" Negative Medicine"
Evening time before the Cherokee Strip was thrown available for pay out, a number of older timers fulfilled in the very little town of Hennessey, Ok.
On the following day the Deprive would pass from us and our employers, the cowmen. Some of the boys got spent coming from five to fifteen years on this range. But all of us realized that there were come for the parting of the ways.
This was not the first time the fact that government acquired taken a hand in cows matters. Some of us in previous days got moved cattle at the order of desventurado soldiers, with wintry winds howling an accompaniment.
The cowman was never a government favourite. If the Indian wards in the nation a new few million acres of idle terrain, " Allow it lie nonproductive, " said the mom or dad. Some of these civilized tribes taken care of a fine system of public educational institutions from the local rental of unoccupied lands. Countries, like guys, revive the fable with the dog as well as the ox. But the guardian was supreme--the cowman went. This was not unexpected to the majority of of us. Nonetheless, this country was a home to us. It mattered small if the names were on the pay-roll or not really, it clothed and provided us.
I was seated around a table in the rear of any saloon when we talk about the morrow. The place was run with a former cowboy. It therefore started to be a rendezvous for the craft. Most of us had made our brains to quit cows for good and take promises.
" Ahead of I require a claim, " said Ben Roll, " I'll head to Minnesota and peon myself to some Swede farmer for my keep your balance of my life. Producing hay and plowing fire guards the last few years possess given me all the flavor of farming that I want. I'm going to Montana in the planting season. "
" Why don't you go this winter? Is usually your undergarments too light? " asked Ace Gee. " At this point, I'm going to generate a farewell play, " continued Expert. " I'm going to take a assert, and before I record on it, sell off my legal rights, go back to old Van Zandt County, Arizona, this winter, back up my own feet, and tell this to them scarey. Which where all my folks live. "
" Well, for a winter's risk, " chimed in Later on Box, " Ace's scheme is all correct. We can get five hundred dollars away of a state for just staking this, and we find out some good kinds. That measured roll must winter a male with humble tastes. "
" You didn't understand that I just originate from Montana, would you, Jeff? " asked Ace. " I can tell you even more about that region than you need to know. I've been the trail this season; delivered the cattle for the Yellowstone, in which the outfit We worked pertaining to has a north range. When I remember this kind of summer's job, I occasionally think that Let me burn my saddle without turn or look a cow in the face again, nor ride anything but a plow mule and this bareback.
" The people I used to be working for include a range in Tom Green County, Tx, and one more in Montana. They mail their fresh steers north to mature--good idea, as well! --but they are not cowmen like the ones we know. They made their cash in the East in a obvious medicine--got tons of it, as well. But gowns no disagreement that they find out anything about a cow. There is a board of directors--it is definitely one of those cows companies. Appears to be they made its debut in the cows business to provide their income a healthy wall socket from the medicine branch. That they operate on comparable principles since those soap factory persons did throughout the Tape a few years ago. About the time they will learn the business they go shattered and cease working.
" The boss come early july was a lot of relation to the wife of some of the medication people Down East. Because they had zero use for him backside there, they sent him out to the ranch, in which he would be beneficial.
" All of us started north with the lawn. Had thirty-three hundred mind of twos and threes, with a fair string of saddle stock. They operate the same company on equally ranges--the broken arrow. You never did find a cow-boss possess so much problems; a married woman wasn't a circumstances to him, fretting and sweating continuously. This was his first trip over the trail, but the young boys were a major improvement for the boss, even as had a very good outfit of men along. My notion of a...