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LEAVES OF MESQUITE GRAss
words, and can eat a cold dinner on wash days, to save the
wimmin folks the trouble of cooking." Few of them were
great, however, mostly they were just human. And a warn-
ing is necessary also.
Pioneer expression is like roasted buffalo sides before a
fire in the woods; literature is like a meal prepared by a
French Chef and served on a Chippendale table under a
crystal chandelier. Pioneer expression is grub; literature is
viands. If you don't like grub don't set your teeth into this
roasted buffalo meat; it's tough! It is dished out without
knife or fork by the men who actually ate on buffalo chips,
who took a horn because it made them whoop, who breathed
deeply because life was exuberant, and who were not afraid
to be enthusiastic because of 18th century precepts and of
scholarly warnings not to make unguarded statements. They
had a "Texas Title" to what they wanted to say and that is:
"A cabin and yourself in it, with a six-shooter. If the title
needs confirmation, blow somebody's brains out." That went
for what they had to say, also.
People are inclined to think their own troubles are unusual.
In 1841, the outcry was, "Well, now this is the Republic
of Texas, and by and by, it will be the Republic of Taxes."
I have often thought we should have a Taxes, Texas, and
although that 1841 complainer was thinking about the im-
mediate future perhaps his deeper prophecy was for a cen-
Mesmerism was the fad of the day in 1856. About the
time that the Know Nothing Party was a power over the land
mesmerism was used to take a peep into the future by a con-
temporary individualist who was
Wild and wooly, full of fleas,
Never been curried above the knees.
What he saw caused him to break forth in a wild outburst.
"Hush," was the mild remonstrance, "such language will
cost your head."
"Is this not a free Republic?"
"No, it is a dependent principality."
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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/m1/73/: accessed February 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.