St. Paul, Ks. Press of the A.H.T.A. News, 1911. 16,pp., plus photographic frontispiece. Original light pink printed wrappers, stapled. Mild edge wear, rubbing, and light soiling to wrappers. Mild even toning to text. Very good. Item #3837
A scarce entry in the annual proceedings of the famed Anti-Horse Thief Association, who met in Newton, Kansas on October 5, 1911. The work includes the organization's National Constitution, as well as the "official proceedings" for the annual meeting (also including the text of the President's Annual Address), and a long section listing the membership in its "Official Roster" divided into the organization's various divisions: Kansas, Indian Territory, Western Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois. The work was published by the association's headquarters in St. Paul, Kansas, a tiny town about a hundred miles due east of Wichita. The Anti-Horse Thief Association was a long-standing vigilance committee in Kansas, established in the 1850s, similar to a masonic organization. The group's influence spread throughout the Middle West over the ensuing decades, including Missouri and, as evidenced here, Illinois.