THE MAN WHO HAD HELL IN HIS NECK, Page #0511
wagon to Tom Green County and gathered a herd of cattle and drove them
to the mouth of Devil's River, where I delivered them to George Berry and he
wintered them there for John Blocker, then put them into Mexico the next spring,
and I went to Austin, where I went to work on the farm for my father and mother.
Here I worked like h —1 for two years and never made a cent because
of the drouth. I got four cents for my cotton the first year and five cents the
next year, and I swore if I ever planted cotton any more I would boil the seed
before I planted it. Mother sold the farm and I went back to the saddle on the
hurricane deck of a little pony.
In 1889 I drove 3,700 cattle from Tom Green County to Wyoming for John Blocker.
He met me at Fort Laramie, where he sold 1,000 out of this herd and I went to
the Belle Fourche River with the balance. When I got back to Austin I had a fine
time while my money lasted.
In 1890 I went to the Chupadero ranch near Eagle Pass and worked for my brother,
John, for a while, then went back to Austin, got a wagon and four mules from
Bill Blocker and tanked for brother John and Tom