By Charles A. Siringo
After a nomadic early life, Charles Siringo signed on as a teenage cowboy for the famous Texas livestock king, Shanghai Pierce, and commenced a lifestyles that embraced all of the labor, pleasure, and event readers this day go together with the cowboy period. He "rid the Chisholm trail," using 2,500 heads of livestock from Austin to Kansas; knew Tascosa—now a old monument—when it used to be domestic to raucous saloons, pink gentle districts, and a good percentage of violence; and led a posse of cowboys in pursuit of Billy the child and his gang.
First released in 1885, Siringo's chronicle of his existence as a itchy-footed boy, cowhand, diversity detective, and adventurer was once one the 1st classics in regards to the outdated West and helped to romanticize the West and its delusion of the yank cowboy. Will Rogers declared, "That used to be the Cowboy's Bible while i used to be turning out to be up."
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On one occasion something brought up the name of G , who had killed B , over on the Sny, four years before, in a quarrel over some birds—the gentlemen being out shooting together at the time. Straightway Mr. " But all at once, as usual, he spoilt it all, by remarking upon G 's remorse on account of the homicide. " I said. "What an idea that is. " Day looked at me gravely and said: "I tell you the man has never had one good, full, restful, peaceful hour in all these four years. " I said I didn't believe it and couldn't believe it.
We hadn't ever heard of anything like that, Huck and Tom among the Indians 39 before. They were the convenientest things in the world, and just the trick for us to have; so Tom bought a lot of them. The man called them lucifer matches, and said anybody could make them that had brimstone and phosphorus to do it with. So he sold Tom a passel of brimstone and phosphorus, and we allowed to make some for ourselves some time or other. We was all ready, now. So we waited for full moon, which would be in two or three days.
The widow Douglas! Much she knows about it. " "Just as I expected. She don't know what she's talking about. " "All right, so he has. " "Yes, sir! Why, Mars Tom, he—" "Very well, then. Has he been skinned? " Jim see Tom had him. He couldn't say a word. Tom Sawyer was the keenest boy for laying for a person and just leading him along by the nose without ever seeming to do it till he got him where he couldn't budge and then bust his arguments all to flinders I ever see. It warn't no use to argue with Tom Sawyer—a body never stood any show.
A Texas Cowboy: or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony (Penguin Classics) by Charles A. Siringo