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one morning while, I was asleep in the wagon, I felt something cold and awoke just as the wagon was about to float off. I yelled to Jim to get busy and we managed to get all of our provisions out, but before we could get everything the old wagon went down the creek and lodged in a tree. Two of our horses were drowned in the flood, which was caused by heavy rains above us. On this trip, we killed hundreds of buffalo and made good money. From there we went to Fort Dodge, then a very gay western town, but soon the railroad was built up to the Arkansas River and a small town sprung up there, Dodge City. The first building to go up in the new town was a saloon and dance hall, then a blacksmith shop and store, then another saloon, and of all tough places, this was the limit. All kinds of characters gathered there. Railroaders, buffalo hunters, cowboys and gamblers —a mean mixture. One night as I walked up to the front door of the dance hall I saw a man standing with a gun in hand. Inside two men had just stepped up to the bar to take a— drink, but he shot one of them through the head, got on his horse and rode off. The music stopped until the floor could be scrubbed and everything was going again as if nothing had happened.
I came to Texas in 1874, and .stopped in San Antonio. Here I got acquainted with some of the leading trail men of those days, and began to drive butcher cattle into San Antonio from the ranches, getting several bunches from the old Cortina ranch. Here I met Simps McCoy, Duncan Lemons, John DeSpain and Jesse Laxson and among others I had dealings with were Speicer, Ludwig, Wm. Herpol, Mont and Cal Woolward, Billie Votaw, Lee Harris, Oge, Captain Crouch, Steve Speed, Billie Slaughter and others. My business made me good money until the railroads came through, then the stock yards were put in and the slaughter pens were built. This made the butchers more independent. Tom Daugherty was the first commission man in San Antonio to handle butcher