Saturday, March 7, 2009

Brown's Park or Hole/Note on editing

When he's gone,
Do not relax.
It's time to apply
The inheritance tax.

I've been reading Will Henry's "One More River to Cross," and am about two-thirds through it. It's the story of Isom Dart, called Ned Huddleston in the book, but didn't have a name, being a slave. It says he used his owner's name. But it perked my interest when I remembered I had read another book containing Isom Dart. That one was the "Story of Brown's Park," or the "History of Brown's Park," the area also known as Brown's Hole on the Green River in northeast Utah and Western Colorado not far from the "new" Flaming Gorge Lake. That history of Brown's Park included Butch Cassidy and his gang, and was a well researched exposition of the area and the Park. Not that Will Henry's isn't, but his is more of a personal account of Huddleston.

Anyway, I'm really enjoying "River". Ned Huddleston gets into all sorts of messes and predicaments, like being tied to a big tree on the ground and left to die, betrayed by his woman friend and unable to free himself. It is well-written, moves along at a good pace without getting sidetracked . It was originally copyrighted in 1967, but the edition I have is a 1998 version by Leisure Books, pocket size.

Have been unable to start on editing of "Sagrado Ranch" due to the prepration of taxes. It (taxes) is taking longer than I expected. It might be two or three weeks or more before I can get to it. "Ranch" might be considered a sequel to "Tom Anderson," as it contains some of the same characters.

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