...I have relied on all the references you mention but also am inclined to 'read between the lines,' so to speak. As earlier commented on, I was a ranch wife at a time when a lot of old time cowboys and ranchers were still around. I learned a lot from observing them and that taught me that the stories that grew out about the cowboys of yesteryear were greatly enlarged upon and misunderstood. That does not mean I allowed myself to distort the written record.
Were there bad actors in the southeast Arizona? Of course there were; but most were saddle tramps moving on through after they had worn out their welcome. Ranchers always fed and sheltered them when they arrived at their door because that was what you did on the frontier. Be quiet and turn no man away into the dangerous elements. It does not mean complicity in any way.
Hollywood has distorted the old times and made them unrecognizable. And yes, I had more trust in the Nugget as the reporter for it took shorthand and was more reliable in his accounts. Outside of a pencil, records were kept with quill pens and ink, a labour intensive process. I grew up that way in school so I remember having to blot the words after two or three words were written slowly and carefully.
My publishers will decide how to promote the book. I am not interested much in commercialism, so have complete trust in them as they have always looked after me in these matters.
Thank you for your interest, and I do think the book will interest you as well.
Joyce, first congratulations on your new book. I have some questions on the sources you used for your book.. Obviouly the primary contemporary sources are: 1. The actual transcription of the Coroner's... more
Gail/ thank you for your post... — Joyce A. Aros,Sat Apr 30 9:28
I still have a question on where you got the word for word of testimony you used for the Spicer hearing, as that court record has been lost. For the Coroner's inquest we have the actual court records.... more
...that I have had to rely on the very references you refer to; i.e., Turner, Hayhurst, Nugget, and Epitaph because unfortunately that is all we have. There is no doubt whatsoever the records have been... more