THE LIFE OF TEXAS JACK: EIGHT YEARS A CRIMINAL – 41 YEARS TRUSTING IN GOD
Nathaniel ReedN.p. [Tulsa: Tulsa Printing Co.], n.d. [ca. 1936]. Illustrations. Original yellow printed wrappers with a photograph of “Texas Jack” on the front cover. First edition. Last page SIGNED “N. Reed Union Okla.” Wear to the wrappers with some loss and the covers have been resewn, else very good Adams, One-Fifty 115: “A much sought collector’s item…The author traveled over the country giving talks to interested listeners on the subject that crime does not pay and selling his little books for twenty-five cents….The old man was more or less a four-flusher, though the records do show that he took part in several robberies.” McLoughlin, Wild & Woolly pp. 432-433: “[Reed was] a long-haired owlhoot who was born near St. Paul, Arkansas, in 1862, left his home state at the age of twenty-one, and started his career of big-time crime in 1885 after spending two years of his life as an Oklahoma cowboy.” After being shot, Reed sought a new occupation, reformed his wicked ways and took up street preaching. The last page reproduces the final words of Cherokee Bill as he headed to the gallows imploring his jail mates to turn from sin.