LIFE AMONG THE APACHES
By John C. Cremony
Publisher: A. Roman & Company, New York, 1868
Hardback, re-print by Arizona Silhouettes, Publishers, Tucson 1951
First hardback trade edition, 1954, 20 illustrations by William Harrison Bryant, 322 pages.
The account of John C. Cremony’s “Life Among the Apaches,” first published in 1868, was republished in a limited edition of 750 numbered copies by Arizona Silhouettes in 1951. This 1954 first trade edition contains the same text as the original and the limited editions.
This rare book has been one of the most important source books among writers and historians from the date of its first publication.
I. Comanche Raid
II. March from Texas to El Paso
III. To the Copper Mines
IV. Journey to Sonora
V. Mangas Colorado
VI. Rescue of two Mexican Boys
VII. Jornada del Muerto
VIII. Gold Mines
IX. Pimo Superstitions
X. Fort Yuma
XI. Letter from Senator Clemens
XII. Enter the Volunteer Service
XIII. Sent to the Front
XIV. Return from the San Simon
XV. Apache Signals
XVI. Condition of New Mexico and Arizona
XVII. Satisfaction of the Apaches
XVIII. Dangerous Hunting at the Bosque
XIX. Anecdote of Captain Bristol
XX. The Apache Language
XXI. Chastity of Apache Women
XXII. Apache as Warriors
XXIII. Ojo Blanco Wounded
XXIV. Apache Endurance
XXV. Religious Ceremonies
XXVI. Apache Boldness and Address
XXVII. Ignorance of Indian Character Discussed
“Those who may favor the succeeding pages with their perusal, must not expect any attempt at fine writing or glowing description. The author’s intention is, to furnish a plain, unvarnished tale of actual occurrences and facts illustrative of the various tribes of Indians occupying that vast region which extends from the Colorado River on the west, to the settlements of Texas on the east, and from Taos in New Mexico to Durango in the Mexican Republic.
“In the front rank of the tribes, occupying the region included within the limits mentioned, stands the great Apache race, and next are the Comanche. The former of these will engage most of the author’s attention for very many and obvious reasons. It is believed that the book will contain a large amount of valuable information, to be derived from no other source extant, and it will be the author’s endeavor to place it before his readers in a manner which will engage their attention. Nothing not strictly true will be admitted into its pages, and if some of the incidents narrated be found of a thrilling character, the reader will experience satisfaction in knowing that they are not the results of imaginative picturing. Whenever a personal adventure is narrated, it will be found to illustrate some particular phase of character; none are recounted which do not convey information.
“Our Government has expended millions of dollars, in driblets, since the acquisition of California, in efforts to reduce the Apaches and Navajos, who occupy that extensive belt of country which forms the highway for overland migration from the East to the West; but we are as far from success to-day as we were twenty years ago. The reason is obvious. We have never striven to make ourselves intelligently acquainted with those tribes. Nearly all that relates to them is quite as uncertain and indefinite to our comprehension as that which obtains in the center of Africa. Those who were the best informed on the matter, and had given it the closest attention, were, at the same time—most unfortunately—the least capable of imparting their information; while those who were almost ignorant of the subject have been the most forward to give the results of their fragmentary gleanings. If this volume shall have the effect of bettering our present deplorable Indian policy, by letting in some light, it will accomplish the author’s object.”
San Francisco, August 1868 J.C.C
Condition: very good condition