Books: Vintage West

COMSTOCK COMMOTION: THE STORY OF THE TERRITORIAL ENTERPRISE (129 pp.)—Lucius Beebe — Stanford University Press ($3.50).

Tombstone and Last Chance Gulch were sinful frontier towns, but Virginia City had nothing to be ashamed of—she could hold up her head with the worst. She had been christened with a bottle of whisky, and her intemperate citizens used to ventilate each other with six-shooters until the drafts became unbearable. At Virginia City, on Nevada's silver-veined Comstock Lode, local mishaps and bonanzas were recorded by the Territorial Enterprise, as freewheeling and free-shooting a weekly as the U.S. has known.

In Comstock Commotion, Author Lucius Beebe tells...

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