[Magdalena, N.M.? 1901]. 28,[29-30]pp. including five pasted-in sections of amendatory text, and several instances of manuscript annotations. With an additional pp. of printed membership lists bound in, plus one pasted-in slip and one tipped-in slip. 12mo. Contemporary flexible leather. Light wear at edges and spine ends. Very good. Item #WRCAM55736
Little is known of the Cattle and Horse Protective Association of Central New Mexico. It was organized in early 1901 and this volume, containing its constitution and by- laws is likely the best source for its concerns and activities. The constitution describes the organization and functioning of the group, qualifications for membership, information on fees, fines, and dues, etc. The By-Laws list several rules, including obligations of the members, a system of inspection, and reasons for expulsion from the group. Chartered with nearly 100 members, Protective Association's main purpose was to protect stock raisers in New Mexico from cattle and horse rustlers, and it appears to have been active through at least 1910. Members included William French, author of SOME RECOLLECTIONS OF A WESTERN RANCHMAN, as well as members of the prominent Baca family. This copy was owned by a Colorado cattle inspector, and is enhanced by manuscript notes and additional material bound in. Among the annotations are an amended Article III, the names of officers of the organization, and what appears to be a brief updated list of members as of February, 1902. The three printed items bound in at the rear of this copy, a total of nineteen pages, are three membership lists for the Association dated 1901, 1903, and 1904, and include manuscript notes, almost certainly by the Colorado inspector. Not in Adams, HERD, and no copies are located in OCLC. Rare and significant, especially considering the mayhem caused by rustlers and range wars in late 19th century New Mexico.