“Six-Gun Quarantine” by E. E. Harriman

77-14 Six-Gun Quarantine

Book 77 (# 14 on the spine) is E. E. Harriman’s “Six-Gun Quarantine.” Originally published in the February 1926 edition of the pulp fiction magazine The Frontier, it features artwork that originates with the 25 April 1925 issue of Short Stories magazine.

This copy is unique.

It was inscribed by the author, E. E. Harriman, and dated April 1927 (the book was printed 1 March 1927). Within a month, Harriman signed the book and posted it off to one “Mr. McCracken.” The precise identity is unknown, but it may well be wilderness man Harold McCracken. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_McCracken

77 Inscribed

The novel’s story is simple and straightforward enough to be concisely reported here without much trouble.

Jim and his friends own small ranches and are troubled by a ruthless landowner whom is hoodwinked into buying tons of cattle. Among these are diseased cattle afflicted with “blackleg.” Jim and his friends try to convince our villain to quarantine them from infecting the other cattle and the land and water they trample through, but, the blackguard is used to running roughshod over his insignificant neighbors.

They soon learn that the cattle are to be led far north and sold to another unsuspecting party, thereby infecting a huge swath of land, which begins through their northern neighbor’s properties.

Enlisting the aid of large and small rancher’s assistance to the north, they trap the blackguard and his cattle in a pass and cull the infected out and permit the rest to pass.

Trouble brews, and Jim is left to fend off the ex-foreman in a ruthless and brutal battle of guns and fists. Naturally, no story is complete without the love interest. Jim gets the girl, or, rather, being a tough-gal, she gets HIM !!! It was well-worth the time spent leisurely reading this novel.

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“Six-Gun Quarantine” by E. E. Harriman

7 thoughts on ““Six-Gun Quarantine” by E. E. Harriman

  1. Nancy Agee says:

    Elmer Ellsworth Harriman was my great-grandfather. How can I get my hands on one of his books or articles from Adventure magazine?

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    1. Hello Nancy, You can send me a want list and I will be happy to hunt for them. The pulps won’t be cheap to find, unfortunately. And which novels do you require? Those might be easier to locate. To my knowledge, he only had the two, which came from the pulps. Cordially, Morgan – morganwallace at g mail dot com

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  2. Nancy Agee says:

    Last week, I actually found (and have purchased) a copy of Texas Men and Texas Cattle. My mother had a copy of the book on her shelf for years, and I remember looking at it and being in awe as a child. But I think she gave it to her sister’s family. My great-grandfather submitted articles to a variety of different publications–including Boys’ Life, Short Stories, Lariat Story Magazine, Frontier Stories, etc.–so this is just a partial list or Adventure issues in which his writing appeared. I’d be thrilled to find at least one of them.

    Adventure [v19 #4, Mid-November Issue (November 18), 1918] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 20¢, pulp, cover by Hibberd V. B. Kline)

    Adventure [v19 #5, First December Issue (December 3), 1918] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 20¢, pulp, cover by Griswold Tyng

    Adventure [v20 #6, Mid-March Issue (March 18), 1919] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 20¢, pulp, cover by Dean Cornwell)

    Adventure [v25 #4, Mid-June Issue (June 18), 1920] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 25¢, pulp, cover by Edgar F. Wittmack)

    Adventure [v28 #2, Mid-January Issue (January 18), 1921] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 25¢, pulp, cover by W. C. Tuttle)

    Adventure [v28 #3, First February Issue (February 3), 1921] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 25¢, pulp, cover by J. H. Litchfield)

    Adventure [v29 #5, First June Issue (June 3), 1921] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 25¢, 192pp, pulp, cover by Charles Durant)

    Adventure [v32 #3, December 30, 1921] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 25¢, pulp, cover by Charles Durant)

    Adventure [v33 #1, February 10, 1922] ed. Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (The Ridgway Company, 25¢, pulp, cover by B. J. Fullmer)

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    1. Hello. Assume you’ve already looked at the obvious web sites, such as ABEbooks.com and eBay and others. I see some items on eBay. ADVENTURE and LARIAT are quite rare and expensive when they do surface, in condition, the former being highly sought after, including a Youth’s Companion not on the FictionMags Index site from 1917. In fact, he appears in Youth’s Companion quite often. My guess is that any stories that failed to make a pulp sale he sent to Youth’s Companion, which was not an uncommon practice back then.
      Do you live anywhere near Chicago or Ohio? If yes, there are two pulp conventions you could attend. I used to, until I moved to Florida. Let’s see…also appears with articles in Country Life magazine; articles in “Our Boys in France Tobacco Fund”;

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      1. Nancy Agee says:

        I live in California, so making a convention is not possible. Thanks for the suggestion, though. I am happy to have a copy of the Texas Men book coming, although I would still like to have a copy or two of the magazines in which my great-grandfather’s writing appeared. I’ll just have to keep my eyes open.

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      2. If you are on Facebook, join the OLD PULP group. Perhaps you could mention there your interests, and see if any pulps are willing to cough up a copy. Doubtful, but can’t hurt. Someone might be willing to copy a story or article, though. If copies are acceptable, I’d place a long order via the Library of Congress for copies of everything.

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      3. Nancy Agee says:

        Thank you for your continued help. No, I am not on Facebook. I hadn’t thought about placing an order with the Library of Congress. I will pursue that!

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