The Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography

Item - The Wood King; or, Daniel Boone's Last Trail. A Romance of the Osage Country

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(Beadle's Dime Novels edition - source: NIU Libraries)
(Beadle's Pocket Novels edition - source: NIU Libraries)
(Beadle's Half-Dime Library edition - source: NIU Libraries)

Combined Summary

Online Full Text: Northern Illinois University (Beadle's Dime Novels edition)
Northern Illinois University (Beadle's Half-Dime Library edition)
Northern Illinois University (Beadle's Pocket Novels edition)
Series: Beadle's Dime Novels — no. 288
Beadle's Half-Dime Library — no. 355
Beadle's Pocket Novels — no. 108
Alternate Title: The King of the Woods; or, Daniel Boone's Last Trail
Subjects / Tags: Battles
Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
Frontier and pioneer life
Howard County (Mo.)
Indians of North America
Kickapoo Indians
Love stories
Missouri River Valley
Osage Indians
Potawatomi Indians
Scouts (Reconnaissance)
Western stories
Author: Badger, Jos. E. (Joseph Edward), 1848-1909 (pseudonym used by multiple people)
Dates: August 12, 1873 (Beadle's Dime Novels edition)
August 13, 1878 (Beadle's Pocket Novels edition)
May 13, 1884 (Beadle's Half-Dime Library edition)
Publishers: Beadle's Dime Novels edition: Beadle and Adams (1872-1898) (New York (N.Y.): No. 98 William Street) -- United States
Beadle's Half-Dime Library edition: Beadle and Adams (1872-1898) (New York (N.Y.): No. 98 William Street) -- United States
Beadle's Pocket Novels edition: Beadle and Adams (1872-1898) (New York (N.Y.): No. 98 William Street) -- United States
OCLC Numbers: 04961170 (Beadle's Half-Dime Library edition)
1028737878 (Beadle's Pocket Novels edition)
123451137 (Beadle's Dime Novels edition)
ENGL 330 Spring 2018's Thoughts: "This novel takes place in 1814. The Indian tribes surrounding Missouri are growing uneasy because of the large increase of white settlers. Lightfoot, an exiled Kickapoo leader, and his renegade friend, Daniel Boone, are introduced. They are both characters who are on the run after Lightfoot killed Huspath, the Osage tribe’s leader. They set out to find the white woman who previously saved Lightfoot’s life long ago and nursed him back to health. Her name is Edith Mordaunt and both of her parents were killed at the hands of Osage braves. She is then separated from Lightfoot and Boone, which begins their journey to rescue her, while still evading the now enemy tribal warriors who want them dead. Along the way, Lightfoot encounters and subsequently assassinates the Pottawatomie leader who had just destroyed a settlement where they were hoping to take refuge. This results in the Pottawatomie chasing them, too. After they return to the site of the assassination the next day, they find Able Dare, a settler who is Edith’s future husband. The three--Lightfoot, Daniel Boone, and Able Dare--then set out to find Edith, only to encounter a bad renegade working with the surrounding tribes, who ends up capturing Lightfoot, resulting in his death. This leads Boone to swear vengeance, recruiting some settlement men to help him hunt down the man responsible, the bad renegade, Whitewolf. Soon after, Edith is found by Able by accident, when she is being cared for by a crazy old hermit. The hermit, Able, and Edith are then taken hostage by Whitewolf and his braves in a cave, where they are discovered by Boone. A huge fight ensues and the hermit kills almost all the Indians single-handedly, including Whitewolf. He is mortally wounded in the process. It is then revealed that he is Able’s father. After he passes away, and Boone is reunited with Edith and Able, they make it to safety. In the end, Able and Edith are married."--Joshua Heinlein, undergraduate student at NIU enrolled in ENGL 330, Spring 2018

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Known Editions

Beadle's Dime Novels edition
Beadle's Pocket Novels edition
Beadle's Half-Dime Library edition

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