The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 234
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Texas produced the herder and cowboy.49
And finally, it was a Texan, L. Hatfield, who stood loyally by
this hero to the last stand and voiced a protest against the desertion
of the cowboy at the pen of the Western journalist:
A picturesque figure in American life is rapidly passing away. I refer
to the cowboy of fiction, the man with the big sombrero, the bucking
broncho and the shooting irons that he used to operate with reckless
disregard for consequence as he rode at breakneck speed through some
frontier town, yelling the while at his loudest. Such was the cowboy
of dime novel lore, and though the assertion has often been denied,
he has existed and does exist yet in limited numbers. It is this class
of cowboy that is rapidly disappearing. The cowboy of practical exist-
ence, or 'cowpuncher,' ... is an important factor in western life. He
wears a sombrero and can set a bucking broncho with all the grace
of his more romantic brother, but his shooting irons are for use in
guarding his herds from cattle thieves rather than the terrorization
of peaceful citizens. Instead of leading the wild life of a nomad, he is
more likely to have a wife and several young hopefuls at the ranch
house. ... We have a great many more undesirable citizens in this
country than the Texas cowpuncher.0
49"The Passing of the Cowboy," Colorado Sun (Denver, Colorado), November 12,
so"Good-bye to the American Cowboy," Denver Republican, July 28, 1900oo.
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