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"Back in 148 and '49 I used to know 'bout every one along the Colorado and Brazos rivers."
C. P. Vance, who admits to 89 years and who is " down from Williamson County" to attend the Stock Raisers' Convention, was the speaker. Mr. Vance glanced over the gray-haired youngsters assembled and remarked :
"These boys took their herds no'th. When I was a young fellow we used to drive our herds out to New O'leans. "
The old man smiled. It was a smile of good will toward children whose memories only go back to these latter 50 years of trail driving. Mr. Vance sat in the front row at the meeting of the Old Trail Drivers yesterday afternoon at the banquet hall of the City Auditorium.
" Hello, there, boy. "
"Well, well. I ain't seen you since that day you swum them four herds across Red River."
"Back in '77, wasn't it ? "
"Where you been all this time ?"
Thirty-one years up in Wyoming. Livin' at Sundance, no'theast corner. Wintered at Abilene. Back in Texas for good.''
It was the greeting of W. D. Driscoll, late of Sun-dance, as aforestated and G. W. Mills of Lockhart, Texas.
Then came a series of rapid-fire questions about Ab and Tobe and Tennessee and Red and Eli.
"Remember the fellow that tried to .swim the Red River that day to get away from the sheriff? He was under arrest."
"Yes, I pulled him out.
"And wasn't that sheriff some mad when he got safe on the Oklahoma side 7 "
"Wonder what happened to him?"
it Oh, he died some years ago."