Richard H. Peterson, Book Review Editor
Guns, Gold and Caravans: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Fred Meyer Schroder. By Robert Easton. Santa Barbara, California: Capra Press, 1978. Illustrations, notes, appendix, bibliography, index. 256 pages. $11.95.
Written in the first person, this is an absorbing story of a frontier adventurer. Raised on a cattle ranch near San Diego in the 1880s, Schroder later prospected for gold in the Yukon, joined the camel caravan trade in Mongolia, and visited the mysterious pyramids of Shensi, China. Although most of the book considers the Canadian, Alaskan, and Asian experiences of Schroder, the latter’s recollections of life in and around late nineteenth-century San Diego tell a brief colorful story.