Whispering Smith: Facsimile of Original 1906 Edition

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Sunstone Press, 2008 - 456 páginas
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There were two Whispering Smiths, one the fictional railroad detective in Frank Hamilton Spearman's novel, and the other a historic westerner whose real name was James L. Smith. The fictional character was the hero in this best-selling novel of 1906, and the book's popularity made it the prototype for Western fiction. Spearman became fascinated by railroad lore through his contacts with the Union Pacific while a Nebraska banker. He had previously authored several stories with railroad plots and by 1904 had his "Strategy of Great Railroads" adopted as a textbook at Yale University. Determined to write about railroad detectives Spearman visited Cheyenne, Wyoming, to interview two of the most famous, Timothy Keliher and Joe LeFors. Based on their stories and with a fascination for the nickname Whispering Smith, Spearman crafted his exciting novel. His heroic character was a composite of Keliher and LeFors and the adventures found in the novel had their source in the stories of these two railroad detectives. Hollywood pounced on the long term success of the novel and its colorful title. Filming rights were obtained as early as 1916 and more than five motion pictures were made plus a television series in 1961. The most famous production was filmed in 1948. Alan Ladd starred in this Technicolor film and credited it with launching his career. Frank Hamilton Spearman continued to write but none of his subsequent novels achieved the success of "Whispering Smith." His later years were spent in Hollywood where he turned to writing screenplays. It will never be known if Spearman had any knowledge about James L. Smith, known as "Whispering Smith" in the West, nor is it known if that westerner knew of Spearman's novel although he was still alive when it was published. The true story of James L. Smith is recounted in "Whispering Smith: His Life and Misadventures" by Allen P. Bristow from Sunstone Press.
 

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CHAPTER PAGE I The Wrecking Boss i
1
At Smoky Creek
10
Dicksie
23
George McCloud
33
The Crawling Stone
51
The Final Appeal
60
In Marions Shop
64
Smoky Creek Bridge
71
Between Girlhood and Woman hood
225
The Man on the Frenchman
242
Tower W
256
Pursuit
262
The Sunday Murder
271
Williams Cache
281
The Fight in the Cache
292
The Death of Du Sang
305

The Misunderstanding
76
Sweeping Orders
88
At the Three Horses
93
Parley
103
The Turn in the Storm
122
The Quarrel
131
The Shot in the Pass
141
At the Wickiup
148
CHAPTER PAGE XVII A Test
155
New Plans
162
The Crawling Stone Rise
169
At the Dike
179
Supper in Camp
197
A Talk with Whispering Smith
207
At the River
217
McCloud and Dicksie
312
The Laugh of a Woman
320
A Midnight Visit
327
The Call
334
Duty
340
Wickwire
346
Into the North
352
Among the Coyotes
361
A Sympathetic Ear
373
Qicksies Ride
379
At the Door
389
Closing In
395
Crawling Stone Wash
403
Back to the Mountains
413
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