This week’s pulp story comes from Short Stories, 25 February 1924. It’s an interesting tale of cattle dealing and double-dealing along the Texas border. Oddly enough the main character uses a car to cross from his ranch into Mexico and one of the guns used is an automatic. It also has some non-politically correct terms for the Mexicans. But this was 1924. These early Westerns often were written for contemporaneous readership–the wild west had not quite passed completely and there was an abiding interest in the cowboy life and their exploits as they happened. Some of the work of Henry Herbert Knibbs and other early western writers from around 1900-1920 wrote stories that took place at the same time as the book was published. When the west finally became “old” western fiction settings moved back in time to the classic 1870-1900 era and forever became something that wouldn’t be seen in real life again.