Books: Oklahoma Boyhood

THE CHEROKEE STRIP—Marquis James —Viking ($3).

It was the biggest horse race ever run. At the starting line, farther than the eye could see, a hundred thousand people lined up, on saddle horses, light rigs, buck-boards, spring wagons, sulkies. The prize, bigger than the State of Massachusetts, was Oklahoma's Cherokee Strip.

The winner was a wiry, cocky little cowhand named Walter Cook, who loped his cayuse over the 18 miles from the Hennessey line to Enid in less than 55 minutes, swept past the land office and staked his claim to the best quarter-section in...

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