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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
One morning the men were out near the corrals getting ready
for the day's work when a javelina came wandering across the
clearing. No one was armed; so one of the men called to Juana,
who was near the horse-shed, to bring something with which to
kill the animal. As the arms were not there, she did not know
what to take to them, till one shouted to bring a lasso. She
came around the end of the shed swinging it as she came, only
to find the javelina between her and the man.
"Throw it, Juana!" they cried, and hardly taking aim, she
let fly. To her utter astonishment, she lassoed the animal. She
was more frightened than the animal was, to be sure, but she
brought it up standing and became the heroine of the day.
Buena Vista ranch was always ready to try new things. Today,
the most modern oil range is in the kitchen; an enormous me-
chanical refrigerator furnishes ice cream and other frozen dainties
for the table; there is running water in the bathroom, a radio in
the living room, a modern high-powered car at the door. In
1899, Don Florencio was just as ready to welcome new-fangled
things. At that time, Don Susano was traveling the country
demonstrating the marvelous new phonograph. And he was
invited to the ranch. The machine was a queer-looking box,
equipped with several sets of head phones. All the family and
neighbors from miles around gathered in the stone house. It had
been built of blocks from the bed of La Becerra Creek in 1882.
The walls are eighteen inches thick and as strong today as ever.
Many additions have been made to the building, but in those
days it was the 'ranch house' and stood as a white, shining land-
mark. Arrived in this fortress, the guests were seated in a circle,
each with a pair of audiphones clamped to his head. Don Susano
solemnly played his collection of wax recordings, still more
solemnly collected a coin from each guest, and a new group
gathered about the new machine.
As soon as ice was manufactured in Laredo, Don Florencio
had it hauled out to the ranch on special occasions and buried in
pits lined with grass. In large, old-fashioned, wooden freezers
the women folk made ice cream, a queer dessert to be favored
by an old ranchman of Indian-fighting days.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/80/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.