Would you like to tell us about a lower price? From arresting anarchists in Chicago to chasing down Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang, Charles Siringo spent twenty-two years of service fighting crimes across America. Having started out as a full-fledged cowboy when only eleven years old, Siringo was most comfortable on horseback in the great expanse of the American West, but his missions often led him further afield to the Canada and Mexico.
During his career as a detective Siringo faced some of the most dangerous men and women of the late-nineteenth century and only survived through a combination of bravery, skill and luck. Siringo was most successful when he went undercover into the criminal underworld and uncovered plans for illegal activity. He was an honest reporter. Frank Dobie Charles Siringo was an American detective, lawman and author. The year later, he moved to Chicago and joined the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which he remained with for the next twenty-two years. A Cowboy Detective was first published in After becoming a New Mexico Ranger for a short period Siringo died in Read more Read less.
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Great book on the struggle for law and order in the West. I'm a retired detective myself, and a good one, but Charlie Siringo was an especially exceptional investigator and accomplished things that I could have never have done had I lived in those days. He knew and investigated many of the old West bad guys whose names you will recognize, like the Butch Cassidy's gang. It is a great book about one of the greatest detectives in the olde West.
Read it! The author lived in and wrote about this period of the Western US during the late 's and early 's. The book is peppered with historical characters such as Butch Cassidy, the hole in the wall gang and incidents such as the silver rush and the lawless actions of the time. Readers beware that the racial attitude of the time also at apparent.
The author while not appearing to be racist does use the acceptable language of the time when describing minorities. It does give you the insight of the attitudes of the times and a unique personal look into the wild west.. I recommend the book highly to anyone interested in this tome p[eriod. I find it interesting that the catching up with felons and investigation of a crime were outsourced to private companies then. He had mostly proceeded to the suspects to win their friendhips having adopted different names pretending to be sometimes a mining man or other time a buyer of steer and so on.
And if he had seen someone who were familiar he would have pretended to have never met him before. The plan always worked. However I sense most of the details were omitted not to give a bad impression on the readers. I didn't understand if he had used his notorious Colt 45 to kill a man or gained illegal money which he might need to buy his ranch or spend nice times with women.
However it is worth to read to find out this part of the U. One person found this helpful. Charlie Siringo lived through the pre Civil War days up until the 's. He wrote several books during that time at least one of which, "A Texas Cowboy", has become a classic of Old West literature. I knew very little about the detective business, though I had spent part of and doing secret work for Texas cattlemen against cattle thieves in western Texas and New Mexico. This had given me a taste for the work, and I liked it.
Had this man not been blind, I would have attributed his knowledge to his ability to read faces.
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It was in the year Circulars were scattered broadcast over the town announcing the coming of this noted phrenologist. After supper, on the evening of his arrival, many leading citizens turned out to hear him lecture at the Leland Hotel. He stood in the center of a large parlor, holding to the back of an empty chair.
He was a fine looking old man, regardless of the fact that both eyes were out. After making a few preliminary remarks on phrenology, he called for someone to come forward and have his head examined.
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He finally went out and sat down in the chair. But it was soon made plain by the color of his face that he regretted going. He stuck it out though, and heard some very uncomplimentary remarks said against himself. I first became acquainted with him through introduction by Billy the Kid in the fall of I had just returned to the Panhandle from Chicago, where I had been with a shipment of fat steers, and had found Billy the Kid and his gang camped at the L X ranch where I was employed as one of the cowboy foremen.
I presented Billy the Kid with a fine meerschaum cigar holder, which I had bought in Chicago, and he in turn presented me with a book containing his autograph.
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He also introduced me to several of his men, one of them being Henry Brown. He begged me to not give him away as he intended to reform and lead an honorable life. For, while acting as city marshal of Caldwell, and while wearing his star, he rode into Medicine Lodge, a nearby town, with his chief deputy, Ben Wheeler, and two cowboys, and in broad daylight held up the Medicine Lodge Bank and killed the bank president, Wiley Pain, and his cashier. After a lively chase by the citizens of Medicine Lodge the four robbers were caught and jailed.
That night when the mob opened the jail door to hang them, Brown and Wheeler made a break for liberty, knocking men down as they ran. Brown was killed with a charge of buckshot and Wheeler and the two cowboys were hung to a nearby tree. This time the crowd began calling for Mr. Theodore Baufman, the Oklahoma scout. He strutted out, carrying his two hundred and fifty pounds of flesh with the air of a king. She took the seat and the blind man ran his hand over her head once.
Next the crowd called for me. I went forward and sat down in the chair. He then said I had a fine head for a newspaper editor, a fine stock raiser, or detective; that in any of these callings I would make a success. But the question arose as to the best way to start in the business, my main object being to see the world and learn human nature.
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I wisely concluded to start right by entering the greatest detective school on earth—the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. My steps were light and my hopes buoyant when on the 29th day of June, , I stepped into S. Yure, for a letter of introduction to Mr. I was slightly acquainted with this cashier, as I had done business with his bank. He replied that he would speak to Mr. He soon returned and wrote me the letter. It read as follows:. Gentlemen:—The bearer, Mr.
Siringo, we know to be a person of good character, and having been a cowboy and brought up on the plains, his services and ability are commendable to you. Armed with this letter of introduction I bolted into the Pinkerton Agency.
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