|About the Book|
Several of my young friends here who have read a little book I published many years ago, entitled The Adventures of Big Foot Wallace, and were pleased with it, have requested me to write another and tell them whatever I thought would interest themMoreSeveral of my young friends here who have read a little book I published many years ago, entitled The Adventures of Big Foot Wallace, and were pleased with it, have requested me to write another and tell them whatever I thought would interest them about early times in Texas. In reply I stated to my young friends that I had lived the greater portion of my life on the frontiers, where opportunities for learning and improvement in a literary way, were as few andfar between as the settlements, and consequently I did not think I was capable of writing a book that would interest them like those of Mayne Reid and many other popular authors of juvenile works. But my young friends said that boys didnt care much for style or literary merit, that all they wanted was a truthful account of scenes and incidents that had actually occurred, not fictitious ones that never had an existence except in the imagination of the author.As I am fully aware the only claim this book has to patronage is that the scenes and incidents described therein are not fictitious, I lay great stress upon the fact that all I have stated in regard to my own adventures is strictly true. I can say this unhesitatingly, for the narrative was compiled from memorandumswritten shortly after my escape from Goliad, when everything was fresh in my memory. The scenes and incidents described in the second part of the book entitled The Young Explorers are also true though not occurring just as stated, for I have connected them together in a continuous narrative (in which several fictitious characters have been introduced), because I thought they would be more likely to interest a reader in that form than they would if told in disconnected fragments. The Author.Publisher Note: I have left the spelling in this book as is. Certain passages were written in the manner in which some people spoke the Kings English in the 1830s in Texas, and elsewhere for that matter.