The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 219
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The Cowboy in His Home State
preponderance of cowboy literature-autobiographical, historical,
and fictional-which is primarily the product of the last half cen-
tury, one becomes aware, to a certain extent, of a more or less
established pattern, that is, a reliance on old-timer tales for facts.
This, by no means, is a reflection on the authenticity of the works,
yet it is possible that in the passage of time the accounts related
might have been warmed by the glow of the fireplace, softened by
the comfort of the armchair, sweetened by the flowing cup, and
dimmed by the fading memory.
If this be the case, the careful and interested examiner is not
completely satisfied with his findings and looks about for other
means of trailing the cowboy. In his pursuit of a more accurate
account of the development of this character he may well recall
that in the days of old there were bards who sang the lays of heroic
deeds and scribes who recorded them. Who, then, nearly a hun-
dred years ago recorded for posterity the story of the cowboy and
the evolution of the cattle industry from its infancy? In this vast
collection of 'cowboyana' there are few, if any, references to the
timely items in the newspapers which contain, in their dusty files
and yellowed pages, a vast amount of information written at the
time by another adventurous pioneer-the frontier journalist-
who witnessed the dramatic expansion of the industry, who not
only discovered the leading character but followed his trail,
lauded his virtues, berated his failings, and bemoaned his passing.
With such a dominant figure on the horizon, the frontier journalist
deftly dipped his pen in the inkwell of history in the making and
portrayed in fluent words, at times embellished with ornate
phrases that bespoke a classic, cultured background, at times in
the more familiar accepted jargon of the day, the character, the
work, and the life of this man of destiny whose armor was of
leather, whose steed was a cow pony, and whose weapon, a six-
Time does not permit a complete account of the cowboy in
Texas, his home state, therefore only a few phases can be discussed
-the more important phases that were 'hot' news for his critical
contemporaries. An effort shall be made to identify this Texas
cowboy with a way of life which, when achieved, exhibited, at
least in print, legendary qualities, even before it had expended
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955, periodical, 1955; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/m1/260/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.