When I first broached the matter of writing his autobiography to John H. Cady, two things had struck me
particularly. One was that of all the literature about Arizona there was little that attempted to give a straight,
chronological and intimate description of events that occurred during the early life of the Territory, and,
second, that of all the men I knew, Cady was best fitted, by reason of his extraordinary experiences,
remarkable memory for names and dates, and seniority in pioneership, to supply the work that I felt lacking.