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    W. S. Nye. Carbine and Lance. The Story of Old Fort Sill. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1937. First edition. 8vo. 441pp. Illustrated. Original publisher's blue cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Light soiling to boards; corners slightly bumped. Signature of a former owner (a colonel in the 1st Field Artillery) on the front free endpaper. A very good copy in a scarce, slightly chipped dust jacket.

    Accompanying this excellent volume is a one-page typed letter, with the original transmittal envelope, dated January 8, 1938 to R. W. Strauss of New York, signed by the author "W. S. Nye." The letter relates a colorful episode experienced by Nye at a Lawton, Oklahoma bus station "conversing" with a Comanche Indian in sign language. He also informs the letter's recipient that he "would find a tremendous change in Fort Sill since your last visit. Since 1934 the government has spent millions of dollars building it into a modern large post. There are about 4,500 troops there today, nearly ten times as many as in the old days." After Fort Sill's historic part in the Indian Wars of the late 19th century it became the army's Field Artillery school. Ex Ben E. Pingenot.


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