Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men. Page: 13 of 369
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When J. Frank Norfleet related the incidents of
his long man-hunt to me, I felt impelled to publish this
book that the public might learn how easily these confidence-men
swindle the unsuspecting victim, thus showing
their "earmarks" and "trail" for the protection of
Many victims out of pride do not report their
losses, yet the newspapers publish daily accounts of such
occurrences, thus emphasizing the magnitude of these
The statement of these crooks is that they ozly
work where PROTECTION from the local peace officers
may be had. The double-crossing of Norfleet gives
a color of truth to this claim.
It is interesting to note that Norfleet has borne ALL
expenses of the four years campaign, totaling many thousands
of dollars. with the exception of approximately
three hundred dollars contributed by the states of Texas
I had known Norfleet for many years. We owned
ranches in adjoining counties. We had broken bread
He was from one of the best families in the South.
His grandmother was a first cousin of Robert E. Lee,
Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate Army.
His father when a younger man had been a member
of that famous, fearless band, known as the "Texas
Rangers" and had done his part in quelling lawlessness
on the frontiers of the state. His mother was one of
those good women who uncomplainingly withstood the
rigors of pioneering, and now at the age of 80 rejoices
in the success of her dauntless son.
Frank Norfleet is the very soul of western hospitality,
and many are the guests who have been entertained
at his ranch-home by this big-hearted Westerner and his
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/13/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .