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This true story of J. Frank Norfleet, typical West
Texas ranchman, in his four-year chase after a gang of
international swindlers, takes the reader from the Atlantic
to the Pacific; from iMexico and Cuba into Canada.
The only previous training Norfleet had had was
following his pack of hounds after wild animals. In
tracking human wolves, he followed the same tactics
until he found other human hounds obliterating the trail.
Had Norfleet spent all his previous life preparing
for his task, this would still be a wonderful story. When
it is considered that prior to his contact with the gang
he had been a man of peace, with kindest feeling toward
all humanity and malice toward none; his success is
nothing short of marvelous.
France has produced Monsieur Lecoq, England,
America has brought forth Norfleet, the man from
the great open spaces of the boundless plains of Texas.
His true story deserves to rank in literature with the
best creations of the most fanciful fiction-writers.
"Verily truth is stranger than fiction!"
From a rank novice at the beginning Norfleet has
become an authority-almost an institution.
In the prisons of the country are many criminals
taking an enforced holiday from their regular avocation
as a by-product of Norfleet's historic man-hunt.
J. Frank Norfleet is a product of the western
frontier. Born fifty-nine years ago near what is now
the town of I,ampasas, when that section was very
sparsely settled, he has moved ever outward along the
fringe of civilization, rarely living within five miles of
his nearest neighbor.
From concealed vantage point he watched the proud
stallions lea(ling rival herds of wild mustangs as they
battled to the death; the colonies of beavers, constructing
dams with almost human engineering ability; the brown
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/5/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .