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FROM HELL TO BREAKFAST
" 'But indeed,' he declared, even more arrogantly than
ever, and deceived by my hitherto mild bearing, 'I have
had the pest of wool grease in my nose ever since you
came in, and have but now located its source.'
"As all may understand, this was an insult passing all
forbearance. I have been called hard things in my time--
indeed, even my veracity has once or twice been called in
question by people who did not know me intimately--but
only once, and that on this occasion, have I been called a
"I went outside of myself, and it was indeed fortunate
for him that I did not remember in my rage the knife
which I was carrying, for otherwise this tale would have
had another ending. Consumed with fury, I cast my arms
about me, searching for a missile to cast at him, and, by a
casualty, my fingers dosed on the horn of the anvil. I gave
it a wrench, not realizing of what I had hold, and such
was the strength which my rage added to that which I nat-
urally possessed that the anvil's horn broke off square in
my hand at its base, and I cast it with all my force in his
face. His terror, blessed be the saints, prompted him to
dodge, otherwise I would now be accountable for his life;
he fell to one side, and the metal, leaving my hand with
all the force I was capable of imparting to it, struck the
adobe wall behind him and was so deeply imbedded in it
that we had to dig two span's depths before we could re-
cover it for welding back to its proper place."
"The red colt that Facundo is training is making a fine
cutting-horse," came a voice from the circle. "He is still
being ridden with the bozal, yet he follows the stock better
than many horses who are fully educated. I would like to
have him myself."
"It is remarkable, what a good strain of horses we have
at this hacienda," remarked another. "With many of them
the vaquero hardly has to work, the horse does it all him-
"I myself have known some remarkable horses, and have
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From Hell to Breakfast (Book)
Volume of popular folklore of Texas and Mexico, including religious anecdotes, stories about Native American dances, stories about petroleum and oil fields, folk songs, legends, customs and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 205.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. From Hell to Breakfast, book, 1944; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67649/m1/62/: accessed August 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.