Mean as hell: the life of a New Mexico lawman

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Longtime N.M. rancher and territorial peace officer (1893-1911) Dee (Daniel R.) Harkey claims he has "been shot at more times than any man in the world not engaged in war". Originally published in 1948 when Harkey was 83, the witty autobiography describes life in west Texas and the Carlsbad, N.M., area, included are outlaws like Jim Miller (Pat Garrett's "real" killer) and the Dalton gang. Foreword by Roswell's Judge Charles R. Brice; line drawings by Gene Roberts.

"To readers interested in Texas and New Mexico outlaw history, Harkey's book is a must, but his writing is fastpaced, an entertaining volume that should appeal to all readers. Harkey's was and remains a classic. It is good to have it back in print. The publishers should be commended for placing it once more within the reader's reach". -- True West

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display_descriptionNew Mexico rancher and lawman Dee (Daniel R.) Harkey describes himself as having "been shot at more times than any man in the world not engaged in war." Mean as Hell, originally published in 1948 when Harkey was 83, is his detailed, witty autobiography about his youth in San Saba County of west Texas, where in 1882 he learned from his brother Joe, the sheriff, to "be damned sure you don't get killed, but don't kill anybody unless you have to" and his adult life in Eddy County after moving to Karlsbad (then Eddy) in 1890. Harkey served as a New Mexico peace officer from 1893 until 1911. Among the many cattle rustlers, train robbers, and other outlaws he confronted were Jim Miller, whom Harkey fingers as Pat Garrett's real killer, and the Dalton Gang. Harkey observes that, in 1948, "cattle stealing has gone out of fashion. We've gotten civilized. Instead . . ., we now have statesman who practice nepotism, pad the public payrolls and graft as much as they think they can get away with (in an honorable way, of course) just like the folks back east." Readers interested in many aspects of the territorial and outlaw West will enjoy Dee Harkey's lively stories.
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subject_facetBrigands and robbers -- New Mexico
Brigands and robbers -- Texas
Electronic books
Frontier and pioneer life -- New Mexico
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas
Harkey, Dee, -- 1866-
Outlaws -- New Mexico -- History
Outlaws -- Texas -- History
Peace officers -- New Mexico -- Biography
title_displayMean as hell : the life of a New Mexico lawman
title_fullMean as hell : the life of a New Mexico lawman / by Dee Harkey ; foreword by Charles R. Brice ; line drawings by Gene Roberts
Mean as hell : the life of a New Mexico lawman [electronic resource] Harkey, Dee, 1866-
title_shortMean as hell
title_subthe life of a New Mexico lawman
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Electronic books
Frontier and pioneer life
Harkey, Dee
Peace officers