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The Second William Penn

The Second William Penn
You Who Take The Trouble To Read These Reminiscences Of The Santa Fe
Trail May Be Curious To Know How Much Of Them Are Literally True.

The Writer Of This Preface Was Intimately Acquainted With The Author Of
This Book, And Knows That He Has Not Yielded To Temptation To Draw Upon
His Imagination For The Incidents Related Herein, But Has Adhered
Strictly To The Truth. Truth Is, Sometimes, "Stranger Than Fiction," And
Is An Indispensable Requisite To Accurate History, Yet It May Sometime
Destroy The Charm Of Fiction.

The Author Of This Book Had A Real And Exceptional Knowledge Of Indian
Character And Indian Traits, And His Genuine Tact In Trading And
Treating With Them, And The Success Which He Had In Sustaining Friendly
Relations With Them Was One Of The Wonders Of The West, And Was A
Circumstance Of Much Comment By Those Who Had Occasion To Use The
Santa Fe Trail.

It Is Small Wonder, Then, That "Little Billy Of The Stage Coach" Won For
Himself The Title Of The "Second William Penn."

In The Early Sixties, The Region Through Which The Old Trail Passed Was
An Unexplored Territory Where Constant Struggles For Supremacy Between
The Wild Red Man And The Hardy White Man Were Carried On.

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