Books: Stagecoach Business

WELLS FARGO: ADVANCING THE AMERICAN FRONTIER (274 pp.)—Edward Hungerford—Random House ($3.75).

San Francisco detectives who ate their lunch at a Kearney Street bakery back in the 1870s all liked soft-spoken old Charley Bolton. Charley, a Civil War veteran who lived in a nearby rooming house, often sat at the detectives' table and chatted with them, sometimes about Black Bart, the bandit nemesis of Wells Fargo stagecoaches.

"Those up-country sheriffs are no good," Charley Bolton would say. "Too bad they couldn't send a few of you up into the hills to get hold of that...

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