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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII AMUSING
INCIDENTS AND INDIVIDUAL PRANKS OF THE COW PUNCHER Various and
strange were the things the cowpuncher did: Always reckless and
thoughtless as a frolicsome kid. Along the pathway of the next ten
years, the whirlwind of time drove the dust of countless incidents
that would have been interesting reading between the covers of
"blood and thunder" novels. Nothing commonplace ever happened in
the early days of Texas' Northwest. And, as Kentuck looks back,
memory recalls a troop of queer characters, each bearing his own
individuality that made him a distinct person among his fellows,
preeminent for some specialty, that by common consent awarded him a
name in harmony with his chief characteristics. No truer saying was
ever uttered than "familiarity with danger breeds contempt for it."
And the observer might have added that there is a fascination in
living where the six-shooter is the only arbitrator in disputes
between man and man. Under these conditions life was only worth
what each individual valued his own when called on to defend it.
Even the most peacefully disposed persons, like Kentuck, of a
necessity in those days carried his six-shooter. In fact, to be
seen without your gun was to call attention to the absence of an
essential part of your makeup. Like 152 the excuse of the blind man
for carrying a lighted lantern on a dark night, the six-shooter was
a warning to the other fellow. Armed with a Colt's "45," a
stripling was a match for a prize fighter, and dared to contend for
his rights, notwithstanding the physical bully who opposed him
could pound the spark of life out of him. Ruffians, as a rule, are
cowards, and will not take equal chances in a fair fight. But if
they can "bullyrag" some effeminate man and take the...
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