COURAGE AND HARDIHOOD ON THE OLD TEXAS CATTLE TRAIL, Page #0126
Of how they'd dance— the boys an' girls ; an' how that one wuz
With rosy cheeks, an' hazel eyes, an' golden, curly hair ;
An' I —but here I'm techin' on a mighty tender spot;
That boyhood love, at this late day, had better be forgot ;
But still at times my heart goes back agin' and fondly strays
Amidst those dear remembered scenes the good old cowboy days !
The old-time cowboy wuz a man all over ! Hear me, men !
I somehow kinder figger we'll not see his like agin.
The few that's left are older now ; their hair is mostly white ;
Their forms are not so active, and their eyes are not so bright
As when the grass wuz wavin' green, the skies wuz soft an' blue,
An' men were brave, an' loyal, and the women fair and true,
An' the land wuz filled with plenty, an' the range wuz free to graze,
An' all rode as brothers— in the good old cowboy days !
COURAGE AND HARDIHOOD ON THE OLD
TEXAS CATTLE TRAIL
Sol West, one of the best-known cattlemen in Texas, who is a part owner of a
ranch of 30,000 acres in Jackson County, worked a whole year for 75 cents and
board, when a young man. Mr. West belongs to the old school of cattlemen. He
received his business training in the early days in Texas when the chief
occupation of its citizenship was raising cattle, but the more difficult
proposition was to find a market for them. Texas had no