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Guerin published her autobiography of Mountain Charley in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1861. " The author probably had only a few copies printed, and they soon disappeared. By 1953, when Charles L. Camp revised the third edition of Henry R. Wagner's The Plains and the Rockies (a bibliography of original narratives of travel and adventure from 1860 to 1865), only one copy was known to exist. That copy was in the private collection of Fred Rosenstock and later sold by him to Everett L. , of Dallas, Texas, its present owner, who generously allowed it to be used for this edition.
Jamieson! And as these thoughts grew more frequent, so did my hatred of him assume a more definite form, while desires for revenge began to assume shape. It was not long before such desires assumed a character as to render them Page 18 mischievous, yet at the time, they were instrumental in shaping considerably the course I soon after adopted. Chapter III As my financial condition became more desperate, my desire for revenge increased in inverse proportion. Each privation that I endured served to make Jamieson more prominent as its author, and one upon whom I was bound to visit a terrible reparation.
Hav- Page 28 ing viewed to my satisfaction the various points including the magnificent beauties of the world-renowned Falls, I concluded to return west, and with this view started for St. Joseph by way of St. Louis. I may here remark that I filled the situation of brakesman on the Illinois Central Railroad for some eight months, and had it not been for the unfortunate difficulties inaugurated by my quondam friend conductor W, I might have staid there for twice or thrice the same period. What became of him or his excellent confrere, Rice, I do not know.