An early draft of A ELKINS NEVER SURRENDERS. First line: There ain’t nothing makes pap madder’n to be laid up with rheumatiz when they is a feud going on.
The version titled “The Curly Wolf of Sawtooth” features Bearfield Elston. The version titled “A Elkins Never Surrenders” comes from an earlier draft, and features Breckinridge Elkins.
The appearance in THE SUMMIT COUNTY JOURNAL had the name changed to “Breckenridge” to be like the town it was published in.
Otis Adelbert Kline (REH’s agent) first listed the title of the story as “A Elkins Never Surrenders”. He offered it to V. I. Cooper, when he declined, Kline returned the story to REH. A month later it hits the logs again with a new title “A Elston to the Rescue”, and is then sold to Miller for STAR WESTERN. The published title is likely from the magazine editors.
Breckinridge Elkins is a giant grizzly bear of a man, well over 6 feet tall. So iron is his constitution that he can drink jug after jug of moonshine without serious inebriation.
Although incredibly strong and tough, the gent from Bear Creek isn’t terribly smart, and is easily fooled. Discovering that he has been tricked is liable to make him mad, however, and an angry Breckinridge Elkins has been the end to many a villainous scheme.
WHILE SMOKE ROLLED. Featuring Breckinridge Elkins. A known early draft of this story is a Pike Bearfield story, not a Breckinridge Elkins story. It is not known who made the character change, Howard or Otis Adelbert Kline.
WAR ON BEAR CREEK. Featuring Breckinridge Elkins.First published in Action Stories, April 1935. This short story was altered slightly to become Chapter 12 of the novel, A Gent From Bear Creek.
Texas John Alden. Originally a Buckner J. Grimes story titled “Ring-Tailed Tornado”. Published under the name of Patrick Ervin.
Rewritten by someone at the Kline agency into a Breckinridge Elkins story.