The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 348
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dont know what one is, well it is a rope made out of rawhide some
forty feet long and plaited sometimes four six or eight plait. Well
I went out and killed a red yearling which did not have a white spot
on it for the hide must not be spotted or the lassoo will break. Well
I skinned my yearling cured the hide and cut out the strans the
string was about five hundred feet long when it was cut out and
almost as large as a clothes line and I put it down in the river to
soak so that I could stretch it and scrape the hair off. Well I went
up to the house and came down again in about an hour and there
was a little steer chewing at the strings, soon as he saw me he ran off
and I called the dogs and put on him, the dogs caught him and he
had swallowed all of that rawhide but about a hundred feet I got
hold of that and rapped it around a tree, and the steer run and
bawled and at last the rawhide began to come out of his mouth,
he ran or jumpted around till the whole four hundred feet came out
of his - Well I will close and would like to hear from you soon
Good Bye from your brother
WILLIAMSON Aug 8 1872
It is Sunday and thought I would write a few lines to pass away
the time have just got through bathing in the Perdinelis. It is still
very hot and dont pretend to work much but a slight change can be
percieved in the weather and it will soon be cool enough to kill the
worms in the stock. I was not particular about your giving my address
to Owens, but no difference, I answered his letter with one which I
think he will remain with in Kansas I think he will live and die up
there someplace, he never would succeed in Texas You spoke about
a pin in one of your letters, My address is at Blanco city and will try
and do honor to it if you send it, also send Pomeroys Democrat,
Texas New Yorker and such like28 Am well & hearty
From Your Son
28For an account of the colorful career of Marcus Mills Pomeroy (1833-1896),
publisher of the New York Democrat and other newspapers, see Dictionary of Amer-
ican Biography, XV, 53-54: "Pomeroy's journalism was sensational, intensely per-
sonal, and independent. ... It gained national notoriety. He was essentially a
Jeffersonian Democrat at heart and was ever a belligerent champion for the people,
particularly 'the underdog.' "
The Texas New Yorker, published monthly in New York by George H. Sweet
during the 187o's, was designed for emigrant and Texas consumption.-Handbook
of Texas, II, 752.
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