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obstacles and accomplish what we started out to do. My first experience on the trail was in 1866, when I drove a herd of cattle from San Marcos, in Hays County,. to
My next drive was in 1867. I took a herd of horses to Kansas and on to Waterloo, Iowa. This time I had as a financial partner L. W. Mitchell. The horses cost us $10.00 per head. We made a profit and were pleased with our results. In the year of 1871 I drove with Dock Day a herd of steers from San Marcos to Red Cloud, Nebraska, where we concluded to winter. This was my first bad setback, for the winter was the worst I ever saw or heard of ; the country froze over early in November and never thawed until spring. Our cattle literally starved to death, snow covered the grass and the water froze so they could not drink. I left in the spring, a busted and disgusted cowman. I have never been back to that particular country and have tried all these years to forget it, but the memories of that dreadful experience will forever remain with me.