By John H. Monnett

This renowned quantity, to be had back in paperback, offers the fascinating heritage of Colorado even though the lives of thirty-two of its so much noteworthy voters, either well-known and vague, who helped to form Colorado as we all know it this present day. between these featured are: Black Kettle (Cheyenne chief); David Day (outspoken newspaper editor of the San Juans); Anne Bassett (feisty farm animals rancher); Lewis rate (real property entrepreneur); Casimiro Barela (legendary lawmaker from Trinidad); Josephine Roche (social activist and labour organiser); Jefferson Randolph 'Soapy' Smith (infamous con-man) and Enos turbines (conservationist and park advocate).

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The situation had become desperate. The flanking movement had cut off the chief and about fifty of his ablest fighting men from the main camp. With frosty breath, the chief shouted encouraging words to his young warriors as they mounted their swift ponies. His great medicine hat, fashioned from the hide of a mighty buffalo bull and gracefully winged by the beast's tremendous greendyed horns, would protect them in battle. They were invincible! Seemingly at once, the painted war ponies attained full-gait.

They passed near Pikes Peak and the vicinity of what a century later would become the mining camp of Cripple Creek. Once on the plains, the army surprised and defeated Cuerno Verde's Comanches in the dawn battle of September 2, 1779. About the same time, another beleaguered commander by the name of George Washington was preparing to go into winter quarters at Morristown, New Jersey, after five years of bitter, though inconclusive, warfare with the British. With the death of Cuerno Verde, the Comanches never again posed a serious threat to the settlements of northern New Page 5 Mexico.

Part of the people were rushing about the camp in great fear. All the time Black Kettle kept calling out not to be frightened; that the camp was under protection and there was no danger. " Bent went on: "At the beginning of the attack Black Kettle, with his wife and White Antelope, took their position before Black Kettle's lodge and remained there after all others had left the camp. At last Black Kettle, seeing that it was useless to stay longer, started to run. " White Antelope, who had been counseling his people as to the peaceful intention of the whites, decided to die when he comprehended the true nature of the attack.

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