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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
him, thinking that he was delirious, had carefllly watched him
and scrupulously kept all nourishment from him, even holding
him on the bed at times to prevent him from going to the
kitchen. Finally, it happened that for a single moment there
was no one in the room with the sick man, everyone being busy
talking about the funeral arrangements and the division of the
sick man's property. When he discovered that he was alone,
he quickly got out of the bed and tottered to the nearby kitchen.
The nurses, returning to the room and discovering that the sick
man was gone from the bed, began a frantic search. They found
him bending over the old wood stove in the kitchen, and eating
ravenously, while the bean juice ran down his elbows and down
the front of his night shirt.
The man got well.
An old ranchman, running sheep on the open range not far
east of the Pecos River and near the Rio Grande, once ran clean
out of camp supplies. The situation was serious. It was lambing
time and the herders were threatening to quit if the segundo
didn't get them some flour and frijoles pronto. So the old man
hitched two ponies to the wagon and drove to Sanderson, a
distance of about seventy miles. Here he loaded up with supplies
and started the seventy miles homeward. He made the trip in
good time, but when he reached the Pecos, it was on a bad rise
and getting the wagon load of supplies across was out of the
While the old man was waiting impatiently, a ranchman
who lived near came along. The two passed the time of day and
finally after discussing the situation fell upon a plan to get food
across to the hungry herders. But here they spilled the beans, so
to speak. The old man unhitched his ponies from the wagon,
placed a sack of beans weighing 100 pounds on the back of one
of the ponies and he mounted the same horse, holding the sack
in front of him. He was going to swim the stream and get the
beans to the Mexicans, this being the one main item of supply
which they demanded first.
The horse refused to enter the muddy water at first but after
some urging jumped into the swift torrent. The horse, rider,
and beans all sank but soon came to the surface some distance
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/64/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.