Dime Library

Dime Library

By Dime Library
A podcast of dime novel readings. The adventures of Buffalo Bill, Texas Jack, Wild Bill, White Beaver, Diamond Dick, and many more. Tales of western border romance, secret societies, detectives and mysteries, and so much more. These stories were originally printed by publishers like Street & Smith and Beadle's for a nickel or a dime, but you get them for free! Note: These stories were largely written and published in the second half of the 19th century. They are very much products of their time, for better or worse. While their themes and characters have often aged well, other aspects have not. I am reading these stories as written, rather than changing or omitting words, phrases, or characterizations that might strike a modern audience as racist. In the story Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill Cody, a character named Ebony is referred to as a negro often, and at least once by a worse racial epitaph by an antagonist. Omitting these references would be disingenuous, but would also do a disservice to the story and its writer, who portrays Texas Jack—a former Confederate scout and the son of a southern slave owner—as the friend and companion of this black character. These men were absolutely products of their time, but that time was one of immense change and progress, and within that context, men like John Omohundro and William Cody would prove to be incredibly progressive.
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Texas Jack, The White King of the Pawnees - Part IV

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Texas Jack, The White King of the Pawnees - Part VI
Ned Buntline had already introduced the world to Buffalo Bill, and had included Texas Jack as his stalwart friend, in dime novels before the three joined forces for a dramatic tour of Buntline's play The Scouts of the Prairie; Or, Red Deviltry As It Is.  It was just before the play opened for its run at New York City's Niblo's Garden that Texas Jack starred in his own dime novel, Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnees.  The title references Jack's association with and fondness for the Pawnee tribe, which he joined on the annual summer buffalo hunt in 1872.  Jack often referred to the Pawnee as "my tribe" or "my Indians," occasionally boasting that with a dozen Pawnee warriors, he could take out any number of Sioux warriors. Jack's family may have had some French ancestry, but he wasn't the heir to a grand castle as Buntline fancies here.  According to Jack, the Omohundro name was actually Powhattan, and meant "the place where fresh and salt waters meet."
29:01
July 30, 2020
Texas Jack, The White King of the Pawnees - Part V
Ned Buntline had already introduced the world to Buffalo Bill, and had included Texas Jack as his stalwart friend, in dime novels before the three joined forces for a dramatic tour of Buntline's play The Scouts of the Prairie; Or, Red Deviltry As It Is.  It was just before the play opened for its run at New York City's Niblo's Garden that Texas Jack starred in his own dime novel, Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnees.  The title references Jack's association with and fondness for the Pawnee tribe, which he joined on the annual summer buffalo hunt in 1872.  Jack often referred to the Pawnee as "my tribe" or "my Indians," occasionally boasting that with a dozen Pawnee warriors, he could take out any number of Sioux warriors. Jack's family may have had some French ancestry, but he wasn't the heir to a grand castle as Buntline fancies here.  According to Jack, the Omohundro name was actually Powhattan, and meant "the place where fresh and salt waters meet."
23:47
July 17, 2020
Texas Jack, The White King of the Pawnees - Part IV
Ned Buntline had already introduced the world to Buffalo Bill, and had included Texas Jack as his stalwart friend, in dime novels before the three joined forces for a dramatic tour of Buntline's play The Scouts of the Prairie; Or, Red Deviltry As It Is.  It was just before the play opened for its run at New York City's Niblo's Garden that Texas Jack starred in his own dime novel, Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnees.  The title references Jack's association with and fondness for the Pawnee tribe, which he joined on the annual summer buffalo hunt in 1872.  Jack often referred to the Pawnee as "my tribe" or "my Indians," occasionally boasting that with a dozen Pawnee warriors, he could take out any number of Sioux warriors. Jack's family may have had some French ancestry, but he wasn't the heir to a grand castle as Buntline fancies here.  According to Jack, the Omohundro name was actually Powhattan, and meant "the place where fresh and salt waters meet."
25:26
July 9, 2020
Texas Jack, The White King of the Pawnees - Part III
