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The following story appeared in a booklet issued a few years ago by Joseph A. Spaugh of Hope, Indiana, telling of his experiences in Texas. Mr. Spaugh lived with the family of Silas Hastings in Wharton county, and went up the trail with one of the Hastings herds,
"One evening Dan Smith said to me, 'Get your traps together for in the morning we start for Llano county to round up a herd of cattle and go North.' If I were to tell you all that happened between the time we gathered those cattle on the Gulf of Mexico and the time we delivered them to JOSEPH A. SPAUGH the purchaser in Abilene, Kansas, it would be more than you could bear. I will only describe the outfit and relate our experience. The crew consisted of fourteen men and boys, eleven hands, the overseer, the scout and the cook, two yoke of oxen, thirty-five saddle horses and eighteen hundred stock cattle. The scout was a Mexican called Don. It was his duty to ride ahead of the cattle and look out for grass and water, kill game and furnish the outfit with meat. At night the cattle were rounded up and two men were put on guard. One man was riding one way and one the other, while the cattle were lulled to sleep by the cowboys with a low, weird strain, a song of peculiar charm, which quieted the cows when sung by the cattlemen.
"This year had been a very dry one. There had been but little rain and water was scarce. One evening after