His home wuz yours, where'er it wuz, an' open stood the door, Whose hinges never closed upon the needy or the poor; An, high or low —it mattered not— the time, if night or
day,. The stranger found a welcome just as long as he would stay.
Wuz honest to the marrow, and his bond wuz in his word. He paid for every critter that he cut into his herd; An' take your note because he loaned a friend a little pelf 7 No, sir, indeed! He thought you wuz as worthy as himself. An' when you came and paid it back, as proper wuz an' meet, You trod upon forbidden ground to ask for a receipt. In former case you paid the debt (there weren't no intres' due), "An' in the latter —chances wuz he'd put a hole through you !
The old-time cowboy had 'is faults ; 'tis true, as has been said, He'd look upon the licker when the licker, men, wuz red; His language weren't allers spoke accordin' to the rule ; Ner wuz it sech as ye'd expect to hear at Sunday school. But when he went to meetin', men, he didn't yawn or doze, Or set there takin' notice of the congregation's clothes. He listened to the preacher with respect, an' all o' that, An' he never failed to ante when they passed aroun' the hat !
I call to mind the tournament, an' then the ball at night ; Of how old Porter drawed the bow an' sawed with all his might ;