Jim Nichols was a lively, vigorous frontiersman who came to Texas about the time of its Revolution. As with many men of that day, Nichols' formal education was lacking, but he was a born writer with a vivid way of saying things. He had an abundance of exciting events to write about: fighting against Mexicans and Indians, Ranger activities, an attack by wolves, a buffalo stampede, and many other colorful episodes. Nichols' account is fast-moving, fascinating frontier history by a man who was really there.
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Chapter I. Birthplace of the Writer and Incidents and Occurences in His Boyhood.
Chapter II. Mooving to Texas. Catching a Large Fish. Mooveing to Gonzales County. The First Rangeing Co. False Alarm. Indian Raid. Going to Mill. Attacted by Wolves, etc.
Chapter III. A Forty-Six Days Scout. A Novel of Proveing Away a Horse. Lost Creek. Starveing For Watter and Suplied in a Mericalous Way. Gitting Lost. Death of Swift, Nickles, Symons. A fight with Indians. A Tired Down Animal. Carried Forty Miles by Indians in Four or Five Hours.
Chapter IV. Callahans Minute Men. Burlesons Fight With Cordova. Wounding of Milford Day. Trial and Killing of Prisners. Council House Fight in San Antonio. Andrew Sowell Misses Deer and Long Fire.
Chapter V. On A Hunt. Almost Run Over By Herd of Buffalo. Attacted By Wolves. Death of James Campbell. Takeing A Load of Pecans to Port Lavaca. Almost Freezing to Death. Indian Outrages.
Chapter VI. Indians Raid Linnville. Battle of Plum Creek. Wounded. Distribution of Spoils of Battle. Errors of Other Writers.
Chapter VII. 1841 Captain Hays Company. Fight with Indians on the Guadeloupe River. Red Headed Prisner. Fighting a Duel. A Running Fight on the Head of the Hondo. Mexican Horse Thieves Kilted.
Chapter VIII. 1842 Raid by General Vascos. Raid by General Woll. Campaign of 1842. Battle of Salado (Salow). Dawsons Massacree. Escape of Alsa Miller and Woods. Battle of the Hondo. Summervills Campain.
Chapter IX. Hays Celebrated Rangeing Company. A Trip to Eastern Texas. Gitting Married. An Old Churn. A Three Dollar Colt. H. E. McCulloch Raises a Company. The Mexican War. Treed by Haverlieners. A Trip to Monterey. The Maid of Monterey.
Chapter X. Return from Mexico. Meeting Som of the Boys at San Antonio. Serving Out the Turm. Retireing to Private Life. Mooveing to Blanco. A Cold Snap. Receiveing Fire in a Mericalous Way. The Election. Takeing the Oath.
Chapter XI. Raids by Indians in Blanco County. Stealing Horses. Wounding a Negro Boy. Chaceing Mrs. Daniell and a Negro Woman. Killing Three Children and Wounding Mrs. Youngblood. Killing a Negro Man. Chaceing Two Men. Chaceing One Man. One Indian Kiled. Killing Sheppeard, His Wife, and Child Boy Missing. Death of Tom Felps and Wife. Death of Dollahide and Son. Scalp Dance. Day and Nickelsons Fight with Indians. Wounding a Young Lady. Two Boys Chased. Two Men Wounded. Death of Two Women and Five Children. Scalping a Woman Alive. Capture and Death of Two Girls. Death of Rowland Nichols.
Chapter XII. Receive Orders to Leave the County. Hanging Two Boys. Robing Starrs House. Prosecuted for Killing Hogs, For Killing A Maverick, For Abuse of Stray Law, For Theft of Colt, etc.