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down stream, the old man still clutching the bag of beans.
The horse lost his head completely and began to thresh about
wildly. In the mad scramble, the old man lost hold of his
precious bag for a second. He saw the sack gradually sink from
sight into the muddy water. With a woe-begone expression on
his face, he gazed intently at the spot where the beans had dis-
appeared. He turned his attention from the horse entirely, and,
as if suddenly awakening, he made a desperate plunge into the
water about where he had last seen the bean sack. He grabbed
frantically with both hands and then pawed the water rapidly,
searching vainly for the water-logged bag.
The friendly ranchman had followed rapidly down the bank
of the stream and, when he saw the old man's plight, he quickly
threw in a rope and finally managed to pull the victim from
the water. When the old man was able to talk again, he gave no
word of thanks to his rescuer but began cussing a blue streak
because the beans were lost. "Now, I'll have to wait 'till tomorrow
for this damn river to go down so that I can find them beans,"
he said. The ranchman smiled and replied, "You won't find them
beans, Mister. If the sack don't wash on down the river now,
them beans will swell up and bust the sack. Your beans will be
in the Rio Grande by tomorrow."
With defeat written all over him, the old sheepman caught
his team, hitched them to the wagon, and started the long trip
for more beans.
Then there's the old yarn about the cook for the cow outfit
in Southwest Texas who bogged the chuck wagon down in a
canyon a short distance below a small Mexican settlement.
Ordinarily the canyon was merely a draw but rains up the
canyon had brought on a young flood. One of the cowhands,
seeing the cook's plight and knowing that supper might be late,
yelled, "Come here, ye waddies, an' help the cookie git the
wagon out of this river afore the beans, rice, prunes, and dried
apples all get wet and make a dam across here that'll drown them
A tenderfoot from back east was down on the Mexican border
staying at a hotel on the American plan. Everything was included
in the daily rate except beers, which were paid for when the
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/65/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.