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A vintage fictional chronicle of existence at the open path, THE LOG OF A COWBOY has lengthy been thought of the easiest and premier account of genuine cowboy existence ever written.
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The subsequent morning after breakfast, Flood and or 3 of the men set out up the river, whereas an equivalent variety of us begun, lower than the management of The insurgent, down the river on an identical errand,—to prospect for a crossing. Our celebration scouted for roughly 5 miles, and the one secure footing shall we locate was once a fast, slim channel among the financial institution and an island within the river, whereas past the island was once a much broader channel with water deep adequate in different areas to swim our saddle horses. The footing appeared really safe to our horses, however the livestock have been a lot heavier; and if an animal ever bogged within the river, there has been water adequate to drown him prior to support will be rendered. We stopped our horses a couple of instances, even if, to attempt the footing, and in none of our experiments was once there any indication of quicksand, so we counted the crossing secure. On our go back we came upon the herd already in movement, headed up the river the place our foreman had positioned a crossing. because it used to be then lifeless to make any point out of the island crossing which we had situated, at the least till a tribulation were given to the higher ford, we stated not anything. once we got here inside 880 yards of the hot ford, we held up the herd and allowed them to graze, and taken up the remuda and crossed and recrossed them with no bogging a unmarried horse. inspired at this, we bring to a halt a couple of hundred head of heavy lead farm animals and commenced for the ford. We had a great push on them after we struck the water, for there have been ten riders round them and Flood was once within the lead. We referred to as to him a number of occasions that the livestock have been bogging, yet he by no means halted till he pulled out at the contrary financial institution, leaving twelve of the heaviest steers within the quicksand. “Well, in all my adventure in path work,” acknowledged Flood, as he gazed again on the dozen animals suffering within the quicksand, “I by no means observed as misleading a backside in any river. We used to worry the Cimarron and Platte, however the previous South Canadian is the lady which can lay it over them either. nonetheless, there ain’t any use crying over spilt milk, and we haven’t obtained males sufficient to carry herds, so encompass them, boys, and we’ll recross them if we depart twenty-four extra within the river. Take them again a great region, fellows, and convey them up on a run, and I’ll take the lead after they strike the water; and provides them no exhibit to halt till they get throughout. ” because the little bunch of livestock had already grazed out approximately 1 / 4, we rounded them right into a compact physique and commenced for the river to recross them. The closer we got here to the river, the speedier we went, until we struck the water. in numerous areas the place there have been channels, shall we neither strength the farm animals nor journey ourselves speedier than a stroll as a result of the intensity of the water, but if we struck the shallows, which have been the particularly harmful areas, we compelled the livestock with horse and quirt. close to the center of the river, in shoal water, Rod Wheat was once quirting up the livestock, whilst a major dun steer, attempting to get out of his succeed in, sank within the quicksand, and Rod’s horse stumbled around the animal and used to be thrown.