Ned Buntline had already introduced the world to Buffalo Bill, and had included Texas Jack as his stalwart friend, in dime novels before the three joined forces for a dramatic tour of Buntline's play The Scouts of the Prairie; Or, Red Deviltry As It Is.  It was just before the play opened for its run at New York City's Niblo's Garden that Texas Jack starred in his own dime novel, Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnees.  The title references Jack's association with and fondness for the Pawnee tribe, which he joined on the annual summer buffalo hunt in 1872.  Jack often referred to the Pawnee as "my tribe" or "my Indians," occasionally boasting that with a dozen Pawnee warriors, he could take out any number of Sioux warriors. Jack's family may have had some French ancestry, but he wasn't the heir to a grand castle as Buntline fancies here.  According to Jack, the Omohundro name was actually Powhattan, and meant "the place where fresh and salt waters meet."
25:46
July 2, 2020
Texas Jack, The White King of the Pawnees - Part II
Ned Buntline had already introduced the world to Buffalo Bill, and had included Texas Jack as his stalwart friend, in dime novels before the three joined forces for a dramatic tour of Buntline's play The Scouts of the Prairie; Or, Red Deviltry As It Is.  It was just before the play opened for its run at New York City's Niblo's Garden that Texas Jack starred in his own dime novel, Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnees.  The title references Jack's association with and fondness for the Pawnee tribe, which he joined on the annual summer buffalo hunt in 1872.  Jack often referred to the Pawnee as "my tribe" or "my Indians," occasionally boasting that with a dozen Pawnee warriors, he could take out any number of Sioux warriors. Jack's family may have had some French ancestry, but he wasn't the heir to a grand castle as Buntline fancies here.  According to Jack, the Omohundro name was actually Powhattan, and meant "the place where fresh and salt waters meet."
26:20
June 25, 2020
Texas Jack, The White King of the Pawnees - Part I
Ned Buntline had already introduced the world to Buffalo Bill, and had included Texas Jack as his stalwart friend, in dime novels before the three joined forces for a dramatic tour of Buntline's play The Scouts of the Prairie; Or, Red Deviltry As It Is.  It was just before the play opened for its run at New York City's Niblo's Garden that Texas Jack starred in his own dime novel, Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnees.  The title references Jack's association with and fondness for the Pawnee tribe, which he joined on the annual summer buffalo hunt in 1872.  Jack often referred to the Pawnee as "my tribe" or "my Indians," occasionally boasting that with a dozen Pawnee warriors, he could take out any number of Sioux warriors. Jack's family may have had some French ancestry, but he wasn't the heir to a grand castle as Buntline fancies here.  According to Jack, the Omohundro name was actually Powhattan, and meant "the place where fresh and salt waters meet."
26:54
June 18, 2020
The League of Three by Prentiss Ingraham - Two
Part 2 of The League of Three; or, Buffalo Bill's Pledge. A story of a trail followed to the bitter end by the three famous scouts, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill and Texas Jack, the "Princes of the Plains" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham, author of "Wild Bill, the Pistol Dead Shot," "Merle, the Mutineer," Gold," "Plume, the Boy Bandit," "Bison Bill, Prince of the Reins," "Crimson Kate," "Lone Star, the Cowboy Captain," Etc. Chapters 6 thru 10.
31:08
April 6, 2019
The League of Three by Prentiss Ingraham - One
Part 1 of The League of Three; or, Buffalo Bill's Pledge. A story of a trail followed to the bitter end by the three famous scouts, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill and Texas Jack, the "Princes of the Plains" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham, author of "Wild Bill, the Pistol Dead Shot," "Merle, the Mutineer," Gold," "Plume, the Boy Bandit," "Bison Bill, Prince of the Reins," "Crimson Kate," "Lone Star, the Cowboy Captain," Etc. Chapters 1 thru 5.
31:08
March 8, 2019
Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Ten
Part 10 of Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler; or, the Queen of the Wild Riders (A romance in the Life of a real hero—John B Omohundro-—Texas Jack—and a tale of the southwest border. By Honorable William F Cody “Buffalo Bill” author of The Gold Bullet Sport, Kansas King, Deadly Eye, The Phantom Spy, etc etc. Chapters 46 thru 50.
31:08
March 1, 2019
Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Nine
Part 9 of Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler; or, the Queen of the Wild Riders (A romance in the Life of a real hero—John B Omohundro-—Texas Jack—and a tale of the southwest border. By Honorable William F Cody “Buffalo Bill” author of The Gold Bullet Sport, Kansas King, Deadly Eye, The Phantom Spy, etc etc. Chapters 41 thru 45.
31:08
February 28, 2019
Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Eight
Part 8 of Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler; or, the Queen of the Wild Riders (A romance in the Life of a real hero—John B Omohundro-—Texas Jack—and a tale of the southwest border. By Honorable William F Cody “Buffalo Bill” author of The Gold Bullet Sport, Kansas King, Deadly Eye, The Phantom Spy, etc etc. Chapters 36 thru 40.
35:47
February 24, 2019