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AUTHOR S PREFACE. the treatment of great themes there is room for the display of great literary power; but in dealing with ordinary matters, where neither the imagination nor the reasoning faculties are taxed, entire simplicity will be the best indication of the writer's intelli- gence. 2. Thorough reliability. A work which attempts to present a true picture of any phase of actual life must not be lacking in this element. As far as dependence can be placed upon the reliability of his material, the author feels confi- dent that the work bears every mark of scrupulous fidelity to truth. 3. Freshness in matter and originality in arrange- ment and general treatment. Books descriptive of Western adventure and of Indian life, character and warfare, are so numerous that a new work in this department of narrative liter- ature, in order to be favorably received, must contain something that shall make it worthy of being named apart from the rest. The author invites a comparison of his work with others of this class, both in respect of contents and method in arrangement. The principal authorities which have been con- sulted are Pritts's " Border Life," McBride's "Pioneer Biography," Hall's "Romance of Western History," McClung's " Sketches of Western Adventure," "Spen- cer's Narrative," and Flint's "Life of Daniel Boone." In the story of Spencer the language of the orig- inal has in several places been retained. The rest vi