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OR

TYPES OF BORDER LIFE

IN THE

WESTERN STATES

BY J. L. MCCONNEL

AUTHOR OF "TALBOT AND VERNON," -- "THE GLENNS," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY DARLEY

REDFIELD,

110 AND 112 NASSAU STREET, NEW YORK.

1853.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853,

By J. S. REDFIELD,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for

the Southern District of New York,

STEREOTYPED BY C. C. SAVAG2,

13 Chambers Street, N. Y.

PREFATORY NOTE.

ATTEMPTS to delineate local character are always liable to misconstruction; for, the more truthful the sketch, the greater is the number of persons, to whom resemblance may be discovered; and thus, while in fact only describing the characteristics of a class, authors are frequently subjected, very unjustly, to the imputation of having invaded the privacy of individuals. Particularly is this so, when the class is idealized, and an imaginary type is taken, as the representative of the species.

I deem it proper, therefore, to say in advance, that no attempt has been made in the following pages, to portray any individual; and that-although I hope I have not been so unsuccessful, as to paint pictures which have no originals-if there be a portrait in any sketch, it consists, not in the likeness of the picture to the person, but of both to

the type.

As originally projected, the book would have borne this explanation upon its face; but the circumstances which have reduced its dimensions, and

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