Captain Was A Gentleman and a Scholar, but He Didn''t Look the Part
In addition to illustrating stories and articles by other authors, Remington frequently wrote and illustrated his own articles and stories. This is one of two illustrations done for his short story, "A Failure of Justice". The tale concerns Captain Halleran of the Dragoons who witnesses a near triple murder in a combination restaurant-saloon-hotel in the town of Alkali Flat. The quote that names the piece is taken from his description of the captain, which goes on to state: "What sweat and alkali dust won't do to a uniform, sleeping on the ground in it for a month or two will do, and then he burned like a ripe peach."