Snakey Joe Post, Guardian Of The Treasure
Written by Richard Lapidus
Here is what Ben had to say.
This volume by Richard Lapidus is a truly fascinating account of a remarkable young man, Joe Post, who has no formal education but possesses uncanny common sense and has an intense admiration for all of God’s creatures. In fact, he likes animals so well that he lives his life as a strict vegetarian.
One day Joe Post accidentally discovers a treasure of incalculable value. Oddly, he wants nothing to do with it, but, being the sort of man that he is, he ultimately realizes that he must do everything he can to protect it from the ruthless cowboys who robbed the bank in Monterrey and plundered the sacred cathedral in Matamoros.
The story of this fabulous treasure is quite prominent in southeast Arizona history. Legend tells that this treasure (consisting of pouches of dazzling gemstones, bars of gold, sacks of silver and gold coins, and life size solid gold statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ child) came from a raid that a large number of cowboys made on a church and a bank deep in Old Mexico. They brought it north and buried it on the Haslett brothers’ ranch in southern New Mexico.
Author Lapidus places Joe Post and all his unusual friends (including a beautiful Apache girl, a fallen Angel named Stormy Jones and all kinds of animals) right into Arizona history, telling their story with Tombstone and its characters as background in their adventures.
The author has created a most outstanding book. He calls it a novel—but he has included more good Tombstone history in it than most historians will ever write. It is a book that readers of all ages and interests will enjoy. I know that it is the most interesting and enjoyable novel that I have read in a very long time.
This introduction was written by BEN T. TRAYWICK, TOMBSTONE TOWN HISTORIAN
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