Bob Hampton of Placer

Originally published in installment form in The Citizen (Berea, KY) from April 2, 1908 to Sept. 24, 1908, Bob Hampton of Placer tells a classic story of the old West - a good man wronged, a beautiful woman in danger, savage Indians, brave soldiers, a cowardly gambler, and etc., complete with illustrations. The introduction is below, along with selected illustrations.


Hampton of Placer

         It was not an uncommon tragedy of 
the west. If slightest chronicle of it survive it must be discovered among 
the musty and nearly forgotten records of the Eighteenth regiment of Infantry

Yet the tale is worth telling now, 
when such days are past and gone. There were 16 of them when, like so
 many hunted rabbits, they were first
 securely trapped among the frowning 
rocks and forced relentlessly backward from off the narrow trail until 
the precipitous canyon walls finally 
halted their disorganized flight, and 
from sheer necessity compelled a rally in hopeless battle. Sixteen – ten infantrymen from old Fort Bethune, under command of Syd. Wyman, a gray
headed sergeant of 30 years continuous service in the regulars, two cow
punchers from the XL ranch, a
 stranger who had joined them uninvited at the ford over the Bear Water
, together with old Gillis the post-trader and his silent chit of a girl.