Written by J. W. Buel
As the fire had been intentionally placed a little distance from Joe’s feet, in order that he might first feel its discomforting heat, thereby prolonging the torture, he had time to yell vigorously, this being his only hope of rescue from sudden death, considering all the while a possibility of so provoking the Indians that they would kill him outright.
Dime novel exploits, or historical facts? With many of the Mountain Men of the late nineteenth century, fact and fiction blend together, forming a thrilling, if sometimes questionable history. California Joe was a trapper, miner, scout and all-around tough guy at a time and place where surviving meant having a few stories to tell.
Read more: California Joe - A Real Dime Novel Hero