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mustang cattle and mustang horses. I soon got to be an expert shot with rifle and pistol, a good roper, and a fast and fearless rider, and soon' made friends with all the mustangers and hunters. We killed the native wild cattle for their hides and tallow, and the meat we could save. I caught and tamed lots of mustang horses, mostly young stock.
In the pioneer days of danger and adventure, and with no other or better job, I learned to be so fond of hunting and the chase, that I have never gotten over it, and can still ride a horse and shoot a rifle as good as anyone. On two occasions, the Indians rounded me up. Once, with a Mr. Seals on the San Miguel, when we stood them off half of one night, and another time with a Mr. Atkins, when they kept us surrounded half of one afternoon at Charco Largo. A good run always suited me better than a doubtful stand, but either one is lonesome and frightful. In August, 1865, twenty-eight redskins gave me a hard race, but I beat them to the river bottom and got away. Another time fifteen of them gave me a close chase and would have caught me, but in their trying to cut me off from the river, they ran on to a steep bluff bank and could not get down. On one occasion three friends and myself went on a hunting trip south of the Nueces River for a week's hunt. Had a good time, but in a short time thereafter all of the three were killed and all dying with "their boots on." At another time, my father, a Mr. Wheat, and myself had a good and successful hunt on the San Miguel ; and in a short time the Indians killed Mr. Wheat in Medina county, and my father was killed by the Indians at his home in McMullen county.
The pioneers that were on the frontier before and during reconstruction days suffered many privations and hardships, and half of them did not live to tell the story. But during these times, as dreary and dull as they were, there was a man whose life was as brilliant as a ray of sunshine following the dark and tempestuous