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Cow-Boy Life in Texas, Or, 27 Years a Mavrick [!]; A Realistic and True Recital of Wild Life on the Boundless Plains of Texas, Being the Actual (Paperback)

By: Will S. James (Author)



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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: A SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR''S LIFE. On the 27th day of August, 1856, in Tarrant County, Texas, I drew my first breath, and from the best information I can gather, my mother—bless her dear soul!—shed many a bitter tear over her first born, because it was said that I was the ugliest little bundle of humanity that could have been found in seventeen States and fourteen Territories; and to add to the discomfort of my child mother (for she W£,s only a little past sixteen when I was born) they who know, tell me that I kept up a continual squall for three months of my first experience on a cattle ranch, and from the shape of my head and my incessant bawling it was vaguely hinted by some of the wiseacres that I was a little idiot. So between my homeliness and uncertain mental caliber no wonder that mother, in her new experience, should become disheartened; but, thanks to a propitious climate and the refining influences of a leather strap judiciously applied, I eventually developed into quite a presentable youngster, when asleep. When I was one year old my father moved his cattle to a western county. This was in the fall of ''57, only a short time before the last great outbreak of hostilities on the part of the Indians that waged with such unceasing warfare on the frontiers of Texas for so many years. It being a wild, desolate region, and my father''s business necessitating his absence from home for a good portion of the time, it was thought advisable to make a sore of stockade round the little ranch house and provide mother and ine with arms and ammunition with which to defend ourselves. So they cut oak logs eighteen feet long, as I remember from what I have heard—and in those days I was not so particular about a foot or two, one way or the other, when it came to logs, as I did not liaro...



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