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    Autograph Document Signed "Asa Shinn Mercer" Johnson County Wars, Wyoming Territory, 1888. A. S. Mercer became well known throughout the west as a publisher, and eventually found his way to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he published the Northwestern Livestock Journal, a public relations vehicle for the moneyed cattle interests. As Mercer came to see the clearly underhanded treatment of individual ranchers by the cartels, he began to write more scathing accounts of the events that were unfolding on the open range. His account is told in his book The Banditti of the Plains, which was suppressed in its day, and is still difficult to find in public libraries in some parts of the western U. S. Following the events of the Johnson County War, which included destruction of his Newspaper office by arson, Mercer settled in to the quiet life of a successful rancher in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he died in 1917.

    A. (Asa) S. (Shinn) Mercer Autograph Document Signed "A.S. Mercer" one page 8.25" x 3.50" Cheyenne, Wyoming July 16th 1888. This promissory note 10 per cent per annum. Signed by A. S. Mercer.

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