans on his wagons is a vintage frontier story. Santleben appeared to recognize everybody, and he took the time to call them, leaving an plentiful list of people and personalities within the sector. the various names became recognized through the years, yet others are usual 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 impression of the Civil conflict, the coming of the railroad, conflicts with Indians, or the advance of San Antonio—he does it at a degree of element and realizing that merely an eyewitness can provide.
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